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Why A Proactive Job Search Is More Important Than Ever

While the unemployment rate is higher than ever in 2020 due to COVID 19, we belive there is a solution to this. According to the Florida Estimating Conference, unemployment levels may not get back to the 5% level until sometime in 2021. For job seekers needing that next paycheck, 2021 is a long way away.

Taking a proactive plan to your job search is now more important than ever. You need to stand out from the pack and show employers that you are worth their investment over the 70,000+ job seekers in Orlando alone.

5 Steps To a More Efficient and Proactive Job Search

Get personal

Address resumes and cover letters to specific people and companies. Have a generic cover letter and non relevant resume will not get your resume to the fast stack any longer. Even with all the credentials, the personal candidate will get the edge every time. Take the extra 5-10 minutes and find the person you are trying to contact, find their extension and drop them a line, follow up your resume email with a call or see if they will be at a job fair.

Network, network, network.

You know the great thing about Social Networks? People leave their information on there for you to find! Perform searches on LinkedIn and Facebook for companies that you want to work for and start asking questions, get involved, answer their questions and build relationships. It is powerful stuff.

Go old school

The Internet is powerful. It is the most expansive information system ever created. Sometimes you need to just get on the town and do it in person. Map out some companies that you have interest in, see when their down times in the day are and knock on their doors. Take the initiative and beat the job seekers who are sending 100’s of generic resumes to computers. Make a personal connection

Become known

Join associations, clubs and nonprofits in your field. Help them with their goals and become an industry leader for something that interests you. Self-promotion is okay when you are performing an amazing job, referrals are the best form of flattery. Starting a blog on your career choice is not a bad idea either.

Work it like a full time job

You only get out what you put in. Looking for a much needed job an hour a day will only produce those same results. If you want to get their dream position or job here in Orlando, you need to be working on your job search like a 9-5. Get on the phones, do your research, tweak your resume, blog, look for opporrtunities, network, attend events and job fairs and be involved with the process every minute. If you are serious enough, there is a position for you!

In the current economic landscape, proactive job seekers will be in a greater position to climb their career to new heights when things turn around. Get proactive and find a job today

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10 Ways to Keep Your Job

10 Ways to Keep Your Job The EASY WAY

We spend a lot of time focusing on the getting-the-job aspect of things here at employmentacademy.org.uk. While the job search is a very important and deserving focus, keeping the job you’ve worked so hard to get is more than a little important. Of course, actually doing the work is a good chunk of your success at a company, but there are other factors that will also influence just how far you’ll go with your company. So here is a list of things you can do to ensure longevity in your position.

Show up every day on time.

5 minutes late? Okay, if it’s once or twice, here and there. However, repeatedly being tardy can immediately cancel out all of the good work you do on a daily basis. So keep your good work the focus; bonus points if you’re 10 minutes or more early every day.

Ask questions when you need help

It takes less time to do something right the first time, than to have to do it over again. Asking questions also shows your involvement in the process and doing of things.

Be hungry

No, I don’t mean you should be hitting the snack machines with all of your spare change. If you’ve finished all of your projects, ask your manager for more work. The more new projects you take on, the more responsibility and reward you’ll be afforded.

Be a problem solver

Managers have a ton of administrative duties and other responsibilities in their daily routine. Neither of you will have good days every day. So when you encounter a problem, your manager will appreciate the effort you put into finding a viable solution.

Find a Big Brother (or Sister)

Remember when you were little and you and your siblings didn’t get along at all? I bet you’re really close now. The business world is a family, and it helps to know people who know people, and who can show you the ropes. Scope out someone in your office you can connect with, and shadow them. You’ll learn more about your company, and your job.

Penny pinch

You know, in a way your company’s money is your money. After all, it’s where your paycheck comes from, right? So it makes sense that you’d want your company to have as much money as possible. Look for your chance to add value to your company every day. Impliment paper saving practices to cut costs on print production. Value shop when buying supplies in bulk. Anything you can do to conserve your company’s resources is a huge asset.

Be the teacher’s pet

It’s okay to want to learn. Most adults spend their later years reminiscing about their grade school days anyhow – and learning is a life-long process. Take lunch-and-learns that your company has to offer. Take a night course at your local college. Many companies offer tuition-reimbursement. Learning how to enhance your position helps the company just as much as it helps you get ahead.

Say “You’re right” on occasion

Knowing how to say you were wrong is something most people never quite get the knack of. But this is your chance to recognize your mistakes and accept responsibility for them. The mistake isn’t what will be remembered – your solution is. A mistake is simply an opportunity to demonstrate your problem solving skills.

Service with a smile

Whether it’s a customer, a coworker, or management you’re talking to, it’s important to maintain good service. It isn’t rocket science to figure out that the quality of work you put out will determine just how far you go with a company. Not every customer is going to be fun. Not every task if going to be enriching. Pushing through with a smile will make the job more enjoyable for you, as well as your customers or clients.

Be happy, man

It’s easy to get distracted and let things get you down. Even if someone has stolen your favorite red stapler, your ink pen blew up, and you’ve got one broken wheel on your desk chair, having a positive attitude will help you get things fixed quicker than simply complaining or getting frustrated. Your coworkers will like you enough to lend a helping hand at the very least.

And that’s it

10 easy things you can do to ensure your further development within your company. Have you had any great successes in the last year in your position?

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Background Checks

Background Checks Are Common Practice

Background checks have become commonplace for many employers, but not every job seeker knows what information an employer may learn about them through the process.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act sets the standard for employment screening for background checks being completed by an outside company. The FCRA mandates a company must obtain an employee’s written consent before a background check is conducted and must notify the employee if an adverse hiring decision is made based on information found in a background check.

Under the FCRA, an employer may be able to access a potential employee’s: driving records, social security number, bankruptcy, property ownership, past employers, vehicle registration, education records, character references, military records, personal references, credit records, court records, neighbor interviews, state licensing records, incarceration records, criminal records, workers compensation, certain medical records, drug test records and sex offender lists.

According to Joel Griffiths of Getmemymortgage.co.uk, employers are usually most interested in a potential employee’s criminal records.

“That’s obviously the number one,” he said. “Beyond that it depends, all employers are different.”

Fishman said the type of records an employer wants the most may correlate with the job opening. For instance, someone applying for a job that involves driving will probably have their motor vehicle records accessed.

Griffiths said education and verification records are always important to employers, and 56 percent of job applicants have a discrepancy between what they report to the employer and what a background check reveals.

Sex offender status, credit reports, address history and social security number traces are also on top of the list, Griffiths said.

There is a lot of information employers are not allowed to access

When performing a background check, according to the FCRA, including: bankruptcies after 10 years; civil suits, civil judgments and arrest records after seven years; paid tax liens after seven years; accounts placed for collection after seven years and any other negative information after seven years, excluding criminal convictions.

Records pertaining to education, military service and medical history are usually confidential unless an employer first gains permission from the employee to access the records.

Most recently, Fishman said, employers have been more and more likely to gain information by looking at an employee’s social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace.

“There are a lot of things out there that are tempting for people to check,” he said. “It’s a big no-no because there’s no way to authenticate the information.”

If an employer tries to access information not covered under the FCRA, penalties can vary from litigation to discontinuation of services with a background check company. Fishman said if employers don’t follow the rules, it’s only a matter of time before major legal hurdles arise, and most employers don’t knowingly go against the rules.

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Social Media and Job Seekers

With the recent buzz about how companies are using social media applications like Twitter (or not, as the case may be), I started to think about how job seekers might be using social media and networking. I myself use Twitter to keep up with friends, interests and organizations I like, and probably have more memberships to social networking sites than I care to remember half of the time. But, how can these resources be effective for job seekers?

Some of the ways you can use social media to your advantage

Twitter is a great resource (despite it’s frequent “fail whale” down times) for anybody trying to keep up with an organization or company. The basic idea behind Twitter is “What are you doing?”. A simple question asked to it’s users that is answered in 140 characters or less. It can be anything from “Surfing my favorite blogs,” to “Turning in applications and resumes online.” Even job boards are getting in on the trend. The Employment GuideĀ® has several Twitters working on both the national and local levels to keep job seekers updated on job fairs, available jobs, and when new blog posts are available. It’s a quick way to interact with anyone and everyone in your social network, moving information from person to person through conversations. Seek out organizations you’re hoping to get your foot through the door in on Twitter and keep up with their daily updates. It can help you gain valuable insight into the workings of the company, and even tip you off to when jobs are available!

Use social media when looking for job

Of course, social media is all about networking, and applications like Twitter are supplemented by networks like MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn. These are online communities, off-shoots of the intranets and Friendsters of the world, that connect users through their own network of friends, colleagues, interests and organizations. Each network is a little different, so let’s look at how they can each help you out in your job search. MySpace is a great way to connect with your friends, and in turn get information that only your friends would know. For instance, I once worked for a hospital gift shop and wouldn’t have even known about the position if I hadn’t read about it in one of my friends’ “bulletins”. The emphasis on MySpace is less on professional networking and more on social, so be prepared to make a lot of friends (and gain great leads in the process!). Facebook, while originally intended for use by college students (it started on a college campus, and was initially only available to those enrolled in an accredited college), has recently been opened up to the general population.

This has led to an influx of organizations and companies that are itching to employ those who have furthered their education. Facebook has a unique application builder that has allowed companies to create ways to keep their friends on Facebook up to date on all of their job openings, blog posts, and updates. All of these updates and applications are found on the user’s Facebook homepage, in addition to their friend’s updates. LinkedIn is perhaps the most in depth resource for job seekers already in a position, but perhaps looking to build their networking opportunities. The network connects people through their various professional contacts, allowing them to come into contact with hiring managers and companies all over the world. It gives the user the ability to post resumes, references, contact information, and their reason for being on LinkedIn. There are, of course, a myriad of other social networking sites out there. It’s up to you to decide how to use your network, but with so many choices out there you’re bound to enhance your job search if you use any of them to your advantage!

Some companies, like us, are even creating their own social networks. There are other sites available, like Ning.com, where users can build their own social networks, allowing them to personalize their networking experience. This gives the job seeker a huge advantage. If you can create your own network, inviting the people you want to invite, then you’re able to concentrate exactly what content and information is being networked. It’s a great way to enhance your job search, and get to know more people!

As you can see, there are a lot of ways to get involved in social networking, and almost all of them can help you in your job search. The key is to have a point of reference when joining a network. They’re big and can be a little daunting, so remember your purpose. I’ll see you on the interwebs, but until then you can keep up with us on The Spot Blog’s Official Twitter!

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