New Job Openings
The papers and online job sites add new job openings every single day. The best time to check the online job boards is Saturday morning. Most companies do their postings on Thursdays and Fridays, giving job seekers the weekends to examine the job sites. Hiring managers then use Mondays and Tuesdays to review resumes and set up interviews for the coming weeks.
Treat your job search like a battle. The more weapons you have in your arsenal, the better chance you have at winning the battle. Your first two weapons are a resume and cover letter, although the latter has lost some significance over the years. Putting together a clear, powerful resume takes some time and research. I suggest consulting the resume builder functions of a few recommended career builder websites.
Tips for Landing New Jobs
Your cover letter should highlight your shining points. It should be clear and brief. Write one paragraph about your education and experience and one paragraph that explains how your background qualifies you for the job. In the second paragraph, let the company know that you have done your research. The first paragraph can be used for every cover letter. The second one has to be tailored.
If you plan on working in a corporate environment, get a good suit. Your appearance counts in the corporate world, unless you're going to work with an upstart dotcom business. Make sure your shoes are shined and you have a respectable tie if you are a man. For women, it is recommended that you don't wear too many accessories. In addition, you might want to wear a watch to the interview even if you don't typically wear watches.
by James Lyons
Job Hunting Sites
Job hunting sites have revolutionized the hiring and job search process. The Internet is teeming with hundreds of different job hunting websites for prospective candidates to post their resumes and examine available jobs. These sites also allow recruiters in subscribing companies to search for candidates in their resume databases. Both employees and employers have reaped the benefits of this phenomenon.
A few years ago there were only a few recommended job hunting web sites for both employees and recruiters. As the years go by, however, more and more job hunting sites are popping up, many of which offer broader coverage and more specialized services. Job seekers are inundated with recommendations and recruiters have too many places to look. Is it possible that this surge in career search sites has actually created a problem of abundance?
Too Many Job Hunting Sites?
Fear not my friends, because there are not too many job hunting web sites on the Internet. In fact, it probably won't hurt if a few more enter the market. Having more sites encourages more competition. The job boards are getting better and better every day, offering newer and better services to both companies and job seekers.
The only foreseeable problem is knowing which sites are worth using. Frankly, there are over 50 reputable job boards on the Internet and it would take you a millennium to examine all of them. For that reason I would put your faith in a resume posting service that targets the top job hunting web sites. This will save you a ton of time and frustration.
by James Lyons
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