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Leveraging Your Network When Looking for a Job

Working a job-search through your network can lead to surprising opportunities. It’s far more effective than cold calling or batch-sending résumés to unknown recipients. Nisa Chitakasem has an excellent article walking you through the do’s and don’ts of using your network to get a new job. One of the most essential elements: be clear about what you are asking for. “Make sure that you are clear and concise in your conversation with your contacts and give them a direct description of what you’re looking for.” Read the entire article here.

Three Tips for Creating a Personal Website

Branding yourself is a strategic way to invest in your career advancement. It creates a place where people can see you and your work that transcends individual positions or companies. Here are three tips for making the most out of a personal website. Create a blueprint. What is the point of your website? Use your executive bio as your guide. If you need help crafting an executive summary, we have some guidelines. Your website should reflect your competitive advantage. Don’t put too much content on it—people won’t wade through too much content. Your website should be a brochure, not an encyclopedia. Have a clear action item. What do you want people to do? Contact you? Subscribe to your email

5 Tips For Leaving Your Job On Good Terms

Once you have accepted a new position, it can be easy to mentally check out of your current job. That would be a huge mistake. Your current colleagues are integral to the future success of your career. Here are five ways to make sure you leave on a good note: Give adequate notice. There is a sweet-spot of not leaving your boss in the lurch and not dragging out your departure. Be sure you follow an appropriate chain of command. Do your supervisor the courtesy of telling him or her before your coworkers. Finish projects. It can be tempting to slack on things, now that you’re already thinking about your next endeavor. Maintain the quality of your work to the end. Your reputation is one of your

Social Media Research in Your Job Search: Social Mention Untangles the Mess

How many social networks are you a member of? Facebook? Twitter? LinkedIn? Instagram? YouTube? The list goes on and on. Finding content across those sites can be challenging. Get to Know Social Mention, a social media search and analysis platform that aggregates user-generated content from across the universe into a single stream of information. It allows you to easily track and measure what people are saying across the web's social-media landscape in real time. This has two uses particularly useful to job seekers: 1.What is being said about you. It is essential that you know how you are being seen by potential employers. Make a practice of searching your name regularly. 2. What is being sa

Do You Skimm? Sharpen Your Soft Skills with This Resource

Connection is one of the most important parts of functional professional relationships. Employers are increasingly stressing soft skills—and finding applicants lacking. LinkedIn found last year that 59% of employers say that “soft skills are difficult to find.” How do you measure up? What if you had cue cards of topics as you seek to have meaningful conversations with others? That’s where Skimm comes in. We’ve been using it—and loving it. Skimm is a daily email curated by two news-professionals who send a list of relevant news—complete with situations in which you might use it—to your inbox. Being able to speak intelligently on the news of the day is an important part of the interview strate

Search Spotlight: Dean of School in Allied Health

Healthcare jobs are thriving. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked their top jobs and the top three were in healthcare. You can be part of shaping the workforce that will fill those positions as the Dean of the School of Allied Health at St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, New York. To find out more about the position and apply, visit our website.

What a Seven-Year-Old Could Teach You About Applying for a Job

When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up? A firefighter? An astronaut? Many of us had vague ideas, pulled from the pages of books or screens of our favorite television shows, but few of us were as precocious as seven-year-old Chloe Bridgewater. Chloe recently wrote a letter to the CEO of Google expressing her interest in future employment. Allison Hirschlag breaks down seven lessons we can glean from this bright young woman, including her ability to articulate what she wanted and why she was a good fit. Read the entire list here.

Seven Things Not to Do on Your First Day

Starting a new job soon? Pocket our list of seven things to avoid on Day One to ensure your new position gets off to a great start. Don’t: Be late. Ask lots of questions in advance, including who you are supposed to meet and what time you should arrive. Use Google Maps to determine how long it should take to get there during rush hour. Factor in plenty of buffer time. Take someone else’s parking spot. Find out where you should park beforehand, so as not to annoy a co-worker before they even meet you. Engage in gossip. It’s natural for your co-workers to fill you in on things during your first day. That can quickly devolve into gossip. Steer the conversation to something more constructive and

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