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How LinkedIn Can Kick Start Your Job Search

How LinkedIn Can Kick Start Your Job Search

A client wrote that she had gotten congratulations on her new job from a couple of people, after we updated her LinkedIn profile.  Apparently, even though we disabled the notices setting, logged off, then logged back on and turned on the notices, LinkedIn somehow registered the change in the previous session and broadcast it to... ...Continue Reading
Should I Keep My Job Search Confidential?

Should I Keep My Job Search Confidential?

A client wondered if she should remove her resume from one of the big job posting aggregators (Indeed.com), in case her boss gets wind that she is looking for work. My response was “it depends.” If you are interested in being found, then it’s a good idea to keep your resume up there.  One thing... ...Continue Reading
Do I Really Have to Use LinkedIn? Or, You Can Improve Your Job Search With Social Media

Do I Really Have to Use LinkedIn? Or, You Can Improve Your Job Search With Social Media

Fast Company magazine just ran a piece on how big companies are using social media for recruiting, especially to get the most capable candidates.  Take a look at the infographic toward the bottom to see some fascinating statistics about which companies are really using LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook – and the results they get. LinkedIn... ...Continue Reading
Job Search Basic: When Opportunity Knocks, Answer the Door!

Job Search Basic: When Opportunity Knocks, Answer the Door!

Opportunity knocked on the doors of two clients this week, and they didn’t realize it. Luckily, they contacted me to ask what they should do.  I said “Answer the door!” Situation 1: Joe (not his real name) got an email from a woman who says this: My name is Jane Doe and I work for... ...Continue Reading
What's New About Hiring Practices, Really?

What’s New About Hiring Practices, Really?

Is there anything REALLY new about hiring? Yes, and no. I just read a really interesting article by the CEO of Skillshare global learning community, Michael Karnjanaprakorn, positing that the growth of self-education is eroding the importance of traditional education for people who want to succeed in their careers.  He then goes on to extrapolate... ...Continue Reading
How to Update Your LinkedIn Profile Without Sending Updates to Your Network

How to Update Your LinkedIn Profile Without Sending Updates to Your Network

“Soandso just updated their profile” appears in my LinkedIn Updates feed. If I know them, I might click to see what’s new. That’s the point of letting your network know you’ve updated your profile.  To get people to visit your profile and refamiliarize themselves with your skills, background, face. That’s great if you want people... ...Continue Reading
How Adding Hyperlinks on Your Resume Builds Credibility

How Adding Hyperlinks on Your Resume Builds Credibility

I put hyperlinks in all the resumes I create. Hyperlinks, for those who may not know, are live links to a website, embedded within a Word or PDF document.  When someone clicks on the hyperlink, they will be taken to that website via their browser. If their browser isn’t open, clicking the hyperlink will open... ...Continue Reading
Hurricane Sandy Fallout for Job Seekers

Hurricane Sandy Fallout for Job Seekers

Here on the East Coast of the US, we are reeling from Hurricane Sandy’s impact. In my town, more than half the households lack power and the main train route into NYC – carrying 50,000 passengers a day – is washed out and not due to reopen for weeks or months.  My friends and family... ...Continue Reading
How To Jump-Start Your Job Search with LinkedIn

How To Jump-Start Your Job Search with LinkedIn

In today’s job market, successful job searches always involve LinkedIn. It’s the go-to place for networking, identifying open jobs, and showing you are available for a job opportunity. Today, I’ll deal with: NETWORKING Yes, that dreaded word! I urge networking because it WORKS! Every single client gets interviews and ultimately jobs through contacts. These contacts... ...Continue Reading
My Top 5 Job Search Resources

My Top 5 Job Search Resources

Information gathering is probably the single most important strategy for a successful job search. To find the job that’s right for you – and LAND IT! – you need information about: Yourself – your skills, talents, abilities, expertise, preferences, work style, measurable results and impact, passions, what you love to do and do well Jobs... ...Continue Reading
Good News on the Hiring Front, At Last

Good News on the Hiring Front, At Last

Unemployment rate hits 8.3 pct. after hiring burst This headline from Yahoo! Finance is great news for people who’ve been on the job hunt for a while.  Gains were especially high in professional services (+ 70,000 jobs),  manufacturing (+ 50,000), retail (+ 10,000 jobs), and the leisure and hospitality industry – including restaurants and hotels... ...Continue Reading

Job Search is at Least a Triathlon: Open Letter to a Frustrated Job Seeker

Summer can be hard on job seekers, and several people have been discouraged by, among other things, lack of response to their LinkedIn networking requests. It reminded me that job search requires stamina and skill in several different areas – sort of like a triathlete has to master three different sports and build up their... ...Continue Reading