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October 28, 2011

Should You Lie to Land a Job?

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Should You Lie to Land a Job?

By  Lisa Quast

 

In my work as a career coach, I hear some version of this question literally every day – “Should I lie (or hide information) on my job application, resume or in my interviews?”  In fact, just yesterday, during my program on Defining and Refining Your Job Search for Mediabistro’s Job Search Boot Camp, the issue came up again among the attendees.

Here’s what I’m hearing…Often, folks who are approaching 50 (or older) wonder if they should lie about or hide their age because they’re getting zero traction with hiring managers and recruiters.  They have a sneaking feeling (but they’re not sure) that their lack of success in the job search process is about their age and not about their qualifications.

Are they right?
Yes, in many cases their suspicions are well-founded.  In  thousands of fields, industries and organizations, there is a strong bias against hiring men and women who are 50+.  Sometimes it is legitimately age discrimination, sometimes it’s about the culture the hiring managers are attempting to create where age is a key factor.  Other times, the organization wants up-to-the-minute skills (HTML coding, digital media sales, etc.) and they believe younger professionals have a greater grasp on these skills.  And, in certain cases, it’s about the number of years of experience they want, which correlates with a certain age.  You might have the right number of years, but the wrong age for what they’re looking for.

Another group that wonders about lying during the job search process are moms  who’ve left the workforce for a time.  Gone for a number of years to care for their children, they now wish to return but find that re-entry feels blocked.  There are great challenges to re-entry indeed, especially after a significant number of years.  And achieving re-entry at a level you believe is appropriate is more than challenging.  The corporate world is a linear world, which frowns on off-ramping and makes it extremely hard for the on-ramper to come back again at a level or compensation comparable to the one they left.

Finally, those who’ve been unemployed for a significant amount of time wonder how to articulate what they’ve been doing.

So, what’s to be done?  Should you lie about your age, or hide what you’ve been doing with your time?

My answer is an unequivocal, resounding NO! Never lie and never try to hide information.

Below are five reasons why lying or obfuscating information is to your detriment, and will only keep you from what you want (and cause you heartache) in the future:

If you lie or falsify information to get a job…

1) You’ll be living a lie
If you lie to get yourself a new employment situation (or a new relationship, or a new anything), you’ll have to maintain that lie for the rest of your time in that situation.  Keeping up pretenses and falsifications is a full-time job – it’s exhausting, demoralizing, draining, fear-inducing and in the end, a waste of precious energy which would be far better spent expressing and living who you really are. Living the “impostor” syndrome is a terrible strain.

2) You grow weaker when you lie
As a REIKI master, I studied energy healing for a number of years.  I worked with people’s energy, and I was utterly astounded at what an individual’s energy field reveals and discloses.  And I observed this – when you lie, there are clear physiological signs that give it away and your energy reveals it.  Liars speak less convincingly, their eye contact becomes more indirect, their confidence wanes, and their ability to come across as believable and self-assured is negatively impacted.  In short, we gain strength and vitality when we tell the truth and when we honor who we are and our own authentic experience, and we grow weaker when we deny ourselves.

3)  You’re telling yourself you’re not enough
When you lie to get something you want, you feed yourself a damaging message that you are not sufficient, not enough, not worthy, not deserving of having this desired thing unless you pretend to be someone else.  This message of “I’m not worthy of this” unless I lie, seeps into other parts of your life, including your relationships, your communications, your professional behavior and your family life.

4) You become a part of a “club” that doesn’t want you
Remember that great Groucho Marx line, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as a member!” I’m talking about the opposite of this idea.  Don’t you want to be a part of something that wants you – the real you?  Do you want to work hard for an organization that wouldn’t take you if they found out the real story about you?  Of course not. You want to put your time, efforts, talents, and skills towards an enterprise that values who you are.  And there are plenty of them out there.

5) Lying just doesn’t work
In the end, all your hiding and lying just won’t work and will cause endless hours of wasted time and energy.  If you leave off your graduation dates on your resume so no one will know your age, recruiters figure out you’re hiding something and pass on talking to you.  If you make up a story about what you’ve been doing with your time, and lie that you were being paid as a “consultant,” for instance, you’ll be unconvincing and awkward when you talk about your fictitious employment.  The truth comes out.

I know some will read this and resist it, saying, “Yeah, sure, Kathy, but I have to pay my bills!”  I know you do – we all do.  But lying is NEVER the way to getting what you want, in life, work, or relationships.  Lying will always (without question, without exception) come back around and bite you.  I’ve seen this too many times to doubt it.

So if you’re tempted to lie in your job search process, reconsider.  I learned in my therapy training that the best way to deal with challenging information is to “reframe it.”  Tell your story in the way that fits the facts, but opens the door to as much expansion, positivity and power as possible.

Be yourself.  Don’t lie – you don’t need to.  There are plenty of job opportunities that will present themselves when you step up with power and purpose and acknowledge the truth– the whole truth – about who you are.  Accepting and honoring yourself — and learning how to speak about your contributions in a compelling way — is a far more powerful and effective job search strategy than pretending to be someone else.

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October 22, 2011

The Job Hunting for Free

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How to Get the Most for Free While on the Job Hunting

 

Job hunting is a full-time job

Job hunting is a full-time job when the average time to gain employment is around eight months. Because of this, some job seekers will turn to tools that can help them get results in a high cost to them.

There are alternatives available for free to help you find your dream career. Here are some great free tools that could prove the difference in your job hunting:

Resume

Your resume is the most powerful free tool that you have access to. By keeping your resume up-to-date and ready to use at a moment’s notice, you will always be ready for the next opportunity that arises.

Mobile tools

If you have access to a smartphone today, you know there are endless applications available. Consider checking out some of the free applications for job searching. These mobile apps give you access to job postings on the go, putting the job search right at your fingertips.

Job boards and email alerts

Job boards are a great tool to use when looking for open positions. Most offer free access to job seekers looking for new opportunities. They also offer email alerts, which you can set up to send you jobs that match what you are looking for. Having access to email alerts will save you endless time looking for jobs.

Online profiles

Create professional online profiles with sites such as LinkedIn. Having a professional online profile for recruiters to access makes you visible online and also gives them more insight into you as a job candidate. Recruiters are conducting more searches for candidates to fill positions. This simple tool — at no cost to you — gives you a competitive edge.

Networking

Networking opportunities can vary in cost, but many events are usually free to attend. Networking can help you get your foot in the door with a company by meeting people who already work there, or open up about unadvertised opportunities at awesome organizations. Networking is often an underutilized tool by most, so be sure to check out relevant events and meetups in your area.

These are just few of the best free options available to use as you are job searching. But, also be sure to check out what is available to you locally to help land the job that you’ve been waiting for. I love job hunting.

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October 18, 2011

6 Networking Tips for Your Job Search

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6 Networking Tips for Your Job Search

By Lindsay Olson

 

Networking with other professionals in your industry can be beneficial when you’re looking for work. You might meet the hiring manager for a company and hear about an unadvertised position, find a new consulting opportunity, or get some insight into the best way to apply for a job.

The biggest mistake people make in networking is focusing on what they want, rather than on connecting and listening to others. If you want your networking to be truly effective, the goal should be focused on helping others and making memorable connections.

The Importance of Professional Networking

Anything you can do to stand out against the sea of job-seeking competitors can help you get the job you want. Having the right contacts (made through networking) can get you the inside scoop that can help you tailor your resume for what the company really wants, or can even provide the hiring manager with a good word or two about you. Considering that most jobs come through personal connections, building your network should be a high priority on and off the job search.

Networking for Success

Networking takes work and practice. Here are a few tips to help you make your networking truly successful.

1. Give as much as you get.When you think, “how can this person help me,” you’ll be disappointed. However, when you are offering help to others, you’ll find them far more open to the idea of helping you down the road. Forming relationships built on trust will help you be the person your contacts think of the next time they can find a way to help you.

2. Be proactive. Networking doesn’t just happen. You need to be active in your efforts and make sure you get out and meet people. Start by talking to everyone you meet at business meetups, trade shows, and conferences.

To find upcoming events, pay attention to the newspaper or go online. Sites like meetup.com, Eventful, EventBrite and LinkedIn Events are all very useful when you need to find places to network.

3. Develop your networking strategy. Prepare your elevator speech explaining who you are and what you do, and practice enough that you sound like a natural. Schedule at least two or three events a month, and find groups that you want to join so that you build relationships through the monthly meetings.

Have a stack of business cards ready to hand out. You don’t want to be the person who works the room racing to collect and hand out your cards, though. Save the exchange for when you have a conversation. People can sense greedy networkers who are there to work the room and add as many contacts to their mailing list without permission. Being genuine sells, so be prepared to ask plenty of questions of others, and keep in mind that you’re trying to help them first, not the other way around.

4. Stay positive. It’s easy to let yourself get down and lose self esteem when you’ve been rejected in the job hunt, and this can affect everything, including your networking skills. Staying positive makes you approachable and memorable. Consider each networking event an opportunity to learn something new or meet someone interesting.

5. Take full advantage of opportunities.With networking opportunities abounding, make sure you actually attend them. Networking only works if you put yourself out there and to start talking to people. Let your guard down and be aware of what your body language communicates.

6. Don’t forget social media. While it’s true that in-person meetings solidify relationships, when it comes to networking, many relationships can either start or flourish through social networking. Use sites like Twitter and Facebook to stay in touch with people you’ve met in person, as well as to network with others, such as people who work at the company you’re interested in.

Honing your networking skills will serve you well throughout your professional career, especially when job searching. Networking takes time and relationships won’t develop overnight, so be patient. By making a point of consistently meeting new people, you will learn from others about your industry, profession, and the companies you’re interested in. You might even find your perfect job you would have never known about otherwise!

Lindsay Olson is a founding partner and public relations recruiter with Paradigm Staffing and Hoojobs, a niche job board for public relations, communications and social media jobs. She blogs at LindsayOlson.com, where she discusses recruiting, networking and job search issues.

October 17, 2011

What is a resume anyway?

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So what is a resume anyway?

 

It is the primary marketing tool you have to secure an interview. Employers, human resource professionals and placement service agency representatives have stacks of resume and applications to weed through in today’s job market. If you want yours to stand out, you better be solid on the basics, like spelling and grammar.

Beyond that, your resume needs to grab the attention of the reviewer with its visual appeal, education background, job experience, accomplishments, and so on.

Even if your work history is brief, chose language that is compelling and descriptive in detailing your contributions on the job. Remember, you are selling yourself to secure a face-to-face interview through your resume.

October 13, 2011

Spotlight on 5 Rewarding Mental Health Careers

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Spotlight on 5 Rewarding Mental Health Careers

 

You make time to service your car. You make time to take your pets to the vet. You even make time to clean your house. But how often do you make time to check in on the state of your own mental health?

With health care reform laws expanding coverage for mental health and substance abuse services, more and more Americans will be able to seek the help they need to manage stress, deal with trauma, and improve their lives.

If you want to be one of those professionals who help people look after their mental and emotional health, consider a career in psychology, counseling, or social work. We’ve broken down five popular mental health careers and their degree requirements to help you get started.

Psychology Careers

When you think of mental health, a psychology career most likely comes to mind. Psychologists use their knowledge of the human mind and emotions to help patients deal with a wide range of issues, from serious psychological disorders to addiction and recovery to couples counseling.

How to Start a Psychology Career

Requirements for psychologists vary state to state, but as a minimum, you’ll need a Master’s degree in psychology to practice. Some states will require you to have a PhD.

Marriage and Family Therapist Careers

The dynamics of husband, wives and their children are unique, which is why marriage and family therapists are a specialized group of mental health workers. They spend their time in school learning how to read and diagnose different family dynamics and treat each family member, not just one individual.

How to Start a Marriage and Family Therapy Career

The majority of marriage and family therapists have a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.

Guidance Counselor Careers

Growing up isn’t easy, which is why guidance counselors are hired by elementary, middle and high schools to help children and young adults throughout their educational careers. Guidance counselors make sure students are progressing mentally and emotionally, and will even assist during the college and career decision-making process.

How to Start a Guidance Counselor Career

Guidance counselors will need a Master’s degree in counseling to get started.

Rehabilitation Counselor Careers

Those who have physical, emotional or psychological disabilities need a unique kind of counseling. Rehabilitation counselors fill this need, using their skills to improve their quality of life and helping them live as independently as possible.

How to Start a Rehabilitation Career

Like the careers listed above, rehabilitation counselors need to have a Master’s degree in counseling or a related field.

Social Work Careers

Some of society’s toughest problems—child abuse, spousal abuse, homelessness, poverty, truancy—often go hand in hand. It’s the responsibility of social workers to help the men, women and children who are trapped in this complicated web of issues.

How to Start a Social Work Career

Social Workers need a master’s degree in social work to get started, and they generally also have a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field.

For more information on these careers and correlating degree programs, visit this health services career profiles page.

 

Noel Rozny writes myPathfinder, the bi-weekly career blog for the myFootpath website. myFootpath is a resource to help you in your search for a college, degree program, career, graduate school, and non-traditional experiences. Visit myFootpath to start your college or degree program search for Mental Health Careers .

October 9, 2011

A Career in Photography

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Harvey Finkle: A Career in Photography

Produced for MiND TV (www.mindtv.org)

Harvey Finkle is a documentary still photographer who has produced a substantial body of work concerned with social, political and cultural issues. His work has been extensively exhibited and published. He has worked with a wide variety of organizations that advocate for human rights and social justice. He was first inspired to take photos in the early 1960s after seeing an exhibit by photographer Harry Callahan. At the time he was a social worker. He bought a camera and began documenting the world around him eventually deciding to leave social work and continue with photography.