Posts Tagged ‘job seekers’

Video Friday – Interviewing Skills

December 17th, 2010

Sometimes you need to assess your skills, look at what you could be doing better. Today, we’re going to look at interviewing skills.

So what did we learn?

  • Always practice your answers and be prepared
  • Always tell the truth – you will be caught if you lie
  • Always carry extra copies of your resume with you to an interview – you never know when one might have a drink spilled on it or break

What did you learn from this video?

Have a good weekend folks!

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Why Aren’t I Working?

December 12th, 2010

It’s December, so it’s the time of year that people look back over the past year and judge what they have achieved or not achieved.

I suppose we’re getting ready to line up our New Year’s Resolutions.

I’ve accomplished a lot over the past year. With others, I started a non-profit to heighten awareness for retired racing greyhound adoption.

I started my own blog and website for unemployment and job searching here in the triangle.

I picked up a gig writing the Job Tech Review column for Cubicle to Classroom, an online magazine.

I “intern” (read unpaid) as the community facilitator for Hire Friday.

I attended numerous networking functions – met people, made friends, expanded my LinkedIn connections.

I’ve taken advantage of the free training available to job seekers through the local community colleges, as well as seminars and workshops to keep my certifications current.

I ended up an SME in social media for job search, to the point I’m giving talks and workshops on it.

I’ve volunteered – a lot.

What I haven’t done is found a job.

It’s at this point that I recognize the plight and frustration of the unemployed, myself included.

We’ve done everything we are told to do to find a job – networked, volunteered, gotten education, kept current.  We’ve filled out numerous applications online, met for gallons of coffee with folks, attended workshops, spent time and effort and nothing seems to work.

If I’m doing everything we’re being told to do, why aren’t I working?

Well, I’m here to say there’s no magic bullet.

Before this devolves into what could easily become a pity party and whine-fest — really, I’m not playing the victim here — I’d like to suggest that this time of year is as good as any to take stock of what you are doing.

If what you are it isn’t working, change it up.  Set aside time for yourself – figure out a way to rejuvenate yourself.  Treat yourself to something you’ve done without for a while.  Add some different exercise into your daily routine — actually change your exercise routine.  Drive a different route to the grocery store. Trade out the groups and meetings you attend for new ones.   Use the library instead of the home office to construct your project plan for being employed.   Get out there and hustle.

I recently discovered Gary Vaynerchuk, of Wine Library TV.  I must admit I came a bit late to the table on this one.  Gary Vaynerchuk has been out there talking about work and entrepreneurial endeavors for a while now.  But much of what he is talking about is applicable to a job search.  Pardon the rough language, but this is someone who is truly passionate about what he does – in every incarnation.  In the age of motivational speakers who don’t motivate me at all, he is a rarity.  Enjoy – but you might want to close the door before tuning up the sound.

On the bright side, three women who I’ve met through my job search networking have all landed jobs in the past few weeks.  I take this as a good sign.

What are you going to do to change what isn’t working for you?

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5 You May Have Missed – Holiday Job Search

December 8th, 2010

Most folks consider the time between Thanksgiving and New Years a wasteland for job hunting.  Last week, my own sister told me “no one is interviewing, no one is hiring”.  I find this amusing because today she told me that her husband was being flown out to the west coast for a job interview either next week or the following.

Even if you aren’t getting a job offer, that doesn’t mean there isn’t opportunity out there.  Here are a few articles you may have missed on how to use the holidays to your advantage in your job search:

Don’t Ignore the December Recruiter via The Ladders reminds you to be available when the phone rings.

Great Resumes Fast gives advice on Keeping Your Job Search on Track During the Holidays

AvidCareerist gives insight into what my possibly be The 38 Best Holiday Gifts for Job Seekers as gleaned from the November 26th #HireFriday #HFchat on Twitter.  So just in case you haven’t mailed your letter to the north pole, you can always email the link or bookmark it on the computer of someone you love.

Keppies Careers offers you not only some Holiday Networking advice, but there’s a present as well – a free e-book download.

And good news from the Huffington Post it seems that there is An Early Gift: More Companies Beginning to Hire.


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5 You May Have Missed – I’ll Take Potpourri for $300, Alex

November 24th, 2010

Jeopardy calls it Potpourri, a mixed assortment of items that don’t easily fall into one category or another.  This week I found a few articles of interest, that don’t really have much to do with one another, but provided some grist for the thought mill, or at the very least some amusement for the short work week.

The first two articles come from a place I normally am not too enthused about – CareerBuilder.  I am usually put off by the amount of roadblocks that CareerBuilder puts up between you and the job listing or application.  But I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of hurdles to pass to get to their blog.

‘Overqualified’ Workers Struggle to Find Work, Employers Fear They’ll Flee via CareerBuilder‘s The Work Buzz

Normally, I’d run screaming in the opposite direction when faced with an article such as What Your Pet Says About Your Career.  I generally would categorize such writing in the same bucket at your astrology forecast.  But there’s something about a basket full of cute kittens that will draw you in every time.  And really, who wouldn’t want to know what snakes say about their owners potential earnings?

What Your Pet Says About Your Career via CareerBuilder‘s The Work Buzz

In August of this year, Wired magazine announced the Web is Dead, this next blog entry offers a similar thought on IT careers – is it time to start thinking about a new career path?:

Big IT is Broken via Baselinemag.com

If you’ve started to use Twitter as a job search tool, you may want to brush up on your Twitter etiquette.  Here’s some insight into why folks may choose to unfollow you, as well as some general hints on how to behave:

Five Reasons We’re Going to Unfollow You on Twitter via Social Meteor

And finally, if you are using your iPhone, Android, Blackberry, whatever to send and receive email, text messages and tweets, beware the auto correct:

Damn You, Autocorrect – this website actually underscores the need to review before hitting send.  Many of the auto-corrections turn simple text into messages not appropriate for an office environment.

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5 You May Have Missed – Interviews

November 17th, 2010

Each Wednesday, jw’s job blog brings you a few blog articles you may have missed.Whether it’s tough questions or things you need to keep in mind when interviewing, the articles in today’s entry will give you things to think about when your next interview is upon you.

The Importance of Being Busy via Ed Han

9 Things Recruiters Look for When They Interview You via Impact Hiring Solutions

Twitter Users are More Likely to Get Job Interviews via Keppie Careers

8 Interview Questions for Older Worker via Interns Over 40 (Scroll down to middle of the page to read the article.)

Not So Common Sense Interview Strategies via Wall Street Journal

What are some of your favorite interview tips?

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