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Be aggressive

Be Agressive…Be B…Agressive or at least Be Creative. With so many of us on the hunt now a days “UnEmployment rate at 7.6% in the US” OR “13.8% if you want to include those who are involuntary part-timers as well as people who want to work but have stopped looking” (statistics come from this NY Times Article, (I be reading lol)) but back to the point. 

Be Creative on this continuous search of mine for a Career I’ve learned a lot and want to share anything and everything that I found helpful. Lately I have been in talks with the HR department and some of the staff at my current job (a temp position) today they let me know of creative ways to get the attention of hiring managers. I asked these questions because I felt I came to an impasse with one company.

I had a phone interview with them and afterwards I sent the courtesy thank you email. I tweeted their careers twitter account and had a response and even a Retweet from them. I also contacted a person who recently got hired in the position I applied for on LinkedIn. I emailed the person in the HR department who had scheduled my phone interview whom I actually did receive a response from. Before taking on all these actions I had to think to myself “What’s the balance between being proactive and being impatient”. (This is where you might want to read my earlier post today C.R.U.S.H

After taking all these measures that’s when I started to talk to the HR department who said sometimes you have to be creative. For example someone sent a shoe to the hiring manager with the note “Just trying to get my foot through the door” OR just recently someone sent a box of chocolates saying “Life is a box of chocolates you never know what you’re going to get…..but you know what you’re going to get with me (so on and so forth)”. A person example shared with me was that one of my co-worker, Shannon, she sent a cover letter that was a Calendar that had the month and on the date she submitted it said “Receive Shannon’s App Very Interested”….next day said “Call Shannon for an Interview”….then the next week said “Follow-up with scheduled interview for Shannon”. So those are just creative and proactive ways to land that interview.

WARNING: We also discussed that this may not work in all situations for instance try to think of the company which you’re applying for. Creativity and Ambition may work for corporate jobs but for more traditional jobs like Education where it is more about credentials you may have to just stick with the standard Cover Letter.

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Do-You-Like-Me

So last night I was going to experience another sleepless night thinking about this job I’m waiting to hear back from when all of a sudden it occurred to me OMG I have a crush. I have a crush on this job. I was displaying all the classic symptoms. I was dreaming about this job, couldn’t sleep cause I was up all night thinking about this job. I was stalking their twitter and their website which could be equated to their fb page. I was thinking of ways to get them to notice me and playing out scenarios in my head for the next time we speak. I am crushing so hard that I almost neglected the fact that I have another job interview to prepare for. Glad I came to this realization before it was too late. I would say this is one of the better crushes to have since if I get rejected I won’t have to awkwardly pass them in the halls.

Sometimes we have to be reminded of what we deserve

Thought Catalog

You should be with someone who values your time and calls when they say they are going to, who shows up on time to a date or texts you if they are going to be late. Spend your time with people who aren’t too important to look up from their phone and stop texting when you are speaking or who know not to answer unimportant calls when you are together. Someone who politely apologizes for taking that important call and knows who to pick up for. Someone who also knows that their parents and their grandparents are important in their life, too, and has a good enough relationship with their family to pick up when they call. Someone who still tells their mother or father “I love you,” even when they are in public, and who can’t wait to tell you, when the time is ready.

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Technology……something our generation can’t imagine having. We love our phones being able to talk anywhere we go and then the text message my god Who can live without that. Email we all have a love/hate relationship with but that is the directions which the world is moving.

Gladly, it looks like HR departments and companies are moving in that direction as well. I am now in the process of interviewing for 2 positions thanks to my participation in a Virtual Career Fair.  I had never heard of a virtual career fair but it was easy determine what it was. I  saw the advertisement for it on my college career center website and immediately signed up.

Simply being able to chat with recruiters from home or in my case from work about positions you are interested in or in my case have applied for with their company was ideal. This was a chance for me to actually speak to someone about my applications that I’ve submitted so long ago but also a chance for me to learn of new companies and positions they had to offer with someone right there to chat it up with right over the computer.

The breakdown of it was the companies that were participating and each chat room hosted a company and you knew cause it was the company’s name and then there were scheduled times which they would be online. This was simply great. I literally applied to the job and were able to enter the chat room talk to a recruiter about my application and they immediately pulled it up and asked me more about why I was interested. It was a phone interview before the phone interview from there I got offer the actual phone interview.

After having such great success with the Virtual Career Fair I started to do research online because I wanted to participate in more seeing as to how this was the most progress I had in months besides going through temp agencies. Honestly, it is really about networking and speaking directly to someone. Just filling out an app on a job board seriously was getting me nowhere and up until this virtual career fair I felt as if I had exhausted all of my options in a job search.

My research proved that apparently these have been occurring for quite sometime but not in abundance and that back in March Monster.com had their own virtual career fair where you could talk to companies that advertised jobs on Monster.com. There were also sites that you could sign up for as well as companies to put you in contact with each other in a virtual chat session as well. If you are a college grad or not these are very lucrative opportunities to get your name out there and actually speak to someone. I would highly suggest searching the net for one to participate in if you are on a job search.

Next on the list of Jobs & Technology “Twitter” I recently read this article http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323820304578412741852687994.html

about how the new resume is 140 characters. I had previously been entertaining the idea of making a professional twitter when one of my friends did so but after reading this article I immediately did it. Essentially companies have their own twitter but then they have a separate twitter account just for Careers. This article states that people are getting their foot in the down one tweet at a time. Once again, NETWORKING. They stress this so much on those first day of colleges but you didn’t really know what that meant, I know I didn’t or certainly feel the importance until now. You really got to speak to someone cause at the employment rate nowadays it is definitely a small pond with a lot of fish. Being able to literally speak to someone about your interests and passions in a position are really beneficial to getting you that interview because you are not even a contender before that. Submitting resumes online there are so many computer programs that weed out resumes and those dreaded cover letters you took days to write. There are hundreds of people submitting apps online for one position so of course they have computer software to weed through them cause no one is looking at all of those apps. I doubt the person who actually ends up in the position got it through submitting an app online.

But all of this is to say. Check out these opportunities through doing what you know how to do best, communicating via technology. I know I do it everyday. I hope this helps and wish me luck that soon I’ll be blogging about life in a new city with a new job. Tons of material to come then for sure so it will be beneficial to everyone.

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As I’m in this transitioning stage in my life, graduating from college and in that between phase where you finally have the time to sit down and really figure out what it is that you want out of life, which reminds me of quote I saw shared on fb the other day

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours—it is an amazing journey—and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”—Bob Moawad

It comes once again that moment where I realize I may need to leave some people behind. This is a bittersweet feeling. 

I realize that some people don’t want to celebrate your progress because they are not seeing the same results in their lives. They are not necessarily jealous but it does suck to feel that you can’t share your happiness with someone you consider to be a friend. Some people move forward and others don’t sometimes purely from their lack of effort and you just might have to make that decision to move on without them. It’s a tough decision to make as neither one of you have done anything wrong but I just feel like if you can’t share your happiness with someone then what is there to share. 

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So to start off this is what you would say is a guest blog except for I’m the one typing it and taking the information directly from a college classmate’s twitter account including the title (with her permission of course). These are things I learned myself but never thought to put into words. 

#24. Shit really does happen

#23 RT @RevRunWisdom: The reason people find it so hard to be happy is they see the past better than it was and the present worse than it is (guess I”m not the only borrow here)

#22 You can plan all you want, there is no guarantee for the future

#21 Please, Thank you, you’re welcome, and good morning/afternoon can take you pretty far.. Esp in the work place.

#20 Its actually ok to enjoy things YOU like even if others don’t

#19 Letting go can be a good thing (I have learned this but am still trying to apply it)

#18 Getting recognition for hard work is a great feeling nd motivation to work harder.. if that isn’t enough then payday feels just as good!

#17 Later on, you should want to laugh nd not wonder. So just go for it instead of living with that “what if”.

#16 Don’t be afraid to use your connections. They can get you somewhere! Just remember YOU have to do the work to stay in that somewhere

#15 Hug,kiss, say I love you to those  you love most (family and friends) because u don’t want to say “I wish I could of” when they are gone

#14 Spontaneity is definitely the spice of life.. Go do something unexpected. I’m sure those moments will make it to your memory bank

#13 I learned that when in doubt, I ask myself the death bed question “When I’m on my death bed will I regret that I didn’t do/say _______?”

#12 I love sleep…. sleep when you die? Ohhh plzzz medically speaking you will go insane and then probably die if you don’t sleep sooo yeah

#11 Procrastination is in us all,we just have to put our goals 1st everyday nd get excited about them. Slowly but surely things will be done

#10 U can really be your own worst enemy but you must learn to overcome those thoughts nd become your best friend. Shoot at least a frenemy

#9 Once u become that friend 2 yourself Learn to chill with yourself, be comfortable 2go2 a movie, have a drink by yourself. You’d b amazed

#8 appreciate the small things. Look up on a clear day, take a deep breath nd say 2 yourself wow I’m glad2 experience this moment in my life

#7 sometimes you get answers from God.. Its just not the ones you want. Take the signs and roll with them

#6 not everyone is out to get u but that doesnt mean you have let your guard down. Be smart, think before you speak. It might save your rep

#5 Just cuz u dont have a sponsor remember that U are your own brand. Represent urself well in every circumstance u never kno who’s watching

#4 going out of state for school was the best experience of my life. If you get a chance to go away from home for any reason, do it.

#3 Realize that YOUR decisions and what YOU decide to do with your body/life/spirit will not directly effect those acquaintances around u.

#2 I may never be fully happy but I cant give up filling that space cuz everyday I find 1thing that makes me smile nd thats close enough4now

#1 To be grateful 4 my family.As we grow we have learned 2 create a stronger tie

The one that really resonated with me and caused me to share was #20 other favs were 22,18, 11 but they are all things I’ve learned in my 24 years as well. 

“Never Fault Yourself For Wanting More”

The above quote was something I said to a former co-worker on Saturday. Why is she a former co-worker because she wanted more. Leah, her name, was hired in to my job from a temp position she held for a year or so. She was then offered a permanent position with the company, over time her hours were cut to below half time. She expressed to her supervisor that she would like to stay at our company after putting in almost 3 years plus she liked the environment but that she wanted a full-time position. After being told they would work on it for some time she finally decided to leave for a job that was full-time. She took a significant pay cut but overall she was making an upward move in responsibilities and hours. After meeting up with her this past Saturday to catch up on the new job it turned out to be nothing like the recruiter said it was going to be. It was a male chauvinistic environment and she was given the title “Executive Administrative Assistant” but in fact was a glorified personal assistant where she was expected to order/pick up breakfast and lunch and keep all 6 executives personal mini refrigerators stocked with all their favorite items. She of course was highly disappointed and embarrassed for leaving her previous job that she now wanted back and that’s when I told her “Never Fault Yourself For Wanting More”. She expressed that she wanted more and then went out to look for it and when she thought she found it she went for it. Everyone wants more but there are few who will actually go out and try to get it and there is absolutely no shame in that. Not everything is going to turn out perfectly but it matters that you try. She has that experience and now knows what to look for/ask questions the next time a recruiter comes to her about a job. I wanted to share this with my readers because my co-worker is in her Mid 20’s and her story resonated with me and I think will resonate with others. I am proud of her for knowing what she wanted and for going after it.

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