7 Things Every Job Hunter Should Do

We are in the most difficult job environment most of us have seen in our working lives. Every day you hear of another major company planning to lay off more workers. It’s not a pretty picture, but if you are one of those people who have been effected by this economy, you have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and make finding your next job your highest priority. You have to take charge of the situation and not sit around feeling sorry for yourself. Here are seven things that can help focus your efforts to help achieve the goal of find that next position.

1. Finding your next job is a full-time job. Do not get distracted because you are at home.

2. Update your resume. Even if you are well known in your industry, you need to have an up-to-date resume available that you can e-mail or send when you need to. Put your e-mail address on the resume, your cell phone number, and make sure all your dates are correct.

3. Have a positive outlook. Do not be embarrassed about being out of work, especially in this environment. You need to hold your head high and be confident in yourself and your abilities.

4. Be organized. As you follow up with leads, and network with people you know in the industry, you have to find a way to keep track of this information. Also, by making daily to-do lists, you can keep track of what you are accomplishing and where you are spending or wasting your time.

5. Keep yourself presentable. Make sure you get that hair cut, when you need it, and have the best outfit ready for interviews. Looking your best will help make the right impression, when that important interview comes along.

6. Know what you want to do and where you are willing to do it. Job seekers need to be able to articulate what they are looking for, the flexibility they have in considering other industries, and if they are willing to move for the right opportunity.

7. Get an accurate understanding of your finances. You need to know how much you have in your bank account, and how much you can access through credit lines. You need to determine what expenses have to be paid, and what expenses can be delayed or renegotiated without harming your credit. The rule used to be that you should have at least six months of expenses in a savings or money market account for emergencies, but most people do not have that discipline.

We have no way of knowing how long this troubled economy will last before we turn the tides and see a resurgence in the business environment. What we do know from history is that down cycles last for six months to a year or so, and then things start turning around, sometimes very quickly. Even in down cycles, there are always industries that are hiring.

In fact, when one opportunity ends, another that could be even better may be the one you find. Remember, Walt Disney got fired from his job doing cartoons for the Kansas City Journal, and filed for bankruptcy, and that was the only reason he wound up in Hollywood.

Headhunting in HR – How to Be A Recruiter for A Company

Any and every company is built on a couple of pillars that are the most demanded and important sectors of the company. These sectors make the company the success that it becomes and it is necessary that the company has a lot of reliable man power to properly handle these departments.

This is where the job of the headhunters in HR comes in. they are required to sort through the various applicants and recruit the best that there can be for the post. It is also necessary that the Hr personnel should be clear about the delicacy and the intricacy involved in headhunting in employee resource, headhunting in finance, headhunting in accounting and also head hunting in business as a whole. The marketing and sales department also forms the part of the sectors that have to be given attention by the head hunters in HR.

Now, with such an important job profile and the very difficult responsibilities that every recruiter has to undertake makes the very post of the recruiter a very important one. So to land as a headhunter recruiter in any specific company or business it is necessary that the candidates have the proper talent and qualifications that are required to further them in this field.

Most multinational companies make sure that the headhunters have a proper educational background and a management degree, though not mandatory, still gives the applicant an edge over their competition for the post. The headhunters in Hr have to have a much defined sense when it comes to studying various personalities and body languages. They have to work in an environment where their raw material is the variety of people that they have to meet, reject or select.

Also, to be a successful recruiter for any company, the person has to know about the company in detail, so that they can better understand the type of people that would be the best for any different departments of the company. They have to make sure that the best persons are selected for the company who would be most comfortable with the company and therefore they would also be more productive for the company.

To become a recruiter with the company it is necessary that the person should be able to make perfect use of the various search resources that are available to them. There are many sites on the Internet that provide expert information about the various HR job opportunities that are available in the field at the very present moment. It is also necessary that the headhunting recruiter for any company should be aware of all the important technological development that is happening in every sector of the company. The basic idea is that the headhunter should be able to focus on all the different criteria that are mandatory for every post so that they can find out the best person required for that post. After all, the whole structure of the employees of any company depends upon the talent of the headhunter for that company.

How To Get Head Hunted Using Your LinkedIn Account

Recruiters look at a lot of LinkedIn profiles so, whether you’re looking for work or just open to new opportunities, investing some time in your profile is a worthwhile endeavour. You’ll probably be logging in to change your password in the wake of the massive password leak, so why not take this opportunity to increase your odds of appearing on our radar?

Resume Rules Apply

For many people LinkedIn is an online resume more than a social network, which is why it’s so surprising that those same people frequently have terrible LinkedIn profiles. Whether it’s incomplete work histories, a complete lack of job descriptions or the absence of a picture, they fail to present themselves well in the one arena every modern employer is almost guaranteed to check. Even if you never post a status update, apply the same rules to your profile that you apply to your resume.

If a position is worth having there, it’s worth explaining. (Just keep it skimmable.)
Not all positions are worth having there. (Your profile should reflect your current career, not the two years you owned an ostrich ranch.)
Post a picture. (This is the only rule that’s reversed from an old-school resume.)

Skills Show Up In SearchA resume is a place to show off your skills, but you can do more than just include them in your job description with LinkedIn. Under the ‘Skills & Expertise’ you can tag your account with keywords and skills related to your industry. These are tags that help you show up in search results so, if we’re looking for “software sales Toronto”, having “software” and “sales” is a good first step to getting noticed.

There are a lot of different tags you can apply to your profile, so don’t be afraid of a little overlap. “Marketing” and “Web Marketing” are going to attract different audiences and the more specific you can be, the better.

Request Recommendations

Nothing will replace a reference check, but a recommendation is a good way to establish that everything on your profile isn’t a complete fabrication. If you work directly with clients, they may take it upon themselves to recommend the work you’ve done but in any other situation you’ll probably have to ask. When you do, try to get someone senior to vouch for you. It carries more weight than swapping recommendations with the guy in the cubicle next to you.

Be There Or Beware

This isn’t equally true for every industry, but LinkedIn is the go-to resource for recruiters in technology, finance, manufacturing and a host of other sectors. If, for whatever reason, you’ve decided to avoid LinkedIn you’re on the verge of falling into a black hole. There are still ways you can come across our desk (recommendations, applications, etc.), but we might not even bother if someone else’s well manicured LinkedIn account has given us everything we need before we had to ask for it.

For the most part LinkedIn is a “set it and forget it” social network, which is good for people who might not be social media savvy. These are the basics you can do to make sure your profile is informative and easy to find. Of course, connecting with your colleagues, joining groups and following a recruiter also increases your odds of getting head hunted, but start with the basics and go from there.

Hunter Goss Author Of Night Market

I’ve had people tell me they are between books, looking for something new to read; a new author, a new genre. There are more writers than ever before: More good writers, more not so good writers. The choices of things to read are enormous. The purpose of interviewing a writer is to give you, the reader, a chance to hear from the writer directly, to hear the writer’s own voice. So here’s Hunter Goss who spent most of his working life in what is probably the most obscure and unglamorous corner of the fashion world: making finished leather and selling it to shoe and accessories manufacturers. Now he writes.

What is your philosophy of writing?

First and foremost, to come up with a story that will entertain. I like for my stories to deal with issues that everyone can relate to, so I try to have characters that have a lot of things going for them, but at the same time have doubts and insecurities. That way there’s a kind of discovery and learning process that goes on over the course of a story.

I like to use allegory, too, so that characters are dealing with things we find it difficult to discuss in the real world. And that’s very much the case with Night Market. Right now, our financial markets are trying to recover from a situation that, at least on the surface, is very much like the Panic of 1907. And just like 1907, people look at it and say it was all Wall Street’s fault so that was a good place to start.

What’s the name and genre of you book and who is the audience for it?

Night Market is the title, and since I mash up genres, I call it a Historical/Paranormal suspense. People who might want a change of pace from the more customary kinds of vampire stories. In Night Market, the vampires aren’t angst-ridden or tragic. They’re adult, they’re predatory, and not in the least ashamed of who they are. They’re capitalists, too, which these days probably makes them even more scary. But if you’re well traveled, have a sense of history, have a collection of cultural references banging about in your head, like stock markets and finance, food and wine, and even conspiracy theories, then you should be reading Night Market.

Is this book part of a series?

Night Market is the first in a series that will follow protagonists Andrew Kirkland and Veronica Fontera from the turn of the twentieth century right up to today.

Describe your protagonist, physically and emotionally, and describe the challenges the protagonist needs to overcome and the motivation for overcoming them.

Andrew Kirkland is twenty-six years old in Night Market. He’s tall, athletic and in appearance resembles his boyhood hero Wyatt Earp. He grew up on dime novels of the Old West, played football for Harvard and has a definite sense of right and wrong. Andrew’s sense of fair play is simultaneously his greatest strength and his biggest weakness and more than once, enemies attempt to take advantage of it. Andrew has to learn how to exist in a world where there are varying shades of grey without compromising his core set of ethics and beliefs.

Andrew’s co-protagonist is Veronica Fontera, a curvy Italian born over 400 years ago in Venice. I also made her an anomaly for her time in that she’s tall, symbolically making her Andrew’s equal. She grew up in an environment where scheming and subtlety were the norm and took up so much time and effort that ethics and goals were sometimes lost in the shuffle. It was a time when an elegant plot was the end in and of itself which fits her predatory personality, forged by a defining moment in her human life, really well. Veronica’s big challenge is to move beyond the grudge she’s held for four centuries while at the same time keeping the best parts of her predatory nature.

A sub-plot that runs through this and the other stories I have planned for them will eventually allow both of these characters to evolve in some surprising ways.

Describe your antagonist, physically and emotionally, and talk about motivation.

The villain in Night Market is an Austro-Hungarian vampire, Josef Graf von Borbek; ‘Graf’ being his title, the German equivalent of Baron. Borbek is an aesthetic looking Austrian who was a military leader in human life during the Thirty Years’ War of 1618-1548. He has a facial scar, but unlike Austrian and German nobles of the early 20th century, he came by his not in a student dueling society, but the hard way. In battle.

Borbek is the self-appointed leader of a faction of undead society that sees humans as a commodity useful only for food and the labor which will funnel riches to their betters. Of course, these betters are an undead elite. But Borbek isn’t just a caricature oppressor, he’s very self-aware and has a solid grasp of what motivates human society and informs both politics and public policy. And he’s prepared to use both humans and their governments in the pursuit of his goals.

Quote a passage from your book (up to 100 words) that you love.

“There is something else,” Andrew said. “It’s something basic but important. We were sitting with Mr. Morgan one night and someone asked what standard he used to decide how to loan money or invest. Was it credit, collateral or property?”

“And what did your Mr. Morgan say?”

“He said that money and property are nothing if a man lacks character. It’s the one necessary element that money can’t buy. He went on to say that a man he didn’t trust couldn’t get a penny from him on all the bonds in Christendom.”

Elaborate on the meaning of the passage.

J.P. Morgan actually expressed that sentiment in testimony before a Congressional hearing investigating the ‘Money Trust’ in 1912. But it’s not unlikely he would have done so on other occasions.

In many ways, Night Market is an allegory for the 2008 mortgage meltdown, and this passage goes right to the causes. 2008 didn’t happen because capitalism failed, it happened because ethics and common sense failed. The complex financial instruments that blew up when the housing bubble burst weren’t technically illegal, but they definitely flew in the face of common sense. And the way they were used has raised a number of questions about ethics.

Despite the complexities of his personality, John Pierpont Morgan used a fairly simple set of criteria to make decisions. And character was at the top of his list. From what I’ve read about him, I don’t think he would have touched credit default swaps or bundled subprime mortgages even if provided with a special eleven foot pole. For instance, during the Panic of 1907, Morgan vigorously opposed a $100 million expansion of clearing house credits that would allow banks to trade with one another until the crisis eased; an amount that would be calculated in the tens of billions of dollars today. The banks did it anyway though, backing the certificates with collateral that was itself composed primarily of securities and other paper assets subject to market gyrations. Sound familiar?

What surprising things did you learn while writing this book?

I think one of the biggest surprises was that the reaction to a financial crisis hasn’t really changed significantly in the 101 years between 1907 and 2008. It’s a solid example of the old adage ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same’. In both instances, political leaders and the media of the day fanned the flames of public opinion and populism by laying the blame at the feet of ‘Wall Street’. And today’s critics are saying pretty much the same things as socialists, anarchists and a variety of Progressives did in 1907. It only seems different because today better technology makes it all instantly available.

And Congress is doing much the same thing today as it did in the aftermath of the Panic of 1907, too. Back then, J.P. Morgan, along with other prominent Wall Street figures, was grilled by a Congressional committee alleging the existence of a ‘Money Trust’ controlled by a small group of insiders.

What’s that famous definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again hoping for a different result?

Do you prefer fermented or distilled?

Fermented. The vampires of Night Market all enjoy good food, wine, and even the occasional distilled spirit in the form of Cognacs and such, even while they derive no real nourishment from any of it. It’s a deliberate paradox I wrote into the characters.

Where can people get your book?

Night Market is available as an e-book only for right now. You can get it from Amazon if you have one of their e-book readers. You can also buy Night Market through Smashwords either for e-book readers like Sony and Kobo and even as a PDF file to read on your computer. They also distribute to outfits like Diesel and of course, Barnes & Noble.

Where can people learn more about you?

I have a blog where I post about some of the things that went into making Night Market. I also like to feature people and things having to do with Pittsburgh.

That’s the interview. Thanks for listening and Have a Happy…

Finance Recruiters, What to Do When You Need One

When many people hear of recruiters they immediately start getting nervous. Looking for employment can be a nerve racking experience. You may be unsure of what they are going to ask you or whether your resume is impressive enough. Recruiters are generally professionals whose services are contracted by companies that are looking for people to fill positions. They look for the most suitable candidates to fulfill their clients’ needs.

Candidates can also use head hunters to develop their careers. Finance recruiters just like any other type out there will test your ability and willingness to be controlled throughout the recruitment process. If they feel that you are being difficult they will not hesitate to take you off the list. They are qualified in the various fields of recruitment like resume tips, salary negotiation techniques and other job hunting skills.

When you are dealing with finance recruiters, it is important to understand the way they work. They do not help individuals who want a career change. This is because they are hired to look for people who are already successful in their field. It is important to keep in touch with the head hunters about the progress you are making in your job search. When you are looking to acquire the services of a recruiter, it is important that you get one who can offer suggestions on how you can improve your resume.

They can also help you tailor it to suit what their clients are looking for. It is also advisable to be open and honest when you are dealing with them. This is especially important when you are talking about your income and what you expect it to be. For you to get the best from them, it is a good idea to have trust and commitment.