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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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No Job! No Money! You Just Broke!

Job search funds wearing away; got no luck and less money.  Searching online.  Searching in person.   What’s a broke person suppose to do?  Plan and cut cost. 

You can save money during your job search; “cha-ching.
You can cut cost; reduce travel expenses.
Save on wasted hours; plan your time wisely.
Make job search savings a priority while looking?

Attend virtual career fairs.
Access employers online.
Complete online applications
Submit resumes online

Some job search opportunities are offline
Some resumes are hand delivered.
Interviews require your presence.
Plan accordingly.

If you have to pound the pavement; wear comfortable shoes.
This could save in medical bills.
Yes, there are so many beautiful shoes; and there are so many bruised and swollen feet.
Yes, the shoes are cute; but your feet made a horrid impression.
Maybe it was the polish; maybe it was the toe handing out.
You can put your flats in your purse or briefcase for the interview.
Everyone is not impressed with over the top shoes.

If you ride the bus or train to collect applications; plan your route.
You may be use transfers to save money.
Know the bus schedules; you may save time between stops.

If you use the taxi; have a voice in route to your destination.
The taxi doesn’t have to take the longest or the scenic route; cha-ching.
Get dropped off at a central location within walking distance or short bus rides to retrieve applications, drop off resumes, and attend interviews within proximity at scheduled times.  
The taxi waiting between stops may not be cost-effective with the meter running.

Ensure your vehicle is operable.
Ensure your vehicle has enough gas.
Ensure tires are satisfactory.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ensure fluids are up to par.
Ensure no warning lights are on.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ensure you are within the speed limit.
You need to get to your destinations in a timely fashion.
You need to reach your destination.

Getting tickets decreases your funding; and cost valuable time in your job search process.
Getting a tire blowout may cost you money; and a job.
Warning signs on your vehicle may  cause you to lose out on employment opportunities.
Expired registration and inspections can empty your pockets.

Spend your job search time wisely.
It cost more to drive back and forth.
It cost more to catch taxi after taxi after taxi.
It cost more to transfer opportunities. 
Check into the express transportation that operates in some areas.
Identify a safe place to read, review, prepare for the next interview.
Visit the library, museums, and other public places of interest  during scheduled same day  interviews.
You can accomplish a lot online.
Utilize the online experience as much as possible during your job search.
You can save time and money.
Job applications can be completed and submitted online.
Some can be downloaded and printed online for in person submission.
Resumes can be submitted directly to employer sites.
Print resumes can be mailed.
Resume on CD; including video can be delivered; mailed also. .
Interviews may be through chat, telephone, in person; based on employer’s request.

Dressing for success during a job search can be expensive.
Find a Dress For Success program in your area.
Visit the local Goodwill or Salvation Army.
The United Way has excellent nonprofit resources to assist.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul has sources and resources.
Churches may provide assistance.
Locate other thrift shops that may have affordable and appropriate attire for your job interest.

There are community-based organizations that assist with bus tokens.
Some provide vouchers for an effective job search.
Your state human services agency may provide assistance.

Success is worker smarter and having a successful job search while cutting expenses.  Don’t get frustrated.  Don’t get  mad.  Success is the best revenge.  I am the author of this article; which is also posted on my website.  Cutting cost during job search articles will be updated regularly.

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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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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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