Monday, January 31, 2011

So, you hate the new job you finally landed? How to buck up and survive.

By: Lori Stone, APR
Director of Business Operations & Communications
Center for Business Excellence

Whew! A sigh of relief. After long months of being unemployed, you finally landed a good job related to your experience!

Then, you start your job and it’s not what you thought it was going to be. What now?

Although I am a firm believer in life balance and the pursuit of happiness, I am not an advocate of quitting a new job unless it is absolutely necessary. First, face the fact your new job will be different from what you are used to – it’s a new environment. Give it a chance – it may grow on you.

Second, you are the new kid on the block. Right or wrong, co-workers may “test” you. See it for what it is and use it as motivation to do your best for the organization.

Finally, it is always easier to get another job when you already have one. If all else fails, ride it out, resume your job search and network, network, network! Heck, network anyway! Even if the new job is the most fabulous thing to ever happen to you professionally, you should not rest on your laurels. You have to keep proverbial “skin in the game” at all times to build your own security. It’s your responsibility.

Here is a link to tips on how to survive and thrive in this situation:

Friday, January 28, 2011

Is Your Recession Over?

According to preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, American economic growth continued to accelerate as expected in the fourth quarter of 2010. Real GDP expanded at a 3.2% annual pace, up from 2.6% in the third quarter and the fastest pace since the first three months of the year. This was the sixth consecutive monthly expansion, and it pushed the American economy above an important psychological threshold: real output is finally above the pre-recession peak. Overall the statistics show that there have also been small improvements within our region (Volusia and Flagler Counties). How is your personal economy? Is your recession over?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Art of Informational Interviewing

Are you looking for more details about a business or industry you'd like to work in?
You may be able to interview someone already in that field to learn more about it.
These informational interviews can be very valuable for the job seeker.
Donna Runge, professional resource coordinator at the One Stop Employment Center in Daytona Beach, frequently advises job seekers to do informational interviews. If employers don't have the time to do them, a job seeker may conduct a mini-interview at networking events.
When interviewing people from a business or industry, you're able to explore jobs and they may take an interest in you.
Find more tips about informational interviews in the following article.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How To Score Unlisted Jobs

Posted by: Darlene Duncan. CWDP. JSS, CCC
Training Coordinator for
Training Initiatives, Inc.

When I do job readiness workshops I make a point of telling people that there are a great many jobs out there that never get advertised in newspapers, trade journals, or internet job boards. This article reinforces that such a job market does exist and provides some ideas on how to access that job market.

Scoring Unlisted Jobs

Monday, January 24, 2011

Think twice before you e-mail – even if you believe you are anonymous

By: Lori Stone, APR
Director of Business Operations & Communications
Center for Business Excellence

Recently, I was copied on a scathing e-mail sent by an anonymous source on a subject outside the scope of work. It lied somewhere between Jerry Maguire’s Manifesto and Harper Valley PTA. Whether the points made were valid or not (I truly do not know), it made me feel sickened to read it.

On a positive note, the e-mail did serve as an excellent reminder to edit yourself before communicating, especially in an electronic-driven world.

I found this information on the subject and thought I’d share it:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

There are Plenty of Fish in the Sea: How to Show You Are the Best Catch!!

When it comes to applying for a job, blending-in can be your worst mistake.

According to Mark Gasche, vice president of career services for Coloroado Technical University, "... job seekers need to proactively manage their job search with precision and focus to help them stand out from others. It's all about targeting your search, doing your homework, and leaving the best impression - on paper and in person". (Courtesy of ARAcontent)

Today, competition for each job is a reality and getting yourself noticed has become more important than ever.

The following article gives great advice on some smart and easy ways to stand out in the sea of job seekers!
posted by Jamie Newcomb

Winning ways to sharpen your career search in a challenging economy (Courtesy of ARAcontent)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

10 Smart Ways To Use Social Media In Your Job Search

Posted by: Darlene Duncan. CWDP. JSS, CCC
Training Coordinator for
Training Initiatives, Inc.

What do you mean you don’t know what Social Media is? For those of you who don’t know what those two words mean, I’ll provide a brief explanation. Social Media is the umbrella term that covers things like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter just to name a few.
You say that you have no interest in Facebook or any of that other computerized gibberish? If that’s the case you are missing out on an important tool for your job search. Like all tools, social media must be used with caution.
Click on the link below and read about the 10 Smart Ways to Use Social Media in Your Job Search.
Then consider checking the workshop schedule at the Daytona and DeLand Once-Stop Employment Centers to find out when they offer their workshop on Using Facebook, LinkedIn and More.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Reminder, Flash Mob Casting Call today!!!

Come out today for the flash mob casting call and be star (OK maybe not really a star but we will think you are totally awesome!).

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Surviving Long-term Unemployment

Have you been without a job for a long time? Are you looking for work but also for innovative ways to make money and survive during these tough times?

Whether you have a job or not, this article may give you some new ideas to make extra money in 2011.

From launching a new brand to starting a blog to designing a T-shirt, there are many ways to earn money. Even selling Avon or Mary Kay puts a few bucks in your pocket.

Companies Hiring This Month

Posted by: Darlene Duncan. CWDP. JSS, CCC
Training Coordinator for
Training Initiatives, Inc.

Need a job? Got a job, but hate it?

Then you need to read this article. It provides a list of 22 companies that are planning to hire NOW.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Feeling too wiped out to job search? How to boost your energy after being sick

By: Lori Stone, APR
Director of Business Operations & Communications
Center for Business Excellence

So, I go around bragging every year about the fact I get a flu shot. I’ll be ready for the season! Well, I never count on the dreaded cold virus coming along!

Recently, I was hit pretty hard with a cold that wouldn’t seem to go away. In fact, seems like nearly everyone has it and it takes forever to get rid of.

When the cold does end, it leaves you feeling pretty wiped out. This is an uncomfortable state to be in for anyone, but especially bad for those who are already stressed out looking for employment.

So, here’s a link to tips on how to regain energy to get back in the game:

Friday, January 7, 2011

Daytona Flash Mob

Join over 400 people of all ages in the “dance” of a lifetime to be performed at one of Daytona’s most legendary sporting events. You don’t have to know ANYTHING about dancing, nor do you have to have a certain “look.” We want ALL walks of life.

Claim your 15 minutes of fame! This video production will air on local and national television and is sure to be a viral hit with the potential of over 20 million views! This is a unique opportunity to do something extraordinary and meet a ton of people in your area. Learn and display your moves at the upcoming casting call, and you may be selected to take part in the very first flash mob that Daytona Beach has ever seen!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Want to conquer Mathematics for forever???

Join us for our Vedic Math workshop Jan 11th, at 9 a.m. in the Daytona One-Stop Career Center. Learn awesome math skills that will amaze your friends and that will make you the Mathematical wizard that you were always meant to be!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Networking Tips for Shy People

Networking is fairly easy for outgoing, gregarious job seekers who aren't afraid to approach people at events. But what about someone who's shy and dreads being in large groups.

In fact, introverts have some qualities that work to their advantage.

"Introverts are usually excellent listeners. They reflect before speaking, and they enjoy one-on-one conversations," says Janet Civitelli, a workplace psychologist and the owner of career advice site

Read more of her advice and tips from other job experts in the following article.

Posted by Suzy Kridner

Networking Tips for Shy People

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Temporary versus Permanent

Posted by: Darlene Duncan. CWDP. JSS, CCC
Training Coordinator for
Training Initiatives, Inc.

Everyone wants the security of a regular job where you know you’re going to be working for an extended period of time, you’ll be receiving a regular paycheck, and hopefully you’ll receive health insurance.

However, there are benefits to working in the world of staffing services. For those of a certain generation you know them better as temporary agencies. These are the folks that get a call like this one on a Monday afternoon.

“I just had to fire my receptionist. Can you get me someone here by tomorrow morning? They need to know Microsoft Word and Excel, be able to handle a multi-line phone system and be great at dealing with the general public.”

“No problem sir. What time in the morning would you like them to be there?”

“Eight o’clock. And it’d be great if they were bi-lingual in Spanish, too.”

“Yes sir. We’ll see what we can do?”

The next morning an individual on the roster of that staffing agency is at the XYZ Company to fill the receptionist position. If they are the right fit for the company and they have the right skills, they stand a good chance of being hired on as a permanent employee of the company.

Do people really get jobs this way? You bet they do. It’s happened to me twice. It happened to a friend of mine once. However, she didn’t want to work at the place that offered her a permanent position. It was an okay place to work for a while but she couldn’t see herself there long term. She told them, thanks but no thanks and continued to work there a while longer as a temporary.

Think about it, employers use staffing services as a way to try out new employees. You should be using staffing services as a way to try out potential employers. Some people find that they like the flexibility and variety that working through a staffing agency provides. Others are delighted when one of their temporary assignments turns into a regular full time job.

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year’s resolutions for unemployed job seekers

By: Lori Stone, APR
Director of Business Operations & Communications
Center for Business Excellence

We all do it. Amidst the confetti and bubbly, at some point, New Year’s Eve becomes a time of reflection and renewed commitment to do better for ourselves – ahem, starting tomorrow!

Here are some realistic resolutions to help unemployed job seekers as they resume their efforts in 2011: