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Job Seekers Potential #1 Mistake | CAREEREALISM

Job Seekers Potential #1  Mistake | CAREEREALISM | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"The point is that I don’t want to be the one to blow the job seeker’s cover. And I shouldn’t have to be."

 

"Job seekers need to be careful about getting reckless in their quest for a new job."

 

"It’s just plain good sense to take ANY job search offline..."

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The article is written from a recruiters point of view.

 

Helping to remind job seekers company resources are monitored whether by machines and/or humans and it makes sense to take your job search off line, not on line at work.

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Job Seekers Subjects Include:

Job Seekers Subjects Include: | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Articles which discuss "what and why" are passed over for those which include "how" to find a job and thrive in your career.

Main subjects followed: (Use Tags to Filter)

 

*How to find companies and jobs which fit "you".

*How to prepare resumes which portray your strengths.

*How to shine during the interview process.

*How to handle the job offer.

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Job Seekers Interview Tip: Don’t Give Answers, Tell Stories

Job Seekers Interview Tip: Don’t Give Answers, Tell Stories | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"Before a big interview, most people will spend time to prepare answers for likely interview questions. This is useful and can get you prepared for the basics."

"The trouble is that the interviewer is not looking for answers that are already on your resume, they want to hear something that adds to it."

 

"You have to realize that a successful interview isn’t a cross examination, it’s a conversation. If you want to break out of the question/answer ping pong match, you should aim to sprinkle in some interesting information about yourself in the shape of stories."

 

"The human brain is hard wired to remember stories, not just the words but the visuals that went through the listeners head as well. Marketers make very clever use of stories to sell products and services and so should you."

 

by Jorgen Sundberg

 

Read more: http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/interview-tip-tell-stories-not-answers-7-stories-prepare-now/

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Jogen provides numerous examples of stories you can tell in an interview.

 

As with any story, practice is recommended and try to come up with the best stories to tell about yourself. Regardless how good you are at telling stories, even a bad story comes out poorly.

 

Think about how many times you've walked away from a conversation at a party where the reason you moved on was having to listen to really bad stories.

 

The other hint is to make sure every story has a point and get to it quickly. Ideally, every story you tell in an interview should be less then 90 seconds. If the hiring manager is interested, you will hear these words, "tell me more."

 

 

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Become a story teller in your interview preparations!

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5 Secrets of Networking for Job Seekers

I. PREPARATION II. WORK THE ROOM III. NETWORKING TOOLS IV. BUILD MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS V. BUILD AND MAINTAIN CONNECTIONS
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If you are looking for more then a quick article on networking, take some quality time to review this slideshare deck. Yes, it is long, yet it is written as a complete workshop on how to network.

 

 

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Cherry Douglas's curator insight, July 20, 2013 2:26 PM

Very sensible advice.  Networking does not have to be scary and it is an essential tool in the job seekers toolkit!

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's comment, August 4, 2013 12:41 PM
Very useful....thank you!
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How Job Seekers Can Stay Competitive in a Tough Market

How Job Seekers Can Stay Competitive in a Tough Market | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"Searching for entry-level jobs for college graduates can be difficult in today’s job market because of the overabundance of qualified job seekers hunting down the same jobs."

 

"Even though there is a wide range of new college graduate jobs available, maintaining a competitive edge is vital to successfully getting hired for one of them."

 

"Following these four steps can help you stand out from the rest."

 

Read more: https://www.firstjob.com/blog/24/how-to-stay-competitive-in-a-tough-job-market/

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7 Keys To A Successful Job Search - Forbes

7 Keys To A Successful Job Search - Forbes | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it
Here’s what 100 career pros want you to know about how to land work.
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The article includes 7 concise tips to help you in your job search. Whether you are just starting out or have been on the job hunt for awhile.

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Lynne M. Williams BS, MA, ABD★'s curator insight, April 15, 9:10 PM

Great advice - especially about LinkedIn!

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How Job Seekers Learn From Bad Interviews

How Job Seekers Learn From Bad Interviews | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"Bad job interview? Be sure to learn from it and then move on without further ado, advises Heather McNab.

 

Dwelling on it will only hang over you and kill your confidence. "You certainly don't want to one bad experience to impact your future interviews too," says McNab.

 

"Here's how to learn from a poor performance -- and then let it go." by Amy Levin-Epstein

 

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505125_162-57577669/bad-job-interview-4-good-ways-to-learn-from-it/

 

 

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Short quick read with plenty of ideas of how to review what just happened in a bad interview. Than using the pro's and con's of what was learned, get ready and move on.

 

The glass is always half full or half empty. The choice is yours to make, especially during tough times while looking for work.

 

Bad interviews are bound to happen to all of us and as Amy points out. It may just have been a signal the job was not the right one for you and your career.

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Job Seekers: Career Development Study on College Students

Job Seekers: Career Development Study on College Students | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"The report shows students are not aggressively preparing for their post-college careers, one of several reasons that many struggle to find jobs upon graduation."

 

"In particular, although 85% of students surveyed consider internships important to their future career prospects, only a third have a presence on LinkedIn, a primary online mechanism for connecting to internship opportunities, and only 1 in 9 have a presence on WordPress, a major home for blogs."

 

Read more: http://millennialbranding.com/2012/11/student-career-development-study/

streetsmartprof's insight:

The study is based on only 200 respondents across the US.

 

The quantity is relatively small for an indepth study. Still, it may provide you with insight to how students are considering their career development while still in school.

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Job Seekers: 15 Steps Before Scheduling a Job Interview

Job Seekers: 15 Steps Before Scheduling a Job Interview | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"The term “job interview” is searched ten times as often as the term “job search”. The keywords “job search prep” is barely a blip on the Google’s search term radar."

 

"What I often find in the job search process is that people want to chase the shiny objects they see. They want to jump to the last step in the process… the one that lands them a job offer: the job interview."

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And they’re right, good job interviews do result in job offers."

 

"However, 86% of people surveyed said that the biggest mistake they made in an interview was not preparing well enough." by Lea McLeod

streetsmartprof's insight:

Lea provides 3 quick recaps of what bad things happen based on some real ife situations when people were not prepared for the interview.

 

Moving on to "why" the job search does not simply include interviewing. Plus offering up 15 steps to help you in advance to rise above the noise of all of those who forgot to come prepared.

 

As a job seeker, if you are looking for additional articles around preparing for an interview, go here: http://www.scoop.it/t/beyond-the-book?tag=interview-prepare

 

 

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Top Job Seekers Prepare for Interviews in Advance

Top Job Seekers Prepare for Interviews in Advance | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"Interviews are often listed as one of the most stressful situations in which a person can find themselves..."

 

"Admittedly, a lot might be riding on the outcome of an interview: increased earnings, the chance to relocate, the opportunity for a better life, thus it's natural to feel a bit nervous."

 

"However, with the right preparation, there's no need to feel out of your depth." by Andy Thomas

 

Read more: http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/preparing-for-your-job-interview

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In the article Andy covers 3 main topics to consider before you arrive at the interview.

 

1 - Under research, be prepared to answer the question, "What do you know about the company?"

 

2 - In terms of advice, this is from those who know more about the company than you do. Use those who helped you land the interview to get the inside scoop as much as you can. Don't go in blind folded.

 

3 - The job description contains a host of information around the types of questions both the interviewer and you should be asking. Focus on what it is they are looking for and be prepared to tailor your past experience around what is important in the job they are looking to fill.

 

Hiring managers are looking to hire the top people for open positions. By arriving prepared to have a business conversation around the open position, you will rise above the noise and be remembered. Those who show up unprepared are quickly forgotten.

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Job Seeker: Maybe Your Online Personality is Killing Your Job Leads

Job Seeker: Maybe Your Online Personality is Killing Your Job Leads | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"The other day, a few of my peers and I were discussing our social media presence and how it’s evolved over the years. One of them had mentioned that they often Google themselves to see what..."

 

"It’s hard enough to land a job as a job seeker in this economy, it’s even worse if your online presence ruins chances before you can even get to do a phone interview. Do yourself a favor and Google yourself to see what kind of information is at recruiter’s disposal and do some damage control." - Ashley Lauren Perez

 

Read more: http://ashleylaurenperez.com/2013/03/08/job-seeker-maybe-your-online-personality-is-killing-your-job-leads/


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As Ashley points out in the article. It is a good idea to go find out what types of digital footprints you've left in the sand lately.

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Job Seekers | Skype Interview Preparation

Job Seekers | Skype Interview Preparation | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"Interviewing over Skype is becoming more popular, but how do you conduct yourself using this new medium, and turn it to your advantage?"

 

"As with conventional face to face interviews preparation is key. Don’t fall into the trap of being too casual or unprepared, interviewing via Skype requires different preparation. Take a moment to consider these factors." - Kaitlin

 

Read on for 5 areas to make sure you are prepared:

http://studentworkforce.net/blog/tag/skype-interview/

streetsmartprof's insight:

As Kaitlin points out, by controling the environment on your end. An interview via Skype can be the next best thing to being there in person.

 

Make sure to treat the preparation and how you present yourself to match everything you would do for a live interview. The comfort of your own living space can and does get in the way.

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Job Seekers: What Recruiters Want To See On Your LinkedIn Profile

Job Seekers: What Recruiters Want To See On Your LinkedIn Profile | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"While I am not the authority on LinkedIn  by any means, I have spent a lot of time looking for candidates on it (for many  real, open roles at amazing companies) and I know what I like to see." - Jaime Petkanics-Levo League

 

"So here it  is… what recruiters really want to see on your LinkedIn:
Read more:  http://www.levoleague.com/career-advice/what-recruiters-really-want-to-see-on-your-linkedin-profile#ixzz2MU8uKjUr


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Good concise straight forward advice.

 

Direct from a recruiter who looks at more LinkedIn profiles than we ever will.

 

As a recruiter, Jamie is looking for the facts. As a 2nd step, she recommends you wrap the facts within a story. Considering a story can help the facts be retained by over 20 times, this advice is dead on.

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7 Boards for Job Seekers To Find Your Dream Job

7 Boards for Job Seekers To Find Your Dream Job | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"Looking for your dream job? While networking and strong personal branding get you hired, using niche job boards to seek out opportunities sets a strong foundation for a successful search."

 

"It allows job seekers to familiarize themselves with the landscape of their niche. Finding a job board to meet your specific career needs can put you on the fast track to finding your dream job."

 

"Here are seven niche job boards to help find your dream job."

Read more:

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1uSyf0/mashable.com/2013/02/16/job-board/

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In addition to the job boards focused on niche areas the article also covers The Muse. Allowing you to look inside many companies and see images of the office and profiles of employees.

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AmazingPeople's curator insight, February 24, 2013 3:31 AM

very useful article

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Tapping Into the Hidden Job Market

Tapping Into the Hidden Job Market | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"Once upon a time, the want ads were king, and job seekers could be relatively successful in finding employment by pounding the pavement based on what the want ads and job boards were offering."

 

"In the current workplace climate, that pavement has significantly narrowed."

 

"Unfortunately, many college students are unaware of the hidden job market and still operate under the notion that earning a degree and responding to job posts is all they need to do to land a great job."

 

by William Frierson

 

Read more: http://www.collegerecruiter.com/blog/2013/08/21/tapping-into-the-hidden-job-market/

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Tapping a keg, or a watermelon, takes a certain amount of skill, knowledge of the right steps, and the right equipment.

 

Coming out of college, you have the right skills to go find a job.

 

The larger question is do you have the right steps to take in your job hunt?

 

William breaks down finding a job in the hidden market using 5 easy tips. The article is worth reviewing for ideas, even if you are not actively looking for a job "yet".

 

Want the melon tapper, go here:

http://www.kegworks.com/the-watermelon-tap-kit-412-p21094

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College students read this!

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Questions for Job Seekers to Ask During an Interview and Some to Avoid

Questions for Job Seekers to Ask During an Interview and Some to Avoid | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"A job interview is a two-way street. While you need to use it as an opportunity to convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job, you also need to be convinced that the job and the company would be a great fit for you."

 

"So when the tables are turned and you’re invited to ask questions, do it. “Remember that hiring managers appreciate an engaged conversation and value an inquisitive mind,” Taylor says. This may be your best chance to determine whether the job or the company is right for you." by Jacquelyn Smith

 

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/07/05/30-questions-you-should-and-shouldnt-ask-in-a-job-interview/

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If you are looking for examples of open ended questions to ask during an interview, jump to the bottom of the article.

 

The intro builds the case as to why you need to come prepared for the end of the interview and the hiring manager says, "Do you have any questions for me?".

 

This is a defining moment and it is not the right time to go quiet. Providing you can picture your future dream job in your mind, now is the time to ask questions around what it is you want out of a position, the boss and/or the company.

 

Many people "wing it" when it comes time to answering questions. Coming in prepared is just another way job seekers rise above the noise and help land the job.

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The Most Overlooked Interview Research Methods for Job Seekers

The Most Overlooked Interview Research Methods for Job Seekers | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"When I was recruiting, my team and I could always tell when someone had done their homework on the company or not."

 

"If they didn’t do the research, they were out."

 

"In retrospect, it’s regrettable we even had to waste an interview on someone who didn’t investigate us and our mission thoroughly." by Lea McLeod

 

Read more: http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2013/05/03/impress-with-5-overlooked-job-interview-research-methods/

streetsmartprof's insight:

At first it may seem Lea as a hiring manager is being too tough. Then again, when you walk into an interview, the job is yours to loose.

 

The article provides some great insight into what to do before setting foot inside any company for an interview. Especially with all of the tools and resources available to scope out what a company does and why they are in the business they are in.

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Cherry Douglas's curator insight, July 20, 2013 2:27 PM

Tough words, but then the job is yours to loose it you don't do your homework...

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, August 4, 2013 12:41 PM

Excellent article....thank you for sharing!!!

 

I could not agree further with the article, and the comments.  No matter how smart someone is, an interview is not the time to "wing it."  Doing your homework doesn't guarantee you will get the job; however, you will walk into the interview more confident and it increases the chances of you staying in the interview process.

 

Make it a great day!

Lynne M. Williams BS, MA, ABD★'s curator insight, April 15, 9:09 PM

Get your techie on for job seeking!

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Job Seekers: How LinkedIn's New Search Capabilities Can Help You

Job Seekers: How LinkedIn's New Search Capabilities Can Help You | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"Since it's such a popular feature, LinkedIn users demanded a better search experience."

 

"The good news is this new search makes it easier for recruiters to find you but ONLY if you’ve written your profile correctly."

 

"Here are three ways to leverage LinkedIn’s new search approach." by Joshua Waldman

 

Read More: http://careerenlightenment.com/how-to-find-a-job-with-linkedins-new-search-feature

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Trying to figure out which keywords to use in your profile can be a guessing game. One way to help is to use the auto complete suggestions as you type words into the new searches. See point #2 in the article for how, auto complete for keyword research.

 

LinkedIn is moving the way of most valid search engines. Learning as you search and as your network grows. This implies it is a good idea to hit the save button for searches which provide you with value.

 

Such as how do you rank for certain keywords. Save the searches to see if your profile is making progress. SEO is not only about your blog.

 

If you want a quick word cloud to see how the search engine looks at your keywords, go here. Quick cut/copy/paste of your profile can build a complete word cloud of key words in seconds. http://tagcrowd.com/

 

One you have the right keywords for your dream job. Jump to the new jobs section. It will  help you quickly review open positions in companies from your network.

 

From LinkedIn beginner to expert, the article has numerous solid ideas of how to build better searches to save you time while casting a bigger net during the job hunt.

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Lynne M. Williams BS, MA, ABD★'s curator insight, April 15, 9:12 PM

LinkedIn tips  on advanced searches!

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Job Seekers: 7 ways undergrads can build their resumes

Job Seekers: 7 ways undergrads can build their resumes | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"No internship this summer? From building a blog to tutoring, there are lots of ways young people can show their worth."

 

"Did you want an internship this summer but didn't land one in time? Or perhaps you simply couldn't afford to work for free?"

 

"If you're an undergrad who is eager for professional experience, there are other ways to make yourself a better future job candidate besides a formal internship." By Amy Levin-Epstein

 

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505125_162-57452534/7-ways-undergrads-can-build-their-resumes//

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Job Seekers: What to ask in an informational interview

Job Seekers: What to ask in an informational interview | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"Since most informational interviews are short -- often just 15 or 20 minutes -- it's smart to lead with what's most relevant to your job search."

 

"Freiberger suggests bringing a list of questions in descending order of importance."

 

"As for what to avoid asking, he says, "Aside from questions that are ridiculously inappropriate ... there is only one absolute taboo: Don't ask for a job." If all goes well, that will come later." by Anne Fisher

 

Read more: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/04/04/what-to-ask-in-an-informational-interview/

streetsmartprof's insight:

As the article points out, use open ended questions around your interest and the person across the table. Which means you must come prepared with "open ended" questions to ask and have an idea what the person you are meeting with is interested in themselves.

 

There are 10 great open ended questions in the article to help you craft some around your dream job and the skills and capabilities you bring to the table. Plus make sure any questions you ask lean towards what the person on the other side of the table will be interested in discussing.

 

Next up is getting an informational interview. Here is a link which provides numerous ways to make a connection inside a company you would like to work for longer term. http://blog.doostang.com/2013/03/12/informational-interviews-the-best-job-search-tool-youve-never-used/

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Job Seekers:10 Unconventional Very Effective Tips - Forbes

Job Seekers:10 Unconventional Very Effective Tips - Forbes | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

 “When you ask any professional who has achieved some level of greatness how he or she got there, the journey is always unique, always varied, and rarely cookie-cutter."

 

"Most have, in some capacity, followed their passion, used their network, and had a good resume–but those things are usually part of a much bigger picture, and an unpredictable winding path."

 

"Instead of always following the exact by-the-book job seeking formulas, most were simply open to possibilities and got really good at whatever it is they were doing.” by Isa Adney, http://isaadney.com/

 

"Here are 10 unconventional (but very effective) things job seekers should try, in addition to traditional job search tactics." by Jacquelyn Smith-Forbes

 

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/02/27/10-unconventional-but-very-effective-tips-for-job-seekers/

streetsmartprof's insight:

I enjoy reading Jacquelyn Smith. Her advice is always grounded with input from other experts, as well as her own insight to what is working and what is not around job seeking and growing your career.

 

The article touches on numerous ideas you may want to consider if you are currently on the job hunt. Just make sure to read Parnell's input before jumping in with both feet:

 

Parnell says generally speaking, unconventional methods should be used sparingly, judiciously and only when necessary. “And when you do decide to use them, factor comprehensively by recognizing things like industry standards, personalities involved, and the general ilk of the position’s responsibilities, before strategizing.”

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I like the advice about building a relationship with the admin!

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Friends don't let friends use job boards | New App

Friends don't let friends use job boards | New App | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"Job boards have become very ineffective, and it’s exceedingly difficult for job seekers to get noticed by blindly submitting resumes online."

 

"Studies show that candidates referred by friends are up to 54 times more likely to be hired than those applying via a job board."

 

"These candidates, who come with a trusted built-in recommendation, have a much better chance of actually landing the job."

streetsmartprof's insight:

My only recommendation is to consider a decent job search site to determine your key words first. My preference is www.indeed.com due to the capabilities of their search engine for job listings.

 

Learning the right key words is critical to locate the best jobs to match your skills, competence and character . This is part of the reason hiring managers rank referals near the top.

 

Very few people will ever refer a job seeker who does not match all 3 areas with the posting being considered.

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Job Seekers Need a Career Narrative - "Who I Am Story"

Job Seekers Need a Career Narrative - "Who I Am Story" | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"In recent years, much has been written about the importance of career narratives for mid-career and senior professionals, particularly those making a career transition."

 

"But, we'd argue, they're even more important for younger professionals who don't yet have a multipage CV or a high-powered headhunter in their corner. What, then, makes for an effective narrative?"

 

"First, it should be easy to remember and retell..." - Heidi K. Gardner and Adam Zalisk

 

Read more: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/02/younger_workers_need_a_career_narrative.html


Via Karen Dietz
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I am repeating Karen Dietz's insights from below, says it all for me...

 

Hey -- we ALL need a career narrative! And it is a story that continually shifts and changes over time as we add experience, wisdom, and talent.

 

I really like this article because it explains exactly what a career narrative is, why we need one, and how to create it.

 

And there are great examples shared.

 

I particulary like the point that a career narrative -- or bio or 'About' page -- needs to meaningfully link your past successes with your near + long term goals, AND suggest the kinds of assignments that would help you achieve those goals.

 

If you have difficulty sharing the story of your career journey, if you need a better bio or 'About' page, then use these tips and examples to craft a better story!

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Karen Dietz's comment, February 22, 2013 3:14 PM
Glad you like it Dennis and you find it useful! Have a wonderful weekend :)
Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, February 24, 2013 10:38 AM

Article is focused on having a career story in the workforce, but the same concepts apply to someone who is doing freelancing, and trying to sell themselves to potential clients. Great information! 

Chris Morales's curator insight, March 27, 2013 11:36 AM

Some good tips on how to tell your career story more effectively #jobs

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6 Mistakes Jobseekers Make on LinkedIn | Jobsite.com Blog

6 Mistakes Jobseekers Make on LinkedIn | Jobsite.com Blog | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"Use LinkedIn to network and reach out to your connections. Be proactive. Ask for help. Don’t be shy…. that’s why they’re there! And I know I’ve said this last point many times before but it bears repeating."

 

"After you apply online at a company, you need to stand out from the pack."

 

"Follow up with the recruiter or hiring manager via LinkedIn. Let them know..." - Stacy Donovan Zapar

 

Read on for ideas of how to follow up after applying on line:

http://www.jobsite.com/blog/6-mistakes-jobseekers-make-on-linkedin/


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streetsmartprof's insight:

As Stacy points out, it feels right "not" to reach out after applying on line for a job. However, what feels right is what everybody else is doing.

 

If you really want to rise above the noise, change your behavior and be the one the hiring manager remembers.

 

Better yet, use LinkedIn and your network to reach someone within the hiring managers connections who will recommend you.

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Job Seekers: How to Write Your Elevator Pitch | Career Thoughts

Job Seekers: How to Write Your Elevator Pitch | Career Thoughts | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"The purpose of your elevator pitch is to introduce yourself as a job candidate and/or business partner, explain what you have to offer, and initiate some next steps of the relationship."

 

"Think about how to convey your basic information (name, career field, etc.), your skills and experiences, and your career goals in an organized manner."

 

"You should be able to deliver a pitch that can be adapted to last anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Different situations may call for different versions... Consider what your core message should be and adjust the delivery to fit each occasion." - Andrew Crain

 

Examples of the good, the bad, and the ugly: http://careerthoughts.com/how-to-craft-a-magnetic-elevator-pitch

streetsmartprof's insight:

A quick easy read. An author who gets to the point and provides 3 living examples all in one page.

 

Andrew asks a great question at the end. Could you tell me your elevator pitch right now focused on your dream job? If not, you may want to read his article and be prepared.

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8 Reasons Job Seekers Should Turn Down an Offer

8 Reasons Job Seekers Should Turn Down an Offer | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"The good news is you got the job. Which, in this still-reeling economy, is quite an accomplishment."

 

"But the bad news is you're worried you might be settling for a position that isn't the right fit for you."

 

Read more:

http://salary.com/8-good-reasons-to-reject-a-job-offer/

 

streetsmartprof's insight:

Only you can decide if the job being offered is worth taking or not.

 

The article will provide a fresh perspective in case you end up in this position.

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Job Seekers | Step-by-step Guide to Find-Connect with Your Dream Job

Job Seekers | Step-by-step Guide to Find-Connect with Your Dream Job | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"There are far too many job seekers blasting their resumes at any job posting that looks remotely close.  This practice alienates recruiters, and your resume is sure to end up in a black hole."

 

"When you find a job you want to apply to, you must do more than just submit your resume and cross your fingers. Take the bull by the horns and find someone inside the company to share what they know or better yet, ask them if they will present you as a candidate for the job."

"These three posts will help with the details and logic:" - Hannah Morgan

 

Read more:

http://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2013/02/17/step-by-step-guide-networking-your-way-into-a-dream-company/

streetsmartprof's insight:

Hannah covers 3 different scenarios around the job search when you do not know who to contact. Yet you understand to connect before submitting a resume is critical.

 

She also covers how to find the right people to connect with and which tools have been found to work the best. Definetly an article to bookmark for future use and share with any actively looking for their dream job.

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