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Posted March 13, 2015 by

How to Use Your Smartphone to Create a Video Resume

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Touchscreen smartphone. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If you want to stand out from the pack and make a video resume, there is a lot to think about. It’s not as simple as picking up a camera and starting to film. You need to plan, film and edit your product to make sure it makes the best impression possible. So, if you still want to make this unique resume, here are a couple tips to consider: (more…)

Posted March 05, 2015 by

How to Make Your CV Stand Out in 5 Easy Steps

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Young smiling cheerful woman holding her resume. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Think about it; recruiters and hiring managers must see hundreds of CVs each and every month. So how do you ensure your humble sheet or two of A4 finds its way into the right hands the next time you send or email it to a prospective boss?

The fact is, there’s no hard and fast answer; it’s true that different recruiters with different managerial styles are bound to like…well…different things. But there are still some steps you can take to ensure you’ve got the best shot possible at being called in for an interview.

Remember these and we bet you won’t go far wrong. Here goes… (more…)

Posted February 28, 2014 by

7 Tips to Grab a Potential Employer’s Attention in Your Search for Recent Graduate Jobs

When competing for recent graduate jobs, what can you do to stand out from other job seekers?  The following post shares seven tips to grab a potential employer’s attention.

What do you do when 30 other candidates are competing with you for the same job—and, at least on paper, many of them appear more qualified than you? You need to do something to stand out. You need to have something unique, something that makes you what Seth Godin calls “The Purple Cow.” Here are

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Posted June 04, 2013 by

Trying to Get Interviews for Recent Graduate Jobs? 7 Ways to Stand Out from the Competition

If you want to land interviews for recent graduate jobs, you should invest time and energy in your job search.  The following post explains seven ways you can stand out from the competition to get contacted for interviews.

What do you do when 30 other candidates are competing with you for the same job—and many of them are more qualified than you are? You need to do something to stand out. You need to have something unique, something that makes you what Seth Godin calls “The Purple Cow.” Here are seven of the easiest and most

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Posted December 14, 2011 by

Expert Tips for Creating a Successful Video Resume

Video resumes are the newest tool for job seekers looking to put their best face forward — literally. Professionals can step out from behind bland paper resumes and speak directly to employers, highlighting their uniqueness and presenting themselves in the best light.

Best of all, unlike interviews where there’s no “delete” key, video resumes are made on the job seeker’s turf where they’re most relaxed, and on their terms so they can edit the package to their heart’s content. And with today’s technologies, there’s no fancy equipment or technical savvy required. But how do you produce a video resume that attracts attention, sells yourself effectively and appeals to what employers are looking for in today’s job market? Here are the experts’ guidelines: (more…)

Posted October 30, 2008 by

New Millennium Job Seeking Formats

Though we are well into the new millennium, we are still being surprised by innovative technologies that surface almost everyday. And many of them transfer very effectively into the work world, affording us opportunities to restructure the way we conduct job searches.
This means it is a good idea to learn some of the new ways to seek jobs. That way, you can keep up with, and even surpass your competition.
Web Portfolios and Video Resumes
Web portfolios are becoming popular vehicles for obtaining employment because they offer easy-to-read, attractive, electronic versions of your resume. They are especially useful for candidates working in web design, writing or artwork; however, anyone can take advantage of them. Typically, they showcase screenshots of designs, links to a working page, and a description of the work being displayed. There are websites dedicated to helping individuals create them in order to post the work and send links to employers.
Video resumes, while not as popular or highly-accepted by recruiters, are another way for job candidates to spice up what was once simply a dull piece of paper. Posted on sites like YouTube, candidates use these resumes to verbally list their skills, talents and capabilities. After creating the video, they send the link to potential employers. However, before you decide to take this route however, conduct research to make sure this type of resume is acceptable in your field.

Job Blogging and Social Networking

Along with creating video resumes and web portfolios come two more vehicles of online job seeking: job blogging and social networking. You are probably familiar with the concept of social networking by now if you have a Myspace of Facebook page. On both websites you can either communicate with your friends or set up a page that lends itself to your professional side. But social networks now do even more. They also allow you to get on message boards where recruiters often frequent, and network with other individuals in your field.
Since some recruiters take the extra steps to locate candidates via the Internet, it’s not a bad idea to also set up your own blog that tracks your job search and markets your skills. Just ensure that if you’re trying to have a professional online presence, you either don’t create or make “private” any profiles listed under your full name that may be inappropriate for business. For more information on how to blog responsibly, you can visit EFF.com
The Behavioral Interview
While not technology-based, the behavioral interview is becoming a popular format employers are using to gather more information about job candidates. The interview is handled in person like the traditional interview; however differences lie in the types of questions being asked. For instance, instead of being asked “What are your strengths and weaknesses as an employee?” you might be asked “What is a specific example of an occasion where you were called upon to solve a problem? And how did you solve it?” The latter questions explore exact behaviors in specific situations, and give more insight into your day-to-day abilities.
Staying on top of what’s going on in the world of job seeking is very important. So try to find out more. You’ll be surprised by the exposure and access to opportunities you’ll acquire.
Heather Eagar is a former professional resume writer and is passionate about providing working professionals with current, reliable and effective job search tools and information. If you need a resume writer, compare the top ones in the industry at http://www.resumelines.com.