Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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Increase your chances of getting hired by making very few blunders. Below is a list of things I have done wrong in my job search plus job hunting pointers. Complement this information with any of the resources here which you'll find relevant to your job search and career.

My job hunt mistakes: 
1. Not dressing the best I could for appointment at fast-food joint in 1994 
• Arrived wearing a Polo shirt and shorts instead of a suit, tie and dress shoes.
• Walked much of the way there in hot weather.

2. Not doing research for teacher assistant position in 2001/2002

• Couldn't tell the recruiters what I knew about them.
• Thought it wouldn't be necessary to do research on a school district.

3. Not being flexible enough as a temp

• Didn't make myself available for light industrial assignments when registering with temp agency in 2000.
• Didn't accept that type of assignment a few years later.
• Severed ties with me in 2005 for never working for them. 
• Upset main recruiter for another temp agency for not accepting assignment at a place that was on a bus line in 2006.
• Didn't want to work at 7:00 AM even though buses ran then.

4. Neglecting to follow up after hotel job interview in 2006/2007

•  Didn't follow up due to not being totally enthused about position. 
 
Job hunt tips:
1. Being a team player 
When working on a team at an assignment, only take a lunch break when the rest of your team does it.

2. Work site possibly being harder/taking longer to find than you think or you go in the wrong direction initially

• Top recommendation is to make practice trip to the place of your job interview, temp assignment or focus group study at least one day in advance.
• You can add extra 30 - 60 minutes to your commute on the big day as solid plan B. 
• It's critical to follow either of these suggestions no matter how good you think the directions to the location you've been given are. If you haven't been to the place, you just cannot assume anything.

3. Remaining on the radar

• Keep temp agencies posted on your work availability weekly.

4. Being on time and maintaining good hygiene 

• Don't arrive to interview or work reeking from tobacco use.
• Don't travel lengthy distance by foot or bicycle in hot weather - take bus or drive instead. 

5. Maintaining proper protocol at work

• Follow rules and respect everyone. 
• Don't go above your immediate supervisor if something must be reported. 

6. Making good impression at interview

• Don't arrive with backpack/gym bag.
• Don't talk over interviewer/recruiter. 

7. Input on video above: The featured interviewee characters made dumb blunders. 

• The blunders include: not dressing well, showing up late, not listening, having a bad attitude, etc.
Don't act like you know it all or that your competition is inferior. 
Instead, show you're humble, willing to learn and have flaws to correct.

8. Saving time on your dummy run

• If you have a buddy who will work a new temp assignment with you or you have a buddy/relative willing to help you find the location of your upcoming interview or focus group study, you can make your dummy run easier by having this person accompany you. 
• Assuming you both have a cell phone, this is what you should do upon driving up to or getting off the bus in the area: split up and once one of you discovers you're going the right way, call your buddy and inform him/her of it.  

9. Not getting filtered out by recruiters' application software
If your resume isn't designed the right way, it could be filtered out by an inhuman system. Ways to evade this include: 1) using a strong, common font such as Times New Roman or Courier for all resume/cover letter content & 2) making sure your cover letter and resume contain keywords pertaining to the help-wanted ad you're responding to.

10. How to get a job you lack experience for
• Respond to help-wanted ads that state no experience is needed.
• Volunteer/intern for or take classes for the field you want to enter.
Shadow someone who works in the industry you have your heart set on.
Start your own offline or online business. 
Like me, you can heavily work online and from home by blogging, doing affiliate marketing, doing sales promotions, selling information products, selling ad space, taking surveys, writing books and doing online tasks - I'll gladly answer any questions you have about it.

Stop! If you leave now, you'll regret it as your job search or the position-finding hunt of your teen continues to flounder. 
• The job hunting e-book and CD I sell through the payment button on the right are solid alternatives to PDF and Kindle books - the e-book I wrote and link to at the top of each page comes in Kindle format.
• If you buy my e-book on how to find a job directly from me, you'll have 7 days to express displeasure with your purchase for a refund.
• If you buy my CD, you'll have 60 postal days to return it in mint condition for a refund and shipping fee reimbursement. Shipping is free and starts within 1 postal day.
• At my discretion, you're eligible for a 25 % rebate if you don't seek a refund for dissatisfaction by the expiration date.
I link to job hunting books at the top and on the left. Please explore all of them before making your purchase decision.
• As a female looking for work, you can enhance your business wardrobe by investing in the special blazer, dress shirt and formal pants I link to above.
• As a work seeker of either gender, you can complete your wardrobe by investing in a pair of shoes located above. Both pairs of men's and women's shoes I link to should suffice as dress shoes you can wear to interviews.
• Enjoy having a great structure to organize your job-hunting materials and other business-related documents through the desk located above.
• Invest in the resources I provide on the right and above to get all the tools you need to get a step ahead of your job market competitors while you still can.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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The labor market is fluctuating, unpromising and unforgiving. If you make too many mistakes in your hunt for a position, it can hurt your career prospects for a long time. I'm still paying the price for my mistakes. My future could be at stake.

I have many years of cumulative part-time work experience and I have had plenty of interviews. I have made mistakes at the office or at interviews I wish I could go back in time to undo. As I am looking out for you, my goal is to help you become and stay employed.

How can you avoid making it harder to find or keep a job? Things to do or not do are discussed on homepage

Newest Career Development Advice


I discuss many ways to not blow your job search on the home page. You can frequently find updated information on managing your career on this page.

Latest suggestion for your career 
Refrain from ghosting. Ghosting means quitting your job or changing your mind about a job offer you accepted without notifying management about it then not replying to their followup.
Here are ways it can backfire:
It's wrong and unprofessional.
It will prevent you from ever returning to this place should you ever reconsider.
It may prevent you from receiving a positive reference for future employment elsewhere.
You may miss out if your boss tries to reach you to send you your final paycheck. 

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