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?

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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

Top 5 Errors To Avoid While on the Job Hunt

It is easy to make an error when preparing for your job hunt.  However even little mistakes can be very costly, especially in a very competitive environment. Common misspellings aside, here are 5 common job search errors to avoid:

  • It’s not all about you – While finding a job may seem all about you, it isn’t for the employer. Your potential employers are looking to grow their business with the right team that needs the least amount of training and can help improve the bottom line. Instead of focusing on the “why I need this job”, focus on how you can provide value to the company.
  • You have on blinders – When you are looking for a job, don’t be afraid to interview with several companies at once. This way, you can be ready for any opportunity and are able to brush off disappointments that come along in the job search process.
  • You forget the Thank You note – If you are rejected for a job, you should still send a thank you note. What? Yes! By thanking the employer for the opportunity and wishing them well, you open yourself up for future opportunities within that company.
  • You forgot to double check your ‘real’ reputation – Only give out references that you’ve prescreened. Don’t forget to Google yourself occasionally because the person interviewing you will. Lastly, use your personal email on your resume, not your current employer’s email account. It sends the wrong message.
  • You don’t have a clear strategy – When submitting resumes for several companies or industries, you need to tailor every submission like it is the most important. Have a plan of attack to help keep yourself organized and on schedule in order not to miss a step in the follow-up job search process.
By |2014-04-15T13:27:02-05:00April 15th, 2014|career consultation services, career search, Interview Prep, Job Search, Resume|Comments Off on Top 5 Errors To Avoid While on the Job Hunt

3 Secrets to the Hidden Job Market…

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If you are out there searching for a job, you know how frustrating it is when many job openings are never advertised online. The hidden job market is no myth. How do youuncover the secret job openings?

  1. Where Would Do You Want to Work? Target companies you are most interested in working for. Apply for their internal job boards and add each company’s job board to your RSS reader so you will know as soon as a new job is posted.
  2. Who Do You Know? Tell your friends and family where you are interested in working. If you can get a personal reference from someone who knows about a job opportunity at their company, you are another step ahead of your competition.
  3. Where Should You Network? Not only should you connect with people you know on LinkedIn, but you should also attend industry meetings and happy hours to extend your reach. Introduce yourself to managers at companies you are interested in. Once you’re connected, bring value to the conversation by listening and asking smart questions. Eventually when you see a job opening, ask your new contacts about it.
   Remember, when looking for a job,  do your best to keep a good attitude and keep
   up with what is happening in your industry.
Not making progress?  Call us for Job Search Strategy help.
We will help you get results!
By |2013-07-23T13:02:14-05:00July 23rd, 2013|Job Search|Comments Off on 3 Secrets to the Hidden Job Market…

Be Aware of the Information You Share…

While we encourage you to have a profile on LinkedIn, we don’t recommend posting your resume just anywhere on the web. Here’s why…

With the use of the Internet, it is hard to manage the information that is out there about you. When searching for a job, you want to have as much control as possible. When you peruse a job board for positions you are interested in, apply and submit your resume directly to the company. Don’t share your resume on open job boards for all to see.

Another problem we see frequently with job seekers is stretching the truth about their job experience. While you may think it’s not a big deal to pad your resume or online profile, your result may not be a job offer.

A recent story came to our attention about an employee stating that the were ‘an expert’ in their past field online. Through an easy online search, that past employee ended up being sued because of this slight exaggeration.

In the end, don’t lie, exaggerate or pad information on your resume and then post it on the Internet for the world to see.  It could have very different results that what you intended.

By |2012-09-17T20:47:21-05:00September 17th, 2012|Social Media and Job Searching, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Be Aware of the Information You Share…

Trying to figure out the best holiday gift for your friends and family?

It’s time to think out of the usual present box.

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Have a friend who is struggling with their resume? Know a family member who needs to polish their interviewing skills?

Give them the gift that will brighten their New Year and boost their career potential.

A Career Find gift certificate will give your friend or family member 2-hours to work with a Career Specialist in the following areas: Resume Critique, Job Search Strategies, Interview Prep and Follow Up, and Professional Reference Checks.

We personalize each service to suit our client’s career needs. Once you purchase the gift certificate, you will receive an email with the attached gift certificate and information on how to redeem.

Click here for more information and to purchase a gift certificate. 

By |2011-12-08T18:00:42-05:00December 8th, 2011|career consultation services|Comments Off on Trying to figure out the best holiday gift for your friends and family?