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Personalize your LinkedIn Profile URL

linkedinWhen you customize your LinkedIn URL, you are enhancing the address, and making it easier for people to find and recognize you. Your new URL will be useful to add as a link to your resume or to put on a networking card.

When you originally set up your profile, you were given a default URL. For example, mine may have looked like this:

www.linkedin.com/pub/michelle-riklan/56/169/ba44/

As you can see, this would be a difficult address to remember. In order to customize your URL, go to the Profile tab and click on “edit profile.” Right underneath your picture, you will see the current URL and an option to edit it. Click edit and continue as follows:

 

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How to Get Your Foot in the Door in a Creative Industry

CreativeIndustryAre you interested in a career as an illustrator, artist, or journalist? If you've ever interned at a creative company or agency, you already know how stiff the competition can be for entry-level jobs. Internships are a good start to pad your CV and start making industry connections, but you'll also want to keep the following tips in mind to boost your chances of signing a creative contract.

Can you sum up what you have to offer in one or two sentences? If not, start writing a draft. You should be able to spin your talent and show recruiters what makes you unique from other candidates in a limited amount of time. Think carefully about what makes you stand out, and what you have to offer the industry.

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What Happens if You Take the Summer Off After Graduating?

If you graduated May this year, is it possible that you missed the boat by taking the summer off from interviewing?

loungingI know you're worn out, what with all the exams, internships and the thesis you had to complete. But it's so tempting to take a few months or a year off to unwind after graduating from college.

You can't just up and go, right? What would happen to your career prospects if you take a vacation?

There's been a lot of debate about this subject, so let me set the record straight.

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Financing a Franchise May Be Easier Than You Think

JMM_0564Perhaps the most essential building block to starting a new business is sufficient capitalization. So what are the best ways to ensure you have enough money to start and run your business until you begin to earn a profit?

Preparation must come first, so by the time you sink any money into your new business, you will have completed your due diligence and set a solid path to success. This includes extensive research into your future business, including interviewing many people along the way to help you settle on a business that best matches your skills, experience and interest.

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Monday Motivator for your Job Search and Interviews- Visualize Your Success

 

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Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.
- Eileen Caddy

 

Get motivated for your job search and interviews this week!

Visualize your success!

When you expect a good outcome from whatever it is--a conversation, a meeting, or your job search--you are more likely to experience it.

Why is that? Maybe it's just because when you expect a good thing to happen, you approach it with a different attitude--you seem friendlier, you are more confident, and you do things that push you further toward that success. Whatever the reason, it does happen--I have experienced it myself.

So, set your sights high in your job search!

I invite you to come to one of my free job search training webinars this week. You will be encouraged and discover something new that will move you toward job search success. See Weekly Webinar Topics Here.

 

 

‘I Boosted My Compensation by 76% in My New Job’

Boost SalesI received this amazing letter from Russ...with Career Confidential's help, he landed his dream job and boosted his salary and benefits by a total of 76%...plus bonuses!

Hi Peggy,

Just a very satisfied customer here to thank you (and Carl) very much for your great help and advice at Career Confidential that has helped me land a dream regional sales job in the food industry. My new base salary is 48% higher than my current position's base, and if you count all the perks and benefits that my new job has that the old one doesn't, that's a 76% increase over my old baseline, and that's not including any of the performance based compensation (bonus, sales override, and profit sharing). The reasonable first year potential for this role is nearly three times my current compensation!

I could not have landed this job nor negotiated this compensation package without the great information and advice that I have received from Career Confidential. The 30-60-90 Day Plan, "closing for the job," and other tips that I learned from your bi-weekly calls and other materials, as well as the confidence I gained are directly responsible for this great outcome.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

- Russ Tolman

Congratulations, Russ!

Russ used a 30-60-90-Day Sales Plan (a MUST-DO if you are interviewing for a sales job) and my tips on closing for the job (boosts your chances of getting the offer by 30%-40%).

The bi-weekly calls he refers to are in my Total Access Club (total coaching for your job search).

 

‘Damage Control’ Interview Thank You Note Can Save Your Job Offer

Life PreserverOn a good day, thank you notes are very important to your job interview process. On a bad day, they may be your only hope.

If you flubbed an important job interview question, forgot some critical piece of information, or just made a mistake, the job interview thank you note (see a sample of a good interview thank you note) provide critical damage control and maybe even save your job offer. All you have to do is address whatever the problem was in your note, and email it to the interviewer as soon as possible.

Thank you letters show your great attitude, highlight your communication skills, and give you a chance to provide more information about why you're a perfect fit for this job. In this case, a thank you note also highlights your ability to take in information (the interview) and provide corrective feedback. It shows that you can respond to issues in a positive way (a great quality in any employee) and turn a negative situation into a positive one.

** Get my free report on Job Interview Follow Up--it covers writing the thank you note as well as when you should call the company and what to say.

 

How to Search for a Job Without Alerting Your Boss (or Getting on Your Boss’s Bad Side)

Thinking-Of-Your-Next-Job-Move-medIt’s normal to want another job while you’re already employed; maybe you’re looking for new challenges, a better compensation package, a promotion, or maybe you just don’t like your current boss. Whatever it is, one thing remains constant–your current employer must not find out that you’re looking for another job.

 The Consequences Could be Severe

Your current employer is almost certainly going to take your actions against you, especially if you’re seeking a job with their competitor. Depending on how your current boss might react, he or she may give you a hard time at work, interfere with your job search, give you a bad reference, or report you to Human Resources.

To help you avoid the backlash of your current employer, it’s important to be very discreet of what you say from the moment you decide to look for another job.

Proceed with Caution: 5 Tips to Help You Look for a Job without Getting Fired for Doing So

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How to Hunt for an Executive Job

Complimentary Guide - 10 Steps to Getting an Executive Job in Mere Weeks

Complimentary Guide - 10 Steps to Getting an Executive Job in Mere Weeks

 

To land an executive job, you have to find the job and then get an interview.

THE most effective way to get interviews is to go directly to the person with the power to hire you—and that person is always the hiring manager (this is the person who would be your boss, or your boss’s boss). This person never works in Human Resources, so do not waste one second applying for jobs online.

At a management level, depending on exactly where you are, your hiring manager is going to be someone at the C-Level, or with the title of Director, Vice-President, President, or something similar.  It could also be a Board of Directors or an investment group.

The hiring manager is the one who can say “yes, you’re hired.” HR can’t say “yes,” they can only say “no.” All they do is either stop you (which they often do, even if you don’t deserve it) or pass you along to the hiring manager. So, skip them. You don’t need HR to be your gatekeeper. Go directly to the hiring manager. How do you find this person?

 

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Monday Motivator for your Job Search and Interviews- Find Solutions

 

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Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.
- Robert H. Schuller

 

What problems are you facing in your job search? Whatever it is, I want you to realize today that this problem shouldn't hold you back--it should teach you something that helps you be more and better than you are now.

If you can't find the right jobs, it doesn't mean they aren't there. It means you need to find them in the hidden job market, which accounts for at least 70% of all available jobs).

If you have submitted your resume 437 times and can't get an interview, it doesn't mean you don't deserve an interview. It probably means that you haven't presented yourself properly with your resume. I've seen it over and over again...job seekers who redo their resumes in the right way (adding numbers often does the trick) start getting interviews immediately. Or, not getting interviews may mean that your resume isn't getting delivered to the right person. To get an interview, your future boss (the hiring manager) needs to see your resume. Submitting your resume online sends it to HR, and they may not send it to the hiring manager for you. To make sure it gets to the hiring manager, you need to contact them yourself. (Learn how to contact hiring managers.)

If you get interviews but not offers, it doesn't mean you're not qualified. It means that you aren't interviewing well--and that's a skill you can easily learn. Check out my blog series, How to Answer Interview Questions. Learn to create a 30-60-90-day plan. Both of these will guarantee you a better interview than what you are experiencing now.

If you let a problem be a stop sign, it will keep you in your job search for months, or even years. If you use it as a guideline to adjust your actions, you will find the path to success. Best of luck!

 

 

‘I Got The Interview Because I Contacted the Hiring Manager’

business peopleEd applied TWICE for the same position and didn't get any response--then he contacted the hiring manager directly, and got the interview!

...I have an interview on Tuesday that I'm hoping leads to an offer! I used Peggy's system to contact the VP of Technology Delivery in the company who did not know about the 2 previous times I've applied to this company for the same position.  But this time, it worked! She forwarded my resume to the Training Manager who referred my info to the HR Manager who called last Friday.

After that conversation, she told me that she was going to have the Training Manager contact me--she called yesterday...my [face-to-face] interview is with the TM first, followed by the VP I originally sent my resume to, then someone in the Services department and finally the HR Manager! So I'm thinking, why would they have me meet with the VP and this other person unless maybe I was their choice and then HR at the end for the offer?  Sounds good and interesting and so I have Peggy to thank if this works out...

Ed

Congratulations, Ed!  Your story demonstrates the power of going around HR and contacting the hiring manager (or higher) directly.

The system Ed used to contact the hiring manager and get the interview:  The Hidden Jobs Finder

 

Job Search Time-Waster: Applying Online [Video]

If you spend most of your job search time looking for jobs online and submitting your resume or application for them there, you are wasting your time and you can do better. Watch the video to see why (and how).

The majority of actual job openings are not advertised at any given moment (for a variety of reasons). Find those 'hidden' jobs with Hidden Job Market Strategy Tips.

See an additional video for how to contact hiring managers directly to get interviews.

Get a proven system to find jobs and get interviews: Hidden Jobs Finder.

 

How to Find Executive Jobs

Complimentary Guide - 10 Steps to Getting an Executive Job in Mere Weeks

Complimentary Guide - 10 Steps to Getting an Executive Job in Mere Weeks

Executive jobs are a lot harder to find than others, partly because there are simply fewer of them (there are many more soldiers than generals, right?) and partly because at this level, most companies aren't posting job openings on Monster.

So if you're looking for a position as an executive (VP, President, Director, CEO, CTO, CFO, or any other C-level job), what do you do?  How do you find your next executive job?

 

1 - Network

If you are job searching at an executive level, you must have been in your career long enough by now that your network is extensive.  Let everyone know you're looking.  A lot of people are uncomfortable with letting everyone know that they’re unemployed. But as an executive, you will do yourself a huge disservice if you do not let your entire network know you’re looking—all the people you’ve worked with in the past (co-workers, bosses, clients or customers) and even your social connections (friends, family, church or civic groups). By now, you should have a large pool of contacts to work with, and you must take advantage of it.

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Dream into your next great career

Young boy pilot against a blue cloudy skyThe best way to discover your next career is to dream.

Most job seekers focus on their last job title and industry for that next career step. This is too limiting. Do not do this!

Instead let your mind go wild and start dreaming. Push yourself to dream beyond your most recent job title and industry.

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Job Hunting Tips for the Fifty-something Applicant

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When companies downsize or merge, older employees often get laid off first.  Many companies won’t hesitate to get someone younger to take over the position held by a senior professional because of money issues. According to the AARP, workers aged 55 and over have an average length of 54.2 weeks of unemployment. This is higher than the 35.9 unemployed weeks of other job applicants under 55.

In a market full of both young and senior professionals, a senior job seeker has to stand out from others to get a better chance of being hired again. Age might be just a number, but many employers would look at this negatively.

Here’s How You Can Make Your Age an Asset Instead of a Liability in Job Hunting

Strategize, Develop a Plan, and Identify Senior-friendly Employers

Many people would say it’s a good idea to send out resumes to all possible employers to increase chances of being hired. Well, not really, because not getting any feedback despite sending hundreds of resumes can make you feel rejected.

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