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Strategies To Stay Employed

Falling wages, reduced benefits and rising job insecurity have become entrenched features of the job scene across Western Europe, the United States and other parts of the developed world. Multinational corporations worldwide are cutting back stable jobs and outsourcing jobs that are considered non-core. In such a scenario, how can you help yourself succeed in your career?

Here Are Some Ways You Can Add More Value To Your Organization

  • Teach someone a new skill
  • Make your boss look good by helping him accomplish his/her performance objectives
  • Go the extra mile for a customer or keep in touch with your customers as a way of building and maintaining relationships
  • Develop more ideas for saving money for the company
  • Spot a problem before it turns out into a catastrophe
  • Anticipate the needs of your boss
  • Seek new skills and learning opportunities
  • Be adaptive and embrace change
  • Volunteer for leadership opportunities

Sell Yourself Online

Use modern technology wisely to impress, not intimidate, your prospective employer. In digital multimedia age, choosing the best format for your resume is not as simple as choosing between Palatino and Arial font, or to use a white or brown envelope. With advance  technology, it is possible to create an interactive multimedia presentation of your resume - to impress, or maybe intimidate, your interviewers.

But does it worth doing all this? Will it really work, and will it get you bring you an advantage? An interactive resume, finish with your photographs or even your own video clip which you use it as a presentation to your interviewer all sounds great in theory. However in reality, is it not just simply the 21st century equivalent of the 1980s cliche - a resume sent on brightly colored and quality paper to "grab the interviewer attention" - that might not work as you wish for and could end up in the bin fastest than you think.

Job hunters would have remember the old adage about "quality, not quantity". What really counts is delivering the relevant information so that employers would invite you for an interview. Sending your resume through email is obviously a faster way of transmitting information - compared to sending by post - and, as an added bonus, it often results in a speedier response.

But job hunters should bear in mind that "technically challenged" employers just might not the software that is required to view your impressive multimedia presentation. Moreover, adding huge image files can increase the amount of  time it takes for your prospective employer to download and view your information. And, if you are really that unlucky, that process might hang and crash his computer - leaving you, and your job application, void.

It is best to be brief, erudite and concise. Most employers are looking for facts that are communicated clearly, and with the minimum of relevant details. Huge picture files or videos files that take longer time to download rarely persuade anyone, let alone your prospective employers, to see a job seeker.

Unless you are applying for a job in an industry which deal with information technology, PC games or graphic design - where a multimedia resume might help to showcase your skill to your prospective employer - "flashy addons" mostly likely will alienate and intimidate rather than impress your prospective employer.

One way to solve this problem is simply to design your own homepage and then direct people to look at it by sending them the link in an email message. The disadvantage is that it requires your potential employer to take his own valuable time just to view your information online.

Tips On Applying For Jobs Online

  • Never send your resume as an e-mail attachment. Instead, paste it into the body of your e-mail message. Some employers ignore attachments because they fear that it may contains viruses and the other reason is they do not want to waste their time with files that their computer cannot open or run.
  • Remember to that you include a "subject line" in your email message that mentions the reference number of a specific job position or a simple description of your skills. Otherwise the prospective employers might treat it as spam and lead your application to be rejected instantly.
  • Use nouns for words that indicate your technical skills, job titles and levels of experience or education. Most employers often use their computer systems to scan online applications for such information, and most of the keywords used for searching are nouns.
  • Use buzzwords related to the industry or job you are looking for. They are the essential key to an online application. Computer screening systems usually rank resumes by "buzzword count"; so remember to include lots of buzzwords.

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