Probably the greatest frustration for job seekers is not hearing back from employers when they apply, email their resumes, send cover letters, leave voicemail messages and EVEN after interviewing. I totally get it, and your frustration is justified. However…your frustration is not serving you, and most employers are unlikely to change their current practices (at least, not any time soon). So, what can YOU do to avoid the employer’s black hole?
80% of job offers originate with some sort of connection to the employer. It could be a currernt employee or someone who has worked there in the past. These people are connected to other people at other workplaces, in the community and to their own circles of friends and family. And some of them are connected to you. Read More
The Interview is about determining fit for both the employer AND the job seeker. The employer must decide if the candidate possesses the skills, experience, aptitude, mindset and personality considered important, if not required, to be successful in the position, department and organization as a whole. As the job seeker, it is YOUR responsibility to decide if the job, department, organization and culture are a fit for YOU. Otherwise, you are leaving your success with the organization to chance and risking re-entering job search mode in the not-too-distant future. Here are 3 questions to help you gain insight into whether the job, department and organization are a good fit for you: Read More
This is an excellent article for hiring managers, recruiters and the long term unemployed. If you have been out of work for a while, you definitely need a story to tell interviewers about how you have used your time during this period. It doesn’t matter whether you have used it to gain new skills, dabble in self-employment, volunteer your strengths and passions, or catch up on projects around the house. What matters is that you are positive about your life in general and that you have used your time “productively.” Read More
My two cents…This is the “age of accountability.” Any information on the Internet is free game to employers AND to job seekers. Both parties should utilize all resources available when considering fit and making long term employment decisions.
Advice to job seekers:
Great article and stats from Recruiting Trends…
Great article. I’m an Introvert myself, and it is a challenge sometimes. I’m submitting an article to vitalink next month about my own experience as an Introvert and how my “get it done” strategy completely changed my life. I can’t wait to share it with you.
The stereotypical entrepreneur talks to everyone easily, but introverts need not be discouraged. Reticence does not doom you to failure.
Social science finds at least a third, and maybe half, the population is introverted. Successful entrepreneurs who are introverts make their personalities work for them. With less interest in the spotlight than accomplishing goals, introverts are inclined to let talented employees run with their ideas. Here are five strategies for making introversion an asset. Read More
Great overview of some of the things we are in control of when it comes to job search. It’s completely up to the job seeker to make sure they are communicating their strengths and impact to the employer…in the resume, the cover letter, and in their conversation with the Interviewer. Take the time to show yourself in the best light.
SHRM – the Society of Human Resource Managers – has jumped on the long-term unemployment band wagon and has begun educating its 200k+ members on how to be more inclusive in their candidate searches. This presents job seekers the perfect time to make sure they are doing all they can to communicate to employers their strengths and how they will contribute. Here’s a great list of tips from SHRM…
For most people losing a job is a devastating experience. Not finding one right away is even more discouraging, but the sooner you get started looking and the more dedicated you are, the more likely your search will be a positive experience.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the largest HR association in the world, with more than 275,000 members. Our members, HR professionals in organizations representing all sizes and industries, recognize that as a result of the years-long economic downturn, an unprecedented number of Americans have been unemployed for six months or more.
We are educating our members on how to review their organization’s hiring procedures to ensure they do not intentionally or inadvertently give less consideration to certain job candidates based solely on their unemployment status. Nevertheless, having a resume with gaps in work history can pose a challenge for the job seeker. This challenge is not insurmountable, and SHRM members offer the following advice to help you, as a job seeker, put your best foot forward.
Step 1: Approach your job search as though it WERE your job
Step 2: Stay active by engaging in productive activities
Find activities to show that you are still engaged in your community and focused on gaining skills and qualifications. Activities also fill time on your resume, showing employers that you haven’t been stagnant since you left your previous position.
Personal Development or Professional Development
Development Through Volunteer Engagement
Volunteering can involve much more than planting trees and painting buildings; it’s also a great way to learn new skills. You can design a website, organize an event, write letters on behalf of the organization or have any variety of other responsibilities.
Step 3: Update and revise your resume
Step 4: Network, network, network
Networking is still the most effective way to find out about jobs. Prepare your “elevator speech,” in which you describe your skills and career goals in two minutes. Preparing ahead helps you take advantage of opportunities to talk, at a moment’s notice, with someone who may be in a position to help you.
Reach out to family, friends, neighbors and associates.
Use online sites, including LinkedIn.
Reach out to employers that interest you.
Look for local nonprofit or government organizations that can help you with your job search.
Never pay an organization to find you a job—most likely it is not a legitimate business.
Step 5: Become More Technologically Proficient
Step 6: Prepare for your future interview
Online Resources for the Job Seeker
www.shrm.org/workforcereadiness –SHRM developed this webpage to house information about workforce readiness and long-term unemployment. Information on this site can give you a better understanding of how HR professionals view these issues.
Career One Stop – This federal government site hosts a variety of services including searches for short-term training opportunities, resume guides, and other resources with coordinating agencies. The site also has a section dedicated to people who lost their jobs, providing information on unemployment benefits, family support, and job centers in various locations.
Idealist.org – Home to over 12,000 volunteer opportunities, Idealist.org can be used to search for community-based volunteer jobs. The site allows you to search through thousands of job openings, internships, events, organizations, and over 500,000 personal member profiles.
LinkedIn Groups – The LinkedIn Groups Directory lists over 13,000 groups available to LinkedIn users. After creating a LinkedIn profile, joining groups that fit your interests is one way to stay current with relevant news and connect with like-minded professionals.
Monster.com Advice – With hundreds of articles on topics ranging from industry hiring trends, to interview tips for unemployed workers, Monster provides information on every step of the search-to-hire process.
SimplyHired.com/advice – Like Monster.com, SimplyHired provides hundreds of articles on various aspects of the job search, job trends, career advice and resume tips.
Most candidates eliminate themselves during the course of the interview. Here are some common reasons why…
The key elements of a positive and effective job search strategy are…1. Have a positive mindset; 2. Be a subject matter expert in you – strengths, talents, wisdom, unique experiences; 3. Know what you want; and 4. Be able to ARTICULATE who you are and what you want to others. This video offers some great insight into developing your personal brand.