written by Ian Salsman
Close your eyes. Tight. Take a deep breath. For a few seconds, imagine that you are a vase—stay with me now. Don’t picture an old, dusty vase but one that ready to accept a new bouquet of fresh flowers. Think about it. Now open your eyes, forget everything you understood about yourself in the past, and accept everything new!
This was the message from Mike Hayes at Career Connectors. Having conducted over 5,000 personal interviews, he has a full understanding of what it takes to get through an interview. He is often asked the same questions—over and over—regarding the job hunt. From this, he decided to write a book—which can be found for $2.99 on amazon.com (http://amzn.com/B007KAE4AA) entitled “The Difference Between Being a Tool and Having a Tool.”
Although it sounds bleak, the job market is still on life support. While it is true that jobs are being added, the $15/hour jobs are being replaced with $9-$13/hour jobs, entry level jobs geared for the young adults entering the workforce are being held by the experienced age bracket who just an income, and it still taks a lot just to get a job.
However, not all is lost. You are in the driver’s seat and you can make a difference.
Here are 10 of the tips and advice and—ahem—commands to follow as you engage in your job search (albeit in no particular order):
- MAKE SURE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION IS CORRECT—and up-to-date. It is surprising how many times a candidate is called back but the email address or phone number leads to dead ends or the wrong person. Your resume is an advertisement. It reflects who you are. It won’t get you the job but it will create a first impression.
- IF SMOKE, DON’T! It is expensive, of course, but it carries an aroma that smokers no longer detect on themselves. Your potential employer can.
- DON’T APPLY FOR JOB FOR WHICH YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED.
- HEED EMPLOYMENT GAPS—especially those that are longer than six months. Employers want to know what you have done during that time. Volunteer to stay engaged, join Toastmasters to help communication skills, and so much more.
- Even when it comes to staffing companies, NEVER TURN DOWN AN OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVIEW. It is good practice. 50% of scheduled interviewees don’t show up. That does not sit well with interviewers and is disastrous for any future interactions with that company.
- HEED ALL OF THE INFORMATION ON A JOB POSTING. Often people still ask how to apply for a job when instructions are clearly listed. People often are unaware of what is listed online regarding the desired position.
- SOCIAL MEDIA. LinkedIn, especially, is a must complete with a professional headshot, current information and a professional layout. Facebook is a minefield so be careful.
- STOP BRINGING YOUR RESUME TO NETWORKING EVENTS. The last thing anyone wants to do is talk with someone who is there only to look for a job. Build a rapport with elements of commonality. That relationship building is key.
- KEEP A RIGID “JOB SEEKER” SCHEDULE. Get up at the same time every day and go to “work” everyday.
- HAVE A JOB SEEKING “BUDDY.” This is someone with whom you can share your “baggage” so you are not carrying it into an interview. This is someone with whom you can practice interviewing. This is someone to whom you can be accountable.
There. 10 is a good number. Spend your time doing instead reading of tips on how you should be ding it. Be a Commando!
Al Jernigan, Business Consultant and Alicia Springs, Career Advisor
Al Jernigan reiterated Mike Hayes’ statement about keeping your information accurate and current enlightening us with staggering statistics regarding how many times they follow up but the phone number is incorrect.
One of the biggest needs are those in the IT industry—people who know more than one programming language, how to work different platforms, desktops and mobile clouds. Those familiar with the wearable technology such as Google glass and Samsung’s SmartWatch are becoming in demand as are “Big Data Experts”
8 Hot jobs for 2014:
- Business intelligence designers
- DevOps experts with cloud and mobility skills
- Linux pros
- Mobile developers
- .NET and Java developers
- Business Analysts and Project Managers
- Small and midsized business (smb) IT pros.
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Sheri Banner, HR Recruiter
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