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Read Your Resume. Endured the Interview. Why Should I Hire You?

Your resume tells a story.  Your interview validates the story.  Your resume and interview must be in sync to establish your credibility, integrity, and what you can do for the prospective employer.

Just imagine the employer, recruiter, or hiring commitee’s thoughts concerning your  interview and the responses received.    It is not always what you say; sometimes, it is how you say it.   

You said you are a Team player because you were assigned to a team.

You said you were a Team player because you had a Team Lead.

You said you were a Team Player because you attended a weekly meeting.

You said you were a Team Player because you turned in your reports.

You said you were a Team Player because you did what you were supposed to do.

You said you have great communication skills because you knew how to talk.

You said you had great communication skills because you greeted everyone.

You said you had great communication skills because you knew what questions to ask.

You said you had great communication skills because you understood the instructions.

You said you had great communication skills because you knew how to respond.

You said your work record speaks for itself.

You said your work records shows you were on time.

You said your work record shows you never exceeded your lunch hour.

You said your work record shows you took very few sick days.

You said your work record shows you worked overtime.

You said you were a problem solver.

You said you stopped issues before they started.

You said you said what you had to say and that was it.

You said your coworkers know you tolerate any mess.

You said you go straight to the source to squash any issues.

You said you assisted with all major projects.

You said you helped implement all major projects.

You said you ensured the deadline was met on major projects.

You said you all meetings for major projects.

You said you did whatever was required on major projects.

You said you have integrity and ethics in the workplace.

You said you don’t use profanity around clients or customers.

You said you only curse around certain coworkers.

You said you don’t report any violations to your superiors.

You said you look the other way to avoid being a witness.

You said you were a supervisor.

You said you were considered a supervisor because you had been there longer.

You said you were a supervisor because coworkers looked up to you.

You said you were a supervisor because your boss asked you questions.

You said you were a supervisor because you had to encourage others to do their job.

You say you’re motivated because you get up every morning to come to work.

You say you’re motivated because you automatically do your job; you don’t have to be told.

You say you’re motivated because you encourage others to be happy they have a job.

You say you’re motivated because you tell your boss what they need to be doing to keep the employees happy.

You say you’re motivated because that is how you were able to remain at your previous position for so long.

You say the hours don’t matter.

You say you’re happy with the starting salary.

You say the work location is great.

You say a set lunch hour is okay.

You say you prefer the required dress.

Yet; you ask how long you have to be an employee to request these changes.

Don’t get angry?  Honestly, would you hire you?  Use the above responses to assist in appropriate responses.   Find some career services, coaching or get a little SHINE.  I am Shirleyd and we can help you achieve your career goal.

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Career Goals – Being Angry For Success Is A Trigger

As an unemployed person; job searching and be overwhelming.  Anyone can begin to doubt their skills, abilities, industry; causing them to feel helpless and hopeless.  You can have the support of family, friends, and significant others; yet, frustrations may emerge during your job search process.

 Transportation can make you angry.  Triggers are listed to help you identify some situations that unknowingly throw a wrench in your job search process.  Knowing these triggers and controlling the thoughts and feelings derived from these situations will control negative behaviors that are affecting your job search success which impacts your career goals.

 1.    Your car needs gas.  You run out the door to start the car.  Your tank is on empty. You’re running late.  The company is handing out job applications during a certain time period.  You are banging and stomping as you try to squeeze the last few drops to make it to the closest gas pump.

 2.     The gas lines are long.  You waited until the last minute to get the gas.  You are caught in morning traffic, lunch hour traffic, or evening rush hour traffic.  You are fussing and using choice words as you attempt to make it through the traffic in a timely manner.

3.    The price of gas is too high.  Your funds are limited.   You are frustrated because it will take more than a few dollars to pay for gas.  You can make it there and back; but, you don’t have enough gas for the job interview or to retrieve any more job applications.

 4.    You parked at a pump that is out of order.   You jump out the car; frantically searching for your debit or credit card.  You’re almost out of breath; using choice words.  You go to insert your card; and you see tape across the slot.  You are peeved.  You jump in your car to find another gas pump; and they’re all taken.  You can’t leave.  You don’t have enough gas to go any further.  You have to wait.  You are fussing about the pump not working; not knowing until you got out of your car; and being late to get the application. 

 5.   You need to borrow money to get the gas.     You are perturbed because you have to borrow money to get gas to do some local job searching.  You asked several friends and family members.  They could not help you.   They even asked what happened to your money.  They questioned your spending habits.  You don’t believe they want to help you.  You don’t believe they care.  You are very upset.  You are at your wit’s end.  You need money for gas desperately. 

 6.    You need a ride to job search.     You were promised a ride.  Your friend didn’t show up.    No one is answering their friend.  You are in a rage.  You asked a few days ago; and they promised you that they would be there.

Your emotions are creating hostilities during your job search process.  These hostilities are a result of poor planning during your job search process.    You have to prepare a job search checklist.  You have to be realistic; and accountable.  You need to identify what you have; what is required; and what will be needed to ensure a successful job search.  You are the one needing a job.  You need to assess your situation; and get the right support and services to alleviate these stressors which lead to anger.  Your anger for success accomplished nothing but less chances of getting hired.

 Transportation vouchers and resources are available in some cities and counties to assist you during your job search endeavors.  Don’t wait; procrastination may cost you the job.   Get your gas ahead of schedule.  Keep gas in your vehicle.  Penny pinch to afford the gas.  You need to budget for gas. If you need to borrow from a family member or friend; borrow in advance of the event.  If you are relying on a ride; ensure it is a reliable ride.

You can contact local United Way agencies, Goodwill, state workforce agencies, community based organizations, churches, and parishes for assistance. There are available resources to reduce your frustrations that a lead to anger that hinders a successful job search.

 I am Shirleyd of SHINE; providing career education to recreate careers and reinvent ourselves; wholistically.

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Your Digital Dirt Is A Consequence Of Your Online Action!

Is your job search smeared with digital dirt?   Your resume is flawless. Your attire was perfect. Your interview was a success.  Yet; the phone isn’t ringing anymore.  Your employer researched you before offering you the position. Guess what?  Digital Dirt!  

Digital Dirt can be damaging to include; but not limited to:        when you apply for a job;  when you are considered for a promotion;  when you request a recommendation;   and when you are competing for a position or title.  

Your perception may have been positive; but it may be perceived as unacceptable or negative.  You may be trying to boost your credibility; but your digital dirt degraded you.  Erase, minimize your digital dirt.

Clean it up.  Check your profiles.Check your usernames. Check your logo. Check your verbiage. Check your links; you may not be responsible for their content, but they’re attached to you. Check photos and comments you may have left on other’s pages, blogs, forums, or sites.  You may need to request their help to get them removed; if they agree.  Check your settings; everything need not be for all to see.  Check major search engines using your name in quotes to find information.

Others may possess your name; just be certain yours  does not surface with digital dirt.  Check yourself online to see what may be lurking in your past that is truly DIGITAL DIRT.

 You need to provide positive information to alleviate digital dirt.Your character and your integrity is at stake.  What you perceive as a great photo or awesome comment; may be the dirt that knocks you of your online feet. Your postings, comments, messages, and photo may tell a different story about you. They may identify dishonesty in your application, resume, and interview.  Their findings may not be discriminatory; just shocking and appalling. 

If you need to disclose something before they find it; make the choice to address it.  Your future may depend on it; your integrity is on the line. You may not get interviews nor job offers.  Don’t get angry; make better choices.  Your online activity is a  reflection of you, your values, your worth.  http://askshirleyd.com

What would you do?

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Where’s my DADDY? Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads missing from a child’s life!   Dads do you wonder about the children missing from your life?  Dads, do you care?  Dads, can you step up and do more than father the children who are lost or damaged within?

Father’s Day acknowledges fatherhood.  Fathers are missing in action with so many children, youth, and adolescents.  Fathers are still missing from so many adult children’s lives.   

Children are thinking about their fathers.  Parents, guardians,  caregivers think about the children.    Children are saying within:  “I am negative about my daddy because I know that is what you want to hear.   I long to know if he can be a father to me.   I long to know if there is a chance for a relationship.  I long to rid myself of this empty voice.     I dare not say or share.  I am broken.  I am damaged.          I wonder:”

Why isn’t my Dad in the picture with me?  Why was his face erased?  What happened to the memories?

You say; “Your father is no good.”

You say; “Your dad is a deadbeat.”

You say; “Your dad better not show his face around here.”

You say; “You have no dad.”

You say; “You have full custody of me.”

You say: “My dad works all the time.”

You say;  “Your dad was a mistake.”

You say;  “Your dad is a criminal; a thug.”

You say; “Your dad ain’t right in the head.”

You say; “I can’t stand your dad’s family.”

“You say; “My family can’t stand the sight of him.”

You say; “Your dad is dead.”

You say;  “It’s best he steers clear of us.”

You say; “You ain’t got no dad.”

You say: “I’m all the dad you need.”

You say; “You don’t need no dad.”

You say; “Your dad don’t know you exist.”

You say; ” I did the best I could by myself.”

You say; ” You dad will pull me down.”

You say; “Your dad don’t love nobody but himself.”

You say; “Your dad is a bad influence.”

You say; “I don’t want you to grown up to be like him.”

You say; “Your dad is a bum.”

You say; “Your dad is dumb.”

You say; “Your dad is stupid.”

You say;  “Your dad is a loser.”

You say: Dad has no skills.”

You say; “Your dad can’t hold a job.”

You say;  “Nobody won’t hire your Dad.”

You say;  “Dad dropped out of school.”

You say; “Your dad don’t deserve nothing.”

You say; “You say my dad has to pay first.”

You say; “My dad is locked up..”

You say; “Your father is good for nothing.”

The child thinks; ”  All I hear is you say, he this, you thatWhat about me?  I am the one who can can’t say Daddy.   You say;  but what do you do?

Parents, guardians, caregiver; look at the child.  Don’t just look on the outside.  LOOK and the child.  Do you see he’s broken?  Do you see she’s damaged?  You don’t have to live together.  You don’t have to be best friends.  This is no Utopia.  LOOK AT THE CHILD?   What should you do? Dads who fathers a child; take a step to do what you should do.  Father’s Day is one day; being a father is all year-long.

This is about the child being broken. damaged, even bitter.   Young or old; growing up without a dad has an impact.  Success Is The Best Revenge.   Parents, guardians, caregivers this is not all about you.  What do you do?

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Who Said Finding A Job Would Be Easy?

Finding a job is more than submitting an application or a resume; and the phone automatically ringing.  Finding a job is more than sitting in front of an employer, or job recruiter.  Wake up to the real world. 

Something happened.   You were dressed for success.  You said what  the employer wanted to hear.  You were on top of the word when you left the interview.  You knew your job search was finally over. Read the rest of this entry »

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Your Resume Spells UNDERDOG!

Your resume identifies you as an underdog. 

Your resume has you at the bottom of the list.

Why?

  •  Handwritten resume
  • Errors on resume
  • Eraser marks on resume
  • Whiteout on resume
  • Too many gaps in work history on resume
  • Too many short-term jobs on resume
  • Too many firings
  • No address
  • No phone number
  • Excluding location of previous employers
  • Excluding duties and responsibilities with previous employer

 You resume may be your only chance.   

Do your research.  There are numerous sites online with resume tutorials and resume templates; that will help you to go from unemployable to employed.

Success Is Revenge.

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The Yellow Brick Road To Employment

The yellow brick road is not an easy path.  This can be a difficult  journey.  Finding a job down the yellow brick road can be just as difficult

Searching for a job?     You are not alone.  How do you find your way?   Where is your starting point?  Are you sure that’s where you started?  Do you know how to begin an effective job search?    Have you ever looked for a job?  How many years has it been since you had to find employment?     It was easy then; so you know it is easy now.    You got friends; so you don’t stress.    You know people who know people; so you got this.

Where is your plan of action?  When did your goal begin?  Do you really know?  You want a job.  Where do you start?  When did you determine you needed a job.  Where did the want start?  Did the need for food, clothing, and shelter create a desire to want a job?  Do you have a plan?  Where did your map begin?  What route are you taking to reach your destination?

You may not need a map.  Yet, you need a job.  To reach the end; you need a starting point.  You have a starting point; you need a direction.  Frustrating!   Take a deep breath; and pursue employment with structure.  Application,  resume, interview, presentation,  be prepared.   Unemployment rate hasn’t changed since September 2011.  Do your research.  Get help from the workforce centers, faith based organizations, mentors, United Way and others who want you to find stable employment.  Add them to your map.  This is a journey.

Have you found your path on the yellow brick road?   Prepare and plan. Success Is Revenge.

 

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