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David Omoniyi Oladele
over 6 months ago

I have been job hunting for a remote job for the past 4 months, got interviewed by several recruiters but still searching. I really need your help on this platform to get a remote job or a job locally or overseas. I have over 8 years experience. Presently am a freelancer but i really would like to help a brand or organization grow their customer base for great Return on investment.Kindly find my details on the design post below.

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Ashley Wilson
over 6 months ago

If you left your job because the circumstances weren’t the most desirable you aren’t alone, it happens!

Sometimes leaving a job suddenly due to a boss, co-workers, or overall work culture or even personal health reasons can leave you reeling. It can also feel especially stressful, but if you have a plan it doesn’t have to be. So here is how to be prepared as you search for a new job:

1- Update that resume I know, it’s not the most fun activity in the world but we ALL have to do it and it's necessary. Even if you’ve been at a job for a year you should continue to update that [resume] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/596c18f2-664b-5584-816e-ef1860520181?from=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.jobcase.com%252Fcommunity). Chances are you gained some new experiences and skills in your old position so be sure to add them in! Don’t discount the little things, but also highlight any major accomplishments such as awards, special projects, etc.

2- Ask the BEST people Be choosy when asking people to be your reference. The goal is to have someone who can speak VERY highly of you and what you did at your job. If they managed you even better, but if you didn’t get along with your manager consider asking a co-worker who you interacted with on a daily basis. Always contact them first and let them know that you have chosen them to be a reference and be sure to say thank you! Also, provide them with a copy of your resume.

3- Don’t repeat the past Avoid applying to the wrong companies by making sure to do your homework and research their culture first! Find out what the past employees are saying, what the company’s mission is, and how their customers view them. You can find these things by Googling the company’s name or check them out on Glassdoor. Make sure to ask the employer [these questions] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/d98a6946-b042-5278-8899-45b1326fd186) during the interview to find out even MORE!

4- Be prepared Your next employer will always ask what happened with your previous position. Can you blame them? Whatever you do, AVOID the negative and always take the high road! Even if the job was quite literally the worst thing you ever did start with a positive (yes a positive) about what you enjoyed there and then lead in with the reason you left, but soften it. So for example, “I really loved my co-workers and the projects I worked on but I was ready for a change.” Whatever the reason is, focus on the fact that you enjoyed a particular aspect of the job, but that you needed to leave. If you bad mouth your past employer the warning bells will go off and they will think you will one day do the same to them. Always take the high road because you're better than that!

5- Apply, apply, apply Make sure once your resume is set and you have found a few companies you love to NOT waste any more time! Submit that [resume] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/596c18f2-664b-5584-816e-ef1860520181?from=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.jobcase.com%252Fcommunity) and [cover letter] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/c4ba7a86-a1d9-5484-ae09-b9e408617965) right away and [follow up] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/3a2695c7-ced7-5bea-af4e-8789f758e97b) with them 3-5 days later (after interviews 1-2 days).

Good luck!! : )

Questions? Please comment below!

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Ashley Wilson
over 6 months ago

The last time you applied to a company did you also make sure to include a cover letter?

A well-written cover letter gives you a chance to sell yourself to the employer in a conversational style manner and most importantly explains why you are the ideal candidate!

Plus, by writing a cover letter you will make it clear that you truly want the job because you took the extra steps than just submitting a resume.

Now let’s help you write one!

-1- Address the beginning of the letter to a name and include a "Mr." or "Ms" before it. Avoid the bland "Dear Hiring Manager" or "To Whom It May Concern." Make it personal! Do a little searching and find the name of the person you will be sending this to.

-2- In the first paragraph provide a brief idea of who you are and tell the employer how you have learned about the opportunity. The opening paragraph should answer the following questions:

-Who are you? -Where does your expertise lie? -How did you learn about the position? -Why do you want to apply?

-3- The second paragraph is about what you bring to the table and why they should they choose you. Tell them why he/she should be interested in you! Do this by highlighting a few valuable points from your resume that match the job description. Ask yourself, what is it about your previous job experience skills and abilities that will meet the company's needs and make you a good fit? Make it unique to that company so do your research!

-4- Wrap it up with a call to action. What would you like to happen next? For example, you could say, "I have attached my resume for your consideration. I look forward to an opportunity to meet with you in person and discuss how my skills could contribute to the company's success."

-5- Close with a simple thank you at the end and then add your name.

Thank you,

(Your name)

-6- Be sure your contact information is on the cover letter as well. This should be at the top right of the page and include your name, email, and phone number. Essentially it is the same contact info that is on your resume!

Avoid sending the same cover letter to every company. They will know and your application won't be taken seriously. Always put your best foot forward.

If YOU are worth their time then make them worth yours!

Questions? Comment for some help! : )

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Ashley Wilson
over 6 months ago

Check out these tips to help you feel prepared, confident, and land the job after your next interview!

1- Are you dressed to impress? Check out this [great post] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/60d77b2f-6640-5331-8816-dca310ec58bf?from=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.jobcase.com%252Fcommunity) on what to wear during your next interview! Make sure to lay your clean clothes out the night before and check for wrinkles.

2- What to bring? Write down 3-5 questions you want to ask the employer during the interview in a notebook and pack it with your things, along with a few copies of your resume (just in case). Not sure what to ask? Check [these] (https://www.themuse.com/advice/51-interview-questions-you-should-be-asking) 50 questions out! Want to know more about the job’s culture? Then [these] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/d98a6946-b042-5278-8899-45b1326fd186) are the questions for you!

3- What will you say? Use these [conversation starters tricks] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/6d46f61d-c53b-5ec5-9d7c-69cc61713f6a) to help you break the ice and fight those potentially awkward silent moments.

4- Did you do your research? Make sure you spend a little time going on the company’s website. Find the specifics of the position you are applying to. Make a list of the skills, knowledge, and professional and personal qualities that are required by the employer and those that are critical for success in the job. Then make another and list all of YOUR qualifications. Draw a line connecting the two that match up. Make it a point to casually highlight these things during the interview. Prove that you are a great fit for them! Also, be sure to check out the company’s mission and anything important about them make a note of it. This will help you prepare to answer interview questions about the company should they come up.

5- Did you practice? A few days before, make sure to practice answering some interview questions [such as these] (https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-answer-the-31-most-common-interview-questions). This will help give you a chance to prepare and practice answering, and will also help boost your confidence.

What helps you prep for an interview?

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Ashley Wilson
over 6 months ago

There has never been a better time to prepare your elevator pitch than right NOW so you are set and ready to go : )

So what is an elevator pitch?

An elevator pitch is a clear, brief message that is ALL about you. It communicates who you are, what you're looking for in a job and how that employer can benefit from hiring you.

Follow these tips to help create and perfect yours!

Tell us, what is your elevator pitch?

Need some help? Please feel free to ask!

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Fred Goff
CEO and Founder of Jobcase
CEO and Founder of Jobcase
over 6 months ago

I am being asked for easy link for our friends at NewForce in WV. Here it is... :o) https://newforce.co

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Fred Goff
CEO and Founder of Jobcase
CEO and Founder of Jobcase
over 6 months ago

I am so excited to be heading to West Virginia tonight. Anyone who has visited there knows it is a beautiful state (as John Denver knew in his famous song). But did you know that there are some great things happening economically? That the government, with leadership such as with Senator Manchin's office, is working really hard to promote thousands of open jobs there, recruit new industry and businesses and put Government, non-profits and for-profits together to help West Virginia working families? It's true and it's pretty exciting to see commitment like this that crosses boundaries. If you haven't checked out jobs in WV, I suggest you do.
We will be rolling out a section of Jobcase just for WV this week (and already plans under way to keep improving it as we roll into September). I'll post more about it later. But first a question:

What's your favorite thing bout West Virginia? Hopefully some West Virginians can offer some thoughts, but I welcome anyone who has visited there to share as well... #AlmostHeaven #WestVirginia #WV #share #opportunity #StrongerTogether

https://youtu.be/HQicl2mOPpI?t=22

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Ashley Wilson
over 6 months ago

Don’t let employers forget about you once the job fair ends...

Now is the time to follow up!

-Do it sooner rather than later 1-2 business days after the job fair is ideal.

-Make it personal Remember that employers have met and spoken to MANY people at the fair, so it’s unlikely they will automatically remember you. If you had a good conversation, make note of something you discussed and mention it in the email.

-Reach out to the right people Whether you jotted the employer’s email address down in a notebook or you took their business card, make sure to reach out. If you did neither don't worry, you can go to the company's website and look for the hiring manager's email. Once you have found it follow up with a friendly email.

-What to say In the email, explain how excited you’d be to work for them. Mention the main reasons why you would be the right person for the job by emphasizing your strengths and capabilities while demonstrating that you are a great fit. Keep it short and straight to the point.

Here is what a sample follow up email could look like:

Hi [Name],

It’s [your name], we met at [name of the job fair] this past [date]. I know your inbox is probably quite a busy place right now, but I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to speak with me. I…. (Include any personal connections you made here, for example, I can’t believe we both attended Maryville High school). I would be thrilled for the opportunity to interview with [Xompany Name] for the position of [the position title] that you’re currently offering. I believe that my skills are strongly in line with this position’s requirements and my overall experience in [add in your special skill/experience] would be especially valuable when… [connect your skills to what they need]. I have attached my resume for you to look over when you have a free moment.

Thank you again [their name] for your time. I look forward to speaking soon!

Best, [Your Name]

If you landed a job at the West Virginia job fair let us know the good news and post it [HERE in the community] (https://www.jobcase.com/community)!

Good luck to all those who attended! : )

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Fred Goff
CEO and Founder of Jobcase
CEO and Founder of Jobcase
over 6 months ago

Ok WV Jobcasers, you got this. 200 employers dying to hire people tmw. Here's a couple things to do tonight to improve your success tomorrow:

1) research 5-6 attending companies that you really hope to work for. (jobcase, glassdoor, or even google search can be great here). Make sure you know what drives their success so you know how to position your skills/expeience for them to hear how you will help them succeed. 2) practice your elevator pitch out loud. Elevator pitch is your 15-30second soundbite that captures who you are and what you offer (as if you only have the time in an elevator). If your not sure about it then its the following structure a) introduce yourself by name, b) say what your interests, experience, skills are - something that shows you off. the more you can link to results the better, c) state why you are interested in working for them and why you think you would be a good hire d) ask them if they agree your strengths would be of value to them and if so what the next step should be. 3) print 100 resumes (dont' have one - no problem, just fill out your jobcase profile fully and hit 'generate resume' button and print). 4) get sleep and breakfast. Look fresh, be sharp be happy.
5) put a smile on, look in the eye, shake hands firmly, enjoy and kick butt! You are an awesome person who has a lot to offer an employer no matter your background. They are there to hire people. Imagine having 200 hiring managers in one spot. You can cover more ground tmw then in a month of calls and meetings.

Go Get 'Em , Jobcaser! We believe in you!

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Kaitlyn Wells
over 6 months ago

In regard to fields of work that are being presented would it be appropriate for a third year college student who's working on their degree to attend? I'm working on my bachelor degree in sociology and my minor in human services and would be potentially looking for an employer that would accept someone out of college in May of 2020 with no experience in the field yet.

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