Month: October 2010

Is Networking Your Problem?

Are you struggling to find job leads?  If so, it’s possible you are not doing enough networking. Many job seekers rely too much on advertised jobs and not enough on networking. Recruiters are relying less and less on job boards and other traditional sources to advertise job openings.  The hidden job market, often discovered through networking, is a stronger way to uncover opportunities.

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Twitter and Your Next Job

Twitter is very hot these days, and it can be a very powerful tool in your job search.  Last week we shared the mysteries of Twitter hashtags. This week, we go in depth on what Twitter can do for you. For the uninitiated, Twitter is a social networking service for people to stay connected.  Twitter is different than the other sites for a couple of reasons.

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Is Your Job Search Target Unrealistic?

If you are finding it difficult to locate any open positions at all in your targeted area, it may be that you have picked too small a target. Job searchers today are particularly challenged because there are many job areas that have greatly diminished due to changes in the market and economy. If you are targeting such an area, it’s time to widen your target.

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What are Twitter Hashtags, and What Can They Do For You?

Twitter can be a very powerful tool for your job search.  Not only do many companies now post job leads on Twitter, but it’s also a good place to find and interact with recruiters.

Finding jobs on Twitter is easy if you know how to do it.  The most popular way to find jobs (or any other topic) is through the use of a hashtag (#).  What is a hashtag?  Hashtags are a way for people to categorize information in tweets to make it easily searchable.  Hashtags are like keywords marked with a (#).  For instance, do a hashtag search for #career, and you’ll come up with a list of people tweeting about career topics.

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Jobs In Nursing

Looking for a job that is always in demand, offers great personal satisfaction uses a wide variety of skills?  How about nursing!  No longer doctor’s helpers in starched white dresses, today’s nurses have many specializations and make good money.  Nursing careers tend to be a safe option to pursue when you think about the large number of baby boomers who will be starting to retire and will need more care.  Demand is very high and increasing.  The employment rate is expected to increase by 27.3% by 2012 for a number of different nursing specialties due largely in part to demographic changes.

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Troubleshooting Your Job Search

Job seekers sometimes say to me “I’m doing everything, and nothing is working.”  The truth is, there are things every job seeker can do to improve their job search. But often job seekers don’t see beyond what they know about job searching. What they don’t know could change their strategy and execution.  With that in mind, I’m kicking off “Troubleshooting Tuesday”, a series designed to help job seekers locate and fix the trouble spots in their job search.  Today, I’ll go over some common trouble areas and raise some questions for rethinking your future job search efforts.  In the weeks that come, we’ll tackle each area in depth.

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Social Media 101 for Job Seekers

Many job seekers, especially mature workers, struggle to understand the role social media can play in a successful job search. Back in the day, resumes were printed and sent by mail and jobs were found in the local paper. Today it’s Twitter, LinkedIn and more. Ignoring these “new fangled” methods can greatly hinder a job search. So, for those of us born before 1970 (and some of you born after) here’s a quick rundown of the most important social media channels for your job search.

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