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Job Search Tips Ways to Avoid Wasted Time

If you are in need of a job, you might not consider job searching a waste of time. It is vital that you start obtaining a steady paycheck; therefore, any work and effort put into a job search is time well-spent. With that said, thousands of job seekers make simple, but time consuming mistakes. Yes, each simple mistake or oversight might only lead to a minute or two of wasted time, but that time can easily add up.

To ensure your job search goes off without a hitch and to ensure you don’t waste a moment of time, here are some helpful tips:

Job Search Tip: Search Multiple Career Sites at Once

It is recommended that you search as many career sites as possible. This is due to the fact that not all companies use Monster.com or CareerBuilder.com. By only searching one job website, you limit yourself.

On that same note, you waste time if you are searching multiple job search sites separately. There are a number of computer applications, as well as smart phone apps, that enable you to search all the best career sites at once; with one search. It can take hours to search site #1, then search site #2, then site #3, and so forth.

Job Search Tip: Write Down all Jobs You Apply For and When

You might be surprised how many job seekers apply for the same job two or three times. Most of these duplicate applications or resumes are by mistake. Either way, they waste time. It is also important to note that hiring managers dislike duplicate resumes and job applications as well; it does not create a good impression.

By writing down all the jobs you applied for, you are aware. Keep in mind the date. If a company post a job for an office manager on Monday, but a new listing appears on Friday (same exact listing), they may be doing this to bump the job listing so it appears higher in the search results. If it is still the same position, don’t apply again.

However, lets say your notes say you applied for that office manager job two months ago and the listing is reappearing. Apply again. Likely, the company hired an office manager and their new-hire didn’t pan out.

Job Search Tip: Keep Your Resume Easily Accessible

If you are in the mist of a job search, your resume should always be within reach of your fingertips. When applying for jobs online, easily access your resume from your computer. Store it in your “My Documents” with a good name “Adnan Resume.” You don’t need to waste five minutes or more searching your computer for your resume because you know it is saved…somewhere.

The same holds true for printed resumes. Job seekers should always be prepared to apply for jobs. Maybe you are at the dentist and see a “now hiring secretary” sign. If you have a printed copy of your resume in your car, you can apply. There is no need to waste time and money to return home, print your resume, and return back to the office to apply.

As mentioned above, these are simple steps that can save you time. Remember, even saving 5 minutes of time in your job search is worthwhile because those 5 minutes can easily add up to hours over the course of a month.

7 Tips to Help You Find Jobs for Ex Felons

Finding jobs for ex felons can be a job in itself. Whether you have a criminal record or not, learn the 7 tips that will surely increase your chances of getting hired and end your job search.

1. Networking – find the time to talk to relatives, friends, old classmates, teachers, former co-workers, neighbors and other people whom you know. During these conversations make them aware of your current situation and ask for their advice about your job search.

2. Organize your schedule and list all job contacts – if you apply for a lot of jobs then you will have a problem remembering all of your contacts. Create a list of names, addresses and phone numbers. Have an appointment notebook or a list of things to do everyday so that you don’t forget anything important

3. Do not procrastinate – follow up leads right away. Putting it off until tomorrow or the day after that may mean that the job will no longer be available.

4. Research – before going for an interview, try to research everything you can about your potential employer. Visit their company website and read the news about them. Do your best to remain current on all the news, issues and developments in your field. Employers will be impressed if you can demonstrate that you know about the current industry events.

5. Learn how to talk about yourself – this may not come naturally to everyone so be prepared before going to an interview. List down your skills, strengths and accomplishments. Practice speaking about yourself with a friend. Remember that a job interview means selling yourself to an employer so be specific about your skills and talents.

6. Targeted cover letter and resume – never use a generic cover letter when applying for a job. If the job is worth applying for then it is worth writing a targeted cover letter and resume for.

7. Be patient – chances are that you won’t get accepted the first time you apply. Focus on your goal and don’t get discouraged. You will find something if you stay positive and keep moving forward.

Jobs for ex felons are out there but it may take a little extra effort to find them. Incorporating these tips can help put an end to your job search. Whether you have a criminal record or not, these simple tips can open the door to your next job and get you hired.

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10 Tips for How to Land a Job As a Special Education Teacher

As an elementary school principal for 11 years, I hired many teachers. I also witnessed how the district and fellow administrators went about hiring their teachers.

I have some tips for how to get a job as a Special Education Teacher.

Tip Number One – Excel at Student Teaching

This is my number one recommendation for landing a job as a special education teacher, because administrators want teachers who have demonstrated the ability to teach. If you don’t do well in student teaching and related field experiences, you stand a very low chance of being hired.

Administrators want teachers who know how to do two things:
1. Manage the classroom, meaning very few discipline referrals
2. Teach the children using best practice teaching strategies
3. Work as a team player, bringing good work habits, collaboration and knowledge to the table

Tip Number Two – Get great recommendations

You need recommendations from at least two cooperating teachers (the most important), one college professor, and an employer that you’ve had for at least six months. Job experience is important, particularly job experience in the area of working with children and particularly working with children who have special needs.

A good tip for getting good recommendations is to hand the recommender a copy of your current resume, highlighting special skills and job experience. When writing a recommendation, I appreciated this, because as a teacher and an elementary school administrator, time was of the essence.

Tip Number Three – Create an attention-getting, but easy to skim, cover letter and resume and deliver it in person if possible.

Administrators do not want pages of text to read or a big folder of materials. Submit a one page cover letter, an easy to skim one page resume highlighting special skills and job experience, and three letters of recommendation.

Tip Number Four – Go to as many college job fairs as you can.

Even if you don’t plan to look out of your area or state for a job, go to as many job fairs as you can. It gives you the opportunity to network and practice interview skills.

Tip Number Five – Learn as much as you can about the school district you which to apply for as possible.

Research the school districts for which you plan to apply. You can easily do this online. It will help you know who you want to work for and it will also allow you to tailor your resume and interview toward what the particular school district is looking for.

Tip Number Six – Don’t be afraid to search outside of your town or state if you need to. The move can be temporary if need be.

I had to take a job in a town two hours away from the city in which I hoped to live. It was hard but after two years I was able to get the job I wanted.

Tip Number Seven – Prepare for your interview.

This is very important and I offer two pointers:

1. Dress for the interview – Wear one step above the clothing you will be expected to wear as a teacher.

If in doubt, wear a simple suit with a jacket and a flat heeled shoe. The reason I say this is because administrators want to see people who we can imagine teaching our children and you have to be comfortable to do that. If you have the opportunity to see the principal of your prospective school ahead of time, dress in a fashion similar to what they are wearing. Administrators usually dress one step above their teachers.

2. Practice your interview skills. Write down sample questions. Answer them in writing and then orally. Be succinct. You will likely have 5-10 questions to answer in 15-20 minutes. Plan accordingly.

Tip Number Eight – Interview well.

Shake hands with the interview(ers). Talk about special skills and past job and student performance. Stress the above three things that administrators are looking for. Take a small bottle of water with you. I do not suggest taking a big binder portfolio. Instead, condense it into a five page document with colored pictures that you can leave with the interview team. Highlight activities that make you stand out as a teacher above the other candidates.

Tip Number Nine – Send a thank you note after your interview.

I can’t tell you how important this is. If you don’t get the job, it will keep you in the mind of the administrator interviewing you and when another principal calls him/her your name will be at the forefront of their mind.

Tip Number Ten – If you can’t get the job you want right away, substitute teach, but you will need to excel at it if you hope to land a full-time teaching job.

I can’t stress this enough. If you are a bad substitute teacher, you will not get a job as a teacher, particularly if you take a long-term assignment (such as a maternity leave) and do poorly at it. However, if you take a long-term assignment and excel at it you will get more assignments and you will land a full-time job. Make sure you get a recommendation from your building principal if you do a long-term assignment in their building.

7 Unusual Job Search Tips

Job search tip 1. Look at the upside – a new job can be the gateway into a whole new life. You may be changing location, improving your income and making a whole new bunch of friends. It may be the catalyst to exercise more, change your lifestyle and renew your outlook on life. So don’t think of applications as a chore, instead see them as a ticket to something new and exciting, with much better odds of success than any lottery.

Job search tip 2. Don’t take it personally – if you are unsuccessful, recruiters are not rejecting you as an individual. Most likely they have never met you or never will. It’s more constructive to think that someone else was better suited and move on. It can be a numbers game, the more applications you make, the more likely you are to be successful.

Job search tip 3. Treat each application as brand new. The recruiter doesn’t need to know that this is the thirty fifth application you have made this month. Approach each one as a new opportunity with enthusiasm and positive energy. Someone will be successful and it’s most likely that they will be enthusiastic as well as qualified for the position.

Job search tip 4. Get in state. Are you trying to write at the kitchen table surrounded by noise and distractions? Find a place where you won’t be disturbed, and perhaps play some quite background music. Then get excited about the opportunity, imagine yourself in the role and say to yourself or out loud – I can do this, I can get this job! Then complete your application in one sitting if you can. Leave it a while then return to edit and polish it up.

Job search tip 5. Give yourself the best chance. I recently heard of a part time book keeper’s job which attracted over 2000 applicants. The employer was a small firm and did not have the manpower to deal with that level of applicants. The first cut was made with anyone who made a spelling or basic grammar error. These may have been typos or mistakes resulting from a lack of care yet disqualified over 50% of applicants at the first stage. Make sure you give yourself the best chance by checking and double checking your application for errors.

Job search tip 6. Don’t sell yourself short. Typically the better paid the job, the fewer the applicants. People discount themselves by sticking to what they think they are worth or just below. As time passes there is a tendency to apply for less well-paid jobs until you are competing at minimum wage. Then ironically, you may be unsuccessful for being over qualified.

Job search tip 7. Never give up, never give up. At times finding a new job can seem like a long and hopeless task. Don’t fall into this trap, instead stay positive and optimistic. There are new ways of using your social media networks as well as other groups to tap into opportunities. Have you put the word out that you are available for something new? Each day brings a fresh start and with optimism and perseverance good times are just around the corner. Good luck!

4 Job Interview Tips to Get You Ready and Prepared

In these hard times, it is important that you are prepared for any job interview you attend.

Before the credit crunch (especially in the Financial sector), it was easy to get job interview appointments and numerous job offers. It was not uncommon to find people changing jobs every 2 to 3 years (sometimes less), for a bigger pay packet and better benefits.

Post Lehman Brothers, it is now much harder to find job vacancies and this is also reflected in other sectors. Companies have had to slash their head count and people aren’t moving to create vacancies for new people.

It then becomes vitally important that when you do get a job interview, you are well equipped to impress, assure and inform your prospective employers that are the ideal candidate for the advertised position.

I have listed below 4 tips that will ensure you go to your next interview confident and prepared.

4 Tips for Job Interview Success

1. Research the Job Position

It is important you spend some time reading and re-reading the job specifications and requirements. This will ensure you have the right answers to questions asked by the interviewer. You might have a variety of skills and experiences. However, when at a job interview, always try and draw attention to the fact you have the right experience and skills for that particular job.

2. Dress Appropriately

The clothes you were to an interview do not make you but they go a long way in making a first impression of who you are to the interviewers. Dress formally and refrain from over-accessorizing with too much jewellery. Also don’t wear anything that is too bright or flashy. It’s better to be safe than sorry so dress conservatively even if this isn’t your usual style.

3. Act Confident

This includes your body language and the way you talk. Don’t slouch or stutter during your interview. Sit upright and project an aura of confidence. Even though your interviewer might be listening to what you are saying and trying to access you on that, sub-consciously they’ll be picking up on your body language and you might get the job based on this.

4. Ask the Right Questions

At the end of the interview, you’ll be encouraged to ask questions by your interviewer. This is not the place to ask how much the job pays or your annual holiday entitlement. Ask questions like

* What challenges is the team currently facing?
* What do you like about working for this company?
* What career progression is possible?

Job Interview Tips For Your Dream Job

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You may work a lot time before you stumble upon your dream job, but you may also find yourself with a great opportunity early in your career. When you are going on an interview for the job that you have dreamed of and that you never thought you could get, you are bound to be a more than just a little nervous about how it will go. Stress and nerves can kill an otherwise good interview, but many employers understand that a nervous interviewee is one that really wants the job. It is other small things that may kill it for you. Use some good job interview tips to make sure you put your best foot forward.

There are common job interview tips about arriving early, taking extra clothing with you in your car, and doing a trial run so you know you can park and arrive early. Those are great tips, but there are smaller things that don’t seem like much, but they can really kill your chances for getting the job you so desire. One of these things in your wardrobe and the tips on how to dress. Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. That means you should always look nice. Do not wear new shoes to an interview or you could bleed (it has happened!) when you get blisters. Also, keep it clean. Do not show a lot of cleavage or wear anything too tight.

Other job interview tips include being aware of how you are when you arrive. There are many people who have lost dream jobs because they thought no one was looking. They did well and were impressive in the interview, but what happens before and after that kills the job for them. Always be polite to the receptionist and anyone else you encounter in the building. Don’t jabber on if you are nervous, because you may say something stupid to someone who works there. Assume that those you come into contact with will be asked about how you were when you thought it didn’t matter. Rudeness to the receptionist can mean you don’t get the job.

You will find job interview tips that tell you to know something about the company to which you are applying. This is excellent advice, but don’t take it too far. Do your research, but don’t go above and beyond the usual information. If you start spouting off things about the company employees that seem to be very exact, it might seem a bit much to someone that is interviewing you. Just as it might freak you out that someone knows a lot about you when you meet them for the first time, don’t let on that you know the CEO plays golf every other Wednesday afternoon and that he or she prefers her steak medium rare as apposed to well done.

Lastly, job interview tips suggests that you use good hygiene. You should always be showered, shaved, and dressed well. Some people try to mask bad breath with gum, which is a huge no-no. Chewing gum during an interview is not a good idea. Have clean teeth and always check your appearance before you go int. Never dress there in a company bathroom (people have done this), and never make personal demands. If you want a cup of coffee, have one before or after, but do not bring one with you. They may offer you some, but even then, you may spill it. Don’t add anything to the mix that does not need to be there for best results.