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In this interview series, we caught up with Joey Trebif from CareerAlley who shares his expertise and insights about job search, career change, etc.in today’s marketplace.

Tell Us a Little Bit about Your Company

At CareerAlley, we focus on providing job search and career advice to those looking to change jobs or enhance their career.

How Did You Get Started in This Path?

My schooling is finance and accounting and I worked my way up the career ladder (many companies, many jobs).  

I was naturally interested in career growth and managing your career.  Being good at job search is very important in the volatile finance industry.

Is This Something You Decided Early on in Your Career?

I am a senior executive in Financial Services and was a victim of the Great Recession (lost my job).  I thought it would be a great idea to start a blog to help people find a job (since so many were displaced).  That was 10 years ago.

What Is the Best Career Advice You’ve Ever Received?

Do what you love and you will have an incredibly successful career.

What Is the Most Exciting Part of Working in This Industry?

Helping people grow in their career by providing focused career and job-search advice.

How Do to Stay Abreast of the Industry as an Expert?

Constant reading, following many of the career experts in the industry.

What Are Some of the Things That You See Job Seekers Struggle with the Most?

I don’t think that many job seekers prepare for an interview.  

It is not just about being able to answer all of the questions and ask the right questions.

It’s also about fully understanding the organization where you are interviewing, learning as much as you can about the interviewer(s), and letting them know why you want to work for their company.

What Are the Common Mistakes That You See Them Do?

Applying for jobs that they are “somewhat” qualified for rather than focusing on opportunities that are a very good match for their background.

 Additionally, I think that many job seekers spend too much time chasing “job opportunities” on job search sites and not enough time leveraging their professional social networks.

How Should Job Seekers Approach Job Search Today?

We all know that many recruiters and hiring managers spend less than 10 seconds scanning a resume.

 Formatting (unfortunately this is still important) and appropriateness for the role are the two most important factors in getting your resume read (fully) and having a shot at getting an interview.

Unemployment Is at the Lowest Levels, Why Do You Think That Is?

I think that today’s managers understand that the workforce has changed over the last 10 years and is willing to be more flexible in the types of individuals they hire.

Meaning, many managers look for foundation skills that can be molded into the roles they need to fill.  That, coupled with individuals who are getting the right skills and are willing to be more flexible in the roles they consider makes for an environment where people are more easily hired.  

Lastly, I think that job creation has expanded faster than candidate availability.

What Is the Biggest Trend(s) You See That Job Seekers Will Face in the Next 2-3 Years?

The trend of “employee for life” to “employee for 2-3 years” has made longer tenure somewhat of a negative.

Job seekers may need to think about looking for a job more often (every 2-5 years) to get the compensation and experience they seek in the long term.

What Is One Advice You Would Give Someone Just Out of College Today?

Sounds corny, but just get your foot in the door.  

Getting into the right organization with the best long term opportunities will add more value (and more potential) than trying to find your dream job (not that you shouldn’t, but it should not be your deciding factor).

What Is One Advice You Would Give Someone Who Is Switching Careers?

If you are in a bad situation (hate your job, hate your manager, etc.), don’t just take any job to get out of your situation.

If you are going to make a career move, spend time learning new skills, look for a company you respect, and try to get a “stretch” role.

How Should Job Seekers Get the Most Out of LinkedIn?

Illustrate Who You Are

The main objective of a professional LinkedIn profile is to describe what separates you from the other job applicants.

Speaking on the topic, Neal Schaffer, a consultant for social media networking says that you should “showcase your strengths and what differentiates you from others”.

When it comes to this part of the bio creation process, it can be extremely difficult to convey your message in a way that grabs an employer’s attention.

Be Keyword Specific

A keyword can be anything that is associated with your experience, industry, or profession and that would be viewed as valuable in your profession.

Because certain keywords are important to a recruiter, prospective employers will search your LinkedIn profile for specific words and phrases. Keywords can range from specific job experiences that you already have, are looking for, a description of previous jobs and responsibilities, former job titles, and qualifications.

What Is the Biggest Trend(s) You See That Hiring Managers Will Face in the Next 2-3 Years?

A shortage of qualified staff.  

Not because people are less qualified, but because most qualified individuals are fully employed.  

Hiring managers will need to consider individuals with less experience or who need additional training.

Joey, What Is You Currently Working on?

We relaunched our site and are now working on improving and updating older articles.

We are hoping to write a book sometime later this year, which will be a summary of the 10 years of CareerAlley articles.

What Are the Best Resources You Recommend to Job Seekers?

The top job search and career sites with the best reputations are a great source of advice.  

There are a few all-time standards in terms of careers, but Joey Trebif’s favorite (old but still relevant) is Getting Things Done by David Allen.  This is a short book and you will want to reread it and refer to it during your career.

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Joey Trebif and CareerAlley have also been featured in our recent compilation of the most resourceful career experts and career blogs –  Top Career Advice Websites.  

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