This week we celebrated National Coffee Day on Thursday, but our contest for the best story on why you love coffee runs through Sunday night so if you haven’t checked out that post yet or entered, you probably should. People were telling us how coffee made their mornings and why they needed it to stay productive, like Angela below.
46% of workers claimed they were less productive without their morning java and Angela agreed and shared the love of our beautiful infographic. I typically need something in the morning to get me going – whether it be coffee or tea or a dozen donuts. You know, whatever does the job.
Venture on, dear reader…
Manny let us know that he definitely needs his coffee as a police offer and made the great point that he helps protect the rest of us while getting our coffee and going about the rest of our day. Thanks Manny and we know that nearly every day is coffee day for you!
Love when I get to see posts like this where our fans help each other out on our Facebook page, which is why we’ve set it up – so we can keep you up to date but also to let everyone encourage and help each other through a job transition or job search. In this instance, Julia was looking for some insight on an upcoming phone interview about a sales position and wanted some advice and Paul jumped in to let her know what the recruiter on the other end of the line would be looking for in her answers. My favorite part of Paul’s advice? Giving her positive feedback and insight on how to keep positive even in that role. Good luck to Julia on her interview and thank you Paul for giving her your insight!
While not terribly career-related, we still appreciate our fans and their interaction with us. Never in one million years did I think that @CareerBuilder would be mentioned in the same tweet as @BBCDoctorWho. Nor did I think I’d ever be compared to Christopher Eccleston. I will acknowledge that my co-workers do also poke fun at my Twitter avatar, saying that it’s my “Starship Enterprise” photo, or that it’s very fashion photoshoot. I just love that it gets that much attention or afterthought.
I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but CareerBuilder has a Spotify profile and we’ve got several playlists for all your work-week needs. We’re open to additions and suggestions so just let us know. A lot of our followers have given us song recommendations and we love that and we’re glad that we can provide not only a great resource to help people find jobs, but also some fun tunes to listen to while doing it. We’ll be doing an upcoming post shortly about our #CBJobJamz (so if you have a request – use the hashtag!) and keep you in the loop on new mixes, etc.
Speaking of music…since today is the LAST day of September (where has 2011 gone?), I’ll leave you on this note for your weekend:
You’ve hit a turning point in your career. Whether it’s because your job has slowly become less satisfying over the years, or you woke up one morning and realized you hated going to work, you’ve decided it’s time for a change.
If only you knew what you wanted to do next. Details.
The “I don’t know what I want to do, but I know it’s not this” predicament is confusing at best. Besides the issue of figuring out what you want to do, there’s also reality to consider. You might think you’d make a great marriage counselor, but do you really have the time, energy and means to get the necessary training? Will your career change require you to relocate? How will you convince potential employers that, after 10 years in one career, you have the necessary experience for a new one?
Because the career-change process is complicated, it’s important not to rush into anything. Take time to explore your options and answer all of the questions you have about the career paths you’re considering. Or, as “What Color is Your Parachute?” – the best-selling career guide – puts it:
“Good career choice or career planning postpones the ‘narrowing down’ until it has first broadened your horizons and expanded the number of options you are thinking about. For example, you’re in the newspaper business, but have you ever thought of teaching, or drawing or doing fashion? You first expand your mental horizons, to see all the possibilities, and only then do you start to narrow them down to the particular two or three that interest you the most.”
Once you’ve got a short list of potential careers, it’s time to begin your job search. Mark C.D. Newall, senior vice president at Keystone Associates, a career transition and management firm in Boston, offers the following quick tips for job searching in a new field.
1. Play the game. As newbie, you’re going to have to put in a lot of footwork. “Intensively networking, utilizing technology, honing your interviewing skills — all of these things are important and need to be done,” Newall says.
2. Identify your edge. Since you won’t be able to rest on your experience, it’s important to identify other selling points that will make you stand out to employers. “Everybody is smart, everybody works hard, everybody has a good degree — differentiate yourself from all of the others by having an edge,” Newall advises. “If you have global expertise, call it out. If you have outstanding and demonstrated interpersonal skills, let interviewers know that you will connect with and take care of their clients.”
3. Be willing to move. Flexibility can go a long way when breaking into a new career. “Expanding your geography will also expand your opportunities,” Newall says.
4. Speak to your passion. “Know what is important to you — what really gives you that sense of accomplishment — what gets you out of bed in the morning. Hiring managers will see your passion and how it relates to their business, and they want to hire that,” Newall says. Given the amount of self-reflection career change usually requires, rattling off a list of things that make you tick shouldn’t be too hard.
5. Have a solid methodology. Like in any job search, you’ll need a game plan, Newall says. “Organize your time, your contacts, your approach, and conduct your job search in a planned and thoughtful manner. Then be ready to toss aside your plan, and be able to react to that last minute call.”
Want more tips on career change? Check out:
Autumn has finally arrived. There are so many reasons why fall is such a wonderful time of year. Fall means apple picking, football, cozy sweaters and new TV. Fall also plays host to some of the best holidays, including Halloween and Thanksgiving. For those living in colder climates, it’s that blissful time before the cold of winter hits, when the air is crisp and it’s still enjoyable to go outside.
In honor of the first week of autumn, here’s a list of 10 great companies hiring this week. So pour yourself some apple cider and start applying:
1. BrightStar Care
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Home caregiver, licensed practical nurse, certified home health aide, director of nursing
Sample job titles: Rail pricing specialist, grain marketing specialist, continuous improvement leader
3. Central Payment
Industry: Merchant services
Sample job titles: Sales representative, customer service, account manager
4. Gentex Corporation
Sample job titles: Sales representative, customer service, account manager
5. Keystone Human Services
Sample job titles: Behavioral health specialist, community support associate, mentor, technical support representative
6. LHC Group
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Home health RN, Home health care branch manager, hospice administrator
7. Portrait Innovations
Sample job titles: Studio sales associate, entry level sales
8. Puritan Financial Company
Sample job titles: Insurance agent – outside sales, entry-level insurance agent
Sample job titles: Entry level accounts receivable clerk, industrial machine maintenance, quality inspector
Industry: Online marketing and advertising
Sample job titles: Director of client services training, search marketing consultant, sales development representative
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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, everyone is thinking about what he or she treasures most in life. But if you’re spending the holiday season unsuccessfully looking for work, it can seem like there’s little to be thankful for.
Before throwing in the towel, consider these tips for turning around a few thankless job search scenarios:
Writing or updating a résumé
A résumé is a job seeker’s one must-have item. But few professionals relish the thought of sitting down for an hour … or two … or three … to draft this document from scratch. Even updating an existing résumé can be a chore if it’s been hidden in the bottom drawer of your desk for half a dozen years.
Save yourself the headache by updating your résumé continually. Did you recently finish a large project at work? Update your résumé. Learn a new software program? Update your résumé. Work pro bono for a nonprofit? Update your résumé. You get the drift: Don’t wait until you’re in the job market to work on this document.
Updating your résumé as your professional life evolves will make the process easier. At the same time, you’ll also always have an up-to-date version on hand, which can be especially important if you find yourself in the job market unexpectedly. And you won’t be in danger of forgetting the details about a noteworthy professional accomplishment years later.
Never hearing back from employers
One of the most frustrating feelings is identifying a job you know you’re perfect for, submitting your application materials … and then hearing nothing from the company.
Unfortunately, you may find yourself in this situation from time to time. Some companies do not respond to all job applicants, particularly when they receive a high volume of résumés. But you can improve your odds of hearing back, even if you simply get confirmation that your résumé was received.
If it’s been a couple of weeks since you applied for a job, and you haven’t received an update on the status of your application, follow up with the employer to emphasize your continued interest in the position. Often, this small step will prompt a response from the hiring manager. More important, you’ll put your name on the hiring manager’s radar and even may persuade the person to give your résumé and cover letter a second look.
Interviewing but not getting a job offer
You answered the hiring manager’s questions perfectly, and the two of you hit it off right away. You know you’re a lock for the job, but then you learn that it went to someone else.
You can reduce the likelihood of this happening the next time you interview with a potential employer in a couple of easy ways. First, consider asking the hiring manager for honest feedback about your interview performance. You might say something like, “I’m sorry to hear I didn’t get the job. Do you have any advice for how I could improve my chances next time?” Not every employer will be candid with you, but you could gain valuable insight from the ones who are.
Also, remember to practice, practice, practice. Although the thought may make you uncomfortable, conducting a mock interview with a friend or family member can help you iron out any rough spots and build confidence for the main event.
There’s no sugar-coating it: The job search process can often prove frustrating. But by taking a few simple steps, you can sidestep some of the challenges that contribute to this feeling and increase the likelihood that the next job you pursue is the one you land.
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We had a lot of people come out of the woodwork this week and tell us that CareerBuilder.com is working for them – with people getting calls for interviews, and job offers and sharing their excitement about these new career opportunities. As I tweeted the other day, when you share those stories with me – honestly, they make my day. Of course, when you have problems and need to vent I’m here for that too.
Let’s get to my favorite commenters of the week, shall we?
Derrick sent us a tweet to let us know that CareerBuilder.com works – so for those of you that ask us if it does, here’s just one person letting you know it does. Congrats Derrick on getting the heads up about another opportunity!
Megan and I chatted it up because she said she loved wearing orange. Of course we’re a bit partial to that color as well. Funny enough, she had just signed up with CB.com the day before to start her post-grad job search. We wish her the best of luck, and she knows that she can reach out to us (or to you, fellow fans) on our Facebook page.
Speaking of help, Louis stopped by our page and wanted feedback from our community about state employment agencies and employment-related educational grants. While we can provide information, I always feel that it’s best to let other people who have been in those shoes give their advice and experience, which Janie did. We want our page to be a community where every job seeker can come to ask advice and to give support to others, no matter where they are at in their career.
This was a great post from Josh and Laura Pearse. They came to the page to let us know that CareerBuilder.com helped Laura land a great job that she loves and that they are doing great. I wish Laura the best of luck in her new position, and best wishes to them both.
This post deflated my spirits. Actually, this was my initial reaction to it:
Caron was viewing potential candidates on CareerBuilder.com and found a great profile of someone she felt was promising, but once she got to the résumé portion, it simply said “Hire me please.” Now, I’d like to think that we’ve taught you better than that. I can understand exasperation and desperation in the job search – we’ve all been there. But you have to keep that positive front up, especially in your communications with potential employers. This candidate potentially shot himself or herself in the foot right as she got it in the door.
This is why you have to continually update and tweak your résumé to ensure you’re always improving yourself, in case recruiters and employers are viewing it.
So if you have this in your résumé now, here’s the link to go and fix it. I beg of you.
Until next week, loyal followers when we introduce our new call for questions!
Healthy perfectionism is frequently the driving force behind high achievement and hard work. Oftentimes, successful actors, athletes and politicians attribute their accomplishments to an innate need for perfection. Gwyneth Paltrow, Serena Williams and the Olsen twins are all self-identified hairsplitters. In general, people value healthy perfectionists. (I’ll take a meticulous pilot, surgeon or copy editor any day, thank-you).
The unhealthy kind of perfectionism, on the other hand, is self-destructive. It’s that Ernest Hemingway, Natalie Portman-in-“Black Swan” type of perfectionism that crosses the line between productive and obsessive. (There’s quality control and then there’s control freak. This would be the latter.)
If you call yourself a perfectionist, chances are you identify with both the healthy and unhealthy behaviors. At work, the same attention to detail that allows you to do a thorough job one day may cause you to miss an important deadline the next. Learn to hone in on the positives of the personality trait and use them to get ahead in your career with these excerpts taken from “The Perfectionist’s Handbook,” a new guide by Harvard psychologist and self-described perfectionist Jeff Szymanski, Ph.D.
- Stop worrying about potential mistakes: “I’m not saying you shouldn’t care about making mistakes. I’m simply making the argument that you must evaluate the gravity of these errors based on the task at hand as well as the outcome you’re seeking. A couple of spelling mistakes in a 100-page report are likely to be overlooked, whereas a single error in a one-page résumé will capture someone’s attention immediately. However, if you begin worrying about every imaginable mistake — for example within the 100 page report — you might find yourself reviewing and re-editing to the point of missing important deadlines and stressing yourself out unnecessarily.”
- Strike a balance: In the workplace, quality is just as important as efficiency. “Spending long hours at the library researching everything you could find on a subject may have paid off in college, but you’re not in college anymore. Your current job likely requires you to be diligent and thorough, while also demanding high levels of output. For example, a journalist doesn’t always have the luxury of extensive fact checking until he or she is 100 percent confident and comfortable with the accuracy of every sentence of every article. Sometimes … being effective means getting the article to the printer on time rather than following up on every angle of the story.”
- Focus your effort: Chances are you’re wasting a lot of time trying to perfect things that don’t need to be perfect. “When you take a step back, you quickly realize that trying to do everything well – and exert the same level of detail, effort and energy to all your endeavors – leaves you feeling stressed and exhausted all of the time … Our limited time and resources make it all the more important to be strategic about when we give 100 percent, rather than wasting effort on less-important activities … Developing a creative idea or providing a perceptive analysis is more important than producing a typo-free presentation.” By focusing that perfection on your top priorities, you’ll free up time, eliminate stress and become more effective.
- Make the most of mistakes: “There is a difference between feeling disappointed in yourself or your performance and hating or disliking yourself because of it … Healthy perfectionism is related to the self-correcting component of self-criticism (‘I didn’t like how that turned out, so what can I do differently next time?’). Unhealthy perfectionism is related to chronic feelings of disappointment, inadequacy, dislike of oneself and depression.” Next time you make a mistake, try looking at it as a learning opportunity instead of a failure.
- Realize perfect isn’t always better: “In business … be careful of something looking too slick, polished or effortless. Sometimes is can come across as superficial, common or uncreative. Consider that some mess and a few rough edges can actually improve your outcomes.”
Put these tips to work in your career and you can be sure that next time someone calls you a perfectionist; they mean it as a compliment.
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had an artistic side. Growing up, on any given day you might have caught me in a dance costume singing “Born Free” to my sisters (I’m the youngest of three), writing a poem about some worldly injustice like the demolition of forests or performing a self-composed ditty at a piano recital. (As you can imagine, many of these performances/poems “magically” resurfaced at my wedding rehearsal dinner, courtesy of my sisters.) Some may say I had a flair for the dramatic, but I’d like to think I was just fostering my creativity.
As I grew older I grew out of playing dress up, but I found other ways to channel my creative talents. I graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, launched my career in public relations and recently changed course to focus more on writing and editing.
Turns out, my career path may have been written in the stars. A new CareerBuilder study looked at how workers compare in terms of chosen profession, title and salary based on astrological sign, along with birth order and sibling status. I’m a Cancer, so according to the survey I’m attracted to editing/writing jobs. Plus, the youngest-in-the-family status means I tend to prefer creative roles. I think it’s safe to say this study summed me up pretty well.
Some other key findings from the study:
- An only child is more likely to earn six figures and is more likely to hold a C-level position (CEO, CFO, Senior VP, etc.), but workers with siblings are more likely to be satisfied in their jobs.
- Among workers with siblings, a first born child is the most likely to earn six figures and hold a C-level position while a last born child is the most likely to work in middle management. A middle child is the most likely to report holding an entry-level position and earning less than $35,000.
- An only child has a higher tendency toward working in technical and health-related fields and protective services. First born tend to be drawn to government positions and science. Middle children lean toward public service and care-taking roles while the youngest in families prefer more creative roles and technology.
- Virgo, Aries and Scorpio signs are the most likely to earn six figures.
- Capricorn and Leo signs are the most likely to hold an upper management position (VP and above) with more Capricorns in C-level jobs. The Aries sign is the most likely to work in middle management while Aquarius is the most likely to hold an entry-level job.
- Virgo, Libra and Taurus signs are the most likely to report being satisfied in their jobs.
So if you are a job seeker but you aren’t quite sure what career path to take, it may be worth checking out the chosen profession of others who share your sign or sibling status.
Click here for more survey results.
What does your birth order, astrological sign or sibling status say about you and your career? We’d like to know!
Happy National Employ Older Workers Week! The observance (Sept. 18-24), which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, is designed to raise awareness about the value of the older and experienced members of our nation’s workforce.
One of the most inspiring ways the week is being celebrated? Experience Works, the largest organization serving older workers in the U.S., has announced America’s Outstanding Older Workers. The winners, Hedda Bolgar Bekker and Mazerine Wingate, ages 102 and 101, respectively, are both employed and have no plans to retire.
Since we want to show older workers some love, too, we’d like to dedicate our weekly list of companies hiring to our most experienced job seekers out there. May this list help you find your next job!
1. Access Insurance
Sample job titles: IT, bilingual service representatives, adjusters
2. Apollo Health Street
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Accounts receivable manager, help desk professional, billing operations, clerical
3. The Delta Companies
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Physical therapist, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, nurse practitioner
4. EVO Merchant Services
Industry: Payment processing
Sample job titles: Sales representative, marketing and sales account executive, director of telesales
5. MRI Software
Sample job titles: Entry-level software engineer, senior software developer, systems administrator
6. The Salvation Army
Sample job titles: Business director, cashier, seasonal support worker, assistant womens’ residence manager, program director
7. Signature Consultants LLC
Sample job titles: IT recruiter, risk management consultant, project management consultant, web designer, data modeler, .Net developer
8. Tara Therapy
Industry: Health care
Sample job titles: Occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, director of rehab services, occupational therapist
9. TMG Health
Industry: Business services
Sample job titles: Account executive, customer service
10. Volunteers of America
Industry: Non-profit/Social Services
Sample job titles: Social worker, case manager, director of programs operations, registered nurse
Want more jobs? These 14 companies have nearly 10,000 jobs openings right now.
Despite August’s lamentable job growth numbers, you could actually earn money going on a wild goose chase. Similar to this, but probably with more tools and a bit more professional decorum.
Yes, there are such things as geese-centric pest control companies. Typically small, family-run businesses, they hire employees to help rid golf courses, public parks and office complexes of the hissing pests. I know what you’re thinking. “Am I really going to chase geese?” Sadly, no. Instead you’ll be implementing sonic deterrents or if you’re lucky, working with border collies. Yes, this position just got even weirder.
Turns out trained collies are great in scaring off the fowl beasts, even endorsed by animal rights organizations as one of the most humane methods of goose removal. Income range depends on the number of clients and length of contracts you’re working with, but it can be a great fit for someone who wants to work outside and with animals.
However, should chasing geese be altogether too bird-brained of an idea, Steve Gillman offers up 100 other positions for you to mull over when it comes to your next career move in his book 101 Weird Ways to Make Money.
Here are 10 opportunities you might be interested in that I bet none of your friends are doing:
- Re-po man – Stealing cars back is really for the thrill-seeking type only, with the potential rate for awkward and potentially dangerous altercations very high. Typically you work with a tow truck company, so you could make anywhere from $15,000 as part-time status and upwards.
- Bounty hunter – If your favorite book is The Most Dangerous Game, you may love the excitement that a bounty-hunting career can offer up. Annual income is anywhere from $50,000-$80,000; some states require licensing or training. It could even satisfy that need to slide over the hood of a car that you’ve got buried deep inside of you.
- Bicycle-taxi driver – A one-person, fare-only operation can yield upwards of $62,000 a year, not to mention your quad and calf muscles will be the envy of all you meet; startup costs are $2,000-$4,000 for your ride, liability insurance, city permits, etc.
- Cricket farmer – Apparently a cricket paralysis virus may send the prices of the insects sky-high so this could be your meal ticket; it’s estimated that cricket farms can make anywhere from $1 million to $20 million per year, depending on the size of the operation.
- Crime-scene cleaner – Bit of a neat freak? Why not use those housekeeping skills at the scene of a crime. Depending on the city and amount of crime, expect to make anywhere from $30,000 to $75,000. Be prepared to wear a biohazard suit and have a strong stomach.
- Online review writing – You can get paid for testing or investigating products and telling people what you think. Startup costs are minimal, with your requirements being to setup a blog and run it. You may have to develop multiple niche sites for specific categories (like workout equipment, makeup, hats, whatever else…) but all these little endeavors can add up to big bucks – income of $80,000 is not out of the question.
- Expertise adviser – Maybe you are an expert at some niche topic such as dating, overall efficiency or cat herding. Fees for services vary greatly depending on your area of wisdom, ranging from $40 for home decorating to thousands of dollars for marketing consultation.
- Voice-over actor – Been told your voice is liquid gold and that Barry White may not hold a candle to you? Try lending your audible talent to radio or television commercials, which on average makes $27,500 but can lead up to $75,000+ a year.
- Surveillance worker – Bit of a voyeur, are you? You may get a kick out of this gig that pays you to watch people. Gaming surveillance officers average $32,500 annually, with higher wages in government offices or office building of some corporations.
- English teacher abroad – Get paid to travel and speak English. What could be better? While some employers don’t require a college degree, some do and most require a TESL certificate. Pay varies based on the location you’re teaching in and how high the demand is. Currently, Japan is huge for these types of jobs.
The great part of Gillman’s books is that even if you’re already employed, you can use some of his ideas for side-jobs that can just supplement your current income. Truly for people with an entrepreneurial spirit, he gives readers links and advice on how to get started in each business and the opportunity for scalability and how much money you can make.
Share with us: What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had? If you have one of these jobs or know someone that does, what do you or they love about it?