How to Make Your Network Work for You

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As a career coach who has helped hundreds of clients transition their career, one of the biggest frustrations I hear

from clients is that their network outreach doesn’t yield the results they want. This is often because job seekers expect too much too soon or don’t offer clear expectations for how their contacts can help. Don’t expect to show up at a networking event at 6 p.m. and have five new job leads in 30 minutes. And don’t expect everyone you talk with to immediately know of opportunities. It takes time to cultivate, but by investing in a strong network, you will land faster than you would without networking.

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Six Tips for Following Up After the Interview

The time in between an interview and decisions for the next round of interviews can feel like an eternity when you are anxious to move your job search forward. What can you do in conjunction with the interview process to follow up strategically and intelligently? This infographic offers some suggestions.

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How to Get More Than the Average 2.9% Salary Raise Predicted for 2016

money 2Mercer recently released their  2015/2016 U.S. Compensation Planning Survey, indicating a trend towards continuing to reward top performers and incentivize employees through recognition opportunities that are not only linked to base pay. The key findings of the survey are below.

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Resume Design Strategies That Separate You From Your Competitors

Recruiters and hiring managers generally spend just a few seconds on an initial scan of a resume. The vetting process is very similar to what most of us do when we visit a website looking for a product or service. We don’t read the entire website; we scan it quickly and if we don’t find what we need within the first few seconds, we usually move on to the next site. On websites, images and graphs that quickly explain the product or service tend to capture our attention and help us make a purchasing decision. The same is true of resumes. By displaying key information in more visual ways, you can make the resume an easier and more engaging read while increasing the likelihood that your reader will figure out your value add faster and more accurately. Here are some recommendations for ways to add design elements that improve your messaging to your resume.

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Job Seeker’s Guide to a Confidential Job Search

Are you trying to look for a new job while employed and struggling with how to do so without attracting attention from your boss or other stakeholders at your current company?

Our new ebook, Job Seeker’s Guide to a Confidential Job Search can help. Learn how to leverage LinkedIn for your search without making your search efforts obvious and discover other do’s and don’ts for conducting a successful search. Download it now at http://www.careersolvers.com/confidential-job-search.html

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Career Solvers Wins 2 Top Resume Writing Awards

TORISeptember and October were great months for Career Solvers! In September I receivedROAR the National Resume Writers’ Association ROAR award for outstanding achievement in resumes and in October I was nominated for 3 TORI (Toast of the Resume Industry) awards by Career Directors International and won in the Best Information Technology Resume category.

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10 Networking Mistakes Most Job Seekers Are Still Making

I’ve followed thousands of job seekers and one of the biggest sticking points for them tends to be their mistakenetworking strategy. Some people hate the process and find it incredibly daunting; others embrace it but can still get frustrated when things don’t move as quickly as they hoped. Here are the top 10 networking mistakes I see most people make and how to course correct for a smoother search.

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5 Ways to Use Twitter for Your Job Search

TwitterTwitter can be a great source of competitive intelligence during a job search. Here are five tips for using Twitter to source information related to your job search that can help you find key decision makers and accelerate your networking efforts.

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Google+ in Your Job Search

Most job seekers I talk to rely solely on LinkedIn as their main online tool for finding contacts for their job search and being found by decision makers. LinkedIn is a fabulous resource, but Google+ can be used to supplement a job seeker’s strategy and open new doors that could be challenging to open when relying exclusively on the power of LinkedIn. Here are five reasons why job seekers shouldn’t ignore Google+ and why it’s a viable platform that can be integrated into a search campaign.

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6 Things No Job Seeker Needs to Hear

bad adviceEveryone wants to help a friend in need. But before you start dishing out advice to a friend who is in a job search, make sure your advice and comments are actually helpful. Consider these typical comments/suggestions that many well-meaning friends make during someone’s job search. Are you really helping or could you be massaging your message to add more value to your friend’s search strategy?

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