When one door closes.. another one opens…

Well.. it’s been a VERY VERY long time since my last post, and a TON has happened.  Some of you are aware of these changes and some are not.. so here’s the long and short of it ….

In my industry there are “non-competition” agreements, and unfortunately when I decided to work for a previous employer I didn’t research the company, the staff enough or heed the warnings of several trusted past colleagues.  I also didn’t take the time and have an attorney review the agreement – which will not happen again!  I was then forced out of work from my the employer I was working with and found myself fighting to try to find a way to get back to work.  We ended up going to court and it went ok, not as I had hoped, but then again I’m honestly not sure why I was surprised.

So after a few conversations with an old friend they asked me to help grow a business and take it to the next level.. and I said yes. What a great challenge and wonderful opportunity!!  The company is a recruiting organization that partners with a variety of clients nationally.

So the old adage “when one door closes, another one opens” stands true.

Wish me luck! =+)

OH and there will be more posts to come =)

Things that SHOULD be “tweaked” every

I hope everyone is off to a wonderful 2013 and had a great holiday with friends and family!!

With the new year, comes resolutions.. weight loss… new goals… and even a career change.

I noticed this article, 5 things to tweak on every resume you send, and thought… “huh, I wonder If people still don’t do this?”  Apparently the answer is “Yes”.  REALLY? So if you’re serious about changing your career / position, and you’ve not done some of these, then that’s a HUGE mistake.  I can’t tell you the number of resumes I over look because their address is out of state, and they’ve recently relocated without updating the resume.  Or, the worst for me is the resumes I see that have nothing to do with the position they’re applying to, but they REALLY do have the skills!  SERIOUSLY! That’s just a big DUH!

I don’t think individuals realize you have to help the reader see what value you would bring to their organization, especially in this economy!  Or help that recruiter see your skills and find that perfect position for you!  I makes me wonder how many people are “stuck in dead-end jobs” but haven’t taken the time to update their resume.

OK, I’ll get down from my soap box! =) But this is a great read, something everyone should look at.  And do yourself a favor, before applying to that GREAT position, did you “tweak”??  5 things to tweak on every resume you send

Cheers to a GREAT 2013!!!

Non-Negotiables clients look for…

I’ve recently reviewed several articles about the economy and how technology fits with in the down turn as well as hiring has changed because of it.  One article really stuck in my head.. “Seven “Non-Negotiables” to prevent a bad hire”.    Not only is the article informative in regards to what traits company’s are looking for now, but it can help applicants fine tune their interviewing process.

Obviously companies have a “screening” process they follow and some even look at personal characteristics that have morphed into becoming more of a primary criteria for making hiring decisions.  These “characteristics” are  Respect, Belief, Loyalty, Commitment, Trust, Courage and Gratitude… it all boils down to integrity.. “is this someone that will benefit my organization long term?”.

Bottom line is, company’s really looking for talented individuals that are looking to make a difference… not someone looking to build their resume anymore.

Still not using Social Media to look for a new career? seriously???

It’s soooo very surprising to me in this economy how many individuals I talk to who are NOT using Social Media to look for work or even to just network.  Everyone will take specific time out of their day to check Facebook, but they won’t think about using Twitter, Blogs or even Facebook to search out companies or a new career.  Personally I think LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook are the main platforms to network and search out what others are saying about a specific organization or what opportunites are open or coming open.

Here’s a few stats that should be looked at.. I’m surprise LinkedIn isn’t top “dog”..

  • 18,400,000 people found a job through Facebook
  • 8,000,000 people found a job through Twitter
  • 10,200,000 people found a job through LinkedIn
So the long and short of it.. if you’re NOT networking through social media…. WHY??

Taking your job search “mobile”

It’s become a fact of life that EVERYTHING is mobile theses days, from scheduling a lunch with a friend, and social media to searching for a new position.  I find myself dumbfounded by the number of companies that haven’t reached out to the masses via Mobile communication.  The article Seekers go mobile while employers lag behind”  breaks down the percentages and frankly I was definitely taken off guard….  “Only 7 percent of corporate career sites are optimized for mobile devices… and 19 percent of job seekers reported using their mobile device for career activities”.  All I have to say is wow.

The question is.. are you going mobile with your search??? If not, it’s probably something to think about!

side note… HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!!

How to use Social Media to help with your job search…

There are many resources available to job seekers looking for that great new opportunity.. One of those resources most definitely would be Social Networking… and Twitter is one of the front runners.

Here’s a wonderful article “10 Tweeple to foll0w during your job search“, by Heather Huhman from US World & News Report.  The article lists some of the most popular and respected individuals in Social Media who are very active and up to-date on the current events when it comes to searching for a new career choice.

In regards to other Social Networking resources, don’t forget about LinkedIn as well as the new and popular Google+.. both are great avenues to search for a new career as well as research the companies.

Hope this helps!!

Interesting Article… “Career” versus “Job” — surprising attitudes on how working mothers feel about their work

I stumbled over this article and found it VERY interesting and informative, and being a Woman in a “mans” field I feel it  hit the proverbial “nail on the head”… what are your thoughts??

‘“Career oriented women feel more respected at home and say their spouses are more helpful” – so state the results of a national survey of more than 4,600 men and women. The study, What Moms Think: Career Versus Paycheck, was spearheaded by Working Mother Media with sponsors Ernst & Young, IBM, and Procter & Gamble.

Comments Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media, “The study, which was designed to focus attention on work-life and the advancement of women, reveals previously unknown attitudes and ideas about how women feel about their careers, men’s views of working mothers, workplace flexibil¬ity, the current state of gender roles, and what we all want to get out of work.”

Surprising results from the study include:

  • Women who identify with having a career report they are more satisfied and feel more positive in every area of work and life, versus women who state they merely have a job
  • Career-oriented working mothers are more satisfied with the opportunities available to develop their skills, the level of respect they receive at work, and their manager’s support in meeting demands from family and home
  • Career-oriented women were more likely to report they felt healthy, that their life was in balance, and that their work fulfilled a higher purpose than “just making money”
  • The bad news is career-oriented mothers were more likely to feel like they could not get away from work and were more likely to believe managers and co-workers questioned their work commitment

Where do men stand when it comes to career-oriented women? According to the study, working fathers had favorable impressions of working mothers. However, men without children tended to rate working mothers as less committed to career advancement, less willing to take on additional work, and less committed to job responsibilities than working women with no children. Sadly, women without children also tended to have harsher views of working mothers.’

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