Sunday, February 16, 2014

Remove these Posts from Social Media when Finding Jobs

Our previous post already discussed how you had to clean up your digital life before finding a job. Many potential employers now routinely look at your social media to determine if you'd make a good fir for the company. It's not enough, however, to remove questionable pictures. You must also delete the following types of posts.
  • Complaints may paint you as a troublemaker and hothead if you use social media to vent your anger against businesses, coworkers, bosses, industries or the government. If you want to warn your followers against unsavory business practices, balance the complaint with a suggestion for improvement. Potential employers will then see you as someone who likes to solve problems.
  • Political commentary. It's a free country and you're entitled to your opinion. But what happens if your employer does not share your views, or consider your opinions extreme or radical? Many bosses don't really care what you think but they may be concerned about how customers may view your commentaries, especially if you work in jobs with public contact, such as sales or customer service. Play it safe by removing any posts with a hint of politics.
  • Confidential information. If you've signed a confidentiality clause with your current or past employers, then you are legally bound not to repeat anything on social media that could violate that clause. And even if you didn't, you must not post anything that your potential employer might see as confidential, including unreleased technology, vendor contracts and discount, or profit and loss figures. Even innocent praise for a successful project can be seen as inappropriate if it discusses something that is not public knowledge. Only post information about your company that already exists online or in printed media.
You want your social media to present the best possible side of you to potential employers. For more ways to do that or if you want help in finding a job, please contact us.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Post Resumes: Get Your Name And Experience Out There

Being a job seeker is not a position most people want to be in. They would rather be a job holder. As such, it is important to get out there and nab the job. The best way to do this is to start to post resumes and see what is available out there.

It Is A Wide World Of Jobs
Even when the economy is at its worst there are still jobs available somewhere. Many are deterred simply because they believe that the economy is tough out there. The economy may indeed be tough, but doing nothing at all will not solve the problem for yourself. Instead, it is necessary for you to get your name out there.

Crafting A Strong Resume
There are many people who are going to be posting their resumes at any given time. They are in direct competition with you for the jobs you may want.

Prospective employers not only look at your resume, but how your resume is presented. You need to make sure your resume is pleasing to the eye as well as contains good content.

You want your resume to stand out from the rest that are available to any given employer. This means proofreading it and making sure that it looks better than the standard resume.

Never Stop Trying
Just submitting a resume to the one job that you would really like to have is not effective enough. You should apply for that job, but you should also apply for others as well. You never know which one might decide to give you a call. If you stop at the first one, then you may be waiting around for a very long time.

Contact us for more tips on how to get your resume in order and how to land a job.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Mastering Boolean Logic Basics When You Search Jobs Free

While you search jobs free, it pays to be sure that you have mastered the basics of Boolean search logic. If you’re like most job seekers, you have been searching the Internet regularly for years, but there may still be opportunities to save time and get better search results.

Boolean logic is just the technical term for the system that operates automatically when you search for something online. The principle things to keep in mind are the operator words that serve as instructions. When you enter keywords with no further instructions, your search results will typically be the same as if you typed “OR” between the keywords. The other main options are “AND” to get results that contain all the keywords or “NOT” to exclude specific words. You can also use “NEAR” if you only want to see results where the keywords are close to each other.

Wildcards like “*” allow you to get multiple variations of a keyword. Parentheses are helpful for complicated searches where you want to prioritize certain keywords. Quotations around keywords limit the results to those exact words in that exact order.

You should also keep in mind that there may be individual differences in how searches operate on different sites. For example, LinkedIn does not currently support a wildcard option. You may also find that it’s easier to conduct multiple searches than to try to write a complex formula to cover all scenarios.

All of these factors matter because they can make your job search more efficient and effective. For example, entering “pediatric nurse” will eliminate your having to search through openings in gerontology. Entering “nurs*” may help you to find all listings in one click for nurse, nursing and other variations.

Contact us to create an account for free. Jobvertise lets you post your resume free and search thousands of job listings in the US, Canada and worldwide. We typically add almost 50,000 new jobs a week.

Friday, January 24, 2014

4 Good Reasons to List Online Courses When You Post Your Resume Free

When you post your resume for free, you want to include everything that may catch the eye of a potential employer. Today, that may include online courses. Perceptions are rapidly changing about the value of MOOCs (massive open online courses) and similar offerings.

Naturally, a degree that is received on campus still carries more credibility than one that was pursued entirely through the internet. However, online courses are becoming more highly regarded as a form of continuing adult education. In fact, as a growing number of companies launch their own educational and training initiatives online, they tend to adopt a more positive outlook on the whole issue.

If you’re in the market for a new job, these are 4 advantages and opportunities for highlighting online courses in your resume and social media profiles:

Enhance your keywords. Keywords are critical to getting spotted in an online search. Your resume may rise to the top if the course titles correspond with the position you’re seeking. It’s also beneficial if the classes were associated with a prestigious university or other institution.

Express your motivation. Initiative is a valuable quality for most positions. Many employers will take a favorable view of the fact that you use your leisure time to advance your knowledge and skills.

Demonstrate perseverance. Online courses have an extremely high dropout rate. A savvy human resources professional will note that any candidate who completes a course is probably above average in their abilities to manage their time and work toward goals.

Focus on your portfolio. While educational requirements are highly significant, the main criteria for many employers is your track record and potential for making a contribution quickly. Make sure you also give adequate time to presenting samples of your work.

Contact us to energize your job search. Jobvertise is the world’s largest free job and resume database.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Consider the 15 Best States to Make a Living When You Search Job Listings

When you search job listings, you may want to give top priority to the 15 best states to make a living. You never know where your next opportunity may pop up, but targeting these markets could make your search go faster. conducts an annual survey ranking states based on data from sources including the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, cost of living data, state tax rates and the Gallup-Healthways index on workplace environmental ratings. These are the 15 states that got top ratings for 2013:

Washington: Washington is the clear winner. It has the lowest cost of living among the eight states where average wages exceed $50,000 a year. It also has no state income tax.

Virginia: Low unemployment (5.6%) and cost of living enable Virginia to come in second.

Colorado: In addition to the third best ranking for workplace environment, you’ve got the Rocky Mountains, skiing and national parks.

Texas: Texas has been in the top five for 3 years mostly for its low cost of living.

Wyoming: The home of Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole, also earns the second best score for work environments.

Minnesota: Minnesota is back in the top 10 after a narrow miss in 2012.

Nebraska: This is the first time Nebraska has cracked the top ten.

Utah: Enjoy a low cost of living and unemployment rate. If you don’t like crowds, it’s also the tenth least densely populated state.

Kansas: Yet another example of low cost of living and unemployment.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma is another newcomer to the top 10.

Rounding out the top 15 are Arizona, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri and Indiana. Hawaii came in last with a cost of living two-thirds higher than the national average.

Wherever you live or want to move to, you can contact us for the world’s largest free job and resume database. It’s the perfect place to search hundreds of thousands of jobs in the United States, Canada and worldwide.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Post Your Resume Free and Come Out on Top at a Last Minute Interview

When you post your resume free, you never know how quickly you may hear about your dream job so be prepared for a last minute interview. These strategies will help you make a strong impression on short notice.

While you can use a last minute interview to your advantage, it’s usually worthwhile to check if there’s any possibility of rescheduling. Additional time for research and rehearsal will enable you to put together a more thorough presentation. If travel schedules or hiring deadlines make it now or never, put on a positive attitude and make the most of every minute available with these pointers:

Ask for help: You’re in an ideal position to ask the hiring manager for any materials or information that can bring you up to speed quickly. Get a copy of the written job description. See if there’s anyone you can speak with in advance of your interview.

Prioritize: You probably can’t cover everything about the company so pick out the most critical areas. Focus on the department you would be joining. Analyze the most urgent challenges that they’re facing and think in terms of the unique contribution you could make in that context.

Take the shortest route: Reduce stress and distractions by simplifying your logistics. Flying business class or having a friend drive you to the destination could give you extra time to prepare.

Always be ready: Keep all your job hunting supplies within easy reach. Have a list of accomplishments memorized that you can customize for any opportunity. Let there always be a freshly pressed business suit in your closet that you can grab in a hurry. Store polished shoes and matching accessories nearby.

Post resumes and search jobs free 24/7 at Jobvertise. Contact us to access more than 250,000 openings worldwide and learn strategies that will enhance your employment search.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

How Employee Benefits Factor Into Finding a Job

Times may be tough out there, but that's not stopping employees from finding a job with benefits.  Benefits are one of the main reasons why employees jump at the chance to fight for the coveted job. 

Over seventy-five percent of employees, according to the Health and Voluntary Workplace Benefits Survey, feel that benefits are very or extremely important in deciding where to apply.  While it isn't the only thing that matters (salary/hourly rate is the other) it is something worth learning more about before you find a job.

Companies know employees care about benefits packages, so it's no surprise that companies mention it on their job listings.  When companies have good benefits employees can use more people will apply.  In return it makes filling the job position easier.  In fact if employees have more than one job offer on the table the winner is the one with the better benefits package.  You may not have a choice with the provider.  However, you can enjoy the low cost and the convenience these benefits provide.

It's important for candidates to look at these benefits closely as not all workplace benefits are equal.  Each company offers their own set of benefits and offer a certain time in the company before you can get those benefits.  Part-time work unusually doesn’t get health insurance; full time work either gets their benefits immediately or after a year with the company.  Know what these benefits are before accepting any job offer.  If you're selected for an interview the hiring manager will talk more about these benefits.  This is your opportunity to ask questions about anything you don't understand pertaining to it. 

Are company benefits important to you?  There may come a time where you may have to use these benefits.  It provides incentive (discounts, raise, 401K, pension, etc), covers sudden situations (health, dental, vision, life insurance, etc), and assist with lifestyle changes (maternity leave, tuition reimbursement, etc).  Good benefits mean employees will remain loyal to the job for a long time.  After all when you choose the job you also accept the benefits that come with it.  Contact us for more information on job hunting.