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Are you prepared to move up to another level and get a new job? You can either 1) conduct your job search while still employed; or 2) quit your job before searching for a new one. Experts suggest though that searching while still employed gives you a competitive edge rather than filing your resignation before searching for a new career.
Writing a resume is never easy and I consider it as one of the most crucial steps in job hunting. In my previous blog post a few months ago, “Job Hunt Tip # 2: Have a Competent Resume,” I listed the essential elements that should be included in your resume. And in this post, I will dig deeper and focus on the common mistakes that people commit during resume writing.
I have been advising job seekers for many years on the 'best' ways to secure that next great job. There are questions about what makes the perfect resumé/CV, applications, interviews, and much more. One question that I am often presented with is 'Should I include a cover letter?' My answer is a resounding...
Change is uncomfortable. Finding a new job can be a particularly daunting change because it affects so many areas of your life. Yet, change is also good. It is a chance for new beginnings. A new job represents hope. It holds the prospect of expanding your skills and gaining exposure to new ideas and techniques. It might mean more money and a better livelihood for your family. It represents a new sense of security and stability. When faced with the opportunity for this change, following are a few tips to facing your job search with confidence.
I know you've worked very hard on your resume. You customize it for the job, complete your application, and wait patiently. Unfortunately, you may not realize the recruiters on the other side are reviewing yours along with many other resumes in one day. Not every single application gets called for an interview. However, some just stand out and beg for the recruiter to pick up that phone. I think, in general, recruiters spend as little as 5 to 10 seconds on one resume and they can tell from there if it is a potential employee or not. Here's some quick tips to maybe getting noticed and not get tossed in the reject pile.
Your job search is like a job in itself. You spend hours writing and editing your resume, then time networking and completing online applications, then finally you get the call… A company wants to schedule you for an interview. This is where your preparation really counts, because no matter how much time you’ve spent on all of the other steps, it’s the interview that will finally secure you that offer of employment (or not). So before heading out the door for your much awaited interview, you might want to consider a few things.
Are you done with your competitive resume? Now it’s time to make use of it online. Walk in job application nowadays is not encouraged by most companies for various reasons and the most obvious reason probably is that they want to have a more organized scheduling for applicants. Nowadays, employers make much use of the available online facilities (company website, job boards, etc.) to gather potential applicants and schedule them for an interview.
Fresh out of college, I explored my career options. At one point in an interview, the recruiter asked, "Why do you think are polar bears white?" I have not searched that on Google at that time so I just gave an answer based on my wild imagination, "To camouflage them in the snow... And to be cute and not be all scary." I got a job offer a week after that. I'm not quite sure if my answer mattered. I turned down the offer for something better, but what puzzled me was I got asked the same question one or two more times after that.
This is part two of the job hunt tip series and this time, I am going to tackle another portion of the preparation process for job hunting. Just to refresh your memories, the first one tackles about doing research for applicants to have an overview about the jobs available for job seekers (Here is the link for your reference Job Hunt Tip # 1: Research!).