Job seekers often make one of two errors when using job boards. They focus on too few or use too many. In either case, they seldom achieve the results they need and deserve. What's a better strategy? Selective multiplication. It involves using a small number of the right sites to multiply your chances of success.
Online networking is now considered an integral part of every job search. Whether it happens on a social media site, a job board or an association Web-site, interacting with one's peers online is a critical tactic in the search for a new or better job. But, here's the rub: all of the time and effort invested in online networking is often producing very meager results. In fact, online networking is notworking for many if not most people.
The hit TV series, Breaking Bad, has now passed into the history books. For those who didn't watch it, the show involved a person who gets hit with a bad break and then makes a bad career move to deal with it. It doesn't turn out well for him, and that's a lesson for all of us. In fact, if you're in transition, it's best to take exactly the opposite tack. Deal with the bad break of unemployment by breaking good in your job search.
Research indicates that over half of all openings are filled by employers' internal candidates. That figure will obviously very from field-to-field, but the point remains: the most serious competitor you are likely to face in the job market isn't another job seeker. It's the person who's already working for the organization with the opening.
Survey after survey now confirms that a growing number of job openings are structured as part time employment. While some of this shift away from the traditional 40 workweek might be due to the debut of the new healthcare law, there's another factor that's largely unrecognized and just as important. The constant change going on in today's global marketplace has put a premium on flexibility.
Survey after survey confirms that job boards are among the most effective ways to find a new or better job in today's tough job market. For all that success, however, there are still many job seekers who come up empty-handed when using such sites. What should they do? Learn the two secrets to putting job boards to work for you.
By now, you've probably heard of (or even seen) the Syfy channel's kitschy summer blockbuster, Sharknado. The movie depicts a freak weather event that causes man-eating sharks to fall from the sky all over Las Angeles. While that situation begs incredulity, however, it is possible to imagine a jobnado - an environmental pattern in which jobs rain down on you.
This column is the second in a two part series exploring the nature of talent. While our culture and educational system tell us that only special people doing special things have talent, exactly the opposite is true. Talent is a universal attribute. Each and every one of us has been endowed with talent, but sadly, only a few of us ever discover it. We're never told how to look for it.
As depicted in the new movie World War Z, a common scene in a vampire movie these days is to have the hero or heroine - and preferably both - run from a ravenous horde of the undead. It's a behavior we would do well to copy in the job market.
Most career counselors and coaches will tell you that the best way to look for a job is to look for yourself first. But, what does that mean? And, how do you do it? This column is the first of two that will answer those questions.
Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. His words could also serve as today's definition of unemployment. What's being done over and over again? Networking online. The results it yields never change and are best described as “notworking.”
There are two kinds of harmful gaps in a job search. They are a lack of experience and a lack of skills. Both seem like insurmountable barriers because you can't gain experience without work and it takes time to acquire skills. And yet, there is a way to bridge the gaps so long as you are willing to take off your fuzzy slippers.
Experts have long urged job seekers to practice active listening. It's a critical habit to develop because it helps you understand, interpret and respond effectively to the questions posed in an interview. However, since most pre-interview communications now occur in writing and those interactions are the key to getting an interview, it's now also important to learn the technique of “active reading.”
Why did the new CEO of Yahoo! shock the business world by bringing the company's workers back to their physical offices during the workday? And, why is Google designing a new office complex in which no employee will be more than a two and a half minute walk from any other employee? These are two of the world's leading Internet companies, yet they are riveted on casual, real world interactions. What does that mean for today's Web-centric job seekers?
Time is the greatest enemy in a job search. The longer the hunt for a new job takes, the greater the frustration, futility and the possibility of making a mistake. So, the best way to conduct a job search is to use every minute of every day wisely.
More often than not, the first impression you make with a recruiter is in writing. So, if you want to stand out like a dream candidate, write like one. Many job seekers invest considerable time and more than a little money in developing a well written resume. While such a document can establish your qualifications for an opening, however, it almost never differentiates you from the competition. Why? Because every other qualified applicant has also submitted a resume that is articulate and grammatically correct. You're just one of the herd.
Binging is a hot topic these days. Our waistlines are expanding, our consciousness is shrinking and our eyes are glazing over as more and more of us eat, drink and watch TV series in excess. Now, we're also binging on job search.
We humans are increasingly unable to remember the past. For job seekers, that means we must be as proactive about staying remembered as we are about being memorable. We must hold onto employers' and recruiters' memories as well as stand out in their minds.
It's commonplace these days to say that everything you need to succeed in human affairs you learned in kindergarten. If you follow that advice in your job search, however, you're likely to be disappointed in the results. One of the first lessons you're taught in school is to follow the rules when playing a game. The rules ensure that there is a well defined pathway to victory and that everyone knows what it is. They establish certainty and fairness.
Employers address you that way on their corporate sites. Recruiters use the very same term to describe applicants for their openings. But, you should never ever accept the label. Don't let anyone categorize you as a "job seeker." Compel them to see you as a "person of talent" instead.
Job seeking is all about putting yourself out there where employers and recruiters can spot you. It requires that you reach out and connect with strangers, both online and off. Finding a new job is fundamentally a social experience, so if you're an introvert, how can you succeed? According to a source cited in Wikipedia, "introversion is manifested in more reserved, quiet, shy behavior." It also notes, however, that according to Myers Briggs and other experts in human psychology, introversion and extroversion are not mutually exclusive states. In other words, we all have both dimensions in our personality, but one is typically dominant over the other.
It's hard enough to land a good job in today's sputtering economy, but now it's going to get even harder. More and more people who already have a job have started to enter the job market. They're amping up the competition and creating a new challenge for those who are out of work: how do you compete with employed job seekers? Employed job seekers often have an unfair edge in the job market. The fact that they currently have a job gives them a "credibility premium" with employers. Consciously or not, many organizations assume that anyone good enough to be on another employer's payroll is probably good enough to be on theirs. It's a significant advantage and one you simply cannot match if you're in transition.
The only way to conclude a successful job search is to apply for the right opportunities. You only have so many hours in the day so you must only compete for positions where you have a legitimate chance of being selected. How do you make sure you're being realistic? With a two-step self assessment.
Picture the scene: you're cruising through your favorite job boards on the Internet and come across a great job for which you are perfectly qualified. So, what do you do? You whip out your trusty resume and apply for that gem, right? Wrong. The key to landing a new or better job in today's economy is to campaign for it.