Wednesday, March 25, 2009

5 Reasons Your Job Hunt Is Not Going Well

Jobs in Orlando, FL
We've already talked about job seeking being a full time job, and that is only 1 part of the problem. Today we are going to look at 5 quick, key reasons you are not getting the response from employers that you feel you should. If you are guilty of any of these offenses, today is a great day to take action.

  1. You are not making your job hunt personal. What we mean here is that you are still sending generic resumes to "whom it may concern." Get personal. Find the names of the HR Directors, hiring managers or the person doing the hiring at the company. Then send them a personal note with a custom resume catered to their company and position that you wish to have.
  2. You are looking where everyone else is looking. As a job board, we want you to look at apply to the jobs that we offer on our site. It's a great way to see a mass number of open positions at one time. However, do know that you are competing with a larger number of candidates. Do your homework and find open positions through networking, online searching and leveraging job boards and vertical search engines like Job-A-Lot to uncover hidden gems.
  3. You believe every word coming out of the television. If you think everything is all doom and gloom, its time to snap out of it. Florida is a top 5 city for available internships and entry level positions - so you are in a great place to find opportunity. Take a few minutes out of your day to find positivity and you will find yourself having less stress and an open mind towards your job hunt.
  4. Bad E-Mails. I say this every time that we have a job fair here in Orlando and it is still a major problem that I can assure you is hampering your job prospects. Read your emails, proof them and then look at them again. Start with the subject line and work your way down. Today alone I had emails with
    • No subject
    • Subject line that stated, "Look at my resum"
    • Opening sentence that read, "You sayed send resume so I sended to you."
  5. You are not as productive as you think you are. This is the full time job scenario. Sending out a few resumes in the morning and catching some daytime soaps is not showing determination, initiative or progress. Get into the habit of forming actions that produce successful reactions.

There you have it. I have called out your bluffs, your safety nets and your excuses. All that is left is the hard work that allows you to work hard. Don't forget to prep for the Orlando Job Fair on Thursday, April 16th at the Plaza Theatre, that should be part of your plan!

Happy hunting Orlando!

-Greg Rollett


Funny Interview Video Contest March 26, 2009 at 7:46 PM  

Interview Tips

*Don’t come to the interview drunk and then proceed to pass out

*Don’t bring your mom, children or pets

*Tell your interviewer how you love to sing opera, then bust out signing acapella

*Don’t tell any racist jokes

*Do not submit an “Impossible is Nothing” type video resume (if you don’t know what we are talking about please Google it…it is quite entertaining)

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