6 Amazing Tools to Create Perfect Digital Resumes and Portfolios

Posted by Guest Contributor

12:00 PM

Create game-changing job application documents with these 6 digital profile tools. [TWEET]

By Robert Morris

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With so much competition for job placement these days, the need to stand out has never been more prevalent. A resume and cover letter simply aren’t enough. Fortunately for the job seeker, the hunt for a good career can be simplified with the abundance of digital resume and portfolio platforms at our disposal.

Topics: Job Application, Resume

9 Resume-Building Tools to Update Your Resume in a Snap

Posted by Herrine Ro

04:17 PM

Employers only spend about 6 seconds looking at each resume. So how do you make a lasting impression? [TWEET]

10_Resume-_Building_Tools_1The first thing recruiters see when they evaluate candidacy is your resume. On just one sheet of paper you have to fit what you’re all about, and more importantly, why they should pick you.

At TheLadders, we know how difficult this is and dug up some of the most useful tools on the Internet that will not only provide inspiration, but also help you construct or update your resume effortlessly.

Topics: Job Application, Resume, Motivation and Inspiration

9 tips for getting the referrals you want

Posted by Guest Contributor

04:09 PM

Need help getting the right references for your dream job? Try these tips. [TWEET]

By Michelle Kruse

At one time or another, we’ve all been asked to provide a list of references when seeking employment. This request is typically accompanied by a few guidelines such as the number requested (three is standard) and who they don’t want you to list (most notably relatives). If you have an active short-list of people who can vouch for your strengths and accreditations, this is an easy task. But what if you don’t have such a list prepared?

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Topics: Networking, Personal Branding, Job Application, Job Search Process

7 little changes that'll make a big difference with your resume

Posted by Guest Contributor

10:00 AM

Wondering how to get recruiters to notice your application? We're sharing the seven secrets to a more powerful resume. [TWEET]

By Elizabeth Becker 

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Like it or not, your application to your dream job isn’t going straight to the person hiring for the role. Instead, it has to pass through a gatekeeper—typically someone in HR—who is responsible for vetting resumes before passing them along to the very busy hiring manager. This is the speed-dating round: You have only a few seconds to make a good impression or risk getting tossed into the reject pile.

If you do make a good impression, a hiring manager will look at your resume like they might an online dating profile. They know exactly what they’re looking for in a candidate, and a few misused words on your profile (or resume) could cost you your chance at the position. Even though you liked the company enough to send the first message, you’ll receive the dreaded “thanks, but no thanks” email in return that will have you wondering where you went wrong.

So how does your resume attract enough attention to get invited on a first date, i.e. interview? Here are seven little changes that will make a big difference on your resume.

Topics: Job Application, Resume

Are you the reason you're not finding jobs?

Posted by Shawn Hampton

11:00 AM

3 ways you're sabotaging your own job search. [TWEET]

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You’ve got your resume together, your cover letter polished, references locked and loaded. You’ve been scouring the job boards for hours, days, weeks, maybe even months – and still haven’t found the right fit. If this is your reality, perhaps it’s time to consider it might be you. Here are three common mistakes that could be the reason the perfect job has yet to come your way.

Topics: Job Application, Job Search Process

It's not you, it's your resume.

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

If you're like most people, you have a resume that includes something like this:
Hired as Director, Tri-State Area
Responsible for a budget of $1.2 million
Managed staff of 5 in our downtown office


Your details may be grander, or your career may be at an earlier stage, but lots and lots of people have this style of information presentation on their resume. 

Can you spot the error? 

These resume bullet points simply describe what you did. They don't tell your future boss how good you are at doing the job. 

It's obvious... If you've got a job... and you work in an office... in the year 2015... 

Three things happened:
- You were hired for that job
- You had some monetary resources to manage
- You had people working for or with you

Seriously, you haven't told the employer or your future boss anything with those three bullet points. 

So here are two simple tips. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Job Application, Resume

Please review the other applicants for this job first.

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:00 AM

Would you like to see the name, title, compensation, work history and educational background of each person applying to the same jobs you're applying to here at TheLadders? 

Well, I can't show you name, and sometimes I need to truncate the title in order to preserve anonymity, but our popular feature "Scout" shows you the compensation, skills, title, work and educational background as well as overall years of experience for each applicant to the jobs posted directly here on TheLadders. 

For obvious reasons, we can't show you personally identifiable information like current employer. 

But for understanding how realistic your prospects are, and how stiff the competition is, there's no better insight on the web. (Or mobile.) 

For example, here's a closeup of the two parts of an applicant for a Director of Strategic Planning job: 
Vice President of Marketing

Topics: Interview, Salary, Marc's Newsletter, Job Application, Job Search Process

5 reasons why you didn’t land an interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:20 PM

Applied for a job and haven’t heard back? Here’s why recruiters aren’t responding to your applications. [TWEET]

 

You find the perfect job online and submit your application, already fantasizing about your new position. Then the waiting game begins. You wait, patiently at first, and then the panic sets in.

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Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, Job Application

Should you apply to this job?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:19 AM

Ask yourself these questions before you submit your next job application.

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Let’s face it – applying to jobs can be a tedious and time-consuming process, especially when each application is properly tailored. Before you submit your resume for another job, make sure it’s worth your time.

Review the job description carefully and ask yourself the following questions before you invest in your next job application. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Application

Lessons learned from my last 1,200 job rejections

Posted by Guest Contributor

10:22 AM

By Scott Ginsberg

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I believe in building a brand from the inside out. Creating a high enough volume of daily output that the market targets you. Allowing new opportunities to find you through the attraction of working, not the agony of waiting.

That’s how I’ve successfully run my business for the past fifteen years.

But as an experiment, as a way of testing my own system, I recently spent a summer doing the exact opposite. Filling out job applications, responding to proposals, going on interviews, meeting with recruiters, submitting my portfolio for freelance gigs and seeking out new work opportunities.

By the end of the summer, I had been rejected over twelve hundred times.

Twelve hundred times.

And despite my best efforts, not a single one of those opportunities came to fruition. But as disappointing as the process was, I learned key lessons about career management. Next time you get rejected from a job application, remember these tenants:

Topics: Job Application