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October 21, 2010

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The Next Job…

October 10, 2010

What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.” – Helen Keller

I’d like to think that the vast majority of us set out to do the best we can in our jobs. Yes, I know there are the ever present “slackers” in every organization (you know, the people that excel at doing nothing, look busy and take all of the credit for others’ work), but I’m not talking about them. Sometimes things just don’t work out, either because we just don’t fit or we don’t like the work or the company. A co-worker of mine, let’s call him Edsel, just had this experience. He was hired for a fairly senior role and was “technically” qualified but had never done anything like that before. Needless to say, it was not working out. But the company did the right thing by him and offered him another role in the company (rather than just let him go) – this does not always happen. But Edsel did not want to take a chance and had already been looking for another job before he was offered the transfer. Needless to say, he soon left the company for greener pastures (I hope) rather than take a chance on this next opportunity. So what is my point? Re-read today’s quote. Today’s post is about “finding the right job”.

  • Career Quizzes – According to their site – “Job Quizzes are helpful, free quizzes to help you decide on the perfect job! Take some Job Quizzes before making a decision on a career, they help”. You know what they say, “there are no guarantees” in life and the same holds true for job search. Their main page has a listing of quiz types, like “Office Character Test” and “Is Your Job Sexy” (and many more). At the bottom of the page are three lists of related links – Career Quizzes, Career Guides and Career Resources. At the very top of the page are similar links plus links for Career Tools and Career Library (plus a few more). Good luck in your quiz!
  • Monster Career Quizzes – From the granddaddy of job search comes this one page that offers a number of quizzes – Career Quizzes, Readiness Quizzes, Virtual Interviews, and Culture Quizzes. There are a few links below each category with an additional link for “more quizzes like this”.
  • How to Find the Right Job – This article, by employmentspot.com, takes you through some steps to determine what job is right for you. There are related embedded links through out the article and these are strategically placed. There are related links on the left hand side of the page (for job search in general) as well as links on the right hand side of the page.
  • 5 Clues You’re in The Wrong Job or Career – 5 clues, from ezinearticles.com, gives some guidance to help you figure out if you are in the wrong job or career. Sometimes it doesn’t take 5 clues (many times 1 clue does it), but it is certainly worth the read. There are quite a few links to related articles at the bottom of the page.
  • How to Know What the Right Job is for You – The last one, from wikihow.com, stresses how you need to clear about what you are looking for. This 7 step article covers all of the things you need to consider. There are tips at the end of the article followed by related “wikihows”. The right hand side of the page has additional links as well as featured articles.

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.


Top Six Blunders Found On Professional Resumes

October 5, 2010

Submitted by Cathy Eng, CARW, Owner of Resume Rocketeer, Inc. (http://www.resumerocketeer.com)

More than ever before, professionals are taking creative, and even risky, chances with their resumes in order to get noticed. While these chances are a great way to get noticed in a crowded job market, they can also spell your doom. Here are some resume writing rules that should not be broken:

1. Including information indicating religious or political affiliations. Unless you are applying for a position at a church or with a political campaign, avoid including participation in these types of organizations. Although your involvement shouldn’t influence your chances, you would not want to diminish those chances by indicating views that may affect your work.

2. Being overly confident. A hiring manager I know actually said he read a resume that stated, “I’ll have your job in five years.” There is a big difference between radiating confidence and coming off as threatening or boastful. A better way to have phrased that would be to say, “Enthusiastic in my aspiration to learn and grow within your company.”

3. Presenting dull, responsibility-focused bullets. Hiring managers don’t just want to know you have the experience and skills to do the job; they want to know you can do it better than everyone else. By telling them simply what you did at your last job, you are communicating that you are mediocre as a job candidate. Did you save your company money? Improve efficiency? These measurable results make your time there more impactful.

4. Including an objective. Resume objectives are focused on what the job candidate wants from their career and employer. In today’s job market, companies are just trying to survive and are not concerned with your career needs. You must be focused on the company and what you can do for them.

5. Including visuals. Unless you are a graphic artist, do not include photos, designs, or other distracting artwork. It just ends up taking away from your fantastic qualifications.

6. Going over two pages.
Unless you are a tenured college professor with dozens of books published (in which case you should present a curriculum vitae), there is no need to go over two pages. In fact, it decreases your chances of it getting read. For instance, if you want to learn about a person in a hurry and you have the choice of reading a one-page executive summary or a three-page resume, which would you choose?

It is essential to take some chances in your resume to stand out, but these resume blunders are unforgivable, and are likely to get your resume thrown out. Use this advice and you are on your way to having a strong, professional resume.

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.