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5 More Tips for Leveraging Your Social Networks in Your Job Search

Career Alley

You know that old saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” While I don’t believe the first part of the saying (because what you don’t know will eventually catch up with you), the second part could not be more true with today’s social networks. While “who you know” has always been important, it has never been easier to leverage your network with services like LinkedIn and other social networks. Jobs by.

5 Tips to Digitize your Job Search

Career Alley

For those of you fortunate enough to never have had to type your resume on a typewriter, you don’t realize how difficult and time-consuming job hunting was in the pre-digital days. We now have different challenges in managing digital job search. “Speed to market” is now the name of the game, along with leveraging digital tools and your professional network. To those who master these skills, the job market is all yours. Job Search Career Tips

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Personal Branding, Resume or Job Search Targeting: Which Comes First?

Executive Career Brand

It may seem obvious that the first thing to do, when you’re about to start an executive job search, is locate, dust off, and update your resume. In my experience, many executive job seekers do just that. They often neglect targeting, and narrowing their search to several select companies, because they want to keep their options wide open. And they often misunderstand the importance of personal branding, and dismiss it as unnecessary. Personal Branding.

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How to Use Twitter for Personal Branding and Executive Job Search, Part 1

Executive Career Brand

I recently did an interview with a writer for Money Magazine on using Twitter for personal branding and job search. In Part 1 of this two-part series, I’ll talk about: The value of Twitter for executive job search, How to get started, How to follow the right Twitter folks, and. Why Twitter for Executive Job Search? They’re tweeting job openings at all levels and tweeting about their products, services, and company culture.

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Keep Up The Job Search Wherever You Are

Career Alley

A dedicated job search takes eight hours a day , writes Career Cast. Get out, change the scenery, find a comfortable place and continue your job hunt with these recommended apps. Searching For The Ideal Job. recommends a number of job search apps, including one from a premiere job search engine, Indeed. is an aggregator which means it takes your job search criteria and searches a number of job boards.

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Toxic Executive Job Search Beliefs: Personal branding is not for me

Executive Career Brand

You’re faced with an executive job search. You hear a lot about personal branding, but you don’t think it’s for you. I don’t need personal branding. I’m not a brand. You’re not a brand, but you HAVE a personal brand. Personal branding is no longer optional in job search. You may dismiss the value of personal branding because you think it’s a frivolous, ego-stroking pursuit.

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How to Use Twitter for Personal Branding and Executive Job Search, Part 2

Executive Career Brand

This two-part series on Twitter for personal branding and executive job search is the culmination of an interview and communications with a journalist writing an article for Money Magazine. In Part 1, I talked about: The value of Twitter for executive job search, How to get started, How to follow the right Twitter folks, and. All the more reason to follow the networking (online and offline) golden rule, and network even when you don’t need to.

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Storytelling for Executive Job Search Success

Executive Career Brand

Seven years ago Quintessential Careers, a leading online career site, innovated Job Action Day to help all job-seekers and workers take stock of their situations, and make plans and/or take action steps to improve their careers. This year, celebrated on November 3rd, Job Action Day is all about empowering job seekers to use storytelling for career success. That’s why job-seekers need a consistent narrative, backed by accomplishment stories.”.

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Serenity Now! Simplify Your Executive Job Search

Executive Career Brand

How much do you really know about today’s executive job search? Do you know which comes first – resume writing, personal branding or targeting ? It’s a given that job-hunting these days is a complicated process. Personal branding is no longer optional. You need to build a diverse, vibrant online presence that reinforces your personal brand and provides social proof , or risk being invisible to executive recruiters and hiring decision makers.

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Is Holiday Job Search a Waste of Time?

Executive Career Brand

Maybe it makes more sense to wait until the new year to dive into my search.”. I often hear such sentiments from executive job seekers at this time of year. If this is your thinking, you’re missing out on opportunities to make headway in your job search, when your competitors have taken that misguided notion to heart, and put their searches on hold. Want to learn how to best take advantage of holiday networking, and land that great-fit job faster?

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Don’t Overlook LinkedIn Company Pages for Executive Job Search

Executive Career Brand

Once you’ve determined which companies you’re targeting for your job search, you’ll need to research each one for various information: Services and/or products. Job openings. Among the myriad of places to conduct your research (Hoovers, Glassdoor, job boards, company websites, etc.), This positions you as a “known commodity”, above the sea of job hunters who are unknown to them. Finding a Job in the “Hidden” Job Market.

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Personal Branding: How to Brand Your LinkedIn Summary Section

Executive Career Brand

[The following article was originally published for my Personal Branding Expert gig on]. Powering your LinkedIn Summary section with personal branding helps you differentiate the value you offer over your competitors. Remember that a branded LinkedIn profile doesn’t replace your resume. Make sure you include the relevant keywords you found when you did company and industry research to develop content for your branded resume.

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Working the Passive Job Search Campaign

Careers Done Write

You probably have heard that employers would rather recruit an employed candidate than an unemployed job seeker. A working candidate is more attractive because they are without a shadow of why they left their last job. That is why many will advise that is better to find a new job while you have a job. You don’t want to signal to your employer that you are looking for a new job. Therefore, the best approach is the passive job search campaign.

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Toxic Executive Job Search Belief: I don’t need to target my resume

Executive Career Brand

You’re deep into executive job search or about to dive into one. Today’s job search is a personal marketing campaign. The content in your resume and LinkedIn profile (and any other job search marketing materials) needs to be customized around the specific value you offer specific employers you want to work for. More About Today’s Executive Job Search. How Do I Find a Job in the “Hidden” Job Market?

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NEW BOOK! 20 Little-Known, Insider Tips to Accelerate Executive Job Search

Executive Career Brand

Is your executive job search taking too long? If you answered “Yes” to both questions, it’s time to turbo-charge your search with the advice in my new ebook: 20 Little-Known, Insider Tips to Accelerate Your Executive Job Search. and Land a 6 Figure Job Faster! How sending a thank you note can help you land a job at a target company. even after they’ve rejected you for another job?

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2 LinkedIn Personal Branding Tips You Don’t Know

Executive Career Brand

LinkedIn is undeniably the executive job-seeker’s most important and powerful online personal branding tool. To improve my LinkedIn profile-building skills, I’ve just completed Reach Personal Branding’s new Certified Social Branding Analyst program, which focuses squarely on LinkedIn training for executive branding strategists and executive career coaches. More content = better SEO = better visibility for your brand and ROI.

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10 Best Ways to Build Your Personal Brand Online

Executive Career Brand

[This is my latest article as''s Personal Branding Expert ]. Like it or not, getting involved with social media and building your personal brand online have become essential components of today’s job search. Your goal should be to continuously build diverse online content about yourself, to provide those assessing you with plenty of information supporting your brand. Don’t write or do anything that will “out” your search.

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One Way To Keep Your Networking Current

Professional Resume Services

Networking is one of those activities that gets shelved because you are busy. This is because the nature of networking is relationships, and if you only connect with people when you need them, you are viewed in a negative light. One of the most productive professional networking sites available today is LinkedIn, but that success means that there’s spam — the weeds of the web.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Personal Branding

Executive Career Brand

Do you dismiss personal branding for your executive job search because you think it’s all about self-promotion, and you don’t like to boast about yourself? Many people are disinterested in personal branding, despite its value and the fact that, since it’s a trending concept, we all hear a lot about it these days. But you say to yourself, “Branding is for products. I’m not a product or a brand. You are not a brand, but you already HAVE a brand.

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The New 10-Step Executive Personal Branding Worksheet

Executive Career Brand

Differentiate your unique ROI for today’s executive job search. Personal branding has come a long way since Tom Peters ignited the business world nearly two decades ago with his personal branding manifesto on Fast Company, THE BRAND CALLED YOU. You’re every bit as much a brand as Nike, Coke, Pepsi, or the Body Shop. Your brand is your reputation – the perception of you held by the external world. and as you network and interview.

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Keep Your Personal Brand Top-of-Mind with LinkedIn Updates

Executive Career Brand

[This is my latest article as''s Personal Branding Expert ]. One of the many benefits of using LinkedIn for job search is the ability to stay top-of-mind with your network – which should include employees at your target companies and recruiters, along with your various professional contacts. Along with reminding your network about you, these updates reinforce your brand, subject matter expertise, and value to your target employers.

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Personal Branding and the Email Signature Dilemma

Executive Career Brand

Your executive job search is underway, or about to be, and you’re working on your branded email signature. We’ve all received email messages with impressive signature sections at the bottom that were well-branded and attractively designed. So, how do you play it safe, and create a branded email signature that will function properly for every recipient? Current job title and employer (if employed). Executive Career Brand – [link].

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Personal Branding and Your LinkedIn Profile Photo

Executive Career Brand

No doubt, discrimination in job search exists and your photo can expose you to discrimination based on age, weight, ethnic background, etc. But I still contend that NOT having a photo may be even more detrimental, especially for the job seekers I serve – c-suite and senior-level executives. It personalizes and humanizes your brand-reinforcing content. More Information About LinkedIn for Executive Job Search. Finding a Job in the “Hidden” Job Market.

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Top 10 Job Search Trends Of 2014

Career Realism

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a heads up about emerging job search and resume best practices? Results from recent focus groups conducted by Career Thought Leaders throughout the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and Russia have been cataloged and offer a rich array of tips and suggestions for executive and non-executive job seekers alike. Related: 5 Easy Ways To Make Yourself A More Attractive Job Candidate. Candidates need to work harder to position and brand themselves.

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Your Personal Brand Online and the LinkedIn Privacy Dilemma

Executive Career Brand

Here is one of the most frequently asked questions by my c-suite and senior executive clients who are in a confidential job search, and need to complete and/or update and brand their LinkedIn profiles: “How do I keep my employer and co-workers from finding out I’m updating my LinkedIn profile, indicating I’m job-hunting?” Keep your profile entirely “public”, so it’s open to search. 2 LinkedIn Personal Branding Tips You Don’t Know.

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LinkedIn Groups and Personal Branding: Showcase Your Subject Matter Expertise

Executive Career Brand

One of the ways LinkedIn adds value to overall career management and job search is that, when leveraged to full advantage, it can help keep you and your executive brand top of mind with your network. To help you land faster, your network on LinkedIn should include recruiters and hiring decision makers at your target companies, and others who can help you reach your career goals. Related posts: How to Use the New LinkedIn for Executive Personal Branding.

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Twitter Personal Branding Time-Saving Tips

Executive Career Brand

In my practice, I rarely come across executive job seekers who are actively leveraging Twitter to help them land jobs. Understandably, they’re busy people strapped for time, trying to juggle demanding full-time jobs with a full-time job search. Stay Focused on Your Job Search and Your Personal Brand. Don’t start or engage in conversations not related to your job search.

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2020's most popular job search blog posts from the most popular job search bloggers. At the end of every year, I reach out to dozens of job search experts to ask for their top job search-related articles from the past 12 months.

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How to Write and Use An Executive Brand Biography

Executive Career Brand

A career brand biography is a storytelling tool that breathes life into an otherwise flat rehash of your resume. For job search and career management, a bio affords the opportunity to reinforce your brand through storytelling, in a way that’s more difficult to accomplish in a resume. What a Career Brand Biography Does Better Than a Resume. Personalize your C-A-Rs stories and use them to reinforce your brand attributes and key strengths.

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Ignore the Hype! What Authentic Personal Branding Is and Is NOT

Executive Career Brand

Personal branding continues to be a trending topic on social media because it’s an integral part of successful executive job search and personal marketing. Some truly grasp the concept, speak of its value in helping job seekers land good-fit jobs, and caution that it takes time and effort to do the back-end personal branding work. These misguided voices tell us that personal branding is: A passing fad soon to be replaced by the next best thing.

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Executive Job Search– Not For The Faint Of Heart

Professional Resume Services

Searching for executive jobs in today’s world can be tougher than ever. It’s imperative that executive-level job seekers stand out from their competition and prove to their potential employer that they offer a high return on investment. To do this, job seekers need certain tools, including the essential job-search documents needed to effectively market oneself in the job hunt: executive resume, cover letter, career biography, reference dossier, etc.

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Branding Strategies for the Unemployed

Careers Done Write

It is easier to get a job when you have a job. It is not too different for the average job-searcher. Corporate lay-offs are common, and there are times when an individual must leave a job for personal reasons. Aim for “hot projects” that will enable you to continue to build your professional skills and network. Meaning, if you keep busy doing relevant, meaningful work, you will increase your attractiveness as a job candidate.

How to Network Your Way Into a Great-Fit Executive Job

Executive Career Brand

You’ll probably have to do a lot of networking to find and land your next gig. So, get your head out of the job boards and stop wasting so much time sending your resume out in response to online job postings. Did you know that, although the vast majority of job seekers use job boards to find jobs , only a very small percentage, maybe around 5%, will land jobs directly through them? How to Build Your Executive Network.

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LinkedIn Has A New Job Search App

Professional Resume Services

I hope you have a presence on LinkedIn, because it’s one of the biggest sources of professional networking available right now. They’ve just added to their worth by introducing the new LinkedIn job search app for iPhone. According to LinkedIn’s research, forty percent of their members are looking for jobs on the site using a mobile device. The faster you apply to an opening, the more apt you are to be considered for the job.

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3 Tips for Building Your Personal Brand


Your personal brand goes a long way in determining whether your job search will be successful or not. After all, your personal brand is a huge factor in how you market yourself to potential employers; without a brand you lack the ‘total package’. The post 3 Tips for Building Your Personal Brand appeared first on WorkAlpha. Job Search Networking Featured Personal Branding

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How Do I Find a Job in the “Hidden” Job Market?

Executive Career Brand

You’ve probably heard about the hidden executive job market, but do you really know what it is, why it exists, and how to take advantage of it? No one knows for sure how many jobs are unlisted, but it’s estimated to be around 80 – 90%. Why aren’t more jobs posted online? Executive recruiters and employers find good-fit candidates by searching LinkedIn, for the most part, and other social networks, using relevant keywords.

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Don’t Tarnish Your Executive Brand by Using Free Email Services (Yahoo, Gmail, etc.)!

Executive Career Brand

Until recently, I recommended using one of the well-known, free email services for executive job search. They seemed to make sense for job search, especially to avoid using an email account associated with your employer, which is never a good idea. Karen and I talked about the branding and privacy issues associated with using these email services. I can no longer recommend using free email services for job search, or for any other sensitive matters.

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7 Job Search Mistakes Every Job Applicant Should Stop Doing

The Undercover Recruiter

Job searching in a tough market is a daunting and tedious process. During the job hunt course, the applicant has to go through a series of […]. 7 Job Search Mistakes Every Job Applicant Should Stop Doing. Job Search candidate Career CV Tips Interview job Job Hunting job search jobs Networking Personal Branding Recruiting resume tips Resumes social recruiting tips

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Stop! Before You Write Your Executive Resume or LinkedIn Profile ???

Executive Career Brand

The other day I was speaking with a senior-level executive job seeker in the healthcare industry who said she was not getting much response to her resume. We reviewed it together, and I asked her what kinds of jobs she was targeting, and in which industry. I know Im best suited to move into [kinds of jobs], but Im very interested in several other industries and disciplines, too. Especially in a tight job market, theyre looking for (and getting) 100% perfect fits.

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Introverts’ Guide to a Smooth Job Search


Looking for a job doesn’t have to be so hard. While launching a job search may not rank in difficulty with rocket science, it has become increasingly difficult and more complex. If you are on the brink of launching a job search or have started one, hit the pause button before doing anything else. There are volumes on job search advice. Too often I see job seekers decide to skip what they are being told to do.

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Best Executive Resume Writing Tips for 2014

Executive Career Brand

Once you have your perfect document in place, update your LinkedIn profile so it matches, include your job information on Facebook and Twitter, start an When employers search for you online (and they will!), ” And here’s the complete tip I contributed, which was abridged for space constraints on To outdistance your job-seeking competitors, follow this best practice to begin your 2014 job hunt.

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Best Ways and Places to Research Your Target Employers

Executive Career Brand

Savvy executive job seekers know that the very first steps in landing a great-fit job are TARGETING (selecting, say, 10-15 employers that you feel will provide the kind of job you want) and then RESEARCHING each one for industry and company market intelligence. You’ll then define your personal brand and unique promise of value to them, and showcase your value-add in your personal marketing communications (resume, biography, LinkedIn profile, etc.).

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How to Connect on LinkedIn with People You Don’t Know. and Get Action

Executive Career Brand

Networking your way into companies you’re targeting in executive job search is the best way to land a great-fit job. That means getting back in touch with those you’ve neglected – as so many of us do when we’re busy in our professional lives – and connecting with new people, to expand your network. Specifically, you need to bring the following into your LinkedIn network. Personal Branding: How to Brand Your LinkedIn Summary Section.

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