Posts Tagged 'jobs'

Thank You – It’s Important

My sister lives in the Seattle area and quit working for “the man” several years ago.  She enjoyed a career at home in Internet Marketing.  She was doing well until Google decided to change their algorithms making it extremely difficult for small websites to show up in Google web searches.  So she decided to get back into corporate America and began her job search.  The economy is still in recovery and it took her longer than she expected but she finally did land a good paying job.  She credits her success to one simple tool – a thank you note.  She told me that following up her interviews with a nice thank you note set her apart from other candidates.

Set her apart from other candidates?  That’s odd.  I’ve been doing career research for several years now and every article or website I’ve read recommends that applicants send a thank you note after meeting with their hopeful employer.  Apparently that advice is not well received because many applicants fail to follow up in this very simple way.  Remember that employers will often interview many applicants in a day and they will sit with a stack of resumes and interview notes from people just like you.  In order to be successful in your career search – you not only need to score the interview and impress them with your accomplishments, you must also stay in their mind as someone who follows through a process completely.  The thank you note is the perfect way to accomplish that goal.

My sister didn’t indicate whether she sent a physical thank you card or simply sent an email thank you.  I think both would be sufficient but a hand written note would certainly be more rare these days – and therefore more note worthy in the mind of the employer.  Either way this simple little edge should never be forgotten.  So let me join all those other career advisers in suggesting you send a thank you note after your interview.  It really is important.

America Gets Back To Work

Last night President Obama outlined his plan to get America back to work with various infrastructure projects, tax breaks for businesses that hire and other incentives to get businesses back to hiring.  That’s great news for those of us looking for a job or a career change!  I think it is important that the President not only wants to get people working again, but also ensuring those who are working are getting a fair wage.  The economy won’t improve until we all have money in our pockets that we can spend on things other than reducing our debt or buying necessities.  We can only hope that the jobs bill is approved and implemented quickly because as the President indicated – we don’t have 14 months to wait for things to improve.

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Unions In Todays Workforce

I’ll try not to be too political either way in the article and it shouldn’t  be difficult as I am quite torn on this topic.  Let me first state what I don’t like about Unions.  In the past some unions have taken the power of collective bargaining too far.  Through frequent strikes and other sanctions they managed to bargain for wages and benefits that were far beyond the standard for the area.  Also a work stoppage never really seems to cause inconvenience to the workers or the company – it seems the customers typically suffer the most.  I’m reminded of a big UPS strike several years ago that caused a lot of big problems for people shipping packages.  The employees and UPS managed to survive without too much disruption.  I’ve also been stranded in remote areas of the country when the airline I took to get there suddenly went on strike.  And they will typically do these strikes at the most inconvenient times for the customers.

Still – I believe there is a place for Unions in this country.  Right now the battle is being fought in teachers unions that are publicly funded.   One only needs to compare the educational rankings of union states vs non-union states to see how important they are.  Also, I don’t believe the teacher unions have over stepped their boundaries as far as compensation and benefits are concerned.  The main gripe from these states is that these are federal employees and shouldn’t be paid more than the private sector.  On this note I do disagree.  In my opinion, education is vital to the success of this country and you get what you pay for.  As for the argument that poor quality teachers can’t be fired – I believe there are ways of dealing with that issue without having to dismantle the union.  Again – just my opinion.

But what about the private sector?  Are unions good or bad?  Well I can only comment on my own state of FL where we do not have private unions except for a few national unions like UPS.  Here we have some of the lowest wages compared to similar jobs in other parts of the country.  We also have a very high cost of living by comparison to other states.  I have lived here for 20 years and have always received glowing reviews for my work (in the IT field) yet I struggle to get by with my modest lifestyle.  Through the years after more workload and no pay raise, I’ve tried several different approaches to asking for a raise.  All of them were met with very negative results from management.  The sad truth here in Florida is that they don’t care.  They know the workers have no bargaining power and so they pay the minimum they can in the market.  We also seem to be the birthplace of scam business because the cost of doing business in Florida is so much more appealing without union wages.  In my opinion, Florida could benefit from more unions.  The consumers and employees here really do need more protection from the corporations.  But it’s not likely to happen.

So there are pros and cons to unions in today’s workforce.  As I said, I don’t have a firm answer on the topic but would enjoy hearing comments from readers either way.

Hiring During Holiday Season

There is a perception in the job market that companies typically don’t hire during the Holiday season.  So should you wait until the new year to continue your job search?  Absolutely not – and here is why:

  • Not all companies stop hiring during this end of year season – many others actually do.  I was hired for my current tech job in mid November of last year.
  • Many companies hire temporary workers for the busy shopping season.  Not only will a temporary job provide needed  income or some extra spending money – if you prove yourself as an exceptional employee, you might be kept on after the season and possibly land a permanent job.
  • There are fewer people applying for jobs during this busy time – that means you have a better chance of getting noticed!
  • After the first of the year you will be competing with all the other people who waited to start their job search.  Now is the time to get a head start.
  • Executives have a hard time being idle.  Visiting with family might be a tad boring for them – so they just might sift through a few resumes to entertain themselves.
  • Now is a great time to do something a little extra that will get you noticed in a big way.  When you go in to apply for a job – bring a small gift with you to give to the HR person.  Some candy (not homemade) or just a card will be accepted as a thoughtful gift and not a bribe.  Even just a cheerful “Happy Holidays!” will show you in a positive light.

So while you are out and about shopping – drop off a resume on your way.  Spend some extra time on-line applying for that perfect job.  Tis the season!

NightOwlStaffing.com – What’s it all about?

Welcome to the NightOwlStaffing.com Blog!  This blog will keep you updated on what’s going on in the job market – after 5pm.  You might be asking yourself with all the job sites out there right now – why NightOwlStaffing.com?  The following recent PR article explains how the idea of an after-hours job site came to be and how it can work for you.

The following is reprinted:

A new job site has hit the web – and it’s not your ordinary monster.  This one is for the night owls!  Dennis Becker of Fort Lauderdale has just launched a niche job website at http://www.nightowlstaffing.com.  The idea was conceived after Mr. Becker decided to leave his 2nd shift job of 13 years in a very difficult economy to pursue his dream of a cross country bicycle ride from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Seattle Washington. “I’ve never been a morning person” recalls Dennis “and I feared it might be difficult to secure another 2nd shift job in the IT profession.  The problem is that most job sites cater to the 9 – 5 work schedule and so a person interested in working after hours uses their key search terms to find their desired shift and not their desired job.  That can limit productive search results”.

Dennis imagined a site where jobs were listed specifically for evening and nighttime shifts – virtually eliminating that part of the search.  Now you can focus on the type of job you want which results in a much more productive search.  NightOwlStaffing.com is exactly that site – and it is totally free for both employers and job seekers.

Commerce doesn’t stop at 5pm and there are a lot of job opportunities available in many fields including Manufacturing, Airports, Hospitals, Call Centers, Service Industry Security, IT and many more.  Working non-standard shifts has many benefits as explained by Mr. Becker.  “I call it – not living with the masses.  I go to the grocery store, gym, bank, etc. when everyone else isn’t.  Plus, most companies will pay more for people willing to work after hour schedules.”

Dennis was lucky and did find another 2nd shift job in the IT field.  Now he hopes NightOwlStaffing.com will help other people secure their after hours jobs as well.  Businesses are encouraged to post their later shift jobs on NightOwlStaffing.com  (including logos and links).  Job seekers should post their resumes now to get a head start.  Signing up is easy, fast and best of all – totally free.