20. December 2007 | Show Originial
So I guess you're wondering what the Sarasota Job Spot is and where it came from. This blog is an information tool that will give job search tips and techniques, resume help, alert you of job fairs and more. Companies can purchase a posting to have one written about their company and it's job opportunities or buy ad space on the blog.

Readers can also leave questions to get more information about what ever subjects they need assistance in. You can also use the handy search engine on the right hand corner to search for jobs in the Sarasota area.

The Sarasota Job Spot also provides helpful links for job seekers to get the latest news about the ever changing job industry along with a mini chat room to talk to me instantly while you're on the blog. There are also links to the other community blogs owned by The EmploymentGuide® which you are welcome to visit and read. Each blog contains different information about jobs and job searching that you can find extremely valuable. Make sure you add the Sarasota Job Spot feed to your favorites so you can keep up with the daily updates which can help improve your job search.

Please remember that each blogs content is the opinion of the authors and not necessarily the opinions and/or views of The Employment Guide®, www.EmploymentGuide.com or Dominion Enterprises.


Happy Hunting Sarasota!

Samara Bowling
27. December 2007 | Show Originial
As we bring in the new year we should be updating our resumes as well. During the next two weeks I will be discussing the art of resume writing to help you prepare a successful resume. We will also be learning how to write a cover letter because suprisingly as it is many people are unaware of how to write a cover letter. This may even be the first time you've heard the word cover letter and honestly if that is the case this doesn't surprise me at the lease for even when I first graduated college I had no idea what a cover letter was or how to write one.

You will also learn how to put together your professional portfolio so you may be able to present your resume and cover letter professionally. This well help you look well organized and you will stand out from the rest.

Before we begin you will need the write tools to create your portfolio, resume, and cover letter. Some people may have Microsoft Works on their computer (it usually comes with it) which is perfectly fine to use if you don't have the rather expensive Microsoft Office. If you don't have either of these programs you may download Open Office which is absolutely free to download and use.

Today you will create your own professional letter head. This letter head is to be used on every document within your professional portfolio. This includes your resume, cover letter, references, thank you letter, etc.

Your letter head should consist of the following items:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your professional email
  • Your phone number
  • Your complete address

Be creative with your letter head, but don't over do it with fancy colors and uneccesay graphics. Keep it clean and professional. Make sure you use fonts that are readable and common such as Arial, Times New Roman, or Tahoma. Avoid type writter like fonts such as Courier. Do not use borders on your letter head at all. This is not professional. If you need examples please visit Microsofts site to get ideas, but please steer clear of the fancy graphic loaded ones.

Happy Hunting Sarasota!


31. December 2007 | Show Originial
Today is the last day of 2007 and a new year is getting ready to begin within the next 11 hours and 34 minutes from now. What will be your new years resolution and will you keep it? Will your new years resolution be to find a new job, get a raise in your current job, or go back to school to further your career? If it's not career related will it be health related such as quitting smoking or eating healthier? Maybe it's a spiritual or emotional change. Whatever your new years resolution will be you need to make a commitment to keep it. Some people say they are going to do things, but they never seem to actually accomplish the things they only "speak" of doing.

Make this new year the year of "Doing" or "Accomplishing". Work to actually achieve those goals you have written down. I used to always say I wanted to move to Florida and get a great job, etc. Year after year I remained in Ohio working dead end jobs, but when 2007 hit I made a commitment to make my dreams a reality. I saved all my money, took a trip to Florida this past June and got approved for an apartment. When October came I moved here and accomplished the first part of my goal. The next part was to find a great job that was something I could excel and grow in with opportunities to advance my career. I was determined to find a job; submitting probably 80 resumes in a 3-4 week period. I was looking for a clerical position, but was given a position that was absolutely perfect for me.

This is only a summary of what I did and it was difficult and even draining to accomplish, but I was determined and optimistic I was not going to give up despite the many setbacks, difficulty's, and even negative comments about my dreams I received. I believed I could make this happen and I did. I stayed positive and the perfect job was given to me. It wasn't what I was looking for, but it is what is perfect for me. I got something better than what I was searching for. Doing this made me a firm believer of the saying "You get what you work for".

This year use this type of will power and determination for whatever your new year resolution will be. You can meet and even exceed your goals whether it be a new job, a career advancement, career education, or something as small as losing 5 pounds. You can do it if you put your mind to it and believe that it will happen for you. Stay positive and believe me when I tell you that when you have positive energy good things will happen for you!

Happy Hunting Sarasota and have a wonderful New Year Celebration!

Samara Bowling
10. January 2008 | Show Originial
From reading NBC2 News online the job market for Sarasota isn't looking too great. People are losing jobs and looking for new ones for months with no avail. Experts state that retail and restaurant jobs will be strong in 2008 with all the retail locations opening everywhere in Sarasota.

According to the experts:
"You can find a job, it just may not be what you want, or what you are making," said Beth Barger of the Lee County Career and Service Center.
With technology improving each day, jobs using computers or in a computer related field is becoming the norm so computer skills are a must and can help you in the long run within your job search. More and more jobs are using computers such as retail, food, customer service jobs, etc.

The bottom line is if your looking for a job in the new year you need to follow the following steps to make your impression as strong as possible:
  • Update and rewrite your resume to work effectively
  • Update your computer skills
  • Brush up on your interviewing skills
  • Strengthen the areas in which you are weak in
  • Attend Job fairs
  • Learn how to stay positive and optimistic
If you have a job do your best to be productive, stay at the top of your game, and don't do anything to jeopardize your job because their are plenty of people out there that will love to have your job.

Happy Hunting Sarasota and Good Luck!

Samara Bowling
15. January 2008 | Show Originial
The above title is an interview question that almost all job candidates will be asked at their interview. It's best that if you have an upcoming interview then you should prepare a good acceptable answer for the famous "Why did you leave your last job?" question.

Never say anything negative about the job or your employer. In any question that you answer at your interview even if you do hold some sort of grudge with your previous employer do not let that be known. Your potential boss will not want someone negative or "grudge holding" because this to them can interfere with your work abilities, show that you will be incompatible or difficult to work with, and it also can bar you from the job you are seeking completely.

Acceptable answers are:
  • Downsizing - "The company was downsizing so that is why I am open for a new opportunity."
  • Layoffs - "The company laid of a lot employees do to a financial crisis so that's why I'm available."
  • Relocation - "We relocated to explore new job opportunities in the area."
  • More Challenge - "I wanted more challenging opportunities with a chance to grow with the company and I could not accomplish this is a small company."
For the rest of the week Sarasota Job Spot will be going over various interview questions and interview related topics so tune in this week to Sarasota Job Spot.

Happy Hunting Sarasota!

Samara Bowling
16. January 2008 | Show Originial
In other word have you ever been fired. Your answer to this question:

No.

According to Robin Ryan in the book "60 Seconds and you're Hired" you can honestly say no to this question. Regardless of it you were laid off, fired, or chose to quit for whatever reason you were still presented with the option to leave and you chose to leave.

Too many lawsuits have been initiated over this issue. Your former employer would not likely admit to forcing you out Therefore, honestly say "no."


Now that you have the answer to this question you can also apply this information to completing job applications as well.

Happy Hunting Sarasota!

Samara Bowling
20. December 2007 | Show Originial
So I guess you're wondering what the Sarasota Job Spot is and where it came from. This blog is an information tool that will give job search tips and techniques, resume help, alert you of job fairs and more. Companies can purchase a posting to have one written about their company and it's job opportunities or buy ad space on the blog.

Readers can also leave questions to get more information about what ever subjects they need assistance in. You can also use the handy search engine on the right hand corner to search for jobs in the Sarasota area.

The Sarasota Job Spot also provides helpful links for job seekers to get the latest news about the ever changing job industry along with a mini chat room to talk to me instantly while you're on the blog. There are also links to the other community blogs owned by The EmploymentGuide® which you are welcome to visit and read. Each blog contains different information about jobs and job searching that you can find extremely valuable. Make sure you add the Sarasota Job Spot feed to your favorites so you can keep up with the daily updates which can help improve your job search.

Please remember that each blogs content is the opinion of the authors and not necessarily the opinions and/or views of The Employment Guide®, www.EmploymentGuide.com or Dominion Enterprises.


Happy Hunting Sarasota!

Samara Bowling
27. December 2007 | Show Originial
As we bring in the new year we should be updating our resumes as well. During the next two weeks I will be discussing the art of resume writing to help you prepare a successful resume. We will also be learning how to write a cover letter because suprisingly as it is many people are unaware of how to write a cover letter. This may even be the first time you've heard the word cover letter and honestly if that is the case this doesn't surprise me at the lease for even when I first graduated college I had no idea what a cover letter was or how to write one.

You will also learn how to put together your professional portfolio so you may be able to present your resume and cover letter professionally. This well help you look well organized and you will stand out from the rest.

Before we begin you will need the write tools to create your portfolio, resume, and cover letter. Some people may have Microsoft Works on their computer (it usually comes with it) which is perfectly fine to use if you don't have the rather expensive Microsoft Office. If you don't have either of these programs you may download Open Office which is absolutely free to download and use.

Today you will create your own professional letter head. This letter head is to be used on every document within your professional portfolio. This includes your resume, cover letter, references, thank you letter, etc.

Your letter head should consist of the following items:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your professional email
  • Your phone number
  • Your complete address

Be creative with your letter head, but don't over do it with fancy colors and uneccesay graphics. Keep it clean and professional. Make sure you use fonts that are readable and common such as Arial, Times New Roman, or Tahoma. Avoid type writter like fonts such as Courier. Do not use borders on your letter head at all. This is not professional. If you need examples please visit Microsofts site to get ideas, but please steer clear of the fancy graphic loaded ones.

Happy Hunting Sarasota!


31. December 2007 | Show Originial
Today is the last day of 2007 and a new year is getting ready to begin within the next 11 hours and 34 minutes from now. What will be your new years resolution and will you keep it? Will your new years resolution be to find a new job, get a raise in your current job, or go back to school to further your career? If it's not career related will it be health related such as quitting smoking or eating healthier? Maybe it's a spiritual or emotional change. Whatever your new years resolution will be you need to make a commitment to keep it. Some people say they are going to do things, but they never seem to actually accomplish the things they only "speak" of doing.

Make this new year the year of "Doing" or "Accomplishing". Work to actually achieve those goals you have written down. I used to always say I wanted to move to Florida and get a great job, etc. Year after year I remained in Ohio working dead end jobs, but when 2007 hit I made a commitment to make my dreams a reality. I saved all my money, took a trip to Florida this past June and got approved for an apartment. When October came I moved here and accomplished the first part of my goal. The next part was to find a great job that was something I could excel and grow in with opportunities to advance my career. I was determined to find a job; submitting probably 80 resumes in a 3-4 week period. I was looking for a clerical position, but was given a position that was absolutely perfect for me.

This is only a summary of what I did and it was difficult and even draining to accomplish, but I was determined and optimistic I was not going to give up despite the many setbacks, difficulty's, and even negative comments about my dreams I received. I believed I could make this happen and I did. I stayed positive and the perfect job was given to me. It wasn't what I was looking for, but it is what is perfect for me. I got something better than what I was searching for. Doing this made me a firm believer of the saying "You get what you work for".

This year use this type of will power and determination for whatever your new year resolution will be. You can meet and even exceed your goals whether it be a new job, a career advancement, career education, or something as small as losing 5 pounds. You can do it if you put your mind to it and believe that it will happen for you. Stay positive and believe me when I tell you that when you have positive energy good things will happen for you!

Happy Hunting Sarasota and have a wonderful New Year Celebration!

Samara Bowling
10. January 2008 | Show Originial
From reading NBC2 News online the job market for Sarasota isn't looking too great. People are losing jobs and looking for new ones for months with no avail. Experts state that retail and restaurant jobs will be strong in 2008 with all the retail locations opening everywhere in Sarasota.

According to the experts:
"You can find a job, it just may not be what you want, or what you are making," said Beth Barger of the Lee County Career and Service Center.
With technology improving each day, jobs using computers or in a computer related field is becoming the norm so computer skills are a must and can help you in the long run within your job search. More and more jobs are using computers such as retail, food, customer service jobs, etc.

The bottom line is if your looking for a job in the new year you need to follow the following steps to make your impression as strong as possible:
  • Update and rewrite your resume to work effectively
  • Update your computer skills
  • Brush up on your interviewing skills
  • Strengthen the areas in which you are weak in
  • Attend Job fairs
  • Learn how to stay positive and optimistic
If you have a job do your best to be productive, stay at the top of your game, and don't do anything to jeopardize your job because their are plenty of people out there that will love to have your job.

Happy Hunting Sarasota and Good Luck!

Samara Bowling
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