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Job Hunting on the Sly – Finding a Way Out of That Dead-End Job

Despite what you tell your colleagues, you’ve looked online for work while at work. It doesn’t matter if you say it’s only happened during your lunch break, sure thing, or you admit to taking an entire morning to peruse the job market. Everyone has killed some time looking for that dream job, while your current one takes a back seat. No one is here to judge you. Instead, why not find some ways to make your job hunt easier? After all it’s your life and if you find a way to make it better, why not leap at that chance?

If you’ve ever looked for a job while at work, it’s probably not the smartest move you can make. You don’t have to be an Einsteinian genius to know that looking for work while on the job is a bad move. But, people do it a lot and employers are not oblivious to it. The key is being able to look for a job and keep it on the down low. You don’t want some work place colleague to go back and spill the beans to HR or your boss.

What are some things you can do to continue your job hunting without getting the hook from your boss?

Maintaining productivity

One of the earliest signs of a distracted employee is loss of productivity. Excessive job hunting on the clock can kill productivity and make managers look for replacements before you’ve even found your new job. Managers can monitor computer habits so make sure that your job search stays within an appropriate amount of time. You don’t want to get fired and your work computer is one hundred percent the property of your employer, so be careful when looking for another gig.

Examining repercussions

Even if you do your search at home, make sure you’re using your personal computer. If you use a work related computer, there could be active monitoring software installed, which is completely up to the company. Make sure that nothing you do can be traced back to you. And always remember that US companies have the right to fire an employee for any reason. If they are not just, then why should you be? There are plenty of opportunities out there and all it takes is you applying yourself to get them.

When is it appropriate?

Even if you’re browsing out of casual curiosity, it can send the message that you’re ready to leave your current job. About the only time it is acceptable to look for work while at work is in the event that you have all ready been terminated and you need the time to look for another job. Employees can spend some time job hunting if they’ve already received a notice saying they will be laid off, just don’t abuse the situation. Know the laws in your state and always have a way to fight your employer.

Erin Kennedy, CPRW, CERW, BS/HR, is a Certified Professional & Executive Resume Writer/Career Consultant and President of Professional Resume Services, Inc. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of 9+ best-selling career books. She has achieved international recognition following yearly nominations of the prestigious T.O.R.I. (Toast of the Resume Industry) Award. Erin has written thousands of resumes for executives and professionals.

As a proud member of PARW, CDI, AORCP, Erin also sits on CDI’s Credentialing Committee for new certification candidates and serves as a Mentor for CDI’s Member Mentoring Committee. She also is a featured blogger on several well-known career sites. Reuse of this article is encouraged but must include a link to Want to know more about Erin Kennedy, CPRW? Read her LinkedIn profile at:


Job Interview Tips – 5 Essentials to Do the Day Before the Interview

Directions, Map, Contacts

Prepare the day before to make sure you get to your interview on time. Find out exactly where you have to go and who you must ask for once you are there. Get good directions, look on the map and make sure you know the best route. Work out how long it will take you, allow for traffic and parking time. Have the full name and position of the person you will be seeing and a contact number in case you need to call. Put all this information into an interview folder to take with you.

Prepare your Portfolio

Another job interview tip is to get all your documentation together the day before. Make a couple of copies of your resume and a list of your references including name, position and contact numbers. Include copies of any written references you want to give the interviewer. You may want to include work samples that are relevant to the position. Put all these into a neat, simple portfolio to give to the interviewer. Have a notebook and pen ready to jot down details during the interview.

Review your Resume

Go through your resume the day before to re-familiarize yourself with the information the interviewer has about you. Be aware of any red flags such as gaps in employment that you will need to address during the interview.

Practice your Answers and Questions

A couple of days before the interview you will have prepared answers to common job interview questions such as “What are your strengths?”, “Why are you the right candidate for this job?”, “Tell me about yourself?”. Go through these answers and practice saying them out loud. You also should have prepared about five appropriate questions to ask the interviewer about the job, the company and the management, such as, “Please describe the company’s management style and the sort of employee who fits in well with it?” Go through these questions and include them in your interview folder.

Dress for Success

Find out the expected dress code for the job interview. You can call the company and speak to Human Resources or even Reception. It is usually advisable to dress more formally for the interview than the actual position requires- this shows respect for the interview process. Select the appropriate clothes the day before and make sure they are clean and pressed. Shoes should be polished. Decide on any accessories you want to wear. Lay your interview clothes out ready for the next day. This saves rushing around just before the interview and getting into a spin!

5 simple job interview tips that will make the difference between feeling prepared and confident or anxious and flustered about your job interview!

For a complete guide to preparing for and succeeding in your job interview, including comprehensive interview question and answer samples go to

Guerilla Job Hunting – Give Yourself an Edge and Get the Job

Have a plan

A job search is about marketing yourself and, just like any other marketer, you need a marketing plan that will take you from where you are to where you want to be. In order to build a plan, you must first determine your goal-What sort of job do you want? I know, you are tempted to say, any job that pays. But, think of it this way. Just like a marketer will pick a target audience in order to refine and deliver a message with the most impact, you will gain an advantage over the competition by creating a resume and an interview strategy that specifically targets your ideal job. On top of that, by targeting your dream job, you may prevent going through this whole process again in a few months. Now, realistically, finances may dictate that you take whatever you can find most quickly for now. But don’t give up there. If you have to take a job that is less than what you really want, look for something that will allow you to continue your search until you find what you’re looking for.

Then, examine your strengths and weaknesses. What makes you uniquely qualified for the position you want and where do your skills need some work? Your strengths are your selling points and you should be prepared to set employers at ease when they ask about your weaknesses by showing how you have successfully overcome them in the past and what steps you have taken to correct or minimize them.

Your plan should include measurable outcomes that you can control. For example, how many calls will you make a week? What steps will you take to strengthen your network? How many resumes will you send out? Do you have a cover letter that you can use a template and customize easily to fit each position that you apply for?

Prepare for your search

There are all kind of resources out there to help you get ready for your job search. Your local library can recommend good books to help you and you can search for resources online. There are five critical components of your job search: your resume, your cover letter, your interview skills, and your follow up/thank you letter. So, stay in touch with your contacts, make sure that your written communications are up to snuff and practice interviewing. Be ready for the behavioural interviews that are so popular today. Do an internet search for job interview questions, think about what you would ask if you were the hiring manager and be prepared with great answers.

Keep Track

Track every part of your job search. I like to keep an Excel spreadsheet with the dates that applications or resumes were submitted, follow up dates, and offers received. If you track your job search, you will know when it is time to follow up with a potential employer and can get a feel for what is working and what is not. For example, if you send out a lot of applications but get no interviews, you will want to work on your cover letters and resumes. If you get interviews, but no offers, brush up on your interviewing skills.

Follow up

Use your tracking system to help you keep in touch with potential employers. Stand out from the crowd by taking the time to follow up on your application a week or two after it is submitted. Send a follow up letter to each person that interviews you to thank them for their time, express your interest in the job, and comment on some aspect of your conversation.

Dig Deeper

One technique for effectively answering behaviorally based interview questions is the SMART technique Following the guidelines in this article may help you avoid awkward follow up questions by the interviewer.

5 Warning Signs That Your Interview Skills Suck

There are many things that can go wrong in a job interview. No matter how hard you try, some things just have a way of going awry. To help you determine whether you’re an ace interviewee or can benefit from a brush-up, here are the top 5 warning signs that your interview skills suck:

1. You have not made an impression on the interviewer.

You are scrutinized and evaluated from the moment you step inside the interview room. The way you carry yourself and the way you dress for the occasion help make the first impression on the employer, and will certainly affect the outcome of the meeting. If you think that a pair of jeans and a polo shirt passes as semi-formal business attire, think again. Arriving late and keeping the interviewer waiting are also bad signs, because those actions will be interpreted as a lack of interest on your part. Moreover, the employer may believe that they reflect your character traits, and judge you to be an unorganized and undependable person. Instead, you should carry yourself confidently and dress to impress. Give the interviewer a firm handshake to let him know that you mean business.

2. You can’t match the communication style of the interviewer.

You don’t have to be an expert conversationalist or social butterfly to get on the interview’s good side; just match the communication style of the interviewer. If the interviewer is all business, then avoid making funny remarks or jokes. However, if he is more informal, then you can also be more relaxed in the way you address him. Beware that although the tone is friendlier, you still need to display respect to the interviewer. But no matter what the employer’s communication style, getting tongue tied, stuttering, etc. are to be avoided. Don’t be nervous, just be yourself!

3. You talk constantly about yourself.

This is one warning sign not to be taken lightly. Talking excessively about yourself while veering off from the main discussion of the position or company is a big turnoff for interviewers. Listening is an integral part of this scenario. To be an effective interviewee, you should keep your answers simple, concise, and detailed but to-the-point. Check yourself from time to time to ensure that you don’t get too comfortable. After all, it is a professional meeting.

4. You keep interrupting the interviewer.

Even if you feel like you already understand the question and can answer well or if you already have clarification questions, it’s not smart to butt in before the interviewer is finished speaking. This just depicts you as an impolite person. Let the interviewer finish the question before you answer. Be professional. Asking clarification questions after the interview is finished speaking not only demonstrates better manners, it solidifies your interest in the position.

5. You go in for the interview unprepared.

This is a problem that cannot be fixed once the interview starts. Research the company and the position, and your compatibility with them, beforehand and familiarize youself with the essential information so you won’t be left guessing when the employer asks you a question. You should also anticipate some questions that will be asked during the interview and prepare specific answers for those. If, during your research or the interview process, you come across any questions for the employer, you should make a note of those as well and ask them at the end of the interview.

It’s normal to feel nervous and have butterflies in your stomach when interviewing for your dream job. But you shouldn’t let nervousness get the best of you and potentially ruin your chances of getting hired. Be prepared and try your best. And, whether or not your interview turns out well, don’t forget to end the meeting graciously and follow up with a thank-you note to the employer.

Ci Ci Fan is a writer for She researches and writes about job search strategies, resume-writing techniques, interview tips, and market trends. is a professional resume writing service that helps jobseekers reach their career objectives. Online since 2002, it is dedicated to providing a one-stop shop for jobseekers with a comprehensive selection of customized, user-friendly and industry-leading services including resume writing, distribution, and interviewing and networking coaching.

5 Ways Your Cell-Phone Could Prevent You from Landing that Perfect Job

There’s no denying that mobile phones play an important part in today’s culture. In fact, a great number of people consider cell-phones to be an indispensable part of modern-day living. Cell-phones come in extra-handy when emergencies arise, and no doubt your own phone has saved you from countless awkward situations. However, there are certain scenarios where the use of this wonderful technological contraption can be considered mildly taboo, and I’m not just referring to weddings and first dates. I’m talking about how the use of your mobile can affect your chances of getting a job.

In >a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, 71 percent of the 2,400 managers who participated in the study said that it’s a deal-breaker when an applicant answers a call while being interviewed. It doesn’t matter if you’re skilled enough for the job, if you leave a bad impression on a prospective boss, you can expect that impression to stick.

To avoid this unfortunate incident, it’s best to explore Office Cell-Phone Etiquette. You can start with the five ways your mobile can stop you from getting the job that you want:

#1: Answering a call in the middle of the interview

As aforementioned, one of the biggest mistakes a job seeker can make while being interviewed is picking up a call. This holds true 99.9 percent of the time, so never answer the phone when you’re in the hot seat. Not only does it look rude and unprofessional, it also gives your prospective boss the impression that you’re not taking the job, or worse, him/her seriously.

Bosses and interviewers understand that you may want to pick up the phone in case it’s an emergency. But let’s be honest. When was the last time you had a real emergency call while in a job interview?

#2: Texting while being interviewed

Reading or replying to an SMS message is almost as rude as picking up a call while in an interview. Actually, texting might even be worse – especially if you don’t stop with the first message. Also, no matter how discreet you think you’re being, chances are, your potential boss knows when you’re texting someone.

A friend of mine, Cate, works as a Human Resources manager in New York, and according to her, she could easily tell if a person’s texting even if it’s from behind the desk. So what are the giveaways? Misplaced “mmhmms” and “yeses”. While it’s embarrassing to be caught texting while in an interview, it’s even more embarrassing if you’re caught not paying attention to your interviewer.

Truth be told, bosses like it when you’re able to multitask, but texting while in an important job interview isn’t the type of multitasking your potential boss would want to see.

#3: Keeping the interviewer waiting as you talk on the phone

Most job seekers would think it’s fine to call people while the interview hasn’t officially started. However this should not always be the case. Technically, yes, as long as the boss hasn’t arrived, you can still answer calls. But if you’re around 5 minutes away from the interview time, then I suggest putting your phone on silent mode and ignoring it. That way, in case you get called in early, you won’t have to keep the interviewer waiting.

#4: Not putting your phone on silent mode

Minutes before your job interview, as you sit in the lobby with the rest of the applicants, what do you do? While most people do discreet touch-ups, finding reflective surfaces to check if they look okay, others whip out their PDAs and cell-phones for that final text or tweet before the interview. Few people, however, bother to turn off their phones or to at least put them on silent mode.

Now, this isn’t really a problem – until someone calls or texts you. I’ve had one interview that went really well, until the interviewee’s phone started ringing loudly. The ring tone? Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” To the interviewee’s credit, she had no intentions of picking up the phone. The only problem was that after this fumble, the job applicant became so nervous that the interview went downhill from there.

#5: Talking aloud while in the office premises

Sure, you got in early and your interview’s still an hour away. You have time to burn. But that doesn’t mean that you should phone a friend and gab away for the next hour or so. Bear in mind that even while the interview hasn’t started, you’re already in the office premises. You’d want to leave a good impression on everyone you meet – and that’s just not possible if you talk too loudly on the phone for too long.

If you really need to call someone up, try to find a place where you won’t be bothering anyone. Should there be no other place but the lobby, then the least you can do is keep your voice low and soft. That way, other people can’t pick up on your private conversations.

Now that you know the pet peeves most managers have when interviewing people, it’s up to you to stop your cell-phone from robbing you of the job that you want. The foolproof way of preventing mobile interruptions during your interview? Turn off your cell-phone, or at least put it on silent mode. After all, you can always turn it back on once the interview’s done.

Isabella York is a dedicated working mother. She works for Balsam Hill, a purveyor of Artificial Christmas Trees in traditional and modern styles, and assorted other Christmas Trees.

Position Your Job Search Tactics To The Right Audience

Do you know who are you talking to? When you write a cover letter, send a resume, introduce yourself, explain what you do, or ask for advice, do you tailor your message based on who you are talking to?

Job search 1.0 is to tailor your message to highlight the best of you. But be confident that there are many great things about you and not all of them are as relevant or eye-catching to everyone you encounter. Sometimes it’s obvious: if you are speaking to someone from your alma mater, mention your education; if you are applying for a posted job write to get the hiring manager’s attention for that specific industry, function, and company.

But in your everyday job search, your reach is much more expansive. You are talking to people from a variety of sectors and at a variety of levels. Some are peers, some are mentors, some are directly in a position to hire you. If you are consulting while you are jobseeking, some contacts are potential clients or prospective employers or both. I am coaching someone who has a business and is still deciding if he wants to attract investors, joint venture partners, or employers (i.e., go back to the traditional role of employee). He himself doesn’t change but his message needs to adapt based on what an investor, a joint venture partner or an employer needs to hear, and he needs to do so fluidly in a way that doesn’t contradict his other aspirations. He must position differently to each audience.

Positioning for multiple audiences is tricky stuff – this is job search 2.0. You must know yourself AND the prospect AND what you hope to get as you combine the two. This requires a high degree of self-awareness, mastery of job search strategy and marketing, and finally the ability to be specific to the audience in front of you while remaining flexible to the broader audience of your total search. But once you get to this higher level of the positioned job search, you will see there is no better way to search. It may seem counterintuitive at first, but being able to position yourself very specifically will enable you to appeal more broadly. When your eyes are fixed on one target, you’re more attractive to that target and become more attractive to everyone else. You also learn how to focus more effectively on other targets and can repeat the process as needed.

So stop appealing to the masses and learn how to focus on a single pursuit. You will actually broaden your reach by narrowing your positioning.

Caroline Ceniza-Levine helps people find fulfilling and financially-rewarding career paths, as the co-founder of SixFigureStart®, career coaching by former Fortune 500 recruiters. Caroline has recruited for leading companies in financial services, consulting, media, pharmaceutical/ healthcare, and technology. She is the co-author (along with Donald Trump, Jack Canfield and others) of the best-selling “How the Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times” 2010; Two Harbors Press.

Creating a Resume That Grabs an Employer’s Attention

When describing your job duties on your resume, always begin your sentences with an action verb. It gives the resume more impact and adds a third dimension to your resume. Employers always want to know what you can do for them in terms of making money, saving money or saving time. So, choose your action verbs while keeping the hiring manager’s motivations in mind.

Another important section that you should include on your resume is one that lists keywords or key phrases that are relevant to the positions you’ve held and the jobs you are applying for. By doing this, you help the employer to find your resume when they search their database for potential employees.

It is very common these days for employers to require that prospective employees submit their resumes to an online database. The recruiter then enters a search query into the database using key words and phrases that are relevant to the job opening to bring up a list of all the qualified applicants. If your resume doesn’t contain any or enough of those key words, it won’t come up in the search. So, to find appropriate keywords to add to your resume, check out some job advertisements to see which terms are commonly used.

While you want your resume to be unique, you don’t want it to be tacky. Do not use inappropriate graphics or strange paper colors in attempt to attract attention. Instead focus on giving relevant interesting content. Although well meaning, sometimes the use of flashy graphics and colors can come off as a desperate tactic. You want to come off as someone who is confident in your abilities.

As a rule, you should use either the arial or times new roman font for your resume. Use either one of these fonts or something very similar as you want to ensure that your reader doesn’t go cross eyed while reading your resume. The only exception is a resume that is for a creative type of role. If you are a clothing or graphic designer, you can use fancier elements in creating your resume so long as it’s tastefully done.

Also, avoid listing personal interests and hobbies on your resume. In general, hobbies are not usually relevant to job duties and so they don’t belong on a resume. The exception is if you love to tinker with computers in your spare time and you’re a programmer or you love to tinker with cars and you’re a mechanic, in these cases, your hobby is relevant to the position that you’re applying for. But, most people list things like cycling, hiking, hunting, etc. Instead, use your hobbies as an icebreaker when you get to the interview if appropriate.

If you are invited into a hiring manager’s office and you notice that he or she has vacation photos on his or her desk, it’s a great way to break the ice and build rapport if you ask questions about the photos. In the process, you might find that you share something in common and at that point, feel free to discuss your hobbies if you discover that you share a common interest with the interviewer.

If you’re looking to find a new job and you’ve crafted a great resume, you’ll need to prepare yourself for meeting prospective employers. Visit How to Prepare for a Job Interview to learn what you need to do to ensure you land the job.

Top 6 Tips For Giving a Great Job Interview and Getting a Job

There are numerous challenges in life nowadays, and giving a job interview is one of the most stressful. So, we hope that you will make use of these tips when giving your next job interview, to put across your abilities and character in a fashion that gets you the job you would like.

The guidelines governing the mechanics of giving a great job interview and getting a job are part science ( objective ) and part art ( subjective ) So, how do you make absolutely sure to get great results?

Your answer should be to provide great information, and communication. It is a fact that doing almost anything is achievable when you are aware of what is needed. Anything is simpler to do when you’re well-informed when talking about it. To get excellent results with giving a great job interview and getting a job, you must just know more about how precisely to do it. So, read on!

Detailed here are five effective tips for giving a convincing and convincing job interview and getting a job:

One. Have all the essential details about yourself correctly rehearsed in your conscious mind. These include education, pass-times, interests and prior work experience. Try and slant what you are saying about your education, your interests and the roles you have had in your jobs to date to show why you’d be the best applicant for this job.

This is vital because your interviewers will be desiring to discover this info and determine that you’re the person you say that you are in the job application you submitted. The results once you follow these ideas are that you make it easy for them to do their job, which they will always like.

Two. Ensure you demonstrate a certain amount of keen anticipation for the job you are being interviewed for. Remember, the interviewer is looking for somebody they feel will be perfectly fitted to the job publicized. Which is essential because, if you come across as having little interest in the position, do you really think that you will be offered it?

Three. Ensure you do the research on the company offering the job and the job role itself so you give a sound impression of your understanding at the interview. And also because most jobs today are so heavily applied for that you will need to show a glint of something special and additional which you may bring to the job, to get most jobs.

Four. Reinforce your job application with real proof of what you have done in prior jobs. Do not just give a uninspiring 1 or 2 word outline of your role – do be sure that you elaborate.

Give precise outlines of individual aspects of the work you did. Again, attempt to emphasise examples of jobs you performed that would make you good for the job you have applied for.

The explanation for this is that you show yourself as an individual and show how well you were committed to doing your prior job well.

It’s also actually useful because many candidates will fail at this, and by doing it you instantly raise your quality application above almost all of the others submitted.

Five. Work out previously the type of abilities and qualities you’re feeling you’d need to perform the job you are trying for, and think about as many good examples as you can, of how you have demonstrated these in your work and personal life until now. This a brilliant idea, as you’ll be properly prepared when you get questions about this during your interview.

Questions which are often asked during interviews include:

“Explain what skills and experience will you be bringing to this job which will help you and your team”?

“How well do you work in a team”?

Readiness of this sort will help to raise your confidence in the interview.

Six. Try to do well with your appearance. Remember, initial impressions are some of the biggest impressions the interviewer is going to have of you, so go hell for leather to make those initial impressions count. Consider the sort of personality qualities and character qualities you believe somebody good at the job you have requested would demonstrate, and try and come across at the interview as having those qualities.

And, the reason why is this vital is, thanks to the natural human trait of recollecting first appearances, and irrespective of how we’d try otherwise, not permitting first thoughts about somebody to color later thoughts about them.

However, should you feel that an interview started badly, don’t be too worried. First impressions will get replaced to a degree by an interviewee showing his or her real character, if the applicant really is well suited to the job, as an empathy builds up between those present throughout the interview period.

Other reasons for this are the interviewers won’t only want a worker who can do the job well, they will wish to have a person who will fit-in with their associates and get on inside the company environment and kinds of people already employed.

Finally, do research the location of the interview office and how you will get there, and park you car if driving etc, well in advance. All the good work you do before an interview will be damaged if you arrive late, or just in time – but stressed up by a difficult and rushed journey.

Just punctiliously follow the six tips above and you can expect good results in giving job interviews and getting a job. You may then expect to have all the joys, benefits and fruits those good results will bring.

If you ignore these six tips, prepare yourself for far worse results, and at the same time lower benefits.

By Steve Evans. Learn how to get good government jobs by visiting this government jobs site at

Solving The Over Qualified Job Hunting Problem!

If you are over qualified for a position how do you solve the problem?

You’ve been looking for a job for several months. You’ve had several interviews but you get the feeling you are being passed over because the employers view you as being Over Qualified for the position.

It’s a feeling shared by many well qualified job hunters. If the prospective employer is concerned that in a short period of time you’ll become bored and leave as soon as something better is available, or you qualifications would over shadow your boss and cause conflicts they will pass on you and hire someone else.

If the over qualified issue comes up in the job interview or you are applying for a job that requires three years experience and you have twenty you strategy in dealing with the issue could be as follows:

If the interviewer mentions that you might be over qualified don’t argue with them. Agree and remind them you bring a high level of skills and qualifications to the position. And that you are clearly qualified for the job, and list your top two or three strength you bring to the position.

Next, indicate your high level of interest in the job opportunity and explain why it’s the right position for you at the present time. (You’ve always enjoyed the challenges of the job, the job is close to your home and you’re tired of the long commute, the job allows you to work in a new industry, the job is a better fit for your skills, etc…) And now ask them a question.

“I hope that makes sense?” Now wait for their response. If they agree you might back it up with an example of your hiring someone over qualified and how well it turned out.

If the overqualified issue does not come up in the interview, you’ll normally be given an opportunity to sum up the interview.

At the close of the interview you might say, “Some may look at my qualifications and conclude I’m over qualified for the position. It’s true my strengths (then list 2-3 of the top qualifications for the job) qualify me for the job. I’m very interested in the position, I know my boss might be younger than I am but I’ve worked with other managers younger than I am without a conflict or problem. The job will allow me to leverage my skills (list the skills) and that challenge is important to me and gives me an opportunity to provide a great benefit to (name employer).”

Practice your close. Make it as natural and positive as possible. With this strategy you’ll go a long way to overcoming possible objections and concerns that you are over qualified for the position.

John Groth has changed careers seven times during his working life. Learn more about changing careers and job hunting tips at Discover how others over age 50, built winning career plans and found the right careers by career planning after 50.

Seven Ways to Get Noticed in Your Job Search

Do you feel like you’re on an endless journey of not finding a job?

Do you hate being ignored when you send your resume to countless employers?

Are you approaching your job search like everyone else? BINGO!

You’re just blending in with the Job Search Herd when you’re like everyone else. In order to get noticed by recruiters and hiring managers, you must stand out from the Herd.

Don’t Blend In – Be Different

How to do this? Be creative. Take a different approach to your job search and you’ll start to see positive responses.

For instance:

(1) Have business cards advertising “You” and your job search.

(2) Create an Elevator Pitch that focuses on what you can do for your next company.

Write a Resume that Gets Noticed

(3) Build a Resume that is focused on satisfying the needs of your next employer, and you are ahead of the Job Search Herd.

Recruiters see hundreds of resumes that all look the same. Additionally, the Applicant Tracking Software that most recruiters utilize ignore resumes that don’t match specific job competency requirements.

(4) To successfully get through the Recruiting and Applicant Tracking Software gate, simply copy the “Needed Job Competencies” of the position in which you’re interested and paste them on your resume.

Your job skills and competencies should be in the top one-fourth of the first page of the resume.

Important! If you don’t have at least 95% of the needed position skills, DO NOT apply to the position or pirate the job posting.

Always Include Results

(5) The “Results” section of your resume should be placed directly below the “Job Skills and Competencies” section of the resume. The results should be reflective of the job competencies you just listed.

Now, you can be like everyone else and include a chronological listing of your past employers. Recruiters only want to see the last ten years of employment. If you want to include more, add an additional section, “Early Career History,” and list only the employer name and your job title. No need to brand yourself as being older by listing dates and specifics in which there is little or no interest.

(6) Lastly, think like an employer. If you were the Hiring Manager what words on your resume would get attention? Hint: Action-oriented words written in the present tense get more attention. The words used in the “Results” section of your resume should be solutions oriented. Simply state the problem and how you helped your company solve the problem.

(7) The “Results” section must include metrics. Executives like to see numbers and relate better to numbers than to words.

Below is an example of a resume that has been created by utilizing a job posting’s needed competencies and enhanced with a listing of results that include metrics.

A Sample of an Awesome Resume



City, State Address email address @ 713-555-1212


(Name of the position listing)

Dynamic and versatile Design Engineering Manager with proven superior performance in planning, directing, orchestrating and executing initiatives to deliver quality on-time Design Engineering products and services. (contains key words in the position listing)


(copied from position listing)

Stimulation software expertise in 3D CAM and FEA/Stimulation software for product enhancement and/or development.

Stimulation software utilized to accurately check manufacturing drawings from models for design projects underway.

Develop on-going reports for submission to customer and management related to product incidents in the field.

Responsible for solving and/or resolving all manufacturing and/or assembly issues.

Perform or coordinate analysis at third-party laboratories to confirm material conformance to specifications or reaction of product materials to application fluids. (copied from Job Posting Description)


(matches Job Skills above with Results and Metrics added)

Effectively utilized stimulation software EXPERTISE in 3D CAM and FEA/Stimulation software for product enhancement and./or development at XYZ Company. RESULTS: 98% effectiveness; $80,000 cost savings.

Significant Successes at ABC Corp. through the effective design of Stimulation software. Results: On-going patents pending; $10 million savings; 90% customer satisfaction

Developed management and customer reports related to product incidents in the field. Results: $3 million contracts secured; anticipated marketing valued at $10 million.

Responsible for solving and/or resolving all manufacturing and/or assembly issues at ABC Corp. and XYZ Company, netting manufacturing savings of approximately $20 million.

Manager responsibilities include analysis at third-party laboratories to confirm material conformance to specifications or reaction of product materials to application fluids. Results: total manufacturing production savings at three companies: $80 million.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE(listed in chronological order)

(complete resume in the typical format)

Follow the above example and you’ll get noticed as being above the Job Search Herd. You’ll quickly pass through the Recruiter and Applicant Tracking System gate and onto Interview Scheduling.

Good Luck and Happy Job Hunt!

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Tips To Improve Your Job Search Campaign!

Tips to analyze your and improve your job hunting results.

Your car won’t start or your dishwasher quits working what’s the first thing you do? Right, you begin troubleshooting. Sometimes it’s easy to fix-maybe your car is out of gas or the circuit breaker is tripped to the dishwasher. All solved through carefully examining the simple and obvious before we call in the experts. Here are some simple and obvious job hunting problems that you can probably fix yourself.

If your job search has been going on for some time with unacceptable results maybe it’s time to do some critical thinking and analysis of your job hunting efforts. First, you have to discover where your job search is not working and fix what is wrong, or develop additional options and perhaps move in another direction. Further, some of your job seeking efforts may need to be analyzed to find out what specifically you can do to improve results.

Here are four job hunting problem areas you can start to examine so you can properly analyze and improve your job search efforts:

1. Problem: Not generating enough viable job openings. Usually this is caused by career and job goals that are too broad or you are restricting your job search to a narrow geographical area or an industry where there are few job openings.

Take a careful look at your career objectives. Focus your job hunting efforts that closely match you skills and qualifications. If you are changing careers work hard on finding transferable skills that match the qualifications for the new career.

Work more on uncovering job leads by networking. Make sure everyone in your network is crystal clear as to your job objectives.

Spend more time researching possible job opportunities. Reject possible dead-end careers and industries.

2. Problem: Few good results compared to effort. Probably no job search plan, with measurable daily job hunting effort. May be not spending enough time on productive job hunting efforts.

Build a job search plan with daily, weekly and monthly goals. Make you goals measurable and celebrate each milestone. Get off the job boards and spend the time in more productive pursuits like networking and appropriate research.

Plan on working full-time on your job search campaign. After a medical check-up add some regular physical activity goals to your job hunting plan. Watch your diet. This combination will add to your self-confidence and job hunting is all about self-confidence.

3. Problem: Little or no telephone or face-to-face job interviews. Probably caused by a too general a resume and a cookie-cutter cover letter and few job leads from you network.

Focus you resume and cover letter on the specific requirements and qualifications required to do the job.

Re-energize you network. Work harder to add more people to your network.

Since it’s been said that up to 75% of all positions are in the “hidden” job market plan to do more, make more contacts, ask for referrals and widen you network to generate more interviews.

4. Problem: Interviews but no job offers. May be caused by too little interview research and preparation.

Improve you interview communication skills by video taping mock interviews. Practice both telephone interview techniques and face-to-face interviewing skills. Work hard to eliminate annoying habits. Practice good answers to tough questions. Research the employer, the industry and the interviewer. Have questions ready to turn the interview into a conversation.

Search your network to learn more about the open position and possible employees currently working for the employer.

Sell yourself as a problem solver who can resolve the challenges facing the job, department and possibly the company.

If any of these job search problems match what may be wrong with your job hunting efforts, hopefully we’ve got you started in the right direction. At a minimum it should spark an examination of your job search campaign and motivate you to upgrade your activity in areas that you can improve. Taking daily action on these upgraded methods should help you find the right job sooner rather than later.

John Groth has changed careers seven times during his working life. Learn more about job search techniques and career planning at Discover how others over age 50, built winning career plans and found the right jobs and careers by career planning after 50.

How to Send Interview Thank You Emails

It is good practice for job seekers to do letter writing and sending interview thank you emails, after meeting with a recruiter or company manager. Relaying a thank you letter after an interview is a must-do for job-search success.

Sample letters are hard to locate, but a fast e-mail is a great way of forwarding an appreciation letter for the job opportunity. If an email is not possible to send, than certainly a mailed letter should be sent quickly – within the first 24 hours. If you don’t have the time to send a detailed letter by e-mail, then just forward something brief but professional, and then follow up with a formal letter with more facts and information.

Even work at home jobs can at times require participation in interviews either by telephone or in person.

Why Send Interview Thank Yous

Sending a thank you reply letter following a job interview, is a great way to interact with your possible future boss, and will greatly improve your chances of landing the job you want.

Browse on search engines for thank you letters samples, as learning how to send a thank you letter will confirm your interest to work for the company.

Interview thank yous are a great way of focusing and representing your strengths that will compliment the position that you are seeking.

Your future possible employer will see first hand that you are willing to go that extra mile.

You can also use this opportunity to mention other work experiences or job training that you forgot to mention during the interview.

Letter Writing Must Dos

Make sure you have all of the correct details necessary for the letter. Incorrect information will not make a good impression.

Be sure to proofread the letter template carefully, as spelling and grammar errors will not score any points for you.

Don’t include a lot of fluff. Keep it to the point, yet easily understandable, and of course always be sure that it is professional.

Thank You Letter Writing Sample

Dear ____,

Thank you for the time and consideration you extended to me to discuss the ________ position during my interview with you yesterday.

I appreciate having had the opportunity to familiarize myself with your company, and speak with you about my experience in related fields and my future goals. I can understand why I hear so many great things about your business.

I shall look forward to hearing from you regarding your hiring decision, and wish to thank you again for your courtesy.



Sending interview thank you emails is the key to your success.

Previously worked as a nurse and human resources manager, now, full-time home consultant and writer. Louanne welcomes you to find extremely helpful work from home advice at


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