The New #JobSearchSuperhero Website is Almost Ready

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We are still adding a few résumé templates for your free use, and a few other career help documents to get us started with some real helpful content.  We will work to have guest writers as well as frequent posts.  We will also be adding more video clips around our superhero theme because we feel like anyone can be a superhero and there are many superheroes of all kinds living and breathing around us.  🙂

Job Search Superhero – see the reviews & testimonials then get a hero in your corner

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Questions? Contact Mill@JobSearchSuperhero.com

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Keywords In Your Resume Are Important

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Keywords In Your Resume Are Important

Along with action verbs and accomplishment based task bullet-ed list, each résumé you send out must match the keywords in the company’s advertisement and/or their values from their website. Do your research folks if you want to get the call for the interview! Then enjoy the cute little cartoon. 🙂

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Simplify Your Job Search Keyword Comparison with These 5 Tools

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http://www.diffnow.com/ for Windows

http://winmerge.org for Windows

http://kaleidoscopeapp.com for Mac

http://bitbq.com for Mac

http://softinterface.com for Windows

This is a continuation of my answer on Quora to someone that asked the question:

What are some good online tools to evaluate resumes?

Another tool you can also use is http://wordle.net see the images below of how I compared a recent client’s current resume

keywords to the marketing ads for jobs she wanted to apply for. I know its tedious folks but this is what you have to do to be

hired in today’s market. We can do it all for you at The Talent Mill and BestDigitalResumes.com if it gets to be too much.

Job searching has officially become a full time job in and of itself. I can help you bridge that digital divide.

Send your resume for a free critique to info@bestdigitalresumes.com

Author: Mill Montejo of the Talent Mill

What are some good online tools to evaluate resumes?

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For job seekers who must continually use their current resumes as a template for the next job ad they want to apply for here are some good text comparison tools, not all free, but worth it if you need to compare your resume keywords with those in a job ad quickly and accurately.

Hope these help you folks get the resumes out.  But remember if they find you online because you built your “career brand” up then you don’t have to work so hard at this job search thing.  When recruiters search for the skills your name will pop up in their Google searches and they will call YOU.

So with all the competition out there in the job market, you must take the reigns and take charge of your online presence NOW!  If you don’t start posting positive things about yourself and your accomplishments the web has a way of only showing our “digital dirt” to people who search for our names and believe me if you’ve had your fingers on a keyboard the last 15 years then you have digital dirt too.  Anything you might have said in an online forum back in the AOL days is still alive and breathing on the WWW for a potential employer to find.  So search yourself, create new positive stories and blog about your industry knowledge, etc.

All these steps together will make a huge difference in your job search results and that phone might start ringing.

Answer by Mill Montejo:

There is a great new tool out which comes from DiffNow that is powered by prestoSoft the makers of ExamDiff Pro to Compare files, directories, documents, archives, and binary files with this visual diff utility

I have used it to do keyword comparisons from a client’s resume to the job ad they spotted and wish to apply to.  It works really well in isolating the differences in the text from your resume, to the job ad, which is important to match as much as possible while not lying about your experience, to make your resume keyword optimized.  Unfortunately in the competitive job market we have now everyone MUST target each resume to each job ad or risk it being lost in the black hole of the Applicant Tracking Systems in use by recruiters, and hiring managers to sort through the hundreds of resumes they receive for one opening.  It’s like optimizing a website for SEO.  It’s an algorythm and keyword game folks!

“DiffNow lets you compare text files, documents, binary files, and archives up to 1024KB in size. You can either upload the files you wish to compare or enter their URLs. Results are returned as an interactive HTML report.

DiffNow is powered by ExamDiff Pro and uses all of the comparison plug-ins in the ExamDiff Pro plug-in library.

All uploaded files are deleted immediately after comparison.”

Best of luck in your job search!

Mill Montejo
The Talent Mill & Resume Found (resume help)

Resume Samples Plus – Special Pricing Ends Memorial Day 2014

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Yes You Can Make a Video Resume Too

How the hell do I get hired?!?!
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Check out the very informative SlideShare from Prakash Bala below:

I believe the “meat and potatoes” of the slideshow are on slide 7 and 8.  Prakash lists very important key points you must remember to do before an interview.  I cannot stress this enough, you must absolutely, positively practice for any interview if you expect to have a chance to get the job.  There is way too much competition out there today.

See some stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Among the major worker groups, unemployment rates declined in April for adult men (5.9 percent), adult women (5.7 percent), teenagers (19.1 percent), whites (5.3 percent), blacks (11.6 percent), and Hispanics (7.3 percent). The jobless rate for Asians was 5.7 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed over the year. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) declined by 287,000 in April to 3.5 million; these individuals accounted for 35.3 percent of the unemployed. Over the past 12 months, the number of long-term unemployed has decreased by 908,000. (See table A-12.)

So you see, it stands to reason that anyone that really wants to get that job they have their eye on, will practice, cross their fingers and hope for the best.  Because the employers short list likely totals at least 30 others maybe just as qualified as you.

So here are some of the steps that Prakash outlined in his slideshare:

  • Have a written script to read from
  • Practice in front of a mirror until you think it is perfect
  • Calculate how long it takes you to read your script
  • Ensure that you highlight all your top accomplishments in your script
  • Make it about 1 to 2 minutes long, succinct and to the point with 3 to 4 sections
  • Start with stating your contact info: name, title, location
  • Discuss your academic qualifications
  • Speak to any projects, its goals, objectives, and outcomes and your role in it
  • List your strengths, accomplishments, and what you will bring to the table
  • Conclude with your email address, phone number, and any professional website address

If you want to give making your own video resume a shot here is a great new tool from Re.vu that helps you do that. Please share our post with friends so they too can learn how to create a video resume with this free and very intuitive tool that anyone can use.  I hope these educational resources I have curated here have been useful.  If so please share our Blog with others that might benefit as well.  If you still need personalized help with your current job search or career documents then drop us a line.

Mill —> info@BestDigitalResumes.com

Tools For Searching Jobs For The Anonymous Job Seeker

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Tools For Conducting Anonymous & Confidential Job Searches

Not every resume client that calls on us is unemployed. In fact many that are seeking new resumes and LinkedIn profiles are still currently employed. We should all be able to search for and seek out new opportunities that will benefit us and our families without fear of retribution. But in this fiercely competitive and sluggish job market fear reigns supreme. We’d like to share some free useful tools for job seekers to use on confidential job searches. Do you know of any others?  Well share a brief list below or you can click on the image below which takes you to the original list on list.ly.

We'd like to share some free useful tools for job seekers to use on confidential job searches.

Not every resume client that calls on us is already unemployed. In fact many that are seeking new resumes and LinkedIn profiles are still currently employed. We should all be able to search for and seek out new opportunities that will benefit us and our families without fear of retribution. But in this fiercely competitive and sluggish job market fear reigns supreme.

View more lists from Mill Montejo
  1. redditors for hire (Used by Mostly Millenials)

    reddit: the front page of the internet. how reddit works

    “redditors vote on which stories and discussions are important. the hottest stories rise to the top, while cooler stories sink.”

    Just like there are hidden jobs to be found via Twitter, Redditors are finding ways to discuss jobs and finding jobs.

  2. jobbit: jobs for redditors

    jobbit: jobs for redditors

    reddit: the front page of the internet,

    Post an anonymous FOR HIRE on reddit to fish for interested employers. This way you can conduct your job search more privately.

  3. LinkedIn

    LinkedIn

    While some may think that your information is out there for the world to see on LinkedIn that is incorrect. You can go into settings and hide your activity broadcasts this way no one will see that you are making changes and updates to your profile. You can make your photo private and visible only to your connections. While you might be limited in what you can discuss in groups in your industry because others related to your current business may see it. But you can and should still discuss industry standards whatever they may be in groups before you need a network. Network and make yourself stand out as a thought leader before you need it.

  4. freelance

    freelance

    reddit: the front page of the internet

    Freelance work via Reddit.

  5. TwitJobSearch.com - A Job Search Engine for Twitter.

    TwitJobSearch.com – A Job Search Engine for Twitter.

    TwitJobSearch.com – the world’s first job search engine to harness the power of Twitter. Search the hottest, most recent best paid jobs in the entire Twitterverse. You can search privately via Twitter and possibly even tweet from a generic job seeker accout like @JohnDoeWorks or something catchy.

    ““We need to give the best support we can to help students have something lined up for when they graduate, and to help those that are out of work to compete for the jobs that are available.” – Charlie Ball, Research Director at the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU)

    TwitJobSearch, the first real-time job search engine, is excited to be working with the UK’s official graduate careers website, Graduate Prospects.”

  6. Job Search | one search. all jobs. Indeed.com

    Job Search | one search. all jobs. Indeed.com

    Click here to find millions of jobs from thousands of company web sites, job boards and newspapers. one search. all jobs. Indeed.

    While I wouldn’t necessarily post a public resume on Indeed even if there is a private posting option. It is still a great aggregating website that in essence pulls in from all other job advertisements on the web. You can go to industry career website for a more in depth look, but for a significant online curation of most of the job ads out there, I would suggest using Indeed and setting up weekly digest email alerts. This is not meant to have you sending out 300 resumes. But to identify where there might be a few advertised openings. If it’s a company you want to work for then contact us at www.HelpWriteResume.com for further tips on how to reach the decision makers at that specific company. You need to be able to cut ahead in front of the line a bit with an advertised job.

  7. Create Job Alert | Jobfox

    Create Job Alert | Jobfox

    Rather than searching one website, Jobfox will bring you the newest and most relevant jobs matching YOUR criteria from over 50 major job sites.
    They do a pretty good job of matching you up with companies and show you all their information so you can thoroughly research them, before they can research you.

  8. Job Search Engine | Jobs Direct from Companies | LinkUp.com

    Job Search Engine | Jobs Direct from Companies | LinkUp.com

    Start your job search on one of the purest job search engines on the web. Find and apply to job openings found directly on company websites. Free and no registration required. They crawl company websites and find all company advertised jobs and aggregate them for you in one place.

  9. Glassdoor - an inside look at jobs & companies

    Glassdoor – an inside look at jobs & companies

    Search jobs then look inside. Company salaries, reviews, interview questions, and more – all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers. When you want to research and search for a new opportunity anonymously, Glassdoor is a great resource.

  10. JibberJobber :: Login

    JibberJobber :: Login

    JibberJobber: A tool for job seekers, job hunters, recruiters and headhunters to organize the job hunt and manage a professional network. It’s been called job searching on steroids. It’s really a good organizer and motivator for the unemployed and under-motivated. It helps keep your job search organized. But you still need to make the contacts and meet the people in real life to get the job. So get busy my friends!

    There are of course the original job search sites (Monster, Careerbuilder, Dice, HotJobs, even Craigslist if you’re extra careful for scammers)you can utilize in a stealth way too.  Follow our blog at http://www.BestDigitalResumes.com and sign up for the free eBook for more up to the minute job search tips from Mill’s resources at The National Resume Writers Association.  Or call us at 973-341-3479 for a free resume and/or LinkedIn profile critique.

    For the complete updated list click on the image above to go to List.ly