Career Advice-Tips for Job Search, Interviews, Resumes.

Use the right mix of job websites in your job search methods.  Many job seekers focus on big job websites such as  indeed.com.  But according to experts, unless you're in a high-demand field, this is one of the least effective job search methods, with only about 10% (at best) success rate. So don't spend more than 10% of your time at this activity. Here are guidelines for making good use of your time online: Explore niche, or specialty, job boards. Don't just post on Monster. Also, look at sites like LiveITjobs.com  for technology or Ebberhealthjobs.com  for health care. Target websites of companies you're interested in. Determine which companies to target and post resume to their sites. Better yet, contact these employers directly. Consider regional job boards. To find these boards, type your state and the words "job board" into Google (e.g., Minnesota job board ) or try your local library's website. Try "aggregator" sites like indeed.com,. These sites combine search results from job boards, company websites, professional associations, and other sources. Try professional association websites. Professional associations often post jobs for their members. View the Professional Association Finder to explore options. Check out Avacko.com, which includes four job bank sources, including your state job bank. But since experience shows it's not the best way to get noticed, it's helpful to use a few different methods, including networking your resume in person.
How to stretch your salary like a pro We have all been there. We have all found ourselves without a cent in our pockets on the last days of the month, yet we never seem to know where all the money went to. In a world where the  global  economy deteriorates more and more each day, everyone should know how to manage their money in an efficient manner. It does not matter the amount of money we make, if we know how to manage it, we will be able to stretch it without being financial experts. Is this really possible? The secret to saving money is –pause for dramatic effect- establishing priorities. But how do we know what to give priority to? If your hard-earned money is vanishing at the end of the month like magic, it is time to sit down and evaluate your expenses once and for all. Planning has to become a monthly or even a daily routine for messy spenders. First of all, there are three things that must be taken into account: income, debt, and expenses. The easiest part is establishing our income, the rest will be like seeing our worst nightmares come true, but it will be over soon. No one actually likes knowing how much money they spend each month, but the good thing about planning is that we can figure out how not to bleed out our bank accounts each month and maybe even save up to a 10% for that beach trip you are dying to take. The experts have spoken, and they recommend we divide our income this way: 30-35% for living expenses (including utilities). 16-20% for food and groceries. Invest 17-19% in transportation (including insurance, gas and public transportation). 5-7% for clothes and services (including dry-cleaning, washing, and drying). Invest 5-9% in health (insurance, pharmacy expenses, etc.). 3-6% for entertainment (it cannot be all work and no play). Save 2% - 10%. For miscellaneous expenses like newspapers, education, personal grooming, contributions, etc. destine about 7% to 12% depending on your other expenses. Once we have a clear vision of where our money is going, it will definitely be easier to organize and follow our parameters each month, until we get a constant flow on our bank accounts. There are thousands of useful apps to help us get our prioritizing on (Daily Budget for iPhone, for example), but the most important thing is taking that first step towards economic stability. All we have to do is reach out and take it.
Are you one of those employees who works extra hours every day? Do you sleep with your smartphone? Do you check your email at night and on weekends? Do you feel it is necessary? If your answer is yes, you are probably wrong. Working extra hours is not beneficial for either the employer or the company unless it is completely and utterly necessary. What we really need to figure out is how to organize our time efficiently to be able to improve our performance in the workplace. In order to make this happen, you just need to follow these five simple steps:  Wake up a bit earlier.  You will have more time to organize your pending tasks and you will definitely have a more productive day. Make the most out of your day! Plan your daily tasks by giving priority to the most complicated ones.  Always put the most important and complicated tasks first. Our concentration is always better during the morning and we have more energy. Leaving those tasks for the end of the day can be counterproductive due to the fact that, by the end of the working day, fatigue takes over, which can even lead to making mistakes. Rest from time to time.  Every two hours or so, get up from your chair, stretch, walk across the office, go get some water, talk with your coworkers about subjects that are not job-related and then get back to work. Delegate responsibilities.  If you have a team that you trust, try to delegate some of
#1 Why Should I Hire You? You might think you are prepared to answer this one but the truth is, you are not! Don’t say how awesome you are or how you have superpowers. This question is secretly about the job description. All you need to do is a tie in the job description. (DO YOUR HOMEWORK) with your actual skills and knowledge that make it critical for you to be chosen. Use experiences from college, internships or past jobs to show how these skills were critical in your tasks back then. They should hire you because you can do that particular job not because you are great as an overall employee. Show your uniqueness.   #2: I am seeing a gap in your resume It is not a secret if you got fired or couldn’t find a suitable job after you quit the last one. Unemployment exists and your recruiter knows about it. Be honest, say you spent that time productively caring for your family, reading, taking online courses nor even working freelance. They don’t care about actual employment records, no one wants to hire someone who just spent their unemployed time on the couch in front of the TV in their Pajamas.   #3: Tell Me About Yourself Weekend activities don’t count here, you can’t really be irrelevant or boring when talking about yourself. You have these four areas to cover: Early years (pass by them quickly) then go to education then internship/employment history and then go to your most recent job and focus there. This question usually comes up in the beginning in the form of an introduction. So make it quick, direct and very much short.   #4: Why Did you Leave Your Last Job? Whatever you say, don’t talk badly about your former boss, manager or coworkers. It is not for fear of them knowing, it is because, that even if they were THAT horrible, it shows you take things too personally and have a hard time letting go. It also shows you didn’t really face your problems in the first job but basically chose the easy way out which is quitting. Need a better answer to this question?   #5: Have you ever had a conflict with a boss? Don’t say no. We have all had conflicts with bosses/managers. Just say “I remember one or two conflicts. Nothing big. We had disagreements and I always worked hard to not take it personally and worked on listening to the other person’s point of view and try to find mutual ground for the benefit of the company. It is not about who wins a fight.”   #6: What is your greatest weakness? Please don’t say binge-watching soap operas. That is not the point behind this question. You will find people advising you to take one point of strength in your character and saying it is a weakness. Also wrong because it shows you are deceiving the interviewer. Instead, say something like “I have had trouble in the past with planning and punctuality. However, I’m now working on fixing this with this new app that makes sure I never miss an appointment and arrive on time.” Then show them the actual app on your phone. You are human, you make mistakes and you have weaknesses. The interviewer knows that. He/She will appreciate it when you talk about a true weakness and show what you are doing to overcome it.   #7: You moved between three jobs in a year. Why should I hire you? “Well, I may have left three jobs in a year. But I would rather not be employed than be employed at a place where I don’t have room to grow, show my ideas and create some real change and take a company to the next level. The worst thing at a job is the part of knowing you are not going anywhere or worse, you are not taking the company anywhere. I know my path and I feel my position here will really help me take this company to the next level.” Then start talking some brilliant ideas for that department. See how you took a very negative question into a very positive place?   #8: What are your strengths? Be accurate. Choose the strengths that you actually possess. Don’t pick an answer that worked for a friend or a family member. Be original. Be Relevant, Use the job description advertised to work for you. Be specific. Don’t say “people skills” but say “persuasive communication.” And Be prepared to demonstrate.   #9: Why do you want this job? Very simply. Study the job description beforehand, then show how your skills match; Show your enthusiasm for the job and try to show how you would fit into the workplace culture.   #10: What attracted you to this company? Again and again, do your homework about the company before the interview. Use your information about the company to create phrases about why it is attractive to you. Don’t also forget to tie it in with the industry the company is within. Admire the products and services or a company’s marketing effort for an example. Just show you know the company. Saying it is close to where you live is not a good reason to want a vacancy.   #11: When were you most satisfied with your job? A simple example: “I worked hard to become a marketer and I enjoy putting those skills to work”. It is not about salary, benefits or things to expect from the company. It is about you showing where you shine.   #12: What can you do for us that other candidates can’t? Try humor. Saying something funny like “Can I interview them first and tell you?” shows you are quick to handle a tough situation and you can think creatively. That is not the answer of course after the laughter say something nice and don‘t trash talk the other candidates. Say something unique about yourself.   #13: What were the responsibilities of your last position? Don’t lie. They can get the real answer from your previous employer. Be clear, short and focus on your unique skills and tasks.   #14: Why are you leaving your present job? Don’t say entitled things like “too far”, “the salary is small” or “my boss hates me”. Instead, say you don’t really see your career evolving there and you would rather transfer to a company where you can grow and evolve.   #15: Do you have any questions for me? Rule number one here is to always ask a question. Ask about the company and the challenges you may expect at your job. Maybe there is a special project he/she mentioned, ask about that too. It shows you were listening while he/she was talking.
Getting a job using your second language Knowing other languages in a world that, thanks to globalization, has forced people to be bilingual and almost makes them forget their mother tongue, definitely, comes in handy when looking for a new job. Numbers do not lie, today, nearly 60% of job offers require the candidate to master a second language. English and German are taking the lead on the list for the most popular languages required by employers, especially in the areas of engineering, finance, new technologies, and health. However, according to recent surveys from Adecco,  infoempleo  and the Center for Sociological Research (CIS) in Spain, five languages will prevail among job seekers in 2016. To our surprise, these languages are Italian, Portuguese, German, French, and the ever-present English.  An astounding 89.5% of current job offers require a second language, so it is time to get enrolled in the language course of your choice. French is on the list due to the fact that it is the official language of over 30 countries and as one of the five official languages in the United Nations; it also stands out in the touristic and pharmaceutical areas. German — or Europe’s second most spoken language—, stands out in the tourism sector, as well as those languages mentioned above. Perhaps the most shocking fact about this list is to see the “nonna’s” mother tongue on it. Italian has had an impressive boom these last years in Europe, especially in Spain. Brazil’s peak as a first-power economy in Latin America led them to appear in this list and the fact that it is the official language in six countries. The near future looks very promising for Portuguese. Do we really need to say something more to convince you to go ahead and learn a second language? If you need a little extra motivation, Laura Centeno, Country Manager for People Working, indicates that a bilingual person could earn 20% more than those who speak only one language.
Tips for answering interview questions . I am just going to share just 3 tips on answering interview questions. 1. when asked what your reason for leaving is, obviously you cannot bad mouth your current employer but with that being said, PLEASE DO NOT answer with "growth", don't even put that on your CV hoping to elaborate in an interview. Rather say "my company is a small company and career growth opportunities are very limited therefore I would like to join a company that would have a career growth succession plan for the right candidate as I am aiming for (whatever you are aiming for) in my career plan." don't just answer "growth", what does that even mean? or if the reason is different to "growth" you are welcome to contact me and say so, I have an interview with a certain company and tell me your honest reason for wanting a job change I will try and help you construct a better way to phrase your reason for leaving. 2. When asked what are your weaknesses? Try to turn your weakness onto something that someone will view as a positive, do not give an actual weakness. e.g. "My weakness is i am very particular with how things should be done therefore sometimes i find myself doing a task that i should be delegating to an employee because I do not trust they will do it the way I want it being done however i am working on this and have learned to trust the people that I work with that they will deliver accordingly because at the end of the day we are all working towards achieving the same goal"... see that weakens portrays that you still goal-orientated, shows that you are not lazy, however, it is still a weakness when you are employed to be in a position to delegate but you still do things yourself. 3. Tell us about yourself: now this question  # sigh , the interview is not looking to hear about your life story, they do not know you at this point so they just want to know what are you bringing to the table. Tell them how your career has escalated from the ground up and what did you do to achieve that. Show them through a "myself" that if they do not employ you its practically their loss because you are actually a solution, not just another employee they are looking for. Lastly (but not least), be in it to win it. good luck on your next interview, go there, impress, wearing your biggest smile and confidence and make a statement.