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Jeff Magnuson, MBA
Contributor
6 months ago

Job Seekers: Only Focus on What You Can Control

The job search is a complex, oftentimes frustrating, process. However, by controlling only what you can control, while not worrying about things beyond your control, you can more easily maintain your confidence and momentum.

For example:

Not getting traction with online applications?

  • Find the hiring managers and get your resume and cover letter directly to them via LinkedIn.

Not hearing back after an interview?

  • Follow up once, one week later, and then MOVE ON, don’t dwell. If companies are interested, they will get back to you.

Getting interviews but no offers?

  • Speak with a coach or a trusted advisor to see if there is an area in your interview prep you can improve upon.

The key is to not worry about anyone else’s behavior and only focus on what YOU can control throughout the entire process.

Do this and you’ll keep your mind at ease.

#motivation #advice #jobsearchtips

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over 6 months ago

Finding the right job

Okay, here's the deal. Please instead of going on multiple websites or spending countless hours online, drive to find locations that can suit your needs.

Write a list of your skill set and then determine what you like to do best. Spend time out, venturing in areas that you have never gone to and eventually, even accidentally, perhaps you might find something unexpected.

So for example, I had initially applied online to several locations. It didn't work. So I changed my strategy, I actually went to places, I even went as far as places in the Carolinas, even further south and I determined all of the various possibilities. I also studied the areas and mission statements of places of employment alongside the cultures. For example, I snowboard, so I looked into places that I would be able to snowboard and work simultaneously. I am a registered nurse, I physically drive to so many hospitals all over the US. I am also and have been in management, I don't feel like being in management so I chose not to pursue those things. I am also a highly educated teacher, I decided that because teachers don't get the recognition coupled by the disparity in both literacy and other factors that I didn't want to do that at this current time. I looked into so many things, even being a nanny, if I wanted to pursue my doctorate degree.

After gathering information and after being offered different positions, I was able to select what was best.

It is Not always about how much a company is going to pay an employee. Please remember that businesses are hiring someone that they feel is an investment. If you owned a company, wouldn't you do the same?

So therefore this is my advice, take it or leave it...(my advice).... it is imperative that you select the best area that is suitable for you and your situation. If you find yourself in this website all too much while looking for encouragement, you are wasting time when it could be productive.

If I was an owner of a profitable business, and if I had to select prospective employees, do you honestly think I am going to make a decision or judgement call on what all you people are saying or complaining about? Yes. I can tell you right now, those of you that choose to swear and make negative comments, I would not hire at all.

Do you think as an owner, that I would want to employ an individual who cannot articulate something that's important? That's obvious once again. No, I personally would not, not if I was looking for someone to be the first person greeting my customers in the morning.

If I was hiring laborers for a construction company, I want to know the skill set and how efficient and how well someone calculated math appropriately.

Each position requires a specific skill set and honestly no employer that I know want to hire the complainer or the person that gossips or the person that can be someone who has been involved with sexual harassment or those that have stalked other employees. Why would a company want that? The point is that they wouldn't.

Please don't swear on this website, it's very unprofessional. Please instead of saying that you've applied to hundreds of places and are getting discouraged, go to these places instead of wasting time on this forum.

If you are out of work, look for volunteer opportunities OR if you are fortunate enough apply for financial aid or grants to go back and further your education, look into other schools besides colleges and universities if you are able to do so. Other schools such as two year colleges have the same professional teachers as a four year university. Technical schools such as the technical high schools offer skilled training and cost 1/2 or 3/4 the amount of other privately owned corporations paying into our state.

If there is a need to ask for advice, sometimes it can be more effective personally speaking to someone rather than posting on this forum.

I wish everyone the best of luck on their job search, however, always keep in your brain that companies do not want to hire negative people, they also don't want to hire people that also throw their "boss" under the table. That in itself is 100 percent unprofessional.

If your not getting a job, it's NOT YOU PERSONALLY, the fact is that you haven't looked into other ways of finding the right place to work.

Good luck! Please don't bother commenting on my comment because I am getting off this website as soon as I have the availability to do so. Thanks and have a nice day everyone!

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Anthony Harrington
over 6 months ago

Jobs & Companies Link

Hi Fellow Jobcasers and Jobseekers,

Did you know that there is more to Jobcase than just an awesome community?

Many visitors here think the Community is where jobs are found. While the Community tab is filled with other people just like you, it is mostly for advice, support, and the occasional venting.

However, there are not many employers scouring the Community page for workers. It is up to you to take the initiative to apply for jobs. Luckily, you don't have to leave Jobcase to do this.

•Simply scroll to the top of the page •Locate the "Jobs & Companies" link and click on it •Enter the type of job that for which you are looking •Enter your city and state, or zip code •Then search and apply

You can narrow down the results by distance from your desired city and even select from what sources you cull your results. Jobcase is an aggregator that pulls jobs from a myriad of top employment sites. You don't have to leave the site to head to Indeed, LinkedIn, etc...

Here is a quick video to show you how easy it is:

https://www.screencast.com/t/gkFrQBETrDi

If you don't have a resume already, simply fill out your Jobcase profile with your contact information and your work history/experience, then export your new fancy resume and save it to send to companies for whom you wish to work.

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Jeff Magnuson, MBA
Contributor
over 6 months ago

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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Eleana Bowman
Community Specialist
about 1 month ago

Do NOT make these mistakes while job searching...

When successfully searching for a job, there's a list of "do's" and "don'ts". Here are the top 3 things you should NEVER do when searching for a job.

  1. Never use a 'one size fits all' resume
    Don't use the same resume for every job you are applying for. Instead, customize it for each position by including relevant keywords from the job posting throughout. Customizing your resume will increase your chances of a phone call or an interview!

  2. Never submit a resume/cover letter without proofreading
    Always spellcheck! There's no better way to get overlooked by a hiring manager than to send in a resume or cover letter loaded with typos and grammatical errors.

    Ask a friend or family member to read your resume — it’s easier for someone else to find errors since they haven’t been staring at the same document for days.

  3. Never forget to follow up
    After your interview, always follow up! Set aside a few minutes after your conversation to send a quick thank you email.

    Sending a note thanking the interviewer for their time will show that you’re genuinely interested in the position and that you’re a true professional.

What would YOU add to this list?

#workfromhome #jobsearch #interview #jobsearchtips #gethired #jobcasetips

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Jeff Magnuson, MBA
Contributor
over 6 months ago

Keep Job Searching Until You Sign an Offer Letter/Contract

Your time, especially during a job search, is incredibly valuable. If you have job searched, especially in the last few years, you know the whole process can take several weeks, or more.

What you may or may not have experienced is having a company completely disappear on you, even after making a verbal offer.

While this is relatively rare, you do not want to be on the receiving end of this unprofessional behavior. In fact, you don’t EVER want to let ANY time slip away waiting on anyone during your job search.

The simple solution is to just remember that until you have put pen to paper for a role, you’re not done.

Do what is in your control and keep job searching until an offer is presented in writing.

#advice #jobsearch #interviewing #jobsearchtips

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Jeff Magnuson, MBA
Contributor
over 6 months ago

Job Seekers: If You Can Do 50% of a Company’s Job Description, Then Apply

Companies often include WAY too many people in the job description process, with everyone adding a bullet point or two, until the listing becomes so cumbersome that the candidate who can actually fulfill all of the requirements doesn't even exist.

And then, when interviewing and selecting candidates to hire, companies will often realize that they need to make concessions because few (if any) of the candidates meet every bullet point on their wish list (job description).

Therefore, if you can do you half of the requirements in a job description, then confidently apply for that role.

#jobsearch #application #jobsearchtips #tips

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Jeff Magnuson, MBA
Contributor
over 6 months ago

Pay Attention to How You’re Treated During Interviews

You only have a small window of time to determine if a company will be a fit for you. You MUST pay close attention to every aspect of your interactions with a potential employer before signing an offer letter.

Organized companies will:

  • Communicate clearly with you
  • Be on time for all interviews
  • Respect your time every step of the way
  • Turn on their cameras for Zoom calls, if your camera is on
  • Leave plenty of time for questions
  • Make you feel comfortable
  • Recognize that interviews are discussions, not interrogations
  • Clearly present and negotiate the salary and all terms

Companies who fail at these fundamental areas cannot be ignored. If you don’t feel right after speaking to one or more people at a company, than there is a good chance that working there will not be any better.

Alternatively, if you’re comfortable and even more excited about a prospective employer the more you speak with them, then that is an encouraging sign you’re on the right track.

Trust your gut when dealing with companies, pay attention to the process, and you will easily be able to make the right decision when it’s time.

#advice #wordsofadvice #jobsearch #jobsearchtips #interviews

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Lenin Pina
Community Specialist
over 6 months ago

Steps for Finding Your Next Job

Starting the job search process can seem overwhelming. It’s OK, we’ve all been there.

"So, to help you get over that “I’m feeling so overwhelmed” state, we’ve broken it down for you." - Job Essentials

In just 6 easy steps you’ll be on the way to finding (and accepting) your next job!

1. Take Time to Customize each Resume and Cover Letter

A resume that targets the key skills and responsibilities for a specific job description with a powerful summarization of your achievements is absolutely vital. Taking the time to personalize each resume and cover letter allows you to get past the Applicant Tracking System bots.

These systems scan your resume for keywords and skills that match the job description. If you’re resume doesn’t include some of the keywords and skills, your resume is more likely to get skipped over. Finding a job does take time, but in the end, it is worthwhile to take the extra time to stand out from the crowd.

2. Build Your Online Professional Brand

When you apply for a job, a hiring manager may be looking at your social media accounts. No, not just your LinkedIn profile! This means that everything on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even Pinterest is instantly a part of your application. So how do you manage your social media for career success?

Step one is making sure that all public platforms are professional. This can mean cleaning up your public profiles or even making your accounts more private. Depending on your career field, it may even be a good idea to start an online portfolio. This is an easy way to have samples of your work and even your resume in a digital format that is easy to share.

3. Network, Network, Network!

Now that you’ve got your LinkedIn or professional portfolio up and running, it’s time to start using it! The phrase, “It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know,” is still true in the job searching process!

This is the time to look back over your job history and identify those experiences and relationships that will assist you in finding your new job. Reach out to previous employers, friends, or colleagues about your job hunt. You never know who will help you find your next opportunity. Click here to read the full article!

Special Thanks to our friends at Headway Staffing Solutions for taking the time to research and share this helpful information with the Jobcase Community!

Are you currently looking for a job? Go to https://www.headwaywfs.com and discover all the new job opportunities in your area. Thank you.

#coronavirus #application #jobsearchtips #JobEssentials

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