Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Want to know were are you on your career path? Take a few career tests!

Graduating from college can be daunting. Most of the new graduates kinda know where they are headed. But what if, you are one of those recent graduates who wants to explore another career path? What if the studying you have done is not what you really wanted to do in the first place. Don't fret!!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Break The Mold ! Tweet your CV!

In today's fast paced society where there is information overload, unorthodox out-of-the-box thinking can land you a job. Like tweeting your cv. This unusual way of using social media makes using the conventional way of using email and phone calls....boring! Read Alicia Wood's article on how Greg Jericho lands a job via Twitter!!

Just the job: the tweet CV - applying for work in 140 characters by 

Could you sell yourself in 140 characters?
by By Alicia Wood of My

Microblogging site Twitter is favoured for its brevity, but it could also land you a job. The Guardian reported this week that media executive Alan Geere asked budding reporters to apply for a job by tweet.
In his blog, Mr Geere said: "I'm fed up wading through turgid 'letters of application' and monstrous CVs outlining an early career in retail handling and a flirtation with the upper slopes of the Andes."

Greg Jericho, perhaps best known by his Twitter handle @GrogsGamut, knows the value of Twitter in wrangling a job offer. He has more than 8000 followers – among them politicians, journalists and academics – and has attracted praise as well as censure for his incisive political commentary.
Last month, he quit his job as a public servant, and will soon begin working as a researcher for the new Chaser project – The Hamster Wheel.

He credits Twitter with getting him the job.

Read more of her article here.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Recruiters Reading Resumes..what, why, how...

How long recruiters actually spend reading resumes? Well with so many floating around, Laura Adams writes "Even the most qualified candidates with the strongest qualifications sometimes get bypassed by recruiters when they are looking to fill an open position.  Why is this?   Don’t recruiters want to interview and hire and the best of the best?

The answer to this question is, of course, yes!  Recruiters are reviewing the resumes of submitted candidates to determine which individuals appear, on paper, to be a potential match for the position.  But considering that a recruiter may get dozens, if not hundreds, of resumes for a single job opening, there is little time to carefully dig through each individual resume to see if a candidate has the “special something” the employer is seeking." more here 

Recently in the Business Insider, Vivian Giang writes about :What Recruiters Look At During The 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume - she says....

Although we may never know why we didn't get chosen for a job interview, a recent study is shedding some light on recruiters' decision-making behavior. According to TheLadders research, recruiters spend an average of "six seconds before they make the initial 'fit or no fit' decision" on candidates. The study used a scientific technique called “eye tracking” on 30 professional recruiters and examined their eye movements during a 10-week period to "record and analyze where and how long someone focuses when digesting a piece of information or completing a task."

Read more here! 

Monday, January 31, 2011

How to find a job in this tough economy?

How to find a job in this tough economy?

Finding a job in a booming economy is easier than the economy that we are in today. When things look down and no one seems to be hiring that is when you need to take a harder look at your options, your training and try to reinvent yourself in 3 ways.

1. Try to take the classes or courses that will enhance your resume
2. Try to connect with as many colleagues and former employers not only though networking sites but in person
3. Look for jobs in the most unconventional places like Twitter and Corporate Facebook pages.

You will be surprised as to the difference you will make in the way you feel and the results you will get when you do all three.

Here are a couple of links that will help you do just that

10 Top ideas to get a job in this lousy economy
Books on jobs in a bad economy

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The most effective way to get a job in this economy

Abridged: Today MSNBC

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Lost your job? Join the club. Better yet, join the party. As unemployment numbers hit historic highs, "pink slip" parties are popping up in big cities around the country. Hundreds of axed employees are going to happy hour meet-and-greets, where one can enjoy a drink and discuss career prospects with eager recruiters.

People are finding creative ways to stand out above the pack. In order to get a job in this economy, people have to get out there. And while there are no guarantees of gaining anything more than good conversations and a few contacts, some pink slip attendees have had success in finding new employment. Pink slip parties offer those on the prowl for jobs a chance to share information among themselves.

"If you take your network and compare it to the network of a total group, you get access to more people - if you can help each other, it's a win for everyone," said John Challenger, CEO of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Pink slip parties are just one extension of social networking. Whether online or in person at networking events, many agree that these one-on-one connections have stood the test of time as the most effective way to get a job.