Time for a Road Trip?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jun 13, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

When all else fails, it’s probably time to hit the road to explore your options.

Does this sound familiar? You have spent months trying to land an internship that was more than emptying garbage cans and fetching coffee, but came up short. You’ve networked every possible opportunity, yet leads produced nothing promising. And you applied for every job opening on the planet, but didn’t even land an interview. Now, you find yourself with a diploma, a lot of student loan debt, living at home (once again) with mom or dad. What’s next? Time for a road trip!

Better Interviews

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jun 11, 2012 in , | No Comments

 

Listed below are a few tips to make the interview process less intimidating and more rewarding.

  • Research-when you’re informed, your confidence will build. Find out as much as you can about the company, and people who will be interviewing you. Visit the company’s web site, study it well, get to know everything. Don’t stop there. Google the company, its key people, see what the media says about them. This is information to be used in your interview, show them you understand their industry, product, and philosophy.

More Great Sites!

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jun 4, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

Below are listed some of the best places to put your resume, look at job openings and more….

  • CareerBuilder-powers career sites for more than 9,000 Web sites, including 140 newspapers and broadband portals like MSN and AOL.
  • CareerSite-job listing service.
  • Employment Guide-it’s an easy to use, all-purpose site.
  • Indeed-job listing aggregator, search engine for jobs, find jobs posted on thousands of company sites and boards.
  • Job Central National Labor Exchange-service of DirectEmployers Association, a nonprofit of leading U.S. corporations in alliance with NASWA. Listings from all 50 state employment services and employer listings.

Best Links to Career and Job Search Sites

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 23, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

More great sites to assist you in your job search…

  • Career Quiz – A free career quiz to help you determine your ideal career path.
  • The Riley Guide-One of the first career sites online, considered one of the best.
  • Quintessential Careers-Lots of resources, helpful links on career planning, job hunt topics.
  • Job Web-Aimed at recent grads, run by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
  • Job Hunt-Career resources with employers listed by state.
  • Career One Stop-Department of Labor information, considered one of the best online.

Internet Job Search Effectiveness

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 16, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

Use the internet to your advantage!

  1. First, always be cautious. Anyone can pose as an employer or company to collect personal information. Never believe sites which promise you’ll find a job with them immediately and charge high fees. Never put your Social Security number online unless it’s a government site. Even so, those government sites have been hacked.
  2. The larger search engines offer links to recommended career sites, such as MSN.
  3. Using employer’s sites is very helpful. Again, you’ll want to verify it’s actually their site before proceeding. You can access job openings and staff to answer questions, along with background information about the company useful in an interview.

Why Send a Thank You?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 7, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

After an interview, it’s imperative to send a thank you note, here’s why…

  • First of all, it creates a good first impression by showing you have manners.
  • It demonstrates to the employer you have great follow-up skills, often necessary in many jobs.
  • If they’ve lost your resume, this gives you another chance to interact with them.
  • You have the opportunity to remind them you want the job, are qualified for it, and are their best candidate.

Managing a Job Search with Technology

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 2, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

It’s important to organize your job search. Now it’s easier with the following options:

  1. JibberJobber-this site gives you online tools to keep track of your contacts while managing your job search. Free, but they do have an upgrade with more features you must purchase.
  2. Plaxo-a site which enables you to organize your professional contact information and it’s also a social networking site.
  3. Smartphone Apps-contact management apps are built into several smartphone types. Buy and download more sophisticated ones if necessary.
  4. Computer-PC contact management programs, such as ACT! allow you to create electronic “cards” for each contact, you can then integrate them into your weekly schedule.

Job Search Review

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 25, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

As you move forward with your job search, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Approach the job search as if it were a job.
  • Get organized and spend at least 25 hours per week actively looking.
  • Know your skills and have a clear job objective.
  • Get many interviews, including exploratory interviews through networking.
  • Have a good answer to the employer’s question, “Why should I hire you?”
  • Follow up on all leads generated and send out thank-you notes.

Get Noticed!

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 4, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

If you want positive results in your job search, first you have to get their attention…

A writer at The Washington Post, wanted to test peoples perception. He asked a world renowned violinist to perform–incognito–in a D.C. busy train station one morning as thousands of commuters rushed by.

Only a few actually stopped to listen, but no one recognized him or his exceptional talent and his $3.5 million Stradivarius. At the end of his 45 minute free concert, he made only $32. The talented violinist was Joshua Bell, who had played to a sold-out concert just two days before at $100 per seat!