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Finding that Next Job

Finding a job while you’re still in college

Don't let this be you or yours.

I love this article about The 10 Worst Mistakes of First Time Job Hunters.  Give it a read if you’re in college or know someone who is.  The writer offers some valuable advice about preparing for your job search before you need a job and while you have access to some very valuable resources.

The advice that’s offered on getting an internship can’t be overstated.  I’ve hired a number of interns over the years and many of those folks have gone on to become full time employees or have used the internship as a stepping stone to a position at another firm.

Networking while still in college and developing marketable skills may be foreign concepts to many college students who are focused on more academic or social activities, but they can really give you a leg up.

October 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What’s Your Plan B?

I came across this article today on developing a Plan B in your job search.

Millions of people have been out of work for more than a year.  They just can’t find the right job, in the right place, at the right time.  This is particularly true in states like California and Nevada, where double digit unemployment has made successful job hunting a difficult proposition.

If you’re in this situation, the article offers some smart, but maybe tough to take suggestions, such as relocating or changing careers, in order to move forward.  Many people feel they can’t relocate due to family or friends or other obligations and changing careers is a scary thought for nearly everyone.

Undoubtedly, these are tough times and tough choices must be made.  Think carefully about what’s most important to you, what you’re willing to give up and seek some trusted advice.

Whatever you decide, good luck with your job search and stay positive.

August 2, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Stress can sink an interview

I recently came across this article about the challenges overweight job seekers may experience.  It’s an interesting article, but I’ll let you come to your own conclusions about whether overweight people are disadvantaged in the job market, etc.

What I thought was interesting about the article was that it shines a spotlight on how stress affects the job search.  Stress over self-image is just as stressful as anything else and that stress may very well show through in an interview.  So it may not be a job seeker’s appearance that’s the problem, but the stress over that appearance (or over some other reason) that may affect interview performance.

When I was interviewing for my current gig, it was a very thorough interview process where I was interviewed by four different people at four different times.  I felt my stress levels rise as the process progressed.  By the time I got to the last interview with the big boss, I was so stressed out that I drove right past the building and was a couple of minutes late.  It all ended well, but I’ll remember that time as a real stress inducer.

Whatever your source of stress, identify it and deal with it so that you can concentrate on your strengths and not dwell on your perceived shortfalls.

December 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How Rachel Levy Found a Job

imagesA recent article in the Wall Street Journal tells the story of Rachel Levy and her job search. Rachel was laid off from a Boston non-profit and thought she should have a fairly easy time finding a new marketing job. Her job search took a year, longer than anticipated. She found her new job by a rather circuitous route. One of her followers on twitter located her resume on-line and forwarded it to her brother-in-law, who was an investor in a company that needed someone with her skills and experience.

 From the WSJ:

In addition to networking, she used her free time to learn about social media including Twitter, where she currently has more than 5,000 followers. She also worked did social-media consulting work.

 Ms. Levy says that potential employers were impressed by the blog; at times, she listed her latest blog posts in her email signature and linked to them on her own Web site.

Mastering social media while writing an engaging blog is a great use of time while on the job hunt. Good job Rachel.

To learn more about what Rachel did during her job search, check out her guest blog on the WSJ.

July 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Social Media Can Make or Break a Job Search

images-6Online social networking can be a key component to finding that next job. In fact, nowadays, online experts say using some sites, like Facebook, is almost mandatory. KING 5’s Deborah Feldman reports.


July 14, 2009 Posted by | Job Search, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Career Ministries

images-3Joe Jones of Career Ministries is the guest on Episode 12 of Job Search Radio on the Small Plate Radio Network.

Joe talks about the four stages of stress that a person goes through when they lose their job.  The first phase is a combination of shock, denial and isolation.  Stage 2 is anger and guilt.  The third stage is frustration which can lead to depression.  The fourth stage is acceptance, hope and the desire to move on.  Joe talks about the need to move through these stages so that you are in stage 4 when you begin interviewing for a new job.  If not, these stages of stress may show through during the interview.

A good use of time while going through these stages of stress is to think about where you are in your career and think about where you want to go.

Many churches around the country are now offering Job Search Workshops and weekly Job Search Support Groups.  Career Ministries helps churches set up Quick Start Workshops which may last 7 hours and weekly support groups which may go 2 hours.  Churches interested in setting up this service for their members should contact Career Ministries.

July 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Job Search Radio Episode 4

Job Search Radio Episode 3

Job Search Radio Episode 4

 

Here’s my synopsis of Job Search Radio’s Episode 4.  

Joe Shiver, Career Advisor at the Art Institute of Atlanta talks about the importance of networking in the job search process, especially while students are still in school.  Finding a mentor in the industry, obtaining a quality internship, preparing sufficiently for an interview and insuring that your resume is up to snuff are all keys to getting a heads up in your job search.

Sunny K. Lurie, Founder of Fast Focus Careers talks about the concepts of “underemployed” (lack job satisfaction and enthusiasm) and “superemployed” (using your strengths at work, looking forward to going to work, engaged in your work).  When you do something you really enjoy and you’re good at it, you’re in a “flow state” and time flies.  The five steps to becoming “superemployed:” Uncover your true strengths and passions, what am I good at; explore new possibilities about the world of work; do research on new career possibilities and match your strengths to identify a new career goal; create an action plan to reach your new career goal; tap into your support system, talk to your network about your goals.

Steve Jones of Careerzition, talks about using Careerzition to shorten your career transition by offering career advice through webinars, resource guides and an exclusive resume critique.   The website offers advice on preparing for a career change, helps with career assessments and gives advice on how to get your resume on monster and other job search engines. The website offers exclusive content written by recruiters on a wide range of topics including how to best utilize social networks such as LinkedIn to further your job search.

Job Search Radio airs Mondays at 1pm eastern on the Small Plate Radio Network.

April 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment