Posts Tagged ‘interview’

Video Friday – Job Interviews

January 14th, 2011

It’s Monty Python

…need I say more?

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

January 5th, 2011

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

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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Help Wanted

December 27th, 2010

Do you feel like you are having trouble keeping a clear chart of your job search – where you applied and when.  If you’ve followed up or not?  Do you try to keep track of thing in an Excel spreadsheet or maybe in file folders in your email?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tool that you could use that would help you in your search – where you could make notes, plan events, meetings?

A local software developer has created an online Job Tracking and Organizing tool for job seekers – JobKatch.com.

JobKatch.com is in its early Beta stage.  The developer is looking for folks who would provide feedback on their experience using the tool to help him understand how this tool would best benefit job seekers.

It is very straight forward to use, and you may use it immediately – for current job prospects and new leads you may find.

If you are interested, all you need to do is follow these 5 short steps:

1)    Go to JobKatch.com

2)    Watch the short video about how JobKatch works. This step is really important – the video is key to understanding how JobKatch works, and it will get you up and running faster.

3)    Sign up for an account – FREE!

4)    Add the Bookmark-let to your toolbar on your browser of choice.

5)    Start adding job leads.

You may add contacts AFTER you have started adding job leads.

You may add contacts from your email address books, and from your LinkedIn account.

Please note: There is a known bug with the bulk loading LinkedIn contacts – the contacts do load, but the screen is not updated.  This is currently being addressed.  In the meanwhile, you may still add individual LinkedIn contacts to your JobKatch job leads, however, you will need to open a separate tab or browser window to get back to JobKatch.com and the job lead window.

Please use the contact form on the Contact Us page (http://jobkatch.com/contact_us) to ask questions, report any issues or make suggestions for improvement on workflow for this tool.  There is a “contact” link on the bottom of each page that will link you to the form.

Thank you for your help in advance.  Hopefully, you will find JobKatch a valuable tool in organizing your search.

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Video Friday – Sometimes Dreams Do Come True

December 24th, 2010

Sometimes you may not be what people may think is the perfect candidate for the job.

Despite what often seems to be overwhelming odds, there are those who persevere.  They study, train and overcome insurmountable odds.

Group interviews are difficult at the best of times, but sometimes it pays to just be yourself.

What have you done this week to get your job search to move forward?

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