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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.

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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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Daily Decisions To Find A Job

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Find A Job

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 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!
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 [...]

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.

All You Need To Know About Beating The Winter Job Search Blues

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All You Need To Know About Beating The Winter Job Search BluesClick here to view original web page at careershift.com For many of us, winter weather can have a nasty effect on our mood. It’s cold and gray outside, and you’re struggling with ways to stay motivated about your job search. Well, here’s something that’ll warm your heart: a December 2015 survey from DHI found that 61 percent of hiring managers anticipate hiring more employees in the first half of 2016 than the last part of 2015. Here are four job search tips that will help get you out of that winter funk:

1. Use the buddy system.

They say misery loves company, but the same is true about positivity. If you’re having a hard time staying focused, find a job search buddy that can encourage and support you. Bringing someone else in on your career goals for the new year not only gives you someone to talk to when things get hard, it also makes you more accountable for your actions. Once you tell your job search buddy that you plan on applying for a job each week, they’ll hold you to it. Turn to your former co-workers and professional references. They can be a valuable resource for finding opportunities and helping you identify strengths you might be underplaying during your search.

2. Harness the power of music.

There are certain songs that make it impossible to feel down and out. Make yourself a motivational job search playlist. The right peppy melodies will help improve your mood and keep you focused. A 2015 survey by BambooHR listed listening to music as one of the top five activities that enhance performance. In fact, 34 percent of employees believe listening to music makes them more productive. Right now the search is your job, so find some quality tunes and get to work.

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3. Get some sun.

According to WebMD, seasonal affective disorder, or the increased sadness some people experience during the winter, can be alleviated with bright light. Yes, it’s cold outside, but getting out of the house and soaking up what little sun there is will make you feel better. Take occasional breaks from your job search and go for a walk. Or if you live where it’s just too cold to go outside, drawback the curtains and let the rays brighten up your nicely heated home.

4. Try something new.

Sometimes the monotony of doing the same thing over and over again can make you feel blue. Adding a bit of variety to your job search might be just what you need to get excited again. Overhaul your LinkedIn profile, create a video resume, or attend a networking event in order to meet new people. That new ingredient you add into the mix just might be what leads you to a job offer. What other job search tips can keep job seekers motivated during the winter? Share in the comments below!

4 Tired Job Search Tips That You Need To Update

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4 Tired Job Search Tips That You Need To UpdateClick here to view original web page at careershift.com As the experts job seekers turn to during the job search, we all have go-to pieces of advice we dish out when they need support. But with so many changes happening in the way people find jobs, are some of our traditional job search tips becoming outdated? Just as we know longer encourage job seekers to send out their resumes through snail mail, there are other pieces of advice we need to take out of our repertoire. Here are four common job search tips we need to stop telling our job seekers:

1. “Keep your nonprofessional social media profiles private.”

When social media first became popular, job seekers were told to hide their Facebook and Twitter pages from the scrutiny of employers and recruiters. One inappropriate comment or unprofessional photo could cost them their dream job. But now, not being able to find a job seeker on social media is just as bad. A 2015 CareerBuilder survey revealed that 35 percent of employers are less likely to hire someone if they can’t find out about them online. What we need to be telling job seekers now is how to manage and leverage social media to their advantage during the job search. It’s important for them to have a professional LinkedIn profile, as well as other social media presence that supports the credentials on their resume. That’s not to say job seekers shouldn’t post personal things on social media. On the contrary, employers look at their profiles to get an idea of their personality and culture fit. We just need to remind them to not post anything they wouldn’t want their grandma, or a recruiter, to see.

2. “Look for new opportunities.”

This may seem like one of the timeless job search tips, but it’s becoming more common for employees to return to their old employers — and for their bosses to welcome them back with open arms. A 2015 survey found that over three quarters of HR professionals and nearly two thirds of managers were more willing to rehire an old employee than in the past. If your job seeker left a company on good terms, have them reconsider it as a possible place of employment. There might be better opportunities for them and the organization may even be willing to pay more knowing first hand what a qualified employee they are.

3. “Mobile devices are good for researching jobs, but not for applying for them.”

Smartphones and the rise of mobile websites have made it incredibly easy for job seekers to search on the go. And we’ve always encouraged them to do so. But when it came to submitting resumes, cover letters, or filling out applications they needed to use a computer. This was simply because that’s where most people had those types of job search documents stored. However, now with cloud apps, job seekers have access to everything they need. A 2015 Pew Research Center survey found that, out of the adults who used their smartphone during the job search, 50 percent had filled out an application with their phone and 23 percent created a resume or cover letter. So instead of telling job seekers that they need to divide their job search tasks between devices, find out which apps can help them do it all mobily.

4. “Cater your cover letters and resumes to the company.”

OK, so this isn’t bad advice. But job seekers shouldn’t be sneaking in references to a company’s community involvement so the hiring manager will like them more. It’s a subtle difference, but instead of finding an open position and then looking for any connection they have with the company, job seekers need to create their own priorities for organizations and then find what organizations fit them. Company culture is important, and just as companies make lists of the qualities that constitute a good fit, job seekers need to make their own criteria of what will mesh with their personality. Then, when they find a job that meets those needs, they can point out authentic connections in their cover letter and resumes. What other common job search tips are becoming outdated? Share in the comments below!

The 40 Most Common Interview Questions

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YOU CAN BET YOU'LL GET SOME OF THESE

 

We've compiled a list of the Forty Most Common Interview Questions which you can download below.  Keep in mind that many other interview questions will be derived from these forty. When thinking about how you should answer each question, always consider how you can segue into one of your Key Selling Points. Consider, too, arriving at each interview with a mental list of creative ideas about what you would do in the position if you were hired, which one human resources manager says, "is a great way to impress just about any employer."

Remember that tact and discretion are of utmost importance in any interview. A common, but tricky question some interviewers ask is, "What other companies are you considering?" Here, you'll want to be honest, without revealing too much information or indicating to the interviewer that any other job is more appealing than this one. Other questions that will require lots of diplomacy-and as little negativity as possible-include, "Why did you leave your last job?" and "What would you do differently if you were in charge of this company?"

Finally, keep in mind that your interviewer's questions may not automatically educe the kind of information she needs to know. In the end, it is up to you-the interviewee-to provide enough details about yourself and your work experience that will satisfy that ultimate question: "Why should we hire you?"

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Warm Contacts: The Generous Job Networking Secret

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BEST PLACE TO START JOB NETWORKING

 

You know that networking is the best way to find a new job. So where do you start?
The best place to begin is with your “warm contacts”. A warm contact is a person with whom you have some personal connection and is willing to help you in your search. They can help by offering information about current job openings, business opportunities, and introductions to influencers or people at their company. They just might have some great tips on looking for a job. Begin your job networking by building a list of warm contacts who might be willing to help.

Family and friends should always be first on your list of warm contacts. They are always willing to help or to give advice. This group may be able to give you information on job openings at their employers. Ask if they would walk your resume into the hiring manager you’d likely report to in their company. Family and friends are also more willing to refer you to others and they in turn will be more willing to help you. You get to borrow some of their credibility and trust in these kinds of networking introductions. Their referrals will take your calls and respond to your emails more readily than other types of job networking referrals. Be careful not to take advantage for their goodwill. Simply ask for their help to connect you to others.

 

THE OLD WATER COOLER

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Former employers or coworkers are also an important addition on your warm contact list. This is one of the reasons why you want to leave a job on good terms. A potential employer will call past employers to see what kind of an employee you were and why you no longer work there. Past employers can also give you information on their competitors and industry players. This kind of job networking intelligence is invaluable to your job search. When you ask family and friends about job and hiring information it can very well be second hand or even rumors. But when you ask someone who is in the same field as you, like a past employer, they will be able to give you firsthand information or clear up any questions you might have.

People who share the same beliefs and hobbies as you are often willing to help you with your job search. Members of the church, political party, fraternity, or sorority usually will help you with your job networking. Their inside knowledge of potential connections can help you build a strategy on how to approach them and ask them for their help.

 

 

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Another type of person you should have on your warm contact list is someone you pay to provide a service or a product. Think about people who you helped sell a product or service to a former employer. Even people who provide you with personal services; i.e… lawn, health care, hair styling, cosmetics, supplements, whatever you purchase on a regular basis… these are all people you should put on your warm list. You may think that your relationship doesn't extend past the business you have together, but more than likely they will be willing to help you do some job networking. These people know that maintaining a stable relationship is crucial to their business with you. They are a good source because they know a lot of different people and deal with them every day. Your vendors, both professional and personal, could be able to refer you to someone they know in the same field as you.

Don’t forget to add your professional association’s officers and executives to your warm contacts list. The purpose of these organizations is to support businesses and people in their industry. They want their members to be successful and active. They also know everyone else in the organization. Their high profile in your field gives them useful inside information about companies in the industry. Research your local chapter and be sure to add the offices and any paid directors or administrators to your warm contact list.

 

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These are the most important people you want to include in your job networking plan. You want to build your warm contact list with them. Your warm contacts are the people who will give you the most options in your job search.

What others do you think should be added to your warm contact list? Please let us know in the comments below…

 

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