job search planThe most important facet of your job search plan is communicating your value proposition. When you are planning your job search, you need to approach it as though it is a marketing campaign. The hiring managers, company owners, board of directors, recruiters, etc. are the buyers and you are the actual product. As a product, you have to clearly articulate your value proposition – essentially your advertisement. The rate of success for your job search lays in your ability to fine tune your value proposition. So what exactly is your value proposition? It is the unique benefit that you can offer an organization that matches their exact needs.

You may be thinking that all individuals that hold positions like yourself basically perform the same duties and so how will you come up with unique talents that set you apart. The key to finding what separates you from the competition is discerning what you do best. Oftentimes, what you do naturally may be a struggle for others. For example, let’s say you are a teacher and excel at classroom management, lesson planning, or individual tutoring. Remember that many others might consider these areas of weakness. Once you discover your value proposition, you’ve unleashed your marketing advantage. [click to continue…]

Writing a Strategic Resume is Critical

by Candace Alstad - Davies

strategic resumeWriting a strategic resume is critical to a successful job search. You have to have a strategy before beginning your resume. You need to plan it out to make sure that your resume works to get you the job. Here are a few tips for writing a strategic resume.

Tip 1: Use the Right Format
When writing your resume, use standard text. Don’t get too fancy by using many different fonts. This can make the resume look unprofessional and harder to read. Stick to the basics. Save your resume in a PDF format.

Tip 2: Keep Your Resume Updated
If you recall something that your forgot to put in your original resume, add it in. Keep your resume saved in a format that you can edit from time to time, and add to it every time you learn a new skill, advance in your position, receive recognitions and awards, and add to your knowledge base. As you send out your resume to different positions, adjust it or edit it to fit the position you are applying for. [click to continue…]

thank you letterSend a thank you letter after your job interview immediately. If you are currently ignoring this important step, it’s time to add this into your regular job searching tool box. Most interviews these days consist of a large and competitive list of candidates, where each one is trying to get the position. So skipping this important tool can be very unwise.

If you choose to write a thank you letter after your interview, you need to make sure that it is written effectively, in order to make the most of this opportunity.

Why a Thank You Letter is Important Writing a thank you letter can…

Using Email To Search for a Job

by Candace Alstad - Davies

use email for your job searchUsing email to search for a job needs to be done with professionalism. Understanding how to use this particular method of correspondence is very important. Firstly, all your email messages need to be formatted properly, which includes proper spelling and grammar and formatting sentences in paragraphs. Even if it is just through email or even a LinkedIn message, when it is correspondence regarding an employment application, you have to write in a proper and careful manner.

It is also vital that you include a specially targeted subject line and your signature in order for the recruitment staff to easily get in touch with you. Always remember the basics, such as using a professional email address. Having an e-mail address like sexychick@myhome.com or something similar, of course would not create a good image on your behalf. The best way to conduct your job search is to create a dedicated free email account which you can use specifically for your job hunt. When sending a personal query…

close a job interviewKnowing these 10 techniques to successfully close a job interview can help you immensely when it comes to getting hired. There are several steps one must take to achieve a job position; getting chosen for an interview is step number one. When you get chosen, this shows that an employer is interested in you and that you may have some quality or skill they need. They will then require you to come in person to clarify or buttress some key points regarding your resume and the position.

In other words, when you reach the interview step you are very close to securing the job; but of course, there are other people shortlisted too. So, it now boils down to how you can effectively prove that you are better than the others; and you have to do this in a very short time period. Starting the interview on a positive note is important, but closing it on an electrifying note is even more important.

The following 10 steps will show you how to close a job interview in a way that will help you land the coveted position.

1. Emphasize the Reason Why You Are Applying. Make it very clear why you are applying for the job and try to customize your responses to fit the company and its goals. [click to continue…]

job searchHere are six tips for taking the frustration out of your job search. Looking for a job can be a disheartening experience. It can be difficult to keep yourself motivated to maintain the search. If you lose momentum, it can be even harder to get going again. If you’re on the lookout for a new job and the frustration is getting you down, try using the following tips to bring some life back into your job search.

1. Don’t get distracted: One of the most frustrating things about being out of work is that family and friends may unintentionally distract you from your job search. You may find people lining up with odd jobs that need done and even suggestions of things you can do to “fill your days”. It’s important not to allow these distractions to interfere with your progress.

It’s a good idea to maintain a daily routine built around finding a job. Treat it as though this is your job. Spend the time you would normally spend at work, looking for a job. Schedule in breaks just as you would in your work day. Tell family and friends that this is going to be your approach and that you shouldn’t be disturbed between the hours of 9am and 5pm, or whatever hours you decide upon. [click to continue…]

What You Should Not Do With Your Resume

Even though you need to know what to include in your resume, you also need to find out what you should not do with your resume. When you begin searching for a new job, many of those around you will be quick to tell you that one of the most important aspects of landing a […]

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The Hidden Job Market: How to Find the Perfect Job

The hidden job market: how to find the perfect job. More and more people are becoming aware of the hidden job market. Exactly what is the hidden job market? As positions in companies become available, many companies hold off advertising, opting to hire within the company or by word of mouth. Advertising costs them money […]

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Points to Remember When Writing a Job Search Follow Up Letter

There are several points to remember when writing a job search follow up letter. If you already sent your resume and cover letter and have waited for several days and still failed to receive a reply, then it is time for you to send a follow up letter. Sending a follow up letter is important […]

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Do Not Procrastinate With Your Job Search

Do not procrastinate with your job search. Recent studies show that less than 39% of people are satisfied with their jobs.  From long hours to unrealistic demands, there are a multitude of reasons why someone might find his or her job unpleasant.  Developing a desire to switch from one profession to another is far from […]

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