Monday December 9, 2013
One of the most valuable things you can do when you're job searching is to match your qualifications to the employer's requirements. Employers usually only spend a few seconds deciding if you are a strong enough fit for a job to warrant a more thorough review, so you need to make sure that it is immediately obvious that you have many of the skills, experiences and qualities required for the job.
It's the same scenario with the software that screens job applications. If your application isn't a strong enough match, you won't get selected. It doesn't matter how talented a candidate you are if the hiring manager doesn't know you exist.
Spending the time upfront will also help you when it comes time to interview. You'll be asked why you're the best candidate for the job, and you can use the information you compiled to prepare to respond to interview questions. Here's how to match your qualifications to a job description.
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Monday December 9, 2013
Supporting documents are the documents that may be required by employers when applying for a job. Supporting documents for a job application may include a resume, a cover letter, your transcript, a writing sample, portfolios, certifications, a reference list, letters of recommendation, employment certificate, and other supporting documentation as specified in the job posting.
Required documents vary by type of job. Before you start applying check out some job postings in your field to get an idea of what you'll need to apply. Then gather the documents together before you start applying. You'll probably need to have scanned copies that you can email or upload with your resume and cover letter. This way, you'll have everything you need to apply ready to go.
When applying for jobs, be sure to upload or send all the requested supporting documents in the format requested in the job listing.
If the company requests that supporting documentation be brought to the interview, bring a photocopy of each of the requested documents with you for the hiring manager.
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Monday December 9, 2013
Did you know you could search Twitter for job listings just like you search job sites? Employers and job sites are sharing job openings on Twitter, and it's easy to find those positions as they are listed.
According to Robin Richards, Chairman and CEO of CareerArc Group, 72% of companies are using social media to advertise their jobs, and 2 out of 3 employers plan to expand their social recruiting initiatives in 2014. Here are some examples:
@TweetMyJobs: The Kroger Co. is hiring. Follow @AtlGreatPeople or search their jobs here: http://ow.ly/rdemT #hiring
@KPMGUSCareers: Senior Associate, Business Integration Job (New York City, NY, US): Business Title: Senior Associate, Business. http://bit.ly/IZcMLh
@US.jobs: Mortgage Loan Officer for Sterling Bank (Walnut Creek, CA) http://bit.ly/1kmfVQB #jobs
@WriteAbout: Have you seen all of the new @aboutdotcom #writer opportunities up on http://experts.about.com? Check 'em out! #freelance
What is the best way to search? Robin Richards shares tips on how to find jobs on Twitter:
- Use Twitter Search the way you'd use Google by searching for job type keywords to discover job listings, career-specific accounts, and industry related news.
- Don't let your social media accounts go stale - review Linkedin contacts and research new groups to join, and keep your Twitter and Google+ bios current.
Here are more tips for job searching on Twitter in just 10 minutes a day. Follow me on Twitter for even more advice.
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Sunday December 8, 2013
There are some interview questions that you will be asked during just about every job interview.
In addition to the more specific job-related interview questions that focus on the skill sets that you have to do the job, there are general interview questions about your employment history, strengths and weaknesses, achievements and goals that you'll be asked.
Here's a list of the most frequently asked interview questions, as well as examples of answers you can use to get ideas for your own responses.
Also, here are the top 50 interview questions most frequently asked by hiring managers, as well as sample answers for each question on the list. Review the list, then take the time to tailor your responses so you are well prepared to pitch your qualifications to the interviewer.
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