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In previous posts we showed you how to conduct a proactive job search by identifying and researching companies you would like to join. Now that you have culled that list to a manageable size, you need to get your story to the correct people at these companies.
In Part 1, you learned that the first part of a proactive job search is to identify companies where you may wish to work. Using LinkedIn, I showed you how to compile a list of possible companies to join. The next step is to learn more about the organization and determine if it is a place you really want to join. This article will introduce you to tools and techniques that help you know about the company’s issues and culture so you can narrow your list down further.
LinkedIn has become a powerhouse tool to assist you in getting a job. There are a number of ways you can use LinkedIn, and this article will focus on identifying companies you may wish to work for. This is step 1 of a Proactive Job Search.
LinkedIn is the monster.com of the 21st century, and more than 85% of employers will “source” (find) people through LinkedIn. There are now more than 200 million people on the site, and this article will show you how to make sure that you show up in the searches relevant to your job search.LinkedIn offers many opportunities to include appropriate keywords for your job search and career. It is smart to take advantage of that opportunity, given LinkedIn’s popularity among recruiters.
Determine the Keywords You Want
Phone Interview Success Tips
So your great resume has resulted in an interview. Before a company brings you in they will often have a phone interview. This is typically done by the internal HR recruiter and the purpose is generally to do an initial screening. However, to reduce the costs of recruiting a lot of firms are now using the phone interview as an in-depth review of your career, catching many job hunters off-guard, so you should be prepared for these as well.
Here are some tips so you can be at your best.
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As posted on Dice.com
BY LESLIE STEVENS-HUFFMAN | JUL 16, 2012
How can you spice up your resume if your job is more about production, and less about strategy? Or, as one skeptic put it, when you’re someone who’s got a “real job, not a fancy one?”
“Even someone who works in the most mundane job on the planet can still explain how they excelled and why they’re better than the next guy,” says Don Goodman, president of IT-Resumes, a national resume writing service. “You have to prove that you’re a top performer or employers won’t even give you the time of day.”
Here’s how to do it:
Let’s start by saying that you must have a cover letter. It’s just the professional thing to do. Now let’s look at what you need to have in yours.
Statistically, cover letters are glanced at for less than 10 seconds, so you should start with a short opening paragraph and then have bullets to make it easy for your points to get across. This also makes it simple for you to change as you can just replace your bulleted sentences.
Recent studies show that 90% of employers will look you up online before calling you. What they find can make all the difference between receiving a phone call or going into the “not interested” pile of candidates. Here are some tips on how to make sure you stand out online.
You are at a conference on the elevator going back to your room. The doors open and the venture capitalist who just announced he is looking for a dozen talented people gets on. You have 20 seconds to get him interested in talking with you.
Your summary of who you are and the value you offer is called the Elevator Pitch and is crucial to your establishing a competitive advantage in your job search. Here are some tips to develop yours.