Job Search Blog

Apr 17 2014

Ball_point_pen_writingPrivacy is an illusion. If recent events haven’t proven that, then a simple Google search for your name would.

Yet more importantly, any attempt to be anonymous on LinkedIn undermines the entire reason for having a profile there.

Ask yourself, what do I want to accomplish from using LinkedIn?

If your answer is somewhere in the vicinity of, “I’d like a better job” or “To have a professional online resume”, then clearly leaving out your full name doesn’t help you achieve your goals.

So what’s your hesitation? Maybe it’s fear of identity theft. Or some cultural faux-pax against being to public, or not being private enough.

Whatever your reason, know that you have an irrational belief that’s getting in the way of your success. So resolve to deal with it, and just put your real and full name in your LinkedIn profile.

Nothing bad will happen. I promise!


Apr 16 2014

eraserYou might not know this, but there’s a way to flag Google search results  and have them reviewed by Google’s lawyers. Through a law project called Chilling Effects, you can automatically send Google a Cease & Desist using this form: Google’s Removal Form.

Keep in mind that requests are honored only if they see liability, or a potential breach in the law…afterall there’s this thing called the first amendment. I’m not a lawyer though. Anyways, might be a tool to bookmark should you find something on Google you want removed. (at least considered for removal)


Apr 14 2014

LinkedIn HQAs a college career advisor and a professional LinkedIn profile writer, I help students get from the classroom to the workplace. My success relies on my understanding what hiring managers look for when recruiting and retaining candidates. And I recently learned some interesting statistics to show that they are paying more attention to candidate behavior.

In their book, The Cost of Bad Behavior: How Incivility Is Damaging Your Business and What to Do About It, Christine Pearson and Christine Porath suggest that the costs associated with inappropriate behavior are as much as $50,000 per employee.

Bad behavior can be more costly and problematic in an organization than lack of technical skill. And a poor hiring decision can impact an organization’s culture long after the offending individual and company part ways.

What Your LinkedIn Profile Says About You

Your LinkedIn profile does more than summarize your experience and skills. It can also reveal a lot about how you will behave in the workplace—something that can take you from top candidate to highest risk.

Hiring managers want to know if you’re the kind of person people want to work with: will you improve or diminish morale? Will you build relationships or damage existing ones? Organizations want to hire candidates who

  • Help others do their jobs

  • Reflect well on the organization

  • Show respect and courtesy to everyone, regardless of their rank or status

Here are tips on using LinkedIn strategically to ensure your profile reflects your business etiquette positively.

Help Others with a Clear, Concise Profile

Good business etiquette means not wasting anyone’s time, which you can avoid by communicating clearly.

To show you respect others’ time

Apr 14 2014

Stressed-Out Job Seekers

HOUSE:  I love the cranky bastard.

During last year’s season finale of the TV show House, though, I learned something … and that is the absolute power our right brain has over our lives.

The parallel is drawn between House’s patient, whose right brain doesn’t communicate with his left brain, and his own dissociative hallucinations. The patient’s left hand (right brain) seems to have a mind of its own. His hand throws things at people, slaps people, and even pinches himself. Yes, weird.

The right brain, home of our subconscious mind’s functions, controls not only our left-side motor functions, but also 95 percent of our behavior. Hey, did you think “you” made that choice today, or did your right brain choose? (For hard-core neurologists, you know this isn’t 100 percent true, but bear with me for a moment!)

The patient’s left arm (right brain) was  unable to  use language to communicate, so it used emotional responses. Slapping, throwing things, and scratching through his own skin. His right brain was trying to tell him a message.

Here’s the kicker:  When we are under stress, our left and right hemispheres seem to lose neurological connection as well — left brain and right brain fail to communicate. We become like that patient; our subconscious mind may actually have a solution to the cause of our stress, but can’t communicate it to us.

This is the definition of Stress. Are you stressed about your job search? Chances are your left and right brains need some reconciliation.


Meditate. Ha. Many people have tried that, and after dressing in black robes, burning incense and chanting OM for about 5 minutes, their legs hurt and they go get a Ben & Jerry’s.

Here is a quick little tool that non-meditators can use to repair the communication with the “smarter half” — pretend you have a lemon in your hand. Feel it. Smell it. Taste it. Use a real lemon if you have no sense of imagination left from all those Starbucks mocha low-fat cups.

Throw the lemon from your left hand to your right hand about 10 times, keeping your gaze straight ahead.

Then imagine that you have put the lemon on top of your head. Your eyes should be focused straight up. As high up as they can look. Hold that for a moment … then come back to neutral.

Notice how much calmer you are, maybe even more confident. You may begin to think more clearly, and even be more effective in your job search.  Practice connecting up the function of your left brain and your right brain … you can exercise your body, you can exercise your brain, and with just a little practice you can improve the connections among them.

Try it now — and tell me how it works.

Originally posted 2009-10-05 08:03:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Apr 09 2014

[Last updated 3/18/2014]

You go through a workshop or seminar where they plough through endless lists of websites and resources. Or you find yourself stuck on a blank browser window trying to recall that website you heard about, or locate that article you read.

Feeling overwhelmed is a big problem for whatever endeavor you partake in.

If you’re a job seeker, this feeling can multiply all the other negative feelings of frustration you might already have.

If you’re a career professional, you’re wondering how on earth you’re expected to keep up!

Although I can’t promise a complete relief for you, I can at least try to list out as many websites, articles and resources as I can, which I feel to be the most important for job seekers.

I update this list monthly, so bookmark it. Come back often. If you feel something is missing, tell me in the comments below.

Ok. Here goes.

Why is social media so important to finding a job these days?

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Apr 07 2014

There is no doubt that social media is changing the way we are communicating.

New polls, published on FastCompany put this trend into perspective for Job Seekers. Thank you for running the surveys:

  • 45% of employers check social networks before hiring
  • 11% plan to use social networking sites for screening in the near future
  • 35% of companies had rejected a candidate based on information from a social-network profile
  • 14% rejected a candidate for using an emoticon ;-)

Here is a summary of why companies DID hire people based on their social media profiles:

  • 50% chose a candidate because the profile communicated a “good fit” and personality
  • 39% based on professional qualifications
  • 39% based on the creativity of the candidate

Lesson: Clean up your dirt online, keep it real, be creative.

You can view the full article here:


Originally posted 2009-08-20 18:21:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Mar 31 2014

I was shocked.

I was in disbelief.

I gave a presentation on how to use social media for a job search yesterday. I explained HOW it get’s you job interviews faster. I explained how 80% of companies use it to find their next employee. I showed why job boards don’t work. And I still got this comment response to my question: Do You Feel this Info Will Help You Find a Job Sooner?

I’m not convinced

That’s fair…if you want to NEVER find a job.

I don’t care how old you are. Social Media is not about that. It’s a shift in the way we are communicating. Are you able and willing to adapt?

Guess what, employers want to hire people who are adaptable.

Using social media demonstrates this very ability.

If you are not convinced you should be using social media as the central hub of your job search, watch this video:

Originally posted 2009-08-19 09:32:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Mar 28 2014

This article first appeared on LinkedIn.

Where’s the top of my head?

I get asked this question fairly often—mostly when I’m reviewing images with a client after their photo shoot.

Oddly enough, when I ask them if they noticed every shot in my portfolio is decapitated the same way, the answer involves a look of astonishment. 

It seems the only heads we’re worried about are our own. 

Anyway, what does the top of your head have to do with the impact of your profile photo? Everything…and it boils down to nature, beauty, and the math that binds them.

When composing an image, a photographer should take into account its intended purpose and placement.A headshot isn’t just a photograph of your head; it’sthe leading edge of your personal brand. In other words, it’s supposed to be about YOU; not your torso, not your tie, not the backdrop, and—unless you’re Mikhail Gorbachevnot the top of your head.

This is particularly true for placements like LinkedIn or other social media outlets where profile photos are compact in size, but critical in function. Consider Kirsten’s photo below, shown here in two different versions of the ubiquitous square crop.

Mar 25 2014

This infographic first appeared on Queens University of Charlotte.

Employers are looking for their teams to always have an open and effective form of communication within the organization. In the changing work environment,managers need new team members to have soft skills to keep up with new communication dynamics. In a recent survey, 73% of business leaders feel that soft skills are just as important as job-specific skills. 

Job seekers should leverage their communication skills when applying for jobs. This could mean finding the hiring manager to send an introductory message to on LinkedIn. In an interview, highlight how collaboration and cross departmental planning is instrumental to a successful business.

This infographic by Queens University of Charlotte highlights what employers are looking for in new employees and how to incorporate new forms of technologies and social media to improve communication within a company. Take a look and let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

Mar 24 2014

I was reading Chris Brogan‘s newsletter and really resonated with a paragraph of his about how using the same message across all social media platforms is just wrong. He didn’t spend much time on it, though, so I want to elaborate.

By the way, Chris Brogan is at the forefront of social media and internet marketing. He’s been blogging since 1998 and is considered by many to be one of the leading internet marketing gurus. Here is what he said that caught my eye:

I don’t like using a service like to send one message across multiple platforms. It’s lazy. It’s mechanical. And the platforms all have a different vibe.

First off, is a social media aggregation service. You input all your social media logins and then from a single interface, it sends out updates. A lot of people like this service because it seems efficient and a time saver. And it is.

But Chris’s problem with it stems from the way you interact with, say Facebook, which is totally different from how you would interact with a more formal community, such as LinkedIn.

As a job seeker, your asset is time. If you were blogging and marketing for a business, then and other shortcuts might make more sense. But you’ve got too much to lose by ignoring the rules set out by each platform. So, just as a frame of reference:

  • LinkedIn: The most professional outlet you have. ALL of your updates need to be professional and somewhat formal.  Generally, there needs to be a professional reason for you to connect with anyone here.
  • Facebook: More casual is okay. You can keep things personal. Just remember that a potential employer might get a glimpse if you aren’t paying attention to your settings. The rule of thumb is that Facebook friends should be friends, or have a good reason to connect.
  • Twitter: Anyone can connect with anyone. There doesn’t need to be a reason or an introduction. A good rule of thumb is to tweet about personal (not too personal!) things about 80 to 90 percent of the time. The remaining 10 to 20 percent of your tweet material can be about what type of job you’re looking for or trying to reach out to certain companies.

If you did a blanket post on all of these, it would come across weird — you need to frame your content according to the style or format of the different media.

I have found a tool that doesn’t require blanket posting, but still allows you to aggregate your profiles. It’s called DandyID. I’m just getting started with it, and I love the analytics. I can see who is looking at which social media profile. This helps me focus my communication message on a specific platform.

Play around with it, or stick around and check for updates, because I’ll be reporting back to you on how I use it and whether it is worth signing up.

Let me know what you think of this post — or what you think of DandyID if you check it out! Your comments are always welcome, and useful for others.

Originally posted 2009-08-17 10:36:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter