Weekly Update

Feb 17, 2012 by

       Volume: 8 Issue: #46

Thursday February 16th 2012

5 Technology Related  Job-Search Pitfalls to Avoid

Technology is everywhere these days. Whether it’s texting, using social media, or relying on the old  stand-by of email, we are constantly  communicating and sending messages about ourselves to others.

Sometimes we become so comfortable with technology that we

don’t realize what a potent force it can be for good AND bad. What we tweet, post, or email can play a big role in our chances

Of landing a job. Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half

International & author of Job Hunting For  Dummies, 2nd Edition

(John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), provides some insight into how to avoid five common faux pas when launching a career.

Post Prudently. It’s common knowledge that employers search the Web for information on potential employees, so the question arises, why would anybody post anything online that

would be remotely offensive or  controversial to  potential employers? Remove offensive photos and postings; adjust your privacy settings on social networking sites to keep personal information from potential  employers; and post positive materials that will improve your chances of landing a job.

Don’t Leave Your Bio Blank. LinkedIn and other professional networking sites have biography sections, where you can detail your  achievements and describe yourself in a short summary. Many people mistakenly leave this section blank. By adding a summary of your skills, internships, educational background,

community & volunteer activities, and professional association  memberships & adding common terms that describe your skills, positions of interest, and objectives you can give

potential employers a better idea of who you are and what you can bring to a company.

Careless Corresponding. We all know that resume and cover letters need to be free of bad grammar, typos, & other errors. But some people don’t realize that this should also be true when using email, posting (0 one’s Web site or Linkedln site, and corresponding in other electronic ways. If your Web site or email  correspondence are rife with errors, hiring managers might think

you are inattentive to detail, lazy, or perhaps even incompetent. These terms are never used to describe an “employee of the month.”

Avoid Technical  Difficulties. More companies are    conducting interviews using software   applications such as Skype. If you participating in a Skype interview, you need to make sure ahead of time that your  webcam & microphone work well and that the lighting and the camera angle are  flattering. Also, many people no longer have land-lines, & just use cell phones as their main

telephone. Make sure you have a strong cell signal if you don’t plan to use a landline for the interview.

Don’t Misuse Technology During Interviews. It seems unthinkable, but some people actually believe it’s okay to answer a phone call or send a text during a job interview. It’s not! Your full attention should be on the  interviewer, & your phone should be turned off. You should also avoid talking on your phone or listening to your iPod as you wait to go into an interview. Finally, avoid texting a hiring manager after an interview. Send a written thank you note or follow up with an email to  express your thanks and reinforce your interest in the job.


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 Myths About the Information Age  

We are surrounded by technology and information, and sometimes because of the rapid pace of change we begin accepting commonly repeated myths about our new  “Information Age.” Robert Darnton, a professor and  university librarian at Harvard University, wrote an  interesting essay that identified and debunked some of the common myths about the “Information Age” in the Chronicle of Higher Education. A few of these are useful

to people interested in career trends. Here are a few of his points accompanied by commentary from the editors of the CAM Report.

 

1. The Print Book is Dead. Darnton debunks this myth by reporting that “more books are produced in print each year than in the previous year with one million new titles  appearing worldwide in  2011.” Although technology is changing the way we access books, and the types of books people are reading are changing, there is still a healthy market for books. The publishing industry is in the midst of a major change as it seeks to find a  profitable balance between e-books and print  books (and find less expensive ways to publish print titles), but there will continue to be jobs. Career Winners: Book Editors, Small Niche Publishers, Designers, Sales and Marketing Workers

2. All Information is Now Available Online. Darnton points out that anyone doing research in archives will find this statement to be absurd. He also   reports that “only a tiny fraction of archival material has ever been read, much less digitized.” Google claims to have digitalized 15 million books out of the estimated 129,684,880 different books in the world. That is only 12% of the total. With a million new books being published annually, it is hard to believe that Google will catch up anytime soon. There is still a strong need for people who can organize hard-copy information for use by the public and researchers. Career Winners: Archivists, Librarians

3. Libraries are Obsolete. Walk into any academic or community library, and you will quickly see how  preposterous this statement is. The economic recession is sending people in droves to libraries to access books, computers and the Internet, and other free resources.  Darnton reports that  librarians are being relied on by patrons in many new ways, “notably by guiding them through the wilderness of cyberspace to relevant and reliable digital material.” He believes that libraries will always provide  books, but in the future they will “function as nerve centers for communicating digitized information at the neighborhood level as well as on college campuses.” Although librarians will continue to be in demand, it is important to note that some local government and schools are laying off librarians as a result of budget cuts, and replacing them with  less-skilled and lower-paid library technicians and assistants. Career Winners: Librarians, Library Assistants, Library Technicians.

 

Did you know…

 Did you know that on March 22nd – 28th, Career Opportunities will host the Cape’s first Virtual Job Fair? Businesses who are hiring can register and set up their booth at capecod.virtual-jobfairs.com.

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Work/Life Benefits at Large US Employers

 As a result of the recession, many employees are having to work harder for less payor with no annual raises. Companies are taking note and trying to find ways to keep workers happy. One in three workers surveyed by the consulting firm Mercer are seriously considering leaving their employer-an increase of 10% from 2005.While many believe that  companies shouldn’t worry about losing workers since there are so many people out of work, the opposite is true. Successful companies realize that keeping good workers helps their bottom lines. They realize that replacing workers can be expensive. According to Aon Hewitt, the cost of replacing an experienced worker can range from between 50 to 300 percent of the individual’s annual pay. Here are some of the most popular benefits provided by large companies:

Child Care: 97 percent offer this benefit

Alternative Work Arrangements: 93 percent

Educational Reimbursement: 88 percent

Other Work/Life Initiatives: 87 percent

Group Purchasing (discounts on long-term care

insurance, life insurance, etc.): 81 percent

Financial Security (40 I k loan provisions, college

savings plans, personal loan programs, etc.): 79%

Other Leave Provisions: 74 percent

On-Site Personal Services: 74 percent

Personal and Professional Growth: 63 percent

Elder Care: 57 percent

Adoption Assistance: 50 percent

Source: Aon Hewitt (based on a survey

of more than 1,300 large American employers)

 

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