Ways to effectively network (and land a job)
CARLSBAD, CA -- Leverage your online persona: Once represented by the carefully crafted professional resume, today's job seekers are represented by their social media profiles -- whether they realize it or not. More than half of hiring managers will look at an applicant's social media profiles, so why not use those profiles to extend your professional network? Engage with professionals not just on LinkedIn, but on other platforms as well. Be intentional about creating a new online presence that will attract the attention of potential employers.
Mingle with decision makers: Employers like to hire people who are dedicated, confident, and outgoing. Showing up at events (conferences, trainings, job fairs, etc.) that are related to your field shows dedication, especially when the event isn't mandatory -- so show up! Dress well, prepare one or two questions in advance that you can use to get the conversation going, and introduce yourself to everyone. Leaving a positive lasting impression can mean the difference between a "yes" or a "no" when hiring professionals are poring through a thick stack of similar resumes.
Diversify your network: Lindsey Pollak, author of "Becoming the Boss," addresses the importance of developing a "generationally diverse" professional network. "Members of the different generations tend to think differently about issues such as work/life integration, entrepreneurship, people management, marketing, social media, and more, so a multigenerational network will inspire you to try new strategies in your career this year."
Work smarter and land a job over the competition
LOS ANGELES, CA -- These days, to land a job over the competition, you have to work smarter. The hard part is to get your resume read by the right people at the right time. Good jobs aren't on the market very long. To succeed your resume has to be available to the employer the moment they decide to fill a position.
One easy way to be found by employers who are looking to hire someone with your skills, is to post your resume on all the top job sites and niche job boards. This is a proven, documented method of successful job searching. While it may take a fair amount of time to find and fill out the forms of all these sites, you will definitely multiply your chances of landing a job.
If you want all the benefits without all the work, you can let a service like Resume Rabbit do it for you. You fill out one simple form and they'll instantly post your resume on up to 85 top job sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, America's Job Exchange, Dice & more. Then you'll be seen by over 1.5 million employers & recruiters daily. It takes ONLY 5 minutes and saves 60 hours of research and data entry. Instantly post your resume on all the top job sites, to find a job faster.
Bouncing back after screwing up a job interview
CHICAGO, IL -- Grieve: Allow yourself a little time to sulk. Get it out of your system. You're upset, you feel a lot of emotions, and you just need to get it out. With that said, do NOT go out and tell the world you're a major screw up - it will not help your personal brand. Instead of unloading all of your emotions on everyone, choose one person and confide in them. Tell him or her you need to vent, share how you feel, and talk things through.
Move on: You get one full day to grieve. After that, it's time to move on. Pick yourself up and get back out there. Write down what happened during your interview, what you learned, and how you plan to grow. This will help you reframe your mindset and give you a game plan that will help you do better next time. Make use of this experience and learn from it. Grow. Remember, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger!
Reward yourself: You might think it sounds crazy, but it's important to reward yourself for a job well done - even after screwing up a job interview! It's the little victories that get us to the big win. The fact that you GOT the interview means you've been working hard. You did something right in order to land that interview, and we can't lose sight of that.
Looking for a job? Don't tell LinkedIn
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- There's a bias against hiring the unemployed. This unfair and unfortunate bias has been documented many times over the recent years. So you don't want to put any verbiage in your LinkedIn profile that serves to underscore your currently unemployed status. If you do happen to be unemployed, here are a few ways to overcome this bias.
1) Don't just "apply" or rely on headhunters, because that's where your current employment gap will hurt you the most. Network to get introductions, and contact "strangers" directly. That is, tap into the hidden job market. Then you will be seen as a person, not just a piece of paper. Getting interviews using these channels makes all the difference, and this is how most of my clients land jobs these days.
2) Fill any gaps with unpaid work. Some unpaid experience can be even more valuable than your paid experience! Don't relegate this work to the "Volunteer" section at the bottom of your resume, put it right at the top of your experience to fill that gap. For example, if you've helped friends, family or colleagues for free using your expertise, you are now a consultant. You don't need to advertise that you weren't paid for your valuable consulting work. 3) If you've taken a few classes, fill that gap with a "job" called "Continuing Education" or something similar, and then list the classes you've taken that will resonate with your target audience.
Get help finding a recruiter in your industry
LOS, ANGELES, CA -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider networking with a recruiter. Recruiters, otherwise known as head hunters or search consultants, are hired by companies to find candidates for them, and often know about unadvertised jobs.
It's important to note, that recruiters do not charge the job seeker. The company pays a fee, typically when a candidate is hired. When contacting a recruiter send a resume and cover letter just as though you were applying for a job. If a recruiter calls you, always call back - even if you are not currently job hunting. You never know when circumstances might change and you might need job search assistance.
If you don't know of any good recruiters and/or want to instantly have your resume sent to 1000's of recruiters that specialize in people with your skills, we have a suggestion for you! One service, Resume Mailman, can email your resume to 1000's of targeted recruiters. Resume Mailman asks you to fill out some general information and input your resume. Then, your information is delivered to recruiters who specialize in finding jobs for people with your skills, in your area! To tap into the hidden job market, get your resume delivered to recruiters in your industry today.
Career lessons smart people tend to forget
ATLANTA, CA -- 1) Your Next Mistake Won't Be Your Last: Rather than believe you're flawless and nothing can go wrong, accept that obstacles are bound to show up and that you'll be prepared for them when they do. This is how you'll ultimately build mental strength and set yourself up better for success.
2) You Have to Ask for What You Want: If you want something, ask for it (and prove why you deserve it). No one can read your mind but you, so the only way you'll turn thoughts into actions is to actually act on them. 3) Career Happiness Requires Work: You may admire those around you who leave work in a chipper mood every day, and wonder what their secret is. But the real secret is that person worked really hard to get where they are. Everyone deserves to love their career, but more importantly everyone has the ability to do so. It won't happen immediately, but if you set your sights on seeking happiness, you're that much closer to reaching it.
4) Success Takes Time: Reaching success takes time - and accepting this requires patience. More importantly, success doesn't happen by taking one giant leap. Don't discount the little steps you take along the way - they may seem insignificant and tedious now, but two, five, 10 years from now you'll be glad you took them.
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4 ways Twitter can boost your career
NEW YORK, NY -- Researching companies and industries: Keeping tabs on what's going on in your industry is easy with Twitter. In seconds, you can find information on just about anything. This ability to gauge reactions, in real-time, can be invaluable when you're heading to a networking event, or even a job interview.
Staying informed: Twitter is the fastest place to get real-time updates. If you're at a business or networking event and feel like you need an ice breaker, check Twitter to find what's trending in the news. You can use the 'trending' sections to see what's happening worldwide or narrow it down to your city. This is a huge plus if you want to make sure you are on top of industry trends. Networking: Twitter provides access to many influential and connected people. The site was built for interaction, so there's no reason to be shy; you can tweet at someone directly and jump in and out of conversations without fear of talking out of turn.
Personal branding: There is almost no better way to sell yourself than with an active Twitter account. It's a fantastic way to show off your interests and work, and get your name associated with an industry or area of expertise. You can post links that relate to your business and work, but try to strike a balance and also re-tweet content from other users.
Career Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
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