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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. He is my guest as discuss what features are best for job seekers, and a couple of features not so much. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number. –

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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. Furthermore, employers will have doubts about you unless you’re proving your worth in one of two ways: a body of work showing the depth and breadth of the value you can deliver, or the testimonials of people who have witnessed the manifestation of your value.

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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. Read Three Signs Underemployment Has Stole Your Soul. Getting out of the underemployment trap requires a shift in mindset.

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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. Jackson so proved and maintained his excellence that teams in both the MLB and the NFL wanted him on their rosters. Staying in demand is the key to a successful career.

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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. I will love it if you offer your struggles or tips for resume writing. Here are three ways you can let us know: Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number.

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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. The negative comments others have made about you could derail your job search. If you want to increase the quality of your job prospects and ensure a smoother job search, you… Click To Tweet.

2018 158

How to Start a Freelance Writing Career

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I worked at a large, multi-national investment bank for over a decade before I started my writing career. It can take a huge leap of faith, but working for oneself has a number of amazing benefits! Of course, there are also many different challenges involved in leaving a typical 9-5 job; and it has to be said that such a move isn’t a good fit for everyone. There’s a lot of self-discovery that comes with working for yourself. Yes, working for yourself has perks.

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Focus on Doing What you Love – Delegate the Rest

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Networking, marketing, thought leadership, event delivery, product development, social media, relationship management and more – a life coach business demands a myriad of skills and abilities akin to the personified swiss army knife. Oh, and you should to be brilliant at them all too, right? But here’s the thing. Being good at everything is a fantasy that will torture you forever unless you let it go and learn to delegate.

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How Job Seekers Can Get Noticed by Employers Online

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How to stand out to employers online is frequent question and subject for job seekers. It’s one of the hardest things to do on the Internet since there is so much noise competing to be heard. The day has come to show how you add value to employers, peers, and prospective connections online. There are job seekers who want to be noticed but not sure how they can be heard. I bought Hanna Morgan back on the show to discuss how to appeal to employers online.

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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. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number.

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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. Some of us handle rejection pretty well. But many of us don’t.

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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. What does reinvention mean for your career? Here are three ways you can let us know: Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number.

2018 157

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. It takes resilience, grit, and grind to be consistent, in the areas of diet, self-control, and exercise. All three have to be deployed at once for success. I am blessed to be older and experienced in physical fitness, and can still add muscle.

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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. Here are some power tips for getting back into the swing of things after maternity leave. Expect to be Distracted.

5 Best Jobs that Naturally Create Work Life Balance

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Attaining work life balance is not easy owing to the myriad pressures and demands that modern jobs have. However, there are certain occupations that can still be considered as the best jobs for work life balance, owing to the comfortable working culture that such industries and job roles promote. This article sheds light on five such occupations that will help you attain a positive balance between your work life and personal life.

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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. One of a few ways older job seekers can combat age discrimination and disrupt the hiring process is through relationships in the company and sharing common core values with the company itself. In 2003, I worked for a small start-up where mostly everyone had families and marriages, but there was a high sense of integrity.

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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. In her book, Crittenden expounds in detail on transferable skills such as: –call for multitasking and the ability to function amidst constant distractions. –enhance interpersonal skills, from effective negotiation to dealing with difficult people. –develop skills in motivating and encouraging others to excel.

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5 Lessons on Career Success I Learned in College

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For mass communications majors at college, getting a television or radio reporting gig was a major career stepping stone. I was not one of those mass communications majors, but when I saw a job posting for a reporter position with a radio program, I decided to apply. I knew the competition would be substantial, and that I would be at a disadvantage. I was a communications major, but not a mass communications major.

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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! The Quick and Complete Guide to a Winning Interview. Recently, she was kind enough to speak with me and offer her advice on interview prep: 1. Be Real.

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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. Given that, in certain circumstances, 85 percent of all jobs are filled through networking, it behooves every professional to learn how to network. The successful networker understands that it’s about giving more than taking for the long term. Successful networking takes time to “work through the batch.”.

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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. Yes, business cards are a must if you wish to differentiate yourself from others, but a handbill will place your contributions and potential at the top of mind. How do you stand out at job fairs and networking events?

Recruiting and Social Media for the Veteran Job Search

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Welcome to the 2nd annual Veteran’s Day edition. This episode is dedicated to veterans everywhere who are transitioning back to the civilian sector. We wish you (veterans) much success during your transition, and hopefully, this show will contribute to your needs in finding the right job for you. I would love your feedback, especially if there are tools you need for your job search. Perhaps we can cover them in future episodes.

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. I hope you’ll consider looking at yourself, remember we’re not navigating hiring barriers. My guest, Kristen Pressner ( @KPressner ), directly leads within Roche Diagnostics worldwide.

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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.

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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. My friend, Hannah Morgan, is back to talk what is not working in your job search. We discuss her article from last fall and recently on her blog and solutions to help your job search efforts.

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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. Read 7 Signs That A Moratorium On Marriage Has Occurred (Until You Find a Job). The Huffington Post recently reported that marrieds that are on the brink of divorce are waiting because of the lack of employment.

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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. Susan’s advice sets you up for a prolific LinkedIn profile and online presence. Improving your LinkedIn SEO will improve your chances for recruiters and employers to find you. Join in on the conversation.

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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. Do you think blogging will increase your career success: Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number. Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message.

2017 158

Job Seekers and Conversations About Diversity Issues in the Workplace

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Janine Truitt (@ czarinaorhr ) and Steve Levy (also my guest from episode 36 ) wrote an article calling for company HR departments to initiate and entertain race relations discussions internally. This article was picked up by College Recruiters, who decided to host the webinar, “ Honest Diversity Conversations: Race Relations & HR.” Janine Truitt and I discuss the webinar and its importance for today’s job seekers. The conversation about diversity issues in the workplace is needed.

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. Melissa is also a friend and this recorded conversation is the first time we have talked person-to-person since connecting online for the last four years.

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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? My opinion, you’ll win a vacation spot spinning the wheel on “Wheel of Fortune.” ” It’s more plausible than getting an interview through job boards.

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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. I also mention it’s National Punctuation Day and what better way and reason to celebrate it. How important is good writing to you?Let’s Let’s discuss! You can do this in three ways: Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number.

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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. Here are some timeless ways to find job search and career success in 2018: 1. A Well-Written Resume .

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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. If it positions you as an expert in your field, even better. A post is valuable if the picture, video, or audio content can make you laugh, cry, or even acquiesce.

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10 Job Search Strategies Beyond The Resume

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Many people want the resume dead – or they at least want to hold a funeral for it. It’s very sexy to proclaim the resume’s demise, and it brings major street cred. But the truth is the resume is still an essential part of your job search. Job descriptions still tell you where to send or upload it. It’s a stimulant for conversations at every level. But the rest is up to you. Resumes still matter, but they are not your primary tool for the job search anymore. They only jump-start the process.

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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. I have worked in other parts of the industry like sales and distribution but I like to work by myself. I no longer install carpeting because of the weight. I do not know much longer I can continue to do this.

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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. She states on her website that she is “…radically reshaping the hiring process through the synthesis of science and technology…” Her goal is to show hiring companies how to remove bias from the hiring process.

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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. It’s being afraid to slide into third base because you don’t want to stain your uniform. jobsearch Click To Tweet. You can’t have it both ways. Want to hit a homerun? The effort to stand out means taking a chance you’ll be tagged out.

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RIP the Resume with Torin Ellis

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It’s time to get your resume strategy ready for your graduate job search or your next opportunity. Need some guidance? I got you! Torin Ellis, winner of Top Recruiter (toprecruiter.tv) is back with his new book, Rip the Resume: Job Search & Interview Power Prep ! What are some of your resume and interview challenges? Let’s discuss. You can reach me in one of three ways: Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number.

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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. Honestly, we were wowed before the interview even began because of how well Zanie communicated over the phone. Her phone manners convinced HR to send her over to us immediately.

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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. She is the eyes and ears for the University on all things for diversity and inclusion and reports directly to the President of the University.

2017 139

B.S. Incorporated Will Make You Serious About Your Job Search and Career

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Finally, I read a job search and career book with the mission to entertain while making serious points. Much of what NOT to do in your job search and workplace is in the book, B.S. Incorporated. The authors, Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss mix parody and non-fiction to bring us chaos.I would love to know some of your worse work experiences. Here are three ways to join in on the conversation: Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number.

2017 153

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. We have two segments today I hope will improve your career. You’ll learn more about finding yourself and strengths can guide you to positive career outcomes.

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