Using Text Messaging In Your Job Search

Do you text often?  Are your texting skills lacking or do you “rock” it?

According to Jobvite’s 2018 Recruiter Nation Survey, 43 percent of hiring managers have communicated with job candidates via text.  This trend will continue to increase.  So it is in your best interest to brush up on the texting skills and be prepared to respond should a hiring manager contact you.

Text Messaging

Text Messaging Tips

How do you ensure that you can present yourself as positively as possible when you have to be short and succinct?  These tips might help:

Don’t Initiate Text

Let the interviewer or recruiter be the first to use text between you.  Send your initial job application and resume through traditional channels, and communicate afterwards via email or phone.

If the interviewer reaches out to you via text, they will be expecting a response.  At that time it is fine to return a message via text.

Don’t Ignore Messages

If an interviewer texts you, they can usually see when it was read.  So be prompt in responding.  If it will be a while, let them know you are currently working and will respond in an hour or whenever.

Keep It Professional

It can be tempting to just give them a one or two-word answer, use abbreviation, emoticons, etc.  Don’t do it.  Use complete sentences, full words, and a professional tone. You are not texting family in a relaxed tone.  Keep a degree of formality and professionalism in job search texts.

Check your Text “Signature”

If you have a text “signature” that is sent at the bottom of every text message, make sure it’s appropriate for use in professional communications.

Spelling and Punctuation Matter

Check and re-check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and watch out for auto-correct errors.

Stay Within Business Hours

Because texting, like phone conversations, is “real time” communications, only send your text to a recruiter during normal business hours.

Double Check Who You are Sending to

Before you hit send, check that you’re sending the text to the right person.  We have all heard the horror stories of messages being sent to the wrong person.

You want to keep your text message as short as possible, but don’t be afraid to convey information that will showcase your abilities and heighten the interviewer or recruiter’s interest in you.  You want to appear professional regardless of what tool is used in the job search process.

If you would like to learn more, I found this article about what it is like to apply for a job via text to be very interesting.

Do You Need Help

If you need help preparing for the job-hunt, contact your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider, at Career Find for an Introduction Call.  I can help you create a resume that will differentiate you from the competition, develop a unique job search strategy, and help you to feel confident as you begin the job search process.

 

 

 

By |2019-03-12T07:22:06-05:00March 12th, 2019|Job Search|Comments Off on Using Text Messaging In Your Job Search

Things to Consider Before Applying for a Non-Profit Job

If you’re ready to leave the corporate world behind and look for a job with a non-profit, you may think it’s a great shift. But the needs of a non-profit are very different from that corporate job you’ve been working. Before you send out your resume, there are a few roadblocks that may keep you from getting hired.

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Here’s what you need to consider before applying for a non-profit job:

Thinking the Job Will Be Easy

Maybe one of the reasons you want to leave the corporate world is because you’re feeling overworked and underappreciated. While the non-profit world will probably appreciate you more, you don’t know the meaning of overworked yet.

Most people take a job with a non-profit because they’re passionate about the cause. This usually translates to working as much and as often as they possibly can to support their non-profit organization. Weekends and 12-15-hour days are pretty normal.

Not Volunteering

If you’re applying for a non-profit position without ever volunteering your time, hiring managers are going to question your commitment to the organization’s mission.

If you say you care deeply about an issue but you don’t have any volunteer experience, that’s a red flag. If you truly care about the mission, volunteer first and prove you’re committed to their mission.

Assume It’s Not a “Real” Business

While non-profits are deeply committed to their cause, they also want to hire people who can manage their staff and volunteers, cut costs, and raise money. If they’re going to spend the money to hire someone, they want someone with management and financial skills.

Thinking Too Highly of Your Skills and Experience

You may think that because you earned your skills in the corporate world that they are superior to the skills you would’ve earned in the non-profit world. Most people who work for non-profits are professionals who have worked their way up and have strong experience.

While it’s important to be confident about your skills during your interview, it’s also important that you not underestimate the skills of the other people already working at the non-profit.

Being Seen as a Stand-Out

In the corporate world, your successes are usually your own. But in the non-profit world, successes are about the team. It’s important to be seen as a team player in your interview, otherwise, you can kiss that non-profit job good-bye.

Highlight your experiences with people you worked with in the past and share successes that the whole team enjoyed.

Non Profit Tips

To ensure a successful interview for a non-profit position take these tips to heart:

  • Use a chronological resume to highlight your job growth from one position to the next.
  • Customize your resume to the position you’re applying for instead of submitting a generic resume.
  • Show that you understand and connect with the non-profit’s mission by doing some research on them before going to your interview.
  • Share how you have the ability to work with others to resolve a problem and find a solution.
  • Show that you care about their mission by volunteering for their group or another similar group before submitting your resume.

Working in the non-profit world is not for the person who wants a Monday-Friday, 9-5 job. It requires a lot of hard work and commitment. Know what you’re signing up for before wasting both your time and that of the interviewer.

Still Interested?

If working for a non-profit still sounds like a good fit for you, consider working with me, your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider, at Career Find.  We can schedule a meeting to create a resume that will differentiate you from other non-profit job seekers and develop a job search strategy to help you feel confident as you meet with various non-profits.

By |2019-05-06T10:09:20-05:00October 4th, 2018|Job Search|Comments Off on Things to Consider Before Applying for a Non-Profit Job

5 Areas of LinkedIn Job Recruiters Use to Screen Applicants

Would it surprise you to know that social media has become an almost universally adopted hiring tool, with 92 percent of recruiters surveyed using it as part of their interview and hiring process?   Of the various social media, LinkedIn comes out on top with 87 percent of recruiters using Linkedin.  Fifty-five percent are using Facebook, and 47 percent are using Twitter.

LinkedIn Use in Job Search

Recruiters are searching more than just your profile, they are giving it a thorough review for not only qualifications but to learn a little more about an applicant’s personality.

Screening Applicants

Here are the top things job recruiters look at when screening applicants:

1. Is Your Profile Completed?

If your profile is incomplete, it probably means you don’t give much thought to how you present yourself to others. It makes a bad first impression. Your profile should be your online resume showing your previous and current places of employment with accurate start and end dates.

You should also include a summary of your qualifications, awards, work history, and skills along with a recommendation or two. Your summary should be short, concise, and easy to read with bullet points.

Make the most of your headline, it’s your first profile impression. Check for discrepancies, they can be a red flag to employers that you’re not detail-oriented.

2. Your Photo

Is your photo a professional headshot or a selfie? Are you wearing professional attire or dressed casually while at the beach? Is it a close-up or just a dark shadow in the background? Your photo represents who you are in the business world, not on vacation.

It should represent the job you’re seeking. If you can’t afford to get a professional headshot, dress in business attire and have a friend or family member take a photo of you against a solid color background.

3. Your Connections

The more connections you have, the more a job recruiter sees that you are a networker and make connections that can improve your knowledge and referrals. If you have less than 300 connections, you need to take some time to beef up your profile and connect with more people.

4. Your Activity

During a job search, recruiters want to see that you’re active on LinkedIn. Are you reading your news feed, sharing content, and commenting regularly? This will show a recruiter that you have a level of professional interaction with your connections.

If you’ve written articles, be sure to include links to them in your profile so that recruiters can learn more about you. Keep any content you post professional, this is your online image.

5. Your Status

If you’re currently seeking a new position, using the “ Open Candidates ” option will allow you to privately let recruiters know that you’re searching. If recruiters know this in advance, they are more likely to send opportunities your way.

Job Recruiters Take Your Profile Seriously

Job recruiters take your LinkedIn profile seriously so you need to as well if you want to grab their attention.  Spending an afternoon updating your profile is time well spent if you’re looking for a new job.  You can make it easier for recruiters to find you by joining industry groups and commenting on discussions. Recruiters are always seeking professionals within their industry to connect with.

By |2019-05-06T10:09:36-05:00September 18th, 2018|Job Search|Comments Off on 5 Areas of LinkedIn Job Recruiters Use to Screen Applicants

Remove the Stress From Job Hunting

Hunting for the perfect job for an individual requires time, effort and knowledge. Sometimes we get stressed with the amount of time and effort involved with the process of job hunting.  Has this ever happened to you?

Job Hunt

Steps to Remove the Stress

For stress-free job-hunting, every individual must first consider the following pointers before starting your job hunting process:

  1. Know what type of job you would like to apply for. Attending job fairs that offer work which is not related to one’s degree or work preference would be a waste of time.

Consider your interests, preference of work location and job shifts.  If all these fit the category of the job opening available, then consider applying.

  1. Prepare possible needed documents or career portfolio. Have several copies of your resume, transcript of records and any certifications or reference letters ready for immediate submission if needed.

Waiting until you get the call to get these items updated and together just adds to the stress.   Be prepared in advance.

  1. Know where to look for job postings.    Below are some ideas:

*Internet.

One of most widely used searching options is the Internet.  Aside from the fact that browsing the Internet for available jobs is less time consuming than personal appearances to inquire at the offices, this can also be the least productive form of job hunting.

* Newspapers

Local newspapers advertise jobs that are within an applicant’s commuting distance.  Available jobs are usually printed on a regular basis.

*Career or Job Centers

Depending on where you live, you may have a center in your community.   They work with employers to keep an updated list of jobs available.

*Trade Periodicals or magazines

Professionals are best advised to look for jobs in magazines/journals since employers that would want to hire the same would advertise in such journals.

*Offices

Most companies have postings of job openings on their website with instructions on how to apply.

*Friends 

Friends are a great source of available jobs especially if they already work there and can put in a good word for you to get an interview. Just a word of caution, don’t expect to get the job just because you have a friend working there.  Do your due diligence and research to make sure this is a good fit for you and you are prepared to go through the interview process just like everyone else.

Searching for a job will always include some level of stress but you can do your best to minimize it and help yourself be a confident job-seeker.

If you need help preparing for the job-hunt, contact your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider, at Career Find and schedule a meeting to create a resume that will differentiate you from other job seekers and develop job search strategy to help you feel confident as you begin your job search.

By |2019-05-06T10:10:25-05:00October 31st, 2017|Job Search|Comments Off on Remove the Stress From Job Hunting

Is It Time to Rejoin the Workforce?

A job search can be an overwhelming task for anyone, but it’s especially intimidating for those who haven’t worked outside their homes in years.

Some of the issues you may be worrying about include lacking the latest skills, competing against candidates with current experience, and learning the politics of interviewing. Does this sound like you?   Don’t worry, you are not alone.   There are some things you can do to help with the job search and relieve some of your concerns.

 

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If you are a stay at home mom or just re-entering the workforce for another reason these tips might be just the ticket to help you navigate the job search.

Preparation

Spend some time preparing before you hit the pavement in search of a job.  Update your resume, make sure you have appropriate attire for an interview, and an explanation as to why there is a gap in your work history.  Be honest, but rehearse the explanation so you sound confident when delivering your answer.

What Is Success?

You may have reached a certain level in your previous employment.  Don’t feel you have to return at the same level.   Remember a lower level job can bring lower stress, less responsibility, and might be just what you need to ease back into the workforce.   Be sure you let employers know you will consider a lower level job so they don’t automatically feel you are overqualified for the job.

Small is Good!

Many smaller companies offer part-time jobs or flexible work hours. This can be a perfect fit for rejoining the workforce.

Get the Word Out

Tell your friends and family you are ready to go back to work.  You never know who will know someone else who has an opening or a connection.  The best way to find the perfect job and to get the word out and connect.

Soon you will find just the right job for you.  Good luck as you rejoin the workforce.

Need some help?

Call your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider at Career Find and schedule a meeting to create a re-entry strategy that will help you feel confident as your begin your job search.

By |2019-05-06T10:12:14-05:00April 11th, 2017|Job Search|Comments Off on Is It Time to Rejoin the Workforce?

How to Master a Phone Interview in 5 Easy Steps

It is common for employers to conduct interviews via telephone. With hundreds of candidates applying for a single job, this might sound intimidating.

 Don’t panic, We’ve got your back! These 5 tips will help you master your phone interview.

1. Prepare the same way you would for an in-person interview

It’s crucial to spend just as much time prepping for your phone interview as you would an in-person interview. Come up with a list of your strengths, skills you bring to the table and why you are interested in that specific job.

2. If the call comes out of the blue, ask to set a time to talk

If the call comes without warning, answer and say you’re thrilled to talk, but ask to speak later and suggest a time. Even if it is just for later that day, you need time to gather your thoughts, take a deep breath and find a quiet place to talk with a good connection where you won’t be interrupted.

3. Smile and make eye contact

Try standing and smiling while talking. Standing boosts your energy level and smiling while looking at yourself in the mirror, affects your tone of voice and will make a more favorable impression.

4. Don’t over-talk and listen closely

A phone call makes it difficult to read nonverbal cues that indicate the interviewer is about to speak. Talk slowly, pause and ask if more detail would be useful. Take notes on what the interviewer is asking. This will help you write a personalized thank you letter, which you MUST do post-interview.

5. Ask about the next step in the hiring process and then follow up

Before you hang up the phone, tell the interviewer how excited and appreciative you are for this opportunity and ask what the next step in the process will be. Use the notes you took during the interview to incorporate specific details in your thank you note. It is also important to include specific ways you would contribute to the company.

Mastering a phone interview can seem overwhelming, but by following these

5 simple steps, you can make the impression you want.

If you would like to practice or hone your phone interviewing skills, contact Career Coach Rachel Schneider for an appointment.

By |2014-07-21T18:00:30-05:00July 21st, 2014|Job Interview, Job Search, Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to Master a Phone Interview in 5 Easy Steps
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