I Just Lost my Job… What Now?

On a day like any other, I walked into work only to find out it was my last day. A flurry of questions bombarded my mind:

  • How will I support my family now without my job?
  • What did I do wrong?
  • What does this mean for my career?
  • What do I do now?

Five months before my wedding, I found out that my entire office was being shut down. I was getting a severance package, but it was not going to last more than a month or two. I had no other jobs lined up, and my fiance’s job could not financially support our current lifestyles. Given that we were planning on paying for half of our wedding, this made matters worse. All of these questions and more pummeled me into submission.

In this article, I am going to go over all of these questions, the harsh realities, and the light at the end of the tunnel.

How will I support my family now without my job?

To put it bluntly, you won’t be able to support them. At least, not for the time being.

If you have no other worked lined up, it is unreasonable to assume that you will be working at a new job for the next week or so. If you do, more power to you, but it simply isn’t probable that you will have a new job for at least 30 days.

Do not force yourself into a job that does not fit your needs just for the sake of working. If you need to find work, there are plenty of other things you can do for money in the meantime.

For example, you can publish your services on a website like Craigslist so that you can make money here and there for doing the work that you already know. This can help keep your skills from growing dull as well.

File for unemployment as soon as you can. Speaking from experience, it can take a long time before you get your first unemployment check, and there tend to be a few hurdles you need to leap beforehand, so start soon.

Also, change your home budget. For the time being, unnecessary expenditures like eating out, going to movies, going to bars and seeing concerts will have to take a hiatus until you find work. If you simply cannot afford to pay essential bills like rent, you might want to temporarily move back home with your parents until you find a new job.

With all of these lifestyle changes, there is no shame involved. These are simply things that everyone has to do at some point in their life.

What did I do wrong?

First off, there is a big difference between being fired and being laid-off. If you were fired for your work output or for your personal behavior, this should be a time of self-reflection and growth. Just because you were not a good employee for this company does not mean that you won’t be a good employee in the future. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that can teach you about workplace sensitivity and tips on how to be a better employee.

If you are asked by an interviewer why you left the company, there is nothing wrong with saying that you were let go and that it simply wasn’t a good fit for you at the time. Getting fired is far from uncommon, and try to keep in good relations with your direct supervisor so that they can still be used as a reference. Even if you didn’t succeed in all facets of your job, your reference can acknowledge your best attributes from your time with their company.

If you were laid off by a company, remember that even though the company failed, that failure does not necessarily reflect on you. This can still be a period of personal growth for you, but remember that it was not your actions that led you to this point. Do not speak ill of your former company. Like you, many of the other employees are now out of work and are also looking for a new job. Keep in contact with everyone on the job search; if someone finds a job that still has openings, they can introduce you and give you a recommendation. If you can do the same for them, do so. Along with being the right thing to do, they might be able to help you down the line.

What does this mean for my career?

Let me give you a snapshot of what my resume looked like for awhile:

  • Job A-One year
  • Job B-Six Months
  • Job C-Eight Months
  • Job D-Six Months

I was beyond self-conscious about my resume. I thought that the fact that I did not  stay at the same job for more than a year did not speak well of myself or my professional abilities.

Here’s the thing, there are a lot of resumes like this.

Employers are used to seeing resumes that look like this, or even worse. Although they might ask why you were there for a short amount of time, you have the answers, and they will help justify your resume. For me, Job B and Job D were both company-wide lay offs. Jobs A and C were both companies I left for better albeit riskier opportunities. For my career path, this was par for the course.

If it still worries you, there is nothing wrong with changing your resume to just include the years rather than the actual amount of time you were there. For example, my resume could also look like this:

  • Job A- 2014-2015
  • Job B- 2015-2016
  • Job C- 2016-2017
  • Job D- 2017

Doesn’t that look better?

Losing your job will only hurt your career if you let it. As long as you jump back into the job search, you’ll find work again and pick up where you left off.

What do I do now?

Depending on your financial situation, you have a few options. Not all of these options may be right for you, but it is important to make a plan on what you are going to do next.

Take a break

There is nothing wrong with taking some time from work to focus on yourself. If you are able to move back home for awhile or live off the income of your spouse or partner, you can leave the workforce for awhile to reflect and plan your next move. During this time you can get to some projects around your home, take up a hobby, grow your own business, travel or even just spend time with friends and family.

Go back to school

Have you just not been having luck in your career path? It could be that this line of work simply is not for you, and there is nothing wrong with that. It is not unheard of for a person to be in their 60s and change careers to something they would rather be doing.

If this is the case for you, consider going to school or back to school. Find a new passion that better fits what you want to be doing. Take into consideration what school will cost before going on this endeavor, and ask for the advice of your friends and family before making any decisions.

Get back on the horse

Losing your job is more than likely just a bump on the road in an otherwise wonderful journey. There are plenty of resources out in the world to help you find your next job, so go out and start looking.

Remember that finding a new job can take time. I was unemployed for four months until I finally found a job after being laid off. Quite often, companies wait to hire until the new year once September-October roll around. If you’re hired towards the end of the year, don’t panic if the jobs don’t start rolling in right away, but keep your resume out there while you’re looking.

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How to Get Job Experience When You Have None

“I applied for a job to get experience, but I didn’t get it because I have no experience”

A few years ago I was hanging out with a friend of mine who was complaining about not getting a call back on her job application for a management position.

Since I had known her, she had never had a job, so I asked her to tell me what she put down under her experience.

You guessed it; she didn’t have anything down.

The reality of applying for a job is that more often than naught you need to prove that you have experience in order to even get a call back. Many people think this is a never-ending cycle as you apply for a job to get experience, but you don’t get the job because you don’t have any experience.

Fear not! There are plenty of simple ways to get experience to put on your resume that won’t result in you pulling your hair out of your head.

School and extra-curricular activities

Obviously, any and all higher education should be featured on your resume; however, there might be experiences from your time in school that can help fill your resume.

For example, clubs like the student newspaper, yearbook, speech and debate team, robotics team, or any education related clubs are all valuable experience. Think about it: if you are applying for a writer’s position, your four years of serving as the news editor for your high school newspaper are still four years of writing experience!

If you are still in high school or college, talk to someone from your school’s career services department or student activities department about what you want to do for a living. More often than naught, there is an extra-curricular activity on campus that can give you some real-world experience!

College student employment

Believe it or not, if you’re in college, your school probably has a ton of open positions. Colleges are typically in constant need of new student orientation leaders, campus tour guides, clerical staff, and more! You can expect a more lax interview process as most of the time the school is trying to fill the positions as quickly as possible.

Talk to someone from career services or check on your school’s website for postings!

Not only are these jobs valuable experience, but more often than naught you’ll get paid while you’re at it!

Volunteering

Although volunteering means you aren’t going to get paid, it does mean you will get valuable experience while also getting some self-fulfillment.

If you don’t know where to start, local churches and homeless shelters are a great place to start. If you are looking for something a bit more industry specific, here are some examples:

  • If you’re looking for a job in writing or editing, offer to copy edit some of your friend’s or classmate’s essays.
  • If you are looking to one day work in construction, check out Habitat for Humanity and see if you can help them build a house!
  • Hospitals are always looking for volunteers if you want to work in medicine.
  • Animal shelters also need help if you want to be a vet.

Internships

We are going to preface this by saying that internships are not for everyone. If you don’t have the time or resources to work a job that probably isn’t going to pay you anything, then they are not for you. However, if you are still living at home and have the time, they can be a godsend.

Internships not only provide real-world experience, but they give you experience working for a company that may one day hire you. From time to time, an internship ends with the company offering the former intern a job! You shouldn’t rely on this because a job is not guaranteed, but it is a possibility to keep in mind!

Internships are often posted on the same websites where you go looking for jobs. If you’re still in school, you can ask the career services department, your school’s job postings, and even professors about internships in your area.

You very well might already have job experience!

There are plenty of things you could have done that can qualify as job experience. Here are some common examples:

  • Helping to host a public event
  • Assisting with a live performance
  • Volunteering at your school or church
  • Helping at your parent’s or sibling’s job
  • Fundraising

Any of these activities can look great on a resume, and help you land a job!

Crafting the best resume with your experience

Remember to stay positive, and keep at the hunt to find a job! Also, remember that all of experience opportunities we mentioned in this list are also great opportunities to network and to meet industry leaders who can write you a referral! There are jobs out there that would be lucky to have you; you just need to put your best foot forward, and that starts with a great-looking resume. If you need help crafting your resume or cover letter, than we can help! Check out our online schedule, and get a free consultation to meet with a resume writing professional!

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Resume Quiz – How Good Are Your Interview Skills?

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Will Your Interview Strategies Win the Job?

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Take the job search success interview quiz. Do you have what it takes to land your dream job? It only takes a few minutes and you score will be displayed at the end of the quiz. Sharpen your pencil and good luck!

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Driving Your Resume Off the Employment Highway – Funniest Resume Bloopers

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Like a computer, resume outcome is only as good as the input. It only takes a small resume oversight to run your career off the job search highway. Often individuals will bring in unsuccessful resumes for review, only to find that with care, errors could have been avoided. Here is content from a few examples:

  • Certifications: Notary Republic
  • Completed evening shit work. (Too bad about the f in shift.)
  • Interests: Women and fishing, not always in that order.

Women or fishing. Resume Bloopers.

  • Social Worker: Assisted undeserved populations.
  • Resume with a picture of a tombstone on the front which read, “This Could be You!” On the back was a resume with an opening indicating the consequences of passing up this candidates excellent background.
  • Retail Clerk: Pretended to be interested in clients so they would buy stuff.
  • Administrative Assistant: Supported staff in daily activities… basically the office bitch.
  • Reasons for leaving the last three jobs. 1). Boss was crazy. 2). Boss was crazy. 3). Boss was crazy.
  • Adept at daily flogging.

Daily flogging. Resume Bloopers

  • Called potential customers for aluminum siding sales preferably while they were eating dinner.
  • Hospital Engineer under personal: Married to Boffo the Clown, available for children’s parties.
  • Proofreader: Ensured eror-free copy.
  • Can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under a minute
  • Can drink a gallon of milk in 10 minutes

Funny milk humor resume

  • Can recite Pi up to 500 digits
  • Can charm anyone, even a pigeon
  • I’m a big dude so I can handle myself in a fight
  • Experienced drinker and party animal. I’m comfortable with working in environments with drunk people.
  • Can hold five baseballs in one hand
  • Gator hunting
  • Understood the movie “Interstellar”
  • Can cook Minute Rice in 58 seconds


 


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Should you write your own resume quiz.

Answer these questions.

1. True or False. A resume should always be one page.

Answer: If you answered true, then you should consult a professional

Answer 2: If you still think the answer is true, you REALLY need a professional.

2. Given a choice, you should have a friend, neighbor or relative write your resume or fix your brakes on your car.

Answer: It is more dangerous to have a non-professional write your resume than it is to have them fix your brakes. Your career can have a value into the millions and a poor resume will keep you from the best opportunities where as a bad break job has a much lower risk potential.

3. What is the best day to apply for a job?

Answer: Ask a professional resume writer or ask your neighbor who just fixed your brakes.

4. It is cheaper to write your own resume?

Answer: The bigger question is what would be lost by not having your resume done professionally. If for example, it took six months to find out a home made resume wasn’t working, then the cost of doing it yourself might be ½ a year’s pay which is definitely more than a resume writer would charge you.

5. What could possibly go wrong when doing my own resume?

Answer: Please reread this article from the top of the page.


 

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Top Ten Job Search Websites

Best Job Search Websites

When you’re looking for a job, picking the right website can make or break you. If you pick the right one right away, you might land a job soon. If you pick he wrong one, you might be in unemployment limbo for months.

If you’re on the job hunt, make sure you consult this list to learn which job search website is the right one for you!

What is the Best Job Search Website?

1. Indeed

Indeed is a one-stop shop if you’re looking for your next opportunity. Indeed is free to use, and hosts one of the largest platforms online for job posting.

You can build and save multiple resumes so that you can make sure you’re sending the right one to the right job. If you need help building that stellar resume, we can help you with that!

Applying for a job can be less than a 30-second process. You also will get plenty of information about the company you are applying with, so you can rest assured that you are applying to work with a legitimate business and not a scam!

2. LinkedIn

Like Indeed, LinkedIn posts jobs from verified companies, so you shouldn’t see too many scams on the site. What you will see is lots of information about the company, and about the actual account that posted the job.

LinkedIn will also give you updates on when the company looked at your application, so you can rest assured that your application did not go unnoticed. To make things even better, when you apply for a job on LinkedIn, your LinkedIn profile is shared with the company, so they will be able to see all of your recommendations and endorsements from your connections! If you’re looking to land a job quick, LinkedIn might just be your saving grace!

3. SnagAJob

SnagAJob is a great resource for job seekers and for companies that are looking to fill open positions. In case you are looking for something more part time or to just pick up a quick shift, SnagAJob can help find you temporary work.

The site also offers tips for job seekers to help them find and land their dream job!

4. Jooble

Although Jooble isn’t as well-known as Indeed or LinkedIn, they still belong on the top half of this list. Jooble posts everything. If someone posts a job on Indeed, Jooble will post that same posting on their website, and will forward you to Indeed to fill it out. Basically, if there is a job posting on the internet, it is somewhere on Jooble.

Rather than having to jump from site to site, Jooble puts them all in one convenient place; taking that hassle off of your shoulders!

5. Glassdoor

To be frank, Glassdoor does not have nearly as good of job-search tools as other entries on this list; however, they are great when it comes to learning about a company. Within minutes of being on Glassdoor, you can learn whether or not a company is legitimate, what you can expect for a salary-range and read past experiences and testimonials from employees.

6. Google Careers

That’s right! Google even has their toe dipped into the job search market! If you’re looking for a job, simply Googling what you’re looking for can bring up some results.

For example, if you Google “journalism jobs” Google will show you listings for jobs in that field in your area! Although Google isn’t built for just job searching, it is great that you can use Google’s intuitive search engine to find your next job!

Also, if you have a company that is looking to post new open positions on a job search site, then Google Jobs might be your best bet!

7. VelvetJobs

VelvetJobs is a premiere site for not only finding jobs, but for also learning more about how to find jobs.

The site offers tools on how to craft a resume. It also shows examples of well-crafted resumes from people in your field.

Remember, if you REALLY want a well-crafted resume, you should hire a professional.

8. Upwork

If you have a highly-specialized skill set, it can be harder for you to find a job than others. That’s where Upwork comes in handy.

Let’s say you’re a journalist looking for your next writing job. Sure, there’s plenty of jobs in writing that you can find on Indeed or LinkedIn, but actual journalism jobs can be few and far between. Upwork will take your resume and skills and show it to companies looking for someone with your skills!  Work can range from freelance to full-time!

9. SimplyHired

SimplyHired is basically Indeed’s baby brother. It uses much of the same interface and basically the same job-search engine. In fact, you’ll be forwarded to Indeed quite a few times while using this.

So why use SimplyHired when you can use Indeed?

SimplyHired has a few helpful tools for people who need to brush up on writing a resume or cover letter. If you’re new to the job market, SimplyHired is a great place to start your journey!

10. Craigslist

Wait, isn’t Craigslist that place where your dad bought his lawnmower?

Well… yeah.

Although Craigslist is largely known for buying and selling things locally, it is also a place where you can offer and seek services.

You’re probably not going to find a six-figure job that is going to kickstart the rest of your life, but you will find odd jobs here and there that can help pay the bills.

If you’re looking for a side hustle, than look no further than the jobs on Craigslist!

Don’t give up on your job search!

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RazorEdge Resume Reviews From Our Clients

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We offer free consultations to our clients and custom one-on-one support from an industry expert. We also offer cover letter writing, coaching and interview training.

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RazorEdge Resumes reviewRazorEdge does an excellent job sweating even the smallest details when it comes to improving your resume. They have the knowledge and insight to improve your resume so that more doors will open for you. I highly recommend their services and am glad that I took advantage of one of their resume review offers.” – Ron Kubitz, Director of Recruiting and Human Resources

 

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When to Use Creativity at Your Job

When can I be creative at my job?

As a resume writer and journalist, I am always interested in how creativity fits into our jobs. Martin Yate, one of the foremost experts in the fields of resume writing, job search and career management, examines how our more artistic sides can benefit our work life in his much heralded book, “Knock ʻem Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide.”

Sometimes, the lack of a creative outlet makes us want to leave our jobs for “greener pastures.” However, Yate maintains that the best way to utilize the right side of our brain in professional settings is as a frame of reference, especially in regards to any challenging situations that occur within our chosen fields. Using our imaginative powers we can see the patterns that lie behind those occurrences and come up with solutions that are unavailable to people who are only looking at the problem straight on.

Tying into this, he also points out that those restrictions and conflicts can be significant aids to the creative process, itself. When time is short, finances are shaky and resources are nonexistent, that is when we can really challenge ourselves and come up with truly inspiring and inventive ways to reach a successful resolution.

How do I implement this into my job?

So the next time a major challenge presents itself, I encourage us all to embrace Yateʼs philosophy. Lets take a deep breath, constructively assess and come up with some really clever antidotes for the problems at hand at your job.

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Top 6 Hottest Job Markets for 2020

Location, Location, Location! – Top U.S. Job Markets for 2020

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 December Jobs Report and news that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is poised to break 30,000 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 an unemployment rate of 3.5%. 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 2.3% 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 2.8%, 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 2.9%, 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 2.3%. 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 2.3%, 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.

 


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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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