Career Resources

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Don't Let Your LinkedIn Headline Rule You Out

When writing your LinkedIn headline be careful not to make it too narrowly defined that it excludes you from some great job prospects, unless you know for sure that you want one kind of job and only that kind of job. This advice is based on the same principle that I use when advising clients about objective statements on resumes. Having no objective is better than having an objective statement that precludes you from being considering for a job that you ultimately might be interested in. This point is especially important if you're posting your resume to an online job board. 

While you can customize your objective on your resume to match each job you apply to directly, you can't do that with your LinkedIn headline. Also, when writing your headline, try to use key words for the job or career that you are seeking, as opposed to the one you currently have, in order to position yourself as a qualified candidate.

Monday, August 26, 2013

7 Key Ways to Promote Your Personal Brand

Some great, but easy to do tips, from CareerRealism regarding ways to enhance your personal brand. Especially helpful for job seekers:

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

This Critical Job Search Tip often Overlooked

When applying for jobs, many people overlook the very important step of saving a copy of the job description for each job they apply for. Why is this so important? Well, by the time you get to the interview stage, chances are that the company will have pulled the posting from its website. Familiarizing yourself with the job posting and determining how your skills and qualifications match the requirements of the job is always an important thing to do before your interview. If you don't have the job description, you won't be able to conduct this critical pre-interview prep.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

So I'm on LinkedIn...Now What?

Most people these days understand the importance of having a professional LinkedIn profile but many people don't know what they're supposed to do after that. LinkedIn was originally designed as a networking site, and it certainly is still that, but it is also a vehicle through which you can establish and maintain your online brand, create an e-portfolio beyond the scope of a traditional resume, search for jobs, get recruited for jobs, and stay current in your career field. Here are my five tips for effectively using LinkedIn to enhance your personal brand, promote your professionalism and increase your career opportunities.

1. Build your network: Invite everyone you know into your network: current and previous colleagues, business partners, friends and family. Before you know it, you'll be connected to most people in your career circle by three or less degrees of separation. Also, make sure to accept invitations to connect with people even if you don't think they can be helpful in your career. You never know where they will be in a year, two years or five years down the road. Continue to expand your LinkedIn network with new colleagues you meet at networking events.

2. Create a compelling headline: As a default, many people resort to using their current job title as their headline and that's okay, but if it doesn't contain the key words of the positions you are aspiring to, then consider changing your headline. Look at your colleagues' headlines for key word clues but remember to make your headline slightly different to convey your own unique competitive advantage.

3. Stay active on LinkedIn: Unlike the social media addiction that people get concerned about when they log onto Facebook at least once a day, logging onto LinkedIn daily is actually a very good professional habit. It shows your network that you're staying current by posting links to interesting articles, commenting on others' posts or posting about professional development activities you're engaging in.

4. Join groups relevant to your career: By joining such groups, you can stay current with what's happening in your industry, contribute to discussions, pose a question, and brand yourself as a thought leader in your field. Sometimes it can be daunting to figure out which groups to join so I suggest looking at the groups that your colleagues are in as a start. Also pay attention to the number of members in a group and join the ones that have the largest membership. 

5. Tap into the power of LinkedIn: There are so many powerful ways you can leverage LinkedIn. For example, when you're applying and interviewing for jobs, do an "advanced search" to see who in your network works or worked at that company and reach out to them to get some insider information. Look up your interviewer the night before your big interview - recruiters say they love that! Lastly, more and more companies are posting jobs on LinkedIn and you can follow your favorite companies on it.

As you can see, LinkedIn is a great resource which, if used effectively, can be a tremendous asset to you and your career

Six College Courses that Help Grads Land Jobs

Read this article from CNBC to discover which college courses will give you the skills that employers are looking for and increase your chances of getting a job.