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!

5 Steps you can take to save time in your job search and make every moment count

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Maybe you are working in a job that is helping you make ends meet, but you know it won’t lead to a job in your field. You have a career goal. You know what direction you want to move in, but between working, attending classes and spending time with those you love, finding time for conducting a work search seems to get pushed to the back burner all the time.

What steps can you take to make sure that every moment you spend on your job search is a good use of your time?

1) Have your three essential documents ready – That means have good drafts made up of your resume, your cover letter and your reference page. This includes having shown each document to someone who you know will give you good feedback.

2) Spend some time deep thinking about what companies you would like to work for. Create a list. These companies may not have openings right now at this moment in time, but they will have openings in the future. Go to each companies career or jobs page and set alerts to be notified when new jobs are posted.

3) Begin researching these target companies, reaching out to people who work there. Don’t know anyone who works there? You may be pleasantly surprised. Use LinkedIn to help you find people who work for a company. Do searches in LinkedIn on the company AND on the college that you are attending or did attend. When you do searches on college Alumni, you can see where they are working.

4) Make it a point to have conversations with the people that work for the company that you want to work for. Ask for an informational interview. During the conversation find and notice things that you have in common with this person. Targeting a company and networking can result in opportunities. You could find out about a job opening before it is posted. You may even be referred by someone that you have been networking with. Referrals from individuals inside a company can boost your chances of getting an interview.

5) Learn all you can about networking. You don’t ever want to ask for a job (this person you are networking with does not have the power to hire generally), and you don’t want to feel like you are establishing a relationship just to get a job either. You are going to want to exchange information. Watch for an opportunity to provide information that will help this other person. Maybe you can introduce them to someone they want to meet, or maybe you share an article with them that you know they will be interested in. Watch also for opportunities to share your skills and abilities. If networking stresses you out, read more about the technique. There are tons of resources out there.

These 5 steps are good uses of your time. They will produce more results than throwing your resume and cover letter at job openings, and applying for everything that you see posted.

Gaps in your Work History?

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When I am talking with students about their resumes and how to best market themselves, I generally explain the importance of correct employment dates in the work history section of their resume. More than once I have been asked the question, “I have some gaps in my work history, how should I handle that?”

During our last “Get That Job” event this was discussed by our panel of employer experts, plus I have heard this same response in other situations where the topic has come up.

The winning advice that I hear is this: You will accurately list your employment and dates for the last ten years on your resume and you will explain any gaps in your cover letter. What I hear from employers is, “If I see gaps and they are not explained anywhere, that resume lands in the “no” stack when I am sorting through who is qualified.”

You can explain the gaps in your work history like this.

“You will notice a gap in my work history from ___ to ___. During that time I was dealing with some health problems which have now been resolved.”

Now replace the words “health problems” with whatever works; transportation issues, personal issues, etc. No need to explain any further. What the employer wants to know is that the issue or the problem has been resolved.

Seems too simple doesn’t it? The way I look at it, something should be easy in life, so be thankful.

Taking the time to study a job posting can save you time in the long run

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Sharing an excellent article. This one will really make you think! Thanks to Career Sherpa and Hannah Morgan.

Before You Apply, Spend More Time Doing This

6 Ways to take Advantage of Career Services at Your College

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College Career Services Departments are there to help you with finding employment. So many students think they know how to do an effective job search. If you have submitted your resume several times and you are not getting a job interview, what does that tell you?

It tells me that you need to come in to your Career Services Department at your college and ask if your resume is competitive enough. And then listen to their advice and recommendations.

Staff in Career Services can help you:
1) write Cover Letters that catch attention
2) create a Resume that lands you the interview
3) with your Reference page
4) learn ways to network for employment (still the #1 way to find employment)5) learn how to do an effective job search (mananging your time well)
6) with choosing an educational plan that helps you make a living wage. No more entry level, minimum wages for you!

Why is it taking so long to land a job?

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Is your job search taking longer than you expected? Read the article at the link below written by Anish Majumdar. These are indeed 5 areas that can make a huge difference in whether you land employment or not. Take a look.

5 Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Job Search

Can you Improve Your Job Search Methods?

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Another well written article by Career Sherpa!

6 Questions You Absolutely Must Ask Yourself During Job Search