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Your Job Search

Applying to loads of jobs but not landing any interviews?

Prepare to network with other professionals at in-person events, and Network through online resources, such as LinkedIn.

Job searching has changed drastically over the decade.

Reacquaint yourself with how it differs today.

Not getting interviews?

Do not underestimate the importance of a well-written and engaging cover letter. It can make the difference between hearing nothing from an employer and eventually getting offered a job. Cover letters are crucial to hiring managers who understand that people are more than just their work experience – that people have personalities, motivations, habits and other reasons they’d be great at a particular job that aren’t easily seen from a résumé. A cover letter takes a first step at explaining that additional piece of what you’re all about.

Show that you’re truly excited about the opportunity.

Is it the job description or the company?
You prefer this job over others out there
Why do you think you’d be great at it?
Show that you’d excel at the work, since you have a matching background…

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Your Resume should not look like this

Cindy’s Career, 2000 – 2012

Cindy, a victim of the current recession, her career has been on life support since a layoff from a healthcare consulting firm. Prior to its final demise, Cindy took her career through a stint as a personal fitness trainer and ended it working in a car sales with a luxury-car dealership.

Cindy was a graduate of a prestigious university where she earned a degree in integrated science and technology. She immediately began employment as a tumor biology lab technician where she worked for two years before joining the consulting firm. While there, she “utilized empirical data and statistically significant best practices to influence positive change for client’s capital efficiencies.”

In addition to the above, Cindy was a certified phlebotomist, published numerous medical research papers, and played high school soccer. Cindy’s Career was only seven years old…

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Always Keep Your Resume Updated

Imagine: your dream job suddenly becomes available, you have an opportunity to secure a promotion, or your annual review sneakily shows up on your calendar. You realize you haven’t updated your resume in, well, too long. After putting in all the work, you want to ensure your biggest accomplishments are reflected.

When you suddenly need a shiny, fresh resume, the whole process can instantly feel overwhelming. You always have other priorities and more pressing tasks, that pushes back resume-updating down the list; and, at such times you may find yourself scrambling to recall the important contributions you’ve made in your current (or most recent) position.

Does this sound familiar?

I do experience from time to time, retrieving relevant data whenever I want to write, talk, present something. My weakness is not able to give the right title while saving.

So, what to do in such a situation?

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A single email can ruin your chances of getting an interview or job

Having an unprofessional address. If you like to traverse the Web as “Wonderworld” or “Partying Paul,” get a different email address for job searching. Addresses like these are so unprofessional that they will trump anything else about your application.

Formatting your email like a business letter. When you’re sending business correspondence through postal mail, you should include the date, your address, and the recipient’s address at the top of the letter. However, when you’re emailing someone, there’s no need to include any of that info, and doing so makes you look like you don’t use email much.

Making recipients jump through anti-spam hoops to respond. We all want to get less spam, but if you make someone fill out an anti-spam form to get their email through to you, then you might find that some employers just don’t bother.

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Job search rules that you may dare to break

You hear Dos and Donts in Job search from many experts. However, the world is changing; and with that these advices also need to be updated. Old guards may not be effective all the times.

1. Limit your resume to one page. You might have heard the one-page resume rule, but times have changed and two-page resumes are common now. If you only have a few years of experience, you should still stick to one page, but two are fine for everyone else.

2. Write in formal language. The most compelling resumes are written in real language, without jargon or stiffness. Write your resume in normal language, like the way you would describe your achievements to a friend. Don’t suck the life out of it with stuffy corporate-speak.

3. Include an objective. Hiring managers don’t really care about your objective; they care about what you can do for them. Resume objectives never help, and they can actually hurt if they aren’t tailored enough to the position or, even worse, if they have nothing to do with the position. Most objectives, though, simply waste space. Instead, include highlights or a skills summary… …

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Portfolio living – Organizing your professional life

Artist’s portfolio, architect’s, or stocks
A work portfolio – you may include wide variey of work you do in your life
For males – full-time, permanent, or for-salary
For female – mostly home work or gift work

Add lots of experiences
1. Wage work – money for time
2. Fee work – money for results
3. Home work – cooking, cleaning, fixing, shopping, and so on
4. Gift work – volunteer work
5. Study work – education, training, learning

Compile certificates of competencies in varied subjects
What kind of intelligence do we have?

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What you should know as Career changer

Nowadays, mid-level career changers — such as software developers who now
work in finance or entrepreneurs who come back into corporate life — make up
more than 45% . Many struggle to create an attention-grabbing resume…

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