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.

Don’t Let Halloween Photos Come Back to Haunt You

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Halloween gives us a chance to try on alternate identities and let our inner wild-child out to play. It can be a lot of fun, but with the internet being the place where nothing ever dies, those photos can come back to haunt you in your job search. Even if you think it shouldn’t matter and you wouldn’t want to work for the kind of employer who would care, it’s always best to leave yourself as many options as possible. You can still have fun if you follow a few simple rules about how you share the fun via social media.

Give Some Thought to What You Post Publicly

While it’s okay to wear a funny or potentially controversial political Halloween costume, you should avoid posting pictures of it. Your future hiring manager may not share your sense of humor or political leanings, so it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to broadcasting your costume to the world.

Remember That Friends’ Pictures Can Haunt You Too

Sometimes the scariest photos can be the ones that you didn’t even know existed. While you may have done the smart thing and not post the photos from that crazy Halloween party you went to, it’s safe to assume that someone else did, and they may have tagged you in some of the pictures. Heck, you may not even be in a picture for it to be tagged. With this in mind, make a sweep of your social media platforms to make sure you aren’t attached to anything scary. If you aren’t able to manually untag yourself from a photo, contact the poster to have them do it for you.

Be Ghoulishly Aware Of Who Is Around You in a Group Picture

Maybe the most terrifying of all party photos when it comes to your future job prospects are those that involve a large group. As the saying goes “You will be judged by the company you keep,” and even if you don’t know the people who you are posing with in a photo, you’ll be lumped in with whatever they may be doing in the photo. Even if you are over 21, stay away from photos with people with alcohol, and always be aware of what is going on in the background of a picture. You may be thinking that you are taking an innocent photo with a couple of friends, but the background may make it seem otherwise.

Busy Life? How to Gain Job Skills When You Don’t Have a Lot of Free Time

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Thanks to technology and changing market demands, job requirements are evolving at a breakneck pace. The skills that got you a job three years ago may not be enough to get an interview today, so you need to adapt and learn new skills to stay competitive. However, between jobs and family and other commitments, who has the time? Here are three expert tips that will help even the busiest person learn the new skills you need.

Find Online Courses That Can Fit Into Your Schedule

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of websites and online programs that are dedicated to teaching you skills specific for your field. While you may not have four hours at a time to complete a program, you may be able to do it in 20-minute increments. Also, be on the lookout for online colleges that offer classes with downloadable lectures and online testing, as they can not only teach you skills, but also give you written documentation of your achievements.

Make It a Part of Your Current Job

Many companies and bosses encourage learning and personal development because they recognize it makes employees happier as well as more effective and productive. Identify the skills you need, find a class that will help you gain those skills, and determine the time required to complete the class. Then present a plan to your boss for how you can fit that time into your current workload. Chances are, your boss will be thrilled to see you taking the initiative, and if it’s a paid course, they may even pick up the cost.

Prioritize and Calendar Your Key Commitments

There’s a saying that if you want to get something done, ask a busy person to do it. Very busy people have very detailed calendars that help them get everything done. A quick look at your personal calendar will show that you do have pockets here and there where you can fit in segments of training. You may find that you have an hour before bed to dedicate to learning, or a few hours on the weekend. Block off these times and find a program that you can fit into it. Don’t try and multitask your training with other items, plan to take that scheduled time to focus on learning.

Four Ways To Make Your Social Media More Professional And Job Search Ready

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We live in a world were social media is everywhere. For many people, if it wasn’t posted on Facebook or Instagram, it didn’t actually happen. With all of the sharing we do, it is very possible that you haven’t been considering how a potential employer would view your posts. When it comes to finding a job, certain posts can come back to bite you, so here are four ways to make your social media more professional.

View Your Photos through the Eyes of a Hiring Manager

That party last week was fun, and you want your friends to see how exciting your life is. Take another look though, and this time think about the impression it makes on a hiring manager who hasn’t met you and may only know you from this photo and your resume. Is that photo going to help you or hurt you in your job search? If you look at a photo and can even remotely see how it could be a strike against you, take it down. Many sites have privacy settings but unless you trust sites like Facebook not to change their policies, it’s better to just take it down to be sure.

Google Yourself and Look for Anything That Paints You in a Less-Than-Professional Light

Sure, you might not be Ryan Gosling or Sandra Bullock in terms of online popularity, but a quick search on Google will show that your name can show up in quite a lot of searches. Your hiring manager will Google you, so get one-step ahead of them and Google yourself, looking for anything that may either reflect badly on you , or even seems mildly questionable. If you find something, ask the website owner to take it down. Usually they are happy to oblige if you ask them nicely.

 Remember You Aren’t the Only One Posting Pictures of You

Friends and family members might casually post group pictures on their social media, and while they mean no malice, they do include you in situations that may not exactly scream “I’m a professional”. While that trip to wine country or that fun weekend in Vegas may have produced some great pictures, if your friend or family members posted them they are searchable on sites, especially if you are tagged. Have your friends “untag” you on these pictures, and take your full name off of any posts. If there are any pictures that absolutely shouldn’t be seen, ask them to please take them down.

Make Sure the Information on Your Pages Matches What Is on Your Resume

There is a lot of information on social media sites that can be cross-checked with your resume. Make sure that the basic information on your resume is in line with what you post online. While you should never lie on your resume, the main reason you want to make sure information is in tune is that there may be innocent timeline errors that could make a hiring manager think you are not telling the truth. Did you work on a big freelance project for a company from July-November 2014? If you put that you took a sabbatical to train as an artist in Europe from July-September 2014 EVEN THOUGH you meant 2015, it could cause a hiring manager to question whether you are telling the truth on your resume.

Just Because You Love Your Job Doesn’t Mean You Can Neglect Your Network

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Like working out and flossing we all know we should be networking more, but it’s just so easy to put it off. However, networking doesn’t have to mean boring mixers or forced interactions. It can be a very rewarding experience and can be quick and easy to get into the habit of with these simple activities you can do today. Commit to making networking a habit so your network will be ready when you need it. Here are three things that you can start to do now and can build into a long-term routine that you’ll be happy to follow:

Go Out To Lunch Once A Week With Contacts Outside Of Your Office

Lunch is the perfect time to meet with local contacts. Instead of taking lunch at your desk, use the hour to get out there and have a nice conversation with someone in your network. Even if you don’t talk about job-related subjects, simply meeting for an hour will allow you to stay connected, which will pave the way for them looking to help you out when you do need your contact for a networking opportunity, or if they come across a job opening that they think is right for you.

Make A Point To Wish Contacts Happy Birthday and Congratulate Them On Major Life Events

Social media does a great job of reminding you when some of your contacts are celebrating a major life event. For example, Facebook will always remind you when it is someone’s birthday, while LinkedIn will let you know when a contact got a promotion, or is celebrating a work anniversary. By simply taking a few minutes to text, call, or email them, you let them know that you care, and they will become even stronger contacts going forward.

Develop A Networking Ritual You Know You Can Follow

Just like working out, creating a ritual for daily networking is a great way to make sure you stick to it. Find a time of day where you can dedicate 10 minutes to maintaining and cultivating your network, and then make sure that you block out that time for networking. Set a daily reminder on your phone and/or computer so that you won’t forget. This means that even if your day looks full, you’ll always have that time to write a birthday card to a contact, or make lunch plans to meet with yourcontact for upcoming weeks.

Why You Need a Career Consultant – even if you love your job

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Partnering with an employment service like AppleOne gets you access to a free career consultant. This personal consultant can help you achieve your work goals – even if one of those goals isn’t finding a new job. Here are three reasons why getting some personal coaching from employment expert can help you even if you love your current job.

Tips to Achieve the Best Career Path in Your Current Company

Feeling happy and secure in your job is a good thing, but it doesn’t mean that you want to stand still. Companies are always looking to promote from within, and it takes effective goal selection and planning to make sure that you are in the proper position to advance when the time comes. A Career Consultant will help you not only set achievable goals that will put you in the spotlight, but they can also show you how to properly impress your boss and your boss’s boss, giving you a better chance of being on the shortlist for high-profile management jobs when they become available.

Insight into Where Your Profession and Industry is Headed

Your profession is constantly evolving and it is important to know where it is headed. A Career Consultant will help you keep up to date on the newest technologies and ideas that are shaping your industry, and let you know what hot skills you need to acquire in order to stand out on future resumes. They can also help you understand how your current salary and benefits compare to others with similar jobs and experience.

Discreet Tips and Confidential Help

Is there a company you always wanted to work for or a job that would make you think about changing positions. Even if you aren’t ready to start looking for a job, let your consultant know about your dream opportunity, and they can keep an eye out and make sure that you know about the opportunity before anybody else. And since they are discreet and confidential nobody even needs to you know you have feelers out. Additionally, building a strong relationship with your consultant means they will be instantly ready to help you develop a confidential search strategy, should your priorities change.

 

Common Things That May Be Hindering Your Job Search

 

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If you find that you aren’t getting the responses you were hoping for from your active job search, it may be time to step back and reevaluate your process. While it can be stressful to see that all of your hard work isn’t ending in interviews and call backs, there are some common mistakes that you can fix that will get you a better response. Here are three things you may be doing that are hindering your job search:

Applying Only For Jobs That Are Found On Job Boards

Studies have shown that only around 15% of job positions are filled from online applications. Furthermore, more than 70% of people end up finding jobs through some type of networking. With this in mind, you are not giving yourself the best opportunity at open jobs by just checking mega job boards on a daily basis. While you shouldn’t completely ignore them, it’s important to remember that many companies only post these ads after posting them on their own job boards, or putting them on social media. If you are going to catch jobs early, have a target list of employees that you follow on social media and contact regularly inquiring about open positions. Also, remember to keep up with that networking and to focus it towards the kind of jobs you want.

Sending The Same Cover Letter And Resume For Every Job

While it is true that a hiring manager may only spend a small amount of time reading your cover letter and looking at your resume (think less than a minute), they will be looking for it to be specific towards the job you are applying for. Having the same cover letter and resume for every job might cut down on the time it takes for you to apply, but it will typically not get a second look from the hiring manager. Instead, read through the job description and make sure that both your cover letter and resume reflect the specific points that they make throughout.

Not Completing Your LinkedIn Page

When you are applying for a job, your LinkedIn page can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Most hiring managers are going to at least glance at your LinkedIn page; it’s always best to assume that a hiring manager is going to look at any social media page that you have (more information on how to handle that here). Your LinkedIn page, especially, is of interest to a hiring manager because it is your “professional” page, and if it looks like you stopped halfway through the process and never finished it, it will reflect poorly on you. It doesn’t take long to put together a great looking LinkedIn page, and once you do it is easy to maintain!