Laws of the Job Jungle – Part 1

Don’t wait until you are starving to try eating the bugs 2008 was a watershed year in the job market. After the fall out of the financial crisis the balance of power shifted firmly toward the employer. Employees are no longer a precious commodity to be wooed, won and cherished. Employees are often seen as replaceable, disposable and a drain on company resources. Surprisingly, this seems to be holding true for employees that have difficult to find skills. In short – it’s a jungle out there! We don’t have to kill to survive, but we had better be adaptable and resourceful.  So, you are out of a job and thrust into the jungle. You are on the hunt for a nice juicy job. Hopefully, one that is as meaty and tasty as the one you used to have. You take a look around and see some tasty morsels on various job boards. “Oh”, you say to yourself, “This is not going to be difficult, there are plenty of tasty, satisfying opportunities for me”. You go after a few of them.   Sharpening your resume and cover letters into tools that you think will slice through any obstacle and be deadly enough to slay the competition. Your pack is full of provisions, more than enough to see you through to the next big conquest. One after another, you shoot your weapons out after tasty looking jobs. One after another, the jobs disperse like mirages. Were they real? They looked real. Where did they go? Never mind there are plenty of provisions in your pack. You keep going, convinced that one of these jobs is bound to be real. 6 months later, you have not yet landed a […]

By |January 12th, 2016|Career Planning, Job Search Advice, Recruitment|Comments Off on Laws of the Job Jungle – Part 1

No Pain – No Gain (groan)

OK, it’s a cliché that has been so overused in fitness and physical therapy. However, it tends to be true. I’m going to apply it to career transitions – which might make you look at things differently.   Change is painful. Anytime you want to get out of our comfort zone and try something new, you can be sure that it won’t be easy. That doesn’t mean to say it won’t be worthwhile, although sometimes it takes a long while for the results to be seen.   Everyone’s natural tendency is to resist change and avoid risk, but sometimes the biggest risk you can take is to stay where you are.   As a nation, we are moving into new waters in terms of the global economy. Our own robust US economy is not what it was. Corporations have lost the will to be socially responsible, and productivity and competition is fierce in the market place of every single industry.   This all adds up to a more uncertain career path for all of us. So what can you do to ensure our financial stability in the future? My advice is to not only have a plan B, but to start that plan B before you need to.   Do you have a potential second income source that could tide you over if you, or your spouse/significant other lost their main jobs? Most people do not.   A Plan B is not always related to our main career path, but it can be. However, it is not easy or comfortable for us to start a Plan B when we don’t need to. We have to be prepared to put time, energy and maybe some money […]

By |November 5th, 2014|Career Planning, Career Selections News, Job Search Advice, Recruitment|Comments Off on No Pain – No Gain (groan)

Exploring your networks

A big mistake that a lot of job seekers make is to assume that their business and personal networks are separate.  When networking for career opportunities, they look at their former colleagues, bosses and fellow professionals.  However, since you never know where a job lead will come from, it is equally important to network among your social circles. If you need any proof of this, just ask around and find out how people got hired into their jobs – you will find out that a large number found their jobs through a referral from a  friend, family member or acquaintance from their social circles. Here are some examples of your potential networking areas: Family Friends House of Worship Your kid’s school’s PTA People at the Gym Old college buddies Your hairdresser Clubs you belong to Parents of your kid’s friends Neighbors Local library patrons In fact the more socially active you are the wider your network will be.  If you volunteer a lot in your community, your network will be abundant!  If you have kids you might not have time for a lot of outside activities for yourself, but just think how many activities you take your kids to!  Network with the parents watching the soccer game!  In fact, your networking will be best if you are someone who “goes the extra mile” in all of your social interactions.  Be the parent who organizes the end of season party for the team!  Be the person who visits homebound members of your House of Worship.  Be the person who helps Seniors navigate the computer systems at the local library.  Be the person who organizes Alumni get togethers in your area. Need more suggestions?  Contact Career Selections […]

By |October 30th, 2014|Career Planning, Job Search Advice, Recruitment|Comments Off on Exploring your networks

Resume Writing for Dummies

Don’t worry, I’m not insulting the resume writer! All too often, we write our resumes in a way designed to dazzle the reader with our in depth knowledge of our job and industry. However we forget that, more often than not, the first screener of our resume is not the hiring manager but a recruiter who is a “dummy” when it comes to the technical intricacies of our particular job. As a “dummy” I have read many resumes that have left me totally baffled as to what the candidate actually did in his or her prior jobs. I don’t understand the jargon, abbreviations, industry buzzwords or phrases. I’ve spoken to corporate in-house recruiters who have confessed to me that they haven’t got a clue about the technicalities of the job for which they are seeking candidates. They are more interested in seeing how the person works, and will leave the technical screening for the second interview with the hiring manager. Recruiters usually conduct “behavioral” interviews which is Human Resource-speak for interviews that find what kind of person the candidate is – how they work and how they respond to different working environments and management styles. Studies have shown that past behavior is a pretty good predictor of future job performance. Does your resume let the recruiter know how you successfully overcame the challenges of your past jobs? So, write your resume as if it is going to be read by a “dummy”. Have a friend or family member that knows nothing about your industry read the resume. Did they get an idea of what you did at your prior jobs, or did it sound like gobbledygook to them? Take a leaf from best selling non-fiction […]

By |October 23rd, 2014|Career Planning, Job Search Advice, Recruitment, Resume Tips|Comments Off on Resume Writing for Dummies

What Career Lessons can we learn from Big Business?

Do you remember Virgin Records? This was Richard Branson’s first business and it grew organically into the Virgin Mega Store brand. Had it been Richard Branson’s only business the Virgin name would now be extinct. Tower Records, which was one of Virgin’s big early competitors filed for bankruptcy in 2006 and is now no more. Tower Records did not diversify.   In this modern age where change happens at a breakneck pace, only those who can diversify will survive the relentless pace of progress. In the past it was possible to start in a job and work in it one’s entire working life – retiring with a gold watch and ample pension. There are many unemployed people today who had expected to do just that. They worked in one job after college or high school. Worked hard, got promoted and stayed loyal to their employer for 25 or 30 years. Then BAM! Suddenly they are out of work. Their employer changed its business model or went out of business of they are victims of “reorganization” which is often a euphemism for culling older, higher paid workers in favor of younger recruits with fresher skills and ideas.   Like Tower Records, they didn’t diversify and now nobody is buying what they have to offer.   It doesn’t matter how we do it, but it is more important than ever for us to have a second career option that we can easily switch to if necessary. Even if it’s just a skill we use for our own personal enjoyment, it could save our bacon when our hitherto main source of income dries up.   So even if we have a job, in which we are relatively secure […]

By |October 20th, 2014|Career Planning, Job Search Advice, Recruitment|Comments Off on What Career Lessons can we learn from Big Business?

Don’t be afraid to sell!

In a highly competitive job market we have to address what is deemed by some to be a dirty word – “sales”. The images we conjure up when we think of sales are often negative: The pushy sales associate, the annoying telemarketer, the blow-hard Salesman. However, if we are to be successful at job interviews and in furthering our careers we really need to use some sales techniques to promote ourselves. So, how are we going to re-package “sales” and incorporate it into our modus operandi? Firstly, let me point out that the negative stereotypes are all examples of bad sales techniques. We don’t buy from people who are pushy, bullying or annoying. Well, at least we might be bullied into buying once, but they won’t ever get our repeat business. The problem is that when someone is highly skilled at sales we don’t even recognize what they are doing as selling! Therefore the only sales techniques we recognize are the bad ones. The first thing that makes a good sales person effective is that they listen. Understanding the needs of your customer is the first rule of being successful at selling. When applying for jobs, we often only look at the position in terms of what it will give us. Our first question should be – “what does the employer need?” The second question is then obvious: “How do my qualifications, experience and working style fit their need?” These questions should inform how we approach writing our resume, crafting our cover letter and conducting our interview. Instead of dazzling our potential employer with all of our accomplishments and great qualities we should focus on what they specifically need from us. We can use their […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Career Planning, Job Search Advice, Recruitment, Resume Tips|Comments Off on Don’t be afraid to sell!

Fall back to work

When we are young our calendar is the School calendar. We spend the Summer having fun and don’t think about work until September. That makes sense because school is out for the Summer. However, we’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon among working adults, that seems to indicate that our early experiences set us up for a similar seasonal cycle later in life. We work less hard, are less likely to seek to change jobs or build our businesses during the Summer. A recruiter always sees a spike in hiring in September after a Summer slump! Is this true for you too? Do you see a pattern in your own behavior?

By |July 24th, 2014|Career Planning, Recruitment, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fall back to work

Outpatient PT and OT positions

Our clients in outpatient practice are starting to gear up for September. We have a number of full-time and part-time Physical and Occupational Therapy jobs in Bergen, Union and Middlesex Counties. Are you ready to start planning for a change? Contact us to get help finding the right fit in time for the Fall.

By |July 24th, 2014|Career Planning, Job Postings, PT and OT News, Recruitment|Comments Off on Outpatient PT and OT positions

Hand Therapist – OT or PT

Hand Therapists are special! That’s what this Westfield based OT and PT outpatient practice thinks. So much so that they are investing in expanding their Hand Therapy team and are willing to offer top salaries, excellent benefits and working conditions to anyone with a Hand Therapy certification who is interested in joining their team. For more information please contact Anne – 201-940-7376

By |July 23rd, 2014|Job Postings, PT and OT News, Recruitment|Comments Off on Hand Therapist – OT or PT

Summer 2014 Newsletter and Competition

Click “read more” below then click on the link to download a PDF of our first Newsletter.  Be sure to check out the competition – win $250 of Career Counseling and CEU classes.   Newsletter Summer 2014 issue 1  

By |July 10th, 2014|Career Planning, Career Selections News, Job Postings, Job Search Advice, PT and OT News, Recruitment|Comments Off on Summer 2014 Newsletter and Competition