I am reading Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies by Joshua Waldman, MBA among several other books. I started reading this book to get a better feel for how Social Media can help the job seeker. After spending several chapters reviewing what Social Media is, the author basically tells the reader to use Social Media to find individuals to network with—first using Social Media alone, but eventually establishing personal relationships. This tells me even in the Internet era that personal relationships, which most job seekers seem to abhor, are still necessary to find jobs. In spite of changing technology, as the Bible says, “There is nothing new under the sun”. When looking for a job, use the Internet, Social Media, etc., but remember that the best way to find positions is through face-to-face networking.
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During a telephone or face-to-face interview, the key thing to remember is the company is trying to solve a perceived problem. The company hopes that you are the solution to their problem and that is why they are interviewing you. If for any reason, the company perceives that you are not the solution to the problem, or that hiring you presents a greater risk to the company than the problem you are being interviewed to solve, you will not be hired. You must be seen as a “safe bet” and not as a work in progress or someone who will require a great deal of training before you can start solving the problem(s) you were hire to solve. Your whole function in you new position will be to reduce your manager’s pain, not increase it.
I am working with an excellent engineeering candidate that my client company flew him to their corporate headquarters for multiple interviews. The company and I perceived him to be an outstanding and very reliable individual. The company knew that he was not an exact fit for the position but he had most of the experience and training that the company wanted so they were very interested in hiring him. After two telephone interviews and three face-to-face interviews at considerable expense to the company, the company hired someone with no work experience from a local college. I believe he did not receive an offer because he was somewhat insecure and spent quite a bit of time during the interviewing process asking about training that he would be receiving instead of selling his experience and abilities. The company did not provide me with any reasons for not hiring the candidate but based on conversations with the candidate I felt that he was a little too focused on closing his self perceived gap between his experience and the job requirements instead of selling his existing abilities to the company.
Please remember that when interviewing getting the job offer is job one. That does not mean you should lie about any deficiencies or gloss them over but do not dwell on them. If the company makes you an offer, they must believe you have the requisite skills and education to be successful in the new position. If you decide later that you do not really want to work for the company, or that you do not believe you cannot perform the job satisfactorily, you can always turn the offer down.
“How is the Plastic Manufacturing Job Market?” remains the primary question I am asked by candidates looking for positions in the Plastics Industry. In June, 2009, I took a stab at answering this question but since over three months have elapsed since I last answered this question, I thought it might be time to respond to “How is the Plastic Manufacturing Job Market?” question again.
In my role as a Third Party Recruiter (Headhunter) to the Plastics Industry, I have been talking to many plastic manufacturing companies about their current hiring/downsizing plans. The good news is that most of the companies report they have completed their downsizing. The bad news is that the same companies do not plan to do any hiring for three to six months because they are still waiting to see where the economy is heading.
Unfortunately, many of the financial experts on CNBC believe that the economic recovery is going to be a “jobless recovery”. I fail to see how we can have a “jobless recovery” because if the American consumer is setting on his or her wallet, where is the recovery going to come from? I don’t see how selling hamburgers and life insurance policies to each other is going to take us out of this recession/depression. Having said that, I have seen hiring in the Plastics Industry picking up ever so slightly. The hiring is due to fill key positions where the individual has retired, died or left the company for personal reasons. I have also seen some back-filling of positions when individuals were downsized (sometimes corporate speak of cleaning out deadwood) and the company finds that they need someone in the position.
Overall, I believe the job market is getting better but it is still probably to early to start dancing in the street.
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