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Everything You Wanted To Know About References But Were Afraid To Ask

references road sign illustration designOne of the most searched questions that brings people to our blog is – “Is it a good sign if they contact my references?” The answer is a resounding yes! If it gets to the point where a prospective employer requests references, you can feel confident that an offer MAY be headed your way.

However, a lot can happen between requesting your references and a potential job offer. Some of it you can control, some you can’t. Let’s start with the basics:

Why are good references so important?
You may think that reference checking is a formality – that either the employer won’t bother calling them or will only ask for verification of basic information such as dates worked. While this is true in some cases, it is very far from the truth in others. Go into your job search and interview expecting your references to be called if all goes well.

Who should you pick as a reference?
You want to pick a supervisor, boss or superior you’ve worked for over the years.  Your neighbor, pastor, best friend, colleague or parents are not good references!

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How many should you have?
3 to 5 is a good basic number.

How do you prep your references?
By all means, let them know that they may be called! However, do NOT reach out every time you have a job interview. If you’ve had a few interviews and can tell the company is interested and asks for references, then you can give your references a heads up.

Sending your references a copy of your resume and even a link to the job description is helpful. Always make sure to thank them – even before they are called and definitely after! In addition, encourage your references to call the hiring manager as soon as they can (if they missed the call and were left a message).

Fair or not, you are being judged on everything – including how long it may take for a reference to call the hiring manager or recruiter back.

Think about it – which looks better – a reference so pumped about you as an employee that they call back right away or one who waits a half day or day to respond?

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What do recruiters and hiring managers want to hear?
They want to hear about your accomplishments – not canned or rehearsed answers. Enthusiastic, thoughtful commentary on why you were a good employee will go a long way.

How should younger job seekers handle references?
If you haven’t been in the workforce long enough to have former employers to use as references, you can always reach out to a former professor, sports coach or someone in authority who would be a good spokesperson on your behalf.

Do I need to put References Available Upon Request on my resume?
No. This is just a waste of space and is seen as a given. You should have a list ready to go when asked. Do not offer this list up. Wait until you are asked for it. Also, make sure all the contact information on there is current. It’s also helpful to add some context to the list – for example:
John Doe, my former Supervisor at Acme Corporation, 333-3333

What can job seekers do to make sure they have good references?
Don’t just reach out to your references when you need them! Keep in touch with them via LinkedIn, email or even a text. No one likes to be used! It’s up to you to cultivate and maintain good professional relationships so you will have a pool of people to draw from when the time comes.

What do I do after my references are called?
Reach out to them and thank them for being a reference. You can also find out how the call went.

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4 Career Resolutions You Can Keep in 2017

2016 to 2017, happy new year conceptWell, here we are again. A fresh slate, a new calendar. Ready to make the most of this year for your career? Great! Let’s get started.

  1. Vow to update your LinkedIn page
    Be honest now. When was the last time you updated your LinkedIn profile? Set aside an hour. You want to go through and make additions and deletions as necessary. Have you taken on any new projects? Are there new success stories you could add? Don’t just reiterate your resume! Add “wow factor” content that a recruiter or hiring manager would be impressed to read. LinkedIn allows for photos, video and links too – take advantage of the multimedia possibilities. When you’re done updating, show it to a friend or family member and ask them how it looks, what makes sense, and what could still use some sprucing up. When you’re done with that, you need to do the same thing for your resume.
  2. Start an accomplishment list
    It’s easy to forget all the projects you’ve completed over the year. Yet, you can really stand out when you have this arsenal of good stuff to draw from (for your resume, cover letter and interview). If you jot down your successes and projects you’ve worked on as they happen (once a week is a good goal), this will help when it comes time to interview. Start – right now – to keep track of your results. This way you won’t have to back track or try to remember something you worked on months ago. This list can also be helpful for your yearly performance review.
  3. Show your references some love
    You do have a list of at least three references that you could use, right? Never underestimate the importance of a good reference. Create your list and then make sure to keep in touch with your references – not just when you need them. In addition, make sure your reference has a copy of your resume and prep them if you think they will be called. At the very least, send them the job description and 2 or 3 points/characteristics you want them to emphasize.
  4. Start a career ‘Content calendar.’
    Marketers and writers often schedule out topics and themes by day, week and/or month. This could be based on the season, holidays or a number of other factors related to the industry/field they are working in. You can do the same – whether you’re job searching or just focusing on your career. Break it up by season to get started. What do you hope to accomplish this first quarter? For instance – January through March could be – Resume/Cover letter updating, April though June – networking/submitting applications, July through September – attend an industry conference/seminar, etc.

Don’t stay stuck in a job just because you don’t want to put in the work and effort required for a successful job search. These tips don’t take a lot of time, but can yield good results. Good luck on your career journey in 2017!

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4 Ways To Alleviate Holiday Job Search Anxiety

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Does your job search have you feeling a bit Grinch-like? Don’t despair!

Did you know?

According to the most recent Bureau Of Labor statistics Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey report released today, there are over 5.5 million job openings in the U.S.

So, how can you land one of these jobs – especially when many companies are ramping down for holiday breaks and most of us are consumed with decorating, baking, shopping and planning/attending holiday festivities?

1) Acknowledge Take a step back to realize that this is a challenging time of the year to be looking for work. Re-frame how you approach your employment journey.

“Don’t think of a job search as a “job search.” That sounds depressing, hard and like you don’t have any ownership of it. Think of it as a “job campaign.” You’re out there, campaigning to get in with a company that is a good fit for you. A simple change in mindset makes it more personalized, relevant and goal oriented.” Geoff Bieber, Driver Recruiter

2) Accept Take back your power by realizing that the job search during this final month of the year will be harder. Knowing this upfront is half the battle.

“Try to turn your negative thoughts into positive self talk. Yes, many businesses aren’t actively interviewing due to manager vacation time and the new year approaching. However, you can still keep up your search. Instead, switch more of your focus onto revamping your resume and cover letter. A large part of a job search isn’t simply submitting resumes and networking, it’s researching how to present yourself better and stand out above the rest. ” Jennifer Latone, Operations Recruiter

3) Accommodate Be willing to alter your schedule and expectations. Can you rearrange your schedule to go in for an interview earlier or later in the day – or even on a weekend? Or, be willing to schedule it much further out on the calendar. The more flexible you can be, the better your chances are for success. The good news is that you are competing with fewer candidates during the 4th quarter, and this already puts you ahead of the game.

“Give yourself a time frame. You may not get an interview or phone screen scheduled right now, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get one. Stay organized and be ready to embark on your search full force come January. The second week of January is a great target date for scheduling interviews, as managers will be catching up that first week immediately after New Year’s.” – Courtney Vena, Corporate Recruiter

4) Align What exactly do you hope to get out of your job search this season? Temper expectations with reality. It’s unlikely you’re going to have multiple job interviews in December, especially the closer we get to the Christmas and New Year’s break. But, it’s not unrealistic to expect to set up interviews going into mid January. You could also make goals that aren’t dependent on your target company. For example, make a goal to set up an informational interview in January, update your LinkedIn by the end of December, create a reference sheet, etc.

Looking for a job any time of year is stressful, but holidays can add an extra layer of pressure. However, don’t let this discourage you! Be proactive, patient and take some time to enjoy family and friends too.

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”  ― Dr. Seuss

Happy Holidays!

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Are You Too Scared To Look For A New Job?

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Listen, we get it. It can be hard to to put yourself out there. Let’s address some common job search fears and how you can move past them.

  1. The Fear of Change
    This is a big one. Even if you’re in a toxic work environment, leaving to start a new job is inherently stressful. All big moves are stressful – even good ones – like getting married, buying a house, going away to school, etc. Accept that leaving the comfort zone of your current position is going to cause emotional discomfort. This is part of the process. Not feeling at least a little apprehension would be more atypical.

“Overcoming what frightens you the most strengthens you the most.” -M.Dhliayo

  1. Procrastination Nation
    It’s so easy to keep postponing your job search.” Oh, I’ll wait until after the holidays, after the kids get a little older, after ‘INSERT YOUR EXCUSE HERE’. Don’t do it. Life moves quickly, and, before you know it, we’ll be in the midst of the new year. Combat this obstacle by charting out your job search plan now. It can be as simple as drafting and following a plan: October – work on resume and LinkedIn page for a half hour on Wednesday and Thursday nights, search for jobs for a half hour on Monday and Tuesday nights, November – attend one networking event, get references lined up. You get the idea…
  2. Not understanding the process 
    If you haven’t searched for a job for awhile (or even if you have), you’ll soon realize that the process itself has changed. Completing online applications is commonplace. These ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) have their own set of rules. It’s imperative that you format your resume with keywords to increase your chances of the system making a match. Along the same lines though, good old fashioned job search rules still apply. You need to emphasize your accomplishments on your resume, as well as in an interview. The competition has never been fiercer, but knowing how to position yourself appropriately is half the battle.
  3. Thinking The Grass ISN’T Greener
    If you’ve ever left one bad job for another one, you may resist making a change again. However, if you don’t take a chance, you’ll never know! Yes, there is always the chance the next job may not live up to its potential. But, this is where your research comes in. Make sure to thoroughly research the company as best you can before you accept the offer.
    Besides perusing all their social media, look to see if you have any mutual connections or friends who know people who work there. ASK probing questions – for instance – What would people say is the best and worst thing about working here? If you could improve something in the office, what would it be?  LOOK for clues when you’re at the interview. Do people seem engaged and energetic or appear apathetic? What you hear (or don’t hear), see (or don’t see), can all be very telling. Be a detective so you don’t get burned.

At the end of the day, it’s a personal decision whether you make the decision to stay or to go. As they say though, no risk, no rewards. Fight through your fears and go for that new job!

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Mind Your Manners [Infographic]

At a glance – what to do when you interview

Looking to knock your next interview out of the park? Check out this infographic for wardrobe tips, preparation suggestions, and interview etiquette rules!

 

Mind Your Manners: What to Do When You Interview

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Calorie Counting & Your Career

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8 Success Strategies

Have you ever been on a diet? It can be a real challenge. The same can be said for job searching. It’s rare that anyone wants to do either activity, but the end results (whether it be a smaller size or a better job) are well worth the effort.

1) Consistency and patience are key to the process.
The Dieter: I’ll just drastically slash my calories, cut out all carbs, work out excessively and get this over and done with as quickly as possible.
You may be somewhat successful in the short term, but most likely you’ll be hungry, irritable and unable to sustain the effort. You’ll also be more prone to gain the weight back. Better to cut your calories reasonably, do a moderate amount of exercise and be prepared for the pounds to come off gradually.

The Job Seeker: I’ll  apply to every job that looks decent with the same resume. It’s a numbers game. I don’t have time to use LinkedIn or waste time on there. 
We get the sentiment, but blasting out resumes is not a great strategy. Instead, try targeting jobs and employers that match your skill set. Be picky! Take the time to really research companies that would be a good fit and customize your resume for each one. Learn how to use LinkedIn to your advantage (more on that HERE).

2) You need a plan, goals and accountability.
The Dieter: I’ll just eat less and move more. 
It’s a good start, but a big goal without a solid plan is just a dream. Even if you don’t track calories, carbs, etc formally, it helps to have goals you want to reach with dates, milestones and mini goals along the way.  There are free apps to track your food, activity and weight. Consider a fitness tracker to help motivate you to get moving. A chart with goal dates and what you aim to lose each week can also help. It doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated. Putting it in writing makes it real and tangible.
The Job Seeker: I don’t need to keep track of my job search activities. And, I’ll just ‘wing it’ on interviews. It’s just a conversation right?
A better idea is to start a Word document or Excel spreadsheet with dates and names of companies you applied to and when. This helps you stay organized and, if you’re collecting unemployment, will come in handy if you have to show proof of your job search. As far as interviewing, the more prepared you are, the better. It pays to practice and go into an interview knowing what kinds of questions may be asked, as well as having appropriate answers.  While an interview is a conversation, there’s much more to it than that, and there are strategies to make yours successful.

3) It’s not glamorous.
The truth about dieting is that there really is not a magic pill. It’s a grind.  You have to be vigilant and committed, day in and day out – even when you don’t feel like it. And, if you have a lot to lose, you have to sustain this commitment for months – and that’s not even counting what you have to do to maintain the loss. After the initial excitement and bigger losses in the early weeks, weight loss slows and enthusiasm inevitably wanes.

The same thing is true about the job search. Getting that first call back for an interview has you soaring! However, what will you do if you don’t get that job? Rejection stings. Time passes. Now you’re crashing. Despite the disappointment, you have to pick yourself up and continue to apply. It may take months to get that job you want. Just like you didn’t gain the weight overnight, you’re not going to get your dream job overnight either.

4) You have to be prepared for setbacks.

Wait – what- I have to do this for months? But, there’s a picnic, vacation, and holiday coming up! I’ll start after that. 

Well, the reality is, if you REALLY want to lose weight, you need to sustain your new healthy eating plan and activity level no matter what the occasion. There will never be a better time to start. Yes, dieting can be even harder on days when you just don’t want to. You know – a bad day at work, awful weather, food temptations, being sleep deprived, etc. Prepare for how you are going to handle inevitable obstacles along the way.

The same mindset holds true for the job seeker. You can stay unhappily employed or gather the courage, energy and resources to embark upon a job search. If you REALLY want to get a new job, you’re not going to let anything stop you. Determination counts for a lot. Don’t put your job search off until after the summer or next year. The time to start is now! It won’t be quick or easy, but it will be worthwhile in the end. Keep your eye on the end game – a new, more fulfilling job.

5) Get, appreciate and reciprocate your support system.
Dieters and job seekers alike need a village to be there during the ups and downs of the journey. It may be friends, it may be family, or both. There are also outside support groups (in person and/or online) that can provide a great place for camaraderie. Having others in the same “boat” (dieting or seeking employment) takes away the feeling that you’re going for this big goal all by yourself. Your tribe can help you – not just when you’re struggling – but when you reach those goals along the way. At the same time, be mindful of being encouraging and supportive to them as well! Giving back will make you feel better too.

6) Don’t beat yourself up.
The Dieter: I’m going to weigh myself every day. And, if I cheat at one meal, I might as well keep overeating. I live for cheat days. Bring ’em on!
Weighing yourself every day is just punishing yourself, as your weight can fluctuate up to five pounds. If you can’t hold out for weekly weighs ins, try every other day. Don’t let your life or mood be dictated by the scale. You may have lost inches or gained muscle. Take your measurements and use that as another way to gauge your progress. How you feel and the way your clothes fit can be another indicator of progress.

The cheating at a meal situation is a tough one. Have you ever heard the flat tire analogy? If you got a flat tire, you wouldn’t automatically discard your car or flatten the other three. You would get the one tire fixed. Along the same lines, if you overeat at one meal, do better at the next one. Don’t throw in the towel. Or, at the very least, start the next day. Don’t let one bad day turn to two, then three. You can salvage your week.  And remember, treats are ok, but too many free-for-alls are not going to be kind to your waistline.

The Job Seeker: I’m never going to find a job. Why didn’t they call me in for an interview? I’ll be stuck in this job (or unemployed) forever.
It’s easy to adopt a defeatist attitude when things aren’t going your way. We get it. You only need one yes though.  It may take twenty “no’s” to get that one job offer. It’s not ideal, but that’s just how the job process works. It’s not a reflection on you!

If you throw in the towel after a short, unsuccessful search, you’re cheating yourself out of what could have been a great opportunity. Turn to that support system we mentioned in observation #5 to get your confidence and job search mojo back. It’s not easy, but things that are worthwhile in the long run usually aren’t.

7) Celebrate the small successes.
Congratulate yourself on milestones along the way. Every pound lost is one pound less than you used to be. Every call for an interview or email from a recruiter is one step closer to that new job. Don’t wait for the big moments to pat yourself on the back. Treat yourself to a movie, new book or some other reward to keep you motivated to continue.

8) Accept that the journey never ends.
Once you’ve hit your goal weight or landed that coveted job is when the real work really begins. Now you have to prove yourself in your new job and continue those healthy habits to keep the weight off. 

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or get a better job, the power is within you. Acknowledge that there will be challenges along the way, and have a plan in place to deal with each obstacle as it arises. Remember, you’re not alone. #YouCanDoThis

Thank you for reading!

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Interview Checklist [Infographic]

These tips will help you get ready for your big interview.  Good luck – you got this!InterviewChecklist

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After the Interview – 3 Steps To Success

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After The Interview – 3 Steps To Success

OfficeOnce you’ve had an interview, it’s common to breathe a sigh of relief. “Glad that’s done,” you may be saying to yourself. While a well deserved high five is in order, your work is not done. Post interview actions can make the difference between getting called in for interview number two or the employer taking a pass and moving on to another candidate. So, instead of stressing – take action!

1) Do a post interview ‘audit’
While the interview is still fresh in your mind, go over what went well and what could have gone better. Was there a question you wish you had answered differently?  Was there a question you wanted to ask but didn’t? Type or jot down some notes. This isn’t a time to beat yourself up – try to be as objective as you can. At the same time, don’t go overboard and think there isn’t any room for improvement.

2) Create your thank you note or email
Now that you have your notes, go over them to see how you can clarify any missteps that occurred during the interview. For instance, say the job is for an office manager in a large, hectic office and they questioned how you would do since you worked previously for a smaller office. If for some reason you fumbled over the answer, your thank you note can clarify and provide a better response.

“While I worked with a smaller team at XYZ Corp, I was the lead for numerous branch meetings that involved coordinating large groups from multiple locations. Part of the reason your position appeals to me is because it also gives me the opportunity to work with and coordinate similar large scale events.”

3) Keep searching
While this may be the job you really want, it’s better to not put all your eggs in one basket, even if the interview went well. Continue applying!  The job search is a numbers game. Even if the interview went flawlessly, there are many circumstances you can’t control – such as whether they have a strong internal candidate or whether someone else is a bitter fit. It’s better to keep pursuing other opportunities. The job search is an emotional journey. Don’t get too attached to one position and ignore other jobs that may be just as promising/fulfilling.

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How this curious elf can help your career

elf1‘Tis that time of year when thousands of families are placing and posing a watchful, mischievous elf on their shelves. In the spirit of the holidays, let’s look at how this relatively new tradition can inspire you in your quest to find a new job.

1. Embrace the excitement
Although this elf makes more work for mom and dad, kids are thrilled to search for it each morning. When was the last time you had that kind of enthusiasm? If you aren’t excited about pursuing a new role and all the possibilities it holds, who will be? Employers can sense when job seekers are just going through the motions. Tap into that elf-inspired energy for your search!

2. Would your resume be on the naughty or nice list?
Naughty resumes are boring, too long and include ho hum descriptions of what you did at your last job. Do you think the elf wants to tell Santa stories about bad girls and boys? Of course not! And, you shouldn’t be telling bad or boring stories either! Spice up your resume with accomplishments. This is your time to shine. Showcase (with percentages, statistics and other results-oriented bullets) what you did at your last job that made your company better.

3. See things from a different angle
The elf is mobile, always moving around to different places night after night. Follow his lead and don’t keep doing things the same way. You should be following more than one path in your search. Don’t just sit at the computer and apply to jobs. Get out there and attend events. Holiday time is the perfect time to meet, mix and mingle! This is also a good time to brush up on your elevator speech, practice your interview skills, volunteer for a good cause, etc.

4. You don’t have to be perfect
Do you think children are little angels the entire time the elf makes its appearance? If you’re a parent, you know the answer to that one. Yet, the elf gives kids the chance to do better and be better. You won’t be perfect in your job search. Every application is not going to hit the mark 100%. Yet, you need to keep trying, putting in your best effort and not giving up when the going gets tough. Your job search may be longer than the duration of the shelf on the elf’s appearance, but not to worry – you got this!

5. Remember what really matters
At the end of the day, “the scout elf returns to its family.” Don’t get so caught up in job search drama (and all the up and down emotions it entails) that you forget about friends and family.

Let us know how your job search is going – we’ll be watching 😉

Thank you for reading – HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Too fearful to start a job search?

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“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” –Louisa May Alcott

Any sort of big change, career or otherwise, comes with a certain amount of discomfort. Who wouldn’t be apprehensive about starting something new and leaving familiar faces and tasks behind?

It’s not about loss
“A lot of people think about what they are giving up by switching jobs – vacation, seniority, comfort and familiarity – and that is scary! Instead, think about what you could be gaining by letting go of that fear.  This is an opportunity to grow within a new company, bring your experiences to a new team and make new friends and new experiences.” – Corey Listar, Staffing Operations Manager

Redefine what an interview is
Yes, they are testing you, but you are also testing them. Go into the interview with this mindset. You’re like a detective – gathering facts. This simple switch in mindset can help alleviate your apprehension about the interview process.

 “People should look at an interview as gaining additional knowledge or as an informational interview in the beginning.  They should interview the person they’re speaking with to get information about the company and about the role and expectations to ensure it’s going to be a good fit for them.”  – Erin Bardwell, Staffing Manager

Take a risk for the greater reward
Sure, you can stay at your current job. BUT, if you’re miserable there, where does that get you? Many people stay in jobs that are no longer a fit for them for far too long. By doing so, they are missing out on the chance for personal and professional growth.

“The only way you can change your life is to take a chance.” – Deonna Campbell, Corporate Recruiter

The more you put yourself out there, the easier it gets.
Do you get engaged after your first date? Highly doubtful. Along the same lines, few people land the first job they apply to, so don’t get discouraged nor give up if your initial efforts aren’t a success. It’s a competitive job market out there. Your biggest arsenal against the competition is to know your market value (there are many websites that can help you with this), the kind of job you’re looking for and how to show your future employer that you have the skills they need.

Don’t let the fear of the job search process hold you back. Believe in yourself, look forward to the possibilities ahead and take the leap!

Looking for more career advice? Check out this post: 4 Quick Tips To Improve Your Resume

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