How to Deal With “You Are Overqualified” – CSN Weekly Meeting

Not sure how to handle the perception by recruiters that you are “overqualified,” join us at CSN and let’s work through some ideas.

Career Support Network meets from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays @ Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem NC. (map)

The topic on 2/1/2017 will be How to Deal With “You Are Overqualified”

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One of the challenges we have in career transition is overcoming the perception recruiters and hiring managers have that we are “over-qualified” for the job we are applying for. We need to be sure we are applying for the right jobs for us, and then we have to deal with that “over-qualified” issue. This will be an engaging conversation for us all. Join us at CSN to participate in the discussions

 For information call (336) 283-6121 or email NCWiseman@TeddyBurriss.com

Here is a link to some useful Career Transition Books.

Do you know of other books that have helped you in your career transition?

Open Conversations – The New Information Interview – CSN Weekly Meeting

Informational Interviews are far more powerful when not focused on a job. Come to CSN and learn the best practices of this career transition task.  Join us at CSN and hear why.

Join us at Career Support Network to learn how.

Career Support Network meets from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays @ Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem NC. (map)

The topic on 11/16/2016 will be – Open Conversations – The New Information Interview

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When you learn how to do Informational Interviews, who to interview with and what the overall purpose of informational interviews is, you’ll be far more successful with this aspect of career transition. Surprisingly it’s not about asking for a job. It’s more powerful than that. Join us at CSN as we discuss ideas and learn from each other about the best practices of Informational Interview.

 For information call (336) 283-6121 or email NCWiseman@TeddyBurriss.com

Here is a link to some useful Career Transition Books.

Do you know of other books that have helped you in your career transition.

CSN Weekly Meeting – Managing the Career Transition Process

Do you have a Career Transition Plan?

Join us at Career Support Network to learn how.

Career Support Network meets from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays @ Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem NC. (map)

The topic on 10/07/2015 will be – Managing the Career Transition Process
 Action Plan
Career Transition, like any other activity, needs to be done based on a plan. We’ll talk about how to plan your goals and your process so that you create the greatest results during your career transition.We will discuss tasks, measurement, priorities and the stuff you should not have in your Career Transition Plan. Join us at CSN to learn as well as to share your ideas.
For information call (336) 283-6121 or email NCWiseman@TeddyBurriss.com

Here is a link to some useful Career Transition Books.

Do you know of other books that have helped you in your career transition?

Preparing your References

Preparing your ReferencesPreparing your references

You references are important to you for two very deliberate and different reasons:

  1. Recruiters & Hiring Managers all want and need to speak to your references
  2. If you have good references, they can help you network & connect on your job search journey.

Most recruiters or hiring managers will ask you for 4-5 good professional references.

There is more to do than just

Preparing your References

These individuals should be your supervisors, bosses, managers, customers, etc. Anyone who can clearly and without reservation speak to your skills, talents, accomplishments and passion relevant to the position(s) you are applying for.

If the recruiters only want to speak to a few, I encourage you to have 8-10 people picked to provide your references.

These folks can also help you to network, connect and have conversations that can help you during this job search journey.

Here are a few other things these folks can do for you:

  1. Provide deliberate, focused and strong referrences when they are called about you.
  2. Provide you with written recommendations relevant to the type of work you are looking to do.
  3. Provide LinkedIn recommendations regarding the work you have done for/with them in the past.
  4. Endorse you on LinkedIn for relevant Skills and Expertise that you have
  5. Introduce you to people who may be able to help you on this career transition journey
  6. Review your resume and LinkedIn Profile (when you politely ask for the help) and give guidance relevant to your specific industry and position

Another interesting point about Preparing your references: With the expansion of LinkedIn (& other social media platforms), you may not know who will be called for a reference.  A good reference may be someone from your past including managers, supervisors, etc. It could be useful to say hello and maybe chat with as many of your past supervisors, peers, etc as you can in the event they get a call.

Preparing your References is not about just listing them on a piece of paper

 

Why do some recruiters use fake jobs

Fake Job Offer

Fake Job Offers

Our unemployed friends and family often tell me that they get asked to apply for Fake Job Offers. Why?

So here is the question – Why do Hiring Managers and Recruiters create Fake Job Offers?

Would there be any value in being honest? Post for applicants but tell them upfront that this job is not ready to be filled or not currently open.

Please help our job seekers with the answer to these questions:

Job Posting FAILURE

FAILURE!!I get a daily email from Indeed for local jobs. I quickly review these openings and then share relevant postings with some of the job seekers that I am coaching.

Here is one that really caught my eye this morning because it is riddled with FAILURE:

http://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=0ae9807ae5774d0d

Spokesperson / Administrative Assistant
LDV – Greensboro, NC
VERY IMPORTANT: Go to www.triadspokesmodel.com and complete our online application process.

We are a digital media and marketing company located in Greensboro. We are actively seeking an attractive individual who can be both a spokesperson representing our brand on our website as well as our upscale client’s brands and also take care of administrative tasks in the office such as invoicing, answering phones, assisting customers and employees, some marketing efforts including social media presence, etc. The candidate must be detail oriented and organized. This is a 20-30 hour per week position that will likely lead to a full time position. We anticipate you will find this to be a fun job with something different to do everyday.

VERY IMPORTANT: Go to www.triadspokesmodel.com and complete our online application process.

This posting is filled with numerous problems for whomever takes the job.

Here is the message I sent to the recruiter:

The only reason I filled out this application is to tell the recruiter – your job description is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen from a Greensboro company in ages.

We are a digital media and marketing company located in Greensboro. We are actively seeking an attractive individual who can be both a spokesperson representing our brand on our website as well as our upscale client’s brands and also take care of administrative tasks in the office such as invoicing, answering phones, assisting customers and employees, some marketing efforts including social media presence, etc. The candidate must be detail oriented and organized. This is a 20-30 hour per week position that will likely lead to a full time position. We anticipate you will find this to be a fun job with something different to do everyday.

Really – attractive individual?
Be a Spokesperson and do admin tasks
invoicing is not admin, assisting customers is not admin, marketing is not admin, social media – ADMIN??? 
Yet, you say, that this is a fun job. I’m sure it will be filled with something different everyday

Thanks for allowing me to counsel you and to create a great story that may help others.

Recruiters can see your ENTIRE Profile

There is a feature in LinkedIn that allows you to choose what of your Profile data is visible on your Public Profile.

This is a nice feature that allows you to not let the average person see different areas of your Public Profile. Maybe you want to hide the details of past positions or your Education or Interest.

Of course @NCWiseman wonders why you would even put this info on your LinkedIn profile if you didn’t want to share it, but I guess this is another conversation for another day.

However – Be Advised that choosing to not make sections of your Public Profile visible does not prohibit everyone from seeing it.

According to the email (below) that I received from LinkedIn Support, your entire Profile, the stuff marked Visible and all items not marked visible can be viewed by Corporate Recruiters who pay for the Premium LinkedIn Recruiters Account.

Therefore, I strongly recommend that you populate your LinkedIn profile with all relevant and beneficial information. If recruiters can see it all, make sure what they see speaks volumes about your talents, skills, experiences and business value in regards to what you want to do. Don’t exaggerate, ramble on and on, or tell falsehoods.

If your entire LinkedIn Profile is visible to Corporate Recruiters let them see a great story about you.

Email from LinkedIn Support

On Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 2:07 PM, LinkedIn Customer Support
LinkedIn Customer Support Message

Subject: Profile Visibility
Hi Teddy,

Thanks for reaching out to me today regarding information visibility.

Most of our subscriptions don’t offer this information. If a person simply upgrades their account, there’s no personal subscription that has a feature that would allow them to see this information. Only our Corporate Recruiter clients can see this information.

If you have questions or if there’s anything else I can do for you, please let me know. I’m committed to helping you succeed!

Jordan
Your Customer Experience Advocate

Applying for a Job

The discussions of the last Triad Job Search Network (West) meeting was all about Applying for a Job.

The points raised were very good based on the groups real life experiences.

Suggestions  included:

  • Ask questions when applying in person. It’s a conversation to determine if you are good fit and if the job is a good fit for you
  • Be prepared – do some research on the company, the hiring manager (if possible) and the business.
  • Have your references, addresses, contact info ready when asked. This means you have to had prompted your references that you are going to apply for a job where they may get called on.
  • Have your full resume available while applying for a job online. Regardless of in person on online, have your resume accessible so that you can reference it and/or cut & paste from it.
  • Keep track of all site logins – If you spend a lot of time on various recruiting sites, document the login information so that you don’t have to fumble the next time you apply or update an application.
  • Keep track of every job you apply for. It’s not a good thing to forget where and what jobs you applied for. Document everything about the companies and jobs you apply for. (Job Description, date applied, where you applied, etc)
  • When you can apply in person. Yes, you will likely need to apply on line because the HR department use these tools to manage candidates. However – applying in person, when you know the hiring manager, is the best way to apply for a job.
  • Kiosk applications – Retail sites require that you apply online. However, there can be value in meeting the managers of the different retail departments and at least let them know you are interested in working there. A hello, an exchange of names can help you get your resume viewed by the hiring manager, if this is done locally. It’s worth the few minutes it takes to say hello.
  • Always dress for a good job – First appearances are real – make it count. Period
  • Use LinkedIn & Facebook to find out who works there before applying. Social Media is your friend – get the most out of these tools. Search for the hiring manager or department head. Don’t stalk them or send a friend request blindly, but wouldn’t be great if your best friend is friends with the department head. Find out.
  • Spend time working on applying for the job, you do not need (and should not) rush thru filling out an application. It’s better to take your time and double check what you are entering. Mistakes could be costly. Typos may mean the difference between a conversation or not.
  • During online Application questionnaires, pay attention to the questions you answer. Online applications sometimes ask the question in different ways to confirm your first answer. Pay attention. Period
  • If you find a job on Indeed, Simplyhired, etc, go directly to the company site and apply there instead. Cut down on the hops to submit your resume and while on their site, look around, see if there are other related openings or if you know or are connected to anyone at the company.
  • Don’t get so attached to your resume that you are not willing to change it to better reflect who you are relevant to the job you are applying for. Ask a friend to review your resume and make blunt recommendations.
  • Use glassdoor.com or salary.com to find the right salary to enter on the online application. What you enter will become the numbers they relate you too. Go too low and you leave $$ on the table, Go too high and you disqualify yourself. And, what ever numbers you enter you should be ready to take that job at that rate if you get an offer.
  • Apply for any job at the company you want to work at in order to get the conversation. During the conversation or interview you may find it’s the right job for you, or you could find another job much more relevant to you. However – be careful not to over do this tactic. Be sure of the company and the job opportunities relevant to you and your skills/experiences.
  • Take in consideration the benefits that that job has to offer when applying for it. It may not be just about the salary. The job may have good flexibility, vacation, insurance solutions, stock options or just a really cool place to work and grow  professionally.

These tips came from the Triad Job Search Network meeting. Every Wednesday Noon – 2pm @ the Maple Springs United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem NC.

See TJSN West Schedule for more dates and subjects.

Triad Area Temporary Agencies

I found this list today (3.09/2012) and decided to share it with everyone. 

These are only the Temporary Agencies.

Please let me know any other Temporary Staffing Agency that I should list here. I will update this list as I find additional names

 
TemporaryStaffingAgency NorthCarolinaCity WebAddress LocalPhoneNumber
Advanced Personnel Resources, Inc Greensboro www.aprinc.com (336) 272-7720
Bradley Personnel Inc. Winston-Salem www.bradleypersonnel.com (336) 248-8171
Carolina Placement Inc. Greensboro www.carolinaplacementinc.com (336) 794-2401
Debbie’s Staffing Services Inc Winston-Salem www.debbiesstaffing.com (336) 744-2393
EJ’s Staffing Services Greensboro www.ejsglobal.com (336) 273-0095
Express Employment Professionals Lexington www.expresspros.com (336) 282-7901
Graham Personnel Services Greensboro www.grahamjobs.com (336) 288-9330
Key Resources Greensboro www.keyresourcesinc.com (336) 297-1700
ManPower Burlington www.us.manpower.com (336) 584-4160
Salem Solutions (Medical) Winston-Salem www.salemsolutionsllc.biz (336) 774-3029
Synetgistic Staffing Greensboro www.synergisticstaffing.com (336) 291-1017
TEK systems/Aerotek Greensboro www.teksystems.com (336) 851-6970
Temporary Resources Inc. Winston-Salem www.temporaryresources.com (336) 896-1000
The Clarks Group Winston-Salem www.theclarksgroup.com (336) 765-7377
TRC Staffing Services Winston-Salem www.trcstaffing.com (336) 852-2651
Winston Personnel Group Winston-Salem www.wpgroup.com (336) 768-1830
WorkForce Carolina Mount Airy www.workforcecarolina.com (336) 789-8220