Monday, July 30, 2007

What Is That Job Posting Really Saying? Should You Hit That Apply Now Trigger?

Browsing through some articles online, I came across something that would be of great interest to our online job searchers. The topic in question is; what are employers saying in their job postings? The difference between required skills and qualifications, entry level but still needs experience, or may have experience with, and so on and so forth.


This brought together a great topic for conversation. These terms are used as both a weeding out of unqualified candidates and to reduce the amount of resumes that a recruiter comes into contact with. On the other end of the spectrum, these can add keywords to a job posting that allow the job to show up more frequently or less frequently during a job search.


So what is a job seeker to do? Well, the first thing you should be doing is your own research of the company you are applying with. Just like you can be Google’d during the interview process, you can turn it around and do the same research on the company in question. When you call a supplied phone number or reply to an email, have prepared questions about the requirements and qualifications handy. Knowledge is power and will give you an advantage over unprepared job seekers in the interview process.


Usually an employer or recruiter can be flexible on the skills needed for a position. Now that’s not to say if you have zero in common with the entire page worth of information to run into an office and apply for a position. But it is to say that you may not need to meet every request that is read online.


Most positions have training available for new employees where specific skills can be attained that are job specific. If a license is required for say a driving position, that is a mandatory requirement that cannot be overlooked, but an employer may have information on how to obtain the necessary licenses for the position.


I hope this brief information will help encourage you to apply for a job that suits you. Remember that life is a learning experience, and so is job hunting. Learn from these companies what they tend to look for in a candidate. Many times all it takes is the initial effort after reading a job posting that interests you!


Happy hunting Orlando and don’t forget that our Career Fair and Education Expo is right around the corner. August 15th at the Amway Arena will be an excellent opportunity to start your career or point an existing one in the right direction.


-Greg Rollett

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Employer Investigation: Follow up from 'Have You Ever Googled Yourself'

I had a post a few days back about how employers and schools are checking your online profiles to find information that will weigh in their decision to hire an applicant or not. Here's a poll that is still ongoing at ERE.com where employers had the opportunity to weigh in on their online profile checking policies. Here are the results so far, fairly interesting if you ask me.


Lurking on Candidates' MySpace Profiles

Do you browse candidates' MySpace (or similar) profiles before extending offers of employment?
Almost always
7%
9 votes
Sometimes
22%
30 votes
Rarely
10%
14 votes
Never
61%
82 votes
total: 135 votes


If you are preparing to go on a job interview or attend our Career Fair, you might want to re-read the blog post titled "Have You Google'd Yourself Lately."

Please post your comments and thoughts on this ongoing topic affecting job seekers. If you are an employer and utilize this practice, please share what you are looking to find/not find on your search. I'm looking forward to hearing your responses.

Until then, happy hunting and recruiting Orlando!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Department Store Dress Code Battle-What to Wear, What Not to Wear? That is the Question!

Pardon me getting all Shakespeare on you but there has been a recent debate that the Orlando Employment Guide office has been keeping an eye on. Department superstore Macy’s is in the process of making all on-floor employees wear all black while on the clock. The chain has implemented this dress code for most of its stores nationwide and recent arguments have come from recently acquired Kaufmann's stores in the Widwest.


The union that represents workers at the former Kaufmann's flagship has filed a grievance to rescind the new dress code, which goes into effect Sept. 4 for about 17,600 workers at all 113 Macy's stores in the nine-state Midwest division, this according to post-gazette.com.(Read the full article here)


Macy’s reps are saying that this new policy will help customers identify employees and improve overall customer service. The employees are arguing that it takes away their personal style and will require them to buy additional merchandise that was unnecessary before the change.


Macy’s has said that it will not force its employees to buy their clothes, but will offer significant discounts to encourage them to buy from the chain.


Where this all comes around to our offices is the all too often and familiar debate over business casual. Where does one draw the line, or is there a line? Our job fairs, and most job fairs for that matter, require an attire of business casual, but what does this really mean?


With our Orlando Diversity Career Fair right around the corner, many job seekers are getting their resumes all polished up and looking great for the part. And while this is a great and super important aspect of landing that dream job, your first impression “live in person” might weigh just as much if not more!


Coming directly from the EmploymentGuide.com, we have this statement to go by: “As with a job interview, first impressions at a job fair are important. How you represent yourself sends an immediate message to employers about how serious you are in your job search. It isn't always necessary to wear a suit to a job fair - unless you are looking for a job that would require you to dress professionally at work. However, you should leave the jeans and t-shirts at home. "Business Casual" is usually the most appropriate at a job fair. Nice slacks and a collared shirt are appropriate for men and nice slacks or a skirt and a blouse for women. Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed. Avoid wearing excessive jewelry or clothing that is too short or revealing.”


Take it to another level and the Princeton University website had this to say: "Although appearance is important you want to make sure that you are remembered for your skills and not your clothing. It is important to dress smart and conservative. You want the interviewer to focus on you and not what you're wearing."


As you prepare for the job fair or for any interview in the upcoming days, weeks, etc be certain of one thing; first impressions count, both on paper and in person. Macy’s may have the right idea in unifying their employees with a dress code, and the employees might be right in that Macy’s is forcing an unnecessary change.


Either way, land the job first, perform on the job and then press any questions and concerns about their dress code. These codes were put into effect well before you started and were probably put there for good measure.


Till next time, happy job hunting from the Orlando Employment Guide Team!


-Greg Rollett

Friday, July 20, 2007

TGIF-Right?

Well it’s another Friday afternoon at the Employment Guide office. We’ve all been working extra hard looking for only the best employers to hire you and Orlando’s best job seekers.


Being a Friday usually makes the vast majority of my co-workers and myself (and all workers around the world for that matter) pretty happy. Why you ask? It could be a multitude of reasons; pay day, the weekend, sporting events, concerts to see, family to visit, oh and no work till Monday morning. So what does this post mean to you? If you are looking for a job it should mean motivation! Today is another Friday gone by where you are not looking forward to a paycheck. And the weekend, ah, that’s just two extra days in your week.


For those of you at home who need to get up and get that job, or that career, or get into that school, now is your chance! The Orlando Employment Guide is proud to present Our Diversity Career Fair August 15th in downtown Orlando, Florida. This is a job fair that gives “you” the job seeker, the opportunity to take action and get on the path to a great career. We will have booths and exhibits from some of the most respected companies, schools, education and career centers in our Orlando community. Take this action and when next Friday comes, you’ll have something to look forward to.


If you are unable to attend (for a very good reason I’m sure), please email your resume to orlandojobs@employmentguide.com and we will be sure to pass it along to all of the employers and recruiters at the event. To check out video from our past events and view the official job fair flyer visit The Orlando Employment Guide.


You can have a Friday to look forward to sooner than you think!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Gen-Y'ers-There Might be Hope For You (Us) Yet

On my morning surf of the internet searching for useful HR topics, I ran accross a blog that was started by 2 recent Penn State graduates. What I found was a great assessment of this new genertation that is hitting the work force. I have been boggled down in articles about Gen-Y and will no doubt be voicing my opinion and that of job seekers in the Orlando community in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime I encourage you to check out their operation and see what they have to say about us! After all I am one of them, in a very tech-savy job environment, so I fit right in to their demographic. Take a peek at Employee Evolution. Happy hunting!

-Greg Rollett

I have also posted a link to Employee Evolution for future reference in our quick links tab.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Check out our new Education Center!

Are you looking to get back to the books? Take a look at the Employment Guide's new Education Center. This updated site is jam packed with new and useful information for anyone that is looking to take their education to the next level!

You can view videos from top schools, browse by school type (Culinary, Art, Design, Automotive, etc), or take a look at all the schools in the area. Whatever you choose, it sounds like a good move to me!

Good luck and remember after you graduate,turn to the Employment Guide to find the job you've been training for!

-Greg

Friday, July 13, 2007

Be Our Friend on Myspace!

That's right, we've joined the one go-zillion people on the social networking giant! Come be our friend! Click on the logo below or there is also an option in "quick links" located on the right side of the page.






Our myspace will be the exclusive home of The Orlando Employment Guide's Twitter account that will have automatic job opening updates as we receive them. This is great because you will have the chance to view and apply for these job postings before anyone else! Be sure to leave some comment love! Have a great weekend and happy myspace-ing from the Orlando Employment Guide Office!

-Greg Rollett

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Awesome Game Let's You Virtually Go Through the Job Process from Resume to Applying to Interveiw to Salary!

As yesterday was winding down, I was approached with this "game" that they thought might be cool to throw on our blog. So I checked it out. The game is called "Nail the Interview" and it was supposed to be a virtual way to get a job. I must say I was impressed. Check out some of the images below.













Needless to say I got hooked trying to pick the right resume, which suit to wear, etc only to find out that they weren't going to bring me in for the interview! Ouch! :(

Wow! After another round or two I started to realize that this is a great tool for job seekers! This "game" actually walks you through the steps in going about and getting that job that you have been longing for. It is a great preparation tool for anyone anticipating our Orlando Diversity Career Fair on August 15th located at the Amway Arena. Get an inside look at what employers are looking for and have a little fun in the process. I have posted a link for the game on the right side of the page.



Have fun and good luck "nailing your interview."

-Greg Rollett

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Have you ever Google'd Yourself? Myspace and Facebook Just Might be Killing Your Job Hunt

Have you ever google’d yourself? Seriously?

If not, now might be a good time to do it -seeing that you’re searching for a new job or career. Remember that one drunken night where you somehow ended up cross dressed and everyone took like 100 pictures and put them on your myspace profile? Well employers can find that and hold it against you before, during or after your initial contact or interview. As soon as they have your name and resume they can google that information and come up with almost anything from your facebook, myspace blog or other social networking site. You might think your posts are private but if you read the fine print it looks something like, “don’t post anything that you would not like the world to see.”

As a general rule of thumb, keep anything that you wouldn’t show to your mom, boss or other relatives offline where it belongs.

Quick tips to clear your name in a hurry:

-Learn to use the delete button.

-Go through your photos, bio, etc and get rid of anything offensive. It might be cute or funny to your friends but not to your potential new boss.

-Go through your friend’s photos, blogs, etc and have them delete anything that has your full name attached to it. Remember your friends are only a click away from your page and their pages are also searchable.

-Google yourself and back track anything that looks suspicious

Myspace, facebook and the like are great networking tools for job seekers if you can create a positive image. Don’t think that employers and recruiters are only looking for negative impressions. If your page has some really great points, or you have a great blog on a topic of interest, it can show that hard working attitude that you bragged about to the recruiter at your interview.

The sword swings both ways, but if you are looking for your perfect job or career, don’t let it slip away from showing the world your wild weekends. Keep that to yourself!

-Greg Rollett

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Orlando Career Fair Video


Employers, are you looking to be in front of thousands of job seekers all in one shot!

Job seekers, do you want to submit your resume, talk and network with employers and recruiters who are looking to hire individuals just like you?

Check out this video of a past career fair to see what all the craze is about! Maybe you can be the next "Superstar Employee or Employer" and it CAN happen at the Diversity Career Fair on August 15th, 2007 at the Amway Arena. For full information please read the post from July 6th or visit EmploymentGuide.com


What is the Orlando Job Spot?


The Orlando Job Spot is a job advice blog that seeks to offer information about jobs in Orlando, FL. This blog is affiliated with the Orlando edition of The Employment Guide, a national free recruitment newspaper and award winning niche job board. Contributors can be employees from our office, the corporate office or outside resources that we deem as something that will be of value to our readers and viewers. Please note that anything you see on this blog are the opinions and views of the author and not necessarily the opinions and views of The Employment Guide, EmploymentGuide.com or Dominion Enterprises. However, we do try and provide you with useful information and resources regarding your job search particularly those who are searching for jobs in Orlando, FL.

You'll find a number of helpful resources on our blog.

Orlando Job Search – This feature is located on the top right side of the page. It allows you to quickly search for positions that are posted on our parent site, The EmploymentGuide.com. All you have to do is type the kind of job you are looking for in the box and click on “Find a Job” and you will be instantly taken to a search page with all the results for the submitted category.

Job Spot Chat - This feature allows you to chat live with someone in our office about anything related to your job search. Adding this interactive feature allows us to provide you with the very best and take your job search into the Web 2.0 realm! We may not know all of the answers, but we will do our best to point you in the right direction. Most the time you'll be talking to Greg, our Internet Marketing Rep, but occasionally you might get to chat with someone else in the office.

Polls-This is a greatly underused tool on our blog. This tool gives us insight to out viewers and how they feel, react and go about given job seeking information. Please share your opinion with us, so that we are reaching you in the best way possible. Polls are changed out monthly, so check back for constant updates.

These are just a few of the great things our blog has to offer. In the near future we are looking to add podcasts and RRS Feeds, along with profiles of the employees in our office. I hope you'll take the time to look through some of the articles and links we've posted. And if you find our blog particularly useful, be sure to add our link to your website! Thanks for visiting!

Monday, July 9, 2007

What is the first step in finding this thing "they" call a job?



My ____________ (insert whoever keeps nagging you) tells me I need to get a job. I know I need one but where do I start?

The following is a great article that might just hit home with you. If you would like to read more articles like it and search for jobs in your area please visit Employment Guide Resources and Articles

Contributing Writer.

Perhaps the biggest key to a successful job search is realizing that looking for a job is a full-time task. The more you know about yourself, what you have to contribute to an employer, and the type of work you are looking for before you search job listings, the more directed, and successful, your job search will be. So, where do you begin?

Get to Know Yourself.

It might sound silly, but sitting down and really thinking about what you like and what you are good at can save you a lot of time and effort. It will also help you apply for a job that you will be successful at and enjoy.What do you like? Sit down and list all of the things you like. Do you like to be on a computer? Do you like to read or write? Do you like to talk to people? Do you like working with numbers? How about working with children or animals? Besides just listing activities, also list the types of environments you like to be in. Do you like being someplace where there is always something going on, or do you prefer to be somewhere quiet? Do you like getting up in the morning or staying up late at night? Once you have a sizable list completed, move on to the next step.What are you good at? First, list any special degrees or certifications that you have - including a high school or college diploma or GED certificate or any technical certifications. List everything from CPR to computer programming certifications. Next, list activities - such as typing, repair work, or cleaning that you are good at. Don't just stop at "work-related activities" - think about your hobbies and interests. Also list any personality characteristics you have that might be helpful in certain types of jobs. For instance, do you interact well with people? Can you make decisions under pressure? Are you good with children? Can you work by yourself and stay motivated?

Know What You Have to Contribute to an Employer.

Take a moment to list all of the things you can contribute to a job - list your employment experience and the tasks you performed at those jobs. List any "character" skills you have - such as a positive attitude, a willingness to learn new things, being on time, and your ability to work independently or as a team player. Think about the type of job you want and what types of things might be required for that job. If you were hiring someone to fill that position, what would you be looking for? Then list those skills or experiences, if you have them. This helps you understand which types of jobs you could contribute the most to.

Know What Type of Job You Want.

You might think this step is "too easy" and skip over it - however, you might be surprised at the answers. Make three columns on a separate page: "required" "preferred" and "nice, but not necessary." Then write the components of your perfect job, from the type of people you work with, the type of schedule you would like to have, to what you would like to be doing. Don't forget the types of benefits or wages you desire. Then list the components in the columns on the page. If you must work a certain schedule, put that down in your "required" column. If you would rather not work weekends, but you might if it meant getting the job, put that in your "preferred" column and so forth.Keep this list handy as you search for jobs. Compare the job descriptions, the schedule, and the work environment to the things on your list. Of course, no job will match everything on your list, but determining which positions match most closely to what you would like to do will help you know which job openings you should respond to.

Talk to People.

In business terms, this is called "networking." Make sure that everyone you know knows you are looking for a job - and what kind of job you are looking for. Talk with your family, friends, neighbors, and associates in any volunteer or community groups you are involved in. Ask them to keep an ear open for any job possibilities.One of the best networking tools is to keep in contact with one or two people from previous jobs. They know what type of worker you are, so they are in the best position to recommend you to someone who is hiring, or let you know of job opportunities that would interest you. It is a proven fact that people hire people they know first, - before they even look at resumes from people who responded to a "Help Wanted" ad. Employers will seek to hire someone recommended as their second choice. The more people in your network, the more chances you have of finding out about a position you might not have heard about, and the more chances you have of getting a personal recommendation.

Use More Than One Resource.

When you have figured out what kind of job you want, it's time to actually start looking for a job. Don't get stuck using just one resource to search for a job. Companies often choose only one or two outlets to publicize their job openings to minimize expenses. Look at all available options such as online job boards, weekly employment newspapers, your local daily and weekly newspapers, and job fairs.Take some time to visit stores, restaurants, businesses, or hospitals that you are interested in working for. Many times businesses only advertise their open positions in their physical location. When you visit an establishment to inquire about employment opportunities, dress as if you were going to a job interview. Many times your impromptu visit might lead to an impromptu job interview and you should leave them with a good impression.

Apply Selectively.

Once you have gathered all of your options, start comparing the job descriptions and requirements to your list of "required," "preferred," and "nice, but not necessary" columns. Your job search will be much more successful if you narrow down your choices to those jobs for which you have the skills and experience requested. You also want to make sure that the jobs you are applying for are jobs that you would want to have.It is also important to apply to each job individually - don't just send out mass applications or resumes. Make sure you take the time to follow the specific directions for applying given in each job announcement. Many times employers won't even look at an application or resume if it is improperly submitted.

Be Positive.

Waiting to hear about a potential job can be nerve-wracking. Remain upbeat and positive and continue to keep your eye open for other possible positions while you wait. Continually working to improve your skills, education, and experience is also a good idea while you are waiting. Whether it's a night class or a volunteer opportunity, taking every advantage to improve your chances of getting the job you want is always worthwhile.


----The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not represent the views of EmploymentGuide.com, The Trader Publishing Company, or its approval of the opinions expressed therein.----

Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Countdown to the Orlando Diversity Career and Education Expo has begun! This is the Premier Job and Career event of the Summer!

Get ready Orlando employers and job seekers! Mark your calendars for August 15th, 2007 and the Orlando Employment Guide's Diversity Career and Education Expo. The date is rapidly approaching, and you do not want to miss out on this job fair and education expo where you can see and be seen by potential employers or employees looking for YOU! The event will be held in the Amway Arena at 600 W. Amelia ST. from 10am to 2pm. Be sure to register at the doors to be involved in the drawing for free airline tickets from Southwest Airlines! This is a can't miss event. Please visit The Employment Guide for the official poster, videos and more information and direct contacts.



Click on the picture for a larger image and footage from our last job fair!

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