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Expand Your CV with Unique Opportunities from Cool Works

Is it time to add an interesting career to your CV?

Cool Works is a job search board for interesting seasonal jobs and career opportunities.  National parks, camps, ranches, theme parks and ski

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resorts all list their job openings on Cool Works.

Cool Works Job Opportunities:

Employers and jobs listed on the Cool Works site are grouped together by location, season or by category, and the site has a few special categories such as:

  • Jobs on the water.
  • Older and bolder, for those of us with experience and looking for a change.
  • Internships.
  • Volunteer opportunities.
  • Jobs for teenagers.

Cool Works Spotlight Opportunities:

In addition to more than one-half dozen general categories, Cool Works has three types of spotlighted job listings:

Seasonal Professionals:

These are seasonal jobs that call for previous on the job skills, education or training, and often include seasonal management positions.

Careers Positions:

This spotlight category covers year-round, thirty-five to forty hour per week positions with benefits like health and dental insurance.

Entry Level Jobs:

This Cool Works section lists jobs for applicants with minimal to no experience within the desired field.  It is a great opportunity to acquire firsthand experience in a new field.

Cool Works also lists jobs that need to be filled within the next thirty days, as well as their Job Map option that will let you search for jobs on a global scale.

Some job listing will provide you the name and contact information for the person responsible for hiring for the position and instructions on how you apply for the job.  Other new job listings on Cool Works listings on the site deposit you directly on the recruiting website for the business.  It is vital that you understand you will need to read about the listed job first and closely follow their application instructions.

Tools from Cool Works:

In addition to interesting opportunities to expand your CV, Cool Works offers:

  • RSS Feeds
  • A weekly newsletter.
  • A Cool Works email address for application purposes.

Cool Works also offers its own social network, called My Coolworks, which provides a number of discussion forums and blogs offering unique job search advice.

Cool Works for People Needing People

Cool Works also offers a unique package for employers, including job listing options, applicant tracking, business profiles and human resources oriented blogs.

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Apploi, an app for finding a fall job or the right employee!

Apploi, an app for finding a fall job or the right employee!

The old-school job search effort will soon be history if a New York City-based tech startup continues making waves.  Apploi assists people searching for a job find jobs close to home and surfaces the best potential applicants for any participating employers. apploi for the job search

Why should I care about Apploi?

Apploi allows people seeking jobs to save basic profile information to an online Passport, so they will not be forced to fill out personal information including their highest level of education, work details and personal portfolio beyond the first entry.

The Apploi kiosk looks a lot like an iPad that has been mounted on a stand, and can be found in retail locations up and down the East Coast.  In the iOS app, users can find local jobs and complete a Passport, which can be sent out as a direct application for more than a single job at a time and to many employers during a single Apploi job search.  Apploi also uses the GPS capabilities of smartphones to entice users with unfilled local jobs that could help users cut commuting expenses.

Apploi is a great alternative to a process once dominated by paper applications.  Before the introduction of either the iPhone or its Android counterpart, we all remember walking into to the local retail store, filling out traditional paper applications and hoping that a summer job would be the result.  Unsurprisingly, most stores still use paper applications; all hiring decisions are still left to the store manager on a local level rather than employing a centralized HR team as might be done for salaried positions.

But is it possible for local stores, restaurants and small shops to benefit from a recruiting app like Apploi?  Adam Lewis, founder of Apploi, thinks they can benefit, and that is why he decided to tackle streamlining the process of customer service hiring.

The app scores candidate applications as green, yellow or red, depending on response quality, and lets employers supplement their own questions in addition to the basic Passport questions users complete, and they can require video responses.  One example is that the store might choose to upload a sample disgruntled call from a dissatisfied customer and ask applicants to record their response; the response showcases the personality in a different way than an out of context resume.

The Apploi app is currently available in fifteen cities in the United States and has signed clients in Nairobi, London, Bangkok and Copenhagen.  Jobs from more than 300 businesses have been posted, ranging from small businesses to worldwide brands, and listings now go beyond the customer service fields for which the Apploi was first built.

While there are a lot of mobile job-search apps available, Apploi is ready and willing to stand out with its unique interactive features and cool iPad kiosks.  Learn more about the app by visiting Apploi online at www.apploi.com!

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Collegefeed and its role for new college graduates.

Collegefeed and its role for new college graduates.

It is estimated that 5,000 online matchmaking sites exist worldwide, most of which happen to be online dating sites that are of no use to job seekers.  Silicon Valley recognized the problem and added another matchmaking service to a growing list of options for college students, this one with the intention of setting up new graduates with rewarding employment.Collegefeed Image

In search of a strong technical writer with leadership qualities?  A web designer with mad PHP web programming skills?  All you need to do is ask Collegefeed, and you will get a short list of highly qualified candidates in your email inbox.

In an age where new algorithms seek out more helpful, pertinent and precise local search results that are tied to a person’s specific tastes, finding the right job and candidate should not be so unbearable.  Collegefeed is part of a new surge of startups aiming to make the process of looking for employment and qualified workers less of a trek.

On most traditional job boards, you post a profile detailing your skills, and you wait with the hope that someone is going to discover you.  Collegefeed looks a lot like LinkedIn on the surface.  You develop a profile, specify places you prefer to work, CV, personal interests, links to portfolio samples and tag the whole thing with keywords that will match with the search.  What differs is that colleges like MIT, San Diego State and FSU have partnered to link the platform directly to their career center.

Collegefeed propels itself head and shoulders above the competition by choosing to forego complacency for those selecting the service.  It scrutinizes profiles for base qualifications requested by corporate users, eliminating 64% of all candidates from the search.  The program then delivers companies with a list or “feed” of students who match all of the qualifications.  This means that a student may end up matched with a company they would never have encountered or considered on a traditional job board.

The site essentially moves the search along by acting as an agent, screening potential employees and sending solid matches to recruiters in small batches.  When a recruiter is served a small batch of qualified college students, it is more likely you will garner their undivided attention.  Students generally feel more optimistic that their profile on the free site will lead to a successful interview.

It is important to understand that Collegefeed is open to anyone who has been out of college for one-half decade or less, and it currently hosts 35,000 – 40,000 job-seeker profiles.  Candidates in search of a job have more than 1,000 potential employers with which they can be matched, both small numbers compared to LinkedIn’s 25,000 employers and 39 million students and new graduates.  Its size makes the new network a must college students, because they need to standout in a way that is different than LinkedIn.

Collegefeed will determine that a student is top talent and send that match directly to the email inbox of the right recruiter.  It is a gift that goes beyond traditional matchmaking sites.

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Why haven’t I made it to the next invterview?

Have you participated in more than one dozen job interviews, all without one resulting in the elusive job offer you hoped to receive?  Did the hiring manager choose a different candidate because you happen to be older than any of the others they chose to interview?  Does the company feel you are too qualified for the position, and that your skill set will result in you acquiring a different job opportunity?  Perhaps you feel your job hunt has just come down to bad luck?  Are hiring managers so inept at their profession and predisposed toward a single mindset that they unable to see you are a qualified accountant, phlebotomist or legal secretary?

The truth is if you are getting rejected time and again for jobs that you can successfully accomplish with your skill set; the problem is likely to be found at your own front door.  The hiring manager or recruiter does not get paid to reject viable candidates, they are compensated for their ability to find qualified people to fill holes on the team.  The problem may be the way you are presenting yourself, a fact that should not be surprising because interviewing is an infrequent activity for most of us.

You need to analyze your interviewing presentation in the same way you would your performance in a new job. Here are three reasons why you may not be getting a job offer:

You are not qualified.

It is true that you have nothing to lose by applying for any job that looks like it could even remotely match skills you possess.  The other side of the equation is that, overstating your qualifications will result in the truth coming out in an interview.  Think twice before you set yourself up for a fall by applying for a job that clearly falls out of your level of expertise.

You do not have that “spark.”

It is completely possible to lack enthusiasm, but you do not need to display your well-developed sense of apathy while in the midst of the interview.  Even if the job is not your dream job, display enthusiasm to avoid becoming a candidate who is immediate weeded out of the second part of the interview process.  It is true that everyone will not have a bubbly personality, but the hiring manager will wonder about your attitude if you are unable to manage affable for 30 minutes.

You spoke poorly of a previous employer.

There is no quicker way to be removed from additional consideration than by saying something derogatory about your current or most recent employer.  It may be true that a former supervisor was a technically weak superior. Perhaps he or she had difficulty getting to work on time and following through on assignments that in turn impacted your work and reputation.  No matter the situation, think again before you talk to anyone about it.  Choose to positive spin on your search for a new position, explaining that you are looking for better opportunities when asked why you are looking for new employment.  Employers want to hire candidates who are interested in moving ahead, not people looking for refuge.  How you choose to explain the situation tells the interviewer more about you than about the manager you are discussing.

It is true; there are many reasons why you have not yet received an offer for employment.  These reasons are just some of the most likely for your continued search.  It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure that you have that special spark, and are keeping human nature in check when talking about former employers.  Do your best to avoid anything that would prevent you from moving forward and landing the job you deserve!

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What to do after losing a job

If you have recently heard the words, “we need to let you go,” it will not pay for you to slip into a state of abject panic.  By remaining calm, you will be better prepared to take the steps that will get you over this speed bump in one piece.  Here are several things you should do quickly after losing your job:

It will not help your situation if you choose to freak out!

It is important that you prevent your emotions from bursting to the surface, causing you to get lost in the fear that will come from the termination.  The calmer you remain, the faster you will be able to develop a solid plan to work through the crisis.

Do not do anything retaliatory, rash or bitter during your time of fear.

No matter how satisfying it may feel to send former co-workers or clients an email about everything that your old employer does incorrectly, do not do it!  You need to do anything you can to protect your credibility after you have been dismissed, and a hostile exit will be a definite ding to your reputation.

Consider contacting your former employer to discuss how your termination will be described.

It will pay to contact your former employer to negotiate the manner in which your departure will be described to any future employers.  By making a polite request, it is possible you may be able to get your old employer to choose to use neutral terms when discussing the separation.

Verify the balance of your checking account, savings account and all of your credit card accounts.

It is vital that you review your budget for the next several months, and cut all expenses that are inessential to your day to day existence.  Assume that you may not have an income source for several months, so make the budget a matter of essentials.

Look into qualifying for unemployment benefits.

In many states, employees who have been terminated can also collect benefits, as long as they were not released for intentional transgressions.  These benefits can take a while to kick-in, so it is a good idea to file earlier rather than later.

Make note of anyone you would like to continue to speak with in the future.

The list of potential contacts will not be just co-workers, but also clients and people who may have provided either a good or a service to your former employer.  To get around the feeling of awkwardness, find what you truly like in these people and share the information.  Staying classy will impress people.

After a little time has passed, take an objective look at the weeks leading up to the termination.

Try to look at the termination the way an outsider might look at the situation.  Does it make sense why you were let go from your job?  Are there lessons you can take into a new job?

It will be difficult not to let your emotions get the better of you, but a lot of good people have been in a similar position.  Through meticulous planning, they have managed to move forward into successful careers.  The one thing you need to take away from this is that you will get past it too!

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Employment Tips for the New Graduate!

With a new batch of college students preparing to complete their academic career, millions of young men and women will be trying to figure out how to find a job.  There are certain steps that new graduates and job seekers must take to stay ahead as they launch their search for employment.  Here are some great suggestions for those who are awaiting graduation:

Choose to apply for the right kind of jobs.

Do not waste your time applying for a job that is not a good match for your skills or aspirations.  Instead, make the choice to use your time and energy personalizing and honing your curriculum vitae (CV) for jobs that you do stand a chance of landing.

Create consistent profiles on social media platforms, for use in social opt-in applications.

When you are searching for a job, it is important to have an online presence where you can spotlight your skills and experience.  Your social media profiles will help you connect with people who can expedite your job search and assist you with moving up the career ladder.  Below are some sites where you should manage and maintain an online profile.  Be sure to actively manage your profiles, employers like to see current information.

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +

Resist the desire to take the summer off from job searching.

Postponing the job search will put you behind graduates who have either a plan for employment or parents who are encouraging the job search.  Build yourself one to two hours each day, five days a week for activities tied to a job search.  Scheduled daily time will allow you plenty of time to pull yourself out of academic mode and you can even work a summer job.

Build a network of contacts.

It is true that most college graduates who find work after they have completed their academic career do so with networking.  Many of you will consider this to be LinkedIn but the better option is working with career services to build a list of local alumni who are in your city and share a similar major and industry sectors of interest.  Be sure to ask if there might be meet-ups in your area as well.

Do not panic!

The job search will take time, it is pretty common these days.  The important thing to remember is that you will NOT be unemployed forever or living in mom’s basement until you are 35.  You will find a job!

Following some of these tips and engaging in the job search will help you minimize the pressure you feel after you have completed your degree.  Treat the search proactively and set your trajectory high!

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Loss of Interest, Loss of Productivity

There has been a palpable sense of stress creeping into offices in recent years.  People do not smile.  Nerves tend to be frayed.  Managers and support staff appear to be mid marathon, getting in early, working through all breaks and staying well beyond the end of a normal day.  Amazingly, productivity is slipping and even simple tasks remain undone.

It really should not be a shock, wild activity and rushing around does not equate to productivity.  You may actually have cynical, disengaged and underproductive employees on your team and you need to figure out how to handle the problem.  Discipline is not the answer, particularly if this is an employee or several employees who manage to normally be quite productive.  Is it burnout?  Is the team overwhelmed?

Loss of productivity can stem from too much work, a feeling of dissatisfaction with repetitive tasks or an employee simply may not feel challenged.  The question is, how you deal with waning productivity before it has a chance to develop into a full-fledged epidemic?

If a member of your team feels they are not challenged by repetitive tasks, consider changing things by assigning challenging tasks with attainable outcomes and expectations.  It is important that both the goal and deadline be set in stone because the employee will regulate their work to meet your goals.  Think of it in terms of assigning an employee the task of building buzz and sales associated with a particular product, knowing the goal will keep the employee attuned to that goal.  Apathy and disinterest will fall by the wayside.

The best team is a team that is eagerly making suggestions, offering ideas and collaborating with one another to meet and tackle obstacles.  This is a team that is excited about work at and the prospect of the future.  It makes sense that when an employee is feeling the strain of too much work, he or she will pull away from team activity.  Expected behavior includes refusal to communicate, offering few trail blazing ideas and he will not even ask you questions.

Pulling your team member back from the edge can seem difficult but you can work on improving the situation by asking what it will take to make them want to “stay.”  Make a conscious decision to talk to the team members on their respective hire dates, engage them in a meaningful way and let him or her know that you do want to make work meaningful.  Take what you learn from the conversations and use it to make work better by streamlining if someone explains that a particular process is overly complicated.  If an employee explains that he or she is now tired of dealing with telephone customer complaints, offer an opportunity to help build a better experience for customers.  In short, find a way to break through the walls that are overwhelming everyone.

It is important to understand that disengagement does not discriminate.  The only factor that changes is what drives an employee over the edge.  Are they playing catch-up because they have grown bored by the grind?  Is productivity being stalled by team members who feel the process is too difficult to complete?  No matter the ultimate cause of disinterest, the resolution can be found in creative problem solving and posing questions!

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Introspection Leads to a Dream Job

It is not always easy to find a job which ignites your passion.  Life passes quickly, meaning you may find yourself in a job that is not the right fit, working for a boss you do not like and asking yourself how you got there.  Is it possible to find your career passion?  Begin by taking time for some time for peace and personal introspection.

One of the greatest secrets for career success is a concept that most career counselors and books barely skim, your life away from the office.  Employers will not typically care what you do away from work, as long as it does not end in an arrest.  Still, your life outside of the office makes a huge impact on who you are when you are at work for the day.  Taking time for reflection outside the office, proactively grabbing things that make you feel you are living life, will make you satisfied and increase productivity.  It will be impossible to find your perfect career if it is difficult to even say “I really want to build a functional adult relationship with my family.”  Stop worrying about a perfect job and begin thinking about what makes you happy.

Thoughts may still be too scattered to quickly identify what you want from life, begin with answering a number of simple questions about yourself.  Some may feel too personal but you want to make sure you are going in the right direction for every facet of your life, not just the part that pays the rent or mortgage.

  • What do I consider important in life?
  • What does it take to make me smile?
  • What are my least favorite tasks at work?
  • How would my friends and co-workers describe me?  How would their descriptions differ?
  • Which tasks and projects at work can I knock-out with little difficulty but still enjoy the end results?
  • When was the last time I spent an hour or two thinking about how best to map out my future?

Answering these questions may confirm you are in the wrong position.  There will be certain jobs that just are not the right fit because they do not involve your skills or lean toward your predilections, what you are really want to do and what you feel you need to accomplish.  There is no shame in turning around to head in the right direction.

Take time for introspection and then contact the team from Staffing Resource Group to develop a search that will incorporate the REAL you.

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Tampa Job Search? Scrub Your Social Media First!

2014 college graduates face an improving labor market, but it is still difficult to find a full-time job, especially if it is their first time hunting for a job.

Companies are increasingly looking for new employees, but the applicant pool is deep and the competition is stiff, meaning that even a slight mistake can damage a new graduate’s employment prospects.

Some graduates rely too much on campus career services office; where counselors tend to underestimate strength and flexibility of students.  They go for safety over trying something new.

Is it all about the search?

Instead of searching the college database for job openings, graduates need to focus on building connections with real people.  Students need to find professionals in their own industry whose work they find credible and ask for guidance and advice but not a job.

If you build first-person relationships with professionals in your field, you will get an insider view as to what it takes to get your foot in the door.  If you prove yourself time and again by asking advice, there will be more chance that you will get a job.  If you badger a mentor, asking for a job, you will find yourself only getting advice.

Skip the big net, target your job search.

It is understandable that new graduates want to cast a wide net to find a job as soon as possible, but a search that is too big can slow the search.  Graduates often approach the search by sending out multiple resumes in a week in order to land some job.  They are working with the concept that quantity will equate to an interview, but they are wrong.  It is actually more productive to find the right job and execute a plan to win the position.

This means that a teacher should not waste his or her time applying for a logistics dispatch position.  Applying for jobs that do not fit and mid-level jobs as a new graduate is a great way to earn a rotten reputation with recruiters.

New graduates can further improve their chances by tailoring a resume and cover letter to reflect specific industry qualifications that make them more of a prize for an employer.

Is your Facebook account friendly for employers?

Social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest are an integral part of life and they are beginning to seep into the job-search process.  The habit of over-sharing on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Vine is haunting graduates looking for a job.

Many social networks offer privacy settings, but there are ways for potential employers to capture an unflattering glimpse of an applicant.  Hiring managers will look for tweets that raise any red flags, social media attacks, updates that indicate substance abuse or any other image or post that makes a person look irresponsible.

The suit for the interview will help, but photos of you and your friends doing something completely irresponsible and out of character, will lose you the job.  Do not expect the interviewer to ask about the social media accounts either, because they know a warning will cause you to scrub the account.  Stay one step ahead of the “man” and scrub the accounts before you apply.

What does this all mean for my job search?

Students often expect their starting point to be more glamorous.  It is important that new graduates understand that it is actually going to be a process to find a job.  There will be relationship building, a targeted search and a necessity to cover their own butt in personal matters like Facebook.  The key for any graduate is to keep proving their value and always improving their worth to a potential employer.

The team from Staffing Resource Group can help place you in the right job.

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Time for a 2014 Career Action Plan

A career action plan is crucial in helping executives achieve their goals.  If you do not have a roadmap in mind, you will end up going somewhere else.  So, whether you want a different job; prefer to transition to a new industry or you simply want to get more out of your current job, it is time to create a career plan for 2014!

Step One:  Determine where you are on the map!

The first step in the creation of any career action plan is to pinpoint your current location on the map.  Marking all locations you have visited will allow you to chart the final destination.

Here are a few questions to help you assess where you currently are on the map:

  • Are you proud of any personal or professional accomplishments in 2013?
  • Did anything go particularly well for you in your career during the last year?
  • Did you learn any new skills or accomplish any major career goals in 2013?
  • Did you take on any new responsibilities at work last year?  Are the responsibilities boons for your CV?
  • Did you earn any new certifications or licenses in 2013?

After writing this information down, take time to record your accomplishments over the course of 2014 rather than waiting for January to roll around again.  Consider opportunities for improvement on your list.  Where are changes necessary?

Step Two:  Put your goals into achievable words!

Decide what you want by describing your ideal job.

  • What does your ideal employer look like?  What are the industry, size, location and structure?
  • How much do you want to earn in 2014, 2015 and 2016 consecutively?
  • Other than salary, what are the most important benefits of the occupation?
  • Is there anything in your current job that you do not want to find in your next job?

Step Three:  Develop the plan!

Identify two to three goals that you would like to tackle in 2014.  Write down why you are interested in making the change. What is your motivation for taking this path? Another good question to ask yourself is, “How will I know when I have accomplished my goal(s)?”

Step Four:  It is time to tack action!

With the tasks you have developed in Step Thee, this provides you a checklist of items to use to get down begin working toward new goals.  As you work through your task list, understand that taking the right actions will lead you to results.  If you are not progressing, it is time to change the plan.

Step Five:  Measure your progress!

Plan assessments of your progress every three months.  The checkup allows you to review goals and make any changes when they are necessary.

Taking time to plan is an important step in creating positive career trajectory for 2014.  If you fail to plan, you may find yourself treading water for the foreseeable future.  Do not be the person who wakes up in 2024 regretting that you did not make a plan in 2014!

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