5 You May Have Missed – Women in the Workforce

January 13th, 2011 by jwjobblogwp No comments »

No matter how you slice it, women face more challenges in the workplace.  Even though women edged ahead of men in the last year making up the greater part of the labor market by a hair, they still make around $.80 cents for each dollar earned by a man.  This week we look at some reasons why, and some suggestions how to better position yourself if you are a women in the workforce.

Despite making up a greater part of the workforce, Ms. Magazine finds Economic Recovery? Not So Much for Women.

The Business Career Development Blog explores Why Women Need a Sponsor for Career Development.

This is a good precursor to a recent Harvard Business Review article on When Female Networks Aren’t Enough.

And the Wall Street Journal weighs in on Advice for Women on Developing a Leadership Style.

And CNN offers 8 ways women can get ahead in the workplace.

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Video Friday – Best Careers 2011

January 7th, 2011 by jwjobblogwp No comments »

You may not be aware of it, but US News has an extensive Careers section.  They recently pulled together a list of the 50 best careers.  The short video below talks about how they did their research and what they found to be the best careers of 2011.

Check out the Best Careers section of their website.  What career path do you think is the right one for you?

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5 You May Have Missed – Looking Forward 2011 is HERE!

January 5th, 2011 by jwjobblogwp No comments »

What a difference a week makes.

Last week we were looking back and here it is 2011.

Time to get our act in gear.

Here’s 5 blog articles you may have missed to help hit the ground running in 2011

Making Great Goals for 2011 via My Footpath

A recent poll by Manpower revealed that 84% of Workers Plan to Look for a New Job in 2011 this is reported by CNN.

Avoid these 10 Resume Blunders and Land That Job in 2011 via CareerCopilot.com

3 Bold and Creative Resume Strategies to Implement in the New Year by Great Resumes Fast

6 New Year’s Resolutions for Job Seekers via USNews Money

Get your year off to a good start!  Join Hire Friday Chat on Twitter this Friday from Noon to 1pm EST.  Sign into your Tweetchat using your twitter ID and enter the hashtag #hfchat.  It will be a great opportunity to learn about Resume writing and Resume writers.

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Why #hirefriday?

January 4th, 2011 by jwjobblogwp 1 comment »

If you were on Twitter last Friday you probably noticed the mad amount of retweeting going on thanks to Chris Brogan.

A simple tweet by Chris on behalf of #hirefriday resounded in over 1,500 retweets. While those retweets were well intended, I’m not sure everyone who retweeted Chris understands what #hirefriday is all about.

The #hirefriday tag is intended to promote the talents of people who are out of work and looking for their next career opportunity.  Instead of suggesting people with the #ff or #followfriday tag, the #hirefriday tag is used to suggest folks to be hired.

#hirefriday is movement on Twitter that began to gain strength in early 2010. In answer to people being out of work Margo Rose, (a.k.a. @HRMargo) conceived of an idea where job seekers could be found by recruiters and employers by tweeting out information about themselves. If you are unfamiliar with #hirefriday you may want to read the guidelines.

The great thing about #hirefriday that everyone can help here. It doesn’t matter if you have a job to offer or are out of work. People watch the #hirefriday stream and help by retweeting the tweets of job seekers to their network of followers.   Or to borrow from the old Faberge Shampoo ad‘and they told two friends and so on, and so on’.

Using the power of retweeting, a single job seeker’s tweet can be amplified out to a network of infinite proportions. Far beyond what the job seeker would be able to reach on their own.

That isn’t to say there haven’t been some bumps along the way. Well-meaning folks looking to offer actual jobs have posted them in the stream. Unfortunately, once the stream started getting filled with job offers, it was easy to lose sight of the people #hirefriday was intended to promote.  As a result #jobfriday and #workwednesday were quickly put into play providing an easy to find location where jobs may be posted.

There’s even a Hire Friday Chat – #HFChat – on Fridays (Noon – 1pm EST) where Recruiters offer career advice on topics ranging from how to get beyond the gatekeepers to what not to do in an interview.

And because not everything is best said in 140 characters, there are other media streams to help support people in their job search.

Margo Rose has a blog where she regularly imparts advice, tells the success stories of #hirefriday and fans the flames to keep the #hirefriday fires burning.

There’s also a #hirefriday LinkedIn group where displaced workers can have their tweets critiqued — because really, it’s just not that easy trying to explain who you are in such a small amount of space.  The LinkedIn group provides great resources like articles, tips and advice on job hunting, as well as a general forum for discussion.  In addition, employers are encouraged to post open positions jobs section of the group.

And what would this world be without a Facebook page to like?  The #hirefriday FaceBook page is chock full of daily job search ideas and suggestions features like ResuMonday, Tuesday’s Trending Tool and Work It Wednesday.

So as you can see, #hirefriday is more than an inspired tweet by Chris Brogan.  However, surely all job seekers can thank him for raising the visibility of this great and free job search tool.

You have a few more days to get your tweet critiqued.  Who knows, this may be the Friday you get hired.  Are you ready for #hirefriday?

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Video Friday – New Year’s Wish

December 31st, 2010 by jwjobblogwp No comments »

Here’s hoping you get picked in the New Year!

Tell us what you are going to do to stand out from the crowd…

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