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The Employee Referral Index (ER-i), a campaign driven by ZALP, was the first and largest ever global initiative on employee referrals which saw participation from 1000+ recruiting professionals across the globe.
This infographic aggregates some of the key highlights of the global survey. It showcases employee referral trends globally and the impact of social media on their referral programs.
Have a look and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section!
The Death of the Verb
You and I have both heard the typical line from career counselors, “use power verbs in your résumé .” Right? They’ve even given us lists and lists of verbs to begin sentences:
- Managed team of 10 engineers in highly competitive RFP process
- Resolved difficult customer service issue for high stakes sale
- Safeguarded company position through advanced marketing strategy
The problem with all of these verbs is that online, verbs are not as powerful as nouns.
Thanks to search engines, and by extension, résumé-crawling software that HR departments use to pre-filter candidates, using the right nouns can either get you a job or keep you in the unemployment line.
The New Rules of Résumé Language
I’m not suggesting that you pack in as many nouns related to your field as possible. Keep it real, and just change the focus from verbs to nouns.
Careful. If you take this too far, your online résumé might look like this:
Originally posted 2009-08-17 10:20:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
In 2006, when I still worked at Cisco, I started a little LinkedIn Group called “Cisco.” Okay, not very creative or original. But I thought it was a good idea at the time to help Cisco folks leverage our mutual LinkedIn networks for career opportunities. HR didn’t like the idea though — which only made me want to do it more
Today, my group has over 17,000 people, grows by 100 people every week, and houses discussions about job postings, business strategy, and even sales on Cisco gear.
Recently, however, requests to join became overwhelming, and I “hired” a co-manager to facilitate the group.
What is a LinkedIn Group?
Simply, within the vast network of separated professionals on LinkedIn, groups allow people to connect on a single theme. Groups are a great way to network with NEW people without introductions or cold calling. Why? Because you have something in common.
Groups can be anything from alumni associations, professional associations, common interests, even companies and subsets within companies. Hell, you can even create your own group in about 2 minutes.
Why groups are a great job search tool
By joining and participating in a group, you (the job seeker) have a powerful way of adding value to and growing your online reputation. As a group facilitator, I can tell you who are the leaders of the discussion, and who are the valued contributors to the group. When you participate, people notice.
Furthermore, by being members of the same group as your target company, your odds of getting a favorable response to your job inquiry are much higher.
Group Guidelines for the Job Seeker
- Join a group that takes you where you want to go, not one that keeps you where you are.
- Join a group that you WILL participate in. Don’t be a fly on the wall.
- Participation in a group means posting and responding to discussion. Make sure you are putting your best foot forward, be positive, show your motivation.
- Tell your truth but don’t shout! If you are unemployed, then don’t be ashamed and try to keep it a secret, but don’t flaunt it either. Just be cool and make sure that you are always honest about where you are and what you are looking for.
- Identify other leaders in the group and determine whether they could be valuable connections or information sources; if so, then by all means reach out to them.
Originally posted 2009-08-10 10:14:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Do you ever take the time to pay attention to those targeted ads clogging up your Facebook feed?
This morning, a quick glance at my own feed reveals an ad for a local gym (giving you some indication of my half-hearted attempt at a New Year’s resolution) as well as one for home insurance (I became a new homeowner last month).
It’s no secret that Facebook uses very specific targeting in the creation of its ads; drawing upon a user’s clicking behaviour as well as listed activities, interests, and groups. This allows businesses to reach out to users who have a more likely natural inclination towards their products.
Changes to Targeted Advertising
Facebook has recently announced that they plan to test new ad targeting systems that could also help business find employees.
The specifics of how this new targeting system works have just been revealed in a company blog post. Rather than simply focusing on pages that a user has “liked,” targeting will now also take specific information including employer information and job titles into account. This will most likely appeal to recruiters who can target their ads specifically to potential employees.
Whether you’re searching for employment or have been working at the same company for 25+ years, chances are email overload is a burden you’d prefer to do without.
According to McKinsey & Company the average person spends 28% of their day reading and responding to email – that’s crazy (unless you’re a customer support rep). What’s worse is more than half of those emails are considered unimportant, meaning not urgent or relevant. We shouldn’t spend a third of our day on email, it’s not in our job description.
Either you develop an effective system for managing email overload or you simplify your life and signup for an email management tool like SaneBox. I may be a little biased, but I’d recommend the latter.
SaneBox prioritizes important email and summarizes the rest in a daily digest, saving the average user over 100+ hours a year on unimportant email.
SaneBox for the unemployed
As you search for a job, it’s critical to follow-up on your inquiry emails. Most potential employers and/or hiring managers are inundated with employment requests, not to mention other tasks and responsibilities. It’s far too easy for an inquiry to slip through the cracks, don’t let bad luck get in the way of landing your dream job. By using SaneBox you can add automatic reminders to your emails, so if you don’t hear back by a specified time you’ll receive a notification. Not only does this help keep track of your email communications, it helps to demonstrate your persistence and determination.
If you are big into personal effectiveness then you are familiar with Steven Covey’s 2nd Habit: Begin With the End in Mind. Actually, this principle extends far beyond the realm of self-help and into all aspects of our lives.
A Sculpture is first conceived of in the mind of the artists, and then emerges from the stone. A symphony is first heard in the mind of the composer, and then written to the score.
Likewise, in your effective job search, your end result must be clearly defined because the tools you’ll use to get there won’t know what you want!
Let me put it another way, to use social media without being clear about what you want, would be like a sculptor relying on his chisel to produce the art.
Most social media guru’s teach how to get more clients or customers. To simply rely on their advice means you may not get that Job Interview as quickly as you’d hoped.
You mean you don’t need more customers!
So what makes the job search any different?
Originally posted 2009-08-03 09:46:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
As if mastering the fine art that is LinkedIn wasn’t enough, we have another social media guide for you–this time it is catered specifically to Twitter-sphere.
If you want to build your following on Twitter, whether for personal or even business purposes, it’s always better to have engaged followers. The road to Twitter success goes beyond simply tweeting every moment you get— it’s about getting involved, using your connections and making conversation, as this infographic illustrates.
Courtesy of WhoIsHostingThis, give this piece of digital eye candy a look below to uncover some easy-to-implement strategies on not only doubling, but keeping those new Twitter followers.
Originally posted on Career Attraction.
It never fails. I’m at a job fair looking for high-performing, motivated professionals to place into great opportunities with our Fortune 500 client companies. Yet I walk away every time shaking my head in disbelief at how many seasoned officers and NCOs blow their chance to get hired.
Here are five fatal mistakes most military job seekers make at career fairs, and how you can avoid making them:
1. You Have No Idea Why You’re Here
Most folks think the key to job fair success is to “dress smartly and bring lots of resumes.” Well, what if I told you that you don’t go to job fair to get a job? To go a little further, DON’T BRING ANY RESUMES!!!
You’re probably a little shocked right now, because this flies against everything you’ve been told in your transition. I’ll ease your inner conflict and tell you that job fairs are an absolute must on your to do list, but not for the reasons you think. (As for the resume thing, we’ll get to that in a bit.)
One of the critical first steps of your job search strategy is to have a targeted list of companies. Before you invest your time and money to attend a job fair, you must have a sense of what industries and companies can utilize your skill sets and have opportunities in your geographic preferences.
Many folks disregard the smaller companies they’ve never heard of before. This is a HUGE mistake! You should actually target and start off with the smaller companies.Why? Well, let’s get to the basics of business. Job fairs cost a lot in terms of money and time away from the office. If a smaller company is willing to invest that level of commitment and resources to a job fair, it’s far more likely they have an immediate vacancy they’re trying to fill. Even better, there’s a very high probability that a hiring decision-maker will be present at the booth.
Another mistake many job seekers make at a job fair? They wait in the long lines at the front of the fair to speak with the “big box” employers. Instead, be smart and start at the physical rear of the job fair and work your way forward. Here’s the strategy behind this: Some of us recruiters don’t want to pay the big bucks to get the prime real estate at the front. We’re typically twiddling our thumbs, because everyone is bottlenecked up there. Your reward for taking this approach is that you get more one-on-one interaction time, while your less-informed competition is wasting precious networking opportunities standing in line to talk to someone who generally doesn’t have any authority to hire them. Your win.
You may be wondering why I said you weren’t at a job fair to get a job. Well, your reason to attend a job fair is to grow your professional network. (Click here to tweet this thought.) If, in the process, a genuine connection is made, that’s serendipity at work and you’ve become the one-in-a-million job fair hire story. Always remember this so you stay focused on your reason for being at the event.
2. You Can’t Tell Me What You Can Do for Me
Let’s imagine for a moment that you’re watching TV, and a commercial comes on that looks like a resume (and sounds like one, too). How long would it take for you to change the channel? Likewise, you have about 10-15 seconds to give me a reason to continue listening to you. You have to craft your elevator speech towards the positions you know my company is typically hiring for, while at the same time expressing how your skills match.
And please don’t give me the “I’m a transitioning…yada yada.” That tells me that you haven’t done anything with your elevator speech since you practiced it in a transition course, and it “sounded good” to someone who has never hired or placed someone in years — or possibly ever. There’s no substitute for hard work here. That’s why focus is important.
When writing about the social media job search, it’s impossible not to address LinkedIn. In fact, over the last several years, I’ve amassed quite a number of LinkedIn articles for job seekers. Here’s a list of my most popular.
This is a great way to get started!
If you’re looking for a job, and you are reasonably smart, then there are recruiters out there who would benefit from talking to you. I’m guessing from my own experience, that they simply can’t find you. Or if they do find you, something about your LinkedIn profile turns them away.
In either case, you have more control over this situation than you think. Getting found by recruiters doesn’t have to be a passive strategy. Here is a two part active strategy for getting found. Read the rest…
If you’re like me, you don’t feel satisfied sitting around with a pretty LinkedIn profile waiting for recruiters to email you out of the blue. (Although it’s nice, it’s simply not a strategy.)
Warning: Before you start reaching out to potential new employers on LinkedIn, your profile needs to look perfect. Your profile is your first impression.
If you’re stuck on this part, I suggest investing in a professional LinkedIn profile writer to get it done for you. That way you can focus on the relationship building, rather than the profile writing. Read the rest…
Editor’s Note: Updated February, 21 2014
I previously wrote about the death of the verb and the rise of the Noun, so I won’t explain that here. But if you haven’t read that post, I suggest you do so.
I’m often asked, “Well, if I need nouns, how do I know what nouns to use?” Here is a simple list of some great places to begin growing your Keyword list.
Use Your Brain
I’m not being cheeky by saying that. I think we often overlook our own common sense because the online tools are so convenient.
Sit down with a blank paper and come up with as many industry specific nouns as you can. Don’t judge what happens, now is the time to get as big a list as possible. Later, we’ll hone it down.
Use Related Job Descriptions
I always tell people that Job Boards are good for at least one thing…finding job descriptions to mine for keywords. Companies will often (not always) include the keywords they look for when screen resumes in the descriptions.
Visit three of your favorite job boards, like SimplyHired, Indeed or Monster. The location doesn’t matter, so just enter the job title you are aiming for. Copy three different job descriptions from three different job boards and copy them all into a word cloud generator (see next section).
Originally posted 2009-09-28 07:49:35. Republished by Blog Post Promoter