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Effective Prep For Career or Job Change

According ot Dan Schwabel, between ages 18 and 50, the average person will hold 12 jobs and almost half of them may be before age 25.  If you are contemplated a change in  employment, read these 7 tips to speed you on your way.

  1. Before you leap into a new career or move your current one to a new company, spend some time thinking about what you want in the new position.  How do you want to spend your day?  What problems do you want to solve?  What challenges you? Which skills do you want to use? Who do you want to work with-what kind of people help you perform optimally?  Where to you thrive, what environment and elements of company culture nurture your gifts?  Answer these questions to help you make the best career-promoting decisions.
  2. Create a career plan, frame the trajectory of you working life using the information generated by step one.   You need to have a goal in order to select the path most likely to move you toward it.  Not knowing where you are going is the biggest mistake you can make.  The goal may be revised many times as doors close and windows open through no action of yours.  Think of the job categories that no longer exist and those that have sprung up in the last  years.  To be able to evaluate new options you must have some standards to compare them to.
  3. Expand your knowledge of what is out there, where the opportunities are.  Don’t limit yourself to the kinds of jobs you’ve held or the fields of endeavor  you already know.  Great ways to learn about new kinds of work are through networking and getting to know lots of new people.  Join something; connect with professional groups; use LinkedIn to expand your horizons.  Ask for informational interviews; ask to shadow someone whose job seems interesting.  Read newspapers and magazines; read professional journals in fields that interest you.  Attend professional organization meetings, conferences, presentations.  Volunteer.  Think outside the box you are in!
  4. Before you settle on a new direction, research the job market and salary.  Be certain that there are openings to be filled.  If you don’t have all of the sills required, consider the time and expense or re-tooling and prepare to show how your current experiences have positioned you to slip seamlessly into the new role.
  5. Financial planning for the transition is necessary.  You may need to support yourself without income for a short while.  Training may be necessary and not all companies pay full salary during this period.  Have some extra funds so that you aren’t forced to take the highest paying (but not necessarily the most rewarding) job or the first one offered.  Sometimes you will need to accept a lower starting salary or fewer benefits until you’ve proven your value.
  6. Don’t assume that in order to get the job you want you will need another degree or job specific skills.  Many companies prefer to train new hires themselves.  Others will pay for employees to go back to school.  Where it appears that only MBAs will be interviewed, look for other positions that do the same work but without the degree requirement from the start.  Most professionals know that a degree gives good backgrounding and exposure, but the real learning is done on the job.
  7. Some DONTs and DOs.  Don’t wait before you have a new job.  Don’t neglect networking.  Don’t skip the research into  yourself and potential careers.  Don’t give up too quickly.  Do begin to consider a move when you aren’t growing in your present role or when you can see that the fit isn’t a good one. Do draw on strengths developed in previous positions. Do find a mentor or support team. Do adjust your resume to reflect the new position or career field.

I’m available to help with your career journey.  Lets get together soon! stephanie@accessguidance.com or 610-212-6679.

 

Are You Savvy About Getting A Job?

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Students, how much do you know about the documents and activities that help you find a job?  Take this Job Search Strategy Quiz from Grand Valley State University.  The 14 True/False questions will show you how far ahead of the curve you are.

 

 

 

 

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After you complete the quiz, give me a call to talk about strategies you will need to get a job or an internship.  610-212-6679 or stephanie@accessguidance.com

 

From The Muse: 53 Ways To Get A Job By Graduation

The job search plan you create should cover these bases:

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1. Create and refine your job search plan

2. Strategize your networking

3. Keep adding the most-needed skills in your field

4. Expand your job search criteria

5. Polish your professional online presence

 

I’m not going to recount all 53 things you should do if you are a college student looking for your first post-graduation job but you can read them all in the following post.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/53-ways-to-get-a-job-before-graduation?bsft_eid=d16291b5-9876-6bc7-8383-fe76c87e223a&utm_campaign=daily_20180424&utm_source=blueshift&utm_medium=email&utm_content=daily_20180424&bsft_clkid=c2b70293-cb71-4f98-bb97-766ff1f06e4b&bsft_uid=be2b7c7a-3fd7-45c5-8bf4-6e7a7b9064ed&bsft_mid=ac78b548-1a03-4dc3-80e3-f6f915ef8ad5

Spring is Job Fair Season 7 To-Do’s

Job fairs can be very helpful to someone on the hunt for a position, either full time or as an intern.   Even if you aren’t quite ready to take the leap, prep as though you are and check out the companies who might be interested in you.

 

1.Take the opportunity seriously.  Bring a positive attitude along with your resume.  Don ‘t bring a friend.

2. Start by finding out which companies will have reps at the fair.  Investigate their websites, read their blogs. research their products or services, reputation, place within the industry.  Discover their mission, budget, price on the stock market and organizational structure.  Its a lot of information to uncover.

3. Prepare your resume and have someone else proof for errors and content.

4. Dress for success.  Choose shoes that are comfortable, polished, scuff-free, and match the formality of your outfit.  No athletic shoes, please!

5.Practice your introduction and your elevator pitch.  Have a firm handshake not a death grip.

6. Be strategic.  Choose a few booths you want to visit.  Start with a couple from your B list for practice before you head to your main targets.  Be on the look out for companies that no one is checking out: they could be a hidden gem that no one has heard of yet.

7. Gather information by picking up business cards and company literature.  Leave the gadgets on the table.  The more you learn the more you’ll earn.

Job fairs are networking opportunities as well as meet-and-greets.  Often the people behind the table are the very ones who make hiring decisions.  Making a good impression can set up an opportunity for an interview for a different role later.

Most of the companies who recruit at job fairs also have internships.  Getting on the radar early could help you land a paid student position.

Be sure to send thank you notes to everyone you’ve talked to: its polite and will jog their memory of your conversation.   Best of luck!

Put your best foot forward by prepping for the job fair.  I have an hour-do you?stepahnie@accessguidance.com or 610-212-6679.

5 Things You Should Know Before You Job Search

Two great sources of information for soon-to-be college-graduates seeking jobs are Inside Higher Education and NACE, The National Association of Colleges and Employers.  From their posts and articles I’ve culled 5 tips.

1. A high percentage of employers find that college grads are deficient in oral and written communication.  The fix: get help with your resume from either your college career office or a consultant who writes resumes.  Do the same with prep for interviews.  Be confident that you display top-notch communication.

2. Proofread several times and have someone else read your docs over, too.  Documents without typos or other errors shows your attention to detail.  No one wants to hire a slob.

3. Internships are important to potential employers.  Even unpaid, you develop job-specific skills and gain accomplishments to put into your resume.   You;ll have projects to discuss in an interview.  Past performance predicts future success.

4. Volunteering is also important.  Not only does volunteering give you experience but demonstrates what is important to you.  Sometimes community service can make a strong connection to your future workplace.

5. If you decide to hire a recruiter or job placement expert, be aware that they work for the company with the open positions.  The company pays so loyalty goes to the check writer.  Job searching on your own can be as fruitful as hiring a recruiter.  The gem in this tip is to stay in touch with your recruiter or with the companies where you want to work.  Don’t depend on someone else to take the lead.  Polite inquiries, brief messages or requests for information show persistence, a good quality to have.

Here are 5 ways you can help yourself acquire a job. If you would like help with resume writing, interview readiness or networking, lets get together.  I want you to put your best foot forward!  stephanie@accessguidance.com or 610-212-6679

 

 

5 Tips For Keeping Your References Fresh

Job candidates no longer mention references on their resumes but still need to have a list of people for potential employers to call.  Before setting up an interview, employers frequently search for you online and may contact your boss or co-workers even before you meet face to face.  Here are some things you can do to be prepared.

  1. Ask before listing someone as a reference.  Don’t assume that everyone has a good story to tell and is willing to tell it.  Don’t blindside your references by not asking if they are willing to recommend you.
  2. Build a solid list of references.  You may want to use different people for different circumstances.  Consider supervisors from other departments where you have trained or worked on projects.  Do you have a good relationship with your supervisor’s boss? Have your co-workers been promoted to supervisory positions?  Do people from previous employment know you better than your current colleagues?
  3. Stay up to date with your references.  Let them know that you are searching and with their permission would like to use them as a reference.  Stay in touch with their careers, promotions and interests.  Keep the info-loop open!
  4. Do your best to stay on good terms with everyone.  You can’t be sure who your potential employer knows.  Network and help others.
  5. Cultivate your on-line presence and brand.  Participate in groups on LinkedIn, comment in chats and group postings.  Follow companies that may have job openings.  Be sure you  are able to be found by potential employers on social media.  Make sure that what is found is consistent and illustrates what you want searchers to know about you.

In today’s world, openings are frequently filled through a network without ever being posted.  When a grant writer is needed a search may be made on line or colleagues may be asked to recommend someone.  It is important to be ready to present a resume and references on short notice.

Lets talk about how to identify a good reference and how to be one!  Email stephanie@astephanie@accessguidance.com or call 610-212-6679.

Your Resume Headline

resume-1799953_640Resumes no longer open with an objective because, frankly, the hiring manager doesn’t care what you’re looking for.  She is trying to find someone who can solve a problem the company is having be it a sales person to cover existing and potential buyers or a financial planner with 10 years experience.

A stronger approach is a headline that highlights your strengths and value to this  employer.

A simple headline could look like this:

“Administrative Assistant looking for a busy medical practice to organize.  My forte is coordinating staff and physician schedules for efficient patient flow and satisfaction.”

If responding to a job opening, you should add specifics mentioned in the ad. “Five years experience in a 3-physician office handling 80 patients per day.”

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“Will organize records and referrals to reduce stress and raise productivity.”

Using a headline lets the hiring manager know right from the get-go that you have the qualifications, personality and desire to do the job on offer.  Your headline whets the appetite to read more about you, which is just what you want the hiring manager to do.

Resumes are your personal marketing tool: make yours a document that will move your from prospect to serious candidate.  Stephanie can help you with that! 610-212-6679 or stephanie@accessguidance.com.

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Five Go-To Tips for An Effective Job/Internship Search

Here are five essential ingredients of an effective search for an internship or job.

  1. Polish your social media accounts.  You must appear professional, enthusiastic,
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    approachable.  The information you post must be consistent across all sites and your resume.

  2. Create a resume that will be readable on a computer, tablet or phone.  You will need a clear format with plenty of white space.  Be sure that your contact information is easy to find and use.  Your email address should be professional.
  3. Be concise, reference the industry you want to be in or that of the job you are targeting; show that you are knowledgeable about the industry, company and job.  If the job is in a restaurant, they don’t care that you type 120 words per minute.
  4. Stay engaged with your network.  If you are actively searching for a job, let people know.  If you aren’t searching, stay in touch with your connections by helping others. Most jobs are acquired through people you know, who know you or who are connected in some way to your network.
  5. Choose recommenders carefully.  They should have current information about you and be able to talk about your accomplishments.  Be sure you check with them before adding them to your list of recommenders.  You may have already been vetted before you are approached so keep recommenders and other contacts  in the loop.

As you can see, your network plays an important role in finding your first or your next job. If you need help creating or maintaining your network, lets get together!  stephanie@accessguidance.com or 610-212-6679.

 

Using Social Media To Your Advantage

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Did you know that your social media accounts like Facebook can help you reach goals?  By curating the information and photos you post you can help or hinder your acquisition of a job or scholarship.

 

 

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Profile management is a critical endeavor for anyone who is a student, who works or eventually wants to be employed.  Use social media as a marketing tool to stay top-of-mind, highlight accomplishments and new skills.

Access College and Career consultants will help you make the most of your online presence as one of our services to clients who are ready to move up or move on.  Call or text 610-212-6679 to see how we can help you.