Why Your Resume is Like a Burger [INFOGRAPHIC]

18 11 2014

If you’ve never thought about your resume the way you think about a great burger, it’s time to start now. This insightful infographic from Career FAQs makes an interesting connection between the two, all the while helping to create a tasty and juicy resume that will be simply irresistible to every recruiter who gets to read it.

What’s important are both the essential components and little details that add the extra dash of flavour all recruiters are looking for. A fresh and delicious burger bun will serve as a strong foundation for a burger. just like a defined layout for a resume, framing the essentials to a great CV.

The mouth-watering meat patty, which represents substance in your resume, is the very essence of the burger and therefore should only be of the highest quality.

What about the extras? While lettuce provides some much-needed balance between confidence and humility, tomato keeps the resume (and burger) fresh and interesting. The sauce works like the cherry on top and stands for that something extra, which simply makes a resume worth reading – its exciting flavour takes it to the next level.

Burgers and resumes should be kept simple and devoid of any artificial flavourings or sweeteners, which at first taste good, but soon give everyone a stomachache. Both resumes and burgers should also include ingredients of the best quality, selected especially for the occasion and matching the taste of the person who is likely to consume the dish.

Finally, the infographic makes it clear that for some jobs, a simple resume won’t cut the mustard – just like a great burger, it sometimes needs to be served with a portion of fries on the side.

Why your resume is like a burger - Career FAQs

 

***For this delicious INFOGRAPHIC, Campus to Career thanks Career FAQ!!***

 





Apps You Should Be Using in the Job Hunt

11 11 2014

imagesAfter four long years of college, filled with papers, exams, and all-nighters, you’re finally in the real world. The first order of business? Getting a job.

Thanks to the Internet, you can find and apply for more jobs than ever.  But with the sheer volume of online job sites, open positions and applications, it can be hard to know where to start – and to keep track of your progress once you do. Luckily, there are tons of online resources that can help. With these web apps and websites, you can improve your resume, expand your professional network and find and apply to job listings faster and easier than ever before.

Resumes

Before you get a great job, you have to have a great resume. After all, it’s the first interaction you have with a potential employer, and you want to make a good impression. However, many students leave college without knowing how to create a professional, effective resume. These sites can help you figure out the resume basics, as well as create and manage eye-catching resumes that will help you get your foot in the door.

ResumeGenius

ResumeGenius helps you build professional resumes in minutes. Choose the template that best expresses your personality, and simply enter your information. The site will give you smart, dynamic suggestions as you go, whether it’s expanding the description of a position or adding exact numbers. ResumeGenius also offer pre-written descriptions you can add to your resume. Once you’ve completed your resume form, you can download it directly to Microsoft Office. Choose unlimited 14-day access for $1.95, or get a monthly plan for $7.95.

VisualCV
These days, a plain paper resume isn’t always enough to help you land your dream job. That’s where VisualCV comes in. VisualCV is designed to help job seekers optimize their resumes and CVs for print and web. You can target resumes toward specific positions, use analytics to track when and how your resume is seen, and take your resume to the next level with images, videos, presentations and more. VisualCV helps you create resumes that can be shared online or printed out, making them great for online applications as well as in-person interviews, job fairs and networking events. VisualCV also allows you to store, edit and manage multiple resumes at once.

1-Page
For some people and some positions, a traditional resume may not be the answer. Instead, try creating a job proposal with 1-Page. 1-Page allows you to create proposals with more personality and more pertinent information than resumes. 1-Page proposals focus less on work history and experience and more on what you can bring to the table, now and in the future. They can help you explain your goals and aspirations for potential jobs, what you’re looking for financially and professionally, and what actions you plan to take to achieve your goals. They also allow you to address existing issues in the company or industry you’re interested in.

Job Databases

Once you have a great resume, you want to send it out to the right people and be considered for the right positions. The best way to do that? Searching job databases. Though everyone knows about Monster, CareerBuilder and LinkedIn, they’re not the only job sites out there. Below are a few more that you might not have heard of – check them out to start expanding your job search, and get your resume out to more people.

Idealist
The interface and functionality of Idealist is similar to other searchable job databases. However, Idealist focuses exclusively on nonprofit job and internships and volunteer opportunities. Though many job seekers focus on the for-profit sector, working for a nonprofit can be a great and fulfilling experience. Idealist includes job openings from more than 100,000 organizations, making it the largest resource for people looking to work in nonprofits. The site is funded through donations and fees from organizations, but is free for job seekers to use.

USAJobs
Government jobs are well-known for great pay and wonderful benefits. But most people (especially those fresh out of college) don’t know how to find government jobs, since they’re not always listed on traditional job sites. However, all federal government positions are listed on USAJobs. Search for positions by keyword, location, salary, type of work and more. The site has thousands of open positions available, and you can apply for them all in the same place – even positions in different departments.

Industry-Specific Sites
Finally, if you know you want to work in a certain industry or field, you might want to consider sites that are specialized for certain sectors. For instance, if you have a degree in journalism or you’re looking a job in publishing or advertising, a site like MediaBistro has hundreds of relevant job listings. Interested in technology? Try Dice. There are specific job databases available for tons of industries, including retail, security, finance, hospitality and more.

Landing your first job out of college might not be easy. But if you use these online resources for building resumes and finding jobs, it can at least be easier. And you can never start the job hunt too early. Whether you’re about to graduate or you still have some time, start crafting your resume and hunting for jobs now, for better results in the future.

What online resources do you use to help with the job hunt?

 ****For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Abby Perkins!****

About the author: Abby Perkins is Managing Editor at Talent Tribune, a SoftwareProviders.com blog focused on all things HR.





Your Green Light for a Midlife Career Change

6 11 2014

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According to an article published in the Wall Street Journal a few years ago, an average American worker goes through seven career changes in his or her lifetime. While such switches are pretty common early on in an adult’s working life, midlife career switches are a little less prevalent.

But they’re not unheard of and if you’re at that stage of life where your profession has begun to frustrate you and going to work has become a painful, anxiety-ridden experience, it’s time to consider a change. After all, there’s nothing worse than feeling you’re stuck in the wrong job.

Here are some reasons why a career change will not just steer your life in a new direction, but also give you a greater sense of purpose:

  1. Renewed passion: Midlife career switches are not decided on whims. They need careful thought and analysis. But once you’ve decided to take the plunge, it’s more likely than not that you’ll choose a career that you’re passionate about. Believe me, this is not the time of your life when you’ll risk, your income, job security and pretty much your whole life over something that doesn’t get your heart pumping and your pulse racing.
  1. Increased self-worth: Whether or not we like it, a lot of us let our work define us. We start viewing ourselves from the same lens as our boss and co-workers. If you feel undervalued at work, you might end up with a diminished sense of self-worth and that’s just not okay. Switching professions can boost your confidence as you’ll be doing something you know you’re good at.
  1. Shot of energy: For me, starting a new job is like taking a shot of adrenaline. You’re all pumped up, raring to go, and prove your mettle in your new environment. There’s all this energy that comes from nowhere and fills you with endless possibilities. It’s as exhilarating and scary as a roller coaster ride, but lasts a lot longer and leaves you more fulfilled at the end of the day.
  1. Career advancement: One of the reasons many people decide to switch careers midway through life is due to stunted professional growth. It’s not very pleasant to stare at a straight line so far as your career is concerned. If it’s not going up, it’s not worth sticking to. A new career with a promising growth trajectory is just what you need.
  1. Maximized potential: Sometimes everything could be right about your job – work’s fun, the money’s good, boss is great, so on and so forth – yet you’re not happy. It’s most likely because you feel you can do more. That’s the time when you need to stop and think if it’s time for a career change. A career change will push you out of your comfort zone, force you to acquire new skills, compel you to take more risks, and help you reach your maximum talent potential.

A few things to think about before you make the leap:

  • Put yourself through a thorough self-assessment test. Analyze your strengths, weaknesses, interests, aptitude. Make sure you don’t make the same bad choices again just because you didn’t spend enough time to understand your own values.
  • Once you’ve zeroed down on a career, do your homework. Make sure you talk to people to understand what the job entails, how much it pays, etc. so you’re prepared for it. You don’t want to be caught in a fantasy land when you start your new career.
  • In case your new career requires you to learn a new set of skills, get ready for the long haul. School, homework, assignments, projects, examinations – the whole deal.
  • Make sure you’re in a healthy position financially, especially if you have a family to support. Take your spouse, partner, or parents into confidence and ensure you have their support before you make a move.
  • And finally, enjoy yourself. You’re going through a life-changing experience. Not many have the courage to do what you did, so take pride in that fact and let your hair down once in a while!

The real world is a scary place and it matters little whether you’re a first time employee or a seasoned worker. Ask Tina Myers from YTI Career Institute, class of 2012. A military veteran who used to work in human services, Myers went to school to get a diploma in medical billing and coding. Even with all of her real life experience, she felt nervous about changing careers. The challenge is to overcome that fear because on the other side of fear, victory awaits!

****For this post, Campus to Career thanks Ray Holder!!****





What Recruiters Say and Job Seekers Hear [INFOGRAPHIC]

28 10 2014

Are job seekers and recruiters from different planets? With unemployed people outnumbering job openings three to one, you’d think recruiters could find the talent they need to fill positions. The problem is only 50 percent of job seekers actually have the qualifications needed for the job they apply to. It’s time to bridge the gap in communication between recruiter needs and job seeker strategies.

This infographic, compiled by MedReps.com, a job board which gives members access to the most sought after medical sales jobs and pharmaceutical sales jobs on the Web, provides solutions for common miscommunication between job seekers and employers. Some points to note include:

  • 38 percent of companies have open positions they cannot find talent to fill
  • 46 percent of resumes submitted contain some form of false information
  • On average, it takes 24.5 working days to fill a position
  • In the tech industry, it takes 38.9 days to fill a position

Check out the full infographic below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

What do you think? What are some other reasons miscommunication occurs between job seekers and recruiters?

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How Important Are Certifications, Anyway?

14 10 2014

certifiedWhen you’re looking for work, you want to present yourself as the best-prepared, most solid candidate a company could ever consider. With that in mind, many job seekers look at certifications as a way to set themselves apart. But these credentials cost time and money. Are they worth it?

The answer, unfortunately, is “it depends.”

It seems as if every field has some kind of certification to go along with it. If you work in project management, there’s the Project Management Professional credential. If you design kitchens, you can become a Certified Kitchen Designer. Are you a plumber? The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials offers a Green Plumber certification. The list goes on and on.

While in some fields — like cybersecurity — having the right certification is a requirement for any meaningful job, in others the impact may be modest. You’ll never hurt yourself by earning a certification, but before you invest hours and dollars into getting one, ask yourself these questions.

Does the Employer Expect It?

In some industries, employers consider specific certifications to be a fundamental job requirement. For instance, many companies won’t consider someone for a cybersecurity job unless they hold the Certified Information Systems Security Officer (CISSO) credential. In project management, you need the PMP to be considered an “A” player. A good rule of thumb: Believe employers when they list certifications as a job requirement. Often, they’ll use it as a litmus test when they’re taking their first look at a resume. If you don’t have it, they won’t be interested.

How Competitive is the Field?

The most respected certifications are usually based on a combination of course work, experience and formal exams. When you earn one, you’re demonstrating several things to hiring managers: First, that you take your career seriously enough to spend time and money on becoming better at your work. Second, that you have expert knowledge not everyone will possess. And, third, that you’ve proved your knowledge and experience through the process of earning the certification.

Let’s take kitchen designers as an example: A showroom may not require that you be certified as a kitchen designer by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. But having the credential shows that you’ve got a certain level of experience in not just selling, but designing, building and/or managing the construction of your designs. When multiple people are applying for the same job, that could be the deciding factor in whether you get an interview.

Will a Certification Get Me More Money?

Often, they do, but there’s no guarantee. In many high technology jobs, having the right certification can result in a pay premium worth thousands of dollars a year. In most cases, though, the credentials simply put you in a stronger position when it comes time to negotiate your pay.

To find out where you stand, do some homework. Search the Web for a specific job title, “certification” and “pay,” and you’ll get started on figuring out how valuable a particular certification may be. Professional associations are also a great source of information about a cert’s value, though bear in mind those same groups often sponsor the credentials and can have a definite ax to grind.

Certifications can be valuable not only to your job hunt, but to your long-term success. Still, don’t rush into getting one. Think through what’s necessary to succeed in your chosen path and do some research to learn about what employers expect. Then you can decide whether a certification is right for you.

****For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Mark Feffer!****

About the author: Mark Feffer has written, edited and produced hundreds of articles on careers, personal finance and technology. His work has appeared on Dice.com, Entrepreneur.com as well as on other top sites. He is currently writing for JobsinRI.com, the top local resource for job seekers, employers and recruiters in Rhode Island.





5 Ways to Become a More Valuable Asset to Your Company

8 10 2014

 

Congratulations! You have finally graduated college and have stepped into a career that shows immense promise! However becoming a valuable asset to your company requires hard work, dedication and that little something “extra.”  Trust me, your superiors will notice the work you put in to being a good employee, and you will benefit as you improve yourself! Below you’ll find a number of tips to maximize your value as an employee.

Go to Grad School
This is a move that can pay huge dividends! You can go into accounting masters programs or MBA programs. These business degrees could help you get ahead at your company, and could provide you with information that will make you a more productive worker. It is also possible that your company requires a graduate degree of you if you want to advance with the company. Do you know what a promotion will require? 

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When you are trying to become an asset to your company, you may need to start working some overtime. I know I know, working long hours can be a huge drag and may even cut into your personal life, but establishing yourself as the go-to person for a number of projects simply because you were at work could make a positive impression on your superiors!

Volunteer
Get involved, get experience. When you are volunteering in your community, it’s a great way to elevate your company’s reputation. People will often ask you where you work, which creates a good buzz for your company! Also, you will be able to get your business involved in worthy projects and charities that will advance the name of the business. You can give back to your community, make your company look great, and improve your resume at the same time. Talk about a win-win-win!

Find a Mentor
Finding a mentor is a sure-fire way to “learn the ropes” and will help you tremendously when promotions come up! You will find that these people can put in a good word for you when you want to get a better job, and they could help you all the way to the top of the corporate ladder. Be careful however; you’ll want to find a mentor who is well-respected around the office. Selecting a “flakey” worker as your mentor can backfire quickly. No one wants to be associated with a flake! TIP: As a mentee, you have a lot to offer! Great mentor relationships provide value for all parties involved. 

Publish Your Work
This very well may be one of the more powerful tips you can employ. When you are being published in journals for your industry, your business is going to look better and you’ll come across as an authority in your particular expertise. Score! Also, your knowledge will help establish your company as a source of expertise. When people read where you are working, they will turn to your business for help. Your superiors will take notice, and you have a chance of advancing more quickly.

When you want to become a more valuable asset at work, these five steps recommended above can help you get ahead.

****For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Karleia Steiner!!****





Keep Your Job Search Game Strong With These Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]

9 09 2014

We’ve welcomed a few new players to the job search field. Today’s job seekers have more resources to help draw out the Xs and Os than ever before. The wealth of online resources and social platforms can help you break free from getting caught up in zone defense and look out on all sides. Social networking, employee referrals, and even mobile devices are now helping job seekers bolt past the competition and score their dream jobs.

The infographic below — compiled by CareerShift, a comprehensive job hunting and career management solution — shares six new trends impacting job seekers. It’s time to ante up and use these game-changing trends to help you score big on the job field.

Some stats to note:

  • 94% of recruiters use or plan to use social media in recruiting efforts
  • 78% of recruiters hire through social media
  • 72% of active job seekers use mobile devices in their job search
  • Employee referrals account for 40% of all hires

Check out the full infographic below and develop your playbook with these game-changing trends in mind.

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What do you think? What are some other game-changing trends in today’s job market?








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