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…)
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…)
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.
Here it is dear readers – the profile of a recruiter as told by a recruiting agency. Some may say being a recruiter is no easy role after taking a look at the odds; but we love what we do and want you to get to know us on a deeper level. With tons of jobs to fill and a limited pool of candidates, a recruiter faces issues similar to that of the nation. An extreme example we know, but here are some statistics to think about:
- The number of unemployed persons – 12.8 million (U.S. Population – 313,255,509 million)
- The unemployment rate – 8.3 percent
- The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) – 5.4 million (these individuals accounted for 42.6 percent of the unemployed)
Bureau of Labor Statistics – The Employment Situation, February 2012
We specialize in placing talented candidates in roles in a variety of industries. We’re here to help, but here’s the truth, we are a part of the whole. Success lies in working together – be it recruiter and candidate or recruiter and client. That said, get into our heads for a moment and let’s take some steps to help change the statistics. A few things to know about recruiters:
1. We don’t find jobs, we find talented individuals to fill open jobs. Open jobs are provided by our clients and it is our job to find individuals who meet the criteria and have the background that is required by the client.
2. We are only a piece of the puzzle. A recruiter should be one of many weapons in your arsenal of job-seeking tools. Paired with networking, online research and other channels, job seekers gain an edge in the job market by enlisting a recruiter.
3. We appreciate honesty and will return the favor. Be honest about your credentials, background, salary and previous employers. We want to present you in the best light and that is only possible if we know the truth. In return, we will be honest in regards to whether or not you are qualified for a role with only your well-being and career goals in mind.
4. We work with you, not for you. There’s no other way to say it. We want to help you find a job and move forward in your career; but if that job is not out there right now, we can’t create it for you.
5. We have your best interests in mind as well as that of our clients. Finding you a job that you are qualified for and placing talent at a company in a role that suits their needs is our daily routine. We’re great at what we do and we do it for you.
If your New Year’s resolution for 2012 includes finding your dream job, then you should put that iPhone, Android or tablet to work. We’ve come up with a list of ten apps you need to start your search, make it through the interview and everything in between. Job seeking can be stressful without the right tools in hand so start downloading and happy seeking!
Every job seeker should tap into the professional, social networking machine that is Linkedin. Linkedin enables users to make more than social connections; it allows you to build a personal online network of business professionals. Your Linkedin profile is basically your resume in an easy to read format. Users can manage and update their online profiles, invite others to join their network and accept invitations from other members. Added features allow you to include links to twitter accounts, personal websites, blogs, company websites, online portfolios and much more. Strategically connecting with the right people is what networking is all about.
2) Business Card Reader
Keeping track of physical business cards is so yesterday. Pre-iPhone and pre-Android, business cards disappeared in pockets, got lost in wallets or were stacked in piles and eventually forgotten. Thanks to the Business Card Reader app for iPhone, all you have to do is scan the business card and it is automatically added to your address book. Use this app to keep all of your contacts organized during your job search and keep them stored for future networking.
3) The Weather Channel
Get the most accurate weather information from The Weather Channel app. If an interview is in your forecast, your outfit should be weather appropriate. Don’t get caught in the rain without an umbrella and come in for your interview dripping. Mother Nature can’t stop you with this app at your fingertips!
Being late for an interview is absolutely unacceptable. Cover yourself by setting multiple alarms to plan out your day. If you will be driving, factor in extra time for traffic jams or road blocks. If you are using public transportation, factor in delays or service changes. Plan your entire day from waking up in the morning until the interview time. A good alarm clock with multiple options makes this all too easy. The Alarmed app makes it effortless to set pop-up reminder alerts, repeat scheduling, and pop-up timers with custom messages.
HopStop is a tried and true app that will take you where you need to be using the best route. Whether it is via public transportation, car, or on foot, HopStop gives you the play by play on how to get there. Don’t get lost, don’t take the wrong train, know what to tell the cab driver but just don’t be late. It doesn’t make a good impression to call your interviewer for directions 15 minutes after your scheduled interview.
Do your research on the company. Go to the website if they have one or Google the company to find important information and current news if any. Don’t walk into an interview with only the job spec in mind; you have to know what the company is about. The Bloomberg app offers news, stock quotes, company descriptions, market leaders/laggers, price charts, market trends analysis and more. Be a know-it-all and be prepared.
7) Happy Hour
The weeks or days before an interview can be very stressful as you prepare to shine for your prospective employer. However, when the time comes, the process is pretty quick and you exit with a feeling of relief and a bit of apprehension. Take some well-deserved time to unwind at a bar or lounge with a couple of drinks. If you are not familiar with the neighborhood, the Happy Hour app can be downloaded for your spirit-seeking pleasure.
8 ) Pocket Resume / Resume App
Whether you’re actively job seeking or not, it is always good to have a copy of your resume with you. But, who wants to carry around a resume? It’s liable to get wrinkled, folded or lost. The Resume App allows you to create a customized resume on your phone that you can email to potential employers or recruiters. Information you can include: name and contact information, work experience, education, skill-sets, extracurricular activities, references and up to four photos. The resume you created can be viewed and sent as a PDF.
9) Monster.com Interviews
Monster.com is known globally as the premier online employment solution for job seekers and employers. Place all of that job seeking knowledge into an app that will prepare you for interviews and you have the Monster.com Interviews app. This app includes expert advice, resources, tools, tips and guides to help you prepare and ace your interview. Monster.com Interviews guides you from the prep process to the interview and the follow-up process. Put your best self forward by practicing and gain an edge on the competition.
Get the most out of your job search with the Job Search app by Indeed.com, the most comprehensive job search engine. Job Search offers the necessary features: simple, fast-loading job search, ability to save or email your favorite job posting and find jobs all over the world.