Sunday, November 28, 2004

You're Fired! (Anecdote)

Former NCR boss John Patterson was thought by many to be the paradigmatic corporate tyrant.

Patterson once fired an underperforming executive by removing his desk and chair, parking it in front of the company's factory, and having it soaked in kerosene and set alight.
I'm sure that the executive understood both the literal and figurative meaning of this gesture. I'm just glad that bosses I've had are much more gracious.

Source: Anecdotage.com via DaytonOhio.com

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Federal Computing Week Online

FCW - Your Government IT Resource:

FCW.com is the essential online resource for government IT executives and delivers more breaking news and in-depth content than any other online information source in the government IT market.
I was searching for an updated link for FirstGov for Workers (found it), and I saw a link to an article from these guys. Ah, the wonderful world wide web.

crossposted to Journey Inside My Mind - because I can

Monday, November 22, 2004

Consider Your Objective

HotJobs has some thoughts on the objective you put on a resume to help you avoid mistakes. Think through it carefully.

Job Listings by Zip Code

Enter the following URL in your browser's address line:

http://www.(your zip code).jobs.com

I just did that for my zip code and found 360 jobs listed by their distance from my zip code.

Training Info in Ohio

A quick visit to OhioWorks.com this morning brought me to this announcement:

NOTICE: The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is redesigning the job matching and posting services offered online.
As a result, OhioWorks.com has been temporarily replaced with Ohio Job Net Online.

Employers and Jobseekers who have previously entered information in OhioWorks.com will need to re-enter this information into OJN-Online (http://www.state.oh.us/ODJFS/OnLine).

We apologize for the inconvenience this causes.

Click Here to continue to OJN-Online.
Actually, I just wanted to see if the following links were valid:

Labor Exchange Self-Service System

I saw this link at the Dayton Job Center. Don't know much else about it yet.

Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services

Our family is looking to move to the Cincinnati, Ohio area next spring. This website is the local equivalent of "The Job Center" in Montgomery County, where we currently live.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Deafbase Forums - Career & Employment

Deafbase is an online forum abundant with information for Deaf and Hard of Hearing(HoH) individuals and anyone else who is interested.

One area that looks particularly useful is the Careers & Employment forum.

via Bionic Ear Blog | Hunting For Jobs

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

LookBeforeYouLeap.net - Company Reviews by Current and Past Employees

LookBeforeYouLeap.net - Company Reviews by Current and Past Employees

LookBeforeYouLeap.net - Company Reviews by Current and Past Employees

LookBeforeYouLeap.net - Company Reviews by Current and Past Employees

Don't Shoot Yourself in the Foot

Don't Shoot Yourself in the Foot

Why is having any of these 7 things on your resume is like shooting yourself in the foot?

During my job search I read dozens of books and articles, took programs and even sat at the feet of two of the most experienced Human Resource professionals. In a few moments, you will learn the real keys to standing out and rising above the norm. Stick to the facts and only reveal information that will encourage the reader to call you for an interview. If in doubt, leave it out. Pay careful attention to this one.

The objective is no longer a practical heading for your resume. Bottom line, don’t begin your resume with an objective statement that talks only about your desires and career goals. Most Human Resource Professionals are overworked and understaffed. The last thing they care about is what you want. HR Professionals are working to meet tight deadlines and desperately want to hire that extra person to make their lives easier. When they look at your resume, they want to know one thing: how will you simplify their lives? Rather than a seeminly selfish objective,
create a powerful profile summary that demonstrates how your skills and their needs fit. Review these sample profiles:

  • Marketing professional with eight years project management experience, plus extensive hands on experience in data management, inventory control and in obtaining government bid contracts.
  • Computer programmer with expertise in systems analysis and design, program development, troubleshooting and equipment repair.
  • Office worker types 65 wpm with training and experience in general clerical, accounts payable and receivable, inventory control and multi-line phone operation.
  • Certified teaching professional with twelve years direct instruction experience, classroom management plus extensive training in motivational strategies geared toward special needs students.
  • Janitor with fifteen years experience in commercial janitorial work plus direct training in plumbing and staff supervision.
Here is a listing of the other 6 items that you should avoid at all cost. These items should never appear on any resume at any time.

No Personal Information

Leave off anything related to hobbies or personal interests. If it doesn’t relate to employment it doesn’t belong on a resume.

No Personal Pronouns

Do not use “I” or “me” in a resume. Sentence structure is typically very short leading with action verbs. Sentences like, “I was responsible for…” are not used
in a resume. Instead, the sentence would begin with, “responsible for…”

No Family Information

Don’t use the small space available on your resume to list your marital status or family size.

No Personal Biographies

Leave off anything that could be used as discriminatory information. Remember, the people reading resumes are not initially reading to select, they are reading to eliminate. There is no reason to reveal your age or any other personal data. The reader should be selecting candidates based strictly on skills and experience.

No Reasons for Leaving

This type of information goes on the application. If there is a problem with a former employer and you left under difficult measures, you cannot explain the
reason in writing. Keep in mind the resume is to highlight your accomplishments.

Graphics and Artwork

Writing a resume using a computer makes the task quick and easy, yet has also created the temptation to make use of clipart and different fonts. Resist! Your
resume will not look clever or original; it will look like an amateur produced it and will be tossed aside.

Final Tips: Forget about trying to create the “perfect” resume. Why?
  1. Your resume will never be framed and hung on a wall.
  2. The employer cares only about their needs being met. Don’t talk about your wants, needs or desires rather, focus on how you meet their needs and solve their problems. As Zig Ziglar once said, “When a person goes to the hardware store to purchase a drill, they don’t want to “buy a drill” rather what they want is 3 centimeter hole. If they could get the hole without the drill they would do it.” Make sense?
  3. Focus your resume to each employer. Your research tells you exactly what they are looking for.
  4. Specifics sell! Clearly outline results, contributions, and achievements you’ve made in your previous positions that directly benefit the targeted company.
-Brian Stephenson

Brian Stephenson is the author of, “Job Search Boot Camp”, the most hard-hitting, step-by-step job search course that takes each student by the hand and shows them how to create powerful resumes that get results, stunning cover letters that command interviews, and winning interview thank you letters that get you hired? Imagine for a moment what is possible for you if you had access to these forbidden secrets. For more information on the Job Search Boot Camp course, visit www.JobSearchBootCamp.com Job Search Boot Camp.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Networking Naturally at Holiday Parties

This post comes from today's HotJobs Job Tip. No unique URL exists for these, so I'm posting the text in its entirety. - Dan

A Holiday Job Search: Networking Naturally at Holiday Parties

by Todd Anten

Holiday parties are a perfect place to boost your winter job search. They provide an opportunity to schmooze with a wide array of people, some of whom may know of job openings.

To maximize your chances of finding a job through holiday party networking, follow these dos and don'ts:
  • DO go to as many gatherings as possible. You never know where an opportunity may appear, so put on a brave face and attend the parties to which you are invited -- even if you don't feel like it.
  • DO dress conservatively. Imagine that you're meeting your future boss at this party. So err on the side of caution and don't go overboard with revealing or questionable clothing choices.
  • DO bring business cards. The people you talk to at a party will probably meet many other people over the course of the evening. A business card will serve as a reminder of who you are.
  • DO let people know that you're looking for work. When the conversation comes around to careers, be up front and let people know you are interested in a new job. (If you are currently employed, you may want to keep your job search confidential.)
  • DON'T be overly aggressive. Remember, even though it's a job search for you, it's a party for everyone else. Keep your mood light.
  • DON'T go overboard with the alcohol. Yes, it's a party, but you need to be at your sharpest. The guy with the lampshade on his head at the end of the night tends to be remembered for his shenanigans, not for his potential as an employee or coworker.

nextSteps.org - Youth Employment, Career Development and Job Finding Site

I found this website while browsing for advice on Leaving a Job. I found a page entitled "Leaving Your Job".

A couple things intrigued me:

  1. The title says it's designed for "Youth," but I found the information useful, and, guess what? I'm in my thirties. Young at heart, I suppose.
  2. The ad banner atop the website says, "nextsteps.org is made possible by the generous support of: THE CITY OF CALGARY"
Go there --> nextSteps.org - Youth Employment, Career Development and Job Finding Site

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Team or Self: What do hiring managers seek?

Fortune Magazine ran an online story entitled "What do hiring managers really want" by Annie Fisher. She reports that a recent "Pittsburgh-based HR consulting firm Development Dimensions International" study "...discovered that 75% want employees who work well in a team setting. Only 20% cited individual ambition as a desirable trait."

This seems like an intuitive result, where team is valued in corporate settings more than ever. The key take away from this study; your resume should include aspects of successful team behavior and leadership qualities. Identify teams that you lead and their ultimate success are desirable for hiring managers.

The study further reports that 57% of respondents "...say they'd turn thumbs down on inarticulate candidates or those who are vague about their previous experience...". DUH - I would have expected this to be nearly 100% for professionals. The take-away here; be prepared to discuss your professional experiences with brevity and clarity.

And toss in how you performed as a team member or as it's leader.

Click here for the full article.

Stephen
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Friday, November 12, 2004

Google Search: Quit The Job You Hate

Google Search: Quit The Job You Hate

Some helpful links for when it's time to sever your relationship with your employer.

Looking for a Book Deal

I'm looking for a book deal. Contact me if you're interested.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Interview With The Headhunter

If you ever wanted to sit down and pick a headhunter's brain (pardon that visual), this interview will give you 3 "insider" tips to help you find a new job faster.

CrossRoads Newsletter and Career Development Center

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Job Search Humor Blog and a Success Story to Boot

First, this note via email:

Dear Dan,

I've looked at your blog and I really can relate.

I am writing to ask if you would consider linking my blog to "Get That Job." I am a communications writer with a penchant for humor. I've started a blog, entitled, "Does This Look Funny to You?," which consists of articles, one-liners, and column links. The columns are from my stint as a humorist for the employment publication, Career Magazine. I also have written a book-length manuscript, entitled "Blown Job: an unemployment odyssey," which chronicles my lengthy, frustrating, and comic search for employment. I am going to provide chapter excerpts on the blog, several of which I've already posted.

I invite you to take a look, and if you find my blog interesting, I would be most grateful if you would provide a link to it on your websites. I would be glad to reciprocate with a link on my blog.

The blog link is:
http://lookfunny.blogspot.com

Thank you for your time. I will be checking your site and I hope that I will see the aforementioned link there.

Sincerely,

Jill Salter
Head over there; you won't be disappointed. (Note to self; update the blogroll, heh?)

Secondly, you can read about Jill's recent success at finding a job at Sore Feet, Bleary Eyes, and a Big Fat Smile.

Please feel free to share your job hunting success stories, as they inspire and give hope to us all who are looking. You can send them via email, or post something in the comments.

Go Get That Job!

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Choosing the Right Career Path

Some interesting articles about how what we decide not to do affects our career decistions as much as what we decide to do.