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When the economy tanks it's time to shine

When the economy tanks, it’s time to shine. It’s not a guarantee for staying employed but it might tip the scale in your favor if the downsizing cross hairs focus in on your department. At the very least, it will help you get a good reference should the axe fall.

Here is a checklist to make sure you are being proactive during these shaky economic times. Some of these items may seem elementary, but I assure you they will be significant if staff-cutting decisions have to be made.

20 Temptations To Fight at Work

It’s so tempting ...

  1. To complain when others are complaining.
  2. To believe that your social media skills will pay off in more pay and more responsibilities.
  3. To believe that upper management is clueless.
  4. To yearn for days gone by.
  5. To manage with the same carrot-and-stick approach that has proven repeatedly not to work.
  6. To believe human resources people when they tell you, “Just wait, and we will get back to you with the new steps.”
  7. To want to search for jobs on the big job boards, even though, far more often than not, you won’t even get a call back.
  8. To believe that education and skill aren't important anymore.
  9. To believe that no one watches how you handle stress.
  10. To wonder if all your dreams have passed you by.

Success Tips From Barack Obama

One of the most important and momentous presidential elections in U.S. history has passed, and the American people are now inaugurating Barack Obama as their 44th President. A variety of his positions and decisions influenced his successful campaign for the U.S. presidency, and although the stakes may differ, they are are still useful in a general sense. Obama’s success presents a handful of valuable tips every man can apply to his professional life in an effort to help him achieve his goals. And on that note, we present success tips from Barack Obama.

Embrace technology

History may look back on Obama’s decision to understand -- and effectively utilize -- the fluid technology of the modern minute as his most prudent decision. He isn’t the first president to capitalize on technology (think FDR’s fireside chats, or JFK’s televised debates), but thanks to the elasticity of Web 2.0, Obama became the social networking "friend" of millions, personalizing him in a way that no candidate has ever done before. This use of technology allowed us to feel a closeness to him as a person first, then as a candidate without him really ever having to do anything.

Presidential pointer: Technology is not staid; it moves quickly. So embracing technology is wise only if you understand and implement the trends that fill it out. The potential network is vast -- Linkedin, Facebook and more -- but it’s not enough to sign up; it needs to be understood and nourished. Embracing technology means embracing a system that is always in flux.

Beating the System

We've all heard it: "You can't get a job if you don't have experience, but how do you get experience if no-one will give you a job?". Doesn't seem fair, does it?

Some kids are lucky. They've got an uncle or brother or cousin who can pull a few strings for them. Once they're in, they can say they've got that magical stuff called "job experience" that every boss looks for.

Some kids are so smart. You know the type. They skip grades in school and all the colleges are begging for them. They're too busy being smart to be cool. They really make an impression on potential bosses, and they get hired.

Then there are the kids who find underhanded ways to make money. They don't want a real job. They usually look pretty cool driving around in big fancy cars flashing wads of money. They don't look so cool years later sitting in a jail cell.

And finally, there's the rest of us. We walk into one personnel office after another, filling out job applications. By the time you're finished, you've memorized your Social Security number for life. They all say the same thing: "We'll let you know."

Only they don't. You never hear from them again.

Job Fair: Useful Tips

Job Fair Visiting a job fair may significantly increase your chances to get a job even faster than you might have thought. You just need to be prepared to “hit” the potential employers. This article will give you some useful tips on how to be a success at a job fair.

Resume.

Review and update it, making sure that the contents reflect the kind of job you are currently looking for. Even if your previous working experience is not too much relevant to it, adjust your resume to your needs – stress out the points that could give you an advantage in job hunting in the desired field. Make many copies of the resume so that you can take a bunch of them to the job fair – you are going to meet quite a lot of prospective employers there.

Introduction.

Think of a brief presentation, that you could use to introduce yourself. It should be like a 40-60 seconds’ commercial, outlining the main points and aimed at making a good impression. A fresh, bright, upbeat presentation will help you grab the recruiter’s attention and get them interested in employing you.

Confidential Job Hunting

Confidential The last thing in the world you want to happen is your current boss getting to know that you are searching for a new job. Employers normally do support career development, but only within their own company. Here are some useful tips of how to avoid the awkward situation when you have to explain why you are going for job interviews and, basically, considering a job change.

Never involve company facilities usage into your job search.

This includes phone line, Internet, fax, and computer. Many employers monitor Internet usage and check phone logs. It is also not secure to store your resume and cover letter, job applications, references from former employers and correspondence with potential ones, - somebody can just come across with them accidentally and, believe me, will get very suspicious.

Never use your business email address for this purpose.

You might think that it looks more professional, when the email address on your resume contains the name of your company, but you are not quite right. First, you destroy the idea of confidential job search, letting everybody know who you are. Second, in many companies business email address usage is prohibited for personal purposes, and your employer might be reviewing the external email traffic, and might quite easily discover that you are job hunting. You should rather use a personal email account or set up a free of charge mailbox at gmail.com, for example.

How Much do you Cost: Salary Negotiation

MoneySalary negotiation is a very important and – many would agree – extremely exciting part of the job search process.

It is true to say that often the salary negotiation is not exactly about how much you cost, but about how expensive you can “sell” yourself. To some extent we can compare the “selling” process to slave-trading in the Middle Ages. Yes, you have to sell (=employ) yourself for some certain monetary reimbursement (=salary, bonuses, other benefits). This is what they used to do in the past as well – trade people. The crucial difference here is that we do that of our own will, plus we sell our knowledge, skills and ideas, but not our bodies, unless we are talking about some specific job positions, not covered within this abstract.

So what is the secret key to success in trading yourself (=salary negotiating)? In this article you are offered the most essential points on this topic – world’s best knowledge at your disposal!

1. Market research.

Before going for an interview (no matter if this is the first, second or final one – salary negotiation may be initiated anytime and you need to be prepared) make a thorough research on what the fair market value for the position in question is. You need to know that, because you expect to be paid at least not less then others doing the same job. It is not like you just know how much you want to be earning – you should be realistic and know the price the employer is expecting to pay.

Job Interview: Don’ts

Stop Sign1. Don’t expect that your resume will do the selling job for you. Yes, it is good to have an excellent CV with perfect qualifications, but the printed text will stay the printed text for ever unless your prospective employer hears about your skills from you personally. Your job here is to add color and challenge to your professional achievements. Make them believe that you did a great job.

2. Don’t give simple answers such as ‘yes’ or ‘no’ unless it cannot be another way. A job interview is the time for you to impress the interviewer, to give the detail that does not fit into your resume. However, try to limit the answer to each question to 60 seconds – many recruiters claim it is the most acceptable timing.

3. Don’t complain about your current / former employer, no matter how bad they are. Your prospective employer should think that you are longing to work for them, because you are searching for a job which is more challenge, more interest for you. The fact that your payment was low, you did not have vacation and had to work overtime would not contribute to your being a prospective employee. Actually, the best time to search for a job is when you are happy with you current position and do not need any change. In this case you can get the best position you have ever dreamed about.

Phone Interview

Phone InterviewA phone interview is often the step number two in the process of recruiting. Some job seekers fear it and are nervous when speaking to their potential employers on the phone; others go through phone interviews nice and easy. As a matter of fact, many recruiters prefer to hold such an interview before arranging a personal meeting, especially when the applicant is from another country or just from a distant region.

No matter, if you like or dislike phone interviews, the head-hunter’s job during one is to find faults with you, your job is to be prepared and appear to be perfect. In this article you will find some useful tips which will help you to undertake the task wisely and to do well at your phone job interview.

1. Schedule the interview properly, so that you are not busy and do not miss the call. Also make sure you are at a quiet location at the due time – you do not want to be distracted by noise or bustle.

Online Job Search Guide

Online Job SearchDaily millions of job seekers browse the Internet in the search of the vacancies to apply for. Thus, the World Wide Web has become an effective tool for finding an appropriate job, and has also facilitated the recruitment process for the employers. In this respect, a successful job-hunter should take into consideration some crucial issues that can aid in the task:

1. Build Your Web-site.
Beware, that just posting your CV on multiple Internet sites will not necessarily bring the expected fruit. You can do much more than this. Build (or have it built) your own site which will contain your resume, body of work, contact information. The fun thing is also to add the Google Talk’s gadget to your web-site so that your visitors can reach you online. Attach the http reference to your resume and post it in different job-search databases. It will definitely contribute to your success.

2. Google Yourself.
Make sure you check Google in order to find out what your potential employer will see in case he does the same. It is extremely important since you will have a chance to eliminate the unwanted risks and clean-up the information on you available online.

3. Use the Advanced Search Options.
This is very important, because usually job-search engines have too many job ads. Narrow the choice by the region, industry, type of employment (part-time, shifts etc.). The helpful thing here is the key-word search s well.

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