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The Best New Features of LinkedIn for Job Seekers

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LinkedIn is constantly changing their features and functionality to the point where new and old users lose sight of LinkedIn’s value. Bob McIntosh is a purveyor of all things LinkedIn for job seekers.

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Every Job Seeker Needs to Act as Their Own a Hype Man

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When it comes to your job search , job seeker, no one is going to amplify your best attributes, skills, and abilities but you. No one can better testify to your competencies than you can.

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8 Ways to Use Underemployment to Sway Your Employment Opportunities

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We know underemployment is hard to measure. Even the government has difficulty measuring it. But that said, you certainly know when you are unemployed. It’s when you have a job, and it pays the bills for the most part, but your talents are worth so much more.

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10 Ways to Stay in Demand for Your Work – And Career

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Remember Bo Jackson ? He was one of few professional athletes to play and excel in his career at two different sports – baseball and football. What does Jackson have to do with your career ? It’s simple, really: His example teaches us what it means to be in demand.

2018 187

5 Ways to Improve Your LinkedIn SEO and Reach More Employers

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Job seekers who want to take charge of their online job searches need to start applying search engine optimization (SEO) techniques to their social media profiles – especially LinkedIn. Employers are using Google to vet you. When they enter your name, there’s no telling what they might find.

2018 193

Is Impressing Employers a Priority in Your Job Search?

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You want career fulfillment, but with minimum effort. That’s the message I get when there’s nothing in your resume, social profiles, or interview answers that clearly demonstrates your value to employers.

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More Job Search Tips to Use in 2018

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More job search tips for you in this episode. Although we had a goal to offer three job search tips each, there were more tips than we expected. Chris Fields, Janine Truitt, and I banter and expound providing as much value as possible. You are more than welcome to join the discussion.

2018 197

Answering Your Job Search Questions (Podcast Season Finale)

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About today’s special show! . For this last episode of the season, I am replaying my appearance on the “ Repurpose Your Career ” podcast. Here are the questions we’re answering: 1. I am a 61-year-old floor installer. I have been doing this since I was a young man.

2018 161

5 Transferable Skills: From Raising Kids to The Job Interview

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If You’ve Raised Kids, You Can Manage Anything by Ann Crittenden was written some years ago to show that parenting skills translate to job skills.

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The Worst Thing That Can Happen to Your Job Search?

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When I lived in Tampa, I watched the Buccaneers go 0-14 in a season. It was brutal, but by no means was it as brutal as being rejected for a position after making it through several rounds of interviews. Sure, some of us can disengage our personal feelings from the process.

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Removing Bias From Hiring with Melissa Dobbins

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Removing bias from the hiring process is quite a task considering those who are still asking why. My guest this episode is Melissa Dobbins, founder, and CEO of career.place, whose purpose is to remove bias from hiring.

2018 161

Resume Trends in 2018 w/ Jessica Dillard

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I decided to create an extensive resume advice show that offered many practical and actionable tactics and strategies. I invited Jessica Dillard back to the show to discuss personal branding aspects of resume writing and resume writing trends for 2018.

2018 193

How Can Shared Core Values With a Company Get You Hired?

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Find Shared Core Values. Pointing out the generational differences in the workplace is now a stale conversation and no longer makes us the shining star.

2018 179

5 Ways Sentimentality Is Ruining Your Career

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I have a Spotify playlist called “Endorphins.” As of today, it contains more than 200 soft rock love songs/somebody-done-somebody-wrong songs. These songs take me somewhere pleasant and calming. I’m sure you have a playlist that does the same for you.

2018 130

Reinvention for Every Job Seeker with Anthony Quinones

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If we are looking to advance our careers, reinvention is a must. It’s not what you think it is if you’re thinking makeover (although sometimes it is). Your reinvention efforts must fit and deliver what the employer’s need. I talk about it in more detail with Anthony Quinones.

2018 188

Job Search is Like Strength Training – Heavy Lifting is Required

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photo credit People don’t like heavy lifting or soreness when it comes to physical training. As a former personal trainer, few people are willing to buy into the commitment it takes to achieve their goals.

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5 Ways Job Seekers Should Act Like a Consultant

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Many job seekers approach their job searches as if they were waiting for someone to tell them what to do. I have seen professionals of all levels behave this way. People naturally take the path of least resistance. They want to write a resume quickly and toss it… Click To Tweet.

2018 130

14 Powerful Networking Tools and Strategies to Implement Now

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The way networking operates is similar to the way a little yeast works through a batch of dough: Both require time, a little massaging, and consistency.

2017 198

5 Tips on Interview Prep From Thea Kelley

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When it comes to landing a job, interview prep is just as important as your resume. Hiring managers interview hundreds of candidates throughout their careers; they can spot your lack of preparation from a mile away. Thea Kelley is an experienced career coach and the author of Get That Job!

2018 160

Essential Power Tips For Parents Going Back To Work After Maternity Leave

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Leaving your little one at home is stressful enough without considering how the dynamics of your job may have changed while you were away on maternity leave. There are some things that you may experience or obstacles you may face, but being forewarned is the same as being forearmed.

5 Most Useful Sections of a Job Search Blog for Job Seekers

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Job seekers, blogs are powerful tools for getting noticed before or during a job search. Many job seekers blogging as more than just a passive way to reach employers. People find value in all forms of content. If it educates, trains, or informs, then it’s useful.

2018 157

Forget A.I.: 8 Never-Changing Job Search Tactics to Use in Years to Come

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Despite all the talk about how A.I. is taking over industries , pushing people out of jobs , and reshaping the hiring process, I’m here to tell you that as long as “human” remains a central element of “human resources,” you can rely on a few surefire job search tactics that reach people.

2018 160

9 Reasons Your Spouse Lost Their Mind When You Lost Your Job

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Your spouse mind raced because you announced you were let go from your job. It is one thing that you have had steady employment, another when the safety net disintegrates. Many changes are about to take place, and some will affect you. via GIPHY.

2017 181

Craft Stories to Get the Job

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Zanie (not her real name) was 19 years old when I interviewed her for a customer service position. The most refreshing thing about Zanie was how measured and tactical she appeared during the interview. My boss and I were immediately impressed by her readiness, eye contact, and directness.

2018 161

LinkedIn SEO with Susan P Joyce

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Power users of LinkedIn use proper LinkedIn SEO. Get more out of your LinkedIn profile and listen twice for all of the gems Susan P Joyce drops. Go back to our last conversation, and absorb and use the advice on personal SEO.

2017 173

How Will You Stand Out at Your Next Job Fair? Use a Handbill

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Everyone usually has one goal attending a networking event or a job fair: To meet the right person to get the next step. So, use a handbill! In this episode, I discuss with Jessica Dillard, the founder of Dillard and Associates an old school solution to a current problem.

Are We Biased? Kristen Pressner Says Yes She Is

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Today, I am sharing with my conversation with Kristen Pressner. This show is a slight departure from straight job search advice and this show may not apply directly to your job search. You’ll glean a few things, but this is to self-examine and become more self-aware of your own biases.

2017 195

Layoffs? Did Someone Say Layoffs?

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Tis the season for layoffs. You might need a new job search in 2018. As we speak, there are companies putting the final touches on separation agreements and/or severance packages.

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How Unconscious Biases Can Hurt Job Seekers Before the Interview Even Begins

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Rarely do employers intend to debilitate job candidates – but it happens anyway. Many job seekers are hamstrung way before their resumes have a chance to stand on their accomplishments or merits. This anomaly occurs when the person screening the candidates applies their personal biases.

2017 177

What to Do When Your Job Search Efforts Don’t Work

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Today’s job search requires you to keep both hands on the wheel. Any passive approach to finding opportunities fail. It doesn’t work. You must remain engaged throughout your career or face significant challenges shifting gears.

2017 209

6 Ways to Own the Job Search Process and Kill the Game in Five Years

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Have you thought about how you’ll remain engaged in the job search even if you love your current gig? Few jobs offer security much less can promise stability. How can you be “gainfully” employed in 2017? You only have one job? One job?

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Have the Handbill in Tow Going to Job Fairs and Networking Events

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I talk to job seekers regularly who only depend on a few methods to find jobs. I find it interesting they prefer to rely on processes that could exclude them (uploading a resume without the right keywords, for example) rather than differentiate themselves based on their unique experience (in person).

Job Interviewing Best Practices (PODCAST)

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Melissa Cooley, of MelissaCooley.com , is a Certified Resume Writer, Interview Coach, Career Consultant, Blogger, and a contributor to the career book, Nourish Your Career. Her blog, The Job Quest, equips job seekers with tools needed for a successful job search and job interview.

2017 171

Defensive Googling and The Obsolete 40-Hour Work Week

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Still conflicted with building your brand online. Have you tried defensive googling, yet? Concerned the data or the lack of data about you on Google it’s vital to your job search? Did you know the 40-hour work week is obsolete? We address all three of these questions in today’s episode.

2017 172

11 Ways to Hit a Home Run in Your Job Search

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You will fall behind the competition if you don’t stand out in today’s job search. For example, I know promoting myself makes me feel squirmy, a little dirty, and even a little wordy. It’s likely… Click To Tweet.

2017 167

How Good Writing Skills Can Build Your Brand with the Grammar Goddess

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Employers want employees and new hires to good writing skills. If you find writing a challenge, this is a good show for you. Susan Rooks, the Grammar Goddess is back to revisit the value of good business writing.

2017 172

How Students, Grads, and Young Careerists Can Mitigate Bias

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Thanks so much for your interest in this episode. Bias has different faces, sizes, complexities, and issues, and it’s hard to talk about them in one episode. Sheila Caldwell, Ed. is the Advisor to the President on Diversity at the University of North Georgia.

2017 165

5 Ways to Use Your Smartphone to Land a Job

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Speed matters when you’re applying for jobs. If you’re always waiting to get to a laptop, it might be too late. That’s one reason for you to get comfortable with using your phone for more than Facebook videos and Instagram posts. Your phone is the most important communication tool you own.

2018 147

More Reasons Career Success Can Come Through Blogging

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Job seekers should consider blogging as a way to increase your career success and choices. In the process, it will increase your career chances. I bought back my longtime friend Keith Townsend to talk about his journey.

2017 193

What Are Ways Young People 16-24 Can Find Jobs (Radio Interview)?

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I was interview by James Parker of the Chicago Urban League a couple of weeks ago. This was on WVON Saturday morning’s program, “Let’s Get to Work.” ” Our discussion centered around helping our youth find jobs. You are more than welcome to join the discussion.

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