Job Hunting
May 21, 2012, 9:35 AM
Filed under: Financial tips, Job Search

I have recently had the good fortune to be advised in financial matters by a respected member in this field.  I asked him if he had some suggestions for navigating todays economy.  His answers surprised me at how simple they were.  Most were things I had heard or known about but was unaware how to put them into practice.

1) When you are unemployed, make obtaining a position you full-time job.  Typically you work about 40 hours a week, 8 hours a day.  Take that time to pursue a job.  What I mean is spend your time focusing on your resume, and references.  A trusted friend to look it over and give you some advise.  Go to job fairs and open houses.  Mingle with new people, Facebook and friends can be helpful.  Ask around.  Don’t ask for a job, instead ask “I would really like to get involved in the hospitality industry, and I am anxious to learn all about the industry.  I was wondering if you had a suggestion as to where to start.”  This is less threatening than asking for a job.  It frees  the person from feeling obligated and uncomfortable and makes it more likely they will offer help.  Another way is to socialize.  Go to places where you can meet people in the industry.  Be willing to start at the bottom. Volunteer at your church, synagogue, or charity organization.  It’s a great way to meet people in a non threatening way.

2)  Make small goals.  Your job hunting is a series of small goals.  First the goal of your resume is to get an interview.   The goal of an interview is to get another or perhaps even an offer.  Be authentic and honest.  Canned answers rarely get a second look.  Make a connection with the boss or interviewer.  Find something that intrigues him or her.  This means be attentive and listen to pick up on subtle clues.  Don’t be afraid to ask open-ended questions.

3)  Most employers are looking for fire.  They want to know that you will have the drive to succeed.  Positive attitude is also very important quality.  Do you have the ability to handle problems in a positive manner and find solutions.  Work ethic is also big.  Do you have a good work ethic; that is are you willing to put in the time and have the dedication to be extraordinary?



Business Etiquite
March 19, 2012, 7:58 PM
Filed under: etiquette, Job Search, Life style

Q. Who calls back when disconnected on the telephone?

A. When there is poor telephone connection or when you are disconnected, the individual who originated/initiated the call is responsible for calling back the other party.

Q. What is the proper etiquette when using CALLER ID?

A. When using CALLER ID, avoid greeting a caller by using his name before he says “Hello” and identifies himself.

Q. Are speakerphones rude?

A. No, simply ask permission before putting a person on the telephone’s speakerphone. Phone etiquette telephone etiquette telephone manners phone manners

Q. What is the polite way to leave a voice mail message?

A. Repeat your name and telephone number twice when leaving a voice mail message.

Q. Is it necessary to apologize for not immediately returning a phone call that had been originally initiated by yourself?

A. All telephone calls should be promptly returned, regardless of who initiated the original phone call.

Q. What is the proper way to answer the phone?

A. When answering the phone at your desk say…”Hello, this is Mr. Smith” Do not say phrases such as “Mr. Smith here!” or simply “Hello”.

Q. What is the proper time to arrive for an appointment?

A. Always arrive on time for an appointment.—Never arrive late. —Arrive no more than five minutes early.

Q. How much perfume/cologne is acceptable to wear at work?

A. Perfume, cologne or aftershave should be applied sparingly, evoking a subtle scent. Strong fragrances, as well as, inexpensive or “cheap” fragrances are often offensive to business associates and therefore inappropriate in a professional venue.

Q. How should I critic a teammate’s performance?

A. Avoid making harsh, critical comments regarding your or another person’s (partner, teammate or member of opposing team) playing ability

Q. I have been asked out to lunch with a potential employer. I assume he will pay the check, but should I offer to pay it, or at least my portion?

A. It is always polite to offer to pay for the meal and shows good will on your part. However, it is customary for the individual who extended the invitation to cover the check.

Q. What is considered appropriate and customary dress for men and women for a dinner party when the invitation states “Cocktail” attire?

A. A dark well-tailored suit for men and a black or jewel-toned knee- or tea-length dress for women would be appropriate for cocktail attire.

Q. What is the proper distance to stand from someone when introducing yourself?

A. In the United States, stand at an approximate distance of one arm’s length from an individual when introducing yourself

Q. Is it proper to send a gift basket to a client at their home address?

A. Is it proper to send a holiday gift basket to a client at their home address? In most cases, it is more appropriate to send a business gift to the company address. However, if you know the client well and he has given you his home address, then the gift may be sent to the home.


Job Search
February 15, 2012, 8:56 PM
Filed under: Job Search

Like a lot of people out there you may have been laid off and thinking now what?  First, call unemployment.  File immediately.  Don’t waste time.  Next, take a breath.  Yes, you are entitled to be upset, or even mad.  Take a day or two and get yourself together.  Do some chores around the house and relax.  Don’t take it personally.

Look at the local Sunday paper, it is usually the largest section of want ads for the week and will have the latest and newest postings.  Also hit the web.  Post your resume on some search sites.  While there, look at what employers are searching for in a candidate.  Next consider rewriting your resume.  There are often lots of places where you can get help for free to do this.  In PA, the unemployment department uses Career Builder.

Talk to your friends.  Do you remember the game six degrees of separation?  Well its simple we are all separated by 6 people.  Someone out there knows someone else who has a need for someone like you.  Another idea is to drive around your area and look for hiring signs.

Still another option is to start your own business.  What do like to do?  What do people say you are good at?  Ask your friends and family they’ll be honest.  If there are a lot of dogs in your neighborhood consider a dog walking business.  If you are a great cook have a home-based catering company.  If you throw awesome shindig, be a party planner.  There are a million ways to make a living.  You just have to find yours.  Good Luck.