We’re In the Slowest Hiring Season Of the Year—What Can Job Seekers Do?
For many, the holiday season brings to mind comfort, relaxation, and cheer. As Forbes notes, “It becomes an unwritten, unspoken tradition that from late November to about the second week of January, we are all going to collectively coast. We’ll pretend to work and go through the motions, but—in reality—everyone is secretly watching Elf or vigilantly waiting for for Amazon’s sales specials.” But for job seekers, the holiday season can be anxiety-ridden and stressful. Waiting to hear back from recruiters takes long enough; now who knows when they’ll get back to you—a few weeks, a few months?
While many employees and employers may be coasting during this time period, there still are many companies hiring. As Business2Community notes, there may be less competition for job openings during the holidays. “If other job seekers took the ‘wait until after New Year’s’ approach, that could mean there are fewer people vying for open positions. Others may overlook these opportunities because they’ve put a pause on their search.”
So, how can you stand out during your job search during the holiday season? Here are a few tips:
Send personalized holiday messages to connect with others.
Career coach Alyson Garrido says, “Send year-end notes wishing your contacts a joyous holiday season or happy new year. It’s an easy way to keep in touch and stay on your contacts’ radar without asking scheduling a coffee or asking a question. Simple, personalized notes make a lasting impression.”
Apply for temporary or seasonal jobs—oftentimes they can become permanent roles.
Even if it ends up not turning into a full-time job, it’s a great way to meet people in your industry and learn new skills. Plus, someone might know of another job available or give you job searching tips you hadn’t thought of before.
Use holiday parties and social gatherings as an opportunity to network.
Some people might dread going to holiday parties because they know they’ll ultimately have to answer the “what do you do?” or “what have you been up to?” question. It can be a real hit to the ego having to admit, to guest after guest, that you’re unemployed. But holiday parties can be a great opportunity to let people know you’re looking for a new role and how you’ve been working toward your goals. Executive coach Roy Cohen advises, “Have your elevator pitch—who you are, what you want and why—ready and perfect.”
If you’re interested in learning more about job hunting successfully, contact Pisani Recruiting today for a free consultation. And while it’s important to continue your job search during the holiday season, also make sure to take a break as well. Enjoy the time with family and friends. Applying for jobs is a full-time job in itself, so be sure to take a vacation!
How Long Should It Take To Find A New Job?
When looking for a job, each day that passes can feel like an eternity. And the worst part is you don’t know when the job search will end. Will it take a few days, a few months, a few years? According to a new survey it takes on average five months to land a new job.
The average job hunt includes:
4 different edited versions of a resumé
7 seven applications submitted
5 job interviews attended
4 four cover letters written
These numbers can be reassuring for a job seeker. With concrete numbers, you can put things in perspective and not take each rejection so personally. And if you see other job seekers landing jobs faster than you, don’t get discouraged. You don’t know how much time and energy they put into getting that job behind the scenes.
So, now that you know the average timeline for getting a job, how can you stay positive throughout the job search? Here are a few tips:
Focus on the aspects of the job search you can control. When you’re waiting to hear back from a recruiter or interviewer, you can end up feeling helpless. You fate lies in their hands, and you’re in the dark: you don’t know where you stand compared to other candidates, and you don’t know how long the hiring process will take. So focus on the things you can control: update your LinkedIn profile or website, taking an online course, or go to a networking event. It will make the job search process feel less stressful.
Instead of just applying to any job opening out of desperation, consider other career options that interest you. Go on informational interviews to learn more about those fields. If you didn’t like your old job, this could be a chance to go into a field you truly enjoy.
Establish a daily routine and work toward small goals.When you lose your job, you lose all structure. No longer are you frantically going from meeting to meeting, with coffee in hand; your pace of life slows down. So settle into a schedule that works for you: maybe it’s eating breakfast, walking your dog in the morning, then searching for jobs online. Create small goals, and work toward them.
Volunteer. When no job leads are coming your way, instead of staying inside a feeling miserable about yourself, volunteer in your community and meet new people. Not only will this make you feel better and connect you with like-minded people, your volunteer experience will look great on your resume.
Enjoy the free time. Take this time to focus on other aspects of your life. It can be hard to say this when you have limited income. You can’t exactly take a trip to Hawaii when you don’t know where your next paycheck will come from. But if there’s something you’ve been wanting to do but never had the time for, this is the perfect opportunity. Read that stack of books on your bedside table (or binge-watch that Netflix show you’ve been wanting to watch), learn how to play the guitar, get more involved in your child’s soccer team or the PTA, etc.
Pisani Recruiting helps candidates and employers identify what is most important to them, opening the door to the perfect opportunity with the ideal company. We want to partner with you whether you’re looking for that candidate that stands out from all the rest, or you’re looking for that career you’ve always dreamed of. Contact us and let us help you today!
What Recruiters Really Mean When They Say This
Sometimes going on job interviews can feel a lot like dating: What did they mean when they said they’ll be in touch? Did I come off as too desperate? Should I send them a follow-up message?
It can be hard to interpret what recruiters mean when they give you a generic response, but with the hundreds, and often thousands, of applications they have to go through, it becomes a necessity to give formulaic responses.
So here are a few tips fromGlassdoor on how to interpret recruiters’ somewhat cryptic responses:
1. “We’ll keep your resume on file. Thank you for your interest in working at our company!”
What they mean: “Your resume will stay in our system, but we might not look at it again.”
Next steps: Ask if they have any other positions available that could be a good fit. If they don’t, keep checking their career page and reach out when a similar role opens up.
2. “We’ll get back to you either way.”
What they mean: “If you don’t get the position, we might send you an email letting you know, but we probably won’t.”
Next steps: You probably won’t hear back from the recruiter if you didn’t get the job. They’re dealing with so many candidates that they don’t have enough time to email everyone back.
Instead of twiddling your jobs and constantly refreshing your email for a response, be proactive and let the recruiter know you’ll check in with them next week. You can follow up with them a few more times, but don’t overdo it.
3. “You’re perfect for the job, but we have to finish interviewing other candidates.”
What they mean: “We’ve got someone else in mind, but if they don’t accept the offer, you’re the next best thing.”
Next steps: If you were their first choice, then they wouldn’t waste any more time interviewing other candidates. They might be trying to keep you from taking another job just in case the employer’s first choice doesn’t accept the position.
Ask the recruiter for a hiring timeline and keep looking for other jobs. Let the recruiter that you’re interested in the role but that you’ll still continue to go on interviews and consider other offers. This could convince the employer that you should be their first choice.
Pisani Recruiting is not your typical recruiter. We specialize in helping international trade professionals find careers with companies they love. As international trade recruiting career matchmakers, we attract the best talent. With a fresh, new, and personalized approach, we match the right people with the right jobs. We want to be a partner with you whether you’re looking for that candidate that stands out from all the rest, or you’re looking for that career you’ve always dreamed of. Contact us and let us help you today!
LinkedIn Recommendation Template
When you leave a recommendation, it appears to others on your personal LinkedIn and lets others see that you can recognize valuable work. Furthermore, LinkedIn recommendations help others secure projects, build credibility, or find a new job. Whether you have been asked by a colleague or a former employee for a recommendation, or you decide to leave praises to a colleague, your post should be professional and thoughtful. Here is a template that will help you write an excellent LinkedIn recommendation:
Section 1: Say how you know them
How do you know this person? Typically, valued reviews come from a former work colleague or supervisor. You can keep this short and explain your position and your work relation to them.
Section 2: Determine what makes this person unique
What did this person do that made their work exceptional? Consider all the times they were consistent or strengths that made them a unique source for the team. Discuss their technical abilities as well as their soft skills.
Section 3: Explain why you enjoyed working with them
Consider your specific interactions with the individual and their behavior with others. How did they help make your work easier? Consider their personality. Were they an encouraging of others? Reflect on the positive aspects of this individual.
Section 4: Write a strong closing
This section should be a short recap (one to two sentences) why this person is a valued asset and how you think they will benefit companies in the future.
Always leave recommendations for people who were valuable workers. This is a positive reflection on your company and will demonstrate to other companies your sense of leadership and values.
9 Professional Voicemail Greeting Scripts
Our voicemail often is how people first perceive us. Unfortunately, it can be much easier to remember a bad or tacky voicemail greeting than a well-polished one. If your personal phone doubles as a work phone, consider these reasons to update your voicemail greeting.
#1 Your voicemail is the is the same one you had before the job you have now: You want a voicemail greeting that clearly states the correct person has been reached and clarify your title and company.
#2 Your voicemail doesn’t sound like you: If your voice has completely changed from the time you recorded your current message, it’s time for an update.
#3 Your voicemail is not you: Maybe your voicemail is an automated machine response, or maybe it’s your kids who left a message. If you’re using your phone for professional work calls, your voicemail greeting should always be recorded by you.
Now that you’ve decided you need to update your message, save some time by using one of these voicemail greeting scripts:
“Hi, you’ve reached [your name] at [your company]. I’m unavailable right now — probably helping [type of company] get [X results, e.g. ‘double their leads in 60 days,’ ‘hire the best and brightest engineers,’ ‘convert 40% more customers.’] Leave your name and number, and we’ll discuss how your company can see similar results.”
“Hello, this is [your name] at [company]. Thanks for calling. Please leave your name, number, and the reason you’d like to chat, and I’ll get to back to you ASAP.”
“Hi, you’ve reached [name] at [company]. If you need a quick response, please shoot me an email at [insert email address] and I’ll be in touch by EOD tomorrow. If it’s not urgent, leave me a message with your name and number. Have a great day.”
“Hey, this is [your name]. If you’re calling for [X reason], please [contact so-and-so] or [go to our website, send me an email]. For all other inquiries, leave your name and a brief message and I’ll call you back within [one, two, three] business day[s].”
“Hello, you’ve reached [name] at [company]. I’m unable to come to the phone right now. Leave your name and number, and I’ll return your call as soon as I’m free. Thank you.”
“Hello, you’ve reached [your name and title]. I’m currently out on [maternity/paternity] leave until [date] — It’s a girl! In the meantime, please direct all phone calls to [alternate contact name] at [phone number] and emails to [email address]. Thanks, and I’ll see you in [month you’ll be back in the office].”
“Hello, you’ve reached [X company]. We can’t take your call right now, but please leave your name, contact information, and the reason for reaching out, and one of our team members will be in touch within 24 hours.”
“Hi, you’ve reached [company]. Unfortunately, we’re currently unavailable. But we want to talk to you — so please leave your name and number, as well as your reason for calling, and someone will call back ASAP.”
“Hi, you’ve reached [company]. We’re available by phone from [hour] to [hour] [time zone] Monday through Friday [optional: and from hour to hour on the weekends]. You can also contact us by going to our website, [URL], and live-chatting or emailing us. If you’d like us to call you back, please leave your name and number after the beep.”
Don’t blow a business connection over something that has an easy fix. Check out the full list of voicemail greetings here.
Guidelines To A Successful Video Interview
The beautiful thing about a video interview is that it can be done from the convenience of your home. It may seem less intimidating opposed to an in-office interview. However, just because you may be able to interview from the comforts of your home, preparation is required to lead a successful video interview.
Here are a few things you can do to ensure a successful video interview:
1. Prep the environment
Avoid noises coming from music, TV, pets, traffic or construction
If the room’s background is in view, tidy up as needed and keep it looking presentable
Make sure the lighting source is sufficient for the time of the interview
Use indirect light in front of your face (not coming from behind you)
2. Test technical equipment
Test the quality of your camera a few days before the interview; if the quality is poor, consider borrowing an alternate one
Take note of how your face appears on your monitor, or ask a friend for feedback
If possible, use an external microphone to improve the audio quality and to avoid picking up unwanted sounds or echo from the speakers.
Test the audio levels by speaking into the microphone just as you will during the interview.
Pay attention to your vocal volume and clarity.
3. Avoid technical mishaps
Test the speed of your internet connection.
Make any adjustments that will optimize its performance, such as quitting unneeded applications that use up bandwidth.
Practice the entire process in advance with a friend, until you feel confident in your ability to operate every component.
Among all these things, always remain calm and collective during the interview. Pace yourself, speak clearly and loudly and emphasize your expertise in hard skills and your soft skills. Lastly, prepare for potential interview questions. Good luck!
10 More Interesting Places To Network
Networking. Seems like a dull task, right? In a lot, a ways network can feel tedious especially when you force yourself to attend a formal networking event. However, it doesn’t have to be all bad. In fact, there are a few unlikely places where you can network. If stuffy networking events aren’t your cup of tea, try networking at one of these places:
Volunteer opportunities – Volunteering is a great way to build a resume, but also a fantastic way to meet other folks.
Community events – Is your community hosting run, parade or community fair? Go out and participate!
Alumni events – Have you connected with former classmates? How about that guy from your soccer team in college? Stay in touch with them and make contact regularly.
Dog park – It’s always nice to let your four-legged friend run free at the dog park. Connect with other dog-owners. You might meet the next Bill Gates!
Gatherings with family and friends – Your direct connections almost always have a vast sphere of influence.
Sporting Events – Are you a diehard Packers fan? Did you watch the Blackhawks last night? Sports are a perfect common ground to help break the ice.
Job Fairs – This is one of the best places to get some face time with employers and fellow job seekers.
The Office – Talk to your co-workers. Get to know them beyond a simple office connection.
Chamber of Commerce Events – Businesses in your area always have like-minded people who may need or know someone who needs your services.
Coffee Shops – Grab a cup of joe and enjoy it at the local coffee shop. See who trickles in and chat with them.
The Best Way To Answer “What Is Your Greatest Weakness?”
The point of an interview is to promote your best qualities and accomplishments. It’s no surprise that the interview question “What is your greatest weakness?” stands as a paradox. The truth is, a hiring manager will ask this question to see how well you prepare, so preparation is important. Here are key ways you can carefully navigate the interview question “What is your greatest weakness?”
Avoid the strength disguised as a weakness.
You may have heard the best way to answer this question is to mask it with strength. However, this method is so overplayed and hinders authenticity. A hiring manager is a person, someone who can read honesty and appreciates authentic relationships. They want to make sure the person for the job will be trustworthy in the long haul.
Be honest, with a twist
Being honest may seem like a sure way to sabotage your candidacy. The trick is to selectively identify one weakness that will not torpedo your chances of landing this job. Another method is to talk about a quality you want to improve. Rebecca Horan, the personal branding expert at Rebecca Horan Consulting LLC, shares this great example: “Show that you care about personal development. If you’ve struggled in a specific area of expertise, but you’re taking a class in it to bolster your skillset, great! Talk about that.
This is where you need to be selective when it comes to choosing a weakness. We all have many faults, so consider all of them. Avoid “fatal flaws”: these are imperfections that don’t benefit your interview or positively reflect your character. Picking the right weakness may be difficult to gage, so consider how it would sound if you were the hiring manager.
Answering the question “What is your greatest weakness?” requires preparation. Take some time before your interview to consider these key points.
5 Myths About Negotiating Your Salary
A recent study showed that only 37% of people negotiate their salaries for every job interview—while an astonishing 18% never do. Furthermore, 44% of respondents claim to have never brought up the subject of a raise during their performance reviews.
Unfortunately, the majority of people are afraid to negotiate their salary. However, salary negotiations are crucial, and it’s a skill every job seeker needs. It’s alright if you’ve never negotiated a salary, but it’s time to start. Your first step, recognize these commonly believed myths about negotiating your salary.
Myth #1: I don’t have enough experience, so I don’t have any bargaining power.
Consider that the hiring manager has weeded you, and a few other candidates, out among probably hundreds of applicants. Your qualification is your leverage to raise the prospect of a raise.
Myth #2: I don’t have another offer, so I can’t negotiate.
You won’t lose an offer if you ask for negotiation unless you demand for negotiation. If a hiring manager says no to your request, you have the option to decline or graciously accept the offer.
Myth #3: The offer is higher than I expected, so I don’t need to negotiate.
If the offer is more than you expected, it probably means you’re not familiar with the company’s range of salaries. Their price may seem high to you, but it could be low for them. Do yourself service and ask for an increased offer.
Myth #4: The salary data I found online will tell me whether or not I need to negotiate.
Salary data can be general Gain more knowledge of company’s standard pay practices by using your educational and professional networks. Ask people you know in similar positions or industries what a reasonable salary offer is for your desired position.
Myth #5: Being told no means negotiating was a mistake.
When you negotiate, you demonstrate valuable skills of assertiveness and strategic thinking. Even if a hiring manager says no, you can learn and examine what ways your negotiation strategy was right and what areas need improvement.
Negotiation is a skill that requires practice, but it’s valuable. If you’re going to work with a company, your salary should be an amount that is at par with industry standards and what others pay.
5 Career-Advancing Podcasts That Will Help Your Job Search
Easy to access, timely, and built by influential storytellers, it’s no wonder podcasts have dominated the media landscape. In 2017, an estimate of 73 million Americanslistened to podcasts at least every month. There are many resources out there to improve your job search, but podcasts are arguably the most time and cost efficient. Here are five career-advancing podcasts that will help your job search.
There are many resources out there to improve your job search, but podcasts are arguably the most time and cost efficient.
1.Career Cloud: Learn practical tips from resume writers, career experts, recruiters and HR experts. Topics include resume writing, interviewing, job search, job sites, hidden job market, personal branding and other career advice.
2. Success Made Simple with Dr. Dave Martin: Consider Dr. Dave Martin as your personal career coach. In this podcast, Dr. Dave Martin will explore success in simple terms. This podcast covers how you can make small individual changes in your life to ignite significant changes for the future.
3. Find Your Dream Job: Learn how to develop a career with purpose from the experts. This weekly podcast dives into open interviews that will provide actionable advice to help you find work that matters!
4. The Voice of Job Seekers: Easy hacks for an easier job search. This podcast is straight to the point and covers some significant job search concerns.
5. Get Hired– Molly Mapes is a fearless/ no-nonsense professional who embraces practical solutions to enhance performance. She has 15+ years of recruiting and HR experience and is ready to help you land your dream job.
Ditch the self-help career books, put in your headphones, and find the job of your dreams with the help of one of these podcasts pros!
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