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From Thanksgiving to Christmas, the holidays are a time to relax and enjoy the company of your loved ones. While it may feel like a good time to take a break from your job search, it’s actually the perfect time to network your way into a new job! Attend Holiday Parties
If you are struggling to find a job or are working part-time, offering up your skills as a volunteer can have a beneficial impact on your job search. While volunteer work doesn’t have the most glamorous ring to it—and to be a volunteer means working for free—here are three reasons why it is valuable to become a volunteer in your chosen industry!
“Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies” helps job seekers prepare for their search in the new digital age Social media has quickly become a necessary tool to secure a new job: 80 percent of companies use social media to find new talent. Potential employers are often looking for candidates with a clear understanding of social media and expect applicants to have a strong online presence. Social media can be a very effective tool to … Read more »
I’m lucky. I get to ride my bike over Portland’s beautiful Hawthorne Bridge every morning. To my left are the west hills dusted in morning fog and to my right is the winding Willamette River back-dropped by our iconic and cozy downtown. When I see this view, I feel overcome with love for Portland – a city that became my home four and a half years ago when I rented an apartment, sight unseen, never … Read more »
At the 5th Annual SEMpdx Rooftop party, just a few weeks ago, I embarked on my first networking event. The problem was I had no clue what to expect. I imagined that there would be a bunch of business men and women in professional attire talking about the stock market or some sort of business foreign language, and I would be that awkward girl standing alone. Overall I did not feel prepared on what to … Read more »
Do you feel pressured to network constantly for your job search? To leave no stone unturned? To spread your efforts as far and wide as possible? If you feel that approach drains your energy and dilutes your efforts, you’re right. Unfocused, ‘mass networking’ just yields introductory conversations, first impressions, and a stack of business cards. Hoping that these one-time meetings will generate ‘The Lead’ to one of your targeted employers is a lonely and frustrating … Read more »
The “hidden job market” is not a myth. Some estimates put the number of unadvertised jobs as high as 80%. Talk to hiring managers, human resource directors, and career counselors. They will tell you that most openings, especially for professional positions, never appear on a job board. Why Jobs Never Get Posted Positions go unadvertised because employers hire people they know or who come recommended by people they trust. This has certainly been my experience … Read more »
With the close of graduation season and a new influx of grads preparing to enter the market, CNBC reports that the “Job Picture Looks Bleak for 2013 College Graduates.” But don’t despair there are four simple things you can do to increase your chances of getting hired. 1. Answer your phone. Have a cell phone that you actually answer and return phone calls in a timely manner. Jobs are going quickly. If you don’t answer … Read more »
Recently, a client shared observations about what he wished he’d done before he found himself on the job hunt. Here’s a list of best practices for career maintenance that, in my experience, are applicable to everyone: I wish I’d kept a copy of my performance reviews. Lesson: Keep your own file of reviews and accolades. They are helpful to prompt written accomplishment statements, review for interview examples and to remind yourself of achievements when doubts … Read more »
Congratulations, graduate! It’s been quite the ride. You worked hard and can now look back on almost two decades of school and say, “Phew! I made it! Now what?” I’m not going to lie to you, this next phase of life after college can be difficult and the transition into the working world doesn’t come with a lot of guidance. You’ll have to figure it out largely on your own. But you can do it.