job hunting

Start the Summer with a REBOUND!

Because I'm a book nerd, I get a daily "book club" email through the library. It's pretty cool, they start a book on Monday and run a few pages each day that week. You get through about the first chapter, if you like the book you can check it out or purchase it. A recent book was Rebound, by Martha I. Finney. I only read the first few excerpts, but it's very timely so I'm sharing it with our readers. If you read it and like it (or don't) please let us know! FROM THE BOOK JACKET: Been laid off? Fired? Pushed out? See it coming? This book will help you get back on your feet, develop a plan of action, and find your next great job! Real Answers From Real Experts: * What to do first...and what never to do * How to cope with the havoc, trauma, and anger * How to protect your professional reputation * How to keep your options open * Know your rights * What to do while you're out of work * How to safeguard your finances * What to tell your family * How to keep it from happening again How to come back stronger and better than ever!

Job Hunting Frustrations?

It seems to me that a lot of job seekers' frustrations come from not knowing how the game is played. This article/Q&A is a good example. Unfortunately this job seeker has expectations that are not in-line with the way most companies and recruiting processes work, and is getting extremely frustrated when their expectations are not met. It's important to know what a company's procedure is, as much as you can tell or find out, and to understand generally how the process works today perhaps as compared the last time you looked for a job. It is more automated, more technology driven, more key word intensive and, right or wrong, less personal. At least until you make it into the smaller group that is selected for interviews or phone screens. Employers determine the process they will use to fill their positions. The more you can find out about their rules, the more successfully you can play their game.

One Guy's Perspective on How to Get Hired

How to Hire-and Get Hired-in a Recession is a good article about job-hunting and the current market. Tough? Yes. Opinionated. Absolutely . But a lot of what he says is true now and in any job market or economic situation. Employers want the best people. Job seekers have to show why they're the best person. Easier said than done. Highlights for job seekers: - candidates have to work harder to come out on top, and not be afraid to show it (by the way, this doesn't always mean more hours) - focus in on what employers may be looking for and be prepared in an interview (check out the questions about halfway through the article) - you MUST be able to prove your value, right now positions who are not directly selling or perceived as bringing in money are considered the most dispensable so prove your ROI to the employer - employers are looking for people who are not just hard workers, but who can (positively) impact the business right now

Dispatch Job Hunting Series

The Columbus Dispatch is running Help Wanted, an eight-day series on finding work. Topics include dealing with a lay-off, job hunting, resumes, self-employment, interviews, retraining, researching companies, and retirement jobs. First installment is available online, and it looks like each day's articles will be posted as they run. Today's article had solid guidance and resources, definitely check it out.

Tune Up for the New Year

Excellent article from Oprah magazine, by financial guru Suze Orman, all about getting focused and getting your next position no matter where you're coming from. Key Points: Tune up your skills (through your current employer or on your own) Tune into old networks (you know waaay more people than you probably realize!) Tune out the negativity (enough said) Here's to a great 2009!

Holiday Job Search Tips

Looking for a work? Think that doing anything during the holidays is a waste? Think again. Here are some tips to help your search. I especially like these two:
  1. Use holiday events for schmoozing with family, friends and acquaintances. You never know who will produce your next job lead. Attend as many events as you can reasonably fit into your calendar. You don't want to be obnoxious about your job search and aggravate friends and relatives. But, do prepare a brief statement that tells people you are looking for a job and the kind of job you seek. (edited to add...I hate the word "schmooze", but you get the idea...chat up your friends and family, you need something to talk about anyway!)
  2. Send holiday cards with your business card enclosed to hiring managers with whom you've recently interviewed. Send one to well-connected friends as well.

Resource Minute--Quick Job Hunting Tips

Sharon DeLay of Permanent Ink has added Resource Minute, short videos of human resources, hiring and recruiting experts providing tips related to job hunting. Yours truly will be found there, along with several other people. Check it out, they give some really good advice. New interviews are always being added so check back periodically for new tips and ideas.

Online Job Shopping

You survived Black Friday, now it's Cyber Monday so our attention turns to online shopping (for a job of course). As the ceremonial kick-off of the online holiday shopping season, the fact that Cyber Monday is even a common term shows how integral the internet is to our lives. The internet is a great tool for shopping for stuff and a job, but also has the same negatives for both. • There is way too much information. Search for a term and generally there are thousands of results, you need a way to sort through and edit all of the info. • Everyone worldwide has access to and is using the same system you are. Especially when you're using a job board like Monster.com, there are a lot of different things posted and a lot of people respond to each post. For any given position, hundreds or even thousands of people could be applying. • It's very key word driven. You've probably encountered a situation where you couldn't find quite the right key words to pull up the thing you're looking for. That happens with job postings and resumes too, if you're not entering the right key word, or using the right key word on your resume, the info may not be found. • It's impersonal. Don't get me wrong, I shop online a lot. You can get great deals and don't have to brave the crowds. But I also like to go to local shops where I can meet with and talk to real live people. Job hunting is the same--you want to be a real live person rather than a piece of paper to a potential employer. So what's a cyber job shopper to do? Use the internet as the tool that it is. Take advantage of the access to a wide variety of positions, information, research resources, and ease of contacting potential employers. But it should only be one tool in your arsenal, along with personal networking, connecting through organizations, following local job boards, and pursuing companies that you've identified as a good fit for you.

The You Show

The You Show. Really, I can't say it any better than Seth Godin did in this post...an interview is a show that's all about you. Are you planning and putting on a show, or waiting for the audience to direct you? The risk is being so over-planned that you can't answer questions or react to your audience. But if you go in with a general idea of what you'll say and do, it can make the process less stressful and more enjoyable. Yes, enjoyable.

Interview Etiquette--Take Two

Shud U B Concerned? R U at Fault? The first part of this survey report showed some areas where what the interviewer expected was different from the behavior of some candidates. (Answering your cell phone in an interview? Seriously people.) This second part shows some interesting insight into expectations job seekers have that interviewers may not live up to as well.