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4 Quick Ways To Enhance Your LinkedIn Exposure

Linked Word Name Tags Sphere Connecting NetworkingWe’ve all heard the standard LinkedIn advice – fill out your profile completely, use key words in your field, etc. What else can you do to take your profile from good to great?

  1. Reorder your skills
  2. Customize your URL
  3. Get a profile badge
  4. Start Self Publishing


1) Reorder Skills & Endorsements
LinkedIn automatically ranks these based on number. But, let’s say you would rather emphasize a skill that ranks lower. No problem! Simply drag that skill to appear closer to the top. This is a great way to highlight the most important attributes to match a job you may be applying for.

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2) Customize your URL
You don’t have to settle for the default LinkedIn URL with random numbers that LinkedIn assigns to your account. Change and customize it. It’s easy! Simply click on the Me icon, then View Profile, then Edit your public profile. Then, type in the new URL in the text box.  This custom URL can have 5-30 letters or numbers (no spaces, symbols, or special characters). The nice thing about having this link is that you can now share it.

3) Create a Profile Badge
pbadgeMake a custom button that you can use to promote your profile. You can add this to your blog, email or website/online resume. There are different sizes/styles to choose from. Go here to get started. 

 

4) Start Self Publishing
We’ve praised self publishing on LinkedIn before, and we’re singing its praises again. Why? It’s a great way to get in the feed of your connections. In addition, writing a post shows off your communication skills. In addition, the articles you write show up predominately in Google searches. Want to differentiate yourself from another candidate in your field? Which candidate do you think a recruiter or hiring manager would gravitate towards – one with a selection of industry related posts or one without any? You don’t need to be a professional writer to start writing. Take a topic you know and write a concise, helpful post. Need more help? Check out the guidelines here.

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Smile! Picture Perfect Profile Tips For LinkedIn

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‘Winky’ needs help & a haircut to be LinkedIn ready

How happy are you with your LinkedIn profile and cover photos? It’s a good idea to evaluate the professional image you’re portraying.

1) When was the last time you updated your profile photo?

If your profile photo is over two years old, we recommend getting a new one. People change over time. Make sure your photo is current! A ten year old photo just doesn’t cut it. Yes, you may have looked a lot more youthful, but walking into an interview not even closely resembling what you look like in that old photo is not doing you any favors. And remember, every time you update your profile photo on LinkedIn, all your connections will see that change. It’s another easy way to appear in the feed. Appearing in the feed = exposure and being top of mind.

2) Do you have a cover photo?

Not everyone chooses to have a cover photo, and we’re not sure why. This is another easy way you can differentiate yourself. You could make yours industry or job related if you like. The key is to always pick something compelling, engaging and eye catching.

3) Are your photos the right size?

According to this very helpful “Cheat Sheet,” these are the recommended sizes:

LinkedIn profile: between 1000 x 425 pixels and 4,000 x 4,000 pixels.

Linked in profile picture: between 400 x 400 pixels and 20,000 x 20,000 pixels.

Max file size: 8MB File type must be PNG, JPEG, or GIF.

4) What message do your photos send?

Think about this one for a minute. Some industries are conservative, while others a bit more lenient. You want to fit in with your field. However, always keep in mind that this is not Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram! I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve seen really inappropriate profile pictures. If you’re trying to present yourself in the best light to recruiters, hiring managers and potential employers, a bad, inappropriate photo really works against you. This mean no low cut/tight clothing, sloppy attire, bad lighting, casual, alcohol/party type photos etc. The site is meant to be for professional networking. Take the time and effort to showcase yourself in the most flattering way.

5) Have you gotten other people’s opinions on your photos?

Ask your colleagues, friends and family what they think. If you want to analyze your current photo online, check out this interesting/fun tool: Snapp’r Photo Analyzer. “Snappr’s Photo Analyzer uses the latest research, combined with image recognition and machine learning technologies, to determine how well your photo will perform.” Take the results with a grain of salt, although they do offer some solid suggestions.
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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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3 New LinkedIn Tips For Fall

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  1. Learn for free on LinkedIn
    Did you know  that you can take free online classes for a month? Sign up for a trial and improve your professional game. There are more than 9,000 classes to choose from!  Go HERE to get started.
  • Let recruiters know you’re interested
    Go to your LinkedIn profile, click on Preferences and turn the feature to on. You can designate location, industry, and even the size of companies you want to target. Worried about privacy or your current company finding out? According to LinkedIn, “We will hide the Open Candidates signal from recruiters at your company or affiliated company recruiters.”
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  • Get a LinkedIn Profile Badge
    Now you can promote yourself outside of LinkedIn. More than just the customized URL, a badge includes your:
    – profile picture
    – job title
    – current company
    You create the badge from LinkedIn. Once you have one, you can use it in your email, on a personal website/blog or even on an online resume. Anything you can do to set yourself apart is a plus!
    To do this:
    Go to your LinkedIn page and click on the “View Profile As” button and choose Customize Your Public Profile. Once you get to that page (seen below), scroll to the bottom.
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Then, you will click on the “Create a public profile badge.”
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Next, follow the directions to create your badge.
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You will see that there are numerous sizes/choices:
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Bonus tip:
If you haven’t made a customized LinkedIn Public Profile URL yet, make sure you do! This is a link that you can share anywhere. LinkedIn gives you a URL already, but it includes lots of numbers and is not easy to remember. You can easily edit and change it by going to the same page as you go to for making a badge.  Just click the pencil to make the edits.
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4 Myths That Keep Your LinkedIn Profile From Blooming

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Just like Spring flowers need attention and nurturing, so does your LinkedIn profile. Here are some common myths about LinkedIn and simple suggestions to make your profile blossom this season and beyond.

1) Multiple endorsements are better than just a few recommendations
I’m not saying endorsements are bad.But, think for a minute how easy they are to get. All a person has to do is click. A recommendation takes thought and greater effort. Aim to get a few high quality recommendations on your profile and return the favor.

2) As long as I’ve completed my LinkedIn profile, I’m fine
It’s a great first step, but to maximize the power of LinkedIn, get involved. Post status updates, “like,” comment and share things that your connections post. These activities will get you in front of non-connections, expanding your reach.

3) I can only contact people who are connections
Not true! If you share a group membership, you can reach out to them.

4) Publishing a post is tricky,  time consuming and only for writers
Actually, writing on LinkedIn is quite easy. The blogging platform is intuitive to use. You don’t need to be a professional writer. All you need is a topic. Start with that and write in a conversational style. Use bullets and numbered lists (like you see in this post). Share something of value to others in your field. We all have areas of expertise. Your knowledge and insight help showcase your value to your connections (and potentially a new employer!).

Looking for more career advice? Check out this post:
6 Things Job-Seeking Graduates Should Know

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6 Job Search Tricks To Love

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  1. Looking for an email address?
    Here’s a site that will help: Email Hunter You won’t find every email here, but it can be helpful to track down some elusive email addresses.
  2. Make your LinkedIn introduction matter. Many people, before they apply to a job, head to LinkedIn to see if they have any connections who are connected to people at that company. They then ask for an introduction (see steps for how to do that HERE). To make your request stand out, put some thought into what you say and personalize it a bit more. Here’s an example:
    Hi [your connection’s name],
    How are you? Hoping things are going well for you this year. It’s been quite the Winter hasn’t it? I notice that you are connected to Sam Smith, who is the VP of Marketing for Acme Corp. I saw that Acme has a Marketing Specialist position listed on their website. It looks really interesting, and I would love to find out more about the job. Would you mind introducing me? I know how busy you get this time of year, so I wrote up a little blurb to pass along to make it easier. Oh, and I also wanted to share this article I found – thought you might find it interesting. 
  3. Message someone on LinkedIn even if they aren’t your connection.
    If you share a mutual group, you can contact them without being connected.
  4. Always return a recruiter’s call.
    They aren’t there to harass you. Good recruiters want to build a relationship with you to find the right fit for their company or agency.
  5. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a recruiter about a job you see.
    Even if the opening isn’t a fit, one down the line might be. The recruiter will have the “inside scoop” on the job.

    “Job descriptions can be vague and don’t tell the whole story, says Corporate Recruiter Deonna Campbell. “Having a brief conversation with the recruiter can clear up any questions you may have and can expand on what the job entails. Even if you aren’t interested in this particular opportunity, getting more information might help someone you know.”

  6. Start a “kudos” folder. This is a folder (email or paper) with any documents or emails that you get that you can use down the line to further your case during a performance review, for getting a raise, updating your resume or at an interview. Suggested items to be included: a congratulatory email from your boss about successful completion of a project, a list of webinars or classes you have attended in your field, statistics from work projects, etc. It’s better to save these items as you get them instead of having to scramble and backtrack.

Bonus tip– Be proactive and start using  Twitter to build up your connections. Someone may not accept your connection request on LinkedIn, but you can always follow them on Twitter. Follow target companies/people and make sure to interact (retweet, reply and like) with them before you need a job. This is an easy, low pressure way to build up your network.
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A version of this post, by our Social Media Specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

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12 Days of… Concrete Career Tips

  1. 12 days of concreteWhen you upload your photo to LinkedIn (or for any other use), save it as your full name (i.e. Joe Jobseeker). It’s good for SEO.
  2. Google yourself once a month to see what shows up for your name (or if someone else with your same name appears first). Note – your LinkedIn profile should be one of the first results you see.
  3. Start a new email just for job search/career purposes. An alumni email address is also great to use for professional job related inquiries.
  4. Get rid of the objective on your resume. It’s just wasting space. You’re better off beefing up a Summary or Summary of Qualifications section.
  5. Change your LinkedIn public profile URL from the standard one they give you (which includes a string of numbers) to a more customized, personalized one (ex. https://www.linkedin.com/in/JoeJobseeker).
  6. Write a recommendation for a deserving colleague on LinkedIn.
  7. Ask a colleague to write a recommendation for you.
  8. Put together a list of three references. Do it now so you won’t have to scramble when you need it.
  9. Add rich media (videos, images, documents or a presentation) to your LinkedIn profile.
  10. Start a Twitter account and follow industry related people, associations and companies. If you already have a profile, start a Twitter List entitled “Cool companies” and add those accounts to your list.
  11. Update your Facebook page profile with your current position and company. This information can be found by recruiters/hiring managers.
  12. Compare your resume to your LinkedIn page – they should not be the same thing! LinkedIn is your personal brand – not just a repeat of resume bullet points. Change accordingly.

Lucky #13 tip – Update your professional headline on LinkedIn. Pick keywords for your field – don’t just put your current job title. Also, if you current job title is not one recruiters would look for or recognize, change it! For instance, a receptionist might be called “Director of first impressions.” Very few employers and ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) will search for that job title. Use common standard titles.

 

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4 Ways To Make The Most of Social Media In Your Job Search

A new report by the nonprofit  Pew Research Center shows that 79% of job seekers used online resources in their job search and 34% say that “these online resources were the most important tool available to them.”

So, how can you make the most of social media to find that dream job?

  1. Don’t just rely on job postings
    By all means, look at the listings, but extend your reach beyond just job ads. Companies could be in growth mode, but haven’t yet posted new positions. Keep your eye out for companies that have landed new clients/contracts and/or are expanding their product line, customer base, etc. To do this, follow local newspapers, trade associations and other company related Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.
  2. Research your field and target companies
    Back in the day (less than 20 years ago), finding out more about companies was limited to a company website, the newspaper and trade journals. Now, you have multiple channels to dig deeper. You can use LinkedIn to see who works at companies you’re interested in, and you can google a company’s name. You can even set up alerts to monitor anytime that company is mentioned online.socialm
  3. Become a networking ninja
    While nothing replaces face-to-face networking, social media is a great way to initiate contact. Have you ever participated in a LinkedIn group? What about a Twitter chat? Informally (yet still professionally) engaging with a company or person from a company is easier (and less pressure filled) online. Say, for instance, you see a manager or a recruiter for a company tweet out interesting industry news. Get the conversation and relationship started by replying with an appropriate comment. The same holds true for LinkedIn. In particular, LinkedIn is a great place to show your expertise in your field – sharing relevant content, self publishing on the site and posting helpful links.
  4. Be a participant, not an observer.
    It’s all too easy to sit back and peruse the social media sites without doing a thing. However, that is no more productive than binge watching your favorite TV show. You need to search, read and respond. Be proactive.

Bonus tip
Do you use Twitter lists? They are a great way to organize your followers and gain more followers. Basically, you can create a list with any title of your choice. For example, you could have a list like “Engineering Firms,” Local News Stations, Interesting Local Companies, Social Media Experts, etc. You can add people to these lists – even if they don’t follow you. By clicking on your list, you can see the feed of tweets for your list. It saves time so you can get all related news and tweets at once. In addition, many people are flattered by being added to a list, so you may gain some new followers to boot! Intrigued? Find out more here.

Looking for more advice on using social media to your advantage? Hear what one of our corporate recruiters has to say.

P.S. Speaking of jobs, we have over 1,100 openings nationwide. Check them out on our Careers Site.

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

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How Well Do You Know LinkedIn? Infographic

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4 Easy Action Steps for Veterans Transitioning To Civilian Jobs

hardhatFirst off, thank  you for your service to this country! It takes a special person to serve. As a veteran, you bring many valuable qualities that employers desire in the workplace. However, sometimes these qualities and skills can be lost in translation. If employers can’t find you, they can’t hire you!

1) Make sure that you have a LinkedIn profile (and that it’s up-to-date)
LinkedIn is becoming increasingly important for everyone in their job search. Recruiters rely on it heavily, and it’s the first place an employer will go to do more research about you.

2) Re-do your resume for a civilian audience
There are a lot of terms, jargon and codes that are familiar to you, but will not be familiar to the person reading your resume. A former veteran will know the terms, but the odds of that person reading your resume are slim. The goal of your resume is to highlight accomplishments. You have to translate what you did in the military to terms that a non military person will understand. There are Military Translators that can help. Here’s one: http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/skills-translator/

Along the same lines, your LinkedIn profile should be civilian friendly.

3) Be “At ease” in the interview
It may come naturally to say “Yes, sir,” but you do not have to be that formal in the interview process. Interviews are professional, but the trend now is for a more conversational back and forth.

4) Understand that a civilian carer path is more fluid
In the private sector, the hierarchy is not as strict or as set in place as the military. While there can be set paths for rising up in an organization, things in the corporate sector operate differently and on a different timetable. In addition, once you land the job, know that navigating corporate culture is going to take some getting used to.  The chain of command, how people act, the environment and expectations will be different from what you’re familiar with.

One Last Thought
Never forget that you are valued! Veterans ARE sought after for civilian jobs due to their dedication, commitment, adaptability and many other strengths. There are many veteran-friendly companies that want to hire veterans. And yes, we are definitely one of those companies! Capitalize on your attributes from your military service, follow the advice in this post and you will be well on your way to finding your next job and career.

Know another veteran looking for a job? Please share this post with them.

Thank you for reading!

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This post, by our Social Media Specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

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Hey “Passive” Candidates – You Have The Power!

ShakingHandsThis post is for you “passive” people out there. Heads up – you are very desirable to employers! Now, don’t let this news go to your head. Just know that you do have an advantage.

Passive candidate: a currently employed individual who isn’t actively seeking another job, but would leave if the right opportunity arose.

Why do employers seek out these candidates?

According to Chris Garrie, Vice President of Recruitment for the Oldcastle Recruiting Office in Rochester, “passive candidates are happy and successful in their current position. Generally, they tend to be more loyal and have a higher potential of being successful in a new role. They tend to be more selective, only pursuing opportunities that are of great interest. In contrast, active job seekers who are out of work need to get a job quickly.”

4 Tips For Passive Candidates:
1) Be receptive to recruiters

Unfortunately, there is a stigma when it comes to recruiters. If recruiters contact you, call or e-mail them back! You have nothing to lose. Even if the opening is not something you want, you never know what that recruiter will come across in the future. A good recruiter knows who they are looking for and won’t waste your time if there is not a mutual fit. Keep those lines of communication open!

2) Don’t assume your current job is going to last forever 
Things can change in an instant, despite tenure or great work performance. Even the most stable and successful companies experience downturns. Better to be sought after while you’re employed, than to start a job search without a steady income or job to fall back on.

3) Make sure your resume and your LinkedIn profile are up-to-date
You can be a great passive candidate, but recruiters won’t reach out if they can’t find you! Your profile and resume should contain the right job title and keywords for your industry AND showcase quantifiable qualifications. Don’t just list job duties. Demonstrate how you helped increase sales, saved money or improved efficiency levels for your current employer. Numbers, stats and percentages really help you stand out.

4) Don’t be overconfident
Passive candidates DO have an added advantage in the job search process, but it’s no guarantee you will get the job. In the end, it still boils down to a combination of skills, personality and company/cultural fit. Make the most of your passive status, but remember – there are many other passive candidates out there besides you!

In general, passive job seekers have an edge because they can always turn down an opportunity, whereas the unemployed job seeker may not have the same luxury. While this may not be fair, it is a reality for job seekers. If you have any inkling that things are not going well at work for you or your company, put those feelers out. You are in a far better position to find a better job and negotiate for a better salary when you’re a passive candidate.

As always, thank you for reading!

Looking for more career advice? Check out this post: 5 Tips To Make Your Job Search Less Taxing.

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