|Volume 06, Issue 19||ISSN: 1528-9443||November 21, 2005|
| This month, QuintCareers turns 9, and we’re feeling fine.
We feel especially fine about our record-breaking month of October, when 1.04 million unique visitors graced Quint Careers, and we enjoyed 3.6 million page impressions. This issue of QuintZine goes out to 7,000 subscribers. Thousands upon thousands of visitors have taken our interactive quizzes and partaken of our practice interviews.
Icing on the cake — or shall we say whipped cream on the pumpkin pie — was the news that Quint Careers is among the top 6,500 sites in the world based on traffic.
In this Thanksgiving week in the U.S., we are thankful for all those who visit and find Quint Careers useful.
We’ve marked the occasional with some revealing original research about career portfolios, and yet another interactive quiz, this one on marketing yourself in the career search.
Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving to our U.S. readers.
Actively or passively searching for a job? No talking turkey here… just jobs. Find jobs to interview for at our job portal.
–Katharine Hansen, Master Resume Writer, Credentialed Career Master, Certified Electronic Career Coach, and editor at email@example.com
| Proof of Performance: Career Portfolios an Emerging Trend for Both Active and Passive Job-Seekers
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D. and Katharine Hansen
Job-seekers learn more about themselves and their qualifications by preparing a career portfolio, thus boosting their confidence and preparing them for job interviews — regardless of whether they actually use the portfolio in the interview — according to a recent study titled Career Portfolios: Proof of Performance, and conducted by Quintessential Careers, one of the Web’s oldest and most comprehensive career development sites.
“And, I think it is not just self-confidence that the process creates; it is also self-knowledge of what skills and strengths they have, which can help them make a better choice of what jobs to apply for, and then to analyze the match between those jobs and their qualities,” stated one participant, a university career counselor. Further, a portfolio “is a useful tool for preparing for the interview, even if the applicant does not have the opportunity to present it to the employer,” stated another university career professional.
In a time when many employers are skeptical of the claims many job-seekers make on their resumes concerning their experiences and contributions — lying and misleading information on a job-seeker’s resume ranked as one of the top recruiter pet peeves in a survey conducted by resumedoctor.com — a career portfolio can be just the tool to use to show rather than tell.
What is a career portfolio? It’s a job-hunting tool that job-seekers develop to give employers a complete picture of who they are — experience, education, accomplishments, skill sets — and potential contribution to the employer’s organization — much more than just a cover letter and resume can provide. Job-seekers can use a career portfolio in job interviews to showcase a point, to illustrate the depth of skills and experience, or to use as a tool to obtain a second interview.
| Marketing Yourself (in Your Career) Quiz: A Quintessential Careers Quiz
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
With fewer corporate ladders to climb and a more decentralized structure of many businesses, hard-working and ambitious workers can easily get overlooked for advancement and promotions.
Getting ahead today not only requires being good at what you do, but also being good at marketing yourself within the organization. Workers need to build their own ladders for success and advancement.
Call it self-marketing or career-marketing — some call it self-promotion or even bragging — but whatever you call it, you just need to do it if you want to get noticed for the next promotion. However, there is a fine line between bragging and self-promotion, so be careful about taking too much credit or sounding as though the whole organization would collapse if you were not working there.
This quiz is about helping you gauge whether you are doing enough marketing of yourself on the job to help you advance your career. Remember that self-marketing is about building and enhancing the product (your professional -development activities) as much as it is about good promotion (making people aware of your accomplishments).
Do you do enough self-marketing to advance your career? Take our quiz and find out!.
| The Future of Work Blog
This official blog for the Future of Work Community offers ongoing reports and conversations related to the changing nature of work.
The blog’s goal is to foster community, conversation, and mutual learning about the future of work and the forces driving change.
Some recent entries include:
See all our featured Quintessential Sites.
| Got a career question? The Career Doctor is holding office hours!
Keith writes: “I am currently moving up the ladder in my career in the IT world. I have a lot of varied experiences and think my skills are in pretty high demand. I’ve been thinking of putting together an online portfolio to showcase my work experience. Any thoughts? Pros? Cons?”
Jim asks: “What do I tell my current employer when I am scheduled for another interview during business hours?”
Janet writes: “I have a question about following up on job leads: If a job posted on the organization’s web site requests 1) that you email in your application, and 2) ‘No phone calls, please,’ I assume I should not *call*
| a week after emailing in my resume and cover letter. I am assuming it would be better to *email* my follow-up. What do you think?”
Anonymous writes: “I was fired from my last position after only four months. I have four years of good experience prior to this. I do not want my last employer contacted for a reference. Do I have to include the job on my resume? And what about on an application? Can a prospective employer run a background check using your social security number or by other means that would turn up the omitted job?”
Read more from the Career Doctor in the Career Doctor Archives.
Send your career, job, or college questions to Dr. Hansen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
| Desired-Careers.com — a global job site, where job-seekers can search for job listings in any country and in any industry (as well as by keywords). Job-seekers can also register for new job alerts as well as find a nice collection of career resources. No cost to job-seekers.
JobsinTherapy.com — where professionals searching for jobs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, radiation therapy, respiratory therapy, and other related job fields can search job listings (by state, job type, speciality) as well as post your resume. No cost to job-seekers.
Lunch-Money.com — a great site for college-bound teens, with all sorts of great tools, including: scholarship search, college search, career exploration tools, and more. One of the more comprehensive sites for life after high school. No cost.
WorkReno.com — a job board for job-seekers who want to find jobs in Reno and the greater Northern Nevada area. Job-seekers can search job postings (by keywords, job category, and job type), as well as posting your resume and registering for a email job-matching agent. No cost to job-seekers.
Find even more career and job site additions to Quintessential Careers by visiting our Latest Additions section. >
| Get the latest career, college, and job-search news you need!
CHECK IT OUT…. The new Resume and Cover Letters Tips Blog.
A new resume tip and cover-letter tip every day!
And then there is the Quint Careers Blog. It consists of career and job-search news, trends, and scoops for job-seekers, compiled by the staff of Quintessential Careers.
The blog is a great way to stay posted on the most recent events occurring in the career and employment fields.
| The internship hiring picture has really turned a corner for MBAs. According to a recent WetFeet research report conducted by WetFeet’s president, Steve Pollock, recruiters are slugging it out on campus for top talent to buil their full-time hiring pipeline. Not only are more companies from a wider range of industries developing organized on-campus recruiting programs, but the traditional big recruiters — consulting firms and investment banks — have increased their number of offers for the past three years.
Companies are continuing to dedicate more and more resources to internship programs, giving students many more options, but also making it more important that students participate in the internship recruiting process, even if it is to simply practice interviewing skills or learn about various companies and industries.
Money magazine reports that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one great factor that is driving the direction of hot jobs and fastest growing fields is the baby-boomer market, 77 million strong. They are using services as they reach 50+ that they didn’t use in their younger years. Particular focus is on increasing opportunities and careers in the health industry, as baby boomers remain active longer than previous generations, and want to maintain their healthy glow and physical abilities.
The Labor Department projects more than 600,000 nursing jobs will open in the next 10 years, a 27 percent increase by 2012 from 2002. Registered nurses earn about $52,000 on average, physician assistants (PAs) average more than $63,000, physical therapists more than $61,000, and occupational therapists average $53,000.
The projected fastest-growing fields through 2012 are:
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
A survey of 1,400 CIOs by Robert Half Technology found that industry-specific experience is the most valued qualification when it comes to choosing among technology job candidates with otherwise equal skills.
Most valued qualifications:
See all our entire collection of Q-Tips: Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips.
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| WATCH FOR feature articles on these topics in upcoming issues of QuintZine:
* The Value of Internships Abroad and Study Abroad
* Top 10 Fears of Job-seekers
* For Job-hunting Success, Develop a Detailed Job-Search Plan
* How to Build a Personal Advisory Board
* Keep Your Career Dreams Alive
* MBA Career Portfolios
* Pre-Hire Background/Credit Checks
* Noncompete Clauses
* Practice Career Management to Avoid Career Crisis
* Financial Aid/Scholarship Timetable
* Build Confidence and Avoid Insecurity in Job Interviews
* Empty Nest Job-Seekers
* Baby Boomers Beware
* Are You Sabotaging Your Job-Search/Career?
* Marketing Yourself with Internal/External Promotions
* Lifelong Networking
* Networking for the Shy
* Converting a Seasonal Job to a Permanent Position
* Working Night Shifts/Odd Hours
* Quintessential Career Profiles of YOU, our readers
* Q&As with well-known career experts
* Career, College, and Job-Search Book reviews
. . . and much, much more!
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A publication of Quintessential Careers
Publisher: Dr. Randall S. Hansen
Editor: Katharine Hansen