If you’re looking for a job, you probably want to arm yourself with an online toolbox. Here are some suggestions.
Websites For Your Job Hunt Job search sites
These are two of most popular: Indeed and Monster.
Glassdoor is a must. If you haven’t heard of it, this site is both a place to find […]
Employer branding is the thing that great companies are striving for now, and it’s a wonderful thing for job hunters.
What Is Employer Branding?
Very simply, it means companies are strategically creating an engaging environment for their employees and making sure that their advertising efforts reflect that environment. They invest in their employees and […]
Your ears are your most powerful asset when it comes to job hunting and interviewing. You’re probably saying, “what?” If we think about any parts of our body and their role in landing a job we’d usually think of our mouths and what we say. The ears are much more important for two reasons, the […]
Shopping could help your job search. I’m not kidding. So could eating out, browsing, traveling, and more.
A Type Of Research
Research is key to determining whether a job and company is right for you. It also helps you sell yourself best to said company. Similarly, some very crucial research should be done by visiting […]
The way you interact with the hiring manager during your communications with them is one important thing they will look for to determine whether to hire you. Be mindful of how your actions reflect your work attitude.
Why It’s Important
If the hiring manager will be your supervisor, how you interact with them at this […]
When the bills are stacking up or you don’t have enough money for food that whole business about only applying to jobs you really want goes right out the window. Not that it’s not good advice; we should look for jobs we can feel motivated in. But sometimes it just isn’t practical. You need whatever […]
Many people get stuck in jobs they don’t like for long periods of time because it is difficult to find a new job when you work all business hours. You’re always working when it’s time you could be applying.
If it is at all possible for the industry and job position you’re looking for, use […]
You could land your next job while ordering a drink at your favorite cafe or purchasing a computer for your tech hobby. Don’t believe me? It isn’t exactly the most common way to get hired, but it is quite possible. Why waste the opportunity?
Some recruiters keep an ear “open” while out in public for […]
When you filled out your last application or gave references to your last employer, how much thought did you give to your references? We often assume that employers don’t actually contact references, and we don’t anticipate all the myriad things that may go wrong when they do. If the reference contact doesn’t go well, it […]
Social media is becoming a huge part of finding a job. Employers can find you from your social media profiles and reach out to you about a job. They will also look at your profile to determine if you’re a good fit for their company. And you can use social media as a swiss-army knife […]
Looking for a job using the old-fashioned pounding the pavement method? Or at the very least, searching for job advertisements and trooping into loads of jobs with a copy of your one trusty resume? It quickly gets exhausting because it simply isn’t an efficient use of your time. Job hunting apps open up a whole […]
Recruiters check the social media accounts of potential job candidates for their current and future clients. In fact, they may find you on social media before ever seeing your resume. Here are some tips to make sure your online presence is attractive to recruiters.
Tips For Making Your Social Media Profiles Attractive To Recruiters Be […]
Recruiters have a bad reputation, though they are a necessary ingredient in many careers. It is very easy for someone to become a recruiter. The position requires virtually no official experience, and recruiters are paid on commission rather than salary. This means your career and sanity has a likelihood of being handled by someone with […]
Maybe you were fired from your last job and you’re feeling self-conscious about trying to “sell” yourself to a new manager. Or you might want to up the ante on your job hunt by highlighting what a great employee you are or hope to be in the future. I mean, that is what it is […]
Job interview questions are daunting for nearly everyone, particularly those questions that have to do with our strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps you don’t have the most positive attitude about yourself, or you did have a positive attitude until you hit a terribly long job hunt. You may have suffered a demeaning experience in your last […]
When we think of job interviews, we pretty much all picture being dressed to the nines and throwing our personality out the window. This is wrong. Job interviews are not about proving that you can jump through any hoop that is given to you; they are an adult, give-and-take discussion about who you are and […]
Some jobs are more trouble than they’re worth. You’ll get in there and only work a ridiculously short time because the hiring manager is awful or the job is a horrible match for you. How can you tell if a job will be worth investing your time and effort in before trying it out? We’ll […]
Most of us seem to forget that hiring managers are people too, but remembering this fact may make job interviews much easier. We get so bogged down by tips about how we dress, what our body language says, and whether we are saying the right things that I think we forget the point of what […]
Of course you’re nervous when you are looking for your first job. You haven’t ever done this before and there seems to be all this pressure looming around you regarding a lack of experience. You fear you’ll make an idiot of yourself. You can’t imagine how you are “hirable.” The truth is that we place […]
When job hunting, do you plan to do something big, then find it too difficult and end up doing nothing? After a while of this sense of doing nothing can dominate your job hunt efforts and you may become very discouraged with both the job hunt and with yourself. You can fix this problem by […]
Do you plan to take one big step, then get cold feet at the last minute and end up doing nothing? If this state of doing nothing ends up dominating most of your job hunt efforts, you will get very discouraged with the job hunt and with yourself. There may be many motivation tactics on […]
Believe it or not, hiring managers are people too and the same personality traits and people skills that work in all other aspects of life apply to the job search. We have a natural positive response to people who are trustworthy, receptive, comfortable, and interested. Just because you are applying for a job doesn’t mean […]
When we don’t get hired for a job, we often assume we were overlooked because of reasons like a lack of skills, the way we presented ourself wasn’t polished enough, or we didn’t meet the hiring manager’s personal preference. Many times hiring managers turn down people they would actually like to hire because that person […]
Job research offers you excellent opportunities to determine your fit at a company and to effectively sell yourself to the hiring manager. There is a lot of buzz about this topic on the internet, but you may be wondering what it is that you look for in job research.
5 Questions To Answer With Job […]
You are serious about finding work, so you need some tools to arm you for your job search. What exactly do tools do? They make a task quicker and easier. Well, the tools I am about outline for you will make your job search smoother and more effective.
10 Job Search Tools
We all know that job interviews are frightening, and that there are many really difficult questions that employers and hiring managers love to ask. People all over the internet want to help you answer those prompts correctly, but the real question that we need to be asking ourselves is, what can we learn from them?
When we suffer a job loss, of course, we would like to find a new job as quickly as possible. We expect some waiting period and can tolerate our joblessness pretty well as long as it doesn’t exceed that limit. But what if it does exceed it? First of all, don’t panic. There are several […]
A resume shows a potential employer what you can bring to their business. Yes, it is great to have previous experience with facts and figures to add instant credibility, but it isn’t what a resume is all about. You want to display professionalism, an interest in the company, and your relevant skills. Assets and skills […]
Job interview tips often include the same cookie-cutter information: wear a suit, keep it conservative, and mind your hygiene. Now, these tips do provide quality guidance, but there is a little more to it than that.
A suit doesn’t suit every job
Your clothing provides visual proof of your professionalism and your fit with company […]
You may have wondered if you should follow-up with a business after you have submitted a resume. Many people will suggest strongly that you do so, but are they right?
There is no one set rule for resume follow-ups. Some hiring managers view it as sign of a passionate and engaged potential employee. Others consider […]
Most of us use social media frequently, and we often think of it as a guilty pleasure. All that time is not wasted. In fact, you can turn your social media time into valuable fuel for your career. A little networking, researching, and showcasing the right information can have you using your social media accounts […]
Did you know that most hiring managers check a candidate’s social media presence at some point during the hiring process? According to a Jobvite survey in 2014, a jaw-dropping 93% of employers check social media accounts before hiring, and it is likely to increase even more.
The numbers: 94% of employers use LinkedIn for […]
Did you know that there are job scams? Job scams can crop up anywhere; not just on Craigslist! They are very real, and they can cost you a lot of money and time. No one wants to get excited about a new job, stop looking for work, and maybe even invest money only to discover […]
Getting ready to go into a job interview is very nerve-wracking, but there is a lot that can be done to help prepare for the big day.
About a week before the interview, start putting together an outline of how you would want the interview to go. Include topics you would like to discuss, points […]
Connecting with people on LinkedIn is effective, but there is nothing better than making in-person connections with people who are in the field you want to be in.
Once you discover what you are really looking for in your next job, start identifying people you may know in that area who would be willing to […]
There are many tips and tricks for people heading off to an interview, but one of the most important steps that should never be skipped is conducting company research.
During an interview, employers often supply an overview of the company and then go into the job description. As a candidate, it is important to understand […]
You’ve made it to the final round—the in-person interviews. Here are a few things you need to know about what to bring (and not to bring) when you meet your future employer.
First of all, wear a suit. Even if it’s a super-casual startup, you don’t work there yet, so make your first impression count. […]
Building your resume can be a long and thorough process, and there is a lot of stress around getting it perfect. But when you are looking at your resume for hours, you can oftentimes miss little grammar mistakes or misspellings.
One good trick is to read your resume backwards. This will help you spot the […]
Looking for a job while you already have one can be very stressful. Many find themselves looking after work, during breaks, before work, etc. This pattern can make looking for your new job feel scattered and unorganized.
The Daily Muse has put together a step-by-step guide that is guaranteed to kick-start your job search […]
Having a tough time negotiating your salary, or need some tips on how to talk money at your next interview? Check out this great video from Ramit Sehi. He breaks down what you need to do to make sure you’re happy with the money you’ll be making.
There are a lot of job search sites that offer great advice when it comes to nailing your interview, but I recently stumbled upon a great article by Jon Youshael in Forbes. Under his bio, he mentions that he shares “unconventional career advice and stories,” and it’s true.
In his recent article, “12 […]
Interview day can be stressful. You’re nervous, anxious, and excited all at the same time. To help calm your nerves, try to have things prepared in advance, so you don’t have to worry about remembering things on the big day.
About.com has put together a neat checklist of all the items you should bring […]
Employers see hundreds of resumes, so how are you going to stand out from the crowd? Consider spicing up your resume!
You can find tons of templates online with a simple search. (Here’s one example.) By adding colors, buzzwords, and even photos, yes photos, and infographics, you can not only stand out, but show your […]
Are you having trouble staying motivated at work? This happens to most of us, but what matters most is how you get out of your funk.
Careerealism has a great list of tips and tricks to help get you back on track at work. Some of the best tips in the article include getting […]
You can never truly know what questions are going to be asked during a job interview, but as more and more companies begin to rely on video technology to conduct their screenings, you will find that many of them are asking similar questions.
Parade has compiled a list of questions you should expect to answer […]
On this blog, we often suggest things to do to help stand out to employers, but there are also many common suggestions that you should not follow when trying to land that new job.
Glassdoor has put together a few tips that people often dish out, but should be ignored.
Keep your resume to […]
Networking is important, especially if you are looking for a new job, but there are some common networking mistakes that people often make.
Huffington Post Women posted a great article highlighting the six common networking mistakes, and how these mistakes can separate the truly successful people from the mildly successful ones.
Here are […]
At some point, you might start feeling the urge or the need to reinvent yourself and your career. There are many reasons why you may feel this way, including lack of growth potential in your current position.
The Ladders has an excellent article to help you strategically plan out your next move. You can […]
In the article, “10 Things You Do that Turn an Interviewer Off” from U.S. News and World report, hiring managers and recruiters were asked what types of behaviors could keep them from hiring candidates after an interview. Below we have listed just a few of these behaviors that you might not even realize you […]
Have you ever been asked to pull together a compelling presentation (with a short deadline, of course) that will keep an audience engaged? Well, that should really always be the goal, but it is sometimes tricky to turn what some people would consider boring information into something that will keep the attention of many for […]
Effectively using social media is a great way to get noticed by a potential employer, but making simple mistakes can also damage your chances of landing that next job.
Now more than ever, companies are looking for employees with social media experience. If you want to add that feather to your cap, first make sure […]
Are you looking for some addition tips to brush up your resume? About.com is a hub of information, even for job searches.
The hardest part of the job interview is usually the salary negotiation. When do you ask? How much should you ask for? Should you shoot low to ensure that you get the job?
Job interviews aside, many people dislike talking money, and when a potential job is on the line, it can make money discussions […]
This blog often focuses on the job search, but what about if you have a job and want to keep it—all while staying happy. Sounds like a challenge sometimes, but finding this balance is attainable, if you keep perspective.
There are times—whether or not you like your job—that getting up and going to work is […]
A great boss is usually behind great employees. So what makes a good boss?
Monster.com has a solid list of qualities that make a boss so great.
A good leader needs to set very clear expectations and goals for her staff. A good boss doesn’t tell an employee what to do, instead, […]
If your tired of your run-of-the mill job search, try changing things up a bit!
This article, featured on Mashable, offers some really helpful tips on how you can “revamp” your job search, including keeping an open mind—an option that is often forgotten about when knee-deep in the job hunt.
Also, according to this […]
Do you feel like you are hitting a brick wall in your job search? Try stepping out of your comfort zone and pushing the self-promotion envelope a little!
What does this mean? Check out this article: Top Tips for Successful Job Searching
There are several options to choose from, such as creating a digital […]
Getting an in-person interview should be considered a small victory, but it’s always important to remember to keep your cool, and be VERY prepared.
It is safe to assume there are several people still competing for the same job, so be sure to do what you can to stand apart from the crowd.
KNOW YOUR […]
These days, employers are flooded with resumes when a job opens up. So how are you going to stand out? Find ways to make your resume unique.
Prezi is a moving presentations platform (an alternative to Power Point). People have begun using Prezi to make their resumes move, and this can definitely make your […]
You find the job of your dreams, you read the description, and all you can think is, “perfect—I am the employee they are looking for!”
You brush up your resume, write a cover letter, fill out the application, hit send, and just wait for the call to come in for an interview. You check your […]
You often hear that you should always be looking for your next job, but when you are looking, how do you go about it discreetly?
US News & World Report sums it up perfectly in a recent story posted about this topic.
Maintain a positive attitude—This is a great one. It’s always hard to […]
When was the last time you put together an effective networking plan, you know meeting with someone once a week, or maybe even once a month? Oh you haven’t? Well that’s expected because many of us, non-sales folk aren’t very good at the whole networking game. I’m here today to make you better at it.
Many people enter the higher education or corporate world with some volunteer experience on their hand. Some companies allow their employees to spend a certain number of hours “on-the-clock” volunteering or performing community service.
Positioning yourself in line with many company’s core values of volunteering before entering a job search can assist in your becoming […]
An interview is the most essential part of any recruiting process, whereby the potential candidate is evaluated to see if he or she is a fit for the job. Most of the candidates usually make an assumption that their role ends the moment they step out of the interview room and they have to await […]
With the current state of the economy, many potential employees are having to prepare for a phone interview. Phone interviews are one of the most vital steps for getting a new job. Employers use these types of interviews to weed out the qualified from the unqualified in the interview process. You need to position yourself […]
This is the big question one has to ask when looking at a new job: is relocation an option for me?
First of all, you have to ask yourself, “Is this new job going to advance my career?” If the answer is yes then comes the question, “But, can I get a similar job close […]
A brand is an intangible asset for its owner. Their carriers are names, technical terms, symbols, designs or their combination. The aim of building a brand is to distinguish one’s products and services from the competition. Similar to a product brand, a personal brand is the impression and public recognition one gets. Just […]
Could one’s inclinations and preferences, one’s own natural comfort level, play an important role in how effectively their job is done? I am surrounded by a group of Engineers, Machinists, Sales people and Managers on a daily basis and wondered if they had chosen their jobs, or if their jobs had chosen them depending on […]
The dreaded question: “Can you tell me about yourself?” You could easily mumble and stumble over your words, proving that you’re stumped. But instead, you can prepare yourself for this question. Keep in mind these two essential elements behind your answer:
The medium is the message. The interviewer cares more about your enthusiasm and confidence than […]
Have you ever heard the phrase, lead, follow, or get the heck out of the way? Some say leaders are born, not developed. While this may be true to a certain extent, there are some basic principles between being a leader versus just a manager that can be learned.
The manager is a loyal employee, […]