Some Secrets of Monster !

Today I came across some useful tips regarding with Monster. I think it will be helpful to you to get an advantage in the job searches.

As you know, in Monster they allow you to set up 5 different resumes or profiles. Let’s just set one up for now. There are only 5 major areas that we will be concerned with here:

1. Target job Title

2. Objective

3. Resume Title

4. Job Title

5. Work Experience

Tip: every one of these fields has keyword capability, so you must use each of these areas to the fullest extent by including as many keywords as are relevant, for example:

Target Job Title: 2,880 character limit. That’s almost 4/5’s of a page, if you were to fill it up! List as many different job titles as you can imagine for this role. List other closely allied titles that the searcher may be searching on. For instance, “Java Programmer” might also be titled as “Software Engineer”, “Application Developer”, or “Software Developer” within even the same corporation, not to mention other companies. How many different but similar titles can you come up with? Put them all here.

Objective: This is your stated job goal and has a 2,000 character limit. Just as we talked about in yesterday’s lesson, transfer that keyword-rich objective from your revised resume to here. You should have a decent short paragraph that showcases and combines your current skills and your future goals. Remember, you want to stay away from standard cliches such as “Challenging opportunity as a (title) where I can effectively use my (managing and sales, etc.) skills in my ongoing effort to help grow an organization, blah, blah” This is not only boring, its also highly ineffective. Instead try something like:

“Solid Java Developer with strong (skill#1), (skill#2), and (skill#3) to make major programming contributions to remote server projects while growing to project lead role. The difference is each of the above underlined terms is now searchable. Use each section in your resume to answer one question only. By putting several keyword phrases under each section, you tighten up your focus and make your profile work for you by getting search engine hits when employers run database searches.

Resume Title: Not much to work with here as only 70 characters are allowed. Make it a key term that is most relevant and searchable.

Job Title: This (these) is (are) your current and past job titles and has a 5,831 character limit. That’s 1&1/2 pages!! Put as many relevant titles as you can think of here that you have held in your past work progression. There is a huge amount of space here, so you may want to include specific job skill-sets that each of those titles required.

Work Experience: 3,000 character limit. Here is where you make sure to include every relevant skill-set that you possess. Keep to the bare facts. Almost every word you put here should be a searchable term. You want them to find you and here is your catchall chance to do it. Also, since many employers are looking for people who have, or are working for certain companies or organizationsBusiness Management Articles, make sure that you list every corporation that you have not only worked for but also have done business with as a client.

Summary Dont rush this process. The online resume-builder will act as both a resume and as a screening tool. This will gain you the edge as a screen-in tool rather that a screen-out tool.

Your objective is the same in all these online resume posting sites.Make it keyword-rich and you will definitely get more hits. More hits will generate more calls.



Six Interview Mistakes

It’s tough to avoid typical interview traps if you’re unsure what they are. Here are a half dozen to watch out for.

1. Confusing an Interview with an Interrogation.

Most candidates expect to be interrogated. An interrogation occurs when one person asks all the questions and the other gives the answers. An interview is a business conversation in which both people ask and respond to questions. Candidates who expect to be interrogated avoid asking questions, leaving the interviewer in the role of reluctant interrogator.

2. Making a So-Called Weakness Seem Positive.

Interviewers frequently ask candidates, “What are your weaknesses?” Conventional interview wisdom dictates that you highlight a weakness like “I’m a perfectionist,” and turn it into a positive. Interviewers are not impressed, because they’ve probably heard the same answer a hundred times. If you are asked this question, highlight a skill that you wish to improve upon and describe what you are doing to enhance your skill in this area. Interviewers don’t care what your weaknesses are. They want to see how you handle the question and what your answer indicates about you.

3. Failing to Ask Questions.

Every interview concludes with the interviewer asking if you have any questions. The worst thing to say is that you have no questions. Having no questions prepared indicates you are not interested and not prepared. Interviewers are more impressed by the questions you ask than the selling points you try to make. Before each interview, make a list of five questions you will ask. “I think a good question is, ‘Can you tell me about your career?'” says Kent Kirch, director of global recruiting at Deloitte. “Everybody likes to talk about themselves, so you’re probably pretty safe asking that question.”

4. Researching the Company But Not Yourself.

Candidates intellectually prepare by researching the company. Most job seekers do not research themselves by taking inventory of their experience, knowledge and skills. Formulating a talent inventory prepares you to immediately respond to any question about your experience. You must be prepared to discuss any part of your background. Creating your talent inventory refreshes your memory and helps you immediately remember experiences you would otherwise have forgotten during the interview.

5. Leaving Your Cell Phone On.

We may live in a wired, always-available society, but a ringing cell phone is not appropriate for an interview. Turn it off before you enter the company.

6. Waiting for a Call.

Time is your enemy after the interview. After you send a thank-you email and note to every interviewer, follow up a couple of days later with either a question or additional information. Try to contact the person who can hire you, and assume that everyone you met with has some say in the process. Additional information can be details about your talents, a recent competitor’s press release or industry trends. Your intention is to keep everyone’s memory of you fresh.

by Michael Neece, founder of Interview Mastery

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A new Service from Google: Google News Archive Search !

Google is planning to announce a new service today, through which we can search through the archives of newspapers, magazines and other publications. The important thing is that it may uncover some matters or news those dated more than two centuries back!!! For example we can search for the news published on 1947 about India’s independence in the world’s famous newspapers.
Google will display the results both as part of standard searches and through a new archive search page i.e. thru

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Microsoft’s Vista ‘will reduce security choices’: Symantec


Leading computer security firm Symantec warned that users of Microsoft’s new ‘Vista’ operating system could find their options for running anti-virus style software seriously reduced.

The problem, Symantec’s communications director Chris Paden explained, was that Vista currently contains a built-in Microsoft ‘security centre’ that includes applications such as anti-virus software, firewalls and anti-spyware packages.Security Centres have existed in previous Microsoft systems — there is one in the popular Windows XP for example — but until now it has always been possible to replace the Microsoft package with security software made by another company.

With the current version of Vista this will not be possible, Paden said. It will be possible to install other security packages but not remove the Microsoft centre.