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ARE YOU JOBLESS?

QUICK TIPS THAT MAY IMPROVE
YOUR CAREER CHOICES! 

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed,
rightly handling the word of truth



#6.
YOUR RESUME!
 
Resume:
A resume is a brief description
 that allows the potential employer to view an
individuals qualifications for a specific job. 


WHY YOUR RESUME MAY BE THE PROBLEM:


  • "Brief" is the key word here. Companies receive thousands of resumes daily and many people will not spend 8 hours viewing your resume.
  • Your resume should not be a documentary of YOUR ENTIRE LIFE!
    • No one cares when you were potty trained....sorry :o(.
  • If you are applying for different opportunities, ALWAYS tailor your resume to fit the current job you are applying to. For example, if you are looking for an office job, it is probably not wise to add jobs that are only "outdoor" related.
    • Companies can quickly identify if a potential candidate how much effort a potential candidate has put in their resume.
      • Why should a company desire to hire a person who is obviously just randomly throwing their resume out to everyone.
    • Standard resumes are extremely obvious, but if you choose to go this route, please REMEMBER TO CHANGE THE COMPANY NAME ON YOUR COVER LETTER!!
    • Companies want to feel like they are wanted by their candidate. Would you want a job that just hired "anyone."
    • MAKE THE COMPANY FEEL SPECIAL! GIVE THEM A RESUME JUST FOR THEM!

BECAUSE NOTHING SAYS I LOVE YOU MORE TO A COMPANY
THAN A RESUME WRITTEN ESPECIALLY FOR THEM....
  • Remember to include a individualized cover letter to every employer that you are seeking employment with.
    • Yes, this is very time consuming, but finding a job IS a job.
  • It is okay to use an identical resume and cover letter as long it specifies your skills in the area that you are applying to.
  • You may have different resumes based on the following positions:
    • Customer service
    • Banking
    • Corporate
    • Trainer
  • Many companies have automated systems that look for key words within your resume. If you do not include these specific key words then you will not get an interview. In order to find key words:
    • Read the job description thoroughly to get a clear understanding of what they want. Always include words listed in their job description within your resume.
    • Having a higher education (Masters +) is a wonderful achievement, but you can not show this to every employer. This is completely normal. You paid God knows how much to obtain a "higher" education, not to mention all of the effort!  BUT....think twice before you add that degree. Save that P.H.D. title for the company who is looking for it.
  • Immediately remove any organizations that track religion, race, or any controversial issues. There is nothing wrong with being who you are, unfortunately, we live in a biased Country and sometimes it is better to leave any specific identifiers out. Win the employers heart before you start getting personal.
  • As much as we hate to admit it, finding a job is ONE GIANT EXTENDED STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION! BE HONEST, JUST STRETCH IT A BIT! WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF ADVERTISEMENT!
Do you always get what you pay for?

 
44 Resume writing tips!
Create a resume quick and easy!
Great resume and cover letter examples!
Build a cover letter!



#5
INTERVIEWING!



" I can get an interview...why not the job?"
  • Interviewing is a skill.
  • A company is looking to hire someone who "fits" into their corporation. If you do not possess specific qualities they desire, you will not get the job.
 QUALITIES EVERY EMPLOYER LOOKS FOR:
  • Confidence
    • This is an indicator that you can do the job.
      • Smile, articulate, make eye contact, and stand up straight.
      • Be confident in YOU not in what you wear...DRESS FOR THE OCCASION! SLOPPY IS NOT A FORM OF APPROPRIATE INTERVIEW ATTIRE.
  • Personality
    • Showcase your communication skills. Companies love people who appear friendly and can associate with many different people.
    • If you are introverted, DURING THE INTERVIEWING PROCESS, FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MAGICALLY BECOME EXTROVERTED...FAST! Plenty of people are introverted, however, society "wrongfully" that teaches that introverts are socially awkward and are incapable of doing any job. Unless you are applying for a position that only requires you to communicate with NO ONE....learn to be actively engaging during your interview.
  • Knowledge
    • Research the company prior to the interview. One of the first questions they will notably ask you is "what do you know about our company?" If you are unable to answer this question "diligently"....KISS THE JOB GOODBYE! Why would a company want to hire an individual who did not take the time to learn about their organization? You do not have to know when the company was founded, but you should at least know the position you applied for...
"But if anyone does not provide for his relatives,
and especially for members of his household,
he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever
 ( 1 Timothy 5:8)." 
      "Can we say lazy?????"
       If you are too lazy to research the job,
      YOU WILL NOT GET THE JOB
       BECAUSE YOU ARE DEMONSTRATING
      YOUR LAZINESS
      BEFORE
      YOU EVEN GET AN OFFER!!


      DURING AN INTERVIEW:
  • Confidence is good, arrogance is not!
  • Look nice, properly groomed AND prepared.
  • ASK! ASK! ASK! Remember that you are interviewing them as well. There is a high possibility that the job you are interviewing for is something that you may not want.
    • Turn the interview around on them. If you have to, make a small list of questions you would like to know.
    • Providing the company with a small list of personal questions, allows them to see that you are serious about this opportunity. It leaves the employer with the feeling of "There is something special about this person. They have it together!"
  • Always believe and KNOW that you are working for them. YOU ARE THE ASSET. Never be arrogant, but let them know what you can provide for them.
  • Smile, and be yourself....until you get hired that is.
Interviewing Tips!
What to wear to an interview!

And remember...
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!


GROOMING TIPS!
GROOMING TIPS!
GROOMING TIPS!
Don't let this little man outshine you....
  • Wash hair
  • Wear deodorant
  • Clean clothes
  • NO WRINKLED CLOTHING ALLOWED!
  • Stay away from your 7,000 face piercings
  • Cover tattoos
  • Cover wrinkles....NO...SORRY, I JUST PUT THAT ONE THERE TO SEE IF YOU WERE STILL PAYING ATTENTION....

JUST SAY NO TO FUNK!
Proper Hygience Tips!


QUESTIONS TO ASK THE INTERVIEWER:

 
"What are your job expectations."

 
"How is company turnover?"

 
"What are  the growth opportunities within this company?"

  • If you need a job, you need one, but, if you have a chance to be picky, choose the job that has more growth opportunities. It is not very rewarding to be stuck in the same at job position for 10 years later. Likewise, a change in job title and no salary, can be just as bad. WEIGH YOUR OPTIONS!
    • Find out about job benefits! Sometimes this can be a huge determinant as to whether or not you want to continue with the hiring process.
THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO ON THE INTERVIEW:
  • Talk about your personal problems
  • Brag....
    • About...what? I thought you were jobless?
  • Not talk...
    • HELLO!!! IT'S STILL AN INTERVIEW! HOW ARE THEY SUPPOSE TO GET TO KNOW YOU???
  • Talk too much....
    • At some point you have to find out about the job! This requires shutting your lips at certain points.
  • Wear too much intoxicating perfume.
    • You don't want to kill anyone! That is an automatic dismissal.
  • Never say bad things about your current company...it just makes YOU look bad!
  • Wear clothing that reveal crazy tattoos.
  • Having 7,000 facial piercing
  • Continue to bring up ridiculous salary rates (Give them a range, if you are hired, you can negotiate later).
  • Coughing and sneezing in your hand AND THEN EXTENDING IT TO SOMEONE???
  • Chew gum, can we say ANNOYING????
  • It is okay to compliment the interviewer, but let's not overdo it. Some people do not appreciated suck ups. Wait until AFTER you get the job to lie about their awesome taste in clothing. If you say it too early, this could be a red flag....FOR YOU!
  • Start a church or Religious service in the middle of the interview.
  • Arrive too late.
  • Arrive too early..
    • They may be with interviewing a person prior to you. People generally do not appreciate being rushed.
  • NEVER DECIDE NOT TO ARRIVE!
  • DO NOT ARRIVE INTOXICATED! This includes:
    • Drugs
    • Alcohol
    • Strong prescription med
    • AND Robitussin, it has too much alcohol in it for an interview.
  • No eye contact is a sign of NO CONFIDENCE!
  • EYE CONTACT IS A MUST!
 SIDE NOTE: Eyes are located ABOVE the neck!!!


How to interview!


TIPS ON PHONE INTERVIEWING:
  • Treat a phone interview like face to face interview.
  • People have high tendencies to get very lazy during the phone interviewing process. This is actually your "prime" opportunity to shine.
  • Wake up, dress as though you are traveling to the interview destination and always have a pen and paper with questions to ask.
  • Write down any information they may give you. However, do not say..."COULD YOU HOLD ON...I AM WRITING THIS DOWN!"
SIDE NOTE: Many companies have relationships with other organizations. Always be on your best behaviour because it can come back to haunt you. Companies share personal stories, do not let it be yours.

Phone interview etiquette!
Telephone interviews do!



How to ace a job interview!
(This video was done back in 09, however,
it is still extremely relevant today!)




AFTER THE INTERVIEW:
  • You may want to do a follow up phone call or letter to show your gratitude and genuine interest in the position.This can help the company make a decision about you.
  • If you do not get the job, it is always a great idea to send out a "thank you" letter. Maybe you were not the perfect fit for that position, but a small thank you is something that will stand out and could possibly open another door for any future positions the company may have.
  • A call or two is fine...DO NOT HARASS!
How to say thank you!
How to follow up!



#4.
NETWORKING!
  • People are more comfortable hiring someone that are recommended to them.
  • Always attend events that provide networking opportunities.
  • Networking also allows to decide if the company you have your eye on, is something you really want to do.
  • Get contact information if possible.
  • FACEBOOK THEM....We all know you have one...
Are you satisfied with your current job?
Take this quiz to find out!
Personality type quiz!
How to decide on a career field!




#3.
 NEGATIVE PUBLIC SELF-IMAGE!
  • If I google your name, what kind of pictures would I find? It is imperative to understand that everything that you put on the internet is an implication to the world of who you are.
  • Inappropriate pictures, writing, or information can be found immediately by any employer. Employers are using every tool they know to make a decision to call you.
  • In order to find out what employers are seeing about you, Google your name every so often to see what pops up.
For more information on what not to put on facebook:
Tips for discouraged job seekers!


 "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
 and you will find rest for your souls
 (Matthew 11:28-29 )."


 If you are currently facing unemployment,
you are not alone...

UNEMPLOYMENT RATES 2012
Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:


Exhibit C:



#2.
NO IMAGE??!!
  • This is almost as bad as having a negative image. It is the year 2012 and employers are seeking for people who already have a good reputation. Unfortunately, if they can not find your name ANYWHERE, this may disqualify you immediately.
  • Many people are under the false impression that by providing no information via internet, will give them a better opportunity of landing a job!
!!!!FALSE!!!!
  • Getting a job is kind of like dating. If they see no one else wanted you, THEY DON'T WANT YOU EITHER. And since the economy is down, they have PLENTY to choose from.
  • Think of the hiring process as internet dating. If two people had the same qualities, one had a face, the other says "no photo available" which one would you choose? Personally, I was never a big fan of blind dates...
TIPS ON MAKING YOURSELF KNOWN:
  • Making your name recognizable does not mean you have to become a news reporter or heaven forbid,  the next "Lady Gaga." 
  • Just allow people to see you are not a computer. One good old fashion picture with a few basic things should do the trick.
  • Open up a twitter account, facebook, linked-in, google-plus...etc. You do not have to open all of these, but it is always a great idea to be on one source.
  • Companies are beggining to equate how much knowledge or skills a person has with how well they know how to use social networking tools.
SIDE NOTE:
  • This does not apply to individuals who are trying to succeed within a creative field. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO BE NOTICED ON EVERY SOURCE POSSIBLE...GET BUSY!

#1
 PRIDE!!
  • These are tough times for everyone. Never be ashamed to take a job that is less because you feel that you are overqualified. In today's economy, the majority of people are severely underpaid.
  • If you need the job, humble yourself, or you will be humbled when you start losing everything. Isn't that more embarrassing than taking a job that does not pay as much as you would like?
  • Always do your best in "every" job situation. You never know who is watching.
  • Take a job within reason, your phone will probably ring with other opportunities.
OH YEAH....
LET'S NOT FORGET THE GOLDEN RULE....
IT IS EASIER TO FIND A JOB WHEN YOU HAVE ONE,
THEN WHEN YOU DO NOT...


Another way God loves to entertain us...
And Religious folks never seem to have a sense of humour.
I wonder where that came from...???

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
 Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled,
neither let them be afraid
(John 14:27)."


Written by:
Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA


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