15 Feb 2012
Everyone makes mistakes when looking for a job. Whether it’s being unprepared for an interview or not disclosing everything on your resumé or application, mistakes are made because no one individual is perfect.
What follows are the Top 10 most common mistakes job seekers make when looking for a job. Don’t fall into any of these traps!
Number 1: Don’t Discuss Your Job Search at Work
If you’re employed, this should be self-explanatory. You don’t want to alert your present supervisor to the fact that you are seeking alternate employment. It’s just not a smart thing to do. Discussing your job search at works also includes having personal conversations about it with friends over the phone, or sending out emails to job recruiters from your company’s computers. Don’t do it. You will get caught, and then you’ll really be out of luck.More...
23 Aug 2011
For an increasing number of graduates, the way to earn money post-college, pay back loans, and live somewhere other than in Mom and/or Dad’s house, is to work overseas as a teacher. Just as all of the brochures and overseas recruiting literature says, working overseas can be an incredibly rewarding and life-changing experience. It can also be incredibly trying, super unpleasant, and occasionally, downright dangerous. How do you know which type of working environment is on the other end of your flight? There are actually a few easy guidelines and questions to take that will help you know whether your choice of overseas employment is a good one or a poor one.
Most overseas jobs are found through a recruiter. Recruiters are especially prevalent in Asia, and they are quite persistent, which can occasionally feel overwhelming. Recruiters only get paid when a teacher agrees to a post, completes all the necessary visa work, and begins the job, so they are often less concerned about whether the teacher and the school are a good fit, and more concerned about making sure that the paperwork gets signed. Consequently, it is up to you to do the legwork of figuring out whether the school is right for you. Ask to speak with current staff, both foreign and native, and with the person who will serve as your primary liaison. Ask to speak with the teacher who is leaving, and also ask for a photo of your potential accommodations. These conversations can happen via email. Be sure to hold on to any correspondence you have with the school prior to signing any paperwork. If a school refuses to allow you to speak with current staff or see your housing, let your recruiter know, politely, that you are not interested in working at that particular institution. More...
22 Aug 2011
Do you find yourself loving the time you spend cooking to feed the homeless? Or do you have a knack for getting people to help you and support a cause? (Think about the time you organized a neighborhood wide rummage sale in only two weeks.) Maybe you make quilts for the elderly. Maybe you are an amazing sales person but you’ve lost your luster in your current field. What do all of these hypotheticals have in common? Potential.More...
16 May 2011
First of all you want to shake off any intimidation you may be feeling about meeting the person who has the power to change your life. Realize that they have the very important task of finding the best person for the job, and they want to choose well in the best interest of their company. They aren’t there to make you look bad or trip you up; if they are it’s not a job you want anyway. They may have a list of questions they want to ask you, but a good interviewer isn’t rigid about that; the list is a tool to bring a mutually informative conversation into play.
Do Your Research
- It’s a sign of respect that you know some basics about their company; conversely it’s a really big mistake if you don’t.
- Check out their website; what is their vision, what are their services or products, do they have multiple branches?
- Think of what you could “bring to the table,” and how your skills and capabilities jive with their philosophies and plans for growth. This is often a question they will ask in one form or another, so be prepared.
- Come up with a few genuine questions, based upon what you have learned; this shows them you are interested enough to inquire, as well as secure enough to bring up your own subjects.
- Be ready to “change horses in the middle of the stream,” because once you get in the door you will need to adapt your ideas to what you see and hear, the interviewer’s body language, etc.More...
11 Apr 2011
Today hundreds of people are, at this very moment, going about their business completely unaware of the fact that they’ve just been turned down for their dream job.
You yourself may be in the running for a great new position, but, as many firms outsource high level recruitment to headhunters, who only ever contact potential candidates after separating the wheat from the chaff, you may not even know about it. More significantly, if a headhunter decides you are not suitable, you will never get to know about it.