Networking has been the #1 way to find employment for years: LinkedIn can help you Network!

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I know that some of you are saying, “Really?” I need to have a LinkedIn Profile now! Isn’t job seeking hard enough!

Job Seeking isn’t easy. I can be very time consuming and some times feels fruitless. But one must be persistent. When in job search mode, always, always be persistent!

Networking has been the #1 way to find employment since before Richard Bolles wrote his first edition of “What Color is Your Parachute.”

Creating a LinkedIn Profile really isn’t that hard once you have a top notch resume. Use some of LinkedIn’s video’s to help.

A link to help students: https://students.linkedin.com

Be sure to scroll down and watch all the video’s – Enjoy!

Reasons to clean up your social media

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I follow Hannah Morgan and her posts. She has a lot of knowledge as a job seeking expert.  This week I am sharing an article that she posted regarding how frequently recruiters are using social media when they are looking for good employees.  Do click on the link below.  You will find some interesting statistics.

Employers Are Checking You Out Online

 

Things to NOT put on your resume

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An article written by Jacquelyn Smith and Rachel Gillett has been published by Business Insider, and posted in my Career Services Professionals (LNKD)group on LinkedIn today. Thought I would share (link below).

Be aware that professionals that are a part of the LinkedIn group are already commenting on some of the 29 items that are never to show on your resume. Never do professionals all agree on job seeking processes. All we can do is our best when it comes to what we chose to include on our resumes. It is important to be aware of what hiring professionals prefer, and we get a feel for that by reading articles like this one! We also learn from our mistakes. As you read you will find that this employer/recruiter believes this, and that employer/recruiter believes that. Each of the recommendations you see in this article have an explanation included. See what makes sense to you and go with it.

I have to admit that I was surprised to see the authors of this article blatantly saying not to bother with an objective on your resume. Although I have been suggesting this to our students for over a year, I left it up to them if they wanted to include an objective on their resume or not. I have to say that the authors make a good point. You wouldn’t be applying for the job if you were not interested in the position, therefore what is the point of the objective statement? For over a year I have pointed out, “Why put an objective on your resume, when the first paragraph of your cover letter generally covers your objective?

Another issue within this article that surprised me was the statement that a Times New Roman font is, “outdated and old fashioned.” Already saw a comment from one of our group members who disagrees with this one. My advice has always been to: choose a font that is easy to read. Times New Roman is definitely easy to read, so I do not agree with that little piece of advice, after all, how does a font become “old fashioned?”

Take a look at the article and see what you think.

http://www.businessinsider.com/things-not-to-put-on-your-resume-2016-5?utm_content=bufferc280b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Other reasons to create a LinkedIn profile

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Yesterday I attended a LinkedIn workshop sponsored by Career Services and Western Technical College’s Alumni Association. Since LinkedIn, a professional social media website is constantly changing and updating we can always learn something new about how it can improve our professional lives.

Not only is LinkedIn a great way to find employment, it helps us to network with professionals, and provides a source for continued professional development.  When you join groups you begin to receive information about issues within the career field that you are in.  For instance, I have connected with career development groups and groups that assist with job seeking.  The information I receive helps me stay up to date with issues in the Career Services profession.  I can only share some of what I learn with you on this blog.

My point is: No matter what program you are in here at Western Technical College, you have joined an industry – a profession that you are going to want to learn all you can about.  LinkedIn can help you do that.  Did you know that you can search for and learn about companies through LinkedIn? You can search for past classmates, alumni from any college, and people that you happen to know that are working in your field of choice.

Check out LinkedIn today. Career Services is putting on two more workshops for our students. Put one of these on your calendar:  March 22nd and March 23rd, 2016 (11:30 to 12:30 in B112 both days) – come to each one or either one and learn what you can. We will be taking professional pictures for you to use on LinkedIn as well, so dress professionally!

 

 

Experts share their thoughts on finding your path

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In order to stay up to date on the latest and greatest in the job seeking and the career world, I follow several writers on LinkedIn, and today this GREAT article showed up in my in-box.  Ed Herzog interviewed some experts that he found and asked them this question, “What is your best advice for someone who is searching for their own unique and authentic path in life, one that connects who they are with what matters most to them?”

The following link will lead you to the responses of 21 experts! Whoever you are, wherever you are at in life, you are bound to benefit from reading this!

I have found my dream job and I am not doing a work search, but I still feel a need to think about my own unique and authentic path in life.  I am not done planning to make a difference. Does that part in any of us ever end?

I hope to make some time to reflect on what these experts have to tell us some time this weekend and I thought you might want to do the same.  Pay attention to what the author suggests you do for action steps at the end of the article.  Have a GREAT weekend!

http://www.edherzog.com/unique-and-authentic-path-in-life/

Doing an “effective” work search

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In all my years as a work search expert, I have never heard one person say, “I love job seeking!” We all know why. Doing a job search requires us to step into unfamiliar territory, to stick our necks out, to risk rejection.

I encourage you to realize that you step into unfamiliar territory, stick your neck out and risk rejection pratically every day when you are on the job. Anything we put our heart and soul into requires some amount of risk. We simply become comfortable in our jobs after the first three to six months of training. But if you really think about it, don’t you stick your neck out and risk rejection every time you take on some new project at work? It becomes necessary to stick our necks out in order to make positive things happen for ourselves.

If taking on that kind of thinking doesn’t work for you, how about programming your brain (your brain is your personal computer) to welcome each “no” because it brings you closer to “yes, we would like to offer you this job.” This is a method of looking at the odds. If you put a lot of time and effort into your work search, the odds that you will find employment will be much greater.

In my 30+ years of experience in work search, I can guarantee you that if you want a job, you will get a job. It is simply a matter of time and the more time and effort you put in, the quicker your results as long as you are doing an “effective” job search. That means spending the right amount of time on the right activities. Some spend too much time filling out lengthy applications on-line. Some spend too much time just talking to people. Some spend all kinds of time and money sending out resumes blindly to companies that they would like to work for.

To do an effective job search, you need to know yourself, know what kind of job you want, maintain a focus and use all job search methods, putting as much time into each one as it deserves.

Richard Bolles the author of the famous book, “What Color Is Your Parachute?” (updated yearly) tells us the following about job seeking effectiveness:

Looking on the internet – This method works on average 4% of the time (pick up the book, he explains why)
Posting or mailing your resume – 7% of the time
Answering local newspaper ads – 5-24%
Going to private employment agencies or search firms – 5-28%
Answering ads in trade journals appropriate to your field – 7%
Job Clubs – 10%
Go to local employment office – 14%
Going to places that pick up workers – 22%
Asking for job leads (networking with people you know) – 33%
Knocking on the door (small employers work best) – 47%
Using the Yellow Pages – 65%
Using the Parachute Approach – and that means faithfully following his suggestions – 86%

Reading “What Color Is Your Parachute?” and following Mr. Bolles advice equals getting to know yourself (he puts you through several excercises), helping you discover what kind of job you want, and helps you maintain a focus and know how much time to spend at each job seeking method.

I would say that one needs to spend a bit of time in each of the above methods to have a well rounded job search.

Source: What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles (2015 edition).

If you have not done it yet, it is time to: Build your LinkedIn Profile

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For over two years now, Career Services staff at Western Technical College have been promoting the use of LinkedIn to add to your job search tool box. LinkedIn is an on line form of networking. We have been providing assistance to those who need help creating a LinkedIn profile. Now days using LinkedIn is a necessity. If you haven’t found employment yet and you want to have LinkedIn help you out, come to Career Services (Mon-Thurs 8 am to 4 pm) or (Fri 10 am to 4 pm). We can assist you with creating a LinkedIn profile.

“A full 95% of recruiters use LinkedIn to actively search for and contact potential employees, according to a 2014 survey by recruiting platform Jobvite.”

Those of us that are good with technology are able to quickly create our profiles. Just like a resume, it is important to get someone to edit our document or profile and make sure we have not over-looked some glaring mistake.

I know it is easy to put off something because, “you want to have more time to focus completely.” If you have been using that excuse to avoid getting started, you should know that I created my profile a little bit at a time, when ever I had a few minutes. Before I knew it my profile was complete. You can save what you have accomplished and pick up where you left off later.

Check out the link below to find further tips on creating the best profile possible!
http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/recent-grad/linkedin-profile/