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The Three R’s: Research, Research, Research!
Jumpstarting your job search and becoming more resourceful in a tight labor market is paramount to job search success. Getting your foot in the door to land a job is a matter of research, targeting companies and industries, then developing action plans that will lead you to decision makers. For example, if you want to be administrative assistant  resume writing service it's best way. Bob Tank, executive vice president and senior consultant of Lee Hecht Harrison, an international outplacement organization with offices in Boca Raton said, “the targeting exercise is one of the most powerful job search techniques available to management and senior executives”. He recalls working with two financial services candidates who landed excellent positions several weeks ago by using that very strategy.

Getting your foot in the right door is as important component as finding the position.

Gayle Landen, executive director of Communities in Schools in West Palm Beach, assessed her career path as an organizational development consultant who traveled constantly. Landen said, “I wanted to give up the travel and wanted to give back to the community from which I have received so much pleasure from volunteer involvement. That meant I had to make a career change.” After assessing her strengths and skills, Landen redefined herself and targeted the not for profit sector. “I spent hours doing research and talking to people who had knowledge in the field,” she said. “That led to being told of an opening for then Executive Director of Communities in Schools. “I did more research on the agency, its mission, its statewide and national programs, and then, contacted former board members for their insights and experiences with CIS. When I was selected for an interview, I continued my research. Not only did I have information about CIS, but I also had a list of questions related to their needs and future plans.” Landen was selected for the position from a field of more than 100 applicants, many of whom had more experience in the not for profit sector Her targeting, research and preparation paid off.

Kate Wendelton, author of Targeting the Job You Want, Third Edition and Founder of the Five O’Clock Club in New York City writes, “After you begin research on the internet, read the relevant data, contact people at in the company explaining you are seeking information.” Finding and making use of associations and organizations where people from your target area are members is a source of important information and new contacts. She also says, “Having access to this list can get you valuable information and advice. Research today is easy because of the vast amount of information on the internet. Click onto home pages of companies of your target list. You will find links to career opportunities, links to company executives, strategic plans, potential growth or expansion of the company. Additionally you will often find links on their website to other valuable information.”

“Define a problem and provide the solution, a vital strategy to getting your foot in the door, Bob Tank said. “A letter to the right person, even though they have no announced vacancies, can lead to unexpected success. Share your unique achievements that will be of interest and will generate ideas as you talk. The higher level person in the company you reach, the greater the probability they may be ready to hear new ideas. And, just as important, that person can be a decision maker.” he said.

Career coaches agree that once you have selected the target companies, focus on a prioritized list of companies and spend a major portion of each day in activities related to your goals. Looking for a job is a job.
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Recruitment for call center
Recruitment for call center support remains strong for jobhunters with flexible schedules.

"Call centers must continuously recruit because of the high rate of attrition. Employment in a call center offers two-parent families flexibility of schedules, reducing the need for day care. Countless job opportunities exist for entry-level persons, people between jobs, and students who need to work part time," said Fran McFarland of Employment Service Center in Delray Beach.

Call center employers in this area indicated that finding qualified applicants for this customer service oriented occupation is a challenge in a survey conducted earlier this year by the Workforce Alliance of Palm Beach County.

"Many job seekers do not realize that entry-level positions can lead to career-advancement opportunities in supervision and management," said Janet Erony-Kahan, project leader for ACS, a company providing direct services under contract with the Workforce Alliance of Palm Beach County.
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A New Blogger, A New Year and A New Venture
As of today, I'm proud to admit that I final joined the world of web blogs! My knowledge of Internet technology continues to grow, and I'm fascinated by the all of the tools and resources available for so many of us who rely on use of computers and the Internet everyday.
While we're in the throes of crazy winter weather here in New England (18 degrees one day and 60+ the next), I am already thinking about summer. Sure, the weather has it's appeal, but I am figuring out how I can take my business on the road with me. I'll be traveling to the Arctic Circle in July and my faithful laptop will be with me. So, my big task will be to determine how I can still access the Internet and my email while out in the far reaches of the north. I'll be working out the logistics of all of this in the next few months and it should prove interesting.
In the meantime, it's back to work helping clients start out the new year with a fresh and renewed focus on their careers. In between writing the resumes, I'll have to fit in time for the blogs and keep you all posted on the Arctic Circle venture!
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Little things can mean a lot
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Over the holidays, I made a point of sending a holiday card to every one of my clients. I took the time to handwrite the message and even personally addressed each envelope. While I could have had cards made with pre-printed messages, and created labels through a mail merge, I didn't rely on technology to make my job faster or easier.
Why? Because I wanted every client that I wrote a resume or career letter for to know that they are important to me. Interestingly, many of them emailed to thank me and reciprocate holiday wishes. Some even took the time to send a card back to me!
What's the relevance of this you might ask? Well, this simple, small gesture had a very positive outcome. So for those of you who are starting out the new year with a job search underway, please take the time to send a thank you letter after every interview you have. Even if you only have time to dash off a quick email note, it can make a difference.
Think about this -- in a recent survey, 85% of human resource professionals and hiring managers indicated that candidates who took the time to send a thank you, stood a far better chance in the hiring process over candidates who didn't bother, provided that they otherwise met the job qualifications.
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The best offense is a good reference

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A few years back I was minding my own business, checking out eBay - er, I mean working - when I received a phone call that went like this:
Me: “Hello?”
Caller: “Hi, I wanted to speak to Kristin. I’m from Megalomerate Inc and I have a resume here from Mary O’Goofus and she listed you as a reference and I wanted to talk to you so you could give me some information about Mary.”
Me: ” ” (sounds of neurons grinding together in brain as I struggle to remember her)
Caller: “Hello?”
Me: “Oh. Yes. Mary.” (At last remembering she was a junior designer I’d worked with 6 years before) “Um. Well. Gosh. Um. Well, she did come to work on time a lot…and um…she made a good coffee, I think…”
Caller: “According to her, she was instrumental in creating an ad campaign at your agency that earned the client a million-plus in revenue.”
Me: “Oh. Really? She was?”
So here’s the thing: references can be good or bad. And normally, we at Ready Resumes don’t recommend including your references in every resume. However, here are 3 things you can do to ensure to help your referees help you!
1. Add information! Forget including a laundry list of names/phone numbers. It’s a good idea to include a short sentence or two summarising who the referee is (’my supervisor at XYZ Company’) and to what he/she will attest (’Jane will attest to my creativity, flexibility and coffee-making skills.’)
2. Fair warning. Give your references warning that someone may call! There’s nothing worse than a bungled reference because your referee wasn’t ready to give it. Sometimes, referees who WOULD have been good can turn out to be bad…if they’re not given some warning beforehand!
3. Keep them up to date. Only include recent references - preferably from companies you worked at in the last 5 years. Older than that and it can be hard for a referee to remember good, meaty details. And finally, make sure your referees’ contact details are correct!
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Author: alicebolingeryn
Main topic: Resume advice
Topic: Resume
School / Univ.: Seattle Central Community College
City: Seattle
Published: 15.04.2019
Tags: resume, job_search
 
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