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CVs and Resumes. Get them right to get the job.

Some interesting facts, figures and tips on CVs and Resumes that the folks at Ayers put together on this Infographic.

Interesting and completely avoidable are the many reasons why employers reject a candidate based on their resume – typos and grammatical errors, clip art, cringe worthy quotes and snazzy borders to name a few. Stay away from the clip art people!

They have put together some good tips on proof reading, visuals and content.

We get sent a lot of content that people want us to share with you. I think this one is well worth a read.

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3 Ways to conduct a successful job search

3 Ways to conduct a successful job searchby Erica Francis

If your plans include a career change  you’ll need to know some tips and tricks for conducting a successful job search. To help, here are three ways to conduct a successful job search:

Make Yourself an Obvious Fit for the Job

Chances are, you’ll be applying online for a job. There’s also a very good chance that your application and resumé first will be screened by an automated computer system.

This means that you need to scour the job posting and description, as well as any other information you may have about the position, for keywords and phrases when crafting your application and resumé. Mirror those words and phrases in your application materials and closely match your skills and qualifications to the role to make yourself look like an obvious fit.

These tricks also show the lower-level HR staff, who review your materials before hiring managers and supervisors see them, that you are a good fit for the position. It is your job to show these non-human and human screeners that you are what the company is looking for, so that you can make the cut to the first round of interviews.

Make Your Resumé (and Yourself) as Marketable as Possible

No, you probably don’t want to spend one more second on your resumé than absolutely necessary. So, make sure you do it right the first time.

Resumés have changed quite a bit in the past few years, as screening processes are automated and hiring staff is more pressed for time. This means that you want to forget about the summary paragraph at the top. Your document needs to be able to be scanned in about 6-10 seconds, and a summary paragraph is not worth the space on the paper.

It’s also important that you don’t make it seem as though you are hiding anything from potential employers. Include the months of your employment, to show exactly how long you worked in previous positions. These minor details are important, because they demonstrate that you are following a full disclosure policy with your information. You are more credible when you are honest from the very beginning, and it’s better to explain why you had a short stint somewhere else than to explain why you left out key information.

Use bullet points, quick explanations, and facts. If you achieved something in a previous position, include it under the corresponding job and title. Don’t bury important details or make people go on a scavenger hunt when they read your resumé. And, include your true working title on your resumé. Attempting to trump up your status will come back to bite you in the end, during your face-to-face interview.

Explore All of Your Options

One of the best things you can do before your job search is to take stock of your skills and qualifications, as well as your educational qualifications. You may not realize it, but you more than likely have skills that make you qualified for a position outside of your current or former field. For example, you may have technology skills that you did not have when you graduated. Or, you may have project management experience from your former position. By evaluating your entire skillset, you may find that you are qualified for positions that you would not have considered a few years ago.

It’s also important to consider all of the options available to you in your job search. Have you thought about working from home? Telecommuting is on the rise, and companies and employees benefit from the practice. Working from home boosts productivity and job satisfaction and saves companies money. When you apply and interview, state that you are open to working from home. Or, consider jobs that allow you to be your own boss while working from home. For example, you might become a pet sitter or offer your services as a virtual assistant.

Getting a new job you love could make 2016 one of your best years yet. Follow these tips to help you on your way.

Erica Francis loves working with ReadyJob.org to teach young people how to get started in the job market. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, crocheting, and acting at her town’s community theater.

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Tips for a successful career change

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by Penny Gardner

After working for the same company for five years, you feel like it’s time to move on. The job no longer excites you and every time you leave work, you feel exhausted and worn out. Perhaps you are looking for a new challenge in a different sector? You need something that sparks your enthusiasm and gives you the right motivation to get out of bed in the morning? If this is you, then you might already be thinking that a career change is what you need.

Obviously nobody said that changing a career was going to be easy. However, it’s something that many people do in an attempt to find out what they really enjoy doing and develop professionally.

So, how can you ensure that your next job will give you everything that you need?

The answer to this question is that you simply can’t, and while that sounds scary on its own, it’s also the most interesting part of a career change. Unless you try it out, you will never know what it’s like to pursue the things that interest you the most and can make you happy.

While there is a lot of uncertainty when dealing with career change, there are many things you can do that will make your transition a lot easier. Let’s go over a few tips that are vital to career change success:

#1 Think about What You Enjoy Doing

Throughout your career, you will have a wide range of experiences. But in order to make sure that you have fun, you need to be certain about what you like and what you don’t like. There’s no point in changing career if you are taking yet another job that doesn’t make you happy. Take some time to think about what you like doing in your free time. Think about any hobbies you have that can relate to a particular job. Then ask yourself if you can turn this into a profession and start getting involved in the things that you have a strong interest in and see where it takes you.

#2 Equip Yourself with Important Skills

If you are willing to start from the bottom and develop the skills necessary for the career you’ve chosen, then you are already half-way to your destination. All that it takes is persistence and hard work to reach it. Since changing careers requires that you start from zero, you need to equip yourself with the relevant skills, experience and qualifications that will ultimately help you get hired. It is also important to identify your limitations and work on them until you feel ready to enter the new field.

#3 Do Your Research and Preparation

Whatever career you’ve chosen, you need to familiarize yourself with current industry trends to make sure that your transition into this unknown world is as smooth as possible. Customize your resume for a career change, and focus on getting all of the information you need on how to succeed in this particular profession. Ask other professionals in the field for some advice if you have to and network yourself to the top.

#4 Demonstrate Your Passion

Once you are searching for a new job you need to show how much you want it. Just like every person who has gone through a career change, this is a crucial part of the transition since it is more difficult for them in contrast to other jobseekers. Employers will ask questions such as ‘why you left your previous job’ and ‘why you chose to work in this profession’ and you need to be prepared to back up your answers.   As such, you need to show off your personality and those qualities that make you the hard-working individual they expect to see in every candidate. Focus on that and demonstrate your interest in the job providing some real-life examples and your next job is around the corner.

In terms of managing your career, you need to search for a job that fills you with joy and excitement, no matter what industry you choose. The secret to reaching your true potential is having the motivation to go after your professional goals and to never remaining stagnant.

As previously said, a career change can be difficult. But having a defined goal will help you pursue your passion and carve out your own career journey. Just like Socrates once said, “the secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Have you ever made any of these interview mistakes?

The folks from Stevens Henager College sent us over this infographic that they put together on the Top 10 Job Interview mistakes.

On first read you might think that you’d never do any of these things…but many are pitfalls that are quite easy to fall into.

We thought well worth sharing with you. Good to think about if you’re headed out to an interview.

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If you ever have or do – don’t despair!

Career Tip To Go: Learn from the experience and just be that little bit more prepared next time!

Just to let you know – we don’t have any affiliation with Stevens Henager – but we’re happy to share thoughtful work.

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