Posts Tagged ‘networking’

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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5 You May Have Missed – Looking Back at 2010

December 29th, 2010

December is a month for reflection on the past year – what went wrong, what went right.  Advancements and achievements, disappointments and disasters.

In this final week of the year, let’s look at some of the round ups of 2010 offered out there, and how we may be able to squeeze in just a few more days of productive job searching.

I must say that some of the best of the year was my discovery of the MyFootpath blog and it is examples like this that bear out why:

Tips for End of Year Productivity

The Human Race Horses gives a round up of great HR professionals and recruiters in his “My HR Top 10 for 2010 (and some personal faves)”.

WindMillNetworking.com offers the Top 20 Most Useful LinkedIn Blog Posts of 2010.

Also, for job hunting here are Top 10 Job Hunting Tips for 2010 via My Path.

And finally, a list of great articles, The Top 10 HBR Blog Posts of 2010 brought to you by the Harvard Business Review.

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5 You May Have Missed – Older Workers

December 22nd, 2010

Unemployed older workers face more challenges their younger counterparts.  So this week, we’re going to give you a bonus with the weekly 5 blogs and articles you may have missed.

The first article comes from USA Today on the subject of the aging workforce – American Workforce Growing Grayer.

AOL gives you 10 Tips on Resumes for Older Workers and even better, Better Jobs Advice provides Approaches and Tactics for Older Workers Who Can’t Find a Job with helpful links to organizations and volunteer opportunities for older workers.

About.com provides Job Search Tips and Strategies for Older Workers

Wharton, the Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia explores the myths and realities of work for those over 55 in The ‘Silver Tsunami’: Why Older Workders Offer Better Value than Younger Ones.

And your added bonus comes from The Career Advice blog, which hints at some good news ahead for workers Over 55 and Unemployed.

Have a blog entry that WE may have missed?  please feel free to add it to our comments!

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Why Aren’t I Working?

December 12th, 2010

It’s December, so it’s the time of year that people look back over the past year and judge what they have achieved or not achieved.

I suppose we’re getting ready to line up our New Year’s Resolutions.

I’ve accomplished a lot over the past year. With others, I started a non-profit to heighten awareness for retired racing greyhound adoption.

I started my own blog and website for unemployment and job searching here in the triangle.

I picked up a gig writing the Job Tech Review column for Cubicle to Classroom, an online magazine.

I “intern” (read unpaid) as the community facilitator for Hire Friday.

I attended numerous networking functions – met people, made friends, expanded my LinkedIn connections.

I’ve taken advantage of the free training available to job seekers through the local community colleges, as well as seminars and workshops to keep my certifications current.

I ended up an SME in social media for job search, to the point I’m giving talks and workshops on it.

I’ve volunteered – a lot.

What I haven’t done is found a job.

It’s at this point that I recognize the plight and frustration of the unemployed, myself included.

We’ve done everything we are told to do to find a job – networked, volunteered, gotten education, kept current.  We’ve filled out numerous applications online, met for gallons of coffee with folks, attended workshops, spent time and effort and nothing seems to work.

If I’m doing everything we’re being told to do, why aren’t I working?

Well, I’m here to say there’s no magic bullet.

Before this devolves into what could easily become a pity party and whine-fest — really, I’m not playing the victim here — I’d like to suggest that this time of year is as good as any to take stock of what you are doing.

If what you are it isn’t working, change it up.  Set aside time for yourself – figure out a way to rejuvenate yourself.  Treat yourself to something you’ve done without for a while.  Add some different exercise into your daily routine — actually change your exercise routine.  Drive a different route to the grocery store. Trade out the groups and meetings you attend for new ones.   Use the library instead of the home office to construct your project plan for being employed.   Get out there and hustle.

I recently discovered Gary Vaynerchuk, of Wine Library TV.  I must admit I came a bit late to the table on this one.  Gary Vaynerchuk has been out there talking about work and entrepreneurial endeavors for a while now.  But much of what he is talking about is applicable to a job search.  Pardon the rough language, but this is someone who is truly passionate about what he does – in every incarnation.  In the age of motivational speakers who don’t motivate me at all, he is a rarity.  Enjoy – but you might want to close the door before tuning up the sound.

On the bright side, three women who I’ve met through my job search networking have all landed jobs in the past few weeks.  I take this as a good sign.

What are you going to do to change what isn’t working for you?

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5 You May Have Missed – Holiday Job Search

December 8th, 2010

Most folks consider the time between Thanksgiving and New Years a wasteland for job hunting.  Last week, my own sister told me “no one is interviewing, no one is hiring”.  I find this amusing because today she told me that her husband was being flown out to the west coast for a job interview either next week or the following.

Even if you aren’t getting a job offer, that doesn’t mean there isn’t opportunity out there.  Here are a few articles you may have missed on how to use the holidays to your advantage in your job search:

Don’t Ignore the December Recruiter via The Ladders reminds you to be available when the phone rings.

Great Resumes Fast gives advice on Keeping Your Job Search on Track During the Holidays

AvidCareerist gives insight into what my possibly be The 38 Best Holiday Gifts for Job Seekers as gleaned from the November 26th #HireFriday #HFchat on Twitter.  So just in case you haven’t mailed your letter to the north pole, you can always email the link or bookmark it on the computer of someone you love.

Keppies Careers offers you not only some Holiday Networking advice, but there’s a present as well – a free e-book download.

And good news from the Huffington Post it seems that there is An Early Gift: More Companies Beginning to Hire.


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