This time of year many job seekers take a cue from the weather, and the shorter days, and just want to make like a bear and hibernate until spring. Some people even mistakenly think the cold weather slows hiring down. Not true! Heat up your job search efforts because employers are hiring.
To be most effective, though, you’re going to need a plan. Check out this interesting infographic from CareerShift. They detail five important suggestions for dashing through your job search this winter.
Job title inflation is rampant, and that’s not to say it’s wrong – I always encourage candidates to use verbiage that both accurately describes their role and contributions, but that also best speaks to the interests of the position.
One thing they’re doing wrong is slapping a job title on the resume that says nothing about what they did, and/or conveys a completely different level of expertise than that which they’re targeting.
Fear of rejection is one aspect of job searching that most job seekers share.
We often slow, or even sabotage, our job search – perhaps by not asking for the help we need, or maybe by avoiding meeting new people through networking or informational interviews simply because those critical aspects of the job search fall outside our comfort zones…
I attended a webinar on “the resume for the well-rounded student” hosted by well-intended career services veterans.
Unfortunately, at a time when soon-to-be and recent graduates, and current students need all the high-quality counsel they can get, the advice in that webinar likely wouldn’t help anyone find work – ever…
I spend a lot of time reading job search and career-related books. And in all this reading one piece of information has proven constant: The job search strategy most likely to yield results… networking. The worst job search strategy is to avoid all human contact and only apply for jobs virtually.
Listed below is a summary of job search strategies and their general effectiveness from the classic career book, “What Color Is Your Parachute?”. Here are the 5 best, and the 5 worst, ways to find a job:
Like them or hate them, LinkedIn endorsements aren’t going away.
Dismissed by many as something as about as useful as a Facebook “like,” many career industry experts and recruiters see this feature as pure fluff. They felt many endorsements were akin to “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine.”
But social media experts have a different angle. Thought leader and 312digital.com founder Sean McGinnis had this to say about it in a recent Facebook post: