Posted by Todd on Nov 3, 2010 in Uncategorized
In today’s tough job market, you can bet that every job you’ve applied to has been applied to ten times over. Maybe more!
Well, then, what’s going to set you apart? How are you going to be a shining star? How are you going to shine at all?
In this day and age, you have to use your creative juices to establish yourself as someone who is both compelling and hardworking. There are many ways to do this, but it’s going to take some… dun dun dun… HARD WORK!
1) Start A Blog
Almost everybody has a blog these days. Having a blog that has at least one entry a day shows that you are willing to commit yourself to a cause. Employers want to know that they’re hiring someone who is going to commit to their cause.
Go out and socialize! However, while you’re socializing, talk about yourself. Talk about what you do, and pump yourself up. Let others know that you are a good worker. They might just be the person to offer you a job!
3) Resume Building
Make sure your resume is tip top and outstanding. Make sure you put everything that would identify you as a good and solid employee on there. When your future employer reads it, he won’t be able to put it down!
4) Apply Now!
Being the first person to apply for a job is never a bad thing. The employer’s eyes are fresh and he’s ready to hire. Be there when he does!
Posted by joshua on Nov 3, 2010 in Advice
, Job Search
There are times when things are so bad that any paycheck will do, but for most of us this isn’t one of those times. You are not obligated to accept the first job offer you get. Most companies will give you a day or two to consider their offer, and you should take advantage of that time to consider the particulars of the offer as well as the company itself.
Of course the first thing you’re going to look at is what’s contained in the offer. Is the salary appropriate for the job and sufficient for your needs? If not, is there room to negotiate? Before turning down an offer because it’s too small, give the company the opportunity to sweeten the pot. Is the job the same or similar to the one you interviewed for? Is it something you can envision yourself doing every day for the foreseeable future? Is the job local, and if not are you prepared to relocate? Does the company provide relocation assistance? By and large, this type of evaluation is self evident and happens nearly automatically in a very short period of time.
There’s a second type of evaluation that you want to do as well. You should have prepped for your interview by researching the company, but now it’s time to go back and take a second look. Now you’re looking for signs that the company is healthy and that you’ll fit in well there. For the first part, take a look at the annual report or other publicly available documents. You can find a lot of good information in publications like Standard and Poor’s Register of Corporations or in Dunn & Bradstreet’s directory. Look to see if there have been major shakeups in the company recently and if so, find out why. In short, treat this as though you were considering investing in the company, because in a very real sense you are. The last step is to look at life inside the company. Talk to some current and former employees if you can. Take a look at the goals and vision of the company and be sure that it’s something you can be happy working towards.
Most of us invest a good deal of ourselves into our work and our company. It’s a normal part of self identification. Before you take that job offer, take the time to make sure that this is a company you feel comfortable belonging to.