As New Jersey’s oldest resume writing service, we have been providing sound, current advice to job seekers for more than thirty years. While most candidates understand the criticality of using the Internet to locate jobs, many fail to employ technology to their best advantage. In order to capitalize on online job sources, we recommend the following strategies:
There is a concept that holds that the universe contains everything we need, essential to our survival and happiness, and that the universe, in turn, is contained within each one of us. Although a best seller entitled The Secret hinted that this concept is largely unknown, it is actually an ages-old hypothesis with its roots firmly planted in spirituality. For a theory to have survived so long, it must contain truth. As you seek employment, then, look within you as well as without.
Translating into “Buyer beware!” – the enduring Latin phrase, “Caveat emptor!” contains a warning for anyone contemplating the purchase of a product or service. Had the Internet been in use during the Roman Empire, sages would no doubt have coined a phrase to send a similar alert to job seekers.
The Internet can be the most effective and expedient tool for securing employment. It also provides unscrupulous parties a means of robbing job hopefuls of their funds. Hitting dead ends in their job searches, many people turn to work-at-home jobs advertised on the Internet. Offering salaries too good to be true and demanding fees to “Start earning now!”, the Better Business Bureau reports that only one in every 52 work-at-home proposals is legitimate. Many schemers succeed in sucking in the desperate as they appear to be genuine. Because they promote themselves on huge job boards, they generate the perception that they are reputable. The owners and administrators of these boards, however, are not responsible for investigating the validity of their advertisers’ claims. Therefore, it’s a clear case of “Caveat emptor” when it comes to work-at-home offers.
Summertime and the living is easy; that is, unless you happen to be unemployed and searching for a job. In that case, you are tortured and your level of anxiety grows daily.
In job hunting and recruiting circles, it has long been axiomatic that the periods between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day and between Memorial Day and Labor Day represent the least probable times of the year to secure employment. And, if one considers the circumstantial evidence, that supposition rings true. Since achieving employment today involves multiple interviews with decision-makers at various levels of the potential employing organization, opportunities to arrange these interviews in a timely fashion are limited by vacations, holidays, days off, and hiring manager preoccupation with non-business matters.
A company’s push to get a leg up on its competition is akin to running a rather grueling race. With most firms struggling to keep pace with their peers and simply remain in the contest, others lag far behind. Still others focus and go the distance. What drives one business to dash triumphantly through the finish line as its competition chalks up losses? And what does a corporation’s tactics have to do with those of job seekers circling the slippery track of the current employment market? More than you may think.
Desperate times may call for desperate measures, but when pushed to the wall, judicious business leaders do not act out of desperation: they plan and perform outside of the box in order to stay afloat and turn a profit. Their success stories (which interestingly, often begin with failures) stand as testimony as well as inspiration to the coupes job hunters can achieve when they apply the same general strategies of creativity and concentration.
Commanding officers and enlisted service people in every branch of our military often strategize and live by an interesting and sound concept whose adage advises, “If you want to eat an elephant, eat it one bite at a time.” Unless stranded on the African veldt or the jungles of India with the barest of supplies, our armed forces are not advocating initiating a giant barbeque featuring a pachyderm as the main menu item. Rather, the United States military recommends that, when confronted with an enormous task, one should break it down logically and methodically into manageable parts and then tackle each portion one step at a time.