June 1, 2010
Do businesses still accept video resumes from job applicants? According to the Wall Street Journal, that may depend on the human resources department of individual companies. Since there are a number of businesses that do accept video resumes, WSJ found and tested four companies that offer help to individuals who wish to create a video profile for their job hunt. The companies discussed include BriteTab.com, InterviewStudio Inc., OptimalResume Inc., and ResumeBook.tv Inc. If you are thinking of using a video in your own online resume, you may want to check out the results of their report by either clicking here or on the Wall Street Journal picture above left.
June 1, 2010
You have successfully traversed the black hole of computer job applications and resume submission and actually have a job interview. Now what? How do you prepare for it? I strongly suggest that you click here (or on the icon) and take a look at an article published on the New York Public Library’s blog. It turns out that just about everything a company wants to know from you can be boiled down to five basic questions. The article explains what these questions are and ties them into the questions that an interviewer actually asks. It will definitely help you organize your information for the interview. Good luck.
While you are doing your homework on your company for the interview, you may want to check the Newton Free Library’s link to the Glassdoor website. If you are lucky, you may actually find interview questions asked of other job candidates in the past at your specific company. It’s worth a look. Check my posting below for more information.
A note on networking and the above article. Another librarian alerted me to it. I had not thought to check the New York Public Library site. Networking definitely pays off — for all of us.
May 25, 2010
In both the print and online versions of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, you will find key information you need when deciding on career choices and alternatives. Do you want to expand your options in a current career, jump to a related job, or switch completely? The Occupational Outlook Handbook can help you make an informed decision. Each occupation based article has sections that describe the nature of the work; training, other qualifications, and advancement; employment opportunities; job outlook; earnings; related occupations; and sources of additional information.
The online version has much more information for the job hunter if you know where to find it. The rest of this article will show you where to look and what you will discover, On the homepage of Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/oco/) look down the left frame until you see “Special Features” (just above the search box). Click on it. The top two categories are of special interest to job seekers.
The first, “Sources of Career Information” categorizes useful sites into several subject areas. Take a look at them. Pay special attention to the State Sources heading. Here you will find the states listed in alphabetical order. On the Massachusetts site provided, please note that you do not have to register. You can skip the user name and password at the top of the screen. Choose a city or fill in a zip code at the bottom of the screen. That gives you full access to all of the site’s information.
The second option under “Special Features” is “Finding and Applying for Jobs and Evaluating Offers.” Again, take a look at the headings listed here. Under “More Information” it suggests you visit us, your local library. It also provides links to five articles from Occupational Outlook Quarterly. All in all, there is a treasure trove of information here provided at no cost from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can take the information at your own pace, checking out a little or a lot.
You can find the print copy of the 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook in the reference stacks of the Newton Free Library. Look for the call number R 331.7 O15O. You can find the online version on your home computer at http://www.bls.gov/oco/.
May 11, 2010
I have been searching for a local site that gives useful, but compact, information on searching for a job. I hate sites that feel their work is done when they throw down a long list of undifferentiated web addresses or tips for you to follow. You (or at least I) don’t look at any of them.
I think “Job-Seeker Advice” on the boston.com website comes close to fitting the bill. It has good advice, but usually doesn’t give you so much of it that you get overwhelmed. They do have some lists. “Globe Top 100 Places to Work” or “Linkedin Help” are good examples. In lists of 100, they often give you ten at a time to skim. In a list of tips, they usually give you one at a time. The site is divided into seven topics. The topics are Choose a Career, Organize your Search, Resumes, Network, Interview, Workplace, and Layoffs. You have to scroll down on the main page to find the topics you want to see.
If you use this site, I’d love to hear what you think of it. Did it help you? Did you find it easy to use or not? What did you like and not like about it? As with my classes, I can really use feedback. It helps me to make decisions on what to put in the blog that you need and can use.