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LinkedIn Features – The Latest Word

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Puzzled by the latest LinkedIn developments? We’ve got you covered.

1) Show me the money! Introducing Salary Insights

The most recent announcement for the first quarter involves salary transparency. According to LinkedIn’s Official blog, Salary Insights is “a new way for you to explore compensation details on open roles. This feature will appear on job listings.” The information will either be employer provided (ranges for specific jobs) or estimated.

While statistics show that candidates want this information, there are a few caveats to keep in mind, such as:
A) Roles vary widely in organizations and even within the same company. The VP at one company might have the same responsibility as a manager at another. It pays to keep this in mind – it’s not always an ‘apples to apples’ comparison.
B) It’s up to you to know what you’re worth and pursue roles within that range. That being said, don’t automatically discount a job if the salary is not at your exact target. Look at other benefits – including vacation, work schedule (telecommuting, flex time), bonuses, profit sharing, 401k/403b and company match, etc.

2) Resume Assistant is now available to Office 365 subscribers.
Resume Assistant allows you to see examples from other LinkedIn profiles as well as use the top skills in your field to customize your resume for employers. You can pick a role and industry and the Resume Assistant integrates with Word. You can then apply via LinkedIn. It’s a streamlined, convenient merging of two processes. You can learn more about it here.

3) Hiring hits a high note to start off 2018
We saved the best for last! According to the February 2018 US LinkedIn Workforce Report, January hiring across the U.S. was 13.0% higher than in January 2017.

“Seasonally-adjusted hiring was 10.9% higher in January than in December 2017—making January 2018 the strongest month for hiring since May 2017.”

This is great news – especially for job seekers! Whether you’re unemployed and looking for work or employed but looking for a change, this may mean it’s time to make a move.

As always, we wish you the best on your job search.Stay tuned for more career advice and insight in the coming months.

 #JobSearch #Career #LinkedIn


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Winning Job Search Advice Inspired By Athletes

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What can we learn career-wise from athletes as we get ready to watch the winter games? Plenty! Beyond being impressed by their athleticism, there are other takeaways and tips from their prowess to be the best that can transform your career.

1) Learn and follow the rules of the game

Just like every sport has its own rules and regulations, so does your job search. Start by committing to read up on the latest career advice online, subscribing to blogs (like this one), and following career pros on social media (especially LinkedIn). Check out this list of career experts on Twitter to get started.

2) Be patient, prepared and willing to sacrifice 
During competition, the athletes make it look so easy. However, months and years of preparation have led to their special moment during the games. What you don’t see are the early morning practices, late nights, injuries, exhaustion and sacrifice. As a job seeker, you also need to be prepared to put in substantial effort to get your medal – that new job! It may take a while, and it’s not always easy. Nothing worthwhile ever is.

3) No Excuses
Professional athletes are accustomed to grueling workouts and schedules. Procrastination and excuses aren’t conducive to winning medals. We’re not suggesting you should wake up at 4 a.m. and adhere to a super strict training plan, but you do need to have some sort of goal oriented schedule. The competition is fierce out there – hundreds of people are applying for a limited number of positions. If you’re not bringing your best game, you will lose out to other job seeking competitors.

4) Embrace the experience
Athletes work hard and play hard. For your job search, the goal is to achieve a balance and things to look forward to throughout the process. It doesn’t have to be costly or complicated. Something simple like rewarding yourself with a special coffee when you finish a resume update may give you that added incentive to keep going. Decide beforehand what your perks will be.

5) Be your own coach
You may not have a world renowned athletic coach guiding you, but you can embrace a better attitude and philosophy.  It helps to think bigger picture. You may never love writing cover letters. However, you’re not just trying to get a new or better job -you’re also improving your writing, communication and networking skills. This slight change of perspective can help motivate you to keep persevering towards your goals.

6) Reap the rewards
Few of us will ever know what it’s like to bring home the gold for our country. But, your gold medal is the job you get – the one that helps you provide for yourself and your family. Victory comes in many shapes and forms. Be proud of the journey and your results!

7) Have a post-game plan
The games end and athletes need to have a plan for what’s next – whether that be endorsements, other competitions, renewed training or even retirement. When you land a new job, your next step is important. Be thoughtful about how you start that new role. It’s time to prove yourself once again, show your enthusiasm and deliver on the promises you made during the interview.

Hopefully, this post has you thinking about your job search from a different, more sports oriented point of view. The parallels are there. Let us be your coach – learn from these lessons and grow during your quest for a new position. You’re stronger and more prepared than you think! Know that we’re happy to provide career advice and resources along the way.

#JobSearch #Career

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Making The Most of Mentions

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Today we’re going to discuss how to use the ‘mention’ feature on LinkedIn.

  1. How to mention someone by just their first name
    The default for using this feature will include the person’s full name. You do this by using the @ symbol and then typing their name. A drop down box with their profile will appear. Simply click on them and it will show their full name (as seen below).

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But, what if you have a closer relationship to the person and want to mention them less formerly using only their first name? No problem! Simply backspace over the last name and hit delete.

2) Don’t abuse the mention! Not everyone appreciates being called out in this way. Only mention someone when it’s appropriate. If someone won an award and you want to congratulate them in the comments – “Great job Sam Smith!” for example, that’s probably fine. Just don’t get spammy and type in multiple names just to draw attention to your post or comment. Be strategic and thoughtful about what you post and who you mention. Avoid overuse or random mentions. Remember, when you mention someone, they now get notified of the likes and comments for that mention.

3) If you want to stop anyone from mentioning YOU, it’s easy. The directions below are if you’re on a laptop/desktop. Doing this on a smartphone, the steps are a little different. For IOS and Android users, the directions can be found here.

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Employment Trends [Infographic]

We made an Infographic to highlight some of the data from the LinkedIn Workforce Report for January 2018. Want more details from this 26-page report? Check it out here: https://economicgraph.linkedin.com/resources/linkedin-workforce-report-january-2018

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Juggling Your Job Search

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We all wear many hats in our lives – parent, student, daughter, son, spouse, employee… With your varied roles and responsibilities, it can be easy to put certain things on the back-burner, especially when it comes to your career. The good news is – you don’t have to do it all. There are simple and quick tasks that will keep you career on track.

Get To Know Google for jobs
This relatively new job search engine gathers jobs from many different places, including LinkedIn, Monster, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor – even Facebook. It will also pull in jobs from a company’s web page. This one-stop job search shop is a huge time saver for the job seeker. You no longer have to go to each site individually to look for positions. Simply type in the job you’re looking for and the location, and it does all the work for you! You can even set up email alerts to be informed of new positions. Now, with that being said, there are certain caveats to keep in mind. Some of the jobs that appear can be outdated, especially if they come from niche job search sites that aren’t populated as often. You should not completely rely on Google for Jobs, but it definitely should be one of your job search tools.

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Keep Up With The Latest LinkedIn Tips & Tricks
Subscribe to the Official LinkedIn blog to be informed on their latest features. They roll out time-saving, helpful new things to try all the time. You don’t want to miss out – especially because a lot of the features automate job search activities. For example, a recent “Tuesday Tip” post explains how you can use group messaging. They even include short videos. Even if you’re not actively looking, we recommend their blog (as well as ours too, of course #shamelessplug)

Create a kudos folder
Set up one starting in January. You’ll thank yourself as the year progresses. This folder can be online or in hard copy (or both), depending on your profession. You want to save things including:
– Complimentary emails praising you – from your boss, colleagues or customers
– Successful project pieces – this can range from collateral you’ve created to a PowerPoint presentation
– Reports/Stats – anything that shows results
You will use the information in this folder when you need accomplishments for your resume, cover letter, performance review, upcoming interview, etc. It’s also a good idea to have a place where you can keep track of what you’ve done over time. It’s easy to lose track. Your saved items will likely differ from the e-mail example you see below, but you get the general idea…

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Hint – you can easily create and save your ‘success stories’ by taking a screen shot or using a tool like Snipping Tool or Snagit Screen Capture.

Practice Defensive Googling

No, you aren’t being vain by googling your name. We recommend doing this monthly. Put your name in quotations and see what’s out there. If you want to set this on autopilot, you can always set up an alert for your name on a site like Mention or Google Alerts. You want to monitor this on a consistent basis. If the results are unfavorable, inaccurate or information on someone else with the same name, there are steps you can take to remove that information or at least have it appear lower in search results.

It doesn’t take a lot of time to take charge of your career. Use the tips in this post to set yourself up for success in 2018.

A version of this post, by our social media specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

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Got a case of the career blues?

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Don’t be a grinch – we can help! Whether you’re employed or actively looking for work, there are ways to make the most of the season.

Go To Your Holiday Party!
According to a study conducted on behalf of LinkedIn, “28% of U.S. professionals have learned about a new opportunity and 26% have gotten face time with executives they wouldn’t otherwise get to speak with. You never know, you could meet a new friend, mentor or even future boss.” Make every effort to attend, and have a good time – just not TOO good of a time (and we know you know what we mean). Love them or hate them, holiday parties are an annual ritual. Showing up may not be mandatory, but it sends a clear message if you don’t go. Not working? There are still many holiday events and mixers you can attend. Professional associations and groups often hold parties for members and non members. This can be a great way to expand your network.

Get Set To Set Goals
The chance to start fresh is always appealing. What didn’t go so well this year? Do you need to make a bigger effort at work? Start or ramp up a job search? Be honest with yourself. No need to cast blame, but vow to be more proactive in 2018. Assess where you are today and where you want to be in a month, six months and a year from now.

Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed. – Cavett Robert

Need a little more inspiration? Check out these quotes for the New Year.

Adopt an attitude of gratitude
While Thanksgiving is just a distant memory, there is always a benefit to showing you appreciate your colleagues and network. A simple thank you to someone who helps you at work could make their entire week.  Treat your boss or coworker to coffee. Bake or bring in some treats to the office. Another easy idea- endorse or write a recommendation for someone on LinkedIn. Don’t do this expecting a recommendation in return. Act without reciprocal expectations. Kindness counts.

Give back
Volunteering is another good way to give back and say thanks. Many organizations can use help this time of year. It doesn’t take a lot of time, and can also be a good way to meet new people and make connections.

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Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
Generally, people are in better moods as the holidays approach. Try to get into this spirit. We know that if you’re unemployed, underemployed or at a careers crossroad, it can be easy to fall victim to job search blues. Acknowledge these feelings as normal, and make the effort to engage in activities that make you happy. What else in your life are you grateful for? Discouragement and setbacks are a part of the process, but everyone deserves to enjoy the season. 2018 can be the next great chapter in your career journey!

From our team to yours, Happy Holidays!

P.S. Looking for some music to get you in a holiday mood? Check this playlist.

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

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Looking for Work? 3 Easy Things To Do This December

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As we barrel towards the holidays, things tend to get busier with parties, shopping, cooking and all the other activities associated with the season. Keep your job search momentum going now so you can start 2018 off without regret.

1) Do an audit of your LinkedIn page   
When was the last time you really looked at or even updated your LinkedIn page? Set aside some time for this important activity. To start, think back over this year – what have you accomplished? To make it easier, go back quarter by quarter. Are there projects and results you’re particularly proud of? Add those as bullets on your profile. Every job has quantifiable success stories.

Going forward, set aside a folder on your desktop or in an email folder called “Accomplishments.” In that folder, save email kudos, statistics/results for projects and anything else that you could draw on for your profile. This material is also helpful for your performance review, when you’re looking for a raise or even writing a cover letter. It’s easy to overlook or forget all the good things you did over the course of the year.  In 2018, vow to make this task a habit.

2) Party with a purpose
You’ve worked hard all year, and now it’s time to unwind and let loose. It’s fine to partake in some adult beverages and have a good time – within reason of course! We’ve all heard the horror stories of people who went a little TOO crazy at the annual holiday bash. Make sure to keep it under control. Mingle with your coworkers and celebrate, but don’t go overboard with anything you might regret. Additionally, make it a goal to talk to at least one colleague you don’t know as well, for at least a few minutes. It never hurts to keep up those connections!

3) Check out LinkedIn’s newest feature – Career Advice
According to their blog, “whether you need advice on your career path, switching to a new industry or best practices for a project you’re working on, Career Advice can help you find and connect with the right person who can help.”

This feature looks like it has some interesting possibilities, and is easy enough to start – simply pick the kind of advice you need, review the matches and then start chatting. Like they say “One conversation can change your career.”

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Final thoughts
While there are many other activities you can do to keep up your search, we are going to keep this post short. The important thing is to stay focused on your larger goal (finding a job, getting a new job or changing careers) while still making time for the festivities of the season.

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Fall Job Search? Easy as Pie!

Businessman pumpkin pie character cartoonHalloween is over and we’re rushing towards Thanksgiving. There’s still time to land a sweet gig. Don’t neglect your job search!

Say Hello To Smart Replies

LinkedIn has taken the messaging feature and enhanced it with smart replies. Basically, these are suggested responses within a message. According to the LinkedIn official blog, ‘machine learning’ works its magic to “show you suggestions that are more contextual and relevant to the conversation you’re having. We’ll suggest at most three responses based on the message you’ve received.” If you like a response, simply click on it, hit enter, and it sends back the automated reply.”

You don’t have to choose their responses, but this feature can save you time and open up new conversation ideas you might not have otherwise thought to use. If you don’t want this feature, you can turn it off in settings. The default is set to on.

Seek Out Company Lists To Research & Target Companies

Are you applying to jobs online but not having any luck? Start looking for company lists. You’ll be surprised to discover companies you didn’t even know were in your area. In our city for example, the Sunday paper just came out with an in-depth article and list with profiles of the top 100 privately owned winning companies in the Rochester area. What a great resource! Study it, cross reference it with people you know, and use it to find out more about potential employers. Your local chamber of commerce may also have lists. And, don’t forget your local library. You don’t have to pay for a subscription to the paper. Our libraries carry the Rochester Business Journal weekly paper and Book of Lists. Both are a wealth of information about companies, organizations, executives and the latest business news.

Perpetual Job Searching

We know this is not everyone’s favorite thing to do. You may love your job. You may not even have a job search on your radar. Here’s the thing. You never know what could happen. You always want to be prepared for the worst case job scenario. We’re going to assume that you have your resume updated and ready to go (right?). Take this preparation one step further. Know what jobs are out there online in your field AT ALL TIMES. Why is this so important? Online job postings are full of clues. For example, let’s say you’re an Engineer and see an ad for Engineering role continually showing up at the same company every few months. On one hand – yes, they could be adding headcount. On the other, it could be a red flag of high turnover, a bad environment and a company you want to stay away from. If you haven’t been consistently looking at jobs online, you wouldn’t know that the same job was available again so soon. Knowledge is power! It only take five to ten minutes to search jobs weekly via Google. Get in there and type in “Engineer Rochester NY” or whatever your field is and look around.

Search Appearances

How do you know if your LinkedIn profile is optimized so employers and recruiters can find it? This can be a whole blog post itself. One way to check to see if you’re getting found for the right positions is to look at what keywords were used to find your profile. To do this, go to your profile and go to your dashboard.

See where it says Search Appearances? Click on that.

Here is one example (above). On your profile, do the terms line up with what kind of job you’re looking for? If not, your LinkedIn profile needs some work.

Please don’t give up on your job search this fourth quarter. There are still companies hiring before the end of the year. End 2017 on a strong note. Keep pushing!

Thank you for reading!

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A version of this post, by our Social Media Specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

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Rise Above the Fog – 3 Tips To Be A Job Search Star

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  1.  The Better Way to Use “Easy Apply” on LinkedIn
    apply websiteApplying to a job via LinkedIn? Many times, you will see a button that  sends you right to the company website to apply. If that is the case, simply proceed and fill out and submit your information online.

easyapplyHowever, if you see the Easy Apply button, you only have the option of attaching and sending one file to the employer. Instead of just submitting your resume, write your cover letter on page one and then add your resume on the second page of your word document. Save this cover letter and resume document as ONE file. Most people won’t think to do this. It’s a great way to get attention among dozens, if not hundreds of other applications you’re competing against.

2) Write your cover letter like a real person
Imagine you’re a recruiter or hiring manager reviewing job applications all day. They see the same boring, formal, cookie cutter introductions and content like this:
“I became aware of this opportunity through your web page.”
or “I’m a detail oriented professional with expertise in…”
On the surface, there is nothing wrong with these sentences. But, they are repetitive, redundant and state the obvious.

You don’t need to be a professional writer to craft your cover letter in a more interesting and appealing way.

For example, here’s sample copy for a mechanic opening. It reads more like a conversation. Don’t be afraid to inject a bit of your personality in your cover letter. Read it back to yourself and have someone else read it as well. In this blurb, you get a better sense of the applicant as a person and as a candidate. They even injected industry jargon in a lighthearted way. While some industries are more formal than others, it doesn’t mean you have to be dull and lackluster in your writing. Show some enthusiasm!

I drive by your dealership daily, admiring many of the cars on the lot. When I saw your opening for a mechanic on Craig’s list, I knew it was a great opportunity for a car buff and experienced mechanic like myself. I’m looking to join a bigger organization where I can work on a wider variety of vehicles.
       As the resident ‘grease monkey’ at the small shop where I work now, I’ve risen in the ranks to head Automotive Technician. I’ve always been fascinated with taking things apart and putting them back together again. I modified my first mini bike when I was 16 years old, and have been obsessed with mechanics and car/motorcycle repair ever since then.

3) Little things count
File names matter. Make it easy for the employer. Save your documents using your first and last name and what they are. For example:

JohnJobseekerResume
JohnJobseekerCoverLetter

In addition, never overlook an opportunity to promote yourself. If you’re emailing documents, use the subject line to your advantage.
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Be bold and confident in your job search. These tips/tactics may be small things, but they can help set you apart. Will an employer hire you just because you used a catchy subject line or saved a file in a certain way? Probably not. BUT, using a combination of these ideas, being proactive and actively setting yourself apart can make a difference. If what you’re doing isn’t working, give these tips a try. We would love to know any job search hacks/ideas that worked for you, so feel free to leave those in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Looking for more job search advice? Check out our previous post:
5 Ways To Brand Yourself

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5 Ways To Brand Yourself [Infographic]

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