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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

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

Hiring IT professionals in a tight labor market. (Applies for all skills types)

dice logoDICE is the largest Information Technology niche recruiting site on the Internet. One of the questions on the DICE 2006 IT Recruiting Trend Survey (sent to IT Hiring Managers) is:

 “How are you dealing with the tight tech labor market?”

The checkbox answers provided are:

  • Increasing social networking activities
  • Buying more online job board services
  • Attending more job fairs
  • Placing more newspaper ads
  • Offering bigger employee referral incentives

These answers provide some basic venues where ALL workers can benefit through marketing themselves.

 Social Networking – If you do not already have your profile up on one or more of the social networking sites (i.e. LinkedIn, MySpace, Yahoo 360…) you may want to consider posting your profile there. Recruiters are looking. If you dont know what social networking is read this Wikipedia entry on Social network.

Job Boards – You should have your resume on job boards if you are looking for a new job. That is a no-brainer. Consider though should your resume be confidential or public? If confidential be prepared to have a colleague or even your own company know that you are on the market. Post your resume on all the big boards (Monster, DICE, Careerbuilder, HotJobs, Craigs List) and on the small job boards as well (IT niche, local, and industry focused – there are too many to name).

Job Fairs – Attend as many job fairs as you can. Sometimes this can be tough because most do happen during the middle of the work day. Keep an eye out in your local paper for advertised job fairs. Like online job boards, if your search is confidential be prepared to bump into someone you know at these job fairs and maybe someone from your own job department.

Newspaper Ads – Do read and reply to as many newspaper ads as you can. Make sure that your resume is scanable and if there is an opportunity to email make the your primary option. Once paper resumes get to most large HR departments they are run through a digital scanner and then OCR’d (Optical Character Recognition) to turn all of the analog words into digital representation. Many times, if your resume does not have a format that the OCR software likes, key information can be ommitted – like your contact information.

Employee Referrals – If you have a friend, or even just a contact, who works at a company that you want to get into leverage that. Ask them to walk your resume into the HR department or directly to the hiring manager and/or to provide you with a list of openings that might suit your skills.