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Step it Up! 7 Ideas To Move Your Job Search Forward This Year

progress1One of our company divisions recently sponsored a Fitbit competition. Is there any correlation between challenging ourselves physically and the mental stamina it takes to find a new job? One of the challenge participants shares lessons learned and tips to help you on your own job search journey.

1) Don’t underestimate yourself
Our thoughts can often limit our behaviors. When I first started the challenge, I had my doubts on how I would do. While I am competitive (for some things), I’m also realistic. I have a sedentary desk job. How was I going to increase my activity enough to counteract that? How was I going to compete against other employees who had more active construction jobs at my company? The same self limiting thoughts may occur to you when you embark on a job search. How long is this going to take? How can I compete against others with more experience or a better background?

Here’s the thing – there will always be people with more experience, better odds and more advantages in the game – whether it’s for a contest or a job. You can’t sell yourself short before the challenge or job search journey begins. You just have to start.

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2) Silence your inner critic
Are you guilty of negative self talk? It’s hard to break the self destructive habit of thinking of everything that could go wrong. In a job search or interview situation, this can destroy your confidence. You can’t let the critic win! Even silly visuals like imagining a stop sign when that bad chatter comes into your head can help. A motto, mantra or inspirational quote can also be helpful. I constantly told myself to “just keep going.”

3) Stop comparing yourself to others
This one is hard. Fitbit has an online leaderboard where you can see how you rank on a daily and weekly basis. It’s fine to know where other people stand, but it can also make you crazy. In the job search, there are obviously other people interviewing. You can’t change that reality, but you can prepare yourself to do the best you can. Spend extra time researching the company, revising your resume and practicing your interview skills.

watch4) Get a strategy

My strategy was to increase my activity and duration weekly. I wasn’t going to increase it all at once that first week, because then my competition would see that and keep increasing theirs. Slow and steady – try to be the underdog, below the radar. In your job search, you want to be selective. Set up a schedule of job search activities with target dates. Use an excel spreadsheet if that helps. Target employers and jobs, customize your resume and cover letter and have goals. You can’t ultimately control what the employer decides, but you can control how you handle the process.

5) Just start doing it and KEEP GOING – no matter what
The toughest part of the Fitbit challenge was the daily grind. It was exhausting. Running in the cold, wind and rain – it was less than ideal. There were points where my feet and toes felt numb. Honestly, I was ready to bail by the end of day three. Fitting in time to workout 3x a day during the week and more on weekends was tiresome. It also left me no time to do much of anything else – for an entire month. The job search game is also draining – maybe not as much physically, but definitely mentally. Get a support system that can cheer you on. For me, it was others in the contest. Do you know other job seekers? Find your tribe so you can bounce ideas off them. Having others who can relate to what you are going through will get you through the bad times and makes celebrating the wins even better.

6) Consistency is key
This one holds true in almost every area of life. I had one “low” step day during the contest. I certainly didn’t throw in the towel. I just upped my game to counteract it. It averages out over the duration. It’s the day to day efforts that will pay off in the end. You can’t let anything veer you off course. There was another time (mid challenge) that I walked out to my car and discovered that I had a flat tire. Oh no! How was I going to get my steps in? I needed to get home and get on my treadmill. Sadly, this was my first thought. But, for any obstacle, there is a solution. I called AAA and, while I waited the two hours (!) for them to arrive, I did laps in the parking lot. It wasn’t ideal, but it worked.
If you don’t land one job, there will always be another one to apply to. You won’t get a job in a day. It’s the culmination of weeks and months of effort to win the coveted prize. Getting a job takes dedication, commitment and consistent, concerted effort over time.
7) Finish strong

By the end of week four, I was over it. My coworkers were over hearing me talk about it. I just wanted my life back. I did not want to walk, run, jump or do a thing. However, that mental and physical exhaustion wasn’t going to beat me. You can’t let the discouragement and ups and downs of the job search get to you either. If you keep at it, you will prevail. When you start something, you finish it. I dug deep and kept going, eventually upping my daily steps from 30k, to 40k, then 50k and finally 60k+ on that last day (over 24 miles). Yes, it took til the final hour of the final day (11:40 pm to be exact). But, at least I knew that I gave it my all. There is satisfaction in a job well done – whether that be a contest like this or your job search. You can do this – keep going.

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References – 5 Do’s & Don’ts [Infographic]

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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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Rough Job Search? Make your own luck

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Green with envy upon hearing a friend just landed a new job? Don’t despair!
1) Reevaluate your plan
How many hours a week are you REALLY devoting to your job search? Be honest. You may have to carve out more time OR maximize the time you are currently devoting to it. Mass blasting out resumes isn’t the best option. You should spend more time researching potential employers/contacts than you do actually applying to positions.
2) Always try to get a back door into a company
Applying to “Acme” company and don’t know anyone? Broaden your search. Are any of your LinkedIn connections connected with people at the company? Reach out to your connection to ask if they might be able to make an introduction.
3) Power up your social media
Use Facebook to research company pages and to see if any of your followers have mutual connections. Fill out your profile completely to show where you work. Recruiters and hiring managers could potentially look at it. Also, make sure all your profile and cover photos are employer friendly. Even if you have all your privacy settings locked down, anyone can see those photos.
4) Take advantage of LinkedIn’s Open Candidates feature
This relatively new feature lets recruiters know you’re open to new opportunities. Don’t worry -it does not inform people at your current company. To activate, go to the preferences tab on the home page, turn sharing on and fill out the info about role types you are interested in.
5) Customize that cover letter
The jury is still out on the importance of the cover letter. Some swear by them; others question their importance. Either way, you have to make yours the best it can be – just in case!

“Take the time to customize the cover letter so it fits the particular position you are applying for. You want to make sure it reflects the particular role, and it’s not just a stock template you use for every job you apply to.”
Damon Arnold, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle Materials Group

Damon also mentioned that, often times, he will see a cover letter come through with a different company’s name on it. It’s imperative to be sure this doesn’t happen. He can spot a canned cover letter immediately, and this can hurt your chances. “You need to take the time to personalize it. Attention to detail like this is important and also reflects your level of interest and commitment in the position and the company.”

The cover letter also showcases your writing/communications skills. Take the time to get it right. That means no typos or grammatical errors. Read it aloud to a friend, and make sure you proofread. It should flow easily. Don’t throw in unnecessary jargon or fancy language. Industry terminology is fine, but don’t go overboard. The resume is ultimately more important than the cover letter, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook the time you spend on it. You never know which employer might weigh it more heavily.

Make tweaks like this so you’ll be the next ‘lucky’ one to land a new job!

** Bonus tip **
You can send a LinkedIn message to group members you share in common. This is a great way to reach out and communicate with people who may not be a connection.

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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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4 Career Resolutions You Can Keep in 2017

2016 to 2017, happy new year conceptWell, here we are again. A fresh slate, a new calendar. Ready to make the most of this year for your career? Great! Let’s get started.

  1. Vow to update your LinkedIn page
    Be honest now. When was the last time you updated your LinkedIn profile? Set aside an hour. You want to go through and make additions and deletions as necessary. Have you taken on any new projects? Are there new success stories you could add? Don’t just reiterate your resume! Add “wow factor” content that a recruiter or hiring manager would be impressed to read. LinkedIn allows for photos, video and links too – take advantage of the multimedia possibilities. When you’re done updating, show it to a friend or family member and ask them how it looks, what makes sense, and what could still use some sprucing up. When you’re done with that, you need to do the same thing for your resume.
  2. Start an accomplishment list
    It’s easy to forget all the projects you’ve completed over the year. Yet, you can really stand out when you have this arsenal of good stuff to draw from (for your resume, cover letter and interview). If you jot down your successes and projects you’ve worked on as they happen (once a week is a good goal), this will help when it comes time to interview. Start – right now – to keep track of your results. This way you won’t have to back track or try to remember something you worked on months ago. This list can also be helpful for your yearly performance review.
  3. Show your references some love
    You do have a list of at least three references that you could use, right? Never underestimate the importance of a good reference. Create your list and then make sure to keep in touch with your references – not just when you need them. In addition, make sure your reference has a copy of your resume and prep them if you think they will be called. At the very least, send them the job description and 2 or 3 points/characteristics you want them to emphasize.
  4. Start a career ‘Content calendar.’
    Marketers and writers often schedule out topics and themes by day, week and/or month. This could be based on the season, holidays or a number of other factors related to the industry/field they are working in. You can do the same – whether you’re job searching or just focusing on your career. Break it up by season to get started. What do you hope to accomplish this first quarter? For instance – January through March could be – Resume/Cover letter updating, April though June – networking/submitting applications, July through September – attend an industry conference/seminar, etc.

Don’t stay stuck in a job just because you don’t want to put in the work and effort required for a successful job search. These tips don’t take a lot of time, but can yield good results. Good luck on your career journey in 2017!

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6 Strategies To Cope With Post Holiday Blues

Empty road to upcoming 2017 against the big cloudsThe first week back to work after the holidays can be rough. The next vacation or holiday feel a million miles away. So, what can you do to make things more pleasant?

1) Ease back into your routine

The months before the holidays are usually a flurry of activity. Getting back into the grind of working feels somewhat ‘off’. Don’t pressure yourself to be perfectly back on schedule. Give yourself a few weeks to get back into the swing of things.

2) Resolve to not resolve

January brings with it societal/personal pressure to make and keep New Year’s resolutions. Certainly, getting fit, losing weight, saving money, etc. are admirable goals. The problem is – 71% of people fall off the New Year’s Resolution wagon the first two weeks. Cut yourself some slack and don’t try to do everything at once. You aren’t going to go from binging on Christmas cookies for weeks to being satisfied with just carrots. Set goals, but start small. For instance, “this week I will bring fresh fruit as a snack instead of going to the vending machine every afternoon.”

3) Create a “look forward to” date

Having something on the calendar to anticipate can really help on those days when you’re dragging. Think about the last time you planned a vacation. Half the fun isn’t the vacation itself – it’s the time planning, talking about it and reminiscing after. Your event doesn’t have to break the bank either. Sign up for a cooking class, buy tickets to a concert or sporting event, make a reservation for a new restaurant, etc. Pick something fun and meaningful to you.

4) Perception is everything

For most of the country, the weather is cold, gloomy and dark. Going to work and driving home in the dark can take a toll. However, it’s all in the way you look at it. December 21st (the first day of Winter) was the shortest day of the year. We actually gain sunlight from that day forward. Counting down until Spring is a start to putting the reality into perspective. Try this countdown calculator. Use it to count down until Spring and/or the next fun thing you have planned.

5) Commit to self care

You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating. Proper sleep and a good diet make a world of difference in your mood. Stop surfing the web and checking your phone an hour before bedtime. Disconnect, relax and make time to wind down at the end of every day. Even going to be 15 minutes earlier can make a difference.

6) Wallowing allowed (in moderation)

There are plenty of perky self-help articles that encourage embracing everything about the new year and a fresh start. However, if you’re feeling guilty about being blue, reading those essays can make you feel even worse. It’s OK to not jump for joy about being back to work after the holidays. Those feelings are normal. All you need are the strategies to get back into the work groove. If you continue to feel down after a few weeks, you may want to talk to someone. For most people though, you can make minor adjustments in your life to get past this.

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

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A Recipe For Job Search Success

cookieWith a little luck and a dollop of determination, you can cook up a great career for the New Year.

1) What jobs are you going to apply to?
Broaden your search parameters. Check out the  Occupational Outlook Handbook: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ This site identifies and describes almost every occupation you could imagine. It even includes education required and median pay. Another idea: When you go to the job boards – instead of always typing in the same job title – look for other titles. In addition, keep an open mind when you see the suggested jobs LinkedIn shows in your feed. There could be jobs out there that you’re qualified for that you hadn’t even thought of previously. Oh, and this same tip applies on the baking front too. Are you going to make cookies this year? Or maybe it’s pie? Sure, make those old favorites – but give new treats a try too!

2) Stir in two cups of patience
Any good baker knows that you can’t open the oven door when cookies or cakes are baking. It can be tempting to sneak a peek or poke at those cupcakes. However, the wait is worth the while. The same thing holds true for your job search. This is particularly true in December. Job search activity on all fronts slows to what seems like a crawl. You have to rise above the impatience and know that things will pick up again. January is just around the corner. Always keep your eyes open for positions, keep applying and be prepared for more activity in early 2017.

cupcakes3) Sprinkle in a pinch of creativity
Don’t be a cookie cutter candidate! On your end, what else you can do to differentiate yourself? Can you start a blog in your field? Is there a new networking group or conference you can attend? You want to stand out! While you do need to follow the rules when it comes to submitting applications, you can think and act outside the box too. Is the recruiter for the role on Twitter? Does the company have a careers Facebook page? There are other less obvious ways to reach out and differentiate yourself. For you bakers out there – we all know that the best recipes aren’t 100% by the book. You follow the directions to a point, but then add in your own special seasonings or alter the original. The results? Delish! Put that same strategy in play when you’re on the prowl for a position.

4) Don’t forget to add a dash of of love
You can always tell when a recipe has been made with love. The baker is passionate and excited about what they’re creating. Have you lost that excitement? It can be a challenge to maintain enthusiasm – especially for a job search that seems to be never ending. But, you have to find that inner strength to tap back into a better frame of mind. Interviewers (in person or on the phone) can tell when you’re just going through the motions. Even if you have to “fake it ’til you make it,” you need to do just that. Smile, think about the satisfaction of landing that job and what it will feel like to start a new adventure.

Thank you, as always, for reading. Wishing you all a sweet holiday!

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

P.S. Looking for holiday baking suggestions? Check out these recipes: http://www.foodnetwork.com/holidays-and-parties/packages/holidays/holiday-central-baking.html

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4 Ways To Alleviate Holiday Job Search Anxiety

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Does your job search have you feeling a bit Grinch-like? Don’t despair!

Did you know?

According to the most recent Bureau Of Labor statistics Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey report released today, there are over 5.5 million job openings in the U.S.

So, how can you land one of these jobs – especially when many companies are ramping down for holiday breaks and most of us are consumed with decorating, baking, shopping and planning/attending holiday festivities?

1) Acknowledge Take a step back to realize that this is a challenging time of the year to be looking for work. Re-frame how you approach your employment journey.

“Don’t think of a job search as a “job search.” That sounds depressing, hard and like you don’t have any ownership of it. Think of it as a “job campaign.” You’re out there, campaigning to get in with a company that is a good fit for you. A simple change in mindset makes it more personalized, relevant and goal oriented.” Geoff Bieber, Driver Recruiter

2) Accept Take back your power by realizing that the job search during this final month of the year will be harder. Knowing this upfront is half the battle.

“Try to turn your negative thoughts into positive self talk. Yes, many businesses aren’t actively interviewing due to manager vacation time and the new year approaching. However, you can still keep up your search. Instead, switch more of your focus onto revamping your resume and cover letter. A large part of a job search isn’t simply submitting resumes and networking, it’s researching how to present yourself better and stand out above the rest. ” Jennifer Latone, Operations Recruiter

3) Accommodate Be willing to alter your schedule and expectations. Can you rearrange your schedule to go in for an interview earlier or later in the day – or even on a weekend? Or, be willing to schedule it much further out on the calendar. The more flexible you can be, the better your chances are for success. The good news is that you are competing with fewer candidates during the 4th quarter, and this already puts you ahead of the game.

“Give yourself a time frame. You may not get an interview or phone screen scheduled right now, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get one. Stay organized and be ready to embark on your search full force come January. The second week of January is a great target date for scheduling interviews, as managers will be catching up that first week immediately after New Year’s.” – Courtney Vena, Corporate Recruiter

4) Align What exactly do you hope to get out of your job search this season? Temper expectations with reality. It’s unlikely you’re going to have multiple job interviews in December, especially the closer we get to the Christmas and New Year’s break. But, it’s not unrealistic to expect to set up interviews going into mid January. You could also make goals that aren’t dependent on your target company. For example, make a goal to set up an informational interview in January, update your LinkedIn by the end of December, create a reference sheet, etc.

Looking for a job any time of year is stressful, but holidays can add an extra layer of pressure. However, don’t let this discourage you! Be proactive, patient and take some time to enjoy family and friends too.

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”  ― Dr. Seuss

Happy Holidays!

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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!

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