resumes http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9430/all en-US 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-1"> <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/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/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-4 views-row-even"> <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-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 creative resume job search resumes Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:00:06 +0000 Kate Luther 1178256 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Tax Deductions Job-Hunters Can’t Afford to Overlook http://www.wisebread.com/6-tax-deductions-job-hunters-can-t-afford-to-overlook <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-tax-deductions-job-hunters-can-t-afford-to-overlook" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4797027866_37fe25954b_z.jpg" alt="man walking" title="man walking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="223" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you&rsquo;re out of work, any help you can get with expenses is more than welcome. Sometimes these gifts come from unexpected sources, such as the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS provides tax deductions for job-hunting expenses that reduce your taxable income and decrease your tax bill. As an added bonus, you can claim them even if you didn&rsquo;t land a job that tax year. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-great-tax-deductions-you-may-have-overlooked">16 Great Tax Deductions You&nbsp;May Have Overlooked</a>)</p> <p>However, there are a few caveats:</p> <ul> <li>Your job hunting expenses must add up to at least 2% of your total gross income to qualify as deductions.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be looking for work in the same field. Unfortunately, career changers aren&rsquo;t able to benefit from the government&rsquo;s generosity.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>People looking for their first job are out of luck, too. You can only deduct job search expenses if you&rsquo;ve already been employed, even if it was part-time.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>The IRS doesn&rsquo;t recognize job hunting expenses you incur after a &ldquo;substantial break&rdquo; between losing your job and starting your search. While the agency doesn&rsquo;t provide a specific definition for &ldquo;substantial break,&rdquo; waiting months to start your search may be a mistake.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Most of these deductions allow you to write off the costs in full, but some do have limits. Check with a tax professional if you&rsquo;re unsure.</li> </ul> <p>The sum of these expenses is listed as a single itemized deduction on line 21 of Schedule A. You won&rsquo;t have to send in any receipts or other documentation with your return, but make sure you have them just in case the IRS initiates an audit. Without comprehensive records, the IRS may disallow them and make you pay any additional tax you owe.&nbsp;</p> <h2>1. Employment Services</h2> <p>Using employment services can give you a boost in your job search, but the costs can get steep. Luckily, job seekers can deduct the fees associated with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unique-ways-to-score-a-job-interview">employment counseling, headhunters, or other job placement services</a>. You can also deduct the costs of placing job-seeking ads in newspapers or on classified websites. Fees you pay for access or membership to job ad websites are similarly deductible.</p> <h2>2. Resume Preparation</h2> <p>Your resume is the first impression potential employers have of you, and sometimes you need to shell out a good bit of money to get it just right. You can deduct expenses you incur from professional resume preparation services, as well as books that provide resume-related advice and instruction. You can also write off printing and copying costs such as ink and paper, mailing when you send your resume to employers.</p> <h2>3. Communication</h2> <p>Local and long-distance phone calls you make via land line or cell phone to inquire about work or for job interview purposes are deductible. Keep in mind that unless you use the phone service solely for job-hunting purposes, you cannot deduct your entire phone bill. Only the portion of the charges that directly relate to your employment search are eligible. Request itemized bills so you can see exactly when you made the calls, how long they lasted, and how much they cost.</p> <h2>4. Networking and Professional Development</h2> <p>The fees you pay to attend job fairs, seminars, conferences, and other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-simple-networking-tricks"> networking events</a> while looking for work are also deductible. You can even write off fees for online networking sites and premium employment services such as those offered by LinkedIn. If you take any classes or training courses to build your skills and make yourself more marketable to employers, you can write off those expenses as well.</p> <h2>5. Travel</h2> <p>Travel expenses can be a little tricky, but if you don&rsquo;t mind a little math, you should be able to write off a good portion of your costs. The IRS gives job hunters a $0.55 deduction per mile that covers both local and out-of-town driving to job interviews, networking events, and other job-related trips. You can also write off parking fees. If you use mass transportation or travel via air or rail, you can deduct the costs in full. Hotel or other lodging costs are deductible as well. And if you grab a bite to eat while you&rsquo;re hitting the pavement, whether it&rsquo;s a fast food breakfast in your car or a lunch interview at a fancy restaurant, you can write off 50%of each meal.</p> <h2>6. Childcare</h2> <p>While this last one isn&rsquo;t actually a deduction, it&rsquo;s still a huge help for many job seekers. The child and dependent care credit covers up to 35% of your day care or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-babysitting-without-ending-up-on-the-local-news">babysitting costs</a> dollar-for-dollar, directly reducing the amount of tax you owe instead of reducing your taxable income. You can only claim expenses that you incurred while looking for a job and you must have the provider&rsquo;s Social Security or Employer Identification number to qualify.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lauren-treadwell">Lauren Treadwell</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tax-deductions-job-hunters-can-t-afford-to-overlook">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/job-search-tips-that-will-get-you-a-job-in-2012">Job Search Tips That Will Get You a Job in 2012</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/3-tax-deductions-you-can-never-take">3 Tax Deductions You Can Never Take</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-outdated-job-search-techniques-to-avoid">10 Outdated Job-Search Techniques to Avoid</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-online-tools-to-help-you-land-a-job">5 Online Tools to Help You Land a Job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting Taxes job hunting expenses networking resumes tax deductions Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:24:31 +0000 Lauren Treadwell 973338 at http://www.wisebread.com Job Search Tips That Will Get You a Job in 2012 http://www.wisebread.com/job-search-tips-that-will-get-you-a-job-in-2012 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/job-search-tips-that-will-get-you-a-job-in-2012" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/office_job_2.jpg" alt="Woman at an office job" title="Woman at an office job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Unemployment has dipped to 8.6%, but there are still quite a number of people who are searching for jobs. Even among my circle of friends, I see that some of them are still facing layoffs or are struggling to find jobs. There really is a trick to job hunting, and interviewing is a skill you can pick up. Make sure you're not doing the wrong things by reading a roundup of the best job search tips we've featured in the past, and use those to get your dream job in 2012!</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Find-Unlisted-Jobs-12707416">RELATED: How to&nbsp;Get Jobs You Didn't Know Existed</a></p> <h3>Use Google Doc Templates</h3> <p>If you're job hunting, the <a href="https://docs.google.com/templates?pli=1">Google Doc Templates</a> gallery will be your BFF. You can download relevant templates and customize them to use for your application or your prep process. Here are a couple templates you might find helpful:</p> <ul> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://docs.google.com/previewtemplate?id=134jFx2NOjG_oMkbL3pFijooU-CkNoGpjyJEYBYWsxB8&amp;mode=public">Modern Résumé</a>: A very modern and clean looking résumé that has a simple design. It doesn't look too cluttered up and has just the right professional touch. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://docs.google.com/previewtemplate?id=0As3tAuweYU9QcHlVM3hrY2tocEkyY3FvbXhoY0NBWFE&amp;mode=public">To-Do List</a>: When you're job hunting, you're going to have a never-ending to-do list for things like reaching out to contacts, going to events, sending résumés to a certain company. Keep your job search tasks organized in this Google template. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://docs.google.com/previewtemplate?id=0Aako7Xi-nxN1ZGc0OHpqNXpfMTBmc2Q2aDZnZg&amp;mode=public&amp;pli=1">Job Interview One-Sheeter</a>: This is a great, great interview tool that will help you prepare. It's nice to have all your points located on a single sheet of paper so you can make sure you're covering all your bases. It's also handy because you can print it out and quickly look over for a refresher before an interview. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://docs.google.com/previewtemplate?id=0Aqko7Xi-nxN1dFFudFhvU0xKWE9fVHhnVjVMaFpmWUE&amp;mode=public">Networking Tracker</a>: To keep track of the many people you'll come in contact with while networking for a job, use this sheet to stay on top of things. Note: Although the preview doesn't seem to be working, the template still downloads and works fine.</li> </ul> <h3>Send a Thank You Letter</h3> <p>It's very important to follow up after a job interview, because even if you think the interview went badly, keeping in touch may improve the interviewer's perception of you. It reflects persistence, and it's also polite to thank the hiring manager after the interview. Remember to also send the note within two days of the interview; although, if you've passed the two-day mark, a late response is better than no response.</p> <p>There is such a thing as being too pushy, so keep it light, cheery, and professional. Here is a sample of the kind of email you should send:</p> <blockquote><p>Dear Interviewer,</p> <p>It was great meeting you today, and I appreciate you taking the time to interview me. I'm excited to be considered for the (name the position) as well as all of the opportunities the company presents. I had a good time discussing my passion of (insert what you're passionate about) and really enjoyed learning more about (insert what new tidbit you learned about the company).</p> <p>Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to following up with you.</p> <p>Best,</p> <p>Interviewee</p> </blockquote> <h3>Ask the Right Questions</h3> <p>A job interview is incomplete without a question and answer session that has you doing the asking. You should be prepared with relevant questions about the company, the job at hand, and your potential future with the organization. Keep your interview on the right track and your foot out of your mouth by asking questions the right way.</p> <p><strong>Don't Seem Entitled</strong></p> <ul> <li>Don't Ask: How long before I get a promotion?</li> <li>Do Ask: What are the opportunities for advancement, and do you typically promote from within?</li> </ul> <p><strong>Don't Make Your Interviewer Uncomfortable</strong></p> <ul> <li>Don't Ask: Is there anything about me that would prevent me from getting this job?</li> <li>Do Ask: What qualifications are you looking for in the person who fills this job?</li> </ul> <p><strong>Don't Be a Gossip</strong></p> <ul> <li>Don't Ask: I heard the CEO was involved in scandalous activity; is that true?</li> <li>Do Ask: While researching your firm I learned that the company recently [fill in the blank]. Can you tell me a little bit more about this development?</li> </ul> <p><strong>Don't Get Bogged Down in Details</strong></p> <ul> <li>Don't Ask: Can you break down my day in terms of hours spent doing A, B, C, D, etc.?</li> <li>Do Ask: Can you tell me what my average day would be like?</li> </ul> <p><strong>Don't Seem Greedy</strong></p> <ul> <li>Don't Ask: What kinds of perks do you get around here?</li> <li>Do Ask: What do you enjoy most about working here?</li> </ul> <p><strong>Don't Focus on the Negative</strong></p> <ul> <li>Don't Ask: What's the worst part about this job?</li> <li>Do Ask: Given my background and experience, what do you think will be the greatest challenge for me in the beginning?</li> </ul> <p><strong>Don't Ask Frivolous Questions</strong></p> <ul> <li>Don't Ask: How many other applicants are you interviewing?</li> <li>Do Ask: How soon do you expect to make a decision?</li> </ul> <h3>Bring the Right Items</h3> <p>Job hunting is a process more people are having to go through as companies undergo big layoffs in the face of a challenged economy. It's competitive out there and the little details matter more with crowded applicant pools. Make your case stronger by showing up prepared &mdash; check for these five items before you head out the door.</p> <p><strong>Interviewer / Company Phone Number</strong></p> <p>Even if you've allowed plenty of time for traffic the unexpected can always happen, like an accident that prevents you from getting to your interview on time. Have the phone number handy so you can call and discuss timing, and possibly reschedule your interview over the phone for another time.</p> <p><strong>Reference Sheet</strong></p> <p>Bring a sheet separate from your résumé that lists your professional references. It's usually a good sign when the interviewer asks for references, so eliminate any hesitation by providing your reference list on the spot.</p> <p><strong>Résumé</strong></p> <p>Print several out on nice paper and carry them with you in the same portfolio where you keep the reference sheet. Interviewers are usually prepared with their own printed version, but what if the printer ran out of ink just before you arrived? Eliminate hassle by supplying a copy of your own.</p> <p><strong>Notebook With Prepared Questions</strong></p> <p>It is inevitable the interviewer will ask if you have any questions for her. As long as you've remembered to bring the notebook where you outlined prepared questions, this part of the interview will be a breeze.</p> <p><strong>A Pen That Works</strong></p> <p>You'll need something to write down notes during your interview, for your own information and if there's anything that triggers questions you may want to save for the end. Just be sure to scribble before you leave the house so you're not stuck with a useless pen.</p> <h3>Have the Six Degrees Mentality</h3> <p>When you're slogging through those job applications and waiting anxiously by your phone, you must be thinking, there's got to be an easier way to do this. There is &mdash; having the six degrees separation mentality will help make the job hunting process a lot smoother. It's the theory that everyone in the world is connected to each other within six steps, so this means that if there's someone you're trying to meet, you're connected to him somehow, perhaps through a friend of a friend.</p> <p>The six degrees separation mindset helps when you're job hunting, because you'll know that somewhere, somehow, someone will be able to make introductions for you and help you get your dream job. All you need to do is to tap into your friend network and try to find someone who works in the industry or company where you'd love to be. A great way to figure out your connections is LinkedIn, because the social network maps out all your professional relationships for you. But the way that seems to help the most (at least when I was job hunting), is to ask everyone around if they know of anyone at the company or industry you are interested. Just start asking today, you'll be surprised at how small the world really is.</p> <h3>Fill in Résumé Gaps</h3> <p>You're looking for a job, but it's taking a while, and the gap in your résumé seems to be growing bigger as time passes. Your situation is pretty understandable, as this is a tough economy, so don't feel insecure about it. What you can do to make yourself stand out as an excellent job candidate is to prove that you've been making good use of your time. Here are some things you can do to fill the résumé gaps:</p> <p><strong>Volunteer</strong></p> <p>Don't shy away from stating your volunteer activities on your résumé, whether it be for a nonprofit for a cause you love or doing some pro <a target="_blank" href="http://www.popsugar.com/Bono" title="Latest photos and news for Bono">bono</a> work in your field. Both kinds of volunteer work make for great learning experiences.</p> <p><strong>Professional Organizations</strong></p> <p>Being part of an organization related to your field will help your résumé gap as well as aid you in your networking. Try to lobby for a position at a professional organization, and participate in activities that will give you a lot of face time with people.</p> <p><strong>Temping</strong></p> <p>We've given some tips on <a target="_blank" href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-List-Temp-Jobs-Resume-13001451">listing your temp jobs</a> on your résumé. But do consider temping while you're looking for a job; it's a great way to earn cash, and maybe even a chance for you to get a foot in the company you're keen on working for.</p> <p><strong>Blogging</strong></p> <p>Blogging is a great way to release your frustrations and can be an interesting detail to put on your résumé. To make it more relevant, it would be great if you can blog about something in your field. You can also polish your web design skills so your employer knows that you have a lot of talent up your sleeve!</p> <p><strong>Classes</strong></p> <p>Taking some courses at a local college is a good way to learn new skills or polish up old ones, which will make you a more valuable job candidate. It will also show that you're really serious about continuously improving yourself.</p> <p><strong>Freelance</strong></p> <p>Start freelancing or even start your own company while you're out there looking for jobs. A lot of people start their own small business as a way to make extra cash, and even if it isn't related to your field, it shows a lot of initiative and creativity.</p> <h3>Organize Your Job Search in a Simple Way</h3> <p>Shooting out so many job applications that you're not spending time catering your résumé and cover letter to each position is simply counterproductive. However, an efficient job search includes dedicating several hours each day to the employment cause, and ideally this means applying for a handful of jobs each day. Keep track of your daily job search by creating log. Maintain a spreadsheet with the following details and update it at the end of each day.</p> <ul> <li>Applications sent &mdash; name of positions and companies.</li> <li>Where you found the job.</li> <li>Follow-up status.</li> <li>A section listing the job sites you visited that day.</li> </ul> <p>Organizing your job search will ensure that none of your efforts slip through the cracks, and looking at your full spreadsheet will make you feel accomplished.</p> <h3>Show You Care About the Company</h3> <p>When you're in an interview, try your best to show that you care about the company and how you want to help it grow. Asking questions about promotions or continuously focusing on what you can get out of this job position may be off-putting to your interviewer. Questions about career progression should be asked after you get the job, and after you've been at the job for a good while. The best time to address the topic of promotion is usually during a performance review.</p> <p>Remember, your interviewer has probably talked to a ton of job candidates, which means she pretty much knows what you're thinking when you ask questions with promotions in mind. She will know why you're asking her how long she's been at her position and how long it took for her to move up. Don't get me wrong, it's OK to bring it up briefly and with finesse, but you need to be really careful about how you phrase it. Be sure not to belabor the point and put less emphasis on what's in it for you, and more on what you can do for the company.</p> <h3>Become a Networking Whiz</h3> <p>There really is an art to networking, and don't worry if your efforts haven't been paying off &mdash; workin' your contacts is a skill that can be learned. In this poor job market, people might be a little jaded about strangers reaching out to them for a job, so make sure you're being smart about your approach. Here are some things to start doing in order to become a networking whiz:</p> <p><strong>Build Up a Relationship Before You Ask for Help</strong></p> <p>Don't get to know a person because you want to ask them for a job, work on building a relationship with the future possibilities in mind. And even if you don't get a job, perhaps your contact will be able to give you valuable career advice or maybe even make the right introductions. This is also known as having &quot;a knack for spotting future opportunities,&quot; Jonathan Kriendler, the <a target="_blank" href="http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2011/07/01/network-without-wearing-out-your-welcome/">founder of an online career management tools site</a>, says. &quot;...companies are like living organisms. Things change constantly. People retire or quit and new projects get launched, so new opportunities are always on the horizon...by putting yourself ahead of the curve, you find out about them in advance rather than after the fact.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Remember Details </strong></p> <p>Take note of conversations you've had with this person so you'll be able to reference back to them later.</p> <p><strong>Listen and Learn</strong></p> <p>Listen &quot;twice as much as you talk.&quot; If you're doing more listening than talking, you'll be able to recognize trends and take advantage of them as they're happening or even before they take off.</p> <p><strong>Share Your Knowledge</strong></p> <p>Go online and share your expertise with people. Build your name and reputation so others maybe start reaching out to you because of your visibility on the web. Answer questions on LinkedIn groups or check out Quora, which is sort of like a more professional version of Yahoo! answers.</p> <h3>Clean Your Social Media History</h3> <p>If you need a reason to watch what you tweet and Facebook, know that potential employers have their eye on everything you've ever published on social media platforms. Initially, we assumed people only had to be wary of their recent history, but this firms actually have the ability to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/21/technology/social-media-history-becomes-a-new-job-hurdle.html?src=recg">get a record of your whole social media history</a>, which includes things you've posted on Craigslist, image-sharing sites, and YouTube.</p> <p>It's getting easier for firms to look up your history thanks to startups, which do the searching for them. There's one called <a target="_blank" href="http://www.socialintelligencehr.com/home">Social Intelligence</a> that neatly compiles a report of all your Internet activity in the last seven years and searches for things like &quot;online evidence of racist remarks; references to drugs; sexually explicit photos, text messages or videos; flagrant displays of weapons or bombs and clearly identifiable violent activity.&quot;</p> <p>Here's how to make sure your records will be squeaky clean.</p> <p><strong>Google Yourself</strong></p> <p>Thoroughly Google yourself to see what online footprints you've left on the web. Use combinations of your name and add keywords such as the companies you've worked for or the schools you attended.</p> <p><strong>Make a List of Emails and Accounts</strong></p> <p>You may have forgotten about old emails you had way back when. Make a list of the emails and try to access them to see if there are any websites or accounts for you to check up on. Then make a list of accounts, community boards, websites you've visited and participated in. For example, is there an old Xanga or Friendster account that you've forgotten about? Have you been a little loose-lipped on your Reddit account? Check them out to make sure that there aren't any red flags, or even delete them if you don't feel comfortable with the accounts.</p> <p><strong>Play Around With Privacy Settings</strong></p> <p>Consider making your Twitter private and play around with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.geeksugar.com/5-Things-Know-About-Facebook-Privacy-Controls-8576413">privacy settings on Facebook </a>so that users who are not your friends can only see very basic information, such as your name and your gender. Or, you can even make yourself unsearchable if you click on certain options. Remember to be cautious with new social media sites such as Google+ and make sure you're fully aware of their privacy settings before sharing too much on the platform.</p> <p><strong>Don't Put Up Anything Racy or Offensive</strong></p> <p>The best way to keep your record clean is to <em>be</em> clean on the Internet. Keep personal thoughts, pictures, and videos to yourself and don't write anything too controversial if you don't want it coming back to haunt you.</p> <h3>Make the Right Moves to Work in Your Dream City</h3> <p>You might dream of packing your bags and running off to make it big in New York City, but the fact of the matter is, it's extremely hard to get a call back from an employer if you don't live the same city. To raise your chances of succeeding, here are some things you should do:</p> <p><strong>Move There</strong></p> <p>The best way to find a job in the city you'd love to work in is to be on the ground, networking, and interviewing in the city itself. That will save you plenty of awkward questions about where you're actually living. However, this option is not ideal for everyone since it's going to be hard to cover the cost of moving and living expenses when you're not making any income. Although this is probably your best bet for getting a job in the city you want, it's also the most costly.</p> <p><strong>Find a Company Contact</strong></p> <p>Since your location is working against you, you need an extra edge to get an &quot;in&quot; at the company. Network through your existing contacts or through networking sites like LinkedIn and do your best to find an employee or a friend who knows someone at the company. It'll definitely increase your chances of scoring an interview despite your zip code.</p> <p><strong>Borrow an Address</strong></p> <p>Approach a friend and ask her if you can borrow her address for your résumé. I've heard from several friends that they only started hearing back from employers when they used a local address. Try not to make it a focal point during an interview, and remember if it comes up, be honest about where you live, and voice your plans to relocate.</p> <p><strong>Get a Google Voice Number</strong></p> <p>Sign up for a Google Voice phone number that has a local number so that you can list that on your résumé.</p> <p><strong>Enlist the Help of a Local Recruiter</strong></p> <p>Contact a local recruiter who specializes in your industry and use their services to help find you a job in that city.</p> <h3>Negotiate Your Starting Salary</h3> <p>If you're job-hunting, don't start sweating when an interviewer asks how much you would like to get paid. Be aware that salary talk might come up during your interview, so make sure you're prepared. Just keep these five tips from Jim Hopkinson, author of <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Salary-Tutor-Negotiation-Secrets-Taught/dp/1455503274/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1313543207&amp;sr=8-1"><em>Salary Tutor: Learn the Salary Negotiation Secrets No One Ever Taught You</em></a>, in mind, and you're good to go!</p> <ul> <li>&quot;Defer all specific salary talk until you know that they want you for the job. That means evading salary questions on job applications (write &ldquo;negotiable&rdquo;) and during initial screening interviews (stress the need to learn more about the position first).&quot; <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>&quot;As a job seeker, you should never be the person who brings up salary first.&quot; <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>&quot;Once the salary question does come up, use the 'Right Back at Ya' method to put the ball back in their court.&quot; <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>&quot;Use effective pauses in the conversation, as people tend to speak to fill the silence and may divulge important information in the process.&quot; <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>&quot;There is more to a job than just salary. Remember that other benefits may also be negotiable &mdash; a better title, more vacation, flextime, bonuses, education reimbursement, and paid travel to conferences.&quot;</li> </ul> <p>Remember, salary negotiation at the start of your new job is very important, because it will affect your future earnings. One of the main reasons why women earn less than men is because they don't negotiate at the start of their new job. Keep these tips in mind when you're interviewing!</p> <h3>Improve Your Résumé</h3> <p>Your résumé might be a single piece of paper, but that document is an extension of you. It's one of the first ways employers evaluate your potential to fill an open position, so even if you're confident in your interview abilities, you won't get an invitation to show them off unless your résumé is compelling. Here are some ways to improve it.</p> <p><strong>Make It Current</strong></p> <p>Before you make any other changes to your existing résumé, add any accomplishments you've scored recently. You'd be selling yourself short to leave out anything important, so stay on top of the game by updating your résumé on a regular basis.</p> <p><strong>Delete What's Irrelevant</strong></p> <p>Somewhere down the road, someone told us that we should include fluffy language in our résumés. Things like, &quot;good communication skills and multitasker,&quot; are just taking up space and won't mean anything to the person reading it. These qualities should speak for themselves through the professional experience you spelled out in your cover letter and résumé.</p> <p><strong>Organize</strong></p> <p>It's been said that hiring managers spend less than a minute to make a judgment about your résumé. Get them to absorb as much information about you in a short time by using an easy-to-read format. You don't need fancy design skills; you just need to know how to use bullet points for separating thoughts and clear headers to announce distinct sections.</p> <p><strong>Self-Edit</strong></p> <p>If any of your bullet points require multiple breaths to read aloud or contain sentences within, you have a pretty good indication that you're being too wordy. Ask yourself what the main point is for each of your bullets and write down your immediate answer. Some things might need to be condensed, while others might just require another bullet point.</p> <p><strong>Be Verb-Smart</strong></p> <p>Think nothing is worse than a spelling error? I'd argue that using incorrect tenses is just as bad and tells your interviewer the same thing &mdash; that you're sloppy. Triple check that each of your points begins with a verb in its proper tense (i.e., use current tense for your current job or activities and past tense for your previous positions).</p> <p><strong>Showcase Your Experience</strong></p> <p>There comes a time in a young professional's life when she has enough experience to make it the first thing a recruiter sees on her résumé. Education is still important, but it's not as important as your professional experience after you've spent some time in the real working world. After you've landed your first job after college, it's time to push the education section below experience (this is true in most professions but can vary for specific careers).</p> <p>Discover more résumé improvements <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Improve-Your-Resume-6229164?page=0,0,0#6">here</a>.</p> <h3>Find Out Why You Didn't Get the Job</h3> <p>So you got rejected from a job, but you got an email from your interviewer telling you that you were great, they loved your résumé and interview answers, and think you're a perfect match for their company, but it's just that they can't find the right position for you. However, they'll keep you in mind for the future. Maybe they even called you to tell you that. They seemed so sincere and actually made the effort to tell you, so they must be telling the truth right? Well, there's a chance that it might be the case, but sometimes they are just trying to soften the blow. After all, the firm can't tell you the real reason for not hiring you because the company may get into legal trouble. The risk for them to tell you why you lost out to another candidate is great &mdash; you might see it as discrimination.</p> <p>The best way to find out why you didn't get the job is to do some mock interviewing with your friends or professional contacts. If you're getting all positive feedback and aren't learning anything new, perhaps you need to pick different people to practice with. Try prepping with your best friends, because good pals don't shy away from telling you the truth if it'll help you.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make this year the year when you get a new job — or even your dream job — with this comprehensive collection of suggestions, resources, and more. </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 alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/savvysugar-300-small.jpg" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>SavvySugar</em></a><em>. 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Are you communicating how your professional capabilities and past experiences are relevant to the needs of hiring managers? Make these quick changes to convey why you are valuable in ways that other people can understand. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stupid-things-to-put-in-your-cover-letter">Stupid Things to Put in&nbsp;Your Cover Letter</a>)</p> <h3>Focus on Targeted Industries, Companies, and Disciplines</h3> <p>Just as your job search should be targeted to specific industries, companies, and disciplines, the language in your resume should be geared to those who make hiring decisions in these fields. Very often, the culture of your current employer requires you to use certain terms, phrases, and acronyms that are unrecognizable outside of your workplace; as a result, reading your resume is like deciphering a foreign language.</p> <p>Fix whatever is confusing or misleading:</p> <ul> <li>Replace company lingo and buzzwords.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Update lists of customers, brands, vendors, etc. to include those relevant to your targeted industry. (This process may involve removing relatively unknown customers and inserting those that are widely recognized or giving broader descriptions such as &ldquo;a leading company in the outdoor gear industry&rdquo; or &ldquo;Fortune 500 corporations.&rdquo;)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Revise sentences that showcase accomplishments using industry-specific references. (For example, a manager of an industrial laundry could replace &ldquo;doubled pounds washed weekly&rdquo; with &quot;increased facility output by 100%.&rdquo;)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Reword job duties to resonate with hiring managers in your desired field. (For example, a salesperson who is trying to land a training position may &ldquo;educate customers on product attributes through hands-on instruction and formal presentations.&rdquo;)</li> </ul> <h3>Add the Obvious, Yet Essential</h3> <p>If you are rightly trying to be succinct and touting what makes you unique, you may leave out essential points. Certain tasks should be mentioned, even if they seem mundane. Reassure your readers that you can unhesitatingly handle duties such as:</p> <ul> <li>Staff supervision</li> <li>Budgeting</li> <li>Presentations</li> <li>Interdisciplinary collaborations</li> <li>Global travel</li> </ul> <p>For example, you can &quot;direct employees and manage recruitment, hiring, performance reviews, coaching, and career development...develop and administer annual operating budgets...deliver presentations to customers, employee groups, and vendors...collaborate with design, merchandising, sourcing, and logistics teams...travel throughout Europe and North America to visit customers, investigate new vendors, and research global trends.&quot;</p> <h3>Place Your Work Into Context by Quantifying Volumes and Dollar Values</h3> <p>The complexity of your accountabilities and the magnitude of your accomplishments can be revealed when you mention numbers. Quantify this type of information:</p> <ul> <li>Sales, percentage of sales growth, and new accounts opened.</li> <li>Presence worldwide (e.g., stores, distribution centers, visitor traffic, subscribers, countries with sales offices).</li> <li>Purchases to support daily operations or expended for capital projects.</li> <li>Employees supported or supervised directly.</li> </ul> <h3>Clarify the Confusing</h3> <p>Not every job or assignment fits neatly into a standard format. Quirky requests from your boss, unusual situations, and once-a-career opportunities boost your qualifications but are tricky to capture on a resume. Deviate from the established format to give clarification:</p> <ul> <li>Add specifics that convey your duties explicitly if a position involved performing tasks not typically associated with your job title. Place a descriptive title in parentheses next to the official title. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Elaborate on unconventional arrangements, such as an intense project that consumed a couple of years of your career or a major assignment that you handled in addition to your regular duties. (For example, under a heading of &ldquo;managed product launch concurrent with accounting duties,&rdquo; describe your success in marketing a new product.)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Streamline your employer's names, especially if your employer has been through mergers, acquisitions, etc. List the most recent or most prominent name rather than every variation.</li> </ul> <h3>Polish and Showcase Accomplishments</h3> <p>If you have been engrossed in day-to-day challenges, worked for tyrannical bosses who didn't acknowledge employee wins, or stayed at a single job over an extended period of time, you may not easily recognize and record major problems solved, value added, or results delivered. Reflect on your past and pump up your accomplishments:</p> <ul> <li>Send a visual signal that certain items are important. List accomplishments in bulleted form distinct from regular duties contained in a paragraph or add a heading for &quot;accomplishments.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Rephrase content about assignments that seemed ordinary at the time but, in hindsight, led to significant accomplishments. (For example, sales calls required to keep your job yielded &quot;7 new accounts and $2M in incremental sales.&rdquo;)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>List team achievements in addition to individual ones, as most are made possible in collaboration with other people. Introduce or conclude the accomplishment with &quot;contributed to&quot; or other appropriate wording to show your role.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Tout great things that happened during your tenure, even if everything did not go perfectly. (For example, showcase that you &ldquo;developed and executed a logistics plan for the 2010 holiday season that supported a sales increase of 30%&rdquo; even if you missed the company goal of reducing shipping costs.)</li> </ul> <h3>Move to the Next Level Professionally</h3> <p>If you are a recent grad, then you may struggle with getting rid of entries for jobs and activities that represented your identity just a few years ago and laid the foundation for your success. If you have been in the workforce for a while, you may have had compelling experiences that are no longer relevant to your career goals. Put your past into perspective by taking these actions:</p> <ul> <li>Update your professional and community activities to reflect current involvement.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Replace your objective with a professional profile indicating areas of expertise.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Streamline information on portfolio projects, interim jobs, part-time work, and internships to key points meaningful to your present career goals, rather than a full description of all activities.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Boost the visual impact of your real-world jobs by elaborating on most recent positions and accomplishments, especially if you are now working in your desired field.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Move your education to the bottom of your resume so that your more current experience is highlighted.</li> </ul> <h3>Improve Readability</h3> <p>Great content on your resume is crucial but information should be easily and quickly gleaned. Make these changes to improve readability:</p> <ul> <li>Adjust your font size to 11+ points and add white space by trimming words and widening margins. Expand content to two pages if necessary. <br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>However, if your resume has a few lines on a second page, trim to a single page by: <ul> <li>Eliminating articles such as &ldquo;a&rdquo; or &ldquo;the&rdquo;</li> <li>Placing titles, employer names, and dates on one line</li> <li>Putting contact info on one line</li> <li>Using actual numbers rather than spelling out details (5M, not &ldquo;five million&rdquo;)<br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> </li> <li>Ditch the template, particularly the one that places your contact information in teeny-tiny font sizes.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Consolidate <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-freelance-clients-part-one">freelance positions</a> rather than listing each assignment separately.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Eliminate repetitive information.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Reduce the number of fonts to one but use attributes (italics, bold, character spacing, all caps, etc.) to differentiate headings and sub-headings.<span>&nbsp; </span><br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Remove wording that reads like a job description.</li> </ul> <p><em>How have you changed your resume to improve job-search results?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-improve-your-resume-today">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-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-outdated-job-search-techniques-to-avoid">10 Outdated Job-Search Techniques to Avoid</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 Job Hunting changing jobs resumes self promotion Tue, 08 Nov 2011 10:24:37 +0000 Julie Rains 767524 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Awesome Websites to Help You Get a Job http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-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_search_computers_0.jpg" alt="People on library computers" title="People on library computers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="169" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Searching for a job can be frustrating and overwhelming, but the resources below can help you ace your job search. Collectively, these 25 websites provide thousands of job postings, great networking opportunities, advice for resumes and interviews, and much more. (See also: <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>)</p> <h2>Local and National Job Listings</h2> <p>Whether you're looking to cast your net wide or you're searching for a niche position, these major job-search websites can help you out. Plus, most of them allow you to set up a profile and add your resume, meaning that potential employers can search for <em>you</em>.</p> <p><strong>1. <a href="http://indeed.com"><strong>Indeed</strong></a></strong> &ndash; A comprehensive job-listings aggregator and search engine, Indeed grabs listings from all over the internet and puts them in one place. You can search by job title and location, as well as upload your resume.</p> <p><strong>2. </strong><a href="http://www.monster.com/"><strong>Monster</strong></a> &ndash; One of the most popular job websites, Monster allows you to search by job title, skills or keywords, and location. You can also upload your resume for employers to peruse, get career advice, and sign up to receive emails from Monster with potential new job matches.</p> <p><strong>3. </strong><a href="http://www.careerbuilder.com/"><strong>CareerBuilder</strong></a> &ndash; Another major site, CareerBuilder aggregates jobs from &quot;more than 9,000 Web sites, including 140 newspapers and broadband portals such as MSN and AOL.&quot; Job searchers can also post resumes, receive job recommendations, and peruse advice.</p> <p><strong>4. </strong><a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites"><strong>Craigslist</strong></a> &ndash; Good ol' Craigslist is still one of the best resources out there for local jobs. The site includes sections for both full-time work and freelance gigs. Craigslist can also be a good resource for finding paid volunteer positions, like medical studies.</p> <p><strong>5. </strong><a href="http://www.simplyhired.com"><strong>Simply&nbsp;Hired</strong></a> &ndash; This site promises a simple-but-effective job search, plus information on salaries and job trends in your area.</p> <p><strong>6. </strong><a href="http://www.linkup.com/"><strong>LinkUp</strong></a> &ndash; Where many of the above search tools only feature positions that employers have posted to those outside sites, LinkUp aggregates &quot;often unadvertised&quot; jobs posted on company websites.</p> <p><strong>7. </strong><a href="http://www.idealist.org/"><strong>Idealist</strong></a> &ndash; If you're trying to be the change you want to see in the world, Idealist is the job search engine for you. It only features job postings at non-profit organizations.</p> <p><strong>8. </strong><a href="http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/"><strong>USAJOBS</strong></a> &ndash; The U.S. Government's official site for Federal job listings nationwide.</p> <p><strong>9. </strong><a href="http://www.higheredjobs.com/"><strong>HigherEdJobs</strong></a> &ndash; This site allows you to search faculty, staff, and executive positions at a variety of colleges and universities.</p> <p><strong>10. </strong><a href="http://www.thegreenjobbank.com/"><strong>The Green Job Bank</strong></a> &ndash; Find eco-friendly jobs.</p> <h2>Freelance Job Marketplaces</h2> <p>These resources are great for both full-time freelancers and those looking to make some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-reasons-why-everyone-needs-side-income">side income</a>.</p> <p><strong>11. <a href="http://elance.com"><strong>Elance</strong></a></strong> &ndash; A large marketplace of freelancers and freelance employers, Elance lists gigs in areas including programming, design, writing, virtual assistants, internet research, and more. Elance's success as a marketplace is due to its escrow service, provider rating system, and global reach.</p> <p><strong>12. </strong><a href="http://crossloop.com"><strong>CrossLoop</strong></a> &ndash; CrossLoop is a remote desktop application <em>and</em> marketplace for finding PC help and/or getting paid to fix a PC problem. If you're a PC whiz, you can make money at the marketplace, where you can set your own rates and determine your own specific services. Helpers are rated by clients at the end of a job, so if you continually provide excellent help, your sales will snowball as the community comes to trust you.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>13. </strong><a href="http://freelanceswitch.com"><strong>FreelanceSwitch</strong></a> &ndash; The best blog around for freelancers. The FreelanceSwitch site also has a job board for freelancers and a lively forum. Gigs tend to be on web work like design, development, and writing.</p> <p><strong>14. </strong><a href="http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com"><strong>Freelance Writing Jobs</strong></a> &ndash; This site makes daily posts with both local and location-independent writing, editing, and proofreading gigs. The links are curated by real people, which means no scam posts here.</p> <p><strong>15. </strong><a href="http://online-writing-jobs.com/"><strong>Online Writing&nbsp;Jobs</strong></a> &ndash; An aggregator of Craigslist and other sites,&nbsp;Online Writing Jobs collects blogging, copywriting, and other related gigs in daily posts.</p> <p><strong>16. <a href="http://jobs.problogger.net"><strong>ProBlogger Job Board</strong></a></strong> &ndash; A great job board for professional blogging gigs run by uber-problogger Darren Rowse. If you want to find a blogging job, this is one of the best places to stop.</p> <p><strong>17. </strong><a href="http://weblogs.about.com"><strong>About.com Weblogs</strong></a> &ndash; Susan Gunelius, About.com Guide to Weblogs, regularly posts new blogging jobs to her forum.</p> <h2>Work-at-Home Resources</h2> <p>Working at home can be rewarding, alienating, joyful, and frustrating all at the same time. Use these resources to learn more about the work-at-home lifestyle and interact with other WAH folks.</p> <p><strong>18. <a href="http://sparkplugging.com"><strong>Sparkplugging</strong></a></strong> &ndash; This site provides resources for its community of entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants, authors, work-at-home moms and dads, and other independent workers. Founder Wendy Piersall's passion for helping work-at-home folks and solo business owners really shines through on the site.</p> <p><strong>19. <a href="http://workathomesuccess.com"><strong>Work at Home Success</strong></a></strong> &ndash; A comprehensive site for people looking to work at home. WAHS has get-started guides, information on where to find work-at-home job listings, and a community of other work-at-home folks sharing tips and tricks. WAHS gives you the tools and know-how to earn a side income from home or to start your new work-at-home career.</p> <p><strong>20. </strong><a href="http://www.wahm.com/"><strong>WAHM</strong></a> &ndash; Standing for Work-at-Home Moms, WAHM has job listings, articles, and even recipes.</p> <h2>Networking Sites</h2> <p>Several great job opportunities come through personal connections and recommendations. Leverage yours with these networking sites.</p> <p><strong>21. </strong><a href="http://www.linkedin.com"><strong>LinkedIn</strong></a> &ndash; A social networking site created specifically for professional networking, LinkedIn allows you to use both personal and professional connections in your job search, receive recommendations from colleagues, and much more.</p> <p><strong>22.&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.facebook.com"><strong>Facebook</strong></a> &ndash; Yeah, it's the place where you post pictures of your summer vacation and share kitten videos with your friends. But it's also increasingly a place where employers can check up on you, and you can make valuable employment connections. Only put things on Facebook that you're comfortable with an employer seeing, or else create different privacy settings for friends and the general public.</p> <h2>Resumes, Interviews, Potential Careers, and More Information</h2> <p>It doesn't do you much good to find the perfect job if your resume and interview skills aren't ready to impress. Make yourself look great with these resources, plus research what career paths might be right for you.</p> <p><strong>23. </strong><a href="http://jobsearch.about.com/"><strong>About.com Job Searching</strong></a> &ndash; About.com's job search site features everything from sample resumes to job-search advice to scores of potential interview questions.</p> <p><strong>24. </strong><a href="http://www.careeronestop.org/"><strong>CareerOneStop</strong></a> &ndash; Run by the U.S.&nbsp;Department of Labor, CareerOneStop includes information about all aspects of looking for and having a job, including education and training, applying for jobs, and to how to file for unemployment.</p> <p><strong>25. </strong><a href="http://www.bls.gov/oco/"><strong>Occupational Outlook Handbook</strong></a> &ndash; From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this annual publication provides information on training needed, expected salaries, and more for &quot;hundreds of different types of jobs.&quot;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-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-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/great-ways-to-improve-your-resume-today">Great Ways to Improve Your Resume Today</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-outdated-job-search-techniques-to-avoid">10 Outdated Job-Search Techniques to Avoid</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/your-resume-sucks-try-one-of-these-instead">Your Resume Sucks — Try One of These Instead</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-tax-deductions-job-hunters-can-t-afford-to-overlook">6 Tax Deductions Job-Hunters Can’t Afford to Overlook</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/3-sources-for-freelance-work-at-home-jobs">3 Sources for Freelance Work at Home Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting changing jobs freelance jobs resumes unemployment websites Mon, 16 May 2011 10:24:13 +0000 Meg Favreau 533586 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Thrive Before, During, and After Job Fairs http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-thrive-before-during-and-after-job-fairs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-thrive-before-during-and-after-job-fairs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/career_fair_1.jpg" alt="Girls at fair table" title="Girls at fair table" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I remember my first job fair very well. During my senior year of college, I entered the large room with a folder full of resumés and a map of where in the room each employer was located. As I looked at the map, I realized two things: I had no idea what any of these companies did, and I had absolutely no plan. Panic started to set in.</p> <p>After some wandering, I made up a pitch about my experience and goals and headed over to a table that surprisingly had nobody waiting in line. After giving my 30-second life story, I found out that the company was only interested in graduate students. Rejected! The only positive that came out of it was that I gained some practice without ruining and potential opportunities. But it showed just how unprepared I was.</p> <p>After having little success, I went home dejected. Three months later, I was given another opportunity, and this time, I wasn't going to let it go to waste. So I developed a plan of attack. Mission &mdash; find a job.</p> <p>Here are tips I used for that job fair, and ones that you can use to ace your job fair experience.</p> <h2>Research, Research, Research</h2> <p>As much as a suit and great resumé will help, knowing which companies are going to be there and how you could fit in is much more important. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/standout-stuff-to-put-on-your-resume">Standout Stuff for Your Resumé and LinkedIn Profile</a>)</p> <p>Make a list of companies you are interested in, find out what they do, and if you can, go a step further and find positions you are well suited for. You'll really impress them if you bring up a position you have skills for and describe how you would be a perfect match.</p> <p>Mark the companies you like on a map. You'll spend less time wandering while looking clueless, and you'll maximize the time spent talking to employers.</p> <h2>Interact</h2> <p>The goal of a career fair is not to simply hand your resumé to a company representative and walk away. There are no prizes for giving away all of your resumés, and you want to make an impression that will last all the way through the review process.</p> <p>Ask questions! You're not simply hoping to get hired, you're also looking for a company that you want to work for. Bonus points for targeting questions to specific companies. At the end of the conversation, ask for a business card or contact information so you can follow up later.</p> <p>After leaving an employer's station, spend a few moments taking notes. Write down positives, negatives, and the things discussed before running off to another employer. This will help you later when you're trying to remember which companies you'd like to continue pursuing and which ones you shouldn't waste your time with.</p> <h2>Follow Up</h2> <p>In about ten minutes, you can craft a personalized email or better yet, a handwritten letter. Sending a note a day or two after the fair will show you're genuinely interested, and thanking someone for their time is always polite and sheds a positive light on you. Try to incorporate some part of your conversation (that you took notes on!), and you'll show that you were paying attention and would be someone great to work with!</p> <p>As it turned out, I was <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-to-acing-an-interview">interviewed</a> by one of the companies at the job fair, and that ultimately turned into my current job. Mission accomplished.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/daniel-packer">Daniel Packer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-thrive-before-during-and-after-job-fairs">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-resume-sucks-try-one-of-these-instead">Your Resume Sucks — Try One of These Instead</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/great-ways-to-improve-your-resume-today">Great Ways to Improve Your Resume Today</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-tax-deductions-job-hunters-can-t-afford-to-overlook">6 Tax Deductions Job-Hunters Can’t Afford to Overlook</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting job fairs research resumes thank you cards Tue, 10 May 2011 10:24:13 +0000 Daniel Packer 540284 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Outdated Job-Search Techniques to Avoid http://www.wisebread.com/10-outdated-job-search-techniques-to-avoid <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-outdated-job-search-techniques-to-avoid" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000012028511Small.jpg" alt="Woman at job interview" title="Woman at job interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="144" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I read a funny anecdote yesterday. It went something like this:</p> <blockquote><p>The boss took half of the resumes we received today and threw them in the trash. He said, &quot;I don't hire unlucky people.&quot;</p></blockquote> <p>It's funny, it's probably fake, and it's generally not the way things are done. Unless you really do come across a maniac at the top of the food chain, there are certain things you can do to improve your chances of getting an interview, and other things that put your whole career on the back burner. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fatal-assumptions-of-job-seekers">5 Fatal Assumptions of Job Seekers</a>)</p> <p>Here are ten job-search techniques that you should try to avoid if you want to improve your chances of getting hired.</p> <h3>1. Apply Online</h3> <p>Do I hear shockwaves? Are people yelling &quot;no, no, you must apply online!&quot;? Well, this one came straight from the head of HR at a very reputable Fortune 500 corporation. When you apply online these days, you're competing against hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of other online submissions. And guess what? They all look the same.</p> <p>So how do you stand out as an amazing candidate in a sea of identical resumes, goals, and cover letters? The online option is just too much of a hit-or-miss way to go about it. If you really want the job, find out who the hiring manager is and drop them a line. A call or an email is a lot better than filling out an online form. Even better, write a letter and mail your resume. Make it professional and unique, and address it to the person who will make the hiring decision. Congratulations, you have just leap-frogged over the hundreds of cookie-cutter online submissions.</p> <h3>2. Submit to New Job Postings that Are Already Old</h3> <p>It's sad but true. Many jobs that get published have already been circulating for a while. Employees within the company will be asked if they know anyone who's good for the position. Headhunters will be contacted. Word-of-mouth spreads the job. By the time you see the job in the classifieds and apply, candidates from far and wide have sent in their resumes, and you're already at a disadvantage. The job may simply be posted so that the company can be seen to be offering equal opportunities to everyone. So if you really want a job in a certain field or company, be proactive. Get to know the hiring managers or HR people. Do some cold calling. Ask around. You want to be fishing for the best jobs before they're announced to the masses.</p> <h3>3. Send Out Masses of Unsolicited Resumes</h3> <p>This was a tactic a friend of mine employed as we were finishing college, and it worked like a charm &mdash; not. The mass-mailers are usually fruitless and can waste a ton of your time and money. Not only that, it irritates hiring managers, and these resumes usually end up in the trash. There's nothing wrong with showing initiative, but don't start sending out junk mail. And blasting email boxes is just as bad, which is easy to do as it costs nothing.</p> <h3>4. Cease to Look when the Holidays Start</h3> <p>This one always puzzles me. &quot;Well, it's really close to the New Year, no one will be around anyway. I'll start looking again in January.&quot; Arghh! If you're thinking that, guess what? Everyone is! And you have a prime opportunity to get your resume in front of someone when there's minimal competition. What's more, the holidays are a time of year when workloads slow down for many hiring managers, so they have more time to spend looking through resumes, not less. And as end of year budget proposals are due for the following year, planning for new hires is front of mind. The holidays are when job seekers should get busy, not idle.</p> <h3>5. Assume that If there's No Job Posted, It Means There's No Job Available</h3> <p>Another story I read recently involved a guy who found a security flaw at the hotel he was staying at. It wasn't malicious; it was by accident. He informed them of it and also let them know that if they needed an IT professional, he was unemployed and looking for work. He was soon employed for $150k a year.</p> <p>The moral of this story, whether it's true or &quot;inspired,&quot; is that opportunities present themselves everywhere. You can't assume that the only jobs around are the ones that are out there right now. Your skills could be perfect for a company, and they may not even know they need you yet. Keep your eyes and ears open, be inventive, and jump on every half-chance. You never know where it may lead you.</p> <h3>6. Apply for More Jobs to Increase Your Odds</h3> <p>Here's another common error. &quot;If I apply for 100 jobs, I'll get more interviews and that will mean more chances of getting hired.&quot; Well, not really. If you're firing off standard cover letters and resumes to every job that sounds remotely interesting, you'll fail to get noticed by any of the hiring managers. You're basically hoping that your resume gets pulled out of the hat and you get the call. You need to be smarter; be targeted. Pick out the jobs you really want and write cover letters and resumes that are tailor-made for those jobs. Do your homework. Find out everything you can about the role, and make an application that cannot be ignored. Now, you're not relying on chance any more. In this day and age, quality is far better than quantity.</p> <p><img width="605" height="484" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/copies.jpg" /></p> <h3>7. Have Only One Resume and Cover Letter</h3> <p>This is related to the previous tip, but is worth noting in its own right. When I got a job in advertising some 16 years ago, I wrote a different letter for every position I was going for. I learned about the company, what their successes had been, and how I could best fit within that structure. That was 16 years ago, when jobs were tough to come by. Now, they're even tougher. So do not ever rely on one standard <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">resume</a> and cover letter for every job you apply for. Job searching is hard work; some say it's a full-time job, so you cannot just run of 20 copies of each application and put them in 20 envelopes. Worse still, if you do apply online or via email, a simple copy and paste is just not good enough. Focus. Dig deep. Get to know the company, the hiring manager, and the challenges they face. It proves you're a step ahead and do nothing by halves.</p> <h3>8. Rely On Just One Job Search Technique</h3> <p>It's great to check a site like Monster.com or CareerBuilder.com every day. But don't pop online, see what's new, and then log off and grab 40 winks. It's outdated thinking to expect the ideal job will be in the one place you're looking. This is the age of digital networking, featuring Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, job forums, Google groups, and so much more. Dive into them all. The perfect job could be lurking inside any one of them.</p> <h3>9. Focus on Yourself</h3> <p>What? But it's all about you, right? Nope. It's all about the employer. They're like a first date, and they want to know how interested you are in them, not yourself. It may have worked well in the past, but that kind of &quot;me, me, me&quot; attitude does not sit well with employers these days. Let them know how you fit in with their organization. Show them why you would make a great addition to their team. Set your sights on making the employer feel like they're the only company you'd ever want to work for, because they're the perfect fit. When you focus on them, they focus on you.</p> <h3>10. Refuse to Change Careers</h3> <p>Remember the days when people were accountants at one company for 30 years and then got a gold watch at a retirement party? Those days are gone. And with the rapid and constant changes in technology, new careers are springing up all the time. There was a guy in my graduating class at college who was on his third career. He had trained as a sign painter, a job that was made redundant with cut vinyl lettering. He retrained as a typesetter, but desktop publishing left that career as more of a niche hobby. So, he went to college at 40 to get a graphic design degree.</p> <p>How many jobs are out there now that weren't around 10 years ago? Or even 5? Social media is booming. It employs many thousands of people. They had to come from somewhere, and no doubt many people switched career paths, recognizing the way their own set of skills dovetailed into this new enterprise. So while you shouldn't cast your net so wide as to be fruitless, consider fields that are related to yours in some way.</p> <p>These are the ten most common mistakes I see people making. Do you know any more, or are you an expert in the HR field with some advice to offer? Chime in.</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/10-outdated-job-search-techniques-to-avoid">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/your-resume-sucks-try-one-of-these-instead">Your Resume Sucks — Try One of These Instead</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/9-linkedin-changes-every-job-hunter-should-make">9 LinkedIn Changes Every Job Hunter Should Make</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting career changes job search online job boards resumes Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:00:11 +0000 Paul Michael 504813 at http://www.wisebread.com Résumé Quirks to Embrace and Avoid http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/resume-quirks-to-embrace-and-avoid <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/managing/article/resume-quirks-to-embrace-and-avoid-julie-rains" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/managing/article/resume-quirks-to-embra...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/resume-quirks-to-embrace-and-avoid" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000009497225XSmall.jpg" alt="Interview" title="Interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Evaluating employment candidates and selecting the right one for critical positions with your business isn't easy. Asking questions that focus on work-related tasks and clarify skills while avoiding illegal ones are essential to qualifying prospective employees, as Thursday recommended in <em><a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/managing/article/questions-you-cant-ask-when-hiring-thursday-bram">Questions You Can't Ask When Hiring</a></em>. Many candidates don't have a flawless background: they could be perfect matches or potentially bad hires.</p> <p>To gain deeper insight into a candidate's capabilities, take a moment to consider how certain quirks, unusual career paths, etc. might benefit your business. Long-time sources of angst for both hiring decision-makers and candidates are frequent job changes (or &quot;job hopping&quot;) and listing of personal activities on résumés. Another concern, appearing more frequently than ever, is the influence of side businesses on employee dedication.</p> <p>Here are techniques for evaluating candidates with just a few résumé and work-related quirks.</p> <h2>Job hopping</h2> <p>Changing jobs frequently is often viewed as a disqualifier and the job-hopping reputation as a label to be avoided. Even though the days of career-long union with one employer are long gone, candidates still fret about having held multiple jobs in relatively short periods of time and employers still frown upon frequent moves. As a business owner, you'll need to vet the candidates who pursue challenge and those who move aimlessly from one position to the next.</p> <p><strong>In an interview, ask:</strong> Can you tell me why you chose to work for Companies 1, 2, and 3? What challenges did you overcome at Companies 1, 2, and 3?</p> <p><strong>Embrace</strong>those who have been recruited for specified talents or changed jobs to take advantage of opportunities for professional growth. Pursue those who have contributed more to their employers than they have cost not only for salary and <a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;218396076;41475586;v?http://www201.americanexpress.com/sbsapp/FMACServlet?request_type=alternateChannels&amp;lpid=298&amp;openeep=17460&amp;ccsgeep=17460">benefits</a> but also recruitment and training. Consider extenuating circumstances such as company relocations and restructuring that may have led to greater-than-average career moves. Also, note that changing jobs every five to 10 years can strengthen adaptability to new workplaces.</p> <p><strong>Avoid</strong>those who seem only to be hired by one lousy company after the next. Even the best candidates make bad selections in employers, but they learn from their mistakes so that job hopping isn't endless or fruitless in terms of skills enhancement. Not-so-great candidates can't seem to get a handle on what type of company, position, and environment suits their capabilities.</p> <h2>Business ownership</h2> <p>There's a persistent concern that owning and running a business, in addition to holding down a job, may distract an employee from the employer's needs. Being cautious is reasonable but having a side income shouldn't be a reason to pass over an otherwise-qualified candidate or make a job-seeker hide business ownership from potential employers.</p> <p><strong>In an interview, ask:</strong> What motivated you to start a business? What have you learned from running your own business? What business-ownership skills do you think will be most useful in this position with my company?</p> <p><strong>Embrace</strong> those who have sought to expand professional capabilities and gain experience in areas that will benefit your company (e-commerce or social media, for example), and uncovered and serviced unmet market needs successfully. But even those who may not have experienced significant success may have gained deeper appreciation for the difficulty of achieving company profit goals while balancing customer expectations and employee needs. And, consider that some may have opted out of the traditional workforce for a time to meet personal obligations, such as navigating a spouse's relocation or staying in one geographic area until children graduate from high school.</p> <p><strong>Avoid</strong>those who run businesses that require constant surveillance and have insufficient management support, such as a high-traffic mall retailer. And, if you are hiring for a position that requires frequent travel and overtime hours, consider the impact of managing multiple accountabilities along with juggling work and side-business schedules.</p> <h2>Personality</h2> <p>Infusing personality and personal interests into candidate's marketing materials (résumés, LinkedIn profiles, tweets, etc.) might indicate that a candidate won't be able to focus on the business at hand. But it's just as likely that the candidate is able to better manage stress and interact with diverse groups of people as a result of outside interests.</p> <p><strong>In an interview, ask:</strong> How has your involvement in _________ (rock climbing, PTA board membership, fraternity or sorority leadership, etc.) helped you to make workplace contributions?<i> </i>Where do you draw the line between personal and professional activities? How do you manage your time?</p> <p><strong>Embrace</strong>those who have a strong record of accomplishments in varied environments (small business, corporate, and non-profit realms, for example). They are able to leverage their professional capabilities, interpersonal skills, and personality to achieving organizational goals.</p> <p><strong>Avoid</strong>those who have few or no accomplishments. It's likely that their personal interests will take precedence over work-related duties.</p> <p>Quirks or not, candidates who make valuable employees will convey how they've consistently applied professional capabilities, personal attributes, and innate strengths to delivering results. Ask thoughtful questions; let candidates reveal who they are, how they make decisions, what motivates them, and how they've overcome challenges. Then you'll know who to hire.</p> <script type="text/javascript"> federated_media_section = "gold"; </script><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/resume-quirks-to-embrace-and-avoid">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/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</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/4-inspiring-stories-of-normal-people-building-a-thriving-online-store">4 Inspiring Stories of Normal People Building a Thriving Online Store</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-all-successful-freelancers-do">10 Things All Successful Freelancers Do</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/this-is-the-one-skill-you-need-if-you-want-to-work-for-yourself">This Is the One Skill You Need If You Want to Work for Yourself</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-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entrepreneurship Small Business Resource Center employees hiring resumes small business Fri, 18 Jun 2010 06:19:29 +0000 Julie Rains 103104 at http://www.wisebread.com Professional Resume Services: Are They Worth Paying For? http://www.wisebread.com/professional-resume-services-are-they-worth-paying-for <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/professional-resume-services-are-they-worth-paying-for" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Elliott Pesut Flickr.jpg" alt="resume in progress" title="resume in progress" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you are preparing for the job search battle, the most important weapon that you will have at your arsenal is your resume, which may leave you to ponder whether you should write your resume yourself or have a professional resume service do it for you. It almost seems like a silly inquiry, because after all, if you don't know who you are then who does?</p> <p>The fact is, however, that no matter how well you know yourself or how good you are at your job, if you cannot convey that onto your resume, you could just be wasting your time and efforts. Sometimes, hiring a professional resume service to write your resume for you is something that people have a hard time doing. They may feel deflated and think that they should be able to adequately write their own resume alone. This may even describe how you are feeling.</p> <p>However, you cannot afford to let your ego or pride get in the way of ensuring that your resume is top notch, because face it, you are not the only one who will be applying for that dream job you have your eye on. In order for you to take full advantage of your opportunity, you need to be sure that you stand out significantly from the rest of the applicants. One sure way to accomplish this is with a resume that really pops and sparkles. Here are some of the advantages that a professional resume service can offer you.</p> <h3>Create Your Resume</h3> <p>This may seem like an obvious point, but it is true that a professional resume service will actually create your resume from scratch. A good resume service will want to conduct a sort of &quot;interview&quot; with you to ensure that they have an ample opportunity to get to know everything about you. You may also be asked to fill out a questionnaire and perhaps even provide them with your old resume. Really, the more information they ask you for the better, as the more they know about you the better their resume creation will be.</p> <h3>Knowledge of Resumes</h3> <p>Because professional resume services are in the business of creating resumes, they will be in the know of what potential employers are looking for. Certain fields require certain formats and finesse when it comes to what should be on a resume, and the resume writer assigned to create your resume will know all the ins and outs of your chosen field. They will also know how to adequately &quot;spruce&quot; up your resume in order to have it come off as a cut above rest.</p> <h3>Experience and Skills</h3> <p>There are<b> </b>several certifications that are given out in the world<b> </b>of professional resume services. There are certifications that can be obtained by the company itself and there are also certifications that can be obtained by the writers who work for the company. Finding those who are designated with such certifications is really quite simple. Most will proudly display the fact that they are certified in some way, such as an icon on their website, and if you do not see any certifications &mdash; just ask. When you work with a certified resume writing service and writer, you can rest assured that they have had to pass rigorous specifications in order to obtain the certifications themselves. In the case of the writers, being certified means that they have had to have their work judged and approved by some of the top resume writers in the industry.</p> <h3>Confidence in Work</h3> <p>A good professional resume service will always offer you a satisfaction guarantee of some kind. This guarantee will almost always consist of the resume service editing or fixing your resume for free until it is to your liking. Some resume services will even go as far as totally re-writing your resume if you do not see any results with your first version in a certain amount of time.</p> <h3>Distribution</h3> <p>Another nice perk that many professional resume services now offer is resume distribution. Again, these services are in the game of resume creation, and they will have a vast network that they will be able to use for the purpose of distributing your resume. This saves you time and greatly increases the chances that your phone will be ringing with calls from companies wanting you to come in for an interview.</p> <p><b> </b></p> <p>When you see all the benefits that come with hiring a professional resume writing service, it is hard to think of a reason why you would not want to. Yes you can go at it alone, but will you be able to offer yourself what the professional resume services can?</p> <p>The most important thing to remember is that the professional resume service that you may hire will, in fact, be costing you money to retain. With that, you must be sure that the resume service you choose is a good fit for you and be sure that they will accomplish everything that you want them to. If the first resume service doesn't give you a good feeling, then try another one. There are plenty out there that are both reputable and affordable, as well.</p> <p>The bottom line is that writing a resume is an art form much like anything else. Unless you are an accomplished writer, it is probably in your best interest to hire a professional to help you out with your resume. While it will cost you money, won't it be worth it if you are able to land your dream job that much faster as a result of hiring them? Yes, you can save money by writing your own resume, but you can also save money by making your own suit for an interview. Ultimately though, neither approach may be advisable or land you the job you have always wanted.</p> <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>This is a guest post by Jason Kay. Jason is a professional resume writer and owner of <a href="http://www.jobgoround.com">JobGoRound.com</a>, a career advice website that provides practical guidelines for every phase of the job search cycle. He is a regular contributor to many top job search websites on topics such as resume writing, interviewing, and workplace issues. Learn more about resumes on JobGoGround.com:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.jobgoround.com/how-to-write-an-executive-resume.html">How to Write an Executive Resume</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.jobgoround.com/where-to-post-your-resume.html">Where to Post Your Resume</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.jobgoround.com/review_resume_writers.php">Resume Service Reviews - Compare the Best Resume Services</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/jason-kay">Jason Kay</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/professional-resume-services-are-they-worth-paying-for">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/5-fatal-assumptions-of-job-seekers">5 Fatal Assumptions of Job Seekers</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/resumes-for-recent-college-graduates">Resumes For Recent Grads: Translating Campus Experiences Into Real-World Skills</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building job search resume writing resumes Tue, 02 Mar 2010 14:00:03 +0000 Jason Kay 5539 at http://www.wisebread.com Standout Stuff for Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile http://www.wisebread.com/standout-stuff-to-put-on-your-resume <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/standout-stuff-to-put-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/standout flower_0.jpg" alt="standout flower" title="standout flower" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Deciding what to put on and leave out of a r&eacute;sum&eacute; can be perplexing. Professional goals should influence these decisions. But I have found that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off">job hunters</a> can intrigue potential bosses and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off" title="Help - I Lost My Job!">land interviews</a> based on (seemingly) irrelevant but standout stuff.</p> <p>Consider including standout items in these categories, or others that differentiate you and add dimension to your professional presence:</p> <h2>Athletics</h2> <h3>Marathons</h3> <p>Running a marathon indicates that you're disciplined, goal-oriented, and fit. Success can also convey focus, endurance, and energy.</p> <h3>Triathlons</h3> <p>Completing a triathlon shows that you're flexible enough to master multiple sports and can plan and manage transitions. Just as importantly, you enjoy challenge and camaraderie.</p> <h3>College Athletics</h3> <p>Making the roster of a collegiate team most likely means you're competitive, team-oriented, good at managing your time (handling intensive training and academics), and are willing to be coached and mentored.</p> <h2>Leadership</h2> <h3>Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts) or Gold Award (Girl Scouts)</h3> <p>Attaining this rank or earning this top award shows that you can plan and organize a project, get support from friends, acquire resources for project funding, and oversee the execution of a project. You've probably learned plenty about bureaucracy by preparing documentation, submitting plans, getting approvals or reworking proposals, etc. Your scout dedication and prowess will resonate with those who have achieved similar status.</p> <h3>Greek organizations</h3> <p>If you've held an officer position with a sorority or fraternity in college, then you've had the opportunity to develop planning, leadership, and communication skills. You've had to figure out how to get people's attention and cooperation, promote the positive aspects of your group to university administration and area businesses, organize philanthropy projects that are fun and achieve fund-raising goals. You've probably also handled mundane tasks like creating meeting agendas and administering budgets.</p> <h3>Clubs, community groups, etc</h3> <p>Holding an officer position or heading a committee can illustrate leadership, organization, people-motivation, and presentation skills as well as specific skills, such as event planning, recruitment, and program planning depending on your assignment.</p> <h2>Personal Development</h2> <h3>Study Abroad</h3> <p>Studying in a foreign country shows that you can adapt to a new environment; and, most likely, appreciate cultural differences and speak a foreign language. Cross-cultural skills are especially valued in organizations with a diverse workforce and global customer base.</p> <h3>Adventure</h3> <p>This means participating in things like some form of wilderness-type adventure such as hiking the Appalachian Trail or joining a mountain-climbing expedition. Taking part in one of these trips can reveal that you are able to get things done with limited resources, and respond quickly and soundly to emergencies or unusual situations.</p> <h3>Business Owner</h3> <p>If you've run your own business or generated income from a sideline, then you've demonstrated management capabilities (or self-management skills). And, you might reveal creative talents in the areas of photography, writing, or graphic design, or business knowledge of sales, sourcing, purchasing, and <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/5-steps-to-lower-small-package-shipping-costs-julie-rains">shipping</a> techniques.</p> <p>These activities and accomplishments can be included in your r&eacute;sum&eacute; or LinkedIn profile, but they don't have to be the most prominent items. A brief mention in a section entitled &quot;Activities&quot; or &quot;Interests&quot; with selected items is fine. If you have loads of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/awesome-accomplishments-50-questions-to-ask-yourself-and-figure-out-what-youve-done">accomplishment-laden experience</a> and don't see the need to showcase your depth through these outside interests, you can make brief references; or, if you are getting started in your career, then a one- or two-line explanation can illuminate skills gained through these efforts.</p> <p>Business owners who are looking for a full-time job and plan to continue running the business might position this section as &quot;Additional Experience&quot; or &quot;Freelance Experience.&quot; Or, if you've been unemployed for a while, put this experience first to show that you've been busy while waiting for the right position.</p> <p>Some career experts condemn the practice of mentioning personal activities as unprofessional and irrelevant. However, r&eacute;sum&eacute;s in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/159357732X/ref=nosim/?tag=wwwwisebreadc-20"><em>Expert Resumes for Military-to-Civilian Transitions</em></a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/1564149838/ref=nosim/?tag=wwwwisebreadc-20"><em>Resumes for the Rest of Us</em></a> (books that contain samples of my work) do mention outside activities, such as &quot;Avid golfer with multiple tournament championships in amateur competition&quot; and &quot;United Way - Volunteer Campaign Coordinator&quot; to show dedication to excellence and community involvement. And, in Dan Schwabel's <a href="http://studentbranding.com/author/danieleklamm/">Student Branding Blog</a>, Dan Klamm champions the value of promoting involvement in <a href="http://studentbranding.com/rockstar-resumes-for-the-inexperienced/">student organizations</a> (including <a href="http://studentbranding.com/greek-life-and-your-job-search/">Greek organizations</a>). His rationale reflects my thoughts: not every HR recruiter or hiring manager will find these personal items appealing but many decision-makers will make an instant connection and recognize your talent.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/standout-stuff-to-put-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. 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/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/when-should-you-say-no-to-those-who-want-to-borrow-money-from-you">When Should You Say No to Those Who Want to Borrow Money from 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/the-10-kinds-of-people-who-get-rich-and-how-they-do-it">The 10 Kinds of People Who Get Rich (and How They Do It)</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/tips-for-finding-legitimate-work-at-home-opportunities">Tips for Finding Legitimate Work at Home Opportunities</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/get-the-response-you-want-with-friendly-professional-email">Get the Response You Want With Friendly, Professional Email</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income General Tips linkedin profiles resumes skills Tue, 02 Feb 2010 14:00:02 +0000 Julie Rains 4734 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Online Tools to Help You Land a Job http://www.wisebread.com/5-online-tools-to-help-you-land-a-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-online-tools-to-help-you-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/55025940_ca38f4e5f2.jpg" alt="networking" title="networking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="200" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Growing up, there seems to be a standard progression from year to year that makes up the path of your childhood into the beginnings of your adult world. Sure, some stray and create their own paths, but the majority of us hold on to the security blanket that is the path.</p> <p>The path I am referring to is from education to job: Elementary school to middle school, then high school, then <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/timeless-tips-for-college-students">college</a>, and finally on to job. This path has been embedded in our mindset growing up, but with the recession in form and the unemployment rate tingling just below 10%, the security of this path from education to job has been threatened and has a lot of college aged kids worried.</p> <p>College graduates of the past year expected to enter the job market in open arms. Instead, many are fishing for any type of corporate job just to start-up and get going, even if they are qualified for better and deserve more money. But despite the times, these students should not be worrying.</p> <p>In fact, they should be blessed with the opportunities they have to land jobs, and they actually have a better chance of landing a job than those of past generations in this situation.</p> <p>How can this be, you ask? There are social media tools out there that &mdash; when utilized properly &mdash; are a great resource to build a personal brand and online portfolio, as well as to network for a job (unlike the traditional practice of submitting a resume to a generic contact form, which will most likely get stacked with the hundreds of others in some big pile somewhere).</p> <p>What if you could directly contact a specific person in the company? Or even better, what if they came to you? Here are some tools that can help you network and build your online portfolio so you can land your next job.</p> <h2>Blogs</h2> <p>Building and maintaining a blog is like running your own small business. You play many different roles such as editor, designer, maintenance technician, customer support, and PR/marketing all in one. It takes time and commitment, and starting one (especially in college) is a huge resume boost and a great online portfolio of your work and skills. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-start-your-own-blog">Start a blog</a> revolving around content in your major or start one about a hobby you have a passion for. Either way, you will learn a lot of valuable skills, develop experience, and have so much to talk about during an interview.</p> <h2>LinkedIn</h2> <p><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/">LinkedIn</a>&nbsp;is a business professional's network where you can show off your skills in an <a href="http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/predict-the-end-of-the-traditional-resume-here/">online resume format</a>. You can also get recommendations from others which could attract companies. More companies are using this network to look for potential job prospects, so having an up-to-date profile that enhances your skills could give you the edge. There are also groups where you can participate and engage with others offering help and showing your expertise. This networking could lead to you receiving a job opportunity or a contact. If you know the company you want to work for, find people who work there and try to connect with them. Send a message and maybe they will respond to you with the correct person to contact or set a time to talk further. By doing this, you are bypassing the generic contact form and are showing initiative.</p> <h2>Twitter</h2> <p>Maybe some people strictly use it to follow what their favorite celebrities do, but <a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Twitter</a> is a great networking tool. Begin to help others within your industry and connect with those you want to try to build relationships with. After being active and engaging, you may be able to learn of a job opportunity from networking through Twitter.</p> <h2>YouTube</h2> <p>Create a short 1-2 minutes elevator pitch on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/">YouTube</a> about who you are, what you are looking for, and why you deserve it. You never know who may find it and pass it along.</p> <h2>Online Resumes</h2> <p>Buy your domain name if you can. Include all the links to the social networks you belong to, video resume, written resume, and any articles, projects, or videos that you have worked on. Developing this centralized online portfolio is an added bonus for job seekers. When prospective employers search your name in Google, they will find you easily and most likely will be very impressed. This can help give you the edge over other people.</p> <p>Job hunting isn't easy, especially now. It takes time, patience, and a little bit of luck. But with these tools, it puts finding new opportunities or contacts in your court, making it easier to land that next job.</p> <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>This guest post is by Craig Kessler, marketing director at <a href="https://www.budgetpulse.com/">BudgetPulse</a>, a free personal budgeting software.</p> <p>Links to more articles on BudgetPulse:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://blog.budgetpulse.com/2009/09/07/reusable-shopping-bags-how-much-can-you-really-save/">Reusable Shopping Bags: How much can you really save?</a></li> <li><a href="http://blog.budgetpulse.com/2009/10/06/preparing-for-fall-finances/">Preparing for Fall Finances</a></li> <li><a href="http://blog.budgetpulse.com/2009/09/22/how-to-saving-money-eating-out/">How To: Saving Money Eating Out</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/craig-kessler">Craig Kessler</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-online-tools-to-help-you-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-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/15-career-advice-sites-you-should-know-about">15 Career Advice Sites You Should Know About</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-ways-to-use-technology-to-upgrade-your-career">6 Ways to Use Technology to Upgrade Your Career</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/5-fatal-assumptions-of-job-seekers">5 Fatal Assumptions of 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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-re-fired-20-signs-that-a-pink-slip-is-coming">You’re Fired! 20 Signs That a Pink Slip is Coming</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Technology How-To Guide jobs networking resumes Wed, 21 Oct 2009 14:00:04 +0000 Craig Kessler 3733 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Fatal Assumptions of Job Seekers http://www.wisebread.com/5-fatal-assumptions-of-job-seekers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-fatal-assumptions-of-job-seekers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/train tracks neon.jpg" alt="train tracks with neon look" title="train tracks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="237" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off">job hunting</a> these days. I have worked with job seekers for many years and have found that these five common assumptions frequently&nbsp;derail a job search.</p> <h3>1. Being open to anything will increase my chances of landing a job.</h3> <p>The search ought to have a focus: you should be targeting opportunities in a certain discipline or function; or you should have identified the strengths you'd like to leverage and then uncovered positions that match these strengths. The resume should convey that focus; otherwise, you can't differentiate yourself from other candidates because you're not really great at anything but rather average at many things.</p> <p>Hiring managers don't want to spend training and payroll dollars on a so-so candidate, especially in an environment where money is an extremely limited resource and a more qualified candidate is sure to surface soon.</p> <p>However, it is true that job seekers need to be flexible when pursuing a new position. Depending on your current situation and long-term goals, you should be open to opportunities in a new industry, a smaller rather than larger company (or vice versa), and even a change of locale.</p> <p>And, it's also true that job seekers snag jobs that are not perfectly in sync with their original targets. In these cases, here's what the hiring manager is thinking:</p> <ul> <li>tap into skills that the job seeker didn't realize were valuable (for example,&nbsp;a client seeking a sales position was selected by a state agency for a position requiring client advocacy capabilities, which she possessed from years of volunteering in a similar role)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>hire &quot;fresh&quot; talent with no preconceived notions of how to approach a new market, reach a different kind of customer, etc.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>recruit people with a certain background because past, similar hires have been successful</li> </ul> <h3>2. No one could possibly possess all of the qualifications required by the employer.</h3> <p>I've seen job postings that seem to be an impossible-to-get wish list created by an optimistic hiring manager. For example, a sourcing position might list the following requirements (this is a partial list of requirements taken from an online job board posting):</p> <ul> <li>MBA<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>experience in supply chain management, purchasing, and contract negotiation<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>working knowledge of SAP<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>professional designations, such as a CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>fluency in Mandarin Chinese</li> </ul> <p>Stay focused on pursuing opportunities that match your qualifications. Build and leverage your professional network. At the same time, consider boosting your skills through classes at the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-frugal-resource-the-community-college">community college</a> or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/translating-volunteer-experiences-and-skills-to-workplace-credentials">volunteer experience</a>.</p> <p>So, while it's true that the perfect candidate may not appear for many job postings (or, more likely the company is required to advertise for an opening that is probably going to be filled by an internal candidate who does have these credentials), going for multiple long shots is probably not going to increase your chances at winning a fantastic job.</p> <h3>3. I can elaborate during the interview rather than including valuable information on the resume.</h3> <p>The defense of the extremely brief resume is often that hiring managers won't read a long one. But there needs to be enough information to allow the reader to judge whether the candidate has 1. minimum qualifications and 2. enough talent and proven experience to contribute to the hiring organization. Otherwise, the sought-after interview will never happen.</p> <p>Even if a resume is two (or even three) pages, a well-designed format that allows quick&nbsp;scanning for critical information can get the document placed in the &quot;maybe&quot; pile for further evaluation. Compelling accomplishments and deeper-than-average descriptions of position duties may actually aid the screening and selection process, ultimately saving time for the hiring manager.</p> <p>Certain topics though (for example, why you left a job after a couple of months) are best discussed in the interview rather than detailed on the resume.</p> <h3>4. The people who will hire me will understand my resume.</h3> <p>It's true that hiring managers will often have a better, more complete grasp of the industry and discipline-specific lingo that's on your resume than your neighbor or even your best friend.</p> <p>But the resume will most likely be screened by a recruiter or human resources manager who may not have expertise in your field; and possibly scrutinized by higher-level staff and potential coworkers who may participate in the selection process. So, using understandable language is important to communicating your qualifications to as many people as possible (see my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-online-job-boards-can-actually-help-a-job-search">post on online job boards</a> for ways to identify common terms and keywords). To appeal to a broader audience, mention collaborative abilities and team contributions; and emphasize accomplishments that not only helped your department improve but also boosted the company's overall performance.</p> <h3>5. A hiring decision will be made in a reasonable time frame.</h3> <p>One of the most common mistakes is to assume that a hiring decision will be made according to a reasonable timeline and therefore (here's the dangerous part), you should wait before pursuing other opportunities. If you are happily employed and really want a particular position and no other position, then it is reasonable to wait until you learn of the decision. But very often, decisions are delayed for long periods of time for reasons such as:</p> <ul> <li>position hasn't been officially approved by the corporate office<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>economic conditions and company's needs have changed since recruitment began<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>no great candidates have emerged with interest in the position<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>hiring process requires multiple levels of approval and rounds of interviewing<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>decision makers have been traveling on business for a few months</li> </ul> <p>Even when hiring managers provide a timeline to a candidate, they very often don't adhere to the schedule. And, in some cases, they choose a candidate but are not able to extend an offer.</p> <p>Some job seekers seem to have a fear of having to make a difficult choice among more than one employer. But the savvy seeker keeps pursuing any and every opportunity, and even leverages salary negotiations by getting multiple offers. (See <a href="http://www.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2008/09/15/how-to-play-the-post-interview-waiting-game.html">How to Play the Post-Interview Waiting Game </a>for more insights.)</p> <p><em>What do you think?&nbsp;Have you reversed your assumptions since starting a search? </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fatal-assumptions-of-job-seekers">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/5-online-tools-to-help-you-land-a-job">5 Online Tools to Help You Land a 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/professional-resume-services-are-they-worth-paying-for">Professional Resume Services: Are They Worth Paying For?</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/resumes-for-recent-college-graduates">Resumes For Recent Grads: Translating Campus Experiences Into Real-World Skills</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-get-laid-off-a-step-by-step-guide">How to Get Laid Off: A Step-By-Step Guide</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building How-To Guide job search resumes Fri, 11 Sep 2009 19:29:45 +0000 Julie Rains 3587 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Prepare a Plain Text Resume http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-prepare-a-plain-text-resume <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-prepare-a-plain-text-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_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="315" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In my last article I gave several reasons <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-plain-text-resume-to-apply-for-jobs-online">why you need a plain text resume to apply for jobs online</a>. This post is a short guide to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off" title="Help - I Lost My Job!">preparing your resume</a> in plain text.</p> <h3>1. Choose a text editor</h3> <p>Your options are really limitless here. A popular choice on Windows is Notepad. In Linux I usually use emacs or vi. You can also use a web based editor such as <a href="http://www.editpad.org/">EditPad</a>. As long as the program lets you save your file in plain text or ASCII it should be fine.</p> <h3>2. Page width</h3> <p>In most editors there is a text wrap option, but it is better to manually insert line returns in text resumes and keep each line to 80 characters. The reason is that different programs text wrap differently, and some do not text wrap at all so it is possible that your paragraphs come out looking like one single line. The standard page width of 80 characters is a good rule of thumb to follow for formatting text files.</p> <h3>3. Spacing and alignment</h3> <p>In addition to keeping each line to 80 characters, it is best to indent and align paragraphs with spaces instead of tabs because tabs do not necessarily show up correctly in different text readers. Keep your paragraphs short and separated by blank lines so it is more readable.</p> <h3>4. Emphasis on text</h3> <p>Since there is no bold or italics formatting, capitalize headers such as &quot;EDUCATION&quot; or &quot;WORK EXPERIENCE&quot; to emphasize them. Additionally, if you need to have bullet points in your resume, use asterisks instead.</p> <h3>5. Run spellcheck</h3> <p>Always use a spellcheck program on the body of your resume to catch any typos and mistakes. This applies to any resume regardless of the format, but when you are using a plain text editor it is easy to forget this step.</p> <h3>6. Test your resume</h3> <p>A good way to test out your resume is to copy and paste it into an email and send it to yourself. Try several email clients just to see how your resume looks on the receiving end. If possible also try looking at your email message in several different computing platforms.</p> <p>Finally, online communications are generally brief so a good resume is a resume that gets to the point quickly. While you should definitely have a nicely formatted print version of your resume to bring to an interview, a clean and substantial plain text resume may be the key to getting that interview. &nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-prepare-a-plain-text-resume">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/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/standout-stuff-to-put-on-your-resume">Standout Stuff for Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile</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-recognize-and-answer-illegal-interview-questions">How to recognize and answer illegal 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/notchup-get-paid-to-go-on-interviews">NotchUp - Get Paid to Go on Interviews</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/five-interview-lessons-learned-from-horrible-interviews">Five Interview Lessons Learned from Horrible Interviews</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income interview online jobs resumes Wed, 02 Sep 2009 16:00:07 +0000 Xin Lu 3563 at http://www.wisebread.com Translating Volunteer Experiences to Workplace Credentials http://www.wisebread.com/translating-volunteer-experiences-and-skills-to-workplace-credentials <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/translating-volunteer-experiences-and-skills-to-workplace-credentials" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/volunteers.jpg" alt="volunteers and USACE preparing sand bags" title="volunteers and USACE preparing sand bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Need ideas for parlaying volunteer hours into skills and experiences valued by employers? Even if you haven&rsquo;t received a paycheck in exchange for creative ideas, event planning, or some equally worthy contribution of time and talent, you have proven capabilities that could be useful to the right organization.</p> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Here are&nbsp;a few&nbsp;ways to present your volunteer experience on your r&eacute;sum&eacute;, as an integral part or valuable addition to your professional credentials:&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</div> <h4><b>Substitute volunteer experience for paid work experience</b></h4> <p>&nbsp;-- useful for those who may have&nbsp;no&nbsp;<i>recent</i> work experience and those who may have alternated between periods of paid and volunteer work, such as some soon-to-be college graduates, stay-at-home parents, and those who hadn&rsquo;t intended to return to the workforce but are now looking for work.</p> <p>Place volunteer experience under &ldquo;Experience&rdquo; and, just as you&rsquo;d state your title, employer, and dates of employment for a traditional position, list your volunteer titles (such as &quot;Volunteer/Treasurer&quot; or just &quot;Volunteer&quot;) along with sponsoring organizations and relevant dates.</p> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Ideally, these volunteer positions involved a significant time commitment (an average of 5 hours per week, for example, or regular participation over several years); concentrated effort over a certain period of time (planning a major fundraiser over 3-6 months); and/or a major responsibility.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Elaborate on your&nbsp;duties and accomplishments:</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong>EXPERIENCE</strong></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong>Volunteer/Treasurer, Westwood Civic Club</strong>, Charlotte, NC, 2005-Present</div> <ul> <li>Administer financial controls for nonprofit organization.</li> <li>Develop annual budgets, produce financial reports with actual vs. budget comparisons, and present financial status at general meetings.</li> <li>Receive and deposit proceeds from fundraisers; disburse funds for authorized expenses; review and reconcile bank statements.</li> <li>Prepare and file Form 990s.</li> </ul> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong>PTA President, Johnsonville Elementary School</strong>, Johnsonville, SC, 2003-2005</div> <ul> <li>Provided leadership to board members, committee chairpersons, and 600+ parent volunteers in all areas including fundraising, hospitality, and membership.</li> <li>Collaborated with administrators, teachers, and parents to define and prioritize school needs.</li> <li>Directed the development of budgets and approval of all expenditures.</li> <li>Chaired board meetings and made presentations to large groups of up to 400 people.</li> <li>Made annual presentations to the county Board of Education, discussing school accomplishments and needs as well as providing parent perspectives on varied topics.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><strong>Accomplishments:</strong></em></div> <ul> <li>Directed fundraising projects that generated $25K+ in profit each school year, the most profitable in the school&rsquo;s history; funded 75% of playground equipment. &nbsp;</li> <li>Achieved consistent increases in parent membership.</li> </ul> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b>Volunteer, Central Medical Center, </b>Beverly, TN, Summers 1999-2003</div> <ul> <li>Provided support to multiple departments such as Neurosurgery, Emergency, Psychiatry, Pharmacy, and Radiology.</li> <li>Completed varied assignments to meet continually changing departmental needs that included organizing information packets, visiting patients, answering phones, and obtaining information from medical journals.</li> <li>Worked&nbsp;350+ volunteer hours and earned Volunteer Service Award.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4><b>Complement your work experience with volunteer experience</b></h4> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">-- useful for those who have valuable skills that may not be used on the job, want to add dimension to a professional background, or&nbsp;need to show the flexibility of being able to work&nbsp;in different environments.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;">If you have 2-3 volunteer positions using skills that you want to highlight, create a heading such as &ldquo;Community Activities&rdquo; and list your experiences there. Mention as much detail that you need to show that you have, for example, organizational, teaching, marketing, or design skills:</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong>COMMUNITY&nbsp;ACTIVITIES</strong></div> <ul> <li>Event Planner, Raskin Community Center, Raskin, SC, 2005-Present: Plan and coordinate special events to include defining event themes, selecting d&eacute;cor and menus, engaging service providers, and overseeing onsite activities.</li> <li>Technology Instructor, Helping Hands, Chapel Hill, NC, Fall Semester 2004: Taught basic computer skills for office applications and Internet research&nbsp;to senior adults. Initiated contact with clients and scheduled meeting times to arrange in-home instruction.</li> <li>Founder/Program Leader, Late-Night Basketball, Marion, NC, 2006-2008: Spearheaded the launch of a late-night basketball program for at-risk youth. Promoted activities to community members through neighborhood visits and coordination with churches. Grew program from its inception to 50+ youth participants.</li> <li><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;</span></span>Volunteer, Theatre in the Village, Charleston, SC: Researched and analyzed <i>The African Queen</i>, and advised the director on costume ideas and methods of interpreting the movie for the stage; served as stage manager for <i>Misalliance</i>; appeared as an actress in numerous productions.</li> </ul> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">You don&rsquo;t have to give details about volunteer experiences. If you just want to show that you are active in the community or support certain causes, you can list the basics:</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong>ACTIVITIES</strong></div> <ul> <li>Volunteer Firefighter</li> <li>Pilot for all-volunteer Iditarod Air Force, 2004-Present</li> <li>Team Captain, MS Bike Tour, 3 years (23 team members, raised $30,000+ each year)</li> <li>Meals on Wheels (past volunteer)</li> </ul> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in; text-indent: -0.25in;">&nbsp;</div> <h4><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;">&nbsp;</span><b>Demonstrate leadership status</b></h4> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;">-- useful&nbsp;for those who want to show executive leadership capabilities.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;">Showcase a combination of board memberships and hands-on volunteer activities under a&nbsp;heading of &quot;Community Involvement&quot;&nbsp;or to highlight leadership positions only, list organization names&nbsp;under a heading of &quot;Board Memberships&quot;:</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;"><strong>COMMUNITY&nbsp;INVOLVEMENT</strong></div> <ul> <li>Board of Directors, Arts Council of Wilson County</li> <li>Weekly Volunteer, Jonesville&nbsp;Soup Kitchen</li> </ul> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;"><strong>BOARD&nbsp;MEMBERSHIPS</strong></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in;">&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Arts Council of Wilson County&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Hillman Foundation&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There is intrinsic value in volunteering, meeting community needs that may otherwise be unmet, forming friendships with fellow volunteers and clients. And, you can learn how to do things, such as motivate people without (extra) pay or lead meetings that last just an hour, which may be helpful in career building but don't have to be detailed on a r&eacute;sum&eacute;. But if you're in the market for a job or a promotion, relevant volunteer experience can differentiate you and add to your credentials.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/translating-volunteer-experiences-and-skills-to-workplace-credentials">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/5-online-tools-to-help-you-land-a-job">5 Online Tools to Help You Land a 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/great-ways-to-improve-your-resume-today">Great Ways to Improve Your Resume Today</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/5-fatal-assumptions-of-job-seekers">5 Fatal Assumptions of 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/professional-resume-services-are-they-worth-paying-for">Professional Resume Services: Are They Worth Paying For?</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/resumes-for-recent-college-graduates">Resumes For Recent Grads: Translating Campus Experiences Into Real-World Skills</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building resumes voluntary work experience volunteer experience Wed, 08 Apr 2009 20:43:55 +0000 Julie Rains 3018 at http://www.wisebread.com Resumes For Recent Grads: Translating Campus Experiences Into Real-World Skills http://www.wisebread.com/resumes-for-recent-college-graduates <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/resumes-for-recent-college-graduates" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/student presentation.jpg" alt="students presenting research " title="students presenting research, having gained valuable workplace skills" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you’re a recent grad, I hope you&#39;ve snagged the job of your dreams with a great company, perhaps after having completed summer internships or cooperative work programs with your current employer. But you may be in the midst of a job search (or as a rising senior, getting ready to launch a campaign) and wondering what should be included on your résumé and what is best left unsaid. Will the bartending gig make you seem unsuitable for corporate life? Will employers avoid those who have spent summers on church mission trips? I’ll share ways to translate class projects, volunteer activities, and campus involvement into real-life skills valuable in the workplace. </p> <p>So, should you include the bartending job and church mission trips?<strong><em> It depends…on your career goals and other experiences.</em></strong> If you hope to land an event planning position with the community affairs department of a major corporation or want to build a career in the hospitality industry, then your stints tending bar for black-tie galas are relevant; but if you’ve spent the last two summers orchestrating formal dinners with guest lists exceeding 500 people or running a bed &amp; breakfast while the owners took an extended vacation, then the bartending jobs may be eliminated in favor of more significant experience. </p> <p>For the mission trips, consider your duties and the working environment. Your experiences may be impressive to a hiring manager if you helped provide medical attention to people in a foreign country and want to work in a hospital with a large immigrant population, if you tutored at-risk children and want to be a teacher in an inner-city high school, or you repaired houses and hope to start a career in construction. </p> <p>To figure out what’s relevant, it’s helpful to do 3 things: </p> <ul> <li>Clarify what kind of position you’re hoping to find and/or what type of company might have such a position;</li> <li>Define the capabilities that the person in this position will need in order to excel and/or what types of skills the company values;</li> <li>Determine the relevance of each experience (paid job, volunteer work, campus activity, or class project) to your target position and its significance relative to all of your qualifications.</li> </ul> <p>Then, think about experiences that can be applied to the needs of a potential employer. If you majored in fashion design, you may have researched seasonal trends, conceptualized design themes, and selected color palettes. The computer science major may have led a system conversion, written and tested programming code, evaluated new technology, and provided technical support to users. </p> <p>If you’re not exactly sure what you’d like to do after college or your dream job is not yet attainable, then consider general abilities that most any employer will find useful, such as the ability to:</p> <ul> <li>Research information, draw conclusions, and present findings;</li> <li>Communicate effectively through written and oral presentations;</li> <li>Collaborate with people on multi-disciplinary teams;</li> <li>Manage projects by setting goals, defining project components with timelines, making assignments, reviewing progress, resolving issues, and bringing projects to conclusion.</li> </ul> <p>Is it necessary to have acquired these experiences in a paid position? No! You may have built skills by completing a class assignment, going on an outing with your sorority, or hanging out a friend. While you don’t want to overstate the value of the all-nighter you pulled helping your roommate study for a big exam (&quot;provided remedial instruction to underperforming student&quot;?), it’s okay to discuss meaningful experiences.  </p> <p>Examples of what you might include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Campus club project:</strong> planned and directed a 5K fundraiser; led club members in securing business sponsorships and in-kind donations, promoting participation among students and community members, and supervising race-day activities. </li> <li><strong>Student competition:</strong> designed and built an unmanned aerial vehicle that performed specific tasks by interpreting GPS navigational data, working in collaboration with a cross-functional team. </li> <li><strong>Sorority/Fraternity:</strong> participated in community service projects that included hosting a health fair for an underserved population. </li> <li><strong>Class project:</strong> created a business plan for a proposed retailer specializing in licensed athletic apparel; developed budget for start-up and ongoing operations; devised marketing plan to drive store traffic. </li> <li><strong>Other:</strong> contributed to the development of a proposal for an art exhibit involving theme selection, identification of relevant works, feasibility analysis, and budget preparation, yielding $50,000 in grant funds. </li> </ul> <p>Should grades, high school activities, interests, or other stuff be included? Consider sharing on your résumé if the item </p> <ul> <li>is spectacular;</li> <li>sets you apart from other students;</li> <li>sparks a conversation.</li> </ul> <p>Examples are earning academic honors such as Phi Beta Kappa; finishing 5 marathons in 5 months; earning the <a href="http://www.scouting.org/Media/FactSheets/02-516.aspx" title="http://www.scouting.org/Media/FactSheets/02-516.aspx">Eagle Scout</a> or <a href="http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/insignia/highest_awards/gold_award.asp" title="http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/insignia/highest_awards/gold_award.asp">Gold Award</a> (Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts); or competing on a high school team that placed first in a national science competition. </p> <p>Hopefully, you&#39;ll uncover a few experiences that will be meaningful to hiring managers. Tell about your internship but don&#39;t forget the leadership skills you acquired as soccer captain or head of a class project. If you&#39;re a recent grad who has impressed employers with traditional work experiences and/or campus experiences, share your story. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/resumes-for-recent-college-graduates">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-15"> <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/5-fatal-assumptions-of-job-seekers">5 Fatal Assumptions of Job Seekers</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/professional-resume-services-are-they-worth-paying-for">Professional Resume Services: Are They Worth Paying For?</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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building job search recent graduates resumes Mon, 14 Jul 2008 19:27:48 +0000 Julie Rains 2235 at http://www.wisebread.com