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Make Yourself Available & Be Seen

We can’t even begin to tell you how important networking is for job seekers. Whether your touching base with a potential employer on social media or interacting with employers at job fairs or networking events, its important to exude confidence and be able to speak on the fly. If you’re uncomfortable, check out local Toastmasters organizations who can help develop your public speaking skills.

For additional resources and job seeker advice, visit the Social Jobs Partnership on Facebook.

3 Tips for Finding the Internship of Your Dreams

3 Tips for IntershipsIt’s that time of year again…back to school. As the fall semester commences at colleges and universities across America, some students may be regretting their decision to forgo an internship. Unfortunately, getting back into a motivated mindset can be difficult after a laid-back summer vacation but it’s never too early to start preparing for the next semester’s opportunities. Your initial job search may leave you feeling less than optimistic but the truth is, your perfect internship is out there. You just have to find it! Take a look at these five tips for finding the internship you’ve always dreamed of.

 

Consider Your Interests, Not Just Your Major

They say if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. All too often students get hung up on their major when considering a career field and completely overlook the idea that they can still work in an area that also suits their passion. Where are your interests, what do you love? For example, if you are going to school for accounting and are also a major foodie, forget the big accounting firm and consider a bookkeeping position at a posh downtown restaurant. Are you majoring in event planning but have a passion for fashion? Look into fashion show production. Getting into an industry you love early on in your career can help you establish a positive reputation, build connections and ultimately get your foot in the door for future opportunities.

Find groups or associations related to your interests and check their websites and social media accounts to see if they, or their members, are looking for interns. If this doesn’t turn up any prospects, it never hurts to simply ask for what you want. Find a contact at the organization you are interested in, tell them about your passion for what they do and ask them if there’s any way you can get involved. You’ll never know if you don’t ask! Whether it’s a paid internship or volunteer hours, this can always lead to bigger and better things in the future.

 

Look At Your Contacts

Networking is said to be one of the most valuable activities to take place during the college experience – and its no surprise that your connections can also be your most valuable tool during the job search. The best place to start is to think about whom you already know, or whom your friends and family may know. Ask around to see if your parents, relatives, or your friends’ parents know anyone working in the field you are interested in and ask if they can connect you with them. It’s also a good idea to find out if there are any groups, clubs or relevant on-campus events where you could meet people in your field of interest. This experience looks good on your resume!

 

Visit Your School’s Career Services Center

If your connections don’t pan out, your school’s career services center can be another great resource. Oftentimes, colleges and universities have partnerships with employers to help them recruit students and recent grads for their open positions. Students applying through these programs may be more likely to get an internship than a student applying from an outside source. Aside from helping you find positions that you are interested in, they also provide other valuable services such as professional etiquette development, networking opportunities, interview preparation workshops (and mock interviews), as well as resume and cover letter assistance. They are there to help – don’t be afraid to take advantage of their free services!

Once you’ve secured an interview, it’s your time to shine! Be sure to do your research about the organization in advance, arrive a few minutes early and be prepared to tell the interviewer why you are the best person for the job. Good luck and remember – if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

Does Your Job Interview Really Hinge On The First Impression?

The following post originally appeared on the Jobipedia blog and is being shared with permission from the site.
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If you only had seconds to convince a hiring manager to hire you, what would you say? What would you do? Depending upon what study you read you’ll get differing time frames of how quickly a hiring manager makes a decision to hire you or not, but it seems the general consensus is under 15 seconds. We wanted to know if that same highly publicized time table was accurate for our experts.

Stephanie from AT&T said, “An interviewer can’t know that you’re the right candidate in 15 seconds, however he or she could feel like they know you’re *not* the right candidate in that amount of time. Meaning, it’s easy to blow it early on by dressing inappropriately, being late, not being prepared with copies of your resume, failing to exude energy and interest, and overall portraying mannerisms that are not a match for the job. Assuming you’ve mastered all of those points, it should take the entire interview length (plus several more interviews in some cases) to evaluate your qualifications against other good candidates.”

(Read the full response  and more on Jobipedia.org)

Here are some general rules that will help you master the first impression and set you up for a successful interview:

  • Smile. When you meet the individual who is going to be hiring you smile. Smiling communicates that you are warm and personable.
  • Firm Handshake. It’s cliché, but a firm handshake lets the hiring manager know you are confident.
  • Eye Contact. Keeping good eye contact is also a great indicator that you are sure of yourself.
  • Dress professionally. Be sure and dress the part. It’s better to show up over dressed than under dressed.
  • Shower. Make sure you’ve showered recently, there’s nothing worse than smelling bad when you’re initially meeting someone.
  • Speak Clearly. Articulate your greeting and don’t address the interviewer with slang. Really, avoid using any slang throughout your entire interview unless it’s somehow related to the position you’re interviewing for.

Your first impression is vital because you can ruin your chances of getting hired in the first few seconds, but you’re not going to win the job in that limited timeframe. As always, prepare thoroughly and the initial greeting will be a footnote of the interview.

Jobipedia.org is a free career advice website that was developed specifically for entry-level job seekers. The website offers unparalleled access to hiring and recruiting managers from Fortune 500 companies. Our contributing hiring experts personally write every answer to user-submitted questions. Their advice is invaluable because they interact with prospective hires on a daily basis, review resumes, conduct interviews and are involved in the process of deciding which candidates to hire.

What advice would you share for making a good first impression?

Tips for Making Your Job Search Easier

When you’re looking for information, it’s likely that you’ll use an online search engine like Google, right? Data shows the same behavior holds true for job search. While it’s certainly a viable option to use a search engine as a starting point, navigating the vast amount of job-related search results can be overwhelming.

My.jobs was developed with features and functionality to make finding the right job for you a whole lot easier. Here are some different ways you can search for your next career:

1) Use the Where and What Search Box
The My.jobs homepage features a “Where” and “What” box so you can look for jobs relevant to your desired location, job title or skill set.

 

2) View All Jobs
If you’re looking to explore a variety of options and would rather browse, simply click the “View All Jobs” link below the “Where” search box. You’ll be taken to a page to view all 1 million+ job opportunities on the My.jobs Network.

 

 

3) Narrow Down Your Search with Filters
On the right hand side of the page there are several different filter options including company, country, state and city. The number in parenthesis next to each option in the filter indicates the amount of corresponding jobs. For example, in the screenshot above, the “Filter by Company” area indicates that The Home Depot has 10,926 job opportunities. When you click the link, you’ll be taken to those corresponding job opportunities.

Filters are on every page, so you can continuously refine your results.

4) Type a Location or Occupation plus “.jobs” in your Web Browser
The My.jobs Network is actually comprised of over 40,000 location, occupation, term or specialty sites. Just type a location or occupation plus “.jobs” and you’re likely to get a site within the My.jobs Network. For example, check out Nursing.jobs:

Ready to search? Visit My.jobs to get started, or check out this post on making your search more efficient with saved searches.

Optimizing your LinkedIn Headline, a Psychological Look

The following guest post is from Joshua Waldman, founder of Career Enlightenment which offers professional LinkedIn profile writing and job search services to colleges, WorkForce offices and re-entering veterans. Watch his exclusive video “3 Secrets to Getting Job Interviews by Next Week” to learn the 3 secrets no one wants you to know about getting hired in today’s job market. 

In the psychology of design, your LinkedIn headline is known as Caption Text, that is, any text that appears beneath or next to an image as if to explain it’s context.

Think about the last magazine you read. Your eye went to the picture, then the text below it looking for context.

It’s no wonder that eye tracking studies of people looking at LinkedIn profiles routinely show the headline as the #2 area just after the picture.

Furthermore, the headline is the only text presented next to your photo on a search results page. A good headline gets the click. A boring headline and the entire profile get’s ignored.

Despite the Headline’s relative importance, it amazes me how little time people devote to it.

Look. You have 120 characters to make a powerful first impression. Why not take full advantage of that opportunity.

If your headline is less than 100 characters, chances are you’re just using your job title.

I saw a headline once, “Senior Software Engineer | QA”. The guy lived in the San Francisco area. Do you want to guess how many other engineers he’s competing with for attention? Thousands.

Don’t commoditize yourself. You are more than your job title.

He might have added, “Enabling quality time to market products for 9 years” to show that he understands the business problem, time to market deadlines.

Here are some Headline writing guidelines:

  • Use up as much of those 120 characters as possible
  • Include your job title but…
  • add more than just your title, make your profile unique and interesting
  • Show you understand your target audience by mentioning a problem you solve

If you liked this post, join us for a free one-hour webinar, 3 Secrets to Getting Hired Using LinkedIn, featuring Career Enlightenment’s Joshua Waldman on Tuesday, May 20 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT. Learn more and register now!

Completing Your My.jobs Profile for Increased Employer Visibility

If you aren’t familiar with it by now, My.jobs is a new resource from DirectEmployers Association that assists job seekers in finding open positions from verified employers around the world. We recently shared a post on how to set up a saved search on My.jobs in order to have job openings of interest sent directly to your email inbox, but this post will focus on the importance of fully completing your profile upon registration. Remember, the more information you share about yourself, the more employers can learn as they consider you for employment.

While you may have reservations about sharing your information, it is important to know that My.jobs has been awarded TRUSTe’s Privacy Seal signifying that its privacy policy and practices have been reviewed for compliance in regards to the collection and use of job seeker’s personal information.

So, what information is included in the establishment of a My.jobs profile? Information that you should absolutely plan to share includes: name, email address, employment history, education and other preferred methods of contacting you. You also have the opportunity to include additional information that may apply to you, such as:

  • Secondary Email Address
  • Military Service
  • Website
  • Licenses/Certifications
  • Volunteer History
  • Summary

Enhancing your profile to include this information may be especially useful to employers who are looking for candidates with a web portfolio, certifications, or a military background. Just think of your profile as a virtual resume!

Once you interact with a company’s jobs, the employer can view your profile. As you search and click on opportunities of interest, it’s like tapping that employer on the shoulder and letting them know you’re interested. You can also view a company-specific page on the network, such as REI.jobs to make your profile accessible by that organization.

Think your profile is complete? On the right side of your profile you will find a helpful tool bar that tracks the completion of your profile (by percentage), based on the information that you have provided. Be as thorough as you can to improve your visibility and attractiveness to employers, but remember to be truthful. Embellishing on your education, employment history and achievements is never a good idea; the truth will come out eventually!

What are you waiting for? Create a profile today and start your career search on My.jobs – the right place for you!

You Are Not A Job Seeker!

Watch Joshua’s exclusive video “3 Secrets to Getting Job Interviews by Next Week” to learn the 3 secrets no one wants you to know about getting hired in today’s job market. Joshua is the founder of Career Enlightenment which offers professional LinkedIn profile writing and job search services to colleges, WorkForce offices and re-entering veterans. 

 

Job seekerThis article originally appeared in apploi-observer.com last December 10, 2013.

Ever hear the expression, “It’s easier to get a job when you already have one?” Well, it’s true!

When I was at Cisco back in 2008, I had recruiters contacting me almost every single week. As soon as I was laid off, they disappeared. Advertising to the world, “I’m looking for a job” is the fastest way to scare recruiters off. Somehow “unemployed” became synonymous with “unemployable”. This type of unemployment discrimination is prevalent in almost all sectors and although it makes me sick, it’s a reality. Luckily there are some things you can do to avoid getting labeled as ‘unemployable’.

 

Unemployment discrimination is prevalent in almost all sectors and although it makes me sick, it’s a reality. Luckily there are some things you can do to avoid getting labeled as ‘unemployable’.

 

Don’t Job “Seek”

Someone once asked me: “Should I say ‘seeking new opportunities’ so that employers know I am interested in a change?” No!

It would be committing career suicide to say, “I’m looking for work” (or any variation).  You want to show what you can do for them. The word “seeking” is asking what they can do for you. Demonstrate your value to a prospective employer and mention your openness to new opportunities in your summary (if at all).

Consultant is Just a Fancy Word for Unemployed

I was working with a friend the other day when he erupted into laughter and said, “John just updated his profile to Consultant. I guess he got fired.”

If you suddenly update your current position to consultant or freelancer, you’re just telling your network that you got canned. Likewise, if a recruiter sees that you are a consultant, they’ll assume you’re unemployed unless you give them more information.

There are a few solutions to this dilemma.

1. If you really are a consultant, backdate your starting date in your role to before you were laid off. Then add as many work samples and testimonials as possible.

2. If you did just lose your job, don’t feel that you are necessarily obligated to update this information right away.

How About You?

These details are only things that matter at first. After you’ve made contact with an employer, allow them to get to know you and I’m sure you’ll have no trouble convincing them that you are very much employable.

Have you encountered unemployment discrimination before? What do you do about it?

Thanks again to Joshua for continuing to let us share his great content. Get more job seeker advice from other Help Wanted posts and find your next job at My.jobs.

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