Fired? From Your Job? Yep, it happened to me too!

I can relate if you’ve been fired before. Or even recently.

So I do have some suggestions if you are unsure what if you were recently terminated:

•     Create or update your LinkedIn profile, but be careful about doing too much at once while you’re still employed. It looks suspicious if you go from a new profile to having 200 new connections in a week. Don’t draw attention to yourself by populating your profile overnight. And be mindful of your privacy settings. Change the setting for notifications so that your network doesn’t get notices when you update information on your profile.

•     Lock down your privacy settings on your other accounts, especially Facebook. Be especially mindful of your posts. Don’t post anything negative about your current job. (Even with your privacy settings at the maximum, anyone who is friends with you can take a screenshot of your post and share it with anyone else.) You don’t want to give anyone a reason to fire you.

•     Update your résumé. Getting a head start on collecting the information for the résumé will help you if you do get fired. It may also give you a 2-3 week head start on your colleagues who haven’t kept their career marketing documents up to date.

•     Start depersonalizing your office, but take things home gradually so that it’s not apparent that you’re removing items. Also, collect the information you’ll need for your résumé while you still have access to your company records. (For example, dates and names of trainings, copies of performance evaluations, sales records, etc.)

•     Check out your company’s employee handbook and/or your employment agreement with the company to find out what’s owed to you. What is the company policy on accrued — but unused — benefits? Are you entitled to cash out unused vacation time, or is it “use it or lose it?” Also review the section that outlines what constitutes “termination for cause.”

•     Tighten your belt (financially speaking). Are there expenses you can cut out for the time being? (Services you’re not using, subscriptions you didn’t realize you had, or extra features/benefits you can remove?) Now is the time to start stockpiling an emergency fund for your living expenses, especially if you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck. Don’t wait until you actually lose your job to assess your financial situation.

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Excerpt from My Interview with Kathleen Brady, author of “Get a Job!”

I wanted to share a short excerpt from my conversation with Kathleen Brady who is an author and Principal of CareerPlanners. She has been in the career field for 25 years in various capacities. She has a wealth of knowledge and is truly passionate about her work.

Our conversation lasted 40 minutes filled with tips and career wisdom that you can apply to your job search immediately. Go over to The Voice of Job Seekers blog to enjoy the conversation in its entirety.

Employers Hire Who They Like

Then there’s the likeability factor. Michelle Lederman, the author of The 11 Laws of Likeability stated in her book that the “Law of Similarity” demonstrates that  “People like people like them.” When we uncover our similarities, opportunities for lasting authentic connections take place. This principle especially applies to hiring managers and decision-makers that measure authenticity by how engaging a candidate appears. Being liked for a decision-maker, translates to the employers’ customers and business partner’s enchantment with the candidate. It also means that the candidate’s prospective team will embrace him or her quicker if the personalities mesh well.

The California Job Journal article from earlier this year, “In a Tough Job Market, Soft Skills are Essential,” mentioned that a coach actually coaches students/soon-to-be-graduates on being “likable.” Yes, this means clicking with the interviewer. After all, if scrutinized for everything including personality, why not be as “likable” as possible?

Although you may possess that magic touch, that magnetic smile, and effervescent personality, be liked for the right reasons.

For the 5 ways to be more likable by employers go to OppsPlace.com!

Interview with Andrea Kay (Audio Snippet)

Last week, I had a recorded conversation with Andrea Kay, syndicated Career Columnist) and author of “This Is How To Get Your Next Job.” What I liked about our conversation was  her candor as she inserted solutions and a positive outlook while  sharing advice.  As part of our conversation, she gave advice about answering those out-of-the-box interview questions such as “What is Your Greatest Weakness?”

You can hear the entire conversation at The Voice of Job Seekers blog tomorrow! Find out how you can win a copy of  Andrea’s book, “This is How To Get Your Next Job!”

13 Keys to Carefully Crafting Cover Letter

When crafting cover letters one has to be perfect and to the point as what is reflected in your cover letter should get you the job you are applying for. Ensure the cover letter is clear, grammatically correct, concise and error free. Here are cover letters writing tips that will make you stand out from the crowd.

 

1) Attach a cover letter with each resume sent out

It’s always good to send a cover letter even if not requested by the employer. Your cover letter may make the difference between obtaining a job interview and having your resume ignored.

 

2) Target your cover letter

Check out the job posting and list the criteria the employer is looking for and make a comparison with the skills and experience you have. From there you are able to address your skills and qualifications that match the job description.

 

3) Provide quality evidence of your qualities

Pick out the top most qualities the employer is seeking in their job specification that you most likely posses and include in the resume.

 

4) Write a custom cover letter

Writing a custom cover letter at times can be time-consuming but in the end the cover letter will show the hiring manager at a glance why you are the best person for the job as skills and experiences are included.

 

5) Start from a cover template

Use a cover letter template s a starting point which will help you create your own personalized cover letter a cover templates helps you take little details and fix them in your own personal letter.

 

For the other 8 Keys go to The Voice of Job Seekers Blog!

What Is Job Networking to You?

By actively networking, your résumé will write itself. All of the information gathering that inserts itself in the blanks will provide your story into a persuasive document that the reader will want to know more. But first things first: How do you get enough information to consider networking effective?
There are several things to remember about effective networking:
  1. It is more the way of life, not just a temporary means to reach a short-term goal
  2. The most valuable information is not found anywhere except in conversations. It is not posted on the job description.
  3. Networking is a series of great conversations and exchanges with several people not an encounter with one person
  4. Effective networking rarely has an immediate benefit but rather one that extends throughout time
  5. If you are not sharing, giving, and absorbing, you are not networking
My question for today, what is networking to you?

My Twitter Chat with @Cachinko: Blogging for a Job

 

 

 

Cachinko is a social networking platform to help guide and point job seekers in the right direction with a app, giving people a shot in the arm to find job opportunities. They asked me to guest host their #ProCircles for their April 19 Twitter chat.

I talked about how job seekers should create and curate to gain visibility to be found by employers, and the subjects he or she should blog about. One of the things I said:

“The value you offer professionally through perfection and imperfection is compelling—readers and employers love it! If you can intertwine pop culture with your professional subject matter, entertaining and making points is a WIN!”

Below is the link to the transcript:

http://blog.cachinko.com/2012/04/20/procircles-wrap-up-blogging-for-a-job-41912/

 

Writing Resume to Meet Applicant Tracking System Requirements

View more presentations from Mark Dyson.

EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP

This slide show demonstrates the basic knowledge for writing a resume to meet requirements of companies who use the ATS software. A recent study shows that 40-60% of companies are now using this software to screen candidates.

This presentation was re-edited to include better examples of what was presented. You can view online or download (for a limited time). This is part I of the presentation. I should be posting part II of the presentation next Tuesday.

**Update**

Although I mentioned to NOT send a PDF file, the best file to send is the .doc (Word) file and not the .docx (Word 2010) file.

TV Sitcoms That Contain Valuable Interview Job Lessons

Although there are fallacies and erroneous job interview situations from television that we laugh at, there are truths, sometimes painful points a job seeker can put in his or her back pocket. I like to think the purposely fictional portrays the funniest job interviews stretch into fantasy, it resonates if not by script, at least by behavior. The silliest but truthful reminders whisper to us. I found an Ellen DeGeneres episode which she interviews candidate for a position she didn’t have. As hilarious and outrageous this scenario is, these are good models to learn from for job seekers that need help with interviewing.

Here are some take-a-ways to apply to your job interview strategy:

  • Talking too much is not a plus. Answer the inquiry only
  • Sharing too much information is not good, especially if the interviewer is sharing personal information.
  • Notice how some of the candidates dressed…down. Even if the office dresses down, for the interview dress sharp
  • Facial expressions can say things that defy words at that time. Focus on the matters on the table
  • DON’T CURSE! Even if the interviewer does
  • If something seems silly and funny, it could strategic to provoke a reaction. Tread carefully.

 

Your Brain, The Most Important Job Seeking Tool

I wrote about the brain being the weapon of choice for job seeking efforts two years ago. I thought that the points then still transcends to know. We underestimate how powerful our brains are in discerning right from wrong, and what’s career fits our style of learning and thinking. It’s more important than your resume, a smooth 30-second introduction, or any other means of presenting yourself. Your brain is the central hub of all things you.

Essentially, your brain competes with your heart. A common example of this comes from my original posting two years ago:

The job posting says: Must have a Microsoft Office A+ certification
Your heart says: I’ve worked with Microsoft Office for 10 years now, I can do the job
Your BRAIN says: I haven’t used Office in 6 months since my position was tossed and I never had formal training.
The truth is: No certification, no interview

I hope you will read the rest of the article, and find some truth to follow.

Most Important Job Seeking Tool? Your Brain, not Your Resume

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