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In This Issue (03/01/02):
- Looking for help regarding interviews but no job offers
- Determining the best strategies for finding recruiters
- Needs help finding job to match education and interests
- Key facts and figures about a career in real estate
|Q:|| Tina writes: I have a question for you. I have been looking for another job as I left my most recent job due to gender discrimination.
#1 I get a lot of interviews but not the job offers. What could I be doing wrong?
#2 I do not mention to employer why I quit. If asked I tell them “I am looking at new long range opportunities.”
#3 I dress very business-like for all interviews.
|A:|| The Career Doctor responds: Tina first I have to say I’m sorry to hear about your former employer’s discrimination; it’s a shame that these things still happen.
Now to your question: there could be a whole host of reasons why you’re not getting from the interview to the job offer stage but if in fact you are getting interviews the obvious answer is that you probably have one or more flaws occurring during the interview.
While I don’t really like your answer to the question of why you left your last job it’s not totally a deal-breaker. Remember though looking at new long range opportunities sounds as though you are considering a career change or at best not really a team player; perhaps a bit selfish. It’s better to state that you had reached a plateau in the organization and there was no direction to go except unfortunately to look outside the organization. Perhaps just as important though is how you state the answer — don’t hesitate and be positive and confident in your response.
Other questions to ask yourself: have you dressed to the level of your potential employers (which may be more formal than “business-like”) have you answered all the other interview questions strongly have you researched the companies and showcased your knowledge have you asked intelligent questions of the employer have you asked for the job ‘ or at least asked about the next step in the process have you written thank you notes to all the people who interviewed you have you followed-up your interviews with a phone call. Also do you know what your references are saying about you? You might want to hire one of these job references services.
A final strategy for finding a solution might be to summon up the nerve to ask one of the people who interviewed you perhaps one you felt some rapport with why you did not get a second interview or the job offer. Hopefully that person will be honest and you can move forward from there. I also strongly recommend that you take advantage of some of the great interviewing resources available on Quintessential Careers.
Special Note to all Female Job-Seekers: My partner Katharine Hansen has just completed a truly powerful new article 10 Career Strategies for Women examining strategies women can and should use to shatter the glass ceiling and lack of pay equity. It’s must-read material!
|Q:|| Anonymous writes: Whoa what an exhaustive resource your website is! It is the most comprehensive collection of all aspects of the job search process I have found so far.
I have my resume now comes the difficult stage of finding recruiters either from employer companies themselves or independent ones (“headhunters”). Do you have any opinions about ResumeZapper or ResumeBlaster etc.? They are talking about thousands of recruiters and I wonder if all of them are active. Are there any duds included?
Or would you recommend trying to call headhunters personally? I could also find hundreds of them over the internet. Electronic mass distribution seems a great tool but I doubt there is “meat” behind it.
Thanks for your help.
|A:|| The Career Doctor responds: Before I answer your question I feel a need to ask why you are so focused on recruiters. Do you have some belief that just working with recruiters is going to get you a job faster than other job-search methods? Using recruiters should just be one small part of your job search.
Before you go any further I strongly recommend you take the time to go through the Job Search 101 tutorial found on Quintessential Careers. This tutorial will take you through the 10 steps to finding a new job and I want you to specially focus on the step that involves developing a job-search strategy. The bottom line: recruiters and headhunters should just be a small part of your job search.
Now to the question of the resume distribution services. I definitely think they can add value to your job search. I think the better resume blasting services send your resume to both recruiters and employers — and offer you options about the type and location of those recruiters and employers. And Quintessential Careers has partnered with the one blasting service we feel offers the best mix — the best “bang for the buck” — to job-seekers. Find out more.
Just remember that no matter what resume blasting service you use be sure to conduct a thorough job search — one that includes multiple methods of tracking down job. Whether it’s posting your resume on a couple of Web sites or using a blasting service you need to avail yourself of every avenue of job searching especially networking.
|Q:|| Teresa writes: My name is Teresa. I am teaching 2nd grade for my 2nd year. Education was a second bachelor degree for me. I am teaching 5 subjects in a school with low income children with a principal who expects high test scores and paperwork to back it up. It is extremely time-consuming disheartening and I believe impossible. I know it takes a special kind of person to do this and now I believe I am not that person. It is too much. I am not scared of hard work and I love children but this job is not worth it. My first bachelor degree was in Psychology minor in communications. I divorced at age 24 and was out of school for a while. The only job I had in that field was for 1 1/2 years while I was going to college as a counselor on midnight shift at a drug and alcohol re-hab center for teens.
I don’t know what I want to do now but I cannot stay where I am. I think I would like research. I enjoy planning for teaching (curriculum area). I really like to teach reading and language arts. I sometimes think that I would like to leave work at work and not bring it home. I love gardening. Any suggestions?
|A:|| The Career Doctor responds: First Teresa let me say that I think you have a range of career possibilities and potential sitting before you. You have a great education background good skills and strong interests. I know the burn-out rate for teachers is high but I also know that many conscientious workers — in many occupations — bring work home to complete. And I’m not so sure you are burnt out on teaching but teaching all the subjects.
So what can you do? Of course only you can determine that answer. I’m going to give you an outsider’s perspective but I encourage you to take a weekend — or longer — and really spend some time examining your true work passions and interests. Perhaps work on your personal mission statement. If you need help read this article: Using a Personal Mission Statement to Chart Your Career Course. You might also want to take our Workplace Values Assessment for Job-Seekers.
From looking at your background I would say you could easily stay in teaching — but perhaps at a different school or at the middle school level where you could focus on reading and language arts. Or perhaps you could into guidance counseling which you marry your interest in children and your psychology background. Curriculum development is another possibility. But in reality your options are almost limitless. You need to prioritize your values your interests your work preferences and your career goals — and then see what jobs/careers arise from that mix.
I wish you the best. With a little time for reflection and thought I am sure you will discover several pathways to success.
|Q:|| Saurabh writes: I am an 20 year old graduate wanting to take up Real Estate as my career. I am really interested in this field but lack the primary information in Real Estate.
I need information like:-
I would appreciate if you would reply me with some sites that explain such basic information.
|A:|| The Career Doctor responds: According to several sources there are more than five million people in the United States employed in identifiable real estate fields such as title insurance construction mortgage banking property management real estate appraisals brokerage and leasing and real estate development.
Where should all job-seekers begin their quests for information about specific careers? Your immediate answer should be the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. (You can search it directly from this page on Quintessential Careers.) The Handbook provides lots of information (job descriptions nature of work training/education required salaries future demand etc.) for “Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents” and “Property Real Estate and Community Association Managers” -‘ depending on your specific interests within the real estate field.
Another great source for you as you begin your quest is from the College of Business at Ohio State University. Go to their Careers in Real Estate: Is Real Estate for You? This site has an amazing collection of information and resources including skills and requirements key job areas facts and trends salaries and offline and online resources.
Another interesting site more from a personal perspective of someone in the real estate brokerage business is Real Estate Careers from Prudential Properties Northwest.