7 Great LinkedIn Tips from Recruiter and Career Strategist Gary O’Neal

I think Gary O’Neal is a LinkedIn guru. He really knows his stuff and proved it during his presentation to the Austin Career Developers Network on Tuesday. As a recruiter, Gary seems to pretty much live on planet Linkedin. He said that 60% of the hires he’s made in the last year or so have started and ended on LinkedIn. As a career strategist, he provides an excellent perspective for job seekers. He helps you see how to leverage this helpful tool so recruiters can find you. When it comes to LinkedIn, here’s what Gary says…

What Happened?!?!

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Always….ALWAYS have a backup plan. Whether you are looking for a new career, a new job, or you have a pretty good job right now. ALWAYS have a short-list of companies you’d be proud to work with. There will come a day when you decide to leave your company (or the company decides to leave you). It will be far easier to get a new job if you’ve been making contact with your target company.

Attitude Strategies – because “Attitude is everything!”

Staying upbeat and positive during your job search or a career change can be extremely challenging. Doubts can creep in at every turn. It all seems like a series of rejections and actions without results. Yesterday, my friend and fellow career expert, Regina Moser observed that her clients who have a positive attitude, a “it’s going to happen no matter what” belief, seem to be doing much better in this employer’s job market…

Avoid Becoming A Stalker and Other Useful Networking Tips

A client is using LinkedIn for her online networking, and she is doing a lot of in-person networking as well. She says she is having a “heck of a time” keeping track of all the people she is networking with and hoping to network with. She also wants to be sure she is following up without bugging them, especially when they haven’t responded to her initial outreach. Does this sound familiar? Are you feeling overwhelmed by…

The Value of Seizing the Moment

Carol Gibson was just trying to get back home to Austin after the Christmas holidays. Hanging out during a layover at the airport, she wasn’t focused on trying to find a job, but, somehow, a job found her. Here’s her story. It involves crazy weather, Twitter, the media, an inspired moment and serendipity…

5 Simple Strategies That Will Get You Hired Faster

Here are the 5 main things that I have observed over the last couple of decades that help people get hired faster. It’s not rocket science, people! 1. Get off the computer and get out there to meet people. Your resume is never going to be “perfect” so stop tweaking it before you start your search. And those job postings you’re seeing online? By the time you apply, it’s pretty much too late anyway. Yesterday, I was talking to a recruiter who said it well…

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…

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…

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