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Job Boards Yield Minimal Results

With the intense competition for jobs, sending resumes to job boards yields little results. Employers may get 100 to 400 resumes for each job and will unlikely look at most of them.  Rather they will ask employees inside for referrals. 

Only 13.2 percent of external hires in 2009 were made via job boards, according to a corporate study by CareerXroads.  Instead use job boards for seeking information about skills needed for each position to determine if it fits you. A much more powerful approach is to spend your time joining networks and associations to contact personally with people who could lead you to your next job. 

Remember there is no substitute for phone calls and handshakes. Go to industry networking events to maintain and build new connections.



Graduation, and Then What? - Jan Reha Featured on MSN

This week MSN featured me in an career article:

Graduation, and Then What?
Advice for the student about to enter an uncertain job market
By Nan Mooney

The article highlights how to approach the job market when you graduate from college during this recession. I am quoted - “If possible, start that job search while you are still in college,” she says. “That way you can take advantage of all the resources the school provides like internships, volunteer options and special projects.”

 



Research the Job Market before Going Back to School

Many people return to school during tough economic times to upgrade their skills with the hope of obtaining a job. However, completing a training certificate or educational program does not necessarily guarantee a job or career. Unfortunately many of the current training programs or college degrees do not develop essential skills for the current job market. Often many of the programs may lead to jobs that pay minimally or offer only part time employment.


Prior to entry into any training or college program,  a thorough job market research will provide with valuable information about the benefits of a program.  Following are steps for researching the job market prior to enrolling into a program. Follow these steps to save your time and money.


Take for example the occupation of Medical Assistant. The Medical Assistant program is offered at many local area community colleges.  The following steps outline how to conduct a thorough search using this occupation as an example.


Step One: Check job listings at the local hospitals and medical clinics to discover if these jobs are posted. Also note what qualifications are required.



Career Counselor (Bellevue, Seattle) Jan Reha inteviewed by Futurist, Glen Hiemstra

Glen Hiemstra, a noted Futurist speaker and host of the Futurist.com Internet TV Show interviews me about careers and jobs.


In the interview, I discuss how my career counseling services (Seattle, Bellevue) assist you in identifying your career and educational goals.  After your goals are identified, I guide you in researching…

Jan Reha interviews Jim Hebert, CEO, Hebert Research on Puget Sound and national economic job trends

Recently I interviewed Jim Hebert, Hebert Research, Bellevue, WA who conducts local and national economic forecasting for market research for Microsoft, Costco, Pepsi and Toyota.

As a career and educational counselor for career changers, young adults and divorcing clientele, I…

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"I was going through so much trauma and Jan was very supportive emotionally and personally. She did all of the career and personality testing to identify my interests. She looked at my family's career background. Then she identified the jobs that fit my interests and my background. She is aware of what is going in the workforce and of the demand for jobs. She kept me motivated and looking to the future, guiding me to immediately take classes at the community college and to start thinking about working for temp agencies that hire for the companies I would eventually be interested in working for." -Valerie, 43, Renton;

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