Don’t Keep This Secret from Your Boss!

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Being up-front with your boss about your career plans can pay dividends. Unless your plan involves moving on to another employer in the near future, it’s worth letting your manager know your goals. Here are three ways that it might pay off:

It Helps Your Boss Assign Projects that Can Help You Progress

Giving your boss an idea of where you want to take your career can help influence the type of work they give you. You may be included in projects that can help you gain skills and experience that you wouldn’t otherwise get. This may involve working with other departments, which can help you network as well.

It Helps Your Boss Identify Job Openings That Match Your Goals

When a company identifies an employee that excels in their job, they want to keep them around. By letting your boss know your long-term plans, they can keep an eye out for openings in the company that match your career path. This puts you in line for promotions and beneficial lateral moves.

It Helps Your Boss Know How to Keep You Happy

Managers want to keep their employees happy, but they may not always be able to meet a specific goal such as a large raise or a particular promotion. However, when you share all of your goals for salary growth or career development, it can open up additional ways that your boss can keep you happy and motivated. If they can’t make a promotion happen right now, maybe they can get you a bonus, or if money is tight, maybe they can advance you into a role that will position you for the growth you want.

The One Tool Every Job Seeker Needs in their Arsenal

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Looking for a tool that will add a new dimension to your job search? Partnering with a (free) employment service, like AppleOne, will enhance your job search and provide you with the personalized assistance that every job seeker needs. Here are the three most important ways that an employment service will help you:

Develop a Better Understanding of What Local Employers Are Seeking

The “X-factor” that can you get a job at one employer may be a turnoff to another one. Knowing what specific companies are looking for in your area will help you get you the job you are targeting. AppleOne Hiring Advisors track local and national employment trends. Because they work with specific employers, they can give you valuable insights into how best to present yourself for a particular job.

Stronger Resumes and Cover Letters

The average hiring manager takes only eight seconds to look over your resume to decide whether to call you in for an interview. That is if you can get past the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that they use to cut down the initial job pool. An employment service knows what employers are looking for in cover letters and resumes, and they can help you craft something that will get past the computers and catch the manager’s eye.

Access to Jobs That Aren’t Posted on Job Boards

Did you know that up to 85% of all available jobs are never posted on online job boards? Because of the costs associated with hiring and advertising, many of these jobs are actually never even available to the public, as companies look to sources like AppleOne to handle the hiring for them. This means an employment service can help you apply for jobs you would have not found otherwise. These are jobs that aren’t looking for a pool of applicants, but only the ones they want to either interview or hire on the spot.

Get into the Secret Job Market for an Amazing Career

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You can easily find thousands of jobs online. It’s quick and easy to apply, but they all produce hundreds of applicants. How can you possibly compete with that? Big job boards have a place in every job search strategy, but you also need to get into the secret job market to find the jobs that 99% of your competition will never even see.

Focus on Where You Want to Work, Not Who Appears to Have Job Openings

Since “secret” jobs need to be discovered, narrow your focus to the companies that you really want to work for. Make a list of 20-25 companies,  and start developing a plan to secure a job with them. Use you networks, or your parent’s networks, to find people who work for your target employers. Ask your AppleOne hiring advisor for access to our Navigating the Hiring process guide, which contains scripts for how best to reach out to these people. During your meeting be sure to ask if they know of any jobs that might be right for you and find out who else they think you should contact.

Attend Those Marketing Events That Are On Campus

Do you see flyers around campus or in the career center that advertise a networking event or a guest speaker from a company of interest? These are events you need to attend. Yes, they allow you to meet other people who have similar career interests, but they also allow you to meet people in person that can help you identify jobs before they become public. Never miss an opportunity to meet someone who has connections, and don’t be afraid to ask them questions, or even hit them with an elevator pitch regarding what you are looking for. You’d be surprised how many interviews and hiring’s start with a simple handshake.

Build Up Your LinkedIn Network

LinkedIn can help you in two distinct ways. First, it allows you to grow and nurture a network of professionals that can alert you to new job openings, while giving you advice on how to secure them. Second, it can help you identify and connect with people who work at, or with, your target employers. The latter will help you get an interview even before the job is discussed externally.

Make It Personal: Use the Phone or Introduce Yourself in Person

Email and texts have their place, but they aren’t always the best choice for a job search. Let your personality shine by picking up the phone to talk to a human being at your target companies. This makes you harder to ignore, and gives you an opportunity to ask follow up questions, and even develop a relationship with the person on the other side of the phone. If you feel extra confident, you can do your inquiries in person, which allows you to put an immediate face to the name. In both cases, have your resumes ready to go, and have your elevator pitch down pat.

 

 

Going Beyond Fear – Your Key to Growth and Success

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Fear can be useful, but you won’t grow if you allow it to hold you back. As in all things, you need to find the right balance, and our 3-step process will help you work through you fear so that you can boldly push past your comfort zone into the areas where growth is possible.

Is the Fear Specific or General?

Are you worried about a specific aspect of a new opportunity, or is it just a general anxiety of the unknown? Separate the general uneasiness from the specific concerns that you may have about risks you may be taking. For example, being worried about fitting in and thriving at a new company can be chalked up to the general anxiety everyone experiences when starting at a new job. This kind of stress can be expected, and thus not looked at as something that should stop you from going for it.

Are There Steps You Can Take Right Now To Help Reduce Your Worry?

Some of the fear you have regarding a new opportunity that has presented itself can be alleviated immediately. For example, if you are worried about a taking on a new job because it is related to a field that you don’t know much about, you can find a lot of information online that will give you in-depth information on what you can expect. A lot of fear comes from the unknown, so simply learning about what you need to know right now can alleviate a lot of fear.

Are the Risks Worth the Reward?

Once you’ve eliminated general anxiety and taken steps to reduce specific worries, you’re left with a few risks that you need to actively manage. For instance, you may be worried about leaving a relatively secure position for a less secure position. First test each assumption. Is the current position really secure? There are no guarantees in life and people often find themselves let go from jobs they thought were stable. Is the potential employer really insecure? If it’s a start-up, how long can they stay in business based on the current direction of the company. If you were let go how long do you think it would take you to find a new job?  Once you have a handle on the situation, look at why you’re interested in the opportunity. Will there be new duties or skills that will allow you to grow in your career? Will there be a larger salary that will allow you to save against a possible loss of work. Consider each of the rewards against each of the risks and make an informed choice.

Which of Your College Friends will Most Influence Your Career?

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Networking doesn’t just occur at campus events and with online connections, in many instances successful networking simply means living your life and trying to stay on good terms with the people you meet along the way. You may not be thinking about your career when you meet the person who will help define your path, but these stories show why it’s important to always try to leave a good impression on everyone you meet.

Sheryl Sandberg- COO of Facebook

What Her Story Teaches You: Get To Know Your Professors

If you are skipping out on open office hours with your professors, you are missing out on an opportunity to network with a professional who often has great connections. Facebook COO, Shery Sandberg learned this while studying economics at Harvard. While finishing up her B.A., she met then-professor Larry Summers, who became her mentor and thesis advisor. Summers eventually recruited Sandberg to be his research assistant for a health study he was doing for the World Bank. Once Ms. Sandberg graduated and started working in the private sector, she was again recruted by Summers, who was now the United States Secretary of the Treasury. While her drive and exceptional intelligence led her to success in Silicon Valley, you can say that getting to know her professor allowed her to get her foot in the door and create a resume that was hard to resist.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin- Co-Founders of Google, Inc.

What Their Story Teaches You: You May Not Be Friends at First, but Getting to Know Someone Can Lead to Amazing Partnerships

There are some people who meet the first day of orientation and become inseparable friends. Sergey Brin and Larry Page, co-founders of Google, Inc., would not fall into that category. When the two initially met at freshman orientation at Stanford, they briefly chatted but seemed to disagree on most subjects. As the semester progressed, they got to know each other a bit more and found they didn’t just liked hanging out together, but were both interested in improving research on the Internet. Page was working on a project focusing on backlinks, and Brin’s interest in data mining systems fit perfectly into areas where Page was struggling. The two teamed up and authored a paper, which would eventually lead to the creation of the world’s biggest and most successful search engine.

Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt, David Gilboa, and Jeffrey Raider- Co-Founders of Warby Parker

What Their Story Teaches You: It’s Amazing where Simple Conversations Between Friends Can Lead

Sometimes the best ideas spring from a couple of friends complaining about a mutual hassle. Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt, David Gilboa, and Jeffrey Raider were graduate students and friends at Wharton University in Philadelphia where they shared a mutual dislike for the cost of glasses. The loss of a $700 pair of glasses led to the idea for Warby Parker, which focuses on high-quality prescription glasses that cost less than people were used to. While starting a successful business may have been the last thing on their minds when the four met, you can never know where a new friendship can go.

As a student, your day is filled with opportunities to get to know people. If there was a common thread between these three stories it’s that relationships were built before opportunities were presented. Whether it’s your professor, someone you sit next to, or that person you also say hi to when you pass them in the hallway, you never know what taking a moment to properly introduce yourself will lead you.

 

 

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.

 

 

Why Thanksgiving Weekend Is Prime Time For Your Job Search

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Thanksgiving weekend is not the time to completely check out of your job search. It fact, in between football, shopping, and having thirds of pumpkin pie, you should carve some time to take advantage of some of the opportunities that are unique to the weekend. Here are three reasons Thanksgiving weekend is stuffed full of great opportunities for your job search:

Thanksgiving Dinner is a Great Place to Do Some Light Networking

Family dinners are a great opportunity to meet with family members and friends that you may not get to see all the time. While you are catching up, don’t be afraid to do a little bit of light networking. Let them know that you are looking for new career opportunities. You may end up finding that a friend or family member knows someone who is hiring, or someone who can help you. At the very least, you may get some useful advice.

Friday is a Perfect Day to Connect to Target Companies

If you have been looking for a perfect time to connect with a target company to ask questions or inquire about openings, the day after Thanksgiving is a great day to do it. There are a surprising number of companies that are open Friday, even if it’s just a skeleton staff. Employees at target companies may have a little extra time to talk, meaning that you can get more than the yes or no answer you’d get on a regular workday. You may gain a great connection at the company with a simple phone call.

A Lot of Hiring Occurs Between Thanksgiving and New Years

It’s a myth that hiring doesn’t occur during the holidays. In fact, hiring between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day tends to be as high, if not actually a little bit higher, than the rest of the year. Companies get new budgets during the latter part of a year, meaning that they may be looking to hire for newly created positions that will begin in the New Year. A lot of these jobs may be posted around Thanksgiving time, including throughout the weekend.