Career Advice-Tips for Job Search, Interviews, Resumes.

Use the right mix of job websites in your job search methods.  Many job seekers focus on big job websites such as   indeed.com.  But according to experts, unless you're in a high-demand field, this is one of the least effective job search methods, with only about 10% (at best) success rate. So don't spend more than 10% of your time at this activity. Here are guidelines for making good use of your job search time online: Explore niche, or specialty, job boards. Don't just post on Monster. Also, look at sites like  LiveITjobs.com  for technology or  Ebberhealthjobs.com  for health care. Before you decide which job search website is best for you, learn about the available options & compare the top-rated online utilities for finding employment. Read an article on how to analyses job search sites on Consumersadvocate.org Target websites of companies you're interested in. Determine which companies to target and post resume to their sites. Better yet, contact these employers directly. Consider regional job boards. To find these boards, type your state and the words "job board" into Google (e.g.,  Minnesota job board ) or try your local library's website. Try "aggregator" sites like indeed.com.These sites combine search results from job boards, company websites, professional associations, and other sources. Try professional association websites. Professional associations often post jobs for their members. View the Professional Association Finder to explore options. Check out Avacko.com for a list of job websites that include state-specific job sites and industry-specific job sites. Experience shows that the best way to get noticed is to use a few different methods, including networking your resume in person.
Finding company reviews for a job Most companies are not transparent during the recruitment process. The company will never divulge how they treat their employees, the benefits they don't provide, the essence of equal opportunities for women and minorities, or how stressful the actual job is. Reading reviews about a company before you apply for a job, helps you gain knowledge about the company's culture, management attitude, and leadership style and their stance on benefits to works and equality. What you learn from company reviews Company culture Company policy  Salaries and other compensations Company benefits  Management style  Therefore if you are looking for a job and wondering whats it's like to work for that company, then read the workplace reviews by current and former employees.  Websites that offer company best company reviews GlassDoor - GlassDoor is the leader in providing company reviews in the United States. The jobsite has more than 8 million reports of US companies submitted by former and current employees. These employes offer anonymous reviews on a range of subjects such as benefits, company culture, salaries, and the pros and cons of working for a company. Both former and current employees can leave anonymous reviews for the company. The site even has reviews on interview experience of job seekers who attended interviews hosed by the various companies. You might also find interview questions and pictures of the workplace. Glassdoor gives a detailed insight into companies from people who know it, best-its employees, Great Place To Work - Great Place To Work is another excellent website to find employer reviews. The jobsite offers the most detailed employee review on the planet. These employee ratings are conducted via a survey of all current workers of the company. The reviews are displayed in graphs and other information display formats, making them easy to interpret visually. Indeed - Indeed has more than 70 million company ratings in more than 60 countries. These ratings are rated by current and past workers. Just like Glassdoor, Indeed has reviews on salary rates, work happiness, company benefits, and the pros and cons of working for the company. The website even has a question and answer section where prospective employees can ask current workers questions.   Comparably  is an upcoming company review website in the USA. If you get multiple offers for a job, this is the site to visit. Comparably allows you do do a side by side comparison of several companies using several factors. The company provides an overall company culture rating and also offers other ratings on such areas as company leadership, diversity, and competition. You can also compare a company against other companies of similar size or industry. The site provides impressive graphs and visual aids. CareerBliss -Careebliss is a new jobsite helping that helps job seekers searching for jobs and read reviews. Besides searching for jobs, you can evaluate prospective employers by salaries, experience, and geographic area. The site has excellent reviews on company culture, company rewards, growth opportunities, work settings, and various other factors. Vault -Vault has employer reviews, ratings, and rankings on 5,000 companies in hundreds of industries. Reviews are not based on employee submissions. Instead, Vault conducts inhouse research on companies to provides some in-depth information on the entire company and its various departments. This site does have some free content on overview and some rankings, but to get the best out of the site, you will need to subscribe to for a fee. TheJobCrowd -The Job Crowd-The JobCrowd is a UK based employee review site that caters to recent graduates. Current employees rate their employers on a 5-star scale. The employee rating includes the job title of the reviewer and answers to the questions “What are the best and worst things about your company?” and “What do you do on a day-to-day basis?”  Kununu is not just another employer review website. Besides offering job search and job posting services, it also grades employers on so many criteria. Some metrics the website measures are work environment, career development, internal communication, what employers disliked or liked, gender equality, and many more. The website goes a step further to include metrics you might not think about, like workplace safety, parking accessibility, environmental friendliness, desirable office location, and how challenging the work is. JobAdvisor  JobAdvisor is an Australian based job website site that also has employee reviews about Australia companies. Current and past employees rate their employers on a scale of 1-5. They can list the pros and cons of working for the company, as well as rate things such as “Vision & Strategy” and “Work Environment." Ratemyemployer -Ratemyemployer is an employer rating website based in Canada and focused on Canadian companies and employees. Employees may leave detailed 5-star ratings on several metrics ranging from management skills, teamwork, work-life balance, and workplace layout. InHerSight  This website is best for women looking for employers who provide gender-diverse workplaces. It helps women find female-friendly companies to work for. The site measures the company rating that is important to women. These measures factors such as flexible work hours, maternity leave, management opportunities for women, and more. Women employees anonymously rate their employers or employers based on these metrics. While on the site, you have the chance to get matched with companies that align with your interests and cultural interests. Yelp . We typically think of Yelp as a restaurant and general business review sit. However, employees are increasingly visiting the site, and providing reviews about companies that they work for is typically considered a restaurant or consumer business review site. Still, employees are frequently leaving reviews about their workplaces on the site. These workplace reviews work in standard Yelp fashion and include a 5-star rating and comments.
Preparation tips before the interview Research the company- Research the company that you applied for a job. You can find important information on the company website, company reviews on job websites and ask people who work at these companies. You can learn a lot about the company from the company`s social media posts and press releases. You will gain a lot about the company `s goals, culture and how it treats its workers. From this information, you will be able to determine how your background and skills make you a great fit for the company. Do some research on the interviewer- Researching the person who is going to conduct the interviews gives you confidence when you walk into the office for the interview. This knowledge will put you ahead of their competition. You can easily find the interviewer's bio on the company website, social media or on Linkedin profile. Look for any connections that you may have with the interviewer. You may come from the same town, maybe attended the same school or university, have common friends or belong to the same professional association. Practice answering questions to the most common interview questions you  should be able to answer commonly asked questions easily and eloquently. Practice interview questions such as " Tell me about yourself?" or " Why do you want to work for this company? Start by developing a list of questions that are likely to be asked by the company and then prepare answers to these questions. Look for the company`s commonly asked interview questions from job sites such as Glassdoor and indeed. Practicing these questions helps to reduce stress during the actual interview and boost your confidence when you answer these questions. Read and understand the job description- Each job description typically contains a brief summary of the duties and responsibilities associated with the job, the preferred qualifications and some information about the company. A job description may include whether its part-time, full time or remote job and may mention the salary range the company is expected to pay you. Please take note of the specific skills the employer is looking for and how your skills measure up to them. Look back into your current and past work history to look for examples and skills you learned over the years that align with these skills. Have a list of references ready- Almost all interviews will ask for a list of references of people who can vouch to your character and professional ability. The interviews often ask for this during or after an interview.  Therefore prepare a list of references ahead of time. The best source for any reference is your current or former manager or direct supervisor. Other good sources for a reference are current or former workmates, academic advisors or former employers or mentors. Having a reference list ready helps speed the hiring process and gives you an advantage over other job candidates. Always ask people you want to list as referrers if they are comfortable with that before they start getting unexpected calls from recruiters. Get a buddy to practice answering interview questions- Practising answering interview questions by saying them aloud or enlisting a friend or professional career counselor is a very effective way to prepare for an interview. Practicing answering interview questions is especially helpful for people who don't have interview experience or have not done an interview in a long time. The practice allows you to think through what questions you are likely to be asked and how to answer them with confidence. A mock interview helps you answer difficult questions, sharpen your interview answering strategy, improve communication skills and reduce stress during the actual interview. This reduction in stress level helps you concentrate on making connections with the interviewers. Prepare actual examples of your achievements- During the interview, the interviewers are likely to ask for specific examples of work you have achieved or job goals you have met. Review the job description and then list the work you have done or goals you have met that and how these align with the new job. Quantify your achievements, focus on results and any highly positive feedback you received Prepare questions to ask the interviewers 
Use the right mix of job websites in your job search methods.  Many job seekers focus on big job websites such as  indeed.com.  But according to experts, unless you're in a high-demand field, this is one of the least effective job search methods, with only about 10% (at best) success rate. So don't spend more than 10% of your time at this activity. Here are guidelines for making good use of your time online: Explore niche, or specialty, job boards. Don't just post on Monster. Also, look at sites like LiveITjobs.com  for technology or Ebberhealthjobs.com  for health care. Target websites of companies you're interested in. Determine which companies to target and post resume to their sites. Better yet, contact these employers directly. Consider regional job boards. To find these boards, type your state and the words "job board" into Google (e.g., Minnesota job board ) or try your local library's website. Try "aggregator" sites like indeed.com,. These sites combine search results from job boards, company websites, professional associations, and other sources. Try professional association websites. Professional associations often post jobs for their members. View the Professional Association Finder to explore options. Check out Avacko.com, which includes four job bank sources, including your state job bank. But since experience shows it's not the best way to get noticed, it's helpful to use a few different methods, including networking your resume in person.
How to stretch your salary like a pro We have all been there. We have all found ourselves without a cent in our pockets on the last days of the month, yet we never seem to know where all the money went to. In a world where the  global  economy deteriorates more and more each day, everyone should know how to manage their money in an efficient manner. It does not matter the amount of money we make, if we know how to manage it, we will be able to stretch it without being financial experts. Is this really possible? The secret to saving money is –pause for dramatic effect- establishing priorities. But how do we know what to give priority to? If your hard-earned money is vanishing at the end of the month like magic, it is time to sit down and evaluate your expenses once and for all. Planning has to become a monthly or even a daily routine for messy spenders. First of all, there are three things that must be taken into account: income, debt, and expenses. The easiest part is establishing our income, the rest will be like seeing our worst nightmares come true, but it will be over soon. No one actually likes knowing how much money they spend each month, but the good thing about planning is that we can figure out how not to bleed out our bank accounts each month and maybe even save up to a 10% for that beach trip you are dying to take. The experts have spoken, and they recommend we divide our income this way: 30-35% for living expenses (including utilities). 16-20% for food and groceries. Invest 17-19% in transportation (including insurance, gas and public transportation). 5-7% for clothes and services (including dry-cleaning, washing, and drying). Invest 5-9% in health (insurance, pharmacy expenses, etc.). 3-6% for entertainment (it cannot be all work and no play). Save 2% - 10%. For miscellaneous expenses like newspapers, education, personal grooming, contributions, etc. destine about 7% to 12% depending on your other expenses. Once we have a clear vision of where our money is going, it will definitely be easier to organize and follow our parameters each month, until we get a constant flow on our bank accounts. There are thousands of useful apps to help us get our prioritizing on (Daily Budget for iPhone, for example), but the most important thing is taking that first step towards economic stability. All we have to do is reach out and take it.
Are you one of those employees who works extra hours every day? Do you sleep with your smartphone? Do you check your email at night and on weekends? Do you feel it is necessary? If your answer is yes, you are probably wrong. Working extra hours is not beneficial for either the employer or the company unless it is completely and utterly necessary. What we really need to figure out is how to organize our time efficiently to be able to improve our performance in the workplace. In order to make this happen, you just need to follow these five simple steps:  Wake up a bit earlier.  You will have more time to organize your pending tasks and you will definitely have a more productive day. Make the most out of your day! Plan your daily tasks by giving priority to the most complicated ones.  Always put the most important and complicated tasks first. Our concentration is always better during the morning and we have more energy. Leaving those tasks for the end of the day can be counterproductive due to the fact that, by the end of the working day, fatigue takes over, which can even lead to making mistakes. Rest from time to time.  Every two hours or so, get up from your chair, stretch, walk across the office, go get some water, talk with your coworkers about subjects that are not job-related and then get back to work. Delegate responsibilities.  If you have a team that you trust, try to delegate some of