Friday, July 30, 2004

University of Dayton's Transition to Teaching Program

The Transition to Teaching program is a federally-funded project that trains people without backgrounds in special education to become Intervention Specialists in Ohio. By utilizing an alternative pathway to special education teacher licensure, cohorts in Columbus and Dayton will work toward full licensure through the Transition to Teaching program.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Wanted: Your Job Hunting Success Stories

That's right, gentle readers. I want to let others know about how you have successfully found a job. It may be your current one or a previous one - it doesn't matter. I want to encourage other job seekers with your success. You will receive no reimbursement from this, except for the gratification that your story has helped to inspire countless others who are where you once were.

Be specific, but don't mention any company names. That may sound like a contradiction in terms, and you may disagree with this approach - let me know and I may reconsider. Instead, use a generic title, such as "software development consulting company", "global consumer products company", and so on. If you would like some help, then let me know.

I will only use your initials or first name and last initial when presenting your success story. I am specifically interested in answers to the following:

  • What position were you applying for?
  • How did you contact the particular company?
  • Describe the interviewing process.
  • Did you work part-time or as a contractor/consultant with the company before being hired?
  • How long was the process from your first contact with the company to your first day of work?
  • Describe your emotional state during the process. Were you anxious? Excited? Stressed? Impatient? Frustrated? Let us know.
So email me your job hunting success stories at danimal0416 AT (replace the " AT " with the "@", of course), and we'll get these published here at "Get That Job!"

Happy Belated Blog Birthday!

I just remembered that I started this blog two years ago! Initially it was for myself, but I think others have found it helpful, too. Maybe.

Buyer Beware - of Job Search sites that charge a fee for their "services"

While there are a few legitimate companies out there that do charge jobseekers a fee for their services, it is my firm belief that 90% of the job search sites that ask job seekers for money are to be approached with a very large grain of caution.

Here is an article about a recent experience I had with a bogus job site, and some tips on how to watch out for, and protect yourself from, job site scams.

click here to read entire article on

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

People Talk: Tips to Boost Your Professional Rep -- Quit It and Admit It

(My Yahoo! Daily Tip)

by Caroline Levchuck

You can remake yourself on the job. But first you have to stop the real (or imagined) problem behavior.

First, identify what's holding you back. Do you regularly miss deadlines? Are you defensive with your manager or argumentative with coworkers? Are you reluctant to take on new tasks?

Once you've admitted to yourself that you need to improve your performance, you have to admit it to your manager. Meet with your boss and share how you want to improve. Ask for feedback on what kind of behavior she'd like to see and ask for her support. Come up with a schedule to check in regularly and discuss your improvement.

If you want further help, talk to the human resource department. HR often has tools to help employees who are struggling, including job coaching and counseling.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Job Posting of the Day: Television Host

Position Description:

The Discovery Channel is seeking a very adventurous, charismatic, good-looking, 22-30 year old male with a great sense of humor to track dangerous animals around the world. Should live in Southern California. No prior television or animal experience required, but must be entertaining and unselfconscious on camera. Send us an 8x11 photo, brief biography and a home video clip showing and telling why you would be a great candidate. Deadline for receiving material is July 26. Kathleen Phelan Los Angeles office, West Beach Productions 2214 Walnut Ave Venice, CA 90291 for more info, call Kathleen @ 310-391-1242 or email

Job originally posted on: Hire A Vet
Cross-posted to The Job Files (Jobfiler's Job Search Support Forums)

Friday, July 23, 2004

Do as I say, not as I do

The number of workers getting fired for violating e-mail policies is rising as companies face more subpoenas of e-mail records, according to a new poll.

Twenty-five percent of companies terminated a worker for violating e-mail policies, up from 22 percent last year, according to the poll.

Employees who get fired often are sending messages that violate a company's e-mail policy regarding content, such as messages with inappropriate language or photos. Another common mistake: using the company e-mail system for personal messages.

General Career News

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Are you tired of sending resumes into outer space? Here are four times to get employers to return your phone calls.

Career News-Net-Temps

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Off the Clock Job Market! Events

I had just finished some browsing for some positions at the local paper's website, and I clicked the link in their sidebar that says "Off the Clock". It turns out to be a list of upcoming Career Fairs, etc. in the Dayton area.


Monday, July 19, 2004

Good News!

Jobfiler made the The Riley Guide in their section on Job Search Guidance.

For those of you who don't know, Jobfiler is a hobby of mine, a free job search application and portal that I built and launched in November of last year. It's nice to see it made the grade with the folks over at Riley!

Find a Job That Doesn't Feel Like Work

by Caroline Levchuck

There are a lot of jobs out there in this big, wide world -- thousands of interesting, exciting professions that may never have occurred to you.

This week, we'll profile four of them -- from movie extra to professional golfer.

While you may not be interested in applying for *these* jobs, we think there's value in noting the diversity of positions available. After reading this week's series, you may decide that your job search could benefit from some "out-of-the-box" thinking.
  • Tuesday: "Where the Wild Things Are"
  • Wednesday: "Lights, Camera, Action!"
  • Thursday: "Putt Your Way to a 'Hole in One' Career"
  • Friday: "Spread Your Wings and Fly"
If you have a Yahoo! account, you can set up your My Yahoo! page to view Daily Tips like this one.

Template Changes Coming Soon!

Since I began this blog two years ago, the template (layout, design, etc.) has not changed that much. I feel that it's time to take advantage of more flexibility that the Blogger folks have provided and update the template.

So, in the not-too-distant future, look for this blog to have a different look. I've already set it up so that each post has a title and link field, and I've enabled Blogger comments.

In addition, I need to update/upgrade the blogroll. I created the blogroll you currently see at a time when users of the basic service were able to have multiple blogrolls. Since the folks over there have changed the service, they graciously still provide the blogroll, but I'm unable to make changes to it.

If none of this makes any sense to you, then that's okay. The bottom line is that we're making some changes to this blog, which I hope are for the better!

Take care and go get that job!

Update Your News Readers/Aggregators

If you happen to use a newsreader or newsaggregator to get updated information from this website, then you'll want to update the URL. Point to the following URL:

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Freebies for Jobseekers

Most of the big career sites offer free resources and support for jobseekers, from articles and advice to newsletters, resume critiques and more. The key to taking advantage of these freebies is twofold: limit the information you give them and don't agree to pay for anything.

Set up a freebie email account to subscribe to newsletters and register on these sites. That way, you can discard the email address when you're done with it (or if it gets overwhelmed by spam).

Here are a couple of free offers worth a look:
Get a free resume critique from A and A Resume
Let CareerBuilder email you with jobs targeted to your specifications
Get access to millions of professionals who want to give and get advice while building a mutually beneficial network on
Subscribe to HotJobs free newsletter for job seekers with articles and tips on conducting your job search from networking and initial inquiries to interviewing and negotiating your salary requirements.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

USA | Teacher's aides filling growing gap

I thought this article was interesting, since I'm exploring teaching as a profession.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Career Coaching

The right career or life coach can be a valuable asset to you in your overall career path. Often, people who seek career counseling are not only planning for their next job but the one after that (and the one after that) – looking at their careers in big picture terms and focusing their professional growth and development activities along that path.

Career coaches can help people to create and carry out plans related to their life and career goals. They can assist with resume preparation and job searches, guide people toward suitable industries or fields, or help resolve specific career challenges that are holding them back.

With the number of career coaches out there, it can be daunting to try to find the right one to work with. To help in this process, we've added a coaches database to If you are a coach, or have a coach you're working with now, please encourage them to stop by and create their free listing in this directory.

Additional Resources
The Coach Connection
How to find the right career coach
ICC Career Coaches & Mentors
Quint Careers Coaches List
International Career Development Conference October 27-31, 2004

Friday, July 09, 2004

Retail Job Opportunities
(don't knock it unless you've tried it)
If your unemployment has run out, perhaps a part-time job in retail can help to make ends meet until your next career opportunity comes along. Here are some links to major retailers job listings:
CostCo Jobs
Kmart Jobs
Sears Jobs
Target/Mervyn's/Marshall Fields
Wal-Mart Stores

In addition to checking the general job boards like,, Career Builder, etc., there are some retail-specific job boards worth a look:
Retail Jobs on Career Builder
Canadian Retail Jobs
Retail Jobs in the UK
Click here to read more about jobs in retail.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Get certified and get ahead

I got this in my e-mail, and thought it was worth sharing. I've already went in and taken a project management certification test, and am planning on taking at least a test a day between now and the end of their promotion.

"In celebration of our 5 millionth member registration last month, we have decided to open up the test library for the 2-weeks prior to the launch of the Candidate Database, July 15th. No, you're not seeing things...FREE. All 450+ Brainbench certification assessments will be FREE (does not include certificate). click here for promotion details"

Register now for a FREE online Brainbench Certification Exam.

[crossposted to]

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Job Search Tip: Check out Temp Agency Job Listings

If you're between jobs and willing to try your hand at temping for a few extra dollars, temp agencies are the way to go.

Most of the larger temp agencies now have a technical division where you can find contract, contract-to-hire, and direct placement positions in the engineering and computer fields.

Here are couple of temp agency sites worth checking out:
Kelly Services
Adecco Technical
Career Blazers
Talent Tree

Some other temp agencies sites I visited which did not appear to have online job search capabilities (BAD!) or even a web site at all (WORSE!!) include Olsten, Randstad, Quantum Staffing, TAD Temporaries, to name a few.

Additional resources and information:
The Red Guide to Temp Agencies
Jobfiler Job Search Organizer

Tax relief justified

Corporate tax legislation now moving through Congress would go a long way toward making U.S. companies more competitive in the global marketplace. This is good news for the economy, for the manufacturing sector and especially for workers. Read more...

Friday, July 02, 2004

Job Search Tip: Set up automated job search agents

Looking at the lead sources you have targeted for your job search, these sources most likely include job banks, classifieds, recruiters, discussion lists, newsgroups, etc. Select a number of key sites that you feel would be of assistance, and set up automated job search agents to search for you daily/weekly and email you the results. This ensures that you are not missing any key job postings, and also gives you an action item first thing every morning (review the jobs that have been emailed to you and respond to the ones that are interesting). Setting up job search agents is a free and easy way to give yourself an edge in your job search. Some of the sites that I recommend looking at and setting up automated agents for include:

Once you have your agents set up, it's merely a matter of staying on top of reviewing and responding to the postings as they come in. If you are tracking your job search using JobFiler or another job search organizer, you can also get a sense for which sites are bringing you the best leads over time, as well as which job sites are posting the same old tired jobs, week after week.

For more job search tips and advice, check out Jobfiler's job search support forums, where you can post your job search related question in our Q&A section and have your question answered by a professional career coach.

Happy Hunting!