Many of us are searching for our dream career and some of us aren’t sure what that is yet. If you haven’t found it you should continue working while you discover what this job is for you. The best way to go about this search is to work various jobs to find out what you enjoy and best suits your skills. A great suggestion from Careerealism.com is to make a list of your five favorite jobs, and alongside each one, list its attributes and benefits. There should be patterns that you can draw from to move forward in your search.
You want to be careful your resume doesn’t look too job hoppy though. You should be genuinely interested in jobs you take on your search for your career and give them a good amount of time before dismissing it as not a good fit for you. If this tends to be a problem you experience then a career coach might be a reasonable option to consider. A coach can help you look for a new direction within a career and help you work through those boring aspects of a job.
Fear is a huge factor that intimidates us from going after of dream career. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of networking – these are all valid fears that can limit of growth. You shouldn’t let fear rule you. Do not allow fear of the unknown prevent you from going for what you truly want in life. In the end you will only come out stronger, regardless of the outcome. The more you overcome your fears the easier it will become.
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It is no surprise that even the best candidates can get lost in the shuffle of incoming applicants. Aside from being qualified you need to STAND OUT amongst the competition. You might be reading this and wondering how you can make a lasting impression.
Below are some techniques to stand out to an employer.
- Show – Don’t Just Tell
- Leverage Your References
- Consider a Video Resume
- Know Things About the Company
Applications that embody the nature of the work prove to be very impressive to the hiring manager. The best way to impress an employer is to actually do the job, and do it well. Rather than employers asking you to do the job, be proactive and show them ahead of time what you are capable of accomplishing for them. Providing references is fairly common on an application nowadays. You can take this piece a step further by asking your references to contact the employer. Video resumes are an excellent way to show who you are and stand out of the crowd. Just consider the company and position you are applying to before sending this resume format as it may not be compatible with the company’s culture.
Other techniques for landing your next job are:
- Invest Time Up Front in Finding Your Focus.
- Know Your Values
- Manage Your Time Well
- Invest in Activities with the Greatest Return on Investment (ROI)
- Assess What is Working and What is Not
Most importantly, be genuine in your interview. Study up on the company and show you are truly interested in them. This is a standard job searching routine that can go a long way!
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Are you trying advance your skill sets or learn a new skill? Taking courses at a local college is a great option if you have the time. But what about those of us who aren’t able to attend a weekly class? Lynda.com may be able to answer this question. Lynda.com offers online software training videos.
You have the ability to:
- Learn new software, creative, and business skills.
- Get on-demand access to our entire video tutorial library.
- Learn at your own pace, when and where you want.
- New courses added weekly at no additional cost.
This site has tutorials in the following areas:
- 3D + animation
- home computing
- web + interactive
To learn more visit Lynda.com!
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Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you look at your email inbox? Does it seem like every time you answer a set of emails your inbox doesn’t get shorter? Well, you are not alone. In fact, the average person receives more than 100 emails per day…yikes!
Odds are this amount will not decrease as time moves forward. What you can do to alleviate some of the stress is start a daily routine.
Here are 5 steps to start this process.
- Set a time limit – determine how much time you want to spend in your inbox on a given day, and don’t exceed it
- Know your etiquette – the average time it takes to respond to an email is greater than the time it took to create it
- Prioritize – answer all urgent matters first before answering less time sensitive emails
- Don’t sign up for junk – When signing up for a new web service, opt out of updates and do not sign up for irrelevant newsletters
- Don’t open mail twice – as you open each email, you give yourself only five options: delete/archive, delegate, respond (if you can do it in under two minutes), defer, or do
In addition to the above tips you should read the Email Charter, online source for email etiquette. The site provides 10 Rules to Reverse the Email Spiral that will help you get a handle of on your inbox.
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Your resume is typically the first thing an employer or recruiter reviews so it is not surprising that preparing your resume can be one of the most important steps in the job application process. Your resume is also the way you market yourself. Paying attention to detail will help send the clear message as to why you are worth talking to you about the job.
There are several commonly made resume mistakes all job seekers should avoid.
- Grammar and spelling errors
- Not tailoring a resume for each job
- Including too many personal details and “fluff”
- Poor design or layout
Granted, there are tools to catch basic errors such as punctuation and spelling, but there aren’t any systems in place for other common errors.
Here are 4 major errors to keep a cautious eye on.
- Subjective text – Don’t tell recruiters how you see yourself. Prove it. List facts stating quantifiable accomplishments.
- Too much information - Information overload to a recruiter is not a way to stand out. Simplify the resume to list only the key skills you want to leverage
- Week top-fold - The first third of our resume is known as the “top-fold” – it’s where the eye goes when someone sees your resume for the first time. Text-intensive top-folds that aren’t well-formatted and don’t present key skill sets lose the reader’s attention.
- Fancy Fonts – Fancy (curly fonts) are harder to read. You are actually making it harder for the hiring manager to absorb your resume. Fancy design or layout done tastefully is a plus, but try to avoid fancy fonts.
One way to avoid these mistakes is to create multiple resumes. It allows you to refrain from putting on too much clutter and the hiring manager can see a clear purpose. The “one size fits all” mantra for resumes does not pay off. You need to focus only on one specialization, because it keeps the resume simple, but effective.
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Time is your most valuable asset – every moment of your time matters. Balancing a career and personal life is a common challenge for more people. It is important to stress the impact that can be made from even the smallest of changes in your everyday life.
There are several small changes you can make without significantly altering your lifestyle.
- Be grateful for what you have in your life. When you wake up in the morning take a moment to relax and reflect.
- Working out with friends, family or partners is a great way to spend some time together and stay in shape.
- Set a time to make a daily phone call to your kids.
- Clarify your work hours and expectations with your boss to prevent any potential misunderstandings.
- Social with your colleagues in and out of the office when the opportunity arises.
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Remember, work doesn’t have to be your life. The key to a balanced life is getting 8 hours of sleep. The importance of a proper amount of sleep cannot be stressed enough. We’ve all said “I work all the time and can’t catch up on life and sleep”. Sometimes it can seem like we have to do absolutely everything on top of a full word load. The best way to take control of your time is to know what you must do. Take a moment and try to enforce the above tips into your day.
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It is no secret companies today look at professional online profiles. LinkedIn is the primary professional networking site, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your other online profiles. It is up to you to update and maintain a current and professional profile. Some tips to optimize your online profile for potential employers are listed below.
- Keep it up to date – whenever you have an update, post it.
- Refresh your keywords and specialties – search online for common words that best describe what you do and use these key words organically.
- Be aware – create multiple online profiles and a personal blog and make sure they are all connected to enhance your personal search rankings.
- Get the recognition you deserve – all legitimate recognitions should be included in your profiles.
For more helpful tips on creating an attractive professional profile click here.
It is important to note recruiters are constantly seeking out passive job candidates for their highly selective corporate clients. Once you know and understand the methods recruiters utilize in their hunt, you can position yourself as the talented passive candidate they covet.
Here are four tactics recruiters use on LinkedIn specifically.
- Recruiters look for people who use the same vocabulary as their clients.
- Recruiters hunt for people who command the respect of their peers and supervisors.
- Recruiters seek experts and thought leaders.
- Recruiters scout for people wherever they can find them.
There are many other strategies you can successfully employ, but these four provide the basis to create a solid LinkedIn presence. Good luck with your job hunt!
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