10 Unconventional (But Very Effective) Tips For Job Seekers

 

 

Jacquelyn Smith , FORBES STAFF

 

If it has to do with leadership, jobs, or careers, I’m on it.

In the market for a new job? You’ve probably been urged to “pursue your passions,” “leverage your network,” “tailor and tidy up your resume,” “do your homework,” and “dress for success”—among other things.

 

“These are foundational aspects to job seeking that are timeless,” says Teri Hockett, the chief executive of What’s For Work?, a career site for women.

 

David Parnell, a legal consultant, communication coach and author, agrees: “Much of this has been around long enough to become conventional for a reason: it works,” he says. “If you take a closer look, things like networking, research, and applying to multiple employers are fundamental ‘block and tackle’ types of activities that apply to 80% of the bell curve. They hinge upon casting a broad net; they leverage the law of averages; they adhere to the fundamentals of psychology. It’s no wonder they still work.”

 

But some of it “does get old and overused, because job seeking is as unique and creative as an individual,” says Isa Adney, author of Community College Success and the blog FirstJobOutofCollege.com. “When you ask any professional who has achieved some level of greatness how he or she got there, the journey is always unique, always varied, and rarely cookie-cutter. Most have, in some capacity, followed their passion, used their network, and had a good resume–but those things are usually part of a much bigger picture, and an unpredictable winding path. Instead of always following the exact by-the-book job seeking formulas, most were simply open to possibilities and got really good at whatever it is they were doing.”

 

We’re not saying you should discount or disregard traditional job seeking advice altogether. But it can’t hurt to mix it up and try less conventional approaches until you achieve your goals, Hockett says.

 

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“Times are always changing and while it’s always good to follow the basic advice, we also have to get rolling with the times,” says Amanda Abella, a career coach, writer, speaker, and founder of the Gen Y lifestyle blog Grad Meets World. “For instance, group interviews are making a comeback, we’ve got Skype interviews now, or you may interview in front of a panel. All this stuff didn’t happen as often before–so while the same basic stuff applies, we have to take into account all the new dynamics.”

 

Hockett agrees and says if you are going to try some unconventional job seeking methods, you should “always be grounded with solid research and a clear direction of your intentions; then you will be ready for any opportunity to make a connection resulting in a positive impact on a hiring manager.”

 

Parnell says generally speaking, unconventional methods should be used sparingly, judiciously and only when necessary. “And when you do decide to use them, factor comprehensively by recognizing things like industry standards, personalities involved, and the general ilk of the position’s responsibilities, before strategizing.”

 

Here are 10 unconventional (but very effective) tips for job seekers:

 

 

  1. Be vulnerable. It’s okay to ask people for advice! “Too often we think we have to sell ourselves as this know-it-all hot-shot to get a job, but I have found the best way to build relationships with people whom you’d like to work with (or for) is to start by being vulnerable, sharing your admiration for their work, and asking for advice,” Adney says. “I recommend doing this with professionals at companies you’d love to work for, long before they have a job opening you apply for.”

 

  1. Don’t always follow your passion. “Follow your passion” is one of the most common pieces of career wisdom, says Cal Newport, author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love. “It’s also wrong.” If you study people who end up loving their work, most of them did not follow a pre-existing passion, he says. “Instead, their passion for the work developed over time as they got better at what they did and took more control over their career.”

 

Adney agrees to some extent. She doesn’t think job seekers should completely disregard their passions–but does believe that “challenging this conventional wisdom is vital, especially since studies still show most Americans are unhappy in their jobs.”

 

  1. Create your position.

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How to Turn Interviews Into Job Offers

You’ve worked hard to craft a resume that highlights your value to a potential employer. Now, the phone is ringing and the interviews are starting to pour in. You are excited and anxious as you chat with hiring managers over the phone and face-to-face.

But for some reason, you can’t seem to land the offer. You become frustrated and unable to understand what went wrong when you feel the interviews went well.

As a seasoned human resources manager, expert resume writer and career coach, I understand exactly what you are experiencing. I’ve helped several professionals across different industries who have had the same frustration in their job search.

While a great resume is good, it can only get you an interview. Performing well at a job interview is the key to getting the offer.

 

Below are some of the steps you can take to ensure success at your next job interview:

1. Print extra copies of your resume and plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early. Most importantly, be respectful to everyone you encounter at the location of your interview — you never know the relationship between who you encounter and the hiring manager.

2. Make sure that you are dressed appropriately for the interview. Ask the recruiter what the dress code is, and whatever you do, don’t go overboard with your outfit, accessories or makeup.

3. Take a deep breath and

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25 cities adding (and losing) the most jobs in 2017

 

Here is a look at the five cities adding and losing the most jobs in 2017.

 

2017 may stand out for many events and developments, and among them is the exceptional year turned in by the labor market. For one, U.S. unemployment dropped to 4.1% in October, the lowest since December 2000.

Barring a massive exodus of workers from the labor force, falling unemployment almost always reflects increased hiring, which in turn bodes well for the economy. But while national conditions are favorable, trends vary substantially across the country, and not all local economies have been doing as well.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed monthly metro area employment figures in 2017 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. From January through October, employment — the number of Americans currently employed — rose by 1.2%. Employment rose faster over that period in 187 of the nation’s 388 metro areas. It declined in 78 metro areas.

Most of the cities adding the most jobs in 2017 reported uninterrupted employment increases over the course of the year, but this was not always the case. Both Yuma, Arizona and Corvallis, Oregon reported among the largest employment increases this year, yet had some fairly dramatic employment fluctuations. In Yuma, for example, seasonally adjusted employment levels dropped for four consecutive months in the summer before rising again in September and October.

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Similarly, while the trend in most cities losing the most jobs was one of steady decline, in several job changes were somewhat erratic. Employment in the St. Joseph metro area, on the border of Montana and Kansas, for example, surged in July before dropping in October.

 

 

25 cities adding the most jobs in 2017

 

 

 

1. Bellingham, WA Employment change: 5,609 (+5.5%) Jan. 2017 employment: 102,069 Oct. 2017 employment: 107,678 Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 4.5% Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+16.9% employment chg.)  

 

25 cities adding the most jobs in 2017

 

Cities adding the most jobs

25. Janesville-Beloit, Wisc.

Employment change: 2,826 (+3.5%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 80,978

Oct. 2017 employment: 83,804

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.4%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+11.5% employment chg.)

24. Corvallis, Ore.

Employment change: 1,627 (+3.6%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 45,537

Oct. 2017 employment: 47,164

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.3% (lowest 25%)

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+8.3% employment chg.)

23. Yuma, Ariz.

Employment change: 2,883 (+3.6%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 79,504

Oct. 2017 employment: 82,387

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 17.4% (highest 10%)

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+4.5% employment chg.)

22. Johnson City, Tenn.

Employment change: 3,147 (+3.7%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 84,679

Oct. 2017 employment: 87,826

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.6%

Strongest sector: Government (+11.1% employment chg.)

21. Chattanooga, Tenn.-Ga.

Employment change: 9,377 (+3.8%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 249,982

Oct. 2017 employment: 259,359

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.5%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+8.2% employment chg.)

20. Eugene, Ore.

Employment change: 6,475 (+3.8%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 172,152

Oct. 2017 employment: 178,627

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 4.6%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+13.7% employment chg.)

19. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore.-Wash.

Employment change: 46,621 (+3.8%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 1,230,028

Oct. 2017 employment: 1,276,649

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 4.2%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+19.4% employment chg.)

18. Bremerton-Silverdale, Wash.

Employment change: 4,366 (+3.9%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 111,618

Oct. 2017 employment: 115,984

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 4.6%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+7.1% employment chg.)

17. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Fla.

Employment change: 6,466 (+4.1%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 158,952

Oct. 2017 employment: 165,418

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.4%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+9.1% employment chg.)

16. Auburn-Opelika, Ala.

Employment change: 2,938 (+4.2%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 70,002

Oct. 2017 employment: 72,940

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.1% (lowest 25%)

Strongest sector: Government (+10.9% employment chg.)

15. Bend-Redmond, Ore.

Employment change: 3,684 (+4.2%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 87,205

Oct. 2017 employment: 90,889

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 4.2%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+22.8% employment chg.)

 

14. Morristown, TN Employment change: 2,043 (+4.2%) Jan. 2017 employment: 48,359 Oct. 2017 employment: 50,402 Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.6% Strongest sector: Education and health services (+14.5% employment chg.)  (Photo: Home4tnindustry / Wikimedia Commons)

 

14. Morristown, Tenn.

Employment change: 2,043 (+4.2%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 48,359

Oct. 2017 employment: 50,402

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 3.6%

Strongest sector: Education and health services (+14.5% employment chg.)

13. Olympia-Tumwater, Wash.

Employment change: 5,548 (+4.4%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 125,170

Oct. 2017 employment: 130,718

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 4.7%

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+18.8% employment chg.)

12. Longview, Wash.

Employment change: 1,885 (+4.5%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 41,617

Oct. 2017 employment: 43,502

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 5.6% (highest 25%)

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+6.5% employment chg.)

11. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn.

Employment change: 43,392 (+4.6%)

Jan. 2017 employment: 949,989

Oct. 2017 employment: 993,381

Unemployment, Oct. 2017: 2.4% (lowest 10%)

Strongest sector: Mining, logging, and construction (+7.2% employment chg.)

 

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Compounding Engineer 

Job Code (02309050)

Location:    Pensacola, FL

Salary:        $65,000.00 – $110,000.00

Full Benefits:        Yes

Interview Exp:     Yes

Relo Exp:   Yes

Comp Comments:          10% Bonus

 

Skills

Chemicals, Engineering, Compounding, MFG

         

Industries

CHEMICAL, PLASTICS

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Job Description

 

 

The company is stable, profitable, and rapidly growing through 2016.

This is a fast-track role into maintenance or engineering management over the next 3-5 years as the company experiences massive growth.

The client will provide full relocation, annual bonus, excellent benefits, and a high competitive base salary.

This is an urgent need for the plant and any qualified candidate will be contacted immediately for consideration.

Please consider the relocation to Florida applying to this position. The company is looking for candidates who will relocate to advance their career.

 

 JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

* Provide technical leadership to improve safety, reliability, and productivity.

* Improve manufacturing processes.

* Lead PSM efforts.

* Provide technical leadership

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS: – You must possess all of the requirements to be considered for this position.

 

* BS Chemical Engineering Only

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Chemist Scientist Rubber Tire

 

New job!

 

Location Boston, MA

Salary $120,000 – $160,000

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Date

Feb 03, 2017

 

Our client, a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals used in tire and rubber applications, requires an experienced chemist/scientist to be the lead applications development efforts for their tire market segment. Based in Boston, the successful “Applications Development Lead – Tires” will lead global applications development projects for new and existing materials used to manufacture rubber tires. 

 

Responsibilities:

 

·        Identify and define the technical capabilities required for the tire market segment while developing and maintaining “center of excellence” expertise.

·        Coordinate with Applications Development labs globally to manage complex, multi-year projects as well as key personnel. 

·        Collaborate with customers, R&D, Marketing and other functions to develop tire applications knowledge to drive new product and new market development.

·        Develop new testing methods and oversee lab testing of new tire applications while implementing global testing standardization.

·        Develop effective customer relationships to identify unmet needs and create projects to fulfill them.

·        As lead chemist, guide lab technicians and other staff as required.

 

Requirements:

·         Seven years of technical experience in elastomeric materials including lab and project management experience. Relevant tire industry experience highly preferred.

 

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Services Business Development Director

 

New job!

 

Location: Raleigh, NC

Salary: $115,000 – $130,000

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Date

Feb 03, 2017

Enterprise Services and Consulting Sales Professionals Only!

 

We are looking for an experienced, results-driven Business Development Director to sell our BPM and IT Services. 

 

·        This sales person will be responsible for growing revenue in a multi-state region, by targeting and developing new business within large enterprise accounts. 

·        Target verticals include Healthcare, Public Sector, Hi-Tech, Retail and Consumer Goods.  

·        Experience with companies such as WIPRO, TaTa Consultancy, Cognizant, KPMG, Accenture, etc. is a strong plus!

 

On target Earnings of $240,000 plus with strong escalators and no commission cap! 

 

 

Roles & Responsibilities:

·        Takes initiative in a sales & marketing leadership role by establishing the client brand and increasing revenues within the geographic territory.

·        Utilize consultative selling techniques in positioning IT project services and BPM solutions to help clients achieve bottom-line financial business improvements.

·        Develop and maintain client relationships with key decision makers for these target accounts, through sales calls, networking events and written communication.

·        Deliver consistent, quarterly sales performance while exceeding expected revenue targets

·        Maximize resources and tools available to establish and maintain an opportunity pipeline 3-4X assigned quota

·        Prospect, qualify and execute all opportunities using the Client Sales Process

·        Provide accurate and detailed revenue forecasting and deliver consistent, quarterly sales performance, while exceeding expected revenue target

·        Ensure long term customer success: transition new client relationships to our customer success team

 

Qualifications:

Proven success growing a base of new business in an expansion territory.

 

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Services Business Development Director

 

New job!

 

Location Dallas, TX

Salary $115,000 – $130,000

Success

 

Date

Feb 03, 2017

Enterprise Services and Consulting Sales Professionals Only!

 

We are looking for an experienced, results-driven Business Development Director to sell our BPM and IT Services. 

 

·        This sales person will be responsible for growing revenue in a multi-state region, by targeting and developing new business within large enterprise accounts. 

·        Target verticals include Healthcare, Public Sector, Hi-Tech, Retail and Consumer Goods.  

·        Experience with companies such as WIPRO, TaTa Consultancy, Cognizant, KPMG, Accenture, etc. is a strong plus! 

·        On target Earnings of $240,000 plus with strong escalators and no commission cap! 

 

 

Roles & Responsibilities:

·        Takes initiative in a sales & marketing leadership role by establishing the client brand and increasing revenues within the geographic territory.

·        Utilize consultative selling techniques in positioning IT project services and BPM solutions to help clients achieve bottom-line financial business improvements.

·        Develop and maintain client relationships with key decision makers for these target accounts, through sales calls, networking events and written communication.

·        Deliver consistent, quarterly sales performance while exceeding expected revenue targets

·        Maximize resources and tools available to establish and maintain an opportunity pipeline 3-4X assigned quota

·        Prospect, qualify and execute all opportunities using the Client Sales Process

·        Provide accurate and detailed revenue forecasting and deliver consistent, quarterly sales performance, while exceeding expected revenue target

·        Ensure long term customer success: transition new client relationships to our customer success team

 

Qualifications:

Proven success growing a base of new business in an expansion territory.

 

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Applications Manager Director

 

New job!

FOCUS: Silicon Carbide (SiC) devices in power conversion systems

Location Durham, NC

Salary

$165,000 – $185,000

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Date

Feb 03, 2017

 

·        You will be responsible for managing several teams of globally dispersed engineers and technicians to develop technical collateral to support the adoption of Silicon Carbide (SiC) devices in power conversion systems.

·        This includes system architecture study, developing reference designs, performing comparative case studies and direct customer technical support to help sales win design sockets for SiC products.

·        A successful candidate will have a strong understanding of the selling process and experience directly supporting customers with technical product specifications, product selection, system design, reliability, quality and manufacturing process.

·        This position requires interaction with customers at all levels of power system design/development, components quality engineering, procurement and general management.

 

Responsibilities:

·        Provide technical support to FAE’s and technical marketing groups.

·        Lead technical discussions with customers in Asia.

·        Develop and document reference designs for power converters using SiC devices.

·        Participate in new device development

·        Provide technical training for sales or distributors.

·        Lead and manage a growing power applications team dispersed globally.

·        Perform other miscellaneous duties as required or requested from time to time.

·        Requirements:

·        10+ years in the design and development of power conversion systems.

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Client Relationship Business Development Director

 

KEY WORDS: BPM, Outsourcing and IT Services

 

Location

Dallas, TX

Salary

$125,000 – $135,000

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Degree

Bachelor

Date

Nov 02, 2016

Enterprise Services and Consulting Sales Professionals Only!  This is a Client Relationship Manager Sales Position. 

Up Sell and Cross Sell additional services to existing clients.  This is a virtual position and can be located in any major city.

 

We are looking for an experienced, results-driven Business Development Director to sell our BPM, Outsourcing and IT Services.  This sales person will be responsible for growing revenue in existing clients nationwide.  Target verticals include Healthcare, Public Sector, Hi-Tech, Retail and Consumer Goods.  

 

On target Earnings of $250,000 plus with strong escalators and no commission cap! 

 

 

Roles & Responsibilities:

Takes initiative in a sales & marketing leadership role by establishing the client brand and increasing revenues within the existing client base.

Utilize consultative selling techniques in positioning IT project services and BPM solutions to help clients achieve bottom-line financial business improvements.

Develop and maintain client relationships with key decision makers for these target accounts, through sales calls, networking events and written communication.

Deliver consistent, quarterly sales performance while exceeding expected revenue targets

Maximize resources and tools available to establish and maintain an opportunity pipeline 3-4X assigned quota

Prospect, qualify and execute all opportunities using the Client Sales Process

Provide accurate and detailed revenue forecasting and deliver consistent, quarterly sales performance, while exceeding expected revenue target

Ensure long term customer success: transition new client relationships to our customer success team

 

Qualifications

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.Net Team Lead Software Engineer

 

Location

Rockford, IL

Salary

$75,000 – $125,000

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Date

Oct 17, 2016

Software Engineer

This position is for a Development Team Lead – a senior developer that has a true interest in the people leadership of a team whose primary function will be to develop, test, maintain, and support the company’s suite of applications.

 

Job Summary:  

The  Software Engineer’s main duty is to develop a suite of applications.  This position will be responsible for improving application performance, consistently enhancing the user interface experience, and providing compliance to existing internal design, coding, and documentation standards

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

·        Design of ASP.NET and C# applications.

·        Design, develop, support and maintain SQL queries and stored procedures.

·        Troubleshoot, debug, and correct issues in a timely manner.

·        Master table structure/relationships to be able to develop/maintain SQL queries and stored procedures.

·        Provide second tier support for end customers.

·        Compliance to internal design, coding, and documentation standards.

·        Identify and sponsor improvements to organizational standards.

 

 Qualifications:

·        Previous experience in developing Web Services.

·        At least 5 years of C# development experience with ASP.NET.

·        Experience working in an agile development environment is preferred.

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