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LinkedIn is the biggest social networking site for business with over 200 million users worldwide with more than 10 million in the UK alone. It is also one of the principal search tools used by businesses to hire people, including 85 of the Fortune 100 companies. As a test of its relevance try googling your name. If you have a LinkedIn profile the chances are that your LinkedIn profile will appear in the one of the top five results. This means that any employer searching for information about you will almost certainly visit your LinkedIn profile first.

Complete your profile

Photograph: Ensure your profile is comprehensive by completing all sections. Although you would not include a photograph on a CV you should on your LinkedIn profile. Make sure it is in a professional setting though – this isn’t Facebook.

Tagline: This is a great opportunity to make a brief statement about you as a candidate. Keep it snappy e.g. Sharepoint Specialist within Financial Services

Keywords

Including relevant keywords will increase the chances of your profile showing up on searches by recruiters and hiring managers. For example:

  • IT packages – SAP, Oracle or Excel
  • Qualifications – Prince2, ACCA or CFA
  • Experience – multi-site operations, benchmarking, TUPE, change management, public sector, P&L responsibility or budget forecasting.

Keywords can be used throughout your profile, but make sure they are relevant to the section – don’t shoehorn ‘strategic alliances’ and ‘stakeholder management’ into the Education section just because you want it to show up on searches.

Skills and expertise

LinkedIn allows you to choose up to 50 relevant skills and expertise and you should choose several that are relevant to your background. It helps when recruiters and hiring managers are conducting searches. Connected to this section, LinkedIn has recently launched Endorsements, which allows you to ask for recommendations from your connections for your skills and expertise. Again, well worth sending out a few requests to your network of contacts.

Summary

Divide into three parts comprising

  • One sentence about what you do i.e. your particular area of expertise.
  • One sentence overview of your experience.
  • Your specialties.

Experience

Ensure your dates of employment are accurate.

Include 3 – 5 points relating to your skills that also incorporate your achievements, but avoid cutting and pasting your CV – keep it relevant and brief.

Recommendations and Endorsements

Getting feedback from your network of contacts is extremely useful because it shows potential employers that colleagues, suppliers or clients are happy to recommend you. This can be a powerful testament to your ability and acts as evidence for your application. Try to get recommendations or endorsements from connections for each company you have worked with, as this will reflect consistency of your great performance. This is similar to Endorsements but more comprehensive.

Social Media links

Include your Twitter username and Facebook profile (as long as these are business appropriate).

LinkedIn URL

The site allows you to edit the URL for your profile page. Make sure this includes your name as it will help your profile to show up on Google searches.

How you tell your story can make the critical difference in whether you pass a job interview with flying colors or blow it.  For many people telling one’s story can be extraordinarily challenging.

How do you showcase your accomplishments without bragging? How do you present as someone both confidant and yet able to take direction?   How do you show that you are both a take-charge leader and a team-player?   How do you explain job failures, such as why you were let go from your last job?  Or the fact that you are going back to work after a break of twenty years?

The old riddle “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” and the rejoinder “Practice, Practice, Practice” is most applicable.  Practice does indeed make perfect.

Acknowledge first that in every loaded situation—a first date, a college interview, a job interview—a person is going to feel anxious.  A lot is at stake.  You are meeting a stranger.  A lot is a function of chemistry and of expectations, on both sides.  In the best of circumstances, it is difficult to strike the right balance between presenting your best features in a succinct fashion and sounding arrogant.

Next, do some homework.  Research the position you are applying for.  Use social media to learn more about the person you are meeting with.  Make sure to beef up your own profiles on social media.  Even if you do not go there, you can be sure the person you will be meeting with has already done his or her homework on you!

Now take a hard look at your resume.  What questions would you ask someone with this resume, given what you have learned about the job?  Jot these down.

Find yourself a good partner to practice interviewing with and practice several times.  Think of questions you may want to ask the person interviewing you about the job and practice asking them.  As you simulate interview conditions, ask your practice partner to focus on how you come across, specifically, your tone of voice, body language, confidence.  Would he or she hire you?  If yes, why, and if no, why not?

Finally, pick out a conservative outfit to wear to the interview, clothing appropriate to the job.  If you have any doubts about the interview dress code, ask a colleague who works in the same company or industry.  And now relax and have a good night’s sleep.  With preparation you have the confidence it takes.  The rest is in G-d’s hands—and for those who don’t believe, a matter of luck.  The important part is you will know you have done your best.

I’ll be straight with you folks – I’m a frummie, an Orthodox Jew, who does my best to use halacha (Jewish law) to define certain standards of how I dress as a woman, and present myself in general. This belief system influences how I view the concept of clothing in general, and for women in particular, so I am quite biased.  Also, as ALL of you know, two Jews means minimum three opinions, and there’s plenty of argument within Orthodoxy alone about what those “objective” standards of halachic requirements are. (Not to mention, of course, the thorny issue of whether or not halacha, should be so intrusive as to address something as personal as clothing. Sorry people, while it is a most worthy question, I’m NOT GOING THERE.)

But I think that the concepts behind the Jewish law regarding clothing for women apply extremely well to women going on job interviews. Now, before you all start spluttering, just hear me out. My starting assumption is that what a woman wears affects her emotional state very powerfully. How we dress, what clothing, accessories, and externals we present to the world,  affects how we feel about ourselves. (Vice versa is true as well, of course.) Now, I’m not interested in the details of what women should wear on job interviews – those kinds of issues are very influenced cultural and local standards, what’s in fashion there, what the expectations of the interviewer are. and what field the interview is for. (Things are even more complex if the interviewer is a man.) What I’d like to focus on is how what we wear when we walk into that interview affects our mental state – which, of course, is vital to how successfully we interview.

I’d like to suggest that, just as with Jewish law regarding women’s clothing, we aim to go into interviews feeling like THE BOMB. We should feel confident, capable, dignified – we should be wearing clothes, accessories and have a general look that projects who we are at our best.

I live in a neighborhood in Beit Shemesh that is not far from a Hasidic Belz neighborhood. Some years ago, I became quite friendly with a woman from that community – I gave her rides to dance classes in Jerusalem, and that was a bit of an entree for me into the Belz enclave, and made me start paying attention to the women there. The Belzer women, generally speaking, dress enormously professionally – they always look good, put together, and as part of their Hasidic tradition, wear hats on top of their sheitlach (wigs). Now I know to some, a wig PLUS a hat, as far as the halachic hair covering requirements is excessive, (I wear kerchiefs or hats), but that’s not my point. My point is that these women look GREAT – positively regal, and their head covering is part of how terrific and dignified they look. When we, women, dress in a way that is professional, dignified, and appropriately attractive, it helps us FEEL professional, dignified, and attractive in way that is appropriate to the setting, which then in turn assists us to project those qualities in our interactions with people – and that truth is highly relevant in an interview.

So my fellow sisters who are coping with the all-too often grueling job search – I bless you with strength, stamina, humor, and patience. I hope you are in a position in which you can invest a little money into clothing that makes you feel as awesome as you are, so you can successfully project that in your interviews.

Rachel  Hershberg
Editor Jewish Jobster
Editor@JewishJobster.com

 A recent article on Ynet focuses on the job situation in Israel.  Like everywhere, it is the over 50’s crowd that is having the hardest time adjusting to the job search vintage 2012.

 The reason is transparent:  Older people are not as tech savvy as their children and grandchildren.

Many have never adjusted to the digital age and are not adept at finding their way around the web.  The last time they looked for a job was in the 1980’s and they prefer looking for jobs like they did then—in the classified section of newspapers.

Like it or not, some of today’s best classifieds are on the web.  By not looking online, whether on job boards or social networks, job seekers miss some wonderful opportunities.

The YNET article chronicles the plusses and minuses of seniority.  On the plus side, there is no substitute for experience.   Most individuals who have survived in the same job for thirty years have proven their mettle in navigating office politics and executive turnover.   Older workers also bring stability to an organization.  A recent survey shows that members of Generation Y change jobs every every 3.5 years on average.  Young people are on a constant search for progress, fulfillment and success, whereas older workers bring a sense of loyalty and lifetime dedication to their work.   Employers need some of both—a stable core of workers to maintain the organization’s corporate culture and some brash out-of-the-box Gen X and Y’ers to challenge old assumptions and keep the organization on its toes.

On the less bright side, older workers must face the fact that we live in a ”disposable” culture which venerates youth and often does not respect for age or wisdom.  Rather than fight the culture, career coaches urge older job seekers to go with it.  Find out the cutting-edge skills that an employer wants, and acquire them.  Take stock of your assets, believe in yourself, and learn how to present your strengths well on paper and in person.

Judaism—as well as other cultures such as Japanese and Chinese– venerate age and wisdom.

Jewish belief teachers that EVERY individual of EVERY age can make a significant contribution. 

There is no question that experienced workers have much to give.  The challenge is issue is bringing them from a state of unemployment to successful hire.

To help unemployed individuals of all ages, Jewsih Jobster is rolling out an intense six month program called Jobs 4 U.  It will help everyone—including the older worker—acquire the tools needed to navigate today’s job market.  We are also rolling out a sponsorship program for those who cannot afford the cost.  Jewish Jobster is there to help.  We look forward to hearing your success stories!

Wall Street Bosses Are Calling This ‘The Best Cover Letter Ever’ – But Not Everyone Agrees

Shocker. It seems that ‘humble’ could actually work on Wall Street.

Well, at least for the brutally honest and hilariously self-deprecating young student, whose cover letter publicized on Business Insider, has generated a ton of positive interest amongst investment banking bosses.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the recipient of the e-mail immediately forwarded it on to colleagues, adding, “This might be the best cover letter I’ve ever received.  Second and third paragraphs especially.”

Another added to the e-mail chain, “I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy gets at least a call from every bank out there.”

For your reading pleasure, I’m including the letter in full and have taken the liberty to highlight the classic bits.

From: BLOCKED

Sent: Monday, January 14, 2013 1:14PM

To: BLOCKED

Subject: Summer Internship

Dear BLOCKED

My name is (BLOCKED) and I am an undergraduate finance student at (BLOCKED). I met you the summer before last at Smith & Wollensky’s in New York when I was touring the east coast with my uncle, (BLOCKED). I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to talk with me that night.

I am writing to inquire about a possible summer internship in your office.  I am aware it is highly unusual for undergraduates from average universities like (BLOCKED) to intern at (BLOCKED), but nevertheless I was hoping you might make an exception.  I am extremely interested in investment banking and would love nothing more than to learn under your tutelage. I have no qualms about fetching coffee, shining shoes or picking up laundry, and will work for next to nothing. In all honesty, I just want to be around professionals in the industry and gain as much knowledge as I can.

I won’t waste your time inflating my credentials, throwing around exaggerated job titles, or feeding you a line of crapp (sic) about how my past experiences and skill set align perfectly for an investment banking internship.  The truth is I have no unbelievably special skills or genius eccentricities, but I do have a near perfect GPA and will work hard for you.  I’ve interned for Merrill Lynch in the Wealth Management Division and taken an investment banking class at (BLOCKED), for whatever that is worth.

I am currently awaiting admission results for (BLOCKED) Masters of Science in Accountancy program, which I would begin this fall if admitted. I am also planning on attending law school after my master’s program, which we spoke about in New York. I apologize for the blunt nature of my letter, but I hope you seriously consider taking me under your wing this summer. I have attached my resume for your review. Feel free to call me at (BLOCKED) or email at (BLOCKED). Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

BLOCKED.

Not everyone is impressed by this cover letter though

Read the full article http://www.forbes.com/sites/crossingborders/2013/01/16/wall-street-bosses-are-calling-this-the-best-cover-letter-ever-but-not-everyone-agrees/

Jewish Jobs

Posted by | May 6, 2013 | Articles, Ny Jobs

Job searches are never easy. Frustrating and time-consuming, the task of looking for a job that is financially worthwhile, interesting, challenging, geographically convenient and appropriate can be exasperating; all the more so when trying to find employment in the Jewish world. Whether  motivated by a need to work in an office sensitive to Jewish laws of observance or a desire to work and earn your parnassa in a field that is beneficial to the Jewish people or Israel, Jewish job finding has its own set of rules.

Firstly, while experience and skills are always important, job finding in the Jewish world is often about who you know. This is not to say that Jewish offices do not hire the best person for the job, but it does mean that recommendations go a long way and a good one can be of enormous help in getting your foot in the door. There are many Jewish job finder and networking sites that can help with this, but the best resource is often family and friends. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for tips, leads or recommendations—most people, particularly in the Jewish job searching world, are happy to help out.

There are also a great many Jewish job searches and Jewish job lists that can be enormously helpful. Jewish companies tend to advertise on these sites because they are looking for someone who is compatible with the office atmosphere or, more importantly, because the job requires a candidate with a Jewish background, Jewish education or knowledge about specific spheres of the Jewish world.

Most important, just as with any job search, edit your resume carefully, dress and behave professionally, and remain open to new opportunities and career paths.

2013 brings with it fresh energy, determination and of course New Year’s resolutions.  For those of us looking for a job, the end of the “holiday” period signals a return to pounding the pavement.  How many of us have not heard, “Get back to me after the New Year?”  That time is now.

Where do we start?  Networking is critical.  And a key way to network is through social media.

Here is a practical guide to networking, 2013-style:

(1)   Linked In:  LinkedIn is the professional networking medium. If you are not on, get on.  Once on, join as many groups as you can.  As you do, scroll through the contacts. Do you know any?  Don’t be shy.  Connect with them and tell them what you are looking for. Jog their memory by reminding them how you know them. Share mutual contacts and perhaps a common professional experience.  While Linked In is a professional network there is nothing wrong with sharing something personal when appropriate, as in “Regards to your Dad” or “My sister was in your class at Stonybrook.”

LinkedIn has many savvy features.  If you are interested in a specific company, connect to them through a company search.  LinkedIn now has Bloglink and Twitterlink, which allow you to link recent blog and twitter posts to your profile.  It also has nifty status update capabilities, as well as a way that you can actively strut your stuff through a professional headline.  Here’s an actual sample from Ed Han, New York City:  “Wordsmith with proven ability to translate business objectives into communications strategies and tactics.”  You get the idea.

(2)   Facebook:  While more a social medium than Linked In, Facebook can be a valuable source of job networking connections. Remember that your friends generally trust and like you, and trustworthiness and likeability are important features to look for in a potential employee.  On a practical level, job seekers have found posting notes on Facebook to be more effective than sending updates, since notes tend to stay on the screen longer. It is also helpful to tag references to friends on Facebook in your blog posts, which will spread your message across a wider network of contacts.

(3)   Twitter:  Twitter connects a wide universe of strangers based on common interests.  It is thus the ideal tool to expand and reach beyond your circle of professional (Linked In) and social (Facebook) contacts.  The best way to capitalize on Twitter as a job search tool is to use your real name as your Twitter handle (rather than a fictitious moniker), and to be pro-active in reaching out to people who may lead you to a job. Don’t be shy. Share what you are looking for. Tweet about your search and your interests. Put your message out there and you will be rewarded with followers and tweets.  Research about those you are following and those following you is critical to maximizing effective use of Twitter as medium for effective networking.  The number and versatility of Twitter search tools is dazzling.   Find the one that is right for you and start tweeting.

Were these suggestions helpful?  Let us know. May this be a happy and prosperous year for all!

Jewish Jobster

Welcome, Becky Skov!

Jewish Jobster is very excited to announce the addition of Rebecca Skov to our team assisting job searchers. I asked Becky about her approach, and what she has to offer job hunters.

 

Rachel: Becky, how did you get involved in helping people find jobs? Becky: When I worked as a recruiter, I continually saw applicants make the same mistakes over and over again and then wondered why they weren’t having success.  In that environment, I simply didn’t have the bandwidth to provide personal feedback to each applicant.  It was my passion for helping people which drove me to change my career path from being a representative of the corporation to serving as an advocate and partner to the job applicant, providing an insider’s perspective on what works and what doesn’t in the job search process.

What is unique about your approach? Most career coaches utilize personality tests and career exploration questionnaires aimed at helping you discover what type of position fits your personality.  These are great things to learn about yourself, but plain and simple, my goal is to get you a job! As a career coach, I will explore your specific marketable skills, and then work with you to make sure you are marketing yourself appropriately in your application documents, ensure you are targeting the right jobs, and finally, guide you on how to highlight these traits in the interview process. I offer a completely personalized experience. I believe every person’s career history and job goals are unique and should be treated that way.  I conduct a comprehensive phone consultation with every client, which not only provides me with an in-depth understanding of the unique value the client will offer their next employer, but also gives me insight into personality traits and career goals.  This personalized approach ensures the client’s resume, cover letter and Linkedin profiles accurately reflect their personality and professional attributes.

How does technology fit into the picture? My philosophy on technology is that if you aren’t using it as the primary tool in your job search, you aren’t getting a job!! Social media should be a key piece of your job search.  Any job recruiter will tell you that the way to find the best candidates is to source them through niche sites, professional associations (which people can join online or through Linkedin) and of course, through Linkedin. A job hunter must have a professional online presence and has to be utilizing social media in in his or her job search.  For each position to which you apply, you should be going to Linkedin to seek the appropriate hiring manager and then sending them a personal inquiry through Linkedin.  Think about it — some companies are receiving several hundred resumes for each position.  So you, as job hunter, need to make sure you stand out, and not be just “a needle in the haystack,” by trying to make a personal connection. In addition to building a professional profile as part of my Linkedin package, I also provide a tutorial that directs my clients on how to utilize Linkedin in their job search.

How does your approach fit with with Jewish Jobster? After speaking with the company’s CEO, I felt that Jewish Jobster would be a great business with whom to partner and to offer my career coaching services.  Jewish Jobster and I share a very similar business philosophy, offering personalized business services to a niche group of job seekers.  Jewish Jobster targets all levels of employment, including entry level through upper management.  With my assistance, job seekers will be able to put together a compelling marketing presence, which will help in their job placement success.

Thanks, Becky! Wishing you much success! For questions regarding her resume, LinkedIn or coaching services, please email Becky at Becky.Skov@JewishJobster.com. You can see her professional qualifications on our About Jewish Jobster page.

Elul Reflections (Part One)

Posted by | August 24, 2012 | Articles, Blog

As Jews enter Elul, the last month of the year 5772, we reflect back upon the year that passed and look forward with anticipation and trepidation to the year ahead.

What will the new year bring?  Will it bring health, good news and job security for all the members of our family?  Will it bring peace and contentment to our very troubled world?

I am sure I speak for many of us when I say the last year has been a roller coaster ride personally and professionally.   I know I am not alone. I have watched as neighbors who worked the same jobs for years had their worlds turned upside down in the space of a few hours.  I have seen people who donated generously and volunteered weekly distributing food packages for Shabbos to those in need  turn from donors to recipients within the space of a few months.  And I have seen those with secure careers face non work-related challenges.

Question: How does one cope?

Answer:  Everyone copes in his or her own way.  For those of us drawing sustenance from the Torah and Jewish tradition, there are two core beliefs from which to draw strength: faith (emunah) and trust (bitachon).  Faith that every challenge in life is a test, and trust that the test is there to strengthen us as individuals.  Faith that everything comes from the same Loving Source, and trust that even while the test is scary we can withstand it and even triumph.

Could it be there is some reason– not visible at this time– why you are suddenly sitting at home rather than at your old desk?  Perhaps to pay more attention to a child, or attend to an elderly parent?  To spend quality time with your spouse? If you are single, to build relationships outside the workplace?

Could it be it is to make you more sensitive to the poor person you previously looked down upon or turned away when they asked for help?  Could it be that this is an opportunity to shift to a whole different line of work or explore volunteering—something you dreamed of but never dared to risk before?

It is worth reflecting upon these hidden possibilities!   If one is a believer, there is a purpose to everything.  We must search for the meaning within, and seek out the sweet inside that lies within even the most seemingly bitter fruit.

Read Part 2

Debby Smith
Director of Development
debby.smith@jewishjobster.com

 

p.s. Have you discovered a hidden blessing in your situation?  Please share it with us!

Positive thinking and looking for the good in every situation are important keys to happiness and success.  The late Rebbe of Lubavitch always counseled:  “Tracht gut, vet zein gut–” Think good and it will be good. Replacing depression and negative thinking with positive thinking and hope itself creates new energies and fresh opportunities.  One is able to function at one’s highest level. One’s mind and heart are open to see all the possibilities.  Family, friends and colleagues, who want to be supportive, are drawn to our positive energy and are inspired to help in the best way they can.

A study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that positive thinking even makes a significant difference in one’s state of health.  In findings published by Psychological Bulletin in April, 2012, individuals with positive thinking were found by Harvard School of Public Health to have lower blood pressure, better cholesterol levels and more normal weights.  Julia Boehm, lead researcher in the study, said that this confirms dozens of previous studies that show that optimistic people have half the risk of a first heart when compared to those who were more pessimistic.  The reasons for this are both physiological and behavioral.  It appears that stress associated with negative thinking can actually lead to damage of arteries and the heart itself.  Furthermore, people with more rosy outlooks on life tend to pursue healthful activities like exercise and healthier eating.

And so, as we face the year 5773 together, let us—the Jewish Jobster community— resolve to fortify ourselves with faith and trust that the new year will bring us health, happiness and prosperity.  Let us do our part by taking good care of ourselves—for our own sake and that of our loved ones.  Let us free ourselves to envision new possibilities and infuse ourselves with hope of a fresh beginning.   Girding ourselves with faith, let us pray for G-d’s blessings and for the strength and wisdom to grow into yet better and more compassionate human beings.

Debby Smith
Director of Development
debby.smith@jewishjobster.com

p.s. I invite you to share with our community how you grew through your challenges, and what has helped you and your families cope during the last year.

 

Welcome to the JewishJobster.com blog!

I am excited to share periodic thoughts, member profiles, and other assorted tidbits connected with both the employer and employee ends of job hunting. Additionally, because I’m a teacher of Jewish studies, I’d like to share with you my own understanding of a traditional Jewish approach towards these issues. I’m also planning guest bloggers, and I welcome feedback, comments, and suggestions.

Rav said to Rav Kahana, “Better to flay a carcass in the market. and take payment. Don’t say, I’m a cohen! I’m a big man! This thing is hateful to me!” (Tractate Pesachim, 113a)

The Talmudic quote sounds possibly strange, and, well, gross. Bear with me for a moment, while I try to explain what I think is happening with this piece of text, AND how this connects to job hunting. Hang in there with me.

Let’s take apart this text, piece by piece:

Flaying a carcass, is DISGUSTING, meaning here, low-status, reviled work.
A cohen, a priest, at the time of the Talmud, was a person of high status in society.
This thing is hateful to me, means, I despise this job.
The phrase, “in the market,” refers to a public place, so everyone’s going to see him doing this job.

So, we can understand the statement like this:

Rav said to Rav Kahana, “It’s better to do disgusting, low-status work, that might make you feel humiliated, and get paid, then to fall upon such dire straits that you’ll need charity. Don’t think you’re above it.”

A little background for Talmud newbies – it’s an immense hodgepodge of arguments, discussions, rantings, and musings, full of legal and historical material, metaphors, and spiritual secrets, from around 450CE. Rav and Rav Kahana were rabbinic colleagues during that time period. The Talmud is packed with these kind of little conversations that actually express an entire worldview.

Rav, here, is expressing a Jewish attitude towards earning a living. He’s implying that earning a living is an experience that should be essentially dignifying, and preserving of the individual’s self-respect.  Falling to a status in which a person is forced to rely on handouts will  erode that person’s sense of self.

A job search, is therefore, according to this text, a meaningful, spiritually significant experience, because it allows the job seeker to retain his or her basic human dignity.

Job seekers, it is my hope that this perspective  on the grueling process of looking for a job provides you with encouragement to keep you on your way!

Coming soon – a spiritual perspective on the employee hunt!

Thanks to DH, Yehoshua Hershberg, who helped me translate the text.

Rachel  Hershberg
Editor
Jewish Jobster

Editor@JewishJobster.com

Tom Krausz, resident of Scarsdale, NY, has extensive experience working in various aspects of high tech. After receiving both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering, Tom worked at RCA and Delta Resources, gaining experience in the computer consulting industry. Tom then moved to IMI sytems, where he spent 21 years, and eventually became Vice President of IT, Human Resources and Administration. After having his own company for PC support, Tom worked for two years IDT Ventures, helping new Israeli companies to raise funds and markets in the U.S. He also has extensive experience  working with Quickbooks, maintaining the accounting of a retail store, where he is responsible for Accounts receivables, Payables and Payroll.

Q: Tom, what exceptional qualities do you feel you would bring to any employer?
A: I bring a wealth of experience in my years of computer consulting to any job I’d perform. I’m flexible, hardworking, and do my best to ensure the success of any endeavor I’m involved in.

Q: What work are you doing right now?
A: I’m doing part time work for an IT consulting firms India operation, overseeing their accounting, dealing with their attorneys and legal issues in India, and supervising their accounting.  Although the work is interesting, it’s very part-time.

Q: What type of work are you looking for?
A: Ideally, I’d like a position managing operation of IT consulting firm, administration and HR at any firm including benefits administration, or contract administration. At the same time, my skill sets include, obviously, things like Windows, Microsoft Office, HTML programming, data entry, Web content entry, and Quickbooks maintenance, and I’d be happy for full or part time work in any of those fields, both on site and from home.

Q: Tell us more about yourself as a person.
A: I am married, father of three, grandfather of six, and am a member of the Young Israel shul in Scarsdale, NY.

Anyone wishing to contact Tom is welcome to do so at thomas.krausz@gmail.com.
Tom, everyone at Jewishjobster.com wishes you every success in finding meaningful work quickly and easily!

I would like to share with you today the pros and cons of online job search. I am an owner of a job search website and these are the praises and the complaints I get, on my job search website.

I am going to start out with the benefits of job search websites. The most praised comments that I get for my site, is how many more job that are posted than their local newspaper or local job boards. There is a reason for this, job search websites get their job posting from newspapers, job boards, and from employers who post job positions on the website itself. So what is boils down to is all jobs available at on source.

The next benefit for job search websites is their convenience. You can sit at home, library, or even at an internet cafe and search for jobs all day long. This saves time and money, which is a necessity for most people who are looking for a job. The cost in gas money from just driving around looking for help wanted signs in windows and searching for job boards can add up quick when gas in $ 3.50 a gallon.

Another great thing to be considered is when looking for a job online, once you have found a job you want, you can apply for that job right then and there by either filling out an online job application or by simply uploading your resume to the employer who is doing the hiring. The great thing about this is you can apply for tens even hundreds of jobs a day, increasing your chances of landing a job that you so desire. Finding the perfect job can increase you production and happiness as an employee. You know what they say a person who loves what they do hasn’t worked a day in their life.

Now for the con’s the first one that I get the most from is not actually the job seekers, it is from the employers who has posted the job on my site. The problem they run into is that they get overloaded with resumes and applications. In one instant I had a person from HR who posted a job on the site called me complaining that she had over 3000 people apply for the job within 8 hrs of posting the job on my site. She said she was going to have to go through every one of these resumes to find the right candidate for the job and it had only been a few hours. Plus most of the people that had applied didn’t even fit the requirements that had been posted. So if you are an employer I will help you out with the solution to this problem. There is software out there for your computer that will sort through people who are not qualified for the position that you have posted. I am not particular towards one or the other so you can make your choice by searching Google for the software.

The next problem with job search websites is the competition that you are up against. With thousands of people going for the same job you have to make sure that your resume stands out above all others. One of the biggest complaints from Human Resource that i get is that no one uses a cover letter on their resumes. This can be a big difference when weeding out people who have applied for the same job as you have.

The other problems that I have is with job search website that charge you a fee or membership to look or apply for a job you find on their site. Some sites are totally free sites that don’t charge you at all for there services. In my opinion this should be free, the people whom are looking for a job probably doesn’t have money to be paying a monthly fee just to look for a job. I make money on my site by the employer posting an open position on my site. The employer also likes this because I charge less than the newspapers for the this service and they get twice as many views.

I hoped you have learned something from this and I hope this will give you an informed decision on the best way for you to search for a job.

Year after year, job seekers are puzzled by the same question when writing a resume: Should your education or work experience appear at the top? The answer is that it depends.

If you graduated from school within the last year or two  then your education will be at the top of your resume. Most likely with 0-2 years of work experience,  your education is your most “saleable” skill. Do you think a professional employer wants to see that you worked in a retail store or restaurant while getting your degree? It’s helpful to show you have a good work ethic but the most important thing is your education and how it relates to the job you are applying for.

If you graduated more than two years ago, put your work experience to the forefront. At a certain point, the prestige of the college is not the deciding factor for employers; it is what you have accomplished after graduating. The employer wants to know what you’ve done after getting the degree. Even an Ivy League degree will only take you so far if you have little to show for it after college.

There are certain industries in which exceptions to the above exist. If you work, or would like to work, in education or an academic focused position, most likey your education would remain at the top of the resume or more appropriately, Curriculum Vitae. The employer here would place a heavy emphasis on your educational credentials.

Remember always that the resume is a marketing piece for your potential employer. You are always trying to capture their interest in all forms of communication. Think of what would be most effective in demonstrating your ability to perform on the job and put that to the forefront of your resume.

Lavie Margolin is a New York-based Career Coach and the author of The Roaring Job Search Anthology. To learn more, go to Lavie’s website, www.Lioncubjobsearch.com. Contact Lavie via email: Laviemarg@lioncubjobsearch.com or phone, (914) 525-0965.

If you find yourself in a long unemployment line, staring at the back of the head of the person in front of you and wondering how things have come to this pass. Take heart, there is a job out there for you. Even in this economy.

The June of 2008 US News and World report listed the jobs that older Americans are most likely to find available. I will use this article as a jumping off point in the search for jobs for mature Americans. We will not visit all of the jobs and professions in the article because in our current economic straits, some of the jobs would be untenable. For instance, real estate broker does not seem like a particularly good job to have right now even if it was available.

The jobs we will look at are:

1. Retail Sales/ Sales worker 2. Driver 3. Secretaries/Administrative assistant 4. Tax preparer

Let’s make a few simplifying assumptions. First, let us stipulate that the elderly worker is willing to move to get a new job and that he is willing to train for a new job if necessary. These assumptions may not be as arbitrary as they seem. If you and a large number of coworkers were laid off, it is less likely that the particular skill that you have is not in demand in the place where you live. A willingness to retrain and a willingness to move virtually doubles your chances of getting a new job.

Given that we are talking about an older worker, a long apprenticeship is out of question. Jobs like engineer, doctor, lawyer, and machinist are out unless you already possess those skills.

Of the four areas we have decided to look at let’s see which one would be the most fruitful. We are going to use one of the large popular job search sites to do our looking. Namely Yahoo’s hotjobs. We are going to simplify our search criteria to make it easier to search and find the most jobs.

Let’s search on the word “retail” by typing that word in the keyword box and clearing out anything that might be in the City or Category boxes. Then push the search button. I get the following:

1. Retail: 21,944 jobs

A very good supply. Let’s try some similar search terms:

A. Sales: 36,938 jobs B. Worker: 8,513 jobs

2. Driver: 15,167 jobs A. Truck: 8,372 jobs

3. Admin 16,455 jobs A. Administrative 16,455 jobs B. Secretary 7,511 jobs

4. Tax 3,451 jobs A. Tax Preparer 65 jobs

If you are doing a thorough job search you might want to compare these results with those from the job search sites like Monster and HeadHunter. If you really want to wade through all the jobs in the working universe–and if your skills are not much in use you may have to–I recommend one of the meta search engines such as Indeed, JuJu, or SimplyHired. The meta job search engines allow you to search all the little job search sites in one fell swoop.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, what can we learn from our Yahoo hotjobs search? If you want to increase your odds of getting a job nationwide, don’t become a tax preparer. Such advice must be taken with a grain of salt. Obviously as we get nearer to April 15th the demand for tax preparers should increase and the results of the search will change. But if you want a job right now, doing someone’s taxes does not look like the way to go.

Advertising yourself as a worker or a guy who knows trucks does not look like the best way to get a job.

If you have a resume that says you are a secretary, it seems like you might do better by creating a new resume that talks up your strengths as an administrative assistant.

Despite the weak economy, someone somewhere is still hiring retail sales folks. An administrative assistant with retail sales experience should be able to find a job pretty easily.

For grins let’s add a few more jobs that we think might be in demand.

1. Manager 36,652 jobs

2. Trainee 1,560 jobs

3. Entry level 14,734 jobs

Even if you are trying to enter a new field, do not look for a job as a trainee. Rather you should look for the entry level jobs.

As long as there are employees there must be managers so if you have a management skill that looks to be a good bet for you.

Different jobs sites go through different procedures when you actually look for the details on a job and try to apply. On Yahoo, you will sometimes need to click through to the website of an individual company and apply for work there. On the other hand, if you have saved your resume on Yahoo hotjobs, there will likely be some jobs you can apply for while never leaving the Yahoo website.

I would advise against the work at home jobs that you find on job search sites. Yes, such jobs exist. I have had two different ones. The problem is that most of the work at home jobs you will see are a scam intended to do one of two things. Either separate you from your money or to infect your computer with viruses or adware.

Some of the jobs you want to apply for may require office skills or software experience that you don’t have. Often there are community colleges or two year institutions near you that can quickly and cheaply teach you all you need to know. Some well equipped libraries have Microsoft Office software that you may practice on for free.

You should go to a vocational school only as a last resort. They can be expensive. If you do wind up at a vocational school, make sure that it has been in business for a few years. Make sure that it is accredited and licensed to operate in your state. Check for complaints against the institution on the better business bureau web site. See if the vocational school has any job search assistance and talk to former students to see if the assistance was timely and if employers welcomed the certificate that the vocational school offers.

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One of the worst feelings to have is to be unfulfilled at your job or career. But finding a job that you love is not always an easy task. There are usually only a few different things a person really loves to do and would want to do for a living. So what keeps a person from finding a job like that, one that they would love to go to everyday? Lets look at the reasons people have trouble finding a fulfilling job and what can be done to finally settle into a job that makes sense for you.

Why People Have Trouble Finding A ‘Job For Me’

The biggest problem a person has with finding a job they love is the fact that they get caught up doing whatever it is they are used to doing. For example, a person who is in the construction industry is so used to their job that they have trouble thinking beyond that job. They may try to change jobs but usually end up the the same field anyway because its all they know. Also, the fact that they have experience in the construction field usually means that is the area they will get paid the best in. Trying a new field, even if its one you will enjoy, means starting from scratch and usually a smaller wage. Don’t let this prevent you from trying a job you know you would enjoy.

You Must THINK About What You Really Want

As stated before, you must think beyond your current job and use the mindset ‘If I could do anything I wanted and the wage would be the same, what would I WANT to do?’ Think very hard about this and come up with several things you know you would love to do, then start looking for ways to gain experience in that field. Sometimes just getting a part-time job is a good way to start. It can give you the ability to stay at your current job earning a decent wage but let you gain experience in your desired field. It will also give you a chance to see if you will actually like that kind of job before committing to it totally.

Another Good Way To Find A ‘Me Job’

The best way to find out ‘what job is for me’ is to get acquainted with other people already successful in that job field. There is no better way to learn about a job than directly from a person who is already doing it successfully. In other words, a mentor.

The best part about mentors is that they usually love to talk about their job anyway. You can learn a lot from them by just asking questions. Not only that but it is also a great idea to find out if there is anything you could do to help out. You may not get paid well, or at all, but the experience you gain from working directly with a successful person will translate into making you more valuable in that field. The mentor will also want to make sure you get it done right because it is directly affecting his job or business. This will ensure you are learning the proper way of doing the job and make you more of an asset when trying to find a job of your own.

Conclusion

Finding a job you love is no easy task. But don’t settle for a job you don’t like. Just think of the difference in your life if you always enjoy what you do. It may be easier and more profitable to take a job you don’t like right away, but it will drain you as life goes on.

Continue to look into jobs fields you love on a regular basis, keep talking to people that are doing what you want to be doing and don’t be afraid to just help people out so you can learn more about that job. Just being around those people will guarantee that you meet more people that are doing what you love and build that network of people you can fall back on. There is a much higher chance you will find a ‘job for me’ if you surround yourself with people in that job field. Find ‘what job is best for me’ by never stopping your research into your passions.

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When most people need to find a new job, they start with the online career sites, employment offices or local want ads. It seems obvious to look in the places where people are advertizing for jobs. Yet, studies consistently show networking to be the most effective way to find a job. Networking is the act of working with people you know to help you find the things that you want. Its efficacy is not surprising considering that when done properly, job seekers are making direct contact with hiring managers or people that can lead them to hiring managers. Further more, it provides a way to tap into the hidden job market.

The phrase “hidden job market” refers to all of those jobs that exist but are hidden from view, that is, they are not advertised. Hiring managers will often hold-off advertising a job until exhausting their own circle of contacts. Placing ads and sorting through potential candidates is costly and time consuming. It also involves the risk of hiring an unknown entity. It is easier, cheaper, and safer for the hiring manager to recruit from friends and/or professional contacts. You increase your chances of getting the job you want by tapping into that hidden job market. As evidence, here are some statistics from resumagic.com on how Americans find employment:

35% — Found job through a friend, relative or other associate30% — Contacted an employer directly, without answering a classified ad14% — Answered a job classified advertisement08% — Found job through on-campus recruitment or job placement office06% — Employment agency or search firm05% — State-run unemployment office02% — Other

The above percentages indicate that 65% of people who are employed found a job that was never publicly advertised.

Case studyFor many people, networking still feels like something that will only work for other people. I am proof that’s wrong. While not unique or connected in any special way, with the exception of one position I found by cold calling, I networked my way into every other position as I worked my way up the corporate ladders in multiple industries. Here are some examples of how I worked with the people I knew to find the jobs I wanted.

Cast Iron Foundry: Just before graduation, I was talking with my faculty advisor about jobs. He gave me the name of a man at a trade association coincidentally near my home. I visited him on the way home from school. He, in turn, referred me to the Chief Metallurgist at a nearby company that fit exactly with what I wanted to do. They hired me. The job was never advertised.

R&D Consortium: A vendor salesman that used to call the company that I worked for went to work for the Consortium. He told me they were looking for engineers with business acumen and put me in touch with the hiring manger. I got the job. The job was not advertised. When I had gone as far as I could in that company, I sent out hundreds of resumes and answered dozens of advertisements to no avail. Finally I found my new job through networking.

Life Insurance Agent: I decided to work for myself. I researched companies in the life insurance industry and knew some agents. A personal friend who was also an agent led me to his company where I eventually landed my first position. They had an active recruiting program ongoing and the personal introduction paved the way, even though I had no obvious qualifications.

Large Pharmaceutical: Several years later when I decided to change careers again, I networked my way into a local, major pharmaceutical company doing business development. The job was not advertised.

Six years later, the company was restructuring to prepare for a spin off the division I was in. I was laid off and networked my way to a job as program manager within the same company. The job was not advertised until after I started only to fulfill HR requirements.

Three years later it was time for me to move on. I networked my way to find a manager job in yet another division. This job was advertised and I saw it on the job board, but I thought it was not a good fit. I networked my way into the vice president’s office. She encouraged me to apply and asked me to meet with the hiring manger.

Why It WorksI am nothing special, nor is my history with networking. What is special is the power of networking. I have tried responding to ads and sending out hundreds of resumes, but like most people, my carefully worded documents and phone calls fell in to the black holes of human resource departments. Every time it proved to be a huge amount of effort without any payoff. Instead, the solution was talking to people- lots of them. Want more proof? Think about how you have found jobs, or ask your friends about their careers and how they found their jobs. I bet you will find that they knew someone who gave them an “in” or a critical heads-up. This is networking. It may not have been formal, or even intentional, but it was networking at its best.

In real life it plays out like this: a company may advertise an open position and receive 1,000 resumes. HR will receive those resumes and, after filtering the resumes based on their criteria, will narrow it down to maybe ten resumes. If the hiring manager gets an email from a trusted contact recommending a friend for the job and attaching a resume, that “friend” just leapfrogged to the front of the pack. The other ten candidates are complete unknowns beyond their resumes, but the friend comes with a trusted recommendation. The hiring manager eliminates much of the risk involved in bringing in a new employee. In order to be successful in your job search, you need to find those contacts that can get you in front of the hiring managers. Networking makes you a known quantity, allowing you to levitate to the top of a massive stack.

ConclusionThere are many ways to find a job, but studies prove that networking is the most effective way to find a job. The experience of my own career over 30 years made a believer out of me.

Phil Roth has made a career of teaching people how to find their dream jobs through networking. Through his individual coaching, workshops and his book: Networking Steps- Learn Networking Get Working, , he walks his students through the process of creating career objectives, preparing to network and conducting effective meetings. Phil can be found at http://www.networkingsteps.com or contacted directly at phil@networkingsteps.com.

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Reference Format

It’s just a proper picture to have a separate document which includes a subscribers list which happen to have allowed us confer with your prospective employers who you.

Make certain that reference page matches the exact same style and format because your resume.

You prefer to are the names of this references not to mention full contact details (including job title, employer, business address, email, cellular phone number). The better information allowing, the better that reference appears.

It’s also cognizant of list an inquire into how this person knows you. Along the lines of business colleague, period of time acquaintanceship, etc…

Whats your opinion would look better?

Jeff Smith, Kings park – Business Consultant

or

Jeff Smith

Senior Business Analyst in internet marketing Tech Solutions

25 Madeup Lane

Kings Park, NY 11754

516-555-5555

The quantity of References For those who have?

Ideally you aspire to have 3 to 4 references for any employer. When searching for to the next stage position, this can require more references (around 7 to 10). You should definitely list your greatest references only. Its your decision chatting men and women who will speak highly individuals, and now have an improved position or education title.

It can be generally better to list your strongest reference first.

How To Choose Your References

Your references should know you very well and be able to speak highly folks. You should not give your reference at a former boss or supervisor when you left on bad terms… a bad idea.

Instead, pick someone the person you have worked closely with. If it’s a “real” job, and you are therefore unsure who to buy, you need to ask a professor.

Always remember that professional references are preferred over references. Sometimes, with new employees seeking their first job, they will n’t have 4 professional references. Normally maybe ask a friends parents to communicate highly person. The chances are they likely would have the next step position and may give your references a credibility boost.

Reference Relationships

One other essential rationality why you should never “burn any bridges”. Stranger things have happened when that supervisor, manager or co-worker that you could not might be around may be necessary sometimes. I did a supervisor of mine during a previous position which i weren’t able to stand, on the other hand bit my lip if you know his reference stomach in handy some day. That this did.

Whenever you selected your references, this can be a good grasp get in touch with them and tell them that your particular call is likely to be coming from your potential employer. This manner your references expect the letter also it would not come to provide a surprise.

Also, merely because nobody has contacted these questions week, does not always mean which the employer has ignored you and also got over them. So do not forget to remind your references that a telephone call may still be on its way.

Submitting References

Unless you or employer is getting references in the beginning, it truly is generally best practice to wait until further notice before submitting them.

Thank Your References

Remember, your references accomplish YOU a favor by speaking highly of individuals. They are really playing an important role inside candidate selection process, would you like to contact a thanks a ton. Listed below are some good easy methods to check in:

Warm regards cards Requests Holiday cards A contact is not really personal when i will not recommend it. Marketing promotions campaigns to get on the phone or send an actual physical many thanks card arrived simple email or Facebook message. A little effort goes far.

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