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We wish you a new year full of happiness and good fortune.

Last year was an expansion year for us, full of interesting lessons, new business lines and partnerships.

We look forward to 2019 and the success it will bring, and we wish the same to our business partners, friends and customers as well.

May endless joy and happiness be with you throughout the New Year…

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How to beat the Holiday Job Search blues

Job search during the holiday season can add an additional level of stress to an already stressful time of year.  But there is an upside to interviewing during the holidays.

With over 20% of job seekers opting out of job searching due to the holidays a fifth of your competition just left the market, and an even larger percentage fail to update their resumes and profiles on the job search engines. So now is the time to capitalize on that advantage.

Here’s why job hunting during the holidays, is such a brilliant idea!!

  • Create complete job applications. Resist the urge to send a blind resume, employers seeking to hire are more likely to view resumes in an online format that they are accustomed to, the rest is for the delete button.
  • Please follow the job application instructions. To ignore directions tells the manager that you do not/will not follow directions – and you wonder why they have not called on your resume!
  • If you have created a job application more than three months ago, please go back in and update, better yet create a new resume or profile, you may have fallen to Resume 1005 – nobody reads that many!
  • Most job boards allow you to add up to three resumes/profiles. Every now and again, update to rise to the top.
  • Change or remove your objective or summary so your info looks new.
  • Take a good attitude and lots of business cards to holiday functions. Hint: do not hand out your resume at holiday functions, offer to email it the next day.
  • Still no hits or interviews after three weeks – thrash the whole thing. Create a new resume or profile. Do it yourself or invest in your career, have a professional resume writer design it for you.
  • Some of the best salary offers are made during this upbeat time of year – so hang in there!!.

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This Article is a re-post from FPSelectJobsblog 12/03/2017 

High-Status Absent-Mindedness

High-status absent-mindedness – always seems to end up benefiting the absent-minded person.

What makes this form of forgetfulness uniquely annoying is that you’re not even supposed to be annoyed by it: the absent-minded professor can fail to show up for an appointment, or forget he owes you money, and the world “treats it as though it were cute, and possibly a sign of genius”. He’s not just allowed to neglect duties the rest of us feel obliged to observe, he’s also rewarded for it.

And, on closer inspection, as University of Toronto philosopher, Joseph Heath wrote a while back on the Canadian blog In Due Course notes, this trait – let’s call it high-status absent-mindedness – exhibits some curious features.  High-status absent-mindedness ssomehow always seems to end up benefiting the absent-minded person.

If someone were straightforwardly bad at retaining information about their daily activities, you might expect them to show up early for meetings, sometimes, rather than late; they’d forget you owed them money as often as the other way round.

But that never happens, leading Heath to speculate that what’s going on here is really a form of “male dominance behavior”. You act as though you’re too important to concern yourself with trifling matters to demonstrate that you can get away with doing so. And, by cloaking your obnoxiousness in absent-mindedness, you don’t even have to admit you’re being a jerk.

There are echoes here of “strategic incompetence”, the aptly named tactic whereby people exempt themselves from tedious chores such as stacking the dishwasher or clearing paper jams at the office, by performing them so terribly, they’re never asked again. Unlike strategic incompetence, however, high-status absent-mindedness needn’t be conscious.

Sigmund Freud argued that this kind of “motivated forgetting” was a way of expressing unconscious antipathy to others in a form acceptable to the conscious mind. And the evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers shows how natural selection has made us excellent at self-deception, because the best way to deceive others – in this case, to trick them into thinking you’re simply too preoccupied with big ideas to have brain space for minor obligations – is often to deceive yourself first.

That way, when you perform the part of the scatterbrained genius who can’t help himself, you get to be completely sincere and thereby more convincing. Or, to put it another way: your forgetfulness may be a status-boosting act, but you’ve forgotten you know that.

There’s a lonely kind of craziness in falling out with people who have no idea you’ve fallen out.

Just because they haven’t replied to your texts doesn’t mean they’re ignoring you

We live, according to the cliche, in an age of “instant communication”. Only we don’t. The truth is the sense that everyone could get back to you immediately, if they wanted to – and the anxiety that follows when they don’t. Emails, and increasingly texts and DMs, too, wait days or even weeks for a response.

“The result,” as Julie Beck put it recently in the Atlantic, “is the sense that everyone could get back to you immediately, if they wanted to – and the anxiety that follows when they don’t.” In the old days, instant replies were either obligatory (as in face-to-face conversation) or impossible (as in snail mail). Now, though, we’ve hopelessly confused the two. So when no reply is forthcoming, we’ve no idea what to think.

This explains the peculiarly modern phenomenon of being involved, at any given time, in a half-dozen emotionally awkward situations that may in fact not exist beyond the confines of one’s own head. Right now, for example, I’m convinced a dear friend is angry or distressed that I still haven’t responded to his newsy pre-Christmas message; meanwhile, a professional contact who suggested lunch has gone silent since my enthusiastic reply, perhaps having realized she had confused me with someone more noteworthy and being too embarrassed to admit it.

‘Yet of course I have zero evidence for either belief: I suspect my friend hasn’t given the matter any thought, while the contact is furiously busy and will eventually reply. There’s a special, lonely kind of craziness in experiencing ongoing tensions with people who almost certainly aren’t experiencing them back.

Yet this anxiety, Beck notes, is the price we’re willing to pay for the sense of control we get from not feeling obliged to reply immediately: “What the age of instant communication has enabled is the ability to deal with conversation on our own terms.” If more and more people consider phone calls a form of ambush – because (oh God!) you have to respond there and then – perhaps that’s because, in other domains, a sense of control is so hard to come by these days.

If there’s no reason to feel secure about your job, your tenancy agreement, your retirement or the future of the planet, at least you get to retreat inside your mind and decide exactly who gets to intrude, and when you’ll engage, if at all.

The problem is that the disadvantages of this kind of control can end up outweighing the benefits. A world in which we’re obliged to nobody is one in which nobody’s obliged to us. I may think I prefer being able to choose when I reply to that message from my friend.

But what happens in reality is that work gets in the way, my response is indefinitely delayed, and one more thread of our friendship is frayed. If he’d picked up the phone – and I’d answered, despite my annoyance at the intrusion – we’d have prevented that.

Plus I’d have been spared several weeks feeling guilty about offending him, even though I probably never did.

Read entire article by: Oliver Burkeman | The Guardian |Mar 2018

Still looking for that one perfect job!

Getting a hiring manager to return your phone message.

Still looking for that perfect jobYou have just received a phone call acknowledging receipt of your resume or a call to set up an interview. Placing a badly recorded phone message can stop the interview process in its tracks.

Far too many jobseekers, use the same phone call etiquette as they would with a friend or family member who knows who they are. Little thought is given to creating a message that will be returned by the employer.

Leaving a Professional Job Search Phone Message.

Quite often mangers do not return calls, or follow up with jobseekers, because the candidate:
  • Did not leave a telephone number
  • Left a number with no area code
  • Did not leave their name
  • Left a message that is garbled or barely audible
  • Placed the call from a location with background noises, e.g. traffic sounds, restaurant noises, dogs barking etc.
  • Leave a long rambling incoherent message

Any message that requires the hiring manager to do research before the calling you back;  and this includes looking up your contact information, trying to figure out who the call is from, or what you are trying to say; will greatly reduce your chance of a call back from the manager or for consideration for the job.

FPSelectJobs: 03/12/2018