3 Tips To Help You Find Your Dream Job

  1. Use a Professional Resume Writing Service

A professionally written resume makes you 38% more likely to be contacted, 31% more likely to get an interview, and 40% more likely to land the job. You can also earn up to $5,000 more per year. The main advantage is getting around the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) that most employers use to scan resumes. The ATS scans your resume and searches for specific keywords and phrases as they relate to the job qualifications. If the ATS doesn’t see the right ones on your resume, it might not even be seen by an actual person. TopResume has professional resume writers that know exactly how ATS works and how to craft a top quality resume.

2. Tell a Story in Your Cover Letter When Applying

Too often, people use their cover letters to just explain their resume in greater detail, but that’s not what a cover letter is about. It’s a way for you to tell a story about your career and specify why you would be a great match for the particular position you’re applying for. If you don’t research the company thoroughly and specify why you would be a good fit for the company, it may seem like you don’t understand the culture. I personally was never the strongest writer, so I struggled a bit with this. Luckily TopResume also offers a service that will write your cover letter for you. I reached out and told them about my career journey and they helped me turn it into an intriguing cover letter story. I never would have been able to come up with that on my own.

3. Take Advantage of LinkedIn During Your Job Search

These days, your LinkedIn profile is almost as important as your resume, if not more. Not only do most employers check your LinkedIn page after you apply for the job, LinkedIn itself is a great way to find a job. I tried to keep my LinkedIn profile as up to date as possible while working at my last job, but like my resume, I just never found the time to do it properly. Once again though, TopResume hooked me up, by rewriting my entire LinkedIn profile to make sure it was different than my resume. After that, I was having way more success getting responses from places I applied to, and I even started to see more recruiters reach out to me about jobs.

No one likes writing their resumes, and figuring out how to sell themselves to potential employers. Some people are naturally good at it. For those of us that aren’t, these tips and TopResume can make a huge difference. They certainly did for me.

Source: TrueSelf.com

How to Save for Retirement While Still Paying on Student Loans

Paying bills in addition to student loans is difficult to do on any career’s starting salary. Keeping up with all those payments seems challenging enough. Saving for retirement on top of that may seem nearly impossible but it can be done.

Student Loan Solutions: Horace Mann can help explain ways you may be able to remove or reduce you student loan payments. Then you can redirect any monthly savings to your future. We offer a suite of solutions to help educators manage student loan debt and prepare for future financial success.

Here’s an example of how it can work: A 23 year old kindergarten teacher in her second year in the classroom with $35,000 in student loan debt learns that she qualifies for an income-driven repayment plan. Under an income-driven repayment plan, lower levels of income equate to lower monthly payments. As a result, the teacher is able to reduce her monthly payment by more than $150, a savings she redirects toward her future by starting a retirement savings program.

With a monthly investment of $150, by the time teacher is reaches the age of 63 and is ready to retire, she could have accumulated more than $485,000 simply by redirecting he student loan savings into a retirement savings program.

Please keep in mind that generally, when you make lower payments or extend your repayment period, you will pay more in interest over time. But your Horace Mann representative can also help you explore whether you qualify for federal forgiveness programs to remove some or all of your debt, plus share loan estimator tools that can help you decide your best course of action.

Source: Jim Yale, Vice President Industry Relations, Horace Mann

LinkedIn Profile for Students and Recent Graduates

A resume or cover letter are important documents to have when applying for jobs. Networking is key to meet other professionals in the career you seeking while in college or after graduation. Creating a LinkedIn profile is very important to highlight your experience, education, and skills that will make you more marketable. Below is a LinkedIn profile checklist to get you jump started on your career path!

☐  PHOTO: It doesn’t have to be fancy; just use your cell phone camera in front of a plain background. Wear a nice shirt and don’t forget to smile!

☐   HEADLINE: Tell people what you’re excited about now and the cool things you went to do in the future.

☐   SUMMMARY: Describe what motivates you, what you’re skilled at, and what’s next.

☐   EXPERIENCE: List the jobs you held, even if they were part-time, along with what you accomplished at each. Even include photos and videos from your work.

☐   ORGANIZATIONS: Have you joined any clubs at school or outside? Be sure to describe what you did with each organization.

☐   EDUCATION: Starting with college, list all the educational experiences you’ve had including summer programs.

☐   VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES & CAUSES: Even if you weren’t paid for a job, be sure to list it. Admissions officers and employers often see volunteer experience as just as valuable as paid work.

☐   SKILLS & EXPERTISE: Add at least 5 key skills and then your connections can endorse you for the things you’re best at.

☐   HONORS & AWARDS: If you earned a prize in or out of school, don’t be shy. Let the world know about it.

☐   COURSES: List that show off the skills and interests you’re most excited about.

☐   PROJECTS: Whether you led a team assignment in school or built an app on your own, talk about what you did and how you did it.

☐   RECOMMENDATIONS: Ask managers, professors, or classmates who’ve worked with you closely to write a recommendation. This gives extra credibility to your strengths and skills.

Source: LinkedIn

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