Simply click on the job, enter your location, and then browse through the jobs.
Simply click on the job, enter your location, and then browse through the jobs.
Using social media today is not only ideal for connecting with peers, family and friends, it’s another way of gaining a competitive edge when applying for a position that may be in high demand. If you prepare ahead of time by getting actively involved with social media before your next job interview, you’ll have a better chance of receiving the job offer you desire.
Your Social Media Presence
The advantage of social media is that it allows you to create and develop your own professional image and brand online. Creating a LinkedIn profile, a Twitter account and even a Facebook account for your professional image is a way for you to stay relevant, especially if you plan to work in a position that is technology- or Internet-related. A professional online presence can make you a more appealing candidate for any position that you apply for.
A LinkedIn account is highly recommended regardless of the industry you want to work in or the position you are trying to obtain. A LinkedIn account allows you to showcase your portfolio, work experience and even endorsements from professionals you have worked with in the past.
A Twitter account allows you to communicate with the companies you are interested in by "re-tweeting" links and information and by conducting homework on open positions.
Company Research With Social Media
Read and review company websites and blogs to gain insight into the business. lt can help you understand the products and types of services offered by the companies you want to work for and will help you demonstrate your knowledge and expertise to interviewers.
Follow companies’ Twitter and Facebook accounts to keep up with the latest news, product releases and company updates. This is especially important for positions that require experience working with social media--it’s important to appear informed on the latest trends in the industry.
Check employee blogs before you apply for a position to gain more insight about the company’s workplace and the work that will be required. Employee blogs can help you get a better idea of the work environment and the type of people that work there.
Research individuals who work for the companies you are applying for, including those with whom you have scheduled interviews. This research can be done through web searches and social networking websites like LinkedIn. Knowing as much as possible about the people you will be working with will help you feel more confident and comfortable when interacting with them, and give you an even better chance of getting the job.
Jose Sanchez has been a Resume Writer and Career Advisor since 1999. He writes and shares content related to Resume Writing, Job Interview Questions and Cover Letters.
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Filmed at this year's ERE conference, one of the largest meetings of HR professionals, top recruiters share some excellent tips on how to succeed in an online job seach.
When I was just starting out in the world of work, I received great advice from a trusted mentor. “As you explore your options, one thing you can do is talk to people you admire regarding what they do and how they do it.”
By now, you may have heard the widespread statistic that approximately 80% of job opportunities are filled through networking efforts and the rest are filled through other passive means.
One great networking tool is the informational interview, a conversation where you ask questions of a person in a position or a lifestyle that interests you. This conversation can increase your knowledge of a profession, position, company, or mode of operation. It also gives you the chance to make a great impression.
But, doesn’t this sound too simple?
It is easy to make the job search seem like a dragon that we have to slay, as we slink from cave to cave on a mighty quest to save our personal world from total destruction. It must be treacherous! We must be alone! We must not let ourselves be seen for fear that we will do something wrong and be destroyed! And we have two tools, a rusty sword and a shield.
To borrow a lesson from the 2010 movie, “How To Train Your Dragon”, what makes your dragon (the elusive job search) monstrous may not be what you think, and as we see in this animated story, we can work with the dragons. We just need to approach them with better tools, such as our networking skills, rather than a sword (blindly slinging resumes to job postings).
Below is some insight on using the informational interview as a tool for your job search strategy - for those of you graduating from college or those of you graduating to a new chapter in any phase of your life where you are looking for something new.
Who can I approach for an informational interview?
Think of people with whom you’ve made some initial connection. This contact might come through a referral, such as an alumnus or a friend of a friend. Perhaps you met someone of interest at a networking event – or at an ice cream parlor! Don’t forget that even people you already know may have a wealth of knowledge you have not explored, and you can be proactive in your quest.
How do I ask for a conversation?
Use your best judgment and refer to your common link. This may be in an email or a phone call. For example, “Hello Mr. Smith, I am grateful to Jenny for introducing us, and I am intrigued by your successes in the consulting industry. In my efforts to explore opportunities, may I have twenty to thirty minutes of your time to ask you about your career story and insights? I respect the demands on your time and I look forward to the opportunity to connect with you. I would be glad to speak over the phone, or I would enjoy meeting for coffee at a location convenient to you.”
What if they say “no”?
It’s okay! The fear of rejection is understandable, though a request for an informational interview is a low-risk/high reward situation. Reaching out to someone for insight is a compliment.
How many informational interviews should I pursue?
Gaining information for any pursuit is always helpful. Manage your time and your priorities – and your bank account if you are taking people out to coffee more often than chatting over the phone.
When should I pursue an informational interview?
You don’t have to be in the middle of a major job search to benefit from informational interviews. Asking to speak with someone you admire should be a constant consideration in your ongoing mode of operation.
What should I say in the interview?
Prepare questions and employ the skill of active listening. Here are some general recommendations:
Informational Interview Etiquette Tips
The interview is over – now what?
Follow up, especially with a note of thanks. Sending an email is usually acceptable. If you are not already connected to this contact on social media, use those channels to stay on their radar. Be sure to keep them in mind when you have updates on your job search progress that you believe may be relevant to your conversation. This helps them know of the unique ways they may be in a position to assist you.
Remember that networking is a relationship-driven process that is not expected to produce tangible results with every effort. You are investing in professional relationships and constructing a powerful foundation for your own professional identity. These efforts help you stand out from a pile of resumes.
So, get out there and use this effective networking strategy to build momentum in your job search!
Christy Robb is a career development and lifestyle coach and writer who aims to empower people with tools, resources, and a mindset that supports them in realizing their ability to recalculate old assumptions about work and life in order to achieve mental and emotional freedom – and take action on their true desires. Having operated on “both sides of the table” as a coach and a recruiter, her work brings a unique perspective to her clients and readers on strategies for success in today’s world of work. Read her blog, Meaningful Meandering, find her on Twitter (@Christy_Robb) and Facebook (Christy Robb Career & Lifestyle).
Panel interviews are becoming standard for corporations that need to interview a large number of applicants with maximum fairness and objectivity. While efficient, the process can be extremely intimidating for applicants faced with a whole group of interviewers.
Don’t dread the panel interview – it’s an incredible opportunity to stand out from the crowd. While your peers are sweating and stammering, you can prove your competence and interpersonal skills and end up snagging your dream job.
6 Tips For Acing Panel Interviews:
1. Give Individual Attention To Each Member Of The Panel
Introduce yourself to each member of the panel and make sure you memorize their names and positions. This will allow you to respond to questions in a personalized manner. If you know ahead of time who might be there, look them up on LinkedIn or the company website. The more you know about their duties, the more you can provide examples of how you’ll be an asset to them. During the interview, use techniques from public speaking like making eye contact with each member of the panel and including everyone in your answers.
2. Bring Resumes And Business Plans For Everyone
Even when you’ve already sent a copy of your resume/business plan to the company, always bring additional copies to the interview. Whenever possible, have your resume/business plan professionally printed and bound. This is a small investment that makes a huge difference. One of the best jobs I ever got was the direct result of a professionally bound business plan, complete with color maps and graphs that I created myself.
3. Show Confidence and Friendliness
Confidence and the ability to present to a group are highly valuable skills in the corporate world. To practice ahead of time, run a mock interview with a group of friends or acquaintances. Consider joining a group like ToastMasters to hone your public speaking skills. And whatever you do, don’t succumb to defensive body language like crossing your arms or tapping your feet. Remain calm and still, always smile, and don’t babble to fill the silence.
4. Do Your Research And Come Prepared With Anecdotes
Never go to any kind of interview without reading everything you can about the company, their past and present projects, their stock, managers and CEOs, and business philosophy. Be prepared to ask intelligent questions, and rehearse 4 or 5 anecdotes that illustrate your strengths and achievements. It’s always best to have quantifiable results to share with interviewers: instead of saying, “I was one of the best sales reps,” say “I was in the top 2% of 300 reps, and I increased sales in my division by 48% last year.”
5. Always Ask For The Job
As in all interviews, don’t forget to ask for the job. You might think it’s best to “play it cool” or not look too eager, but the fact is, companies want someone who is excited and grateful for the opportunity.
6. Follow Up With Each Member Of The Panel
After the interview, immediately follow up with each member of the panel. Send an email, or (even better) a handwritten note. Thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you, and reference a specific comment they made during the interview. This is a great way to show respect for their input and seal the personal connection you’ve forged.
Panel interviewers truly are a challenge and an opportunity. Because they’re more complex and intimidating than a traditional one-on-one interview, they’re the perfect chance to outshine your competitors. To do this, you need to be more prepared than anyone else with handouts, research into the company, and straight-up charm. And remember, since you don’t know which members of the panel will be the decision makers, it’s important to win over each and every one.
Rolland Brown is the CEO of Advantage Staffing and has held multiple positions with the United States Department of Labor (USDOL). Mr. Brown’s responsibilities included contract administration for the California Cooperative Occupational Information System (CCOIS). In addition to this responsibility, he also held a Labor Market Research Directors role for the Labor Market Information Division (LMID).