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Job seeking via Linkedin: social networking to classroom teaching

At one time, the best way to find a job was to open up your local newspaper to the employment section and start contacting companies in need of employees. Now, though, it’s all about the internet.

 

Not only can you now find hundreds of job website online now, but you can also use social media to find your dream job. Whether you’re a teacher or a telemarketer, using your LinkedIn profile to find a job is actually one of the best ways these days.

 

LinkedIn: The world’s largest professional network

In January 2013, LinkedIn officially became the biggest and best professional network on the internet. Ten years from its conception, the networking social media site had managed to amass 200m members, and that number will continue to grow.

 

LinkedIn is essentially your online CV. One of the first things employers do nowadays is look prospective employees up online, and if they can’t find your LinkedIn profile, your CV is likely to be shunted to the bottom of the pile.

 

It’s not just good for standing out from the crowd though – LinkedIn is also essential for actually finding jobs.

 

Using LinkedIn to source jobs

 

LinkedIn has an official jobs section on its website, which is very imaginatively called ‘LinkedIn Jobs’. It features job adverts posted up by some of the biggest companies in the world, and you can search for jobs in all manner of industries. You can also search by job title, postcode, function and, if you upgrade your account to premium, by salary.

 

LinkedIn Jobs wasn’t always so efficient though, it was upgraded in February 2013 to include a raft of new features. It also upgraded its content, now providing how-to guides for job seekers.

When you apply, you’ll get the opportunity to write a covering letter (which you should definitely do) and you’ll need to attach a CV to the application as well. Certain job advertisements may require you to apply through the employer’s official site.

 

Simply signing up to LinkedIn isn’t enough though. Yes, employers and recruiters will be able to find you on the site, but you probably won’t jump out at them any more than the other 200m users would, so it’s important that you start ticking all of the right boxes.

 

How to optimise your LinkedIn profile

Your LinkedIn profile is your online CV and, because it’s online, you need to make an even greater effort to cut out any waffle, unnecessary content and general filler.

 

People spend just 10-20 seconds on web pages, so if your profile is boring, confusing or too brief, you won’t stand a chance. Optimising your LinkedIn profile can make it much easier for employers and recruiters to find you on the site, so it’s well worth it.

 

Your summary

Your LinkedIn summary is the opening paragraph to your profile. It’s what users will read first, so make sure it grabs their attention. Use it as a chance to sum up exactly who you are, where you’ve worked, what you like and who you want to be.

 

Less is most definitely more when it comes to your summary though, so don’t go on for paragraphs about your work history – you can add this later on.

 

Try to stay away from buzzwords as much as possible as well. You may be creative, intelligent, diligent, innovative and forward thinking, but so is everyone else (or, at least, they want you to believe they are). What really makes you stand out? Why do you really want to be in your chosen industry? Why should someone honestly hire you?

 

  • Your experience

Are you dreaming of your big break? Are you yet to get into a particular industry? Or are you already there, but you want to get further up the ladder? You most certainly are not alone. Which is where the difficulties come in.

 

Your experience is the second most important part of your profile, as it shows exactly what you’ve been up to. Make sure you include all of your experience; freelance work, part-time jobs, volunteering – especially volunteering.

 

Over 40 per cent of employers said they see volunteering work just as valuable as paid work, yet just 45 per cent of candidates actually include their volunteering on their LinkedIn profile. So, skipping your volunteering could actually reduce your chances of getting a job.

 

Be thorough when writing about your previous employment. Make sure you include all of the work you were responsible for and, above all else, never lie. This can only get you into hot water later on.

 

  • Yours skills and expertise

This section can encourage a huge number of recruiters and employers to click on your profile, so the more skills you put down the better. Include everything you have experience of. Sit down and really think about your work history to come up with your areas of expertise.

 

Remember – your connections can endorse your skills as well, so make sure you really do include everything.

 

 

  • Your education

Another vital section for any industry. Make sure you include all of your qualifications, no matter how meaningless they may seem to you. Provide your results as well, otherwise this section will be meaningless!

 

It’s not just your school, college and university education that you can include in this section either, you can also add any seminars or training courses you’ve been on.

 

  • Your additional information

This section may be tucked away at the bottom of your profile, but it’s still important. This is where you can write about your interests outside of work and, for many employers, this is just as important as your work experience.

 

They want to hire someone that’s fun to work with, so be honest about your interests and don’t be worried about sounding a little off the wall. If you have quirky interests, add them to your profile! They’ll make for an interesting talking point during your interview.

 

  • Your Groups

Joining various groups is a fantastic way of making new connections on LinkedIn, as they can help you to network in the virtual world.

 

Networking is all about finding people that have similar interests as you, so join some networks that closely match your employment history or likes and dislikes, and get involved!

 

Make sure you participate in the discussions being held within your groups to get your name out there a bit and then, once you’re ready, start your own discussion. Ask something you’re actually interested in and which other people are likely to be wondering as well.

 

Have you seen any job success with LinkedIn?

 

This guest post was written by Aurora Johnson on behalf of  We Are Adam,the recruitment specialists. Aurora’s writing specialities include employment tips, tricks and guides for the digital age.

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Looking for a Job is a Social Affair

 

As we usher in the digital age, having a neatly typed resume is not enough to help us grab our desired profession. A 2013 Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service survey showed that 45% of the human resource personnel that they interviewed have been using social media in order to look for potential employees. Because of this trend, we need to make sure that our online presence is felt and our profiles are palatable to future employers. If you want to be a successful professional in this modern time, here is an article that will teach you how to use online tools for your career building needs.

Participate in Group Discussions and Forums

Richard McMunn, the founder of how2become, suggests that job seekers must show their expertise on a particular subject by sharing their opinions in group discussions. Platforms like Facebook and Linkedin have dedicated pages where you can contribute your ideas. McMunn also advised that “you should demonstrate ideal qualities that are in high demand by most companies today.” You can play as a leader by initiating healthy conversations; or you can be a mediator by promoting a healthy debate among the other seekers.

Inform People that You are Looking

Letting your followers and friends know that you are searching for a job is one of the fastest ways to get your dream job. Posting a status update or tweet about your endeavor can generate responses from your connections. These people can provide information on the latest openings even before they get listed on popular job listing websites. If you are lucky, some of them may even provide useful insights on how to successfully grab a career. Don’t forget to include a hyperlink to your online resume so that prospective employers can easily see your achievements.

Add Personality to your Online Profiles

A rule of thumb when it comes to using social media is to make our accounts professional-looking by curating our posts and removing unwanted images.

Sometimes, people polish their accounts so much that they become devoid of life. An article from Forbes advised that posting baby photos or even an image from a Saturday night party will not hurt our chances from getting hired. In fact, these files can do great wonders because it will show that you are accessible to other people. Sharing some of your personal details will also help companies assess your social skills and personality.

Spread Yourself to Various Platforms

Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin are not the only tools that you can use for career hunting. About.me is also a great alternative because it combines your public bio and all your links in one page. YouTube and Pinterest, meanwhile, help nurture your creative side by letting you post videos, pictures, and interactive media. Spreading yourself across various websites helps increase your online presence.

Conclusion

Social media platforms are powerful tools to help us grab our desired careers. But to benefit out of it, you have to maximize these tools responsibly. Be mindful of the posts that you share and make sure that your profiles are always spot-free so employers will not hesitate to hire you.

 

About the Author

 

Zoe Allen is a career-driven writer who loves to talk about the various trends in social media and mobile devices. Currently, she is planning to test her writing skills at a prestigious technology magazine. To pass the time, she prepares herself by reading some interview tips at how2become and Blogging4Jobs. You can learn more about Zoe’s adventures by following her on Twitter.

 

 

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How to use twitter for job hunting

Whilst many people believe that Twitter is simply for sharing the latest celeb news or their daily goings on, more and more savvy career minded men and women are using it as an effective and proactive job-hunting tool.

Not convinced?  Well according to Twitter itself, in 2012 there were nearly 300 million mentions of job, job openings and hiring opportunities through its network.  Proof that if you’re looking for work or a change in career, getting your profile right on Twitter could just open up that door to your dream job.

So just how do you go about using Twitter for job hunting, and what can you do to get yourself in the shop window?  Check out our ‘must do’ actions for gearing your Twitter profile up to the job market.

Choose Your Handle and Headshot Carefully

Your profile photo and Twitter handle (username) should be personal yet professional.  Play it safe and use your name or if you are freelancing and looking for work use your company name or blog title.  Offensive usernames will get you no friends and interest from the wrong people.  A headshot doesn’t have to be professional either.  Your photo should be clear and in focus.  You in the pub on a Friday night isn’t going to set off the best impression with perspective employers or clients.

Create Your 160 Character Profile

You’d be surprised at the amount of Twitter users who don’t complete their character bio.  By not doing this it’s a bit like going to a job fair and standing in the corner of the room and not introducing yourself.  Whilst you only have 160 characters make sure you cover the essentials: what do you currently do and what fields of industry you work in.  If you’re freelancing be quirky and try to include links to any online portfolio work.  If you want to be crafty use URL shorteners like Bit.ly to shorten those long URL’s and save vital characters.

Get Tweeting

Just don’t sit there waiting for the world to come to you; start composing some tweets about you, what you do.  If you’ve got online portfolios or professional resumes then post out some links to them.  If someone engages with you don’t jump straight into ‘job hunting’ mode; get to know them and their industry and you might just find out about an opening.  Keep your tweets down to 2 – 3 a day and try not to flood people over and over again with interactions.

Get Searching

Be clever and use twitter hash-tag search feature to find key conversations about job openings.  By keying in tags like #recruitment #ukjobs #ukjobsearch #socialmediajobs #neet #cambridgejobs you will find conversations you can join in with and people to reach out and interact with that could be your first foot in the door to a new career path or the ultimate freelance project.

Also check out Twitter Job Search t ofind out local jobs by discipline in your area.

Ultimately, Twitter can be a killer job-hunting tool that if used correctly will boost and enhance your job search skills in the crowded marketplace.

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Five Resources To Help You Secure Your First Job

Securing a job in today’s employment market is a numbers game. The more applications you send out, the more likely you are to hear back, secure an interview and hopefully land your first job. Although at times the whole process of searching and applying for work might seem a little demoralising, it’s important to remember that persistence will definitely pay off.

If you’ve just finished college or graduated from university, then chances are you might be feeling a little apprehensive towards the world of work. So, to make your life easier and to help you during the application process, here are five top resources to use the next time you continue your job hunt. With the correct tools at your disposal, you will find it easier to secure yourself the position you’re after.

1. Social media

About ten years ago, social media was only really in its initial development stages. Even when most people were getting used to this medium, they wouldn’t have used it to seek job opportunities. However, times have changed and using social media today could just be the resource you need to land your very first job.

One of the most common social networks, Twitter, allows you to follow recruitment agencies and companies that you’re interested in working for. It also allows you to search for specific industries, influential people, and keep an out for relevant vacancies as soon as they become available.

LinkedIn also incorporates similar functions and in addition allows you to display your skills, experience and previous employment on your profile page (which essentially acts an online CV). Start using these two social networks alongside Facebook and see if you can find vacancies to apply for.

2.   Mobile apps 

As you won’t always be sat at your desk, constantly waiting for new job offers to appear, why not stay updated on the latest opportunities through mobile apps? There are plenty of recruitment companies and agencies that offer mobile apps to download straight to your smartphone. In doing so you can look for work on the move and even apply for jobs with your latest CV, all at the touch of a few buttons on your mobile phone.

Mobile apps are a great resource to keep checking on a regular basis when you have a spare few minutes during your day.

3.   Recommendations

The reason why this resource is mentioned time and time again is because it’s still incredibly valuable during your initial job search phase. Asking friends how they managed to secure their own job, what resources they used and generally asking for advice will allow you to refine your own search techniques.

Seeking advice will also allow you to network and find out about potential positions. If you connect with people then they can also pass on recommendations directly to you, so the process can work both ways.

Remember that there’s no harm in asking and doing so could result in a few extra ideas that you’ve never tried before. As mentioned the whole process is a numbers game, so the more resources you are aware of and using, the better.

4.   Create job alerts  

Where possible, create job alerts to notify you when a specific position is available. This can be done through job board sites and in addition a great tool to use is Google Alerts. The latter will allow you to enter a search query and then receive emails relevant to that specific term on a frequent basis. So for example, entering ‘electrician job Surrey’ will potentially allow you to receive the latest opportunities for this particular position in Surrey.

As you will already be checking your emails for any replies to your applications, it will be easy to see if Google has sent you any new notifications. Again this is another great resource you can use to find the very latest vacancies and get your application in early.

 5.   Professional and industry associations

Finally, work out if there are any specific associations relating to the industries that you are looking to work in. It’s likely that there will be and if you do come across any, be sure to keep a close eye on their websites and follow them on social media in order to spot the most up-to-date opportunities first.

Although there are individual jobs sites and even graduate specific websites, professional associations are sometimes the best places to look because they are industry focussed. They are also trusted resources, meaning that other companies connected with that industry are likely to use them to promote their vacancies.

Final thoughts

Whether you are just about to start the jobs application process or you have already sent out a handful of CVs, don’t forget to use the above resources. If you are set up to receive and view offers from more than one primary source then more opportunities will be presented to you.

From here it’s over to you to ensure that you create an engaging cover letter and CV prompting an employer to invite you along to an interview. Best of luck in your own applications, remember that hard work pays off and you will be able to secure your first job if you stick at it.

This post was created on behalf of Ageas 50 Careers who offer specialist career opportunities in sales and service, claims handling and other disciplines.

 

 

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A Guide to Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships have never been more accessible and attractive to both employees and employers than they are in the current job market climate.  But if you’re looking for an apprenticeship where do you start and who can you go to for advice on getting on the right track?

Apprenticeships are an exciting way to make your mark in industry with some of the UK’s brightest and most innovative companies.  From Burberry to Dove to Costa Coffee and Converse shoes these are just some of the innovative companies you can join an apprenticeship scheme with.    The British Army has one of the most extensive and trusted apprenticeship schemes with about 75% of new soldiers taking part and over 5,500 completing their apprenticeship training each year.

Being an apprentice can give you an amazing edge over university graduates.  Why?  Because in the four years it takes a graduate to qualify and apply you’ve already spent four years getting to know the company and your role inside out.

So how do apprenticeships work?  Well they are just like a permanent job in that you get paid for the work you do.  The government has set a minimum wage for anyone taking part in apprenticeships.  Currently this is £2.65 per hour.

Apprenticeships can also be a route to attaining special technical certificates, such as a BTEC or City & Guilds Progression Award whilst giving you the benefits of being paid to train and earn your own money. In many circumstances, an apprentice can essentially be paid to progress their way through Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, and Level 5 of the NVQ.

The majority of apprenticeships involve learning a trade skill through manual labour, manufacturing or creative industries – you will find them very hands roles that will require a knowledge for working with complex machinery or apparatus specific to that job role.

If you’re looking for where to start in applying for an apprenticeship visit your local council website as they have sections dedicated to apprenticeships and getting started.  The National Apprenticeship Service website has a wealth of information to get you started (http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/) and covers all the valuable information such as getting paid, holiday entitlement and even a search option to help you find the right apprenticeship scheme for you.

You can also use social media to help you in your search for an apprenticeship. Employers are realising the benefits of social media to reach new employees and through the web you can find companies in your desired field, and connect with them directly to find out about apprenticeship opportunities.

There are a number of useful resources to be found on Twitter. Head-hunters, government labour organizations, large corporations, and job placement agencies all use social media to advertise positions and job vacancies.

Worth a follow is the account @apprenticeships which is the British government’s official apprenticeship program account, and the @millionextra account for City & Guilds Million Extra Apprenticeships drive who both post opportunities and info daily.

Facebook is another great tool for finding information about employers and apprenticeship programs one of the most regularly updated profiles to check out is http://www.facebook.com/apprenticeships

 

 

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Why Your Online Reputation Matters

Your online reputation is one of the most valuable things you own and is as important as your resume.  It is out there representing you—24 hours a day, 7 days a week—and it speaks for you when you aren’t even present.  It acts as your resume, telling potential employers all they need to know.  It serves as your personal matchmaker—offering would-be paramours an insider’s view of your life.  And it often tells resourceful customers whether they want to do business with you.

Even if you your online rep is seemingly perfect, do not be lulled into complacency.  No one is exempt from the need to monitor and maintain a squeaky-clean Internet image.  Even if the web currently depicts you as a modern day Ghandi, it will take dedication and effort to ensure that your reputation remains solid gold.

Here are some tips that will help you foster a desirable online reputation.

1.       Monitor your image closely. 

A nasty post can appear faster than a snowflake falls, so it is important that you Google, Bing, and Yahoo your name often.  You can’t fix something if you are blissfully unaware that it has been broken in the first place.  You should also pay a visit to any review sites that are connected with your industry. You may not know what others are saying about you, but the person that wants to hire you will definitely be interested.

2.       Share selectively. 

You’ve likely encountered the person on Facebook or Twitter who feels compelled to share every detail of her life with her followers.  Perhaps, you have even blocked this person completely.  Don’t be the annoying “friend” that everyone wishes would simply shut up.

Make sure that you only share content that is interesting, informative, and purposeful.  It needs to be worth reading and, ideally, worth passing on.  And avoid complaining.  No one wants to listen to you rant and whine, specially your future boss.

3.       Own your negatives. 

Don’t panic if you find a negative Google review.  No one is perfect—not even the modern day Ghandi.  You will make mistakes.  The important thing is how you handle them.

The best way to respond to negative feedback is to be a consummate professional.  Treat people with respect and apologize immediately.  Make sure you strive to correct the situation in a timely fashion.

Remember that other people will be watching to see how you respond to criticism, so make sure you handle yourself well.  And never delete a negative comment.  This will tell others that you cannot be trusted. The last thing you want is to raise any red flags in the mind of a prospective recruiter.

4. Maintain your privacy. 

Your personal interactions with close friends and relatives need to stay exactly that—personal.  Ensure that the privacy settings on each of your social media tools are set for the maximum protection of your private information.  Block others from being able to tag you in photos, so that you can be sure that party shots won’t wind up public property.  That’s certainly not something you want a potential employer to see.

5.       Join professional organizations. 

Set up sites that highlight your professional expertise and accomplishments like LinkedIn and Google+.  Be sure to use the profile sections of these tools to maximize your online image and impress potential clients and employers.

If you belong to other professional organizations, service clubs, or industry-specific networks, be sure to include these on your profile. The more positive items there are for potential employers to find, the less likely they will find the negative stuff.

While your paper resume is a valuable tool, it pales in comparison to your online reputation.  Everyone who wants to know more about you will seek you out online. Employers do this all the time, before even considering a face-to-face meeting.  You must ensure that what they find is accurate, positive, and most importantly—representative of the real you.

What do you think are some definite “no-no’s,” when it comes to creating a positive online reputation?

 

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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 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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Why marketing yourself is important

 

The days of leaving school and working for a company your entire life are long gone. These days, even the most qualified of individuals and professionals, will work for several different companies and brands during their working life. This is why for most people, those career minded or those merely trying to maintain a decent standard of living, are constantly marketing themselves.

You are an individual and no one can sell yourself better than you can. You’ve got to constantly be putting your best foot forward and advertise yourself, because the guy standing to next to you in the queue…well, he could be the key to your dream job, your Mr. Right, whatever you are looking for right now.

You never know where that next opportunity is going to come from. It could be from your boss offering you a simple promotion, it could be from a person you meet on your lunch break, or it could be from the employee who works for you and then goes to set up his own company. This means you have to sell yourself and let your facets gleam and let everyone know what you’re about, what you stand for and what you can offer. You have to believe what you are saying and conduct yourself with professionalism at all times, even in relaxed settings.

That is an insight into why it is important to market yourself… but how does one go about it?

Firstly, if you look the part on the outside people will generally believe you ARE the part. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have, as my old dad used to say! Looking the part can indicate how professional you are, how organised you are and that you believe in yourself and therefore the company, product etc. Dress appropriately. By this I don’t mean wearing a skirt suit with heels when you are working as the head swim coach of the county. Perhaps add a smart/casual blazer over your sports uniform and don the suit when attending annual meetings. Just take stock that  it is important you look the part at all times, whether at work or elsewhere.

Once you look the part you have to sound the part. With every email and newsletter you send you are constantly selling yourself. Even as the head teacher of a school  sending letters to parents regarding the developments of the school. The parents have to trust in the head teacher that their child will obtain the best education whilst in their facility. Even the head teacher sending  internal emails to staff members has to be professional and informative to gain respect. So, writing properly is key. Avoid text speak and so forth.

Professionalism is of utmost importance. You must try to remain professional at all times as well as remaining approachable and social. Try to come across well and communicate with your peers, your subordinates and superiors. Generally speaking, this means not saying a bad word about anyone! By all means have an opinion and don’t ever be afraid to have one, but opinions and judgments must always be based on sound experience and know-how. This mean you should always do your research and never base your work or opinions on hear say!

For example, a person who writes a website/blog for a living will work daily on several social media sites, building relationships and a rapport with potential clients. Every tweet, or Facebook status will have a cause-and-effect on their social standing status and give PR companies an insight into whether they could work well together. If a person didn’t write coherently and remain proficient at all times they wouldn’t get any work.

You are always you and always individual. You never know when an opportunity may arrive!

 

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