3 Ways Technology Can Help You Find A Job

It is no secret that we are in the midst of a tough job market. While the knee jerk reaction may be that the unprecedented boom in technological advances should make this whole process simpler, the truth is that it is a double-edged sword.

Job postings on popular sites such as Monster and Career Builder are flooded with resumes, not to mention the fact that many companies are also recruiting via social media as well.

The result? Good applicants are lost in the shuffle as companies are inundated with unqualified applicants by a process that makes blasting out your resume far too easy.

Here are 3 ways that you can still use technology in a positive way to land your next job.

1. Network Appropriately

Network to find a job

As mentioned earlier, finding a job through social media is more of a realistic proposition than ever. However, you need to be strategic in how you approach this.

Don’t simply send a blast message out to friends asking for a job! Instead, do some research on the companies your friends and acquaintances work for.

Then, send a personal message asking genuine questions about their job and see if there are any open positions.

2. Get A 21st Century Resume

Resume tips for teens

If recruiters are getting hundreds or thousands of resumes, how many times do you think they see the same Microsoft Word templates over and over again?

Don’t fall into the trap of going the easy way. Whether you are a 16 year old looking for your first job or a mid-career professional looking to make a change, you have to be creative.

If you want to look completely outside the box, check out an online resume presence such as Re.vu. This puts all of your key resume data into a sharp, online format that is sure to stand out.

3.  Try Something New

Try something new when looking for a job as a teen

If the masses are going to the major job search sites, maybe you should try something different. These lists of jobs are far from exhaustive.

Many companies don’t like posting openings on a 3rd party site and have their own career pages. The good news is, virtually every company has a website now.

That is your cue to start searching some local businesses and find out if they have any openings listed on their website. If they don’t mention it, give them a call or stop by in person.

Don’t forget that technology is a great thing, but in the end, it is just a tool. You still have to use human ingenuity and a little bit of “elbow grease” if you want to land the job of your dreams.

Jobs For Teenagers – Interview With A Small Business Owner

We recently asked a few questions as part of our expert series to the owners of Sugarbush Farm in Vermont. The purpose of the interview was to hear from small business owners about what a teenage job seeker should be preparing themselves for.

We even asked for advice about teens who may want to start a business one day. Enjoy!

1. What are the best jobs for teens?

Anything in an area that they might be thinking of going to make a career of- examples teacher – job might be something to do with summer program for children;  something in sports or rec- summer athletic or camp programs; tourism- working at an attraction or hotel; culinary – working at the restaurant,
Or a job where they would learn life skills such as learning respect, customer service, following orders- somewhere where there would be an adult who could serve as a mentor.

2. What advice would you give for a first job interview? 

A: Dress  conservative- no short shorts, dangling earrings, funky shoes  
B: Do some investigation into the place of business you are interviewing for so it looks like you are interested and so you can ask some intelligent questions about the place and  the job.
C: Bring some sort of references with you- if you have not worked anywhere before perhaps have a couple teachers letters of reference, and activities that you have participated in that would show you have skills that business is looking for.

3. What would you say to a teen who may want to own their own business one day?

Go to work in a similar business, perhaps several over a period of time so you have a good idea if you really like that business, take some business classes so you have a good background, find a mentor to help you plan.

4. Any other general advice? 

Be upfront about how much you want to work, and then once committed to a schedule be sure to show up on time. If asked to work extra or later, be very willing. Be sure you have a way to get to a job before you take it. Be truthful about whether you are just looking for a summer job and plan to leave before the summer is over.

Practical Advice For Your First Resume

I came across a great article today that I thought I’d share for those who may be struggling with creating their first resume. I’ll summarize my takeaways, and then share the article with you. “Think of a resume as an advertisement for yourself.” This is a great way to put it, as you should have the end in mind when you set out to create a resume from scratch. Think about your life experiences and achievements and ask which are the most compelling that might want to make a prospective employer meet you.

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Youth Employment Making A Comeback

You have probably heard during the recent recession that young people were particularly impacted by the high unemployment numbers. In fact, in 2010 Black teens had an unemployment rate over 46% and White teens were around 25%, according to the Department of Labor. In 2012, the numbers were greatly improved. Also according to this report, The jobless rate for whites was 14.9 percent, compared with 28.6 percent for blacks, 14.4 percent for Asians, and 18.5 percent for Hispanics. So what does this mean for you finding a job this Summer?

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