finding a job http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12539/all en-US Help! I Lost My Job! http://www.wisebread.com/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lost-job-iStock_000007173144_Small.jpg" alt="man lost job" title="man lost job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here are tips and resources to help if you have just been laid off or you suspect that you will soon be laid off. Check our other guides to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-tips">job hunting</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/making-extra-cash">earning extra income</a>, and ways to cope if you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-hate-my-job">hate your job</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lose-your-job-without-losing-your-identity"><strong>Lose Your Job Without Losing Your Identity</strong></a><br /> Getting a pink slip can cause more distress than just a shrinking income. Here are three effective schools of thought for keeping your sense of self (long after the paychecks quit coming).</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seven-tips-for-the-newly-unemployed"><strong>Seven Tips for the Newly Unemployed</strong></a><br /> The unemployment rate in California surged to 6.9%, and that is equivalent to the rate in early 2003. Most news reports say that unemployment will probably go up a bit more in the short term as our economy deals with the credit crisis. Personally, I am seeing some friends and family deal with unemployment right now, and here are some tips that could be helpful for those in this situation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laid-off-what-to-do-before-plunging-into-the-job-search"><strong>Laid Off? What To Do Before Plunging Into The Job Search</strong></a><br /> You've been laid off. What&rsquo;s next? What should you do&hellip;before updating your resume, tapping into your professional network, and looking for a job?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laid-off-make-sure-you-get-your-unemployment"><strong>You May Have to Fight for Your Unemployment Benefits</strong></a><br /> If you've recently been laid off, you may have to fight for your right to collect unemployment from the government. You probably know that if you are fired, you can't collect unemployment from the government. Although qualifications can vary from state to state, generally, only people who are laid off from their jobs will qualify for unemployment benefits. But did you know that, even if you are laid off, your employer can challenge your right to receive benefits?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-1-losing-a-job"><strong>Getting By Without a Job, Part 1 - Losing a Job</strong></a><br /> Losing a job is always tough. During hard economic times &mdash; when it may not be possible to find another job as good as the one you've lost &mdash; it's even tougher. Here are a few steps you can take right after losing a job to make sure that your financial house is in order, so that you can focus on your job search.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-2-boost-income"><strong>Getting By Without a Job, Part 2 - Boost Income</strong></a><br /> If there's one fundamental rule for financial success, it's &quot;spend less than you earn.&quot; That rule applies whether you have a job or not. But, if you're used to having a job, the adjustments to getting by without one are going to be huge. It can be done, though. I suggest a three-pronged strategy, the first prong being to boost your income.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-3-cut-spending"><strong>Getting By Without a Job, Part 3 - Cut Spending</strong></a><br /> With the economy tanking, more and more people will be not just losing their job, but will be finding themselves without one for an extended period. When that happens it's not good enough to just cut back a little and use debt to make ends meet until the economy recovers. Getting by without a job is possible, even for an extended period &mdash; but it requires taking drastic measures to cut spending, and it requires taking them early, while you've still got some cash.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-4-get-free-stuff"><strong>Getting By Without a Job, Part 4 - Get Free Stuff</strong></a><br /> There are all kinds of ways to get stuff without money. You can grow it in a garden, gather it from the wild, make it yourself, get it as a gift, scavenge it from trash, or get it free from someone who hopes to sell you something else. All of these generally involve spending time instead of spending money &mdash; but someone who's getting by without a job probably has some time to spend.r</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emergency-belt-tightening"><strong>Emergency Belt-Tightening</strong></a><br /> Typical personal finance advice would have you divide your budget categories into two groups:&nbsp; Your fixed expenses and your discretionary expenses.&nbsp; I generally don't like that distinction much &mdash; how is your power bill more fixed than your grocery bill?&nbsp; When you reach the point of emergency economizing, though, it's a useful way to structure your thinking.</p> <p>We've got more great job articles in our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/career-and-income">Career and Income</a> section.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-hate-my-job">I Hate My Job! Now What?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-great-jobs-that-dont-pay-much">15 Great Jobs That Don&#039;t Pay Much</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-job-hunt-without-getting-caught">9 Ways to Job Hunt Without Getting Caught</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unique-ways-to-score-a-job-interview">12 Unique Ways to Score a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting finding a job lost job new job Thu, 21 May 2015 23:03:49 +0000 Amy Lu 1432684 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Job-Getting Tips from a Guy Who's Hired 500 People in the Past 5 Years http://www.wisebread.com/8-job-getting-tips-from-a-guy-whos-hired-500-people-in-the-past-5-years <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-job-getting-tips-from-a-guy-whos-hired-500-people-in-the-past-5-years" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5863884809_7dcbcea2e5_z.jpg" alt="help wanted sign" title="help wanted sign" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>August Nielsen has hired about 300 people in the last 20 months.</p> <p>Seriously.</p> <p>He's the Human Resources manager for one of the nation's fast-growing private companies. In the spirit of full disclosure, let me say upfront that I work for the same company (<a href="http://www.vamortgagecenter.com/careers/">VA Mortgage Center</a>, which happens to be the country's largest dedicated VA lender). Part of dealing with rapid growth is bringing new faces into the fold.</p> <p>Needless to say, Augie has been busy. His work over the last five years includes a stint as a recruiter at a giant insurance company, where he helped hire 200 more folks. All told, he's been involved in hiring about 500 people since 2005.</p> <p>The guy knows job interviews.</p> <p>Given that, I asked him to step back and retread some familiar ground. He's seen his share of good, bad, and downright bizarre from his side of the interview table. Here are eight of his tips and hints for successfully navigating the job interview and hiring process. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-recognize-and-answer-illegal-interview-questions" title="How to Recognize and Answer Illegal Interview Questions">How to Recognize and Answer Illegal Interview Questions</a>)</p> <h3>Do Your Research</h3> <p>&quot;This should go without saying, but you might be surprised by how many people (even in this economy!) don't conduct even cursory research on our company. With everything everywhere online, there really is no excuse for not doing your due diligence. Beyond that, if the position that you're applying for is not familiar to you, do some digging. If the job duties in the job posting are not sufficient, search similar titles on a job aggregator like <a href="http://www.simplyhired.com/">SimplyHired.com</a> or <a href="http://www.indeed.com/">Indeed.com</a>. The bottom line here is to be prepared &mdash; know the company and know the job. We take notice when an applicant references our company values.&quot;</p> <h3>Write Worthwhile Cover Letters</h3> <p>&quot;Most <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stupid-things-to-put-in-your-cover-letter" title="Stupid Things to Put in Your Cover Letter">cover letters</a> are so generic that they're of little value. And it's amazing how often applicants forget to change the company name from the last place they applied. Don't bother to provide a cover letter unless you're putting serious effort into it.&quot;</p> <h3>Apply Online</h3> <p>&quot;A lot of corporate HR/recruiter types generally do not like resumes dropped off in person and unannounced. Sorry, but paper resumes went out of fashion around 2001. They're incredibly likely to get lost. Second, most HR people are extremely busy. It's tough to remember the sum and substance of a quick, impromptu conversation with a stranger after a hectic work day.&quot;</p> <h3>What to Wear</h3> <p>&quot;We have a very casual dress code, but that doesn't mean prospective employees should show up in a T-shirt and flip flops. When in doubt, dress up. It conveys a degree of seriousness and preparation. Sure, you'll stick out to employees in the office as someone interviewing, but that's about the worst of it.&quot;</p> <h3>Interview Time</h3> <p>&quot;Be on time or early, but not too early. HR folks can get a little on edge if their 11 a.m. interview shows up at 10:30. Five to 15 minutes is usually enough.&quot;</p> <h3>Don't Push for Promotions</h3> <p>&quot;Be humble and don't ask how soon you can get promoted &mdash; unless the interviewer brings it up. In fact, if they do bring it up, that's also a good indicator of a competent manager with an eye for talent. The reality is most hiring managers want to hear how interested you are in their job, their department and working for them. They want to hear that you're going to be there for the foreseeable future and that you'll be happy. There will be plenty of time to scheme and game plan your promotion after you get the job. There is a time and place for those things, and the interview is not one of them. But, again, there's that caveat: Feel free to walk through that door if the hiring manager opens it.&quot;</p> <h3>Send Thank You Notes</h3> <p>&quot;A good handwritten thank you note to the hiring manager can go a long way. Emails are OK but not as effective. Pick up a business card after the interview and send a note within a day or so. Cite a couple reasons why you're an ideal candidate and possibly reference a discussion point from the interview. It can do wonders. Be sure to use your best penmanship. Sloppy handwriting looks, well, sloppy. There's no need to send a separate note to the HR rep or recruiter. It can't hurt you, but they get plenty as it is.&quot;</p> <h3>Accepting the Offer</h3> <p>&quot;When you get that call from HR offering you the job, hopefully you've thought about it and are ready to accept. Playing hard to get in this economy is likely to get you moved down the list. Make no mistake &mdash; there's a lot of competition out there for good jobs and employers are generally in the driver's seat here. If you have multiple job offers or serious job prospects, that's great. If you receive a job offer from Company B while still waiting to hear from Company A, be sure to let the HR rep at Company A know of your new offer &mdash; and that you would gladly turn it down to work for them. When I get those calls it's a signal that my gut was right and confirmation that you are indeed a great candidate. I will usually try to get an answer from the hiring manager a little quicker so that I don't lose out.&quot;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chris-birk">Chris Birk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-job-getting-tips-from-a-guy-whos-hired-500-people-in-the-past-5-years">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hate-your-job-it-could-be-your-fault">Hate Your Job? It Could Be Your Fault</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-body-language-mistakes-that-sabotage-most-interviews">10 Body Language Mistakes That Sabotage Most Interviews</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/weird-job-interview-questions-and-how-to-answer-them">Weird Job Interview Questions (and How to Answer Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job">25 Awesome Websites to Help You Get a Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off">Help! I Lost My Job!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting changing jobs finding a job job interviews Tue, 21 Dec 2010 13:00:12 +0000 Chris Birk 395554 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Signs That You've Been at the Same Job Too Long http://www.wisebread.com/25-signs-that-youve-been-at-the-same-job-too-long <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-signs-that-youve-been-at-the-same-job-too-long" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3237482009_4106372473_z.jpg" alt="office stapler" title="office stapler" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We live in an age of short attention spans, low patience, instant gratification, and unrealistic expectations. Duration of employment is at an all-time low, and most of us don't make it past the two-year mark, on average. That being said, we've surely been around the guy or gal who has simply just been around too long. And just maybe, that guy or gal is you! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks" title="10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a>)</p> <p>That's right, without realizing it, there might be signs that you've reached the limit on your current job, and it might be time to consider an employer or a <a href="http://20somethingfinance.com/should-you-tell-your-employer-you-are-changing-careers/">career change</a>. What follows are some warning signs that the writing is on the wall (all meant to be humorous, but some might be painfully true):</p> <ol> <li>You start to refer to all new hires as &quot;pups&quot; and &quot;spring chickens.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You play office trivia at lunch with other tenured folk just to make the &quot;pups&quot; and &quot;spring chickens&quot; feel out of place.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>They ran out of clever title changes to make you feel special about doing the same work.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You start getting plaques for how long you've been around.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>They start naming plants around the office after you as some sort of twisted memorial.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You stop caring that last night's leftover fish that you're microwaving for lunch stinks up the entire break room.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You work in a company of thousands of people, you have a common first name, and your email alias is your first name.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You bring up the &quot;office softball game from 10 years ago,&quot; only to sadly realize mid-thought that nobody you're talking to was even there 10 years ago.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>HR has to tell you to &quot;use or lose&quot; your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/america-is-the-no-vacation-nation" title="America Is the No Vacation Nation">vacation days</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You know everyone's kids' names, and remember them.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You only stick around for the sole purpose of getting drunk and making an ass out of yourself at the annual Holiday party.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You're the only person the IT guy completely avoids because he's scared of you.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>There are empty liquor bottles in your cubicle...and you just don't care.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can't remember when you didn't spend an hour a day at watching YouTube videos at work.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You reminisce about the '80s all the time, only to painfully realize later that most of the people you work with were actually born in the late '80s.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Your boss is younger than you. Yeah....<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You remember actually cashing a paycheck from the same employer.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You get nostalgic about how things used to be...and those things used to really suck back then.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You are grandfathered in to an actual <a href="http://20somethingfinance.com/pensions-vs-401ks-why-you-should-care-that-pensions-are-going-extinct/">pension</a>. Man, those were nice.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You tell your boss about a job offer you received and they just laugh.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Business casual now means jeans and a polo shirt.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You brought your kid to work on &quot;bring your kid to work day&quot; when they started school but they couldn't make this year's because they have their own job now.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You reference a scene in Office Space, comparing it to your job, at least once a week.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You stop getting performance reviews because your boss ran out of BS suggestions for &quot;areas to improve.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>9-to-5 literally means 9-to-5.</li> </ol> <p><em>What are some other painfully humorous revelations you've had that told you you've simply been around too long?<br /> </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ge-miller">G.E. Miller</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-signs-that-youve-been-at-the-same-job-too-long">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise">5 Times You Should Demand a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-warning-signs-that-it-is-not-the-job-for-you">6 Warning Signs that It Is Not the Job for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-never-to-bring-up-in-a-job-interview">5 Things Never to Bring Up in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career career change finding a job getting a job unhappy at work work Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:00:17 +0000 G.E. Miller 250395 at http://www.wisebread.com