Halloween is Friday, so it seems like a good time to talk about fear. Being scared can be fun at Halloween, but that’s typically not true with your job search. Making new connections, going to new places and meeting new people can make anyone apprehensive.And some people delay their job search because they are afraid of failing. “What will the person speaking with me be like?” “What if he or she doesn’t seem to like me?” “Do I look good enough?” “What if I can’t think of an answer to a question?” We’re sure you can think of more questions like these.
DEED and its partners have launched two new microsites to help job seekers looking for manufacturing or bioscience jobs. The mn-manufacturing.jobs microsite contains only manufacturing jobs while mn-bioscience.jobs contains only those for bioscience.These microsites are mobile-enabled and search engine optimized and have social media-sharing capabilities. Job seekers can email job openings, tweet them, share them in LinkedIn and more.
LinkedIn is a key social networking site for job seekers and career explorers. It allows you to tap into and grow a network of contacts who can help you connect with other LinkedIn members and increase the likelihood you’ll be found by recruiters and other potential employers. We suggest that you look for more ways recruiters can find job seekers like you.
A job interview can be stressful for anyone, but for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired, the job interview can present extra challenges. The workforce team at State Services for the Blind (SSB), part of DEED, offers some simple tips to help blind, visually impaired and DeafBlind job seekers ace the interview.
It’s great to find a job posting that’s the perfect fit for your skills and interests. So you apply, and wait for a response that may or may not come. Most job seekers don’t get a response from a submitted resume. But we think you can improve your chances of getting that job interview by following four rules set out by Don Goodman.
Highlighting skills in resumes, cover letters and interviews is part of the foundation of an effective job search. Employers want to know what you can do.
You need to go to job fairs with the right attitude, right materials and professional image to be successful. Sure, you hope to go in, get interviewed on site and land a job. And that’s great if it happens, but if not, don’t be discouraged. The focus of job fairs is to come away with job leads. Getting at least a few good job leads is time well spent.
Emailing has become the standard way in which people communicate with one another. According to Taylor Wright in 5 Email Etiquette Tips for Job Seekers , most recruiters prefer sending and receiving emails because it’s easier to keep a record of contacts. Recruiters could get hundreds of emails every day, and small mistakes can instantly remove you from the list of job candidates.
If your job search has stalled or needs a boost you can get back on track by setting up some informational interviews, meetings with employers or professional within a specific industry.