Tips for Job Searching in a Tough Economy

Fortunately, times are good so jobs are aplenty at the moment. However, when the economy turns (as everything is cyclical in business), it’s best to be prepared to look for a job even when still employed.

Here ate ten tips for job searching during a recession:

Tip One: You need to understand that you may have to take a lower pay than your previous salary. You may have less money than u used to make, but the new job is stable and will not leave you with an empty hand. Once you understand that your salary may be lower than you are used to, it’s time to start to market yourself.

Tip Two: A great start is looking into college credits. No matter what, if a company is split between two potential employees, they will most likely choose the candidate with more college credits. This is because they will want the more educated to fill their open positions. If you are not in the financial position to obtain more college credits, try looking into a position that the credits you do have carry weight.

Tip Three: If you find that you are getting turned down for the jobs you are qualified for, try applying for a job that you are over-qualified for. You will look very appealing to the employer and when the economy gets better, you will fly right up that corporate ladder.

Tip Four: While doing your career search, apply for a job, that is, something to give you a source of income while you look for a career. Career searching may take a while, and you will need to make money while you look. Get a job that will get you by. It may not be what you want to do, but for now, you will just need money.

Tip Five: Yes, searching on the internet may be very effective, but do not forget other mediums of job advertisement. Newspapers may have many job listings n them for local people. The newspaper gives a very targeted place for employers in the area to find local job searchers. If you have a specific career in mind, you may find that walking in to a business and asking them if they are hiring to be very effective. Some employers may not have their advertisements out yet or you may have missed them. Also, do not forget to keep your eye out for Help Wanted Signs.

Tip Six: Be sure your resume is up to date. This goes without saying, but include all of your previous employers on your resume. All experience is good experience. Also, be sure to include anything that you have done in the past, from sports in high school to current volunteer work. Everything like this looks good on a resume. It shows commitment and personality.

Tip Seven: Be sure to freshen up on the skills you do have and skills that are important in the field you want. If you want a career that requires computer skills, be sure you know the newest versions of popular word processors and spreadsheet programs. Even if your career is not computer focused, these skills are very attractive to most careers.

Tip Eight: Know the industry. Look into current data and forecasts on the job market in that field. Knowing where the field you want is going will help you decide on what to look for.

Tip Nine: Use social networking sites such as Facebook.com and MySpace.com. Use these sites to post your resume, as well as search for local businesses that are looking for employees. You would be surprised how many job postings there are on these social networking sites. A word of caution: you potential employer may look at these sites to find out more about you, so be careful of what you post on them.

Tip Ten: When you land that interview, try to convey that you will make the company money. Convey that you are a strong asset to have within the company, and will bring the company money. After all, that’s what a business does.

With a little patience and some ingenuity, you can land that job of your dreams, even in an economic downturn.

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Job Searching at Work: Find An Entry Level FP&A Role

It’s really competitive to find an entry level, financial planning & analysis job in Manhattan. Most people have to start in another job before making the switch into FP&A. You have to polish up your resume. Make contacts on LinkedIn. It’s even harder when you’re working already and want to make that transition. So how do you do it?

Most of us don’t have enough financial savings to handle an extended period of time without a paycheck. So when we’re seeking a new job, new employer or new career, we’re often forced to do our job hunting while we’re still employed!

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Imagine your current boss slipping into your office and finding your updated resume – addressed to a competing company – on your computer screen. It wouldn’t be nice scene. And, unless you’re the company’s most valuable employee, it could even result in instant termination.

However, many of us have no choice but to search for a new job while working our current one. Here’s how to do it the smart way:

Limit your time

It may be tempting to spend your 8 workday hours searching job boards and emailing your resume, but spending too much time away from your job duties will cause your performance to suffer. And that, in turn, will raise some eyebrows – and possibly some suspicions. Keep your nose clean by giving a stellar job performance while you’re job hunting. Bosses and co-workers are less likely to scrutinize the way you’re spending time if you’re churning out top-quality work.

Give the right info to potential employers

When you’re sending out your cover letter, resume and contact information to potential employers, make sure you use your personal information. Give them your personal email address (like a Hotmail address) and your personal phone number (like a cell or home phone number). If you start getting a lot of mysterious and unexplained phone calls or emails at work, someone might take notice and investigate further.

Time your transition into an FP&A role

Do most of your job searching while everyone else is pre-occupied with work – and unlikely to walk unannounced into your office. Or arrive early – before anyone else – or leave late so you can get uninterrupted job searching time. You’ll not only be able to search for jobs without fear of discovery, you’ll also give the appearance of being a conscientious employee.

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If you’re checking out online job boards at work, have a work presentation or website minimized so you can instantly click it up if someone walks into your office or cubicle. Be prepared with excuses, too. For example, if someone sees your updated resume, you could tell them you’re applying for college credits to improve your job skills and the school wanted to see a resume. A quick, snappy response that requires no long explanation is your best choice.

Know your company policy

More and more businesses these days are keeping track of their employees’ use of company resources. For some companies, this means tracking and reporting on the websites employee’s visit regularly, or tracking keystrokes on computer keyboards. Make sure you know your company’s policy before everyone in the IT department knows you’re hunting for a new job.

Job searching while using your current employer’s computers and resources isn’t the best way to find a new career, but sometimes it’s necessary. Just be discrete and careful – and don’t let your job performance decline – and you should be able to avoid detection.

With enough due diligence and patience, you’ll be able to land that coveted entry level role in FP&A.

How to Find an Online Job

To some people, finding a job online seems very difficult. However, if you already know what type of online job you want, finding it is really not all that hard. Whether it is writing or graphic arts, some people may actually have an easier time searching for jobs online than they would in a real-life setting. So, how you can you score your online dream job?

Here are some tips to get your started in your online job search.
Post a Portfolio on the Internet.

One of the main keys to finding your dream job online is posting a portfolio. The best, easiest way to do this is to get your own website. Here, you will be able to provide samples of your work, how you can be contacted, and information about your services and rates. Not ready to build your own website yet? There are a number of websites which allow you to post a portfolio so that people interested in your work can contact you.

Do a Basic Google Search

The easiest way to find a job online is to do a Google search. For example, if you are looking for an online writing job, all that you need to do is Google, “writing jobs.” If nothing comes up, you can try to Google different variations. “Looking for writers,” “hiring writers,” “writers wanted,” and “need writers” are all things to search. Also think about changing each of these Google search phrases to “a writer” if you want even more results. When you Google the right phrases, you should be able to find a number of different jobs which meet your needs.

Visit a Forum For Online Job Leads

One of the best ways to find job leads is to visit a forum which is specifically designed to meet the needs of people who are looking for jobs online. A great place to start would be the Work at Home Moms Forum, which can be found at http://www.wahm.com. Work at Home Mafia, at http://www.workathomemafia.com and Absolute write, at http://www.absolutewrite.com are two other great places to check out if you are looking for online job leads. There are many other forums out there which provide job leads, all that you need to do is look for them.

Check Out Blogs That Post Job Listings

Depending on the type of online job that you are looking for, it is likely that you will be able to find a number of different blogs that post job listings. Usually, the best way to find these blogs is through forums which post job leads. If you do not find them there, consider doing a Google search for, “I am a (fill in the blank with the type of online job you are looking for).” You will be surprised to see how many different blogs may come up in the results.

Think About Using Craigslist

From time to time, Craigslist can be a great place to find a job. There are many decent-paying opportunities which can be found on Craigslist. You just need to look for them. That said, there are also a number of different scammers which can also be found on Craigslist. Be sure to tread carefully when you choose to use Craigslist for job opportunities.

Consider Asking Former Clients and/or Friends

If you have a client that was pleased with the work that you did for them in the past, ask if they know anybody who they can recommend your services to. You can also ask any friends that you have who do the same type of work if they know anyone who is looking for individuals to work for them. Although this may seem like a last resorts, past clients and friends are really great ways to find the online job of your dreams.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of online jobs out there just waiting to be filled. These are just a few of the many ways that you can find them. The main key is to use your brain. Ask yourself if you were a job lead, where could people find you?

Solving the Unemployment Predicament: Job Search Tips and Internet Help

If you are out of work, or considering changing jobs, then as you probably already have discovered, trying to navigate today’s job market can be more than a little intimidating.

Here are some basic tips and job hunting resources on the internet to help you reach your employment goal:
1. Make sure your phone is working, and you have some way of getting your messages whether you are home or not. (voice mail, answer machine, etc) Use the phone.

2. Have business cards printed with your contact information (phone, email, address, etc), so that contacts you make, including potential employers, can get hold of you.

3. Keep track of everyone you come in contact with that may be a potential job source, or job lead. Write down names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, fax numbers, etc.

4. Stay in contact with your friends and anyone that might be able to help.

5. Make follow up calls. Send thank you notes to those people with whom you have spoken to regarding work, noting whether or not the contact produced a lead, an interview or job offer, etc. What type of follow up action might be required or a good idea? If you have set up an interview, do you need to call back to confirm? Get the names of the people you need to speak to, their position, etc.

6. Spend your time on productive leads. Speak to the people that can do the hiring, or influence those who do the hiring.

7. Make productive use of your internet research. If you don’t have your own internet access at home, check your local public library for free internet access. Two recommended sites to help organize your job hunt online:

Get Vested – Vested is the website based in New York city, specializing in Accounting & Finance. This site is an excellent starting point, with comprehensive information on all aspects of the job search, including discovery of job skills and abilities, career counselling, help in using the internet to search for work, researching companies, links to job contacts, leads, etc.

The Riley Guide (www.rileyguide.com) – The Riley Guide is an absolute compendium of career information and job-hunting resources on the internet. Its primary focus is to assist job seekers in how to use the internet, as the process can be very intimidating without some structure for your research. Areas covered on the website include how to search, job listing sites, help with resumes and cover letters, research, salary information, and much more.

The job hunt can be a very painful process, but with a basic plan of attack, and informative, constructive, and comprehensive job search help, and your own persistence, your efforts will result in finding employment that fits both your interests and skills. Best of luck!

Future Careers In Finance

This is because most companies need talented people who can handle and at the same time administer money that has been entrusted to them to post a profit.

But can anyone do it? The answer depends on the person. To be able to get a head start, you need to get quality instruction. After secondary school, you have to go to school and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, economics, finance, mathematics or data to learn the principles utilized in the corporate world types of careers in finance.

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When you graduate from school, you can apply to work at a financial institution, to a credit bureau, insurance, securities or sales.

For those who choose to operate in a financial institution, they will often have to start out as a trainee subsequently be promoted to either approving loans or selling financial services to customers.

Credit bureaus just like banks offer similar services to clients. The sole difference is that their policies concerning lending tend to be more flexible hence making them friendlier to prospective customers.

With health care being so expensive, people require insurance coverage, and after getting your permit, you can go out there and sell these to potential customers.

How can earnings jumpstart your career in the world of finance? Just because people buy things and if these cost lots of money, someone with your abilities will help them plan how they could pay for it. Examples of them include a new home or even a vehicle.

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Securities is another field you can enter since the sale and purchase of bonds and stocks increases the value of their client more than maintaining money deposited in the bank.

However, for people to excel in this field, they need to overcome another hurdle, and that is to finish graduate school. Why? Since the market is extremely competitive and there are constantly new trends and methodologies being discovered that makes you a better professional a fantastic read.

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A lot of experts say that a prospective career in finance also requires a couple of personal skills. The most important is “people skills” because you’ll be working with colleagues and coping with various clients.

You’ll have to be resilient because if you pitch a purchase and items don’t work out how you planned, you’ve got to pick yourself up, again and again, be positive about the next customer that comes your way.