The Multi-Faceted Job Search

Friendly InterviewerFinding a job used to be a much simpler process than it is today… You used to send a résumé, get an interview, and if they liked you, you were hired.

Today, there isn’t just one area to consider, the modern job search is multi-faceted and there’s a number of areas to consider, but with a little preparation, it can come together nicely.

Prepare the following and it will make your job search go much smoother…

Résumé: Have an up-to-date résumé ready at any given moment and with you. You never know when the opportunity to offer it may arise. Be prepared. If you can make it shine on your own, do it and if you can’t; hire a professional. This is the most important document of your career… Make it shine.

Connections: From alumni groups to lifelong friends, you never know where an ally in your job search could come from. Be active on LinkedIn because it’s a solid resource. I’ve had several offers come from LinkedIn connections, so it’s well worth the effort. There are also some wonderful professionals that you’re likely to learn from, you can follow. Brilliant minds worth tapping into.

Online Presence: Do a search on your name to see what comes up… You may be surprised and that can be a bad thing, if you “express yourself” in any questionable ways. From politics to an out of control social media presence can be the kiss of death to a career and job offers, if you aren’t careful. If there are questionable posts, try to clean up your presence, but remember that nothing really ever goes away online. It’s safer to not have anything to hide and easier than trying to clean it up.

Phone Interviews: It used to be that you were called in for a face-to-face interview based istock_000021392184_doubleon your résumé alone, but those days are pretty much gone. You can go through several phone interviews before you ever meet anyone face-to-face. Even possible Skype interviews. I strongly suggest dress for phone or Skype interviews because it puts you in the best mindset for a professional presence.

Appearance:  In my humble opinion this is one of the most important areas to cover… Image is EVERYTHING! Companies want a professional image and if you want to get hired or advance, you need to know what the company expects and be that. You have to prepare to adapt to the corporate culture and not expect them to adapt to you.

Follow the above tips and you’ll be ahead of many… If you need assistance, feel free to contact me and I can assist you with the process.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. ~Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

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Five Ways to Get Your Career Ducks in a Row

iStock_000020614872_LargeThere’s an old saying, “Have all your ducks in a row.” It means that you are completely prepared, right down to the last detail. You might ask how this applies to you and how you can make this work for you…

So, you’ve decided to look for a job… Are you prepared? You should ALWAYS be prepared, because you never know what the future holds. From great opportunities, to downsizing… ANYTHING can happen.

Let’s go over just a few ways you can get those ducks lined up:

  1. Documentation: Is your resume up to date? How long has it been since you last updated your resume? This is an area most wait until they need it and then end up in a panic because they are unprepared, when In fact it should always be current and ready to go. Whether you write it yourself or hire someone, get it together today. You’ll find that this makes the entire process much easier.
  1. Style: Attire and hairstyle, modern and professional? You don’t want anything dated, nor do you want something out in leftfield. Proper professional attire and hairstyle are necessary for interviews and believe it or not, it can be done affordably. This is another area that you shouldn’t wait until the last second for.
  1. Education/Training: Education information and skills current? We should always be a student in our chosen fields and in life, in general. It keeps the mind sharp and keeps you current within our fields. Skill sets: are you staying current in all of your skill sets? What many consider age discrimination is very simply put, outdated skills caused by complacency. It’s all too easy to sit back and get lazy with one’s skills when you’ve been at a job for a long period of time (even if you hate the job).
  1. Attitude: although age discrimination is a very real thing, often it is a mindset one creates. I’ve met many a person that are so young at heart that age has NEVER been an issue and they’re well into their 60’s and 70’s, but I’ve also met some in their 40’s that come off ancient. Don’t allow a bad attitude become your greatest hurdle to finding a new or better job.
  1. Contacts: your network shouldn’t be seen as simply a “network” you fall back on when you need it. These should be both personal and professional friends. I can’t stress this one enough… You can’t expect people to put their neck out for you, if they only hear from you, when you want something. Be a friend and friends will want to help, in a heartbeat.

These are just a few areas that can help you in finding a new job or even advancing within your present company. Don’t take them for granted.

Have a wonderful week!

Ladies… Seven Deadly Sins of Professional Attire

iStock_000005892300XSmallRecently, I was at a dinner with a number of young people that were supposedly dressed professionally and the guys did it nicely, but the young women were almost entirely wrong. I hate to say it, but it seems many young women are clueless to professional attire. Because of this fact, I’m writing to enlighten those that need it to the seven deadly sins of professional dressing.

  1. If your tummy bulges are hanging over your pants or skirt for the world to see… You’re NOT dressed professionally.
  2. If you’re wearing a top that clings to all your tummy bulges for all to notice… You’re NOT dressed professionally.
  3. Flip flops and sandals… Not professional.
  4. Super short skirts… Nope!
  5. Tattoos uncovered… Do I need to say it?
  6. The “Goth” look… Really???
  7. And finally, if your bosom is exploding from your top…NOT PROFESSIONAL!!!

For most of us, this should be common sense, but WOW, I see it all the time! This isn’t acceptable; by just about any standard (The last few might work for a stripper, but let’s hope that isn’t where you’re going!).

It’s not that hard to find acceptable clothing at even Walmart or a thrift shop, so cost shouldn’t be the issue. Besides that, there are places that will assist you in finding proper attire. Clothes That Work is a great group for assisting women with clothing choices, if cost is an issue. Dressing appropriately can be the difference between a strong future and unemployment, so don’t risk it.

You can easily look online for clothing suggestions, examples are literally everywhere. If you must, do a little research before going shopping. Great, affordable looks are out there and easy to find… You won’t regret doing a little research.

Play it safe, so you don’t end up destroying a great opportunity.

It’s Not Your Age… It’s That Boulder on Your Shoulder!

Unpleasant Senior manAfter years of working with seasoned job hunters, I’ve found that they tend to fall into two groups… The determined and the victims. Now, don’t get me wrong, everyone has challenges, but there are some that create their own challenges.

Have you ever noticed that some people never struggle finding a job, that even their age is never an issue? Yet there are other people that just assume that they’re going to be discriminated against and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I know you think that you’re different and that it doesn’t show during interviews or meetings, but it does. Whether you realize it or not, the victim mentality shows in every part of your being and that will always hurt. I can generally hear it in the phone conversation and if we meet face-to-face, I can often see it immediately.

If someone else can have that “go to” attitude, so can you! Age discrimination? Of course it’s real, but so is gender, race and any number of other forms of discrimination… Get over it! Adjust! Change your direction!

You can’t keep banging your head against the wall and think that there’s going to be different results. There are fields and organizations known for being age friendly, but it takes research in a new direction to have a chance at finding out. Get on it!

And one final note… A job search, especially a career changer, takes a full time commitment. A full time commitment takes time and that time is to be used wisely. We’re not talking two hours of a job search and research, with three hours of Angry Birds. Just wanted to clear that up.

A site that you might want to take a look at is http://www.retirementjobs.com/