Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Giving notice when you intend to leave an employer.

Giving notice of your plans to leave an employer for a position elsewhere is a delicate task that must be carried out with professionalism and the thinking that if for some reason your new position isn't the perfect fit you thought it would be that you have a good possibility of rehire with your former employer.  So to maintain a positive image and remain elidgible for potentiality being rehired if need be here are some tips to help you achieve just that.

1. For non-managerial or support staff 2 weeks is the typically acceptable timeframe and for managerial positions 30 days and executives 90 days which will give your employer adequate time to find a suitable replacement.

2. If you choose to participate in and your employer offers an exit interview always speak positively about the employer, supervisors and fellow staff.  Although it may seem the time to air all those grievances if you want a chance tpbe rehired it would jeopardize the possibility.

3.  Finish any special assignments unless specifically asked not to because your predecessor will most likely have to start from scratch anyway and there is no need to dump a halfway completed assignment on the new coming replacement whom will most likely already be nervous and under great stress.

4.  Ask if you would be elidgible for rehire if you chose to return it couldn't hurt.

5.  Send your direct supervisor and human resources representative a thank you letter for giving you the opportunity to work as a member of their team this will help greatly if your resume ever crosses their desk again as an applicant for a job opening.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Job Search Apps

These days with the capacities of smart phones job searches via printed publications such as the newspaper or simply walking into a business and inquiring about job openings are no longer favored nor necessary. Job seeker now can download one of many apps designed to run on their smart phone or other handheld device and sift through endless job openings and even filter the results so that opening meeting only specific criteria are shown . Time saved and convenience at the tip of your fingers equals efficient job hunting and a faster route back to employment. we have gathered some of the highest rated job search apps available for You to try and would like to hear your feedback on your personal experience using one of the apps listed. Jobs Now Hiring by Big5 Job Search by Job Search by Zip Reqruiter Jobs by Job Search by Snagajob Job Search by

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

When faced with a significant career change

Changing careers can mark the start of an exciting life change but at the same time can be extremely stressful and a frightening decision for some depending on the reason for the change.  The career path one chooses should be one of interest and meaning were the individual feels a sense of accomplishment each day and also feels they make a positive contribution with their work.  

There are many reasons a person may make such a significant change in the course of their life such as completion of educational program that now qualifies them to fill the new position they are making the change to.  Additional reasons could be simply for a higher salary, relocation, a new found interest, taking the next step towards their ultimate chosen career or it may just be that they are really unsure of what they want to spend the majority of their life doing and are trying new things in the hopes that in doing so something will jump out and grab their attention.  Lots of people make career changes as well due to the numerous career paths that some jobs present them with and in order to turn their job into a career they must select a specialty to hone their skills in such as a nurse, doctor or lawyer.  

One of the most frightening aspects of a career change is the potential for a disruption of their regular paycheck that may affect their budget or their normal payment schedule for upcoming due bills.  Another intimidating challenge tends for most to be a new position were they must demonstrate a greater amount of skill and proficiency in their field which can make a person question if they are truly ready for the greater responsibility and higher expectations which I believe affects 98% of people however over time retreats more and more as they settle into their new role and the majority of people will find that they fill their new role better than they ever would have expected.  

An important thing to remember if faced with this scenario is believe in yourself, take pride in all you do and do everything you undertake to the absolute best of your ability and you should be just fine.  Lastly don't fear great change and do what you have a passion for and what fills you with the positive emotions one feels when they recognize a job well done or take notice to the fact that their efforts made a positive impact in the life of others no matter how small it may be.

Career Hunter: Are The Best Job Candidates Getting Away ?

Career Hunter: Are The Best Job Candidates Getting Away ?: All firms of all sizes in all areas of business want the best candidates for the jobs they have available. However, in recent years, the emp...

Are The Best Job Candidates Getting Away ?

All firms of all sizes in all areas of business want the best candidates for the jobs they have available. However, in recent years, the employee-candidate paradigm has been reversed. Because of a shortage of talented candidates, there is more competition between companies for the talent that is available. So, rather than the job candidate having to sell him or herself to the company, the Hiring Manager's responsibility is to "sell" the quality, financial stability, and advancement opportunities of the company to the candidate.

It is now essential that firms revise their recruiting procedures and do not let the best candidates get away. Some simple adjustments should be enough for your company to stop those high quality candidates from going elsewhere.

Quick Response
Once you decide to fill a position, be committed to that decision and make hiring decisions quickly. View the hiring process like a project and ensure you meet your goal of hiring the "best candidate" in the shortest amount of time. Indecisiveness, time delays, budget reviews, etc., send a message to the candidate about the company's lack of focus. If you wait two weeks following an interview to make an offer, your ideal candidate may have already accepted a job offer from elsewhere - even from one of your competitors.

Streamline the Hiring Process
Do you really need second and third interviews ? If you ensure that all the participants in the hiring process are available for the first interview, then decisions can be made quickly and effectively, ensuring that your firm has a better chance of recruiting the top talent.

If You Want The Best...
If you want the best...then you will need to pay the best. It may not be what most companies want to hear but it happens to be true. Don't misjudge the pay rate, benefits, perks, etc., necessary for the best quality candidate to accept the position; don't play games with lower than market rate offers.

Keep abreast of changing salary scales, and price your jobs competitively. If you don't know what the current market rate is, hire a recruiter who does and who can advise on all aspects of the recruiting process.

Get The Right Help
Bringing a professional recruiter in at an early stage will help prepare your company for the hiring process. A top-notch recruiter will ask the right questions to help you identify your company's needs and will also help you identify human attributes (personality, communication skills, corporate culture, etc.) that the "right" candidate should possess, including "must-have" attributes and "preferred" attributes.

Choose a recruiter to work long term and they will soon be attuned to the exact needs and requirements of your company. Include the recruiter on your company's hiring team. A preferred recruiter is very helpful in structuring job descriptions so they stand out. And finding the recruiting angle that will draw superstars and in presenting the job offer to the candidate so it will be accepted. In addition to recruiting top talent, good recruiters possess skills to help candidates evaluate and accept good offers. This “third-party-input” to the candidate during the decision is critical to avoiding turn down and defusing counter offers.

With a streamlined recruiting procedure and the right approach to the top candidates, your firm will be one of those getting the best talent while your competitors are still wondering how that perfect candidate managed to get away.

Aptitude Test - Know Yourself

It it very important to know ourself well. In my career I have constantly try to figure out what do I want to do and what is suitable for me. Since secondary school time I have started to think hard on what I want to be in the future. During University time I did a lot of reading and test to understand myself more. I wanted to be an entrepreneur. However I don’t know where to start and what industry I should go into. I have tried to start some small business in university time and I learned that passion is very important. I simply need to love what I am doing. So I planned to gain some working experience before I go into any business. I started my career as a programmer. I figure out that I wanted to become an system analyst, which I have already achieve it today, after 5 years of working.

I did an aptitude test on Test You Own Job Aptitude by Jim Barret and Geoff Williams 6 years ago which I think its worth to mention. Following are the results of my test. According to the test I am a mixed of Research and Literary type. Below are some descriptions of the categories:


This attraction shows how much you enjoy acquiring knowledge. As a result of this you seem prepared to devoted a great deal of time to study and the careers which appeal to you generally need academic, professional or special qualifications.

At school, you would have preferred scientific subjects, particularly the main-stream diciplines of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. You will have enjoyed objective problem solving and being able to sift through information in order to draw conclusions. You will have enjoyed experimenting and working with formulae.

Careers in this category: astronomer, bacteriologist, botanist, chemist, dietitian, mathematician, microbiologist, physicist, surgeon, computer scientist


You are attracted by carrers involving words, ideas and communication. You will be happy reading or writing a lot - probaly both. Other interests or activities might also appeal, but these can be saved for leisure time. It is with a literary activity that you want to spend most of your time.

If you have not been engaged in literary events hitherto, it is possible that your self-awareness has changed. Perhaps now is the time to find out whether you have any talent. Some people have produced a first novel after retirement.

Careers in this category are: actor/actress, editor, historian, interpreter, journalist, language teacher, librarian, literary critic, novelist, proof reader

Research and Literary

You may be able to combine these preferences in a career which fuses science with art. In this case, you are likely to be high qualified: you will be one of the lucky few who are very highly specialised and for whom there are careers available. Most careers will be in an academic or educational environment. If your background is in research you may also have a literary talent which allows you to write about your subject. Additioanl personal skills would be required if you are to be successful in presenting your work to others as a lecturer or trainer.

Careers in this category are: anthropologist, archaelogist, information scientist, science writer, technical writer.

I found that the test result are indeed very true for myself, not only 6 years ago, but even until today it remains true. Today I am a system analyst, but that is not my final destination. I have something else that I wanted to achieve. I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to further my study in master degree. I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I know that I need to focus on one at a time.

Knowing yourself is important. It helps you to keep focus on your lifelong journey.

Apprenticeship - The Best Training In The World

Learning a new, highly skilled profession requires an in-depth, hands-on, committed training experience. This is where the process of apprenticeship occurs. It fills-in the training gap in those places where supervision is needed and provides hands-on help and a solid understanding of how a specific process works. Apprenticeship is one of the most successful methods any person can use to develop new skills, especially in a highly technical craft. 

For example, you don't become an electrician by pulling a few wires off your remote control car and hooking them up to the light switch in your house. Instead, you apprentice under an electrical expert to learn the most valuable, safest method for working with electricity. 

So what is apprenticeship? It generally includes full-time, on-the-job experience where you actually learn to do "a job" while performing the required tasks. In this "hands-on" environment, you are placed under the oversight of a skilled trainer or journey-worker. A big benefit of on-the-job apprenticeship is having an income while you learn. At the same time you can also receive detailed training by taking specific, technical classes that are directly related to your new occupation. This training is often in-addition to your normal job duties, so be prepared for a large time investment. 

By focusing heavily on hands-on work experience and detailed classroom study, long term success is the usual result for anyone truly dedicated to their occupation. Apprenticeship programs create some of the most highly-skilled, highly-paid individuals who work at their jobs anywhere in the world. 

In fact, this method of training may be the oldest form of learning anywhere. Certainly it was used even by early Americans, including George Washington (surveyor), Benjamin Franklin (printer), and Paul Revere (silversmith). Actually, Congress enacted the National Apprenticeship Act in 1937. They did this to recognize the importance of apprenticeship in developing highly skilled workers in various trades, including manufacturing, public utilities, and construction. Later apprenticeship grew to include fire, police, safety, and other emergency related occupations. 

Today, there are hundreds of different occupational apprenticeship programs and categories in and around the United States. Each state oversees and administers the specifics of their own program, but they are federally approved. Once you complete an apprenticeship training program, you will get an apprenticeship certificate which is recognized nationwide. It is also the credential you will find the most useful and portable within most industries around the country. 

But apprenticeship isn't for the faint of heart. Even before your job and classroom training, you will have to apply, and you may have to wait until positions and opportunities are available. In fact, some programs may have waiting lists or they may only accept new applicants at specific times throughout the year. 

Although apprenticeship is a fantastic occupational learning opportunity, it is not an option to be pursued lightly. Weigh your options and make an educated decision about the time and other commitments, before you jump into an apprenticeship program.