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Everything is awesome!

OK, I’ll admit it: I recently watched The Lego Movie with my kids. That “Everything Is Awesome” song is still stuck in my head. Did you know there is a 10-hour YouTube video that repeats that song over and over? Someone has too much time on their hands.

As an almost 40-year old, should I be embarrassed that “Everything is awesome” has become my response to most questions? Anyway, personal embarrassment aside, everything is awesome! Meaning, everything included with your job application software is awesome! This means that when everything is not included with your software option, everything is, well, not awesome.

By everything, what do I mean? Here’s a quick list of everything that is included with your Ninja Gig subscription, most of which items are not typically included by our competitors, or if these items are offered, they come at an extra fee:

  • Unlimited job openings
  • Unlimited number applications
  • Custom questions
  • Unlimited custom questions
  • No contract
  • 30-day free trial
  • Technical support
  • Website portal

Everything is awesome, especially that all of this (and more) is yours for a low monthly fee of $19! You have nothing to lose, so what are you waiting for? Sign up now for our 30-day free trial, and find out for yourself that everything truly is awesome.

If for no other reason…

How much does a toner cartridge and a ream of paper cost? For the average small business, this is at least the monthly cost of printing paper applications, not to mention the wear and tear cost on your printer. So, let’s assume you are using a low-cost ream of paper for $5, and maybe your ink costs are $40. So, for $45 you are printing paper applications and “doing it yourself”.

Oh, and we should probably count the amount of time involved to print these applications. Oh yeah, and there is also the time to hand these out to potential applicants. Oops, looks like we forgot the time involved to receive and organize these applications. Your costs involved with paper applications are much more than paper & ink, probably a couple hundred dollars per month, at least!

Now is the time for you to start accepting digital employment applications for your job openings if for no other reason than to save the time and money you are spending accepting paper applications. Another benefit to accepting computerized job applications is that you can quickly customize the job application without additional costs or printing fees. Finally, the digital employment application is a “set it and forget it” solution, in that you no longer have to waste time distributing, receiving, and organizing paper applications.

So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of our 30-day free trial and sign up now to see what you are missing!

Why Hiring is Like Buying Eggs

When you’re faced with having to hire employees, it’s a lot like buying eggs.

First, you have to decide what kind of eggs you want to buy.  Are you going to go with high quality, organic brown eggs?  Or, are you on a tight budget and going to go with the regular white eggs that are on sale?  The organic might cost more, but you’re going to have the good feeling inside that you bought the very best.

Second, you need to open up the carton to see if there are any damaged eggs inside.  You check for cracks, breaks and other imperfections that would ruin your purchase.

Third, you carefully take your eggs home and soon enough, crack them open and throw them into the frying pan.

When hiring, you need to take a similar approach.

Is your budget cushy enough to afford the more quality job applicants that will cost you more?  Or, will you go with the kid right out of college that is a bargain, but may not have as much experience?

You need to open the carton on each applicant and check for cracks.  Check their online social media sites, do a background check, maybe even a drug test to ensure you getting a quality “product.” This is important, especially is you offer online job applications.

Third, once you’ve done all that checking and selecting, you are ready to throw them into your virtual frying pan, and hopefully they’ll fry up just right.

The Top 10 Website for Your Career

When looking for a job, time is often of the essence. You don’t want to waste precious job search time dealing with online job boards that don’t offer you a wide variety of companies and positions to browse through.

You also want job and networking information that will have up to date information…not jobs that have been closed for months.

Here is a list of some job boards and websites that are good for networking, job searches and pertinent information related to employment.

1.  LinkedIn.com – The largest professional social networking site, LinkedIn has more than 175 million members in 200-some countries worldwide. People are signing up at approximately two new members a second. It is free to become a member and post a summary of your career and work history. Recruiters and hiring managers use nine-year-old LinkedIn more than any other website to connect with job candidates,

2.  Indeed.com is a Google-like search engine for jobs and one of the most efficient sites for surveying job listings, since it aggregates information from job boards, news sites and company listings. An advanced search function enables users to drill down on a location, keywords and salary range. Indeed says it has 70 million unique visitors and 1.5 billion job searches a month. It’s available in 50 countries and 26 languages.

3.  SimplyHired.com – Like Indeed.com, SimplyHired is a Google-like search engine for jobs and a quick way to survey a massive number of job listings. The site, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., aggregates information from job boards, news sites and company listings. At last count, it had 30 million unique visitors a month. One advantage of SimplyHired over Indeed: Job listings display a user’s LinkedIn connections to each job.

4.  Monster.com – One of the oldest online job boards, Monster.com created in 1996, includes listings in 50 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia and sells services to recruiters and companies looking to hire. Job seekers can post their résumés and comb listings for free. The site includes loads of free content on everything from résumé and cover letter writing to interviewing tips to sample resignation letters.

5.  Glassdoor.com – This four-year-old site, based in Sausalito, Calif., bills itself as the Trip Advisor of career sources. Glassdoor does no independent checking of the data its users provide. The site says it has salary information for 160,000 companies based on 2.5 million user reports. It also offers user-written reviews of what it’s like to work at companies and information about what to expect at a job interview. A new feature allows users to see if they have connections to specific employers through friends or friends of friends on Facebook.

6.  Idealist.com –  The nation’s largest employment board for nonprofit jobs, idealist.org has more than 1 million registered users. The site launched in 1996. It also includes volunteer opportunities, a blog with stories like tips on managing student loans and a listing of events related to the non-profit world. Funding for Idealist comes from foundation support, donations and from fees it charges U.S.-based organizations to list on the site. It also collects fees from graduate degree programs that exhibit at its career fairs.

7.  USAJobs.com – The government’s official site for federal jobs and employment information, USAJobs lists thousands of jobs, from the Defense Department to the Department of Transportation. It’s possible to apply for jobs directly through the site. It also has information about eligibility, compensation and benefits for federal workers, including vacation time, commuter subsidies, insurance, and child care.

8.  The Wall Street Journal Careers site – This site is packed with free content aimed at job seekers and those looking to advance their careers. It also includes a link to the Wall Street Journal’s financial jobs website, FINS, and a link to the “At Work” blog that includes yet more careers content including articles on subjects like job security and college co-op work programs, and links to articles in other publications about work and careers.

9.  Specialty Job Site in your Area of Expertise – For technology and engineering jobs, Dice.com, founded 21 years ago, is a comprehensive site with a database of 86,000 jobs and free career advice and news. For financial careers, try eFinancialCareers.com, a network of financial career sites. For media jobs, mediabistro.com has a job board, industry news and paid course offerings. There are other job specific sites that are easily found with a search engine.

10.  NinjaGig.com – Ninja Gig offers themselves as every business’ solution to on-line recruiting. Realizing that the application and recruiting process can be a big pain. NinjaGig.com focuses on building the software tools to help make your life a little easier.

NinjaGig.com’s software allows you to accept online job applications and post employment openings. Setting up your Ninja Gig portal is a snap, and then you can direct applicants to your portal where they can review job openings and fill out a digital employment application, including the ability to attach their resume and cover letter. The sign-up process is easy; you can literally start accepting employment applications within minutes using our application form on your own Ninja Gig portal.

Top Job Interview and Resume Tips

If you search websites about applying for jobs, applying for jobs online, or resume tips, things start to look the same.

There are many tips out there about performing well in job interviews and having the best resume, but sometimes you can get information overload and do too much.

Here are two basic lists that will cover your bases, but not have you do too much when going to a job interview or creating a resume:

Job Interview Tips

Dress Conservatively.  Wear nice dress pants, dressier shirt, no big jewelry or accessories.

Be Prepared.  Find out about the company beforehand.  Do some background research so you can make conversation.

Be Polite.  Shake the interviewer’s hand.  Don’t sit until you are invited to.  Don’t slouch in your chair.  Don’t use slang words.  Be polite, positive and professional throughout the interview.

Know Your Schedule.  Know what days and times you are available to work.  The employer will ask.  Flexibility is an asset, because the more you are available, the easier it is for them to set a work schedule.  Also, have a plan of how you are going to get to and from work, if you don’t have your own car.

Be on Time.  Arrive at the interview site a few minutes early.  If you’re not sure where to go, get directions ahead of time.

Send a Thank You Note.  Take a few minutes to thank the person who interviewed you. Sending a paper note is always best – tell them thank you for their time and for meeting with you.

Resume Tips

  1.  Make sure you have a lot of                            “white space”                            on your resume.  You don’t want it to be too crowded.
  2. Use bullet points over paragraph-style descriptions.
  3. Never use personal pronouns on a resume (I, me, my).
  4. Use action verbs to describe your duties at past jobs.
  5. Use specific examples of accomplishments and job duties.
  6. Never include personal information such as age and race.
  7. Never list your references on a resume – if people want them, they will ask for them.
  8. Spell chck, spll check, spell check!
  9. A clean design with ONE or TWO fonts is always best.

10. Make sure your social networking doesn’t include anything you don’t want a future boss to see – especially pictures, swearing, and even some of your friends – people do judge you by the company you keep so you may want to “hide” some of your friends on Facebook.

11. Last, but not least, unless you’re a model, never include your picture on, or with your resume.

Some Resume Funnies

All you have to do is search “funny resumes” or “resume bloopers” and you will be inundated with funny anecdotes from various companies who have collected some hilarious resumes.

These resumes definitely make for some fun water-cooler humor, but it won’t land you a job.  In fact, mistakes will repel would-be employers.

Be careful when you’re typing your resume or submitting an online job application.  Check, double check and then recheck your spelling and word choices, and then have someone else check it too!

Here are some funnies from resumes around the world:

Education:  “I have a bachelorette degree in computers.”

Background:  “28 dog years of experience in sales (four human).

Hobbies:  “enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians.”

“2001 summer Voluntary work for taking care of the elderly and vegetable people.”

Hobbies:  “drugs and girls”.

Achievements:  “Nominated for prom queen.”

One resume said that the individual had won a contest for building toothpick bridges in middle school.

One applicant used colored paper and drew glitter designs around the border.

“Finished eighth in my class of ten.”

“It’s best for employers that I not work with people.”

“Marital status:  often. Children:  various.”

Interests:  “gossiping.”

Languages:  “Speak English and Spinach.”

Objective:  “So one of the main things for me is, as the movie ‘Jerry McGuire’ puts it, ‘Show me the money!'”

Qualifications:  “Twin sister has accounting degree.”

Application:  Why should an employer hire you?  “I bring doughnuts on Friday.”

Experience:  “Child care provider:  Organized activities; prepared lunches and snakes.”

Personal:  “I am loyal and know when to keep my big mouth shut.”

Stand Out with Your Online Job Application

When it comes to applying for jobs online, it is important to stand out from the other applicants. Online job postings can attract thousands of applicants, making the odds of getting an interview very small.

In fact, only about 14 percent of all job seekers find employment through ads and the Internet. On the other hand, about 65 percent of all jobs come from networking within the company and by word of mouth.

If you can interact with the employer, it will help you stand out from the other applicants.

By incorporating several strategies into how you apply for jobs online, you can increase your chances of getting a job by more than 100 percent.

  • Verify that the company received and can access your application and any attachments.
  • Make contact with the people who make the hiring decision, ensuring they receive a copy of your resume.
  • Network within the company.

Shortly after sending your online application, give the company a call.  Ask to speak with the Human Resources department.  Ask them if they received your online application, and more importantly, ask them if they would please open your resume attachment to make sure it opens correctly.

With differences in software, sometimes resumes won’t open, and you would never know about it because typically they won’t email you back looking for it…they will just delete your file because they don’t have time to deal with little hiccups like this.

Calling to check will reassure you AND make a favorable impression upon the company.  Also, if you have specific questions about the position, you could take it a step further and ask to speak to the hiring manager to ask your questions.  This will make you stand out from the rest of the pile of resumes and let them know of your interest and excitement about the position.

Resolve to Accept Online Applications

What better resolution than to make your biz more tech-friendly this year.  And more specifically, START accepting online job applications for your business.

Even if your business is small, this one step will make your business look better and you will receive a wider variety of qualified job applicants.

For just $10 per month on www.ninjagig.com, you receive:

  • Your own NinjaGig.com website portal
  • The ability to post unlimited jobs
  • The ability to receive unlimited employment applications
  • QR Code (those funky looking barcodes)
  • A tinyURL link for your website
  • A secure login where you can review and organize all received applications, manage job openings, etc.

Here are a Few Key Points to Consider:

-You don’t need your own existing website to receive online job applications.

As part of your registration, you will automatically get your own Ninja Gig portal. We let you choose your own domain name (yourcompany.ninjagig.com) and you will use that link to point applicants in the right direction.
-NinjaGig.com provides you with your own specific link.

We let you choose your own domain name (yourcompany.ninjagig.com) and you will use that domain name on your website and other on-line job postings to point applicants in the right direction. The simplicity of an ninjagig.com domain name makes remembering much easier for your applicants.
-Unlimited Job Applications

NinjaGig.com does not limit the number of applications you can receive from our software. Whether you receive 1 or 1,000 applications, the price is the same. Even if you only receive one application per month, our software is well worth the price to enable the on-line application process, while giving your company the tools you need to receive, track, and manage all current and previous applications.
-Mobile employment applications

We have enabled our software to make accepting employment applications from a mobile device a piece of cake. Mobile visitors will automatically be re-directed to a mobile-friendly website and still enjoy your fully-functional employment application.

-Using Ninja Gig for job postings

While our software isn’t specifically designed as a job posting service, our tools will enable you to create basic job openings with titles and descriptions.
-$10 Per Month and no Contract

We understand that your bottom line is the most important thing (next to hiring fantastic employees) – you pay $10 per month for unlimited use and applications and you don’t have to sign a huge contract. You can cancel anytime.

Having an online presence and giving applicants the ability to apply online for a job is becoming more and more of a big deal.  But, setting this up for your company is NOT a big deal at all.  It’s easy, fast and you can test drive it for free HERE.

Happy Hiring!

Your Business Habits will Change Your Business

In his book, “The Power of Habits,” author Charles Duhigg cites many studies all relating to how habits shape our personal lives, businesses/careers and basically every facet of our lives.

It all boils down to the old adage, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.”

In business, if you are not happy with how things are going, then change the way you do things.

If you want to make your business more tech-friendly, then start using social media, start accepting online employment applications, get your website up to snuff, and basically change your business habits.

Businesses who don’t use social media or do online job applications can often seem antiquated in today’s world.  Changing a few things up will make a huge difference in the way things are perceived in your business.

Changing business habits may be hard to do, but having a fresh outlook will bring new energy to your business and improve things all around.