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How To: Survive the Waiting Game

Follow-UpIn this next post of our How To series, we are going to give you insight on what follows the interview, the waiting game. The unknown of your application status can be frustrating. It is important to remember that companies have many urgent responsibilities, so it may take awhile for the employer to contact you back. Do not let this persuade you that you are not in the running for the job anymore.

In the meantime, a follow-up is a good way to keep in contact with the employer. It will inform the employer about the level of interest you still have about the job. There are a few ways that you can follow-up with a potential employer.

A thank-you note is the best form of contact to a potential employer. Why?

1. It is a polite way of contact to thank them for the interview opportunity.

2. You can use it to add crucial information you may have forgotten to mention during the interview.

3. It can either express your interest to the employer or inform them of lack of interest/other job offer.

As a job seeker, it is your responsibility to follow-up with an employer. It is best to keep a list of all thank-you notes sent, including any names you have had contact with and the information provided to you. Having good communication skills is a necessity when job searching. Connect with people through networking. There are many ways to network in today’s world. The more networking you do, the better chance you have to connect with potential employers.

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5 reasons to choose outplacement services

5 reasonsCompanies that offer effective job searching tools to displaced employees aid these individuals, but also strengthen the company’s reputation and public image as well as raise employee morale and productivity

1. Maintain relationships: Employees surveyed said that the main area they wanted help with when being laid off was finding a new job[i]. In other words, outplacement services address the biggest desire of employees that must be let go, which is finding a new job.  This service helps preserve the goodwill of terminated employees. You may even want to rehire some of them in the future.

2. Employees are also consumers: Your outgoing employees are actually your newest alumni. They may also soon be customers, partners and competitors.

3. Maintain brand name:  Terminated and surviving employees will feel appreciated and tell friends and associates that your company provided them assistance. Any negative reactions from affected employees may tarnish the company’s image. Outplacement services will help maintain corporate values and create a responsible external image.

4. Reduction in costs: Outplacement reduces the amount of time an affected employee searches for a job, in turn reducing unemployment costs.

5. Social investment: Not only is your company saving money, but also you are paying it forward to your local economy by providing a motivated and refocused workforce.

Is It Time For a Career Change?

time for a career change

Have you ever thought about changing your career? Maybe you pushed the thought aside because you feel that it’s too late to start over. Don’t worry; you’re not the only one feeling that way. In fact, most people have thought about changing their career at one point in time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “individuals from age 18 to 46 in 1978 to 2010 held an average of 11.3 jobs in their lifetime.” Hopefully this statistic shows you that it’s okay to start over. We’re giving you a few ways to help you decide if it’s time for a fresh start in careers.

  • Your job makes you so miserable, you don’t want to go. Now, we don’t mean the usual Monday morning blues. We mean that anything is better than going to work, and you will avoid it at all costs.
  • Your job is personally affecting you. When you think of your job, you automatically feel stress and anxiety overwhelm you.
  • Your job responsibilities and personal skills do not match up. You have more to offer than what the job entails. You want to be challenged and grow within the company.
  • Your work environment is not suitable for you. You may not have the same beliefs as the company, or your relationship with coworkers may not be fixable.

DMD & Associates, Inc. Quick Tips!

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“Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.” – Denis Waitley

On this wonderful Friday, we wanted to share some inspirational words with you. We know the job search becomes overwhelming at times. It may seem that a job offer will never come, but don’t be discouraged. Our quick tip for you is to keep your determination going, no matter how overwhelmed, discouraged, or stressed you may be! The greatest feeling is the accomplishment you feel when you have finally reached your goal, which in this case, is receiving a job offer.

What can DMD & Associates, Inc. offer you?

what DMD offers

  • We offer a range of services!
    • DMD & Associates, Inc. has many packages and services available to you. We want to make certain that everyone finds something that best fits their needs. From a custom resume or LinkedIn profile to career consulting or outplacement services, DMD & Associates, Inc. is here to help!
  • We offer our services virtually!
    • You don’t have to reside here to purchase a package or service. DMD & Associates, Inc. is able to assist you virtually! This option provides convenience and allows those from out-of-town to enjoy the services we offer!
  • We offer a personalized customer experience!
    • We understand that your job search can be overwhelming at times, and we want to make sure your experience is less stressful. We are here to help you along the way and ensure that you’re successful by getting to know YOU first.

Create YOUR Personal Brand

create your brandPersonal branding is an important aspect to your job search process. Your personal brand tells employers who you are and how you want others to perceive you. With social media being a top form of communication today, most employers use it to learn about a prospective employee. With that being said, it is important to keep your social media sites directed toward your personal brand.

We have a few points you should keep in consideration that will help when creating your personal brand.

  • What makes you stand out?
    • What unique qualities do you have that set you apart from everyone else?
  • What are your goals?
    • Where do you hope to be at in your career in one, five, and ten years?
  • How do you want others to perceive you?
    • Think about what you want to be known for. Keep this personal brand consistent throughout everything- your actions, behavior, attire, etc.
  • What is your target market?
    • Who are you trying to target your personal brand towards? This is important to distinguish because you want your personal brand to offer them what they need. Mutual interests will help your brand be successful.

How To: Dress to Impress

How To Dress to ImpressYour appearance during an interview says a lot about the way you present yourself. Over the years, the standard attire and style for an interview has been tailored. Even though styles change, the word to keep in mind when picking interview attire is conservative.

You want to look your best to show the employer that you are committed. This does not mean that you have to be uncomfortable for an interview. You should choose attire that fits your body best. If not, you will be concentrating more on the way you look, rather than the interview. Choose something that flatters your body type. Feel good about yourself!

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Men:

  • Well-cut suit: dress shirt and tie
  • Minimal cologne
  • Well-groomed facial hair

Women:

  • Business suit/slacks
  • Dress
  • Skirt and blazer
  • Tasteful makeup, jewelry, and hairstyle

How To: Prepare for an Interview

How to Prepare for an InterviewAll throughout March, we are providing you with a How To Series on interviewing. A job interview can be the make-or-break moment. It only takes 7 seconds for an employer to decide their initial impression of you during an interview. Since the interview is so important, we are sharing with you everything you need to be successful! Be sure to check this month for more about interviewing!

So, you have a job interview coming up. You’re excited, nervous, or maybe you don’t know what to expect? Here are three ways to help you feel prepared going into your interview.

 

 

  1. Have a game plan for your interview discussion.
    1. An interview is usually around 30 minutes. During the interview, provide information the employer could not find on your resume or elsewhere. It is important to express why you are there and what you have to offer. Employers look for this in candidates. Use your self-assessment to help demonstrate the skills and interests you have to offer to their company.
  1. Research the company you are interviewing for.
    1. Potential employers may ask the candidate about the company’s mission or goal. Knowing about the company can show the employer the dedication you possess and willingness you have to learn.
  1. Practice interview questions.
    1. Find a friend, family member, significant other, etc. and have them ask you possible interview questions.  You can think of your own questions or find examples online. Either way, practicing your interview can reduce nerves and boost confidence.

What to look for in an outplacement service provider

what to look for

  1. Availability: Does the company only offer on-site help, or do they also offer online support? Companies that offer both individual on-site help and online tools are able to reach transitioning employees easier and faster. In addition, service providers can offer many tools to their clients due to technological advances.
  2. Flexibility: How are the services packages formed? Each company is different; therefore standard packages are not sufficient in maximizing outcomes. Look for companies that offer unique packages that can be tailored to help the company and affected employees reach their goals.
  3. Efficiency and effectiveness: Research the provider and see if they have any statistics relating to their outcomes, for example; the amount of time it takes for an average affected employee to find a new job. In addition, you want a provider that offers services that cover flexible time periods i.e. 3 months to a year.

DMD & Associates, Inc.

(866) 296-8593 tel
danielle@dmdcareerconsulting.com

Lafayette, Louisiana

200 W. Brentwood Boulevard
Lafayette, Louisiana 70506
(337) 254-0734 tel

New Orleans, Louisiana

923 Constance Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 875-7890 tel

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