Know What You Want!

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Employers – know what kind of employee you are looking for.

Job-Seekers – know what kind of employer you are looking for.

Neither side needs to “settle” these days – be aware, be informed, save everyone time and trouble by knowing where you are headed when you go to the job market – and that goes for both sides of the equation!

Employers need to know not just what the job entails, but what kind of employee they want to have on their team – teamwork is where it’s at these days, everyone needs to pull together (forward!) to the same positive goal.

Job-Seekers, you need to know yourselves – know the strengths you have to offer to an employer – know what kind of atmosphere in the working world that you function best in – so you can be THE best for your new employer.

With so much information (sometimes information overload) online these days, an employer can seek out a prospective employee and see what others have to say about them via LinkedIn. Similarly, job-seekers can do a search on the business interactions that their prospective employer has out there in the big world wide web!

 

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Salary: To State – or – Not To State?

handmoneyIf you answer an ad that requests you state the salary you are seeking, how do you handle this? Deflect it with “We can discuss salary expectations more easily in person during an interview” – or state out and out “I will work for nothing less than $40,000/year!!!”

Some employers may toss your resume on the “garbage heap” if you do not respond with a salary figure when one has been asked for – others will take the attitude that they like your qualifications for the job they are trying to fill, and broach the salary question in person at an interview.

One suggestion to keep your resume “in the running” and out of the circular file (aka garbage can!), is to state a range. Something along the lines of “salary expectation is in the $30,000-$40,000/year range, but of course this is dependent upon many factors including the type of work that is involved in this position as well as the benefits offered by your company” may just get you the initial foot in the door.

If there are no benefits offered by the company, then you would want to veer toward the higher end of the salary range for the type of work you are seeking. On the other hand, if there is a wonderful benefit package that includes dental, vision, disability, and other perks, you may want to keep your options open with taking a job that will pay in the lower “actual salary” range because these benefit perks are worth a lot of $ to you!

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Spelling – It IS Important!

spellingIt is such a simple thing – to spell correctly – and yet, many folks do not take this seriously!

How hard can it be to proofread a short blurb to put on Kijiji when you are searching for employment?

And yet – there it is – blaring spelling errors that literally jump off the screen in this venue where unemployed (or under-employed) folks are trying to find a job.

The word is “looking” – not “locking” – in one simple ad that is posted now in this area. Does the person posting the ad truly think that an employer will read any more of his/her qualifications if the spelling errors are so blatant?
Everyone makes errors from time to time – nobody is immune to it. But if you are seriously looking for a job, please – PLEASE – take extra care with how you present yourself in the written word to prospective employers.

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