Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Year's Resolutions Usually Fail - Yours Don't Have To | Forbes

Setting year-long goals are ineffective, say BestSelf Co. cofounders Allen Brouwer and Cathryn Levery. Instead, try these goal-setting tricks that will help you stick to your New Year's resolution.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Job Search Tips: How to Follow Up on Job Applications

Following up is a critical step that often gets overlooked. You're probably competing with several other job seekers for the same job and employers tell us that following up is a great way to stand out and get noticed.

There are three common ways to follow up: email, phone and in person.

1. Following up through email

Email is probably the least scary way to follow up on a job application because you don't actually have to talk to the hiring manager. But that comes with a couple of drawbacks, including not actually getting to talk to the hiring manager.

Your email can and should be short. You don't want to repeat the same stuff that you put into your application or cover letter. And remember to review your follow-up email before you send it out. Treat it just like you would a resume or cover letter, and even have a friend look over it for any mistakes.

2. Following up by calling

If you're going to follow up over the phone, make sure you practice what to say beforehand. You really don't want to be caught hanging up as soon as they answer.

And only follow up during non-peak business hours (this goes for following up in person, too!). For restaurants this means between 2 - 4 p.m., and for retail this means after 4 p.m. on weekdays. A little piece of advice, even though you're on the phone, don't forget to smile. Hiring managers can tell if you're happy or grumpy.

3. Following up in person

Following up in person is a great way to get noticed but if you don't do it the right way, you can stand out for all the wrong reasons.

One of the most important things we can tell you is to dress professionally as you would for an interview. We actually talked to one of our members, Patrick, on our blog who told us that he used to work for a hotel and when people would come in to drop off an application or to follow up, he had to write on their application what they were wearing and how they presented themselves. You never know when you'll be asked to interview. It could be right on the spot and you don't want to be left unprepared so bring along a resume too.

Following up can be scary. Trust me, I know. But it's a great way to set you apart from the competition.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

How to Overcome Shyness and Build Self Esteem

You might think it’s odd that someone like me who’s been teaching success principles and self-esteem building methods for over 40 years could be shy, but I am – in many situations. Here's how to you, too, can overcome shyness and build your self-esteem.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Body Language in an Interview - 3 Tips

In this video, I'm talking about body language in an interview and how to demonstrate good interview body language. Your body language during interview is important because it consists of your energy, the vibe that you portray in front of others. The body language for interview involves keeping in mind 3 things:

1. Interviewers want to feel at ease
2. You're the expert, so be the expert
3. Be present every second you're there in the interview

Friday, December 15, 2017

Roll Call: Top 10 Jobs for College Students

We’ve done our homework and found the 10 most popular jobs for college students. Take a look and see which job best fits your personality!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

7 Easy Side Jobs to Help You Make More Money

Many of us would enjoy having a little extra spending money in their bank account. But if you have a stable job earning a salary, opportunities to increase your income can seem few and far between. Brian Tracy shares a few ways that you can start a side business to earn extra money to save or spend.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Polar Bear Oreos Recipe

Polar Bear Oreos Shopping List:

1 package of Double-Stuffed Oreos
1 box of M&M’s
2 bags of Ghiradelli white chocolate melting wafers
1 package of small edible eyes
1 cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper

How to make Polar Bear Oreos:

Using a double boiler, melt one bag of the white chocolate. Adults should do this step (Note: You can also melt in a microwave safe bowl, but only heat for 20 sec at a time, stirring in between. Handle bowl carefully as it may be hot).

Gently pull apart the Oreos, making sure that the cream stays on one half of the cookie.

Lightly press two yellow M&M’s into the cream, so that half of each M&M sticks out of the cookie. These will be the “ears,” so you want to place them at what will be the top of your Polar Bear cookies, about one finger width apart.

Place the other half of the Oreo cookie back on top and slowly dip the top half into the melted chocolate.

Lightly shake the cookie to get excess chocolate off and place onto the cookie sheet.

Place cookies into the fridge for 10 minutes to harden before continuing.

Place the Oreo cookie into the melted chocolate, using a fork lightly flip the Oreo cookie so that both sides get coated.

Lightly tap the side of the pot to get excess chocolate off place Oreo onto the cookie sheet and repeat step with remaining cookies

Place a non-melted white chocolate wafer onto the lower part of the cookie to make the nose. Then, put a dab of melted white chocolate onto the letter side of a blue M&M and press onto the white chocolate wafer.

Use melted white chocolate to attach two eyes to the cookie, above the nose.

Allow cookies to dry for 30 minutes before enjoying.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Job Search Tips: How to Find a Holiday Job

Every year Snagajob surveys employers hiring for the season to find out what you need to know to get hired fast. In fact, 90% of employers will be hiring for the holidays AND 86% of them hope to keep some employees on after the season ends! Happy dance.

Here are 5 tips to find your holiday job.

Start your search today

I know what you’re thinking, “KIM! It’s still warm outside. Why would I be applying for holiday jobs now?”

Good point. But 55% of seasonal jobs will be filled by October. So, the earlier you start searching, the more job openings there will be. Even if you can’t start until the season kicks off, employers want to have their team in place and ready for the rush.

Think about how nice it will be to sit back and relax knowing you’ve been hired while your friends who waited until the last minute rush around to find anyone hiring.

2) Check out different industries

When you think about seasonal jobs, you might just be thinking about retail places. Don’t do that! Think about it. The more people are out shopping, the more they’re also at restaurants. And the hospitality industry really picks up as well during the holidays.

So why you should definitely be looking at retail stores you’d like to work at, also think about restaurants and hotels and tourist destinations.

3) Follow up

If you’ve been watching our videos, you know you need to follow up on job applications. If you haven’t been watching our videos...prepare to follow up on your job applications.

Over 80 percent of employers tell us that they find it impressive when people follow up on their job applications.

It’s easy! Simply go to the business, ask for the hiring manager, tell them you applied and ask about the status of the position. Bonus points if you dress professionally.

This shows the employer that you are taking your job search seriously and would make a great hire.

4) Keep it positive

Now is not the time to be grumpy. Employers tell us that having a positive attitude is the number one thing they look for when hiring seasonal employees. This is especially important if you’ve never had a job before.

When you meet with your future employer, be sure to show them how well you’ll treat their customers. The holiday season can be a bit stressful and employers want to hire people who can smile through even the busiest times.

5) Keep an open schedule

I know it’s the holiday season and you might want to spend your nights and weekends hanging out with friends and family. BUT employers tell us that having a flexible schedule and being able to work for the full season is actually more important to them than having previous work experience.

If you know you can work the entire season and you know you can come in when needed, make sure you mention this to the employer while you’re following up or in a job interview. Chances are this will make you stand out as a rockstar employee.

Make sure you check out all of our videos for more insider tips and tricks to help you get hired!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Tell Me About Yourself - A Good Answer to This Interview Question

In this video, I will teach you the tell me about yourself job interview answer so you can stand out in front of hiring managers and land more job offers.

You will learn how to answer the tell me about yourself question with ease by implementing 4 simple tried and true tips.

There are many possible interview answers tell me about yourself question, but I will show you a way that will always get the employers’ attention so that you can be hired!

Ground Rules to Know Before I Share the Tell Me About Yourself Answer Sample:

When they ask you to tell me about yourself in interview it is critical that you do not talk about your personal/family life but instead focus on your professional background and credentials.

Secondly, remember to tell a story. Not a life long story, but your professional work story consisting of your work experiences, qualifications and why you’re a good fit for this role.

4 Major Tips to Tell Me About Yourself Job Interview Answer include:

Tip # 1: Give a snapshot of your work history.
Tip #2: Make your mini stories achievement-oriented.
Tip #3. Tell the employer what you KNOW about this role.
Tip #4. Finally, tell the employer WHY you’re the RIGHT fit for what they need.

Watch the video and now you know how to approach THIS interview question, do you know if your resume is good enough to even land the interview in the first place?