Job Hunting http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7800/all en-US Best Money Tips: Stay Motivated While Looking for Jobs http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-stay-motivated-while-looking-for-jobs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-stay-motivated-while-looking-for-jobs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/climb-3930479-small.jpg" alt="man with binoculars" title="man with binoculars" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on staying motivated while looking for jobs, personal finance tips from Captain America, and the 30-second habit with a lifelong impact.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/job-search-motivation/">How to Stay Motivated While Looking for Jobs</a> &mdash; Creating a schedule and fulfilling a purpose can keep you motivated while looking for a job. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/04/07/8-personal-finance-tips-from-captain-america-the-winter-soldier/">8 Personal Finance Tips from 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'</a> &mdash; Captain American can teach you to do the right thing and to not overshare. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Habit-Change-Your-Life-34447720">The 30-Second Habit With a Lifelong Impact</a> &mdash; Every time you have a meeting or significant event, take 30 seconds to write down the main points. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/digging-into-the-buy-versus-rent-question/">Digging Into the Buy Versus Rent Question</a> &mdash; Your monthly income and debts should be examined when deciding whether you should rent or buy. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/im-a-collection-agent-heres-how-you-get-rid-of-me/">I'm a collection agent. Here's how you get rid of me</a> &mdash; Did you know collection agents are not allowed to communicate with consumers at their place of employment if the employer has advised that such communications are prohibited? [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/investing-in-bear-markets/">Investing in Bull Markets is Easy - But What About Bear Markets?</a> &mdash; To prepare yourself for investing in a bear market, recognize that the market becomes more selective. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/04/thoughts-on-being-a-millionaire-and-retirement.html">Thoughts on Being a Millionaire and Retirement</a> &mdash; When it comes to your retirement strategy, amass enough assets then distribute them so that you can live off your savings alone. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-good-ways-for-parents-to-maintain-a-sense-of-humor">10 Good Ways For Parents to Maintain a Sense of Humor</a> &mdash; Embracing a little mess and being a team player can help parents maintain a sense of humor. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://howsmarriedlife.net/things-mothers-day/">Things to do for Mother's Day</a> &mdash; This Mother's Day, take your mom out for lunch. [How's Married Life?]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/blogger-tax-breaks-deductions/">Don't Miss These If You Make Money Blogging - Blogger Tax Deductions</a> &mdash; If you are a blogger, you can write off your business license renewal and mailing materials. [Free From Broke]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-stay-motivated-while-looking-for-jobs" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Stay Motivated While Looking for Jobs" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting best money tips job job hunting motivated Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:00:27 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1134759 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Things You Can Do to Help an Unemployed Friend Find a Job http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-can-do-to-help-an-unemployed-friend-find-a-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-things-you-can-do-to-help-an-unemployed-friend-find-a-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends-5318794-small.jpg" alt="friends" title="friends" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While the nation's economy is improving from the depths of despair we experienced in 2008 &ndash; 2009, finding a job is still a challenge for a large number of people. Currently, I have a few friends who are looking for new jobs, some unemployed, some underemployed, and others who want to trade in their current jobs for new ones. These recent experiences have prompted me to consider how I can be the best resource and friend possible during their searches. Here's what I've been up to. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-talk-to-friends-about-money?ref=seealso">Should You Talk to Friends About Money?</a>)</p> <h2>1. Offer Up Your Contacts</h2> <p>A few of my friends are interested in transitioning in both directions between for-profit and non-profit organizations. I've worked on both sides of the aisle throughout my career, and I've found a great deal of satisfaction and some difficulties in both. Whenever a friend tells me he or she needs a new job, whether by circumstance or choice, the first thing I do is offer to connect them with people I know who can be helpful to them in their search, especially if they are looking to change industries. I spend a lot of time and effort cultivating my network, and it's a tremendous gift to connect like-minded people who can help one another along their career paths. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-31-hidden-networks-that-can-help-you-land-jobs?ref=seealso">Hidden Networks That Can Help You Land a Job</a>)</p> <h2>2. Ask Them What They Really Want to Do</h2> <p>Before I make those connections I mentioned above, I ask each of my friends what they really want to do with their careers going forward. These future plans can simply be the next step on their path or a long-term goal. To be most helpful to them on their journeys, I need to know where they want to go. As Lewis Carroll so brilliantly and insightfully wrote in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, &quot;If you don't know where you're going, any road'll take you there.&quot; We need to have some kind of destination in mind before we set out on a new road.</p> <h2>3. Review the Resume</h2> <p>Just as a map can show us where we've been and the way ahead, a resume succinctly explains our work history and our future ambitions. I always keep mine up-to-date as I add new experiences, although you may find that many of your friends don't have this practice. People are sometimes reluctant to ask for help on their resumes because they are afraid to toot their own horns. Offer your eagle eyes and help a friend brush up a resume so that they shine like the bright stars that they are. Be honest and supportive, encouraging friends to focus on the skills they acquired in each professional experience as well as their achievements and results. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now?ref=seealso">12 Words to Delete From Your Resume</a>)</p> <h2>4. Suggest Groups to Find New Connections</h2> <p>Some people don't realize just how many resources they have in their job search. Many alumni organizations, even if we've graduated a while ago, offer fantastic services to connect to other alums and discover job listings. Professional organizations, LinkedIn groups, and Meetups are other rich pools of opportunities to connect with and learn from others who share our interests and goals.</p> <h2>5. Remind Them to Set Goals and Review Them Regularly</h2> <p>The job search can feel like a grind, especially when it's not going as well as we'd like it to go. We easily lose our way and forget all that we're doing to help ourselves.</p> <p>I encourage my job searching friends to keep track of every person they speak to, every resume and cover letter they submit, and every company that piques their interest. Note the dates and content of the conversation or job listing, and create next steps for each. It's helpful to encourage friends on the hunt for a job to set daily, weekly, and monthly goals and then track their progress. One of the most disorienting parts of the job search is that it feels so overwhelming and often lacks structure. With a plan in hand, we can stay motivated and persistent, two attributes we need to lock down a new job. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-maintain-motivation-when-the-going-gets-tough?ref=seealso">9 Ways to Maintain Motivation</a>)</p> <h2>6. Give Them a Break</h2> <p>Looking for a new job is a stressful experience. Friends need our support in their search, and they also need ways to take their minds off of it every once in a while. Have them over for dinner at your place, catch a movie together, or take a walk or run through the park. The job search is a full-time job in and of itself, and just as we need a break from work to be at our best on the job, we also need a break from the job search so that we put our best foot forward with potential new employers. Sometimes our friends will want to vent about the process, and sometimes they'll want to talk about something completely unrelated. Give them that space and an empathic ear.</p> <p>They say it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to grow a career, and it takes several villages to get through a job search. When a friend is looking for a new role, that's a time when we can really step up and show our care and concern. It's sure to be appreciated and reciprocated.</p> <p><em>How have you helped friends find new jobs? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-can-do-to-help-an-unemployed-friend-find-a-job" class="sharethis-link" title="6 Things You Can Do to Help an Unemployed Friend Find a Job" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Life Hacks General Tips Job Hunting friendship job search networking Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:36:18 +0000 Christa Avampato 1133027 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become More Hirable http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-become-more-hirable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-become-more-hirable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-179095608.jpg" alt="woman" title="woman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="156" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are currently on the hunt for employment or have been considering a venture into a new job, there may be some things that need your attention pronto. It's easy to become complacent, especially if you've been working in the same job for multiple years. But when it is time to find a new job, you may have a lot of catching up to do. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-crucial-job-searching-steps-most-people-skip?ref=seealso">Crucial Job Search Steps Most People Skip</a>)</p> <p>Here are 10 things you can do right now and in the coming weeks that can make you more hirable.</p> <h2>1. Start Removing Socially Inappropriate Posts and Comments</h2> <p>Social media has been known to help prospective job seekers land a position they may not have had access to otherwise. It is time to start thinking of your social media pages as an extension of your resume. Remove pictures, memes, and commentary you wouldn't want a potential new boss to see. Sending the wrong message may keep a lot of doors closed so clean up your pages.</p> <h2>2. Invest Time in Social Media Upgrades</h2> <p>In addition to removing potentially embarrassing things from your Facebook page, you should take the time to update other social profiles you have on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and the like. If you've never opened an account, now is a good time to start learning how to make it work for you in the job arena. Those in need of new employees have been known to conduct searches for talent through these online networks. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-web-presence-will-soon-be-more-valuable-than-your-credit-rating?ref=seealso">Your Web Presence May Be More Valuable Than Your Credit Rating</a>)</p> <h2>3. Update Your Resume</h2> <p>Simply adding a date to your last job history is not a good enough resume update. Take the time to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-dumb-things-employment-recruiters-see-people-do">restructure the resume information</a> now that you've have more experience under your belt. Consider what matters most and set up your resume accordingly. Make sure it looks clean, concise, and professional.</p> <h2>4. Change Your Email</h2> <p>If you are trying to be taken seriously in the job market, do yourself a favor and set up an email address that is professional. Some hiring managers may be very turned off by your <em>ladiesman4life@hotmail.com</em> address. Try using a variation of your name, and earmark the account for business correspondence only. Add the new email to your social profiles and resume.</p> <h2>5. Understand the Requirements</h2> <p>Start looking through different job postings to get a better feel for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-yourself-to-potential-employers">what people are looking for in a new hire</a>. It is often hard to toot our own horns, but you can learn what people want and how to tailor yourself to fit in as a good candidate in your industry.</p> <h2>6. Network Outside of the Box</h2> <p>There are plenty of ways to land a job that go <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unconventional-ways-to-find-your-next-job">beyond applying to job postings on the Internet</a> or the newspaper. Get out and meet people in new places. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community while meeting people in high places you'd likely not have connected with outside of volunteering. Volunteering also can add something positive to your resume in both skills and social consciousness. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-31-hidden-networks-that-can-help-you-land-jobs?ref=seealso">Hidden Networks That Can Help You Land Jobs</a>)</p> <h2>7. Update Skills, Certification, Education</h2> <p>Depending on your industry, there may be some credentials you are lacking. Find out which ones matter and work on obtaining or enhancing these things through online courses, adult education classes, or industry certifications.</p> <h2>8. Become a Virtual Expert</h2> <p>Even if you are not interested in doing freelance work, you could still use your skills and experience on a blog platform. By writing about the things you know, you could create another method for showing off your expertise to hiring managers and other valuable connections. Blogs are often free and simple to set up. Promote your writings on your social media pages to attract more attention. Add the blog URL to your resume and social pages.</p> <h2>9. Hold Practice Interviews</h2> <p>If it has been some time since you went out on a job interview, don't take for granted that you'll nail it without a little practice. Ask a friend or family member to stage a mock interview and listen to their critiques. This can help ward off nerves and ensure you are prepared to handle an official interview. Keep notes about your achievements and experience you'd like to bring up in the interview about, so you don't forget them out of nervousness. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions?ref=seealso">Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a>)</p> <h2>10. Follow Up on Opportunities</h2> <p>After several rounds of interviews, hiring managers may find it difficult to choose between candidates. After leaving the interview, help set yourself apart from the others by sending a handwritten thank you note to the interviewer. Refer to a specific part of the interview and let them know you appreciate their time. Wait a week and then follow up again to inquire about the decision-making process.</p> <p><em>Are you doing anything to make yourself more attractive to employers? Lets us know in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-become-more-hirable" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become More Hirable" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/anna-newell-jones">Anna Newell Jones</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career Building Job Hunting getting hired interview job search Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:48:26 +0000 Anna Newell Jones 1130644 at http://www.wisebread.com Job Hunting Tips for the Recently Fired (and Some for the Rest of Us, Too) http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-tips-for-the-recently-fired-and-some-for-the-rest-of-us-too <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/job-hunting-tips-for-the-recently-fired-and-some-for-the-rest-of-us-too" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fired-5321265-small.jpg" alt="fired" title="fired" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Job hunting after you've been fired can be an intimidating task, especially in a tight job market. It may not be a cakewalk, but there are ways to make getting your first post-termination job a bit easier. And once you've cleared that hurdle, the impact a firing has on future job searches decreases. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tax-deductions-job-hunters-can-t-afford-to-overlook?ref=seealso">6 Tax Deductions for Job Hunters</a>)</p> <h2>Get Your Emotions in Check</h2> <p>Getting fired is one of the most distressing things a person can go through. The uncertainty of sudden unemployment coupled with the humbling experience of being dismissed instead of leaving by choice can cause anger, feelings of inadequacy, anxiety about your future, and an overall depressed mood. These reactions are completely normal, but they're also unhelpful.</p> <p>To get yourself back where you need to be, focus on positives instead of negatives. Think about your strengths and what you can contribute to an organization. Forgive yourself for any failures and make a conscious decision to move on. If you make peace with the situation, feel confident about what you have to offer, and adopt the view that you've only experienced a minor setback, getting back out into the working world will be a whole lot easier. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lose-your-job-without-losing-your-identity?ref=seealso">Lose Your Job Without Losing Your Identity</a>)</p> <h2>Reassess Your Situation</h2> <p>Once you've dealt with the emotional side of the situation, you've got to get analytical. Think about what went wrong, why, and how you can stop it from happening again. Next, ask yourself some important questions:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Where do you really excel?</p> </li> <li> <p>Which areas of your expertise do you need to build?</p> </li> <li> <p>Are you utilizing your skills and knowledge in a way that was satisfying to you? If not, what would you rather be doing?</p> </li> </ul> <p>Getting fired can be the push you need to break into a new area of your field or start a new career altogether, so as you're evaluating your strengths, weaknesses, and goals, think about how they would fit into new positions or industries. Don't be afraid to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-secrets-of-long-distance-job-hunting">look into other locales for new opportunities</a>.</p> <h2>Take Immediate Action</h2> <p>Getting fired is one of the worst times to take an extended break from working. A hole in your employment already sends up red flags to prospective employers. Revealing that you were in fact fired before that gap could lead them to believe you have even more serious issues. Plus, the longer you go without making progress, the more those negative emotions you're trying to control start to fester.</p> <p>Start your job hunt as soon as possible. The same day you receive your walking papers is a perfect time to begin, but you can take a few days to get your emotions together if you need it. If your search starts getting lengthy, say more than a couple of months, you may want to look into freelance and volunteer work or enrolling in job-related courses to fill the hole. You'll look better to employers if you've been keeping busy since you were laid off. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-work-experience-without-having-a-job?ref=seealso">Getting Work Experience Without a Job</a>)</p> <h2>Optimize Your References</h2> <p>You'll need extra good references to take the sting out of the nature of your previous departure. References from pre-firing employers are good, but references from the job you were let go from are even better. Fellow employees should be able to substantiate the explanation you gave about your parting as well as tell potential employers about your positive contributions.</p> <p>The absolute best reference is one from your former managers or other higher-ups. The viability of this option depends on the reason you were fired and how well you performed before things went south, but having a positive reference even after you've been fired can make a huge difference. To maximize your chances, you could try sending a post-termination letter admitting any wrongdoing, and thanking the employer for the opportunity and learning experience. Even if you messed up bad, this bit of mea culpa can sway your old boss toward giving you a good &mdash; or at least better &mdash; reference. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-great-job-references?ref=seealso">How to Get Great Job References</a>)</p> <h2>Describe Your Job-Hunting Activities Wisely</h2> <p>The way you present your circumstances can have a big impact in your job search. Using a statement such as &quot;Actively pursuing new opportunities&quot; in your cover letter and online job networking profiles lets employers know you're available without disclosing exactly why. If you're taking a new career path, Deborah Jacobs of Forbes Magazine recommends a statement such as &quot;Currently seeking to leverage my Equity Floor experience and education into Investor Relations.&quot; This kind of phrasing works well when you're discussing your job status during interviews, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-great-job-references?ref=seealso">How to Make a Good Impression at Your Job Interview</a>)</p> <h2>Be Upfront, but Not Too Upfront</h2> <p>You definitely don't want to make any mention of your firing on your resume, cover letter, or online networking profiles. However, you also don't want to wait so long that the employer finds out on their own while checking references. The best time to broach the subject is during the interview. Wait until you're asked to describe your previous job or why you left your former position, and then give your explanation.</p> <p>In the event that you really messed up and don't want future employers to know about the job at all, you could simply leave it off of your resume and avoid bringing it up during interviews. This works better if doesn't have much relevance to the position you are seeking or if you were only there for a short time, but you may still be able to pull it off if you have other career-related activities to fill in the blank. Keep in mind that this will not work for people who are applying for jobs that require background checks or complete disclosure of all previous positions, such as in government, financial, and legal work.</p> <h2>Prepare Your Explanation</h2> <p>You'll need to formulate a statement that gives potential employers the facts surrounding your firing without injecting resentment, blame, or other negative emotions into the story. Even if you feel that your termination was unjustified, you need to avoid bad-mouthing your old boss or coming across as defensive. Interviewers only need to know what happened, why it happened, if there was anything you could have done differently, and what you've gained from the experience. Most importantly, you have to come up with a reason the mistake won't happen again. Above all, do not lie. There's a chance a potential employer will learn the real story eventually, especially if the job is within the same industry, and being dishonest is the surest way to disqualify yourself from a job.</p> <p>Planning out what you'll say makes it easier to be upfront about the situation, but discussing these kinds of stressful subjects can still make you uncomfortable. Even when you're telling the truth, anxiety can cause you to stutter, avoid eye contact, perspire, and flush red&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&mdash;</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">&nbsp;all tell-tale signs of lying. To avoid raising an interviewer's suspicions unnecessarily, practice your explanation in front of the mirror or with another person, until it sounds natural and authentic. (See also: </span><a style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;" href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-body-language-mistakes-that-sabotage-most-interviews?ref=seealso">Body Language Mistakes That Sabotage Interview</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">s)</span></p> <h2>Word Your Departure Carefully</h2> <p>Even if the truth seems pretty bad, there are ways of making it come across better. Avoid use of the word &quot;fired,&quot; because that particular expression carries a stigma that interviewers may find hard to overlook. Using phrases such as &quot;I was let go&quot; or &quot;My employment was terminated&quot; tones down the inherent harshness of the situation. Pairing your big reveal with an aptly-worded statement can then shift the focus from the negative subject of your discharge to the positive subject of what you can contribute to the company. Something like, &quot;My limited sales skills simply couldn't keep up with the fast-paced production required by my previous employer and I was let go. However, I believe my graphic design skills will be well-applied in this position as an advertising assistant.&quot;</p> <h2>Tell Them What You Did Right</h2> <p>Referencing situations in which you excelled at your previous job assures potential employers that you weren't just flailing around Mr. Bean-style, leaving confusion and calamity in your wake. Highlight your successes, such as the number of new accounts you brought in or the projects you completed. If you were better at one aspect of your job than another, put emphasis on the duties you did well. Have your references mention these things as well to support your description.</p> <h2>Show What You've Learned</h2> <p>One of the most effective ways to decrease the impact being fired has on your job hunt is to demonstrate that you've addressed the issues that lead to your firing. If the problem was a lack of knowledge, tell interviewers about the steps you took to fill gaps in your expertise, such as engaging in self-study or enrolling in continuing education courses. If the problem was due to interpersonal issues, explain how you've learned to work with a greater variety of personalities and viewpoints and now have the ability to handle similar situations better. No matter what the reason, the key is to describe how the knowledge you gained will help you be successful in the position you're applying for.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Have you ever been fired from a job? How did you get hired afterward?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-tips-for-the-recently-fired-and-some-for-the-rest-of-us-too" class="sharethis-link" title="Job Hunting Tips for the Recently Fired (and Some for the Rest of Us, Too)" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lauren-treadwell">Lauren Treadwell</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting fired job hunting job loss Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:36:24 +0000 Lauren Treadwell 1127919 at http://www.wisebread.com This Interview Technique Will Get You Hired http://www.wisebread.com/this-interview-technique-will-get-you-hired <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-interview-technique-will-get-you-hired" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/interview-dv1080023.jpg" alt="interview" title="interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've conducted a number of job interviews, and while I interviewed a lot of very nice, very smart and very qualified people, I have to say that there's a reason why job interviews make such great<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTCGzrqE_BA"> fodder for comedians</a>. But unlike in the movies, the job candidates who aren't charming, articulate, and interesting aren't funny&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&mdash; rather,</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">&nbsp;they are almost invisible. I met a lot of people who were so terrified of screwing up that they refused to break from their rehearsed script. As a result, they couldn't really answer my questions, I couldn't get to know them, and they didn't get the job. (See also: </span><a style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;" href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-did-wrong-at-your-last-job-interview?ref=seealso">Things You Did Wrong at Your Last Interview</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">)</span></p> <p>That's why many employment experts recommend that job seekers answer questions &mdash; or at least some questions &mdash; in a narrative format. In other words, rather than spitting out job search cliches like &quot;I'm a hard worker&quot; or &quot;I'm a team player,&quot; job seekers should let go of the script a bit and tell the interview a story about themselves.</p> <p>I like a good story as much as the next person, but when it comes to telling one in a professional setting, there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to do it. So let's take a look at what a little storytelling can do for your job interview &mdash; and how to get it right.</p> <h2>Stories Are Memorable</h2> <p>When you're being interviewed for a job, it's a good idea to put yourself in the interviewer's shoes. Think about what they're looking for in a candidate, what qualities you have that you think might make you stand out from other candidates, and how you can get that information across. You should also consider the fact that the person who is interviewing you might be sitting in that office conducting job interviews all day long. Please people; don't bore them to death. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-a-good-first-impression-at-your-next-job-interview?ref=seealso">Make a Good Impression at Your Next Interview</a>)</p> <p>Science (and possibly common sense) tells us that listening to a Powerpoint presentation or reading through bullet points activates the parts of our brain where we process language and decode meaning. The same probably goes for reading a resume...or having one repeated verbatim by a job candidate.</p> <p>When we hear a story, however, <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5965703/the-science-of-storytelling-why-telling-a-story-is-the-most-powerful-way-to-activate-our-brains">our brains light right up</a>. Sure, those language processing and decoding areas are active, but so are the parts of our brain that would be active if we were actually experiencing those events. So, if you can tell your interviewer a compelling story, you will essentially be getting a bigger, more attentive piece of that person's brain. It will also give your interviewer a deeper, richer sense of the qualifications, experiences, and qualities you can bring to the job. If you're interviewing in a competitive field, that can mean the difference between standing out and being forgotten.</p> <h3>Caveat: Your Stories Need to Be Relevant</h3> <p>You can tell just about any kind of story in a job interview, but before you start reeling off your summer adventures in South America, make sure that what you're saying is <em>relevant to the job you're interviewing for</em>. Maybe your trip helped you uncover some important skills or characteristics you believe will help you on the job. That's a story worth telling. Maybe it included a turning point that helped you figure out what you want to do with your life. That's a relevant story, too. But the hilarious story that starts with too many beers? Save that one for your friends. The key is to use stories to reveal the most important, most relevant information about you in a compelling and interesting way. If you're telling stories for their own sake, you've probably gone off course. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-always-have-something-interesting-to-say?ref=seealso">How to Always Say Something Interesting</a>)</p> <h2>Stories Help Interviewee and Interviewer Feel Compatible</h2> <p>Have you ever finished a book that starred a character who was completely unlike you, but with whom you could identify by the time you turned the last page? That's how stories work. They help us bring other people into our world, and vice versa. That's important at work, too. After all, a hiring manager is a lot more likely to hire someone they &quot;get&quot; than they are to choose a candidate they can't imagine seeing eye-to-eye with.</p> <p>According to scientists at Princeton, when you tell a story, you not only implant information in your listener's brain, you also <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/opinion/sunday/the-neuroscience-of-your-brain-on-fiction.html">inject ideas and emotions</a>. So, while you could mention a challenge you've overcome on the job, if you tell it as a story, your interviewer is much more likely to really understand and empathize with how big that challenge was and how difficult it was for you to overcome it. Plus, when someone empathizes with you, they are also more likely to like you as a person. And that, as much as any skill or credential, can be what lands you the job.</p> <h3>Caveat: Get the Right Information Into Your Stories</h3> <p>If you find you have something in common with an interviewer, such as a shared interest in sports or the arts, it's fine to chat about it briefly. But a job interview isn't a chat, and if you get too off topic for too long, it's unlikely to work in your favor. Before you go into your interview, make a list of the qualities and characteristics you want to portray about yourself, and think of some of the stories you could tell to help get those messages across. If you're really good at this, you'll be able to make your interviewer <em>feel</em> like they've had a nice conversation with you, while still coming away with all the information required to assess your fit for the job. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/impress-the-future-boss-9-interview-mistakes-to-avoid?ref=seealso">9 Interview Mistakes to Avoid</a>)</p> <h2>Stories Are More Convincing Than the Truth</h2> <p>I would never recommend lying in a job interview, but there are definitely two kinds of truth: there's plain and simple, and then there's fancy. The latter is better because it usually requires a few figures of speech. And that's what makes it more effective.</p> <p>So, for example, you could say that you were the top salesperson in your division last year. That might be a simple fact, and it's certainly one that a hiring manager would be interested in hearing. But what you really want your interviewer to understand is that <em>you could sell sand in a desert ... or ham to a pig ... or ice to an Inuit</em>. Well, you get the idea. What really hammers a point home is the use of similes and parables and other figures of speech. If the three I used caught your attention, it's because your brain is literally wired for them.<a href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/this-is-your-brain-on-metaphors/?_php=true&amp;_type=blogs&amp;_r=0"> Several studies</a> have found that we actually process literal and metaphorical information in the same area of the brains. So, if you can use stories, metaphors and other devices that relate you and your skills with positive attributes &mdash; or even positive feelings &mdash; you can take a giant leap (metaphorically speaking) ahead of your competition.</p> <h3>Caveat: Keep Stories and Metaphors Simple</h3> <p>Metaphors are fun and interesting and engaging &mdash; to a point. If you get carried away, you're likely to sound like you're speaking in code. So keep literary devices to a minimum, and keep them simple (as pie!). This isn't a college-level comparative literature class. You don't want your interviewer to have to work too hard here. Or think you're crazy as a loon. (Also, now that I've tortured you with cliches, you're probably getting the idea that you should avoid those too. Some people like them, but many don't, so don't press your luck.)</p> <p>A good story, like a good metaphor, should transport the listener to another place &mdash; one where you're kicking ass and taking names in the employment world. Just remember that not all stories are good, and the bad ones are likely to harm your job prospects more than they help. So be creative, but also be sure to be concise, relevant and, above all, professional. If you get it right, you'll have a new story to tell: how you landed your new job.</p> <p><em>Have you used storytelling to land a job? Share your tale in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-interview-technique-will-get-you-hired" class="sharethis-link" title="This Interview Technique Will Get You Hired" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career and Income Career Building Job Hunting interview skills Job Interview storytelling Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:33:06 +0000 Tara Struyk 1130236 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Unconventional Ways to Find Your Next Job http://www.wisebread.com/6-unconventional-ways-to-find-your-next-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-unconventional-ways-to-find-your-next-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/binoculars-177372057.jpg" alt="man with binoculars" title="man with binoculars" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Back in the pre-2008, pre-financial-crash world, you could land a job with a mediocre cover letter and decent resume. Not so in today's competitive market. In 2014, you need to be creative to find your dream job. It's still a good idea to use job search sites and take advantage of your personal network, but going a step further will increase your chances of landing a gig you'll love. Here are six unusual ways to kick up your job search. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-job-hunting-tools-that-are-more-important-than-linkedin?ref=seealso">Job Hunting Tools More Important Than LinkedIn</a>)</p> <h2>1. Crash Industry Conventions</h2> <p>Going to conventions in your field is a standard way to network, but the high registration fees might not be an option if you're unemployed. That doesn't mean you have to miss out on the convention experience altogether. See if the convention's website advertises after-hours meet-ups or happy hours at local restaurants and bars, then go and start talking to people. Don't be shy about handing out business cards and letting folks know you're looking for a job.</p> <h2>2. Ask Your Parents</h2> <p>Working your parents' job connections is standard in high school, but less so in adulthood. Nonetheless, moms and dads, in-laws, and extended family might have connections in your field that you don't know about. You'll never know unless you ask. Once you get a contact's name, have your parent introduce you, then set up an informational interview or meet for coffee. Even if a job offer doesn't come immediately, if you make a good impression, your new connection will keep you in mind for future openings &mdash; or other connections. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-31-hidden-networks-that-can-help-you-land-jobs?ref=seealso">Hidden Networks That Can Help You Land Jobs</a>)</p> <h2>3. Access Your Social Networks</h2> <p>LinkedIn is an obvious way to look for jobs, but think outside the social network box. Post an update on your favorite social media outlets to let people know you're looking for a job in a particular field, and ask them to pass any leads along to you. You never know; an old high school friend on Facebook might connect you with your dream job.</p> <h2>4. Think Like a Stalker</h2> <p><strong>Caution:</strong> Don't actually stalk anyone.</p> <p>But do hang out where people in your field hang out. If you really want a computer programming job at a local company and you live nearby, start frequenting restaurants, coffee shops, or gyms in the neighborhood. Don't be creepy. But you might bump into someone with connections on the inside. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-bad-networking-habits-that-will-kill-your-job-prospects?ref=seealso">15 Bad Networking Habits</a>)</p> <h2>5. Advertise Yourself</h2> <p>Take a leaf from the business advertising book and invest in signage. If you live on a busy street, professional-looking signage advertising your skills or freelance business could catch the eye of a prospective employer or well-connected neighbor (check your local zoning regulations, however). You could also put (well-designed) flyers at local coffee shops, or even invest in a custom car magnet that has your contact information and skills listed. Obviously, this tactic will work better for some professions than others.</p> <h2>6. Add a Pitch to Your Email Signature</h2> <p>If you're like most 21st century job seekers, you send dozens of emails every day. Put email to work in your job search by adding a catchy line to your email signature that indicates your qualifications and includes your contact information. Think of it as an <a href="http://astridbaumgardner.com/articles/16-personal-branding-for-musicians-and-artists-using-your-unique-gifts-to-connect-with-your-audience">abbreviated personal branding statement</a>. For example, after your name, phone number, email address, and link to your LinkedIn profile, you can add: &quot;I am a top-notch graphic designer with 10+ years experience who brings passion and creativity to manufacturing businesses so they can make a lasting impression.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-distinguish-yourself-online-from-people-with-the-same-name-as-you?ref=seealso">How to Distinguish Yourself Online</a>)</p> <p>Job searching isn't what it used to be. But when you employ creative ways to search for jobs into your job search, you'll increase the odds of landing your dream job. And don't forget, once you land your interview opportunity to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">prepare for interview questions</a>.</p> <p><em>Have you tried anything unconventional to land a job? What'd you do? Please leave a comment in the traditional space below!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unconventional-ways-to-find-your-next-job" class="sharethis-link" title="6 Unconventional Ways to Find Your Next Job" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting job hunt job search job sources Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:48:23 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 1128213 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things You Did Wrong at Your Last Job Interview http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-did-wrong-at-your-last-job-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-you-did-wrong-at-your-last-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/interview-76806713.jpg" alt="interview" title="interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's a lot that can go wrong in a job interview.</p> <p>If you think about what's actually happening, it's remarkable that anyone can go into a situation like that and avoid feeling incredibly nervous. You're being questioned, assessed, and judged, all while having to make conversation and present yourself in a way that's going to make those judging you want to pay you a lot of money to work for them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-a-good-first-impression-at-your-next-job-interview?ref=seealso">How to Make a Good Impression at an Interview</a>)</p> <p>That's tough sledding, even for those who would consider themselves to have nerves of steel. But if you're going in for a job interview, knowing ahead of time what could potentially go wrong on your end might save you from hurting your own chances.</p> <p>If at the end of the interview you have no regrets and the ball is totally in a hiring manager's court, that's all you can ask for.</p> <p>To help avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, here are 10 things that happened in your last interview that you did wrong (and how you can do better next time)<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">. (See also: </span><a style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;" href="http://www.wisebread.com/weird-job-interview-questions-and-how-to-answer-them?ref=seealso">Weird Interview Questions and How to Answer Them</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">)</span></p> <h2>1. Spoke Negatively About Your Last Job or Supervisor</h2> <p>Sometimes it can be tempting to talk down your last job in response to questions like, &quot;Why are you looking to change jobs?&quot; or &quot;What makes you think you'd be a good fit here?&quot;</p> <p>Speaking negatively is a poor response because, first and foremost, it doesn't answer the question in full. Furthermore, the people interviewing you are going to be your next boss, and if they detect that you were insubordinate at your last job, they've no reason to believe that you won't treat them the same way.</p> <p>Demonstrate that you are a team player. Find something positive about your former (or current) employers, and keep your review honest.</p> <h2>2. Overhyped Your Abilities or Credentials</h2> <p>Interviewers can almost always tell when somebody is exaggerating what's on their resume. Often you'll end up talking about something that you don't have a lot of knowledge about, and you'll say things that are simply incorrect, which hiring managers will quickly pick up on.</p> <p>While you should be confident in your abilities (more on that next), you shouldn't try to oversell your potential, especially since it's so easy to spot.</p> <h2>3. Weren't Confident in Your Own Abilities</h2> <p>You might be well-qualified, but if you go into an interview without having confidence in yourself and some assertiveness about what's on your resume and what you can bring to the table to benefit them, interviewers will pick up on that right away. Make sure&nbsp;that you're confident in your skill set. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-habits-you-must-break-to-become-more-self-confident?ref=seealso">Break These Habits to Become More Confident</a>)</p> <h2>4. Forgot That Companies Hire for a Reason</h2> <p>It can be easy to forget that jobs aren't just a sort of entity out there that you have to be lucky enough to land so you can have a steady paycheck.</p> <p>Jobs and paychecks exist only for one reason: because companies and business owners need help to keep turning a profit. The only way you get one of those jobs is if you can help that person make money and make it easier for them to do their job.</p> <p>You have to present as that person and have that mindset as the foundation for a great interview.</p> <h2>5. Presented Yourself Poorly</h2> <p>One intensely practical aspect of interviewing is that those who <a href="http://www.forbes.com/2010/02/16/job-interview-fashion-forbes-woman-style-meetings-10-mistakes.html">look neat</a> and well put together are going to have a better shot at getting hired than those who don't. It's not a bad idea to put up the money for a new outfit and make sure that you cover all the details, right down to your belt and shoes.</p> <h2>6. Talked Too Much</h2> <p>You should be confident in your abilities, but that doesn't mean you should be overly talkative or constantly having something to say about yourself.</p> <p>In an interview setting it pays to listen well and to only talk about things that are crucial and pertinent to the job at hand. Let whoever is interviewing you set the tone when it comes to opening up and talking about other things. If they're relaxed about it, you can follow suit.</p> <h2>7. Didn't Research the Company</h2> <p>There are a lot of people who apply for jobs without so much as reading the description, much less studying up on the company. The more you know about the company, the more you'll be able to articulate how you can help them and how your skills would benefit their mission statement. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-must-learn-about-the-company-before-your-job-interview?ref=seealso">Things You Should Know About the Company Before an Interview</a>)</p> <p>It'll also automatically put you a cut above the people who didn't do their homework.</p> <h2>8. Didn't Ask Enough Questions</h2> <p>When most of us think about an interview, we think about someone questioning us. While that's an important part of the process, you'll likely be given the opportunity to ask your interviewer some questions as well. If you don't have anything to ask, you run the risk of looking like someone who &quot;just wants a job&quot; and doesn't really care about their career. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-questions-you-must-ask-at-your-next-job-interview?ref=seealso">Questions You Must Ask at an Interview</a>)</p> <p>Ask questions about the company, the position, and whatever general information you'd like to know, with the exception of one particular topic...</p> <h2>9. Inquired About Salary Too Early</h2> <p>Unless someone offers up information about salary, don't bring it up yourself. In fact, it would benefit you to steer away from the topic in all scenarios until you've gotten a job offer. At that point, you're the one in control, and you can go into a negotiating phase where the topic has a lot more relevance.</p> <h2>10. Failed to Follow Up</h2> <p>It can certainly be discouraging when you have a great interview and don't hear anything for a few weeks. Even waiting a few days can be tough, but if you feel like an interview went well and you don't hear anything back, follow up with whoever you spoke with. Some companies like to see that initiative, while with others it falls on deaf ears.&nbsp;You won't know until you try.</p> <p>Start with a phone call first, then if you don't hear anything for another week, send an email.</p> <h2>Avoiding the Self-Inflicted Injuries</h2> <p>If you cover these points, you'll at least have the confidence of knowing that you're avoiding the interview casualties that are typically self-inflicted.</p> <p>The hiring world is a complex science, without guarantees or formulas. You just have to know the basics, then get out there, and take your chances. If you do that, you're at least giving yourself a chance, and it's only a matter of time until you can find someone else who's willing to do the same.</p> <p><em>Have you ever messed up a job interview? What'd you do? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-did-wrong-at-your-last-job-interview" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Things You Did Wrong at Your Last Job Interview" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting interview mistakes interview tips Job Interview job search Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:24:14 +0000 Mikey Rox 1128459 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Stay Upbeat on Your Job Hunt http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-stay-upbeat-on-your-job-hunt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-stay-upbeat-on-your-job-hunt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/interview-157115819.jpg" alt="interviewees" title="interviewees" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Takes-Four-Months-Get-Job-22958329">recent study revealed</a> that staying positive on your job hunt ensures you a better chance of scoring a job. Staying upbeat in the face of multiple rejections can be quite tough &mdash; here are a couple of ways to cope.</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Write-Good-Cover-Letter-24357796">Catch a Recruiter's Eye With These 7 Cover Letter Tips</a></p> <h2>Avoid Talking to Negative People</h2> <p>You need all the cheerleading you can get, so try not to talk to those who have lost all hope and are trying to get you to feel the same way. Misery loves company, and spending time with negative people can influence how you feel as well.</p> <h2>Work Out</h2> <p>When you're unemployed, working out will help you stay positive. The endorphins released during your workout are known to boost moods and the overall well-being of a person. Studies have shown that working out also gives you more energy, which is essential during your job hunt.</p> <h2>Wake Up Early</h2> <p>Retract the shades on your window so you'll be waking up to the sunrise every day, or set an alarm clock that will get you up at an early hour. Just because you don't have to clock into an office in the morning doesn't mean you should sleep in. In fact, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/09/15/early-risers-happier-healthier-slimmer_n_963894.html">researchers from Roehampton University</a> found that people who get up earlier have happier and healthier lives than those who sleep in. Develop healthy sleep habits for a better mood.</p> <h2>Go to Networking Events</h2> <p>Going to networking events is not only just good for building up your professional Rolodex, but it also benefits your positivity. The people you meet at events will give you encouraging advice on your job hunt and can also be potential leads. It will give you hope and help you persevere on your job search journey.</p> <h2>Clean Your Crib</h2> <p>Living in clutter can make you feel anxious and depressed. Make sure your home is in tip-top shape so that it will feel like a welcoming place. Cleaning will also help you feel more productive. To get started, try out this <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cleaning-Schedule-Apartments-22425976">cleaning schedule</a>.</p> <h2>Read as Much as You Can</h2> <p>Enrich your mind by doing a lot of reading during your spare time. There will be a big difference in your mood if you decide to spend the day reading educational content rather than watching reality shows.</p> <h2>Avoid Reading Really Negative Articles</h2> <p>There's going to be a lot of really negative articles about the dismal job market or your profession. Try to avoid the temptation of reading too many of them, because they can't really help your situation. Reading a few articles will give you a reality check, but poring over too many of them is going to get you down.</p> <h2>Don't Overspend</h2> <p>Do be frugal during this time and try not to overspend. Money is definitely a big stressor for job hunters and there's nothing more depressing than seeing the numbers in your bank account drop. If you are planning on buying things you can't afford to cheer yourself up, remember that there are ramifications. Find frugal alternatives that won't drain your shrinking bank account, especially if you're not making income.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Searching for a new job can be disheartening — stay positive and productive with these great tips. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Dos-Donts-Job-Interviews-34040192&quot;">16 Major Dos and Don'ts at a Job Interview</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-You-Cant-Answer-Interview-Question-33925868">What You Should Do If You're Stumped During an Interview</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Tips-Turn-Your-Internship-Job-34086771">10 Ways to Turn Your Internship Into a Job</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting job search lost job positive Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:14:21 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1127299 at http://www.wisebread.com Get Your LinkedIn Profile Noticed With a Few Attention-Grabbing Tweaks http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-linkedin-profile-noticed-with-a-few-attention-grabbing-tweaks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-your-linkedin-profile-noticed-with-a-few-attention-grabbing-tweaks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laptop-4965810-small.jpg" alt="woman using laptop" title="woman using laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're searching for a new job or just looking to boost your networking power, LinkedIn has proven to be a unique and powerful tool in the professional development game. In addition to giving users a place to showcase their talents and connections, it has become a top-contender in the rankings of Google search results &mdash; often showing up higher in searches than competing social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job?ref=seealso">25 Websites to Help You Get a Job</a>)</p> <p>With all the benefits that can come from being found on LinkedIn, it's important that your profile reaches out and grabs the attention of the person who stumbled upon it. And while there are many tips and tricks to being number one in the LinkedIn search results, they are all for nothing if your profile is disappointing, or worse yet, beneath your own level of professionalism.</p> <p>So how does one create a worthy profile? And what will one get in return for the investment? Here are some of the proven strategies LinkedIn experts have used successfully on the site. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-linkedin-changes-every-job-hunter-should-make?ref=seealso">LinkedIn Changes Every Job Hunter Should Make</a>)</p> <h2>Use a Professional Photo</h2> <p>Still missing a photo on LinkedIn? You need to upload one right away! Not only will a photo help make your profile stand out, but it puts a face to a name, and a name to a face. This will prove useful when taking your job search or networking experience from offline to online. Be sure your picture is one that you would feel good about putting on a business card, though&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">&mdash; n</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">o Facebook selfies or photos older than five years, please!</span></p> <h2>Use SEO-Friendly Keywords</h2> <p>While it is never advisable to &quot;stuff&quot; your profile with too many keywords, the value of having well-placed terms that describe what you do is high. Are you a blogger, freelance writer, and a podcaster? Include all three terms in your profile title for maximum searchability and as way for potential employers and clients to see, at a glance, that you know their business. You should use other synonyms for these industry-specific words throughout your descriptions, as well, making sure that you write your profile more like a blog post about your experience and less like a boring resume. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-your-resume-past-the-resume-filter?ref=seealso">How to Get Past the Resume Filter</a>)</p> <h2>Link When Possible</h2> <p>LinkedIn has limited options for linking in the main portion of your profile. It's amazing, however, how few people use the maximum number of link fields provided to promote themselves and their work. Do you have a blog, a website, and a company Facebook page? Include all three in your profile, with appropriate anchor text. (Use keywords with these, too, if possible.) Specifically, if you work in an online niche, leaving out links to other sites will leave those who view your profile confused or underwhelmed.</p> <h2>Take Advantage of Multimedia Components</h2> <p>LinkedIn has recently added some exciting features to &quot;pump up&quot; the flash factor of the simple profile. It's now possible to add photos and videos to each section of your profile. If you have a video on YouTube that showcases your work, add it in under the appropriate work history. Screenshots make great visual examples of articles you may have written or been mentioned in, as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unique-ways-to-score-a-job-interview?ref=seealso">Unique Ways to Score an Interview</a>)</p> <h2>Ask for Recommendations</h2> <p>These are not to be confused with &quot;endorsements&quot; that can be given or received without asking. Recommendations are formal requests of an employer, colleague, or client where they can write a paragraph or two about your credibility; consider them similar to a letter of recommendation (only shorter). To solicit a recommendation, make sure you know the contact well and be sure to thank them for their contribution to your profile. (Note: Endorsements, at a glance, can make a skimpier profile of a less experienced professional seem to have more substance. Don't hesitate to display them, but strive to get at least five recommendations on your profile for your current job niche.)</p> <h2>Extras</h2> <p>By following these simple recommendations, you can have an eye-catching profile that easily tells a prospect that you are serious about online networking. Other quick considerations include:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Making your profile public.</p> </li> <li> <p>Including a way for contacts to reach you outside of LinkedIn (included in the Contact section).</p> </li> <li> <p>Linking to your various social media accounts (only those, however, that are appropriate for business purposes).</p> </li> <li> <p>Upgrading to a paid account (which allows you to see who has been viewing your profile).</p> </li> </ul> <p>While LinkedIn isn't the magic bullet that will make or break a career, it certainly gives the dedicated professional a leg up in a very competitive economy. By taking a day or two to set up your profile in an attention-grabbing manner, you can make sure that your online &quot;first impression&quot; is a worthy one.</p> <p><em>Has LinkedIn helped you land a job or a gig? Any profile tips we've missed? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-linkedin-profile-noticed-with-a-few-attention-grabbing-tweaks" class="sharethis-link" title="Get Your LinkedIn Profile Noticed With a Few Attention-Grabbing Tweaks" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career Building Job Hunting job search LinkedIn online profile online reputation Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:48:42 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1127328 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Job-Hunting Tools That Are More Important Than LinkedIn http://www.wisebread.com/8-job-hunting-tools-that-are-more-important-than-linkedin <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-job-hunting-tools-that-are-more-important-than-linkedin" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/job-search-87070749.jpg" alt="job hunt" title="job hunt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sure, LinkedIn is a great place to expand your professional network, get noticed, and look for career opportunities. But it's not the only resource for those who are actively looking for a job. Here are eight other tools you should be using in your job search. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-linkedin-changes-every-job-hunter-should-make?ref=seealso">LinkedIn Changes Every Job Hunter Should Make</a>)</p> <h2>1. Branding and Digital Dirt Burial Tools</h2> <p>Create a polished online presence to promote yourself and, at the same time, bury digital dirt that may be preventing you from getting hired.</p> <p>Start by doing a search on yourself to see what potential employers may view. Use various search engines such as Google and Bing, and be sure to sign out of your account (or use Google's incognito feature), so that results are not customized to your preferences.</p> <p>Use online tools designed to monitor or control the quality of information presented. For example, <a href="http://www.trackur.com/social-media-monitoring">Trackur</a> allows you to view online conversations about your brand, alerts set up through Google's &quot; <a href="http://www.google.com/settings/me">Me on the Web</a>&quot; can help you stay informed about your online persona (get there from Data Tools through your Google account), and <a href="https://brandyourself.com/">BrandYourself</a> provides tools to let you indicate whether a search result is relevant. Look for free services that are reputable; be aware that some firms charge high fees and use unscrupulous &quot;black hat&quot; SEO tactics that could damage your reputation. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-web-presence-will-soon-be-more-valuable-than-your-credit-rating?ref=seealso">Your Web Presence May Be More Important Than Your Credit Rating</a>)</p> <p>Or, do it yourself:</p> <ul> <li>Use your own blog and social media sites to showcase your expertise and discuss industry news.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Link your accounts to indicate proper relationships (for example, link your blog to your Google+ account or link to your personal website from Twitter).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Add professional images to your profiles, replacing fun-but-frivolous photos.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Remove posts where you ranted about a now-meaningless encounter.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Update privacy settings on sites where you share personal information.</li> </ul> <p>For sites that you do not control, contact webmasters directly to ask for removal of unfavorable content.</p> <h2>2. Company Review Websites</h2> <p>Websites that provide an insider's view of a potential employer are invaluable to job hunters. <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm">Glassdoor</a> and <a href="http://www.careerbliss.com/">Career Bliss</a>, for example, allow current and past employees to share their thoughts on a company and its workplace practices.</p> <p>Information may include steps in the candidate review, evaluation, and selection process. By using these sites, you can better prepare yourself for interviews, follow-up activities, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-negotiate-higher-pay-at-your-next-new-job">salary negotiations</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job?ref=seealso">Awesome Websites to Help You Get a Job</a>)</p> <p>Gain insights into corporate culture and values. For example, you may learn that a certain organization offers a high level of job security and outstanding benefits but few opportunities for career advancement. Depending on your goals, you may choose to pursue a position with this employer or cross it off your target company list.</p> <h2>3. Interview Preparation Tools</h2> <p>Being able to sell yourself and your value to a potential employer is essential to landing a job and getting a great offer. Use interview preparation tools to prepare yourself to articulate qualifications, engage hiring managers and potential colleagues, and convey unique strengths in face-to-face and phone interviews. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-a-good-first-impression-at-your-next-job-interview?ref=seealso">How to Make a Good Impression at an Interview</a>)</p> <p>There are many resources to prepare you for interviews. Offline, visit your college career services offices or hire a coach to train you on interviewing techniques and get you ready to answer traditional and curveball questions. Online, check out providers such as <a href="http://biginterview.com/">Big Interview</a> and <a href="http://www.phoneinterviewpro.com/">Phone Interview Pro</a>.</p> <h2>4. Success Stories</h2> <p>Compelling <a href="http://www.collegegrad.com/jobsearch/16-6.shtml">success stories</a> can attract potential employers plus reveal how you think and act in difficult situations. They can be included in your resume and elaborated on during interviews.</p> <p>According to the Harvard Business Review, you should use the <a href="http://hbr.org/web/management-tip/tips-on-interviews">STAR (Situation-Task-Achievement-Results)</a> technique to frame your successes. Discuss the circumstances of a workplace situation, explain the tasks or steps you took to solve a problem or capitalize on an opportunity, explain why your actions were beneficial, and share the results.</p> <p>For example, an accomplishment such as &quot;increased sales by 30%&quot; sounds impressive but has little context for a skeptical hiring manager. A more convincing story is one in which you explain that you accepted a challenging assignment to a dormant sales territory, introduced yourself to former customers, overcame objections stemming from lack of previous contact, won trust through hands-on problem solving, and grew sales during an economic slowdown.</p> <h2>5. Online Job-Posting Aggregators</h2> <p>Online aggregators of job postings, such as <a href="http://www.indeed.com/">Indeed</a> and <a href="http://www.simplyhired.com/">Simply Hired</a>, streamline and simplify your job search. Not only can you peruse positions advertised on major job boards, you can find opportunities from the careers sections of your target companies.</p> <p>Use these resources to note hiring trends and to identify and apply for openings.</p> <h2>6. Target Company List</h2> <p>A target company list enables you to <a href="http://hireimaging.com/articles/career-tips/job-search-campaign-strategies">focus your job search</a>. A more focused effort is generally more effective.</p> <p>Based on your list, strategically cultivate your network, gather insights from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-informational-interview-what-not-to-say-and-more">informational interviews</a>, craft your resume to meet requirements, and develop compelling stories to illustrate how your professional capabilities and style meshes with your desired employer's needs.</p> <p>Develop and refine your target companies using lists such as <a href="http://www.greatplacetowork.com/best-companies/100-best-companies-to-work-for">Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For</a>, local business directories, and industry associations. You can also use results from general Google searches with parameters that include your target industry, job title or profession, and location.</p> <h2>7. Email and Phone</h2> <p>Email and phone services are essential to carefully spreading the word that you are in the job market, and they help you when being considered for opportunities. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-crucial-job-searching-steps-most-people-skip?ref=seealso">Crucial Job Searching Steps Most People Skip</a>)</p> <p>Give friends and close professional colleagues a brief overview of your professional credentials and current goals. When you begin targeting a certain company or interview for a job, communicate directly with those who can advise on the best way to approach a hiring manager or target employer. Express appreciation for assistance and provide periodic updates on your progress; when your name stays in front of people, they will be more likely to remember you when openings that match your qualifications become available.</p> <p>Throughout your job hunt, tap the basic but essential tools of email and phone to manage communications with hiring decision makers and human resource professionals.</p> <h2>8. Tracking Systems</h2> <p>A tracking system can help you keep up with potential employer interactions. Because there is often a significant time lapse between applying for a position and getting called for an interview, using a system to access relevant information quickly can make you appear organized and polished.</p> <p>For example, a tracking system can allow you to easily find the customized resume you uploaded to your targeted employer's website. Then you can refresh your memory on selling points from that version and bring a copy with you to the interview. Plus, you can recall the names, titles, and addresses of those on a panel interview and know where to send thank-you notes.</p> <p>Career-services professional Jason Alba has created an online tool to track all aspects of a job search. <a href="http://www.jibberjobber.com/login.php">JibberJobber Career Management 2.0</a> is a free resource (with premium features) that allows you to build lists of professional and personal contacts, store resumes and other job search documents, maintain records of expenses, and more.</p> <p>If you'd rather create your own system, consider making electronic files or paper folders to store all pertinent documents for a target company along with <em>interview notes.</em></p> <p><em>What job-hunting tools have you used? Have they been more important than LinkedIn to your job-search success?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-job-hunting-tools-that-are-more-important-than-linkedin" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Job-Hunting Tools That Are More Important Than LinkedIn" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting job hunt tools online job search online profile Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:36:38 +0000 Julie Rains 1127825 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Bad Networking Habits That Will Kill Your Job Prospects http://www.wisebread.com/15-bad-networking-habits-that-will-kill-your-job-prospects <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-bad-networking-habits-that-will-kill-your-job-prospects" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/business-3449479-small.jpg" alt="blindfolded business people" title="blindfolded business people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For those facing the competitive arena of the job market you likely know that networking with other people in your peer group and beyond could be the ideal way to get your foot in the next door with a job opening. Networking has helped many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/how-to-network-sincerely-and-effectively">land great jobs</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-simple-networking-tricks?ref=seealso">15 Simple Networking Tricks</a>)</p> <p>However helpful networking can be to your job-finding success, it can also kill any prospects you have on a potential job, especially if you are doing it wrong. Here are 15 job prospect-killing moves you may be guilty of in your search for a new job.</p> <h2>1. Networking With Your Current Boss's Allies</h2> <p>Many people make the mistake of not researching with whom they are speaking. If you talk down your current boss to an acquaintance of his or hers, you likely not only kill any chance of getting a new job, you may be putting your current job at risk.</p> <h2>2. Projecting Poor Body Language</h2> <p>When <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smart-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations">meeting a potential job contact</a> in person, it is important that you maintain a professional presence no matter the location in which you are meeting. Make sure to make eye contact, offer a firm handshake, and watch your non-verbal actions. If you have a tendency to smirk or roll your eyes, your contact may dismiss you before even finding out about your experience. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-are-what-you-do-16-ways-to-improve-your-body-language?ref=seealso">16 Ways to Improve Your Body Language</a>)</p> <h2>3. Using Terrible Grammar</h2> <p>If you are meeting a networking contact via email, you better make sure your writing skills are up to snuff. Use complete sentences, and don't speak in Internet slang better reserved for texting your friends. Keep profane words out of the conversation and double-check for typos prior to hitting send. If meeting in person, enunciate your words and speak concisely and clearly without slang words.</p> <h2>4. Being a Wallflower</h2> <p>If you are in an environment that is all about networking and making connections but choose to cling to the edge of the room instead of mingling, you likely are ruining a possible good first impression. It may be better to skip these events altogether than give off a bad vibe.</p> <h2>5. Having Poor Manners</h2> <p>Whether online or off, manners are still required. A simple &quot;please&quot; and a &quot;thank you&quot; will get you far. Never interrupt conversations already in progress just to get in a handshake. Lack of manners or basic courtesies are a turn off to many people looking to recruit new talent. Those who consider you to be rude are likely not going to refer you to their own contacts. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-rules-of-etiquette-everyone-should-know-and-follow?ref=seealso">Etiquette Rules You Should Follow</a>)</p> <h2>6. Missing Contact Info</h2> <p>If you are providing others with your business card or other contact information, make sure the details are correct. Someone may be more than interested in giving you a shot at a job but will easily become frustrated when they can't get in touch with you because your phone number has been disconnected or your email account is no longer active.</p> <h2>7. Delaying a Response</h2> <p>If you tend to procrastinate on new interview requests or other job inquiries, you may be showing your true colors to a potential employer. If you have successfully networked with other contacts who in turn contact you for a job, make sure to follow up on emails or phone calls. If you fail to get back in touch within 24 hours, you may be perceived as unreliable.</p> <h2>8. Network Spamming</h2> <p>If you have been lucky enough to get the contact information of people with an &quot;in,&quot; use it wisely. Make the initial contact and wait for a reply. If no reply comes within a week's time do one follow up contact. Avoid becoming a harassing presence in the other person's life with repeated phone calls, emails, or contacts on social media.</p> <h2>9. Missing Appointments</h2> <p>If you have the opportunity to meet with a networking connection, be sure to show up and show up on time. If someone takes the time to hear you out about job opportunities, have the decency to be respectful of their time. Otherwise you will be viewed as irresponsible and not reliable. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-always-be-on-time?ref=seealso">How to Always Be on Time</a>)</p> <h2>10. Telling Lies</h2> <p>While it can be difficult to toot one's own horn to another person in a position of power, some people find it all too easy to hype up their experience by just plain lying. Be truthful about your skills and experience even if you aren't speaking to a hiring authority. No one will want to recommend a known liar to their employer or other acquaintance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-tell-if-someone-is-lying-other-than-the-long-nose?ref=seealso">How to Tell If Someone Is Lying</a>)</p> <h2>11. Making Inappropriate Confessions</h2> <p>In the process of making small talk with a networking connection, make sure you are aware of what you are saying and how it can impact your job prospects. For instance, if you freely admit to having a house full of stolen office supplies, your connection may find a reason to step away from you quickly.</p> <h2>12. Complaining</h2> <p>While communicating with your potential networking contact, always keep things positive. If you are perceived as a negative person because you constantly complain and rarely seem satisfied with anything, you may be the last person an employer wants in the office. Save your rants for your close friends that are totally unrelated to your job.</p> <h2>13. Burning Your Bridges</h2> <p>If you have had a successful interaction with a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-31-hidden-networks-that-can-help-you-land-jobs">networking connection</a> only to discover things didn't work out in your favor, don't burn the bridges you have established out of spite. While this particular job may not be a win for you, the networking contact may be instrumental in the near-future. Don't bad-mouth your allies or be rude because things didn't work in your favor.</p> <h2>14. Offering Too Much Information</h2> <p>There are people that have a bad habit of talking entirely too much for their own good when nervous. When networking with a potential employer practice a few breathing exercises and watch what you say. Telling your potential boss too much information about your personal life can put you at a serious disadvantage.</p> <h2>15. Not Cooling Your Emotions</h2> <p>If you have been without a job for some time or just plain dislike the job you currently have, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and generally emotional about a new job prospect. If you lose control of your emotions during your networking contact, you may be seen as unstable. Don't cry, yell, or in any other way have a meltdown in front of someone who may be interested in hiring you.</p> <p><em>Anything I've missed? What networking mistakes have you made or have you seen others make?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-bad-networking-habits-that-will-kill-your-job-prospects" class="sharethis-link" title="15 Bad Networking Habits That Will Kill Your Job Prospects" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Career Building Job Hunting job search networking networking mistakes Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:48:36 +0000 Tisha Tolar 1125261 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Sell Yourself to Potential Employers http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-yourself-to-potential-employers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-sell-yourself-to-potential-employers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/interview-166193576.jpg" alt="interview" title="interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You customize your resume and cover letter to fit each application and provide thorough explanations of how your unique set of qualifications make you the ideal candidate for the job. But could you be doing more to sell yourself to potential employers? Even if you're an experienced job-seeker, you can benefit from learning a few new ways to convince a company that you're the one they're looking for. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-secrets-of-long-distance-job-hunting?ref=seealso">Long-Distance Job Hunting Tips</a>)</p> <h2>1. Use the Right Keywords</h2> <p>Having the right language in your job hunting materials ensures that both human and automated resume reviewers know you have what they're looking for.</p> <p>To come up with your keywords, first, think about the phrases employers would use to find a candidate for the position. Next, review the job posting to determine the skills and knowledge the employer is looking for. Finally, think about attributes you possess that set you apart from other candidates. These can be certifications, specialized education, or uncommon or highly-desirable skills. Sprinkle these terms throughout your resume and cover letter and be sure to emphasize the most relevant experience and education. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-words-you-need-to-delete-from-your-resume-right-now?ref=seealso">Words You Should Delete From Your Resume</a>)</p> <p>Using keywords is especially important on LinkedIn and other networking sites to draw employers to your profile and let them know exactly what you have to offer. In addition to having including them in the Skills, Interest and Experience sections, the headline that appears in search results and on the top of your page can benefit from keywords as well. &quot;Banking customer service representative&quot; provides a basic concept of yourself, but &quot;Financial customer care professional with proven sales experience&quot; provides recruiters with a descriptive yet concise depiction of your expertise.</p> <h2>2. Ask the Right Questions</h2> <p>Instead of requesting information about salary and vacation time, or worse, having no questions at all, make employers take notice by proposing topics that show you're serious about the job. In addition to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-questions-you-must-ask-at-your-next-job-interview">questions that show your interest</a> in the everyday goings on of a job, ask about the long- and short-term goals and plans for the position, department, and company. Ask questions about any recent industry news and how it will affect the business. You should also inquire about any issues with the position that the company wants to solve. Finally, ask the interviewer if he or she has any reservations or questions about your suitability for the job. This last one is important, because you may not have another chance to offer an explanation and alleviate their misgivings. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-a-good-first-impression-at-your-next-job-interview?ref=seealso">13 Ways to Make a Good Impression at Your Job Interview</a>)</p> <h2>3. Explain How You've Contributed</h2> <p>When considering a candidate, one of the most important questions employers have is, &quot;How is this person going to contribute to the bottom line?&quot;</p> <p>To make yourself really stand out, you have to explain how you can use your position to increase profits and decrease costs. Think of realistic scenarios in which you can apply your expertise to benefit the employer on a day-to-day basis. Back those ideas up with stories of how your skills and knowledge have been an advantage to organizations in the past. Think of specific examples of your contributions, such as the time you landed the largest account of the year because your advanced technical knowledge allowed you to explain a product's complicated specs to the customer in laymen's terms. Also think of ways you saved previous employers from serious problems, like when your keen attention to detail helped you locate a small accounting error before it had a chance to turn into a big issue.</p> <h2>4. Be Passionate</h2> <p>Companies love nothing more than an employee who genuinely enjoys their job. Showing passion for the work signals to employers that you'll give your full effort and are likely interested in the job for the long haul, both of which are important considerations. Even if it's the most mundane job imaginable, find aspects of it that you like and expand on those points. If a customer service rep, for example, is enthusiastic and sincere about how much they enjoy helping people solve problems, the employer is much more likely to remember that candidate. You could even use examples from your personal life to show that you have innate affinity for the duties of the position.</p> <h2>5. Show Off Your Industry Knowledge</h2> <p>Read up on your industry's activities by visiting trade-related websites, perusing professional publications, and scouring the news. Look for information about openings, closings, mergers, new laws or regulations, management changes, and social matters that could affect the company and its competitors. To incorporate this information into your cover letter, simply mention your awareness of these items and request an interview to discuss how you can help the company with them. Once you're face to face, flesh out your knowledge of the issues and provide more in-depth explanations of your ideas. Tell the interviewer how you can help the company take advantage of the new situation or avoid adverse effects. As always, be specific. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-must-learn-about-the-company-before-your-job-interview?ref=seealso">Learn These Things About a Company Before the Interview</a>)</p> <h2>6. Dress to Impress</h2> <p>You already know that the outfit you wear to a job interview is important. But you may not be aware that even minor things about your appearance can make a big difference in an employer's opinion of you. A recent study found that after seeing an image for only three seconds, reviewers rated a man more successful, flexible, and confident when he was pictured wearing a tailored suit as opposed to when he was photographed in an identical off-the-rack outfit. These <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/do-something-different/201304/what-your-clothes-might-be-saying-about-you">quick assessments</a> also applied to images of women, who were thought of as more confident, responsible, authoritative, and intelligent when they wore conservative clothing, such as longer skirts and blouses with higher necklines. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-snag-budget-friendly-business-clothes?ref=seealso">5 Ways to Snag Affordable Business Clothes</a>)</p> <p>The colors you choose can also be an important factor. Studies have revealed that <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/best-and-worst-colors-to-wear-to-job-interview-2013-11">navy blue is the best interview outfit color</a> because it conveys a sense of confidence and trustworthiness. Earthy colors such as brown and tan project dependability, while red shows interviewers that you are energetic and influential. By wearing your most well-made yet conservative outfit and choosing colors to suit the energy the position requires, you can use snap judgments to subconsciously boost an interviewer's impression of you.</p> <p><em>What are some tips and tricks you use to land a job?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-yourself-to-potential-employers" class="sharethis-link" title="How to Sell Yourself to Potential Employers" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lauren-treadwell">Lauren Treadwell</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting getting hired Job Interview job search Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:48:16 +0000 Lauren Treadwell 1125263 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Catch a Recruiter's Eye With These Cover Letter Tips http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-catch-a-recruiters-eye-with-these-cover-letter-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-catch-a-recruiters-eye-with-these-cover-letter-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/interview-177239490.jpg" alt="interview" title="interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on cover letter tips, money-saving ideas that don't work, and getting the biggest tax write-off for your home office.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Write-Good-Cover-Letter-24357796">Catch a Recruiter's Eye With These 7 Cover Letter Tips</a> &mdash; To catch a recruiter's eye, make sure your cover letter doesn't discuss your weaknesses. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id1426-money-savings-mirages-sure-fire-ways-save-money.html">Money Mirages: 6 Money-Saving Ideas That Are Anything But</a> &mdash; Blindly sacrificing quality in favor of low prices can end up costing you more in the long run. [Len Penzo dot Com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2014/02/11/get-the-biggest-tax-write-off-for-your-home-office/2/?ss=personalfinance">Get The Biggest Tax Write-Off For Your Home Office</a> &mdash; Do you have a legitimate home office? Don't skip writing it off out of fear of getting audited by the IRS. [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2014/02/10-tips-to-keep-your-desk-clean-organized-productive/">10 Tips to Keep Your Desk Clean, Organized, &amp; Productive</a> &mdash; Always keep a trash can by your desk and avoid unncessesary clutter. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/lifestyle/food-drink/can-gluten-free-phenomenon-help-your-finances?page=4">Can You Go Gluten-Free Without Hurting Your Finances?</a> &mdash; You can go gluten-free without hurting your finances if you make your dollar stretch and know what to buy. [Mainstreet]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/whens-the-best-time-to-shop-for-a-house-or-apartment-1519888581">When's The Best Time to Shop for a Home or Apartment?</a> &mdash; Shopping for a home or apartment in the winter will get you a better deal but a limited selection. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://asklizweston.com/dont-think-college-is-worth-it-read-this/">Don't think college is worth it? Read this.</a> &mdash; Recent college graduates are more likely to be employed full time than high school grads. [Ask Liz Weston]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/02/how-not-to-make-drastic-mistake-you.html">How Not To Make A Drastic Mistake You Will Regret</a> &mdash; Taking the time to reboot before you make a decision will help you make a decision you won't regret. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/02/09/7-little-mistakes-that-steal-your-happiness/">7 Little Mistakes that Steal Your Happiness</a> &mdash; Ignoring what you can control can be a mistake that steals your happiness. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/12-ways-to-celebrate-random-acts-of-kindness-week">12 Ways to Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week</a> &mdash; To celebrate Random Acts of Kindness week, compliment someone and smile. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-catch-a-recruiters-eye-with-these-cover-letter-tips" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Catch a Recruiter&#039;s Eye With These Cover Letter Tips" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting best money tips cover letter recruiter Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:00:40 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1125500 at http://www.wisebread.com Your Web Presence Will Soon Be More Valuable Than Your Credit Rating http://www.wisebread.com/your-web-presence-will-soon-be-more-valuable-than-your-credit-rating <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/your-web-presence-will-soon-be-more-valuable-than-your-credit-rating" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/social-media-5135458-small.jpg" alt="social media" title="social media" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="177" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When employers first started looking up their potential new hires on social media sites, recent grads started deleting whole Facebook accounts. That was better than having a fully documented history of bad behavior, but in the near future people are going to have to do a lot better. A blank social media history is going to be a <em>bad</em> social media history. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-linkedin-changes-every-job-hunter-should-make?ref=seealso">9 LinkedIn Changes You Should Make</a>)</p> <p>The whole situation is directly analogous to credit ratings. Time was, a lot of people didn&#39;t even have a credit history &mdash; back when credit cards were a way to borrow money, rather than a mechanism for making payments. Plenty of people were proud that they&#39;d never had to borrow money &mdash; figured it showed that they were responsible money managers. And often those same folks were terribly surprised when it turned out that having no credit history made it tough when they did want to borrow, such as to get a mortgage.</p> <p>The reason was simple: lenders wanted to see a demonstrated capability to make monthly payments on time, and people who had never borrowed money didn&#39;t have a history that showed that. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-credit-and-how-to-build-it-from-scratch?ref=seealso">How to Build Credit From Scratch</a>)</p> <p>Very soon, having no online presence is going to be worrisome in just the same way. It&#39;s going to either mean that you&#39;re a complete nobody &mdash; or more likely, that your past behavior was so bad you couldn&#39;t clean things up by just deleting a few unwise posts.</p> <h2>Building a Good Web Footprint</h2> <p>There used to be a lot of articles on how to build a good credit history. (The advice usually boiled down to: borrow a little money, make the payments on time, make the last payment a little early.)</p> <p>Now it&#39;s time for some similar articles on how to build a good web presence. We don&#39;t yet know what&#39;s going to be most important, but here are some ideas on how to get started.</p> <h3>Be Gradual</h3> <p>Your web footprint should be built gradually, with posts spread out over time. Don&#39;t imagine that you can fake up a whole web history in a day, or even a few weeks. (For one thing, too many of the posts have hard-to-fake timestamps. But even aside from that, it&#39;s just hard to make up anything that has the richness of a real person&#39;s life, except by documenting it day-by-day.)</p> <h3>Be Normal</h3> <p>Your web footprint should make you look like an ordinary person, with various interests and a reasonable number of friends. A nice mix of posts &mdash; some quotidian updates liberally laced with quirky vacation stories, some links to interesting articles, photos with friends and with family, likes of local businesses &mdash; is going to look much better than two hundred posts all on the same topic (even if the topic is relevant to the job you&#39;re trying to get).</p> <h3>Be Connected</h3> <p>Your web footprint should make you look engaged. In addition to your own content, you should like and share other people&#39;s content &mdash; and you should have content that other people like and share. Don&#39;t look like you think you&#39;re above everyone else; don&#39;t look like nobody likes you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-friends-and-be-happy-why-cultivating-relationships-is-good-for-you?ref=seealso">Why You Should Cultivate Relationships</a>)</p> <h3>Be Honorable</h3> <p>Your web footprint should make you look <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/job-hunting-what-is-your-dutch-wife">unique and quirky</a> &mdash; but like a good person. Don&#39;t have posts that make you look cruel or abusive. It&#39;s fine to have some stories about misadventures, but don&#39;t make yourself out to be stupid or incompetent. (Especially, don&#39;t make yourself out to be a criminal or a drunk.)</p> <h3>Be Distributed</h3> <p>Your web footprint shouldn&#39;t all be one place. Right now, probably the most important web presence to have is on Facebook, followed by Twitter, and then Google+. But there are dozens of other places where it&#39;s worth being engaged: Reddit, Pinterest, Tumblr, Flickr, Delicious, StumbleUpon, your own blog, etc. There&#39;s no telling what the next big thing will be. Fortunately, there&#39;s no need to be on the next big thing. Just make sure your whole web presence isn&#39;t all on one site &mdash; a lot of sites are going to disappear (or worse, become a joke for the people who have moved on to the next big thing).</p> <h2>A Web Presence Is Cheaper Than an Interview</h2> <p>The first time I was interviewed for a job, I was surprised at how little time was spent talking about my qualifications, and how much time was spent just talking. Only years later &mdash; after I started doing interviews myself &mdash; did I come to understand. By the time you get to the interview stage, the employer has already decided that you have the skills to do the work. In the interview, they&#39;re trying to figure out if you&#39;ll fit in. They want to make sure that you&#39;re not a jerk or a flake. But interviews are expensive &mdash; and however limited the picture of someone that you&#39;ll get from their web presence, it&#39;s often enough to spot the jerks and the flakes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-a-good-first-impression-at-your-next-job-interview?ref=seealso">13 Ways to Make a Good Impression at Your Job Interview</a>)</p> <p>If your web footprint makes you look like a jerk or a flake, interviews are going to be few and far between. But if your web footprint is so sparse that someone taking a good look at it comes away without any strong sense of the sort of person you are, there&#39;s every reason to fear that you won&#39;t get the benefit of the doubt. They&#39;ll just look at the next guy, and the guy after that. Soon enough they&#39;ll find someone with enough of a web presence that they feel like they&#39;ve got a sense of the guy. That&#39;s the applicant they&#39;ll call in for an interview.</p> <p>Make sure your web footprint doesn&#39;t make you look like a jerk or a flake &mdash; and make sure it&#39;s dense enough that it looks real, and not like the creation of a few days of trying to fake something up (or a lifetime of bad behavior with all the bad posts hidden).</p> <h2>Beyond the Job Search</h2> <p>Your web presence already matters in your job search, but soon it&#39;s going to matter for everything. Lots of interactions are already heavily reliant on social media reputation &mdash; dating (especially online dating, but also real-life dating), doing freelance work, selling second-hand goods, and so on. Credit scoring won&#39;t be far behind, and probably getting insurance as well.</p> <p>Time to get ready for it.</p> <p><em>Are you actively maintaining your online reputation? Has your online persona helped or hurt you?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-web-presence-will-soon-be-more-valuable-than-your-credit-rating" class="sharethis-link" title="Your Web Presence Will Soon Be More Valuable Than Your Credit Rating" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Life Hacks Job Hunting online reputation reputation social media Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:48:14 +0000 Philip Brewer 1122846 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Master These 15 Interview Questions http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-master-these-15-interview-questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-master-these-15-interview-questions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/interview-187006940.jpg" alt="interview" title="interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on mastering interview questions, when you will get your tax refund, and launching an online business on a budget.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Typical-Job-Interview-Questions-Answers-20280663">Master These 15 Interview Questions</a> &mdash; When asked about your strengths and weaknesses, think back to what others have said about you to come up with answers. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/when-will-i-get-my-tax-refund/">When Will I Get My Tax Refund?</a> &mdash; To get your tax refund faster, opt for direct deposit. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/online-business-on-a-budget/">How To Launch an Online Business On A Budget</a> &mdash; If you are launching an online business, do so on a budget by using existing e-commerce sites. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/pay-veterinary-bills/">3 Ways to Pay Veterinary Bills Without Going Broke</a> &mdash; Taking advantage of pet insurance can help you pay your veterinary bills without going broke. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2014/01/top-money-resolutions-for-2014.html">Top Money Resolutions for 2014</a> &mdash; Did you make a resolution to donate more money to charity in 2014? [Free Money Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/lending-money/">7 Things to Keep in Mind When Loaning Friends Money</a> &mdash; Before you lend money to friends, consider the risks and be willing to take a loss. [NarrowBridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://asklizweston.com/a-whole-lot-of-shredding-going-on/">A Whole Lot Of Shredding Going On</a> &mdash; If you aren&#39;t sure what paperwork you can shred and what paperwork you can&#39;t shred, keep in mind that the IRS accepts electronic records. [Ask Liz Weston]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/make-money/the-top-3-places-to-sell-your-stuff-online/">The Top 3 Places to Sell Your Stuff Online</a> &mdash; Ebay is one of the best places to sell your stuff online. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/5-tech-mobile-trends-ces2014/">5 tech trends you need to know about now</a> &mdash; Have you heard about wearable tech or fitness tech? [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/11-tips-to-prepare-your-teen-to-get-behind-the-wheel">11 Tips to Prepare Your Teen to Get Behind the Wheel</a> &mdash; When preparing your teen to get behind the wheel, slow down and leave cell phones at home. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-master-these-15-interview-questions" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Master These 15 Interview Questions" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Job Hunting best money tips interview questions Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:00:10 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1123497 at http://www.wisebread.com