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September 20, 2016

Dear Friends:

Looking for a job? You've come to the right place. We have over 1,000 positions posted on AH Jobs List including over 200 new jobs that have been added in today's edition of AH Jobs List.

After you've scanned the list and found the positions you want to apply for, here are some tips on what to do next:

1.)  Before you apply, determine that you're qualified for the job. A good rule of thumb is to apply for a job where you match 75% or higher of the key job qualifications. Measure your strengths based on what the job requires in terms of background, education, job responsibilities and other key criteria.

2.)  Look for the clues. Each job posting provides you with clues to what the company believes are key areas they will be ranking candidates to determine who will be granted an interview. Usually, there are 4-5 critical phrases in the job posting that will help you to understand what the company is looking for. Based on these phrases, customize each resume and cover letter to show how your relevant background and skills make you the ideal candidate for the position. You can never assume that someone will connect the dots - you have to be specific and clear in showing the recruiter who will be reviewing your resume why you are the ideal candidate for the job.

3.)  Research the company. Try to identify individuals at the company you may have a connection with and reach out to them. Also, learn as much as you can about the company - its business, its industry, its competitors, its culture, its leadership, values and mission - the more you know, they more you can connect your background to prove you are a good fit for them. This will be helpful throughout the process, from writing your resume all the way to your final job interview.

4.) Write a thoughtful and compelling cover letter.  Did you work in their industry?  Do you know anyone connected to the company?  Can you tell a story about how your experience is tied to the experience they are looking for?  Taking the time to write a good cover letter will let the employer know you are serious and determined.

5.) Apply quickly. Don't wait until the deadline to get your resume in. Recruiters tell us over and over that due to the amount of resumes they receive, often they will stop accepting resumes after they have received 'enough'; and that means you have to get your resume in quickly to make sure it is seen and considered by the HR recruiter.

6.) Have a friend review the job posting and your resume you are about to send in. Often a second pair of eyes will catch typos as well as give a constructive review of whether you are representing yourself in the best way possible in relation to the job for which you're applying.

7.) Follow up. If you have applied but not heard back after two weeks time, call the company and make sure your resume was received and ask about the hiring process. Companies are known for not responding, so take action and find out where you stand.

Continued good luck in your job search!



Believe in the reasons you SHOULD be hired!

I met with a job seeker recently and the conversation went something like this:

Me: So, tell me what are the challenges you are facing in finding a job?

Job seeker: Well.....I haven't had to look for a job in a while.  I'm overqualified in some positions I applied for, under-qualified in others. My resume stinks, I'm no good at interviewing, I'm too old, I've got outdated skills, I don't know how to write a cover letter, employers think I want too much money, my background is not applicable to the industries I'm applying for, I don't know how to connect with people... (and he went on and one.)

Me: So can you tell me what are some reasons an employer might want to hire you?

Job seeker: Uhhhhh... (lengthy pause)... I think I'm hard working, I'm loyal and I can juggle a lot of things at once.

This is a relatively common situation with job seekers.

So let's break this down:

Job seeking is hard. Really hard. Job seeking is also met with an unnatural amount of rejection in many forms. You put your blood, sweat and tears into a customized resume and cover letter but don't hear back. You make it to the final interview but don't get the job. You have a great first interview but then don't hear a word from the employer. It's frustrating!

Even more frustrating is that you don't understand WHY you were rejected. So job seekers are often left to rationalize and to guess the reasons; and typically, they are negative reasons that feed into to typical job seeking insecurities, anxieties and fears.

And, as the case with the job seeker above, it's easy to create an imbalance: 20 reasons why I'm unemployable, but only three (vague) reasons as to why I should be hired. 

This negative self talk (stinking thinking) is one of the most poisonous venoms that destroys job searches.

Think about it. All of your experiences, your accomplishments, your skills, education and expertise are now thrown out the window because you've created this negative composite of your job seeking self... based on what? Nameless, faceless, unresponsive individuals and companies?

Granted, every job seeker should constantly try to improve every aspect of their job search skills. Yes, you should have a great resume and yes, you should be practicing your interview skills and yes, you need to learn how to network effectively.

But at the end of the day, you have skills, experience and a track record of accomplishment that nobody can take away... nobody! And most importantly, you need to have confidence in these things and how they will add value to an employer. Convince an employer how your background will add value to their company!

Be proud! Connect the value of your skills, experiences and accomplishments and you will see that your confidence will be more focused, your job search will become more productive and you will get the job offers you deserve.

 

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We have a section on this site that allows for organizations to post professional events for free. If you have an upcoming event that needs some extra promotion, simply CLICK HERE and post your event. There is no charge for the posting to a built-in audience of literally thousands of professionals looking for networking opportunities.
 

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Post a Jobseeker Profile on AH Jobs List today!


Gone are the days of opening the career classifieds of your local newspaper and sending random resumes to random companies.

Networking, cold-calling, responding to job postings—all of these are important job seeking techniques. But did you know that company recruiters are also trolling dozens of social media websites looking for new talent?  The aren't waiting for new talent to reach them, they are actively searching for good talent!

Today, an effective job search is a full-blown marketing campaign with YOU as the product. There are dozens of touch points that you have an opportunity to influence a companies's perception about you that will determine IF you get a job interview and IF you get hired. 

Give yourself a job-seeking advantage. Post your Jobseeker Profile today.  Employers and recruiters from throughout Colorado are looking to AH Jobs List Jobseeker Profiles to identify talent for their organization. Jobseeker Profiles result in connections, calls, interviews and job offers from employers.

Find out everything you need to know about posting a Jobseeker Profile by clicking here. It's easy to do and you will be connected to thousands of employers and recruiters.

 

Nonprofit of the Week

Colorado Municipal League




Founded in 1923, the Colorado Municipal League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization providing services and resources to assist municipal officials in managing their governments and serving the cities and towns of Colorado. The Colorado Municipal League is the leading nonpartisan resource for municipal officials in Colorado. CML is dedicated to supporting municipal leadership and development through a variety of relationships and partnerships. CML provides high quality resources and services that empower municipal governments to sustain strong, healthy, and vibrant cities and towns. CML represents Colorado cities and towns collectively through its advocacy, membership services, training, and research efforts. CML strives to continuously improve and seeks to identify additional resources, programs, and outreach efforts for its membership.

In today's AH Jobs List, the CML is searching for a Legislative and Policy Advocate.

Legislative & Policy Advocate
Colorado Municipal League
Denver, Colorado


The position will research, analyze, disseminate information, and advocate municipal positions and policies on issues before the Colorado General Assembly and other public and private organizations for the benefit of the League's members. Additionally, the position will: author articles, summaries, or other relevant communications to members on advocacy issues as assigned by the Deputy Director; develop and maintain relationships with legislators, lobbyists, state agencies, and others; represent CML and serve as liaison to specific advisory boards and committees; participate in CML annual conference program development, membership services and outreach activities; and research and respond to inquiries from members, media and others.

The successful candidate will be a team player, an excellent communicator, a relationship builder, and possess high moral and ethical standards. He/she will assist the CML legislative advocacy team in accomplishing its goals of year-round advocacy and providing enhanced value to CML members through collaboration with other departments of the League.
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Andrew Hudson
 

 
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