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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.

TIME TO SAY THANK YOU AND GOODBYE

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailBY: Adam Gavriel

Allow me to paint you a picture, if I may.

The year is 2011. This blogger is a junior at the University at Buffalo, and it is March. With junior year coming to an end, he has no concrete leads on an internship that may spring him into the professional world. All he has is his New York Rangers blog and Twitter account that he runs on the side as an experiment, and for fun.

What I was able to do with my New York Rangers blog and Twitter account (as a suggestion I’ve even offered to the readers here a few times) was make connections.

Enter into the picture, Mitch Beck, President at Crossroads Consulting, and manager of Howlings.net – a website dedicated to the Rangers’ AHL and ECHL minor league affiliates.

Mitch and I would converse via Twitter about the Rangers on a near daily basis. Finally, in that same month of March, I worked up the courage to see if Mitch might have an internship with Howlings.net where I could contribute anything at all. What Mitch ended up offering me was such a fantastic opportunity that would change my life forever.

I remember like it was yesterday. Mitch direct messaged me his phone number and e-mail address and we immediately got to talking. He told me about Crossroads Consulting, the company that keeps Howlings.net rolling, and we began discussing how I could contribute.

Very quickly, we worked it out where I could contribute to Crossroads Consulting as a marketing intern. Managing the blog here at OutOfOurMinds.net and the Twitter account for the company. This all began in April 2011, just a month after first reaching out to him.

In time, Mitch had even put his trust in me to become an entry-level recruiter with the organization, helping readers like you get placed into their dream job.

From day one, working with Mitch and Crossroads Consulting have been nothing short of revolutionary and life changing for me. My internship here with Crossroads Consulting has led to so many other opportunities and it’s all because of the trust Mitch placed in me, and the work he allowed me to tackle with his own company.

Despite the fact that Mitch always knew that my end game was more in the marketing realm, and less in the recruiting industry, he never let that affect the way he treated me as an employee. Mitch never hesitated to challenge me in new ways, or teach me new things about the company and the industry that would help me grow my skills as an employee to not just be more valuable to Crossroads Consulting, but to any firm that may come knocking.

Now, nearly three years after starting my professional work career with Crossroads Consulting, my time here is coming to an end, as I begin down a more marketing path professionally.

Crossroads Consulting and Mitch will never be far from my heart and my mind as I continue down my professional path. Knowing I owe a lot to this man and his company, it’s something I’ll never forget – and even more – hope it is something that I can pay forward in the future.

Mitch, I am forever in your debt. Thank you for giving me an opportunity when no one else would. It meant the world to me sitting in my apartment in Buffalo, just as much as it does – if not more – typing this at my home today. I’m so glad we had the opportunity to connect on a personal and professional level. Please never hesitate to reach out in the future if there is anything that I can help with. I look forward to continuing our relationship. Thank you for being the best, and most helpful boss I have ever worked with.

I know Mitch is currently looking to add executive recruiters to the Crossroads Consulting staff. I can’t recommend working with Mitch and Crossroads Consulting enough. If you’re looking to work in the recruiting industry, or you have a strong sales background and are looking for a new challenge, there is absolutely no better place to get going. I have no trouble saying it will immediately be seen in your eyes as one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

Thank you.

(Editor’s note: Adam – I was VERY touched and moved by this and I GREATLY appreciate the kindness, but truly it was a pleasure to watch you grow. You’ve been an invaluable part of my company and you’ll be EXCEPTIONALLY hard to replace. I’ll miss you and I thank YOU for all you’ve done for me, my family and my company)

 

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INTERNSHIPS – LIFELINE TO EXPERIENCE

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BY: Adam Gavriel

These days, the competition for jobs starts earlier than you may think.

Internships for students, and even post-grads aren’t just about gaining real world experience anymore, but are becoming a litmus test for employers.

“Internships have transitioned into a 10-week litmus test for a full-time job, with employers flocking to America’s college campuses ever earlier to scoop top talent. Demand for such positions has soared as students, haunted by memories of the recession and the rising cost of college, recognize the potential payoff.”

This quote from a Bloomberg.com article published today that discusses just how crucial internships, and plenty of them, are becoming for college students.

“’There’s a race for the top students, and once it gets started, it perpetuates itself,’ said Joanne Murray, executive director of the Center for Work and Service at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. ‘Students absolutely understand how valuable internships are.’”

Believe me, they do; and if they don’t, they are surely starting to.

Of the graduating class of 2013, 63% of graduating seniors have participated in some for of an internship position. This figures was the highest recorded since the National Association of Colleges and Employers has been tracking it.

Furthermore, according to the article, 70 percent of the 1,000 college graduates General Electric hires in the U.S. have completed a form of an internship position.

“’Seeing relatives, friends, neighbors, whoever had been affected by the recession, it hits home’ that internships are critical to build  a resume, said Tim Stiles, an associate director of University Career Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ‘We’re seeing a lot more students com in as first-years already aware of what an internship is.’”

Whether your 18, and just starting your college career, or 48, and looking to re-enter the workforce, the competition for jobs is always apparent. And as many college seniors are learning (the hard way or the easy way) completing an internship is a critical part of the job searching process.

While at Crossroads Consulting we are more inclined to work as an executive search firm that does not mean we don’t have what you’re looking for if you’re a college student. Our resume service and interview preparation work for anyone of any age, and can do wonders to increasing your chances at landing that job or internship you’re looking for.

Make sure to take a glance at our website for our current job openings. And even if you’re a recent college graduate or student, feel free to shoot us a resume at info@crossroadsconsulting.com, and we’ll do whatever we can do to help your search.

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