5 Ways To Develop Your Skills On The Job

In today’s competitive job market, it is so important that you keep learning and growing. But, you know what, time is scarce. It is hard enough to get the job done each day let alone plan for the next step in your career. But, if your career is a priority, it is mission critical to find ways to learn and grow so that you can continue to advance your career and develop your skills. If you are looking for a promotion or raise, you’re going to have to prove you can add more value.

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5 Ways To Develop Your Skills On The Job

The best ways to do this is to continually feed your career with skills and knowledge that show you are worth the raise and promotion. And here’s the hack… you can do these things while you’re at work. Here’s how:

  1. Get a mentor & be a mentor.

Having a mentor at work is crucial to attaining new skills and knowledge. A good mentor will help you solve some of the challenges and roadblocks you face. The best mentors will help you figure out next steps that work for you and help guide you over hurdles that sit squarely in your blind spot. Amazing mentors will be the people who tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear. They will give you the real feedback you need to fill in your blind spots that put you in a position to advance. Mentors are important to advancing your career. They can expose you to new experiences and points of view. In addition to finding a good mentor, consider finding a good protégé as well. In many cases, taking that next step in your career means you may have to manage people. The best way to practice is to become a mentor to someone else. You pay your learnings forward to others to help them advance as well. You learn a lot about motivating people and teaching them new skills when you can also act as a mentor.

  1. Raise your hand for new challenges.

When you see new opportunities to learn new skills, go for it. If there is something in the company you want to learn to do and you see an opportunity to learn those skills in a special project or a new assignment, make the grab. Do a little extra when it’s required to learn those new skills that you need to advance. Remember, it’s not aggressive to reach for a new opportunity. It is helpful, useful, and valuable. People who progress in their careers find ways to elegantly make grabs for new opportunity and learning. When a new project comes up and it aligns with the skills you’re looking to obtain, raise that hand. Let your manager or HR team know that you want to learn some new skills or gain new, more advanced experience. Be clear on what you can offer to the project and get involved.

  1. Read, read, read and look for problems to solve.

Sometimes, there are not a lot of grabs to make. I understand that. In that case, I recommend that you start reading everything you can about your industry and your field. Study everything there is to know about your company and their competitors. Know the company goals and unique selling points of your company like the back of your hand. Become an expert in these things and be able to talk about it. Think about some solutions to the company’s chief challenges. Honestly, when someone on my team comes to me with a solution, they stand out. When there are not many special projects to make a grab for, you can develop and pitch your own special project by knowing what challenges you can solve for the company. This way, you learn new skills and stand out because you’ve taken the time to solve a company problem.

  1. Make friends in other departments.

Many times new skills are outside your department or area of influence and responsibility. To overcome this, think about networking internally. Get to know people in other divisions, other offices, and on other teams. Be curious about their department. Learn everything you can about their job and their skills. Find out how they got those skills and see how you might be able to chip in over there in your spare time to get those skills you want to use to advance.

  1. Find the learning opportunities internally.

The last one is one I always forget about. Many companies have some sort of internal learning system. Go talk to your benefits team. Find out about training opportunities available to you. Learn about any tuition re-imbursement benefits you may have. Talk with your HR team about what you want to learn and how it can help the company. Getting new skills doesn’t have to mean going back to school in the evenings. Sometimes, the skills you’re looking for are right in front of you. It’s a matter of knowing what you want to learn and finding ways to get those skills while you are actually at work already.

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7 Job Search Tips for Your 2020 Self

Grit and grind will always matter in the job search as much as having adequate hard and soft skills. But hard work in years to come will look much different as a does today. Partly due to how job seekers will market present themselves to the world long before a single employer is interested.

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Many surveys including Remote.co predicts half of the population will be remotely employed by 2020. This will require a significant change in the way we navigate our careers. Everyone should imagine what 2020 will look like for their career. I have, and this is what I saw as takeaways.

Your life lessons matter in your job search

Although hardships are not a direct career accomplishment, it is part of the fiber of your career trajectory and success building blocks. Resilience is what employers will need to see more of as opportunities are more global and the work/life balance lines burr. Navigating your career becomes the “Scylla and Charybdis” because a mobile job search is not a haven everyone thinks it will be. The cost needs an assessment whether it’s lifestyle changes or career choices. It won’t be easy. Just be ready.

Compensation negotiation is constant

As you consider salary as a priority, you’ll also need to look at how much everything else means to you in your negotiation package. Healthcare packages become more costly and on the fringes of unaffordability for the long term. Packages will change during the duration of one employment stint, not just from employment to employment. Pensions and social security will have changed.

A clear career trajectory ten years ahead will be rare if not impossible

Technology shifts are impossible to predict five or ten years down the line. Everything is about automation through robotics or virtualization. Time and productivity for everything are measured, so unless you can prove you can do things quicker, better, and faster, it will be harder to compete for technology careers. You will need to show it before you can consider being competitive in the market.

Your network is your job search navigation

Those who are vigilant and connected to their networks discover jobs more seamlessly than ever. Social proof is the norm rather than the exception. There is a clear difference between an active network and a weak one based on the relevance of your connections, and their connections. Not only your direct connections matter but also 2nd-degree connections matter more.

Your team will matter more than your boss

We’ve seen the rise in teams interviewing job candidates. In 2020, a candidate enthusiasm for working at a company based on his or her projected team. Remote work as a norm will promote team branding and the entrepreneurial spirit.

Be Mobile, agile, visible, and adaptable in your job search

One of your options may not include physically moving, but understand roles with movable parts are interchangeable. Technology will create opportunities as much as opportunities will fade as the need for companies to alter business plans and objectives. Although the quality of your work is stellar, doesn’t guarantee its relevance from one year to the next, or between companies.

Career title focus signals a failure to brand

Having one job is complacency–so we understand. The problem will stem from pursuing one job. If you want to brand yourself beyond 2020, several roles are needed. The preparation to use different skills within different roles is critical. Although most will say you can’t be an expert in everything, you must offer several specialties because it’s likely you’ll have three or more part-time jobs while you’re young for years to come.

Failure to take control of your job search now will become more involved in 2020. By then, the cliches such as “fill out many applications as you can” and “send your resume everywhere” are heard in movies as a punchline, not as viable advice. If you want some indications of how your brand appears now, look at your LinkedIn headline and does it speak value, or does the title of your position stand out. If it’s the latter, it’s not too late to relaunch your brand for 2020.

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11 bad and outdated job-hunting tips you should stop believing

Gone are the days where you could send your resume to a few dozen companies, pour yourself into your best suit for the interview, and have a steady, 9-to-5 job with benefits and a pension.

Now, you’ll have to be a bit more inventive to get your dream job, said The Muse expert career coach Evangelia Leclaire.

“Job seekers need stop believing that a linear and congruent career path and long term employment at one or a few companies is what will give them a competitive edge,” Leclaire, who is also founder and chief evangelist of Ready Set Rock Academy, told Business Insider. “That’s just not the norm anymore.”

When you’re looking for a job, you don’t need to wear a suit to an interview or ignore opportunities that appear outside of your comfort zone. Plus, the advice “follow your passion” isn’t always the best.

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Here are some more outdated job tips to discard:

“No matter what, follow your passion!”

You quit your job to open a cupcake bakery, because you love cupcakes. But then it doesn’t take off — so you give up and go back to the cubicle mines.

It didn’t have to be like that. Following your passion doesn’t always mean turning your most beloved hobby into a job.

Instead, think about why you enjoy baking cupcakes. Is it because you enjoy the chemistry behind baking? Serving others?

As Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson put it: “The important point is to not just follow your passion but something larger than yourself. It ain’t just about you and your damn passion.”

In other words, did the world need another cupcake store? Or could your “passion for cupcakes” be expressed in a more constructive fashion that could help others while being fulfilling for yourself?

 

“You really SHOULD get your MBA.”

We all know someone who insists that they should learn Chinese or get an MBA or start writing a novel.

Career and wellness coach Joanna Echols calls it “should-ing all over ourselves.”

“It starts with an assumption that somebody else knows better what’s right for you and what you should do,” Echols told Business Insider. “Claim back your personal power and let your own choices and decisions guide your job hunting process.”

And, above all, even if you think you should go into business, you probably won’t be very good at it if you’re just there because you think you should do it.

 

“All you need to do is make your résumé better, then you’ll get any job.”

Leclaire said you can re-design, beef up the key words, and edit your résumé all you want. It’s not going to make or break your career.

“That’s just a small sliver of the pie,” Leclaire said. “It’s not what moves the needle.”

She added: “Look at the big picture and take a holistic approach to your job search. Work on discovering and pursuing opportunities that fit you. Focus on your mindset, building relationships, networking, LinkedIn, job search strategy, your communication, maximizing your time, and more.”

 

“Networking is so awkward. It’s better to just avoid it.”

We often view networking as a bunch of people in a room being “fake.” But that’s only if you make it so.

“Share a concise and transparent version of your story, ask questions, and actively listen,” career coach Marc Dickstein told Business Insider. “Authentic curiosity is your ticket to a worthwhile conversation and a meaningful connection.”

Leclaire underlined curiosity, as well. She said you should try asking people, “What are you focusing on?” or, “I’d love to explore how I can support you.”

“These simple phrases take the pressure off of feeling like you need to sell yourself or have some polished elevator pitch every time you connect with someone,” Leclaire said. “Go about connecting with people from a place of curiosity and contribution.”

 

“You majored in Spanish, so clearly you’re not really a numbers person. Better stay away from those business analyst roles.”

People who believe that their abilities and interests are permanent are less likely to be interested in new information and fields, Business Insider’s Shana Lebowitz recently reported.

For instance, you may have concluded that you could never go into programming simply because “your brain doesn’t work like that.” But you don’t know if you would like coding, art, or some other field until you try it.

 

“If you apply to 30 places, for sure you’ll get a job somewhere.”

This is also called the “spray and pray,” Dickstein said.

It seems smart: you increase your odds by just increasing the number of recruiters who have your application in their pile. But alas, recruiters can usually see through this — and they won’t be calling you in for an interview.

“It’s easy for recruiters to identify thoughtful applications that are tailored to the opportunity,” Dickstein said.

 

“You should end your cover letter by saying, ‘I will call you on the 12th to schedule an interview.’”

You may have been told that you should end your cover letter with a “call to action” — or, tell them that you’ll be calling them to schedule an interview. It seems like a way to appear passionate about the position, while also guaranteeing an opportunity to explain yourself beyond the written word.

But don’t do it.

According to The Muse’s Lily Zhang, this cover letter line will make you seem “egotistical and possibly delusional.”

“I have no idea where this (threatening) advice originated from, but ending your cover letter like this will not give the impression that you’re a go-getter who takes initiative,” Zhang wrote.

 

“Hard skills are most important.”

There’s no denying that hard skills are important — but they’re not all that’s important. Maybe you know the right programming languages, speak Italian fluently, or can plow through projects.

Dickstein said those are all givens when you’re applying for highly competitive roles. The next step: Showing that you’re passionate, have the right social savvy to be a great leader, or are an amazing public speaker.

 

“That job hasn’t been posted online yet, so you probably shouldn’t apply.”

Maybe you caught wind that your dream company is opening a position that’s right for you.

Don’t hesitate just because there isn’t a link online to apply, Dickstein said. In fact, that’s really the opposite of what you should do — ask a contact or who you think is a hiring manager about the opening and how to apply.

“Hiring managers often know about functional needs and opportunities before they are made public,” Dickstein said. “In many cases, recruiters begin to fill the pipeline early and even begin to screen potential candidates.”

 

“Make sure your application is full of buzzwords!”

Lavishing on the buzzwords won’t make you look in-the-know. It will just annoy whoever is reading your application.

Buzzwords have become so overused that they’ve lost all meaning, Mary Lorenz, a corporate communications manager at CareerBuilder, previously told Business Insider. So, even if you are a “social media influencer” or someone who “thinks outside the box,” that really doesn’t mean much.

“Using some of these words won’t necessarily disqualify you, but make sure that you’re telling your story — not decorating it for the holidays,” Dickstein said.

Go for action words that actually communicate what you did. Dickstein recommended words like “achieved,” “negotiated,” “budgeted,” or “improved.”

 

“It’s just a job. Find something that pays well, even if it’s not all fun and games.”

You’ll spend around 90,000 hours of your life at work. If you hate every passing minute of your job, that adds up to a lot of misery.

Looking for a new job can be the perfect opportunity to seek out something that aligns with what you want to do with those 90,000 hours. Don’t just seek something that pays well — look for something that fulfills you.

“Your career choices can have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing,” Echols said. “Lack of job satisfaction or work-related stress are major causes of anxiety, depression and other mental and physical disorders.”

Source : written by Rachel Premack for Theladders

How to Set the Stage for a Successful Job Search

Before you start applying for jobs, make sure you’ve set up your job search for success.

When you’re waiting to receive the first draft of your professionally written resume, it can feel like an eternity — especially when you’re itching to land your next job.

However, don’t consider this time to be a waste. While a well-crafted resume and cover letter are key to a successful search, they’re only one piece of the job-search jigsaw puzzle.

To land the right job as soon as possible, there are a lot of things you’ll need to do before you can start applying for jobs. Use this valuable time to complete the action items below so you can hit the ground running as soon as you’ve approved the final draft of your resume.

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Write down your goals

Be clear on the type of job you’re seeking and write it down. You are 10 times more likely to accomplish your goal when you do this. Not only that, but this information will influence many other aspects of your search, from the types of employers you target to how you prioritize your networking activities. Consider all aspects of the job, from the work environment and industry to your commute and desired salary. The better defined your goals, the more efficient your job search will be.

Create a target company list

Landing a new job often requires you to pursue multiple job opportunities at the same time. To streamline the process, it’s helpful to build a list of companies that meet your location, industry, size, and corporate-culture needs. Use the information you brainstormed above to create your target list of employers.

Then, research each company on your list to get a better sense of their current job openings and determine if anyone in your existing network is somehow connected to these organizations. Start following these employers on social media, especially if they have accounts dedicated to recruiting, and set up Google News Alerts for each of them to keep you in the know.  

Get organized

Take a little time to figure out the best way for you to keep your job-search activities organized:

  • Communication: Consider creating a professional-looking, new email address with Gmail that’s reserved for your job-search activities. Also, if you decide to upload a picture to your email account, make sure it’s appropriate for your job search. Revisit the voicemail message on your cell phone, as well, to confirm that it includes your name so employers know they’ve called the right person.
  • Job applications: Whether you’re interested in a web-based solution like Huntr or JobHero, or you prefer to go old school with an Excel sheet or Word document, it’s important to find a way to track your job applications and other job-search activities. Keep track of the company name, job title and location, job listing URL, where you found the job, the point of contact (if applicable), the date you applied, and the name of the resume file you used for the application. As you start applying for jobs, be sure to document the date you followed up on your application and if you secured an interview.
  • Job boards: Run some Google searches to uncover niche job boards in your field or industry (e.g. marketing job boards). Make a list of all the job boards you’d like to use for your job search and start creating your profile on each so all you have left to do is upload your new resume.

In addition, upload apps to your smart device that will help you stay organized and search on the go.

Audit your online presence

Over 90 percent of recruiters admit to looking at candidates’ online profiles — regardless of whether the candidates provided this information. If you’re not actively managing your online presence, you may be hurting your chances of landing the job. Google your name to get a sense of what employers will find when they search for you and set up Google Alerts for your name to actively monitor it going forward.

Then, deactivate or update any profiles you have on job boards, social media platforms, online directories, and so forth to ensure employers will find the same professional online that they will meet face-to-face. Finally, increase the security settings on personal accounts you don’t want employers to find.

Earmark jobs that interest you

Start searching for job opportunities online that you’re interested in and qualified to do. Before you add a job to your list, ask yourself these questions to make sure the job application will be worthwhile.

In addition to adding the job to whatever system you’ve chosen to organize your applications, be sure to save a copy of the job description in a Word or Google document so you have it for future reference. Oftentimes, a company will take down its job posting once it’s received enough applicants, so you may not have access to this information when it’s time to prepare for the interview.

Prep for your job applications

Resumes – and cover letters – work best when they are tailored to specific job openings or employers. While professionally written resume will be in great shape, you’ll still need to make minor tweaks to the keywords to customize it for a specific job listing. These small optimizations will increase your application’s chances of getting past the hiring bots and on to someone in HR for review.

Jot down the keywords that are used repeatedly in the job description, and make a note of any skills or qualifications that seem very important to the employer. That way, you can be sure to highlight this information in your cover letter and resume when the time comes. Also, if there isn’t a name associated with the job listing, do a little online sleuthing to uncover the name of the hiring manager or recruiter responsible for the role. That way, you can properly address your cover letter.

Make networking a priority

There’s no denying the power a strong professional network can have over your career success — especially when you’re looking for work. In fact, you’re 10 times more likely to land a job when your application is accompanied by a referral. Use this time to ramp up your networking efforts.

Take a second look at your existing contacts and prioritize them based on their connection to the companies, fields, and industries that interest you. Start reconnecting with these people and setting up coffee dates and phone calls to ask for help with your job search.

Also, explore new professional associations to join or events to attend that sound interesting and are relevant to your goals. Click on the following link for more ideas on how to grow your professional network.

Line up references

References may not belong on your resume, but they play an important role in your job search. Line up at least three references from people with whom you currently or previously worked. The idea is to identify people who have insight into your skills and capabilities and who you trust to say good things about you and your performance. In other words, target people who are willing to advocate for your candidacy. Then, contact these people and make sure they’re willing to be a reference for you when the time comes. Once your professional resume is ready, be sure to send each of your references a copy so they have a better sense of your current goals and qualifications.

Now that you’re starting your job search on the right step, are you ready to start interviewing? Take this short quiz to create an interview coaching plan that’s right for you.

Source : written by Amanda Augustine for TopResume

3 Secret LinkedIn Job Search Tips

Use LinkedIn to be informed and proactive during a job search.

READY FOR A NEW ROLE? Afraid that you are missing out if you don’t go look for a new job? It has never been easier to be tempted but harder to be noticed than it is in today’s job market. There are many paths to a new role: job postings, outreach calls, networking events, job fairs, referrals, social media and more. However, the relatively low barriers to applying for job postings means that thousands of candidates can apply for a role from the comfort of their home. The high volume often floods a company’s Inbox and makes it more difficult for truly qualified candidates to stand out. If you are looking for better ways to support your job search efforts and distinguish yourself, here are three strategies to try using LinkedIn.

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Boost your insider knowledge using ‘Content’ searches.

 If you click on the “Search” field at the top of your LinkedIn page, you will see a drop-down for People, Jobs and Content. If you choose Content, you will be taken to LinkedIn’s feed of posts by users. Within this section, you can refine and access posts on any topic of your choosing. For example, if you are a sales professional looking to make the move to customer success, you can search “Customer Success” to see recent posts and discussions on the subject. A quick read of the posts will give you an excellent overview of what the market is writing or thinking about related to customer success.

Next, look at the companies and individuals that are posting. The posters are writing to create brand recognition, promote something, establish expertise or provide thought leadership. Additionally, they could just be passionate about the topic with no other motive. No matter what the goal of the post, analysis of who is posting gives you companies and contacts who have a vested interest in the topic. This community is often more accessible to a job seeking stranger who wants to learn more about an employment area and related trends. The more you can engage and grow in your knowledge and insight, the better candidate you are for future roles. You may also come across insider opportunities where there is growth, but no roles posted yet. Identifying bright spots or pain points before formal hiring starts is where the proactive job seeker can secure roles without having to compete with hundreds of other applicants.

Search for ‘Jobs’ using keywords. 

Most people search for positions using the desired title. Armed with more nuanced information from your Content searches, make a list of critical keywords and related concepts that are likely to show up in an ideal job posting or company description. This move enables you to find roles that may have a different title than expected. It also helps you to identify new roles and functions that may be ideal if you pivot from your current role. For example, if you have a career in operational excellence and are ready for a change, “center of excellence” is a modern concept employed by companies looking to champion operational excellence.

To search by keywords, start in the search box at the top of your LinkedIn screen, select Jobs and then enter your keywords. The results will be any job post that has “center of excellence” in the job description. Although many of the positions will not be the exact right role for you, you now have a list of companies that have or value a “center of excellence” and are hiring. These can be great targets for proactive outreach for other positions.

Network specifically. 

LinkedIn has more than 500 million profiles. It is one of the best networking research tools available. Successful networking involves strategic and specific “asks” of others to advance your goals. It is not effective (nor appreciated) to go to your contacts and ask that they send you any job leads. The better route is to refine your request so that it requires less from your contacts and is more likely to get a response. A LinkedIn “People” search can help with this process. Start with a list of potential companies for your next career move. Use the search box and select People. One strategy is to identify contacts you know who work at the targeted companies. Or, you can use a People search to locate potential hiring managers at a desired company.

Once you have a list of who is the right hiring authority, you can see if you have LinkedIn contacts who are connected to the desired manager. Limit your request to, “Hi Mary. I am targeting a move into the health care industry and have read really fascinating things about Acme Corp. I noticed that you were connected to Bob Manager, the VP of Quality. Is he someone you would feel comfortable introducing me to? I would like to ask him about the Center of Excellence they are developing and the related growth plans.”

This exchange minimizes the effort required from Mary and demonstrates you have a plan for the outreach – not just, “I want to work at Acme Corp. and am sending messages to every name I can find.” It also reminds Mary of your area of expertise – which is likely to stick with her in case she hears about other “center of excellence” related opportunities.

In summary, by deepening your knowledge of a sector or career path and creating specific ways to be proactive, you have a much better chance to uncover an ideal role. Additionally, with extra research and effort, you become a more compelling and competitive candidate. Being resourceful, informed and proactive are three traits in demand by every growing business.

Source : written by Robin Reshwan for Usnews

6 Job Search Tips That Are So Basic People Forget Them

The irony of job search advice: There’s so much available that you don’t have to spend more than four seconds Googling before you land on some nugget of wisdom or another.

Yet, at the same time, there’s so much available (some of which completely contradicts other advice you’ll find) that it can easily overwhelm you. Which, in fact, is probably the exact opposite outcome you’re looking for when you go sleuthing for genuinely useful counsel in the first place.

So let’s do this: Let’s boil things down to a short list of sound, timeless job searching tips that’ll help you fine-tune your strategy so that you may sail through the process (or at least cut out some of the unnecessary time and frustration).

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1. Make Yourself a “Smack-in-the-Forehead” Obvious Fit

When you apply for a job via an online application process, it’s very likely that your resume will first be screened by an applicant tracking system and then (assuming you make this first cut) move onto human eyeballs. The first human eyeballs that review your resume are often those of a lower level HR person or recruiter, who may or may not understand all of the nuances of that job for which you’re applying.

Thus, it behooves you to make it very simple for both the computer and the human to quickly connect their “Here’s what we’re looking for” to your “Here’s what you can walk through our doors and deliver.”

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Study the job description and any available information you have on the position. Are you mirroring the words and phrases in the job description? Are you showcasing your strengths in the areas that seem to be of paramount importance to this role? Line it up. Line it up.

 

2. Don’t Limit Yourself to Online Applications During Your Job Search

You want that job search to last and last? Well, then continue to rely solely on submitting online applications. You want to accelerate this bad boy? Don’t stop once you apply online for that position. Start finding and then endearing yourself to people working at that company of interest. Schedule informational interviews with would-be peers. Approach an internal recruiter and ask a few questions. Get on the radar of the very people who might influence you getting an interview. (More on that here.)

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By lining up with people on the inside of the companies at which you want to work, you will instantly set yourself apart. Decision makers interview people who come recommended or by way of a personal referral before they start sorting through the blob of resumes that arrives by way of the ATS.

 

3. Remember That Your Resume (and LinkedIn Profile) Is Not a Tattoo

Yes, your new resume is lovely. Your LinkedIn profile, breathtaking. However, if they don’t position you as a direct match for a particular role that you’re gunning for, don’t be afraid to modify wording, switch around key terms, and swap bullet points in and out. Your resume is not a tattoo, nor is your LinkedIn profile. Treat them as living, breathing documents throughout your job search (and career).

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If you’re a covert job seeker, remember to turn off your activity broadcasts (within privacy and settings) when you make edits to your LinkedIn profile. If your current boss or colleagues are connected to you on LinkedIn, they may get suspicious about all the frequent changes.

  

4. Accept That You Will Never Bore Anyone Into Hiring You

Don’t get me wrong—you absolutely must come across as polished, articulate, and professional throughout your job search. However, many people translate this into: Must. Be. Boring.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Realize that few people get hired because they had perfect white space on their cover letters, memorized all of the “correct” interview questions or used incredibly safe, common phraseology (i.e., clichés) throughout their resumes. All of this correctness is going to make you look staged and non-genuine. Instead, give yourself permission to be both polished and endearing. Memorable, likable candidates are almost always the ones who go the distance.

 

5. If You’re Not on LinkedIn, You Very Nearly Don’t Exist

Considering that more than 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn as their primary search tool, this is not an understatement. If you’re a professional, you need to not only be on LinkedIn, you need to be using it to your full advantage. Don’t believe me? Think about it this way: If tomorrow morning, a recruiter logs onto LinkedIn looking for someone in your geography, with expertise in what you do, and you’re not there? Guess who they’re going to find and contact? Yes, that person’s name is “not you.”

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If you figure out how to harness the power of no other social media tool for job search, figure out LinkedIn. It’s (by far) the best resource we have available today for career and job search networking, for finding people working at companies of interest, and for positioning yourself to be found by a recruiter who has a relevant job opening.

 

6. Thank You Matters

I once placed a candidate into an engineering role with a company that manufactures packaging equipment. He was competing head-to-head with another engineer, who had similar talents and wanted the job just as badly. My candidate sent a thoughtful, non-robotic thank you note to each person with whom he’d interviewed, within about two hours of leaving their offices. The other candidate sent nothing.

Guess why my candidate got the job offer? Yep, the thoughtful, non-robotic thank you notes. They sealed the deal for him, especially considering the other front-runner sent nothing.

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Consider crafting, original, genuine thank you notes (one for each interviewer) the moment you get back to a computer, following the interview. The speed with which you send the notes, and the quality, will make an impact.

 

And finally, remember that the interviewer cares much more about what you can do for them than what you want out of the deal. Certainly, they’re going to care a bunch about what you want once you establish your worth. But during the interview, you must demonstrate why you make business sense to hire, period.

Now, go forth and show your job search exactly who is the boss.

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9 WAYS TO BE MORE GENEROUS AT WORK AND GET FURTHER IN YOUR CAREER

Generosity is often an overlooked characteristic in a list of desirable traits for the workplace. Most people consider hard work, strong leadership, and team cohesion as more important when determining an employee or employer. But it all comes back to generosity and a workplace won’t function without it. In any job that involves working with others (essentially all of them), there is a level of give-and-take, making generosity absolutely essential.

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In order to be a stand-out team member and get further in your career, consider generosity. Are you generous in the workplace? What does workplace generosity even look like? Here are nine steps to becoming more generous at work. We suggest implementing them and then watching your career take off.

  1.   Make your boss’s life easier.

Your boss is most likely not only supervising you but a slew of other employees as well. Improve your generosity by trying to make their work life easier. You can achieve this by completing tasks ahead of schedule and picking up the slack before even being asked.

  1.   Plan ahead.

Most offices are a tightly run ship; there just isn’t enough room in the deadlines to fall behind. Be generous with your fellow co-workers by planning ahead and staying on top of your specific tasks. If you’ve accomplished your to-dos ahead of time, ask if anyone needs help completing theirs.

  1.   Give credit.

One of the easiest ways to increase workplace generosity is to give credit where credit is due. If you are praised for a completed  team project, make sure others receive recognition as well.

  1.   Assume responsibility.

On the flip side, if your team dropped the ball or made a mistake, be sure to assume collective responsibility for it. Don’t let the rest of your team take the fall for something you all had a part to play in.

  1.   Provide guidance.

If you are in a position of seniority with employees beneath you, be generous with them by providing guidance. Always ask if you can help them with something or if they have questions.

  1.   Be a mentor.

Mentorship is key to successful businesses. You should always be looking to both give and receive mentorship. Help cultivate a generous place of learning by making yourself available to mentor another.

  1.   Share information.

Some employees view the knowledge they possess as their key to job security. But in order to be truly generous and effective in the workplace, you must share that expertise with others to create cohesion in your office.

  1.   Be happy.

The workplace is often stressful and chaotic, but when you keep a positive attitude, you build an environment of calm and peace that helps improve workflow.

  1.   Be kind.

The golden rule of treating others as you would like to be treated applies in the workplace as well. By building each other up, you become a more effective team that gets noticed for its great work. Each person should feel valued and you can help cement that through kindness.

Being generous at work is important. It helps get things done as a team and catapults your own career toward success. In order to collaborate with others, every person should strive to improve their own generosity. We hope these tips help!

Source: written by Ariix editor Ariix