Written by Ken Abramczyk
Job seekers are tempted to take a break at this time of year. We take the foot off the pedal in our race to find a job.
Jessica Pierce, executive director of Career Connectors, has news for you: Many companies ARE hiring. Those job hunters who network and persist in their search at this time of year are step ahead of the others who wait until January.
“You are ahead of the curve,” Jessica told Career Connectors members and others who networked Wednesday and heard Bill Markham discuss “Believe, Succeed & Win.”
Bill Markham (@winnerviewer) knows how to win. He’s helped more than 3,000 job prospects with interviews, but he also has walked the road of joblessness both as a new father and later in his working career. “It’s a lonely, lonely journey,” Bill said.
Job seekers need to show results with hard data and statistics, Bill says. When submitting resumes and interviewing for jobs, we should strengthen our resumes and interviews by highlighting skills and our delivery of results. And when closing at the end of the interview, ask for the job—only five percent of candidates do, Bill said.
Bill outlined a simple strategy. Write a plan of action. Review the tools in your tool box, taking advantage of the career guidance from coaches, recruiters, training schools and other services at Career Connectors.
And finally, believe in yourself.
Writing a plan can help us see our ideal vision and hammer out goals in our lives, Bill said. “The mind can only conceive that what is written,” Bill said.
Write five results to prepare yourself for the job interviewer’s basic question: “What makes you qualified to do this job?” Demonstrate your leadership, highlight problem-solving skills and how you exceed work standards.
We are all marketers, too, when it comes to job hunting. You need to sell your skills, probe to discover what the company needs, present your qualifications, paraphrase to hone your message and close the interview and in any written communications by asking for the job. The better we can market ourselves, the better chance we have of winning the job, Bill says.
Then there are the negative, desperate thoughts that creep into our minds on the job-hunting pilgrimage. Doubt often works its way into our thought processes, but Bill believes that doubt is actually a catalyst for success, when you use it and respond to it with an alternative to eliminate it, such as belief in yourself and an unwillingness to fail. Perseverance negates any fear of losing.
In order to win, do activities that winners do, such as volunteering. “Give away to keep,” Bill said. “When you give someone your service and get nothing, you surrender what has happened in the past to win a new life and a new job.”
Job candidates often leave interviews not knowing how they did. Bill suggests that you ask them. “How did I do?” That gives you a window to elaborate on answers.
Hiring companies included American Express, Goodwill of Central Arizona and All About People. All three companies have job vacancies and indicated that job seekers should visit their web sites, fill out online profiles and submit applications and resumes on those web sites.
Eldad Engelman, recruitment relationship manager, and Sara Betz, client recruitment specialist, highlighted some of the jobs available at American Express, including customer care, marketing, finance, risk, technologies and human resources. Eldad reminded job seekers to review the job description first. “The first bullet of your resume should reflect what they are looking for,” Eldad said. “Companies like to see measurable results and how you executed and achieved measurable results.”
Caitlin King, senior recruiter at Goodwill of Central Arizona, said revenue raised from donations helps with job training at career centers and Goodwill’s mission of putting people to work. Opportunities include commercial maintenance, retail operations, Goodwill mission services and corporate services. Those interested can apply online at jobs.goodwillaz.org.
Karen McEnroe, director of sales and operations at All About People, a professional hiring organization, which helps with employment opportunities. Positions available include data entry, admissions recruiter, legal secretary, IC chip manager and IC chip engineer, and a senior scientist.
Karen said job hunters should make sure words are spelled correctly. The resume is the first impression left on hiring managers. “The company will not bring you in for an interview if you even have one typo,” Karen said. “Take a few minutes and put some time and care into your resume.”
Mario Parra, talent acquisition specialist at Revana, said that Revana specializes in business process outsourcing. Current opportunities include inbound sales representatives, outbound sales representatives and sales manager. Revana hosts job fairs every Tuesday at the company’s north Phoenix office and at the Tempe office on every Wednesday.
Parra said recruiters who review resumes look for candidates who match with the keywords in job descriptions. “You have to make sure you meet our minimum criteria and the job is something that you are interested in,” Mario said.
John Dvorak, career advancement partner with Training to You, said that the Workforce Investment Act assists the unemployed or underemployed with grant money to help fund their training in various programs to achieve certification in project management, Microsoft Office professional and several others. One-stop centers throughout the Valley funded by these grants also help job seekers through career advancement workshops, too. Training to You is located in Phoenix and the web site is www.trainingtoyou.com.
Jessica Pierce will be the main speaker in Gilbert on Tuesday, Dec. 10, with “LinkedUp on LinkedIn,” with hiring companies Arizona Nutritional Supplements, Insight and Charles Schwab. A second event is also scheduled next week as Kristi Staab tells us how to “Lead Like a Rock Star” on Thursday, Dec. 12 in Scottsdale. Hiring companies are the State of Arizona Department of Administration, Renaissance Personnel Group and EDMC Online Higher Education.
The new year kicks off with “What’s Your Why” with Brian Mohr on Wednesday, Jan. 8 in Phoenix. Hiring companies are Vanguard and EDMC.
While it is tempting to slow the pace down at this time of year, remember that you never know where that next opportunity will appear, especially during the holidays. If you don’t know about the opportunity because you didn’t look for it, you will never find it, so keep up your efforts by attending networking and recruiting events next week at Career Connectors!