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3 Job Search Tips That Increase Your Success

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THREE JOB SEARCH TIPS TO SPEED UP THE OFFERS

TIP #1 - Approach finding a job as if it were a full-time job ... 

... because it is.   Of these three job search tip, this one might require you to think about job hunting differently.  If you had a job, you would report to work at the same time each day, take an hour (or less) for lunch, and quit at the same time each day. You would work five days every week. And you would work hard to accomplish as much as you could because your career depended upon it. When you are searching for a job, you should follow the same type of schedule because your future depends upon it. Treating your job search like a part-time hobby guarantees that it will take longer. So, begin tomorrow by reporting to work and spending the day on tasks that lead to a job.  

TIP #2 - Approach finding a job as if it were a project.

That means you should set goals for yourself, make plans, and monitor your progress. You should apply all of the tools and skills that you used in your last job to the project of finding your next job. This is an important project. The sooner you complete it, the sooner you move to your next job.  

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TIP #3 - Be your own boss.

Set expectations for what you need to accomplish, provide direction, and monitor your work. Meet with yourself once each week to evaluate your performance.  We recommend doing this by writing two reports. The first is a candid evaluation of what you accomplished during the previous week. The second is a description of your plans for the coming week. Your plans should include your goals, actions, and priorities. The first time that you write these reports, write an evaluation of what you have done so far. Describe the results that this effort has produced. And compare these results with what you wanted to have. Next, map out a realistic plan for the following week based on achievable goals. For example, you could set goals for the number of people you will call, the number of networking meetings you will attend, and the research you will conduct. In the coming weeks, compare the results that you obtained during the previous week with the goals that you set. For example, if you planned to attend twelve networking meetings and you attended only two, you should a) explain why this happened and b) plan actions that will correct such a difference. You should also analyze why you missed your goal because this provides insights on what you need to do differently.  
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How You Think Can Sabotage Your Job Search

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Your Job Search Motivation Does Not Have to Be Negative!

It’s often hard to remember your endless talents and skills, or even think about being grateful when you’ve been in a job search longer than you anticipated. It is easy to get down on yourself and often feel negative or depressed. If you allow these thoughts and feelings to affect your attitude it will sabotage your search. Take time to think of a time when you felt the best about yourself. Remember the exact day, where you were and how you were feeling about yourself. This confident, happy person is the individual that needs to conduct your job search. You’re that same person just under different circumstances. Take out a piece of paper and write down your talents, your personality traits, your accomplishments and every positive characteristic that describes you. Whenever rejection or disappointments get you down remember to pull out that list.

FOUR STEPS TO INCREASE POSITIVE JOB SEARCH MOTIVATION

The GoalsOnTrack blog lists four steps to keep a positive attitude.  While they apply to goals, you can uuse the same techniques, or steps, to keep yourself in a positive job search motivation frame of mind. STEP ONE:  Make a rational, logical decision to have a positive attitude. According to Dr. Maxwell Maltz, the author of the runaway best-selling book The New Psycho-Cybernetics,   “It is the job of the conscious rational mind to form logical and correct conclusions. ‘I failed once in the past, so I will probably fail in the future’ is neither logical nor rational. Look at the list you made of your positive attributes, characteristics and accomplishments.  Is that really the list of repeated failures?  Of course not.  You have the ability to make things happen and you can do the same thing while you are hunting for a job. STEP TWO:  Get in the habit of winning. Getting your new job is the ultimate 'win', but you can have lots of smaller 'wins' along the way. For instance, if you set a goal to send out 10 resumes today and follow up on five networking meetings -- and you achieve these goals -- then you have WON. Lots of small, daily goals you can accomplish will go a long way to keep a high level of job search motivation.  This will get your 'winning' momentum rolling AND you will start to move closer to the new job.  Job huntings is not a sprint, it is a marathon.  Set up small wins along they way to keep motivated.  

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STEP THREE:  Remain teachable.

The fact that you are reading this indicates you are intelligent, self-aware, and teachable.    You are taking the time to explore something that may not be your area of expertise.

Take a look at the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci. He was clearly hundreds of years ahead of his time. HIs notebooks contain detailed drawings and diagrams of things like submarines, helicopters and other modern inventions. One of da Vinci's quotes is, “Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.” Da Vinci understand the positive benefits of learning and exploring things he was unfamiliar with.  Benefits not just from stored knowledge, but from exercising the mind in acquiring that new knowledge.

If a noted genius such as Leonardo da Vinci recognized the power of being teachable, then the rest of us should follow his example.

STEP FOUR: Do it now

The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”

This is a familiar saying.  You've heard it a thousand times.

What it means for your job search is that you can't procrastinate.  Procrastination is a huge killer of a strong positive attitude.  You have to get moving, hustle, if you want to get those wins in Step Two.  Plus activity almost always leads to momentum.  And there is nothing like momentum toward your goals to keep your spirits high.

Look at your job search plan.  What can you do, right now, that will get you started.   Don't have a job search plan?  Then that is your first 'do it now' activity.

What's Next?

Looking for a job is tough.  It takes work to find work.  Maybe you didn't expect to be looking for a job right now.  Maybe you saw it coming and you are taking proactive steps.  Whatever the reason, you have to maintain high spirits and a positive attitude.

You are an extremely talented person who deserves to find an opportunity that represents your next logical career move. Never forget that fact as you progress on your job search journey!  

A Social Media Job Search True Story

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A True Story of Social Media Job Search Success

In his article, Holmes talks about how social media is making the job search process easier for both job seekers and employers.  I would agree.  There are more ways than ever to connect with people and companies today through social media. While reading an article by Ryan Holmes on LinkedIn about social media tips for job hunting, I was reminded of a true story that happened to me a few months ago. Social media isn't just useful if you are looking for a job. It is also one of the best ways to stay on top of your career field and to gain recognition and influence as a thought leader.  That by itself can connect you to opportunities you would never have known existed. Of course if you aren't connected at all then you need to get started.   I have provided my personal social media links below if you'd like to expand your network.   Just Friend Me, Invite Me, or Follow Me, depending on what network you want to connect.

"...that by itself can connect you to opportunities you would never have known existed." ~ Richard Yadon Click To Tweet This

  LinkedIn   |   Twitter   |   Facebook    

Watch Richard's  interview with Trevor Turnbull, the world's #1 LinkedIn Trainer, about how to use LinkedIn in your job search.

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No More Networking Excuses

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Networking is a critical part of your job search. Often, job seekers will admit that networking is their least favorite part of looking for new opportunities. Networking, like all other uncomfortable tasks in life, can be avoided with a variety of excuses. These excuses need to be addresses, evaluated and then overcome. Networking is absolutely necessary if you want to secure employment within a reasonable amount of time. The following are a few of the most common excuses given when a job seeker doesn’t want to network:

  • I’m too busy – first define what “busy” means. We can all be too busy to avoid doing things that we don’t want to do. You need to prioritize your day and see where your job search falls in order of importance. If you are seeking employment and need a new opportunity now, then you need to be “busy” working on your job search! If you are unemployed, you should make searching for a new opportunity your full time job. If you are currently networking, one way to drastically increase your job leads is to make increases in your number of contacts. Even small increases can have very positive impact on your search. If you make only one new contact every day, that is 30 new active job leads every day! You are not too busy to meet one new person!
 
  • I’m too shy – this is a very common statement. The truth is that most people feel that they are not outgoing enough to network. If you attend an event focused on networking, you need to remind yourself that most of the professionals there are also uncomfortable. You need to stay focused on the reason why you are at the event. It is not necessary for you to make friends or to talk with numerous people. It is more effective to watch, listen and then make your move. Attempt to target those professionals who can advance your search! One additional approach is to talk with others with the idea that you might be able to assist them. Keep in mind that quality contacts are better than a quantity of contacts.
 
  • I really don’t need help from others – this excuse doesn’t really count as an excuse! If you are in a job search, you need help from anyone who will help! It is your responsibility to tell everyone you know that you are looking for a new opportunity. Go a step further and ask them to ask others if they know of any job leads. This is networking, it is as simple as asking others to keep their eyes open for you. Many times resumes are passed on, interviews are scheduled and jobs are offered because a name was mentioned by the “right person.”
While the word “Networking” may initially seem like a lot of work. It may also seem intimidating. The truth is; it necessary and it is extremely effective in your job search. Once you practice the skill of networking, your confidence will build and your results will positively impact your overall search!  

Daily Decisions To Find A Job

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It is a competitive job marketing.  To find a job you seem to go through a frustrating and often a confusing experience. You apply to job postings and never hear back.  You go out to interviews and weeks, or even months go by without any word.   Staying motivate and on track with your job search plan is difficult.

One thing you can do is prioritize your daily job search activities.  Each day you have to make important decisions about what you are going to do in your search.  The following are important decisions that have to be made on a daily basis:

 

4 Daily Decisions To Find a Job

 

Decision Number One:  How much time each day to dedicate to your search efforts?

This depends on your current situation, whether you are still working in a job or if you are in an active job search and unemployed.

Job search expert Barb Bruno recommends that if you are not working  your job search is your full time job (35-40 hours per week).  However, if you are still employed and working in a full time job you should dedicate a minimum of 10 hours per week to your search.

To find a job that you want you'll need to put in the time to do the job search work.

 

Decision Number Two: What percentage of my time should be spent applying for jobs using the Job Boards?

The answer might surprise you!  Less than 20% of your time should be spent APPLYING to jobs on Job Boards.   This is where you have the highest level of competition with the lowest return on your investment of time. It can take up to an hour to apply for each job.

You should be using Job Boards to research jobs and companies.  Once you have your research completed you'll see a much higher ROI on your time if you use the techniques described in our 5 Secrets Recruiters Use To Get People Hired audio.

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Decision Number Three:  How many resumes should I sent out daily?

Whether you are trying to find a job in a full time search or part-time, you should send out a minimum of five resumes daily to targeted hiring authorities both online and by mail. Hand write the envelopes and put 'Personal & Confidential' in the lower left hand corner.  (More about this technique in the free audio)

 

Decision Number Four: What calls should I make each day?

There are several kinds of calls you need to make daily in your search...

  • Follow up calls after interviews
  • Call individuals who received your resume
  • Contact individuals requesting informational interviews
  • Calls to expand your professional network
  • Research calls

If you end up leaving a voice-mail message, make sure to show the other person what’s in it for them (i.e... why they should hire you), if you expect a returned phone call. If you just leave a message that you want an update or you’re checking on the status of an interviewing process, you may not receive a returned call.

They are more likely to call you back if they determine it will provide them with additional information.

 

Be sure that everyday you make these decisions.  If you want to find a job in the shortest about of time, let these questions dictate the pace and structure of your search!

You Quit Your Job – How to Best Use Your Time

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How to Best Use Your Time After QuittingLeaving your job is a huge decision.  It creates simultaneous emotions of fear, anxiety, trepidation, excitement and hope. It also offers the luxury of some time that you would not otherwise have on your hands. Recently Val Matta posted an excellent article about how to best use your time after you have quit your job.

Click here to view original web page at careershift.com. In the article she offers three ways to use this time and prepare for your next career step:

1. Find yourself.

 

2. Stay on track.

3. Ask yourself: Is this is a job or a career?

Take time to read the article and prepare yourself to use the time off wisely.      

3 Steps to Organize Your Job Search and Stay Motivated

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Organize Your Job Search

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Have you heard the phrase, “finding a new job is a full-time job!”?

It is true that finding a new job can take a tremendous effort and soak up a lot of time, much like a full-time job. This is especially true if you don’t set specific, measurable, and actionable goals for yourself throughout your search.

Over time, it is easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. But don’t worry - we’re here to help! The steps below should help you organize your job search, stay motivated and, best of all, accomplish your goals faster.

Step 1: Determine Your Job Search Approach

Decide how you are going to approach your job search and establish measurable goals. For example:

    • What methods will you be using?
    • If you are using a job search engine, which one(s)?
    • How many times a week are you going to check the search engine?
    • What search terms will you use?
    • Is there a specific day and time that you will be checking?
    • How many jobs will you apply for each week?If your job search includes networking, then consider the following:
      • What methods you will use to reach out to people?
      • How many contacts will you reach out to each week?
      • How many networking coffees/phone calls/lunches will you schedule?
      • Is that number realistic with your additional responsibilities?Make sure your goals can be achieved in the time frame you have set for yourself given the other commitments in your life. If they are not realistic you are bound for failure. You need to determine what you can realistically do. Start conservatively and stick to it.

Step 2: Track Your Job Search Progress

Write your goals down in a place where you can track the actions you are taking toward those goals. See my blog Manage your Career Ideas to Calm your Mind for a download of my Action Plan template. This template is a great resource to track your actions.

If you track all of your work, it will be easy to look back and feel a sense of accomplishment that you can draw motivation from.

 

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Step 3: Review Your Job Search Actions and Adjust

Once you have made some solid progress toward your goals, take some time to review your progress. Are your goals too aggressive? Are they not aggressive enough? Are they not delivering the right results? On a regular basis, take the time to adjust your Action Plan knowing that your ultimate goal is finding a new job.

The job search process can be intimidating, but following the steps above can make it much more manageable.

What are some of your career goals for the new year? Let us know in the comments section below!

About the Author

  • Amy Wolfgang is a career coach and owner of Wolfgang Career Coaching. She brings over 15 years of corporate and coaching experience to help her clients excel in their careers. She is a certified PCM (Professional Career Manager) and has a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. Amy is dedicated to helping her clients become empowered and confident in their career. Amy actively shares career tips and advice at WolfgangCareerCoaching.com.

How to Negotiate A Pay Raise At Work

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7K0A0021   Click here to view original web page at www.cityam.com If the thought of asking for a pay raise makes you want to scrub the floors or spend quality time at the dentist’s surgery, you’re not alone. While 65 per cent of UK employees have more confidence in their job prospects compared with a year ago, only 54 per cent plan to ask for a pay raise in 2016. Instead of making the case for a pay increase, employees would rather clean the house (24 per cent), look for a new job (18 per cent), go to the dentist (6 per cent), or even run a marathon (3 per cent). Looking at these trends on a global scale, employees in Hong Kong are the most likely to prefer to look for a new job than ask for a pay raise (44 per cent). French, German and US employees would rather clean the house (46, 46 and 32 per cent respectively). Surprisingly, 7 per cent of US employees stated they would rather have dental root canal work than ask for more money. UK workers are much less likely to ask for a salary raise than those in other parts of the world this year. Workers in Brazil (81 per cent), Germany (78 per cent) and France (77 per cent) are most likely to ask for a raise. UK workers may be more likely to be suffering in silence, as nearly a quarter would rather look for another job than ask their boss for a raise. All this shows that employees all over the world are limiting themselves by not addressing their negotiation skills. Self-confidence, self-belief and the ability to negotiate are foundation stones of a successful career. Professional growth and earning potential depend not only on the demand for your technical skill set, but also on your willingness and ability to negotiate with current and prospective employers.  

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  Here are four key steps to follow when asking for a raise and negotiating your salary: DO YOUR RESEARCH Before you approach your boss for additional pay, know how much someone with your level of skill and experience is worth on the open market. Check comparable roles on online job boards or industry publications to benchmark your pay. TRACK YOUR SUCCESSES When you enter pay negotiations, you should do so armed with information about your achievements and contributions to your team, department and organisation. Being able to provide qualitative and quantitative evidence of the value you offer will strengthen your case. GET YOUR TIMING RIGHT Timing is everything in salary negotiations. You’ve got to choose an appropriate time to request improved pay, based on external factors such as the performance of your company, its current staffing needs and wider industry trends. If your organisation has slashed its budget and made redundancies recently, the chances are you aren’t going to be successful. BE FLEXIBLE You should know exactly what you want from negotiations in terms of pay, and set a realistic target for your new salary. But you also need to be flexible in the event your employer turns around and says no. It might be that there simply is no room to move in the budget, and your request for more money cannot be accepted at the time. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t secure extra benefits, like an additional week of annual leave.

How to Use Twitter to Find a Job

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How to Use Twitter to Find a Job

Compared with social media job search heavyweights like LinkedIn, Twitter often flies under the radar as a tool for job search success. Don’t let that underdog status fool you, though. Our own Elizabeth Magill walks us through Twitter’s surprising job search staying power – all in 140 characters or less.

How can Twitter be so effective?

Twitter is all about enabling users to send out brief messages to large audiences. As a job seeker, you can use this to your advantage on multiple fronts including:
  • Finding hidden job leads
  • Networking with industry insiders
  • Researching companies and interviewers
  • Building your personal brand within the industryIn order to get the maximum job search benefit from Twitter, you need to develop a strategy for achieving your specific goals.Once you do, job search success is literally at your fingertips.

    Twitter for Identifying Hidden Job LeadsHow to Use Twitter to Find a Job

    The big question that may be on your mind, particularly if you think of Twitter was primarily a tool for personal use, is this: “Where does one begin when using Twitter for a job search?” Step One: Assuming you’ve already created your Twitter account, you should then begin with the follow button. It’s easy. Start following people in your field and organizations you’d like to work for. Many companies will tweet about new opportunities before the jobs are widely posted. Industry insiders also tweet about interesting new developments you should be aware of — company expansions, hiring trends, and more. Insider Tip: You may also want to follow employees of the companies you’re interested in working for. They are often the best source of insider information when those companies are hiring or preparing to hire. Step Two: Join the conversation when it’s relevant to your industry. Retweet sage advice. Offer words of wisdom based on your experience in the industry. Get to know the people who are discussing your industry on Twitter and give them an opportunity to get to know you. Add some “Twitter friends” to your network. Step Three: Take advantage of hashtags (#). Avid social media enthusiasts understand the importance of hashtags, but if you’re new to the world of Twitter, or just beginning to consider it for your job search needs, the hashtag can help you quickly find available opportunities. Popular hashtags for your job search include:
      • #Hiring or #NowHiring
      • #Jobs
      • #Careers
      • #TweetMyJobs
      • #JobOpening
      • #JobListing
      • #JobPosting
      • #HR
      • #Graduate Jobs
    Don’t forget to look for career and industry specific hashtags too, like:
        • #ITJobs
        • #TechJobs
        • #Marketing
        • #Freelance (in case you’re looking for quick or temporary jobs while the main job search continues)
    Step Four: Get a little help. When it comes to looking for leads on Twitter, you don’t have to go it alone (or get overwhelmed by the flood of Twitter conversations every hour). There are plenty of apps available that will help you identify potential leads, as well as websites that will help assist you in finding jobs on Twitter.For instance, sites like TweetMyJobs.com deliver custom-tailored job leads directly to your Twitter feed. TweetMyJobs is a trusted recruiting tool for many big companies that utilize social media for finding candidates (and all of them do in some capacity now)A strategic job search effort requires more than simply finding available jobs, however, and Twitter is an excellent tool for multiple fronts including the next stage, which involves networking.

    Twitter for NetworkingHow to Use Twitter to Find a Job

    How do you become someone worth following on Twitter? These tips will help you keep your Twitter feed filled with items that will reflect well upon you in your job search efforts.
      • Share tips
      • Share industry news
      • Answer industry-related questions quickly, but thoughtfully
      • Share valuable links
      • Be active on Twitter
      • Be generous and share the thoughts of others too
      • Make connections in-person by connecting with Twitter peers at conventions and other networking eventsImportant Tip: Avoid following spammers who fill up your feed with links for their services or goods when possible. If you follow one by accident, unfollow quickly as a Twitter feed filled with spam and questionable links can harm your credibility.For other social media networking tips, read Big Interview’s blog post: 15 Power Tips for Using Your Social Network to Find a Job.   Lightbulb Networking Idea Two: Hashtags can work for you in multiple ways. It’s true you can use them in order to find job openings as mentioned above, but you can also use them to announce that you are available for work. Some consider it a little brazen, but if you’ve followed the networking advice above, you’ve presented yourself as a professional, made the appropriate contacts, and established your credibility in the field by now. It’s the perfect time to use a little self-promoting hashtagging to let potential employers know you’re available. Self-promoting hashtags to consider include:
        • #HireMe
        • #MBA
        • #Candidate
        • #JobSearching
        • #Hire(insert college nickname or mascot) Princeton Career Services recommends this nifty trick for getting employer attention.Beyond the scope of networking, though, Twitter is an extremely useful tool for enhancing your efforts to research various companies as well as interviewers you may come across in your efforts to work for certain organizations.

          Twitter for Researching Companies / Interviewers

          Twitter is a great tool for getting to know people and businesses. Learn about the business, from an employee’s point of view, by following the people who work for the organization. You can generally tell if they are shouting out the virtues of their employer or view work as essentially another four-letter word. You can also learn a great deal about the company culture by observing company-posted tweets and responses to the tweets of others. Use Twitter to learn the following things and more:
          • Have there been recent changes within the organization or structure of the company, new products, or industry-shaking news?
          • How does the company define the position you’re applying for? Your idea and the company’s idea of a position or title are not always identical.
          • What is the background of the people you’ll be working with (specializations, fields, education, etc.)?
          • Who are the company’s major competitors and how does your future employer (let’s be optimistic) stand out?The more you know about the company before going into an interview, the better prepared you are to impress them with your knowledge.

            Get to Know Your Interviewer Before the Interview

            You don’t even have to follow the interviewer in order to read his or her posts or view the person’s profile, which is something you definitely want to do.How to Use Twitter to Find a Job Investigating the interviewer enables you to gain personal insight about the person who holds your employment fate in his or her hands. It also allows you to find some common ground personally and professionally. If your interviewer is active on Twitter, you may be able to find details beyond the LinkedIn profile — like a sense of your interviewer’s personality, the aspects of the industry that are most interesting to him/her, etc. Your main objective in an interview is to be memorable. Understanding the person conducting the interview allows you to do this in two important ways. 1) Find the specialization of the person conducting the interview in your field and use the interview as an opportunity to display your expertise and knowledge in that particular area. 2) Find a shared hobby or interest, outside of the workplace, and find a way to weave that into your interview questions. This could be anything from being a train enthusiasts to having a shared interest in an obscure musical group. 2) Find a shared hobby or interest, outside of the workplace, and find a way to weave that into your interview questions. This could be anything from being a train enthusiasts to having a shared interest in an obscure musical group. One word of warning: Don’t get too personal. You want to come across as someone who does your interview homework, but NOT as a stalker. Making an authentic connection with your interviewer is the goal. You want to stand out from the crowd of other qualified candidates — and a little inside information can definitely help you when you only have 30-40 minutes (typical interview) to make your case.

            Twitter for Strengthening Your Personal Brand

            As your job search continues, the importance of building your personal brand becomes more significant. Beyond the initial job search, though, continuing to build your brand throughout your career will open many doors for you that would otherwise remain closed.How to Use Twitter to Find a Job   Twitter is an outstanding tool for building your personal brand – especially as it relates to your career or job search efforts. Your goal, when looking for a job, is to stand out in your field. You want people to recognize your name as an expert. While it’s great to have your little niche, or area where you’re the “go to” expert of choice, it’s equally important to display a broad understanding of your industry in general. In addition to the lightbulb idea mentioned above of establishing an industry related blog to help solidify your brand, don’t overlook the importance of participating in Twitter conversations, chats, networking experiences, and general conversations to help you show off your deep understanding of industry-specific matters. If you establish a strong professional reputation through Twitter (even when you’re not looking for a job), your future career progression will be much easier. Companies will come looking for you.

            Why is Twitter important for building your brand?

            While it’s great to have your name on Twitter, not everyone is searching for you specifically. Some people are searching for an expert in your industry. You want your name to be one of the first names they find. The reason you want to be on Twitter is that Twitter is where many people are taking this type of search. It’s fast, convenient, and public, which is not necessarily the case with Facebook or LinkedIn. This means they can find you based on the brand you’ve built for yourself and the openness of search features in Twitter. But that’s not all! When potential employers are doing their due diligence to research you, specifically, through social media mediums, like Twitter, they’ll see what you want them to see – the brand you’ve created. Twitter gives you the simplest opportunity of all to do that by building a profile, linking to your blog, and building a network that paints a positive image of you as a person and as a leader in your industry. More importantly, businesses may become suspicious or view it as a red flag if they can’t find you through social media outlets. In fact, according to the recent JobVite Social Recruiting Survey, 92 percent of businesses either use or plan to use social media recruiting. You need to build your brand in a location where you’re likely to be discovered and Twitter is an excellent place to begin.

            How to Build Your Brand on TwitterHow to Use Twitter to Find a Job

            While you must find your own personal voice to use to communicate on Twitter while building your brand, there are certain mechanics involved as well. Step One: Participate often. Twitter isn’t like LinkedIn or Facebook. The messages are short and you require more frequent and mindful participation in order to build your personal brand. Plan to participate in short bursts, several times a day. This ensures your message is seen by people who participate at different times during their day. If you have time constraints that prohibit that frequency, plan to tweet at least once per day. Step Two: Keep your message simple. While you want to present yourself as an expert in your field, you must be relatable or you will lose your audience and some of your brand power. Step Three: Engage your audience. Conversations require more than one voice. Ask for feedback. Offer feedback. Participate in conversations and you’ll make valuable connections – both seen and unseen – that go a long way towards solidifying your brand. Step Four: Make it viral. Ask people to retweet your message. This means the message will be seen by even more people than you’d normally reach and more connections will be made between your name, your message, and the brand you’re building. Step Five: Use photos and videos to improve engagement and interest. SearchEngineWatch reports that photographs and videos were the most effective components used in Twitter. Other components to note include:
            • Quotes
            • Statistics
            • HashtagsThe most important thing when building your personal brand on Twitter for job search purposes, though, is to use your own voice, thoughts, and opinions, rather than adopting a character or persona.

              Do’s and Don’ts for Twitter Job Search Success

              If you’re looking for true success from your Twitter job search efforts, then there are a few best practices rules you should follow, including these listed below. If you’re looking for true success from your Twitter job search efforts, then there are a few best practices rules you should follow, including these listed below. Do create a thoughtful and complete profile that associates you with the industry in which you are seeking employment. Do include your Twitter “handle” on your resumes and applications. This provides employers an opportunity to find you more easily and lets them know you feel you have nothing to hide. Do be mindful in what you say and add value to the conversations you begin and the ones you join. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and carry on real conversations. It does mean, though, that you need to keep the language you use and the way you present yourself through Twitter professional. Do make sure your posts reflect well upon you as a person and as someone businesses will want to hire. Remember this from the start as you build your Twitter profile and develop your career search plan: the Internet has a long memory. Don’t make posts that may present you in a unfavorable light. While Twitter may be a medium to communicate with friends, what you post on Twitter can prevent you from getting the job you seek. One of three employers have rejected job candidates based on things they find in social media profiles, reports the Muse. Don’t polarize topics and statements about news, current events, politics, and religion while using Twitter to enhance your job search. Stick to lighter topics or industry-related topics instead. Don’t forget to include a professional looking headshot in your profile in order to make a favorable impression with potential employers.

              In Summary

              If you haven’t been taking advantage of Twitter as a job search tool, it’s time to jump in. When used intelligently, Twitter can have a profound impact on your job search success – or lack thereof. Small steps can help you turn Twitter into your own personal job search platform. Try them today and see what a difference they make in your overall job search success.How to Use Twitter to Find a Job Ready to ace your next job interview and land your dream job? Take your preparation to the next level with Big Interview, our training/practice software that will have you conquering tough questions and impressing employers in no time. Grab a 7-day free trial and use our Fast Track curriculum to get immediate results!
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Use These Tactics To Cut Your Job-Search Time In Half

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Use These Tactics To Cut Your Job-Search Time In Half Click here to view original web page at www.forbes.com Job-seekers are figuring out from harsh personal experience — the best teacher there is — that the traditional job-search machine is broken. It doesn’t work. You could literally lob applications into automated recruiting sites forever and never get a job. To get hired and especially to get a job that deserves your talents, you have to take a more proactive approach. You don’t have to follow the traditional job-search rules or even the rules laid out in employers’ own job ads. You are not responsible for reading job ads! You can reach out to anyone you like, and I encourage you to reach out to hiring managers at every organization on your Target Employer List. You will find your specific hiring manager like this, and then you’ll send him or her a paper letter in the mail, the old-fashioned way. Your letter is called a Pain Letter because it digs into the most likely source of Business Pain to be vexing your hiring manager right now. When you send your hiring manager a pithy Pain Letter along with your one- or two-page Human-Voiced Resume, you will make much stronger and more relevant impression than your automated application could ever do. Your direct approach to your hiring manager is one important job-search channel. Two other channels to get up and running are your Networking channel and your Consulting channel. It is imperative for you to get consulting business cards (for instance, at Vistaprint online) and give them out to everyone you know and everyone you meet. You are creating a new persona for yourself. You are not a lowly and desperate job-seeker, but rather a consultant! The more time and thought you give to your fledgling consulting business, the more effective a networker and a job-seeker you will become!  

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  Why is that? It’s because business consultants are experts in solving thorny problems. They are intimately familiar with the problems their employers and clients run into most often, and the cost of those problems to clients until they get solved. You have to know the same thing. Your investment of time and energy in developing your new consulting business will shed light on the areas where your Pain-Solving abilities will have the most impact. Here are three techniques every job-seeker should incorporate into his or her job-search approach. In combination these three shifts in your job-search methodology and mindset will cut your job-search time in half. Business Pain The concept of Business Pain can revolutionize your job search. When you know before you reach out to a hiring manager how you can solve his or her most likely problem rather than just performing a function, you have power in the hiring equation. Nancy used Business Pain to equalize the traditionally unequal power relationship when she was job-hunting. Nancy researched each employer she approached before she ever reached out to them and she didn’t apply for jobs through faceless Black Hole recruiting sites. Nancy is an administrative assistant. She knows how administrative hassles slow organizations down and cost them money and customers. Her branding doesn’t say “I’m a skilled Administrator.” It talks about the aggravation and costs associated with a disorganized office, instead! Nancy knows how to solve that kind of Business Pain. That’s why she never stays unemployed. Nancy sent a Pain Letter to the CEO of each company on her target employer list, and in her letter she focused on missed appointments, out-of-date office systems and the confusion that results when an overbooked CEO lacks a capable first mate to manage his or her calendar. Nancy got a job in six weeks because she didn’t go the job market hat-in-hand, but rather as the solution to a stressed-out CEO’s problem. Get Out Fast Nancy and every other Mojofied Job Seeker knows this about a job search: there are many more hiring managers who won’t appreciate your brand of jazz than those who will. The last thing Nancy wants to do is waste time running down an opportunity that shows all the signs of going nowhere. Nancy trusts her gut. If she gets a weird feeling or the sense that she’s beating her head against the wall in one opportunity, she doesn’t stick around. She moves on! Extreme Customization The key to becoming a Mojofied Job Seeker is to believe in yourself and back up that belief with a highly-targeted, carefully-researched approach to a few employers that you choose — the opposite of the traditional, thoughtless ‘Spray and Pray’ approach. Nancy knows the names of every hiring manager she has in her sights. She doesn’t take the view “Somebody will hire me!” but rather goes after her target managers one by one. Her Pain Letters are thoroughly researched before she sends them out and her Human-Voiced Resume is customized for every opportunity. We all like to feel that people have taken time and invested energy to learn about us when they approach us with a sales pitch. Hiring managers are no different! You can get your job search moving the same way Nancy did. It takes a shift in mindset and a new methodology, but the benefits are enormous!   Liz Ryan is the CEO and founder of Human Workplace. Follow her on Twitter. Read the rest of Liz's Forbes.com columns here.