Guide to a Shorter and Smarter Job Search
In 2018, a successful job search is much more complicated than having a good resume! At Job-Hunt.org, with the help of genuine experts, we help you to be smarter in your job search so you can:
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The secret to making an effective LinkedIn Profile, particularly your Summary and the descriptions of each of your jobs, is to add "eye candy" to it. Using symbols like these ☛ ✅ ◆ 📧 ► ⚫ ✿ 🚩📌 ☚ (40 more in the article) in your Profile will allow you to create bulletted lists and also to draw attention to the most important elements in the "wall of words" that is most everyone's LinkedIn Profile. This article by Job-Hunt's editor Susan P. Joyce is from Job-Hunt's Guide to LinkedIn for Job Search.
This (left) is NOT the reaction you want from the employer at the end of your phone screen. The employer's goal in a phone screen interview is to complete relatively quick evaluations of candidate qualifications and to select a few candidatees for in-person interviews. Job-Hunt's Interviews expert Laura DeCarlo shares 12 steps to avoid elimination in phone screens in this article from Job-Hunt's Guide to Successful Interviews.
Smart job seekers research a company.
You may have used the company’s website, Glassdoor, or even spoken to people you know who work for the company.
But have you checked out the company’s Facebook page?
You can learn a lot about a company by seeing what is visible on Facebook, by the company and by others (like employees and customers). In this article, Facebook Job Search Expert Hannah Morgan shares 7 ways to leverage Facebook to learn if a company is a good place for you to work, from Job-Hunt's Guide to Using Facebook for Job Search.
The best LinkedIn Profile will not be very useful to you without contact information readily available for recruiters and other members of your network. If you cannot be easily reached, they move on. Opportunities evaporate and you will never know. Making contact information visible can be scary, potentially putting privacy and safety at risk. Fortunately, protecting privacy and having contact information visible is possible! This article explains how, part of Job-Hunt's LinkedIn Job Search Guide.
Informational interviews are a gold mine for you when you are considering a job or career change. They are the smartest way to avoid making major errors when you make a career change. Whether reaching out to a colleague, old friend, or a stranger, email can be very useful, but a bit intimidating. In this article, Job-Hunt editor Susan P. Joyce shares 5 sample email messages to use as templates for your own outreach to friends and also to strangers, part of Job-Hunt's Guide to Informational Interviews.
This question may be one of the earliest questions you are asked, particularly in a phone interview. Obviously, it requires a very careful response. While this question is illegal in many locations, recruiters and interviewers still ask it, and the ATS system may still require it. Learn how to be prepared to answer this question most effectively so you aren't eliminated from consideration or paid a very low salary. This article is part of Job-Hunt's Guide to Successful Interviews.
This is a more acceptable variation of the current-salary question. This is the start of what may become the salary negotiation, if they decide to offer you a job.
The best strategy is to do research to know what a reasonable salary is for the job. Don't just pull a random number out of the air.
A "wrong" answer can result in a job offer with a salary that is too low or the end of the opportunity if you state a salary that is too high. This article is part of Job-Hunt's Guide to Successful Interviews.
Usually, you will receive the invitation to interview for a job by email, typically from the recruiter or someone on the HR staff. The message will be sent to the email address that you used on the application or resume or made visible on your LinkedIn Profile. Replying promptly but appropriately is essential to communicate your professionalism. Sample email messages are included as examples. This article is part of Job-Hunt's Guide to Successful Interviews.
Sometimes rejecting an interview invitation is a good idea because you don't know for sure that you want the job. Or, maybe the level, the commute, or the employer is not right for you now. There are good reasons to turn down a job interview, but in some situations taking the interview can be useful. If you decide to turn down the job interview, a sample email is provided as an example of the kind of message to send. This article is part of Job-Hunt's Guide to Successful Interviews.
Being familiar with the common questions and having your answers for each question ready is the best strategy for interview success. These are the most common questions asked by employers and recruiters in job interviews. Each article includes sample answers as examples of how the question can be answered. Use the sample answers and the strategies described for each question to help you create your own answers. This is part of Job-Hunt's Guide to Successful Interviews.
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