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.

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

Ways to Get Your Foot in the Door

Some companies are harder to get into than others. Sometimes it seems like you need to already know someone to score your dream job at that perfect company. There are ways to get your foot in the door and make some contacts who could help you out and lead you to your next job. Here are some tips for getting your name known at any company.

Follow on Social Media

Social media is a great way to connect with companies and their people. Check Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn for company profiles. You can also look to see if you can find any employees or company recruiters to follow. LinkedIn is especially great for that, since it’s made to help people make and keep professional connections. Once you’ve found the company and some employees, interact with their posts. Like their Instagram pictures and retweet their tweets. Comment on LinkedIn posts with your own expertise or insight.

Arrange an Informational Interview

An informational interview is like a networking event, informational sessions and semi-interview all in one. They’re a great way to get in front of people at a company. If you can identify some key people in your ideal department, reach out and ask to meet. Make sure you’re targeting the right people, and not just emailing anyone you can find. Ask them to get coffee to discuss their career path or their interests. Find someone whose job is genuinely interesting to you, even if they can’t offer you a job. They could be a valuable contact or resource for your career down the line.

Send Your Resume

If you see a job opening that really interests you, go ahead and apply. If you don’t hear back in a couple weeks, email the hiring manager to ask about the status of your application. Even if you don’t see your dream job listed, try sending your resume to human resources or a hiring manager anyway. There could be a position opening soon that you’re perfect for, and you might have saved the company a lot of time and energy hunting for candidates.

Why You Should Have a Personal Website

Looking for a job in 2016 can be complicated. You need a resume, but you should showcase your skills online, as well. In addition to a LinkedIn profile, a personal website is a great way to showcase your skills and achievements to potential employers and help you stand out from the competition. Here are some of the best reasons to have a personal website.

A personal website helps you easily display your professional achievements with more space than on a resume. It’s basically an easily accessible online portfolio. You can link to design, writing, or other projects you’ve done so employers and interviews can see your work firsthand. You can also describe your soft skills, like good communication or teamwork, in greater detail. Unlike a resume, you can take as much space as you want to demonstrate your talents and strengths.

You also get a chance to showcase your personality on a personal website. Resumes are typically pretty bland—black fonts on one white piece of paper—and LinkedIn’s uniform layout doesn’t allow for much personalization. A personal website lets you show employers your own style. If you know coding or web design, it’s a chance to showcase those skills. If not, there are plenty of easy platforms to host your site with minimal design effort.

They also increase your online visibility. Since hiring managers and employers are likely to do an online search for your name, a personal website with your name (especially if it’s in the URL) popping up will impress employers and allow you to tell your story with your site. 

At the end of the day, a personal website will help you stand out from the crowd. They’re a simple and effective way to communicate who you are as a person and a professional, but very few people actually have them. You’ll look like you are really taking your career, and your next career move, very seriously.

Tips for Building a Network

Tips for Building a Network

When most people hear the word “networking,” images of boring mixers with name tags and off-brand sodas usually come to mind. Professional networks can be helpful and building them can be fun, if you do it right. Read on for some tips for how to build a better, more successful network.

Join Organizations

Many professions have local, national and international organizations that allow people in similar fields to meet and network. There are organizations for doctors, entrepreneurs, journalists, teachers, designers, engineers, professors, lawyers and just about any profession you can think of. There are also organizations for women, young professionals, African Americans and most demographics. The organizations you join don’t have to be strictly professional, either. Alumni groups, volunteer organizations and recreational activities are all great ways to meet people with similar interests. You never know who can help you in your job search!

Attend Events

Yes, building a network still involved networking events. The big thing to remember is that they don’t have to be boring. Events put on by professional organizations bring together like-minded people with similar careers, so you won’t be at a loss for a conversation topic. Alumni events are a great way to meet people who went to your high school or college and reminisce about great times. Recreational activities should be fun for you, regardless of whether they land you a job! In order to build a network, you have to get out there and actually meet and connect with other people.

Follow Up

Meeting people means nothing if you say goodbye at the end of a luncheon and never speak to them again. Make sure to carry business or calling cards with you and collect new acquaintances’ cards, as well. After a day or two, send your new contacts an email to let them know how great it was to meet them, and make a plan to catch up in the future.

What to Bring to an Interview

You’ve sent out your resume far and wide, and now you’re starting to hear back from potential employers about your applications. When you get interviews set up, you’ll start preparing your best answers to all the standard interview questions. There are certain things

Resume/Portfolio

Even if you already submitted your resume as part of the application process, you should always bring extra copies to an interview. Print at least five of them on resume paper and keep them in a nice, solid colored folder. If you have a portfolio of design work, writing samples or any other projects, bring that along. Even if you’re unemployed, it’s a good idea to bring business cards with your contact information, as well.

Questions

You should also come prepared with a list of questions for your interviewers, not just answers. Ask them specific questions about the company, position, team and culture. You’ll probably come up with questions as you go, but you should think of a few ahead of time just in case. Asking thoughtful questions will show employers that you are serious about the position, and can give you a chance to further explain why you’re a good fit for the role.

Company Information

Of course, you should have the company address, phone number and the name of the person you’re meeting with on hand (preferably written down) so you know exactly where to go and what to say. You should also do some research on the company before the interview. Bring along some notes to review while you’re waiting.

Emergency Supplies

Carry a notebook and pen with you in case you need to take notes in your interview. Many resume folders have space for your resume, a legal notepad and a pen. You should carry along some breath mints (not gum!) to freshen up just before your interview.

The Importance of a Job You Love


shutterstock_74324989It can be easy to get stuck in a job rut, doing the same old thing because it has a decent paycheck. But if you find yourself dreading Monday mornings, it may be time to reevaluate your career choices. There are a lot of valid reasons to love your job, so here are a few of the most important ones.

More Money

Typically, people who make a lot of money in a given field are good at what they do. They spend a lot of time working at something until they become experts and people will pay a lot of money for their skills and expertise. It’s a lot harder, almost impossible, to put that kind effort into a job you don’t enjoy doing. If you love your job, you won’t mind the long hours and years of hard work it takes to become top of your field, and eventually the paycheck that comes along with it. Not to mention, just putting more hours into your job will be more money right away. 

Better Health

Working a job you dislike, or one that doesn’t align with your personality, talents or values, can start to stress you out. Stress can have serious health consequences. It can lead to weight gain, lack of sleep, a lowered immune system, depression and anxiety. Over a few years, those effects can take a serious toll on your body.

Increased Happiness

Imagine if you woke up on Monday mornings excited to do your job. You’ll be more motivated at work, be able to think of better ideas, and you’ll have more energy throughout the day. Your increased happiness at work will carry into the rest of your life, as well. Coming home after spending a day doing work you love is a lot better than coming home drained and exhausted at the end of the day.

If you decide you need a career change, visit our website to make an appointment today.

Can a Resume Creation Service Benefit your Job Search?

The job market is competitive in Chicago. As such , if you are in the market for a new job, you may wonder what you can do to give yourself the upper-hand. A resume creation service may not be the first thing you think of, but it can be greatly beneficial to anyone seeking a job. Here are some of the ways this type of service can be beneficial in your job search.

They Make Sure Your Resume is Error-Free

One of the biggest benefits to using a resume creation service is that the service ensures your resume is free of spelling, punctuation and other grammar errors. Unfortunately, errors on your resume can cost you the opportunity to interview for companies. And what’s worse is that many people take their resume and submit it online or to a several employers before they realize that there was an error on their resume. By that time, it’s been seen by countless employers. If you want potential employers to think you are detail-oriented and have great grammar, hiring one of these services can help you prove that point.

They Can Tailor Your Resume to the Industry You Are Searching In

Another benefit to a resume creation service is that they can tailor your resume to the industry you are searching for a job in. Not all of your educational achievements and certificates are relevant to employers. They want to know about your experience, education and achievements in the job field you are looking for. Cutting out what isn’t needed helps to streamline everything for the person looking over your resume, before they get bored and toss it to the side. Additionally, what you think is a great resume, may not be so great. Resume creators look at resumes all day long, so they know how to make yours stand out from the crowd, optimizing your chances of finding a new job.

They Offer Job Assistance Services

The last benefit to resume creation service Chicago is that most companies that offer this service also offer job assistance services. They will help you find jobs so you can apply using your new resume. And multiple sets of eyes can locate a great opportunity faster than you looking on your own.
If you are in the market for a new job in Chicago, brushing up on your resume is imperative. But instead of doing it yourself, consider letting a resume creation service do the hard work for you. They can create an error-free resume that is tailored to the industry you are applying for jobs in and many also offer job assistance services.

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http://career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/resume-writing-tips/resume_myths_cost_job/article.aspx

http://www.salary.com/5-reasons-to-hire-resume-writer/

Sharpening Your Skills Through Job Training

Competing in today’s job market can be stressful.  While you may have been able to demonstrate your excellent organization and critical thinking skills in your last job, the truth is that there are some basic skills that nearly all employers are looking for that many people still lack.  Technology is a critical part of most organizations today, and there are specialists in job skills training in Chicago that can help you develop the right skills for this competitive marketplace.

Job Skills Training in Chicago

Nearly anyone can benefit from additional job skills training.  Whether you are switching industries or have been employed by a company for many years that simply didn’t keep up with the times.  The fact is that things change quickly with technology and most people require periodic training just to keep up.  Learning new skills can not only make you more employable, but it can also help you with your job search.  As much of today’s job listings are found online and even through social media, understanding how to navigate this digital world can help land you land next job.

Computer Job Training Program

Signing up for a job skills training in Chicago that focuses on technology provides students with several options.  Even those who need help with the basics, such as learning how to type, can receive assistance and training.  Beyond that, students can learn how to use Microsoft Windows and the basics of surfing the internet.  Doing internet searches and sending email are topics that can be covered in depth.
Those students who wish to develop Microsoft Office skills have the opportunity to do as well.  There are training courses that focus on the different Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook.  The training in these software programs advances from Basic to Advanced as the student progresses.

Flexible and Supported Job Training

The beauty of the job skills training programs for technology is that they are very flexible. Students can begin a program at any time and programs are based on their current skill level and needs.  There isn’t time wasted on training skills that have already been mastered.  Also, courses are self-paced for students so that they can do the training according to their own schedule, with one-on-one support if needed.  Finally, students in these programs have access to accommodations due to disabilities, such as ergonomic equipment.
Today, computer skills are a basic requirement for many jobs.  Whether the job is in an office or not, today’s work environment requires that employees be familiar with basic keyboarding, internet usage, and Microsoft products.  Even factory workers are often asked to use automated systems in their work, to complete timesheets, or to participate in company safety and educational courses.  Not only are having computer skills a good way to make yourself competitive in the job market, but they are also now an essential skill needed to find a job.   If you’re looking for job skills training in Chicago, be sure to start with technology skills training.

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https://vocamotive.com/category/blog/

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/importance-computer-training-workplace-10725.html

http://www.aarpworksearch.org/Inside/Pages/HowEmployableAmI.aspx

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Using a Vocational Rehabilitation Service to Craft your Career Path

Vocational rehabilitation helps those who are actively looking for employment opportunities become more employable. When you use a vocational service, you receive the tools, skills and career guidance you need to help you land a job that would be perfect for you in the long run. Vocational rehabilitation services can be utilized by anyone who is seeking professional career guidance.

A vocational rehabilitation service can help you create a detailed career plan — a plan that will help you prepare for your new career in every step along the way. When using a vocational service, you will learn how to best fill out job applications and how to create a winning résumé, how to effectively search for jobs that are right for you and your skills, how to land job interviews and react to interview questions, and how to make the right decisions when searching for your new career.

When you use a vocational service, you will also receive sensible advice on how your temperament, personality and skills would match a specific job or positions. You will receive customized personality and skill testing to determine the best job fit for you in the long run.

After being evaluated and tested, you can choose to receive one or more of the following vocational services:

  • Advice and guidance on how to effectively look for jobs
  • Cover letter and résumé writing
  • In-depth career analysis
  • Internship and career development aid
  • Advice on how to transition into another career or industry
  • Job placement instruction
  • Labor market survey results
  • Basic software training (such as Microsoft Office)
  • Career guidance for those who speak English as a second language
  • And more

We are also prepared to answer any questions you may have while looking for and obtaining gainful employment.

Vocational Rehabilitation Service Chicago

Vocamotive understands that many people are never taught how to choose a career that properly matches their lifestyle, temperament and skill set. That’s why vocational services exist; to give job seekers a hand in finding a career that is truly right for them, and to give them a leg up when searching and interviewing for that perfect job.

While Vocamotive specializes in helping those with disabilities, workers who have been injured on the job, and older workers, we also extend our services to anyone else who is looking to make a career change or may simply need the tools they need to land a great job.

Vocamotive offers a large array of vocational rehabilitation services, including resume creation and job search support, career consulting, and career transition assistance. We employ a proven and effective job seeking process that will help you develop your employment goals and obtain a great job.

If you’re looking for a professional vocational service in the Chicago or Hinsdale, Illinois area, look no further! We are based out of Hinsdale, Illinois, and we’re excited to talk to you about your career goals. Give us a call today at 630-789-2519, or fill out this contact form and we’ll be in touch.

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Jumpstart Your Job Search with a Professionally Built Resume

There are a lot of rewards for do-it-yourselfers these days. You can save $20 by changing your own oil, $12 by washing your own car, $50 by repairing your stove. You can press your own suits, groom your own pets – some people even cut their own hair. Why not save a few bucks by writing your own resume? There are plenty of examples online, web sites that take your work history and spit out neat-looking resumes in a matter of minutes. How hard can it be? Seriously, who needs a professionally built resume?

The answer to that question is, You need a professionally built resume. There’s a time for economizing and a time for investing, and now is the time to invest in yourself. We’re not talking about trimming a few bucks off your grocery bill or finding a cheaper way to paint the basements stairs; this is about your career; this is about getting to that next level so that you have more money for things like groceries and paint.

Do the math: Have you calculated the difference between your current situation and the job you’re searching for? How much more will you be making if you get that new job? Quite a lot, right? Subtract the cost of using a professional resume creation service, and look at it again: If you don’t get the job because you decided to scrimp on your resume, how much money will you have saved? The answer to that question is, You haven’t saved a dime. You’ve lost thousands of dollars, maybe; you’ve lost a more rewarding work experience, you’ve lost a chance to really make a difference.

You don’t need to be told that the job market is ultra-competitive. It’s a buyer’s market, and you’re definitely selling. You need a resume that will receive instant attention and mark you as a serious candidate, as someone to be reckoned with. Your hand-built resume may please your friends and family, but how critically are they looking at it? What will your homemade resume say to a human resources professional who does nothing but look at resumes all day?

Even the sharpest do-it-yourselfer can make mistakes. Professional communicators, including journalists and editors, have handed in their own resumes only to discover later that they left something out, or that they had substituted “hear” for “here” or much worse. We live in a world of distractions, and no one is perfect.

So do yourself a favor and connect with a professional resume creation service. Resume pros are the mirror image of those HR people who spend all their time looking at resumes. They’re up-to-date on the latest trends in resume creation, presentation, and interpretation – and they’re more keenly tuned in to what your real strengths will be in the eyes of that prospective employer. Let them take care of your resume, and then you can cut your own hair later.

Preferably after the interview.