Taking the time to study a job posting can save you time in the long run

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Sharing an excellent article. This one will really make you think! Thanks to Career Sherpa and Hannah Morgan.

Before You Apply, Spend More Time Doing This

6 Ways to take Advantage of Career Services at Your College

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College Career Services Departments are there to help you with finding employment. So many students think they know how to do an effective job search. If you have submitted your resume several times and you are not getting a job interview, what does that tell you?

It tells me that you need to come in to your Career Services Department at your college and ask if your resume is competitive enough. And then listen to their advice and recommendations.

Staff in Career Services can help you:
1) write Cover Letters that catch attention
2) create a Resume that lands you the interview
3) with your Reference page
4) learn ways to network for employment (still the #1 way to find employment)5) learn how to do an effective job search (mananging your time well)
6) with choosing an educational plan that helps you make a living wage. No more entry level, minimum wages for you!

Why is it taking so long to land a job?

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Is your job search taking longer than you expected? Read the article at the link below written by Anish Majumdar. These are indeed 5 areas that can make a huge difference in whether you land employment or not. Take a look.

5 Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Job Search

Networking: #1 Method

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When you are conducting a job search, there are certainly many ways to spend your time. You could be putting all of your time into completing on-line applications, or researching what companies you want to work for, or drafting and re-drafting your resume. All of that is important, but time must be spent networking as well. It is people who make things happen after all….so it is people that you must be talking to.

Have you made a list of people in your profession that you know? Have you made a list of people that you know through other venues besides work? Think of neighbors, friends, community members.

When you have an extensive list, then it is time to expand your list by asking those on your list to introduce you to people who can give you information about the companies or people that you need to know, in order to learn more about your profession. Everyone that you talk with can lead you to another person whom you have not met yet.

Your resume is a tool to help these contacts understand your skills and abilities, so share your resume with any and all contacts.

Remember that most of the people you talk with do not have the power to hire you, but they help by providing you with information. You job is to describe your skills and abilities and learn about employer needs and how you could fill those needs. It is all about demonstrating verbally that you can meet the needs of a company out there.

If you need help with this, ask for help. No one does it on their own.

Happy Networking!

Can you Improve Your Job Search Methods?

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Another well written article by Career Sherpa!

6 Questions You Absolutely Must Ask Yourself During Job Search

Behavioral Interview-Ways to Prepare

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In order to be successful during a job interview, it is necessary to prepare ahead of time. You would prepare for an interview in the same way as you prepare for a camping trip. Pack what you need (extra resumes, a portfolio if you’ve created one, notes on strengths you definitely want to mention, etc).

When I have prepared for interviews in the past, I simply spent time researching the company, thinking seriously about my skills and how I can demonstrate a match to the requirements of the position. I spent some time preparing as soon as I knew I had landed the interview, another hour the night before and a quick brush up of my notes right before the interview. Do give some thought as to what works for you, and either increase your efforts or not, based on your individual need. You must feel as prepared as you can in order to exude confidence when the time comes.

Part of preparing is thinking of stories that you can tell for the behavioral or situational questions that are almost always asked these days. I always recommend that you choose at least three stories. A story that proves that you get along with others, a story that demonstrates your problem solving ability and a story that proves your excellent communication skills.

About the recruiting process

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I will be out of town a couple of days this week which leaves little time for planning or writing a post, therefore I will be sharing an article instead. It is important to put yourself in the shoes of the recruiter when you are in the midst of a job search. This article will help you do that.

9 Things You Need To Know About The Recruiting Process