How the generations use social media to job search (infographic) – pcworld.com


By Kristin Burnham, CIO.com

a new survey from Millennial Branding and Beyond.com looks at the similarities and differences among the three generations and compares how they each approach the job search.

“The most surprising statistic was that Boomers are using the internet as well as social networks more in their job search than younger generations,” says Dan Schawbel, managing partner at Millennial Branding. “Since Boomers are out of work longer and understand the fundamentals of networking, they are going to LinkedIn in order to find new opportunities.”

The study surveyed 5,268 job seekers, including 742 from Gen Y; 1,676 from Gen X (ages 30 to 47); and 2,850 Baby Boomers (ages 48 to 67).

While all generations rely on social networks for job leads to some degree, Schawbel says that none put enough emphasis on networking in-person  …   Leer más “How the generations use social media to job search (infographic) – pcworld.com”

This Website Uses Social Media to Find Your Dream Job


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Chances are you already know how difficult it is to find any job in this economy, let alone your dream job. Last month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 12.7 million unemployed Americans, and there aren’t any quick fixes in sight.

With millions of others looking for the same jobs, you don’t have time to scroll through hundreds of listings every day — you need to be able to optimize your search. Luckily there’s a new website that has found a way to utilize your online social circles to lead you to gainful employment:Jackalope Jobs.

Jackalope Jobs focuses on job seekers like you, helping you gain an edge on the competition by sorting through your social networks and pinpointing valuable connections. The way the site works is simple: You log in with LinkedInFacebook or Plaxo, and Jackalope Jobs imports all of your contacts, credentials and connections.

From the dashboard, you can search for a job and also search through your connections. You’re able to type in a job title or any keywords relevant to your search, and Jackalope Jobs will pull together listings from job boards, social media and other places in accordance with its “Jackalope Ranking” (best match according to your network and qualifications). You can also manually sort the job listings in any way you see fit — that is, by number of relevant connections, etc.

By clicking on any one job listing, you can see who among your connections could put you in touch with that particular company, and how exactly they are affiliated. You’re even able to reach out to those connections directly through the Jackalope Jobs interface, instead of needing to log on to the social network separately. Then, of course, you’re able to click through to the original listing for more information on how to apply.

There are numerous job search sites out there that promise to help, so what makes Jackalope Jobs worth your time? A big factor is the site’s strong dedication to job seekers. “Our mission is to help one million people find a job by the year 2015,” Sudy Bharadwaj, founder and CEO of Jackalope Jobs, tells Mashable.

Bharadwaj decided to create the site after he realized just how many people are looking for jobs — a combination of the unemployed, underemployed and currently employed but seeking something else. “They are very underserved, since most sites focus on advertisers, employers and recruiters. Therefore, we see a huge need and a huge market,” he says.

Bharadwaj says that a company or recruiter typically wants five great candidates to end up solely with their company or client. But for the job-seekers, he wants Jackalope Jobs to help each one to find five great jobs through any company, job board or social network.

Most job sites are constrained to a certain number of jobs that they can present to the job seeker, by virtue of their revenue models. According to Bharadwaj, even the biggest job sites show only approximately 5% of available openings. The Jackalope Jobs team believes that job seekers need greater access to openings, but doing so requires more intelligent searching, which the site provides through semantic search technology.

“With the proliferation of job boards and the acceptance of social networks, we also realize the timing is great to take advantage of these technologies,” Bharadwaj says. “What’s exciting is that we are leveraging leading-edge technologies to solve a very important problem.”

Jackalope Jobs depends in part on how your connections maintain their social profiles. LinkedIn users usually have detailed work history, while some Facebook users want to keep their personal lives separate and do not include their work information. Bharadwaj says the team plans to merge LinkedIn, Facebook and other social networks as the site develops. “[This way] we can find connections via personal relationships or business relationships that can help with a job seeker’s search,” Bharadwaj says. “Both personal and professional connections can help.”

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50+ Job Skills You Should List on Your Resume


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There are lots of reasons it might be hard to cobble together a decent resume. Maybe you’ve been unemployed for a long time, maybe you’re trying to switch careers or maybe you’re a mom who’s been home raising kids for a few years.

Whatever your situation, there’s good news. Resumes are changing. Your skills are just as valuable as your formal employment and can help sell yourresume to a potential employer.

Ford R. Myers, career coach, speaker and author of the book “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring” (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) encourages job seekers to draw on a variety of past experiences, in both paid and non-paid positions, when applying for new employment.

“These transferable skills, acquired during any activity – volunteer positions, classes, projects, parenting, hobbies, sports – can be applicable to one’s next job,” Myers said.  “By adding transferable skills to a resume, employers get a better understanding and broader picture of who they are hiring – as well as the interests, values and experiences that the candidate brings to the table.”

Myers divided transferrable skills into five broad skill areas and gives examples of how you can describe each: Leer más “50+ Job Skills You Should List on Your Resume”

Success Plan 2012 – Committing to & Achieving the Dream – Protect Your Job and Boost Your Employability

We all have dreams and make resolutions for a more fulfilling life. Yet we fail achieving the dream with a solid plan of attack. Dream too long and you’ll look back on a life’s path scattered with the tombstones of lost opportunities. Try something new, and 2012 can be the year you change the trajectory of your entire life; all you have to do is wake up and smell the coffee, and then start walking towards it.

Job security is a thing of the past, but you can regain control of your life by replacing blind loyalty to faithless employers with a commitment to your own long-term economic survival. Make this the year you commit to understanding and applying the new career managementstrategies that will put security and fulfillment back in your life. It’s just a question of making time in an already hectic life.

Steal Time for Achieving the Dream

The average American gets home from work, watches five hours of TV (25% of it commercials), and goes to bed, not always in that order. Give up just one thirty-minute TV sitcom four nights a week and I’ll show you how to revolutionize your life. Steal just two hours a week and invest it in learning how to make your life better.

It starts with understanding that no one cares about your survival except you, and doing something about this situation: Learn what it takes to get back to work; protect the job you have; get a better job, get a promotion; plan and execute job or career changes. Simultaneously you can begin to think about your entrepreneurial dreams. These are the issues of modern career management that you ignore at your peril.

A Successful Career Is Not a Sprint; It’s a Marathon

When you think about achieving lifetime plans, think in terms of calendars not clocks. Most people sacrifice a life of fulfillment to the whims of instant gratification because a life of fulfillment requires hard work. It’s time to start living up to your dreams, not your income.

Whatever your goals, the sooner you start towards them the better. Begin with evaluating where you are now and where you want to be ten years down the road. “I want to be president of the company” and “I want to be president of my own company,” aren’t mutually exclusive: This is not an either/or world anymore. You can pursue multiple career goals and multiple career paths: climbing the corporate ladder, building a successful business, making your living in the arts. There are proven paths to make multiple career goals come true. Others do it every year, so why not you?

Given your goals, all you need is a plan of attack that steadily takes you from where you stand today to where you want to stand tomorrow. Just what will you have to do to get from here to there? You then break those big steps down into smaller and smaller steps, until there is some small action you can take today, and every day, that will bring you one step closer to realizing the goals that give your life meaning. You can build plans and the stepping stones for the achievement in your corporate career and in your entrepreneurial and dream careers.

For Your Core Corporate Career

Become the best you can be, to secure the job you have today and to land the job you want tomorrow. Simultaneously, commit to learning the employment skills you need to survive: How to write a resume, how to turn a job interview into a job offer, and the handful of other critical job search and career management skills that you must master to survive.


by Martin Yate | http://workawesome.com

We all have dreams and make resolutions for a more fulfilling life. Yet we fail achieving the dream with a solid plan of attack. Dream too long and you’ll look back on a life’s path scattered with the tombstones of lost opportunities. Try something new, and 2012 can be the year you change the trajectory of your entire life; all you have to do is wake up and smell the coffee, and then start walking towards it.

Job security is a thing of the past, but you can regain control of your life by replacing blind loyalty to faithless employers with a commitment to your own long-term economic survival. Make this the year you commit to understanding and applying the new career managementstrategies that will put security and fulfillment back in your life. It’s just a question of making time in an already hectic life.

Steal Time for Achieving the Dream

The average American gets home from work, watches five hours of TV (25% of it commercials), and goes to bed, not always in that order. Give up just one thirty-minute TV sitcom four nights a week and I’ll show you how to revolutionize your life. Steal just two hours a week and invest it in learning how to make your life better.

It starts with understanding that no one cares about your survival except you, and doing something about this situation: Learn what it takes to get back to work; protect the job you have; get a better job, get a promotion; plan and execute job or career changes. Simultaneously you can begin to think about your entrepreneurial dreams. These are the issues of modern career management that you ignore at your peril.

A Successful Career Is Not a Sprint; It’s a Marathon

When you think about achieving lifetime plans, think in terms of calendars not clocks. Most people sacrifice a life of fulfillment to the whims of instant gratification because a life of fulfillment requires hard work. It’s time to start living up to your dreams, not your income.

Whatever your goals, the sooner you start towards them the better. Begin with evaluating where you are now and where you want to be ten years down the road. “I want to be president of the company” and “I want to be president of my own company,” aren’t mutually exclusive: This is not an either/or world anymore. You can pursue multiple career goals and multiple career paths: climbing the corporate ladder, building a successful business, making your living in the arts. There are proven paths to make multiple career goals come true. Others do it every year, so why not you?

Given your goals, all you need is a plan of attack that steadily takes you from where you stand today to where you want to stand tomorrow. Just what will you have to do to get from here to there? You then break those big steps down into smaller and smaller steps, until there is some small action you can take today, and every day, that will bring you one step closer to realizing the goals that give your life meaning. You can build plans and the stepping stones for the achievement in your corporate career and in your entrepreneurial and dream careers.

For Your Core Corporate Career

Become the best you can be, to secure the job you have today and to land the job you want tomorrow. Simultaneously, commit to learning the employment skills you need to survive: How to write a resume, how to turn a job interview into a job offer, and the handful of other critical job search and career management skills that you must master to survive.

For Your Entrepreneurial Career… Leer más “Success Plan 2012 – Committing to & Achieving the Dream – Protect Your Job and Boost Your Employability”

How to Recruit with Facebook [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Lauren Hockenson | http://mashable.com/
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So you’ve got a great job that’s waiting to be filled at your company, and you decide you want to tap into thealready measured power of social media recruiting. You start to wrestle with the big kahuna, LinkedIn, and you’re also covering niche social media sites for your industry. But you may be ignoring an intensely powerful tool hiding right under your nose — Facebook. The social media mega-site has proven successful for snapping up young professionals, but it can be a great resource for finding talent at any level.

According to this infographic by HireRabbit, 48% of all job seekers (and 63% of those with a profile) did social media job hunting on Facebook in the past year. That’s a lot of eyes searching for opportunities, and if your brand is already active on the network, it could be worth engaging power users to recommend applicable candidates.

Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about recruiting on Facebook. Do you have a social media recruiting success story? Is it as effective as traditional recruiting? Let us know in the comments.


Lauren Hockenson
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So you’ve got a great job that’s waiting to be filled at your company, and you decide you want to tap into thealready measured power of social media recruiting. You start to wrestle with the big kahuna, LinkedIn, and you’re also covering niche social media sites for your industry. But you may be ignoring an intensely powerful tool hiding right under your nose — Facebook. The social media mega-site has proven successful for snapping up young professionals, but it can be a great resource for finding talent at any level.

According to this infographic by HireRabbit, 48% of all job seekers (and 63% of those with a profile) did social media job hunting on Facebook in the past year. That’s a lot of eyes searching for opportunities, and if your brand is already active on the network, it could be worth engaging power users to recommend applicable candidates.

Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about recruiting on Facebook. Do you have a social media recruiting success story? Is it as effective as traditional recruiting? Let us know in the comments.

New Linkedin Tool Lets You Create Your Professional Offline CV

With all the information about your professional career already stored on Linkedin it makes sense that there is an easy way to automatically generate a CV and to be honest I’m surprised that this feature has not existed up until now. The information populates automatically and you can then select a number of templates. Once you have finished mocking up your CV you can go ahead and print the CV or publish it as a PDF. Here are a couple of examples of what the CV will look like when finished. There really is no excuse for not having a properly formatted CV now but you will have to make sure your Linkedin information is up to date and accurate.


Linkedin have been stepping things up over the last 6 months and really improving the features that we all use on a daily basis and they have just launched a feature that will be useful to the millions of people looking for work out there at the moment with the instant resume.
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Get Hired Using Videos, Blogs and other Social Media

With 9.2% nationwide unemployment and an increasing number of qualified people looking for jobs, applicants are becoming more creative in the job search. For example, the paper resume has taken a back seat to the “digital interview” as YouTube is becoming an emerging platform for job seekers to showcase their expertise, skills and talents to prospective employers.

Using YouTube as a platform for job applications is more personalized and can be more effective than a resume when done correctly. Video is a great way to “brand yourself,” reach a broader audience and highlight special talents that may not stand out on a traditional resume. Additionally, video is a great way to show your personality and demonstrate who you are beyond words on paper.

Blogs are another useful way to pop up on the radar of a hiring manager or corporate executive. Use blogs to strategically place yourself directly in front of targeted companies, by using search optimization and strategic content creation. However, make sure that you create relevant content and attract attention in a positive way. SlideShare is also another great way to communicate your knowledge and creativity in your field of expertise.

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With 9.2% nationwide unemployment and an increasing number of qualified people looking for jobs, applicants are becoming more creative in the job search.  For example, the paper resume has taken a back seat to the “digital interview” as YouTube is becoming an emerging platform for job seekers to showcase their expertise, skills and talents to prospective employers.

Using YouTube as a platform for job applications is more personalized and can be more effective than a resume when done correctly.  Video is a great way to “brand yourself,” reach a broader audience and highlight special talents that may not stand out on a traditional resume.   Additionally, video is a great way to show your personality and demonstrate who you are beyond words on paper.

Blogs are another useful way to pop up on the radar of a hiring manager or corporate executive.  Use blogs to strategically place yourself directly in front of targeted companies, by using search optimization and strategic content creation.  However, make sure that you create relevant content and attract attention in a positive way.  SlideShare is also another great way to communicate your knowledge and creativity in your field of expertise.

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