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ASK HR: Relocated and having trouble finding a job?

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Q. What recommendations can you provide for someone who needs to relocate to a new state, but is having difficulty finding a job in the new state?

A. Research professional organizations in your field prior to moving to the new state. If the organization meets on a regular basis plan to attend a meeting so that you can begin networking with others in your field immediately. I personally took this approach about 5 yrs ago when I relocated to California and it landed me a job within 2 weeks. – Danese Simpkins, MS, SPHR, Director, Human Resources, Air2Web

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A. 1. Take a moment and think about “what exactly is it that you want to do?” (e.g. industry, position, etc.)
2. Update your resume to reflect any recent changes in your professional career that will reflect and highlight your qualities that would set you apart from other candidates.
3. Join local organizations in the new state to help build your network.
4. Contact local recruiting/staffing firms, unemployment centers, or …

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What professions will rebound best in 2010?

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A: The professions that will rebound are in the areas of education and health care in 2010.

The field of education is on a rebound as many individuals have returned to school, additional qualified educators are needed with the appropriate credential and many institutions are in the process of getting additional accreditation.

The field of health care is on a continued rebound as the population is aging; a new health care initiative is in the works and a shortage exist in areas of Health Care Administrator, Registered Nurse and Surgical Technologist. – Joann Adeogun, PHR, HR Consultant with Adeogun & Associates

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A. For the coming new year, there are several professionals that may rebound but I think there are 2 professions that will rebound best: IT and medical. IT because we are in a state where technology continues to change rapidly and advance and medical because of the many baby boomers that are getting older thus requiring medical, nursing and home health related …

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ASK HR: If you accept a position in a field other than your current one due to the economy, will it be a blemish on your resume?

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A. It is unlikely that this would be looked upon negatively and, more often than not, will be considered a positive. Many employers understand this situation, especially in a recession and if the position is held for a short duration. Furthermore, this ability demonstrates flexibility to an employer and shows that you are continuing to expand your skills. — Cay Gliebe, VP, Sales and Marketing, Northgate Arinso

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A: Anytime the economy has seen a tremendous downturn and the workforce is hit with enormous amounts of closings and layoffs, employers should expect to receive resumes with variations in employment history. Regardless of how these variations are viewed on a resume, it challenges the individual to be creative in explaining and tying their present experience with past experiences, while reflecting their dedication and willingness to maintaining employment and learning new skills. — Ronald Miranda, HR Manager with Aldeasa A.J.V

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A: It’s no secret that jobs have been …

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Do hiring managers tend to view unemployed applicants less favorably than those who are currently employed, and if so, what can an unemployed applicant do to make a more favorable impression?

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A. While it is always more challenging to get a new position when you are unemployed, in this economy many employers realize that there are very skilled and capable employees being let go and that not having a job isn’t necessarily reflective of you personally. The important thing is to stay positive and never play the victim. - Cay Gliebe, VP, Sales and Marketing, Northgate Arinso

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A. During the process of screening resumes, those that show time lapses in employment appear to be viewed a little less favorable than those that don’t, especially if there has been an extended period of time between jobs. In order to change the negativity, an unemployed applicant must continue to show growth during this transitional period. Individuals can begin by having their resumes reflect involvement in professional development courses or field-related volunteer work to avoid lulls. – Ronald Miranda, HR Manager with Aldeasa A.J.V.

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A. Prior to the economic downturn, applicants with …

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ASK HR: Are online job sites really used by hiring managers for selecting potential job candidates, or should an applicant be using other ways to get recognized?

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A. “My opinion is that online job sites are not very effective in hiring senior leaders (100K and above).  The more senior the position, the more company referral programs, networking and executive search services are used to connect the employer and the candidate.  Specialty search sites are effective for
certain middle-level positions particularly those with technical skill sets.  Push-pull technology on company websites, company referral programs, sponsoring competitions or industry presentations, data mining, search research, social networking sites (LinkedIn) and professional association networks are some other highly effective ways to find people. Many of the large online sites have lost their uniqueness and been flooded with resumes. For example, I advertised on Monster for a senior engineer and got 759 resumes of which only 30 met the job requirements.   So, it seems to me that most people get lost in the online job site volume unless their resumes have specific …

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Ask HR: Should an unemployed worker consider sending their resume to a company they like, even if they know that the company is currently not hiring?

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A. Though some companies are required to maintain solicited applications, they are not legally bound to maintain unsolicited resumes. Unless you know someone within a particular company, it is usually not a wise idea to send an unsolicited resume because Human Resources professionals have required reading; your resume will not fall within that category. Antonio Robinson, Employment & Labor Attorney with Littler Mendelson, P.C.

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A. “It is a good practice to develop a relationship with a firm you admire. Sending a letter to the CEO or president, writing a report on a topic of interest to the company, sharing a great article or writing a thank you note about a product or service will begin to connect you as a positive resource to the firm. This will give you a competitive advantage in the interview selection process, particularly if your skills closely match the job requirements. I got my first job as a human resources director out of graduate school from a CEO who saw my …

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Ask HR: What job skills do you consider to be most valuable for job applicants in this tough job market?


A: There are many skills that may be important in this tough job market such as technical and adaptive skills but transferable skills are what many employers may now more than ever deem to be the most valuable as these skills can be transferred from industry to industry and job to job. Examples of these skills are effective business communication, customer service (as we’re in a service oriented environment), analytical, interpersonal and teamwork. These are skills that one takes with them no matter where they go. Danese Simpkins, HR Director for Air2Web


A: As an attorney who regularly works with Human Resources professionals, many employers, in today’s economy, benefit from HR professionals who possess the acumen to not only help reduce the legal exposure of organizational restructuring, but also assist in implementing personnel policies that will inure to the overall profitability of their employers. Antonio Robinson, Employment & Labor Attorney with Littler Mendelson, …

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Ask HR: What’s the current demand for internships and contract work?

This past week, we asked our panel of HR experts the following question: With so many new graduates seeking work experience, and so many people in career transitions, why do you believe more employers do not offer volunteer, internships, part-time, or contract work opportunities?

Click on the link above to read their individual answers. Some of our experts felt that there were actually more opportunities for contract work or part-time work in order to temporarily fill the holes left by mass waves of layoffs in various industries. But other experts felt that generally speaking, employers are being more conservative with the scope of their internship programs.

So this means that recent college graduates may have to work a little harder than in the past to secure entry-level employment, internships, and volunteer opportunities with their career goals in mind. Do you have any advice for recent college graduates? Should they seek alternative work opportunities until that good …

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Ask HR: How should convicted felons approach the job search?

This past month’s Ask HR question was a tough one: “If an applicant has a history of being convicted as a felon, what advice can you offer them to help them get back in the work force while being honest about their past?”

You can see all of the responses on the Ask HR page.

Obviously, honesty is the best policy, because background checks are standard these days. But there are ways you can approach this sensitive subject and not eliminate yourself from consideration for a job. Read the advice of our experts and let us know what you think.

If you have been convicted of a felony, how has it impacted your job search? What did you do to get a job?

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Ask HR: The follow-up to the job interview

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While much time is spent by most job seekers in preparing for the interview, don’t forget the all-important post-interview steps. That includes of course sending a thank-you note (or e-mail) to everyone you interviewed with. But let’s say you’ve done that, and now you are playing the waiting game as far as hearing a response back from HR. How long should you wait before inquiring about your job application status?

Human resource experts from SHRM-Atlanta answered just this question for us in their monthly Ask HR column on ajcjobs. Their advice: Make sure you establish follow-up time guidelines at the conclusion of the interview. And if you haven’t heard back within the agreed upon time frame, an inquiry is certainly appropriate, but always be polite and positive in your communication.

Let us know your experiences with the post-job interview process. Do you have tips for other job seekers?

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