Create Your Best Job – The Truth About Job Security

Create Your Best Job – The Truth About Job Security

Throughout our Create Your Best Job series we’ve focused heavily on identifying your skills, strengths, passions, and career goals because in our decades of helping people find work, we’ve come to accept a difficult truth: There is no job security.

If you’re looking for work now, it likely will not be the last time. Once you find your best job, continue to add to your skillset so your value to employers grows over time.

Average Number of Jobs in a Lifetime

The Bureau of Labor Statistics published a report in 2019 that tallied the number of jobs people born in the years 1957 to 1964 held from between 18 and 52 years of age. This group, often called the Baby Boomers, held around 12 different jobs in their lifetime.

That number might be significantly more or less, depending on age, ethnicity, education, industry, gender and other factors. For example, data shows that some workers currently between the ages of 25 and 34 stay an average of 2.8 years at each job. Public sector employees have longer median tenure than their private sector counterparts.

Still, whatever way you look at it, gone are the days when people work 40 years for the same employer and retire with a pension. Loyalty isn’t what it used to be. Employers hire and fire based on marketplace changes and demand fluctuation. Employees will readily leave for better pay or more attractive benefits. Local, national and global events change economies without warning.

So actually, there is no job security. The best job security is maintaining a marketable skill set. It’s best to be proactive so the next time you’re looking for work, you’re even more marketable than you are now.

4 Tips for Making Yourself More Marketable

Think of yourself as an actor or actress, currently evaluating scripts to find a job that will enhance your value. Let’s say you land what might be the role of a lifetime, a part that fits you perfectly. You throw yourself into that role and for a season, that character is your reality. However, at the same time, you know eventually the show or play will come to an end, so as much as you love the part, you’re constantly preparing for the future.

As an actor, you hone your skills. You note where you excel, and make a plan for correcting weakness as you see it emerge. And, you keep your ears open for the next opportunity, hoping to find a new job before this one ends.

It’s the same way in the job market. Once you find your current best job, prepare yourself for the future by doing the following.

Constantly Acquire New Skills

Keep track of what skills employers are looking for, and start acquiring the ones that aren’t already in your toolbox. Use online tools to add accreditations and certifications. Take advantage of employer-sponsored education whenever possible.

Learn New Technology

The more you know about computer operations and software applications as they apply to your field, the more valuable you are to employers. Technology influences almost every line of work, and it’s always changing, so it’s always a good idea to keep adding to your knowledge base.

Look the Part

Once you find your best job, don’t give in to the temptation to let things slide in terms of professional attire, grooming, posture and presentation. Maintaining a professional appearance and demeanor helps you look and feel like a winner every day. Both managers and recruiters will take note.

Keep Networking

Stay active in your professional association. Mentor others who currently are where you’ve been. Volunteer in your community. You’ll build satisfying relationships now and have useful connections should you need them in the future.

Why Use Brelsford Personnel

Even if you change jobs every two or three years, there’s still a period of searching and waiting between jobs. At Brelsford Personnel, helping East Texas candidates and employers connect is something we live every day. So perhaps we can help.

The job market can change drastically. But we’ve been a part of area employment for long enough that we’re uniquely qualified to help you know what to expect and how to navigate the waters. If you are ready to pursue a new career or have been caught in a lay-off, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help!

Create Your Best Job – Internet Do’s and Don’ts

Create Your Best Job – Internet Do’s and Don’ts

The fact that you’re reading this says you’ve already discovered that the Internet is packed with resources that can help you find a job. You’ll use online resources at every stage of your job search, from browsing job boards to research, to emailing resumes and cover letters, and following up on those emails. However, every day job seekers make online mistakes that hold them back. Follow these online best practices to create your best job.

Stay Out of Rabbit Holes

The Internet is one of the best ways to research job openings, companies, and positions. It also can be a time sucker. Be thorough, but know when to stop surfing and move to activities that will put you in contact with people who can hire you. Limit online research to no more than 30 percent of the time you spend job searching.

Proof Everything

A large percentage of employers now prefer candidates to complete an online application. It’s great to be able to apply for work from your couch, but it’s also time consuming to fill out each employer’s online forms. There’s a tendency to switch to autopilot or to rush through completing fields. Make sure you proofread carefully before you submit every application.

Follow These Email Best Practices

Often you’ll send cover letters and resumes by email. When hiring managers post jobs, they’re frequently inundated with candidates, so you might only have one chance to stand out.

Use an Appropriate Email Address

If you’re currently employed, don’t use your work email address. Send from a personal address that sounds professional and as simple as possible. If your personal email address uses a nickname or something cute, get another one just for your job search.

Write Compelling Subject Lines

Your subject line might be the most important part of your email because if hiring managers don’t read what you sent, you have zero chance of getting an interview. Here are a few examples of subject lines that get hiring managers to look at your cover letter and resume:

  • Paperwork You Requested
  • Bilingual Receptionist Job – Your Name
  • Referral From Tammy Green, Your Name, Candidate for Administrative Assistant Position
  • Job Application – Accountant Job # 45779 – Your Name, CPA

Craft Convincing Body Text

When they open your email, decision makers should find a clear, concise statement of who you are, what position you’re applying for, and why you’re qualified. Think of this as your two minute commercial formatted for email.

Stick to standard fonts and formatting, with black typeface. Avoid using emoji or acronyms. Don’t get too creative even with your signature line. Keep it simple, but include the following:

First Name, Last Name, Title
Email Address
Phone Number

Some companies prefer to receive cover letters and resumes in the email body, while others prefer candidates to send them as attachments. Follow their instructions, since some organizations block email with attachments to prevent viruses.

Send attachments as a Word document unless the job posting says otherwise. Save your documents with clear file names like “First-Name-Last-Name-Cover-Letter.doc” and “First-Name-Last-Name-Resume.doc” so the hiring manager knows what he or she is opening.

Send yourself a test email to double check your spelling, grammar, subject line, and attachments. Sometimes reviewing one more time prevents embarrassing mistakes.

Check Frequently, Reply Promptly

Check your email at least once a day, and reply to prospective employers as quickly as possible. If you can respond immediately, you may catch them while they’re still at their desk and you’re fresh on their mind. Always respond within 24 hours to avoid missing out on an opportunity.

Don’t Let (Social Media) Friends Drag You Down

At this point, you should have already gone through your social media feeds and removed any posts that don’t show you at your professional best. However, your online contacts might inadvertently make it hard to keep them that way. Let your friends know not to tag you in party photos or any other photos you don’t want prospective employers to see. Also, convey your preferences to that friend who always tags you when he or she posts political rants or inappropriate memes.

Silence Technology for Interviews

Part of technology etiquette involves knowing when you shouldn’t be plugged in. Don’t forget to turn off notifications when you’re heading into an interview. If your phone goes off you’ll be distracted and the hiring manager might feel getting a job with them isn’t your top priority.

Use Care With Follow Ups

Apply the same careful proof-reading skills, politeness, and professionalism to all follow-up communication. Don’t limit yourself to online interactions. After an interview consider hand-writing your thank you note to stand out.

Use Free Brelsford Personnel Resources

Visit our job board frequently for updates and check out our dynamic library of online job search resources.

Create Your Best Job – Following Up on Leads

Create Your Best Job – Following Up on Leads

When you’re looking for work following up isn’t optional, it’s mandatory. Let’s talk about when, how, and why you should follow up.

Why Does It Matter?

Employers want to hire individuals who are confident in their ability to do the job and also sincerely interested in working for them. When they have multiple qualified candidates and it’s tough to choose, much of the time they will go with the person they feel is most eager to work for them. You become that person when you follow up.

When to Follow Up

Develop a record-keeping system that helps you remember to follow up in these situations:

  • After you send a resume – In your cover letter, indicate that you would like to follow up a week after submitting it, and then do that.
  • When an employer reaches out to schedule an interview – The day before a phone, in person, or video interview is scheduled, follow up to confirm the details (and show your interviewer you’re both organized and excited at the prospect).
  • After each interview – As the interview comes to a close, ask everyone you met for a business card (so you have their email address). Then, send a thank you letter or email the same day or within 24 hours. Before you hit send, check and double check how you spelled their name and that you entered the correct email address. If a staffing firm scheduled your interview, send them a thank you note as well.
  • After a referral – If someone gave you a lead, let them know when you follow up and keep them informed of your progress.
  • When you provide references – Let everyone on your reference list know they might be contacted.
  • When you get a job offer – Send a thank you note to your new employer to express your enthusiasm for their offer.

How to Follow Up

Email is often the best way to reach out. It might be tempting to call the person directly, but sending an email shows you are extremely interested in the position, but you also respect his or her time. However, if the employer sends you a text message or makes a phone call, follow their lead and reply with the requested information using the same communication method.

If you don’t hear back after your initial follow-up message, it could be due to a lengthy interview process or because the hiring manager got busy. This might be the hardest part of a job search because your mind will suggest all kinds of things that make you swing between fear and hope. Don’t assume the worst; just remind yourself that the process takes time. Wait a full week, then send another polite email.

When working with a recruiting or staffing firm, it is also critical to maintain timely communication. If you are responsible and stay in regular touch with them, they will work actively on your behalf to connect you with job opportunities.

Following up demonstrates professionalism and helps people remember you. It gives you an opportunity to express gratitude and enthusiasm, both qualities employers prize. Review the job search activities you completed this week and identify opportunities for following up today, then get to work doing so right away.

Create Your Best Job – Do This Every Day

Create Your Best Job – Do This Every Day

The best way to create your best job is to make your job search your full-time job. When we tell people that, they often ask how they can spend 40 hours a week actively seeking employment.

The 5 Stages of a Job Search

Finding a job is a process that involves these stages:

Stage 1 – Identifying target employers and finding out how to contact them

Stage 2 – Submitting a tailored cover letter and resume

Stage 3 – Following up

Stage 4 – Scheduling, preparing for and attending interviews

Stage 5 – Following up on interviews

You might be at the beginning stage with some employers while you go through later stages with others.

What to Do Every Day

Monday through Friday set your alarm and get up like you have to be at work during regular business hours. Get dressed and get started like you have to clock in. Re-read the insight you gained from your review of your previous jobs. Every day accomplish the following:

  • Identify five new targets and how to contact them.
  • Edit your resume and cover letter for each of the five prospective employers. Mail or submit them electronically according to job posting requirements.
  • Follow up on previously sent resumes.
  • If you have an interview scheduled, research the company with which you’re interviewing and practice answering common interview questions.
  • Follow up on previous interviews.

Your main objective is to get face-to-face interviews with the decision maker who can hire you for your target role. Continue the process until you have multiple interviews scheduled and the possibility of job offers.

It’s also helpful to schedule informational interviews. Contact people currently working in the position you want. Ask them to share what they do and how they landed the job in the first place. You’ll receive valuable insight, and they might have contacts in your desired field.

Keeping Track of It All

If you’re sending five resumes a day, things could start to run together. Document your efforts so you don’t lose track or miss a follow-up. If you’re a paper and pencil person, grab your spiral and sketch out grids. If you prefer virtual records, create a spreadsheet. Here’s an example setup.

Stage 1 – Identifying Target Employers and Key Contacts

Create Your Best Job – Do This Every Day

Stage 2 – Cover Letter and Resume Tracking

Create Your Best Job – Do This Every Day

Stage 3 – Follow Up

Create Your Best Job – Do This Every Day

Stage 4 – Scheduled Interview

Create Your Best Job – Do This Every Day

Stage 5 – Follow-Up

Create Your Best Job – Do This Every Day

Brelsford Personnel specializes in helping people find work mostly in these areas of specialization:

  • Accounting and Financial Services
  • Administrative Office Support
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Business Development
  • Oil and Gas Staff
  • Human Resources
  • Legal Support
  • Customer Service
  • Information Technology
  • Operations
  • Healthcare Administration

If you’re looking for work in those areas, experience our fresh approach when you get in touch.

Create Your Best Job – Start Here

Create Your Best Job – Start Here

Don’t Send Resumes Until You’ve Adjusted Your Mindset

The “new normal,” as it is termed, is in fact a “harsh reality.” Unemployment is radically higher than it has been in recent years. The economy is struggling to recover from a global recession, COVID-19 shutdowns, oil industry woes and disrupted international trade. Employers are cautious as the Texas economy reopens, and many of them are only slowly taking on new staff. Jobs are scarce.

If you lost your job, you could have a challenging road ahead. Government unemployment assistance has helped, but that won’t last forever. If you wait until the checks stop coming, you will be applying for work at the same time as many of other Americans who are in the same predicament.

At Brelsford Personnel, we’re committed to matching as many East Texans as possible with area employers who do need staff or might soon. To give candidates their best chance at getting back to work, we’ve put together this series with tips on how to experience success in not just getting work, but finding your best job, so you can start living your best life. The first, and possibly most vital step is to start with a self-check.

Why It Matters

Being without work when you need income is one of the most difficult situations to be in, even in the best of times. These are not the best of times. There are fewer jobs available and there is more competition for the ones that are out there.

However, there’s something you can control that will give you a powerful edge – your attitude. Before you start your job search, get your head in the right place and determine what you desire the outcome of that search to be.

Setting Your Attitude for Success

Someone once said your attitude is only 10 percent of what happens to you and 90 percent of how you react to it (or don’t react to it). Start your job search by determining to have and maintain a positive attitude toward the process. Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts like these:

  • There is an opportunity out there for me. Each experience I have along the way brings me one step closer to finding my next opportunity.
  • I am qualified and talented.
  • The positive choices and attitudes I have today will shape my future.

Your mindset determines your reality. If you listen to fear and doubt, you’ll become discouraged and lose confidence in yourself. However, if you intentionally fill your mind with positive thoughts, you’ll be able to face each day, each challenge, and each potential opportunity with confidence.

How To Find Your Dream Job

Last year, a Gallup report found that 60 percent of Americans felt they were in mediocre or bad jobs. That’s a pretty significant dissatisfaction rate, and far from a best job situation. While right now you might be thinking that any job would be a good job, but wouldn’t it be better if you could find one you really enjoyed and was best suited for you?

Instead of listening to your fears and uncertainties, look within yourself to refocus on the type of work that makes the most of your skills and talents to keep you happy and fulfilled. Take the time to mentally re-visit each of your past jobs you have held in your career, as well as your education and coursework. Then jot down answers to the following questions about your jobs:

  • What aspect of the job did you enjoy?
  • What functions of the job did you excel at?
  • What functions of the job were a challenge?
  • What salary and compensation did you earn?
  • What was the company culture like and did you thrive in it?
  • What was your boss like, and did they bring out the best in you?
  • What would you have liked to do more of?

If you struggle coming up with some of the answers, keep coming back to the questions. This is your opportunity to gain deeper insight into yourself and what inspires you in your career. You can find true, lasting career satisfaction, and turn a difficult situation into a chance at a happier future. But to create that future, you have to define it and know what you want it to look like.

Your Powerful, Personal Statements

If you write down answers to the above questions, you should end up with a good understanding of what you will be happy with. Use the results to create a positive picture of what you are looking for. Begin to envision your life as you live out that outcome.

Place your statements somewhere you can read it every day. Come back to it. When you don’t feel like looking for a job, or if you experience setbacks, read it more frequently. Recognize that as long as you have, or develop, the needed skills and qualifications, that your future is within your reach.

Check back soon for more in our series on how to create the future you want by finding your best job. Until then, browse our online job postings to see East Texas jobs that are available today.