Top 6 Worst Mistakes You Are Making In Your Job Search

The Worst Mistakes to Make When Looking for a New Job

If you are looking for job search assistance online, there is no doubt you have read numerous conflicting articles pointing you in all sorts of directions. Many online sources claim to have the “secret” that will help you land your dream job immediately. However, much of this advice will only lead you into dead ends. Additionally, you have probably heard a lot of advice from your friends and families regarding how to conduct a job search. However, what may have worked for one person will not necessarily work for everyone. In this article we will dispel the most common job search myths.

Top 5 Worst Mistakes in Your Job Search

1.) You Need Experience to Get a Job

Do you ever feel intimidated with job postings requiring three to five years minimum experience in a specific industry? Many job seekers, particularly new graduates, find themselves in the catch-22 where they cannot get an entry-level position because they do not have the required experience, and they cannot get the required experience because they are not qualified for entry-level positions. Do not let these job requirements intimidate you. When hiring managers and HR personnel are writing job postings, they often write them based upon the experience of the individual who recently vacated the position they are looking to fill. However, no one comes into any job with 100% of the necessary experience. Don’t let experience requirements prevent you from applying to a position. First and foremost, employers are looking for someone ready to learn. If you can display that ability, you should have no problem landing an entry-level position. Remember that everyone has to start somewhere.

2.) The Hidden Job Market

Have you ever been told that 90% of open positions go unadvertised? If that were the case, then how would they be getting filled? While it is true that some positions are never advertised publicly, the vast majority are indeed posted online, in newspapers and through other mediums. The “hidden job market” often refers to internal hiring practices. Oftentimes, these are not necessarily open positions, but rather new positions created solely for specific individuals. Besides, if so many of these job postings were hidden and out of reach, what would be the point in looking for them? Companies that are looking to hire top talent will advertise open positions in my different places in order to cast a wide net.

3.) I Should Only Apply to Jobs I Really Want

While there is nothing wrong with a selective job search, don’t be afraid to cast a large net. Too often job seekers apply only to specific companies or positions. However, this will severely limit the impact of your search. You may find yourself eventually landing your dream job, only to realize that you hate the company culture or that your responsibilities don’t match up with what you saw on the initial posting. Many of my clients have found themselves with wonderful jobs in roles that they never would have ever imagined doing just a few years back. You never know what might surprise you. Plus, casting a wide net will lead to more interviews. Even if you don’t think you actually want the job, I recommend going to the interview anyway. Not only will it give you interview practice, but you will also gain a better sense of what employers are looking for in candidates.

4.) If I Leave My Job, I’ll Look Like a Job Hopper

In prior decades, it used to common for you to work for the same company your entire life. Oftentimes, it was the same company that your father worked for his entire life, and perhaps his father as well. However, as the economy becomes more and more dynamic, this trend no longer holds true. Many people are reluctant to look for something new because they believe they will be labeled as a job hopper — someone who keeps jumping from job to job without ever settling down. While this will look bad to your future employer if you can’t even hold down a single job for more than a few months, don’t be afraid to look for new opportunities after you have put in a few years in at your current company. Studies show that individuals who switch companies often end up with greater compensation in the long run than those individuals who remain with the same company. Additionally, the longer you stay with your current company, the more difficult it can be to switch. Today’s employers want to see a candidate that is adaptable, can thrive in difficult situations, is up to new challenges, and always looking to learn something new. Bringing diverse experience in numerous roles across different industries will help demonstrate these qualities.

5.) It’s Best to be the Last Person Interviewed

The logic for this argument is, if you interview last, then you will remain fresh on the hiring manager’s mind, and they will be more likely to consider you over the person they interviewed weeks later. However, how will you ever be able to tell when is the best time to interview? Companies often leave job postings up long after they have already made up their minds. Once they find the right candidate who has accepted their offer, they stop interviewing all together. Why would they bother wasting their time on people they are never going to consider? When you see a job posting that interests you, apply right away. The more time you spend waiting, the more opportunities you are giving to other candidates.

6.) You Can Write Your Own Resume

If you change your own oil, can make a pair of shoes or cut your own hair, you may stop reading here. Resume writers have experience preparing effective presentations for thousands of people. A job seeker may write a resume every 3 to 5 years and during that time the rules can be completely change. Think about your annual salary. Writing a your own resume is like walking into a casino and putting your annual salary on the roulette wheel. With a resume writer, your up front risk is only the cost of the resume. Choose a resume writer with a long history of success and you will literally gain access to a wealth of knowledge that would be impractical to obtain on your own.


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JOB SEARCH TUTORIAL: HOW TO USE JOB BOARDS

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Job boards promise to provide the world of employers by simply posting your resume and waiting for them to make a path to your door.  Although that sounds enticing, knowing how to use job boards will give you the best results for your time.

DON’T POST AND WAIT
Passive job searching can be the most frustrating and least productive of all alternatives. Not only will you find yourself among millions of other individuals, but the most sought out employers tend to be chased, rather than chase. You will find yourself offered positions that don’t apply to you or offered the least desirable positions because they have to be sold to desperate job seekers.

In addition, when a new account is uploaded or a resume is updated, subscribing employers get alerts and are able to, at the click of a button, send thousands of “opportunities” out. Thus someone in an executive job search could get a data entry solicitation on Dice or multi-level marketing/commission sales offers on Indeed, Monster or CareerBuilder.  These auto-sends are mass mailings and are not distributed based on reading your profile. They only hope to reach individuals by broadcasting.

BE AWARE OF INDEXING
To search a database, the content needs to be indexed. Full indexing on job boards can take weeks. When you newly post to a job board, you are not immediately available to employer search. Each time you change your resume, you can void your index and wipe clean the index which allows employers to find you. Be careful about changing too often and be aware, that each time you change, you will get emails for hard to sell positions.

Post your resume and wait. If an employer wants you, in time they will find you. Because of the time it takes to index, the right employers contact you months after posting or after you have accepted another position. There have even been job seekers who have been contacted years after posting; long after they forget they even put a resume in the database.

DON’T “CLICK AND APPLY”
The easier it is to apply to a position, the higher the likelihood of extreme competition. Not only might you find yourself among thousands of applicants, you might also find it hard for the employer to find you. It is common for job board users to spend hours submitting to hundreds of positions thinking they are actually accomplishing something.

Only apply to positions for which you qualify. Take time to address employer needs if possible. Apply only to positions that link directly to a company website. Be mindful of how long a job has been posted and the deadlines for submission. As a recruiter, I talked to a company with a hiring freeze. The human resources representative told me that in spite of making it clear to job seekers, through outside sources, more than 70,000 people had applied to jobs that didn’t exist.

EXPECT SPAM AND SCAMS
Then Internet is the wild west of the cyberworld. Job seekers are a target market for interim insurance, start you own business ventures like drop ship websites, and instant job offers to process checks for overseas companies. A recent client of mine received a “job offer” from xxx (Fortune 500 Company) from an email similar to xxxrealcompany.net. She was informed by me that the url should have been a tip off as to the validity of the offer.

It is common for both job boards and gray world businesses to prey on the insecurities of job seekers. A very common scam is resume evaluations. Either a job seeker is offered a free evaluation which is full of reasons why their resume is not good (almost anyone gets the same letter) or a job seeker applies for a job and is told that they do not qualify because their resume isn’t good enough, “but we can recommend a resume service that can help you get better results.” Often companies such as these operate overseas beyond the reach of law.

BE QUICK, PRO-ACTIVE AND SMART
Job boards provide listings to which you can directly apply. You are more likely to find what you want by applying directly than waiting for the employer to find you. Keep in mind the most effective means for finding work are as follows with the most effective listed first.

Networking and referrals
Direct company contact
Getting noticed by recruiters
(If a recruiter contacts you, there is interest, if you contact a recruiter, 95% of the           time, they are either the wrong recruiter or do not have orders for the position you are seeking.)
LinkedIn
(Perfect for networking, getting noticed by recruiters, and applying directly to                 companies.)
Job Boards
(People still get work through job boards, but they can be labor intensive. Using them properly can increase your chance of success.)

Start from the top of the list and work your way down. That will make the best use of your job search time.

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How to Find a Job in 30 Days

How to Find a Job in 30 Days

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The job market is hot and unemployment has been at one the lowest levels since we’ve seen during the recession more than ten years ago. According the the most recent jobs report, it’s clear the economy is continuing to add new jobs at a robust pace. Don’t let opportunities pass you by. Right now is the time to start thinking about a plan to achieve your career goals. According to the recent studies, all industries are hiring, including professional services, finance, manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare and more. If you are looking to make a job change, the time is now. Here are a few simple tools to help you find a job in 30 days or less.

1.) Learn How to Use Google Careers

Google just unveiled a new job-search service meant to rival industry favorites like Indeed, Monster and CareerBuilder. Using Google’s search algorithm, they catalog and index all available job postings from both company websites and other job boards. Using Google’s powerful algorithm, it is much easier to find much more targeted positions that fit your skills and areas of expertise. There is no centralized database of these jobs, so you need to use Google’s search function to find them. Just search “Financial Analyst near me” in order to take a look at what kinds of positions are available. Substitute out “Financial Analyst” for the role you are applying for and look at the available opportunities. As time progresses, Google’s algorithm will become more and more refined to provide you with targeted job opportunities. Google recently released a helpful blog post outlining how to use Google to find a new job.

2.) Update your LinkedIn

In today’s job market, social media presence is everything. LinkedIn is a valuable job search tool where you can market your skills and experience to prospective employers. Never underestimate the power of having a powerful social media presence when looking for a new position. Recruiters and head-hunters often scour sites like LinkedIn to find new recruits. Having a solid LinkedIn profile will significantly increase your chances of being noticed. Don’t worry about your employer thinking you are looking for a new job; today having a LinkedIn profile is par for the course. Learn more about why you can’t do without a powerful LinkedIn profile.

3.) Resume Optimization

Does your resume reflect the kinds of positions that you plan on applying for? Oftentimes, when someone is making either a career transition, they need a resume that reflects the accomplishments, skills, talents, and abilities they can bring to a new organization. With today’s job market, there is no better time to start looking for a new job that will provide you with better compensation. A resume is a selective document that highlights your core attributes and orients you towards the positions that you want to apply for. For most people, a resume is something they only write a handful of times in their life. It can be a difficult document to produce, especially for professionals with a lot of experience.


A resume is something most people only need to write a few times in their life. At Razor Edge Resumes, we have a team of experienced resume writing professionals working full time to help job seekers get noticed in the modern employment environment. Looking for a new job is not always easy, but having an effective resume will help get you the attention you are looking for. After writing more than 100,000 resumes, the team at Razor Edge Resumes has developed an effective approach that consistently works for our clients. Here are five questions to ask your online resume writer.

Looking for a new resume? Looking for an optimized LinkedIn profile? Looking for career guidance? We can help. Contact us at 1-800-730-3244 or send your resume into resumes@razoredgeresumes.com and we can schedule a free consultation. Let us build an effective resume that will help you find a new job.

 

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Five Questions to Ask Your Online Resume Writer

Looking for a Resume Writer Online?

As with any online service, doing your background research on an organization before you make a purchase is essential. Online resume writing services are no different. No doubt you have seen dozens of advertisements for online resume writing services offering you a team of recruiters and hiring managers to help you with your resume. It is easy for anyone to set up a simple website promising the world, but how do you find the best resume writing service? Before you make a purchase online, ask these important questions.

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1.) Do you have direct contact with your writer?

Developing a relationship with your writer is essential to building an effective resume. Just like no two people are the same, nor should two resumes be the same. A resume is a selective document designed to highlight your career experience in a manner that orients yourself towards the positions you want to apply for. Without the opportunity to speak with the same person writing your resume, this personal element gets lost. A resume consultation should include a complete career assessment and discussion about where you want to go in the future. Without this conversation, it’s difficult to build a resume that is going to be effective in your job search.

2.) Do they offer a free consultation?

Before you go ahead and make a purchase, it is key that you build trust with your resume writer and get a positive sense of how they can help you. Reinventing an old resume and turning it around might be a waste of your time and money if you don’t actually communicate what exactly the purpose of your resume is with your writer. A resume for a retired physician looking for a part-time job is going to be much different than a resume for a physician looking for a new position in the same role. A consultation with a professional resume writer allows you the opportunity to assess your career goals and decide where you want to go in the future. These elements are essential to building an effective resume.

3.) How long have they been in business?

Like any business, resume writing services thrive off repeat customers and referrals. Without those, business is few and far between. Do your research on the company before you sign up for anything. Be skeptical of services that promise you a job immediately. Resumes do not guarantee you a job, but they do help get your foot in the door. Working with a team of experienced, professional writers will provide the expertise you need to get noticed. Razor Edge Resumes has been in business for more than 30 years helping clients around the world.

4.) Do they have a physical address?

In order to avoid the many fly-by-night operations online, conducting your due diligence on a business is important before you make a purchase. Determining whether or not the have a physical address and phone number is important. Will you have reliable recourse in case there is a service issue? Will there be someone to answer the phone when you call? Any established resume writing service will have a physical address and phone number associated with the business. In fact, the Better Business Bureau requires all listed business to have a physical address. Razor Edge Resumes is proud to maintain a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

5.) Do they offer flexible pricing?

Many online resume writing services offer flat fees for resumes and cover letters. Any experienced resume writer will tell you that there is a great difference between putting together a resume for a new graduate and a resume for a senior-level executive with twenty years of experience. An honest resume writer will quote you based and the time and effort necessary to build an effective resume you can use to apply for the kinds of positions you plan on seeking. Additionally, your resume should reflect your intended goals. Are you looking to advance in your career? Are you looking to downsize your position? Let our team of resume writers walk you through the process of determining your needs and building you a resume that is appropriate to your goals.


Razor Edge Resumes has been in business for more than 30 years and has an A+ Better Business Bureau rating. Our services include full rewriting, layout, design and formatting of a new resume, cover letter and any other job search documents you may request. Careful attention is paid to understanding your past work history and strategically aligning your experience towards a new role.

Services include:

  • ATS (Applicant Tracking System) Compliant Resumes
  • Dynamic Cover Letters
  • LinkedIn Profile Preparation and Optimization
  • Transitional and Career Change Resumes
  • Military Conversion Resumes
  • Executive Resumes
  • Technical Resumes
  • Managerial Resumes
  • New Graduate Resumes
  • Reference Letters

A resume is something most people only need to write a few times in their life. At Razor Edge Resumes, we have a team of experienced resume writing professionals working full time to help job seekers get noticed in the modern employment environment. Looking for a new job is not always easy, but having an effective resume will help get you the attention you are looking for. After writing more than 100,000 resumes, the team at Razor Edge Resumes has developed an effective approach that consistently works for our clients.


Are you in need of a new resume? Give Razor Edge Resumes a call at 1-800-730-3244 to speak with an experienced resume writer immediately, schedule an online appointment, or send your resume into resumes@razoredgeresumes.com.

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Resume Quiz – How Good Are Your Interview Skills?

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Top 6 Hottest Job Markets for 2017

Location, Location, Location! – Top U.S. Job Markets for 2017

With 2017 already underway, we have seen some promising reports suggesting the American economic recovery is continuing. Two of the biggest stories so far this year include a strong January Jobs Report and news that the Dow Jones Industrial Average broke 20,000 for the first time in its history.

The most recent jobs report suggests more and more discouraged workers are seeking to get back into the workforce accounting for a small uptick in the unemployment rate. Whether you are new to the workforce, looking to re-enter it after a period of unemployment or just looking for a new place to put down some roots, here’s a list of the top six hottest job markets in the U.S.

1.) Boulder, Colorado

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Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the U.S., Boulder, CO has an unemployment rate of 2.2% with a population of just over 100k. Some of the largest employers include the University of Colorado, healthcare facilities, and numerous scientific institutions. Additionally, there is a burgeoning tourism and hospitality industry supporting many small, locally-owned businesses. Known for its well-educated and liberal population, Boulder is a popular choice for people looking to relocate.

2.) Honolulu, Hawaii

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If sunshine and warm weather are what you are seeking, say aloha to Honolulu, Hawaii. With an unemployment rate of just 2.4%, Honolulu maintains a strong job market bolstered by its tourism and hospitality segment, as well as a large financial services sector. Other large economic sectors include military defense, research and development. However, if you do choose to relocate, be aware that the cost of living is slightly higher than the mainland U.S.

3.) Boston, Massachusetts

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As the economic and cultural capital of the New England, Boston, MA has fared better than many other cities in the region. With unemployment standing at just 2.5%, Boston is an attractive option for people looking to relocate if they don’t mind cold, chilly winters. An incredible density of universities and colleges provides numerous employment opportunities for local residents. Additionally, Boston is an attractive place for those looking to break into the financial services industry.

4.) Provo, Utah

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If outdoor recreation is your passion, consider a move to Provo, UT. Located about an hour south of Salt Lake City, Provo has an unemployment rate sitting at about half the national average, just 2.5%. A major economic powerhouse in the city is Brigham Young University. Additionally, Provo has become an attractive place for software and technology companies.

5.) Fargo, North Dakota

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While it may not be the location of choice for everyone, Fargo, ND has a strong job market bolstered by heavy investments in oil and natural gas. With unemployment sitting at just 2.7%, there are many jobs in fields such as education, healthcare and heavy equipment distribution.

6.) Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Bucking the trend of the rest of the state of Michigan, the mid-sized city of Grand Rapids, MI has maintained a vibrant, dynamic economy. With an unemployment rate of just 3% and a well-known craft beer scene, Grand Rapids has increasingly become a place where millennials have been flocking to begin their careers. While traditionally a manufacturing center, Grand Rapids has successfully transitioned to a more sustainable economic model with heavy activity in healthcare, distribution services, industry, technology and hospitality.

 


Looking to make a career transition this year? Consider updating your resume. Razor Edge Resumes will work with you to tailor your new resume to the job that you deserve. Call us at 1-800-730-3244 to schedule a consultation or email your current resume to resumes@razoredgeresumes.com and have us take a look at it.

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Double Your Salary in 2017

6 Best Jobs With Minimal Training Required

Not interested in taking the traditional, 4-year college route? Stuck in a dead-end job and looking to change your career in order to make more money? While the title of this article may be a tad misleading, as many of these jobs do require specialized skill sets, there are plenty of career options available that don’t require lengthy and expensive education. With unemployment at a 9-year low and the stock market surging, you will be happy to know that now is the optimal time to start exploring your options for a new career. Unfortunately many people settle for unskilled, easy-to-get jobs in the retail and hospitality industries. Even many college graduates who are unsure how to effectively market themselves in the employment market end up settling for low-paying jobs.

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For those looking to explore new options, the good news is that there are many fast-growing career paths that pay high salaries. Most of them require minor training from vocational or technical schools, which will cost you substantially less than traditional colleges and universities. Several of them even require no previous training besides a high school diploma, where all education occurs on the job or through a paid apprentice program. Lets take a look at some of the six most in-demand, high-paying jobs that require minimal or no training.

1.) Web/Software Developer

Web and Software Developers are some of the most in-demand, high-paying jobs currently available on the market. While many are intimidated by what they see as complicated programming languages or expensive 4-year computer science degrees, the fact is that many of these people who work in this industry do not have extensive experience or training. Fortunately, many of these programming languages are relatively easy to learn. There are plenty of programming bootcamps avaliable as well as free learning services such as Khan Academy. You can prove your real-world skills by contributing to open-source projects on sites like GitHub that you can add to your resume. If you are a motivated, independent learner, this might be the best career for you. The median salary for a Software Developer is $100,690, and for a Web Developer it is $64,970.

2.) Electrician

Ever wonder why people complain about a lack of people in the skilled trades? Its because all of the baby boomers who had those positions made enough money to send their children off to university in the hopes of getting white-collar jobs. The median pay for Electricians is $51,880 and the position is expected to grow at a rate of 14% in the coming years. The position only requires a high school diploma and all of the training is done through a paid, on-the-job apprenticeship program. Contact local electrician unions or contractor associations that sponsor apprenticeship programs for those looking to enter the industry.

3.) Dental Hygienist

If you can brush and floss your own teeth, then chances are you are capable of becoming a Dental Hygienist, however you will have to gain an Associate’s Degree to do it. Luckily, many of these programs are relatively affordable and have night classes that allow working adults to conveniently get a degree. Dental Hygienists assist Dentists with cleaning teeth and educating patients.  The median pay for Dental Hygienists in 2015 was $72,330 and is expected to grow at a rate of 19%. More than half of Dental Hygienists work part time, which makes the position great for people looking for a little side income.

4.) Paralegal

Paralegals assist attorneys in organizing files, drafting documents, conducting research, and communicating with clients. There are Associate’s Degrees and certificate programs available that will help you get a job, but some Paralegals are hired without any relevant experience or education. The median pay in 2015 for Paralegals was $48,810. For those looking to work in a professional, business atmosphere with minimal or no training, this is a great position.

5.) Plumber

Plumbers do more than just fix clogged toilets and leaky sinks. The plumbing industry is growing faster than average at a rate of 12% and Plumbers make a median pay of $50,602. Like with Electricians, this position requires vocational training or a paid apprenticeship. Although job growth is not considerably high, many employers report that demand is high and that they are unable to find enough skilled workers to fill positions. If you are willing to get down and dirty, this may be the career path for you. With some well-rounded business skills, you can even start your own plumbing company.

6.) Network Systems Administrator

Just about every business runs its own computer network now. Network Systems Administrators help keep those networks healthy and operational. While you may hear that this position requires a Bachelor’s Degree, many people get into the industry through on-the-job experience and relevant certificates. Some of the most in-demand network certificates include CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) and CompTIA Network+. With their special skill set, Network Administrators are well compensated for their time, making a median pay of $77,810.

 


 

Looking for a new job in 2017? Razor Edge Resumes can help you customize your resume for the position you want. Email your resume to resumes@razoredgeresumes.com for a free consultation with an expert writer and learn how we can help.

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What Are the Fastest Growing, Highest Paying Jobs for 2017?

Best Jobs for 2017

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With the new year quickly approaching, a career change will be at the top of many people’s new year’s resolution lists. The good news is that the employment market is becoming more and more competitive for employers looking to fill positions. According to the November Jobs Report released by the BLS, the unemployment rate is at a nine-year low. In November alone, more than 178,000 new jobs were added, beating expectations and sending the stock market surging.

Let’s take a look at which economic sectors are performing the best and adding the most jobs. The biggest areas of growth were in administrative and support services, healthcare, and professional and business services. Notable gains were also made in the construction sector. Of particular note, residential specialty contracting added more than 15,000 new jobs over from October to November. In the administrative and support services sector, one of the biggest gains in job growth was in employment services, which added more than 21,000 new jobs over the month.

As expected, leisure and hospitality grew at a comfortable rate, with the strongest growth in food services. Accounting and bookkeeping added more than 17,000 new jobs, a surprise to many forecasters. Another surprise in the November Jobs Report was growth in local government, which added more than 14,000 new jobs over the month.

The largest declines were in the retail trade, specifically among clothing and accessory stores, an industry that lost more than 17,000 jobs over the month, largely due to the increased competition from online retailers such as Amazon. The information industry, specifically publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures also suffered job losses. Among professional and business services sector, which fared well for the most part, job losses were seen in the advertising industry.

With the shifts in the employment market and so many opportunities opening up, many people will be seeking to a career change in the near future. We asked Senior Resume Writer, Graham Nelson, who has more than ten years of experience helping people advance their careers, what advice he would give to people looking to make a career move in 2017. “The new year is a time for reflecting on the skills you have developed and the experiences that have shaped you. Take stock of your skill set and consider how you can impress onto a new employer how you are capable of meeting the upcoming challenges in the new year.” Graham also added, “It is tremendously helpful to meet with a professional if you are considering a career change. A professional will help you assess your skill set, market yourself effectively, and meet your goals.”

Are you considering a career move? Based on data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here are six of the fastest growing, high paying occupations to look for in 2017:

1.) Nurse Practitioner

  • Average Salary: $104,740.
  • Growth: 35%
  • New Jobs Expected by 2024: 53,400

2.) Physical Therapist

  • Average Salary: $84,020
  • Growth: 34%
  • New Jobs Expected by 2024: 71,800

3.) Statistician

  • Average Salary: $80,110
  • Growth: 34%
  • New Jobs Expected by 2024: 10,100

4.) Physician Assistant

  • Average Salary: $91,180
  • Growth: 30%
  • New Jobs Expected by 2024: 28,700

5.) Operations Research Analyst

  • Average Salary: $78,630
  • Growth: 30%
  • New Jobs Expected by 2024: 27,600

6.) Personal Financial Advisor

  • Average Salary: $89,160
  • Growth: 30%
  • New Jobs Expected by 2024: 73,900

 


With the new year approaching, we wish you the best of luck on your job search. It is never too early to start looking for a new job, whether it is because you do not have one, are tired of your current one, or just want a change of pace in your life. Remember, a key to getting that initial interview is having a great resume that highlights your skills, accomplishments, and potential. Razor Edge Resumes offers free resume consultations and an array of services for the motivated job seeker. Email your resume to resumes@razoredgeresumes.com or call us at 1-800-730-3244 to speak with a professional resume writer today.

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When a Free Resume Ends Up Costing You More Than a Professional One

Free Resume Makers — a Good Idea?

The most commonly searched keywords regarding resumes inevitably include “free” or “template” in them. Nobody wants to pay for something they think they can do themselves. A quick search will yield dozens of different services and sites offering free assistance with writing your own resume. But before you decide to sign up for any of these services, you ought to do your research on them first. Just like with any industry, even resume writing services has its shady underbelly.

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One of the most common free resume template services involves an application where you provide your information such as name, education, work experience, etc., and the application plugs it automatically into a ready-made template. But before you are allowed to save your document or print it out, you are asked to pay a small, negligible fee, often around $2 or sometimes give your credit card information for a “free” trial that you can supposedly cancel at any time. Not so bad for something other people may pay several hundred dollars for, huh? Think again.

Hidden deep in the fine print, that no one seems to read anymore anyways, is the agreement you make to be charged for an automatically renewing subscription service. Before you know it, your credit card is being charged $40, $50, or even more every month. If you take a look at some of the consumer reviews for some of these “free” resume services, you will find that unfortunately many people do not pay very close attention to their credit card statements and may end up having these reoccurring charges for more than a year. What you thought was “free” or only a couple of bucks ends up turning out to be several hundred dollars or more, depending on when you notice the fraudulent charges.

Oftentimes, you will have little to no luck disputing the charges with your bank or credit card company. If the charges are reoccurring on your account, you will have been assumed to have agreed to them. This is another good reminder to always keep a close eye on your bank and credit card amounts. And good luck trying to dispute the charges with the actual company over the telephone or email. Why would they want to give you the time of day to cancel the charges when hidden fees and surcharges are their bread and butter? Always be suspicious of businesses without verifiable, physical addresses, and do your consumer research beforehand.

Many people who are looking to have a resume written are unemployed and looking to save money wherever they can, so they turn to “free” resume making websites that they believe will improve their chances of securing interviews. The sad reality is that there are many companies out there whose entire business model is based off scamming the poor and destitute with hidden fees and a sub-par product. If you are looking for help writing your resume, always do your research before you hand over any credit card information. Furthermore, ask friends and family what has best worked for them. Legitimate, professional resume writing services may not be for everyone, but they do help a great deal of job seekers. Sometimes the initial investment is well worth the reward. A well-written, effective resume could be the difference between you getting a new job in the next couple of weeks vs. you getting a job in the next couple of months, and all of that lost income will add up.

Actually Free Resume Templates

It is likely you have resume templates already installed on whichever word processing software you have. There are plenty of places where you can legitimately download them for free online and just enter in the necessary information yourself. For many people, this is as far as resume writing goes. Write a simple objective, name the school you went to, describe your work experience, and list any certifications. The problem is that, while templates may give you a basic format outline, it does not tell you what to actually write in it or how to write it. Just as all individuals are different, so should every resume be different.

Remember, free resume templates are designed to grab your attention, not the attention of the people who actually matter, such as hiring managers and recruiters. They may try to wow you with different fonts, graphics, and colors, but this is not what employers are looking for. You may think you will come off as interesting, creative, and eye catching if you used a unique resume template, but in the eyes of the hiring authority it will be clear as daylight that you used just another generic resume template.

When I have been in charge of hiring before, one of my most memorable examples was an individual who described themselves as a “creative type” and “proficient in Microsoft Office.” Their resume formatting and style was a little out of the ordinary for sure, but it was also obvious they used a rather common resume template. Why would I want to hire someone who says they are “creative” and “proficient in Microsoft Office,” if they can’t even format their own resume?

When looking at resumes, hiring authorities want documents that are simple, clean, and get straight to the point. With a competitive job market, a Human Resources official may sift through hundreds of resumes for a single position. They don’t spend too much time on each one, normally just a quick glance before they decide if it goes in the garbage or if the candidate needs a closer look.

A final warning about free resume templates is the question of how Applicant Tracking System (ATS) compliant they are. Many companies, especially large corporations, use ATS software to pre-screen applicants. This software scans the document for things like experience level, skills, certifications, educational background, industry keywords, and more. If you have a strangely formatted resume, it will be difficult for the software to read your resume. Even if you are the perfect candidate and have an otherwise well-written resume, it may get thrown in the garbage before a pair of human eyes ever actually looks at it.


Most people only write resumes a small handful of times in their lives. I know people who have only ever had to write their resumes once and are now well into their fifties with advanced careers. It is not something every one is capable of doing successfully. Like with any legitimate company offering services, a professional resume writing service will offer you a free consultation to sit down and explain what they can offer to you. Be cautious about any company that asks for your credit card information before providing anything. Razor Edge Resumes offers free resume consultations by a professional resume writer. Email your resume to resumes@razoredgeresumes.com or give us a call at 1-800-730-3244 to speak with an expert resume writer today.

 

 

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‘Tis the Season of Giving . . . and Getting . . . a Job

Don’t take a holiday – It’s not too early to start your job search in December

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One of the most inaccurate pieces of advice for job seekers I hear again and again is that December is the worst time of the year to look for a job.  Instead, as the common knowledge goes, the best time to apply for a new job is in January when companies have settled their hiring budgets for the new year and are looking to take on new employees.

The problem with this logic is, however, that just because businesses may set new budgets at the beginning of the new year, does not mean the beginning of the new year is the ideal time for candidates to start applying. Depending on the industry and location, an effective job search can take 90 days or more. You do not want to start looking in January only to end up finally landing a new job in March. This is especially true if you are currently unemployed. For every week you are without a job, you are missing out on all of the potential income you could be making. There is seldom a good excuse put off the job search until later. Start early and start strong if you want to take advantage of any potential opportunities.

No matter the time of the year, companies are always looking for new workers. Employees quit, retire, or get fired, and positions need to be filled fast no matter what time of year it is. According to the October jobs report, more than 161,000 new jobs were added to the American economy, with the strongest increases seen in health care, professional and business services, and financial activities. Additionally, the number of discouraged workers, those who have stopped looking for work because they believe there are no jobs available to them, declined by 178,000 from the same period last year.  More and more discouraged workers are coming out of the woodwork and rejoining the labor force.

Consider this good news for all job seekers, whether you have been out of work for years, or are a successful business person looking for a career change. While not yet released, the November jobs report is expected to show even greater job growth of approximately 170,000 new positions.

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Regardless of what time of year it is, there are always available positions that businesses and organizations are looking to fill. The longer you wait to begin the job search process, the more you will miss out on these opportunities. With the common wisdom being that December is a poor time to look for a job, you can also be guaranteed that there will be less competition.  Just because business may slow down in some industries toward the end of the year, does not mean they are going to stop looking for new hires. Companies are looking for candidates who can start at the beginning of the new year when business ramps up, not one or two months later.

Don’t underestimate the holidays as an ideal time to network. With business slowing down in some industries, important contacts may have more time on their hands and be willing to meet with you. Attend holiday parties of any professional associations you may belong to, you never know who you may end up meeting. Reach out to friends and family during holiday gatherings.

With the new year approaching, we wish you the best of luck on your job search. It is never too early to start looking for a new job, whether it is because you do not have one, are tired of your current one, or just want a change of pace in your life. Remember, a key to getting that initial interview is having a great resume that highlights your skills, accomplishments, and potential. RazorEdge Resumes offers free resume consultations and an array of services geared towards the motivated job seeker .

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