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Saturday November 17, 2012

Post your Active Resume for Free and be entered to win the new Apple iPad with Retina Display!

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When you have an active resume on Net-Temps, thousands of recruiters can find you! Net-Temps is completely free for jobseekers. Search for jobs, sign up for job agents and apply instantly with your active resume.

Drawing will be on December 15th

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Friday June 22, 2012

Go In The Direction That Your Career Is Taking You

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How Do You Let Go Of Frustration And Go In The Direction That Life Is Taking You? Follow These 4 Steps.

1. Acknowledge That You Are Frustrated
Have you been feeling frustrated, but you keep telling yourself that you shouldn't feel that way? Once you acknowledge your frustration, it no longer has power over you. The truth is out. You might try to talk yourself out of being frustrated, but the truth is you are frustrated. You want things to be the way they were because you don't like things the way they are now. It's ok to feel that way; it's not ok to sweep your feelings under the rug. What you hide or deny, persists. Now that's it out, you can do something about it.

2. Accept Your Changing Circumstances
What thoughts consume you? What you don't have (or have lost) or all the great things you do have in your life? You are your thoughts, and your thoughts determine how your day goes, not outside circumstances. When you focus on the good, more good comes. When you focus on bad, bad comes your way. How do you want your day and your career to go? Be grateful for what's in your life now and accept the changes that you are facing. It will help you feel better, and when you feel better, you can do more for your career.

3. Actively Participate In The Change
Maybe where you are supposed to end up next is better than where you are today. Who knows? Just because you don't know where you are headed doesn't mean you are not headed in a better direction. If you perceive change as something that is difficult, you will resist it. Instead, embrace it, and find a way to make it work for you. Get into action. Take a class. Call someone you haven't spoken to in years. Make a plan. Do something that will move your career forward. Complaining and holding onto the past is holding you back and adding to your frustration. Focus on your future. This will bring your power and excitement back.

4. Remember That This Blip Is Only One Moment In Time
Your career spans 30, 40, 50 years or more, so this is small piece of a bigger picture. Your career is more than what is happening to you in the moment. It's made of a many jobs over a span of many years. Like other moments in your career that have upset you, they have passed, and so will this one. Your career will have its ups and downs. If this is your down period, the good news is it's all up from here.

So, what do you say? You only have one life to live, so it might as well be a life you love!

Deborah Brown-Volkman, PCC, is the President of Surpass Your Dreams, Inc. a successful career, life, and mentor coaching company that works with Senior Executives, Vice Presidents, and Managers who are looking for new career opportunities or seek to become more productive in their current role. She is the author of "Coach Yourself To A New Career", "Don't Blow It! The Right Words For The Right Job" and "How To Feel Great At Work Everyday." Deborah can be reached at or at (631) 874-2877.

Wednesday April 11, 2012

To Tell or Not to Tell

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We all know what you need to do to get ready for your next interview. You need to research the job and the hiring company, be prepared for those behavioral interview questions, job skills etc. Now, there's another thing you need to be prepared for and this question is coming up more and more. Interviewers are actually asking for your Facebook login information. Facebook.gif

For years, employers have used background checks and even credit checks as screening tools. But now, as social media has become such in integral part of our daily life, employers are aggressively searching the internet for information on prospective employees as a means of protecting themselves. Employers are not obligated for the most part to explain why a candidate gets rejected. Any red flags that come up in their searches could wind up being the reason the applicant gets passed over. It could be any number of things: age, lifestyle, politics, affiliations, to name just a few. Are you comfortable with what they'll find? Try doing a Google search on your name and see what comes up in the search results. Good? Bad? Ugly?

So what do you do if you have a Facebook profile and are asked for your password? The real question is whether or not you want to work for a company the demands to look through the window into your private life. It would be easy to say of course not, but what if you really need the job financially? If you are worried this could happen to you, take another look at what you have posted from an outside point of view and look for things that might trip up your chances of getting hired or be potentially embarrassing to friends or family. A possible alternative is if you have not already done so, create a LinkedIn account. This is the largest professional network and a great way to connect with other members in your field. You can suggest the interviewer take a look at this profile instead.

This is an on-going discussion and some states and organizations are trying to put legislation in place banning this practice including the ACLU.

- Jean Vosler

Jean is the Director of Marketing and Communication for www.net-temps.com, a leading online job board.

Thursday December 1, 2011

Credit Checks and the Job Search

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In addition to drug testing and often fingerprinting, companies both national and international have also required credit checks. But it's become more the norm than the exception, because with the extreme number of people applying, companies have implemented it as a means of indicating a candidate's character. Credit Check.jpg

 

Unfortunately for many have been out of work so long they've destroyed their credit, a credit check strikes fear in their hearts. What if the company rescinds the job offer? It becomes a catch-22. You can't repair your credit without a job, and you can't get a job without good credit.

The solution for some candidates is to confess immediately. This results in eliminating them from consideration, which perpetuates their fear. To make the credit check issue virtually non-existent and remove the fear from the entire equation, let's factor in some basic psychology.

As humans, we have the inclination to rationalize what we want. The more something is of value to us, the more we exclude from the picture anything that might impede our ability to obtain it. When you apply this to the hiring situation, it means that a job seeker, about to receive an offer, has value to the company. Consequently, the candidate's bad credit becomes relative unimportant to them.

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Wednesday September 28, 2011

Cover Letter Tip: Give and You Shall Receive

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© Written By Jimmy Sweeney

President of CareerJimmy and Author of the brand new, Amazing Cover Letter Creator Cover letter.jpg

Most job seekers know the value of a well-written cover letter. It's their calling card, their first impression, their opportunity to get a foot in the door of the company they hope to work for. BUT, not every job seeker knows how to write such a letter. Many toot their horn in the wrong direction. They focus on themselves, failing to connect with the hiring manager who is reading the cover letter.

Give Your Best . . .

Keep in mind three things.

  1. Your knowledge of the company. Find out the mission statement and mention it in the letter. This shows you have done your homework and know the focus of the organization.

  2. Your skills and experience. Tie these to the mission statement. In other words, how can what you do and the background you have help further the goals of the company?

  3. Your willingness to work for the good of the organization. Mention your ability to get along with colleagues, to be a team player, and to take the lead when called for.

    . . . to Get the Job

    A cover letter such as this will demand attention, prompt the hiring manager to call you for an in-person interview, and create a bond of good will between the two of you. Everyone wants to work with a person who has solid experience, sound principles, and a steady work pattern.

    You can convey this and more in a first-class job search cover letter.

    - Jimmy Sweeney

    Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new, Amazing Cover Letter Creator." Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets."

    Visit our friends at Amazing Cover Letters for your "instant" cover letter today. "In just 3½ minutes you will have an amazing cover letter guaranteed to cut through YOUR competition like a hot knife through butter!"

Wednesday July 13, 2011

Location. Location. Location

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My father always emphasized that "90% of success is just showing up." It reflects his dual beliefs about the genius of Woody Allen, and of importance of putting yourself "out there for something to happen".

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In the game of finding a job, being at the right place at the right time can be invaluable -- to both the job seeker and potential employer. Every opportunity lost by employers to engage a potential star worker when they're on your turf consuming and enjoying your brand is a tragedy, and unfortunately all too common. Every day good candidates pass through top brands store fronts and street scapes, and never know they're passing like ships in the night.

Location-based services for the enterprise may be slow in coming, but consumer-facing successes in the realm of retail marketing -- like the recent Foursquare and AmEx partnership -- point to a growing opportunity in audience engagement through mobile phones. Which is exactly why location is so important for enterprise employers, government agencies responsible for workforce development, and high volume staffing firms that serve as the lifeblood of our national labor market to "get" location-based services and the power of mobile.

For companies in sectors like retail, logistics, healthcare, hospitality, and manufacturing, where turnover and time matter most to their bottom line, Job Rooster can help recruit and retain top workers both on-premise and online, bringing a truly "anytime, anywhere" recruitment platform that runs 24/7/365 to connect employers to the worldwide workforce. Brands like these see the interconnection between customer loyalty, employee engagement, and financial performance -- and how being able to engage any customer (or candidate) anytime, anywhere on their mobile phone is a huge advantage for firms like American Express. For the most profitable, savvy brands, mobile is fast becoming a de rigeur part of their hiring toolkit.

As location-based services evolve for the corporate environment, expect to see savvy employers capitalize on the power of mobile to compete and win for the best talent. Indeed, as we've seen and learned over the past few months, recruitment marketing platforms like Job Rooster can help employers everywhere extend their recruitment brand proactively and respectfully to their customers in real-time to make sure you identify and capture the best talent no matter where it's standing (but particularly when that talent's right in your store and enjoying your brand!).

Thursday June 9, 2011

The South Florida Diversity Job Expo

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This Job Expo, Will Present These Contests & Features:

- A Speed Interviewing Segment
- Our Best Professionally Dressed Award, Which Will Be Awarded To (4) Jobseekers Who Are Selected/ Identified As The Best - rofessionally Dressed Candidates - Attending The Job Fair
- Our First Arrival Award, Which Will Be Awarded To The (4) Jobseekers Who Are First To Arrive At The Job Fair
- And Our Recruitment Panel Discussion, On Best Practices In Recruiting, Hiring and Employee Retention: What Jobseekers and Employees Should Know (From 9:00a.m. to 10:30a.m.) At The Signature Grand   
 
Make Your Career Connection With Florida's Top Employers/ Companies
COME AND MEET FACE TO FACE WITH MANY OF FLORIDA'S TOP EMPLOYERS!

Friday-  June 24, 2011  
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Signature Grand
6900 State Road 84
Davie, Florida 33317 

FREE ADMISSION

FREE PARKING

FREE RECRUITING SEMINARS

Excellent Career Opportunities with Top Employers! Simply attend this  event anytime throughout the day and bring plenty of RESUMES. This event is no cost. Entry level to Senior level positions available. Join us on Friday-  June 24, 2011 at The Signature Grand, located at 6900 State Road 84 Davie, Florida 33317.

Job Opportunities Compensation: $12.00 Per Hour To Over $100,000.00 Annually

WIN $500.00 In CONTEST RAFFLE DRAWING, AT THE SOUTH FLORIDA DIVERSITY JOB EXPO

ON FRIDAY-  JUNE 24, 2011 AT THE SIGNATURE GRAND,

6900 STATE ROAD 84 DAVIE, FLORIDA 33317

Here Are A Few of The Companies/ Employers That Will Be Attending:

AFLAC 
AXA Advisors
CBS 4 & My 33 Television Stations
Concorde Career Institute 
Delaware North Companies
DiversityJobsUSA & Diversity Job Expos (USA)
The Miami Dolphins/ Sun Life Stadium
DeVry University
Mass Mutual Financial Group
FastTrain
New York Life
The Miami Herald
United States Army
Sullivan & Cogliano Centers 
Walden University 
Waste Management
WorkForce One

And Many, Many More!!!

 For More Information On This Recruiting Event: 

LOG ON TO:  
http://www.diversityjobsusa.com/show_expo.php?id=493

OR CALL: (954) 537-3045


Wednesday June 1, 2011

How Social Media Is Muddying the Waters for Jobseekers

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Caution People! How Social Media Is Muddying the Waters for Perfectly Good Jobseekers ... and How Companies are Letting it Happen

Invited to an interview, you step into the room and unload that heavy photo album you've been clinging to onto the conference table. In addition to a resume and brag book, you have pictures on your iPhone of your dogs and the neighbor's cat stalking the birds enjoying your new bird feeder. The interview progresses by you opening and flipping through the pages of your album, pointing to your family and friends. You gladly draw the interviewer's attention to those older pictures taken during your college days ... and to the many of your drunk, sleeping positions your friends encapsulated forever through one click of a camera.

Eeerrrk!!!

What? Personal items presented during an interview?

Why not? Isn't that basically what hiring companies are doing rummaging through your public social media accounts, learning more about you and your online activities?

The next few years are certainly gray, unchartered waters for jobseekers. The issue of whether a person's personal life and involvement online should have any place in the hiring realm is definitely a topic that will be battled over for years -- maybe even decades. Some might unexpectedly find themselves entangled in lawsuits, as privacy experts grow increasingly concerned that disqualifying a candidate based on information gained online can introduce certain forms of discrimination into the hiring process.

Jobseekers have every right to be concerned about protecting their online identities from prying eyes, but where should the line be drawn? Employers shouldn't be given uninhibited access to a jobseeker's private life, should they?

Interestingly, a recent study released at Microsoft's 4th Annual Data Privacy Day identified that 70% of those surveyed in the US indicated they had disqualified a candidate based on online information. What was the incriminating online information that caused the disqualification? Of course this was not made public ... and behind the curtain of hiring, only HR managers and recruiters seem privy to such information.

The deeper issue is whether employers should be allowed to open that flood gate by bringing social media activities into the hiring world in the first place. I'm reminded of a line from the movie Jurassic Park. When referring to scientists, Jeff Goldblum's character says, "Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should." Maybe employers poking through a jobseeker's online activities are so preoccupied with the fact that they could that they never stopped to think whether they should.

Ahh, but hiring companies won't find my online activities. Think again. Technology giants have only just begun leveraging the social media phenomena; and not surprisingly, for financial gain.

Microsoft announced the integration of Social Connector software, which will be released mid-2010. The add-on software is designed to let someone like me readily see the online communications from those who send me email. Microsoft's Group Product Manager, Dev Balasubramanian, was quoted as saying: "As you communicate you can see their social activities; you can see all the folks in your social network and it updates as you are reading your e-mail." Certainly it appears to offer great benefits to the masses, but for jobseekers, it just might leave an unpleasant sour aftertaste.

No doubt, employers will soon be given a larger spy glass -- and unfortunate for jobseekers, Microsoft isn't the only company abuzz with developing new applications that will take public social media data and translate it into something that can be researched and used, for good and evil.

Regardless, employers need to take a long look at their current hiring practices to determine whether a drunken party photo showing Joe Jobseeker has anything to do with the value Joe brings to the table professionally, and how well he performs while on the job.

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Teena Rose is a professional speaker, career coach, book author, former columnist, and top-endorsed resume writer and job strategist. She leverages job-search collateral (i.e. resume, cover letter, executive bios), applying new social networking, personal branding, online portfolios, and new technologies/tools to further benefit the careers of her clientele. She's your first choice during a job or career change. Contact Teena Rose at (937) 325-2149 or at her website; www.resumebycprw.com.

Wednesday March 23, 2011

Listening Power -The Jobseeker's Secret Weapon

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk once said, "One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears - by listening to them." If you want to increase your chances of getting the best job, be a better listener According to knowledgeable experts we communicate during 80% of our waking hours. How do we communicate? Communication authority and former Executive Director of the International Listening Association, Dr. Lyman K. Steil has found that 9% of our communicating time involves writing, 16% is used to read, 30% is used speaking to others, and the largest segment, 45%, involves listening. All of us were taught reading, writing, and speaking skills, but how many people are ever given formal training in listening, the communicating skill you use most frequently? According to numerous university studies, the average person's immediate recall of a spoken message is only 50%, and that falls off to only 25% within forty-eight hours.

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Most managers and executives love to talk about their companies and themselves. When you listen, you acquire knowledge, and knowledge gives you power. It allows you to channel your marketing efforts to emphasize how your acquired skills will help a company to solve their problems and contribute to growth and profits. It helps the employer see you as a better "fit" for their specific organizational culture. As the famous Greek philosopher Zeno of Citium said, "The reason why we have two ears and only one mouth is that we may listen the more and talk the less." Following are 15 key rules that will allow you to hone your listening skills.

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Thursday March 3, 2011

Killer Secret Gets Your Cover Letter Noticed!

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Have I got a secret for you! Not just any secret, but a 'killer' secret--the kind that turns heads and grabs attention instantly. The kind of secret that hiring managers can't resist--even when they think they've seen it all.

And the secret is... a smashing title or headline that grabs and holds the reader's attention--that compels him or her to keep on reading your cover letter to the last line. This amazing technique is the needle in the haystack that every job hunter is looking for but can't find. Everyone hopes to locate the one 'trick' that will put his or her cover letter above all the others. Well, now you know it and you didn't have to tear apart a haystack to find it.

Cover letter.jpg How can this killer secret distinguish your cover letter from others?

Here's how. Place a powerful headline at the top of your cover letter. Just above the greeting in your cover letter (Dear Mrs. Smith), place your 'killer' headline in boldface print and center it on the page. (Two lines maximum.)

Here are THREE examples of first-rate cover letter headlines--the secret to landing more quality job interviews:

Three reasons I feel confident I'm the candidate you're searching for regarding the [insert job opening title here].

I have visited the [company name] website and believe I am a great match for the position of [insert job opening title here].

I would love the opportunity to be interviewed in person for the position of [insert job opening title here].

By creating a stellar headline you are attracting attention to your cover letter and bringing it the attention it deserves. Starting your cover letter off with an attention-grabbing headline is a highly effective way for you to stand out from the crowd in a positive light.

Use this strategy for yourself. It can result in many more job interview requests. So do your part today. Create that strong headline at the beginning of your next job-search cover letter. But keep this 'secret' to yourself. Why help your competition? Then get ready to fill your calendar with interviews for the job you've been searching for.

- Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new, Amazing Cover Letter Creator." Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets."

Visit our friends at Amazing Cover Letters for your "instant" cover letter today. "In just 3½ minutes you will have an amazing cover letter guaranteed to cut through YOUR competition like a hot knife through butter!"