Why Having a Public LinkedIn Profile is So Important

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Whether you’re considering new employment opportunities or not, LinkedIn is a fantastic tool to build your professional profile. Beyond the amazing job search benefits it provides, it can also put you in touch with professional colleagues that may contribute to your future success in the industry, and may attract future clients to you and your company.

Looking for a new job? Many employers and recruiters in your field may be using LinkedIn as one of their main sources of finding good candidates for the position. Having your profile listed as public allows them to find you.

Not actively looking for a new job (but you’re open to the possibility of something better coming along)? This is a great way for companies with fantastic new opportunities to find you without you having to take the effort to search for them.

Not looking? Why is that? Is your current job the best job you could ever imagine? If yes, congratulations! Are you SURE there isn’t something even more wonderful out there?

Is the idea of job searching too much work? If so, having a public LinkedIn profile is a good way to cut out the lion’s share of the work. As you create your LinkedIn profile, take care to have a complete work history and completed skills summary. If you are just passively looking for a position, LinkedIn is a professional network that will have hiring manager coming to you.

Are you not open to even the possibility of a great opportunity finding you? If so, why is that? Are you afraid of fake or unworthy companies regularly harassing you if your information is available?

There are three things you should consider:

  1. Many LinkedIn accounts have limited amounts of inmails that can be sent unless they pay a larger amount of money, so they will be saving those inmails for the candidates most likely able to fit their position.
  2. If someone wants to connect and you have no interest, you can click reject and by clicking I don’t know this person, their LinkedIn account could be shut down when they get a number of these. Most companies will not send invitations unless they think you might respond favorably.
  3. It’s easy to ignore companies you’re not interested in. If you do find them to be of interest, you can do a brief amount of internet research on the company to gain additional information to see if you would want to align yourself with the company.

Does your employer need you to make your personal page private because they require you to use a LinkedIn account in your job and they need your LinkedIn presence to be solely related to their company? You should still keep your personal private LinkedIn profile updated as much as possible so that the moment you’re looking for a new opportunity, you can easily make it public again with as minimal effort as possible in order to jump back into the job search.

Alternately, are you afraid your employer will find out that you’re looking for or open to other employment opportunities? Other privacy worries? LinkedIn knows to protect their members and they have a privacy section that you can easily control the amount of information that is public.

A whole new world of fantastic job opportunities will open to you by creating a public LinkedIn profile. What’s holding you back?  You can also follow our career tips and opt into our email course for advice and guidance. Be sure to follow us on Pinterest and “Like” us on Facebook!

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How To Get The Job Of Your Dreams In 4 Weekends

Weekends are for relaxing but also for setting your career goals. Wouldn’t you like to start a new career path, one that is financially and emotionally rewarding, and do so in only 4 weekends?

While your To Do list may be a mile long, this exercise will not take long and has the potential to enhance and improve your career. Just follow these steps and only invest about an hour or less per weekend. See my tips below.

  1. Weekend One. This weekend will ease you into getting motivated to make a career change. The only thing you have to do is daydream. That’s right, let your mind wander. This is not a time for planning so just concentrate on what you really want and not how to get there. Daydream about where you want to be in your career in five years. This important step is planting the seeds so your subconscious will do a big chunk of the work for you over the next week. Go ahead and jot down some notes on where your mind took you; this is the only exercise for Weekend One so you are free to go and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
  2. Weekend Two. Pull out your notes from last weekend and review. Then jot down some additional notes that your brain has formulated over the past week. Determine from these notes what job title that you are interested in pursuing. Is it Sales? Clinical Research Associate? Accountant? Write this title down then perform Internet research on what you can expect from your title. Glassdoor.com is a great resource as this will give you an idea of the salary you can expect to receive in this position, based off your location. Once you put in your title and location, you can view jobs, companies and their reviews, as well as salaries, under the tabs at the top. You will want to view job postings online as well as this will give you an idea of the skills and education that this title will require. Once you have obtained the information of the salary that you can expect and the skills and education that you will need to have, write down this information and you are complete for Weekend Two.
  3. Weekend Three. It is now the 3rd weekend, you are almost complete in paving your way to your dream job! Pull out all of your notes and get organized. On a clean page, outline your plan, (this is your Action Plan). At the top center of the 1st page, write down the title that you are looking to have. List the skills next, starting on the left margin and the salary that you hope to achieve. Then list the education that you need to have. You now have a plan in place, with a clear view on how to reach your goal. Weekend Three is now complete.
  4. Weekend Four. Now that you are at the final weekend, now it is time to execute your plan! Pull out your notebook and review the education section of your Action Plan. Go online and start looking at local colleges or online courses to review the courses needed to get to your education goals. Write these down and sign up for your first courses today; why stop now?

Although at Weekend One, I referenced a five year plan, I guarantee that you will have your dream job much sooner, depending on how quickly you can finish your education requirements. You can also look into entry level jobs that will pave the foundation of the title you are seeking to have. Staying organized is the key when growing into a new career so make sure you do not abandon your Action Plan. Review and add to your Action Plan once a month. I use an Excel document to keep my goals aligned but there are multiple organizational programs that you can use; you will be amazed at how it will keep you on the right track.

You are well on your way to obtaining your dream job, great work! I wish you the very best in career success!

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Does Having Recent Experience Matter?

When a candidate has an interview, a common question that will be asked is “What recent experience do you have?” You need to prepare what to say as your response will provide the hiring manager insight into whether they want to continue with the interview. Having recent experience is a quality and skill that managers would like in a professional. The three reasons why having recent experience matter include: up to date knowledge, excellent soft skills, and that you are an independent professional in the industry.

  1. Up to date knowledge will demonstrate to the hiring manager that you can bring ideas, suggestions, and proposals that will be a benefit to the company. If you are in the clinical industry, it will also show that you have knowledge in recent regulations and in good clinical practice.
  2. Along with techniques and skills, excellent soft skills also come from recent experience. It will be difficult for the hiring manger to determine if you have great communication skills if you do not have recent experience in the industry. Soft skills are an important skill to grow and without recent experience; one cannot practice and demonstrate on an everyday basis. Having excellent soft skills is a quality that hiring managers would like in a candidate as strong communication skills is important in every position.
  3. The third reason why it matters to have recent experience is that it will show that you are an independent professional. A hiring manager’s desire will be to hire an individual who knows what to expect in the industry and knows what to do with concerns or ideas without having to be coached and trained on the basic aspects of your job. Having an individual that can come into an organization as an independent because of recent experience will highlight to the hiring manager that they will not have to hand hold individual and is an attractive trait to all hiring managers. Not only does this show the hiring manager that they can avoid spending more money and time in training you but will also show that you can help grow the company.

If you do not have recent experience, there are steps you can take to gain access back into the industry and to gain the experience that hiring managers look for. If you would like to gain experience and get back into the industry, you will have to start from the bottom to show your dedication. You can start by taking clinical courses such as the ACRP and gain clinical certifications, applying for entry level positions, and communicating with past mentors and old managers to help build your network. Networking is such an important task to do and you should do it at all times. By networking, you can start to gain experience and stay up-to-date with the knowledge of the industry. You can also use your network to communicate where you desire your career to go in the industry. Likewise, by connecting with your past mentors and managers, this will help grow your networking by introducing you to new professionals in the industry and will help broaden your chances to gain additional experience needed.

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Land The Position Of Your Dreams!

If you are in the throes of a job search, then you will want to go beyond the old standards of job hunting, of cleaning up your resume, of expanding your network, and of improving your social media presence.

These things are still very relevant and continue to be important, however, you really need to kick-off your search from a position of strength.

First, go for quality over quantity in your application, i.e., customizing your application to the position you are applying for. You also need to reach out to past managers and co-workers who loved your work. Write better cover letters, adding new information such as personal traits, work habits, and, most importantly, show a genuine interest in the job and the company you are applying for. Learn from past mistakes by applying for jobs where you will be happy and able to excel in. Don’t agonize over when you will hear back from the employer and move on by continuing to apply to other opportunities. You should also pass along an opportunity to a friend if a job looks better suited to them as it not only is a very nice thing to do but it also helps from a networking perspective.

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Resume Blunders To Avoid

Have you put any thought into the “Not-So-Obvious-Resume Mistakes” that are really easy to make but are real killers to your resume?

Among them are using abbreviations – that shows laziness as well as a lack of professionalism. Another is inconsistency – if you are going to italicize or bold your position title, then take care that all of your titles are in the same format. Be sure to avoid too little or too much information and tailor your resume to the job being advertised. Please pay attention to your grammar and be sure to proof-read your resume.

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6 Not-So-Obvious Resume Mistakes to Avoid

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What You Should And Should Not Have On Your Resume

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Do you feel secure that you are writing the very best resume that you can? There are a few items that you need to include and a few that you should not include.

Some items that you do want to include are as follows:

  1. At the top of the page, you want to show your contact information including your name, phone number, address as well as your email address.
  2. Then list your education, including your degree at the top of your resume. Certifications and continuing education should be listed under your work experience.
  3. Next, you want to list your work experience, beginning with the last job worked – going back to the first one worked, chronologically. When listing your work experience, be sure to show your skills relating to that job.
  4. Also take care to note any keywords from the job posting and make sure you work them into your resume.

The items that you do not want to include are as follows:

  1. Please don’t include a photo unless one has been requested
  2. Do not include personal information as there will be time later to talk of these things.
  3. Also, don’t show anything relative to salary unless it is asked for.

Take care with your wording to give a clear understanding of your skills and proof read to ensure that there are no errors in order for your resume to show professionalism. Please read our article Why Your Resume Isn’t Getting Read and follow our resume tips for advice. You can also opt into our email course for guidance in obtaining that perfect job and follow us on Pinterest and “Like” us on Facebook!

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New Day, New Resume!

Have you been brain-washed with the old rules of resume writing? Is your resume boring and not allowing your personality to show through? Are you trying to “stick” with these old rules? Please! It’s a new day.

You don’t want your resume to go “thru the black hole recruiting portal” but you DO want them to go into the “human” hands of the hiring managers. You DO want your “light” to shine through. You can still use the keywords that will be picked up by the search engines but use them as to appear human. You need to make your resume such that the human that ultimately sees your resume; sees and likes the person behind it. There really isn’t a safe way to write a resume so why not show your personality?

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How Much Importance Have You Been Placing on Your Cover Letter?

Cover letter – How much importance have you been placing on your cover letter?  Do you think that you have covered all of your skills in your resume?  While using the same format and general information that you have used in your resume, you need to consider making the connection of your skills, experience, and your interests as well as relevance to the position you are applying for.

Be sure to mention up front, the position and organization you are applying for.  Your cover letter should supplement your resume, not replace it, nor recreate it, but gives you the opportunity to show your accomplishments relative to the position you are applying for.  In addition, it will give you the opportunity to show what a good fit you will be for that position and that you did your research on the company.  Be sure to thank them in advance for their consideration of you for the position.

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Cover Letters and Resumes – Necessary or Not?

Do you make the mistake of not including a cover letter with your resume?

Whether or not you do, the cover letter is a critical part of the resume as it allows the Hiring Manager to determine the job you are applying for as well as how interested you are in working for that particular company. It also is your chance to communicate of where you learned of this position as well as letting the Hiring Manager know of specific skills and pertinent facts that do not show on your resume.

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Pursuing A New Job? Ensure You Are Taking The Right Steps!

As a job seeker, how many steps do you actually take before you consider your job search efforts complete? Where do you begin? There are a few steps that are extremely important when beginning to actually look for that position.

  1. Fine tune that Resume.
  2. Clean up your Social Media, (this is critical).
  3. Follow up after submitting the Resume.
  4. Get ready for your Interview (this includes researching the company and position you are applying for).

Please read our article How the Job Search Has Changed and follow our job seeker tips to properly prepare you for the job hunting experience that will land you that fantastic job you are looking for.

 

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