Job Hunting http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7800/all en-US 10 High-Paying Careers With Low Educational Barriers http://www.wisebread.com/10-high-paying-careers-with-low-educational-barriers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-high-paying-careers-with-low-educational-barriers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/high_paying_job_000009131941.jpg" alt="Woman seeking high-paying career with low educational barrier" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2014&ndash;2015 school year was $31,231 at private colleges, $9,139 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.</p> <p>Ouch.</p> <p>Let's take a realistic look at some careers that not only pay well given a relatively low educational investment, but also have a positive income growth potential. For the purposes of this article, I've used the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, narrowing my search to jobs that usually pay $50,000 or more a year, and that also have a projected growth rate of 20% or more within the next decade.</p> <h2>Jobs Requiring a Two-Year Associate of Arts Degree</h2> <p>Most Americans can earn an affordable two-year degree at a local community college.</p> <h3>1. Sonographers</h3> <p>In 2012, the median pay for sonographers (or &quot;ultrasound techs&quot;) was $60,350; job outlook for growth was at 39%. While most work in hospitals, others find employment in physicians' offices as well as in private radiology facilities. My friend Clarissa worked in a hospital until she decided to start a family, at which time she decided shift work was not for her, and she went to work at a radiology office. Because it is in the health care industry, job satisfaction is high, and the work environment usually non-competitive and friendly.</p> <h3>2. Dental Hygienists</h3> <p>When my friend Lisa became a dental hygienist, I said, &quot;Yuck &mdash; aren't you grossed out all the time?&quot; She laughed and said no, it was usually just fine. She had the last laugh &mdash; at a salary of $70,210 per year (2012 data) with a 33% growth outlook. Because it is a family-friendly profession, she was also able to eventually choose her hours.</p> <h3>3. Cardiovascular Technicians</h3> <p>Here is another positive-growth position, predicted at 39% growth and paying an average of $52,000 per year. Most positions are located in hospitals; some are in physicians' offices or diagnostic laboratories. If you are good at communicating, are drawn to helping people, and can multi-task and think quickly on your feet, this may be a good position to investigate.</p> <h3>4. Web Developers</h3> <p>With a faster-than-average predicted growth (20%) and median pay of $62,500, the position of web developer is very intriguing. If you enjoy working with computers, learning and writing code, and have a creative side, this may be for you. Read these <a href="http://www.myinkblog.com/5-reasons-why-i-love-being-a-web-designer/">developers' accounts</a> of favorite things about their jobs.</p> <h3>5. Radiologic and MRI Technologists</h3> <p>At a median of $55,910, these positions also predict good growth (21%), plus the option of working in a hospital or private radiology setting. Interesting was this quote from an MRI technologist: &quot;The biggest surprise of my career is the <a href="http://www.citytowninfo.com/career-story/radiologic-tech/MRI-technologist-at-a-hospital">job security</a>. In this difficult economy, I am at no risk of losing my job.&quot;</p> <h3>6. Nuclear Medicine Technologist</h3> <p>While the rate of growth is just slightly slower than other imaging positions listed above, the salary is still impressive ($55,000 to $74,000). Most work in hospitals, or, in metropolitan-area, private radiological facilities. It is exacting work, with much of it spent on your feet.</p> <h3>7. Nursing</h3> <p>Although I found varying statistics about the growth rate for nursing jobs, I felt I shouldn't rule it out, given a 2012 median pay of $65,000 &mdash; with just a two-year degree. There is a lot of versatility in this area &mdash; from hospitals to doctors' offices, clinics, the military, hospices, public health, etc. Another plus for nursing is that it can be a very family-friendly schedule, especially if you work in a clinic or doctors' office, for example, which are closed on weekends.</p> <h2>Jobs Requiring a High School Diploma</h2> <p>Yes, there are still high paying careers that require nothing more than a high school diploma.</p> <h3>8. Elevator Installers and Repairers</h3> <p>Having seen a young woman working on the elevator at the local hospital, I wondered if it was a good job, so I checked. The 2012 median pay? Try $76,650, with projected growth of 25% &mdash; faster than average. One article even calls it a &quot;<a href="http://www.riseandgrind.com/2010/03/10/elevator-technician-recession-proof/">recession-proof job</a>.&quot; To get the gig, you'll need to serve an apprenticeship, be physically fit, and often be on call.</p> <h3>9. Law Enforcement</h3> <p>As of the 2007 census, only about one in eight local <a href="http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&amp;tid=71">police officers were women</a>. This career deserves a hard look. The pay ranges from $55,000 to $74,000 with a high school education and some on-the-job training. Government police jobs also have excellent health benefits, including dental and retirement funds. If you earn the rank of detective, pay takes a big jump. I only know one female police officer, and it ain't easy. It's dangerous work, but these women love their jobs.</p> <h3>10. Purchasing Manager</h3> <p>At a 2012 median of $60,550, the pay is good, but 4% growth is slow. Most of the job openings I found seemed to have &quot;specialties,&quot; i.e., automotive, construction, government, etc. Obtaining certification is recommended. If you are someone who enjoys the hunt of the best bang for your buck, you'd probably enjoy this job.</p> <p><em>Do you have a high-paying job without a four-year degree? Tell us about it below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-high-paying-careers-with-low-educational-barriers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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These often use a message board or chat function to enable user communication and contact customer service. If you've wondered how these discussions seem to stay relatively civil (even in the day of the &quot;troll&quot;), the answer is simple &mdash; moderators.</p> <h2>What is a Chat or Forum Moderator?</h2> <p>These are the people who stay behind-the-scenes of online communities, giving users a safe way to resolve issues, as well as policing the most offensive communications. They can delete content, ban users, or simply be on-hand to answer questions as needed.</p> <h2>How Much Does This Job Pay?</h2> <p>Pay can range from minimum wage to $15-$17 an hour. It is similar in pay structure to work-from-home customer service phone rep gigs. Some jobs pay for the entire time you are monitoring the forums, while others may only pay you when you respond to issues that come up in a work queue (meaning that you can be away from the community until you are called in).</p> <h2>How Can You Get a Job as a Moderator?</h2> <p>Getting a job as a moderator may be as simple as applying for a posting on a jobs website, or it may require being part of an active online community until you've earned a respected place in it and can request pay. Often, you can do some research into the communities you're a part of and see if they have any openings on their &quot;Careers&quot; tab.</p> <p>Sites that seem to hire moderator or chat reps frequently include<a href="http://metaversemodsquad.com/become-a-mod/"> MetaVerse Mod Squad</a>,<a href="http://www.lithium.com/company/careers/job-listing"> Lithium</a>,<a href="http://www.icucmoderation.com/careers-icuc/"> ICUC</a>, and<a href="http://www.emoderation.com/recruitment/"> eModeration</a>.</p> <h2>What Skills or Equipment Are Required?</h2> <p>A good chat or forum moderator will have excellent people skills, possess the ability to spell well and communicate via the written word, be efficient with a computer, and can sit for long periods of time, often staring at threads of messages until their help is needed. Most job listings will describe tech requirements, but the majority require you to have your own desktop or laptop computer with a high-speed DSL or cable internet connection.</p> <p>What's a day in the life of a moderator look like? It can vary, but according to Chelles of<a href="http://www.fitnpoor.com/"> FitNPoor</a>, there are definitely pros and cons.</p> <h2>Cons of Working as a Moderator</h2> <p>It can be difficult to keep your emotions under control when dealing with difficult people. &quot;You have to put your personal opinions aside. There are so many times where my politics or my view points are trumped by the job need to moderate and keep discussion peaceful,&quot; Chelles says.</p> <p>Your privacy is also not guaranteed. Chelles states that your personal information could be found, especially by passionate chatters who dislike you or your policies.</p> <h2>Pros of Working as a Moderator</h2> <p>One of the biggest advantages of this job is that you can work from home, and often, the hours are very flexible. This makes it an ideal option for students or stay-at-home parents, especially since the work environment doesn't have to be quiet.</p> <p>If you love having power, this is the job for you. Chelles says that it certainly attracts a positive person that can keep a level head, but it does reward you in the sense that you are in control. Some people thrive on that kind of control.</p> <p>There is also often a strong sense of community in most online forums, and this camaraderie can grow with time and involvement &mdash; especially as a moderator. Regular chatters on bigger sites recognize you and know your story; if you're the kind of person that makes friends easily online, this could be a very rewarding job for you!</p> <p><em>Will you be exploring a job as a moderator? Why or why not?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-great-side-jobs">30 Great Side Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-truths-from-a-mystery-shopper-you-must-read-before-you-get-started">8 Truths From a Mystery Shopper You Must Read Before You Get Started</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-a-side-gig-at-these-4-best-micro-jobs-sites">Find a Side Gig at These 4 Best Micro-Jobs Sites</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Job Hunting chat customer service forums moderators side jobs work from home Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:00:09 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1396562 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Job Offers That Are Too Good to Be True http://www.wisebread.com/8-job-offers-that-are-too-good-to-be-true <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-job-offers-that-are-too-good-to-be-true" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job_offer_000020361617.jpg" alt="Man accepting job offer that&#039;s too good to be true" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>These days, any job offer is one worth considering. Although the <a href="http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000">unemployment rate</a> is under 6%, the <a href="http://www.uticaod.com/article/20150310/News/150309315">median household income</a> in the U.S. actually peaked over 15 years ago. That means in real terms, the average family was better off in 2000 than it is today. So when a new job offer comes to the table, it's always worth taking a look at.</p> <p>However, some of these job offers can be fool's gold. On the surface, they look great. They seem to have everything you'd ever want. But sadly, the grass is always greener until you actually take the job, and see what life is like on the other side. Here are eight job offers that are often too good to be true.</p> <h2>1. Heading Up an Ailing Department</h2> <p>Sales have been low. Performance is down. Customer complaints are at an all time high. The company looks to you to save the day. Now, you're going to head up a department that has more than its fair share of troubles, and you will be the hero who saved the day. Or will you?</p> <p>The problem with this kind of job, whether it's an internal promotion or an external hire, is that it's all risk and very little reward. Say you do work day and night to fix all of the problems; will the company reward you with anything more than a thank you? Will they even acknowledge the part you played?</p> <p>With ailing departments, the problems are usually systemic and ingrained. The chances of you fixing anything in a reasonable amount of time, without requesting sweeping and disruptive changes, are slim to none. You are going to be very unpopular, and are basically accepting the job of &quot;fall guy.&quot; Do you really want that? Think back to all the sports managers who came in to turn around the success of the team. Most don't even come close.</p> <h2>2. Well-Paid Dead End</h2> <p>The good news is, you're getting more money. The bad news&hellip;it's a job no-one else wants &mdash; and with good reason. Dead-end jobs are often disguised as great opportunities, but if you look closely, the signs are there. How long has the job posting been up? Months? Years!? How many times has someone left the role in the last few years? What kind of daily work will you be doing? And most important of all, where does the job lead?</p> <p>Dead-end jobs are the top rung of a ladder you do not want to climb. The only way out is to go to the bottom of another ladder, and that will mean a significant reduction in pay and benefits. Once you've got used to the money, it will be hard to step away.</p> <h2>3. Work-at-Home Job</h2> <p>Is it possible to make a lot of money working from home? Absolutely. However, the vast majority of people who become successful spend a lot of their own time and money making it work and grow. And most importantly, they start the business themselves. If you see a <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/groupthink/2011/12/13/16-work-at-home-scams-to-avoid/">work-from-home ad</a> online stating that you can make six, or even seven figures every year just by mailing a few envelopes or making a few calls, it's purely for suckers.</p> <p>These jobs will lure you in with big profits and testimonials, but there is always a catch &mdash; you have to put some money into the business up-front, and then you'll see the profits roll in. No, you won't. You're only going to make someone else rich. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-worst-work-from-home-jobs?ref=seealso">The 5 Worst Work-From-Home Jobs</a>)</p> <h2>4. Big Promotion to Upper Management</h2> <p>This is it; the offer you've been waiting for. Finally, you get the chance to rub shoulders with the decision makers, and earn the kind of salary you always dreamed of. But not so fast; before you accept the job, look carefully at the position, the hours, the workload, and the stress that may be involved. You could soon find that the extra money is not worth all the extra hours, and additional pressure. In fact, your hourly rate may actually go down when you go from 40 hours per week to 70.</p> <p>Not only that, but when it comes time to trim down the workforce (which sadly happens annually at many companies), you could now be directly in the line of fire. You earn more, but you don't yet have the experience and expertise that comes with time served in that role. Suddenly, that job offer is looking more and more like a promotion to Stress City.</p> <h2>5. Job With Everything &mdash; Except Money</h2> <p>So many people in my industry &mdash; advertising &mdash; get suckered into this one. But it can apply to a vast array of professions. The basic premise is this; you are offered the world on a plate. It's a great company, with awesome people, in a very desirable part of the city. You can walk to work, it's so close. You get to actually have fun at work, and how many people can say that? There's only one tiny drawback&hellip;the salary is horrendous. You'd actually be taking a huge pay cut to get the job, and the chances of making any decent money in the next few years, well, they're slim to none.</p> <p>I have done this. I went from a great paying job with average prospects, to a very poorly-paid job with great prospects. If you did it early on in your career, it can work. Later on, you may find yourself struggling to pay bills and eat, and then you will resent the job that had everything.</p> <h2>6. X-Rated Promotion</h2> <p>This one comes from a good friend of mine (who shall remain nameless, obviously). Several years ago, he was working as a web designer in real estate when a client approached him with a better offer. He said &quot;Come and work for my new business, it's the same hours for a lot more money, and you could really make a name for yourself.&quot; He figured it was real estate, but was surprised to learn that it was creating websites for adult entertainment stars. Even though he knew it could be a black mark on his resume, he took the job. With that industry, once you're in, it's hard to come back into the clean-cut world. He was there for years, and had to take a job with much lower pay to get out. He regrets it to this day.</p> <h2>7. Morally Questionable Endeavor</h2> <p>There is no getting around this; if you take a job with great pay and benefits, but know deep down it is something you don't agree with, you're in big trouble. I experienced it personally when I was offered a cigarette account in my first advertising job. I took it, knowing it would lead to bigger and better things; and to be fair, it did. But the whole time I was working on the account, which was advertising cigarettes to poor people in India, I felt hollow. Don't talk yourself into a seemingly better job if it is going to conflict with who you are as a person. The money may be better, the hours may be shorter, the travel may be insane. However, if you can't look yourself in the mirror when you get home, it's just not worth it.</p> <h2>8. High Turnover Opportunity</h2> <p>Do you have a certain place of business near you that is always changing hands? First it was a pizzeria, then a donut shop, and then a barber's. Now, after a brief stint as a Mexican restaurant, it has become a nail salon. And you know it won't be long before it changes again.</p> <p>For some reason, some locations just never find success. It can also be the same with certain jobs. If you are being offered a lot more money, and benefits, to take a job that five other people have had before you in the space of six years, then you know something is very wrong. Sure, maybe you'll be the one to finally make things right. But more often than not, you'll be interviewing for your replacement soon enough.</p> <p><em>Have you ever taken a job offer only to regret it later?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-job-offers-that-are-too-good-to-be-true">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-keep-your-new-job-hunt-secret">6 Ways to Keep Your New Job Hunt Secret</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-warning-signs-that-it-is-not-the-job-for-you">6 Warning Signs that It Is Not the Job for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-great-cities-for-job-seekers">9 Great Cities for Job Seekers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/finding-the-right-job-there-s-plenty-of-phish-in-the-sea">Finding the Right Job: There’s Plenty of Phish in the Sea</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-must-learn-about-the-company-before-your-job-interview">5 Things You Must Learn About the Company Before Your Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting business employment job offers scams work Mon, 06 Apr 2015 09:00:07 +0000 Paul Michael 1367860 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Keep Your New Job Hunt Secret http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-keep-your-new-job-hunt-secret <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-keep-your-new-job-hunt-secret" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_job_search_000025717875.jpg" alt="Woman searching for new job and keeping it secret" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you're looking for a new job &mdash; the problem is, you already have one, and you don't want your current boss to discover you're looking for another. It's a situation most of us find ourselves in at least once during our careers, but it's also one that can be potentially disastrous.</p> <p>Since job security is important to most of us, it's important to keep your job search confidential until you actually have an offer on the table. Here are some tips for doing just that.</p> <h2>1. Hunt on Personal Time</h2> <p>Yes, it's often easier to look for a new job during regular business hours, but this also makes it a lot harder to keep your search a secret. Do your best to research new companies or positions and submit your resume on your own time.</p> <p>As you get farther along in your job search, it may become harder to avoid searching during business hours. Most new employers will not be willing to interview, in person or by phone, outside of their own working hours. But if you must search during these times, do the right thing and take some vacation time or call in sick.</p> <p>It can be helpful to let potential new employers know that while you are actively looking to leave your current position, they shouldn't contact your current company. Most employers are understanding of this, and allow you to check a box preventing current employer contact from occurring.</p> <h2>2. Guard Your Email</h2> <p>Conduct your job hunt from a personal email address, preferably one specifically dedicated to your job hunt. Many companies now monitor emails, so sending job-search related content through your current employer's server carries risks.</p> <p>It's easy to create a new email address, and most email platforms will allow you to read mail from multiple addresses with one (personal) login. Just make sure that any email you send in response has a return address that matches the one your potential new employer sent their email to.</p> <h2>3. Take Care With Your Resume</h2> <p>It's easy to post your resume to job boards, and doing so can feel like a huge step toward putting yourself out there. However, public boards are searchable by all companies, including the one you currently work for. While you may think that there is a fairly small chance that someone from your current company would see your post, many companies monitor these boards. They're looking for potential employees, but also looking for current employees who want to leave.</p> <p>If you must post to a job board, determine whether they have privacy options that would allow you to control who sees your information. You can also choose to <a href="http://career-advice.monster.com/job-search/getting-started/keep-your-job-search-secret/article.aspx">mask your applicant name</a> with something like &quot;Confidential Candidate,&quot; and describe your current position generally rather than specifically.</p> <p>These same cautions apply to your cover letter, too. You can mention that this is a confidential job search and request discretion during the hiring process.</p> <h2>4. Dress the Part</h2> <p>Interviews require you to dress up, but many jobs let you slack at least a little in the clothing department once you're employed there. This means that if you have an interview, but are going into work first, you should dress for your current role. Store your suit in the car, or go home before your interview so you can change.</p> <p>This is especially true when you're going on a lot of interviews. You may be able to make an excuse for dressing up once (like, you're going out to a formal dinner directly after work), but doing that more than once can raise suspicions.</p> <h2>5. Keep Social Media Contacts in the Dark</h2> <p>You can be as careful as you want about your job search, but if other people know about it, your cat can still get out of its bag. Unless someone is very close to you or has a good reason to know you're looking to change jobs, it's best to keep them in the dark. This is especially true for acquaintances who might not understand how important it is for you to keep things confidential.</p> <p>If someone finds out about your search, let them know that you are keeping it on the down low until you have an offer. Ask them to email you directly if they want to talk about it, or just tell them that you'd rather not discuss it, but you will let them know when or if something comes up.</p> <h2>6. Don't Talk About It</h2> <p>After everything mentioned here, this seems pretty obvious. But you would be surprised how many people shoot themselves in the foot because they get so excited, discouraged, frustrated, or exhilarated by their job search that they just can't help talking about it. Don't. Resist the temptation to brag, share, or vent about how things are going.</p> <p>If you know that you're the type who will inevitably need to talk about your search, choose someone who already knows about it. Call your best friend, your spouse, or even your mother to share your triumphs and successes.</p> <p>Looking for a new job can be such a fun and exciting time. Remember these tips so that you don't hurt yourself more than you help yourself, and so that you don't burn your bridges behind you.</p> <p><em>Have you searched for a job while you had a job? How did you keep things confidential?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-keep-your-new-job-hunt-secret">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-job-offers-that-are-too-good-to-be-true">8 Job Offers That Are Too Good to Be True</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable">6 Effective Ways to Make Yourself More Employable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-resume-mistakes-that-will-hurt-your-job-search">10 Resume Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting confidentiality employment resume Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:00:08 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1353879 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Effective Ways to Make Yourself More Employable http://www.wisebread.com/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_job_interview_000035737866.jpg" alt="Employable woman shaking hands in job interview" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The unemployment rate is steadily improving &mdash; thank you, American people &mdash; but there's still a large pool of job seekers, and not enough positions to go around. As a result, employers can afford to be extremely picky. They're looking for qualified applicants who bring more to the table. Why can't that be you? Consider these tips to make yourself more employable.</p> <h2>1. Recognize That Cookie-Cutter Resume Doesn't Work</h2> <p>Employers can spot a cooker-cutter resume a mile away. If you don't take time to update your resume and tailor it to each specific job, don't expect employers to take time out of their schedule to interview you. This is especially true if they receive numerous customized resumes or cover letters from people willing to go above and beyond to get noticed.</p> <p>Carefully read job ads to understand the responsibilities and duties. When crafting your resume and cover letter, focus on skills that are a good match for each specific position. For example, if you're applying for a sales position, your resume should focus on any previous sales or marketing experience. Mention workshops or courses you've taken, sales awards or recognition you've received, duties and responsibilities, and action-oriented tasks that got results.</p> <p>If you're not confident in your resume-writing skills, you may want to consider enlisting a professional. I recommend this to many of my friends, and you might benefit from it, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now?ref=seealso">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a>)</p> <h2>2. Further Your Education</h2> <p>A career coach recently told me that going back to school isn't necessary if you're trying to make yourself more employable, but it doesn't hurt to brush up on skills you already have. You can take a free or low-cost workshop, seminar, or class at a community college to expand or improve upon your skillset. Even if you have the requisite experience and education for a position, you might go further in the interview process if you have additional skills such as speaking a second language or proficiency in a new software program. The less time a company has to spend training you, the better. Additional skills also might enable you to have a greater role in the organization (and possibly move up the corporate ladder faster).</p> <p>Before applying for any job, research the &quot;bonus&quot; skills that employers in your field desire. If you can master these, you'll become more employable.</p> <h2>3. Get Social</h2> <p>You may not be a computer fanatic or a big fan of social media, but if you want to become more employable, you've got to improve your online presence. Many employers head online to find qualified job applicants, and not every company advertises openings on the job boards you frequent &mdash; increasingly fewer do this, in fact. Also, many companies have recruiters that scour sites like LinkedIn looking for qualified applicants. For example, in the past 12 months, I was contacted by four companies who found my online profile. That's work I didn't have to search for. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unconventional-ways-to-find-your-next-job?ref=seealso">Unconventional Ways to Find Your Next Job</a>)</p> <p>On the flip side, make sure your social media profiles aren't losing you jobs. Employers are researching your online life to make sure you're a good fit for the company before they extend an offer. Drunken or controversial posts, a combative attitude, and other unsavory and unprofessional additions will only work against you.</p> <h2>4. Adjust Your Attitude</h2> <p>After months of looking for a job, you might feel the situation is hopeless. Unfortunately, if you feel negative or discouraged, you can bring this attitude into every interview. Don't think employers won't notice your lack of confidence. This will show in your demeanor and in the way you answer questions. If the employer has to choose between someone who's excited and confident over someone who lacks self-confidence, they're going to go with the former. Fake it until you make it, as they say. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-become-more-hirable?ref=seealso">10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become More Hirable</a>)</p> <h2>5. Learn How to Ace an Interview</h2> <p>You can do every suggestion listed above, but if you have terrible interview skills, most employers aren't going to give you a second thought. By now, you're probably familiar with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">common interview questions</a> like: Why should I hire you? How can you help my company succeed? What are your long-term and short-term goals? What are your strengths and weaknesses? But don't just focus on mastering responses to these questions. Learn about the company by reading press releases, news articles, or studying their financials. This proves you've done your homework, and that you have a sincere interest in the company &mdash; and it'll help you prevent looking like an idiot in the hot seat.</p> <p>Also, have several mock interviews with friends or relatives to make sure your answers are to the point and concise. Whatever field you're applying in, search online for the top 20 or 30 interview questions specific to this field and come up with impressive responses for each one. You only have one shot to dazzle the employer. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-body-language-mistakes-that-sabotage-most-interviews?ref=seealso">10 Body Language Mistakes That Sabotage Most Interviews</a>)</p> <h2>6. Be Flexible</h2> <p>You might go into an interview thinking you have to earn a certain salary or have a certain schedule. However, flexibility can pay off. This doesn't mean compromising and taking a job that's clearly not a fit. But if you're flexible with your desired income and work schedule, you might get a job offer sooner rather than later. An employer might be unable to offer $55,000, but can do $47,000. Or, they might be unable to offer a nine to five shift, but can hire for a later slot.</p> <p><em>Do you have tips on how to make yourself more employable? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job">The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers">7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-did-wrong-at-your-last-job-interview">10 Things You Did Wrong at Your Last Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-keep-your-new-job-hunt-secret">6 Ways to Keep Your New Job Hunt Secret</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting interview tips job etiquette job search resume Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 1349296 at http://www.wisebread.com What You Should Do If You're Stumped During an Interview http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-job-interview-Dollarphotoclub_54828193_1.jpg" alt="woman job interview" title="woman job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you don't know how to answer a question during an interview, the silence can seem excruciating. You might even wish the floor would open up and swallow you whole. Not to worry, though &mdash; keep these tips in mind the next time you're strapped for an answer.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Dos-Donts-Job-Interviews-34040192">16 Major Dos and Don'ts at a Job Interview</a></p> <h2>1. Calm Down</h2> <p>First of all, the most important thing to do is stay calm. If you start freaking out, your body will begin reacting physiologically. For example, your blood pressure will start rising, and your heart may race. Once you start a stress response, you won't be thinking clearly, and you may throw out answers without thinking. Take deep breaths, and tell yourself that it's OK to not know the answer to the question. You'll just have to work through it; there's nothing you can do to change things, but you need to stay calm to find the right answer.</p> <h2>2. Don't Say &quot;I Don't Know&quot; Off the Bat, and Don't Make Stuff Up</h2> <p>You should not tell the interviewer you don't know the answer without mulling it over. Then again, be careful not to<a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Can-I-Lie-Interviewer-22943027"> make stuff up</a>, because your interviewer can see right through that.</p> <h2>3. Ask Questions</h2> <p>Maybe it's the question you don't understand. Ask your interviewer to clarify what she said. Go deeper into the question to see if you can get more details that will help you figure it out.</p> <h2>4. Tell Your Interviewer What You Do Know</h2> <p>If you do have some knowledge of the question, then take the time to tell your interviewer what you do know of the situation. Saying everything out loud can start you on the process of figuring out the problem.</p> <h2>5. Tell Them How You Would Find the Answer</h2> <p>Even if you don't know what the answer is, you can tell the interviewer the steps you would take to figure out the problem. Interviewers ask you hard questions because they want to see what your thought process is. Sometimes, the thought process may be more important than the actual answer. They want to see that you can take initiative and have the resources to come up with a solution on your own, instead of needing someone to hold your hand through problems. While you're trying to find the solution, you can admit to not knowing certain parts; this way, you come off as being honest, and the hiring manager will know you are not trying to fake it. For example, if you need to calculate something and you're not good at math, you can respond with &quot;I can't do the calculations off the top of my head, but I think these calculations will give me the answer. And what I can do is use a calculator to find that answer.&quot; Showing a little honesty shows vulnerability and transparency. It also makes you more likable.</p> <h2>6. Know the Right Time to Come Clean</h2> <p>Although we mentioned not admitting to the interviewer that you don't know the answer, there is an exception to this rule. If the answer is something that you will only know through memorization, such as a definition of the word, then it's probably best to admit that you don't know the answer, as it may be impossible to figure it out independently. Here's what you can tell the interviewer: &quot;It's a good question, but I'm sorry, I don't have the answer off the top of my head. I will be sure to follow up with the answer after the interview.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Send a Follow-Up Email</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Interview-Follow-Up-Email-Template-19179139">follow-up email for an interview</a> could become your second chance. Try to talk about the answer you were stumped on, but be smooth when you're talking about it. And make sure you're only naming the mistakes your interviewer caught and not drawing attention to the ones she did not catch. Don't say something like &quot;I'm sorry I did not know the answer to that question.&quot; Instead, tell her that after more time and thought, you managed to come up with a couple of solutions that could work for the problem.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your resume worked and you landed an interview! Don&#039;t blow it now with a bad answer to a tough question. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img style="height:95px; width:300px" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Typical-Job-Interview-Questions-Answers-20280663#photo-20280663">Master These 15 Interview Questions</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Good-Questions-Ask-During-Interview-33652741">7 Questions That Will Knock the Socks Off Your Interviewer</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Money-Trader-Joe-35589009">9 Ways to Save Major Money at Trader Joe's</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/master-these-15-interview-questions">Master These 15 Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-resume-mistakes-that-will-hurt-your-job-search">10 Resume Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job">The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-become-more-hirable">10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become More Hirable</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building General Tips Job Hunting hiring interview new job resume Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:00:18 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1282663 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Job Search Stunts to Get You Noticed by Employers http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-seeker-480474317-small.jpg" alt="job seeker" title="job seeker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you ever think your dream job would be snatched away by a desperate grad with a viral gimmick? No. No you didn't.</p> <p>In today's society, we're more interested social media hacks than work experience. We'd rather follow a good speaker than a good leader. And we'd rather have an out-of-the-box thinker than someone who knows what he/she wants. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-outdated-job-search-techniques-to-avoid?ref=seealso">10 Outdated Job Hunt Techniques to Avoid</a>)</p> <p>But don't worry, the same rules apply to you. If your previous job hunting strategies have failed, we've compiled an inspiring list of crazy stunts that landed real jobs for real people.</p> <h2>1. Billboard Lands Media Grad 60 Job Offers</h2> <p>By far the most publicized job stunt in recent memory is that of <a href="http://www.adampacitti.com/employadam.html">Adam Pacitti</a>, a college grad with a media production degree who found himself working as a coin exchanger at a video game arcade.</p> <p>After job applications failed, Adam decided enough was enough and of course, as any of us would have done, spent his last 500 pounds on a billboard. After being featured in literally every news source imaginable, Adam received over 60 solid job offers and went to work for award-winning production company KEO.</p> <p>What few people realize is that Adam put a whole lot more work in than simply buying a billboard. His spot in news media was only the result of a successful multi-platform social media campaign that went viral. Viral media always finds its way into the news these days, so his success shouldn't be a surprise.</p> <p>If that sounds like too much work, you'll love our next stunt.</p> <h2>2. Grad Student Suits Up, Hits the Metro, and Lands a Job</h2> <p>If you aren't one for all that social media nonsense, you'll love the story of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/09/10/graduate-handed-cvs-waterloo-station-dream-job_n_5795724.html">Alfred Ajani</a>. Alfred's marketing degree wasn't enough to land one of 300 positions he applied for, so he decided to go on the offensive.</p> <p>Armed with a suit and a stack of CVs, Alfred posted up at Waterloo station, collecting a few emails and business cards in the process.</p> <p>Oh but wait, that's actually not what landed him his job. Twitter took his post viral, where it caught the attention of recruitment company Asoria Group, who offered him a job via&hellip; LinkedIn.</p> <p>Looks like you're going to need those social media accounts after all.</p> <h2>3. Grad Lands Dream Job After Walking London Streets In a Sandwich Board</h2> <p>At this point, you're probably frantically following people on Twitter, preparing for your next job stunt. But just take a breather. It might be easier than you think.</p> <p>After making the unfortunate decision to get a history degree, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6221701/Graduate-uses-sandwich-board-to-find-job.html">David Rowe</a> found himself predictably jobless. Emboldened by a father-son debate, David strapped a sandwich board around his shoulders and advertised that he would work the first month free.</p> <p>He was then interviewed by recruiting firm Parkhouse Bell and ended up landing his dream job, which I'm assuming was in recruiting. We're guessing the firm saw his photo on Facebook, but it hasn't been confirmed, so you know... there might just be room for something more old fashioned.</p> <h2>4. Send QR Code Cupcakes to Editorial Teams</h2> <p>If public infamy isn't your cup of tea, what about something more direct and personable?</p> <p>Like cupcakes. Everybody loves cupcakes.</p> <p>Blogger and fashionista <a href="http://www.scarphelia.com/2013/06/act-six-scene-one-turning-great-ideas.html">Katie Oldham</a> decided to take her summer internship into her own hands with the help of a local bakery. Katie researched the editorial teams at her favorite publishing companies and delivered special batches of cupcakes with her website's QR code to their London offices.</p> <p>And it worked! She interned for Cosmopolitan, and her website is currently part of the Vice blogging network.</p> <h2>5. Home Brewed Beer Resumes</h2> <p>Nothing says work hard and party harder like a home-brewed batch of beer. What makes that beer even better? Resume covers of course.</p> <p>Brennan Gleason takes a distinguished spot on our list as being the only to pull off a successful job hunt stunt outside of the UK. Then again, he did it in Canada, so potato-patata.</p> <p>Brennan wanted to nab a sexy graphic design job, so what did he do? He designed custom resume covers for six-packs of beer he brewed himself.</p> <p>Let's see...</p> <ul> <li>Creativity&hellip; check.</li> <li>Graphic design skills&hellip; check.</li> <li>Free specialty beer for the office&hellip; CHECK!</li> </ul> <p>Surprise, surprise &mdash; <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/26/resume-on-beer-brennan-gleason_n_5534535.html">Brennan</a> was hired.</p> <h2>6. Wacky Website Campaign Turns Bakery Manager Into VP</h2> <p>Many of you are under the false impression that working successfully at your company will translate into a promotion.</p> <p>Not true!</p> <p>That VP spot just went to this guy. Despite seven tries, his CV tells us he hasn't been able to hold down a job for even one calendar year. But guess what!? He acted super wacky on video and a lot of people laughed, so he's qualified to be your boss!</p> <p>His name is <a href="http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/dad-dan-conways-wacky-job-hunting-2477515">Dan Conway</a>, but you can call him &quot;Yes, Sir.&quot; Dan launched a wacky website campaign consisting of him doing wacky things in order to find work and was eventually made a VP of marketing for a company I won't advertise.</p> <p>Apparently, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWffOEVI7IY#t=38">THIS</a> is what British marketing employers look for in their executives.</p> <h2>7. Grad Lands Social Media Manager Position by PMing a Stranger</h2> <p>What's the quickest way to land an interview? Find the owner's profile and hit them up with a private message.</p> <p>&hellip;Said no one ever. Unless you're <a href="http://mashable.com/2010/03/08/job-seeker-results/">David Cohen</a>. David knew a guy who knew a guy, and he randomly messaged that guy, who then interviewed him with another guy, and now David's their top social media guy.</p> <p>Sounds quaint. Perhaps you should try it. Just don't blame us if you get slapped with a restraining order.</p> <p><em>Have you ever tried to land a job with an outlandish stunt? What did you do &mdash; and did you get the job?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jacob-mcmillen">Jacob McMillen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-job-search-stunts-to-get-you-noticed-by-employers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable">6 Effective Ways to Make Yourself More Employable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-resume-mistakes-that-will-hurt-your-job-search">10 Resume Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job">The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting job search promotion resume self promotion Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:03 +0000 Jacob McMillen 1238130 at http://www.wisebread.com Master These 15 Interview Questions http://www.wisebread.com/master-these-15-interview-questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/master-these-15-interview-questions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-interview-152981657-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>First impressions are everything, and making a good one during a job interview can very well snag you the job of your dreams. Interviews can be nerve-racking, especially if it's for a job you really want. The only way to calm your nerves is to do a lot of prep beforehand so you'll be ready for your interview. Read on for 15 common interview questions.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/What-Your-Biggest-Weakness-Interview-Question-33900029">4 Rules for Answering the Weakness Question</a></p> <h2>1. Tell Me About Yourself</h2> <p>This question usually takes about one to two minutes to answer and will be your elevator pitch. You want to give them a brief rundown of who you are as a person and show how you articulate you are. Don't start rambling on about your personal history. Talk about highlights from job positions or schooling and how you can contribute to the company with your background and experiences.</p> <p>Know what the company is looking for. If it prizes technical skills, play those up. Showcase the qualities needed for the job you're interviewing for.</p> <p>Before the interview, write down two to three notable achievements, and be sure to bring them up during your elevator pitch.</p> <h2>2. What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?</h2> <p>Think about what others have said about you when you're trying to come up with a list of your strengths. Remember, always back up your points with an example.</p> <p>Pick strengths that align with the company's culture and goals. If you're applying to a scrappy start-up, highlight your ability to multitask and to take initiative.</p> <p>The most important factor when choosing which strengths to highlight is to make sure they relate to the position your applying to. For example, if you're applying for a human resources position, talk about your interpersonal skills.</p> <p>The weakness question is always the hardest to answer. Don't give a clichéd answer such as you work too hard or you're too much of a perfectionist. Try your best to stick to the truth and make sure you mention the steps you take to counter the weakness. Don't disclose anything that will make you look like an incompetent employee, such as not meeting deadlines and getting into conflicts with co-workers. Put a positive spin on the weakness but make sure it doesn't sound too practiced. An example of weaknesses can be impatience, which can mean that you want to get the job done. Another weakness can be time management but make sure you name the steps you take to beat that problem. You will look like a problem solver when you show them what you did to fix a flaw.</p> <h2>3. What Salary Are You Looking For?</h2> <p>You don't have to answer this question at the interview, and you can try to deflect this question until you've received an offer. Tell the interviewers that you want to hold off on salary talk until the both of you know that you're right for the job.</p> <h2>4. Why Do You Want to Work for Us?</h2> <p>Read up everything you can about the company, including the website, news articles, profiles of employees, and any tidbits on LinkedIn. If you or your friends know employees at the company, ask if they can speak to you about what the company is like.</p> <p>Try to get a sense of what the company culture is and what its goals are. Once you've done your homework, you need to figure out how the company ties into your own career path and future.</p> <h2>5. Where Do You See Yourself in a Few Years?</h2> <p>Think about how you can move forward from the position you're eyeing. Figure out the natural career track and tailor your answer to the company. Try to be honest but not to the point where you make yourself look like an unattractive candidate, such as saying you want to work for their competitor or something too personal like becoming a mom. Stick to professional examples; they don't want to hear about your personal life plan.</p> <h2>6. Are You Interviewing With Other Companies?</h2> <p>Try not to spend too much time on this question and answer briefly. A simple yes and mentioning the fact that you're open to opportunities will do the trick. You can also say that this particular job is your first choice. Remember, honesty is always the best policy, and don't lie and say you're interviewing at certain companies when you're not.</p> <h2>7. What Can You Do for This Company?</h2> <p>There are several versions of this question, which also includes, &quot;What will you do when you're at [job position x]?&quot; When you're preparing for the interview, think about why you would do a good job at the position and what steps you would take to achieve that.</p> <p>Bring in new ideas and examples of what you have done in the past that has benefited your previous companies. One trick that will help the company visualize you in the position is to tell them exactly what you'd do in the first two weeks at the job. Be specific about what you'd like to accomplish, so it's more believable and impressive.</p> <h2>8. Why Do You Want to Leave or Why Did You Leave Your Current Job?</h2> <p>It's understandable if you were laid off given the rocky economy. You don't have to share the dirty details, but you should be truthful and mention that your company had to let go of X number of people or the department was being restructured.</p> <p>If you are leaving because of a negative situation, be sure not to badmouth your old company or boss. It just reflects badly on you if you do. You can focus on the fact that you're looking for growth and that you feel this company feels like the step in the right direction.</p> <h2>9. Do You Have Any Questions for Me?</h2> <p>Asking good questions can reveal a lot of your personality and can be the most important part of the interview. Take some time into crafting very personal, well thought-out questions that require more than a &quot;yes&quot; or &quot;no&quot; answer.</p> <p>Don't ask questions that seem to be too assuming and that make you sound like you think you got the job. Don't try to focus on pay, benefits, and getting promoted. Focus more on what you can do for the company and not what the company can do for you.</p> <p>Use your judgement during the interview on how many questions are appropriate.</p> <h2>10. When Did You Have to Deal With Conflict in the Office, and How Did You Resolve It?</h2> <p>Be careful when you're addressing this question and make sure that you're not bitter or negative in your answer. You should always be positive because this reflects the fact that you take conflict well. Talk about a problem you faced (preferably not something you created), and detail the steps you proactively took to resolve the problem. The best examples will come from your past experiences.</p> <h2>11. Testing Your Knowledge and Experience</h2> <p>Make sure what you can live up to your claims in your résumé and cover letter, because your interviewer may try to test your knowledge and experience.</p> <p>For example, he might ask you questions in your field or get your professional opinion on some current events happening in your expertise. Another way to test your knowledge is to walk you through a sample scenario you might face in this new job, and ask you how you would solve the issue.</p> <p>The best way to prepare for these questions is to read up as much as you can about industry that you're applying to, and brush up on items in your past. Give yourself time to think about how you would tackle the problem they present to you, and don't rush your explanation. Even if you don't arrive at the conclusion the hiring manager is looking for, they may be impressed by your thought process.</p> <h2>12. Tell Me About Your Achievements</h2> <p>It's your time to shine when you talk about your achievements. Make sure you're preparing ahead of time for the achievement question.</p> <p>Write down three possible past wins relevant to the company and position you're applying to, and practice articulating your answers. Do your best to be specific and possibly throw in numbers to really back up your answers. For example, saying something like &quot;As a result of achievement x, revenue numbers increased by x percent year over year.&quot; This will really show your hiring manager how you added value to your past company's growth and reveal your worth as an employee.</p> <h2>13. Tell Me About Your Failures</h2> <p>Be careful when picking which failures to talk about because it can either be a hit or miss answer.</p> <p>Be honest in your answer. Don't pick a weak example, where the failure wasn't truly a flop. It's very telling if you're uncomfortable with the question. The interviewer may see you as someone who can't take responsibility for her mistakes and grow from it.</p> <p>You want to make sure that whatever you mention, you're able to explain how you bounced back stronger than ever and how you took steps to make sure that the mistake never happened again.</p> <h2>14. How Would Your Co-Workers Describe You?</h2> <p>It's time to talk yourself up! Highlight your positive traits, and make sure you're not bringing up your flaws. You should only bring up negative things if you're asked to do so.</p> <p>Think back on what your co-workers and bosses have said about you in your past reviews. This will help you formulate your answer.</p> <h2>15. What Was Your Last Salary?</h2> <p>Remember, you don't have to reveal anything you're not comfortable with to the hiring manager. You can answer this question indirectly by giving the interviewer a range you're expecting.</p> <p>Liz Ryan, CEO of consulting firm The Human Workplace, writes in a <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131217070749-52594-how-to-answer-the-question-what-was-your-last-salary?trk=tod-posts-post1-ptlt">LinkedIn post</a>, &quot;When we call the plumber because our tub drain is clogged, we don't ask, 'What did you charge the guy down the block to unclog his drain last week?' If we do, the plumber is going to say, 'My rate is $95 an hour. Do you want me to come over or not?'&quot;</p> <p>She suggests responding to this salary question with &quot;In this job search, I'm looking for jobs in the $95,000 to $100,000 range. Is that in the ballpark?&quot;</p> <p>The best way to prepare for this question is to figure out how much salary you want to be paid. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Much-Salary-Should-I-Ask-17873128">Here's how</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Land a job interview? Great. Now seal the deal by learning how to answer these 15 common job interview questions. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cover-Letter-Introduction-Templates-31929718">How to Start Off Your Cover Letter Right</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Interview-Follow-Up-Email-Template-19179139">Follow Up After a Job Interview With This Email</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Follow-Up-After-Interview-24541874">5 Rules For Following Up After the Interview</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/master-these-15-interview-questions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job">The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How NOT TO Answer 10 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-become-more-hirable">10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become More Hirable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-major-dos-and-donts-at-a-job-interview">16 Major Dos and Don&#039;ts at a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Job Hunting interview Job Interview job search new job Fri, 03 Oct 2014 21:00:05 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1221623 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things Interviewers Really Want to Know When They Ask These Questions http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-interviewers-really-want-to-know-when-they-ask-these-questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-interviewers-really-want-to-know-when-they-ask-these-questions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-interview-486489595-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Don't take your interviewer's questions at face value. Often, the reasons why she's asking you these questions is not just to hear your answers, but to read in between the lines and find out what your intentions are and how your character is. We've listed a couple of the most <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Typical-Job-Interview-Questions-Answers-20280663">popular interview questions</a> below and what the interviewer <em>really</em> means when they ask you these questions.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Interview-Mistakes-35619757">9 Costly Interview Mistakes That Can Lose You That Job Offer</a></p> <h2>1. Tell Me About Yourself</h2> <p>Okay, you should ace this question because it's the most basic and expected question out of every job interview. We want to see how you carry yourself and how articulate you are. We also want to know what you think are the highlights of yourself and your career and what's special about you.</p> <h2>2. What Are Your Greatest Weaknesses?</h2> <p>You know this question is coming, let's see how honest and thoughtful you can be. Not to mention how prepared you are. Please don't give us the clichés like, &quot;My weakness is I work too hard.&quot; We can see right through that. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Your-Biggest-Weakness-Interview-Question-33900029">This question</a> can reveal how self-aware you are and how proactive you are when a problem arises.</p> <h2>3. Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?</h2> <p>We want to make sure you're here for the long haul and you've really thought about this. It takes resources to train a new hire, so ideally, we would like you to stay a while. Your answer will clue us into your ambition as well, and if you've truly thought about what your career track with us will be like. It's a chance for us to hear your strengths and your goals.</p> <h2>4. Why Do You Want to Work for Us?</h2> <p>We want to make sure you really want to work for us and that you did your research. We don't want to hire people who just want this job because it's a job.</p> <h2>5. Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?</h2> <p>Was there drama in your last company? We're actually curious to see if you left your company on good or bad terms. Obviously, most of you will catch on to this question, but your answer can also give us an insight into your relationship with your former company and how you work. If you badmouth your previous employer, no matter what the circumstance, we'll probably take it as a red flag. We also want to make sure that you're not going to leave our company for the same reason.</p> <h2>6. Do You Have Any Questions for Me?</h2> <p>This is my opportunity to see if you have been paying attention and how passionate you are about this position and company. It's also a test to see how much homework you've done on the company and the position. This can be your chance to wow us, and it can be one of the most memorable things about a candidate.</p> <h2>7. [Insert Incredibly Hard Problem]</h2> <p>We want to know how you think on your feet and what your thought process is like. You <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-You-Cant-Answer-Interview-Question-33925868">may not be able to answer this question</a>, but we want to see how you deal with the stress of not being able to answer the question and to see if you can at least tell us the steps you would take to find the answer. This shows good initiative and problem-solving skills. We're not looking for someone who would give up as soon as something hard comes their way.</p> <h2>8. [Insert Surprising Question]</h2> <p>Okay, you may be completely thrown off by this question, but we want that to happen. It may elicit a more genuine reaction and that's what we really want to see. Perhaps, we can catch a glimpse of your personality.</p> <h2>9. What Would Your Co-Workers Say About You?</h2> <p>We want to know how you think others view you. It says something about how self-aware you are, and it can clue us into how your relationships with your former co-workers are.</p> <h2>10. What Are Your Hobbies?</h2> <p>We want to know what you are like as a person outside of your job. This is a good time to bring up your side projects and impressive hidden talents. What you do with your free time can be a big reflection of what kind of employee you will be. For example, having a successful Etsy store can show us that you're productive, driven, passionate, and creative. This is your chance to stand out and share something personal about yourself that will make us remember you.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Learn to read the truth behind these common job interview questions, so you can respond with the answers that get you hired. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/What-Annoys-Hiring-Managers-34912002">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Bring-Job-Interview-2428108">5 Things to Bring to a Job Interview</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/What-Say-During-Interview-35404815">13 Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-interviewers-really-want-to-know-when-they-ask-these-questions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-major-dos-and-donts-at-a-job-interview">16 Major Dos and Don&#039;ts at a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/master-these-15-interview-questions">Master These 15 Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-a-good-first-impression-at-your-next-job-interview">13 Ways to Make a Good First Impression at Your Next Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Job Hunting Job Interview questions underlying meaning Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:00:05 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1203902 at http://www.wisebread.com The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-interview-handshake-175211526-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the job market continues to disappoint with <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/samanthasharf/2014/09/05/jobs-report-u-s-economy-added-142000-jobs-in-august-unemployment-down-to-6-1/">fewer and fewer available jobs</a>, we have to work harder at impressing potential employers.</p> <p>There are thousands of tutorials out there about how to impress interviewers and job gatekeepers. And just like you, everybody else is reading those same tutorials. That's why you need a secret weapon, a special edge, or just something plain crazy to stand out from the competition. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unconventional-ways-to-find-your-next-job?ref=seealso">6 Unconventional Ways to Find Your Next Job</a>)</p> <p>So think about getting your foot in the door by imitating these six creative applicants that landed a job with a crazy stunt.</p> <h2>1. The Google Job Experiment</h2> <p>Fact: about <a href="http://mashable.com/2013/09/27/google-yourself/">56% of people search their own name on Google</a>.</p> <p>Unless you share the same name with a major celebrity, you will experience search results without the interruption of any Google ads. That's when the lightbulb went off for Alec Brownstein, and he created the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FRwCs99DWg">Google Job Experiment</a>.</p> <p>He created Google ads for the top advertising creative directors, so that the next time they happened to search their own names, they would see a message from Alec asking for an interview. The stunt worked and Ian Reichenthal, creative director at Young and Rubicam, an ad agency in New York City, hired him after an interview. Ian was so impressed that he even went on <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/google-ads-help-job-seeker-find-work/">TV interviews with Alec about the Google Job Experiment</a>. For just $6, Alec got wide media attention and landed a job.</p> <h2>2. Interactive Video Resume</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9EzNll1U2N8"></iframe></p> <p>If a picture is worth a thousand words, why are we still using only words to describe our resumes?</p> <p>That's exactly what PR executive Graeme Anthony must have been thinking when he created and uploaded his <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=9EzNll1U2N8">interactive video resume</a> to YouTube.</p> <p>Through a clever script, good soundtrack, and great video production, Graeme was able to gather about <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/oliverchiang/2010/09/15/viral-video-resume-wows-potential-employers/">2,000 views within the first hour</a> that the video went live. He believed that the video would better show off his personality and creative skills. The stunt worked and London's Frank PR agency <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/business-12194581">quickly invited for an interview and offered him a job</a>. He <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/graemeanthony">continues to work there</a>, and his video resume has gathered over 300,000 views.</p> <h2>3. Chocolate Bar Resume</h2> <p>Nicholas was looking for a position as a marketing professional. Instead of sending the standard paper resume, he opted for a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/21/chocolate-bar-resume-photo_n_2733870.html">chocolate bar resume</a> with &quot;credentials that would satisfy any organization's appetite.&quot;</p> <p>With 100% of the recommended servings for leadership, creativity, and business acumen, and a 110% for work ethic, this <a href="http://imgur.com/vjdVFqO">delicious business treat</a> got him the job. This proves that chocolate makes anything look irresistible.</p> <h2>4. &quot;Will You Fit In?&quot;</h2> <p>Here is a great strategy for the next time that a potential employer asks you the usual: &quot;Things get a little crazy around here, how do I know you'll fit in?&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-craziest-thing-you-have-ever-said-or-done-at-an-interview-and-still-got-the-job/answer/Richard-Waddington">Richard Waddington</a> had been working for the same company for over a decade and was ready for a change. Since he hadn't had a job interview in a long time, he was a bit stressed. As he was going out the door, his four-year-old daughter handed him a small plastic cow from a barnyard set and said, &quot;Daddy, take this for good luck!&quot;</p> <p>Fast forward several hours of interviews and Richard was sitting in front of the VP of HR. She gave him the usual &quot;little crazy around here, will you fit in?&quot; question. Richard immediately responded, &quot;I have a cow in my pocket!&quot; and sat the little plastic cow on the table. The VP burst into laughter and Richard got the job.</p> <h2>5. The Resume That Took 2,000 Hours</h2> <p>It is estimated that it takes a person about <a href="http://gladwell.com/outliers/the-10000-hour-rule/">10,000 hours to become an expert</a> in anything.</p> <p>A high school graduate took this rule to heart and with time on his side, he embarked on a mission to create an enormous project in hopes of <a href="http://www.pcgamer.com/2013/07/16/behind-falskaar-a-massive-new-skyrim-mod-and-the-19-year-old-who-spent-a-year-building-it/">impressing potential employers at Bethesda Softworks</a>.</p> <p>Alexander Velicky spent a total of 2,000 hours over a one-year period to develop a modification (or &quot;mod&quot;) for one of Bethesda's hit titles, <a href="http://www.ign.com/games/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim/xbox-360-14267318">Skyrim</a>. Except this is no run-of-the-mill mod. Alexander's &quot;Falskaar&quot; uses the talents of 29 voice actors, provides about 25 hours of gameplay, has an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5bEnz24kqE&amp;feature=youtu.be">original soundtrack</a>, and is the joint effort of over 100 people with Alexander at the helm.</p> <p>Take a look at the impressive <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gJiVKpLPYw">preview video of Falskaar</a>.</p> <p>With <a href="http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/37994/?">close to 4 million total views</a>, Alexander caught the attention of Bethesda's rival, Bungie, which offered him a job as an <a href="http://forums.bethsoft.com/topic/1479196-to-the-community-thank-you/">Associate Designer</a>.</p> <h2>6. Attempt to Destroy Own Property</h2> <p><a href="http://www.quora.com/What-is-the-craziest-thing-you-have-ever-said-or-done-at-an-interview-and-still-got-the-job/answer/David-Germanico">David Germanico was in the middle of a interview for a sales job</a>. The interviewer asked if he had a phone and David produced his very old Nokia &quot;brick.&quot; &quot;Sell it to me,&quot; requested the interviewer.</p> <p>David started to panic as his mind raced to find a reason that anybody would want such an old phone over a slick and powerful smartphone. No Internet access, no cool apps, no camera.</p> <p>Then a light bulb went off. &quot;It's tough as nails! I challenge you to do this with any other phone!&quot; said David as he threw the phone against the wall.</p> <p>The phone survived. The drywall got a small dent. David got the sales job.</p> <p><em>What is the craziest thing that you have done to land a job? Please share in comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable">6 Effective Ways to Make Yourself More Employable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How NOT TO Answer 10 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-become-more-hirable">10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become More Hirable</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting interview job hunt job search resume Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:00:03 +0000 Damian Davila 1213127 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Things You Can Do To Find Your Calling http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-you-can-do-to-find-your-calling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-things-you-can-do-to-find-your-calling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl-taking-selfie-507901593-small.jpg" alt="girl taking selfie" title="girl taking selfie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some amazing articles on things you can do to find your calling, protecting your child's identity, and vices that can ruin your finances.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Find-Out-What-You-Want-Do-31695583">12 Things You Can Do to Find Your Calling</a> &mdash; Starting a blog or a YouTube channel can help you find your calling. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://richsinglemomma.com/weblog/how-to-protect-your-childs-identity">How to Protect Your Child's Identity</a> &mdash; To protect your child's identity, be aware of whether or not your child is receiving pre approved credit accounts. [Rich Single Momma]</p> <p><a href="http://www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com/2014/08/22/five-vices-that-could-ruin-your-financial-future/">Five Vices That Could Ruin Your Finances</a> &mdash; Eating out and brand name shopping can ruin your finances. [Your Smart Money Moves]</p> <p><a href="http://www.createmyindependence.com/2014/07/30/7-reasons-to-give-your-ideas-a-try-even-if-they-might-not-work/">7 Reasons to Give Your Ideas a Try Even If They Might Not Work</a> &mdash; Do you have an idea you want to try even though you think it won't work? Give it a try anyway and remember that failure isn't permanent. [Create My Independence]</p> <p><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id1261-10-key-characteristics-of-debt-free-people.html">10 Key Characteristics of Debt-Free People</a> &mdash; Debt-free people are patient and not addicted to shopping. [Len Penzo dot Com]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/finish-your-financial-year-off-right/">3 Simple Ways to Finish Your Financial Year Off Right</a> &mdash; Before the year is over, take the time to revisit your goals. [NarrowBridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-books-to-spark-your-child-s-imagination">4 Books to Spark Your Child's Imagination</a> &mdash; The book Roxaboxen can help spark your child's imagination. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.myfrugalhome.com/how-to-tell-when-butternut-squash-is-ready-to-pick/">When to Pick Butternut Squash</a> &mdash; If you are growing butternut squash, wait until the stems are brown to pick it. [My Frugal Home]</p> <p><a href="http://accordingtoathena.com/2014/08/why-im-going-back-to-school.html">Why I'm Going Back to School</a> &mdash; Were you passed up for a promotion? Consider going back to school so that doesn't happen again. [According to Athena]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2014/08/diy-sewing-room-storage-ideas/">DIY Sewing Room Storage Ideas</a> &mdash; Using a frame with wire and small pegs can give you a unique DIY storage option for your sewing room. [The Centsible Life]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-you-can-do-to-find-your-calling">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-job-learn-the-secret-from-a-bad-movie">How to get a job--learn the secret from a bad movie</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-job-hunt-tips-you-should-ignore">8 Common Job-Hunt Tips You Should Ignore</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting best money tips career job Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1194287 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Major Dos and Don'ts at a Job Interview http://www.wisebread.com/16-major-dos-and-donts-at-a-job-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-major-dos-and-donts-at-a-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-interview-180409534-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Job interview coming up? Don't be nervous! Just follow these guidelines below, and you'll be fine.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Make-Good-Impression-Interviewer-Minutes-34950915">Make a Good Impression on Your Interviewer in 10 Minutes</a></p> <h2>Do</h2> <h3>Wear the Right Outfit</h3> <p>Make sure you know what the dress code is for the office. One good idea is to check with HR before the interview to get a feel of what you should wear.</p> <h3>Bring Copies of Your Résumé</h3> <p>Although you're sure the company has your résumé, it never fails to bring copies of your just in case your interviewer needs to look at it and doesn't have it in front of her.</p> <h3>Have a Nice Folder for Your Résumé</h3> <p>Just so your résumé doesn't look like something cat dragged in, keep it in pristine condition in a professional-looking folder. Here are other <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Things-Bring-Job-Interview-2428108">important items</a> to bring to an interview.</p> <h3>Have the Appropriate Body Language</h3> <p>Be aware of how you're carrying yourself during an interview, because your posture, eye contact, and relaxed position can impress your interviewer. Remember to sit still and straight and don't fidget. Here are more <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Body-Language-Tips-24032463">body language tips </a>to help.</p> <h3>Give the Right Answer to the Weakness Question</h3> <p>This could be the question that could trip you up. Be honest and give a real answer and not a cop-out one. Here are more tips on how to <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Your-Biggest-Weakness-Interview-Question-33900029">answer the question</a>.</p> <h3>Be On Time or Slightly Early</h3> <p>Turning up five to 10 minutes early is the sweet spot for interviews. Showing up too early can make things awkward, and showing up too late is a red flag. But just because you only have to get there shortly before the interview starts doesn't mean that you can leave your house later. Plan to be near the interview spot a lot earlier than when it starts to account for unexpected delays like traffic, and hang around in a nearby coffee shop until it's close to the interview time.</p> <h3>Prepare the Right Questions for the Interviewer</h3> <p>Make sure you've prepared a <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Good-Questions-Ask-During-Interview-33652741">list of good questions</a> to ask your interviewer at the end. Pay attention throughout the interview, so you'll have questions related to what the hiring manager talked about. This shows that you're actively listening.</p> <h3>Send a Thank You Note</h3> <p>Always send a thank you note (here's a <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Interview-Follow-Up-Email-Template-19179139">good template</a>) after the interview. This is something that's appreciated by a lot of recruiters. It's also your chance to make a final impression or clarify anything you didn't get around to in your interview.</p> <h2>Don't</h2> <h3>Think the Interview Is Over Until You Walk Out the Door</h3> <p>The interview will continue until you walk out the office door, so be careful of your behavior and your words even when your hiring manager is done firing questions at you. Be polite and on top of your game when you are making casual conversation on your way out, and be nice to the receptionist.</p> <h3>Get Too Relaxed</h3> <p>Your interviewer can seem like your long-lost BFF, but&hellip; she's not. And you shouldn't treat her like one. It's OK to be friendly, but you're still trying to make a good impression. Don't be too relaxed or you may slip up and do something that's unprofessional. She's not going to base the interview solely on how likeable you are.</p> <h3>Badmouth Your Old Job</h3> <p>Maybe you had a boss à la <em>Devil Wears Prada</em>, but your hiring manager doesn't need to know that. Badmouthing your former employer just gives off negative vibes and detracts from your professionalism.</p> <h3>Be Unprepared</h3> <p>This should be obvious, but research the company to death. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Research-Company-23243414">Here's how</a>. This is so you can craft your answers to fit the kind of candidate they're looking for and show that you're diligent and have done your homework.</p> <h3>Address Salary or Benefits Until the Interviewer Does</h3> <p>OK, so they are very important factors for you, but hold off until you get the job offer. Your interviewer wants to see what you can do for the company, not what's in it for you.</p> <h3>Freak Out If You Don't Know the Answer</h3> <p>The interviewer just threw you a big curveball by asking you to do some calculations when you have a phobia of math. Don't. Freak. Out. The worst thing you can do is to clam up when you don't know an answer, because you won't be able to think clearly and may throw out a bad answer in panic. Here's <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-You-Cant-Answer-Interview-Question-33925868">what to do </a>you if you don't know how to answer a question.</p> <h3>Lie</h3> <p>Never, ever lie. Being found out will ruin your chances of getting the job. Plus if you make up something, you may not be able to talk at length about it without slipping up. Generally speaking, honesty is the best policy! Here are some of the <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Can-I-Lie-Interviewer-22943027">common lies</a> you need to avoid.</p> <h3>Talk About Your Problems</h3> <p>You need the job to pay off your student loans, blah blah. The hiring manager does not want to hear about your 99 problems, and although you're being honest, it can come off as a pity party. You will be hired based on your qualifications, potential for success, and your fit with the culture. Everything else will be secondary to those factors.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Your resume, network, online profiles all worked and you&#039;ve landed the interview. Don&#039;t mess up now! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-You-Cant-Answer-Interview-Question-33925868">What You Should Do If You're Stumped During an Interview</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Employee-Discounts-Retail-Stores-35428578">Check Out the Employee Discounts at 21 of the Biggest Retail Stores</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Job-Hunting-Tips-Women-35579564">4 Major Don'ts For Women in the Job Market</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-major-dos-and-donts-at-a-job-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/master-these-15-interview-questions">Master These 15 Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-interviewers-really-want-to-know-when-they-ask-these-questions">10 Things Interviewers Really Want to Know When They Ask These Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-keep-your-new-job-hunt-secret">6 Ways to Keep Your New Job Hunt Secret</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable">6 Effective Ways to Make Yourself More Employable</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Job Hunting ettiquete Job Interview resume Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:00:04 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1183629 at http://www.wisebread.com Your Resume Sucks — Try One of These Instead http://www.wisebread.com/your-resume-sucks-try-one-of-these-instead <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/your-resume-sucks-try-one-of-these-instead" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-interview-resume-76806707-small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Of all the things you might need for a successful job search, a good resume has historically been the most essential.</p> <p>The problem is, most resumes look pretty much the same and that can make it hard to get noticed by potential employers. In fact, as someone who's spent time reviewing job applicants, I can tell you that it doesn't take long for all those resumes to start blurring together. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now?ref=seealso">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a>)</p> <p>That means yours needs to &quot;pop&quot; if you want to stand out and as I outline in my upcoming book, <a href="http://prosperity20.com">Prosperity 2.0</a>, there's fortunately a number of ways to make that happen. You can even customize it to target a specific industry or highlight certain skills and accomplishments, giving you a real edge over the competition.</p> <h2>Conservative Industries Expect a Conservative Resume</h2> <p>The easiest way to choose a resume style is to look at your prospective employers. Are you looking in more conservative fields, such as law, banking, or accounting? Is the position you're applying for set in a traditional corporate environment?</p> <h3>Choose Chronological</h3> <p>If so, your resume should be traditional as well. The chronological format is most common, so when in doubt, this version is a safe bet. It's also a good starting point for the others included here.</p> <p>A chronological resume typically runs a page and a half to two pages in length and includes your complete history &mdash; your prior work experience, your education and your skills &mdash; in chronological order, with the most recent entries listed first. You can also include a section devoted to your accomplishments as well as your career goals and objectives.</p> <p>This resume doesn't really &quot;highlight&quot; anything specific &mdash; it's more of a 30,000 foot view &mdash; and works best for those with a strong and continuous work history.</p> <p>In some cases, the chronological resume might not suit your needs. Perhaps you don't have that strong work history or your most recent entries aren't overly relevant to your prospective job. Or maybe your targeted industry isn't quite so traditional and you think a bit more &quot;pizazz&quot; is called for.</p> <p>Not to worry&hellip; that's where the next resume comes in.</p> <h2>Create a Functional Resume to Highlight Skills Over Continuity</h2> <p>The functional resume is designed specifically to draw attention to the areas you want to highlight. It may or may not include your entire history, and the layout itself is also quite different from the chronological format, giving you a little more creative control in how you present yourself to prospective employers.</p> <h3>Put Your Winning Attributes at the Top</h3> <p>You can list your education first for example, or dive right into your accomplishments if that's where you really shine. Your work history is included, but doesn't have to be in any particular order, and in fact, rather than portraying your employment in a &quot;job-by-job&quot; format, you focus more on the goals you accomplished and the experience you gained.</p> <p>This variation also works great for those who are just starting out or have gaps in their employment history. Keep in mind however, that potential employers will likely want to pin you down on dates and length of employment at some point.</p> <h2>Use a Combination Resume to Feature Both</h2> <p>The combination resume is just what it sounds like: a combination of the chronological and function formats. It starts with skills and accomplishments, but also includes a complete, chronological work history. This resume is ideal if you're looking to change careers and want to highlight relevant skills and experience. It's also a good option if your industry is more creative than conservative, and you want to show some individuality.</p> <p>And speaking of showing individuality, there are times when you want to pull out all the stops. So, while it's a good idea to have at least one of these versions on hand &mdash; regardless of what kind of job you're looking for &mdash; it doesn't have to be the version you lead with.</p> <p>In fact, let's look at some other, more eye-catching varieties that can help get your foot in the door.</p> <h2>Resumes That Go a Step Beyond</h2> <p>It's not unusual for people to have multiple versions of the same resume, each one geared toward a specific type of job or to highlight a certain set of skills.</p> <p>But instead of reproducing your entire resume for this purpose, why not do what advertisers do and create tailored &quot;marketing pieces&quot; that push what you want to push.</p> <h3>Maybe Try a Newsletter Resume</h3> <p>For example, a newsletter resume is just what it sounds like: a resume written in a newsletter format. So, think images, columns, callouts, and bold headings, all laid out to highlight the skills and experience most relevant to the job you're applying for.</p> <p>This format allows you to zero in on your community service for example, or really promote those three months that you exceeded your sales quota. In fact, if you present the information in newsletter-style &quot;stories,&quot; you can turn any piece of information into an important (and impressive) asset, making this a perfect choice.</p> <h3>Or Pop With a Rack Card</h3> <p>Rack cards are commonly used by businesses to promote a special or advertise a new product or service, but you can use them to draw attention to your most marketable skills and experience.</p> <p>Standard size is 4x9 and typically uses both sides of the card, but other than that, you're free to use your imagination. And you should.</p> <p>Think big &mdash; lots of color, well-placed graphics and bullet points. Be bold. Market your very best strengths, the things you want a potential employer to notice, and include your contact information too. Have a website? Include that as well, and if you don't, read on to find out why you should.</p> <h2>Resumes That Go Several Steps Beyond</h2> <p>One of the best ways to attract a potential employer's attention is to think outside the box and with all the online tools available, there's just no limit to what you can do. So, let's talk about two very cool options here.</p> <h3>Your Resume Online</h3> <p>Yes, you can simply make an electronic version of a traditional resume, but why stop there? Why not get creative and show employers just how fantastic you truly are?</p> <p>Back in the 90s, when I was still working in the corporate world, I created an online resume that included &quot;The Top 10 Reasons You Should Hire Me&quot; (&quot;I really want this job&quot; was #7) as well as a multiple-choice psychic reading that promised to reveal the perfect candidate for the job in question.</p> <p>The user selected the qualities they wanted using radio buttons and clicked a big &quot;Reveal&quot; button to see the results. They were then taken to the traditional version of my resume which, by the way, was geared to highlight the same skills and experience options offered in the reading.</p> <p>Yes, I know that sounds a little cheesy, especially since resumes have always been such a serious and formal affair. But then, it was supposed to be cheesy &mdash; that was the whole point. I wanted to be different from all the other applicants, and I felt that the potential was worth the risk.</p> <p>A blog for instance, can allow you to show off your industry expertise as well as your stellar writing skills. A good LinkedIn profile can almost substitute as a condensed version of your resume, and a business-only Twitter account might enable you to do some serious networking within your niche.</p> <h3>Your Resume on Video</h3> <p>In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005O5CM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00005O5CM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WNTOX6NYW647VOXH">Legally Blonde</a>, sorority diva Reese Witherspoon decides she's going to apply to Harvard Law to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner, after he breaks up with her to find a &quot;serious&quot; girlfriend. Getting into Harvard isn't easy however, so besides studying hard and passing the LSAT, she creates a video resume to stand out and get noticed.</p> <p>Now, she has no legal background to speak of and her character isn't the most intellectual of applicants&hellip; so, she uses the video to play up the strengths she does have instead.</p> <p>And you can do the same.</p> <p>Show off your contribution to the community, your sense of humor, your blazing-fast typing skills, your incredible multi-tasking abilities, and even your hobby if it's appropriate. The key is to create a video that shows off your personality while still tying into the job or industry you're applying for.</p> <p>Just remember that whatever you produce may be shared among others within the company, especially if it's entertaining, so create something for the masses. And don't &quot;be&quot; someone on the video that isn't truly part of your personality &mdash; characters and scripting aside, your prospective employer will expect to see a live version of the candidate they saw in the video, should you get an interview.</p> <p>For ideas, <a href="http://mashable.com/2011/01/17/tips-video-resumes/">Mashable has some great tips and samples of video resumes</a>.</p> <h2>One Resume Is Never Enough</h2> <p>Choosing the right resume can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, especially if you have something other than a run-of-the-mill background to work with.</p> <p>But that's what makes these other options so appealing.</p> <p>Ideally, you should have several versions of your resume to work with &mdash; a complete, traditional resume (be it functional, chronological, or combination format) and then some of the other varieties to help you target your desired industry.</p> <p>And don't be afraid to try new varieties or employ other tools to get you noticed within your niche. It's an easy way to stay in front of those that do the hiring and remind them of why they need you on their team.</p> <p><em>Have you created multiple resumes to attract more interest from employers? Please share your experience in comments (&quot;functional&quot; is fine)!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kate-luther">Kate Luther</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-resume-sucks-try-one-of-these-instead">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-outdated-job-search-techniques-to-avoid">10 Outdated Job-Search Techniques to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job">25 Awesome Websites to Help You Get a Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-effective-ways-to-make-yourself-more-employable">6 Effective Ways to Make Yourself More Employable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-craziest-things-people-have-done-to-land-a-job">The 6 Craziest Things People Have Done to Land a Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting creative resume job search resumes Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:00:06 +0000 Kate Luther 1178256 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Things to Bring to a Job Interview http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-to-bring-to-a-job-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-things-to-bring-to-a-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-interview-iStock_000035738344Small.jpg" alt="job interview" title="job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on things to bring to a job interview, getting a free education at your fingertips, and easy home organizing tips.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Things-Bring-Job-Interview-2428108">5 Things to Bring to a Job Interview</a> &mdash; Be sure to bring a reference sheet and your resume to a job interview. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/ways-to-get-free-education/">A Free Education Is at Your Fingertips - 12 Ways</a> &mdash; You can get a free education by checking out YouTube and Academic Earth. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/say-clutter-20-easy-and-useful-diy-home-organizing-tips.html">Say No to Clutter! 20 Easy and Useful DIY Home Organizing Tips</a> &mdash; To get your home uncluttered, organize your cords and utilize hidden storage. [Lifehack]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/07/how-to-earn-an-extra-14-million-in-two-steps.html">How to Earn an Extra $1.4 Million in Two Steps</a> &mdash; Negotiating a higher starting salary can help you earn an extra $1.4 million. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalconfessions.com/financial-health/building-an-emergency-fund-isnt-as-annoying-as-you-think.php">Building an Emergency Fund Isn&rsquo;t as Annoying as You Think</a> &mdash; If you get frustrated with building your emergency fund, remember you won't be funding it forever. [Frugal Confessions]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/07/27/18-ways-youre-making-your-life-harder-than-it-has-to-be/">18 Ways You're Making Your Life Harder Than It Has to Be</a> &mdash; If you have an all or nothing mentality, you are making your life harder than it has to be. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/07/5-easy-ways-brighten-someone-elses-day.html">5 Easy Ways to Brighten Someone Else's Day</a> &mdash; Making someone a home made meal or complimenting them can brighten their day. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-tips-to-get-back-on-the-school-schedule-1">8 Tips to Get Back on the School Schedule</a> &mdash; Regaining consistency and going to bed earlier can get your kids back on the school schedule. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/are-glass-screen-protectors-better-than-plastic-ones-1611904544">Are Glass Screen Protectors Better Than Plastic Ones?</a> &mdash; Plastic screen protectors may be cheaper, but glass ones tend to be tougher. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/how-to-go-back-to-work-if-youre-already-retired/">How to Go Back to Work If You're Already Retired</a> &mdash; Want to go back to work even though you are already retired? Check community resources to update your resume or practice interviewing. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-to-bring-to-a-job-interview">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-high-paying-careers-with-low-educational-barriers">10 High-Paying Careers With Low Educational Barriers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-keep-your-new-job-hunt-secret">6 Ways to Keep Your New Job Hunt Secret</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jobs-that-offer-free-room-and-board">Jobs That Offer Free Room and Board</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting best money tips Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1172614 at http://www.wisebread.com A Pro Resume Editor Reveals the 5 Dumbest Things You Have on Your Resume http://www.wisebread.com/a-pro-resume-editor-reveals-the-5-dumbest-things-you-have-on-your-resume <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-pro-resume-editor-reveals-the-5-dumbest-things-you-have-on-your-resume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/resume-iStock_000025391523Small.jpg" alt="resume" title="resume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="150" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Resumes are your first introduction to a potential employer; they're the key that unlocks a closer inspection. You might be the world's best interviewee, but if you can't land an interview in the first place, those interpersonal skills won't do you much good. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now?ref=seealso">12 Words You Need to Delete From Your Resume Right Now</a>)</p> <p>In an effort to identify the dumb mistakes many job hunters make on their resumes, I spoke with Jenny Rae Le Roux, professional resume editor and owner of <a href="http://managementconsulted.com/">Management Consulted</a>, an online resource for would-be consultants. After spending several years as a consultant with Bain &amp; Company, Jenny Rae now helps others enter the highly competitive world of management consulting.</p> <p>Here, in her words, are the top five mistakes Jenny Rae sees in resumes.</p> <h2>1. It's a Novel</h2> <p>We are sure your history is amazing, and you may be an awesome storyteller, but don't ever, ever,<em> ever</em> have more than two pages on your resume. Five sections (summary, professional experience, academic experience, leadership, and personal), four entries per section, and four to five bullet points per entry should cover it. And please don't ever use less than 10.5 point font size and 0.5 inch margins!</p> <p>Less is really more. You only have 10 seconds to make an impression, so don't bore the reader or scare them away with too much detail. Instead of reading everything, they'll look at your huge document and skip it completely.</p> <h2>2. The Formatting Is a Fiasco</h2> <p>Keep it consistent, people! If you are hoping someone will select you to appropriate their big honking budgets, manage multi-member teams, make major decisions, or perform any basic job at a competent level&hellip; you should be able to make one page flawless.</p> <p>Don't mix fonts, sizes, or styles and PLEASE &mdash; do NOT put color on your resume (unless you are 10 years old or younger).</p> <h2>3. Previous Positions Prioritized Poorly</h2> <p>Say that three times fast!</p> <p>If you scooped ice cream for 10 years, but just completed a three-month non-paid internship with Google, that's what employers want to know the most about. If you can fill up a page with short-term prestigious experiences, leave off the 10-year piece altogether &mdash; especially if it makes someone picture you in a setting that isn't compatible with your current aspirations. The last thing you want is to paint a picture of yourself in a role you're attempting to break free from.</p> <h2>4. It Suffers From TMGI</h2> <p>(That's <em>Too Much General Information</em>)</p> <p>You do not have to explain to the reviewer that you answered phone calls as a secretary. They know that. They also don't want to know about your middle school awards. Focus only on college achievements and beyond, and make sure that you don't just include summaries of each job. Include one clear illustration of something you did over and over with positive results.</p> <h2>5. It's Missing Key Details</h2> <p>&quot;Offered advice to companies,&quot; does not pack as much punch as &quot;Oversaw team of four consultants to manage a contract with $5B pharmaceutical company; assisted CEO directly with new market entry strategy.&quot;</p> <p>Provide relevant details and metrics wherever possible. Expect to spend time on your resume on your own, but also consider having an expert review it for you. It's a small one-time cost that will pay itself back tenfold by the time you start your first day at a brand new job.</p> <p><em>Have you made any of these resume mistakes? Share in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jacob-mcmillen">Jacob McMillen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-pro-resume-editor-reveals-the-5-dumbest-things-you-have-on-your-resume">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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