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Job Search Advice: 5 Major Social Networking Job Search Mistakes To Avoid In 2012

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If you’re engaged in a job search right now, take some time during the holiday season to revamp your job search strategy and make sure you aren’t committing any of these job search stalling mistakes.

SOCIAL NETWORKING MISTAKES

LinkedIn Mistake #1: Never request to be endorsed by someone you have never professionally or personally worked with, for, or with whom you have conducted business.  It is incredibly unprofessional.  How can someone recommend you and the work you’ve done if they’ve never actually worked with you in some way, shape, or form?

LinkedIn Mistake #2: Posting an unprofessional photo of yourself.  LinkedIn is a professional networking site, so it should be kept professional.  Post a headshot of yourself in a business or business casual outfit.  Don’t upload an image of yourself partying, drinking, or with other people.  Employers will look you up—and you do not want to do anything to eliminate yourself from a potential opportunity.

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Job Search Means Always Saying Thank You - 5 Tips for Thank You Letters

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"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

After sorting through countless resumes and interviewing candidates, it sometimes comes down to the Thank You letter as the deciding factor for some hiring managers.

Now you may be thinking why should I send a Thank You letter and how can this possibly decide the outcome of who gets the job, but Thank You letters really have little to do saying thank you (confused yet?).

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Does Your LinkedIn Profile Serve As A Good Resume Supplement?

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A job search can easily move at a fast pace; so fast, in fact, that we don’t consider the importance of the steps we take in the process.  This can be true of searching for jobs, writing resumes and cover letters, and even choosing the companies to which we submit.

LinkedIn has quickly become an amazing tool, aiding job seekers in finding employment thanks to its networking facilities.  But it can serve as a great way to supplement your resume.  Do you use your profile to meet this goal?

Expand on Your Qualifications

Your resume provides a snapshot of your qualifications.  It offers a bit of insight into who you are as a candidate, what skills you’ve acquired from or provided to other companies in the past, and how likely you are to succeed in the role you want.  Typically, your cover letter and interview provide additional insight into these qualifications, but your LinkedIn profile can also be used to fill in the gaps.

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So You Want To be An Astronaut? How Hiring: NASA

This is no joke… NASA is hiring Astronauts.

For those who have dreamed of going to space there just might be a chance.

Here is the recruiting video:
 

 

NASA had a BIG announcement yesterday and they have posted the following info online at USAJOBS. Find it by clicking:

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Job Title:

Astronaut Candidate

Department:

National Aeronautics & Space Administration

Agency:

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

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Resume Advice: Both Soft And Hard Skills Are Important In IT Resumes

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As an information technology (IT) professional, you are probably accustomed to speaking, thinking, and breathing technology.  So now that it’s time for you to apply for new positions, you are likely ready to utilize all of those great technical terms that make your industry flow so smoothly.

But as a candidate writing resumes for individuals who may not exactly be entrenched in your world, you may have to make a few tweaks to have your resume read and understood by others.  Additionally, it’s important to soften your resume a bit to show employers you come equipped with both hard and soft skills and are well rounded.

What are Soft and Hard Skills?

When applying for jobs, it’s good to know the distinction between soft and hard skills, especially as you begin to list experience in your resume.  Even for the most technical positions, employers want to know that candidates come with both soft and hard skills.  So what are they exactly?

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Unemployed Anthem: Cost Of Livin' – Ronnie Dunn

You ever hear “one of those songs” that stops you in your tracks?

This one did it for me.

Times are difficult on Main Street U.S.A.

And in the suburbs and downtowns too.

I hope this song takes off and I hope my recruiter, hiring manager and HR friends hear it too.

And not just hear it… but feel it.

Many of the industry conferences this year have included sessions about the “candidate experience”.

I hope this makes it more personal.

Not having a job sucks and we need to remember that every application and inquiry is a person with a family, responsibilities and most of all… pride.

Here is the video and below are the lyrics (there is a 34 second intro):

 

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Job Search Advice: How Twitter Hashtags Can Help You Find a Position

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Everyone probably remembers the first time they heard about Twitter and about how young people were throwing around their one-liners about sitting on the porch, walking to the mailbox, walking back to the porch, sitting down …well, you get the picture.  But since that time, Twitter has evolved into an amazing resource for companies seeking customers—and even job seekers looking for work.

One reason that seekers have had success landing jobs through Twitter is because of the use of hashtags, which function as mini search tools.  They help others find you and your comments based on your use of the number sign (#) followed by specific words (e.g., #lookingforwork).  Let’s take a closer look at how they could help you find a position.

Hashtags Help You to Network Successfully

Hashtags have worked wonders for job seekers attempting to reach out to networks of people in hopes of acquiring help in finding work.  This is because networking has become its own beast on Twitter, and hashtags have functioned as its catalyst.

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Blogging Does Not Make You An Expert

Lately I find that I disagree with more of what I read from the job search, career, HR and recruiting community than I agree with.

Maybe it’s because being on the other side of 40 I am starting to embrace the life of a curmudgeon. I hope that’s not the case. Hopefully it’s because I have been around long enough to have a finely tuned BS meter.

And so it happens again today that I read something and my BS meter breaks. Not just goes off but breaks...

On Twitter I saw a link to The Secret to a Successful Career Transition: Blogging, clicked and was taken to Brazen Careerist.

Third paragraph in I read:

Looking back more than eight years later, I wish someone would have told me that I didn’t need to wait for a job or title or promotion to become an expert.

WHAT?!?!?!?!

They didn’t tell you because it is not true!!!

I agree with the ideas in the article that writing a blog can help with recognition.

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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