Tag Archives: job search

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

Resume Verbs, Networking, & LinkedIn Groups – Recent Topics

28 May

I’ve been writing about a range of topics important for your job hunt in my recent articles on U.S. News & World Report. Here are some of the topics and links, and at the bottom is the link to the archive of more than 30 articles that I’ve published in there the last year there.

10 Pack-a-Punch Verbs to Include on Your Resume.  When you are writing your resume, each bullet point should begin with an action verb, and you should then couple it with what you did, how you did it, and your results. You might be surprised how effective you can be when you describe what you’ve done using words like: catapult, maximize, mentor, collaborate, and more. This article shows you how to think about verbs you can use. http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/05/21/10-pack-a-punch-verbs-to-include-on-your-resume

6 Tips for Working the Room at a Networking Event. You job hunt is ultimately about meeting people and connecting with them in person. Writing a great resume, doing great research on LinkedIn, and applying on line are all important, but they are essentially tools to get you into the “main event” of a job interview. So often, people are shy, or don’t fully take advantage of networking opportunities. And even when “in the room” with the ideal contact it easy not to know quite what to say or how to act. This article provides a roadmap for how to get into a room and work it to your advantage. http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/05/14/6-tips-for-working-the-room-at-a-networking-event

6 Foolproof Ways to Use LinkedIn Groups to Land Your Next Job. You probably got the first memo: Being on LinkedIn is of key importance in your job search. Here’s the follow up: It’s not enough to just create a static profile and then ignore it. LinkedIn Groups provide a powerful way to expand your effort with ease, learn new information, find hidden jobs, and enhance your own personal brand. It doesn’t take a huge amount of time, and it is well worth your effort to join groups and leverage them for your job search. http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/05/07/6-foolproof-ways-to-use-linkedin-groups-to-land-your-next-job

I’m honored to be one of just ten career management experts who contribute each week to the “On Careers” Blog on U.S. News & World Report. New articles appear each Monday through Thursday, and mine are published each Tuesday. Here’s the link to the Blog: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers, and here is the link to the archive of my articles: http://money.usnews.com/topics/author/arnie_fertig. If you click on “View more U.S. News Articles” at the bottom of this and the pages that follow, you’ll find all of my more than 30 articles now featured.

Do you have ideas for topics you would like covered in future articles? I’m always open to your ideas and suggestions. And I’m more than appreciative when you pass links on to my articles by clicking on the social icons on the left of each of them to share by Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+.

Happy reading… and happy hunting!

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!

 

Great Tax Tips for Job Hunters

20 Mar

I often say that getting a job is a job. It turns out that the IRS sees it that way too! Job hunters can (under certain circumstances) deduct expenses they incur in their search for employment, as if the job hunt were a business. 

In this week’s U.S. News article I offer some great specific suggestions from a CPA about how job hunters can find and take several unexpected deductions, as well as how to get a handle on their finances. Please pass it along to anyone who may find it useful! Here’s the link:

 http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/03/19/5-smart-tax-tips-for-job-hunters

 

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

Swap a Stale Objective for a Fresh Branding Statement on Your Resume

16 Jan

These days resume evaluators assume that their job is your objective.  They are tired of looking at “Objective Statements” at the top of a resume, because at this stage the process is all about the employer’s objective to find great talent rather than the job hunter’s objective of finding a great job. A successful resume today replaces the “this is what I want” statement with a “this is the value that I offer” branding statement.

“Personal Branding” is today’s operative buzzword. Some job hunters are befuddled by what that is all about. In my USNews & World Report article I get to the heart of the statement that gets to the heart of who you are: your attributes, your value, and your uniqueness. Moreover, I provide examples of three different “knock your socks off” branding statements and how you can go about the task of projecting your value through your personal brand.  Here’s the link to the full article: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/01/15/resumes-101-swap-a-stale-objective-for-a-fresh-branding-statement?goback=.gde_4051582_member_204643023

 

3 Tips To Power-Up Your Resume

2 Jan

The New Year is at hand. With holiday parties over, now is the time to roll up your sleeves and execute your resolution to move your career to the next level.

As you sit down to compose or edit your resume, remember that its singular purpose is to address an employer’s first question: “Can this person do the work that is associated with this job, and do they have the right background to make a potentially strong fit?” Only if you pass this test can you begin to move along the other stages of the hiring process.

In my latest article published by USNews & World Report I show how you can use your intelligence, perspective and especially the power “How” to juice up your resume and jumpstart your job search for 2013. Here’s the link: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/01/02/3-ways-to-power-up-your-resume-for-the-new-year

Happy hunting!

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!

 

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