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Resolve to Keep Your Career On Track

Cheers to the New Year!

Let’s start with some good news. According to the December LinkedIn Workforce Report“U.S. hiring has, on average, been 10.4% higher in 2017 than in 2016.”

If this trends continues, prepared job seekers will find greater employment opportunities. The key term here is “prepared.” You need to make a plan, have your job search tools (resume, LinkedIn profile, references, etc.) ready to go at a moment’s notice. What else can you do to tip the job search scales in your favor?

Map out a year long goal list broken down by quarters, months and weeks. Have you heard the saying “A goal without a plan is just a dream”? Take the time NOW to map out where you want to go and how you want to get there. We know, it’s not rocket science. Yet, vague, unwritten goals aren’t going to get you anywhere. Having a tangible record of where you stand and how you are going to move forward gives you momentum. It can be on a calendar, in a word document or other medium. The main point is to draft out what the plan is. The more detailed, the better. Start with the big goal and then work your way backward. For example, say the goal is to get a new job by May:
January – Week 1 – Start resume, Week 2 – Update LinkedIn Profile, Week 3 – Start researching jobs and job listings, Week 4 – Attend new networking event
February – Week 1 – Set up informational interview, Week 2 – Start being more active on LinkedIn, Week 3 – Go to local job fair, Week 4 – Prepare references list
Your tasks may vary, but the important thing is to commit to action and then follow through.

Anticipate Setbacks Life happens. You may get sick, your babysitter may cancel, you may have to do overtime at work. So many things can happen that can set you off course. When disruptions occur, you can either falter or go to Plan B. For example, if you had planned on devoting an hour to redoing your resume at night, but an ill child made that impossible, you need to reschedule it to another night or the weekend. This may mean cancelling other plans. This part of the process is not fun. However, some sacrifice is needed on your journey. The perseverance will be worth it.

Start being skill focused. Aspirations are all well and good, but at the end of the day, it’s imperative that you keep your skill set up by continually growing and learning in your field. LinkedIn recently rolled out a new feature that lets you know how you stand skill-wise when it comes to people with similar job titles. Their new monthly notification suggests relevant skills among people with your same job title. Why is this important? Well, to start, recruiters search for employees by skill.

Consider this – “Those with five or more skills on their profile are discovered up to 27x more in searches by recruiters.” Source: LinkedIn Official Blog, 12/8/17

If that doesn’t give you motivation to add more skills to your LinkedIn profile, we don’t know what does.

Not feeling up to speed on a particular skill? No problem – LinkedIn learning offers a FREE MONTH of the “most in-demand business, tech and creative skills from industry experts.” It’s a good start, and easy to do from home. You can even search and filter courses by skill level, type and time to complete (as seen below).

Pick your battles wisely
Are you looking to get a new job, lose a lot of weight, save a ton of money and travel the country in 2018? Wow – those are admirable aspirations. Just be careful to not bite off more than you can chew. It can easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. It might be better to plan out one big goal (the job search for example) and embark on the others as secondary goals. For instance, healthy eating and moderate exercise will make you healthier and more confident during your job search, but instead of aiming to lose twenty pounds, go for ten instead. Pressuring yourself with too much, too fast, and too unrealistic is just going to backfire.

Take these tips and go for your goals this year. We’re excited to hear about how well you do! Keep checking back throughout the year for follow up blog posts on how you can take your job search journey to the next level.

As always, thank you for reading! #Happy2018

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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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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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Pave Your Way To A Better Job

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Step 1 
Map out a two month plan. 
The job search takes time. Start by listing out activities and goals. You can’t control the employer end of the process, but you can take ownership of what you do. Here’s a sample:
Week 1: Update LinkedIN and resume, line up three references.
Week 2: Search online for jobs – using LinkedIn, Google, Indeed, etc. Write cover letters and apply.
Week 3: Start a list of target companies – look to see if you have any mutual connections at those companies (via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter). Reach out to those connections.

Step 2
Budget out your time.
If you’re currently employed, your time challenges need to be addressed. Carve out time after work or on weekends. This should be scheduled in – not just a haphazard thought. Schedule it like you would any appointment. For instance, “I will job search for one hour every Tuesday and Thursday night between 7 and 8 pm.”
If you’re currently unemployed, you have more time to search, but you also have more time to procrastinate and get distracted. Schedule your time in shifts, allowing for breaks. For example:
9 am to 10 am – Do a LinkedIn status update, look at the job listings on Monster or Indeed, reach out to two contacts.
10:00 to 11:00 – Attend local networking job search group
11:30 to 12:30 – Meet former coworker for lunch
1:00 to 4:00 – Write cover letters and submit applications.

Step 3
Get a support system and get serious about networking.
The job search has its ups and downs, and you have to be prepared to handle the uncertainty. Discouragement and disappointment ARE part of the process. It’s how you react and forge forward that is going to make the difference between a short job search and a long one.

matthewweinrichLearn how to effectively network. Looking for a job is a full time job, so you should attend networking events and get to know people in a similar situation. If someone you met gets a job, they could potentially refer you to any openings they hear of, and vice versa.  

In addition, use LinkedIn and follow the companies you are interested in working for. Try to connect to some employees who work there. Also, join groups pertaining to your field or industry.
Matt Weinrich, Lead Operations Recruiter, Oldcastle

Step 4
Just get started and keep going
It’s really important to not get sidetracked. It’s easy to let the day-to-day, along with holidays, vacations, etc. – even the change of season (“It’s so nice out, no one is hiring in the Summer, I’ll just take a break!”) cloud your thoughts and get you off course. The longer you resist or postpone the search, the longer it will take – and you are letting your competition win. If you find this happening – do some real soul searching. Maybe you aren’t really ready to leave your current job. And, if you are out of work, maybe it’s the type of positions you’re looking for. Is a career change in order? Our thoughts and actions (or in this case, in-actions) give us clues. Listen, learn and act upon them.

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What LinkedIn And Facebook Just Did To Help You With Your Job Search

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Advances and competition among social media, job search platforms and technology mean that methods and strategies change quickly. Here are a few to be aware of – adjust and adapt accordingly!

LinkedIn’s Makeover

You may have noticed that your personal LinkedIn page looks vastly different. This new ‘face’ rolled out to some users in January, and eventually all users will see the new design.Visually, the change was meant to streamline the site, make it more appealing and encourage users to spend more time LinkedIn. The jury is still out on how users are embracing these changes, but it’s important to be aware of what they are and how you can use them to your advantage.

Menu Bar – This thinner menu bar is similar to the one on the LinkedIn mobile app. Notice how now you can easily view your Notifications. This is a great way to see how your content is doing. Simply click on the bell to see them (it previously was a flag icon).

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Look to the left of the Menu Bar, and you’ll also see your Activity Feed – giving you an at-a-glance update on how many people viewed your profile and posts. It’s important to keep track of views – especially if your goal is to increase your reach, visibility and engagement. actvity

Summary section
Viewers will only see the first few lines (before they have to click to see more). Make the most of those first few sentences to really sell yourself. What you see ‘above the fold’ is what recruiters or anyone viewing your profile will see.

Background photo: Recommended size is now 1536 x 768 pixels. Test this out – some photos can look ‘off’ even at the recommended size.

Public Profile URL
To see/grab your LinkedIn URL, click on ‘Me’ from the Menu Bar and then ‘Edit Public Profile.’ This the where you will see your LinkedIn link address. We still recommend customizing this address to make it easier to share/remember.
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Status Updates/Sharing – This is where you can share articles, photos or write an article. Previously, this was where you started blog posts as part of LinkedIn’s self publishing feature. *Note – LinkedIn no longer notifies all followers/connections when you publish an article.
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Facebook

Employers can now post jobs to Facebook, and you can apply via the site. As this article in Forbes describes it, “Companies now will have a bookmark on their Facebook pages where they can post job openings that users can apply for directly on the site. Applications are automatically populated with information pulled from the user’s Facebook profile, and sent to the employer via Facebook Messenger.”

For now, job seekers will see more entry level to mid-level jobs posted. Know that companies who rely on an ATS – Applicant Tracking System (which many larger companies use) may not be able to post their jobs via this new method. To maximize this new source of postings:

  1. Make sure you fill out your Facebook profile completely – since this is what will be sent to a potential employer
  2. Start following pages of brands/companies you’re interested in working for – in case they decide to start using this feature
  3. To see the jobs, simply scroll down to the Jobs icon on the left side of your homepage. Once you click on that icon, it will bring you to the page (below, right) where you can search by location, keyword, industry or job type.

This post is meant to give you an overview of the new changes/enhancements that LinkedIn and Facebook recently made. There may be more not covered here, and more to come – as things change all the time. Let us know your experience with the new features. Best of luck to you on your job search journey, and, as always, thanks for reading!

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5 Ways to Love Your Job Search Again

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No one really “loves” the job search, but in the spirit of Valentine’s Day this month, we’re hoping to show you how you can at least enjoy the journey more.

1) Expect Ups and Downs As a Part of the Process

Not only does the job search take time, rejection is inevitable at times. Just like you don’t go on one date and find true love immediately, you have to endure multiple interviews and ‘no’s’ before you get to that all important yes.

2) Don’t minimize how life changing and stressful the search can be

Have you ever heard of the Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory? This is a questionnaire developed in the late 1960’s that identifies major stressful life events. Many of them are job related, including: changing to a different line of work, promotions, demotions, being fired, a change in work responsibilities and retirement. Work is a big part of our life and can easily consume our thoughts and behaviors negatively if we let it. Be aware of what a big deal it is to be be actively looking for work. However, don’t let this paralyze your search. Always keep moving forward. Your job search journey is not just the practical/mechanical part of applying and interviewing. It is interwoven with a roller coaster of emotions as well as your comfort level with change, trying new things, meeting new people and adjusting to a new environment and schedule.

3) Organization and persistence go hand in hand

Successful job seekers track their job seeking activities – which companies they’re interested in, what jobs they’ve applied to and how much time they devote to their search. They keep at it, knowing that the time spent will pay off in the end. Using our love scenario as comparison, think of that stressed out bride. She knows that planning her wedding and getting in shape for the big day is not going to happen overnight (or successfully) unless she’s focused, mindful of her schedule and determined. The beauty of all this tenacity is that worry melts away once you land your job (and, for the bride-to-be, when she’s walking down that aisle).

4) Remember the end game

Visualization can be a great motivator. Instead of focusing on all that you “need” to do, focus on what you will gain.

Change the need to a want. You don’t “need” to find a job, you “want” a new, exciting opportunity.

Take it one step further and imagine how awesome and proud you will feel on that first day of your new job (and on the day you get that first paycheck!).

5) Show your support system some love

A job seeker does not exist in a vacuum. It takes a group effort. Your job search tribe consists of family, friends, current/former coworkers and references. You need these people – for everything from mock interviews, to advice to emotional support. Don’t underestimate their importance. Make sure gratitude and appreciation come into play. There will be a time when you can be there for them as well.

Embracing a better, more loving attitude as you embark on your job search will make the entire process easier and more enjoyable.

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

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Are You Too Scared To Look For A New Job?

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Listen, we get it. It can be hard to to put yourself out there. Let’s address some common job search fears and how you can move past them.

  1. The Fear of Change
    This is a big one. Even if you’re in a toxic work environment, leaving to start a new job is inherently stressful. All big moves are stressful – even good ones – like getting married, buying a house, going away to school, etc. Accept that leaving the comfort zone of your current position is going to cause emotional discomfort. This is part of the process. Not feeling at least a little apprehension would be more atypical.

“Overcoming what frightens you the most strengthens you the most.” -M.Dhliayo

  1. Procrastination Nation
    It’s so easy to keep postponing your job search.” Oh, I’ll wait until after the holidays, after the kids get a little older, after ‘INSERT YOUR EXCUSE HERE’. Don’t do it. Life moves quickly, and, before you know it, we’ll be in the midst of the new year. Combat this obstacle by charting out your job search plan now. It can be as simple as drafting and following a plan: October – work on resume and LinkedIn page for a half hour on Wednesday and Thursday nights, search for jobs for a half hour on Monday and Tuesday nights, November – attend one networking event, get references lined up. You get the idea…
  2. Not understanding the process 
    If you haven’t searched for a job for awhile (or even if you have), you’ll soon realize that the process itself has changed. Completing online applications is commonplace. These ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) have their own set of rules. It’s imperative that you format your resume with keywords to increase your chances of the system making a match. Along the same lines though, good old fashioned job search rules still apply. You need to emphasize your accomplishments on your resume, as well as in an interview. The competition has never been fiercer, but knowing how to position yourself appropriately is half the battle.
  3. Thinking The Grass ISN’T Greener
    If you’ve ever left one bad job for another one, you may resist making a change again. However, if you don’t take a chance, you’ll never know! Yes, there is always the chance the next job may not live up to its potential. But, this is where your research comes in. Make sure to thoroughly research the company as best you can before you accept the offer.
    Besides perusing all their social media, look to see if you have any mutual connections or friends who know people who work there. ASK probing questions – for instance – What would people say is the best and worst thing about working here? If you could improve something in the office, what would it be?  LOOK for clues when you’re at the interview. Do people seem engaged and energetic or appear apathetic? What you hear (or don’t hear), see (or don’t see), can all be very telling. Be a detective so you don’t get burned.

At the end of the day, it’s a personal decision whether you make the decision to stay or to go. As they say though, no risk, no rewards. Fight through your fears and go for that new job!

Looking for more job search advice?
Join our Talent Community today HERE! You’ll receive receive a monthly e-newsletter with job search advice written by our own staff of recruiters and experts.To see past issues, check out our Newsletter Archive.

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
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A version of this post, by our Social Media Specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

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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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5 Fall Job Search Tips Recruiters Want You To Know

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Are you happy where you’re working now? Or, are you looking for a change? Fall can be a great time to embark on a job search. Our recruiters want to increase your odds of landing that next position.

  1. Think about your timing  – don’t fall into the “I’ll wait until the New Year” trap
    Remember how you had high hopes to get a new job back in January? It’s admirable, but life has a way of getting in the way and those promises fall by the wayside. Why not get started now – and avoid the added competition that will inevitably be starting their search in 2017?
  2. Pay close attention to the job description
    The details in a job description are there for a reason.

    “If you don’t have a majority of the specific qualifications, it’s better to bypass that particular job. Employers are seeking specific skill sets. Can you do at least 80% of the items outlined in the job ad? If not, skip applying – your odds of even making it to the phone screen are low – other better qualified candidates will be the ones chosen. Your time would be better spent looking for an opening that is more closely aligned with your background and experience.”

  3. Don’t apply to numerous jobs within the same company

    You don’t want to give the impression that you’re randomly applying for just anything. You never want to appear desperate. Be thoughtful and selective.  Search for and target only those jobs that you are truly a match for, says Corporate Recruiter Brendan Sheehan

  4. Craft a 30, 60 and 90 day plan
    Map out the job search activities for the remainder of the year. It takes time to get a job, but there are proactive steps you can schedule to get there. Set up target dates for revamping your resume, searching for/applying for positions and networking. Start the schedule now – and you’ll earn yourself a break around holiday time.

    Be open to making contacts and networking everywhere you go – and not just at formal networking events either, says John McCue, Staffing Manager. You never know who the people you encounter might know. Their connections could help you land your next job.

  5. Have your success stories ready
    Now is not the time to be humble! Be prepared to brand yourself and talk about your accomplishments.

    Recruiters want to know how you made a difference where you worked. The more you can quantify and amplify your accomplishments, the more edge you’ll have over other applicants. You need to be able to articulate this in your resume, during that initial phone screen, at the interview and the follow up.”

With children being back in school and summer vacations just a distant memory, you’re more apt to be able to connect with recruiters and employers during the Fall. Prep accordingly, and you could be well on your way to landing a position before we ring in the New Year!

Looking for more job search advice?
Join our Talent Community today HERE! You’ll receive receive a monthly e-newsletter with job search advice written by our own staff of recruiters and experts.To see past issues, check out our Newsletter Archive.

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
Visit us at Oldcastle Careers.

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6 Olympic Inspired Tips For Your Job Search

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Go for job search gold!

As the world watches the Summer Olympics in Rio, it’s easy to be in awe of the strength, power and determination of the athletes. While most of us will never attain that level of sports success, we can learn from an athlete’s journey.

1) Accept that we all start the journey as a novice

Novice: a person new to or inexperienced in a field or situation. Every athlete didn’t start out as a star. Even if they were gifted in a sport, they still had to start at the beginning and learn the rules of the game.

The same thing holds true for your job search. There are rules to the process. From how to craft your resume with the best keywords to submit online to what steps you can take to ensure interview success, we all need to learn what’s acceptable and how to play the game.

2) Be Willing To Put In The Behind-The-Scenes Work
Watching  the athletes perform, it all looks so effortless. What we don’t see are the hours, days and months of preparation that athlete has gone through to get there – not to mention the sacrifice/support of family and friends.

As a job seeker, you also need to be prepared to put into substantial effort to get that new job. It may take awhile, and it’s not always easy. A job you enjoy however is worth it’s weight in gold.

The good news is that – according to the most recent Society for Human Resource Management’s Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Report (April ’16) – “Employees may now be in a better position and feel more confident in exploring employment opportunities, as indicated by their motives to leave an organization and the declining importance of job security over the last couple of years.”

3) Practice Makes Perfect
There are many stories out there about the intensive training plans of Olympic athletes. Getting up at 4 am and numerous workouts per day, along with a strict nutrition plan, are commonplace. It takes a lot to become the best. Excuses and procrastination are not an option. Take 19 year old competitive swimmer Katie Ledecky for example. “Her normal weekly schedule included six days of swim practice and three days of dry land workouts. This schedule is based on a first practice at 5 a.m. and waking up at 4:05 a.m. “She has had to wake us up a couple times, but we’ve never had to wake her up,” her father Dave said.”

If just reading about her intensive routine tires you out, not to worry! Your schedule doesn’t have to be as strict, but establishing a routine is key. Creating a job search schedule for yourself and STICKING TO IT, is step one. Take the job search process seriously. This is not the time to leave things to chance. Even if you’re not working, dress as if you were! Plan your day with purpose. 7 am – wake up, 8-9, work out, 10 -12, research potential employers, submit resumes, post on LinkedIn, 12- lunch, 12:30-5 – attend networking event, update cover letter, etc…

4) Enjoy the Journey
The athletes are not all work and no play. You need to schedule in time to relax and rejuvenate. Part of this time should include exercise and eating a nutritious diet. The calmer and more healthier you feel, the more energy (mental and physical) and confidence you’ll have to focus on your search!

5) Relish the rewards
One can only imagine the pride and joy the athletes feel when they win a medal. Your medal is the interview you get, and, ulitmately, the job you land. It’s no small victory to find a postion these days. Revel in your success. You did it – you’re a star!

6) Plan for the post games
Athletes need to have a plan for when the games are over. Once you land the job, your next plan is to start your new job off right. You also want to continue to keep up with the networking contacts you made along the way. The job search journey never really ends. Keep your eye on the prize!

P.S. Best of luck to all the athletes, including wrestler Haley Augello, daughter of Larry Augello, district manager (Chicago) at Allied Building Products (one of our divisions)!

Looking for more job search advice?
Join our Talent Community today HERE! You’ll receive receive a monthly e-newsletter with job search advice written by our own staff of recruiters and experts.To see past issues, check out our Newsletter Archive.

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Visit us at Oldcastle Careers.

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5 Career Advice Sites To Check Out

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Here in the recruiting office, we do our best to keep up with the latest career and job search trends/articles. Check out these sites for great advice!

YouTern Blog  – contemporary career advice 
While the main goal of this site is to help connect young people to internships and mentors, their blog is valuable for all ages. You’ll find new posts (including Infographics) daily, written by various career experts. Recent posts include: Successful Job Search Methods: Today’s Top 10 Dos and Don’ts and Best Resume Words: Are Your Choices Working for You?.

US News & World Report Careers – career advice by category
You’ll find new articles published almost daily in one of four categories: Applying, Interviewing, Salaries & Benefits and Work Culture. Recent posts include: Get Paid What You’re Worth Using These Tips and What To Do When You’re Turned Down For A Promotion.

Career Sherpajob search/career guru
This career expert always shares easy to implement advice. Articles are in one of five categories: Job Search, Online Visibility/Reputation, Reputation Management, Social Media and Solopreneurship. Recent posts include: 9 Things You Need To Know About The Recruiting Process and Learn How To Tell Your Career Story.

Business Insider Careers – strategic career advice
You’ll find numerous articles posted multiple times a day by many different authors. This site shares information beyond just straightforward career tips. Topics can also delve into personal development. Recent articles include 7 Strategies To Make Better Decisions Faster and 16 Ways To Make A Great Impression On Your New Boss.

The Museexpert advice to career questions
This site is a wealth of information and includes a variety of articles written by many authors, including Muse Editors. The site is divided into categories, including: Recently Published Articles, The Muse Editor’s Picks,Videos and Podcasts and Long Reads. Recent articles include: The 31 Best LinkedIn Profile Tips For Job Seekers and The Ultimate Job Search Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Land a Job You’ll love.

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Use Social Media To Land Your Next Job – 5 Tips To Try

Social Media Sign Take advantage of your online presence to be found, to stand out and to land your next job. How? It’s easy!
Let’s get started:
1) Fill out ALL your profile bios
Most people have their LinkedIn profile filled out, but don’t spend a lot of time making sure that their other sites are complete. Do you have your employment information listed on Facebook?  What about Twitter and Instagram? Fill out every bio with a descriptive tagline that describes who you are, where you work and how you add value.

2) Google yourself
It’s really important to know what shows up in a simple search when you type in your name. Employers are looking, so make sure what they find is appropriate. If what appears is not flattering, there are steps you can take to change the order of the results. For instance, one workaround is to start self publishing on LinkedIn. Writing a blog post on that site will not only add to your credibility in your field, it will rank higher in search results (and replace things you don’t want to appear in the top of the list).
3) Take advantage of alerts
Really interested in a company? Set up an alert on them. An alert notifies you whenever that company is mentioned in the news or online. Sure, you can do research yourself, but this is an automatic way to keep up-to-date. Interviewers love to hear that you know what their business does. You can use this knowledge and refer to it, as appropriate, in an interview or a cover letter. There are numerous sites you can use to set up alerts. We like Talkwalker Alerts, Google Alerts and Mention.
4) Give Groups A Chance
We love LinkedIn groups because:
a) You can message another contact without being their direct connection
b) They’re an easy way to connect with other people in your industry and at multiple companies
5) Maximize your media
LinkedIn:  Consistently like, comment and share content on a biweekly basis (at least), as well as post relevant, helpful industry updates. And don’t forget to follow company pages. Hint: Turn your notifications broadcast to off if you’re currently employed when you decide to start your search. There’s a delicate balance between actively looking and nurturing your career, so start slow and work your way up to being more active.
Facebook: If you’re currently employed, tread with caution here, although you can still use the site to network. If you’re unemployed, you have nothing to lose by stating that you’re looking for work. You just never know who your friends might know. For example, you could write this as a status post:
“Anyone out there know of any openings in the Nashville area in IT?”
Spend some time “liking” career pages of companies you’re interested in (including ours of course). Many companies now have two sites – the main corporate site and the careers page.  The admin of the careers page could be a good resource. They may not be in human resources, but they can answer questions and direct you to the right person if you need additional help/clarification about the company, jobs or the status of your application.
Instagram: This is a great place to see what a company culture is like. We’ve received questions about internships on our page, as well as other inquiries. Look for companies where you can see yourself fitting in. Do they show group outings and events? Know what you’re looking for and target those organizations that appear to have a similar culture.
Twitter: This is another good channel for reaching out. Follow companies and people at target companies. Like, re-tweet and share industry news. Join a Twitter chat (there are industry and career related ones). Create and use lists (a feature where you can group people in a category you designate). Here’s our “Great Career Advice” Twitter list.
Bonus Tip:
A few other tools to try:
Canva: use to make professional looking images that showcase your work or to make an Infographic resume. This is a great tool for non-designers.
BuzzSumo: this is a tool used by marketers to analyze what content works best for a topic or competitor. It can also be used to find key influencers in your industry.

Try one or more of these tips to increase your odds of landing your next position. Best of luck to you!

Looking for more career advice?
Check out this post: How to find a company to love.

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