5 Ways to use social media in your job hunt !!


  Social media platforms give you a great opportunity to connect, engage, share and learn. And   they also provide an opportunity for you to create a ‘buzz’ around your personal brand-

They  are becoming increasingly popular with job seekers as a way to keep in touch, grow their networks,    spread the word, research companies and opportunities and get noticed by recruiters.

  Here are 5 things you can start doing now:

 

1) Research companies and industry sectors: Think about the types of organizations you want to work at and research what networks the company and the people that work there are utilizing. Make sure you are on those networks too.

 

2) Develop your on-line professional profile:  Almost all recruiters will do a Google or LinkedIn search on potential candidates at some stage. Make sure that when employers find you they are seeing information about your professional accomplishments and background that’s up to date. If you are seriously job hunting then try to reduce the number of amusing videos, photos and links.

Create a strong LinkedIn profile: Make sure that all your skills, expertise, achievements and jobs are there with a succinct description of where you have added value. Make sure your profile is 100% complete and join Groups that are relevant to your profession or sector. Follow companies that interest you – they may be posting jobs or business updates. Also join any groups managed by your target companies. Don’t just watch what goes on in the groups…join in conversations and post updates.

 

3) Use Twitter to grow your network and contacts: Build relationships with organizations and individuals of interest to you and don’t be afraid to reach out through several social media platforms. Join in any industry-related Twitter chats and become known as someone who participates in conversations around the issues facing your sector. You can impress hiring managers who may be monitoring these chats looking for prospective hires.

 

4) Blog: Start a blog  and use it to talk about your industry or skill set. Share stories of your successes and talk about lessons learned when things haven’t worked out. You can also write about hobbies or specific interests to let readers see you as a rounded individual. It may also be a good idea to get someone to interview you for 10 minutes, asking questions about your career and achievements, and post this to your blog. You can then send links to prospective interviewers.

 

 5) Become known as an engager and content sharer: Make sure you become known as someone who has access to, and shares, really good content about your industry or sector. Share links, articles, and other relevant social media updates. This will not only raise your on-line profile, but will encourage others to also do the same for you. You can be seen as a go to person for information on what is happening in your sector.

6 Steps for a Career Makeover..!!

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Are you tired of feeling dragged down by your work and have you wanted to make a change but haven’t done anything about it? As years progress, career progression plateaus. You will need to keep improvising and constantly innovating your career strategy to keep growing.

Everyone deserves to have a job that makes them want to jump out of bed in the morning. It takes time and commitment to make this happen, but it is possible.

Your career graph has to keep constantly moving forward, to keep pace with the changing times around you. If you are in the same position, role, or even the city for a really long time, chances are you will be reductant over time. Either technology or someone young and smarter, will do your job for half the pay.

Every career has various infection points. Your first job, your first promotion, the first time you lead a team, a whole function, could be a few.

All of us need career makeovers at each of these infection points. This makeover will kick-start the trajectory at your next goal. The time of these makeovers and the infection points could be different for each one of us. However the makeover is something we all have to go through, to be ahead of the game.

Here are 6 steps for a career makeover:

1) Decide on the next stage:  

The first step is to decide on what is next. This sets the next destination, and all the time frame for reaching the gaol. Make sure this goal is the next important thing for you.

2) Schedule and follow Schedule:

Almost all successful people in the world have a schedule. They have the schedule like white on rice. It is not list of “To do”, or a bucket list. Successful people are sticklers of a plan and schedule. Everything in their day has a time pre-booked. Make time for the things that will help reach your next IT, and do it in your most productive hours.

3) Invest in yourself:

Learn. Constant learning is the key to your success. Whatever you decide to do, keep learning. Get certified, work as an intern to gain experience. What it takes, Learn. The minute you feel you know a thing or two about something, learn the next big thing.

4) Meet people in your group:

In today’s connected world, it is a sin not to network. Connecting with like-minded people, will open up a world of possibilities. With a large network of people you can reach out for help. You will be able to get to your goals faster.

However, networking is NOT about asking the other person for help. It also means you will need to add value to the relationship and be willing to help. When you reach out to someone, make sure you find common ground and hold out the offer to help.

5) Talk about your plans:

Be willing to talk to every relevant person,seek feedback, and face rejections. These conversations will expand your horizon about your idea.

6) Overcome your fear, Visualize your future:

Finally, at the end of the day, when you are ready and convinced about your ideas or plans, be ready to overcome your fear of failure. Visualize how the future will be, and where you see the next step heading. Sometimes this is driven by data and at times, it is a leap of faith. Which is your path, take the plunge!

How To Apply For A Job Abroad

How to Apply for a Job Abroad

Researching Opportunities

Research the countries you would like to work in. You’ll need to find out practical information like what kind of visas and immunizations you’ll need to relocate there. You should also get a grasp of the culture and living conditions of the country you choose. Find out what the cost of living is to make sure you get a job that is sufficient to live comfortably. Be familiar with safety information, medical facilities and travel alerts

Investigate the different routes to a job abroad.

There are many different ways to pursue which will appeal to different people in different circumstances. There are possibilities for short term work, as well as more permanent positions. Once you have an idea about which country you would like to work in, or even if you are undecided, you should spend some time researching the various ways to find a job abroad.

Consider working for a local company that has foreign offices.

Many corporations in the United States have offices in other countries. There also may be small organizations in your area that are satellite offices for international companies. Working in an organization that has international reach can lead to an assignment in an overseas job.

Search for international job postings on regular job sites.

As well as the specialist sites that deal with finding jobs abroad, you shouldn’t neglect the major jobs listing sites and recruitment companies. Many of the largest of these organizations will operate internationally and may advertise for posts abroad alongside domestic ones. Search some of the recruitment sites and check the listings.

Apply for a visa and/or work permit.

Many overseas jobs will not consider you for a position unless you already have a visa or work permit organised. Be sure you understand the requirements for a visa or work permit and know that you will be able to meet them before thinking seriously about applying for a job abroad. The embassy of the country you want to work in will provide information for applying for a Visa.

Make contacts and use your networks

Finding a job abroad can be a difficult prospect. You have to demonstrate not only that you are a good person for the job, but that you can offer something more than the prospective local candidates who will most likely take less time to adapt to the new working environment. Because of this, and the difficulties of breaking into a foreign working culture, it is especially important that you utilize your contacts and networks as much as possible

Consider the language requirements.

The language requirements will vary depending on the type of job you are interested in getting. For example, if you are working for the US government abroad you may find that the majority of people in your office are American and business is conducted solely in English. If you are applying to work in a foreign firm you will probably be expected to be able to work in the native language.

Things You Need to Prepare for a Skype Interview

Things You Need to Prepare for a Skype Interview

MAKE SURE YOUR USERNAME IS PROFESSIONAL.

Anything that is difficult to read or in any way resembles your middle school AIM screenname is making a bad first impression. Be boring and use your name.

 DRESS WELL.

Just because you’re not on-site does not mean you should wear your college hoodie. I’m not saying put on a suit, but you should wear whatever you would wear to an in-person interview. Plus, dressing like you’re going in for an in-person interview will help you feel like you’re at an in-person interview.

 THINK ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND.

What’s behind you matters. Set up a clean, neutral background with good lighting. Avoid basements and sitting in front of a window, unless you want to look like someone whose identity is being protected. Avoid public spaces, unless you don’t have internet at home

USE A HEADSET.

People might differ on this one, but if you have a headphone set with a talk piece (like most iPod or iPhone headphones), use it – especially if you’re in a public space

HANDLE ANY TECH GLITCHES WITH GRACE.

Things can go wrong. Your interviewer understands that. If something does happen, remain calm and friendly while you troubleshoot. Don’t be afraid to ask to hang up the call and try again if your Skype is freezing up

ELIMINATE INTERRUPTIONS.

That’s not just telling your roommate or mother to steer clear. It’s turning off any notifications on your computer. Silencing your phone. Closing your mail client. Facebook. AIM, if you’re still using that middle school account mentioned previously.

7 Things to Do After a Job Interview

7 Things to Do After a Job Interview

As soon as your job interview is over, it’s time to play the waiting game. You may believe you have done your part till you get an offer. But this isn’t the case., in reply to our previous article on 7 things NOT to do after a job interview, here are 8 things you CAN do after a Job Interview.

 

  1. Send a thank you note.

Most experts believe sending an email expressing your appreciation within a day is recommended. To stand out, mention something discussed in the interview and provide a book title or link to a web article on that topic. Submitting Handwritten notes are also a great idea.

 

  1. Start preparing for a second round interview.

Regardless of how you think the first interview went, it’s never too early to get ready for the next one. Find interesting information on the campaign and candidate (articles or accomplishments not listed on the website) and think of ways to work it into conversation.

  1. Follow instructions.

If the interviewer suggested contacting them by email after two weeks, don’t call them after a week. Do exactly what they ask. Sometimes employers intentionally request odd follow-up tasks in order to make sure you are good at following instructions. It’s all part of the interview process.

  1. Start preparing for a second round interview.

Regardless of how you think the first interview went, it’s never too early to get ready for the next one. Find interesting information on the campaign and candidate (articles or accomplishments not listed on the website) and think of ways to work it into conversation.

  1. Use connections if you have got them.

If you know someone who could possibly influence the hiring process, ask them to write a quick email or LinkedIn message highlighting your assets.

7 Ways How Not to React After a Job Interview

7 Ways How Not to React After a Job Interview

1)Don’t Pester the Hiring Manager with Too Many Calls.

-After your job interview, the worst thing you can do as a prospective employee is to annoy your potential employer by consistently calling them up or emailing them about the status of your interview. You should not follow up on your application too much after your interview.

2)Don’t Connect with your Interviewer outside their Professional Boundary.

-You should not show your interest in the person hiring you by adding them on their social media or connecting with them through LinkedIn right after your interview is done. This will have a negative impact on them about you. It’s better to leave the connections until after your application has been approved.

3)Don’t pretend to have the job before they have announced.

– Another biggest turn off employers have faced is when an applicant calls them and pretend that they have already nailed the interview and have got the job. For the interviewer this shows that the person is arrogant and over confident of getting the post. This might back fire as even if that person is rightly suited for the job, he will not be hired.

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