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There are tons of career books that you can use as resource while job hunting, so much so that searching for the right book can be a job in itself. Here’s a list of a few books to try. See which one speaks to you and use it to help you land your dream job.
What Color is Your Parachute? By Richard Bolles
This book, which has sold over 11 million copies in 26 languages, has had huge success for good reason. Dick Bolles constantly updates the book as the job seeking field advances and changes. There’s some great advice in here for job seekers of all ages at all career levels. This book includes worksheets, tools and exercises, making it a fun, interactive tool for soul-searching.
You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career By Katherine Brooks
This is for anyone who gets the question, “What are you going to do with that?” Katherine Brooks tailors her career advice to recent college graduates with liberal arts degrees. Learning how to transition into the “real world” without a direct career path can be difficult, but Brooks encourages recent graduates to “celebrate their education” and “embrace the chaos” of the job world.
Choose a Career and Discover Your Perfect Job: 105 Tips on Work Attitude and Motivation By Gary Vurnum
This interactive book outlines what Vurnum deems the best way to pick a career. His career test encourages readers to identify their own strengths and weaknesses, thus sorting out a good professional fit. Vurnum also uses advice from his own experience as an online self-improvement expert. This book is informative and transformative – a great way to determine what you need to change in order to find the career you love.
Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring
By Ford Myers
Myers’ book helps dispel the myth that you can’t get hired in a bad economy. Myers concedes that this is one of the toughest job markets in recent history, but he offers advice on how to search for a job in unconventional ways. Additionally, he provides a “Job Search Survival Toolkit” to supplement his advice in the book.
100 Job Search Tips From Fortune 500 Recruiters
This is a great career read for readers on a budget because it is available online for free. You can read the book online here: http://www.emc.com/collateral/article/100-job-search-tips.pdf. The book outlines an insightful collection of stories and advice from people who have been in the recruiting field and know what real employers look for in candidates. How can you turn down such valuable advice for free?
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There’s an episode of The Office where Phyllis misspells the word “Launch” on a banner for a party. If you’ve seen the show, you know Angela yells a lot, so Phyllis googles “how to deal with difficult people” when she realizes her mistake.
“So, how do you feel about the fact that the banner says ‘Lunch’?” Phyllis asks.
“I feel angry. Angry at you. Angry at you for doing something stupid. Angry at me for believing you could do something not stupid,” Angela responds.
“I’m so sorry to hear that. That must be awful,” she says.
“It is awful. You’ve made this day awful.”
Angela’s erratic behavior, while exaggerated, is a technique used by people to get what they want (even if it’s subconscious), because it defies prediction. Does your boss yell and throw things? While this may seem unprofessional, this irrationality is getting your boss what he wants.
While you’ve probably never had to deal with someone as patronizing as Angela, you’ve probably come across personality types that don’t mesh well with your own. It’s important to stand up for yourself, but often in delicate situations- such as that with a boss- there is too much on the line for you to fight back. This is when you need to be tactful and rational, choosing thoughtful communication over ways you might deal with someone you know better, such as a family member or close friend.
A quick Google search will present you with a million different ways to deal with difficult people at work, so we’ve narrowed it down to a few simple guidelines. Should you confront a difficult coworker? When is this appropriate?
Consider the following:
Does this person’s performance or behavior at work impede the goals of your company or organization?
Do this person’s actions impede your own success?
Is this problem causing you anxiety or diminishing your quality of life?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, it’s probably time for a game plan. But before you put the energy into a confrontation, consider that you may be contributing to the problem too. It’s often hard to see outside ourselves, but the reality is that you may be putting the situation though a distorted lens. Ask yourself what the facts are, and try to figure out why you feel that you are under attack. You may find that the situation isn’t even about your coworker – it’s about you. It’s in our nature to feel defensive when we don’t feel that we are valuable or valued. Make sure you aren’t playing the victim card, or blaming this person for how you are feeling as a way of protecting yourself. Take a moment and try to see where they are coming from.
If you do decide that you need to talk to the difficult person, remember a few key guidelines to keep the interaction as smooth as possible.
No one can read your mind, so it’s very important that you state how you see the situation. Don’t assume that this person knows what you’re talking about. Say what’s bothering you in a few words, and stick to the point.
Don’t condescend. People will listen better if they feel you aren’t talking down to them. Concentrate on stating the effects this person’s behavior is having on you or your team.
Frame what you are going through in a positive light, and don’t dwell on what this person is doing wrong. Suggesting ways that they can change, instead of blaming them for multiple mistakes, will be a better way for you to get what you want.
In the end, you have to decide for yourself what the best way is to deal with someone who’s giving you trouble at work. Approaching the situation tactfully will usually help you get the results you want.
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Taking on a job or internship during school can be an important step towards getting the career you want, but pair that with a full course load and you might find yourself overwhelmed. Savvy students (like our amazing interns) know how to balance school and work without getting overwhelmed.
When you look for an internship, make sure you are honest and direct about your schedule availability with your employers. Getting four hours of sleep a night is not going to help your grades or your internship performance. Figure out what a realistic work load is for you, and don’t overcommit. According to Collegeboard, “students who work more than fifteen to twenty hours a week are more likely to perform more poorly in school than those who work only fifteen to twenty hours”. Interning two or three days a week is probably a good place to start. You’ll need to set aside extra time to study, and will have to allow space for unexpected assignments or sudden crises at work.
In order to be honest (with yourself and your boss) about your availability, make sure you have a system worked out that helps you stay organized. A physical planner works for some, and iCal or another web-based scheduling system works better for others. There are also apps for the iPhone that help you plan ahead. Make sure you mark all important dates and deadlines on your calendar as soon as they come up. Making some sort of system to measure your progess - such as checking off tasks as they are completed - can help you feel accomplished and will keep you focused on your goals.
Remember to take a moment to breathe. It’s important to find ways to manage stress so that your schedule doesn’t become unbearable. Go to the gym or make a nice dinner with your roommates, and try not to get too bogged down with a list of demands and assignments. Be aware of your limits, and make sure you stop before you burn out. You are taking on a huge challenge, but one that will certainly pay off when it’s time to graduate.
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Do you find that you’re always running late? Have you come to terms with this or have you tried a number of anecdotes to cure the spell of tardiness?
Unfortunately, all hiring managers and recruiters do not accept late candidates. Of course there are extenuating circumstances, but that is only in rare cases.
In an effort to help you land a job and subtract being late as one of the reasons you bomb the interview, here are some tips to help you in the future.
- An obvious solution would be to set an alarm. Even if you have to set an alarm to remind yourself to set an alarm – do whatever it takes to remind yourself to not be late!
- Stop trying to squeeze in other things. If you scheduled a time to leave, leave at that time. Always factor in obstacles along the way.
- If you’re a visual person, write it down. A schedule and calendar should keep you in check.
- If you are worried about being too early, don’t worry! You can always bring a book, camp out at a coffee shop, or if it’s a nice day, do some laps around the block.
There really is no excuse when it comes to being late. What are some tactics you utilize to make sure you’re always on time? Please post your comments on our Facebook page.
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When you are actively looking for a job, your resume is most likely posted on various job boards. Due to the easy accessibility of your contact information, you must be aware of how, when, and where you answer all private and unrecognizable phone numbers. You never know, it could be your future boss on the line.
Below are some tips on how to answer these calls and make the most of the time you have to speak.
- Be professional. Do not answer your phone with a “Yo” or a “Hey.” Something more along the lines of, “Hello, this is insert name.” Make sure you have a pen, paper, and your agenda – in case you’re asked to schedule an interview. Take down the person’s name, number, and email address. Do not hang up without this information. If you feel awkward asking for it, simply say:
“What is the best way to contact you if I have further questions?”
- If you are not in a quiet and calm place, do not answer the phone. Find somewhere enclosed, where you know you won’t be disturbed, answer or call back.
- Do not answer these calls when you’re in your office or with current co-workers. If you see a private number on your phone step out and answer in a quiet place.
Do you have more questions about how to handle incoming calls from hiring managers? Please post on our wall. Have a great weekend!
Photo by: Inside Job Productions
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With Valentine’s Day around the corner we start to think about all the love in our lives. Speaking of love, how much do you love your job?
If you don’t love your job, there are ways to see past these obstacles:
- There is little fulfillment in your workplace
- Few promotional opportunities
- Office bullying
- Lack of say
- No work/life balance
One of the first points we would like to stress is to make the most of what you do. If you go to work every day and you feel negative, sluggish, without a daily plan, then there is a good chance your day will start spiraling downward.
But, if you walk into a new day with a positive outlook and a to-do list, things can change. Check off the items on our list and start to feel like you’re accomplishing goals!
You may also want to ask yourself if it’s the job or if it’s you.
If it’s you : Change your attitude and find the good in your job. Find the challenging spots and face them head on. Accomplish and you will see a difference in your attitude.
If it’s the job : Stop making excuses and start searching. You’ll be surprised at how much better just applying for a job makes you feel.
So if you don’t love your job but you are not in the position to make a move, here are some ways you can start to really like and bond with your current job.
- Get motivated
- Stay positive
- Consider the bigger picture
- Remember that you are more than what you do
- Don’t forget to take a break
- Once you leave the office, turn off! Don’t bring a bad day home with you
- Take action at work and find a niche that you love
- Take on more responsibility
- See if you can change departments
- Switch gears in some way where you can find LOVE in what you are doing
- Improve your workspace: plants, flowers, pictures, etc.
- Build relationships with your co-workers
While you’re in the process of falling in love with your job do not socially broadcast this process.
- Announce on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn that you hate your job, boss, or co-workers. Remember that current and potential employers see your posts.
How do you find the love in your job?
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This way you are easily recognizable and remembered by hiring managers.
The same types of rules apply when attaching resumes, cover letters and references.
Save your documents under a name that is professional and can be found easily in a search.
- Include dates in the name of your documents (unless you must, be sure it’s the current date) For instance, if it’s 2012 don’t attach a resume titled : Jane Smith’s Resume 2011
- Title your document with the word “General” in it. For example: Jane Smith’s General Cover Letter
- Include the title of the job in the title: Jane Smith’s Resume – Administrative Assistant
- Add the current date you sent the resume: Jane Smith’s Resume – January 24, 2012
Either of the “do’s” work and keep you and the person receiving your resume, cover letter, and references more organized.
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One main purpose of The Job Pyramid is to offer you, the candidate, insight to your rights and wrongs during your job search process. We are the “in-between” and are happy to provide feedback to help you along the way.
In the past, we have encountered candidates who, after scheduling an interview, will call or email asking for directions on how to get to our, or our client’s, offices.
Why is this wrong?
- If you are not resourceful enough to search for directions on your own, the Hiring Manager can assume you won’t be a problem solver in this new role
- The Hiring Manager may have missed a step in telling you the address. If this is the case, you can always look up the company and check the Manager’s signature. If you’ve looked up the address on your own and want to confirm, it’s acceptable to email or call to confirm the address is correct
You may be shunned for calling for directions when you are fully capable of looking it up yourself. Remember, first impressions are important. You don’t want the Hiring Manager to think poorly of you and your abilities before you get the chance to interview!
Do you have some questions on how to go about finding your next interview’s location? Comment on our Facebook page.
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The beginning of a new year gives you a chance to start fresh and reboot those resolutions you didn’t resolve at the start of 2011.
In our last post, we touched on getting organized using LinkedIn’s new cardmunch application (which we love). This time we want make sure, if you’re itching for a job/career change, you’re asking yourself the right questions before you jump ship into a whole new path, environment, co-worker clique, and new responsibilities.
All of these new ventures are exciting and can be a little scary as well. In order to confirm your move is something you are ready for we came up with a few questions to ask yourself before you leap.
Can you pin point what’s not working at your current job?
Maybe you’re bored. Ask yourself – Is it because it’s a slow month, week, day or have you felt as though you’ve been trudging along for months with no exciting projects on the horizon?
How can you be sure your next job is a step in the right direction towards growth and longevity?
Assess the company and its mission. Do your morals, values, and ethics match?
What does the new job need to provide in order to satisfy your career hunger?
If you’re looking elsewhere your current job is lacking somewhere. Find that lack and dream of ways your next job will fill it and continue to feed your inspiration and challenge you. This way you won’t be bored and will consistently feel driven and motivated.
Have you recently made a move? What were some of the questions you asked yourself before you evolved into your new role?
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Have you thought about changing career paths or industries? Considering a move from corporate to a small business or non-profit may involve taking a step down in title and/or salary.
The question you have to ask yourself is – Is it worth it?
- If you find that the change you are seeking will benefit your career in the long run, go for it – especially if you see a bright future in the big picture.
- Think long and hard about how happy you are at your current position. If you couldn’t possibly be more passionate about leaving to pursue other things, do it! Just make sure you have a valid explanation for leaving if you ever decide to go back from whence you came!
- Believing in yourself and knowing that you can (and will) excel with realistic goals in mind – express it in your cover letter and interview.
Have you experienced a shift in career or industry recently? How did you go about making the transition?
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