Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Search for Jobs: Should You Take Time Off After College or a Job Termination?

After college graduation or being laid off from a job, you may feel a sense of entitlement to search jobs so a stigma doesn't develop of being lazy. Is it right, though, to take a little time off before you start a job search? After the stress of being let go from a job or long years of college life, some time to reflect might be both a blessing and a detriment to job searching. If you do decide to take a breather, you have to develop some sense of preparation.

How Long Should Your Job Search Break Be?

It's easy to get complacent when you're enjoying the peaceful existence of time away from the pressure of looking for employment. That's especially true if you're out of college and have the financial support of your parents, or if you have money to fall back on after a job termination. This really shouldn't go on past a few weeks, however, because it can potentially put you behind in developing the proper connections.
That's why it's important to network with people in the industry you're interested in while on your break. Let them know that you're taking a quick hiatus, but you're interested in something specific if there's any opportunities available in the immediate term.

Know What It Is You Want While on Your Break

Avoid the mistake of not knowing what you'll look for once you start job searching. You can still think about career options on your break without having to be directly involved with active searching. In fact, going on a quick vacation in a serene place can help you reflect about what career direction you'll go in once you return to civilization.  
Having this in mind is especially important when doing the above networking so specific career development can be brewing while you're resting.

Spruce Up Your Resume Before the Break Occurs

Having your resume ready to go is essential before you head off on a three-week vacation. You don't want to get a call for a job and then have to scramble to put together a revised resume at the last second. This should really be your first step the minute you receive a job termination or receive your college diploma. And remember to allow a couple of weeks if you decide to have someone create a professional resume for you.  

Once you have that resume ready to go, be sure and upload it on Jobvertise. We're the world's largest free resume and job database available where we make finding a job so much easier. While you may want time off, your resume will be visible to countless companies on our site. They may want to interview you right away to make your mini employment vacation even shorter. 
Contact us so we can help you develop a stress-free job search experience.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Best Way to Post Resumes for Free and Find a Job Today

Are you looking for work opportunities but need suggestions on how to post resumes for free? If so, you’ve landed in the right spot. As experienced jobseeker website hosts, we here at Jobvertise happen to know the best way to find a job today. Here are a few of our “post resume free” tips to help you get started:

One of the best things that you can do is to create a resume and title using basic SEO techniques. For starters, be sure to use critical keywords all throughout the resume that apply to your skills. If you are not sure which keywords to use, we’d suggest conducting a bit of research. Doing so will really help you find a job fast.

Once you know which job listings’ keywords resonate with employers, work them into your resume’s text along with strong action words and statements. For example, you may want to include something like “improved sales department’s ROI 95% FY 12” or “closed $5 billion in sales FY 11.” If you can provide tangible proof of your accomplishments (i.e. links to news articles or videos), include them too.

Better yet, consider setting up a personal website that contains more in-depth information about your job skills. Then include a link to that as well. Just make sure that the website displays your job qualifications and personality in the best possible light. Otherwise you may end up limiting the number of work opportunities that come your way.

You’ll also want to remember that the employer may be looking at your posted resume using a mobile device. Thus, avoid using funky font and consider using an uncluttered, indented, block format. Remember, on average, a mobile phone’s screen is a mere 3.3 inches and sports a resolution of 128 x 128 pixels. Of course smartphones, tablets and desktops offer more options where screen size and resolution are concerned.

If you are posting your resume on a free job listings site that offers a premium placement option, consider signing up for it. In our professional experience, employers are more apt to click on featured listings first. This is especially the case when the field in question is already flooded with resumes of qualified job applications.

Would you like more resume posting tips and a chance to search jobs listings for free? Stop by the Jobvertise website. We offer jobseekers a chance to post resumes, create personal websites and interact with prospective employers worldwide.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Work Opportunities? Good News...Yes, They Exist!

NPR reported recently that work opportunities are becoming more plentiful and that job seekers had cause for optimism. The challenge remains in finding the positions and qualifying as a candidate. What are recommendations from industry leaders?

Know your market- what would you be looking for in an employee in your preferred field? Place yourself in the position of a potential employer by researching the company, the community, and even the management. You may need to brush up on certifications or fine-tune your 'pitch' to meet the needs of the organization for which you want to work. Do your homework and apprise yourself of any company-specific information in advance; do not waste your time or that of the organization by applying for positions that you are not qualified for. 
Know your skill set- be confident in your abilities and don't be afraid to list all interests and skills in the process of building your resume. You never know when a potential employer may have the same interests or may not need an appreciation for opera to be a sheet metal worker or vet tech, but if your appreciation of Les Miserables strikes a chord with HR then it could be the difference between 'hired' and 'still searching'.

Know your limits- be prepared to state your salary requirements, benefit preferences, willingness for relocation, etc. as these can influence the decision of the potential employer. Specific family or personal needs should be stated in advance to avoid conflict in the hiring process. Many companies are 'family friendly' and will be willing to develop (or may already have) a telecommuting program, a shared work week plan, or a combination schedule to meet the needs of both yourself and their organization.

How can you reach quality organizations who are ready to hire? Many are finding that a job and resume database is the best way to reach both the regional and international market. Jobvertise can offer:
  • Instant Networking - Send your resume directly to employers and recruiters
  • Targeted Distribution - Choose your job categories and locations and we'll automatically find the best employer matches
  • Cost-effective - You save hundreds of dollars in postage alone
  • Time-effective - We've done the research and have already made the connections to employers and recruiters
  • Fast Results - Your resume distribution can be processed in a matter of minutes
  • Massive Database - Our 200,000+ member database allows us to target your resume to get the best results
  • Jobvertise Quality - We've been in the business over 10 years and have a proven record of quality and service.
  • Guaranteed - No hassle, unconditional 100% money back guarantee
When you are ready to place your resume with a site that can produce results, contact us and energize your job search

Monday, July 8, 2013

How to Find a Job Quickly and Efficiently

After losing a job, it is sometimes difficult to feel motivated to look for new employment. However, it is vital to begin your search immediately and treat looking for a job like having a full-time job. So allow yourself a day or so to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get to work searching for employment.

It can seem somewhat daunting to find a job but with these tools, searching through all of those listings really isn't so bad.

Make sure your resume is up to date and current with all of your employment, education and certifications. Asking a friend or family member to read over your resume before submitting is always a good idea  to eliminate spelling and grammatical errors.

After your resume is updated apply to as many jobs as you can. This can feel like repetitive work but it is part of the process of finding employment. You can also send your resume by fax, e-mail or even drop it off in person to places that you would like to work.

Utilizing professional networking such as LinkedIn is a great way to follow up with employers for jobs you find on our site. It is vital to keep your LinkedIn profile as professional and polished as possible to maximize your results.

If full time work is not available in your field, consider taking on one to two part time jobs. Many people end up finding full time employment by starting out in a part time position by meeting new people and professionally networking.

Contact us to learn more about finding a job quickly and efficiently today.

The Jobvertise Team

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Job Alerts are Mobile Optimized

We have noticed a big trend in the way jobseekers use Jobvertise - more and more people are using their mobile or tablet device to search jobs when they want, wherever they are. And to further this we have now optimized the mobile experience so you can receive friendly job alerts in a simple e-mail format which renders nicely on mobile.

Before it was hard to see and click on the job alert titles to get the full job description. To this end we have created more space between job titles and made it so it is easily scrollable to navigate to the jobs you are interested in.

In fact, all the e-mails from Jobvertise are now mobile friendly. So enjoy your better mobile e-mail experience!

The Jobvertise Team

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Do you have a top ten percent resume?

One metric to determine the effectiveness of your resume is how many people read it. Granted, this is not the end all be all of job hunting success, but if people don't even look at your resume you are stuck in the starting gate.

For posting your resume on Jobvertise, the resume title is extremely important. This is the first thing employers look at to compare you with the rest of the list of search results. If they are interested then they will click on your resume title to see your full resume. But if they skip your resume, then you have no chance at all.

At the end of every week we calculate how many times your resume was viewed, and then we e-mail the candidates within the top 10% of resumes viewed for that week. From there you are able to post your accomplishment to LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. It's a neat way to give you feedback on how your resume is doing compared ot your competition.

You can also upgrade your resume to keep you higher up in the search order and get yourself more views. More information can be found at the Resume Upgrade page. For as little as $4.95 you can gain a huge advantage over your competition and get more resume views.

The Jobvertise Team

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Resume Writing Tip #3 - Customize your resume for every company

Ok, so you have made the decision to post a resume and have created one. But should you use the same resume for every application?

You should spend the extra time and customize your resume for each application. Just like you should customize your cover letter.  These customizations are not re-writing your resume, rather just highlighting and ordering what is important for the people at the company to see.

For example, say you know that company A uses Windows Server and not Linux. You  are competent at both, but your Linux skills are not likely to increase your hiring potential. So you want to demonstrate your Windows knowledge towards the top of the resume, and maybe mention Linux at the bottom just so they know you are well rounded. If you focused on Linux at the top of you resume, your resume might wind up at the top of the garbage can!

Applying for a job is similar to persuasion, and follows many of the same rules. For example, when a child wants a computer, they say "Can I have a computer?". When an employee wants a new computer they might frame it more towards the other person. For example, "A new computer would allow me to work twice as fast and get a lot more done", The same thing apply for getting a job, you need to tell the hiring person not "I want the job", rather the benefits to them if you get the job.

And one way to do this is customize your resume to let them know what you can do for them. Generic resumes are not targeted, and won't grab their attention like one that has been customized. It's not hard, just takes a few more minutes and it gives you the advantage.

The Jobvertise Team