Category Archives: Resume

A Strong CV Is Key To Avoiding Graduate Under-Unemployment

Following the news that more than half of all graduates are either out of work or stuck in menial jobs some six months after leaving university, Guardian Jobs are today stressing the importance in preparing a good CV to give you the best chance of success in the jobs market.

A study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research found that 52% of last year’s university-leavers, that’s 15,655, were unemployed or under-employed six months after graduating.

20%, that’s 59,000 graduates, had no job this year, the highest amount in a decade and double when the recession began in 2008. Worse still, it’s estimated that some 55% of 2011 graduates will be unemployed or under-employed six months after leaving university.

A spokesperson for Guardian Jobs said today “These findings and predictions by the CEBR do make for rather grim reading. It really highlights the importance graduates must make in making themselves appear employable on their CV, which is after all, the first form of contact employers will have.”

To help graduates get the right job, Guardian Jobs have partnered up with The Fuller CV to offer a free CV checking service that promotes the message ‘just say no to bad CV advice’ and highlights the importance of getting your CV checked over by an expert.

To browse Guardian Jobs extensive selection of graduate jobs, and for advice on how to best prepare your CV for the jobs search, visit the Guardian Jobs website.

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Job Search Tips for Holiday Season Beat Conventional Wisdom

People really do get hired between Thanksgiving and the middle of January! Don’t buy into the myth that it can’t happen for you. The holiday time actually provides great opportunities for job seekers. If you’ve found yourself mumbling, “I need help with my resume,” then a professional resume writing service may be the best gift you can give this time of year. What are some other worthwhile career improvement endeavors?

Job Search Tips for Holiday Season Beat Conventional Wisdom

Network While Celebrating

• Take advantage of the business socializing opportunities during the holiday season. At events, casually let friends and extended family know you are job hunting. Briefly discuss your career while connecting with people. Follow up later with each person. Attend other parties and networking events: open houses, association meetings, school events and friend’s work parties.

• Hire an executive resume writer adept at guiding you in the complete job search process.

• Send appropriate greeting cards to people with whom you have interviewed recently and to any of your friends who are well-connected. Enclose your business card.

Businesses Don’t Grind to a Halt during the Holidays

• If a job is available, employers still search from late November through December. Keep checking classifieds and online job boards. Check company websites of employers for whom you’d like to work and professional association websites for advertised positions.

• Many job seekers suspend their search during the holidays. This can mean that employers needing to hire full-time employees for the coming year receive fewer applications during that time. That can help your application stand out.

• Many hiring managers are not so busy during the holidays, because employees are taking vacation time. This gives the managers more time to interview candidates.

• Hiring managers experience urgency about staffing toward the end of the year. They don’t want to begin the new year with their team not fully staffed. Interviews for anyone who starts working early in the year must have been in November or December. Companies that have budgeted for first-quarter hiring have to be starting the process now.

• Temporary agencies receive increased employer requests as companies work to meet annual goals and employees use vacation time. Keep in mind that seasonal work during the holidays can open doors to full-time jobs.

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Sex and the Citibank: Shimmering Resumes’ Plan to Rescue Gorgeous Banking Officer

Cash may be cold while the banker is too hot to handle. Debrahlee Lorenzana, a successful and attractive New York City banker, is suddenly out of work and needs the help of a professional resume writer. Shimmering Resumes has offered to help her revive her career during these difficult economic times.

Sex and the Citibank: Shimmering Resumes' Plan to Rescue Gorgeous Banking Officer

Ms. Lorenzana, 33, a Business Banking Officer with Citibank since 2008, said the financial giant fired her because she is attractive, too attractive. Lorenzana typically wore turtlenecks and pencil skirts to work, appropriate professional attire, she said, adding that Citibank said her “shapeliness” was too distracting to her male colleagues, so she should not dress like other women. The bank claimed that Lorenzana was terminated due to poor on-the-job performance.

“Maybe she should wear a burka,” her attorney told a local New York TV news program.

Paul Freiberger, President of Shimmering Resumes, a California-based career counseling and resume writing service, says he can save Lorenzana the hassle of a lawsuit.

Lorenzana has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against Citibank. “She could pay an attorney thousands or more. For a fraction of that, I’ll write her a professional banking resume, help her look for a job, and train her to interview. She should be drawing a salary in no time, making a difference at a company that appreciates her special skills.

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CV Trumpet Pioneers Brand New Way To Hone And Enhance Job-Winning CVs

CV Trumpet has unveiled the UK’s first money-back-guaranteed executive CV writing kit for under £50

The new CV Trumpet CV Kit draws on new research and insight from recruitment insiders and professional CV writers revealing just the right balance of information and content to gain interviews.

CV Trumpet marketing director Robert Odhams is so confident of the interview-winning power of the new Executive CV Writing Kit he’s offering a full money-back guarantee for anyone who isn’t completely satisfied with the results after 57 days.

Robert said, “Job vacancies are down by around 52% year-on-year. So CVs are more important than ever in getting job seekers to that all important first interview.”

“There are hundreds of books and websites on CV writing. But wading through them all can be a daunting task. Our new CV Kit distils CV writing know-how from hundreds of sources and industry experts and presents in a convenient, logical and powerful new format.”

The CV Trumpet Kit has been structured to make it as simple as possible to quickly produce a high-class executive CV.

The step-by-step process is in plain English with clear, easy to follow information and examples for every section of the CV. In addition to clear, step-by-step help with the contents of the executive CV, there is included a selection of executive CV templates. It also incorporates all the features of the most effective CVs including the use of evidence, keywords and logical organisation and it guards against some of the most common errors such as poor phrases, pronouns and failure to proof read.

Robert added, “CV Trumpet has more than 172,000 users and their feedback has been crucial in shaping this new service. More than 87% still write their own CVs. Some simply update versions of CVs written years ago. Of the job seekers using professional writers for help – some are paying upwards of £500, maybe more.”

“We believe the CV writing Kit will revolutionise the way people construct their CVs. It will give job seekers throughout the country the supreme confidence that each time they apply for a job they have given themselves the very best chance of success.”

The new CV Trumpet Executive CV Kit is available for a limited launch price of£49.50 and users who enhance their current CV or create a new one who are not completely satisfied after 57 days can claim their money back.

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Virtual Career Fair Platform For Veterans

Astound llc is proud to introduce the latest application of it’s virtual career fair platforms. Milicruit.com was developed and designed for veterans and employers to meet online in a fully interactive 3D environment.

“We are extremely excited to launch Milicruit.com and are happy to work with industry leading employers and the thousands of veterans who leave active duty each month who are looking to re-enter civilian life” says Kevin O’Brien, CEO Milicruit.

Virtual Career Fair Platform For Veterans

Through this revolutionary new technology, veterans will have the opportunity to build a profile to register for the virtual career fair, and employers will be able to fully interact with the veterans as if in person. The career fair will offer the following for the attending veterans and employers

Virtual Booths
Job Postings
Company Videos
Company Presentations
Live chat with company reps
Video interviewing
Resume and interview assistance

“With all that our veterans have sacrificed for us, this is a great opportunity for us as employers to give back and to demonstrate our commitment and gratitude to the men and women of our armed forces who have so proudly served us” states O’Brien

Unlike many other career fairs, the Milicruit fair will run for an entire year. The career fair is limited to 75 industry leading employers who have made a commitment to give back and hire veterans for the obvious skills they bring.

Veterans who are interested in participating in the virtual career fair should register at the address below. Employers who wish to participate in the event should also call or email to discuss the different options.

About Milicruit
Milicruit was developed and designed to serve those brave men and women who have so proudly served us with honor and distinction in our Armed Forces. Many of our veterans returning to civilian life often find it difficult to compete in the open job market, and Milicruit provides an opportunity for employers and veterans to come together in a virtual setting.

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Barrett Group Fields Complaints of Employee Internet Job Screening

Businesses spend a great deal of time and energy to develop strong reputations in their industries. As a result, employers are conscientious about the types of individuals they employ as their reputation may have an impact on the reputation of the business. Among others, The Barrett Group, a career management service, has witnessed a shift in job screening. It used to be that prospective employers would have a cover letter, a resume, references, and letters of recommendation that essentially encapsulated the candidate for hire.

With the ease of information access, more and more employers are using the Internet to screen potential employees. As a result, career management service businesses like Barrett Group llc. are becoming more mainstream and more valuable than ever. Studies have shown that 66% of hiring professionals use the Internet as a first screening and 50% report they disqualified a candidate based on the discovered data. As a result, it is becoming more and more important to be aware of one’s Internet presence.

Text-based media is notorious for miscommunication. Oftentimes comments and information found on Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter may be damaging to a job seeker when discovered by prospective employers. Frequently, the damaging Internet data is a mistaken use of words or information that is completely unknown to the job seeker. As a result, Waffles Natusch, President of The Barrett Group recommended on an NECN TV interview that their clients ‘google’ themselves annually under normal circumstances. “If you are in a job search, we recommend our clients check every single week.”

During the NECN TV interview, Waffles Natusch, discussed ways in which individuals can, “Remove the ‘derogatories’ or things you don’t want people to see or that are erroneous.” Many individuals are amazed as to how many people have their same name, which can create additional problems for one’s reputation. There are methods to resolve these issues. The three recommended steps are:

1. Search for one’s name, its variances, and nicknames on various search engines and remove unflattering content,
2. Click on and place positive content on the Internet through Twitter, blogs and circulating articles
3. Setup google alerts so that an email notification is sent when new content is placed on the Internet.

The bottom line is that there may be erroneous or misleading information on the Internet that can have a negative effect on one’s ability to find employment. Waffles Natusch explained that “…somebody may indeed post malicious things about you.” which may, “…interfere with career aspirations.” Many individuals can manage their reputation themselves and for others it is advantageous to seek out professional assistance.

The Barrett group serves a broad spectrum of business professionals by providing premier career management consulting. With a proven track record of success since 1990, Barrett Group clients receive professional career management services by engaging and highly experienced consultants that produce results.

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Resumegps™ Enhances Virtual Recruiting – A Budget-Friendly Solution For Cost-Conscious Corporations

OptimalResume.com has announced the launch of its patent-pending ResumeGPS™ program allowing employers to easily and conveniently source, screen and interview job candidates online. ResumeGPS combines the resume building, candidate searching, and online interviewing experience for students and employers into one offering. With ResumeGPS, employers who visit the Optimal Resume website can search opted-in resumes from participating colleges and universities and accelerate the short-listing process with dynamic resume books and integrated video interviewing options.

ResumeGPS™ is offered to OptimalResume.com client schools and students at no charge. Corporations can have access to the program for a monthly fee. The program offers a low cost, virtual recruiting option that can stimulate student and alumni placements, build employer relationships and generate income for career centers.

OptimalResume.com is conducting daily webinars for its current corporate and university clients who may be interested in learning more about this valuable service. Interested employers can visit Optimal Resume online at www.optimalresume.com/employers.html.

About OptimalResume.com
OptimalResume.com is the technology leader in online career services and is headquartered in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. In 2005, the company launched OptimalResume™, its award winning, web-based resume-building program developed in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More than 300,000 users rely on OptimalResume’s leading edge online career tools to secure secure employment, and more than 600 career centers use it to manage workflow and empower job seekers to return to the workforce more quickly. OptimalResume’s flexible product line not only has applicability for career centers, but also for workforce boards, outplacement firms, corporations, associations, libraries, and more. With state-of-the-art, private-label or co-branded platforms, job seekers at all levels can now create high-quality resumes, business letters, ePortfolios, video introductions, skills assessments and perform virtual interview practice. For more information visit http://OptimalResume.com.

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Brand New Teleseminar Series On Job Search Methods Announced

Announcing THE SPIRITUAL JOB SEARCH TELESEMINAR SERIES March 23rd and 24th. TWO FREE PREVIEW calls for those who are in a job search or afraid they MIGHT be!

The TWELVE CRITICAL TACTICS of a successful search will be the focus as well as determining WHAT you’re selling and HOW to talk about it! The two FREE calls will wind up with suggestions of HOW to take care of yourself during a stressful time.

Peggy Collins has been a JOB SEARCH COACH for over twenty years and has participated in fifteen major downszings as well as coaching hundreds in all industries and levels one-on-one. She’s the author of the McGraw Hill published book Help Is Not a Four-Letter Word: Why Doing It All Is Doing You In.

To sign up for this GROUNDBREAKING SERIES or for more information, just go www.thespiritualjobsearch.com

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OptimalResume.com Launches Turnkey Virtual Outplacement Solution for Human Resources Departments

OptimalResume.com, an innovator in online career services used at more than 600 career centers nationwide, is now offering its private label virtual career platform to the human resources community to help streamline corporate outplacement efforts. At a time when companies and HR departments are facing unprecedented challenges, the need for cost-effective outplacement services for transitioned employees is essential.

Optimal Resume is a customized, scalable solution that can provide transitioned employees at all levels with 24-hour access to a complete suite of self-directed career tools for creating resumes, cover letters, ePortfolios, video introductions, and professional networking websites. Job seekers can practice interviews with a state-of-the art virtual job interview practice module, as well as conduct career research and assess their marketable skills.

Additionally, transitioned employees can search millions of jobs through the Simply Hired job database, integrated in the Optimal Resume platform. Simply Hired is a vertical job search engine that pulls listings from job boards, company pages, newspaper classifieds, and other data sources, creating the largest online database of jobs.

“Optimal Resume fills the gap between traditional severance and outplacement services,” said David McNasby, COO of Optimal Resume.com. “We can help organizations that are facing significant layoffs reduce their overall outplacement liability while maximizing the delivery of outplacement services.”

Optimal Resume helps job seekers create a compelling presentation of their skills and abilities, facilitating rapid workforce reentry and promoting more efficient and useful interactions between job seekers and outplacement professionals. Through this service, employers can maintain connections with transitioning personnel in a rapidly changing business environment. With an integrated webcasting function, HP professionals can even record or host live online workshops.

“Our solution empowers displaced employees by providing them with vital tools to make the best impression possible,” McNasby said. “Offering Optimal Resume to exiting employees of all levels is a clear demonstration of corporate goodwill that has a tremendously positive brand impact.”

For information on corporate or outplacement service offerings, contact Aimee Day, 919-354-5024, aimeed@optimalresume.com.

About Optimal Resume.com
Optimal Resume.com is the new technology leader in online career services and is headquartered in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. In 2005, the company launched Optimal Resume™, its award winning, web-based resume-building program developed in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since then, Optimal Resume’s efforts have directly helped more than 300,000 college students secure employment, 600 career centers manage day-to-day workflow, and thousands of employers locate talent and reduce cost per hire.

Optimal Resume’s flexible product line not only has applicability for college career centers, but also for high schools, workforce boards, human resources departments, outplacement firms, associations, libraries, and more. With state-of-the-art, private-label or co-branded platforms, job seekers at all levels can now use Optimal Resume’s online services to create and manage all components of a successful job search campaign, including high-quality resumes, business letters, ePortfolios, video introductions, skills assessments, and interview practice. For more information visit http://OptimalResume.com.

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