26. March 2010 | Show Originial
I woke up this morning in a puddle of sweat because my nerves are shot. Why, you ask? Well, I have a job interview. My first one in five years, so to say I am a little rusty is an understatement.

I honestly don’t have a clue what to do with myself. My interview is at 10:45am and it is 4:00 in the morning. No need to get ready yet, but I can’t sleep so why even bother staying in bed. I guess I will get up, sit in my favorite chair, and watch some mindless show on television until it is time for me to get ready to go.

Big mistake…

The sound of the garbage truck woke me up. Startled and half- asleep I looked at the time on the cable box, ten o’ clock, Oh ****! I overslept, how did I oversleep? I jumped out of my chair, took a quick shower, threw on some clothes, and rushed out the door.

It was not until I was half way down the street that I realized a couple of important details to assure success in my job interview:

One, I forgot to shave.

Two, I did not brush my hair.


Three, I forgot to brush my teeth.


Four, I did not dress appropriately…. Jeans and a polo what was I thinking, I have a suit, why didn’t I wear the suit?


And here is the kicker, you ready for this? I forgot the directions to the interview and have no idea where I am going.


I look at the clock on the radio in my car and see the time, 10:20am, I am going to be late. What do I do? I am not going to do well in the interview because of my rough start, so why even bother going.

“I give up!” I turned the car around and drove back home. Fed up with the day and myself, I got back into bed and cried myself to sleep.

The Life of an Unemployed Job Seeker

This is a fictional character in a fictional situation but it isn’t that far fetched. These things happen, but there are many steps to ensure this NEVER happens for you:

• The night before the interview, lay out your interview outfit. Make sure your clothing is pressed, cleaned, and the shoes are polished.
• Place your keys next to the front door or some other obvious place and next to your keys lay the directions to the interview as well as the point of contact to ask for once you arrive.
o It is best to do a trial run--drive to the place of the interview before the actual interview day to make sure you know exactly where to go.
• Take a hot bath, drink a soothing cup of tea, and go to bed early.

• If you know that you are a deep sleeper (or are just worried about oversleeping) set as many alarms as you need to so that you get up on time. Ask a friend to call you to make sure that you are up in time to get ready.

• Make sure that you get up in plenty of time to have breakfast, get ready, calm your nerves, and arrive to the interview 10 to 15 minutes early.


However, lets say that you do oversleep or your car breaks down or you get sick. You are either going to be late for the interview or won’t make it at all. What do you do? Call the interviewee. Call as soon as you realize you are not going to make it promptly at the stated time. But what do you say when you call?


Be brief and apologize! Say something like; “I am so sorry but something unavoidable came up and I am unable to make our appointment this morning/afternoon. I am still very interested in the position and it is important to me to work for your company. Is it possible we can reschedule for later today or tomorrow?”

Do you have a funny story to tell? Send it to me and put a little humor in the lives of the unemployed and looking.
Carly Sabato
26. March 2010 | Show Originial

Can the unemployment rate get any worse? Apparently, it is possible. Released today, the state labor officials say that Florida’s unemployment rate has continued to grow with January increasing by 0.2% and February an additional 3% went unemployed. Florida’s unemployment rate stands at 12.2%, which remains higher than the national average of 9.7%. Is there an end in sight? Labor officials say the future of the jobless generation will continue to grow well into the future.

There is some hope for Floridians, despite the drab forecasts. Companies are beginning to spend money, which is allowing them to start hiring again.

This past Thursday, ZMG Construction hosted a job fair for construction workers needed to build Encore, a commercial and residential space in the downtown Tampa area. The development project expects to hire 4,100 people with all different types of construction experience.

Here’s some exciting news--there are more opportunities for jobs on the way in the Tampa Bay area! On Monday, March 29 Aldi, a chain of grocery stores, will be opening about 10 new stores and will be looking to hire about 10-15 people per store. Aldi’s job fair will be held at the Holiday Inn on Ulmerton Road in Clearwater, Florida.

Job seekers – if you are on a mission to find a job, remember to prepare a great resume and dress professionally for all job fairs and interviews that you attend. Check your local news stations for other job fairs and companies hiring on a daily basis, since they are often a great source of information.

Links to the websites to the companies I mentioned above. Don’t forget to do some research on the company and then call to introduce yourself to see if there are positions still available for ZMG Construction and if Aldi requires anything specific for their Monday job fair.

ZMG Construction: http://www.zmgconstruction.com/

Aldi: http://www.aldifoods.com/index_ENU_HTML.htm
28. March 2010 | Show Originial
Today's blog is a how to video on setting up your own Twitter account.  However, you may be asking yourself, why is it important for me to have a Twitter account?  Well, there are many benefits of Twitter, here are just a few reasons:

1- A business standpoint:  It is a great way to brand your business and get the word out about what services or products you have to offer.  Rather you are a small business or a Fortune 500 company being a part of Twitter will help your business grow.

2- A job seeker standpoint:  As a jobseeker being a part of Twitter opens a wide range of possibilities to landing the perfect job.  Not only can you find jobs from Tweets from companies but you can also post that you are looking for a job, what experience you have, and even more your resume.  Brand yourself, Twitter can help!

3- Personal standpoint:  A personal account is great to have because you can follow people that put out helpful information that you may be interested in or you can follow your local newspaper, news station, or radio host.  Either way, you can stay up- to- date with what is going on in the world around you.

Do you see why Twitter is so useful and why you should be a part of the Twitter conversation?

If you don't have a Twitter account yet or you are interested in learning more about how to use Twitter than check out this how to video below:

How to Twitter: 


COME BACK TOMORROW FOR ANOTHER HELPFUL SITE IN USING TWITTER.

Carly Sabato


 

06. April 2010 | Show Originial

Electronic resumes are common in today’s job seeking world.  But what is an electronic resume or e- resume for short?  Simple, it is any resume

that is sent via e-mail, submitted to Internet job boards, or posted on someone’s personal web or blog page.


However, like the traditional resumes there are things that job seekers need to know when sending or posting their e- resume.  To make it easy to remember, here is a list of tips before you jump into the new age of technology and transfer your paper resume to an electronic resume.


Job Seekers Must have an e-resume:  Did you know that 80% of employers prefer to receive emails from interested candidates via e-mail.  Also, 80% of Fortune 500 companies put there job availabilities on their web page with links to post their resumes to the application.


E-resume Must have keywords:  Just like your traditional resume it needs to have words that stand out and highlight what you have to offer.  For an e-resume, appropriate keywords will allow your resume to pop up when an employer searches like keywords.


Make sure your e-resume shows accomplishments:  Like #2 this applies to a typical resume but it is even more important to show accomplishments in an e-resume because employers are looking at triple the amount of resumes than they have in the past before e-resumes and web became popular.  You have to stand out in the crowd!


Don’t be afraid, an e-resume is not difficult to create:  Creating your e- resume in Word will probably be the best program because it is widely used.  If you do not have this program when you save it save it so it can be opened in other formats.


E-resumes can be sent anywhere: Post it on many job boards, paste it piece by piece into profile job boards or online applications, paste it in a body of an e-mail, convert into any format, send as an attachment, print it and hand it to an employer.  


Tailor or e-resume for each job board you are posting:  Online job boards gives you many opportunities to apply for jobs.  However, make sure that before applying for a job that you are tailoring your e-resume to the job that your are applying for.  A great time saving idea is to make a few e-resume’s that each relate to jobs that you will possibly be applying for.


Great resources that will help your e-resume process:


e-Resumes: Everything You Need to Know About Using Electronic Resumes to Tap into Today's Hot Job Market, by Susan Britton Whitcomb, Pat Kendall, 


Electronic Resumes & Online Networking, by Rebecca Smith



What do you think?  Are you a job seeker with an e- resume or do you need to create one?  Leave your comments and help out your fellow job seeker.


Carly Sabato



07. April 2010 | Show Originial
Each day I write my blogs on information to help the fellow job seeker find a job. I give tips on how to act in an interview, how to create a great resume, as well as jobs that are available in the local community. Today, while researching blog ideas I came across a site that gave great information but in a different way.

The site, www.acinet.org is a site with a variety of useful economy based and job type information. What I came upon, is a list of jobs that are declining. Why is this helpful? Well, this will give you insight into the jobs that are going to have continuing layoffs or just become obsolete in the future. Either way, these jobs are not something you want to invest your time in if there is not going to be a long- term commitment, so stay away from them.

* The link will show you the list of Florida declining jobs. If you are interested in seeing an overall of all jobs Nationally you can change you r search in the upper window of the page.

TOP 5O DECLINING FLORIDA JOBS
08. April 2010 | Show Originial
With the economy declining many people have found themselves in a place they never thought they would be, out of a job. Today, people of all ages and economic backgrounds are taking jobs that are below there experience or education level just to make ends meet. Some people who have found themselves unemployed are taking the opportunity to go back to school. However, many people who are without a job have bills that are piling up and money is simply too tight to even think about earning a degree. If this is your thought process I am here to give you information that will help you pursue your dreams.

Scholarships, grants, or financial aid there are opportunities out there that will help ease the burden of what school can cost. Many of you might be thinking I am too old to get a scholarship or grant money or even financial aid, but this is not the case. Their are many resources that will give you money to go back to school and make a better future for yourself and/or your family.

The site, www.acinet.org/ that I discussed on my blog yesterday, is the same site that has information about scholarships. I chose this site among others because it gives you four different categories to narrow your search sub categories in each main category to narrow your search even more.

Check out the direct link and start finding your scholarship today: SCHOLARSHIPS

The best advice that I can give anyone wanting to go back to school is, DON’T GIVE UP! There is money out there you just have to look for it.

Good Luck!

What do you think? Have you recently lost your job and are thinking about or already have gone back to school? Leave your comments below to inspire others.

Carly Sabato
09. April 2010 | Show Originial
Scams, we have all heard about them and many of us may have been directly affected by some sort of fraudulent activity. However, did you know that you might be scammed when it comes to looking for a job?

With online job searches on the rise, scam cons are able to reach people who would never have been victims of scams before. People are being scammed in various ways, from fraud to stolen goods people are sometimes clueless to what is going on.

Imagine, you apply for a job online. You receive an acceptance letter, get the contract, and send it back via email. You are now a finance manager for a bigwig company! A week later, you receive your first assignment: Money has been transferred into your personal account. Your task is to transfer the money into an overseas account. When you go to “do your job”, you are arrested. Why, well the money is stolen, welcome you have been a part of a popular scam.

Sound unrealistic or maybe you think how could someone not know this is a scam? Well, there are many reasons; one, people in these situations are so excited to finally have a job after a long stance of unemployment that they overlook the awkwardness of the situation. Two, the paperwork and all information of their job assignment seems legal and legitimate. No matter the reasons of how these people become victims of such a popular scam it is crucial to know and understand what to look for so you never become one of these horror stories.

Be aware that the scenario that I gave you is not the only type of scam out there. Here are some other popular ones; reshipping packages- usually this job is titled forwarding packages. Basically, your “employer” sends a package to your home and you are instructed to repackage and reship it to a certain location. DON’T DO IT the contents are stolen! Another, is a work-from-home opportunity. Now, not all of the work-from-home opportunities are scams but those who offer quick cash and a large sum of it probably is a scam. Typically, victims are prompted to pay a registration fee or a training fee this is just a way to get your money. Best rule of thumb for this type of situation, DON’T DO IT!

Here are some common warning signs that you might the job might be a scam:
  • You are asked for your social security number
  • You are asked for your bank account number
  • You are requested to scan some sort of identification (i.e. driver’s license)
  • The contact email for the employer is not a primary domain.
  • The job ad is unprofessional and has many spelling, grammatical, or information errors
  • The employer does not want to meet you face to face or have a conference call with you

Common since right? Well, you would be surprised by how many people know the warning sign and still fall victim to such scams.

Here are some tips to avoid being scammed:

  • Never give out your social security number
  • Never give out your bank account information
  • Never transfer or wire money to a strange account/.employer
  • Don’t give a copy of your identification
  • Don’t re-ship products that you do not know who they are from or what is in them.
  • ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS RESEARCH A COMPANY BEFORE GIVING ANY INFORMATION TO THEM!
What do you think? Have you been a victim of such scams. Leave me a comment so I can post for others to read to learn what not to do.

Carly Sabato
12. April 2010 | Show Originial
Boeing, the world’s largest manufactures of commercial jetliners and military aircraft, could be bringing 1,900 jobs and work for 14 local suppliers to the state of Florida. But wait! There’s more! The Boeing Company could also bring a total of 50,000 jobs to the entire United States as well as bringing business to more than 800 suppliers in 40 states.

Right now, the government is looking to build a replacement for the current 179 KC – 135 and create the NewGen Tanker, as the new tanker aircraft for the U.S Air Force. If the government chooses the $35 Billion contract from the Boeing Company, it will allow Boeing to build the replacement, which is how Florida will get these jobs. Awesome news, right? It’s great news for the state of Florida because not only will it put a dent in the high unemployment rate but it will also bring about $95 million annually in economic impact to the state.

So what exactly is the NewGen Tanker? Well, it is an improvement to the current 767 commercial airplane. It is considered a multi- mission aircraft, with advanced technology, and is capable of fulfilling the Air Force’s needs to transport fuel, cargo, passengers, and patients for the military.

Other companies are also bidding for the contract of building the NewGen Tanker. However, all proposals are due by May 10, 2010 and a decision is expected later in the year. For the sake of Florida and the unemployment rate, let’s hope the Boeing Company is chosen and the Florida people can get back to work!

Curious as to what Florida suppliers will be contributing to the building of this aircraft? Here is a list of the 14 companies:

• Vought Aircraft, Stuart
• Goodrich Lighting Systems, Oldsmar
• Pall Aeropower, New Port Richey
• Parker Fluid Systems, Naples
• Radiant Power Corp., Sarasota
• AAR Manufacturing, Clearwater
• ACR Electronics, Fort Lauderdale
• Alnitak Corp., Sarasota
• ASC Industries, Miami
• CPN Electronics, Fort Lauderdale
• DME Corp., Fort Lauderdale
• Gables Engineering, Coral Gables
• IPECO, Casselberry
• Kaman Aerospace, Jacksonville

PHOTOS OF THE NEWGEN TANKER:
BOEING COMPANY HOME PAGE:
13. April 2010 | Show Originial
It is April 13, 2010 have you filed yet? If not and you find yourself scrambling to get everything done than this blog might be informative.

To start, if you are unable to file by the April 15, 2010 due date than file an extension. This will help reduce the stress of getting all the forms done and done correctly as well as avoiding the penalties that occur when you do not file on time. Here is a link to the forms that need to be filed BY OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE APRIL 15, 2010 for an extension: Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Income Tax Return

Now let’s talk deductions. If you are a job seeker who is looking for a job within the same line of work that you are currently in than you may qualify for many deductions of your job seeking expenses.

Here is a list of what you can and can’t deduct.

CAN DEDUCT:

• Employment and Outplacement Agency Fees
• Resume’s- Time you spend creating a resume as well as the cost of printing and mailing your resumes to prospective employees.
• Travel and transportation expenses- If you are looking in a new area for a job that is in your current field.
• Phone calls- local and long distance call to prospective employees

CAN’T BE DEDUCTED:

• You are looking for a job in a new occupation
• There is a long break between the ending of your last job and looking for a new one.
• You are looking for a job for a first time.

IRS WEBSITE: For more helpful information on your taxes.

Have you filed yet or are you trying to get everything done by April 15, 2010? Leave your comments for others to read.


Carly Sabato

14. April 2010 | Show Originial
Age discrimination is nothing new. However, what may be news to you is it isn’t just your typical over 50 crowd who are being targeted; younger workers can find themselves caught up in age discrimination just as easily.

Labor lawyers say employees in their twenties and thirties find themselves more at risk of a layoff. There are many reasons for this such as companies avoiding age-discrimination lawsuits by adopting a “last one in, first one out” policy when conducting their layoffs. Also, younger workers often have a high- maintenance attitude and a poor work ethic that makes it easy for management to let them go. Also adding to the list, younger people are a lot less of a risk for an employer to lay off because states employees typically protect workers 40 and older from age discrimination. Laid off employees younger than the 40 year old benchmark don’t have much backup when trying to file an age-discrimination lawsuit against a company due to the current laws.

Young, childless workers say they feel that they are being targeted during layoffs. While no particular age group is targeted in a layoff, numbers from the Department of Labor speak for themselves. In April of 2009, the unemployment rate for ages 25 to 34 was at 9.6% compared to 4.9% a year earlier while in that same year the age group of 55 and older had an unemployment rate of only 6.2%, which is compared to 3.3% from the year before.

Now, it is not a proven fact that younger workers should be on guard when it comes to age discrimination, but it is important to know that times are changing and that no age is safe. Here are some ways to protect yourself and keep your job.

• Come in early and leave late

• Check, check, and re-check all your work

• Volunteer to do the work that others do not want to do.

• Get certified—Many companies offer free training and certification programs—Take advantage of this!

• Don’t be demanding!

• Make yourself invaluable to the company, for example:
o Cross train in another department
o Learn as much as possible in all areas of the company
o Be willing to relocate ANYWHERE!

• Find a mentor within the company, preferably someone in upper management
• Volunteer on all projects

• BE THE BEST WORKER YOU CAN BE AND THEN BE BETTER THAN THAT!

What do you think? Are you a victim of age- discrimination? Are you a young worker who has a story to tell? Leave me your comments so I can post for others to read.


Carly Sabato

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