Online Job Nightmares

I’ve spoken to a lot of frustrated job seekers who apply to jobs online and never get interviews. I’ve always let them know that online postings are never a sure thing. Sometimes the jobs are already filled internally before they are posted. Sometimes the corporate recruiter is too busy to look at all the resumes. Sometimes the filters set up to screen the resumes are too narrow and many qualified candidates are excluded from the search. There are probably more reasons too. I just came across an article on Forbes.com that gives an example of what happened to one job seeker. It shows the importance of following up after submitting to online postings. Here’s a link to the article – http://onforb.es/1zK8POV   In this age of social media and online transactions, there is still no substitute for personally connecting with someone!  

By |November 25th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Online Job Nightmares

Is there a price tag on job satisfaction?

According to a survey published by Career Builder in July of this year there is a price tag on job satisfaction. They surveyed people nationwide to find out at what point they would consider their salary to be enough for them to be happy with their job. The tipping point for the country as a whole is $75,000. In most parts of the country this represents the figure that affords people a decent lifestyle and the ability to save for a secure future. It’s worth noting that according to the Social Security Administration The national average wage index for 2013 was $44,888.16 – which means there are a lot of people earning less than the salary that would make them satisfied with their pay. In expensive areas, the number may also be significantly higher than $75,000. I was fascinated by this survey, it seems that even if money can’t buy you love, it can buy you job satisfaction! How much would make you happy with your job?

By |November 19th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Is there a price tag on job satisfaction?

National Career Development Month

November is National Career Development Month! The National Career Development Association (NCDA) of which I am a member tirelessly promotes the benefits of Career Development for everyone! An interesting fact is that all Career Development practitioners see a career as a person’s whole life, not just their “jobs”. One of the things that my clients find surprising is that they need to look at their life as a whole and continuing career. Many times our career roles overlap. The roles we play as Parents, Workers, Volunteers in our Communities, Children to our own Parents, Students, Homemakers, Spouses and Hobby Enthusiasts can coexist happily. We place different importance on these different roles at various times in our lives, but they are all part of our career in its entirety. I find that thinking of our lives this way can give us a healthy perspective. For more information about this theory of career development check out the work of Donald S. Super and his “Career Rainbow” theory in particular. Here’s a graphic that illustrates his theory: Does this help put your career in perspective?

By |November 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on National Career Development Month

How to avoid interview nerves

Do you get nervous at interviews? You are not alone. Most people do. However, some people don’t. Those that don’t probably have a personality that thrives in pressurized and social situations. However, they also have a different attitude toward interviews than those that get nervous. Here are some tips that help you manage your fears:   1)   You have nothing to lose – literally. Before you go into the interview you do not have the job. The interview gives you a chance to get the job, but if you don’t get it you have not lost the job. You are no worse off than before the interview and you are better off in the fact that you have learned from the experience. 2)   An interview is a social interaction. Answer the questions but remember that you are interacting with another human being. In normal conversation we ask questions too, so make sure you keep things conversational by asking the interviewer about their experiences at the company etc. 3)   If you are unsure of the location of the interview, give yourself plenty of time in case you get lost or delayed. You might even want to do a dry run of the journey the day before to make sure you know the way. 4)   Be prepared. Make copies of your resume and other materials you bring with you to the interview. 5)   Research the job and the company beforehand. But remember the interviewer will not expect you to be encyclopedic about the company – bring notes with you if you want to consult them during the interview. 6)   Remember that you can only do your best, you cannot control all the elements that will go into […]

By |November 11th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to avoid interview nerves

Alternative Careers for PT’s and OT’s

I’m hearing from a lot of Senior PT’s and OT’s who are concerned about productivity trumping patient care in every setting. In Long-term care facilities, I hear that pressure is being put on therapists to produce high RUG scores for patients and provide therapies that are not realistic or beneficial to the patient. In Outpatient, I’m hearing about unworkable patient quotas. From all settings I’m hearing concerns that recent graduates are being introduced to their profession in ways that do not uphold the ethical standards of the past and, knowing no better, they are complying.   At the bottom of these concerns are the financial realities that drive organizations to seek to maintain ever-increasing profits even as Medicare and Private insurers alike make it more difficult to get reimbursed for treatments.   Currently I’m working with several senior clinicians to figure out alternative career routes that use their skills and education but do not compromise their ethical standpoints and patient care standards.   There is no “cookie cutter” solution, every person is different in what they bring to the table in terms of skills, past experience and personality. For most, a drop in salary is not something they want to consider so I’m advising many to make long term plans that might involve working 2 jobs for a while. For example – putting 10 hours per week into developing a consulting business or working some per diem hours in a different setting, or taking classes to get qualified in a needed specialty such as Hand Therapy, or finding a niche area for patients willing to pay directly for specific therapies that insurance does not cover.   One thing is sure – the aging baby boomers […]

By |November 5th, 2014|Career Planning, Career Selections News, Job Search Advice, PT and OT News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Alternative Careers for PT’s and OT’s

Crazy things people do at interviews

Being in the business of finding people jobs for 30 years has been very rewarding, but every now and again somebody does something bizarre that surprises even me!  Here are a few examples of things that people have done in interviews that really had me scratching my head: Taking out a Danish pastry and eating it while being interviewed. Stopping to have a beer on the way to the interview (beer-breath is not a promising sign). Bringing their Mom to the interview (Mom followed the candidate into the interview room and answered all the questions for him). Carrying a kindergarten appropriate lunch box into the interview and leaving it there by mistake. Wearing an evening gown because the recruiter advised them to “dress formally” for the interview. Do you have any surprising stories to share about interviews?

By |October 30th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Crazy things people do at interviews

In a job search? Start with yourself!

A job search should always start with yourself. It doesn’t matter if you are entry, mid or end career level. Understanding your strengths and weaknesses, work styles and transferable skill set can help you to decide on the next step and market yourself in an honest and successful way. In the world of career counseling there are a variety of tools for self-assessment. One of the most respected assessments is the Self-Directed Search which was Career Counseling guru John Holland’s Magnum Opus. The Self-Directed Search organizes work styles into 6 major areas represented by the letters RIASEC (Realistic;Investigative;Artistic;Social;Enterprising;Conventional) but everyone gets a 2 or 3 letter “Holland Code” consisting of the 2 or 3 most dominant styles. There are over 700 potential combinations. The Self-Directed Search is the assessment I most often recommend to my career counseling clients. Not only is it the most thorough self-assessment, the codes are also used in the US Department of Labor’s database of jobs – www.onetonline.org. This makes it really easy to match a work style to a job type. Let me stress, however, that these codes are just the starting point. Career counseling is not a science it is a process. These codes are used to get the discussion started. It’s a way to get a client to look at themselves more objectively. One of the most difficult things to do in a job search is finding a way to describe yourself in your resume and cover letters. How do you describe yourself? Once you have your Holland Code, you have the start of your self-narrative. You can apply what the codes tell you about yourself to your job descriptions – which should tell a story of your […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on In a job search? Start with yourself!

Persistence is the key to getting an interview, but being a pest is not!

I’m the first person to advocate follow-up when on a job hunt. But, I also acknowledge that too much follow-up can be a turn off. So here are some guidelines to help:  Don’t follow up the day after you sent your resume. Leave it until at least 5 business days have past. Employers often don’t have time to read resumes right away so give them a chance. Don’t worry if you don’t have a name to follow up with, try to get through to the right department – phone or email. Leave a message clearly stating your name, contact number and interest in the job for which you applied. Don’t send your resume multiple times if you don’t get a response the first time. It makes you look desperate. If you get through to the person that is prescreening the resumes, do thank them for their time, don’t oversell yourself and don’t push them for an “on-the-spot” decision. The chances are they only have a vague recollection of your resume (assuming they received many) so it is enough to reiterate your interest in the job and find out if you can check back with them again. At the very least this will send them back to take a second look at your resume knowing that you will be calling again. Accept rejection with good grace and ask if there are any other jobs coming up for which you might be better suited. It’s ok to let the recruiter know you are disappointed, but remember it is also tough for the recruiter to tell people “no”. Send a thank-you note (mail or email) even if you have been rejected. You never know, there may be another […]

By |October 23rd, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Persistence is the key to getting an interview, but being a pest is not!

It’s never too early to start planning your Career!

I recently gave a Career Planning presentation at a Middle School to a bunch of 7th graders.  I was blown away with the thirst they had to know about how to plan for their futures.  Schools tend to be focussed purely on getting them into college and do not encourage them to plan further than that.  My experience showed me that not only are they capable of making longer term plans, they really should be making longer term plans in order to make better choices about college.  In this day and age when college education is exorbitant, it is more vital than ever that students choose to study things that will really help them in their career later.  That doesn’t mean only vocational schools, many jobs don’t need specific vocational training, but a student should start to think about playing to their strengths in college in order to maximize the experience. What do you think?  Should Middle and High School student go through some formal career planning sessions?

By |October 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on It’s never too early to start planning your Career!

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By |October 16th, 2014|Career Planning, Networking, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Like our Facebook Page for a chance to get free Career Planning