How to Get Your Application Seen

Job ApplicationWhile the state of the U.S. job market has been a topic of debate since the start of the recent recession, the conversation has become even more heated throughout these summer months. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has revealed the job market to be relatively stable with the number of jobless claims at a 40-year low, along with the number of unemployed persons per job being 1.6. This is both good AND bad for you as a job seeker. The good news is that more companies are hiring as faith in the U.S. economy is restored. Now for the bad news. That same faith is being shared by employees who are voluntarily leaving their current positions to work elsewhere. So when once there were more unemployed job seekers in the job market, there are now “passive” candidates willing to risk leaving their jobs for a new one.

But now is not the time to fret. Regardless of whether or not you have a job today, we can
offer some sound advice on how to find a better one tomorrow. It all starts with the job
search. And in today’s competitive landscape you must exhaust all options if you’re
determined to find something better for yourself. That means relying on traditional, time-
tested methods as well as newfound tactics for properly positioning yourself to potential

So where does one start a job search? Besides identifying precisely what it is you want to
do and what kind of company you want to work for, your next step is to compile your “job
application documents”. By “job application documents” we basically mean your cover letter and resume. Although the process of creating a cover letter and resume can be daunting and downright intimidating, rest assured you will not get very far in your job search without these two pieces of work. Furthermore, your job application documents have to highlight your skills and accomplishments in a way that will make you stand out above everyone else that is applying to the job.

“How do I do that,” you may ask. A member asked us just that when posting a
question along the lines of “How do I get a company to notice my cover letter and resume?”

First you must research the person in charge of hiring at the company whose job you wish to apply to, and address your cover letter to that person. Next, write an introduction that is unlike any other generic introduction found in a common cover letter. You can read our recent news article post “How to Remain Professional in Your Job Search – Without Boring the Hiring Manager to Death” to learn more.

Next up is your resume. Your resume is a documented list of your history of work. It
should contain relevant information regarding your education, skills, qualifications and
accomplishments. In essence, your resume is your own personal marketing document necessary for applying to jobs. This means that your resume should only contain your attributes that are most relevant to the job. If you’re unsure of what to include in your resume consider this: Studies have found that recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds reviewing a resume before deciding whether or not to call a candidate in for an interview. Check out, “The Art of the Resume”  series here on our blog to get more advice on how to craft the perfect resume.

If you think building out your cover letter and resume is a one-time task, think again. If
your end goal is to land a new job by standing out in a heaping pile of job applications,
your cover letter and resume MUST be tailored specifically to the job you’re applying for.
No two companies are exactly alike and the same should go for your job application

So there you have it. We’ve uncovered all of the best ways to find a job in a recovering job market. Well, not really but we at least provided you with plenty of tips for making a cover letter and resume that gets seen by employers and recruiters.  We’ll continue to dish out our top tips and tricks as the weeks progress. Stay tuned!

Do you have a job search question you need help with?  Let us know in the comments.

Top 4 Application Fails

We here at usually like to take a positive approach to things but when it comes to your job search, sometimes we need to point out the bad to balance out the good. In an effort to help improve your job application response, we thought we’d highlight our featured article “4 Common Job Application Mistakes Everyone Makes When Rushing”. Before going in to the top 4 application fails, we’d like to provide you with this bonus tip: Never rush when applying to jobs. It’s easy to make mistakes while rushing and the smallest mistake could very well cost you the job. Here are 4 more application fails to avoid the next time you want to apply to a job:

1. You Fail to Seek Out the Right Contact

2. You Fail to Catch Spelling and Grammatical Errors

3. You Fail to Tailor Your Resume to Highlight Relevant Skills

4. You Fail to Stand Out by Providing Written Referrals or Samples of Work

So there you have it. The 4 most epic fails when applying to jobs. You can check out the full article in depth here.

Avature Partners with

Fredericksburg, VA – August 18, 2015 –, a leader in online recruitment, announced today the Resume Search integration with recruiting CRM solution provider, Avature.  This newfound partnership enables to be connected as a WebSource in Avature’s Partner Network which is designed to support Avature’s mutual customer’s job advertising and candidate sourcing activities.

By integrating’s resume search with the Partner platform, Avature’s customers will now have the opportunity to access over 11 million resumes from’s extensive database.  All of the resumes sourced from Avature’s Partner platform, as well as any searches a customer wishes to save, will be stored within the Avature CRM system for easy access and convenience.

“Through our partnership customers are able to combine Avature´s powerful CRM and boolean search functionality with an extensive resume database to find the best candidates faster, and build meaningful relationships with them,” said  Dimitri Boylan, Founder and CEO of Avature.

“We’re thrilled to be working with an award-winning leader in HCM,” said Brian Alden, CEO of “This partnership enables Avature’s customers to rapidly source and hire candidates who are truly unique to our site.”

Historically, has attracted a unique candidate base, with 60 percent not found searching for employment on any other career site.  In addition to its database of over 11 million resumes, has over 45 million registered job seekers and sends out over 13 million weekly job alerts to job seekers who are active in their job search.

About Avature

Avature is a highly configurable enterprise SaaS platform for Talent Acquisition and Talent Management, and the leading provider of CRM technology for recruiting globally. Founded by Dimitri Boylan, co-founder and former CEO of, Avature brings consumer-web technology and innovation to the HCM software market. Avature solutions include shared services sourcing, applicant tracking, campus & events recruiting, employee referrals, social onboarding, branded employee engagement, internal mobility, and performance management. Avature has 63 of the Fortune 500 as customers and is used in 67 countries and 14 languages. Avature delivers its services from data centers in the US, Europe, and Asia, and has offices in Buenos Aires, London, Madrid, Melbourne, New York, Paris and Shenzhen. @Avature.

About has been connecting people with jobs since 2001. With over 45 million registered job seekers, and over 11 million active resumes, continues to be one of the most turned to sources for finding employment. We specialize in helping employers and recruiters hire qualified employees, while providing job seekers with a variety of career and job search enhancing services, products and resources. Whether you are an employer looking for a new hire, or a candidate looking to be hired, we’re dedicated to providing a unique experience with unparalleled service. For more information, please visit



Is On-Demand Employment Right For You?

The gig economy, also known as the on-demand economy is a trending topic surrounding business and job market news. With so many opinions being tossed around about whether or not employment in the on-demand age is sustainable, let’s first cut through the clutter and examine some of those “gig” jobs that are capable of creating a decent living.

1.  Uber – Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’re already aware of transportation giant, Uber. The company offers what are most likely the most flexible work hours in history advertising that Uber drivers can “earn money on their own terms”. With services available in over 58 countries, and new drivers being added to cities every day, it’s an understatement to say that Uber is taking the world by storm. The company’s CEO is on a mission to take down the taxi industry, and has claimed that a full-time Uber driver in New York City can make twice as much as the average NYC cab driver. Between the pay and the flexible work schedule, becoming an Uber driver is great for someone who enjoys driving around and living a less structured lifestyle, but it comes at a cost. Since Uber drivers are independent contractors, traditional benefits such as healthcare and dental are out the window.

2.  Thumbtack – If you are a skilled professional who has always dreamed of running your own business, Thumbtack can make that happen.

Find your inner entrepreneur

Find your inner entrepreneur

Thumbtack is an online marketplace that connects consumers with service providers all over the country. With a directory of services that runs the gamut from business services such as Social Media Marketing, and Security Guard Services, to specialty trades such as blacksmithing, and Mandarin Translation, Thumbtack uses its technology to match a customer’s needs with small businesses and independent professionals. You can jump right in and create a professional account for free. Thumbtack will only charge you when you send a custom quote to a potential customer.

3.  Etsy – Etsy is for the crafty creators and curators of the world. If you have a talent for making non-perishable goods, or just like to collect vintage items for the fun of it, you can sell it on Etsy. Similar to Thumbtack, thousands of people have successfully built a business off of this online platform that charges users literally pennies on the dollar to get started. Etsy is a wonderful marketplace for you to test your creative moxie and potentially turn a hobby in to a career. If anything, why not try to sell off your old Star Wars action figure collection and make a few extra bucks in the process?

4.  Home Parties – Gone are the days of just selling boring Tupperware! If you’re a social butterfly who loves to sell, consider going in to the home party business. There are plenty of categories to consider. From Pampered Chef, to Avon, to the ever-so-popular Thirty-One Gifts, becoming a home party representative frees you from the monotony of a 9-5 job and opens you up to a world filled with fun, laughter and instant cash! It’s not for everyone, however. While home parties can be enjoyed by both men and women, most are more recognized, and embraced by women.

5.  Work-From-Home Jobs – When you hear “work-from-home” your mind may immediately go to Internet scams and “get rich quick” schemes, but contrary to this belief job listings for remote work are quite common these days. A wide array of industries are aggressively advertising opportunities to work-from-home including Healthcare and Nursing, Insurance and Web Development and Design. Study after study shows that telecommuting is beneficial for companies as well as its employees. After all, happier people tend to be more productive. Although these jobs may require a larger time commitment, this type of employment made our list due to the fact that work-from-home employees are empowered to work from the comfort of their own homes without the stress of being micro-managed. That alone sounds like a great gig.

As you can see when it comes to on-demand employment no job is too big or too small. To find your next great gig start searching on now!

Times New Roman Is A Bad Choice For Résumés, Experts Say

Times New Roman may be a classic font, but it’s apparently a no-go when it comes to applying for a job.

Bloomberg recently spoke to a group of typography experts about the best and worst type fonts to use on a résumé. Times New Roman was labeled as respectable, but unadventurous and mundane.

“It’s telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected,” said Brian Hoff, creative director of Brian Hoff Design. Using the font in a résumé is akin to “putting on sweatpants” for an interview, he added.

Unsurprisingly, the typewriter-style font Courier and the jolly Comic Sans were also given the thumbs-down. Comic Sans shouldn’t even be looked at “unless you are applying to clown college,” Hoff said.

Among the favored fonts, Helvetica came out on top. The font “is beautiful,” said Matt Luckhurst, the creative director at brand consultancy firm Collins.

Go to Bloomberg to see the full list of best and worst résumé fonts.

Last month, Business News Daily posted its own list of the best fonts to use in a résumé.

“Since a prospective employer is looking at the résumé for only [a few] seconds, you want [a font] that is aesthetically pleasing and grabs the employer’s attention at a quick glance,” Wendi Weiner, a certified professional résumé writer and founder of The Writing Guru, told the website. “The résumé should be sophisticated in design with clear headings that stand out.”

Business News Daily picked Calibri, Garamond, Georgia and Trebuchet MS as some of their top résumé fonts.

Times New Roman also made the list, and was praised as being “clean” and “easy-to-read.” However, the website warned that “it may be construed as boring and unimaginative, and is unlikely to stand out in a sea of résumés.”

This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post

This article was written by Dominique Mosbergen from Huffington Post and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

The Team Goes on the Hunt for Their Quarterly Team Builder

You may have heard of the Amazing Race but how about the Egg-Mazing Race?  It’s one of the scavenger hunts found on the growingly popular, photo-centric, Goose Chase App. Yesterday, the team formed groups, downloaded the app on their phones and took to the streets of downtown Fredericksburg to complete zany challenges and locate uncommon oddities all while taking in the sights and sounds of our beautiful city.

Among the numerous missions were to find a far away out of state license plate, take a group picture with a police officer, locate a historical monument (which wasn’t too difficult to do in historic Fredericksburg), snap a photo with a tower of 30 pennies, find a knight in shining armor, and take a photo of each group member reading a page from a New York Times bestseller.

The team ended the event by sharing their photos and stories of the hunt at their favorite local bakery.

3 Reasons You Need a New Job

Embarking on a new career can be scary.  What can be even scarier is the idea of being stuck in a job you hate for an indefinite amount of time.  If you haven’t convinced yourself to go after that dream job let us remind you of 3 reasons you’re ready for a change:

1.  You’re not living up to your full potential.  Whether you’re feeling under utilized, or just plain bored, if you find yourself giving less than 100% in your current position it’s time to call it quits.  While it may be unreasonable to just up and leave your job you should be doing everything you can to find more fulfilling work in your spare time. More than likely you possess a certain set of skills and qualifications that are being sought out by a variety of employers.  If you believe in yourself, and the work you’re capable of doing, the hiring manager will as well at interview time.

2.  You’re not making enough money.  Money doesn’t always buy happiness but it at least buys security.  If you’re not feeling secure with your existing income then you need to be earning more.  Research what other people in your position are making in your area and prepare to have a conversation with your boss if you’re making less than the average.  On the flip side, if you are being fairly compensated and having a hard time making ends meet you have a couple of options:  step it up at work and earn yourself a promotion, or find a job that pays more.  Either way you’ll have your work cut out for you, but it will be worth the bigger paycheck in the end.

3.  You crave better work/life balance.  Life isn’t much fun when it’s all work and no play.  More and more cases are being built around the benefits of the flexible work schedule, and many employers are embracing it.  If you work in an office setting but can work online from virtually anywhere, why not let anywhere be home?  Between long commutes and constant distractions at the office, there’s a good chance you can be more productive working at your house in your pjs!  If teleworking can provide you with the freedom and flexibility you desire, why not get in with a company that offers this type of working environment?

Life is too short to be unhappy.  With millions of job opportunities circulating and the entire Internet this minute, you’re bound to find a job you’ll love.  Jump start your search and find a better job today.  Don’t forget to update your cover letter and resume while you’re at it!

The Best (and Worst) Places to Find a Job in 2015

Curious about which cities in the country have the most employment opportunities? Here is a list of both the best, and worst cities for employment in 2015, according to Manpower’s 2015 Employment Outlook Survey.

Top Cities for Employment:  

Cape Coral, FL
McAllen, TX
Deltona, FL
Grand Rapids, MI
Milwaukee, WI
Oxnard, CA
Honolulu, HI
New Orleans, LA
Austin, TX
Charleston, SC

Cape Coral, Florida is ranked #1 for jobs

Cape Coral, Florida is ranked #1 for jobs

Worst Cities for Employment

Spokane, WA
Portland, OR
Syracuse, NY
Rochester, NY
Indianapolis, IN

The most jobs by outlook can be found in:


Celebrating the Season at

This week the team took some time away from the office to help out in the community as well as to celebrate the season with one another.  As second year volunteers for the Marine Toys For Tots Program, the team gathered at the Northern Virginia Toys for Tots Headquarters to sort toys, haul boxes and fill gift orders. is proud to work alongside the Marines and their close friends and family members in an effort to bring some joy to those less fortunate.  After a memorable day of giving the team circled back in their Fredericksburg, VA office for their annual luncheon. The event consisted of a gift exchange, a Mediterranean buffet, and ended with a 2014 Pop Culture Trivia contest.  There was plenty of food, fun and laughter at this joyous event.

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