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Thirty-eight years ago the first cellphone call was made, and since then we have witnessed how cellphones have transformed the way we go through life. Cellphones used to be for the elite top executives, and now they’re a must have for everyone. Just as cellphones have evolved, the way we use them has too. Are we overwhelmed, distracted, or using mobile phone productively?

Cellphones are a communication tool, and we don’t use them just to make phone calls to clients or candidates. Checking e-mails and replying is a great way to stay informed when you’re out and away from a computer. What’s easier than writing and sending e-mail? Texting. One text [160 characters] to reach a client to let them know you’re on your way or any last minute changes. Today people feel more comfortable sending out a text than making a call. Office employees used to worry about developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), but now we also worry about developing BlackBerry thumb (even for those not using BlackBerry phones).

The on-the-g0 business person also benefits from mobile applications. Mobile applications they have become a helpful tool when navigating through traffic (or avoiding it with traffic and GPS applications), and getting to your destination. Available on the app store you may find applications that help you keep track of lunches, organize clients, shipments, and stay in touch on social networking sites. Moreover, in a previous post we mentioned that there are helpful applications for job seekers just by going to the app store and searching “jobs” you get over 25 results–most of which are available for free.

According to a survey released last September, “1 in 4 U.S. Adults Now Use Mobile Apps” in the two years since the development of mobile applications the most downloaded applications are games.

So do you have the applications on your mobile device that are productive or counterproductive?

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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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The essential purpose of an evaluation is to assess the employee’s overall effectiveness in regards to the organizations goals and objectives for the month, quarter, and/or year. Along the same lines, it is designed to assure the company they have right people working for them. As a result, an organization is able to control their company by measuring its success and failures based on the results.

Helpful

Although the performance review is used mainly by superiors, the person being reviewed benefits from the review as well. Depending on how the review is done, the results may cause the employee to feel feelings of accomplishment, personal growth, and self-worth. Similarly, reviews with unexpected results reflect poorly on the salesperson self-worth. It is important for each individual to take responsibility for his or her transgressions or failure to meet the organization’s goals and objectives. A great review can lead to promotions, bonuses, you name it! You take control of your own career when you transcend your supervisor’s expectations.

Scary

Those who oppose performance reviews argue that they are flawed. They may believe that their review has some biases. Issues with co-workers or team, for example, may be a reason to fear what they have to say in regards to your work ethic although you feel you have done the best you can. Another reason to fear evaluations is related to the fear of being fired. Donald Trump does it for entertainment, but when your boss does it.. it’s strictly business.

It is what it is…

Every member of the organization should be reviewed in order to ensure success, improve and continue to innovate. During a tough economy evaluations become more significant to managers because as Jim Collins would say you want to have the “right people on the bus, and the wrong people off the bus.”

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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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Yesterday the words “unwritten résumé”  were brought up in a conversation, and I realized that many people don’t think beyond their professional résumé. Many of us have posted our résumé on LinkedIn and on job boards then we either got a call back or didn’t. The times you didn’t get a call back, you question why they didn’t bother to interview you or get the job. You’re unwritten résumé may be the reason behind that.

  • Here’s an example… Abc company has a job opening that is perfect for you.
    • You submit your résumé, you get a call, and you get the interview.
  • Here’s where things may go wrong… 
    • You didn’t go to the interview because you don’t want your current employer to find out.
  • Here’s what you could have done
    • You could have gone on your lunch break.
    • Depending on your work dress code, you may want to have some extra clothes in your car to change into for the interview.
    • Be straight forward with the interviewer. You don’t want to waste their time, and risk getting a bad reputation.

Don’t close the door on the opportunity of a life time!

Pro-Tem Solutions works with some of the most seasoned recruiters, that browse through many résumés daily, and they have interview many people throughout their career. Recruiters and line managers have certain impressions that may affect your placement. As a result, when jobs become available they will typically have someone in mind. Recruiters have recommendations from people they trust, they or someone they know have/has been in contact with you in the past.

Before ending this post… think about the things people can say about you professionally–good and bad–and how you can improve or change how they feel about you.

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Networking sites have drastically changed how people communicate. There’s Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and there are mobile applications as well as blogs that give everyone with access to the internet a voice. In 160 characters or less–depending on the site–you and I can tell our followers, friends, family, and clients where we’re going to lunch. Using FourSquare, you can earn badges for the places you have been to in the past day, week or month. Everyone knows what you are doing if you are updating your status hourly and/or daily. To put it into perspective… an article on VentureBeat.com states that Twitter has grown to 125 million users, and Facebook has 25 billion interactions a day from 500 million active users! 

It’s new, scary, fun, but it can be very beneficial when used properly. You can find just about anything online or on your mobile phone. Forget the classifieds in the PennySaver there’s an app for that. I’m not a mobile app expert, but I know that Mashable can help.

Businesses–no matter how big they are–have been jumping right in the social media band-wagon because its free to join. What sounds better than free? Do they know what they are doing? Maybe. Some companies create a Facebook page, LinkedIn group, and Twitter account, but they might not know what they are supposed to do. Online presence, and getting more visitors to your company website is not as easy as it sounds. There needs to be some sort of strategy before you jump in.

Here at Pro-Tem Solutions we are working on building our online presence via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and our blog. How? We are finding ways to communicate with clients and candidates in a way that wasn’t available five or ten years ago. We still make phone calls and send E-mails, but social media sites allow our company to provide much more.

For the past months we have been able to update our readers, follower, and candidates. Our blogs give candidates career insights such as the importance of a LinkedIn account, and resumes. We’re always looking for ways to connect to our readers, so blogging is our venue to communicate these insider tips beyond the 140 character limit on Twitter. LinkedIn discussion groups are helpful as well as we listen and give advice. Followers of @Protemsolutions get up to the minute job postings and they link interested candidates back to our site. Facebook fans–now Likes–can find interesting links to articles and our blog. All of which is important to any business. Why? Because it links people to your company’s website.

So, will you be left behind? Hopefully you won’t. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook; but, for more value content subscribe to our blog. After all, we have learned from the recession that it can’t be “business as usual” we have to reinvent ourselves in order to prosper.

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As businessmen and women we understand that it’s a competitive business environment. Approaching people and introducing yourself–it may be at a networking event–is the first step; but,  how do you stand out from the crowd? You stand out if you offer something the other guy doesn’t like playing golf.

To those that are unfamiliar with the game, I would strongly suggest taking a few lessons. I have taken a course on the golf basics, and before that the closest I had been to a golf club was playing golf on my Nintendo Wii. After taking that course, I learned the proper way to hold a golf club, the rules of the game and I’ve been able to play with people double my age.

No matter how young or how old, do not be intimidated. The importance of playing golf is getting to know the person/client. Of course you’re there on business, but don’t focus on that. So, what should you talk about? Almost anything. While your playing you can get to know them on a personal level by talking about plans for the weekend, traveling, and family. I still feel new to playing business golf, but Brad Wingers our Sr. Account Manager here at Pro-Tem Solutions, told me about the unwritten rule on the appropriate time to bring up business. He says, “vendors typically wait until the 13th hole” to talk business. That is to say that if you, as the seller, bring up business before the 9th hole it defeats the purpose of getting to know them. However, if they bring it up first it is okay.

Business golf is supposed to be a way to network that feels more natural and enjoyable. Although it is fun to talk, remember to avoid talking when they’re getting ready to swing. There are other rules and things you should avoid doing will learn by taking a golf class or clinic. Women should especially try this. There aren’t that many female golfers and there’s probably fewer business golfers. As a result, those that do play golf stand out. This will only lead to better networking opportunities. Who knows you might even get a promotion because your boss will get to know you better!

Oh and before I forget… Here’s another tip when playing business golf: Play the course not your friends.

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