Archive for the ‘job hunting’ Category

Surviving a long job hunt

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Do you feel as if you’ve been looking for a job since. . .forever?

If the answer is yes, you might appreciate these tips for staying motivated.

P.S. The situation is getting better. In June 2010, the average search was a hefty 25 weeks. Numbers from January show this figure to have dropped to 16. Woo-hoo.

Talking yourself into a job

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Last week’s Seattle Times post was all about how to handle nervousness during job interviews.

This week’s post takes the process a step further: If you can train yourself to think of the interview as a conversation — not as a test or interrogation — you will be more relaxed, articulate, and persuasive. Less nervous, too.

It’s a neat trick because this means you only have to brush up on the same conversational skills that work in all other human interactions: make friendly eye contact, listen more than you talk, etc.

There’s a whole list, tailored for the job interview situation, over at the Seattle Times as of today.

Conquering interview jitters

Friday, February 14th, 2014

You would not be human if you did not feel nervous at job interviews.

However, at the same time, you don’t want to come off as a bundle of nerves either. Anxiety is catching, for one thing, and to many people it comes off as a sign of weakness. Plus it can make you look needy and people, including potential employers, just hate neediness.

So what you want to do is (a) assure yourself it’s okay to feel nervous (i.e., don’t beat yourself up over it), and (b) manage that nervousness so you don’t display it.

Believe it or not, both of these feats are doable at the same time. All you have to do is break down the interview process into its component steps and make sure you have thought about and prepared for every individual step. How exactly? Check out “How to manage job-interview anxiety” at the Seattle Times this week.

And happy Valentine’s Day!

Why you still don’t have a job

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Like many things in life, job hunting is basically a numbers game. The more jobs you go after, the more likely it is that one of them will pan out. As they say, every “no” gets you closer to a “yes.”

Yes, you’ve heard that one before but it doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

Working on the theory that we can all always profit from a brush-up of the basics, this week’s Seattle Times piece is about just that. The basics. Take a look.

Keeping your temp job

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

It’s the holidays. Temp jobs abound. Are you loving yours? Would you like to hold onto it beyond the holidays?

There are ways, grasshopper, there are ways. All you have to do is make yourself visible and indispensable. Fortunately, not as impossible as it sounds. Go to:

Turn a temp job into a permanent one

Step up your job search now!

Friday, December 6th, 2013

It’s the holidays and you want to enjoy them and you really do deserve a break and so you tell yourself it’s okay to just, um, put that job search on hold until — oh, say, January? — but, guess what, this is actually a very bad idea, because the holidays are primo time to job hunt. Really.

 

Tips for “older” job hunters

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

It’s no secret — over-50 job hunters have a much harder time finding a job. It’s not right, it’s not fair, but it’s out there and it’s a reality.

If this is you, this week’s Seattle Times post might strike a chord.

 

What employers care about

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Short answer: they care about themselves–their needs, their problems, their deadlines, their schedules, their budgets, their head counts, and on and on.

Boo-hoo, you might say. I don’t care. None of that stuff is my problem. I have plenty worries of my own, thank you very much.

But if you are looking for a job, guess what, dear reader, you do need to care.

You may (understandably) feel that your job search is all about you. Your skills and experience, your cover letter, your resume, your references–the focus is all on you.

However, employers don’t care about any of that. They are too busy being all about them! That is why the cleverest job hunters, the most successful job hunters, leverage this little fact of human nature by positioning their job search in terms of their target employers’ needs. Everything they do is thought through from the perspective of the hiring employer — starting with the cover letter, which is why this week’s Seattle Times post is entitled “A good cover letter is not about you.”

Are you overqualified?

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

The job-hunting process is stressful and even annoying.

However, nothing is more annoying than being turned down for a job because, they say, you “are overqualified.” Shouldn’t this be your decision? If you have an advanced degree in rocket science (are there such degrees?) and it suits you to apply for a barista job, shouldn’t that be your call?

Unfortunately, the answer to all these questions (maybe even the are-there-rocket-science-degrees one) is no.

Is there anything you can do? Well, yes, there are ways to tackle this problem and they can be found over at the Seattle Times site this very day: “When they say you’re overqualified.”

Volunteer for a job

Friday, September 20th, 2013

How often have you heard the career advice to network, network, network?

Probably often.

You’re told to join your union or professional association, mingle at conventions, hit up friends, family, neighbors, former professors, your barista, your dentist, your clergy person. The list is endless.

But have you thought about volunteering? Working for “free” might be the last thing on your list right now but volunteering is a great way to meet people. It’s also a good way to acquire new skills a nice addition to any resume. Plus it can do wonders for your morale.

Check out this week’s Seattle Times post for more benefits.