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.
The world of work is changing! After twenty years in Human Resources, I am convinced that our work weeks could easily be compressed to three or four days per week. It has been my experience that there are typically a lot of time wasters and distractions that occur everyday. People are not motivated to be focused and intentional with their time because they’re going to be there 40+ hours anyway. If we offered people that same weekly pay and gave them the option of working three, four or five days per week…what do you think will happen? Talk about balance! Our lives be transformed by the new found time for family, for creativity, for rest, for giving, etc.
This is a great article. Very happy to see the changes taking place in the work place these days.
80 hours a week. No work-life balance. Read More
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.
The 2014–15 Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) was released today by the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The OOH reflects BLS employment projections for the 2012–22 decade. The OOH is one of the nation’s most widely used sources of career information. It provides details on hundreds of occupations and is used by career counselors, students, parents, teachers, job seekers, career changers, education and training officials, and researchers. The OOH is available online at www.bls.gov/ooh.
The 2014–15 OOH includes 334 occupational profiles covering 580 detailed occupations, or about 84 percent of total employment in 2012. Each occupational profile describes:
• What workers do
• Where they work
• Typical education and training requirements
• Job outlook
• And much more
A detailed description about the information included in OOH profiles is available at www.bls.gov/ooh/about/occupational-information-included-in-the-ooh.htm.
New in the 2014–15 OOH
The 2014–15 OOH includes many new occupational profiles:
• Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists
• Computer network architects
• Emergency management directors
• Genetic counselors
• Information security analysts
• Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners
• Solar photovoltaic installers
• Training and development specialists
• Web developers
• Wind turbine technicians
In addition, existing occupational profiles have been updated with 2012 data and with the latest career information.
The 2012–22 Employment Projections
The 10-year projections of industry and occupational employment are revised every 2 years. The Employment Projections news release issued on December 19, 2013, covering the 2012–22 projections is available at www.bls.gov/news.release/ecopro.toc.htm.
More detailed information on the 2012–22 projections appears in five articles in the Monthly Labor Review. These articles are available at www.bls.gov/emp/publications.htm.
A graphic representation of projections highlights appears in the Winter 2013–14
Occupational Outlook Quarterly, available online at www.bls.gov/ooq.
Information about projections methods is available online at www.bls.gov/emp/ep_projections_methods.htm.
Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.
Last Modified Date: January 09, 2014
Survey Reveals Best Jobs for 2014Chicago — Dec. 12CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., or EMSI, compiled a dozen hot jobs that are not only growing but pay well too heading in 2014.The list is based on occupations that grew 7 percent or more from 2010 to 2013, are projected to increase in 2014, and fall within a higher-wage category of $22 per hour or more.Among high-wage jobs to watch out for in the New Year are:Software Developers, Applications and Systems SoftwareTotal employment in 2013: 1,042,402 jobsAdded 104,348 jobs from 2010-2013, up 11 percentMedian hourly earnings: $45.06Market Research Analysts and Marketing SpecialistsTotal employment in 2013: 438,095 jobsAdded 54,979 jobs from 2010-2013, up 14 percentMedian hourly earnings: $29.10Training and Development SpecialistsTotal employment in 2013: 231,898 jobsAdded 18,042 jobs from 2010-2013, up 8 percentMedian hourly earnings: $27.14Financial AnalystsTotal employment in 2013: 257,159 jobsAdded 17,060 jobs from 2010-2013, up 7 percentMedian hourly earnings: $37.34Physical TherapistsTotal employment in 2013: 207,132 jobsAdded 14,011 jobs from 2010-2013, up 7 percentMedian hourly earnings: $37.93Web DevelopersTotal employment in 2013: 136,921 jobsAdded 13,364 jobs from 2010-2013, up 11 percentMedian hourly earnings: $27.84LogisticiansTotal employment in 2013: 127,892 jobsAdded 11,897 jobs from 2010-2013, up 10 percentMedian hourly earnings: $35.08Database AdministratorsTotal employment in 2013: 119,676 jobsAdded 11,241 jobs from 2010-2013, up 10 percentMedian hourly earnings: $37.39Meeting, Convention and Event PlannersTotal employment in 2013: 87,082 jobsAdded 10,867 jobs from 2010-2013, up 14 percentMedian hourly earnings: $22.56Interpreters and TranslatorsTotal employment in 2013: 69,887Added 8,377 jobs from 2010-2013, up 14 percentMedian hourly earnings: $22.39Petroleum EngineersTotal employment in 2013: 40,733Added 7,158 jobs from 2010-2013, up 21 percentMedian hourly earnings: $63.67Information Security AnalystsTotal employment in 2013: 75,995Added 5,671 jobs from 2010-2013, up 8 percentMedian hourly earnings: $41.62Source: CareerBuilder
This guest post is by Karin Cross, owner of Crosswalk.
As I talk with job seekers in their 40s and older, the conversation frequently turns to fears and anxiety over the prospect of being interviewed by someone much younger. Is it feasible that “young” interviewers may have age biases? Of course. But while a few might truly possess a bias towards younger workers, all interviewers have numerous other influences, including gender, ethnicity, education, work experience, even preferences in ice cream that might find their way into your interview experience. Rather than spending your valuable time and energy focusing on the possible negative implications of interviewing with someone considerably younger, release what you cannot control – their age and personal biases – and instead direct your thoughts and efforts to creating an awesome interview experience, regardless of your interviewer’s age. You have much more power, control and influence than you realize.
Here are some recommendations for creating a truly positive interview experience:
The most important element of a job interview is your mindset. If you are worried about the age of your interviewer, your thoughts are negative and so is your energy. Since like attracts like, negative thoughts will most likely attract negative experiences. As with all things in life, if you are looking for the negative, I promise you that you will find it. Release your attachment to the outcome and approach your interview as an opportunity to meet someone new, learn about a new organization, and gain significant insight into the position for which you are being considered.
Instead of imagining what could go wrong, spend five to 10 minutes a day “daydreaming” (visualizing) about an interview in which the conversation flows and the two of you really connect on a personal level. Envision a comfortable environment, frequent smiles and laughter, and an enthusiastic handshake as you part. Even more importantly, take time to actually feel, or emotionalize, what’s going on in your daydreams. Feel the joy of connection and the satisfaction of a great interview experience. Feel at ease with your surroundings and your Interviewer, feel confident, feel the excitement of adventure and exploration.
It is completely on you to know what you want, know your strengths and how they can be utilized to achieve your goals, and know how to communicate these effectively to your interviewer. Young interviewers in particular need your help understanding how your years of experience and the skills and wisdom you have gained apply to their organization’s current needs and especially equip you to make important contributions to their business. Take time to write and study your 3 Knows and note examples that will help you tell your story.
Seek to add value to the people with whom you connect on a daily basis, and in return, a stream of abundance is created through which your own needs and wants are met. There are several ways to be of value to Interviewers:
Interviewing is a mental and emotional exercise. For the best possible interview experience, make sure your thoughts, feelings and expectations are in alignment with the positive outcomes you desire.