What has been positive about being unemployed?

April 29, 2010

What has been positive about being unemployed?

Have you finally had a chance to rid yourself of horrible coworkers?

As bad company culture?

Or have found out more about yourself through obstacles in your life?

More time with your family?

A chance to finally delve into hobbies?

Through all the pressure of unemployment there has to be 1 positive.

What is it for you?


Can You Write the Basic Resume?

April 21, 2010

Know the resume? Of course, but do you know an actual resume name off the top of your head?

Probably not.  Because there is no standard for a resume.

Each situation, job or professional objective requires a different resume.

That’s why there are millions, nay, billions of “How to’s write a resume”

But we all want to cut through the beef and simply write a resume, right?

Of course, so let’s get simple and go with the no-fluff chronological resume.

This version is the easiest and most widely considered when resumes are discussed.

The chronological resume serves as the best type of résumé to explain your education, career history qualifications statement & contact info. The minimum requirements include:

1. Contact Information: Your Name, address, phone number(s), and e-mail address(es).

2. Qualifications statement: What skills and abilities do you have that make you the appropriate candidate for this job.

3. Career History Company name, city and state location, job titles and responsibilities, yearly dates you worked there in reverse chronological order. Go back 10 years or 4 jobs – whichever comes first.

4. Education: School name, city and state location & highest completed degree(s).

There are other resumes used but we’re here for the basic.  If you’re interested in discovering the other styles, you can connect to our article: Write the Basic Resume

Now, what do you think? Can you write a chronological resume today? How long would it take you? Hours or minutes?

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How can job seekers tell if a job recruiter sucks?

April 14, 2010

Recently I recieved a question on linkedin from a friend.  His question was, “How are recruiters evaluated on the interview performance, or rate of hire, of the applicants they select for interviews? Is this tracked in any organizations?”

This is a very interesting question.  Recruiters have made a good living in the recession.  It’s been helpful for people to find a guide and have someone coach them up before an interview.  I know how good it feels to have others on your team in a time of uncertainty.

Many recruiters are execptionally good and very professional, but I bet there are a few job seekers who have less than choice words for their experience with job recruiters.

I don’t claim to have an opinion on recruiters because I know the idea behind the profession is help and there is nothing wrong with helping people accomplish their goals.  I bet if many recruiters could do their job for free, they would but unfortunately, good deeds don’t pay rent or put food on the table.

So my question now turns to recruiters, what ways can job seekers know you’re crediable, reliable and sincere in helping their job search?

Is there an organization you’re apart of that shows a certain level of credibility?

Do you have a win-loss record on file or even in your own personal records?

What warning signs of quality can a job seeker use to know if a recruiter is right for them?

I hope to get some answers from recruiters because, this is everyone’s reputation, not simply that of the good or bad.

If you don’t want a recruiter and plan to use your own method to land a job read the article:

How to Land More Interviews In a Bad Economy

If you’re interested in asking me a question directly, please feel free:

Ask the Career Doctor a Job Search Question

25,000 Ups Jobs!

April 9, 2010

Looking for a new job? Want one with great benefits, low turn over and a low stress workplace?  Now you have an opportunity to work for the US Postal Service.  It’s a huge opportunity for the next 5 years.

If you’re interested you can check out the application page from the US Post Office

Looking for job is the game for job seekers and landing interviews is scoring points.  When you win the game you’ve landed a job! So now that we’ve established the rules to game, what is your strategy to score quickly?

Do you know what type of steps you need to quickly infiltrate a company and make a contact?

Do you know what is the best way to convey your skills to an employer without even sending a resume?

Find out by checking out Mary Elizabeth Bradford’s Article: Why Targeting Your Job Market Gets Your More Interviews & Offers

Do you know how to get an interview?

April 8, 2010

Did you know that 80% of jobs are filled before they are advertised? That’s why relying only on jobs you find posted on job boards is like slapping the handcuffs on your job search.

Identifying your target market or industries is one of the steps you need to take if you are wanting to break free of job board reliance and start taking the initiative that is going to bring you more quality job interviews and offers!

Maybe you know your market really well – in which case this could be a really fun and simple step for you as you write down all your industries, sub industries, geographic preferences and favorite “A” list companies…

Interested in learning the next steps to landing an interview and having job search success?

Learn Why Targeting your Job Market Gets More Interviews

How do you talk about salary in a interview?

April 6, 2010

Recently, through my Ask a question series where I answer of job seekers I’ve receieved many questions all regarding the same topic.

How to do deal with a question when an interviewer asks me point blank, “What salary do you expect from this position?”

Listening to responses and answering questions I’ve seen so many different answers to this question.  Instead of simply answering the question, I am going to let job seekers answer it for me and for you…

A good reply to that question is “What is the range that you are offering for this position?” That puts the question back to the employer. I have yet to have an employer not give me a range. If the range is too low you can say “Thank you, but that is below my range” and end the interview. But, if the range is “OK”, just tell them “the range is acceptable” and move on. – Jeff R.

This is a very good answer to the question and it does put the ownership back to the employer.  Let’s read another answer to this question…

Definitely a tricky question and one that can easily lead to pricing yourself out of the job or under-valuing your skills and experience.

One approach would be to summarize (briefly) the experience, skills and capabilities you bring to the table and how those can benefit and help grow the company. Then throw a question back at them like “What do you believe is the monetary value of bringing that level of experience and skills to the company?” – Tim G.

This is a similar approach to answering the question and a very good way to give a perspective to the interviewer about the level of expectation from the job seeker….Let’s ready another answer to this question…

“Fair compensation for the benefits I will deliver to your company” has worked in the past. If they come back demanding an amount, you can say I would be happy to put a price on the benefits after we agree on the benefits we are talking about. It’s all about the benefits the company believes the applicant will deliver in the next 90 days. – William K.

This approach is a little short sighted but William is right.  Companies are looking at the quarter and hardly the year now.

These are all very valuable responses and answers to this question.  There is no right or wrong answer because every interview, interviewer and interviewee is different.  If you’re more comfortable with pushing the issue Jeff’s way will work so you get what you want.  If you want to be a little more analytical Tim’s is a good answer.  Aiming to simply land a job and get it now or get moving on William’s answer will work very well.

What do you think? What will you answer when you get the salary question?

If you are interested in asking me a question about your job search please feel free: Ask the Career Doctor

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Would you like to work from home?

April 2, 2010

The answer to that question is generally yes.

Recently a new study was released that indicated that fewer employees are accepting a position with an option to work from home.  What?!? It seems to go against rational logic.

It seems people offered jobs aren’t interested in working from home.  That’s not understandable to those of us who’ve worked years in an office.  Well maybe…Think about it…

Do you like commuting? No.

Do you like worrying about your wardrobe? No.

Would you prefer to work from home? Yes!

Well then why would you want to work from home?

When we look at the options we recognize.  In a recession it’s about a job not about the comfort.  We can’t simply believe that our job is safe because we have it.  Our company will fire us if it becomes not worth the investment.  If each of us has learned anything from 2008 it’s that our careers aren’t protected.  That’s a fact.

So why does it seem that people are turning down work from home options?

Well if you listen to Sylvia Ann Hewlett, president of the Center for Work-Life Policy. a New York-based company promoting flex schedules for employees you would understand.

Hewlett determined that fear was the main cause.  Shea said, “They (employees) feel as if that jacket needs to be on the back of their office chair at 8 at night because everyone is trying to prove that they’re indispensable.”

How afraid are you?

Would you turn down the position if it was 100% work from home?

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