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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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Lenin Pina
Community Specialist
over 6 months ago

3 Tips To Making A Successful Job Change

An effective job application must be customized to the opportunity to be found in the applicant tracking system, so applying for jobs can take a substantial amount of time.

" It’s better to be proactive in your job search than be rushing when the time comes." - Job Essentials

But, even if you’re happily employed at a stable company, or just landed a new position, there’s still plenty you can do to make your next job search easier.

Here are three strategies to prepare your next job search and make it a successful change.

1. Keep track of your accomplishments and projects! Get in the habit of jotting down your accomplishments and projects you are a part of. It’s also a good idea to keep track of important numbers and statistics to reinforce your accomplishments.

One of the hardest parts of updating your resume is trying to remember what you’ve done. Getting in this habit will make updating your resume easier when the time comes. Not only will you be grateful for it a year-end review, but it’ll come in handy if you leave the company abruptly and don’t have access to your work email.

2. Network, network, network! Your current job is a networking goldmine. Take advantage of these opportunities to connect, and look for ways to interact with people outside of your department. Making lasting connections is helpful for when you have to provide professional references.

Similarly, it’s important to keep a good relationship with your manager. When the time comes for a job change, it’s easier to ask for a reference from somebody who you have a connection with. 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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Lenin Pina
Community Specialist
over 6 months ago

Feeling Stuck?

Looking for a new job can be time-consuming and an emotionally draining experience.

"Don’t worry – take a deep breath and keep reading for some practical tips for when you’re feeling stuck." - Job Essentials

You’ve put in time perfecting your resume, doing phone interviews, taking time out of your day to meet for in-person interviews, and following-up after every interview. Your job search can seem like its own full-time job!

Ask someone to review your resume

When you’ve been applying for jobs for a while, it can be hard to look at your resume objectively. Sometimes, all you need is someone else to take a quick scan of your resume. They can point out things that you may have missed or can make recommendations for how you can make it sound better.

Network

Networking can be intimidating! But don’t worry, here are some ways to ease into the networking scene. You never know who will lead you to your next job! There are a few ways you can network

Seek a Mentor

A career mentor is someone who shares their knowledge and expertise with you in order to help you set goals, fix problems, and make good choices along your career path. How can you find a mentor? It can be easier than you think. A former boss, professor, or friend can be a mentor. This is where your network skills will come in handy.

Getting interviews but no job offers?

That means your resume is doing its job! Now, focus on polishing your interview skills during your job search. What does this mean? Make sure you are prepared for the interview! 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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Stephanie K
over 6 months ago

Finding a job on jobcase...

I've noticed quite a few posts on this forum with people who need assistance on looking for a job online jobcase. I'll try to break it down easier to make the job search easier.

I took a photo of my page on my computer screen.

I clicked on Jobs and Companies, and typed in my state ( you can be more specific by typing your city). As you can see on the left - where it says *DISTANCE WITHIN, you can select how far you want to look. Then underneath, it says JOB SOURCES, those are online job search engines. So when you look for jobs on jobcase, you'll find all of the jobs posted on the job boards by these "job sources". So to broaden your search, I would select " All".

As you can see, I typed in Production Manager as an example and I have a full screen of job postings at my disposal. You can see underneath each job posting what the job source is - Posted on Jobcase, Posted on CareerBuilder.

I hope I helped some of you navigate the job search a bit better. Jobcase can help but it's better to be proactive and look yourself too! Just a reminder - some of these jobs require to you to make an account in order to apply such as careerbuilder, monster or indeed. I highly recommend doing that.

Good Luck and Get that Job!

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Anthony Harrington
over 6 months ago

A Word About Scams (LONG POST--PLEASE READ)

Over the last few weeks, there was a Jobcaser who raised concerns on many posts about job scams. They replied over and over that Jobcase was overrun with scammers; they even made false claims that several legitimate job postings were scams, and this, rightly so, alarmed many of the individuals who make up this community.

First thing's first. Scammers are present on EVERY job board. This is not exclusive to Jobcase. They are on Indeed, Glassdoor, Google Jobs, Monster, and more. Sadly, this is the age in which we now live.

The Jobcase team, those who are actually employed by Jobcase (of which I am not), do a great job at responding to scams and spammers. However, it can seem a daunting and futile task. It is like that "Whack-a-Mole" game at fairs. A scammer pops up, you strike them down, and they pop up from another hole.

Additionally, you have a slew of individuals like myself who do our best to alert our fellow Jobcasers of scams when we see them posted.

In the end though, it is up to you to ensure your own safety and well-being on the internet.

Here is some information about scams and the top warning signs that you are being scammed. PLEASE READ THEM:

Too Good to be True

Good jobs are hard to find. Like your mom always said, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Here are some tip-offs that the ‘job’ is fake.

You didn’t contact them; they contacted you

They say that they found your resume online. They either offer you a job right away or say they want to interview you. Sometimes the scammers will try to entice you by saying that you made the cut and they are interviewing the finalists for the job.

The pay is great

For example...

Healthcare Admin Assistant: “This is a work from home job. Work hours is from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday You will earn $45 per hour for this position, you are also expected online at Google Hangouts during working hours. We also offer flexible hours....”

You get the job right away

After a quick phone or Instant Message interview, the ‘interviewer’ immediately contacts you to offer you the job.

Vague Job Requirements and Job Description

Scammers try to make their emails sound believable by listing job requirements. Usually, these requirements are so ridiculously simple that almost everyone qualifies: Must be 18 years old, Must be a citizen, Must have access to the internet. (You wouldn’t be reading their email if you didn’t have internet access, right?) The job requirements don’t mention years of education or experience. As a rule of thumb, if it’s a real job, the requirements will be quite specific.

Job scam emails usually don’t include clear job descriptions, either. Many job seekers say that when they ask for a job description or list of job duties, they get the brush-off. The interviewer either ignores the questions or says something like “Don’t worry, we’ll train you.”

Unprofessional Emails

Some emails from scammers are well-written, but many aren’t. Real companies hire professionals who can write well. If the email contains spelling, capitalization, punctuation or grammatical mistakes, be on your guard. Here’s an example:

“The Human resources have just reviewed your resume due to the one you posted on a Job board.You are now scheduled for an interview with the hiring manager of the company.Her name is Mary Wind; you are required to set up a gmail mail account and download google hangouts.

Capitalization errors -- ‘Human resources’ should be ‘Human Resources’, and ‘google’ should be ‘Google’

Punctuation errors -- Commas, periods, and parentheses should be followed by a space

Grammatical errors -- “Human resources have reviewed” should be “Human Resources has reviewed...”

Online Interviews via Messaging Services

Many attempted scams say that the interview will take place online using an instant messaging service. The scammers often include instructions for setting up and contacting the hiring manager and may ask for confidential information.

Tip: If you’re applying for an online job and you’re told that the interview will take place online via instant message, research the company and its representatives before you agree to an interview. And if you agree to be interviewed, ask detailed questions about the job during the interview. Don’t give out confidential information such as your bank account, credit card or Social Security numbers. Don’t be fooled just because the interview questions sound real.

Emails Don’t Include Contact Information

If the email doesn’t include the company’s address and phone, it’s a good bet that it’s a scam. And it’s a good bet that it’s a scam if the interviewer makes an excuse for using a personal email address by saying the company’s servers are down, or the company is experiencing too many problems with spam, or the company hasn’t yet set up its email system.

Some scam emails will look like they come from real companies. For example, the scammer’s email address could be jobs@senergy-world.com. The real company email is jobs@senergyworld.com

Tip: Look at the email address carefully, then copy/paste it into the search box. You can also type in the word ‘scam’ after the email address to see if someone else has reported the company.

Search Results Don’t Add Up

Before agreeing to an interview, do your research. If it’s a real company, you should be able to find information about the company by doing an online search. Finding information does not guarantee that the company is legit, but if you can’t find anything, you can bet it’s a scam.

Tip: Sophisticated scammers sometimes set up nice-looking websites -- but looks can be deceiving. Try this: go to the Domain White Pages and type the company’s web address into the “domain or IP address” box and click the “go” button. The results will tell you the date when the website was created. If the website is less than a year old, be on your guard.

Tip: When searching for information about the company, search for both the company’s name and the email address. Also, copy/paste paragraphs from the email into the search box. Scammers may change the company name but re-use the other parts of the email, and it’s possible you’ll find an identical email posted online.

You’re Asked to Provide Confidential Information​

Some scammers ask for your bank account information to set up direct deposit or transfer money to your account, or ask you to open a new bank account and provide the information to them:

Other scammers will tell you to go to a website and fill out a credit report form or provide confidential information so they can “put you on the company insurance.” Identity theft scams try to get you to provide your Social Security number and birth date and other personal information.

Tip: Before entering personal information online, check to make sure the website is secure by looking at the web address bar. The address should be https:// not http://

Sending Money or Valuables, Using Your Personal Bank Account

SomeJobcasers report that they’ve received checks that look like real cashiers checks. They are instructed to deposit the check, keep some of the money for themselves and send the rest of the money to someone else via Western Union or Money Gram. Then, a few days or weeks later, they get a call from the bank saying the check is fake. They have lost the money they sent. Here’s an example from a reader:

Some scammers ask to use your personal bank account to transfer money from one account to another account. It is called money laundering, and it’s against the law. Other scams ask you to receive and forward packages from your home. These packages might contain stolen goods or illegal substances.

They Want You to Pay for Something​ Legitimate companies don’t ask for money. If you’re told that you need to purchase software or pay for services, beware.

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Jeff Magnuson, MBA
Contributor
over 6 months ago

Make Your Résumé Bullets Count

Fewer words are not always better. You only have a limited amount of time to capture someone's attention and you need to stand out.

Too many job seekers make the mistake of either being too generic with their descriptions or focus more on their tasks instead of their accomplishments.

No one else has achieved what you have specifically achieved.

Dig deeper to make your experience relevant and interesting.

Actual before and after example below:

#resume #jobsearch #jobsearchtips #advice

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Jeff Magnuson, MBA
Contributor
over 6 months ago

I’m a Jack/Jill of All Trades. Is That a Good Thing?

Yes and No.

Yes, because I have no doubt that you have learned and do WAY more than what your current or former job titles and job descriptions suggest.

No, because you don’t want to market yourself that way on a resume.

During interviews, you can absolutely bring up past stories and wins to illustrate your versatility (as well as include SOME of them on your resume), however, on paper, you want the reader to very quickly and very clearly see who you are and how you align with whatever role you are applying for.

Keep in mind that you can (and should) always adjust your resume based on the role you’re interested in.

Simply highlight the most relevant points, so a hiring manager can easily connect the dots, to then increase your chances of landing an interview.

#wordsofadvice #jobsearch #jobsearchtips #resume

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Jeff Magnuson, MBA
Contributor
over 6 months ago

Interview Question: What Are Your Strengths?

This is a very common question you can prepare ahead of time to reduce any nerves you may have before an interview.

And, just to be clear, strengths are: business skills you have…that you’re pretty good at…as determined by you. That’s it.

Have 3 different skills ready to go along with an example for each to really help illustrate why each skill is a strength and how you’ve been able to use it in your past experience.

Also, make sure each skill you choose is RELEVANT for the role you are interviewing for so the interviewer can easily make the connection between your past experience and the current job opening.

#interviewquestions #jobinterviews #jobsearchtips #interviews

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Jeff Magnuson, MBA
Contributor
over 6 months ago

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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Lenin Pina
Community Specialist
over 6 months ago

Your Job Search During the Corona Virus

The good folks at Headway Staffing Solutions just posted an article with a list job search solution strategies during this COVID-19 crisis.

"If you’re in the middle of a job search right now, you may be wondering what affect the pandemic will have on hiring and interviewing." - Job Essentials

This seems to be an ongoing pain point for current job seekers and recently furloughed workers who are struggling to find alternative supplemental income solutions during this unprecedented moment in our nations history.

Here are a few strategies you can use to keep up your job hunt over the next few months:

  1. Start Online Networking, during this downtime, with everyone at home killing time, it’s a perfect chance to make new authentic connections and to revive old ones. Doing so will put you in a more favorable position to find out about new roles quicker.

  2. Stay in Touch, maybe you recently had a promising interview and a job offer seemed to be on the horizon, but now the company has moved to remote work and you haven’t heard from the hiring manager. Now what? Some companies have already called off in-person interviewing and are resorting exclusively to phone and video interviews to continue their hiring processes. Some companies have halted hiring altogether. Don’t lose hope – If the company that you were hoping for has halted their hiring and interview processes, make sure you keep in touch and let them know that you are still interested once things return to normal.

  3. Work on Your Resume & Interview Techniques, take this time to revamp your LinkedIn profile, resume, and cover letter strategy so it’s easy for an employer to see your value quickly. Practice some of the interview questions that may have tripped you up in another interview. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered on some tips and tricks for sprucing up your resume and answering those tough interview questions.

Click here -> Your Job Search During the Corona Virus

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