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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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Last week as I was going through my news RSS feeds, I came across an article on Fortune. The article described GILD and every thing it had to offer to IT professionals. Pro-Tem Solutions specializes in accounting, finance & IT, so I decided to check it out for myself.

Basics

Your profile is created once you sign up, but you still need to fill in the rest of the blanks. One quick way to do that–if you have a LinkedIn account–is by clicking on the LinkedIn icon under “Import Your CV.” By doing so, a pop-up window appears and asks you if you will allow gild access to your LinkedIn account.

Personality

In addition to your average looking profile, Gild has a personality test that you can take. It shouldn’t take more than ten minutes. After I completed the test I was directed to a page that stated I would receive an E-mail notification once my results were ready… But I didn’t. I was able to view the results on my Gild home page (under Activity Feed).

Skills

Gild’s skills feature allows you to add and edit skills applicable to your field.

  • Click on the specific skills you want to edit
  • Determine how much experience you have based on years & hours                                               
    • The numbers are displayed in a graph
  • Skills are classified under:
    • Business
    • Tech

References

Similar to LinkedIn, Gild allows job seekers to request references from people they know. The request may be made to people who aren’t necessarily on Gild (yet) by sending them an e-mail. You may ask that the person reply to your request based on a set list of skills or as a colleague.

Extras

As you are completing your profile, you earn achievements. Gild combines professional social networking (LinkedIn), social games (FourSquare), and competition to help job seekers. Aside from those features, you can complete certification tests on https://www.gild.com/certifications 

Gild has plenty to offer its users, but we would like to know how many of you are already on Gild or will try it. Let us know by leaving a comment or tweeting us!

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Have you been keeping up with the latest in IT?

Today’s professionals should be on top of their game because you need to remain competitive. Brush up on the things you learned in school, and learn new things like green technology.

[Side Note]This brings me to a very important point that is useful for people in every profession. Many companies do not honor some online degrees (it depends). Recruiters and line managers will check the validity of the information you include them in your résumé.

While staying on top of you game, you may notice that green technology isn’t going away. Companies are continuing to invest in these energy-efficient technologies. According to the Green Wombat, in California there will be “Silicon Valley green tech startups… with a stake in the nascent renewable energy economy.” So for those looking for jobs in Northern, CA., it will be wonderful to see more green IT positions opening up.

Another indicator of an increase in green technology is Tesla Motors and the Smart Grid from Cisco. See for yourself…

In case you didn’t know, Cisco announced this week that they Cius tablet that will compete with Apple’s iPad.

The Smart Grid demonstrates that green technology continues to improve. As companies and people in their own household seek energy-saving methods. We are becoming more socially responsible that lead to greater opportunities in the near future for everyone.

Pro-Tem Solutions is always busy looking for new jobs for you. As a reminder, if you haven’t visited our website [www.pro-temsolutions.com] lately be sure to stop by and look at the new job postings!

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This week there were:

  • 600,000 people pre-ordered an iPhone 4
  • 200 million blog posts published on WordPress
  • Reports of Facebook’s 2009 $800 million revenue
  • Twitter over capacity errors (poor birds couldn’t carry the whale)

and to top the list… Microsoft Office 2010–with an improved Outlook and SharePoint program–became available to the public. This week’s headlines are all in some way related. iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and E-mails reflect the way we communicated with each other, and the world.

The iPhone 4

The “it” phone and what virtually everyone appears to want is the new iPhone 4. They want it so much that 600,000 people pre-0rdered it the day pre-orders were taken. According to VentureBeat, “You can still pre-order the device from Apple’s online and retail locations, but you won’t receive it on launch day, June 24.” The iPhone 4 has various exciting features like FaceTime, camera with flash, HD video & editing, as well as many more apps. It will be interesting to see if people who use BlackBerry and Android phones switch and how professionals will use them.

WordPress

Unlike a 140 character status update, blogs allow bloggers to express themselves beyond that. As a guest blogger for Pro-Tem Solutions, I have been maintaining the blog updated trying to reach people’s computer screens as well as providing information. There are almost 12 million people that use blogs to provide recipes, advice, news, and much more. What does 200 million posts this mean? It’s simple, if you want people to read what you have to say then write it out for the world to read.

Facebook

If you still don’t see why social media is important, then maybe $800 million in revenues will.It exceeded expectations by $100 million. Facebook allows users to post updates, pictures, link suggestions, images, and is getting people addicted to online games like FarmVille (BTW: FarmVille was named one of the worst inventions  by Time…Ouch).  Oh, and you can’t forget to “Like” websites, blogs, pages, statuses, pictures, and you can Like comments too!

Twitter

The world is in a status update frenzy with the World Cup and the NBA Finals that users often saw the Twitter birds having trouble lifting the whale. Trending topics like “Stupid Whale” dominated and annoyed users. However, if you used a different app to update your status, your status showed up later when the site was back up.

So how does the above relate to Microsoft Office 2010?

Microsoft released its new Office 2010 version this week. Outlook allows users to integrate their accounts with LinkedIn, Facebook, the not-so-popular-any more-MySpace, as well as its own networking feature. It also has Share Point, a software that will excite IT professionals! After watching the YouTube demonstration on its features, it hit me… “I need an upgrade.”  

What a week!!

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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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