Have you been using the same job search techniques for a while now? And are you stuck on the job market? Maybe it’s time to rethink how you approach your job search. Here are some job search techniques that don’t work and you should stop using:
1. Don’t spend all of your search time online. Job boards can be great, but there is a lot of competition on there. Be sure to also use your connections and search paper ads as well.
2. Stop relying on the fact that you’re a “fast learner.” The ability to adapt is very useful, but employers are looking for somebody with tangible skills that can hit the ground running. Even if you’re not an obvious match, make an effort to show how the skills you do have can be applied to the job. This takes the focus off what you can’t do and puts it on what you can do.
3. Follow up with the interviewer or recruiter, but don’t do so with ridiculous frequency. There’s a difference between being proactive and being annoying. Too much follow-up can turn off a prospective employer.
1. Ask for suggestions from your classmates or instructors.
2. Find one that concentrates on your specialty.
3. Look for mentorship opportunities.
4. Location, location, location. Pick a professional or trade association that is easy for you to attend meetings regularly.
5. Have fun and make new friends that share your interests.
Have you tried a mnemonic device yet to help you study? A mnemonic device is a memorization technique using clues to help us remember information, usually by associating information we want to remember with an image, a sentence or a word.
One of the most common mnemonic devices is to create a sentence where the first letter of each word represents something you want to remember. For example, a way to remember the order of the planets is: My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets = Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.
Rhyming is another great way to remember things. For example, a rhyme to remember when Christopher Columbus discovered America goes: In fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue.
There are tons of other mnemonic devices for you to try. So go ahead and get a little fun and creative with your studying.
Whether you’re an online student or take classes at a campus, your online presence will have a big effect on your success. Your instructors, employers and peers will all come to conclusions based on how you act online. Here are five simple guidelines to online etiquette:
- Use proper English and punctuation as if you’re writing a paper. Avoid popular abbreviations, acronyms (like BRB = Be right back) or other shortcuts used in social communication.
- Don’t use emoticons. In a social context, emoticons help express emotion. In a working context, emoticons express unprofessionalism.
- “Reply All” to emails only when appropriate. You don’t want to clutter the inboxes of people who don’t need it.
- Keep it clean. People often become brave when their identity is hidden online. That recklessness can often turn into regrets. Avoid profanities, obscenities and other offensive content while in school or at work.
- Respond to any emails or messages you get in a timely manner. The response doesn’t have to be long, just an acknowledgment.
Nervous about the job interview? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. A recent survey done by Everest College and Harris Interactive shows that 92 percent of Americans have at least one fear about the job interview process. The most common worry was, “seeming nervous,” which 17 percent of interviewees indicated as their top fear of the process.
Fear not, there are things you can do to help you manage those nerves. For example, going to college! The study shows that college can make you more confident. Twenty-two percent of survey participants with only a high school diploma or below indicated nerves as their biggest fear. Meanwhile, only 11 percent of college graduates listed nerves as their biggest concern.
Want to build your confidence going into the job search process? Enroll at Everest and know that you can get quality training in the day-to-day skills needed for the job. At Everest, you can get support from a team of instructors and advisors from day one that continues even after graduation. Click the link for more details on Everest’s career training programs and campuses: http://facebook.everest.edu/.
Just because you’re on a student budget doesn’t mean you can’t do any fun weekend activities. There are lots of inexpensive things to do on the weekend. Here are some awesome weekend activities that work on a student budget:
- Listen to music at a local pub. Often, local artists will perform and you can get great music without the cost of an overpriced concert ticket. You may even discover your new favorite band.
- Are you an animal lover? Try going to a shelter and walking a dog. Volunteering is great for the dogs and you as well.
- Shop garage sales. You can find unique treasures for less than retail prices.
- Read a book then see the movie. You can compare which you liked better.
- Go for a picnic.
- Go for a hike or bike ride.
- Start a weekend hobby or craft. This could range from home improvement to learning a foreign language.
When a lot of parents ask their kids how school was, they get the same one-word answer, “Fine.” Talking with your children can help teach them the importance of education as well as bring the two of you closer together. Check out some of these tips for striking up conversation with your kids:
- Don’t force your child to talk the minute they walk in the door. Some kids need to unwind first. Let your little one have a snack and settle in before you start.
- Sometimes, avoiding face-to-face conversation can help take the pressure off of your kid. Try talking in the car while you’re driving or while cooking dinner.
- Don’t always talk about problems. Include fun topics like who they played with or what games they played.
- Start the conversation with an enthusiastic hello instead of jumping straight to questions. This will help ensure your child that you’re genuinely interested in talking with them and not just interrogating them.
- Share some of your own funny stories from the day so it’s not one-sided.
- Try asking more specific questions that require more than a one-word answer.
- Start early. If you set up the pattern of sharing when they’re young, they’re more likely to continue the pattern when they grow into teenagers.