5 for Friday: Job Search Strategy Edition

by monsterstaff, published 10/18/2013

This week’s 5 for Friday brings you articles to help you hone your skills and put your best foot forward during the job search.

  • 4 Sales Strategies Guaranteed to Improve Your Job Search Results. U.S. News & World Report: “Clearly explain the precise value you can add. Consider shaving your interview presentation down to a specific value and instead of describing a general skill set, be as specific as possible about how that value will help the person in front of you. Explain the process you'd deploy to enhance the firm's bottom line while decreasing costs. But, even if you seek a role that isn't directly revenue-generating, you can still craft a pitch around how your service will help the company run more smoothly, free up time/decrease stress for key revenue generators and ultimately contribute to making that company great.”
  • Single Most Important Career Question To Ask Yourself. Careerealism: “Most people are unaware of seemingly subtle points in their resume that scream out certain things to employers. What may seem vague and somewhat insignificant to you usually is one of the first things that an employer looks for when evaluating candidates. Employers are evaluating resumes and looking to see what you’ve done to keep yourself up-to-date, and many are on a talent shopping spree. This means they are hiring top industry subject-matter experts who have demonstrated their understanding of applying new skill sets and ideas in the workplace.”
  • When To Start A New Job Search. Forbes: “You need to make sure you have enough time on your hands to manage your job search well and make good impressions on contacts you are forming,’ she says. ‘If you’re not going to be able to do your current job well, you might want to wait until you have a bit more time on your hands, or make sure your search is scaled back to meet your current availability.’ Certain times of year are also better than others for job hunting. It may depend on your specific industry or job, but the summer and holidays tend to be slowest for hiring.”
  • 43 Resume Tips That Will Help Get You Hired. Daily Muse: “When you haven’t updated your resume in a while, it can be hard to know where to start. What experiences and accomplishments should you include for the jobs you’ve got your eye on? What new resume rules and trends should you be following? And seriously, one page or two? Well, search no more: We’ve compiled the best resume advice out there into one place. Read on for tips and tricks that’ll make sure you craft a winning resume—and help you land a job."
  • Job Search Strategy: Pertinent questions and answers. Record Online: “First, a resume is still a critical tool in the job-search process. It's your professional calling card or, in marketing terms, your "sales brochure." My emphasis has been on building a strong and viable network of professional contacts in and outside your career field. In my own experience, the resume is more of a formality and not the key introduction piece. People who don't invest much in building a professional network of contacts are forced to rely on the strength of their resume to open a door.”
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