May 9, 2002 The Career News Volume 2, Issue 18
The Latest News, Tips and Tools for Your Career
Jobless Claims Creeping Up
WASHINGTON - May 8, 2002 - According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose in mid-April. In the week ending April 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 445,000. This is an increase of 1,000 over the previous week's revised figure. However, the overall unemployment rate remains at 5.7% and is basically unchanged since October 2001.
In related news, both productivity and hourly wages increased during the last quarter of 2001. Hourly compensation increased 5.9%, while productivity rose 5.2%.
Professionally Prepared Resumes
ATLANTA – May 6, 2002 – With increased competition for jobs, it's imperative to give yourself a competitive edge. You must be prepared with a resume that will get noticed among hundreds of candidates in your same position! Consider having a professionally prepared resume to stand out from the crowd. Resume writing is truly an art form, and is often most effective left in the hands of professionals. Many feel the time savings is worth the price alone. Yet for maximum results, experience counts!
E-resume.net is one service we found with a proven track record of knowing how to highlight your strengths and emphasize the important experiences that make you marketable. Their skilled writers have years of experience and know what employers like to see and how they like to see it. They'll help you narrow your story to the most important elements. To excel in today's marketplace, we recommend you review the comprehensive resume writing services offered at E-Resume.net.
Get the Inside Edge
NEW YORK - May 6, 2002 - Employer research is an excellent tool to give you the inside edge in prospecting for potential employers and preparing to interview. Start with the company web site and review the mission statement, history, key personnel and clients, product and services, and the company culture. Next, do an online search (Google is a great resource) and read everything and anything you can find about the company. If you're a college grad check with the Career Office at your alma mater. Ask if they can connect you with alumni who are employed by the organization to possibly schedule an informational interview.
Given the economic climate, it's important to gauge the financial stability of prospective employers. Securities and Exchange Commission filing are available online. Additional financial data is available on sites like Yahoo! Finance and CNN/Money.
WASHINGTON - April 30, 2002 - Extended Unemployment Benefits are currently available to workers who have exhausted regular benefits. Workers who lost their jobs in the recession or in the aftermath of September the 11th are eligible for an extension of jobless benefits for a period of 13 weeks, and up to seven weeks longer in states with high unemployment rates. If you think you might be eligible for extended benefits, check with your State Unemployment Office.
How Much are You Worth?
BOSTON - May 6, 2002 - When negotiating your salary with a potential employer, it's crucial to know going in what salary range the employer has in mind. Unfortunately you can't often count on the employer to tell you. But with a new service from Salary.com, job candidates now have instant online access to the same market data commonly used by most savvy employers.
Salary.com's in-depth salary evaluation arms a job seeker with up-to-date market compensation data specific to their industry, geographic region, and company size. The analysis is further refined to reflect market value based upon experience and background. The report also provides invaluable worksheets that help prepare employees for negotiating raises, promotions and new jobs. To get your own Personal Salary Report go to Salary.com
Stuck in a Rut?
NEW YORK - May 6, 2002 - Are you stuck in a rut? Do you want a new job and don't know where to start? Creating a Job Search Action plan will get you going on the road to a new position:
* Decide what you want to do
* Write a resume and cover letter
* Get reference letters
* Network with everyone you know
* Research potential employers
* Submit your resume online
* Search job databases
* Search niche job sites focused on specific career fields and locations
* Practice interviewing
* Remember, a job search is work and it deserves time and energy!
ResumeRabbit.com Offered Free
LOS ANGELES - May 1, 2002 - A market research survey is being conducted on behalf of several nationwide newspapers gathering consumer views of the job market and job searching. One of every 50 people who take the 3 minute online survey will receive free use of ResumeRabbit.com.
ResumeRabbit.com offers job seekers "One-Stop" resume posting and subscription to over 75 top career sites instantly. Resumes are distributed to Monster, HotJobs, Job.com, CareerBuilder, Dice and several others. These career sites are collectively searched by over 1.5 million hiring managers daily and have millions of active job listings available to their subscribers.
To take the survey click here.
To visit ResumeRabbit.com directly click here.
The Perfect Resume
NEW YORK - May 6, 2002 - Is there really a perfect resume? Yes - and no. Your resume may not be written quite as perfectly as it could be, however, the content should be perfect. The first impression is the one that counts and the first thing a hiring manager will notice is a spelling or punctuation error. Here's a quick checklist to ensure your resume makes the grade:
* Use a dictionary when you write
* Spell check your finished resume and carefully read over every word
* Check for periods at the end of sentences
* Put periods and commas inside quotation marks and parentheses
* Don't switch tenses
* Capitalize all proper nouns
* Keep your date formats consistent
* Don't use more than two fonts
* Do use a font that's easy to read
* Finally, ask a family member or friend to proofread for you - it's often hard to catch our own mistakes.
Getting your Resume to the Right Recruiters
LOS ANGELES - May 6, 2002 - They say it's not what you know it's who you know. As a matter of fact, many of the best jobs never make their way to the classified ads. The secret to getting the unadvertised jobs is to get your resume in the hands of several quality and targeted recruiters.
One service, ResumeMailman.com will put your resume directly into the hands of quality headhunters and recruiters. Their network is filled with over 10,000 talented recruiters having direct connections to the best unadvertised jobs. Your resume can be instantly emailed directly to thousands of recruiters in your selected areas who specialize in your selected skill sets. The process takes about 10 minutes. To get your resume into the hands of the right recruiters go to ResumeMailman.com.
Career Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
Professionally written resumes delivered on high quality resume paper.
Salary.com - Personal Salary Report
Your salary report specific to your industry, background & experience.
Get your resume on 75 career sites instantly. One form takes 15 minutes.
Instantly email your resume to thousands of targeted recruiters.
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