When it comes to your job search, Google Alerts can be a useful ally. What are Google Alerts? They are notifications you get from Google after you have instructed it to monitor the Internet for new information about a topic of interest. Using the watchful eye of the world’s largest search engine is much more efficient than conducting your own daily manual searches.
For a job seeker, Google Alerts’ powers are three-fold. You can use it to monitor your online reputation, get notified of new positions that become open, and stay abreast of news from your target companies.
This set of inspirational thoughts for the new year will galvanize you into action.
At the start of every year, I create a list of quotes to guide and inspire me for the next 12 months. Here are the quotes I’ve selected for 2013:
1. “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” Napoleon Hill
2. “The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.” Brian Tracy
3. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” Dale Carnegie
LUCK* = Laboring Under Correct Knowledge
Here is a great exercise to get your year off on the right path.
Set aside a couple hours to relax and mentally walk forward through the past year. Write down on a separate sheet of paper everything that occurred as a significant event or personal shift from your prior life. I call this my “Acknowledgements & Accomplishments” list. Allow yourself to err on the side of writing down too much (my 2012 list had 24 items) and give specific, measurable results when applicable. Spend an hour or more on this portion of the process alone, as it can be incredibly uplifting and validating. Then, complete the following:
Employee fit is crucial. Here’s a simple way to know if a job candidate is right for your business. Interviewing job candidates is tough, especially because some candidates are a lot better at interviewing than they are at working.
To get the core info you need about the candidates you interview, here’s a simple but incredibly effective interview technique.
Here’s how it works. Just start from the beginning of the candidate’s work history and work your way through each subsequent job. Move quickly, and don’t ask for detail. And don’t ask follow-up questions, at least not yet.
If you’re the one doing the interviewing, get clear on what strengths, motivational and fit insights you’re looking for before you go into your interviews.
If you’re the one being interviewed, prepare by thinking through examples that illustrate your strengths, what motivates you about the organization and role you’re interviewing for, and the fit between your own preferences and the organization’s Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, and Environment (BRAVE).
People often wonder why they never hear anything back after they hit ‘send’ on the email with a resume attached or on the on-line job application. If you’re very lucky, you might have a preliminary email exchange with a recruiter and then never hear from them again. It’s a depressing experience, and one which also casts a shadow on the hiring company’s reputation. So why does it happen? Is it you, is it them, or is it just something every candidate must prepare for in the hiring process?
Many HR managers and recruiters complain that as many as 50 percent of people applying for a given job simply aren’t qualified. Adding to the challenge, most large companies – and many smaller ones – use talent-management software to screen resumes, weeding out up to 50 percent of applicants before a human even looks at a resume or cover letter. The deck is definitely stacked against the job seeker. So how do you break through and Avoid the Resume Black Hole?
Sorry, but the Hidden Job Market……is not hidden at all!
Hidden Jobs are hidden only from those who have their heads stuck in the internet job listings!
Hidden Jobs are right next door to you, at your neighbor’s house.
Hidden Jobs are at the church you go to.
Hidden Jobs are sitting across the table from you when you are chatting with your friends.
Hidden Jobs are at Starbucks, or on your cell phone AND in your email contacts.
Hidden Jobs are on Yahoo Groups.
Hidden Jobs are contacts in your LinkedIn Groups AND Connections….HELLO?
FACT: 80 to 85 percent of all jobs are never advertised!
1. Despite continuing slow growth for the overall economy, 25 percent of companies are expected to add new executive positions in 2012. The management-level jobs picture is brightening.
2. Executive recruiters are more positive than they have been in five years and are expecting an average 21 percent gain in executive search assignments in 2012 compared to last year.
3. Top 10 industry growth sectors for executive hiring show continued strength in healthcare, technology and life sciences, but major gains are also expected for the manufacturing, business services and consumer products sectors in 2012.
Often people find themselves between jobs and in career transition as a surprise without having a fair chance to evaluate sources of assistance as they struggle to get back into the labor force. Following are a few scenarios and tips:
Self-Directed Job Search (No Career Coaching)
Most people belong to this group. Their previous employers have not entitled them to career coaching, and they decide not to seek such assistance. Two of the primary reasons are that (1) they believe they were able to secure employment before without a coach and they believe they can do it again (2) they’re in such emotional torment that they feel themselves to be in a fog and can’t make logical decisions. They still mourn their loss. Their job search success is hindered and grossly limited but not impossible. They also may have financial hardship and cannot justify the cost of paying a career coach, which can be a “Catch 22”. The logic here is if they engage a career coach the chances of landing a new job faster increases and thus the return on investment becomes invaluable.
Fortune cookies never really help you – Plus, they are loaded with sugar…..You need to make your own fortune and L.U.C.K = Laboring Under Correct Knowledge!
Want to Get Lucky?
These 4 Principles Can Create Good Fortune in Your Life and Career:
1. Maximize Chance Opportunities – Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this is various ways, which include building and maintaining a strong network, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and being open to new experiences.