Alice through the DPP Career Portal

Queen of HeartsWhere is the first place you turn when you’re starting a job search? Chances are it’s the Internet.

Anyone who has spent any time on the Internet soon learns how easy it is to get lost. There’s so much information available and fun stuff to do! Soon, you’re following Alice down the rabbit hole and wondering how on earth you got there.

Remember when Alice began her fall down the rabbit hole? She passed rows and rows of shelves and cupboards. She would pull a jar off the shelf, only to return it to another shelf further down. That’s a bit like some of the searches job seekers do as they scroll through pages of job links.

At last, she reached the bottom, and discovered locked doors of varying sizes. She found a key and tried it in every lock, until she found one that fit. It was for a tiny door. Alice was too large to fit through the doorway.

We often see big Alice’s eye peering through our little door. “Can you help me?” she asks. “I’m looking for a job.”

Too often, the answer is, “Off with her head!” Oh, er, it is, “No, I’m sorry, but we only work with experienced IT people,” which is often perceived as “Off with her head.”

Job seekers probably feel like Alice more often than they’d like to admit. Too big here, too small there. Too much experience, not enough experience. Wrong skill set, no skill set.

As a niche agency, we frequently must turn people away. As “people” people, we wish we could help everyone. The reality is, we can’t.

What we can do is offer the people we can’t help, an alternative resource.

Enter the DPP Career Portal

We have invested in a career portal stocked full of resources to assist people in finding jobs and exploring new careers.

Every week, the DPP Career Portal features live, free, job seeker training webinars. The live webinars include a question and answer session, when you can get answers to your most pressing job seeking questions. If you can’t make the live webinar, you can view the archived version at your convenience. This month, webinar topics include:

  • Re-THINK Your Job Search (11/6)
  • How to Write a Stand-Out Resume (11/12)
  • Turbo Charge Your Job Search Over the Holidays (11/21)

The portal includes other tools, such as:

Career Advisor:  Our online system will walk you through the resume process and help you identify ways to improve your resume. Using this tool will help you find the best possible employment opportunities.

Assessment Tools:  If you are considering a new career or are unsure as to what career you may like, these Assessments can help you understand what type of career you are best suited for, as well as opportunities you may not have thought about before.

Customized Job Board:  Set up alerts to learn about new job opportunities that match your skills, work location, salary requirements, and more. You can save your searches and refine them over time.

These are just a few of the many tools and resources available through the DPP Career Portal. Be sure to sign up for the free weekly Career Advisor newsletter with tried and true advice, tips, and updates on upcoming webinars and new articles to help you as you explore your next career opportunity.

As you look through the DPP Career Portal, you will see options that require a fee. At some point, you may decide it would be worth it to pay a small fee to have your resume reviewed and critiqued, or to purchase thank you notes, for example.

However, there are many, many free resources available through the DPP Career Portal. By working your way through the PrepareSearch & Connect, and Interview menus at the top of the page, you’ll uncover both fee-based and free options.

So stop listening to that hookah-smoking Caterpillar, and start grinning like the clear-headed Cheshire Cat. Don’t be late for that very important date with your dream opportunity. Visit the DPP Career Portal and create your profile today.

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Corporate Media Specialist, DPP 

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