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Out of Work But Staying a Strong Candidate

Many people are currently out of work due to downsizing, job closings and business reconstructions. Despite this, there are many job positions still available in the job market. In competitive times such as this, it is extremely important for the job seeker to remain a strong candidate in the eyes of prospective employers. One must continuously make the very best efforts to seek new positions and market his or her talents. The following are tips on how a person can stay a strong candidate while out of work:

Seek Employment Daily

In order to stay on the employment radar, a job seeker must put continuous efforts into seeking employment. A passive job seeker will not stay fresh in employers’ minds because there are hundreds of thousands of people filling out applications every day. Job seekers must be proactive and complete employment applications online and in person at every place possible.

Apply More Than Once

Many large businesses have a short-term application life period. A job seeker’s application can become inactive in 30-60 days. A great way for a person to remain a strong candidate is to reapply after the application period expires. This not only shows persistence, but it also keeps that person’s name fresh in the employer’s database.

Join Career Websites

Career websites often have access to positions that are not available elsewhere. Additionally, many of these sites offer networking services. One employer may not have interest in a candidate, but it may still forward that applicant’s information to another employer. A good practice for an active job seeker is to join as many career websites as possible.

Visit Local Unemployment Office

The local unemployment office offers a wide variety of services including use of computers and job connection tools. Job counselors are also available to help people make smart employment decisions. Anyone who is out of work can take advantage of these services. The goal of the unemployment office is to return workers to the job market.

Stop doubting yourself, work hard and make it happen.

ANONYMOUS

Update Resume

Updating one’s resume is the most important aspect of success for obtaining employment. Again, there are many people competing for job positions. Having the best resume possible increases a person’s chances of being hired.

Professional resume services can help a job seeker to create the perfect piece that will peak an employer’s interest. A good resume will state that person’s talents and experience. It will also have proper formatting and wording. The style of one’s resume can often catch an employer’s eye as well. A job seeker will want to submit something that has a special flair and stands out from the rest of the resumes.

A job seeker’s best bet is to gain access to resume services. He or she will need to choose the correct template, format, time line and wording. A person’s resume is the first thing an employer looks at. In order to remain in any employer’s mind, the applicant’s resume must be spectacular.

Working in Education: Job Search and Opportunities

Careers in the field of Education come in many flavors and varieties. Most of us just think of teaching positions when considering a job in education. There are many positions available in education that do not require a teaching credential or any classroom involvement.

For example, if your resume shows your solid background in business, do not overlook the education section when searching career sites. Colleges and Universities are Institutions of Higher Education and have many positions available, your business knowledge could be put to good use. Financial Aid is a vital area for most Higher Education Institutions. Your background in business could be the ideal fit for positions within the Financial Aid Departments. Remember, most Colleges and Universities rely on Financial Aid in the form of loans, scholarships, and grants, as their major source of income. Another example is using your resume filled with customer service related jobs allows you to emphasize those skills to become an Academic Advisor at a College or University. There are many education related positions available in School District Offices, County Offices of Education, and at the State and Government levels for individuals with diverse backgrounds.

Your resume should reflect keywords used in the education position for which you wish to apply. Often these keywords include ‘Best Practices’, ‘Rigorous Standards and Practices’, ‘Fully Qualified Educator’, and other terms that apply broadly throughout the education industry. If your strengths include logical, progressive thinking abilities, be sure that your resume reflects those talents. Credential Analysts are needed in nearly every area of education, but that position requires strong abilities in analyzing and evaluating documents as well as people. There is little or no tolerance for mistakes or errors in this area, so place emphasis on projects you have done that reflect successful qualities with measurable results.

Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.

Bob Beauprez

If you are interested in pursuing careers in the field of education, or looking for ways to fund your own education, this is a great field to pursue. Many Colleges and Universities will provide free education to their employees, and free or reduced tuition costs to the employee’s immediate family members. This is an ideal way to obtain a teaching credential without paying high tuition fees, and it has the added benefit of interacting with school district personnel who can prove to be invaluable contacts to find a teaching position once you have obtained your credential!

Do not limit your future by limiting your job search to a narrow range defined only by what your current career may require. Jobs in education are available to individuals from every industry. Use your resume as a flexible tool to place particular emphasis on skills required by a job posting in the education field. You may find that taking a job in education allows you a platform to use as a springboard to a Bachelor or Master’s Degree in nearly any degree plan offered and may open doors to careers that may previously have appeared out of your reach. A job in education may prove to be the best career choice for your live and your entire future.

 

Job Interview: What is your biggest weakness?

A job interview can be stressful no matter what questions are being asked, but there’s one traditional job interview question that strikes fear into the heart of every job candidate: “What is your biggest weakness?”

Why is this question so terrifying? Job seekers are afraid that giving the wrong answer could ruin their chances of being offered the job. If they talk about a weakness that the interviewer sees as a liability, they’re out. If they say the same old thing about “being a perfectionist” or “working too hard,” the interviewer won’t take them seriously. If they make a joke out of it, it will seem like they’re avoiding the issue.

With all those fears that arise in every interview, it seems impossible to get this question right. What can job seekers say about their biggest weakness that will make them look like a better candidate?

The job search experts have conflicting opinions about this topic. Here are a few of the common suggestions for how to answer a question about your biggest weakness.

  • Mention a trait that is usually regarded as negative but put a positive slant on it. As one example, say that you sometimes have trouble delegating work if you think that it will be done more completely by yourself, because you have high standards for excellence.
  • Talk about an issue that you used to struggle with and describe how you’ve addressed the problem. For example, say that you used to have trouble locating important files because you weren’t very organized, but go on to explain how you revamped your systems to improve the results.
  • Tell a story about a great piece of advice you’ve received that helped you overcome your weakness.
  • Say almost anything—what matters isn’t the content of your response, just how you say it. This question is designed to put a job candidate on the spot, so a winning response is one that’s delivered in a calm, lighthearted tone. Another hint: don’t talk too long! Keep your response under 20 seconds.

Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.

Knute Rockne

Remember, in the end, this is just one question that probably won’t make or break your interview. With a little preparation, you can present your response calmly and with humor, leading your interviewer to the next question—and ultimately, if all goes well, to a job offer.

How to Catch Attention During Interview?

Job interviews are conducted by hiring managers in order to choose the best candidate for the job opening. The hiring manager’s job is to ask specific questions to determine the right fit for the company. You can improve your interview skills by understanding the process. The more interviews you go on, the better you will become at interviewing. The interview is your chance to impress and show the manager that you want the job. One way to accomplish this is to research the company before your interview. This shows that you have made the effort to learn about the company.

Dressing in professional attire will portray a professional image to the hiring manager. Women should wear a dress or skirt with a dress jacket, and men should wear dress slacks, dress shirt and a jacket. Pay special attention to your grooming because interviewers do notice the small details. Don’t arrive for your interview more than ten minutes early and don’t be late. Drive to the location before your interview date arrives to be sure you know where it’s located. If you are late, you likely will not be considered.

There are common interview questions that are consistently asked during a job interview. You can find a list of interview questions online. Study them and practice with a friend or family member. Being prepared with interview answers will help to ease your fears about the unknown. Even though you are nervous, you must appear calm and confident. If the interviewer asks you a few slightly different questions than you studied for, you will still come across confident and prepared.

Job-interviewing is just a skill. Like any skill, some people have more of a predisposition for it than others.

Dale Dauten

At the end of the interview, the hiring manager will ask you if you have any questions. You should prepare ahead and memorize some questions about the company. It is considered unacceptable to ask about salary and benefits at this stage of the application process. If you are offered a job with the company, you will be told about the salary and benefits at that time. A common mistake is to say that you have no questions. Hiring managers want to know that you are eager about their company and asking questions will show your enthusiasm. Ask questions about the company that shows the hiring manager that you are interested in the position.

When the interview is over, smile and shake hands with your interviewer. The hiring manager will let you know when to expect a hiring decision to be made. You can set yourself apart by sending a thank-you note to the interviewer. A lot of people don’t do this and the interviewer will be impressed. Finding a job is a number’s game. The more interviews you go on, the more relaxed you will appear, and this will increase your hiring chances. After a few interviews, you will be surprised at how easy the process really is. Everyone gets nervous going to a job interview but appearing confident is the best way to receive the call that brings a job offer.

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