Google for Jobs

by Laura Labovich on July 26, 2017

computerGoogle is constantly releasing new tools, as well as updates to improve existing ones, in order to make information as easy for consumers to access as possible.

Recently, the search engine expanded into the job search market with Google for Jobs. This tool takes the search for employment to another level, creating a means for average users to not only search for jobs, but also find jobs that specifically meet their needs.

An Organized Job Search

Job search websites can be confusing and disorganized for the user, as postings could be out of date, duplicates can exist, and the selection may not be as specific as you want it to be. Moreover, with so many different job search sites, it can be an overwhelming experience to search for a job online because how do you know where to start or which site to rely on? Well, fret no further. Google created Google for Jobs to overcome these struggles and make life easier for all the world’s prospective employees.

How Does It Work?

Much like Trivago (the popular hotel rate comparison website) filters through all the hotel websites out there to amass a list that is most relevant to your travel needs, Google for Jobs acquires, compiles, and sorts information to meet your job search needs. The search engine combs through the whole of the Internet to gather information across millions of job listing sources, such as actual job search websites like LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and Monster, companies, social media, and more. Then Google takes that information and removes duplicates, eliminates anything that is dated, and indexes what remains into categories that will make your job search simpler.

Where Do I Start?

Getting started with Google for Jobs is easy; all you have to do is open a Google Search window and type “jobs” or “internships” into the search bar. A blue box labeled “Jobs” will appear with your job opportunities listed underneath it.

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This is a very generic search, and the results will be tailored to the area you are searching from and feature all industries. In order to narrow down your search you’ll want to provide some parameters and specify your search query. You can also click on the blue box to enter the official Google for Jobs area and get the full experience of this great tool!

Narrowing Down Your Search

Google for Jobs allows people to specify their job search guidelines based on:

  • Industry
  • Title of Position
  • Postdate of Position
  • Type of Work
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Internship
  • Contract Work
  • Location of Company
  • Company Type
  • And More!

In a Google Search window you can start narrowing down your employment expedition by expanding what you type into the search bar. For example, if you were look for a publishing job, instead of simply typing in “jobs,” you could search:

  • Publishing jobs
  • Publishing jobs near me
  • Publishing jobs Chicago
  • Publishing jobs Illinois
  • And So On!

Your more-specified Google job listings will show up in that same area with the blue “Jobs” box:

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You can also specify your search within the Google for Jobs area that (as mentioned) you access by clicking on the blue box, or the blue area with the arrow below the first few results.

Other Important Features

Within the Google for Jobs area there are many extra tools to help you with your employment endeavors. You can turn on job alerts to have Google email you when new positions related to your specified search are posted. Google for Jobs populates your search with some suggested job types or parameters if you have not specified any. If you find a position that appeals to you, by clicking on the listing’s button Google will direct you to wherever the original posting came from so you can apply to it. And if you have a dream job at the top of your list, you can search specific companies through the “employer” section found on the top left.

Simplifying The Job Search Process

Hunting for a job does not have to be a complicated endeavor. Google for Jobs has created a efficient way for you to maximize your job search so that you find the jobs you want as easily as possible. Explore the tool today, and for more job search strategy and career strategy assistance, contact the experts at The Career Strategy Group. We help you find a job faster!

The Future of the Remote Workforce

by Laura Labovich on June 7, 2017

The Millennial workforce is working from home in increasing volume. It is a trend that has been growing for years and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. A recent study from Polycom shows that almost a full third of employees around the globe are regularly working remotely, and almost two-thirds have some sort of flexible work schedule. Clearly, the concept of the workplace is changing both rapidly and dramatically.

This change has brought about a lot of positives: productivity is up and stress is down. Two-thirds of managers agree that remote workers have seen increases in productivity, while a full 82% of employees report lower stress levels. Giving your employees the option of working remotely has been shown to reduce attrition rates, decrease overhead costs, and increase employee happiness.

The new challenge then becomes: how do you keep your employees connected and engaged as part of a cohesive team? Not surprisingly, communication is key. With almost 80% of employees working on a team with someone based in a different office, developing inclusive communication strategies and workflows is essential to ensuring your team is up-to-date.

Chat apps like Slack or Skype have become essential office tools regardless of whether your employees work remotely or not. Many companies are now using online collaboration apps like Google’s G Suite to increase productivity and coordinate document organization. Hardware can be a great route as well. Installing something like a Nucleus home intercom system in conference rooms can keep workers at home connected and maintain face to face communication.

Talent Aquisition folks: if you’re looking to draw a younger workforce as part of your recruiting process, a flexible work schedule is a key benefit. Over two-thirds of millennials reported that a work-from-home (WFH) benefit would “substantially increase their interest in an employer.” For job seekers looking for a more casual work environment, WFH might be just the opportunity you need to gain their attention.

 

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Are Layoffs Coming?

by Laura Labovich on May 30, 2017

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Did your last layoff take you completely by surprise? Were you carrying your box of staplers thinking “why did this just happen to me?” You’re not alone.

Perhaps you didn’t know that you could be looking for signs. There are both subtle and obvious signs that a company may be about to embark on a reduction-in-force. Consider if your company is doing any of the following:

  • Your publically traded company takes a significant hit (a large decrease in value);
  • Your company shifts from keeping hoards of inventory, to streamlined operations keeping only the minimum on hand;
  • Your company ordinarily hires 30 students every summer, but cuts the college intern program in half;
  • They impose a hiring freeze altogether;
  • Business is slow! (You find yourself taking long lunch breaks and returning to less and less work.)
  • The company’s annual picnic is canceled, the New Year’s party is shelved, and front office staff begins to hoard office supplies;
  • If your boss asks you to cross train another employee on your job functions (big red flag).
  • If your boss suddenly requests that you hand over your complete client list or a status report on all the projects that you’re working;

Search for Trigger Events

If you are suspicious, pop over to your favorite search engine and type in “ACME Incorporated” “bad news,” substituting your company’s name for ACME Inc., of course. If anything pops up, look at the date on the article: a recent article may signify what is called a “trigger event.”

If you get too many results, it may help to be a little more specific. Instead of something generic like “bad news,” try appending search terms to the trigger event you are specifically concerned about such as:

  • Decreased earnings
  • Revenue reduction
  • Layoffs
  • Mergers
  • Acquisitions
  • Seeking buyers
  • On the market
  • Bleak/negative sales forecast
  • Downsizing/down-sizing
  • Closing/closures
  • Consolidating
  • Shutdowns/shutting down
  • Ending operations
  • Closing operations
  • Ending production
  • Moving production
  • Fired/quit/resigned
  • Departing/departed/departure

If your favorite search engine happens to be Google, visit the Google Alerts page and automate the useful searches you created so they can be delivered daily, weekly, or “as news is discovered” right to your inbox, without you having to mine for it. That way, you’ll be the first to know when something noteworthy happens.

The Takeaway

No job is 100% secure and you will likely not be working at one company your whole career. Those days are long gone. So, job changes are becoming more commonplace than they once were.

On the bright side, exciting new opportunities are being created every single day. Modern day workers change jobs on average every three years, and those same people change professions or fields every five years.

So, keep your resume up to date, revise your LinkedIn profile and keep your Facebook page free of beer-swilling photos. You’ll be ready for the search if, in fact, a layoff does occur.

Am I Getting Fired? Signs, Portents and Paranoia

by Laura Labovich on May 19, 2017

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Have you recently been feeling like something is amiss in the office? Is it just not like it used to be? Do you worry that your job could be next on the chopping block? Wish you knew for sure? You are not alone.

Fortunately, common indicators of a termination are not particularly obscure; in fact, they’re generally pretty obvious.

Unfortunately, some things that appear to be “a sure sign” that you’re getting fired could also be simple day-to-day events that you may be misinterpreting.

Let’s take a moment to see how they differ.

Warning Signs

Sometimes warning signs are obvious and sometimes they are convoluted and require further evaluation.

  • Decrease in workload
  • You’re pulled off projects, or not invited to join them
  • Management change
  • Corporate direction change
  • Your boss avoids you
  • Your coworkers seem to tiptoe around you
  • Your boss becomes hypercritical of your work
  • You are put on an intensive PIP (Performance Improvement Plan) with unrealistic goals to nudge you towards quitting
  • Suddenly everything needs to be in writing
  • You are left out of important meetings

Paranoia

Paranoia, on the other hand, is generated by past experiences along with our mind seeking similarities or discovering parallels. It’s a self-protection mechanism we inherited from our ancestors. We compare old experiences to new experiences to keep ourselves from harm.

While any of these could look potentially bad for you, there may be excellent, and non-threatening, reasons for these to happen:

What you fear: a misguided manager/boss manipulates people based on their fear-of-firing; it’s the same for all employees as a control method.

Why it could be nothing: it’s probably not you—this sort of person is probably fearful of losing people and his or her own job if that happens. With managers like these, their personal paranoia becomes everybody’s problem.

What you fear: everything needs to be in writing.

Why it could be nothing: this is not always a problem; some bosses just prefer to communicate mostly by memo or e-mail.

What you fear: you’re taken off projects.

Why it could be nothing: perhaps you are having your plate so you are available for a bigger, more demanding project. In this situation, simply ask your boss.

What you fear: your workload is decreasing.

Why it could be nothing: your manager thinks you’re spread too thin and needs you to consolidate your efforts and focus on priority projects.

What you fear: you are put on a performance improvement plan (PIP) with reasonable goals.

Why it could be nothing: they value you and hope to see you improve, succeed and, ultimately, retained by the firm.

Manage Your Fears

A wise man once said that “People don’t quit jobs—they quit bad managers,” and that may be your problem. Often, these fears may lead you to embark on an unnecessary job search.

So first, ask yourself: do I really need to leave this company? Or might this just be a misunderstanding on my part?

You probably have friends, associates, tenure, stock options, an established 401K, credibility with management, and a really great medical plan. Why give that up?

Climbing the corporate ladder isn’t always a straight line from bottom to top, and detours and jagged lines left and right and up and down are much more commonplace today than ever. Sideways promotions, interdepartmental transfers and the like enable you to view the company from an entirely new vantage point, with a new boss, team, and varied projects. Equally important, it gives you a chance to recall what you loved about the company in the first place.

Legitimate Concerns

But, let’s imagine for a moment that you see some actual indicators from the list of warning signs above. If you haven’t been keeping a personal log detailing your accomplishments and how you’ve added value to the company, now would be an excellent time to start.

Often, our contributions go unnoticed, and it’s up to you to provide a detailed list such as, “I stayed overnight to babysit the flakey server, rebooting it five times to keep our service online until the replacement unit arrived.”

It might be as simple as being the person who arrives first in the office to brew the morning coffee before the rest of the staff arrive…don’t judge your accomplishments: nothing is too small for this “accomplishment file.”

When it comes right down to it, you don’t want to be floundering and struggling to remember some fact about something extraordinary that might save your job, especially while you are defending it. If you write these down routinely and review them regularly, they will stay fresh in your mind. And, these accomplishments are confidence builders, too. (And useful, as well, especially if you do have to embark on a job search).

Time to Move On

The imminent threat, or perceived threat, of firing, can make it downright unpleasant to go to work. Sometimes you simply reach the end of the career path with a particular company. Or you just feel like someone is freezing you out, and it’s become intolerable. If there’s nowhere to go, confidentially refresh your résumé and start subtly looking for a replacement position.

It’s always easier to find a job when you have a job, so take control of the situation. Have some prospects lined up by researching companies about which you are interested. Consult with a headhunter to build or maintain a relationship. Look into your state rules for qualifying for unemployment insurance. But try not to flee prematurely; you may find yourself still looking for a job in 6 months because you didn’t prepare accordingly.

The Takeaway

Surprisingly, is not until after someone loses their job that they realize just how unhappy they were in it. This is especially so if they take the time to find a replacement position that truly suits them. The contrast between what they were doing and what they are now enjoying doing can come as a stunning epiphany.

Don’t just sit there, waiting for the axe to fall; if you have a legitimate concern that you might be let go, prepare for it now. Remember: if you fail to plan, you will be planning to fail.

But, that’s not you——you’re too smart for that!

Acing a Job Interview

by Laura Labovich on May 18, 2017

UntitledSo you’ve just landed a job interview. In today’s competitive job market, this alone is cause for a congratulatory “job well done,” and a pat on the back.

However, you’re not out of the woods yet. The interview is a crucial step in the hiring process that will determine whether you make it to the big show or your resume gets filed away under passed over candidates.

In order to nail a job interview, there are several key areas of preparation that you should take into account:

  • Research
  • Practice
  • Packing a Bag
  • Presentation

By paying attention to these four areas of groundwork, you will be ready to ace that interview and land the job of your dreams.

Research

After you accept an interview, your first step in the preparation process should be acquiring background information on the company and (if the name has been provided) your interviewer. It is inevitable that almost every interviewer will ask you questions like:

  • What do you know about our company?
  • What do you know about this position?
  • (And sometimes even) What do you know about me?

While interviewers don’t expect you to be an expert on their company, they do want to see that you have an interest in it, and that you have been thinking about how you would fit into the role you’ve applied for.

Gathering intel on the company and interviewer will not only help you better answer the above questions when they come up, it will help you frame your pitch for how you would add value to the team. Making direct references to the company’s past performance, trends, and/or goals shows that you’ve not only done your homework, you’ve done the extra credit.

2For your research, be sure to check any “About Us” sections on the company’s website, or other mission statement/founder related content. Also, have a look at any social media accounts, blogs, or site pages specific to the department and position you are applying for.

Then, utilizing the information you’ve acquired, formulate a couple of good questions to pose to your interviewer. He or she will ask if you have any at the end of your meeting, and you don’t want to come up empty handed.

Practice

Some people are great with thinking on their feet, others less so. Whether you are a wiz at improv or not, everyone can benefit from practice before an interview. This practice can be done in two ways—with others who provide feedback or by yourself for introspection on your own strengths and shortcomings.

If you practice with others you can really test your reactions to questions you may not control. Moreover, your pretend interviewer can provide you with valuable feedback about your:

  • Listening Skills
  • Resting Face
  • Body Language
  • Speech Pacing
  • And More

If your are going to have a group interview where more than one person, possibly a whole panel, is present, practice interviews with others are particularly important because a group interview drastically changes the situational dynamic.

Meanwhile, when you conduct practice on your own, you can spend time thinking about the different types of questions an interviewer might ask and then practice the optimized answers you’d give. Although you can never know the specific questions someone will ask you ahead of time, through research and past experience you can prepare for a lot.

If you don’t have someone to practice with, you can record yourself on video and utilize that as a tool for self-improvement—seeing where you shine and where you need fine-tuning.

Be sure that you are also practicing for different types of interview questions

  • Background“What is your previous work experience?”
  • Company“How does your past work experience relate to this job?”
  • Personal“What is a past accomplishment you are really proud of?”
  • Behavioral“Tell us about a challenge you’ve faced. How did you handle it?”
  • Random“If you were a cookie, what kind of cookie would you be and why?”

Practice doesn’t necessarily make perfect when it comes to interviews—your interviewer may sometimes throw a curveball you weren’t ready for—but it can get you pretty darn close. And with enough practice you will be in the best position for hitting that curveball out of the park and turning it into a homerun. At the end of the day, practice will give you confidence, sharpen your responses, and make you feel as ready as you can be when the big day arrives.

bagPacking a Bag

There are several things you’ll want to bring to an interview. In terms of business-related items that your interviewer may ask for, or that may benefit your standing as a potential new hire, bring your:

  • Resume
  • List of References
  • Relevant Sample Work
  • Pen & Notepad to Take Notes

Now in terms of personal items, you may keep in your briefcase or handbag, it is a good idea to have:

  • Breath Mints
  • A Comb
  • A Compact Mirror

These objects, though seemingly trivial, may come in handy when you are already at the company, but are doing a final once-over on yourself prior to checking in with your HR contact.

Presentation

When it comes to how to present yourself, you can break the subject down into three categories, all of which play into your first impression.

  • Outfit
  • Introduction
  • Demeanor

Outfit

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Always decide what you will wear to your interview in advance. What you wear is a big part of your first impression. In general, you want your outfit to be professional, appropriate, and reflect a bit of you as well. You don’t necessarily need to wear dark colors, a full-on suit, or six-inch pumps. Different jobs call for different looks. Some younger start-ups, for example, might be more casual. Even so, when in doubt it is best to dress to impress and aim for that professional feel. For men, suits and ties are always a reliable go-to. And for women, in addition to suits, nice pants or appropriate-length skirts and dresses can work great.

In accordance with your outfit, limit your accessories and always make sure your clothes are clean and in good shape—free of food stains, all buttons are buttoned, no holes, not too tight fitting, etc. Be sure that you are also well groomed; that way you match your nice attire!

Introduction

This is the first time your interviewer (and potential new employer/co-worker) will have a chance to see how you handle yourself in professional situations. Therefore, it is important that you nail your introduction.

introTo start with, arrive early. If this is your first visit to the company, you want to allot an extra window of time to find your way and get settled so when interviewers call you in, you are right there waiting for them, and not out of breath and vaguely sweaty from a hasty journey to find your way there.

In addition to being on time, make sure you have checked yourself. That includes inspecting your teeth for food particles, making sure your breath is fresh, verifying your makeup is in order, etc. Arriving with extra time allows you a moment to visit the restroom and check off all these boxes on your way to the HR point of contact. Once done, be sure to turn off your cellphone and then wait where you are instructed.

When it is time to finally meet your interviewer, remember that those next few seconds of introduction are of vital importance. You’ll want to smile, keep eye contact, offer a good handshake, and above all else retain composure.

Demeanor

The most important behavioral factors affecting how your interviewer views you are calm and confidence. All the prep work you’ve done thus far has given you the tools you need to ace this interview. Now you need to remind yourself to keep your cool and show it off. Remember, it is okay to ask for clarification on questions you don’t understand and take a moment before responding as you formulate your answer.

Post Interview

After the fact, be sure to end the interview with a thank you and then send a follow up note or email to the interviewer reiterating your thanks and interest in the position. This note is crucial, and can serve as an extra opportunity to remind the interviewer of any key aspects of your strengths/potential value.

In Closing

With this preparation work, you will be primed to have a great interview and, hopefully, soon enough you will be starting a brand new job.

For more information and help getting hired at your dream job, contact The Career Strategy Group. Our job resume writing and career coaching services can help you get the job you want, faster!