It’s safe to assume that every professional on the planet isn’t happily trotting down their career paths. A large part of our business is to make sure this isn’t the case, but it can take some trial and error to find the right fit. Things don’t always work out as planned, and when you decide it’s time for a change, the decision to forge a new path may present itself as the best course of action.
Is a career change in your future? If you’re thinking about making a switch, unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as some of us tend to think. Be advised, changing careers isn’t the same as changing your major. The latter keeps you safe within the confines of university walls until graduation while the former can leave you bewildered and at the mercy of a shaky job market.
Passion isn’t enough, and the urge to do something different won’t be enough to convince hiring managers. At the end of the day, it comes down to experience. If you’re serious about making a change and you’re ready to take the necessary steps, switching it up isn’t impossible – it’s just not simple. The information below is from our team of recruiters who’ve advised numerous candidates in situations similar to yours. (more…)
Recently, our ceo had the opportunity to speak to freshmen in an Industry Exploration class at LIM College in New York City. Entering the job market can be daunting for new graduates so we were happy to offer some fashion industry insight and insider tips.
For any job applicant, at any level, it all starts with the résumé. For the recently graduated, creating a résumé is a unique challenge because of the lack of work history and experience. Completing your education is the first step, but certainly not the last.
We asked our recruiters for some real-world advice in regards to what companies are looking for – or expecting – on an entry level résumé. Consider these tips as you set out to craft the words on that document meant to remain in the hands of a hiring manager versus being tossed into the “no” or “unqualified” pile.
- Objective – Not Necessary
- Internship(s) – Listed
- College Education – Required
- Computer/Software Skills – Indicated
- Relevant Affiliations – Noted (more…)
On the fence about becoming a freelancer? Graphic Design Degree Hub created an infographic to help you make the decision. ‘The Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancer’ highlights the life of a freelancer from compensation to location. After weighing the good and the bad and applying the below information to your personal situation and industry, you may be ready to make the switch. If not, we’re here to help!
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LinkedIn is one of the world’s largest online professional networks connecting people from virtually every industry to other professionals and businesses. You know this, we know this, so how do we make the most of all LinkedIn has to offer?
This much is true for every social media platform – understanding how to get the most out of your membership will determine whether or not creating an account will be to your benefit. LinkedIn separates itself as not just a social media network, but a professional social media network that – if leveraged properly – can be a jobseeker’s/employer’s/employee’s/recruiter’s/networker’s goldmine.
Below, tips to take advantage of LinkedIn:
- Choose a professional profile picture. Having a profile picture in general makes it easier to stand out in searches. A picture that portrays you as a professional not only allows connections and future employers to put a face to a name – it’s an extension of your personality. For example, a picture of you taking shots at a night club may not be the right choice over a toned down picture of you looking like the professional you are. (more…)
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A good job is hard to find, but every entrepreneur knows a good employee is even harder to keep. As an entrepreneur, one must ensure his or her company is staffed with people who look forward to coming to work every day for more than a paycheck.
Through the years, I found that it was easy to keep employees motivated – all I had to do was provide them with a leader worth following and tasks worth fulfilling. But after almost seven years in business, I still find myself searching for new ways to maintain productivity while providing each individual with the drive they need to perform to the best of their ability.
Here’s how I do it:
- Support new ideas. When employees come to you with an idea or a solution to a problem they believe is for the betterment of the company, it’s a sign that they care. Supporting new ideas and giving an individual the chance to ‘run with it’ is motivating, whether or not it works out in the end.
- Empower each individual. Every single individual contributes to the bottom line. Empowering them to excel in their role, no matter how large or small, creates a sense of ownership that will lead to meeting and exceeding expectations.
- Don’t let them become bored. I get bored easily, so I assume my employees also have a short attention span. Host a cupcake bake-off, plan a happy hour, start a push-up contest in the middle of the office on a Wednesday, or allow a different person to run the weekly meetings to break up the monotony. (more…)
The daily grind can take a toll on the average employee. No matter how driven and passionate you may be, there are some days that you find yourself making it through a day at the office without getting much done while emails and missed calls pile up into a mountain of impending follow-up torture.
How do you stay focused when everything around you beckons your attention? These tips may sound like no-brainers, but they could help you remain productive throughout the day. (more…)
Here at JBC, we’ve mastered the process of checking references. Probably because conducting a thorough reference check is essential to being a recruiter. Below, ten things to keep in mind when choosing and sharing your references.
1. Don’t list the names of your references on your resumé. There is no need to offer references to an employer until they are requested. Instead of listing the names on your resumé, list them on a separate sheet of paper (matching your resumé) titled “References.” Bring the list with you to job interviews.
2. Choose references who are relevant to the job in which you are applying. For those who have taken the straight and narrow career path this shouldn’t be a problem. However, for the career-hopping job seekers out there, references should be catered to the role. For example, if you are applying for a retail job, your references should be able to speak to your retail experiences. If you are applying for a role as a designer, your references should be able to speak to the skills you possess that would make you the right fit. (more…)
If you’re in the job market, don’t be misled into thinking the holiday season means break-time until next year. Contrary to the myth that hiring managers are on vacation and won’t be working on filling roles, companies do hire in December. Placing a hold on your job search will only make room for other resumés to fill the space and get the attention that could have been yours.
Companies and recruiting agencies like JBCStyle and JBCconnect are not in the position to place a job on hold because of any holiday. This time of year is especially important to keep up with demands for talent and get a head start on the new year.
True, there is a lull between Christmas and New Years; however, don’t assume that every company is enjoying the entire time off of work – there are plenty of business days in between the two holidays.
Hopefully we’ve convinced you that your resumé needs to be putting in hours this holiday. Now you’re ready for some seasonal job search tips:
1. Build your online network. Make new connections and reconnect with old acquaintances via Facebook and Linkedin. The holiday conversation is a great icebreaker that helps to make your approach less forward. Once the conversation has begun, you’ve placed your name in the person’s mind and you’re one step closer to your goal.
2. Send cards. Remind hiring managers that you’re still looking and still interested in working for their company. Send a holiday card or small gift with a cheerful note letting them know you are open to revisiting new roles that may have come up since your last interview. Use this method to reach out to hiring managers, recruiters, or anyone you know who may be able to help move your resumé along.
3. Go to holiday parties! Company parties are a great opportunity to casually network with all of the right people. Don’t walk around handing out your resumé – instead, have some great conversations with key people, hand out your business card, let them know you’re in the market, and keep it moving. It is a party after all! The following day, repeat step one.
4. Throw a party! Friends help friends find jobs. Invite your friends over for drinks or meet at a restaurant to catch up and enlist their help. This is a great chance to practice your pitch, go over interview questions, and share experiences with a crowd that will be honest and offer advice you can use come interview-time.
5. Be a part of the conversation. Most likely, the companies you are interested in have a Twitter or Facebook account. Follow them and participate in their online conversations. Don’t go overboard here – choose a post that interests you and reply with an intelligent statement. Replying to a company that posts open jobs on their social media accounts are a great way to get noticed. Warning: make sure your personal social media accounts are professional and showcase you in a positive light and only reply to jobs in which you qualify.
Take it back old-school. If you can find out the name of the hiring manager and their mailing address, send them a hard copy of your resumé and cover letter. Most resumés are sent online so take this opportunity to send yours straight to the desk of the person in charge. Who doesn’t like to get mail? Add a holiday card to your package and score extra recognition points.
Enjoy the holidays, but don’t take time-off from your job search. Instead, use the spare time to maximize your efforts.
Let’s face the cold, hard facts – looking for a job these days isn’t the same as it was five or ten years ago. So why are the job-seeking masses still employing the same methods now as they would have in the past?
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein
1. Understand what you’re up against. As of April 2012, the unemployment rate was 8.1% and the number of unemployed persons was 12.5 million. Keep these facts in mind as you apply for jobs and the need to not want to be a statistic will provide the motivation you need to keep going.
2. Know your industry. Know the facts. Research your industry to learn about the current state of and any signs of future growth or decline.
3. Is there a chance your job can be done by a computer in the near future? We know you’re not a fortune teller but use your judgement to prepare yourself for a workload shift.
4. Is there a chance your job can be out-sourced in the near future? Same as above.
5. Are you cool? It’s not okay to not be interested in new technologies and methods. You need to be aware to be relevant. Stay up-to-date on what’s happening by reading a variety of publications including trade magazines and blogs about your specialty or industry.
6. Keep in mind, there’s always someone out there who is younger, cheaper and hungrier than you.
7. Don’t just send your resumé and wait. Get out there! Make a phone call, send a follow-up email. Don’t be a stalker; but don’t be forgotten.
8. Does your resumé still look like your college career counselor made it for you? Time for an update.
9. Take advantage of the variety of ways in which you can apply for a job. Use online job boards and recruiters to your advantage; and don’t overlook the power of social media. Most brands post their hottest jobs on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.
10. Last, but not least, the oldest job search advice that will always be relevant – update your old skills and learn new skills. The more you know, the more you grow.
Let’s be honest … very few people start working at a company with the intention of remaining indefinitely at the position for which they were hired.
Many of us only interview with companies where we see potential for growth. From the get go, questions that come to mind include: “Is this a company I can grow with? Where do I see myself in the next year? In five years?”
Each step up the corporate ladder is generally going to involve asking for and receiving a promotion, and every time will get you a little bit closer to your ‘dream’ job.
1. Ask for more responsibilities. Volunteering to do more work shows your interest and desire to help your department and company to succeed, as well as highlighting your value within the organization. It also gives your boss the option of gradually giving you more important duties rather than just throwing you into a new position.
2. Build your network. The more people who know you, know your strengths and abilities, know your value to the organization, and know your ambitions, the more likely your name will be discussed when opportunities arise. Often there will be more people involved in deciding whether to promote you than just your direct manager.
3. Show them the numbers. When you make your pitch about what a great job you’ve been doing and how you contribute to the company, it will give you credibility if you can show your employer or supervisor specific results. Prepare documentation showing how your brilliant ideas have helped.
4. Acquire new skills. It goes without saying that any time you have the opportunity to learn something new, you should take it. In particular, when you’re seeking a promotion, you’ll impress your boss if you can show that you’ve learned new skills that go beyond your current position. This is key to staying marketable.
5. Create your own opportunities. After studying the needs and challenges of the organizations, if you see an area that has been neglected – and you have key skills in that area – write a proposal for a new position. As you take on increased responsibility, focus on delivering quality work that makes an impact.
6. Learn how to ‘sell’ yourself. We’re taught at a young age to be modest, but just as with job-hunting, if no one knows how great you are, you simply won’t get ahead. Remember, this is about you, so concentrate on all of your positive aspects and not on anybody else’s negative ones.
7. Develop mentoring relationships. Many promotions are established because people have a mentoring relationship with someone higher in the company who helped spread the good word about them. Mentors can be great sources for information and career guidance. Try to get experience working on projects that involve other leaders within the company.
8. Excel in your current role. Make yourself indispensable by being proactive, having a positive attitude and being a flexible “team player”. Come up with ideas, solve problems before your manager asks. Do what it takes to be their right hand.
9. Schedule a private meeting. Since during the day your boss is generally going to be busy, it’s a bad idea to just ask for a couple of minutes of his or her time. If you try to talk about a promotion in that setting, you could get shot down without your boss even looking up. Instead, schedule an appointment so that a block of time is set aside specifically for listening to you.
10. Establish a bond with your boss. Use professional settings to seek counsel and stress your interest in staying with the company. Use performance appraisals not just to go over your accomplishments, but to talk with your boss about potential roadblocks to a promotion — and how to overcome those roadblocks.
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