Amazing Resources for Job Seekers

Here is an article by Katheryn Rivas I am sure you will find very useful to enhance your job search…

http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2010/02/100-inspiring-informative-blog-posts-for-young-job-seekers/

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El Poder de los Headhunters

Nuestro programa radial semanal con Eli Bravo en Actualidad 1020 AM. Esta semana hablamos acerca de reclutadores profesionales en la busqueda de trabajo.

Sorry folks, only En Espanol!

Headhunters y la busqueda de trabajo

The Power of Headhunters

By Claudine Vainrub, Principal of EduPlan

When seeking jobs, having the support of a headhunter or recruiting firm can be an asset. Although most jobs nowadays are sourced through networking, recruiters are the second most important source for companies to find valuable employees.

What can a recruiter do for you and for your job search? When we think of the effects of networking, and how they affect job search, a recruiter presents similarities with a different edge. Establishing relationships with people and connecting one-on-one has been demonstrated as an important step to find opportunities. In that same manner, a headhunter will focus on learning all regarding your profile, and when identifying a fit with the position, will become a promoter of your candidacy within a firm. There is a lot to say about someone marketing your services. It is a great advantage to have someone on your side, talking well about your skills, career progress and how you can become an asset for a firm.

Well-established recruiters manage relationships on a daily basis. When becoming respected professionals, their endorsement is a great tool to count with. Thus, it is important for candidates to understand that the image projected to a recruiter is as important as the one projected for an employer.

Another important aspect to take under consideration is differentiation. A recruiter deals with hundreds or even thousands of candidates. How will you differentiate yourself so as to stay in the top of the recruiter’s mind? Calling the recruiter every day is certainly not the strategy… Making sure your resume has impact and presenting yourself in a professional manner, can get you a long way.  Although daily calls will most surely have a negative effect, calling monthly and sending an updated resume every two months (or even an alternate version of your old one) will be refreshing and might help you gain positive visibility.

What should you not expect from a recruiter? A recruiter might provide pointers on how to enhance your professional marketing; however, they are not career coaches or expert resume writers. If you need career advice, help with resume writing or job search techniques; seek professionals in these specialized fields to receive expert support. Recruiters are hired by companies, not by candidates, thus, they fill positions needed with candidates – and not the opposite – they don’t look for jobs for a specific candidate. When they do this last practice, it is called reversal recruiting and in 99% of the opportunities, it is a scam. Beware of recruiters that charge you to help you find a job.

With that said, recruiters have specific positions with specific candidate needs. Finding a recruiter that has a position that fits your exact profile is sometimes hard, but worth the search. Seek recruiters that specialize in your career or industry – in this way, you will increase the probability of them sourcing a position that matches you.

Find recruiting firm directories and search for firms in your geographic area and also devoted to your industry, network with them and build long-lasting relationships. Some job seekers do this very well; they keep the connection with the recruiter who in turn, will follow their career and every few years, present opportunities to the benefit of their firm and their professional growth.

When used as an alternative job search techniques, Headhunters can become great assets for job seekers. Establish a plan and use this source to achieve endorsement and take the next step in your job search with success.

Maximizar ROTI al Buscar Trabajo

A continuacion nuestro programa radial semanal con Eli Bravo en Actualidad 1020 AM, acerca de como tener el maximo retorno del tiempo invertido en la busqueda de trabajo.

Sorry folks, only in Spanish…

Networking y ROTI

Job Search ROTI

Maximizing ROTI – Return on Time Investment when Looking for a Job

By Claudine Vainrub, Principal of EduPlan

As we prepare for the economy to get back in shape, jobs are becoming every day more available for professionals seeking for new opportunities. The question is: What strategies can we use ensure landing a job soon? How do we achieve the best return on our job search time investment? In the following series, we will discuss the impact of several strategies, bringing today one of the most relevant when looking for ROTI in job search.

Networking:

It is by far, the preferred strategy nowadays to get effective on finding a job. Over 60% of all jobs are sourced nowadays through networking, as reported throughout. Networking, however, has taken a new meaning with social media at hand. LinkedIn, MySpace and Facebook are the most widely known in the US, especially for job search and personal socialization. However, we can be surprised with the many alternatives that are available worldwide, networks of over 60MM users, some like Orkut, popular in Brazil and increasing in India, as Wikipedia reports, with over 180MM users. Other specialized networks include PartnerUp, a social networking site for entrepreneurs and small business owners. These are important tools for job seekers, who will gain an advantage when trying to connect with professionals that have things in common, and can appreciate their assets. Check out some of the hundreds of social networking sites available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites

Just sitting in front of the PC screen eight hours per day will almost surely not do the trick. Getting “out there” is another way of networking, sometimes even more effective. Face time is valuable, and being able to get in front of a decision maker or at least a reference, can make a big difference in landing the opportunity. A good idea of how to get in front of people you believe can make a difference in your job search is given by the book “Never Eat Lunch Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi. Inviting people that can make a difference in your life to have lunch with you can help you in growing personal relationships. These one-on-one rapports can have an impact when someone is in the position to talk well about you, and truly “sell” you to a fellow employer. It might end up being somewhat expensive, and even fattening! But it is certainly effective when creating a connection and a recall of your personal brand in other people’s mind.

Volunteering is another effective way of networking. It is also an opportunity for a professional to prove that he/she has management skills and many other skill sets that are worthy and unique, and needed in the workforce. This strategy will also keep your mind busy with work, and away from the worries of not finding a job. It will provide food for thought and even bring ideas on enterprises and ventures that could be profitably launched. Managers and/or coworkers could end up becoming employers or even partners.

The important aspect to concentrate in is that getting busy meeting people and connecting in different ways will enrich our lives, whether we are looking for a job, looking for career advancement or even retired. Making personal connections, for whatever reason, is positive. It can and will bring many productive opportunities throughout our lives.

Education Reform – We are Ready!

News on education reveal this administration’s interest in enhancing educational standards for high school students in the U.S. President Obama states that major changes will happen in the education field in the next few years, reform will begin soon with the passing of a proposal for new academic standards for education at elementary and high school level.

One of the new initiatives is called Common Core State Standards Initiative. The program would standardize graduation requirements throughout the U.S., comparing apples to apples, when assessing students’ readiness for college. To many Latin Americans, this initiative seems easy to understand, since this is how education is conducted in Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina and other South American countries. However, in the U.S., each state had different academic standards, which, in the opinion of many, has led to a lower standard to complete high school.

What is the purpose of this proposal? To ensure students are more prepared in Mathematics and English. Years ago, the U.S. graduated professionals in these fields that became leaders in the industry, innovators, researchers. Not as much anymore. With mathematics requirements getting lowered to graduate more students from high school, the effect has been negative in the majority of the population, who are less prepared for college and to excel in the sciences. The new base proposed for public schools will help ensure that students all over are asked to work harder and focus in learning, as opposed to just passing.

What are the implications of these initiatives? A better education standard, a less punitive system which rewards for excellence and does not punish for not achieving expectations. Lowering the bar for students and teachers will become an item of the past. Making students become ready for college and for a career, as opposed to just focusing on passing a grade is the new ideal. All these initiatives can turn around our education system, helping this nation become once again, a leader in technology and advancement throughout.

Writing your Bio – Tips to Succeed

Have you noticed that everyone seems to have a bio nowadays? Google the name of your favorite celebrity, visit their website and you’ll probably find a bio with his or her accomplishments, career beginnings, areas of expertise and much more. Well, you don’t have to be famous to sell yourself like a celebrity. The beauty of a bio is that it helps you tell your story in a way that sells you well.

1. It’s like dating – First Impressions Count: Imagine if your blind date shows up with a dirty shirt and smelly breath, you’d have to be pretty desperate to give that person a second date, wouldn’t you? Since a bio is a summary of who you are, show yourself at your best not only by watching your spelling and grammar but with a great pickup line- strong opening sentence that grabs the reader. Start with your name and your profession; if you’re a “Finance Manager” don’t leave that crucial information in the last sentence. Remember, not everyone will read your entire bio even if they want to hire you.

2. Short and sweet vs. long and boring: From one or two paragraphs to eight paragraphs at the most, short bios are easier to read and more attractive to employers than two page monsters. This isn’t the story of Henry VIII and his many wives and your employer isn’t interested in that “A” you got in AP Calculus during your high school years. What they do care about is your most important accomplishments, where you went to college, what promotions you achieved, what makes you the best candidate for the job, etc.

3. Keep it relevant: A bio should mention the reason you want the job or what inspired you to choose that profession, it’s also important to mention your many talents and be completely honest since readers can smell weaknesses. Think of real estate advertising, would you rather buy a house with oversized windows or one with floor to ceiling windows? The truth always sells better than a lie so don’t “oversize” your talents.

4. Write in the third person: I did this and I did that, and I myself think that I am the best gets pretty annoying pretty quickly. The beauty of writing in the third person is that the writing not only sounds more credible but if you’re shy about selling yourself this technique will help you look at yourself from another perspective and describe your abilities without feeling that you’re boasting.

5. Contact isn’t just a movie: Just like you wouldn’t network without a business card, you don’t want a bio that doesn’t list your e-mail and phone number in your last sentence. Remember, resumes get lost, e-mails get deleted but if they find a printed copy of your bio they can find you.

6. Feed your ego with feedback: Everyone needs a reality check from time to time, and who better than a friend or trusted advisor to look at your bio and see if you sold yourself accurately, if you left important things out and if you explained well who you are and what you do. If they read it and are confused by what you wrote, rewrite it until they get it.

7. Keep it current: Who wants to date someone with a picture of what they looked like 10 years ago? As your career advances so must your bio move forward with necessary updates to reflect your new reality. A bio that says you are currently working for Cubicle Incorporated when in reality you are freelancing or took time off to become a mom is completely embarrassing.

References:

How do I write a great bio

http://www.essortment.com/all/howwritebio_rfin.htm

How to write a professional bio

http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2009/07/07/how-to-write-a-professional-bio/

8 tips to write a great bio

http://blog.brand-yourself.com/2008/09/03/8-tips-to-write-a-masterful-bio/

By The EduPlan Team

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