Monday, July 30, 2012

Cool job search tips

 Hi there. Today I want to share with you some job search tips that might help you to find the appropriate job. I’m sure that many of us don’t love our job. I mean, it’s not that kind of job that we thought we would do when we grow up. A very few people have this privilege. But, the new generation should learn from our “mistakes”. So let’s see if I can help you a bit

Question 1: “What do you want to do when you grow up?”

The most important thing is to make a list of your talents, so what you do best and what you love to do. Try to create a mix of them. Skills and interests should be evaluated personally. Writing down a list, firstly, will help you to define your capabilities and secondly, to know your limits. After that you should find available jobs that would best fit for you. Ok, what to do next? Yeah, I have got the answer. Quickly apply for those jobs. Always remember that the early bird catches the worm.

Question 2: “Are you sure that you have a well written resume”

The first thing that needs to be done when searching for a job is to prepare an awesome resume.  The resume will depend on the type of job that you apply for.  Companies often require the curriculum vitae and even a cover letter or letter of intent. However creating a well written resume is the hardest thing to do.

Question 3: “Where to look for job openings”

After preparing all of the documents needed for application, the next thing that should follow is finding vacancies for new hires.  But don’t worry. They are just a “Google search” away.  There are many sites out there that provide this assistance.

I also created a job-scout checklist to help you along your way:

1.            Identify experience list
2.            Identify prospective employers
3.            Prepare documents
4.            Plan schedules
5.            Contact companies and/or employers
6.            Get ready for an interview
7.            Evaluate how interview went along
8.            Take the exams
9.            Start with the new job!

That’s all. I hope this job search tips can help you a bit.

Why Small Organizations Mean Big Business

Hi there. Firstly, this article has not much to do with job search tips but I think it could help people with their own business. I recently studied several types of markets and found out that small businesses have more opportunities to be successful in this type of markets. Do you believe this? If not continue reading this article. 

I am going to list some of the small business advantages. First of all remember that small businesses have big competition. It doesn’t matter what kind of business you have, the competition will always be there so if you don’t know how to manage it you will not be able to survive. So what to do in this case? How to survive? Don’t worry I got some tips for you.

a.       Do not spend on unnecessary business purchases. For someone is a bit difficult to resist purchasing the "necessary" items. You must control yourself.

b.      Get a second and a third option. We know that small businesses are flexible, so if you fail in one market, would not be difficult to switch to the second option you got.

c.       Hire a professional accountant. This will help you to figure the returns of your investment and handle the other financial aspects of your business.

d.      Seek professional help. Most of small businesses have failed because of the wrong decisions taken by their owners.

e.      Free business counseling. It is just a “google search” away. This does not just help widen your knowledge, but it will also give you an idea of how other businesses survived the competence.

f.        Know you customer. Communicating with the customer and creating a good and personalized relationship with them is the best weapon you can have against big companies.

g.       Review the markets. You need to review the markets routinely so that you can better reach out to your customers.

If you work hard, make wise business decisions, learn how to market your small business and personalize your customer interaction, your small-scale business is sure to rise to the top.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Searching for Perfect Teen Jobs

Just because you are a teen doesn't mean you can't find a good job to either help you through schooling or to get a few extra bucks for your various hobbies and needs. Here are a few tips on bagging a great teen job

Labor Laws
You, of course, have to follow the law. And there are various laws that govern teen employment across different states. Teens that are hired to do non-farm work will at least have to be fourteen years of age to be allowed to work. Here are a few other restrictions. You will have to do a little research in the state you are at to come up to date with the latest laws and regulations.

Teens that are aged 14 to 15 are only allowed to work three hours per day, and eighteen hours a wee. When there are no classes and during summer breaks, this amount may be increased to eight hours per day, 40 hours per week.  Also work for teenagers of this age is limited to up to 7 o'clock p.m. within school days and 9 o'clock p.m. during summer breaks.

Employment Documents
In several states, when one has not reached the age of eighteen yet, it is required get working documents which are officially known as Certificate of Employment or Age to be allowed to work legally. Schools are good venues for one to acquire these important papers. The Department of Labor offers such service, too. Browse on the certification list for Age or Employment to know which rules apply to you. Your school's Guidance Office can be of great help. One's state office will assist greatly if one is directed to the Department of Labor. Particular states such as New York, for instance, have special web site sections on Youth Jobs, which will produce the information and documents you are required to have.

Fantasy Jobs
Make sure you take a job you can maintain interest in. You might want to consider after-school programs and working with kids. Or you may want to work part time on the beach, recreational facilities, zoos and other areas. The important thing is that you choose a job that you enjoy and can perform in with the best of your capabilities. It is very important that you do your best in your job and pick one you truly enjoy, as your experience with this job could very well dictate your future career.

Job Search
Your high school guidance counselor may be able to assist you with finding a part-time job that is just right for you. Aside from having contacts among local businesses, they may also help you evaluate which jobs you will enjoy and excel at.

It is also a good idea to tell everyone you know that you are looking for work. Don't underestimate your network of acquaintances. They may very well have other networks of acquaintances that may help you find good jobs.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Job Hunting Tips

Are you a fresh graduate and planning to look for a job? Did you just recently quit your job and are looking for greener pastures? Are you unemployed and have little experience regarding ways to secure a job? Whatever your situation may be, it would be to your advantage to study the following tips:

Check your resume for mistakes

Before submitting your resume to a prospective employer, check your resume for corrections at least three times before handing it over. After researching about the job position, it is critical that you format your resume to match the needs of the company. For example, if you are applying for an accounting job, you should put in detail your accounting experience on your resume. Typographical and grammatical errors are serious no-no's. It is also ideal to keep the length of the resume' to at least a page and a half long.  

Taking the interview challenge

A survey conducted by a staffing and consulting firm based in California which corresponded with 1,400 chief financial officers concluded that candidates for employment made most of their mistakes on their interviews. Some of the mistakes they made include: arriving late, having little knowledge about the company and the position applied for, and having a superiority complex and behaving arrogantly. The body language of the applicant must also denote that he is confident yet not overpowering. He must maintain eye contact, have a strong handshake, and avoid looking defensive by the act of crossing the arms. Wearing the right clothes is crucial for projecting a confident stance. As they say, it is better to go to an interview over-dressed than being under-dressed.

Answer questions smartly

A common mistake of interviewees is that they tend to get tense and forget the questions that are given to them, which has the effect that they are not prepared for the interview. It is important to research about the company and the position applied for to prevent being side-tracked during the interview. If you do not know the answer to the questions being asked, it is better to admit you don't know the answer to the question and add that you can research about it. Look for the skills or expertise that the company is looking for so that when interview day comes and the interviewer asks about your strengths and core competencies, you will be able to match it to what they need.      

Getting the necessary referrals

Having a referral from one of the company employees can go a long way toward landing an interview.  A typical company may receive job applications in the hundreds and usually 35% to 60% of all job vacancies are filled by referrals. The odds of getting hired when you have a referral are very high if you have another 200 to 500 applicants vying for the same position. If you do not know anyone from the company that may give you a referral, it is a good idea to the alumni network of your college, trade groups, social networks, and professional associations. Remember, having a referral greatly increases your chances of getting the position.

On online application

With the current trend of technology and its merging with business processes, more and more companies are now requiring prospective applicants to submit their application online.  Thus, first impressions are relayed not by your first appearance but by the quality and content of your e-mail. E-mails regarding job application should be polished and well-articulated. When applying on-line, use the following tips:

Complete your sentences and do not abbreviate.

Employers do not like when you send them application letters that seem to be too casual. It is important to make a letter that is both formal and well written. This gives a good impression regarding your capabilities and skills.

Get directly to the point

When writing an application letter, you must be concise and straightforward. Do not put a story on the letter just to get the attention of the employer, chances are he or she will just get irritated with you and this only reduces your chances of getting hired.

Consider potential issues that may hinder you from getting the job

Although there are instances wherein there is a lot of need for a job but the requirements for the position may entail training programs that may bar you from getting the position due to its highly competitive nature. Some require a lot of experian even at least 3 years of work experience. Some may have no barriers to entry but the job itself may entail a very routine work flow.

Getting the job you want may be a challenge but never lose hope. It is better to wait a while and get the job that you will enjoy rather than get a job as soon as possible but ending up dissatisfied and unhappy. Make the right decision then act on it.