Thursday, April 21, 2016

Job Search Quotes of the Week!

“Someday, Everything Will Make Perfect Sense. So For Now, Laugh At The Confusion, Smile Through The Tears, And Keep Reminding Yourself That Everything Happens For A Reason.” Unknown

“An Arrow Can Only Be Shot By Pulling It Backward. So When Life Is Dragging You Back, It Means That It’s Going To Launch You Into Something Great.  So Just Focus, And Keep Aiming.” Unknown

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What NOT To Do If You Get Fired

People are fired every day; it is a fact of life.  Most of us will experience at least once in our career.  However, there are a few things that you shouldn’t do if you are fired, and here are the top seven.  So, don’t…

1)      Storm out of the building cussing, crying, screaming, or doing anything that doesn’t show a professional manner.  Yes, you are upset, but acting out in front of your coworkers and superiors will not help the situation, and can backfire when you ask for references.
2)      Forget to ask for a reference letter or two.  You will be surprised how many supervisors and other colleagues will write you a letter of reference, even it is more of a personal reference.   
3)      Hesitate to ask why?  If you are being fired, you have a right to know why.  This is particularly important if your supervisor has not followed company protocols, which could buy you additional time in your job, or even save your job, after petitioning Human Resources.
4)      Be pressured into making a decision on the spot if the company gives you the choice of resignation versus termination.  You could be giving up your rights to unemployment insurance and severance.  Read everything carefully and consult an employment attorney if necessary.  
5)      Thoughtlessly criticize your manager, coworkers, employees, etc., either as you leave, or on social media.  Those comments can come back to haunt you later.
6)      Post news of your firing on social media immediately, asking everyone you know for help and appearing desperate.  Get your resume, LinkedIn and job search act together over the next few of days before involving others in your job search.
7)      Devalue you.  When you are fired it is easy to assume there must be something wrong with you, that you will never get another job, or envision the worst possible outcomes from the dismissal.  By funneling your energy into a job search, and empowering yourself, you will find a new job quicker, and keep many of those worries at bay.

While being fired is upsetting, it can also be a new beginning.  Look at your job search as an journey, not a problem.  As Helen Keller once said:  “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.”  To your career and job search success!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Career Management Quotes of the Week!

"In life we may find a river blocking our way, one man wanders and looks for another route, another man builds a bridge for all." ~ Mark Twain

“The man who does his job precisely as he would do it if he owned the business may see the day when he will own that business or a better one. “ ~ Napoleon Hill
1883-1970, Author of Think and Grow Rich

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Job Search Quotes of the Week!

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” – Vincent Van Gogh

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Importance of Job Fairs

I have had many a client ask over the years if attending a job fair is worthwhile.  My answer is absolutely YES.  Don’t get me wrong, you often won’t get a new job as a direct result of attending a job fair, though that certainly does happen.  More often you get great networking contacts (that lead to a new job), find out the particular hiring managers and recruiters for your position within a company, discover new organizations you didn’t realize existed, and learn of a variety of job openings through discussions with other attendees.

So, get your resume ready for prime time, take many “nice” copies of your resume and cover letter on stationery (no copies of copies with scratched out info), dress like you would for an interview (after all many of the companies attending will give you a mini-interview at their booth), if you currently have a job make sure your employer isn’t attending, research the different organizations attending, and spend time at each table (you never know who the recruiter knows that might need your services – it’s great networking). 

Look up job fairs on Google in your area/city, and start using these wonderful opportunities to your advantage.  To your job search success!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Career Management Quotes of the Week!

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

“Your time is precious, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Job Search Quotes of the Week!

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”  Coco Chanel

“That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.” – Thomas Paine  

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Career Management Quotes of the Week!

“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” – Sara Blakely

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight Eisenhower