Three Tips To Find Job Opportunities

KJHunting for job opportunities can be an exhausting, grinding, and frustrating experience. Many employers seem to have sky-high qualifications for potential candidates, which can be discouraging. But don’t give up your search. Here are three suggestions to help make your search for employment a little bit easier, and hopefully successful.

Ignore Required Qualifications

Everyone looking through the employment classifieds has found a great listing. Then you find out that the employer has a list of qualifications a mile long, and you only meet a few of them. Don’t worry about the qualifications. Recruiters call the applicant that matches all of these qualifications a “purple squirrel.” Why a “purple squirrel”? Because that perfect applicant does not exist in real life. You might have the education but not the work experience. Or you have the experience but your degree is from a community college and not a four-year university like they want. If you think you can do the job, apply for it, regardless of the required qualifications. The worst that can happen is they tell you thanks, but no thanks. If that happens, you are no worse

Hiring the Best and Most Appropriate Candidate for Your Company

WEBeing the HR manager for your organization, you already know how tough it is to bring aboard the best and most appropriate candidate in your company. You already got the resume of your prospective employee, but then what’s the big deal – every person today frames a professional resume and every shortlisted candidate gives his or her best to win the employer’s heart in interview. Therefore, it can be more challenging than one can presume to get the guy you actually want.

Why you need only the best and most appropriate candidate?

Well, you might be working for a company that has probably the most outstanding services or products highly in demand. However, businesses are run and managed by people and to ascertain that the show goes on profitably, organizations need apt people!

Studies show that a lot of clients or customers prefer the products or services of certain companies just because they are cordially treated, sensibly handled and personally looked into by the people working there. So it is in case of sales teams, accounts people and even HR team members! That very much explains why

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New Job Search Strategies You Should Know

WQIt’s not the good old days anymore. You should know that better than anyone if you have been searching for a job. Long gone are the days when you could appear on a potential employer’s doorstep, resume in hand and hope for an interview. Now you must be internet savvy, highly technical and always aware of the latest and greatest way jobs are sought and filled.

Social Media is Key

If you are not on social media, you may be the only one. Make sure your LinkedIn account is up-to-date at all times, but also don’t forget the power of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Let your friends and followers know that you are actively seeking work. One of your hundreds of online friends may just have the inside skinny on a dream job that hasn’t yet been advertised.

An important tip when seeking work on- or offline is to make sure that your social media presence reflects your best self. Potential future employers are going to want to see what you can add to their work environment. They are likely to be turned off by coarse language

Job Hunting Strategies

DWIf you think about it, you have “employees” of your own. You pay them to do things for you – find information on what concerns you, keep track of data you need to access again, and anything else you do not want to do yourself. Do you get what I am talking about yet? Some of your employees are paid when you get the bill from the phone company and your internet provider. Others are paid when you get your electric bill. Some are actually people who provide a service you appreciate. I am sure you have caught on by now!

Technology can be an excellent employee, if used correctly. How much easier is life when your smartphone works? How much harder is it when you can’t figure it out? If you do not have a smartphone, substitute “computer” or “remote control” or whatever technology you use.

One problem with this employee of yours is that technology changes over time. Your comfortable way of doing things gets out of sync with the way the rest of your world is moving and you miss out on important

Four Strategies Help You Find Your Dream Job in the Unpublished Job Market

DCDid you know that the traditional job market only covers around 30% of all jobs available at any given time? Some experts claim that this traditional job market covers no more that 10% of the jobs available. So where are the rest of the available jobs?

The unpublished job market, also known as the hidden job market, covers around 70% of all available jobs available in the marketplace. But there’s more; 80% of the six-figure salary positions are filled within this unpublished job market. Due to its importance, it should be part of your overall job search efforts.

Let’s look at four strategies that you can use to leverage on the opportunities available on this hidden job market:

1. Have a list of companies of interest.

Why it’s important to take the time to research companies? Because if you just apply for any job opening you find, you’re wasting time and energy, even though you might feel like you’re accomplishing something by sending out tons of resumes out there.

The time you spend upfront researching about companies you are interested in will benefit you in the long run, because

Avoid These Outdated Job Hunting Strategies

DESearching for a new job is much different now than it was just a few years ago. Applicants must make themselves stand apart from other applicants without making themselves look odd or aggressive. To do this effectively, many job seekers need to change some of their “old school” job seeking habits and approach job seeking in a new manner. By changing some of your methods, you may find that landing the perfect new job has become quite simple.

Follow Application Instructions

Many employers have devised specific routines for accepting applications. They most likely want the applications sent online with your resume attached. They may also give specific information about how to check the status of your application. Many people believe that this is done to make interviewing less personal. However, many companies are doing it this way to see if you can follow simple instructions. Follow all the instructions on their application and their follow up instructions. If the company wants you to check the status online, do not call their HR department. It is a sure way to be overlooked.

Update Your Resume to Current Standards

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Solve Problems Before Being Hired

jyWhat is the purpose of a job?

It depends on the context:

For employees: earn money, financial security, fulfillment, the need for contribution, connection etc.

For employers: they need solutions to everyday problems and responsibilities, need to keep their business moving, serve clients

Overall, you want the money and the employer wants solutions to problems. This means if you prove yourself to the prospect company that you are qualified to solve their problems and responsibilities from a certain field, department, you will get the job. So, what is the best way to prove this?

The answer is very obvious and also overlooked: by offering an idea to solve one of their problems. This is how your skills become tangible and valuable assets for the prospect employer. If you just write them on a piece of paper (your resume), your skills become abstract terms.

Let me give a personal example. I went to a company to tell them that I noticed a problem that their clients had and to tell them my idea how to solve it. It took me about 5 minutes to explain the problem that I saw

The Difference Between Technical and Traditional Staffing Agencies

e3During a tough economy, it is difficult to find traditional employment. More employers are using outside resources and contract workers in order to find the right fit for their workforce. Choosing which staffing agencies you should apply to can be quite difficult, especially if you are a skilled technical worker.

What Are Traditional Staffing Agencies?

With most locations, you can fill out some of the paperwork online. However, almost all will have a physical location for you to visit. When you go to a traditional agency, you will undergo a career assessment to determine whether you qualify for any of the jobs they may have. You should bring all work-related documentation with you. You will speak to an assessor about the jobs they have available and fill out an application that will match you with potential work.

The thing that differentiates traditional staffing agencies from specialized ones is the types of jobs they represent. These locations have a variety of clients to whom they provide industrial, clerical, and even janitorial services. Some do have a few specialized clients, but generally they are a catch all for entry-level

How to Find Translation Jobs Online

hgA lot of people and a lot of companies are always looking for translators. If you know where to look, you can find a lot of translation jobs online. Let me tell you three places you can look for these jobs online.

Translator Sites

Translator sites are sites providing services just for translators, translating agencies, and others looking for translators. These sites give community support to you as a translator. You can get translation help with difficult phrases and you can find work through these sites as well. Here are two translator sites that are worth checking out:

  • proz.com
  • translatorscafe.com

These sites are worth joining even if you don’t find work through these sites as they provide you with valuable translation support, help, and services. The site proz.com does offer a paid subscription to access special parts of the site.

Freelance Sites

Some translators work for several different companies and/or individuals. These translators work as independent contractors or freelancers. They are essentially running their own translation business. As freelancers and independent contractors, they can open up accounts on freelance sites such as upwork.com and look for translation jobs there. I just

6 Steps to Job Search Using Your Networking Contact List

kiuWhen you are looking for a job, apart from checking the ads in newspapers and specialized job search engines on the internet, you should also ask for information from the people on your network’s contact list.

Your personal contacts can provide you with current information on the company and position vacancies that are not posted in the regular job marketplace. Sometimes, when they do not provide information about the job opening you are looking for, your contacts may be able to refer you to someone else who might be able to provide the information you are looking for about the industry, company or position of interest.

This is an example of what networking is. Networking is when you start reaching out to your list of contacts to get needed information or referrals from your friends’ network of contacts. Many people are repelled by the thought of networking. Some critics of networking believe that is not a reliable as a source of information about industry, companies or job openings. Others say it is easier to keep on with the traditional job market ads than to rely on

The Top Five Benefits of Contract Jobs

deeIn this day and age, job changes are not only frequent, but they are also the norm. In some industries, layoffs are predictable. Gone are the days where you could start a career with one company and work until retirement. In order to bridge the gaps in your employment, you may choose to work at contract jobs. Here are five good reasons you should try this route.

Building Work Experience

One of the best things about contract jobs is the experience you gain. For the new graduate, it allows you to gain on the job knowledge that many businesses look for in their permanent employees. Those who have been in the industry for a while can help you build new skills and a varied resume. This shows human resource managers that you are adaptive, proactive, and flexible. You also gain the added benefit of getting a better feel for what type of organization or work you do best.

New Connections

During your tenure at a temporary position, you will meet and interact with new people. This helps you to build a professional network, which helps you to stay

What Makes a Good Job

kikMany people are searching for a job that they can truly enjoy and feel good about doing. But what goes into making a “good job?” What criteria can a person use to determine whether a job will be personally satisfying as well as something that will help them pay the bills? It turns out that there are three criteria that all good jobs must have to be both personally rewarding and sustainable financially.

1. Is it something you enjoy doing?

The first criterion is that the job must be something that you really enjoy doing. There are so many different types of jobs out there and there is no doubt that there is something for everyone. Think about what you like to do for fun. For your work to be truly satisfying it should be something you enjoy doing, whether you are getting paid for it or not. Of course getting paid is nice too but this cannot be the only motivation for something you want to do for work. A good job should be something personally meaningful to you that you will be happy doing

Four Tips To Maximize Your Job Opportunities

jiHunting for job opportunities is both a stressful and exhausting experience. It can also be quite discouraging, depending on your skill set and the market. No matter what you do, where you live, or who is hiring, there are some basic strategies and tips that can help make the search a little bit easier. Here are four tips for finding new job opportunities.

Take Your Time With The Application

While this may seem like basic advice, it is very important. Many people are so caught up in applying for work, that they will send out nearly the same cover letter to different companies. Even if you change the wording to apply to that specific opening, recruiters can easily see when a cover letter has been recycled. Make sure that each application, and/or cover letter, is filled out with the current position in mind.

Use Social Media

Many people might feel a little odd about broadcasting their desire for employment to all of their friends and family. Don’t be. You should use social media to your advantage, and do so shamelessly. Your aunt may know that her attorney is

Your Job Search Requires a Dose of Perseverance

dfSearching for a job can be painful, unsettling and fatiguing. We’ve all been through it at least once during our careers. When the pressures mounts, you can be tough on yourself – damaging your morale and self-confidence.

Many people want to work, but unfortunately the job search can take longer than expected, requiring some to pound the pavement for many months and even years. And yet, people eventually do find employment and their success is based in-part on persevering throughout multiple phases of the job search. How you approach your search has a direct effect on your success in landing a satisfactory position.

How do you overcome adversity and persevere during a protracted job search? Here are a few helpful tips:

Overcome your fear

Fear can be a detractor, but also a powerful motivator. Consider the consequences of not extending yourself well above and beyond during your search. For example, a diversity of new technologies have emerged in recent years to facilitate your job hunt. Learning about these technologies can be a daunting and intimidating experience. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to

The Top Five Benefits of Contract Jobs

gyIn this day and age, job changes are not only frequent, but they are also the norm. In some industries, layoffs are predictable. Gone are the days where you could start a career with one company and work until retirement. In order to bridge the gaps in your employment, you may choose to work at contract jobs. Here are five good reasons you should try this route.

Building Work Experience

One of the best things about contract jobs is the experience you gain. For the new graduate, it allows you to gain on the job knowledge that many businesses look for in their permanent employees. Those who have been in the industry for a while can help you build new skills and a varied resume. This shows human resource managers that you are adaptive, proactive, and flexible. You also gain the added benefit of getting a better feel for what type of organization or work you do best.

New Connections

During your tenure at a temporary position, you will meet and interact with new people. This helps you to build a professional network, which helps you to stay

How to Get a Job Interview: 3 Tips for Success

huYou send out resumes, have the right LinkedIn profile, but you never get a job interview?

Getting a call for the job interview is a combination of events that must come together. There is no one “sure fire” way to get an interview (unless a parent owns the company or you start a company yourself).

I’ve taught hundreds of students how to write a resume, cover letter, create a LinkedIn profile, and how to interview for the job. Based on my experience, to get an interview you must focus on at least these 3 areas: Resume, LinkedIn, and Networking.

Your Resume

Your resume is one of the biggest factors in getting an interview for a job. Your Resume:

    • is your invitation to know more about you

 

    • is an appetizer that you are serving. The main meal is the job interview!

 

    • must convey your value

 

    • must highlight your accomplishments, NOT a description of what you’ve done

 

    • layout must easy to read and professional

 

  • is your brand and reflects YOU

Your LinkedIn Profile

Your resume is your 1st appetizer. If the company likes what they see, they will move on to the 2nd appetizer – your LinkedIn profile.

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The Best Sites to Find Engineering Jobs for New Graduates

graGraduating from college is one of the most exciting times in a young adult’s life, and rightfully so. It marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. The only problem is that the excitement is usually short-lived because the reality of finding employment starts to set in rather quickly. Fear not. Your search for an opportunity to show off your newly acquired skill set isn’t out of reach at all, provided that you know where to look. Here are some of the best sites to find engineering jobs for new graduates, like you.

#1: Specialized Recruiting Sites

Don’t face your job search alone. A surprising treasure trove for information about potential opportunities is recruiting sites. Recruiting sites have everything you could possibly need and more when it comes to looking for employment – and not just any employment, but likely the best possible fit around. With the help of things like personality tests, one-on-one interview coaching, and skill assessments, you stand to benefit tremendously from working with a specialized recruiting site that knows all the ins and outs of the field,

How To Expedite Your Job Search

joFinding a new job can be hard, especially when your self-esteem is still suffering from the loss of your old one. Some people can spend may months struggling to gain a way back into the workforce. If this is something that you’re currently dealing with, there are several things that you can do to expedite your search.

Try being more flexible in terms of what you’re willing to accept. This could be important if you’ve nearly depleted your savings and have already developed a considerable gap in your resume. Many people make the mistake of looking for positions that are exactly like the one’s they’ve just lost. You may find yourself happy in a brand new work environment and with brand new responsibilities.

Consider positions that lie outside of your normal field. Don’t limit yourself to only one industry. Consider the ways in which your skills my be flexible enough for other fields. Think about the different types of companies that you would like to work for and establish a plan for marketing yourself outside of your normal territory.

Look for a way to generate money online.

When Is a Status Symbol an Investment Tool

dePeople judge on appearances. It would be nice if they did not, but the reality is that they do. That’s why the way your resume looks on the page is an important factor of resume writing. It’s one thing we look for when asked to critique a resume. You could have all the facts written accurately and still be rejected because the reader is looking for something you are blind to.

A little while ago, a blog post about the logic of stupid poor people popped up in different areas of the internet. Author Tressie M. Cottom makes some valid points in it about the reasons someone would spend a lot of money on an item of clothing or an accessory, and it isn’t to feel good – it is to make themselves acceptable and “gain access to a limited set of rewards granted upon group membership.” In many cases, this goal is a job that will improve their lives and the lives of their family. She says it isn’t that poor people are stupid. Rather, it is that they are blind to the nuances

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The First Ten Minutes

4Have you noticed when you watch a movie, the first few minutes, usually less than ten minutes, are filled with action? That’s because movie producers have discovered moviegoers have to be “hooked” in that period of time or they walk out! Just a few minutes!

Some movies even run the credits over the initial action, so they don’t waste your time with, well, no action! I even saw a movie recently that ran all the credits at the end of the movie – none up front. That got my attention right away.

The same principle is true for a book – the first chapter is usually an eye catcher! The main character is introduced in some meaningful way so you want to read the rest of the book.

Now hang in there while I do some math. Ten minutes out of a 2-hour movie is about 8.3% of the total movie time. If we use that same percentage for a 90-minute movie, that “hook” action only lasts 7 ½ minutes. Not a lot of time to make an impression.

Now how do we apply that principle – make