By George Blomgren
There are career coaching services out there who advertise that they will teach you a powerful “secret” method for finding jobs. It’s a magical technique that will put you in touch with the vast majority of job openings, which never even get advertised. They’ll sweeten the deal by promising that this special technique will bypass the usual hiring gatekeepers and earn you a much warmer reception from senior executives than you’ll normally get.
This technique really exists. At the risk of giving away this valuable secret knowledge and earning the wrath of those who would sell it to you for thousands of dollars, I’m gonna give it up. It’s actually a common-sense technique that every job hunter can and should use. It combines networking and informational interviews.
Love George’s article and he is right, networking works when done properly. Check out the rest of his article at this link http://tinyurl.com/go9vy. Enjoy! – W.
By Joel Dresang – JS Online: Business Watch
The Milwaukee area improved its employment picture with a net gain of 8,200 jobs last month.
The state Department of Workforce Development reports this morning that the unemployment rate in the four-county Milwaukee area dipped to 5% in May from 5.2% in April and 5.1% in May 2005. The rate measures the percentage of the labor force actively seeking but not finding jobs.
Preliminary estimates of payroll data suggest the Milwaukee area had the state's largest growth in jobs last month but is still 1,100 shy of its mark in May 2005.
Early data from April showed metro Milwaukee 8,800 jobs behind its year-earlier employment, which was one of the highest deficits in the country. Figures released today updated the initial estimate for April, reducing the year-over-year comparison to a deficit of 5,000 instead of 8,800.
Seven of Wisconsin's 12 metro areas have lower unemployment rates than the year before. Eight have more jobs than in May 2005.
Of the state's 72 counties, 33 have unemployment rates lower than the same time last year.
In a separate report that is another sign of an improving Wisconsin economy, new applications for unemployment insurance benefits are running 15% behind claims from a year ago. The state Department of Workforce Development reports this morning that initial filings through June 17 came in at about 276,000, down from just under 325,000 the same time last year.
Continued claims for benefits from workers off the job for longer periods are 8% behind the year-ago pace.
Recruiters use code, according to Sarah Needleman's recent article in The Career Journal Online (www.CareerJournal.com). A candidate's attitude (sizzle) sells placements.
↓ Sizzle: Evan Scott, president of Evan Scott Group International in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., makes this note when an interviewee lacks energy and passion. (Upbeat, enthusiastic candidates get "sizzle" and an "up" arrow.) Recruiters want to see candidates express excitement when describing their accomplishments and interest in the job, he explains.
While my former company didn't use this particular code word when placing candidates, enthusiasm mattered a lot. In fact, in some cases candidates lost positions because they did not express enthusiasm or desire for the job.
In your next interview, think about how you come across. Do you want the gig?
Survey says – it better if you want to land a new job.
This from today's The Executive Insider newsletter (published by ExecuNet).
According to the survey of 1,483 professionals with an average salary of $193,000, the top three sources for job interviews include:
Networking contacts (46%);
Internet job listings (24%); and
Unsolicited contact from a recruiter (5%).
ExecuNet also states that the findings of a separate survey of 181 search firms show that,
…during the past twelve months, 63% of all executive job openings were filled with a candidate that was sourced through networking. Other top sources recruiters relied on during the past year include internal resume databases, which helped fill 16% of all openings and Internet job postings, which accounted for 11% of executive placements.
Thanks to Deb Dib posting on Career Hub for the latest survey results: http://tinyurl.com/n4fkw
How are you spending your time?
Saw this article in Joan Stewart's Publicity Hound e-zine today. For those of you who wish to brand your biz by authoring a book, read on and see how expressing your brand can crank up your visibility and get you published:
Joan Stewart writes –
Here's a typical call I get from an author.
She tells me she's aching for a major publisher to offer her a big advance for her new book. She promises to even do a fair amount of the publicity on her own, setting up interviews with radio and TV talk shows and criss-crossing the globe on book tours.
All that publicity, she reasons, will pay off because it will make her well-known and famous. There's only one problem with that scenario.
The author has it backwards.
She needs to be well-known and famous BEFORE she approaches a publisher–if she has her heart set on a six-figure book advance. That's because the publisher will want to know right up front if she has a ready-made audience that will buy her book.
It's called platform, and it's something every publishing house looks for when deciding which authors to work with. Some publishers receive as many as 5,000 book proposals a month. If yours is among them, they want to know who you know and, more importantly, who knows you. Many publishers will spend no more than a measly five seconds looking for those answers in your proposal before deciding whether it's worth tossing onto the "maybe" pile or the wastebasket.
Do you have a big opt-in list that you email regularly? Do you do lots of public speaking engagements? Are you a keynoter? Have you spoken at adult learning centers? Do you sell other products? Have you already done TV talk shows? What about the national morning talk show circuit? What does your Rolodex of media contacts look like? Have you licensed a product? Are you an expert?
They want all this BEFORE you've written your book.
To help you see where your brand stands, check out our personal branding quiz: http://www.knocks.com/BrandingQuiz.html
Just received this in my in-box today and had to pass it on:
I think this article speaks volumes about the importance of developing your personal brand and becoming THE go-to person in your industry. Recruiters are watching…
You must be ready for your next big gig – whether it's a new career, new biz or you want to crank things up a bit – we're here to help. Who are we? Right now the we is ME, Wendy Terwelp, Career Coach and Personal Branding Strategist.
What's the focus? This won't be a place of fluffy material. It will contain tips, strategies, and tools to help take your career to the next level. If you've got career-related topics you want covered, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who's our audience? Rock stars. If you're a rock star in your career – or you want to become one – this blog is for you.
Thanks for visiting. Rock on. 😉
Wendy Terwelp, www.knocks.com