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Use Your College / University Alumni Network in Job Search

Use Your College / University Alumni Network in Job Search

If you went to university or college, you have a built-in network ready for you to access:  fellow and sister alumni. One reason to access an alum is to gain more information about an employer, to see if you, too, would like working at that company.  At the same time, you can learn how your... ...Continue Reading
5 Tips to Make Your LinkedIn Photo Work for You

5 Tips to Make Your LinkedIn Photo Work for You

Here are my tips on what makes a good profile photo for LinkedIn: Put up a head shot, either full or 3/4 face – so people can easily identify you (top of shoulders good) Make it in color – black and white is for artistes and public figures. Otherwise people want to see the color... ...Continue Reading
Purple Squirrel Hunting aka Job Postings

Purple Squirrel Hunting aka Job Postings

If you haven’t heard about purple squirrels, don’t worry. They don’t exist. Squirrels are not purple. Except in the minds of many people writing and posting job descriptions. You’ve seen those job descriptions that ask for someone who has so many qualifications, it seems impossible that any one person could meet those criteria. And chances... ...Continue Reading
How to Make Endorsements on LinkedIn More Meaningful

How to Make Endorsements on LinkedIn More Meaningful

Often people ask me the following questions about Skill Endorsements on LinkedIn: Should I endorse people on LinkedIn? Should I accept endorsements? Are endorsements of any value? How do Endorsements differ from Recommendations? And then last week, I got the following message on LinkedIn: Thanks for connecting with me. I have validated and endorsed your... ...Continue Reading
How to Find the Right Keywords for Your Resume

How to Find the Right Keywords for Your Resume

Most job seekers know that it’s important to have the right keywords in your resume and LinkedIn profile, so you will make it past the computerized and human screeners, and be found by recruiters. When you apply for a specific job, you can easily identify the relevant keywords in the job posting.  The keywords will... ...Continue Reading
5 Ways to Increase Your Visibility on LinkedIn

5 Ways to Increase Your Visibility on LinkedIn

You need to be “top of mind” among your network when you’re looking for a new job.  Use LinkedIn to become “top of mind” by frequently showing up on your network’s update feed.  Here are 5 ways to start becoming more “top of mind” – I hope it sparks some ideas in you! 1.  Update... ...Continue Reading
How to Set Up a Networking Plan for Job Search

How to Set Up a Networking Plan for Job Search

  Take a piece of paper and a pencil.  Draw a circle.  Now draw another circle around that one. And now draw another one around those two.  You should now have a bulls-eye on your piece of paper. The inner-most circle is comprised of those people you know well, are comfortable approaching, and think well... ...Continue Reading
How To Get References That Will Help You Land The Job

How To Get References That Will Help You Land The Job

References can make or break your chances of getting a job offer.   Make sure your references are all good! One lukewarm reference will sow seeds of doubt in an employer’s mind.  It’s possible that with 2 other enthusiastic references, you could get an offer.  One negative reference?  Consider the job someone else’s. Get prepared... ...Continue Reading
3 Key Social Media Tools for Job Search

3 Key Social Media Tools for Job Search

Social media is all about creating and maintaining a network of people you like, respect, and have some kind of affinity with. These are the 3 key social media sites I use and that I recommend for job seekers. 1. LinkedIn. I talk about it all the time – LinkedIn is the place to find... ...Continue Reading
My Job Search is Taking SO Long! Why and What to Do

My Job Search is Taking SO Long! Why and What to Do

Sam Javanrouh via Compfight Someone reached out to me on LinkedIn, asking for my advice about his six-month long job search. He wondered why it was taking so long now, while in the past he’d gotten offers almost immediately.  He wondered if it had to do with being let go from his last job. Here’s... ...Continue Reading
Change Just One Thing...and See What Happens

Change Just One Thing…and See What Happens

I am talking with my coach about how changing just one thing can change everything, or at least improve things. It’s definitely applicable to anyone, as well as to all job seekers.  Here are the things we came up with: * Making your bed. If people are coming back to your home or apartment, there’s... ...Continue Reading
Reaching Out To Recruiters: Sample Scripts

Reaching Out To Recruiters: Sample Scripts

You can reach out to recruiters on LinkedIn or email as part of your job search strategy.  There are external recruiters – those who send candidates to companies – and internal recruiters – usually on the HR staff.  Some companies use both, some use only one. Reaching out to recruiters is a chancy proposition, though,... ...Continue Reading