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October 2010 Archives

I just wanted to make a quick mention that on Thursday October 28, 2010 from 1-4 pm, there will be a Manufacturing and Health Care Job Fair.  The location is at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Heritage Hall. This job fair is jointly sponsored by NYS Dept. of Labor and the City of Glens Falls. 

Job seekers skilled in those fields are encouraged to visit!

How to find jobs!

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In my previous post I discussed the limitless places to search for a job. Now I will converse about how to find the right job for you. 

The first step is to know what type of job you are looking for.  In my company, when I ask this question, I sometimes hear ANYTHING. I understand that in these times anything maybe an answer of desperation, but it does not help in a job search.  Break down what type of field you may want to be in, such as Finance, Medical, or Construction.  Then determine what type of job you would like in that field such as Bank Teller, Medical Biller, or Foreman and so on.  When you decide the type of work you are interested in, then make sure you have the skill set that fits that field of work.  If you don't have the skill set, then you should look into ways of getting it, such as school or classes specific to that field.  Now that you have a good idea of what type of work you are looking for you can find it.

There is a notion called the Circle of Influence.  What this means is that in your job search you have a Circle of Influence.  Those closest to you (i.e. Family and Friends) would be the closest in your circle.  Those friends and family have contacts in the workforce and that extends your circle.  Then those contacts have contacts and that extends your circle even further and so on.  

Now that you know what type of work you are looking for, it's time to build a game plan and put that plan in motion.   

1. Speak to your friends and family and discuss exactly what type of work you are looking for.  Ask them if they know anyone who can help in that field.  Continue to branch out and contact any people you have been referred to.

2. Scour the resources I mentioned in my previous blog entry.  Use the internet, newspapers and free press.  Remember that companies don't post open jobs all at one time, so you will need to continue checking in. 

3. Make sure your resume is up to date and ready to be distributed to any person or company requesting it.

This is a basic game plan to finding a job.  Sometimes this process moves quickly, sometimes it takes more time.  Be optimistic, persistent, determined and it will happen.

Till next time, Good Luck!

Today's topic:  Where to look for a job.

This is an interesting topic.  In today's world the jobs are sought out using the power of the internet.  This is a great way to begin a job search.  The only question is where to start. 

There are so many different places that companies advertise open job positions.  There are, of course the big boys in job searches, Monster.com and Yahoo Hotjobs.com.  Locally, there is Adirondackhelpwanted.com and Capitaldistricthelpwanted.com.  These two kind of overlap in the Saratoga/Glens Falls region so you should look into both.  

The New York State Department of Labor has a job website called the New York State Job Bank.  This site is especially useful because there is no charge to employers to post a job position.  All companies should post their open positions to this site.  Make sure to check into Saratoga.com and GlensFallsregion.com as businesses are utilizing these websites also. 

You can also check out hebercareerpath.com.  This is a comprehensive website which allows a user to have one and only one sign in and check out over 1000 different job boards including Monster and Yahoo.  

Another avenue for job searching is print advertising.  The Post Star, The Saratogian and The Times Union are the local newspapers companies use to advertise positions available.  But also look into the smaller press items such as The Chronicle or any of the Free Press.  

Now that you know where to look, the next topic will be how to look!  Coming Soon!  

 

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Michael Baxter

Michael Baxter is a native of the Saratoga/Glens Falls region. He is a third generation manager of the family business Heber Associates, Inc. Heber Associates, Inc. is a provider of Staffing Solutions since 1961. Michael earned his Bachelors Degree from Florida State University. He has been mentored by his grandmother (Antoinette Heber) in the employment field for more than eight years. Michael Baxter has a detail oriented mentality which allows him to track trends and offer informative discussions. It's his business to know what is going on in the human resources industry in Northeast New York.