Four Signs It’s Time To Look For a New Job

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It’s easy to get lulled into a feeling of safety and comfort at work, but don’t let those feelings hide the truth of your situation or keep you from considering opportunities that could make you happy. Here are four signs that it may be time to start looking for your next career step.

You’re Bored with What You Do on a Daily Basis

Have you lost that feeling of excitement about what the day could bring?? Do you feel like your main job during your workday is to turn off your brain until the clock hits 5pm? We can’t always maintain the same level of excitement we bring to our first days on the job, but if you are simply bored with what you do, and can’t seem to find a way out of it, it’s time to start looking for a new job. Not only will this feeling of boredom turn every day into a slog, but your work quality will begin to suffer, and management will take notice. You might as well leave now on your own terms.

You Feel Stalled in Both Growth and Learning

Are you feeling stalled in your career? If you feel like your professional growth has ceased, and you and your manager can’t identify new opportunities for development, you need to start looking for new work. Even if you do like your co-workers and don’t mind what you are doing, if you feel like you’ve hit a wall in your growth and can’t get passed it, the feeling will only get worse over time.

Your Skills and Duties Have Increased, but Not Your Salary

If you’re growing your skills and contributions to the company, but not seeing that reflected in a growing salary, it may be time to start looking for an employer who won’t take your contributions for granted. Talk to your AppleOne Hiring Advisor to discuss how your current salary compares to others with the same level of experience and job duties.

Your Life Has Changed, and So Have Your Priorities

Priorities change over time, and when they do, you need to evaluate whether your current position is still a good fit for your needs. Whether you want to work 80 hours a week with frequent travel to climb your way to the top, or you want to find a position that will let you get home to spend time with a new and growing family, finding a job with the right balance for you will help you feel satisfied and fulfilled.

Urgent: The 3 Keys To Turning Any Resolution Into An Achievable Goal

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Do you have a list of resolutions you are looking forward to tackling this year? Before you start on your journey to better yourself, it’s important to recognize that most resolutions fall by the way side, not because the person isn’t driven, but because the idea isn’t transferred into an achievable plan for reaching their goals. For those looking forward to a successful year, here are three things you can do to make your resolutions a reality:

Forget the Abstract Idea: Identify the Goals You Are Looking to Achieve

You can’t start working towards a resolution until you identify what exactly you are looking to achieve. Say that your goal is to learn more job-related skills to advance your career. Start by identifying what exactly you want to learn, and picture what a successful completion of your goals would look like. For example, if your resolution is to gain management experience, identify specific steps you can take such as: speaking with your boss about your goals and having yourself put in charge of the “XYZ” project so that you can manage the team to a successful project outcome. Aren’t sure what an achievable goal for your resolution would be? Speak with your mentor, peers or supervisor to get their ideas.

Have an End Date in Mind: Give Yourself a Realistic Date to Get Things Done

There is nothing more daunting then an open ended goal.. When turning your resolution into an actionable plan, set a date by which you intend to reach your goals. While you may end up moving the goal back (or forward) as you progress, having an end date will make your goal concrete and actionable.

Celebrate the Journey: Set Goals Along the Way that Will Keep You Pumped Up

If your goal is to run a marathon or lose 20 pounds, where do you even start? The secret is to break that big goal down into small easily achievable steps. Set a goal to find a marathon training program that will guide you to your goal, or set a goal to meet with a doctor to discuss an exercise and nutritional plan to lose weight. As you achieve each simple goal take a moment to celebrate your achievement and then immediately set the next goal for yourself. Give yourself points along the journey to stop and look back at how far you’ve come and you’ll find yourself much more motivated to continue towards your ultimate success.

 

Let’s Take a Moment to Celebrate You

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December is a month of celebration, but it’s also a month for reflection. Take a moment to think back on your professional accomplishments over the year. We know, the year went by in a blur and it may feel like you didn’t accomplish anything, but dig deeper. Whether you exceeded your quota, delivered a key project or, for those between jobs, connected with a number of possible employers, you do have accomplishments and there are a number of great reasons to remind yourself of that.

It Keeps You Motivated

You’ve accomplished a lot this year, and taking stock of your specific achievements will help you stay hungry and motivated for the next 12 months. You may have been given challenging projects that took you out of your comfort zone, and while there were some bumps along the way, you need to celebrate the fact that you persevered and came out a stronger professional. By identifying what you’ve accomplished, you can look at the next set of challenges with the knowledge that you’ll conquer them and come out more focused and experienced in the end!

Zero-In On Your Strengths for Interviews or Annual Reviews

Whether your January will include job interviews or annual reviews, reflecting on your recent accomplishments will help you excel in these interactions. Managers want to hear specific instances of when you excelled, so being able to answer a question with a specific example carries a lot of weight. Your accomplishments will help you make a case for hiring or promotion.

It Reminds You that You Are Continuously Improving

Nobody is ever going to have a “perfect” year; but you can strive to always grow and improve. Progress can be hard to gauge while it is happening, and you may not realize just how far you’ve come until you take a moment to look back at where you started. When you feel stagnant, it’s important to focus on where you have improved. It’s amazing what a change in focus will do to your psyche moving into the next year.

3 Things You Can Do During The Holidays That Will Help You Get A Job In January

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With the budget finalized and new positions being added to departments, January is a big hiring month for companies. Job seekers who end up filling these newly minted positions can often attribute their success to moves they made during the holiday season. Here are three things you can do in the last few weeks of December that will help you get the job you want in the new year.

Reconnect To Your Network

The holidays are a great time to reach out to your network to wish everyone a happy holiday. Many people use these messages to recap their year, and this is a great opportunity for you to briefly mention what you’re hoping to find as your next career opportunity.

Reach Out To Hiring Managers at Target Companies

Even if ads haven’t been posted, companies are already well into their hiring plans for the first quarter of 2017. As hiring managers get firm budgets, they are hard at work putting together a game plan for finding the best candidates to fill new positions. A great way to get a head start on the mass applications that will arrive once the job ad goes live is to reach out to the hiring managers at your target companies now. Even if you don’t have a specific job in mind, presenting yourself to a hiring manager now is a great way to get on their radar for any current or upcoming needs. You may not be able to reach every target on your list, but the more managers you call, the more managers you’ll be able to get in touch with. TIP: Before you call, consult our “Navigating the Hiring Process” website so you’re prepared with a targeted elevator pitch when you do manage to connect.

Email or Call Your AppleOne Hiring Advisor

One of the biggest misconceptions of a job search is that the hiring process shuts down during the holidays. While companies may not be hiring publically, they may be taking other routes to filling positions, such as working with a company like AppleOne. With this in mind, it makes perfect sense to contact your AppleOne Hiring Advisor to share your plans and your target list. They may be able to help you connect directly with a manager, some of which may be currently hiring. Updating your hiring advisor on your continuing job search activities will allow them to better match you with clients who may be looking to fill positions in the coming months.

 

 

How to Nail “The Hello” and Get the Job

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Want to know the secret to getting a leg up on your competition during a job interview? It’s all about how you handle the initial meeting with the hiring manager, also known as “The Hello.” Studies have shown that everything from the handshake to the smile of the initial hello shapes the way that hiring managers think of candidates during the interview. Here is the advice you need to nail “The Hello” and get your interview off in the right direction:

Be Smiling Before “The Hello” Commences

People want to interact with others who seem positive and happy, and there is no better way to show this off than your smile. If your natural resting face is anything less than smiling and enthusiastic, practice and be aware of how you carry yourself from the moment you drive onto the parking lot. You never know who is going to see you or when, and it may be too late to put on a big smile if you wait until your name is called in the lobby.

Let Eye Contact Show Your Confidence

Eye contact is important to maintain throughout the interview, as it shows you are engaged and confident in your abilities. This engagement needs to be shown from the very start. When the hiring manager first comes to greet you, try to lock eyes before you start your handshake. If you have a bad habit of not making eye contact during conversations, train yourself by doing it with people you deal with on a daily basis. A couple of hours of looking people in the eye as you talk will reverse your bad habit and make it a regular part of your conversations.

Squeeze… But Don’t Crush: Find the Right Balance for Your Handshake

The perfect handshake is all about finding the right balance: it needs to be firm, but not so hard that it feels crushing. As you approach for the shake, remember to keep smiling warmly and make confident eye contact. Connect with palm to palm contact instead of just reaching for the fingers. Keep the grip for one or two pumps, and then release. As with other aspects of your job interview, practice your handshake with friends and family, and be willing to hear advice from those who give plenty of handshakes throughout their workday.  If your palms get sweaty when you’re nervous, consider keeping a hanky in your purse or pocket so you can give your palm an unobtrusive wipe before you meet the hiring manager.

The Practical Gifts That Job Seekers Want To See Under The Tree

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the job seeker in your life? Think practical. Whether they are a new graduate who is jumping into the job market for the first time, or a seasoned veteran looking to take the next step in their career, here are some great ideas for practical gifts they can use:

A Stylish New Interview Outfit

A crisp, comfortable professional outfit makes a huge psychological difference in a job interview. When you know you look good, you feel like you can take on the world. With this in mind, give the job seeker in your life either a brand new interview outfit, or a gift card to a their favorite store where they can pick out their own. Accessories like belts, shoes, ties, and scarfs make great gifts as well.

A Gift Card to a Local Dry Cleaner

Job seekers need a clean, wrinkle-free outfit every time they go in for an interview, meaning that they will be making multiple trips to their local dry cleaner during their search. These costs can add up, which is why a gift card to a local dry cleaner will be a welcome gift to them this holiday season.

A High-Quality Haircut from a Salon

Many job seekers would not even think of indulging in a salon-style haircut. While they may be happy with the cost-effective haircuts they get on a regular basis, treating them to a salon-experience haircut of the highest quality is a great gift, and one that will give them the confidence to take on any interview.  Gift cards to places like nail salons and day spas will likely be appreciated as well.

A Handy New Portfolio Bag or Briefcase

Walking into a job interview holding four copies of your printed out resume makes you look unprofessional even before the hiring manager opens their mouth. With this in mind, every candidate needs a professional-looking portfolio bag or briefcase to accompany them to interviews, making it a perfect gift for job seekers.

Rock Your Job Search Like a Superstar

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Celebrities have learned that social media is the best way to advance their career, and while you may not be looking to land a role in the next blockbuster or keep your $50 million fashion line afloat, your favorite stars can teach you a lot about how to succeed in your own career goals. Here are three simple rules that will help you craft and utilize your social media footprint to land your next starring role:

Rule #1: Image Is Everything (And You Have the Power to Tailor It)

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We all create versions of ourselves for social media, and celebrities (and their teams of assistants) have this down to a science. For example, Taylor Swift, shares posts that make her seem “approachable.” Her fans don’t just feel like they have a connection to her, they feel like she could be one of their friends. Ellen DeGeneres shares posts that are goofy, yet wholesome. This  matches the image that is presented on her show. You have the power to craft your own image on Social Media, and when it comes to getting a job, nothing will sell you more than looking both professional, yet approachable, meaning that you’ll get the work done, and fit in well with the office.

Rule #2: Looking Professional Will You Seem Professional

Example: Justin Timberlake

People judge you by how you look, and celebrities learned long ago that they can use that to turn themselves into whoever they need to be. Take Justin Timberlake for example. When he first burst on the scene with *N SYNC, his fashion sense left a certain “something” to be desired (a denim suit is never appropriate!). As his career matured and he went solo, JT updated his fashion sense, trading his old boy-band look for those of a fashionable crooner. Now, you can’t solely credit his suit and tie (sorry, had to) for his new image, but it definitely helped. Of course you’d wear a suit to an interview because you want to be seen as professional, but if the first time a potential employer sees you is on Instagram or LinkedIn, you need to craft a similarly professional image there, too. You don’t have to be formal all the time, but if you’re looking for a job, select profile photos and share pictures that will leave employers wanting to meet you.

Rule #3: Use Your Fan Base to Get Yourself Opportunities

Examples: Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen

In the music industry, your online fan base can be as important  as your record sales. In fact, some of today’s biggest artists got their big break because of their social media fan base. Both Justin Bieber and professional earworm Carly Rae Jepsen were signed to major labels because their posts got so many likes from their followers. Musicians, artists, and actors are now using their social media followers as a tool in advancing their careers. Unless you’re in PR, Social Media, or entertainment, you may not get a job due to the number of followers you have, but you can still use your own social media “fan base” to get career opportunities. Follow people at companies you’re targeting or tap your network for introductions and job advice. Share your professional achievements, and don’t be afraid to inquire about work. It used to be that you had to go out of your way to network. Now, thanks to social media, you can meet new people and share your skills in a matter of seconds.