Feb 07

You did everything you needed to do to make a great impression at your job interview.  From an impressive resume to a suitable suit to impeccable manners, you feel that the job interviewer viewed you in a positive light.  Is there anything else you can do to ensure top consideration for your dream job?

Sending a follow-up letter after your interview is an important tool in your career search arsenal.  By sending a follow-up letter, you are reminding the job interviewer of your existence.  After all, the interviewer may be reviewing dozens or hundreds of resumes and people.  Your follow-up letter may be the simple reminder the interviewer needs to keep your name and face in the forefront of their thoughts.  Also, sending a follow-up letter after your interview gives you an opportunity to thank the interviewer for their time.  This shows your ability to appreciate the time constraints of your prospective employers as well as your sense of savvy with regard to proper business protocol and communication.  Sending a well-written, polite follow-up letter only takes a few minutes and can mean the difference between landing the job you want or being forgotten after you leave the job interview.

Feb 04

What Will Your Search Say About You?

You are ready to apply for that dream job and have everything you need from a stellar resume to a suitable suit. Although you may think you’ve covered all your bases, did you know that many employers Google potential employees to gather more information? Consider what your Google search might say about you before you leave for that big job interview.

Although the Internet can seem like a virtual playground, the information you share online is very real and can come back to haunt you down the road – such as during a major job interview. Start by Googling yourself to see what you come up with. Are you less than satisfied with the results? Do your best to eliminate your name from negative Google searches by updating your profiles on MySpace and FaceBook or deleting controversial blog entries that you would never want a prospective employer to read. Remember, even though you may have posted your entries for the benefit of friends and fun, your next employer may also have access to your questionable quips after a simple Google search. Make sure you land that dream job by Googling yourself before you go so you know you are presenting a positive image everywhere you go.

Feb 01

AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.

Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps!

AmeriCorps members address critical needs in communities all across America. As an AmeriCorps member, you can:

  • Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth
  • Fight illiteracy
  • Improve health services
  • Build affordable housing
  • Teach computer skills
  • Clean parks and streams
  • Manage or operate after-school programs
  • Help communities respond to disasters
  • Build organizational capacity

Benefits of Service

As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll gain new skills and experiences—and you’ll also find the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others. In addition, full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service.

http://www.americorps.org

Jan 26

A new survey of the ‘Digital Generation’ has been launched today by workplace experts Career Innovation in partnership with AIESEC, the world’s largest student-run organization. The research will track people’s use of new technology, analyze their motivation and enable students to find out about careers that match their profile. It is based on young people’s increasing expectation that work should be fun as well as well-paid.“This survey will help us to see the technologies our members are using, and will show us how we need to evolve as an organization to keep up with the digital generation,” says Emanuel Gavert, Global Networks Manager from AIESEC International. “The results will also give us insight in attracting more technical students into AIESEC.”

Developed by research and technology firm Career Innovation, the Digital Generation Survey will assess people’s use of technology for learning, working and leisure. This will allow universities, employers and technology companies to monitor trends in technology and make predictions about the future world of work.

“It is hard to judge how social networking, interactive games and the increasing portability of technology will affect the way we work” commented Jonathan Winter, Founder of Career Innovation, “But we can be sure of one thing – wherever young people set the pace on technology issues, employers will have to follow. So it is vital that employers and technology providers watch these trends closely.”

The survey analyzes motivation by using models from the computer gaming industry. As a result, every respondent receives a personalized “fun profile” revealing where they get their energy, in work and leisure. It then provides example matches to specific jobs that might interest them, based on this profile.

By taking part participants will also be supporting two charities that help young people. Leading hotel group Marriott International has kindly agreed to donate $2 for every completed survey (up to the first 5,000 responses). Two IBLF charities will benefit equally: Youth Career Initiative and Digital Partnership.

The survey will be run amongst 25,000 AIESEC members across 100 countries during January and February 2008. The results are expected to be announced in Sao Paulo at the AIESEC International Congress, August 2008.

The Global Sponsors of the 2008 Digital Generation Survey are: Marriott International, UBS and Unilever.

Jan 20

Here’s a great post suggesting what not to include on your resume.

Applying for a new job comes with its fair share of rejections, setbacks, frustrations and perhaps even lonely periods of unemployment. If you’ve been turned down for position after position, you could be getting desperate and may want to shake things up a bit so that your résumé will stand out from the piles of others stacked quietly in HR. Before you decide to get too creative, there are some rules to résumé etiquette that you should follow. Read below for the 25 things that you should never include on a professional résumé.

Read the full post here.

Jan 15

Melissa Giovagnoli, President of Networlding, is giving the gift of a strong career start to recent graduates. Networlding’s “101 Ways to Networld” tips booklet. This valuable information will help young adults properly network for meaningful jobs, and can be delivered online at www.networlding.com.

Networlding’s goal is to help recent graduates learn how to network wisely and to reach the best place for them in the world of work. Melissa Giovagnoli believes there is a tremendous gap between the academic degrees that students earn, and the realities and support that graduates get when it’s time to actually go out and find a job. Many times they don’t know where to begin. Recent graduates, or students getting ready to graduate, can go to our site and sign up to receive our free book. The Networlding tips booklet is a $10 value, and will be highly beneficial to any student entering the workforce.

“I’m excited about helping young adults get their first jobs – getting a ‘smart start,’” says Giovagnoli. “With over 2 million students graduating with bachelors, associates, and graduate degrees each year who are entering the workforce, this offer can make a difference by providing a practical education in networking. If every student takes advantage of this offer—which we hope they do, the total value of our offering would exceed $20 million.”

Giovagnoli is the author and/or co-author of 11 books on networking and related subjects. “My intention is to build a community of learning and practice that will start with young adults new to the working world, but also will include lots of mentoring from top business leaders,” Giovagnoli says. For further information on Networlding programs, products and services, visit www.networlding.com.

About Networlding:
Networlding offers a seven-step networking system that accelerates goal achievement. Additionally, the unique, growing Networlding community enables its members to create successful professional relationships for business and career development, marketing and leadership growth. Networlding builds value-based networks that help grow businesses and careers that create a lifetime of success.

Jan 08

Barry Layne, leading career authority known as America’s Career Maker, releases an in house study on the top 15 reasons job seekers were knocked out of consideration during their 2007 job interviews.

  • Poor personal appearance
  • Over aggressive
  • Inability to express self
  • Lack of a career purpose
  • Too passive
  • Lack of confidence
  • Evasive
  • Condemnation of past employer
  • Poor eye contact
  • Limp handshake
  • Late to interview
  • Ask about money too soon
  • Cynical
  • Complaining
  • Failure to express appreciation for interviewer’s time.

Barry Layne says, in a job interview, the interviewer is primarily interested in assessing three points about you: your competence, compatibility and your affordability. Hiring decisions are based not only on the interviewer’s rational analysis of your abilities, accomplishments and potential, but also upon the way he or she feels about you. Barry Layne concludes that the interviewer’s emotions play a very strong role in the hiring decision.Equally important is the manner in which you demonstrate your approach to problems. One way in which an interviewer will try to determine your attitude and problem-solving style is by asking questions of a sensitive or difficult nature.

Barry Layne finds in most cases, such questions are asked not to make one feel uncomfortable but to get information and to assess the compatibility with the hiring organization.

Barry Layne advises career management consulting firms throughout the US and Canada. Career management firms are not employment agencys. Their job is to guide clients through a process of career development; which often results in a promotion or new position. For more information contact 800-547-5112.

Jan 01

Many Americans take time to reflect on their lives while spending time with friends and family during the holiday season and it is traditionally popular to make resolutions for the coming New Year. A common resolution involves either career advancement or finding a new job. For those who haven’t looked for a new job in while, the many resources available today can seem a bit overwhelming- but it doesn’t have to be. The online employment community at Jobing.com has developed this guide to help those who will seek a new job in 2008. Probe. The first step is to take stock of your current employment situation and identify specific goals for yourself; do you want to look for a new job or go for a promotion at your current employer? What is it about your current situation that you want to change and why? Before engaging your time and energy, it is a good idea to identify a specific career goal for yourself.

Prioritize. After you’ve identified a specific career goal (or goals), it is important to decide what factors are the most important to you in your job search by thinking about common questions such as: are you simply looking to make more money or is salary negotiable? Are you ready to make the next move up the ladder in your career or is a lateral move more realistic? Are you willing to relocate- if not how far away are you willing to commute? Are you going to stay within your current industry or is it time for you to try something new? Identifying those things most important to you upfront will help guide your job search and keep you focused on those positions that seem to fit your priorities best.

Project. For many job seekers, projecting into the future is helpful in identifying steps needed in order to get where you want to be- envision the ideal position you’d like to be in. What do you want to be doing in 5 years? What is that dream job you’d like to have and what qualifications will you need to land it? Whether it is experience, education, or a promotion, there are a variety of factors that can influence your ability to land the ideal job in the future; identifying these factors will help make that dream job a reality.

Plan. You have your goals and priorities identified and now it’s time to outline your action plan. Is your resume updated? Do you have current references? What job search resources can you use to search for a new position? How much time can you devote to your search every week?

Persistence. Whatever resources you use or advice you receive, remember there is no “magic bullet,” no one single answer to finding the job you love. Your job search is a process that requires your passion, diligence and the flexibility to continue to improve your approach. Follow up interviews with thank you notes and network as much as possible to help you identify good opportunities.

For more information and job seeking advice, visit at www.jobing.com.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Local experts are available for interviews (including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day), to share these tips and general job searching advice for people who are making resolutions to find a new job in 2008. Contact Joe Cockrell to schedule at (602) 516-5537.