Category: Job Search
December 09, 2011
Monster Healthcare Virtual Career Fair
From December 13 to 15, Monster will be hosting a Healthcare Virtual Career Fair, created to help healthcare professionals connect in a new way with national and local healthcare providers and companies with positions to fill.
To participate, all you need is an Internet connection. You'll be able to interact online with exhibitors and attendees via written chat, webinars, and video chat; access information about open positions; exchange contact information; and schedule meetings with exhibitors and professionals.
The registration process takes less than five minutes, and gives you full access to the virtual fair.
How to Make the Most of a Virtual Career Fair
Set yourself up for success with these tips:
1. Make sure your resume is up-to-date. Because this is one of the first things that potential employers will see, it’s important proofread carefully and highlight your top accomplishments clearly.
Start your resume with a clear summary of your background and what you have to offer an employer. (For tips on crafting your resume, check out "Resume Tips for Healthcare Professionals.")
2. Research employers. You never want to enter a conversation with an employer without knowing a little bit its goals, its products, and its mission. After you register and see some of the participating employers, you can go to the company websites and do a bit of research. This is knowledge that will serve you well during the fair.
3. Set some career goals. You may think that telling an employer that you’re “open to any opportunities” will make you likelier to land a job. In fact, hiring managers want people who have specific skills, interests, and specialties.
Think about what your career goals are, so you can target your efforts (this is much more effective than scatter-shot applications).
4. Keep it professional.Even though this is an online event, dressing professionally and making sure you are in a professional-looking environment will boost your confidence (and you don't want to be in your pajamas when a hiring manager requests an impromptu video chat!).
December 01, 2011
Turn Your Seasonal Gig into a Full-Time Position
By Nancy Mann Jackson for Glassdoor.com
So you’ve landed a temporary seasonal job. But you’d like to stick around even after the holidays are over. While full-time positions may be few and far between when the holiday rush is over, you already have your foot in the door as a seasonal worker, so you’re one step ahead of the pack.
What else can you do to secure your place and turn your seasonal gig into a full-time position? Start with these tips:
- Communicate your desire to stay. Sometimes, supervisors don’t consider the possibility that a holiday worker may want to stay after the temporary gig is up, so make it clear that you’re interested. “Tell [your supervisor] verbally, without being a pest,” says Erin Peterson, recruitment outsourcing practice leader with Aon Hewitt, a global leader in human capital consulting and outsourcing solutions. “Or write him or her a concise but well worded note regarding how much you’ve enjoyed being on the holiday team and state your interest in remaining after the holidays.”
- Be proactive. Don’t just wait to see if your supervisor will ask you to stay; be on the lookout for job postings and apply for any open positions that may be a good fit for you, Peterson says. When the recruiter or hiring manager sees a familiar name (yours) among the pile of applicants, you may have a leg up.
- Behave like a full-time employee. Rather than operating as though you, as a temporary hire, have no stake in the company or its success, behave as though you’re in it for the long haul. “Show up on time, ready to work,” Peterson says. “Limit distractions such as texting and phone calls and focus on the task at hand. And engage with customers; it will be noticed.”
- Go the extra mile. If you really want to make a good impression, do all the things a good employee does, and then do a little more. “Volunteer for extra hours or tasks that no one else wants, such as inventory,” Peterson says. “Make improvement suggestions and implement them, if possible. Surprise customers with service they don’t expect.”
When demand for new workers extends beyond the holiday season, the temporary employees who are likely to be asked to continue are those whose work stands out as excellent and those who have let it be known that they are committed to being there long term if the opportunity arises. If you want to turn your holiday job into your real job, be one of those employees!
For more tips, read "From Seasonal to Permanent."
Guest blogger Nancy Mann Jackson is an award-winning journalist and corporate communicator who writes regularly about small business, parenting and workplace issues. She has written hundreds of articles for publications including Working Mother, CNNMoney.com, Entrepreneur.com, and MyBusiness.
November 30, 2011
Keep Your Job Search Going Through the Holidays
Most of us have a lot to do during the holidays. There are more social events, more family obligations, more errands and chores -- our calendars start to look pretty crowded. So it might be tempting to put your job search on pause. A lot of people assume that no one gets hired during the holidays -- so why bother looking?
But the fact is, no matter how busy your holiday schedule is, now is not the time to halt job-search activities. (In a recent article on MainStreet.com, "Why You Should Apply for Jobs Right Now," I mentioned some of the reasons why.) For one thing, although hiring may slow down a bit during the season, it by no means stops altogether: Comparing December 2010 to November 2010, the Monster Employment Index shows a slight dip in job posts on corporate career Web sites and job boards, including Monster.com -- about three percent. A percentage-point drop in the single digits shouldn't be overestimated -- the data certainly doesn't say, "Take a break from your job search."
In fact, organizations often find themselves in urgent hiring situations at the end of the year. For example, a manager may learn of a hiring freeze in the coming year and decide to fill a position before the gate closes, or, conversely, a forecast of an increased Q1 budget may cause a manager to add a new position to his or her team at the end of the year.
This December, Give Yourself the Gift of Career Success
Here are some tips for keeping your job search going through the holiday season:
1. Don't overlook temporary positions. A healthy portion of them become permanent -- and "holiday" jobs aren't just about retail positions. Plenty of companies have end-of-year crunch times and seek out extra help through temp agencies.
(For tips on getting a seasonal job, read "Get Hired for the Holidays.")
2. Use "down time" to spruce up your online presence. How long has it been since you updated your resume on Monster.com? Or added to your professional profile on BeKnown? Or wrote a blog post related to your industry? These are the kinds of maintenance activities that can slip to the bottom of our to-do lists during the rest of the year. If you're finding fewer jobs to apply for online, use this extra time to get your online profile in shape.
(For tips on maximizing your online presence, read "Build Your Brand.")
3. Seek out volunteer work. All sorts of philanthropic organizations ramp up activities during the holidays -- and volunteering can be a great way to network, gain skills and fill the gap that unemployment might otherwise leave on your resume. Plus, you'll meet other volunteers -- philanthropically minded and community-minded people who may be able to help you in your job search.
4. Make the most of networking opportunities. You don't want to make every conversation about your job search, but letting people know how they can help you is crucial. So have your "elevator pitch" -- who you are, what you want, and why -- ready and perfect. And try to keep things positive: for instance, when you tell people you're looking for work, also tell them how you've been productive with your time off.
The holidays are a great reason to reach out to friends and acquaintances, as well as to reconnect with professional contacts you may have fallen out of contact with. You can send a holiday greeting ("Happy New Year" is a safe sentiment if you don't know which holidays a contact celebrates) with some upbeat news about your job search and a note of gratitude for the help you've received throughout the past year. Make it personal (no one wants spam as a holiday gift).
And remember that the holidays are a time for giving. Find ways to help the people in your network, and they'll be likelier to help you in the future.
5. Recommit to your job search.
Start the year off right: Make an appointment with yourself to determine your goals for the coming year. Then schedule some time to update your resume, practice your interview skills and set some job-search goals.
For more advice, check out some related blog posts from friends of Monster: "5 Reasons to Step Up Your Job Search Over the Holidays" (from Resoomay) and "How to Job Search During the Holiday Season" (from Glassdoor).
November 15, 2011
10 Tips: Managing Diminished Career Expectations
By Meghan M. Biro for Glassdoor.com
There are lots of people writing about how to do resumes or manage a job search, but not too many who are willing to admit there’s an elephant in the living room. But there is, and I’m going to give you a few tips on how to deal with it.
The elephant is your job –- the one you’re in and want out of, or the job you’re considering taking to get away from the one you have. Chances are it’s not the job you want, or the one you trained for or think you deserve. It pays the bills, but it doesn’t get you excited. It doesn’t use all your skills. The workplace culture or environment leaves something to be desired. Maybe the commute is killing you and the person in the next cube eats sardines every day for lunch. Maybe you don’t even have a cube.
Welcome to the new job reality: diminished expectations.
We all want a great job, but until the economy turns around, a good-enough job will have to do. But no one can afford to treat a job as though it’s just "good enough." To survive – both in the job and in your head -– you’ll have to bring your A game every day. Even if it is a B- job.
Here are some tips for managing in a time of diminished expectations:
>> Use positive affirmations to get yourself through the day. This sounds hippy-dippy but it works. Think positively. Tell yourself a positive story about your job, and it will be survivable.
>> Teach yourself one new skill a month. If you’re not challenged intellectually, you probably have spare cycles. Study statistical analysis -– it will come in handy when making charts, and it also requires analytical thinking. Teach yourself Excel or Powerpoint – the real skills, not just 101. Set up a website.
>> Start blogging. Writing things down makes them easier to process and brings insight. You can rant, but it’s more productive to write about a positive aspect of your job, or the day.
>> Polish your resume. Do this once a month. Frequent updates to online profiles make you more attractive as a candidate.
>> Help a coworker. Perhaps one of your colleagues could use help with a task. Maybe it’s something you’re interested or skilled in. Either way you get karma points.
>> Think about what you really want to do when you grow up. Examine your life, your decisions, your failures to decide, your current status. Be unflinching. This will prepare you for the next tip.
>> Write a job description for your dream job. Then read your resume and look for the disconnects. Now you have new tasks and a new goal.
>> Network with people who have the job you want. If you’ve done the two bullets above, you’ll be better positioned to make this pay off.
>> Seek out a career coach to help you examine –- and possibly reset -– your expectations. Maybe you’re way off. Maybe you weren’t an A student but thought you could bluff through to a big job. Not in this economy, and maybe never again. Be prepared to revise your life plan, at least the short-term version.
>> Do something for someone else. There’s huge satisfaction in helping others. Volunteer and you will become thankful.
Got some of your own techniques for coping with unrealized expectations? Let us know. Share your thoughts in the Comments section.
Guest blogger Meghan M. Biro, founder of TalentCulture, is a serial entrepreneur and globally recognized career expert in talent acquisition and creative personal and corporate branding. Meghan has conducted more than 300 successful career searches for clients ranging from Fortune 500s to the most innovative software start-up companies.
November 08, 2011
Veteran and Monster.com Success Story Dan Blasini Shares Career Advice
Veteran Dan Blasini RN BSN BC is one of Monster's most inspiring success stories. After serving in the Army, Dan was looking for a way he could help injured soldiers lead independent lives after returning from war. He posted his resume on Monster and soon found his dream job -- as a case manager for Hanger Prosthetics, where he began a career helping people adapt to prosthetic limbs. (In the photos accompanying this post, Dan and Navy veteran Patty Long discuss local job market opportunities at his San Antonio office. Long suffered a below the knee traumatic amputation and works part-time and volunteers helping other people with limb loss.)
Dan finds inspiration in seeing his patients overcome their obstacles -- and he inspires us.
When we last checked in with Dan, in 2010, he was featured in a Monster.com success story about his job. In honor of Veterans Day this year, we wanted to speak to him again -- and share his advice for returning veterans who are making the transition to civilian jobs.
"Every Day Is a Learning Day"
As a clinical care manager for Hanger Prosthetics, Dan works with people who have suffered catastrophic limb loss: not only battlefield injuries but also work-related, accident-related, and disease-process injuries. His role has grown in the past year to include helping patients work with insurance companies and handle workman's compensation claims.
"This is a new area," he says. "Every day is a learning day; every day brings a new challenge, a new opportunity. … I find satisfaction in bringing people together for a better understanding of how technology plays a role in the rehab process. The fun part is seeing the great outcomes."
The Military Advantage
When asked how his military service prepared him for his civilian career, Dan lists a number of advantages his service gave him.
"The military is basically an international corporation," he explains. "It has to deal with a lot of logistical planning, budgets, cost containment -- all based around a certain mission or vision, and the delivery of a specific service or objective. So once you understand how that business works, when you come to another business … it really helps."
He also credits the military with teaching him to multitask, to set goals, to be strategic and organized, and to overcome barriers: "I use those skills every day to work on any kind of barriers -- personal and professional," he says.
"The military also prepared me to work with people who have different beliefs, backgrounds, desires -- the melting pot of people you work with," he adds. "As I travel and meet new people, I can relate to new situations. … And of course one of the big things is how to handle stress."
Transferring Military Training to Civilian Jobs
Part of Dan's role as a case manager is to help people redefine (or rediscover) themselves after they've lost a part of their body -- and that includes helping them get back to work so they can provide for themselves and their families.
"The military has many jobs that basically blend into civilian employment," he says. "It's important to work with someone who can translate military jobs and descriptions into civilian description. So the employer can relate to what the veteran has done -- it's two different languages in many ways."
(Military.com is one place vets can turn to when they need help translating military skills into their civilian equivalents; the company's Military Skills Translator helps them decode military abilities and connects them to employers seeking veteran talent.)
But the job applicant's skills and background are just part of the story he or she needs to tell a potential employer, and Dan shares some advice we often tell job seekers on Monster.com: It's important to tell a potential employer not only what you've done, but also what you can do for them -- as Dan puts it, "how you as a team member will help save them money, make them money, and make them look good. Then it comes back around full circle."
Dan also stresses the importance of continuing education: "You have experience, but you may have to augment that with education or training to make you a viable candidate."
And then there's networking. "If you don't knock on doors, they won't open," he says. "You've got to network with confidence, and you've got to ask for help. … It can be hard for service people to ask for help, but the thing to remember is that you ask for help now, and then you can turn around and help other people later on."
"Suffered for Four Years, to Live Large for Forty"
Dan says that new vets have to keep an open mind when coming into a civilian career -- and he believes that the military helps create that adaptability. "A lot of times in the military you may not know where you're going, and you have to adapt to any situation," he says. "So when you start a new role you have to learn that new environment and what to do so you're successful."
He says that, often, success has to do with work ethic. His story of inspiration didn't come without a lot of hard work: after his military service, he had a family to support and worked full-time while also going to school full time, to prepare himself for a great career. As he says, he "suffered for four years, to live large for forty."
And he's still working hard -- his next big step? "I still have goals for my MBA -- so that's the next level."
Find your military-friendly job at Monster.com and Military.com's Veteran Employment Center.
November 04, 2011
The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- November 4
On Fridays, we take a look back at the week that was, and show you five of our favorite career-advice articles -- tips and news you may have missed during your busy week. And of course, on the first Friday of every month, the big news of interest to job seekers is the U.S. Department of Labor's Jobs Report.
Nonfarm payroll employment continued to trend up in October (adding 80,000 jobs), but there was little impact on the unemployment rate, which is now at 9.0 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS also says that employment in the private sector rose -- with modest job growth continuing in professional and businesses services, leisure and hospitality, health care, and mining.
Many experts remain optimistic, saying we're in a continuing long-term recovery (albeit a painfully slow one). Some numbers that don't make the topline report do support this optimism. For example, the number of people marginally attached to the workforce (unemployed people who wanted and were available for work but had not looked for work in the past four weeks) was 2.6 million persons -- about the same as a year earlier. However, among these people, only 967,000 were considered "discouraged," a decrease of 252,000 from a year earlier. (Discouraged workers are those not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them.)
We hope the positive trends continue! Now the "5 for Friday":
5. Monster runs its own montly report -- the Monster Employment Index, which is a monthly review of job opportunities posted on online job boards and corporate career sites in the United States. And its data supports the idea that the jobs situation is looking up. Read "MEI Shows Continuing Positive Growth Trend: 11% Year Over Year."
4. One of our most re-tweeted pieces of original content provided practical tips on fulfilling a common bit of pre-interview wisdom. Read "Do Your Research Before a Job Interview." (And follow Monster on Twitter: @MonsterCareers.)
3. We loved this information-packed infographic from Mashable -- with helpful advice that everyone with a career to manage needs to know now. Read "Protecting Your Online Reputation."
2. On our MonsterThinking.com blog, Janet Swaysland, Monster.com SVP of Global Communications and Social Media, spoke to the author of a new study on workplace "rebels," -- people who feel more comfortable creating change than fighting against it. Read "Rebels at Work: Motivated to Make a Difference."
1. US News and World Report published an advice-laden article (with plenty of guidance from Monster) on coping with something that more and more workers are facing, as they stay longer in the workforce. "By choice and necessity, more older Americans are staying in the workforce. As a result, many workplaces now have multiple generations of employees spanning 40 or even 50 years in age. Odds are that senior workers will wind up working for someone young enough to be their child, if not younger." Read "When Your Boss Is Younger Than Your Child."
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November 03, 2011
MEI Shows Continuing Positive Job Growth Trend: Up 11% Year-Over-Year
The Monster Employment Index (MEI) --
a monthly review of millions of job opportunities posted on online job boards and corporate career sites in the United States -- showed strong hiring in October: The year-over-year growth trend from October 2010 was measured at 11 percent, with all metro markets tracked by the MEI showing positive annual growth. October's MEI also shows growth from September -- driven in part by recruitment for holiday-season temporary positions.
“The Index recorded positive momentum coming into the pre-holiday season. Employers are proceeding with hiring as planned, indicated by solid seasonal demand for temporary workers in short-term positions within the retail and manufacturing sectors,” explains Jesse Harriott, senior vice president and chief knowledge officer at Monster Worldwide. “Overall, this demonstrates an encouraging sign for the U.S. labor market during the holiday season; however, substantial job-creation has yet to occur for the economy to see pre-recessionary levels of recruitment.”
(Interested in holiday hiring? Read "Get Hired for the Holiday: Seasonal Retail Jobs.")
Fifteen of the 20 industries monitored by the Index showed positive annual growth trends:Information (up 27 percent) remained among the top growth sectors, with continued demand for professionals in software, digital media, and telecommunications. Retail Trade (up 26 percent) exhibited notable expansion in online recruitment levels, suggesting that some employers are fully proceeding with their seasonal hiring efforts. Manufacturing (up 18 percent) registered an accelerated growth pace in October. Public Administration (down 30 percent) continued to record the steepest decline in October, dropping to a new low in the Index.
To obtain a full copy of the Monster Employment Index U.S. report for October 2011, and to access current individual data charts for each of the 28 metro markets tracked, please visit http://about-monster.com/employment-index. Data for the month of November 2011 will be released on December 2, 2011.
November 01, 2011
Job-Search Advice for Executives
Executive recruiter Colleen Aylward wanted to figure out how many executives had been displaced by the recent economic downturn, but her research didn't turn up hard data.
"No one actually keeps track of those stats," says Aylward, president of recruiting firm Devon James and the the author of "Bedlam to Boardroom: How To Get a Derailed Executive Career Back on Track." "When I tried to look it up with the Bureau of Labor Statistics and even talk to some of the Bureau's staff, I couldn't get a straight answer.”
Instead, Aylward took the Bureau's 2010 figures for layoffs in all categories and chose the job categories that she knew fit the executive profile. Her top line figure -- 2.5 million executives out of work -- is just one indicator of the extent of the unemployment problem.
"... These are not the high-priced CEOs that are being criticized for taking too much money in salary and bonuses," she adds. "These are the managers in the trenches, who spent decades in the corporate world making the trains run on time, and have since been displaced by younger, cheaper executives who lack the experience and institutional memory of those they replaced."
Aylward's specialty as a recruiter is to help displaced executives find work, and she has figured out a few key tips to help those who were insiders for so long but who now find themselves on the outside looking in -- but these good job-search ideas are not limited to people seeking corner offices. They include:
Be a Specialist
For many years, an executive’s resume was an exercise in being all things to all people, but that’s not what corporations want these days. They don’t want a general manager of all things executive, but rather, specialists who have niche expertise that can be applied immediately. It’s a culture shift for many executives, so it may seem difficult at first. However, everyone has at least one, or maybe even two, areas in which they could lay claim to being a specialist. Highlight those areas in your resume, and you’ll find a lot more opportunities open to you.
Hiring an executive is a big commitment for many companies, as well as an expensive one. Don’t be afraid of creating a situation that puts you back in the saddle while at the same time mitigating a company’s risk. If a company is on the bubble about bringing you on full-time, offer to take on a specific project as an outside contractor and then tie your compensation to the completion of the project. If you screw it up, that’s on you. If you succeed and deliver, not only will you get paid, but you might also win a full-time gig.
Get Out and Network
The days of working for one company forever until you retire have been over for a while. Executives have to view even their full-time jobs as freelance gigs with a limited shelf life. In that respect, displaced executives should look toward more project work instead of just waiting around for that dream job to drop in their laps. They need to get out, network, and use their days not to root out jobs, but also to talk to individuals in companies that might have a problem their expertise could solve. Often, one well-executed project will turn into more.
"The old ways don't work anymore," Aylward adds. "In fact, they haven’t worked in a while, but the executives who have been laid off over the last few years never had to read that particular news update. They are still vital and have plenty to offer, but they need to find new ways to show it. The dream job doesn't look at all the way it used to look and executives need to change their perspective if they are going to have a shot in the corporate world of today."
For more tips on executive-level career management, check out:
October 31, 2011
Cool Jobs of the Week: Corner-Office Edition
This 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!
October 28, 2011
The Monster 5 for Friday -- Careers Edition -- October 28
On 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."
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