Making Technology Resources Work for You
Going into an interview prepared and bringing
that something extra to the table is what separates average candidates
from standouts. Serious career seekers use every possible resource
they can to put themselves in a position to excel. The better you
understand what resources are available to you and how to use them,
the quicker you'll find yourself on a career path that excites and
motivates you each morning.
The Internet is a powerful new tool for career
seekers. It can be a big and confusing place though—particularly if
you're new to it. That's why AppleOne's web site
is a great place to start. Packed with information and thousands of
career listings, it makes finding a job on the Internet fast and
Of course, the first step to using the Internet
is getting on-line with a reliable service provider. As we conduct our
interviews across the country, we're naturally very interested in
how many of our associates are on-line and how you all are using the
Internet. AppleOne is committed to assisting you with your career
development in every way possible, including helping you to harness
this new tool that the Internet seems to have become. As we conducted
our informal survey, one company quickly emerged as the service
provider of choice for our associates, with the same dedication to
service and reliability that is so important to all of us at AppleOne.
That's why we are pleased to be able to partner with EarthLink
Sprint to get every AppleOne associate who wants to onto the Internet
easily and quickly. Simply talk to your Account Executive to get all
the software and instructions you'll need.
If you are already on-line, the next step is
making sure you get the most you can out of the Web. You may check job
listings regularly and e-mail resumes, but with any developing
technology, there's always room to learn. Keeping up with on-line
innovations and opportunities can be a full time job in itself, and
there are always new ways to use the Internet.
Research and get to know companies in your career
field by visiting their web sites. Knowing your target is the first
step to making an impact on them. "A candidate who goes into an
interview and already knows about the company and how they might fit
in there is 10 steps ahead of everybody else," says Account
Executive Chris Spangler. Pay special interest to the growth of the
business and the role you might have with them. Create a realistic
vision of your future there.
Following links from sites can also yield
valuable information in your field. If you come across something that
seems like a good fit, let your Account Executive know about it. The
more information you can provide, the quicker your Account Executive
can make all your career goals come true. Establish an open line of
communication with your Account Executive and always stay in touch.
On-line discussion groups and message boards can
aid your job search. Forums and chat rooms are places to exchange
ideas and information. If you want to improve your tennis game, you
play with someone better than you. Apply this philosophy by seeking
out more experienced and knowledgeable people, and take the
opportunity to learn from them. Ask questions and listen closely.
Gravitate toward these people in on-line forums and chat rooms and the
results will pay off.
Books may seem old fashioned in the cyber age,
but they still contain a wellspring of information for career seekers.
Account Executives distribute AppleOne's Core to Success career
search guides to associates. AppleOne recently began reviewing helpful
books available on our web site in the Tools for Career Seekers
section. Titles like The Guide to Internet Job Searching and Resumes
in Cyberspace are valuable texts that should be required reading.
Magazines are another resource and publications like Career and
Employment Review contain columns, tips & hints, Q&As, and
Job Fairs and college career centers are helpful
hubs for career seekers. They center around a nearly limitless
resource that can greatly enhance your search—people. Networking
with people in your field is crucial. "Referrals are still a
great way to get a job," says Spangler. The persistent,
"keep me in mind" method can open doors. "I dealt with
a high level Human Resources manager who kept in contact with me for a
total of five years," relates Kristi Cann, Branch Manager in
Torrance. "She was having difficulties with the other agencies
and resources she was using. I recently placed her as a Human
Resources Director through our Tustin office."
Education is another invaluable resource
available to career seekers. Community colleges and universities
consistently offer courses that can introduce you to new skills, or
reinforce skills that might be a little rusty. Computer courses are an
obvious place to start because even if you have a solid foundation it
helps to keep up with advances. You can start by getting together with
your Account Executive to determine what additional skills will make
you more marketable.
The demand for Web savvy workers promises to grow
even greater. According to The Open Market's Internet Index, only
five U.S. cities have greater than 50% Internet penetration among
adults. It's estimated that 37% of domestic small businesses have
web sites. This translates to tremendous opportunity for those who
have experience with technology. Aside from on the job experience, the
classroom is a great place to master computer skills.
While AppleOne itself is your main resource,
anything that can give you more leverage or help you be prepared for
an interview is well worth your time. Keep success stories in mind.
There are career seekers out there just like you who utilized the Web
effectively or maintained contact with Account Executives, and their
efforts ultimately paid off.