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We are a week into the new year and one of your resolutions  is most likely to find a new job in 2011. Where do you start?

Technology

The internet has made it easier to find new job openings and research companies. Popular job search engines like Monster, CareerBuilder, Indeed, Dice, LinkedIn, and Craigslist provide job seekers a variety of job opportunities. Today you can keep track of your account using your mobile phone using their free apps.

 Social Media

Twitter

You may be reluctant to sign up for a Twitter account, and you don’t need an account to search for jobs. On the Twitter.com home page you can enter words into the search box.

The search results you get back are a result of tweets with hashtags, which are words preceded by the number sign (#jobs).  You can make it specific to “Accounting jobs” and the search results are updated live.

I recommend reading How To: Use Twitter Hashtags to Boost Your Job Search on Mashable for more basics on using Twitter.

LinkedIn

It’s important to update your LinkedIn profile. Update your picture, jobs/titles, summary, etc. Add people to your network. Networking helps you where Monster and other websites can’t. That is to say, you make connections with people that work somewhere, recommend you or provide information about their jobs.

Resume

Some websites may ask you to upload your resume in pdf format to avoid viruses. On Word 2007, you choose the option “Save As” a PDF instead of .doc or .docx.

Before you send it, make sure you look at our post Getting the Job: Resume & Interview Tips

https://protemsolutions.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/careertips/

Good luck!

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Avoid making these mistakes during your interview, and increase your chances of closing the deal.

Being Late

Being Unprepared

Second, being unprepared for interview questions can cause you to digress from the question by  rambling on and on…. Rehearse! Be ready to answer questions like “why are you looking for a new job?” or “tell me about yourself” and be specific.

  • Being under dressed to the interview

What you should do to avoid this mistake? First things first, go to the interview dressed appropriately. It’s better to be over dressed to an interview than being dressed too casual. The job may not require a suit and tie every day, but if you can look your best then you have made a positive first impression.

  • No examples that demonstrate your skills

What you should do to avoid this mistake?  Avoid giving general answers like “I’ve worked with balance sheets, income statements, Microsoft Office…” Instead you should respond by giving specific examples that have quantitative data. You’ve probably worked on a project, so explain what you did. Let the interviewer know how much money you saved the company. “I saved the company $10,000” sounds better than “I saved the company money.” Other candidates may be leaving out details that can make you stand out.

  • You have not researched the company & you do not have any questions

 Once the interviewer is done asking you questions they’ll ask you if you have any questions for them. If you don’t have any regarding the company itself, ask the interviewer how he/she has been able to progress. You should definitely have looked up the company before your interview on their website, LinkedIn and other social networking sites.

Bad Mouthing Your Bosses/Company

In the news we’ve heard about people being fired for social media updates bad mouthing their bosses. Similarly, it is not the best idea to bad mouth your boss because you may come across as a disgruntled employee.  It is in your best interest to come across as positive .

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

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Job Growth in 2010    

Not a day goes by that we don’t hear or read about jobs. Most of those reports have been of job losses for months now; however, recent reports have been promising. According to U.S. Department of Labor, the current job market has been growing.    

THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION – APRIL 2010 (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf)

 

One of the leading indicators that the market is on the rise from temporary job postings to full-time jobs. Online job sites like CareerBuilder and Dice predict this hiring trend to continue.    

Pro-Tem Solutions, Inc. offers staffing solutions for our clients with contract (long or short-term),  contract to hire, and full-time positions by filling them with the right people. In correlation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Pro-Tem Solutions has experienced this job growth.  We have been busy posting new jobs for our candidates as well as connecting them with the right client in the professional fields Pro-Tem Solutions specializes.    

Successful Ways to Approach Today’s Growing Job Market    

1) Find a Recruiter    

  • Recruiters work directly with line managers.

  • They offer consulting and will prepare you



2) Research the Recruiter    

  • Find them on LinkedIn
  • Read their recommendations
  • Look for their field of specialization (e.g. Finance, Accounting, and IT)

3) Prepare    

  • First impressions matter to recruiters.
  • Phone interviews are just as important as any other, so don’t take them lightly. Try to find a quiet place to take their calls.
  • Don’t forget to LISTEN. 

Pro-Tem Solutions will help you whether you are a candidate looking for a job or a client looking for the right candidate. You can find us on LinkedIn, find one of our many talented recruiters, as well as many more career insights.

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