Monthly Archives: December 2010

Online Job Search Tips


Searching for jobs online needs a well-planned strategy. Thanks to the availability of so many job boards, jobseekers now have plenty of jobs at their fingertips. If you know how to use the internet to expedite your job search process, it can prove to be a powerful tool. There some important guidelines and tips that you can follow for searching jobs online. Given below are some of the most important ones.

Build Your Online Portfolio
While it’s good to apply online for jobs of your interest, it is also a good tip to build a website that presents all of your job related information to employers. The website serves as your online portfolio where employers and hiring managers can view your career interests, skill sets and your contact information easily.

Check Our Regional Job Boards
Another useful tip for jobseekers is to narrow down their job search options. You should start your online search by specific regions and industries. In addition, there are multiple regional job boards available as well. Prepare a list of all the regional employment websites and job boards that fit in with your job requirements. Regional websites are a good source of finding jobs in your specific area or region, which may not be available on international job websites.

Get in Touch with Online Recruiters
There are online recruiters available to match you with the right kind of jobs. You can easily find the potential online recruiters and get in touch with them for searching jobs. These recruiters will be able to provide useful links to online headhunters for candidates seeking jobs.

Benefit from Video Resumes
Today, many jobseekers prepare video resume to set themselves apart from other jobseekers. Though video resumes are not replacements of traditional resume, they can help you attract the employers’ attention and gain an extra edge over your competition.

Job Alerts can be Useful
Many job boards and employment websites also offer the facility of utilizing job alerts. After creating your profile on such job boards, you can set job alerts according to your specific requirements. Using job alerts will keep you updated on the newly posted job positions in the industries of your interest.

Expand Your Network
Social networking plays a vital role in getting some valuable job or career related information. In fact, it is networking through which most of the job positions are filled. There are popular social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin that provide you an excellent opportunity to connect with industry professionals, employers, friends, colleagues and co-workers. Therefore, you should continue to build and expand your network of contacts.

Following the above mentioned tips can make your online job search a lot easier. If you want to land jobs quickly, you should prepare yourself to make an effective use of the internet and online job searching resources available out there.

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Using Facebook to Find a Job


There’s no doubt that social media is playing a vital role in helping jobseekers find jobs. Popular social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin are at the forefront. People are spending more and more time on such social media websites. If you too are in search of a job, you can certainly use Facebook to your benefits. Given below are some important tips on how to use Facebook as an effective job search tool.

Profile
Today, hiring managers are increasing using Facebook for checking the background of people they want to hire. If you want to use Facebook to attract employers, you need to customize your profile for receiving the maximum benefits. To keep up a professional image, you need to include only those groups, photos and information that employers will be looking for. Create your profile on Facebook right away and fill it out completely to attract employers’ attention.

Fans & Groups
Most of the large and potential employers are on Facebook. Prepare a list of your targeted employers and search for their Facebook pages. Once you have located similar groups and company profiles, you can join them or become a fan of their pages. It is an excellent way to attract the attention of company’s hiring managers and get your way in for finding jobs.

Friends
Jobseekers must be advised that networking is a powerful tool to find jobs. According to a recent survey, around 70%-80% job positions are filled via professional contacts or references. And Facebook offers a great opportunity to network with industry professionals, co-workers and colleagues. If you spend some time networking with influential people and continue to expand your network of contacts, you can definitely use Facebook for receiving valuable job information. First of all, you need to keep your contacts informed that you are in search of a job. Network with people who can help you find a job with the employers you have targeted.

Current Employees
If you targeted a specific employer, you can easily search for people who are currently employed in that company. For locating employees, you can first find the list of employee names and then search for their Facebook profiles in Google. Send friend request to these employees and add them to your list of contacts. Current employees of a specific company can provide you essential information on current job vacancies.

Portfolio
Turn your Facebook account into a portfolio of your work. Upload your work related information in your account including blog posts, photos and professional organizations you are associated with. If you want to attract employers’ attention for finding a job, you need to include information related to your work or industry you serve.

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Speech Therapist Job Description


Also referred to as speech language pathologists, speech therapists work with patients who are suffering from speech and language disorders. Effective communication is an urgent requirement to achieve career success. That’s why there is a great demand for speech therapists who are employed in rehabilitation facilities, hospitals and schools among others. These professionals may also need to travel from one place to another, depending upon the requirement. Have a look at the job description for more information on this career.

Function
Speech therapists are responsible for creating treatment plans according to the individual requirements of patients. They are trained to deal with a wide variety of language, speech and communication disorders. Speech therapy use different types of diagnostic tests and equipments to provide effective treatment to patients. Speech therapists also prescribe specific exercise to patients by which language and speech disorders can be treated.

Job Duties
Apart from working directly with patients, speech therapists also perform other important duties. They also keep and maintain the records of patients they work with. Apart from treating patients, therapists also counsel the patient’s family in order to help them deal with the frustration that such disorders bring with them. They also provide expert consultation to families for continuing speech therapy exercises at home.

Educational Requirements
If you are passionate about becoming a speech therapist, you should possess a master’s degree in speech language pathology or a relevant field. In addition, you will need to fulfill the licensing requirements. If you want to demonstrate your competency to employers, you can also go on to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence, provided by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. To obtain this credential, you will need a master’s degree from an accredited program, 400 hours of supervised clinical work experience, 36-week-long postgraduate fellowship and clearing the speech-language pathology Praxis test.

Annual Salary
The average annual salary of speech therapists ranges between $41,968 and $66,463. Salaries may vary depending on the type of industry and work experience. In January, 2010, speech therapists employed in the United States earned an average annual salary of around $63,600.

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Dos and Dont’s of Phone Interviews


Though you are talking to the employer or the interviewer over phone from the comfort of your home, phone interviews are not always as easy as you think. There are number of issues that can blow a telephonic interview as easily as in a face-to-face interview. Jobseekers need to know what they should do and they should not to achieve success during a phone interview. Given below are some important dos and don’ts of phone interviewing.

Dos
Do provide your detailed contact information in the cover letter, so that you are easily contactable by employers. Make sure the information is accurate so that employers face no discrepancy while getting in touch with you.

Do make sure that your family members and those living with you understand the important of phone interviewing in the process of your job search.

Do practice telephonic interviewing with one of your closest friends. Get a friend to call for conducting mock phone interview sessions. Practice until you start feeling confident about speaking to the interviewer on phone.

While attending a phone interview, do make sure that you have chosen an appropriate place in your house for the same. Select a place which is quiet and helps you concentrate. A calm and noise-free place will help you read and take notes easily.

Do consider standing while attending a phone interview. Though you can also talk to interviewers sitting in a chair, experts suggest it is best to speak to the interviewer standing. Talking in a standing position makes you sound more professionals as compared to a slouching position when you are sitting in an easy chair.

Don’ts
Don’t feel you need to fill in the air time. You may face some airtime or silences after you have completed responding to a question. If the interviewer takes more time to ask the next question, don’t start babbling on your own. Wait for the next question to answer. If the silences seem to take longer, you can also choose to ask an important question which is related to your previous response.

Don’t cough or sneeze during a phone interview. Avoid these as much as possible. In case you are unable to avoid the same, you can say ‘excuse me’.

Just because the interviewer can’t see you doesn’t mean you can eat or take anything during the telephonic interview. Don’t chew gum or eat something which is noisy while you are speaking to the interviewer or the employer.

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