Brand Yourself And Get The Job
WAYNE, PA -- Know Thyself. A good way to nail down your personal brand is to write a brief about yourself. List everything you have to offer an employer. Once you think you've captured all potentially valuable skills, abilities and traits, begin weeding the list down to your five greatest professional assets.
Prioritize Your Greatest Strengths. Work on your priority of communication around those core selling points. Keep it short and simple. Aim for a dozen words or so for each item. If you're struggling to get started, imagine that you randomly met the CFO of a company where you've always wanted to work. What are the most important messages you'd want to get across? What impression would you want to leave? Be Clear and Consistent. Think about how your personal brief translates into the look, feel and content of all your brand elements. If you feel key info is getting lost, consider leading off with a professional summary section. Make sure your LinkedIn profile reinforces your resume. Extend your brand to other social media accounts you use for professional purposes.
Keep At It. The best brands continually fine-tune and evolve. Make it a practice to regularly reassess your personal brand (both your materials and approach). As you continue in your job search, you'll get a sense of what's resonating. Developing a personal brand gives you a framework to follow as you develop or refine any one element in your job-hunting toolbox.
Thinking of a career change? Post your resume today!
SAN DIEGO, CA -- After deciding to make a career change, the last thing you need to have happen is for your employer to accidentally find out that you're looking for a new job. But there are steps you can take to keep your job search confidential. While the job market is very competitive right now, there are still millions of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top career sites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on all the top career sites will give you better exposure than your competition.
If you want the benefit of maximum exposure, but don't want to spend 60 hours researching and filling out website forms, consider letting a service like Resume Rabbit do the work for you. This useful tool helps you organize your search efforts and saves you time, while allowing you to focus on networking strategies. Just fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on 78 top career sites like Job.net, CareerBuilder, America's Job Exchange, Dice and more.
If your current employer is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's confidentiality feature to secure your online job search. Your resume can be seen, however, no one will see your name, street address or phone number. Whether you do it by hand or use a service like Resume Rabbit, creating accounts on all the best job sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. Instantly post your resume on all the top job sites, to find a job faster.
5 Ways to land your new job faster
BOSTON, MA -- 1) Have More Than One Inside Contact: Don't stop reaching out to people once you've found an inside connection. Keep building your network and if someone suggests you meet a second or third company insider, go for it. 2) Work with More Than One Recruiter: Don't put your job search in the hands of a single recruiter or firm. Different firms work with different recruiters. Therefore, you're best served finding recruiters who have pre-existing relationships with those companies. Ask around.
3) Always Follow-Up: The best you can do is persistently follow-up to find out where in the process the hiring manager is and if they need any more information from you. Double check their timeline, and remind them you'll reach out if you don't hear within that timeline. 4) LinkedIn Is More Than An Online Resume: Be sure your profile is robust. Grow your network. Use the advanced search functionality to find inside connections. Completely fill in all sections, use keywords and include media and files. Actively participate in groups and update your status daily during your job search.
5) Job Boards Are Only One Part of Your Search: While job boards are a key tool in your job search, don't spend 100% of your time and energy on them. Also target companies who have previously posted jobs or companies you know you would like to work for and begin talking to employees inside those companies.
5 Tips on how to use LinkedIn better
NEW YORK, NY -- Who should use LinkedIn? The site is a great place to connect with people who can help you professionally, and vice-versa, whether you're job-seeking or networking. About 26% of companies research potential employees on the site, according to a recent CareerBuilder study. Should you connect with your best friend? What about a stranger? Yes! You're not just connecting with a person, but their network as well.
What's the best way to grow your network? Use the site's "People You May Know" tool (located on the right side of your page) to reach out to professionals with similar backgrounds and connections. If you're interested in working for a particular company, go to its page and click to "follow" it, then look at the list of people who work there. Next, find an employee whose path you would like to emulate, then invite her to connect.
How frequently do you need to check in? Every day for a few minutes, and once a week for about a half hour. That's how much time you'll need to write to a new connection and to participate in a group discussion. Should your profile page replicate your resume? No, it should be even more detailed. It should include your resume plus everything else that you couldn't fit on it. The more thorough you are, the easier it is for an employer to assess your qualifications.
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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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How to job hunt smarter, not harder
CHICAGO, IL -- Apply for jobs that interest you. You should be targeting specific jobs - the ones you actually can see yourself doing. Applying for a position that doesn't interest you may work out in the end, but more often than not your lack of enthusiasm will come across on paper and during the interview.
Refine your job board strategy. The Internet is a great place to find jobs. But sometimes, it seems like there is screen after screen of results for every search term you plug in. Rather than squandering your time, use job search aggregators, filter the results and set up email alerts to make your job hunt more efficient. Consider staffing agencies. Work with reputable staffing agencies. Professional recruiters make it their job, literally, to match you with the ideal position. They reach out to their vast network of employers to find jobs that dovetail with your career goals, experience, skills and passions.
Use professional networking sites correctly. Professional networking sites are great resources when you're on the job hunt. Make sure you've thoughtfully completed all fields in your profile and add samples of your work. Additionally, follow companies you're interested in and catch their eye by liking and commenting on their postings. Send out targeted resumes. Tailor not just your cover letter but also your resume for each job posting. Work from a boilerplate resume, and highlight different responsibilities and results as appropriate.
Things to do while you're unemployed
SEATTLE, WA -- Explore New Opportunities: Don't just search for the same job you did before. Many types of jobs might be a good fit for your transferable skills. Instead, try searching for the skills that you used in your last job. Resist Isolation: Searching for a job can be a lonely process. Friends, family and former co-workers can help during this time by providing feedback, encouragement, referrals and much-needed breaks. Schedule lunch dates and coffee breaks with your contacts.
Keep an Eye on Your Finances: When you don't know when your next paycheck will come, it's important to save money. Enlist your friends to help you economize while maintaining your social life by planning nights of activities that don't cost extra. Movie nights, game nights, potluck dinners, hiking, and camping are all reasonably inexpensive activities that will keep you social.
Keep Your Skills Fresh: Keep your job skills current by looking for volunteer opportunities in your field. You also can look for contract or freelance assignments or work on relevant personal projects. Be Productive: You'll feel better about your situation if you accomplish something during your time off. Make it your goal to finally clean out your basement, fix something around the house, learn something new, build something, teach your sibling, child, niece or nephew how to do something, travel, stop a bad habit, start a side business or take up a hobby.
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