Career Search Tips that will Help you to Find that Perfect Job

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Searching job sites for hours on end can be daunting. You may feel as though no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to get anywhere, and this can be really frustrating. There are however a few things that you can do to make the whole thing easier on yourself.

Make yourself an Obvious Fit

When you apply for a job online, your CV will probably be screened by a tracking system. It will then be passed onto a set of human eyes, to look over. There is a chance that this will be someone who works in HR or recruitment, rather than the owner of the company. They may not understand the nuances of the job that you are applying for, and they may not even understand how the skills you have will benefit the company. For this reason, you need to make yourself the obvious fit. Study the job description and mirror the words and even the phrases that are being used. Think about it, are you showcasing your strengths? Are you making your CV paramount to the role that you are applying for?

Don’t Limit Yourself to Online Applications

If you want the job search to end eventually then you need to make sure that you don’t rely on submitting online applications alone. You need to speed things up and you also need to schedule informational interviews with the people who may eventually go on to be your peers. It also helps to speak with an internal recruiter for the company and ask them questions. There are a lot of people who may be influencing your ability to land your job and the more you can find out about them, the better.

Your Resume

Sure, your resume is probably great but if you don’t position yourself as a direct match then you won’t be doing yourself any favors. Before you go ahead and apply for your job, you need to change your job wording and you also need to swap around some key terms. Change the bullet points that you have, and make sure that you are the perfect match for every job that you decide to go for. If you have a gap in your resume because you have been injured then it is always a good idea for you to look into workers’ comp. This way you can be compensated for the money and time you have lost through being out of work.

Nobody can be Bored into Hiring You

You need to come across as being articulate, polished and most of all, professional. The last thing that you want however is to come across as being boring. If you constantly try and use safe phrases, or if you appear robotic then this won’t be impressing anyone. You don’t want to appear staged and you also don’t want to be disingenuous either. Try and show a bit of personality and tell the company that you are applying to that you are passionate and willing to do whatever it takes to benefit them.

4 Signs Your Employer Doesn’t Care About You

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We can’t expect everything from our employers, but there’s a minimum that we should demand. Respect is one of them. The freedom to grow is another. But what about an emotional bond? In the world of cutthroat capitalism, emotion can be seen as a weakness, and it’s not something that bosses automatically turn to. But then, perhaps they should, because workers respond better – and thus work harder – when they feel like they’re more than a machine to their bosses. So how can you tell if your boss doesn’t care about you? We take a look at a few telltale signs below.

All Work, Work, Work

Yes, you’re at work to get down to business, but let’s be real here: that’s not all it should be. There’s always room for some personal chit chat. To develop an emotional bond doesn’t mean greeting each other with long hugs; it just means showing any sort of interest beyond the work chat. If they’ve never asked you a single question that wasn’t related to your job, then it’s a pretty clear sign they don’t care about you – how can you care for a person if you know nothing about them?

Breaking the Law

We’ve come a long way when it comes to employee rights. Go back a hundred years or so, and they were virtually non-existent! Now, there are laws in place to make sure you’re treated fairly. However, some bosses don’t always follow the rules, because it means that they have to pay more money. Take overtime. If they’re making you work overtime, but aren’t paying you more, then they’re putting their profits above your rights – oh, and they’re breaking the law. If you suspect this has been happening, then talk with an employment attorney, and fight for justice. You don’t have to settle for less just because you’re afraid of losing your job.

When Times Get Tough

Everyone goes through difficult times in their life. During these moments, you want to feel like you have the support of the people around you. These times reveal the true colors of the people around you and, alas, it’s not always pretty. If your boss doesn’t seem to express any interest in what’s going on in your life and just expects you to work, work, work, then they clearly don’t care about more than what you bring to the company.

No Gratitude

Some employers like to think that you should be entirely grateful to them for giving you a job. But it doesn’t work this way. Having a job is mutually beneficial, it’s not a favor! If they don’t seem to appreciate all that you do for the company, then it’s possible that they do not see you as a fully formed individual, but rather just someone they can use to grow their business. You’re not expecting a box of chocolates every time you get something right, but a little bit of encouragement wouldn’t go amiss.

Notice the above signs, and it might just be time to look for another job!