Posts Tagged ‘Job Seekers’

3 Mistakes That Can Erase Your Success in Finding a Job

October 16, 2014

Mistake #1 – Analyzing the Job Market
If you listen to the daily news, you get mixed messages on how the job market is and it is easy to get depressed and scared that you will not find a job any time soon, if ever. If those are the feelings you have, do not go looking for a job – no employer wants to interview people who are depressed and scared. Instead, switch your focus to be as positive and upbeat as possible, and then begin looking for employers who need help. In many cases, the same companies that are firing people out one door are hiring people through another. Spend your time finding managers who have work that needs to be done. Don’t make assumptions about what jobs are not available.
Which brings us to the single largest directory of jobs that are not available

Mistake #2 – Poring over job boards and the want ads
DespairJob hunters look at the online job boards (or the classifieds) and see opportunities beckoning. So are the jobs data bases. When 5,000 people apply for a job, the job is hardly “available”. Simple statistics will tell you that even an outstanding candidate can slip through the cracks while unsophisticated Human Resources jockeys are screening thousands of applicants. (And that’s before they get around to actually interviewing a few hundred.)

Like that little post card says, “Thank you for submitting your resume. We are currently evaluating your qualifications. Due to the large number of responses, we will not be able to get back to you any time soon.” (If ever) Do you really consider that job available? You would probably do better by buying a lottery ticket.
The other reason these jobs are not really available is because while Human Resources is reading resumes, some headhunter has met with the hiring manager, submitted three candidates, and is helping one of them evaluate an offer. Human Resources might not even know this is happening. Beep! Time’s up. On to the next resume data base. Spend your time deciding where you would like to work and then finding the decision maker for where you want to work – send your resume to them and request an interview.

Mistake #3 – Under-emphasizing, or neglecting your worth
Your worth is what makes an employer want to hire you – not your “tasks and duties.” Your worth is determined by the value you offer the employer. That means you have to take the initiative in your job hunt. An employer cannot extract value from you — you must offer it to them. You can only offer value if you know what the employer considers valuable. That means conducting a lot of research up front, before you approach any employer.

Earn an interview by establishing the value you offer before any meetings with the employer take place. The bottom line in any business enterprise is profit. It’s the thing that enables us to survive to work — and succeed — yet another day. Your job hunt is a business enterprise. If it doesn’t promise profit for the prospective employer, it won’t produce profit — in the form of a healthy job offer — for you.

***I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume that shows your value – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at careerist@aol.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.***

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Let People Open Doors For You

June 2, 2014

ConnectionsEvery person ever hired was hired by a person. Your sources of job leads and interviews are people you know, or are about to know. Don’t expect to get a job from the internet, or the want ads. Expect your friends, family, neighbors, LinkedIn, Facebook and business associates, fellow church members and other people you know to help you. When you ask others, with confidence, if they know of people who you might talk with, they are glad to help.

Here are some tips to guide you:

  • Conduct a people search instead of a job search – spend your time connecting with other people instead of looking for specific jobs on job boards or in ads
  • Let people know you are looking, but don’t specifically ask for a job – people love to help, but they don’t want to feel “put on the spot” with a direct request for a job
  • Companies are still hiring, however they are being more selective, relying more on referrals from current employees, and less on posting to job boards or placing ads. Now more than ever, it is not just what you know, or even who you know, but who knows what you know that differentiates those considered for existing positions – purposely network to develop strategic relationships and be connected inside your target companies
  • Focus on highlighting your value by establishing credibility, promoting trust, demonstrating extraordinary knowledge and skills, and inspiring confidence about your genuine interest to add value to an organization as a team player

Summer is almost here, and NOW is the time to ramp up your job search. Many budgets open up in July and people do get hired.

I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at careerist[at]aol[dot]com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.

I would love your feedback on this!

7 Tips On How To Conduct Your Job Search After Being Laid Off

January 30, 2013

Every week, and sometimes every day, we hear of more companies laying off employees, forcing those people to look for new jobs. The fact is that looking for work at any time can be challenging; but during our current economic times, it can be downright daunting. I’ve seen it strike fear into the hearts of even the most accomplished individual. It can cause successful, confident, and capable professionals to question their sanity, marketability, and expertise. If you let it, it can immobilize you.

job-opportunityWhere to start?

1)     Take time to acknowledge what you’ve lost. Even if your job wasn’t all that terrific, it did provide a certain amount of security, income, and identity. Admit your feelings of loss and recognize the range of feelings you are bound to have over the next several weeks and months: anger, sadness, relief, fear, embarrassment, and lack of confidence. Take time to process your feelings and get whatever assistance you need to regain your emotional footing. A positive attitude is essential for a successful job search.

2)     Clarify what you have to offer an employer. Identify what you are selling, and make no mistake about it, you are selling your services in exchange for something of equal value. A company isn’t going to hire and pay you for more than you are able to deliver. At the same time, you don’t want to be under paid for your contributions. Getting clear about your skills and expertise will make the next step – developing a value-packed resume and other marketing materials – easier.

3)     Create impeccable marketing materials. I am amazed at what are passed off as acceptable resumes and cover letters. However, I do realize that the people sending them are not always to blame. They just haven’t been told the truth as to what compromises a great resume. Most resumes concentrate on “tasks & duties” – what they are expected to do on their job description – and fail to mention how they have made a difference, or in other words, the specific value they bring to the table. Some resumes include numerous typos, misspellings, and errors in grammar. Your marketing materials must be top quality – your professional credibility rests upon them.

4)     Develop and implement an active job search plan. You may be surprised to discover that only about 4% of jobs come from the Internet, so limit the time you spend looking online. What makes the prospect of spending hours online searching for job opportunities seductive is the feeling that you are doing something; when in fact you are like a caged squirrel running on the wheel to nowhere. It feels like you are accomplishing something, but in reality, you are simply killing time, time better spent on more active job search strategies. Of course, using passive job search methods results in a lot less out-and-out rejection and virtually no actual opportunities, but it feels like you are doing something.

5)     Take control of your search. If you don’t do it, know one else will. Harry Truman once said, “The buck stops here.” That saying has never been truer than when conducting your job search. Decide to be a person of action. Everyone has dark, discouraging days. Managing your search means persisting without exception. Nobody cares about your success, or job search, as much as you do. (Joining the Job Hunters Success Coaching Club will help with your job search – you will receive great support and learn all kinds of valuable information to implement immediately)

6)     Look for opportunities to create value. Savvy job hunters build credibility and trust by looking for ways to create value. Make every interaction a high quality one. Stop looking for a job and start looking for ways to contribute. Ask compelling questions, and probe for problems that need solving. Keep your attention on the other person’s agenda because finding the right job is really about solving someone’s pressing business problems.

7)     Plan for and expect success. Leap into your job search as though it is your new job, because right now this is the most important work you can do! Create your plan for success, work it, evaluate it regularly, and recommit to your success.

10 Secrets To Finding a Job – Despite a Scarce Job Market

January 8, 2013

ScarceEvery time we turn on the news, we seem to be bombarded with discouraging news about the job market. However, there are open positions that can be found, with persistence. Here are 10 ways you can stay positive and greatly increase your chances for great results. When you take action toward something you want, you remain more positive and feel more in control of the situation.

1)     Strive to be the best in your profession – Demonstrate at every opportunity how you can add value to an organization. Show what distinguishes you from your competition. This applies whether you are currently looking for a job, or whether you already have one. And, keep your job skills current.

2)     Brand yourself – How are you unique? What are your strengths? Who is your target audience? Do you have a personal brand statement? If you’re not sure about the answers to these questions, take the time to reflect on them so you know just what VALUE you offer a new employer, or your current employer.

3)     Network consistently – Join Internet networking groups such as LinkedIn and FaceBook. Also, join local and national professional organizations, such as your local Chamber of Commerce, or the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), to name a few. Networking is the #1 way to find a job!

4)     Develop a relationship with a recruiter – especially one that works in your field. Being in their database isn’t enough, you want to be the one that comes to mind when they have a position for which you’d qualify.

5)     Think about freelancing – Become more entrepreneurial, whether you work for yourself or someone else. Visit sologig.com. This is a site that hosts jobs just for freelancers and contractors.

6)     If you are out of work, join a support group – The Boot Camp for Job Seekers Who Want Quick Results™ is a terrific place to start. People support one other and provide leads and advice to others in the group.

7)     Embrace change – Keep your job skills up to date. Create a personal website, or at least a great profile (ask about the 60 Second Commercial) on websites such as LinkedIn and FaceBook. Take a class.

8)     Prepare for an evolving job market – Look for trends in the job market where there is increased hiring. Growth industries include health care, technology and green living, to name a few.

9)     Your resume is what gets you interviews – Make sure it shows the type of position you want, how you have the skill set for that type of position, and how you have used your skills to make a difference in the various jobs you have held. It must show VALUE, and it must look great, so an employer will pick up the phone and call you. I have an eBook that shows you how to accomplish all of that.

10)  Make sure your credentials and skill set matches the employers job requirements – Pay attention to the employer’s requirements or job posting – you should match about 75 – 80% of what they want.

 

What Are Your Career Goals for 2013?

December 18, 2012

Thought for the day: “A person who aims at nothing is sure to hit it.” ~ Anonymous

goal settingIf you are like most of us this time of year, you start thinking about the New Year and how you would like things to change for the better, especially in your career. In order to make that happen, you have to do things differently. You cannot keep doing what you have been doing and expect things to change – it just won’t happen. You have to make a new plan of action and then implement your plan.

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes have a hard time of following through with what I want to change. We can make all the plans to make changes, but unless we execute those changes, success is not going to happen. Here are some steps you can take to ensure success:

  • Make an INTENTION – something you really intend to do
  • List your ACTION STEPS to carry out your intentions – list what needs to be done to make each intention happen
  • EXECUTE your action steps – schedule them into your daily/weekly routine so they get accomplished
  • Then, CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCCESSES along the way – big and little ones – they will come!

In order to help you achieve your goal, I’d like to invite you to take advantage of a New Year’s special I am offering – “Get Hired Now” – this is personal, 1-on-1 coaching session where you and I will work together to…

  • Create a crystal clear vision for the type of job you want, the income level you desire, and what it will take to make it happen – FAST
  • Uncover hidden challenges that may be sabotaging your success with getting interviews and ace-ing them
  • Leave this session renewed, re-energized, and inspired to get hired now in the best, highest paying job you’ve ever had.

If you’d like to take advantage of this very special, very limited, and totally FREE 30 minute “Get Hired Now” coaching session, email me at careerist@aol.com and answer the follow questions – also include your phone number:

1. How long have you been unemployed?
2. What was the last job you had?
3. Did you like it?
4. How long did you have that job?
5. What were you paid at that job?
6. On a scale of 0-10, how important is it for you to find a job right now?

I am here, and ready to support you in your success of landing a new job!

Are You Getting Prepared For The New Year?

December 11, 2012

Happy New Year NeonWith 2012 quickly coming to a close, it is time to take a deep breath and take a little time to reflect on what this past year has brought about for you. Whether you consider it good or bad, it’s time to celebrate your successes, face your losses and set your top goal for the New Year. Consider these “Top 3 Must Dos” as 2012 comes to an end, and stand on solid ground in anticipation of what 2013 will bring.

Celebrate your successes. A lot has happened over the past 12 months. But, as you go day-by-day, it’s hard to remember what you have accomplished along the way. Everything seems to turn into a blur and we often forget the wonderful things we have done throughout the year. Think about the actions you have taken each month and how they have led to bigger successes.

Before this year ends, jot down all of the wins you’ve accomplished this year. Focus on each month, beginning with January. Write them down, whether they are big or small, and whether they are from your personal or professional life. Then own it. Revel in your success, and use it as a foundation to build on.

Face your losses.  What didn’t go the way you had planned over the past year? What setbacks did you have? When we face our losses, we allow them to be put behind us so we can move forward. Often it’s the pain in our lives that allows us to take big leaps forward. If we weren’t uncomfortable, many of us would not put out much effort to make things better – we get trapped in our comfort zones. There is no need to brush mistakes under the rug. Let your setbacks form the goals you want to set for the New Year. Learn from them. That’s how you grow.

Set your top goal for the New Year.  If you could accomplish something meaningful in the New Year, what would it be? Concentrate on just one goal. Think about what would bring you alive each morning, what would get you engaged and excited about life. Maybe it’s taking your family to Disney World, getting that promotion you know is a great fit for you, or being able to work just four days a week. Brainstorm a list of ideas, then pick the top goal that feels like the best for you.

Your goal should have the right mix of tension and flexibility. Put enough stretch in your goal to make it enticing, yet with a touch of slack to make it doable. Next, get specific. Be sure you know what you’ll do by when. Write your goal down and post it in a visible area where you look at it every day. Now, you have something to look forward to.

By celebrating your successes, facing your losses and setting your top goal for the New Year, you are giving yourself a great gift – one of completion and inspiration.

I can provide further information for each one of these tips. I would love for you to contact me at 248/478-5662 or careerist@aol.com. I am here, and ready to support you in your success of landing a new job!

I look forward to you sharing your comments.

Getting In The Door So You Can “Show Your Stuff”

November 6, 2012

When clients ask me an effective way to find a new job, one of the things I suggest is to have them research companies where they would like to work and get an interview with the person that would be the decision maker for their area of expertise. Get in front of someone who has the authority to hire you and show them your value – they just might create a job for you.

How do you inspire a company to create a new job just for you?  Forget about your credentials, your history and past jobs. They are irrelevant to a new company. If you focus on your past when searching for a new job, you’ll get yourself into the same dead-end job you just left.

Here’s what you do. Decide where you want to work. Study your target company. Explore the problems and challenges it is facing, and figure out how you can help the company tackle them profitably. Apply your skills and abilities in new ways to redefine your qualifications. Think in terms of what the company doesn’t have, but needs – that’s you new job. That’s the business plan you need to present.

The job you want to create is essentially a new business. But, don’t expect your target company to figure out whether this “new business” is justified. You must be ready to explain it to them. Show how you’ll deliver profit in new ways. That’s what will make the company create a new job just for you.

You don’t get into a company by asking the HR department to let you in. To get into the inner sanctum where hiring decision are really made, you need someone with a key. You need a personal introduction.

Employees of the company are an obvious solution, but not the only one, and not the best one. You can develop great contacts in a company by talking to the company’s vendors and its customers, its bankers and real estate agents, its landlords and its competitors. These are “players” who can make the kinds of introductions you need. Research them. Call them. Cultivate them.

You will find these people by studying the appropriate periodicals and professional journals; by talking to industry associations; by attending industry events; by making some smart guesses; and by getting on the phone. That’s how headhunters get leads on good job candidates. It’s how you can get past the guard.

SALARY: Should You Divulge Your Past Salary History?

October 11, 2012

Think carefully before divulging your past salary history in an interview. Many people think that by not doing so, it might prejudice an employer’s offer, so they gladly reveal their salary history if required, so as not to be disqualified.

Instead of trying to placate an interviewer, try to focus on projecting a clear impression of what’s important to you and what you’re worth. When you withhold your salary history, it forces a candidate and an employer to negotiate based on the candidate’s future value. Do you really want to get stuck defending what your last employer paid you?

This salary issue is more than a question of being cooperative. It’s about making sound judgments. In my opinion, an intelligent disagreement and discussion about salary reveals integrity and it stimulates an important dialogue. Employers who rely on salary history to judge you, are trusting another company’s evaluation of you. Think about that. It’s almost insane. What really matters is what you can do for this company now and in the future. Is the company able to make that judgment? Why does it need your last employer’s “salary input”?

Declining to divulge salary history is not about being uncooperative. It’s about shifting the interview to a higher plane. Don’t worry so much about getting disqualified. Any candidate can be cooperative, but few can demonstrate their value and get paid what they’re really worth. Your value lies in what you can do next; not in what somebody paid you to do last year. If you learn to hold your ground properly you will earn a manager’s respect, and maybe the offer you deserve.

Joyce welcomes any comments you have regarding the various topics addressed on the blog. Also, she would like you to ask any questions you might have that relate to a career transition. That way, she can address your needs, making sure you get relevant information to what matter most to you.

 

What Am I Doing Wrong?

September 20, 2012

“What am I doing wrong?”

That question was asked of me last week by one of my new clients, a sales executive who’s been in a career transition for about a year now. This was our first coaching session. I gave him my honest answer…”I don’t know; let’s see what we can figure out.” I started by asking some routine yes/no questions to get a sense of what he knew about himself:

  • Can you speak about your product (you) with confidence and clarity? (He was unfamiliar with the concept of personal branding).
  • Do you know your product’s (your) strengths and flaws?
  • Can you describe your competitive advantage?
  • Do you have a clearly defined target goal?
  • Have you identified organizations that are aligned with your target goal?
  • Is your resume absolutely  a-m-a-z-i-n-g in educating the reader about you?
  • Do you make it easy for someone to interview you, or is it more like ping-pong with pain?
  • Can you name five things you do better than the next person?
  • Can you name five of your best attributes that will make a positive impact on the employer’s bottom line?
  • Can you cite five good reasons why somebody should hire you over your competition?
  • Have you been consistently networking, both in person and on the Internet?
  • Do you know the top 10 companies you would like to work for?

My client answered “no” to each of the questions. If you are looking for work in today’s competitive market, do yourself a favor; before you hit the streets, back up, rewind, and ask some hard, tough questions of yourself – be honest with yourself. Do you know what you are doing wrong when it comes to your job search? Would most of your answers to the above questions be “no” just like my client’s? When you can answer “yes” to these basic questions listed above, plus others, you’ll be well on your way to landing your next job. And I’d encourage you to start this process NOW, whether you are currently looking for a job or not. I suspect you will notice an immediate difference in how employers respond to you.

You Are Never Too Old!

September 18, 2012
I was at the gym recently, doing my time on the treadmill, when I saw one of the gym’s employees showing an elderly gentleman around to see what they had to offer. I was so impressed that this gentleman was interested in seeing what the gym had to offer him, because he was he was at least 80 years old, and probably older than that.
It struck me that “it’s never to late” to invest in ourselves and grow into what we want to become. This gentleman, despite his advanced age, was ready to do what he could to have a higher quality of life. He knows it’s never too late for self improvement, or for whatever you want to do.
When talking with many of you, I find you are discouraged and want to give up when conducting a job search, especially if you have been searching for a job for three to four months with no results, and especially if you are over age 50. It does get discouraging and it’s temping to give up and dwell on what is negative. However, it’s never too late – I suggest you do all you can to focus on the end result you want – the perfect job for you – and determine what you have to do to get there. (A good start would be to invest $19.95 in yourself and join the Affiliation for Business Professionals Over Fifty – ABPOF) where you will receive monthly coaching on how to get ahead in your career.
The busiest hiring season of the year is here – September and October. Now is the time to send your resume out if you are seeking a new job, and if you are currently working, it’s time to make sure your resume is a “10,” just in case you are notified about a new job possibility.