Baby Boomers and Generation X, Y and Z

I’m as confused as you are when it comes to all the “generation” labels.  What exactly do they mean and why would they matter in my job seeking pursuit?

Let me tell you. It pays to know your X from your Y from your Z. You should try to find out who you are dealing with before you interview.  This is easily done by looking up their LinkedIn or Facebook profile.  Once done, prepare yourself and you can aim and market yourself more effective in your upcoming interview.

GenXyz

Before we can market ourselves effectively, we have to learn our XYZs.  As a Job Seeker, you are a marketer and have to communicate to these very different groups.  One style, message or medium will rarely cover them all.  Here is a brief summary of these generations and their communication styles, collated from my own experiences or from content written by wise guys like Ray Beatty, a very witty Fairfax Journo.

But let’s start with a general generational overview first:

In the press or on TV, experts blithely talk about “Gen X”, “Gen Y”, and “Gen Z” as if we automatically know what they mean. In fact, no one has an exact definition but this comes close.

Let’s start with the “Builders”, the “Silent Generation” or the “War Babies”. They came from the Depression and World War II and grew up at a time when unemployment meant hunger and working in any job was essentially a job for life. In marketing terms they are seen as conservative and security-conscious. Their numbers are dwindling. Read more

April Fool’s? … No it’s not!

This is not an April Fool’s joke

This is the launch of TheDyslexicJobSeeker blog posts with a new look, a new layout and new features.

Starting 1 April 2013 TDJS will feature regular updates and information for job seekers and hiring professionals in Australia & New Zealand.

Enjoy my posts and share the good bits with your network.

Hunt wisely,  Uli 

Cool Apps for Job-Seekers

Imagine how cool it would be if you had a tool at your fingertips that shows you instantly which of your current LinkedIn or Facebook contacts is currently at the Expo or Career Conference and how nice it would be if you had a tool that gently shows you when you are falling out of touch with someone.

I would like to introduce you to four tools out of my JobSeeker toolkit which you should use wisely and only when you need them. I don’t want to promote gadget time. That is far from what I do here in this blog.  Use these apps when you need them and ensure to set up your settings in a manner that you are not constantly fiddling with your tools.

These four tools can help you to manage your digital life or collate information for your next job interview or client meeting. Oh, and if you think you have a better tool, let us know about it! I’ll test and re-post your gadget or app if it will help my Blog’s audience. Read more

Cut Through the Crap

Yes, you heard me right.  Stop wasting valuable time and learn to cut through the lingo and the unnecessary crap in job ads.  Let me guide you through a natural and intuitive process to secure an interview.  Learn to ‘cut through the crap’ so to speak, regardless of how descriptive the ad is, and decide whether or not it’s a good fit for you.

Applying this review or reading process can also clue you in to how serious the company is about the position and give you details about the company culture.  Here is a quick list of the three most obvious ‘cutting’ tools. Read more

Cut Through the Crap

Yes, you heard me right.  Stop wasting valuable time and learn to cut through the lingo and the unnecessary crap in job ads.  Let me guide you through a natural and intuitive process to secure an interview.  Learn to ‘cut through the crap’ so to speak, regardless of how descriptive the ad is, and decide whether or not it’s a good fit for you.

Applying this review or reading process can also clue you in to how serious the company is about the position and give you details about the company culture.  Here is a quick list of the three most obvious ‘cutting’ tools. Read more