volunteerHow to Use Volunteer Work in Your Resume and Cover Letter

In the world of job hunting, your first line of defense is your cover letter and resume. If you want to be part of a competitive sector, you must have the most comprehensive resume to get the competitive edge. But how can you do it if you do not have enough professional experience in your credentials? The solution is to include your volunteer work in your resume and cover letter. Here’s how…

referencesWhile you may be very good at selling yourself to a potential employer, you will also need references to back up your claims. Employers need to ensure that they hire the right professional before making the investment and, therefore, they always ask for job references. Choosing job references to ensure a positive result is something that requires skill.

Given below are a few ways in which you can line up your job references to ensure that you get positive results:

• Before you start searching for a job, make a list of at least five people that you have worked closely with and who might have seen you at your best. You can then contact them and explain to them about your job search and ask if you can provide their contact details and name them as references. Negative references occur when…

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If you are having a hard time with your job search, read these top 10 job search tips for professionals over 50.

An increasing number of professionals today are trying to change careers or have found themselves let go later on in their careers. With the budgets being cut everywhere, and competition fierce due to the ongoing recession, companies can no longer support their staff. There are several negative factors that continue to add unnecessary stress to the already difficult jobs that professionals perform. When job searching in your industry after 50, things may be a little difficult but with a little planning and research, it is possible to get your career in the right direction.

Given below are the top 10 job search tips for professionals over 50:

1. Cast a Wide Net – Evaluate your skills and your experience to reinvent yourself and redirect your skills to the appropriate industry. Don’t limit yourself to the tried and tested fields when there are so many alternative career choices available for professionals today. 2. Focus on Smaller Companies

cover letterWhen applying for a job, many people wonder whether a cover letter is really necessary. A cover letter is your first form of introduction, and provides an introduction for your resume as well. Therefore, a cover letter is critical when applying for a job. People often ask the questions “why can’t I just post or email my resume or application form and let it speak for itself?” “Is it really necessary to include a cover letter?” The answer to this last question is “yes”. You really do need a cover letter.

Those in the know say a first impression of someone is formed within 4-8 seconds. Even more scary is the prospect that once that first impression is formed, it’s very unlikely to change. If the chair of the selection committee opens your resume and discovers that you haven’t bothered to include a cover letter, it’s very possible that your application will end up in the recycling bin. Here are some helpful tips

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Find out how to use design elements to enhance your resume.

Although most resumes today are sent via electronic mail or done in Microsoft Word or PDF, using written and printed resumes is still important particularly when attending job fairs, performing walk – in applications, bringing them to your scheduled job interview, or simply when distributing it within your network of contacts. Just like with your digital resume, it is important for your paper resume to make use of the design elements in a very effective manner to make it more visually appealing. With a more well designed resume, you can increase your chance of it being read and eventually getting the chance for an interview  where you can personally sell or promote yourself to the company you are interested in working. Here are some basic tips on how you can use effective design elements to make your resume more visually appealing. Above all else, you need to consider…

Finding Positions That Are Never Advertised

by Candace Alstad - Davies

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Most positions that are available are never advertised. Finding positions that are never advertised can be difficult, however, if you don’t know where to look. Here are some tips for cracking into this hidden job market.

1. Focus on your selling points. Why should a company hire you? Be specific and creative. The key is to know, or be able to imagine, what the company needs. Your experience, research, and networking will help you do this. Focus on what you have to offer. As you learn more about employer needs, you will pick up the best ways to present your selling points.

2. Focus on one position within an industry. You’re going to be tracking down companies that are the best match for your selling points. You must limit your search to develop a list of target companies. You must have focus positions and stick to them to even begin a hidden job market search. This focus will end up being the title and focus of your resume, so uniformity in your search is key. 3. Develop a custom list of targeted companies

How to Conduct a Stealth Job Search

If you are currently employed, you need to learn how to conduct a stealth job search so you don’t end up losing your current position. Chances are you don’t want your current employer finding out that you are job hunting. The last thing you need to have happen when job searching is for your employer […]

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How to Properly Navigate Post Interview Follow Up

After your interview is over, don’t mistakenly think that your work is over too. There is a lot that you can still do to improve your chances of receiving a job offer and for improving your performance in future interviews. Read on to find out how to properly navigate post interview follow up. The first […]

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The Benefits of Holiday Job Searching

Many job searchers are convinced that job searching during the Christmas holidays is a waste of time. If you buy into this myth about holiday job searching, then you may be losing out on one of the better job searching seasons of the year. The benefits of holiday job searching include reduced competition for jobs […]

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Leadership Development Includes Taking Risks

Remember that leadership development includes taking risks. If you are looking to take a turn in your career, maybe switch fields or work toward a promotion, it will take a lot of self-searching and determination on your part. Often times it is not as simple as just deciding you are ready for a career change, […]

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