More LinkedIn news. They’ve announced today they’re completely reformatting the design of their homepage. People always freak out when Facebook does this sort of thing. Somehow I doubt LinkedIn will generate any sort of the same kind of uproar. Especially because this redesign actually looks MUCH improved.
For my first impressions, as well as a screenshot of the new design, head over to the ResumeWriting.com Blog.
Tags: Job Sites · LinkedIn
This week, Forbes magazine had a big cover story on LinkedIn.
Over at the ResumeWriting.com blog, I have a 2000 word piece on the article. I break down why LinkedIn has come to dominate the online job search space, and, more importantly, I have 5 great points that job seekers can take away from the article, vis-a-vis how LinkedIn really works, and how job seekers can use LinkedIn more effectively.
It’s worth a read, if I do say so myself. Click through to read it:
What Jobseekers Can Learn From The Forbes LinkedIn Article | ResumeWriting.com Blog
Over at the ResumeWriting.com Blog, there are two great, great tips for phone interviews:
- Stand out from other candidates by proactively scheduling the phone interview yourself.
- Duh… try to get on a landline.
Read the whole thing:
2 Great Tips For Acing A Phone Interview | ResumeWriting Blog
If you haven’t heard this story yet, the one about Karen Klein, the bus monitor, you have to read/watch it.
The ResumeWriting.com turned me on to this, so click through to their Karen Klein story.
And then click through there to contribute.
Don’t you love how the internet can deliver vigilante justice in the kindest, most wonderful way?
Tags: Working 4 The Weekend
For years now, job search “experts” like myself have been telling you that Facebook could be harmful to your job search.
But I read two new posts today that are making me think that sort of advice is becoming outdated.
First, over at the ResumeWriting.com Blog, they have the suggestion that instead of fearing that your Facebook posts will scare the hiring manager away, you should turn the tables and use Facebook just like they do: to do research before your interview.
Why Not Use Facebook To Do Research On The Hiring Manager? If you can find out who is going to be interviewing you, then why don’t you do a little research of your own? What if you were able to discover that the hiring manager went to the same college you did? Huge leg up in terms of making a connection during the interview, right? Or what if you saw he/she was a big Oklahoma City Thunder fan? That would sure make for some quick and easy small talk to break the ice wouldn’t it?
Read the whole thing: You Can Use Facebook Just Like Hiring Mangers Do.
Second, there’s a fascinating post at the Forbes Girl Friday blog that suggests hiring managers are getting wise to the situation anyway. They actually want to see that you’ve posted regularly on Facebook. A lack of content count hurt you. What are they looking for?
Wedding pictures? Great. Baby photos? Even better. Photos with friends at parties, beaches and concerts? An absolute must.
“There’s a sense that a profile with no character has probably been scraped of some racy stuff or else the person has no social skills and won’t fit in.” Either way, she says, that candidate has been moved to the bottom of the pile.
Read the whole thing: Social Media And The Job Hunt: Squeaky-Clean Profiles Need Not Apply (h/t Media Jobs Daily).
Tags: Getting Ahead · Job Search
There’s quite the debate going on, and its very much breaking down to a generational divide.
Read more here.
Also, speaking of Father’s day, ResumeWriting.com polled their network of career specialists to find out which industries men were having the most job search success in so far in 2012. The answers were somewhat surprising.
Click through to read:
Happy Fathers Day! The Top 5 Jobs For Dads Right Now In 2012 | ResumeWriting.com
Moms get all the good press, don’t they? But in this day and age, Dads – be they stay at home dads or working dads – contribute as much to a family’s functional life as Moms.
Do you ever wonder what all the time spent raising your kids… the tutoring sessions, the counseling sessions, the coaching sessions, the chauffeuring duties… would be worth if you had to outsource it? What would the going rate be for all the “dad work” you perform for free?
Well, every year, Salary.com tells us, with their yearly What’s A Dad Worth Survey. It turns out that this year, the average stay at home dad would earn a salary of $61,814 and the average working dad would be due $36,757 for their time and trouble.
Click on the images to see the info graphics.
Also, click through here to read the entire survey results.
Also, if you want to personalize the data to see what you’d earn based on where you live and the actual duties you perform, take use the personalized dad salary calculator here.
Tags: Working Hard · Working Parents
I didn’t actually write this one, but I thought it was a fun, clever little way to help prep for a job interview. It turns out there’s a site called Fashism.com where people vote on outfits. Using a simple keyword search, you can use it to help your decide what to wear to a job interview.
Read the whole thing:
What To Wear To A Job Interview? Use Fashism To Find Out.
I have a few more posts that I’ve contracted to contribute to the relaunch of the ResumeWriting.com Blog.
The post I have up today is a really cool little job search trick that I don’t think I’ve ever written about before.
What happens if you want to apply for a job you’re not quite qualified for? How do you convince the hiring manager to give you a chance? Well, there’s a neat little way to take advantage of the hiring process to put the odds more in your favor.
Read about it over at the ResumeWriting Blog:
How To Apply For A Job You’re Not Qualified For
Tags: Getting Ahead · Job Applications