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Wednesday April 17, 2013

3 Job Search Mistakes To Avoid

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Let me tell you the story of "Tommy" (not his real name), who is managing to do almost everything WRONG in his job search. Learn from three of his career-killing mistakes, which can rob you of the salary and satisfaction you deserve!

Tommy first called me three weeks ago, asking if I could help him write a resume. He said he wanted a pharmaceutical sales job because his aunt and a cousin made good money at it, and he heard it was interesting work.

Read more: CrossRoads - 3 Job Search Mistakes To Avoid
Friday April 12, 2013

Three Steps For Women To Re-enter The Workforce

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It's not unusual for a woman to take an extended leave from her professional life. Returning to work, however, presents significant challenges. If you are a woman struggling to get back to work read on to discover three tips to put you back on your career path.

Read more: CrossRoads - Three Steps For Women To Reenter The Workforce
Friday April 5, 2013

Three Tips That Will Help On The Job Hunt

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Unfortunately, in these trying economic times more and more people are once again on the job hunt with resume in hand. Some of these people have been in the same job for ten, fifteen, sometimes even twenty years and now are having to look for new positions. It can be very daunting after having worked for so long to back in the job hunt market. But with a few tips to help remind you what the basic things are that will help make your job hunting successful, it may not be quite as difficult as you think.

Wednesday March 21, 2012

Are Headhunters Calling You, Or Ignoring You?

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Ex-Recruiter Reveals Secrets to Gaining Headhunter's Attention

In my former life as a recruiter (also affectionately referred to as "headhunter"), I received hundreds of resumes a week from all parts of the country. The statement that a person's resume gets a 15-second read is not far from the truth. In fact, 15 seconds is a generous assumption. In reality, a resume must capture the recruiter's attention in the first five seconds to avoid the round file. Candidates can greatly improve their chance of catching the recruiter's attention by following three simple rules:


  1. Use the correct format
  2. Include plenty of quantifiable accomplishments
  3. Sprinkle liberally with appropriate keywords.

The first rule, use of correct format, is crucial. There is one, and only one, proper resume format for recruiters -- chronological. Recruiters do not have time or patience to figure out the complexities of a functional resume. To recruiters, time is money. A second danger of using a functional resume is that recruiters automatically assume the candidate is attempting to hide something. This assumption is universal. No job-seeker on earth can hide unpleasant facts within a functional resume. Recruiters are trained from the start to pick up on any possible "red flags" that identify the job seeker as an undesirable candidate.

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Wednesday February 29, 2012

How to Effectively Use Social Media In Your Job Search

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Networking is at the heart of any effective job search. Is it more effective for you to personally check into every possible job opportunity, or will you get more results if you involve lots of other people helping you find the best opportunities? Of course, it is better to have hundreds of people bringing the possible job opportunities to you. But how does anyone get other people involved. Social media can help in that respect.


Social Media.jpg LinkedIn is the place to start when it comes to a job search. If you aren't on LinkedIn yet, go sign up for your free account. What can LinkedIn do for you? It lets you see profiles of other people, and gives you a chance to connect with them. People in the technology sectors tend to move around a bit from one company to another. I started using LinkedIn just to have a current, up-to-date repository for the email addresses and contact information of friends and associates that moved on to other companies. When I got laid off, it became so much more. I was able to use the email addresses of my contacts to send out an email letting people know that I had been laid off and was looking for work. I was given leads that led to many interviews just from those emails. However, I found a number of things that LinkedIn helped me do.

Company Search

I was able to search by company name and find people that I knew that worked at companies that I was interested in. I also found people that I didn't know, such as HR representatives, Company Recruiters, and Hiring Managers. Many of these people worked at the local branches of the company where I wanted to work. I was able to contact these people through the people that I already knew at the company, or sometimes just through calling the company's front desk and asking for the person that I had researched on LinkedIn by name.

Job Listings

Some companies post open job positions on LinkedIn. The job postings appear to be high-end, good quality jobs.

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Tuesday December 20, 2011

Don't Let The Holidays Halt Your Job Search

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Just because it's the holidays and people are busy, does not mean it's time to put your job search on the back burner. Just the opposite is true. In fact, many businesses bring hiring to the forefront of their December priorities. Business typically slows down and they can focus more on their hiring needs. They may be looking to hire in December before the requisition is removed from next year's budget. Also, a lot of organizations use December to interview for their openings at the start of the new year.


So, you've 2 weeks left to capitalize on this opportunity!

Social Media is Key. This time of year is perfect for using your Facebook and LinkedIn contacts. You have the perfect excuse to touch base and remind people you are looking for a job.

Holiday Parties. In addition to spreading good cheer, use your family and friends and new acquaintances to network. Ask them if anyone has a connection at companies you have applied to or are interested in. Be prepared to tell new people you meet about yourself - the classic elevator speech.

Work the Email and Phones. Employers may not be as distracted or focused on other priorities and you may actually get through to them on the phones. Don't pester them, but make at least one attempt to connect. Keep your emails brief and to the point. Don't forget to ask for the interview. At this time of year they may actually have time to read all their mail.

Don't Forget the Recruiters. Make sure you are in regular contact so that you are in the forefront of their minds for when they get new search assignments. Send them a holiday card with your business card inside.

Stay Flexible. At this time of year hiring managers or recruiters may be out of the office for off-site holiday events or for personal reasons - like getting that last minute gift. Therefore they may need you to come in for an interview at odd times.

Don't fall under the temptation to sit back during these last 2 weeks. Let your competition do that for you while you leap to the head of the line.

Happy Holidays and Good Hunting!

- Jean Vosler

Jean is the Director of Marketing at Net-Temps, an online job board for jobseekers and staffing professionals.

Friday December 16, 2011

How Employers Choose The Right Job Candidate

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Some of the things that we hear most frequently about resumes in a competitive job market are individuals mentioning their fear of being a "mature" job seeker. Though there is legally no bias, job-seekers need to do everything on a subconscious level to make our resumes fall in the bell curve of right where they should be, in terms of level of experience - and time in the work place.

  1. Go back only 10-15 years. Your most recent experience is the experience that will be most relevant to a hiring manager. Most likely you've worked your way up in the job-seeking world and up the ladder. If you started at your company as a file clerk and now you are a manager, you're going to be seen as a manager. The job as a file clerk from 1995 is no longer necessary for hiring managers and human resource managers to take into account when evaluating your skills and abilities.

  2. Remove dates from education. There is no rule that you must say when you graduated. HR cannot decide to hire or not to hire you based on when you graduated. In addition, so many people are returning to school now after being in the workforce for a good solid 15 years that they may have a Bachelor of Science degree conferred as late as 2005, for example.

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Friday November 11, 2011

Settling For Any Job Isn't The Solution

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I was on a radio talk show out of Minnesota and one of the hosts, Patty, told a story about a lady she knew that quit her job because she hated it, and then turned down two other jobs, took the third offer, and is now in a job she loves. Patty wanted to know what I thought about that.

I said I think that's exactly what someone should do, and if more people did what Patty surely had done, there wouldn't be so many job seekers still unemployed or finally employed but miserable.

The woman in Patty's story, because she hated her job and quit, obviously had given a great deal of thought to what she was looking for in her next job. It might have been defined by what she didn't have, but she was clear enough and determined enough to resign, and trust that what she wanted would eventually turn up.

She'd envisioned her environment, knew the management style under which she worked best, given thought to the location of the company and what their mission was. This is exactly what led her to turn down the two offers. They weren't what she was looking for, and she wasn't going to settle.

In today's market, that doesn't happen often. People are so desperate they want any job and will take any job. As a recruiter and as a career coach, it's common for me to hear, "Well, I knew I shouldn't have taken it...hindsight being 20/20 vision and all....." These people knew intuitively they should pass, but took the job anyway. Others don't even hear their instinct in order to ignore it. They just blunder blindly into disaster.

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Friday September 23, 2011

How to Target Hiring Managers and Crack the Hidden Job Market

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Fact: The advertised job market is literally the tip of the iceberg.

Fully 70-80% of jobs go unadvertised by employers, who fear being deluged by hundreds of resumes from applicants, most of whom won't be qualified.

Recruiter Advice.jpg With that in mind, it makes sense to spend about 80% of your time cracking this "hidden" market of unadvertised jobs. And a good way to do it is to contact hiring managers at companies you want to work for. Your aim? To prove that hiring you would be a terrific investment, one that makes or saves them more money than they would pay you in salary.

So, where do you find a list of these hiring managers?

You can't find one. You have to build your own list.

Fortunately, it's fairly simple to do.

So say two experienced recruiters, David Perry (author of "Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0") and Mark Haluska (principal of recruiting firm Real Time Network, in Pittsburgh, PA).

First of all, what level of decision maker should you talk to about creating a job or hiring you for one that's unadvertised?

"You want to contact the individual two levels up from the position you are applying for," suggests Haluska. "There are two reasons for that. First, the person two levels up has the bigger picture. They may actually be looking to replace the person below them, who would be your boss."

"Second, if you're really good and you contact the person you would work for, if they are small-minded, they may be threatened by your credentials," which can kill your chances, according to Haluska.

In the Darwinian world of office politics, this makes sense. If you display more initiative than your next boss or outshine someone they recently hired, you risk making that boss look bad, which is not a recipe for success.

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Wednesday September 14, 2011

How to Get Beyond the Gatekeepers While Job Hunting

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Getting beyond the gatekeepers can be one of the most challenging for jobseekers. Gatekeepers can be those most obvious, such as administrative or personal assistants to the company's hiring managers, department heads, and executives. But, gatekeepers can be those in less obvious roles as well, such as assistant managers, supervisors, engineers, and so on.

Your first thought might be that only those within some sort of support role serve as gatekeepers, yet directors and executives can be gatekeepers as well. Gatekeepers are merely those who put obstacles in front of you -- demonstrated by dodging questions, failing to answer emails, and eventually pawning you off to someone else.

gate.jpgGatekeepers are generally tasked to . . .

  • Provide limited or no information to jobseekers

  • Point every applicant down the same path for applying

  • Comply with company procedure pertaining to hiring practice

Sometimes, jobseekers get short-fused when having to deal with gatekeepers -- unfortunately forgetting that gatekeepers are people, simply doing their jobs.

Need to get beyond a gatekeeper?

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