Job Hunting: The Importance of a Professional Resume

Job Hunting
Are you currently job hunting?  If you are, you will likely find a number of job listings that you want to apply for, if you haven’t already done so.  No matter what type of job you are applying for, whether you want to be a contractor, a secretary, or a retail store manager, you will want to make a resume for yourself. 
Resumes are often used to replace or supplement a traditional job application. The only thing is that your resume needs to be professional in nature.

When it comes to resumes that are professional in nature, there are many individuals who wonder why having a professional resume is so important.  In all honesty, there are a number of different reasons. Just a few of the many reasons why having a professional resume, at least a professional looking one, is important are touched on below. 

Perhaps, the biggest reason as to why you need to submit a resume that is professional in nature is because the resume is often the first thing that a hiring employer will see.  With many employers using the internet and newspaper employment sections to find qualified candidates, many are not meeting their prospective employees in person.  Most just simply submit their resume as an email attachment or mail it in.  Since your face will not be seen and your personality will not be witnessed right away, your resume will essentially end up doing all of the talking for you. That is why you want to make sure that it looks and feels professional.

What you may not realize is that there are many employers who classify all of their applicants based on their resumes.  Yes, this may not necessarily be fair, especially when that classification is based solely on appearance, but it is something that does happen.  That is why you will want to make sure that your resume gives a good first impression.  You don’t want it to be tossed to the side, just for its appearance.  For the best chance of success, print your resume out on traditional white computer paper, use standard font, and make sure that it is easy to read. 

A professional resume, even just a professionally looking one, is also important because it can help give you an edge above the competition.  For many, submitting a resume that is professional in nature, right to the point, and easy to read is common sense, but for others it isn’t so obvious.  You may actually be surprised with how many applicants respond to a job listing with a resume that should have never left their house.  Depending on the job listing you are responding to, you may end up being one of hundreds of applicants. That is why it is important that you get an edge.  However, the way to do this is with a professional resume, not one that will get laughed at all the way to the trash can.

As you can see, from being outlined above, there are a number of different reasons as to why the resumes that you submit to hopeful employers should be professional in nature.  The term professional in nature is used because your resume doesn’t actually have to be professionally done.  If you do have some writing experience, particularly concerning resumes, you may be able to produce your own professional resume.  If not, you are advised to look into using the services of a professional resume writer. 


Job Hunting?  The Importance of Looking Out for Scams


Are you currently on a search for a new job?  If you are, you may be using the internet, as well as your local newspapers to find job openings.  While these are both great way to find job openings that you are qualified for, as well as apply for those jobs, you need to remember to be on the lookout for scams.

Despite what you may believe, there are scams that are sometimes referred to as job hunting scams, career scams, or employment scams. These scams are run by those who are looking to profit from someone’s need to find a job.  Although it is horrifying, it is something that does happen.  That is why you need to be on the lookout for scams, when searching for and applying for new jobs. As a reminder, you need to remember that these employment scams not only take place online; many scams are starting to make their way to newspaper employment sections.

When it comes to avoiding job scams, it is best if you know what to be on the lookout for.  One of the most common scams associated with job hunting involves the requirement of a deposit.  This deposit is most commonly associated with work-at-home opportunities, but not always.  These types of scams work when an “employer,” or a scammer says that a deposit is needed to start working for them.  This deposit may be used for supplies, training materials, or just because.  What you need to remember is that you should never have to pay to get a job.  You should be paid to work, not the other way around.  Yes, you may need to buy certain pieces of clothing or other needed supplies, but you should be able to make your own purchase, from anywhere you want.

Another type of scam that you will want to be on the look for is employment scams that are just out to get your personal information. As with deposit employment scams, these types of scams are most commonly associated with work at home jobs, but they are not limited to them. These types of scams work by having you hired for a job, any type of job, but one that doesn’t really exist.  The only thing is that most typically don’t know that the job doesn’t exist.  The “employer,” in question will then ask you to fill out required working papers or provide you bank account information for direct deposit.  Once the “employer,” or scammer in question has your personal account information, you will likely never see or hear from them again.  However, you may find yourself with an identity theft problem.

One of the best ways to avoid falling victim to an employment scam is by using your best judgment.  If a job opportunity sounds too good to be true, chances are it is.  You will want to be cautious of any job opportunity that requires paying a deposit to become an employee or a job listing that wants your personal information before you even know exactly what you would be doing.  Be on the lookout for common scams, ones that state only a certain number of openings are left, ones that have 1-800 numbers for contact information, and such. 

By keeping the above mentioned points in mind, you are more likely to find a legitimate career opportunity or job than you are to fall victim to an employment scam.  As a reminder, use your best judgment.


Job Interview Dos and Don’ts


Are you in the process of trying to get a new job?  If you have already applied for a few jobs, there is a good chance that you may end up having an interview scheduled soon, if you don’t already have one arranged. As you likely already know, a job interview is often the deciding factor in whether or not you get hired. That is why it is important that your interviews go off without a hitch.  To ensure that they do, you may want to familiarize yourself with the most common job interview dos and don’ts, some of which are outlined below.

One thing that you will want to do is prepare for your interview. There are too many individuals who mistakenly believe that all interviews are the same. This is actually something that you do not want to do.  Yes, many interviews are similar in nature, but they are not all the same.  In all honesty, it depends on the job that you are being interviewed for and the employer in question.  Instead of assuming that your job interview will be just like the last one, you are advised to expect something different, to help keep you on your toes.

Another thing that you will want to do is practice for your interview.  As it was previously mentioned, many job interviews are similar in nature, despite being a little bit different.  They are often similar based on some of the basic questions that are asked. For instance, some of those questions may be centered on your professional goals, your need to succeed, and so on.  No matter how prepared you are for these questions, they can be difficult to answer in the moment. That is why you do want to prepare for your interview by doing a few practice runs, preferably with a friend or a relative.

As stated above, during the interview process, you will be asked a number of questions. These questions are what enables an employer to gain insight into you, your life, and your work habits.  When responding to questions that you are asked or even when just making conversation, it is advised that you keep everything professional in nature. What you do not want to do is divulge too much information about your personal life.  For instance, employers do not need to know how old you are or if you have any children.  Also, do not badmouth any of your previous employers or bosses, as this will tend to make you look bad yourself.

When going for a job interview, it is important that you are properly dressed. What you do not want to do is wear jeans, sweatpants, or clothing that is too revealing.  To increase your chances of getting a job, you want to look professional for your job interview.  This not only includes your clothing, but your appearance as well. If you need to put on makeup or get a hair cut, go ahead and do so.  When looking to hire a new employee, many employers want someone who can represent the company in a positive matter.  That is why it is important that you do place at least a little bit of focus on your appearance.

Since the interview process is what is often the deciding factor in whether or not you are hired, you will want to make sure that your interview is one that is memorable, and in a good way.  To do that, you will want to keep the above mentioned job interview do’s and don’ts in mind.


Online Career Websites:  Are They worth Your Time?


Are you in the market for a new job?  If you are, you may be wondering exactly how you can go about finding a new job or a new career.  As you likely already know, you have a number of different options. One of those options includes websites that are often referred to as career websites or job hunting websites.  The only question is are they really worth your time?

Before examining whether or not career websites or job hunting websites are really worth your time, it is best if you thoroughly understand what they are.  Career and job hunting websites come in a number of different sizes, shapes, and styles. For instance, you can find online message boards where internet users, just like you, are able to post information on job listings that they come across. There are also other career or job hunting websites that are professionally done. These types of websites often deal directly with employers; employers who are looking for qualified candidates, possibly just like you.

As for whether or not career or job hunting websites are worth your time, it honestly depends.  If given the choice between a professional career hunting or job hunting website, one that deals with employers directly, or a website that allows job hunters, like you, to post information they find, you are advised to go with the professional websites.  These are the ones that are worth your time and then some.  To find a career website or a job hunting website, you may want to perform a standard internet search.

Once you have found an online career website or a job hunting website, your actions will also have an impact on whether or not your time is well spent.  For instance, many online career websites or job hunting websites allow you to search through available job listings. When doing so, you may want to tailor your search.  This will not only save you time, but it will help to give you more accurate job listings.  You may want to tailor your search to include a career field, like sales or construction.  It is also advised that you tailor your search to a specific area, like the city that you live in or a city in which you wouldn’t mind traveling to.

In addition to tailoring your job search, on a career website or a job hunting website, you will also want to make sure that you closely examine the dates.  Most job hunting websites have it so their most recent job listings will show first, but it is best to make sure.  You will want to try and target new job listings.  This doesn’t mean that you can’t go back and examine older listings, but you will want to place a focus on newer listings.  Also, many employers remove their old job listings, once the positions have been filled, but not everyone does so in a timely matter.

Another way that you can make sure that online career websites and job hunting websites are worth your time is by posting your resume and making it searchable.  When applying for a job, you will need to submit your resume along with your application, if one is required.  In addition to doing this, you may want to think about posting your resume or making it public. Although many of the employers that use career or job hunting websites want applicants to come to them, there are others who go to the applicants. That is why it is advised that you make your resume, if it is possible to do so, searchable by employers.  You never know, but you could end up with an interview or a job with little or no work done on your part!

As you can see, career hunting and job hunting websites are worth your time, as long as you use your time wisely.  As a reminder, if you don’t already know of a career or job hunting website, you can easily find one or a number of them by performing a standard internet search.


Online Job Hunting Websites:  Why You Should Post Your Resume


If you are looking for a new job or a new career, there is a good chance that you would turn to websites which are commonly referred to as online job hunting websites or career hunting websites.  Two popular and well-known examples of these websites are CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com.  What is nice about these online job hunting websites is that you can search through hundreds or even thousands of job listings for your area, but did you know that you can also do more than that? 

As it was previously mentioned, many career hunting or job hunting websites allow you to search through job listings in or around your area. This is often done by entering in your zip code and then a specific mile radius, which you would be willing to travel.  You can even customize your searches a little bit more, to search for a certain type of job or a job in a specific industry, like medicine.  Many career hunting or job hunting websites allow you to search through their listings without creating an account, but if you would like to apply for any of the job listings that you come across, you will need to register for an account. While different career hunting or job hunting websites vary, many are free to use. 

When applying for a job, through an online career hunting or job hunting website, the application process will all depend on the website in question. In most cases, you will be required to fill out a small form. That form may ask your full name, your address, your telephone number, as well as a little bit of information about your work experience and the education that you received.  In addition to this information, which in a way resembles a standard job application, you will need to attach your resume.  Many career hunting or job hunting websites allow you to upload your resume to their system or have you create a new one in their system.  This resume is what will basically determine if you get an interview; therefore, it is important that you always make sure to attach a resume when applying for a job online, even if the employer in question only says that one is optional.

Although it is advised that you attach a resume whenever applying for a job, especially online, there are many job hunting or career hunting websites that allow you to do more than that.  For instance, many also allow you to post your resume online or make it searchable; searchable to employers who use the website in question.  What does this mean for you?  It means that you and your resume could get exposure without you having to do any work yourself. The simple uploading of your resume, the clicking of the searchable box, and you should be good to go.  As a reminder, most career hunting or job hunting websites do not make your resume available to the general public, just the employers who use their services; therefore, you shouldn’t have to worry about your resume falling into the wrong hands.

As previously stated, uploading your resume to a job hunting or career hunting website and making it searchable may be help you land a job or at least an interview with little or no work on your part.  This is because many employers actually find it easier to search for the perfect candidates themselves, instead of having to go through hundreds or thousands of resumes and job applications, many from those whose are not even qualified for the job in question anyways. So, that is why it is important that you have your resume posted and made viewable by employers on career hunting or job hunting websites. You never really know who may come across your resume or what type of job they will offer you.

As a reminder, most career hunting or job hunting websites allow you to use their services, as well as post your resume on their websites free of charge. That is all the more reason as to why you should make your resume available for viewing; you have nothing to lose by doing so.



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