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Top 5 first jobs and what you can learn at them

June 28th, 2017 Posted by Job Seeker Blog 0 thoughts on “Top 5 first jobs and what you can learn at them”

Setting up for your job five years from now starts today. This list of top five first jobs can help you to gain valuable experience and make important contacts in your chosen career path.

1. WAITER

Waiting for tables is one of the best ways to learn more about people and may be the perfect first job for you. You’ll be privy to private conversations, and see firsthand the relationships and interactions between family members and friends. If you have a goal of becoming a writer or actor, there’s no better place to learn how to portray human existence. So if you have a pleasant disposition and understand food service, don’t discount waiting tables as a good first job.

2. TUTOR OR COACH

If management is your chosen career, tutoring would be an ideal first step. Teaching someone how to read, do maths, play a sport or learn to swim is rewarding and will also look great on your resume. It requires you to pass on knowledge and empower people, which are skills that will set you up well to manage in the workplace.

3. RECEPTIONIST

The entry-level receptionist job is often considered to be the most powerful position in a company. Everyone who comes in or calls has to get past you, and you’re the first person anyone sees when they come to work in the morning. It is a high profile job, where you can get noticed by very important people, who may tag you for bigger and better opportunities in the future. It can also be a great spot for you to work out where you want to go next.

4. FILE CLERK

As a file clerk, you’ll be tasked with the job of managing all the files for the company. BUT, you would have eyes on everything that’s going on in the company. You could use this information to learn vast amounts of knowledge that can help you foresee trends and gain insights that others overlook. You’d also be treading in the footsteps of no less than Albert Einstein too.

5. OFFICE JUNIOR

An Office Junior is one of the easiest ways to make a big impression on a lot of powerful people. As an Office Junior, you have personal contact with high-end personnel that most people in the company don’t have access to. If you do a great job, you just might be handpicked for the next job with big opportunities.

 

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Didn’t get the job – what should you do next?

June 14th, 2017 Posted by Job Seeker Blog 0 thoughts on “Didn’t get the job – what should you do next?”

Did you find out you weren’t selected for the job you interviewed for? Don’t despair. Here are some clever next steps that might get your foot in the door after all.

1. Send a thank you note anyway.

Interviewers will be shocked to see a thank you note from someone who they didn’t hire. They will also be impressed. Most people who don’t get the job move on quickly. You, however, took the time to send them a handwritten thank you note. This gesture will make you stand heads above anyone else that was interviewed.

2. Indicate your continued interest.

In your thank you note, indicate your continued interest in working for the company in any relevant position that may come up in the future. This will communicate to the interviewer that you weren’t kidding when you said you wanted to work at that company. They will remember you if any other openings occur that you might be suited for. They may even contact you before the position is advertised.

3. Call them a month later.

Give the interviewer a phone call a month later. Ask how their new hire is doing, and inquire as to any new openings at the company. The interviewer will be really impressed by your proactive attitude, and your reluctance to take no for an answer. Your name will come up first if they do have any job openings.

4. Consider a lower position.

If you can’t get hired for the job you want, you may still be able to get your foot in the door by applying for a lower position. Consider applying for an assistant’s job, where you will be in contact with important decision-makers in the company. You can impress your bosses and work your way up through the system over time.

Don’t just walk away from a company if you don’t get hired. Persistence pays off when it comes to job hunting. Use these tips to  even when initially they said no. Still looking for the right job, check out the Found Careers for Job Seekers app today.


Top five things you can do to land your next job now!

May 31st, 2017 Posted by Job Seeker Blog 0 thoughts on “Top five things you can do to land your next job now!”

Whether you’re just ready to change jobs now or you’ve been out of work for a while the entire process of job hunting can seem overwhelming. There are a few simple steps that you should follow to help make the job search easier and more productive.

1. Know What You Want

Before starting any serious job search you need to decide what type of work you’re looking for. Are you interested in full-time, part-time, or even a work from home job? According to Career Trends some of the hottest jobs currently available include production supervisors, transportation inspectors, and landscape architects.

 

2. Don’t Settle for the Obvious

Make sure you don’t just look for jobs you’ve done before. You want a job you actually look forward to going into each day and one that could potentially turn into a long-term career. In some ways looking for a job is like wading into the dating pool. Too many people settle for something that’s safe and boring.

 

3. Blend Your Passions With a Career

Make a list of things you enjoy doing. Blending work with passion is one of the best ways to make sure you’re excited about getting up and going to work each morning. If you love food look for a position in the hospitality industry. If you enjoy building things and working with your hands seek out a career in the construction field.

 

4. Get Experience That Matters

It’s important to find a job that will ultimately look good on a resume. Getting a job in the hospitality industry, such as working as a desk clerk or in housekeeping, is a great way to gain experience that will help build your career. Not only do these jobs provide valuable experience but they may open the door to potentially higher, even better paying positions at a hotel. Australian Hospitality News reports that regional restaurant managers can make $95,800 annually. That means taking that waiter or waitress position may pay off in the long run.

 

5. Find Friends Who Push and Inspire You

Surrounding yourself with people who are energetic and have lofty goals of their own will help you strive for more. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or some other type of social media, most people are connected to friends online.  Entrepreneur states that 65 percent of all companies use social media when deciding who to hire. This means it’s important to not only have great friends who support you in a positive way offline, but who support you and send positive messages online as well.


Five Signs You Need To Change Jobs

May 17th, 2017 Posted by Job Seeker Blog 0 thoughts on “Five Signs You Need To Change Jobs”

Sometimes a career change is necessary, either for your mental health, your career growth or for personal reasons. If you notice any of the following five signs, you might need to quit a job now.

1. SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE BEEN PROMISED HASN’T BEEN DELIVERED
Many employers make promises during the hiring process that—shall we say—exaggerate the truth. You may have received promises about anything from a pay review, extra holidays or a work from home arrangement. These can all be enticements to get you to take the job. If you’ve been at your job long enough to finally realise you’ll never get these promises fulfilled, it’s time to move on.

2. THE CULTURE IS NOT FOR YOU
Company culture pervades every work environment. The culture may not be something that is written in the employee manual, but it can be a palpable thing that can make work awkward or difficult for you personally. Maybe your colleagues all play fantasy football at lunch, or your boss thinks insults are a good motivational tool. Whatever the cultures is, if it’s making you uncomfortable, it’s time to look elsewhere for job satisfaction.
3. YOU CAN’T SEE YOURSELF IN YOUR MANAGERS ROLE
Is your career path something you’re looking forward to—or is it something you’re dreading? If you’re looking at your future at your current company and you don’t like what you see, there’s no reason you can’t hop on a different career path starting right now.
4. YOU’RE APATHETIC AT WORK
No one should have to be bored at work. If you find yourself watching the clock, thinking about other things while your boss is droning on about sales projections, or not caring anymore whether you do a good job or not, it’s time to change jobs. You most certainly have something valuable to offer the business world, and you deserve an opportunity to be inspired at work. Otherwise, you’re selling yourself short and not being fair to your current employer.
5. THERE’S NO ROOM TO GROW … NO NEW RESPONSIBILITY ON THE HORIZON
Being stuck in a dead end job with no room to grow doesn’t help your career, and it doesn’t offer you a chance to develop your professional skills. If your company has a policy of not promoting from within, or you’ve reached the top rung of the ladder, you may need to find another ladder to climb at a different company.

Your career is too important to stay in a place that isn’t serving your professional goals. Don’t be afraid to cut ties with a company if you see any of the above five signs.

3 Things To Stand Out From The Crowd

May 3rd, 2017 Posted by Job Seeker Blog 0 thoughts on “3 Things To Stand Out From The Crowd”

With most job listings, there are often multiple candidates. When you get called in for an interview, you may be just one of a dozen candidates that the company is considering. In order to make sure that you stand out from the crowd, try doing these three things:

1. Explain Your Value

Interviewers aren’t interested in talking about all the benefits they can offer you. They may go over them so you’re informed about the position, but what they really need to know is what value you can offer the company.

Be prepared in your interview to explain in detail what specific skills and experience you can bring to the job. Your value might have to do with connections in the industry or your know-how of the other businesses you’ll be dealing with in that position. Whatever it is, be ready to offer up a reason–or several–to hire you over any other candidate.

2. Be Prepared to Give Specifics

It’s all well and good to generalise and say how you know this and that and are able to do everything the job entails. What you really need to offer in order to make you stand out from the crowd, are specifics. You need to have readily available stories and statistics that you can pull from in order to specifically detail how you were an asset to your former employer. Give details about what percentage of sales you were personally responsible for. Offer up information about how you took an extra step to help a customer.

3. See the Job From Their Standpoint

The interviewer is looking for someone who gets the job. They need someone who will check all the boxes, be responsible, and really take matters into their own hands when it comes to getting things done. If you can prove that you understand the most important part of the job, the job is yours. For example, retail is all about customer service. Hospitality jobs require helping loyal customers to keep enjoying the experience. Sales jobs require the value of a product to be clearly explained. Show you understand the role, and you’ll be the top choice.

Nervous about your interview? Follow these four tips to ace it!

February 14th, 2017 Posted by Job Seeker Blog 0 thoughts on “Nervous about your interview? Follow these four tips to ace it!”

New job seekers will know ‘first interview’ jitters all too well, we understand it can be difficult to figure out the right way to carry oneself in a job interview and how to best meet the expectations of your interviewer.

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