For the next three weeks, we will share stories of job seekers who have applied for a scholarship (see the application form here), so you can see how important it is that we get them the help they want and deserve, but can’t afford. Meet Steve. who's tired of being led on by employers. Q: What’s the hardest part about unemployed long-term?A: The hardest part about being unemployed is how futile I feel my efforts have been and how confusing and possibly manipulative the relationship with employers has become. I feel as if I'm always being led on by employers. I started this journey, after completing graduate school, by working at an early stage tech start-up company. Thrilled to at least have a job given the recessionary economic climate, I started as a contract employee with an low hourly wage and no benefits-- clearly underemployed by definition-- but with the promise of evolving with the company's growth. I liked what the company was doing, it was relevant to my academic studies, and the idea of being entrepreneurial was largely attractive. Over the following six months, I continued to be "strung along", while adding value to the company (I created the essential content, devise performance metrics to inform strategic planning, and even got the company's product launched after two years of stalemate), and ultimately my experience culminated in being laid off. The work I had done, with the promise of a living wage and essential health coverage, was all for naught: The company was successfully acquired and C-level received a nice payout and I got a pink slip.Not to be discouraged, I was focusing on the silver lining and looking forward to seeing how my recent M.S. degree and new relevant technology skills would help my latest attempt to start a career. Unfortunately, the (just about) eight months to follow has yielded nothing but frustration. There were interviews that lead no where-- meaning weeks of frequent communication via phone calls, e-mails, in-person interviews, only to completely cease out of nowhere without any explanation-- a situation that has lead me to believe that employers view me more as an interchangeable and disposable widget in their machine, rather than human capital to benefit and grow with their organization. My latest experience has been a five week long hiring process with a local government agency I am-- or should I say was-- very excited to be a part of. They responded to my application within ten minutes of sending, I was phone screened and called in for an interview, I completed and successfully passed a two-hour exam on the quantitative skills the job required, and lastly was asked to provide two professional references and meet the agency's chief of staff. My interview with the chief of staff was perplexing as it was exactly the same questions I was asked in the first round of interviews. No offer was made and I was told they would "be in touch." I became even more confused when I noticed on the job boards I frequent that they had reposted the job notice for the position I had been interviewing for the day before I came in for what was supposed to be the final round of interviews-- and lead to believe they would offer me the job.An additional element of frustration in my job search has been the fact that wages are clearly decreasing while current students and recent graduates are saddled with excessive debts. I was told that making the investment in a graduate degree would allow me to earn a higher salary, but this is an absolute farce. It's unbelievable for me to reconcile that most of the positions I have been applying to offer the same salary range I earned almost seven years ago at my first job right out of college with zero work experience, except now I have almost fifty thousand dollars in student-related loans to pay back. These loans are in forbearance, continuing to accrue interest, and will be capitalized into the principal because I can't make payments being unemployed. I was even forced recently to give up my apartment and move back in to my parent's house. I was lead to believe that the type of work I would be doing after graduate school would be more fulfilling and offer a living wage and quality benefit programs, but these opportunities are few and far between in today's labor market.Q: What have you been doing to look for work so far?A: I have been networking through my personal connections, have attended workshops and used job boards through the career services at my graduate school, used internet resources like craigslist, idealist.org, nyc.gov/jobs, workforcenewyork.org, thejobnetwork.com. I read job search related articles in newspapers, magazines, and blogs.Q: Why do you feel our Job Search Accelerator Program can help you?A: I am just so desperate at this point I feel like I cannot leave any stone unturned. Steve* is one of the 30+ scholarship applicants we have received since launching Allies to the Out-of-Work. Want to know how you can help job seekers like Steve? Harnessing the power of the micro-fundraising site, Indiegogo.com, we launched a campaign to raise $10,000 that will give 100 long-term unemployed people a full scholarship to our Job Search Accelerator Program (JSAP). This program is helping hundreds of people find work. However, it’s not something we can give away for free. So, we are hoping to get donations from those of you out there who: A) Have been out of work recently and know how hard the job search really is. B) Know somebody long-term unemployed and want to sponsor them. C) Care about getting Americans back to work and on their feet.
Have you interviewed for a job and got caught off guard with the salary question? Do you struggle to identify a reasonable salary range that you feel comfortable with? If so, we're here to show you the right way to conduct salary research!
These days, the hiring manager or recruiter will most likely ask about your salary expectations in the first or early round of the interview process. If you aren’t ready for this conversation, it can make you look unprepared, diffident, or worse….costing you the entire job opportunity.
So, let's show you how to avoid that and talk about your desired salary with confidence!
In this training, you’ll learn how to:
- Figure out the correct sites to explore while doing salary research
- Identify the tools you need to figure out your market value
- Choose a salary range that you feel comfortable with
Join our CEO, J.T. O'Donnell, and Director of Training Development & Coaching, Christina Burgio, for this live event on Wednesday, September 28th at 12 pm ET.
CAN'T ATTEND LIVE? That's okay. You'll have access to the recording and the workbook after the session!
In my experience as an executive resume writer, cover letters only get read about a third of the time they are sent. That being said, when one is required, or you are hoping for that added edge to get a hiring manager's attention, there is no doubt a great cover letter can make all the difference.
To accomplish this, your cover letter must be disruptive and draw them in.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you're writing a disruptive cover letter.
Paragraph 1: Tell A Story
In the first paragraph of your disruptive cover letter, you need to establish a connection between you and the employer. How do you do that? Well, you need to tell a story.
The surest way to stand out to employers is to tell a story about why you feel connected to their company.
Don't just reiterate what you say in your resume in the very first paragraph of your cover letter. Explain what you admire about the company you're applying to. Do they sell a product or provide a service that's had a big impact on your life? Do they support causes you are passionate about? Why do you feel connected to their mission?
Ultimately, you want to tell a story about what drew you to the company, and the important role it has played in your life.
Paragraph 2: Dig Deeper And Get Them Excited About What Comes Next
The second paragraph must provide the hiring manager with some added context about your unique background, and set the stage for some career highlights that, to quote an old saying, "puts your money where your mouth is."
Blend language from the job description together with nuggets of information that are unique to you. Set the stage for how you are qualified for the role you are applying to. But, don't overdo it.
Continue your story and relate it to the position, all while emphasizing that connection.
Paragraph 3: Hard Hitting Highlights
Select a couple of examples from your resume that you believe will impress recruiters and hiring managers. Rather than a complete cut and paste, reword these achievements and frame them in a way that shows the employers what you can do for them.
In many cases, numbers resonate more than words, so be sure to include quantifiable examples wherever possible.
Paragraph 4: Say Goodbye While Refreshing Their Memory
In this fourth and last paragraph, be sure to thank the hiring manager for taking the time to read your disruptive cover letter (remember that not all managers do!).
Next, use this last bit of space to help the reader connect the dots to show them why you are a great job candidate, a business-of-one who can provide a service they need with a personal connection to the company that is invaluable.
Remember: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Make yours count with an impactful and disruptive cover letter that separates you from the competition!
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I hear a lot of myths about working for staffing or temp agencies. And it's funny because I used to believe them before I got invited to my first job interview with a temp agency. When I went on the interview, all the myths were busted and I fell in love with it.
The rest is history. Now I'm a fan of working with staffing and temp agencies, and so I want to walk you through those myths and make sure that I can bust them because you're missing out on some key opportunities, my friend.
Myth #1: Staffing Agencies Only Hire For Entry-Level Positions
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The first myth about working for staffing or temp agencies is that they only hire for entry-level positions. That is simply not true. Companies come to staffing agencies and need all types of hires to cover maternity leaves or medical absences. They're starting new projects, so do not assume that only entry-level jobs are available.
Myth #2: Staffing Agencies Only Offer Low-Paying JobsBigstock
The second myth is that staffing agencies only offer low-paying jobs. That is not true either. Staffing agencies want to give you the best rate possible. They want you to stay in the job, so of course they're going to try to get you more money.
Take this story, for example. A young man was working at a company and he asked for a raise. They wouldn't give him one so he left and went to work for a staffing agency. The staffing agency eventually staffed him back at his old employer for double the pay. Double the pay!
So, that's my point. Staffing agencies negotiate higher rates because those employers really need that help. And this is a great opportunity for you to make more money.
Myth #3: You Have To Pay The Staffing Agency To Get A Job
One of the craziest myths I've heard is that you're going to have to pay the staffing agency. That is not true at all. If anybody is trying to make you pay to get a job, please run in the other direction.
The staffing agency gets paid through the employer. Not only do they get paid to cover the cost of hiring you and all the additional expenses, but then they earn a surcharge off that as well. The actual company that you're working for benefits from this too because they don't have to pay all the extra expenses of having you as a full-time employee. It's a total win-win situation, but you're never going to have to pay.
Myth #4: There's No "Career Padding" When You Work With A Staffing Agency
The last myth about working for staffing agencies is this idea that there's no "career padding"—that if you become a temp, it doesn't help your career at all. That's not true.
First of all, a lot of these jobs can go from temp to perm, meaning you start out there, and if they like you and you like them, they'll offer you a full-time job. Working for a staffing agency is a great way to get your foot in the door.
Also, working for a staffing agency can let you go out on various assignments, giving you more diversity of your experience in terms of industry and skill sets, which can make you more marketable and allow you to earn more money.
Ultimately, working for a staffing or temp agency can be a wonderful way to catapult your career.
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I am so lucky to be partnering with a staffing agency called Express Pros. Now that you understand that all of these myths are working against you and there are so many advantages to working for a staffing company, what are you waiting for?
Join us on Wednesday, September 28th at 1:30 pm ET / 10:30 am PT for an in-depth conversation on the power of working with a staffing agency to make your career dreams come true!