Job Hunting Tips

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Are you a fresh graduate and planning to look for a job? Did you just recently quit your job and are looking for greener pastures? Are you unemployed and have little experience regarding ways to secure a job? Whatever your situation may be, it would be to your advantage to study the following tips:

Check your resume for mistakes

Before submitting your resume to a prospective employer, check your resume for corrections at least three times before handing it over. After researching about the job position, it is critical that you format your resume to match the needs of the company. For example, if you are applying for an accounting job, you should put in detail your accounting experience on your resume. Typographical and grammatical errors are serious no-no’s. It is also ideal to keep the length of the resume’ to at least a page and a half long.

Taking the interview challenge

A survey conducted by a staffing and consulting firm based in California which corresponded with 1,400 chief financial officers concluded that candidates for employment made most of their mistakes on their interviews. Some of the mistakes they made include: arriving late, having little knowledge about the company and the position applied for, and having a superiority complex and behaving arrogantly. The body language of the applicant must also denote that he is confident yet not overpowering. He must maintain eye contact, have a strong handshake, and avoid looking defensive by the act of crossing the arms. Wearing the right clothes is crucial for projecting a confident stance. As they say, it is better to go to an interview over-dressed than being under-dressed.

Answer questions smartly

A common mistake of interviewees is that they tend to get tense and forget the questions that are given to them, which has the effect that they are not prepared for the interview. It is important to research about the company and the position applied for to prevent being side-tracked during the interview. If you do not know the answer to the questions being asked, it is better to admit you don’t know the answer to the question and add that you can research about it. Look for the skills or expertise that the company is looking for so that when interview day comes and the interviewer asks about your strengths and core competencies, you will be able to match it to what they need.

Getting the necessary referrals

Having a referral from one of the company employees can go a long way toward landing an interview. A typical company may receive job applications in the hundreds and usually 35% to 60% of all job vacancies are filled by referrals. The odds of getting hired when you have a referral are very high if you have another 200 to 500 applicants vying for the same position. If you do not know anyone from the company that may give you a referral, it is a good idea to the alumni network of your college, trade groups, social networks, and professional associations. Remember, having a referral greatly increases your chances of getting the position.

On online application

With the current trend of technology and its merging with business processes, more and more companies are now requiring prospective applicants to submit their application online. Thus, first impressions are relayed not by your first appearance but by the quality and content of your e-mail. E-mails regarding job application should be polished and well-articulated. When applying on-line, use the following tips:

Complete your sentences and do not abbreviate.

Employers do not like when you send them application letters that seem to be too casual. It is important to make a letter that is both formal and well written. This gives a good impression regarding your capabilities and skills.

Get directly to the point

When writing an application letter, you must be concise and straightforward. Do not put a story on the letter just to get the attention of the employer, chances are he or she will just get irritated with you and this only reduces your chances of getting hired.

Consider potential issues that may hinder you from getting the job

Although there are instances wherein there is a lot of need for a job but the requirements for the position may entail training programs that may bar you from getting the position due to its highly competitive nature. Some require a lot of experian even at least 3 years of work experience. Some may have no barriers to entry but the job itself may entail a very routine work flow.

Getting the job you want may be a challenge but never lose hope. It is better to wait a while and get the job that you will enjoy rather than get a job as soon as possible but ending up dissatisfied and unhappy. Make the right decision then act on it.

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Searching for an Accounting Job

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Accounting graduates, have broader choices and specific paths to follow with their careers. Accounting requires a lot of skills when it comes to business and that is why every company has an employee that is an accounting graduate. If you are an accounting graduate, you can apply in any kind of firm. Areas may include tax, audit, financial analysis and management accounting.

It is best that you apply for a job that matches your interests and expertise. There are careers that have been proven by most accounting graduates to bring them to the top of the success ladder and you may want to consider entering these fields.

If you are an accounting graduate who excel in public accounting, the entry-level positions that best fit this skill are Tax Staff, Consulting/ Management Services and Staff Auditor. With these positions you will do your duties reporting to a senior. Once you have acquired three to six years of experience in any of these positions, you may then want to consider applying for the higher levels like Tax Senior, Senior Auditor, and Consulting Senior where the position entails reporting directly to a Manager. After six years of excelling with these potions, then you may consider the positions Partner level and Senior Partner.

Having an edge with corporate accounting, one to three years of experience will qualify you to become a staff member in Internal Audit, Tax Accounting, Management, and Financial Accounting. Moving up the higher lever after three to six years, you will be eligible for the Senior Level for Internal Audit, Tax Accounting and Management Accounting. Six years thereafter, you may want to consider aiming for the positions like the Tax Manager, Internal Audit Manager and Financial Accounting Manager.

Expertise in Financial Management, Staff for Financial Planning, Cash Management, and Credit Analysis are options for entry-level positions. Once you have gained the enough experience, you may aim for the Treasury Operations, Credit Analysis and Senior Financial Planning. Higher positions will include Treasurer, Manager for Credit Analysis and Financial Planning.

These career options are traditional paths that were found to fit best for accounting graduates. However, it does not mean that they are the only way to climb up the success ladder. You should go beyond not just limit your skills to accounting. It is still recommended that you gain enough work experience, acquire knowledge in different aspects of education, and continue to improve your character to be a step ahead with other job seekers.

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How Much do you Value Workplace Autonomy?

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Finding the right job is the ultimate goal for job seekers. Often this entails balancing out a number of factors such as what’s your skill set and education, what’s available and what you can see yourself doing. You’re bound to go right in the workplace if you can reconcile all of these elements. However, there is one factor that often is overlooked by job seeking hopefuls. That factor is the degree of autonomy you can expect in the workplace.

Each job varies on the level of autonomy granted to its employees. If you’re a truck driver, you pretty much have free reign while you’re on the clock. Standing on an assembly line is a different story. Now, those two examples are pretty uncommon jobs for college graduates to hold but they are still accurate examples. Some jobs allow you room to breathe with minimal oversight. Other positions are closely monitored by authority figures. Your preference depends on your work style.

No one likes a manager breathing down their neck. It’s overbearing, annoying and offensive. However, some workers actually perform better with the structure closely involved management provides. Yeah, structure. Scary word for young people because it implies all sorts of boundaries and limits. Nevertheless, there is some value in a structured work environment. You get stuff done on time. You work harder when you have expectations placed on you. And, if you mess up, retribution is close at hand to put you back on track.

All of this may sound like a buzz kill. Who wouldn’t want the open freedom of an unstructured workplace? You get to do what you want, when you want, as long as you turn in your work when it’s due. You could slack off all month and just churn everything out the day before it’s due. It’s just like college but you’re getting paid instead.

Still, a lot of people sink in these situations. Remember late night cram sessions? Did you ever feel confident when you pulled those off? Your professors may have let you slide by on shoddy work but an employer isn’t going to be so forgiving. Results are expected and mistakes are often not tolerated.

Therefore, you need to be serious with yourself. Can you really handle an unstructured, autonomous workplace? It may be a more attractive option but it can lead you to the unemployment line if you’re not careful.

Where do you fall on this spectrum? Can you handle a more open workplace or do you need structure to function? Sound off below.

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Jobseeker Contest: Tell Your Story & Win A Free Copy Of My E-Book!

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What is YOUR job hunting story?

To celebrate my reaching 4,500 followers on Twitter, I’ve decided to have a contest for everyone in our little job seeker community :^)

Here’s what I’m going to do:Hired_3D_rev_200

I’m going to GIVE AWAY a free copy of my Unspoken Rules of Getting Hired eBook package (worth about $170) – to the person who posts the MOST interesting story about his or her job hunting struggles… in the comments below.

As “Brain Food” I’ll list some questions you might want to answer in your “entry” below…

  • How did you get to this point, tell me your story?
  • What’s your biggest challenge or frustration right now? (ie resume, cover letter, going on job boards, interviewing, etc.)
  • What have you tried so far, but it didn’t work?
  • What have you tried so far, and it did work?
  • Why should you be chosen?

Now, this fun little contest is going to draw quite a few entries. No question. In order to keep things INTERESTING, I’m going to set a few quick rules…

>Rules:

1) You must write something INTERESTING. No one-liners that say “the economy sucks” or “there are no jobs out there.” I’m not even going to APPROVE comment entries that aren’t thoughtful, interesting, and REAL.

[***Bonus Points: Upload a video to YouTube of 5 minutes or less where you describe how you’ve struggled in your job search and give specific examples. Be sure to tag your video with “imm contest” in quotation marks. Click here to see what it should look like when you are uploading your video. Then leave a comment on this post with a link to your video and a brief description of what hasn’t been working for you (no need for more than 1-2 short paragraphs)***]

2) Do all of this no later than 10pm EST next Saturday, February 27th (in other words, start writing NOW).

3) I and a few secret judges will select our top favorites, and then you all will vote for the winner. I’ll also Tweet the name of the winner on Twitter, of course!

So get to it, and post a comment below telling your story about how you’ve struggled on your job search. You just might win $170 bucks worth of my best interview training!

[Follow me free on Twitter here: Twitter.com/Landon_Long]

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How To Answer The ‘Million Dollar’ Question: “I Want To Have A Career. What Should I Do?”

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Lets face it – In today’s economy, you are up against a HUGE uphill battle when it comes to starting your career. Even if you figured out what you want your career to be, chances are you wouldn’t have a fighting chance at securing iconfused-college-studentt because you don’t know how to promote yourself to employers.

It comes down to simply not having a lot of options to choose from in this job market. Sure there might be lots of job openings out there…but if that’s the case, why aren’t you hear anything from employers?

Well what I’m about to tell you might shock you…so put on your tough suit of armor because I’m not going to try to “save your feelings” about this. What I’m about to tell you is the TRUTH and if anyone tells you differently BITCH SLAP THEM AND RUN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION!

Ok not really, but seriously…Here’s what most they aren’t telling you…

IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO PROMOTE YOURSELF TO EMPLOYERS…

YOU WONT HAVE A CAREER. PERIOD.

(Yeah I said it…)

I mean think about it… If you want to kick off your career after college you need to know how to PROMOTE yourself to hiring managers. If you want to get a raise and move up the career ladder, you need to know how to PROMOTE yourself to your supervisors.  Even the dude who got a job from one of his daddy’s golf buddies had someone “promoting him” even if he didn’t do it himself. For most of us regular peeps who don’t have all the high-level connections, we rely on our own street smarts and for some it comes easier than it does others.

So why don’t employers just hire us? Why do we have to learn how to promote ourselves to employers?

Well there’s a long list of reasons…and most of them come from the misconceived perception that college grads these days (or “Millenials” as they call us) are:

  • Too entitled
  • Too lazy or unmotivated
  • Too social
  • Hard to manage
  • Not enough experience
  • Not open to feedback
  • Not open to self-improvement

(Just check out my Free Report, “The 10 Most Dangerous Mistakes YOU Probably Make With Employers And What To Do About It…” and I’ll break it down for you…)

And all of these reasons are rooted from the same source:

Not knowing how to promote yourself as a candidate who ISN’T one of these types of Millenials.

Are you following me?

And this is the problem that has been plaguing millions of other college grads who are struggling to find something in this crippled job market.

So here’s what I’d do if you want to have a career that others would KILL for:

Learn how to PROMOTE yourself as an A-player.

Not only that but learn how to become an A-player as well. Period.

Why? Because A-player’s have something that many of us unemployed college grads can only dream about.

They have unlimited career OPTIONS.

They are sought-after by companies in EVERY industry. And they are among the top 5% of candidates out there. They can move between industries without any problems because they know how to network, and they ARE highly networked. They know how to MARKET themselves to employers and they know how to make their PERCEIVED value higher than 95% of the population.

Bottom line, if you want a great career, learn how to become an A-Player first! Then you’ll be able to select ANY career you want from a buffet of possibilities. Choose not to become one, and you’ll be forced to “settle” for all the “scraps” that no one else wants.

Don’t let life pass you by for another second. Building yourself to be an A-player is probably one of the most important things you can do for your career and life if you want to have the freedom to experience life instead of being forced into a situation that just “pays the bills”.

If you want to learn more about how to become an A-player, I strongly recommend you check out my Free Newsletter. I’ll send you tips, tricks, and strategies to help you go from being just another “average” candidate to being a “heavily armed jobseeker” in a matter of weeks. You’ll learn about employer psychology, getting around phone interviews, building rapport with body language, negotiating salaries, and everything else that’ll help you get hired in less time.

So what are you waiting for? Go sign up for my Free Newsletter and jumpstart your job search RIGHT NOW.

Happy Hunting!

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The Byham Foolproof System To Get You A Job

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Byham tips could be essential

Getting your resume

noticed by human resources is only the first step on your way to securing a new career. Nevertheless, you need to go the distance. Don’t sputter out just as you’re getting started. “You have to turn that around and give them a good interview even if they didn’t ask for it,” says Bill Byham, co-founder and CEO of Development Dimensions International.

Byham’s consulting firm has developed a unique interviewing strategy called targeted selection. The Fortune 500 consultant has crafted this unique system in order to get job applicants to speak in specifics to potential employers. Having interviewees spill the beans to the hiring manager is an easy way to get the goods on the incoming talents. However, Byham recently divulged a few tidbits from his system to aid the fresh faced up and comers as well as the grizzled veterans in nabbing that hot job.

  1. Study Those Who Came Before– Interviewing for a job, as Byham says, is very dependent on who came before you. Was the individual who held your potential position habitually late? Most likely this will translate into interview questions focused around combating tardiness. Scout out the terrain before taking the plunge. Try and find an inside man or woman. Do your research on your potential employer and understand what issues they are currently trying to address by hiring you.

  2. Honest Abe It– Liar liar pants on fire is a maxim passed on from childhood. Apply it when you’re making the rounds applying for jobs. Interviewers can often get pretty specific. If you’ve embellished yourself a bit too much be prepared for damage control. Be honest. It’s better to tell the truth about your average work performance than to lie and talk yourself up only to be backed into a corner. Honesty is always the best policy to insure against overeager digging by the hiring manager.
  3. Strike While the Iron’s Hot– It may be daunting to be interviewed but often it’s a two way street. A bad interviewer will stick out like a sore thumb. Maybe they’re having an off day. Perhaps they’re just not that experienced. Regardless, take advantage of a sluggish interviewer by guiding the conversation. Be cagey enough to ask questions back. Doing so will not only shed more light on your potential job but also enable you to be in control. However, walk a fine line when doing this. Don’t be a jerk and dominate the conversation. Even a bad interviewer can sense smugness.

Byham’s tips could be essential to scoring the latest gig. His system has been touted far and wide by the Fortune 500. Use these hints to beat that system.

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