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Resolutions for Job Hunting

May 17, 2010

Taken from: http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-7_new_year_s_resolutions_for_job_hunting-1069

If you’re still looking for work these days, try these seven helpful (and hopefully lucky) job-related resolutions:

1. “I will broaden my job horizons.”
Stop limiting yourself to only specific types of jobs. Promise to look for jobs you may not think you have enough skills for and go for it. Look into jobs that you may not even know you are qualified for and maybe find a new career in the process!

2. “I will consider relocating for a position.”
Never count out jobs that are “too far” away. Moving to a new city, state, or country for work may be just what you need. Look into large corporations with offices around the country to get an idea of where your skills are needed. You may end up getting the job of your dreams in a town you would have never considered.

3. “I will stay positive.”
This is the most difficult out of all of these resolutions but vital if you want to get a great job faster than your peers. People (especially potential employers) can feel you and your attitudes out in an instant, which is why it’s best to be positive regardless of the situation you’re dealing with. It will also help you feel better all around, too!

4. “I will always prepare for my interviews.”
It doesn’t matter if you’re interviewing to be a fast-food cashier or the next chief operating officer of a huge corporation. Be prepared! Rehearse replies to all types of questions you may (or may not) be expecting. Dress your best, be polite, and follow up afterwards to better your chances at scoring that gig.

5. “I will prove myself during all of my interviews.”
Ever go on an interview and become disinterested in the job 5 minutes into your meeting? It shows! Resolve to stay engaged and genuinely interested in what any interviewer is discussing with you. You may discover that the job you are meeting over has something more to offer or that the company has another position perfect for you.

6. “I will network more.”
This resolution may seem daunting, but can really be fun. Reach out to individuals through social networks online that may be able to assist you with your job hunt. Don’t mass message strangers asking for employment. Establish a formal rapport, stay in touch, and see what can come of your new professional relationships.

7. “I will stay educated and informed about my industry.”
While you’ve been unemployed, your respected industries have been evolving at mind-blowing speeds. Do you know what’s hot or not anymore in your field? Dedicate at least an hour a day to reading up on your respected industry. Stay in the know and blow your interviewers away with your knowledge on current happenings.

Does jobs bill offer enough to spur hiring?

March 24, 2010

Originally found at: http://www.hrmorning.com/does-jobs-bill-offer-enough-to-spur-hiring/

President Obama’s finally signed the much-debated $18 billion jobs bill. What does that really mean for your company?

The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act is designed to encourage companies to bolster staffs through two tax breaks: savings on payroll taxes and an additional one-year tax credit on new hires. Besides the $18 billion in employment incentives, HIRE also authorizes $20 billion for highway and transit projects.

To qualify for the tax breaks, new employees must be (or have been) hired between Feb. 3, 2010, and Jan. 1, 2011. Each new hire must certify, in writing, that he or she’s been unemployed for 60 days.

The two-tiered tax incentives shake out like this:

  • Through the rest of the year, employers don’t have to pay new hires’ 6.2% Social Security payroll tax, and
  • Companies are entitled to a credit equal to 6.2% of total salary — up to $1,000 — for each new worker who sticks around for 52 consecutive weeks. The credit can be taken on the company’s 2011 tax return.

HIRE had been passed by the Senate earlier. But then it went back to the House, where it was modified, so the Senate had to vote on the measure again. It finally passed March 17, 68-29, in likely the most bipartisan ballot of the current Congress.

Will it work?

So will companies start hiring? Experts say the hardest-hit organizations, still suffering depressed revenues from the economic slowdown, probably won’t find the tax incentives enough to add substantial numbers of employees. Companies on the cusp of returning to solid profitability might find the tax savings the push they need to dive into the labor pool.

Overall, the administration estimates HIRE will create 250,000 new jobs.

What do you think? Are the incentives enough to make your company take on new workers? Tell us in the Comments section below.

30 Ways to Land a Job In 2010

January 6, 2010

30 Ways to Land a Job In 2010

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Times are tough and finding a job isn’t exactly an easy thing. Using the same tactics as everyone else isn’t near as effective as it used to be. This calls for getting creative in your job search and tactics to land a job.

You have to stand out to prospective employers to get their attention. Grab their attention in some unconventional ways and you stand a much better chance of being noticed. Otherwise your resume will disappear in a pile along with everyone elses.

Use your imagination and get creative. And most importantly never give up.

Here’s a list of 30 ways to land a job in 2010:

  1. Volunteer for an unpaid internship, it may lead to full time work.
  2. Build an online portfolio/resume to send potential companies to.
  3. Check Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networking sites. They all have jobs that you may not find elsewhere. Read our guide to using Facebook as a job search tool.
  4. After a job interview send a thank you note. It will leave a lasting impression.
  5. Set Google alerts to watch companies you want to work for. You’ll be quick to know when they are hiring.
  6. Find blogs related to the area of work your interested in. A good portion of them will have a job section.
  7. Start your own blog and write about your area of expertise. Link to other related blogs.
  8. Write guest posts on other blogs and article directories. Again showing your expertise.
  9. Figure out what talent makes you different. Make sure it’s known at your interviews.
  10. Watch for companies that recently acquired other companies. They will more than likely be hiring.
  11. Learn another language. Bilingual people are always in high demand.
  12. Make a video resume and put it on YouTube instead of using a written one.
  13. Go straight to the source. Contact the CEO or manager directly instead of going through HR.
  14. Take a job that you are way overqualified for. It may lead to other opportunities.
  15. Make a top 10 list (David Letterman style) of why they should hire you.
  16. Make a shirt with your contact info.
  17. Start a chain letter with your resume, offer a prize to whoever gets you a job.
  18. Make a PowerPoint presentation of your best work, find out if you can bring it in to the interview.
  19. Network with interviewers.
  20. Use Facebook ads. With millions of people, a well placed ad can make a difference.
  21. Make business cards with your resume on it and hand them out.
  22. Wear a sign with your contact information and stand out on the street around businesses your interested in.
  23. Do some volunteer work that will increase the skills you need.
  24. Network with others that are also looking for a job. Both for support and more opportunities.
  25. Hand write a letter. Sometimes taking a step back away from technology will make you stand out as most people don’t use these methods.
  26. Reverse interview: Call and ask for someone in HR and ask about the company’s vision and goals. Suggest skills of yours that may help.
  27. Give ideas of how you think the company could improve.
  28. Have your references call after you turn in your resume instead of waiting for them to be called.
  29. Don’t just stay at home and look for jobs online. Traditional job hunting ways still yield results. Get out of the house and network as well.
  30. Don’t neglect unconventional job search methods.

Those were some of the suggestions from us to you.Feel free to comment on how job hunters can get the most out in 2010. Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way, or have really tried something unconventional when it comes to job search? Share with us.

WDI Executive Director Visits Washington D.C. – Member of White House jobs forum.

December 21, 2009

The executive director of Workforce Development, Inc. went to Washington, D.C., for a White House jobs forum on December 3rd.
Randy Johnson was among 130 experts in various fields who shared ideas on the economic recovery and what needs to be done next to improve the U.S. economy.

In the afternoon Randy participated in a breakout session on Preparing Workers and Strengthening Main Street.  The video of that breakout session, including Randy’s contributions, can be found at the link below.

http://www.workforcealliance.org/site/c.ciJNK1PJJtH/b.995605/k.CBB4/Home.htm?tr=y

The session was moderated by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes.

WDI Makes National Report

October 29, 2009

WDI has been featured in a national publication

The Workforce Strategy Center (WSC) out of New York City has published a report “Employers, Low-Income Young Adults, and Postsecondary Credentials: A practical Typology for Business, Education, and Community Leaders.” The report was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and features WDI’s Pre-Employment Academies.

WSC did research into more than 100 programs and led them to highlight 14 successful programs across the country. The Pre-Employment Academies were selected based on criteria that included programs that “demonstrated the greatest degree of success in advancing the population into postsecondary education and careers; having substantial employer involvement; and being portable, scalable, and replicable.”

The full report (pdf) is available by clicking here

Ten Interviewing Rules

October 14, 2009

By Carole Martin, Monster Contributing Writer

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In the current job market, you’d better have your act together, or you won’t stand a chance against the com-petition. Check yourself on these 10 basic points before you go on that all-important interview.

Look Sharp

Before the interview, select your outfit. Depending on the industry and position, get out your best duds and check them over for spots and wrinkles. Even if the company has a casual environment, you don’t want to look like you slept in your clothes. Above all, dress for confidence. If you feel good, others will respond to you accordingly.

Be on Time

Never arrive late to an interview. Allow extra time to arrive early in the vicinity, allowing for factors like getting lost. Enter the building 10 to 15 minutes before the interview.

Do Your Research

Researching the company

before the interview and learning as much as possible about its services, products, customers and com-petition will give you an edge in understanding and addressing the company’s needs. The more you know about the company and what it stands for, the better chance you have of selling yourself. You also should find out about the company’s culture to gain insight into your potential happiness on the job.

Be Prepared

Bring along a folder containing extra copies of your resume, a copy of your references and paper to take notes. You should also have questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview. For extra assurance, print a copy of Monster’s handy interview take-along check-list.

Show Enthusiasm

A firm handshake and plenty of eye contact demonstrate confidence. Speak

distinctly in a confident voice, even though you may feel shaky.

Listen

One of the most neglected interviewing skills is listening. Make sure you are not only listening, but also reading between the lines. Sometimes what is not said is just as important as what is said.

Answer the Question Asked

Candidates often don’t think about whether they are actually answering the questions asked by their interviewers. Make sure you understand what is being asked, and get further clarification if you are unsure.

Give Specific Examples

One specific example of your background is worth 50 vague stories. Prepare your stories before the interview. Give examples that highlight your successes and uniqueness. Your past behavior can indicate your

future performance.

Ask Questions

Many interviewees don’t ask questions and miss the opportunity to find out valuable information. Your questions indicate your interest in the company or job.

Follow Up

Whether it’s through email or regular mail, the follow-up is one more chance to remind the inter-viewer of all the valuable traits you bring to the job and company. You don’t want to miss this last chance to market yourself.

It is important to appear confident and cool for the interview. One way to do that is to be prepared to the best of your ability. There is no way to predict what an interview holds, but by following these important rules you will feel less anxious and will be ready to positively present yourself.

Practice Makes Perfect: How to Rehearse for Your Next Job Interview

September 21, 2009

Taken from Yahoo hot jobs

by Caroline M.L. Potter, Yahoo! HotJobs

There are a lot of steps that usually happen before you get to the interview portion of your job search: resume, networking, references. Most folks are able to put a lot of effort into getting the interview, but many fall apart during the actual interview. Why? Poor planning and a lack of practice.

Instead of winging it, or relying solely on your professional skill set, you should stage a rehearsal for your next job interview.

Not sure how to go about it? Start by enlisting a family member, friend, or partner to play the role of interviewer, and ask that she stay in character from start to finish. Set up a space, such as a desk or table, where you can create a suitable setting. Then use these 10 tips to from corporate trainer Marlene Caroselli to make your interviews — both mock and real — successful.

1. Do your homework. “Learn all you can about the organization in advance,” advises Caroselli. Share this information with your mock interviewer, perhaps in the form of crib notes. She can use this to grill you.

2. Tune in. “Watch people being interviewed on television and make note of what works,” she advises. Look for traits that make people likable and competent.

3. State the unobvious. “Create one really intriguing statement about yourself. For example, a woman I know, expecting to be told, ‘Tell us a bit about yourself (THE most popular interview question),’ replied, ‘I think I should tell you I’m a non-conforming conformist.’ She explained what she meant and wound up getting the job!”

4. Think outside the box. A little visualization can go a long way, according to Caroselli, author of “Principled Persuasion.” “Think about a visual that really represents what you can do. It can be a photo taken at an event you organized, for example. If you have nothing that symbolizes your capabilities, then look for a pattern not readily apparent in your resume and be prepared to talk about that particular interest or talent, apart from your official work history.”

5. Know your lines. Actors do it, and you should, too. “Memorize a few short quotes and have them ready. They’ll help you respond articulately to virtually any question.”

6. Sum it up. The very first request an interviewer may make is, “Tell me a little about yourself.” In order to answer quickly and succinctly, she urges interviewees, “Have an elevator speech ready in case they want a brief overview of your career.”

7. Be tough on yourself. Research tricky interview questions and provide them to your helper. Also, point out gaps in your skills or holes in your resume and instruct her to grill you on those points. “By comparison, your own, actual interview will seem like a walk in the park, and that prospect will encourage you,” reveals Caroselli.

8. Capture it on camera. “If possible, have someone video you doing an interview-rehearsal. Then study your body language to see if it reveals confidence, poise, and enthusiasm,” she counsels.

9. Listen up. Close your eyes and listen back to the recording of your replies to interview questions. “Play the tape back and analyze your responses. Ask yourself, ‘Would you hire you?'”

10. Stay calm. Work on being relaxed before your big meeting. Caroselli advises candidates, “When you get to the interview site and are waiting to be called in to the interview room, work on a brainteaser. Research shows it calms the nerves and takes your mind off the challenge ahead.”