Thursday, January 27, 2011

Prevent Job Search Embarrassment – Organize Your Job Search!

Article Title: Prevent Job Search Embarrassment – Organize Your Job Search!
Author Byline: Jessica has a true passion for the job seeker, evidenced by her desire to share everything she can with everyone she can about resume writing and interviewing.
Author Website: http://www.greatresumesfast.com

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Looking for a job is a full-time job”. While many people find themselves in the position of searching for a new job while still employed at their current one, that doesn’t change the fact that you need to handle your job search process as professionally as you would handle the new job if you were to get it. Organization is really the key to being an outstanding candidate.

This week, someone e-mailed me and requested that we get together to discuss her job search. This was a woman I had met at a networking event, and she began her message by saying, “This is Jane Doe, I either met you at this event or this one.” While I know that Jane Doe has been in the job market for quite some time and attends numerous networking functions, the opening of her message was off-putting. If you’re not really sure how you know me, why are you contacting me for assistance?

If networking is a big part of your job process (and it should be!), be sure to organize your contacts in a way that prevents these types of situations from occurring. If you’re not a rock star with remembering names, make notes for yourself on the back of someone’s business card, or when you enter their information into your e-mail address book. Whatever organizational system works for you, the important thing is to have one.

The majority of job seekers apply for multiple jobs, sometimes hundreds, while they’re actively looking for a job. I highly encourage you to keep a spreadsheet, use http://www.jibberjobber.com or some other sort of tracking system to organize your applications, particularly if you apply to more than one position within a company. Some job application sites leave their job descriptions online indefinitely, while others remove theirs as soon as the posting closes. There’s nothing worse than having someone call to interview you for a job that you can’t remember anything about. Don’t rely on anyone else when it comes to staying organized during your job search; keep anything you think you might need in the future. Looking for a job may not actually be your full-time job, but it requires just as much dedication!

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Best Places to Work in IT - 1

Article Title: The Best Places to Work in IT - 1
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://CareerAlley.com

" The secret of creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." Albert Einstein

As you've no doubt figured out by now, there is a list for everything. I'm not sure if it is just that the lists are more accessible via the Internet or if the Internet has inspired more lists (I'm sure it's a little of both). The IT list is provided by Computerworld.com and I will feature it on this blog a few times a month as I work through the list. What I found interesting about the list is that some of the best places for IT are in non-technology companies. Feels counter-intuitive, but what do I know? There is a whole bag full of criteria used (click here to see the entire process), like diversity, training, career development, retention and benefits to name a few. As with other lists, whether you are #1 or #100 does not matter, that you made the list at all is simply amazing given the thousands of companies out there.

  • USAA - Ranked at #1, with over 21,000 employees and 10% of them in IT, USAA is a financial services company and offers such things as labs for its IT employees to test ideas. Their career site is fairly simple – Find Jobs dominates the page (and why not) with links for Corporate Careers, Customer Contact Careers and other links at the bottom. There are links on the right hand side of the page for a company overview as well as additional resources for job seekers. There were 99 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. - This consulting company is ranked #2 and has 23,000 employees with 295 of them in IT. They hold regular seminars where their IT staff can exchange idea on emerging technologies with leading experts in the field. Their careers page has links on the left hand side of the page for Search, Featured Opportunities, Student Center and links to post your resume and profile. Center page is all about Booz Allen with career related links on the right hand side of the page. There were 1,068 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • JM Family Enterprises Inc. - #3 is this automotive company. Promising IT ideas are funded internally and regular meetings are held to brainstorm new technology. They have over 3,700 employees with 340 of them in IT. Their careers page provides a brief overview of the company with links to their companies, their work/life program, benefits and current job openings. There were 130 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • General Mills Inc. - Most of us have heard of General Mills which is ranked at #4 on this list. General Mills is best known for Betty Crocker, Häagen-Dazs, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso and Cheerios brands. Their career page has links on the left for Job Search, Campus Events, Explore Careers and more. The middle of the page has a general overview of products. Clicking on Explore Careers will list all of the job functions at the company. Click on Job Search to register on the site or select search openings at the bottom which will return a search engine. There were 133 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • University of Pennsylvania - Not a company at all (but definitely a place), but definitely well known and at the top of their list. Ranked at # 5. There are links on the left hand side for search for open positions, how to apply, benefits and more. The center of the page has similar links with Job Opportunities and then background on the University. Their are two choices – faculty (which I’m assuming you do not want) and staff positions. There were 350 staff job opportunities when I checked the site.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Best Companies to Work for - Vol 13

Article Title: The Best Companies to Work for - Vol 13
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://CareerAlley.com

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof was to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools" - Douglas Adams

Competition. We were taught from a very young age that that's what it's all about (weren't we?). From our first sporting event (did you win or lose?) to your grades in school, to trying out for plays, sports, you name it -taking the SATs and getting into the best college (can you spell scholarship?). It was always about performance (as in being the best). But in the world that we all live in, very few people are at the best at everything, but being the best at even just one thing can sometimes make the difference. That is very much what the best companies are all about. They may not be the best in everything, but what they are best in makes all of the difference.

  • Build-A-Bear Workshop - Who wouldn’t want to work at the Build-A-Bear Workshop? Ranked at 80 on this years list(up from 94) , Build-A-Bear has over 6,000 employees globally but lost 150 jobs last year. Their career site has a few links on the left for View Opportunities, Benefits and Diversity. There are four choices in the middle of the page - Retail Locations, World Bearquarters (not a misprint), Distribution Center and Internship programs. You can search from each of these tabs for specific job opportunities but you can not search across the entire company.



  • Meridian Health - Ranked 79, Meridian has over 7,000 employees and hired 615 people last year. Their careers page has an overview center page with links on the left hand side for Search Jobs and links on company information. Click Career Opportunities to open their job search engine. Once you find your job, click for full details and apply directly from that page. There were 307 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • Mattel - This toymaker is number 78 on the list. They have over 30,000 employees (with 25,000 outside of the US). Their career site provides links to Jobs, Benefits, Diversity and Campus Recruiting at the top of the page. They provide a direct email address for those needing assistance in contacting them for a job. Center page is a company overview. Clicking on Search Job Listings links to a career center where post your resume, update your resume, review jobs applied for and sign up for a job alert. A quick search returned 334 job openings.



  • Baker Donelson - A law firm, Baker is ranked 77 on this year's list. They are a small company, and their careers site is fairly simple with sections for Law Students, Lateral Attorneys and Professional Staff. Click the category that pertains to you. Once you click, you will see a full page with an overall description and additional links on the left hand side of the page. Click "Open Positions" to see current job openings.



  • Balfour Beatty Construction - Ranked at 76, Balfour is a small construction company. Their careers page has quite a few related links on the left hand side of the page. Center page is a company overview, followed by next steps, what to expect and top 10 reasons to work at Balfour. Click job search on the left hand side of the page to see current open positions. You can also join their career center.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Make Your Resume Hiring Manager-Friendly: Focus On Convenience

Article Title: Make Your Resume Hiring Manager-Friendly: Focus On Convenience
Author Byline: Cathy Eng, CARW, Owner of Resume Rocketeer, Inc.
Author Website: http://www.resumerocketeer.com

When it comes to sending resumes to potential employers, convenience is of the utmost importance. It is true that hiring managers typically spend 10 to 30 seconds scanning a resume for relevant information. Making it easy for employers to find vital information may make the difference between you and another equally qualified job seeker.

Whether they are are searching for relevant experience or looking for an easy way to contact you, they should not have to dig through your resume to find what they are looking for. Here are some tips for making it easy for employers to find information on your resume:

- Keywords, keywords, keywords. Most medium and large employers use applicant tracking systems to sift through and find job seekers that meet their needs. Using specific words in your resume will help you get noticed. To know what keywords to use, look carefully through the job posting for hard skills (e.g. computer softwares) and soft skills (e.g. customer service abilities) that the employer is specifically looking for.

- Trash the objective. Employers are not concerned with what you want, but what you can do for them. Instead, make it easy for them to know your skills by presenting a quick summary of qualifications that covers your best skills and experiences. A common title for this section is "Summary of Qualifications".

- Make your dates of employment easy to find. If they need a candidate with at least 10 years of accounting experience, make that information stand out from the text – literally. You can even state in your introduction, “Accounting professional with more than 10 years of experience…” You can also make your employment dates right-justified, which makes the dates stand out among the other text.

- Make accomplishments stand out by bolding them. If you saved your last company money or improved efficiency, be proud and make it stand out! For example, bold the sentence, "Saved more than $50,000 annually by outsourcing customer service operations." These words will pop out at a hiring manager who is looking for proof that you are qualified for the job.

- Make your email easy and professional. Specifically if your resume is in print, employers do not want to send an email to snowbunny97394@email.com. Choose an email that is some variation on your name and has as few numbers as possible so it is easy to transfer correctly into the “To” field of an email. It is also important to present a professional sounding email to match a professional image.

Don’t hide your qualifications in your resume; it will just end up in the trash. Try to look at it through an employer’s eyes. Write down several up-front qualities you would look for if you were the hiring manager for your potential position. Then look at your resume. Do you meet those expectations? If not, perhaps it is time for a resume makeover.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Forbes article - The Companies Hiring The Most Right Now

Here is a recent article from Forbes Magazine about the midsize companies with the greatest number of job openings listed at the moment. Perficient makes the list at #10.