Tag Archives: job hunt

HOW TO MOBILIZE YOUR NETWORK

26 Jun

Virtually every career coach, outplacement adviser, or college career service officer will agree: the best way to get a job is to network your way into it. But that can be a tall order if you’ve been out of work for some time, or if you think of yourself as a shy or introverted person. And it is doubly hard if you think of networking as just telling everyone in real or virtual earshot, “Help me! What should I do?”

Networking is fundamentally about building relationships, whether online though social sites like LinkedIn, or in-person at all kinds of meetings and informational interviews. Chances are, if you step back and think about it, you already have a good network to begin with: family members, current and former co-workers, members of professional organizations, alumni groups, church or synagogue, and so forth. And then the question becomes: how do you go about the task of getting your network to work for you effectively?

In my article, “6 Ways to Mobilize Your Network” published by U.S. News & World Report, I explain how you can make it easy for people to help you. If you think carefully about how your audience will understand your message, ask for reasonable things, provide specific guidance for people about how they can best help you, and treat the members of your network with respect, you will be well on your way toward success. Read more about how to put these tips into action, and more in my article. Here’s the link: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/06/25/6-ways-to-mobilize-your-network

“The New LinkedIn” – Come to My Free Presentation!

14 Jun

LinkedIn LogoWithin the past week, LinkedIn has rolled out a whole new menu system, and changed the way you can use the site for your job hunt. I’ll be covering this and more in my presentation, “THE NEW LINKEDIN”, sponsored by Career Transitions of Greater Boston,

When: Tuesday June 18th, from 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Where: Burlington Public Library, 22 Sears St., Burlington, MA

This meeting is free, and open to all!

HERE IS JUST PART OF WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
• Why you should build your online network, and how to do it
• How to use your network to help you get your next job
• How to create an effective, compelling profile
• The value of recommendations and endorsements
• How to use LinkedIn to research opportunities and stay up-to-date in your field
• How to identify and be seen by the thought leaders in your industry
• How to use LinkedIn groups to multiply your networking efforts, and make you “findable” by the right people

Whether you are a LinkedIn neophyte or veteran, come learn about the new LI interface and how you can use it to further your job hunting success. I hope to see you!

Invitation To My Next LinkedIn Presentation

13 May

I hope to see you at my next presentation!

WHAT EVERY JOB HUNTER

NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT LINKEDIN

Wednesday, May 22nd from 6:00-7:15pm

Career Source, 186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge MA

3rd floor of Fresh Pond Shopping Center near the Alewife T Station.

There will also be an opportunity for networking along with refreshments.

In this forum, you will learn:

  • Why you should build your online network, and how to do it
  • How to use your network to help you get your next job
  • How to create an effective, compelling profile
  • The value of recommendations and endorsements
  • How to use LinkedIn to research opportunities and stay up-to-date in your field
  • How to identify and be seen by the thought leaders in your industry
  • How to use LinkedIn Groups to multiply your networking efforts, and may you “findable” by the right people.

Registration: Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Please call 617-661-7876 ext. 0 to reserve a seat and pay with a credit card, or pay cash at the door.  Cost: $10.00.

Career Source is operated by Middlesex Community College. Learn more at: www.yourcareersource.com.

5 Springtime Ways to Catapult Your Job Hunt Forward

3 Apr

The spring days are getting longer and warmer, flowers are sprouting, and recent economic reports show signs that the economy is bouncing back to life at long last. This is the season when corporations move hiring into high gear.

In my U.S. News & World Report article this week I speak about five season-sensitive activities for you to capitalize upon this spring. Learn how by embracing the job hunt process, responding positively to the success of others, volunteering, and two other key activities can spring your job search forward. Here’s the link: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/04/02/5-ways-to-put-spring-into-your-job-hunt

Happy hunting!

 

Revealing the Hidden Job Market

4 Feb

The “hidden job market” is one of the biggest of buzz phrases for job seekers. Believe it or not, experts suggest that up to 80 percent of the available jobs at any one time are hidden from public view, although absolute documentation is hard to come by. So where are all these jobs, and how can you access them?

My article, “How You Can Find a Hidden Job“, in USNews & World Report demystifies all the “buzz” about the hidden job market, explains why some jobs will never be made public, and how you can go about the task of pulling back the curtains to reveal the opportunities that are just waiting to be discovered. Here’s the link to the full scoop: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/01/29/how-you-can-find-a-hidden-job

If You Want a Great Job, Tell a Great Story

11 Dec

The film Lincoln is getting rave reviews because it tells a great story in an engaging way. And, it reminds us that the 16th president was most effective at convincing someone to take his side when he was able, without hesitation, to reach into his past and relate a story to the current moment. If you are a job hunter, there are several important lessons you can learn from this movie to aid you in your search.

First and foremost, you need to begin to see yourself as a storyteller. In my article this week in USNews & World report, I explain what I mean by this and offer five other key insights about your job hunt gleaned from this great new movie. Here’s the link: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2012/12/11/if-you-want-a-great-job-tell-a-great-story?s_cid=related-links:TOP

3 Things LinkedIn Can Do To Help You Nab Your Next Job

5 Dec

Have you noticed the zillions are articles written about the virtues of LinkedIn and necessity of you getting on board in order to have a successful job hunt? Social media permeates our society, and LinkedIn has become the most fertile hunting ground for talent for recruiters and businesses of all sizes. The buzz about LinkedIn does point to something real, but it often doesn’t clarify, beyond “help you get a job” the three basic ways this business social media site can help you do just that.

Put in simplest terms, you should use LinkedIn in such a way as to:

  1. Make you findable by companies and recruiters looking for someone with your talents and experience;
  2. Enable you to find employment opportunities worth pursuing; and
  3. Help you learn what you need to know about the “latest and greatest” in your field, about companies you want to work for and the people who already work there, especially including the people you want to hire you… and much, much more.

In my latest article, 3 Ways LinkedIn Can Help You Nab a Job, published by USNews & World Report I not only talk about these three things, but give specific tips about how to do so. Here’s the link: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2012/12/04/3-ways-linkedin-can-help-you-nab-a-job

Happy hunting!

 

Don’t Just Find “a” Job. Find the Right Job!

14 Nov

As a savvy job hunter, it is critically important for you to continually research potential employers for two reasons:

1. You can tailor your cover letter and interview performance to demonstrate that you care about the company, and have given serious thought to ways in which you can contribute to it.

2. You can make an educated decision about whether the job you’re applying for is an excellent fit for your experience, skills, personality, and long-term aspirations. Before you make a commitment, your eyes should be open wide to both the challenges and opportunities that come with the job.

In my article on USNews & World Report this week I give concrete examples of how to go about researching potential employers, and what to look for when determining if a given job or employer is a good fit for your career aspirations. Here’s the link:

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2012/11/13/how-proper-research-buoys-your-job-chances-and-career-path

THE SECRET OF SUCCESSFUL NETWORKING

9 Oct

 

“I’m out of work, and need a job—fast!” relates a desperate job hunter to his friend.

“So… what have you been doing so far?” she responds.

“I’m networking like crazy! I’m calling everyone I know and saying: HELP ME!”

The friend continues to probe, “And how’s that working out for you so far?”

“Not so well. No one seems to be getting back to me. No one is listening to what I need from them. So much for all this networking baloney I keep hearing about!”

This job hunter isn’t actually networking. He is floundering around and putting his immediate needs in front of building solid relationships, which is at the heart of solid networking. In my article which is published by USNews & World Report, I explain how this job hunter – and you – can succeed in building an effective network that will ultimately lead to a job! Here’s the link: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2012/10/09/the-secret-of-successful-networking-the-informational-interview

Happy hunting!

 

New 2 minute video: Tweet Your Way to Your Next Job

25 Apr

I’ve just posted a 2 minute video on the topic: How To Tweet Your Way
To Your Next Job.  Here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvuTpkeqXFQ

I’d love it if you would check it out and leave a comment or two.This will be the first in a series of video shorts for job hunters
that I’ll be posting.  Do subscribe to the YouTube Jobhuntercoach channel to get them all as they are produced… and while you are at
it, subscribe to this website to gain access to all my articles as soon as they appear.

Happy hunting!

Arnie Fertig
fer@jobhuntercoach.com

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