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How To Ensure You And A Job Are Compatible

Everyone has one goal as adults: find a job and be successful. Whether you are a recent college graduate or in need of a new job, job seekers have found the difficulties in achieving this goal. According to The Atlantic, “53.6 percent of recent college grads are jobless or underemployed.” With a record breaking percentage such as this, it is important to be prepared when you are job searching. Spend your time wisely applying to jobs that are right for you, rather than applying to just any job. How do you know if a job is right for you? You will know when you see that the details of a job description are compatible to the traits and skills you possess. One way to ensure compatibility is by conducting a self-assessment. Great Jobs for Communications Majors provides a seven-step process to act as a guide:

1. Understanding your personal traits
Your personal traits are the words that describe you. Make a list of your personal traits, and then circle the ten that describe you the most. These are the ten personal traits you want to refer to when job searching. When your personal traits are utilized at work, your job experience can feel fulfilling.

2. Identifying your personal values
This is where you list your personal values that you consider to be important at a job, such as working conditions and values you believe to be important principles. Also, make note of working conditions you would not accept.

3. Calculating your economic needs
You need to find a job which offers a salary that fits your lifestyle. Make a realistic budget of your monthly expenses, multiply it by twelve months (monthly x 12), include taxes (yearly x 1.35), and this will give you an estimated yearly salary. Try to find areas to reduce spending if possible.

4. Exploring your longer-term goals
Spend time briefly listing the long-term goals you desire at this time.

5. Enumerating your skill base
Employers are interested in knowing which specific skills you possess, rather than general skills. Write a list of general skills you have. Take the list and re-write them, except provide a specific task that implies you are qualified. Demonstrate to employers that you are capable of succeeding with the requirements they request.

6. Recognizing your preferred skills
Take your list of skills and weigh them out. Which ones would you prefer to use more than others?

7. Assessing skills needing further development
Make a list of skills that you would like to acquire. Consider what specific tasks you can do in order to obtain these skills. This can help you potentially land a job you are interested in, yet may not have all the qualifications for it. It can also be a learning experience for you.

So the next time you are searching for a job, remember to take out your self-assessment. It will help you learn about yourself, save you time, and find a job that is compatible to the personal traits and skills you possess!

Job Searching Through the Decades

Strategies for successfully job searching at each stage of your life.
As Published in 008 Magazine

There are several factors that you must take into account when planning your job search, including your age.  Through each stage of your life, you will need to change the way you search for jobs, the professional image you portray, and the format of your resume.  Use these inside tips to job search in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s.

20s: Experience
The main goal for job searching in your 20s should be to gain as much experience as possible.  You are at the stage in your career to explore the industry and occupation you like the most, and find opportunities to develop your skills and talents in this field.  Start the job search early and use every opportunity to gain experience, including internships and volunteer work.

30s: Your Brand
You used the last decade to gain experience and develop your skills, now is the time to let them shine as you establish your personal brand.  Focus long-term goals, searching for jobs that you can continue to grow.

40s: Your Impact
At this point in your career, you should look for opportunities that allow you to make an impact.  When job searching, be certain your resume and interviews communicate your career progression and how you will use this to make a positive influence in the organization, proving to the employer why you are worth your salary.

50s: Continual Learning
The most important factor to showcase in your job search at this age is your willingness to learn.  Employers can be weary of hiring individuals at this age, due to fear that you may not care to adapt to new trends and technologies.  Let your resume do the talking by showcasing that fact that you learn quickly and have a history of adapting to new situations.

60s: Finding Meaning
In your 60’s it makes sense to look for career’s that take advantage of your wealth of knowledge.  This is also a great time to check in and see if the opportunities have personal meaning and purpose.  Your expertise in your industry makes you a perfect candidate for consulting or self-employment.

DMD & Associates | Are You In Need of Some Coaching?

As Published in FACE Magazine

Whether it is your child working with his soccer coach or football coaches leading their teams through each practice and game, you are watching these trainers unlock the individual potential for each player.  Do you need someone to do the same in your professional life?  If so, a career coach may just what you need.

A career coach can help you achieve a variety of professional aspirations, including pursuing a new career, accelerating your job search, enhancing your professional skills, or even developing an effective career development plan.  To help you determine if you should pursue career coaching, we have developed a list of the various benefits of a career coach.

Career coaches will help you:

1)Gain Self-Awareness

When you first start working with a career coach, she will likely have you take a self-assessment to reveal your interests, talents, and personality.  Through this exercise, you will discover different traits about yourself that you have overlooked for many years, which may be the missing key to securing your dream career.  In addition, these assessments can also help you discover new fields and industries, or even new job positions in an industry you already enjoy.

2) Clarify Your Purpose and Goals

You can easily have years go by without exploring your potential for success.  With specialized training and experience, a career coach fosters creativity to lead you to look at yourself and your situation from a different perspective.  This new view on your professional life will help you identify various career options that are in line with your desires, abilities, and goals to develop a precise and unique vision for your career.  Career coaches are listeners who observe your talents and dreams and help you identify practical ways of achieving them.

3) Identify Your Career Path

As a neutral, third party individual, career coaches can objectively asses a difficult situation you may have in your current job or career search, giving you alternative ways of looking at the situation and guide in developing plans of action to manage the situations.  For example, she might help you create a career map or checklist of each step you need to take to ultimately reach your goal.

4) Develop New Skills

Resume writing, job searching, and interview techniques are the main tools that you need to achieve your career goals.  Career coaches know what human resource managers, staffing managers and recruiters are looking for in each of these areas, and are able to help you develop the tools necessary to portray yourself as a highly qualified candidate.

5) Build Self-Confidence

Clients often feel overwhelmed or unmotivated in their career development, but a career coach will provide each individual with the support and encouragement necessary to reach his goals.  Your self-confidence will blossom with the guidance of your career coach as she reveals what you have to offer potential employers and how to effectively communicate your value.

Just as an athletic coach would help you identify and reach your potential in a sport, a career coach will help you unlock your skills, values, and potential in your professional life, guiding you in your endeavor to enhance your performance and maximize the results of your efforts.  Therefore, if you want to take your career to the next level, a committed, career coach may be just you need to achieve your professional goal!

News You Can Use | Getting Back in Shape for the Job Chase

As Published in 008 Magazine

With 2013 winding down and 2014 quickly approaching, it is time to decide what resolutions you will place for yourself to improve some area of your life in the New Year.  Most likely, you are thinking of ways to get back in shape, especially after all the holiday celebrations.  Why not expand that common resolution to get back into shape to your job search?

Career development has many similarities to fitness.  They are both a process that requires time, dedication, commitment, and patience.  In addition, in both areas you also have to be willing to push yourself past your limits and comfort zones in order maximize your results.  008 Career Agent has the five steps you need to take to get back in shape for the job chase.

1.     Establish specific goalsWhen you start a new fitness journey, you set specific goals for yourself, which may include decreasing your body fat percentage, being able to lift a certain amount of weight, or even decreasing the time it takes you to run a mile.  The same specific, realistic, and measurable goals should also be set for you job search.  These goals will fuel your efforts and will also allow you to evaluate their effectiveness. They can include updating your resume, developing a networking list and researching a few companies of interest.

2.     Create a new schedule.  As mentioned before, both fitness and career development require time.  The best way to ensure you are dedicating enough of your time to these areas is by scheduling out your day, setting at least one to two hours each day to searching for new job postings, networking, improving your resume, or developing new skills and experience.

3.     Embrace change.  Changing up your workout routine is an excellent way to maximize your results, and the same goes for the job search.  You should neither rely on just one website to look for job postings nor should you only use one resume to apply for all jobs.  You must change up your job searching and networking efforts to find new opportunities as well as adapt to new resume and application trends in order to achieve your goals.

4.     Create a support system.  The best way to achieve any goal is to have at least one individual who can give you the support and motivation you may need along your journey.  Find a family member or friend who can be your mentor throughout your job search, providing you with feedback and advice when you need it.

5.     Take time to recover.  Just as your body needs a break to recover from a long workout, you should also set apart time in your job search to nurture your personal life.  Give yourself a break to catch up with friend over dinner or attend family functions.  Then when it is time to start the job search, you will be refreshed and ready to chase your career dreams.

The most important thing to remember when shaping up your job search plan is that each plan is different.  As in the fitness world, not every approach will yield the same result for each professional.  You must find what works for you and your career goals as well as what fits into your lifestyle in order to be in the best shape you can be to win the job search race.

5 Things You Can Do to Rock Your Next Job Interview

Most job-seekers agree that the interview is the best—and worst—part of the search process. Many hiring decisions hinge on a candidate’s interview, so it can be a lot of pressure!

You probably already know to dress professionally and arrive on time. But what else should you do to prepare for your job interview?

DMD & Associates offers five pre-interview tips below, along with action steps for each tip. Once you complete these action steps, you’ll be well on your way to acing your next interview.

1.    Do your homework. Chances are, if you wrote a cover letter good enough to merit an interview, you’ve researched your new prospective employer. Now is your chance to dig a little deeper. What are some things that genuinely interest you about the company? What challenges did the last person who held the position face? Knowing more about the company and position for which you’re interviewing will not only make you a more dedicated candidate, it will help you ask the right questions so both you and your interviewer can make an informed decision.

Action step: Come up with a list of five thoughtful questions to ask your interviewer.

2.    Be positive. During your interview, your future employer will want to know why you’re looking for a new position. This is not the time to speak ill of your previous employer! If you left on good terms, make that clear. If you were fired or laid off, be honest about why. Keep it brief, and move on.

Action step: Write down what you will say when asked about your previous job. Practice saying it without trailing off, shrugging, or looking away.

3.    See yourself winning. Visualization is a powerful tool. Though it’s tempting to play out worst-case interview scenarios in your head, try to imagine your interview going perfectly. Scientific evidence supports the power of positive visualization across a number of career fields and applications. Put it to work for yourself! If you don’t have much of an imagination, take an index card and write down a positive mantra or goal: something like, “I am calm, confident and completely prepared.” Read the card whenever you feel stress overtaking you.

Action steps: Spend 10 to 15 minutes on the day of your interview visualizing yourself doing a great job; create positive mantra card.

4.    Take notes. Jotting down notes during your interview is a good way to show that you are taking the process seriously, and displays your work ethic to your interviewer. You’ll also have a handy record of important points touched on during the interview.

Action step: If you are not in the habit of taking notes, do a practice run during a conversation with a friend. The most effective notes are not full sentences; they include key words and phrases and bullet points encompassing important information.

5.    Convey your enthusiasm. You’re interested in this job because it’s a career opportunity—so don’t mumble through the interview! Show your interest through eye contact with your interviewer, and speak in an upbeat tone of voice. Your handshakes at the beginning and end of your interview will also help whoever interviews you to gauge your interest. Instead of squeezing too tightly or not at all, just match the strength of your interviewer’s grip.

Action step: Practice speaking about subjects that interest you or in which you’re knowledgeable. Notice how easy it is to speak clearly and confidently about things you know. Apply this feeling to your interview answers!

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Successful Resumes Benefit Local Economy

Local career expert Danielle Dayries has been selected to speak at the innagural LAGCOE Career Fair.  The LAGCOE Career Fair is scheduled to take place on October 24 from 11am-noon.

Dayries’ presentation on effective resume writing will give young professionals, new job seekers, and those looking forward to a job change the skills to create a professional resume.

In a competitive job market, the resume is the cornerstone of employment. Employers receive approximately 250 resumes for every job posting. Each of those resumes is only given about six seconds of attention. Dayries teaches her clients how to craft resumes that make those six seconds count. Dayries will also teach her clients the importance of self-branding.

“This workshop will give future employees the skills needed to craft professional resumes, in addition, potential employers will have knowledgeable and confident applicants and a boost in the job market will leave Lafayette with an improved economy,” states Dayries

The 2013 LAGCOE Career Fair  is a free events and will be held at the Cajun Dome Convention Center in Lafayette, La on October 24th . For more information about the Career Fair view,

DMD & Associates | The Employed Job Search

The ultimate tips and tricks to job searching while you are employed in order to assure you protect your reputation and relations.

There are several reasons why professionals start looking for a new job while they are currently employed; they may want to transfer into a different career field, they may have been informed of an upcoming layoff, or they  may not be the best fit for their position.  your reason, use these 8 great tips to protect your reputation, relationships, and income as you enter the job search.

1 ) Keep your job search separate from your work.  Never search for jobs at work or using any resources that belong to your current employer, even your work email address.

2) Do not gossip to your coworkers.  Avoid discussing your situation with your coworkers both inside and outside of work as it is unprofessional and can also create negative feelings.

3) Update your schedule.  You will have to reschedule you personal time to dedicate to your search.  If you are not able to properly search for jobs with your schedule, consider taking some vacation time to focus on your efforts.

4) Select your references.  Unless your current employer and coworkers are aware of your job search, do not include them in your references.

5) Inform prospective employers.  When interviewing with prospective employers, politely inform him that you wish to keep your search confidential.

6) Be honest.  If questioned about your efforts, always be honest.   In addition, provide your employer with proper notice once you do find a new job.

7) Stay focused.  Do not allow you job search to distract you from your current responsibilities.  Always perform at your highest level.

8) Keep it positive.  Never criticize your current employers, this will make you appear unprofessional and can cause irreparable damage to relationships.  Instead, maintain a positive attitude about moving forward.

News You Can Use | The Fast Lane to Employment

As Published in FACE Magazine

No job seeker wants to spend all of his time in the job search, the quicker he can reach his career goal, the better.  That is the goal, right?  The quickest way for you to land a great job is to assure your efforts are effective by being aggressive and focused.  If you are ready to get the most out of your job search, use these insider tips to collect your ticket for the fast lane to your new job.

1.     Develop a Plan and Get Organized. Investing time to get organized and develop a job search plan will help speed up the job search process.  Create lists of things you need to do and people to contact and use this plan to keep you on track as you search for a job.

2.     Create Your Templates. A personalized resume and cover letter are the keys to gaining attention and landing an interview, yet this does take time that you might not have.  Instead of creating a whole new resume and cover letter each time you apply for an opening, develop a template with your basic information, which you can then briefly spruce up and customize with key words and accomplishments that are targeted to the job opening.

3.     Focus Your Efforts. Rather than wasting your time posting your resume on every job search engine, search for websites that are targeted to your geographical location or line of work.  Use key words, relevant to your career field, when searching for posting and websites.  This will eliminate any wasted time and make your efforts more effective.

4.     Get Networking. Incorporate networking efforts into each day of your job search plan.  Sending an email or LinkedIn message is a quick way to connect with people in you network and inform them of you job search.  Contact your previous bosses and coworkers, as these individuals are familiar with your work and may be able to offer you a job lead or referral.

5.     Go Social. Social networking sites, such as LinkedIn and Facebook have become the quickest way for companies to advertise job opening and for job seekers to land a job.  Update your personal profiles to reflect your skills and accomplishments as well as the fact that you are actively looking for opportunities.  Join and participate in groups that are focused on your career goals.  You will also want to identify and connect with companies’ pages.  Many organizations will advertise openings on these pages thereby allowing you to quickly apply for these positions.

6.     Perfect Your Interview Skills. Be prepared will help you accelerate your job search.  Practice questions and techniques as soon as you begin the job search to assure you are prepared to ace the interview.  Make sure you have appropriate attire and copies of your resume ready so that you can go on an interview at any time.

7.     Don’t Forget to Follow Up. Following up on applications and interviews is necessary to quickly land a job.  Have everything you need for a thank you note on hand, so that you can send on directly after an interview.  You will also want to follow up on any resumes and cover letters you mailed to companies.  This will not only confirm their receipt, but also show your potential employer that you are a dedicated and focused professional.

8.     Try Something Creative. When trying to quickly find a job, you must creatively and confidently be able to sell yourself to employers.  Step out of your comfort zone and get creative with your sales and marketing tactics.  For example, you can create a video resume, blast it on YouTube, and send it to potential employers. Another technique is to send a small item with your resume to gain attention, such as a coffee cup with a note stating you would like the opportunity to meet over coffee and discuss your qualifications.  For a more traditional way to grab attention, send a small thank you note with your resume, thanking the hiring manager for reviewing your resume.  The smaller envelope will spark his interest and assure he opens it.

While your goal maybe to gain employment as soon as possible, do not neglect your career goals and interests.  It is possible for you to find a job you love in a timely manner if you use these tips to stay focused and organized on your search.  You will go from job seeker to employment before you know it!

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