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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Are You Dressing The Part As An Older Job Seeker? Revamp Your Job Search Strategies

Revamp Your Job Search Strategies and Get a Job



Finding a job is tough these days. But it's even tougher if you're over fifty. Here are some proactive steps you can take to boost your chances for a successful job hunt.


Don't waste much time looking in the newspaper for a job. Today's job listings, resume sharing and application forms are online. So if you're not internet savvy and computer literate, it's time to learn. Public libraries, continuing education programs and community colleges are all likely places to find computer literacy courses. Or get your children or grandchildren to show you how.

If you're already computer literate, review and refresh your computer skills. If need be, take courses in the latest software programs used in your particular industry.


Even if you don't Twitter, and haven't joined Facebook and Linkedin, you should know what they are. Better yet, join Linkedin and post your profile.Then add the link to your revamped resume.

Create a website, or pay someone to build one for you, and post your resume and samples of your work there, particularly if you are in a creative field.

Networking is the Real Answer

The largest employment market is not advertised, counsels Bill Belknap, an expert on networking and a Certified Master Career Coach at The Five O’clock Club, a nationwide career coaching and outplacement service. "If you only focus on internet job leads, you'll be missing the biggest segment of the job market," said Belknap in a telephone interview conducted on March 9,2009. Particularly in a tough economy, companies first attempt to fill positions through their network, via employee referrals, because it saves them money, he added.

Review and Revamp Your Resume

Rework your resume to be sure you are using language that's current with today's market, for example, human resources or hiring manager, not personnel department.

Never try to hide your age by leaving dates or jobs off your resume. And never lie about your age, though anyone who asks directly for your age is breaking the law. "There’s no logic in trying to conceal your age," said Belknap. "In fact, it’s naive to think you can fool the hiring manager. Full disclosure will be required when you get to fill out the job application, so why put yourself at risk? "

Show Off Your Energy

The best way to show your energy is to be enthusiastic, said Belknap. Again, take a proactive approach during conversations to advertise your good health, fitness, stamina and high energy level. If you bike, run, dance, lead hikes, swim six miles a week, run marathons, or enjoy walking vacations, say so if and when the opportunity arises.

Dress the Part

Since your age is fairly obvious just from the length of your career as shown on your resume, does it really matter if you color your hair and buy stylish, up-to-the-minute shoes and clothing for an interview?

"You do need to look the part and wear current style, clothing," advised Belknap. But more importantly he recommends that you "find out how the hiring manager dresses and dress one notch above that." For example, if the hiring manager wears causal pants and a dress shirt, show up for the interview in khakis and a dress shirt and maybe a jacket.

The old adage "when in Rome" is still the best rule, explained Belknap. "Do your research on your target company. Understand who it is you would be working for. Sometimes looking at the company web site can give you an idea of the dress code. But if not, call and ask at the switchboard. 'I have an interview how do most people dress?' Or visit the company or find a relative or friend -of- a -friend who works there and ask about the dress code."

Revamp your resume and review and renew your computer skills if need be. If you're not computer and internet savvy, start taking courses. And network to open doors to a potential new job.

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5 Steps To Build A Positive Personal Brand On Facebook

  5 Steps To Build A Positive Personal Brand On Facebook

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s no mystery that social media is on the rise. Social media has become more than just a pastime for teenagers and college students, and it’s now more important than ever to get in the mix of viewing and sharing user-generated content. In 2016, major social networking platforms (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+) saw a continued growth of new users. In November of 2016, 79% of online Adults were using Facebook.

2017 won't be just seeing continued growth, but, there will also be an increase in user engagement. With increased engagement, you can bet employers will be focusing more on social media to hire future employees. So with that being said, how does one go about finding a job using Facebook?

For those who are new to Facebook, one thing you should decide early on is whether to use it primarily for professional networking or social networking. It is said that Facebook and business don’t mix well. Many younger job-seekers change their online names or deactivate their profiles to hide inappropriate personal content. Still, Facebook is notorious for having confusing privacy controls, so in order to maintain a professional profile, it’s best to always be conscientious of posting only content that you would want a future employer to see. Here, we will show you the first steps of creating a Facebook profile for professional networking.

1.Show your best face.

When you first sign up on Facebook, one thing that will be stressed is to upload a photo of yourself. This is the most basic part, as the name “Facebook” originates from what is literally a book of headshots that is traditionally handed out at universities to identify new students. Find a good quality, semi-professional photo of yourself and use it as your main profile picture. This photo is the gateway to your profile and is the first thing a user will see when you add them to your network.

2.Fill out your personal info.

This is all the information that is displayed on the About tab of your profile. Many people now find out more about someone by looking at their Facebook profile than actually talking to them in person, and you can use this to your advantage. Filling out sections like Work and Education, Living, and Contact Info are the most important because they give a person a quick and easy overview of your background and history.

There are other sections like Family and Interests that are not crucial for professional networking purposes but are okay to fill out (again, use discretion in what type of activities and interests you select). Be wary of Relationship Status; it’s probably best just to leave this blank if you are not using your profile for social purposes.

3.Add a cover photo.

 
The cover photo is a new feature and is the large banner-style photo behind your profile picture. While this cover photo is not mandatory, it is a visually appealing way to display your professional interests or hobbies. Interested in Biotech? Find a beautiful graphic of a DNA helix or protein structure as your cover photo. Do you do freelance photography? Use the cover photo area to display one of your best shots.

4.Choose your friends wisely.

 
The people you are adding to your Facebook network can see who your other added friends are. By mixing personal and professional contacts, you run the risk of a college buddy posting a comment or tagging an old photo that you don’t want your industry colleagues to see. Facebook has the capability of creating and managing lists of friends with different privacy levels, but that gets too complicated to maintain. The best way to keep control of a professional profile is just to not add any “friend” who may jeopardize your chances of employment.

5.Engage!

 
Once you have the first 3 steps down and get the hang of how Facebook functions, it’s time to make your profile come alive. Post daily updates of content relevant to your job search. Find the latest industry breakthroughs from blogs, news sites and forums, and “Like” or post those links on Facebook. Write succinct and informed opinions along with your links. Subscribe to Facebook updates of industry leaders and other relevant figures (facebook.com/subscriptions/suggestions) and comment on their updates when you have something insightful to say.

While you want to drive awareness of your knowledge and passion for the subject, you also don’t want to overwhelm and annoy your Facebook friends with too much activity. Post diverse content that will provide value to your audience more than self-advertisement. Once you effectively achieve this balance, people will start branding you as a subject matter expert of your field.

Being able to brand yourself using social media is an extra edge, but the most basic part of using Facebook to find a job is just keeping your profile clean and consistently updated. On the Internet, you never know just who is looking at your online activity, but if your activity is relevant to your professional goals, getting noticed will pay off. Being well-connected in this economy is the extra boost that many people need to get hired, and there is no better and easier tool than Facebook for doing that.


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hiring Managers Seeing More Lies on Resumes



Editor's Note: In a survey of 3,500 employees by HireRight, it was reported that 88% of those tested had lied on their resume compared with 70% five years ago. In this article in Fortune, Anne Fisher interviews Mary O’Loughlin, HireRight’s vice president of global customer experience, to find out why people are exaggerating on their resumes.
Yet another reason for inventing whole chunks of a CV: Embarrassment about having lost a job to the recession. “Candidates think there is a huge stigma attached to unemployment,” notes O’Loughlin. “So they make up things to fill that gap in their work history.”
She notes that it is a far worse stigma to be dishonest than to lose a job! Click here to read more.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Forward - Daylight Saving Survival Guide



Recovering From Your Lost Hour of Sleep!

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, as many as 30-35% of adults could suffer from temporary insomnia which can be caused by the start of Daylight Savings Time.
In fact, the day following the start of Daylight Savings Time has been proclaimed Insomnia Awareness Day by the AASM to raise awareness about the widespread problem of insomnia that affects as many as 10% of adults. From the AASM:
"By raising awareness about insomnia, and by letting people know they are not alone and treatment options are available, I hope that people who are suffering will seek help and improve their quality of life. You do not need to let insomnia prevent you from sleeping well."
• After the switch forward, head outdoors for some early morning sunlight. The bright light will help set your internal clock, which regulates sleep and alertness.
• Stick to your usual bedtime on Sunday night to get plenty of sleep before the workweek begins on Monday.