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10 Creative Places to Find the Hidden Jobs

Posted by Lori on February 18, 2010

Has your job search turned into a reconnaissance mission? You scoured the newspaper and super-sleuthed the internet and now what do you do? There is no doubt that times are tough in the job market and you must be prepared to switch from the conventional job search method to forage for employment opportunities elsewhere. Our friends at wetfeet.com have some great ideas on places to probe for a career.  Take a look at the list and see if you can find some places that you may have not have considered:

  1. Do an informational interview when you are trying to decide on changing careers.
  2. Get by with a little help from your friends in the form of networking.
  3. Create your own job. If you see an unmet need, fill it!
  4. Go back to the future and embrace your past.
  5. Be true to your school. Go back and explore how to use your talents to add to the campus community. You meet some alums who could help you.
  6. Make like the Matrix and embrace cyberspace. There are thousands of career sites online that can provide advice for you.
  7. Play sleuth and determine which companies are growing.
  8. Contact someone you admire and ask them for advice.
  9. Get physical and enjoy the great outdoors. You will meet new people, and get energized at the same time.
  10. Host a new book club or career action group.

You may be surprised when you tap into the resources mentioned. Good luck in your quest!

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Market Thyself

Posted by Lori on February 2, 2010

The job hunt is one time when  desperate times should not call for desperate measures. When impending doom is looming over your head and you simply must find employment quickly, it is imperative that you step back and take a deep breath before making a move.

The first order of business is to STOP. Just stop painting every worse case scenario from being hungry to homeless, and make a plan. This is a great time to re-evaluate your interests, skills and work values. Kansas residents can do this free of charge on KansasCareerPipeline.org. Once you have an industry/employer in mind, make a plan and sell your talents and skills to them.

The folks at BusinessWorkforce.com offer some great advice for you in order to put yourself in the best possible limelight. Take a look at their suggestions before you actively begin your search and hopefully your stress level will be a little less because you have a road map to execute your plan:

To start your job search process, it is important to create a self-marketing plan. Just like starting a new business, you need to determine your target audience, identify your unique attributes and selling points and look for effective ways to promote yourself by delivering a powerful proposition. Located below are a few tips on how to effectively market yourself to potential employers:

Take Action – Post your resume to general and niche job sites that are targeted to your industry or location. Consider a resume distribution service to more effectively target key employers and improve your chance of getting noticed.

Let People Know You Are Looking – Reach out to new and former contacts to inform them you are searching for a new career. The more people who know you are looking for a job, the better chance of finding a great job opportunity.

Go the Extra Mile – Create an online career portfolio that incorporates your resume and other relevant career-related information to distinguish yourself from other candidates. Also, prove to potential employers that you are serious about your job search by getting a background check, which will save them valuable time and money.

Create a Unique Brand Identity –Identify your strengths and capabilities that distinguish you from other candidates, and then effectively communicate these attributes to potential employers in verbal and written correspondence. Reinforce your unique selling point throughout your job search to convey the value you will bring to each organization. It’s OK to customize your message based upon your audience.

Attend Networking Events – Join industry associations and attend career fairs to build connections and network. These events allow you to interact with professionals who may have a job opening in their company, or are aware of a job through their network of contacts. Networking is a powerful marketing tool.

Protect Your Reputation – Review any social sites that you have subscribed to, in order to be sure that you are presenting yourself in a positive manner. Employers will review these sites and you will want to make a good impression. So, its important to protect your online reputation.

I find it interesting that this article reflects back to one of our conversations from last week – protecting your online reputation. We will revisit this topic from time to time due to the increasing importance of maintaining a healthy presence on social networking sites.

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    Which 30 Jobs Will Add the Most Workers in the Next Decade?

    Posted by Lori on January 19, 2010

    Are you at a crossroads in your current career, or are you ready to make a bold change? Before throwing in the towel at your current job to pursue your dream, or what could be greener pastures, you might want to take a look at Career Builder’s article that lists 30 jobs that will be adding the most employees in the next 10 years. Not surprising, three of the top five jobs are in the health care field. Here are the top five:

    1. Registered Nurses
    2. Home Health Aides
    3. Customer Service Representatives
    4. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
    5. Personal and Home Care Aides

    While these industries are adding the most employees, it does not mean that the workers will make the most money. Make sure you have researched the industry and are aware of educational requirements and the possibility of limited income associated with various occupations before switching jobs.

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    8 Hot Tips for Job Seekers: A Job Search Guide In a Nutshell

    Posted by Lori on January 13, 2010

    The internet, as well as local libraries and news media, are a plethora of information with regard to careers. How to search for jobs, build resumes, and answer the most poignant interview questions, are just a few topics and titles on the airwaves and in the stacks.

    I recently came across a Job Search Guide from Financial Job Bank. The Guide is a handy-dandy checklist for anyone who is preparing to enter the workforce for the first time or change to a new career. While the document may not be all-inclusive, it is a great resource in a condensed version that anyone can use.

    According the Guide, the job seeker should:

    1. Identify his/her career
    2. Develop a powerful resume
    3. Effectively market themselves to employers
    4. Master the art of the interview
    5. Manage their online reputation
    6. Become a master negotiator
    7. Avoid being a typical job seeker
    8. Stay educated and stay ahead

    Take time to view the link, and all it has to offer as you prepare to find your dream job this year!

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    Why, Why, Why – The Rejection Letter

    Posted by Lori on July 24, 2008

    Two weeks after posing for the most dynamic interview of your life, you receive a letter from the company who holds the key to your future. You just know they are writing to inform you of the company compensation package, your new elevated rate of pay and the reimbursement amount for a company car. The letter is pure white, crisp linen with a golden embossed return address. You all but heave your brief case across the room because you are so excited. So what if it bounces on the floor and barely misses the dog – your new company will have a faster laptop for you anyway!

    Too bad that you don’t have one of those toad-stabber letter openers to get to the heart of your future. You finally muster up the courage to open the envelop because reality has suddenly loomed around you. After all, maybe it really isn’t a job offer – it could be a dear John letter, but in your heart you know it isn’t that. Perish the thought! You purposefully colored yourself into the lines of a new job, which included way more money, which means you will be getting a new auto, as well as a new house, or at least an upgrade in your living arrangement. Yes, you are moving right on up in the world!

    You carefully unseal the envelop and reach inside to grab your new life by the horns. After unfolding the letter, it is more than abundantly clear that you are not holding a set of keys to a new life – you are holding the dreaded nasty gram from a company that was to be your new identity. You are too stunned to even cry. Disbelief sets in, followed by hurt and anger. How could you possibly continue with your existence, especially after you convinced yourself, family and friends that you were turning the page to a new chapter in your life?

    The burning question that is on your mind is WHY? Why in the world didn’t they hire me? You know that you were the most qualified person on this earth for the job. After you stop beating yourself up, take a look at an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education. The author gives many scenarios on why candidates are not hired. Even though the context of the article is academia, parallels could be made in most hiring situations. So, if you weren’t hired, try to understand the viewpoint of the search committee and be honest with yourself and what you can honestly bring to your new employer.

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