Friday, March 29, 2013

10 Key Facts About The New LinkedIn Search

Debra Donston-Miller

LinkedIn improves its search capabilities to make it easier and faster to find people, companies and jobs on the professional social network.

Whether you are looking for a new job, a new employee, or someone – anyone -- who can help you figure out how big data fits into social networking wrapped around analytics, search is a key function on LinkedIn. The professional social network this week announced changes to its search capabilities targeted at streamlining and relevancy.
There were 5.7 billion professionally oriented searches on LinkedIn last year, according to LinkedIn product manager Johnathan Podemsky in a blog post announcing the improvements. "Today, search on LinkedIn is getting even smarter and more streamlined," he wrote.
These improvements are among several that LinkedIn has made recently to its platform, including an update toLinkedIn Jobs.
Here are 10 things you should know about LinkedIn Search.
1. Unified Search.
Probably the most important thing about the new LinkedIn search is that the tool is now conveniently unified. Before, you had to search separately on people, companies or jobs. Now you can type what you are looking for in the search field and results will be pulled from across LinkedIn people, jobs, groups and companies.
2. Auto-Complete Added.
As you type in your search terms, LinkedIn search will predict what you are looking for and autocomplete your term.
3. Suggested Terms As You Search.
LinkedIn now provides suggested terms as you search. This will be useful for, say, when you are searching on "editor" jobs, not realizing that the hotter term now is "content developer."
4. Smarter Query Intent Algorithm.
According to LinkedIn, the more you search, the better and more relevant search results will get.
5. Better Advanced Searches.
LinkedIn's new advanced search capabilities make it easier to expand your search by using filters, such as company or location.

The top Hashtags for the Job Seeker

by Colston Careers

Social media is a way of life nowadays. A large chunk of a businesses' advertisement budget is dedicated to their social marketing campaigns where they try to build a brand presence and gain a following. Companies hire the staff, outsource SEO, create online advertising campaigns, all to try and conquer social media.

You, as a job seeker, need to do the same as these companies. You need to think of yourself as a business, with a public image and try to create a brand of yourself to present to prospective employers. Spend time on your social profiles to get them up to scratch (and clean them up!)

Twitter and Hash tagging

Twitter is an excellent job seeking tool, if you know how to use it in this sense. If you are new to Twitter, check out the eGuide first for tips.

Hash tagging is the process of putting a hashtag (#) in front of a word or collection of words that has no space in it. It allows the user to allocate a category inside a Tweet that can be used by others to find that Tweet. For example:
colstongroup twitter
Now anyone on Twitter can click on #PHP /#devjobs / #ukjobs / #IT and they will be taken to a list of all the Tweets in the world that contain that specific hashtag. This is very powerful for a job seeker, as you can monitor popular hashtags, or hashtag yourselves with job seeking messages.

The top Hashtags for Job Seekers

I will split the hashtags up into categories, so that there is the general job seeking hashtags that you can use for any job, and then industry specific hashtags that one would use to target specific sectors.
Also check out this article, Top 100+ Job Search Hashtags on Twitter. However bear in mind that it is very US centric and some of the hashtags will be irrelevant for the UK job market.

General Job Hashtags

#job and #jobs

Specific Job Sector Hashtags - more Hashtags and the complete article

Thursday, March 28, 2013

444 Most Popular Job Interviewer Questions To Prepare Yourself With

These sample job interview questions have all been asked many times, and will be again.

Some of these questions are what you’d expect.

Some of these questions frankly don’t make much sense.

And some of these questions are shocking and possibly offensive.

But if any of these are going to be asked, you need to be ready.

The Most Commonly Asked Interview Questions

Questions 1-80 are about personal background.
Questions 81-177 relate to work experience.
Questions 178-234 cover your education or academic background.
The rest are about your personality, motivations and thoughts on work.
  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What major challenges and problems did you face?
  3. How would someone who dislikes you describe you?
  4. What was your biggest failure?
  5. What is your definition of failure?
  6. What are your regrets?
  7. What is your greatest weakness?
  8. When was the last time you were angry? What happened?
  9. If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?
  10. Tell me about a time when you helped resolve a dispute between others.
  11. What are your goals?
  12. What is your dream job?
  13. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
  14. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  15. Are you a leader or a follower?
  16. What are some of your leadership experiences?
  17. Why aren’t you earning more money at this stage of your career?
  18. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
  19. What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
  20. What is your personal mission statement? OR Give a one sentence statement of yourself.
  21. What is your greatest achievement outside of work?
  22. Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn’t want me to know.
  23. What is your favorite memory from childhood?
  24. What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
  25. What are your hobbies?
  26. What sports do you play?
  27. What kind of games do you like to play?
  28. What do you do in leisure/spare time?
  29. What do you do to deal with stress?
  30. What do you do to help balance life and work?

LinkedIn Members Who Grow their Networks are 30% More Likely to Find Jobs

The co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman recently published his new book “The Start-Up of You”, see a book review here.

One idea is what they call “I-We” – how the power of your network out to the third degree magnifies your individual capabilities. It used to be “who you know”, now it’s also “who the people in your network know”. That’s the strength of “I to the We” of your network.

LinkedIn have kindly sampled some data for us:

  • The average LinkedIn member has access to over 9,000 people via their 2nd degree network

  • That’s connections in over 6,000 companies in 130 industries via 2nd degree connections

  • The most connected users have access to 200,000 companies through 3 million people

  • As your professional network grows, so do your career opportunities

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

8 Ways to Fast-Track Your Application to the Top of a Recruiter’s Pile


Applying for jobs is a challenging task, one made all the more difficult when you know your recruiter has dozens of other applicants to consider.

Instead of getting lost in the crowd, here are some things you can do to fast-track your resume to the front of a long queue:

Contact them first

Some recruiters and HR professionals appreciate you calling or emailing them before you submit your application. That way, they will be on the lookout for your application or, at the very least, your name will ring a bell when they see it. Be strategic with your timing, though; don’t call them at 5:00 p.m. on a Friday when they will be busy.

Follow up

You might not be able to get hold of them on the first attempt, or they might not respond to your first email. But it’s okay to follow up on your messages as long as you don’t do it too often. Waiting at least a week is usually recommended, but it depends on who you’re working with. Don’t think of following up as bothering the recruiter; think of it as showing how much of a go-getter you are.

Get the recruiter’s name right

Your ultimate aim here is to make a good impression, which won’t happen if you get their name wrong. Even if you’re looking at several different opportunities, make sure you know who you’re contacting each time and address that person appropriately.

Tailor your resume

Not tailoring your resume is usually a game-killer. If your resume isn’t tailored for a specific position, it looks like you didn’t care enough to put the time in. Make your resume relevant for the job you want and know the extra effort will benefit you later.

Tips 5-8 and Complete Brazen Careerist Article

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Seven Tips for Using Facebook in Your Job Search

By Helene Cavalli
Lee Hecht Harrison research on hiring trends reveals that recruiters and hiring managers have found the effectiveness of social media in sourcing qualified candidates has increased 51% over the past two to three years, and they expect effectiveness to jump another 68% over the next two to three years.

While LinkedIn is still the overwhelming favorite of HR managers and recruiters, Facebook is increasing in importance as an effective recruiting tool. Our research indicates that currently 16% of recruiters and 14% of HR managers are regularly using Facebook to source both passive and active job candidates – and it’s increasing.  If you’re limiting your Facebook activity to friends and family, you might want to consider expanding activity to include professional connections – and possibly uncovering job opportunities.
Here’s how to maximize your search success on Facebook:
  1. Target your targets. Follow your target companies to uncover job openings and stay current on new company products, services, initiatives and acquisitions.
  2. Follow the leaders. Follow pages from career-related organizations (such as LHH on Facebook) to have real-time access to employment trends and information.
  3. Work smart. Follow search- and career-related sites such as Monster’s BeKnown and Glassdoor (voted the Best Employment Site of 2012).
  4. Connect. Use the Facebook search feature to connect with people in your field or to join groups with a common interest.

LinkedIn Improves Its Search

Following in the footsteps of Facebook, which recently overhauled its search, LinkedIn on Monday announced a revamped search with auto-complete, suggested searches and other enhancements.

The search is now streamlined as well, so you no longer need to search for companies, people and jobs separately. "Now, all you need to do is type what you’re looking for into the search box and you’ll see a comprehensive page of results that pulls content from all across LinkedIn including people, jobs, groups and companies," LinkedIn's blog explained.

Among the new features:
  • Auto-complete: LinkedIn will suggest options for what you're searching for. Suggestions will improve the more you search thanks to a smarter query intent algorithm.

  • Suggested searches: As LinkedIn explains, "now when you type in a search term such as 'product manager' you’ll see example search queries for people or jobs related to product manager as well as a preview of top results to help you find what you’re looking for in one click."

    More improvements and complete Mashable article

Monday, March 25, 2013

Find a Job on LinkedIn: 7 Ways to Fix Your Profile

by Michael Estrin

If you're in the market for a new job, today's hiring managers agree that one of the most important things you can do to improve your chances is be on LinkedIn.
"There are a lot of social networks," says Shilonda Downing, owner of Virtual Work Team LLC, a Homewood, Ill., human resources recruiting and staffing firm. She says LinkedIn is the go-to site for professionals and that, "These days, it's very important for your career to have a presence on the site because there's a high likelihood that wherever you're applying, the recruiters there use LinkedIn, too."

As of Dec. 31, 2012, LinkedIn reports that it has more than 200 million members in more than 200 countries. But it's not just LinkedIn's popularity that makes it a must-have for job seekers. According to many career counselors, LinkedIn is often one of the first places recruiters will look when researching an applicant.
Simply getting found on LinkedIn is only a small part of the equation. At a minimum, job seekers need to make sure they have a presentable profile that will help them make their case to recruiters. But beyond the basics, experts say there's plenty job seekers can do to improve their chances of getting hired.

1) Complete Your Profile
It may sound obvious, but you need to take the time to complete your LinkedIn profile, says Laurie Berenson, president of Sterling Career Concepts LLC in Franklin Lakes, N.J.
"To effectively complete your profile, don't forget three items: a professional picture, a strong headline and a fleshed out summary section," Berenson says.

The picture needs to exhibit professionalism. Job seekers should use a picture where they're smiling and dressed in business attire, Berenson says. Distracting backgrounds are a no-no.
Use the headline -- which Berenson calls "prime real estate" because it follows your profile -- to set yourself apart from the pack.

"The key to writing an effective headline is to include not only your title or job function," Berenson says, "but also your unique value or what you bring to the table that someone in a similar role doesn't have."
And when it comes to the summary, Berenson says to present who you are, what you have to offer and what your goals are. Of course, the summary content should also match what's in your resume.

2) Get Recommendations, Stay in Touch
One of the best ways to use LinkedIn connections is to secure recommendations -- testimonials from people who know you professionally and can speak to the caliber of your work.

"Employers want to get a full picture of you as a professional, and recommendations are a great way to round out your profile," says Kat Krull, associate marketing manager at Resunate, a Pittsburgh company that builds resume-evaluation software. "Ask former supervisors or colleagues to write a short blurb about you by sending recommendation requests."
According to Krull, a good tactic for securing recommendations is to offer one in return. Doing so is also considered good form.

Brie Reynolds, a Dallas-based manager of content and social media at FlexJobs, says it's critical to stay in touch with contacts so that those recommendations don't stay static.

"Set a goal for yourself that every month or week, you'll send a quick message to five to 10 of your LinkedIn connections just saying hello and wishing them well," says Reynolds. "In your note, inquire about their careers and lives, and mention that you'd like to stay in touch. By staying fresh in people's minds, they're more likely to think of you the next time they hear of a job opportunity that fits you."

3) Ask for an Introduction
Growing your network is a great asset on LinkedIn, but you need to seek out introductions where appropriate, says Saad Ahmed, an engagement strategist with Viget, a digital design and development firm based in Falls Church, Va.
"The best strategy to gain an introduction is to first figure out what you are seeking from an introduction, and then figure out who at an organization can help you answer your questions," Ahmed says. "Getting an introduction to someone you don't know or aren't connected to isn't too difficult as long as you have a good reason to reach out. A good reason usually entails research or advice. A bad reason is if you're going to beg them for a job."

As far as etiquette goes, Ahmed says it "boils down to being considerate, thoughtful and asking good questions." He warns that if you're pushy, overly eager or not considerate of other people's time, there's a good chance that introduction won't go anywhere.

4) Update Regularly and Join Groups
Like any social network, LinkedIn puts a high premium on activity. So it's a good idea to update regularly, according to Wayne Breitbarth, author of "The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-start Your Business, Brand, and Job Search."

"Your network will probably lead you to your next great opportunity," he says. "So it's important to keep your smiling face and relevant business-related comments in front of them on a consistent basis."
But don't go overboard. A few updates a week, up to once a day is plenty. Remember to stick to business, and if possible, make your updates useful.

Also try joining relevant groups and participating in the conversation. "Joining groups within your profession or industry can do two important things," says Karen Southall Watts, a business trainer and career coach from Bellingham, Wash. "You can establish a reputation for being informed or an expert in your field … by freely sharing your ideas and wisdom. But you can also use those discussions to learn from the thought leaders in your field."
But Watts says to remember to keep discussions professional and substantive. Asking how to find a job isn't helpful, but asking something specific about the industry is a great way to showcase your professionalism.

TIPS 5-7 and Complete Fox Business Article

Job Interview Questions - The 5 Things Candidates Must Address

by Tony Restell

Preparing for the job interview questions you might face has to be one of the more stressful aspects of changing jobs. Here we share insights you can put to work in your interview preparation right away.

What does your job interviewer want to uncover about you?

The starting point for success in responding to job interview questions is to understand why those questions are being asked. So what reassurances is your interviewer looking for during your interview?

- Can you do the job?
- Are you someone who'd fit in and be a good addition to the team?
- What risks are being taken by employing you?
- Will you take the job?
- What would be your motivations for taking the job?

Can you do the job?

Sounds obvious right? Yet unless you are moving between two competitors to perform the exact same role, your ability to do the job needs to be established. Your challenge in preparing to face job interview questions on this topic is to understand the job as thoroughly as you can.

Firstly this means revisiting the job advert and picking through the key requirements specified. Try to play detective and figure out why those criteria are important. What can you infer by reading between the lines? What contacts do you have who may be able to shed additional light on the role and the company? Have you researched the LinkedIn profiles of people in similar positions at the company, their descriptions of what they do - and their recommendations - may prove very telling. Who can you find who has recently left the company and who you could reach out to for insights?

What you're most interested in identifying are i) the factors that are of greater or less importance than at your existing company (so that you know which strengths to play to in the interview) and ii) the differences that exist between you performing strongly in your current role and in this potential new role.

Examples would be there being greater political infighting to deal with; poor morale to contend with; different systems than you're used to working with; different sales challenges to overcome; organisational challenges or deficiencies in capabilities that you'll need to learn to work through.

In all respects that the role is similar to the one you already hold, your answers should pretty much take care of themselves. It's the aspects that differ from what you've shown you can do that need to be bridged.

Are you someone who'd fit in and be a good addition to the team?

One key function of job interview questions - and the hiring process more generally - is to establish that there would be a good personality fit between you and the company. This takes two forms. Firstly companies have characters and an ethos that your earlier research may well have uncovered. It may be a very goal-focused business; innovative; focused on work-life balance... Whatever it is, you being a fit rather than a clash with that culture is a key hiring consideration.

Secondly - and no less important - you will be slotting into a team somewhere within the company. That team will have its own personality and traits that are a function of the existing team members. How you are likely to blend with them is another key consideration.

The topics so far are best addressed by doing your research before the job interview; and by asking as many questions as you can during the interview to fill in the gaps in your knowledge. As far as possible, you want to know the answer the interviewer would like to hear before you answer any question or show your hand.

What risks are being taken by employing you?

Everyone involved in the hiring decision is taking a risk with their careers by rubber-stamping you as the best person to hire. The candidate who looks best for the role may not always be the least risky hire. The most talented candidate may be likely to become dissatisfied in the role (and leave for greener pastures). They are more likely to be in the running for other openings and drop out of the recruiter's interview process altogether. This explains why those willing to take a demotion and paycut to get back into work are often left frustrated. They're considered overqualified precisely because they could become dissatisfied or receive a better offer once hired.

Similarly, those with inconsistencies in their application or unexplained developments in their careers can generate anxiety that undoes an otherwise strong performance. That's why you need to think carefully about your shortcomings and how best to handle any anxieties these may cause. It's better that you address these concerns directly than leave your interviewers to stew on them behind closed doors. And related to this point you also need to address...

Questions 3,4, and Complete Article

Friday, March 22, 2013

Using LinkedIn for 30 Minutes a Day


An issue that comes up regularly is about time. Everyone wonders how much time on LinkedIn (and on social media in general) is enough time to devote to make it work and to produce successful results for your business.

The answer to the question is slightly subjective although it is a good idea to have some sort of time range in mind. You should figure that if you spend between 15 to 30 minutes a day on LinkedIn. It is important to make a commitment to working it consistently (and, if possible, trying to do it at around the same time each day). Please bear in mind that that time range for consistent LinkedIn use is a minimum. If you are in a business that depends more heavily on LinkedIn interactions, you should use it more than that each day. One of your purposes in using LinkedIn is to make sure that everyone is constantly aware of your brand and your offerings.

As you are starting to keep your LinkedIn schedule, you should try to be as consistent as possible in your approach so that you get maximum results from your efforts.

The LinkedIn Homepage
There is a way for you to arrange your Email account so that you receive a notification for everything (all invitations, group discussions, updates to status, etc,). That way, you won’t waste time on LinkedIn. You want to try to be as productive as possible always. If you are interested in doing that, you need to go to your account settings and request “Web Only” notifications. That will force you to be more conservative with how you use LinkedIn. It will also force you to login to your LinkedIn Homepage to be able to read your notifications. Once you have done that, you will find it easier and more convenient to spend the consistent 15 to 30 minutes on a daily basis to which you have committed.

Be consistent with the time of day
It is a really good idea to try to use LinkedIn at the same time of day on each day, if possible. It is a good idea because people will get used to interacting with you at the same time and you have a better chance of developing meaningful relationships with more people if you have a consistent approach on LinkedIn. It is important to be as efficient as possible with your time on LinkedIn.

Greet  your LinkedIn people
One of the reasons why LinkedIn is such a valuable social media tool is that it will really help you to increase the number of people with whom you can connect and with whom you can establish relationships. You should establish your LinkedIn routine early on, if possible. When you login to LinkedIn, you should post some sort of update, if you have one (which you most probably will have). You can write the updates that you want to post for the week in longhand and post one at a time throughout the week. Using links in your daily posts that lead to useful articles for your readers is a great thing to share (at least once a week). Undoubtedly, many people will find those articles very useful. Updating your status every day lets people know that you are there and that you are interested in interacting with them. After a short while, people will look forward to your updates and will be disappointed if you don’t send them on a daily basis. Remember, you can change your LinkedIn status as much as you need to.

5 Tales from Awesomely Awkward Job Interviews

by Beth Braccio Hering

Blanking on the recruiter’s name or forgetting to bring copies of your résumé may not endear you to a prospective employer.

However, you can take heart in the fact that your error wasn’t so horrible it will be remembered (and shared) for years to come.

Not all interviewees are so lucky.

Here are five job interview tales of awesomely awkward moments as told by the employers who were there:

1.  Let me Finish this Game

While most candidates are ready to move mountains to please an interviewer, some are not so willing to accommodate. Ann M. Larson, managing partner for The Interview Experience, flew from New York to Los Angeles to conduct an interview, only to have the applicant ask her to stand there and wait in the hotel lobby so that she could finish the game of solitaire she was playing since it looked like she was going to win.

“I politely told her that I had a very busy agenda and that I didn’t really have the time to watch her play a card game,” Larson says. “The interview was short and awkward. I remember flying home thinking, ‘Thanks for taking a day of my life that I’ll never get back.’”

2.  Never Let Them See You (or Your Hair) Sweat

Executive recruiter and career counselor Bruce Hurwitz was delighted to find an applicant that seemed perfect for one of his clients. The fact that the man was bald wasn’t an issue, until he showed up for the interview having used “hair-in-a-can” to paint his head black.

“It was a warm day,” Hurwitz remembers. “As the interview progressed, he started to perspire. The paint started to run down his forehead — not a lot, maybe a quarter of an inch. I did not laugh even though I thought I was going to do myself personal injury by keeping it in!”
At interview’s end, Hurwitz told the man he wanted to submit him to the client but couldn’t because of his “hair.”

The man smiled and said, “You mean my toupee?”

Hurwitz mustered, “Yes. Promise me you won’t wear it, and I’ll submit you.”

All ended well.

3.  Putting Your Assets on Display

Shara Senderoff, co-founder and CEO of Intern Sushi, was none too happy when she entered the lobby to greet an interviewee and discovered the young lady was wearing a mini-skirt and an extremely transparent shirt.

Senderoff gave her an appalled look.

“She clearly noticed my disgust and apologized profusely as she thought she was interviewing with a guy because my male assistant was scheduling the interview time with her,” she recalls. “Instead of focusing on her intelligence or the skills she could bring to the table, she thought a push-up lace bra would seal the deal.”

“It didn’t,” Senderoff says.

Stories 4,5, and Complete Article

Thursday, March 21, 2013

5 Soft Skills to Showcase in an Interview


If you are extremely qualified, have terrific application materials, a targeted resume and you're interviewing for jobs, but always coming up with a silver medal, it's possible that you're bumping up against an elusive category: likability. Also known in the industry as "cultural fit," likability is a reason many candidates don't make the final cut—the interviewers either didn't like them or didn't believe they would mesh well with current employees.

One of the reasons that most employers don't provide specific feedback to a second-place candidate is because it's difficult to explain why someone doesn't fit in. An employer can get in legal hot water for explaining that someone didn't get hired because the team just didn't like the candidate and couldn't imagine spending a lot of time together.

Emotional intelligence, otherwise known as soft skills, is the category of skills most likely involved when evaluating likability or fit. Wikipedia defines them as "Personal attributes that enhance an individual's interactions, job performance and career prospects. Unlike hard skills, which are about a person's skill set and ability to perform a certain type of task or activity, soft skills relate to a person's ability to interact effectively with co-workers and customers and are broadly applicable both in and outside the workplace."

Soft skills include: attitude, communication skills, time management, critical thinking and a slew of other categories that do not relate to intelligence.

There's no question that soft skills play a role in most, if not all, hiring decisions. So how can you demonstrate these skills during an interview? Eddie Earnest from HigherNext (, a company that offers the Certified Business Laureate (CBL) certification tests and credentialing system, suggests the following tips to help highlight these five soft skills during an interview.

1. Work ethic. Make sure to weave your thoughts about how important the company's mission and vision are to you and explain why you're willing to go the extra mile to help the organization succeed. One tenant of evaluating candidates is that past performance is a predictor of future results. Make sure you prove that you have a strong work ethic by giving examples from the past about how you went above and beyond the call of duty to get a job done. "Describe how you always complete projects efficiently and on-time, why you're punctual and persistent and how you balance your drive to succeed with the company's goals," Earnest says.

2. Positive attitude. Give examples of how you improved employee morale in a past position, or how your positive attitude helped motivate your colleagues or those you managed. Earnest suggests: "Some people are naturally bubbly and always upbeat. Others have a more tame and low-energy demeanor. Especially if you tend to be more low-key, smile when you shake the interviewer's hand and make an extra effort to add some intonation and expression to your responses."
Make sure you aren't boring or dry, or you could lose your chance to be hired.

3. Communication skills. Your interview is a great opportunity to demonstrate how well you communicate, so be sure you prepare and practice responses to showcase your best skills. Earnest says, "Be concrete with these examples, and bring proof to the interview. Provide examples of materials you created or written campaigns you developed in past positions."

Tips 4,5, and Complete USNews Article

10 Tips For Finding Your Perfect Job Fast With LinkedIn


How To Find Your Perfect Job With LinkedIn

So, here are my 10 best tips that I share with my LinkedIn coaching clients to get you on your way.

1. Optimize Your Profile

What kind of job do you want? Whatever you are seeking, make sure you put those keywords in your profile. Think about it…how does a hiring manager search for candidates? He puts in the job title he is looking for into the search box. So make sure you have your desired job title in many places on your profile so you come up high in LinkedIn searches.

2. Use A Professional Photo

I’ve worked with many job candidates looking for executive positions who have a casual photo on their profile. To me, that is a big Fail! Save those shots for Facebook. LinkedIn is a professional networking site and you want to look your best. Dress according to how much you want to get paid. If you understand this, then get a professional headshot down at your local photographer studio. A pleasant smile will also go a long way. No one wants to hire a sourpuss.

3. Fill Out Your Profile 100%

By completing your profile, you are 40 times more likely to come up in LinkedIn searches. Besides that, it shows that you are taking LinkedIn and your job search seriously. LinkedIn has prompts that show you how you are doing and what you need to do to get to 100%.

4. Grow Your Network

I can hear you saying, “But I don’t want to connect with people I don’t know!” Sorry Charlie. If that is your mantra, LinkedIn will become virtually useless to you. Most job seekers come to me with about 100 connections. That means you’ll have a network of about a quarter million, and just a fraction of the 200 million people can see your profile. Do you really want a new job? Start connecting with everyone and anyone.

5. Use Your Summary To Create An Ad
Your summary section in your profile is a great place to tell employers what you can do for them. Be sure to spell out all the benefits you bring to the workplace. How can you make them money? Save them money? Make them more efficient? Don’t be shy; tell them the benefit of hiring you.

Tips 6-10 and Complete Careerealism Article

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

How I Became A LinkedIn Whore


Just one click and suddenly I had invited 648 people—many of them strangers– to join my LinkedIn network. As my computer screen madly scrolled with acceptances, I sat there embarrassed by my new, elite networking status—I now belong to the 500+ connections club.

Just as I had been duped by Facebook years ago, allowing them to access my email list and invite people to see my photos, LinkedIn had now hoodwinked me in a similar fashion.

After years of politely asking strangers seeking to connect how it was that I knew them, I now looked guilty of prostituting myself to hundreds of people for the sake of appearing really connected. Ugh.

Nor did I customize any of the 648 invites, avoiding the generic “I’d like to add you to my network” wording—something I had done consistently in the past in an effort to make my invitations more personal.

What was interesting is how many people said yes. In less than 10 minutes, I had 80 acceptances. Many were from people I knew, but several were not—they were connections of connections, i.e., strangers. By day three of my Linking nightmare I had more than 200 acceptances and the LinkedIn sidebar informed me that I was now connected to more than 10 million professionals. That means I theoretically “know” more people than the entire population of New Jersey, the 11th most populated U.S. state.

This Pavlovian response to LinkedIn invitations defeats the entire idea behind creating an effective network. Only two people wrote and questioned the invitation and in both cases I explained my mistake and suggested they decline. Everyone else either blindly clicked “accept” or ignored the invite. In a handful of cases people used it as a sales opportunity: how can we help you?

Whether you are gaming the system or not, mining emails to grow your network through other people’s second and third connections is diluting the benefit of LinkedIn. If someone sees that I am connected to a venture capitalist and asks for a warm introduction, am I going to do that for a complete stranger? No.

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Top 100 Pinterest Boards for Job Search

Where to find the best job search resources on Pinterest.

Why use Pinterest for your job search?

Well, if you saw our previous article about The Best Pinterest Job Search Tips From The Experts, you already know about using it to make a visual resume, to show off your achievements (as a work portfolio) or just to be inspired.

With all that in mind and more, these are 100 most popular job search-oriented boards on Pinterest:
Latest update: March 18, 2013

1. Job Search Resources by Writing Service (6,030 followers)
2. Job Search/Jobs/Resumes/Employment by Lisa Simpkins (4,383 followers)
3. Promo Portfolio Resume by Kathy McGraw (4,088 followers)
4. 007 A+ for the Resume by 007 Marketing (2,771 followers)
5. Job Search Info – Post to this board by Better Resume Service (2,800 followers)
6. Job Search Related Resources by Better Resume Service (2,784 followers)
7. 007 Social Job Search Circle by 007 Marketing (2,613 followers)
8. 007 Job Interview Etiquette by 007 Marketing (2,584 followers)
9. resume by Eva Morell (2,483 followers)
10. Job Interview Looks by (2,317 followers)
11. Job Search by CAREEREALISM (2,237 followers)
12. Todo sobre entrevistas de trabajo / All about job interview by Alfredo Vela (2,144 followers)
13. Job Applications and Interviews by TES Teaching Resources (2,124 followers)
14. the living resume by Rachael King (1,791 followers)
15. Professional Portfolio: Job Interview Tips, Documenting Practice, Proffessional Development Ideas/Opportunities, CV tips, Media Kit etc. by Ellen Jaye Benson (1,586 followers)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

4 New LinkedIn Features for Job Seekers


Followings its last major update—the redesign of profile pages—LinkedIn announced another makeover, this time to its job search feature.

"We want to help you find your dream job and the new LinkedIn Jobs experience has been completely redesigned to connect you with the right career opportunities and tools to help you take advantage of those opportunities," says Vaibhav Goel, associate product manager at LinkedIn.
Beyond its new look, LinkedIn Jobs now includes a handful of new features for both Premium subscribers and traditional account holders. The new design is rolling out to all users over the next few weeks. Here's a look at what's new.

1. Jobs You May Be Interested In

On the new landing page for LinkedIn Jobs is a section called "Jobs you may be interested in," which lists open positions it thinks might be a good fit for you based on your experience, current location and information you have listed on your profile.
LinkedIn's new job search
You can also choose to receive daily, weekly or no email alerts for new jobs by clicking the link at the top.

3. Find Jobs You Can Be Referred To

Below "Jobs you may be interested in" is a new feature called "Discover jobs in your network" that highlights the companies you have connections at and who can refer you.
LinkedIn's new job search
Clicking on a company takes you to its LinkedIn page where you can browse your connections who work there and view the open positions.

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How To Transform Your Resume From Vintage To Viral


You may not describe yourself as “vintage,” but your resume and social media profiles may be giving off a vintage vibe. Do you love soft vintage jeans? You know, the kind that are reminiscent of the past, but somehow give off a vogue style. A vintage resume is a totally different thing. Vintage in the career world can handcuff you to a stale employment situation, one that is in dire need of a complete makeover. What can do you do to break free and launch into a fulfilling career?

6 Steps To Transform Your Resume

Give your resume a face lift with these six easy steps:

1. Change The Look And Feel

In the past, resumes were initially viewed on paper. Fonts like Times New Roman were easier to read on paper. Today, resumes are almost always read online. Sans serif fonts are more easily read on a screen. These fonts are great choices: Calibri, Gautomi, or Verdana.
Styles are more sophisticated. Integration of color in the category headers, bullets, or border add interest. In years past people might have included graphics and logos on a resume to call attention to certifications. Today, resumes are scanned by ATS (Applicant Tracking Software) and graphics can be garbled; in some cases boot a resume from consideration. Skip the logo graphics.
How about the feel? Nothing cries vintage like a paper resume sent via U.S. Mail or fax! The only time that you need a paper copy of your resume is when you present a resume in a face-to-face interview.

2. Ditch The Physical Address

Keep it simple. Under your name, list your cell number and e-mail – without labeling them “cell” and “e-mail.” Next, list your LinkedIn URL, website URL (if you have a website), and blog URL (if you have a relevant blog). No need for a physical address. Haven’t you heard? The U.S. Postal Service is no longer delivering on Saturday! You don’t need to use ‘snail mail’ to get your resume to someone; similarly, you likely won’t be receiving traditional mail from a future employer. Including a physical address is becoming obsolete.

3. Customize Each Resume

In the past, employees stayed in one occupation for most of their career. At the very least, people remained in positions for multiple years. In that reality, one resume was fine. In today’s market, job seekers must be nimble. People change careers more frequently, manage multiple and diverse responsibilities within a single role, and must be adaptable to technology and market changes. One resume is not enough. Instead create a master resume and customize the resume for each job opportunity.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

INFOGRAPHIC: How Can Facebook and LinkedIn Get You a New Job?

Facebook and LinkedIn are great places to find your next job, more so than you would think. Recruiters use social networks to post jobs, to source for candidates and to network with talent.
Research shows that nearly 75% of companies check out potential candidates on social networks. And they’re not just digging for dirt. More and more, HR execs and recruiters are turning to social networks to scout out promising job candidates, and with good reason.

One recent study by Northern Illinois University professors found study participants could more accurately predict a candidate’s likelihood to succeed in a particular job by browsing their Facebook profile than by evaluating detailed personality surveys.

Another study by professors at Cornell University found that job applicants were less likely to lie about past work experience on their LinkedIn profile than they were on a traditional resume.

Our friends at have created a useful inforgraphic about how companies are integrating social media more than ever in the job search – and how you can use that to your advantage.
Most recruiters hire through LinkedIn (94.5%), and some use Twitter and Facebook as well (42% and 33%, respectively). See more at How Recruiters Use Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (Infographic).

So, can your social networks help you land a job? In this infographic, learn how recruiters are using social sites and how you can optimize your online presence.

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Prep Your Google+ Profile for Career Development

Social media is becoming an essential tool for those interested in finding a new job or extending their professional network. There are endless opportunities to connect with individuals and organizations from all over the world that share your interests.

When you think social media and careers, LinkedIn may be the first place that comes to mind. I, as well as our recent Inside Online Learning chat participants, continue to recommend LinkedIn as a primary account, but it may be time to expand your online reach with Google+ as your next step.

Why Google+?

Donna Svei of answers that, “if you have a profile on Google Plus, and it contains the key words a recruiter is looking for, your profile will pop for them from their Google Search. IT’S THAT EASY. No building a network. No levels of connection. No spendy premium plans. Just simplicity.”

Chances are you are already using Google, whether it’s the popular search engine, Gmail, or one of many Google Apps. If you already have a Google account, log in to check your options for completing a profile and the adjusting the settings for search visibility and privacy. A new post from Mashable proclaims “you will be Googled,” so why not take action to fine tune the part of your digital footprint that is already associated with Google?

Profile Basics

With career development and the job search process in mind, here is a short list of the Google+ profile sections you should consider completing as a form of social resume:
  • Story: This is the primary information that will appear under the “About” tab of your profile (see the screenshot below). It includes Tagline, Introduction, and Bragging Rights (i.e., achievements). What is your story? Use key words relevant to your industry and interests to help your profile appear in recruiters’ searches. Note that while the brief Tagline is public, you can modify the settings for the Introduction and Bragging Rights.
  • Work: In this section of your profile you can add your Occupation, a list of Skills, and details about your Employment history (i.e., company name, job title, start and end dates, job description.) As in the Story section, you can decide which items will be public or private.
  • Education: Create a list of your education and training achievements. The entries are similar in format to what you might include in a traditional resume or job application, such as institution name, field of study, and year of graduation

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Friday, March 15, 2013

LinkedIn Boot Camp: Time to Tone Up Your Job Search [Infographic]


Especially among college students and young professionals, LinkedIn is a weaker, uncool version of Facebook. We all know LinkedIn is there – and capable of providing personal growth – but not many of us pay attention.

Perhaps we’re not comfortable with business networking. Or maybe we feel the site is targeted to older, more established professionals. This is a major mistake however, especially when it comes to marketing ourselves and our job search.

Check out this infographic from mindflash, a “LinkedIn Bootcamp”, that outlines tips to beef up your personal marketing muscles for better networking – and a much stronger job search.

5 Ways to Ace Your Start-up Informational Interview


If you’re in the market for a job at a start-up, you probably already know the hiring process is a little bit different: You can submit a video in lieu of a cover letter, wear jeans to your interview, and even (if you’re brave) follow up on social media.
Same goes for informational interviews. While I was job hunting over the past year, I spent a huge portion of my time setting up (and perfecting my strategy for) coffee meetings with founders and employees of start-ups. And I quickly realized that the across-the-board tips for these interviews (do your research beforehand, come with a prepared list of questions) don’t cover everything you need to know. Yes, some of the usual advice was helpful, but making the most out of a start-up informational interview also involves some unique strategies.
Whether you’re trying to land a job or you just want to learn more about what it’s like to work in the start-up world, here are five tips I picked up that will help you ace your next meeting.

1. Bring Your Enthusiasm

Regardless of who you’re interviewing with—a founder, engineer, recruiter, or customer service rep—you can assume that they’re underpaid and overworked, but incredibly excited by what they do. And that they want to see that same sort of enthusiasm from future employees.
So right from the start (after you introduce yourself, of course), make sure to fully explain your interest in the company and its mission. For example, if you’ve used the company’s product or service before, talk about the experience you had and what you loved about it. If you’ve only read about the company, share what you discovered in your research and why it really clicked with you. By showing your enthusiasm early on, you’ll connect with your new contact and set an engaging and lively tone for your conversation.

2. Come With Suggestions 

In addition to explaining why you’re particularly excited about this business concept, try to work a few suggestions on ways to improve the company into your conversation. For example, maybe you think the customer service department would really benefit from a live chat feature on its website, or you have a potential partnership in mind that would really boost the company’s marketing.
While you don’t want to come across like you’re trying to “fix” the company, when it’s phrased constructively and respectfully (“Have you ever considered creating an online forum for your customers, where they could post questions and help others troubleshoot?”), giving a suggestion can spark a back-and-forth about the way the business works. This kind of conversation will help you learn more about the behind-the-scenes of the company and will show your new contact that you’ve given significant thought to moving the business forward. Plus, you’ll prove just how beneficial you could be to the company as a new employee.

3. Ask Questions About Company Culture—a Lot of Them

Because the nature of start-up work typically requires employees to wear a lot of hats, these companies aren’t necessarily looking for a specific set of skills in potential employees. Instead, they’re often looking for someone who will be a good fit with the team overall, both professionally and socially.
So, make sure to ask a lot of questions about the character and habits of the employees who work there. Ask questions like, “What drives your employees to provide such great customer service?” Or, on the more casual side, “Does the team spend time together outside of work?” These kind of questions will help you understand what the start-up is looking for in its next employee, and just as importantly, will help you decide whether or not its culture is right for you.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

LinkedIn tells all: How businesses engage users and build a following

Laura Stampler, Business Insider

Businesses have started burnishing their identities by creating their own content on LinkedIn.The professional network hit its 200 million member milestone recently, and companies naturally want a slice of that massive audience’s interest.
While brands have started to get a hang of what kind of posts work on Facebook, optimizing user engagement on LinkedIn remains uncharted territory for many companies.
Company pages launched approximately three years ago, senior product marketing manager Lana Khavinson told BI. And it started primarily as a home base where companies could showcase themselves with basic features and descriptions.
It was October 2011 when companies started posting their own content and, Khavinson said, “that’s frankly when the gamed changed. We were finding that [companies] were excited and eager to engage with our members, and members were very eager to be communicating with them on LinkedIn.”
Khavinson, who specializes in creating strategy and marketing programs for small and medium businesses, said that what a company posts to optimize its chances of getting shared doesn’t so much have to do with its size, but rather by industry.
“On LinkedIn, context matters,” she said. “When [people] follow a company, they are raising their hands and saying, Company we want to hear from you.” And that message has to be in line with its image and message.
Khavinson told us what works and what doesn’t.
Post what your audience is interested in.

While Google got the most likes out of any business (for a post that said it was the #1 most desired employer on LinkedIn), Jolla — a Helsinki based mobile device developer — had a post that got the most shares of any small business.
“They are staying true to what people are interested in,” Khavinson said, by posting about product updates. It might not be funny or quirky like many Facebook posts, but it’s what people want on that medium.
She also noted that the Wounded Warriors Project is doing a good job providing followers with what they want by “providing information about what people can do to get back into the workforce [and] inspirational stories.”
It isn’t all about the numbers.

Khavinson noted that LinkedIn post likes have “lower volume, higher quality.”
For example, even though Google is the company that got the most likes for a single post, that number still didn’t break the 500 mark. A successful small business post likely wouldn’t make it to more than 100 likes. But that’s not the point.
“It’s a quality play,” she said. “We aren’t about getting millions and millions and billions and likes, but those likes and comments you’re getting, those are really rich links. Those are potential customers and advocates.”
Khavinson continued, “we are trying hard to teach companies that we aren’t comparing Facebook to LinkedIn.
Users want news and imagery.

When people first hear about a company, Khavinson said that one of the first things they’ll do is go to that company’s LinkedIn page to learn more.
“Presence is key,” she said.
The goal is to gain followers and then build a community — and that’s done through posting information and updates that will interest and engage its audience. Khavinson said that research shows that followers aren’t only looking to find a job at a certain company, but that the vast majority wants to see industry news.
This means diverse, industry-related posts with a strong image and an interesting title.
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In 10 Powerful Steps: Stand Out as a Job Seeker

by Brazen Careerist

Although the news assures us the economy is recovering, statistics show the job market in 2013 may be every bit as tough as the job market of 2012. With such fierce competition for desirable jobs…

What steps can you take to get noticed by recruiters?

These 10 tips will help you stand out from the sea of nameless, faceless job seekers, and get recruiters’ attention:

1. Garner a Reputation

Remember in high school, when your extracurricular activities were the key to getting noticed by colleges? The same principle applies here.

Get involved in your community. Volunteer for causes that are meaningful to you. Build a name for yourself and make your face known. Not only could it make a difference at the interview table, but this small step could create unforeseen networking opportunities down the road.

2. Learn a Language

The modern workplace has become ever more diverse and multilingual; broadening your language skills can only increase your value to a potential employer.

A second (or third) language not only sets you apart from the crowd; it also broadens the scope of where you can work. Learn to speak Spanish or another language that could be specifically useful in your chosen field or industry. If you already know another language, take the time to brush up while you’re on the job hunt.

3. Get on the Web

A good-looking Facebook profile is a start, but it’s not enough to get you noticed. Create a personal website that highlights your professional life and personality, showcases your unique skills and sells your brand. Just make sure the site looks professional and doesn’t contain anything potential employers might find distasteful. (As you already know, that goes for your Facebook profile and any other social media accounts, too)

Even better, create a “hire me” website specifically for your job search, maybe even targeted directly at the job or employer you want.

4. Add a Personal Touch

Don’t just email a resume and hope for the best. Add a unique and memorable aspect to how you approach each employer!

Create a complete application package according to their specifications… and then hand-deliver. Or find appropriate and welcome ways to network with people inside the company you want to work for. As long as you keep your actions professional and appropriate, a personal touch can go a long way toward getting someone to remember your name in that pile of resumes in their inbox.

5. Promote Yourself and Your Work

This is where that personal website might come in handy. Picking up freelance work or doing projects for family and friends will build your portfolio, even if it doesn’t build your bank account. Build up testimonials that show your work and your work ethic.

Word of mouth can travel fast… and is also a great way to update those skills.
Speaking of which…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

How LinkedIn Can Help You In Your Stealth Job Search

Are you stuck in a dead-end job? Not making the money you deserve? Just need a change? But afraid your boss will find out if you start looking for a new job? LinkedIn to the rescue!
Obviously, you don’t want to use words like seekingpursuing, or looking in your LinkedIn profile—that’s the quickest way to the unemployment line. But sprucing up your profile, joining the right groups, and “following” companies you’d like to work for are a few of the easy steps you can take when looking for a new job “under the radar.”

Spruce Up Your Profile

If you have used your LinkedIn account sparingly and all of a sudden there’s a flurry of activity, this might be a red flag to your boss. Therefore, if you plan to make major edits to your profile, go to Settings and turn off your activity broadcasts until you have completed your updates. Then turn them back on. To be on the safe side, you may want to make changes over a period of time rather than all at once.
Keywords. Use plenty of the keywords hiring managers and recruiters might use to find people with your specialties and skills (e.g., job duties, titles, industry certifications, software expertise, etc).
Summary. This is tricky. You need to look like a happy employee while at the same time touting your expertise and accomplishments. Keywords are definitely important. For example, “Johnson Company always puts the customer first, and my attention to detail and ability to provide excellent customer service make me a good fit at Johnson.”
ExperienceInclude a detailed description of your accomplishments for every job entry you include in this section. You’re trying to differentiate yourself from other job applicants, so don’t skimp here.
Headline. You only get one shot at a first impression. Make it a good one. It’s short—only 28 characters—so you’ll need to be creative. And be sure to include your best keywords.
Skills. LinkedIn members will give you Endorsements for your skills, and you’ll want to focus on including the skills you hope to use in your new job.
Education. In addition to your general educational background, include any specialized courses you’ve completed. Describe them in detail and use lots of keywords.
Projects. Use this section to highlight specific job-related projects. You can link to a web page where the project is displayed. Seeing is believing!
Special Profile Sections. Options include Languages, Test Scores, Publications, Courses, and Patents. These are a terrific way to impress readers of your profile and differentiate yourself from other candidates.
Honors & Awards. If you’ve got them, flaunt them.
Recommendations. Outside corroboration of the information on your profile is extremely important. Try to get at least two or three recommendations for each job and educational entry. You probably don’t want to ask your boss for a recommendation, but customers, vendors, and college professors (for recent grads) are great options.

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5 Tips to Job Hunt Using Social Media


If you think LinkedIn is the only social networking site to job hunt, you may be mistaken. Susan Vitale, CMO of iCIMS, a talent acquisition technology company, says job seekers are often remiss in excluding popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

"There are misconceptions that job seekers should be leaning toward LinkedIn to find jobs," Vitale says. "But for companies that are more progressive, they think outside LinkedIn and have been very successful in filling positions."

To attract headhunters and be the first to know about open positions, you need to think outside the LinkedIn box, she says. Here's a look at five ways you can job hunt on both popular and lesser-known social networks.

1. Follow Companies on Facebook

If there's a company you want to work for, be sure you "like" them on Facebook, Vitale says. When new job positions open, many companies will post it on their Facebook page, or have a tab dedicated entirely to open positions.

"Companies tend to leverage Facebook to share jobs online through microsites or a tab within their company page," Vitale says. "Anyone who follows that brand on Facebook will be the first to know if something opens up," she says.

2. SEO Your Facebook Profile

When Facebook's new search tool, Graph, was introduced earlier this year, some people worried about its privacy implications. Facebook Graph does make it easier for others to find public information about you—bad if you don t understand your privacy settings, but potentially good if you're in the market for a new job.

"I think it will take some time for recruiting to catch on to Facebook, but I know some recruiters who will be all over it," Vitale says. One example: A quick search of "People interested in Java who live in San Francisco" returns more than 1,000 Facebook profiles.

As more recruiters turn to Facebook to find talent, it's important that you update your profile with relevant information, Vitale says. Be sure to update your education section, previous job experience, skill sets and languages you speak.

"The more relevant information you pump into your profile, the better off you'll be," she says.

3. Search Hashtags on Twitter

Not many people consider searching Twitter when they're looking for a new job, Vitale says. But you should.

"Twitter isn't just to tweet and share your thoughts," she says. "Technologists want to be with a progressive company, and these companies will often post open jobs on Twitter with appropriate hashtags that are easy to search."

Start by searching hashtags related to your industry and location with "#jobs" or "#jobsearch," Vitale recommends. Try a few iterations of that search until you discover some leads.

Another plus to job searching on Twitter: It can be easier to find and connect with someone at that company, she says.

"Searching for jobs on Twitter means you literally have the most up-to-date job listings since they're posted in real-time. If you find a job you're interested in, reach out to whoever tweeted it," Vitale says. "You have an advantage there because posts aren't as anonymous as they are on job boards or LinkedIn."

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