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PRITCHETT: FIVE PROVEN JOB SEEKER TIPS

Jobhunter_teenBY: Philip Pritchett

With the current ‘State of the Union,’ the job search can be as demeaning as ever.  With the number of jobs available being minuscule in comparison to the number of unemployed Americans, only those who employ a strategic approach to landing a job will do so.  While many unemployed Americans find their selves relaxing their efforts due to summer time activities, this is the perfect opportunity to make the most out of your job search.  USNews offered some tips on how to have a successful job.  There was some excellent advice in their piece, but here’s a bit more on it…

  1. Get started.  Studies show that the longer you’re out of work the harder it is to find.  Your best chances to land a new job are within 6 months of becoming unemployed.  I know it’s summer and you deserve a vacation, but don’t put your search on hold – doing so will make finding success in the future harder.  I suggest starting with your resume, and professional preparation can ensure that you have a success-based resume that’s up to date with today’s standards.
  2. Prepare for a marathon, not a sprint. One of the most common mistakes people make is rushing to apply for ideal positions without properly preparing, and when they don’t get the feedback they’d hoped for losing momentum.  Some people will land those first jobs, but most will not.  Prepare for a multi-month process and don’t let yourself become easily discouraged.  Professional recruiters like Crossroads Consulting, LLC can help you reduce the length of your marathon by preparing you for all of the obstacles job seekers face in today’s market.
  3. Market yourself.  Social media plays a big role in today’s job search.  Sites like LinkedIn, Monster.com, and even Facebook can play a major role in developing a professional profile easily accessible to employers looking to recruit top talent.  A well-constructed branding statement and elevator pitch are also crucial – if you can’t sell yourself, no one else can either.
  4. An internship can be very valuable.  This is the perfect time to intern.  Although most internship positions are unpaid, they do provide valuable experience that will enhance your resume.  For those looking to break into a field in which they have no experience, an internship can provide them with the exposure needed to do so.  It’s also a way many people can allow themselves to stay sharp and utilize their skills while searching for a new career.
  5. Always look for opportunities to network with others.  Even if it’s at a summer party, get to know people you’ve never met.  You never know, your next door neighbor could be looking for someone with your background, right now.  In-person networking is a vital asset to utilize during your job search.  You must always be on the lookout for opportunities to build relationships.  All job seekers should invest time in sharpening their skills and message before, during, and after their job search.

Taking the right approach is vital to your success in your job search.  Having a well thought out course of action that’s based on maximizing access to your profile through multiple platforms is also crucial.  Fortunately, there are resources available to help guide you through these steps, and others during your search.  Sending your resume to info@crossroadsconsulting.com should be your first step down your path to the career you’ve always wanted.

LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED…WHAT’S NEXT

BY: Adam Gavriel

The benefits for America’s long-term unemployed expired last week, and now, The Guardian is reporting that America is losing ‘up to $1 billion a week’ because of it.

These benefits applied to Americans who have been unemployed for long than six months, are now non-existent. The expiration was due to a bipartisan budget deal that did not reauthorize the benefits program. American politicians have once again turning a blind-eye to a key problem in America’s economy; the long-term unemployed.

On Friday, politicians broke down the figures being lost by Americans and discovered that affected Americans will be losing $305 per week.

That would mean there is almost a billion dollars we are losing from the economy because of not extending unemployment insurance benefits” says professor Lawrence Katz.

Katz continued…

It is actually fiscally irresponsible not to extend unemployment benefits, the long-run cost to the taxpayers will be much higher from disconnecting people from the labor market 

It is believed that ending emergency unemployment insurance will have adverse impact on the economy because they benefiters tend to spend the money on goods and services, and plug it back into the economy.

Politicians hope that legislation will soon be pushed through the Senate in order to restore these benefits.

If you are one of America’s many long-term unemployed, we’d love to hear how this situation is effecting your wallets, your lifestyle, and your means of living. We would also love to do anything we can to help.

Here at Crossroads Consulting, it is our mission to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’ and that all starts with human interaction. Head on over to our website today to take a look at the over 50 job openings we are looking to fill TODAY. Also do not hesitate to reach out on Facebook or Twitter.

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MORE INTERVIEW TIPS

interview-tips-2BY: Adam Gavriel

Building off of the brilliant post this week from our president, Mitch Beck, on making sure your cover letter is right, we will continue the theme here on the blog of helping you get that job you’re eyeing.

This blog will focus on some more interview tips because let’s be honest, you can never have enough. Recently, we took a look at some questions that you should be asking interviewers, and today we will look at some general interview tips. Continue reading

WHAT AM I “OPTIMIZING” FOR?

job-search-engineBY: Adam Gavriel

LinkedIn, as of late, is trying to posture itself as a social network. In doing this, LinkedIn has started a great feature where, similar to Facebook, they promote articles that are tailored to your interests. I say this as a caveat towards this blog because; a) it is based off of a LinkedIn featured post on my home feed, and b) if you’re not on LinkedIn and you are a job seeker: get on LinkedIn.

Today featured an article posted by Hunter Walk, Partner at Homebrew VC. Walk suggested what you should ask yourself before you quit your current job, and consider beginning to  pursue a new career.  Not only that, but Walk also talks briefly about what sort of aspects you need to look for in a new career that will be best for you.

The question Walk wants the reader to ask themselves is; “What are you optimizing for?” 

In the article, Walk goes on to say:

“The most successful folks are rarely trying to decide between a good option and a bad option when it comes to employment. This is especially true in today’s technology sector where it’s not uncommon for skilled engineers to have almost daily inbound interest from recruiters, founders and former colleagues. Choosing between a good option and a bad one is easy – don’t do the bad one. However when you’ve got multiple intriguing roles available to you it’s not a question of good vs bad or right vs wrong. It’s a question of which one is best for you in this next phase of your career. And to do that you need to decide what to optimize for.”

Walk recommends narrowing it down as best as you can to 2 or 3 options as to what is most important for you – what you are optimizing for.

In essence, what do you look for in your perfect job? Good work vs. life culture? Commute time? Health benefits? Quality of the employees and work type of management? Corporate or start up culture feel? All of these factors, and many more, play a huge role in the type of career that people are looking for.

This is a process that Walk says provided him the insight to leave a job at Google, and start up Homebrew.

As recruiters here at Crossroads Consulting, we can help you cut through the blurred lines of your career path and give you honest and immediate evaluation of the company that you would be working for. It’s all part of our mission here at Crossroads Consulting as we aim to, put the “Human’ back into “Human Resources.”

Please feel free to come to our website today and check out our current job openings. If there isn’t a current opening that seems like a fit for you, feel free to send us your resume or get in contact with us at the office anyway, and we will do whatever we can to help you in your search.

(Photo courtesy of culpwrit.com)

LINKEDIN – HOOKUP FOR WORK

BY: Adam  Gavriel 

You may have found yourself reading our last blog here on why submitting resumes online is like throwing them into a black hole, and perhaps gotten a bit down in the dumps. We understand that not everyone is going to have that “inside man” that they need to get their resume to the right person and get that best chance of being hired (that’s why we so highly recommend using us! More on that later).

What LinkedIn provides to the user is a way to try and meander their way inside.

LinkedIn, in its essence, is the everyday market place for hiring, looking for work, and making connections. The big three in what it takes to get from the unemployment line to the bank. LinkedIn has its uses whether you’re a recruiter, someone looking for work, or a company looking to expand your market value and awareness.

First off, if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, make one today. If you Google yourself, you’ll find that the first thing that comes up (if you have a profile) is your LinkedIn profile. If I Google my own name, it goes in this order: LinkedIn, and my two Twitter profiles. If a company is seriously looking at making you their new hire, you better believe that they’re going to be putting in the research on you.

With a LinkedIn profile, these companies will find all the useful information they need to find on you in one place. LinkedIn is like having another digital resume to re-affirm everything you’ve already told to the company.

Some quick tips for LinkedIn users:

Make sure your profile is 100% complete. This means having all of your work experience on there (benefit, it can be longer than one page on LinkedIn), having a photograph of yourself (keep it professional, this isn’t Facebook!), and even including what areas you’re looking for work. Right away companies can see everything they need to know about you. This is your “home base” for LinkedIn, and what hiring managers will be looking at.

LinkedIn provides a much deeper service though, as it is also an online job board. Utilize the “saved searches” function and make sure you set it to update to your e-mail as often as you need it. You can have multiple saved searches where you change a keyword, or you can have a saved search for all the locations that you’d like to keep available to you. With the e-mail update function, you’ll have a weekly reminder that there are more jobs that you should be looking at within your saved searches.

One of the most underrated functions of LinkedIn is that on all the job ads, it is visible who posted the ad. Not just the company, but the LinkedIn user that posted that specific job ad. This makes it much easier to personalize your cover letter and trust me, that goes a long way.

Unlike Facebook, on LinkedIn you can even see who views your profile page. If you upgrade to LinkedIn pro (which comes highly recommended) you can see a full list of those who view your profile. LinkedIn pro also gives you the opportunity to send an “InMail” to another LinkedIn user, providing another way to get your foot in the door, and keep those connections climbing.

In a recent update, LinkedIn has allowed users to “endorse” other users on their skills. We understand the want to keep all your connections happy; however we HIGHLY recommend that you do not endorse anyone whose work you cannot specifically vouch for. If you endorse blindly, it looks bad for you and the user that you have endorsed. If you are going to take the time out of your day to endorse another user, make it count, and make sure it’s from the heart.

That should be enough to get you going and get yourself started on LinkedIn and building your professional network.

If you do decide to join LinkedIn today, remember to follow us at Crossroads Consulting to keep up with all things in our recruiting world.

At Crossroads Consulting we want to be your first step in busting out into the career of your dreams. With job openings spanning across the nation, and a resume service, there’s no excuse to not be contacting us today!

Remember, we’re here to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources

TWELVE TIPS FOR 12-12-12

BY: Adam Gavriel

Whether you follow the American DD/MM/YY model, or the European MM/DD/YY model of the date, today’s date is 12/12/12, the last repeating date of this century. To me, this is just another one of those menial things that people tend to make a big deal about for a little bit, and then forget soon after. However this date could bring more in significance due to Madison Square Garden’s 12/12/12 concert to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy tonight, which is sure to be a fantastic event. But I digress…

In honor of the day, here are 12 tips to hopefully get you hired faster!

  1. Make sure your resume is right. Nothing turns off HR professionals quicker than a poorly written resume. Make sure your spelling is correct, and your grammar is top notch.
  2. Include a cover letter. The cover letter seems to be a lost art these days. I know when I get cover letters; I read them word for word. It’s another area to talk about your skills a little more in-depth than your resume to make sure the hiring professional has the most information necessary to gauge your skills.
  3. Connect. Connect. Connect. You never know when your neighbor, acquaintance, friend of a friend, friend, old boss, old co-worker, etc… etc… can come in handy in letting you know about that opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
  4. Take care of your “online persona.” This goes double for recent grads. One of the first thing potential employers is going to do is Google your name. Make sure your Facebook profile is clean, or the privacy settings are set to the max.
  5. LinkedIn. More people need to utilize LinkedIn. I myself have a Facebook profile, a LinkedIn profile, a few online blogs, and a couple of Twitter accounts. When I Google my name the first hit that comes up, aside from a few windsurfing videos of an Israeli man who shares my name (lucky for me), is my LinkedIn profile.
  6. References and recommendations, get them and use them. Another area where LinkedIn comes in handy as friends or employers are able to easily write recommendations for you.
  7. Utilize all available outlets. There are plenty of job boards on the web, not to mention job postings on company websites. The jobs are out there people, find them! (we can help you there….)
  8. Stay productive. As we’ve preached here before, time unemployed is not vacation time. Learn a new skill to put on your resume to set yourself apart from the millions of others out there looking for work. Learn a new language; make sure you utilize all outlets to help you get that position.
  9. If an application allows you to submit samples of your work, DO IT. Self-explanatory here. If you’re applying online and the website allows you to add a sample of work, do it. Writing samples, a work sample, any sample you can think of, upload it. You would be automatically ahead of everyone in the process who skipped that step.
  10. Phone interviews are not phony. If you’re lucky enough to get to this step, make it count. The phone interview is the screening process between those the company is willing to bring in in-person, and those who they will not be “wasting” their time on anymore.
  11. Don’t get down, and keep at it. We know the job-searching process is frustrating and can be, at times, downright devastating. More and more Americans each day are giving up their search to find employment. We implore you to stay at it, and help us get the countries unemployment levels back to a reasonable number!

And of course, last but not least…

  1. USE US HERE AT CROSSROADS CONSULTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are here to help, no way around it. With over 50 current job openings across the nation, and resume optimization services, there is no reason NOT to be checking us out and asking us to assist you in your search for employment.

It is our belief that the job-hunting process should be relatively stress free, and we try to accommodate that mentality into our everyday work ethic. Remember, we’re here to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’

Contact us today!

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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