Volume 13, Issue 01 | ISSN: 1528-9443 | First Quarter: Spring 2012
What You’ll Find: Job-Hunting Annual Report
Editor’s Note: About this Issue…
Have you missed us?
Subscribers to QuintZine have not received an issue since December 2011.
That’s because we’re undergoing a major revamp of QuintZine’s parent site, Quintessential Careers. Now in our 16th year, we decided it was time for a new, cleaner, fresher, more reader-friendly look, which we’ve begun to roll out on many of our pages (including our home page).
We’re also going through all our 5,200 pages of no-cost content with a fine-toothed comb to update and improve them.
One of our first steps has been our new Content Index. Here you’ll find a guide to our articles, tutorials, quizzes, and worksheets in 35 career, college, and job-search topic areas. You can read a summary of each piece of content to determine whether you’d like to click on the link and learn more. You’ll also see each article’s author and date of publication.
This issue represents the first of 4 QuintZines this year. In this issue you’ll find our annual report on the state of Internet job search, this year discussing an evolution in the social job search that integrates with the major way employers prefer to find employees — through referrals.
Dr. Randall Hansen offers an inspiring article on investing in your career. He and I have also partnered on a new job-interviewing tutorial for high-school students, teens, and other entry-level job-seekers. We’re proud to present an excerpt from Martin Yate’s new book, Knock ’em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide 2012.
Finally, we announce in this issue a new section on executive resumes.
It’s good to connect with our subscribers and readers again! We look forward to seeing you again in a few months.
Please remember to check out job listings and post your resume on our job-search portal.
–Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., Master Resume Writer, Credentialed Career Master, Certified Electronic Career Coach, and editor at kathy(at)quintcareers.com
Feature Article: Social Job Search Now Features 3Rs: Referrals, Recommendations, and Real-World Challenges. A Quintessential Careers Annual Report 2012
by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
While we have often identified trends in Internet job-hunting and recruiting based on the sheer amount of content published about them, this year’s overarching trend has attained very little coverage. Then why do we consider it the most important trend of the past year in online job search and hiring?
Because it brings together the most significant ways people get hired. As has been the case in recent years, according to the annual Sources of Hire study conducted by CareerXRoads, referrals remain the top source of hire for employers (28 percent), while job boards come in second (just over 20 percent). As this and other studies affirm, employers always prefer to hire candidates who are referred to them by trusted sources because they are a known quantity, while candidates from other sources are largely unknown. “As a recruiter, I would much rather have insight into a candidate’s personality then go blind with just a resume,” says Linda Ferrante LoCicero, recruiting specialist and co-founder at RFT Staffing, LLC, Farmington Hills, MI. Echoes recruiter Tim Giehll, “Start with 1,000 applicants on the one hand and a referral from a friend or employee you really trust — which is more likely to produce a good employee in a short amount of time?” (For Giehll, LinkedIn is key for expanding hiring decision-makers’ referral networks.)
Read our full Annual Report on the State of Internet Job-Hunting, including the latest on job boards, job-seekers, social media, employers, and new tools, platforms, and networks.
See also our sidebar on the Career Doctor blog, 48 Resources to Boost Your Social Job Search.
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Special Feature: Investing in Yourself by Investing in Your Career: How to… and Why. A Guide for Job-Seekers
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
If the last few years have proven anything, they have shown the importance for job-seekers to have the appropriate education, training, and skills to get ahead in the job market — either through promotions or a job with a new employer.
In the past, employers focused significantly on professional development and grooming of employees for advancement, but the times have changed. Massive layoffs and cutbacks and the shrinking or elimination of professional development programs have left workers to fend for themselves.
Our article is about showing you why it is important toinvest in your professional development — in your career — and how you could go about doing it. As with financial investing, risks and rewards accompany the effort, but for the most part — unlike financial investing — you will see much higher gains by investing in yourself, by investing in becoming better in your field.
Bonus Feature: Job Interviewing Tutorial for High School Students, Teen and Entry-Level Job-Seekers
This no-cost tutorial, full of expert advice and strategies, is designed to help teen and entry-level job-seekers become more knowledgeable about all aspects of job interviews — and thus, more successful in landing summer and part-time jobs.
Our interviewing tutorial is full of strategies and tips to provide younger job-seekers with information regarding all aspects of interviewing — from how to best prepare for interviews (including key insights on how to be ready and what to wear), what to do at the interview to make a good first and lasting impression, and how best to respond to common interview questions.
Extra Feature: How to Build a Professional Brand, Professional Reputation
by Martin Yate, CPC
This article is an excerpt from Martin Yate’s new book, Knock ’em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide 2012.
What was once called a reputation is now called a brand, and we are told that anyone can have one. My colleague Dr. Jim Bright, author of Chaos Theory of Careers, notes that you can brand a swine but it still has to be processed before anyone wants to eat it. Branding is really just a buzzword for building a reputation, and it cannot be done as quickly as most of the branding merchants will tell you.
You can brand objects, but people are more difficult, because people change within themselves almost constantly, and they change jobs and careers so frequently that the brand has to be flexible, has to be able to evolve without losing its identity.
Your job search is a major sales campaign, and the final preparations before launch must include tweaking your marketing communications documents to ensure the product you are taking to market is clearly defined, with enough distinctive features to differentiate you from others. At this point you should have a more thorough knowledge of the product you are taking to market than you have ever had before, so now is the time to consider ways to further define your legitimate professional persona, the face you show to the world of work, and the supporting documents that position you (resume, letters, e-mails). When you do this in a conscious manner, it gives people a distinct way to look at you, and if the promises made by your professional brand are substantiated by your work habits, your reputation/brand will grow.
Quintessential Careers Announces New Executive Resume Section
Executive resumes have taken on a new form and style, and what used to work just isn’t competitive anymore. The same is true for executive job searches, as far more tools today need to be incorporated into your job-search plan to succeed and top the competition.
In our new special section expert resume writer and career coach Don Goodman shares his 15+ years of experience writing executive resumes and guiding executive job searches to show you how to secure your next position. We also include articles by other expert Quintessential Careers writers in this section.
See Don’s first article, How to Craft a Killer Opening for Your Executive Resume: Part 1.
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Quick and Quintessential Tips to Guide Your Job Search and Work Life
- Anita Brick is currently offering a no-cost ebook, What I Wish I Had Known Earlier In My Career. You can get it through this site.
You can get the book by downloading a Facebook app; there’s also a download method for folks not on Facebook. Here’s a bit about the book: “What I Wish I Had Known was created to assist you to connect with individuals whose lessons learned could help you as you pursue your own goals. In What I Wish I Had Known, you will have an opportunity to read the words of wisdom from people in a variety of fields, ranging in age from mid-30’s to late 80’s. These individuals share their wise words as an act of appreciation for all the things they have gained – material and otherwise.
- Another no-cost book: LIMITED TIME — JUST TILL THE END OF MA CH: < >The Peak Interview (Kindle version). Author Bill Burnett s ggests: “Just put a reminder on your calendar for March 31 or April 1, then o that date, go to Amazon and search for The Peak Interview and download the Kindle version at no cost. (People with Amazon Prime memberships can get the book at no cost without waiting.)
You can also get a no-cost PDF copy of the companion 16-page e-book: Stories in the Job Interview: A How-to Guide to Creating and Using Stories to Stand Out in the Job Interview. Burnett asks that you forward a copy of this QuintZine newsletter (or a separate email containing this Q-Tip) to another job-seeker. Then, just go to http://billbur.net, and find the tiny form at the bottom of the page. Fill in your email address and the number of people to whom you forwarded this information. Clicking the “submit” button will take you to the eBook which you can save as a PDF.
- We’ve consistently told job-seekers that they have between 2.5 and 20 seconds to grab the attention of a hiring decision-maker reading their resume. A new study pinpoints 6 seconds as the average figure. Recruiters in the “eye-tracking” study by The Ladders spend about 6 seconds before they make the initial “fit/no fit” decision. That means prioritizing information on your resume is essential. The results of the study revealed that the recruiters were able to easily and quickly find and focus on the important information they were looking for in professionally written resumes compared to job-seeker-written resumes or online profiles.
See our entire collection of Q-Tips: Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips.
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