Archive for May 2009

Ten Tips for a Successful Online Job Search

May 26, 2009

Use these tips to search for jobs more effectively and increase your odds of getting hired:

1. Choose Job Sites Carefully

Jobs are listed on thousands of different websites, so be selective about which ones you use. As comprehensive search engines for jobs, or can help you find specialized job boards or employer career sites that fit your interests. Job search engines will also save you time and steer you to jobs you won’t otherwise find.

2. Refine Your Job Search

Search using keywords and add more terms to narrow your search. Don’t forget to specify your location; your zip code normally works fine. Most job sites also have an Advanced Job Search so you can narrow your results using, for example, a particular company name, job title, or commuting distance.

3. Set up Email Job Alerts

Save your job searches to receive email job alerts including new jobs matching your criteria. Many sites also let you save any job search as an RSS feed. This will help you apply for jobs as soon as they are posted, making it more likely employers will notice you.

4. Keep it Focused

Only apply to jobs you are qualified for. Companies notice candidates with the skills and experience they’re looking for. If you don’t have these, your resume will be ignored.

5. Watch Out for Scam Job Listings

Be careful if you see job listings promising quick and easy income, or requiring a fee or your social security number in order to apply – they’re likely to be scams.

6. Write a Customized Cover Letter

A well-written cover letter that is customized to the company or individual recipient shows you are serious. Try to show how your qualifications and experience relate to the company’s needs.

7. Post Your Resume

Posting your resume to job boards helps companies find you online. Bear in mind that anyone may be able to see it, including your current employer. Most job sites give you the option of posting anonymously, although companies may then be less likely to contact you.

8. Clean Up Your Act

Check your resume and cover letters for typos and grammatical errors. Use consistent font sizes and formatting in your resume. Potential employers may look at any online profile of yours, so keep them up-to-date and free of content that would embarrass you.

9. Do Your Research

Spend time on the company’s website and learn as much as you can about the firm’s products and services. Read up on company news and trends in the industry – use sites like Wikipedia and ZoomInfo. Find out who is interviewing and Google their names to learn about them. If you know anyone who works at a company you are applying to, try to speak with them first for advice.

10. Know Your Salary

Once companies are ready to make you an offer, they’re likely to discuss your salary needs. If you’re armed with objective salary information, you’ll be in a better position to negotiate. Try to let the employer name a figure first – this will make it easier to negotiate a salary that is right for you.


The Final Check of Your Resume

May 11, 2009

Read your completed resume carefully.  Use spell check and have others spell check it, too.  Frequently!  Many typos manage to escape detection.  Ask others to critique it.  You don’t necessarily need to pay attention to what they say—it’s your resume—but you might find something of interest to you.

Ask others to answer these questions:

  1. Is it attractive and does it appear easy to read?
  2. Is it neat with white areas?  Is the type clear?  Are special fonts and highlights overdone or distracting?
  3. Can the same information be stated more succinctly?  Are there any repetitions?
  4. Is everything that is stated relevant to this particular job?
  5. Do your attributes and characteristics stand out, or do they get lost among extraneous material?
  6. Have you avoided personal pronouns and used past tense active verbs in short, meaningful phrases?
  7. Have you given specific information about experiences?  Have you quantified where you can to show past successes?  Any generalities you can specify or eliminate?
  8. Have you emphasized your skills and accomplishments, and not reiterated what you should have/could have done?
  9. Have you included everything you can think of that is important?  Is everything you have said factually true?
  10. Does your resume make you so interesting that the employer will be compelled to ask you to come in for an interview?
  11. Omit personal information that by reason of law an employer is not to use in a hiring decision: age, ethnic origin, height/weight, marital status, religious preference, and photograph.

Quick Resume Tips!

May 6, 2009


• Do make sure your resume is absolutely perfect in spelling and grammar, and that it is easy to read.
• Do write only what enhances your attractiveness.
• Do be truthful! (Perhaps 25 percent of resumes contain false information.)
• Do prepare a separate resume for each job. Use the language of your proposed employer.
• Do be concise. More than one page is ok, but make all of your entries useful.
• Do stress your accomplishments and the skills you have demonstrated.
• Do write in brief, powerful phrases (not sentences), using past tense action verbs to begin statements (not pronouns “I” or “we”).
• Do attach a cover letter if you mail the resume.


• Don’t write anything that detracts from your attractiveness as an applicant.
• Don’t include your salary history or reasons for leaving a previous job.
• Don’t say at the top that this is a resume. If they don’t know what it is, you don’t want to work there.
• Don’t say “references available on request.” It’s assumed.
• Don’t include a photograph. They may not like your looks. Give them a chance to get to know you and they’ll overlook your looks.
• Don’t stretch the truth. Embellishment by using grand language is one thing, but falsifications are something else.
• Don’t mention hobbies, activities and religious affiliations that are not job related, or have no application to your career goals or objectives.

State Farm Job Opportunity

May 5, 2009


Job Location: Santa Clarita, CA

Job Title: Junior Sales Associate
Responsibilities: Calling prospective clients to schedule appointments/quotes for senior sales associates.
Working Hours: 2-3 days per week, 3-4 hours per shift (4PM – 8PM)
Pay: $15 per hour + commission on sales made through set appointments.
Requirements: Strong communication skills, self starter, good work ethic. Previous sales skills is beneficial but not required.

There are 3 positions to fill; preferably one of those positions will be filled by an individual who is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Contact Info
Daniel Clarke
State Farm Agent

661.286.1300 – Office
661.286.1320 – Fax

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