This post was inspired by my work trip to Colombia last week. I met with dozens of professionals of all walks of life and career paths and questions like "What are the best places to work overseas right now?", "Where is the highest demand for foreign talent?", and “Do I have any chances of being hired for an expat role?” were the hot topics for discussions last week in Bogota.Read More
The first thing you need to do is develop an overall job search strategy. It is imperative that you develop a plan for finding employment because if you don’t, your job search experience will likely lead to frustrations and missed opportunities. What’s involved in developing a job search strategy? Sit down and determine the types of companies that interest you, as well as the different methods you’ll use to track down job leads. In terms of the types of companies, determine whether you are interested in public or private firms; domestic, foreign, or international (global) firms. You should also consider what type of corporate culture you are seeking.Read More
There are many moving parts to every job search, and it is far too easy to feel overwhelmed. When it comes to switching industries or pursuing a new role, we face a whole host of added internal and external challenges - the uncertainty about the duration of search and the “fit”, lack of understanding on how to effectively brand yourself in the new market, small or nonexistent network of industry contacts, and insufficient work experience, to name a few.Read More
There’s no better way to show you’re serious about moving to a place than by physically being there. Make an effort to spend 3-5 days in your new location—or take a few short trips over the course of a couple of months to schedule interviews and meet contacts. The most effective strategy that has been proven to work with hundreds of my clients requires approaching the new job market from 3 angles:Read More
If you are reading this, chances are you are confronting the change you never asked for. Take comfort that you are not alone. In my work as a career coach and a “thinking partner”, I spend a lot of time speaking to people in all walks of life, from an executive in Dubai to a young professional in Tokyo to a stay-at-home mom in Houston, TX that needs to re-enter the workforce. People of all ages and walks of life face challenges when dealing with the job loss in every part of the world. Getting stuck in denial, becoming paralyzed by fear and/or shame, spending a lot of time and energy on blame and/or regret, focusing on the problem, rather than the solution are just a few among many change sinkholes. My goal is to offer you a way to manage the change you are facing, share personal stories of people that successfully transitioned from lay offs to new opportunities and give you direction that will allow you to not just merely survive but to thrive during the transition period. Let’s take a look.Read More
When you're looking for a job you're likely to need multiple job search letters for different contacts and situations. The true value of job search letters is that they let you share specific information - achievements, project highlights, work experiences, education credentials and other qualifications - that relate directly to a job posting, recruiter search, networking contact, or referral. More often than not job seekers prepare a single resume to use for every opportunity. For the most part that's fine. At times, you will want to customize your resume a bit for this job or that job but the majority of the document remains the same. That's why job search letters are so crucial. They are customized to each opportunity. They bring to the forefront what matters most to each precise situation. Job search letters allow you to:
Showcase the most important items from your resume that will best position you as a prime candidate for a specific opportunity.
Go beyond your resume. You might share details of a particular project, an industry that you know well, a customer market in which you have extensive contacts … a whole host of items that you might not have focused on in your resume because they aren’t the highlights of your career. But in some cases, they may matter most.
Share information about your special circumstances - Career change, military transition and other unique situations. More often than not, this type of information is not included in a resume, so your job search letter becomes the tool for sharing relevant details so that hiring managers, recruiters and other decision makers understand your true career history.
Equip yourself with a portfolio of job search letters that will allow you to respond to different opportunities in a variety of ways: online, email, a good old-fashioned snail mail (yes, snail mail can still work in certain situations!). There are several essential types of job search letters: job posting letters, cold call letters, recruiter letters, networking letters, referral letters and thank-you notes.
Six Hallmarks of a Modern Job Search Letter:
1. Instantly communicates why you are writing
2. Clearly establishes who you are
3. Captures attention by addressing your readers needs and interest
4. Includes specific examples of value and success, not just generic qualifications
5. It's succinctly written and easily readable appealing to human and electronic readers
6. Closes with a call to action
Pro Tip: Keep the ball in your court. Every time you write to an individual, the follow-up is under your control. You have that person's name, company name and most likely an email address. If you don't have a phone number, you can call the main company number and ask for that person. Follow-up is courteous and professional and will make you stand out because most of the job seekers don't follow up with a phone call, if at all.
Need advice on your job search letters?
Source: Modernize your job search letters by Wendy Enelow & Louise Kursmark
Your resume is a marketing tool. A career snapshot immediately informs the hiring manager of your capabilities and gives an idea of your natural career progression.
A one-page career summary is a shorter, more targeted version of your resume that can be a very effective way of immediately grabbing a hiring manager’s attention. Providing a snapshot of your key achievements, strengths, competencies, experience and qualifications, it is particularly relevant for senior executives with many accomplishments and years of professional experience.
A one-page career summary can act as a useful marketing tool that can stand alone or can accompany a full resume providing more detailed information. As with any resume, it needs to be tailored to reflect the specific requirements of any role you are applying for.
We have three career snapshot resume templates available for download on our website. Check out our templates here:
We have heard the saying that first impressions are everything. When it comes to the world of cyberspace and your digital footprint, the online image that you created can either make or break your case as a job seeker. Anytime you are posting a photo, sharing content with others, liking or commenting on somebody’s blog post, you represent your personal and professional brand and you bring attention to your brand.
For a long time, recruiters heavily relied on the resumes alone to determine if the candidate was a good fit. That has changed. Now. Through the use of search engines, social networks and companies like Social Intelligence, businesses have ready access to a lot more information regarding you than ever before. During the selection and employment process, companies are able to information that you think is hidden, allowing them to learn so much more about than you think, including many aspects of your personal life. Social Intelligence Corp is the provider of social media reports, specializing in employment background screenings. Their Social Media Hiring Report captures any activity on the internet relating to the candidate that is potentially unlawful, potentially violent behavior, racism and/or demonstrations of intolerance, and sexually explicit material. You do not want to eliminate yourself from the hiring pool because of the content associated with you online that puts you in a negative light.
There are a lot of tools out there that can help you build, repair and maintain your digital footprint and your online reputation. Google’s Me on the Web tool notifies you when personal data appears on the web. Pipl is the most comprehensive people search on the web and it makes it easy to get contact, social and professional information about people. Social Assurity provides several solutions targeted at managing and improving your digital footprint and professional reputation. And ReputationDefender offers its clients a number of services to help adjust online search results for themselves and their businesses. In a time when modern technology continues to advance rapidly, hiring managers, human resources, and recruiters are looking for the digital footprint you are leaving with comments, pictures and twits you are sending. It's time to take advantage of the technology that is allowing you to showcase your professionalism online and build or repair your online brand. Posting purposeful content as this can help:
- Respectable posts that show you having fun in the office, during your free time or in the community
- Informational or motivational posts that advance or uplift the reader or show industry awareness
- Links to articles, market data, and information that show an employer you are aware of the space
- Infographics or other images that highlight your hobby or industry
- Inspirational quotes, jokes and other easy to digest media that is in good taste
Some of the below items with instantly disqualify you from consideration:
- Derogatory, inappropriate, and unprofessional pictures, videos or information, including your username
- Affiliations with drug and alcohol misuse, and criminal activity or involvement of any kind
- Negative commentary about past employers or disclosure of confidential information
- Discriminatory verbiage about race, gender, physical ability, or religion
- Links to questionable content posted by others that includes sexual and / or violence-related content
Be mindful of what you AND others are posting on your networks. Allowing others to post content on your profile may imply your support of such topics. The same advice applies to any blogs or websites that you own. From my interactions with colleagues (recruiters and HR managers) and I can assure you that recruiters view blog posts, comments to blog posts, sites like Pipl, White Pages, and Whois, along with the list of other online destinations. You might have a personal blog or a website that has nothing to do with your professional life. If they find it, be sure it will be taken into consideration. The above list of bullet points is a list of NO CALLBACK bullets, and recruiters can uncover a lot by using your email address, yes, the one you provided on your resume.
When you broadcast some of the below and similar items on your personal site and social media accounts, you gain interest with the companies and recruiters:
- Background information that authenticates your position within an industry
- Displays of your creativity and interest in ways that highlight your contribution and positive personality
- Effective communication skills and avoiding the “text talk”
- Awards and achievements, particularly those that emphasize your professional dimensions
- Active role in the community and teamwork
Perform a digital name check, change your privacy settings on social media, revise your personal blog if necessary, delete abandoned social media accounts, work with professional firms like Social Assurity or Reputation Defender. Finally, when you’re about to post an angry status or emotional tweet, make sure you’d be happy if a recruiter saw your post and formed an opinion of you based on it. Also remember that LinkedIn tends to come up first in a personal search engine query, so keep your LinkedIn profile strictly professional. Don’t publish offensive or incriminating posts and share interesting information that promotes your professional brand.
Here are the brief descriptions and links to the online tools mentioned in the article:
http://www.google.com/alerts Google’s Me on the Web tool notifies you when personal data appears on the web.
http://pipl.com/ The most comprehensive people search on the web. Pipl makes it easy to get contact, social and professional information about people.
http://www.whitepages.com/ People and public records search. Find contact information and background reports on yourself.
https://www.whois.com/ If you own a website, search domain name registration records.
http://www.socialintel.com/ Social Intelligence Corp is the provider of social media reports, specializing in employment background screenings. The Social Media Hiring Report captures any activity on the internet relating to the candidate that is potentially unlawful, potentially violent behavior, racism and/or demonstrations of intolerance, and sexually explicit material.
http://www.reputationdefender.com/reputation Online reputation management. ReputationDefender offers its clients a number of services to help adjust online search results for themselves and their businesses.
http://socialassurity.com/ Offers several solutions targeted at managing and improving your digital footprint and professional reputation.