What Is Stopping Me From Getting Hired?

The job search process can be demanding, intimidating, and just plain stressful. There are barriers to employment that many people encounter but with planning and support these barriers can become detours instead of stop signs.Common employment barriers include:

  • Long-Term Unemployment
  • Gaps in Employment
  • Housing
  • Appearance/Hygiene
  • Transportation
  • Citizenship/Ethnicity
  • Family Obligations
  • Health Concerns
  • Lack of Experience
  • Lack of Job Search Skills
  • Mental Illness
  • Substance Abuse
  • Language
  • Education/Training
  • Finances/Debt
  • Poor Communication Skills
  • Weak Support System
  • Technology
  • Legal Issues
  • Lack of Confidence
  • Employer Biases

 

To address common employment barriers in the job search process:

  1. Identify the barrier(s)
  2. Get perspective on the barrier and what message you want to relay
  3. Develop an explanation
  4. Come up with workable solutions and goals
  5. Eliminate employer’s concerns by turning barriers into selling points.

 

Substance abuse, mental illness, health concerns are complex issues that may require a variety of strategies to overcome, other employment biases including gaps in employment, poor communication skills, appearance, and a weak support system can also be addressed successfully with a career coach.

 

Get Hired Toolbox: 30 Ways to Land the Job of Your Dreams ebook
Whether you are a seasoned employee seeking to change positions or a recent graduate just entering the workforce, job hunting can be intimidating, frustrating, and even disappointing. Get Hired Toolbox offers easy-to-follow strategies to help you land the job of your dreams. A commitment to implementing these tactics while keeping an open mind to new opportunities will help elevate your self-confidence and increase your time management, professional, and decision-making skills. If you are seeking work that you love and pay that you deserve in a position where your hard work is appreciated then this book is the perfect starting point for you.

Get Hired Workshop
During this interactive workshop we will explore the strategies in Get Hired Toolbox: 30 Ways to Land the Job of Your Dreams to help you develop an individual job search plan. Implementing your job new search plan with fidelity will result in greater clarity, less apprehension, and more interviews.

Get Hired Strategy Session
Do you need new strategies to help you land the job of your dreams?
During our 45 minute Get Hired Strategy Session, you and I will work together to develop creative solutions to employment issues and situations in an effort to get you hired. The Packaged For Success Get Hired Strategy Sessions allow you 45 minutes of uninterrupted productivity with me ,”Ms. Strategy”. Schedule your strategy session if you want:
• To develop new perspectives to help you get unstuck
• Need a dose of enthusiasm
• Want a new cheerleader on your team

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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5 Questions to Ask Your Financial Aid Advisor

You can’t get a quality college education if you are not enrolled due to lack of finances. And let’s not forget that college student loan debt is at an all-time high so financial aid and scholarships are more important than ever before. In a nutshell, the college financial aid office is an essential destination for every college student. Each college has their own set of financial aid policies and procedures so you need to talk with a Financial Aid Advisor to discuss your specific situation. I suggest students visit financial aid no less than once a semester.

 

Here are 5 questions to ask your Financial Aid Advisor during your first meeting.

  1. How do I finalize my financial aid award?
  2. Do you offer need-based and merit-based financial aid?
  3. What academic standards must I meet to maintain my financial aid?
  4. How do I apply for more aid my circumstances change or I don’t have enough to cover my full tuition?
  5. Where can I get information about other sources of financial aid?

 

Get To Graduation Workshop – The path to a college degree is rarely linear. Earning a degree is only part of the successful higher education equation. A well-adjusted student has a plan B, C and D, understands the importance of strong connections, practical experience, and marketable skills, and has learned to leverage campus and career opportunities. This workshop will help both graduate and undergraduate students maintain motivation and make the most of their college years.

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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5 Ways to Tap into the Hidden Job Market

More than one in five Americans ages 18-34 told Pew Research Center pollsters last year that they’ve postponed having a baby “because of the bad economy.” The same proportion said they were holding off marriage until the economy recovered. More than a third of 25-to 29-year-olds had moved back in with their parents.

 

The hidden job market doesn’t refer to positions that are kept secret – the ones that employers never want you to hear about. It actually refers to positions that simply aren’t posted online or advertised. According to statistics, 80 percent of all jobs are never advertised.

 

Hidden market jobs are filled via referrals and visibility. Here are 5 ways to tap into the hidden job market:

  1. Start Networking – Immediately, consistently and purposefully.
  2. Become an expert in your field –When opportunity knocks you need to be prepared. Knowledge is power.
  3. Request informational interviews – Informational interviews allow you to demonstrate your industry expertise and position yourself for jobs later on.
  4. School Alumni/ae Associations – Ask the alumni office if any graduates work at the companies you’re interested in applying to or if they can connect you with any alum who work in your field.
  5. Professional and industry associations and societies – Many of these organizations only advertise to their members. An added bonus is that these meetings are a great way to gain insider knowledge.

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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5 Important Questions for Your College Professor

Getting to know your professor is great.  Your professor getting to know you is even better.   Not only can your professors help learn important course material and give you the tools to earn a good grade in their class, they can also provide valuable career advice, write a letter of recommendation, or introduce you to a well-connect alumni to help you land the job of your dreams.   Your college professors should be a part of your professional network.

 

Here are 5 important questions to ask your college professor.

  1. What are your expectations for students in your class?
  2. Are there specific things you recommend to help me master the course material?
  3. How would you describe your teaching style?
  4. What other courses do you recommend in this department?
  5. Do you have any advice on how I can learn more about a career in this field?

 

Want to learn more about how to make the most of your college experience?

 

Get To Graduation Workshop – The path to a college degree is rarely linear. Earning a degree is only part of the successful higher education equation. A well-adjusted student has a plan B, C and D, understands the importance of strong connections, practical experience, and marketable skills, and has learned to leverage campus and career opportunities. This workshop will help both graduate and undergraduate students maintain motivation and make the most of their college years.

 

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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5 Questions for the Department Chair of Your Major

The Department Chair is a visionary leader and spokesperson for the department they manage. In fact, a Department Chair is more than a manager – the chair is the gatekeeper, spokesperson, and developer. The Department Chair is responsible for curriculum and courses, faculty appointment and supervision, department operations, student needs, administration relationships, and connection to the college and mission of the college. You can bet they know a lot about your major. The department chair is responsible for the big picture and small details.

 

At many universities the Department Chair is also an Academic Advisor. Even if the Department Chair for your major doesn’t provide regular advisement to students, the Chair is the perfect ambassador to provide insight into your major. Here are

  1. What makes this major appealing to students?
  2. Is there an introductory course that students can take before I fully commit to this major?
  3. Are there opportunities for internships, work study, independent research, or study abroad associated with this major?
  4. Will a degree in this major require additional education or are most students able to obtain employment after graduation?
  5. What kinds of jobs do most students who graduate with a degree in this major pursue?

 

Get To Graduation Workshop – The path to a college degree is rarely linear. Earning a degree is only part of the successful higher education equation. A well-adjusted student has a plan B, C and D, understands the importance of strong connections, practical experience, and marketable skills, and has learned to leverage campus and career opportunities. This workshop will help both graduate and undergraduate students maintain motivation and make the most of their college years.

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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5 Crucial Questions to Ask Your College Advisor

Your advisor is generally your main point of contact on campus. It is in your best interest that your advisor gets to know you and you get to know them so that you can build a strong working relationship. You want to be more than a paper file.

When you meet with your advisor the first time you will want to inform them of your goals and interests. There are many questions you can ask them over several meetings but here are the 5 crucial questions to ask your college advisor at your first session.

1. How many times do you recommend we meet during the semester?
It is hard to build a relationship with someone you are connected to. Ask your advisor how many times they recommend you meet during the semester. The answer may change over time but I recommend that you meet with your advisor at least two times per semester.

2. Do you prefer to be contacted by phone or email or that students walk in during your office hours?
Ask this question because you want to be respectful of your advisors time and responsibilities but you also want to learn the most effective way to receive services and get your questions answered.

3. Where can I get a full list of the courses I need to graduate?
Although your advisor can help you select courses each semester, you want to be knowledgeable about what is required of you early on and prepared for each academic advisement meeting.

4. What courses do you recommend that I avoid taking in the same semester?
Most advisors understand the academic rigor of courses offered. This insider information is invaluable as you prepare for a course load that is challenging and stimulating but not so stressful that you become overwhelmed or risk failing a course. Remember that most times you are receiving advice and not strict instructions. The final decision is yours.

5. What else can you help me with besides my schedule?
Your college advisor is a valuable campus resource that can connect you with other resources and recommend campus activities and events. Do not graduate without leveraging the opportunities a strong college advisor can help you access.

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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Are You Looking For An Internship?

Many majors require students to complete an internship.  Paid internships are the goal but I recommend students complete an internship even if it is unpaid and not mandatory. I listed reasons why I promote internships in the blog post “Why Do You Recommend Internships.  If you are currently seeking an internship I want to offer a few great places to search online.

 

Internship Boards:

 

Federal Government:

 

Washington, DC

 

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I am an experienced Human Services Professional. In addition to my work experience and workforce development research, I received my Masters of Social Work degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore with a concentration in Management and Community Organization and a specialization in Social Action and Community Development. I am available as a guest lecturer for both graduate and undergraduate courses in Sociology, Social Work, Counseling, Public Health, Human Relations, and other related human services fields.

 

I would love to hear from you. Feel free to read more of my blog posts and leave your comments about job hunting, internship opportunities, earning a degree in the Human Services fields, career advancement, and professional connections.

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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25 Ways, Reasons and Things for College Students

College Students,

READ ON…these blogs are just for you!

 

Discover and implement more valuable ways, reasons, and things for college students in our “Get To Graduation Workshop”.

 

Get to Graduation Workshop – The path to a college degree is rarely linear. Earning a degree is only part of the successful higher education equation. A well-adjusted student has a plan B, C and D, understands the importance of strong connections, practical experience, and marketable skills, and has learned to leverage campus and career opportunities. This workshop will help both graduate and undergraduate students maintain motivation and make the most of their college years.

 

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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5 Steps to Solve a Problem

Problem = any question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty

A problem can be any task or assignment you must complete. We encounter problems – large and small – on a daily basis. From deciding what to have for breakfast or where to park at the grocery store to selecting a college major or helping a client avoid eviction. To be truly successful in your education and career you must have good problem solving skills. The ability to solve problem quickly, fully, and effectively can make school and work more enjoyable but complex problem require complex solutions. Analytical and critical thinking skills help you to evaluate problems and make good decisions. Patience, good interpersonal skills, and can help you resolve team projects.

 

5 Steps to Solve a Problem:

1. Identify the Problem – What is the task at hand that currently needs your attention? Try to get to the root of what has happened or is going on.

2. Evaluate the Problem – Focus on the problem and not the solution. Try to remain neutral as you carefully consider possible resolutions and the pros and cons of each?

3. Decide the Solution – Once you have done a thorough analysis of potential strategies, decide what course of action you will take.

4. Implement the Solution – A problem cannot be solved in your mind. Accept your decision and take action or fully implement your solution to reach a positive end result.

5. Examine the Results – Review your process and end result. Did you achieve the desired outcome? In addition to your own synopsis you may want to seek feedback from others.

 

While on the path to land the job of your dreams, you must be able to provide evidence of your problem solving skills both verbally and in writing. Think about your past jobs and internships, volunteer work, course work, social and extra-curricular activities, and travels. You can also tell how you overcame any obstacles to reach the place you are currently in life.

 

Employers desire someone who takes initiative and can think logically to resolve issues. Examples:

  • Serve extra customers when your coworker had an emergency
  • Calm an angry client
  • Set up and perform a complex lab experiment
  • Resolve a conflict between dorm residents
  • Manage the homecoming parade on a limited budget
  • Lead your friends on vacation in a foreign country

 

Solution: Have an open mind when handling problems and think creatively when you describe your problem solving skills

 

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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Should I Use That Campus Resource?

For many students college is their first shot a real independence. What some students fail to realize is that independence is not synonymous with do it alone. None of us succeeds on our own. In fact, seeking resources and support is a sign of maturity and responsibility. I recommend that all college students familiarize themselves with the resources on their campus that fit into the following broad categories.

Academic Support

Library

School Supplies

Meals

Housing

Tuition Payments

Career Services

Support Services

Special Accommodations

Technology

Activities and Recreation

 

Get To Graduation Workshop
The path to a college degree is rarely linear. Earning a degree is only part of the successful higher education equation. A well-adjusted student has a plan B, C and D, understands the importance of strong connections, practical experience, and marketable skills, and has learned to leverage campus and career opportunities. This workshop will help both graduate and undergraduate students maintain motivation and make the most of their college years.

 

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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