Do You Still Need a Resume? Yes, Even in Good Times!

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As I write this, the economy, especially where the availability of jobs is concerned, times are good in the U.S.A. right now and may be in a number of countries around the world as well.

Yes, when I look at Craigslist or simply look around me from day to day, I see lots of signs saying things like, “Now Hiring!”, “Help Wanted”, and “Positions Available!”.

Does that mean you can simply walk into any business establishment and they’ll simply give you the job you want if you simply ask?

No, times have probably never been that good for the job seeker. There are still things you need to do, and one of them is to have a resume.

Any employer, no matter how desperate for workers they are, will still want to know something about you before they make a hiring decision. And a resume will help you in this area.

A resume gives the prospective employer needed information about you

Remember, even if you are the only candidate for the job, the prospective employer will never be desperate enough to hire you on the spot when they know absolutely nothing about you! And, even if you are the sole candidate for a job opening, that is not likely to last long, even in the greatest economic times.

A resume tells them some basic information and gets your foot in the door. And remember, a resume allows you to “toot your own horn”! And in these good times, it can still put you ahead of the game when other competing candidates decide they don’t need a resume and can cut back on the things they felt they needed to do when job hunting was tougher and jobs were scarce.

And, having that resume in hand gives the prospective employer something tangible to work with when deciding whom to hire.

Having a resume keeps you prepared for bumps in the road

So, what if you have a job that you like and plan to stay with? Should you even hang onto your resume?

Well, today, there’s no such thing as a secure job. Even if you’re the best employee in the world, your employer could go out of business, or retire, the company can be bought out and the new owner may want to replace the staff with his or her own, and oftentimes, while times may be generally great, small “spot” recessions can come up, which can mean layoffs.

So, Yeshang onto your resume and to update it, even if you have a job. Just having a resume, even an old one that needs updating, is better than none at all.

And, especially as you gain more work experiences and achievements, it will help you to keep track of what you’ve done and what you’ve achieved over the years. You’ll be less likely to forget that one achievement that could get you that job you’re going for now.

Also, if you are trying for jobs in differing fields, or that emphasize different types of duties, you may want to have several resumes that emphasize your different skills and experiences. Even having an old resume that hasn’t been updated will provide a foundation for creating additional resumes.

So, if you don’t have a resume, get one now. And if you do have one, be sure to update it.

Happy job hunting!

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How to Land a Job Over the Holidays

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How to Land a Job Over the Holidays

While many people like to spend the holidays lying on a couch watching TV, others take the opportunity to make some extra cash. Businesses always need additional staff during the holiday season, which makes it a great time to look for work — especially if you don’t have much experience and are just starting out in your career. Whether this is your first job hunt or you’re a seasoned seasonal worker, here’s what you should keep in mind.

Choosing a Job

When it comes to looking for work, many people like to just apply for every available job. However, this is not necessarily a smart use of your time. It is a much better idea to narrow down what you’d like to do and focus on that area. You can then expand your scope as the job hunt continues. It’s a good idea to start as soon as possible, as companies start hiring for the holidays in the fall, and being proactive may place you ahead of the curve.

Don’t think that the only holiday job is retail. There are plenty of other high-paying seasonal jobs available, so take a minute to think outside the box. If you’re still struggling to come up with ideas, this article has some great tips on how to think like a seasonal job hunter.

Also, consider whether getting a holiday job is the best choice for you. There are several advantages, but are you willing to spend most of the holidays working? Getting a seasonal job is a big responsibility, so make sure you understand both the pros and cons before applying.

Sending Resumes

For many people, creating and sending resumes is the most frustrating part of job hunting. However, it really doesn’t have to be the case. As long as your resume looks professional, it can be enough to land you a good job. That said, it’s a good idea to check out sample resumes for different industries to see what you should be aiming for.

If a cover letter is required and you’re applying to loads of jobs, you should at least create different templates for different types of work — say, one for serving and one for retail. If there’s a job that you are really passionate about, write a separate cover letter from scratch — employers can usually tell the difference, and it can set you apart.

The Interview

If the resume stage has gone well, you will be invited to an interview. This is usually the scariest part, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience being interviewed, but it’s actually a lot more straightforward than you might imagine. Jobs in each industry tend to ask more or less the same questions, so prepare by writing down your answers to them.

Some interview questions are kind of tricky, especially around the holidays. This is because companies want to hire someone who seems committed but is still only willing to work for a few weeks. Monster has some great advice on how to deal with these holiday curveballs.

Finally, don’t be discouraged. Job hunting can be a tedious process, but it is one of the most important skills you can develop. Looking for work during the holidays is great practice, and you are more or less guaranteed to find something if you follow these tips and don’t give up. It will all be worth it when you get your first paycheck.

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5 Things You Need To Include On Your Resume

Are you out for a new job, one that’s bigger and better than the position you used to hold? Maybe you’re looking to grab that promotion within the company you already work for, and know you need an edge over the competition? Maybe you’ve been out of work for a while and need to get back in the game, and you want your CV to be able to minimize the damage that could cause? Whatever your reason for needing to look up what to include on your resume, this is the post for you!

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The Right Orientation

If you’re going for a job in a niche sector, or you haven’t updated your resume in a while, not just any old CV will do! You’ve got to make it relevant to the job you’re trying out for.

The Right Words

You’re going to need some keywords in some key places on your resume, that describe what you can do in one word for the job in one word, to make sure any software a hiring manager runs your resume through flags up on their system.

You want even a computer to be sure about you; be sure to look up sites like Hloom to help you out with templating these keywords.

Your Qualifications and Their Certifications

Sure, you’ve got qualifications, and you’ve got the stones to talk about them for hours. But all of this means nothing if you don’t have the certificates you graduated with to back up these stories of yours. So make sure you include information about any certificates you’ve earned within your resume, and have copies of them ready for an employer to look at should they ever ask. If you don’t know where to include these details, look over this advice here.

Your Contact Details

This is a pretty obvious point, but if you don’t include your contact details, and you don’t include them in a clear place, the employer has no way to get ahold of you. And that makes contacting you for an interviewer of job offer impossible, and the person on the other end of the phone is very unlikely to try and look you up before moving onto the next best candidate.

So make sure you’ve got your phone number and email address, as well as your living address, just under your name at the top of your resume.

Try Using Stats

So this one might not be as important as the other points, but if you’ve got statistics to back up your achievement claims, you’re going to have a much better chance of scoring a position within your dream career field than ever before!

And you’re definitely going to stand out from the crowd, as a lot of people aren’t aware they need facts and numbers to help them out with impressing an employer. After all, you do that during the interview, but you need something to tide the interviewer over before you get there!

Always have details like these included!

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These Things Could Be Stopping You From Landing Your Dream Job

Landing your dream job is something you should make an effort to do if you’re sick of feeling dissatisfied with work. We spend an enormous portion of our lives at work, and this can mean ending up with compromised mental and physical health if we’re not careful.

You can definitely enjoy your job, even love it! It doesn’t matter what anybody says. All you have to do is go through enough effort to actually find out what your dream job is – and it might not be what you think. Maybe you’ve made a little effort to find or land your dream job but you haven’t got anywhere. Whatever stage you’re currently at, the advice here can help you:

Not Making An Effort To Find Your True Passion

Before you can land your dream job, you need to have a very good idea of what it is. Make sure you do lots of research so you can get it right. What do you love to do in your spare time? What lights you up? What have people always said you’re good at? You can even do great quizzes that can point you in the direction of the right sort of jobs, and these quizzes will take things like your personality and what you’re good at into account.

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Your Limiting Beliefs

If you have limiting beliefs holding you back from landing your dream job, you’re going to get nowhere fast. We all have limiting beliefs to some degree, but we need to figure out what they are and work through them if we’re going to make big progress. Everybody’s limiting beliefs can be different surrounding jobs and careers. Here are some pointers you can use to work yours out:

  • What did my parents believe about jobs/their jobs/work in general?
  • Is there anything I remember being told about work/jobs/my ability when I was a child?
  • What thoughts creep up most when I’m job hunting or thinking about my dream job?

Write down the things that come into your head and you should get an accurate picture of what you really believe. You can get over these beliefs my making sure you shut them down as soon as you think them, and by using methods such as the tapping solution!

Not Creating A Great Resume

Creating a great resume is going to get you through the door of your dream job. You have to make it compelling enough so that they can’t ignore it! You can find the fastest way to build resumes online and take advice when creating your own. Make sure it’s relevant and that you’ve tailored it to the position that you’re applying for!

Not Preparing Enough For The Interview Process

Preparing for the interview process is a must. You should know what questions they will ask you or have similar questions and come up with answers to them. Also, make sure you have questions to ask them!

Are these things stopping you from landing your dream job?

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Say ‘No’ To Unemployment: Actionable Steps You Can Take Today

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Unemployment sucks!

While you do get longer mornings in bed and free money from the benefits office, you also have less money in your pockets to do what you want, and a lack of focus to your day.

But here’s the thing. If you have been out of work for a while, or are new to the world of unemployment, there are actionable steps you can take to get back into the world of work. You’re not unemployable, so no matter how despondent you feel, use today to better your chances.

  1. Get out of bed! Don’t let a lack of motivation and despondency beat you. If you want a job, you need to take the first step, and that’s out of your lazy pit.

 

  1. Get ready for the day. You have a long day ahead of you, so rather than slump in your pajamas in front of the television, do something that will give you energy to motivate you to look for work. Go for a walk, eat a decent breakfast, get a shower, and get dressed into something reasonably smart.

 

  1. Look at your resumé  You need to hand this in (or email) to employers, so give it the once over to ensure it has all the necessary sections filled in and that it is up to date. There are ways you can improve your resumé if it is lacking in any areas, so check out this very useful infographic to help you.

 

  1. Look online. Visit all of the job sites you usually peruse, and pick out any jobs that appear relevant to you. Ensure you have the skills and training necessary if you wish to apply, and then tailor your resumé to fit each. This will show the employer you have done your homework, as a generic resumé will rarely get you very far.

 

  1. Write an effective covering letter. Again, don’t write a generic letter and send it to every employer you approach. Check out these tips, and follow all of the advice given to you. The more personal you can make your letter, the better! With that done, email your resumé and letter, and hope for the best.

 

BUT DON’T STOP THERE!!

Don’t assume your work is done for the day. Consider the following!

  1. Consider training. There may be ways that you can improve your employability, so considering the free time you may have in the days and weeks ahead, look for any training courses that may be available to you. From forklift training if you’re interested in construction, to catering courses if you are looking to get into the food industry, give them serious consideration, as extra qualifications may be vital for those jobs you would like to apply for, but haven’t so far been able to!

 

  1. Consider voluntary work. Another way to improve your employability is to take on some kind of voluntary work. Not only will this help you get jobs you are particularly interested in, it will also give you some incentive to get out of bed in the morning. So, as well as researching available courses, look at the voluntary opportunities near you, and in both cases, contact the relevant people to find out more

 

  1. And do anything else that will improve your chances. If you still have free time in the day, there are other things you can do. Practice your interview technique, network at a job fair, improve your social media profile (employers do check them), and visit employers directly with your resumé in hand. In short, don’t waste your day doing nothing very much. Do all you can today to get back into employment.

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Make a Living by Writing About What You Know

When you think of writers you probably imagine an author typing away at their latest and greatest novel about a teenage wizard, or maybe you think of a journalist releasing a breaking story. But what you might not know is that the vast majority of writers are creating articles on topics which they are incredibly knowledgeable about, and most people will never read them. These could be manuals for products, content for a travel website or sales copy for an infomercial or a celebrity who needs to talk about the latest movie that they starred in.

What do You Know?

Writing is as important as it’s always been, and we are consuming a huge amount of content every single day, all of which is written by somebody. While it wasn’t possible two decades ago, now you can make a good living writing about any topic that you can imagine, regardless of how niche it is. As long as there are tens of thousands of people who care about that topic, there is an opportunity for you to monetize your knowledge.

The first step is to figure out what you know better than anybody else. For many of us, this will be a hobby or a pastime that we have dedicated many years of our lives to, like paintball or fishing. Writing about a hobby is fantastic because it doesn’t feel like a job and there are also thousands of opportunities because hobbies tend to have a huge following.

Offering Your Services

If you like the comfort and safety that a nine to five job can offer, taking a job writing for an online publication or company can be a great way for you to monetize your wisdom. If you are struggling to find a job with one of these companies, you might consider emailing them and asking them to consider you as a freelance writer. Alternatively, you can sign up to a writing agency like WordAgents or a platform such as Upwork where you can get paid to write.

Creating a Website

However, if you want to earn a better living and have full control over what you create, it might be the perfect time for you to create your website. Magazines are a dying breed that are likely to be gone within our lifetime, but the online magazine or content website is here to stay. By writing down everything that you know down, this can help others, entertain them and make money through selling products or including advertising on your site.

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How To Advance Your Career In The Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry is one of the most prominent sectors on the planet. There are endless jobs available here, which is why so many people set off on their career path in this industry. You can find plenty of entry-level careers to get you going, but what if you want to advance your career and start earning more money?

If you currently work in the hospitality industry – or are considering working there – then take a look at this advice to help boost your hospitality career prospects:

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Get A Degree

A lot of people don’t know this, but you can get different hospitality degrees. It’s true, there are bachelor’s degrees in hospitality management that can help you get management careers within this industry. Then, if you want to take things even further, you can get a master of hospitality management degree to make yourself even more qualified to take on more advanced roles. Degrees aren’t essential to get jobs in this sector, but they can certainly help you take your career to the next level. Well worth considering if you’re just starting out or if you’ve been working in this industry for years and feel you’ve hit a dead end.

Work Overtime

This sector is known for its long working hours and flexible shift patterns. Most of the time, if you want to open yourself up for better jobs, you need to get on the good side of your managers/bosses. An easy way to do this is by working overtime or just taking on more work than required. If someone needs someone to cover their shift, you should be straight in offering your assistance. Stay on for an extra hour or so after your shift is over to keep lending a helping hand. This won’t go unnoticed, and you’ll put yourself in your bosses minds for a potential promotion. Always be willing to go above and beyond what’s expected of you. In such a busy industry, this level of work and commitment won’t go unnoticed.

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Develop Great Relationships With Customers

There would be no hospitality industry without any customers. Any hotel or restaurant depends on its customers to make money. As such, keeping them happy is the top priority of every worker. If you manage to develop great relationships with customers, then you’ll be doing an excellent job. This is how you encourage people to keep coming back or to leave positive reviews – which helps you gain more and more customers. Plus, it means the customers may speak highly of you to management staff, which only reflects positively on you. Therefore, you have a good chance of being considered for more prominent roles and moving up the ladder. Put the customer’s best interests first, work on improving your relationship with them, and the success should follow.

Few industries offer the same level of career development as the hospitality one. You can literally go from working in the laundry room of a hotel to running the entire company! It won’t happen overnight, but if you follow the advice above, you have a better chance of advancing your career.

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