10 Things That Will Lengthen Your Job Search & How to Overcome Them

Anne-Marie Ditta

Below is a list of the ten most common mistakes made by newbies, expats, and people who have been out of the market for a while, along with strategies to overcome them.

1) Keep options open / apply to everything. Responding to every job posting is comparable to shopping when you are hungry. Chances are you either get nothing or wind up with everything but what you wanted. Before your next posting spree, consider these three things when submitting your application:

a. How does this position set the stage for future opportunities?
b. What are the skills and experience you need to develop?
c. What size and organizational culture is the best fit for you?

2) Kitchen-sinking your resume. The length of your job search may be determined by whether your resume documents your entire career history or that proves you are the right solution for the position. The latter focuses on the results you have produced and have relevance to your target position.

10) Express your thoughts about with the search process, college or university, the current employer on social media. No doubt, if you are just starting out or living in a new country, the job search process can be frustrating. You may be tempted to tell the world about the interviewer who was more interested in the stain on his tie than he was with the interview but think before you hit the enter key.

Several years ago, a woman boasted on Twitter that she had accepted an offer despite her lack of interest in the company because she needed the money. The company rescinded the offer when one of their employees saw the post on Twitter.

Avoid letting stress take control of your job search. Speak with friends and family about your thoughts and feelings. Make sure to get enough rest, do things that help you relax, and rejoice even the little wins. If you are not getting the results, you would like, speak with a certified career coach.

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5 tips to train like an Olympian for your next job interview

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Landing a new job is a marathon, not a sprint, so it makes sense to prepare for interviews like an athlete would — deliberately, methodically and with lots of preparation.

“Too many job seekers we see approach this in a haphazard way: ‘Oh, I’ll just send in my resume; if I’m qualified, someone will notice. Then, I’ll interview, then I’ll get hired,’ but it doesn’t work like that anymore,” says Joe Weinlick, senior vice president at career search site Beyond.com.

In today’s job market, finding a new role can take time, lots of energy and discipline. Much like an Olympic athlete must overcome obstacles, handle frustration, setbacks and rejections and work hard to train and prepare for competition, so, too, must job seekers, says Weinlick. Here, he shares five tips to prepare for your job search like an Olympic athlete.

1. Be disciplined

Finding a new job can sometimes happen quickly, but more often than not, it takes time, perseverance and dedication to find the job that’s right for you. You’ll need to work hard and commit the time to job searching in order to be successful.

“Understand from the get-go that this is going to take time. Unless you get extremely lucky, it’s not going to happen overnight, so be prepared for the long haul; don’t just throw your resume at every organization you can think of and see what sticks,” Weinlick says.

3. Physically and mentally prepare

Be sure to get the perfect outfit ready, freshen up your hair and print out copies of your resume. Mock interviews and in-depth research into the company are also crucial for mental preparation, Weinlick says.

“If you look professional and confident, that’s how you’ll feel. Just like how athletes always wear suits on game day, you should put your best, most polished and stylish foot forward to make a killer first impression,” Weinlick says.

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10 Uncommon Job Interview Tips to Help You Get a Job

Job interviews are nerve-racking, but it’s the only way to get a job. So you don’t have a choice about having one! Here are some tips to help you out.

Long-term unemployed jobseekers probably know more about job interviews than anybody else. They have been going in and out of interview rooms for a long time and have learnt all there is to know about recruiters and their peeves – what they expect from them and what they are more likely to ask during an interview. But, this doesn’t explain why they had no luck landing a job. Is there anything they could be missing despite having already gained a lot of interview experience?

If you think this is you, check out these uncommon interview tips that tell you what you need to do before, during and after the interview to increase your chances of getting a job.

Before the Interview

#1 Pick the Right Time/Day for the Interview

According to Glassdoor, there are certain times of day and days of the week that are better than others for interviews. After reviewing Accountemps 2008 survey and Andrew Bradbury’s book, Successful Presentation Skills, freelance writer Kate Parham said that the ideal time to give a presentation is Tuesday morning around 10:30 am. Based on these findings Rusty Rueff writes:

 “Considering that the ‘best’ times and interview times are likely similar, then Tuesday morning could be a great time to set up your interview.”

This makes sense. While the interviewer may not be able to make that time/day, you should try to arrange for a meeting not too early or too late in the day. You also want to avoid Mondays and Fridays as people prepare for the week and cool down. Pre-lunch meetings are also off-limits because recruiters and employers might be in a hurry to leave the office or too hungry to concentrate, and not be able to give you their full attention.

#4 Wear Something That Stands Out

At a job interview, you would usually wear your best suit, or a black or blue dress so that you look nice, and it’s probably wise to stick to that plan. Obviously you don’t want to go there wearing flip-flops or anything that’s too avant-garde. But, a subtle accessory or something that can help you stand out can really help your cause. It can be anything from a pin that represents your culture to a tie with a funky design. This kind of item can help you build a better rapport with the interviewer, bring up a fun topic you are comfortable talking about and be more memorable.

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10 Tips For Moving Up Corporate Ladder

By Sophia Clark

If you have been working at the same position for a couple of years, you need to change something. The times when you could be one of those regular employees, who have been doing the same job for years, are gone. If you want to be successful, you need to grow. Moving up the corporate ladder is no longer a dream of ambitious people. It is a must for any career.

It does not really matter how experienced you are. Today, employers appreciate your desire to grow. That is why even if you just started your career, you still can expect for promotion. Your task is to show everything you can do, demonstrate your personal skills and talents.

A situation when a 25-years-old guy becomes a team lead for 35-years-old managers is quite common today. Age does not matter now. However, if you still have no experience, you probably would like to know what you should do to find a job. Here you can find 5 effective steps to find your first job, and after that, you can start to analyze our tips on how to move your corporate ladder.

2. Do not be afraid of complicated tasks

Most of the employees avoid complicated tasks. They always choose something that does not require much attention and time. Moreover, they regularly choose tasks which they can always complete mechanically. This is good news for you. Always take complicated tasks. If you do not know how to deal with them, ask your colleagues. Be initiative – this is a quality that helps grow professionally and achieve more.

5. Ask for more

Many employees make the same mistake – they never ask for a promotion. They think that someone will notice how good they are and will offer them a new field of responsibilities. However, it happens almost never. But when a person asks for a possibility to grow, he expresses the desire which helps settle some defined goals for his boss.

9. Show your interest

If you never show interest in what you do, you will never move up the corporate ladder. No one needs employees who work just to earn money. Always ask questions about your product and be interested in other products. The more you know, the most possibilities you discover for yourself. Besides, it will show your boss that you are a loyal employee who loves the job itself, not the rewards.

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15 Job Search Statistics Every Jobseeker Needs to Know

The more you know about job search, the more chances you have for success. As such you need to make the most of it. Check out these stats to help you out.

The job market is highly competitive. For a single job opening, there are hundreds of candidates applying for a position and impatiently waiting to get an answer from employers. But, those who manage to stand out are the candidates who get the golden ticket and make it to the interview. How can you get it?

Learning how to be more effective in your job search is crucial. You need to find out what other candidates are doing to get the recruiters’ attention. The best way to do this is to keep an eye on the current hiring trends. This will help you understand what employers are after and how they are used to making new hires. Check out these useful statistics to plan your job search more effectively.

1. On average, every job posting attracts 250 resumes, but only four to six people are being called in for an interview.

What does this mean?  Each job opening attracts hundreds of applicants, though only one gets the job. Research shows that only 2 percent of applicants actually get interviews, which means that the other 98 percent are considered to be unqualified for the role.

5. LinkedIn is a recruiter’s number 1 social network with over 93 percent of companies using the platform.

What does this mean? If you aren’t a LinkedIn member yet, it’s time to start making the most of the site and create a powerful LinkedIn profile that will increase your chances of getting noticed.   LinkedInAdvice.com

11. Almost half (48 percent) of small businesses report there are few or no qualified applicants for the positions they are trying to fill.

What does this mean? This highlights the mismatch between the employer’s job demands and current skills of jobseekers. Perhaps jobseekers aren’t able to promote themselves the right way even though they are qualified for the position. Personal branding can help you position yourself in the best possible light.

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Resume tips to win the system’s love

Diane Stafford

When you search Google for information, your success in finding what you want depends on typing in the most appropriate words. So it goes when employers search for job candidates.

Most large and midsize employers use applicant tracking systems — software applications that cull applications for a posted position. The systems make cuts by matching words in resumes to the same keywords posted in the job descriptions.

Industry experts estimate that automated cuts often dump three-fourths of applications before human hirers know they’re there. That’s a huge reason you must tailor your resume to each job for which you apply.

Job hunters understandably get frustrated when they believe they’re perfect for a job but fall into a cyberspace black hole. It’s absolutely true that terrific matches are missed by computer scans, so read these tips to improve your odds.

If a job description says “work experience” is required, use those exact words in your resume. Don’t expect the tracking system to know that “career experience” or “work history” means the same thing.

Research multiple job postings by the organization to find the keywords used most often. Look for the LinkedIn profiles of people who hold the position you want or of people who work in that organization. What words do they use?

Most tracking systems weigh keywords. If you have more “high quality” keywords, the system will award you a higher score and your resume is likelier to reach human eyes. Weights vary by organization. Some online services, such as Jobscan, market themselves as a way to win over the “resume robot” by analyzing your resume compared to the job description.

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