Job Candidates Should Apply Even When They Don’t Meet Every Requirement

November 9th, 2017

There are two kinds of job seekers in the world. The ones who feel like they have to live up to every possible aspect of a job description before sending in their resume and the ones who decide to just go for it. But should be you the person who just goes for it? What if you don’t meet every requirement? Should you still apply? There may be cases where applying anyway can get you the job when you employ the right strategy. Here’s how to do it.

Know the job description is a dream candidate.

Always keep in mind that the job description includes every possible requirement that the company would like to see in an ideal candidate. That doesn’t mean they will automatically get applicants that check all the boxes. If you feel that you check most of them, it still may be worth it to throw your hat in the ring.

Demonstrate why you’re the best person for the job.

Once you do apply, it is your job to prove to the hiring manager that you are the person they want to talk to about this job. Incorporate the specifics of the job with your past experience to help them see how you can be a problem solver for them. Express your interest in their company specifically, not just any job.

Showcase the skills you have and value you bring.

When sharing with them your experience, be sure to highlight the things that you bring to the table that can improve their business and fit their role. Spend time on the top qualities that they’re looking for that you also possess. Maintain a positive attitude and a cool confidence.

Don’t focus on the things you can’t do.

Finally, make sure that you’re not focusing on the parts of the job you’re not able to do. You may need to address these items in the interview process but remain optimistic that your experience learning new skills can get you up to speed quickly for the right employer. Make this a benefit for the company to not have to break old habits as you learn to work with them.

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You Had an Interview and Aren’t Getting a Response from HR… What Do You Do Now?

October 26th, 2017

There are few things more frustrating than not hearing back from a company. This can be annoying after you submit an application but can be positively anxiety-inducing after an interview. If you’re not getting a response from their human resources or hiring representatives, what can you do to expedite the process? There is an art to following up, so it’s important to know how and when. Here are some things to consider moving forward.

Talk to your recruiter.

If you’ve been working with a staffing agency, your first stop should be contacting your recruiter. They become the conduit between you and the potential employer and can help field any communications throughout the process. Give them a call or shoot them an email to see if they can determine where their clients are in making a decision.

Follow up.

Of course, it’s okay for you to follow up as well. In fact, at your interview you should always be sure to ask when they expect to make a decision and follow up just before that time. When you do, make sure that you sound confident and interested but not desperate. Desperation comes across a needy, and the company wants someone who doesn’t need a lot of hand-holding.

Determine a timeline.

When you’re following up, it’s important that you determine the right timeline so you’re not just bothering the hiring manager for the sake of it. The hiring manager has other duties along with filling this position, so a little contact can go a long way. After the interview, send a thank you note to reiterate interest. Then follow up at the time indicated in the interview. After that, follow up one or two more times.

Continue searching.

Throughout this process, make sure you’re not putting all your eggs in just one basket. Never stop your search just because you feel great about a particular job interview. There will always be more qualified candidates than a company can hire, so you’re not guaranteed the position. Keep searching and don’t lose your momentum.

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Need Extra Holiday Cash? Why a Seasonal Job Is the Right Answer

October 12th, 2017

The holiday season is sneaking up on us faster than we would like to admit. And with all the added pressures of making the holidays perfect for you, your family, or your friends you may find that you aren’t making enough money to do all of the things you want to this season. What if you could make a little extra cash on the side? Seasonal jobs have been a great solution for many people who just need some additional money during the holidays. Here are some of the reasons why a seasonal job might be the right answer for you.

You can work part-time.

Working with an agency for seasonal work doesn’t have to be a full-time commitment. You can work part-time on your own terms. Talk with a recruiter about your needs and see how they can help you find the right project for the holidays that can give you some extra cash to get you throughout.

You don’t have a long-term commitment.

Seasonal work is as advertised. They are short assignments meant to carry a company through the season as well. Some may be due to increased workload depending on the industry. Others may be covering for the vacation time permanent employees might take around the holidays.

You may have a flexible schedule.

Another great reason to do short-term seasonal work is to be flexible. You may also have commitments during the holidays and working a full-time second job wouldn’t fit into your plans. With seasonal work, you can talk to the recruiter about your scheduling needs and work only the times you want.

You can learn new skills.

Of course, the flexibility, commitment, and part-time nature aren’t the only benefits of seasonal work. When you are doing a new job, no matter how temporary, you are going to run into new tasks along the way. Once you know how to do them, you have added new skills to your resume – making you a more valuable candidate in your next job search.

You can increase your network.

Temporary and seasonal staffing also has the added benefit of networking. You make the connections at the agency. You make connections at the job, both in management and in their internal staff. You may even meet other seasonal employees who may have something to offer in the future.

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Don’t Hold Yourself Back: Overcoming Obstacles that Are Hindering Your Ability to Find a Great Position

September 28th, 2017

Are you feeling frustrated by your job search? Have you taken a step back to have a critical look at what might be in your way? There may be several obstacles holding you back, so it’s important to see them and determine the best solution. Whether the hurdle is self-imposed or from an outside source, they can be overcome. Let’s take a look at some of the common obstacles job seekers face and what you can do about them.

Only using one method to apply.

Many job seekers make a big mistake by following only the path of least resistance in the job market. Applying for jobs online using the popular job boards is, by far, the easiest way. But it isn’t always the most effective. Instead, vary your methods by applying online, connecting through social media, networking in person, and more.

Not having enough experience.

You may find yourself not applying for jobs you really want because you’re worried you don’t have enough experience. And in some cases, this may be a reasonable strategy. But not having all of the exact experience isn’t always an issue on the job market. Look at the experience you do have. Could it be transferable? Could you market yourself differently?

Saying you can’t network.

Networking in person can be scary, especially if you’re introverted or shy. But simply avoiding it can be the very difference in your job search. Challenge yourself to get out there. Pick just one event a month. Make sure to bring business cards with you. But also push yourself to get at least 5 business cards. Then make sure you’re following up.

Thinking the employer holds the cards.

Many job seekers believe that the only power in the job market lies with the employer. But that isn’t always the case. You have the talent they need, so leverage that. Create a list of employers you want to work within your community. Next, connect with them on social media. When the time is right, ask them how you can apply with their company. You’ll be surprised by the results.

Not looking at all your options.

Finally, many job seekers pigeonhole themselves without even realizing it. If you’re avoiding certain opportunities or avenues, you may be cutting yourself off from the very job that’s perfect. Always weigh your options. Always look outside of the box. Give yourself a chance to be creative in your search and try new things.

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Looking for a Marketing Job? 6 Traits Employers are Looking For

September 14th, 2017

If you’re in the market for a marketing job, there may be some things helpful for you to know. What are employers looking for when they consider the resumes and candidates for their open jobs? You have what it takes, now it’s time to demonstrate that to a potential employer. Here are 6 traits employers look for when they’re considering marketing professionals for their companies.

1. Confidence, but not arrogance.

Marketing is all about selling services or products, so it’s imperative that you’re someone who exudes confidence. However, there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, and this will be apparent when an employer is considering you for the position. Be sure to stay positive, confident, and knowledgeable.

2. Ability to learn new things.

Of course, just because you are confident in your skills and knowledge doesn’t mean you need to stop learning. An employer also wants to work with a marketing professional who is willing to learn and try new things. Anything from new ideas to new technology may be on the table, so don’t close yourself off to experiences.

3. Good listening skills.

It is also imperative that you demonstrate good listening skills. Communication is an important skill for anyone in marketing, but the half that many people seem to forget or overlook is listening. You need to be able to hear what a client, or a coworker, has to say and internalize it before making recommendations.

4. Ability to adapt to situations.

There will also be plenty of times in the course of your job where you need to change directions quickly. A potential employer wants to know that you don’t freeze or panic when something doesn’t go according to plan. They want to see that you’re adaptable, so demonstrate this with examples from your previous jobs.

5. A sense of self-awareness.

They also want to know that you understand yourself. Self-awareness is more than just the ability to understand your motivations, it’s also about understanding how you respond to others, how you react to situations, and how you learn new things. Knowing your own personal limits and testing them will help you in your career.

6. Ability to work with a team.

Finally, rarely is a marketing professional an island. You will need to work with a variety of people directly on your team as well as clients outside of the office. How you interact will be an important determiner for a potential employer. Share with them the ways you work well with others rather than simply stating you’re a team player.

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Standout Tactics to Help You Talk About Your Strengths in a Job Interview

August 24th, 2017

Some of the most common interview questions are also some of the most terrifying. You’re likely to be asked about your weaknesses and, of course, your strengths. And while it might seem obvious how to discuss your strengths, there are some things you can do to really sell yourself in an interview. What are some of the tactics that can help you stand out from the crowd.

Brainstorm about your strengths.

Before you go to your next interview, spend some time on this exercise. Get out a blank sheet of paper and start writing down all the things you feel are your biggest strengths. Don’t leave anything out. The goal of this is to have a huge list to choose from. Write down everything you can think of such as how you manage your time, how reliable you are, what you love to do most. Don’t leave any stone unturned.

Narrow your focus.

Now, narrow your focus. Look through your list and see how many of your strengths are just a variety of ways to say the same thing. For example, if you list time management skills, ability to hit deadlines and reliability, they all point to the same personality trait. Choose just one or two of these overarching strengths and work from those.

Prepare your examples.

Next, you need to have concrete examples to help sell your skills to an employer. Let’s stick with the example of time management. How have your time management skills positively affected your career in the past. Be specific. For instance, if you had a very time sensitive project for a demanding client who had bad experiences in the past, did you work out your plan of attack to give yourself plenty of time to complete the project with days to spare? How did this impress the customer?

Be accurate.

Of course, when describing your strengths to a potential employer you also need to accurate about the details of your account, especially when it comes to something verifiable through a reference check. But you also want to be authentic and accurate to give yourself the best shot at the job. For example, if you say your biggest strength is time management but you’re not actually that great with it, it won’t take long for the new employer to realize they’ve made a mistake in hiring you.

Don’t be too humble.

When you do settle on a specific strength to focus on as your answer to this inevitable question, don’t be too shy about sharing it. We are programmed to avoid bragging, but that is exactly what you need to do to sell your strengths in an interview. You need to find that fine line between confidence and arrogance and step right up to it without falling over. Confidence will win you points in an interview every time, so don’t be afraid to tell them about your accomplishments.

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Don’t Despair! How to Rock a Panel Job Interview

August 10th, 2017

You’re never quite expecting a panel interview, much in the way no one expects the Spanish Inquisition. Even with advanced notice, you may find yourself wondering how exactly you can pull off a conversation with three, four, five, or more people at a time. But you don’t have to panic. You can rock the panel job interview even if you’re nervous and anxious. Here are our tips for acing this interview and standing out among the crowd.

Acknowledge everyone on the panel.

When a one-on-one interview, you probably make sure you pay some attention to your eye contact. It’s equally as important that you do so with a panel of people. Be sure to acknowledge everyone on the panel throughout your conversation. Make it natural, though, not systematic. If you look at each person for a few seconds before starting the rotation over again, it will start to become noticeable.

Be prepared to repeat yourself.

Everyone you’re speaking with will have a different attention level, and that means some may listen attentively to every word you say while others will be thinking about their next question. For this reason, you may be asked similar questions more than once. Don’t act frustrated because you’ve already answered. Be gracious and give them the information they’re looking for.

Figure out who needs more convincing.

You will quickly start to notice the people on the panel who are on your side and those who are not. You don’t need to convince your biggest fan, your real job is to convince the people who are on the fence. Spend time addressing their concerns, react to their body language positively, and showcase why you’re a good fit.

Prepare for an off-the-wall question.

Especially in a panel interview, there is always someone who wants to see how you react when you’re flustered. Prepare for a question that might seem off the wall. Answer it to the best of your ability. Just don’t react in a way that will give them the satisfaction that they “gotcha” with the question. If the question is inappropriate, let them know that but give them relevant related information.

Thank everyone on the panel.

Of course, after you leave the interview your job isn’t over. Make sure you get cards for everyone you met with. Then, send an individual thank you note to each one. It doesn’t matter if you decide to do emails or send a handwritten note through the mail, just make sure you are thanking each person individually.

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6 Warning Signs That You Shouldn’t Take a Job

July 27th, 2017

Sometimes when you’re in the thick of a job search, it can feel like any job offer will be necessary to maintain your sanity. But the truth is, accepting the wrong job will only lead to bigger problems down the road. But what should you be looking for to help you determine whether or not you should accept a job offer? If you notice any of these six red flags in the job search, it may be time to graciously walk away. Here’s what to look for.

1. Poor Communication

If at any time throughout the process, the hiring manager engages in inconsistent communication or insulting behavior, it may be time to cut bait. For some, that could be a microaggression that makes it clear you’re not the type of person they would rather be working with. Or it might be an inability to connect with you in a timely manner.

2. Bad Office Attitude

When you interview, pay attention to the office attitude as a whole. Are people happy to be at work? Is the overall mood positive? If not, can you determine why? You don’t want to work in an environment where no one seems excited to be there. If you can visit on more than one occasion, that will help you determine if it was just a bad day.

3. Bad Reputation

Do your homework. Before accepting a job offer, check out any news related articles about the company. Read former employee reviews on sites like Glass Door. Look for financial information to make sure the company is healthy. Taking into account sour grapes, use this to make an informed decision about your offer.

4. Personality Conflict

Do you genuinely like the person you would be working with? If you think that your personalities won’t match up, then it might not be a good idea to take the job. Once heads start to butt, it can be far too late to make repairs. If you feel tension with anyone you meet with, just politely walk away.

5. Unclear Job Duties

Throughout the process, the company should be able to effectively communicate the expectations of the job. If they seem unclear on what the job will entail, how can you expect to have clear instructions and proper training? If things seem inconsistent, it might be time to turn them down.

6. Inconsistent Policies

Speaking of inconsistencies, you should also pay attention to corporate policies. If their environment and their policies seem to be on very different pages, it might be a red flag. If their policies seem reactionary, you may not be fully protected if something happens they’re not prepared for. Make an informed decision before accepting any offer.

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How to Write Smarter Job Search Emails

July 13th, 2017

It is simply a reality of the 21st-century job search – you will have to write professional emails throughout the process. There are plenty of times when emailing is going to be preferred both by you and the person you’re connecting with. Let’s look at some of the times when you will be emailing throughout your job search and we can provide some easy to use templates to get you started.

Initial Inquiry

In today’s marketplace, you’re probably sending a lot of resumes via email through online job postings. You may already know that you shouldn’t just attach a document without some accompanying email. If you do that, the recruiter probably won’t open it. But your initial inquiry should act as your cover letter.

This cover letter needs to include important information that might not be on your resume, your contact information, and your interest level. Also be sure to address it directly to the hiring manager or recruiter. If you can’t do that, never use “To Whom It May Concern.” Simply begin with “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon.”

Here is a template to get you started:

Good Morning [Mr. or Ms. and their Name, if known],

I saw your listing online and I’m interested in learning more about the [job title] position.

I have [# of years] experience with [this work] and believe I would be a good fit.

[Insert a specific example of how this experience has helped you in the past in a similar position.]

I am available to talk at your convenience. Call me at [phone number] or email me at [email address] so we can set up a time to meet.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

[Your Name]

Thank You Note

After any interview, you probably know that you should be sending a Thank You note. Some people prefer the handwritten note over the email, but there are limitations to that option as well. They take longer to arrive and may not include all the details you want to convey.

A Thank You note is a great way to share information you may have forgotten in the interview. For example:

Good Afternoon [name],

Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me. I enjoyed meeting your staff, loved your office, and am excited about the opportunity.

[In this section, start with something like “I forgot to mention in the interview, your job posting specifically stated that you were looking for someone with (experience.) I have worked with that in the past and (share details about your experience).]

I look forward to hearing back from you.

[Your Name]

Interview Follow Up

After an interview, you should also follow up with a potential employer. During your meeting, you should have asked when they expected to make a decision. Then, after you’ve sent your initial thank you note, you can mark the calendar with the time frame. For instance, if they said “about a week” connect with them 5 days later and remind them you’re still interested. For instance:

Good Morning [name],

I really enjoyed our meeting on [date] and wanted to find out if you had made a decision regarding the open position in [department or office.]

I am available and interested in talking with you more. If you have any more questions for me, you can reach me at [phone number] or [email address].

I look forward to hearing from you.

[Your name]

Online Networking

Emails are also a staple of online networking, such as the generated emails from LinkedIn when you connect with a new person. But these general emails don’t share any information and don’t give any reason the person should accept your invitation. You should always customize it for your specific needs.

For example, you may have a mutual professional acquaintance. You can reference that. Or they may work in an industry you are interested in or have worked in before. They may be in your city and you’re looking for more local connections. Add a paragraph about why you’re reaching out and they’re more likely to connect.

As always, you should customize all of the templates we’ve provided here and use them only as a jumping off point.

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Bilingual? You’re in Hot Demand

June 29th, 2017

If you’re bilingual, there may be some great news for you on the business horizon. In the last 5 years, the demand for talented bilingual employees has grown significantly. If you’re a professional at any level and you can speak more than one language, you should be able to leverage these skills to advance your career. So what can you do to ensure that you’re included in this hiring boom and approach the right employers for your next job?

Jobs at all skill levels.

Bilingual employees are in high demand across the board. From general labor to administrative support and all the way up to upper management, technology, and financial positions. Regardless of the type of job you want or your long term goals, if you’re proficient in another language you have an advantage in the workplace.

Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

Companies hiring bilingual employees are looking at multiple languages, but the top three appear to be Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic. And that makes sense considering the global aspects of the modern workplace. If you’re fluent in any of these languages, be sure to make that prominent on your resume.

Texas at the top of the list.

Unsurprisingly, when looking at states that are focusing on bilingual hiring, Texas is at the top of the list. For a variety of reasons, Spanish speakers are in high demand throughout the Lone Star state, but other languages are being sought as well. If you’re a bilingual professional in Texas, seek out the right opportunities.

Proving fluency.

Of course, it isn’t always as easy as simply saying you’re fluent in any of these languages. Companies need to have some assurance that you can do what you say. They may provide testing in the other language to determine if you’re proficient in both writing and speaking as well as understanding someone else and potentially understanding dialects. Be willing to take these assessments.

Writing your resume.

You also need to be able to market your skills in another language in your resume so you will get calls back from top companies in Texas. Be sure to list it prominently. And, if possible, provide data that will support how your language skills have benefited you and a previous employer in the past. This can also be demonstrated in a cover letter, which you should write in the primary language but perhaps include a short paragraph demonstrating how you write in another language.

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