10 Great Last Minute Gifts for the Job Seeker’s Soul

Posted: December 21st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

This holiday season buy a gift that will inspire, ignite and excite a job seeker’s soul.  Think about the last time you opened a present and were truly excited to receive it. The best part about gift giving is knowing the person and what to give them.
Looking for a new job, particularly in one of the worst economic climates since the Great Depression, brings about frustration, a lack of energy and exhaustion. Those who are employed might not understand how difficult and tiring it actually is to job search, albeit full-time or part-time.

Here are 10 great last-minute gift ideas for the today’s job seekers:

  1. 30 or 60-minute massage (aha, relaxation)
  2. Fandango movie gift certificates (2 hours of mind-numbing release)
  3. 30 day subscription to TheLadders.com premium service
  4. New briefcase
  5. Nordstrom gift card to buy a new interviewing outfit
  6. Gift certificate for a new market-focused resume
  7. The hottest new job search bookCareer Sudoku: 9 Ways to Win the Job Search Game”
  8. Fresh manicure (to use the day before an interview)
  9. Restaurant.com gift card (everyone deserves a night out)
  10. Babysitting services (for interview day or just to get away)

The best part about many of these is that you can log online, order the gift card and viola – shopping and the gift – are done in less than 10 minutes! Now that’s a holiday gift that makes both of you happy.

Feed Your Soul and Your Job Search

Posted: December 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

When was the last time you were frustrated with your job search? If you’re like any many of the job seekers I have the pleasure of speaking with every day it was probably within the past week.  Looking for a new job is frustrating and tiring. Yes, for those of you who aren’t looking for a job full-time, it’s a tiring pursuit.
Job Search Drain
How can job searching be so damn draining on your body? What drains your body is your mind and your mental state. When you had a job you were used to a routine that likely included waking up, getting dressed and heading to work for a day of productivity before coming back home for the night. Being out of work also means being out of a daily routine and that weighs on your mind, body and your soul. According to FamilyDoctor.org, losing your job can cause everything from a change in appetite to high blood pressure, extreme tiredness or insomnia and heart palpitations. 
Fuel Your Job Search
Fuel Your Job Search. Feed Your Soul
If you want to fuel your job search you need to fuel your soul. This time of the year is better than any to find ways to feed your soul.  If you love children, support Operation Smile. Are you a traveling nomad? Fuel your soul and volunteer abroad with Cross Cultural Solutions. Want to stay close to home and explore different ways to fuel your soul and job search? Check out VolunteerMatch
Benefits of Fueling Up
Does feeding your soul really fuel your job search? According to the United Way, in addition to the sheer soul improving feelings of giving back (which I know is why you want to do it, right?), your resume gets a kick too. Employers like to see that you’re keeping your teamwork skills active and it’s a great way to make networking contacts. Volunteering can also be included as a current activity in the “community involvement” section of your resume showing that you’re engaged and care about the community at large.

Sales Job Recruiting Event December 1st

Posted: November 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you’ve been waiting for a chance to land the coveted face-to-face interview, here it is. For sales professionals looking for entry to mid-level jobs, some that have earning potential upwards of $200K, get your resume polished because Wednesday, December 1st you have the chance to interview with companies that are hiring. Here are the details:

When: Wednesday, December 1st
Time: 9a.m. to 1p.m.
Where: Embassy Suites, 707 East Butterfield Rd., Lombard, IL 60148
Who Should Attend: Entry to Mid-level Sales Professionals
What Companies Are Hiring:

  • Forest Pharmaceuticals | Pharmaceutical Sales Reps
  • New York Life | Financial Sales Reps, $200K potential
  • Prudential Financial | Financial Services Reps, includes base salary
  • Paychex | Outside Payroll Sales Reps and Account Managers
  • Sales Jobs Network Direct | Medical Equipment Reps, Specialty Pharmaceutical Sales Reps
  • Westwood College | Enrollment Counselors

Avoid The Competition
These companies will be on-site holding face-to-face interviews. This is your chance to bypass the resume overload and get in front of hiring managers. Meet in-person and sell yourself to the company. Let them know why you are the right person for the job and avoid the competition of applying online where 90% of resumes get thrown in the trash.

To be considered for these positions, attendance at this event is strongly encouraged. Event Sponsorship by Sales Job Network who advises interested candidates to bring 15 copies of their resume.

3 Tips for Interview Success

  1. Dress Professionally – Wear a traditional black, gray or navy blue tailored suit that you’re comfortable in and remember to polish your shoes (and nails ladies). Keep jewelry to a minimum.
  2. Fresh Breath is Best – Keep a pocket or purse full of Listerine breath strips or mints, it’s a good investment in your future. Avoid chewing gum.
  3. Be Yourself – When you’re in the interview, maintain your self-confidence and keep your nerves at bay by being yourself.

Guarantee Yourself an Interview
The event sponsors are expecting a great turnout, from both candidates and additional employers. To ensure you get the interview you want, and possibly more interviews, reserve your space by pre-registering online here.

Best of luck to everyone who attends the event. If you know of an upcoming event in your area, send it to us and we’ll be happy to spread the word.

The Letter For When You Don’t Get the Job

Posted: November 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

You told yourself not to get your hopes up, but you did anyway. In your heart you knew this was going to be “the one”, the job that finally came through for you. You just knew it.
The phone rang, or your inbox chimed. They selected another candidate. Even worse, they chose you but they have a hiring freeze and your position is on hold, indefinitely. What now?
Write a Thank You Letter
Get your pen, or fingers, ready and start writing. Remember that 27.3% of new hires come from employee referrals and your (non)hiring manager is one of those employees, as is the human resources manager that worked with you through the interview process.
Among the Best
In today’s fierce job market place, and we all know it’s fierce out there, you want to be known as one of the best. What better way than to send a “thank you for not hiring me” letter? When you consider that a mere 5% of candidates send thank you letters after an interview, you are certain to stand out when you send a thank you after being told they selected a different candidate.
What to Write
Keep your letter simple, concise, professional and polite. This letter is the time to say “thank you” and express your continued interest in the company. Here’s a sample letter:
Dear Steve:

I would be lying if I said I’m anything but keenly disappointed that I wasn’t your final choice for the (job title) position. However, knowing how professionally and thoroughly each candidate was interviewed, and having made it to the “final (number)”, I’m also honored to have been on that short list. I appreciate that your job of selection was very, very difficult.
It was a pleasure getting to know you and seeing how well your team works together.  (Customize this area: You are a skilled and rare manager. I particularly appreciated how well your team works together and sincerely hope that sometime in the future we have the opportunity to work together.)
I wish you and your team continued success. Thank you again for all your efforts on my behalf; I look forward to seeing you at (event..e.g. one of the area association meetings).
Ethan Richards
Who to Send It To
In today’s market it has become more common that there are 2, 3, 4 even 10+ interviews in many cases. When that’s the case, who do you send the thank you letter to? Unlike an interview thank you note which goes to each person you meet with, this is a far more select group of people.
You always want to send it to the human resources person, ideally the recruiter or HR manager. The other person is the decision maker or hiring manager. In some cases, you can also include the next level up if you met with the person face-to-face and feel it’s an appropriate decision that will be well received by both that person and the decision-maker.