We’ve given you 10 tips for using LinkedIn to find a job and now we’ll turn our attentions to Twitter, perhaps the most talked about social media site of the moment. Although Twitter is arguably perceived as being more about socialising than professional networking, it is still a hugely valuable tool for businesses, professionals-and job seekers. Here are 10 tips for using Twitter to get a job.
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How many times a day do you say to yourself, "I like what I do, but not where I work?" Or the opposite, "I like where I work, but not what I do?" The current economy has kept many employees stationed for the past couple of years, not because they love what they do -- but because they are too scared to pursue other opportunities. But many employees feel disengaged from their jobs and don't know what to do. So should you continue to stay in a job where you are unhappy? Or start looking for somewhere where you'll be happier?
How many times a day do you say to yourself, "I like what I do, but not where I work?" Or the opposite, "I like where I work, but not what I do?"
The current economy has kept many employees stationed for the past couple of years, not because they love what they do -- but because they are too scared to pursue other opportunities. But many employees feel disengaged from their jobs and don't know what to do. So should you continue to stay in a job where you are unhappy? Or start looking for somewhere where you'll be happier?
Summer's here and many people face the challenge of staying focused at work. They'd rather be on the golf course, at the pool, just sitting on their porch, or anywhere but at the office. We all know the work can't stop just because it's nice outside, so consider these tips to make sure you continue to excel and stay focused during the summer.
1. Bring summer into the office
Here is the famous ‘Just Do It’ speech by Art Williams, the billionaire insurance executive. Although it’s clear he's primarily addressing American citizens and inhabitants, there’s a message here for all of us. Whatever your objective, stop procrastinating and take the necessary action!
Sometimes, including in careers transition, the action does not have to be big. It can be as simple as starting to write a plan, or calling up a useful connection to see how they are. Furthermore, taking action doesn’t have to mean doing things really fast. This can actually be counterproductive, especially when it comes to something that acquires a targeted approach such as career change or job hunting. A slower pace of activity can actually be more effective if you’re taking the time to really be clear on what you’re doing.
If you’ve decided it’s time to take action in terms of your career, but you’re not sure what to do or how to do it, drop us a line or explore the rest of our website to see how we can help you ‘just do it’!
After taking a career break to be a parent, a lot of us decide to pursue a new career direction instead of returning to our old role. Changing career can be daunting at the best of times, so it's natural to feel overwhelmed by the challenge if you haven't been in the workplace for a while. However, it's by no means an impossible feat. The most challenging aspect is perhaps deciding which career you want to pursue and then finding a way in. There are five key messages to take on board when deciding which path to take and how to follow it:
1. Start planning
The first 30 seconds of a job interview are the most important - so if you want to be a cut above the rest you need to be on the ball. Rob Yeung, a business psychologist, maintains that an interview is all about the three Ps. "You need to prepare, you need to practise, and then, on the day, you need to perform."
Here are 10 tips for interview success.
1. First impressions count
Greet your interviewer with a smile and firm handshake. Give eye contact. Try to make small talk during the walk from the reception area to the interview room. Liz Anderson, a human resources manager says, "You have to sell yourself before you can sell anything else and the first 30 seconds are when the interviewer subconsciously makes decisions about whether they like you or not and whether you will fit into the team."
Careers professionals, such as advisors, coaches, mentors, counsellors, and guides can be helpful, but, like everything else in life, there are good ones, bad ones and ones in between. If your careers professional does any of these things you know you've definitely got someone who is not the best at career consulting!:
1) Says 'You've got 10 minutes' as you sit down and then spends the whole of that 10 minutes checking his watch.
2) Listens to you pour your heart out as you explain your career issues and then replies, 'I don't see what the problem is, everything sounds ok to me'.
3) Says 'I can't help you and I don't know anyone who can'.
4) Tells you to lie on your CV
5) Advises you that your ideal career is 'being famous'.
6) Rolls her eyes when you tell her which career you’d like.
7) Suggests you flirt with interviewers to get a job
8) Makes your decisions for you.
9) Applies for jobs on your behalf.
10) Applies for jobs on your behalf without telling you.
Here at Position Ignition we can safely say our Career Guides would never do any of those things! That's because not only do they have professional qualifications in the career transition field, they all also have a wealth of life and career experience under their belts. Their various skills and qualities equip them for relating to our clients as well as providing fresh, knowledgeable and objective perspectives. If you think you'd like to work with a Position Ignition Career Guide, get in touch and we can give you more information.
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 ten ways in which we can use LinkedIn in our pursuit for the right career.
You've finally made it to the top of the team / department / company / industry / world / universe and are now the boss. It's a nice position to be in, but what if you let power go to your head and end up driving your employees mad? Never fear-here are a few tips to keep you grounded and stop you turning into a bossy boss!
1 Don't threaten violence-Bob may have given you the slip to go for his 716th cigarette break today, but that's no excuse to tell his colleagues 'I'm going to break his neck when he comes back!' You never know how seriously they might take you...