How to Begin the Job Search

One of the most common questions that job seekers have is: How do I find a great job? There are so many different resources out there that address this, and many of them even have commercials on television or the radio. It’s really easy to find a place to look for a job. But it’s not easy at all to find a place where the right job for you will be listed. In other words, it’s easy to find a job, but really difficult to find a great job. Having the right resources at your disposal is an important part of landing the best job for you.

The best possible method to find your dream job is to have a clear cut vision of what you want to do. If you know that you want to own a restaurant in the future, then checking out local restaurants near you will be a good place to start. This will help you to narrow your job search immediately. Instead of doing a general search online, you can apply directly with the restaurants that you want to work with. This is just an example, but it is a great way to streamline the job search right off the bat. Continue reading “How to Begin the Job Search” »

The Transition from Junior to Senior

One thing that you might notice during your job search is that some positions are prefaced with the title “Junior” and some are prefaced with “Senior.” It’s easy to figure out what these mean; one (Junior) indicates that they do not have the same level of experience or responsibility as the other (Senior). What you might not know is how you can move from one to the other.

First, know that these things differ from career path to career path. A clerk and a copywriter will have different requirements for their junior to senior transitions, although the general gist of it will remain the same. We will use some specific examples here, but they can be broadly applied across the board. Continue reading “The Transition from Junior to Senior” »

Dream Job?

Dream Jobs are Great

Maybe you are holding out for that “dream job” that everyone seems to be excited about, but do you really know what your dream job is? Probably not. Most people don’t find out that they are truly passionate about something until they gain some experience in it. This means that you might not have any clue what your dream job is until you’ve been doing it for a while. Sure, you have things that interest you and things that you prefer doing over others, so you want to start there. But do you think that you can really determine if a job is going to make you happy before you start doing it? Absolutely not. With this in mind, remember that most people don’t find their dream job until they discover that they’ve been doing it for quite some time.

Dream Jobs are GreatDon’t be afraid to branch out. If you never take a risk in your job search, you’re limiting yourself to what your capable of and what potential growth you have. Maybe there’s a job out there that looks perfect for you, but you’re afraid you’re not qualified for it. First, you don’t get to decide who is qualified and who is not; that’s the hiring managers job. Second, you might be perfectly qualified. You won’t know unless you branch out and apply. If you have serious doubts about being qualified to work in the area that you want to work in, then take the steps that you need to in order to become more qualified. If you want to work as a chef at a restaurant, but have no formal culinary training, take a few classes. This will help you to get that experience to put down on your resume and get one step closer toward landing your dream job. In the meantime, you should be applying to the jobs that you desire.

You also might want to consider applying in a field where you have knowledge, but not the formal work experience that is asked. This won’t work all of the time, and most of the time you will end up getting rejection letters back, but when you do land an interview or a job offer, then the risk was worth it. Let’s say you are an avid video gamer, and you’ve always wanted to help design and test new games. Applying for a job like this might seem like it’s out of your league, but if you had this job, wouldn’t you be excited? Like we mentioned above, you are not the decision maker here. The people hiring you are. And if you approach the application correctly, they might see something in you that they didn’t in the other applicants. By taking a risk and going outside of your comfort zone, you are now one huge step closer to securing a dream job. And it’s just by branching out from the expected by a little bit. It’s that easy.

As with anything, your dream job will have its ups and downs. Not every day is going to be perfect. But the great part about having a job that you love is that the bad days don’t last long. When you’re going through them, you know that there will be good days coming up soon, and it gives you the perseverance to keep going and not worry too much about the bad ones. The peaks are much higher than the valleys are low. Once you achieve this feeling, you will be far ahead of 95 percent of the other workers out there, and one step closer to living your dream job.

Preparing for a Career Change

Using the Career Path

Changing careers mid-life can be daunting. There are so many unknown factors, and then when you add to the fact that you now have many more responsibilities than you did ten years ago, those changes can be quite overwhelming. Rather than let yourself get overwhelmed, there are things you can do to make a career move work for you at any point in your life. We’ve put together some tips to help make this happen more easily for you.

Your first goal in all of this transitioning is to identify the skills that transfer from your previous career choice to your future one. This is where your researching skills will come into play. You have skills and expertise, now the trick is to identify industries where those skills will be most applicable. Next, from your list of industries, choose the ones that both interest you and have potential for growth. This shouldn’t be too difficult, but it will take some time. Continue reading “Preparing for a Career Change” »

Prepping for the Big Interview

One of the most difficult parts of securing a new job is the interview. This is when things get up close and personal, so to speak. No longer is your prospective employer looking at a piece of paper, but they are now sitting across the table from you, asking you questions, making eye contact with you, and otherwise judging you based upon who you are, not what you put down on a piece of paper. Needless to say, many types of personalities find this to be a little overwhelming.

So what can you do to make this part of the job search process a strength, and not a weakness? Here, we’ve put together our top three tips for nailing your interview.

1: Practice. This one’s a no brainer for us. Think about it: how do you get good at something? Are you an expert pianist the first time you sit down at the piano? Absolutely not! You get good at something by doing it over and over again. You should practice speaking with someone that you trust to give you helpful feedback. They shouldn’t just tell you that you’re doing great, but should point out things that can help you improve. Letting you know that you avert your eyes from the interviewer, or that you are fidgety, or that you say things like “um,” “like,” or “yeah” too many times will also help you master your speaking skills. If you can, ask them to come up with a few surprise questions for you, too. This will help you to stay on your toes and think a bit more quickly in a real life interview.

2: Show your knowledge. If you were looking for an employee, would you want to hire someone that knew a lot about the company already and what they did? Or, would you want someone that didn’t seem like they knew what they were getting themselves into? 99 percent of managers would prefer the former, so make sure that you fall into this category. This can be quite easy to accomplish by doing some research on the company before you go in for the interview.

If you have a background in the industry that you are applying to, showing that you keep up with the latest trends in the business will also be helpful. Even if the company doesn’t use those concepts, it shows that you are able to adapt to new things, and this is helpful wherever you work, especially if it’s complex material.

When done well, this allows you to show a potential employer that you are not only knowledgeable, but realistically confident in your ability to get your job done right.

3: Show that you’re grateful. This might seem unimportant, but showing that you are appreciative of both the company and the interviewers to take time out of their schedule to meet with you is important. If you did well at the interview, sending a thank you note shows that not only are you qualified, you are also a nice person. This says a lot about you and your ability to work with other people.

There’s some debate over whether a thank you note sent in the email is best, or if a quick email will suffice. We recommend sending the thank you note via mail. It shows extra effort and this speaks volumes about you being able to go “the extra mile” in a work setting. Everyone likes being appreciated, so be sure to take a few minutes to show your interviewers that you know that they didn’t have to meet with you during their busy schedules.

Getting the Right Job

When it comes to looking for a new job, there’s no silver bullet or secret formula for getting the perfect job. However, there are many things that you can do to increase your chances of getting the right job for you. Let’s look at a couple easy things that you can do to push the odds in your favor.

Dream of a JobUse your network. If you’ve been out in the “real world” for a while, there are likely many people that you know that can help you secure a job. These can be vague, such as someone telling you that they heard so and so is hiring, or it can be more concrete, like a friend telling you that his boss is looking for a replacement at a position that would be perfect for you and that he will recommend you for the job. Everyone you know is a part of your network, and using these resources can open up doors for you that you may never have even considered before. Continue reading “Getting the Right Job” »