Job Hunting Tips

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Are you a fresh graduate and planning to look for a job? Did you just recently quit your job and are looking for greener pastures? Are you unemployed and have little experience regarding ways to secure a job? Whatever your situation may be, it would be to your advantage to study the following tips:

Check your resume for mistakes

Before submitting your resume to a prospective employer, check your resume for corrections at least three times before handing it over. After researching about the job position, it is critical that you format your resume to match the needs of the company. For example, if you are applying for an accounting job, you should put in detail your accounting experience on your resume. Typographical and grammatical errors are serious no-no’s. It is also ideal to keep the length of the resume’ to at least a page and a half long.

Taking the interview challenge

A survey conducted by a staffing and consulting firm based in California which corresponded with 1,400 chief financial officers concluded that candidates for employment made most of their mistakes on their interviews. Some of the mistakes they made include: arriving late, having little knowledge about the company and the position applied for, and having a superiority complex and behaving arrogantly. The body language of the applicant must also denote that he is confident yet not overpowering. He must maintain eye contact, have a strong handshake, and avoid looking defensive by the act of crossing the arms. Wearing the right clothes is crucial for projecting a confident stance. As they say, it is better to go to an interview over-dressed than being under-dressed.

Answer questions smartly

A common mistake of interviewees is that they tend to get tense and forget the questions that are given to them, which has the effect that they are not prepared for the interview. It is important to research about the company and the position applied for to prevent being side-tracked during the interview. If you do not know the answer to the questions being asked, it is better to admit you don’t know the answer to the question and add that you can research about it. Look for the skills or expertise that the company is looking for so that when interview day comes and the interviewer asks about your strengths and core competencies, you will be able to match it to what they need.

Getting the necessary referrals

Having a referral from one of the company employees can go a long way toward landing an interview. A typical company may receive job applications in the hundreds and usually 35% to 60% of all job vacancies are filled by referrals. The odds of getting hired when you have a referral are very high if you have another 200 to 500 applicants vying for the same position. If you do not know anyone from the company that may give you a referral, it is a good idea to the alumni network of your college, trade groups, social networks, and professional associations. Remember, having a referral greatly increases your chances of getting the position.

On online application

With the current trend of technology and its merging with business processes, more and more companies are now requiring prospective applicants to submit their application online. Thus, first impressions are relayed not by your first appearance but by the quality and content of your e-mail. E-mails regarding job application should be polished and well-articulated. When applying on-line, use the following tips:

Complete your sentences and do not abbreviate.

Employers do not like when you send them application letters that seem to be too casual. It is important to make a letter that is both formal and well written. This gives a good impression regarding your capabilities and skills.

Get directly to the point

When writing an application letter, you must be concise and straightforward. Do not put a story on the letter just to get the attention of the employer, chances are he or she will just get irritated with you and this only reduces your chances of getting hired.

Consider potential issues that may hinder you from getting the job

Although there are instances wherein there is a lot of need for a job but the requirements for the position may entail training programs that may bar you from getting the position due to its highly competitive nature. Some require a lot of experian even at least 3 years of work experience. Some may have no barriers to entry but the job itself may entail a very routine work flow.

Getting the job you want may be a challenge but never lose hope. It is better to wait a while and get the job that you will enjoy rather than get a job as soon as possible but ending up dissatisfied and unhappy. Make the right decision then act on it.


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The X Factor For Generation Y’s Job Search

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As a college student or recent college graduate, a lot of flak is sent our way from parents, grandparents, older siblings or other family members about getting a good paying job. The old mentality about having a job seems set in stone for these authority figures and often a different viewpoint about employment doesn’t exactly make as much sense for them as it does to many young people. What viewpoint am I talking about? Actually wanting to have the job you occupy rather than just collecting a paycheck.

Who hasn’t heard that their generation is nothing but a bunch of slackers, lazy loaf arounds and good for nothings? At least once, usually from people older than you. Thanks for the encouragement guys. However, perceptions about having a job have changed in the past several decades. College kids and recent grads don’t want to have walked away from college with a degree simply to sit behind a desk for the next forty years, counting the decades until retirement.

Look at your parents or grandparents. It was common for people in their generation to hold the same position, at the same company, for decades straight. At the time, having a job, any job, was more important than being
happy with the job. You were guaranteed a paycheck so sit down, pipe down and just make it through the workweek. Does that even sound appealing to you?

Most likely the answer is going to be no. What changed?

Well, all those social advances your parent’s generation participated in have finally paid off. Job satisfaction is becoming more important than what you take home every week because all the rhetoric about making a better world and follow one’s dreams has sunk into this current generation. Our parents’ have sown the wind and now we reap the whirlwind.

What does this mean for recent college graduates out on the job hunt? It means that there is a greater emphasis on finding a job that emotionally and mentally satisfies rather than just padding out a bank account.

There is far greater diversity in the job market now because alternate styles of living are open to people now that were far more marginal twenty or thirty years ago.

This means that you need not bow to experience all the time.  While the input of parents and family members about career decisions is still important, remember, you’re the one who has to be doing the job. If you want
that job as a bikini inspector, archeologist or sky diving instructor, go for it. Shooting for your dream job isn’t a silly fantasy. More and more people are taking cuts in their income just to be happy doing what they are doing.

You’re not alone if you opt for this career decision. Put your degree to use and aim for what you want to do in life.

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3 Reasons Why To Never Contract Out Your Job Search

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The old axiom that time is money plays into today’s job market more and more as people are increasingly turning to professional job seekers to help them find a position so they can devote their time to other activities. While this may seem like a pretty sweet setup, there are a large number of drawbacks, such as paying these professionals, to acquiring the services of job search contractors that do the work for you.

Here are three reasons why you should avoid putting your trust entirely in these people’s hands, despite their qualifications that may otherwise indicate complete faith.


The first main reason to refrain from having someone else do your job hunting is that there is a great degree of disconnect between you and the job search process. Some people may like being catered to and pampered.  However, having everything handed to you on a silver platter isn’t the way the world works and it can be a big handicap down the road. A job search contractor often manages your resume, your social network sites and your job search profiles. This allows them to dictate a lot in terms of what jobs you ultimately are considered for. Being disconnected from your job search prevents you from becoming knowledgeable about what positions you are applying to and can often reduce your overall passion for these positions since a lack of knowledge often translates into poor interview performance.

Lack of Interactivity

Finding a job is more than just matching up skill sets. Very often there is an element of trusting your gut and relying on your feelings when it comes to applying for positions. Sometimes you see a job and just know you need to shoot for it, qualifications be damned. On the flipside, there are some positions or companies you know that you’re qualified to work at but you have no interest in doing so. Having someone doing the job hunting for you
limits the interaction between you and your hunt so that those feelings are never acted upon.

Identity Concerns

While most job search contractors are professionals with ethics and standards, the danger of having your identity stolen or personal information leaked does exist. There are always a few bad apples out there and handing over so much personal information to a complete stranger often leaves you in a precarious position when it comes to a professional client/provider relationship. Keep your identity protected and just do the work yourself.

    While saving time may sound like a good idea during your job hunt, getting a job is really a matter you should tackle head on and be deeply involved in.

    Ever used a job search contractor? Yay or nay? Drop a line in the comment section and share your experiences.

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