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Eliminate Procrastination on Your Search to Find a Job

Posted on: February 27th, 2012 by academickeys No Comments

               When daunting tasks face us that we often have little or no desire to take on, sometimes we tend to delay them for as long as possible. This is the practice of procrastination. It can hinder us, delay the inevitable and for some people it exists all too often. Whether you want to find a job, go to the gym or write a paper, procrastination is a roadblock to success. Some of the practices discussed below could help increase production and decrease procrastination.

               Start with prioritizing exactly what needs to be done for one day only. If you think about everything that needs to be accomplished for the week or month, it can seem overwhelming. If it helps, write out a list of everything, this way it is on paper and will feel more manageable. Determine which of these items is most imperative and which of them is least imperative. Start with the most important items and work your way down the list.

               Utilize the SMART goals acronym. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. By following these guidelines, you ensure that what you accomplish is maximized.

  • Your tasks and goals for the day need to be specific; if they are general they will have less of a chance of getting accomplished. For specific goals, think of who, what, where, when, which and why.
  • The tasks and goals also need to be measurable, by doing this you are more likely to stay on track and reach your targets.
  • Have attainable goals that are important to you so that you can make them come true.
  • These goals must be realistic. They must be goals that you are willing and able to accomplish.
  • Timely goals are very important. If there is not a time frame then there is no sense of urgency. The goals and tasks are much more likely to get accomplished if there is a timeframe.

If you have any other suggestion on how to tackle procrastination and maximize productive, comment below and let us know!

Find a Job in the Current Job Market

Posted on: October 20th, 2011 by academickeys No Comments

In the beginning of 2008 the United States unemployment rate was 5.0%, by the end of 2008 the unemployment rate was 7.3% and by the end of 2009 it was 9.9%. Although these percentages do not seem monumental, when the United States’ population is taken into account, the numbers get significant. Based on the United States population, 7,175,885 more people were unemployed at the end of 2008 than at the beginning and in two years at the end of 2009 there were 15,287,755 more people unemployed. (http://data.bls.gov/)

 

With the unemployment rate fluctuating only slightly (9.1% July 2011), it seems like it will be a little while before we are where we want to be. Although there are higher layoffs and unemployment in different industries, just about everyone is affected. A combination of developed technology and the high rate of unemployment have caused the landscape of how to find a job to change. Rarely do the job searchers now look in the newspaper classifieds or go around searching for help wanted signs, it has been transitioned to an online world.

Have you been to a career fair recently? Even with the online transition, career fairs exist but there is a big difference. As you hand your resume to the representative, they will take it and put it in the pile of the dozens of other potential candidates that handed in their resume and then they will tell you to apply online. Of course this is not true for all the participants at a career fair but the ‘apply online’ request is a frequent one. The fact is, companies now accept online applications, and sometimes only online applications.

The job searching and posting landscape has turned into a pool of candidates going to websites such as simplyhired, monster and sites such as academickeys.com which include more specific job postings. This new methodology has made it vastly easier for job posters and job searches to find a job or a candidate. For job posters, they simply go to the website, post their jobs, and see their applicants roll in. For job seekers, it allows them to apply to possibly dozens of jobs per day; the only downside is there are now more applicants competing for the same job. Overall, it’s a numbers game, the more jobs you apply for, the more likely you will get an interview.  With these new avenues, you can now apply for more and more positions.  Any advice to readers is appreciated, please comment below!

Can your Social Media pages help you get a job?

Posted on: September 7th, 2011 by academickeys No Comments

There have been many instances where social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have had a negative effect on people and their careers. How about using it to boost your career?   Your potential employer might look at your social media pages to get a better idea of who they are hiring.

If your potential employer looks over your social media pages, here are five ways to make help you present the best online image possible and increase your chances to get hired.

1.      Completely fill out your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is one of the biggest social networking sites in the world and is dedicated to professionals. This is your opportunity to showcase yourself to an employer. LinkedIn allows you to show work experience, skills, awards, job descriptions, publications, speaking engagements, grants, associations and more. It even tells you how complete your profile is as a percentage. Make sure you get that to 100%. Make contacts, get introduced to as many people as possible. Statistics show you need 50 contacts to show others you are using LinkedIn. At 150 or more contacts, LinkedIn bring optimal value. Tip: Strategically worded headline and summary sections will help keyword searches. Be sure to include keywords AND variations on the keywords.

2.      Configure your Facebook privacy settings. Facebook has come under a lot of scrutiny for its privacy settings as people petition that too much of their personal information is available.  Whether you agree or not, Facebook has made changes in the past couple years that provide flexible and in depth privacy settings. You can go to your account and customize your privacy settings. Tip: If you are searching for a job customize your privacy settings so that outside viewers can only see your education and work experience

3.      Posting appropriate content. Whether it is a blog, Facebook, LinkedIn or another avenue it is important to post appropriate content. Skip the questionable pictures; watch your language including inappropriate comments, curses or even misspellings and finally pay attention to which sites you are posting on. Ask yourself, is this a cause, group or association that I want everyone to know I do/do not endorse.

4.      Profile Pictures. Image is everything. Your profile picture should be a reflection of the professional you are. Ideally your LinkedIn image should be a professional headshot. Facebook images can be nonprofessional just keep in mind who may potentially look at your profile. Are you going to leave them with a good first impression? Tip: remember your potential employer or current employer might be looking at this picture.

5.      Connect with your potential employer. Does your potential employer have a Facebook page? Tweet? LinkedIn group? Get in there! It is just another aspect in which you can connect and learn about their institution, culture and future plans. Use these tools to leverage yourself over other candidates vying for the job. It is called social media, be social and join in the discussion.   

Any more tips and tricks? Comment below and let us know!

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