A recent study by Forbes and Indeed.com looked at the companies in the technology sector that would be most likely to hire in the near future.
The groups found that Microsoft was the leading firm when it came to job openings, with 1,521 unique listings. The roles the company is looking to fill include network administrators, designers, engineers and software developers.
Other firms a sizable number of openings include Amazon.com, with 1,348 and IBM with 1,329 positions, open to those with the right technology skills.
Those looking to get hired will have to ensure that they leverage the right resources to impress the interviewer.
“Websites like CareerCup.com andGlassdoor.com will give you a good sense of the types of interview questions you might be asked,” said Gayle Laakmann McDowell, author of The Google Resume, said in an interview with Forbes. “But don’t stop at the technical or expertise questions. You can and should prepare for behavioral questions. Read through your resume and find ways of talking concisely and effectively about each of your accomplishments.”
Technology companies are expected to spend big bucks on bringing on qualified talent to improve products and services.

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By Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume
Expert
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to find a sample resume that
matches your background, copy it to your word-processing program,
make minor changes and be done with the arduous task of creating a
dazzling resume? While that would be ideal, you can shortchange
yourself and sabotage your job search if you base your resume on a
sample document.
The good news is that if done correctly, taking ideas from
resumes in books or free resume examples online can greatly improve
your own. Here’s how to use resume samples without copying them
verbatim.
The Pitfalls of Using Sample Resumes
“The problem with using a template or copying someone else’s
resume — whether from a book or from a friend — is that it
doesn’t allow for the uniqueness of each person’s skills,
experience and career history,” explains Louise Kursmark, a career
consultant and principal of Best Impression Career Services.
Kursmark is also the author of 18 career-management books,
including Expert Resumes for Managers and
Executives
and Executive’s Pocket Guide to ROI
Resumes and Job Search
.
Resume writing veteran and author Teena Rose concurs. “Job seekers
need to understand that resumes are like fingerprints; no two are
(or should be) alike,” she says. “Resumes should differ because of
the varying education levels, career experience and scope of skills
that job seekers possess.”
Additionally, copying a sample the author hasn’t given permission
to copy is plagiarism, so check the copyright notice.
How to Effectively Harness Sample
Resumes
Kursmark says there is nothing wrong with taking a little bit from
various samples to make it easier to construct your own resume.
“That’s what sample books are for: To inspire you and guide you,”
she says.
For example, “You might really like one person’s introduction –
the way they’ve clearly presented their unique value — and use
that introduction as a guide for writing your own distinct
content,” Kursmark says. “Or you might grab a
bold accomplishment statement from someone else’s resume
and update the numbers or results to make it applicable
to you.”
Here are more of Kursmark’s tips to help you make the best use of
resume samples:
  • Look for resumes in your field and mine them for
    industry-specific activities, terms and accomplishments. Have you
    done similar things? Is your skill set comparable?
  • After you’ve reviewed resumes in your field, peruse resumes
    across fields to understand how to vary the use of action verbs and
    get a feel for what makes a powerful accomplishment statement. Then
    write your own statements, as appropriate, modeled on the ones you
    like best.
  • Look for innovative formats and striking presentation,
    such as charts and tables. Can you include a strong visual that
    will immediately grab the reader’s attention?
  • Dip into numerous resumes to get a feel for good writing,
    concise yet compelling language and high-impact accomplishments.
    Work on your own resume with those examples in mind.
  • Read your revamped resume with a critical eye to make sure
    it reflects you. Will the image you present in person be congruent
    with your resume? “If you’ve included material just because it
    sounded good but you don’t have the details to back it up, you’ll
    destroy your credibility in the interview,” warns Kursmark.
Finally, when reviewing resume samples, think customize,
not plagiarize. “Use samples as a guide for ideas, but take pride
in writing a resume that has your own unique content and visual
appeal,” advises Rose.
This article is courtesy of Monster.com

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By Caroline M.L. Potter

Your resume is the most important document in any job search. But what if you’re submitting resume after resume and receiving no results at all — not even a call? Your resume may be fatally flawed.

How can a resume betray a job seeker? It’s not just typos or poor formatting. “The biggest flaw for a resume is when it fails to showcase a person’s accomplishments, contributions and results, and instead spouts a job description of each position he’s held,” says Lauren Milligan, founder of ResuMayDay, a resume-writing and career-coaching firm based near Chicago.

Use these three tips to make sure your resume doesn’t betray you.

1. Think Big

Whatever jobs you’ve held — be it as an assistant or a CEO – think beyond the everyday tasks of your position. ”People get bogged down in the day-to-day details of their jobs, but when it comes to your resume, you’ve got to get out of the clutter and ask yourself, ‘What does this work mean?’” Milligan says.

If a manager is hiring for an administrative assistant, he already knows what an admin does and doesn’t want to see a resume that says an applicant can type and answer a phone. “You have to go beyond that to point out your specific strengths,” Milligan says.

Start by having big-picture conversations about what you do and how it serves the organization as a whole. “If you’re in a support position, consider how successful the person you support is and how you help her do her job better,” Milligan says. “What role do you have in her successes? Those are your accomplishments.”

2. Be Clear

Focusing on your accomplishments rather than your specific responsibilities will help keep your resume concise. “There’s a huge difference between a resume and the Great American Novel,” says Milligan. “The resumes I’m most proud of summed up a 25-year career in a single page.”

She urges job seekers to remember that resumes are typically skimmed for a mere six to eight seconds. “Make sure you’re identifying the companies you worked for, how long you were there and if you earned a promotion,” she says. “Those are things that people look for immediately.” Also, if your job title is long and vague, tighten it up so that people immediately understand what you’ve done. For example, “Marketing Manager” is much more accessible than “Global Identity Architect.”

Given the time you have to catch a recruiter’s eye, a focused, accomplishment-driven resume is the way to go. “If you are loaded up on peripheral stuff, it’s too hard for a hiring manager to find your story,” Milligan says.

3. Get Real

What if you come up blank when trying to think about how you’ve helped build the big picture for your employer?

“A couple of times I’ve talked to people who insisted they just did their jobs and there’s nothing special about them that jumps out,” Milligan says. She’s asked them outright if they’re in the right position. “It’s a difficult question to ask, but these people may be chasing the wrong job,” she says.

She counsels clients that if they cannot speak about what they’ve done in terms of enhancing the position or the company, ”You may be just punching a clock — and you and your employer deserve more.”

Look for other opportunities in which you can contribute and grow professionally. You’ll enjoy a more rewarding career and have a more successful resume.

This story is republished, with permission, from Monster.com.

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