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A California Property Tax Reminder from John W. King, Keller Williams Realty

PEA member John W. King, Keller Williams Realty wanted to send everyone this quick reminder!

This is just a gentle reminder that today, Monday, December 10th is date that the 1st installment of property taxes are due for fiscal year 2012-2013 for California property owners, before they become deliquent and you incur a 10% penalty.  You need to have your payment postmarked today.  As an option, you can go directly to the assessor’s website to pay your bill online but you might incur a processing fee depending on how your payment is made.

Santa Clara County is http://payments.scctax.org/

These links were obtained from a Google Search so please make certain for yourselves that these are valid sites.  Hope this is helpful for you.

If you don’t own a home, did you know that property taxes are deductible?

Thanks John! Don’t forget to check out John’s current listings and get more information at www.JohnWKing.com!

Guest Post: Finding the REAL Job Market (part 2) with Richard Phillips, Advantage Career Solutions

Thanks to Richard Phillips, Advantage Career Solutions for writing our guest blog posts this week!  Catch up with Part 1 HERE.

Finding the REAL Job Market (part 2)

We left off on Monday talking about the problem of finding hidden jobs.  Richard told us that, fortunately, it is possible to find and access that 80% of jobs that are hidden.  Here’s how:

1.  Define your preferred work role and setting

First, you need a clear definition of the work role and setting that meets your criteria for satisfaction and that utilizes your skills and experience.  You may already be very clear about what you are looking for, or you may need to do some assessment and research to clarify your role and setting target.

2. Focus on setting rather than role

Next, instead of concentrating your efforts on looking for a job role, focus on looking for an employment setting.  For example, in identifying your ideal work role you decide that you want to use your in-depth knowledge of left-handed gizmo tooling in the role of Director of Gizmos.  In defining your ideal work setting, you know that you want to remain in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Further, you would prefer working for a mid-sized company with rapid growth prospects because you like being in that kind of dynamic environment.

3. Create an employer “Short List”

Given these criteria, your job search just became much more focused.  Your next move is to find all the mid-sized, rapidly growing left-handed gizmo manufacturers in the Bay Area. Finding these employers is an infinitely easier task than finding a job because while 80% of jobs are potentially hidden, close to 100% of viable employers are clearly visible to anyone with rudimentary internet search skills.

4. Check for visible jobs

Once you have created your “short list” of potential employers, you then need to determine if any of them have posted a suitable job in the visible job market.  Probably the easiest way to do this is to check the company website “Careers” section.   You may get lucky and find a listing you can apply to.  If so, move as quickly as you can.  Many jobs don’t get listed on company sites until late in the process because the hiring manager may have already looked for and be interviewing qualified candidates found using other methods.

5. Access the hidden job market

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t find a listing on the company site or a job board. Many hiring managers will first use other methods to find qualified candidates.  These methods include:

  • Asking current employees and colleagues for recommendations.
  • Posting the job on the internal “employees only” website.
  • Posting the job on membership sites run by professional associations.
  • Hiring a search firm to find candidates.

Gaining access to these sources of job leads can be a challenge, of course.   However,  some basic strategies will help, including:

  • Asking network contacts for introductions, advice and help.
  • Finding a current employee who will check the internal job listings for you.
  • Listing companies of interest on your LinkedIn profile.
  • Having a strong LinkedIn profile that will interest search firms.
  • Making “cold contacts” directly with your targeted companies.

By following this process, you will enhance your job search effectiveness enormously because you will be covering both the visible and hidden job “markets.”  Hopefully, you will come close to covering 100% of the possible openings.  And maybe, you will be the first to know about an opening that’s just right for you and so have the hiring manager’s attention all to yourself!

Guest Post: Finding the REAL Job Market (part 1) with Richard Phillips, Advantage Career Solutions

Thanks to Richard Phillips, Advantage Career Solutions for writing a guest blog post this week!  Check back for Part 2 of his article on Wednesday.

Finding the REAL Job Market (part 1)

Someone once asked me what I considered to be the number one myth that job hunters believe to be true, but isn’t.  My reply was “They believe there is a job market.”

A market is a place where sellers and buyers can meet to exchange one thing of value for another.  As Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? pointed out over twenty years ago, the “job market” is largely an idea and not something that actually exists.  Certainly, if other markets were organized (or disorganized) the way the job market is, none of us would be able to find food, clothing, or any of the other basics of life.  If you consider work to be one of the basics of life, then it is no surprise that work can often be so hard to find.

There are approximately 15 million employers in the United States and in total, these organizations provide millions of jobs.  Obviously, there is no place where all of the jobs available from these 15 million organizations are listed.  And even if there was a job “market” available, employers might not use it unless compelled by government regulations.  Even then, they would probably find a way around the regulations.

Why? Because when employers announce that they want to hire a worker, through a listing on a job board, for example, they risk being flooded with resumes, many of which,  if not all, are from unqualified applicants.  Sorting through this mass of resumes takes time away from other tasks which are probably in need of urgent attention because the enterprise is understaffed, hence the need to hire.  It is a vicious circle and employers do what they can to avoid it, particularly during recessionary times when there are many people looking for work.

Estimates vary, but a safe guess is that only 20% of all available jobs are advertised visibly in some form such as online postings or classified print advertising. The career literature often labels this 20% the “visible” job market.  This leaves 80% of jobs that are not advertised or are advertised in limited ways that require special access.  Examples of limited access include the company’s internal job postings, subscription job sites and professional association job boards.  This 80% is often labeled the “hidden” job market.  But the very fact that it is hidden makes it not function very effectively as a market.

Fortunately, it is possible to find and access that 80% of jobs that are hidden.

Check back on Wednesday to read Part 2 of “Finding the REAL Job Market” by Richard PhillipsAdvantage Career Solutions!

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