Monthly Archives: March 2015

Guide to online resume builders

Posted: March 25, 2015 at 2:45 pm

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Resume builders are fantastic online tools that break down the process of creating a resume into a series of simple steps. There are many different types of resume builders to choose from. Some provide customizable templates, others prompt you to answer questions, and others offer the ability to import data from a pre-existing resume, Facebook or LinkedIn. There are even resume builders that will transform your resume into a sophisticated infographic.

While the right resume builder can make the painful task of building a resume surprisingly easy, there is no question that choosing the WRONG resume builder can have unsuspecting users ripping their hair out. That’s because some of the “free” resume builders allow job seekers to create a resume only to charge a fee to print or export a copy of it for their own use. That means the polished resume you spent hours slaving over is being held hostage until you cough up the cash.

In an effort to help you avoid that headache, we’ve created a mini-directory of legitimate resume builder websites. Those that are charging fees are very upfront about their pricing, and the fees being charged are for legitimate add-on services. Let’s begin!

Resume Genius If you’re building a resume from scratch, Resume Genius is a nice place to start. Job seekers simply choose a template, enter contact information, employment history, and job responsibilities. However, the real reason we like Resume Genius is because they direct you over 50,000 pre-written, ATS friendly job descriptions. That’s key because these are the terms and keywords used by search engines to select your resume from an enormous pool of competing applicants. The only quibble that we have with Resume Genius is that you can’t import your data from Linked In which is a commonly available feature in other resume building aps.

ResumUp We’re giving ResumUp a very big thumbs up!If you have a LinkedIn or Facebook account, then ResumUp is a fantastic choice. It automatically imports all of your data, and gives you the ability to choose one of six different resume formats. That includes an infographic that does a gorgeous job of bringing your work experience to life, and – be still our hearts – another format that is ATS ready. While a basic version of your resume is free, there is an affordable subscription option that gives you a little more creative freedom and a personal URL for your resume as well for only $4.00/month.

Vizualize.me Vizualize.me is a free alternative to ResumUp that transforms your resume with a variety of color schemes, themes and fonts. It lacks the bells and whistles you have access to on ResumUp, but it’s also totally free. You can download, print or share as a url at absolutely no cost.

Kukook Sometimes, simpler is better! No fancy pants graphics. No shareable urls. Just  twenty-seven perfectly polished resume templates available for purchase ranging in price from $4.00-$12.99. After purchasing the template, it’s yours free and clear without any additional fees to edit, update, print or share.

Creddle Like ResumUp and Visualize.me, Creddle will allow you to auto-format your resume manually or by importing your work history from LinkedIn. There are nine customizable templates available that you can print, share online, export or embed on your own website. Unlike its competitors, Creddle also allows you to create a coordinating cover letter. That’s a fantastic add on!

We hope that these online resume building tools help you put your best foot forward. When you’re done, head over to MyJobHelper and start firing it out to prospective employers. Good luck!

Job Outlook for College Graduates

Posted: March 19, 2015 at 2:53 pm

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College graduates have been scrambling to find a job (any job) over the past five years. They’ve largely found themselves toiling at work for which they’re overqualified, or simply unemployed. However, this year’s college graduates are entering a much rosier job market. Hiring for new graduates is on the upswing in nearly all sectors, and data indicates that this demand is more than just a hiccup.

A variety of factors are driving the need for college educated workers. Companies that were slow to hire in a sluggish economy must finally bring in new blood to meet the demands of their businesses. Additionally, there was a significant number of older workers pushing off retirement to continue working. That significantly reduced the availability of jobs requiring both college and advanced degrees. However, these older workers are finally beginning to leave the workforce in greater numbers.  This has opened up a significant number up career opportunities for the next generation of job seekers.

Of course, that doesn’t mean there’s been a return to business as usual. It’s not Fortune 500 companies creating new jobs in 2015. Rather, it’s smaller start-up companies creating most of the new positions. While a start-up company may hire on a much smaller scale, the sheer number of these companies in existence has yielded a large collective increase.

It’s also worth mentioning that those with advanced degrees will also have an easier time entering the job market. With the exception of graduating attorneys, M.B.A.s, PhDs, associate’s degrees, and professional degrees have all seen significant jobs growth as well.

Are you graduating this spring? Use MyJobHelper to find a career opportunity in your chosen field.

 

Body Language In Job Interviews

Posted: March 13, 2015 at 1:50 pm

womanbeinginterviewedshutterstock_47366794Almost everybody remembers the old ad campaign for Dry Idea deodorant, “Never let them see you sweat!” That’s because truer words have yet to be spoken about how important it is to remain cool, calm and composed in professional situations. Of course, that includes job interviews. Check out our list of tips on how to take control of your body so that the message to hire YOU is being received loud and clear. 

The 15 Highest Paid Entry-Level Jobs

Posted: March 12, 2015 at 4:12 pm

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As the cost of college tuition spirals ever higher, students would be well-advised to identify top paying entry-level jobs with promising career paths at the outset. In an effort to aid both college students and graduates in this search, we’ve compiled this list of entry-level jobs sorted by compensation. Please note that these are a sampling of highly paid entry-level jobs, and not a comprehensive, ranked list. Use MyJobHelper to search for positions in your chosen career field, and see how the entry level salary compares to those in other fields. 

Of course, you should remember it’s never all about the money. It doesn’t matter how much cash is being doled out if your chosen career path isn’t personally rewarding. Sometimes, it’s best to rub the dollar signs from your eyes and follow your heart. With a lot of hard work (and a little luck!), money will hopefully follow the pursuit of your passion.