Have You Updated Your Resume Lately?

Want a stress free resume?  Read on to learn more.

Want a stress free resume? Read on to learn more.

So you’re in the market for a new job.  You log in to the ol’ Job.com account, run a few job searches, see a few jobs you like, and then you apply to them.  But what is actually involved in your application process?  Did you happen to review the resume you’re sending along to make sure that it’s relevant to the job you’re applying to?  Did your application contain a list of recent job duties and functions that align with specific criteria provided in the job ad?  If you didn’t, there’s a good chance that your resume and application will be screened out by a computer before a hiring manager even gets a chance to review it.

These days, most companies are using applicant tracking systems (ATS) to scan a candidate’s resume and application to ensure that they have the skills and qualifications required to do the job.  The old, one-size fits all resume of your past will no longer be effective when trying to land a new job.  This means that every application and resume you submit for a job should be custom tailored to point out your skills and experience that qualify you for the position at hand.

It’s absolutely o.k. to work off of one resume template, but to improve your chances of making it past an ATS’s screening filters, each resume and application should be tweaked to contain keywords that identify you as a strong candidate for the role.  A good way to craft a resume that passes the applicant screening test is to take specific phrases from the actual job description and weave them in to your application and/or resume.  For example, if a job ad lists that a candidate must have strong knowledge of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and you have those skills, be sure to include this in the Skills/Qualifications section of your resume.

It may seem daunting at first, but after applying to several jobs in related fields, you may find that you’re repeatedly using just a few, refined resumes throughout your job search process.  You can also speed up your application process by saving those that get pushed out to employers so you can simply work off of previous applications as you create new ones.

In addition to a keyword rich resume and application, providing a well-written cover letter can also increase your chances of being noticed by employers.  The cover letter is your opportunity to explain why you’re a great fit for the job.  It should clearly and consicesly provide examples of some work related achievements that have prepared you for this new role.

So what do you do after you’ve applied to a job with your fine tuned cover letter, resume, and application?  Follow up, of course. Once you’ve located the company’s contact information online, give them a call and asked to be connected to the HR department so you can follow up on your application.  This way, the employer will know you’re serious about the position, and in many cases, will provide you with an update on where they stand in the hiring process.

Remember that searching for a job is a full time job.  Continue working to improve your resume and remain positive at all times.  By staying proactive in your search, you’ll be sure to find a job you’ll love.

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Job Alerts and Why You Need Them

These days, we all seem to be “on-the-go”, all the time.  And with that, we demand simplicity and convenience in almost every aspect of our lives.  This includes things like shopping, banking and yes, job searching.  We need services that help us do what we do faster and better.  And, with all this in mind, we’ve designed the Job.com job alert.  It’s a no nonsense service that sends you simplified job alerts directly to your email inbox.  When receiving our job alerts, you won’t see any ads from our sponsors or any long winded prose from some self-proclaimed career expert.  What you will receive are jobs.  Jobs that are highly relevant to what you’re looking for, based on the very own keywords you submitted when signing up for the service.  For example, if you’re searching “Sales” in “Stafford, Va,” you will receive matching sales jobs that are in and within 30 miles of Stafford, Virginia.

And since we’re sending the job alerts to your email, you’ll be able to receive them virtually anywhere you go.  By the way, we’ll soon be rolling out our new mobile experience to go along with your user friendly job alerts so stay tuned for an announcement over the next couple of weeks.  Until then, keep searching and don’t forget to sign up for your new job alert today.  You can find the form below each page of our search results.  Check out the example shown below.

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Why use Job.com?

With the plethora of job boards on the Internet today, it can be challenging to know just where you should be spending your time.  Rest assured, you’re in the right place by relying on Job.com for your job search.  This week on the Job Blog, we’ll be featuring the top reasons why Job.com is your #1 place to find a job and manage your career.

Let’s start out by talking about our content.  More important than the recent improvements made to our job seeker interface, are the actual jobs on Job.com.  Did you know that we have over 1 Million searchable job opportunities?! “Where do all these jobs come from,” you ask?  Through a combination of direct employer postings and external sources such as career sites and corporate career pages, we’re building a site that provides a comprehensive job search experience so you don’t have to go anywhere else.  In fact, we’ve become the go-to job site for employers, recruiters and job boards alike!  More jobs are available on Job.com now than ever before because companies are finding talented candidates in our database every day.

Whether you’re fresh out of college, or someone with experience looking for a career change, we cover the full spectrum of jobs to help you find just the right one.  See how easy it is to search and apply to jobs by conducting a search of your own right now.  Good Luck!

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Nothing in Life Worth Having Comes Easy

When searching for a new job it’s ok  to be hell-bent on landing a position that is everything you’ve ever wanted in a job.  But sometimes we have to remind ourselves that we can’t always get what we want…right away.  Hard work and determination is what gets people far in this world.  Just ask former immigrant Jose Jimenez of Salt Lake City, Utah.  He came to this country 10 years ago and took on a janitorial job at online retailer Overstock.com.  With broken English but a fighting heart, he managed to work his way up to become a junior quality assurance engineer in the company’s IT department.  If you think you don’t have what it takes to endure a long road of long hours in odd jobs just to prove you’ll do whatever it takes to get the job you want, read Jose’s inspirational story, Journey to a better life: From janitor to IT worker at Overstock.com on the Salt Lake City Tribune’s site, then visit Job.com to sign up to receive jobs and educational opportunities to help point you in the right direction as you embark on your own career path.