Friday, January 31, 2014

How to network with people at the company where you're applying

Dana Manciagli

I just found a few positions at a company I want to work for and I even know two people who work there. I was thinking of shooting the two people my resume. Is that what I should do next?

Advice from Career Mojo

Want the short answer? No! But let me be a little more helpful.
First, never, ever, ever send your resume alone when applying to a job (unless the company limits you to a strict template) or when networking for someone’s help.

Here’s a better way to handle it:
  1. Apply via the company website
  2. Write a personalized letter to each of your network contacts,
  3. Follow up with your contacts seven working days later.

7 LinkedIn Hacks That Will Make Your Job Search 1,000 Times Easier - LinkedIn Advice

Want to boost your marketability on LinkedIn – without spending hours navigating the site? Trying to get employers to notice your skills or get closer to a key contact?

There are many ways to promote yourself on LinkedIn and use your network wisely. Some require a significant investment in time, while others (like these LinkedIn hacks) are your shortcut to better LinkedIn results.

Here are seven important, simple-to-implement strategies that can give your job search a boost on LinkedIn:

1. Distinguish yourself from all the other John Smiths.

2. Put your desired job title in your Headline.

3. Pursue employers who prefer to hire graduates of your alma mater.

4. Get closer to key contacts – without paying for an upgrade.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions for 2014

Job candidates must be prepared for anything during an interview. That's why Glassdoor has combed through tens of thousands of interview questions shared by job candidates over the past year to compile its annual list of the Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions. 

"Do you believe in Big Foot?" View answers.
Asked at Norwegian Cruise Line. More Norwegian Cruise Line interview questions.       

 "If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Zappos office what type of parade would it be?" View answers.
Asked at The Zappos Family. More The Zappos Family interview questions.

"How lucky are you and why?" View answers.

"If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?" View answers.
Asked at Red Frog Events. More Red Frog Events interview questions.

"If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?" View answers.
Asked at Bed Bath & Beyond. More Bed Bath & Beyond interview questions.

12 Most Little Known Tricks to Use On LinkedIn


To know me is to know that I love — love — LinkedIn. At 150 million members and growing, LinkedIn is a powerful professional networking tool, and it’s not just for those who are job seeking. Frankly, if you’re in the professional world and not using LinkedIn, I’m not sure what you’re thinking. Our team at V3 uses it for new business development, competitive research and analysis, participating in groups and discussions and engaging with and learning from peers — and, of course, it’s the go-to site for savvy job seekers everywhere.

One of the cool things about LinkedIn is there’s always something new to learn. Sure, the first step is to sign up and create your profile. But once you’ve got the basics covered, there are a number of ways you can customize your experience in order to not only achieve your professional goals, but also to get more personally out of LinkedIn. I do a lot of corporate LinkedIn training and these are some of my favorite tricks and tips. Let’s get started.

1. How to remove a connection

2. Hide your status updates

4. Get a custom URL

5. Make yourself anonymous

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

LinkedIn: How to network your way to your next job - 7 Steps

by Vibeke Schurch - Business Coach

You’ve heard it all before. If you want to find a job you need to network your way there. The odds of getting a job from applying online though a job board is incredibly small yet many people do just that because they decide networking is not for them.

I recently worked with a client who was let go from her previous job. She had been searching for jobs for a while before coming to me. When I asked her about what she was doing in terms of networking I realized she avoided reaching out to all the key people that would best be able to help her out. She was so worried about what people might say about her because she had been let go. After working with my client on overcoming her fears she decided to reach out to those key people. Within two weeks she found the perfect job working for a great company, all because of one of these contacts. So often we know what we need to do, but somehow we can’t get ourselves to do it.

Networking is the best way to get a job, but how you go about it is critical to get the best results. Below are 7 steps you can take to network your way to your next job using LinkedIn. (Note that this requires that you have completed your LinkedIn profile and that you have expanded your network).

1) Know what you want and get clear on your elevator pitch

2) Create a list of target companies you would like to work for.

3) Go to the advanced search on LinkedIn and search for people who could be in a position to hire you at these companies.

4) Use the LinkedIn groups to connect with key people.

5) When you meet with people online, develop relationships.

6) If the person you’re networking with cannot help you out, ask them if they know of someone who could be a good contact for you.

7) Don’t give up.

8 Of The Strangest Interview Questions Job Candidates Have Asked


We've established that hiring managers ask some bizarre questions, but some job seekers have a surprising amount of chutzpah too.

If you've ever squirmed in an interview when your potential boss asks “If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?” then you know that some businesses are transforming the interview process as they seek to get past the well-rehearsed answers.
But hiring managers don't have a monopoly on catching someone off guard. Not all interviewees are on their best behavior.
These brave current and former hiring managers are opening up to share the most eye-popping questions job candidates have asked them.

1. Can mom come, too?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

6 LinkedIn Strategies to Prepare for Events, Meetings and Conferences


I was talking to a prospective (and somewhat curmudgeonly) client the other day.  He was huffing about this “Damn social media stuff” and how real business was still done the old fashioned way.  Through referrals and face to face.  I’m sure he expected me to huff into denial and/or hang up on him.  But after a moment when I knew I had his attention, I said, “I agree!” More silence.  I continued, “Referrals and face-to-face meetings will always be the best way to land business.  And LinkedIn can help you meet more people and get more referrals.”  After another moment of silence, he answered, “I’m listening.”  So while I love social media and LinkedIn, I agree with Mr. Curmudgeon. Nothing really beats a face-to-face meeting for building camaraderie and developing business relationships.  One of the best ways I know to get those meetings (and referrals) is to combine LinkedIn and networking – with a few strategies I have developed (and will share with you.)

Here are 6 LinkedIn Strategies you can implement right away to prepare for the next business or networking event you will attend (Like the Social Media Marketing World in San Diego!)

  1. Discover who in your network lives where you are going
  2. Join the Association’s LinkedIn Group
  3. Get strategic introductions
  4. Keep track of your contacts and relationships prior to and after the event
  5. Track down other participants with Hereon.Biz
  6. Manage those pesky business cards

Monday, January 27, 2014

15 Smoking Hot Ways to Use LinkedIn for Job Search


LinkedIn is a game changer for job seekers as well. It can put the power back into the hands of candidates and out of the hands of recruitment consultants. There are plenty of ways you can be proactive, rather than reactive in your job search. Here are my 15 top LinkedIn job hunting tips, in no particular order.

  • There is no point being half-hearted
  • Find a role model networker who is working in your desired area
  • Look to see who has viewed your profile
  • Start a group around your area of interest and expertise 
  • Find out what a job really requires

  • Read more about these 5 ways, all 15 ways and the complete Undercover Recruiter article
  • 6 Reasons Why Your Resume Isn’t Getting A Response

    It can be hard to ascertain if it’s your resume, the job market, or who knows what else when you’re job searching and your phone just isn’t ringing. I’m sure your mind begins to wander as you anxiously await an employer’s call or e-mail. Many job seekers have called us and said “I think it’s my resume, but I’m not sure ….” After reviewing their documents, I find myself telling them “Yes, it’s your resume” 99% of the time.

    So, how do you know if it’s really your resume or if it’s something else? Here are a few reasons your why your resume isn’t getting a response:

    1. It Still Has An Objective Statement

    2. It Lacks Any Form Of Personal Branding

    3. It’s Fluffy

    4. Accomplishments Are Not Highlighted

    5. Duties And Responsibilities Have Taken Over

    6. Metrics, Facts, And Figures Are Nowhere To Be Found

    The Next Step?

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    21 Steps to Create an Awesome LinkedIn Profile

    LinkedIn has redefined the online version of a resume and having a well organised LinkedIn profile is now essential. Melonie Dodaro is sometimes described as “Canada’s #1 LinkedIn Expert” and knows her stuff about LinkedIn.

    Here are her 21 steps to making your LinkedIn profile awesome.

    1. Your name should only contain your name
    2. Your headline should be catchy and have keywords and phrases that you would want to turn up in Google search results
    3. Photo should be taken by a professional
    4. Social proof is important online, so make sure you have at least 500 connections. This leads to credibility and authority on the web.
    5. Add all relevant contact information

    Out With The Old: Job Searching The 21st Century Way

    Yes, the job market is a saturated one – with more people seeking employment than there are positions available. In a time when unemployment is in the double digits in some areas, it can be agonizing to turn in application after application and never hear back. While the jobless numbers may be alarming, there are actually more opportunities out there than most people realize. It’s about knowing where to look and how to make yourself stand out among the sea of competition.

    If you are still physically traveling from one place to another to enquire in person about a job opening, then you are missing on scores of potential opportunities with your name written all over them. This is not to say that you shouldn’t look for work in this manner; in fact, there are occasions when it would be appropriate to do so. However, it shouldn’t be your only way. Yes, there are some technophobes out there that still prefer the pre-Internet way of doing things, but one has to be willing to adapt to the technologies prospective employers are using to scout for the best talent.

    Here are some tips for job searching the 21st century way:

    1. Be Proactive Online

    2. Get Friendly With Social Media

    3. Make Your Application/Resume Stand Out Like A Diamond In The Rough

    4. What If You Lack The Education/Experience?

    Read how to implement each of these 4 ways and the complete Careerealism article

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

    5 Things You Should Be Doing on LinkedIn (Even if You’re Not Job Searching) - LinkedInAdvice


    It happened again (actually, it’s been happening a lot lately): I got an email from someone a solid three weeks after I’d reached out to her on LinkedIn. The story is always the same: “Oh, you should really use my office email. Ever since I got a job, I stopped checking my LinkedIn profile.”
    Say what?

    Unfortunately, it seems that many professionals have forgotten the number one rule of networking—and for that matter, one of the most important guidelines for your entire career: The best time to build a network is before you need one.

    You see, the stronger your career support system, the more prepared you’ll be to transition when the right opportunity comes along—and you’ll be ready to roll if you receive unfortunate news (like layoffs or closure) from the organization you’re in.

    So, even if you have a job that you don’t see yourself leaving anytime soon, I beg you to make this one commitment to your career in 2014: Stay engaged in networking. And since LinkedIn is one of the easiest ways to do that, here are five easy ways to keep that online presence vibrant, vocal, and visible. 

    1. Punch Up Your Headline

    2. Request One LinkedIn Recommendation a Month

    3. Join a LinkedIn Group and Engage

    4. Post One News Update on Your Feed Each Week

    5. Direct LinkedIn Email to Your Inbox 

    5 Things Recruiters Wish You Knew About Career Fairs

    If you think career fairs are intimidating, you’re definitely not alone. In a recent survey of AfterCollege users, 26.1% said they’d never even attempted to go to one, and 38.5% said career fairs were too crowded and they couldn’t talk to the companies they were interested in.

    We get it—you’re in a room full of people who have the power to make a decision that’ll influence the rest of your life (i.e. whether or not to hire you). No presh.

    Seriously, though. You already know this is a high-stakes situation and it can feel like everything is out of your hands, but there are actually a few things YOU can do to improve your chances of making a connection and impressing your recruiter.

    I recently had the opportunity to chat with a handful of recruiters from a range of industries including multinational corporations, non-profits, and federal agencies. They may recruit for very different types of jobs, but their descriptions of career fair experiences were all surprisingly similar. Here are a five little nuggets o’ wisdom I picked up from our discussion.

    1. Your Appearance is a Reflection of Your Attitude

    2. Listening is More Important Than Speaking

    3. Try Not to Take Rejection Personally

    4. You Have to Fight Your Own Battles

    5. Recruiters Are People, Too

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    9 LinkedIn must-haves for job seekers - LinkedIn Advice

    If you’ve been in today’s job market for more than five minutes, you know that it’s a complex, competitive, even cutthroat environment that’s difficult to navigate.

    Not only is the market overflowing with highly qualified individuals, but to complicate matters, the job search and application functions of yesteryear are no longer valid. Updating a résumé and (e)mailing it off to a hiring manager isn’t enough. You need to take your job search on the social media road.

    But even then, says social media strategy consultant Neal Schaffer, there are numerous rules to follow. And the most important place of all to cross your t’s and dot your i’s is your LinkedIn profile.

    Schaffer, author of “Maximize Your Social: A One-Stop Guide to Building a Social Media Strategy for Marketing and Business Success,” suggests these LinkedIn profile must-haves:

    A serious photo.

    A professional name.

    A headline that reinforces your professional brand.

    An optimized location.

    An optimized industry.

    A customized profile URL.

    Strong status updates.

    A compelling Professional Summary.

    A window into your past.

    Find out more about each of the 9 must-haves and the complete article 

    6 Ways to Crack the 'Hidden' Job Market

    posted by Nancy Collamer

    It seems almost a cruel joke being played on people desperate to find work: Most jobs getting filled these days aren’t even advertised.

    Instead, they’re typically part of the hidden job market — those millions of openings that never get formally posted. It now accounts for up to 80 percent of hires, according to some estimates.

    Given the choice, most employers prefer to fill positions without advertising. It saves money and time. More important, managers who do the hiring often believe the most suitable candidates are people who already work for their firms (or once did) and referrals from staffers.

    But how can you get clued in to those hush-hush positions so you can apply for them? The answer: It’s all about connections.

    6 Ways to Find Hidden Jobs

    Here are six smart strategies to help you find out about “hidden jobs” by improving your networking skills, leveraging technology and expanding your reach.

    1. Change the way you network

    2. Join a professional networking group

    3. Contact employers directly

    4. Sign up for Google News Alerts

    5. Attend a conference

    6. Finally, if you like your current employer but not your particular job, snoop around at work

    Find out more about each of these 6 ways and the complete article  

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    Get Visible with Recruiters: 12 LinkedIn Groups for Job Seekers - LinkedIn Advice

    LinkedIn Groups are the "happy hunting ground" for recruiters. Many recruiters join groups for the specific professions and industries that are relevant for their clients or employers. They also join the groups that cover job hunting in general.

    For job seekers, LinkedIn Groups are a two-fer: you get information and you become more visible to recruiters.

    The good news is that you can join up to 50 groups, and you can very easily leave a group that isn't working for you (or after you've found a job). This way, you can test different groups to see which ones work best for you. This list will get you started, but don't stop with these groups. Join LinkedIn Groups for job searching and also for your profession, industry, college, grad school, current/former employer, location, hobby and any other interests.

    See all 12 groups and the complete Mashable article 

    Monday, January 20, 2014

    How to Entice Recruiters via LinkedIn - LinkedIn Advice


    If you do a quick search on LinkedIn, it won’t be surprising to see the names of some of the most established professionals in the world today. In fact, Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, is on the networking site. Now, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone in the working world that isn’t on it. 

    You’ll see company profiles complete with their history and updates on what they’re currently working on, too. Strangely enough, more and more people are using it as a way to find employment. This trend doesn’t come as a surprise seeing as how recruiters are using the site to find top talent as well. If you’re one of the individuals looking for work with the help of the internet, here are the things that recruiters want to find on your profile.

    Indicators of performance should be the focal point of your profile. One of the most discouraging things that recruiters see on LinkedIn profiles is a description that is either uninspired or far too brief. There are some words that you may want to use when listing down what you’ve done and by making people who have actually worked with make endorsements.

    Read the full original article to find out more ways to entice recruiters

    LinkedIn Advice

    The most important hiring criteria - Cultural Fit

    The most important hiring criteria for your executives is cultural fit. You need to work with people who work like you do, and who enjoy and appreciate your style and pace.

    It doesn’t matter how smart or experienced people are, if they don’t match your style it’ll never work. You need to love working with them, and them with you.

    Work with people who argue with you and tell you no. Be willing to fight like hell during the day but still love each other when you go home.

    Don’t work with people you don’t love. There’s no short term gain that is worth sacrificing for working with someone you do not love working with.  If you aren’t enjoying looking at each other each day, you’re working with the wrong people.

    Here are the criteria I review executives on:

 Read the full Recruiting Animal article

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

    12 Essential Job Hunting Secrets

    In the past 30 years, on more than one thousand different search projects, I must have debriefed four thousand different hiring managers and candidates. The big aha from all this: getting a job is as much art as science, with a lot of luck mixed in.

    Regardless, by knowing what to do and not to do, job-seekers can better position themselves to be found more easily, assessed more accurately, and getting an offer more likely. Following is my shortlist of the required dance steps.

    Increase Your Chances to Be Found
        Implement a 20/20/60 job-seeking plan.
    Don’t Get Excluded When First Contacted
        Be strategic, not tactical

    Make Sure You’re Accurately Assessed
         Ask job-related and forced-choice questions.

    Negotiate the Job, Not the Compensation
         Find out where you stand. 

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    10 of The Best LinkedIn Features For Your Business

    LinkedIn may not be the most exciting or fun social network out there, but it’s an amazing tool for businesses – if you master it and make

    full use of its features you can really help your business in the long run. I personally use LinkedIn quite often for business reasons (what else, after all?) and I found it has lots of amazing benefits. LinkedIn is great for:

    - Networking

    - Lead generation

    - Promotional purposes  (paid and un-paid)

    The trick with LinkedIn is to know all the little secrets so you can make full use of the popular social network. It has lots of interesting features that not everybody knows about and they launch new ones at a very rapid rate, probably due to their perpetually increasing number of users, so it can be very hard to keep up and know which features to use to get the most out of LinkedIn. This has been bugging me lately so I decided to make a to-the-point list with LinkedIn’s most relevant features for businesses.

    1. Mentions

    2. LinkedIn Search 

    3. Company Pages 

    4. Get Introduced

    5. LinkedIn Signal 

    6 Ways to Ensure The Cover Letter You Write Is Read

    Ensure your cover letter is short

    Address your cover letter to a person—an actual person!

    Specify how you found the person that you are emailing.

    Be explicit as to what job you are looking for, if it is an exploratory request, or submitting to, if there is a job posting.

    Do not write the cover letter as a prose version of your resume.

    Help the reader connect the dots as to why they should take action

    Find out more about all 6 ways and the complete Chameleon Resumes article

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

    Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn in Your Job Search - LinkedIn Advice

    Top 10 Resume Trends For 2014

    t’s time to take a fresh look at your job search and your resume. Below, I’ve detailed what I believe are going to be the top 10 resume trends for 2014.

    1. The Social Media Resume

    2. The Infographic Resume

    3. The Facebook Timeline Resume

    4. Video Resumes

    5. Resumes That Raise The Bar

    6. Charts And Graphs

    7. Quotations

    8. LinkedIn

    9. Career Summaries Don’t Have To Be Boring

    10. Forget The Fluff

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

    4 Steps When Contacting A Stranger On LinkedIn

    by Joshua Waldman

    Last week, I received an info interview request from a stranger as a direct message on LinkedIn

    Despite my very busy schedule, I decided to take his call.

    Over the weekend, I asked myself, “Why did I agree?”

    Let’s take his email apart and put it into four essential elements so you can use them in your own LinkedIn networking communications. Networking with strangers on LinkedIn can give you great results if you’re deliberate in the process.

    First, here’s the email I got over LinkedIn from J.:  See the email and the 4 steps

    Use Employers’ Social Media to Your Job Search Advantage

    by Alexis Caffrey

    With employment on the rise and companies investing more and more to find top talent, job candidates can (and should) invest time to discern if a company is right for them before accepting an offer. One way to do so is to note the organization’s presence online, including their recruitment site, social media channels, and employee interviews.

    There can be a lot of web noise when you’re reading these pages, but an astute candidate can learn a lot about a company, its values and perks with a little research. Here are three examples of companies who reveal important information about their culture through their web presence, plus key takeaways for doing your own employer branding research.

    Find out more and how - Read the complete article

    Monday, January 6, 2014

    4 Job Search Starter Strategies for The New Year

    By Lea McLeod

    So often I get a call from prospective job search clients. They usually tell me that they are applying to jobs but not hearing anything back. To me, that’s a sign that they probably don’t have a good job search strategy in place.

    If you look at the numbers, you’ll know why. According to research by, there were 3.6 million job openings at the end of 2012. But only about 20% of those available jobs were actually posted somewhere. 

    So if your strategy is “apply to jobs” you have 2 problems:

    1. You are missing 80% of the potential market and,
    2. You are bottom feeding with everyone else whose job search activity is limited to “applying for jobs” that are posted.

    What you NEED is a more comprehensive strategy, and one that will position you to compete both in a difficult job market, and, one wherein the vast majority of job finding is dependent on the relationships you build. 

    Here are 4 strategies that will get you started. 

    1. Set your goal.
    2. Develop your self-marketing profile. 
    3. Target companies and organizations you’d like to work for. 
    4. Begin reaching out to your network. 

    Read the full article to see how to implement each of the 4 strategies.

    Advice and How-Tos - The Top 25 Recruiting Trends, Problems, and Opportunities for 2014 - LinkedIn Advice

    Dr. John Sullivan

    Section 1: The Hottest Recruiting Opportunities for 2014

    The eight top opportunities that will dominate strategic corporate recruiting during 2014 include:
    1. The competition for top talent intensifies
    2. A metric-driven employee referral program  becomes the dominant hiring source 
    3. Predictive metrics and the use of big data move from interesting to essential
    4. - 8

    Section 2: Currently Impactful Trends That Will Continue to Remain Important

    Six major corporate recruiting trends that have been prominent during the last year will continue to be significant corporate recruiting trends during the next year.
    1. The mobile platform continues to be a critical tool
    2. A data-driven approach to operations continues to be the benchmark standard
    3. Live video interviewing steadily grows in acceptance
    4. - 6  
    Read the full ERE article