WorkReply.Com – returning soon!

We have been updating our website for some time now, which we hope will improve your experience of it. You will be able to access http://workreply.com again on September 1. The return of our site is only the beginning, with more to come over the rest of the year, and beyond. On September 1, you will see a new homepage, top level service access sites/pages (for employers, job seekers, careerists, partners and more) and a many other changes.

What are we doing and why?

Your feedback and our research have given us a strong steer about how we could improve your experience with our site, our services, with us. We have had consistent messages that you found our website difficult to navigate; that some of you are not really sure what to do on the site; and that it doesn’t work well on mobile devices.

You will notice the following changes:

  • New design
  • A more user-friendly interface
  • Simpler and more clearer understanding of what to do, and how to do it (whatever it may be), on our site

What happens On September 1?

We will be rolling out these improvements with the re-launch of our website, and rolling out new sections of our site and new programs and services.

How can I get involved?

We need your involvement to make this work. Our changes are driven by your feedback, and our solutions must be tested by you before they are released. If you would like to get involved in testing or one of our research sessions, please click here.

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Green Jobs

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Green energy. The creator of green jobs. Right?

According to 2010 annual average data published by the Green Goods and Services (GGS) survey, about 60 percent of the 3.1 million jobs associated with green goods and services production were in establishments that received all of their profits from green goods and services. We’re talking establishments like those that create and provide solar panels. Let’s not talk about solar panel companies, like the solar panel maker Solyndra, that defaulted on loans, laid off workers and failed to live up to their promises. But other than solar panels, to the common person, what else comes to mind? Most times, nothing else. So people ponder, have public efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs largely failed? President Obama promised to create five million new environmentally friendly jobs.

Where are they?

 
We can start by saying this, more than 1,000,000 drafty homes have been retrofitted to lower heating and cooling costs and energy generation from renewable sources has nearly doubled since 2008. Green jobs hold considerable promise. In addition to focusing on environmental sustainability, green jobs are often financially sustainable. The President and his administration have reduced energy use, cleaned up the environment and generated jobs (green ones). There is a federal initiative to improve environmentally friendly sustainability. Some wonder if the President and his administration over-promised when making the green jobs promise. There are various occupations in green construction, check out this article  to learn more about them.

 

Will you be looking for a green job in 2013?

 

Recommended:

  1. WorkReply University | Take advantage of WorkReply University, where you can take free and low-cost courses, online, to develop as a professional. 
  2. New Resource- Strategic Resumes | Strategic Resumes is a GREAT resource to utilize if you are looking to have a qualified professional update your resume. An outstanding resume is a MUST! Without one, you’ll fit in and fitting in is failing. 

 

Post Read Tip: If you want a job that supports environmental and economic sustainability and you’re seeking employment while employed, start by “greening up” your current job while looking for a new one.

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Keep It Confidential?

Maybe you’re an employed job seeker? You’re actually in a prime situation and position to seek gainful employment, no matter how dismal your situation may seem. How do you keep your employer from finding out about your job search?

  1. Start by making your number 1 objective keeping your current job, no matter how much you dislike it… At least until you secure a new employment opportunity.
  2. Be aware of the fact that you have a third job (in addition to keeping your current job and searching for another one)… Keeping your job search to yourself. It is your job to keep your job search to yourself and under the radar of your current employer. Secrets generally aren’t good things, especially when it comes to your employer. However, this is one of the very few times we suggest keeping a secret from your employer.
  3. Make sure to do a social network cleanup. Your LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook profiles are all relevant to and an important part of your job search, given the fact that recruiting has now become social and employers frequently reference these profiles when researching you as a quality, qualified candidate. You must strike a subtle balance with your profiles. Let recruiters and hiring managers know, via your profiles, that you’re open to the right opportunities, but remember that your current employer and coworkers more than likely have access to your profiles as well. Words to the wise: Privacy Settings. Or, reconsider all together the friending and/or following of your boss and coworkers.  Networking, both on and off line is part of the job search experience, but there is a right and a wrong way to do it.
  4. For whatever reason you wish to depart from your current employer, make sure to never bad mouth them. This is a guaranteed way to have word get out that you’re not only seeking employment elsewhere, but it’s also a way to make sure you violate and work against the attainment of your first objective, keeping your current job until you find a new one.
  5. Know where your resume and information is going before you send them. If you’re applying to a position, where the company is unidentifiable, you should reexamine sending your information. Who’s to say it’s not your current employer or someone else real close to home?

Contemplate the 5 points above and remember that the only person you can truly trust is yourself.

Sleep with one eye closed. Apply with both eyes opened.

 

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  1. Career Planning Course | Learn how to plan for your career and your life – even with all things unpredictable in mind. 
  2. Employment Law Course | This course focuses on salary information, employment law, employee benefits and legal resources.
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Get The Executive Gig: Tips

Ready to land that new executive gig? If so, you need to be prepared to stand up and stand out. There is no other way, especially in the market of today, that you will accomplish this objective. Securing an executive gig takes a lot of time, so we’ve put together a short list of tips, to help you land the executive gig:

  • Make sure you have a killer resume. You might even consider utilizing a resume writing service, more specifically, an executive resume writing service.
  • When applying for an executive gig, more so than usual, seek to truly understand the institution as a whole, the hr/recruiting department, the opportunity and your competition. Use all of this information to better understand and articulate your alignment with the institution and opportunity.
  • Be prepared to communicate, written and verbally, your overall affect [as it relates to your previous position(s)], on corporate earnings, market share, cost effectiveness (in various capacities) and overall value.

Take the above quick tips and use them to finally land the executive gig you desire!

Recommended:

  1. The 5 Day Career Success Course | This is a 5 day, online, self-paced course, that includes 5 downloadable workbooks and online streaming audio. 
  2. Use A Cover Letter? | How do you use your cover letter?
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Multiple Job Interviews

The days of 1 interview with an employer, to land a job, are over. You should expect 2 job interviews with an employer, minimum. 

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What You Need To Ask

What you ask during a job interview, or don’t ask, is just as important as the fact that you even bothered to show up. The questions you ask during a job interview, need to convey your interest in the position, company and team. 

Enjoy Your Weekend. 

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Use A Cover Letter?

For your sake, I hope you use a cover letter.

The question isn’t IF you HAVE a cover letter. The question is HOW you USE your cover letter.

How do you use your cover letter?

Are you maximizing the effectiveness of your cover letter?

Are you inadvertently minimizing the efficiency of your cover letter?

As with everything we say and do, the only things that matter, even with your cover letter, are effectiveness and efficiency. To accomplish cover letter effectiveness and efficiency, your cover letter needs to be relevant, in every possible way. Your cover letter needs to be relevant to:

  • The position
  • The hiring manager
  • The company

If you want your resume read, you must have an effective, efficient cover letter, that is relevant to the position, hiring manager and company. If you want an interview, your resume needs to be read. If you want a job, you need an interview.

You see, in the grand scheme of things, a cover letter is VERY important.

No cover letter? No resume review.

No resume review? No interview.

No interview? No job.

No job? 

… 

 

 

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Hunting

Looking for a job?

Securing employment is not the task it once was. Job hunting is not the best its ever been, nor is it the worst.

We’ve compiled a list of the things to do, and not to do, when job hunting.

Check it out.

 

DO…

  • Google yourself. Find out what Google is saying about you… Because employers will be doing this exact thing and this could disqualify you, depending on the message.
  • Make your social networking sites private. Employers will check these out as well (should come up in your Google Search), you want to have as much control as possible over the access employers have to your personal networks.
  • Create a LinkedIn Profile. Recommend this profile to employers if asked for your social networking information, especially if they want access to your Facebook Account
  • Add the social networks that you want employers to see, to your resume. Then cross your fingers and hope that they don’t find the others.
  • Remember that comments made on message boards, and other things not on a profile you have access to, are available to appear in searches done by employers as well. While you don’t want to mask your real self, based on someone who doesn’t support the same rights or social issues that you do (and the like); remember that a hiring manager may be on the opposite side of the issue as you, and may disqualify you, based on their personal inability to differentiate personal best interest from professional best interest.
  • Remember that other applicants are most likely just as qualified for the job, or more, than you. The small, personal things will set you apart and sell your potential added value.
  • Remember that you are ALWAYS being watched, from the time you enter the parking lot to the time you exit the parking lot. Be on your best behavior.
  • Remember your manners. At all times, with all people.
  • Research the companies and hiring manager you are looking to work with. Do this both before applying to the position and before an interview.
  • Realize that you are qualifying the company just as much a they are qualifying you. You rock and are super talented – Don’t waste your skills and time with the wrong company.
  • Check out a company, such as Glassdoor, to find out information about the company. Sites like this will give you information from both the company AND people who have worked there (current and past).
  • Make your resume brief. The longer your resume, the shorter the chance of it being read.
  • Make the skills and accomplishments in your resume directly related to the position you want. All the other skills and accomplishments are extra crud, weighing your resume down – Take them out, they don’t matter.

 

 

DO NOT …

  • Assume that because you are “qualified” for jobs that things will be easy. They won’t be.
  • Give your Facebook account access information to anyone, including employers. You will be assisting them in violating the Facebook Terms of Use.
  • Get discouraged if you are no longer considered for a position after refusing to give your personal account access information to employers. Would you really want to work for such an intrusive company anyways?
  • Forget to do an image search when you Google yourself. Pictures are just as important as profiles.
  • Use any technical toy (phone, music player, tablet, etc.) while waiting to be interviewed.
  • Drink alcohol at least 6 hours before a potential job interview.
  • Have a boring interview where you just sit and answer questions. Remember to qualify the employer and ask questions.
  • Answer your cell phone, AT ALL, regardless of the reason, during an interview. If the call is THAT important, you probably needn’t be at the interview.
  • Chew gum… Or eat a candy bar… Or eat a mint… Or eat a cough drop… Or chew something fruity and chewy… During an interview.
  • Go to an interview if you have an outstanding federal warrant and the company does background checks. Just turn yourself in.
  • Lie. simple.
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The Showcase

Your cover letter is a showcase of you. It’s important to note that all hiring managers don’t pay attention to the showcase. For these hiring managers, your cover letter never can and never will interest them. For other hiring managers, the showcase, your cover letter, is the main event. In some cases, your cover letter can be more important than your actual resume. All things considered, because you never know how the hiring manager reviewing your resume will feel about cover letters, always be prepared. Always have a cover letter.

 

One benefit that you get from cover letter that you can’t get from resumes, is the ability to showcase your personality and communication skills. Accomplishing this is infinitely easier to achieve via a cover letter, compared to a resume. Neither your resume or cover letter will get you hired. They will simply get your foot in the door. They are the showcase that will lead to the interview.

 

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Who Can Look Forward To More Pay & Better Jobs This Year?

Although things aren’t great, compared to most, for recent graduates, the class of 2012, things don’t look too shabby. Find out why May will be a month that makes a LOT of graduates very happy…  Continue reading

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