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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weird Job Wednesday..Anyone ever heard of this?

Professional License Plate Number Blocker... From the internet (Quora). In Tehran, people get paid to walk or sit on your car and block your license plate. 

We've heard that In Tehran, there are new traffic restrictions in an attempt to reduce congestion and pollution from the huge number of cars on the roads. They are enforcing odd-even traffic restrictions on alternative days, depending on your tag numbers. Traffic cameras are used to check the tag numbers.The "license blockers" wait on the less crowded streets which connect to the restricted areas and get paid as cars approach the traffic. They walk behind the car so your tag number cannot be captured by the camera! If this is true, let us know!

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Boomers:Does Creating A Killer Resume Cover Letter Make A Difference?

   As an older skilled worker (Boomer) searching for a new career it can become overwhelming as you try to determine what the correct cover letter tactic should be. There are various opinions on whether resume cover emails or letters can make an impact. The reality is a cover letter sends a message to a hiring manager and/or Recruiter that you are focused, purposeful and diligent.  So can it really hurt? What do you think? (comments below)
The problem often is that we just find it difficult to allocate the time or initiative to write a different cover letter for the 100s of jobs we apply to. So for those that still feel a cover letter is impactful you can now save time creating brilliant cover letters that catch the reader's attention. (Editor's Note)

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    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    5 minutes To Optimize Your Linkedin Profile:Feel'n Like A Needle in a Haystack:

    In 5 minutes you can Optimize your Linkedin Profile:
    "Optimizing LinkedIn Profiles for Job Search" 

     LinkedIn continues to gain momentum as a resource utilized by both internal and external recruiters to find well qualified candidates. A quality LinkedIn profile is quickly becoming an essential element of a complete career marketing package.

    Like a resume, a LinkedIn profile serves as a summary of your work history. Both your resume and your LinkedIn profile need to be well-organized, well thought out, and well written. Although a resume will typically go into greater detail of accomplishments, a LinkedIn profile needs to offer enough facts to drive further action by recruiters.

    As every job seeker is hopefully aware, when resumes are submitted to corporations or job boards, they are then filtered by Applicant Tracking Software.(ATS) The software looks for “key words” to decide which of the thousands of resumes being reviewed, deserves a personal review by the recruiting or hiring manager. There are great resources on the Internet to help job seekers identify for inclusion, commonly searched key words utilized by ATS systems. These resources will be make specific keyword suggestions based on the position a job seeker is targeting. However, in the end, once the resume is submitted, it is a bit of a “black box” in terms of how your resume is actually parsed. So although, you may attempt to include all the right keywords to go to the top of the pile, a candidate is never really sure how a particular ATS system will treat their resume.

    Conversely, LinkedIn profiles are not a black box. A simple audit will allow you to see which queries bring your profile to the first few pages of a search. Try it.

    • Go to the peoples tab and hit advanced search.
    • Now enter a keyword or keywords associated with your targeted position. Ex: customer service manager
    • Now enter a geography zip code and a distance quotient. 50 miles is a reasonable choice.
    • Then select an industry or multiple industries that apply to you. Understand the broader you make your search the lower your ranking will be.
    • Now hit search. Can you find yourself in the first few pages of the LinkedIn results?

    Now look at the top few names that have appeared and open their profiles. By looking at the highlighted words, you will see the criteria that LinkedIn used to filter the search. As of today, LinkedIn appears to scan only four categories: Professional Headline, Titles, Specialties and Industries. LinkedIn scans these categories for frequency of the keywords selected. In our example: customer service manager.

    So what do you do with this information? The simple answer is optimize these four LinkedIn categories with the keywords that you believe a recruiter would most likely use when looking to fill the employment position you are targeting. If you invest an hour to insert the keywords to make sure you show up in the first few pages of a LinkedIn search for the position, geography and industry you are targeting, you will increase your chances of being found.

    Now remember, a quality job search strategy encompasses both pull and push marketing. Optimizing your LinkedIn profile is only one important component of a “pull marketing” job search strategy. Never forget as a job seeker, you should focus the majority of your time and effort on a “push marketing” campaign focused on targeted job search networking.


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    What's Wrong With Your Resume?

    From the desk of Lawrence M. Light, Creator of
    Co-Host Of "Ask The Experts: Accelerate Your Career Transition"  see our on demand workshop "Creating a Killer Resume here: Join Here.

    Since this is my first post as a Guest Contributor to Interns Over 40, I thought it appropriate to start off with what is undoubtedly the most important thing to understand as a job-hunter in this terrible economic time, with too many people (who are often as qualified as you) going after a job.

    How’s this for odds? Thirty out of three hundred. And of those thirty, maybe five will be selected. And of those five, only one, perhaps two (the second as a “back up”) will be finalists. There’s only one winner, folks, and the first prize is, you guessed it, the job being offered.

    I’m making a generalization here, of course, and my figures may be off if you’re a stickler, but in this job market, even though the tempo may have picked up slightly in the last few months, those are the kinds of figures HR personnel and recruiters report as seeing regularly when a job is advertised as being open. What this means, of course, is that it’s still a very, very, very competitive world out there and anyone who applies for a job from a or a newspaper ad is facing stiff competition.

    All of which leads me to the topic of the month, which is that most resumes don’t work hard enough to ensure that the job-seeker is included in the dreadful “first cut.”

    You see I believe that the ideal resume is NOT one that basically says “I am as good as anybody else”and “I have the experience you want.” That may possibly get you into the “first cut” of the thirty individuals who are selected, and I emphasize the word “may” here because, in such a competitive world, it is possible that they may pick the first thirty, all of whom say “I am as good as anybody else”and “I have the experience you want” in their resumes, and then get tired because there are forty, or fifty, or even sixty who have these characteristics. So the thirty-first and all the others that are as good just don’t get picked. After all, thirty is a good round number and to sort through them to winnow it down to find the five to bring in for an interview is a fair amount of work. Five interviews is also actually quite a lot of work when you think about it, in this busy world in which employers are asking each person to shoulder more than their share of work.

    Yet that is the type of resume I see, more often than not. It lists what the applicant has done and, if it lists a few achievements here and there, it is still comes across as muted, monochromatic, rather lifeless and certainly not anything like the kind of document it needs to be to galvanize the reader to really, really want to see them, speak to them about what they did and how it can help at the company with the open job. I see these factual, job-description monochromatic type of resumes with awesome regularity and they’re very clear, very succinctly written, as if the world were the same as it was twenty years ago.

    No, I believe there’s a better way and it is based on the idea that the ideal resume is one that basically says “I am much better than anybody else” and “I have the experience you want and have put it to great use for my prior employers.” Think about it. Which person would you, if you were the person doing the screening for the hiring, choose?

    Now a funny thing happens when you lay this philosophy on the table. People get scared. They immediately say, “I haven’t had anything like that kind of experience and I couldn’t possibly claim that I’m exceptional.” They don’t believe in tooting their own horn; they really want an “objective”, flat job description type of resume.

    I don’t mean to imply that anyone needs to lie about what they’ve done. But, after some digging, I usually find that the people I’m talking to have indeed made a substantial contribution to the companies they’ve worked for; they just never thought much about it, or they tend to minimize it. And, believe me, in my work, sometimes it does feel like digging during an initial session when we’re building a resume. (But I like to do that kind of work, obviously.)

    That’s why I’ve come to believe that most people can’t write a “Killer” resume for themselves. They’re just too close to the subject-matter to be objective. And, more often than not, they’ve been taught not to brag or trumpet their accomplishments. It’s actually painful for them to write a “Killer” resume, I’ve found.

    So, if I may be so bold as to ask you to step back, and look at your resume, to see if it does indeed say,“I am much better than anybody else” and “I have the experience you want and have put it to great use for my prior employers.” If it does, bravo! If not, back to the drawing board!

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