Job Search | Great Occupations - Part 4

Quick Tip for Job Search Networking with Former Colleagues

A Client’s Question: “A former colleague works for a company on my target list. Should I flat out ask if there are any opportunities at the company, or should I approach it in another more roundabout way?” Best Approach for Networking with Former Colleagues: Since your objective is to get your resume in front of the hiring authority, I would…

VP of Monster Talks About Best Strategies for Job Hunting

The video below (click here if you’re not reading this at the GreatOccupations.com site) features Gabriel Bouchard, VP of Monster.ca, who talks about the “hidden job market” and says that in addition to looking for a job online, you need to leverage relationships in your network. In 2:38 minutes, Bouchard summarizes very well the most critical things you need to know about effective job hunting. In addition to networking to find jobs that aren’t posted, he suggests you…

Job Search: “What you need to know to get noticed.”

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Surely, by now you’ve heard that recruiters are using social media to find job candidates. Years ago, recruiters would type keywords into their resume databases or into a job board resume database (I know, I was one of them!), but today they’re typing keywords into social media sites like LinkedIn. On TheBostonChannel.com today, you’ll find a succinct article and video news story about a job seeker who was found and eventually hired because of her online presence. The reporter also interviews a recruiter…

Job Search: Tips & Templates for Thank You Notes

I remember a story that Richard Bolles tells in his classic book, What Color Is Your Parachute?, about a baseball team hiring someone for their public relations position. The woman who was hired later asked why they picked her out of the 35 or so applicants. They told her that she was the only one who had written a thank you note after the interview. Sometimes I’m still taken aback when a client asks me if he or she should write a thank you note. Yes, always, always write a thank you note. Since it’s such an overlooked step…

Job Search: The Dual Mentality

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Last night I gave a presention to a group of about 40 job seekers at a local church. I focused on the concept which was first introduced by Tom Peter in his 1997 Fast Magazine article, “The Brand Called You.” That is… you need to think like you’re the CEO of Me Incorporated during your job search (and, well, really during your whole career!). This message is a core theme in my book, What You Need To Know To Get A Job Now!, and I’ve mentioned it many times here on the daily career blog. As CEO of Me Inc, you have many roles to fulfill. In the beginning stages of your job search, there are definitely 2 you have to jump into…

Part 2: How to Prepare for an Interview with an Executive

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Yesterday, in “Part 1: How to Prepare for an Interview with an Executive,” we discussed the general mindset of executives and the perspective they’ll have when they’re interviewing you for a postion with their organization. Sometimes this level of interview is called a “stamp of approval” interview, which means that the executive is meeting with you to either approve of the candidate chose or exercise veto power. And that means that you still need to impress this person. Below are some of the typical questions you might get from an executive during your interview…

How to Network in 6 Simple Steps

In the spirit of Saturday’s topic on the Job Search Boot Camp Show with Marny Lifshen (co-author of Some Assembly Required: A Networking Guide for Women), I thought I’d share a pretty good video I came across about networking from HowCast.com. Click here or see it below (if you’re viewing on the GreatOccupations.com website). According to the video producers, you will need trade organizations to join, good social skills and persistence. I concur! Directly from their website and video, the recommended steps on how to network are outlined below…

Yes, Absolutely, Get On LinkedIn

Yesterday, two different clients asked me if they should get on LinkedIn. My answer, of course, was, “Yes, absolutely.” I’m a big believer in using LinkedIn to do research and stay in touch in a soft way with your network. It’s also a huge resource for recruiters these days. Many of my clients report having been contacted by recruiters as a result of their profile on LinkedIn. I guess this isn’t surprising since LinkedIn claims that more than 40% of the Fortune 500 are using the site as their primary recruiting resource. Shared these useful resources with my clients – thought they’d help you too in case…

Resume Formatting Tip – The Headliner

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Here’s a resume formatting tip designed to help you make a strong impact. It’s not the most ideal solution for every resume, but it’s pretty handy when you want to emphasize a certain stand-out feature about yourself, highlight your personal brand or show multiple functional titles or areas you’re going after. I call it the headliner format. Some experts call it the title format…

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