7 Tips to Speed Your Long-Distance Job Search

7 Tips to Speed Your Long-Distance Job Search [EXTRACT] Tip #1: Looking for work can be difficult. Looking for work long-distance is even tougher! Fortunately, the Internet makes long-distance job searching easier than it has ever been before. Using a job search engine is a great way to find and apply for job openings in … Continue reading “7 Tips to Speed Your Long-Distance Job Search”

7 Tips to Speed Your Long-Distance Job Search [EXTRACT]
Tip #1: Looking for work can be difficult. Looking for work long-distance is even tougher! Fortunately, the Internet makes long-distance job searching easier than it has ever been before. Using a job search engine is a great way to find and apply for job openings in the geographic area of interest. Job search engines like Monster can usually be searched by state or zip code. There are also many websites dedicated to job openings in a particular locale. A well-constructed Google search should find many of these sites for you. You can also find leads for good sites to use in your search through various directory sites.Tip #2: Modify your resume to avoid looking like an outsider or to give the impression that it would be costly or time-consuming for a company to move you. If you have not yet moved, and your resume still includes a phone number and address from your current home, your resume will almost always be overlooked for an equally qualified local candidate.When you are targeting a particular geographic area, it is often in your best interest to list a local telephone number on your resume. A very affordable way to do this is to sign up for one of the many VoIP telephone services and request a number that will be local in the area you are moving. There are also various mailbox and mail forwarding services that will allow you to use an address in the local area to which you are moving, before you actually move there. With a quick Google search, I even found services that will scan and email your postal mail to you, no matter where you are in the world. You may also want to remove the locations of the companies you have worked for from the resume. Just list the company name, your job title, and the dates of your employment to further reduce any red flags that may be raised due to your current location.

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Tip #3: Be proactive. Locate and proactively target the companies in the area that interest you. You should certainly post your resume on sites like Monster.com, but don’t rely on this technique. It is far too passive. Proactively go after the companies that interest you rather than waiting for them to find you. Try contacting the Chamber of Commerce in the area where you will be moving. They are often an invaluable source of information about companies in the area. Here is a directory of Chambers through the U.S. http://www.uschamber.com/chambers/directory/default.htm The Verizon Yellow Pages is another great source for finding local businesses that you may want to target: http://yellowpages.superpages.com/ Once you have a list of companies that interest you, research each thoroughly and begin networking to get a referral to each.Tip #4: Subscribe to and read local newspapers. You can also read many newspapers online: http://www.newspaperlinks.com/home.cfm. Besides giving you an insider’s view on the local area and the business climate, and giving you a great source of information on local job openings (the classifieds) reading the local newspapers can give you leads on companies you may want to contact or individuals you should be networking with.Tip #5: Connections will make all the difference! It can be a daunting prospect to network long distance, particularly in an area where you know few people. But, don’t let that stop you! Ask everyone you know for names and introductions to people in the area where you are moving. Networking sites like http://www.linkedin.com are another great way to solicit introductions and make connections. Shift from a strategy of sending out resumes to an all-out effort to network and conduct information interviews with people at target companies. Plan a trip to the area and line up a series of informational interviews while you are there. Ask for information, not jobs. Your goal with networking is to gather information, get introductions, and make connections. Networking is the single most effective job search technique and this definitely holds true in a long-distance job search as well. A free account (or premium account for a modest monthly fee) at JibberJobber is an excellent way to keep track of all your networking leads and job search activities.

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Tip #6: If you have already moved or are especially anxious to move and need some income immediately, working temporarily as a consultant at a company while you job hunt is a good way to make money, make connections in the local area, and prove your worth. If you have the luxury of taking your time in your job search, you may want to consider doing some volunteer work in the community you have moved to. This is another excellent way to establish the connections you will need to network your way to your next job.Tip #7: Use a salary calculator to understand the cost-of-living differences. You should be familiar with salaries in the area in which you are looking for work and be aware of how cost-of-living differences might impact your salary negotiations.

Creative Job Search Techniques – How to Write a Resume Or CV

Creative Job Search Techniques – How to Write a Resume Or CV[EXTRACT]
If you are looking for a new job, you will need to have extremely high level job search skills if you want to succeed at a time when so many people are being laid off. And this means that you know how to write a résumé or CV effectivelyOne of the most important aspects of résumé writing, is that you must target your résumé or CV and cover letter for every job. Most people create a generic resume or CV and send it out in response to a bunch of advertisements. The trouble is that you are applying for specific jobs, not a generic job title. If every secretary or nurse in the entire world did the same thing every day, generic résumés and CVs would be fine. And life would be exceedingly boring.

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Each company or organization has its individual characteristics, products, services, customer base and sphere of influence. So a job as a secretary for Company A could differ widely from a job as a secretary for Company B, despite having the same job title.Clearly, there will be some common requirements in all secretarial jobs. But what you must remember is, everyone applying for the job will be able to meet those requirements.If you want your résumé or CV to get through the initial selection process, you have to do a lot more than meet the basic requirements. You have to stand out from the rest of the applicants.Perhaps you feel you do stand out and that is reflected on your generic CV. It could be that you type extra fast or you speak three languages or you have 20 years of experience and you feel that this makes you an above average candidate.Certainly, all of those examples, as well as a whole range of other abilities and qualities will raise you to above average standard. But above average is not good enough. You need to be the right candidate for this particular job.Let’s look at this a little more closely. The fact that you speak 3 languages fluently may be very impressive. But if the company only deals with English speakers and has no plans to expand its operation to include non-English speakers, it is not an advantage.

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Of course, it’s not entirely irrelevant. As an additional skill, placed towards the end of your résumé, it will show that you are bright and have studied hard, which are qualities that many employers value. But unless the employer is looking for a linguist, this should not be the first thing he sees when he reads your CV.You have to remember that it’s about what the company wants and how you can meet its needs. So read the job description carefully and create your résumé accordingly.

Improving Your Job Search Techniques

Improving Your Job Search Techniques[EXTRACT]
There are times when finding a job can seem impossible. However, improving the techniques used to search for a job can dramatically increase your chances of finding the right role for you.Don’t just rely on job advertisements
Many jobs will never be advertised. These ‘hidden’ vacancies will instead be filled through headhunting, word of mouth or internal advertising.You should try to access these roles by contacting and friends, family or other contacts within companies you wish to work for. Don’t underestimate the power of someone putting in a good word for you.Overhaul social media
Look at the way you use Facebook and other social networking sites. Potential employers will often look for interviewees on social networking sites, and the way you portray yourself may have an effect on your job prospects.

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If your Facebook page is filled with pictures of you partying, this means you are friendly and sociable. But it may also mean you could turn up for work late or hungover.Is this the image you want to put forward to potential employers?Instead, you should vary what you put up on Facebook and similar sites. By all means include some photos from a night out, but also include news of sporting achievements, charity work, hobbies and your ambitions in the workplace.Tailor applications
Employers will receive lots of applications for each job, and will be looking for very specific skills and experience.So you should tailor your covering letting and CV to each employer. It may be tempting to have a generic covering letter template for each job, especially if you are applying for a large number of roles.However, this will not appeal to potential employers, and could do more harm than good.Find a reputable employment agency
Ideally, an employment agency should offer you support. You may be able to help you with mock interviews and structuring your CV.Your agency should match you to potential employers who come to them to fill roles that match your skills.

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Also, avoid any employment agencies that charge you for their service.Use rejection
If you are turned down for a job, you can still use this as an opportunity to improve your chances to find the right role.Ask for feedback from the employer, whether you were rejected after an interview, or before you reached this point.While some will not offer anything you can use, some feedback may give you the ideas you need to improve your interview technique, CV or covering letter.Your job search technique is vital to finding the right job. You should follow these tips to improve your prospects.

Creative Job Search Techniques – Build a Network

Creative Job Search Techniques – Build a Network[EXTRACT]
With the recession about to hit us and job losses on the increase, you need to employ some creative job search techniques if you want to get hired.The truth is that most people are taught the wrong way to find a job and so they end up using the least effective job search methods available. This makes life tough at the best of times, but a lot more difficult at times of economic uncertainty.So, if you want to find a job when the government is telling you we are on the verge of recession, at a time when people are losing their savings and their jobs and having their homes repossessed, you need to find some efficient job search techniques.So, how do you go about finding a job? If you are like most people, you search online and you look in the local press or specialist journals. Then you send in an application form or a résumé or CV with a cover letter and you wait for a reply. If you are particularly industrious, you may send out hundreds of these applications and still not get an interview.

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Experts agree that these methods, whilst being the techniques most frequently taught and most frequently used, are in fact, the least effective, accounting for a very low percentage of success, somewhere in the range of 5-14%.So, you could get a job using these methods, but if the success rate is so low, you need some more ideas.One of the most effective job search strategies is building a network of contacts. You’ve heard the theory that there are only six degrees of separation between everyone on the planet and whether that is true or not, the more people who know you are looking for work, the greater the chance of meeting someone who is interested in hiring you.Creating a network does take a bit of time and effort, but it will pay off. You can start with friends and family and use professional networking sites on the internet. You can also contact professional colleagues and people you have worked with in the past.Don’t be put off by the fact that you don’t think that anyone in your immediate circle is likely to know anyone who might give you a job. Everyone that you know has their own circle of friends and acquaintances.

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Go about building your network in a professional manner. Look at it as a job in itself and spend time developing it every day. Be sure that you have a good generic resume or CV typed up, which can be targeted to a specific job very quickly or used as a general introduction.If you are employed at the moment but afraid that you may lose your job in the current crisis, start building your network right away. Even if you do avoid being laid off, your network will be a valuable resource for the future.

Your 2008 Job Search Checklist

Your 2008 Job Search Checklist[EXTRACT]
The days of simply browsing through the Sunday newspaper and sending out a few resumes in order to win your next career opportunity are over. The days of retiring after having worked for just one or two companies are also over. Downsizings, mergers, offshoring, acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, consolidation, and other change initiatives have required rapid adaptation of workers, hard career decisions, and frequent transitions. These days, the average worker will hold approximately ten jobs before the age of 36. The average worker will change careers several times during his or her lifetime.While the timeframe for your job search will vary with the specifics of your situation, a commonly cited statistic is that the average job search will take anywhere from three to six months from initiation to the day you begin your new job. The U.S. Department of Labor indicates that the average length of unemployment in the U.S. is currently 18 weeks (a little over four months), but this figure covers all professions, all industries, and all professional levels. Another common job search statistic tells us that you can expect to spend approximately one month job searching for each $10,000 in salary you are seeking.Do you have a job search planned in 2008? If you do, and if you are looking forward to your next job search with dread, you are definitely not alone! Job searching can be incredibly stressful. But, with some planning, genuine effort, and sincere commitment, you can minimize that stress and land a new job – one that is personally, professionally, and financially rewarding – faster than you may have thought possible.

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Here is a checklist to help you achieve a fast, successful job search in 2008.* Set a clear target. Put yourself in the driver’s seat of your career by clearly defining your job search focus. In general, the more precise and focused your job search is, the better. For most people, the best and strongest job targets will include a statement of the job function and professional level paired with other indicators, sometimes just one and sometimes more than one, to make the job target more precise and ultimately more effective. These other indicators may be criteria such as industry, company size, company culture, or geographic location.* Build your network of support. Don’t underestimate the importance of having a strong support network to offer encouragement and advice, to brainstorm and share ideas with you, to help keep you accountable to the goals you set for yourself, and to help keep you on track throughout the emotional roller coaster that a job search can be. Family and friends are often included in the support network, but also consider joining a job search group or working with a career coach, particularly one who is very familiar with job search mechanics.* Adjust your attitude. An enthusiastic, “can-do” attitude that exudes self-confidence and a clear understanding of the value you offer in the workplace will make all the difference. Always put a smile on your face when you talk on the phone; it will shine through in your voice. Make eye contact and watch your body signals and posture when you meet with contacts in person. Your positive, confident attitude is one that people will like to be around and will make it more likely that you will be hired.* Update and revive your resume. Your resume is your first introduction to employers. Don’t underestimate the importance of making a positive first impression with it! Your resume should be up-to-date, focused for the current search, employer-centered, and results-oriented. YOU are a commodity in the job market and your resume is your advertisement. If your resume needs refreshing, now is the time to do it. If you need help with your resume, you should definitely consider hiring a professional resume writer.* Cultivate and strengthen your professional network. With more than 80% of available jobs never advertised, it is essential that you have the ability to access the hidden job market. Your professional network will be one of your most effective sources for information and referrals relating to the hidden job market. Of course, networking is all about relationships and so you should continuously nurture your network relationships regardless of whether you are job searching or not. But, whether you have or haven’t (If you haven’t, building network relationships would make a great New Year’s Resolution), now is the time to reach out to everyone you know to inform them of your search and to ask for advice and referrals. Consider using a website like LinkedIn to help with your effort.

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* Establish and promote your personal branding. At its essence, personal branding is about the authentic and unique promise of value you offer. In relation to your career, it is about the promise of value you offer that differentiates you from your peers and competitors in the workplace and job market. Branding yourself can actually have such a dramatic effect that you will become hunted rather than being the hunter for your next job opportunity.* Get organized and create a system for managing your job search. An organized plan and system will help keep you motivated, moving forward, and focused on achieving the ultimate goal. At the very least, you need a calendaring system, a system of logging inter-related and follow-up activities, a contact management system, and a filing system.* Create and follow a written, multi-pronged job search plan. Answering ads or posting your resume on the Internet are the easiest, but usually least effective job search techniques. Your job search plan should include a balance of techniques to access both the published and unpublished job market. Further, it should include activities prioritized and strategically selected to fit in each of the five major job search approaches:1) Networking and referral building:2) Targeting and contacting employers:3) Working with recruiters and agencies;4) Internet job searching (which also has some overlap with the 5th technique);5) Answering advertisements.