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I Have Many More Articles to Help You in Your Job Search

As the IT Expert for the largest career portal, you can see articles at Job-Hunt.org.
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Proactive Job Search, Part 3: How to Contact Potential Employers

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.

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Proactive Job Search, Part 2: How to Research Potential Employers

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.

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Proactive Job Search, Part 1: How to Identify Potential Employers with LinkedIn

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.

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Developing Your Elevator Pitch

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.

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5 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Job Search Results

By now you’ve learned the traditional ways of job searching don’t work anymore. A few years ago you could put your resume up on Monster and Career Builder and wait for the phone to ring. Those days are gone. So here are 5 things you can easily do that will quickly improve your job search results.

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You HAVE to be on LinkedIn

LinkedIn just announced 2 breakthrough capabilities for employers searching for candidates, which means you cannot afford not to be on LinkedIn anymore.
The Referral Engine lets companies find high-quality applicants by tapping the professionals in their employees’ LinkedIn networks. Referral Engine recommends the most qualified professionals from within employees’ LinkedIn networks. Email and LinkedIn homepage reminders suggest the best candidates, allowing employees to make referrals with just a few clicks.
LinkedIn also announced Jobs for You, which allows companies to distribute their job openings ONLY to individuals with matching backgrounds. You can pick your audience based on LinkedIn profile data including function, seniority, industry, and more.
So what does this mean to the job seeker? The major job boards are dead. Employers received far too many unmatched resumes at too high a cost. Employers and recruiters are flocking to LinkedIn to source candidates. Jobs for You ensures that only high caliber, well-matched candidates are sources while the Referral Engine helps find candidates through employee referrals. Bottomline, you must have an OPTIMIZED profile on LinkedIn and you should make sure you are well-networked to those who can refer you, which can be done through Groups and other tools.

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Building Your Network on Linkedin

Connecting with people in LinkedIn is an important way to build your network. For example, my network of about 100 people I know directly yields over 40,500 people 2 degrees away and over 3,510,800 people 3 degrees away. So here are 2 simple tips for building your network.
First, have rules as to who you allow into your circle. You should have some relationship with the person at the very least. So don’t just allow anyone into your network.
Second, when inviting someone into your network, take the time to override the default invitation and put something personal in. It is more effective, and just more polite. Every week I get invitations from people and sometimes I have to say, I just do not recall how we know each other or why we should be connected. So improve your acceptance rate by taking 30 seconds to put in a personal greeting.
Linkedin has become a must for job seekers so use these tips to make sure you are appropriately managing your network.

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