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What to Do If You Don’t Know How to Write a Resume

Are you interested in changing careers or changing jobs?  If you are, have you started your job search?  Even if you have started your job search, but you are currently coming up empty handed, you are urged to take a close look at your resume.  Speaking of resumes, are you even using one?

When it comes to finding a new job or changing careers, it is important that you have a resume.  Unfortunately, many job seekers mistakenly believe that job interviews are the most important component of finding a new job. While this can be true in many cases, it is important to remember that a quality resume is what enables you to get a job interview in the first place.  That is why it is important that you not only submit a job application, but that you also attach a resume as well.

As important as resumes are, there are still many job seekers who do not submit them.  One of the many reasons for this is because resumes, especially ones that are considered “perfect,” can occasionally be difficult to write.  If you are unsure as to how you can go about writing a professional resume, namely one that will land you multiple job interviews, you will want to continue reading on.  Just a few of your many options are outlined below. Continue reading

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April 29, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

Job Searching Online: What You Need to Know

Are you looking for a job? If you are and if you are like many other job seekers, there is a good chance that you will turn to the internet to help you find job openings. If this is the first time that you are looking to use the internet help you find a job, you will want to continue reading on.

When it comes to using the internet, to help you find a job, you will find that you have a number of different options. These options include websites that are commonly referred to as job posting or career search websites, the online websites of local companies, as well as the online editions of your local newspapers. To make the most out of finding a job online, as well as to have the most opportunities, you will want to try to take each of the above mentioned approaches.

As ideal as it is to know where to look for job listings online, it is also important that you know the ins and outs of doing so. If this is your first time looking for a job online, you may not necessarily be aware of scams. In recent years, the popularity of online scams have increased in popularity. While many employment scams are associated with work-at-home opportunities, not all are. Before submitting your resume or a job application, you will want to do a quick research of the company requesting your information. Never provide your social security number to a company that you have never heard of before or one in which you cannot research. Continue reading

April 25, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

Job Searching: The Importance of Examining Company Websites

Are you in need of a job?  If you are, there is a good chance that you may turn to the internet, namely job posting websites, or use the employment section of your local newspaper.  While these are all nice approaches to take, when looking for a job, there is another tool that you should use in conjunction with job posting websites and local newspapers. That tool is a company website.

In today’s society, which is based on the latest technology, many businesses have online websites.  In fact, business websites have, in a way, become a necessity.  Even locally owned and operated businesses have started using online websites to their advantage.  Although we often think of business websites from a customer standpoint, they can also be of use to you as a job seeker.  For more information on how, you will want to continue reading on.

As previously stated, you can use online job posting websites and newspaper employment sections to help you find open jobs in or around your area.  While these resources are nice, you may find the information that they contain to be limited.  This is most common with newspaper employment advertisements, as they are often limited on space.  Of course, you can still go ahead and submit your resume or a job application for a position that you do not know much about, but you may end up wasting your time.  If you are serious about finding a job, this wasted time is something that you may not have. Continue reading

April 18, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

Spontaneous Job Interviews: What You Should Do

Are you in search of a job?  If you are, there is a good chance that you will enter a number of local establishments, retail or not, to submit a job application or your resume.  Many professionals recommend submitting job applications and resumes in person whenever possible.  In most instances, you will have your resume accepted and you will be told that you will be contacted for a job interview in the future. However, you may receive a spontaneous job interview in some instances.  If and when that time comes, do you know what you should do?

Before focusing on what you should do or how you should handle spontaneous job interviews, it is first important that you familiarize yourself with them.  Spontaneous job interviews come in a number of different formats.  For instance, a manager may ask you to come in for a job interview that that day or the following day. Although you are given some notice, many are unable to prepare as much as they would have liked to for an interview that is scheduled right away. Speaking of right away, you may also find yourself having a job interview right on the spot.  This is not uncommon, especially in retail.  Essentially, a spontaneous job interview is one that is schedule at the last minute or without a large notice. Continue reading

April 18, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

Work Related Credit Checks: How to Handle Them If You Have a Poor Credit Score

When many of us think of credit history, credit scores, or credit ratings, financial loans are often the first things that come to mind. While financial lenders are known for their regular use of credit checks, did you know that employers are also starting to perform credit checks on their new hires?  They are and if you are looking for a career change, this may have a negative impact on your ability to obtain the job of your dreams.

When it comes to employment and credit checks, you are either concerned or not concerned at all.  If you have a poor credit score, you may be unsure as to whether or not you should even apply for certain jobs. In the past, many financial institutions and insurance companies required credit checks, but now more and more employers are starting to do the same.  In fact, if you are looking to work in a fast food restaurant or even as a stocker at one of your local supermarkets, there is a good chance that you may still have a credit check performed on you.

If you are interested in avoiding all jobs that check your credit, you will want to keep a close eye on all of the applications that you fill out.  Many employers will outline their hiring practices, such as whether or not credit checks are performed, on their job applications.  If you are not filling out an application, but rather sending in a resume, you may be able to find what you are looking for one the company’s website, should they have one.  If you are still coming up empty handed, you should be informed of all credit checks before they are performed. Continue reading

April 15, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

The Importance of Politeness When Dealing with Prospective Employers

Are you looking to find a new job?  If you are, you will likely come into contact with a number of different individuals, likely from a number of different companies.  No matter whom you are dealing with, it is important that you are polite at all times.  For more information on the importance of politeness, when dealing with prospective employers, you will want to read on.

One of the best ways to understand the importance of politeness is to put yourself in someone else’s place.  For starters, imagine yourself as the hiring manager for a local retail store.  If you were to come into contact with two job applicants, one of which who responded with “please” and “thank you,” and another that acted as if speaking to you was just a waste of their time, which individual would you be more likely to hire?  It is likely that you would respond with the candidate who was polite.  It is no secret that employers do not want to hire those who are impolite or have bad matters. Continue reading

April 12, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

Ways to Impress Hiring Employers After the Interview

Are you currently on a search to find a new job?  If you are, you may be preparing yourself for upcoming job interviews.  Although a good percentage of your time should be focused on mastering the interviews at hand, you may also want to examine your actions and what they should be after an interview has ended.

As previously stated, it is advised that you spend a good percentage of your time focusing on mastering the interviews which you should have scheduled soon. These preparation tips may include familiarizing yourself with common interview questions, creating a list of questions that you should ask interviewers, as well as choosing a professional outfit for you to wear. As soon as you have each of these preparation steps out of the way, you may want to take the time to focus on after the interview.

After the interview?  If you are wondering what you should after a job interview, you are definitely not alone.  Unfortunately, this is where many job seekers make mistakes, possibly costly mistakes.  Many believe that as soon as they finish up a job interview, the rest is in the hands of the management staff. While this can ring true in many cases, did you know that there are still steps that you can take to improve your chances of getting the job, even after the interview has ended?

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April 9, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

Job Searching: Why You Should Use Your Local Newspapers

In a society where we have become dependent on the internet, many job seekers automatically turn to career search websites or job posting websites.  While these online resources are a great way to go about finding an open job in your area, you need to remember that they are not your only option.  In fact, if you are looking for a new job, you will want to examine your local newspapers, namely the employment sections of them.

As nice as it is to hear that you should examine the employment section of your local newspaper, you may be curious as to why it is so important to do so. What you need to know is that, although, many businesses have started using the internet to their advantage, not all have. This means that there may be a great employment opportunity in your area, but the company behind that opportunity may choose to not use the internet or may not even know how to use the internet to list that job online. You don’t want to take the chance of missing out on any high paying jobs do you?  Since your answer is likely no, you will want to examine your local newspaper and its employment section. Continue reading

April 6, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

Questions to Ask Potential Employers During Interviews

Have you been searching for a new job? If you are like many job seekers, you may have turned to the internet or used your local newspaper’s employment section to help you learn about all open jobs in or around your area. If you have submitted a job application or your resume to any companies, have you heard back from them yet? If you have yet to receive a call asking to schedule an interview, do not worry, as you should be getting one or more soon.

For many job seekers, waiting to have a job interview scheduled is the most nerve-wracking part. For others, the interview process is the most difficult to get through. If you are nervous about an upcoming interview or one that you will likely have scheduled soon, the best thing that you can do is prepare. For example, it is advised that you prepare a list of questions to ask all interviewers. These questions can help to improve the flow of a job interview.

In addition to helping improve the flow of a job interview, there are a number of other benefits to having a list of questions prepared to ask all companies that are in the process of interviewing you. While this may seem a little silly, as you are the one who should be getting interviewed, you will want to ask anyways. Asking questions during a job interview can create a great impression of yourself. For instance, if you ask about the ability to advance within the company, you may end up showing responsibility, initiative, and readiness. Continue reading

April 3, 2008 Posted by | Job Hunting Tips | , , , | Leave a comment