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SOCIAL MEDIA AND JOB HUNTING

Social-MediaBY: Adam Gavriel

In a world where a connection could make or break an opportunity to get a job, it’s difficult to gauge just how hard your connections are working for you.

We live in a hyper-connected, globalized world fueled by the Internet and social media. But just how social is social media?

Human connections are most deeply built on a human level, on an in-person level. Social media can be a great tool to get your foot in the door, or be introduced to a new connection, but physically interacting with that person is the make or break to a successful networking opportunity.

You need to leave your office. You need to stop staring at your computer screen. Especially if you’re job hunting. The Internet is a great way to find out everything you need to know initially about the company you are applying to, or the hiring manager for the position. After that, get your voice heard, and present yourself. Continue reading

JOB SEEKING AND THE DEBT LIMIT

Jobhunter_teenBY: Adam Gavriel

As job seekers, focusing on the impending United States debt ceiling crisis is probably difficult to avoid.

In its most basic form, regardless of how the United States government reaches an agreement to raise the debt ceiling, or put an extension on the deadline, job seekers everywhere are going to be in a world of hurt.

For starters, the United States is still borrowing more and more money and to keep up with the payments on the debt service, and to keep up with the exploding entitlement commitments, taxes are going to be raised – A LOT.

With taxes going up, layoffs, and the impending Obamacare job losses that are almost a guarantee to be coming – or at very least hours being reduced in order to stay away from the costs, job seekers are going to find times getting tougher. It’s time to get educated. It’s time to get prepared.

Today on the blog, we’re going to offer some quick tips that can help you stay above the pact in what will become a more “bloodthirsty” market for available jobs…

Make sure your resume is right.

  • We’re talking one page max length, a clear objective that is tailored to the job that you are applying for. Check for grammar and spelling errors. Read your resume out loud to yourself, it will really amaze you at how different it sounds. Have someone else read your resume too, and see if they can help. It is always beneficial to hear your thoughts and words through another person’s voice. If all else fails, contact us at Crossroads Consulting, and we will optimize your resume for you.

WRITE A COVER LETTER! – Personalize It.

  • You would be amazed what a quick Google search could tell you about the job opening you’re looking at. “To Whom it May Concern” or “To the Hiring Manager” are played out. See if you can find the name of an HR Representative, or the recruiter that is working your job opening.

Stay vigilant.

  • The jobs are out there, but you will find more competition for them and they will be harder to find. At Crossroads Consulting, we currently have over fifty openings that we are looking to place TODAY. You can view our job openings here.

Follow up.

  • This is especially prudent if you submit your resume online, as seems to be the norm today. Find a contact in the department you were looking at (trust me, it’s easier than you think), and make sure you do your best to bypass the generic resume submission, and get it into the hands of someone who can help immediately.

If you’re looking for help, feel free to shoot me an email at:  adam@crossroadsconsulting.com.

Build your skills.

  • There are endless amounts of free software or training tools on the internet to build skills in areas that you may need to improve. Assuming you are reading job openings every day, you have a keen eye as to what employers in your field are looking for. Make sure you can prove that you have these skills.

Get creative.

  • Remember to stay educated, everyone. If things don’t change quickly, the US Government could put the American people in a bind we haven’t seen since 2008.

At Crossroads Consulting we believe as strongly in the strength of America as we do in our ability to help every job seeker that we can. In our office we are dedicated to putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’.

FOLLOW UP OR STAY DOWN

BY: Adam Gavriel

So you’re one of the lucky ones who has been able to get an interview these days. You went into the office, had a sit down with the hiring manager and you feel like you did a good job. Congratulations…but you’re not done yet. Now what, the waiting game?

Of course not!

When it comes to seeking employment, there is no waiting.

You’re next step in the process isn’t to wait for a phone call or an e-mail, but to follow up and be proactive. Sending a follow up e-mail after an interview is a great way to continue to show the employer your interest in the position and your desire to obtain the job.

What you’ll want to do in a follow up e-mail is as follow:

Thank the interviewer, by name, for their time. It’s important to let the interviewer know, in a personable way, how grateful you were that the time was taken out of their day to meet you about the open position.

Reaffirm why you’re a good candidate for the position.  Quickly mention again the skills you currently possess and how they’ll be a positive factor towards the open position. Make sure the interviewer knows why you’re the best person for the job.

If you forgot to mention something important during the interview, do it now. You don’t want to look back on an interview and think that because you forgot to say one important thing, all is lost. Here is your second chance; we all know those don’t come around very often.

Mention something unique about the interview. This lets the interviewer know that you were really paying attention to not only your thoughts on what to say during you’re time talking, but that you were keenly listening to the interviewer when they were talking as well.

Of course, the best part of the follow up e-mail is how unique you can mold it to fit your experience with the interviewer. You want to make this follow up e-mail as personable as you can, while also maintaining a level of respect, integrity, and professionalism.

If you’re looking for more interviewing or resume tips, check out our recommended service. Having trouble getting to the interview stages? We can help you there as well. With over 50 job postings from around the nation (and a few international ones mixed in as well) we’re here to help you get the job you’re looking for.

Remember at Crossroads Consulting, “We’re putting the ‘Human’ back into ‘Human Resources!’”

TIME FOR TOUGH LOVE

resumewritingtipsBY: Adam Gavriel

It’s time to set the record straight here, America.

A bit of tough love here, but it has to be said. You are NOT going to find work if you give up looking for work. A job is not going to fall straight on your doorstep if you’re patient enough; you have to be willing to go out and fight for it.

Some economists will have you believe that America’s economy is on the upswing when presented with a chart showing the unemployment rate decreasing steadily. What is not visible on that chart however is how many American’s have just plain exited the work force.

A report published earlier this month by Forbes.com reports:

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported unemployment fell to 7.7% from 7.9%, but the drop was at least partially attributable to a decline in labor force participation, Baker says. The employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) was unchanged at 58.6 percent, exactly the same as the rate in February of 2012 and just 0.4 percentage points above the low hit in the summer of 2011. This compares with an EPOP of 63.0 percent in 2007, pre-crisis.”

The only thing more discouraging about this statistic are the Americans who are looking for work, but essentially not even trying anymore.

Recently here at Crossroads Consulting a resume was submitted to us that really hit home in a very depressing way. To avoid any conflicts of interest, and to protect the identity of this applicant who we are trying to work with, we will just post a few snips from their resume so you can avoid these mistakes in the future.

In addition, please, if you are not comfortable with your resume contact us immediately. We have a highly recommended resume service that can help you most effectively optimize your resume for the eyes of employers.

The resume we received went as follows:

“Objective: To find a job in a sea of joblessness.”

The ‘Objective’ of your resume will be the first thing any recruiter or HR manager reads. This applicant did everyone in that business a favor. The average HR Manager spends six seconds looking at a resume. This applicant brought the average down to whatever time it takes to hit the delete key.

But it gets worse.

Instead of listing their internship experience under work history, the applicant listed it as a part of their education section. As was the case with all other job history written on the resume by the applicant, there was no description of what the duties of the jobs entailed.  Not to mention under job history, the applicant included “currently unemployed.”

This resume was just an absolute train wreck. What makes it TRULY sad was that it was avoidable. There are unlimited resources available with a simple Google search about putting together a strong resume. You do not have to have a listing of accomplishments a mile long to have a good resume to get yourself under serious consideration for a position.

As we look back and monitor the number of Americans who have just given up altogether, what about those still in the job market not really even trying anymore. We have hit a serious inflection point in America’s history at the moment, and we can go one of two ways. Everyone works together to get the economy going again, or we continue down a mediocre path where nothing happens.

It pains us here at Crossroads Consulting that we even had to mention this kind of resume in a blog post. If you have been following along here at OutOfOurMind.net you know how many times we have posted resources about how to bring your resume to an optimal level. We want to make sure nobody is sending horrific resumes like this one to any recruiter or HR manager, not just us. It does not help and helping people is the central tenant of our mission statement. It is why we are in this business.

Our main goal here is to get Americans working again. Whether it is through a position that we place the person in or not, if our system helped your resume or interview preparation skills, then we have done our job.

Even if all this article did was get you thinking, that is something for us to be proud of.

Please visit our website and feel free to send your resume our way for critique and helpful tips. And while you’re there, feel free to take a look at our job openings from across the nation that we are looking to fill TODAY.

UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION

BY: Adam Gavriel

According to an article on CBSnews.com written by Amy Levin-Epstein, 30 percent of the 14 million people who are benefiting off of unemployment have been receiving these benefits for over a year.

If you go on over to CBSnews.com and take a look at the article, you may be able to tell that Amy could be an avid reader of ours here at OutOfOurMind. Levin-Epstein touches on a few points in her article that we have made here. It’s never a bad thing to be reminded though, so we’ll give a brief overview on what Amy talks about, and our own thoughts on the subject.

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SPRING CLEANING

BY: Adam Gavriel

When it’s March 21stin Buffalo and outside there are people tanning, in shorts or t-shirts, throwing a football around, you know something has to be wrong. That’s one of the signs of Armageddon in Revelations isn’t it?

One of the warmest winters in recent history has come to a close and the start of spring is just around the corner. Finally, here at the University at Buffalo it looks like a college with people outside congregating and doing the things you see on every college flyer, handbook and website instead of avoiding snow covered roads and running for cover in the comfort of nearby buildings.

What usually happens though at this time of year is that many American’s will engage in the yearly tradition of spring cleaning when early April rolls around. Like a New Year’s Resolution, spring cleaning can come in many different forms. Of course there’s the obvious straightening up your home, changing the air fresheners to that sort of resemblance of the smell of flowers or as in-between-the-lines as it gets of cleaning up everything.

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THE CHALLENGE

BY: Adam Gavriel

Nearly a month into the New Year many have already abandoned their New Year’s Resolutions.With the New York Giants continuing to roll into the Super Bowl mine is still alive and well, watching one of my favorite sports teams win a championship.

If your New Year’s Resolution was like the one discussed here just before the end of 2011, with a  focus on getting a job, we hope you’re closing in on your goal. For some, this same New Year’s resolution may be frustrating you as your goals have not been met. For some, you may not have even gotten your foot in the door.

So we’re offering you “The Challenge” this year to rise up and find that employment by any means necessary…and we want to help.

There are employers out there looking to fill vacancies. We speak with them all the time and hope for more new clients to work with.

Conversely, if you’re a prospective employee, look at all the angles. Don’t just look at big corporations, but look at small businesses and even Not-For-Profit organizations too. A job is a job. It’s better than the alternative. Remember that small businesses account for some of the nation’s most abundant employment opportunities and should not be ignored by anyone looking for work.

We understand this sounds insensitive to some of you and maybe a bit naïve to others, but we believe finding these opportunities may be hard, (remember that anything worth having isn’t something found on any street corner). When you do find an opportunity it can be frustrating if you feel that you haven’t been considered for the best of your abilities.

No employer wants to see that after you got laid off, or quit your previous job that you didn’t do anything. Constant work will always out-weigh the other option. Though, try not to jump from career to career as employers might be hesitant to give you a full chance if they see that your job loyalty has faltered in the past.

Spend your time building a new skill to add to your employment. Want to continue building up your work experience? Look for possible volunteering venues. Anything is better than an empty slot in your resume where employers would feel the need to ask you, “Well sir/ma’am, tell me, ‘What did you do from 2008-2009?’” When you don’t have an answer, it’ll create an awkward situation for you as well and an easier decision for the interviewer.

At Crossroads Consulting we challenge you to take a look at our job openings and utilize our incredibly affordable resume and interview service. For the small amount you’re investing in yourself, getting that job that you so desperately want would make it worth it.

We want to be with you every step of the way in your route back to the employment spectrum.

Keep working your connections; keep your eyes and ears open for opportunity. It’s just around the corner.