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When I lived in Russia it was customary to see people buying beer from local street vendors and drinking on their lunch break at work (or in the morning on their way to work!). Can you imagine drinking at work in the United States? Or being able to grab a beer on the side of the street like a hot dog stand? Traveling abroad is one of the most eye opening experiences and will enrich your life in numerous ways. If you have ever been hesitant about leaving your comfort zone and entering a daunting and foreign place then this article is for you.

You only live once. So might as well take some risks, meet new people, and experience new cultures that you never knew existed outside of your little town in Kansas. Working abroad can bring you adventure. From viewing Peter the Great’s chamber of oddities in Russia to eating live eel in Japan you never know what uncertainties lay ahead. After a long day at work you can visit the Eiffel tower or stroll past the Parthenon; activities that are not as common to the American who jumps into his or her car after work. Not only do you get adventure but you can absorb the culture of the country you are working in. Every day you will be faced with differences and learn how people in that country live life in a way you are unfamiliar with. You will gain a greater global perspective and get to see the US through the eyes of another culture.

Working abroad will help your career grow and will challenge you every day. You will be able to step outside of the typical career paths that the United States has to offer and will be forced to work with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. From a career standpoint, international experience looks outstanding on a resume and shows that you can conduct business on a global scale.

The experience of working abroad can provide you with fluency in a country’s language. Sure you probably won’t master the entire language, but you can learn more than you already know and become bi-lingual (which always looks great on your resume!). If you already know bits and pieces of a language then working abroad is a great way to keep practicing.

You will definitely gain valuable knowledge and life experience by working abroad. If you have the chance it is a great opportunity if you are a recent graduate and don’t have a family to support yet. Find out which country sparks your interest and start applying for that visa!

Searching Out of State

It is hard enough to find a job within the city where you live. Try finding a job in a different state. Where do you begin your search? How can you come in for an interview if you live over 500 miles away? Let me help you out a bit.

Your first step is to ask for a job transfer. This is the easiest way to secure a job in another state if your company has offices throughout the United States. Talk to someone in Human Resources about your options and see what they can recommend. If your company is exclusive to your current hometown, see if Human Resources can still help you set up interviews at similar companies in your new state.

If you can’t transfer then the next step is to look online for job postings. Go to job boards to look within you new city and post your resume online. Contact employers over the Internet and explain that you are relocating and would like the chance to discuss opportunities. Using the Internet is the fastest and most productive way to job search out of state.

Finally remember to talk to friends, family, and co-workers about your job search. Word of mouth is the best way to hear about positions and companies you have never heard of before and would have never considered.

If you are able to utilize one of these tactics to land an interview make sure you don’t have any scheduling conflicts. Interviewing out of state takes some consideration into what you are missing at your current job back home and how many trips you have to make for interviews. Be efficient and try to schedule numerous interviews in one trip. This way it is cost effective and saves time spent on traveling. If a hiring manager invites you back for a second interview tell him or her that you are only in town for a few days and it would be helpful to schedule the next interview while you are still in the area. Finding a new job out of state can be easy if you network and make the most of your time, energy and money that is put into job searching and interviewing.

The Four Resume No-No’s

You know your resume better be brilliant because that flimsy sheet of paper is going to decide your employment fate. People have so many errors on their resumes nowadays that it is blinding. Most employers aren’t going to waste their time looking at a piece of paper with such elementary mistakes. There are four glaring resume errors that we need to discuss to save you the humiliation and job rejection that happens to hopeful job seekers on a daily basis.

Take out the irrelevant information. Seriously. No offense, but no one cares that you had the best smile on your dance team or that you baked the best brownies in home economics. Employers want to see information about your skills and how you can be an asset to their company. If you happen to come along with some great baking skills then they lucked out. Show employers that you are good at communicating and delivering what they want to see.

If you are going to take the time to rack your brain remembering years worth of experience, then take the time to make your resume presentable. I don’t mean putting it on pink paper and spraying it with perfume in a Legally Blonde Elle Woods manner, but take some time to format it. Make sure the font is the same throughout the page, the spacing is appropriate, and everything is legible without smushing all the content together. Bottom line – don’t be lazy!

This next no-no should be obvious: don’t be boring. If you were a secretary don’t say “I did administrative work”. Wow, really? We all know what secretaries do. But how did you stand out? How are you different? Have vibrant explanations that an employer will remember. Next you need to remember your focus. Center in on the job you are applying for and shine the spotlight on your accomplishments that relate to the job.

Finally, don’t have large chunks of text cluttering the paper. It is much easier for an employer to quickly scan your accomplishments then try and read large paragraphs of text. Keep your resume clean, simple and employer friendly. Just remember that you are writing a resume, not a novel.

Musical Chairs

When preparing for an interview; you practice what you’re going to say, you carefully choose a sharp outfit – but the real question is where are you going to sit?

Believe it or not, there’s a psychology some HR people use when seating you for an interview. It’s simple really. All they do is find some way to place them in a seat of power over you. To tell you the truth, I don’t know why they do it. I don’t know if by doing this they get some keen insight into the inner workings of your work ethic. Part of me thinks they do it because of tradition. Another part of me thinks they do it because it’s fun. Whatever the case may be, it’s something you have to look out for when choosing your seat for an interview.

The most common arrangement you’ll run into is the big desk. The person interviewing you sits behind a big desk and offers you the small, uncomfortable chair on the other side. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a choice of two, but sometimes you’re limited to just one. In either case, you have to concede this layout to the interviewer. If given the choice of two chairs, choose the one that will provide the most comfortable viewing angle for the person interviewing. Sure, they get the upper hand, but you also don’t want to give them a stiff neck.

On some occasions, especially if it’s a larger office, the interviewer may lead you over to a lounge area with a couch and some chairs. Your impulse is to take the couch. It’s more comfortable and you think you’ll seem more relaxed during the interview. You’d be wrong. Couches promote slouching. Your eye level will be lower, your posture will be loose and you’ll generally seem less positive because of it. Always choose the chairs. They promote better posture and you’ll project much better because of it.

Other instances may see the interviewer leading you to a table. This can be in a conference room, which means a long table, or a smaller table the office typically uses for impromptu meetings with a small group. The temptation here is to sit across from the interviewer. This actually creates negative space between you, almost setting you up as combatants as opposed to willing participants in an exchange of ideas. You’ll want to sit next to the interviewer, but keep a comfortable distance to achieve this effect.

It’s difficult to not think of an interview as some sort of combat, especially in the business world where executives read The Art of War slavishly. But, you need to try and imagine that the interviewer isn’t your enemy but rather a collaborator. You’re going to share ideas and both decide if this career move is the best for you and the company.

Going Out With a Bang

Quitting Your Job the Way You Want…and What it Might Cost You

You hate your job – the pay, coworkers, the hours and especially your boss. Every day, as the boss piles more busy work on your desk and asks you to stay late, quitting is on your mind. A letter of resignation seems so inadequate, though, in light of the miserable years you’ve spent at the company. In a perfect world, you think, there would be a better way. Your fantasy, my friend, is shared by many but carried out by few.

Standing up from the rock-hard office chair you’ve had for five years (because they are too cheap to get you a new one) you walk calmly to the boss’ office. Carrying that pointless report you were commissioned to do – the one that will never see the light of day – you enter his office to find him on an important phone call. His expression turns to confusion and then shock, as you grab a pair of scissors from his desk and cut the line. Just for effect, you may want to cut his expensive tie, too.

The thousand-page report lands with a thwack! on his desk. You say something to the effect of “I quit!” Elaborate on exactly why you’ve decided to leave. Do this loudly so the whole office can hear. Then, you turn your attention to the precious golf clubs he uses to perfect his game each afternoon while everyone else is working. You grab a nine iron, or maybe a driver, and destroy each expensive crystal, gold or glass item in the room. He will get more useless clutter next Christmas from anyone desperate to keep their job.

Running out of the office and between the desks of your coworkers, you gather your personal things and sweep every paper from your desk. Hopefully, security is here by now – that always makes things more interesting. You take one final bow before the elevator doors close, and you might even squeeze in one more audible profanity.

Stop right there! Before this gets out of hand, snap out of it and get back to reality. Almost no one gets to turn this fantasy into a reality. Why?

For one thing, you need a new job. Hating your job, unfortunately, is not an excuse to quit without having something else lined up. The satisfaction from the scene you made earlier, while it feels good, will not pay bills.

So, once you’ve gotten a new job, is it safe to have an outburst? Well, that all depends. You may need that reference in the future and it is always best to stay on good terms. The issues at your old job aren’t your problem anymore, so it may be best to just let it go.

If you absolutely must live out your fantasy, then go for it. Just tone it down a bit. Yelling at your soon-to-be-former boss is one thing — leave the golf clubs out of it. You can prove a point without getting arrested for vandalism and assault.

The bottom line is that no quitting fantasy is practical. Few people ever get to experience what it’s like to say exactly what they think at exactly the right moment. Many people simply believe that living well is the best revenge. Try just being happy at your new job and take solace in remembering how much worse it was.

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Due to recession fears, recruiters are being contacted by large amounts of candidates hoping to improve their career prospects. What the majority of recruiters are in most need of is assistance coordinating with employers at a local level. Job Match Now is uniquely positioned to offer that aid.

Job Match Now utilizes the power of the personal network to connect top-notch applicants with exciting new positions. Networking amongst friends and colleagues is the surest way to find a new job, accounting for as much as 60% of the market by some estimates. Typically, this is done as favors for free. Job Match Now offers the opportunity for its recruiters to be paid every time a qualified candidate is hired through that recruiter’s personal network.

The real benefit to the current state of the employment industry is that these recruiters are not only experts in their respective fields, but are intimately familiar with their local market’s requirements.

Major recruitment firms are centrally located and require assistance gauging the needs of local communities to best serve their growing candidate pool. Job Match Now’s growing network of recruiters can fill that gap, providing the greatest amount of help for applicants.

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About Job Match Now (www.jobmatchnow.net): JMN is  a privately owned company, dedicated to assisting employers reach the most qualified individuals to improve their company by utilizing the power of peer-to-peer networking to penetrate a group of people that traditional methods do not reach, as well as to help applicants find jobs outside of the conventional channels.

How to Shine in Your Phone Interview

You apparently did a great job in impressing the hiring manager with your resume. Now you need to prepare yourself for the imperative phone interview. Successfully answering the posed questions is key to securing a face-to-face interview or landing the job altogether. How can you blow away the employer over the phone and make yourself pop off of that resume they are holding in front of them?

First you need to set yourself apart from other candidates. Brand yourself and sell your unique aspects to the employer. Make sure that he or she knows your specific talents and why you are so valuable. This will help hiring managers remember you when it comes time to separating applicants from the pack. On the phone it is also important to have a positive attitude and show enthusiasm. Because you aren’t face-to-face you need to use the inflection in your voice to show interest in the job. Next, make sure you are listening and answering carefully. Answer appropriately to the question you were asked and don’t ramble off topic. It is important that you stay alert to the questions and stay on topic because you can’t see an employer’s body language if he or she is getting bored with you. The next step is probably the most important; research the company! Be prepared to talk about why you are interested in the company. If you do your research you are able to flatter the employer by talking about specific campaigns and how you are impressed with the goals and projects of the company.

At the end of your phone interview you need to make sure that you know your next step with the company. Make sure you write down the name of the person you were speaking to and get the information for your follow up interview. Be positive, polite and show interest in the company. You can land that job with this little push in the right direction.