Resumes win interviews, so like most people your job search has probably focused on writing your and tweaking your resume and landing job interviews. You probably haven't given your references much thought, but in a tough job market references win job offers . You must be certain that your references will seal the deal, not blow it away.
What if you could guarantee yourself an initial interview with a recruiter without ever leaving the comfort of your couch? What if you could get your resume in front of 5, 10 or even 20 hiring managers–all in the same day? It sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? But it is true, thanks to virtual job fairs.
It is said that 75% of employers check references, yet many people never speak to their professional references at all, or do so only at the end of a job search, when a job offer is imminent. This can be a costly mistake.
It's one of the basics of job search: You have your killer resume, a multitude of networking contacts and a rock-solid list of three to five references to help back up your past performance. But do you really know what these references are saying about you? You may think you've chosen the best, friendliest supervisors who love your work. But they may not always be discussing you in the most favorable light.
If you spent a good portion of this year job searching, but are still underemployed or unemployed, there may be ways you can improve your odds of landing a great job. Here are seven tips that may boost your chances of landing your dream job:
First impressions count and your LinkedIn Summary is the first opportunity a potential employer has to find out who you are beyond a photo and a job title. So, make the most those precious moments.
As the merriment of the holiday season weaves its way through the land, your job search shouldn’t embrace a silent night . Though most job seekers assume the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is a dead zone for hiring, it’s not true. Jobs are filled year-round and companies are agnostic when trying to fill open positions at year end.
If you’ve recently launched your job search, you likely know about the importance of networking to uncover opportunities. But can you name any specific steps you’ve taken to grow and connect with your network ? Or do you answer that question by saying something half-hearted, like: “Well, I called a few people to let them know I’m looking, and asked if they knew about any openings.”