Job Search Tips – Tips on Finding Job Opportunities

Job Search Tips – Tips on Finding Job Opportunities[EXTRACT] Are you looking for jobs? A huge part of a country’s population tends to search for the jobs at the same point of time and this is the reason why there is a huge competition in the job market. Just a year and half ago the … Continue reading “Job Search Tips – Tips on Finding Job Opportunities”

Job Search Tips – Tips on Finding Job Opportunities[EXTRACT]
Are you looking for jobs? A huge part of a country’s population tends to search for the jobs at the same point of time and this is the reason why there is a huge competition in the job market. Just a year and half ago the world was facing a serious economic problem.At that point of time people were unable to receive good job opportunities. There were lots of people who even lost their jobs because of this problem. Others had to undergo a salary cut.But now the situation is much under control and the crisis is almost over. The job market is again flourishing with different kinds of jobs and people have started their job of finding a job.There are certain job search tips which can help you find the right kind of job for yourself. If you are interested in finding a job for yourself then you can surely check out the job searching techniques and go for them.

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There are people who might have been stuck in a bad job. It is very important to get out of it and change the job so that the person can have job satisfaction. Job search tips can help you in more than one ways.Other than finding the right job you can also find a job which can provide you with better opportunities as well as pay scale. The online job search tips will help you out while you search jobs on the internet.• The first thing that you need to do is self analysis. You need to think about your skills and experiences and you need to decide about the kind of career that you actually want for yourself.• Other than this, you can start looking on the internet for different kinds of job opportunities. If you want part time jobs then you can go through your local newspaper which can help you out with local information about vacancy in a company. Part time jobs can help you do something else along with your work.• It is very important to highlight all your accomplishments. Create a list of all accomplishments in your resume to make it more attractive. These job searching techniques can be of great help if you utilize them properly.

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• You can even take help from relatives and friends who are already working. If they are in the same field as yours then they might be able to help you out. They can either help you apply in their company or can even help you out with information related to the companies hiring in this field.• A good research is one of the most essential job search tips that you must follow. Research does not only mean that you have to surf the internet. You can even perform a research with the help of the local directories of the companies.• You need to be quite realistic about the compensation package offered by the company.• Finally get an edge over the other applicants by presenting good sample work.

Job Search Techniques: Smashing The Gray Ceiling

Job Search Techniques: Smashing The Gray Ceiling[EXTRACT]
For decades, women have chaffed at the invisible glass ceiling which prevents their moving into the high executive brackets that their competence, knowledge and skills have earned. The same amorphous barrier confronts older workers both in terms of advancement within a company and, most especially, when a job change is required. There is an adage in the military that if a rank above major has not been obtained within twenty years, it never will be. The ranks of early military retirees are sprinkled with majors who knew that ten or fifteen more years would never bring a Colonel’s cluster.How can such “unwritten rules” be fought? No lawsuit can prove that you were the best individual for the job. No employer is unintelligent enough to state that your age is the stumbling block. You sense the discrimination, you become aware of the sideways glances and the emotional response of an interviewer, but you feel powerless to change their perspective and their bias.Sitting across an interviewing desk, often facing an individual the same age as your son, your esteem erodes and your confidence self-destructs. Impotent, humiliated, and angry, you accept that nothing you can say is going to change anything. You continue job hunting with a mounting sense of frustration and an indisputable anticipation of failure.

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If you have nothing to lose, why not attack the problem head-on? Prejudice and discrimination survive only in the silence of unexamined judgments and, often unconscious, illogic. Confront the situation and at least you create the opportunity for the white light of reason to enter the fray.Try these approaches to prompt more honest interaction and possibly more rational conclusions.1. You need to be the one to put the age issue on the table. Offer it gently, as one area of needed exploration regarding why you fit the employer’s needs. Bring it up objectively, as something that can be discussed unemotionally, without triggering lethal interviewer defensiveness.2. Acknowledge your age as a basis for emphasizing the experience of a lifetime and the value that such experience can provide to any employer. Concentrate on describing how business has changed over the course of years and how deftly you have adapted to those changes and incorporated new ideas and technical advancements into your work performance.3. Acknowledge common misperceptions about the weaknesses of age: hard-to-break habits, lack of flexibility, technological ignorance, and distrust of authority, especially if young. Then use your sales ability to eliminate those misperceptions, probably already resonating in the interviewer’s head.Habits: Remind your host of the ability to adapt and reshape yourself which has kept your thinking young. Stress your relish for new challenges and innovative approaches. Cite some examples from your past about how smoothly you have been able to change to new workflows and procedures.Flexibility: Discuss your dislike of unproductive routine and your preference for trying new methods of approaching tasks. Stress those times in the past when you were able to develop creative solutions to long-term problems and how your resourcefulness helped your previous employers.Technology: Identify new technical advances within your field and address how you have internalized those changes. If you have successfully transitioned from dictating to a secretary to email and instant messaging, if you have moved from a manual adding machine to competent computer literacy, then small changes like learning new software or novel production systems should be a snap.Authority issues: You have attained authority in the past and you have also worked under a variety of supervisors in your long career life. Clarify your relationship with power: the respect you extend to those who are knowledgeable, the loyalty and support you offer any leader of your team, the self-respect you enjoy which allows you to participate in group goals enthusiastically without feeling that you need to be in charge or command the top title.

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4. Once you have demolished the myths of age, emphasize its strengths: reliability, mature judgment, lack of impulsivity, timeliness, a strong work ethic, and the ability to perform without outside distractions such as personal relationship problems, child commitments, and social responsibilities.Undoubtedly, there are individuals out there who have their own issues with hiring someone who reminds them of their father or who have had problems in the past with an underperforming older worker who was difficult to terminate. There will always be those you cannot reach, no matter how convincing your logic and your presentation.There are many more who are open-minded and seek not to make rash judgments. Address their semi-conscious fears face to face and the interview may end successfully – for both you and your lucky new employer.

Using Unconventional Job Search Tactics to Land Your Dream Job

Using Unconventional Job Search Tactics to Land Your Dream Job[EXTRACT]
Is the job search technique you presently use effective enough to land you the dream job you have always coveted? Are you sure you will get the desired interview invitations from using the conventional job search techniques? We hiring managers have realized that to get your dream job, you need to ditch the conventional job hunting techniques and utilize the unconventional job search tactics especially if you want your job seeking to be result oriented. This is because such tactics are more proactive because you the job seeker will set the pace of your search campaign. Further, they are highly targeted because they focus on specific industries, geographic areas, employers and positional types. They are also customized because they help in emphasizing your individuality by weaving your personality and career related values into your resume. Our objective here in this article is to identify such techniques you can use to land your dream job.Remember Pareto’s 80/20% principle? The principle is also applicable to job search. For a start, only 20% of available job opportunities are advertised either online or in newspapers/magazines. The remaining 80% of available job opportunities are not advertised at all. 80% of job hunters are therefore scrambling for the 20% of the available jobs advertised either online or in newspapers while the lucky and resourceful 20% of job seekers are the ones benefiting from the 80% of jobs that are not advertised online or in newspapers. These resourceful job hunters are getting invitation for interviews faster and consequently getting employed faster. To make your job hunting more effective and consequently get employed quicker, you need to join these 20% getting access to the unadvertised jobs. That is where the use of the unconventional tactics of job search comes into play.

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These tactics are the ones listed below:Making use of your phone: Most job seekers do not do this. Only about 1 – 2% actually do it. This is because it is similar to cold calling in sale and marketing which most salesmen hate to do. However, by calling the hiring manager or a person that can influence your employment in any organization, you are not requesting for an interview but only starting a relationship. You should also try letting the person you are calling know the person that introduced him or her to you. Chances are that you might not be successful at your first attempt. You should however endeavor to persist by following up through emails and further phone calls. Try building a rapport with the hiring manager and a few others within your target company. That way you might stumble on some leads that would be of assistance during your interview.
You hunt for companies rather than hunt for jobs: The joy in the use of unconventional styled job search is that hunting efforts is targeted. Having researched industries, companies and even people, you then focus your search on those industries and companies (and of course people) you desire to work in and work for. You should therefore target companies and not jobs in your search. Further, you need to research your target companies and start working for them before you are invited for any interview at all.
Networking, networking and networking: The beauty in this kind of job search is that it helps you take advantage of all your network connections. At the end of your conversation with any new connection, ask this all important question “Who else should I be talking to?” This way you get to expand your base and get introduced to those who could assist you with your search. Your networking should however be smart and creative. You can network with your alumni, ex employees, friends, career office etc.
Reading newspapers and magazines to get leads: You can also get leads for your job search through reading of newspapers and magazines. You can uncover leads by (i) monitoring the business sections for companies signing new commercial and contracts which portends a good sign for increased capacity. (ii) search for companies receiving venture capital. Such companies are likely to have a viable business model and will inevitably need new employees.
Using temporary agencies to get full time jobs: Many savvy employers use temporary agencies as screening device for needed talents. This is often used as a ploy to put temporary workers through trial/probationary period. A conscientious and talented employee could always get hired through this method. Therefore if offered a temporary job grab it with both hands.

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From the foregoing, it is evident that using the conventional techniques in your job search will not land you the desired job. It is only when combined with the unconventional techniques that you get the desired result. This is because while the traditional job search techniques focus on the visible job market, theses tactics penetrate the hidden job market or those jobs that are either not yet available or virtually unknown. You should therefore stop making the same mistakes most job hunters are making by making use of these unconventional tactics.

Online Job Search Techniques

Online Job Search Techniques[EXTRACT]
There’re many ways to conduct online job search. However, many job seekers only think of posting resumes and searching opportunities on big job sites like monster.com, hotjobs.com, and careerbuilder.com etc. There’s nothing wrong with it, but according to a survey conducted by careerXrooads.com, of all hires in 2002, only 3.6% come from monster.com, 1.5% come careerbuilder.com, and 0.5% come from hotjobs.com. Morever, many companies only advertise their job openings on their own company websites and some other speciality websites. Wouldn’t it be nice if you can use search engines to find these opportunities that are ignored by other job seekers?Before we go any further of how to conduct online job search, I would like to talk a little bit about Boolean Logic. If you are a math or a computer student, you may have already known it. Actually, it’s very powerful, yet simple to use in search engines. The following are some of the most popular Boolean operators, modifiers and field search commands.AND: Collects documents that include all terms.

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Google default operator.Example: job AND nursingOR: Collects documents that include at least one of the terms.Example: nurse OR rnNOT Collects documents that include the term that precedes it but not theterm that follows it.AltaVista: AND NOT; Google: – (e.g. -submit); All The Web: ANDNOTExample: manager AND NOT salesNEAR Collects documents with both terms that are within close proximity toeach other (usually 10 terms or less).AltaVista ONLY. Useful for finding contacts within a specific location.Example: manager NEAR marketingQuotation Marks “” Specify an exact phraseExample: “SAS programmer”Parenthesis () Define a search subsetNot used in GoogleExample: (iowa OR ia) AND (manager OR director)Wildcard Symbol * Matches any type and number of characters.AltaVista ONLY.Example: manag*url: Look for keywords in the document URL.Google: inurlExample: url:position AND ibmtitle: Look for keywords in the document title.Google: intitleExample: title:position AND merklink: Look for pages linked to a particular URL.Example: link:dell.comhost: Scans a specific computer or host of a URL.Example: host:mit.edudomain: Looks for pages within a specific domain like .com, .org, .edu.Example: domain:.org AND nurselike: Looks for pages related in contentAltaVista: like:Google: related:Example: like:dell.comfiletype: Looks for pages with a specific file type attached or documentedExample: filetype:xls OR filetype:pdfNow, let’s say you’re a pharmacist and is looking for a new job in boston area. So you can go to www.altavista.com and conduct online job search using the following string:url:job AND pharmacist AND contact AND position AND bostonIf you use www.google.com, you don’t need to type in AND since it’s default operator in Google. So you can just use:

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inurl:job pharmacist contact position bostonNow look at some more complicated online job search examples:(url:(job* OR opening* OR position* OR employ*) OR title:(job* OR opening* OR position* OR employ*)) AND send AND benefits AND opening AND EOE AND contact AND “SAS programmer” AND boston(“resumes@” OR “jobs@” OR “careers@” OR “hr@” OR “human resources”) AND (apply OR “send us” OR “send your” OR submit OR “fax us” OR “fax your”) AND (“organic chemist” OR medicinal chemist”) AND (synthesis OR synthesize)Now you see the power of online job search? Try different key word combinations and use them in different search engines. Some links you find might be junk links, but keep trying, as long as you pick up right key word combination, you should be able to find many job opportunities that are buried in deep deep web and are ignored by other job seekers.Happy searching.

Insanity or Job Search Deficiency?

Insanity or Job Search Deficiency?[EXTRACT]
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…–Albert Einstein, US physicist (1879 – 1955)Are you using the same job search techniques and strategies over and over again? The same strategies that have failed to land the job you want and yet you still expect to miraculously wake up one morning with a job? Well knock it off! While the majority of economists are predicting a gradual pick up in hiring this year, the competition will still remain tight for each new opening. As I have evangelized year after year, you must differentiate yourself from all the other job seekers. You must do this by utilizing modern techniques of sales and marketing. “At its simplest level, it [differentiation] could be a service we can deliver that no one else can. Or perhaps we specialize in working with a particular sector so we have more experience and knowledge in that field” states Paul McCord, a best-selling author on sales and marketing. The folks at businessknowledgesource.com tell us: All that really matters with product differentiation is the differences that are perceived by your consumers. Here are the primary areas of product differentiation:differences in quality
differences in design
differences in feature
differences in price
consumer understanding of the products and services they are buying
marketing and promotion, especially advertising
differences in location and availability of services and productsAnd it should go without saying your consumers are the hiring managers you are interviewing with or the people screening your resume and cover letter against the multitude they review for each opening. Change is never easy for anyone. But if you’ve been looking for a job for six to twelve months, or not getting interviews or job offers you want… You Must Change Things! You start at the beginning or foundation of yourself.

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Suffering from Resume-stink-itus?One size fits all is only good for Tee Shirts. You must tailor your resume to each job you apply for. This is vital for today’s job seeker because software and computers scan resumes for key words and phrases. One powerful way to customize your resume is to incorporate the job description from the opening you’re seeking. When recruiters review resumes they quickly scan and look for key word phrases to quickly qualify candidates. If you add these targeted words into your resume it will increase your viability for database searches and recruiters. Remember, someone is spending hours viewing yours and all other applicants’ resumes. You must be memorable and interesting quickly. Power one pagers, no grammatical errors, strong monetization of accomplishments as well as interesting facts beyond work and education experience.Disorganized and DisorientedIf you’re not project oriented and well disciplined it’s easy to become overwhelmed and lost in the job search process. Many people I’ve counseled over the years not only forget how many resumes they have sent out, they have not idea where they were sent and companies they have contacted. If you feel comfortable organizing with your computer, a couple of spreadsheets tracking your network contacts & follow-up and the second detailing all your job search activity such as ads you’ve answered, where/when resumes were sent, any responses with dates, phone interviews, in person interviews, contact names, phone numbers, etc. can easily be tracked and organized. No comfortable with spreadsheets? Grab a three-ring binder, label some dividers, and away you go.Visible or Transparent?You must have an active online presence. If your name’s not online, you’ll find promoting your brand (think yourself) in today’s world. You can leverage your presence quickly today using the Internet and social networking sites. We fuel ourselves with online media and information first. It’s very convenient to look up someone or something on the Internet opposed to looking anywhere else. On of the strongest ways to build your online presence is with a blog. A blog is a real time resume. One of the best ways to show people your expertise by writing about it, not to mention that search engines love blogs. They love how nicely they index with search engine crawlers, and they love how blogs have constant update. Establishing your name with search engines through a blog or a personal website is the first key step to building your online personal brand and identity. Make sure you have a professional presence on the minimum of LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. These as well as other popular sites are targeted by recruiters and hiring managers alike seeking qualified, professionals to fill positions. In addition, a personal website, webfolio as well as a blog will quickly solidify you as an expert in your field. Keep your vacation photos, party shots and your kids birthday photos on a “personal” account and do not mix with your professional persona.

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Are you a Networker or Netwrecker?Simply tweeting your agenda or a favorite quote or maybe posting some stuff on Facebook does not comprise serious networking. Yes, becoming proficient and visible online is important in today’s job search, but you must continue to put yourself out there and meet people face to face as well. Attend business or networking events, invite former colleagues or subordinates, to breakfast or lunch, who have now moved on to bigger and brighter roles. Most openings are filled before they get posted or advertised. The best way for you to tap into this “hidden job market” is through networking. Attend conferences, trade shows, community events, etc., make sure everyone you know and everyone you meet is aware that you’re seeking employment. A great way to find the people you need to know is to use the Internet to research companies. You can also follow employers you’ve targeted on blogs, Twitter and Facebook. Also, don’t forget to use the “introduce me” feature of LinkedIn.Laser FocusToday it’s about specialization. Companies are not looking for generalists today as in the past but the majority of job hunters are unaware ignore that fact. It’s logical that job hunters do not want to risk missing opportunities and try to position themselves as a generalist versus a specialist. But, if you really want to land that dream job, you have to know your specialty. You have to be fluent in your unique offering and personal brand. This specialty must be reflected in your cover letter, your resume, your elevator pitch and your interview answers.