7 Reasons LinkedIn Is Your #1 Job Search Site

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When used properly, LinkedIn can be a job-seekers best friend. With an optimized profile, you can send a broader message of your skills and achievement to gain an endless amount of connections. Making LinkedIn Your #1 Job Search Site.

However, LinkedIn profiles are not to be used as a copy and paste of your resume. Remember, this is a networking tool.  The aim is to showcase more than your resume can while still using mandatory keywords and SEO optimization

1. Make Your Headline Count

Your LinkedIn headline is your online brand. Along with the profile picture, the name and headline are what impact those who view the profile.  Keep that headline tidy and on-point to stand out from the crowd.  Consider how these 2 headlines sound:

“Marketer seeking next opportunity”

or

“Consumer Products Marketer Looking for Small Brand to Make Big”

No brainer, right? Make your headline count! 

2. Follow Your Target Companies

First off, if you haven’t already, create a list of ideal companies that align with your interests and skills.  Use this list as your go-to for snooping around LinkedIn with intent. 

Now, go follow those specific companies.

This way, you’ll hear about anything new they’ve got happening. from a new branch office opening to a new product release or possibly even a hiring push.

3. Broaden Your Network

If you haven’t been meticulous about inviting new networking contacts and old colleagues to join your LinkedIn network, get caught up now! You can download your address books from any webmail application or Outlook contacts.

Consider this, one new first-degree contact with 100 connections of their own can expand your first-second-and-third-degree network by tens of thousands of people.

That’s good at any point, but especially in a job search where you’re looking for as much visibility into your professional ecosystem as you can get.

4. Get That Intro!

If your first-degree connection knows someone you’d like to talk to, ask for an introduction.

Just browse to your target person’s LinkedIn profile, look for the blue link that says “Send a Message” and click on the arrow on the right of the link.  If you and your target person have a common connection, you’ll see a “Get an Introduction” pull-down menu. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeazy.

5. Find Your Hiring Manager

You can use the Advanced People Search to find hiring managers in most companies.  Click ‘Advanced’ next to the search bar at the top of the page. Then enter your target company name with the most likely title for your hiring manager as a second search term.

For instance, if you’re a Marketing person, your hiring manager could be Marketing Director or Marketing VP.  Use your instinct and search around a bit.  You’ll likely find the connection you need in no time!

 6. Your Network Is A Fountain of Wisdom

Go back to the Advanced Search page and conduct a search using just your target company’s name as a search term. Who in your network is connected to that company, and how? Those folks can do more than just make introductions. They can offer insight into the company and also who they may know directly.

Remember that a job search is not just about being noticed and making connections. It’s also about learning enough to decide whether a company can use your talents plus grow your skills.  A little research can show whether it’s worth your time to pursue opportunities with your target company.

7. Stay In It!

Patience and persistence are the names of the game now. It may take longer than you anticipated, or you could find the ideal fit quite quickly. Stay with it to step up to your next opportunity!

We want to see all or clients operating at top value when it comes to using LinkedIn for job search purposes. Whether you’re needing a Resume update, Cover Letter, Recruitment Services or LinkedIn Profile Optimization, our team at PWU has what you need.

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Do I Need Multiple Versions Of My Resume?

It’s a common question.  Do I need multiple versions of my resume? 

This is an important issue to discuss because a lot of professionals tend to develop a background in at least three, or even more, thematic work areas as time and their careers progress. In this article, we show both sides of the equation and the reasoning behind them. 

Spoiler alert:  The short answer is no but let’s discuss all angles.

In modern business practices, job seekers develop a wide range of skills and experiences. It is competitive out there and staying ahead of the game requires diversification. For example, some job applicants have worked in human resources, communications, and event planning. 

“The quote I got from XYZ Resume Writers which says I need 3 different resumes and to focus on one specialization to keep the resume simple. Do I really need multiple versions of my resume?”

This perspective and business model is, more times than not, a reflection of the individual writer’s underdeveloped skill set.  It takes finesse to really shape the context of a work history into a professional format with high success rates.

So, can HR, Communications, and Event Planning all be covered in a single resume? 

We believe in a resounding YES. A professional resume writer with extensive years of experience can formulate diverse history into a keyword-rich resume that exceeds expectations.

It’s not what you’ve done in the past, but rather the direction you plan to go next.

There are always transferable skills that help ease the transition and bridge roles.

A written format that highlights all the skills acquired in these roles and draws a bigger picture directed towards the roles you are aiming for. 

Without the resume reading as cluttered and indigestible to the reader’s eye.

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It’s about streamlining without losing focus on keywords. It’s about representing your assets with varying themes and keeping it tidy.

Plus, it is time-consuming to keep modifying a major chunk of your resume just to highlight focus. Why pay a writer to create a product which you then have to babysit and micro manage?

All this is assuming you are maintaining your current career path. 

Now, if you’re jumping entire industries or career fields then, yes, perhaps it may be necessary to have more than one resume in your toolkit.

For example, you started out as a roofer and then became a builder and later moved into sales of roofing products. As part of your role, you were very involved in a new software implementation and you’ve decided to go into IT. That sort of transition requires a finely-tuned eye to keep the right content, and minimize or eliminate the (less) valuable content…. relating directly to how the resume performs for you.

Additionally, If there’s too much going on it can be difficult for recruiters to judge whether you are actually good at the role they want you to perform. Again, a really strong resume writer will help direct the keywords and content to be heavy in the direction you want to go.

That being said, if you are looking to change career paths, Power Writers USA is here to help reshape your resume for success across your entire search. Feel free to connect with us for a free consultation and resume review.

Remember, the name of the game is algorithms and ATS filters, which is everybody’s challenge right now.  The past few years, formatting styles have changed and with that in mind, we’d love to take a look at what specifics points our team can do to improve the impact your resume makes across all your ideal job prospects.

Shifting Careers Between Freelance and Corporate

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We’ve recently been looking at the double lane highway of shifting careers between freelance and corporate life.  From the perspective of professional resume writers, we’ve definitely seen equal movement between these 2 career directions.

Without question, transitioning from life at a corporate firm to working freelance is a HUGE life change. The greatest technique is in all the individual action steps taken to create a strong outcome. Successes certainly live in the daily grind.

Write a plan of action.

This helps maintain accountability and keep you on track.

If you’re not entirely familiar with the details of a business plan, that’s perfectly fine.  Think of your plan like a map. Begin with goal setting. Outline short-term and long-term goals and place them into a loose chronological order, the specific dates matter less than the actual structure.

Don’t burn any bridges.

Although it’s tempting to skip gleefully out of the door on your last day in the office telling everybody how great your new life is going to be, don’t.  You never know when you might need these contacts again, not to mention references from your employer. Leaving with a recommendation is never a bad outcome. 

Friendly reminder: The world is a very small place. and you never know where your future clients may be. 

Network.

This may sound dramatic but, ultimately you need to make sure EVERYONE knows you are going freelance: ex-colleagues, friends, old classmates, that neighbor with a beard.  Everyone.  Remember, getting work once you go freelance can take longer than imagined so build-up a client base in all ways possible.

Work is much more likely to come through known contacts. That’s just the nature of humans in general. We work with who we know and trust.

Network as much as possible, both in person and on social media.

Speak to friends or acquaintances who have made the leap to freelancing. These people are valuable resources for advice not just on those first few weeks starting out, but for the long haul.

Essentially freelancing is building your personal brand. 

This is a fact. Fortunately, there is ample information out there on the specifics of personal branding.  Quickprout has a nice guide that summarizes the process giving actionable items that help map the route. A quick Google tour will land you in front of some seriously good content for designing and managing your own personal brand.

Utilize social media.

Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are all useful tools. Additionally, if your LinkedIn profile isn’t yet optimized, get it there.  Our team is highly skilled at LinkedIn optimizations that show clients in their best light possible.  This is mandatory in today’s workforce.

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94% of recruiters are searching for talent on LinkedIn. Use this tool.

Lastly, consider starting a blog. Yes, they are timely but well-designed search engine optimized (SEO) blogs are a great way to drive attention towards your website. This, in turn, builds an audience and potential client base.

Don’t be shy about putting your business out there.

Now, if you find yourself on the highway heading back to corporate structures then the strategy is dramatically different. At this point, your resume must highlight all the unique skills acquired as a freelancer plus reflect positively on the actual time away from the workforce.

As always Power Writers USA is here to help guide you through the steps. Resume Writing, Cover Letters, LinkedIn Profile Optimization and Recruiter Resume Distribution are all available from our team at PWU. Connect with us for a free consultation and resume review!

Unquestionably, unless you are a writing wizard, it’s in your best interest to hire a professional resume writer now.  Freelance skills are diverse and translating all the detailed specifics to corporate necessity is key to your resume making it through ATS and recruiter processes.

Q4 Outlook for San Francisco 2019

Q4 Outlook 2019 San Francisco

To begin with, we want you to know we have good news in the 2019 Q4 outlook. According to data-driven insights from the leading global workforce solutions company ManpowerGroup, Q4 in the San Francisco area is promising.

Hiring trends were found pretty much EVERYWHERE.

  • Durable Goods Manufacturing
  • Nondurable Goods Manufacturing
  • Transportation & Utilities
  • Wholesale & Retail Trade
  • Information and Financial Activities
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Leisure & Hospitality
  • Government

Correspondingly, positive job forecasts were reported across all 50 states with 100 of the largest metro areas reporting a +20% national Outlook for Q4 2019.  This is a 1 percent increase from the previous year-over-year report.

To put in perspective, the last time this survey reported a Q4 Net Employment Outlook as high as +20% was in the fourth quarter of 2006.  See, we told you we had good news!

Relating back to ManpowerGroup® findings specifically for the Bay Area

  • employers are expected to hire at a solid pace of 23 percent growth
  • 25 percent plan to hire more employees from October through December.
  • 2 percent plan to reduce payrolls
  • 72 percent expect to maintain current staff levels
  • 1 percent indicate they are not sure of their hiring plans.

Interestingly, a study of 2800 IT leaders reported the challenge was finding skilled technology professionals. The study was conducted by Robert Half Technologies and was sectioned into major cities accordingly.

We loving this great little infographic made by the team at Robert Half which speaks directly to the state of high tech specifically in San Francisco.

Yes, the tech skills shortage is real.

In previous blogs we’ve talked tech growth and hiring trends, so we’re already aware of the industry boom, however, closing Q4 this strong is a great thing to report. While all aspects of IT have a need for quality employees, if you’re less than fulfilled in your current role or just starting out, now is most certainly the time to revisit the resume.

Our team at PWU engages with all sectors, specifically hundreds of IT professionals. Our business model is perfected for navigating ATS and recruiter profiling. Connect with us when you plan to make career moves through Q4 2019 and beyond.

Books For Your Nightstand

This is a great article to read if you are considering writing your own resume.  Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, we are here to help you!

We here at Power Writers USA agree with Emily Delbridge’s statement:

“… building a career, unlike finding a job, is a lifetime pursuit”.


Delbridge, Emily (2018, December 24). The 9 best Career Books to buy in 2019 [Web log post]. Retrieved February 21, 2019, from https://www.thebalancecareers.com/best-career-books-4173929

We also know to navigate the constantly changing face of job economics and trends can be a daunting task. This is precisely why we dedicate ourselves to coming alongside our clients to assist them in building a fresh and dynamic resume. We believe a professional resume creates a strong foundation for any career path.

In her article, Emily Delbridge has curated a useful list of books for anyone interested in reading up on career advice.

For full article: Click here 

Doing your research on job market trends is definitely time well spent. It can be nice to have a list of books to help narrow your focus and perhaps provide some much-needed inspiration.


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Your resume helps put all the pieces together for a strong career portfolio.

Job Searching is Marketing.  Do You Know How to Market Yourself?

Market Yourself

Job searching is not a passive activity, it requires energy, focus, time, the assistance of others, and in some cases, luck.  But if you think of yourself like a product, out there competing with other products who are motivated to be swept up by the right organization, you can increase your odds of lining up a great job.  Much like a tangible product in the real market, you, as a product, needs to be marketed in order to be consumed.  You need to market yourself.  Here are some pointers to help you improve your self-marketing abilities.

Know your self

Knowing yourself is critical to helping you define what you want to do by knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are.  A lot of job satisfaction and come from you being in an environment where you can perform well.  Knowing yourself also helps you define your value to a potential employer.  Taking the time to get in touch with your personality, strengths, successes, passions, etc., will help you to clarify your personal message to an employer.  You will have a more focused resume and you will be able to answer interview questions easier and more confidently.

Know your market

Now that you more about yourself, what you are good at, and what your strengths and weaknesses are, you will be able to more clearly define your job search and identify your target market.  Take the time to understand what a target employer is looking for in a new hire.  What are their organizational pains that you can alleviate?  How can your experience make a direct impact on their organization and their bottom line? Knowing who your audience is will help you understand how you can approach a potential employer and how you can relate your personal message to the employer in a way that will engage and excite them.

Have the right packaging

When you buy something at the store, do you pay attention to the packaging?  Whether you realize it or not, you do.  And it is very important.  As a jobseeker who is marketing themselves to potential employers, you want to make sure that you too have the right packaging.  Consider what is visibly apparent to an employer, or even a recruiter; namely your resume and your online presence (LinkedIn Profile, Facebook, etc.).   Take the time to refine your resume, or work with a professional resume writer, to make sure you are dialed in.  Good resume writers will know what questions to ask to make sure you are including the right content, they also know how to optimally format your resume for visual appear and to help pass through ATS.  Many resume writers can help you with your LinkedIn profile as well;  check out our recent blog on that.  Bottom-line, make your resume and LinkedIn profile stand out as they will be your first impression.  Your interview will be your second first-impression if that makes sense.  So be ready for that as well!  Make sure you are well groomed and dressed appropriately for the position you are after.

Develop your people skills

Take the time to read some refresher articles on being a good communicator, and how to listen more effectively as it will pay off in your job search.  Communicating well with recruiters, networking associates, those you may conduct informational interviews with can help you get closer to that job you want.  Part of this process is knowing how to talk about yourself so make sure you take the time to know yourself first.

Know how to interview

Marketing yourself doesn’t stop once you’ve gotten a callback for an interview.  This is where you need to really shine to get an edge over your jobseeking competition.  But do you know how to interview?  We’ve written several blogs on the matter including 5 Ways to Woo Hiring Managers During The Interview Process and 7 Steps to Prepare for Your Job Interview in addition to the information we provide there is a plethora of books, videos, blogs and seminars available out there.  We also offer interview coaching for those looking for some personal feedback.  A few keys are to really understand the position you are interviewing for, being prepared, and listening well.

Be Proactive

This is a pretty obvious point but is often overlooked.  You must take charge of your job search and be active with it if you truly desire to make a positive change in your career.  It’s been said that luck rewards the hard working, and we feel this is true.  Send emails, make connections, pick up the phone and get yourself out there.  Going back to the analogy of you being a product, your activity can be the difference between you as an item that sits on a shelf waiting too long for someone to find it or being an item on an end-cap with high visibility that is sure to catch people’s attention.

Make a plan

This last point is very important.  Take the time to make a plan.  We are all busy people and making a plan can give our job search focus and can help us realize our progress.  Decide what your end goal is and how much time you can dedicate each day or week to reaching your goal.  Set a schedule for working on your resume, contacting recruiters, sending out job applications, and practicing your interview skills.  Work with Define your progress by blocks of time (30 minutes a day), or by units (2 applications a week) etc.  Keep a visual calendar and mark off each goal of your plan or each day that you make progress, it is encouraging and will push you closer towards getting the results you deserve.

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Warren Buffet’s 3 Tips for Early Career Success

Early Career Success

Warren Buffet’s advice in this article isn’t limited to new grads looking for an edge on reaching their early career success.  His lessons are relatable to most any professional and how they can increase their chances of career success.

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Warren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, also known as the “Oracle of Omaha”, is undoubtedly the most successful investor of the 20th century.

Despite all his worldly success, he is also one of the most humble and generous human beings alive. He recently donated a great portion of his wealth to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to be used for philanthropic purposes.

At 82 years old, Buffett also has a wealth of life experiences and wisdom to share with the young professionals of my generation. Here are three of his best pieces of advice for entrepreneurs and young professionals to achieve success in business and life:

1. Develop Excellent Character and Habits

Warren Buffett frequently says that there are many things in life that are outside a person’s control. These may include things like the circumstances in which a person is born, or genetic traits like IQ, looks, or exceptional talent in certain areas. He compares these things to winning a lottery; some people are more fortunate than others. However, a high IQ or exceptional talent alone is rarely a reliable predictor of a person’s success in life. Alternatively, there are things that a person can control. These are often choices related to a person’s character, habits, and temperament. These choices are often what determine how efficiently and effectively a person utilizes his/her IQ, talents, and abilities. According to Buffett, many people with exceptional IQ and talents get in their own way of success because they haven’t adequately developed their character and habits.

Warren Buffett provides a “motor” analogy to demonstrate this point. He compares IQ and talent to the Horsepower (HP) of a motor. On the one hand, a 200 HP motor could be inefficient and produce only 50 HP output and the rest goes to waste. On the other hand, another motor with only 100 HP could be very efficient and produce total 100 HP output. The second motor with less HP provides greater output than the first. The choices made with respect to character and habits are similar to the efficiency of a motor.

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken”.

Action Step: According to Buffett, it is easiest to cultivate a good character and habits at

a young age and anyone can do it. An easy to way to do this is to find people whom you admire and write down all the character traits and habits you admire in them. Next, find examples of people whom you are not too fond of and write down all the qualities and habits that you dislike in them. Then simply emulate the list qualities that you like and avoid the qualities that you dislike, and, in some time, you will develop those likable qualities and eliminate the ones that you don’t like in others.

2. Stay Out of Debt

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“All I want to know is where I am going to die, so I will never go there”

Warren Buffett’s best financial advice to young professionals is to avoid credit card debts. He says that it is way easier to prevent financial trouble, than to get out of financial trouble. Revolving credit card debts usually come with interest rates in the 18-20% range. According to Buffett, once a person gets into this debt cycle, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to get out of it.

By the time Warren Buffet had graduated from college, he had already saved $10,000. He was already ahead of the game and this put him in a position of advantage in comparison to the rest of his peers. He compares this to getting a head start in a race. If a participant in a race is given the opportunity to start the race even 1 meter ahead of everyone else, it makes a huge difference in the outcome of the race. Similarly, the young professionals who graduate from college without any debt or even with some savings have a huge advantage over everyone else.

Action Step: Warren Buffett’s simple financial rule to follow is: “If you can’t pay for it, don’t buy it, and first get yourself in the position to pay for anything”.

3. Be Humble

In a general sense, humility is the quality of being modest or respectful. If there is anyone who can claim to be humble, it is Warren Buffett. Despite being one of the richest peoples in the world, he always lived and continues to live a very humble life, living in the same home he had bought 50 years ago, driving his own car, and most recently, giving away most of his wealth to be used for philanthropic purposes.

However, Buffett has a second definition of humility as well that he thinks can immensely benefit the young professionals. According to Buffett, humility “is knowing the edges of your own competency”. In other words, humility “is knowing what you don’t know”. Buffett is often quoted saying that he would much rather deal with a person whose IQ is 130 but who thinks it is 125, than someone whose IQ is 180 but who thinks it is 200. The second person would do a lot more harm than good. Buffett’s successful career in investing is partly a result of this humility. He never invests in a business that he does not understand.

Action Step: How can someone go about developing a characteristic such as humility? I would prescribe the same solution that Benjamin Franklin used to develop the thirteen virtues within him. At the end of everyday, think about the instances where you may have transgressed humility and note down those instances on a piece of paper. Make an effort not to repeat the same mistakes again. Only with such rigor and self-reflection can a virtue like humility be developed and practiced over time.

Warren Buffett has walked the talk himself throughout his life and has been immensely successful as a result of it. Therefore, perhaps the reader may be interested in knowing what Buffett’s definition of success is. In a recent (2013) Forbes Q&A interview held at University of Nebraska (Omaha), Buffett said that not everyone is going to make a fortune and not everyone is going to be a world class athlete, but at the end, if the people around you, your family and children, and the people with whom you have worked, care about you after seeing you in action for many-many years, then you are a success. Conversely, if you have everything but not many people care about you, then you would not be considered a huge success in life.

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How to know when it’s time to leave your job: 10 indicators

Leave your job

Sometimes the signs are obvious, sometimes you get so caught up in the daily grind that you forget to stop and think about it.  Take a few minutes of your day to read this great article and decide for yourself if it’s time to leave your job.

Original article click here.

If you’re unhappy with your current job, it may be time to consider these 10 important factors that indicate a bigger change is needed. When is it time to leave your job?

Thinking about leaving your job and actually doing it are two very different things.  While everybody has some bad days at work, you need to pay attention to symptoms like regular sleep disruption, constant fear of termination, physical and/or emotional illness, alcohol and drug use to cope, and chronic unhappiness.  If you are experiencing even one of these, you probably should consider a job change NOW.  Take a look at the following specific indicators and see which ones resonate strongly with YOU:

1.  You are bored, stale, and stuck.

Your alarm clock rings in the morning, and you push the snooze button twice.  You groan when you think about facing the day.  Once at work, you watch the clock and give in to every distraction that comes your way.

2.  You no longer support the organization’s mission, philosophy, and/or culture.

You find that you are trying to convince yourself that you can still work for this company despite the recent mission shift, growing philosophic differences, and/or unwanted culture changes.  You tell yourself that the misalignment doesn’t really matter, yet you feel like a fish out of water every day.

3.  You conclude that you are not well suited for your job.

You have the right skills, but you don’t like the work.  Although people regularly compliment your expertise and productivity, they have no idea how drained you feel while working to reach your goals.  You are tired of smiling and pretending that all is well.

4.  Your professional growth has stagnated where you are.

Your boss doesn’t offer you development opportunities such as attending conferences and seminars, signing up for online webinar trainings, or registering for college courses.  Further, your boss doesn’t take the time to invest in you through mentoring and coaching.

5.  You find reasons not to expand your skill set.

Although you realize that you could do an even better job if you learned an additional skill, you make excuses for choosing to get by with the skills you already have.  You look for work-arounds, dodge situations that require the needed skill, and/or tell yourself that you lack the time to learn something new.

6.  Your morale is low.

You discover that you are simply not motivated.  People ask you why you never smile.  You procrastinate about starting projects.  You only do what is expected and nothing more.

7.  Other people don’t respond favorably to you.

You notice that coworkers avoid you.  When you voice your opinions or provide input to conversations, people seem to resist your contributions.  When they see you in the hallway or in meetings, they ignore you, pretend you don’t exist, or treat you badly.

8.  You resent the work.

While you do your work and submit it on time, you know you harbor a negative attitude about it.  You frequently feel overwhelmed, and you “fight” all the responsibility you shoulder.  You think about how unjust it is that you appear to be carrying a bigger load than many of your peers.

9.  You resist the changes coming down the pike.

As your boss outlines certain departmental or organizational changes slated to go into effect within the next few months, you silently reject them—even if you know they will be positive and beneficial to everyone involved.  You decide that you don’t want to make these changes because they require effort you’d rather not expend.

10. You have stopped making a positive difference and being a positive influence.

You go to work and do your job, but you don’t go out of your way to add noticeable value to relationships, situations, and the overall culture.  You do what is expected of you—nothing more.

If you see yourself in one or several of the above indicators, it’s probably time to take action.  Create an exit plan, set a time frame, and seek support for your big move.  Staying around for another year isn’t going to serve you, your colleagues, or your company.  Face the fact that you are no longer fully engaged, and muster the courage to cut the cord.

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How to Network Your Way to a Job

Networking for a new job

Taking the time to learn how to network effectively is worth the investment.  You will be able to apply your networking skills towards meeting others to develop meaningful business and personal relationships which can lead to new job opportunities and even financial gain.  This article covers some of the basics of how to network your way to a new job.    

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Networking needs to be done consistently throughout a career, but that’s not always feasible in a world of 70-hour workweeks and family commitments. To jumpstart a network that’s out-of-date, start by asking those former colleagues who you have stayed in touch with for the contact information you need.

If that’s not an option, try searching social- and business-networking sites such as LinkedIn and Plaxo to find old connections. Personalize network-invitation requests with a memory the two of you shared or a reminder of who you are. Once you’ve re-established your relationship, you can also view the friends of your connections, and request an introduction to people at companies that interest you.

Next, arrange in-person meetings with these people to build stronger ties. Be mindful of your contact’s time; you might not be the only one asking for help. Ask for 10 minutes to chat, or offer to catch up over coffee or lunch.

If you’ve exhausted your efforts to find people or need to start from scratch, professional associations are a good place to begin. Associations give you access to other professionals who may work for or have contacts within companies you want to join.

Join trade groups in your niche and then look for events they’re hosting that you can attend. These offer the opportunity to network with people who speak your industry language. If you’ve been in a more senior executive position, consider volunteering to speak at industry and trade conferences or offer to serve on committees for professional associations. These are also ideal ways to meet people.

Alumni associations offer another way to make professional connections. Contact your alma mater’s alumni-relations office to gain access to its online member database, which might allow you to search for old friends by name, class or even employer.

Informal networking can also help. If you find yourself standing in line at the bank or grocery store, strike up a conversation with the person behind you. The results may surprise you.

And remember, networking works both ways. Always offer to return any favors your contacts provide and be sure to contact them even at times when you don’t need their support.

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10 Essential Career Success Strategies

Career Success

Having a great cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn profile are only a small of helping to achieve career success.  This article covers 10 important topics you should strongly consider to give your career direction and meaning.

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Over the course of your lifetime you may spend 80,000 hours at work. Are you getting what you want from work? Are you excelling at your career? Here are 10 strategies to help you become more engaged and successful at work.

1. Ask yourself for directions

Career success, although different for everyone, occurs when your career direction aligns with who you are and what is important to you. To build a successful career, determine what success looks like for you. After you define success create your personal brand and then set and meet your career and life goals. When you master this success strategy, your efforts are channeled in the right direction to ensure your career brings personal and professional satisfaction.

2. Optimize your outlook

People quickly judge you on what you do and say, or even on how you look, walk, and talk. When you take care of yourself, manage stress, and demonstrate a positive attitude and confidence, others enjoy interacting with you and value your contribution. Mastering this career essential contributes to both your health and career success. When you have a positive attitude, believe in, and take care of yourself, your goals are easier to accomplish.

3. Put yourself in charge

It is tempting to blame others or the situation when things are not going the way you want. When you put yourself in charge of your career, you take ownership for your mistakes and accomplishments. You stand behind and are accountable for what you say and do. By taking ownership of your words and actions, you link your efforts to success and learn from mistakes. Others count on you and see you as determined, dependable, reliable, and dedicated, all qualities much needed and rewarded in the workforce.

4. Learn from everyone

Everyone can teach you something. To be successful, you need to pay attention to what others have to say. You benefit when you listen carefully, clarify expectations, and act on feedback from others. The benefits of learning from everyone include an increased ability to see multiple perspectives, exposure to helpful corrective feedback, and an opportunity to develop rapport. Many opportunities arise when you are open to, and eager to learn from, what others can offer.

5. Relate to anyone

Career success depends on expressing yourself clearly, directly, and diplomatically. When you express your perspectives and provide information and feedback effectively there is little room for miscommunication or misunderstanding. When you relate to anyone, you resolve conflicts and issues using a win-win approach so everyone benefits. You accomplish your goals by working cooperatively. Mastering this career success strategy provides you with a network of contacts willing to support the development of your personal brand.

6. Cultivate your curiosity

There is a wealth of facts and ideas available in our information and technology-focused society. When you cultivate your curiosity, you manage the large amounts of information available and become a lifelong learner. You are interested, up-to-date, knowledgeable, and aware. You understand your learning style, apply what you learn to work more effectively, and use learning strategies to retain important information. Others are confident in your ability to easily learn new skills and apply new information and will have you in mind when new opportunities or challenges arise.

7. Disentangle your thoughts

To be successful at work you need to hone and direct your thinking to best deal with the situation at hand. Disentangling your thoughts involves thinking about and then selecting the right approach, strategies, and tools when working on tasks, making decisions, or solving problems. As a result, you make well-thought-out decisions and solve problems effectively. Others see you as resourceful and strategic. You adapt and flex your thinking to use an appropriate combination of thinking modes including practical, creative, global, logical, and humanistic thinking.

8. Exceed expectations

Others need to know they can count on you to exceed their expectations and achieve exceptional results. To exceed expectations you prioritize, plan, organize your time and activities, and persist on tasks. You work to a high standard and continuously look for ways to improve your work. People see you as results oriented, productive, persistent, efficient, and effective. You show pride in your work and take initiative to do the best job you can. When others know you will do a good job, they feel confident offering you new and important tasks and projects to complete.

9. Thrive in uncertainty

Those who are successful in their careers accept that the world is rapidly changing. To thrive in uncertainty you need to take a heads-up approach to work. You observe patterns and trends and anticipate change so you can quickly adjust. When you thrive in uncertainty, you are seen as flexible and versatile. Others are confident in your ability to cope with unexpected changes. You make the most of opportunities by being adaptable and proactive. When you thrive in uncertainty, you create opportunities and position yourself for success.

10. Promote your progress

To create your success, you need to let others know your goals and aspirations so they can assist or guide your progress. As well as sharing goals, you can also promote your brand by highlighting your skills, interests, experience, and other valuable personal qualities. Self-promotion opens the door to opportunities by showing people who you are and what you can do.

Using these 10 Career Essentials will help you create career satisfaction and success on your own terms. Enjoy your journey.

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