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Top 10 tips on starting your job search successfully....I'll be sharing these and more on the CBS Morning Show in Jan 5th....2010
Below are some tips BEFORE you actively begin your search. These will help you be better planned, organized and ready to WIN! I'll be sharing these and more on CBS Morning Show on Jan. 5th.....

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10. Know what makes you “YOU”….Take a career assessment—we have "Focus" and "Strong"-there are also many online-click here to view them….(Also think about your 30 second “elevator pitch”—what sets you apart from the rest and exactly what you are looking for)

9. Prepare Your Resume (Assume you are the employer, what would you want the resume to say?)  
-Walk-in day every Thursday
-Make an appointment with us-click here or call 410-543-6075
-Click here for resume website
-Take one of the books

8. Order personal business cards…They’re free (Vistaprint and many others)! 
-VistaPrint
-Overnight Prints
-Moo
-FreeBusinessCards.com

7. Get your references together….Contact your former employer(s) and ask them for a written reference on their letterhead (…”We will miss Bob as he was one of our top salesman generating over $1,000,000 in his department….”)
-Click here for information about references
-Click here for the Riley Guide

6. Make a list Search Firms in your discipline(s) that you will contact.
-Click here for a search firm directory

5. List 3-5 of your mentors. Individuals you respect, admire
-Click here for the Mentor Network

4. Call your mentors and set up time to meet or talk. List 3-5 questions you would like answered (“What would you suggest I do?....What would your process be?...Who else would you contact?...Who are your mentors?....Could I speak w/ them?”)
-Click here for questions

3. Organize your Networking Plan….List “Who you know, who they know and who else would you like to know”…Join social networking groups, list 3-5 associations to join. Joining associations (preferably in your profession) and becoming active in them can produce outstanding results….and in a shorter timeframe.
-Click here for networking information

2. PREPARE TO MAKE AND TRACK YOUR CALLS! "Send Yourself- Not the resume…." Hourly, daily, weekly plan, Set goals, office organized, Have a system to track activity and Follow-up!

1. GET MENTALLY PREPARED for the “process”….Finding the job you want and getting offers is a numbers game! The sooner you realize this, the less likely you are to become dejected. You will fail more than you succeed—but you only need to succeed once (getting and accepting an offer). A “hall of fame” baseball player who has a batting average of 300, fails seven out of ten times! Remember, there is no one else like YOU….ANYWHERE! Your talents are unique to YOU.

Bill Lins
Co-Founder of Jobs 4 Grads Now


Charlie's Top 10 List for Finding a Job

10. Focus Your Job Search
Use the job search engines to find jobs by using keywords that match your interests and the location where you want to work. Narrowing your search criteria will help you focus your job search and will give you more relevant job listings to review and less non-relevant job listings to weed through.
-Click here to view our interest inventories.

9. Build Your Brand
Create profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. A strong personal brand that portrays you in a professional light will provide recruiters, employers, and contacts with a strong positive impression of you as a candidate they should be interested in.

8. Connect With Your Contacts
Now that you've created profiles on networking sites, use them. Connect with everyone you know, because you never know which contact may be able to help you with your job search or put you in touch with someone who can.

7. Use Job Search Tools
There are a variety of widgets, gadgets, and tools that will help expedite your job search and manage your career. Use them to organize your job search and save valuable job searching time. 
-eRecruiting
-Websites
-Mentor Network

6. Create a List of Companies
Do you have a list of companies you would like to work for? It's a good idea to research company information and create a list of companies to target in your job search. All the information you need is available on the web, and it's easy to find detailed information about potential employers online.
-Click here for "Job Fool"

5. Find Job Listings
Check job search engine sites, job banks, company web sites, networking sites, niche job sites, and sites listed by type of job. Consider working with a recruiter to maximize your opportunities.  Click here for job resources.

4. Target Your Resume and Cover Letter
It's important to take the time to write targeted resumes and cover letters that specifically link your qualifications to the hiring criteria for the jobs you are applying for. The hiring manager will be able to see, at a glance, why, and how, you are qualified for the job. You'll have a much better chance of getting an interview than if you send a generic letter and resume.

3. Ace the Interview
Research the company before you go for the interview, dress appropriately, practice answering and asking interview questions, and make a concerted effort to impress the interviewer with your skills, experience, confidence, and expertise.  Click here for information.

2. Follow Up
It's important to follow up after an interview by thanking everyone you met with. Also reiterate your interest in the position and remind the hiring manager why you're an excellent candidate for the job.

1. Accept (or Decline) a Job Offer
When you receive a job offer, it's important to take the time to carefully evaluate the offer so you are making an educated decision to accept, or to reject, the offer. You don't have to accept a job just because it was offered to you, but do carefully evaluate it and if you decline, do so politely.
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10 Job-Search Mistakes of New College Grads
Yahoo! HotJobs04.06.2010

by Charles Purdy, Yahoo! HotJobs

Although this year’s college graduates are facing a tough job market (and the smart ones are facing it now, rather than waiting until after graduation), they have an advantage over other job seekers, according to Andy Chan, vice president of career development at Wake Forest University: they are among the age group most likely to be hired in coming months.

“Organizations are very interested in hiring young people because they have a lot of energy and are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done,” Chan says.

But no matter how well-positioned these young people are, they--and all job seekers--will have a better chance of success if they avoid these common job-hunting mistakes of new college grads:

1. Not being proactive enough
Emily Bennington, the author of “Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job,” says, “This isn’t the time to sit back and be casual in your approach. Create a hit list of five to ten target companies, and really utilize your network to locate an ‘in’ at each.”

2. Relying solely on the Internet
In a recent Yahoo! HotJobs poll, 57% of respondents said networking was a factor in landing their current or most recent job. Brad Karsh, president of JobBound, says, “When thousands of candidates are applying to the same jobs online and posting their resume to the same job boards, candidates need to stand out by making connections and networking their way into a company.” Job boards are an important tool, but Karsh says new grads also need to focus energy on networking.

3. Not creating wide networks
Career expert Liz Ryan agrees: “Use your parents’, grandparents’, and friends’ networks to help you in your post-graduation job search,” she says. “Don’t be shy--reach out to any long-ago Scoutmaster, choir director, or babysitting or leaf-raking boss. ... There’s no statute of limitations on networking.”

4. Not creating customized resumes
Ryan says, “Don’t send out any resumes that simply list your courses, the degree you’ve earned, and your part-time and summer jobs--use this opportunity to make a stronger statement about what you want to do with your adult life.” And according to Jay Block, the author of “101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times,” younger job seekers often haven’t thought about what they have to offer an employer (as opposed to what they want to get from one). With this mindset, they create resumes that are “boring biographies” instead of effective marketing tools.

5. Misusing the Internet
Tory Johnson, CEO of Women For Hire and the author of “Fired to Hired,” says, “New grads don’t use LinkedIn--it’s not sexy like Facebook or Twitter. But it’s the best resource for getting names and building a professional identity. Don’t overlook it.”

6. Failing to follow up
Johnson says, “It’s not enough to send resumes and pray the phone rings.” She cautions that job seekers can’t expect a resume to be discovered in that “big black online hole.” “Hustle to follow up,” she says.

7. Setting expectations too high
Johnson says new graduates too often focus on looking for the perfect job, instead of a first job: “Especially in this economy, the first job should be about finding a position where you’ll learn a great deal, you’ll be super busy, and you’ll be surrounded by lots of people.”

8. Appearing unprofessional
Make sure you’re ready for employers’ scrutiny, says Tim McIntyre, president and CEO of The Executive Search Group. That means you should “sanitize your MySpace page--right now. It will be checked,” he says. He notes that many college students will need to change off-color voicemail greetings. Ryan adds, “Don’t assume that Facebook’s privacy settings will keep your youthful antics away from curious eyes. Rid your profile page of any photos of the ‘three Bs’ (beer, bongs, and bikinis).”

9. Not taking the job interview seriously
Even when you’re applying for an unpaid internship, you need to adhere to common standards of professionalism. McIntyre says those standards include demonstrating you’ve done your research on the company and dressing appropriately. Block adds that new grads are often unprepared for tough (but standard) interview questions, such as “Where do you see yourself in three years?” and “What are your weaknesses?”

10. Not using the college’s career office
“A career office can help [students] identify networking contacts, learn important job-search skills, and significantly improve their resume and cover letter,” says Wake Forest University’s Chan. Ryan agrees, but adds that this is just a first step. The career office’s job is to “to prepare you for your job search, not to conduct it for you,” she says. “Use LinkedIn, reach out to everyone you can, and begin researching employers who’d be likely targets for your job-search.”


David Letterman's Top Ten

Top Ten Signs Your Football Team Isn't Ready For The Season

10.53-man roster -- 52 punters
9.  No play calling in the huddle, but a lot of friendly poking
8.  Field goal kicker still trying to get over Arizona border
7.  Players leave stadium after third quarter to beat traffic
6.  Las Vegas has you as an 83-point underdog
5.  General manager just brought in YA Tittle for a workout
4.  Starters get winded walking pre-game buffet line
3.  Players haven't finished sewing their uniforms
2.  Most of your team is stuck in that Chilean mine until Christmas
1.  Quarterback missed training camp because he was in    Mississippi pretending to retire

 

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