Posts Tagged ‘LinkedIn’

4 of the Biggest Mistakes Job Seekers Make & How to Correct Them Now

November 12, 2014

job-opportunityWith elections out of the way and hopefully a rosier global economic forecast in the near future, smart job seekers are taking control of their career now, and wisely implementing simple procedures to increase their chances of finding a new job. It’s surprisingly simple to take control of your career right. In addition, once you put these procedures into place, your job search will take on a new energy. I’m sharing these FOUR simple tips to help you get a handle on your job search now,

1) What: Pass / send out a resume that is not totally effective
o Your focus / target is missing or unclear
o Your skill set is missing or incomplete
o Your key words are absent or might not be the most effective ones
o Your uniqueness, accomplishments or successes are weak or are missing completely
o Your resume isn’t formatted so that it is easy to read and that information flows well
o Your resume has misspelled words
o You’ve used a template, it looks like everyone else’s and is not unique to you

Why: If your resume is not a “10” you are hurting / killing your chances of getting calls for interviews. You only have 15 – 20 seconds to impress the reader, otherwise it’s a waste of time to send it out!

2) What: Spending most of the time in your job search on job boards, because you feel you are “doing
something productive”

Why: Job Boards are really quite ineffective. Most people go to Job Boards so you have tons of competition. While you might feel you’re being productive, what you’re doing is very ineffective and your job search will just drag on and on. Only 2 – 3% of job seekers get called to interview from job boards. If you want results, you must spend your time on job search activities that bring about much higher results – like the Hidden Job Market.

3) What: View professional help with your resume and cover letter / career coaching as an expense, not as
an investment in your career.

Why: Why should you consider having a professional work with you? Let me tell you about one of my clients. This person came to me thoroughly disillusioned after searching unsuccessfully for a job for two years. I reworked her resume and coached her on how to conduct a job search. Two weeks later she had two job offers from two different companies – doing work she loves at salaries she deserves.

4) What: Not having a carefully laid out job search plan to follow

Why: It’s important to know all the effective channels to use in your job search. You don’t want to have to take up valuable job-search time to figure out what works and what doesn’t – there is a step-by-step plan that works. I can’t tell you the number of people who initially choose to “go it alone” and end up spending valuable months in a job search that brings no results, before coming to me for help. Maybe some of you know someone like that.

I want you to have every opportunity to get calls for the job opportunities you want, so I am offering you a complementary resume critique. Just email your resume to me at paxton.joyce@gmail.com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I would love to hear from you

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Let People Open Doors For You

June 2, 2014

ConnectionsEvery person ever hired was hired by a person. Your sources of job leads and interviews are people you know, or are about to know. Don’t expect to get a job from the internet, or the want ads. Expect your friends, family, neighbors, LinkedIn, Facebook and business associates, fellow church members and other people you know to help you. When you ask others, with confidence, if they know of people who you might talk with, they are glad to help.

Here are some tips to guide you:

  • Conduct a people search instead of a job search – spend your time connecting with other people instead of looking for specific jobs on job boards or in ads
  • Let people know you are looking, but don’t specifically ask for a job – people love to help, but they don’t want to feel “put on the spot” with a direct request for a job
  • Companies are still hiring, however they are being more selective, relying more on referrals from current employees, and less on posting to job boards or placing ads. Now more than ever, it is not just what you know, or even who you know, but who knows what you know that differentiates those considered for existing positions – purposely network to develop strategic relationships and be connected inside your target companies
  • Focus on highlighting your value by establishing credibility, promoting trust, demonstrating extraordinary knowledge and skills, and inspiring confidence about your genuine interest to add value to an organization as a team player

Summer is almost here, and NOW is the time to ramp up your job search. Many budgets open up in July and people do get hired.

I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get calls for the jobs you want – in order to do this, you need to start with a stellar resume – so I am offering you a complementary resume critique – I know what it takes for a resume to get results! Just email your resume to me at careerist[at]aol[dot]com and put “Resume Critique” in the subject line. I will then critique your resume. I look forward to hearing from you.

I would love your feedback on this!

Proven Tips For Job Search Success

November 17, 2012

Whether you’re currently employed or not, here’s how to put everything you’ve got into your job search to get great results! I’m going to give you five today and the final five will be in by next newsletter, so be sure to look for it.

1.  Create Your 60 Second Commercial. Summarize what you are bringing to the table – your value. Make it short and sweet, but compelling enough to capture the attention of your listener/reader. Use it at networking events, casual meetings, the interview and for your LinkedIn profile.

2.  Write a Killer Resume. Your resume needs to be relevant to the jobs you’re applying for. Make sure you have your target job you want, the skills expected for that job and accomplishments that show your value. Make it clear with easy-to-read–bullet points. Keep it down to 1-2 pages, and fill it with keywords that will get it noticed by computerized tracking systems.

3.  Create a Professional LinkedIn Profile.You MUST utilize social media in your job search. There’s just no other way around it. A great profile includes your job history, a business professional picture and a summary of who you are and what you do.

4.  Use your LinkedIn Membership. Don’t just create the profile. Participate. One of the things that make LinkedIn so powerful is the connections you can make and the recommendations you can acquire. You make connections by joining groups, participating in discussions, and getting introductions to people you need to know, through recommendations. Also, LinkedIn is an amazing resource for information on companies, hiring managers and industry trends.

5.  Develop Your Online Brand. Your online reputation is the sum total of what an employer will find out about you when they Google your name. Make sure that every time you say something online, that it’s professional and relevant. Google your name and see what others will see when they Google you. Try to fix anything that does not present you in a good light.

I can provide further information for each one of these tips. I would love for you to contact me at 248/478-5662 or careerist@aol.com. I am here, and ready to support you in your success of landing a new job!

A Must Read: Conducting An Active Job Search?

August 14, 2012

If you are getting calls for interviews in response to the resume you are sending out, that is wonderful, your resume seems to be working for you.

If you are not getting calls, or you’re getting calls for positions you are not interested in, your resume simply is not doing its job and needs to be changed NOW.

Here are reasons why you’re not getting calls:

  • There is no clear job target or focus
  • Your qualifications for that job are not apparent to the reader
  • There are just a few key words, or no key words, so your resume will not be pulled up in an employers database
  • There are no accomplishments listed that show a potential employer your value
  • Your resume is poorly formatted and difficult to read, or it does not look professional
  • The skill set on your resume does not match the skill set the employer is looking for
  • Your resume is over two pages
  • You go back so far in your employment history that they see you are over age 55

In today’s economy, your resume has to have all the right information, look great and represent you well. If it does not, it is a waste of your time to send it out. I am not trying to be hard or mean here, this is just a fact of life. If you are not getting results, changes have to be made. It’s as simple as that.

I bring this up now because one of the busiest hiring seasons of the year is almost upon us – September and October and you must act quickly to take advantage of that. Companies are searching for job candidates right now. If you are really serious about getting employment, NOW is the time to have your resume reworked immediately.

Be real honest with yourself. Does your resume meet all of the criteria that’s listed above? If you were doing the hiring for a company and came across your resume, would you pick up the phone and call you to come in for an interview?

Investing in having your resume show your value, and meet the employers’ needs, is a shortcut to reaching your career goals much more quickly. My goal is to guide you to rewarding employment by providing you with valuable advice and marketing materials – a resume and cover letter – so that you will land a position that is a good fit and you will get paid what your worth. In addition, I do everything I can to make your job transition an easy and pleasant experience.

I have helped 10’s of thousands of people get rewarding jobs. I write hundreds of resumes for job candidates like you every year. And the important thing is my clients get results – they get interviews. Over years of working with HR and recruiters, I know precisely which resumes get their attention.

To encourage you to take action now, I am offering a savings of 20% off my services if you make a decision to have your resume reworked within the next 2 days. In addition, you have the option to pay in two installments – one payment this month and one payment next month, but you will have the finished product in one week.  

Take action NOW on this valuable offer! Pick up the phone and call 248/478-5662 NOW, or email me at careerist@aol.com  Attach your resume to the email.

I am here, and ready to support you in your success of landing a new job!

Be the architect of your life, not the victim of your career!

 

Learn the “Right” Things To Do To Find a New Job

July 10, 2012

“The one who gets the job is NOT the best qualified, but the one who knows the most about getting a job.”

Richard Nelson Bolles, author of “What Color Is Your Parachute?

This is especially true in today’s challenging economy. It’s those who know what techniques to use and how to use them that are getting jobs ahead of their peers. For those of you who are currently in a job search, you are finding out that what worked in the past is not working now.

Do you know what job search techniques work the best? Do you know where to spend your time and efforts so that you are working on things that are effective instead of spinning your wheels? Here are some tips that will help:

  • Companies and recruiters look for candidates on LinkedIn (30 million members) and other online sites such as Indeed and Simply Hired.
  • Each job seeker must have a prominent/professional online presence
  • Every “professional” site needs a “Value Statement” that clearly shows the value you bring to a company

Use multiple channels in your job search:

Job Boards – Monster / Career Builder, etc. – about 5″ of people get jobs through job boards

Social Networking – make sure you are on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter’

  1. It’s critical that your profile on each reflect the message you want conveyed (your value)
  2. Think in terms of what employers are looking for
  3. Join niches within LinkedIn and other online groups that apply specifically to what you want, such as accounting groups, IT groups, sales groups, etc.
  4. Visit professional association websites that relate to the type of job you want, like ASTD, FENG, etc.
  5. Check out groups on the Women for Hire website – it’s not just for women!

In-Person Networking – local BNI, Chamber of Commerce, NETSHARE, MCC and job fairs

  1. Learn how to strike up conversations with people you don’t know. I struck up a conversation at a Chamber of Commerce meeting that could lead to me doing part-time coaching for a local university.
  2. Think about specific topics you could discuss so you wont’ feel so overwhelmed when you are actually with a group of people.

Target specific companies – Decide on 5-10 companies where you’d like to work and find out all you can about them. Find out their pain (where they need help) and show them how you can help.

  1. Avoid the “black hole” in a company. Find a referral or contact in the company and make a verbal/email contact to try to get a referral.
  2. Decide what companies interest you. For instance, would you prefer to work for a company founded by private equity or venture capital, would you prefer to work for a large public company, or a small privately held company, a forward-thinking, fast-paced company, or a time-honored, deliberate company, a regulated or non-regulated company?
  3. Research your ideal job and then find and talk with people who hold the kind of job you want.

Bottom line: Job search is all about networking and getting an internal contact to recommend you!

 

10 Secrets to Finding a Job – Despite a Scarce Job Market

January 12, 2010

Every time we turn on the news, we seem to be bombarded with discouraging news about the job market. However, there are open positions that can be found, with persistence. Here are 10 ways you can stay positive and greatly increase your chances for great results. When you take action toward something you want, you remain more positive and feel more in control of the situation.

  1. Strive to be the best in your profession – Demonstrate at every opportunity how you can add value to an organization. Show what distinguishes you from your competition. This applies whether you are currently looking for a job, or whether you already have one.
  2. Brand yourself – How are you unique? What are your strengths? Who is your target audience? Do you have a personal brand statement? If you’re not sure about the answers to these questions, take the time to reflect on them so you know just what VALUE you offer a new employer, or your current employer.
  3. Network constantly and consistently – Join Internet networking groups such as LinkedIn and FaceBook. Also, join local and national professional organizations, such as your local Chamber of Commerce, or the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), to name a few.
  4. Develop a relationship with a recruiter – especially one that works in your field. Being in their database isn’t enough, you want to be the one that comes to mind when they have a position for which you’d qualify.
  5. Think about freelancing – Become more entrepreneurial, whether you work for yourself or someone else. Visit sologig.com. This is a site that hosts jobs just for freelancers and contractors.
  6. If you are out of work, join a support group – The Career Conquerors Job Club or the Job Hunters Success Coaching Club – either one is a terrific place to start. Each week people support one other and provide leads and advice to others in the group.
  7. Embrace change – Keep your job skills up to date. Create a personal website, or at least a great profile (ask about the 60 Second Commercial) on websites such as LinkedIn and FaceBook. Take a class.
  8. Prepare for an evolving job market – Look for trends in the job market where there is increased hiring. Growth industries include health care, education, and green living, to name a few.
  9. Your resume is what gets you interviews – Make sure it shows the type of position you want, how you have the skill set for that type of position, and how you have used your skills to make a difference in the various jobs you have held. It must show VALUE, and it must look great, so an employer will pick up the phone and call you.
  10. Make sure your credentials and skill set matches the employers job requirements – Pay attention to the employer’s requirements or job posting – you should match about 75 – 80% of what they want.

Learn The “Right” Things To Do To Conduct An Effective Job Search

July 20, 2009

I recently found this quote by Richard Nelson Bolles, the author of “What Color Is Your Parachute?”:

“The one who gets the job IS NOT the best qualified, but the one who knows the most about getting a job”

This is especially true in today’s challenging economy. It’s those who know what techniques to use and how to use them that are getting jobs ahead of their peers. For those of you who are currently in a job search, you are finding out that what worked in the past is not working now.

Do you know what job search techniques work the best? Do you know where to spend your time and efforts so that you are working on things that are effective instead of spinning your wheels? Here are some tips that will help:

  • Companies and recruiters look for candidates on LinkedIn (30 million members) and other online sites such as Indeed and Simply Hired.
  • Each job seeker must have a prominent/professional online presence
  • Every “professional” site needs a “Value Statement” that clearly shows the value you bring to a company
    Use multiple channels in your job search:
  • Job Boards – Monster / Career Builder, etc – about 5% of people get jobs through job boards
  • Social Networking – make sure you are on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter
  • It’s critical that your profile on each reflect the message you want conveyed (your value)
  • Think in terms of what employers are looking for
  • Join niches within LinkedIn and other online groups that apply specifically to what you want, such as accounting groups, IT groups, sales groups, etc
  • Visit professional association websites that relate to the type of job you want, like ASTD, FENG, etc
  • Check out groups on the Women for Hire website – it’s not just for women
  • In-person Networking – local BNI, Chamber of Commerce, NETSHARE, Motor City Connect (local in the Detroit area), and job fairs
  • Learn how to strike up conversations with people you don’t know – I struck up a conversation at a Chamber of Commerce meeting that could lead to me doing part-time coaching for a local university
  • Think about specific topics you could discuss so you won’t feel so overwhelmed when you are actually with a group of people
  • Target specific companies – Decide on 5 or 10 companies where you’d like to work – find out all you can about them – find out their pain (where they need help) and show them how you can help
  • Avoid the “black hole” in a company – find a referral / contact in the company and make a verbal /email contact to try to get a referral
  • Decide what companies interest you. For instance, would you prefer to work for a company founded by private equity or venture capital, would you prefer to work for a large public company, or a small privately held company, a forward thinking, fast-paced company, or a time-honored, deliberate company, a regulated or non-regulated company?
  • Research your ideal job and then find and talk with people who hold that kind of job you want

Bottom line: Job search is all about networking and getting an internal contact to recommend you!

PS: All of this information is covered, in great detail, when you join the Job Hunters Success Coaching Club – visit my website to sign up now!