A job hunting I will go…

Job Hunt

Did I tell you I was job hunting? Did I mention how much fun it is?

No? Well, that’s because it isn’t. When I admitted to a friend that I was struggling with this she told me a new Panera Bakery is opening down the street from her. I think that was her idea of a pep talk.

Network Support

There are networks to join that offer support, suggestions, interviewing tips, ways to stay focused, and networking ideas. NoCoNet in Fort Collins meets weekly and has amazing speakers, members and support.

There are websites that give examples of cover letters, resumes and follow-up thank you notes. Or you can just search for ‘cover letter’ and see if someone’s actual cover letter pops up.

There are sites that help you with the interview process and give some behavioral interview questions to review before the meeting. Questions such as “Tell me about a time you worked with a difficult co-worker or client and how you resolved your issues” or “Tell me about a time you had to take initiative and the outcome. “ These questions are great if you’ve prepared for them but if not, you can sit there and sift through all your jobs, decide on which was the best example, then try to structure your answer and … well, by this time the next interviewee is at the door ready to come in and take your seat.

LinkedIn/ Online Job Search

There is LinkedIn.com to post your career, education, background and experiences but remember to align them to your resume.  Any potential employer will go to your LinkedIn profile before you even sit in the chair – count on that fact.

Job search sites such as Indeed.com, HigherEdJobs.com, and SimplyJobs.com will dangle some tidbits out there for the whole world to apply. By the time anyone can get down to my resume they are cranky, critical and burned out.  They are mad that they had to review over 200 applications only to find out that the one they are looking for (mine) is missing one measly item and they decide to TOSS it into the pail with the others.

Wait a second! Don’t they want to know that I am a people person with amazing communication skills? I can tell them about a time when I took initiative and the outcome of it. I can show my training techniques, writing samples and graphic skills.

In this day and age of electronic applications and submissions it’s almost impossible to get across the desk from you. But… we can change that, right?

Internet Goodie #13: Hire Me!

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In my area, the economy is slowing improving … and with a bit more optimism and determination businesses are beginning to hire again. They are posting to websites, listing openings on their websites and employees are spreading the word. Most are bypassing the newspapers due to cost and getting slammed with resumes.

Once you see a job opening, pick up the phone and call the company to see if the job is still open. It’s a legitimate way to make personal contact and perhaps to learn more about the position.

Monster.com is the first job board and still one of the  biggest names in the job industry. Submit your resume and check existing jobs. Another source is craigslist.org. This is a free website that attracts a wide range of businesses. There will likely be something under the Jobs tab that fits your qualifications.

Another useful website to visit is LinkedIn.com because you can search the Jobs tab and find jobs in your area or specialty. At my local library, a Career section is filled with business journals, newsletters and books about career change, skills, finding your perfect fit, resume writing, cover letters and interviewing.

If you do get an interview, there are websites with great information about interviewing and behavioral interview questions. More and more employers are asking behavioral questions in the interview as a way to determine core skills and competencies. These interview questions focus on job related experiences, behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities. In order to determine your future actions, they take a look at your past activities.

A behavioral question opens a window into your world that is often absent from the cover letter or resume. In fact, selecting ten or more questions prior to an interview will help you have a clearer vision of yourself, your success and failures, challenges, accomplishments and the lessons you’ve learned.

After you interview, ALWAYS send a written thank you note. Just do it … it shows you have manners and class. It does make a difference.

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