Monday, March 31, 2014

A Step-By-Step Guide To Getting A Job Through LinkedIn

There are more than 277 million people on LinkedIn at last count. This means you want to be on it. But you also don’t want to get lost in the crowd.

Hopefully, by now, you have read our tips on how to create an unforgettable LinkedIn profile that will help you stand out. This is your first step. Now, we’ll show you how to actually use LinkedIn once you are properly on it.

LinkedIn is a formidable professional networking platform as well as a powerful job board and search engine. The fact that a full 94% of recruiters use social media, in particular LinkedIn, to fill open positions should get you excited. 

Here’s how you can use this game-changing platform to get your next job. 

1. Understand where LinkedIn “fits in.”

In order to use it well, it’s important to understand how it fits into the larger context of social media networking.

Facebook is about brand and identity, whether that is a personal profile or a business page. Twitter is about events or occurrences, which could be a missing plane in the Indian Ocean or letting your audience know that your latest blog post is published. LinkedIn is the best channel for engaging with people and organizations that could potentially hire you.

In the latest survey, 77% of LinkedIn users said that it helped them research people and companies. This is something that’s very handy before meeting a contact for coffee, when requesting an informational chat with someone, and, especially, as key preparation before a formal job interview. You want to know everything you possibly can about the person/people who is/are interviewing you. It will help you ask good questions as well as find points of connection over which you can bond. For example, perhaps you went to the same school or once lived in the same city or country. 

3. Create shareable experiences. 

7. Write thoughtful networking emails.

5 Things you shouldn’t say in an interview

Picture the scene…

You’ve been running around for weeks, maybe even months doing everything you can to try and get yourself an interview for your dream job.  You have given your CV a meticulous makeover, bought a brand new “I’d be amazing at this job” suit, practiced interview questions relentlessly, got yourself a great night’s sleep and then in one foul swoop you go and ruin your chances during the interview.

It’s truly a horrible feeling!  The worst part is that quite often the mistake you have made has very little relevance to your ability to do the job well, however in today’s incredibly high pressured and competitive jobs market, it is just enough to swing the interviewers opinion in favour of someone else!

OK, so it’s not the end of the world if this happens, but it can be a huge disappointment and a significant blow to your confidence.  We’ve put together a little list of some of the things you absolutely should not do in an interview to help you avoid shooting yourself in the foot.

1.  Ask the question “How much does the role pay?” 

2.  Speak ill of your previous employer

4. Ask the question “What exactly does the job entail” or “What exactly does the company do?”

Read more about each of these three, all 5, and the complete article

Friday, March 28, 2014

7 Essential LinkedIn Marketing Stats: When to Post, What to Post and How to Improve

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A quick glance at a chart of the Internet’s fastest-growing social networks reveals what you likely already knew (Instagram is growing like mad) and what might be a surprise: LinkedIn is the third-fastest-growing social network.

We at the Buffer blog can vouch for LinkedIn’s growth as our blog has experienced a swell in LinkedIn referral traffic over the past year, up 4,000 percent from last year at this time. Part of that has to do with our emphasis on updates and sharing at LinkedIn, another part has to do with the popularity of LinkedIn contributing a larger audience and more eyes to our content. Together, these factors have made LinkedIn a great source of visitors for our blog, and I’d imagine you might see a similar impact on your own site.

So the question becomes: How best to take advantage of this expanding interest in LinkedIn? Though the network isn’t analyzed in quite the same detail as Facebook and Twitter, there still exist several stats and tidbits that can help you improve your LinkedIn marketing and engage with your followers.

1. LinkedIn sends nearly four times more people to your homepage than Twitter and Facebook

3. Avoid posting evenings, late afternoons, and weekends

5. A single status update reaches 20 percent of your followers

Thursday, March 27, 2014

12 Tips to Hone Your Job Interview Etiquette

By Michael Petras

Your job interview etiquette--or lack of it--will not go unnoticed by respectable employers. We'll explore 12 rules of conduct that will help you make a lasting impression on hiring authorities.

Proper interview etiquette may be second nature to you; but, it's still a good idea to do a quick self-assessment. You'd be surprised how often you are judged by your body language or other personality quirks. We all have them, but once you become aware of your mannerisms, you can over compensate for them during your interview to better reflect the real you.

Fact: Nearly one-third (32%) of chief financial officers recently polled said that candidates are more likely to slip up during their interview than at any other time during the hiring process.

Little subtleties in your personality or mannerisms aren't so little; so don't take them for granted.

1. Greet your interviewers as Ms or Mr

5. Let the company take the lead during your interview

6. Don't step on the last 3 words of someone's conversation

13. A bonus from me... Answer the question that is being asked.  Too often candidates want to tell their story but neglect to actually answer the question that is being asked.  Listening skills are one of the most critical skills that employers are looking for.

Read more about all 12 tips and the complete article

35 minutes a week to improve your professional future using LinkedIn

Trevor Young

I’ve only allowed five minutes a day for LinkedIn and this does not include reading the many and varied valuable articles and updates that pop up daily if you subscribe to them – as you should!
If I only had five minutes a day on LinkedIn, this is what I’d do:

  • Visit the site every day – keeping an eye on those people I’m connected with who are moving jobs or getting promotions, and then (selectively) dropping them a line to congratulate them.
  • Update my feed with news and links to relevant videos and articles you think others in your network might be interested in (you can do this via BufferApp if need be, thus saving tons of time)
  • Share or comment upon other people’s content if I felt it was interesting and relevant for my audience.
  • Always be on the lookout to link in with people who I either already know and have had dealings with, or do so during my day-to-day connecting with people via Twitter or as a result of meeting them at events etc.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Secret to Getting Noticed on LinkedIn

Click on Profile on your LinkedIn site and you'll see a list of your experiences, schools, and contacts. Most people focus on developing these lists to make connections at places they've worked and where they have gone to school. LinkedIn, after all, is a great networking tool.

But before you get to this mass of information is the summary section on top. Most people don't bother to fill this out--and it may be the key to help you connect to more people than you thought possible.

From my experience, the summary is where the beefy, real content begins--and the only place to really find out who the person really is. It acts like a movie trailer, getting people emotionally connected and excited for the coming attraction. It reinforces a person's personal brand

Whether you are trying to connect to customers, suppliers, or even new employees, the summary can offer you a snapshot of who this person is and any specialities that may be beneficial to you. For example, you can look for soft skills, attitude and creativity that are important to you. 

This works in your favor, too. It is an opportunity to tell your story. 

Here's how to make it work for you and what to look for in other summaries.  - To find out how to make it work for you please read the complete Inc. article

The Truth Behind 5 Common Job Search Myths

When you are looking for a new job, don't allow yourself to be undermined by your preconceived ideas or by the advice of well-meaning but uninformed friends and colleagues. An effective job hunt requires up-to-date knowledge about how employers go about looking for talent, plus insight into the nature of the entire process.

Too often job hunters experience frustration along the way because they begin their search without examining fundamental assumptions about themselves and how they are perceived. Don’t fall prey to these five inaccurate or outdated ideas:

1. Your résumé is about you.

2. A recruiter’s job is to help you get a job.

3. Job seekers and employers must both sell each other on the opportunity at an interview.

4. Networking is all about obtaining help from others.

5. You can beat age discrimination by omitting dates from your résumé and LinkedIn profile.

Read more about each of these 5 myths and the complete USNews article 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Effective Resume Writing: 5 Tips that Get You a Yes!

Your resume is a very important part of your career. It is a reflection of your professional life that you have managed to create arduously over the years. When you create your resume for an internship, you need to make sure that you give all the positive vibes out of it. However, that is not the mantra of a good internship resume. Read on to know what else matters:

1. Understand a ‘resume’
Before you get serious to make a resume, you need to know what exactly the difference between a resume and a CV. is. A resume is an outline of the jobs you have done, the work experience you have and what your expectations with the company are.

2. Make a presentable resume
Too much of text in a resume makes for a very dull approach during interviews. This is because HR does not have the time to go through each and every statement of your resume. Lots of words can also make the resume look shabby and congested. Include bullet points wherever necessary and write headings in bold fonts.

3. Reveal your professional side concisely - Read more of 3, tips 4-5, and the complete article

Darth Vader’s Guide to measuring LinkedIn Success

by Clive Roach

Darth Vader’s Guide to measuring LinkedIn Success
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 250 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the globe. It is seen as essential for most professionals as a networking platform, or for recruitment. If you look a little deeper, LinkedIn provides us with many ways to measure our networking reach and the results of our efforts in groups and on brand pages.

Your LinkedIn professional universe and timeline.
Darth Vader: “The Force is strong with this one”

Over 3 years ago the LinkedIn labs gave us tools to visualize our career timeline and the extent of our connections. The great news is that as of today, these tools are still live. I created my first LinkedIn timeline in 2011. You can track your connections that you have made over the years and animate it using the slider.

The LinkedIn InMap is an interactive visual representation of your professional universe, based on the relationships between your connections. Different color zones represent different periods in your career and school. Here is mine; -- See the InMap and read the complete article 

Monday, March 24, 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 – with your Candidate Packet – even if you will network at the same time. Why? You need to be in the company’s system, to respect the work of HR and any recruiters involved, and to be able to tell your network contacts that you have applied.
  2. Write a personalized letter to each of your network contacts, attaching the full cover letter/resume that you’ve already submitted to the company. Your letter to them should be professional and formatted like a business letter so the contact can forward your entire e-mail to the hiring manager or recruiter. Leave out any personal comments such as thanking them for the great party a few weeks ago or sharing that you just broke up with your girlfriend or boyfriend. In your letter, be sure to ask directly for what you would like them to do. For example: “May I ask you to please forward my credentials to the hiring manager and provide a recommendation?”

3 Persuasive Ways To Use LinkedIn Recommendations

Everyone knows you should get recommendations on LinkedIn, but few are aware of the most persuasive ways to use them to get your dream job. After all, that’s what it really comes down to… getting a job that excites you, with a company that you feel proud to be a part of.

And if you look at LinkedIn recommendations from a slightly different perspective, you’ll see that they might just help you out even more than you thought possible… when used correctly.
So, just for a second…

Let’s Look At Them From The Perspective Of A Marketer

See, what you’re really doing when seeking your dream job is marketing yourself to an employer. They’re in the marketplace looking for the best candidate, and you’re in the marketplace looking for the best position. Now, LinkedIn recommendations are essentially testimonials to your character and ability.

And to marketers, testimonials are GOLD… especially focused ones that highlight the areas most important to your prospect (your future employer, in this case). A marketer will tell you that you can make any claim you want, but it’s not believable or effective unless you have solid proof.

And testimonials are the proof you need. They’re a testament from a credible source saying that you’re able to do what you claim you can.

3 Types Of Testimonials You Need
Here are the three kinds of testimonials you need:

1. Expert testimonial – This can be from a mentor, boss, or teacher. Try to get one from a leader in your field if possible, since they’ll be easily recognizable as an authority to your future employer.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Most Important Part of the Job Interview (That You're Probably Forgetting)

If you're at all interested in getting a given job, you prepare thoroughly ahead of time, researching the company and position, doing practice interview questions, even choosing your interview outfit with special care. But there's one thing you probably aren't doing, and it might be costing you the job: odds are, you probably haven't given a thought about how to close the interview.

And we do mean "close," in the Glengarry Glen Ross sense of the word -- sort of.

"There always seems to be a big debate on whether or not a candidate should try to 'close the sale' at the end of a job interview," writes Lisa Quast at Forbes. "My answer is 'Yes' -- but you need to close the interview with class."

In other words, you can't ask outright, "So, did I get the job?" Nor should you pressure the hiring manager to tell you the precise time, down to the hour, when you can expect to hear from them. Instead, use your "closer" to find out if there's anything lacking, so far, in their picture of you as a candidate.

For example, Quast suggests asking something like ...  Find out the recommendation and read the rest of the article

10 Ways to Finally Get a Recruiter’s Attention on LinkedIn

by Tony Restell

You’ve finally finished your LinkedIn profile, and are patiently waiting for recruiters to call. But after weeks without a bite, you wonder if there is anything you can do to improve the performance of your LinkedIn profile.

And there is!

A LinkedIn profile can easily be improved that you stand out from your peers. Let’s look at a few ways to capture recruiters’ attention with 10 expert tips for creating an outstanding LinkedIn profile.

1. Your Image Is Everything

2. Strong Summary Standout

3. Make It Job Search Friendly

4. Endorsements vs. Testimonials

5. Are You Connected Enough?

Experts recommend that you shoot for around 350-500 connections on LinkedIn. This enables you to be part of enough industry networks who will include recruiters looking for people with our skillsets. So, get out there and make strategic connections to build up your circle of influence.

***  I say 501 is the number to shoot for so that it shows the 500+ in the connections area.

Read more on ways 1-5, ways 6-10, and the complete article

Thursday, March 20, 2014

5 Essential Tips for a KILLER LinkedIn Summary

By Brenda Bernstein

First impressions count and your LinkedIn Summary is the first opportunity a potential employer has to find out who you are beyond a photo and a job title. So, make the most those precious moments. Follow these 5 essential tips to impress employers instead of making them yawn. Implement all 5 of these tips and your LinkedIn Summary will help that phone start to ring!

TIP #1: Never leave the Summary section blank!!    

TIP #2: Use all 2,000 characters.

TIP #3: Tell stories.

Read more on these 3 tips, tips 4-5, and the complete Career Cast article 

6 Rules of Dating That Apply to Your Job Search

We all know a — ahem — "friend" who spends hours crafting the perfect text message to a potential date: carefully choosing words, paying attention to length and tone and finding the emoji that's just right. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, it's possible that you're increasingly familiar with this practice.

It makes little sense, then, that these same meticulous message-crafters will often fire off a professional email without so much as a proofread. 

The job search and the dating game share some common ground when it comes to finding the perfect match. If you're looking for "the one" — whether it's your dream girl or your dream job — waiting for the phone to ring can certainly be anxiety-inducing. Most of the time, success boils down to putting your best face forward, being sincere about your wants and needs, and, yes, even making compromises.
Here are a few basic guidelines that ring true for both work and romance:

1. Online Communications

2. Networking and "Friends of Friends"

3. The First Date

4. Be Yourself

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Get LinkedIn recommendations instead of endorsements

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With LinkedIn passing the 15 million member mark in the UK in early March, the online platform is now undoubtedly one of the most important social networks on which every single marketer, not to mention every professional, should be.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) recently released a study revealing revealed that 40 per cent of employers look at candidates’ online activity or profiles to inform recruitment decisions. With this in mind, having a robust and effective profile is more critical than ever, because a LinkedIn profile is often the first place a prospective employer, a potential business partner, or hiring manager will go to learn more about you, your professional history, and your accomplishments.

In my work as a career consultant, the topic of LinkedIn often comes up, including which sections matter and which do not, especially when you’re is trying to make a positive impression with prospective employers. Many of my clients have recently been asking me if LinkedIn Skill Endorsements are useful to display on their profiles. To put it bluntly, no. As background, LinkedIn rolled out the 1-click skill endorsements feature in late 2012, where your Connections can quickly select from a suggested tick-list of your “skills” when you pop-up at the top of their profile. People can also do this directly in your profile. Endorsements then get tallied and listed in rank order on your profile, based on how many people have vouched for you having that skill.
While I have heard arguments from people about why endorsements are useful, including how it supposedly serves as a proxy indicator for your top skills, in the context of a hiring decision, I’ve never encountered a situation where endorsements made one bit of tangible difference. Here are three reasons why:

  1. Endorsements are not objective- The actual mechanic of the LinkedIn endorsement feature immediately skews the objectivity of the scoring process because it prompts you with a list of suggested “skills” associated with an individual. This is a bit like leading the witness, and one could imagine that people are simply clicking on the options offered up because in that split second, it’s actually easier to just click on what appears instead of really thinking about whether this person possesses that skill.

17 Ways to Interview Like a Pro


Big interview coming up? Not to worry! The devil is in the detail when it comes to interviewing, make sure you are on top of all the following bits and pieces and you will nail that interview. Here we go:

1. Briefing on the job and company

Have you got the full briefing of the job including tasks, reporting lines, location, travel requirements, salary range etc? If not, get it immediately. The more information you have, the more you can tailor your questions and sound like you know what you are talking about. What do you know about the company? Again, make sure you have information on the company and familiarize yourself with their website, check press releases and stock quotes to get an idea of what is happening at the moment. A candidate who is updated on the company and the industry will impress.

2. Briefing on the people

Who are the interviewers, how do they fit into the organization, what type of people are they? This is where your online sleuthing skills come very handy. The interviewers will have full information on you courtesy of your CV so it’s only fair you do some digging as well. Scour any resources including LinkedIn, Facebook and other social networking sites for information.

3. Format

What is the format and agenda of the interview? You are likely to meet more than one person and they will have divided the questions and topics, find out exactly what to expect so you can be mentally prepared. Candidates sometimes go in expecting a soft chat about fringe benefits with HR but end up doing a four hour technical screening with managers from three continents, don’t let this happen to you.

4. Prepare for their questions

Break out your CV and ask yourself what you would ask a candidate with this profile. Put yourself in a hiring manager’s shoes and be critical of any gaps/omissions on your CV. Do role plays with a friend and let them play the devil’s advocate. Come up with the ten questions you are most likely to be asked and then come up with the answers. When you are happy with the answers, go for the next set of ten…

Ways 5-17 and the complete Undercover Recruiter article

Monday, March 17, 2014

5 Reasons Why Linkedin is Crucial to your Career

To quote Forbes magazine: “LinkedIn is far and away the most advantageous social networking tool available to job seekers and business professionals today.”

Linkedin was born in the living room of Reid Hoffman in 2002 and launched in May 2003. It had 4,400 members by June of that year.  By November 2012 it was in use in 200 countries and had 187 million members.  In January 2013 it had 18 million members in the UK alone.

I have been on LinkedIn for many years and have seen it grow from a platform largely inhabited by IT industry early adopters to the essential tool for all job seekers that it is today.  Recently I read a very interesting blog by Greg Savage, a highly respected recruiter trainer, who wrote very convincingly of his belief that Linkedin’s business plan is to take the recruitment industry out of the market by connecting job seekers directly with Inhouse recruiters.  You can read what he said here: Can we trust Linkedin?

In order to achieve this long term goal Greg believes that LinkedIn is wooing the recruitment industry with offers and functionality designed order to make the platform even more attractive as a place for recruiters to go.  This in turn will attract the job seekers.  Then at some point Linkedin will chuck all “external” recruiters off the platform and charge comapnies to access the talent.  Now Greg may or may not be right in his opinion, but the long and short of it for those looking to progress their career is that LinkedIn is now a critical part of any job search strategy, whatever your level of seniority, wherever you live and whether or not you are looking for your next permanent role or for an interim opportunity.
Linkedin is important to you as a Career-building tool for 5 reasons:

1) It is the most effective and cheapest way of building your personal employment brand online.

2) It makes you visible to both External and In-house Recruiters

3) It gives you access to the unadvertised job market.

Read more on these three reasons, reasons 4 and 5, and the complete article

How to Woo a Recruiter and Land Your Dream Job

Struggling to find your significant other the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? If I may make a suggestion: woo a recruiter. Stop scratching your head and let me explain.

Work-related stress is a leading cause of relationship squabbles. While landing your dream job won’t resolve all relationship woes, it will give you and your significant other one less thing to squabble over, and as a result, likely improve your relationship. So, do yourself and your loved one a favor this Valentine’s Day: woo a recruiter!

So how do you do that? For insights from the trenches, we turned to popular recruiting site, and asked recruiters, “What should job seekers do to woo you?” Here’s what they had to say:

Get relationship-ready.

Do your homework.

Shoot straight.

Read more on these three tips, tips 4-8, and the complete article

Thursday, March 13, 2014

10 Lies Interviewers Might Tell You

You are interviewing for a position and you're getting a pretty good feeling. The interviewer says, "It was great meeting with you, but we do have a few formalities to go through, before we can make an offer." So does that mean that you're going to hear the "good news" soon, or is what the interviewer said a conversation filler?

It could be either one. Interviewers might not even mean to lie to you. As Alison Green of Ask a Manager points out in her column at US News, these statements often aren't meant maliciously. Rather, "they're inaccurate enough of the time that you shouldn't take them at face value when you hear them."

Here are a few sample statements that you might hear during the interview process -- and what they might mean:

  • “We’ll keep your resume in our archives for any opportunities that may arise matching your qualifications.

  • “We haven’t closed the compensation for the position yet.

  • We strongly believe in work-life balance and encourage it.”

  • Read more on these three lies, all 10 lies, and the complete areticle

    The 31 Best LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers

    When you’re not looking for a job, it can be easy to ignore your LinkedIn profile. Sure, you add people you meet at networking events as contacts and accept requests as they come in, but everything else? Eh, you’ll get to it when you need to.

    While we definitely don’t recommend this approach (hey, the recruiter from your dream company finding you and offering you a job? It could happen), we get that there are times you need a total LinkedIn profile overhaul. And for those times? We’ve got you covered!

    Here, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about tricking out your LinkedIn profile—from crafting a stunning summary to selling your accomplishments, projects, and skills—in one place. Read on for expert-backed ways to make your profile seriously shine—and start getting noticed by recruiters.

    1. Put in the Time to Make it Awesome

    4. Write a Headline That Rocks

    7. Use Numbers Right Up Front

    9. Avoid Buzzwords Like the Plague

    11. But Use the First Person

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    5 Steps To Being Productive On LinkedIn


    When it comes to accessing social networks during office hours, the first two things that come to mind are definitely procrastination and wasting time. This may be true for Facebook or even Twitter, but LinkedIn is different. Recognized as the leading social network for professionals, LinkedIn lies at the core of three key areas: people, technology and information. Rather than help you kill time, it’s actually designed to make you more productive – and is much more than just a massive database of people. In terms of business objectives, it can help connect you to the most relevant people in your industry, share your company’s messaging and content with qualified prospects, and help push your career forward. The trick to using LinkedIn in a strategically productive manner is: have a purpose.

    If you’ve logging in to see who’s viewed your profile, read customized Pulse content and scroll through news feed updates – that’s great, but you’ll have to determine what your specific goal is gain actual value from the network. Asher Abraham, who hosted a recent Oktopost webinar on The Psychology of LinkedIn, views the social network as a “zone of productivity,” and believes that having a sense of purpose will drive you to be more productive. Additionally, he introduced a 5-step process aimed at ensuring that LinkedIn members maximize the social network’s potential.

    How exactly do you become more productive and successful on LinkedIn?

    1. Branding

    2. Positioning

    3. Intentional Networking

    How to Get Hired, SXSW Style


    In recent years, Austin’s SXSW has become a huge draw for tech recruiters. The conference’s range – interactive, music and film – lures a special mix of digital creatives that companies hope to tap. We scoured the floors at both the Tech Career Expo and the Digital Creative Job Market to give you a sense for what companies are looking for now – and how to ace the modern job fair, which is as likely to be held in a massive conference hall as it is in a Sunday brunch spot.

    1) Do your research.

    2) Bring and old-fashioned hard copy resume.

    3) Do a full circuit.

    Read more on tips 1-3, tips 4-6, and the complete Entrepreneur article

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    The Absolute Worst Ways to Get a Job


    What’s the first thing most of us do when we’re looking for a job?

    The answer to this question is nearly universal: we hop on the Internet and look for job postings. Some of us even post our resumes on CareerBuilder and Monster, hoping that some eager HR person will find us. If we’re feeling really desperate, we might send our resumes out to as many prospective employers as possible, regardless of their qualities.

    The obvious problem is that everybody else is using the exact same methods. When we’re job hunting, we’re trying to stand out from the crowd. Doing what they’re doing is exactly the opposite of what we need to do.

    Read on to find out why the methods you’re used to are the absolute worst ways to get a job:

    Bad Move #1: Applying to publicly posted jobs

    Bad Move #2: Posting your resume online

    Should You Add a “Current” Job on LinkedIn When You’re Unemployed?


    Newly unemployed – and considering whether you should add a “current” job to your LinkedIn Profile as a cover story?

    You’ve probably heard you won’t rank in LinkedIn search results without a current job, or that you must attain a 100% complete Profile to be findable online.

    However, there’s no need to panic or become overly creative – no matter what your situation or career level. You’ll simply need to respect employers’ need for truthful, helpful information, and then formulate an effective LinkedIn strategy.

    Here are tips for handling your “unemployed” status on LinkedIn:

    1 – How to add a “job-seeking” entry.

    2 – How to justify omitting a current job entirely.

    Read about tips 1,2, more tips, and the complete CareerRocketeer article

    Monday, March 10, 2014

    5 Steps That Will Uncover Your Dream Job

    Here's how to block out the noise and set yourself on the right path.

    We all want a dream job. Just like finding that one great love, it’s a goal that virtually everyone has. After all, over the course of our lifetimes, we’ll work some 90,000 hours -- and that's a lot of time to waste on something you're not passionate about.

    While identifying the ideal career is not a walk in the park, I’m here to tell you it’s also not a fantasy. As with anything in life that is meaningful, it requires making a number of clear commitments. In my work with entrepreneurs and CEOs over the years, helping them find professional fulfillment, I’ve identified five tried-and-true tactics that help put people on that path, no matter your industry. Consider it your dream job checklist.      

    1. Know your greatest talent and purpose, and learn to speak with clarity and confidence about it.

    2. Commit to finding or creating your ideal job, no matter what.

    3. Be realistic about your basic financial needs -- but know that when you follow your passion, money often comes too.

    22 LinkedIn Secrets LinkedIn Won't Tell You

    William Arruda

    I have written several articles about LinkedIn, and they often generate the most comments. Here are the highlights of my LinkedIn advice from previous articles, along with additional tips and tricks, many of which remain unspoken by the people at LinkedIn. With this checklist in hand, you can make your LinkedIn profile your best personal branding tool. These little-known, often-overlooked and seemingly counterintuitive tips deliver big results with minimal effort.

    1. Be secretive. When you’re updating your LinkedIn profile, it can annoy your contacts if they’re alerted to every little change. When you’re in edit mode, head to your privacy controls. Turn off activity broadcasts and change the setting for  “select who can see your activity feed” to “only you.”

    2. Be opportunistic. Join groups that will let you connect with people who are in your target audience but are not contacts. Being part of the group gives you permission to reach out to them and invite them to join your network. You don’t need to upgrade to Premium to do so.

    3. Be redundant. Know the top five strengths for which you want to be recognized and use them in your profile – repeatedly. If your top skill is project management, describe your project management proficiency in your summary as well as in multiple experience descriptions. This will help the right audience find you.

    4. Be ungrateful. Ask your contacts to endorse you for only your top skills. Having the highest number of endorsements for your signature strengths will influence those who are looking at your profile. Have the courage to delete or reject the endorsements that aren’t central to how you want to be known.

    5. Be stingy. Only give recommendations and endorsements to those whom you genuinely admire. When you recommend other people, their reputation is seen an extension of your values.

    Read secrets 6-22, and the complete Forbes article 

    Friday, March 7, 2014

    8 Ways To Get Your Foot In The Door At Any Company

    “If I could just get my foot in the door…” is a complaint I often hear from job seekers. With automated applicant tracking systems in such wide use, how do you bypass computers and connect with hiring managers?
    Actually, there are multiple ways to do exactly that. Let’s take a look at eight.

    2. Follow The Company On Social Media & Interact Online

    3. Arrange An Informational Interview Within Your Target Department

    7. Research External Recruiter(s) & Build Relationships

    17 must-have features on your LinkedIn profile

    By Kristin Piombino

    Being active on LinkedIn can help you gain new business, find job opportunities or attract potential customers.

    But you only have a shot at those things if your profile provides people with a complete set of information about you, including your contact information, examples of your work, or additional qualifications you may have.

    This infographicfrom Maximize Social Business lists 17 features your profile must have if you want to get the most out of LinkedIn. You probably already know some of them (have a professional photo, customize your profile's URL), but others are less obvious.
    For example:

    • Enable people to contact you: List an email address, or links to your Facebook or Twitter profiles.
    • Employ visuals: Feature examples of your work on your profile, including videos, presentations or Word documents.
    • Show off additional qualifications: Add volunteer experience, certifications, projects, test scores and anything else that may set you apart from others.
    • List all of your past jobs: The more jobs you list, the better you will be able to connect with people from those organizations.     

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    10 Must Use Websites For Your Job Search

    There is a wealth of job search tools available out there to help you in your quest. What are some of the most useful resources?

    3) Jigsaw

    Learn, contribute, and use! This is an extremely powerful tool to find contact information. JigSaw is probably the worlds largest “Rolodex”. You can either “Play” by adding your own contacts and gaining points, or “Pay” by purchasing points to gain contacts. I always prefer FREE, so find all the business cards you have and start entering the information! They have the business card information of millions of people and if you can’t find a phone number or email address through other contacts or Google… THIS is the place to go!

    4) JibberJobber

    Keeping your contacts, job postings you’re interested in, schedule, record of connections, and everything else in your search organized can be a colossal headache! JibberJobber is a tremendous tool to keep it all together in one place. Another Jason Alba creation, it’s highly useful for free, but even more powerful with some of the premium services. This is a great tool if you’re having trouble with keeping track of everything!

    7) Linkup

    Similar to SimplyHired and Indeed, consolidates results for you, but instead of scouring job boards, it scours company websites to produce results that may not be listed anywhere else. It’s a great resource to find opportunities that you might otherwise never see.

    See all 10 websites and the complete article

    5 Ways to Not Get Rejected on LinkedIn

    By now, most of the Internet has heard about (and commented on) the bizarre response a self-professed “passionate advocate” for people looking for work gave a young job-seeker who had the nerve to contact her on LinkedIn.

    “Your invite to connect is inappropriate, beneficial only to you, and tacky,” Kelly Blazek wrote, blasting what she called Diana Mekota’s “sense of entitlement” and noting that the “green” 26-year-old job-seeker “has nothing to offer me.”

    While it’s stunning in its nastiness as well as its stupidity (apparently it never occurred to Blazek, who bragged about her “960+… top-tier marketing connections,” that Mekota might share her tirade with the entire Internet), there’s a lesson for the rest of us here.

    No, you’ll probably never receive a scathing reply that goes viral in response to a LinkedIn request — you’ll  just be ignored. If you’re looking for a job, you can’t afford to shoot yourself in the foot when it comes to cultivating your LinkedIn network: Recruiting software company Jobvite found in a recent survey that 94% of recruiters use the site to search for candidates. So, here’s what career experts say you should do to get potential connections to hit “reply” instead of “delete.”

    1) Keep it short.

    2) Play up mutual connections.

    3) Don’t ask for a job.

    Read more on ways 1 - 3, ways 4,5, and the complete Time article

    ** Bonus way - Tell the why you want to connect.  Everyday I receive connection requests and very few actually say why they want to connect with me.

    Sample:  I am looking to grow my network of fellow Recruiting / HR professionals and would welcome the opportunity to add you to my network.

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Linkedin’s 12 Top Tips for Strengthening your Profile and Business.

    Linkedin is a great professional social media  platform that unlike portals such as Twitter and Facebook, it allows for detailed searches for relevant member and group keywords. Success from Linkedin is all about being found and participating within relevant group discussions. Here are some top tips which will improve your visibility and success from using Linkedin:
    1. Make sure that you have a 100% completed profile, if you haven’t then you need to complete your account profile details with Linkedin so that your profile strength is ‘All-Star’.
    2. Professional photograph always goes along way in business so make sure the profile image you use depicts who you are in the best possible way. Consider professional photography.
    3. Join relevant groups within your business sector and participate by sharing comments on threads.

    6 Requirements for Job Search E-mails

    by Dana Manciagli

    Requirements for all job search related emails – not just cover letters:

    1)  Write to a Specific Person.

    2)  Make the Subject Line Work for You.

    3) Salutations Must Be Formal.

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    11 Things You Should Be Doing On LinkedIn But Probably Aren't

    With 277 million users and counting, LinkedIn has become the definitive business networking site. If you're just using the site as a place to keep your resume online, however, then you're missing out on some great opportunities.

    LinkedIn has been rolling out several new features in the past year, including a new publishing platform and a revamped "Who's Viewed Your Profile" function.

    Here's a look at 11 ways you can make LinkedIn a more valuable tool for keeping in touch with your network and getting recruiters to come to you.

    1) Follow your favorite "Influencers" in Pulse.

    2) Share relevant articles with your network, and consider writing your own.

    3) Weed out connections that are no longer useful.

    Why You Shouldn’t Stop Using Buzzwords During Your Job Search

    Monday, March 3, 2014

    How to Get a Job -- No Matter What!

    Liz Ryan

    Hey Liz, I read a lot of your articles. I like them. They cheer me up.

    That's good. Why do you need to be cheered up?

    I'm job-hunting. It's awful.

    What's awful about it?

    It's so hard. I'm so afraid I won't get an interview, and then I don't, or I get the interview and then 
    nothing happens.

    Tell me your name?


    Okay Chris, why do you think that's happening - so few interviews, and no callbacks?

    Well, I mean-- the economy is horrible, and I'm not the perfect candidate.

    Why not?

    I'm not sure I have what employers are looking for. The job ads are full of requirements I don't have.

    Chris, can I ask you a few questions?


    You say that you read my columns. Have you read the ones about avoiding online applications in those Black Hole portals, and reaching your hiring manager directly?

    Yeah, I have, but that doesn't apply to me. I can't do that.

    Why not?

    It's - um, I'm more of a conformist type of person. I understand what you're saying, though. It sounds cool. Just, not for me -- that's for other people.

    So you feel you have to follow the rules?


    Why's that?

    I guess I'm just not the rule-breaking type.

    Do you want my opinion?


    Chris, here's my opinion. You're not going to get a job by following the rules. Between your compromised mojo and your belief that you have to follow other people's rules, you're at a dead end. There's nowhere to go. There's no fuel for your job search, and your engine is broken.

    You're in line at the deli, waiting for your number to be called, but there are lots and lots of people in line ahead of you and no guarantee there'll be roast beef available when your number gets called. The deli may close while you're waiting.

    Well, I'm going to keep reading your stuff.

    I can write columns until I'm blue in the face and you can read them for the next ten thousand years, but if you want a job or desperately need one, you'll have to step outside your comfort zone. You'll have to do things differently.

    Read the rest of Liz's LinkedIn Influencer article to find out how to get a job no matter what