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 Work for a Younger Boss

The key to making any boss and employee relationship work is mutual respect. When your boss is younger than you, age may add an additional challenge. Think of age as immaterial, appreciating the fact that the position was most likely earned by impressive skills and talents.

Here are four tips to on how to work for a younger boss…

Communication – Communication is key. Ask how your younger boss wants to communicate. Do they prefer email, text, or instant message? Do they like to have scheduled meetings? It may mean less face time and more technology than you are used to.

Attitude – One of the biggest pet peeves younger bosses have is when employees say, “we’ve always done it like this,” or “we don’t need to learn a new way”. Even though learning a new process may be a pain, do your best to have a good attitude when it comes to accomplishing tasks in a new way.

Play to Your Strengths – You have this job for a reason. It may not be that you are the best with new technology, rather your experience and mentorship capabilities that really shine through. Make your strengths known to your boss so they can utilize you in the best way.

Keep Your Skills Current – As you know, technology is always changing and will continue to change in the workplace as well. When a new technology becomes available, embrace it and learn it as quickly as possible.

By |2015-06-02T09:25:16-05:00June 2nd, 2015|How to Work for a Younger Boss|Comments Off on How to Work for a Younger Boss

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

How are Your Technology Skills Evolving?

It is important to keep your skill base up to speed and current in order to stay competitive and relevant, especially if you are in the job market or thinking about looking for another opportunity.

Traditional marketing efforts are falling fast in the wake of social media. This change yields direct contact with individuals in companies like CEOs and HR Recruiters who are active on social sites like LinkedIn and Twitter. Having direct access to hiring managers and company decision makers is ideal when you are actively looking for a job. So what do you do if you aren’t very active on social media due to the learning curve? Does that mean you are out of luck?

With technology taking a leading role in business, you need to understand and know how it works to keep yourself in the game and marketable.  What do you do if you don’t feel comfortable with your tech skills?

Find a tech savvy mentor to teach you the ropes!

Have you ever heard of reverse mentoring? A recent Wall Street Journal article discusses companies who are pairing young employees with older, less tech-savvy colleagues to improve their technology skills.  Are you brave enough to seek help from a younger coworker?

The truth is, knowledge is key so it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and learn how you can leverage your skills to be more marketable and competitive in the job market. Ready to get started? Give us a call, we have classes!

By |2014-06-18T11:56:04-05:00June 18th, 2014|Social Media and Job Searching, Technology|Comments Off on How are Your Technology Skills Evolving?

How Do You Know When it is Time to Look for Another Opportunity?

When we start a new job, we have a bright outlook and hope that we will enjoy the new daily routine most days. In reality, not all jobs turn out to be so wonderful. How can you tell if you are just in a rut or if it’s time to look for a new opportunity? If you can check off the following 5 job problems, it’s time to start looking.

You have a case of “the Sundays” every night of the week…

Even people who love their jobs can suffer from the “Sunday night blues”, dreading the week ahead. If you dread going to work every single day of the week, this is a sign you need to consider your options.

There is no chance for advancement at your company…

You might just be unhappy at your current position and need a new challenge. However, that new challenge may not be available at your current company. If you have inquired about another internal position without successful results, it’s time to start looking for another opportunity.

You need more flexible hours and the company cannot accommodate…

Everyone has life changes. Do you need more personal time to care for an aging relative or a new baby?  Whatever the case may be, flexibility at work is important for a healthy work/life balance. If your job is unable to accommodate this temporary need, you may have a choice to make.

You are underpaid with no change in sight…

When you are hired with the promise of increased pay and it doesn’t happen, you will find yourself in an unfortunate situation. Don’t stay at a company that undervalues your worth and gives you the run-around.

You don’t get along with your boss…

Whether your boss is inconsistent, a micro-manager or an evil dictator, lots of people can tolerate a great job with a bad boss. However, if you don’t enjoy any part of your job and you can’t tolerate your boss, it’s time to look for another opportunity.

If you can check yes next to all of these job problems, it is absolutely time to take a look at your options. Taking a leap into the job market can be scary. Don’t face it alone. Call a Career Coach today to help you get on the right path to job fulfillment. 

By |2014-05-20T12:54:46-05:00May 20th, 2014|career consultation services, career search, How to Be Happy at Work|Comments Off on How Do You Know When it is Time to Look for Another Opportunity?

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
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