5 Ways to Improve Your Interviewing Skills

Here’s how to land the job of your dreams. September 29, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog An interview is a business transaction wherein the objective of the hiring manager is to make a selection among job candidates called in for interviews. A candidate has two challenges: first, to convince the hiring manager that he or she is the ideal candidate for the position, and second, to outshine the others (i.e., the competition for the job). The following are several suggestions. Related: Simple Ways to Boost Your Job Search Efficiency First, prepare for the interview by working with a seasoned interview coach. An interview coach can practice with you certain mock-interviewing techniques, thereby helping you to not only answer difficult interview questions but also recognize traps and avoid saying the wrong things. As an interview coach, I need no less than five hours to get […]

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8 Tips for Expanding Your Social Network

Social media can be the key to a successful job search. September 22, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog Disclaimer: Social networking is not a substitute for attending social events, talking with others on the phone or having lunch with someone. To me, there is no question of the growing importance of social networking for people in transition who are looking for their next career stop. However, for many middle-aged people, social networking may be something new and not something they’re right now ready to jump into with both feet in their current predicament. And that’s a shame because employers and recruiters use it as a selection and validation tool for their prospects. Related: Simple Ways to Boost Your Job Search Efficiency So, let’s review some of the advantages job seekers can gain by using the phenomenon of social media. 1. It is a screening tool.  […]

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Simple Ways to Boost Your Job Search Efficiency

Are you getting the results you want from the time and energy you put into your job search? September 8, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog Most, if not all, job seekers reach a heightened level of frustration at some point during their job search. It’s easy to understand, and it might be justifiable to blame the complex and convoluted job search process; it’s difficult to improve efficiency and speed in the whole process too. Loosely explained, efficiency is output over input and is expressed in percentages. The question before job seekers is whether they’re getting the expected results based on the amount of time and effort they’re putting into their job searches. In most cases, the answer is disappointing. So, what should you do to increase efficiency? Related: Tips for Finding a Job in the Hidden Job Market In the world of investments, the most important […]

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Tips for Finding a Job in the Hidden Job Market

By following these suggestions, people in transition will not only speed up the job search process but also increase their chances of landing a job exponentially. July 21, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog In the current job market, it’s not unusual for people to be looking for jobs over many months. It’s a very competitive market, and job openings are few. This situation is amplified by the herd mentality whereby people deploy the job search strategies commonly used in the past. For example, asking people about their target companies elicits, in most cases, the names of large and very well-known companies. This means that all of those people are competing for the same few openings. Yet there are lots of jobs in the untapped arena called the hidden job market. Related: The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do to Prepare for a Job […]

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Best Tips for Increasing Your Networking Effectiveness

Networking is a learned skill. Here are some tips to help you. June 30, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog Becoming unemployed is often a sudden, unexpected event, and most people do not have the networking skills needed to immediately switch gears and begin efficiently developing job leads. There could be many reasons: feeling uncomfortable with the networking process, not knowing the process, being shy by nature or never having needed to network in the past. Unfortunately, people in transition need to resort to networking, because it has been found that 60 to 80 percent of people are getting their next jobs via networking. Related: How to Use LinkedIn to Find Your Next Job The purpose of job search networking is to cultivate relationships to lean on for getting advice, information, leads and, ideally, referrals. The objective is to expand your sphere of personal connections. Certainly, whom you […]

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How to Use LinkedIn to Find Your Next Job

LinkedIn is an incredible tool for job seekers. April 14, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog If you’re in transition and looking for a new job or you’re contemplating changing jobs, there’s nothing more powerful than learning how to be efficient and effective on LinkedIn. Being listed on LinkedIn is a must. A study by Microsoft revealed that 70 percent of employers have rejected job candidates because of information they found online about those candidates. Yet, the same study suggests that 85 percent of employers say a positive online reputation influences their decision. Those are pretty convincing numbers. Related: 9 Things to Consider Before Accepting a New Job Here are some facts: Recruiters and employers prefer dealing with applicants they can check out and trust. People spend more time on social media than on e-mail. LinkedIn is in the social media for business. The […]

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9 Things to Consider Before Accepting a New Job

This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog The job market seems much better lately, and more and more offers are being extended to applicants. Some move into the new positions from other jobs and others from being in transition. In both cases, those job seekers miss out if they don’t take a holistic approach to specific evaluation of the new opportunity. Often, the excitement associated with receiving the offer of a new job and accepting it, plus the flattery expressed by that job offer, may lead to a too-quick decision. It’s advisable to first do some meticulous due diligence in order to avoid a possibly costly mistake, because numerous questions need clear answers before you become able to make a final decision. Here are a few. 1. How important, to you, is the content and the level of responsibility of the new job? 2. Does the new job fit your personality? 3. […]

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