Networking events can either be a total waste of time or a goldmine of opportunity. It all depends on your focus while you're there and your follow-up afterwards. If you’re in sales, relevant industry or local networking events may be a great way to start a relationship with potential prospects. It’s hard to make a sale without trust, and it’s hard to gain trust without meeting with prospects in person. If you’re looking to change jobs or transition into a different industry, relevant networking events can be a great way to make valuable contacts that can directly or indirectly help you make your next move, career-wise. Regardless of your goal, it’s important to send a follow-up email after a networking event. But that’s not where your follow up should stop. Here are the best practices for sending a follow-up email after a networking event, and how else to make the best of your new connections! … [Read more...] about Why You Must Send a Follow-Up Email After a Networking Event
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These Skype interview tips 2016 will separate you from the pack! You’ve probably had a phone interview, and if you’re gainfully employed, chances are good that you’ve had an in-person interview as well. But a new wave of job interviewing has popped up - the Skype interview. A Skype interview is an awkward cross between a phone interview and an in-person interview. On the bright side, you don’t have to physically go somewhere as long as your house or apartment has wifi. The bad news is that you do actually need to shower and make yourself presentable. The following Skype interview tips will set you up for success in this new type of job interview situation. … [Read more...] about 6 Skype Interview Tips to Get the Job
Everything you need to write a good LinkedIn summary. When most people first get started using LinkedIn, they’re often overwhelmed by the many different sections of their new online profile that must be filled in to be most effective on the platform. Perhaps one of the most important, though often rushed-through pieces, is the summary area on a LinkedIn profile. Whether you’re just trying to update your LinkedIn profile or are starting anew, here are some best practices. … [Read more...] about How to Write a Good LinkedIn Summary
It feels like a kick in the gut: that polite phone call, or carefully worded job rejection e-mail that announces that you didn't get the job, but "wishes you the best of luck in your job search." After days of wondering "did I get the job?" and constantly checking your voicemail, it's natural to feel discouraged after a job rejection e-mail or phone call. Inevitably, you'll start to question yourself. Was there a typo in your cover letter? Did your carefully prepared answers come off as too rehearsed? Should you have went with a traditional pantsuit instead of a trendy blazer? … [Read more...] about Wondering Why You Didn't Get The Job? Here's Your Answer
The best way to learn how to end a cover letter, is to learn how to begin a cover letter effectively. Many people glance over the importance of a cover letter, thinking that an employer will do the same, when this simply isn’t the case. Depending on the type of employer, they may even value the cover letter over the value of the resume. How to begin, and how to close a cover letter are essential aspects of your next application. Let’s think about how… Why is a cover letter so important? A cover letter is important because it is essentially a demonstration of fit, relative to any position. The fact of the matter is that when you see a position you are interested in, you might be thinking to yourself, “of course I can do that!” The same thing can’t be said for an employer when they finally take a look at your application. Your cover letter is an expository document, meant to guide a hiring manager to the most important parts of your resume. Should I create a separate cover letter for … [Read more...] about How to End a Cover Letter – Close It the Right Way!
It's one thing to receive a job application rejection letter because you don't possess the skills and/or experience for the open position. It's quite another thing for a prospective employer to reject your resume because you're overqualified. The job market is full of highly qualified applicants and many of the applicants attempt to secure employment for positions that do not come close to matching their levels of expertise. If you feel overqualified for a job, you need to learn how to adjust your resume to match the level of expertise required for the open position. Education Should Be Elementary You certainly don't want to promote the education section of your resume by writing "I graduated 6th grade," but you do want to minimize educational accomplishments if you feel overqualified for a job and need to adjust your resume. Let's assume you just graduated college and the tight job market has you changing your entry-level employment goal of working as an accountant for a large … [Read more...] about Feel Overqualified for a Job? How to Adjust Your Resume
The world has changed so much over the past 10 years as more of our lives have been transferred from offline routines to online duties -- that includes job hunting. There are few of us who have not ordered shopping online, caught up on TV shows or used a social network. A consequence of this shift to the digital is how we apply for new jobs. Go back ten or twenty years, and the weekly or monthly newspaper, the job centre and even the local newsagent’s announcement board was the main source of jobs. Now the world of searching for a new job is a mixture of online job boards, social media and browsing potential websites. E-mails have taken the place of postal applications as the recruitment process has been slimmed down. … [Read more...] about Five Ways Job Hunting Has Changed Since You Last Looked
Seek and ye shall find? Not necessarily, as any job seeker knows. But if you’re just looking on job websites and search engines like Monster, Career Builder, Indeed, and SimplyHired, you might not be seeking as hard, or as smart, as you can. Just as being a specialist in a field typically pays off with a higher salary, turning to a specialized job search site might just pay off in finding that job. To that end, here are 37 niche job search engines you just might have overlooked. Digital and tech jobs Application engineers, database administrators, programmers and others seeking digital and tech jobs will find plenty of sites to help in that search: Dice.com is not only a leading site for tech job searches but offers tech news, advice and talent communities to bring like-minded techies together. Jobs.Mashable.com offers jobs for every tech segment including designers, developers, marketers, programmers and bloggers. Careers.StackOverflow.com is another leading site for … [Read more...] about 37 Job Websites You Might Have Missed
You have it all you think, that great resume, the snappy new business clothes for the interview, and a killer smile...but could something you aren't even aware of be sabotaging your job search? Many job seekers aren't aware that their credit score could be keeping them from the job of their dreams. Here are some things to be wary of: Finance-related Job Searches If you are applying to any area of the financial market, such as stock broker, banking teller, or analyst, you can be assured that the hiring manager is going to take a look at your credit background. If you've had bankruptcies or are always late paying your bills, they'll believe you're at a higher risk around their currency. … [Read more...] about Is My Credit Score a Job Search Issue?
Your cover letter acts as your first impression on a prospective employer, making it an important part of your application. While many people polish their resumes before sending them off, the cover letter is often overlooked or hastily written -- reducing the chance of landing the job. Here are a few cover letter mistakes that can get your application tossed in the "No" pile: 1. Forgetting to Proofread Spelling and grammar errors are a surefire way to get your application put at the bottom of the pile. Your word processing program's built-in spell checker can help find some problems, but don't rely on it for a final polish. You need to double- and triple-check your cover letter for errors, reading it aloud to catch mistakes you might miss while skimming. Have a friend or colleague with excellent spelling and grammar skills go over your letter before you send it out. … [Read more...] about Is My Cover Letter Holding Me Back?