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Warm Up

Think of yourself as a product

Put it this way: When you are looking for a job, you have to start thinking of yourself as a product. In job hunting, you are selling a product, and that is yourself.

Of course, a buyer should want to purchase a good product. Think about your favorite product and list down the things that you really like about it. Think of yourself in that way, what are the attributes you should have in order for a particular company to want to have you on their team?
 
You can think of this as marketing yourself to the best possible buyer. This means that if there is something that a job requires, make sure you are able to present that well.

Tailor your resume

Don't use the same resume for every job

Instead, tailor your resume to fit the job description that you are applying for. This ensures that the recruiter will definitely consider you once they sift through all the resumes given on a particular day.
 
You have to keep in mind that your resume is not the only one that is being submitted to a company. You have to fight for a spot, and you can do that by grabbing the recruiter's attention by providing a resume that fits the needs they are looking for.
 
Take a good look at the job description posted by the company you want to apply for. Take note of the details that you know you are capable of, and put them on your resume. Doing this shows that you have read what the company is looking for and are really interested in getting the job.

Have an online presence

Social media cannot be ignored these days

Almost everyone has a presence on one or more social networks. Having an account on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, or any other social platform lets recruiters know more about you. You can call it another way of verifying the information you've listed down on your resume.
 
However, this also comes with a catch. Recruiters might get turned off to find out if you use social media in a negative manner. This is why it is very important to have a clean social media image. You can always be you, but it's best to make sure that there's nothing detrimental to your image that is posted on any of your social accounts.
 
Don't take it for granted; keep in mind that recruiters make use of social media in the hiring process. So, you have to make sure that your social profile really makes a good first impression even before you get the call for an interview.

Take measures to present your profile in a good light by using an appropriate photo. Not only that, make sure you don't post content that would surely make other people cringe. Even if you have privacy settings turned on, you have to assume that everything in your profile can be seen by a potential employer.
 
So, take time to read a job description, tailor your resume, and clean up your social profiles. By doing so, you can find yourself landing a job in the near future.

I have the best resume

Why they don’t respond to your shining resume?

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This is a myth that your resume should be outstanding and shining

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Recruiters are looking for your skills to fit the job description

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Your resume should be simple and straight to the point

Create a resume that gets responses

If you've never written a resume before, one of your best sources for information is definitely the internet. The only drawback is that the internet is overloaded with information about how to create the right resume and that just leaves you confused.
 
In this article, we guide you through creating a resume that will get you noticed by potential employers. In addition, this guide will also leave you with the knowledge of how to create one faster and easier.

Define your exact job title

It is important to state exactly what your profession is so that it can be easily found. For example, if you are a Java developer, simply state that you are a Java developer in your resume. Don't go with something fancy or complicated because majority of recruiters will look for specifics.

Get help from Google

Just to get some ideas, you can find inspiration in existing resumes found online.

You can do this through the following steps:

- Point your browser to google.com.

- Conduct a search for your job title + resume. For example, Java developer + resume.

- Go to Advanced Search Options by clicking on the gear on the right side.

- Under File Type, choose Microsoft Word (.doc).
 
Doing this filters all the search results you get to just Microsoft Word documents.

Select your favorite template

Replace the data from this template with information from other resumes you collected

- Make sure to extract the data that is relevant to your job description.

- Remember not to copy everything as-is.

- Change a few words to really reflect who you are and what you can do.
 
Save the edited resume as PDF

Now you have a good resume, which will lead you to a fulfilling career!

LinkedIn Profile

Create a professional LinkedIn profile


These days, a perfect resume won’t get you anywhere unless you use the right vehicle or, in the case of the Internet-driven age, the right online platform. One of these is LinkedIn. Considering that it’s a place where professionals from all over the world converge, you are likely to find your next employer as long as you create an impressive and professional profile.
 
1. Create a strong and detailed profile

LinkedIn can be likened to a super-fast exotic sports car that most people drive twenty miles per hour on a racetrack. If your profile doesn’t move at the speed it’s capable of, you’ll be left behind, eating someone else’s dust. To this end, create a profile as you would a resume, detailing all pertinent information and showcasing your skills, work experience and current job position. You should also use keywords relevant to your qualifications and/or the work you are looking for. When editing your profile, you should use LinkedIn’s Profile Completion Tips as a guide.
 
2. Improve how you present your resume

As you’ve followed each step to create the perfect resume, you should not hesitate to copy it here. Just make sure that you expand it until you are able to say just about everything that you have to say. To avoid sounding long-winded, know your target audience and give emphasis to important points. Think about who you want to impress and then write for them.
 
3. Find profile inspirations

LinkedIn is a very powerful tool and anyone who knows how to use it wins the jackpot. If you’re new to this social networking site, however, you may not know a lot about it. This is the perfect time to scour the site for professionals who have used LinkedIn for a long period of time. Use their profile as an inspiration in creating your own.

4. Search for like-minded individuals

This is more like searching for professionals in a similar field as yours. Check out their profiles and then copy everything you find attractive. Use it as a guide, but avoid copying information verbatim. As much as possible, highlight your good points, especially those that others in a similar field don’t have.
 
5. Put your best picture forward

Choosing the perfect picture to use can be a bit tricky, but stick to these three important pointers:

- A smile is everything. Smile.

- Avoid wearing a suit, however, unless you’re a CEO.

- Look casual and happy.

Choose a simple headshot and look straight ahead. Make sure it’s professionally taken and not a selfie.
 
6. Add relevant connections

When your LinkedIn profile is 100% complete, and you could not be happier with it, start adding relevant connections. You can do this by sending a connection request. Make sure to personalize each LinkedIn connection request as this tells the other person just how interested you are in connecting with them. Using default or generic sentences is sure to turn anyone off.
 
To invite only the right and relevant people:

- Search for “HR” and, on the list, select people. This will then give you a list of everyone related to HR. Recruiters are usually open to invites, just specify your workplace and avoid fancy invitations.

- Filter the list, starting with your location. Remember to add your exact city to narrow down the list.

- Filter according to industry, company side or other criteria that is relevant to your job search.

- Continue to set filters until the results go from thousands to just a few hundred. You can then invite them all. Continue to send invites until you have around 500 of the best connections.
 
- Lastly, you should remember to keep your profile up to date and don’t stop learning about how to use your profile settings. Remember that LinkedIn is your bible that will get you the best job.

Monster & Others

The value of Monster and other employment websites

You've finally made a resume and set up your LinkedIn profile. You might think that your work is finally done. Thanks to your online presence in the largest professional social network in the world, you have now opened doors for recruiters to hire you. Well, the truth is, your work is far from over. In fact, it's only just begun.
 
Think of your job-hunting experience as those machines that dispense newspapers when you put in a coin. Why would you buy a copy? Most likely, the headline intrigued you and you want to learn more by reading the full article.
 
Why is this analogy being used? It's the same with putting up your credentials on LinkedIn. Recruiters have access to your public profile, but they need to know more about you. This is where employment sites like Monster come in to fill the need.
 
Keep in mind that recruiters pay a good fee to online databases like Monster to access resumes just like yours. This is why it is so important to upload your resume to Monster – apart from having a presence on LinkedIn – so your chances of getting hired are greatly increased.
 
Your Monster profile
 
Of course, your profile on Monster should just be as perfect as your credentials listed on LinkedIn. You need to ensure that your resume, cover letter, and other related documents are well up-to-date.
 
Another tip about using Monster is that some big companies have a system of their own that requires you to input other details and attach files.


Why use Monster and others
 
Think about it this way: Monster and other recruiter sites function like one big newspaper vending machine. The more newspapers you put in with a catchy headline, the more often the newspaper is going to be bought.

Being on Monster and other recruitment sites gives you more opportunities to be seen by potential employers. That being said, you shouldn't waste the opportunity by providing a subpar resume. Make sure it's the best one out there by filling it with relevant information that will make you a potential candidate for a job.

As they say, the more calls from possible future employers, the merrier.

Tips on joining employment websites

Here are a couple of tips to keep in mind when joining employment websites:

Most people ignore these kinds of systems because of the complicated process. They don't like having to submit their details over and over again. This is one area you can exploit by simply being patient in sending your details time and again. Eventually, it will pay off.

Make Google your best friend. Do a Google search for your job title and location. Find every employment website there is and submit your resume to each one. However, read everything carefully once you arrive at the website because the last thing you want is to get scammed. If you want to do further research, you can read about what others have to say about the potential recruitment site that you want to upload your resume to. You can check go to forums, social media, and other resources to find out more about the site, and then you can make a more informed decision.

Wait patiently. Always keep in mind that even though you may have the best resume out there, it will take time for someone to get in touch with you. Yes, you've done your part by submitting to as many as possible, but you also have to be patient when you don't get a call the first few days. Always remember that the job-hunting process is a long and hard road to take, but the rewards are great.
 
By submitting your resume to more than one employment site, you are putting yourself (the product) in front of a wide audience. Fifty percent of your work is now done, and the other half consists of waiting for that first email or phone call.

Pros & Cons of Using Job Boards

Although posting your resume on different job boards increases your chances of getting hired, know that there are certain pros and cons to doing so. Let's take a look at why this is the case.

Cons:

Although some still employ the personal approach of leaving off their resume at the door, the Internet has been the usual medium of choice for searching for a job these days. It offers many conveniences such as not having to drive around, saving on paper, and the convenience of sending off your resume to as many companies as you want, while wearing just your pajamas. However, as with any convenience, searching for a job online also comes with its own setbacks. In fact, it can be a waste of time. Why is that so?

Think of it this way: When you go visit a job board, you have no idea who posted a job description. These days, anyone can just publish content on the Web. That is freedom at its best. However, just like any good thing in this world, it is bound to be capitalized on by people who have malicious intent.

Sure, the HR of a hiring company should be in charge of posting across several job sites to find potential candidates. However, some HRs don't even bother to check with the other sites they've posted on. There is a very huge chance that they only check one or two of the sites they've posted on and ignore the rest. In other words, yes, you may have submitted your application to this company, but it is possible that your resume will be ignored because some recruiters just don't bother checking anymore.

The sad part about it is that you listed personal information in that resume. You put down your email address, your phone number, your mobile number, etc. What happens to that information? In the case of being ignored by an HR, nothing. However, if it lands in the hands of the wrong people? A lot of damage can be done with the information you just freely provided in hopes of landing a good job. Come to think of it, an HR should be posting on the company's career website rather than around sites that aren't really that reputable.
 
Speaking from personal experience, I once sent my resume off to a lot of job boards. However, the response wasn't one that I expected. Rather than receive calls from companies that were interested to see what I had to offer, I got spam calls instead.

 Pros:

-  Good jobs can be found on job boards, but usually they are posted on company websites first.

-  Don't get confused between job boards and recruiters. If you found a job opening on a recruiter website or you were contacted by a recruiter directly, there is a legit job that might be waiting for you.

If you decide to keep crawling the job boards, here are few tips:

- Before submitting your resume, check its source. Go to the website that is behind this job post and check if there is the same opening on the original website as well. If not, don't apply.

- Don't stick to just one job board you're familiar with.

- Use Google to search for your desired job title, sort the results by posted date, and click on the results from the first page ( java developer  <your city> - Search Tools -  Any Time - Past week)

We suggest a different approach when looking for job openings online.

- Collect the names of companies you wish to work for

- Look them up online and copy their career pages

- Put all of this into a list

Go through this list each day to see if any of the companies you listed have an opening.

The remaining question is this: How do you get a list of these potential companies to work for?

1.  Open LinkedIn and search for people in your city that have the same job title as you.

    For example, do this search: Java Developer in <your city>.

2.  Once you get results, take a look at where these people work. List this down then run a background check on the Internet to see if the company is real. Look into their website and see their social media accounts. Doing this gives you a good gauge on how authentic a company is.

 3.  Check their website for a career page. If you find an opening, apply for it.

Remember that when applying for a job online, research is key. The last thing you want is to get your hopes up of landing a job only to find out the company is bogus.

Of course, finding those companies and making the list is a hard work but it totally worth it. When I was an active job hunter, tens of career pages were opening in separate tabs just in one click.

This is what you can do:

Open Chrome – Menu – Settings – On startup – Set pages – Add companies you would like to follow. You can also subscribe to their job alerts, mailing list and RSS feeds. Another way of staying updated is following those companies on LinkedIn and seeing if you have any connections.

How To Ace A Phone Interview


You might understate the value of a phone interview by considering it as just a first step in a very long job search process. However, acing a phone interview actually ensures that the next steps do happen. Yes, they can be nerve-racking, but you have to get through them in order to get to the next level.
 
Keep in mind that since the interviewer cannot see you, they are judging you based on your voice. Not only that, they are also basing the entire interview on what your answers are and what other sounds come through during the conversation.
 
I remember my first interview. It was for the Quality Assurance Analyst in a big company. The person who interviewed me actually just asked a simple question, “What is the Quality Assurance Analyst role in your opinion?”
 
The sad thing was, I just didn't know what to say. To tell you the truth, I wasn't really expecting the question, and was assuming he would ask me more about my professional experience. So, what I did was I started guessing. I tried to answer the question based on what I thought he wanted to hear. When I noticed that he wasn't particularly thrilled with the answer I had given him, I told him that I wasn't feeling well and asked if I could re-schedule the interview.
 
For my next interview, I was asked the same question, but this time I was more than prepared. This time around, I had Google to help me out. So, when the question was asked, I quickly Googled it and clicked on the first result. I was reading from the resource I chose, and I noticed the interviewer was very happy.
 
The next question I got was for why I left my previous job. I Googled the answer for this again, and gave the same answer as the resource I chose. I ended up with a perfect score from my interview.
 
Now, keep in mind that you should never lie in your resume and you should be able to answer any question asked about your skills or experience. You should also know that there are millions of general questions and numerous websites that can help you prepare for what you should answer. What you should do is go to these websites and list down the most common questions that would likely be asked in an interview.

 However, there will always be a question or two that you will not be prepared for. This is the part where you forget about all the advice, but trust that you don't get confused.

Here are three things you need in order to ace a phone interview:
 
1. Your story. When you are asked, “Tell me about yourself.” Read from a script that you prepared in advance. Make sure that you tweaked it to fit the particular job description you are applying for. Tell you interviewer about the last company or two that you worked for, what you did, and what you achieved. Make sure you tailor your response to the requirements they are asking for. Make sure you keep this response to one to two minutes. It will be short, but it will also contain all the points listed in the job description.
 
2. Make use of Google and a friend. Your friend will serve as the other person who hears your interview and Google's a question to be answered. So, when you hear a question, take a few moments to think then read from the script that your friend Googled for you. Be confident and don't be afraid of the awkward silence. You were asked a question therefore you are allowed to think for a few seconds. You don't really have the need to talk right away.
 
3. Be prepared to close the interview on a good note. Prepare a script for closure. When a recruiter asks if you have any questions for him, be ready to read from your script and close the conversation. You can also do a Google search for “how to end a phone interview” then prepare your script based from the results you get.
 
With these three tips, you'd be off to acing your phone interview in no time.

How to prepare for the interview


Think quality
 
While there are some candidates who invest a lot of their energy in getting as many interviews as possible to increase their chances, my advice is to concentrate all of your energy on one dream job. If you don't get it, you will gain a worthwhile experience that will make other interviews look like a piece of cake.
 
What happens when you are rushing all over to get different interviews?
 
Consider this scenario below:
 
You followed all the previous advices and got your interview. You have a time and a place. You try to find tips on the internet and there are so many so you are just getting more nervous and confused and your self-confidence is going down. Then maybe two or three more companies want to schedule their own interviews with you. That means you now have a lot of interviews to prepare for and so you start to worry. The more you worry the lesser chances you have to get any job.
 
On the other hand, if you only have one interview scheduled for a single week, you will have all the time and energy to concentrate on that one. In fact, this is very simple. All you need to remember is that you need to be at your best and do your best. You can pool your resources to prepare for interview day and as a result, your confidence grows and your apprehension will be gone because you are ready.
 
You can also imagine yourself working already in this company. You know where it is, where to park your car or how to get there by riding on a bus. You know the specific times there is heavy traffic at the time you should arrive and how much time it takes you to get there. You arrive thirty minutes earlier to drink your coffee, read the newspaper and go through your emails. You know all the people and they know you. You know what to expect.
 
Aside from owning that dream job even before the interview, here are practical advice to actually nail it.

 
- After setting an interview go there, walk around and know the area and the building

- Check out LinkedIn to see who is going to interview you (usually you know in advance)

- Learn everything you can about the company and about your part in the specific project

- Prepare a story to answer everything in the job description from your previous experiences

- Save the entire day, don't plan anything else

- Eat and drink right, you have to be at your best. If you don't feel well, call and reschedule

- Arrive thirty minutes earlier to the area and fifteen minutes before the interview

- During the interview, show that you are confident, easy going and professional

- Answer straight to the point until you feel the interviewer is satisfied with your answer

- When you're asked about the salary, give a range and be ready to negotiate

- If it comes to salary negotiation, ask what is the budget and requirements for your position

- Prepare questions to ask the interviewer in the end and your references
 
You see, passing any interview need not be complicated. Concentrate on one interview at a time. Give it all your energy and time and in the process, gain more self-confidence. That’s how to nail a job interview

Conclusion

You have to keep in mind that finding a job is not an easy task. Sure, the Internet makes a lot of things easier these days, but this doesn't mean that you can neglect all effort. In fact, you have to work doubly hard. With lots of companies having websites these days, an interviewer can directly ask what you know about the company, and you should come prepared with an answer.

This just shows that you really looked into the company you plan to work for and took the time to learn about what they do before coming in for your interview. This kind of attitude will give you good points because you came prepared, and that is somewhat of a rarity these days.

The development of the Web may have made things more convenient, but it has also opened up different possibilities for you to learn something new. As a job searcher or someone who wants to take a different career path, taking advantage of what the Internet has to offer is a must.

Sign up on social media sites, put up your resume online, and interact with people within your niche. Doing so sharpens your skill and broadens your horizons. Keep in mind that having the right knowledge before applying for jobs is a great edge that can work to your advantage. With the tips offered in this eBook, we hope you gain all the knowledge and confidence you need to go and get the job that you've always wanted to have.

Best of luck!