Tips to Make your Online Job Application Powerful

In today’s market, most employers searching for potential candidates will use online job boards, create online sourcing efforts and post job ads – all online. Gone is the traditional newspaper search on Sunday mornings, sitting at your dining room table with a cup of coffee and combing through the want ads.

Due to today’s technology and company recruiting efforts, it is imperative that you create a resume and job application that will get you noticed.

When a company posts their job opportunities online, they typically receive hundreds of resumes and applications within minutes.

Recruiters will then start combing through all those resumes looking for specific keywords, skills, credentials and educational accomplishments.

As a potential candidate, you need to grab their attention in an instant.

The following are tips to do just that.

Create a Subject Line that gets their Attention
As a recruiter begins to go through their emails, the first thing they notice is the subject line of your email.

Put something in that subject line that coincides with the job opportunity and your experience.

If you are applying for a Sales Management position, these subject lines would grab the recruiter’s attention:

AT&T National Sales Manager – 15 years of experience
Sales Engineer – acquired $1 million in sales last year
Sales Management – $250,000 in new business generated
Branch Manager – B2B & Major Account Sales

Be sure to read the job description and the specifics of what it entails and creatively add that to the subject line of your email.

The Meat of your Email
This is another chance to get the attention of the recruiter. Put some thought and originality into your first sentence and then the first paragraph.

You want to convey the most persuasive information in an efficient manner. You do not want to lolly-gag around about it either. Be quick to state the most important facts right away.

If you have been referred by someone the recruiter may know, be sure to mention that quickly. There are times that that simple statement can get you through the hiring process much faster. Or at the very least, get your résumé viewed and passed to the next stage.

Recruiters don’t have a lot of time to read every word of your email, therefore, stating your most powerful points arranged in a bullet format makes it much more efficient.

Keep the Body of your Email Short
You are so eager to tell the recruiter all about you and your past accomplishments and how you would make an excellent part of their team. You want to go on and on and on like the Energizer Bunny.

Don’t do it.

The best rule of thumb is to have 3 to 4 paragraphs. If you can convey everything in only 3 paragraphs, then stick with that.

Hiring personnel and recruiters don’t have a lot of time to read every single email they get. Make it as easy on them as possible and keep it brief and concise.

When you get the interview you will be able to go into many more details of your credentials and experience.

Create an Appealing Resume
You want something that appeals visually; however, you don’t want to go overboard.

Using a computer to draft your resume is of course the best option. It also allows you to get a bit more creative with graphics, fonts and style.

Furthermore, you don’t want to do anything that makes your résumé ugly and hard to read. So don’t get crazy here, just be mindful of everyone that will be reading your resume and more important, you want to convey your job talents and expertise, not how pretty you can draft a resume.

Attaching your Resume to your Email
You want to look computer-savvy and attach your cover letter and resume in a professional manner.

Therefore, the best rule of thumb is to attach it as a PDF file, instead of a DOC file. Of course you want to be sure you’ve followed their instructions for attachments, cover letters and references.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a PDF converter. There are many free sites where you can convert your word document into a PDF document. If you Google, “Free PDF converter,” you’ll find many resources.

If you are going to email your resume, cover letter and possible references, just put all those into one PDF attachment. Don’t make separate attachments.

Again, make it as simple for the recruiter as possible.

8 Easy Ideas That Will Help You Earn Extra Cash in This Horrible Economy

Your virtual assistant services team has come up with some great ideas to earn extra cash. We realize that there are some people not interested in starting a virtual assistant services business and may not have those particular skills. Therefore, we wanted to present some ideas to get those creative juices flowing and in hopes it will help you to achieve extra cash. Who couldn’t use that with this yucky economy and many of these can be done from home too. We hope you are successful in your endeavors.

Become a rolling advertisement.

Consider turning your car into a rolling billboard. There are many companies that are willing to pay to have your car wrapped with their advertisements. You’ll find plenty on Google.

Sell parts of your body.

I’m sure that got your attention. Check into programs that need your plasma, hair, eggs and sperm. Do a Google search to see where these clinics are located, give them a call and get started.

Perform music at weddings and other functions.

There are many churches that do not have staff or volunteers for their music. An experienced and talented pianist can make pretty good money doing this on the weekends. Go check out your local churches or put an advertisement in the local paper or craigslist.

Give eLessons.

You might be surprised at how many people do not know the basics of MS Word, Excel or other software applications. You might have computer experience that people seek and are willing to pay for. The ideas are endless here. Try using Backpage, craigslist and other free advertising sites to get started.

Start a laundry service.

You know how busy people are and how they would love to have a service like this! Offer to pick up and drop off at their office or home. You might even consider adding ironing to this list as well and that should pull in even more money. You might consider offering this to new mothers as a gift too.

Drive people to the airport or run errands.

You must have reliable transportation and be on time all the time. You can quickly obtain happy clients and once word is out, you’ll probably have to turn down business. Also, you can reduce your taxable income from mileage and the last time I checked, mileage was at 58.5 cents per mile. Incorporate into your errand business; grocery store, post office, pharmacy and dry cleaning.

Gardening and yard services.

This one is great especially for the spring and summer months and for adults or kids. If you have all the necessary equipment it would be fairly easy to get started. Go around your neighborhood and post flyers with your contact information and rates. Additionally you could offer to haul junk to the dump, yard clean up and the planting of vegetables.

Dog walking and/or pet sitting services.

You could start within your own neighborhood or apartment community and would cost nothing to get started. Ask your local veterinarian if they would allow you to post a flyer offering your rates and contact information.

Well there you have it and we sincerely hope you can obtain some cash with these ideas. We will be back with another list soon, so please stay tuned.

Good luck and let us know if you have started any of these ideas and how they are working for you. Do you have any ideas you would like to add to this list? Use the “contact us” page and tell us and we’ll add it to our next list. Thanks to all!

Unemployment Tips and Encouragement

There is no need to reiterate the horrible situation with our country’s economy and the trickle down effect it is having on so many lives.  There are way too many of us unemployed and searching for employment religiously.  We are surfing the internet highway daily, minute by minute, pounding the cold hard pavement, digging as deep as we can and networking our butts off just to find employment! Just to stay afloat, to find a job that will pay our bills and make ends meat.


However, there is light at the end of the tunnel!  We can survive and get through this tough situation we are currently in, at no fault of our own-I might add, we can, we must and we WILL!!  I don’t know about you, but failure is not an option! We have people counting on us and looking to us for assurance, guidance and direction.  Therefore we tried to write an article that was going to be encouraging, motivating and uplifting.  Something that will get you to thinking and seeing things in a whole different light, something that hopefully will help you keep your sanity in a tough time and to let you know there are many of us in that same exact situation and we feel your pain!


Here’s what you have to incorporate in your daily routine and make a conscience effort to practice daily and continually:

  • Reach down in your spirit and grab that motivation, gut and drive (you know it’s in there) stand tall, keep your head up, be strong and have that never wavering confidence!
  • Train your mind to reflect gracious, thankful, peaceful, happy, contentment, loving and genuinely kind thoughts.  You are a reflection of your most inner thoughts, remember that!
  • Convey that positive friction and attitude of those awesome feelings, excited actions, pleasant thoughts and battles won “out there”!  Speak those positive feelings and actions out loud and put it out in the world.   
  • Go help someone that needs help, serve and assist someone else that could possibly be in a worse situation than you are in, volunteer at your Church or your favorite charity.  You will be amazed at how satisfying and empowering this can be, plus it will help you to refocus and get your mind off and onto something else.  This little exercise is very enlightening and will probably show you that it’s not as bad as you think it is and you’ll recognize that it’s easier to help someone than you thought it was.
  • Face the situation at hand with a victory mind set.  Refuse to be defeated, pump yourself up!
  • Be diligent and devoted to yourself and the core values you have.  Stand up for what you believe in consistently. 
  • Don’t subject or allow yourself to be defeated, depressed, and lethargic or to give up!  Surround yourself with positive, happy, outgoing and confident individuals.  Have a new zest for life and know that you will get through this that “this too shall pass”! 

Love who you are, know you are on this earth for a reason!  Remember that everything and I do mean everything happens for a reason.  Although you may not see this right at this moment, however, you can do this, you will survive and you will benefit from it in some way.  Stay strong; go forward with diligence and passion and a whole new attitude that will make things so much easier for you and the situation you are in. 


Make it a beautiful day!

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