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Samantha Greenfield

Are you sabotaging your own job search efforts?

If you have had less that stellar results finding your next job, you may be sabotaging your own efforts! It may be time to step back and take a look at how you are going about getting your next job. Yes, the job market is extremely tight, but believe it or not, people are getting jobs! Make sure you are not part of the problem if you are not getting any replies to your applications:

1. Not prepared - You know the old saying, "If you fall off a horse, you need to get right back in the saddle"? That may be true for horseback riding, but not necessarily for your job search! If you have been laid off or unexpectedly lose your job, before you jump into the help wanted ads, take time to prepare yourself. Define what you want, where you want to go, what you have to offer, what makes you different, etc. Having a clear picture will help you plan your next steps.

2. Focusing on the negative - People do not want to hear about what you can't do; they want to know what you can do! Landing your next job is going to come from selling your strong attributes and how they will make a positive impact on an employer.

3. Lack of professionalism - If you have a song or child as your voice mail greeting (or worse yet, a child singing a song) - change it to something more professional. Always look presentable; I am not saying you have to walk around in a suit all the time, but I strongly caution you from leaving the house in sweats! Seems like common sense to me, but I hear from hiring managers that people will show up to fill out applications in their pajamas! And another thing, make sure your e-mail address is professional!

4. Online image - Recruiters and hiring managers do look people up on Facebook. If you have an unprofessional/immature image portrayed, clean up your online act!

5. Not changing your approach - If you have been using the same job search methods, the same resume and the same attitude and not getting any results, it's time to make some changes. Modify your resume, step up your networking efforts and make sure your image is fresh and up to date.

Noteworthy News:

New workshop this week! The VEC has a new workshop on how to convert your word.doc resume into a professional, "not boring" plain text document.

The Networking Job Club that meets at the Winchester Workforce Center at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays is going on "sabbatical" effective immediately. The job club will have a "Grand Re-Opening" in September.

Workshop schedule for Jan. 24-28, 2011

  • Tuesday, Jan. 25 @ 9:30 a.m.: Preparing for the interview with emphasis on behavioral interview questions.

  • Thursday, Jan. 27 @ 9:30 a.m.: Converting your word.doc resume into a professional "not boring" plain text document.

I have current availability for resume and mock interviews. Please let me know if you are interested.

- Sam


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