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3 Golden Rules to Turbo-Charge Your Job Hunt
The latest jobs reports show the labor market is tight
— here’s how to make the most of the moment

By Andrew Keshner at marketwatch.com
 

The number of U.S. job openings rebounded to a near-record 7.49 million in March after falling to a nine-month low in February… April’s jobs report showed it’s been decades since the unemployment rate was this low…

    So scoring a new job is practically a lay-up, right?

    Wrong.
 

A Manifesto Against Ageism

by Doug Fabrizio at radiowest.kuer.org
 

Activist Ashton Applewhite says aging is mostly framed as a disease that can be cured. But the process begins the moment we’re born and she joins us to explain why being older is something to embrace.

    How old are you? If that sounds intrusive or just plain rude, the writer and activist Ashton Applewhite says that’s because our culture is full of messages that say getting old is a problem. She says aging is often framed as a disease that can be cured if you’d just buy the right pill or procedure to “fix” it. But Applewhite calls aging a process that begins the moment we’re born.   MORE

What Happens to Resume Tables and Columns
in an ATS? See For Yourself

by Jon Shields at jobscan.co
 

Your resume undergoes a transformation once uploaded to an applicant tracking system (ATS) as part of your online job application. The ATS converts your document into a format that can be searched, filtered, or transcribed into a uniform digital applicant profile.

    Unfortunately, most ATS are not particularly good at this. The searching algorithms are rudimentary, parsed text gets garbled, and as a result qualified candidates like you slip right through the cracks.

    That’s why it’s so important to create a resume optimized for these systems not only by using strategic resume keywords but by employing ATS-friendly formatting.   MORE
 

Why I Hate Networking Slugs!

by Phil Stella, Effective Training & Communication Inc. 

I hate Networking Slugs ... I really do. And so should you. They typically create very negative first impressions at networking events by doing lots of dumb things. They probably didn’t plan to behave like Slugs and what they do is often out of mindless habit or lack of focus. But, the results are just as lame … and just as annoying.   MORE

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It’s Only
a Numbers Game
How do your stats stack up?
 

More so than ever, sports are drowning in statistics. In pro football, quarterbacks are expected to complete 60 percent of their passes. According to the PGA, in professional golf, the average tour player puts the ball in the fairway 61 percent of the time. On the other hand, in major league baseball, if you’re hitting .300 – you’re an All Star.

    What about your job search? What are your stats? If you got an interview one out of three resumes you sent out, you’d be turning cartwheels. What if you got a job offer after one in three interviews? You’d be wearing a very broad grin.

    At one out of three, in the job search world, you’d be more than an All Star. You’d be in such demand… and oh, so very happy.

    Of course, the job search world isn’t a sporting event – despite the fact that some people try (and sometimes succeed) to “game” the system.

    Let’s face it, in the real world – despite this strong job market, the odds are still stacked against you. A recruiter recently told us that he Googled "common asked interview questions" and he received one billion 290 million hits.

    Another recruiter colleague maintains that finding a job is a “fortunate accident.” Many job seekers are simply in the right place at the right time.

    With that being the case, how do you succeed? The simple answer is to be in as many “places” as possible.

    But you can’t be in more than one place at any one time. In the job search world you can. You can be on LinkedIn. You can be on jobs boards. You be at meetings of job search groups. You can be at networking events. You can be at informational interviews. And so on.

    Looking for a job can be a numbers game. It’s up to you to “game” the numbers to your advantage.

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