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October 31, 2011

Cool Jobs of the Week: Corner-Office Edition

BusinessmanFREEDIGITALThis week's cool jobs are all in the C-Suite -- executive level opportunities featured on Monster.com. These top-dog positions will put your years of experience and high-level management skills to work. 

President/CEO, Napa Chamber of Commerce (Napa, CA)
Pour your financial experience and high-level interpersonal skills into a nonprofit-leadership role in one of the world's most famous wine-producing regions. 

CEO, ValueOptions (Richmond, VA)
Opt into an executive role at the nation's "largest independent behavioral health and wellness company.​"

President, Corporate Fitness Works (St. Petersburg, FL)
If you've got a "proven track record generating consistent growth and profitability, creating and managing a team-oriented environment, and setting the standard for ultimate quality performance," then you'll be able to flex your leadership muscles in this role.

Chief Information Technology Officer, New York University Tisch School for the Arts (New York, NY)
Combine your flair for the dramatic with a minimum of eight  years' "progressively responsible experience in information technology and online education," and take center stage in this role.

Senior Vice President, Chief Strategic Planning Officer, Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, CA)
You'll thrive in this role, in which you'll be "accountable for the development of the long-term planning architecture and strategy for the organization."

Chief Philanthropy Officer, South Coast Hospital (New Bedford, MA)
With "comprehensive knowledge of philanthropy principles, fundraising programs, charitable gift planning, planned giving, research and major gift strategies" and "evidence of progressive success and responsibilities," you're poised to take a job that helps people give back.

Vice President, Finance, and CFO, EPRI (Charlotte, NC, or Palo Alto, CA)
Put your number-crunching energy to good work as the chief financial officer for the Electric Power Research Institute.

Chief Technical Officer, Digital River (Minnetonka, MN)
At Digital River, "the technology we work with is as sophisticated as IT gets. We're always looking for highly-skilled people with talent and experience in sales, design, software engineering, customer service, marketing or accounting."

What's your definition of a cool job? Tell us, so we can make the next edition of "Cool Jobs" even cooler for you!

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Posted by Charles Purdy on October 31, 2011 at 11:21 AM in Job Search | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

October 28, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- October 28

FIVEOn Fridays, we take a look back at the week that was, and show you five career-advice or job-search-related articles that got us thinking, talking, or tweeting -- tips and news you may have missed during your busy week. 

5. MainStreet.com published a helpful article with great advice on how long-term unemployment can affect your job search. Read "Job Hunting Tips for the Long-Term Unemployed."

4. In 2011, retailers are expected to hire 480,000 to 500,000 seasonal workers, according to the National Retail Federation -- and temporary hiring is expected to rise throughout 2012. Read "Get Hired for the Holidays: Seasonal Retail Jobs."

3. What can reality-TV celebrities teach you about developing your personal brand? Perhaps a lot. Read "4 Ways Kim Kardashian Can Help You Land a Job."

2. This week, the BeKnown blog featured a helpful bit of networking advice that's not often talked about. Read "How to Meet Someone Offline After Connecting Online."

1. It's not just women who will benefit from the excellent workplace advice in this HuffPo article. Read "Women's Career Advice: Self-Promote Without the Backlash."

Do you need job-search advice? What job-seeker topics would you like to see covered? Leave a message for us in the comments section below, or find @monstercareers on Twitter and send a message. Also, get support and great job-seeker advice when you join our community on Facebook.


Posted by Charles Purdy on October 28, 2011 at 04:02 PM in Current Events , Job Search | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

October 27, 2011

Get Hired for the Holidays: Seasonal Retail Jobs

RetailAccording to the Monster Employment Index (MEI) -- a monthly review of millions of job opportunities posted on online job boards and corporate career sites -- the retail trade sector grew 21 percent between September 2010 and September 2011. All told, the sector has shown 19 consecutive months of positive year-over-year growth since March 2010. And according to the National Retail Federation, retailers are expected to hire 480,000 to 500,000 seasonal workers in 2011.

So what can you do if you want one of these seasonal retail jobs?

Doing research is key -- because retail employers want to hire people who are enthusiastic about their products. One way to do this is to find and follow the company's social media efforts (on Twitter, for instance), to keep informed not only about products but also about local job opportunities and hiring events.

But take advantage of spur-of-the-moment opportunities, too -- don't hesitate to walk into a store with a Help Wanted sign in the window, because seasonal hiring often moves a lot faster than a traditional hiring process. With that in mind, it might make sense to put on your interview outfit, print up copies of your resume, and head to your local mall -- preferably on a weekday afternoon (when it's less crowded and a manager may have more time to speak to you).

Update your resume and prep for interviews by highlighting experience that's relevant to a retail environment. Even if you've never worked in a store, your past jobs may have required managing client relationships, data entry, simple accounting, merchandising, inventory, and similar transferable skills. And to seal the deal, be proactive about following up with a phone call, within a week after you drop off your resume. 

(And working retail isn't all cash registers and stock rooms. Read "Cool Holiday Jobs in Retail" for more ideas.) 

 Don't want to work in a store? Many other industries hire seasonal workers during the winter holidays: catering companies and some restaurants add staff, there's demand for short-term temporary office workers in a variety of occupations (to fill in for vacationing staff members or help with end-of-year crunches), and delivery companies hire thousands of seasonal workers to handle increased volume.

All of these temporary opportunities can be great resume builders and networking opportunities -- and one might just be a step to a full-time, permanent position. A rise in overall temporary hiring is expected next year. (Read "Temp Jobs Expected to Be on Upswing in 2012" for more.)

What are your holiday-hiring tips? Do you have a seasonal-job success story? Tell us about it in the Comments section.


Posted by Charles Purdy on October 27, 2011 at 02:25 PM in Current Events , Interview , Job Search , Resume | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

October 26, 2011

How To Focus On Jobs You Want; Forget “I’ll Take Anthing!”

JOBBy Vickie Elmer for Glassdoor.com

The next time an unemployed friend tells you, “I’m looking for anything” or “I’m open to any job,” you have my permission to pull out one of those game-day big fan hands and gently slap them.

Otherwise, please find another way to make it clear that just like a quarterback, they’re not going to send the ball into the end zone if they aren’t clear about their target.

"Anything" and "nothing" are like flip sides of a music album -- and they both sound like white noise, all but invisible and untraceable.

"Anything" is as hard to picture as it is to remember -- and your friend really needs people to remember her when a great job or prospect comes up in conversation.

But how will you or her other friends know it’s a great fit if her search is so open-ended and vague?

"Anything" also smacks of desperation –- and that will slam some doors in your friend’s face.

So start honing in on the specifics of the work you want –- and what your best, most marketable skills are to land it.

“By having a focus, it allows people to help you and know how to help you,” said Robin Roggenkamp, a leadership and career coach at My Authentic Career. Many job seekers are reluctant to narrow their search; they think being broad and open will allow in many more opportunities, she said. But in truth, people who are targeted are more effective.

Roggenkamp recalls a conference call of coaches a few years ago when different coaches were introducing themselves, and one woman made a real impact. She coached feng shui business owners. It’s a narrow niche -– and also a standout amid the sea of business coaches and life coaches. Job seekers also want to stand out. “Make it real easy for them to remember you” and the kind of job you seek.

Certainly in this economy it makes sense to be flexible and adaptable in our work expectations and plans. So I’m not suggesting you narrow your focus so only five such jobs exist in all of the English-speaking world. But if your search turns up 1,346,751 jobs, then it’s a bit broad.

Another problem with the "anything goes" approach: It gives new connections no clue to your expertise –- whether it’s in online marketing for B-to-B companies or on-boarding for nonprofits that are hiring. If you tell someone at a business mixer that you’re looking for a job as a graphic artist for an animal-focused business or organization, that is a clear target that will make it easy for that person to help. If you tell her you’re looking for almost anything, she won’t know where to send you or how to categorize your talents.

“If your resume covers a wide array of jobs and experience, make sure you have a compelling story to show the common threads,” said Trudy McCrea, chief executive of Achieve-It, an IT and finance recruiting firm in suburban Washington, D.C. Most jobs call for a depth of expertise. One way candidates can show that is by developing separate resumes for their business development experience and their technology background.

“They have to be eloquent to come across as a specialist,” she said. A generalist who’s taken a few fill-in jobs may not stack up in most competitive searches. If your financial picture is such that you really need to take “any job” outside your career path, McCrea suggests you immediately find volunteer work or some seminars to keep your hand in your focused arena.

So suggest to your job-seeking friend to craft a two to three sentence summary of what she’s looking for. “I’m looking for a job as a market researcher / development researcher for a nonprofit in Indiana. I want to use my research and communication skills at a place where my colleagues use their heads and hearts all the time.”

That sounds so much clearer, targeted and memorable than saying, “I’ll take anything in the nonprofit field.”

Guest blogger 6a00d834515e7c69e2014e8b8fb998970d-pi Vickie Elmer regularly contributes articles on careers and small business to the Washington Post. She has collected a slew of journalism awards, large and  small. Her career and workplace articles also have appeared in Fortune, Parents, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, the Financial Times, the Chicago Tribune, Newsday and many more.

Posted by Charles Purdy on October 26, 2011 at 11:30 AM in Job Search | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

October 25, 2011

Coping with a Job You're Overqualified For

OverqualifiedA follower of @monstercareers on Twitter recently asked for some tips on dealing with a job that she's overqualified for -- and that's making her feel a bit down because she's bored and not living up to her potential.

This is a common problem among workers -- young people entering the workforce and "career switchers" often have to do some time in entry-level hourly jobs, for instance -- and issues of job security often force workers to stick to jobs they don't find engaging or challenging.

Here are some tips on handling a job you're overqualified for:

1. Check your bad attitude. Your job isn't entirely something that happens to you. Ask yourself, "Where can I make some changes?" Think about areas you'd like to grow into or would find more interesting. Take some plans for new projects to your boss or your company's HR department. You may have to take on extra work, but if doing so keeps you engaged in your "not-so-fulfilling" tasks, these resume builders will benefit you in the long run.

2. Do a fantastic job. I think the "this job is beneath me" attitude is dangerous because it makes a worker not care and not give his or her all -- and no manager is ever going to promote that worker. If you're bored at work, challenge yourself to find ways to perform better at it.

3. Make a list of the good things about the job. Make sure you're aware of intangible benefits, and make the most of them. Even consider putting them on a list you can refer to often. Don't overlook things like the personal connections you’re developing, the new skills or technologies you’re learning, and so on.

4. Space out interesting tasks. Every worker has boring days at work, or boring tasks to take care of on a regular basis. Avoid that down-in-the-dumps feeling by alternating them, if you can, with the tasks you find more fulfilling.

5. Have a plan. Dead-end jobs can make us feel stuck. Unstick yourself by developing a clear map of where where you want to go -- in the long term and the short term. Plan definite steps for how you're going to advance your career, and work within that plan. If you're unhappy with your job, having some concrete ideas about how you'll get your dream job will make it more bearable.

Final tip: It’s important to find fulfillment in life, but the fact is that many people don't find all their fulfillment at work. Finding fulfillment in the areas of your life you have more control over (that is, your free time) can help immensely.

Do you need job-search or career advice? What job-seeker topics would you like to see covered? Leave a message for us in the comments section below, or find @monstercareers on Twitter and send a message. Also, get support and great job-seeker advice when you join our community on Facebook.


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Posted by Charles Purdy on October 25, 2011 at 06:55 PM in Career Development | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

October 24, 2011

Halloween Costumes at Work: Treat or Trick?

HalloweenHalloween isn't just for kids. Walk around any business district in the days approaching Halloween, and you'll see grown-up financial analysts in witch hats, receptionists in vampire capes, and marketing VPs wearing cute kitten ears. All those nurses and firemen you see around town on Halloween? A lot of them are actually accountants or HR execs -- wearing the costumes of their childhood dream careers.

But are Halloween costumes appropriate for the grownup workplace? We asked Monster.com visitors, "Halloween is coming up -- how do you feel about wearing Halloween costumes to work?" And the 1,042 respondents were fairly even split on the topic:

I love dressing up for Halloween! I wear a full costume to work if I can. 27%

It's fun in moderation. I might wear a little something to mark the occasion. 38%
I don't like it. Dressing up for Halloween is too unprofessional.  34%

What about your Halloween plans? Are you wearing a costume to work? Share your Halloween-at-work stories or thoughts in the Comments section ... or find us on Twitter (@monstercareers) and tweet us about it!


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Posted by Charles Purdy on October 24, 2011 at 05:34 PM in Current Events | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

October 21, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- October 21

On Fridays, we take a look back at the week that was, and show you five of our favorite career-advice articles from the past five days -- tips and news you may have missed during your busy week. 

5. The folks at MainStreet.com published a helpful article with tips on how you can make your resume stand out from the crowd noticed (hint: it's often about removing stuff, not adding it!). Read "Five Simple Ways to Get Your Resume Noticed."

4. In 2011, retailers are expected to hire 480,000 to 500,000 seasonal workers, according to the National Retail Federation. We've got tips for people who want to land one of these jobs. Read "Holiday Jobs: Gifts for Getting Ahead."

3. An interesting article from BusinessInsider.com discussed some benefits of using Monster's BeKnown app (as well as Facebook itself). Read "How Facebook Could Land You a Job Faster Than LinkedIn (and How to Do It)."

2. Using Monster to post your resume and search the more than a million job posts it has at any given time (from customers including 97% of the Fortune 1000 companies) is a crucial first step on your job search -- but networking is the next important factor. Read "6 Networking Tips for Your Job Search."

1. It's not just young people who will benefit from the excellent advice in this HuffPo article. Read "Tips for 20-Something Job Seekers."

Do you need job-search advice? What job-seeker topics would you like to see covered? Leave a message for us in the comments section below, or find @monstercareers on Twitter and send a message. Also, get support and great job-seeker advice when you join our community on Facebook.


Posted by Charles Purdy on October 21, 2011 at 06:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

October 19, 2011

Cool Jobs of the Week: Green Edition

Green-collar jobs are going mainstream, as evidenced by the broad range and large number of them available on Monster.com -- from executive positions to entry-level hourly jobs. These eco-industry careers are the focus of this week's "Cool Jobs" post:

1. Energy Engineer, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
Cavalier about renewable energy? UVA is looking for someone to "support the Energy & Utilities Department's organizational objective to promote sustainability by providing consistent, cost-effective, efficient, reliable, and environmentally sound review of existing and planned facilities in support of the educational, research, and health care mission of the University.​"

2. Wind Power R&D Manager, Blade Structural Design, Siemens (Boulder, CO)
Is the answer to your job search blowing in the wind? Siemens needs someone to "drive all aspects of blade structural design development including: new product design, new technology introduction, design and analysis tools and processes, and more general R&D."

3. Commercial Marketing Director, SunEdison (Belmont, CA)
Are you ready to shed some light on renewable energy? Power your career at SunEdison: "The ideal candidate will have a successful track record of B2B sales, preferably in renewable, and of launching B2B product and marketing initiatives that have exceeded sales goals."

4. Total Recycling Program Manager, Waste Management (Minneapolis, MN)
Move ahead by talking trash at Waste Management! In this role, you'll serve "as a liaison between Customer, Sales Team and Recycling Facilities in relation to service issues and contract management," and "maintain pre-established standards for safety and environmental issues."

5. Senior Wetlands / Natural Resources Scientist, Tetra Tech (Boston, MA)
Create a perfect working environment: Tetra Tech is seeking a scientist to "work on a wide range of environmental licensing, permitting and regulatory compliance projects in the Northeastern States."

6. Wildlife Biologist, URS Corporation (Santa Barbara, CA)
Working with a bunch of animals is a good thing when you're a wildlife biologist! "URS Corporation is seeking a qualified individual for immediate placement as a wildlife biologist on the Biological Resources team in our Santa Barbara, California office. The successful candidate will be responsible for working on complex and challenging projects in the oil and gas, renewable energy, infrastructure, and public sector markets with moderate senior guidance."
7. Regional Environmental Manager - Pets, Del Monte (Pittsburgh, PA)
Make pet projects matter at Del Monte Foods, where you'll "develop and implement appropriate procedures and programs to assure compliance with environmental laws and regulations.​"

8. Environmental Engineer, Goodyear Tire (Danville, VA)
Are you on a roll? Retread your resume as an environmental engineer for Goodyear, which is looking for someone who can ensure that its "facility is always in compliance with federal, state and local regulations.​"

9. Director, Environment, Health & Safety, EMCOR (Florence, SC)
Protect the earth while powering the future at EMCOR -- "An EMCOR entity based in South Carolina providing construction, maintenance, and outage services for utility and industrial clients is seeking a corporate Director, Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) with responsibilities for the overall corporate EH&S program."

10. Aquatic Biology Faculty, Waynesburg University (Waynesburg, PA)
There's nothing fishy about this full-time, tenure-track position beginning in fall 2012!


Posted by Charles Purdy on October 19, 2011 at 07:42 PM in Job Search | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

October 17, 2011

Beat Job-Search Procrastination

Procrastination -- to one degree or another, I think we all struggle to overcome procrastinating tendencies. And our computers definitely lend themselves to procrastination! After all, right there at our fingertips are not only all of our friends but also just about any form of entertainment the human mind can conceive of.

We asked Monster.com visitors what the biggest "procrastination causers" on their computers were. Here's what they had to say:

> Playing games 31%

> Chatting with friends on IM 7%

> Surfing the Web 43%

> Goofing off on social sites 14%

> Shopping 5%

I've found that when I'm procrastinating, it's often because the task I'm avoiding is outside my comfort zone -- maybe it requires doing something I don't know how to do, or maybe it's something that'll be very high profile. In other words, for me, procrastination is caused by fear. One way I've learned to beat procrastination is to do just a little bit of the fearful or dreaded activity.

Say I'm procrastinating writing a super-important 40-page presentation. I'll tell myself, "Today, all you have to do is finish the title page. That's it." Once I've actually started a project, it often seems a lot less scary -- and a project seems a lot less scary once it has begun.

Is procrastination derailing your job search?  Read "Five Steps to Beat Job Search Procrastination."

What are your tips for beating procrastination? Join the conversation in our Comments section.

Posted by Charles Purdy on October 17, 2011 at 06:57 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

October 15, 2011

The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- October 14

On Fridays, we take a look back at the week that was, and show you five of our favorite career-advice articles from the past five days -- tips and news you may have missed during your busy week.  

5. Our first story from this week offers advice on celebrating an upcoming holiday that may have slipped your radar -- it includes not only tips on celebrating Boss's Day (which is October 16) but also links to articles about pleasing your boss all year long. Read "Celebrating National Boss's Day." 

4. And even if you don't have a boss now -- because you're looking for work or working as a freelancer, for instance -- you might someday. So check out Monster's "Boss Management Guide" for tips on how to control the person in charge.

3. When celebrity chef and restauranteur Mario Batali needed to find a new media production coordinator, he turned to Monster.com to help him with the hunt -- and more 50,000 resumes later, we helped him find the perfect person for the job: Drea Bernardi, who shares some great career advice in a new MonsterThinking post. Read "Mario Batali's New Media Production Coordinator Shares Career Advice."

2. AskMen.com shares some good advice on coping with job loss (and the advice isn't just for men!). Read "Exit Strategies: How to Survive Losing Your Job." 

1. And finally, a great little piece of job-search truth-telling and motivation on Glassdoor.com this week: read "Why Honesty Will Help You Land the Job."

Do you need job-search advice? What job-seeker topics would you like to see covered? Leave a message for us in the comments section below, or find @monstercareers on Twitter and send a message. Also, get support and great job-seeker advice when you join our community on Facebook.


Posted by Charles Purdy on October 15, 2011 at 04:47 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)