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Social Media for the Job Searcher

images-3The unemployment rate has hit 9.5 percent and this recession has gone on longer than any recession since the 1930s.  Nearly half a million jobs were lost in June alone.  This has made the job search even more challenging.  Successful job searchers will need to use every tool at their disposal to rise above potentially hundreds of others who are vying for the same job.

Episode 13 of Job Search Radio on the Small Plate Radio Network has some great tips about using Search Engine Optimization in your LinkedIn profile and in your resume.  Employers and recruiters are using keyword searches to find the right candidates.

As I’ve blogged before, twitter is the ultimate job search tool.  You can search for jobs on twitter using a twitter interface like TweetDeck.  You can also send out your own tweets about your job search.  

Social media has made great job search tools available to the masses.  Put those tools to good use.

July 7, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , , , , , | 1 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

How to Get a Restaurant Job

Waitress_071025090038188_wideweb__300x357Like a lot of folks out there, I put in my time in the trenches of the restaurant business.  While I have no desire to relive those days, I’m grateful that the jobs I had gave me a chance to pay my bills, not starve and make some great friends along the way.  I also learned a lot about how to relate to people and more importantly, how to sell to them.

On Episode 11 of Job Search Radio on the Small Plate Radio Network, Kyle O’Brien interviews Dianne Hosford, principal at Portland, OR’s Two Lucy’s View.  Dianne gives great tips on how to find a restaurant job and the qualities you’ll need to be successful in that industry.

The restaurant business can be a great way to make some quick cash while you’re looking for a more permanent position and it also makes a great second job for entry level workers doing the 9 to 5 thing.  Good luck and don’t be afraid to sling that hash.

June 30, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Job Seekers Seek Jobs


Job Search Radio Episode 10

JSR Episode 10

The guests on Small Plate Radio Network’s Job Search Radio Episode 10 are job search experts of a different type.  They’re looking for jobs.  Listen to their top tips for job searchers including constant networking, letting friends know they’re looking and their frustrations with job search boards.

June 24, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , | Leave a comment

A Creative Disaster

images-3Brooks Gilley, Managing Director of 52 Limited, talks about the impact the recession has had on the Creative Industry on Episode 9 of Job Search Radio on the Small Plate Radio Network. Brooks says the recession has been disastrous for folks working in Portland, Oregon’s tight knit creative community.  A lack of diversification in the Portland economy has made creative gigs hard to find.

52 Limited has an interesting business model.  It’s both a staffing resource for clients looking for talent in the creative space, but it also has created a freelance talent network that is unmatched anywhere in the U.S.  52 Limited’s “virtual teams” are custom crafted around a specific project initiative.  One team might tackle a rebranding effort, another team might work on an internal communications project.

These virtual teams put creative talent to work on challenging assignments while 52 Limited’s placement experts help them find a permanent gig.

Brooks says frustration is the job seeker’s biggest enemy and he often counsels weary creatives to take a vacation and clear their head.  “Getting to the happy” is the way to clear the path for great creative work to come through.  

Brooks also points out that good people are hard to find and says companies seeking great talent need to take the long view and treat their creatives like true partners.  That will help them attract the best talent in what will undoubtedly once again become a competitive hiring marketplace.

Brooks urges job seekers not give up hope.  The creative industry is changing and people who have the right skills will succeed in the new economy.

June 10, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Job Search Debugged

images-4Rita Ashley, author of Job Search Debugged is the guest on Small Plate Radio’s Job Search Radio show episode 8.

Rita is a job search coach from Medford, OR.  She has worked as a technology industry recruiter and is passionate about the art of listening in order to help calibrate a client’s job search so that it is absolutely spot on.  

Rita’s job is to help her clients stay focused on their goals and deal with the frustrations that inevitably come with the job search process.  Confidence building exercises such as creating “the elevator pitch” help clients stay on track and focus on their strengths. 

Rita’s resume don’ts include saying how many years or decades you have spent in your industry at the expense of highlighting skills and accomplishments.

Remember:  Your personal brand is the promise you make to future employers.  So go forth and build your brand!

June 3, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , , , | Leave a comment

Job Search Radio Episode 7

Picture_37_biggerHere’s a synopsis of Job Search Radio Episode 7.

Today’s guest is Mark Cummuta, volunteer CIO of Job Angels.  Job Angels is a non-profit organization that seeks to match job seekers with job mentors or “job angels.”  Each job angel commits to a single goal:  to help just one person find meaningful employment. 

Job Angels uses LinkedIn to match the profiles of job seekers with job mentors who may be able to help them find a job.  Job Angels has about 15,000 volunteers scouring LinkedIn profiles of Job Angels group members who they may be able to help. If you’re looking for a job, here are three things you can do:  Join the Job Angels LinkedIn group, follow Job Angels on twitter and sign up for the Taking Flight newsletter.

Here’s another thing you can do:  Listen to Job Search Radio every Monday at 10am pacific/1pm eastern.

May 19, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , | 1 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