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What is the Preferred Resume Length? – Accountemps Study

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Accountemps, the world’s largest temporary staffing company for accounting, finance, and bookkeping professionals, recently published the results of a poll of 150 senior executives (HR, finance, and marketing) from the nation’s 1,000 largest companies – “Resumes Inching Up“. The executives were asked “What is the preferable length of a resume for staff-level employees and executives?” Here are the results:

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Read the press release to find out more about the Do’s and Dont’s of what to include in a resume.

Resumes Inching Up. [Accountemps]

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Career Hacker * http://www.careerhacker.com * By Bill Inman * http://www.billinman.com

Security Clearance, “In Many Cases It’s Better Than Having an MBA”

CAREER HACK: If you are in an area where Security Clearance positions are in demand consider applying for these positions and gaining clearance. If you are able to receive Security Clearance it can boost your salary by 25% on average while providing stronger job security.Career Hacker careerhacker.com Bill Inman Employment Jobs Interview Resume Blog Success Boss Work Hiring

Would getting a security clearance be better than getting an MBA degree? The Associated Press in their article “Security Clearance a Valued Resume Credential” discusses the advantages of having this clearance which is in high demand. Here are some highlights from the article:

  • Job candidates with security clearances are hotter-than-ever commodities in the Washington area and elsewhere, due to higher demand, tighter security requirements and a wave of baby-boomer retirements”
  • “If a soldier has good skill sets in the IT arena, he’ll have a job offer in five minutes”
  • “We see people hoping to retire, and their employers are pleading with them to stay. They say, ‘We’ll pay you another 30 grand to stay on board.”‘
  • “Estimates are that there are 100,000 unfilled security-clearance jobs, many of them in the Washington area, the largest market for such positions.”
  • “Those with security clearances earn an average 25 percent more than similarly skilled workers who lack them. That gap has been widening, too.”
  • “It’s in many cases better than having an MBA.”

Security Clearance a Valued Resume Credential. [Associated Press]

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Career Hacker * http://www.careerhacker.com * By Bill Inman * http://www.billinman.com

Using Resume Videos to Stand Out from Other Candidates

Online Video ResumeTens of millions of VC dollars went into building video interview/resumes website’s during the late 1990s. It seems that this idea is becoming popular in the grassroots with job seekers now making their own career videos and posting them online.

Anjali Athavaley, of the Wall Street Journal Online, writes:

Though the practice is still in its early stages, young job hunters are starting to make a video clip part of their job application, sometimes even posting them on sites like Google Inc.’s YouTube and Google Video. Jobster.com, a Web site for job seekers, is exploring the possibility of enabling users to add short video clips to online member profiles. At the same time, smaller companies hoping to ride the popularity of online video are rolling out services that make it easier to create a video resume.

This practice should become more popular if not standard for resume based hiring. If you are looking for work, and you can put together a professional video, why not differentiate yourself from other applicants by including a video?

Here is a sample online video resume

Posting Your Resume on YouTube to Stand Out from the Competition. [The Wall Street Journal Online – Anjali Athavaley]

How Companies Find Candidates to Hire

A CareerXRoads study presents information on how employers are finding candidates to fill their jobs. The chart below shows that Employee Referrals and the Internet make up over 50% of all hires. College hires are gaining momentum as is Direct Sourcing from competitors and other companies.

From this information one can see that networking online (through social networking sites and blogging) and off (through co-workers and friends) is critical to your next career move.

Hiring Sources

CareerXRoads Sources of Hire Survey. [CareerXRoads]

Also see:

Look Within Your Current Company for Job Openings. [Careerhacker – Bill Inman]
Small Talk, Big Career. [Careerhacker – Bill Inman]
Blogs ‘Essential’ to a Good Career. [Careerhacker – Bill Inman]
Workers Not Using Social Networking to Find Jobs but Employers are Looking. [Careerhacker – Bill Inman]

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Career Hacker * www.careerhacker.com * By Bill Inman * www.billinman.com

Search 12,000 Job Descriptions

CareerPlanner.com Career Hacker Bill InmanFrom ‘Able Seaman’ to ‘Zoologist’, CareerPlanner.com has over 12,000 job descriptions you can search for free. Why is this valuable to you? You might use this information to:

  •  Enhance your resume by adding some of the skills mentioned in CareerPlanner.com job descriptions to the previous or current position(s) listed on your resume.
  • Understand better what it will skills and abilities it will take to make a move towards a new career path.
  • Find job related keywords, on CareerPlanner.com job descriptions, that you can plug into job boards and search engines to locate hard to find positions.
  • Find out what skills you might be lacking in your current job and what you need to improve upon.
  • Write a great job description for an opening in your department.

All CareerPlanner.com job descriptions contain (1) a description, (2) required knowledge (3) required skills (4) required abilities and (5) job activities. You can search by RAISEC career code, keyword or term, or browse alphabetically.

CareerPlanner.com Job Descriptions. [CareerPlanner.com]

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Career Hacker * www.careerhacker.com * By Bill Inman * www.billinman.com

hireme@sexychinchilla.org – The Email as a Hiring 1st Impression

at signFirst impressions can be critical. Often a potential employer’s first impression of you can be the email you send them that includes your resume. Sure the cover letter and resume are important but what about the things that are often forgotten such as the email address itself? Dr. Jerry Bills, a professional resume and career consultant,

 Don’t Let Your E-Mail Account Cost You a Job Opportunity. [Dr. Jerry Bills]