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Three Unique Ways to Rock the Interview (For Starters, Ditch the Coffee Cup)

judgeIf you’re looking to spice up that interview and completely become polished from head to toe, listen up. According to this piece on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few slight changes to make to really sparkle.

1. Ditch the perfume or cologne. That’s right, minimize things that distract your interviewer. An overdose on perfume or cologne, no matter how pleasant smelling, will be distracting. Plus, if the interviewer isn’t exactly fond of your scent, he or she may not want to spend time with you. It’s game over before it began. Read more

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New Study Shows We Don’t Ask for Enough Help When Networking

nametagIf you’ve been networking up a storm and haven’t been making much progress, maybe that’s because you’re not asking for enough help.

According to a new OfficeTeam survey, 42 percent of senior managers said not asking for help from others is the biggest networking mistake. The second faux pas points to failing to keep in touch with contacts, and as for the third? Not thanking people for their help.

Switching gears, one of the best ways to stay in touch is online, as indicated by the survey, followed by meeting for lunch or coffee.  The third best way is to attend a local networking event.

Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, emphasized the importance of networking in a press release. Whether you’re “looking to land a new job or build your visibility, every connection counts.” And many people don’t ask for help because perhaps they’re embarrassed or think they can succeed on their own but there’s no harm in reaching out for help.

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind while networking:

1. Be consistent. Network continuously instead of waiting until you’re in freak out mode for a new job. Periodically check in with contacts. Try to help them as well by sending links to relevant articles and job openings.

2. Act quickly. Follow up swiftly after you meet someone at an event or after you meet up for lunch or coffee.

3. Mix things up. Instead of relying solely on social media, mix it up with online networking and in-person approaches. Be ready, too. You never know when a casual conversation in the doctor’s waiting room or on the train can spark a new potential connection.

4. Be specific. People can make a significant impact in helping you achieve your goals if you’re specific. Instead of saying you’re “looking for a job,” you can tailor it to say you’re “looking for someone who works within marketing in digital media who can help you get your foot in the door for opportunities seeking three to five years of experience.”

Three Ways to Make the Most Out of Informational Interviews

handshake2If you’re looking for a job right now and discovering some downtime or scarcity with online job postings you want to pursue, you’re not alone.

There are a few ways to make the most of the summer by being productive in other ways. One of the most effective ways other than boosting your personal brand online and offline involves conducting informational interviews.

Sure, it’s peak vacation season but chances are between now and Labor Day you’ll be able to have a handful of meaningful conversations that can lead to new contacts and potential opportunities in the fall.

1. Do your research. So, let’s say you’ve landed a coffee meeting with someone at your ideal potential employer. Even if they don’t have any job openings right now, assume they’ll have one in the near future. Research everything you can about the company and outline specific questions to ask. Read more

Jobless Claims Drop Showing Strong Sign for Job Market

Job-SearchAccording to the Department of Labor, the number of Americans filing new unemployment benefit claims last week suddenly dropped. This is particularly good news to signify the labor market recovery.

Essentially, initial claims by state dropped 3,000 to a total of 302,000 for the week ending July 12. Per Reuters, economists forecasted first-time applications for jobless benefits at 310,000. And the four-week average of claims is in the vicinity of 309,000. That’s the lowest level since June 2007! Read more

Survey Shares Top 10 Metro Areas for Job Growth

ImproveJobProspectsIf you’ve had a hard time pounding the pavement, it may be time to switch zip codes. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 10 metro areas are known for their spurts in job growth.

Without getting too technical because we’re certainly not economists, simply stated the following areas grew faster than the national average post-recession. Read more

Seven Ways to Spice Up Your LinkedIn Profile

linkedinIf you’re on LinkedIn regularly just like we are, chances are your profile may be a bit stagnant from time to time.

Looking to spice it up? Look no further. Courtesy of LinkedIn, here are a few quick tips they sent us to hopefully boost your views and connections on a daily basis.

1. Create a catchy headline! How about something like, “Social Media Manager?” People should be able to detect exactly what you do by simply reading it.

2. Add your industry to your profile. This will appear at the top headline under your title so it’s clear for people to also identify your industry. Read more

How to Handle Long-Term Underemployment During an Interview

interviewIf you’ve been underemployed for a while, this post is for you. According to a piece on today’s New York Post, a reader demonstrated frustration in being underemployed for approximately seven years.

Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry, writes:

“It is possible your temp work is affecting your job search for a full-time position — but you’ve been getting interviews. That means the length of your temp work isn’t preventing prospective employers from considering you initially. It might have more to do with how you are performing on those interviews.”

Maybe the energy given off during interviews is thwarting efforts for a new full-time gig. Giangrande says if you come across as negative, that may be why you’re not getting hired. Read more

Permanent & Temp Hiring Set to Increase Latter Part of 2014

listeningWe’re in the home stretch now! Time is certainly flying and according to this CareerBuilder survey, the latter part of 2014 will be sizzlin’. That is, in terms of permanent and temporary hiring.

Per the survey, nearly half of U.S. employers intend to add full-time employees through December 31st and one-third of them plan to hire temporary workers. Both aspects bode well not just because it’s good news but because it’s higher than last year’s numbers, too. Read more

Three Tips to Research a Future Employer Prior to That Interview

suitWe know the deal. You’re pressed for time with that upcoming job interview. So pressed, in fact, that you barely have time to get your suit dry cleaned and ready to go but aside from rocking out to your appearance, there’s one area you simply shouldn’t overlook: Research.

If you don’t come prepared, it could be game over before it already began. For starters, what media company would want to hire someone who didn’t do their homework? This is your shot to do some digging, really snoop around in the spirit of not only landing the job but seeing any potential red flags sooner rather than later. Read more

In the Position to Hire? Three Ways to Botch the Interview Process

resume mistakesIf you have the power to extend an offer or two, there are a few ways you may be self-sabotaging the process without even knowing it.

According to a post on ERE by Marc Debinski, author of The Hiring Compass, there are a few aspects to keep in mind so you don’t fall into the trap of hiring the wrong candidate.

1. Self-mirroring mirage. What is this, you ask? Well, it refers to someone influential in the hiring process who sees a lot of themselves in the candidate. He points out, “A high ego rationalizes, ‘I’m good in my job; I’m good for this business. Naturally, the best thing I can do for this business is hire people just like me.’” Read more

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