29 December 2012
We all know that the networking site LinkedIn is universally used by job seekers and recruiters alike, but what about Twitter and Facebook? It may be surprising to hear that these social platforms we leisurely use for connecting with friends, receiving news, and taking a break from our work (yes, we’re all guilty!), have become more popular as recruiting tools for recruiters and hiring managers. According to Jobvite’s 2012 Social Recruiting Survey, 66% of the HR and recruiting professionals sampled are using Facebook, while 54% are using Twitter to source candidates. This is compounded by the conclusion that 92% of those surveyed use social media in general to find and research candidates! The study additionally found that 73% of recruiters have successfully hired a candidate through social media. How can you ensure you’re using your social media pages to properly optimize your job search, you ask? Well, Facebook is more interactive than LinkedIn, and with over 850 million users, the potential to connect with recruiting professionals is enormous! Here are some ways you can incorporate Facebook into your job search: Like Pages: Many employers have company pages that contain a great deal of information about the company’s culture, services and products, and current company initiatives. Many company pages even list employment opportunities. Once you have liked the company pages you’re interested in, you should start engaging in conversations by making comments on posts and following updates. Use Job Search Applications: Beknown, Branchout, Work4labs, and Glassdoor are just a small sample of the third party applications that run on Facebook that can connect you with recruiters without sharing all your personal information. At The Execu|Search Group, we even post all our opportunities on our Facebook page here. Use Timeline: Your timeline is a great way to show recruiters who you are. You can build your personal and professional brand on your timeline by highlighting important posts and pictures, displaying pages you have liked, and showing your other interests. Think of your timeline as an autobiographical platform that integrates both your professional achievements and personal interests. With many companies and recruiters using Twitter to post jobs from their own accounts, connecting to recruiters via Twitter is just as simple! Once you have gotten the hang of Twitter and have several tweets under your belt, you will be ready to pursue connections with recruiters. Here’s how: Find Recruiters to Follow: To find a recruiter, you can search the word recruiter and your city, search hashtags such as “#healthcarejobs,” or “NYCJobs,” and go through their list of followers to see if you can find other recruiters through them. Retweet their Content and Open Jobs: Recruiters will take notice when you retweet their content. If they see that you are interacting with them on Twitter, they may be more inclined to shoot you a message to find out more about who you are and what your interests include. Even by sharing jobs that may not be a fit for you, you are helping the recruiter reach a greater amount of potential candidates. This may help you get on the recruiter’s radar, making them more willing to help you out when the right opportunity arises! LinkedIn is still the most common way recruiters use social media to connect to candidates. In fact, 89% of recruiting professionals surveyed by Jobvite have hired talent they found through LinkedIn. Here are some ways you can optimize your LinkedIn profile to connect with recruiters: Complete your Profile: LinkedIn Recruiter allows recruiters to expand their pool of potential candidates by enabling them to search and organize passive candidates. This means that while you may not be connected to a recruiter, that recruiter may still be very familiar with your profile. To increase your chances of a recruiter reaching out, you should ensure your profile is complete and free of spelling and formatting errors. Add Relevant Keywords: You should add specialty keywords that are relevant to your industry (i.e. “Systems Engineering Specialist”) into your headline and summary to ensure that when recruiters search for special skills, your name shows up in results. Join Industry-Specific Groups: Recruiters often scout industry-specific groups to connect with candidates with specific skills. These groups are great ways to find new opportunities that are posted directly through the recruiter. Your Twitter and Facebook accounts are great new tools you can use to connect with recruiters and HR professionals. Keep in mind, if you are going to use them for this purpose, you must be careful not to post content that potential employers may deem inappropriate. You may also want to modify your privacy settings. Furthermore, even if you don’t plan on using social media to find a job, remember that according to Jobvite, 89% of recruiters have stated that when evaluating a potential candidate, they will take a look at their social media pages.
27 December 2012
“Do you have any questions?” Although this is a fairly common interview question, many candidates fail to see its importance. After all, an interview is not meant to be an interrogation; rather an exchange of information that as the candidate, you should actively participate in. The end of the interview is your last chance to make yourself shine in the eyes of the interviewer, and one easy way to do this is to ask the right questions when you’re given the chance. If you’ve taken some time to research the company and prepare thoughtful questions in advance, employers will take notice. The following list includes a set of questions that can help you not only learn more about the role, but stand out in the eyes of the interviewer. Why? They show the company that you are evaluating them just as much as they are evaluating you, thus showing you are interested, professional, and prepared. What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 60 to 90 days? – This question shows the employer you will be ready to jump into your role and make a difference immediately. What are the common attributes of your top performers? – Inquiring about the attributes that make employees top performers helps you evaluate whether you’re a good fit as well as show the hiring manager you are ambitious and strive to be a top performer. What are a few things that really drive results for the company? – During an interview, you want to convey to your interviewer, that if selected for the position, you will be invested in the firm’s future success. This question will help you do that. What do employees do in their spare time? – This question helps indicate to your interviewer that you’re interested in the company culture and very willing to be part of a team. How would you plan to deal with…? – Asking the employer how they would manage a hypothetical situation gives you the opportunity to show them how you can think on your feet as well as how you can fit into their plans. Can you tell me a little about the day to day duties of this position? – This question demonstrates that you’re interested in hearing about what you would be doing if you were made an offer, while allowing you to assess whether the hiring manager has unreasonable expectations.
20 December 2012
Author: The ExecuSearch Group
In a recent report, LinkedIn released the “Top 10 Overused Buzzwords in LinkedIn Profiles.” If you use adjectives such as “creative”, “effective”, “motivated”, or “responsible” to describe yourself, it may be a smart idea to brush the dust off of your old thesaurus. To optimize your LinkedIn presence, there are other steps you can take aside from replacing common buzz words. Check out this list of 10 steps to take in order to ensure that you stand out on LinkedIn. Have a clear headline. Use it to let people know what you do, or what you want to do. It’s often the first thing someone will read on your profile, so make sure it sounds good. For example, “Experienced Nurse Seeking New Opportunity” looks and sounds better than “Unemployed Nurse Looking for Work.” Keep the summary section of your profile updated. Be specific and provide concrete examples of results you have achieved. If you have a big achievement, don’t forget to document it. Sign up for job alerts. Let LinkedIn do some searching for you, and reap the benefits as you get emails about new opportunities in your industry. Don’t be afraid to ask for endorsements or recommendations. Remember to personalize the request, but go for it. Ask for recommendations from people you’ve worked with for a long time, and try not to ask your family and friends. It looks more impressive that your boss of three years recommends your creative skills, as opposed to your friend. Along that same line, any time you send someone a request to connect, for an endorsement, or for a recommendation, make sure you personalize it. That professional whose attention you want to get is more likely to respond if you don’t just send the generic message. When adding skills to your Skills List, try to use the preset options that LinkedIn offers. If you find yourself entering a skill that isn’t in LinkedIn’s database, chances are that there’s an alternative phrasing already in the system. By using the preset options, your profile is searchable by those skills. Follow Company pages. You can use this feature to keep aware of news affecting a particular company, which can come in handy if you have an interview! Even better, you can get updates about job opportunities as they become available. Make connections and be social. Answer a question on LinkedIn Answers. Ask to connect with college alum so you can pick their brains. Join groups that are relevant to your interests and careers so that you can expand your network. Watch your language. Not just for typos or inappropriate language, but for common words or weak phrasing. Use action verbs and concrete details rather than a vague sentence. Add LinkedIn to your email signature. That way, when you email potential employers, they have a direct link to your profile and can easily see your accomplishments. LinkedIn even has an easy way for you to add a dedicated LinkedIn button to your email! With these tips in mind, you can use LinkedIn to the fullest extent and make your job search and professional life a bit easier. Whether you’re just starting your job hunt, are comfortable in your career, or are looking for a change, having an updated and professional-looking LinkedIn profile can go a long way. For more information on getting the most out of LinkedIn, check out these articles: http://talenthq.com/2012/11/29-linkedin-tips-everyone-should-use/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TalentHq+%28Talent+HQ%29 http://socialmediatoday.com/tracycgold/479022/how-use-linkedin-powerfully-10-tips-know
10 December 2012
Trying to balance work and family is getting a bit easier for many employees: the 2012 National Study of Employers (NSE) showed that “U.S. employers are providing their employees with more options to choose the times and places in which they work. “ For those struggling to juggle spending time with their family and spending time in the office, the recent proliferation of flexible schedules is a big relief. The NSE Survey shows a rise in the following options offered by employers: Flex time (offered by 77 percent of workplaces, up from 66 percent in 2005). Flex place/telecommuting (63 percent, up from 34 percent). Choices in managing time (93 percent, up from 78 percent). Daily time off when important needs arise (87 percent, up from 77 percent). The industry making the biggest strides in this effort? Accounting. This NY Times article points out how the accounting firms, especially the Big 4, are paving the way in terms of letting employees figure out how best to balance personal commitments and work. PricewaterhouseCoopers boasts the Full Circle program, which lets new mothers take several years off to be with their children, with the understanding that they keep abreast of industry changes. Ernst & Young offers its employees a chance to arrange their schedules as a group to accommodate personal commitments. Many accounting firms estimate that increased flextime options have enabled them to cut turnover drastically, and this dramatic rise in retention can save companies millions in hiring and retraining costs. Aside from encouraging flextime schedules, the accounting industry is making strides in finding other ways to ease the struggle between work and life. Deloitte & Touche looks to the future with a mass career customization (MCC) program, based on the idea that every employee’s life goes through a range of changes over a 40-year career. This institutionalizes accommodation for those different phases so staff members can pursue an extended long-term partnership path. In fact, firms have realized that a happier employee means a more productive employee. They have observed that this increase in productivity has generated more revenue for the firm. Although these programs are still works in progress, they are steps in the right direction to making it possible to have a family/personal life, without sacrificing your work life. The benefits they have derived from their employee satisfaction initiatives give other industries incentives to follow suit.
05 December 2012
If you’re like me, you’re often tempted to put your network relationships on the back burner. However, maintaining your network is critical to finding that job you want or getting an introduction to the person who has your dream job. To help you out, here’s a list of some simple things you can do to build up your relationships after a networking event: Go to networking events in your industry. Make sure to catch up with the people you do know, and introduce yourself to people you don’t. You never know who you’ll meet. Exchange business cards at the actual event, and then send a thank you card or email within 24 hours. Let the person know that you enjoyed speaking with them, and would love to stay in touch. Here’s the hard part: actively stay in touch. Link an article that you think they might find interesting. Shoot them an insightful question about the industry. You have to give, in order to get. Networking isn’t about what someone can do for you—it’s about what you can do for others. Helping someone out by passing along a speaking opportunity, or setting up a lunch date between contacts with mutual interests will go a long way in building a rewarding experience. The most important thing to remember about networking is that while it may feel awkward at first, you’re building relationships that will strengthen your career in the long run. With these tips in mind, don’t be intimidated when you attend that next networking event; just smile and introduce yourself!