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A Better Job is Out There. The Trick is Finding It!

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The process of beginning to look for a new job can feel overwhelming. With seemingly more and more jobs available each month, Americans are being forced to reevaluate their current financial situations. Many workers find themselves asking, “Am I content with my current employer?” Roughly half of Americans reported adequate satisfaction, but what do you do if you are a part of the group that wants more?

While there are numerous ways to begin your job search, the most important component is to simply start your search. You won’t find your dream career without searching or assuming it will come to you.

Your Friend: Social Media

As we enter 2019, one thing is for certain: Social media dominates our lives and the society we live in. Over the past decade, it has grown to play larger and larger roles in our everyday lives. Our jobs and means of employment are no exception. Companies often advertise roles they are looking to fill on their sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter.

They may use a Staffing and Recruiting company, like Johnson Service Group, to find these candidates for them directly through recruiters. Sometimes they employ third-party sites like Indeed to host job opportunities and means for applying online. Regardless, job openings and employers needs are readily available over the internet. Finding and accessing them is a matter of knowing where to look.

Your Friend: Your Friends/Colleagues

The best weapon in your arsenal when looking for a new job may seem obvious, but networking has withstood the test of time and remains the best way to land a new career. And while the landscape of the networking world has evolved to incorporate cell phones, social media, video calls, and other technologies, the goal remains the same: to form valuable connections between one or more people.

Touch base with peers or colleagues from your past. A simple direct message on LinkedIn or Twitter asking about someone’s current state is both a friendly hello, and a way to learn about their place of work. If appropriate and they are willing, a first-hand account of an employer is one of the most valuable pieces of information during a job search. From here, we could ask them to formally introduce us; a formal introduction creates a more lasting and meaningful connection, increasing your chance of being remembered (and hopefully hired).

If you have no immediate connections that interest you, look at potential employers through LinkedIn. Employees are listed on their company profile, and you may be surprised to find someone you’re connected with working there.

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How to Make Up for a Lack of Experience

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Are you struggling to break into an industry, or have been repeatedly turned down for jobs? Often, this is because of a lack of experience, which is paradoxical in the sense that it’s difficult to gain experience without said job. While this is one of the most frustrating predicaments that many people can relate to, it’s important to focus on what we can control. You may not be able to replicate the direct experience that a specific job provides. However, you can do several things to boost your stock as a hirable candidate.

Form Meaningful Connections

When interviewing, you can’t rely on talking points from your resume. Don’t count on things like former titles, notable education, or references to directly translate to a new job. Often, these attributes are beneficial when securing an interview, but in the interview itself, it’s imperative to show why your past experiences are relevant. Forming meaningful connections between these experiences and the expectations of a job communicate why you are the best candidate. Being able to explain what you gained from an internship or former job and how you plan to apply it if hired, will result in a much more notable interview session.

If you are wondering where to start building your professional network, LinkedIn is a tremendous networking tool.

Acquire New Skills

Another way to tackle the lack of experience when you can’t seem to land a certain job is to identify key skills that you’re missing. The depth and time associated with learning a new skill are dependent on the industry and role. Going back to school to obtain a degree can do wonders to advance a career. But it’s often expensive and time-consuming. For a more specialized interest, online resources are abundant and relevant to almost any industry in the world.

Every day, more and more people are learning new skills via tutorials or programs on the internet, doing everything from learning a new language to coding boot camps. And with how tight the job market is right now, soft skills are becoming more and more important. Many clients are willing to overlook certain “hard” skills if you have the necessary soft skills. Rememver, soft skills are those you can’t teach, which is why they can be so desirable!

Learn from Failures

Failure is a normal part of life. While it is never ideal to fail or make mistakes, these shortcomings happen to be some of the best teachers a person has. If you interview for a job, only to be informed you will not be receiving an offer, ask why. It seems intrusive, but most hiring managers will willingly inform you as to why they made their decision. This insight gives you the ability to continuously build and learn for your next interview, task, or relevant event.

As long as we don’t repeat the same mistakes and look to continuously grow and build off what we’ve learned, past failures will go a long way in ensuring we do better next time.

Ask Why

It can be overwhelming when you get that dreadful email saying something to the effect of: “You did a tremendous job on your interview, but we’re ultimately moving forward with another candidate.” This can make you feel defeated. However, don’t just hang up the phone and kick yourself when your down. Ask the hiring manager why. “Why didn’t I get the job?” “What could I do to improve to become a stronger candidate?”

By figuring out where you fell short, you can build upon your shortcomings. Acquire a new skill and learn from your failures to make yourself that much stronger of a candidate next time.

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3 Things That Will Help You Get Hired Through LinkedIn

3 Simple Steps To Getting Hired Through Linkedin

LinkedIn is by far one of the best places to “get discovered” for your next opportunity. You’ve probably heard stories about friends who get a seemingly random message through LinkedIn and all of a sudden they’ve landed a great job with a huge pay increase and a fantastic company culture. Spoiler alert: it’s not random! Recruiters are scouring LinkedIn day in and day out to find the diamond in the rough that will be the perfect fit for their open role. So how do you become one of the candidates that are so eagerly sought after through this social media network? Easy, just follow these 3 simple steps.

  1. Updating Your Settings

An update to your privacy settings is the essential first step to getting a job through LinkedIn. Make sure that almost everything is set to be visible to the public. This includes your profile photo, your entire profile, and your visibility when viewing other’s profiles. Perhaps the most important setting you will want to change is new – “Let recruiters know you’re open to opportunities.” It can be found under the Privacy tab in your settings. Definitely click “yes” on this option! LinkedIn will hide this information from anyone at your current company, so it won’t spoil the fact that you’re searching, but it WILL notify other recruiters that you’re on the lookout!

3 Simple Steps To Getting Hired Through Linkedin

  1. Fill Up Your Skills & Endorsements

Any skill that you add to this section will act as a keyword for recruiters searching for you. So, instead of just saying you are a “Computer Programmer,” add specific skills such as Java, C++, or anything else that you have experience in. Here’s an insider tip: because job titles can vary so much, recruiters often search solely by skills, making this step critical to being found!

  1. Be Active!

The more you post about your industry and expertise, the more you’ll show up in searches. Always be sure to share relevant content and add a thoughtful comment that adds value to the overall message. You can even spark up a conversation with others by tagging them using the @ sign. There’s nothing that recruiters love more than discovering a candidate who not only knows their stuff, but who is passionate about it too!