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February 23, 2009

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When interviewing a few potential new hires I was disappointed by the lack of quantifiable achievements and strong action verbs on their resumes... take that as you will.

Totally agree with keeping it professional on the internet; nowadays, prospective employers google candidates and check out their social network trails; regardless of whether it's legal or not. They do it.

Using LinkedIn is really quite useful. Aside from headhunters finding you quickly (actually more often than would be desired since I signed up), you can sign on to various email updates and chains from "groups". I get a weekly email digest that usually has several relevant recuiters posting jobs. It's current and in your field for the group you signed up for - there are thousands of groups on there now too.

Ladders is good too - six figures and up for the most part, so the jobs are focused if that's your range.

I agree with you completely, My Life ROI. I always try to put that I developed, completed, designed or *did* something for each bullet point on my resume.

For every job you don't get, try to talk to the hiring person about why you weren't the one chosen and ask what you could have improved upon, whether that be resume, interview, certain qualifications you could get fairly easily (certifications, etc). Its free and its advice from those most like whom you will be applying with next, which is much more important than what a resume 'expert' thinks.

Its a little tough to build up the nerve the first time you do this since you were just trying to appear flawless to them the day before. But when you realize there is nothing the lose (you've already lost that job), you generally find people are willing to help (that at least feel a little bad about turning you down and feel they owe it to you if you are polite and sincere).

I've just started to look for a job after 5 years staying home to care for my babies. Recruiters called me about jobs that met my skills, but they all shied away when I telled them that I've been staying home. Besides going back to school, which I planed on doing, what else can I do to improve my chance of getting a job? Thanks.

Great hiring tips. I definetly need to focus on building my resume to be presentable with current competition and my employers. Planning on getting some certificates and looking for a job soon.

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