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6 Tips to Stay Positive During a Job Search

Staying positive during your job search is no easy task. Sometimes a job search can feel somewhat hopeless in the economy that we are currently in. Here are six tips to stay positive during your job search:

  1. Set daily and weekly goals. Setting goals as far as updating your resume, updating your LinkedIn profile or making sure that you apply to a certain number of jobs per week will help you to stay motivated. Treating your job search as you would a job will make sure that you don’t miss any opportunities and that you end up getting the job that you deserve. Depending on the market that you’re in your job search could be incredibly competitive, staying ahead of the competition and working at your job search regularly by setting these goals will only help you succeed.
  2. Do something every day to move your job search forward. This goes back to setting goals. If you can’t think of something that will help you to advance your job search, or an activity that’s productive to your job search to complete during the day, then there’s a good chance that you’re not going to get very far with your job search. Taking days off from your job search will only extend the amount of time that you’re unemployed.
  3. Believe in yourself. When you’re meeting up with people, or even handing off your resume it’s important to represent yourself in a professional manner and in a confident manner. Be sure that when you’re meeting someone, even to drop off your resume at a business that you conduct yourself with confidence. If you believe in yourself and believe that you deserve the job that you’re applying for, you have a much better chance at getting in.
  4. Feel the fear and do it anyway. When browsing through job opportunities do not be afraid to apply to something that you feel may be competitive, or difficult to get into. It could allow you to get into an excellent career path as a result.
  5. Never give up. It’s important to never give up, even though you might not be getting callbacks it doesn’t mean that you can’t keep trying. Time that you spend taking a break from your job search means that other people are getting positions that you could potentially work at. Giving up is counterproductive to your job search.
  6. Picture yourself working at your perfect job. Visualizing yourself at your perfect job will help to give you the strength to continue your job search. Although, times may be tough financially throughout the course of your job search, picture yourself happy after you complete your job search and it will make the entire struggle worthwhile.

Keeping these tips in mind will help you to stay positive throughout your job search. By staying positive you’ll be able to get into a new job faster and also remain more motivated throughout the course of your job search.

Job Hunting Lessons I learned from Olympians

OK, reality time; the vast majority of us will never, ever get a chance to be Olympians. Ever. Once you can wrap your mind around that we’re ready to proceed.  Done?  Good.

While most of us are never going to be Olympians we can learn quite a bit from them about how to find a job. That’s right, Olympians have the skill set necessary to find work in, well, any economy. By looking at the way they approach their training we can learn much about how to find gainful employment.

Focus, focus, focus.  Let me ask a question; do you think Michael Phelps plays Farmville or party all night?  No, he does not.  He is supremely focused on the task at hand, and because of that focus he is the most decorated Olympian in history.  If you are looking for a job you should not rest until you have one, and by putting away the distractions you’ll give yourself the best shot.

Gabby Douglas is the newest Gold medal Olympian in gymnastics and let me tell you she has spent the last four years sticking to a schedule to get there. She has devoted herself completely to her sport and her tight schedule allows for almost nothing else.  Training, stretching, exercises and cardio, and that’s only in the morning. If you put that much devotion into your schedule you’d have a job in no time. Plus you’d be a lot skinnier.

Don’t worry about the guy to your left or to your right. When you see those runners sprinting as fast as they can for the finish line do you think they’re asking themselves ‘I wonder what the guy in lane 2 is doing to get so strong?’. No, they’re keeping their eyes, and head, in their lane only.  They don’t care about what other guys or gals are doing, only what they’re doing and where they’re going. When searching for a job it pays to keep the blinders on and concentrate on your actions so that your number comes up next.

Commitment to a goal is the final lesson.  Most Olympians spent years focused on their goal of being a champion.  If you can put similar commitment into your job search you should be able to find employment much quicker than they found gold, and with a lot less sweat.

The fact is, while few of us will ever stand on that most special of podiums, if we take a few lessons from Olympic champs finding a job should be a piece of cake. Plus there’s very little chance that some 4 foot 3 girl from Slovakia will come in and steal it out from under you.

5 Reasons You Did Not Get the Job

1. You Were Not Prepared For the Interview

One of the most important aspects to getting the job is to be prepared for the interview. Study the company before the interview, so you appear knowledgeable and experienced. It is important to do research on the job and the business before even walking into the job interview.

 2. You Failed To Make a Good Impression

They say that making a first impression is one of the most important parts of a job interview. Make a good first impression by simply being relaxed, personable and staying in the moment. Make sure you come in with a smile on your face and be ready to listen to the interviewer. By listening and coming in with an open mind, you are well on your way to making a great first impression.

 3. You Did Not Show Enthusiasm

Showing enthusiasm is very important when interviewing for a job. The interviewer wants to know that you can firstly do the job, but secondly, that you want to the do the job. Convey enthusiasm by being present and in the moment as well as asking appropriate questions at the right time.

 4. You Lacked Sincerity

Sincerity is one of the most important personality traits employers look for. Be honest and sincere throughout your job interview. And, if you come to a point where you do not know the answer to a question, just say so. Don’t try to outsmart the interviewer.

5. You Did Not Ask For the Job

Many people forget the simple fact of just asking for the job and expressing actual interest in the position. At the end of the interview, simply ask for the job. Say something like, “I want this job, and I can do this job well”.

How to Avoid a Job Scam

Have you ever had a feeling that the job description or company sounds just too good to be true – so good in fact, that it might even be a scam? Many of us have passed by light poles displaying ads for earning six figure incomes from home before you roll out of bed.  In this difficult economic climate there are some disreputable “companies” that try to take advantage of unsuspecting job seekers. These companies are often after your money or personal information that will give them access to your identity or your contacts.

  1. Research the company and the position – Your first stop should be Google (or another search engine of your choice.) Search for the company’s website and see what other results come up. Evaluate whether their website is professional and is consistent the company’s stated mission/purpose. Identify contact information for the company on their website and any other pertinent information.
  2. Check with the authorities – The Better Business Bureau website permits you to search for companies and can provide some basic information about a company and reviews. The Federal Trade Commission’s website has a section devoted to job scam advice, including tips on how to avoid scams.
  3. Check the company’s references – Ask the company for a list of employees and/or customers you can speak with. You can also use the major social networks to find people currently working at the company. For example, you can use LinkedIn to see the profiles of current or past employees working at the company. Once you find some employees on a social network, reach out to them to see if they would be willing to speak to you about the company and their experiences with the company. If you reach out to former employees you might get a less biased perspective since they no longer are directly associated with the company.
  4. Protect your personal information – The people running a job scam can be after your personal information to carry out identity theft. Information such as your name, address, and telephone number are a standard part of all job applications. However, your social security number and bank account information are not.  If a job application or website requests your social security number or bank information up front, your “scam radar” should be on high alert.  Of course, there are legitimate companies that will ask for more personal information during the job application process.  But if you are unsure, or are uncomfortable, you should question the hiring manager or the HR department about their policies for protecting applicants’ privacy.  When it comes to your personal information, it pays to be extra cautious.
  5. Distinguish job phishing from legitimate postings – Job phishing scams that are focused on accessing your personal data or money are often posted on multiple websites. However, legitimate companies can also post on multiple sites.  If you do come across copies of the same job on multiple sites, follow the steps above to help identify the real jobs and avoid the scams.

Sometimes, when you apply to a job, it’s difficult to determine whether it’s a scam, or not. Rather than giving up your job search, focus on educating yourself to spot fraudulent jobs.  At Ivy Exec we have a team of researchers who do the screening for you, so you don’t have to worry about the authenticity of the jobs. For resources beyond Ivy Exec, make sure to have the tips above in mind during your executive job search.

If you ever feel that a company is asking you for inappropriate information, trust your instincts and proceed with caution.  A second opinion from a friend or someone you trust never hurts.

In this economy, and in this day and age, trust your instincts.  Protect yourself.

We’d love to hear how you protect yourself from scams.  Please share your answers to the questions below and help other job seekers protect themselves:

  • How do YOU to tell if a company is a scam? What steps do you take?
  • What did you do once you decided that a job was a scam?

This is a guest post contributed by the Ivy Exec Blog, an exclusive site where pre-screened, high caliber professionals find relevant job opportunities with leading companies.”

4 Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd

I just finished reading a great article on job search. Hannah Morgan listed four ways to stand out in a job search. I am in total agreement with the four ways she mentioned in her article. It is the same things that we have continually stress in our blog. The four ways are:

1. Revised your resume for each job

It is better to revised your resume to match each job than to send the same old resume without making any changes. Your resume is your marketing tool. It is the only thing a hiring manager knows about you. If you want to land an interview, your resume has to show the skills and experiences that they are looking for in the job description.

2. Take responsibility

As a job seeker, you are responsible for getting your next job. It is your responsibility to follow-up on each job lead that you are truly interested in pursuing. Don’t expect the employers to call you. You must be proactive and assertive in your job search.

3. Networking

It is easier to get an interview at a company when you know someone who works there. This person can open doors for you that you won’t be able to do otherwise. So it is important to tell your colleagues when you are looking for a new job so that they can ask their managers.

4. Don’t be a victim

By taking action and responsibility, you will be in the driver’s seat. You are ultimately the one that will get the job. Do not rely on other people to get you a job. That means you need to take action. While you cannot control the outcome, you can control what you do everyday to make progress on your job search.

10 Tips From a World Class Recruiter


I had the good fortune of interviewing one of the best technical recruiters in the business. She was instrumental in getting me an interview at my current client. She has been in the technical staffing business for about 5 years. Below are 10 surefire tips to land a job quickly:

1.       Work diligently to find a job
2.       Use job boards to post your resume and search job boards for jobs that fit your skill set
3.       Be honest about your skill set in your resume
4.       When interviewing speak slowly and clearly when responding to questions
5.       It is ok to be honest with the recruiter you are working with.
6.       Do not accept an offer verbally / written and then decline it several weeks later for another
7.       Always show up a couple minutes early  for an in-person interview
8.       If you confirm an interview please show up for it.  If you cannot make it be sure to cancel
9.       Always be truthful
10.     Never burn a bridge and be courteous to those you work for and with

Bonus tip:

If you don’t have an interest in the job and it does not suit you just say so.

The 3 most common mistakes job seekers make:

1.       Not being truthful
2.       Incorrect spelling and grammar mistakes in resumes
3.       Showing up late or not showing at all for interviews

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