3 Tips for a safe and secure online job search
CHICAGO, IL -- Be Leery Of Submission Invitations: Scammers and spammers follow much of the same patterns. Mass e-mails are sent to an enormous list of recipients. Not everyone on the "hit list" is searching for a new job; however, only a small number of people need to be convinced or tricked into believing the e-mail is authentic in order for the scam to be deemed successful. Before responding, visit the company's website. If you're still unable to determine the validity of the request, call the company. Verify everything!
Avoid Responding To Requests For Personal Information: Let's say you receive an e-mail from what appears to be a well-known job bank. The e-mail states your account needs your contact and payment information to be updated in order for service renewal. You click on the link and you're taken to a page that looks, feels, and "smells" right. You then proceed by submitting the requested information. The link appeared safe, but you were taken to a site designed to defraud you.
Make Sure The Webpage Is Encrypted: When using a paid resume submission service, ensure the private information you submit online is kept safe. When at your browser, you can recognize a secure encrypted form when the root URL starts with "https:" instead of "http:" or you see the padlock present in the bottom right corner of your screen. Purchasing from companies having added security measures in place can ensure your private information avoids the hands of ill-willed people.
Confidentially post your resume & secure your search
LOS ANGELES, CA -- You've decided to take the leap and look for a new job. But where do you start? While the job market is very competitive right now, there are still lots of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top career websites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on ALL the top websites will give you better exposure than your competition.
If you want the benefit of maximum exposure, but don't want to spend 60 hours researching and filling out website forms, consider letting a service like Resume Rabbit do the work for you. With this service, you fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on up to 85 top career websites like CareerBuilder, Nexxt, Job.com, America's Job Exchange, Dice and more.
If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's confidentiality feature. Your resume can be seen, however, no one will see your name, street address or phone number. Whether you do it by hand or use a service like Resume Rabbit, creating accounts on all the best career sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. To keep your job search secure and confidential, get your resume posted on all the top job sites with Resume Rabbit.
Reasons to not quit your job until you have another lined up
TRENTON, NJ -- 1) The process might drag out: If you leave your company without an offer lined up, there's a good chance you'll spend a good amount of time unemployed. The average company's interview process alone takes 23.8 days, but you'll need to account for time applying, negotiating salary, and getting paperwork in order as well.
2) You could be without health insurance for some time: Many employers subsidize the cost of health insurance coverage for employees. And there lies the problem. If you don't have a new health plan to jump on immediately, it'll be on you to secure coverage for as long as you remain unemployed. 3) You might go into debt: Going too long without a job could easily land you in debt. If your savings are lacking or nonexistent, it especially pays to line up a new job before handing in your resignation letter. Even if you have savings, you could end up depleting them if you go too long without working.
4) You could end up with a job you don't really want: If you embark on your job hunt after already having left your former position, you might wind up in a situation where you start to get anxious about the amount of time it's taking, and therefore agree to a role you don't really want. And that will only end up setting back your career instead of helping it.
Prevent your social profiles from sabotaging your search
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- STEP 1: KEEP A LOW (FACEBOOK) PROFILE: Most career specialists agreed that no good can come of leaving your Facebook profile open for public view. While you might do a thorough job scrubbing anything unsavory from your past, other people's postings on your wall and disagreeable comments on what you share might give employers the wrong impression about the company you keep.
STEP 2: BRAND FOR THE BEST RESULT: Social media feeds can make you a stand-out job candidate if managed correctly. The key is to narrow in on the aspects of ourselves we would most like to spotlight. Think of your social media channels like a brand. Brands have two or three pillars that they focus on to help people understand what their brand stands for.
STEP 3: GIVE YOUR BIO A PROMOTION: Your bio on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter should reflect the role that you are seeking. Your social media descriptors can reinforce to hiring managers that you are who you say you are. STEP 4: STAY ENGAGED: A quick way to show yourself as tech-savvy, competent, and knowledgeable about your industry is to use Twitter as a networking device. Keep your commentary politically neutral and be mindful that the world is reading (and remembering) what you tweet. In the best-case scenario, your comment might get you some attention or a follow-back from a big name in your field.
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NEW YORK, NY -- Did you know that the average job opening has 250 applicants competing for it? What's worse is 70% of those applicants will be eliminated from the candidate pool by an applicant tracking system. That means that only 30% of applicants make it to the desk of hiring managers. But, wait. It gets even worse!
Hiring managers use the 30 second test to eliminate 80% of the remaining candidates. That means, that on your first pass in front of the eyes of a hiring manager, you have less than 30 seconds to impress them. Career professionals like to call this the "applicant black hole." What many people don't realize is that they aren't even getting their resume into the hands of hiring managers for reading! What can you do to avoid the black hole?
Well, for starters, you need to realize that it isn't your skill-set or your accomplishments that are ruling you out, it's your resume! A self-written resume has a 6% chance of being read. A professionally written resume has a 60% chance of being read and generates 2-3 times as many interviews as a self-written resume. The Career Digest has arranged a special deal with TopResume and is offering free resume evaluations. Their resume experts will read your resume and give you actionable tips that will instantly make your resume more professional. Get your free-resume critique from an experienced resume writer.
3 Cover letter mistakes to avoid in 2018
NEW YORK, NY -- 1. Focusing too much on yourself: The company you're applying to is hiring because they need someone to do something for them. They want to know what it is that you can do for them. While it's key to share your accomplishments, get in touch with why you're able to fill the void that they have in place. Then make your achievements known in a way that lends well to the duties of the position.
2. Sharing too many details of your work experience: Depending on your job history, this could translate into a very crowded and confusing cover letter. Instead of focusing in on each position you've ever held, ask yourself: What experience do I have that's relevant to the job I'm seeking? Tailor your cover letter to speak to those skills instead of giving a full synopsis of your time at each position.
3. Writing about something uncomfortable: Don't go into why you were laid off or fired from a job, or why you recently relocated to a new city. Focus on the now. Employers want current information. Why you were laid off or quit is not important, and will be seen as a red flag. Your intention to address an issue can and will come across more as shining a spotlight on your insecurities. Focus on achievement and the job at hand.
[Video] Tips on crafting the perfect cover letter
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A perfectly-written cover letter can be more important to your job search than your resume! What most people don't realize is that a cover letter is really a sales letter. It's your personal advertisement, your first impression, your grand introduction. Additionally a brilliantly worded cover letter is the easiest way to assure your resume is the one, amongst a stack of resumes, that actually gets read. The best part is, practically no one understands this fact. So having a great cover letter is almost like having an unfair advantage.
As a matter of fact, the vast majority of your competition simply "throws" together any old cover letter just so they have something to attach to their average resume. As a result, most cover letters do nothing to land the job interview. In fact, hiring managers often make a decision to interview from a well written cover letter alone -- before even reading a resume.
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3 Ways to keep your job search going
WASHINGTON, DC -- Map Your Job Search Plan: You should be doing several things in preparation for and during the job search, including: preparing and customizing job search documents; creating a list of target companies; expanding your network; and preparing for interviews. So how do you create your job search plan? The best approach is to break the job search process into what is called SMART goals: specific, measurable, attainable, results focused and timely.
Use Technology to Your Advantage: Now that you have a plan, you need to act on it. Luckily, technology can help keep you on track. For example, use spreadsheets to keep track of your networking efforts, your application submissions, and who referred you. It's also a good idea to set up job alerts. You can set up automatic job searches on LinkedIn, Indeed and other career websites like Jobswanted.com. That will save you time searching the web, as you'll just get the alerts in your inbox. Since timing is key, it's recommend that you set the frequency to daily.
Find an Accountability Buddy: It's highly recommend you find someone to keep you accountable. Set up a monthly meeting with one of the professionals in your graduate student and postdoc affairs office, ask your mentor, or find a friend who is also job searching and team up. Beyond keeping you accountable, such people can support you through the ups of down of the job search process.
Search all online job listings from just one website
LOS ANGELES, CA -- If you've recently been searching online for a job, you realize there are literally thousands of different websites all listing potential job matches for you. Amazingly enough, even the biggest employment sites have less than 10% of available jobs listed online. Yet finding and then searching through thousands of different job boards and company websites is nearly impossible. Conversely, overlooking any one of these sites could cause you to miss out on the job of your dreams.
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