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Archive for August, 2010

August 31st, 2010 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in Most Popular, Resume Writing

ResumeCustomizing your resume and cover letter for each job opportunity can be tedious, particularly if you are applying for dozens of positions a day. You can make things easier for yourself by creating templates.

Making a Resume Template:

1. Start out by getting all your experience down on paper. Don’t worry about page count or specialization, simply include everything you would ever want to list for a position.

2. The next step is to edit the resume, so it is easy to customize. If you are going with a functional resume, this is easy. To customize it for a specific position, you can simply remove the skills you don’t need to highlight until you get it down to one page. For a chronological resume, you can’t simply delete irrelevant experience without creating gaps in your timeline. Instead, format your job descriptions into bullet points instead of paragraphs, and put those points in order of importance. Then if a job doesn’t fit your needs, you can de-emphasize it by trimming their descriptions to just one or two bullet points. If you are listing your skills, group them. For example:
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August 30th, 2010 by Tatiana Varenik   Posted in Job News

New JobForbes and Indeed have put together a list of midsize companies (between 150 and 2500 employees) that currently have the most job postings with earning more than $40,000 a year. The majority of the companies are in either Health Care or Information Technologies.

Here is a list of the companies:

1.  Comdata - 120 open positions: accounting analyst (Brentwood, TN), director of permit operations (Brentwood, TN), etc.

2.  Super Micro Computer - 103 listings: director of sales (San Jose, CA), hardware design engineer (San Jose, CA), etc.

3.  MicroStrategy - 100 new jobs: sales engineer (Kansas City, MO), project manager (McLean, VA), etc.

4.  Regeneron Pharmaceuticals - 95 listings: clinical trial manager (Tarrytown, NY), staff scientist (Tarrytown, NY), etc.

5.  CME Group - 87 listings: market surveillance specialist (New York, NY), business analyst (Chicago, IL), etc.
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August 27th, 2010 by Andrew Kucheriavy   Posted in Humor

istock_000012679341xsmallWe often hear employers use big words such as “detail oriented” or “problem solving-skills”.  Everyone seems to be throwing them around without fully considering their true meaning.  Here is the interpretation of common corporate terminology that will make you smile:

COMPETITIVE SALARY: We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.

JOIN OUR FAST-PACED COMPANY: We have no time to train you.

CASUAL WORK ATMOSPHERE: We don’t pay you enough to expect that you’ll dress nicely.

MUST BE DEADLINE ORIENTED: You’ll be six months behind schedule on your first day.
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August 26th, 2010 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in Job Search, Most Popular

istock_000009131941xsmallYou’re out of a job, and you’re not even sure where to start! You may not realize that you don’t have to go it alone. There are many resources available to guide you. Here are a few you should contact for help.

Your Alma Mater

Many colleges offer lifetime career services for graduates. Some may only have limited services or charge a small fee. They may offer resume review services, give you instruction on interviewing techniques, and provide advice for job search strategies. You may also be put in touch with alumni who have volunteered to give career advice in your area. Or they may have private job listings just for alumni.
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August 25th, 2010 by Linda White   Posted in Interviewing, Most Popular

istock_000010393784xsmallThese questions may be asked to determine your planning skills, your commitment to your career, and possible whether or not you’ll fit in to the company culture. If you just happened to fall into some career path and it’s worked out for you, great. But try to find some way to make your path seem purposeful. And likewise once you are in the job. Show that you can plan ahead and balance work and family, while meeting the needs of your company, clients and important stakeholders.

Q: Describe to me your career path after college. Explain the rationale behind each move.

A: “I first took an entry level job that was in industry I wanted to be in. I knew that I could learn a lot in that position, and it turned out to be true. After two years I felt like I had learned all I could, and was actually training other people. So I took a job at Company B which was very challenging. That position continued to grow as I was able to make strides. When the economy turned down, I was laid off in a company-wide reduction, so now I’m looking for another challenge.”
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