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Jeff Magnuson, MBA
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about 1 month ago
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I Don’t Even Know What I Want to Do

If this is you, understand that this is a normal and actually a healthy place to be.

Who’s to say we’re supposed to always have next steps 100% figured out?

If you’re not sure what you want to do, I’m guessing there’s a good chance that you DON’T want to do what you’re doing now or what you just left?

Great!

Instead of trying to think or guess what you can do next, utilize the information that is already out there to help you.

Sites like this one, Indeed, among others have tons of job descriptions. Simply type in some keywords that illustrate the kind of work you would like to do (i.e. Customer Service, Training, Account Management) and see what comes up.

You are simply using the job descriptions that populate to help you get a sense of what types of roles are out there.

Read them casually and when you see something within those roles that interests you, insert THOSE keywords and keep searching.

As you do this, the picture will become clearer: you will find roles that interest you and roles that do not. Both are valuable.

Finally, once you have some ideas for your next step, find folks who are already working in those roles and see if they’d be willing to talk to you so you can learn even more and get the full story.

#jobsearch #jobsearchtips #careeradvice #jobseeker

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Tricha Porter
28 days ago
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moving away

hello everyone i have been looking for a job as everyone is these days. But in particular i will be moving in with my fiance perty soon. I have been applying for jobs.... but so far no responce i feel helpless sometimes... but again i have no idea where to start again. its been almost three years since i got a job on my own.... i do not know what to do..... #careeradvice #advice

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Anthony Harrington
about 3 years ago
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Plus and Minus: Ban the Box Law

What is "Ban the Box"? From Wikipedia: Ban the Box is the name of an international campaign by civil rights groups and advocates for ex-offenders, aimed at persuading employers to remove from their hiring applications the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record. Its purpose is to enable ex-offenders to display their qualifications in the hiring process before being asked about their criminal records. The premise of the campaign is that anything that makes it harder for ex-offenders to find a job makes it likelier that they will re-offend, which is bad for society.

Plainly put, it allows individuals with criminal backgrounds to be seen as equals with their non-felon counterparts when applying for jobs. It simply seeks to remove the "Are you a convicted felon" check box from applications.

Plus: It truly does allow an individual to be seen based solely on the merits of their work history and skills that they can bring to the table without the stigma of a conviction causing their application to be dropped directly into the slush pile.

For many with criminal backgrounds, frustration stems from the fact that they can't even seem to land an interview because they are truthfully answering a disqualifying question. With the proposed banning of this checkbox, employers are guaranteed to at least lay eyes on a resume and see the qualifications of the individual.

Minus: While on the front end this is a huge win for those with criminal backgrounds, who have paid their debt to society and are ready to re-enter society and make right, it also sets them up for disappointment just slightly further into the process.

At what point do applicants come clean about their past? If the prospective employer doesn't run criminal background checks as part of an offer of employment, then no harm/no foul. If, however, a check is run and an offer is contingent upon a clean background, it could signal the end of the road for those with convictions on their record. It would be a detrimental blow for an individual to have come so far into the process only to be turned away at the eleventh hour. Additionally, with the Ban the Box law implemented in some states already, will we see higher instances of background checks being run to compensate for employers not being able to ask the question on the front end?

Is it better have the box and know where you stand as an applicant up front, or ban the box and get cut from consideration well into a promising process?

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Courtney Roche
over 4 years ago
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Changing careers

I only have retail experience and I'm trying to go for a clerical/receptionist position.

Has anyone made this switch? It's so hard. Trying to prove myself through a cover letter and resume doesn't seem like it's working.

Any tips on maybe what to add to my resume? Or what types of businesses are more likely to hire an entry level; medical, law, construction?

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Victoria Judd
over 2 years ago
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Flight attendant

How do I become a Flight Attendant?

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Joseph pappagallo
about 1 month ago
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Lenin Pina
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Hey Joseph, most legitimate job require applicants to apply and qualify with a history of previous work experience in skills in order to be considered for hire. Have you applied anywhere yet? What type of job(s) are you looking for?

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Deonne'I Davis
2 months ago
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Cover letter advise

I am wanting to change career fields. Cover letters stress me out. I enjoy writing. However, I am at a loss as to where to begin with my cover letter and how to write a cover letter that's eye catching. Any suggestions? #careeradvice #coverletter

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Jeff Magnuson, MBA
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about 2 months ago
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Job Seekers: You’re Not Bothering Anyone

There is a huge gap between endlessly bugging someone who is unresponsive or politely reaching out to potentially set up a call or an informal meeting.

Networking is one of the best ways to get your foot in the door at a company and you should feel ZERO GUILT about connecting with someone or sending them a message right here on jobcase.

People waste plenty of time during the day so don’t feel like your 2-3 sentence email is a big disruption. It’s not.

Worst case? They ignore or delete your message. No big deal.

Connect with or email 10 different people a day and folks will start to respond. You never know where one conversation can lead, so don’t be shy or hesitant.

There are many people out there who are willing to help you…they just need to be asked.

#jobsearch #careeradvice #networking #jobsearchtips

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Brad Hamilton
about 2 months ago
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why is a guy who at your age and seems like someone who could have been running his own business but yet you like to start at the bottom can you tell me a little about that

#interview well the way I see it is you can hit bottom Many times and get up to the next level. The next level. Moving up in a Corporation and dealing with whoever's in charge . Alot of times gets in the way and you can get jealous and it's hard to live in that type of environment a lot. Now I'm very laid back and don't argue not saying that. But jealous people who think they deserved the job instead is just natural and Iwill somehow get through it. I do whats best for the company.

#coworkers #followup #careeradvice #jobsearch

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Jeff Magnuson, MBA
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2 months ago
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You'll Never Please Everyone...and That's Okay.

There is so much advice out there about what job seekers need to do to please every person they come across.

Forget it.

Understand that not every position or hiring manager or company is going to be the right fit for you…and that’s just fine.

Do what is in your control and just be your best professional self when interviewing. Be prepared, be engaging, and show interest in the company and the role.

If someone at a company doesn’t “like” what they see, then great! You would rather know that before starting at a new company than after a few months.

As a job seeker, you’re looking for one good fit, not 100. The right company will value you just as you are.

#jobsearch #wordsofadvice #advice #careeradvice

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