How to Find a Job in 7 Days

22 01 2015

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Let’s face it – life happens. Sometimes, we need to find a job FAST so we can keep the heat on during these cold winters. This week’s post highlights a few ways you can kick-start the job search and potentially land a job by the end of the week. NOTE: It’s a lot of hard work, but you knew that already, didn’t you? 

If you need to find a job quickly, you should ideally consider positions that need to be filled fast. Getting a job within a short period is possible when you have the right attitude. In order for you to get a job in 7 days, you need to begin by letting people know that you are looking for a job.

Tell your story. Give explanations regarding what kind of job you are looking for along with your qualifications. Create a marketable description of yourself that will quickly sell you. You can modify this description in accordance with the position you are targeting. This will also prepare you for questions and the answers that you need to give.

Make your list. The next step is to identify the companies that you want to work for. Create a list of possible employers. This should include a few that have not posted vacancies. Find job postings through various resources such as websites.

Do your homework. After establishing who you want to work for, you need to find out more about the companies. This will require you to carry out research into their backgrounds, the services or products they provide and the type of people they hire. Get in touch with people who are in your network of contacts.

Work your network. Focus on people who have links to the employers that you are interested in. If you are looking for a full time job, your contacts will be able to provide you with leads. Your contacts can also help you find out if you need to provide any additional information in your resume on how to improve your chances of getting employment. Let your career based contacts know that you are available.

Reach out and connect. Get in touch with prospective employers and use the professional description you created to sell yourself. You will usually receive a very short amount of time to express yourself. Every second counts and you need to be well prepared for the opportunity. Speak with enthusiasm and deliver your brief presentation confidently.

Tailor and apply. You also need to send out applications for various jobs and structure your resumes to fit the needs of different employers. Find out how to create an effective resume through a site like ValidateJOB. Create different resumes that you will customize for each application.

Spread the love. Apply generously. Even if the job is a bit of a stretch, consider applying. Those outside your comfort zone could potentially help you grow even more as a professional. With your positive approach and eagerness to learn, you may not only get the desired job but also discover the best of you. If there is a company you are interested in but no vacancy has been advertised, you can make a bold step by sending an introductory letter. It should be brief and to the point while expressing your interest in working for the company.

Follow up. As the week draws to a close, get in touch with every company that you sent a job application to.  Always have your phone close to you when you are looking for a job so that you do not miss out on any opportunity. You never know when it might ring!

Any other tips? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave us a comment below!

****For this post, Campus to Career thanks Jenny Richards!!****





Winged Migration: What a Flock of Geese Can Teach Us About Leadership

13 01 2015

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As I was out for a run recently, I observed a flock of geese landing in a nearby field. I watched as they touched down in what seemed like a carefully choreographed dance, their wings spread wide, feet lowered as they signaled to each other with joyful honks. Nature is all around us – beautiful and full of lessons. You see, we’re not so different from that flock of geese as we embark on our journey of leadership development.

We all have leadership potential. The animal kingdom doesn’t elect leaders. Respect is earned. In my opinion, leaders are born, but there is no such thing as a born leader. Leaders emerge through their own hard work and dedication. Ever notice the V-formation birds, especially geese, fly in? The leader at the point rotates over the course of the journey. Every goose pulls their weight.

***What are you doing to earn the respect of your peers and co-workers? Are you pulling your weight as a leader or are you expecting everyone else to do the work?***

This article was originally posted to LinkedIn – read the rest of the story here





Crazy Career: How to Apply Your Humanities Degree

16 12 2014

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You’ve heard it before, the dreaded question that everyone seems to ask after you explain what you decided to study. “So what do you want to do with that?” The question makes you squirm, but at some point you’ll need to address it, if only to figure out how to start repaying your student loans. The future can seem far away now, but when you have a solid plan, the rest will come easy.

We’ve put together a list of five ways to parlay your humanities degree into a real career that pays real money. Take a look and find a place where you might be able to belong.

Think Deeply

This part should be no problem for you. You’re good at thinking deeply, after all you did major in humanities. Step one is to consider what living well means for you. Try to identify your top three priorities. For example, you might crave getting married, or owning a home.  Others might prefer a life of adventure and travel. Humanities might be important to you now, but understand what you want from the future and what kind of job will keep you happy for the longest. Whatever it is, before you do anything else consider your priorities and what you want out of a career.

Establish Benchmarks

Once you understand what your most important goals are, develop a concrete vision of success. Maybe you want to get into a trial advocacy degree program before you’re 30, or be making enough to finance a home by your mid-forties. Write down a list of what quantified success looks like. Decide how much schooling you want done and by when. It’s important to create a timeline to know if you’re on track. Talk to a counselor at school if you can so they can help you make a manageable time table to follow, and you won’t be stretching yourself.

Map It Out

With definite goals in mind, start thinking about how to achieve them. This can seem like the most challenging part, but the key is to be creative. Identify transferable skills that will be valuable for a potential employer and explain them in your cover letter. A philosophy major might cite their ability for critical and analytical thought. Students of psychology could explain their natural understanding of others. If you’re having trouble identifying your skill set, ask professors, friends, and former supervisors to list your top five best traits. A trend will soon emerge that you can capitalize on in applications. Market yourself. Make it clear to an employer why they should hire you.

Open Possibilities

Guess what? You don’t have to do what everybody else is doing. Be creative and innovative in defining your own path to a rewarding career. Get your feet wet with internships or volunteer experiences in fields that seem interesting. Don’t be afraid to take a job for a year or two that you’re unsure about. Every experience will help you learn what you enjoy and don’t enjoy doing. Soon you’ll be putting your abstract knowledge to work in a concrete way.

Humanities are a great thing to study and can lead you to many different career paths. Make sure you have goals in mind and a schedule in which to complete them. When you have a good direction to go in, you’ll be less likely to be sidetracked and drawn away from a career path in humanities. Just make sure you know what to expect and how your degree can help you get where you want to go.

***For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Brooke Chaplan!!***

brooke chaplanAbout: Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan





Ho-Ho-How to Set Yourself Apart This Holiday Season

9 12 2014

Psst!  Can I tell you a secret?

Ready?  

Employers don’t stop hiring during the winter holiday months.  Use this time to research companies and apply for their fantastic jobs!

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Here are a few tips to help make your internship/full-time job search more successful over the holiday break:

Networking – Holiday parties are a great way to meet people and really connect on a personal level (focus more on personal conversation vs. your elevator pitch.)  Don’t “elf” it up: Click here to read a great article on holiday networking.

Get social – Take this time to update your social media profiles and ask your connections for references.  The more people you’re connected with, the more you’ll be able to get some great career advice and job search assistance.  Is your LinkedIn profile 100% complete??

Schedule it – Keep up with a full-time job search during this time of the year can be chaotic.  Set a specific time of day where you’ll work on your job search as well as set job search goals you want to achieve.  Every day has the SAME amount of seconds, minutes and hours – it’s what you do with them that COUNTS!

Be proactive. APPLY – As winter approaches, the opportunity to apply for internships is coming to an end.  The majority of companies recruit for Summer 2015 internships during Fall 2014.  Don’t wait too long to get your foot in the door!  If you’re looking for full-time employment, don’t wait until you’re a month away from graduation.  Research and apply.  Wouldn’t it be great to walk across the stage to get your diploma knowing that you have a great job waiting for you??

Above all, be sure to enjoy the holidays with friends and family.  They want to support you.  Stop looking at your smartphone and engage in real conversation.  You’ll be glad you did.

Happy holidays from Campus to Career!





First Time Interview: What Every College Grad Needs to Prepare

2 12 2014

First of all, let’s just say congratulations. You did it; you graduated school, whether with an MBA, an online program, or a bachelor’s degree in the liberal arts. That’s a massive achievement, requiring years of time, thousands of dollars, and more stress than you’ve ever felt before, so congratulations. Of course, now that it’s time to join the workforce, there are more hurdles to overcome, with the first job interview in particular. Let’s look at what you need to know your first time up at the plate.

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There is an old piece of advice about dressing for the position you want, not just the position you’re interviewing for. You should go further than that in your first interview. It isn’t just about the clothing. Confidence has been linked to success time and time again, so you should go to the interview with some degree of confidence. Relax, and remember your hard-won knowledge of the subjects you’ve studied. You’ve got the degree, so present yourself as someone who knows what they’re talking about. If you’re thrown a curve, acknowledge you might not understand that particular instance or question, and demonstrate how you’d go about finding the answer.

Research: Do the Diligence on the Company
You’re going to be working with these people, presumably for quite some time. Why would you not find out all you can? Look at what recent projects the company has been involved with. Dig into their background on any site you can find; LinkedIn profiles, Yelp, and Google reviews, Glassdoor and even the Better Business Bureau can be a great help. Find out notable things the company has been involved with, and be prepared to discuss them in the context of the interview. It is rare that an interviewer will be turned off by interest in the organization, so take the time to not only understand, but to show you understand.

Pre-Game: Get Some Rest Before You Go
The value of a good night’s sleep is sorely underestimated. Take the time to relax yourself before the interview. Interviewers can sense nervousness and exhaustion in their subjects, and they will not do you any favors. Once you have the prep done, get some sleep, then leave yourself a leisurely amount of time to prepare yourself before the interview. The slow approach will help you go in confident and assured, rather than fretful and harried.

In short, you should seek to arrange matters to put the interview on your terms. Knowing about the company, knowing about your subject, and knowing that you’ve had a good rest can put the matter firmly in your hands. Be confident, be aware, and above all present yourself as if you belong there.

Photo credit: Jeff Sheldon via Unsplash.com

***For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Brooke Chaplan!!***

brooke chaplanAbout: Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan





Why Your Resume is Like a Burger [INFOGRAPHIC]

18 11 2014

If you’ve never thought about your resume the way you think about a great burger, it’s time to start now. This insightful infographic from Career FAQs makes an interesting connection between the two, all the while helping to create a tasty and juicy resume that will be simply irresistible to every recruiter who gets to read it.

What’s important are both the essential components and little details that add the extra dash of flavour all recruiters are looking for. A fresh and delicious burger bun will serve as a strong foundation for a burger. just like a defined layout for a resume, framing the essentials to a great CV.

The mouth-watering meat patty, which represents substance in your resume, is the very essence of the burger and therefore should only be of the highest quality.

What about the extras? While lettuce provides some much-needed balance between confidence and humility, tomato keeps the resume (and burger) fresh and interesting. The sauce works like the cherry on top and stands for that something extra, which simply makes a resume worth reading – its exciting flavour takes it to the next level.

Burgers and resumes should be kept simple and devoid of any artificial flavourings or sweeteners, which at first taste good, but soon give everyone a stomachache. Both resumes and burgers should also include ingredients of the best quality, selected especially for the occasion and matching the taste of the person who is likely to consume the dish.

Finally, the infographic makes it clear that for some jobs, a simple resume won’t cut the mustard – just like a great burger, it sometimes needs to be served with a portion of fries on the side.

Why your resume is like a burger - Career FAQs

 

***For this delicious INFOGRAPHIC, Campus to Career thanks Career FAQ!!***

 





Apps You Should Be Using in the Job Hunt

11 11 2014

imagesAfter four long years of college, filled with papers, exams, and all-nighters, you’re finally in the real world. The first order of business? Getting a job.

Thanks to the Internet, you can find and apply for more jobs than ever.  But with the sheer volume of online job sites, open positions and applications, it can be hard to know where to start – and to keep track of your progress once you do. Luckily, there are tons of online resources that can help. With these web apps and websites, you can improve your resume, expand your professional network and find and apply to job listings faster and easier than ever before.

Resumes

Before you get a great job, you have to have a great resume. After all, it’s the first interaction you have with a potential employer, and you want to make a good impression. However, many students leave college without knowing how to create a professional, effective resume. These sites can help you figure out the resume basics, as well as create and manage eye-catching resumes that will help you get your foot in the door.

ResumeGenius

ResumeGenius helps you build professional resumes in minutes. Choose the template that best expresses your personality, and simply enter your information. The site will give you smart, dynamic suggestions as you go, whether it’s expanding the description of a position or adding exact numbers. ResumeGenius also offer pre-written descriptions you can add to your resume. Once you’ve completed your resume form, you can download it directly to Microsoft Office. Choose unlimited 14-day access for $1.95, or get a monthly plan for $7.95.

VisualCV
These days, a plain paper resume isn’t always enough to help you land your dream job. That’s where VisualCV comes in. VisualCV is designed to help job seekers optimize their resumes and CVs for print and web. You can target resumes toward specific positions, use analytics to track when and how your resume is seen, and take your resume to the next level with images, videos, presentations and more. VisualCV helps you create resumes that can be shared online or printed out, making them great for online applications as well as in-person interviews, job fairs and networking events. VisualCV also allows you to store, edit and manage multiple resumes at once.

1-Page
For some people and some positions, a traditional resume may not be the answer. Instead, try creating a job proposal with 1-Page. 1-Page allows you to create proposals with more personality and more pertinent information than resumes. 1-Page proposals focus less on work history and experience and more on what you can bring to the table, now and in the future. They can help you explain your goals and aspirations for potential jobs, what you’re looking for financially and professionally, and what actions you plan to take to achieve your goals. They also allow you to address existing issues in the company or industry you’re interested in.

Job Databases

Once you have a great resume, you want to send it out to the right people and be considered for the right positions. The best way to do that? Searching job databases. Though everyone knows about Monster, CareerBuilder and LinkedIn, they’re not the only job sites out there. Below are a few more that you might not have heard of – check them out to start expanding your job search, and get your resume out to more people.

Idealist
The interface and functionality of Idealist is similar to other searchable job databases. However, Idealist focuses exclusively on nonprofit job and internships and volunteer opportunities. Though many job seekers focus on the for-profit sector, working for a nonprofit can be a great and fulfilling experience. Idealist includes job openings from more than 100,000 organizations, making it the largest resource for people looking to work in nonprofits. The site is funded through donations and fees from organizations, but is free for job seekers to use.

USAJobs
Government jobs are well-known for great pay and wonderful benefits. But most people (especially those fresh out of college) don’t know how to find government jobs, since they’re not always listed on traditional job sites. However, all federal government positions are listed on USAJobs. Search for positions by keyword, location, salary, type of work and more. The site has thousands of open positions available, and you can apply for them all in the same place – even positions in different departments.

Industry-Specific Sites
Finally, if you know you want to work in a certain industry or field, you might want to consider sites that are specialized for certain sectors. For instance, if you have a degree in journalism or you’re looking a job in publishing or advertising, a site like MediaBistro has hundreds of relevant job listings. Interested in technology? Try Dice. There are specific job databases available for tons of industries, including retail, security, finance, hospitality and more.

Landing your first job out of college might not be easy. But if you use these online resources for building resumes and finding jobs, it can at least be easier. And you can never start the job hunt too early. Whether you’re about to graduate or you still have some time, start crafting your resume and hunting for jobs now, for better results in the future.

What online resources do you use to help with the job hunt?

 ****For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Abby Perkins!****

About the author: Abby Perkins is Managing Editor at Talent Tribune, a SoftwareProviders.com blog focused on all things HR.








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