I usually have at least 5 – 10 books laying beside my bed. All non-fiction and all requiring a different state of mind to open up and read. Is this something you also encounter? What’s on your reading list?
It started off as a good idea. Post a job on a website and job seekers can apply directly, without calling or mailing a resume in. Simple, fast and easy. Good for the environment and high-tech too.
Unfortunately, too easy!
A Job Seeker needs support and encouragement but a job group is the wrong place to get it – anyone at a job club who gets a job will disappear so fast they won’t even leave a vapour trail. Why? because they are happy to brush off the stink and misery of not having a job. That’s the truth.
Don’t forget, the objective of sending in a resume is to capture the attention and interest of the Hiring Manager and to get a telephone or face to face interview. Follow up is critical!
Everyone discourages phone calls but that isn’t going to frighten you is it? I’m sure the company wants to hire go-getters; people excited about the job opportunity!
There are different Candidate “mindsets” around getting a Hiring Manager to offer you an interview. One mindset is “I could be really good in the job, and if they just gave me a chance, they would see” This mindset is usually accompanied by a resume that is generic, and not customized to the opportunity…Another mindset is built around improving your statistical chances of getting the interview. It involves more working and less hoping.
Assume you are face to face, and given an opportunity to capture the attention of the Interviewer. Do you think creating and practicing a success story is a good investment of your time? YES!
Here is a short list of lackadaisical job seeker behaviors:
1. Returning calls days later rather than hours or minutes later.
2. Losing self control in conversations and either talking too much or not answering questions.
3. Spending the majority of time at home applying for jobs online.
4. Sending out mass emails asking for help.
5. Finding escapes from working at it, such as television or shopping or golf.
6. Attending group networking events, job fairs, etc.
7. Wasting time and precious energy blaming a boss (or the economy or a spouse or others) for the current situation.
Reva Seth, whose new book The MomShift explores the stories of real-life women and how they navigate parenthood and career success. Paradoxically, Ms. Seth focuses on women who often became more successful after they had children. For the most part, the experiences of these women aren’t glamorous like Sheryl Sandberg’s. Yet the stories she reveals are ones we can relate to and are, frankly, remarkable.
Get Out of Your Own Way. You have to make it easy for a Hiring Manager to figure you out in the context of what they need done in the job. Make a decision. Are you in love with your resume? or in love with the idea of getting the interview and a job offer?
If you can find a balance between demonstrating competency & experience, while at the same time, creating genuine interest in “your story” then you’ll get noticed, and get someone excited. A few success stories can make the difference! …………. Then the reader is nodding their head as they read your resume, learning about you, getting excited about you, and thinking… this is exactly the kind of person we need
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“Of 381 college admissions officers who answered a Kaplan telephone questionnaire this year, 31 percent said they had visited an applicant’s Facebook or other personal social media page to learn more about them — a five-percentage-point increase from last year. More crucially for those trying to get into college, 30 percent of the admissions officers said they had discovered information online that had negatively affected an applicant’s prospects.”
I am connected to the writer, Stephanie St. Claire through facebook, and when I saw the title of her post, I checked it out right away.
One of the options for a mid-career job seeker is to go into business for themselves; taking their passion or skill, from cooking to construction and creating their own opportunity if no one else is offering them one. Stephanie gives very solid advice based on her own personal experiences. I think she has identified a lot of traps new entrepreneurs fall into — my hand is up :-) btw and waving around — Have a look and judge for yourself if doing your own thing sounds scary and exciting at the same time, or just very very scary!
You just arrived for a job interview. As you wait in the reception area your mind is racing. But instead of running through your rehearsed responses to possible questions again, use that time to survey the workplace. In fact, you should be keenly observant from the time you arrive until you say your goodbyes.
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Typically people apply for jobs in one of two ways. They send in an online application based on a posted job opportunity, or they take advantage of their network of connections and send in their resume. In either case, a job seeker should keep track of every time they apply for a job. Why?
Many very successful business people lack self-esteem in some areas of their lives. Perhaps they feel socially challenged or they have difficulty establishing close or intimate relationships. Perhaps they experience low self-esteem with regard to their physical appearance or their health. Perhaps they are not having any fun in their lives, maybe devoting too much attention to their work. Many “successful” people are driven to succeed.
High SELF-ESTEEM is the Prerequisite for fulfillment, happiness, accomplishment, for developing respect and empathy for others, for taking responsibility for making our lives work. It is necessary for self-motivation, positive expectation, to effectively deal with challenges, and to expect to overcome problems. You must love yourself to be able to love others. Low Self-Esteem is often associated with criminal behavior, drug & alcohol addiction, violence, eating disorders, school drop outs, low socio-economic status, aggressive, egotistical, harmful, and defensive behavior
Other seniors berate themselves for lacking the skills they think they need to be of contribution to society or find meaningful ways to occupy their time. Too often, many settle for what they consider to be demeaning jobs just to pass the time and provide a few extra dollars to help with a retirement that requires they live on a fraction of what was not enough during their earlier, working years. By holding themselves in low regard, they minimize their value to others and settle for less than they would have if their self-image were higher.