Are You Sabotaging Your Job Search?

SABOTAGE_CAN_OUTWEIGH_PRODUCTION_-_NARA_-_515321If you are being inauthentic you just might be. In other words, are you really who you say you are? In the age of social media it is fairly common for people to showcase a polished version of themselves online. The problem with that is if the person you have presented as being on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook etc is not who the employer see during the interview you will come across as inauthentic.

The way to combat this is to be realistic in what you share. When you are working on professional platforms like LinkedIn or are writing your resume, be sure to be honest about your skills and experiences. You of course want to put yourself in the best light possible, just don’t overdo it. When on more informal social media site, just be authentically you. If you’re consistently represented across all social media platforms then people won’t see contradictions in your language, passions, history and interest in your field.

Corporate America is Calling. Are You Ready?

networkingWhat do you think the best way to land a job in corporate America is? Did you guess job boards? Nope. Maybe you thought about career sites? Try again. Did you guess a referral from an existing employee? Congratulations, you won. (Well, not really. There aren’t any prizes here.)

So how do you go about being in the right place at the right time for employee referrals? The best way is to network and build relationships before you need them. You can do this the old fashioned way by meeting people at local events and trade shows or you can use social media. Either way works, just make sure you keep the conversations going. The better someone feels they know you, the more likely you’ll be able to secure a referral.

Want to learn more about networking? Try one of these resources:

Networking for Jobseekers

The Quick & Easy Guide to Networking: Tips, Tricks & Tools for Jobseekers

The Importance of Meaning and Purpose in Your Work

Clear-Sense-Of-PurposeIf you are feeling low on work motivation spend some time remembering why you do the type of work you do. More often than not this will help get you out of your funk and back on the road to productivity.

Know why you do your job. Maybe you work because you love your company. Maybe you work because you care about your clients. Maybe you work to give your family the best life possible. Perhaps you work because career gives you satisfaction around relationships and achievement. We don’t all share the same “why”, but we all have one.

Interested in learning more?

Remember Why You Started

The Importance of Momentum

The First 15 Minutes Matter Most

9551-3d-bar-graph-meeting-pvWe have all had the experience of looking at our calendar, seeing a schedule meeting, and giving an inward groan. It doesn’t have to be this way, and if you are in charge of the meeting there is a simple way to make meetings more meaningful and more productive.

This is a simple piece of advice that if taken can improve any meeting you have to run. Treat the first fifteen minutes as the most important. Set your tone, state a clear agenda and let people know what will be expected of them. Skip the chit-chat and get right down to business and most people will thank you for it.

Want to learn more about productivity at work? Try these resources:

Maximize your productivity the (really) old fashioned way

Take a Nap and Get More Done

New Grads Should Target Small Companies

5736208414_33b19afbdb_oIf you only apply to jobs that you learned about while in school, you’re probably only tapping possibilities at the larger companies. Big business often make a push to hire new grads, but this means there are usually hundreds of applicants for each opening. Additionally, when dealing with a large corporation it is very difficult to connect with people who are actually in charge of the hiring process.

Smaller companies also hire new graduates but they don’t necessarily have the money and staff to dedicate to a campus recruiting effort. This means that there will be less competition, and it should be easier to network your way to someone with hiring juice.

Interested in learning more about how to network your way to a new job? Try these resources:

Networking for Jobseekers

The Quick & Easy Guide to Networking: Tips, Tricks & Tools for Jobseekers

Overqualified Doesn’t Mean Unemployable

5303454492_65dfa7f52cBeing overqualified doesn’t have to be a death-knell to your employment prospects. There are many valid reasons for wanting to take a slight step down the career ladder.

Maybe you realize your passion better fits a non-management role. Maybe you’ve decided family obligations require you to take a position with a bit less responsibility. Maybe you are embarking on a second career. Whatever your reason, there are ways of dealing with the problem of looking too good to an employer.

Your first, and best, option is to streamline your resume.  Make it relevant. Information that does not help in your current job search does not have to be there. Customize it according to the job needs. One of the benefits of a long and rich job history is that you can decide what to share.

Negotiating a Salary

money-340498_640The best way to go about negotiating a salary is to do your homework first. Figure out how much the standard rate is for your desired position. First, you’ll feel more at ease when you meet with your potential employer and second, it will show him that it’s not just about wanting more money – it’s about the current market and how much you are worth.

So where do you find out about the going salary for your area?

Ask colleagues, talk to recruiters or even go online and review salary range research like that provided on websites such as Glassdoor and Indeed. Just make sure to search by location.

Want to learn more? Try this resource: Want To Get Ahead? Do Your Homework!