Resume Posting: Tips for Jobseekers

Recruiting firms, like most businesses today, must embrace technology in order to prosper. Part of modern recruiting is understanding the value and benefit of internet job boards. They give recruiters and HR professionals the ability to both publicize potential job opportunities and search through large databases of prospective candidates. In order to best serve our clients and maximize our time each day, we employ very bright people called “RA’s”, short for Research Assistants. RA’s spend a considerable amount of time each day scouring the databases of high profile job boards for potential candidate sources. Most of the time their efforts pay off in the end by either leading us to a suitable candidate through direct contact or referrals to suitable candidates. For those considering posting their resume online, here are a few tips directly from the RA’s:

1. Resume Title: Stay away from silly or smart aleck resume titles. We’re looking for serious and committed candidates, not comedians. Give them a brief, 5 word maximum resume title that’s factual and not hyped. Start the job search process correctly with an accurate resume title.

2. Contact info: The pet peeve of every RA and professional recruiter. How are we supposed to get in touch with you if we have no proper contact info? It’s one thing to change telephone numbers or jobs, but keep one constant avenue of communication where people can reach you. It doesn’t even have to cost you a dime. Sign up for a free email service such as yahoo or hotmail. If you are uncomfortable providing telephone numbers and addressers, keep the contact info initially restricted to a free email account. At the very least, be certain prospective employers or recruiters can reach you through some means.

3. Geographical preferences: If you’re open to relocation, that’s great. If you’re not or your relocation preferences are limited, say so. Don’t check “Open” for relocation or select a laundry list of potential locations unless you have mentally committed to going. No one wants to waste time calling you if you are not serious about your relocation preferences.

4. Personal Hobbies: Like Badminton, stamp collecting and mountain biking. Super! But keep this information off your resume. It has nothing, repeat nothing, to do with your career and where your career is heading. Tell us the meat; give us the ammunition that we need to see why you are an excellent candidate. You’ll have plenty of time to share all those wonderful tidbits and personal hobbies with future co-workers, but focus on getting the job first. Keep only relevant data on your resume.

5. Visa or Sponsorship: Some companies will sponsor qualified candidates for their jobs. Others will not. Most job boards do you give the ability to make the selection as to your citizenship and visa status. Be clear and direct here. There is nothing more frustrating than going through the entire pre-screening interview only to discover the candidate needs visa sponsorship you or the client company cannot provide.

Online job boards are an excellent source for both candidates and employers/recruiters to connect. Be certain to follow these 4 quick resume posting hints for a better chance of success in the electronic job search world.


Working with Recruiters: 5 Critical Words for Candidates

As professional recruiters working both retained and contingency search assignments, we spend a significant part of our effort preparing both the candidate and the client employer for prospective interviews. Preparing each side to meet and interact removes much of the predisposed tension that is inherent to the interview process on both sides. If each participant of the interview is prepared thoroughly with a detailed mental picture of what to expect, the normal nerves or “butterflies” are lessened and the result is a more fruitful interview from both sides of the table. After all, the purpose of the interview is to discover if a variety of factors match from both sides and to hopefully provide an introduction to what it would be like to work together as part of the same organization.

While candidates and client employers place a tremendous amount of ‘weight’ on the first interview, from my perspective the most critical part involves the “debrief” or follow up after the first interview. That’s why I put forth that the 5 most critical words for candidates are: Call me after the interview. Most candidates and client employers generally perceive the first interview as “make it or break it”. I would assert that barring a disastrous performance by either side, very few candidates are hired after one simple interview. Client employers in today’s ultra competitive market place are seeking candidates who have good “depth” to them. Generally, it takes more than one interview to determine if a candidate has this “depth”. Thus, the debrief after the first interview is a critical step in the process for both sides. As a recruiter, we are tasked with the process of managing the expectations of both candidates and client employers during the process. Both sides must make a concerted effort to provide meaningful and significant feedback to the recruiter so he or she may determine:

1. That there is a high level of mutual interest in moving the process forward.

2. That both sides have exchanged enough information that a framework for subsequent discussion is natural.

3. That any key decision makers are now involved or scheduled to be involved in the subsequent interviews.

Additionally, after this first interview and during this debrief period, it fundamental for the candidate to follow up with written correspondence to the key decision makers that will reinforce their qualifications, key points discussed during the initial meeting and most of all, interest/desire in moving forward. The inexact science of recruiting contains elements of emotion and momentum. Keeping both emotions positive and momentum moving in a positive and timely direction is integral to a strong recruiting effort. The ability of the recruiter to perform for both the candidate and the client employer will be significantly enhanced by following those 5 critical words: Call me after the interview.


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Promote Your Resume Business Website!

While we make our websites to be search engine friendly and easy to navigate, you need to do your share. Resume Businesses on the net are becoming popular, but there is no particular market dominator. This is why everyone has a chance to be successful in the resume business.

When a client decides he/she wants a resume written, he/she will mostly go to http://www.google.com and type “Resume Service”. If your company doesn’t appear in the top 50 results, how are clients going to find you? Google has made it easy to appear on the top 10 pages by offering pay-per-click advertising. While this is cost effective, you must track your campaign very precisely.

3 Way to increase your search engines ranking for your resume business are as follows:

Build links: Ask other relevant websites, such as writing institutions, recruiter websites, etc to give you a link to your site. Engines like Google, love links. The more, the better. And when requesting these links, make sure that the link text is for the keyword you are targeting.

Write Articles: You can write articles and submit them to online article sites. At the bottom of your article you can have a link to your resume business. This is sneaky and very effective!

Good Content: Search engines like good content, so having a powerful website is a key role player. Make sure you have keywords on your website.


7 Steps to Effective Communication

The success of any business or organization depends largely on how effectively the members communicate. The ability to speak well is a minimum requirement of some businesses when hiring. Whatever the job, business professionals require extensive use of oral communication when carrying out their duties.

Effective communication involves:

Listening: Good listening skills and showing a genuine interest are attributes of a successful communicator. Sales associates who actively listen to customers inquires and complaints are more able to solve problems and gain customer loyalty.

Use Names: When meeting people make sure you hear the person’s name and use it right away so you will remember it. If you are not sure what the person said, ask him/her to repeat it.

Get to the Point: Show value for people’s time by being as concise as possible when giving information. Do not give lengthy, unnecessary details and don’t make excuses for your mistakes. Answer the question and give important information only.

Let Others Talk: Don’t be a person who does all the talking. What you are saying may be of interest to you only. Keep the other person in mind, giving him/her a chance to be a part of the conversation. Look for signals that you may be boring your listener and ask questions to involve them in the conversation.

Non-verbal Language: Nine-five percent of our communication is non-verbal, which includes: eye movement, tone of voice, posture, facial expressions and hand gestures. When talking to someone keeping eye contact without staring shows a sense of confidence. Be aware of non-verbal communication and keep it consistent with your message.

Vocal Cues: Do not use an excessive amount of ‘filler’ words (sayings or words repeated often), sounds such as “uh, um” or use lengthy pauses during conversation. The listener will lose interest in what you are saying and will become bored.

Create an Atmosphere of Openness: To establish a good relationship with customers and create a comfortable atmosphere be attentive to the number of interruptions. Give your customer/acquaintance your undivided attention by not keeping physical barriers (such as desks) between you. Avoid trying to communicate in a busy area and keep your focus on the listener.


10 Steps to Getting the Most Out of Job Fairs

Many job seekers tend to overlook job fairs. They can be crowded, busy, competitive and confusing events.  But they offer you the opportunity to contact many potential employers all within one place, and they can help you land a job.
Here’s what you need to do to get the most out of these events:
1.  Do advance research.  Your goal is to target the most promising employers at upcoming job fairs. To do that, you need to know who those employers are and what they offer. Usually, the promotional materials or advertisements for job fairs will list participating employers and the general types of jobs they have open. Get online and search for information about the companies you are interested in. Knowing more about the companies than the other job seekers who visit their booths will help you make a memorable impression. The more you know, the better.
2.  Bring enough résumés.  Bring at least 25 copies of your résumé (more if it’s a large event).
3.  Be prepared to fill out applications.  Most companies will not accept a résumé instead of an application. So even if you provide them with a nice résumé, you’ll probably be asked to fill out an application form, too.  Be sure to bring a pen and a “cheat sheet” with the information you’ll need to complete job applications on the spot.  This is better than taking the applications home and sending them back later, as many job seekers will do. You’ll beat them to the punch!
4.  Dress for success.  First impressions are important. Just because job fairs tend to be friendly, informal events, don’t be too casual. Dress and act professionally, be enthusiastic, and remember to smile.
5.  Arrive early. Pick up a booth-location map and plan your route. By arriving early, you may be able to get in and out before it gets too crowded. Visit your targeted companies first, then “shop around” and do some networking.
6.  Think “Quality” over “Quantity.” It’s much better to spend quality time talking with only a few, well-targeted employers who are looking for your specific skills,  than to drop off your résumé at every booth you see.
7.  Be prepared for interviews.  Some companies may want to do short, on-the-spot interviews at the job fair. Be prepared to talk about your best selling points, the assets and skills you will bring to the company.  Doing research, as suggested in Step 1, will help you to design your answers to meet the companies’ specific needs.  As the interview is wrapping up, remember to ask what the next steps are.
8.  Keep track of where you submit your résumés.  Collect business cards and make a list of the companies you apply for. Jot notes about conversations you have with representatives or topics discussed during interviews.  This will help you when following up later.
9.  Send thank-you letters.  Send thank-you letters within 24-48 hours to each of the companies/representatives you spoke with.  Even if there was no real interview, doing this will help you to stand out in their minds among the hundreds of job seekers who visited their booth during the job fair. Tell them how much you appreciated the time they took to talk with you and answer your questions. Mention the name or location of the fair and the positions you discussed, and reiterate your interest in working for their companies.
10. Follow up.  Depending on their answers to your “what are the next steps” question (see Step 7), follow up appropriately with the companies for which you applied.
Follow these steps, and that busy, crowded job fair may just land you the job of your dreams!


15 Tips for Writing Winning Resumes

The thought of writing a resume intimidates almost anyone. It’s difficult to know where to start or what to include. It can seem like an insurmountable task. Here are 15 tips to help you not only tackle the task, but also write a winning resume.

1. Determine your job search objective prior to writing the resume. Once you have determined your objective, you can structure the content of your resume around that objective. Think of your objective as the bull’s-eye to focus your resume on hitting. If you write your resume without having a clear objective in mind, it will likely come across as unfocused to those that read it. Take the time before you start your resume to form a clear objective.

2. Think of your resume as a marketing tool. Think of yourself as a product, potential employers as your customers, and your resume as a brochure about you. Market yourself through your resume. What are your features and benefits? What makes you unique? Make sure to convey this information in your resume.

3. Use your resume to obtain an interview, not a job. You don’t need to go into detail about every accomplishment. Strive to be clear and concise. The purpose of your resume is to generate enough interest in you to have an employer contact you for an interview. Use the interview to provide a more detailed explanation of your accomplishments and to land a job offer.

4. Use bulleted sentences. In the body of your resume, use bullets with short sentences rather than lengthy paragraphs. Resumes are read quickly. This bulleted sentence format makes it easier for someone to quickly scan your resume and still absorb it.

5. Use action words. Action words cause your resume to pop. To add life to your resume, use bulleted sentences that begin with action words like prepared, developed, monitored, and presented.

6. Use #’s, $’s and %’s. Numbers, dollars, and percentages stand out in the body of a resume. Use them. Here are two examples:

  • Managed a department of 10 with a budget of $1,000,000.
  • Increased sales by 25% in a 15-state territory.

7. Lead with your strengths. Since resumes are typically reviewed in 30 seconds, take the time to determine which bullets most strongly support your job search objective. Put those strong points first where they are more apt to be read.

8. Play Match Game. Review want ads for positions that interest you. Use the key words listed in these ads to match them to bullets in your resume. If you have missed any key words, add them to your resume.

9. Use buzzwords. If there are terms that show your competence in a particular field, use them in your resume. For marketing people, use “competitive analysis.” For accounting types, use “reconciled accounts.”

10. Accent the positive. Leave off negatives and irrelevant points. If you feel your date of graduation will subject you to age discrimination, leave the date off your resume. If you do some duties in your current job that don’t support your job search objective, leave them off your resume. Focus on the duties that do support your objective. Leave off irrelevant personal information like your height and weight.

11. Show what you know. Rather than going into depth in one area, use your resume to highlight your breadth of knowledge. Use an interview to provide more detail.

12. Show who you know. If you have reported to someone important such as a vice president or department manager, say so in your resume. Having reported to someone important causes the reader to infer that you are important.

13. Construct your resume to read easily. Leave white space. Use a font size no smaller than 10 point. Limit the length of your resume to 1-2 pages. Remember, resumes are reviewed quickly. Help the reader to scan your resume efficiently and effectively.

14. Have someone else review your resume. Since you are so close to your situation, it can be difficult for you to hit all your high points and clearly convey all your accomplishments. Have someone review your job search objective, your resume, and listings of positions that interest you. Encourage them to ask questions. Their questions can help you to discover items you inadvertently left off your resume. Revise your resume to include these items. Their questions can also point to items on your resume that are confusing to the reader. Clarify your resume based on this input.

15. Submit your resume to potential employers. Have the courage to submit your resume. Think of it as a game where your odds of winning increase with every resume you submit. You really do increase your odds with every resume you submit. Use a three-tiered approach. Apply for some jobs that appear to be beneath you. Perhaps they will turn out to be more than they appeared to be once you interview for them. Or perhaps once you have your foot in the door you can learn of other opportunities. Apply for jobs that seem to be just at your level. You will get interviews for some of those jobs. See how each job stacks up. Try for some jobs that seem like a stretch. That’s how you grow — by taking risks. Don’t rule yourself out. Trust the process. Good luck in your job search!


Want to Work for Yourself? Those Dream Jobs Don’t Just Happen, They’re Created

While traveling in northern California last October, I happened to tune into a local newscast. The newscaster was telling his co-anchor that the speaker at that morning’s Rotary Club meeting had to cut his presentation short because he was being flown down to Disneyland to carve elaborate Halloween pumpkins for the park festivities. The newscaster wrapped up the story with the familiar quip, “Nice work if you can get it.” He got the first part right. For a creative kid-at-heart, being a professional pumpkin carver is a dream come true. It was his serendipitous “if you can get it” thinking that missed the mark. The fact is, people rarely “get” great work; they create it!

Despite all the emphasis on growth in the “job sector” I am continually amazed at just how many fascinating alternatives there are to the whole 9-to-5 schtick. And just as traditional job seekers can’t wait around for “Mr. Job” to knock on the door, people who want to do satisfying work – and call their own shots – need to be proactive as well. Francis Bacon defined a wise man as one who “makes more opportunities than he finds.” Here’s a couple of other wise entrepreneurs who made it by going for it.

Sports-lover Don Shoenewald was just 18 when he went to the Philadelphia Eagles management wearing a homemade Eagle costume and asking for a mascot job. They weren’t interested. Undaunted, Shoenewald kept showing up at Eagles football games. Pretty soon the fans adopted him as the unofficial (meaning, “unpaid”) mascot. Thirteen paid team mascot jobs, four mascot character creations (including ones for the New Jersey Devils and the San Jose Sharks), and 18 years later, Shoenewald started Mascot Mania, the only professional training school for mascots in the world.

Despite what your high school guidance counselor might have told you, showing up invited in a bird costume isn’t the only route to self-employment. For Dan Zawacki it all began when he was working as a sales rep for Honeywell and decided to give away 120 live lobsters as gifts to his customers. Dan was so bowled over by the response that he decided to open a small side business shipping live lobsters complete with pot, crackers, butter and bibs to crustacean-lovers from coast-to-coast. That is until his boss heard him pitching Lobster Gram, Inc. on a local radio station and promptly fired him.

In the beginning, Dan worked out of his bedroom, storing his lobsters in a used tank in his father’s garage. His first year he netted only $4,000. Ten years later, his company sells about 9,000 lobster packages a year for $99 plus shipping. All and all, not a bad tale.

If you dream of making the transition from employee to self-bosser, the first thing you need to do is belief that you can. Then, the next time you see some entrepreneur doing what they love, try thinking: “Nice work – now, all I have to do is get it!


Why Choose Chartered Accountancy As a Career?

Chartered Accountancy is one of those fields that have grown out and out over a period of brief time and changed its expansion from just accounting to an impressive measure all the more with a specific end goal to offer vocations to individuals in different fields like evaluating, business guiding, regulatory posts, key store positions, risk executives, charge counselors, association secretaries et cetera. The field offers an impressive measure of calling open doors and chances for further advancement in other related fields. Following are a few of the many benefits listed as to why one should opt for it as a career.

Exceptionally Rewarding

It is an exceedingly remunerating field. Not just are our diplomats acquiring the most elevated pay rates in the business sector but additionally high level notoriety and admiration. Pay rates of different experts by and large end where the pay rates of Chartered Accountants begin. Moreover as reviewers you would be relied upon to offer various accounting and audit arrangements, actualize measures and practice business morals that powers your confidence.

Top Management

Not at all like yesteryears when Chartered Accountants were considered as private alcove agents with their heads covered in the books of records; today our experts are driving the business sector as front line managers. The specialized fuse and administration abilities in both our scholastic and preparing educational modules has brought Chartered Accountancy out from behind the stage to the front as CFOs, CEOs, Company Secretaries and Department Heads.


It is denoting its own fringes. You contemplate here and rehearse your capability in any nation of the world. Presently 24% of our Chartered Accountants are setting samples of best proficient practices in 35 nations of the world. Notwithstanding bartering associations is frictionless so you may begin in public sector or business and later join any banks, money related foundations or exchange.


The genuine crux of the Chartered Accountancy degree that separates us and increases the value of our capability is its all-around controlled training program; that permits a student to learn and actualize his insight in the meantime.

Equal to M.Com

The Higher Education Commission has acknowledged the Chartered Accountancy capability as equal to the level of Masters in Commerce. So every one of our applicants with longs for concentrate further in specializations may do as such on such premise.

Quick Growth

The field of Chartered Accountancy offers quick development to its experts. With the increment in monetary action, the interest for Chartered Accountants is expanding in all business sector parts might it be industry, exchange, money related organizations or banks; even in segments like training and social welfare our representatives are setting novel practices of honesty and polished methodology.

Business Qualification

At first Chartered Accountants were accepted to be specialists with learning of just accountancy and review however their extension in business has now been changed. The Institute has customized its syllabus to fuse a mix of specialized and administration abilities, keeping in view the most recent improvements in the accountancy calling around the world. In this way our experts are not only specialists in the fields of Accounts and Audit but on the other hand are very much aware of the most recent business rehearses in the fields of data innovation, law, tax, promotion, human asset administration and so forth.

Most Economical Qualification

The Institute offers the most reduced affirmation costs. This as well as amid Chartered Accountancy understudies join preparing and are paid stipend that serves as a not too bad pocket cash so that by the day’s end the understudy may acquire his own costs.

Private Practice

So one fine morning it all of a sudden dawns upon you that being a representative is not your cup of tea. Indeed, your course is exceptionally straightforward! You can open your own particular practice and work for yourself.


What Everyone Thinks About Graphic Designers

Getting a degree in a subject like graphic design does not actually mean that you suddenly become a professional graphic designer. Rather, it will take much more than that.

Common Myths About Graphic Designers

Very Rich – People often think that these professionals make high profit. But the truth is that they are not wealthy at all. They are in a very competitive field; hence, be prepared to fight for projects and clients all of the time. This further means that there are times when you need to compromise their fees so they can get a project.

Born Creative – There is no such thing as people are born creative. Though there are some individuals who create things easier than others, this doesn’t mean that all of them knew what they were doing when they began working. If you are so much draw to making designs but is not creative enough, do not give up because there is no formula for becoming creative. You can be an expert if you invest lots of work and time for research and inspiration.

Don’t Need Money – People often believe that the projects of these professionals are very easy to do and thus, do not worth any money. Well, bear in mind that they also have bills to pay, food to buy, and more. In fact, they also need to invest in vital software to come up with an outstanding design.

Don’t Need A Full Time Job – Since people think that these professionals are receiving high profits, they won’t need a full time job anymore. In reality, they are actually managing lots of part time projects while working full time. Furthermore, many of them get a non-graphic design job in order to balance their finances.

Are IT People – They do not actually know anything about solving different computer problems. They do not have the skills that IT people have. They are just capable of utilizing different software packages as part of their job.

Can Read Minds – This is indeed a widespread misconception about these professionals. They are n. Normal individuals; thus, they cannot read your mind. So you must tell them if you want to change something in your project. Also, tell them if you do not like their ideas or suggestions. Indeed, the best way for you to communicate with these professionals is to write your ideas or concepts or tell them verbally.

Graphic Design Is Very Easy – This task will require a lot of dedication, talent, inspiration, hard work, and the capability to work under pressure. Apart from capable of working on your own, you also need to become a good team player. This means that you must propose ideas, accept the suggestions of others, and produce high-quality material.


Top Benefits of Working At A Summer Camp

The whole experience of working at a summer camp can be the best of your life. The skills acquired while working at a camp can help you to be successful in any career you may choose. It also adds a lot of weight to your resume.

If you are not willing to throw away your summers just doing random stuff, you can avail the opportunity of working in the beautiful outdoors at a summer camp. If you are a friendly and enthusiastic person, here are certain benefits of working at a summer camp:

Good Summer Time – You are sure to have a lot of fun while working at a summer camp. Everyday there are new activities filled with fun and adventure that you may not experience anywhere else. And the best part is you will also get paid for it along with free food and accommodation.

Enhanced Communication Skills – Summer camp is a good place to enhance your communications skills. There you will get the opportunity to communicate with people of different ages and cities. You will work with them giving instructions, teaching them different skills and listening and addressing their concerns.

New Friends – Working at a camp means meeting new people from all over the world. You will share the summer with them laughing, learning, teaching and working hard together. You might not know anyone when you join the camp, but you will surely leave it making a lot of new friends.

Increased Confidence – A summer camp job will mean getting out of your comfort zone and doing things which you might have never done before. It will help you to face your fears and become a stronger and more confident person in the end. The whole camp experience will be very rewarding when you will join your first job. The confidence carried from the camp will help you to adjust fast in the working environment.

Travelling – This job will allow you to travel to a new place. You might get to visit a new state or a whole new country. You will have the opportunity to visit new places including national parks and beaches.

Other Benefits

– Offers an opportunity to work and play in the outdoors

– Enhances leadership skills

– Teaches Teamwork

– Opportunity to add varied skills in your resume

– Improves creative thinking

– Teaches time management

Working in a summer camp will give you a chance to try a lot of new activities at a beautiful place.