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Staying Afloat: Tips for Finding a Job in a Competitive Job Market

So how can you keep your head above water?

 Competition for jobs is fierce.  If you’re currently looking for work you’ve surely noticed that great jobs can be hard to find–and everyone applies for them!

Here are a few quick, easy, and really useful ideas to help you stay afloat:

  1. Leverage your network. According to Monster.com, 80 percent of jobs are obtained through networking.  Use this statistic to your advantage.  Contact your college’s career center or alumni directory.  Send an e-mail to your social media contacts.  Make phone calls to old business contacts.  Let everyone you know that you’re looking for a job and ask them to keep their eyes and ears open.
  2. Put your best foot forward. When it comes to your job search, image is everything.  So review your résumé, social media profiles and website to make sure all information is accurate, professional, and showcases your strengths.  Before an interview, learn all you can about the potential employer.  Critically evaluate your experience and skills, so you can learn how to talk about yourself in a meaningful and powerful way.  Finally, practice the answers to potential interview questions.  All this preparation will help you make a fantastic first impression.

  3. Pay attention to detail. Sometimes, little things can make a big difference.  Take the time to customize your cover letters to address the specific skills or qualities a potential employer wants.  After the interview, handwrite and hand deliver (if feasible) a thank you note that recaps your strengths and addresses any weaknesses that may have come up during the interview.
  4. Keep working. When you have bills to pay, a job that is less than ideal is better than no job at all.  So consider freelancing or temporary work.  Both offer a great way to get your name out there, form new contacts, sharpen your skills (and develop new ones), keep your morale high, and provide income while you’re looking for a full-time opportunity.
  5. Never stop searching for opportunities. Sending your resume to everyone in your area and posting it on every major job board is just the beginning of your job search.  Don’t stop and wait for an opportunity to come along – be aggressive.  Set weekly goals for finding new leads and making new contacts.  Whatever you do, don’t give up.
  6. Look on the bright side. When you’re struggling to find work, it’s easy to become frustrated and even depressed.  Do whatever you can to stay positive.  Talk to friends or former colleagues who will pick you up when you’re down.  And remember, there are literally millions of jobs that become available every month in the U.S.  You only need to find one of them.

Last but not least, contact Trinity Staffing.  As San Antonio’s leading employment agency, Trinity Staffing provides outstanding jobs with some of the area’s top employers.  Search for open jobs today or contact one of our recruiters.

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How to Handle Finances When Quitting a Job

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You are at the end of your rope. Your current job is a dead end. You see little chance for advancement, just a continual stretch of routine tasks stretching as far as the eye can see. It’s time to look for something new.

The conventional wisdom will tell you that you shouldn’t leave your current job until you have found a new one. But, for one reason or another, that is an option that is not open to you. It could be, for example, that you would like to move to a new location, and job hunting long distance really hasn’t been working out. Or there may be personal reasons and other obligations getting in the way.

So, you realize that you are going to have to quit your current job before finding another. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to get prepared financially. And that means more than just cutting back on the double espressos at Starbucks. Here are a few tips.

1. Have a rainy day fund.

In other words, you need to have savings in the bank. Most experts recommend at least the equivalent of about three months salary before you even think about leaving. And, considering that it is likely to take more than three months to find a job, you may want to have even more stashed away. Plus, you can count on unforeseen expenses during your job hunting, so you need to be prepared for that.
You may have to make some lifestyle adjustments to put that money away, but that is just the sacrifice you will need to make.

2. Figure out what to do with your retirement account.

If you have a retirement account at work, a 401(k), for example, you will need to determine what you are going to do with it. Some places will allow you to keep the money in the account even after you leave, but you need to find out if that is the case. Otherwise, you may have to roll the funds over into another retirement account, such as an IRA (Individual Retirement Account).

3. Take care of some expenses now and don’t plan on incurring any new ones in the near future.

If you just bought some new furniture or a TV or refrigerator, try to pay it off before you leave your job. You don’t want to have that expense hanging over your head while you are looking for work.

4. Get health insurance.

You can go the COBRA route, but that can be expensive. Fortunately, you have the Affordable Care Act to fall back on and can get subsidized health insurance on the federal or state exchanges.

If you are looking for work in the San Antonio area, Trinity Staffing can help you find the job that fits your particular skills and personality. We have earned a reputation as one of the best staffing agencies in the San Antonio area. Give us a call today.

     

 

How to Have Good Body Language at the Interview

According to hiring managers, about one-third of job candidates display body language that hinders their chances of landing a job.

Eye contact and facial expressions are the behaviors that influence hiring managers the most, according to a survey by a California staffing firm. These are followed in order by a person’s posture, his or her handshake, repeated movements and hand gestures.

While a candidate’s verbal responses are the most important factor in choosing a job candidate, his or her body language is almost as significant, according to career counselors. Job candidates need to do everything they can to get a job offer, and that means making sure they avoid body language that can send the wrong impression.

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Here are a few things to watch out for during the interview.

1. Handshake
When you shake hands, you want to make sure you have a firm grip, without squeezing too hard. The handshake should last no longer than a few seconds.

2. Mirror the interviewer
You don’t want to make it too obvious, but you should attempt to mirror the body language of the interviewer. This will help you to establish a rapport with him or her.
Make sure you have good posture. Sit up straight and lean forward slightly to give the impression of interest and confidence.

3. Smile
A smile goes a long way toward creating a positive impression.

4. Eye contact
Maintain eye contact with the interviewer as you are talking. If you are talking with more than one person, shift your body so that you are facing him or her directly as you speak. Look away from time to time so it does not seem like you are staring at the person, which may make you look too aggressive.

5. Watch your body movements
In other words, don’t fidget in your seat. Avoid tapping your fingers, playing with your hair or pen. It is good to use hand gestures occasionally, as long as you don’t overdo it and they become distracting. Also, avoid crossing your arms, as this gives the impression of being rude and aloof.

Practice your interview answers with a friend, and ask him or her to also keep an eye on your body language.

If you are looking for work in the San Antonio area, give your job search a real shot in the arm by contacting Trinity Staffing. We will put our professionals to work for you to find you a job that matches your skills and knowledge. Give Trinity a call today.

Interview Tips

What do employers want?

Employers are impressed by candidates who have excellent communication skills, good grooming habits, and relevant work experience. They want trustworthy new hires who can move right in, get along with their co-workers, and get the job done without having to be babied at each step.

Top ten qualities employers seek

  • Communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Honesty/integrity
  • Teamwork skills (works well with others)
  • Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)
  • Motivation/initiative
  • Strong work ethic
  • Analytical skills
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Computer skills
  • Self-confidence

Facts to gather before interviewing

It is very important to know about the company before attending the interview. Check out their website. Interview friends and family who may be employed at the company. Research online, read news articles, press releases, etc. The more information you have about the company, the more prepared and competent you will appear to the employer. Gather the following facts before interviewing:

  • Key people in the organization
  • Major products or services
  • Size in terms of sales and employees
  • Locations other than your community
  • Organizational structure of the company
  • Major competitors
  • Latest news reports on the company, and local/national news that affects the company

Resource websites

www.free-resume-tips.com
www.provenresumes.com
www.jobweb.com