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  • 3 Ways to Effectively Use Social Media in A Job Search

    by Courtney Farris

     

    As social media networking sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook continue to grow, their use in the professional 3 ways to use social media in a job search world increases as well. According to Jobvite, 94% of recruiters are actively using social media sites to find potential job candidates. For companies, finding potential job candidates using social media is fast, low-cost and maximizes the pool of potential candidates. The flexibility of social media also allows employers to quickly target a specific field or experience level.

     

    Knowing that 94% of recruiters are actively searching for candidates on social media networking sites, it is more important today than ever for job seekers to have a positive, active presence on social media.

     

    When discussing this topic with individuals in a job search, I’ve found that a lot of people are very resistant. Generally I hear that it feels like an invasion of privacy, it takes too much time out of the day to update or that there are just too many sites to choose from. For those who do shy away from any social media use, here are a few quick tips that I find really helpful:


    1)     Paint a good picture of yourself: The easy access of social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and even Facebook can give anyone with an account and Internet access a quick snapshot of your life. While that seems like a breach of privacy, there are many benefits to it. By reviewing your profiles, potential employers can have insight into your ability to communicate, your work history, your industry knowledge and even a little bit about your personality and how you like to spend your time. When considering privacy, keep in mind that other social media users only see what you choose to share online. This is ...

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  • Why You Must Quantify Results on Your Resume

    By Bob McKown

     

    “What’s in it for them?” Your resume has to answer that question. If it doesn’t, you most likely will never get to present yourself toWhy You must quantify results on your resume that awesome company where you envisioned working forever!


    Let me be blunt: Too often, job seekers think that the interview process is about them. It’s not. The interview is about highlighting your skills, abilities, knowledge and experience in a way that demonstrates how you are going to help the company be successful.

    That starts with your resume preparation. You have to dive deep into your experience and really think about the types of work you have done, how that work has impacted the organization, how you have added value, and then translate those achievements into action statements.

    Over the last 40 years, I have been advising job seekers from CEOs to machine operators. As I ask them questions about what they have done, it still amazes me the incredible accomplishments people have made. The problem is they have trouble getting it out of their head and onto the paper. You must be thoughtful and persistent as you search for the most effective way to tell your story.

    Below are two different ways to illustrate the same point:

    -      Supervise IT department.

    -      Oversee the daily operations of IT systems, including networks, the application development process, hardware/software support, IP-based phone systems, end user training and all IT-related processes.


    See the difference? People often unintentionally shortchange themselves.

     

    While many companies have very altruistic values and principles—as well they should—I learned early on in life that if my expenditures are greater than my income, I am in trouble. Profit is not a dirty word. It is how both Wall Street and Main Street gauge their success, and ultimately what ...

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  • Three Things Recruiters Won’t Tell You

    By Holly Ewart

    You’re deep in your job search, you’re rolling along on your own when you get a call from a recruiter about a position that you3 things recruiters won't tell you would be “perfect” for. You have considered working with a recruiter but were not sure how it would affect your search or how you would be presented to a potential employer. 

    Recruiters are well-connected in the market and have “ins” to companies that you may never be able to uncover on your own. So there is also an upside to working with them. 

    Here are three tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your experience with recruiters:

    1. The Anticipation:

    “You’re perfect for the job!” They will tell you this, but what they won’t tell you is that they are saying the same thing to the other candidates they are presenting as well. Don’t let the recruiter make you feel that you’re a shoe-in for the position. Be yourself and be confident in your skills and work history.

    2. The Interview:

    The recruiter will have company intel that the normal job seeker may not, but don’t utilize their information only. Make sure you do your own research into the company and have as much information as possible prior to the interview. If you are able to uncover information about the company that was not supplied to you by the recruiter, this will go a long way with the hiring manager. You always want to enter an interview situation over-prepared! 

    3. The Feedback:

    You may feel frustrated with the feedback you are getting from the recruiter either in response to your resume or an interview that you have gone on.  Always keep in mind that the recruiter is the middle man and the companies they work with from time ...

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  • 10 Job-Search Strategies Following a Layoff

    Although hiring has improved, layoffs were higher in recent months than they were a year ago - and it isn’t getting much easier to find new10 job search strategies following a layoff employment.

    “A number of employers are hiring workers at the same time as they are cutting some employees who do not have the skills they need. It remains a very challenging job market and it may be even more difficult to find a job today because employers are demanding a higher level of skills,” said OI Global Partners Chairwoman Patty Prosser.

    OI Global Partners recommends the following 10 strategies for finding a new job:

    1. Devote more effort to networking and less time to searching for jobs online. “
    Too many people are spending too much time applying for jobs online and are not spending enough time networking. That is how most job leads are uncovered and most people are hired,” said Prosser. 

    2. Increase your personal contact. “Have more face-to-face meetings with networking contacts and recruiters – rather than only over the phone or via e-mail – to learn more about potential opportunities and make a good impression,” said Prosser.

    3. Take advantage of career counseling. Utilize outplacement assistance if it’s offered and request it if it isn’t part of your severance package. Laid-off employees reported significantly improving their job search skills after receiving outplacement counseling, according to a survey by OI Global Partners.

    4. Update and focus your LinkedIn profile. “Make certain your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and aligns with what you want to do. Choose a headline for your profile that showcases your range of capabilities rather than only stating your job title. Employers are more often searching LinkedIn for qualified candidates and you want to be included in searches that match your full set of skills,” said ...

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