Job Search Tip – Printing Solutions

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May 312012
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Are you someone on the job search without a printer? The ability to print is important when you are on the job search. Resumes can be sent over email but during the interview, you need paper copies.

Did you know that Career OneStop Centers and the library have printers you can use? Often you can print at these locations for very little to no cost. Make certain to take advantage of these resources. Also don’t forget you have people in your network that may have a printer you can use. Ask, the worst they can say is no!

The worst case scenario, you can always go to a commercial company like a Kinkos/FedEx and rent their computer and printer for a couple of dollars.

Job Search Tip – Get Started Early on Your Job Search

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May 302012

It takes on average 4-6 months to find the “right” job. Research & Networking take time so get started before you need to!

Take the time proactively to identify language in the market to use for your marketing materials (i.e. your resume) as well as figuring out what employers operate in your desired industry.

Also be certain to start exploring what in-person networking events are happening in your area. Get to a few of them and start letting people know you are in the market.


Q&A with GigSpire – Starting a New Job Correctly

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May 292012

In our continuing series on Q&A with hiring experts, we work to help spread the word about best practices for people on the job search. In this interview we were asked:

“What tips can you offer about what to do and what not to do when you start a new job?”

Starting a new job is one of the most important parts of being successful long term. GigSpire’s recommendations to making the most of your first day:

Arrive Early

Arrive Early – The first thing you can do is start by arriving 15 minutes before you are supposed to. Arriving early sends a positive message to most managers, communicating your enthusiasm for the activity without saying a word.

Dress for Success – Dress appropriately for the workplace, even one level above what is traditionally worn in the workplace for your first day.

Bring I-9 Documents – The first day of work often involves filling out paperwork in order for the business to establish you as an employee of the company. You will need to bring information for your I-9 form, traditionally requiring at least one form of photo identification.

Have something to take notes

Bring a Notepad & Pen – You will most likely speak with many people who can offer you helpful information that you should write down. You will also see some of the processes of the business that you should make note of.

Project Enthusiasm, Confidence & Respect – During the first conversations with your new co-workers, the goal is to project enthusiasm, confidence and an aura of respect—no matter who you are meeting. Show the same manner of respect to the Executives as you do the Administrative Assistants. Make a great first impression!

Stay away from polarizing conversations.

Stay Away From Mistake Conversations – During your conversations try to find some common ground. Topics safe to discuss are hobbies, work roles and general subjects. Stay away from controversial subjects like religion, sex, drugs and politics and avoid comments about cultural and age differences.

Observe the Business Process – Over the course of the first few weeks of your new job, it is our recommendation that you speak less than you listen. Commit yourself to observing the way the business environment operates. Observing will allow you to learn the dynamics of the work environment. You will learn: • Who is responsible for what tasks. • How things are handed off between teammates and coworkers. • Managerial expectations for performance and reporting purposes. • Meeting cycles and schedules. • And anything else that defined the “how to” of doing your job successfully.

Complete your onboarding paperwork quickly.

Get Your Paperwork Completed – The organization will most likely provide documents on your first day that can include the employee handbook, tax forms, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, benefit information, etc.. It’s important to understand these documents and get them completed and submitted to the proper people to complete the onboarding process.

All of these suggestions will better prepare you to start a new job with the greatest chances of learning the organizational culture, the role players and how the business of the day is done. Do your best to learn how to “fit in” to the current state of the organization and avoid creating a situation where you present conflicting opinions when possible during the first few weeks. Once you understand the environment and the people you will have a better chance of becoming a critical part of the team instead of the new person who creates trouble.

Mass Layoffs Report – Bureau of Labor Statistics – April 2012

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May 242012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 135,600 people were affected by layoffs from 1,388 companies in April 2012. Among the worker categories hardest hit:

  • School and employee bus transportation – 20,482
  • Temporary help services – 10,285
  • Food service contractors – 8,561
  • Tax preparation services – 4,528
  • Hotels and motels, except casino hotels – 2,388
  • Educational support services – 2,381
  • Discount department stores – 2,301
  • Motion picture and video production – 2,201

You can find the full report here.

Job Search Tip – No Graphics on Resumes

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May 232012

Pictures, graphics and exaggerated fonts are often distractions that pull resume reviewers (AKA Screeners) away from their familiar patterns and make them seek out information. You should avoid straying from these patterns. Make it easy for the Screeners to find what they are looking for. Standing out with your resume requires exceptional content in the document instead of relying on the equivalent of parlor tricks to get noticed.

Don’t use pictures or images on your resume because it’s not professional. Put them in a portfolio instead.

Customer Testimonials – Alex

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May 232012

Some words from a GigSpire graduate Alex:

“GigSpire is an amazing course on how to get miles ahead in the game of the job search. I am a freelance videographer specializing in music video production, so naturally I am always searching for my next gig. GigSpire’s methods for networking in person and on social media have been invaluable to me. GigSpire’s methods have saved me much time and frustration, and also have directly benefitted my practice in an industry built entirely on elbow-rubbing and making good impressions.

Also, as a recent college graduate, the GigSpire Program was the best college course I never took. My curriculum at University did not prepare me at all for what it takes to get a job in this market, and thankfully GigSpire offers EVERYTHING you need to know, and more, as the course is constantly evolving and is tailored to the individuals taking the course and their needs.

I have some friends who think that applying for jobs is common knowledge and refuse to believe that they could benefit from job search training. Needless to say, THEY ARE STILL UNEMPLOYED, and probably will be for a long, long time. As they say, what you reap is what you sow. Those willing to invest a little bit of time in themselves through GigSpire are going to see immediate and dramatic results – in the form of a fat paycheck way sooner than later.

Thanks for everything you’ve done for me!”


Q&A with GigSpire – Helping Others Network

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May 232012

We were asked how to be a good wingman or wingwoman when networking with someone. Here are our thoughts:

Being a good wingman or wingwoman at a networking event is fairly simple.

  • Know your partner’s story – You should be able to communicate your partner’s value statement accurately, preferably echoing what he or she is saying. Understand her or his top selling points and accomplishments and be able to relate how he or she is capable of saving the day.
  • Understand what your partner is looking for in the next opportunity – To be a good scout, it is important to know the types of jobs and organizations your partner is hoping to connect with. Ask your partner ahead of time about the important aspects of his or her next move such as the culture, size, workload, industry, etc. This knowledge will help you in “connecting the dots” and introducing her or him to the right people instead of chasing false leads.
  • Present yourself well – Remember that if you are acting as in your partner’s best interest and have a desire to help him or her connect with top level professional opportunities, the image you broadcast is equally important. During a networking conversation if you happen to run into someone who would be of interest to your colleague, the likelihood of a positive referral is much higher if the person is impressed with the caliber of your professionalism.

Remember that you can help your friends when they are on the job search. Learn what they are looking for, how to present them and then talk to other people. When you bump into someone that is of interest to your friend, ask if your new contact would be open to an introduction!

Job Search Tip – Ask the Interviewer Series

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May 232012

Ask the interviewer the top three challenges of the job during the interview, it shows you are thinking ahead. Seek out those important issues that you will deal with. The question is open so you may discover that there are personality conflicts you must manage, an extensive workload or many other details.