Growing or Going? Jobs of the Future

The following infographic is provided by Affordable Online Colleges

Jobs of the Future

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June 3, 2014 · 8:01 am

Make Yourself Easy to Hire


It’s not that recruiters aren’t capable of thinking and remembering. Of course they are! But, smart and successful job seekers focus on being easy to work with which makes them easy to hire!

You Must Tell Them What You Want to Do — What Job You Want

Don’t expect a recruiter or employer to look at your resume and figure out what you can do and where you could fit into their organization. Most employers and recruiters have way too much to do to provide you with career coaching and/or mind-reading services.

Networking contacts, no matter how well-intentioned, won’t be able to connect you with a job without knowing what you want to do. They can’t read your mind any better than an employer or recruiter. Make it easy for people to help you by helping them know what you want.

If you don’t know what you want to do, spend some time figuring it out first. Buy or borrow a copy of the classic book, What Color Is Your Parachute – if there’s only one “career book” in your library, this is the one.

Clearly Align Your Experience With Their Requirements

When you are submitting your resume or application for a job, don’t make the person reading it wonder why you applied for their job. Tell them why. You do that two ways:

1) Only apply for jobs for which you are a good fit.

Look at the job’s requirements and the skills, experience, and education they they want in an applicant. Don’t waste your time, or the recruiter’s, applying for something that’s not a good match.

When you apply for a job that’s not a good match –

You’re thinking: “Why not give it a try, just in case?” 
They’re thinking: “Can’t this idiot read?”

Apply poorly often enough with the same recruiter or employer, and you’ll be training them (and – maybe - their applicant tracking system) to ignore you.

2) Tell them how you are a good match in the cover letter, and show them in the resume.

In the cover letter, list the job’s requirements and match those requirements specifically with the skills or experience you have that are appropriate.

Yes, many cover letters are ignored, but, for some recruiters, a resume submitted without a cover letter demonstrates a lack of true interest in the opportunity and/or a lack of professionalism. So, on the better-to-be-safe-than-sorry theory, include a carefully-written cover letter.

Customize your resume so that the relevant skills and experience are highlighted. Leave out the things that aren’t relevant to this job, unless your resume is only one page long. If you haven’t had much response to your resume, have a friend look at it, or get professional help.

Follow the Directions

Duh! Who doesn’t follow directions? You’d be amazed! Job seekers in a rush, apparently…

Recently, a recruiter put a sentence in a Monster job posting asking applicants to include a one-paragraph description of their most significant accomplishment of the past year.

Only 20 percent of the applicants included an accomplishment, and only 25 percent of those described an accomplishment that was relevant to the job they were seeking.

So, only one out of every 20 applicants got through the initial screening. By actually reading the entire posting, following the directions, and aligning their response to the needs of the job, they jumped over 95 percent of their competition!

Polite Persistence Is Powerful.

After you have had a job interview, ask for permission to stay in touch, and for the name and contact information of the person you should be in touch with. Then, when you have permission to stay in touch, DO stay in touch. Politely. When you said that you would, or when they told you you could.

Follow up. But NOT daily! And, for many employers, not weekly either. Find out what’s happening with the job you want. Remember filling a job almost always takes longer, sometimes much longer, than the employer thinks it will.

Keep things in context — tell them your name, the job you applied for (job title and requisition number, preferably), the dates of your job interviews, and who interviewed you in every contact. Don’t expect them to remember you, although by the third or fourth phone call or email with the same person, they may.

If you liked the people and the place, ask them for other similar opportunities if this one falls through.

Bottom Line

It always seems to take too long to land a job, but it will happen. If you have a good network and LinkedIn Profile, you many not need to go through the job application and resume submission process again – your next job may find you.

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Simple Writing Mistakes You Shouldn’t Be Making

Have you ever heard of Hartman’s Law of Prescriptivist Retaliation?  It’s kind of a mouthful, but the tenet basically says that when you write about punctuation or grammar, there’s a good chance you’ll make an error in your punctuation or grammar.

Most of us have been shamed for making writing mistakes. (Can we all just agree to stop calling each other out?) To ensure any grammar mistakes you make are simply typos and not signs you’re ignorant of the rules, take a look atthis infographic from ShortStack. It lists 16 common word mix-ups that people commit.
Study this graphic to get a handle on i.e. vs. e.g., who vs. whom, and that vs. which.
Here are a couple of the tips you’ll find:
I.e. and e.g.
“I.e.” is an abbreviation for “id est,” which means “that is.” A good memory trick is to think of “in essence” when you see “i.e.”
“E.g.” is abbreviation for “exempli gratia,” which means “for example.”
Who and whom
“Who” refers to the subject of a clause. “Whom” refers to the object of a clause.
To make sure you picked the right word, replace it with “him/her” or “he/she.” If “him/her” makes sense, use “whom.” If “he/she” makes sense, use “who.”
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In the Works! April 2014


Check out our latest newsletter, In the Works!, for all the goings on at Goodwill!

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19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful


  • You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.
  • You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
  • You have to give more than you get in return right away.
  • You have to care more about others than they care about you.
  • You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.
  • You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.
  • You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
  • You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.
  • You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.
  • You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off.
  • You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.
  • You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts.”
  • You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.
  • You have to try, fail and try again.
  • You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.
  • You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.
  • You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.
  • You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.
  • You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.

You have to do the hard things. The things that no one else is doing. The things that scare you. The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on.

Those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous success.

The hard things are the easiest things to avoid. To excuse away. To pretend like they don’t apply to you.

The simple truth about how ordinary people accomplish outrageous feats of success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified people don’t have the courage — or desperation — to do.

Do the hard things. You might be surprised at how amazing you really are.

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Dress for Success for Less

DC BAC Dress for Sucess flyer


Want to see what to wear and what not to wear?  Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina’s Davidson County Business Advisory Council will be hosting “Dress for Success for Less” on Wednesday, April, 2nd from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.  This event includes a fashion show to make the public aware of the type of attire most suitable for job interviews and work settings, as well as the availability of the items at Goodwill stores.

In addition, employers and community partners will be on site to advise those in attendance how to navigate a job search and a successful job interview based on a set of criteria.  Corporate representatives scheduled to participate include:

•      Atrium

•      Temporary Resources

•      Lowes Hardware

•      The ARC of Davidson County

•      Carolina House

•      Goodwill Retail Store

•      Manpower Staffing, and

•      Lexington Parks & Recreation

A light lunch will be served, and door prizes awarded.  The event is free and open to the public.

For more information call Rhonda Wagner at (336) 236-8020.

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Hey Guys, Here’s how to go about wearing a suit


If you don’t wear suits all the time, knowing all the little style rules you need to follow is a daunting task. Many of them are unspoken, and you’re only clued into them if you’re an expert, so we took some time to round up the most important suit rules and put them in a simple, condensed cheat sheet that you can easily refer to whenever you find yourself neck-deep in a three-piece.


♦ Your belt should be fairly thin and the same color as your shoes
♦ Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt
♦ Your tie bar should never be wider than your tie
♦ Never fasten the bottom button of a double-breasted jacket (unless it has only a single row of buttons)
♦ If you’re wearing a vest, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned
♦ Always unbutton your suit before sitting down, or you risk ruining it
♦ Save yourself some embarrassment: Always remove the stitching on the vents and the label on the left sleeve before wearing a new suit


♦ The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel
♦ Your tie should just reach the waistband of your trousers, or be slightly shorter
♦ The suit jacket should be just long enough to cover your pants zipper and butt
♦ The top button of a two-button (or the middle button of a three-button) should fall at or above the navel
♦ Sleeve cuffs should be exposed about half an inch
♦ Make sure that your socks are long enough that there’s no exposed leg when sitting down
♦ You should match your shoes to the color of your suit using this guide


♦ A pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice
♦ In general, thin lapels are more modern, whereas wide lapels are more old-school
♦ Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you’re attending a funeral
♦ For a more fashion-forward look, the pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe
♦ When you go without a tie, it’s best to keep your shirt collar on the smaller side
♦ Double vents in the back are more modern and fashionable
♦ Avoid over-accessorizing. If you’re already wearing a pocket square and a tie bar, you’ll want to reconsider that clever lapel pin.


♦ Choose fabric according to how often you’ll wear the suit. The most versatile option is a soft but durable wool like super 120 (a measure of yarn fineness; any higher is too delicate for daily use)
♦ When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit
♦ A collar gap between your jacket’s lapels and your shirt’s collar can signify an ill-fitting jacket
♦ If you’re going for more formal business attire, opt for a double-button, notched lapel jacket
♦ For a more casual, trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket
♦ You should be able to slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned jacket such that it feels snug, but with room to move
♦ Visible stitches around the edges of your lapels (called pick-stitching) aren’t necessarily a sign of a well-made garment anymore. However, they can be an attractive decorative flourish—as long as they’re subtle. No contrast stitching!

cross posted from The Manual

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