Organize Your Job Search Better

quick-tipIt’s a numbers game right? They say the more jobs you apply for the more likely you will get a job, and to keep yourself organized, I’ve included several tips that help me keep track of all my documents that are needed when job hunting. This is a real simple method I use when applying for jobs that allows me to save time and my sanity during my job hunt. I’ve been using this method for over nine years.

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Job Hunt Checklist

job-search-stepsI’ve been a big fan of checklists for years. They offer a fast and easy way to see the steps involved to any goal or project. Finding jobs in Buffalo is no exception. These are the most common steps you’ll take in your job hunt. I like to use them as milestones and confidence boosters because I feel one step closer to my goal every time I cross one off.

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Choose the Right Keywords to Use in Your Cover Letter & Resume

choose-keywordsThe job description is the first inkling you have as to what type of candidate the job recruiter wants, however, these job descriptions can be quite lengthy. Instead of re-reading the job description over and over again to get a sense of what skills recruiters are looking to hire, use a tag cloud generator that will automatically search through all the words in the job description and display (nice and boldly) what words are most used. This will give you ammunition to use when creating your cover letter and resume.

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Keyword Stuff Your Resume with Skills

what skills to put on resumeWith the wide spread use of employers using computers to scan digital Resumes and cover letters, a job seeker needs to figure out how to make sure that computer chooses theirs among all the others. Think of it the same way way Google presents you with results for words you searched. The computer scanner searches for certain words that relate to the job posting. Use these tips to your advantage. Continue reading

POW! Grab the Readers Attention!

explosionDid I get your attention? Action words can help you grab the attention of the reader immediately so here is a list of words you can use on your Resume, Cover Letter or anywhere else you’d like. They are in the past tense because all your sentences should be in the past tense, except if you are currently employed at an organization. Continue reading

Your Home Address Is Costing You Jobs!

wnyjobhomeWhen was the last time you received a job rejection letter in the mail? Can you even remember? Probably not because like most people, almost all of your correspondences with employers is through email these days. So why are you wasting valuable Resume real estate by including your home address? If an employer wants to send you actual documents, then they can ask you for your address, however, chances are if they are sending you paperwork, then you’re past the resume stage.

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Your Email Address is Your First Impression

e-mailYour online name is your identity; Make it count. Use professional emails in your job hunting instead of one’s like ScooterMcGruder23@hotmail.com. A professional email would look something like Homer.Simpson@gmail.com. Emails are free so make a new one. If you are upset that you now have two emails and have to check them both, then I recommend forwarding all your old/personal emails to your new, professional one.

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Writing that Amazing Cover Letter

writing-cover-lettersThe cover letter’s purpose is to create interest in your resume and personalize yourself with the recruiter. It is your introductory to your Resume. It should get the recruiter interested in you and want to read your Resume. The Cover Letter is the place you can use words such as “I, Me, You,” etc., and consists mostly of 3-5 paragraphs.

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Do I Need to Include a Cover Letter?

should i include a cover letterBuffalo job searching was tough enough before the Great Recession of ’08, but now it’s even harder with the increased competition from all those displaced, underemployed and unemployed job seekers out there. You are going to have to stand out from this competition. The best way to accomplish this is to include a Cover Letter with every Resume you send out.

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Erie County Career Centers & One-Stops

Career CenterThere are plenty of opportunities to strengthen your skills, network, and gain a foundation in your job search. Each career center & one-stop provides services to help facilitate your job search.

There are 3 Career Centers in Erie County. They each provide similar services and have very friendly staff that will help you if you have any questions. I’d recommend going to all three if you can. I’ve had times where I learned a great tip at one that the others didn’t know about, and if it wasn’t for someone that went to more than one, people would have missed out on this great tip. Here is a Map from the NYSDOL for all One-Stops and Department of Labor center’s in New York State.

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