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5 People You Should Ask For LinkedIn Recommendations
LinkedIn recommendations are a tremendous asset to your job search. You can quickly and easily point a potential employer to your LinkedIn profile and they’ll be able to see verifiable references and recommendations of the quality of your work and the results you deliver. Positive words can be powerful motivators. So, how do you choose the right people to request a recommendation from? And how do you know if they’ll give you a good recommendation? 1. The Happy Client Whenever I have a client who reaches out to me to share how happy they were with our service I always...
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3 Things I Learned From My First Job
I didn’t really have a job before Sophomore year of college. Sure, I tried bussing tables at a local restaurant once before, but… it wasn’t really for me (I lasted three whole days). Sending the wrong food to the wrong tables and cleaning up unfinished meals one too many times was a little discouraging, to say the least. But Sophomore year, I needed money. And I needed it badly. So, I applied to any job I could find, including the infamous call center that required students to call about a hundred alumni each night to ask for donations to the...
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3 Ways To Increase Your Job Satisfaction
Although it’s no secret that many of us feel less than fulfilled in our work life, a Gallup poll recently revealed that a mere 13% of employees worldwide are actually engaged. Considering that most of us spend the better part of our days at work, this is clearly not ideal. But what is the solution, if any? Money is often thought to be the biggest predictor of job satisfaction, but a recent survey that ranked nearly 300 jobs from most to least satisfying shows that although money does play a role; it’s not the only motivator. For instance, Internet technology...
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Salary Requirements
Discussing salary ahead of receiving a job offer can come with risks, but in some situations, you can’t avoid it – especially when it’s the employer who’s asking for it when you apply. The concern with bringing up salary is that the number you pull out may be too low or too high from what the employer is considering. So you may wind up with the short end of the stick or taken out of consideration for wanting a salary out of range with what it’s willing to offer. So, how do you approach the topic under these situations? To...
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Personal Brand Focus
How well are you branded in your network of connections – friends, family members, individuals with whom you share outside interests, vendors, clients, colleagues, former colleagues? What comes to mind when people think of YOU? Do your contacts fully understand what you do for a living and exactly HOW you add value to other people’s lives? Whose “radar screen” are YOU on when someone asks a contact if they know someone who specializes in your areas of expertise? Try the following idea every once in a while to “research” and confirm your brand awareness: Choose a network connection and give them...
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  Completing your college IT course is always a delight, but even as you celebrate, there is an indelible tinge of trepidation that cannot be wished away. In the IT industry, you have to contend with increased competition in the job market, now that most businesses are outsourcing their services.   However, the more immediate problem comes in choosing the perfect company to work for in the IT sector. Picking the Right IT Company With a proliferation of IT companies, it behooves on you to make the right choice lest your career crumbles before it even takes off. Here are...
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  Websites are big business. It is literally a requirement for every business and organization to have a website; otherwise, they won’t be taken seriously. So, in light of all this, a career as a web designer is a pretty smart move. But you are not alone Now, while web design may be a smart career move, it is not an exclusive choice. There are thousands of great webs designers out there so you need to go in knowing that you have some serious competition. If you want to make it as a web designer, you need to know and...
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  The internet has come as a Godsend for the contemporary job seeker. If you are not leveraging on the vast opportunities that abound online, it is high time you got on the bandwagon. LinkedIn is at the center of this revolution and has been hailed as the modern version of employment agencies. Redefining Professional Job Search This social networking platform for professionals is a cut above other social media forums. It offers a business-oriented platform where you can meet hundreds of potential employers immediately you create your profile. But that’s not all that LinkedIn has going for it. The statistics...
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  In today’s economy, those searching for new jobs need to pay mind to previous tools and sentiments, such as looking professional and including a cover letter.  However, certain errors and actions will get your resume thrown in the rejection bin.  Keep your cover letter clear of the rejection bin with the following tips. Use a Subject Line Some use a salutation, such as “Dear Madam/Sir” to begin the cover letter, yet today’s gurus, including the author of the 15-Minute Cover Letter, suggest using a subject line rather than a traditional salutation.  It looks professional, and those seeking positions won’t have...
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  Confidence is the biggest part of your job search. You must exude confidence when conveying your skills and achievements that make you the best candidate, when networking with anyone and everyone, or when applying online for jobs. While confidence is a good thing, it is crucial to know where to draw the line between arrogance and confidence. You can end up doing your job search a disservice when you cross the line between great confidence and aggressiveness.   How You Are Sabotaging Your Job Search (And What to Do Instead)   To win that lucrative job you applied to,...
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