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Here are two great articles that provide starting points for organizing your job search.

What is the Best Way to Prepare for Finding a New Job?

by Dorothy Tannahill-Moran

Source: The Career Rocketeer

Rather than reaching for the word processing to create your resume, your first step is to pull together a full plan or strategy on your job search. Your plan needs to include these parts:

1) Get clear on 2-3 jobs/titles you are pursuing.
2) Define your criteria for a place to work that includes those jobs
3) Do research to find those companies (that meet the criteria you just developed) and if you need a refresher on the hiring criteria, go update yourself.
4) Figure out a schedule you will do your job search (and stick with it)
5) Identify 2 different search methods you will use

6) Refresh your network and then
7) Create your resume.

The work you do in the steps preceding working on your resume will help immensely. Too many people think the only step to a job search is the resume but it is really the “thought time” and planning that will make for a successful search. As you are putting together a resume, you may want to create a “master resume” that you will do that has too much information about you in it. You can then take that resume and trim it each time you give it so it is more customized and oriented to the specific job you are discussing.

3 Keys to a Successful Job Search

by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Source: Great Resumes Fast

With all the layoffs that have taken place over the last couple of years, it’s no wonder that many of those who are still employed often feel stretched to the maximum of their productivity.  It can be very demanding looking for another job when your current one is continually stressing you out.  After all, when you get home from a long and frustrating day, the last thing you want to do is give any more thought to the world of work.  Unfortunately, most new jobs don’t just fall into your lap—you have to go out and get them.  Approaching your job search as strategically and as systematically as you would approach your next business deal can help keep the process manageable.

Initiation

If you were going to start a huge new project at work, would your first step be to just sit down and start the project?  Of course not!  A lot of planning and preparation go into any major project, and your job search should be no different.  Therefore, the first step is NOT to sit down and start sending out dozens of generalized resumes to any job that sounds OK.  Your first task should be to determine exactly what you’re looking for in your next position.  Just like you can’t write a project plan until you know what the project is, you simply cannot write an effective resume or cover letter without some idea of where you’d like your career to go.  You may find this part of the process to be the most time-consuming, as it requires some soul searching, however, it’s an essential step in the process that must not be skipped.

Planning

Once you’ve determined your professional goals, you’re ready to spend some time assembling your marketing tools—a cover letter, resume, and any other pertinent documents that support your message.  This is essentially the same process as setting up a project at work; you need both plans and human resources for an effective job search.  A professional resume writer can be an invaluable tool for a job seeker who’s incredibly busy with his or her current vocation.  Any resume writer will need you to gather and submit information about your past positions and achievements, but then let go of the reins; allowing the professional to agonize over each individual line on your resume will remove that weight from your own shoulders.

Execution

Only when you’ve established a goal and pulled together the tools needed to accomplish it should you actually start looking for and applying to jobs.  Setting up e-mail alerts through sites like simplyhired.com or indeed.com can save you hours of scouring through online employment ads.  If you tackle your search in a strategic and systematic manner, you should soon reach a place where you can go to your inbox, look through positions that may be a good fit for you, and then simply customize your polished resume for each application.  Consider each quality job application you send off as a deliverable in the project of finding yourself another job.  Whenever you successfully land your next position, you’ll be able to close out this project and move on to the next one!

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Qualifications:

  • Proven sales ability
  • 0-3 years sales experience
  • Bachelor Degree preferred
  • Enthusiastic and energetic

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  • 1st year earning potential to $50K
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Signs are emerging that the job market is picking up, but landing a new position can still be a challenge. The last thing you want to do is sabotage your employment search, and, since your résumé is typically the first impression that hiring managers have of you, it’s also the first place where you can potentially ruin your chances.

According to a survey conducted by Robert Half International, executives spend more than six minutes, on average, screening each résumé they receive — which means every word counts in this critical document.

Of course, no job seeker is going to shoot himself or herself in the foot on purpose. But you might be harming yourself without realizing it. Here are five common mistakes that put you at risk of losing the job opportunity:

1. You don’t proofread
Three out of four executives interviewed said just one or two typos in a résumé would remove applicants from consideration for a job. Since your word processing program has a spell-check function, you may think there’s no need to review your résumé for typos and grammatical errors. Unfortunately, spell-checkers don’t catch words that may be spelled correctly but used incorrectly: For example, if your most recent position was as a corporate blogger, your software may not raise the red flag if you mistakenly list yourself as a “logger.” In addition to reading through the résumé yourself, you should also have someone else review it to catch any errors that you may have overlooked.

2. You ignore potential red flags
When reviewing your résumé, imagine that it belongs to someone else. After reading through it, would you have questions about the information provided or be concerned by a lack of details? If you have these thoughts, rest assured potential employers will, too. For instance, one of the biggest red flags is a gap in employment that goes unexplained. Rather than make a hiring manager wonder why you were away from the workplace for an extended period of time, use your cover letter to address why you weren’t working and how you continued to advance your career through volunteer opportunities, professional development courses or other means.

3. You exaggerate your qualifications
Some people will do whatever they can to stand out, which includes fudging the details about a job title, the amount of time spent with an employer or a professional accomplishment. If you think that a hiring manager won’t try to confirm your qualifications, think again. If you are caught making up information, you not only will lose out on the opportunity at that company but also may permanently harm your reputation. Even a small fib can prove harmful. For instance, if you’re working toward a degree that you plan to complete by the summer, don’t say you already have the credential.

4. You don’t explain yourself
The best résumés use specific language so hiring managers can clearly understand your qualifications and accomplishments. If you say you are “knowledgeable” about HTML, an employer will not know if you use it every day to code Web pages or if you simply know that the acronym stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. Instead of using a vague term, you should explain how you’ve used your knowledge of HTML for certain projects or to aid your employer, how long you’ve been using it and if you possess any relevant certifications. Along the same lines, be specific when listing periods of employment, including the month and year for start and end dates instead of just the year.

5. You’re too wordy
Sometimes it’s difficult to determine what information belongs in your résumé and what can be safely left out. After all, the temptation is to describe any qualification that might remotely tip the scales in your favor. But you might not want to list every accomplishment, skill or project you’ve worked on. Hiring managers appreciate brevity, so cull the information you include, focusing on the aspects of your work history that are most relevant to the job for which you’re applying. If you’ve had a long career, for instance, you may include fewer details about jobs you held early on that don’t relate to your current career path. Omit hobbies, personal facts and other fluff, too.

Courtesy of CareerBuilder and Robert Half International
Published February 22, 2010 

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