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6 Ways to Ensure Your Resume is Seen Online

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    You not only need to catch the eye of a recruiter but also pique the interest of a software algorithm. The best way to do this is to emphasize keywords. Be sure to thoroughly read the job description and pull from it, create a list of keywords to customize your resume.

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How to Turn Your Summer Internship Into a Full Time Job

cabinetAs you are finally getting comfortable in your summer internship, you might be imagining yourself working at the organization one day. Internships are an excellent way of gaining experience in your career field as well as testing out different companies you think you would enjoy working for. In fact, many companies use their internship programs to scout for future employees.

There are many things your can do during your internship to impress your supervisor and future colleagues, increasing your chances of turning that summer internship into a full time job.

Here our top five tips:

  1. Develop a Professional Relationships

Internships are an excellent way to grow your network. By developing professional relationships with other employees, especially your supervisors and mentors, you will gain a thorough understanding of their expectations for you. In addition, they will also be more likely to refer your for any positions that may become open.

  1. Show Initiative

It is all about going above and beyond what you are expected to do. Volunteer for projects or to complete tasks around all departments of the organization as well as to attend meetings, workshops, and seminars. This will not only impress your supervisor but also give you more experience in different areas of the organization.

  1. Follow the Rules

By following the company rules and guidelines, you are showing how you can become a positive part of the company’s culture and operations. This includes following the dress code, lunch break regulations, as well as personal use of office equipment.

  1. Ask for Feedback

Ask your supervisor for feedback and input on your performance. This will show your dedication to the job as well as allow you to address areas you might need to improve before your internship is over.

  1. Show Enthusiasm

Being an intern can sometimes mean completing mundane tasks. While you may find them boring, they are an opportunity for you to shine to your supervisor. Always demonstrate a level of enthusiasm, professionalism, and thoroughness in completing your work.

Take Your Resume Online

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As the job search process continues the process of going digital, online profiles are continuing to grow in popularity. These profiles are an excellent way to increase your professional presence online as well as expand your network. In fact, 90% of first impressions now occur online.

While it will always be important to have a traditional resume, we are sharing our five favorite websites to help you take your resume online.

  1. LinkedIn, www.linkedin.com

Perhaps our favorite website for researching job opening and networking with other professionals, LinkedIn is also an excellent tool to create an online resume. Utilize the website’s resume builder and include your accomplishments, education, affiliations, and even samples of your work.

  1. Workfolio, www.workfolio.com

This website application is made for the regular professional who does not already have a creative portfolio. Importing information from your LinkedIn profile, Workfolio creates a personal website to showcase your career history and achievements as well as specific pieces of work.

  1. Vizualize, www.vizualize.me

This is our favorite tool for developing a creative resume that stands-out from the rest. Using the data from your LinkedIn profile, the website creates an infograph, which you can edit as you see fit.

Economic Benefits of Outplacement

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  • Lower Your Costs: The key preventative method for managing costs of layoffs is to ensure that transitioning employees do not stay on the unemployment rolls for long. The longer a terminated employee remains on unemployment, the higher your tax exposure will be. Outplacement reduces the time it takes for individuals to find a new job. It is important to offer outplacement services to all level of employees, as some are more experienced in job searching than others.
  • Avoid Risk of Litigation: Outplacement services are also a method used to alleviate the stress carried with termination. These services help employees’ attitude stay positive about their career and their former employer. The faster individuals find employment, the less likely a suit for wrongful termination will be filed.

DMD & Associates can help you gain the economic benefits that come with outplacement services. Our team of professionals have years of experience and will ensure that your company will lower its costs and avoid risks of litigation. Please call (866) 296-8539 or email Danielle Dayries at Danielle@dmdcareerconsulting.com for a consultation.

Graduation is approaching! What is your next step?

Graduation DMDTo all college seniors, graduation is almost here! It is the day you have been anticipating for years. You are filled with emotions about leaving one chapter behind to begin another. DMD & Associates, Inc. is here to help you make that change less stressful. We want you to be successful, so we are sharing information to make you aware of the job market you are about to enter.

Adecco, the nation’s leading provider of recruiting and workforce solutions, provides us with projections for the 2014 job market. According to their 2014 Job Market Perspectives, the unemployment percentage should decrease, but it will still be significantly higher than it was in 2007. Over 10 million Americans will be considered unemployed.

Many companies hesitate about hiring college graduates because they tend to be unprepared for today’s job market. DMD & Associates, Inc. will help you prepare for this intense job market! We offer customized resumes that will catch employers’ attention, interview preparation/rehearsal, and career consulting.

We hope your next step is a meeting with us!

How To: Survive the Waiting Game

Follow-UpIn this next post of our How To series, we are going to give you insight on what follows the interview, the waiting game. The unknown of your application status can be frustrating. It is important to remember that companies have many urgent responsibilities, so it may take awhile for the employer to contact you back. Do not let this persuade you that you are not in the running for the job anymore.

In the meantime, a follow-up is a good way to keep in contact with the employer. It will inform the employer about the level of interest you still have about the job. There are a few ways that you can follow-up with a potential employer.

A thank-you note is the best form of contact to a potential employer. Why?

1. It is a polite way of contact to thank them for the interview opportunity.

2. You can use it to add crucial information you may have forgotten to mention during the interview.

3. It can either express your interest to the employer or inform them of lack of interest/other job offer.

As a job seeker, it is your responsibility to follow-up with an employer. It is best to keep a list of all thank-you notes sent, including any names you have had contact with and the information provided to you. Having good communication skills is a necessity when job searching. Connect with people through networking. There are many ways to network in today’s world. The more networking you do, the better chance you have to connect with potential employers.

Source: Great Jobs for Communication Majors

5 reasons to choose outplacement services

5 reasonsCompanies that offer effective job searching tools to displaced employees aid these individuals, but also strengthen the company’s reputation and public image as well as raise employee morale and productivity

1. Maintain relationships: Employees surveyed said that the main area they wanted help with when being laid off was finding a new job[i]. In other words, outplacement services address the biggest desire of employees that must be let go, which is finding a new job.  This service helps preserve the goodwill of terminated employees. You may even want to rehire some of them in the future.

2. Employees are also consumers: Your outgoing employees are actually your newest alumni. They may also soon be customers, partners and competitors.

3. Maintain brand name:  Terminated and surviving employees will feel appreciated and tell friends and associates that your company provided them assistance. Any negative reactions from affected employees may tarnish the company’s image. Outplacement services will help maintain corporate values and create a responsible external image.

4. Reduction in costs: Outplacement reduces the amount of time an affected employee searches for a job, in turn reducing unemployment costs.

5. Social investment: Not only is your company saving money, but also you are paying it forward to your local economy by providing a motivated and refocused workforce.

Is It Time For a Career Change?

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Have you ever thought about changing your career? Maybe you pushed the thought aside because you feel that it’s too late to start over. Don’t worry; you’re not the only one feeling that way. In fact, most people have thought about changing their career at one point in time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “individuals from age 18 to 46 in 1978 to 2010 held an average of 11.3 jobs in their lifetime.” Hopefully this statistic shows you that it’s okay to start over. We’re giving you a few ways to help you decide if it’s time for a fresh start in careers.

  • Your job makes you so miserable, you don’t want to go. Now, we don’t mean the usual Monday morning blues. We mean that anything is better than going to work, and you will avoid it at all costs.
  • Your job is personally affecting you. When you think of your job, you automatically feel stress and anxiety overwhelm you.
  • Your job responsibilities and personal skills do not match up. You have more to offer than what the job entails. You want to be challenged and grow within the company.
  • Your work environment is not suitable for you. You may not have the same beliefs as the company, or your relationship with coworkers may not be fixable.

DMD & Associates, Inc.

(866) 296-8593 tel
danielle@dmdcareerconsulting.com

Lafayette, Louisiana

200 W. Brentwood Boulevard
Lafayette, Louisiana 70506
(337) 254-0734 tel

New Orleans, Louisiana

923 Constance Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 875-7890 tel

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