Archive for December, 2010

Video Friday – New Year’s Wish

December 31st, 2010

Here’s hoping you get picked in the New Year!

Tell us what you are going to do to stand out from the crowd…

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5 You May Have Missed – Looking Back at 2010

December 29th, 2010

December is a month for reflection on the past year – what went wrong, what went right.  Advancements and achievements, disappointments and disasters.

In this final week of the year, let’s look at some of the round ups of 2010 offered out there, and how we may be able to squeeze in just a few more days of productive job searching.

I must say that some of the best of the year was my discovery of the MyFootpath blog and it is examples like this that bear out why:

Tips for End of Year Productivity

The Human Race Horses gives a round up of great HR professionals and recruiters in his “My HR Top 10 for 2010 (and some personal faves)”.

WindMillNetworking.com offers the Top 20 Most Useful LinkedIn Blog Posts of 2010.

Also, for job hunting here are Top 10 Job Hunting Tips for 2010 via My Path.

And finally, a list of great articles, The Top 10 HBR Blog Posts of 2010 brought to you by the Harvard Business Review.

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Help Wanted

December 27th, 2010

Do you feel like you are having trouble keeping a clear chart of your job search – where you applied and when.  If you’ve followed up or not?  Do you try to keep track of thing in an Excel spreadsheet or maybe in file folders in your email?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tool that you could use that would help you in your search – where you could make notes, plan events, meetings?

A local software developer has created an online Job Tracking and Organizing tool for job seekers – JobKatch.com.

JobKatch.com is in its early Beta stage.  The developer is looking for folks who would provide feedback on their experience using the tool to help him understand how this tool would best benefit job seekers.

It is very straight forward to use, and you may use it immediately – for current job prospects and new leads you may find.

If you are interested, all you need to do is follow these 5 short steps:

1)    Go to JobKatch.com

2)    Watch the short video about how JobKatch works. This step is really important – the video is key to understanding how JobKatch works, and it will get you up and running faster.

3)    Sign up for an account – FREE!

4)    Add the Bookmark-let to your toolbar on your browser of choice.

5)    Start adding job leads.

You may add contacts AFTER you have started adding job leads.

You may add contacts from your email address books, and from your LinkedIn account.

Please note: There is a known bug with the bulk loading LinkedIn contacts – the contacts do load, but the screen is not updated.  This is currently being addressed.  In the meanwhile, you may still add individual LinkedIn contacts to your JobKatch job leads, however, you will need to open a separate tab or browser window to get back to JobKatch.com and the job lead window.

Please use the contact form on the Contact Us page (http://jobkatch.com/contact_us) to ask questions, report any issues or make suggestions for improvement on workflow for this tool.  There is a “contact” link on the bottom of each page that will link you to the form.

Thank you for your help in advance.  Hopefully, you will find JobKatch a valuable tool in organizing your search.

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Video Friday – Sometimes Dreams Do Come True

December 24th, 2010

Sometimes you may not be what people may think is the perfect candidate for the job.

Despite what often seems to be overwhelming odds, there are those who persevere.  They study, train and overcome insurmountable odds.

Group interviews are difficult at the best of times, but sometimes it pays to just be yourself.

What have you done this week to get your job search to move forward?

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5 You May Have Missed – Older Workers

December 22nd, 2010

Unemployed older workers face more challenges their younger counterparts.  So this week, we’re going to give you a bonus with the weekly 5 blogs and articles you may have missed.

The first article comes from USA Today on the subject of the aging workforce – American Workforce Growing Grayer.

AOL gives you 10 Tips on Resumes for Older Workers and even better, Better Jobs Advice provides Approaches and Tactics for Older Workers Who Can’t Find a Job with helpful links to organizations and volunteer opportunities for older workers.

About.com provides Job Search Tips and Strategies for Older Workers

Wharton, the Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia explores the myths and realities of work for those over 55 in The ‘Silver Tsunami’: Why Older Workders Offer Better Value than Younger Ones.

And your added bonus comes from The Career Advice blog, which hints at some good news ahead for workers Over 55 and Unemployed.

Have a blog entry that WE may have missed?  please feel free to add it to our comments!

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