What Hurricane Sandy Teaches Us about Job Searching

Job searching throughout the storm

The stormy seas of job searching

While millions of Americans across the east coast wake up to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we’re also left with some lessons from the storm the average job seeker can apply to their search:

 Be Prepared

There’s no doubt that warnings of the storm were sent out by people far and wide.  From public figures to the regular media, east coasters were made clear that the storm was-a-brewing and that everyone in its path should take all necessary precautions to stay safe.  As a job seeker, you can NEVER be too prepared when it comes to applying for jobs and more importantly, when prepping for the big interview.  Double check the spelling on your resume.  Do plenty of research on the company you’re interviewing with and confirm the names of those at the company you may come in to contact with.  When it comes to the job search, first impressions count and like with any powerful weather system, you can’t afford to take any kind of hit when it comes to your livelihood.

 Dress Appropriately

Galoshes, raincoats, gloves and hats are all articles of clothing required when braving a storm system like Sandy.  Consider the dress code of your potential place of employment when preparing for the interview.  If you’re hoping to obtain the store manager position at a posh clothing boutique, your interview outfit should be professional, yet chic.  If it’s a booming new startup where jeans and ball caps are acceptable, perhaps you leave the 4 piece suit at home and opt for a biz casual look for the interview.  However, if the job you’re interviewing for is with a Fortune 500 where traditional corporate culture paves the way for business suits and closed toe pumps, you’ll want to make sure you appear polished and poised when walking in to the office.

 Always Have Extras on Hand

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from a hurricane like Sandy, it’s to have plenty of extra supplies.  Whether it is an extra flashlight, a few jugs of water, or some packs of peanut butter crackers, the last thing you want in the wake of a storm is to be in the dark without any food or water.  Don’t be left in the dark when it comes to the interview.  Always bring a pad and paper for notes and also bring extra copies of your resume.  If you have samples of your work you’d like to showcase, bring those in as well.  Employers want to know what makes YOU unique so anything you can do to present yourself as prepared and competent will make you standout.

 Don’t Drown, Turn Around.

Although finding a new job requires sacrifice and commitment, remember to be smart when dealing with good ol’ Mother Nature.  In the event of a natural disaster, don’t put yourself and others at risk trying to prove you are a super dependable individual.  If a state of emergency is declared by Governement Officials, give your interviewer a call and ask to reschedule.  Your common sense will be appreciated and make a lasting impression.

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Take the stress out of your job search

ImageThere is no doubt that searching for a job can be more than a little stressful. Finding suitable positions, crafting a winning resume, and acing interviews are all activities that can make even the most veteran job seeker a little anxious. In honor of Friday, let’s kick back and take a look at a few ways to make your job search a little easier on you (and your nerves).

Know what makes you the best candidate for the job

It may not be easy to conduct your job search with the greatest of confidence, especially with industries and technologies changing rapidly. Remember what makes you an outstanding candidate is often found beyond a traditional skill set. Your dedication, leadership skills, or ability to learn new things quickly are intangible qualities that make you very employable, and should boost your confidence about applying for jobs.

Remember the interviewer is human, too

While it is important to maintain the utmost professionalism and courtesy while interviewing for jobs, it is easy to get nervous by putting the interviewer on a pedestal as someone who has power when you don’t. Remember, the person conducting the interview needs to find a good candidate as much as you need a job—that’s why you are there. Focus on the mutual benefits of the situation: the interviewer is seeking the right candidate, and you can prove to him or her that you are the person for the job.

The right job is out there

Though it make take a little more time and patience than you initially expected, the right job is out there and you will find it.  Knowing that the right job will come along makes the process less stressful and more enjoyable. Just because an interview didn’t go as planned or you aren’t finding as many openings in your field doesn’t mean your search is doomed. With persistence and patience, you will land the right job and be on your way to career satisfaction.

Show your job search some love

If job searching is really taxing on you, you may want to consider giving the search even more of your time and effort. It may seem contradictory to reducing your stress, but the more you focus your efforts, the more quickly you will get the hang of things—and hopefully, the sooner you will land that new job. Sometimes the procrastination, not the job search itself, can stress you out the most.

How do you take steps to make your job search less stressful? Let us know in the comments.

What’s a job worth?

In this economy, sometimes getting a job—any  job—can seem like a challenge in itself. Even so, job seekers may have certain things in mind when they envision the right job, and it is not always about the paycheck. Job seekers are discovering that attributes of a worthwhile job are more diverse than ever, and some things, like extra time or a fun environment, truly are priceless.

As workers continue to strive for new definitions of success in a shifting economy, certain qualities of a job can make it much more valuable than the number on each paycheck, and job seekers are taking notice.

Flexibility

Work-life balance continues to be a hot topic for both employees and the companies they work for. Flexibility can mean different things to different workers—anything from a formal part-time arrangement to occasionally sliding out of the office early to catch your child’s baseball game can be considered flexible. Trends such as job sharing, where two part-time employees fill one full time role, or telecommuting, where employees complete work outside the physical office setting, are becoming popular in many industries.

Commute

Time is money. More and more, workers are discovering that the (mostly) unpaid time they spend travelling to and from their duties is expensive, and they are the ones footing the bill. Commuting, especially by car, also takes a toll on a worker’s health, the environment and the congested roadways surrounding major metropolitan areas. Some workers seek out jobs they can travel to and from using mass transit so they can use the precious commute hours for other tasks like reading the news, checking emails, or even catching some extra zzzs.

Opportunity

In an age of entrepreneurship and start-ups, it is tempting for some job seekers to take a lower-paying gig in exchange for the opportunity to become part of the “next big thing.” This is especially true in the technology space, with some new innovations becoming hugely popular just a few years after starting out in someone’s basement. While there is no guarantee that opportunities will turn out for the best, these roles also offer a great chance for first-timers to gain new experiences and build their resumes.

Positive Environment

Everyone likes a pat on the back. Optimism and positivity are contagious and can significantly contribute to a worker’s sense of fulfillment in the workplace. Environment and culture are so crucial that some employees would trade substantial earnings for more positivity and less stress in their work day. Some employers go to great lengths to create a positive environment, providing counselors to help troubled workers or allowing employees to bring their pets to the office to encourage stress relief and a sense of well-being.Image

Fun Perks

Does the office have free pancake breakfasts on Thursdays? Free fitness classes and health services? A ping pong table in the break room? Perks like these tend to contribute to any employee’s overall sense of well being by creating a greater connection between work and fun. Employers often find that offering these types of perks typically regarded as “distractions” from serious business actually result in workers being more productive and engaged and can also contribute to greater employee loyalty in the long term.

Just like the qualities of the employees themselves, definitions of what makes a job worthwhile are continuing to change with the job market landscape. What makes a job opportunity worthwhile to you? Let us know in the comments below.

Job.com Facebook Followers prefer Mitt Romney’s Job Creation Plan

Poll reveals 80% preference for Romney’s job plan following debate

In an ongoing effort to keep up with the opinions of job seekers about the upcoming presidential election, Job.com recently asked Facebook users: “Which candidate had the best response about job creation in last night’s Presidential debate?” More than 80 million viewers tuned in for the first presidential debate of this election season, which focused on domestic policy, with special attention devoted to the economy and job creation.

When the poll concluded, 4,152 people responded to this question, with the overwhelming

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majority choosing Mitt Romney’s answers in the debate as the best way to promote job creation. Eighty percent of the respondents chose Mitt Romney, while 20% chose Barack Obama in response to the question.

The question asked by moderator Jim Lehrer of each candidate was: “What are the major differences between the two of you about how you would go about creating new jobs?” Throughout the debate, both the President and Mr. Romney highlighted ways in which their presidential plans would improve the current job market. The importance of the state of the economy—and specifically jobs—was highlighted by making it the first topic of the evening.

Both candidates outlined several strategies for promoting job creation, including working toward greater energy independence and improving training for workers. President Obama’s debate remarks regarding job creation touted the importance of increasing education and training. Mr. Romney’s debate position agreed with the merit of improving education with the stipulation that such programs were the responsibility of individual states. Both candidates emphasized how their plan would address the plight of the middle class.

While the response to this unofficial poll does not represent scientific statistical findings, it does indicate the opinions of job seekers who follow Job.com and what is important to them in this election. The findings are released on the same day that polls conducted by Pew Research Center have indicated Mitt Romney may be taking the lead in the race for the presidency. The poll represents a potential shift in sentiment among job seekers and voters in general following the October 3 debate.

“Job.com is continually striving to understand the thoughts and opinions of job seekers, especially about relevant topics such as the upcoming election,” said Brian Alden, President and CEO of Job.com. “We know many of the topics being debated this election directly affect job seekers, and we want to know what they have to say.”

Throughout this presidential election season, Job.com will continue to keep up with the pulse of job seekers about their stance on the issues that matter. The next presidential debate will be on October 11, 2012, and will focus on domestic and foreign policy.

 

Tis the Season for Seasonal Jobs

Seasonal Jobs

Tis the time to search for a new job

Around this time every year, companies across the country begin planning for seasonal shifts in their business.  Cooler temperatures signal the upcoming holiday season, and, for many companies, the end of the fiscal year.  Whether you’re looking for long-term employment, or searching for opportunities to supplement your income, there are a variety of job openings available for you right now.

Retail stores are well-known for increasing their payroll staff during the holiday months.  Although the shopping mall and big box stores come to mind for holiday employment, also consider specialty shops such as Halloween, Christmas and party stores.

With so many items being shipped throughout the holiday season, companies like UPS and FedEx need all the additional help they can get.  Traditionally known as “Driver Helper” or “Package Handler”, these employees are hired to assist full-time drivers with distributing packages

Depending on the region you live in, hotels and resorts may reach peak business during the holidays.  From housekeeping and room service to accounting and event coordinating, there are a wide variety of positions hotel establishments hire for.  Don’t forget that popular ski destinations are also gearing up for the winter season, so if you love to hit the slopes, a hospitality job at a ski resort may be for you.

Finally, don’t rule out traditional job opportunities throughout your search. Research companies that experience upticks in business in the New Year.  These businesses strive to hire all new employees before November and December rolls around so that they can be trained and ready to hit the ground running come January 1st.

Keep all this information in mind, and you will be on your way to finding that great seasonal job!