How to Job Search Like a Presidential Candidate

jobsearch2016Election season is over and we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Whether you loved or loathed the presidential candidates it’s fair to say they both gave their best efforts over the last 20 months. And while just one candidate gets to walk away victorious, a lot can be learned from the process.

Let’s take the candidates’ campaigns, for example. Both fought long and hard for what they believed in, never losing faith along the way. This is the kind of mindset needed for a successful job search as well.

Winning over America’s vote may be slightly more challenging than say, winning over a hiring manager but many of the same principles apply. Let’s review them shall we?

Do Your Homework

Whether you’re thinking about applying for a job or you’re about to enter the interview chair, you have to be “in the know.” No one wants to elect an uniformed president just as no one wants to hire a clueless job candidate. It’s important that you’re familiar with the company and up to speed on the trends and best practices that will help you succeed in the job.

Be Prepared…But Not Scripted

This is especially important during the interview. It’s never a good idea to shoot off the cuff without fully knowing the point you’re trying to make. As Donald Trump learned during the debates, you’re likely to get a better response if you have a well-thought-out plan. But, it’s also smart not to sound scripted. Hillary Clinton was heavily criticized on her robotic stature throughout the debates which kept her from connecting with her audience. While practicing your interview points will help calm your nerves, never sound canned.

Highlight Your Strengths

When campaigning for presidency, candidates must always explain why they’re the best person for the job. The same goes for you. Whether it’s on your resume or during an interview, you should always lead with your strengths. But pointing out your skills and accomplishments isn’t enough. You’re competing for a job after all. If you can find an angle that highlights how your uniqueness makes you the best candidate for the role, you’re likely to win the job.

Use the Law of Large Numbers

It’s common knowledge that candidates hot on the campaign trail have to make as much contact with voters as humanly possible. The more hands they shake, the better their chances are at winning. Use the law of large numbers when applying to jobs. Yes it’s redundant. Yes it’s exhausting. And yes, it’s not for the faint of heart.

Be Resilient

If either one of the candidates gave up whenever they hit a bump in the road the election would have been forfeited a long time ago. Any good job worth having is worth working for. Realize that you may put a ton of time and effort in to applying for a job only to never hear a peep. You may also get as far as the fourth and final interview and then lose the job to someone else. If you begin your job search knowing there will be some rejection you can prepare yourself for the long and arduous road. By staying steadfast and positive , you will catch your break. It just takes time.

Be Social

Social Media has never been as prominent in a presidential race as it was this year. Trump was a clear winner when it came to having a social media presence but Clinton wasn’t too far behind. There are many advantages to using social media in your job search.

For example, TechCrunch recently reported that employers will soon begin promoting their jobs on Facebook. You can easily market yourself as employable by updating your profile with your past and present work experience. Just be aware of the shortfalls of the platforms and keep your posts clean.

Be Relevant

Living in the New Media age allows for us to receive and release information in real time. Just as social media has become an integral part of a presidential campaign, you should adopt all modern forms of the job search. While it’s likely you’re already using your phone to look for jobs, take it up a few notches.

There are plenty of mobile job search apps that let you apply to jobs directly from your phone. Increase your chances of standing out and speed up the application process by having a mobile optimized resume. Also take the time to set up a professional profile on LinkedIn. Many employers are now requesting this in the application process.

Build a Strong Network

Networking is one of the most discussed topics when it comes to finding a new job and for good reason. A strong network or support group can open the door for new opportunities, provide references and give guidance and advice. In Trump’s acceptance speech he humbly gave credit to his family and GOP allies that helped him get the win. By nurturing your network, you will find yourself with a group of individuals who help you succeed.

Be Honest

There’s no doubt that Hillary Clinton’s trustworthiness was an issue for her while campaigning. Trump too had his fair share of falsehoods. If you’re even considering lying on your resume to get a job just don’t do it. The stakes are high enough when you’re vying for a new position. Don’t risk burning bridges by forging your qualifications.

Be Yourself

If there’s anything to take away from this election process and the new President-Elect it’s that you don’t have to have the most experience. You don’t have to be the most articulate. But if you put in the work, surround yourself with smart and supportive people and above all, be uniquely you, you can accomplish anything.

 

 

The Top 10 Companies Hiring Like Crazy in September

workIf you’ve been waiting for the summer to end before getting serious about your job search, the wait is now over.  Summer has unofficially ended and we’re seeing a ton of job posting activity on Job.com. In fact, we’ve found jobs in a variety of industries. Check out our top 10 employers hiring this month below:

1. Healthcare Employment Network – All RN specialties needed! Check out listings in your location now.

2. Parallon – This company provides business and operational services for hospitals and other medical institutions. Jobs range from project management to scheduling, and supply chain to customer service.

3. United States Army – The U.S. army offers a wide range of job opportunities for both military and civilian personnel.

4. Pizza Hut – Got restaurant industry experience? Check out Pizza Hut listings near you.

5. Compass Group – Compass Group provides food service and additional support services for restaurants, corporate cafes, hospitals, schools, arenas, and museums. They are in need of chefs, managers, marketers, and more.

6. Randstad – Randstad is one of the largest staffing organizations in the United States. They provide temporary, temp-to-hire and permanent placement services.  Check out their job openings and see if there’s an opportunity for you.

7. McDonald’s – The company behind the golden arches is looking for all types of employees from line cooks to general managers. Submit your McApplication today!

8. Home Depot – Retail is booming this time of year. With fall just around the corner, Home Depot is staffing up to prepare for all those homeowner’s hitting the store for supplies to winterize their home.

9. UnitedHealth Group – Best known for their health care coverage, UnitedHealth Group is not only hiring Healthcare Consultants (with the option to telecommute) but also a variety of business and administrative positions. You should check them out.  We bet they have a killer benefits package!

10. Best Version Media – Best Version Media publishes community focused magazines across the U.S. They are continually growing and have earned a number of awards throughout 2016 alone. The majority of their jobs are within the sales arena.

Top 5 Best Resume Tips Ever

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Follow these tips to get your resume in to the right hands

There’s no doubt there is endless advice on how to write the “perfect resume”.  Search the keyword “resume tips” and you will get over 100 million results to choose from.  There are articles on how to construct the perfect objective.  And information on what mistakes to avoid when crafting your curriculum vitae. That’s fancy for a summary of your experience which is pretty much like a resume.  There’s even advice on how to convert your resume in to an awe-inspiring infographic that will wow hiring managers.

All this information is fantastic.  But statistics show that 75% of big companies use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to screen candidates.  To cut through the clutter I came up with the 5 best tips to increase your chances of getting your resume past the ATS, and in to a hiring manager’s hands.

  1. Use keywords.  Your resume should showcase the skills, projects and experience that matches keywords to your job.  A common resume hack is to look for keywords in the job listing that applies to your experience and pepper them in to your resume.  These keywords will be picked up by the ATS but use caution by not overloading on them.  An ATS may weed you out if it looks like you “stuffed” your resume with too many keywords.
  2. List specifics.  It’s important to quantify your work as much as you can.  For example:
  • A.  Implemented customer service software resulting in a 75% decrease in customer complaints
  • B.  Implemented customer service software

As you can see, example A. is  much more detailed and paints a clear picture of                         how successful the candidate’s efforts were.

  1.  Keep it clean and concise.  Your resume should be well-structured and easy-to-read from top to bottom.  Pretty pictures and flashy graphics are great if you’re a graphic designer…and sending your resume directly to an employer’s email.  Straight black and white text works best when it comes to submitting your resume through an ATS. Also make sure to only include the most relevant information in your resume.  I hate to say it but no one cares if you’re a foodie.  Aren’t we all?
  2.  Make it mobile.  This tip is great not only for applying through an ATS but for applying on many mobile friendly job sites.  According to online audience measurement company comScore, mobile devices and tablets make up 60% of all digital media time.  Once your resume makes it through the ATS, it better be ready to be viewed on any device.  Our friends at Online Resume Builders have a cool and easy-to-use tool to help you build a mobile optimized resume.  Check it out today!
  3.  List your most relevant and impressive details first.  It takes 7 seconds to make a first impression.  While I’m not sure if this applies in the virtual screening world, many sources say this is true of us humans.  Once your resume hits the hiring manager’s desk,  pull them in by listing your most valuable skills and experience at the top.

When it’s all said and done you should have a well crafted resume that’s set up for applicant screening success.  That said, you shouldn’t bank on just one way to search and apply to jobs.  Now for my not so shameless plug.  There are two great services that help get your resume in front of even more employers and recruiters.  The first is ResumeZapper.  ResumeZapper instantly “zaps” your resume to recruiters looking for candidates just like you.  The second awesome service is Resume Rabbit.  Rather than spend hours posting your resume to every job board under the sun let ResumeRabbit post it to almost 100 job boards at once!  To learn more visit ResumeZapper and ResumeRabbit today!

The Art of the Job Search – The Job Application Process

ImageAs you maneuver your way through your job hunt, you will potentially complete several job applications. You may be filling out applications online, so they may be pre-screened by an employer. Any tests you complete at the employer’s office could also be considered part of your application process. Even if you provide a resume and cover letter, many employers require a separate application in their hiring process. Here are some ways to breeze through a job application, while providing specific information for the employer.

Make your application match your resume. Be sure any education or work history appear as they do on your resume, with consistent dates, job titles, and more. Any discrepancies could be a red flag for the employer.

Practice filling out an application. Sample applications appear everywhere online. Practice completing different types of applications, and bring them along when you fill out your potential employer’s application for reference.

When applying in-person, without an appointment, take the application home. You can take your time completing it, making sure it’s thorough, error-free and easy to read. Whenever applying in person, however, be ready for an on-the-spot interview! You are showing the employer your ambitiousness for the position, and they may want to speak right away.

When applying online, as more and more employers require, follow instructions exactly and review each section before hitting “Submit.” If possible, save a copy of the application or the resulting email confirmation. This will help you keep track of the digital applications you have submitted for follow up.

Be ready to take a test as part of the application. Screening applicants may be come in the form of typing, general math or other assessments. Sometimes, an employer will require a drug test before proceeding to the interview phase. The timely and thorough completion of these assessments may be what sets you apart from your competition.

 

 

Meet the New and Improved Job.com

So it’s mid February and all the hype of a new year has pretty much come to an end.  Those gung-ho resolutions of being a better you which included, weight loss, saving money and finding a new job may appear to be fading in the rear view mirror of January’s past, but alas, the year is far from over.  And in the spirit of change, the Job.com team is happy to share that we’ve made some major improvements to change the look of our site and your job search.  Here are some of our favorite updates and additions:

1.  Squeaky Clean Interface – We understand that the job search process can be a messy one.  With so many employers and advertisers vying for a job seeker’s attention these days, there needs to be as little distraction as possible to help you focus on what’s most important…the jobs!  That’s why we cleaned out the clutter and simplified Job.com’s design to help you concentrate on your job search.  From or sleek new home page, to our improved application process, you will find that our site is a sight for a job seeker’s sore eyes.

2.  Faceted Search Filters – Searching through pages of job listings just to find the one perfect job to apply to is daunting and extremely overwhelming.

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Find the perfect job using our Faceted Search Filters

That’s why we implemented faceted search filters to help narrow down your search.  Our newly added facets let you filter our jobs by industry, company, job title and location so you can view those jobs that are most relevant to your search.

3.  New Career Dashboard – Once logged in to your Job.com account, you will arrive at your new Career Dashboard where you can access resume tools, career advice and new job listings all in one place.  Sticking with the theme of simplicity, your Career Dashboard has been designed to keep your job search organized as well as provide the career advancing tools you need to succeed.

As you continue your hunt for a new job, the Job.com team is working behind the scenes developing new products and features that will make it easier for you to accomplish your job and career goals.  There are many additional changes on the horizon and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as they’re rolled out.  Until then, spend some time rooting around the new Job.com and give us your feedback by commenting on this post.

Search jobs on the new Job.com now!