Do You Update Your LinkedIn? Recruiters Will Be Looking!

February 14th, 2018

More than just another social network, LinkedIn is a platform that can give your career a major boost. During the hiring process, 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to evaluate candidates, according to the Jobvite Recruiter Nation Report.

Even if you’re just a passive job seeker, keeping your LinkedIn profile updated can seriously enhance your career. A recruiter trying to fill your dream job might stumble upon your profile and realize you’re the perfect fit, so make sure it’s up-to-date at all times.

5 Key Ways to Update Your LinkedIn Profile

Use these tips to create a LinkedIn profile recruiters won’t be able to pass up.

1. Craft an Engaging Headline

Your headline sits front and center, directly under your name, so use this prime real estate wisely. Sure, you could simply insert your job title, but that doesn’t really say much about you. Instead, maximize this space by highlighting your specialty and how it benefits the reader.

For example, if you’re an account manager, a good headline might be, “Dedicated to maximizing profits by cultivating long-term customer relationships.”

2. Upload a Professional Photo

On other social media sites, fun and quirky profile pictures are perfectly acceptable — and even encouraged — but that won’t fly on LinkedIn. In this setting, only a professional-looking headshot will do. If you don’t have one, dress like you would for work, stand against a plain white wall, and have someone take your picture.

3. Complete Your Profile

The more information you include in your profile, the better. Not only does it give recruiters a clear picture of your skills and experience, it also allows you to appear in more search results. Even if you don’t think it’s necessary, thoroughly complete every section from experience to accomplishments, because you never know what might catch the reader’s eye.

4. Seek Endorsements

Singing your own praises in the experiences and accomplishments sections is important, but the words of others often resonate even louder. Boost your credibility by asking one person a month to endorse you. Choose people who have worked closely with you, so they can include specific skills and accomplishments that will make you shine brightly.

5. Write Original Content

LinkedIn allows you to write and publish content on its platform, so take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your expertise. Write about issues currently impacting your industry to get noticed. Try to stick to a regular publishing schedule — i.e., weekly, monthly — so you’re sharing fresh content often.

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How Social Media Impacts Your Hiring Process

September 27th, 2017

Social media has definitely changed the hiring landscape. These days most employers are using sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to find candidates and learn more about them. In fact, 92% of recruiters use social media in some form during the hiring process, according to the 2015 Jobvite Recruiter Nation Survey.

Find out how social media is changing the way you source candidates.

4 Ways Social Media Impacts Your Hiring Process

Gain More Information on Candidates

Before hiring a candidate, you want to learn as much as possible about them, and it’s never been easier. Social media sites reveal a wealth of information about people, ranging from what they did last weekend to their favorite restaurant.

This makes it easier to determine if a person would fit into your company culture and learn other tidbits that help you decide if this is someone you want on your team. Employers have gotten so used to having this information at their fingertips, that 57% are less likely to interview a candidate they can’t find online, according to a 2017 CareerBuilder survey.

Of course, with all this available knowledge, you have to be careful not to violate state and federal discrimination laws, because some information is protected and can’t be used to make a hiring decision.

Reach a Broader Network

When you announce job openings on social media, anyone who follows your page or someone who shares the post instantly learns that you’re hiring. Many people might not check your HR site or job boards utilized, so this allows the post to get more exposure, increasing your chances of finding your ideal hire.

Your Company Falls Under Closer Scrutiny

It can do great things for your hiring process, but if it isn’t used properly, social media can also be a detriment. Every piece of content published on your social sites is carefully examined by your follower base. If people don’t like something posted, it can easily go viral, impacting both your reputation and your ability to attract top talent.

Adds Time to the Hiring Process

You can spend hours researching one candidate on social media, which adds up fast when multiplied by all top contenders. It’s easy to go into information overload, due to the sheer volume of available data out there. If you don’t know where to stop, this can extend your hiring process past an unreasonable time period.

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Leave Your Work at Work

September 20th, 2017

Let’s face it, work can be stressful. No matter how much you enjoy — or despise — your job, you can’t allow it to take over your life. Having a personal life is the key to a healthy, balanced life, so don’t let your job encroach on your time.

If you’ve been doing a lot of work during your off-hours or have trouble shaking off the strain of the day when you walk through the front door, use these tips to put an end to this once and for all.

Set Boundaries

Sometimes you can’t get out of doing a little work during your personal time, but make these instances the exception, not the standard. As a general rule, let your team know that after you leave the office, you shouldn’t be disrupted unless a true emergency occurs.

Many employees are hesitant to take this step because they don’t want to appear lazy, but there’s no need to feel guilty about protecting your personal time. Time away from the office is necessary to relax and recharge, so draw a clear line in the sand.

Stop Checking In

Technology makes it easy to stay connected to the office 24/7, so you have to make an effort to keep your distance. Checking your work phone in the middle of a relaxing evening only takes a second, but the calls, texts, and emails you find can easily dominate the rest of your evening.

You can’t truly disconnect from the office if you’re constantly using your personal time to deal with work matters. Unless a legit crisis occurs, all work correspondence can wait until the start of the next business day.

Use Your Commute to Unwind

Whether you take public transit to work or drive yourself, use your commute home to transition your mind away from the office. Listen to music or a podcast, phone a loved one, read a book — listen to one on tape if you’re driving — or simply enjoy the scenery on the other side of the window. This time is all yours to relax, so make the most of it.

Channel Stress With a Hobby

Even the best jobs come with a certain level of pressure, so find a healthy stress reliever. Take up painting, go for a run, join an intramural sports league, or any other activity you enjoy that you can get lost in for awhile. It’s a lot easier to separate from work when you have a positive way to leave the tensions of the day behind.

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All Events are Networking Events

June 20th, 2014

Whether you realize it or not, every time you attend an event, you’re networking with others to promote your brand. This holds true for every function from casual business meetings, to happy hours hosted by professional organizations, to conferences.

It’s up to you to make a good impression on everyone you meet, to ensure your brand is portrayed in the best possible manner. While some events may offer more opportunities for networking than others, each one should be treated with equal importance.

Put your best face forward at every single event, because anything less puts your reputation at stake. You always want to present your brand in a positive manner ─ not risk tarnishing it because you didn’t take the event seriously. Remember, if you’re not sure what to expect, it’s always better to be over-prepared.

How to Master Communication at Every Networking Event

Heading out to a networking event? Follow these tips to portray your brand in the best possible manner:

  • Dress Professionally: Always dress to impress. People perceive you as more responsible, successful, and trustworthy when you’re well-groomed and wearing a professional ensemble.
  • Bring Business Cards: Be sure to have a stack of business cards with you wherever you go, as you never know who you’re going to meet.
  • Prepare an “Elevator Pitch”: When someone asks what you do, you want to have a dynamic response prepared that truly showcases your brand. Take the time to prepare an elevator pitch summarizing what you do in approximately 30 seconds.
  • Be Prompt: Showing up late is unprofessional. If you’re supposed to be somewhere at a specific time, do everything in your power to arrive on time.
  • Display Impeccable Manners: When attending a networking event, everything you do and say is a reflection of your brand. Be sure to display impeccable manners to make a positive impression on everyone you meet.

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Do Top-Tier Employees Need College Degrees?

June 13th, 2014

According to data from the Census Bureau, an overwhelming 70 percent of American workers do not have a college degree. Just 30.4 percent of people over age 25 have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree ─ which is actually up from 26.2 percent ten years ago.

Regardless, an increasing number of jobs that once listed a high school diploma as the minimum education requirement now cite a bachelor’s degree as the lowest acceptable education level. One might ask, is this really necessary? The answer is no.

Top-Tier Employees Don’t Always Need Degrees

There are a whole lot of career paths out there to choose from, making it impossible to have a one-size-fits-all education requirement. Many occupations, such as engineer and nurse, have always required a degree to learn the necessary skills to complete the job. However, training for countless other fields, such as administrative assistant can be done on-the-job.

College teaches a lot of important lessons, but they’re simply not applicable to every job out there. If your top-tier employees don’t have degrees, they’ve already proven they have what it takes to succeed without obtaining this highly coveted piece of paper.

For many positions, having the desire to learn, the motivation to succeed, and the stamina to stay until the job is done right is worth much more than simply having the ability to say you’ve earned a degree.

10 Best Jobs without a College Degree

CareerCast names the following ten jobs as the best choices for professionals without a college degree:

  1. Administrative/Executive Assistant ─ 12% growth outlook
  2. Automobile Body Repairer ─ 19% growth outlook
  3. Bookkeeper ─ 14% growth outlook
  4. Communications Equipment Mechanic ─ 15% growth outlook
  5. Electrician ─ 23% growth outlook
  6. Glazier ─ 42% growth outlook
  7. Hair Stylist ─ 14% growth outlook
  8. Industrial Machine Repairer ─ 19% growth outlook
  9. Paralegal Assistant ─ 18% growth outlook
  10. Pest Control Worker ─ 26% growth outlook

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Continue Your Job Search through the Holidays

December 20th, 2013

If you’ve decided to take a break from your job search during the holiday season, it’s time to re-examine that decision. Many job seekers mistakenly believe it’s pointless to look for a new position during the holidays, but this couldn’t be farther from the case.

Business Insider reported findings of a recent survey revealing that more than two-thirds of companies see an increase in job postings during November and December. An overwhelming 53 percent said they scheduled interviews to fill these positions during the holiday season.

The holidays are certainly a fun and festive time of year, but most companies still operate on a normal schedule. Job seekers who continue to put themselves out there have several advantages over those who choose to sit the holidays out, including:

  1. Less Competition.
    Hiring managers are often faced with hundreds of applications for one job. However, with less people actively seeking work during the holidays, those who stay dedicated to the task have less competition, making them more likely to be noticed.
  2. Taking Advantage of a Slow Period.
    Many companies like to get hiring decisions made during the slower holiday season, so they can get to work when things pick up in the new year. Hiring managers often have more time to review applications and interview candidates when their workload is a bit slower.
  3. Catching Up with Old Contacts.
    The holidays are filled with parties and opportunities to catch up with old friends and colleagues. Savvy job seekers use this as a way to re-connect with contacts and subtly let them know they’re looking for new opportunities.
  4. Staying Focused.
    It can be difficult to get back in the swing of anything after taking some time off. People who stop looking for new opportunities during the holiday season often get sidetracked, losing sight of their career goals. Conversely, those who keep their search going strong stay focused.

While it’s certainly important to have fun with family and friends during the holidays, taking the entire season off to sing carols and bake cookies will leave you with nothing but missed opportunities when the New Year arrives. Find a healthy balance between keeping up with your job search and enjoying time with your loved ones.

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