Is It Time to Rejoin the Workforce?

A job search can be an overwhelming task for anyone, but it’s especially intimidating for those who haven’t worked outside their homes in years.

Some of the issues you may be worrying about include lacking the latest skills, competing against candidates with current experience, and learning the politics of interviewing. Does this sound like you?   Don’t worry, you are not alone.   There are some things you can do to help with the job search and relieve some of your concerns.

 

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If you are a stay at home mom or just re-entering the workforce for another reason these tips might be just the ticket to help you navigate the job search.

Preparation

Spend some time preparing before you hit the pavement in search of a job.  Update your resume, make sure you have appropriate attire for an interview, and an explanation as to why there is a gap in your work history.  Be honest, but rehearse the explanation so you sound confident when delivering your answer.

What Is Success?

You may have reached a certain level in your previous employment.  Don’t feel you have to return at the same level.   Remember a lower level job can bring lower stress, less responsibility, and might be just what you need to ease back into the workforce.   Be sure you let employers know you will consider a lower level job so they don’t automatically feel you are overqualified for the job.

Small is Good!

Many smaller companies offer part-time jobs or flexible work hours. This can be a perfect fit for rejoining the workforce.

Get the Word Out

Tell your friends and family you are ready to go back to work.  You never know who will know someone else who has an opening or a connection.  The best way to find the perfect job and to get the word out and connect.

Soon you will find just the right job for you.  Good luck as you rejoin the workforce.

Need some help?

Call your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider at Career Find and schedule a meeting to create a re-entry strategy that will help you feel confident as your begin your job search.

Non-Traditional Exit Strategies

Feeling really squeezed and underappreciated in your current role? Does the thought of staying in your current job one more second make you want to jump out the window?  

You are not alone.  A recent What’s Working study indicates  32 percent of employees are actively looking for other work.

Non-Traditional Exit Strategies

Consider These Strategies

If the traditional exit strategy,  Top 10 Things to Do When Leaving a Job,  doesn’t work for you, consider the following:

Leave of absence

Instead of giving your notice, ask to go on a brief leave of absence. Use the time to decompress, get your resume together and start an active job search.

Change in Position Within Company

Leverage your company contacts and connections to try to move to a different position within your current company.  This preserves seniority, vacation time, etc.

Become an Entrepreneur

Work for yourself and set your own schedule.  While this may sound great, you are totally dependent on making a profit with your new business.  So think long and hard before jumping into this. While a perfect fit for some people, it isn’t for everyone.

If you need ideas or help:

Call your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider at Career Find and schedule a meeting to create an exit strategy that will accomplish your goals while leaving your professional integrity intact.

 

Top 10 Things to Do When Leaving a Job

At some point, most people will quit a job and move on to other employment.

A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that almost 3 million workers voluntarily left their positions this past August.

If you are planning to join the ranks of those leaving their current position there are a few things you need to do to make sure you have preserved relationships and have a smooth transition to your next job.

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Top 10 Things to Do

These items apply to most employees, there are exceptions.  Review the list and make sure you’ve got it covered ahead of time.

1. Wait till new job is confirmed.

If going to other employment, make sure you have the job.   Don’t rush into a resignation before the other job is a done deal and you have official confirmation.

 

2. Don’t quit without a plan.

If you are thinking of quitting without a new job, assess your alternatives and explore some options first. It is easier to find another job when you are employed.

 

3. Make a budget. 

Estimate how long your savings will last if you will be out of work for a while. If going to another job it may be a lapse until you start receiving a paycheck from the new company.  Planning for these expenses makes things less stressful.

 

4. Make a list of what you do on the job. 

Create a running list of your accomplishments so you can document them as concretely as possible.

 

5. Update your resume and LinkedIn. 

Keep your resume and LinkedIn profile up-to-date.  This will be helpful if you are searching for a job or if your new employer checks out the information when considering what tasks to assign to you.

 

6. Save work samples.

Transfer some non-proprietary samples of your work and documents that may be helpful in future jobs to your home computer or personal email.  Some organizations will escort you to your office to box up personal items and cut off your computer access when you tell them you’re leaving.

 

7. Remove any personal files from your work computer. 

Delete them from your computer prior to turning in your resignation.  This includes personal emails etc.

 

8. Write your resignation letter. 

Be kind and gracious.  The way you handle your resignation will have an impact on how your manager feels about you after you’re gone (and when giving references in the future). Don’t burn bridges.

 

9. Provide recommendations. 

Compose LinkedIn and/or written recommendations for supervisors, colleagues, and any employees who worked for you. Do this without being asked.

 

10. Say Thank You.

A thank you for all the experiences and opportunities you have had in your current position goes a long way. Be kind and polite.  Now is not the time to badmouth anyone.  It is also not the time to gloat about moving on to greener pastures.

 

Bonus:   Help make the transition go well. 

Meet with your supervisor and offer to do anything possible to help fill the void created by your departure.  Ask for input from your supervisor regarding the priorities for your final days.  Your professionalism during your final days of employment will be remembered.

These steps will help you prepare to leave and preserve relationships.  You never know when your paths may cross again.  Good luck as you transition to your next career steps.

Contact Me

If you or someone you know wants to create a solid, reliable resume and plan that differentiates you from the competition and helps you rise to the top of the stack, please contact Career Coach Rachel Schneider for a consultation.  Working with her will help you yield job opportunities and get to where you strive to professionally be.

The Truth About Your Resume

Here in the United States, there has been quite a lot of talk about lies, “alternative facts”, and truth in the past few weeks.  It is difficult to decipher what is honest and real when being fed a mixture of all three of these.  In contrast, in the context of a resume, it is quite clear.

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No Room for Falsification

In the world of resumes, there is absolutely NO room for falsification of facts, employment history, skills, education, certifications, licenses, etc. A resume is a 2-dimensional version of who you are. How you choose to represent yourself on paper directly effects how you want others to perceive you.

When on the job search, it is the ULTIMATE first impression that people gather about you.  When individuals lie on their resume, and people find out, it can be solid grounds for immediate dismissal.  Even if you have worked for an extended period of time, you will be released because you lied on the resume from the very beginning.

It then raises questions about your character, trustworthiness, and reliability in work performance, follow-through, etc.

Legal Issues

In certain environments, there could be grounds for a lawsuit.  It could be said that the employee lied to get the job and misrepresented themselves, ultimately causing the company to invest time and money in that individual that should not have been spent.  

In addition, going into an interview with a resume that is padded or full of lies only increases your internal anxiety level.  Thi will ultimately affect your performance in the interview.  Subconsciously, you will exhibit telltale signs of lying.  Those signs will tip the interviewer off if they are reading your body language.  Lying on your resume will undermine your success over time.  It will definitely catch up to you in the interview process (by stopping it dead in its tracks).  Or you won’t receive the offer or you will be fired for misrepresentation and lying.

Avoid Problems

You can avoid all of this by working with me to create a competitive resume that is 100% real and differentiates you from your competition.

The long and the short of it is;  There is “NO Place” for lying on a resume.  If you are struggling with how to accurately represent yourself on paper while showcasing your abilities and are considering stretching the truth, please call and talk with me.

Contact Me

If you or someone you know has a resume that is padded and wants to create a solid, reliable resume that differentiates you from the competition and helps you rise to the top of the stack, please contact Career Coach Rachel Schneider for a consultation.  Working with her will help you yield job opportunities and get to where you strive to professionally be.

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Social Media CheckUp

In today’s professional world, it should be assumed that a company will check a candidate’s social media presence when they are looking for employment with that company. It is important to find out how your potential candidate presents themselves to the world and what they choose to share on social media.

One Job hunter named “Sarah” was in her third and final round of interviews at a company. Unfortunately, she forgot to clean up her Facebook page prior to beginning her job hunt and was not extended an offer because of the passionate and derogatory views that she expressed about a previous employer. Another candidate, “Matthew”, did not remove images that he posted on Instagram of drinking and partying with his friends weekly, and the company decided that they didn’t want to deal with a party animal showing up late to work. They never extended an offer to him either.

As far as employer’s are concerned, in today’s world, everything you choose to put on social media is a direct reflection of who you are. I always advise my clients to clean up their social media accounts prior to starting their job search. On Facebook, it’s not just the images that you post and the information that you put out there, it is also what you have been tagged in. It is wise to look at all of your posts, as well as anything you have been tagged in, and untag, hide or delete prior to beginning your job search. Lastly, there is always the option to suspend your account temporarily while you are on the job market. In this day and age, you must be exceptionally vigilant about what you share on social media and what the content says about you.

When you are looking for your next opportunity, it is extremely important to be at your professional best and to differentiate yourself from other job seekers. We can get you on the right track to get the job you want.

 

 

The Art of Sending Cold Email Introductions

Do you ever worry that once you submit your resume online it goes straight to the “resume black hole”? How do you separate your resume from others when you don’t have any ties to the company?

Landing a job without any connections can feel like the ultimate challenge. Here are some tips on how to put yourself ahead of your competition when applying for a job and don’t have any connections at the company.

 When considering sending a cold email, ask yourself these questions first…

    • Are you actually qualified for the job?
    • Is this genuinely the right job for you?
    • Have you done your research on the company and the position you would have?

If the answer is Yes to all 3 questions, then your next step is to send a cold email.

  • Start with researching on LinkedIn to find the ideal company contacts. Whether it is a person in the group you would be working in, someone from the recruiting team or your potential boss, get their first and last name.
  • Now for the email... Create a personal and tailored version of your cover letter. Find a way to relate to the person you are sending the email to. Feel free to reference an article or blog post they wrote or a project they worked on. The most important thing is be respectful and not entitled. They don’t owe you anything.

With every cold email you send, you are attempting to differentiate yourself from everyone else and some responses are expected. This tactic is not a guarantee that your application will be seen, but it’s a great way to get a leg up on your competition and increase your chances.

For more ways on how to stand out from your competition, contact Career Find.

Does Your Resume Need Updating?

Are you looking for a new career opportunity and feeling a little left out of the job market? If potential employers aren’t responding to your resume, your skills and experience listed on your resume could be the culprit. Here’s how you can tell that your resume needs an update…

1. Dated Resume Trends – Some old resume rules don’t apply any more. In addition to tailoring your resume to each company, you’ll also need to tailor it to the way that you share it through different formats.

2. Dated Industry Terminology – If you’ve been adding to the same old resume over the years, your skills and experiences may have obsolete terms. Read through industry publications or attend a professional association meeting to catch up on the latest industry jargon.

3. Dated Technology Skills – Read the job descriptions within your industry to see what technologies employers really want. Then decide what you need to learn or do to fill that technology gap.

Don’t be disheartened if your resume is out of date. Career Find can help you rework your resume and create an updated version that will help you get the job you want and deserve.

How to Quit Your Job Gracefully

So you’ve decided to quit your job, what’s the best way to resign with class?

Ending your job can be stressful, but there are a few best practices to follow when you don’t want to burn any bridges. Courtesy, etiquette and professionalism go a long way. Create an exit strategy starting with these three tips…

  • Start your active job search well before giving your notice. It is always best to have your next position lined up prior to quitting you current job.
  • Next give enough notice. The standard notice has traditionally been two weeks, but we recommend consulting your employee handbook in case your employer expects more or less of a warning.
  • Lastly, write a polite resignation letter thanking your employer for the opportunities you had during your tenure. This gives you a better chance of getting a good reference if needed.

 

Are you feeling fed up and underappreciated? Does the thought of staying in your current role one more second make you want to jump out of the window? If you don’t feel like you have the patience for a traditional exit strategy, consider these three options first before storming out and possibly burning bridges…

  • Ask for a brief leave of absence. Use this time to decompress, get your resume together and start an active job search.
  • Is an inner company move the right for you? Consider leveraging your company connections to try to move to a different position within your current company.
  • Call your Career Coach Rachel Schneider at Career Find and schedule a meeting to create an exit strategy that will accomplish your goals while leaving your professional integrity in tact.

 

Why You Need a Perfect Elevator Pitch

The Incredible Power of an Elevator Pitch

The holidays are upon us. As we begin to gather with family and friends, are you confident sharing your elevator pitch? Will they understand what you do or will their eyes glaze over?

If you can’t explain what you do for a living in 30-60 seconds and have people walk away with a very clear understanding, you need to perfect your pitch.

This skill is essential in business and in your personal life as you network and meet new people. The people you know and meet along the way need to have a very clear understanding of what you do in order to drive business and new opportunities your way.

Take Action Now:
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How to Create the Perfect Elevator Pitch

When thinking about how to formulate your perfect elevator pitch, consider what will peak someone’s interest and cause them to them take action. The truth is, it’s how you make people feel that makes you memorable.

Does your current elevator pitch inspire action? Here’s how to put together a new elevator pitch that sparks some interest and feeling…

“So, what do you do?”

“I’m a… (insert your job title)”.

“Officially, my job is to… (insert your job description clearly, i.e. market to investors, refine my client’s job searching skills, save company’s money with their health insurance, etc).”

“Which is a fancy way of saying… (insert your emotional job description, i.e. find wealthy people and encourage them to fall in love with our properties, help people land their dream careers, navigate through the health insurance mess so companies don’t have to, etc.)”

Keys to creating a job description that people will actually want to hear:
– Use phrases that get straight to the emotional core of what you do.
– Sneak in a little of your own personality to peak some interest.

Examples of those phrases include:
“Which is a fancy way of saying…”
“Which really means…”
“More simply put…”

Suggestion:
Put together a few scenarios and try them out. See which ones make the biggest impact and go from there.

Want some more help?
We can help you formulate your elevator pitch.  Schedule a session with Career Find before your next event.

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