You have it all you think, that great resume, the snappy new business clothes for the interview, and a killer smile...but could something you aren't even aware of be sabotaging your job search? Many job seekers aren't aware that their credit score could be keeping them from the job of their dreams. Here are some things to be wary of: Finance-related Job Searches If you are applying to any area of the financial market, such as stock broker, banking teller, or analyst, you can be assured that the hiring manager is going to take a look at your credit background. If you've had bankruptcies or are always late paying your bills, they'll believe you're at a higher risk around their currency. … [Read more...] about Is My Credit Score a Job Search Issue?
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Your cover letter acts as your first impression on a prospective employer, making it an important part of your application. While many people polish their resumes before sending them off, the cover letter is often overlooked or hastily written -- reducing the chance of landing the job. Here are a few cover letter mistakes that can get your application tossed in the "No" pile: 1. Forgetting to Proofread Spelling and grammar errors are a surefire way to get your application put at the bottom of the pile. Your word processing program's built-in spell checker can help find some problems, but don't rely on it for a final polish. You need to double- and triple-check your cover letter for errors, reading it aloud to catch mistakes you might miss while skimming. Have a friend or colleague with excellent spelling and grammar skills go over your letter before you send it out. … [Read more...] about Is My Cover Letter Holding Me Back?
Employers can read up to a hundred resumes a day and it can be a very tedious job. Looking at a bunch of resumes that all look the same, which all apply for the same job and use the same CV jargon - this could bore anyone. If after 15 seconds the employer is bored of reading your resume, they will stop reading it and move on to the next. So they key is to make sure your resume grabs their attention within seconds of them glancing at it. Graduate Recruitment Bureau offers some easy tips on how to boost your CV to make yours stand out and get you that job: Proofread The most simple of all the steps, but easily forgotten. Always make sure to proofread your resume, because as soon as an employer spots a grammatical error or a spelling mistake, it’s game over. Your resume will immediately be ignored as it shows carelessness and unprofessionalism. Proofread several times and get a family member or friend to read it to check for any mistakes too, just to be on the safe side. … [Read more...] about How to Boost Your Resume
Long gone are the days of walking into an establishment after seeing a hiring poster on the window and securing a job. Today, hardly anyone takes applications at the retail establishment or office. With the advancement of online forms and job websites, many companies are putting their jobs online to get a wider pool of applicants. If you are one of the 86 percent of people looking for a new employment opportunity, here are some tips on getting a job: Get Social To really tap into the largest pool of job availabilities, you are going to have to use social media. … [Read more...] about Just How Do I Go About Finding a Job?
If you have taken the time to write and polish your resume to perfection when looking for a job, doesn't your prospective letter deserve the same level of attention? Many job seekers overlook this necessary step and end up receiving fewer requests for interviews than if they had taken the time to writing adding more detail than simply stating that they are interested in applying for a particular position. The following tips will help you make your prospective letter stand out from the rest and distinguish you from the pack as a stellar candidate. 1. Keep your letter relatively short. Four or five paragraphs should be enough to get your message across. You will need to plan for an introductory paragraph, three paragraphs in the body of the letter, and a concluding one. 2. Do include the name of a mutual contact if you have one. If you know someone in the company or told about the position by someone the hiring manager knows, mention this in the opening paragraph. Seeing the name will … [Read more...] about How to Write a Perfect Prospective Letter
Graduation can be a time of mixed emotions for students. On one hand, you’ve graduating after years of hard work and the world of work seems like a welcoming prospect after living on a student loan, but on the other hand, graduation signals the end of an era in your life which can bring up some troubling uncertainties. But it’s important to remember that every graduate’s path is different and that the road to that dream job is never going to be comparable to the paths which other graduates take towards getting their first employed role. If you’ve just graduated or if you’re currently studying towards graduation, here are some tips to stay focused and motivated towards that dream job goal: Don’t be afraid of part-time work Most graduates don’t walk straight into work. It’s a fact of life that you’re going to have to work hard to be employed and this starts the minute you graduate. But don’t be afraid of a part-time or full-time job to keep you going while you search for a job. One … [Read more...] about Graduation: “What do I do now?”
Creative visualization is a technique that can impact job seekers and help them succeed in decision-making, interviewing and other important steps on the career path. Whether you are undecided about a career or stepping closer to victory, these techniques can make your journey an easier and less stressful process. Write Down What You Want Have you ever heard people talk about the power of the written word? Or heard people say that the pen is mightier than the sword? Some people believe that writing down what we want out of life can figuratively send a message to the universe so that those things come to us. The same pattern works when you are searching for a job. If you haven't yet decided what career suits you, making a list of scenarios in your life where you have felt positive and rewarded might help you stumble on the secret to your passion. And if you have already decided on a career path, write down the qualities and virtues that you might offer that particular profession. … [Read more...] about Seeing Is Believing (Visualization as a Job Search Strategy)
The days of packing a manila envelope with your printed cover letter and resume are largely extinct. With the rise of online technology, snail mail job applications have given way to the speeder option of sending email applications. While the same application materials are typically required for online applications, a few of the standards have changed. Check out these tips for drafting the perfect online cover letter and nab that in-demand job opening. Be Concise Most online users have the attention span of monkeys on crack and this holds true for employers who are tasked with reviewing countless online applications. If you hope to effectively grab the attention of a potential employer with your online cover letter, be concise. Create a concise cover email by providing only the most pertinent of your qualifications in as few words as possible. Bullet points, brief paragraphs and links are great options for crafting a concise cover e-mail. Use an Attention Grabber Your opening … [Read more...] about How to Draft the Perfect Online Cover Letter
The holiday season is in full swing. With holiday parties to attend and gifts to buy, does that mean you should take a break from your job search? Not necessarily. In actuality, the end of the year is a great time to ramp up your efforts. Hoping to land a new job before the New Year? Employ some of these holiday job search tips: Send Out Personal Season’s Greetings Messages To Reconnect If you’re like me, you haven’t stayed well-connected with your extended network -- yet these folks are the ones most likely to land you that next job. So, get back in touch and reconnect. How? With Seasons Greetings notes. Send each an email or seasonal card. Wish them happy holidays. Update them on your life and your job search. Ask to catch up for coffee. And get results so fast they surprise you. -- Alan Carniol, Interview Success Formula Focus Your Job Search During The Holidays By Setting Goals It’s easy to lose control of your search during the holidays. Stay on track by creating job search … [Read more...] about 8 Tips For Your Holiday Job Search
With all of the time and energy job seekers put into crafting the perfect resume, it’s unfortunate to learn that hiring managers, human resource managers, and recruiters will decide your fate within 6 seconds of viewing your resume. In today’s competitive job market, a single job posting can elicit hundreds of resumes. Without doing anything crazy, how can job seekers increase their resume’s chances of landing in the interview pile and not the trash? Here are four easy ways to get your resume viewed: 1.Customize your resume to each job that you’re applying for. Many job seekers put far too much focus on quantity rather than quality during their hunt for a job. This is usually made evident to potential employers by the lack of customization in a candidate’s resume. While it takes a significantly larger amount of time and energy to tailor each resume you send out, this method has proven to be most productive. Directly matching your qualifications, skills, and previous experiences to … [Read more...] about 4 Ways To Get Your Resume Viewed