4 Ways to beat the competition
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 1) Jobvite reports that 67% of respondents used Facebook to find a job. In contrast, another Jobvite survey found that 87% of hiring professionals use LinkedIn. That's a huge mismatch. You want to align your job search with the preferred sources used by recruiters, and that is LinkedIn. 2) Update all your social profiles with professional information. Potential employers are searching for talent within social networks or Googling potential candidates. You can shine professionally as well as increase the odds of being discovered if you take just a few minutes and update all your social networking profiles with branded, keyword-rich information.
3) Do your research during the application process. You will be asked questions like, "Why do you want to work here?" or "What do you know about our company?" Top candidates know how to answer these questions because they've conducted company research. Conducting online research is fine, but don't stop there. Referrals are the top source companies use for hiring new employees. Learn about the company by asking people you know about the company's reputation and always have conversations with employees.
4) It's not one-and-done. The days of a career with one employer or holding a single job are shifting to job-hopping and moonlighting. Job-hopping isn't always a bad thing, especially early in your career. Changing jobs can result in greater salary increases than you'd receive by staying with one employer, new skills and expanded networks.
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.
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3 Things every job seeker needs to know about keywords
NEW YORK, NY -- Be specific: Broad keywords such as "marketing" or "accounting" don't tell recruiters and hiring managers much about what you've done. You could have had any role within those departments and the reader wouldn't know which position you held. Plus, the system is probably programmed to look beyond those words, since just about everybody applying for a marketing position will have marketing on their resume. Better move: Find ways to incorporate specific terms and titles like "Accounts receivable," "Head of Market Research," or "Digital Media Recruiter" to increase possibilities of your resume or profile being found.
Provide context: Applicant tracking systems are getting smarter and looking for context. Strategically work keywords into your stories. Provide examples of what you've accomplished around the keyword. Use the keyword as a lead to an achievement bullet. If you do include a keyword in your "skills" section, make sure that skill shows up elsewhere on your resume.
Don't overdo it: You can overdo it with keywords. Once your materials get past the computer, they have to get past the first reader who further narrows the options. If your resume is so packed with keywords that it's difficult to understand, you'll need to find the right balance. Ask a colleague to read it. If they don't understand after reading your resume one time, you need to revise.
4 LinkedIn tips and tricks
CHICAGO, IL -- Tip #1: Optimize for Search: Strategically deploy keywords throughout your profile. Become familiar with the industry-specific terminology that professionals use to describe traits, position titles and skills in your field. Then decide which keywords resonate with the people who might hire you for the kind of job that you'd like.
Tip #2: Keep Your Profile Current: If you've grown in your career and acquired a distinctly specialized background, you may need to sell yourself as a candidate by emphasizing a different skill-set than the one that got you hired years ago. Seek out recommendations and share projects that reflect your current level of expertise and accomplishments while letting go of less relevant content.
Tip #3: Market Yourself: From your professional profile picture to your summary and headline, your LinkedIn profile should present a unified picture of your unique personal brand. As part of your brand, make sure that you're doing your best to display your soft skills and highlight your high levels of motivation. Recommendations are a good way to do this, as are your everyday interactions on the site. Tip #4: Join the Conversation: The more you comment, share, post and publish, the more opportunities you'll have to expand your network and develop your personal brand. An active presence on the site will show recruiters that you're a potential candidate who's highly engaged.
Update and optimize your LinkedIn Profile to get noticed
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Two hundred million users can't be wrong. LinkedIn has exploded onto the employment search scene and is now used across 200 different countries. It has sparked a recruiting revolution of sorts, as many hiring managers search its massive database of prospective employees before even announcing a job opening. Is your profile being found?
If the content within your profile is a simple copy-and-paste from your resume, you could be damaging your chances of landing that dream job. The Career News recommends having your profile overhauled by "LinkedIn Builder", the professional writing service with a rapidly growing list of happy clients. The company will turn your LinkedIn content from passive to powerful in 72 short hours. Here's how: Precise, targeted headline; Conversational summary section with a perfectly social tone; Optimized job descriptions crafted to ensure maximum visibility; 100% profile completeness; Fast, email delivery with easy upload instructions; Downloadable DIY Guide loaded with best practices, LinkedIn insights and how-to tips.
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Do this to nail your next job interview
BOULDER, CO -- Don't submit blindly. A warm introduction from a trusted source is always better than blindly submitting your resume over the transom. Find someone who is already at the company, or someone who can provide you a personal introduction to an executive there. It takes hard work and perseverance, but try researching through LinkedIn, or maybe through your college alumni association. With a little ingenuity and sleuthing, you can always find someone who will be willing to make a warm introduction.
Include a cover letter. Some companies won't even look at a resume if there's no cover letter attached. A well-crafted cover letter allows you to both tell your story and make it personal. This is your opportunity to talk about your passion for the company and how your skills can help solve their needs. Use a cover letter to stand out from the crowd and display your passion and interest in the company.
Nail the interview. One of the best ways to nail your job interview is to be prepared. Study the company and its current activities. Knowing what projects and key clients they will help you tailor your answers specific to their business needs. Also, putting together an "interview tool kit" is a great job interview strategy. Not only will you want to have ample copies of your resume, but you can include other items you will need like directions, copy of the job description, etc.
[VIDEO] The secret to nailing your next job interview
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Did you know that when the job market was booming it took an average of 3 interviews to get 1 job offer? Now it takes 17! When you finally land the job interview of your dreams will you have what it takes to land the job offer? You must stand out during the job interview or you might as well be playing the lottery.
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3 Job description buzzwords to pay attention to
BOSTON, MA -- Fast-paced: As you'd imagine this means there's a lot happening at once. Beyond that it suggests you'll be going from one project to the next without a lot of time to sit back and reflect. So, it's a good fit for someone who's easily bored or task-driven. On the other hand, a focus on speed could be stressful for perfectionists and people who dislike multitasking. If you want time to ideate and reflect without the pressure, look for a work environment that's described as relaxed.
Social: Do you want to make friends at work? If so, a social workplace could be just what you're looking for. On the other hand, you won't be happy there if you're the kind of person who's 100% focused on work. Look for a place with an emphasis on individual work - and people who want to leave at quitting time.
Rapidly-Growing: In a rapidly-growing department, it's easier for you to evolve your position and boost your resume quickly. If you see words like "startup," "inaugural," or "changing," you'll probably get to stretch and take on new things. It's less for you if you want the comfort and security that come with a well-established role. If you want to follow the systems a predecessor put in place, and have your responsibilities match up exactly with what you signed on for, look for company that's described as stable.
Career Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
- Post Your Resume On All Top Job Sites
Get your resume posted on all the top job sites and niche job boards.
- Update Your LinkedIn Profile and Get Noticed
Optimize your LinkedIn prospects with a complete profile that gets noticed.
- [Video] The Job Interview Secret Program
Little known interview secrets that practically forces them to hire you.