07 July 2012

Are Your Interview Skills Rusty?

Are Your Interview Skills Rusty?

Job Search Tips

Part of any effective job search includes preparing for that all-important interview, but are your interviewing skills up-to-date? What were considered correct responses in the 1990s could actually prevent you from getting a job these days. Why? Because the job climate has shifted and employers have different expectations of a prospective employee than they did even five years ago.

So how do you demonstrate that you're in touch with the business needs of today and aren't a throwback to former times? The following describes the major shifts occurring in the interviewing process and suggests ways to help you respond. You'll gain insight into the mind of today's typical interviewer and ensure that the questions you're asked don't catch you by surprise.

Don't worry about your career aspirations five years from now; show what you are capable of doing now:

Just a few years ago, you walked into an interview nearly certain that you'd be asked the question: "What would you like to be doing five years from now?" The anticipated answer demonstrated a combination of loyalty and ambition -- you expressed a desire to remain with the same organization over a period of time and to step into roles of ever increasing responsibility.

Once a standard part of the interview process, this query is fading from use. Given today's tumultuous economic and social climate, employer concerns about longevity have been replaced with a desire to see rapid results. Three-year plans are practically unheard of, which means you need to show that you're capable of getting up to speed immediately and that you have the skills and experience to solve complex problems effectively and without hesitation. Instead of discussing where you plan to be five years from now, be prepared to answer something like: "How would you characterize a 90-day plan to meet the objectives of this position?"

Demonstrate your ability to create synergy:

Five years ago, when asked to describe your management style, you could impress an interviewer by talking about using performance-management techniques, setting expectations, measuring feedback and rewarding performance -- evidence that you knew how to manage. Now the situation is more complicated -- and more urgent. In addition to showing that you're a capable leader, you must prove that you know how to encourage individuals to work together to accelerate problem-solving. In the past, team-building was recognized primarily for its ability to shape culture. However, given today's accelerated pace, you must show that you understand how to navigate in a complex environment, where how well you work with other parts of the organization is what ultimately produces results.

06 July 2012

Interview Tips During Your Job Search

Job Interview Tips:

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• Take a portfolio with a notebook and a couple of copies of your resume. 

• I encourage you to take lots of notes.  You, of course, will not remember everything and you will want to refer back to your notes when making a decision about the position. • Of course wear something professional and conservative. 

• If asked to fill out an application fill in every blank – lots of times the resume doesn’t end up in your file with the application and you don’t want any information missing on it.  Under salary requirements use ‘open’ or ‘negotiable’.  If you give a figure it will either under-price or over-price yourself. 

• It’s too early to talk about salary.  If asked about what you are looking for or something like that, just be as generic as you can be.  I like to say something like "You know what I am currently making and I’m sure that whatever you would offer me would be fair and reasonable in today’s market place.” 

• Be sure to have three strengths and one weakness in mind and ready to talk about. 

• Be sure to have short term and long term goal issues sorted out in your mind. 

05 July 2012

Huntsy about Your Job Search?

Looking for a job can be an extremely time consuming and at times.
Whether it’s the actual search itself and the hours spent searching  jobs boards and company websites or the practical elements like creating a well written resume, monitoring and tracking of what you have applied for. It takes time and also requires real focus and organization skills to do it well.
Discover Huntsy - An online dashboard for your Job Search. 

Huntsy is a bit like combining Hootsuite and Pinterest which will help reduce the time you spend searching for a job online.

It only takes a few minutes to create an account, next you can add saved searches from websites such as IndeedSimply HiredCareerBuilder, etc. You can save any jobs that interest you by clicking the bookmarklet or by adding a job manually to the dashboard. You do this directly through job boards and listings. Huntsy widget then extracts the most relevant information from the job listing – the company details, the job title etc.
The dashboard then allows you to keep track of your job search history, where you have applied, interview schedules, what you need to follow up on etc. Huntsy provides you with timed reminder options and to do lists so your job hunting is fully organized! 

04 July 2012

The Power Behind Paying It Forward

I’m sure that many of us want to make a difference, making the world a bit better in their own way. I know that it sounds impossible or utopic but I think that each and everyone of us can take a small step that could make the world a better place.

It is quite common to anticipate getting help from others and to think that someone should reach out a hand when we you are in need. But we have to change our perception and to focus on helping others instead!

Why should I help others, you think for yourself?

03 July 2012

Yes! Companies Use Twitter To Hire

Here are 5 ways Employers Leverage Twitter to Find Employees: Find Out How...

1. Connect with People in Your Industry or Local Areas
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with quantity on Twitter. But for job search purposes, the name of the game is quality. Once you start meeting and following the “A” Players in your industry or geographic area, stay on top of the conversation by separating them from the rest of your Twitter followers.

I’m not saying you need to drop your other friends, rather I am suggesting that you’ll want to stay on top of what’s happening by putting this conversation is a separate place.
Great Twitter applications that allow for categorizing followers are Tweetdeck, HootSuite and Seesmic.

3. Employers Post Jobs Directly (and Get Your Network to RT Them)
Serendipity would be if the job opening and the perfect candidate arrive at the same time. Unfortunately, in the real world that doesn’t happen very often. So when you see a job opening relevant to your industry… post them in your Twitter stream, Follow the Employer and don’t be shy about asking your followers to retweet the posting. Most people are happy to retweet items of value – and having a job opening is always a very valuable thing, especially in a down economy.

Are you Branching Out?

True to its name, the biggest professional networking application on Facebook is Branching Out!

 BranchOut is the largest professional networking application on Facebook with more than 25 million registered users and over 400 million professional profiles.

 BranchOut allows users in more than 200 countries to leverage their Facebook friend network to find jobs, recruit talent, and strengthen relationships with professional contacts.

According to www.branchout.com "Our engineers and designers have been hard at work to continually innovate and improve our user experience to increase engagement, while making it easy for people to network and find jobs".

At least three new people sign up for BranchOut every second, on average. Roughly half the new sign ups come from people outside the U.S., primarily Europe, Australia, Canada and India.
And since BranchOut added mobile functionality in late February, some 40 percent of new signups come from handheld devices.
The company recently closed $25 million in Series C financing led by the Mayfield Fund. Previous investors Accel, Norwest Venture Partners and Redpoint Ventures also participated in the round, bringing BranchOut‘s total funding to $49 million.

Why Not Start Branching Out and Network With Your Friends?

01 July 2012

Desperate Job Seeker, Who Me?

Is this your Job Search Technique?

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 How many times have you ever heard someone say to you?
I emailed my resume to 80 different jobs today and I haven't received one response!

So what exactly does a desperate job seeker do wrong and why? They mass-mail their resumes, apply for positions they aren't qualified for, apply to every position listed, work with multiple recruiters and use any opportunity to hand over a resume at a networking event, etc.

I made the exact same mistake during a job transition. My thought was "I will definitely land a new job within a week if I use these methods."
I submitted myself to jobs directly on companies websites, applied for the same job through multiple career channels and worked with a few recruiters on the same job.
I thought my newly updated resume would surely be seen and definitely impress the right people. I was Networking and so Proactive! After joining Richard, Wayne and Roberts as an Executive Recruiter, I learned how wrong my approach was and why that methodology did not work.

Don't take your resume to networking events
Networking events aren't job fairs. For that matter, most resumes get shredded at job fairs, or recycled back at the company. Why? Because most resumes aren't tailored to the unique needs of the employer. Even if you research which companies will be at the job fair, your resume still can't speak exactly to the needs of the hiring manager. Therefore, you should not take it to these events.Do grab the recruiter's or hiring manager's business card. Instead of handing out resumes, take the recruiter's or hiring manager's business card and follow up with them after the event with a nice thank-you note. One nice thank-you note is differ inciting yourself from all the other job seekers.

Don't just apply to any position listed. While you must apply for job openings to receive unemployment benefits, don't just apply to any position listed. Chances are you'll come back to this company at a future date for a position that looks interesting. If you leave a negative mark on the company's applicant tracking system (ATS) Automated tracking system, it will be hard to change that perception later.