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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.

Tips For Getting and Keeping Up With A Second Job

I’m going to start this post by providing a real life case scenario of a friend of mine who has been working two jobs for the past four years. The tips for getting and keeping up with a second job will actually be conclusions withdrawn from this example. Let’s call this friend of mine James.

The Example

James’ first job was in real estate, to be more specific, he was (and still is) a field agent for a real estate company in a big city. Evidently, this job requires him to drive around the town and show his clients various properties, negotiating prices, persuading them to purchase, closing deals and taking care of specific paperwork. Now, since he has always been gifted with the pencil and also has a degree in graphic design, he took his second job at a Manga magazine, as a character graphic designer.

His first job, as a real estate agent, is a full-time job, 5 days a week, 9 hours a day, with a one hour lunch time break. For his second job, as a graphic designer, he works 6 hours per working day, and 8 hours on each Saturday. Therefore, he is still free on Sundays, to spend quality time with his family.

When I asked him how can he keep up with both two jobs, he replied that he considers his second job as a break from the first job. That the work as a designer relaxes him by a lot and he couldn’t be happier with another job than that.

Obviously, he made a wise decision when he took the second job.

Now, based on this example, here are a few tips regarding the choosing and keeping up with a second job.

The Tips

1. Consider the risks, downsides and benefits of a second job. Obviously the main risk regarding this matter are extreme fatigue, and the primary downside is the lack of time for other activities. The main benefit is the extra cash. So, before even selecting a second job, you should ask yourself a couple of questions. For example:

– Will I have enough time to spend with my family?
– Will I have enough time to sleep?
– What level of stress will I be exposed to?
– How will this affect my health?
– Is the extra money worth the effort and the risk?

2. Consider a second job that is opposite from your main job. To put it differently, if your first job requires you to do office or sedentary work, your second job should require physical work, or activities where you can at least benefit from some fresh air. It’s a good idea to search for a job with flexible hours, a job that’s less psychically stressing. Jobs that usually fit to this profile can be found in food and hospitality industries.

3. Calculate the extra amount of money that you would need and figure out how many extra working hours will be necessary. You may not even need to work full-time for your second job, to gain the extra money that you need.

4. During the interview for your second job, avoid mentioning that you already have a job, unless the interviewer specifically asks you this. Not many would want to hire someone who has all the chances to work only at half capacity. And if you do mention that you already have a job, your skills and experience for the second job would better be outstanding.

5. Plan everything, especially your sleeping hours. Since free time or sleeping time is going to become very precious, planning each and every mundane activity, even meals, is of the essence. Having a full schedule for every week is a good idea. And whatever you do, make sure you sleep at least 5 hours a night.

5 Simple Yet Effective Job Interview Tips

Are you ready to find a new job? If so, now is the best time to get your job search started. Even though you are just getting started, you should focus on the interview. This interview is your big chance to land a well-paying position. For the best luck, please keep these five job interview tips in mind.

1 – Be Prepared

One of the best job interview tips you’ll ever hear is to be prepared for the interview. What should this preparation entail? For starters, it is important to be dressed nice and professionally for your big day. Then, it is vital that you arrive on time. Another good method of preparation is to do a few practice interviews at home. Whether it be in front of a mirror or with someone who can provide honest feedback, run through a few common job interview questions so that you can work on formulating your answers ahead of time.

2 – Don’t Worry

It is hard not to worry about a job interview. It is okay to be nervous, but don’t let that nervousness overwhelm you. Otherwise, your nervousness is likely to shine through and result in some mistakes. Speaking of which, what if you do make a mistake? What if you slip up or describe a job duty wrong? No big deal! Brush yourself off and move on; get through the rest of the job interview.

3 – Be Honest

Some individuals make the mistake of thinking it is okay to stretch the truth or outright lie during a job interview. Why is this done? Well, they think it will improve their job search success. Will it? Likely not. Always remember that it is usually as easy as one phone call to your old employer to verify all the information you said. If you are truly qualified for the job, just be honest.

4 – Don’t Vent or Rant

Since you are looking for a new job, something might have gone wrong at your old job. Maybe you got fired? Maybe you quit because you didn’t like your boss? Regardless, be sure to tread carefully. Employers want an employee who is not only a team player, but a strong and professional worker. Ranting or venting about your job, your boss, or your coworkers is likely to create some awkward moments that can hurt your chances of landing a job.

5 – End on a Thank You

Ending a job interview with a “thank you,” seems like common sense. However, remember the nervousness? It is easy to forget something as simple as a “thank you” since you want to leave as soon as possible and take one big huge breath. Still, utter that all important phrase and end the job interview with a firm handshake.

Job Interview Preparation Tips From an Experienced Manager of Sales Job Interviews

Job interview preparation can be the difference between success and failure at sales job interviews. These job interview tips come to you from an experienced manager of interviews and assessment days. They will help you to prepare the evidence of your experience and skills to match the job you are applying for. Follow these tips and you will match your answers to predicted interview questions and avoid common mistakes that many job candidates make.

Candidates are going to a meeting that may dramatically increase their income and give them a greater lifestyle. They could gain the benefits of job satisfaction, and actually be happy at work. And yet I see so many candidates that obviously haven’t prepared. It starts to impact on their chances of success in the first few minutes and shows that they haven’t invested in effective job interview preparation.

What I don’t want to see in an interview is a candidate struggling to answer basic questions that they should have expected and prepared for. They will not know the exact wording of every interview questions they will be asked. But they can predict 90% of the topics of the interview questions. They can also prepare how they will present their interview answers and their evidence that they match the role on offer. A basic job interview tip that every applicant should use is to gather all the information they can about the job, the company, and the industry and market place. This information can come from the job description, the vacancy advert, the Internet, people that already work there, and don’t be afraid of contacting their publicity department.

Once you have all the information you can write a list of all the question topics that may be asked in the job interviews. Pay special attention to all the information you have about the job role. They are looking for someone that can present evidence of their skills and experience to fill this role. So write your list of interview questions that could be asked to discover if candidates have what the role requires. Once you have your list you can match your skills and experience to the predicted questions. Start with the areas of the role that you are strongest in. These will be the easiest to answer. Then work through to the weakest areas. Remember you will still have to answer questions on areas where you have no, or little, evidence to offer. You still need to present your answers confidently and communicate well. Don’t just say you haven’t done that, or you have no experience in this area. Put a positive spin on your answer and tell them how you could quickly pick up any training you are given, and then use a similar experience of learning as an example of your capability to learn new skills.

When you have covered all the job skills and experience requirements start looking at the attitudes and personality traits the interviewer could be looking for. For example: A sales job interview with a company that build its business on customer service will be looking for a different type of person than a business that makes one off sales and is sales target driven. Look for the indicators in the job description of where the company sits on the scale between customer service and sales is all that matters. You can get an idea of the company focus from their adverts. Are they price driven with continuous sales and reductions, or do they focus on quality and service.

Now picture what type of person an employer with a high focus on sales will be looking for compared to a company that advertises quality and service. With a clear picture of these differences in your mind, assess the company you are going for an interview with and what they will be looking for in you. Then look at your experiences, both personal and work related, and choose the ones that you want to present that will match the image you have of the ideal candidate. These should be experiences and examples of how you meet the personality type, and have the attitudes the employer is looking for.

Remember this important job interview tip: You cannot be all things to an employer. You cannot use a shotgun approach and project an image that portrays you as both a caring, customer service focused account manager, and a hard-nosed, sales means everything, high achiever, all at the same time. Only by investing in the right job interview preparation and giving yourself the information to be successful can you score highly in a sales job interview.

Resume Writing Tips For Frequent Job Changers

Switching jobs is much more common these days than in decades past. The days of a person getting a job and staying there until retirement are basically over. Job seekers change jobs for a number of reasons- they want a shorter commute, they want a higher salary, or they hate their supervisor. The reasons for people changing jobs vary, but it is very common to see multiple companies in an individual’s job history.

A recruiter is obviously looking to hire an excellent employee who will be devoted to the company. The process of hiring, training, and acclimating a new employee is a costly undertaking, so the recruiter is looking to hire a person who will be loyal to the company. There is nothing worse for a company than to spend the time and resources training a new employee just to have them leave after a few short months.

Having this viewpoint in mind, it becomes clear why a “job hopper” might cause a bit of concern with recruiters. Recruiters will probably not throw your resume out immediately, but they will be a little worried about why you have changed jobs so frequently. They may worry that you will leave their company within six months of hiring you.

The following are some tools and tips that you can utilize on your resume to aid with the situation:

1. Make reference to the job changes in your cover letter

If you have held multiple jobs in the last couple of years, use the chance to explain your story in your cover letter. If you explain your circumstances, it may keep recruiters from thinking “no way, this person can’t commit to a job” when they look at your resume.

You need to be cautious when using this method. You want to mention your reasons very briefly, in only one or two sentences, then move forward. You don’t want to to dwell on the topic and draw more attention to your job hopping, and you also don’t want to bring up any old baggage or dirt. Recruiters don’t want to hear your sob stories about mean bosses, nightmare positions, etc. The following are a few sample first sentences for your cover letter:

Jobs have taken me across the U.S. from Washington to Pennsylvania, but now I am prepared to settle down here, in Denver, Colorado.

I had to try on a number of hats in order to find the perfect fit.

My career path has been a long winding road, and I never realized the number of skills I could gain by taking the scenic route.

2. Throw out any jobs that are not applicable to the job you are seeking

For instance, if you had four jobs in 2008, it is not necessary to mention the temporary job you took waiting tables for three months.

3. Concentrate on the positive

Changing environments and jobs often equips you with many abilities that employers are looking for: resourcefulness, versatility, experience, and flexibility. Highlight the wide array of experiences and skills that you have gained by working for a number of different companies.

If you are not happy in your current job, you don’t need to remain miserable for two or three years just because you don’t want to be viewed as a job hopper. Just use some of the tips listed above on your resume to make the best of your situation.

Secrets of Succeeding in Job Interviews

There are some basic types of information secrets recruiters seek from job seekers during a typical job interview. Knowing what these points are and how to answer the questions that arise from them will make you better prepared and more in control of the interview process.

Each is designed to showcase your best skills and qualifications. Together, they make up a six point strategy that would enable you to seal your qualification in any interview situation. You can’t possibly be prepared for every situation, but once you have developed these key secrets, you would be able to apply them to any interview question you face.

PASSION FOR SUCCESS
Ask yourself, “Why am I interested in working in this field in this industry?”. Do you have a passion for the business? If so, why? Give specific examples of the things that excite you. This could be anything from enjoying the challenge of meeting increasingly higher sales goals, to a sense of satisfaction derived from developing a product from the creation stage to final production. Offer personal experience where possible.

MOTIVATION AND PURPOSE
Interviewers will want to know why you want a job with their company. Ask yourself, “Why do I want this interview?”. Don’t simply repeat your resume and employment history. What is the most compelling case you can make to prove your interest? Have you used the company’s products or talked to its customers or competitors?

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Consider your key skills and how you will use them in this job. Avoid unnecessary answer and generalities; instead, offer specific evidence. Think about your weaknesses and how you can minimize and balance them with your strengths. Try to describe yourself as objectively as possible. Avoid sounding arrogant or defensive.

COMPATIBILITY WITH THE JOB
Discuss your specific qualifications for the job. How well do they meet the requirements for the position? Your answer should describe both positive and negative aspects of recent jobs without dwelling on the negative aspects. Conclude by focusing on what you are seeking in your next job. Keep in mind that your next response should match closely the position you are applying for.

PROBLEM SOLVING ABILITY
Offer proof, with examples, of your problem solving. How you have resolved difficult issues in the past? Are you practical in how you apply technical skills? Are you realistic? Focus on real issues.

PERSONAL INTEREST AND HOBBIES
Do you have a balanced lifestyle? Is your personality reflected in the type of job you choose as well as in the outside activities you pursue? Is your personal and career interest compatible? The interviewer will also be interested in your small involvement. How commendably would you reflect the company image?