With apologies to Mick Jagger, while an informational interview may not get you the job you want, you just might find you get what you need: Useful, insightful information about a job, a career or an industry; information that has the potential of yielding both short and long-term benefits, not only with respect to any job search
Job Search Techniques
// // Networking can be the difference between a successful job search and one that remains stagnant. Networking can give you a leg up on your competitors and get you hired faster, even when jobs are scarce and competition is at all-time highs. So how do you turbo charge your networking results to get hired?
Let's be honest: Job searching is rarely enjoyable. However, like paying taxes or seeing the dentist, we all have to do it from time to time. Sometimes job searching is necessary because of lay-offs (those who suffered as a result of "downsizing" during the most recent financial crisis know what that looks like). There are,
// // With your excellent skills, detailed knowledge, and vast experience, you may think that your job search will be smooth sailing, even in the current economic times. But don’t be too complacent. Given the numbers of people who are out of work or underemployed, the likelihood of getting hired quickly may not be as
Now what? You've had Distinctive Career Services develop a terrific resume for you. You put it where it counts. Now what? Is it smart to follow-up, and when is it overkill? You first have to assess the total situation. Different situations prompt different responses. A small business handles pretty much the whole process in the
Look! It's the job you want! It's perfect! The work you'll be doing, the reputation of the company, the title, location, everything! Wait, what? Not everything? The salary isn't quite what you were hoping? Well, this scenario is commonly faced by job seekers and here's some advice on what to do about it. Nothing personal.
You check the newspaper or online listings, see a position that could be great for you, and you apply to it – never to hear from that organization. Does this scenario sound familiar? With fewer jobs in the marketplace, competition is extremely fierce. But if this single, traditional method of finding new employment isn’t working
Whether you're looking for a new job or a different one, for part-time employment, extra income or a complete career makeover, job searching is serious business, one that requires diligence, focus, creativity, drive, ingenuity and imagination. It also requires you to be honest with yourself. Honest about your work habits, your strengths and weaknesses, your
Job loss has become a fact of life in today's economic climate. Even though the worst of times seem to be behind us (fingers crossed), there are still plenty of layoffs occurring. A major key to coping with job loss and getting your career back on track is the attitude you employ. Deal with the
The most recent reports show the rate of new hires barely surpasses the rate of job separations. There was a 3.3% increase in new hires offset by 3.2% in employee turnover. So, while there are job openings out there, the situation is basically static. Companies claim they are not creating new jobs and hiring, and that may
Once upon a time, a job search was governed by the same rule that applied to the sale of real estate: It was all about "location, location, location." If you weren't where a job was, you weren't likely to get it because you probably didn't even know about it. Today, however, location matters very little.
Technology has altered the landscape of job searching in many ways. We're able to access job market information regardless of location and share files/data/information on demand, as needed, without regard to where the prospective employer may be. There is one component of looking for work that hasn't changed, however: Networking. However, the old adage of
Are you shy? Do you feel awkward in social settings that involve people you don't know, or perhaps even people you do? If so, then a job search is probably not your favorite project, requiring as it does networking, cold-calling, follow up with strangers and telephone or in-person interviews where you're required to talk about
It seems obvious, doesn't it, that being a smart person in a world of dumb job seekers would make finding work or changing employment pretty straightforward. And, at the risk of sounding just a wee bit harsh, the world is full of job seekers who make dumb mistakes. Yes, we know, you're not one of
By now we've all grown accustomed to the cloud. To illustrate the impact of the cloud, a recent study reported that $1.1 trillion will be added to U.S. business revenues by 2015 due to IT innovations. It's clear then, that cloud computing is here to stay. What's not as clear is how effectively the cloud can
"A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....". A simple phrase, familiar to movie goers everywhere, and one which triggers an avalanche of memories for many of us. Memories about the film and the commercial enterprise it generated. Perhaps some recollection about where we were the first time we saw it and who