Category Archives: Job Hunting Advice

Part-Time Rock Star

In trying to get ahead in this world, one thing that you can do is take on extra work. During the trying times of a recession and its lasting effects, you have to use every opportunity to its full advantage and never shun a chance to make some extra cash.

Harder, better, faster, stronger; these are not just novelty ideas taken from the title of a Daft Punk song. To make it in today’s economic climate, one has to do just that; work harder, do better, make it faster and perform it stronger.

One easy way to perform all the aforementioned tasks and stay ahead of the competition is to get a part-time gig. A full-time job may leave you spent and confused at times. After a hard day’s work, the last thing on your mind is probably doing more work. But sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and do it up.

A part-time job might not always seem like the ideal solution, but sometimes you have just got to do what you got to do. Extra income is almost always a welcomed idea. Although taking on a part-time may just cut into your personal time, at least you will have more money coming in.

Part-time jobs can come in many different forms. Restaurant gigs are easy to come by, as are convenience store cashier jobs or even bank teller posts. Whatever the position may be, an additional influx of cash flow is always a good thing, so take it as it comes.

Whatever the case may be, one should always keep doors open. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, you what I’m saying?

If you have a job plus a side gig to fall back on, you are automatically ahead of the game.

The job market is still tough, and if you have one, I am happy for you. In fact not only I, but my leagues of followers are also happy for you. Go ahead and feel privileged; I do.

 

 

Career Fairs

Although attending a career fair sometimes may sound as enjoyable as a trip to the dentist, they can be extremely helpful in not only attaining a new job but also for developing new contacts and getting your resume out there.

One of the most common mistakes that job seekers make when attending a career fair is not doing enough background work. It pays to research which companies will be there and what jobs they will be hiring for. With this information, you can plan out how you are going to promote your skills and education to potential employers in regards to the jobs at hand.

In addition to finding out which jobs to prepare for, you can also take a look at who works there, and you never know, you may already have an old colleague in place and waiting to open the door for you. Overall, it’s simply a much better idea to walk into a career fair with plenty of ways to carry on a conversation and not just telling them that you want a job.

And as always, wear something nice! Business professional or even business casual attire is the way to go. First impressions cannot be undone.

Keeping all that in mind, check out the following National Career Fairs that will be held soon around the country in a city near you;

  • Atlanta Career Fair: Monday October 3, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Holiday Inn Atlanta Capitol Conference; 450 Capitol Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30312
  • New York Career Fair: Monday, October 24, 2011 from 11am to 3pm @ Holiday Inn Midtown 57 Street; 440 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
  • Houston Career Fair: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Crowne Plaza Houston – River Oaks – Near the Galleria; 2712 Southwest Freeway; Houston, TX 77098
  • Detroit Career Fair: Wednesday March 7, 2012 from 11am to 2pm @ Holiday Inn Southgate (Detroit South); 17201 Northline Road, Southgate, MI 48195
  • Dallas Career Fair: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Radisson Hotel & Suites – Dallas Love Field; 1241 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75247
  • Philadelphia Career Fair: Monday December 5, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Crowne Plaza; 4100 Presidential Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19131
  • Charlotte Career Fair: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel; 2800 Coliseum Drive, Charlotte, BC 28217
  • Phoenix Career Fair: Monday, September 26, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Phoenix Airport Marriott; 1101 North 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008
  • Chicago Career Fair: Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ The Congress Plaza Hotel; 520 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
  • Los Angeles Career Fair: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Holiday Inn Los Angeles – International Airport; 9901 West Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
  • San Diego Career Fair: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Boston Career Fair: Monday, October 17, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Radisson Hotel Boston; 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

Obama to Unveil New Jobs Plan

If you happen to be one of the millions of unfortunate Americans who have been out of work for months at a time, you may have feelings of desperation and resentment towards the government for not taking further steps to remedy the unemployment situation.

As of right now, 14 million Americans are unemployed. This number does not include the millions more who have given upon on their job search after months of making no progress and those who have chosen to take part-time positions in order to fill in the gaps. Of the 14 million out of work, more than 6 million have been unemployed long-term. The current national unemployment rate is over 9%.

These numbers are definitely not music to the ears of the American working class. The Great Recession (apparently over) has given way to a weak recovery, and progress has been sluggish. In addition, a persistent fear among the long-term unemployed is that they might never find jobs again and have to live on government assistance for the rest of their lives.

It’s easy to point out the negative, but there is hope for the future. According to a recent article by the Associated Press, President Obama plans to unveil a new economic strategy to boost the economy and get Americans back to work in early September. Just after Labor Day, Obama will deliver a speech detailing his plans for helping out the unemployed and getting them back to the workforce.

Obama’s new bag of economic tactics will include:

  • Tax cuts to help the middle class
  • A build-up America construction program
  • Help for the long-term unemployed
  • Plans to tax the wealthy more in order to help cut the deficit

It may very well be that Obama is sweating about being re-elected for his second term. This makes sense. The 2012 election is right around the corner. According to the Associated Press, no incumbent in recent years has ever been re-elected for a second term with unemployment rates so high.

If you ask the Republican Party, they will probably tell you that President Obama is simply trying to get on our good side in order to be re-elected. But you have to take into consideration that times were tough when he stepped into office, and it usually takes more than three years to turn the entire economy around. Progress has been made; slowly but surely. The only way to go now is up.

So do not despair. There is hope on the horizon. We can only hope that Obama’s new jobs proposal will really help to ignite the economy and get us back to work in full force. In the meantime, it might be a good idea for the long-term unemployed to step in and pick up a part-time. As crazy as it might sound, it’s easier to find a job when you’ve already got one.

Persistence is Key in Job Search

Finding a new job can be tough these days. Unemployment rates are dropping, but the job market and the economy have not fully recovered from the lasting effects of the Great Recession. We are nowhere near the state of job stability and prosperity that existed ten years ago.

If you are one of the unfortunate individuals that has had to look for work in our sluggish economic climate, you know all too well about the trials and tribulations of the job search. It’s not enough anymore to simply peruse the classifieds or walk into a business that has a “Help Wanted” sign hanging in the window. Nowadays, it takes ingenuity and perseverance to land a job.

Before you even start looking for a job, think first about what you want to do. Even though it may seem that any job is better than no job at times, you don’t want to be stuck doing something you can’t stand. It’s important to do a self evaluation before putting yourself out there in the job world.

Think about your skills. What are you good at, and what do you like to do? Once you have figured this out, you should then highlight your qualities that will be most useful in your job and your search for work. You might have to spend a few hours revamping your resume, but it will pay off in the long run.

After you have assessed yourself and determined what you are good at, the next step is to figure out where you want to work. Although the easiest method in looking for a job may be to just log on the Internet and check out who has job listings up, this is not always the most effective procedure. Think about how many other people are doing the exact same thing. Why would you want to apply for a job that one hundred other desperate souls have already attempted?

Most positions these days are not filled through online job listings. A lot of companies don’t even post openings online. Many jobs are filled through word of mouth or by people going out of their way to track down work.

One of the best ways to get a job is to pick a company that you want to work for and do your research. What types of jobs do they have there, and who is in charge of hiring? Figure out what position might suit you best, and then track down the higher-ups so you can communicate with them directly. This way, you won’t end up being just another name on an endless stack of resumes.

So if you really want to find a job in today’s economy, you must be persistent and able to single yourself out from the crowd. Businesses want to hire people that are unique and special and capable of performing the task at hand. It’s up to you to convince them that you are the right person for the job.

How to Use Social Media to Get a Job

The job market has changed quite a bit since the days of perusing the classifieds and beating the pavement. These days, it’s important to be aware of your online presence and how you might present yourself to potential employers. Social media is a wild frontier. There are a lot of possibilities, but you can also build up a bad reputation if you are not careful.

Most companies look at applicants’ online profile before considering them for a position or even an interview. So it pays to keep your nose clean. Posting up those pictures of your drunken debacle out on the town last weekend might not be the best idea. Your potential bosses most likely do not care to see you shooting Jager bombs or chugging beers.

Social media can be beneficial in your job search. It’s all about using your connections. If you are on Facebook, you probably have over one hundred friends. And out of these one hundred friends, there’s bound to be somebody working in an establishment that you might be interested in. Since most jobs these days are landed by word of mouth, it’s important to utilize your connections to the fullest.

This does not mean posting on your Facebook wall that you can’t wait to get a new job so you don’t have to work at that crap place you do now. This is another area where you have to watch your back because your co-workers or current bosses might be checking out your social media profile when you are least aware.

Contrary to popular belief and the influence of Mark Zuckerberg and Hollywood, it’s not all about Facebook either. There are plenty of other social media platforms out there; some even more helpful in your job search.

LinkedIn is a great resource for those looking to establish professional connections. In addition to hooking up with people who might be able to aid you in your job search, you can also post your resume and credentials to let all the headhunters out there know what you’re all about.

The cool thing about LinkedIn is that it’s a place where like-minded individuals come to meet other professionals and job-seekers. Lots of employers use LinkedIn to see who’s out there and who might be good for their company.

Establishing a sound online reputation might take a significant amount of time and effort, but in the long run it can pay off. The few hours that you invest now into hyping up yourself online might benefit you in dollars and cents in the near future.

The next time you are on Facebook, stop worrying about what your friends are doing and start making a good name for yourself. Somebody out there is looking at you.

Jobs in America

No matter what they say, the Great Recession is still upon us. You can go ahead and listen to the news all you want, But who out there in America is not struggling these days? The job market is hanging by a thin thread, and if you are lucky enough to be working in this day and age, do yourself a favor and work that job with all your might.

If you listen to Obama, we are supposedly in the clear and have nothing to worry about. Not to say that he’s not doing his job, but the United States of America is very far from being in the age of prosperity.

As an advocate for Jobnab and other related sites, one learns a thing or two about the job trade. First of all, you learn that spitting out resume after cover letter after resume after cover letter is completely pointless and an utter waste of time. You will just end up being another sheet of paper in the endless stack.

Another lesson learned in spending time researching the job market is that times are tough out there. It’s not 1995, and employers are no longer waving fatty paychecks at every new prospect walking down the street. You actually have to work for your money these days.

Before you can start making money, you quite obviously have to get the job first. When you apply for a job, keep in mind that there are probably one hundred other equally-qualified or better candidates applying for the same position. You are not special.

You have to differentiate yourself from the crowd. In order to get a job these days, you have to stand out. Not to say that you should wear bright clothing or sport a Mohawk, but you need to make yourself noticed. Otherwise, you are just another poor sap looking for a job – kind of like searching for water in the desert.

The most important thing you can do when you go in and apply for a job somewhere is to highlight your skills. Hype yourself up. One can take freedom with words on a resume and exaggerate a little bit. You don’t need to lie, but go ahead and turn that summer job waiting tables into a customer service position – same thing, different words.

In the meantime, before you hit it big playing the lottery or gambling on the horse races, check out Jobnab for some awesome opportunities out there. A job is a job, and any kind of work is better than no work at all. So instead of sitting around waiting for Obama to hand you your dream job, go out there and make it happen.

Social Media Background Checks

Before you go venting on the Internet, speaking out your radical views, or posting pictures of yourself getting drunk or naked, first pause, take a deep breath and think about who might have access to this online evidence of yourself.

It’s nothing new that employers have taken into account potential employees’ online presence, including their comments and photos on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Myspace, in their hiring process. But according to a recent article in the New York Times, one company from Santa Barbara, CA has taken the social media background check to the next level.

Social Intelligence, which started a year ago, provides employers with complete files of prospective employees. The company researches many different sites on the Internet looking for both positive and negative information on applicants.

The positive information might include such things as accolades or evidence of community involvement. Say you participated in the last 5K run across town. That might show up. Or maybe you are deeply involved in the local community service scene. This would probably also appear in your profile.

The positive information will only help your cause as a job candidate. It’s the negative stuff that employers are most interested in, and what you really have to watch out for. Certain criteria that are taken into effect and reported to employers include racist remarks, reference to drug use, partying, nudity, violent characteristics or any other type of questionable behavior. Just when you thought you nailed that job interview, that week-long party in Vegas with pictures and videos to prove it might sneak up on you and shatter all your dreams.

Some may argue that the service provided by Social Intelligence is unethical and not relevant to job performance. In response to such accusations, Social Intelligence will point out that the information they look up is widely available to the entire public online.

In addition, all of the comments, photos and other potentially harmful content they report exclude those pertaining to the topics that are deemed off limits for employers during interviews. As determined by federal employment laws, these prohibited subjects of discussion include religion, race, marital status and sexual orientation.

Even so, how does all of this information determine what kind of employee the candidate will be? Maybe they like to party on the weekends, and maybe they do harbor some questionable world views. But as long as they show up for work on time and do a good job, what’s the difference, right?

Employers can argue here that a prospective employee’s off-the-clock behavior is a good indicator of their personality and therefore what kind of worker they will be. But in the case of the job applicant, this seems entirely unfair. Not every employed person out there is a public figure, so they should not all be treated as such. As if criminal background checks and credit reports weren’t enough, if you are looking for a job these days, apparently it pays to keep your nose clean all of the time.