E-BOOK – STRATEGIES FOR HANDLING JOB OFFERS

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 Got the Offer-Now What Do I Do

Download this free e-book (PDF format) for tips on how to handle job offer scenarios including multiple job offers, counter offers from current employer,  background checks, confidential job search, and learning why you weren’t selected for the job.

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Congratulations, your resume worked for you—you got an interview; you prepared and performed well through the interview process—you got the offer; you now have a major decision before you—

“Do I accept?”

It’s perfectly normal to become uneasy at this stage of the job search process. The direction you take will be life changing. Are you sure you’re ready to accept?

“What if?”

What if there is another job you really want? You have two job offers—which one should you accept? What if your current employer makes you a counter offer? What if you really don’t want to accept the job offer? What if your employer finds out you are looking for a new job? What if a background check disqualifies you—how do you keep your current job secure?

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Conversely, your resume worked for you—you got an interview; you prepared and feel you performed well through the interview process, but,—you did NOT get an offer; you want to find out—

“Why not?”

It’s perfectly normal to want to know why you weren’t selected. How do you find out why you were not offered the job? Did you do something wrong? Could you learn what you need to work on? What if you are given a reason that makes no sense?

 Got the Offer-Now What Do I Do

Download the E-Book for answers to questions and dilemmas encountered by job candidates like you when the job offer is on the table…and when it’s not.

LinkedIn 30 Day Challenge E-Book

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60 activities you can do to improve your LinkedIn profile, expand your professional network, and attract recruiters.

LinkedIn 30 Day Challenge

With over 450 million members, LinkedIn is the de-facto social media platform used by candidates, employers, and recruiters. It’s the ‘Google’ for job search and talent search.
Like any social media platform, you have to work it to get results. It’s all about being found—having the right message, the right keywords, and a “complete profile”.
LinkedIn is chock full of wonderful avenues for connecting with people, networking, and establishing your professional brand. Leveraging LinkedIn to find your ideal job, and be found by your ideal employer is the smart and modern way job seekers network online and navigate job search.

LinkedIn Stats

♦ 25 million profiles are viewed every day—it’s the most popular activity by members.
♦ 32% of job seekers use LinkedIn.
♦ 42% update their profile regularly.
♦ 35% of members access the site daily.
♦ 1 million members have published posts on LinkedIn.

According to a JobVite survey:

♦ 95% of recruiters use LinkedIn to search for candidates.
♦ 95% of recruiters use LinkedIn to contact candidates.
♦ 93% use LinkedIn to “keep tabs on” potential candidates.
♦ 93% use LinkedIn to “vet candidates pre-interview” (vs. 32% on Facebook and 18% on Twitter).
♦ 92% posted jobs on LinkedIn (vs. 48% on Facebook and 39% on Twitter).

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Take the confusion out of how to use LinkedIn to get results. Download my 30 Day Challenge LinkedIn E-Book—you will get 60 activities to choose from and implement to leverage this powerful professional social media platform.
♦ Optimize your online professional network and increase job opportunities.
♦ Boost your online presence.
♦ Improve your LinkedIn profile.
♦ Connect with contacts, companies, recruiters, and hiring managers.
♦ Create Content—status updates and LinkedIn publishing.
♦ Get involved in groups.
♦ Give and get endorsements and recommendations.

LinkedIn 30 Day Challenge E-Book

Download the E-Book PDF for tips and specific activities you can implement to leverage your LinkedIn membership. Like a gym membership, you have to work it to get results.

 

Resume Writing Tips A-Z E-Book

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A-Z Resume Writing Tips

Resume Writing Tips A-Z

Do you find yourself getting stuck when working on your resume? Suffering from writer’s block? Uncomfortable bragging about your accomplishments?
Are you frustrated your applications for jobs are not getting results? Do you feel invisible in the job market? Is there fierce job competition in your field?
You are not alone. You may be awesome at your profession, but communicating it in a resume may be harder than you thought.
♦ On average every corporate job opening attracts 250 applicants of which only 4 – 6 will be called in for an interview.
♦ 38% of all companies use ATS (Applicant tracking software) to screen resumes. The percentage of large companies using ATS is much higher.
♦ 63% of recruiters read cover letters from candidates who make it through the initial application screening.
In order to get to first base, your resume and cover letter must score highly in comparison to your competition and to meet the ATS criteria.
You have two options for producing a competitive job application package:
♦ Partner with a certified resume writer who has the experience and up-to-date best resume writing practices in her arsenal to create your documents for you.
♦ Create an awesome resume yourself by researching qualified resume writing resources online and in books published by certified resume writers and career experts.
Resume Writing Tips A-Z is a resource I created to help you accomplish writing your own powerful resume. If you have good writing skills, are adept at formatting attractive word processing documents, and have the time and desire to do the job well; apply the tips in this downloadable PDF document to guide you through the process.
If, when you complete the resume, you are still not confident using it to apply for jobs, you can forward it to Info@matchresumesandcareers.com for a free evaluation.

Resume Writing Tips A-Z

Download the E-Book for tips and best practices for creating a competitive and modern resume.

Stand Out in the Crowd

Differentiation

BE the obvious best candidate for the job – DIFFERENTIATE!

The competition for good jobs is fierce. With dozens, and often hundreds of applicants submitting their resumes for a specific job opening, you MUST set yourself apart from all the other candidates who have similar qualifications. The secret to differentiation in job search is communicating your potential to deliver results. By relating your past accomplishments and contributions to the needs, problems, and objectives of the potential employer, you will be perceived as a problem solver. Your successes are unique to you. No one has the exact same story as you.

Consider effective strategies for using job search tools to set yourself apart:

Cover Letter

Your letter of introduction can be a very persuasive document by personalizing it for each job application. Generic cover letters are a waste of time and do not represent a serious candidate to the prospective employer. They imply laziness, lack of initiative, and lack of concern for the employer.

Five tips to make your cover letter stand out:

  • Format the cover letter with the exact same header as your resume to present a consistent professional brand image.
  • Include the Company name and address in the letter heading. Use the corporate address unless a different address is listed on the job announcement. It is typically easy to locate a corporate address online.
  • Address the letter to the hiring manager’s name. Not always easy to get the name, but do your best through research: LinkedIn, calling the company, checking the company website, or whatever creative means you can think of.
  • Reference at least three requirements from the job announcement and state your related qualifications or accomplishments.
  • Identify with the organization in some way: Problems they need solved, recent successes covered in the media or their website, their corporate mission or vision statement, or identifying with their corporate culture.
Resume

Your resume is a marketing piece designed to sell your best and relevant professional capabilities. Its appearance, content, grammar/spelling, organization, and completeness will be judged by the reader. How do you want to be perceived by the employer? It’s your first impression, make it a good one.

Five tips to make your resume stand out:

  • Communicate your professional brand clearly – what you bring and your promise of value.
  • Match the language in the job announcement to clearly show you are qualified and have what they are looking for.
  • Incorporate powerful accomplishment statements to showcase your abilities to add value to the organization. Include metrics (dollars, numbers, percentages) to provide context to your contributions.
  • Do NOT bore the reader with a list of job description bullets in your professional history. Tell them about the value your work brings.
  • Show your professional progression—prove that you embrace growth and challenge.
Networking

The more people that know what type of job you are looking for increases your chances of being found. Tell everyone in your personal and professional network specifically what you would like to do in your next job. Be clear about what you have to offer an organization.

Five tips for networking that will make you stand out:

  • Be visible online: complete your LinkedIn profile with a great headline, photo, branding summary, and job histories that showcase your skills and achievements.
  • Participate in online groups where your colleagues hangout. Get noticed by contributing more and asking for little.
  • Go to business meetings and professional association events, and participate.
  • Be generous, share information with others including job opportunities you come across that fit associates you know who are considering their next career move.
  • Talk to people in person: informational interviews, meet for coffee, get social offline too.
Interviews

Being prepared for the interview is a huge advantage. So many candidates wing it and fall flat. It’s amazing how many people go into an interview and barely know anything about the company.  They think they understand the job description but don’t have a clue about the problems the company needs to solve.

Five tips for standing out in an interview:

  • Know your elevator pitch and make it relevant to the position you are interviewing for. Your last statement should convey the value you will bring.
  • Be prepared and rehearsed to answer the ten most common interview questions.
  • Prepare to discuss clearly and concisely at least five examples of your past performance, initiatives, and problem solving successes; with metrics for context.
  • Show your interest in the employer by asking thoughtful questions that indicate you know something about the company, and confirm you are interested in their particular challenges.
  • Identify with the hiring manager and relate to the problems and priorities that are revealed with a clear understanding and a friendly attitude.

Bottom line: When employers are aware of your value, they pay attention. But they are not going to do the digging. You must present your strengths, abilities, and success stories clearly and concisely. Employers are looking for that special candidate, the one that is not packaged exactly like the majority of applicants. Your differentiation is your promise of value, it’s what makes you unique, and makes you stand out. So make it obvious, make it relevant, and make it your signature across all platforms you play on.

Match Resumes and Careers professional resume writing services help candidates get more interviews faster by crafting custom targeted resumes. Contact us today: info@matchresumes.com

RESEARCH EMPLOYERS BEFORE APPLYING – HOW?

Job search Research Companies

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What do you know about the employer you are sending your resume to?

Before submitting your application or resume, be sure to research the Company. It is very easy to obtain information from various internet sites about a company’s products and services, their customers and competition, and even their company culture. Research will help you understand the challenges of the company and better prepare you to position yourself as their ideal candidate.

 

Products and Services

What is their business about and how do they differentiate themselves in their market? The company's website will usually be the best resource for deciphering their business purpose and help you decide if joining the organization looks interesting to you. Let’s face it, if you can’t identify with a businesses’ offerings, it will be hard to sell yourself in an interview.

Key Players of the Organization

Identifying and researching the CEO, HR Manager, and Department Managers can give you clear insight to the company’s management style and values. Company websites frequently list names of upper management employees, and sometimes provide professional Bio’s. LinkedIn may provide more in-depth information about individuals.

Company News, Events, and Activities

Read up on the company’s latest news to find out what they have done recently and what they are planning for the future. Company websites, press releases, Twitter feeds, and blogs are a great sources for learning their marketing strategies and accomplishments.

The Organization’s Mission, Values, and Corporate Culture

Why waste your time (and theirs) applying for a job unless you know the organization is a good fit for you. Best to learn about their mission and values to determine if you can identify with and support the organization’s core principles. Job posts often include soft skills requirements which may imply specific company values. Check their website for a corporate mission statement for a definitive view.

The Hiring Manager

The more you know about the hiring manager, the better you will be able to prepare for the interview. A well written job post will give you plenty of clues to determine the problems the organization wants to solve by hiring a qualified candidate. Identifying with the exact problems and providing interview answers that are relevant is an excellent interview strategy. The Hiring manager has a lot at stake in the hiring process and will choose the candidate who proves the capabilities, energy, and enthusiasm for solving problems.

RESEARCH RESOURCES

In addition to the company website, check out some of these excellent resources to obtain information on prospective employers and their key employees: 

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Local Business Journals
  • Local newspapers
  • Glassdoor.com
  • Google +
  • Google.com (search for the company and see what comes up!)
  • Google Alerts: set up an alert to get updates on the specific companies
Match Resumes and Careers professional resume writing services help candidates get more interviews faster by crafting custom targeted resumes. Contact us today: info@matchresumes.com

Online Job applications – best idea?

man searching for job listings online

Depends on your strategy.

Numbers game, or quality over quantity?

 

Ask yourself, do you want a job or do you want a career? 

Indeed.com, Craigslist, Monster, and dozens other online jobs listings websites (job boards) make it very convenient to search for job announcements and blast your resume. How effective is this strategy?

Here is a reality check…the competition is off the charts!  Why? Because EVERYBODY does it!

Does it work? That depends.

How do you feel about getting (VERY) limited response to your online job applications?

How do you feel about getting called for jobs that are not that interesting, but you applied anyway?

A better strategy for benefiting from the convenient online job boards is to use them for research. Find out who is advertising and what they say they want. Does it align with what you want? Do you have what they say they want? If it seems like a good match and captures your interest for a career opportunity, wait, don’t apply….yet.

Find out more -  everything you can learn about the company: the people, their products or services, their customers, their problems, their successes, AND, the contact information for key people in the organization who have recruiting influence.

Next, check your network to determine if there is a link. Do you know someone who knows someone at the organization who can give you a referral? If you do, fantastic. Get the referral and apply with your highly targeted resume. Make it easy for the hiring manager to confirm your qualifications match the job spec. Not only do you want to impress the hiring manager, you also want to validate your referral.

If you can’t get a referral, don’t give up. It just means you need a different strategy. Your best bet is to get your resume into the hands of the person who is the likely supervisor for the intended position. More research may be necessary but it’s not hard. You have options. Check the company website for staff listings, or try LinkedIn. Or, call the company directly and get the name of the hiring manager.

Apply as directly as possible. Your strategy is to get a leg up on the dozens or hundreds of online job applications submitted for every job post! Make sure your resume and cover letter are targeted to the job announcement and the company’s culture so the hiring manager gets you at “Hello”!

Job boards can be a useful tool, but don't waste all your time applying online. Make networking, referrals, and applying direct the top priorities in your job search campaign.

 

Match Resumes and Careers professional resume writing services helps job candidates accelerate their job search and get the job they want. Contact us today:  info@matchresumes.com

Interview Basics

INTERVIEWING
Prepared, Practiced and Positive!
Nail the 3 “P’s” and you will be on the right track. Let’s break it down:

PREPARED:
• Know your résumé backwards and forwards
• Have sufficient copies of current resume and references.
• Be on time, professionally dressed and groomed.
• Have good questions that demonstrate your concern for their needs.
• Informed salary considerations in case it comes up.

PRACTICED
• Elevator Pitch: ‘Tell me about yourself’ as it relates to the employer’s needs!
• Know your top 5 accomplishment stories and tell them contextually, concisely and confidently.
• Know how you will answer the most common interview questions.

POSITIVE
• You are prequalified or you wouldn’t be here. Now is the time to show your personality, energy, enthusiasm.
• Connect with the interviewer.
• Observe the culture, and ask them: ‘how do people work together here?’
• If this is the job for you, let them know!
• Be grateful.