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Get a Good Job with Plan for a Promotion

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

In general, most employees hope to get promoted eventually. A more prestigious title, higher salary, recognition of abilities, and excitement at the opportunity to use your talents in a new role is appealing to most people. Still, there are countless numbers of hard-working, capable professionals that never get the opportunity. One common obstacle is a lack of planning.

The first, and most important thing that should be included in your plan is your goal! Sounds simple, but few people give much thought to what job they hope to get. They assume they’ll just apply when an appealing position opens up; this approach alone rarely leads to success. Though there are always exceptions, the saying “if you don’t know where you’re going, how can you get there?” applies here.

Once you have your target job in mind (whether it’s currently open or not), the next step is to evaluate the requirements. Are there any qualifications that you’re lacking? If so, the next step in your plan should be to acquire them. Attend courses after work, offer to take on new responsibilities on the job, or pick up additional skills in a volunteer role.

The final part of the plan is to make sure people know about you! You may be a perfect fit for a position, but decision makers need to know this. Of course, you can sell yourself in the resume and interview. But, give yourself the edge (especially over external candidates) by being seen in action! Of course, you don’t want to brag, but there’s nothing wrong with casually mentioning projects you’re working on or asking others for their input. Not only does this increase awareness of what you do, it gives you an additional opportunity to network internally.

Creating a resume that showcases your relevant qualifications and preparing for the interview are topics that deserve articles in themselves. One word of wisdom is this: even if you seem to be the front-runner for a position that opens up, put the effort into these final two steps. These are additional opportunities to sell yourself on your terms, and let the decision makers know why you’re the perfect person for the job!

Even when you can’t control the circumstances, keep planning your strategy! You’ll then be prepared when an opportunity presents itself. Remember the quote, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

Seeking Job Effectively With Online Job Search

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Internet develop more and more, bring to us many convenience of searching a job online. You just need a connected computer. Then you can seat at your home and search hundreds of job online over the world.

Online job search that involves going directly to company internet sites is a good way to introduce yourself to the company in which you think you might be interested. Typically, companies are eager to present themselves to the public online so they will have complete descriptions of their business philosophy, the services, supplies or products they promote, and a section for job hunters in which they post job openings. Generally, you can identify, through various search options, the jobs which might be appropriate for your skills and abilities. Many systems allow you to apply for specific jobs online through a system where you would complete an application and upload your resume. It will be transmitted to the Human Resources Department or function responsible for resume assessment.

Once you have completed a company’s application process, you will then become part of their database for a period of time. Some systems search their databases automatically when new jobs are posted. If your resume matches any of the job requirements, you’ll get a notice and opportunity to apply for the job online.

Over the last few years, independent online job search functionalities have become prevalent on the internet. Newspapers, local services and worldwide online job search databases are easy to find … simply type “job search” into your browser’s search engine. Some sites have more extensive functionality than others. The better sites have direct links into the participating company job search engines. For companies that don’t have internal job posting engines, the job search sites will forward applications and/or resumes on your behalf.

The advantage of these online job search functionalities is that they give you access to an extensive database of job opportunities across the country. You can search by state and city, and view everything that is posted. The more sophisticated sites also allow you to narrow your search by job category, name or position level. Some allow you to specify a company name and search nationwide for job opportunities within that specific company. This online functionality puts many position descriptions in front of you quickly. You can apply for them immediately, or on the more expansive sites, you can put them in a “save” or “watch” category so you can think about it and apply at a later date.

Other sites have extensive functionality to help job searchers including:

· Search by date posted
· Job profiles you can set up that alert you to jobs being posted that fit your skills
· Resume posting on the job search site where employers can search resumes that match their requirements
· Salary calculators
· Career resource links that provide services such as, coaching, education, interview tips, financial advice, etc.
· Career fair information
· Resume critique
· Video resume posting

Not all job search sites are created equal … it’s very important to make sure you thoroughly check out the site you want to use. Look for endorsements, privacy and security statements, and full disclosure about company ownership and business practices. Many online sites require you to purchase a membership, but the fees are not excessive and most have varying levels so you can pick one that suits your needs and your budget.

A limitation of online job search is it can’t put you in physical contact with a potential hiring company because most do not allow any contact outside the
online service. But its advantage is applying for a limitless number of jobs, in any category may outweigh the lack of personal contact. And your resume can reviewed by more  greater number of potential employers  than when you used a single employment agency or recruiter.