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Job Search Assumptions Slowing You Down?

Job search success requires thinking and preplanning.  Never forget this is a competiton.  Leave nothing to chance or you suffer the consequence of not getting the interview which leads to the job offer.  

How can you expect to find a job when:

You don’t receive job alerts

You don’t pick-up the FREE employment guides at your grocer.

You don’t read the job classified in the Sunday Paper.

You don’t read the job classifieds in the weekly paper.

You don’t search your state workforce site for employment opportunities.

You don’t tell family, friends, and others you encounter that you are searching for work.

You don’t network, network, and network.

You don’t use social media.

You don’t visit online job boards or virtual fairs.

You don’t register with career sites.

You don’t attend industry related events; conferences, associations, meet-ups.

You don’t research companies you’re interested in.

You don’t call to inquire.

You don’t brand yourself.

You don’t revise your resume.

You don’t match your resume to the position you seek.

You don’t portray yourself as an asset to a prospective employer.

You don’t prepare for a competitive job search; finding work is competitive.

Don’t get angry.  Turn your don’t into a do and increase your job search success.  Shirleyd @ SHINE cares.  Job search success can be attained.

What’s your story?

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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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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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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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Maybe You Can’t Get Hired? You Seem To Be A Discouraged Worker!

Bureau of Labor statistics identifies you as a discouraged worker because YOU haven’t looked for work, 

Apparently; you don’t believe any jobs are available to you! 

Why did you stop looking for work?  Do you know how to effectively job search? What caused you to lose hope?  Why are you feeling helpless?  Why are doors shutting when you open them?  Why is the rug being pulled from under you when opportunities exist?  Have you done a self assessment?  What are your qualifications?   What is your level of education?  High school graduate? GED?  Some college?  College graduate?  Vocational school?  What do you bring to the table?  Certifications?  Credentials?  Overqualified?  Underqualified?

What did you wear to pick up applications?  What did you wear when you turned in applications? Did you look neat and clean?  Did you dress for success?  Did you make eye contact with the receptionist?  Did you frown or scowl at the receptionist?  Did you vent with the receptionist?  Did your appearance fit the position you were applying for?  Piercings?  Tattoos?

Did you share all your troubles with the receptionist?  Was your application print, cursive, or typed?  Was your application legible?  Did you show desperation to the reception?  You may have submitted your application to a clerk or an inbox.  Were you loud?  Did others accompany?   What remarks could observers have made to the hiring personnel.  First impressions are lasting.  They can definitely have an impact.

How many job searches have you done on a weekly basis?  Do you job search daily?  Do you find positions; yet lack motivation to pursue.  Do you apply for jobs online?  Do you access weekly employment guides?  Do you follow-up on job announcements from your local tv stations?  

Is your job application honest?  Does your job application consist of gaps?  Do you know how to fill out a job application?  Do you need help?  Are you afraid?

Discouraged? Angry?  Don’t be.  Your workforce center is available whether or not you receive unemployment benefits.  There are too many organizations and agencies ready and willing to help you find a stable job.  Contact your local United Way for a listing of agencies that can assist you.  Step up.  Get hired.  Don’t be discouraged; be encouraged.  Success is the best revenge. 

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OMG! Your Job Interview was TMI!

Congratulations!  Your resume sold you.  Now you have to finalize the sale during the interview.   What did you bring?

Some recommend a portfolio or brag book to show records of previous accomplishments.  Allow the interviewer to remember you.  Your brag book may be beneficial; but you close the deal.  You can produce credentials; awards, and high numbers.  If your interview is sitting there and flipping pages to make your point; you may have lost before you started.  What you accomplished at Company Y does not mean it will work for Company Z.   Just because it was an accomplishment for Company P does not mean it makes the grade for Company Q.  You can bring a portfolio or brag book.  I would wonder if this was part of a team.  I would wonder if you functioned autonomously.  I would wonder if you are taking credit for someone else’s work. I would wonder why it is so important to use a brag book for almost every question.  I would wonder why your responses are limited to what is in the book.  In this case; “the proof is not always in the pudding.”  Your portfolio or brag book would not automatically get you the job or a second interview.  I’ve seen applicants bring too much information; and get rejected.  I’ve seen applicants bring documentation; and not be able to clarify.  I’ve seen applicants bring information that was not approved for usage outside of the previous company.  Bringing a portfolio/brag book may not be a plus for some job interviews.   How would your portfolio/brag book work with an interview panel?

Some say bring, devices iPad, tablet to score additional points.  Showing your skills by bring the latest technology to an interview may cost you.  Time is of the essence.  First impressions are lasting.  Yes, the visual effects may be awesome.  You can’t leave the device with the interviewer.  The interviewer may not have time to try and retrieve your document.  The interviewer may not want to wait for you to print the document as an attachment to your resume.  Guess what?   The focus may leave the interview and the goal my be the joys of an ipad or tablet.  The issue of a position may be delayed or forgotten with your unique device.

Interviewers want to know your long range plan.  Interviewers want to know if you are an asset to the company.  They want to know if you will grow with the company.  They want to know what you bring to the table.  They want to know why they should select you.   On the flip side; they may want to know if you are after their job.  They may use your suggestions and ideas; but, hire someone else.   You want to highlight what you have accomplished; buy, your ideas and strategies would be a judgment call during the interview.  

You should be familiar with the company and their industry.  You should do your homework.  You should be able to have a basic working knowledge of the company.  You need to determine if this is where you want to work.

During the interview or at the end; you get a turn.  You should prepare a list of questions.  You have the opportunity to get answers.  Ask the right questions.  This is a two way process.  They may want you.  Do you want them?

Are you frustrated with the job interview process?  Do you believe your work history speaks for itself?  Do you believe your credentials, awards, and accomplishments should guarantee you the position?  Are you angry you didn’t get the second interview or a call back?  What are you going to do?  Get revenge by understanding how to interview effectively.  Do your research.  http://www.awesomepapersawesomeresearch.info

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