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Going Public: Why You Should Get Purposefully Uncomfortable in Job Search

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It almost goes without saying that job seekers should be more visible online than in the past. However, for many people that openness is at odds with their naturally private personality.

While lighthearted personal use of social media such as occasional Facebook or Instagram updates may now feel the norm, some people feel a sudden shift in mood when asked about updating their LinkedIn profile.

Whether you are struck by sudden job loss, or are securely employed seeking a better opportunity, you face the challenges of marketing your value effectively.

When you begin putting your job search feelers out, people often ask if you are on LinkedIn.

When they go to your profile, what will they see? Will you be present? If not, you must change that. Here are three reasons why. You can:

1. Be Found by Recruiters. According to JobVite’s Social Recruiting Survey Results 2014, “While 83% of job seekers flock to Facebook, LinkedIn remains recruiters’ top social network,” and “73% of recruiters have hired a candidate through social media.” Further, 93% of recruiters will review a candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision.

Please follow this link for the rest of the blog: “3 Reasons Why You Should Go Public With Your Job Search.”

© Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

When Not To Let People Poke Holes In Your Resume

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By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

When faced with a job search, after years of being nose-down in your day-to-day work, it is natural to feel vulnerable and uncertain.

And when you feel vulnerable, it is normal to reach out for reassurance to make sure you are doing the right things. After all, “you don’t know what you don’t know.”

Beware Friends Poking Holes In Your Resume Narrative

One of the easiest and most tangible items for your friends, colleagues and mentors to provide free advice on is your resume. Whether you’ve sweated hours, days, weeks (or even months) on your resume or you have hired a professional to write for you, your confidantes will find something about your masterpiece to poke a hole in.

One of the most common go-to opinions is that your resume is too long, too dense and/or too wordy.

Muscular Resumes Will Lift Your Career Story

The truth is if your career message is toned and pumped up with the muscle of your relevant story points, the word fabric will fit the body of your audience’s needs. In other words, they will see a fit career fortified with the nutrients they need to help solve their current challenges such as problems with malnourished sales, sagging profits or shrinking market place. And, they will contact you for an interview.

It’s as simple as that.

For the full blog post, please visit my latest post at Glassdoor: 4 Ways To Avoid Resume Mistakes That Can Slow Your Job Search.

Happily Employed? Hear Out a Recruiter’s Pitch

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

While many of us have preconceived notions about recruiters, one thing is for sure, they often are the gateway to great opportunities. And like with any profession, there are good, and there are not-so-good recruiters. The following message assumes that the recruiter whom you are hearing from is ‘one of the good ones.’

Many happily employed careerists bristle at the thought of receiving a phone call or email from a recruiter.  However, it is advisable to remain professionally inquisitive and open-minded and NOT to let the conversation regarding a potential opportunity pass you by, should a ‘recruiter come calling!’

My latest blog post at Glassdoor dives into 3 key tips on how to specifically respond when hearing from a recruiter, including asking for a conversation reschedule (if ‘now’ isn’t a proper time to speak), why it is good to be open-minded to the recruiter’s pitch and the importance of prompt, consistently polished behavior during your interactions with the recruiter.

To read the full story, please click: What To Do When A Recruiter Comes Calling.

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