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Making LinkedIn Work for You - The Juggle. By Sue Shellenbarger Bloomberg News Some Juggle commenters have asked for a post on the professional networking website LinkedIn.

Making LinkedIn Work for You - The Juggle

The site passed 100 million users in March and continues to grow by about one million members a week. Twenty something? Job seeker? How to dramatically increase your chances of getting the job. Face it: the job market sucks. Interviewing and not getting the job sucks, too. The good news? There are a few simple things you can do to make yourself stand out from other applicants and greatly increase your odds of landing the job.

Doing these things will require a little bit of effort and time, but they’re well worth it. Why does anyone get hired? When you cut through all the noise, there are only a few reasons why anyone gets hired: You possess the technical skills – you can do the jobYou seem likable and a “good fit” – you can get along with othersYou display energy and initiative – you have passion and energy I can’t help you with the first at all.

As for fit and people skills, I would simply encourage you to be upbeat and friendly with everyone you meet at the interviewing company without going overboard and seeming phony. What one thing will set you apart from every other applicant? This leaves us with the third factor listed above. For you, that’s fantastic news. “Hmm. Fistful of Talent: 11 Helpful Sites for Job Seekers - US News & World Report. Eight New Trends Every Job Seeker Should Know About. 64 Interview Questions. Interview Questions.

Job Interview Weakness. Mental fear of the unknown is often what produces the physical symptoms of nervousness.

Job Interview Weakness

In addition to preparing yourself physically, you also need to prepare yourself mentally. The best way to prepare mentally is to know what may be coming. Fear of the unknown can only exist when there is an unknown. Take the time to understand some of the "standards" when it comes to interviewing questions. The following are some of the most difficult questions you will face in the course of your job interviews. Others are "classic" interview questions, such as, "What is your greatest weakness? " The following answers are provided to give you a new perspective on how to answer tough interview questions. Tell me about yourself.My background to date has been centered around preparing myself to become the very best _____ I can become. In reviewing the above responses, please remember that these are sample answers. Previous | Map | Search | Help | Next. Companies that hire home workers. Ten Tips for the Shy Job Seeker.

In my previous post , I discussed the challenges for shy (or introverted ) people in the job market.

Ten Tips for the Shy Job Seeker

I offered some general advice, but in this post I'd like to highlight ten things you can do (or think about) that might give you the edge in the very situations you prefer to avoid. 1. First, stop apologizing for being who you are. Work with it-- find your strengths and get to know them so well that they are all you think of when you are in the interview. You may never be comfortable in certain settings-- but you can learn to function well in them, and then you can go home where you are comfortable. 2. So after an interview, networking event, or any other extraverted activity don't be too hard on yourself. 3. At the same time, it's OK to mention that you tend to have an understated style -- in fact that can be a great response to the typical "what is your weakness?

" 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Interview Questions You Must Ask. In many ways, moving ahead in our careers depends on our bosses: the people who can motivate us, advise us, challenge us, or — on the other hand — make our lives miserable.

Interview Questions You Must Ask

If you've never had a boss who made you miserable, consider yourself lucky. And if you want to wind up lucky in a new job, you need to know something about your would-be boss.