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THE SOCIAL MEDIA JOB SEARCH

As social media begins to blend with all parts of the business world, it has become significant that who you are online connects with the job you want. Here are some guidelines to maximize your search:

  • Treat your profile page on any social media site (ie; LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) as your resume. It should act as a snapshot to the world of who you are and what you’ve done.
  • Make sure your posts reflect your professional personality. Tone, topic and content create your online presence. Let that presence reflect someone that everyone would want to work with, and hire.
  • Use your comments, shares, and links to demonstrate your experience and knowledge in your field. This will build a compelling image of yourself and begin to help your contacts associate you with the positions you are trying to seek.
  • Follow companies that you would love to work for before you are looking for a job. This early formed relationship will not only help you follow what they’re up to, but you may get the inside scoop on a job opening before everyone else does.
  • Don’t keep your job search a secret. Let everyone, both personal and professional contacts, know not only that you are looking for a job, but exactly the type of job you are looking for. Contacts, referrals and job leads can come from the least likely of places.

Keep in mind that there is no replacement for face to face contact. Use your existing presence online to connect you with opportunities to meet these people in person. LinkedIn and Meetup provide ample opportunities for in person networking. Twitter and Facebook are great to view invites for events within companies you want to be a part of.

If you need help with maximizing your social media networking and your job search techniques, I would be happy to assist you.

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THE GIFT OF A HAPPY CAREER

Is there someone in your life who is at a career crossroads, or is finally ready to follow their life-long dream? Someone you know who wants to make a change but just can’t seem to make it happen on their own?

Perhaps you have friends or relatives who could benefit from the gift of career guidance:

  • A recent grad who is  confused about a career direction.
  • A professional who wants to transition from one industry to another.
  • An entrepreneur with an idea for a business but can’t get it off the ground.
  • A friend who’s unhappy in their current  job and feels totally stuck.
  • Someone who needs  help writing a resume or  beginnig a  job search.

If you know someone who needs help to get from where they are to where they want to be, you can give them the gift of help!

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Tips for a Successful Job Search

Are you floundering or unable to get started on your job search? Have you gotten off track, or lost your motivation? Whether you’re looking for a new job, transitioning into a new field or looking for your first job… you need to have a well thought-out strategy.

Here are 5 Practical Tips for Conducting an Effective Job Search:

1. Know Yourself:
You can’t conduct a job search until you have searched yourself. How do you envision your worklife? What are the environments in which you shine, the interests that excite you, your innate skills and talents? If you don’t have a clear sense of who you are, your prospective employer won’t either. Once you can define yourself, your strategies will become clear and actionable.

2. Focus and Positioning:
We are in a very niche marketplace today. You cannot be all things to all people. Focus and positioning are crucial. If your job target is wrong, everything else will be wrong. For example, “marketing” is not focused enough. Is it marketing manager, marketing communicaton, product marketing, integrated marketing? The more specific you are the more effective your search will be. Knowing your target means understanding what industry, what function, and what job title you’re searching for.

3. Resume Summary Statement:
Your summary statement is the most important part of your resume. It presents the key points about you and creates focus for your resume. What are the most important points you want to get across? The summary statement sets the theme for your target and objectives. If you’re having difficulty writing a summary statement it might mean you’re having difficulty focusing.

4. Expand Your Job Search Channels:
Commercial job sites such as Monster and Hotjobs have become over-crowded and over-used. While the Internet provides a world of information and multitude of job sites, we often underestimate the traditional sources of search venues. These are: trade publications, industry associations, job fairs, alumni associations and, the most important of all, networking.

5. Diagnose Your Own Ailment:
What is stopping you from getting started? Is it lack of confidence about your skills; gaps in your background? Lack of focus? Fear of rejection? You need to go directly to the problem that you’re having, so you can deal with it. By identifying your barriers, you’re in a better position to work through them.

A job search is a very difficult and demanding process. It’s important to stay focused and motivated… the best way to do this is to know that your job target truly fits your personality and your abilities. Having a clear vision and the right strategy will keep you on track and ultimately result in a more successful job search.

If you need guidance in any phase of this process please feel free to call me.

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Social Media and the Job Search

The job world is changing rapidly. Knowing how to develop your online presence and how to look for work online is becoming critically important. Social networks are becoming part of the criteria that hiring managers use to find or weed out applicants.

As I ramp up my own social networking platforms, I thought this would be a good time to discuss tips on Social Media that will be useful for your job search. We’ll focus specifically on two main players: LinkedIn, and Facebook.

LinkedIn:

•    Think of your profile headline as your “2 minute written pitch”. It should describe in a sentence who you are, and what you are looking for.

•    Join groups and search out contacts and companies that are in line with your career goals, and engage in conversation. Not only will you know first hand when they are hiring, they’ll also be aware of your knowledge in the field, due to these interactions.

•    You can post a question or offer advice to a posting to get your intentions across. The more times you comment on a topic, the more activity shows up on your profile.

•    Contact past colleagues, employers and classmates using the “ask for a recommendation” feature. Once they respond, their testimonials will appear on your profile.

Facebook:

•    Give your profile a make-over by erasing game applications, and adjusting the features so that all your personal photos become private. Set the settings to block tagged images from appearing on your wall, and only leave posts relevant to your career focus, allowing thought-provoking business opinions to dominate your page.

•    Create a Page for yourself, which will allow people to subscribe to your postings and begin following you without having to add you as a friend. Make sure this page contains your resume and only professional posts and information. Edit the privacy settings on your profile, to make it private. This way, only your Page will appear on Google and other search engines.

If you need help getting started with your job search, I can provide you with the tools and resources that will make you more confident and focused. Join my Facebook page to receive further job search tips.

 

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5 Common Career Myths & Mistakes

A single mistaken thought or misguided perception can send you down a career path that will be frustrating, inappropriate or just plain wrong for who you are. Here are 5 of the most common mistaken beliefs that derail people’s careers.

“I’m going into it for the money”:
Sure, we all like making money – but a high salary can never substitute for authentic job satisfaction. Following the dollar rather than your passions can actually make you bitter, lower your productivity, pull you off track and rob you of the positive feelings and exuberance that comes from loving what you do.

“Being an entrepreneur will give me freedom”:
Being an entrepreneur may lead to huge rewards – but it also may be the very opposite of freedom. Often it means never being able to stop thinking and worrying about your work, your company 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It could also mean having to choose between family and work. If you’re not really passionate about what you’re doing, you won’t have the energy to sustain the motivation needed.
“I’ll get an advanced degree – then I’ll be set for life”:
If you’ve chosen a career direction and the degree supports your getting there – that’s great. But if you’re thinking “I’ll get the degree first, and decide later,” then that degree could end up as a very expensive postponing technique. Before you pay thousands of dollars and time going to school, you better be sure you are focused on an appropriate, well thought out goal.

“I want a glamorous career in a fashionable industry”:
What a job or industry looks like from the outside is often the very opposite of what it’s like from the inside. Glamorous industries are often fraught with long hours, internal politics, detailed drudgework and shallow values. It’s important to collect first hand information and understand the industry issues.  If you don’t do your research you could end up for a big shock, by finding out you’ve chosen a totally inappropriate career.

“I hate my boss, I hate the office politics…”:
Over-generalizing can lead to drastic moves.  It’s so important to isolate the problem and differentiate the issues from the assumptions. Being unhappy may cause you to over emphasize the negative without being aware of the positive. Often I’ve seen people become totally happy by making a slight shift or finding another job in the same industry. Not every problem requires huge shifts.I’ve spent over 15 years helping people solve their career problems, identify the mistakes they’re making and implement effective career plans that lead to fulfillment and satisfaction.. Often it’s a matter of sweeping away mistaken perceptions about yourself or the workplace. I’d be happy to help you resolve your career issues and implement a plan. Nothing is more life-transforming than a career that makes you happy.

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A New Year Career Check-Up

As we enter a New Year, this is the perfect time to step back and review the past year. This is a season for reflecting, and what could be more important to reflect upon than your career and your future?

Whether you need a totally new direction, or a shift within your existing career, take this opportunity to sharpen your focus and move onto a more productive, effective track for 2013. It’s the best gift you could give yourself.

To find the most successful and satisfying careers one needs to work from the inside out. Self-reflection is the most important step towards finding and reaching your right career fit.

Here are a few questions to help you take a fresh look at yourself and to help you move into a career based on who you are, what fulfills your needs, and what expresses you most.

  • What are the most important priorities at this point in my life?
  • What do I like best and least about my current job?
  • What do I consider my greatest strengths?
  • What excites, motivates and energizes me the most?
  • If you could create the perfect work-life, what would it be?

Answering these questions is a good start towards formulating and realizing your career goals. The better you can define yourself and your issues, the clearer and more actionable your strategy will become.

I have spent 20 years helping people choose, change and advance their careers… and I’ve been rewarded by seeing scores of clients move into satisfying, fulfilling, perfect-fit careers. If you would like guidance in defining and reaching your career goals, I would be happy to help you.

212-826-0685     www.eileensharaga.com     esharaga@nyc.rr.com
Eileen Sharaga is a recognized authority on career development and employment trends. As a career counselor, psychologist and educator, Ms Sharaga helps people choose, change and advance their careers. Having both a psychological and business background, she provides a unique perspective into navigating today’s complex career issues.  Ms Sharaga is an advanced Myers Briggs practitioner and specializes in career transition and self-assessment. Ms Sharaga is a source for media, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Working Today and The New York Times.

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Job Search Essentials

Are you floundering or unable to get started on your job search? Have you gotten off track, or lost your motivation? Whether you’re looking for a new job, transitioning into a new field or looking for your first job… you need to have a well thought-out strategy.

Here are 5 Practical Tips for Conducting an Effective Job Search:

1. Self Analysis:

Where are you now in your career? What is it that makes you unhappy? What aspects of your job give you satisfaction? What are your priorities at this point in your life? Does your current career meet some of your criteria but not others? Can you articulate your goals? To reach your goals you must first become clear on what they are.

2.  Focus and Positioning:

We are in a very niche marketplace today. You cannot be all things to all people. Focus and positioning are crucial. If your job target is wrong, everything else will be wrong.  For example, “marketing” is not focused enough. Is it marketing manager, marketing communicaton, product marketing, integrated marketing? The more specific you are the more effective your search will be. Knowing your target means understanding what industry, what function, and what job title you’re searching for.

3.  Resume Summary Statement:

Your summary statement is the most important part of your resume. It presents the key points about you and creates focus for your resume. What are the most important points you want to get across? The summary statement sets the theme for your target and objectives. If you are having difficulty writing a summary statement it might mean you’re having difficulty focusing.

4.  Expand Your Job Search Channels:

Commercial job sites such as Monster and Hotjobs have become over-crowded and over-used. While the Internet provides a world of information and multitude of job sites, we often underestimate the traditional sources of search venues. These are: trade publications, industry associations, job fairs, alumni associations and, the most important of all, networking.

5.  Diagnose Your Own Ailment:

What is stopping you from getting started? Is it lack of confidence about your skills; gaps in your background? Lack of focus? Fear of rejection? You need to understand the problem that you’re having, so you can deal with it. By identifying your barriers, you are in a better position to work through them.

A job search is a very difficult and demanding process. It is important to stay focused and motivated… the best way to do this is to know that your job target truly fits your personality and your abilities. Having a clear vision and the right strategy will keep you on track and ultimately result in a more successful job search.

If you need guidance in any phase of this process please feel free to contact me.

http://www.eileensharaga.com      esharaga@nyc.rr.com

Eileen Sharaga is a recognized authority on career development and employment trends. As a career counselor, psychologist and educator, Ms Sharaga helps people choose, change and advance their careers. Having both a psychological and business background, she provides a unique perspective into navigating today’s complex career issues.  Ms Sharaga is an advanced Myers Briggs practitioner and specializes in career transition and self-assessment. Ms Sharaga is a source for media, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Working Today and The New York Times. 

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