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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
Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

Looking for Your First Post-Graduation Job

My most recent question on Klout’s Cinch came from a college senior:  I’m a senior at UC Davis and it seems like everyone is stressing out about full-time employment. Is this really the right time to start looking? If you want to be working immediately after graduation, then, yes, this is the time to start... ...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
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
Be in Action to Find Your "Right Fit" Job

Be in Action to Find Your “Right Fit” Job

“Leave no stone unturned” is the usual rule for a successful job search. Being in action is what works for you to find a job.  Stop searching and start finding by being out and about, visible, engaging, asking people to help you reach your goal, and applying for “right fit” jobs. I urge my clients... ...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
11 Practical Approaches to Finding Your Right Fit Job

11 Practical Approaches to Finding Your Right Fit Job

This is the short list of practical approaches to finding the job you want, the one that fits you. And yes, even in this economy, these approaches work. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower. There are so many common-sense things you can do. Get started with these and read more of my blog to find details on... ...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 One Recruiter Views Applicants aka Market Research

How One Recruiter Views Applicants aka Market Research

The other day, I asked a recruiter of senior-level staff for high profile non-profits what she is looking for in candidates. Here are a few nuggets from that conversation: Candidates must submit a cover letter that shows some kind of knowledge about and enthusiasm for the organization. Otherwise, she tosses the resume without looking at... ...Continue Reading
5 Reasons to Target Your Job Search

5 Reasons to Target Your Job Search

Looking for a job requires a lot of effort. Why not direct your efforts most effectively? Target your search to jobs that use your talents and skills. You’ll stand a better chance of getting what you want. Here’s why: 1. Get Good Help: You make it easier for people to help you when you know... ...Continue Reading
How to Reach Your Dream Work While Paying the Bills

How to Reach Your Dream Work While Paying the Bills

It is possible to pay the bills while moving toward your dream work: follow a Dual Path. “Dual Path” job search means to do a J.O.B. while you take the steps to do what you love. I’ve done this myself, and coach others to do this. A few things to remember: It takes time to... ...Continue Reading