Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Networking Strategies

A big part of a job seeker's search strategy must involve networking. Networking utilizing social media is something I’ve discussed in previous blog posts; however, with the holidays quickly approaching, holiday parties can actually be prime opportunities to network as well. A job seeker should never miss an opportunity to network. So when you are attending holiday parties for both Christmas (or any other holiday you observe) as well as New Year’s, be sure to seize the opportunity to network. Here is a well-timed article I found to be very informative (below).

Happy holidays!

Networking Strategies for Holiday Parties

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Nearing The End Of Another Year...

As we near the end of another year starts a time when people begin to re-evaluate their goals and objectives. Thoughts often turn to starting a job search. Or for many of course continuing the job search. A very common question I get is about resumes. What’s expected in today’s market? You could ask 100 different people and possibly get 100 different answers. In brief, my response is to follow these very simple guidelines:

1. Resumes can be longer than one page though going over three is getting a bit long.

2. Resumes should include two basic elements. They should provide a timeline including dates of employment & employers. They should include success stories &
achievements/accomplishments with each employer. This tells the potential employer what you can do for them.

I would also recommend checking out this article. It includes some very good advice.
Wall Street Journal's Updating a Resume for 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Job Search Tool Box - Social Media

Not a day goes by without me becoming engaged in a conversation with a job seeker, or soon to become job seeker, about launching a search. Over the years that conversation has remained the same with the only change being with the evolution of how the process is conducted. One of the first things a person must do is go to their networks. Take some time to create a list of people within your industry that you’ve come in contact with in the last ten or so years. Years ago it meant digging out all the business cards one had collected over the years. While this is still true today, often times contacts are in the form of email address books.

Social media has become a significant tool to pull out of the job search tool box. Networking with social media should be a well-planned process that can be very effective. However, some people I’ve found are very hesitant about using the power of social media networking. I ran across this article that addresses some of the hesitation. If you wish to discuss your specific job search please feel free to contact me.

View Article: 3 Myths About Online Networking in the Job Search from Business Insider