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Are Jobs Coming Back?

I don’t know about you, but I have been seeing more job opportunities than we’ve seen in years. Locally here in Orlando, we are getting into a ‘booming’ phase of construction returning along with new housing, roads, tourist attractions, healthcare, and technology. In fact, we have three job fairs coming up this coming week, of which one is planning to hire 300 people!

So, do you see jobs coming back in your city? I think consumer confidence and spending is up all around. And according to the Pew Research Center, 7 in 10 Americans feel the job situation is improving (last year, less than half felt this way), and 8 out of 10 are hopeful that this year (and beyond) will be same or better as right now. They also found that only 3 out of 10 are finding their financial situation improving since the recession.

I think that gives real hope to people’s work, lives and outlook improving, and on a continual rise. This means also that organizations are feeling more hopeful, as well. This leads to funders and investors who are willing to invest money in new ventures which is why entrepreneurship is more people are taking the leap into entrepreneurship.

All of these facts lead to the question if jobs are coming back – and the answer is ‘yes.’ However, it might not be an across-the-board answer, which is why it is imperative that those in job-search mode (or plan to be) always ready so when those opportunities present themselves, they (you) will be ready. My only question involves consumers, who I find ‘fickle’ in their needs and wants – if this was truly a lesson-learned and they don’t fall back into having too much confidence and find themselves back in a financial hole. We can spend but within our means and this was a great lesson we all learned.

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Going After the Job You Want

Standing out in the job-search landscape is still challenging, even though job opening are making a return. Sometimes, you need to take control and do what it takes in order to get noticed – you must not take ‘no’ for an answer. In the news last week, there was a story of a young woman who wanted to work at Disney but never heard from them so she ‘snuck’ into the department she wanted to work at and made her case – so they hired her!

I spoke recently with a former client who moved to a different county to take a job but it was not a ‘good fit’ so she left the company; however, she decided to pursue an opportunity of her former occupation with a company in her town and went back consistently for three weeks to ask for the opportunity. She said that the first week they ‘blew her off’, the second they expressed some interest, and by the third week they recognized that she was persistent and wanted to hire her.

The lessons from these stories is that if you are not getting results in your job search, take action into your own hands and ‘show up!’ I’m not suggesting becoming a stalker but making and keeping contact with a potential employer will keep you in their mind and shows them that you are committed to them and that potential job, all qualities organizations want and need right now. Still with so many resumes and applications to go through, and being very selective, hiring departments continue to be overwhelmed which slows the onboarding process – frustrating for you, frustrating for them.

The more strategic you are, the more focused and persistent you become in taking your career into your own hands. So target a company, be confident in your skills and how you will benefit the company, and take a cue from the two ‘go-getters’ above in getting your next job.

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If You Didn’t Get the Job, It’s Not Always You

I’m noticing a trend that is occuring more frequently and it has to do with getting hired.  I hear more and more from frustrated job seekers that they have gotten interviews but are not getting hired.  Upon further investigation, it seems that their ‘rejection’ had nothing to do with their skills or value to the company – it’s just that they are on the outside and wanting to come in.  More companies today are preferring to promote internally as opposed to hiring externally.

What is the reason?  I would venture to say that there are a couple of reasons for this trend:

  • Employers don’t want on-boarding costs
  • They can pay a current employee the going rate or a slight increase as opposed to an outsider’s salary
  • A current employee already knows the processes and the culture so they can be trained for the new position easily
  • Current employees already have a work history as opposed to a new hire who only comes with what is on their resume

I know it must suck to find a company or position you really want, and are a great fit for, and not get it while being  told with a standard letter or what the law allows to be said.  Of course, it could be that your skills, experiences, education, etc. were not what the company is looking for, but most times it is for one of the reasons above.

This, then, makes the case for why the best job search strategy is to get in with a company and let them get to know you and all that you bring.  You then can take on more challenging work and let those skills shine; when the position you want becomes available, you can now have a higher chance of being considered and getting it.  Once in, you can then begin internally networking which increases your chances of being in the forefront of a hiring manager’s mind.  So my message is to take heart and take your rejection less personally; if you didn’t get the job it is not always about you but about the  needs of the business.

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Is a New Job Forecast for 2014?

Now that we are entering the last two months of the year, there will be a lot of activity going on with the holidays fast approaching.   While you may be planning your holiday fare and making your lists for gift buying and decorating,  it might be time for you to think about adding a new job on those “To Do” lists.  Starting off the new year in a new position, with a new company, or working for yourself might be what you need to start out 2014 with a bang.

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Organizations have already been planning their strategies for the new year and know which positions are needed to help them advance their goals and to position themselves for growth and financial success.  With that said, this is the time for you to take advantage of their strategies and to begin your job search now.   Managers will be feeling less pressured during this time so they can focus more on their tasks, including bringing on new talent, so this is the perfect time to get noticed.

Here are some basics to help you jump-start your move to a new job:

1.  Complete an assessment of yourself – including your skills, talents, accomplishments, etc., as well as of your preferred work environment and the industry/salary.  You might want to SWOT yourself to get a better handle on what you have to offer an employer and what opportunities are out there waiting for you.   Review all your job tasks, as well as your accomplishments/outcomes (with quantifiable numbers) and write them down.

2.  Update your resume and social media profiles – be sure to add in all those accomplishments you listed above so you stand out; remember WIIFM (What’s in it for me?)  so you can speak to the needs of the employer.  Create your brand so you are easy to identify and then use that brand in all your written and social media sites.  Update your LinkedIn profile with the brand tag line (be careful to not advertise that you are job-seeking), as well as your Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Clean-up any detrimental pictures or comments (especially tags) as employers are checking these out.

3.  If you aren’t sure where to look for a new position, you might check out:,,, or, to name a few.  When you find jobs you are interested in, match up your skills to the ones the employer is looking for to ensure you qualify, as well as to list those skills in your resume so they get picked up by the Applicant Tracking System used by most employers.

4.  Write a good cover letter that highlights certain skills or experiences you want the employer to notice, or to add skills/experiences you might want to bridge to your resume.   You want to get an interview and this can help to increase your chances of getting noticed.  Update your references or confirm with your current ones that they will still vouch for you.

5.  Create a strategy for how you will go about finding a job, when/time investment, and a feedback system or log to track the effectiveness of those strategies.  You don’t want to keep doing the same activity with no return on it.   Include in your strategies internet searches, company websites, networking meetings, current contacts, chat rooms, LinkedIn groups, and your alumni association.

Following these steps won’t guarantee you a new job but they can catapult you into a new position by the start of the year.  If you need any help, call today for a free 20-minute strategy session to get started!

Is It Hard to Look for a Job or to Find One?

As I was driving home from a meeting, I heard an interesting response being discussed on a radio show that involved difficult relationships.  The caller responded by saying that her boyfriend was not living up to his end in their relationship; when probed further, she said that they were both unemployed and that he was finding it hard to look for a job.  I found that statement very disturbing as I’m sure she is not the only one who phrases their job search in that way.

Looking for a job, while time-consuming, is relatively easy if one has a good plan in place for how they will spend their time and where they will look.  When you have a strategy in place, it will make it easy to look for a job.  Finding a job, on the other hand, can be more difficult if not done correctly.  It starts with the right attitude and then planning, as well as ensuring that you have a resume, references, and can translate your skills and experiences in ways that will resonate with an employer.

The “hard to look for a job” mentality keeps you in a poor frame of mind and will keep you from putting yourself out there.   You would actually be presuming that either there are no jobs or no one would hire you which, in all likelihood would come true if you continue to think that way,  Ask the question, “Do I absolutely know this to be true?” – you could not answer yes to anything.  This exercise would help you to stop this ‘magical’ type of thinking and give you the push to put yourself back out and look for a job.  Watching the words you use has a direct impact on how you behave so be mindful of your words.  Just think of the impact you would feel if you changed that phrase to, “It’s easy to look for and to find a job!”


Is It Time to Put Yourself Back Out There?

Now that the job market is on the upswing,  it might be time to ask if you should put yourself back out in the job market.  Perhaps you got discouraged and stopped looking;  maybe it’s time to seek that promotion or make that career change.   The time seems right to dust off the resume and job search plan (hopefully you had one) and get back out there.  Certain industries are hiring again and there is job movement.  Here are some steps that can help you to get ‘back in the game:

1. Research – look at the job boards and companies in your industry to see what jobs are open and if they match your skills and experience

2. Assess – go back and re-assess your skills, values, accomplishments and experiences to align them with the job market; this can also help the ego and confidence

3. Network – call up those contacts you have and tell them you are job-hunting; find networking meetings in your target market and attend;  visit your alumni association and attend professional association meetings; get online to reach out, such as LinkedIn or Branch Out on Face Book

4. Update Your Resume – make sure that your resume is current and highlights the skills and accomplishments you identified in your self-assessment; make sure you have quantifiable descriptions and no errors or typos

5.  Develop Your Plan – make goals and develop a job search strategy for how you plan to find your next job; be clear on the type of job you want and set daily actions and intentions on how you will conduct your job-search

6. Get the Mindset – make the decision to be positive;  write about your intentions, your mood and your progress; visualize yourself in that  job to increase your motivation and confidence

These steps will help you once you make the decision to get back out there.  Your options are to stay where you are or to go after the job you want and enhance your life.  Which will you choose?

Why the Holidays Are a Great Time to Job Hunt

Traditionally, the holidays are a time of great preparation as you are busy decorating your house with lights and ornaments, buying presents for those on your list, or baking goodies for the holiday meal.  It is a time of parties and get-togethers with family and friends.  It would seem that with all of this activity it is not the time to look for a job.  But you could not be more wrong.  The last couple of weeks can be the perfect time to find a job, as most companies are readying for the new year and are streamlining their  focus and systems.  It is also a time when their is movement aas people take other positions or make a move in some way.  Organizations know of  and could be planning for job openings that will occur due to expansions or new contracts that will create the need for workers.

This is not the time to be idle.  Follow these tips, get yourself together and get out there:

1. Be targeted – focus on the specific job or organization you want and keep looking for ways to get in; look at company job boards and sign up for automatic notifications when jobs are posted 

2. Be visible – get yourself out among people and let them know you are looking for a position or an introduction to someone who can get you in the do0r of an employer.  This is not the time to be shy, especially if you are at holiday gatherings 

3. Be indispensible –  sign up for temp agencies or contract work; most employees want to be off for the holidays so this could be a way to get income as well as the lead-in to full-or part-time employment

4. Be a giver – this would be a great time to volunteer your services which can offer help to an organization and get your skills and capabilities noticed; you will also be developing good relationships that will put you in the forefront when openings do occur

Keeping your focus on finding a job during this time will help you to keep your momentum and emotional level up and keep you ahead of the those who believe there are no jobs to be had or that organizations do not hire during this time of year.  This can be the time that employers are preparing and scheduling interviews for positions that will become available in January.  It can also keep you in job-search mode which will give you the edge among others.

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