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The Internet is filled with too many job search engines, agencies and services to count. Each tend to claim they are the best and offer the most postings. The problem is weeding out the scams from the actual quality resources. Some are filled with 1000s of results of which 30 percent may be actual solid opportunities. It takes time to sift through all of those and time is precious when you are unemployed.
In a day when you can gain an entire education online and specific job search firms such as The Ladders exist that a large service or search specifically catered to educated individuals has been created. It would certainly thrive in this economy with more job seekers than ever. There are a few niche job search sites, but what we need is a service who gathers all employers who only want those educated candidates and can then match them with job seekers whose education has been verified. This would be a huge advantage for job searchers and employers alike. Employers would have a trustworthy resource pool of educated candidates looking for employment and job searchers would have access to postings from employers they know value their education. This my friend would be The Ultimate Job Search! Hopefully somewhere between the niche job search websites and popular sites such as Career Builder or Monster this will be developed at some point. It would be a positive step in restoring value to a hard earned college education and giving the educated the leg up that they deserve in the job market.
So you have combed the Internet and papers looking for those job opportunities and you are ready to apply. A cover letter and resume is your first chance to make a lasting impression. Its like a sales pitch except you do not know too much about the reader and you have on average about 30 seconds before they are finished reading it. Resume and Cover Letters for job openings are too often over thought and over done. What many do not realize is the potential employer wants to know what the job seeker can do for them. Being capable of printing fancy font and exaggerating details are not part of what they are seeking in a potential employee. There are thousands and thousands of sources for professional resume templates and cover letter examples claiming they are guaranteed to get you an interview. That’s fine, but there are a lot of things that you need to know that come from the experience only an average job seeker would possess. The best things you can do for your resume, cover letter and your chances of gaining employment come from trial and error. So we now have page dedicated to helpful advice for all your professional resume and cover letter needs. So check out the page and maybe improve your chances of getting in the door and actually giving your sales pitch face to face with the boss!
Job seeker made pitch, 8 seconds at a time
Article by: ASHLEY BRAY , Star Tribune Updated: April 19, 2012 – 11:27 PM
The internet is flooded with tons of job search sites, programs, and scams. When someone is desperate for employment they can easily get swept up in the promise of landing a high paying job through a job search scam. If a job search site every asks you to pay..run! They are most likely a scam and will provide you with the same search results a free job search site would anyway. The other scams likely to scam those eager job seekers are the “get rich quick” and “never leave home” or the infamous ads that say “last week I made $8000 in only two hours” . These are sales scams and there should be a stronger policy on the internet for banning these types of advertisements and services. Its hard enough finding a job as it is without having to plow through all the scams and empty promises just to find a legitimate employment search. Even the big names have let these ads and other scams slip through and now they come up with your local job search results. So the best thing job seekers can do is run when it seems to good to be true.
After you complete that coveted degree you have taken more classes than you can count and some you probably do not even remember. Everyone has to take those core requirement basic classes that are at times meaningless. If they are going to make those a requirement then certainly they can add one more class to the list. The class would be mandatory during your final semester and would save graduates a lot of money and heart ache. This is why we go to school, to make a better life for ourselves and further our lives after graduation. It only makes sense that they at least give you some clue of how exactly to go about doing that during life after college. So here it is the new class JOBS AFTER COLLEGE 101…
This class would feature four essential parts:
1) Successful resume building
2)Locating and applying for jobs that are worthy of your education
3)Successful interviews and why the old saying “just show them how much you have to offer” doesn’t cut it anymore.
4) Finally what you will face and have to overcome as you manaever throught the job search and employment process.
-Be ready to face rejection
-Be prepared to live on almost nothing
-Be prepared to have your education devalued and not be offered fair pay
-Be ready to face the fact that college was only half the battle.
At least this class would tell them the truth and prepare them for a not so warm greeting into the job market.
Getting a college degree is a major accomplishment, but some strive for even more. That’s when we go off to graduate school to increase our marketability,knowledge and credentials. Sure its even more debt,but it we hope that it will pay off later. However, what if you went the extra mile only to find out you were in the same situation as before you started? Job Opportunities are tough for everyone right now so logically people do what they can to distinguish themselves from the competition and make themselves a more desirable candidate. A Masters Degree should certainly earn the respect of most employers and recruiters. The only problem is your not the only one who had that idea. As the economy soured many of those unable to find work either returned to school or chose to stay on for graduate school to seek refuge until things improved. Things have not improved that quickly though and what we are left with is an an even larger group of highly educated job seekers. So when you put in that application thinking you are a sure thing for the job because you have achieved a graduate education remember that you are now not just one of thousands of applicants , but one of the thousands of educated applicants. In the end many are forced to take entry level positions they could have obtained with little or no education. The types of jobs that pay very low and never call on that hard earned Masters Degree.
So we are left with a few reasons education has lost its value in the job market. Is it because of the vast numbers of educated people seeking jobs that employers have the upper hand or is it because the economy has caused companies to focus more on the costs of the candidate not the quality they would bring to the position?
Published Monday, April 23, 2012 12:14 AM
Job search grim for college graduates
By HOPE YEN
Half of new graduates are jobless or underemployed
By Hope Yen
Posted: Friday, Apr. 20, 2012
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