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January 25, 2012

How to get a non-profit job

Filed under: Job Search Preparation, The Job Search Process — Larry @ 1:09 pm

by Miriam Salpeter

Summary of article (full article at

Have you considered transitioning to a non-profit career?

Think about Your Skills and How to Use Them

Non-profits are looking for people who:
• have a strong track record of leadership and the ability to influence their constituencies.
• are able to keep people motivated and engaged.
• demonstrate ability to manage across a broad portfolio of responsibility.
• are able to show an impressive record of delivering a solid return on investment.
• bring a passionate interest in their work and mission.
• is committed long-term, even when the finish line is out of sight.

Think about where you want to work by answering these questions:
• What issues do you care about?
• What are the appropriate skills you have to help transition into the sector? (E.g., legal, sales, financial management). What’s missing from your skills? Consider taking a course to fill in any gaps in your background.
• What type of organization will help you thrive? Do you prefer working for an organization that’s slow and steady? A fast-growing group? Maybe you’d love working with a startup, or working directly for a founder?

Once you’ve identified your skills and made a match, you’ll be ready to approach the non-profit market from a position of strength.


Career Advice

Filed under: The Job Search Process — Larry @ 1:04 pm
gives a concise summary of career advice information. Included are:’
– Career Advice (158)
– Career Change (20)
– Career Networking
– Career Tests (50)
– Career Videos (17)
– Career Management (10)
– Job Descriptions (51)
– Job Promotions (12)
– Labor Law
– Professional Branding (9)
– Social Networking
– Relocation (10)

It also includes a link to an employment guide as well as links to such articles as:
– 10 Steps to a Successful Career Change
– Building Your Professional Brand
– Career Aptitude Tests
– Passive Job Search Tips
– Personality Tests, Career Tests and Inventories
– Career Help
– Career Opportunities
– How to Find a Career Mentor
– How to Manage Your Career
– Balancing Act: Work and Life Options
– Career Building Books
– Caught in the Act!
– Paradigm Shifting: Job Search vs. Career Management
– What Can I Do?
– Job Descriptions
– Tips for C-Level Executives
– High School Graduate Resume Example

Well worth checking out if you are just starting your job search or are looking to ideas to rev up your current search.

New Year: New Job Search

Filed under: The Job Search Process — Larry @ 12:48 pm

By Alison Doyle, Guide January 1, 2012 (read full article at

These 10 steps to find a new job include:
• using job search engines
• building your brand using LinkedIn, Facebook, and VisualCV
• connecting with your contacts
• using job search tools
• creating a list of companies for whom you would like to work
• finding job listings
• targeting your resume and cover letter
• having a successful interview
• successfully following up
• accepting a job offer

For more advice on getting a new job, an improved career, or transforming your job or work, the article includes tips and suggestions (there are 28 of these tips included) from’s Jobs and Careers channels will get your New Year off to a great start.

10 job-search tips for 2012

Filed under: Job Search Preparation, The Job Search Process — Larry @ 12:46 pm

Justin Thompson, CareerBuilder Writer, offers 10 tips for a successful job search in 2012 which are summarized below:

1. Create a job-search strategy.
Do not use shotgun approach to job search. Tailor your existing skills to a job’s requirements and spend time preparing better résumés and cover letters instead of just blasting a generic one to every single posting.

2. Define your goals.
Ask yourself, "What do I really want out of a job?". Define what you want out of your job besides cash. Then you can figure out what your best selling points are and the most valuable skills you have to sell to an employer.

3. Diversify your search.
The more ways you can put yourself out in front of potential employers (social networking, face-to-face networking, applying in person, etc.), the more opportunities you’ll come across and the more you will place yourself ahead of the rest.

4. Evaluate your skills and add more.
Brush up on your skills with online courses or community classes. Government funding and other programs are available for out-of-work job seekers who want to enroll in training or continue their education to better position themselves in the current workforce. And there are free online courses that are available – check out the list of these courses at RochesterWorks Virtual Career Center.

5. Be unique.
Do something that will help you stand out and be memorable to the employer. Find out the name of the hiring manager or someone who heads up the department the position is in, and contact him directly. Use the information on LinkedIn to your benefit. Reach out with a brief introduction, and let him know you’ve applied for the position and you hope to be in touch. After applying, it  never hurts to follow up with a company via social media to share your excitement about the position.

6. Listen.
Pay attention to how employers are communicating their open positions in the social media and their websites. Connect with other job seekers or career experts, and see what methods you can adopt from their job-search strategies. Join Twitter chats and online career fairs to connect with more employers and broaden your network.

7. Set goals.
Yes, the goal is to get a job, but to achieve that, you need to break it down into smaller goals that can be successfully completed. First, choose monthly goals such as joining professional organizations or volunteering at a nonprofit that will allow you to flex and use your skills. Then create a weekly goals and then a daily to-do list. Hold yourself accountable for achieving these goals, you’ll feel better about yourself. And this can be used in your job search and interviews as a great example of your problem-solving skills.

8. Prepare for anything.
Always be ready. Have at least five examples that demonstrate your best qualities. Have your success stories ready. Rehearse for interviews. Have a complete list of references and their contact information to give to interviewers.

9. Positive thinking can lead to positive results.
See every situation as a learning opportunity. A positive attitude is contagious, and the more positive you are, the more likely others will be to go out of their way to help you.

10. Stay balanced.
Get sufficient rest. Meet with friends. Stay active. Do things you enjoy.

See the full article at

Prepare now to take advantage of job opportunities when they arise

Filed under: Job Search Preparation, The Job Search Process — Larry @ 12:39 pm

From 25 January Democrat & Chronicle

12:45 AM, Jan. 22, 2012  | 


Written by

Deb Koen

Question: I’m currently employed but I’m waiting for the hiring picture to improve. I am eager to get into something that is related to my profession and in a better company. I’m grateful to have a job, but I hate feeling like I’m in a holding pattern. What can I do in the meantime?

Answer: Patience, not to be confused with passivity, is a virtue. Apply your efforts in three areas, so you’ll be ready to move when opportunities do arise.

Maximize your current work experience. Every job presents a platform for development. Although your current role is not in your profession, you can uncover learning opportunities. Rather than hovering in a holding pattern, kick into action by seeking out a cross-functional project or asking to shadow an employee with a specific skill set. Soak up everything you can about job skills and office dynamics. Creating efficiencies and improving morale, for example, are portable skills that will add value in any environment. While you’re there, seek out the most interesting and influential people on staff to work with and study.

Get involved in your career field now. No need to wait until you have the perfect match to become involved in your chosen profession. Follow blogs, or better yet, start your own. Expand both your network and your experience by becoming an active member of a professional association to develop your leadership skills, build relationships and tap into job leads.

Track the trends. Concentrate on working behind the scenes, for now, following the employers you’re most interested in. Familiarize yourself with key players. Watch for news, awards and developments about these employers. Contact them to congratulate or inquire only after you’ve researched them and are ready to make a powerful first impression. Know the key points you will convey about yourself and the questions you will ask. This type of preparation and positioning is a perfect use of your time during a lull in hiring.

January 11, 2012

Rev Up Your Job Search During the Holidays

Filed under: The Job Search Process — Larry @ 11:34 pm

Many people believe the myth that companies stop hiring during the whirlwind of winter holidays. Although hiring does taper in December, hiring activity never really stops — something to consider if you’re considering ramping up the job hunt in the new year.

Forty percent of hiring managers told in August (prior to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma) reported they plan to recruit new workers in the fourth quarter, down from 50 percent in the third quarter. At the same time, 15 percent expected to decrease headcount, up from 11 percent previously.

A study by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. found that the odds of being downsized increase by as much as 54 percent between October 1 and New Year’s Eve. This is the time when companies finalize their budgets for the coming year or make last minute cutbacks to improve the year-end bottom line. But, they’ll also know if they’ll be hiring or expanding their employee base in the
near future.

The smart job seeker can take advantage of having an edge over their competitors who have become lax in searching. Here are some job tips for the year-end job seeker.

Beef up your portfolio.
Print and take home personal files on your computer and locate copies of your performance appraisals and other personnel records. At the same time, update your resume with all of the past year’s skills and accomplishments. Make PDFs of any work samples, presentations, published work and research.

Begin immediately.
If the bad news is that most layoffs occur during the last three months of the year, the good news is that the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is one of the best times to find a job. "Because budget approvals expire at the end of the year, there is a sense of urgency among hiring managers and recruiters," explains Human Resources expert Lori Kocon. "Yet while HR is usually in full recruiting mode, most people put their job searches on hold during the holidays. The result is it’s more of a candidate’s market."

Exhaust your resources.
Try some of the best tactics rarely used, says Don Straits, CEO of Corporate Warriors. Add graphs or charts to your resume. Send work samples with your resume. Create an online portfolio. Directly contact department heads by name rather than the generic human resources contact. Attend industry association meetings. Burn your portfolio and resume onto a CD and send to potential employers.

Capitalize on the holiday spirit.
What better time to network than when people are in good spirits and socializing frequently? Go to parties and gatherings, especially those where you’re likely to meet new people who could be sources of job leads. Make it a point to listen more than talk. Be positive and upbeat. While you won’t want to hand out resumes or press for contacts or referrals, you will want to let people know you are looking and follow up with them after the party. Seek out all the other participants and network like crazy.

Keep your schedule flexible for interviews and meetings.
Avoid taking weeklong trips. Though there may be a strong interest in hiring, the hectic pace of parties and shopping makes it harder to schedule mutually convenient appointments. Roger Martin had been out of work for nine months, when on December 21, he got called back to interview with the head of a brand marketing firm. He flew to California to meet the CEO, who was vacationing with his wife’s family, and received an offer on Christmas Eve. He was later told his willingness to make the trip during the holidays helped him clinch the job.

– MONROE COUNTY DHS Weekly Employment Bulletin – November 14, 2011

January 10, 2012

How to get a job in the new year

Filed under: Networking, The Job Search Process — Larry @ 12:08 pm

Job search strategy not working? In her article at, Miriam Salpeter offers some tips that may help you to stand out from the crowd so you can win an interview, and ultimately, the job.

She suggests:

Narrow your list to your highest-priority targets

Get referred in

Do the unexpected.

Research all the people in the organization. Take that list and run it by your entire network to see if they know anyone who might know someone in this organization. Search every name against your LinkedIn database.

December 3, 2011

4 New Ways to Job Hunt

Filed under: The Job Search Process — Larry @ 4:10 pm

You’ve probably had one or several bosses who told you to "think outside the box" and "come to me with solutions, not problems."

So if you’re unemployed and competing with a record number of job seekers in today’s economy, you can’t help but think that  flashy and outrageous is the way to get noticed. And maybe it is for some people, but not everyone is willing to stand at a busy intersection wearing a sandwich-board sign that says, "Hire me!"

Where does that leave you, a job seeker who needs some way to make your résumé look more attractive than the 50 other ones in the stack?

Fear not: The rules of job seeking are in constant flux, and employers are looking for an impressive candidate, even if his or her credentials are unorthodox. The following are some examples of what other job seekers are doing to get an edge over other applicants.

1. Start a blog
Doesn’t it seem as if everyone and their mother has a blog these days? Except you, that is.

Find a subject you’re knowledgeable about and start writing. Compose articles that illustrate your command of the topic and that can serve as resources for someone. Over time you’ll accumulate an impressive collection of work, says Lauren Milligan of ResuMAYDAY, a company that helps job seekers craft résumés.

"It doesn’t really matter what type of job you are seeking; there is always an angle that will interest people," Milligan says. "If you are a financial manager, write about how a family’s investment strategy should change during a recession, or how to research an investment opportunity to avoid the next Bernie Madoff. If you are an administrative professional, write about time-management strategies or online tools that help you through your day."

She stresses that you don’t have to be looking for a writing job to get an employer’s attention.

"Doing this will let potential employers know that you are engaged at an expert level and will gain insights into you as an employee that won’t be available to other candidates," Milligan says. "It will also let employers know that you are comfortable with online tools. In other words, this is a great way to gain a competitive edge."

2. Facebook / LinkedIn / BrightFuse
Even though social networking isn’t the technology fledgling it once was, it’s still new on the scene in terms of job seeking. We hear about people who get caught lying on their Facebook profiles, but people are getting hired via networking sites, too. You can use your education and work history fields to create a new form of résumé. Search your friends list for valuable contacts or join professional networks that can help you find a job or at least get the word out that you’re looking.

"Technology doesn’t replace the networking step of the job search, but it can certainly make it easier and faster," says Lynne Sarikas, director of the MBA Career at Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration. "Social networking sites can help you identify appropriate contacts for networking."

3. Twitter
On Twitter, which is a different kind of networking site, you can leverage contacts in the same way, only you can Tweet about your job hunt and people can stumble upon your profile more easily.

Your profile or Tweets can link to your personal site, whether it’s an online portfolio or blog. Not only will you make new contacts, but you’ll also have a larger audience viewing the hard work you put into your site, which can impress a potential employer.

4. Virtual career fairs
If you dislike the idea of taking your suit to the cleaners and finding a sitter for the kids just to head out to a job fair, then stay at home and go online.

"[Virtual career fairs are part of] a growing trend among employers looking for a new, cost-effective way to recruit high-quality talent as well as tech-savvy job seekers," says Jennefer Traeger, who works with Unisfair, a virtual job-fair provider. The global aspect of virtual fairs removes geographic obstacles that otherwise complicate job searches.

– MONROE COUNTY DHS Weekly Employment Bulletin March 8, 2010

Job Search Myths

Filed under: The Job Search Process — Larry @ 4:04 pm

Myths that people believe about looking for a job are many and persistent. The most common ones are these:

Myth #1: A résumé should be only one page.
Absolutely not! The normal length of a résumé is two to three pages (at most). It is fine to have addendum pages such as a list of references or published articles. A one-page résumé is only appropriate for a recent college grad.

Myth #2: If you go on an interview through a contingency or search firm, you cannot speak directly to the person who interviewed you after the interview.
The person who interviewed you is either a decision-maker or an influencer in the hiring process. Ask him during the interview if he minds if you contact him with any questions you may have later. If he says no, be skeptical about his interest or style. After all, you are the person who was on the interview, not the recruiting professional who set up your interview. He or she is also someone you can nurture as a networking contact even if you aren’t hired.

Myth #3: If eight people at a company interviewed you, you need to send a thank-you note only to the person you’d report to if you got the job.
Those other seven people took their valuable time to interview you. Of course you should send each one a thank-you note!

Myth #4: You shouldn’t take notes during an interview.
Why not? Nobody has a photographic memory while talking, listening, and processing information. Simply ask the interviewer politely if she minds if you take some notes. Obviously, you should use abbreviations or keywords so that you’re not concentrating too hard on taking notes and not focusing enough on the conversation.

Myth #5: There is no point in conducting a job search during the summer or in December because companies aren’t hiring then.
This is absolutely ridiculous. In fact, during the summer, businesspeople are more casual and "laid back" in their attitudes and approaches. They don’t tend to be as immersed in stressful projects. What a great time to approach
people! In December, companies may be focused on bringing someone on board before the new calendar or fiscal year. People are in a much more celebratory mood during this time of year, and December offers lots of opportunities for networking.

Myth #6: The most qualified candidate has the best shot at getting a job offer.
Obviously, for most positions, a company needs someone with specific skills and experience. It is also true that many companies still lean toward someone who has worked in the same industry. It is more likely that the individual who fits into the company culture is the one who will get the offer. This means that as a candidate you are accountable for finding out and understanding what the culture is — the values that shape the company, the way people communicate, and the kinds of people who are respected within the organization. You will not find this kind of information on a Web site or in an annual report. You will find it from talking to people — the company’s employees, vendors, and ex-employees.

Myth #7: Only certain components of a job offer are negotiable.
The two best times to negotiate with a company are when they ask you to join them, and when they ask you to leave. Anything can be negotiated if you are very clear about what you need and want, and can state the reasons why. You stand the best chance of getting your needs met if you put yourself in the company’s shoes during the negotiation. Not only can compensation be negotiated but also the work itself, the way you will do the work, whom you will report to, and every other aspect of the job. Looking for a new job requires many skills, and the more you network, interview, and negotiate, the easier the process becomes. Above all, trust your instincts during your job search. As with any relationship, you may have to make compromises. However, there is absolutely no reason that you shouldn’t be able to find the right job — a job that fits your personality and fulfills your needs.

– MONROE COUNTY DHS Weekly Employment Bulletin March 15, 2010

Should I stop my job search during the holidays?

Filed under: The Job Search Process — Larry @ 3:55 pm

Stopping your job search during the holidays: The biggest mistake you’ll make this year?

As the calendar year comes to a close, job seekers may be tempted to put their hunt on hold. After all, companies are too busy trying to get work done amongst office parties and days off to have time for new hires, right?
Wrong, say many experts. Slack off during November and December and you might just miss one of the best times of the year to find a job.

Company needs for talent do not take vacation
"I would say taking time off from your job search is never wise, regardless of the time of year or season," states Frank Dadah, general manager at Winter, Wyman — one of the largest staffing organizations in the Northeast. "Oftentimes, year end is the busiest time of the year for companies, not only because they are getting ready for the year-end close but because they are gearing up for a quick start to the new year. It may be a bit more challenging to schedule interviews during the holidays, but that doesn’t mean companies aren’t hiring."

Elaine Varelas, managing partner at Keystone Partners (a career management and transition services consulting firm headquartered inBoston), agrees. "When there is a need, a candidate needs to be there. The idea that a candidate should suspend her job search during the holidays or that employers stop recruiting during this time is very dated."

Take for instance The Knowland Group, a company headquartered in McLean, Va., that offers business development solutions for the global hospitality industry. According to communications manager Tom Crosson, the company is in the process of hiring 200 workers to staff a new call center that is opening by year’s end.

Likewise, Josh Jones, CEO of DreamHost Web Hosting (a Los Angeles-based web hosting provider and domain name registrar) says his company is planning a late 2010 hiring "spree" for about 20 full-time positions. "We’re trying to gear up for what we expect to be faster growth starting in early 2011, and we want to have people on board and situated already by the time that comes."

Potential advantages for applicants

Dadah and Varelas both note that one of the foremost reasons to pursue employment during the final months of the year is a reduction in competition. By keeping your search going at a time when others have slowed down or stopped, you have a greater chance of being noticed. Also, job seeking during the holidays can show prospective employers your seriousness about landing a position.

Catherine Jewell, author of "New Résumé New Career: Get the Job You Want with the Skills and Experience You Already Have," thinks that job seekers who keep at it are even more likely to be hired during the holiday season than at other times.

"Human resource managers have year-end deadlines," Jewell says. "The new year brings a new budget. Toward the end of the fiscal year, hiring managers may have a number of new positions to fill. They will be evaluated on whether they get the job done."

Other reasons why Jewell suggests keeping your job search going full throttle during the holiday season:
Holiday activities often put managers in a more receptive mood. When people are focused on family and fun through the holidays, they often are more open and receptive to conversation — even from job seekers.
Holiday events are a natural networking environment. Professional associations often have free holiday events. Job seekers should be sure to take advantage of parties given by associations, chambers and clubs that are of interest.
Holiday greetings by mail, e-mail and telephone keep you connected. People searching for jobs should harness the spirit of the season to amp up gratitude. Thank former clients, vendors and co-workers. Thank bosses and mentors. Thank everyone who has helped.

So while it may be tempting to take a long winter’s nap during the final weeks of the year, smart job seekers should write "looking for work" at the top of their holiday to-do list. They just might ring in the new year with a new job!

– MONROE COUNTY DHS Weekly Employment Bulletin November 15, 2010

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