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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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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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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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A Little Bit Of Narcissism! Oh yeah!

Have you done a reality check?  What has Twitter done for you lately?  What have your followers done for you lately?  Are you still  addicted to the social networks.  Are you in denial?  Are you moving forward or caught up?

You wake  and before your first cup of coffee; you need to check your tweets or you’ve got to tweet.  Before you shower;  you’ve got to check your Facebook.  Before you can help the children with their homework?  Dinner is late because of your social networking?  What comes first?   You or social networking.  Does social media make you the person you are?   Is your voice in the keypad?  Are you lost among all these friends(hundreds, thousands, more)?  Are you full of  yourself?  Can you converse without tweeting or relating to tweets?  Can you make a friend or does Facebook give you the skills you need to establish relationships.

Are goals on the sideline because you need to tweet or make an online friend?  What about career progression?  Are you a traditional or nontraditional student who is procrastinating; because you  need to post or follow so many friends.  You need to monitor so you can tweet as much as possible.  

What about family?     Hey, what about communicating in the home?  Are you so focused on tweeting and online friends that you’re neglecting  your children?  What about  your employer?  Is your job in jeopardy?  Are you caught up?  Will the real you please stand up?   Life may be passing you by.   You can benefit from social networking; but, life extends past that.

Narcissistic?   Prove you’re not.    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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