Job Fact: Job Search = Full-time Job

“Searching for a job is like a full-time job.”

We’re sure you’ve heard this phrase at some point, especially if you’re on the job hunt. The fact of the matter is, that it is true. Studies show that in order to be employed, one must treat their job search as a full-time job.

Now you might ask: “How do you expect me to sit in front of the computer for eight hours from Monday to Friday and look for jobs?” Here’s a wake up call. Treating your job as a full-time job does not mean sitting at your desk firing away resumes everyday – that’s just a portion of it. Another chunk of your day should be spent either volunteering/interning, attending industry seminars/events, mingling with professionals and making connections.

Last year, 1054 companies were surveyed and 58% said that all of their hiring was internal. This was either through employee referrals or company portals. Either way, making strong relationships with the right people (especially people who are in a position of power) will make a difference in your career path.

Source: U.S. News

HUFFINGTON POST: “10 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get the Job”

We often beat ourselves up and go over in our minds as to why we didn’t get the job after the interview. I mean, if your resume was good enough and the employer said you have everything they’re looking for, why didn’t they hire you?!

Before you start contemplating again (and we apologize if we’ve brought up the past you’d rather forget), remember that the whole hiring process is out of your hands and it’s not entirely your fault.

The Huffington Post breaks down 10 reasons why you didn’t get the job.

Tip Tuesday: Intern or Volunteer After Graduation

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Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t found a job after graduation yet. Many recent grads are in the same boat as you. To pass the time and make it worthwhile, intern or volunteer somewhere that will help you gain experience and make connections in the industry you desire. Even if it’s unpaid, at least you are developing the skills and general work experience that will count for something on your resume.

Motivation: Aristotle

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth and wisdom.” – Aristotle

Philosophers like Aristotle and other personal development writers have been preaching that waking up early will give you the opportunity to accomplish more. Wake up, seize the day and you’ll be surprised how much you’ll get done!

Wall Street Job Report – How to Get Your Resume Past Computer Screening

Credit: The Wall Street Job Report

Hundreds and thousands of resumes pour in for recruiters and hiring managers to look over everyday. To make their lives easier, computerized systems help them select potential candidates by scanning keywords and other information. This often is a disadvantage to job seekers because resume #312 can be easily lost in the pile. To get around this, the Wall Street Job Report has some tips on How to Get Your Resume Past Computer Screening Tactics.

 


 

Inspiration from Walt Disney

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From sketching a rabbit to building a multi-billion dollar empire, surely there are a few things about Walt Disney’s success and motivation that we can take with us.

Walt Disney’s humble beginnings

When that humble little mouse started whistling a song on an old steamboat, people must have thought he was pretty cute. However, no one could have dreamed that he would eventually spawn magic carpet rides, adventure up Witch Mountain, through Wonderland and Neverland; or that his brethren would cavort with pirates in the Caribbean or with countless princesses or bears, Pooh and otherwise – no one except maybe Walt Disney himself.

Everyone has to start somewhere

It’s not like he was riding on the tail of some great success he’d already achieved, not at first anyway. When Disney first tried to get work as an artist he was turned flatly away.  Undaunted, he eventually made his way into animation – at first by using cutouts. Then after reading a book about animated cartoons, he decided that was where he wanted to devote his time and energy.

The Failure Roadblock

Walt Disney secured a deal with a local theatre owner, recruited a coworker started creating cartoons. After they started gaining steam he hired more animators and made more cartoons. However, the cartoons weren’t making enough money to pay the animators and the company went bankrupt.

Giving up wasn’t an option

Undaunted, Walt Disney and his brother Roy decided to try again. – this time, in Hollywood. They created a couple of successful characters but lost the rights to them. Still undaunted, Disney decided to create a new character to replace the lost ones. That character was Mickey. The tenacity and dedication Walt Disney demonstrated in bringing Mickey to life is what’s still inspiring dreams in generation after generation 85 years after his mouse took the help of his steamboat.

To round out this little inspirational Disney moment, a few more words. “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Tip Tuesday: Remember to Smile in Job Interviews!

“I was asked once how we taught all 1700 employees who worked at one property to smile. We didn’t teach anyone anything. Instead, we hired people who were already smiling.” – Arte Nathan

There is a lot of advice floating around the internet about how to be professional & sell yourself to showcase your skills for a job interview. But if we’re being honest with ourselves, often the deciding factor between a job offer and no job offer is your attitude and your personality – it’s if the person interviewing youwants to work with you. Sometimes it can be something as small as a warm smile that will put you ahead of competition!  As much as people will throw around the term “sell” yourself, you need to keep in mind that you’re not a product. You’re a person. Someone who your potential employer will be spending eight hours a day with, five days a week for the foreseeable future. Like anybody, they would much prefer to spend that time with someone they like.

Don’t get us wrong, skills are great – your qualifications are what got you called into an interview in the first place, and they’re important. But you’re there because they know you’re qualified – now they want to figure out what kind of person you are, and how you would fit into the position. Remember, everyone they’re interviewing is qualified. There are twenty people with resumes just as good – or better – than yours in the running. So stand out – this is about you as an individual now, not your skills. Be friendly and authentic, and show them why you in particular deserve the job more than anybody else they’re interviewing.

What do you offer no one else does?

Do your best not to freeze up from the nerves of trying to remember all that advice you’ve heard about handshakes and eye contact and tiny details. Forget all that. Just be confidant, relaxed and natural. Eye contact, smiling, posture and all sorts of other positive body language cues will fall into place naturally if you’re genuinely comfortable and confidant.

So take a deep breath, relax, and remember that your interviewer is a person just like you, and you don’t need to feel intimidated. Treat them like a person – ask them briefly about themselves, maybe joke with them (if the situation is appropriate, you don’t want to appear as if you don’t care – just that you’re confidant, and comfortable enough to show your sense of humor.) Be friendly, smile, show that that you’re both qualified for the position and a generally good person to be around.

If you strike up a good connection with them, they’ll remember you. If you make them laugh, they’ll want to see more of you. When it comes time to consider who gets the position in the end, you can bet you’ll be near the top of that list.