Thursday, 15 February 2018

🌜 15 Savvy Reasons To Temp Between Jobs

If your job search is longer than you expected, take a temporary job in the meantime.

15 Savvy Reasons To Temp Between Jobs

Photo by Jamison McAndie

My temping work story

In the spring of 1998, I was living in a small studio in Jerusalem's German Colony after having made aliya and moving to Israel in January of that year. Having over 6 months to kill before I would be recruited into the Israeli army and with my savings dwindling, a temporary job offer came out of nowhere…

Conducting telephone surveys.

Yip-pee, was my first thought.

As I had just received my Bachelor's of Science in computer science, this temp job seemingly had nothing to do with my tech career plans. Plus, it didn't sound like fun – more like the opposite – and I didn't think that I'd learn anything useful.

Should I have taken the job?

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Why is temping often a good job search idea?

Some benefits of temping that I should have considered…

1) Improved odds

By opening yourself up to the temporary job market, you increase your chances of getting a job, period.

2) Networking

Whether at temporary job placement agencies or at the hiring companies, temp jobs are a good way to meet new people, grow your job search network and build up references.

3) Money

A little income is better than none and some countries allow you to take temp jobs while still receiving unemployment benefits.

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4) Experience

A temp job can be the quickest way to get some experience in a field you're lacking.

5) Experiment

A temp job can let you try out a new career direction, especially for people who aren't sure what their profession should be.

temporary job benefits 2

6) Motivation

Being productive in a work role will keep your spirits up and help you otherwise avoid job search depression.

7) Free training

Temporary placement agencies are responsible for sending qualified temps to client companies. As a result, the placement agencies will often train the candidates they think can do the temp job.

8) Flex time

Many temp jobs are part-time, leaving your schedule partly open to continuing with your longer-term job search.

9) Employer tryouts

A temp job is a great way to learn about a company from the inside, helping you to decide if you even want to be a full-time employee there.

10) Easier to hire

Costing less than full-time employees, temps are appealing to companies in hard times. “Lowering your barrier to entry” means that as a temp you could get hired by a company that couldn't afford to hire you otherwise.

11) Full time job offer

The “temp-to-hire” situation is when a company brings in temps to test their skills in filtering candidates for full hiring. Another nice situation is where the company is so happy with your temp results that they decide to offer you a full time job.

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Do temporary jobs improve workers' long-term labor market performance?

A 2007 survey tried to answer the above question and discovered 4 more advantages of temp jobs:

12) Temporary job workers subsequently do better in the labor market.

13) Temporary job workers have a higher chance of subsequently working for higher wage firms.

14) Temporary job workers provide a productive stepping stone to more stable employment.

15) Temporary job workers can develop useful job skills.

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Back to my story

I didn't take the telephone survey job… at first.

But I thought it over and realized that all things considered, the pay was good for the work in question and I was only needed part-time; there would be no mind-numbing 8-hour days on the phone.

Finally, since the job offer arrived without requiring any more effort on my part, I changed my mind and did take it in the end.

Turns out I was right and wrong. The job really wasn't fun, but I did learn a few useful things and more importantly, met a lot of new people in growing my future job search network.

And if it hadn't gone well, there was no need to mention the temp job on my resume anyway.

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

πŸƒ 7 Ways To Speed Up Your Job Search Results

Get to the job search finish line sooner.

7 Ways To Speed Up Your Job Search Results

Photo by Austris Augusts

This is a guest post by Kasey Steinbrinck.

If you’re out of work and hunting for a job, you’re not alone. At first, that may be kind of comforting, but it also means there’s plenty of competition.

I was once in your shoes. The syndicated radio company I worked for as a producer shut its doors in January 2009 – not a very good time to start a job search by any means. It took me about nine months to find a part-time job and more than a year to get back to full-time employment.

But I learned a few things along the way (many of them the hard way). I can’t guarantee you that following these seven suggestions will make your time unemployed completely pain-free, but I know they’ll help make it shorter.

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1) Stay busy

You’ve probably heard it’s a good idea to do some volunteering, freelancing or consulting work while you look for a new career. That’s often easier said than done. Looking for job can be a full-time job in itself. Believe me – I understand!

However, it really is important to make it look like you aren’t sitting around in your underwear all day.

In fact, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) once held a hearing looking into cases where employers were screening out jobless applicants. Some businesses even come right out and say it in their want ads, but most will simply toss your resume in the trash.

That doesn’t make much sense – especially when plenty of good people are looking for work. But the harsh reality is that many potential employers are short-sighted enough to assume that if you got laid off, you’re lazy and worthless.

Don’t let them think that! Find some way to be productive.

When I lost my job a couple of years ago – I’d never written a blog post in my life. As I was applying for jobs, I found some companies asking for links to my work online. I didn’t have any. So I started a somewhat-goofy personal blog. That got me noticed by a newspaper, and led to the job that got me off unemployment.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer – you might be surprised at how easy it is – especially if you write about what you know. Check out sites and services where you can write How-To articles and explain things from your industry. You never know who’ll find that material and what it could lead to. At the very least, you’ll establish yourself as someone who knows what they’re talking about.

If you’re just not into writing, look for other ways to stay busy. Volunteering can lead to connections, and it lets potential employers see that you’re a good citizen who contributes to society. Visit networking events and job fairs in your community too. Shake some hands and meet some people. Opportunities like that can be even more valuable than an actual job interview.

2) Get social

You wouldn’t walk into a job interview without taking a shower and making yourself look presentable. The same goes for how you present yourself online. You might need to clean things up a little bit.

It’s a smart idea to look up information on the people who interview you, as well as other power players working for potential employers. Just remember – if you can Google them, they can Google you.

Only now am I realizing that my profile photo on LinkedIn probably wasn’t helping my job search. It’s a photo of me with a cheesy smile wearing my trademark baseball cap and giving a thumbs-up. I thought it had personality and maybe a little class (since it is in black and white).

After taking a second look at the pic – I understand just how ridiculous it might appear to someone else. Others have told me that it makes me look really young. I can just imagine potential employers looking at the picture and immediately labeling me an immature rookie.

Take some time to think about the kind of image you want to project online. Get the keg party photos off of Facebook, and stop dropping f-bombs in your status updates (at least until you’re gainfully employed).

3) Make your documents stand out

Buying some parchment paper for your printer is no longer the best way to make a nice-looking resume. That’s about all I did when I first found myself looking for work.

Nearly seven months into the hunt, a friend helped me jazz it up a little bit. She added some color, borders and headers. Then we saved it as a PDF file that could easily be emailed to prospects. I was kicking myself for not doing that sooner because call-backs definitely became more frequent.

Cover letters are another area where I messed up. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to include my tragic unemployment sob story in the letter. Maybe I thought it would show off my writing skills or that they’d see me as some triumphant overcomer – but that was not the case.

When they say to keep your cover letters short and to the point – listen to them. I just had the opportunity to hire some graphic designers, and now I know it’s totally true. HR reps and interviewers will appreciate concise cover letters highlighting the positives of your career and education.

Save your life story for the interview.

That being said… it is wise to write unique cover letters for each job opportunity. To save some time, you may want to create a form letter with one or two short paragraphs you can adjust for different individuals and companies.

Just try to keep everything organized. I once sent the wrong employment application to someone because the filenames were both Application.doc. Talk about awkward!

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4) Be flexible

During those first few months of unemployment, I was pretty picky about jobs for which I chose to apply. I soon found out just how tough the job market was including how competitive things were out there.

Sometimes you just need to get back in the saddle and start working again – even if you feel like the job is beneath you. I can understand that you don’t want to miss out on your dream job, but the longer you wait the harder it gets to explain that nasty gap in employment.

You should also realize that in many cases, you can still collect partial unemployment insurance benefits while you work a part-time job.

There are times when temporary gigs and part-time jobs can lead to something better. However, in a cost-cutting economy, keep in mind that some employers will do whatever they can to avoid paying benefits. For that reason – it’s always smart to keep looking for the next open door.

5) Expand your search

Don’t rely on just one source for job openings.

I can remember getting email alerts for job opportunities at businesses that had already rejected my application. That’s annoying. It may also be a sign that you need to stop looking at the same websites every day.

Think about places where you’d like to work. Go right to their company websites and look for openings posted there. Even if there’s nothing available, you can still make connections and send off your resume and/or portfolio to the powers that be.

Besides the normal job search engines, try checking out state employment websites, and don’t forget about Craigslist or sites specific to your industry.

One thing I’d say you should never do is pay for someone to give you job listings and opportunities. That includes job postings from many staffing agencies that only give vague descriptions of the opening. Make some calls, do a little detective work, and find out who’s hiring for yourself.

6) Tell stories

We all know it’s important to prepare for those job interviews. We read up on the company history, review common interview questions and rehearse in front of the bathroom mirror. But all too often your plan goes right out the window.

The bottom line is every employer wants someone who can solve problems and overcome challenges. Think of a few different stories from your career, schooling and life in which you emerged victorious.

You’d be surprised how the same stories could be an answer to a variety of questions like “What’s your greatest weakness?” “Tell me about a time you struggled to meet a deadline” or “What kind of work environment is best for you?”

It may take some practice. But if you have five different stories to tell in the interview – you’ll be in good shape. The worst thing that can happen in a job interview is that you let the interviewer ask all the questions and do all the talking.

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7) Work for yourself

Maybe it’s time you stopped working for someone else and started your own business. Working for yourself is the true American dream, and if you ask me – it would be great there were more successful small businesses in this country.

Small businesses are the fuel that powers job creation. A study by the Kauffman Foundation found that startups create around 3-million jobs a year in the U.S.

Now may be a great time to let your entrepreneurial spirit run wild. Just be aware of what you’re getting into. Running your own business is often time-consuming, especially at the beginning when it’s also tough to make a profit. This is not an option for the faint of heart.

However, you may also be interested in less stressful forms of self-employment. Look into things like affiliate marketing opportunities and other ways to earn passive income.

If you don’t have the ambition to be your own boss, you should still try to be open-minded about your career path. Think outside of the box about areas where your skills could be useful. You’ll stand out from the pack when employers see your resume because you have something different to offer.

Just don’t pigeonhole yourself into one type of career.

In my first couple of months on unemployment, I interviewed with a marketing agency for a job as a blogger for some of their big clients. At the time, I was really focused on being a media producer. I told them I thought “I’d be bored just writing all the time.” Needless to say – I did not get the job, and they made it clear my attitude toward was the main reason why.

I didn’t mean to have a bad attitude. My point was I thought I had even more to offer. But I learned you shouldn’t try to turn a job opportunity into something it’s not – at least not before you get hired.

Keep Your Chin Up!

One of the toughest things about being unemployed in a time like this is dealing with the rejection and the stress. But guess what? “How do you deal with rejection” and “How do you handle stress” are also common interview questions!

It ain’t easy…but you can’t let yourself get depressed about your situation.

Question of the article

In your experience, what has helped you shorten your job searches in the past? Tell us in the comments.

About the author

Kasey Steinbrinck was the lead writer for The Check Advantage Blog, which covered personal finance issues and news about the economy.

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Thursday, 1 February 2018

🏈 Top Funniest Job Search Super Bowl Ads

Take a break with these funny job search-themed Super Bowl ads.

Top Funniest Job Search Super Bowl Ads

Photo by Martin Reisch

Quick tip: if a video doesn't work in your country, replace “youtube” with “youpak” in the url.


Super Bowl LII 2018 “Did Alexa lose her voice?”

Super Bowl LI CareerBuilder 2017 “David Ortiz New Job”

Super Bowl XLV CareerBuilder 2011 “Parking Lot”

Super Bowl XLIV CareerBuilder 2010 “Job Fairy”

Super Bowl XLIV CareerBuilder 2010 “Office Fart”

Super Bowl XLIV CareerBuilder 2010 “Casual Fridays”

Super Bowl XXXVIII Monster 2006

Super Bowl XLIV Monster 2010 “Fiddling Beaver” (Extended)

Super Bowl XLIII CareerBuilder 2009 “Tips”

Super Bowl XLIII Monster 2009 “Doubletake”

Super Bowl XLIII Pepsi Max 2009 “Job Interview”

Super Bowl XLII CareerBuilder 2008 “Wish”

Super Bowl XLII CareerBuilder 2008 “Heart Quits”

Super Bowl XLII CareerBuilder 2008 “By Four”

Super Bowl XLI CareerBuilder 2007 “Wild Jungle”

Super Bowl XLI CareerBuilder 2007 “Wild Jungle” (2)

Super Bowl 2009 Commercial, Time for a New Job

Walmart Super Bowl 2014 TV Commercial, ‘Career Opportunities'

2012 Super Bowl Commercial – CareerBuilder Monkeys

2012 Super Bowl Commercial – CareerBuilder Monkey Business

CareerBuilder Commercial: Performance Evaluation

Question of the article

My favorites are “Job Interview”, “Tips” and “Time for a new job.” What are yours? Tell us in the comments.

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Thursday, 25 January 2018

πŸ—Ί 47 Awesome Resume Mind Map Ideas to Copy

Let these personal CV mind map examples guide your own job search.

47 Awesome Resume Mind Map Ideas to Copy

Photo by delfi de la Rua

I was never big on mind maps.

I preferred making prioritized checklists and to do lists with sub-lists when needed. Back in 2002, I organized all of our wedding plans using a lists app on my Palm Treo and it was a thing of beauty, if I say so myself.

When I first tried mind mapping, my mind maps were always the same- one center node that branched off to a list of nodes, and each one had its own sub-list of nodes.

Sound familiar?

Since I wasn't doing it properly, I wasn't getting the benefits, so it's no surprise that I didn't find them very useful.

But I came back to them a few years ago, and the freedom of branching out in all directions was really liberating. I don't mind map every day, but when I'm in a strategic mood, they're now my go-to tool.

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How can mind mapping help my job search?

You can use mind maps to:

1. Review your career to date, such as for preparing a work portfolio

2. Snapshot your network of contacts, or at least the relevant people for your current job search

3. Brainstorm, plan and track your job search, right down to companies to target

4. Prepare for an upcoming job interview, including questions to ask

5. Sell yourself in a job interview

And of course, you can use a mind map about yourself as a creative resume.

Not necessarily to send to recruiters, but definitely as a story-telling aid when pitching your accomplishments to anyone who might find a more formal resume boring.

Here's a large group of people who've done just that.

This is how to write a mind map of a CV

You could say these are mind maps people created about “me, I and myself.”

Jane Brotchie

jane brotchie cv mindmap

Stuart Emmett

stuart emmett cv mindmap

Achraf Souk

Achraf Souk mindmap

Alberto Martinez

alberto martinez cv mindmap

Jennifer Goddard

derek goddard cv mindmap

Dominique Dejonghe

dominique dejonghe cv mindmap


edgar cv mindmap

Emmanuel Lebrun

emmanuel lebrun cv mindmap

Jacqueline Bowman

jacqueline bowman cv mindmap

Jean Pascal

jean pascal cv mindmap


jon cv mindmap

J. Wynia

j wynia cv mindmap

Lars Dahlin

lars dahlin cv mindmap

Marco Bertolini

marco bertolini cv mindmap

Niketan Pansare

niketan pansare cv mindmap


ricclo cv mindmap

Richard Harbridge

richard harbridge cv mindmap

Skanda Kumarasingam

skanda kumarasingam cv mindmap

Steve Rothwell

steve rothwell cv mindmap

Vincent Birlouez

vincent birlouez cv mindmap

Zehra Oguz Lebrun

zehra oguz lebrun cv mindmap

Carl Giosa

Carl Giosa profile map

Eric Giosa

Eric Giosa profile map

Kevin Nast

Kevin Nast profile map

Maneesh Dutt

maneesh dutt cv mindmap

Nathalie Dhalmann

nathalie dhalmaan cv mindmap

Marina De Roover

marina de roover cv mindmap

Mark Pohlmann

mark pohlmann cv mindmap

Sab Will

sab will cv mindmap

Christopher Byrne

christopher byrne cv mindmap

Andre Fiuza

andre fiuza cv mindmap

Chris Delepierre

chris delepierre cv mindmap

Syed Ahmad Mursil

syed ahmad mursil cv mindmap

Ton Meeuwissen

ton meeuwissen cv mindmap

Pete Moore

pete moore cv mindmap

Marina Massengo

marina massengo cv mindmap


keith cv mindmap

Daniel Tay

daniel tay cv mindmap

Kara Aharon

kara aharon cv mindmap

Anton Gurov

anton gurov cv mindmap

Rhett Butler

rhett butler cv mindmap

Hannah Gant

hannah gant cv mindmap

Veselin Kirev

veselin kirev cv mindmap

Pierre Aumont

pierre aumont cv mindmap

Didier Lahely

didier lahely cv mindmap

Lars Henrik Dahl

lars henrik dahl cv mindmap

Mohamed Moustafa

Mohamed is a Tony Buzan Licensed Instructor, so he knows mind mapping.

Mohamed Moustafa cv mindmap

mohamed moustafa cv mindmap

Bonus 1: Mind mapping tools

If you'd like to mind map your own resume, here are some free tools:

  • Freemind – arguably the best known free, downloadable mind maping software.
  • iMindmap – the only tool recommended by Tony Buzan, inventor of Mind Mapping.
  • Freeplane – a better Freemind than Freemind, I switched to using this a few years ago.
  • Xmind – nice user inteface and available in 7 languages.
  • – cute tool, lets you make the mind maps in your browser window.
  • Biggerplate – thousands of free mind map templates and examples

MindMeister is another online mind mapping site with very handy features. Their basic/free plan is very limited (you're only allowed to save 3 mind maps) but they provide a free resume mind map template so you can get started quickly:

my profile cv mindmap

Bonus 2: The Power of a Mind to Map

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

πŸ”­ How To Spot Companies Whose Jobs You’ll Hate

Bad jobs can still make you miserable after you've left.

How To Spot Companies Whose Jobs You'll Hate

Photo by Tom Pumford

What type of company do you want to work for?

If the answer is “any company that will hire me”, you're off on the wrong foot.

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The more subtle reason to avoid bad companies

There are two big reasons to be careful about where you work.

1) No job satisfaction

I've had multiple jobs that I hated, and others that I hated at times.

I'm sure you have too: The 2016 edition of The Conference Board's annual job satisfaction survey found that only 49.6% of Americans are happy in their jobs, and that's actually the best result since 2005.

Why struggle to find a job you'll struggle to keep?

While this first reason is pretty obvious, the second reason is a lot more subtle but no less painful.

2) Impact on future job searches

A job seeker contacted me with his biggest challenge.

He had good skills and years of experience, and was getting interview invites. However, he was getting tripped up at the same point in the recruitment process each time because his recommendations weren't impressing recruiters, so it was just one rejection after another.

This had gone on for 2 years.

After digging a little, we realized that it wasn't so much that his recommendations were poor, it was that relations with his most recent boss had been poor.

As a result, when recruiters contacted the former boss, they were underwhelmed and ultimately scared away. Unsurprisingly, they didn't go any further to reach the other, better references he'd provided from earlier managers.

His one recent, bad work experience was haunting him even after it was over.

There has to be a way you can avoid these situations in advance, and there is.

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Have you ever heard of The Waiter Rule?

WaiterThis is what former Raytheon CEO Bill Swanson wrote for #32 of his Swanson's Unwritten Rules of Management:

“A person who is nice to you but rude to the waiter, or to others, is not a nice person. (This rule never fails).”

Many CEOs agree. Hardly surprising, because the Waiter Rule is:

  • Simple to understand
  • Easy to apply
  • And it just works

How can the Waiter Rule be applied to companies?

Useful, honest information about an organization is harder to find than you'd think.

  • Company websites are marketing tools and will usually limit themselves to highlights of a company's story.
  • Similarly, private companies will sometimes be mentioned in the media when they put out press releases.
  • Publicly-traded companies are required to divulge lots of information but it may only be comprehensible to financial professionals or economists.

Yet, you're more likely to face a small or medium-sized company or non-profit organization where even the above information may not be available.

To apply the Waiter Rule, you'll need to get in close contact with potential employers who appeal to you.

4 signs to help you weed out bad employers

1) A company that charges to read your job application

Whether direct fees such as application processing fees, or indirect fees such as requests for you to meet far from home, requiring you to pay your way, no company should be asking for your wallet. This is as backward as a casino that charges you to gamble, and is often illegal.

Speaking of what's illegal…

2) A company that asks illegal interview questions is probably acting illegally elsewhere too, out of ignorance or otherwise

In the USA, being asked your political affiliation is an attention-getter. In Israel, ethnic background has been an issue.

3) A company that requests free work during the hiring process will continue to do so after the hiring process

Years ago, before a first interview, an Israeli tech company once asked me to review their unfinished product. Regrettably, I wasted a few hours giving them free consulting advice when I should have immediately turned away… which I did after the first interview a few days later.

If a company won't pay for work during the application process because they aren't required to by law, there's a good chance they'll underpay when they are required to.

4) A company whose hiring process is unnecessarily complicated is a company for whom working will be unnecessarily complicated

Endless rounds of interviewing are often indicator of an employer who's afraid to take responsibility for their own decisions.

What about earlier signs?

The only drawback with the Waiter Rule technique is that it can only help you after you've already begun a meeting or job interview, and not earlier such as before you send in a job application.

However, there are signs you can look for before the application process gets that far, such as poorly written job listings.

One way to check if a company is good is by reading company reviews on

In 5 Signs of a Bad Work Environment, career strategist Linda Raynier talks about looking for signs of a dysfunctional company, such as high turnover or companies that aren't in good shape financially:

More reading

Sometimes, only a deeper look will tell you what you need to know. If you follow the above guidelines, you can save yourself from job search headaches AND job headaches.

Question of the article

Looking back at the job you hated most, what could you have done to avoid it in the first place? Tell us in the comments.

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