Friday, November 29, 2013

5 Steps to Improve Your Video Interview Skills When You Search Jobs Free

When you search jobs free online, your next employer could be anywhere in the world so you should be prepared for a video interview. Screening through Skype and similar services is growing in popularity largely because of the cost savings compared to long distance travel. In fact, 66.7% of human resource professionals say they very often use video interviews according to a survey by the temporary agency Office Team.

At the same time, meeting through the computer rather than face to face can create technological barriers and make it more difficult to establish rapport. These are 5 suggestions that will help you make a better digital impression:

Stage your area: Create a flattering backdrop with rich wood tone surfaces and natural light. Desk lamps are fine if it is dark in your time zone or you are in a room with no windows.

Dress for the camera: Choose solids rather than prints. Avoid stark whites because they cause too much glare. Even if you do not usually wear makeup, at least dust your face with powder to eliminate shine.

Make eye contact: Your eyes must be aimed at the webcam to give the impression of making eye contact. While it is natural to look at the image of your interviewer on your computer, that will come across as though you are staring at the floor.

Be more expressive: You may need to exaggerate a little to cross the digital divide. Gesture with your hands. Smile broadly. Vary your tone of voice.

Rehearse thoroughly: Practice with a friend to see how you really look on a webcam. Make any necessary adjustment before your actual interview.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Before You Find a Job, Should You Lower Your Standards First?

Taking a job lower than your standards is hard to swallow if you're used to being higher on the corporate ladder. With the current economy the way it is, more entry-level, lower level jobs and part-time jobs are opening up. The question many job seekers are asking themselves is should I take the lower level job just to stay employed.
On the surface it’s something to be embarrassed about. Many things in life drive us to make tough choices, and the lower level job results from one of the situations.
  • Economic conditions
  • Financial situations
  • Career changes
  • Lifestyle changes
A lower level position is good if you know how to use it toward your long-term plans. Evaluate the lower level job position carefully before accepting it. Figure out how the job description will help you achieve your goals. Take those answers and convince the employer of hiring you. Taking a job just to stay employed is not a good idea because it’s not going to take you places; it’s going to keep you where you are.
Before you find a job and accept the lower level position consider the following:
  • Location. Lower jobs are usually accepted because it’s close to where they live. Moving is hard for families and you may not want to leave because of sentimental value.
  • Cost of living. Getting a job in a big city doesn't mean it's the best idea financially. Factor in monthly rent, food, gas, utilities and other expenses to see if the deal is worth it. 
  • Taxes. Everyone pays federal income tax. Most states have state income tax, but the few that doesn’t get their money through taxing other things. States also have county, city, property and grocery tax. Make sure the money can cover all this with some extra remaining.
  • Bonuses. Some companies offer less money but make up for it with bonuses or an incentive. Evaluate bonuses to see if making more money is better than taking less money with a bonus or incentive attached.
  • The company. The company may offer more money, but the atmosphere is not friendly. Working under miserable conditions and begging for a check you're supposed to receive isn't worth it because the pay is better. You'll quit first.
  • Long-term goals. Lower jobs are great if it helps you reach long-term goals. 
It’s a sad reality. Lower level jobs are in abundance. While we are going to strive for the highest achievement curve balls come at us at any moment. Many job seekers must suck up their pride and accept something lower than they're used to. A lower level job isn't the sign of a downward spiral but an alternative way to move a career forward. Look at it as a detour. Detours are an alternate route taken to bring you back to the right track. The lower level job is a detour that is taking your career back on the right track.  Contact us for more information on finding a job.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Helpful Tips to Help You Find a Job

In today's job market it can be difficult to know the best way to go about finding and applying for a job. With so many people in the same position you are you will want to make sure that your application or resume actually gets seen and makes an impact.

When posting your resume on job search sites or when sending it via email try to make sure that the resume fits on one page and that your qualifications and experience are near the top. It is a common belief that employers spend about 2 seconds per resume before moving on to the next one unless something catches their eye. If you have the top of the page filled with information about your various skills and don't have your qualifications listed until the bottom of the page or on a second page your resume is likely to be skipped over.

Make sure you have plenty of copies of your resume on hand and hit the job fair. Online job searches can be fruitful but the competition for each position means that you should take advantage of every possible opportunity to find a job. The more resumes you hand out and the more people you talk to the better your chances of finding employment.

When applying for jobs online or through job search sites you should have a file of documents on your computer for easy access. Your resume, certifications and general application information can become tedious and hard to keep up with when your job search continues for several months. It can also be helpful to create a spreadsheet with the information for companies you have applied to. This will make it easy for you to send follow up emails or even make phone calls to inquire about the position.

We've all heard the saying that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, let employers know you are interested in the positions available and any others that may come available.

Make sure that you are taking steps to improve your resume even while you are trying to find a job. Classes, volunteering and intern positions go a long way toward showing that you are not simply sitting around idle while not working.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Introducing Megan, our new company model

Welcome Megan!
Jobvertise is pleased to announce an agreement has been reached with Megan, our new company model. Megan has been in Maxim magazine, Stuff Magazine, and many others.

In addition to modeling Megan does voice overs and commercials. She currently resides in San Diego and is doing part time modeling while continuing her studies.

Megan will be offering job hunting tips on our facebook page each week. Please like and follow the Jobvertise facebook page to receive these updates.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Before You Find a Job, Fix Your Digital Life

The cost of hiring and training employees is high enough that employers want to make sure that you're a good fit even before they bring you in for an interview. While they can get a lot of information about your from your resume, cover letter, and job application, they also realize those forms only reveal what you want to show them. If they want to know the real you, they start searching for your online tracks.
So before you begin the job hunt, clean up your digital life by following these guidelines.
  • Check out your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other social pages for messages and photos that present you in a less-than-professional light. Delete these postings. Do not simply set them to viewing by friends only because as part of their investigations, potential employers will ask you to friend them.
  • Use Google Search to see if your name is mentioned on any third-party websites. Don't forget to specify the Images, Videos, Blogs, and News options. If you find anything incriminating, politely ask the website owner to take it down. If they refuse to comply, there's not much you can do about it but come up with good explanations of why they exist.
  • Set up Google Alerts to inform you by email every time your name is mentioned on the Internet. You will then always know when something new about you appears.
  • Examine any resumes or job descriptions that you've posted online and make sure that all the details match especially with company names, dates of employment, contact information, job descriptions, and compensation. If potential employers find any discrepancies they may assume that you are either careless with detail or are attempting to deceive.
If you want more information on how to find a job, please contact us.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tips For Older Job Seekers Posting Resumes

You see a job listing and just know you would be a perfect fit. You have the necessary knowledge, skills, experience, drive and ambition. All you need now is an interview, and you'll prove to them that you are the right person for the job. That's the tricky part, getting your resume noticed when there are hundreds of others who post resumes for the same position.

If you are a job seeker who is over 50, you may think that your age itself may automatically screen you out before anyone even considers your qualifications. Unfortunately, this does happen sometimes. Consider that the problem may be with your resume itself. You resume may be following a 30 year old format that doesn't present you as well as it should. Resumes change just like everything else, and it may be time to revise yours. Here are some tips for older job seekers:

You Do Not Need to Date Yourself

You do not need to include every job you've ever had. Either leave older jobs off entirely or don't include the dates. In "Resumes for Dummies,"Joyce Lain Kennedy suggests limiting managerial experience to 15 years, technical experience to 10 years, and high-tech experience to just 5 years. Leave off experience that is outdated, such as software that is no longer being used.

Taylor Your Resume to the Position

Just as a cover letter should not be a form letter but addressed to each specific employer, a resume should highlight the experience and skills that are relevant to a particular position. Use the resume objective statement to show how you world be a good fit for the job focusing on the skills that are listed in the job posting.
A resume need not be only one page. If two pages are needed to include all relevant information in a well formatted manner, it is certainly acceptable.

Take Heart

Thanks to the baby boom generation growing older, the number of persons in the workforce who are over 50 is growing rapidly. This means that stereotypes are being forced to change, and you have certain strengths that younger workers might be lacking:
  • People Experience. You've worn many hats and seen things from both sides. You understand, empathize with and know how to motivate people. You have the ability to convince skeptics and to calm upset customers.
  • Real World Experience. You've witnessed business cycles come and go, and understand their causes and effects. You've seen the results of both good and bad decisions, and this has improved your own decision making skills.
Jobvertise provides career tools and job listings for more than 200,000 employers free of charge. Contact us to post your resume and start searching for your next job.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Jobvertise makes resetting your password easier

Good news for all jobseekers trying to reset their password.  Instead of sending a computer generated password we simply provide a link for you to type in a password of your choice.
We have been receiving a lot of e-mails regarding new passwords not working. Even though they were valid, some of the characters were difficult to read or caused confusion such as a lower case "l" and the number "1". Also, once users were able to log in they would normally choose to create a password of their choice anyway so that just created an extra step.
So bypassing the auto generated password we have made it easier for people to reset their password and remember it for the next time.
Happy job hunting,
The Jobvertise Team