It’s that Time of Year Again: the Holiday Job Search is On!

By Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D. for LiveCareer

As cooler weather arrives and stores fill aisles with holiday items, it’s easy to get distracted — even discouraged — about the holidays and your job-search. Many job-seekers believe if they are in the middle of a job-search and Thanksgiving is on the horizon, that they might as well give up finding a job until the new year.

Thinking that job-hunting, networking, and hiring stop because of the holidays is perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions of job-seekers — and that could be good news for you since you’re reading this article. The simple truth is that while the holidays do cause business to slow, employers are still interviewing and still hiring — and deep into planning for the following year. Plus, because many job-seekers suspend their job-hunting activities during the holidays, there is simply less competition for open positions.

Use the how-to advice in this article to revisit, revamp, and reinvigorate your job-search during the holidays — and by doing so lay the groundwork for giving yourself the best present of all… a new job.

How to Job-Hunting During the Holidays

The first step involves a change in your mindset — both about job-hunting and about the holidays. You’ll need to believe — really believe — that you can have job-search success during the holidays. You’ll also need to fight — and completely shake off — the holiday blues. A positive attitude and energy will not only provide you with more confidence, but will also radiate to employers — and give you an edge. Furthermore, make an action plan for the twenty or so business days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s — with a goal of accomplishing at least one job-search activity each day.

The second step is about reviewing your job-search materials and strategies. If you have been job-hunting and not receiving any (or few) interviews, it is time to revisit your resume. (Consider free and paid services for critiquing your resume, as well as our job-seeker resume tools and resources). If you are obtaining interviews, but not receiving any offers, it is time to review your interviewing strategies. (Consider asking for feedback, conducting a mock interview, and using our job interviewing resources).

The third step focuses on taking advantage of the holidays for pushing your networking activities into a higher gear. Besides your usual networking activities (which should be the main focus of your job-hunting strategy), consider sending holiday greeting cards to former co-workers, bosses, clients, vendors, and the like that include a networking or resume-highlights card; attend business, professional, and social holiday gatherings prepared with your short elevator speech and a plan to uncover any job leads and add more people to your network (but remember not to dwell on any job woes); conduct informational interviews with people — even the busiest folks (hiring managers and recruiters) are less likely to be traveling or stuck in meetings (plus most people will also be happier with the holiday spirit). Remember to follow up with all these folks after the holidays too.

The fourth step involves monitoring key employer career centers and niche and professional job boards. Even in December, new job opportunities will be posted by employers, so spend some of your time monitoring and applying for these positions. These activities should in no way consume more than a quarter of your holiday job-search activities, as the other tools of job-hunting are much more likely to lead to job leads, job interviews, and job offers. Answering an urgent call from an employer, though, could lead to a quicker than usual hiring decision.

An optional step, if you have the time and energy, is to volunteer. Charities and other organizations are often stressed to the limits trying to help people cope with the holidays. Besides the emotional and spiritual lift you’ll receive from giving back, volunteering is an excellent way to meet new people to add to your network.

Final Thoughts on Conducting a Job-Search During the Holidays

If you put your mind to it, you may be able to accomplish more for your job-search during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than any other time. Bosses and higher-ups are less likely to be traveling and more accessible and year-end budgets and new-year budgets are being finalized opening up opportunities. Furthermore …[Read the Rest of this Article]

PR NEWSWIRE: FACET Expands Talent Division To Entertainment


HOUSTON, Oct. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — FACET, known since 1981 as an HR-based Consulting Firm providing Career Consulting, Executive Coaching and Retained Search, has found a new pool of talent in need of its services – Entertainment. The official launch is slated for January 2017 with focus on Music, Media and Sports. FACET’s home base is Houston, Texas, but the company’s Entertainment Division will reside in the Entertainment capital of the world – Las Vegas. Marc Brattin, veteran rock musician and entrepreneur, will spearhead the division.

Marc has provided FACET with marketing, advertising and media development for the past 12 years. Drawing from his entertainment and music business experience, the new division is expanding the company’s business model of over 30 years to incorporate a collaborative team of high-level executives, artists, media and public relations experts and industry insiders to provide a one-of-a-kind experience. Most importantly, the Division provides Artist development programs with customized regimens for artists and managers to develop the skills they need to step into new roles, advance their careers and enhance their overall performance and live their dream.

C. L. Greco, President and CEO of FACET states that “We are very pleased to add this Division to our company and include talent search, artist development, coaching and management.”

Musicians and athletes interested in career services are asked to inquire at www.facetgroup.com.

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6 SIMPLE JOB SEARCH TIPS (That we all Forget)

By Jenny Foss for The Muse:

The irony of job search advice: There’s so much available that you don’t have to spend more than four seconds Googling about before you land on some nugget of wisdom or another.

Yet, at the same time, there’s so much available (some of which completely contradicts other advice you’ll find) that it can easily overwhelm you. Which, in fact, is probably the exact opposite outcome you’re looking for when you go sleuthing for genuinely useful counsel in the first place.

So let’s do this: Let’s boil things down to a short list of sound, timeless job searching tips that’ll help you fine-tune your strategy so that you may sail through the process (or at least cut out some of the unnecessary time and frustration).

1. Make Yourself a “Smack-in-the-Forehead” Obvious Fit

When you apply for a job via an online application process, it’s very likely that your resume will first be screened by an applicant tracking system and then (assuming you make this first cut) move onto human eyeballs. The first human eyeballs that review your resume are often those of a lower level HR person or recruiter, who may or may not understand all of the nuances of that job for which you’re applying.

Thus, it behooves you to make it very simple for both the computer and the human to quickly connect their “Here’s what we’re looking for” to your “Here’s what you can walk through our doors and deliver.”

Tip

Study the job description and any available information you have on the position. Are you mirroring the words and phrases in the job description? Are you showcasing your strengths in the areas that seem to be of paramount importance to this role? Line it up. Line it up.

2. Don’t Limit Yourself to Online Applications

You want that job search to last and last? Well, then continue to rely solely on submitting online applications. You want to accelerate this bad boy? Don’t stop once you apply online for that position. Start finding and then endearing yourself to people working at that company of interest. Schedule informational interviews with would-be peers. Approach an internal recruiter and ask a few questions. Get on the radar of the very people who might influence you getting an interview.

Tip

By lining up with people on the inside of the companies at which you want to work, you will instantly set yourself apart. Decision makers interview people who come recommended or by way of a personal referral before they start sorting through the blob of resumes that arrives by way of the ATS.

3. Remember That Your Resume (and LinkedIn Profile) Is Not a Tattoo

Yes, your new resume is lovely. Your LinkedIn profile, breathtaking. However, if they don’t position you as a direct match for a particular role that you’re gunning for, don’t be afraid to modify wording, switch around key terms, and swap bullet points in and out. Your resume is not a tattoo, nor is your LinkedIn profile. Treat them as living, breathing documents throughout your job search (and career).

Tip

If you’re a covert job seeker, remember to turn off your activity broadcasts (within privacy and settings) when you make edits to your LinkedIn profile. If your current boss or colleagues are connected to you on LinkedIn, they may get suspicious about all the frequent changes.

4. Accept That You Will Never Bore Anyone Into Hiring You

Don’t get me wrong—you absolutely must come across as polished, articulate and professional throughout your job search. However, many people translate this into: Must. Be. Boring.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Realize that few people get hired because they had perfect white space on their cover letters, memorized all of the “correct” interview questions or used incredibly safe, common phraseology (i.e., clichés) throughout their resumes. All of this correctness is going to make you look staged and non-genuine. Instead, give yourself permission to be both polished and endearing. Memorable, likable candidates are almost always the ones who go the distance.

5. If You’re Not on LinkedIn, You Very Nearly Don’t Exist

Considering that more than 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn as their primary search tool, this is not an understatement. If you’re a professional, you need to not only be on LinkedIn, you need to be using it to your full advantage. Don’t believe me? Think about it this way: If tomorrow morning, a recruiter logs onto LinkedIn looking for someone in your geography, with expertise in what you do, and you’re not there? Guess who they’re going to find and contact? Yes, that person’s name is “not you.”

Tip

If you figure out how to harness the power of no other social media tool for job search, figure out LinkedIn. It’s (by far) the best resource we have available today for career and job search networking, for finding people working at companies of interest, and for positioning yourself to be found by a recruiter who has a relevant job opening.

6. Thank You Matters

I once placed a candidate into an engineering role with a company that manufactures packaging equipment. He was competing head-to-head with another engineer, who had similar talents and wanted the job just as badly. My candidate sent a thoughtful, non-robotic thank you note to each person with whom he’d interviewed, within about two hours of leaving their offices. The other candidate sent nothing.

Guess why my candidate got the job offer? Yep, the thoughtful, non-robotic thank you notes. They sealed the deal for him, especially considering the other front-runner sent nothing.

Tip

Consider crafting, original, genuine thank you notes (one for each interviewer) the moment you get back to a computer, following the interview. The speed with which you send the notes, and the quality, will make an impact.

And finally, remember that the interviewer cares much more about what you can do for them than what you want out of the deal. Certainly, they’re going to care a bunch about what you want once you establish your worth. But during the interview, you must demonstrate why you make business sense to hire, period.

Now, go forth and show your job search exactly who is the boss.

MusiCares Louisiana Flood Relief

MusiCares

Are you a musician who has lost a home, instruments, car, equipment or ability to earn a living due to the devastating flooding?

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.
MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality.MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.

MusiCares has established the MusiCares Louisiana Flood Relief Fund to assist music people affected by the South Louisiana Floods.

MusiCares’ initial assistance will provide funds for food and clothing, gasoline and transportation, clean up efforts, relocation costs, medicine and other critical supplies.

In order to apply for assistance or to donate, please contact the South Regional office at (615) 327-0050 or toll free (877) 626-2748.

Download the MusiCares Louisiana Flood Relief Application

Acadiana Diversity Job Fair – News brief for September 12 2016

Acadiana Diversity Job Fair

Join us! Thursday, October 13, 2016

Acadiana SHRM is a proud sponsor of this event.

When: Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 9 am to 12 noon
Where: Heymann Convention Center, 1373 South College Road, Lafayette, LA 70503 | No cost to reserve a table!
Thursday, October 13, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Heymann Convention Center
1373 College Road, Lafayette, LA 70503
Business set up begins at 7 a.m.
No cost to reserve a table!

Annually this job fair is hosted by community organizations led by Louisiana Workforce Commission providing the opportunity for local area businesses to meet with willing and able workers. Last year this event attracted approximately 400 job seekers.

WHEN
Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (CDT)

WHERE
Heymann Convention Center – 1373 South College Road, Lafayette, LA 70503


 

Flood victims eligible for disaster unemployment benefits

Louisiana flood victims eligible for disaster unemployment benefits

Nola.com:

Flood victims in 20 Louisiana parishes who lost their jobs or are temporarily out of work will be eligible for federal money to help cover lost wages. Businesses damaged by the historic flooding can also apply for relief for affected employees.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Tuesday (Aug. 16) it is now accepting applications for disaster unemployment assistance for workers who live in one of the parishes declared by the U.S. government as major disaster areas. Eligible individuals and businesses have until Sept. 15 to apply.

Here's how to help Louisiana flood victims

Here’s how to help Louisiana flood victims

Parishes now declared federal disaster areas include East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Acadia, Ascension, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberia, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry, Avoyelles, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Evangeline, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Washington and Vermilion.

Eligible workers can receive up to $247 a week — the maximum amount of unemployment compensation allowed in Louisiana — for each week of out of work. Benefits last up to 26 weeks as long as an individual’s unemployment continues to be the result of a disaster.

Workers, including self-employed individuals, qualify for disaster unemployment assistance payments if they:

  • were scheduled to begin work or self-employment when the flooding occurred.
  • can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to a workplace directly caused by the flooding.
  • can establish the work or self-employment they are no longer able to perform was their principal source of income.
  • do not qualify for unemployment benefits from any state.
  • cannot perform work or self-employment because of any injury that was a direct result of the flood.
  • have become the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household.

Applicants must provide their Social Security number, check stubs and other documents that show they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. All required documents must be filed within 21 days from the date an application is submitted.

Up to three-quarters of Livingston Parish homes don't have flood insurance, records suggestOfficials estimate flooding destroyed 75 percent of homes in Livingston.

Workers are encouraged to fill out an application for assistance online at www.laworks.net. Locate the “Reemployment Services” tab on the homepage and click on the link labeled “Start or re-open an unemployment claim.”

Those who run into problems or are unable to apply online can call the Louisiana Workforce Commission Benefits Analysis Team at 1-866-783-5567. Calls are answered Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


UNEMPLOYMENT SCAM ALERT! 

Email Scam Alert – Unemployment Benefits

Louisiana applicants for unemployment benefits should only use the official website, www.louisianaworks.net or www.laworks.net, developed and controlled by the State of Louisiana, for conducting unemployment insurance claim or employer business.

Recently, a Louisiana applicant for unemployment benefits received an email from a website claiming to be the Unemployment Advisory Department. This site and its affiliates use addresses including “support@us-benefits.org,” “unemploymentdirect.com” or “unemployment-assist.com.”

This is an identity theft scam, and it has been reported in other states as well. Emails related to this scam may request documents and information from an applicant and claim that an application is at risk of being denied, or the email may indicate that an initial application was received but not completed and provide links to continue the unemployment filing process.

Louisiana applicants are strongly urged not to register at these sites and to ignore any emails they may receive with any extensions of the addresses above. These are not websites endorsed by the Louisiana Workforce Commission or the Federal government.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission does not request personal identifying information via email, and there are no fees associated with filing for unemployment benefits.

If you believe your identity has been compromised, please contact local law enforcement and take steps to protect your identity.

 

Mind Your Manners – an Infographic

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Mind Your Manners: What to Do When You Interview

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