Using Job Boards Effectively

Using Job Boards Effectively
In theory, nothing could be simpler than applying for a job posting via a job board. You can browse thousands of great opportunities from the comfort of your home. When you spot a good match, it’s just a case of sending off your resume.

maninterviewingBut with competition so fierce, employers are often swamped by resumes and have little time to read each one in detail. So candidates need to make sure they’re doing everything possible to ensure theirs makes the cut. Make sure you don’t delay by being first to get your application in.

Here are some tips for improving your success rate:

Understand the process

Whether you’re uploading your resume onto a database so it can be found by recruiters and employers, or applying for a specific vacancy, expect your resume to be “read” by software for relevancy.

For this reason, your resume will need to pass the first hurdle of “suitability” – many fail to make the first cut because they’re not relevant or targeted enough to the role. The job description is a good place to find relevant keywords, specific skills, qualifications or areas of expertise.

Gary Franklin, resourcing process and technology specialist, advises against just dumping a long list of keywords at the start of your resume to improve your relevancy match, however. Instead, a well-written executive summary of around 150-200 words can help a job board categorize you and gives recruiters a good picture of your expertise and talents.

Show you have made an effort

Prove to a recruiter that you’ve read the job description and that your resume reflects the role requirements. Focus on the “so what?” of what you’ve done – what value is it to a potential employer? Along with the scope of your role, targets and responsibilities, highlight your achievements and how you’ve used your skills. Failing to do this can make a recruiter wonder if you’re really bothered about the opportunity, Franklin says. Key details should be prominent and on the first page of your resume.

A good layout also shows you’ve made an effort. Keep your font consistent throughout your resume – inconsistencies can look like you’ve copied and pasted from elsewhere. Choose a common font – Franklin recommends Verdana, Calibri and Tahoma as safe choices – at a legible size.

Get in quick

Expect fierce competition so don’t delay too long before you apply. Research varies, but around 250 resumes are received for each job vacancy with responses arriving quickly after the posting. Don’t sacrifice quality for speed though. Grammar and spelling mistakes are still one of the biggest reasons resumes are rejected. Speed up your response rate by signing up for alerts which tell you when relevant jobs are advertised.

Respect the limitations

While a beautifully-designed resume is great for face-to-face meetings, go for plain formatting when you’re submitting your resume to an online database or job board, so that it can be parsed into the system. Don’t include graphics, tables or images. Upload as a word document or PDF.

Don’t shoot yourself in the foot

Follow the application instructions to avoid falling at the first hurdle. Some job boards also give you advice on resume layout and submission, helping you present information in the optimum way for that job board, employer or recruiter.

Make sure you’re familiar with the privacy settings of the job board and that you can choose how much information to make visible.

As well as the big generalist boards, also search on smaller job boards that specialize in your sector or geographical area.

With competition so fierce on job boards, it’s essential candidates hit all the right notes.

Read entire article: Five top tips for using job boards effectively | by Clare Whitmell | Guardian Professional |

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How to Turn Down a Job Interview

Great Company, Terrible Job,
How to Turn Down a Job Interview
  
Still Looking for that perfect job?Many candidates complain that they are being invited to interviews for jobs, that appear to have nothing to do with their current skills, or job interest.
What to do – should you turn down the interview, and if so, how do you turn down this interview, but still keep yourself active with the company or referral agency. Should you attend every interview you are invited to?

  • Before you turn down the interview ask for a bit of time to review your schedule or research the company. Ask the interview scheduler for the URL of the company career site; visit their site to learn more about the position.
  • Find out if the company is hiring for other positions you might be interested in or qualified for.
  • Often if you do not accept an interview when you are first called, you may have difficulty getting the HR person or the interview scheduler back on the phone to schedule your interview or to turn down the interview.
  • Send an email or leave a cordial message within a few hours, indicating an interest in taking the interview, learning more or your regret in turning it down. Highlight your interest in hearing about other positions at the company. If there is another job or location that you may have an interest say so, and include a snippet about your ideal job.
  • Don’t wing it, have a prepared turned down comment of two or three lines. Try to end with a comment such as, thank you for you time and consideration of my resume, I plan to mention your opening to qualified friends and associates.

    Turning down a job offer is one thing, tuning down an interview is quite another!

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Planning your job exit strategy

With an uptick in the new economy and people being added to the job force daily, you might be thinking about leaving your company.

lenroyjonesblog4050Exiting a job and launching into another opportunity requires dealings with current and future co-workers. Like any good relationship, what you put into it is what your return will resemble.

So, as you approach a job change, consider how you would ideally exit your workplace. Keep in mind that how you leave a job is as importance, if not more so, than how you arrived at the new one.

Carefully plan your exit and make a transition that would bring a smile to your family and friends as well as your future employer.

There are several important dos and don’ts.

Don’ts

■ Do not leave on bad terms by depleting your sick leave or being uncooperative in wrapping up tasks and projects.

■ Do not treat anyone badly regardless of their behavior. Your reputation is important and this will reflect poorly on you.

■ Do not share negative comments or criticisms of your boss, colleagues or company even if asked.

Dos

■ Be sure to schedule an exit interview.

■ Be positive during the exit interview. It goes a long way and is the right thing to do. Give honest and constructive feedback.

■ Update your co-workers and supervisor on the status of your portion of the projects you’ve been working on.

■ Provide adequate notice to your company and leave in good standing. You don’t want to close a door that you may want to return to and open again. Adequate notice is typically two weeks, but some professions will ask for a month’s notice.

■ Save some money and do some budgeting because the time from leaving a job with your last paycheck to starting a new job with your first paycheck will take time.

There are a lot of reasons to leave a company. According to a survey conducted by LinkedIn earlier this year, the number one reason workers left their jobs was because they wanted greater opportunities for advancement.

Most interesting is that seeking a better supervisor didn’t make the top five on the LinkedIn survey, but it is often cited as a reason during the job search.

While everyone will not agree with this suggestion, I believe that you should seek to leave on good terms with your supervisor. Even if your supervisor is the reason for your departure.

I think how you handle this relationship reflects upon you and your professional maturity. Talking with your boss about your job search will help eliminate rumors.

These suggestions will help you land safely into a new job.

Life is easy when everything is rosy and going well, but a true test of your character is transitioning from one job to another — whether the move is voluntary or forced.

I believe it was Shakespeare who wrote, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances…”

A person is remembered for his or her entrances and exits.

Read entire article: By Lenroy Jones | The dos and don’ts of planning your job exit strategy|

About the author: Lenroy Jones, has a masters degree from Michigan State University, has dedicated nearly 20 years of his life to coaching and supporting career seekers to pursue their passion and purpose. J

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Want to succeed? You need systems not goals.

Systems people “succeed every time they apply their systems, in the sense that they did what they intended to do.

Trying to get better at something think in terms of systems, not goals.

Systems people “succeed every time they apply their systems, in the sense that they did what they intended to do.” Trying to get better at something think in terms of systems, not goals. Want to succeed? You need systems not goals.

As anyone whose employer foists “performance targets” upon them already knows, a fixation with goal-setting has many downsides. But Adams adds one more: when you approach life as a sequence of milestones to be achieved, you exist “in a state of near-continuous failure”.

Almost all the time, by definition, you’re not at the place you’ve defined as embodying accomplishment or success. And should you get there, you’ll find you’ve lost the very thing that gave you a sense of purpose – so you’ll formulate a new goal and start again.

A system, by contrast, is “something you do on a regular basis that increases your odds of happiness in the long run”, regardless of immediate outcome. Drawing one cartoon a day is a system; so is resolving to take some kind of exercise daily – rather than setting a goal, like being able to run a marathon in four hours.

One system that’s currently popular online goes by the name “No Zero Days”: the idea is simply not to let a single day pass without doing something, however tiny, towards some important project.

It’s true that this way of living brings fewer of those moments of fist-pumping triumph that come with the achievement of a goal. Plus it can be hard to tell, on any given day, whether your system’s working. But the payoff is a more predictable supply of regular, smaller happy moments: while goal people usually languish in a state of non-accomplishment, Adams notes, systems people “succeed every time they apply their systems, in the sense that they did what they intended to do”.

Above all, focusing on a system means focusing on what you can control (your actions) rather than what you can’t (the endlessly unpredictable external world). Keep working your system and you’ll maximize the chances that success will find you. Live in pursuit of goals and you’ll feel like a failure even when you’re succeeding – and even a fully paid-up member of the PC brigade like me can see that that’s just stupid.

Read entire article by Oliver Burkeman: Want to succeed? You need systems not goals | The Guardian

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