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Career-Life Times, Issue #34--American Idol’s Top 7 Lessons for Job Seekers
February 04, 2007
Ready to GET HIRED, GET NOTICED, and GET AHEAD? Read on...
The Fox network’s hit reality show American Idol (AI) is watched by millions of viewers. Whether or not you’re a fan of the show, it has some valuable lessons if you’re in the market for a new job.
According to an article in the January/February 2007 issue of Business 2.0 magazine entitled "Taking on the Recruiting Monster," recruiters and hiring managers are switching from online job board giants like Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com and HotJobs.com to an exciting, more user-friendly site: Jobster.com.
Jobster is different because it combines elements of social networking with a focus on the recruiter's/employer's perspective, and because it offers a more personalized and customizable tool for job seekers. It makes matching the right person to the right job much easier.
If Jobster is becoming the recruiting tool of choice by more and more hiring managers, smart job seekers will take advantage of this. Go to Jobster, create a profile, tag yourself, rank your skills, get noticed and get hired!
Here's the link: Jobster.com
I recently received an interesting email from the creators of a new website called Jobaria.com. Their site offers job seekers the opportunity to record an interview video via a web cam, which they can "attach" to their resumes via a link.
Basically, as a job seeker you would go to their site and fill out a brief form to start the process. They will provide you with sample interview questions which you answer while recording yourself with your own web camera. The resulting interview video would be stored on their site, and you would receive a link to it that you would include in your resume (and anywhere else you wanted to post it).
The idea is that someone reading your resume online (anywhere your resume resides) could click on that link and watch your interview video.
This sounds like a great way to differentiate yourself from other job candidates. Just be careful that the video you create will enhance your image to potential job seekers, not do the opposite. Look neat and professional, speak clearly, give thorough answers to the questions... the same type of preparations as for any other type of interview.
Because I do not have a web cam, I could not test this service personally. But they offer a money-back guarantee, and I've talked them into offering a F*R*E*E* trial period through February 28th. So if you're interested, please don't delay.
I'd love to hear some feedback from anyone who uses this service.
Here's the link: Jobaria.com
If you’ve heard of the “The Apprentice”, the NBC show hosted, written, and produced by Donald Trump, involving entrepreneurs competing for a chance to land the ultimate job, you might have also heard of a law suit that was filed against him, by a Richard J. Hewett, a rejected applicant claiming he was turned away because of age discrimination.
Changing your career at any age can be a scary and stressful situation, but making a career change after 50 can leave you dealing with an entirely new set of issues. Not only do you consider age discrimination, but you think about having to learn new job duties, your physical capabilities, keeping up with the younger employees, and whether this job change is in your best interests at this time of your life.
If you’re thinking about making a career change after 50, here are some things you must know.
Assessment: Make an assessment of your life and the things that truly make you happy.
Do not Rush: You’ve made it this far so don’t rush into the first job that comes along. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Consider all your options.
Career Counseling: Talk to a career counselor. You don’t want to change your entire life if you’re going through a mid-life crisis. Talking to a career counselor can help you make good choices whether you need a new career or just a life change.
Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness: Don’t change your career to make more money if it’s not a job you can be happy with. Money doesn’t make you happy. Choose a career that provides you with an income you’re comfortable with and allows you to enjoy your job.
Skills: When you’re in your 50’s it’s not unusual to realize the importance of making the most of your skills and knowledge. While this is something anyone with a job thinks about, as you get older you might want to also consider fulfilling your mental or spiritual needs.
Don’t be Afraid: Changing careers is a stressful time no matter what anyone says. Ask your family and friends for support when you need it.
Possibilities: Do a reality check. Set goals that you can achieve and are obtainable. Don’t confuse your dreams with reality.
Resentment: Don’t resent your younger co-workers. You were once in their shoes. They need you just as much as you need them!
Contacts: Don’t be afraid to use old contacts when you’re thinking about making the big change. They might have some helpful information you can use.
Alternatives: Maybe full-time work is not for you. Look at other alternatives such as volunteering, temp-work, consulting, part-time work, or maybe a combination of these.
Keep in Shape: As you get older it is most important that you stay healthy and fit, both mentally and physically. Make sure you maintain a positive outlook on life. Wisdom and health is a powerful combination!
Go with the Flow: As you get older it’s not always easy to agree with the younger generation. Learn not to be a stick in the mud. Times have changed and you need to be flexible.
Making a career change after 50 is not always easy, but it is possible. With a little persistence, a healthy and positive attitude, and the support of family
Dr. David McDermott walked away from a career as a plastic surgeon where he was helping people change on the outside. He now teaches profound personal change from the inside out, using the Ultimate Decision Making Model, you're own! Find out more at www.Decision-Making-Confidence.com.
What is the first thing your future potential employer will see? Is it your resume? Your immaculate shiny shoes? You in your nice new suit?
Even before your future employer sees your resume, he/she will see your cover letter. In fact your cover letter may be more important than your resume! If your cover letter does not demand attention and compel your employer to look at your resume, what good is superb resume?
Writing a cover letter is not something you should take lightly. You want to make sure it catches your readers eye so they will open it up and see that award winning resume of yours...
To read the rest of the article, please click here: Cover Letter Writing: The Secret To Getting Your Dream Job.
Jobster. As discussed above, this exciting job board is different from the rest and definitely worth checking out. Go here: Check it out here: Jobster.com
Got Tips? Earn Cash. Here's a fairly easy way to make a few bucks online: submit a tip to DayTipper.com and earn $3 if/when it's published.
I submitted three tips the other day, just off the top of my head. Each tip was less than 200 words. The process was quite simple.
Within two days, I received email messages saying all three of my tips had been accepted, and I'd be paid as soon as they were published. (Payment can actually take a long time. When you go to the site, you can see how many tips have been submitted and how many have been published so far.)
But what the heck...a $9 I.O.U. for about 20 minutes work. I won't get rich doing this, but it's fun and a few extra bucks never hurts.
They do not accept and publish all tips, but if you make them truly useful and on topics that are of general interest to a lot of people, I'd say your chances of getting paid are pretty good. Especially if you get in early!
Your tips need to be "original" -- when submitting them you are stating that they are not copyright material or copied from other sources.
In addition to submitting tips, check out the ones already there. It's a handy, helpful website!
Check it out here: DayTipper.com
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If you've been my subscriber for very long, you've read some of Kevin's articles and know the quality and value of his advice. I have no doubt that his new System will enable thousands of job seekers to obtain their career goals, and I want to help him to help others.
So as an incentive to check out Kevin's new System, here's my offer to you: buy Kevin's System (which is currently $39.95, an incredible bargain) and I'll give you my complete "Job Interview Success System" as a free bonus. Here's what you need to do:
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Small people always do that, but the really great ones
make you feel that you too, can become great."
A man had 50 yard-line tickets for the Super Bowl. As he sits down, Joe comes down and asks if anyone is sitting in the seat next to him.
"No," says the man, "The seat is empty."
"This is incredible," said Joe. "Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the Super Bowl, one of the biggest sporting events in the world, and not use it?"
The man said, "Well, actually, the seat belongs to me. I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away. This is the first Super Bowl we haven't been to together since we got married in 1967."
"Oh, I'm sorry to hear that," said Joe. "That's terrible. But couldn't you find someone else -- a friend or relative, or even a neighbor to take the seat?"
The man shakes his head. "No, they're all at the funeral."
Out of Mind, Out of Sight. Sometimes we can look right at something and not see it. Out of mind, out of sight.
For example, my coworker recently pointed out how filthy the carpet in our office has become since the company that provides janitorial service for our building was changed. When he said this, I looked at the carpet. The same carpet I've been walking on for months. I was shocked by all the stains, clearly visible to me now, as if they'd appeared overnight. I'd never noticed them before.
Perhaps I'm incredibly unobservant, but the point I'm attempting to make is that we often overlook things because we're not thinking about them.
There's a saying that goes something like, "When the student is ready, the master will appear." When you're actively looking for something, you're much more likely to see it.
What are YOU looking for? Think about that carefully. If, for instance, you're looking for a new job as a "secretary," you might not see opportunities for "an event planner." Of course not all secretaries want to be event planners, but if you carefully consider all of your skills, experience, capabilities--and especially what you enjoy doing--you just may start to see new opportunies appear that were invisible to you just a moment ago.
So, what did you think of this issue? Any suggestions? Topic ideas? Questions? I really appreciate your feedback. Please send me a note at Bonnie@Best-Interview-Strategies.com
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