Want a Job? 5 Steps to Personal Branding
Dr. Ira S. Wolfe
By Dr. Ira S. Wolfe
No matter what the season or economic stimulus, the unemployed and underemployed worker is struggling to find work. That’s grim news for many people looking for work or a change in careers, especially those jobseekers pitching themselves to employers the same way 15 million other jobseekers are doing it.
Despite these ominous odds, employers are hiring. They are just much more diligent and particular about whom they put on their payroll. That means jobseekers must be equally diligent and resourceful. Therefore it is critical that a candidate present him- or herself in the best light possible, in as many ways as possible, to as many prospective employers as possible. In other words, if you want that next job, it’s time to brand yourself.
Brand yourself? What, exactly, does that mean? Isn’t branding the responsibility of marketing and public relations departments and ad agencies? If that is what you think, it’s time to change your tune…and brand. Read more »
Secrets to Impressing your Recruiter and Landing the Job
Whether you are applying directly to a company or working with an independent search firm, you need to impress the recruiter! The recruiter is likely your first point of contact, you need to impress them and do your part to streamline the process.
How? Read more »
How To Evaluate a Job Offer
Congratulations! You’ve received a job offer. Now what?
First of all, ask yourself if you want this job. Hopefully you spent the time up front to evaluate the company and the position prior to pursuing it. Sometimes things happen faster than you expect and you haven’t fully explored the opportunity. There are a lot of important aspects to research and consider when you are evaluating an employment opportunity. The more you know before the offer, the better position you’ll be in.
A company’s values, vision and corporate culture are going to fundamentally affect you on a daily basis. Does the company you are evaluating motivate and speak to you? Do you feel like it will be a fit with your personality and work style? Just as dating someone with a fundamentally different belief system would be a great challenge, so will working for a company where you do not buy into the mission and vision. Read more »
Do You Have Your References in Hand?
Whether you are an active job seeker or not it is always good to be prepared.
Obviously if you are on an active job search, you want to be prepared. Some hiring processes are lengthy, but sometimes a job offer can come faster than you anticipated. If you have your references together, you demonstrate your professionalism and preparedness to move.
What if you are perfectly happy where you are and haven’t even thought of looking? Read more »
Executive Search Business Booming!
Firms are Recruiting for Top Positions.
Approximately 20% of executive jobs in the U.S. that pay over $150,000 annually at the largest 1,000 companies are filled by executive search firms. According to recent reports by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) the Executive Search Business has shown strong activity in 2010, with a 32% increase in revenues and an 18% increase in new searches. Read more »
Job Seeker Preferences
Simply Hired, Inc. published their “Today’s Job Seeker Report – 2010 Edition, A survey of job seeker behaviors and motivations”. The report is based on over 75 user polls conducted on their website; this is what the job seekers said:
Tech-Savvy & Social Job Seekers
Internet is the number one channel for job search, with 86% of job seekers looking for jobs online. Social media is also a vital tool for today’s job seeker—32% find jobs through networking which is moving online, with LinkedIn (45%) and Facebook (24%) considered the most effective social networks for job search.
Passion for Work
Although jobs are currently hard to come by, the main career goal in 2010 for 83% of job seekers was to find a job they love and not “just a job.” Read more »
When is the Best Time to Look for a New Job?
By Beth Cliff, Executive Recruiter, High Tech Engineering Talent Manager
The old adage follows that the best time to look for a job is when you already have one. While this may still hold true, the reality of today’s economic climate dictates that many excellent candidates are finding themselves unemployed and in the midst of a job search. There are pros and cons to both classifications of candidates – those who are employed and those who are not, when it comes to identifying your next career opportunity. What I have found over the years as a Recruiter is that no matter what your motivation for seeking a new opportunity, preparation and attitude are key. Read more »
The Art of Salary Negotiation: Understanding What You’re Worth
In today’s economy, most of us think that salary negotiation involves taking a huge gamble, thus putting the security of one’s current position on the line. To be honest, there may be a few risks involved with stepping up and asking for what you think you deserve, but if you equip yourself with the knowledge beforehand, these risks are dramatically reduced. Take our advice to mind, and you will end up on top. Read more »
Tips for Finding a New Job While You Are Currently Employed
The current job market is not ideal and there is uncertainty; that said there are great career opportunities out there. If you are currently employed it is more difficult to conduct a job search, but it can be done smartly and respectfully. Here are some tips for a productive job search while currently employed, and moving on with grace:
Job hunting while you are employed can be tricky. You don’t want to burn bridges or be replaced before you have found your dream job. While in general the more people who know you are looking, the easier for people to find you, this is not an option when you need to keep your current employment. Conducting a job search confidentially means choosing the people you tell wisely. Typically you wouldn’t include your co-workers, upper management, or company contacts in this secret. Working with a recruiter will protect your identity until mutual interest with a prospective employer is established. When you do have an interview, let the company know that your job search is confidential. Read more »
There are many ways to job search, and certainly the more avenues that are explored and doors knocked on, the greater number of opportunities you will find. Obviously you need your resume polished and ready. Next, develop a list of the companies you’d like to work for. Now get in touch! Read more »