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Don’t Be Frightened By Your Job Search

William Frierson is a staff writer for CollegeRecruiter.com.

It is natural to have concerns in your job search, especially in a challenging economy.  For example, can you get a job?  Will this job support you (and your family)?  How much will your job search cost?  However, it is important not to allow anything to frighten you in your search for employment.

Here are some fears that job seekers have:

Fear of asking for help- There is no shame in telling people that you’re looking for a job.  You never know who is able and willing to help you.

Fear of the unknown- These days, many people are using technology to advance their job searches.  If you’re not the most tech-savvy individual, consider taking a computer class; what you learn could make a difference in your job search.

Fear of not being perfect- You don’t necessarily need to be the perfect candidate, but at least be qualified for the job you are interested in getting.

Fear of being out of your league- There is a lot of competition for jobs, so you must put your best foot forward in your job search.  As long as you’re a prepared job seeker, you are capable of competing with anyone.

While you might be fearful of what could happen in your job search, the worst case scenario is not being a part of the process and missing out on potential opportunities.  Step out on faith, and conquer your job search fears.

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http://thecareernews.com/newsletter.php?news=2586

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobsand other career opportunities.

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Job Searching during the Holidays!

Whether you are just starting your job search, are in the middle of it, or just considering a career switch, do not put it off until after the holidays. In fact the holidays might just give you the push you need.  If you want to hear it directly from a professional, “We look for the candidate that does everything possible to land a job and never takes time off to do so including the Holiday season” says  Jane Swansea, HR Director at Preferred Electrical. Here are certain things you should keep in mind with respect to continuing your job search during the break.

Companies continue hiring-

As a job seeker, you have an option to take a break and restart your job hunt process in the New Year. However, the HR managers don’t. If they have a post they have to fill, they will continue looking. Take advantage of this and make sure you apply and make use of the additional opportunities out there for you.

Keep up the momentum-

It’s the end of the year. People will slack off, and you will see much lesser competition for the position you covet. Depending on the agenda for the next year, companies have positions they need to fill irrespective of the number of applicants. So don’t slow down, this might be good way to get in the forefront for your dream job.

Make constructive use of your time-

Use your down-time wisely! Work on your skills, create samples of your work or put together a portfolio. Keeping all your work samples in one place will go a long way even if you just want to go back to it for inspiration. Research the industry or company you are interested in.

Network! Network! Network!

At this time of the year, there will be quite a few personal and professional events you will be invited to. Attend them and network! Never underestimate the power of networking. Go to these events, talk to people and let them know what it is you do and what you are looking for. People are more likely to remember when they have spoken to you personally.

Reach out-

The holidays are the perfect excuse to contact old and current colleagues. You never know who can help!  

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4 Ways to Spot a Recruiting Scam

Ritika Trikha for http://www.careerbliss.com/

For the unemployed, job scams are like a kick in the shins when you’re already down. Unfortunately, with thousands of resumes posted on job boards, chances are that scammers will get a hold of your information from time to time. It’s bound to happen — but don’t let it get you down.

At one time or another, every unemployed job seeker will suffer from that terribly disappointing feeling of their heart dropping when they realize that the opportunity of lifetime is too good to be true.

There are commonalities among misleading and fake opportunities on the Internet. The best way to avoid becoming a victim of a scammer is to become aware about the most common existing scams and know what signs to look for.

Next time you receive a call from someone who wants to offer you a chance to land your dream opportunity, keep the following in mind.

1. The one that offers “unlimited earning potential”

If a company or group is offering a chance for you to make an unlimited salary, chances are it’s a simple, cold calling job that is falsely advertised as the real deal. If there’s no limit to how much you can make using their system and product, then it’s likely a straight-up commission job, and if you don’t sell then you won’t make a dime.

Warning Sign: If you’re not interested in a 100 percent sales commission job, then the term “unlimited earning potential” should be a sign for you to walk away.

2. The one where they will land you a job or “your money back”

This is an employment scam that involves so called “career help experts” who claim to provide a service that can help you find a job. If you take away anything from this article, let it be this: Legitimate recruiters do not charge candidates. The only people that should be charged via recruiting services are their clients who are looking for candidate. If you’re a job seeker, there’s no reason for you to pay anything forward.

Warning Signs: If a recruiter wants you to pay a fee as a job seeker, say “no thanks” and keep looking.

3. The one with “processing fees”

If any agency or company offers you work but says you need to pay some sort of processing fee, what you have there is a scam. Employers should not be charging you for drug tests, background checks or any other hiring-related expenses.

Warning Signs: If there is any type of hiring, application or process fee, something’s not right.

4. The one with “no experience necessary.”

These are typically work-at-home scams where you can earn large sums of money in short periods of time. Get-rich-quick types of jobs are generally scams.

Warning Signs: If the recruiter or hiring manager is ignoring your actual background and experience on your resume, then chances are it’s a scam. Always be skeptical of job advertisements where no experience is necessary.

In addition to keeping an eye out for the aforementioned signs, make sure you thoroughly research the company at hand in order to figure out whether or not it’s legit. Check official fraud reporting websites like the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Consumer Fraud Reporting to both learn more about the company or organization’s legitimacy and report a scammer.

Above all, trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right—it probably isn’t.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobsand other career opportunities.

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Long-Term Employment Is a Plus … So Prove It in Your Resume

Jessica Hernandez of http://www.greatresumesfast.com and her team of credentialed writers partner with professional- and executive-level candidates to open doors to jobs at prestigious corporations, achieving over a 99% interview-winning success rate.

While long-term employment is always favored over long-term unemployment or a job-hopping history, it’s easy as a worker to feel like you’ve stuck with the same title in the same company for too long.  If you’re ready to move on to a new position but worry that hiring managers will think you don’t have enough variety in your resume, here are some ideas to give your resume that fresh, updated look you’re hoping for.

Remove Outdated Skills and Credentials

One way to move your resume out of the 20th century is to remove outdated skills and other credentials.  For instance, if you don’t want it to appear that you still function at the same level you did in 1992, then it’s a good idea to eliminate phrases like “skilled at word processing” as it implies that you just recently retired your typewriter and learned how to use a computer.  Instead, list specific and current programs that you’ve learned in order to give your resume a fresher look.

Highlight New Responsibilities

It’s good to show in your resume that you’ve taken on new responsibilities in your position over the years, even if you’ve kept the same title.  As mentioned previously, it’s likely that you’ve had to learn new programs or adjust to new communication systems in order to adapt to evolving technology.  Also, think about adjustments in your position that you initiated—and be sure to use action words such as: developed, programmed, organized, etc. to show leadership.  Finally, consider listing years that your new responsibilities were acquired as a way to measure growth.

Show That You’ve Continued Learning

Of course, if you’ve learned technological skills, you’ve probably received some type of training along the way.  So be sure to list training classes you’ve taken that make you relevant to new employers.  And if you’ve gone back to school, be sure to say so to give younger candidates a run for their money.

Add a Career Summary That Shows Growth

In your resume, it’s always good to add a career summary near the top of your resume to provide hiring managers with a value proposition.  But in your case, the summary works especially well in giving the company a snapshot (usually via a bullet-point list) of your career highlights, accomplishments, and evolution in your position.

Highlight Longevity in Your Job Target

Finally, your job target (also known as a headline) is a fantastic addition to your resume because it highlights the very best of your professional career in one sentence.  You can use your longevity to your advantage by stating that you’re a “Legal Assistant with 22 Years of Experience in a Fortune 500 Law Firm Targeting an Executive Assistant Position with XYZ Company.”

There’s no doubt that long-term employment shows you are dedicated, loyal, reliable, and responsible—which is why your employer has held on to you for so long.  So use those high points to your advantage as you write a winning resume for the next phase of your life.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Filed under Long-term Unemployment Resumes job search

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Time Saving Feature!

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‘Tis the Time for Your Seasonal Job Search

William Frierson is a staff writer for CollegeRecruiter.com.

If you have not had luck finding a job this year, now may be the perfect time to do so.  With the holiday season upon us, some companies will look to add workers due to increased demand.  According to one article, retail employers increase staff by at least 4% during the holiday season.  Here are some seasonal employment options to consider:

Seasonal retail jobs- Visit different retail stores, and ask about job opportunities.  In addition, do keyword searches online for “seasonal” or “temp” jobs.

Temp seasonal jobs- Companies can turn to temporary agencies to find more workers; these agencies may be able to help you land a temp job.

Delivery jobs- With so many packages being shipped during the holidays, it is no surprise that more delivery jobs are available.

Outdoor seasonal jobs- If you enjoy the cold weather, then you could probably find work in a ski area or resort.  You might also check out hospitality, travel, and outdoor job listings.

If you haven’t already done so, go ahead and start your seasonal job search.  An increase in demand calls for more helping hands, and finding a job will bring you more cheer this holiday season.

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http://thecareernews.com/newsletter.php?news=2577

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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Recent Graduates, Remember These Tips in Your Job Search

William Frierson is a staff writer for CollegeRecruiter.com.

You have just graduated from college and are ready to conquer the world.  First, though, you need a job.  While you may not have the most work experience among your competition, that does not mean you can’t get hired.  For some employers, the energy you bring to your job search can make the difference in landing a new position.

As a recent graduate, remember these tips in your job search:

Ask questions- Bring a list of questions to an interview.  The interviewer will not only be impressed by your eagerness to learn, but also by your preparation for the interview.

Do your research- Take time to learn about job opportunities of interest by using a variety of resources such as newspapers, the Internet, and your network.

Don’t be afraid to be “old school”- Even though it is fashionable to use the Web for your job search, do not shy away from the outside world.  Attend networking events to enhance your knowledge and make new contacts that may be helpful in your search.

More job search tips for recent graduates are available at the source below.

As a recent graduate college graduate, you should feel excited about the future. Even if you do not have a lot of work experience, allow employers to feel your enthusiasm for finding a job; that factor might just win out.

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http://thecareernews.com/newsletter.php?news=2574

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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Is Your Job Search Organized?

William Frierson, Staff writer for CollegeRecruiter.com.

If the answer to this question is no, then you are probably not maximizing your job search.  What a shame it would be to miss the time frame to apply for jobs, or lose contact information because you’re unorganized.  By organizing your job search, you will reduce stress and be more focused on getting a job.  Consider the following ways to organize your job search:

Create a workspace- Find somewhere that can be or act as your office, which will allow you to concentrate on job search related activities.

Establish a schedule- Decide what times of day you want to search for jobs, work on applications and your resume(s), etc.  Remember, choose times that work for you to get the most out of your day.

Categorize your email- Separate emails related to your job search based on their status; for example, jobs applied to.  By having your emails organized, you’ll be able to quickly find and keep up with any communication concerning your job search.

Finding a job can be a challenge, so why not make the process a little easier. Organizing your job search reduces stress and allows you to maximize it.  Your preparation will eventually meet opportunity.

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http://thecareernews.com/newsletter.php?news=2574

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.