The top 10 ways to find your Dream Job

Below are the top 10 things you can do to find your dream job:

  1. Start by knowing what you want (create a Wishlist and be specific!)
  2. Set a statement of intent and do your daily declaration at least once a day (the Mental side of your job search)
  3. Watch your language (avoid words like “hope”, “try”, “it is hard”, “I cannot” etc…)
  4. Network and connect with the right people (80% of jobs are found through word of mouth)
  5. Be proactive in your job hunt and do not just sit back and react (go after what you want and do not just sit around expecting to receive it without effort)
  6. Put together a good resume (for every ten resumes you send out you should get at least three interviews)
  7. Properly prepare for every interview (spend at least two hours preparing prior to every interview)
  8. Interview effectively (make a strong case for why they should hire you by providing compelling evidence)
  9. Have strong follow through whether networking or after an interview (always send a thank you know and remember to follow up with any contacts after a networking event)
  10. Become indispensable to whomever you work for and remember…attitude is everything!

Top 5 Reasons you Should Work with a Recruiter

1) Recruiters have the inside scoop on positions that you might not have access to if you were to apply on your own. They can tell you about personalities and key attributes the firm or company is looking for.

2) More and more companies are utilizing recruiters to hire people and if you are NOT working with a recruiter, they might not consider your resume.
3) A recruiter’s job is to sell you and your background to the company. It is much harder to get yourself into a company just based on your resume. A recruiter has preexisting relationships that can help them sell you and your background.
4) Recruiters can give you valuable coaching and feedback when it comes to your resume. Additionally, recruiters can offer excellent interviewing tips prior to your interviews.
5) Recruiters can also offer valuable training and tutorials to help you progress in your career.

What are the top 10 Resources for Job Seekers?

Knowing where and how to find a job is half the battle. Below are the top 10 resources for someone looking to find a new position:

1) Linkedin.com: Get out there and leverage your social network. Within the next year, Linkedin will be one of the main ways employers search for new talent and you should make sure you appear at the top of their list by creating a top notch profile with strong recommendations.
2) Resume Wizard in Word: Getting a good resume put together does not have to be hard work thanks to Resume Wizard in Word. Resume Wizard offers a variety of templates from functional to reverse chronological style resumes and all you have to do is fill in the blanks with your experience.
3) About.com is another great website that offers a variety of free sample resumes and cover letters to assist you with your job search.
4) Indeed.com: Indeed is a fabulous website that is powered by Google and allows you to search thousands of different job posting websites all at once. Indeed also gives you the option to post your resume for employers to see and to email yourself a list of any hot jobs that might meet your search criteria first thing every morning.
5) Find a good recruiter in your field. You can do this by Googling your specialty area such as “legal” and the word “staffing” and your city. A lot of companies are hiring through recruiters right now because they prefer to hire employees who start off as temps. We have had 6 temporary employees get hired just in the  past 3 weeks.
6) Brush up on your skills. A lot of companies are now testing you on things such as Word, Spelling, Excel, Typing & PowerPoint. It is important that your skills are up to par. You might want to start by practicing your typing at www.typingtest.com and find a local Worksource Center where you can brush up on your technical skills.
7) Inthecalendar.com is a great website that lists a variety of networking events within 20 miles of your house. It is important to get out and go to a variety of networking events since 80% of jobs are found through word of mouth. You also may want to try www.meetup.com.
8) Use alumni and professional networks to find out about jobs that might not be posted on the job boards. 
9) Find good blogs with great interviewing tips. You can use Google to find top interviewing advice websites and/or find career coaches who can help you fine tune your interviewing skills.
10) Old colleagues and classmates can be a great resource for helping you find your next position. Don’t be afraid to use Facebook to reach out to people you already know and see if they can offer potential resources for you with your job search.

How to maximize the time you spend job hunting by adding valuable experience to your resume

One thing that most unemployed professionals have in common is time. When you find yourself unexpectedly unemployed you may find that you have more time on your hands then you did before. The question is: how do you use this time effectively to help facilitate your job search? There are many things you can do to maximize your time while you job hunt. A few of the different ways you can make the most of your time job hunting include networking, using Social Media, gaining education and volunteering your time. The area that we are going to focus on today is how you can volunteer your time to add valuable experience to your resume.

Even though you are not working, it does not mean you cannot volunteer your time to contribute to organizations that can use your skills and experience. There are thousands of companies and organizations that thrive off of utilizing volunteers. By volunteering, you are giving back to your community AND you are gaining important experience that you can list on your resume. By listing your volunteering experience on your resume you are letting potential employers know that you are keeping your skills fresh and are looking to add new skills to make you even more of an asset to the next company who hires you.

There are two different ways to go about volunteering. One way you could go about it is to find any charitable organization or cause that you believe in and to offer any skills you can to support the company or organization. Another way to volunteer would be to specifically target companies that you want to work for and offer your services free of charge so that you can keep your skills fresh or gain new skills in an area you are interested in.

Once you have decided which direction you want to take your volunteering in, the next step is finding the company that needs your services. You can go to the following website to find a list of charitable organizations that are always looking for volunteers:

www.volunteermatch.org/ 

 If you are in sales, you might want to try your hand at fundraising. If you are an administrative professional you might want to offer admin support. If you are looking to target specific companies you may want to utilize Linkedin to find out who the appropriate party would be to reach out to and offer your pro bono services to. For example, if you were a legal assistant, you might want to look up solo practioners on www.linkedin.com and reach out to attorneys who could potentially use your help and offer them assistance with filing or the like. You never know, it could even turn into a full time, paid position down the road.

The point is that good help is always hard to find! If you are a job seeker who wants to give back and add value to your resume, then I would suggest looking into different options of how you can volunteer.

Choosing your Recruiter

    When choosing which recruiter or recruiters you should use to assist you with your job search, it is important that you do your due diligence before committing. Finding the right recruiter to fit your personality should not be work, but if you do not choose wisely, your decision could have long term implications on your career. Like many things, there are good recruiters and bad recruiters out there. The question is: how do you tell the difference?
    In order to find a recruiter who is looking out for your best interests and not just for their next paycheck, there are a few things to consider. The first thing you want to look at is: does this recruiter specialize in my field? There are as many recruiters out there as there are jobs so it is important to find one who works in your particular field. If you are in the IT world, you would want someone who is tech savvy and knows the type of technology you are dealing with. Ask your recruiter what areas they specialize in and see if they line up with your skill set.
   The next thing to think about is: should I trust this person? Many recruiters will get so excited by a good resume that they will not dot their i’s and cross their t’s. You need to take them time to meet with your recruiter whenever possible, and be sure that your recruiter takes the time to get to know you and what you are looking for in your next position. If a recruiter simply wants to send your resume out without taking the time to understand what you want, chances are they are just looking to make a quick buck. Be sure to emphasize that you do not want your resume sent ANYWHERE without your permission. If your resume gets sent to an employer without your knowledge this can hurt you in the long run if you go to apply to that company later on your own or through a recruiter you do like.
   Once you have established that your recruiter is trustworthy and specializes in your field, see if that recruiter can provide recommendations. Now, I want to be clear, most recruiters would not appreciate it if you called them asking for a list of references. If instead you ask them where you can find recommendations on them I am sure they will be happy to direct you to their Linkedin profile or website where they should have at least one or more recommendations if they are any good.

I hope this helps you in your search to find a good recruiter.

Where do I even start?

Are you just starting your job search or are you confused about where to start? Not knowing how or where to look for a job is one of the biggest obstacles most job seekers face in their job search. So where do you begin?

There are a few things that you should do to get started with your job search:

1) Create a Wishlist of exactly what you are looking for in your next position. It is important to know what you want and what you are willing to accept so that when the right opportunity arises you will be able to recognize it. A Wishlist should be comprised of things such as: Salary, Benefits, Environment, Location, Company Culture, Hours, Title, etc…

2) Write a great resume that effectively presents the value you have to offer a company. I am not a huge fan of posting your resume on www.monster.com or www.careerbuilder.com, however that is up to you.

3) Get on www.indeed.com and set yourself up with email alerts for different positions in your area. If you are an executive assistant you might want to set up 3 or 4 searches that say things such as “executive secretary AND Los Angeles”, “executive assistant AND Los Angeles”, and “administrative assistant AND Los Angeles”.

4) Set yourself up with a profile on www.linkedin.com. You want to make sure you have a picture and at least one recommendation. In addition, you want to have a full profile including a summary, and all of your past positions listed. If you are unemployed, you might want to consider posting your full resume on Linkedin through their application Box.net. If you do choose to do this, please be sure to omit your address and only leave your phone number and email address on your resume. Linkedin is quickly becoming the go to tool for both recruiters and hiring managers. Hiring managers and recruiters will reach out to you directly regarding positions. If you are employed, it is perfectly acceptable to have a profile on Linkedin, and it is a great way to passively job hunt.

5) Find yourself a recruiter. If you are someone who specializes in a particular field, having a recruiter can be a great resource for you. You may want to meet with 3 or 4 recruiters to efficiently choose who you want to represent you. It is perfectly acceptable to have more than 1 recruiter working with you, however, it is important that you keep meticulous track of where you resume has been sent.

6) Begin submitting your resume to positions you see on websites such as www.craigslist.com, www.indeed.com, www.jobshouts.com, www.linkedin.com and any other places you may find a job. It is critical that you keep a running list of where your resume has been sent, by whom it was sent (ie. you or a recruiter), when it was sent, and what position it was sent for.

7) Attend networking events. Networking events are one of the best ways to find a new position. 80% of positions are filled through word of mouth. Of the 80% of positions that are filled by word of mouth, a majority are filled by acquaintances and not by close friends or colleagues. Work on your “Tell me about yourself” statement and get out there and start meeting people.

8) Brush up on your interviewing skills. Getting the interview is half the battle. The other half the battle is not talking yourself out of the position. Find a Career Coach or a friend who can help you prepare for your interviews.

I hope this helps and best of luck in your job search!

Using Linkedin in your Job Search







Using Linkedin and your job search:

 

 

Linkedin is beginning to replace CareerBuilder and Monster.
That said, how can you use it to your advantage?



As someone who has spent the last 7+ years as both a
recruiter and a career coach, I cannot recommend Linkedin enough. The first
thing that I do as a recruiter when I am looking to fill a position is to
immediately do a search on Linkedin. There are a few key things that I look for
when doing a Linkedin search:

1)  
Does the person have a complete profile,
including work history and a picture?

2)  
Does the person have 1 or more, strong
recommendations from reliable Linkedin sources? Having recommendations on
Linkedin is essential. If you cannot provide a supervisor reference, at the
very least you should have a peer reference.

3)  
How hard is it going to be for me to connect
with this person,

      
ie. Does this person clearly list their email
address on their public Linkedin profile? YES! You can do this by choosing to
make your contact information public in your settings or by listing your email
address as part of your name on your profile. See my profile on Linkedin as an
example.  I recommend listing a
personal email address as opposed to a professional email.

      
Is this person connected to 50 groups? If you
are connected to groups it is much easier to connect with people then if you
are not. Linkedin allows its non-paying members to connect to up to 50 groups.
I recommend each person on Linkedin connect to at least 50 groups.

4)  
Does this person list at the bottom of their
profile that they are interested in “career opportunities” or “job inquiries?”
If the person does not list this on their profile, I might be more reticent to
approach the person to begin with.

5)  
 Does this person list their current company? As a last
resort, if the person has a complete profile, with recommendations, says they
are interested in career opportunities, but they do not list an email, at the
very least I can try and reach them at their office if they have their current
employer listed.  Some recruiters
may abuse this by aggressively trying to recruit someone from their current
job. For me, I use their business number to call and network with the person
and find out how we can be a resource for one another.

 

If you are looking to change jobs, and do not already have a
Linkedin profile, PLEASE put one together as soon as possible. Many people I
know of are landing interviews and job offers due to their Linkedin profiles.
If you follow the above recommendations, you will be much more likely to be
approached by a hiring company or recruiter regarding your dream job!

Getting Past the Gate-Keeper

One new method for finding a job is to pick up the phone and call the hiring managers and/or executives directly, however, very few people are successful at using this technique for a variety of reasons. Having been a Recruiter for almost 7 years, getting past gate-keepers was always one of my specialties. Being a Recruiter requires you to be able to get past gate-keepers to the hiring managers in much the same way that a job seeker would try to bypass a gate-keeper. After many years of exploring what works and what does not, I have found a few specific things that you can do the next time you are calling into a company that will assist you in getting past the gate-keeper. Below are some of my suggestions:

1) Have a Linkedin profile. Having a Linkedin profile is a great way to gather the names of the people you want to contact, and also to find out information about the person that can help you to break the ice. In addition, you can use Linkedin groups to connect with people you might otherwise have no connections with. In a later article I will explain how Linkedin will benefit you when communicating with the executive once you have him or her on the phone.

2) When you call into a particular company, it is important not to use the full name of the person you are calling or address to address that person by Mr. or Mrs. For example, if you are trying to reach Bob Jones, the CEO of ABC corporation, and you say to the receptionist “Is Mr. Jones available?” this is an immediate red flag. There are a few reasons that calling the person by Mr./Mrs. or their full name can be a red flag.
-If you call them Mr. or Mrs., this likely means you are not someone who ranks high on the list of people whose calls should be put through. Close acquaintances or business associates usually call each other by their first names. Also, if Bob had a more unique last name such as Remeinzski, and you mispronounced it, it would be rather obvious that you do not know Bob.

3) Do not launch into a story about who you are and why you are calling. Business associates, family members, and friends are short and to the point and expect to be put through rather than rattling on about why they are calling. You want to create a sense that you already know Bob. An example of how to do this would be to say something to the effect of “Is Bob around?” Nothing complicated, just short and to the point. If they ask what it is regarding you could say “I am just calling him back” or “I was just following up regarding an email…” Less is more. There is no need to make a long drawn out complicated story.

Generally these few tips will help you to get past the gate-keeper if executed properly. Stay tuned for my next article on how to talk to the executive once you have him or her on the phone, and how Linkedin can help facilitate that conversation…