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Job Search Tips You Can Learn From Political Campaigns
The presidential election is approaching fast, and every newscast features some type of discussion or ad related to the candidates. Instead of changing the channel, consider tuning in. You could learn a few tips from political campaigns that help your job search succeed.
Rarely will you see a political candidate frown. That's because they know they need to be friendly. So smile, make eye contact, use your manners and call people by the right name when you print resumes, talk to hiring managers and interview for jobs. These actions show that you're friendly, likeable and nice, and they attract people as you demonstrate that you're a team player.
Keep it Simple
Of course you are familiar with product names and technical acronyms associated with your industry, but you risk turning off hiring managers who is not familiar with those terms. Stick with simple language on your resume and during interviews as you share your skills and wow potential employers.
Every successful job search is achieved with help from a team. Ask former co-workers to be a reference, ask friends to share potential job openings, and ask a career center to proofread your resume. All of these people can support your job search, boost your morale and help you land a job.
Some job interview questions are hard, including why you left your previous job or why there are gaps in employment. Anticipate the tough questions and prepare answers that are direct. Skirting issues only shows that you are not trustworthy or ready to tackle tough challenges at work.
Use Social Media
In addition to finding jobs on social media sites, you can use Google Plus, Twitter and LinkedIn to build your brand and image. Share relevant news articles, discuss trends and talk about your opinions as you gain credibility it the field, engage your audience and stay visible to potential employers.
Share a Short Message
You are passionate about your experience and may even have a vision for what you want to do in a new position, but use fewer words not more. A short message is more likely to hold a hiring manager's attention and allows everyone to get a turn to talk during interviews.
Employers are looking for team members who tell the truth, follow ethical behavior and live with integrity. Tell the truth about your qualifications and during interviews as you demonstrate your trustworthiness.
HMS Insurance Associates, Inc.
How to Keep Your Information Safe When You Apply For A Job
The majority of job applications today are completed online. It's easy to simply enter your information, upload your resume and hit send. What happens to your personal information, though? If someone accesses your full name, social security number, address and work details, they could steal your identity. Keep yourself safe when you take several precautions.
Don't apply for bogus jobs.
People do list bogus jobs with the sole purpose of gaining access to your personal information. Legitimate jobs will include details about the hiring company, job position and job description. Always confirm that the ad is for an actual job opening before you apply.
Use reputable job boards.
Never share your personal information.
To apply for a job, you have to share your name and phone number as well as job history. However, no potential employer should ask for your Social Security number, birth date, gender or race. You also should never be required to provide bank account information, a credit card number, your mother's maiden name or your passwords. While you will need to provide your Social Security number for a background or credit check, do not provide that information until after the interview when you verify that you are interested in the job.
Use secure online sites only.
When you apply for a job online, take a look at the address bar before you hit send. Do you see a lock symbol in front of the URL? If so, the site is secure. Don't apply for the job if it's not secure.
Use a strong password.
Whether you create an account on a job search site or apply for a job online, use a strong password. It should not be a password you use for another site, and don't choose anything that's easy to guess or hack.
Give your application to the right person.
HMS Insurance Associates, Inc.
What to do When You Hate Your Job
When you feel stuck at a job you hate, it's easy to focus on your misery. You may even be tempted to switch jobs. Before you find yourself stressed out, unemployed or burning important professional bridges, though, consider taking these steps.
Determine what needs to change.
Maybe a different boss, easier clients or a raise would help you be happy at work. Maybe you're tired of the commute, itching to climb the ladder or perturbed by a co-worker. Identify the cause of your frustration as you figure out exactly what you don't like about your job.
Be clear about what's important to you.
Your job frustration could stem from the fact that you're not getting something that's important to you. For instance, maybe you value work/life balance but work a lot of overtime. By determining what's important to you, you can decide if you can live with your job or if you need to find something new.
Talk to someone you trust.
Sometimes, it's difficult to see a situation clearly. Confide in a trusted friend or mentor and get a different perspective on your job situation.
Perhaps the problem with your job is the commute. Can you alter your work schedule to avoid rush hour traffic or work from home? A simple solution may be exactly what you need to find job satisfaction again.
Misery loves company, but try to keep your job displeasure to yourself. If you share with co-workers, you potentially jeopardize your job. Plus, complaining never makes any situation better.
Start looking for a job.
Rather than wait until you're absolutely sure you should quit your current job, start a job search now. You might end up finding something with a shorter commute, better work hours or hands-off manager. Simply searching job postings online can help jumpstart a new career you love.
Find something new before you quit.
No matter how much you hate your job, don't quit until you secure another job. It's easier to get a job while you're still employed, and it's almost always better to receive a paycheck from a job you hate rather than be unemployed.
Preserve your bridges.
Your future success could depend on the relationships you have at work now. As an example, you need your current employer to give you a good reference. Be careful about how you act and don't burn your bridges.
HMS Insurance Associates, Inc.
How to Maximize Your Commute
How many hours a week do you spend in your car, in the air or riding a bike, bus, train or ferry to work? The average commute is 25.5 minutes, so whether you drive, ride, walk or fly, your commute could total nearly five hours a week. Consider several tips that help you maximize that time.
Catch up on the latest novels, current events or stock prices when you read. Keep a magazine in your briefcase, download a book to your phone or grab a paper at the corner store and enjoy personal or professional reading on your way to and from work.
On your laptop, in your journal or on notebook paper, write a novel, thank you notes or emails. You can also type to-do lists, note ways to grow your business or outline professional goals. If you're driving, consider software that types as you talk, allowing you to write hands-free.
Open your calendar and spend a few minutes planning your day, week, month and year. Jot down important business meetings, family events and personal obligations. You can also plan dinner reservations for client meetings, your next vacation or your menu for the week.
It's tempting to stay to yourself during your commute, but the person sitting next to you could be your next client, co-worker or friend. Consider connecting with the people around you as you commute.
Sometimes, there simply is not time during the day to call potential clients, current customers or even your mom. If you’re not the vehicle operator, use your commute to make calls or send texts.
You could learn a new language, enhance your business acumen or uncover the mysteries of ancient civilizations on your way to work. Simply download podcasts, listen to CDs or tune into a university website.
Walk or bike to work, and you automatically get a workout. If you ride, stomp your feet, squeeze your abdominal muscles or stretch as you keep your body moving.
Unless you're driving, consider taking a nap. Even a little shut eye can refresh and rejuvenate you for your work day or family responsibilities after work.
Sometimes, stress from daily life, a big meeting or a recent mistake can be overwhelming. Focus your mental energy when you meditate. It can be as simple as turning off the radio and listening to the silence, repeating your favorite mantra aloud or in your mind or tuning into your favorite meditation channel.
HMS Insurance Associates, Inc.
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