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Dress for the Job you Want

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What you wear at work tells others how you feel about your job. If you look like a slob, it yells, I DON’T CARE, DON’T PROMOTE OR HIRE ME!   If you want to be a manager, you need to start looking like one ASAP! Take a good look at the people whose job you want.  How are they dressing?   If you work in a professional office environment and all of the management staff is wearing business suits, then you should be wearing a business suit every single day if your job permits. If you have a type of job that is labor intensive, then dress as professionally as you can.

When you dress the part, you feel the part.  It’s very true that dressing professionally changes your attitude.  When we get home from work we typically want to instantly relax and the first thing we do is change into our comfy clothes.  The opposite is true when we put on that sharp business attire!  We fell like we can conquer the world!  Also, people will take notice and think immediately that you must be a person of knowledge and power!

EXAMPLE

A number of surveys of patients show they “overwhelmingly” prefer their physicians to wear white coats.  Patients seem to have more trust in and comfort with physicians who wear the coat.  For many patients it is still a symbol of professionalism and good care and it helps them identify the physician. It’s the same in the workplace.  Dress for the part you want and you just might have a leg-up in getting it!

Here is an awesome article that goes into even more detail on how to  DRESS FOR THE JOB YOU WANT!

How to Complete a Job Application

A lot of companies are going high-tech these days and offer an on-line application process.  If you do have to fill out an application manually, be sure to use either black or blue pen (preferable black) and print your information clearly.  We can’t emphasize this enough.  You will be surprised how some people will scribble their information on a job application and expect he prospective employer to read the writing.  Follow the below rules and you might get your application on the top of the stack instead of in the garbage can.
REVIEW THE APPLICATION FIRST Read over the application thoroughly before you fill it out.  Make sure you understand all of the questions and give yourself some time to think things through before you start filling it out. If you can take your application home and fill it out later, GREAT!  However, if you have to fill it out on the spot, come prepared with your resume, blank pieces of paper and a good black ink pen.  Also, be well dressed.  You never know if you will be interviewed on the spot!

PRACTICE FIRST On a separate piece of paper, list all of the jobs that are RELEVANT to the job you are applying for.  Then list your duties at each job.  Once you have a draft of your application written out on a piece of paper, look at the job announcement and study the key words that they are looking for.  Do you have any of those key words in your prior employment history?  Don’t put them in if you haven’t actually done them, but be mindful that what you may have called something in a past job isn’t what it’s called today, but the task is similar or the same.  Government job announcements typically use jargon for job duties that aren’t used in the private sector.

HOW TO LIST YOUR JOBS List your most current job first and list the most important tasks that you performed.  Space will be limited so make sure you put your most impressive duties first.

For Example:

Secretary to the Director:
Duties included:  Arranged conferences and meetings with foreign dignitaries
Drafted all complex correspondence to outside entities
Managed all time-keeping duties for office personnel
Managed all travel and expense accounts and petty cash
Opened all incoming correspondence
Answered all incoming telephone calls

As you can see a secretary can do a multitude of tasks.  Put the most complex impressive tasks first and tasks like opening the mail and answering the phone last, even though you most likely answered the phone fifty times a day!

EDUCATION List your education.  Don’t forget to list any special certifications or short term courses that could help show that you have the expertise in certain situations that they are looking for.

TOOT YOUR HORN List awards and honors, community involvement or club membership that could be relevant to the job you are applying for..

REFERENCES Get prior permission from your references before you list them on your application.  Your references are preferably prior bosses but can also include teachers, professors, mentors, and important public figures that you may know such as a judge, or prominent business person in town.

PROOF READ If you completed your application online, print it out before you hit the SEND button.  Read your draft and have someone else read it as well.  You want to fix any typos or things that might not be clear to your reader.   If you filled out your application using a pen, use white out to make corrections.  Do not scribble out mistakes.

Internships

 

An Intern is someone who is learning On-The-Job either with or without pay.  Most companies require that you are enrolled in a college in order to hold an internship and in return you will get college credits.  However, not all companies require college enrollment.  Some companies will pay you a small wage so that you will learn the job.  However, you will most likely be part-time and won’t get any benefits that are offered to full-time employees.

If you turn out to be a superstar Intern, you might even be offered a full-time job with benefits!  Here is a list of resources for you to find the perfect internship.

INTERN MATCH

COOLWORKS

RISINGSTAR

VOLUNTEER MATCH

JOB HUNT INTERNSHIPS

MONSTER COLLEGE INTERNSHIPS

INTERNSHIPS.COM

Also check Cities, Counties, State and Federal government, Parks websites.  All of these agencies have internship opportunities.  You can even find internships with the CIA!

Where to Find Training

Trade schools

Here is an extensive list of Trade (vocational) Schools and Colleges search engines and the career programs they offer:

Official Site of the Federal Trade Commission (advice on choosing a Trade/Vocational School 

http://www.tradeschooladvisor.com/

http://www.guidetocareereducation.com/career-colleges

http://www.trade-schools.net/

http://www.rwm.org/rwm/           Vocational School Database

Info for Military Veterans on choosing a trade school

Complete list of Universities and 4 year colleges

Types of Training

There are many different ways to get an advanced education.

TRADITIONAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Junior/Community College:  2 years    Associated Degree

University or Private College:  4 years  Bachelor Degree

Masters Degrees and PhD(doctorate) will require a Bachelor degree and several more years of college.
In today’s job market, holding only a Bachelor Degree in certain fields may not be enough.  It’s common for competitors in certain jobs to hold masters degrees.  It used to be a huge deal to earn a Bachelor degree.  For some people it’s still a huge undertaking.  However, the job market is highly competitive and more people than ever hold Bachelors Degrees.  So, to up the ante, people are going further into their college careers and getting Masters (some people will get two or three Masters degrees)

Don’t worry, there are many many people who have gone one to earn good money with only an Associates Degree or training from a Trade School.  There is a lot to be said for working your way up the ladder with a company.  Your experience is going to be the most valuable asset to an employer than anything!

TRADE SCHOOLS

If going to college the next 10 years isn’t in your cards, then you may want to check out the many trade schools.  There are all sorts of technical schools that are teaching valuable skills that are highly marketable to companies.  Companies will know that you got tons of hands-on training at a trade school.  Trade schools take a considerably shorter time to complete (some only 6-8 months) and they offer assistance in job placement.

Here is a list of common trade school certifications:

IT (computer) Paralegal, Medical Assisting, Veterinarian Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Automotive Technician, Heating and Air Conditioning Technician, Hair and Make-up Stylist, and many more.  However, these schools can be a little pricy because of the intensive hands-on training that you will receive.  Most of these schools are accredited, meaning that you will be able to get federally funded student loans.

If you are a Veteran of the Armed Forces, you may qualify for the GI bill which most trade schools qualify.

Here  is an awesome site where you can search for trade schools in the US and Canada with hundreds of careers to choose from!

How to Pay for School

Are you worth a good reference?

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We all want a good reference from an employer.  Here are some tips on how you can get a good reference.  NOTE:  these tips help, however if you have an unstable boss, it can be a challenge! If this is the case, read this ( Boss is Crazy ) first!

How you behave at work will dictate if you:

Get a good reference when you leave

Get a promotion

Get assigned to important projects

Bad or questionable behavior can result in:

No promotion

Bad references

It all comes down to good work ethic in order to get a good reference from an employer.  Here are the some rules to follow:

  • Get to work on time EVERYDAY!  If you get to work a few minutes early, the better!  This will give you a buffer for unforeseen situations such as a traffic jam, etc.
  • Don’t scoot out of work early without approval!  If you are able, volunteer to work late if emergency arises.
  • Volunteer for assignments and special projects!  Be the first to raise your hand when a need arises and you think you can do it!
  • Don’t be “that” person who calls in sick on Mondays and/or Fridays
  • Keep a tidy work area
  • Dress the part (professional)
  • Get along with your co-workers…even the people you really don’t care for.
  • Show initiative
  • Show leadership
  • Don’t be a whiner or malcontent  Instead, say this:  “I would love to help the company, and it’s needs are important to me.  I noticed ______.  I would like to offer a suggested solution and I think I could help get it fixed!”

None of the above is rocket science.  This should be common sense for most people.  However, you will be surprised at the amount of people who fail to do the above simple tasks and then scratch their heads when they are passed up for a promotional opportunity or get a bad reference from a prior employer.

Oh yeah…. STAY OUT OF JAIL! 

Where to Find a Job

Below is a list of powerful job hunting search engines and websites where you can look for jobs, create a profile and submit your application and resume.  However, beware that you will be just another piece of paper to the companies that have listings here.  Many people are applying for the same position and you may not get an interview.  However, keep submitting your applications and resumes.  It’s a numbers game.

Now is the time to start making personal contact with people you already know.  Make it known to all of your Facebook friends and personal friends that you are looking for work.  Put it out there what you are looking for.  You never know, one of your friends might have an uncle who owns a business that is hiring for the job you want.

Top  Job Search Engines:

Indeed.com    he free site gives job seekers access to millions of job listings aggregated from thousands of company websites and job boards across all fields.

www.USA.gov   The place to find a job in the United States Federal Government

www.careerbuilder.com   This site gives job searchers the ability to find a job, post a resume, create job alerts, get job advice and job resources, look up job fairs, and much more.

www.dice.com   The site where you can find a technology job

Simplyhired.com  SimplyHired’s search engine pulls listings from thousands of sites across the Web, including job boards, company career sites, newspapers, non-profit organizations, government sites, and more.

www.linkedin.com  Free to use, the site lets members create resume-like profiles—listing work experience, skills, interests, etc.—and then send invitations to others to join their network. Once linked up, a user can view his or her new connection’s network and can quickly form valuable contacts.

www.craigslist.com    This is just like the old-fashioned newspaper classifieds, however you can use their search function to find a job.

JobSerf.com.  JobSerf provides personalized online job searching for you by sending out your resume and a cover letter (that you write) to online listings in your area from a multitude of sources.

www.jibe.com  Jibe is a job site that helps you tap your social networking contacts to find a job. It’s easy to access – simply login with your Facebook or LinkedIn user name and password. Jibe users can find and apply for jobs on Jibe and request introductions from their LinkedIn and/or Facebook contacts at the company.
JobShouts.com is a free resource for both employers and job seekers. Employers can post their jobs for free; those jobs are then automatically “tweeted” to users on Twitter. Then those jobs can be found either by following JobShouts on Twitter, or by searching “jobs” or keywords found in posted job titles.
www.americasjobexchange.com   America’s Job Exchange (America Job Exchange or AJE) connects job seekers to national job openings all fifty US states and four territories.
www.jobs.ca.gov   This is the website for all State of California government job postings.  You must take a test and get on a list in order to be hired  for most of the jobs listed on this website.  Exams are posted daily.

Glassdoor.com, a free career community that gives users an inside look at jobs and companies.

Mediabistro caters  to the creative job seeker. Job listings are posted for editors, writers, producers, graphic designers, book publishers, and more in industries such as magazines, television, film, radio, newspapers, online media, advertising, PR, and design.

TweetMyJobs works to combine social networking and job hunting by seamlessly integrating the user’s Facebook and Twitter profiles. The service brings recruiters and job hunters together, allowing users to receive highly targeted job matches.