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Finding that new opportunity, part 3

Ellen Steverson is a Resume and Interview professional who has helped people worldwide get the job of their dreams. Periodically we will host one of her posts for those of you either searching for work, or hiring candidates.  She can be reached at http://www.getyouemployed.com.

  1. How has technology impacted the hiring process in the past 10 years? Technology has made an impact on the hiring process — specifically, the pre-screening interview. The Internet makes it easy to apply for a job anywhere in the world, but the company is not going to incur the expense of an in-person interview unless the candidate is a good fit — and often that is determined through one or more virtual interviews. Contact StartingBlock Career Services for information about virtual interview coaching sessions to give you a competitive edge!
  2. How has the job search process changed over the last 15 years? Not surprisingly, the biggest thing that has changed in the job search is the impact of technology. The ability to apply online for a position has contributed to a substantial increase in the sheer volume of applications that companies receive for open positions. It takes literally seconds — and costs almost nothing — for a jobseeker to apply for a position online. Consequently, companies are inundated with applicants for job openings. Some companies receive more than 20,000 applicants for each advertised position. In response to this deluge of applications, companies are using technology to handle the résumés and help identify candidates to interview. Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) have changed the application and résumé screening process, particularly in mid-size and large companies. The ATS software allows companies to determine which candidates may be a match for a particular position, based on their résumé. Contact StartingBlock Career Services to write you a resume with keywords that will help to get your resume past the ATS system!

Network to your next opportunity!

Ellen Steverson is a Resume and Interview professional who has helped people worldwide get the job of their dreams. Periodically we will host one of her posts for those of you either searching for work, or hiring candidates.  She can be reached at http://www.getyouemployed.com.

 

  1. Use social media to arrange in-person get-togethers. For example, if you make a new contact on LinkedIn, if they are local, arrange to meet them in person. Technology makes networking easier, but face-to-face interaction is still the best way to network. For more information about effective networking, please contact StartingBlock Career Services.
  2. Networking is actually more important in a modern job search than ever before. It really is “who you know” more than “what you know.” But that doesn’t mean you have to have hundreds of friends on Facebook or attend networking events each week. Instead, you need to be strategic about making connections with people who can help you get the job you want. Whether that means creating a LinkedIn profile and connecting with previous co-workers and participating in LinkedIn Groups for those in your industry or letting a close circle of friends know that you’re looking for a new opportunity, it’s not about broadcasting to the world that you’re looking for a job — it’s about identifying the people you already know who can help introduce you to the people you need to get to know in order to move forward with your job search. Not sure what your next move is? Set up a coaching appointment by private messaging StartingBlock Career Services on Facebook!
  3. The people you know can be the best way for you to find your next job. The “tried and true” path of networking is still the most successful way to find your next position. According to a 2012 survey by Right Management, person-to-person networking is the single most effective way to find a new job, with 46% of jobseekers identifying networking as the reason they found their most recent job. Research consistently identifies networking as an important job search tool — anywhere from 40-80% of job placements are attributed to networking. Networking can also be a way to identify unadvertised job opportunities — accessing the “hidden job market.” (The “hidden job market” refers to jobs that are not advertised publicly. These positions may be filled through employee referrals, recruiters, or direct contact with hiring managers through networking.) It happens all the time. Someone in your network says, “You know what? You should talk to John Jones at the XYZ Company. They’re hiring.”

Finding that Opportunity, Part 2

Ellen Steverson is a Resume and Interview professional who has helped people worldwide get the job of their dreams. Periodically we will host one of her posts for those of you either searching for work, or hiring candidates.  She can be reached at http://www.getyouemployed.com.

  1. There have been several studies that say that up to 60% of jobs are filled through networking. You can ask people for information and advice, or ask them if they know of any job openings. If you are conducting an open job search (that is, you’re not trying to keep your job search quiet from your current employer), the more people you tell you’re searching, the more likely you are to find your next opportunity.
  2. The most important pieces of your LinkedIn profile are your profile Headline and your LinkedIn Summary. These two things are the first items a prospective employer will review. While the résumé uses third-person language, your LinkedIn Summary should be a first-person narrative that appeals to a prospective employer’s needs by identifying what makes you a good candidate. For more information on LinkedIn, or to have your LinkedIn profile professionally written, feel free to contact StartingBlock Career Services.
  3. One of the best resources for you in a modern job search is your résumé writer. When in doubt about something you’ve heard, or read about, ask! While it can be tempting to ask friends, family members, or others who have recently gone through a job search, a more reliable source of information is a professional résumé writer who is committed to staying on top of the changing world of work, including trends and technology that will impact your ability to successfully secure your dream job by helping you navigate through the modern job search.
  4. Before the interview, do your homework! Review the company’s website and learn more about the key personnel, the work they do, their clients, and potential areas where you might be an asset. Google the company. Look for recent news articles about the company. Review the company’s social media profiles (if they exist). Check out the company on Glassdoor.com and see what current and former employees have to say. Ask your network for help learning more about the targeted company. If you know your interviewer’s name, Google that too. Check out his or her LinkedIn profile and social media accounts. And prepare a list of targeted questions to ask in the interview — 3-5 questions that demonstrate you’ve done your homework and that, when answered, will give you additional insight into the company.

Performance Review coming up?

Ellen Steverson is a Resume and Interview professional who has helped people worldwide get the job of their dreams. Periodically we will host one of her posts for those of you either searching for work, or hiring candidates.  She can be reached at http://www.getyouemployed.com.

  1. How to keep track of your job performance in preparation for a performance review: If you haven’t already, start a journal to track your performance. Develop a system to collect information from third parties — customers, co-workers, vendors, etc. that can be used in next year’s performance review. When you have meetings with your boss between your annual performance reviews, be sure to take notes. As you think of things you want to ask about in your next meeting, write them in your journal so you can find them easily when it’s time to meet.
  2. Preparing for your next performance review: You should start preparing for your next performance review as soon as you complete your current review. Don’t just file the paperwork away. Use it to guide your work. Review your objectives monthly to ensure you are on track for the expectations your boss established. In particular, if you had a poor review, make sure you are scheduling regular meetings with your boss to ensure you’re on track to improving your performance.

Finding that new Job Opportunity

Ellen Steverson is a Resume and Interview professional who has helped people worldwide get the job of their dreams. Periodically we will host one of her posts for those of you either searching for work, or hiring candidates.  She can be reached at http://www.getyouemployed.com.

  1. There are a few ways to use your network to find a new opportunity. The first is to contact specific people in your network — or your entire network — and let them know you are looking for ideas, information, advice, and contacts/referrals. Create a networking cover letter and send the letter with your résumé to each of the contacts in your network. This is the broadest way to use your network, and can be useful if you are currently unemployed and not worried about jeopardizing your current job by visibly pursuing a new one. Contact StartingBlock Career Services for more coaching techniques on how to use your network effectively.
  2. Your LinkedIn profile should align with your résumé, although the two should not be exactly the same. The work history listed in your profile should definitely match up with your résumé — this is an easy check for prospective employers to make. However, your profile should complement — not duplicate — your résumé.
  3. You should commit to keeping your new résumé updated. If you don’t already have one, start a “brag” file. This can be a file folder or a folder on your computer that you use to collect items for updating your résumé. This can include descriptions of projects (and quantifying accomplishments related to those projects in terms of numbers, percentages, and dollars), performance reviews, testimonials or letters of appreciation from customers, awards/honors, training certificates, publications you’ve contributed to, etc. And finally, put a note on your calendar for next year at this time to update your résumé with StartingBlock Career Services.

 

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