Links to Finding Jobs
• needthatjob.com - Jobs listed by So-Cal cities/areas
• 4ITProfessionals.com is for IT professionals and budding IT professionals who want the convenience of one place where they can post their resume to technology search sites, and one place where they can search millions of jobs worldwide.
• theladders.com - Jobs paying $100K+
• jobing.com - Find jobs by ZIP code
• clearancejobs.com - Jobs for those with a security clearance
• dice.com - Technical jobs source
• dovecareers.org - Faith-based job recruiter
• rightcareers - Search for jobs via a multitude of parameters
Government Job Sources
• O.C. government jobs
• USAjobs - Official site of U.S. government jobs
• All government jobs
• Government Job Bank
• Careers In Government
SADDLEBACK CHURCH Career Coaching and Counseling
When: Monday Nights
Where: Tent 3 A Lake Forest Campus Event
Start Time: 7 PM
End Time: 9 PM
Community: Career Coaching
The Career Coaching Ministry is design to serve your needs, provide spiritual and professional support in an environment for fellowship with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent in career transition.
The purpose of the ministry is to assist with the development of a job search strategy and networking opportunities. The ministry will support your spiritual development and provide tools to reduce the time spent in transition.
Our weekly meeting utilizes a "buffet menu" format with activity-based tables for participant support.
On the first Monday of every month in the worship center from 7:00-9:00pm Worship center, we have an environment of fellowship where we connect who you know with who you want to know, in addition to connecting you with employed decisions makers.
Please bring resumes and attire is business casual.
For more information please e-mail Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org
Landing the Job - Articles to help you strategize how to land that job.
• glassdoor.com - Employees rate the companies for which they work.
• salary negotiation tutorial
Affordable, Low-Income Housing Resources
• aha! housing
Long Beach Rescue Mission
1430 Pacific Ave. Long Beach, CA 90813
Phone: (562) 591-1292
Gospel Rescue Mission
Phone: (520) 740-1501
Corona, San Bernardino, Ontario, Fontana
23820 Mercury Rd
Lake Forest, CA
New Challenge Ministries
21804 Halldale Ave, Torrance, Ca 92501
Phone: (310) 320-4171
Saddleback Church FOOD BANK
Foothill Ranch, CA
Phone (949) 609-8000
Gregory S. Wood, President
Direct - (949) 425-9281
Mobile - (949) 338-4124
Executive Search/Talent Acquisitions Solutions/Career Development
Jordan Carlisle Human Capital Solutions
Jung Cha, President
8105 Irvine Center Drive, Suite 900
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 936-2539 office (949)-838-5550 cell
email@example.com • jordancarlisle.com
Angelo Cuneo, President
3700 Campus Dr., Suite 100
Newport Beach, CA 92660
P: 1 (949) 442-1980
F: 1 (949) 757-0164
Why It's Important to Have an Updated Resume at All Times
(ARA) - What would you do if tough economic times forced your company to make drastic cutbacks and, without warning, you lost your job?...according to the U.S. Labor Department, nearly 180,000 Americans have already fallen victim to the budget axe, the majority of them in the financial, manufacturing and construction industries.While those who were prepared for the inevitable landed on their feet, most were caught off guard and are likely still looking for work. "With the economic climate being what it is today, it is absolutely critical that you have an updated resume in hand to start sending out immediately after getting the bad news," says Darlene Zambruski, managing editor of ResumeEdge.com, one of the leading resume writing and editing services online.In her seven years with the company, Zambruski, who is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) herself, says, "The key is to think like a hiring manager and make sure you clearly convey what you can bring to the job. The biggest mistake people make when they put together a resume is not highlighting their achievements. If your work has helped increase revenues or saved the company money, that's something you need to showcase."
Here are seven tips job searchers can use to beef up the impression
they make on a potential employer:
1. Target your resume to the position you are seeking. These days, a lot of companies use OCR (optical character recognition) software to scan resumes when they come in. Only those that hit on a lot of key words are reviewed. Not sure which key words to add for your particular industry? The Web site: www.dice.com is a great resource
for tech-oriented jobs.
2. Never put your objective on the resume. That's telling the hiring
manager what you want, not what you can do for their company.
3. Highlight your accomplishments. A resume without accomplishments is
like a burger without the beef.
4. Don't mail your resume without a cover letter. Your cover letter
should be well written and should briefly and effectively highlight the strengths that are critical for the position you are applying for.
5. Thoroughly research the organization before you go in for an
interview, and be prepared to ask intelligent questions that show you
did your homework.
6. In the interview, always stress your skills, accomplishments and
strengths as they relate to the job you are interviewing for.
7. Be flexible and have reasonable expectations of both position and
salary. If you see future job potential, sometimes it may be helpful
to consider a temporary or part-time position."I liken a resume to the back of a paperback novel," says Zambruski.
"It has to be compelling from the beginning to draw people in. If you
don?t prove to a hiring manager in seven seconds or less that you are
valuable, they?ll just toss your resume aside and move on to the next
candidate."Need help putting together a winning resume that can get you the job you need tomorrow? Log on to www.ResumeEdge.com today to be paired up with an expert who can help. The company employs degreed, professional writers with experience in a wide range of industries. The writer
assigned to your account can help you not only with a resume, but
cover letters, biographies, news releases and more.
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The 'Challenge-Action-Benefit' Resume
Angela Ashurst-McGee, RedRocketResume.comDALLAS, TX -- Many resumes and cover letters are filled with empty phrases such as "communication skills," and "problem-solving." A better way to get noticed is to use Challenge-Action-Benefit Stories in your resume and cover letter. Companies are looking for people who can face a challenge or setback, spearhead a solution, and generate a positive outcome. So use this model to organize your professional history. Challenge: Briefly identify a problem or obstacle you faced in the workplace. For example: When sales were down 15%...I inherited 85 delinquent accounts.Action: Describe the specific actions you took to resolve the problem. For example: I implemented a new training program in consultative sales approach.Benefit: Spell out the positive results your company experienced as a result of your actions. This is the most important part, so use hard numbers to back up your claims. For example: Within 6 months, net sales were up 25%.
Information Interviewing tutorial
Resume and Application Tips from an Employer's Perspective:
Be more selective. Throwing a lot of stuff at the wall to see what sticks is a waste of everyone's time. I have to discard most of my resume's because very poorly matched people are applying for very poorly matched jobs, which they will surely not be happy at. A good match has a background that has a lot of relevance to the job being applied for. Can you earnestly say "All of the successes and failures of my life have taught me and prepared me to be ready for this..."
Spell correctly and put your capitalization in the correct places. It's simply amazing to me how many people just don't proofread before they send things. Have another person proofread for you...spell check doesn't catch every thing...case in point, that should have been "everything" not "every thing"...only a human being would have caught that.
Use a plain-jane email address - email accounts are free, so pick something boring and plain like d_fields @live.com, gmail.com, yahoo.com, etc. Don't use cute handles like FLUFFYTEDDYBEAR or 2KeWL4SK00L or anything remotely cool. ALTeRNaTiNG CaPS and catchy slogans generally are a turn-off to conservative business people. Try not to use your parent's email address or someone else's email address to send your resume. Set up a free one that bears some resemblence to your name. (Using your full name is generally frowned upon by security experts, not that I listened to them myself.)
Apply for an equal or better job. Times are tough, but don't apply for downwards positions. Find something equivalent or better. Employers want someone on the uphill, so to speak. If I see someone making a downward move, I probably won't call, because they may jump ship when something better comes along. I would.
Connect the dots - Do your education and job experiences form a dotted line towards the new job? Or does it look like your career is taking a sharp left or a U-turn? Sometimes a career direction legitimately doesn't work, and it's time to try something new. It's OK to change your mind, but be prepared to explain why in your cover letter, and emphasize the skills and talents that you can carry over to the new field. Convince your prospective employers that this is not just a phase, and that you really want to grow into this new industry.
Stay at your jobs for at least a year if at all possible - Employers want stable employees, because training new hires is expensive and time consuming. We need someone who will hang in there when the going gets tough. If you're taking a job just "to get by" for a while, remember to stay at least a year if at all possible. A resume of 3, 6, or 9 months per job doesn't look good. I understand that not all work environments are pleasant, fair or even safe--If you're being harassed, threatened, or discriminated against, then you should certainly leave for your own safety. If you felt forced to leave for legitimate reasons, be prepared to explain why you left each of your prior positions. Having a child is a wonderful and valid reason to leave the workforce for a time. Concentrating on school is great. Wanting more pay is legitimate in some situations, but if that's the reason every time, it's going to be a tough sell to hire you.
Customize each cover letter/email. Change it up slightly for each the job listing. Write one good paragraph that shows you are intelligent, have read the job description, and have unique talents and abilities. Don't be afraid to sell yourself. Ideally, a good cover letter should pique the interest of the reader to pick up the resume, like a good movie trailer makes you want to pay for the feature film. I hate the blank email with just a DOC file attached. It suggests that the job listing isn't that important, or that you're doing too many of them (see #1) If you don't have time to customize your cover letters, you're possibly sending out too many resumes. (again, see #1)
Ask for an interview in the cover letter: "I look forward to setting up an interview with you." or "I would like to be considered for an interview at your earliest convenience." or something like that which is assertive without being pushy.
Avoid cute cursive or script style fonts in your resume. Keep it looking plain, professional, and corporate looking. If you've never seen your fancy looking font in a newspaper or Newsweek, don't put it in your resume. You can be cute anywhere else, but you've got 20 seconds or less to make a good impression with your resume and cover letter. Unless you're a bleeding edge graphic artist applying to some ultra-bleeding edge art-firm, stick to conservative font choices. And don't italicize or bold pring everything, just what you want to emphasize.
Use a resume template - it keeps everything neat and professional looking, and can help you to remember all the important details to include. Microsoft Word has lots of them. Make sure you can comfortably fit things on the page...you should have nice, spacious margins to ensure legibility. Use that same template (or a similar one) to write your cover letter...100% handwritten cover pages are just not as professional looking, especially over the fax.
Make sure everyone can read it - 99% of the business world reads Word's DOC format, as well as most MAC users. If you're using Wordperfect, that's OK, just save your file as RTF or PDF (lots of free utilities like doPDF). Most offices still use Office XP, which can't read your Wordperfect's WPS files. Guess what the average overwhelmed HR person will do with a file that they can't read? Do you really think they'll go online and download the Wordperfect import filter just to read a stranger's resume? Nope...it gets the delete button. If you can't afford Microsoft Office, then download OpenOffice...it's free, and can save files in DOC format so Word users can read it. (yes, Office 2007 reads Wordperfect files, but do you really want to risk your job opportunity on something like this?)
Delete that blank second page. It just looks unfinished when you leave it. Put your cursor at the end of the first page, and hit delete. If that doesn't work, shorten your resume, shrink the font (slightly), or reduce your horizontal margins. (be careful about going less than .75" on any one side). Not that they should, but employers use resumes to see if you're a details person.
Make a log of to whom you sent resumes - I had one girl who had completely forgotten which employer I was when I called her back just a few hours later...understandable, but how important does that make an interviewer feel when the applicant can't remember which job you are applying to? This also allows you to call back and follow up on your submissions a couple of days later, which shows employers that you're organized enough to follow up. Calling right away signals desperation, so be sure to wait 2-7 days before following up.
Use FEWER bullet points - Don't give 30 bullet points from your two weeks as an intern on your four page monster resume. Try to get your resume down to two pages by listing only the skills and experiences most relevant to the jobs you're thinking of getting. Don't list skills that you won't be using in the next job. IMO, you should be able to get things down to just 3-5 bullet points per job. If you put "Personal customer service calls" on one job, you probably don't need to list it on the next one. If a hiring manager has more than 10 resumes on their desk for a position, they will each get about 30 seconds of attention, tops. If the key points of your resume can't be read in fifteen seconds, you're toast.
Stay within your objective - If the job at hand doesn't fit within your objective or training, you may not get a call. For example, if you went to Fashion and Design School, and your objective says you want to be a runway fashion designer, does a construction company necessarily want to hire you? If economic reality forces you into a job outside of your trained discipline, make your objective more broad, ie, "To develop excellent customer service skills in a company that allows me to grow both myself and the business." Make sure somewhere in your resume or cover letter is an excellent explanation for your sudden career shift. Again, employers usually want to hire for the long haul, and you'll be happier if you apply for the long haul, too.
Stay closer to home - there's a lot of folks applying for work with guaranteed 1 hour commutes. Apply for jobs closer to home. At $4.50 per gallon, that's easily $18 a day, $100 per week on gas, perhaps $15 per day for tolls, plus the wear and tear and maintenance cost on your automobile. If you're on a 15,000 mile lease for your car, you'll start paying 50 cents per mile as you easily exceed 15k. Not only that, you've lost three hours per day away from your family and kids, and any hope of nutritious home cooked meals turns to fast food and leftovers. As an employer, my reluctance is that such employees will be frequently late because of traffic, or because of car problems. Long-commuting employees may also be more likely to leave if closer opportunities eventually arrive. I know that the reality of the Inland Empire is pretty grim right now, but slogging the 91 everyday does the environment no favors, and ultimately, your family and/or your personal life will suffer. I understand if there's no choices at all out there, but if you do have the choice between a poorer paying job in the IE, and a better paying one in the OC, consider the enormous cost of commuting long distance. Hang in there and try to find something closer to home.
Fax it right side up - Don't laugh; you've done it, too. It puts your return phone number on the wrong side of the page. In most machines, the top of the page goes in first. It's a tiny point, but every little bit helps.