Guide for Lifetime Career Navigation. You will find everything that has anything to do with getting your job search started on the right foot, keeping your search momentum and even ideas for your success as a solopreneur or small business! Blog by Hannah Morgan.
Facebook is still one of the top-used social networks, so it makes sense to use it for your job search. These two Facebook tips will help every job seeker tap into the power of this powerful social network!
If you haven’t considered using Facebook for your job search, let me make it easy for you!
Facebook Stats Show How Powerful It Is
2.38 billion monthly active users as of March 31, 2019 (Facebook)
1.56 billion daily active users on average for March 2019 (Facebook)
74% of US Facebook users log in daily. And 51% check Facebook several times a day (Pew Research 2019)
This is a super easy way to find contacts inside companies to network with! Or, when you find a job you want to apply for, search for people on Facebook and reach out to them through email to learn about the company and the job if possible.
In 2015, Facebook announced a change in how your employment and education history are displayed on your Facebook profile. According to Huffington Post’s article,
Essentially, the tweak causes your extended education and employment history to appear by default in the “Intro” field on your profile. That “Intro” section is the very first thing someone sees when they go to your page.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You can and should use it to your advantage. Just know that any information in your work history is now more visible. Go check your profile out now. To see what others see on your profile, click on the three dots just below your cover image and select “View As…”.
Now you can see what the public sees or you can change that to see what a specific friend would see.
Yes, it is possible to switch your career into a new industry! If you love your job and just want to change industries, then learn what it will take for you to make the switch! Dr. Graham provides proven advice to help you. One of my favorite points is to “Focus on the future, not the past.”
And if you want to get more help with switching careers, you may want to check out Dr. Graham’s book, Switchers, which just had it’s 1 year anniversary!
Get examples of exactly what to say to a recruiter to find out a job’s salary and how to respond when someone asks you about your salary expectations! These are real tips from real recruiters and job search coaches.
In 2019, is a cover letter still worth writing? That’s a great question and one I get asked a lot. The short answer is yes. But see what needs to go in it! Also, if you like podcasts, you may be interested in listening to season 3 of Fast Company’s “Secrets of the Most Productive People.”
You may not have heard of Gravitas or know who Lisa Sun is (I didn’t), but the advice shared is super important! Networking isn’t a dirty word, it isn’t something to dread. Sun is credited as being an excellent connector! See how she does it!
Maybe it’s time you tried changing your approach to networking and begin to use social networks to actually network.
You may have noticed more companies becoming active on social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Social networks are multifaceted tools being used to create awareness, promote and build relationships!
What if you tried using social networks to create awareness of your personal brand and to build new relationships? Social networks may not be the only solution to your job search woes but it just might help.
Networking Isn’t a Once-and-Done Task
People who are serious about managing their careers understand how important it is to have a pool of people to interact and share ideas with. This doesn’t just happen overnight. Pick up some of the habits of “power networkers:”
Smart job seekers focus on the needs, wants and desires of others and obsess less over the need to find a job.
Successful networkers know that when they show generosity toward others, it can and usually does come back to help them in the future.
LinkedIn Connections Can Power Your Success
LinkedIn can help you stay connected with people you’ve worked with and people you know. It also allows you to meet new people who work in companies you are interested in or in roles you aspire to be in. Savvy networkers realize you can’t just meet someone one time and expect results. The relationship needs to be nurtured. This can be done by monitoring LinkedIn in several ways:
Congratulate a connection on a new job
Share a connection’s status update, always giving him or her attribution
Compliment or give a shout-out to a connection by mentioning his or her name in your status update
Monitor a group’s discussion feed and look for opportunities to add to the conversation. You may have a different viewpoint, a success story to share or be able to offer help.
According to the Jobvite Job Seeker Nation Study, 76% of social job seekers found their current position through Facebook. These social job seekers are mostly ages 30 to 39, college educated, with annual incomes greater than $100,000.
Social job seekers report using Facebook to:
Find contacts sharing job opportunities
Tap contacts who could provide an employee perspective on a company
When you use an open network like Twitter, you can follow anyone you wish. And you can even send anyone a public message by tagging them (using the @[handle]).
Strategically follow people who work in companies you would like to work for. (You can use Twitter’s Advanced Search function to find people using the company name.) Once you start following these company insiders, you can and should:
Re-share appropriate tweets
Add your two-cents to the tweet if there is room
Reply to the person who shared a helpful tweet and explain why you liked it
If you do this with some regularity, the person will usually respond.
Continue to look for things you have in common, such as shared interests outside of work, colleges, cities of residence, etc. You can leverage any of these common interests to take the relationship to the next level. Most people who hang out on Twitter want to interact and build meaningful, worthwhile relationships.
Don’t dismiss the potential to show your personality and interests on Instagram. If it is where you are active and sharing photos of your life (outside of work), then why not use it for your job search too?
However, if it isn’t something you want recruiters or hiring manager to find, be sure to use a profile name that will not easily identify you. In other words, do not use your name. And don’t use the same email address you use for your job search.
Take Pro-Active Steps to Manage Your Online Reputation
If you’ve been reluctant to network or you’ve tried it and it just wasn’t for you, don’t give up, update how you network. Maybe you just need a fresh approach to networking.
It is still the best career insurance you can have!
Given our short attention spans, pressing time commitments and data overload, it has become increasingly difficult to make a lasting and meaningful connection with new contacts.
In order to address the scarcity of time and distractions, you’ll probably want to try some new ideas and update how you network!
Ditch The Old Pitch
If you struggle with what to say when someone asks you the question “what do you do?” you aren’t alone. Answering this question trips up even the most experienced professionals. But there’s a new secret formula that is short and snappy and immediately turns your questioning over to the other person.
“I help [who benefits from your work] by [problem you solve]. And what do you do?”
For example, this is how a human resources professional may answer the dreaded question:
“I help managers at XYZ company hire and keep the best talent by getting the real job requirements and teaching them how to interview for those skills. And what do you do?”
For more help with a super short, conversational pitch, check out Micro-Pitch.
Scan Instead of Swap
Why not immediately swap your contact information at the next big networking event by using LinkedIn’s QR code. Just pull up your code and ask the person to scan it using their LinkedIn app. Not only will this save money on business cards, but the novelty of exchanging contact information this way may make great (or memorable) conversation.
Make It Real
Instead of opening a conversation with a safe and rather boring question like “what do you do,” take it to a more personal level and ask, something like:
“How do you like to spend your free time?”
“What keeps you up at night?”
“What are you working on?”
These less-often used conversation starters can result in more comfortable conversation, faster rapport building and most importantly- set you apart. Looking for more conversation starters? Check out these Conversation Starters and Openings
Everyone may not be up to speed with the newest phone technology. This is why you should always have a professional business card on hand. Include your name, job title, phone number, email and the URL for your LinkedIn account. You could take this a step further by adding key skills, industry expertise and maybe even an short pitch. Or for more ideas, check out Business Cards- Get ‘Em Now
And don’t stop there.
Chances are your personal email account isn’t branded. Customize your email signature with your name, phone number, your desired occupation or skills sets, plus links to your LinkedIn profile and other social networking accounts. 7 Tips to Help You Get A Better Email Signature
In person, or IRL “in real life” networking, solidifies online connections and relationships. Be bold and take the initiative to ask for a face-to-face meeting or phone call with someone you may only know online.
Maybe there is someone in an online group or forum whom you have not connected with yet. Pick up the phone and call them or at least set up a phone conversation! Or, if it someone local, invite them for coffee!
Play the Host
Either real or imaginary, you can take on the role of the host. Every organization needs volunteers. Ask to be part of the events committee and offer to manage sign-ins at the registration table. This is a great way to force yourself to meet people.
If you aren’t ready to commit to volunteer, consider playing host at the next meeting or event you attend by introducing someone you’ve recently met with someone you know.
Close With A Give
You may be familiar with “the ask,” which is the way some salespeople close their sales meeting. Instead of focusing on your agenda, needs, wants and requests, listen for the opportunity to give. The give could be a recommendation, tangible gift or just sharing relevant information or resources.
Be the Connector
The reason most people network is to get, but giving is much more satisfying. Another form of giving is introducing people. Offer to introduce your new connection or even old connection to someone you think they should meet in your network.
A spinoff of speed dating, speed networking events are popping up in cities everywhere. The idea is that you spend a few minutes with one person and when the time is up you rotate on to meet the next person. The purpose of these events is to meet with as many people one-on-one in a short amount of time as possible. Based on the short exchange, you can determine whom you would like to follow-up with, or not.
Connect & Link
By all means, ask if you can connect on LinkedIn with people you meet at networking events or in person. But rather than send a hasty invite right then and there from your smartphone, a better way to make a memorable impression is to write an invitation to connect that mentions something about your recent conversation.LinkedIn’s mobile app makes it challenging for you to customize your invitation to connect. Though it is possible.
Stay Top Of Mind
As the saying goes, out of sight, out of mind. Don’t let this happen to you. After every meeting find a unique way to follow-up with the person you met. Of course a timely thank you goes a long way, but what about giving them a shout out on your favorite social network, or a handwritten thank you with a gift card? Here are more ideas on how to follow-up and nurture your network.
Networking Isn’t Really About You
The best way to make someone remember you is to make them feel special or important. Think about the people you’ve met and still remember today. What is it that you remembered about them? How did they do it? They probably put the focus of the conversation on you. Try it!
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Anjelou
This post originally appeared on US News & World Report
You’re excited and nervous about starting your new job (or internship). Get step by step instructions for what you should do before your first day and during your first few days on the job. Congrats and relax!
If you want to read high-quality articles to help with your career and job search, this is a terrific source. Check out this issue.
Also, if you are looking for sources of industry news, SmartBrief has you covered! You can subscribe (for free) to any one of their industry newsletters. “SmartBrief publishes more than 200 niche e-mail newsletters in partnership with leading trade associations and professional societies.” You’ll find everything from Aviation & Aerospace to Tech. See the full list of industry overview newsletters here.
Here are ten inspiring infographic resumes to get your creative juices flowing!
It’s tempting, but don’t use an infographic resume to apply for a job….yet.
You can NOT apply for a job through an online job board or Applicant Tracking System with an infographic resume.
However, there are occasions when you can and should use your infographic resume.
How To Use Infographic Resumes
Instead, post it in your LinkedIn profile, share it on Facebook, and use it during an informational meeting. Better yet, find a creative way to deliver it into the hands of someone you would like to hire you.
While more people are testing the infographic resume waters, your infographic resume should be used as a supplement, not a replacement.
Finding the right job search help can feel overwhelming. There are so many sources of job search information on the internet, it’s difficult to know which is credible and appropriate for your situation.
The worst thing you can do is try and figure out job search on your own. And let me warn you, a siloed job search will take you a very long time.
You are not going to find a job hiding out in your home.
You need to collaborate to find solutions for your specific situations like finding new ways to contact people when they don’t follow through, evaluate your interviewing skills, negotiate a job offer and so many other scenarios.
This week, I’m sharing help for career changers, people looking for remote work, and job seekers who are just looking for new ways of doing things!
I hope you find something that will up-level your approach and deliver the right job search help you want and need.
Career change isn’t just for people early in their careers. The article says that 82% of people over 47 were successful at making a career shift. No matter what your age, following the 10 steps laid out in this article will create a roadmap for you to follow. Changing careers today is much more common than you’d imagine.
If you toyed with the idea of working from home, your options today are better than they were 10+ years ago. More employers are open to hiring employees who don’t work on site. The problem has always been what label to give these jobs – remote, virtual, telecommuting. Follow the tips in this article to help you discover jobs that allow you to work remotely. PS: Don’t forget to check out Flexjobs.com.
Think about what a consultant does. They walk into a company, evaluate a situation and provide solutions. There’s a ton to be learned from this process and the skills they use. Even if you haven’t been a consultant, leveraging these tips will help you take control over your job search!
Are you using the best job search sites to uncover the right jobs? In this article, I include a list of the job boards recruiters tend to favor when posting available jobs. Check it out! But remember, you’re far more likely to land a new job when you have a connection inside a company. If you must use job boards, then use the 2-step. Find a job then find an insider.
Job Seeker or Marketer, it doesn’t matter, this article is for you. The takeaway from this article is how to find people who you can network with (do business with) on social media. Influencers are not just celebrities or big brands. Content creators (writers, podcasters, speakers) are all great people to collaborate with.
I was thrilled when Robin reached out to ask if we could chat about my recent article on what to share on LinkedIn! She did a wonderful job highlighting why it’s important to post regularly and included many of my ideas!
Deloitte analyzed innovative companies and what they were doing to embrace the newest industrial revolution. It is also important for YOU to stay competitive during these times of rapid change and new technology that are changing how business gets done. But it isn’t learning the new technology that will help you stay competitive. It’s another skill and I want you to read the article to discover what that one skill is!
The phone interview is your first chance to WOW the recruiter. To help come up the curve faster, here are some phone interview scenarios you need to know how to handle.
If you are new to job search, there are hundreds of new situations you haven’t experienced before, like the phone interview.
Here’s a common situation.
Out of the blue, your phone rings. It’s someone from a company you supposedly applied to but you didn’t catch the company name or the job title.
a) Fake it and pretend you know about the job.
b) Ask for more details about the job.
c) Stop the conversation and explain you missed the company name and job title while you search for the cover letter and resume you sent.
Think about this carefully because how you manage the call can determine whether you move on to the next interview or not.
The answer is c. But how many times were you tempted to go with answer a?
You only have one chance to make a great first impression!
Making a great first impression is the only way you can get to the next step of the job interview process!
Let’s see if you are making any other mistakes…
Don’t Get Caught Making These Mistakes During A Phone Interview
1. “What job is this again?”
It may not be possible to remember every job you’ve applied to. The reality is, if you’re actively job seeking, you’ve applied to a lot of positions.
It is your responsibility to be able to track and reference the jobs you’ve applied to by job title and company. In a recruiter’s mind, the job they have to fill is the only one you have applied to.
It’s possible that recruiter fails to mention the full job title and company name during the call.
Don’t feel embarrassed to ask for more information or to clarify the job they are calling about. Simply ask them to repeat what company they are with and the job title.
If you need to stall while you look for the resume you submitted, cover letter and company research, just let the recruiter know you are looking for the information. (You are showing how organized and prepared you are.)
2. Just Talk Loudly To Drown Out The Police Sirens
You don’t need to stay at home waiting for a call, but you do need to be aware that any call you answer could be from a potential employer. Be polite and professional when you answer the phone during a job search! You want to make the right first impression.
More and more, people are letting calls go straight to voicemail and recruiters expect to leave a message. So make sure your voicemail greeting is set up to mention your name and/or phone number so they know they’ve reached the correct number.
If you do answer the phone and it is a recruiter, don’t be afraid to ask if you can reschedule an unexpected call if the conditions aren’t right.
If you intend to have a phone interview in a public spot or in your car, make sure you won’t be distracted and can access your files with the job posting and the resume you used to apply.
3. Surprise. This is a video interview!
If you passed the phone screen and have another interview set up, make sure you know the format. Not knowing the interview format can cause you problems.
All you need to do is ask if the recruiter will conduct the next interview via phone or video?
While you’re thinking about the next interview, do you know how long your conversation is scheduled to last? There are no normal set of guidelines for interviews today. Each company has a unique approach, so it is up to you to ask questions in order to know what to expect.
Be sure to collect these details so you’re fully prepared and perform your best during the conversation.
4. “I grew up on a small farm, love fly fishing…”
Don’t miss the point of your introduction. How you respond to “Tell me about yourself” can make or break the interview.
This question is technically the interviewer’s way of asking why you are qualified for the job and a match for the company.
Using your research, match your top two to four qualifications with the job requirements. Also, include why you are specifically interested in the role and company.
Keep your answer around a minute, so you don’t overwhelm the interviewer.
5. Nope. Not going to interview here.
Don’t jump to conclusions too early. Is the recruiter turning you off? Maybe they seem rude or unpleasant. They may be having a bad day.
Go ahead and have a great phone interview and once you are done, dig around and find people who work for the company so you can get insider information.
Even if you hear some of the warning signs, words, such as “micromanage” or “toxic,” take the interview seriously and ask questions, such as, “Tell me about one of your best employees and how you supported their development? or “can you tell me why this position is available?” These answers should help you better uncover the company culture.
6. Dang. There’s that salary question again.
Do you know what the going rate is for the work you do? Expect an employer to ask how much you made in your last job and how much you would like to make in the job you are applying for. In fact, in many parts of the US, it is ILLEGAL to ask about your previous salary.
These screening questions help the company assess if you fit within their budget and what your value is. Stating a number too high or too low could eliminate you prematurely.
To prevent this from happening, use salary calculators and industry contacts to gauge what the company may offer. You could even ask what the company budgeted for the role, rather than providing your answer.
However, if your past salary or expected salary is not close to what the company is offering, you are better off deferring your answer until later in the conversation once you have a better understanding of the job requirements.
7. They’ll train me, right?
Don’t ignore the fact that you lack some of the job requirements. It is unlikely that you’ll have everything the company wants. And that’s ok.
You do need to have prepared an explanation for how you will come up to speed in the areas where you fall short. For example, if you don’t have specific software experience, you might at least know what it does. Talk with someone who uses the software and find out if the software is similar to anything you have used before, how difficult it is to master and where you can get training. Now, when asked about your software skills, you will be able to address how you intend to come up to speed on the software you are missing.
The same logic applies to any skill or experience you are lacking. Speak with someone who is knowledgeable and construct an answer on how you would bridge the gap. If the interviewer doesn’t bring it up, you can provide your skill gap solution anyway. You don’t want to leave issues that may eliminate you unaddressed.
Texting is a thing now
More recruiters are reaching out to candidates through text messages. This is a good compromise for them and for you. You can respond when it is more convenient for you and the important message won’t get lost in your email so you’ll respond sooner.
Just make sure you use professional language and grammar (no text abbreviations or emojis!).
This post originally appeared on USNews & World Report
If you are not keeping track of jobs you apply to, when you followed up and where you are in the interview process it’s easy for things to slip through the cracks. This article spells out what to track and even provides a simple spreadsheet to use!
There are lots of nuggets in this article, way more than 5. If you’ve had lots of interviews but no job offers, definitely read this. And as Tuso concludes at the end, “my biggest takeaway is that gratitude and the ability to learn are chief above all else. And that key realization, even in my own career, has changed everything.”
If you’re making a change and want to network with a new group of people, then please read Dorie’s advice! Try ALL of her suggestions, particularly the last one – “attract the right people to you.” Learn what to do sooner rather than later.
You know it can be difficult to network with busy executives (or anyone for that matter), but it isn’t impossible. There’s the “front door,” the “backdoor” and the “third door.” Robinson writes: “Alex Banayan, author of The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers, says that there’s always a way to get in front of busy people if you are creative and persistent about it.” That’s the third door! Pick up some creative ideas listed in this article.
It happens. You let your guard down and stop networking once you’re secure in your job. But read why this is a terrible idea and how to fix it. Dalton cites experiences and recommendations from career experts.
The US has not had the expected job growth anticipated. We are also seeing an increase in unemployment claims. The article also notes several large companies have been involved in restructuring and layoffs. Let this be a reminder to always be ready. Is a recession on its way?
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