5 Signs You Would Benefit From Job Search Assistance

Whether you are currently employed and exploring your options or unemployed and looking for a new career, searching for a job can be a long and exhausting journey. In addition, the process can feel futile and frustrating if you are not getting employer feedback, are turned down during the interview process, or are unsure of where and how to concentrate your efforts.

There comes a time during a job search where you may not want or be able to go through the process alone. Time is valuable, so we need to ensure it is put to good use. Not only that, but in certain circumstances, weeks or months without a job can be financially detrimental.

If any of these signs apply to you, perhaps it is time to pursue outside help in order to turn around your job search fortunes.

 

  1. You are struggling to hear back from employers

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You take the time to apply to countless positions, make calls, and network, however, you still are no closer to landing a new position.

A likely correlation to this problem may be that your résumé is not technically compatible or does not showcase your background properly. Many companies send candidate résumés through an applicant tracking system (also known as ATS) before a human being ever reads it. If your résumé is not compatible, it could be automatically moved to a virtual trash bin. Alternatively, if your résumé makes it past the ATS check, but your employment history and associated skills are not appropriately presented, the hiring manager may deem you as unfit after taking a quick glance.

Getting outside help from a professional résumé writer helps ensure your résumé makes it through ATS, catches the eye of a hiring manager, and leads to more interviews. With that said, it is important to do your homework and choose a certified writer with experience crafting résumés for individuals with backgrounds and career goals similar to your own. Be sure to ask questions with regard to what type of résumés they specialize in, how much time they spend on a typical résumé, and what their process is.

  1. Your LinkedIn presence is lacking

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Social media is the new age of business with LinkedIn as one of the most predominantly used professional sites. With over 500 million users registered with the site (https://blog.linkedin.com/2017/april/24/the-power-of-linkedins-500-million-community), utilizing LinkedIn to network and find a new career is becoming more and more of a necessity.

Let’s pause here though. There is a large difference between simply being present on LinkedIn and being active on the site. According to MarketWatch, approximately 93% of recruiters use LinkedIn to search for candidates (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-recruiters-screen-you-on-linkedin-2014-05-02). This means that the vast majority of the time, when an application is submitted the recruiter will pop over to your LinkedIn profile to take a look. If your profile is half complete, has inaccurate information, is a carbon copy of your résumé, or shows no recent activity the recruiter may be inclined to move on to the next candidate.

A professional and reputable LinkedIn profile writer has the ability to showcase your skills, accomplishments, and career desires in such a way that enhances your job search. Written well, your profile can serve as the hook for a recruiter to reach out or be the final piece of your application puzzle which prompts a hiring manager to schedule an interview.   A reputable LinkedIn profile writer also serves the important role of providing advice and guidance on how to use the site in an effective manner. Look for writers that provide ongoing assistance or LinkedIn use and maintenance guides!

  1. Your information is inconsistent

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Applying for a position is typically not a one-step process. Instead, it usually includes submitting the application itself, your résumé, and a cover letter. Not only does the employer have access to this information, but they also can see any content on your LinkedIn profile. If the information across these components contradicts itself or is inconsistent, this may leave an employer confused, or worse, wary of your background.

Information such as dates, names of employers, job titles, job descriptions, and even degrees or certifications are all common pieces of information that tend to lack consistency across employment documents or profiles.

Maintaining consistency is may often be easier said than done but, when achieved, many find that not only are the details lined up, your personal brand becomes stronger due to the unified message being sent. Many professionals offer résumé, LinkedIn, and cover letter packages along with coaching on how to accurately transfer this information to applications. Consider asking for more information on such services if hiring a professional is in your future.

  1. You do not focus on your own brand

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When people think of a brand they tend to think of a product or a company. What many seem to forget is that YOU are your own brand. Throughout the application and interview process, you are required to sell yourself either on paper, on the phone, or in person.

In order to adequately sell yourself, having a clearly defined brand is essential. In order to sell a product a sales person must know what the product can do, what it has achieved for others who have used it, and how it works. You must be able to do the same. Do you know what skills you bring to the table? Do you know in what fields you would be a best fit? What have you achieved with previous employers?

If you are unsure of how to brand yourself and translate that into your résumé, LinkedIn profile, or during interviews, a career services professional can assist in defining your brand. Look for a professional with a background in personal branding for job seekers, training related to the field, and the ability to provide coaching on how to translate training into results.

 

  1. You do not get to the next round of interviews

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Getting an interview after countless applications is exciting, which is why when you do not get to the next round of the interview process it can be heartbreaking.

Oftentimes, job seekers take this denial personally when in most cases it comes down to how you presented your skills in relation to the postion or how you presented yourself as a professional. Take the chance to ask your interviewer why you were not chosen and how you can improve in interviews.

If time after time you find yourself not making the final cut, consider engaging in mock interviews or pursuing written exercises that will hone your skills in line with your personal brand.

 

* About the Author:

Brittney Beck, CCELW is Senior Associate Résumé and LinkedIn Profile Writer and Recruitment Strategist for Vocamotive, Inc. She has an education in strategic communications, as well as considerable experience in writing, career development, and personal branding. Brittney is highly talented in assisting her clients achieve their professional goals and the materials she creates quickly result in interview opportunities. Her dedication to her craft and expert business writing abilities result in top-tier products.

Follow Brittney on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/beckbrittney/

Contact Brittney via email at: bbeck@vocamotive.com   

Obtain professional Résumé and LinkedIn profile writing assistance by contacting Brittney directly, visiting Vocamotive’s website or by calling (630) 789-2519 to schedule a free consultation.

Follow Vocamotive on LinkedIn and Facebook and read Vocamotive’s Blog to hear about our latest career and resume development tips and offers!

 

* Research and Editorial Assistance Provided by Adam Zajac, NCRW and Luke Myers.

7 Skills to Learn Today to Make Yourself More Marketable in Any Industry

Let’s face it: gone are the days when employees specialized in a certain area and stuck with that – in a single industry – for their entire careers. But unfortunately, many of us haven’t been trained in more than one area. Maybe you are coding whiz but you know nothing about finance. Maybe you’re great with data but really haven’t ever perfected the art of grammar and spelling. It can be tough to hone a new skill if you’ve been out of school for a while, but, if you’re looking to advance your career, adding even one of these 7 skills to your arsenal may be just the extra something you need to get your next position.

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What to Consider Before Changing Careers

 

Are you considering ditching it all and running away to join the circus? Are your dreams of becoming the next great American novelist are just too vivid to ignore any longer? Do you think you could land a spot on the national Olympics team in curling if it weren’t for that pesky day job? Many of us fantasize about what it would be like to make major career – and life – changes, even when we’re perfectly happy with our current careers. But if you’re seriously considering a career change – not just a move to a new company, but a whole new industry – it can be an exciting and scary time.

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Tips for Seasoned Workers Seeking a Career Change

There is the well-known saying: You’re never too old to start something new. It is important to be happy with the work you do; however, it could be challenging to find a job that is a good fit, especially after spending many years performing duties that you have grown accustomed to.

As people are living longer and maintaining active lifestyles, more people are choosing to remain in the workforce past retirement. In 2014, 23% of men and 15% of women ages 65 and older in the United States were still employed. (Suggested Reading: Fact Sheet: Aging in the United States)

For seasoned workers choosing to find new careers, they may encounter challenges with job search as technology is continually advancing and younger generations are taking over the workforce. The Baby Boom (individuals born between 1946 and 1965) led to a significant increase in the U.S. population. Members of this generation were more likely to learn about new jobs from someone they knew at a company while Gen-Xers were likely to utilize recruiters and staffing agencies and Millennials were using third party websites and online job boards.  (Suggested Reading: Understanding Baby Boomers At Work – (How a Person’s Age Affects Why They Change Jobs)

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The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs – and Which are Worth the Pay

You’ve probably never thought to yourself, “I want to have a really dangerous job.” But if you knew that job came with a hefty paycheck, would you be willing to risk it? How big of a paycheck would you need to, say, swim with sharks every day? Or handle venomous snakes? Or play with wild tigers? Granted, none of those “jobs” are on the most dangerous list – and some that are might surprise you. But we wanted to know: what dangerous jobs might actually be worth it?

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How to Land More Interviews (and Shorten Your Job Search)

 

As the U.S. job market nears full employment, many job seekers are scratching their heads wondering why their own efforts are not generating numerous interviews and desired employment offers. After all, with the official jobless rate at a 9-year low, now should be one of the best times to begin a job search.  

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Another Vocamotive Success Story

Did you know…

…that, many years ago, Vocamotive developed an internship program with municipal building departments and private construction businesses throughout the State of Illinois? The Building Inspector Internship Program is specifically designed to facilitate the training of injured construction workers to become Building Inspectors, Project Managers, Construction Superintendents, Customer Service Representatives and other professional construction occupations.

This program has been highly successful in reorienting injured workers to well-paying occupations and assisting the men and women Vocamotive has served to develop new careers they did not believe were accessible to them.

Suburban Building Officials Conference, Willowbrook, IL.

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-1-12-50-pmOn December 9, 2016, Joseph Belmonte, creator of the internship program and President of Vocamotive, attended the December meeting of the Suburban Building Officials Conference and had the opportunity to see former Vocamotive client Roy Giuntoli sworn in as President of the Chapter.

Roy originally came to Vocamotive as an ornamental iron worker in need of vocational rehabilitation services. We completed comprehensive vocational testing, job seeking skills instruction, and assisted Roy in the development of computer literacy with Microsoft Office.

Roy then became involved in our Building Inspector Internship Program and we assisted him with obtaining the necessary International Code Council (ICC) certifications.

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With the combination of on-the-job internship experience and certification, Roy became a competitive candidate for work in the industry. He has gone on to become not only a highly competent and well respected Building Code Official with The Village of Willowbrook, but also a solid, forward thinking professional dedicated to the industry and promotion of building code activities that benefit us all in communities which are safer and better managed as a result of the efforts of Building Inspection Professionals.

We want to congratulate Roy on his exceptional achievement. He has demonstrated hard work, dedication and commitment to the development of new skills and experience.

We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with someone of such exceptional integrity, character and commitment and we are proud of what Roy has achieved.

We also want to congratulate current Vocamotive client, Richard Mika, on his involvement in the building inspection program. Richard is currently active in study for International Code Counsel Certification and in professional networking with the SBOC and other organizations. Another Building Inspector in the making!

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About the Author:

Joseph Belmonte, CRC, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and President of Vocamotive, Inc. He is passionate about and committed to providing vocational rehabilitation services and career guidance in order to help people realize their greatest vocational potential. Joe has been in private practice as Vocamotive’s owner for over 20 years and is highly respected among his peers.

Follow Joe on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-belmonte-7b893813

Contact Joe via email at: service@vocamotive.com  

For more information, visit Vocamotive’s website or call (630) 789-2519.

Follow Vocamotive on LinkedIn and Facebook and read Vocamotive’s Blog to hear about our latest career and resume development tips!

 

How Leonardo da Vinci Can Help You Land Your Next Job

In 1482, Leonardo da Vinci sent a letter to the Duke of Milan. The letter detailed da Vinci’s skills – at least, the skills that da Vinci thought the Duke might appreciate. It was, for all practical purposes, a résumé. In fact, while da Vinci isn’t likely to have been the first to come up with the idea (although he did invent an awful lot of things!), his letter to the Duke is the first evidence we have of someone writing akin to résumé. And the funny thing is, it’s a pretty great example of how to write a résumé. So what can you learn from a 15th century résumé? Read on and find out…

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Where In The Country Has Vocamotive Been?

The past two months have been very busy for Vocamotive and our staff of dedicated career development, resume writing, and vocational rehabilitation professionals. In addition to writing resumes and providing employment assistance to individuals in 13 different states, our team has been traveling near and far to provide career guidance, attend training events, administer consultations, and exhibit at professional events around the country.

Let’s take a look at some of the stops Vocamotive has taken along the way:

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