The Corporate Free Agent – Developing Your Employment Brand

Today the Internet offers many opportunities for the average person to make money. Because choosing how you want to make money can be a difficult decision this can present a challenge. One way to make money that many people gravitate to is taking paid surveys.

Taking paid surveys can be an easy way to make money online and many people feel like they want to try. If you are the type of person that has an opinion on something then it could be worth a few extra dollars for you to share that through online surveys.

The Internet is full of websites where you can fill out surveys and get paid for it. Just Google search the words "paid surveys" and you will be given millions of results.

In the past you may have been given an opportunity to do a survey by somebody in a mall or retail outlet. Doing surveys online is no different in that you are providing your views to market research companies who then takes those and use them to create future products and services.

To be able to take paid surveys doesn't take any special skills either. One thing many people like when it comes to making money online is they do not have to build a website, start a blog, or do any type of promotion to get paid. Taking paid surveys are free for anyone who chooses to participate in them.

Finding surveys to take is not hard either. How you get paid is one thing that can get confusing.

Sometimes companies will pay you in the form of awards or prizes. They still can be a good opportunity because you can even receive free merchandise for participating.

Getting signed up with a paid survey company is not hard either. You will be required to provide your name, address, email address and possible other personal information. This is usually where you can take your first survey in the form of an introductory survey.

The introductory survey is used to come up with additional information about you that is used to match for future surveys. This helps them determine certain criteria about you that they can match with companies who are looking for survey participants.

Keeping informed about surveys is very easy and you will be sent an email or asked to visit the survey company website. When there is a survey available you can just go to the website and began to fill it out.

Taking paid surveys is not a way to create a large amount of extra income. However, there are many people who earn several hundred dollars a month on a part time basis, which can come in handy if you need to make extra money.

Oftentimes how much money you make will be determined by how many surveys you choose to participate in. Because they do not require lot of time to fill out, and can be done around your schedule, they are an excellent way to create supplemental income from the comfort of your own home.

I have been a recruiter now almost 10 years. This market is probably one of the most competitive job markets in 30 years. There are reasons why people are having difficulty landing a job such as poor marketing skills, poor communication skills, lack of creativity, poor networking skills and lack of self confidence. Why do professionals use the same tired strategies in a job market that rewards networking skills, marketing skills, creativity, competitiveness and persistence? Why do a majority of people fail to understand how the free agent concept applies to the corporate job market? How does a company determine who is a corporate superstar and how much to pay them?
The most important step in the job search is to evaluate your market value. What are your corporate successes and unique skills that make you stand out from your competition? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Hate talking about yourself and you are an engineer or accountant? Well be prepared to discuss your corporate assets and your corporate liabilities that require all business professionals including engineers, accountants, sales manager, and brand marketing professionals to market themselves and get noticed. What are your success stories? How have you made your former employer profitable? Why should you be paid a salary premium compared with 80% of your corporate peers? What valuable knowledge or skills do you possess that can help a company become more competitive? A well written resume is a valuable marketing document that keeps in mind the language and the need of its corporate audience. Individuals are not just using resumes but professional portfolios, reference letters, blogs, website, professional articles are also be used to market and promote a talented jobseeker to convince an employer that they should seriously hire you. Procrastination and denial will kill time and not reward you with excellent job offers that pay premium top dollar. Hire a professional resume writer or better yet hire a career coach who can offer references of satisfied customers.Give yourself an unfair competitive advantage that will enable you to change jobs easily from company to company with little disruption. It should be noted that fewer and fewer companies are posting jobs on traditional and expensive job boards to save money but more importantly target qualified corporate superstars who they want to hire.
No time or money to spend on your career? Why should a complete stranger spend their time and money on you? These are the kind of questions every professional should be seriously asking themselves in order to get that great job. Start asking serious questions and you will be amazed where the answers will lead you. Getting a job is easy but getting a fantastic, well paying career opportunity requires effort and creativity. Still not convinced and sick of the corporate rate race? Open your own business and be the master of your own destiny. It has been stated that more businesses were started in the great depression due to high unemployment using creativity, a great product, a great idea, and lots of hard work. Too daring? Start a Blog or a networking group or write a e-book and your creatively will get you noticed by the corporate powers of influence. Companies are no longer spending thousands of dollars on passive job boards that get responses from individuals who they consider average or worse unqualified. The companies are busy trolling the social networking sites that are proving to be popular networking tools. These are not fads… LinkedIn is a very successful social networking membership club that in over 1 year has obtained over 50,000,000 global members with a new member added each second. Networking will never by the same again. Never heard of LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter are? Hire a career coach right away and start investing in your career.

Tips For Finding Good Survey Job Work at Home Opportunities

A top ranking career military officer, who during his time in the Reserves also developed a stellar career as a senior-level executive in industry, had the daunting task of re-entering the job market after his return from 2-3 years active duty; and during the worst economy in his lifetime. After job searching for some time, he summed-up his frustration with this: "For the first time in my life I am doing something and have

." Hearing this from an Officer at one of the highest official levels in our Military, was at the very least, unsettling to a career biz person like myself. Now he didn't say, "

I'm doing" he said "

I'm doing"! Does anybody really every tell YOU how you are doing in YOUR job search?

I am going to share with you what may be

, one that will address the challenge of not knowing

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letter. It goes like this:


Certainly there are more rejections than offers in a job search; and most people do send a cordial letter . . . "thank you for your time and interest and if something opens up, please let me know". "Thank you" is good; "thank you" plus

is better. The more you are rejected, the more opportunity for feedback; and the more feedback you have, the more improvements you can make -

. Soon you will no longer say "I have no idea how I'm doing". In fact, you just may be thinking to yourself (


In his book,

, Sales Guru Tom Hopkins wrote, "I never see failure as failure but an opportunity to practice my techniques and perfect my performance." I say . . .



Are you looking for a survey job, work at home position? Many people are. Working out of your living room in your pajamas is a dream that plenty of 9-5 workers have! With surveys, this is actually a possibility.
If you are going to make taking surveys a full-time, at home job, you will need to treat it like a real job. While you can still work in your underwear, if you so wish, some discipline is needed to make a survey job work at home.
Setting a work schedule is one way to go. This doesn’t mean you have to get up at 6 am and start working. You can choose your hours. If you work better at night, then by all means, sleep in until noon and work from 8 pm on. The beauty of having a survey job work at home position is that you can decide when you want to work.
Apply for as many surveys as you are eligible for. You might not be accepted to all of them, but you will certainly have tried! This ensures that you will have more than enough work available to keep you busy.
Use an auto-form filler. If you use Firefox or the Google toolbar, this is automatically available to you. You can save a lot of time and get through more surveys faster if you don’t have to type in your name and other predictable information every time you do a new survey.
Making a survey job work at home is easy if you know what you are doing. Just treat it like a job and find ways to get the surveys done quickly in order to earn well.

Grant Writing Jobs – A High Demand Writing Career

The case of Blundell v Governing Body of St Andrews Catholic Primary School and Another [2007], concerned a woman who claimed that she was discriminated on the grounds of her pregnancy. Regulation 18 of the Maternity and Parental Leave (etc) Regulations 1999 ("the Regulations") provides:

'(2) An employee who returns to work ... is entitled to return from leave to the job in which she was employed before her absence, or, if it is not reasonably practicable for the employer to permit her to return to that job, to another job which is both suitable for her and appropriate for her to do in the circumstances'.

Regulation 2(1) provides:

'"Job" in relation to an employee returning after ... maternity leave ... means the nature of the work which she is employed to do in accordance with her contract and the capacity and place in which she is so employed'.

The claimant was a teacher at the first respondent school. In the school year 2002 to 2003 she was given the responsibility of being a teacher for the yellow reception class. In June 2003, she told the second respondent, who was the head teacher, that she was pregnant.

The head teacher's standard practice towards the end of the school year was to ask each teacher what their preferences were on class allocation for the coming academic year. She usually tried to keep each teacher in a particular role for two years. Having been told of the impending maternity leave, the head teacher asked the claimant if she would undertake "floating duties" in the following year.

The claimant originally agreed, however, the next day told the head teacher that she did not wish to have a "floating role". The head teacher then told the claimant that she had decided, reluctantly due to her concern about the disruption to the children, to allow the claimant to teach reception yellow again.

Subsequently, on the 5th of December, before the end of the school term, the claimant took sick leave because she was suffering from a pregnancy related condition. She then had her baby in January 2004. She was not due to return to work until the start of the autumn term and the head teacher did not ask her for her preference as to class allocation in June 2004.

Shortly before her return to work the head teacher offered her the option of a "floating role" or class teacher of class two. The claimant opted for the latter, although she had never taught year two previously and, on her case, year two involved heavy responsibility.

The claimant subsequently presented a claim for sex discrimination in the employment tribunal, complaining that she had suffered a number of detriments by reason of her pregnancy. The tribunal dismissed the claim and so the claimant appealed to the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

On appeal, an issue arose as to the meaning of "job" in the phrase "the job in which she was employed before her absence" in regulation 18(2) of the Regulations.

The appeal tribunal held as follows:

The aim of the Regulations was to provide that a returnee came back to a work situation as near as possible to that she left. The purpose of the Regulations was continuity, preferably avoiding dislocation. The contract was not definitive. The phrase "in accordance with her contract" qualified only the 'nature' of the work. The tribunal felt that capacity was more than 'status', although might encompass it. It was deemed a factual label and so was descriptive of the function which the employee served in doing work of the nature she did. The fact that it was a factual label, and so not determined purely by the contract, was most readily demonstrated by considering the word 'place', which was also not purely contractual.

The level of specificity with which the three matters 'nature', 'capacity' and 'place' were to be addressed was critical and the central question was how the level of specificity should be determined and by whom.

The question was essentially one of factual determination and judgment and hence for the tribunal at first instance.

In approaching the question, the tribunal had to have in mind both the purposes of the legislation and the fact that the Regulations themselves provided for exceptional cases. These exceptional cases being where it was not reasonably practicable for the employer to permit her to return to her previous job, the employer might provide for her return to another job which was both suitable for her and appropriate for her to do in the circumstances.

The legislation sought to ensure that there was as little dislocation as reasonably possible in her working life, and given that the purpose of the legislation was to protect the employee there was no need to construe 'the same job' as covering a broad spectrum of work in order to ensure an appropriate balance between employer and employee.

The term "Job" could be quite specifically defined. Leeway was provided by an employer being able to provide a job which was not the same job, but was still suitable. Where a precise position was variable, a tribunal was not obliged to freeze time at the precise moment its occupant took maternity leave, but might have regard to the normal range within which variation had previously occurred.

In this case, the tribunal had given the right answer on the findings of fact it had made.

Throughout its decision was the theme that the claimant could be required to teach any class as asked by her head, and that was a real, not simply a theoretical requirement deriving from the contract alone.

§ The nature of her work, according to her contract, was as a teacher.

§ Her capacity, as a matter of fact, was viewed more realistically as a class teacher than as a teacher of reception yellow.

§ The place of work could not be said to be the reception classroom, but the school.

The post the claimant returned to was the same post, if the level of specificity was properly to be regarded as 'teacher'. If it was temporarily more specific, because the precise post varied, the question was whether the job on return fell outside the boundary of what was permissible. It was clear that the tribunal found that it was not outside the normal range of variability which the claimant could have expected.

It was therefore held that the appeal would be dismissed on all grounds save that in relation to the failure to ask the claimant in June 2004 to state a preference as to the class she wished to take in the following year.

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If you love to write, are highly organized, and enjoy working for a good cause, grant writing may be the perfect career for you. With more than 1.5 million nonprofits and thousands more organizations depending on grants in the United States alone, grant writers are in high demand.
Grant writers are an integral part of the development or fundraising field. The term “grant writer” is a bit of a misnomer since grant writers actually write
to get grants. Writing is just one part of the their job. They also help develop programs, research potential funders, and draft reports and letters to donors. Grant professionals come from a variety of backgrounds, including social workers, English majors and scientists. The most successful share the following skills and traits:
Where Do Grant Writers Work?
A typical day on the job varies dramatically depending on the size of the organization and the scope of the position. Grant writers who work at larger organizations are usually “specialists” while those working at smaller organizations are “generalists.” The majority of grant writing jobs fall into the latter category, where you will not only be responsible for drafting proposals but will also be charged with researching donors and managing grants that have been awarded. The typical duties of a generalist are:

How Much Money Do They Make?
There is no specific college degree in grant writing. The vast majority of professional grant writers have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a college or university with a major in English, the social sciences, liberal arts, science, or social work. Majors with coursework that emphasizes writing and research provide a good foundation for the career. While books and Internet resources on grant writing are available, if you are serious about the field, classes and workshops conducted by experienced grant professionals will provide a more comprehensive overview of writing grants. Many include hands-on exercises including working on actual grant proposals. This training is crucial to landing internships and jobs in the field.
The job outlook is very good, especially in today’s difficult economy. Now more than ever, nonprofit organizations rely heavily on private grant dollars to support their programs and services. Grants from foundations, corporations, and organizations are crucial to keep programs running, and grant writers are needed for their expertise in securing these funds.
Grant writing is a field of professional writing where you can make a steady and lucrative living as a writer. Job opportunities are available with nonprofit organizations, schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, or as a freelance contractor.

A Dozen Tips for Staying Motivated in Your Job Search

Of all the social networking sites out there, the best one for finding employment, is LinkedIn. The premise for LinkedIn is to get in touch with your network of previous colleagues, classmates and friends. It takes a "six degrees of separation" approach and when you connect with your immediate network (first degree), you are also able to see to whom they are connected and so on up to three degrees. If you are interested in reaching out to one of your network's connections, you ask to be introduced. With over 37 million people already on LinkedIn, the network you may have access to is huge.

In addition to the paid job postings in which companies advertise on LinkedIn, Recruiters search LinkedIn for candidates for their positions. When you enter your profile information, it is like displaying your resume for the recruiters and hiring managers to find. You can also go one step further and ask previous colleagues to recommend you, which is where they write a paragraph or two endorsing you through their experience working with you. It's like having a reference letter for anyone to see!

So how do you get started on LinkedIn? Go to the LinkedIn website and go through the steps to sign up. When you are asked about your contact preferences, be sure to choose the category "career opportunity" so that recruiters and hiring managers feel comfortable contacting you regarding a job they may have.  Enter all of your information as if you were writing your resume, including key words, duties and accomplishments. You may even use your resume for this step. Once you are comfortable that you are appropriately represented, begin inviting people to connect to you. You will need their email addresses to do this step, unless they come up when you search on previous employers. In that case, if they've listed the same company, you will be given the opportunity to connect to them. You will see people responding to your invitations right away. 

Once you become connected, ask individuals to endorse you. Here is where they have the opportunity to describe their experience working with you. A good way to ask for this favor, is to write an endorsement for them first. Everyone likes to be able to show off positive words that others have to say about their efforts. And you can bet that any recruiters or hiring managers who view your profile will be looking for endorsements to get a pre-reference, if you will.

Consider updating your status to tell your network what you are looking for in your job search. Make it brief, such as "looking for a new opportunity in the Los Angeles area in Sales" or whatever your field is. This alerts people that you are actively looking - it's like having your own classified ad for hundreds, even thousands to see. 

Building your network is an on-going endeavor. You should continue to build it long after you get your next job, as it's good to keep your network fresh and active. You may wish to add people with whom you interview as you go through the job search process.

Utilizing LinkedIn for your job search is a great way to maximize your network to help you land that perfect job!

They are: constant rejection, constant failure, and lack of control. Don’t let them make you inactive and lacking in confidence.
: Every minute you spend thinking about your past job is a minute robbed from your future. And anyway, your previous employer is no longer paying you for thinking about them; you’re giving them free consulting time.
It is human nature to spend more time thinking about your weaknesses than your strengths, but getting a job and being successful in a career depends more on your strengths than your weaknesses.
The goal of “getting a job” isn’t enough. See in your minds eye the job you want, in detail.
Practice interviewing, get input on your résumé, get appropriate job search and career counseling and help. Remember, “good enough” isn’t good enough.
About 70% of jobs are obtained through some form of personal contact (such as personal networking and utilizing recruiters). Less than 10% of jobs are obtained through the Internet; so why spend 95% of your time on the Internet?
Make a specific schedule listing your resources, actions, problems, solutions, expected results, and deadlines.
We all have excuses for why we’re not making the calls we need to make, or writing the letters we need to write. For example, don’t pamper yourself into thinking that you can make a job search call only when you’re “in the mood.”
Getting a job is a numbers game; the more potential employers you get in front of, the better your chances not only of getting a job, but getting the kind of job you want.
Being a professional is not a function of how you are treated by others or whether they recognize your skills. Being a professional happens when you behave like a professional. And the most important time to behave like a professional is when you are NOT being treated like one.
Everyone knows that, but then everyone tries to make everything stand out in a resume. Can’t be done! You have to be ruthless in deciding what is most important, and put that first. It will help your motivation.
Sure, everyone talks about their experience and their skills, but companies hire because they need someone to help them solve their problems and achieve their goals. That’s what to focus on.

How to Apply For Jobs That Are Not Advertised Online?

A cover letter is as easy to come by as going to "Google", or some other search engine, and typing in "sample cover letter". There are thousands upon thousands of options out there ready to have information plugged into the appropriate spots and sent out. However, a cover letter like this is generic. The definition of generic is: characteristic of or relating to a class or group of things; not specific. Not specific indeed, that doesn't tell us much. Let's look at a couple synonyms-- general, common, nonspecific, no-name. Those aren't very flattering words are they? That is exactly the type of impression a generic cover letter gives. It is a big flashing neon sign that the applicant is generic. It also says to the hiring manager that if the applicant cannot manage to do the work needed to create a personalized cover letter, perhaps they are not committed to doing any work whatsoever.

The key to landing a job interview, and most likely the position, is writing a clear, concise, and attention-grabbing cover letter. A cover letter should make a statement about the applicant, about their qualifications and skills, and about their enthusiasm about their job. It should say everything in as few of a words as possible. This is where generic cover letters fall short, as well. Generic cover letters use basic, rudimentary words which do not keep the reader's attention or invoke any sort of feeling in them. Writing a cover letter is very much like writing a store in that it has to be compelling, and the word choice is extremely important.

A cover letter is meant to sell one's expertise and abilities in order to land a job position. By using a generic cover letter, none of an applicant's own personality or passion is included. The applicant may as well be a robot for all the hiring manager could know. Company's aren't looking to hire robots though, and generic cover letters just are not made to fit the job. Company's are looking to hire real people, with real experience, and real drive which they will throw behind the company. Therefore, a personalized cover letter which conveys these things are the only way to ensure a job interview.

In the thousands of sites mentioned earlier, every one of them will make promises of how their cover letter is a guaranteed way to get an interview. Some of the sites may even promise that their cover letter is so personalized that it will be just like it was written by you. However, that's just not true. Generic cover letters, no matter how "personalized" the site claim, have a completely different feel than truly personal cover letters. Everyone has different job skills, flaws and strengths, and experience and it is impossible for one generic cover letter to cover all possible angles. Don't fall for the gimmick, and remember the same type of sales pitch which even makes people consider using a generic cover letter is the same type of pitch one needs to use when selling themselves to a potential employer.

What this all boils down to is, take the time to write a cover letter for each particular job. Yes, this is going to be a more involved process but the rewards are going to be greater. Instead of needing to send out one hundred resumes with generic cover letters, there will only be a need to circulate a select number of personalized cover letters. This will allow the ability to choose the perfect job and encourage one to get excited about the potential of the position. It is not about quantity, it is about quality. In general, for every one hundred cover letters one sends out, they will only receive a response to ten percent. This does not mean the response will be favorable either. Between the option of sending out one hundred generic cover letters, with the return response of ten percent, or twenty personalized cover letters with the return response of thirty percent, which seems like the best method? Additionally, with the latter option, the responses are going to be favorable at least half the time.

Don't fall into the rut of using a generic cover letter. Strive to create a personalized one catered to the specific job you are applying for and see how easy job searching can really be.

If you have searched and applied for jobs online but never got any replies then it is about time you need to know how to apply for jobs that are not advertised online. Most of the employers have already switched to on-line job advertisement but some jobs are still advertised in local newspapers, supermarkets, restaurants and local offices.
First step is to start looking in local newspapers, spread out the words to your family and friends that you are available for work. After finding a job yourself by visiting companies / supermarkets etc or a hint from someone the next step is to apply for it. As long as you meet the criteria, the process is quite simple; you need to let the employer know that you are interested in that position.
There are a number of ways to apply for a job; some companies have an application process so the resume is not necessary while others would like you to submit your resume and a cover letter. A job that can change your life for the better requires a well thought out planning.
An email, a call or a visit to companies asking them about job openings, how to apply for jobs and application process will give you the courage and idea about the company. You might be directed to the hiring manager who will either ask you to come in and fill out an application or ask you to send your resume and cover letter by post or by email. They will also tell you to whom should the letter be addressed.
If they ask you to visit the company and fill out an application form, do not forget to bring original and photocopies of your necessary educational certificates, work experience letters etc with you. Before you visit the company it is a good idea to practice writing punchy paragraphs about your qualifications, skills and work experiences. While filling out an application form inside the company in front of others you have little time to think about the questions and it is best to practice before visiting the company.
If they ask you to send your resume with a covering letter, you must make sure that they are both specific to the job. Your potential employer might have a number of applicants for the job and your covering letter and resume must stand out from all the others.
A badly written cover letter with spelling and grammatical mistakes will not give a first good impression. It is also important to get someone to read your cover letter and resume for mistakes. It is natural that you might miss out your mistakes which the others will point out. Your cover letter must include why you think you are suitable for this job but try to keep it concise and simple.
Once submitted or sent the next step in applying for that job is to follow up. Many employers are not quick in following up. If the job is already filled they might not even get back to you. Sometimes the companies only follow up those candidates who they are interested in and not everyone who applied for the job. Do not feel bad if you do not get a response. You tried your best but that job was not for you.
You might have thought that you were the only perfect candidate for the job but unfortunately in the eyes of the employer you might not. So do not stop and wait after following up, if you get a positive response then keep following up until you get an interview call. Even after interview do not consider yourself hired until you receive a written conformation from that company about the job you are interested in. That is when you know that you are hired.

The Importance of Employment History Verification

Your resume writing ability and your personal Internet presence are critical to reducing the amount of time it takes to land a career opportunity. Some say it takes on average 1-month for every $10,000 of annual income you earn to find your next job when you are out of work. I'm not so sure I agree with the correlation, but I do agree that as you move up the corporate food chain it can take longer to land that next assignment. For some executives it can take longer than they can financially stand to wait.

What's worse is to a certain degree hiring is also somewhat seasonal. It probably won't shock anyone to learn summer is typically the slowest hiring season of the year. This can be extremely tough on a job seeker's moral - especially if they aren't aware of the seasonality associated with hiring. If you aren't landing that next opportunity during the summer months, it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with your employability.

Do you find yourself (or know someone) in a situation where you need or want to conduct a proactive job search campaign?

Regardless of your reasons, need, or desire to engage in a proactive job search, conducting a proactive job search can be one of the most frustrating challenges for anyone at any level and at any point in their career. Why? Because the outcome is often a function of timing, and has nothing to do with how marketable you are. That said, increasing your marketability and exposure to opportunity only improves your ability to capitalize on being in the right place at the right time to take that next step in your career.

With the right strategy and approach not only can your increase your exposure to more opportunity, you can also increase your exposure to better opportunities.

It isn't complicated, but it can be a lot of hard work and it's critical you have access to the right tools to get the job done.

The first thing to realize when embarking on a proactive job search campaign is that it all starts with your resume writing skills if you are going outside of your immediate "friends & family" business contact network.

Most executives fall into the trap of trivializing the importance of having the best possible resume by saying, "I communicate my value and the substance of my career best in an interview."

If your resume isn't -pin sharp- in its ability to concisely articulate your unique differentiated career value proposition by quantifying the scope and scale of responsibility you've held and the business impact your efforts have produced in a -measurable- way for each position you've held in your career, you are dead before you even start. You will simply get lost in the pile of resumes that end up in electronic or physical recycle bins without a second thought - let alone without an interview.

You really need to understand the quality, content and format of your resume (especially for an executive) is a strong reflection of your capabilities and focus.

Executives are given a -measurable- scope and scale of responsibility, and they are paid to produce -measurable- business impact. Nobody is paid to simply produce effort.

It is amazing how many executive resumes fail to articulate this -measurable- information. Most resumes contain nothing more than unquantified statements of effort that beg the question: "That's nice, so what did that effort produce in the form of any -measurable- business impact?"

Don't fall into the trap of poor resume writing that fails to articulate your -measurable- scope and scale of responsibility, and the -measurable- business impact you've driven in your resume.

Also give serious thought to abandoning the traditional 1-2 page resume format. Constraining yourself to a traditional 1-2 page resume format is the equivalent of committing job search suicide. Instead, focus on devoting enough physical space to adequately differentiate your career. Why? Because if you try to jam your career value proposition into a 1-2 page resume, you risk being lost in a sea of 1-2 page vanilla resumes.

Some may think this is heresy, but it is simply common sense.

If you are trying to differentiate yourself, it probably isn't a good idea to have a resume that looks like everybody else's.

Want to see how -everybody- else looks? Just look at the -AFTER- "Samples" that e-Resume (examples), Career-Resumes (examples), and even Monster's Resume Center (examples) touts as massively differentiating "Stellar" resumes to see how -EVERYBODY- looks when they constrain themselves to this 1-2 page criteria.

If your goal is to conform and look like EVERYBODY else - and as a result - compete head-to-head in today's job market, then by all means follow their advice. If you want to change the game in your favor and get interviews that others with the same vanilla resumes won't - then don't follow their advice. Simply ask yourself if you want to work for someone that believes the length of someone's resume is a valid hiring criterion, and make your own decision.

Be very careful in reacting to feedback that "Your resume is too long." Why? Because the -only- person you should listen to that comments on the length of your resume is someone that can actually benefit by hiring you. Any other feedback is coming from someone that does not need to hire you, and as such can't benefit from the information that is actually in your resume (i.e., the feedback is totally out of context).

Don't put your success in the hands of a "professional resume writer". Why? Just ask yourself, who knows better what the value of your career accomplishments are - you or someone else that hasn't even come close to having a career like yours? Would you leave the execution of your career responsibilities up to your secretary? Of course not. Then why would you consider depending on someone else's resume writing skills by letting someone else represent/articulate your career accomplishments and value proposition by letting them write your resume?

Are you willing to bet it's because your career isn't a strong fit? Are you willing to bet your resume couldn't be improved?

The only thing standing between you and being able to write a -pin sharp- resume that differentiates your career value proposition - is having access to the right tools.

I wrote an article about 3 years ago called:

That's a pretty good place to start. It discusses many things a job seeker can do to increase their coverage and exposure to possible employment opportunities.

provides job search advice on topics such as resume writing, how to approach recruiters, to how to build a personal Internet presence so someone can actually find you in Google and much more.

After you're written the best possible resume, then the challenge shifts to your personal Internet presence. In other words, can you be found when someone does a search on your name in Google? Do you have an Internet presence? Execunet surveyed their executive recruiters and found 63% of them Google a candidate before reaching out to them and half make a determination whether or not to reach out to a candidate based on what they do or don't find. The easiest way to create an Internet presence is to join an on-line networking platform that gives you not only the ability to build a profile, but to also create other content such as blogs and articles. A networking site with high traffic combined with constantly changing content will rank high in search engines typically. LinkedIn his a site with high traffic, but all of the content is static. Ecademy is a site with reasonably high traffic, but most of the content is contently changing as a result of all of the blogging and article traffic that the members post. As such, a member profile on Ecademy will typically rank much higher than a corresponding member profile on LinkedIn when doing a search on the member's name in Google.

Essentially, any content you create on an on-line networking site that combines reasonable traffic and more importantly contantly changing content will create a kind of preferential ranking scenario in search engines that you can use to your advantage to build a personal Internet presence.

By leveraging a "search engine" friendly networking platform you can quickly create a visible Internet presence. Combine this with other blogging and article publishing activity and your ready to be found by a recruiter.

So take control of the outcome by getting proactive with your job search.

Happy Networking.

Employment history verification is essential for many reasons. Job applicants may lie on their resume to cover up previous employment problems, and even periods of imprisonment that they obviously do not want to reveal in an application for a new job. You are obliged not only by law, but morally, to make as sure as you possibly can that your employees are not harmed through your employment of an unsuitable candidate.
Your verification procedure should detect any false dates of employment provided, any exaggeration of positions or responsibilities held and the possibility of fictitious employers being named. Why does this happen? Why do some candidates feel it necessary to fabricate their resumes or CVs in this way? It is, in fact, not all that uncommon, and there have been some prominent cases reported in the press. Let’s examine some reasons why people do this.
A very common reason for stating false periods of employment with specific companies is to hide dismissal for inappropriate behavior, violence to other employees or theft. Any one of these could provide a good reason for finding an employer guilty of negligible hiring, and this itself introduces a problem. While it is essential that you identify these applicants, the previous employers might be loathe to provide details to you that could indicate them to have been negligent. Sometimes only a professional investigator can get to the truth of these situations.
Another reason is to hide a period of conviction, so someone released from prison can be confident of finding employment quickly. It is easier to provide a fictitious employer, or extend the period of the previous employment. Such temptations can be irresistible to a person desperate to find employment.
If questioned on the reasons for the job changes indicated on the resume, an applicant can provide a change of state or county, or even the desire for advancement, as a reason. They all sound plausible, there having been plenty of time for rehearsal of the story! Both of these excuses, or reasons, are common and are difficult to disprove if previous employers are loathe to provide full employment details. This is particularly true of lies told regarding positions of responsibility. Many employers will agree to provide employment dates if pushed, but no more. Not even severance details.
If you feel that something is not ringing true, or just feel a little bit nervous about the person you are interviewing, you are advised to have a professional carry out full employment history verification, and even a criminal record investigation. These are not tasks that can be given to an employee untrained in the techniques, and the job is too important to your company to hesitate on. A full employment background check should be carried out because you have a duty of care to your workforce.
If the position offered demands a certain level of management experience or seniority, then a few applicants will be tempted to exaggerate their previous employment. There are many recorded instances of candidates for senior positions falsifying their resumes in this way, and being offered the position only to be found out at a later date. This type of falsification is stupid because you will eventually be found lacking in the skills you should have had were your claims true.
You must carry out a full employee background check on all applicants to whom you are considering offering a job. The law requires that you take all steps to avoid negligent hiring, and failing to carry out employment history verification checks is regarded as employment negligence. The cost to your company can be crippling if someone you hired went on to injure another employee, or even just steal from them.
Sometimes other employers can be difficult when asked for employment history, but if you provide them with a completed release of information form they should have no grounds for refusal. A professional can deal with this, since they do it every day. In fact, frequently, just asking the candidate to sign the release form when they make the application is sufficient to put them off.
If an applicant refuses to complete such a release form, then don’t employ them. The same should apply if previous employers refuse to provide full employment histories, and in such a case you should inform the applicant why they are not being considered for the job.
You must carry out a suitable and sufficient employment history verification to meet your own legal obligations, and you can have no excuses for failing to do so. You can try to do it yourself, or have one of your employees do it, but you are better advised to employ a professional in employee screening to carry out a professional job for you. You will then be able to sleep well at night without worry.

Top 10 Internet Income Opportunities

During tough economic times many working professionals have unintentionally joined the ranks of the unemployed. Living without a steady paycheck can obviously be devastating both financially and emotionally. However, motivated individuals find that a lay off is the perfect opportunity to jump-start a new career as their own boss.

Fluctuations in the economy are definitely making entrepreneurs out of some people who weren't self-employed just a few months ago. The fact is, job seeker's have to find creative ways to make a living. The most important thing is not to get caught in a pit of despair, but to take stock on what you really want both now and in the future.

Taking swift action is critical. If you can find a way to turn your passion into a money-making venture then you are half-way there to being self-employed. After all, how many of us go to work every day because we have to? How many of us like our jobs? Wouldn't we all rather work in a business climate we love? Perhaps self-employment is an option.

While taking stock of what you want in a career as your own boss it's important to create strategy for both the short and long term. Where will your self-employed career be in 3 months? Where should it be in 6 months? Also, it is important to document some of your long-term goals. These can be broad; however, they need to be attainable - even if only in small increments. For example, a long-term goal could be to turn a profit in a certain time period.

It's also important to face the facts and not take a big detour from your career objectives. At some point you may need to pull the plug on your entrepreneurial venture and you have to know when to anticipate that time.

That being said - don't be afraid of failure. Most new small businesses do fail within five years. According to the Small Business Administration two-thirds of new business ventures survive for two years, but after four years only 44 percent survive. Be aware of the most common hurdles small businesses face and understand why they fail. As your own boss you are taking on responsibility for the entire operation so you have to be proactively aware of potential problems.

It's important to have a clear understanding of the financial and operational functions of your business so you can adapt to change as necessary. Avoid pitfalls that will over-extend your company by taking on too much debt. It's also essential to prepare for unexpected changes in the business climate.

Too many employers were caught off guard by the current economic climate and weren't prepared to weather the storm. While your venture may not be affected by changing financial markets, you could be more directly affected by the change in electrical rates or unforeseen event for example. If you live in an area potentially affected by hurricanes or earthquakes you must be prepared for a disaster situation. Most businesses that survive for more than five years proactively plan for these unforeseen events.

The self-employed individual must also have a firm grasp of any liabilities they have; day-in and day-out. The structure of a business defines the liability assumed by the business owner. If you don't incorporate or structure your business properly, then your venture is assumed to be a sole proprietorship.

This is not a recommended business structure for anyone operating a business with big dollars at stake. In many states where a business is under a sole proprietorship, the owner's assets are tied in with the assets of the business. Potential legal problems can arise in any kind of business; even for the self-employed Internet worker.

This is why it is important to seek legal advice and follow up with your attorney at least twice a year. Try to find a lawyer who will work with you - maybe only 4 hours a year. While legal help is expensive it is well worth it. An attorney can advise you of the proper business structure and even take care of the incorporation process if needed.

For assistance in making the transition to becoming self-employed, please contact us? We are staffed with a team of experienced professionals who can help.

A lot of money can be made on the Internet.Here are the 10 Top Income Opportunities:
1.Affiliate Programs – Affiliate Programs are very commonly used to generate online income. All the website owner needs to do is to sign up as an affiliate with the merchant, and then paste the merchant’s code onto their website. Any sales generated through such links entitle the affiliate to a commission. There are many websites that offer affiliate programs and one such website is
2. Auctions – Online auctions are online flea markets in which participants bid for products and services over the Internet.With online auctions, there are sellers, bidders, winners, and losers, just like the local auctions. Sellers can sell items by the piece or in lots. Auctioned items which has been won must be paid by the winners.eBay is the most popular online auction website today.
3. Bloggings – Blogging refers to someone posting material on a blog, which is an online journal. Blogs can be used to make money by directing traffic to a particular product or website. These web logs can help you get more business and earn higher profits. You can also post affiliate links on your blog and earn commissions for promoting other people’s products and services.More information on blogging can be found at
4. Foreclosure – A foreclosure is the process by which a mortgage lender takes ownership of a property due to default of payment by the homeowner. Mortgage lenders often sell foreclosed homes at auction. Investors or potential homeowners can purchase these homes at reduced prices.
A foreclosure is a great investment because you can buy the home cheap and then resell it to someone else at fair market value. More information on foreclosure can be found at
5. Forex – Forex refers to the Foreign Exchange .You can use Forex to trade currencies and make money. The forex market exists wherever one currency is traded for another. The average daily trade in the global forex and related markets currently is over US$3 trillion.Trading in forex do have its risks. You should study the market thoroughly and trade accordingly before you start trading in forex.More information on forex can be found at
6. Freelance – Freelancing is a great alternative to working in the 9-to-5 world. As a freelace, you are your own boss that offers your professional services to your clients. Instead of as an employee, you operate as a business or independent contractor. Freelance careers are available in many different fields, from writing to web design to accounting. To earn a living as a freelancer, you’ll first want to conduct some research on your field and the freelancing world. More information on freelance can be found at
7. Jobs & Careers – An online job search is a method used to find employment. Many people are turning to online job searching to find a job rather than using traditional methods such as the newspaper classifieds and the yellow pages. There are several online jobsites such as, which enables you to search for jobs in various locations or using different keywords to find potential job matches. You can access both onsite and online jobs through these databases.More information on jobs and careers can be found at
8. Paid Surveys – Companies conduct surveys or hire survey firms to learn more about their consumers’ spending habits. These companies pay people to conduct such surveys. Payments range from a few cents to a few dollars. There are a lot of companies online that offer paid surveys to online users.If you wish to earn a lot of money ,then take more survey assignments. More information on online surveys can be found at
9. Wholesale Drop Shipping – Wholesale drop shipping is when the supplier or wholesaler of a product ships a product directly to the customer on behalf of the retailer. The retailer pays wholesale price and shipping to the supplier and charges the customer retail price. Retailers who use wholesale drop shipping can turn over a quick profit without having to mess with inventory or shipping.
You can make money online with wholesale drop shipping by becoming a retailer.All you have to do is create an account with a drop shipper and then create a website advertising the products offered by your vendor. The products can also be advertised on the online auction sites such as eBay or Ubid. More information on wholesale drop shipping can be found at
10. Work at Home Opportunities – Working from home, or telecommuting, is becoming increasingly popular these. When you work from home, you don’t have the gas, daycare, eating out, and other expenses associated with working at an outside job.There are several online work-at-home job directories such as Search Anything Worldwide that can aid in your job search.
There are also several online work-at-home job directories and websites such at Early Planet and World Income Pages that can aid in your search. You can use any of the above methods to earn a good living online.

The Legitimate Work From Home Employment

If you are looking for a way to make money with online home jobs, then you should give rebate processing a serious consideration. Why? Well, the fact that it has been nominated the top work from home jobs opportunity in 2007 carries a lot of weight and for good reasons. Read this article to find out more.

The first question that most people have is, "are they legitimate?" Well, yes and no. Don't get me wrong, rebate processing is a genuine online home job that you can make real money from. The fact is scams are all over the internet, but worry not I will show you how to pick them out.

Posting questions in forums is one of the best ways to determine if an online job opportunity is genuine. You'll be surprised how fast news travels in forums. You can also visit their nearest office if it's convenient and see if the men business. Their addresses can usually be found on their websites. If not, contact their support to get them.

The second question most people have about rebate processing work from home jobs is, "what does this job require me to do?" Simple, there are just three easy steps to it. The first step is to receive customers information and this is updated 24/7. The working hours is completely up to you. You are your own boss. You choose when to work and when not to work.

In the second step, you need to verify the customers information. What you do here is compare the information you have to that provided by the company. The third and the last step is to confirm if the information is correct. If they are, then send that person a rebate. That's it, if you can read and write English you can do this job.

Now for the payment. You make $15 for every rebate you process. Doesn't seem much? What if you process 20 rebates a day, that's $300 in your pocket. Most people can do up to five rebates in an hour, earning them a hefty $75 per hour! Does that ring the bell now? It sure does for me.

For the past to years this has been one of the most popular work from home jobs. This has definitely been the result and feedback from the surveys I have done on my websites and on websites that are on the online home jobs niche.

Article marketing helps to establish your credibility by showing that you know what you’re writing about. Article marketing draws attention when your articles provide the information that people are already looking for. Article marketing has several useful reasons to make it your first choice. They can be the most cost effect piece of your campaign, they are quick to produce, they show expertise, they promote your product, service, website, and they ad fresh original content to your website or blog.
Paid surveys are an excellent way to work from home online. You can earn extra money just for giving your opinion. Paid per lead is where You can choose affiliate networks where different advertisers offer their banners codes and links that will display their banners on your site along with tracking of your sales and leads.There is legitimate work from home employment, do some small research and you’ll be on your way.
Marketing is the key to generating traffic so you can convert prospects into customers. Over time you will learn what works for your business and what does not. Marketing involves learning how to use the tools provided by the program to get customers and sign ups for the opportunity. Don’t underestimate the power of marketing, because it is the tool that can make or break your business. Marketing research companies and corporations pay big bucks to get answer about their products. This process helps them with their product development, providing information that is priceless to their success.
Data entry online, freelance writers and affiliate programs are my favorite ones, you do make money with them, at least works for me because I like to spend time online, advertise and write small articles. I do put time into it. Data entry jobs are available everywhere. Online companies are always willing to hire people who can provide good content to put on their websites.
Remember, you are not getting a regular salary so your financial security depends on how much you can deliver. Remember that profit depends on expenditure being lower than income. You will almost certainly have some start up costs but keep these as low as you can.

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Are you applying for a job as a retail store manager? If so, it is only natural to be nervous about the job interview and all those job interview questions. If you are looking for some help on answering some of the most commonly asked questions, please keep reading on.

Why are you interested in retail?

Please note that unless the job interviewers asks "why are you interested in retail management," this question is more geared towards the retail environment as a whole. Lets face it, working in retail can be a hard and stressful job (despite what some people believe). The best answers for retail management interview questions like this include: the past-paced environment, the ability to work in a consumer-driven industry, and so forth.

What are some responsibilities you associate with a retail management position?

This is a tricky question, but one that can easily be answered with a small amount of research. Do a quick search online to learn about the company and their store management positions. I bet you will find some information on common responsibilities and then some. It is important to not underestimate the responsibilities associated with retail management or give off the impression that you'd only do the bare minimum. For example, some smaller retail store managers must do more than just work in the office. They are commonly required to run a register during a rush, help stockers unload trucks, and so forth.

How many hours would you be willing to work each week?

This is another tricky question that might feel as if it is a trap. You don't want to say too many hours because then you might be expected to work them. But, you don't want to say too few hours because you don't want to seem like a manager who will hit the road whether or not the necessary tasks are done. The best answers for retail management interview questions like this include doing two things. First, research the average number of hours a manager works each week for the company or simply state "as many hours as it requires getting the job done."

How would you handle a problem or dispute in the workplace?

One of the first things you want to do is mention that your response would depend on the situation in question. For example, you might handle a store employee who steals differently than a store employee who shows up late to work from time to time. It is best to stay that you would step back and take a close look at the situation and ask yourself a number of questions; where any laws broken, was a zero-tolerance workplace policy violated, what is the employee's history, what damage was done, and can this employee fix the problem if given a second chance?

Now that you are familiar with some of the best answers for retail management interview questions, are you ready to start your job search?

When it comes to hanging drywall, there are certain tools you must use to get the job done right. The same rule applies for even the tiniest detail, like drywall screws. There are several options for drywall fasteners, but not all of them are good choices. The most effective nails and screws are the ones that provide a sturdy, long-lasting hold, while at the same time allowing for the proper amount of countersinking. Continue reading to learn about a few of the most common and effective drywall screws, and how they are applied in drywall installation.
Drywall screws are a little more expensive, but they do provide a stronger hold. There are many drywall fasteners that come in the form of a Philips head, but they are not all the same in terms of performance and value. The screw you choose will largely depend in the drywall application you have in store, but also on the quality of screw you are looking for. Here are four of the most common drywall screws used to hang gypsum:
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There are also several types of drywall nails that are effective for fastening smaller parts to a larger base. In fact, there are 3 specific type of drywall nails that are commonly used in drywall installation. These common gypsum board nails include:
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It is highly recommended to hire a licensed contractor for drywall installation and repair. They have the proper training, experience, and resources to provide professional drywall service in a convenient time frame. You don’t want to make the mistake of injuring yourself or damaging your property if you have never hung drywall before!