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“A Friend of a Friend” Is No Longer the Best Way to Find a Job. Executive Summary.

“A Friend of a Friend” Is No Longer the Best Way to Find a Job

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If you are interested in having us write a killer resume for you, just request a quote here. Mention that you are taking my free course and we’ll automatically discount your quote. For the last lesson, I want to show you how we applied these resume writing principles to a real resume and helped a client get a great new job. Seeing the makeover should help you see how you can overhaul your own resume. The Situation Ravi was a marketing manager whose true passion was social media and web marketing. His Existing Resume. 31 Tips On How to Write a Cover Letter. Ah, the dreaded cover letter.

31 Tips On How to Write a Cover Letter

Every time you sit down to write one, you probably browse cover letter examples online, get overwhelmed, and think something to the effect of: Does anyone really read these? I Review Hundreds Of Cover Letters. 1.

I Review Hundreds Of Cover Letters

Kevin Hart Actor, Comedian, and Entrepreneur. How To Redesign Your Resume For A Recruiter’s 6-Second Attention Span. It’s frightening.

How To Redesign Your Resume For A Recruiter’s 6-Second Attention Span

You’ll spend most of your waking life at a job, yet, according to a new study by TheLadders, the average recruiter spends just six seconds looking at your resume. By the end of that time, they’ll determine whether you’re “a fit” or a “no fit.” “The only research that had been done in this domain was self-reporting surveys, which simply was not good enough for us to understand what drives recruiters’ decision-making,” Will Evans, Head of User Experience at TheLadders, tells Co.Design. So Evans led a study that followed 30 recruiters for 10 weeks. Or, more accurately, it followed just their eyes.

The result is this heat map tracking six seconds of someone’s attention span. “Both resumes and online profiles should have a clear visual hierarchy, following a format that matches recruiters’ mental model,” Evans advises. He recommends liberal use of both typography and white space to enable effortless scanning of titles, company names, and education. 5 Things Job Candidates Obsess Over That Hiring Managers Don’t Care About. It doesn’t matter how much work experience you have, or how many interviews you’ve knocked out of the park—job hunting is bound to make even the most confident candidates feel insecure.

5 Things Job Candidates Obsess Over That Hiring Managers Don’t Care About

And since so many factors are out of your control—like whether you’ll hear back about that perfect fit opportunity—it’s no wonder many people find themselves attempting to regain a little power by obsessing over what they can control. But the truth is, not all job-search details are make-or-break. Give Your Resume an Edge by Making It More Modern. I suppose I can't criticize the "45% of employers view potential candidates online" and "24% said they made a hire after reviewing a social media profile" stats because of the way they're worded. An employer who hires hundreds of people each year takes the time to look up one online, and that counts as part of the 45%.

An employer looks up one social media profile once and hires that person and they're part of the 24%. However, I sincerely doubt the number of candidates who will have their social media profile and online activity checked is very high, I'd say it's less than 5%. To Find Success, First Write Your Failure Resume. An old proverb reminds us that “success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.” To learn from failure, however, you have to “own” it. Grade Your Resume. Interview Tips For When Someone Asks, "What Questions Do You Have For Us?" "When a potential employer asks if you have any questions, they don’t want inquiries about parking validation," writes Kelly Gregorio for Brazen Careerist, "they want to see if you’re prepared, educated, and inquisitive.

Interview Tips For When Someone Asks, "What Questions Do You Have For Us?"

" Interviewers are probably--not unlike a date--sizing you up to see if you're compatible with them (and maybe even the company). Part of the weirdo company courting process is when you, the interviewee, get to ask questions. Keep these in your quiver: If I started tomorrow, what's the first project you'd want me to tackle? Beyond showing how you'd hit the ground running--and helping the interviewer to picture you doing so--this question will preview what the working state of the gig is like. What are the must-have personality traits for this position? Salary Negotiation: Make More Money, Be More Valued. [Editor’s note: At nearly 7,000 words, you probably don’t want to try reading this on an iDevice.

Salary Negotiation: Make More Money, Be More Valued

Bookmark it and come back later.] Imagine something a wee bit outside your comfort zone. Nothing scandalous: just something you don’t do often, don’t particularly enjoy, and slightly more challenging than “totally trivial.” Maybe reciting poetry while simultaneously standing on one foot. Career Guidance & Resources. The Secrets To Career Contentment: Don't Follow Your Passion.

"Follow your passion," might be the most common career guidance, but it is actually bad advice.

The Secrets To Career Contentment: Don't Follow Your Passion

The theory that following your passion leads to success first surfaced in the '70s, and in the intervening decades it’s taken on the character of indisputable fact. The catch? Most people’s passions have little connection to work or education, meaning passionate skiers, dancers, and readers run into problems. In a culture that tells people to transform their passions into lucrative careers via will-driven alchemy, it’s no wonder so much of today’s workforce suffers from endless job swapping and professional discontent. How To Follow Your Dreams When You Haven't Quite Figured Out What They Are. I, personally, am tired of people giving advice like, "just follow your passion," or "do what you love and the money will come.

How To Follow Your Dreams When You Haven't Quite Figured Out What They Are

" If you’re one of the (very few) millennials out there who knows exactly what you want to do with your life, and you’re taking conscious, consistent steps toward it, then by all means continue to follow your passion! But most of us aren’t in that boat. If you’re like the majority of millennials, you’re still struggling to uncover what it is that you’re actually passionate about. So what’s intended as an inspirational phrase turns into one more thing to stress about and judge yourself for. How To Build a Personal Brand. I think most female tech CEOs can appreciate my frustration: How can male tech CEOs get away with T-shirts and ragged jeans up on stage, but as a female tech CEO, I couldn’t? The guys were considered hip, but I was just underdressed. I needed a brand. A hip female CEO tech brand that I could make my own. The Authentic Person's Guide To Self-Branding. If you use the Internet, you have a brand. Whether you like it or not, people are Googling you and their impression of you is shaped by the content they find: your LinkedIn profile, your Facebook page, your public tweets, that random op-ed you wrote for your college paper.

And yet many people are uncomfortable with the idea of cultivating a personal brand. "When people think of self-branding, they immediately think of people in the entertainment industry who are in the business of shameless self-promotion," says Selena Soo, founder of S2 Groupe, a personal branding consultancy. "Celebrities can come across as arrogant, egotistical, or flamboyant, and people don’t want to be like that. " 5 Actionable Personal Branding Tips for Social Media. Many of the social media tips we share—the ways to create a marketing plan from scratch, how to get more followers, how to get more clicks—often focus on the small business side of social media marketing. Now imagine achieving social media success when the brand you’re trying to promote is you.

Personal branding on social media is a topic we’d love to dive into a bit deeper, starting with this overview of tips and strategies. I’m grateful to have found a number of useful tips on how building a personal brand can be made easier with social media. Here’s how to get started. What is personal branding? I’m often tempted to think of brands only in terms of companies and businesses. Molly Crabapple's 15 rules for creative success in the Internet age. I'm a visual artist and writer. What this means is that I have done most things one can do that involve making pictures (as to making words, I'm far newer). I've drawn dicks for Playgirl. I've painted a six foot tall replica of my own face and carefully calligraphed things people have said to me on the Internet, then displayed it in a Tribeca gallery, as a sort of totem.

I've live-sketched snipers in Tripoli. I've illustrated self-published kids books for ten dollars a page. I've made my living as an artist for eight years, almost entirely without galleries, and until relatively recently without agents. My success would not have been possible without the internet. Managing Oneself. We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: If you’ve got ambition and smarts, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession, regardless of where you started out.

But with opportunity comes responsibility. Companies today aren’t managing their employees’ careers; knowledge workers must, effectively, be their own chief executive officers. A Comprehensive Guide to Starting Your Freelance Career. Working as a contractor--or freelancing as it is often termed--is both a great stepping stone to running your own business and a viable career in itself. For the uninitiated, there can be numerous hurdles to overcome on the way to starting and having a successful freelancing career. As a former freelancer myself and having employed more than a few, I have observed some of these hurdles firsthand.

This article discusses some of the ins and outs of both freelancing and running a small business. This article is also available in French. Pour nos chers lecteurs de la langue Francaise, je suis heureux de vous informer que vous pouvez lire une traduction complete de cet article: Le guide complet du débutant freelance. Social Capital. Sumry - Land Your Dream Job. Your personal homepage.