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Job Hunting: Utilizing Your Non-Existent Network To Get The Interview

Job Hunting: Utilizing Your Non-Existent Network To Get The Interview | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Every job posting has a requirements section glaring back at you, telling you that you aren’t good enough. It’s easy for a young professional to get intimidated by a job posting that requires 4-5 years of experience in a specific field and an MBA in a related field.

The question then becomes: “How do I get an interview for a job that I’m under qualified for?”

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The Changing Face of Networking for a Job

The Changing Face of Networking for a Job | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

It used to be all about who you know.

Now, it's just as much about who knows you.

You can be referred by others, found online or simply be known by reputation or profile in your niche, through growing your networks.

Networking has come a long way from the established ways of the “old boys” networks, which were mostly locale specific, face-to-face, long term relationships.

The modern face of networking is still face-to-face but also virtual (with pictures often used as a substitute), connected to things of like interest, global not necessarily local and quickly developed through common groups or via active referral.

These days there is much more diversity apparent in people’s networks, as a result.

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Practice Job Interview Questions on iPhone/iPad

Practice Job Interview Questions on iPhone/iPad | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

You never know how you look to others until you see yourself as others see you.

Gain this valuable insight before your next interview. Now you can easily know how you look to others and which areas you need to improve on

You are randomly shown 1 of 150 commonly asked interview questions. After each random question pops up on the screen, the iPhone’s built-in video camera immediately starts recording your response.

Offering the chance to evaluate your tone of voice, facial expressions, and how well you answer the questions — so be ready to answer just as would be expected in an actual job interview.

You never know which questions will be asked and no question is ever repeated in a single interview session. After 10 random questions have been answered and saved, the interview session can be saved and shared via Facebook or e-mail for an opportunity to receive valuable feedback from others on your job interview skills.

Alternatively, you can save your interview sessions on your iPhone and evaluate yourself as you continue brushing up on your interview skills.

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Job Seekers Top 10 Interview Preparation Strategies

Job Seekers Top 10 Interview Preparation Strategies | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

The following 10 tips will help you prepare for your next interview in advance.

Don't wait for the day to arrive... know in advance where you want to end up.

 

1. Study the Company

2. Know Your Resume

3. Prepare an Interview Emercency Kit

4. Study the Job Desciption

5. Build Rapport

6. Make Eye Contact

7. Body Language


8. Display Your Skills with Concrete Stories

9. Be Yourself

10.Followup Quickly

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Get Your Social Networks Job Search Ready

Get Your Social Networks Job Search Ready | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Graduation Time: While there is much to celebrate, most of you are aware that the “next step” is ticking away. What lies ahead?

The highly competitive job market forces all job seekers, especially recent grads, to step up their game, and social media provides the perfect opportunity to do so.

 

In a recent survey, 91% of employers said they use social networks to screen applicants.

 

In another survey, 34% of hiring managers find negative and inappropriate material on social networks that causes them to eliminate candidates.

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6 Job Search Tips for Recent Grads

6 Job Search Tips for Recent Grads | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Graduation is an exciting time. It’s the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. As I prepare for graduation from my Master’s program, I am reminded of the job seeking skills I learned after college.

Making the transition from student to new hire can be stressful and recent labor statistics may seem daunting, but if you are well prepared, landing that perfect first job can be easier than you think.

Network: As a recent grad with little or no experience, remember the phrase “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”

Networking can lead to new connections and new opportunities.

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Job Search Myth: There Are No Jobs In The Summer Months

Job Search Myth: There Are No Jobs In The Summer Months | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

We are quickly approaching summer. The summer months are usually associated with lazy days at the beach or family vacations.

Most job seekers believe hiring slows down during summer. This is not true.

Although the summer seems like a slow time for business because everyone takes vacations, the majority of companies do hire in the summer months. And if you’re looking for a job right now, you can actually take advantage of the summertime job market.

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You Already Have The Right Network To Land Your Dream Job

Many students believe the dream job is only possible if the company recruits at your school. Submitting a resume to the company website is typically a black hole.

Appeals to HR go unanswered. Somehow you need to get to the decision-makers. Many people assume you need to be born into connections or be “lucky” enough to have a robust on-campus recruiting program, in order to get to the people who are hiring for plum jobs. But in reality, you already have the network you need to land your dream job.

When you have identified a dream company, you don’t just look at the hiring manager directly or even HR.

Look at those "you already know".

To find those "you want to know".

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Land Your Dream Job By Going To The Right Networking Events

Land Your Dream Job By Going To The Right Networking Events | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

 

When your dream employer runs into you at an event they think is important, it makes a greater impact than any traditional networking you can possibly do.


Not only are you projecting interest in their field and have a passion to learn, but it shows that you’re savvy about their field.

Going to the right events is not a magic solution, but it is a way to make a positive impression.

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5 steps to tracking the success and progress of your job search ...

5 steps to tracking the success and progress of your job search ... | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

With today’s online job searches, tracking and monitoring your job search efforts can be tricky.

How do you know how successful your job searching efforts are? Are there ways to measure how many employers are viewing your resume online?

Here are a few job search solutions for staying focused on your search and monitoring your job search success:

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Seekers: How to Un-Blind a Blind Job Ad

Seekers: How to Un-Blind a Blind Job Ad | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

A blind job ad keeps you from digging into the firm the way you'd like to do before launching a job-search campaign in its direction. That's okay -- many times, we can thwart the Blind Job Ad mechanism.

 

This is Diana's tip, and it works tremendously well -- we've been talking about it in workshops ever since, and it is fun to try. Here's the story.

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Job interview: Overcoming the weakness question

Job interview: Overcoming the weakness question | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Imagine yourself in an interview for your dream job. The job you know you've got the skills for; the job you want more than anything.

And the interviewer asks, "So, what are your greatest weaknesses?"  [GULP.]

[Is this a trick question? And how in the world am I supposed to answer it?]

Push the pause button.

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Student Central Job Search Services

Your gateway to the best entry-level jobs on the Internet.

Signup page for StudentCentral to look for entry level jobs.

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References and the Job Search

References and the Job Search | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

References are a vital part of the job search, but there are many misconceptions about who to use and how to give their information to employers.

Here are the do's and don'ts of references.

 

DO:

 

Have at least three references.

 

Give your references a copy of your resume... 

 

DON'T: Include any references on your resume itself

 

Include someone as a reference who can’t speak...

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6 Ways to Shorten Your Job Search Without a Resume

6 Ways to Shorten Your Job Search Without a Resume | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Resumes are important, but they aren't silver bullets. Six ways to shorten your search without sending a resume.

It is never too late to do these things.


  *Eliminate Technical Weaknesses

 

  *Eliminate Perceived Weaknesses

 

  *Take a Professional Head Shot, or Two

 

  *Clean Up Digital Dirt

 

  *Establish Yourself as a Thought Leader

 

  *Establish Your Network

If you are diligent—and lucky—you will never have to look for work again: Opportunities will begin to come to you.

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Making the Job Search Work for You

Making the Job Search Work for You | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Looking for a job is like playing the dating game: you’re like a lover looking for the best mate, and the employer is playing the same game in reverse.

I’ve been travelling around the country the last few weeks meeting with HR leaders and everywhere I go I hear the same thing: there are a lot of people out of work, yet we are having a tough time finding the right candidates.

I call this the paradox of today’s labor market. Even in the world of high unemployment, the match between employer and candidate is worse than ever.

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Take Your Job Networking Online to Leverage Your Job Search

Take Your Job Networking Online to Leverage Your Job Search | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

There are two great benefits of using LinkedIn for recent grads, along with other job seekers.

The first big positive is that one can continually be informed of changes in a company or industry, almost up to the minute.

The other wonderful reason is the ability one has to market oneself on one’s LinkedIn profile and personalized website with a professional resume and picture.

It is a great way to get your name out there, along with your professional information, skills, etc. which will enable you to join groups, as well as forums with like-minded employers and colleagues.

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Successful Job Interview Secret - The 7 P's

Successful Job Interview Secret - The 7 P's | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Don’t waste a job interview opportunity.

Stick to the basics, don’t over analyse.

Employers hire the people they like.

The 7 P’s are the secret to successful job interviews.

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How to cram for your job interview

How to cram for your job interview | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Want to stand out from the crowd of job seekers? Forget summa cum laude or fluency in Mandarin. If you're as qualified as the next applicant coming in for an interview, you can set yourself apart with one simple thing: homework.

Seems obvious, but hiring managers and interview panelists regularly complain that applicants fail to research the company, the job they're seeking and the goals they'll be contributing to, both large and small.

And that's why, for recent grads and experienced job seekers alike, taking the time to study up can make the difference between a job offer and a "no thanks." Before you set foot into an interview room, you should know the basics of the company's business, its areas of growth and some of its recent key initiatives.

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5 Tips to Grow Your LinkedIn Network

5 Tips to Grow Your LinkedIn Network | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Job Seekers tap into LinkedIn’s 150 million–member worldwide network.

Yet it’s important to focus on the right kinds of activities that will yield the best results.

 

This article identifies five key strategies and activities you can focus on to build and grow your network.

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5 Things to Ask in a Job Interview

5 Things to Ask in a Job Interview | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

“Do you have any questions for me?” This is typically the final question you will be asked in a job interview.

Ask the wrong questions and you might look like a bad fit.

Ask no questions and you might look indifferent, inexperienced, or uneducated about the position.

Asking the right questions is one of your best (and last) chances to determine whether the job and company are a good fit for you.

Here are five questions to get you started.

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How to Get a Job by Leveraging Your Alumni Network

How to Get a Job by Leveraging Your Alumni Network | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

Everyone knows your alma mater's alumni network can help you find a job. But just how, exactly, does that work?

What if you’ve lost touch with the alumni you once knew, or they all ended up working in fields other than your own?

Is beginning the process while you’re still in school jumping the gun? Is it too late when you’ve been laid off?

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How To Interview For A Job In Sales

How To Interview For A Job In Sales | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

"Landing a sales job with the right company could possibly be the launch pad for a very successful and prosperous career. Having interviewed and hired many sales reps myself, I have been astonished by what some candidates do and say while in the interview process."

 

"There are specific things that the very best job candidates consistently do, and common traits sales managers will almost always be looking for. Whenever you follow these simple tips, you will impress your interviewer, standout amongst your peers, and greatly improve your probability of getting hired."

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Help Your Job Search Using Pinterest

Help Your Job Search Using Pinterest | Job Seekers Advice with Street Smarts | Scoop.it

You have your bases covered with other social media platforms but have you put your work on Pinterest?

Here's how to get started and post a living resume.

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Top Entry Level Employers for Your Job Search

Top entry level employer hiring expectations for more than 500 companies, including links to the company home page, careers page and college page.
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