In this interview a Social Services Case Manager details her most recent job search. Using online resume templates to help create an enticing and modern resume, as well as preparing for interviews by using friends as mock-employers she gained an edge in her job search. Read the full article to benefit from all of her insight and advice. I work as a county Social Services Case Manager and have three and a half years of experience in this position. I spent four months searching many different job listings via the internet and newspaper want ads before I discovered this position posted on Monster.com. The posting was actually for an exam and those who passed the exam were allowed to submit their application and resume for the job. When creating the resume to apply for this job, I knew I wanted it to stand out. Using computer graphics, I added a small three-tone color block pattern to the top of the resume which set it off and gave it a nice appearance yet kept the resume professional. In fact, when later attending a job interview, a committee told me it was the nicest and most appealing resume they had ever received. I researched ideas for creating resumes on the internet and discovered several sites with modern resume templates; I used these sites for inspiration. This website not only gives ideas for creating a great resume, but also provides tips for job interviewing. If I were to apply for this same job again but with another company, I would use the same resume but would adjust the wording around to specifically meet the criteria the hiring committee is looking for. Since I know more about what the job duties are after having worked in this position for a considerable period of time, I can add more detailed keywords to the resume to fit the criteria the committee is seeking in a job applicant such as, "ability to adjust my communication style to fit each individual I am assisting." I know now the clients I serve have different lifestyles as well as backgrounds and communication abilities are varied. One communication style does not fit each client and must be adjusted per individual to meet their understanding. This would allow the interview committee to understand that I know how important communication styles are and would set me apart from others. An important part of my job is keeping up with ever changing regulations and computer technology helps me do this. I work in an office away from most other Case Managers which I need to communicate with on a regular basis in order to help me to keep up with these changes. Our primary source of communication is e-mail through the Microsoft Outlook program. When I receive an e-mail, a small envelope shows up to alert me that I have received the e-mail. I can't image how my job would work without this technology. I also used this same system when I was looking for specific jobs. I could put in specific words I was looking for in a job title such as secretary or administrative assistant. When these jobs would post, I would receive an e-mail alert to notify me that a job posting has been created that I may be interested in. Job interviews can be very stressful and I learned that the more experience I have interviewing and the better prepared I am, the less stressful the interview will be. I have interviewed for jobs I know I didn't get because I didn't know how to answer a question and became stressed which stopped my ability to answer further questions in a calm and professional manner. The last job interview that I had went very well but it was only because I was well prepared. I tried to anticipate the questions that would be asked by studying the job duties and knew how I was going to answer each question. I sat with someone to practice several times and had them act as the person performing the interview. When I went in for the actual interview, many of the same questions were asked and I knew how to answer each one. The single most important thing I have learned in the professional job search process is to not just turn in a resume and expect a call. I turned in many resumes that I never heard back from although I was well qualified for the position. I learned to follow up with each resume I had submitted with a quick phone call within a day of submitting the application and asked just a few questions about the job. This let the employers know that I was serious about working for their company and I got more calls for interviews after making those calls. It was also beneficial to know a little bit about the company I was calling and to incorporate this information into the questions I would ask about the position. Although I know the Career Services programs at colleges or universities can be very helpful in job searching, I did not use these services in finding my current position. However, I did discover that many job postings are listed by employers who post their help wanted requests specifically at colleges or universities trying to get applicants who are freshly trained right out of college. The only event I would redo in my professional past is to leave a job I was not happy with sooner. Your job and career should make you happy. Although my current job is challenging, it is a job I enjoy and look forward to going to every day I work. I wish I had discovered this job sooner! This interview was conducted by VeteranJobs.net and is one of several interviews, others include a and a Prison Sergeant.JustJobs.com is a job search engine that finds job listings from company career pages, other job boards, newspapers and associations. With one search, they help you find the job with your name on it.Read more » articles by this approved business partner | Click here » if you’re a businessImage from Lisa F. Young/Shutterstock
8 Ways You're Being SHUT OUT Of The Hiring Process
1-hour workshop to help job seekers figure out what's getting them tossed from the hiring process
September 28, 2022
Are you terrified of screwing up a job interview? Does the thought of writing a cover letter horrify you? Are you scared to network with others? What do you even say, anyway? If you're struggling to overcome your job search fears, this live event is for you.
We get it. Looking for work can be scary, especially if you’ve been at it for a long time and haven’t gotten any results.
Understanding which fears are getting in the way and how to overcome them will make all the difference. Sometimes you might not be aware of which obstacle is getting in the way of your goals. If you want to overcome these fears once and for all, we invite you to join us!
In this training, you’ll learn how to:
- Utilize strategies for coping with your job search fears
- Be confident in your job search—from writing your resume to networking
- Face your fears and move forward
Join our CEO, J.T. O'Donnell, and Director of Training Development & Coaching, Christina Burgio, for this live event on Wednesday, October 5th at 12 pm ET.
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If you feel like many of the job postings you come across in your job search are scams, you're not alone. You are not the first job seeker to tell me they feel this way. But we have to think about where this comes from.
The Job Application Process Is A Broken System
@j.t.odonnell Replying to @nana_5075 Why job listings feel like a scam... #jobs#careers#careertok#jobtok♬ original sound - J.T. O'Donnell
Back in the day, a company would post a job in the want ad section of a newspaper, so you'd have to open up a newspaper, read through it, write up a resume and cover letter, and snail mail your application off to them. When the idea came to post jobs online, it meant more people who were the right fit could apply. But over time, that's broken down.
Now thousands of people will apply for one job when it gets posted. And many of those job applicants are not a fit. So employers now have to hire recruiters, who are also called sourcers, to go through thousands of applicants so they can whittle it down to about 50 qualified applicants. What's the rhyme or reason they're using to select some applicants and screen others out?
This is why you don't get called—because it's just so random.
After employers get down to 50 applicants, they look through those, find a few they like, and call them. That's why only 3% of people who apply online ever hear back from companies.
It's a completely broken system, so I can see why it feels like a scam. The whole thing is flawed.
So, how do we improve this system? It starts with making better matches, getting back to a place where only the right people are applying to the employer. We actually want fewer applicants, but more of the right applicants. That's the solution. And there are hundreds of millions of dollars in this industry trying to figure it out. But the one thing we have seen is that storytelling is one of the ways to do that.
You're going to see a rise in companies telling their stories. And there's a fancy term for this in our industry. It's called employer branding. Companies will tell their stories on social media platforms like TikTok so that those stories fatefully, naturally, and organically show up in your feed. But it's not fate, right? It's the algorithm at work—and before you know it, you'll start to see companies that feel like a fit. Then you'll go over and check them out. You'll see that there's a job posted that you're fit for. And this is how this matching process will start to fine-tune itself.
Right now, yes, you're right. Those online job postings don't work. They don't work for either side. We need a better system. And storytelling is the key. So go learn how to conduct a proactive job search today so you can finally land a job and work for an employer you actually like!
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