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How to use LinkedIn for jobhunting

 

Social media is one of the fastest growing ways of landing yourself a job, or developing your career further through networking “virtually”.

Linkedin is by far the fasted growing network site for professionals and businesses world wide and the most useful features for jobhunting and self promotion are free to use. It is the best platform to get your professional CV or company credentials out to potential employers or new clients. So, how do you use Linkedin? Here’s our top 5 tips!

1. Get a profile! Firstly, you will need to get yourself a profile over at www.linkedin.com Once you have filled in your details you will be sent a confirmation email. You must click on the link sent to you to activate your new Linkedin account. Once its activated, do not hesitate and go and complete your profile!  Completing your profile should include your contact details, current employment position, previous posts, a profile picture, emails for references etc. Make sure you include your skills as these are your most marketable qualities. Put the relevant keywords in for your specialism.

2. Once you have double checked all your details – start networking! This is your opportunity to reconnect with your graduating class or colleagues. Look and learn from their profiles and take note of who they are ‘Linked in’ with. You can optimise your searches to find clients through their industry or location.

3. Reach out to people and start to join and create groups. By using group forums you can demonstrate your expertise. Help answer people’s questions. Help connect other people. Look for new connections of your own. Try and dedicate even half an hour a week to maintaining your network.

4. Interact with others and update your status regularly, but remember, LinkedIn is not like Facebook! Keep it professional and not updates about where you are going tonight or what you are having for tea!

5. Link in to your other professional-use social media networks such as Twitter and Google+. Use the tools Linkedin has to offer to add apps to your account enhancing your profile.

Linkedin is an easy to use site which will aid your business or professional status. Explore all the facilities available on Linkedin and create your own opportunities!

Let us know your top LinkedIn tips in the comments below!

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What To Expect In Your First Week Of Work

 

Congratulations! You have made it through the interview process and are about to start your new job, but what do you expect to happen in your first week at work?

On a personal level, it is advised to be prepared both mentally and physically for beginning your new role. Set your alarm half an hour earlier than you need to be ready so you are early to work. Have your uniform or clothes ready for the week ahead so there is no last minute panic in the morning. Being prepared will calm your nerves and leave you ready and willing to start work.

The first few days of entering the work place you will probably be assigned a mentor. This mentor will be a person delegated to show you around your work environment and give you your personal ID and log ins. He or she may then go through a staff handbook or manual as part of an induction process.  This is your chance to ask those all important questions about your payment process and company procedures and anything else that isn’t covered in the manual. Make sure you pipe up if you have a question. In one job I worked at many years ago, everyone kept referring to the term “proforma” as a term of payment. I didn’t want to appear stupid by not knowing. Believe me, I certainly looked daft when I finally asked three years later what it meant!  It may help if you have your questions written down in case you forget them in all the excitement of meeting your colleagues.

You will be introduced to a lot of new people on the first few days and you will probably not remember everyone.s names. Why not go back in your spare time to re-introduce yourself and make a note of important contacts in relevant departments.

As your training begins, you will probably take part in some team building exercise if you were hired as part of a group intake. If you were hired as an individual intake, you may get to work on a one-to-one basis with your team leader or manager.

Towards the end of the week, you may be given a chance to start work on a current project providing you have fulfilled the required training targets. If you are not ready to start work so soon, do not be disheartened. Use this time to arrange your work space, learn from observing your colleges, and ask more questions. Managers will be looking for eagerness. I once recruited, well, inherited really, a new starter in a call centre who didn’t grasp the job at all. I asked her to keep a note of any issues she was struggling with as she listening into calls with an experienced team member. At the end of the day when we met up, her notebook was covered in doodles of flowers. I showed her the door!

Do not expect to start working on projects or with clients until much later. Do not set your expectations too high remember at this stage you are trainee and in time you will have your chance to shine.

Good luck! Let us know of any of your tips in the comments below!

 

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What are employers looking for in an interview?

 

Preparing for a new job, new school or even an acting role requires attending an interview, which can be nerve wracking at the best of times. It is especially difficult in today’s economical climate. Not only are jobs few and far between nowadays, the competition will be tougher than ever with everyone fighting for the same limited position. Do not let this deter you. Instead make it you spur you on to go further and do better than everyone else.

By checking your travel route to the interview, making sure you have notes ready and plenty of time to arrive, learning the name/s of your interviewers and arriving early, this preparation will hold you in good stead. But, these alone won’t get you the job.

So, what is it that employers are looking for?  Employers are looking for several things from these interviews and it is your chance as a candidate to stand out from the crowd. The only way to do this is to know your potential employer and the company like the back of your hand. There are generally a list of interview requirements sent out to you or even mentioned on the corporate website. Study these, follow their guidelines and then go that extra mile to add a special little something else.

Whats the extra mile? It could be anything from quoting an achievement by the employer and linking back to a similar achievement you have made. Perhaps its offering an insight to a business idea. Anything that is directly in keeping with the nature of the interview (e.g. don’t tell your potential new boss how many points you have on your xbox games) and that shed a little light on your experienced, enthusiastic and committed nature will be favoured.

Why bother? Well that all depends on how much you want the job in the first place, but employers like to see someone with drive and ambition. Obviously it isn’t advisable to tell he/she that one day will you be sitting in their office doing their job (they may see you as a threat). A little enthusiasm though definitely goes a  long way.

Keep it relevant and to the point, but also make it real and explain how you can contribute to the company. Why should they pick you over Mr Blogs next door? What is it that you have that he doesn’t? They aren’t interested in how well you have memorised their history, but throwing in a few facts may help.

Imagine you were going for an acting role, for example. Not only would you have to know the lines of the monologue you were due to deliver, expected to have rehearsed them and therefore get into character, you would have to know the story inside out. If a director stopped you mid sentence and asked you why you were feeling a certain way when speaking those lines, and what relevance it has to the rest of the play – you could quickly answer him.  Confidence is key, but without arrogance about it. It wouldn’t seem right to see Romeo smiling to his adoring fans in the audience just as he is about to drink the poison thinking his beloved had done the same. Instead, he is convincing us with using the right tone, tears and most importantly he is committed to the role.

So are you committed to your role? Are you ready to look the part? If the job you have applied for is in a formal setting then dress the part. Unless you are having an on-the-job-interview say as a fitness coach I wouldn’t turn up in jogging bottoms and trainers as it would send out the wrong impression. Save the personality of your wardrobe for dress down Fridays. The one thing I would suggest you wear straight away is a smile.

Finally, listen to your interviewer take notes if needs be. Pause to collect your thoughts and then blow them away with your answers. This is your chance so grab it while you can. Good luck!

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What is LinkedIn?

 

Have you considered the power of social media to assist you in your job hunting? LinkedIn is definitely the best place to start.

Linkedin is the largest online directory for professional profiles hosting over a million members. Hosted at: www.linkedin.com  it is almost like a business version of Facebook, with your CV and work experiences as your profile. Members can upload their pictures to identify themselves to potential new clients and employers. Having your profile on Linkedin means that these potential new clients or employers, could find you when searching your credentials.

Once your profile is live on the Linkedin website you then have the opportunity to say where you have previously worked. With the magic of the internet and the powers that be LinkedIn – they then give you a list of names of people who have also worked at the same companies as you in the past. This is where the networking side of the site comes into play for jobseeking – by ‘linking’ you ‘in’ with people you may know.

You may have heard the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. I happen to think ‘it’s’ a bit of both.  By social networking in a safe and professional setting you have the chance to meet some influential people.

If you have just started your own business, or are looking to expand your existing company, LinkedIn offers you the tools to find contacts within a common industry. You can filter your searches for jobs or when reaching out to candidates. With using some of the extensive tools Linkedin has to offer, you can tailor your news feeds to keep them relevant to you and your profession.

Services offered by LinkeIn are:

  •                  Linkedin Marketing Solutions
  •                  Linkedin Groups
  •                  Linkedin Talent Connect
  •                  Linkedin Today
  •                  Work With Us Recruitment Ads
  •                  Linkedin Platform
  •                  Linkedin Recruiter Professional Services
  •                  Linkedin InMaps
  •                  Linkedin Resume Builder
  •                  Linkedin Recommendation Ads
  •                  Linkedin Career Pages
  •                  Jobs for you Ads
  •                  Linkedin Job Seeker Premium
  •                  Linkedin Recruitment Insights
  •                  Linkedin Jobs
  •                  Linkedin Recruitment Ads
  •                  Linkedin Talent Direct
  •                  Linkedin Talent Finder
  •                  Linkedin Premium Accounts
  •                  Linkedin Recruiter Corporate
  •                  Linkedin
  •                  Linkedin Mobile
  •                  Linkedin Ads
  •                  Linkedin Partner Messages
  •                  Linkedin Events Sponsorship
  •                  Linkedin Answers Sponsorship
  •                  Linkedin Polls Sponsorship
  •                  Linkedin Custom Groups
  •                  Linkedin Content Ads
  •                  Linkedin Display Ads
  •                  Linkedin Company Pages

Another great way LinkedIn is useful, I have found in the past, is the facility to be “introduced” to new contacts. Have a look down the contacts of people you link up with. You may find that your contact knows someone that you would benefit from also knowing. That person (2nd contact, as LinkedIn refers to them as) can be “introduced” to you through the person you know. Just click on “Get introduced” from the drop down under “Send Inmail” on their profile page.

Through show casing your work and skills you are opening many doors to new opportunities. Not only is Linkedin generating more business for your company, it also gets you recognised world wide.

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Jobseeker New Year’s Resolution – Get organised!

 

Happy New Year!!

As a job hunter, there is no time like the present for drawing up a list of New Year Resolutions to assist you in your jobseeking goal in 2013. Here are our top tips for a one very important jobhunting New Year’s Resolution….Get Organised!

How many times have you told your work colleagues/friends that you’re having one of those days? Nothing seems to go right? The coffee machine runs out of coffee, your company stamp runs out of ink, and you miss appointments? By being a little more organised you could avoid some of these situations.

In the age of super technology we are able to plan, prepare and present on the go. Mobile phones are not only for phonecalls (believe it or not!) they are also our daily planner, note takers, mini computers to send that all important email. If you are already employed and your company doesn’t provide you with a work phone, it is advisable to get yourself on a good contract where you can manage all your tasks from on portal.

While its good to work on the go be prepared to back up your work regularly in case of a power cut, battery failure or your phone gets stolen. As well as using one of the free cloud services to store all your details from your phone, be sure to have a written copy of your contacts, to-do lists, and appointments so that you never miss that all important meeting.

You don’t just have to use a mobile as portable computer – you can make the most of tablets, ipads and so on. They offer are wide variety of apps and programmes that you can even use in presentations. Surgeons and the police use them in their day-to-day agendas. They could use it to diagnose a scan, an x-ray or to write a to-do list.

I highly recommend writing a list of things that you need to do. I run by lists!

Now, when it comes to to-do lists there is no right or wrong way to write them, but it if you overload your page with menial tasks you could start to feel overwhelmed rather quickly. Try keeping your list between eight and ten items with the most pressing task first. For example a writer may have:

1: Complete chapter Twelve

2: Edit Chapters one to six

3: Send revised chapters to agent

4: Brainstorm ideas for next book

5: Start editing chapters six to twelve

6: Time off

7: Revise the edits from agent

8: Begin works on new novel.

Having a to-do list and a back up of all your appointments is a great way to make the most of your time. Be realistic when it comes to what you can achieve in a day, a week or a month. If you aim too high you will only set yourself up for failure and stress. By prioritising your tasks, you can successfully de-clutter your day, week or month of bad habits. Having good habits in your social life will have positive repercussions in your career. If you have a clear head out of the office, you will have a clear head in the office – so maintaining a healthy lifestyle will enhance your working life.

Make these tips a part of your daily lifestyle and routine and in time you will see and feel the benefit.

Let us know your top jobseeking tips for 2013!

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