Staying Positive during Crossroads-What you say will come following you and the 5 things you should stop doing now!

I was recently speaking to a local licensed mental health counselor, Cheryl Malone, M.A., about the mental struggle we all go through while looking for employment.  She stated, “Humans feel the most stress and anxiety during a cross road in their life.”  Think about it and look back in your life to some of the worst times.  Some of those times were due to events in your life that caused a cross road. What is a cross road? A cross road is a time when your life seems to be stuck or literally standing still. You feel like you don’t know what to do or that there isn’t anything moving forward. Cross roads can be mentally and physically painful.

When you are looking for employment you are at a cross road and it’s very easy to think negatively, get depressed, and lose hope.   Every application that you submit goes into a black hole, your phone never rings, and your email inbox is empty which all has a physical and mental effect on your body and self-esteem.

In my book, “The Recruiting Snitch, Recruiting Secrets to Help Land Your Dream Job”, I’ve provided an arsenal of tips and ideas to help get you through this time in your life. I never admit to have all the answers but I know after reading “The Recruiting Snitch” you will feel empowered to keep going and achieve the success in life that you deserve.

Please join me at the CFEC Job Search Seminar on April 3rd, 2014, to learn more about the “employment game” and secrets recruiters don’t want you to know.  I would love to meet you!

 Change your circumstances by ending these 5 habits:

1.  Stop saying, “I’m unemployed.”

Whatever you say and put in the universe will come following you. So if you keep telling people you are unemployed, guess what? You will stay unemployed. Change that sentence to, “I’m currently in transition and on a mission to find my next career.” Then guess what will happen? You are going to find your next job. I know it sounds crazy but the power of your words is beyond mighty, so begin by putting an end to sending negative words in the universe.

From here on out, only positive statements and words will be released from your lips.

2.  Stop saying, “No one is hiring.”

If no one was hiring, I would be unemployed. I’ve been a Recruiter for 10 years. This means for the past 10 years I’ve been working for companies that are hiring. I receive hundreds of emails, LinkedIn messages, and see all day companies who are hiring and looking for talent every day. So, the truth is, companies are hiring, you just aren’t holding the skills they are looking for or you are looking in the wrong places.

By using the excuse, “No one’s is hiring”, you are immediately showing your lack of research in the current economy and job market because the fact is companies are hiring everywhere. You are also sending negativity out in the universe, which again will only breed negative reactions.

So the best way to rephrase that sentence is to say, “I hold a very niche skill set so I’m currently looking for a company that can use my skills to provide me with an opportunity.”

3.  Stop sitting behind your computer.

In “The Recruiting Snitch”, I provide a detailed plan on how you should spend your days looking for employment. In summary, the first 2 weeks are heavily on the computer but then in week 3, I advise the reader to get out of the house at least 2 times per week to meet up with other people. This can be at a professional networking event (www.meetup.com), meet up with a family member, old co-worker, past teacher, professor, cousin, friend, or just start a friendly conversation with anyone at the mall, gas station, grocery store, or library.

The fact is you have a better chance of receiving employment through a personal referral. So you need to expand your personal network as much as you can. This does NOT mean sending more friend requests on Facebook or liking more pictures on Instagram.  Have a face to face conversation and interaction with at least 2 people a week.  You may meet someone out at the library and find their cousin is a manager at the company you’ve wanted to work. That’s all it takes sometimes.

4.  Stop comparing yourself to others.

Social media has made it easy for us all to look in to everyone’s life and immediately think, “Man, they have an awesome life.” Then what do you do? You immediately think, “Gosh, my life is horrible, I wish I had what they have.” The depiction of your friend’s life is based on the pictures they chose to post, it’s an edited or Photoshoped version of their life. So of course! They post the most attractive pictures or the most exciting stories to share.

5.  Stop putting the blame on others or thing.

It’s very easy to blame everyone or everything thing but yourself for not finding a job.  You may think no one is hiring, you were discriminated against, the recruiter didn’t like you, your old boss was jealous of you so they let you go, your car isn’t reliable, your computer is always on the frits, your cell phone plane isn’t reliable, and so on.

New flash, no one is responsible for your own success or failures. You are 100% responsible for your life, the choice you make and the outcomes of those choices. Stop blaming others and take charge and accountability on your own life.

Here’s the truth, we are all going through our own struggle and you are not in the boat alone. When you are feeling bad about your current situation say to yourself, “Everyone goes through this and I’m not alone, it may be a tough time, but I know this is just a moment in my life that isn’t fun but it will get better very soon.” See how you changed the negative to a positive?

In summary, this method of positive thinking will not come easy but it is worth the change.  Once you can start viewing this time as an adventure, a change for the better, and just a bump in the road, you will start to see little opportunities open up for you.  The universe will bring you people that will inspire and help you get to where you need to go, and you will take your life and happiness back.

If you enjoyed this reading or want to hear more, please join me at the CFEC Job Search Seminar on April 3rd, 2014. I will be speaking on recruiting secrets, how to ace the interview, networking, and resume writing. All very valuable topics if you are looking for employment.

Also, make a $15 investment in yourself and pick up a copy of “The Recruiting Snitch” today!

In Success,
Alysse Metzler
The Recruiting Snitch

Social Media, the Double Edged Sword

Let’s all face it; social media has taken over our lives. We are connected at all times to a phone, computer, I-pad, or some sort of digital device. We no longer look up to see what’s going on around us since our noses are worried about how many people “liked” our photo or commented on our status update.  No one picks up the phone any more to call friends and family, they assume you are doing great because your Facebook photos look like you are enjoying life and you seem happy. 

I recently posted on my Facebook telling my friends to stop “liking” my pictures and to pick up the phone to call me. Some people got offended and others “liked” it, ugh! This was extremely frustrating. 

If you are currently looking for employment there are 3 things to think about when it comes to your digital and social media second lives:

1. Hand written thank-you letters, still appropriate

Even though it’s so easy to quickly type of a generic email thanking the person who interviewed you, but it’s very impersonal. I love receiving hand written thank-you notes.
It’s so easy, bring a thank you card, already filled out, to your interview and drop it off at the front desk when you leave. You will save on postage and it will be delivered that same date.It’s nice when I’m having a long day to receive a call from our receptionist saying I have a letter at her desk. While it may seem ancient to you, it does still mean a lot to us recruiters.

2. Pick up the phone and call me

Most of our business is conducted via email; however some things are appropriate to actually speak about. If you have a list of questions for your recruiter or simply want to follow up, I suggest picking up the phone and calling.  You will be able to learn more about the status of the role and you will be able to communicate better than just sending an email.  With this said, I don’t suggest calling more than 1 time a week.  If you don’t hear from your recruiter then go ahead and shoot her an email.  Finally, ALWAYS leave a voicemail. When I received missed calls without a voicemail I think to myself, “Well, it must not have been important enough to leave a voicemail.”

3. Stop wasting your time on social media

If you’re unemployed, it may be easy to sit on your social media throughout your day while you look for a job. I write about how to manage your time looking for a job as your full time job in “The Recruiting Snitch”. For this blog purpose I will highlight that you need to get up, get off your computer, get dressed, and go meet people face-to-face. Get off your computer and interact with human beings in your area.  I highly suggest visiting www.meetup.com to see what groups and events are occurring in your area and make it a priority to attend 1 “meetup” event per week.Social media is great but use it to connect with people and then meet up with them face-to-face. You will receive so much more opportunities by doing this each week.

In summary, social media and our digital lives are a great thing to have, however when it comes to finding employment, don’t let it control you. By writing hand written notes it will set you above the competition. Through phone conversations with your recruiter you will learn more about the role and have a better working relationship. Finally, by getting out of your house and meeting with people face-to-face you will receive more opportunities than sitting behind a computer all day.

These are all valuable thoughts to keep in mind. I discuss these topics and much more in “The Recruiting Snitch”, order your copy today! www.recruitingsnitch.com

 

 

 

Virtual Interviewing 101

If you are currently looking for employment you’ve already felt the swift change in technology while applying for jobs. No longer are you going door to door to fill out, by hand, applications or faxing in your resume to employers. Most of you are applying via online job boards and just as soon as you apply for the role you may be receiving an immediate turn down email. You just experienced the employer’s applicant tracking system that scanned your resume and categorized you as unqualified for the position. The recruiter never even looked at your application because the system deemed you unqualified based on keywords the recruiter embedded in the application.

Technology has made a recruiter’s job almost obsolete and a lot easier. I write in “The Recruiting Snitch” how to understand and how to navigate the application process, so if you are interested in learning about the application stage order your copy at www.recruitingsnitch.com.
Some companies are hiring hundreds of people at a time and only have 1 or 2 recruiters on staff. The recruiter may be working on 50+ openings at one time that mean they have hundreds to thousands of applications to look through weekly. Virtual interviewing is the new wave of technology that helps recruiters sift through those applicants and find the “gold” for their company.

HireVue is one of those companies that provide this awesome technology to many large Corporations across the country. So if you are interested in working for WalMart, Ocean Spray, Dow Jones, CDQ, Warner Chilcott, LivingSocial, Geico, Dunkin’ Donuts, Red Bull, or United Health Group you may come across a virtual interview.

After you apply for a position, if the applicant tracking system likes what is on your resume or recruiters views your resume and is interested in the next steps, you will receive an email that will have a link to conduct a virtual interview.

So just like that, you received an interview. The cool thing about this technology is it just saved the recruiter and company time in getting a hold of you, playing phone tag, conducting a phone screen, and scheduling an interview. You see, it just cut out all that process in 1 email.
So now what? Now is your time to ace that virtual interview! Let’s get started on the top 5 things you must do in order to ace your virtual interview.

1. Get prepared- I know when you get the email informing you that you received a virtual interview you are excited so your first reaction is to click on the link and start the interview. Pump your breaks! Just like a face to face interview you must prepare. Research the company a head of time and review the job description. Be prepared to answer the questions I blogged about in “How to Answer Common Job Interview Questions”.

2. Test your computer-HireVue’s technology is compatible with most computers and systems. Prior to starting your interview, check your internet connectivity, audio (speaker and microphone), and your camera. If you don’t have a camera on your computer and don’t have access to get one, HireVue will ship you a camera, how cool is that?!

3. Check your environment-Chose a place in your home where you have little distractions, is quite, and the background of your interview is a wall or easy to the eye. You want the person who is watching your interview to be focused on you and what you are saying, not something going on in the background. Also, be sure there is plenty of lighting, your face should be very clear.

4. Dress appropriately– Since you are in the comfort of your own home you may feel less inclined to dress in professional attire. News flash, this is an interview, so the same attire rules apply. Where a business suit and look as if you were walking in to the company for a face to face interview.

5. Mind your mannerisms-When you are conducting a virtual interview everything you do is magnified. Your hand movements, how you fix your hair, your eye movement, how you blink, and what you do with your mouth. The best thing to do is sit up straight, keep your hands down on your desk, smile the entire time, and keep your eyes focused on the computer.

In the world of technology you must be able to adapt to these new ways of applying for a job and interviewing for a job. Throughout the next few years I guarantee you will see more and more companies using virtual interviewing to find their employees, after all, it saves them time and money, so it’s a win for everyone.

By following these 5 tips you should be more prepared and perform better when you are faced with a virtual interview. To learn more about interviewing and other secrets on how to land your dream job order “The Recruiting Snitch” today!
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How to land your first job

I’ve had numerous young adults ask me how to get experience when every company is requiring experience. This is a great question and I dive deeper in to this question in, The Recruiting Snitch. For now, I’ve listed the top 5 ways to get experience and land your first job.

1. Become a Sales Representative:

Arbonne, Mary Kay, Cutco Knives, Prepaid Legal, Tupperware, Sentsy, and Advo-Care:
All of these “own your own business” companies allow anyone to work for them and sell their products. Each company requires a small startup fee for the products but you will earn that back with commission. Working for one of these companies will teach you how to sell, develop business, manage income, and best of all, network. Through your networking you may meet someone who would be open to providing you with an opportunity, boom you just landed your first job. Finally, you can put all of this experience and your sales achievements on your resume.

2. Provide a service:

If you live in a neighborhood, chances are someone needs a lawn mower, someone to pick up sticks, pull weeds, rake leaves, wash their car, and so one. If you live in a climate where there is snow, I’m sure someone needs their drive way or walk way cleared. There may be an elderly man or woman who need some help around the house or in the yard. Your neighbors are great resources to help provide a service for some income. You would treat this as your own business. Go to www.vistaprint.com and for $10 you can order 250 business cards with your name, contact information, and the services you provide. Go door to door and talk to your neighbors. Don’t sit in the house, get out and go talk to the people that live in your neighborhood and solicit your services (lawn mower, raking leaves, spreading mulch, pulling weeds, shoveling walkways, picking up sticks, washing cars, etc). Then, when you receive your first job from one of you neighbors, be on time, be efficient, treat it very seriously, and show thanks. Also, ask them to refer you to their friends. Once you get a few people who use your services feel free to bring your friends to help you and split the cost. The person who hired you will like this because it shows you are smart enough to bring someone to help to get it done faster. Then guess what you just did? You hired your first employee. From this experience you will gain some income and you will gain business experience. After all, you created a business and provided a service, which will look great on your resume.
If you aren’t so fond of the physical labor of yard work, another service you can provide is to babysit for different families in your neighborhood or network of friends. The first step is to receive your certification in child CPR and first aid at your local community center or hospital. Most of the time these certifications are a small cost, but worth it. Once you’ve received your certifications do the same as above. Go to www.vistaprint.com and for $10 you can order 250 business cards with your name, contact information, your certification numbers, and the services you provide. You can solicit your services in your neighborhood, local churches, and your family and friends. When you babysit for a family be the best babysitter the children ever had. Be on time, keep the house clean, don’t make personal calls or use their computer, and don’t eat their food unless offered, play with the children, bring a bag of fun activities for them, make a craft, and keep them active. Make a list of everything that happened while you were there and present the list to the parents upon their return. Thank them for trusting you with their children and ask them to refer them to their friends and family as well.

3. Volunteer

By volunteering you are actually gaining experience. You are meeting people and networking. Volunteering gets you involved in the community and will offer you more options for employment down the road. If you become a leader at a certain organization you can put that on your resume as leadership experience. If you are helping to raise money for a non-profit you are gaining sales experience. If you help organize an event you are getting project management, event planning, and leadership experience as well. All of the many roles you play while volunteering will provide you with what you need, experience.

4. Join a networking club

There are numerous young professional networking groups in every state and city. Go on the internet and research your area to find a group you are interested in. A great site to use is www.meetup.com as well which tells you what’s going on in the area. I’m a member of Orlando Business Professional Women and while most of us have a career started, there are also ladies that attend that may have just graduated college or are looking for employment. They come to the meetings, participate, network, and help the club. By joining a group like this or attending these meetings you are networking and you are also gaining experience. You may be asking howI am gaining experience by attending.Well I’m not telling you to justattend; I’m telling you to participate. In the last meeting I attended, the President asked for help with setting up the next meeting. The person who volunteered was unemployed but she now is gaining event planning experience, it’s that easy.

5. Don’t be picky

I’m sorry to say but at this time in your life there isn’t a job that is beneath you. Life is about building blocks. You have to look at each job or opportunity as a building block to get you to that next level. If someone offers you a dish washing job in the back kitchen at a local restaurant and you don’t have any experience, then you take it. You are now in daily contact with a chef, a business owner, other servers, a bartender, and will provide you with a work ethic to get you to the next role which may be a server. Then when you are a server you are now in contact with customers. Treat each customer as if they were the hiring manager for your dream job. Treat each customer with the best service you can provide. I told my cousin this and after one week of working at a restaurant he received the business cards of 2 people. One was a producer for his favorite radio station and the other was an art gallery owner. Moral of this story is you need to start somewhere, so starting at the bottom is good as long as you understand you need to be the best at that job so that way you can move up to the next opportunity.

After reading the 5 ideas discussed I hope I’ve shed some light on how to gain some experience to get your career started. I’m living proof that this works. I started as a babysitter for a few families in my hometown. After 3 years of babysitting, the father of one of the families I worked for offered me an internship at his company. Lone behold, 9 years later I’m an established recruiter, business owner, and now Author. Talk about starting from the bottom….

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How to Answer Common Job Interview Questions

KWP_ALYSSE_0226_proofYou’ve submitted hundreds of applications, filled out countless online “profiles,” read through thousands of job postings and networked with your friends and family.  And now, you’re patiently waiting for a company to call you back to start the interview process.

So now what? Are you prepared for the phone call? You only have one chance to “WOW” the recruiter when they call you.  In order to be prepared for this call, there are five common questions you must be prepared for.  No matter what type of position you are interviewing for, there are questions that every job seeker should be prepared to answer on the very first call.

In The Recruiting Snitch, I provide top secret information on how you can figure out those questions that will be asked in a job interview and the correct format on how to answer each question.

Here are my top five favorite first round interview questions that every job seeker should be
prepared for:

1. Why are you interested in working here?

When you apply to a position you are not only showing interest in the role but you are also showing interest in wanting to work for that specific company.  So you should research each company as well as their competitors.

2. Why did you leave your most previous position?  Or, if you are currently employed, “Why are you looking to leave your current position?

If you are currently unemployed the recruiter will want to know why you left your most recent job and what you have been doing with your time while unemployed.  They are mostly interested to know if you were terminated.  They also want to see if you quit.  If you are currently employed, they will want to know why you are looking for something else.   They want to see what your motives are.  I address acceptable and unaccepted reasons to leave a job in The Recruiting Snitch. 

3. Why do you believe you are a fit for this role?

This question is your time to shine.  This is also your time to show the recruiter that you feel you are the best candidate for the job.  I also ask this question because I want to know that you remember the position you applied to and you feel you have met all of the qualifications and address to me all of those skills.  In The Recruiting Snitch, I explain in greater detail the science of a job description and how candidates need to only apply to roles where they meet the qualifications for the role. After reading The Recruiting Snitch, you will better understand how to answer this question.

4. Walk me through your resume.

I’m aware this is not a question, it’s a request.  The recruiter will ask you this because they want to see how you can articulate your work history to them.  They want to see what details you provide and what you chose to leave out. The recruiter is looking for a brief description of what you did at each company, what your title was at the time, how long you were there, and why you left.  I also like to hear how you got the job in the first place. In The Recruiting Snitch, I will walk you through how to answer this question.

5. What are your short term and long term goals?

I love this question because it receives some of the most interesting responses.  Here’s the secret, your career goal needs to align directly with the position you are applying for.  I was interviewing someone for a Bank Customer Service Representative and I had an applicant tell me they wanted to be a Nurse.  So this is telling me that if I were to hire her she would quit as soon as she started schooling to become a Nurse or that her mind would be on wanting to be a Nurse.  I would rather hire someone whose goal was to move up within my company or someone who wanted a career in banking or a related industry.   This is why it’s important to apply for positions where you see yourself growing.  In The Recruiting Snitch I discuss the importance on selecting a career that you are passionate about.  By doing this, you won’t have to be dishonest when a recruiter asks you this question.

As you can see, there are common interview questions you should know how to answer when a recruiter or company gives you a call.  These questions are relevant for all types of positions and will get you prepared for the first round.  To sum up, you should be prepared to answer why you are interested in working at the specific company, why you left your most recent job or looking to leave, and why you feel you are a fit for the role you applied to.  Lastly, you should be able to “walk” a recruiter through your resume and identify your short and long term professional goals.

To learn more about phone interviews, onsite interviewing tips and more, order The Recruiting Snitch.   Check back regularly for more insider knowledge on how to land the perfect job.

Inside the Mind of The Recruiting Snitch

page-blogWelcome to my very first blog! I’m excited to finally have a platform to share my recruiting secrets with you. I’ve been recruiting for many different corporations for the last 9 years. Throughout my experience I feel I’ve mastered and conquered the recruiting world and it’s now my time give back.

Last year I was selected out of 5,000 other recruiters in America to star in the hit reality show, Top Recruiter, The Competition. The Producer, Chris Lavoie, selected 5 of the nation’s best recruiters to compete in a series of recruiting challenges in Miami, Florida. My main goal for the show was to share with the audience all of my tips and tricks in finding employment.

The show was an immediate success and had over 500,000 views on YouTube on its first episode and now has a season 2 coming out this fall. The experience was once in a life time and I’m so thankful for the opportunity. However, after filming the show, I felt emptiness in my life. My goal of educating America on how to gain employment was unsuccessful. Instead of moving on with my life, knowing I did not accomplish what I wanted, I got to writing.

Once I started writing The Recruiting Snitch, I realized I needed to get other recruiters thoughts as well. I created a survey and sent it out to hundreds of recruiters across America. To my surprise 101 recruiters completed the survey. These recruiters come from some of the largest corporations in the world and represent over 150 different industries. So the best part about The Recruiting Snitch is that it not only is my opinion and feelings on certain topics but I also have 101 of the nation’s recruiters to back my findings.

Here are the questions answered in my survey.

  • 1. How much time do you spend looking at a resume of an applicant that applies to your position?
  • 2. Where do you get most of your candidates that end up getting hired?
  • 3. What is the average number of open positions you are working on at one time?
  • 4. Do you consider it a red flag when someone leaves a job without a backup?
  • 5. Do you hire someone who may not have all of the qualifications but shows potential?
  • 6. Currently, what types of positions are you hiring for?
  • 7. Do you look at your candidates social media sites?
  • 8. Do you prefer to see an Objective or Career Summary on a resume?
  • 9. How do you like to receive thank-you letters? Email? Handwritten?
  • 10. What advice do you have for college students?
  • 11. What advice do you have for the unemployed?
  • 12. What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to candidates?

To know the outcome, order The Recruiting Snitch today!

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