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Social Media as Tool, not Distraction

These has been some buzz on the internet recently about the time-sink risk of using social media and what to do about it. Recent Forester research reported that 4 out of 5 Americans are active in creating, participating in or reading some form of social media. If you love being online and in front of a computer, then that’s OK. But what happens when you’d rather not spend so much time Smoozing online? A recent article in the Miami Herald suggests 4 strategies, I’ll highlight the 2 I think are most relevant to a Job-Seeker.   Are you using one of these strategies and willing to share your experience? Please feel free to comment below.

Originally posted 2009-09-17 18:58:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Network into Your Next Job

A job search can feel overwhelming at times. You don't need to do it alone. Your network can help take some of the "work" out of your search. Getting Clear It's important to let your network know that you are in a job search. They can't help you if they don't know! And, without clearly defined job targets, i.e., specific positions, industries, and companies you are seeking, it can be even harder for your network to help... ... Read more

Career Change Success: From Hospitality To Nonprofit

If you are considering a career change, one of the smartest things you can do is study the actions taken by people who are career change success stories. Recently I interviewed Leah Krieger, Executive Director of the Centerpoint Institute for Life and Career Renewal in Seattle. Krieger made a career change from hospitality into nonprofit […] ... Read more

The Job Search Breakdown

Remember the good old days when someone needed a job, they would apply for a position that was a good fit for their skills and get hired in a relatively short period of time? Me either. And I sincerely believe those days are gone forever. There are several things in play in today’s job search that I think support my belief.    
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4 Steps to Crafting Your Elevator Pitch

You are at an industry conference on the elevator, the doors open and the CEO who just announced he is looking for talented people gets on. You have 20 seconds to get him interested in talking with you. When you are networking, you need an elevator pitch, a 20-30 second statement that positions you for job opportunities and distinguishes you versus other candidates. The purpose of the elevator pitch is simply to get someone to want to know more about you. It needs to be short, easy to understand, very compelling, and convey that you have valuable talent and experience. Here is how you create one: ... Read more

Keep Your Job Search Game Strong With These Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]

We’ve welcomed a few new players to the job search field. Today’s job seekers have more resources to help draw out the Xs and Os than ever before. The wealth of online resources and social platforms can help you break free from getting caught up in zone defense and look out on all sides. Social networking, employee referrals, and even mobile devices are now helping job seekers bolt past the competition and score their dream jobs. The infographic below — compiled by CareerShift, a comprehensive job hunting and career management solution — shares six new trends impacting job seekers... ... Read more

60 Percent Sure

Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In discusses leadership and confidence issues for women. In it, she cites this statistic: men are likely to apply for a job when they meet only 60 percent of the qualifications, but women usually apply only if they meet 100 percent of them. The finding comes from a Hewlett Packard internal personnel report and has been quoted in several publications about women in the workplace. It’s widely regarded as a sign that women need more confidence – that we are too timid to compete for jobs that we might very well be hired for if we tried harder... ... Read more

HR: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We've written in the past here about HR's dilemma with IT and other "technical" operations within most organizations. The two have not always seen eye to eye, and many technical candidates I represent tell me that HR doesn't "get" them, often misunderstanding key skills and background information in its role as gatekeeper. In keeping with that discussion, I came across this infographic from SAP and NetBase that details some common things employees both love and hate about HR's role within their organization. Although the "love" list offers some nice things, I tend to think the items on the "hate" list are weightier as they more directly affect the flow of business. Either way, I think the infographic does a good job of showcasing the delicate balance that most HR staff play between serving as advocates for employees and as gatekeepers for the organization... ... Read more

Interview Follow-up Checklist (Mary Elizabeth Bradford)

Here’s an article on the Careerealism site by my friend Mary Elizabeth Bradford: The Best Interview Follow Up Checklist Her points (read the article because she has more details):
  1. Find Out The Next Step
  2. Don’t Think The Worst
  3. Use Your Common Sense
  4. Leave A Great Follow Up Voicemail
  5. Send A Thank You Letter
  6. Include A ‘P.S.’ In Your Follow Up Letter
  7. Send A Follow Up List Of Short Testimonials
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4 Secrets to Formatting Your Resume for a Long-Distance Job Hunt

While most people cannot succeed in a job hunt that would require relocation, the good news is that executives have an edge: good executives are hard to come by... ... Read more