Simply attend. No registration is required.
Source: Kalish, A. (2017). 11 things I wish I’d known when I started job searching, according to Muse readers. In The Muse. Retrieved from https://www.themuse.com/advice/11-things-i-wish-id-known-when-i-started-job-searching-according-to-muse-readers
Glassdoor allows you to get salary range information based on geographical area and job title. You can enter a job title or company name and select a city to get a report of salary ranges for those jobs on the homepage of their website.
Salary.com works similarly to Glassdoor. Users of their website can enter job title or keyword and location to determine salary ranges.
It is important for job seekers to determine a salary range before an interview, so that you know how much you are worth if and when a job offer is made to you. When the offer is made to you and you believe the employer’s salary figure is low, you can counteroffer and say, ‘Based on my research, I found the salary range for this job is in the $35,000-$45,000 range.’ You do not have to tell the employer where you did your research. You want to know the actual range for the job title based on the research you have done, and then go about $5000 above the low end of the range to start salary negotiations. For example, if the actual salary range for a job is $35,000-$45,000, you can start the salary negotiation at $40,000-$45,000.
There are possible scenarios that can happen when you negotiate a salary. First, if you name a salary figure that’s below the employer’s range, they will happily give you that salary because it saves them money. Second, if you give a range that is too high, the employer may counteroffer by saying, ‘That salary range is too high. We were thinking about $30,000-$35,000.’ At that point, you need to consider if you are willing to take a lower salary, and if you are, you can try to negotiate for more benefits. However, don’t sell yourself short. If you have at least one year of relevant work experience for the job for which you’re interviewing, you can negotiate for a higher salary. You can walk away from a job offer if you have other job offers from companies who are willing to pay you more money.
Review common interview questions and prepare your response
Find out as much as you can about the company
3. Dress professionally
4. Arrive early and prepared
Bring resumes and reference sheet [it is helpful to have 3 to 5 names of references typed of people who have said to you they will be your reference]
5. Be confident, respectful and concise
6. Be prepared to ask good questions
Ask sound questions about the job and benefits
7. Show what you know
Tell them all of the reasons you are qualified for the job
8. Put your cell phone away until after the interview
Never text or look at your phone
9. Be focused – Make good eye contact
10. Thank the interviewers and send a follow-up thank you note
The elevator speech is a 30-second time span where you meet an employee, manager, or executive of a company and you convey your personality and skills to that person. The idea of the elevator speech is to wow the recipient with your upbeat attitude and strong skills.
While you should bring up two or three skills to the recipient that tells this person what you can do for him or her in the workplace, it is also important to establish a common bond with this person by first, as the Memphis Business Journal suggests, using an ice breaker and then engaging the recipient.
An ice breaker at a “networking event” (Cook, 2017) can be, “Hi, I’m Ken. These types of events are uncomfortable for me. How about you?” (Cook, 2017). Next you could ask what the other person is hoping to get out of the networking event. “This question engages the other person in terms of their goals and aspirations,” (Cook, 2017), which will allow you to talk about how your goals and aspirations match to this person’s and the company’s goals. Essentially, you’ve set up a positive interaction that has allowed you to ease into the conversation and tell the person about your goals and aspirations that relate to the company for which you’re interested in working.
As the author of the article in the Memphis Business Journal states, “… if you want your elevator speech to be engaging, totally wrap yourself into what you are saying. Show the passion behind the person and the business [or your skills]. If the other party finds you interesting, then they will be motivated to continue talking. If the other person cannot connect with you, then what you are offering is devalued to a commodity” (Cook, 2017).
Source: Cook, K. (2017, March 21). How to re-think a great elevator speech. Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/how-to/marketing/2017/03/how-to-re-think-a-great-elevator-pitch.html
Poplar-White Station Branch Library will be hosting a resume workshop named Resumayhem on Thursday, March 16 from 3:30pm-4:30pm. Tips will be given on resumes, interviewing skills and dressing professionally for the interview.
To register, text 901.860.5094 or call 901.415.2777. Snacks will be provided.
Location: 5094 Poplar Avenue
This event is free.
The Memphis Business Journal provides tips to job seekers from a staffing company on how to answer interview questions well.
After answering the traditional question of ““Tell me about yourself””, you can expect normal questions and one to two trickier questions. The way to prepare for these questions is:
For the full article and the source, see: Manciagli, D. (2017, March 7). How to ace common (and curveball) interview questions. Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/how-to/human-resources/2017/03/how-to-ace-common-and-curveball-interview.html
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Prepare now! If you need help with your resume or other job interview skills, visit or call the Goodwill Job Center at (901) 384-6745
The Memphis Business Journal reports four ways job seekers can keep a job from taking over their lives.
According to “Mercedes De Luca, chief operating officer of software company Basecamp,” there are four tips job seekers can use to build careers without lengthy days at work:
When you make your hours on the job more meaningful, you’ll find that your work life can support both reasonable hours and success.”
Source and to read the full article: Manciagli, D. (2017, February 9). 4 ways to choose a job that won’t take over your life. Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/how-to/human-resources/2017/02/4-ways-to-choose-a-job-that-won-t-take-over-your.html
Career changers can consider data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and information from experts when they want to change their careers.
The BLS recommends five tips, which are:
Answering “why” will answer what is pushing you to make a career change, whether it be job happiness, money, or skills. Making a “list of the tasks you enjoy most” in your current job will provide you with information that you can take to a related job or a new career field. The list can also help you “identify occupations you may want to enter, or it might help you decide to stick with your current occupation and instead work in a different setting or job.”
Looking at the data means finding “occupations that offer opportunity,” which the BLS can help you identify. The BLS publishes a wide variety of graphs, tables, and charts with this information. Additionally, the BLS will provide information to you on the education or training you may need to enter a career. And of course, you’ll be interested in salary information, which the BLS also provides.
Connecting with others is especially necessary when looking for a new career, because lots of times when you change to a new career field “you may not look great on paper” simply because you don’t have the required experience. In order find out what’s required to enter a new career field, it’s essential to talk to people in those fields or people who know people in those fields. You can start talking with people you already know to get their knowledge on companies or ask if they know someone who works in that company. Networking through social media is also helpful, but keep it professional. Once you have identified careers of interest to you, do some informational interviewing. Informational interviewing allows you to identify people “in an occupation that interests you.” After identifying those people, go talk to them and have a list of questions you want to ask them about their work. Be sure not to ask these people for a job. You are seeking to understand the nature of their work, but if you ask them for a job, they will be blindsided and perhaps put off. You can ask them for advice on “how to make your resume stand out when you’re ready to start applying for jobs.” Also, you should send a thank-you letter or email to them after speaking with them for the first time. If they’re comfortable with it, follow up with them from time to time to keep them informed of your progress. If you know a person who works in a company where you want to work, talk to that person. Sometimes he or she can help you become a “”referred candidate””, meaning that person referred you for an interview if you apply to that job. Secondly, these internal contact people sometimes “know about job openings as soon as, or sometimes before, vacancies are advertised.”
Matching your skills requires that you “highlight the skills you have that match” the job requirements. “Focus on skills you have that are directly relevant to the job tasks, say experts, not the fact that you’re transitioning.” If you’re not qualified to work it the career you want to, “start working toward it. Do you need more work experience? Additional skills? Professional certification? There are many opportunities for people to get up to date in a new field, often in a relatively short amount of time,” which does not “always mean earning a degree.”
In order to get more information on the “type of work you want to do and what skills you need to do it[,]” you can use the “Occupational Outlook Handbook …[that] provides information about nearly 600 occupations in 329 profiles that describe job tasks, wages, outlook, and more.” To see the Occupational Outlook Handbook, click this link: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Other helpful websites are:
Source and for more information: Torpey, E. (2017, January). New year, new career: 5 tips for changing occupations. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2017/article/new-career.htm
Getting a referral for a job in a company helps job seekers land jobs. Therefore, if you know somebody who works in a company for which you would like to work, contact that person. If you know person A who knows person B who works in a company you want to work in, contact person A to try to get a referral to person B.
The Memphis Business Journal reports, “The best way to stand out is to get a referral. Jobvite [a California-based recruiting firm] data found that referred applicants are 5 times more likely than average to be hired and 15 times more likely to be hired than applicants from a job board.”
The Memphis Business Journal also reports applicants should be enthusiastic, since enthusiasm helps in getting hired. “About 78 percent of recruiters cite a positive attitude as a major factor in a hiring decision, followed by a good command of the job requirements (76 percent) and conversation skills (73 percent).”
If you want to try to find a job in the executive levels of a company, be prepared to wait about one month and have an average of 5 interviews, the Memphis Business Journal states.
Some industries are hotter than others. “Since 2014, the number of jobs created with “data science” in the title has risen 64 percent. In that same period, jobs created with phrases like “artificial intelligence,” “machine learning” or “deep learning” have grown 140 percent.”
Industries that are competitive, meaning it is hard to get an interview are, “[m]edia and consumer internet…” and “education”.
Easier industries to enter are “real estate and insurance….” In those industries, about 1 in 3 applicants land a job.
Booming industries are “energy and real estate….” Energy jobs have tripled, while real estate jobs have doubled “between 2014 and 2016….”
Lastly, the fields of engineering and finance grew “more than 40 percent” from 2014 to 2016.
Source and to see the full article: Hall, G. (2017, January 25). The industries that recruiters say are most competitive (and how you can stand out). Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/news-wire/2017/01/25/the-industries-that-recruiters-say-are-most.html?ana=e_ae_set4&s=article_du&ed=2017-01-25&u=7AFEoj9ZpwPZB39vYu49Hw0827bd77&t=1485536986&j=77190601