Six Valuable Traits Your Local Bartender Has That Relate To Any Job

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The next time you drop by the local watering hole for a happy hour, take a good look at how the bartender provides great customer service and easily performs often complex tasks.

When teaching a Career Development class some time ago, a slightly embarrassed soon-to-be grad asked how she could relate her current job (which was a bartender) to a new career in healthcare on her resume. Inspired by her question, I involved the class in a lengthy discussion of what a bartender does in their job that relates to a job in healthcare or any other profession.

Here are some of the most desirable transferable traits the class came up with (I am sure that there are many more):

  1. Bartenders must remain patient and methodical in an often fast-paced, loud, and chaotic environment.
  2. Bartenders must be efficient to serve multiple customers, remember their orders, follow up with them, and rapidly correct any errors.
  3. Bartenders must have extroverted personalities, so they can easily connect with their customers and must also able to rapidly diffuse most volatile situations that arise.
  4. Bartenders must be great listeners while they perform their duties and are extremely good relationship builders with their customers how often consider the bartender a friend.
  5. Bartenders must have the talent memorize drink recipes, accurately gauge measuring ingredient proportions for customers’ typical and unusual drink orders, and then prepare them.
  6. Bartenders must be prepared for larger-than-usual crowds and ensure that the bar is fully supplied with all of the necessary items to successfully complete their shift.
  7. Bartenders must be good at math to prepare customer receipts/tabs, handling cash and giving accurate change.
  8. Bartenders must be regulatory conscious, registered/certified with health organizations if required, and keep the bar clean and sanitary to fully meet health codes.

During the class, the suggestions expanded the list further but these were the 8 attributes the class felt were the most important.

Simple Steps to Enhance or Repair Your Social Media Image

You have been searching for the right position, and you have done everything you should do-updated your resume/CV and LinkedIn profile – so why aren’t you getting interviews?  It could be your social media presence.

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Today’s savvy employers want to know who they are asking in for an interview or hiring. With social media at an all-time high in usage, it isn’t very hard for you to get known quickly through your online presence.

Today, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other sites are an employers’ window to who you are or represent yourself to be. Even if you have set your privacy settings on high, a lot of personal information can still be accessed  – including your connections, your interests and passions, your affiliations and political ideals, and your religious beliefs.

Here are a few things a potential employer might look at:

Multiple profiles. Do you have multiple profiles on various media sites? Perhaps creating multiple profiles has a meaning to you but, to an employer, the thought might be “WHY?”.

Your pictures. Is your profile picture blank, seductive, your child, an animal, silly, or a graphic? Yes, your personal life is your business, but these are immediate turnoffs to a recruiter or potential employer. Images posted by your “friends” or connections, your Likes, or emojis may also affect your online persona.

Your grammar and spelling. What do your posts reveal about you? Many employers probably would be very hesitant to hire someone as an Administrative/Executive Assistant who posted “Cease the day” rather than “Seize the day” to represent their company.

Your statements.  Do you make political statements (or statements of any kind), post lewd or weird pictures and nonsense (the list is long, but the point is to be very selective)? During your career hunt, this information should probably be in “hold” status.

There are many other factors that may sway an employer from calling you in for an interview or hiring you. However, making a few changes to how and what you put in your online personality might improve your chances.

Good luck!

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Why You Don’t Want Dismiss Being Active On LinkedIn

  1. Don’t Dismiss LinkedIn as Something Only for People Who Are Looking for a New Job. The best time to build your LinkedIn profile, connect with people, and participate on LinkedIn is now — before you need it. If you find yourself suddenly unemployed and decide that now is the time to start using LinkedIn, you’re going to be playing catch up. Instead, take time to “dig your well before you’re thirsty,” as author Harvey Mackay says.
  2. “Set it and Forget It.” Your LinkedIn profile is a forever evolving snapshot of you. Update it regularly with new connections, status, and activity (especially within LinkedIn Groups).
  3. Don’t not Ignore It. Check-in on LinkedIn regularly (at least every other day if you are in an active job search mode or once a week for a passive job search). It will help if you plan on adding a new status update each time you log in.
  4. Don’t Be A Wallflower. LinkedIn is most effective when you actively engage with it. Seek out opportunities to connect with known thought leaders within your industry and join 3-5 related groups and then review and participate in conversations.
  5. Don’t Be Selfish. You will get more out of LinkedIn if you focus on how you can help others, not how they can help you. The phrase “give to get” is very powerful on LinkedIn. You can earn the respect of your peers and people of influence if you “help enough other people get what they want,” in the words of Zig Ziglar.
  6. Don’t Wait for Others To Find You. Use the LinkedIn search function to look for people you know and invite them to connect with you. You should aim to add 2-5 new connections each week if you are a passive job seeker, and 6-10 contacts a week if you are actively searching for a new job.
  7. Don’t Forget to Explore the People Your Connections Know. One of LinkedIn’s most powerful functions is the ability to connect you with people who are connections of the people you know. Follow LinkedIn’s guidelines on connecting with these folks (using InMail or requesting connections through your mutual friend) so that your account doesn’t get flagged as spam.
  8. Don’t Indiscriminately Try to Connect With People. LinkedIn’s strengths are the connections you make, but it’s not a race to get to 500 contacts. Have a reason for each of the people you connect with — either it’s someone you already know or a relative, or someone it would be a beneficial connection. If you don’t know someone, get to know them a bit before sending a personalized connection request. (You can do so by seeing whom you have in common — or whom they are connected to, checking out their LinkedIn summary and work history, visiting their website or blog, and seeing what Groups they belong to).
  9. Don’t Forget to Give Recommendations. Acknowledge and recognize the contributions of people you know by providing unsolicited, genuine Recommendations for them.

Finally, Don’t Restrict Your LinkedIn Networking to Online Only. Use LinkedIn to connect with people, but then request in-person get-togethers, when possible. Meet for coffee or lunch to catch up.

How to Uncover ‘Unadvertised’ Job Openings in 2020

Many open jobs are not publicly advertised but can be found by using a little ingenuity and recent surveys show nearly 80% of new hires landed an unadvertised position.busy-mother-looking for work-from-home

Why would companies not publicly post a job opening?

  • The cost of advertising an open position can be substantial.
  • They don’t want to be overwhelmed with applications.
  • A new role is being created, and they are unsure of the qualifications of the ideal employee.
  • They are replacing an existing employee.

Most of these job opportunities are from referrals from current employees of the company. It’s has been estimated that networking accounts for 60-80 percent of jobs found. While not all of the jobs found through networking are accessing the hidden job market, almost all candidates who get interviews for unadvertised jobs do so through networking.

Current employees can be an excellent source of candidates. Particularly if the company has a healthy workplace culture, having existing employees identify prospective candidates can help ensure strong candidates are encouraged to apply. Some companies even reward employees — with cash or gift cards — for recommending a candidate they hire.

Employee referrals provide an advantage for the job seeker too. Employee recommendations can carry significant weight. Plus, there is less competition for job opportunities accessed through the hidden job market than for openly advertised opportunities.

Being referred by a current employee may also mean that your application is set apart from the typical internal processes that most job seekers have to navigate — such as an applicant tracking system for online applications.

Recruiters are another source of unadvertised positions. An employer may choose to work with a recruiter to fill a job rather than advertise it publicly. The recruiter sources and screens job candidates, and sends the hiring manager a handful of handpicked candidates. In many cases, when working with a third-party recruiter, the company only pays the recruiter if they hire the candidate, and only if he or she stays for a specified period (say, six months).

So how do you tap into the hidden job market? Because opportunities are filled both through employee referrals and recruiting, you will want to cover both bases.

Accessing the hidden job market works best when you have a clear target in mind — either a specific job title or, even better, a specific list of companies.

There are three ways to access the hidden job market:

  • Connect with someone at the company (an employee who can refer you or a hiring manager).
  • Contact the company directly about exploring unadvertised opportunities.
  • Be visible enough in your industry or field to be contacted by a prospective employer.

Here are some specific tips for job seekers looking to tap into the hidden job market:

  • Let your network know you are looking for a new position. While this can be difficult if you conduct a confidential job search, the people you know must think of you when an opening comes up.
  • Following the advice of author Harvey Mackey, “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty.” Having a vast network of contacts pays off when it’s time to look for a new job — particularly when you want to tap into the hidden job market. Keep in touch with your former colleagues and bosses. Build your LinkedIn network by connecting with people in your field and by adding folks you know from everyday life — the other parents you sit with at your child’s karate dojo, the members of your recreational softball team, your neighbors. All of these can potentially help you tap into the hidden job market.
  • Help others. “Give to get.” Zig Ziglar famously said, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” Keep your ears open about unadvertised openings and help connect those in your network to these opportunities. Cultivate relationships with peers in the industry. These connections at other companies can pay off.
  • If there is a particular employer you are interested in working for, consider approaching the company directly. When contacting a target employer directly, research the hiring manager, and see if there is a mutual connection, you can approach to make the introduction. Focus on expanding your network until you connect with someone who works there. Ask him or her to keep you in mind for unadvertised opportunities — or pass along your résumé right away, even if there isn’t currently an opening.

While logged into your LinkedIn account, go to the company page and see if you have any existing connections with current or former employees:

  • Identify companies in growth mode. Read your local business journal or the Business section of your local newspaper to find out which companies are growing. You’ll find announcements of new contracts, large office leases, and similar news in local publications or by setting up a targeted Google News alert.
  • Look on LinkedIn for recruiters who work at your target employer. Some companies recruit primarily through in-house recruiters (recruiters who are company employees). Connecting with these individuals can be an excellent way to access the hidden job market.

While logged into your LinkedIn account, search for recruiter + [company name]:

  • Connect with 2-3 recruiters in your industry or specialty. You may even be able to determine if the company uses a specific outside recruiter or agency for its searches. (Your network may be able to help you find this information, or you can contact the company directly to ask.) Having these extra eyes and ears looking out for opportunities can be a valuable asset in your job search.
  • Make it easy for employers to find you. Another angle to accessing the hidden job market is being approached directly about an unadvertised opportunity. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and make yourself visible by participating in industry activities, speaking and writing (when possible), and positioning yourself as a thought leader.
  • Be active on social media. Follow employers you are interested in and engage them thoughtfully — liking and commenting on status updates and participating in online conversations with the brand itself or key employees. Share articles and insights about your industry. Follow and interact with key influencers in the industry using social media.
  • Join online groups in your industry. While LinkedIn Groups have diminished in influence over the years, they remain an excellent way to connect with colleagues. (Did you know that you can send a LinkedIn connection request to a fellow Group member without having to know their email address?) Plus, being active in Groups can make you more visible to recruiters in your industry.
  • Join other online groups. Industry groups are the most logical choice for growing your network, but any online groups can help you connect with others who may be able to help in your job search. Find groups focused on your hobbies and interests and school alumni groups (not just college, but high school too).
  • Participate in professional association activities and build rapport with colleagues. Attend conferences and industry events. These are an opportunity to meet hiring managers and decision-makers at your target companies. The more comprehensive your network, the more chances to access the hidden job market.
  • Another source of networking connections may be your university’s alumni association. If you are looking for a contact at a target company, see if the alumni association knows of one, or peruse the bios of company employees or leadership and see if you have a school in common. Looking at a company’s profile on LinkedIn may also potentially help you find alumni connections.

Remember, exploring the hidden job market is just one possible way to connect with your dream job. It’s a strategy that can pay off handsomely but will often take longer than merely identifying advertised openings and applying. However, you will likely find there is less competition for the job opportunity. Suppose you are using an “inside source.” In that case, either a current employee or an internal recruiter — your likelihood of landing an interview can be higher than seeking out a traditionally advertised opening.

Action Items:

  • Make a list of all of your existing offline connections (your holiday card or Christmas card list can be an excellent source to start).
  • Get more involved on LinkedIn. Focus on adding 2-3 new connections each week, including recruiters in your industry. Participate in Groups and like and comment on posts.
  • Write out a list of employers you’d like to work for and make this your target company list. Next, focus on identifying anyone you know who currently works for that company.
  • Commit to reading the Business section of your local newspaper and any local business journals weekly to look for companies in the hiring mode.
  • Get involved — whether online or “in real life,” visibility is essential. Engage with groups, organizations, and associations by volunteering and participating in activities and events.

 

 

How to Write an Impressive Job Offer Acceptance Letter

“Put it in writing, or it didn’t happen.” This advice from lawyers is relevant for job seekers — especially when accepting a new job. But, exactly what should you say in a letter of acceptance?

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Letter of Acceptance

Writing a letter of acceptance is especially important if your job offer was made orally but you have not — or did not — receive confirmation of the offer in writing. An effective letter of acceptance should demonstrate your enthusiasm for the position and include clarification of four key pieces of information: job title, salary information, details of benefits being offered (if any), and start date.

You can also clarify the date that the employer extended the job offer, as well as any additional information the company needs from you — or that you need from the company — before starting the new job. Address the letter to the person who offered you the position.

Here are a couple of templates (and samples) you can use to formulate job acceptance letter.

Acceptance Letter Template #1:

(Date)

(Contact Name)
(Title)
(Company Name)
(Address)
(City, State Zip)

Dear [Contact Name]:

Thank you for the opportunity to accept a position as [Job Title] with [Company Name].  I am happy to accept your offer, with an anticipated starting date of [date].

I am pleased to accept the starting salary of [$$], and the additional benefits of [list them specifically].

Please let me know if you need anything from me in the meantime. You can reach me at [000] 000-0000 or via email at [email address].

Thank you again.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

Sample Acceptance Letter #1

(Date)

(Contact Name)
(Title)
(Company Name)
(Address)
(City, State, Zip)

Dear (Contact Name):

Thank you for the opportunity to accept a position as Team Lead 1 with Merit.  I am happy to accept your offer, with an anticipated starting date of (start date).

I am pleased to accept the starting salary of $34,400, and the additional benefits of health and dental insurance (after 90 days of employment), $1000 tuition reimbursement, life insurance (one-time annual salary), and seven days of paid vacation.

Please let me know if you need anything from me in the meantime. You can reach me at [000] 555-1226 or via email at janejobseeker@gmail.com.

Thank you again.

Sincerely,

Jane Jobseeker

Acceptance Letter Template #2:

(Date)

(Contact Name)
(Title)
(Company Name)
(Address)
(City, State Zip)

Dear [Contact Name]:

I am writing to confirm my acceptance of your offer of employment.  I am thrilled to be joining [Company Name] as a [Job Title], effective [start date], with a starting salary of [$$$].

As we discussed, I will provide you with [documentation or other information] by [date you will provide the information].  I will look forward to receiving [information provided by the company] so that I can complete it before my start date.

I am looking forward to working with your team.  I’m confident I can make a significant contribution to the company in this role.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

Sample Acceptance Letter #2:

(Date)

(Contact Name)
(Contact Title)
(Company Name)
(Company Address)
(City, State, Zip) 

Dear (Contact Name):

I am writing to confirm my acceptance of your offer of employment. I am thrilled to be joining Angel Ministries as a Director of Development, effective (start date), with a starting salary of $44,000.

As we discussed, I will provide you with my hiring paperwork by (submission date).  I will look forward to receiving the paperwork for the life insurance policy so that I can complete it before my start date.

I am looking forward to working with your team.  I’m confident I can make a significant contribution to the organization in this role.

Sincerely,

Jane Jobseeker

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