July 26, 2016
Welcome back to another edition of AH Jobs List!
Please remember, if you are interested in a job that is posted, make sure you match the qualifications of the position you are applying for. I've interviewed hundreds of human resources professionals and their number one complaint is receiving resumes from professionals who simply do not match the criteria as outlined in the job description.
In general, make sure you match at least 75-80% of the requirements; the more specific experience and background you can demonstrate, the better chance you have of getting an opportunity to interview for the position.
Also, respond quickly. Employers are closing jobs sooner than advertised if they believe they have received enough resumes. Don't wait until the final date of the application deadline. Get your resume in soon.
In addition to the Monday list, AH Jobs List posts new positions Tuesday - Friday under the category "Jobs That Just Can't Wait." You can find a link to this category in the left hand column of the main page. New jobs are typically posted around 7:00 a.m., but often, I'll post them throughout the day. You can also get instant notification when new jobs are posted by following AH Jobs List on Twitter and Facebook.
Job seekers: Pull yourself out of the quicksand of doubt and desperation!
I often get calls from job seekers who are beyond frustrated. They’ve been looking for a job for a while and have all but given up on landing a job that matches their backgrounds, talents and experience.
Having studied the habits of job seekers for more than 15 years, I have identified many of the common problems they face when looking for a new position and I can pretty easily pinpoint where the frustration is coming from. Rarely are these common problems insurmountable; they simply require an adjustment or re-alignment in the job search process and attitude that re-focuses on the valuable skills and expertise the job seeker has to offer an employer.
Let me explain.
For most, job seeking, particularly in today’s economic times, is met with what must seem like an unnatural amount of rejection; and rejection comes in many ways:
* Not receiving calls back when you have sent in dozens of resumes and cover letters
* Receiving a rejection letter back from the company for which you thought you were the perfect fit
* Having a phone interview and then no follow up
* Having a great interview for a job but then not hearing back
* Being told you didn’t get the job
After several months of this, it's easy understand why someone would lose all sense of self esteem and basic confidence in the skills, expertise, experience and accomplishments they once thought made them valuable. After a while your mind is polluted with self doubt and insecurity and your initial hopes of finding a job are overcome with a level of desperation.
People who fall into the quicksand of doubt and desperation find themselves applying for jobs for which they are either under-qualified or over-qualified. In either case, the jobs they are applying for don’t match their relevant skills or backgrounds. HR recruiters tell me they can smell desperation a mile away.
I know, sadly, that I am describing the situation of a lot of job seekers right now. But, I can also say that I’ve interviewed job seekers who were able to get out of this negative rut.
How’d they do it?
For most, it meant going back to the basics and focusing on the the things that best defined them.
Identify the times in your career where you felt most confident. What were you doing? What skills were on display during those times? What talents did you bring to the table that helped you succeed? What was it that your boss and co-workers thought about you that made you feel good about your accomplishments? Write this down. Create a narrative that starts with, “The things I’ve done in my career that I’m the most proud of are…” and include, “The skills and talents that have made me successful in the past include:…”; finally complete the statement, “I’ve been successful in my career because….”
Answer these statements honestly and without modesty! Take ownership of your success, your talents, your accomplishments and experiences and be prepared and comfortable talking about specific situations in your career that have defined your success.
Once you feel you have a good focus and grasp on these statements, start aligning these statements with job postings that make the most sense for you.
It is not difficult to interpret a job posting. Typically there are 4-5 different requirements a company is looking for in a new hire. These things are spelled out clearly in the job description. Make sure you have a good connection to these requirements and ask yourself, “If I was given the opportunity to speak to how my background, talents and skills would fit this job, could I do so confidently and in a manner that is convincing?”
The sweet spot you always have to reach for is absolute confidence in yourself. Confidence is not arrogance and it is not desperation. Red-hot confidence is simply the truth about what you have to offer and specific examples that back it up. Everyone responds to confidence in positive way. Your confidence will demonstrate to the employer that you have the skills and talents to do the job. It will also help you express in very specific ways how your experience and background will add value to their company and how you will be able to accomplish what they are asking of you in the specific job they are filling.
Are you at the point where you job seeking needs a tune-up or a re-focus? If so, go back to the basics and remember that do you have skills, expertise and accomplishments that are valuable and desirable to employers everywhere.
Job Seekers! Get Noticed: Get Results
Post a Jobseeker Profile Today
Note from an employer last week:
"Hey Andrew - in addition to posting a job on your site, we also identified 5 candidates for interviews that had posted about themselves on Jobseeker Profiles. That's a great way for job seekers to get our attention! Thanks for all you do!"
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.
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Nonprofit of the Week
The Colorado Symphony
Creating extraordinary musical experiences that transport today¹s listener, from the best of the past to the edge of the future.
One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. The Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. Every season, the Colorado Symphony serves more than 250,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music.
Events and Happenings
No matter what time of year, there are always plenty of things to do in Denver and the surrounding areas. However, when you're in the mood for some great musical entertainment, there's no better place to be than the Colorado Symphony. Here, we offer world-class musical performances throughout the year that are sure to please. However, our musical acts aren't the only thing that define us; we also hold a variety of special events throughout the year for people of all ages.
With approximately 150 musical performances every season, there's always something going on here at the Colorado Symphony. Not surprisingly, then, our mission is to create amazing musical experiences for today's listener--allowing them to become immersed and even transported to a different time.
What We Offer
In addition to a number of musical performances each year, we're happy to provide plenty of other fun opportunities for events and activities. For example, we offer educational concerts for children in grades 3 through 12; this is a great opportunity for children to get the exposure to music they need at a young age while having fun in the process. We also offer a variety of behind-the-scenes opportunities for those who are interested in learning more about how the Colorado Symphony operates. Additionally, throughout the year, we have plenty of donor and sponsor activities available for participation by the general public.
The Colorado Symphony is searching for an Annual Giving Manager.
Annual Giving Manager
The Colorado Symphony
Works directly with Vice President of Development and Director of Major Gifts to cultivate, solicit and steward contributions from individuals and business and civic leadership, ensuring strong fiscal support for the Annual Fund, Colorado Symphony Ball, and Colorado Symphony Education Programs. Represents the organization at public events to enhance relationships in the community and to build the donor base. The Annual Giving Manager will create and implement strategies to ensure revenue targets are hit, while maintaining high flexibility in response to shifting priorities.
Have a great week,