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Women are donating the pantsuits they wore on Election Day to help job seekers in need

  • As a way to give back to the community, one woman has suggested that people donate the pantsuits they wore when they voted for Clinton.
  • Meena Harris, a member of Pantsuit Nation member, wrote in Lenny Letter about the idea.
  • Harris will be donating all the pantsuits she receives to organizations across the country that help poor and homeless women with job interviews. 
  • Now, the pantsuits women once wore to support Hillary can go on to help more women achieve their own dreams of getting a job. Read more

10 Great Questions To Ask Your Interviewer. [Infographic]

Often job interviews can feel like an interrogation, but they’re meant to be a conversation between you and a potential employer. Many job seekers focus so hard answering interview questions that they forget they are there to ask questions, too.

Asking the right questions can offer you an opportunity to find out if this company and the position are a good match for you. It’s a good way to dig into the company culture and the day-to-day responsibilities. Also, asking the right questions is important because the questions you ask can confirm you are a qualified candidate for that position.

Getting a Job In High School!

I have had a part time job consistently since I was 13! It was not easy to find places that would hire that young and it was really tough to manage time at first. Because I have experience, I thought I would put some tips together for anyone else in the same situation. 

Résumé: 

  • If you don’t have work experience, include volunteer work and extra curriculars. 
  • Explain the significance of your experience. Most employers won’t know much about volunteering or extra curriculars because they don’t have experience with that. Write a bulleted list of what your relevant responsibilities were and what skills you gained. 
  • Add sections like “awards” and “skills”, if you need to add more material to your resume. 
  • Don’t make your resume more than one page front and back. I take resumes all the time at work and it gets really tiresome reading a five page resume. Try to put only the most relevant information on! 
  • Have references ready. Even if you don’t want to include their information directly on the resume, make sure you know who can be a reference if they ask for one. You can use teachers if you don’t have job experience! 

Finding a Job: 

  • Know the youth labour laws in your state or province. Don’t bother applying for something you can’t legally do. Some places don’t let you handle cash until you are a certain age, and certain jobs are considered high risk, so people under 18 can’t apply. 
  • Ask around for places that hire younger employees! Ask your teachers and friends parents, etc. if they know of any places that hire younger people. I got my first real job when a friend’s mother told me that they hired younger than 16! 
  • Don’t lie about your age!!! It’s not worth it. 
  • Look for a job in a more casual, cash only setting. My first job was working at a farmer’s market when I was only 13. Try applying at farm stores or farmer’s markets because they don’t have as strict rules about age. 
  • Find connections. Applying at places where you can get a reference is really helpful. If you have a sibling or family friend who works somewhere, consider applying there to increase your likelihood. 

Time Management: 

  • Start working in the summer. If you start in the summer and work lots of hours, it is easier to decrease the amount of hours you want to work during school. Not a lot of places want to make a new hire that can only work 10 hours a week! 
  • Talk to your manager about workload. Discuss the number of hours you need, how to handle exams and other busy times, etc. Don’t just let the manager give you whatever they want without even trying to talk to them first! 
  • Talk to other employees who are in school. Ask them about their hours and how the manager responds to their needs with school. 
  • Ask for regular hours, if possible. 
  • Get your schedule as soon as possible. Plan your week around when you’re working ASAP, that way you won’t be surprised or frazzled when your shifts roll around. 
  • Make sure that you put schoolwork ahead of your job. Don’t avoid doing homework because you’ve been working that night. If you have a shift before a big test, try to trade it or talk to your boss. Its not worth an extra $40 in your bank account if you’re going to start letting your grades fall! 
  • If having a job is too stressful, just let it go. Some people determine their value/work ethic by whether or not they have a job. Its not that important! If you’re overly stressed or sacrificing your grades to work, its not worth the extra money or prestige. 

Feel free to reblog and add your own! 

Rules for Getting Hired Today

Here are the top tips for job hunters:

1) Respond quickly to job postings.

2) Focus on a short, manageable list of prospective employers.

3) Always customize your resumé to include the keywords in the job posting.

4) Work your network to get your resumé into the right person’s hands.

5) Plan your day around the interview, not the other way around.

See the full list here.

How To Stay Upbeat When Your Job Search Pulls You Down

Try as you may want to sugarcoat it, losing your job is hard. And whether it had everything to do with your performance, or nothing at all, it can be a real kick to both your self-confidence as much as to your bank account.

Dirty Little Recruiting Secrets…Follow Up Like a Champ Not a Chump

Sounds simple enough right? But like a lot of other interview techniques, it means the difference between being looked at very favorably or as someone who isn’t the right fit.

When you interview, be sure to:

  • Follow up with a thank you note:it’s good manners. Emails have become very socially acceptable. Remember to be fairly brief, concise and to the point. There are too many instances where I have heard from Human Resource people about spelling mistakes, bad grammar and the way that the candidate came across was off-putting. If you give them too much, it may hurt you. An example of something brief that shows you are interested would be, “Thank you. It was a pleasure meeting you. I look forward to continuing the interview process.” You can personalize it and jazz it up a bit but that is a simple model to follow.
  • Does the follow-up email have to be sent the same day? Not necessarily. Often times, I suggest sending it the following day. This way, it reminds the HR manager that you are still around and it doesn’t look like you sent it right away without giving it much thought.

If HR managers don’t get a thank-you note they may wonder if you are actually interested in the job.

Here’s what you don’t want to do:

  • If the hiring manager tells you to call them anytime, don’t take it literally. Most often, it is a phony offer that many feel they must say. So use it judiciously. Figure out if they really want you to call them or if they are they just being nice.
  • Don’t follow up like a maniac. Don’t bombard the hiring manager with emails and calls. They feel very off put and smothered when candidates do this.
  • Don’t send an entitled or desperate voicemail or email. This never goes over well. There is big difference between giving that one last effort, with an email or phone call, and constantly reaching out with resentful calls or emails. Send the HR manager something polite and nice to show that you are still available.
  • Don’t use other contacts to call the hiring manager to convince them to give you the job. It does work when someone can put a good word in for you, but don’t have your contact irritate the HR manager.

In essence, a lot of the interview techniques seem very easy and obvious, but when you peel back the layers you find that there are a lot of pitfalls. You can be proactive and follow-up but you need to do it in a very polite manner -one that is not too forward, pushy, demanding, and entitled. Finding a way to walk that fine line between looking interested and over-doing it is the tricky part.

Listen to my podcast “Dirty Little Recruiting Secrets…Follow up Your Interviews Like A Champ Not A Chump

Get A Clue
  • RETAIL | CANADA | BIGOTRY, BOSSES, JOB SEEKERS
  • (A friend of mine is a cashier at a large store. As he’s working one day, a homeless man comes into the store to take shelter from the pouring rain. It’s a big store, so he easily keeps out of the way and doesn’t bother anyone, but the manager notices him and goes over.)
  • Manager: “Get out of here, you bum!”
  • My Friend: “He’s not bothering anyone.”
  • Manager: “I don’t care! He can’t be in here. He’s just lazy!” *to the homeless man* “Get a job!”
  • (The homeless man begins trudging towards the door. However, my friend grabs a job application, jogs over to the homeless man, and hands it to him.)
  • My Friend: “Here you go, if you’re interested.”
  • (The homeless man looks grateful for the gesture. My friend heads back to his register.)
  • Manager: “What the h*** did you do that for? We’re not gonna hire someone like him!”
  • My Friend: “And THAT’s why he can’t ‘get a job’.”
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How To Write A Cover Letter

Five questions you have about how to write a cover letter in 2015, answered.

Mistakes to Avoid
  • Every industry has a codex of basic mistakes to avoid. In the world of contracting and independent employment, there are a few extra ones that apply exclusively to the unique facets of being off on your own. Where other departments of a company have professionals to pick up the slack, you have to have all of your bases covered before you hit the ground running. Make sure you avoid some common mistakes that will cripple your efforts before you’re even on the go.
  • Better to er and learn than to not learn at all.
  • Over Promising
  • When you start out, there will be a huge temptation to promise huge things to new clients. It is understandable, you are trying to seal contracts and make a name for yourself. While it may be tempting initially, try to avoid this. When push comes to shove, you are only setting the bar unreasonably high for yourself. When you set appropriate expectations, your client will be surprised when you go above and beyond. When you set the expectations as ‘above and beyond’ then your extra efforts will be seen as par for the course. Make sure you keep your barrier for greatness set lower, not higher.
  • Poorly Defined Scope
  • When you don’t have exact information on the precise scope of your project, you can’t accurately assess a budget. Yet so many people, eager to see those dollars in the bank, quickly jump on a budget. Soon the project expands before them as the client lays out their needs, and the consultant is left wondering how they ever got in to this mess without the proper payment. Well, friend, you agreed to a budget before you understood the scope. Will you ever do that again? I doubt it.
  • Poor Transparency
  • If you make a mistake or require more funds, let them know. Never try to hide something from you client, they will know eventually. They will then wonder what kind of unprofessional person would hide something from a client. A graceful apology will do more good for your reputation than deceit.

anonymous asked:

theres been some rumors flying around that the autobots might turn newsparked seekers into servants and slaves for their own entertainment and use, but i think that's just people making gossip. though, there are a few universes where flyers and warbuilds are like that.

Hmm, that seems farfetched. The Autobots are fools who I think will ruin the planet again if left to their own devices, but they tend to err toward the naive and bureaucratic, rather than outright tyranny. Make no mistake, they are very likely to strip Cybertron’s citizens of their freedoms in the name of peace and order, but they put stock in democracy. Democracy of course is a danger to any minority, and I don’t expect the Autobots to grasp that, since they are idealists, but I don’t see them making Seekers into servants or even second class citizens. 

Still, they may bring back such indignities as requiring them to file flight plans before going out. Grounders never have to justify themselves before using their alt modes, or say where they’re going, but that has been inflicted on Seekers at some points in history. I wouldn’t put it past the Autobot do-gooders to require it of fliers nowadays, for their own safety and protection, of course. The fact that it would let them keep tabs on an historically Decepticon frame type would of course have nothing to do with it.

11 Ways To Ask For Help When Changing Careers

It’s not too late — it’s never too late — to begin anew. One step to start, or restart, a career is to ask for help. But there are some right ways to do it and some wrong ways:

1. Keep your request short and your demeanor upbeat. 

2. Make the person you ask feel important.

3. Ask for something that’s actionable.

4. Ask for a contact or referral.

5. State your good intentions.

6. Be clear about your timetable.

7. Offer assistance.

8. Be prompt with your thank-yous.

Three more ways to ask for help when changing careers.