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How to Get a Job through LinkedIn – Part 2

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LinkedIn brands itself as the social network for professionals and a lot of people do use it successfully for sharing information and news about their companies or discussing key issues in their industry. But what can LinkedIn do for the jobseeking professional? Many of us are not as clued in to all of LinkedIn’s different features as we might be. However, it’s worth getting to know this social network better as it has a surprising number of tools for helping your job search. Here are five of ten ways in which we can use LinkedIn in our pursuit for the right career.

Take part in the Q&A

Another function that helps you meet people and turn them into Connections is the Q&A. Here you can ask the whole LinkedIn community questions on almost anything, provided the topic loosely fits in with one of the designated categories. Again, asking questions is useful for getting information and advice on a particular job role, organisation or industry. It’s not the quantity of answers that you get but the quality. I’ve asked questions and only gotten one answer, but because that answer was useful to me, I went away happy. Just as important is answering questions. It’s another way of drawing people’s attention to you and your profile. And if you answer questions on your chosen specialties, potential employers get to see your knowledge and experience in action.

Share updates

Yes, LinkedIn, like every other social network, has the dreaded status update feature. Use it to your advantage by keeping your Connections up to date with your voluntary work, skills building or networking activities. This lets employers know that you’re being active and creative in your job search-showing them your enthusiasm and commitment in targeting the right role.

Recommendations

People don’t just have to take your word for it, though. The Recommendations feature allows people who’ve worked together in an organisation or on a project to endorse one another. Each recommendation only has to be 2 or 3 lines: sometimes ‘Ms. Jobseeker is a very competent accountant and very easy to work with. She went out of her way to assist me’ is enough to help a potential employer or client build up their picture of you. How do you get Recommendations? Ask! On your profile page, click on the ‘Get Recommended’ link and fill in the form it takes you to. Again, don’t be shy-if the feature’s there, you might as well use it!

Find events to go to

As useful as social networking can be, you don’t have to deprive yourself of offline networking. In fact, LinkedIn can even help you find events to attend, as that’s yet another thing Members are able to post about. On the home page, roll your pointer over the More tab and select Events from the drop down menu. In Events Home, you can then see which events your Connections are attending or interested in and you can also view the most popular events on the whole of LinkedIn. Click on the ‘Find Events’ tab for a keyword search filtered by date, location and type. It’s a very handy way to quickly find local events connected to your specialities or chosen industry.

Explore the other applications

There are even more LinkedIn applications that could be of use to you. By getting to the Applications Directory through the ‘More’ drop down menu, you’ll see that you can connect your blog and Twitter updates to LinkedIn; share a personalised Amazon reading list; content and presentations; and create polls. Put simply, these are all ways to inform people about yourself and/or gather information for your job search.

Get the Professionals Do the Job

Writing a powerful LinkedIn profile can be tricky. It has to be very interesting, concise and professional at the same time. It’s your gateway to your dream job, so don’t waste the chance!

At Style Resumes, we know what we’re doing. We’ve helped thousands of job seekers get their dream job by giving them an impressive resume and LinkedIn profile that made employers feel in love with them. Get in touch with us and have that impressive LinkedIn profile!

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Learning from Bad Interviews

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We’ve all had that awful job interview which we don’t even want to remember because we feel too ashamed of ourselves. However, forgetting them will not do you any good. It’s good to do an autopsy to discover what you need to know and / or work on to improve your skills in these situations.

Here are some tips on becoming more comfortable and at ease:

1) Interview often. Practice makes perfect. The more you do it, the more it’s like staying on your bike. And if you do happen to fall, it’ll be a lot easier to get back on again.

2) Dig into the interview and autopsy it. What did you do well? What did you do wrong? What did you expect? What happened that was unexpected? Did you feel prepared or totally unready?

3) Write down all the questions you can remember AFTER the interview. By keeping a running list of real interview questions you’ve encountered, you can gain skill in knowing what might be coming your way the next time you meet an employer.

4) Do your research. Did the employer field a question to you that had something to do with the company? If you had done your research, confidence comes with knowledge and even buy you some time. Sometimes, even deflecting those questions with similar but different detailed information can help you wiggle out of tight spots.

5) What was your gut instinct about the interview? Trusting your intuition is important… if you are feeling not-so-great about an interview and your performance in there, there might have been something perhaps non-verbal that the interviewers were exuding that put you off. If you aren’t walking out pumped up and energized, is this really the right opportunity for you?

If you don’t take the time to truly examine how you performed in an interview, and don’t dissect the pieces that you did well versus the ones you had an epic fail on, you won’t learn about yourself nor will you learn what you can do better for next time. In your lifetime, you’ll have a lot more interviews than job offers, so mastering the knowledge of your strengths and weak points is incredibly important to your career… otherwise, what you don’t know will hurt you.

Get interviewed for your dream job

Before worrying about the interview, first you have to think how you could get the interview! One of the best ways to get a lot of interview calls from the right company is to submit an excellent resume, tailored to the position you are applying for. Sometimes, crafting a resume might be even harder than mastering the art of interview and negotiations, so why not leave it in the hands of professionals?

A creative resume could also help you during the interview. When you submit a creative resume, you have stolen the interviewer’s attention from the beginning. Then, the interviewer will be much more enthusiastic about your prospects at the company when he/she is interviewing you.

At Style Resumes, we are well-equipped with the skills to craft a perfect resume that will get you the right job. Get one step closer to your dream job by checking out our products now!

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How to Get Rid of Sweaty Palms on Job Interview

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Interview nervousness happens to everyone and you are definitely not alone. The fact that you are nervous about the interview actually shows that you really care and it’s something important to you because you want to do your best.

But nobody likes to get handshakes with sweaty palms, and you clearly don’t want your nervousness to screw you over. So, how do You overcome interview nervousness?

Preparation

It’s all about the preparation you give it. For example, how much are you researching the companies you are interviewing with? Do you know their slogan, motto, office locations, revenue/profit, CEO, philanthropy, products, services, current news, etc? These are just the basics that you need to know, not including all the little things!

Just by going through the motions of researching the topics listed above, you will find that you are learning more about the company you’re about to interview with. By doing this, it will help give you the necessary confidence you are seeking.

Dress Up

There’s only so many occasions in life where you can get dressed up and an interview is one of them. When we get dressed up, it tells our brain, “hey, this is something important, this is serious!” Because of that, it creates the nervousness. But on the other hand, it also creates confidence. It’s just simply which one you will be exuding. When we are dressed to the nines, we feel like a million bucks. So let that confidence show, use it to your advantage!

Memorization

Big red flag if you are doing this!! People feel that if they can memorize all the perfect answers, they will nail the interview. The problem with that thought-process is when you are asked a question that you didn’t prepare for! You cannot memorize answers and don’t try too! You have to be “yourself” because that is who the employer is buying. The employer wants to hire you, not your memorized answers. Any good interviewer will be able to see through your rehearsed answers and adjust accordingly to ask questions you might not have prepared for.

Practice

As with anything else in life, the more you practice, the better you will become. Most people feel that the more interviews they go on, the better they will become. This is true! Without a doubt. However, why take the chance to lose out on your dream job because you didn’t practice enough prior to the interview? So, practice in front of the mirror, practice with your friend. Practice makes perfect.

Get That Interview Call First!

Before getting rid of the interview nervousness, first you have to think how you could get the interview! One of the best ways to get a lot of interview calls from the right company is to submit an excellent resume, tailored to the position you are applying for. Sometimes crafting a resume might be even harder than mastering the art of interview, so why not leave it in the hands of professionals?

A creative resume could also help you during the interview. When you submit a creative resume, you have stolen the interviewer’s attention from the beginning. Then, the interviewer will be much more enthusiastic about your prospects at the company when he/she is interviewing you.

At Style Resumes, we are well-equipped with the skills to craft a perfect resume that will get you the right job. Get one step closer to your dream job by checking out our products now!

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How to Get Noticed at Job Fairs

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If you’re on the job hunt, one of the best things you can do is to attend a variety of job fairs. These fairs bring together companies that are looking for great employees and those who are searching for the perfect job. However, there is usually a lot of competition at job fairs, which means that you need to stand out from the crowd. How can you stand out and get noticed? Read on.

Prepare for the Fair

One of the first things you need to do to stand out is make sure you are prepared. Preparing for a specific event allows you to get clothing together that will work for the event, as well as put together your resume and prepare answers to questions. Ensure that your social media profiles are up to date. If you’re going to a specific event, you can even connect with some of the recruiters for the company ahead of time.

Even if you’re still in college or just graduated, if you’re going to a job fair or hiring event, make sure you bring some business cards, and make sure it’s a unique one. The majority of your competition is going to bring their lousy resume and nothing else. If you are able to present a business card to a hiring manager, you’re going to stand out. They will keep your unique business card, and you’re likely to get a call back. Make sure that your business cards are professional looking with all of your contact information up-to-date. If you have an online portfolio, resume, or website, include this on the card.

Research the Companies

Depending on where the job fair is being held and what type of hiring event it is, you can generally get a list of the employers that will be there. Do your research and find out about the companies you’re interested in. This will allow you to have a meaningful conversation with the people there. If you can talk about what the company does and the history, you’re going to stand out as someone who does their homework. Doing the research ahead of time can also help you narrow down your favorite companies so that you’re not floundering when you get to the fair.

Stay Interested

When you get to the job fair, you may feel overwhelmed. There is a lot going on, and there are many people you’ll want to talk to. However, if you act uninterested, such as checking your watch or looking around when talking to a recruiter, you’re less likely to get the job you want. You may stand out to the recruiter, but not in the right way.

Instead of being distracted, take some time before talking to the first company on your list. Take a look around, figure out where you need to go, and what you need to do. Make sure you give yourself enough time to talk to everyone as well.

Ask Questions

You’re at the job fair because you’re interested in a job in the industry. However, if you don’t take the time and effort to ask questions, you’re not going to stand out. When talking to recruiters, you don’t want to just list off your qualifications and tell them why they should consider you. Instead, ask them questions about how the company works, the environment of the office, etc. These questions will help ensure that you stand out. Make sure that you have done your research, as previously stated, otherwise your questions will seem silly. You never want to ask a recruiter what the company does. If you do, your resume will likely end in the trash.

When you’re up against hundreds of other people, it can be a little overwhelming. However, if you get yourself ready to stand out to the companies you’re interested in, you’re going to have a much better time at the job fair. Prepare well, and you’ll have a job in no time.

Prepare Your Ammunitions with Style Resumes

In order to get noticed, your resume and business card should stand out among the rest, and your online presence should be strong as well. At Style Resumes, we have helped thousands of professionals land their dream job by crafting them an awesome resume, unique business card, attractive web portfolio, and building them a powerful LinkedIn profile.

Let’s work together!

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4 Unconventional ways to get your dream job

You see a job posting, do research on the company and decide to apply. You fill out the run-of-the-mill application process and attach your resume.

Then you wait.

Maybe you resume didn’t get a second look. Maybe your resume was better-than-average, but simply got overlooked due to the hundreds of other resumes that the hiring manager had to go through. It’s never pleasant thinking about all the what-ifs after your resume is out of your hands, and the anxiety is only compounded when you applying to a dream job. What can you do to stand out from the crowd?

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That is a solution, albeit one that takes extra hard work and a dose of creativity. Here are 4 unconventional way of landing the interview that you want.

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1.Go beyond the White Paper

Professionals in the creative industry shouldn’t be confined to a black and white resume. Your resume should be treated as part of your portfolio – something that showcases your skills and creativity. In fact, many marketing and communications professionals create ad campaigns with taglines on how their skills match the open position.

This approach obviously isn’t the right fit for every company or position, but creating a graphic resume can be a great way to make your resume stand out—literally—from the sea of others out there.

2.Create a Tailored Proposal

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Your resume shows the value that you’ve brought to other companies—but what employers really want to know is the value you’ll bring to their company. So try answering that question upfront. Create a presentation that’s all about their specific needs and your ideas to solve them.

A candidate applying for a high-level marketing position reportedly managed to land an interview by sending in three campaign ideas, complete with ad mock-ups, target segments, and a financial forecast. The company was impressed with his research, attention to detail, and willingness to start solving problems, so much so that they promptly gave him the job!

These types of tailored presentations aren’t just for creative fields, either. If you’re applying for a sales job, send the company a new sales pitch with a forecast for the ROI. If you’re in accounting or operations, take a look at the company’s financials (if they’re publicly held) or the financials of a competitor, and build out a plan to help them reduce their overhead costs or improve their leverage. Wherever your expertise lies, impress them with a specific idea that you could bring to their organization.

3.Put Yourself on Camera

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There’s only so much an employer can learn about you on paper, so another strategy to consider is to showcase your abilities with a website or a video. If you do not have the skill to create a video resume, or simply a video that gives employers a visual representation of you, you can engage a service to do this for you. Using a different medium like video lets you show off many sides of you and your talents, and also helps potential employers see how your personality will be a great fit for their organization.

 

4.Create Your Own Campaign

Finally, some candidates take creativity to a whole new level, submitting their job applications or “resumes” in a completely nontraditional format. One marketing candidate decided to hire a boss, and launched a website with her requirements for a position, organization, and manager. Conventional? No, but her efforts resulted in 26 “applications,” 10 interviews, and a dream job offer.

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In all these techniques, the key to success is going for quality over quantity. You just can’t create 20 awesome, highly tailored personal videos. So target a few select jobs you think would be a perfect fit, and focus your efforts there. By going above and beyond in that handful of job applications you really care about, you’ll be swarmed with call-ups in no time.