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How to prepare yourself now for 2014 and find your ideal job

Job Search

 

Now that spring is with us (in the southern hemisphere) and you might be starting to think about the summer and new year’s vacation plans, it is also a good time think about the year ahead and your career plans and objectives. If you are looking for a new job for 2014, it is an excellent time to start your prep work in finding that ideal job or perhaps you are contemplating making a career change and switching career fields completely next year.

The good news is that the world economy appears to be doing better and if all goes well, hopefully the job market and hiring will also pickup in the months to come. During the past few years and economic downturn, companies have done all they can to increase productivity with a leaner workforce. If the global economy continues to show improvement, companies will need to start hiring in order to keep up with demand spurred by the new business investments and expansion.

Here are some tips and advise to assist you in your new job search or career change.

 

STEP ONE

Take some time to get yourself organized, take a deep breathe and ask yourself exactly what you want in your new job or career. Be honest and ask yourself the following questions:

What am i looking for? Take an honest look at yourself and think about the types of employers, industries, career fields and jobs you contemplating to target. When answering this question, remember to take into account factors like location and family commitments. You might be at the stage of life where you would prefer to work from home full time or part of the time and spend , for example. Be aware that until such that you can define and describe the perfect job or career that you are looking for, nobody can assist you in finding that job or hire you to fill it.

What are the financial implication of a new job or career change? Whether your are searching for a new job with higher salary, thinking about semi-retirement, or looking to work form home; you need to think about the what effect a new job or career change will have on your finances, obligations and responsibilities.

Will you need additional training prior to searching for a new job or career change? It is possible that you have been working for many years and missing a few key skills or certifications for the current job market that would significantly improve your marketability. If this is the case, you should think about going back to school and continuing with your education with a few courses to upgrade your current skills. Even if you are unable to complete a course or certification by the time your start looking for a job, at least you will be able to say in the job interview your are currently enrolled.

 

STEP TWO

The next step is to go through your little black book and update all your contacts information and prepare your career marketing material. This is the time to work on your networking and start your search for potential employers you intend on targeting.

Without a doubt the most powerful tool you have in your job quest is your contacts, friends and family given the fact that a referral is the best accreditation you can get when looking for a job.

Like most people, your contact information is most likely in a number of different places ranging from business cards, personal email address book, social media networks, or old work files. Consolidate and organize your information into one place to make it easily accessible.

Most likely recruiters or hiring managers who show an interest in you and your resume will immediately go to the world wide web and do a search for your name. So prepare yourself and do a personal search on Google and update any information that you thinks needs to be updated or removed. If you have a professional profile on Linkedin, for example, it would be a good idea to update your profile and participating in online forums and blog that are related to your industry and career field. You don’t want your online presence to appear to be outdated to the person looking to fill a specific position.

Take the time to update your resume and make sure that your recent accomplishments are added to your resume. There are numerous website and blogs on the internet that can offer advise and tips to update your resume to make sure it is ‘fresh’.

Think about joining one or two networking groups in order to make yourself known. Don’t just attend the monthly dinner or function, but rather make meaningful connection and volunteer for one of the group;s committees or offer your time to asset at an event. You can also attend job fairs in your area to get a better idea of the companies who are hiring and understand what they are looking for.

Track news and events of the potential places your would like to work at. Create Google alerts for these potential employers and keep track of opening or news of business expansion plans. You can create alerts for companies, nonprofit organizations,  as well key executives. Alerts will also keep you up to date about market trends.

 

STEP THREE

You might think that the end of year holiday season is a bad time to search for a job. Research has shown that many recruiters find placements for numerous employees over the holiday season. It is a time when hiring managers have more time to focus on resumes that have been sitting on their desk and not have to deal with their daily functions and duties.

Holiday season is a good time to arrange meeting  up with your contacts who might know of leads. In general, businesses go into a slow down mode over the holiday season, so this might be a good time to arrange to meet your contacts for a cup of coffee or lunch.

Sending our holiday greetings is also another way to reconnect with old friends and colleagues but don’t mention that you are searching for work. This can help to make sure that your contact details are up to date current and they can easily contact you after the holidays.

Source: Forbes.com

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Top Ten Ways to Find a Job

When the economy is in bad shape, the job market is usually worse. Those with jobs are trying to stay employed and people without jobs are desperately trying to find a new job, both can be extremely stressful.

If you put in the time and effort into finding a new job you will be rewarded no matter how fierce the competition is. Stay motivated and persistent – finding a new job is your new job right now.

These are the top ten ways to find a new job:

1. Use the Internet Daily – It is so easy to get lost on the Internet wasting time on websites, job boards and social media sites with no real benefits. Make sure you are actively spending your time on the Internet looking for and applying to jobs and networking with those who may be able to help. There are a ton of useful job boards and career sites to help you focus your search. Check out JobBoardReviews.com to help find the most useful websites to your industry or profession. Do your best to stay focused on your job search for a few hours a day. Be sure to actively apply to jobs, don’t just upload your resume and wait for phone calls.

2. Perfect your resume – Your resume is often the first glimpse a potential employer gets of you and your skills, make sure it accurately details your skills and work history and how they can benefit your future employer. Make sure you have someone proof read it before sending it out and try to customize it for each job you are applying for.

3. Network – Let everyone you know that you are looking for a job. The more people you have out there on your team, with eyes open the more opportunities you will have. Tell everyone in your network what kind of a job you are looking for or any special skills you may have. You can forward your resume to people in your network and ask them if they know of anyone hiring or if they can check within their company for any open positions. Most people actually find and are hired through referrals from a friend or family member than any other source.

4. Go back to school – Now is the time to get the competitive edge over other job candidates. Many people are finding it hard to get to a traditional college or university and are opting for online schools and programs. Look into enrolling in an accredited online college for some online courses and upgrading your training. Increasing your education will improve your resume and get you one step closer to landing a job.

5. Target Local Companies – Get out and start knocking on some doors. If you are not having any luck online submitting your resume online, it’s time to get out and start meeting people face to face. Make a list of companies in your area that you would like to work for, call them directly to see if they have any openings that interest you. If that doesn’t work, put on some professional attire and stop by with your resume in hand.

6. Industry Mags and Social Niches – Sometimes the best positions that are the perfect fit are only being advertised in industry specific magazines and publications. Sign up for some Industry trade magazines, online groups, forums, and social networks. Reading up on the latest industry news is a great way to stay on top and find new open positions. It also will help with your industry specific networking.

7. Job Fairs – Can it get better than this. Job fairs are a giant room or convention center filled with companies who are looking to hire. Dress to impress, print out a bunch of copies on your resume and start talking to companies who are looking to hire. It’s such an easy way to meet people and get some help with your search

8. Get some Professional Help – Recruiters, headhunters, and temp agencies are always looking for qualified candidates. Find some recruiters that specialize in your industry or position and get them your resume.

9. State and public resources – There are so many free resources offered by your state to help job seekers find a new job. Most states and counties offer everything from resume writing services, career counseling, and lots of sessions on all the skills you will need to find you new job. State and local resources are also often given lists of openings that aren’t posted or found in other locations. Pop on over and see what they can offer.

10. Consider Freelancing – If you are not finding the right full time position, consider taking a contract position or freelancing your services out. Many companies are not able to hire for full time positions but would be willing to give you a try on an as need basis.

Get on out there! Remember to Network, keep your head up and Don’t give up! There is someone out there waiting to hire you.

Source: Jill Czeczuga

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Tips for Job Fairs and Interviews

Are you ready for  job fairs and interviews? You think a few resumes in your backpack, a pair of khakis in your closet and a general idea of what you want to do with your life is good enough. I have news for you. Here are a few tips to prepare yourself for any job fair.

Company research

Research the companies that will be at the fair. Look at their websites, read their press releases and search local newspapers for stories. Take not if company is growing or offering new products. Find out where the company is heading and how you could fit in and contribute to the company.

How do you look

Don’t show up with wrinkled, ragged or overly casual outfit. This sends out the wrong message that you are too lazy to look professional. Don’t wear clothing that shows too much skin. What may be appealing at club or bar will most likely be inappropriate when looking for a professional position. Like it not, you will be judged on your appearance.

The right introduction

When you send a resume to a company you usually include a cover letter. At a job fair, your cover letter can serve as an introductory greeting. Make sure letter is brief, but include the vital information about your qualification and skills.

Your resume

One of the most important things you can do is to create a resume that shows off your qualifications and work experience clearly and concisely. Make sure you get some one, like a career counselor or professional in the field, to proofread your resume before you hand it over to a potential employer. Take at least 20 copies printed on quality paper. Take a briefcase or leather attaché case. You will look more professional.

Who will be there?

Step one is to contact the career fair organizers and find out which companies will be there or do your own research. Many career fairs have website and list the participating companies. Once you have the list highlight the ones that interest you.

Presentation skills

Remember first impressions counts so polish up on your presentations skills for both job fairs and interviews. Do the same preparations as you would for a job interview and learn about the companies who will be at the job fair.

Show appreciation

Collect business cards at the fair and write a thank-you note to the representatives you met at the event. If you have the information, target their supervisors as well. Thank them for the time to speak with you or for making their representative available for the event. Don’t forget to add a sentence or two reiterating your strengths and interest in the job.

Follow up call

If you have not been told “no” or heard from a recruiter after the fair, follow up and check in with the company. Sometimes a company can take longer than expected to fill a position, so don’t be afraid and keep up with the hiring process. Some recruiters may put their job fair duties on hold after returning to work and dealing with day-to-day responsibilities. Making a call or send an email may remind them of their job fair follow up.

Good luck!!!

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