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1.Be on time
Give yourself enough time to research your destination, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area. You will have enough stress with respect to the actual interview. Don’t add to it by complicating your travel. Consider trying to find the company prior to interview day. Plan to arrive 10 to 20 minutes before your scheduled time.

2.Occupy yourself while waiting
Do bring work with you, so you can do it. There is always another e-mail or memo to write or a chance to review your to-do list.

3.Research the company
Google the company to find out more information.

4.Dress the part
Females and males need to dress to impress.
Proper Attire for Men
•Choose a conservative suite in navy, black or gray either pinstripe or solid.
•A solid white dress shirt.
•Ties should be made of a silk like fabric. Avoid ties with cartoon characters.
•Shoe should be clean and well polished. No tennis shoes or flip flops should be worn.
•Keep jewelry to a minimum and don’t wear any earrings.
•Personal hygiene is the key to success. Don’t over due your fragrance.

Proper attire for Women
•Start with a skirted suit or pants for the most conservative look. How ever skirted suits look more professional.
•Skirts should be knee-length or slightly above or below.
•Blouses and sweaters provide color and variety to woman’s clothing, but should be appealing and not revealing.
•Makeup shouldn’t be put on heavy.
•Avoid excessive amounts of jewelry. Keep it simple one ring per hand, and one set of earrings in each ear.
•Personal hygiene is the key to success. Don’t over due your fragrance.
•Wear dress shoes with a medium heel. Avoid flip flops and tennis shoes.

5.Tie your answers to the company/interviewer
Once you have background information on the company, try to tie that information to the work you have done. You will show initiative in doing research and have demonstrated the value you can bring to the company.

6.Be courteous to the staff
It’s easy to be courteous and respectful to the interviewer and the interviewer’s boss. How ever, make sure you are treating all the employees within the company the same way. The courtesy speaks well of you and could be something the company is observing.
7.Be energetic but not desperate
There is a fine line between being energetic and being desperate. Show that you are interested in the job, but don’t be so interested that the interviewer thinks that this interview is you only one, even if it is. The best approach is to have restrained enthusiasm.

8.Don’t badmouth current/former employer
Speaking unprofessionally about a former employer, could come back to haunt you. Even if the interviewer asks you what you disliked about your former boss, refuse to take the bait. You can speak about things you learned, even if the context is different from what the interviewer might be thinking.

9.Be clear on the next steps
Before you leave, get a sense of what will happen next. Will they make a decision? If so, when? Who should call whom? Will there be a second interview? By knowing this information, you can get an idea of what to expect and can prepare accordingly.

10.Send a thank-you note afterward
After the interview, take the time and send a “real” (non electronic) note to your interviewer. I know it means more time and expense, but sending a note can make you stand out from any competition you might have. Be sure to re-emphasize the points you made, plus any others that might have occurred since that time.
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The economy has changed and so has the landscape for finding new job opportunities. Building your network, growing skill sets and portfolios and looking for jobs in not all the right places, but in all the available places has come to full fruition as we prepare to enter the summer months here in Tampa.



The Tampa Employment Guide is very excited to play a role in a nationwide campaign to put 10,000 Americans back to work through our job fair series. At a job fair across I-4 a few weeks back in Orlando, they were able to put a dent into that 10,000 mark. Employers from the event were confident that over 500 attendees would be hired from the day alone. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist also stopped in to say some encouraging words. The video below show some highlights from his talk and how you can gain the confidence needed to gain employment in these rough economic times.



Now that the dust has settled across the highway, it is now our turn to bring the Tampa Bay community and the employers together and help put our community back to work. We are committed to bringing you jobs that will help you provide for your family and put some money aside to prepare for the future. The job fair will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry off Fowler Ave in Tampa. A map has been provided below:


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Job seekers are encouraged to pre-register for the event by clicking below. This will help us determine the need of the community and also allow you early access to the event. As always there is no charge for job seekers and we have a few spots left for employers. Please email me if you are interested in participating as a vendor at .



We wish you success Tampa and in the time leading up to the event we will be providing key tips and tactics to having a successful job fair.

Happy hunting Tampa.

-Greg
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Job Etiquette | Following Up with an Employer(photo by Neal Gillis)

When following up with an employer your mission is to do a few things:
  • Gain information in regards to your application or resume
  • Educate the recruiter or hiring manager about yourself and spark their interest in YOU for the open position
  • Be courteous and thankful to the recruiter
  • Ask any questions that can help them make a decision on you

Now that you know what you need to accomplish, what are the proper techniques to contacting the recruiter to follow up?

When to Follow Up


While there is no golden rule, you should allow the recruiter or hiring manager time to review the applications and resumes and also note where you saw the position advertised. From experience I can say that more popular jobs on the www.EmploymentGuide.com can see up to 300 responses in 1 week! That's a lot of resumes to go through.

Typically I tell job seekers that if they apply on a Monday and have not heard back to follow up with a call the following Monday. If you apply on a Friday, I would wait 10 days till the recurring Monday to email, call or visit their office.

How to Follow Up


This one is extremely important. When information is made available, follow instructions. However, in many cases there is no clear way for a job seeker to follow up or contact the hiring manager after applying online. Your next step should be to find a phone number and a name. First steps are to "Google" the company and look for their main website. On their site look for an about us and contact page. If there is no information here, turn to the Yellow Pages or other online phone book or directory.

If you are still having trouble finding a number or contact name, turn to advanced strategies such as LinkedIn. Search for the company and see who pops up. Later in the week we will have a video on how to use LinkedIn for research.

The goal in this section is to talk to a live person and get as much information as you can. See if there is anyway to go above and beyond without looking like a brownnoser or a stalker. Are there any resources you can supply or questions you can answer to help the recruiter solve a problem or simply make them remember you when they make a decision.

Questions to Ask


  • When are you looking to make a decision on this position?
  • What qualities are you looking for in an optimal candidate?
  • Can you tell me how this position impacts the organization?
  • When is the best time that I can follow up with you again?
  • Is there anyone else involved in looking at the applications and resumes?

As you follow up with employers remember to respect their time and their decision. If one door closes, look to open another. If the position has already been filled, ask about other opportunities at the company or ways to get involved or be notified of upcoming vacancies or hiring spurts.

Good luck Orlando and happy hunting!

-Greg Rollett
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EG Weekly Publication April 27th-May 3rd
EG Weekly Publication April 27th-May 3rd
Check out this week's great career opportunities:
North American Trade Schools
Logistics One
All-State Career
Bello Machre
Sodexho
American Beauty Academy
McCormick & Comapany Inc.
Core-Mark
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So here was a question that was asked on the Spherion Career Blog. The job seeker asked how he could find a job without a degree and here is what Seymour, the columnist had to say.

You're not alone, and many would say that you're even in great company. Some
of today's top professionals didn't get their college degrees, including Bill
Gates and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. You don't have to have a college education
(and a burden of student loans) to be successful and have a rewarding career.
Vocational training or an associate's degree may be needed, and all jobs will
require on-the-job training, but many of today's fastest growing and
recession-resistant careers don't require a four-year degree.

Here are some of the tips that he recommends using when job hunting:

Do a self-assessment.
Before you launch a new career, do a little research about different career options and also about yourself. Many of today's hottest non-degree positions include sales, education, law enforcement, construction, administration, transportation, and management. Think about who you are and what you like to do in your free time. Do you like to interact with people, or are you more technical? Are you great at organizing, or do you love working with your hands? Knowing your goals and being passionate about what you want will help you to land that first position in a new career.

Once you have a goal in mind, research the position and the industry.
When you have an idea of what you want to do and why, do a little more digging and find out what you would need to do to land a job in that field. What certificates, seminars, workshops, training, or even volunteer activities would boost your attractiveness as an applicant? Find out ways to start getting experience and knowledge that will help you get the job you want. Recent experience will be a great leg up as you start to apply.

Remember that personal qualities count.
Attitude is everything, and if you're great to work with and are clearly happy with what you're doing, people will want to hire you. Think about it--would you rather work with someone who dislikes their job, or with someone who is happy to be at work? Be dependable, positive and honest and you'll be the kind of person that anyone would want to hire.

Just remember that there are plenty of people out there that choose not to go to school and are very successful. Failure is not an option when times are hard, so make sure you set a goal and do everything you can to achieve it!

Also here is a story that shows sometimes "experience" is not everything. This story to me is very frustrating to hear and if anyone else is having similar difficulty finding work, I suggest trying WiserWorker.com. This is a website that assists mature workers in finding work.

So Portland, give us some feedback on those of you trying to find a job without a degree and what tips you can offer. Please feel free to leave your comments below.
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Click on the image below to view a copy of this week's edition of The Employment Guide in Portland.


Three Job Search Q & A: Michigan Edition
by: Kevin Donlin, Guest Blogger
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This past week, I gave two speeches to nearly 1,000 people in my home state of Michigan and fielded dozens of questions from job seekers of all ages.

Since time and space are short here, I’ve boiled them down to three job-search questions with broad appeal.

How many apply to you and your job search?


Question: “How can I stand out in a hyper-crowded job market?”

Answer: Try unconventional, “guerrilla” job search methods to get the attention of employers.

Here are examples of tactics used by creative job seekers to land interviews -- and jobs.

•    One Michigan man mailed cover letters with two aspirins taped atop each. His opening sentence: “Your customer service headaches are over!” This message resonated with employers, who called to interview him.

•    A Las Vegas man mailed a paperweight and cover letter to an out-of-state employer. The paperweight was a miniature of the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. His cover letter began: “Not everyone who lives in Vegas wants to stay in Vegas,” playing off the famous slogan, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” He was flown to an interview in California.

•    One aspiring assistant basketball coach mailed the right hand from a store mannequin to the coach he wanted to work for. Rolled up and gripped in the hand was his cover letter, which began: “I can be your right hand man.” He was hired.


Do any of these methods strike you as gimmicky or too offbeat to work in your industry? Fine. Don’t believe me.

Try mailing something unusual along with your resume and cover letter to a few companies you have no intention of working for -- test and prove them for yourself.


Question: “I had to close my business and look for a job. What do I do with my skills?”

Answer: If you can’t find jobs to match your skills, here’s a tip: Use one of the big employment web sites to generate ideas for you.

Example: I went on a large employment site and searched for these three skills: writing + training + German. This brought back 11 job openings nationwide, including German Help Desk Analyst, Customer Service Associate, and Web Editor/Writer.

This brainstorming exercise can help you select potential jobs to go after next, no matter what job you had before. You can then approach people in your network with a focused list of job titles, making it more likely they can help you find something.


Question: “How can I improve my networking? I’ve been networking for months, but it hasn’t produced a job.”

Answer: I happen to dislike the term networking because it’s freighted with unpleasant connotations for so many people who have had slow results -- or no results -- doing it.

Here’s a thought experiment: Forget everything you know about networking. In fact, stop networking altogether for a week.

Instead, start helping other people get what they want. Give freely of your information, personal contacts, expertise, knowledge, time, etc.

Example: Pick 10 people you know who are connected to people you’d like to meet. Spend an afternoon researching the needs of these “top 10” contacts. You can even call them and ask, “What would help you do your job better?” Then make a plan to help them get what they want.

When you focus on helping others, your ego is removed from the equation, which makes you less self-conscious and more relaxes. That’s because, while not everyone can be a natural networker, everyone can help another person. Done right, this is networking -- helping other people to the point that they’re happy to take your calls and send you job leads.


Despite being carpet-bombed by economic bad news on a daily basis, the Michiganders I spoke to displayed -- to a person -- a rock-solid resolve that I’m convinced will solve the labor problems in their state and our nation.

I hope you and my audiences found these job-search Q & A helpful.


Kevin Donlin is contributing co-author of “Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0.” Since 1996, he has provided job-search help to more than 20,000 people. For a free Guerrilla Job Search audio CD, visit MyNewJobHunt.com


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One of the questions we are asked by many job seekers is what to do at a job fair, so we came up with a list of 5 do's and 5 do not's that should make your job fair experience more productive.

Do's
  1. Do prepare before the event. Research the companies that will be attending. The fact that you know about the recruiter's company will go a long way toward getting you an interview.
  2. Do talk to every recruiter at the event. You never know what a company may be looking for. You might not think your dream job is digging ditches, but "Ditch Diggers, Inc" might be looking for an IT professional at their corporate office. Even if the recruiter doesn't have a job that is a good fit for you, the process of talking with the recruiter is great practice.
  3. Sell yourself to the recruiter. Don't just ask or answer questions, have a 30 second pitch ready to present to the recruiter. Tell them what you can do for their company.
  4. Take something away from the every conversation. Any "inside" information you can uncover will help you on follow-up interviews.
  5. Follow up. Write a thank-you note, email another copy of your resume to the recruiter with a cover letter (you did pick up their business card, didn't you), and visit the company's website for more information
Do Not's

  1. Do Not show up in cut off jeans and a tank top. Even if you are applying for a job as a "beach bum", this is not appropriate interview dress.
  2. Do Not break in line. While you are obviously the most qualified applicant for the job, Bubba the bouncer may not agree. Be patient and wait your turn.
  3. Do Not explain to the recruiter that you lost your last job because everyone at your former place of employment was an idiot, they all had it in for you, and you are really considering taking them to court.


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The rainy season is here and it almost feels like it might last forever. The sound of the raindrops hitting your windows and roof may be enough to make you hibernate for days. There are ways to enjoy the day indoors when it is raining outside.

1. Make soup! Soup is one of the best dishes to make and enjoy when the weather is cooler and wet outside. Grab a recipe and spend a couple of hours making a big pot of soup.
2. Watch movies. If you are rained in and just can’t bear the though of leaving the house then relax and watch a couple of movies. Remember to pop the popcorn and enjoy!
3. Read a book/magazine. When the weather is cold and wet outside curl up with a favorite book or a magazine. The time will certainly fly by when you are engrossed in the fantastical words of a book/magazine.
4. Exercise your brain. If the rain is running your workout routine and you can’t go running or walking in the rain, the exercise your brain with Sudoku, crossword puzzles, or word games.
5. Bake cookies. Baking cookies will keep you busy and give you a nice treat of all of your work. Not to mention having your house smell so yummy and delicious.
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EG Weekly Publication April 20th-April 26th
EG Weekly Publication April 20th-April 26th

Check out this week's great career opportunities:
North American Trade Schools
Stella Maris
Signature Flight Support
All-State Career
Chimes, Inc.
HMS Host
Talie
American Beauty Academy
Airport Terminal Services
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Greg Rollett at Orlando Job Fair(photo by Adam Wiggall)

At last Thursday's job fair at the Plaza Theatre I had the opportunity to present on Advanced Online Job Seeking Techniques after the Governor's opening remarks. Below are my slides from the talk and resources from the presentation to help you get started quickly in using some of these techniques.

Researching companies
  • SunBiz
  • Zoom Info
Finding Niche Job Boards
  • Internet Inc 100 Niche Job Boards
  • Top Job Sites - Niche Job Boards
Must have Social Networks
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
Point. Click. Hired. Advanced Online Job Search


Check out the video from the event here.

-Greg Rollett
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In last weeks post I stated that Oregon might be number 1 in the nation for unemployment, but as it turns out Michigan has the unfortunate honor. However, we are still number 2 in the nation as of right now and not that far behind Michigan and the spring is not bringing the usual seasonal bounce back that is normally predicted at this time of year. These unsettling facts have caused people to resort unusual tactics just to find work. Just look at Nick Willard and what he is trying to do just to stand out from everyone else looking for work.

With all of this said it is critical for those who are job searching that they focus on the interview process especially since they can be tough to come by. It is also a good idea not to sell yourself short and just take any old job that comes by, which can lead to unhappiness or a series of short hops that could lead to career derailment. I know times are tough and things can be really stressful but if you concentrate your energy on things you can control, you might just find success. Take for example this article from yahoo finance about interviewing tips. It is a great collection of tips that are geared towards helping those who are job searching in a tough economic climate, but at the same time you can always use these tips moving forward. Here is another great tidbit that you can use on the hardest interview question of them all! I don't think there is anyone out there that likes the "what are your weaknesses?" question.

So Portland, in closing what are you doing about the increased unemployment? Are you being creative and thinking outside the box like Nick Willard or are you sticking to what you've always done? Also what are your tips for job hunting or the interview process. As always the Employment Guide is here to help. Please leave your comments below.
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(photo by Adam Wiggall)

We were very pleased to have Mark Krupinski present on Personal Branding at the Orlando Job Fair last Thursday. Mark gave a great talk that covered social networks, marketing practices and what to do and look out for when putting information online about yourself.

In my opinion, the most important thing Mark said was this:
You control...
  • What You Write
  • Your Friends
  • Your groups
  • Your Privacy Settings
Here are Mark's slides. Please leave comments below on any questions or thoughts you have on personal branding for your job hunt.


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Hey Orlando,

As we continue to put the finishing touches on last week's event, we are very excited to have a great video highlighting the event, the speakers, employers and job seekers. The video was shot and edited by Jeff Peak, a local film maker. For more of his work, please visit Peak Arts.

I hope you enjoy the video and please continue to send event feedback to or leave a note in the comments.



(Note: If you are reading this through a feed reader, you may need to click through to see the video)

Happy hunting Orlando!

-Greg
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Click on the image below to view a copy of this week's edition of The Employment Guide in Portland.


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(photos by Adam Wiggall)

(This guest post written by Partick O' Brien, General Sales Manager, Orlando Employment Guide. This article is also available in the April 20th Edition of the Orlando Employment Guide paper, available at Publix, the hundreds of Green Boxes across Central Florida and other participating vendors. If you would like to write a guest post, please send your ideas to )

The Orlando Employment Guide office has been a little crazy over the last few weeks. After spending months out in the community talking with business owners and job seekers it became apparent that the traditional ways of helping people find jobs was not effective. I learned that job fairs were not being seen as a way to help people find jobs, but as a way to solicit those individuals.

We set out to do something different last week. It was time to actually help people find work and to give them additional resources that would allow them to accomplish this goal. We now have a mission to “Put America Back To Work” and more specifically put 10,000 people back to work by the end of the year.

We reached out to Governor Charlie Crist and found that he shared the same vision for Florida and he reached out to offer hope to job seekers at last week’s event. I was lucky enough to be able to introduce him. After listening to him address the crowd of jobseekers & witnessing his approachability on Thursday, I stand by my remarks that “with Gov. Crist’s dynamic leadership, Florida will lead America back to work”.

Knowing that job seekers were tired of the same companies who weren’t really hiring at these events, we reached out to new companies and made it mandatory that they have open positions to be filled in order to attend. While there were some schools in attendance, we limited the number of schools that could participate in the event. Immediately after the job fair we received word back from about half the companies on their success at the job fair. Other companies were conducting background checks, reference checks, etc. before they could indicate their success at the event. Out of these reporting companies they had approximately 640 openings and they expected to hire 534 people, going through additional resumes from the event for the remaining positions.

I expect once we receive follow up from the remaining companies that we should have been able to put around 1,000 people back to work at this one event! To me, this is part of the change that is making a difference in our community. That is a thousand less people needing unemployment, a thousand less people emptying out their savings accounts and a thousand less people worrying about staying in their homes.

I was also please to see so many people actively participating in the recruitment seminars we offered. These sessions provided a unique opportunity to learn different strategies to assist in your job hunt. We received a lot of great feedback from both job seekers and recruiters on the information that was offered.

I would like to thank Mark Krupinski of Rasmussen College, Keli Kareem of Bank of America, Brian Govini of Govini Properties & Investments and our own Greg Rollett, for offering their insight into the current job search process.

At the conclusion of the event, I found people re-energized and optimistic about what the future holds for Central Florida. It is this hope and optimism that will revitalize Central Florida and allow Florida to lead America Back To Work. Thanks again to every job seeker, employer and media representative that helped make our goal a reality, and congratulations to all those who found a rewarding career at the event!

Patrick O’Brien
General Sales Manager
Orlando Employment Guide

For comments on the job fair and Orlando employment questions or concerns, please send an email to .
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photo by markkrupinski

The job fair yesterday was an amazing success as 50 companies looking to fill 600+ local positions ranging from entry level to over $100,000/yr met with over 1,500 job seekers and heard some encouraging job training sessions including opening remarks from Gov. Charlie Crist.

The media was out as well, putting their spin on the events, here is a quick wrap up of their involvement.

WFTV Ch. 9 - From the Noon Lunch Hour - Gov. Crist to Address Local Job Fair

WFTV Ch. 9 - 5 O'Clock News - Gov. Crist Speaks at Orlando Job Fair

Orlando Sentinel - Crist Speaks with job Seekers in Orlando

Orlando Sentinel Video - Crist on Unemployment in the State

Photos from Speaker Mark Krupinski

Photos from Adam Wiggal

CFL News 13 - 40 Employers Expected at Orlando job Fair

The Daily City - Orlando Job Fair Today 11am-3pm

MyFoxOrlando - Orlando Job Fair
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On Tuesday night of this week four Pittsburgh television stations simulcast a story on a relatively new program in the City of Pittsburgh called “The Pittsburgh Promise”. In short, the Pittsburgh Promise guarantees any student in the Pittsburgh Public School System tuition dollars to go to any approved college or technical school in the state of Pennsylvania if they maintain a certain minimum grade point level both in High School and in college.

We are not talking about small change here. Beginning in 2012 each student could earn as much as $10,000 per year for 4 years. That’s $40,000 for the mathematically challenged! For any family with children who is deciding on where to buy a house, this eliminates completely all reasons why most would not otherwise choose to live in the city that involve finances like higher taxes.

This opportunity is real and it is right now. We all have the ability to donate money into this fund. A very large portion of the funding for this program comes from a challenge grant from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. $85 million dollars in contributions over the next 10 years are dependent on raising an additional $15 million dollars by June 30th, 2009. At this writing there is $3 million dollars to go.

We feel this is an amazing opportunity to help revitalize the city. As quoted often during last Tuesday’s broadcast, “The vitality of a region depends on the properity of the city at its core”. This program will revitalize the city by bringing families back thereby increasing population and property values while helping to improve the quality of education offered to all students in the public school system. Improving educational oppportunities will guarantee a better workforce in the future making our area even more attractive to companies with jobs.

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As we prepare for the upcoming Job Fairs in Greensboro and Charlotte we were searching for tips we can share with job seekers. We came across this great article, "The Interview That'll Bag A Job!" in the online edition of The Wall Street Journal.

The article shares several great tips from recruiters on what you should and shouldn't do on your job interview. Tips like "Don't appear desperate", to "show you've done your homework on the company" are all useful tips to remember when you land that interview.

We suggest thay if you do have an interview scheduled, read the article for some last minute tips.

And don't forget that a great way to get an interview is to attend one of our Job Fairs. You can find out more about our upcoming events and pre-register and upload your resume at http://www.employmentguide.com/browse_jobfairs.html . We're expecting 15 to 20 companies, like AT&T/ Yellowpages.com, Bojangles, Terminix, NASCAR Tech, Noveau Riche, Vanderbilt Mortgage and many others.

So if you're looking for a new career opportunity, be sure to attend the job fair, do your homework, ace the interview, and land that great new job.
Two Weeks Notice
by: Christopher McDonough
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Leaving a job is never easy. The mental and physical stress that can result from making such a difficult decision can be debilitating. It doesn't have to be, though. Putting in your two weeks notice can be liberating, and open doors to opportunities you didn't expect. Sometimes giving your two weeks notice can be delicious, too [photocredit: Flickr user Neiltron]. While we commend the efforts of Neil's creative cake, it should be noted that he also submitted a written letter of resignation, with the explanation that "it's hard to file away a cake."

 

Not sure how to submit your letter of resignation? Here's some helpful tips culled from The Employment Guide's 2009 Job Seeker Survival Guide.

 

Always give your employer two weeks notice to allow time to find a replacement.


Keep your letter succint and to-the-point. Too much explanation can be trying and may create added stress to the situation, and it's best to keep these matters professional and clean. It's important to keep negative comments out of your letter, even if your main reason for leaving was not another job, but unhappiness with the organization. If you have specific concerns about goings-on within your organization, request an exit interview. There's a time and place for everything, and it's important to remember not to burn bridges. Being polite will help aleviate some of the pains associated with turn over and replacing lost staff. (Not to mention, you may want your old job back at some point if you're able to be rehired.)

 

If you're headed to a new position with a new organization and your current boss presents a counteroffer to you, don't take it. After making the decision to leave, it may appear to your boss or supervisor that you're not loyal to the company, or very good at keeping your word, if you're able to be dissuaded from leaving by money. Your employer will always remember in the back of their minds (or file cabinet as the case may be) that you attempted to leave.

 

Of course, it's not all heartbreak and stress. These humorous (and mostly fabricated) letters of resignation provide some insight into what not to say when leaving your position. (We're particularly fond of this one. Who doesn't love a good Star Wars reference?)

 

Be sure to pick up our JSSGs at any one of our job fairs being held all over the country. We're also helping job seekers out over on Twitter, so follow @EmploymentGuide and let us be your guide through your job search!


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How does it happen? Perhaps you just began to lose interest and find something that interests you more. Perhaps your company is downsizing. These are just some are the reasons why people find themselves changing their career.
Check out the following featured schools in The Employment Guide to begin a New Career today:
•North American Trade Schools
•Tesst College of Technology
•American Beauty Academy
•Baltimore School of Massage
•All-State Career
•Stein Academy
Please be sure and click on the name of the school for more information.

Here are some steps to help you get started in your career change:

1.Assessment of Likes and Dislikes- lot of people change careers because they dislike their job, boss or company. Identifying the dislikes is often the easier part of this step. However, you will not know what direction to change your career unless you examine your likes. For example, what do you like doing while you at work, home or in your spare time?

2.Transferable Skills- Leverage some of your current skills and experiences to your new career. There are many skills such as communications, leadership, and planning that are applicable to what you want to do in your new career.

3.Networking- One of the real keys to successfully changing careers will be your networking abilities. People in your network maybe able to give you job leads, offer you advice and information about a particular company or industry.

4.Find a Mentor- Changing careers is a major life decision that can get overwhelming at times. Find a mentor who can help you through the rough patches.

5.Be Flexible- You’ll need to be flexible about nearly everything from your employment status to relocation and salary.
How to Nullify Negative Thinking, Quash Overwhelm, and Get Hired Faster
by: Kevin Donlin, Guest Blogger from TheSimpleJobSearc
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The most brilliant job-search plan in the world won’t get you hired by itself.

 

You have to take action.

 

But before you can act, you must decide to act. 

 

And that’s where things get tricky.

 

Because your mind can work for you or against you. If you can harness your thoughts and let them propel you forward, you’ll get hired faster than someone paralyzed by negative emotions.

 

Here’s how to smash through two mental roadblocks that slow down many job seekers …

 

 

1) How to Nullify Negative Thinking

Positive thinking is fine. I like it. I do it. But thinking only takes you to the brink of action. To get results, action is required. Specifically, positive action.

 

Good news: You don't have to think positively to act positively in your job search (or anywhere else). Example: You can be in a rotten mood, yet still drag your butt out the door, meet a high-school friend for a networking lunch, and walk away with a job lead. 

 

Positive actions produce positive results, which lead to positive thinking ... which leads to more positive action. This virtuous circle begins and ends with action.

 

Here are examples of effective actions you can take, no matter what mood you’re in: 

 

Give a recommendation to one person in your LinkedIn network. Recommendations on your online profile are like mini-testimonials -- and they’re essential. The best way to get them is to give them, which gently obligates others to recommend you back. Plan on giving at least two for every one you want in return.

 

Help one person do their job better. 

This can be as simple as emailing a link to a helpful article you read (why not this one? :-) or introducing them to someone in your network who could become their client, vendor, or partner. You should give help first before expecting it later.

 

Write a letter to someone you want to meet.

Unlike pro athletes, most executives don’t get fan mail. Why not send a nice, well-researched letter (not an email) to an influential person in an industry where you want to work? Ask for a 10-minute informational interview, in which you will call to ask how and why they got into their line of work. Then call. 

 

To benefit mind and body, combine physical and job-search activities. 

It’s hard to feel negative when you’re exercising. Example: Hit the gym with a friend and have a networking conversation. Or take a walk (with a notebook) and brainstorm ways to meet hiring managers at five of the 20 employers you want to work for. 

 

The cure for negative thinking is to stop thinking about yourself and start acting in a way that benefits others. The best part is, even if you feel negative while taking positive action, you’ll be … taking positive action. And this can only bring you closer to your next job.

 

As William James said: “We do not sing because we are happy, we are happy because we sing.”

 

 

2) How to Quash Feelings of Overwhelm and Get Things Done

After counseling thousands of people since 1996, I can say with certainty that job seekers fall into two groups: Those who break their search into daily tasks and complete them, and those who get overwhelmed and give up.

 

Not surprisingly, the first group finds work significantly faster than the second.

 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed in your search, here’s a tip: One task, imperfectly executed, beats 100 good ideas left undone. 

 

You can’t do it all today. So don’t even try. 

 

Whether your next employment project is revising your resume or making a list of all the people in your network, don’t try to do it all at once. Break it down into manageable steps and make a start. This is how you build momentum and get things done.

 

Example: If you can’t think of 20 employers you want to work for, can you think of one? What’s the name of that one company? Write it down. 

 

Now, who do you know who works there, used to work there, or might be happy working there? Call that person and ask them for the name of a similar company. Bingo. You now have two employers on your list -- and you’ve just had a networking conversation, which can lead to more. 

 

The way to finish things is simply to start.

 

 

I’m no psychologist, but I could qualify as a bartender, in that I listen to bar-loads of unhappy people who want to unburden themselves of their job-search troubles. And over the years, I’ve learned this: When you take positive action, in spite of your emotional state, you will move steadily toward your next job -- and any goal you set. 

 

It can be as simple as having a breakfast meeting with a neighbor who’s also in the job market, or making one phone call you’ve been dreading.

 

Why not start now? 

 

 

Kevin Donlin is Creator of TheSimpleJobSearch.com. Since 1996, he has provided job-search help to more than 20,000 people. Author of 3 books, Kevin has been interviewed by The New York Times, Fox News, CBS Radio and others. His free report, The Simple Job Search Manifesto, is found at www.TheSimpleJobSearch.com


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Wow, this has been an exciting few weeks here at the Orlando Employment Guide. As many of you now know, Florida Governor Charlie Crist is coming into the event, giving opening remarks and meeting with our job seekers to give Orlando hope for the upcoming future. We are also excited to let you know that we are approaching 50 HIRING companies at the event.

This event is causing a lot of media attention and today we were fortunate to have the event mentioned on Z 88.3's morning show. Below is a clip from their website showing us as a featured link! Thanks guys, we appreciate the support as we Put Central Florida Back to Work!

If you plan on attending, please pre-register at http://orlandojobfair.eventbrite.com. The first 800 people to pre-register will be able to see Gov. Crist as well as have early access to the event.

Please for more information or for media relations.

-Greg Rollett
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EG Weekly Publication April 13th-April19th
EG Weekly Publication April 13th-April19th

Check out this week's great career opportunites:
Gallagher Services
North American Trade Schools
UtiliQuest
AEX Group
All-State Career
CES Security
Maryland Department of Public Safety
D&T Sales Service
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I know everyone is tired of seeing headlines like this that dominate local papers and websites everyday, but in Oregon, those headlines might not go away for a while. The unemployment numbers for March were released on Monday and they are not pretty. We may have the highest unemployment rate in the country when all is said and done. Michigan is the only other state that might beat us out for that distinction, but we won't know until Friday when their numbers are released. Washington state is also hurting right now as their numbers were released today. they are not as high but still higher than the national average. Though those numbers are a little troublesome, not everything is doom and gloom. Just take a look at this story, which shows us during times of crisis you need think on your feet and not always settle for the norm. However, we may not be out of the woods on the economic situation, but Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke seems to think that better times are ahead and the recession maybe slowing. Even Obama is optimistic, which he is going to be no matter the situation, but he still warns that this is far from over.

In other news highway 217 in west Portland is going to get another lane added which means that that the construction will create and sustain 490 jobs over the next two-and-a-half years. That is good news for those searching for construction jobs and for those who travel that way during the day. Also it was reported that gas prices are going to remain relatively low this summer. This is great news for those on a tight gas budget for commuting.

Lastly, for those who have jobs right now, here is what not to do to keep your job. I think most of us already know that anyways.
Having Trouble Finding a Job?
by: www.EmploymentGuide.com Staff
13. April 2009 | Show Originial

Having trouble finding a job?

Do the same thing - but do it differently!  In today's tough economic times, finding a good job or career is extremely challenging.  In the state of Florida, the current unemployment rate is 7.3%, which means more competition for those looking for a job.  

Everyone is doing the same thing when looking for a job:

  • E-blasting out their resume to every company they see advertising online
  • Looking at the classified ads in the Sunday paper
  • Walking in where 'Now Hiring" signs are displayed and dropping off a resume


The Department of Labor Statistic states the average time it takes to get a job comparable to what you had, is 19.9 weeks (February 2009).  That's an extremely long time for the average American.  How can you shorten that time, what can you do to stand out from the rest?  Unfortunately there's no magic wand or even a right answer, but here are some tips to improve your chances of landing a job quickly.

  • Avoid "cookie-cutter" resumes - Yes it's easier to run off 100 copies of your resume and to send out to as many companies as possible. The problem is a resume is not "one-size-fits-all". Tailor your resume to fit the job you are applying for, use key words within that job industry. Make the resume pertinent to the position available.
  • The overall job market is terrible, therefore using more than one way to find a job is best. Don't just put all your eggs in one basket by using only one job hunting method. Canvas the internet and look at several different job boards, use networking sites such as LinkedIn.com and Zumeo.com. Look at classified sections for several different daily papers, open a phone book and start calling companies to find out if they have jobs available. Use networking functions such as those put together by PinkSlipNetworking.com, join a support group for jobseekers. Go to one-stop career placement centers, attend every job fair possible. The more you get out there, the better your chances.
  • Your full time job should be finding a full time job. Every morning get up at the same time and put a schedule together so that you are setting up interviews on a daily basis. Even if you are just on the phone setting up your interviews, dress the part. The more confidence you have the better your chances, the better you feel, the better you will sound.
  • Practice and seek out constructive criticism. Speak to people you may know that are recruiters or in management. Show them your resume; ask them how you can improve your resume. If you are failing at an interview, turn it around by asking the interviewer how you can improve your interviewing skills. Even if you don't get that particular job, at least you can use the experience to help you improve for the next interview.


If you have done the same thing a hundred times and it's not working for you, it's time to try something new.  Change your strategy, improve your strategy!

Good Luck in your job search!

 


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To help you in your job search we post our weekly print publication - The Employment Guide online for the Carolina cities? You can look at and download our print publication every week and find jobs in your area.

You also can get job alerts emailed to your inbox. This way you don't even have to go to our website to search for the jobs being posted in your industry, we'll send them to you by email.

We also keep a list of upcoming job fairs all year long. You can find a list of them by going to our website and clicking the job fair tab along the top. From there you'll see job fairs that are in your city along with ones we've scheduled throughout the country.

As an added bonus you can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. Here you can follow us or be a fan to get the most recent updates on our job fairs, job openings and other job seeking tips and advice that we might have to offer to help your job search.

Best of luck!
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Click on the image below to view a copy of this week's edition of The Employment Guide in Portland.


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The Baltimore Orioles fans weren’t going to let the rain showers put a damper on their Opening Day celebration. The heavy rain earlier in the day didn’t discourage ticker holders. The Opening Day on 4/6/09 had the largest crowd in Oriole Park history. The home team kick off in 2009 was an impressive victory over the New York Yankees.

The Orioles Opening Day was a day to remember as the bats came alive and defeated the New York Yankees 10-5. The newest Oriole Cesar Izturis capped the day off by depositing for a two-run homer in the 8th inning. The Orioles added two more runs to put the game away.

The have been some changes in Camden Yards on Monday that hasn’t been seen it years. The oriole fans were really, really into to the game. There were many fans standing in a long line waiting to buy a jersey. The Yankees got roasted badly by the Oriole fans in the pre-game ceremony.

There was much to cheer about as the Orioles pounded out 14 hits against the Yankees. The majority of the fans thought the game was a rivalry and a good time to party. Many fans were excited to see vice president Joe Boden throw the first pitch during the Opening Day game.

Did you go to the Opening Day? Do you think the Orioles will improve this year? Please leave a comment and let us know.
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By Pete Denio, General Manager, www.EmploymentGuide.com, Pittsburgh, PA

Whether you are a jobseeker or a recruiter there have never been more choices to make when deciding which tools to use in either finding your dream job or finding a million dollar candidate. According to
Weddle’s (a “guide to resources for employment, personal development and career success”) who publishes an annual User’s Choice award for job boards (Top 30 sites), there are over 40,000 recruitment sites on the Internet today! Add in print, broadcast, billboards and even social networks (on and offline) and the choices become dizzying.

With so many choices how can a job seeker most efficiently use his or her time and how can a recruiter most efficiently spend precious recruiting dollars while still finding qualified candidates?

The answer lies with what any Marketing Director would advise an advertiser:

1) Do not Put All Your Eggs in One Basket, Diversify

Utilizing only one media outlet, say, the pop music radio station in your city, to launch an advertising campaign misses a large part of a products potential audience. Using a media mix that includes broadcast, print and Internet is going to greatly increase both the number of people reached as well as the number of times each person hears the message (frequency).

The same goes with a job search. Our best advice is to find one or two “mass audience” job boards you are most comfortable with but then include two or three “niche” job boards or specialty job boards that cater to the specific industry you are pursuing (
Sales, Healthcare, truck driving, etc).

2) Don’t be afraid to try new things

The world of communication, branding and reaching consumers is constantly changing faster than at any time in history. The same goes for job seeking and recruitment. Although a consistent campaign is well advised (that is, the message you are trying to convey) never be happy with what you are getting for your return on investment (R.O.I.), whether your investment is your time or your company’s money. The very latest buzzword (which may be already passé by years end!) is social networking (Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Many job boards are incorporating
social networking aspects into their websites.

3) Your Message Will Be the Single Largest Influence on Success

If you are a job seeker, being unhappy with results from a job board can easily be due to a poorly written resume. If you are a recruiter, poor results can be due to an ineffective or poorly written job posting. Seek advice from experts. Paying a
resume service can mean the difference between getting the job you want sooner rather than later. For recruiters, carefully writing out job descriptions and reading them from a job seeker’s standpoint, or consulting with media professionals, will improve the quality of candidate regardless of which media is used. A media’s potential effectiveness is not only determined by how it reaches its target audience (or yours), but also in how well put together the message is.

4) BE PATIENT

No effective marketing campaign can be implemented in one or two weeks. Nor can a campaign’s results, or potential results, be determined in one or two weeks. Both job hunting and recruiting are processes, not events.

Using the advice presented here will help improve your results, whether you are the buyer or the seller. Develop your message, pick a mixture of media, always be looking for new opportunities in media choice and be patient. Good things will come!

08. April 2009 | Show Originial
TRG Customer Solutions announced today that it is expanding staff on two separate business-to-business sales programs in its Pittsburgh operations center. In total, the Company expects to add over 80 new employees over the next several months.

TRG Customer Solutions provides customer care, technical support and telesales services to Fortune 500 companies in the telecommunications, financial services, technology, healthcare, and utility industries. The programs to be expanded in Pittsburgh are on behalf of a nationally known telecommunications company. One of the programs in particular involves selling a variety of products including data services, technical support, wireless devices and other telephone access services to small to medium sized businesses.

"We are expanding these programs to service our client's desired growth since launching the programs in late 2008," said Frank Kelly, CEO, TRG Customer Solutions. "TRG is seeking candidates with strong selling skills that have at least 1 - 2 years business-to-business sales experience."

Work hours for both programs are Monday through Friday with one program operating from 8AM until 5 PM and the other from 11AM until 7:30PM. All positions are expected to be filled with local personnel, who will be required to complete a 2 or 3 week training program, during which time they will be paid. Interested persons should contact TRG Customer Solutions by calling Valene Schlichtkrull, TRG's Recruiter, at 412-645-6001. In addition, the company will be holding a job fair in its offices at 200 Industry Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275 on Tuesday, April 14 from 11:00AM until 1:00PM and from 6:00PM until 8:00PM. Candidates are requested to bring a resume and contact information for their references.

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If you're looking for a job in any of these fields or seriously considering switching careers and need some extra training, ECPI College of Technology has a Career Open House coming up spreading over April 25th - 30th. You'll be able to see live demos and presentations to really get a feel for what the job will be like. The expo is also free.

Some of the career fields and industries that they'll cover are:
Technology:
  • Network Security
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Database Programming

Business:

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice

Health Sciences:

  • Medical Administration
  • Medical Assisting
  • Practical Nursing
  • Medical Imaging Technology

Times and locations are:

Saturday, April 25: 10am - 4pm
Charlotte, NC 28208 - 4800 Airport Center Parkway
Columbia, SC 29210 - 250 Berryhill Road, Suite 300
Concord - Charlotte, NC 28262 - 124 Floyd Smith Drive
Greensboro, NC 27409 - 7802 Airport Center Drive
Raleigh, NC 27613 - 4101 Doie Cope Road


Monday, April 27: 9am - 8pm
Charlotte, NC 28208 - 4800 Airport Center Parkway
Concord - Charlotte, NC 28262 - 124 Floyd Smith Drive

Monday, April 27: 2pm - 7pm
Columbia, SC 29210 - 250 Berryhill Road, Suite 300
Greensboro, NC 27409 - 7802 Airport Center Drive

Tuesday, April 28: 9am - 8pm
Charlotte, NC 28208 - 4800 Airport Center Parkway
Concord - Charlotte, NC 28262 - 124 Floyd Smith Drive

Tuesday, April 28: 2pm - 7pm
Columbia, SC 29210 - 250 Berryhill Road, Suite 300
Greensboro, NC 27409 - 7802 Airport Center Drive

Wednesday, April 29: 9am - 8pm
Charlotte, NC 28208 - 4800 Airport Center Parkway
Concord - Charlotte, NC 28262 - 124 Floyd Smith Drive

Thursday, April 30: 9am - 8pm
Charlotte, NC 28208 - 4800 Airport Center Parkway
Concord - Charlotte, NC 28262 - 124 Floyd Smith Drive

You need to RSVP online or call 704-339-1010!
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Orlando Employment Guide on FOX News in Orlando
As we continue our push to "Put Americans to Work" via the Employment Guide job fair series, Fox News in Orlando, along with the Employment Guide are bringing hope back to the community. In our week long series promoting the upcoming Job Fair on April 16th, we are looking at ways that people in Central Florida can get back in the workforce. So far we have looked at Personal Branding and Interview Tips.

Today, Greg Rollett had the opportunity to talk about Advanced Online Job Seeking Tips, a subject that Greg will also be presenting about at the Job Fair at the Plaza Theatre in Downtown Orlando.
Check out the video here:

Some of the ideas and sites mentioned were:
  • HealthCareerWeb - Job Board focused on the health care industry
  • Wiser Worker - Niche job board focused on the professional and older worker
  • Zumeo - Career resource for Gen-Y
  • RSS Feeds - like TIVO for your computer
  • Using keywords in your online job search

Check back on the MyFoxOrlando morning show tomorrow as we talk about starting your own business and other options for self-employment.

Pre-register for the Orlando Job Fair here, the 1st 800 will have the opportunity to hear opening remarks from FL. Gov. Charlie Crist.

Happy hunting Orlando!
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We received this email from the Producers of “WARRIOR”:

Warrior Extras Casting is looking to book people for 4/22 and 4/23. Please respond if you are over 21 and available to work.

WARRIOR, a Lionsgate Studios feature film shooting in Pittsburgh, is seeking extras to participate in the filming of a staged "smoker" - an unlicensed mixed martial arts fight- as fans. Background actors age 21 and up of all types are needed.

There is a special need for bikers- as in Harleys, not Ducatis- both male and female for this location. Shooting will take place in Clairton on Wednesday, April 22nd, and Thursday, April 23rd, beginning in late afternoon. Background will be required to stay for the entire day of shooting, usually around twelve hours but often going longer.

Pay is $100/12 hours, with overtime as needed. Actors will be required to provide their own wardrobe and transportation, and may be asked to use their vehicles in the film for an additional $25. If available for this date, please send an e-mail to
with "SMOKER" in the subject line to be considered.

Include your name, e-mail address, phone number, photo of yourself, and photo of your vehicle. Please only respond if available for the specified dates and location. The shoot day may start late and end late.
www.warriorextras.com
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I am sure we have all seen various stories on who is Twittering these days. Well now you can even have jobs Tweeted to you. Twitter is basically a social network site that allows you to leave messages about what you are doing or what's going on. So, TweetMyJobs is great way to have jobs sent to you fast and electronically. Basically all you have to do is sign up and select the job channel you want, and you will start receiving jobs via text messages or by twitter. It is just as simple if you are a recruiter. All they would have to do is sign up, post the job to any of the job channels with a link to the job and TweetMyJobs will take care of the rest. Alot of the jobs that are being tweeted are coming over from Indeed.com, which helps to build volume as this website steadily grows. Even, I have tried twittering myself, but I am not that interesting compared to others that have twittered before me.

Portland might be receiving some good news on Tuesday, with the announcement that we could be 1 of 8 states to receive an electric car plant from the company Think North America. The Norwegian company has been scouting places to build car plants that could employ up to 900 people when all is said and done. The U.S. is quickly overtaking Europe as an attractive market for building electric vehicles. This could potentially re-invent the U.S. auto industry and help bring back some of the manufacturing jobs that have gone abroad.

Also, Portland Community College is having a job fair on May 5th at their Cascade Campus in north Portland. There is said to be over 40 employers on hand from AAA Oregon/Idaho to Willamette Dental.

So Portland, let us know if you receiving jobs via TweetMyJobs in the comments sections below. Let us know if they work out or if they are waste of time. Also, if you can not make the PCC job fair, remember that the Employment Guide is having theirs on June 4th at the downtown Hilton.
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EG Weekly Publication April 6th-April 12th
EG Weekly Publication April 6th-April 12th

Check out this weeks great career opportunities:
Oak Crest
North American Trade Schools
Diageo
All-State Career
Chimes
Ivy Hall
Maryland Department of Public Safety
UtiliQuest
07. April 2009 | Show Originial
This morning we continued our week long job fair and job promotion series on My FOX Orlando. Today the Orlando Employment Guide General Sales Manager, Patrick O'Brien got to chat with Mike Dunst about tips for acing your interview.

Tips include:
  • Preparing answers to basic interview questions
  • "Googling" the employer and the person conducting the interview
  • Overcoming your weaknesses
  • Have questions ready to ask about the company
  • What to do when pay comes up

Check out the interview here:



To pre-register for the April Orlando Job Fair, please click here.

-Greg Rollett
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We have just updated the information on the Orlando JobSpot Mobile Site and will be updating it with new companies, schedules and information as well as posts from the Orlando JobSpot blog.

http://www.orlandojobspot.mobi

Any mobile phone that allows you to browse the web has access to see the content.



Look for the official job fair press release and surprise announcement of our keynote speaker tomorrow on the Orlando JobSpot!

-Greg Rollett
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Click on the image below to view a copy of this week's edition of The Employment Guide in Portland.


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This morning I had the opportunity to talk with My Fox Orlando (FOX 35) about Personal Branding to enhance your job search. Here is the video:



After the show we were in a live chat with viewers where we answered questions about creating your personal brand and our Orlando Job Fair next Thursday, April 16th at the Plaza Theatre. The event is going to be an amazing opportunity to enhance your personal brand, network with other job seekers, speakers and companies and see the opportunities that Orlando has to offer.

Pre-register for the event here!

-Greg Rollett
02. April 2009 | Show Originial
(photo by mashroms)

Many of you locally here in Central Florida have felt first hand the effects of the recent employment market and the large lay off numbers surrounding it. Some people are coping with the situation in interesting ways, seeing opportunity and blessing in their layoffs or having great grief and struggle to make ends meet. No matter your situation, here are 7 tips to make the most of your transition period.

  1. Grow your network. Your network is the most important thing during this transition. Whether you are looking to start your own business, go into consulting or look for a new job opportunity your close knit network can help you in ways you would never think of. Go through that stack of business cards, hit those networking happy hours and start using the Internet to find people that you mesh well with and can leverage off of their skills.
  2. Re-establish relationships with family and friends. When you are in the midst of your career, you tend to put some friends and family members on the back burner. Now is the time to get back in touch, see what you missed and regain great connections. This will boost your self-esteem and confidence, as well as help you focus on obtaining a career when you have time for the people that matter most in your life.
  3. Find hobbies and passions and get into a routine in accomplishing them. Start a blog, hit the gym, learn a second language. Whatever the case may be, your off time gives you the opportunity to give time to things that you care about. Take some time for yourself and do what you love to do - just don't break what's left of your bank account to do it.
  4. Check your finances. I am no financial expert, but there are plenty out there. Find ways to leverage your 401(k), look for consulting gigs to boost income, even freelance work from your previous employer (assuming you left on good terms). Look into AARP and Social Security benefits if you qualify. You may be able to qualify for new government programs for mortgage relief in the form of lower payments by way of lower interest, or longer-term or lower principal (make sure you are current on the mortgage). You may be able to refinance a paid-off car or your home. Consider asking grown children living at home to pitch in, even if it means earning minimum wage. There are options out there if you seek for them.
  5. Look for support groups. There are groups both online and off that offers tips, ideas and tactics to finding work. One if the Free Agents, another is Freelance Switch. Dig into your industry and look for groups, forums and blogs that offer support for people in their industry.
  6. Start a business. The Internet provides ways that are quick ad easy to test your market, create products and make a living on your own.
  7. Keep your morale high. Do whatever it takes to keep your head high. Employers, friends and families can sense when you are not at your best, and your job is to keep your confidence and morale high even when its rainy outside. It can be touch, especially in when the days and bills start to stockpile, but it is only you that can get yourself out your situation. Go make it happen!

Bonus tip - Come visit with 40+ Orlando companies and learn about social media, branding and the local government's role in the current employment sector at the Orlando Job Fair on Thursday, April 16th. Pre-register here now!

Happy hunting Orlando!

-Greg Rollett
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