Career Guidance: Advice

Career Guidance: Advice

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By: Susan P. Joyce
LinkedIn Groups can be critical to a successful job search because of the many ways you can leverage them for both visibility and credibility - when you use them with care. LinkedIn members can join up to fifty Groups, although the average LinkedIn member belongs to only seven of them. My strong recommendation is that anyone in a job search join as many groups as they can, all fifty if possible, at least while in job search mode. Engage Using LinkedIn GroupsMore
By: Catherine Hoke
Rap sheets and background checks are not created equally — nor should they be treated that way. The world of job hunting while you have a record of arrest and prosecution (i.e., a rap sheet) can be difficult to navigate, especially when employers request background checks. But it’s important to remember that a background check is a necessary step in the hiring process no matter what. That being said, it’s crucial that you know the difference between a background check and a rap sheet so you can walk into an interview with confidence.More
By: Michelle Kruse
Whether you've been out of the workforce for awhile or you're asking an elder for career advice, it's important to recognize that the rules of job-hunting have changed in recent years. Thanks to the internet, it's easier than ever to find a suitable position, but harder than ever to get noticed. By modernizing your job searching tactics, you'll be more likely to impress recruiters in an increasingly competitive environment. 1. Peruse the want ads.More
By: David Chen
These days, it’s not just about what you post online, but where. In fact, according to a recent study, 37% of employers check your social media accounts when making hiring decisions. You may think simply avoiding having an online presence is the key, but many hiring managers may not consider you if they can’t find you. Instead of hiding, here are some tips to help you enhance your résumé (or ditch it altogether) with a proper Web presence. 1. Not All Social Media Is Created EqualMore
By: Martin Yate, CPC
Discouragement can quickly derail a job hunt. The longer a seeker goes without finding employment, the more difficult it can become to push forward with the attitude necessary to land a job. Hiring budgets are usually staggered throughout each quarter when a company is going through a growth phase, and replacement hires can happen at any time. Even in the depths of the recession there wasn’t a month where we didn’t see at least 4 million jobs posted on the Internet. We live in a huge economy, so there are always jobs available.More
By: Martin Yate, CPC
What matters most in your financial future? Everyone has dreams and that’s why you set goals—to work toward a more fulfilling life. But if all you do is dream and find yourself looking back at missed opportunities as you make the same goals repeatedly, you need to harness your dreams to a plan of attack. Make 2014 the year you try a different approach that could make this the year you change the trajectory of your entire life. All you have to do is start working towards it. Don’t count on your employer to take care of you - but be a top-notch employeeMore
By: Josh Hansen
Too often job seekers will enter an interview and quickly lose their confidence, which undermines their performance. If you suffer from this affliction, you could benefit greatly by learning the skills and mindset of a master presenter who can successfully perform in front of large audiences. That skill can be transferred to interviews, and if you learn it, interviewing anxiety should no longer be a worry. Top presenters share the following five key skills that will benefit you in the next interview: ConfidenceMore
By: Kenneth Coats
Imagine the worst possible first day on your new job. Did you spill coffee on your new boss? Forget to grab important files? Accidentally insult a client? All of these scenarios pale in comparison to being arrested once you enter your new office because your background check contained a false outstanding warrant. Hello, office! Goodbye, office. Talk about a bad first impression.More