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Free Mobile Job Apps That Will Make Your Job Search Easier

March 30th, 2012

Today’s job search experience is unlike any other in history. Despite the fact that there is strong competition for each and every job that’s available these days, there are technological edges you can employ that will help you get your resume seen by the right people for jobs that are ideally suited for your interests, talent, and experience. In fact, these free mobile apps can give you a huge edge over other job seekers competing for the same positions.

Here is a run-down of the top mobile apps that can help you find a job sooner.

Resume Bear

This free mobile app enables you to instantly upload and track your resume from your mobile device. More importantly, you can set it up so that you receive either an email or text message alert once your resume has been seen. The tracking abilities of this particular app make it a very attractive app for job seekers because you know who has seen your resume and how long it’s been in order to perform the proper follow-up process.

Evernote

The job search process can leave you feeling more than a little dazed and frazzled. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all of your job search efforts. That’s why it’s important to utilize and app like Evernote that allows you to keep track of what you see, do, and experience wherever you happen to be. You can use this app from your home computer or any of your mobile devices so that you always have access to the important information and details of your job search activities. You can even arrange them by specific tags or keywords for faster access while searching on the go.

Simply Hired

This is a massive job search engine that allows users to search job boards, company sites, and various Internet sites for available jobs. It’s possible to search according to categories, keywords, and/or location of jobs. You can also search according to whether jobs are full or part-time, seasonal, or entry-level/internship positions. The mobile apps allow you to take the job search with you so that you’re not trapped to a computer at home.

SnapDat Digital Business Cards

This free app allows users to create and send digital “business cards” from their mobile devices. Most people only think of business cards after they have a job but during the job search these can be invaluable tools for networking and making important business connections that can turn into jobs or job recommendations in the future.

The world is changing as technology evolves and advances. Anyone who has been out of the job market for any length of time would do well to take notice of the latest technological tools, such as these mobile apps, that can assist in the search.

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Uncover a Candidate’s Ethical Standards from an Interview

March 23rd, 2012

What are the ethical standards of your potential job candidate? If you do not know, it could be putting your business on the line. While every organization needs to know this before they choose a candidate, not all professionals interview for this information. The right interview questions and design will produce the information required.

Top Questions to Ask

Depending on your need for information, you may or may not ask the questions below. However, this information will most definitely help you to gauge who the person across the table really is.

  • Do you believe it is okay to compromise ethics in the workplace? What do you believe would compromise an ethical workplace?
  • Would you every lie for a superior if asked to do so?
  • Have you ever worked with a company that had a code of conduct? If so, did you follow it, did you believe in it, and what were your positive or negative experiences with it?
  • What if your personal ethics are different from the company’s ethics?
  • When have you ever been part of a situation in which something unethical occurred? How did you handle that situation? (This happens to everyone. Encourage them to open up about it.)
  • Are there any ethics or values you have that are different from other cultures? What happens when your ethics are different from those of a co-worker?
  • Did you have a look at the company’s policies and ethics? What do you think of them?
  • Do you have any training in ethics for business?

It can be hard to get a candidate to open up about his or her experiences in this area. Ethics are often a personal matter. What you do behind closed doors is not something you may be willing to share with others. Encourage the candidate by instructing them to answer from a business point of view. How did they or would they react in the workplace when ethics became an issue.

In addition, do not show your cards. Be sure the interviewee understands that there is not a wrong answer here. You want to learn more about them than just if they have responded to an ethical situation. You want to know what they did, why they did it and if they will do it again. For example, everyone experiences times when the boss lies for them (“Tell them I’m not in my office today.”) That is not the question you need to answer. You need to know what level they will lie at and what they will not.

Ethical standards remain very important within the work environment and yet many hiring managers do not take the time to ask the important questions about ethics as a whole. This should be one part of your interview not to skip. Just asking a few of the above listed questions can provide you with the information you truly need to know to make an informed decision about the candidate.

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Temp Jobs on the Upswing This Year

March 16th, 2012

The powers that be may have declared the recession officially over, but that doesn’t mean employers are ready to make the commitment to hire full time staff members to replace those who have quit, retired, been laid off, or have been fired due to the recession with full time staff members. Employers are loosening their belts a little bit, so to speak, by hiring temp workers.

In fact, temp work is on the rise in a really big way. It’s another sign that while hope springs eternal, confidence hasn’t yet returned to Main Street USA – at least not where job creation and benefits packages are concerned.

Where are the Best Places to Find Temp Jobs?

It’s the areas that were least hard hit by the recovery, Texas in particular, that seem to be leading the way in the hiring of temp employees. The Midwest, where industrial jobs are the life blood of the economy though have not really enjoyed quite the same strong surge in temp employee demand as other areas but it’s seeing some signs of life too. Even areas like Detroit that were hit brutally hard by the recession are beginning to see temp jobs come rolling in.

The Northeastern states have also shown a great demand for temp employees in recent months. That leaves the West Coast somewhere in the middle of the weaker Midwest and the Booming Southwest – or at least the state of Texas.

The truly odd thing for many people is the fact that the greatest demand for temporary staff and employees is greatest in states that were the least hard hit by the depression. In other words, there are more calls going out for temp agency placements in the states that have the lowest unemployment numbers.

What Skills are in Greatest Demand?

Unfortunately, there seems to be a serious disconnect between the temp jobs that are “in demand” and the talented individuals needed to fill those jobs. High demand fields for temp workers in the current economy include fields such as sales professionals, healthcare technicians, IT professionals, engineers, and even truck drivers.. Bilingual or multi-lingual temps are also in high demand especially those who are fluent in English as well as Spanish, Japanese, or Chinese.

Many people are surprised to learn that there are shortages of people applying for temp jobs in these industries – especially in light of the current economic situation. The problem for some people is that there’s still a lot of uncertainty about temporary jobs. They’re holding out hope and looking for something that promises more permanence. That could work to their detriment if companies don’t find some real incentive, real fast, to begin hiring full time employees once again. Of course, the out of work public is also not getting out there and applying for the jobs that match their skills and that is something we hope to see change in 2012 too.

 

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Tips for Writing Your 2012 Marketing Plan

March 6th, 2012

If you haven’t written your 2012 marketing plan already, it’s time you get started so you can attract great candidates this year. Small business owners, especially, need to have their plans ready to go as early in the year as possible – if not before the year begins. Business plans are your guide for taking your business to new heights in the coming year and to help you overcome consistent problems from the previous year.

Here are a few tips that should help you create a winning marketing plan for your business in 2012.

Grip it and Rip It!

Your business needs a business plan. It can’t really have a successful year without one. The problem is that business owners get so caught up in trying to make it perfect that they never get it done. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and get started. However, if you keep the following tips in mind you’ll find that the marketing plan for 2012 almost writes itself.

Remember the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Last Year

Every year is a learning experience for your business. Or, rather, it should be. There is a lot you can learn from the previous year.

What did you do that worked well for you? Where did you get the best return on investment for your advertising dollars? What kinds of trends are you seeing in the response of customers to particular types of advertising?

Did you reach your goals for the previous year? Were there any aspects of your goals that were difficult to achieve? How about impossible to achieve? Were there mitigating factors? What steps can you take to avoid those same problems in the coming year? What changes you can make in order to be more effective in the coming year?

These are all questions you need to answer as part of your marketing plan for the coming year. Eliminate the problems that plague your business or find new approaches to handle them. Accentuate the plans you’ve made that are working and decide whether or not you can expand upon them and their effectiveness.

Be Clear About Your Goals and How You Plan to Reach Them

It’s not enough to have a general marketing plan of selling more and spending less. Every business could have a similar plan if that were the case. The problem with that line of thought is that it isn’t enough.

You need to be specific about your marketing plan for 2012. Ask and answer questions in the planning process. How much do you want to increase profits this year? How do you plan to do that? Are you going to boost sales on existing problems by narrowing your advertising focus? Are you going to introduce new products? Are you going to jazz up your existing products? What can you do to increase those profits?

The faster you get your marketing plan for 2012 created, the sooner you can start putting that plan into action and enjoy the results that are sure to roll right in.

 

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