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Is LinkedIn Really That Important?

I first heard about LinkedIn while I was sitting in a classroom listening to my Professor discuss the importance of networking, and he briefly covered LinkedIn. Just as briefly as he touched on the subject of LinkedIn as a networking tool, I forgot about it. Knowing what I do about the tool now, I now know that was a mistake.

It is no secret that Social Media platforms are increasingly becoming the way we connect with one another. We share birthdays, vacations and thoughts with the click of a mouse on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. So if the Internet really is the place we are connecting, why are more people not using LinkedIn? According to a study shared on http://business.linkedin.com, the top recruiters for business are “60% more engaged with LinkedIn recruiting tools than the average recruiter”.1 If this is where employers are looking to hire, we should all run, not walk, to either fill out a profile, or improve upon that neglected profile that may be out of date

You’re probably thinking, “I have a profile. This does not apply to me.” While it is true that having a LinkedIn profile is half the battle, using the profile effectively will win the war. In a Forbes article I recently read, the importance of actively using your profile is discussed with the simple explanation that it’s not uncommon for a recruiter to look at your LinkedIn profile to determine whether or not to reach out to you.2

This behavior isn’t a unique scenario, as many recruiters will often review your LinkedIn profile to discover additional work-related information. Whether it is in our personal lives, or a job search, we turn to the internet as a reliable source of information and to seek out everything from restaurant reviews to career information.

Ultimately, networking tools like LinkedIn can help you connect with friends, colleagues and more. Not only can you track connections and stay in touch with professionals in your field, you can consistently form new ones and expand your network. In today’s hyper connected world, you never know who could help you land your dream job.

1. “The Ultimate List of Hiring Statistics”; Business.LinkedIn.com

2. “Recruiters Say: Avoid LinkedIn at Your Peril”; Forbes.com

From Basic to Tailored: How to Make Your Skills Shine

Employers are looking for you, but you have to go the extra mile to make your resume shine. Check out how to modify your basic resume and skills to match the position you’re applying for with tips from seasoned John Deere Recruiter Bev Curtis.

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

Seasonal Jobs: To Apply or Not To Apply?

It’s that time of year again. The busy, holiday season where companies hire an abundance of seasonal workers to handle extended hours and a heightened demand for help. If you are unemployed, you are likely holding out hope for a long-term position, and rightly so, but a seasonal job may be something you should consider. Take a look at some of the reasons why seasonal employment may actually be a good thing for your career, aside from the extra cash in your pocket.

It’s no longer just for the retail.

The idea that seasonal work solely equates to “big box sales clerk” is no longer true. Think of all the industries affected during the holiday season, and the careers that are associated with each – retail, e-commerce, travel and hospitality, event management, restaurants and catering, etc. Seasonal help in one of these areas may not fall into your industry of choice, but may allow you to try a career not previously considered. Think of it as a test run in a field you may end up enjoying.

It’s a resume builder.

Regardless of what type of work the job entails, a seasonal position provides you with additional experience to add to your resume and also portrays motivation and good faith efforts in the eyes of a potential employer during a future job search. In addition, you’ll learn new skills, which could be applied to another job later on. For example, if you are interested in a full-time customer service position, consider a seasonal job at a store like Nordstrom where customer service is a priority. This will go a long way in the eyes of a recruiter looking to hire a customer service representative! You may also use this as an opportunity to network with the higher-ups at the company, which leads to the next reason why you should consider a seasonal job…

It may turn into a full-time offer.

Through a job well done and positive interactions with managers and corporate executives, you may find that your seasonal position turns in to a full-time job offer, whether for your current position or for another within the company. At the very least, your networking activities may give you some leads to follow up on after your seasonal position has ended. After all, it’s not just about your connections, but the connections of those you know.

While seasonal employment may not be the opportunity you had in mind, it can be a learning experience in the very least and if you’re open to it, a stepping-stone for your career! Ready to get started? Find temporary and full-time work online by searching open positions on My.jobs.

5 Characteristics of a Top Employee

In a highly competitive job market, it’s hard to know exactly what employers are looking for in a star employee. Of course, becoming a desirable asset to a company is what everyone strives for. It sounds relatively easy right? Do well in the interview, land the job of your dreams and live in employed bliss forever. Unfortunately, the real struggle often begins after the interview when you begin your new role. Molding to the preferences of your new employer, therefore enabling you to do well and advance in your career, isn’t always as simple as it seems.

So how do you stand out as a new employee? Below are five key characteristics that employers look for, not only in the hiring process, but also in a long-term employee.

  1. Good work ethic

Don’t get hung up on the idea that you are new to the company. Everyone is new at some point (yes, even that super successful CEO). Employers take notice and value someone that is willing to learn new things and work hard at doing so. In the end, having a willingness to work hard will overcompensate for your lack of experience. Just remember, skills can be taught but a work ethic cannot.

  1. Ambition

Having that “can-do” attitude is not only what employers look for in the interview, but also what they look for on the job. Employers want someone that is willing to take on new tasks and responsibilities, without the fear of making a mistake. On your downtime, look for ways to improve, read industry blogs and continue to be innovative. The employees that do are the ones who end up making great strides for the company – and landing those highly sought after promotions.

  1. Leadership

Despite your “newbie” status, displaying confidence and a willingness to help others can get you far in the eyes of your new employer. Make the decision to get involved in your company, make suggestions and share your ideas, even if you are uncertain. These qualities are the formula for a great leader!

  1. Honesty and integrity

Honesty and integrity are vital in establishing trust with your employer. Your demeanor, interactions with co-workers and clients, as well as your performance all play a role in establishing yourself as trustworthy. Just remember that you now represent your company and poor choices can ultimately make or break your time there.

  1. Team Player

Whether you work from home or in a large office, it’s inevitable that you will have to work with others and is therefore important to be a team player. When making the decision on whether or not to hire, the employer must consider how you will fit with the existing team so it is important to come into the company ready and willing to work cohesively with others. After all, there is no “I” in team!

Regardless of where you are in your career, possessing these five traits can be a step in the right direction for not only the job you have now, but also any position you may hold in the future. Remember, anything about a product or service can be learned, but having a good work ethic cannot.

From Military to Civilian Career: Tips for a Successful Transition

Basic training teaches you how to walk and talk like a member of the military, and instills values such as discipline, loyalty and comradery. Exiting the military and entering the civilian workforce doesn’t provide the same transitional training. Prepare yourself and learn tips from retired U.S. Army First Sergeant Jason Schenkel of USF Holland on how you can make the transition from servicemember to civilian an easier process.

Managing Your Personal Brand During the Job Search

What comes to mind when you think of the word “brand”? Perhaps you think of designer denim or your favorite soda, but would you think of yourself as having a brand? You should.

Personal brand is absolutely a real thing and you don’t need to do a thing to create it because, whether you realize it or not, you already have one. So what makes a personal brand? For starters, do an Internet search for your full name + your city, and see what comes up in the results. Your social media profiles probably display at the top of the first page, among other things including news articles about you, blog posts you’ve written, company profiles, etc. Also referred to as a ‘digital footprint’, how you portray yourself (and are portrayed by others) online represents your brand – despite its accuracy or intention. Unfortunately, to a potential employer, it’s also a first impression of you.

Did someone tag you in a politically incorrect meme on Facebook? Did you write a controversial blog post back in your college days? Even though these things may not necessarily be true to who you are, they all represent you in the eyes of an unknowing employer. That’s why when starting the job search, its important to do an audit of your personal brand to see what’s out there and how you can impact it positively. To help you get started, here are a few tips for managing your personal brand during the job search.

Network, network, network

They say that once something is published on the Internet, it’s there forever. While you may not be able to erase some things, you can take control of your brand and lead it in a new direction. This is where your personal brand extends from the Internet into the real world, giving you the chance to take the reins. If you are trying to establish a reputation within an industry, start networking with others in your line of work. Find associations, groups or industry events and get out there. This will get people talking about you and help you make a name for yourself in a positive, professional manner.

Become an expert.

Another way to establish your personal brand is to become a pseudo expert in your field. Start a blog or submit articles to niche news outlets, engage in industry forums or join online groups where you can share your knowledge and be recognized for it. Having your name associated with this relevant content is a great way to establish yourself in an industry and also looks great in your portfolio when applying for positions.

Secure virtual real estate.

Many candidates are taking control of their employer brand by securing a domain for themselves, typically their name (i.e. http://www.johnsmith.com/), but may include your city or profession to be more specific. This website is not only likely to appear at the top of search results when someone does a search for your name, but is also a medium that you have total control over. So what do you do with this website? Consider it a living biography and portfolio of your work. Include a bio and headshot, your resume, links to professional social networks and most importantly, showcase your work. Include links or upload files that show your best work and represent you professionally. And be sure to include the link to your website at the top of your resume!

Just remember – your personal brand is already out there, whether or not you put forth the effort to cultivate it. So why not make the best of it? Regardless of your methods, it’s important to ensure that it is a true representation of your personality and professionalism and ultimately gives employers the right impression. Now put your marketing cap on and get to work promoting your brand!

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!

What Tool Do Job Seekers Find To Be The Most Useful In Their Job Search?

What Tool Do Job Seekers Find To Be The Most Useful In Their Job Search?

A. Networking

B. Online tools

C. Advertising

D. Career fairs



B. Online tools

While advertising, career fairs and networking events all aid in the search for employment, recent research from Pew Research Center shows that online tools prove to be the most useful. According to their study conducted in July 2015, nearly 80% of the respondents who had looked for a new job within the last two years said that they used the internet in their job hunt and over one-third said that the internet was the most important resource. With easy access to Internet connection through the use of mobile devices, this is no surprise but finding the right online tools can be a little more difficult.

My.jobs is one such tool, helping you seek employment online through simplified search that connects you directly with global employers and their currently available positions. With a network of over 15,000 career sites and over 2 millions jobs from 10,000+ employers, My.jobs aims to ease your job search frustrations and show you only the types of careers that you are interested in.

Roughly one-third of recent job seekers say the internet was the most important resource available to them during their most recent employment searchHow does this differ from the typical job aggregator? The My.jobs network is especially helpful for those looking for careers in a specific geographic location, industry or company. For example, want to work in engineering? Engineering.jobs shows all of the open positions specific to the field of engineering. Dream of working for a company such as Phillips 66? Phillips66.jobs lists only their job openings. Looking for work in an area like Chicago? Chicago.jobs displays all of the open jobs in city and surrounding area. The possibilities are endless!

Speaking of online resources, check out this extensive list of hiring employers – many of which repeatedly occur on the Fortune 500 list – and click on each to be sent to their dedicated career site. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for posts containing valuable job search advice, and be sure to follow our Help Wanted blog for tips on interviews, networking and much more.


Pew Research Center. Searching for Work in the Digital Era; Web. 19 Nov 2015. < http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/11/19/searching-for-work-in-the-digital-era/>

My.jobs | 10,000+ Employers Are Looking For You!

The hunt is on – the job hunt, that is! Caught between the anticipated stress of your search and the excitement of new opportunities, you are likely scouring the Internet looking for desired positions, but perhaps you are interested in working at a specific company. My.jobs, powered by human resources trade association DirectEmployers, is comprised of an impressive network of 15,000 sites from over 10,000 employers – many of which are DirectEmployers Members on the Fortune 500 spectrum.

Take a minute to browse the complete list of DirectEmployers Member career sites, click on any company to be connected directly with their open jobs and easily apply for the positions that pique your interest. Sounds easy enough, right? Just remember, the search is yours – allow My.jobs to connect you with the employers of your choice through a simplified search and grow the career you’ve been waiting for!

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Job Seeker Advice: Do Extra Research

It’s a job seeker market right now. There are a ton of employment options, but without careful planning and thought, you can damage your reputation or relationship with prospective employers. Hear from Jessica Miller-Merrell of Blogging4Jobs as she discusses why job seekers should do their research and understand the recruitment process before interviewing.

While job seekers have a lot of options, it’s important to avoid burning bridges by getting into a multiple offer scenarios. Do your research, really have a handle on who you want to work for and what you want to do.

Have you had to deal with multiple offers at the same time? How did you decide? Share your experience below!

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