Job Boards: Why We Need Them

I talk to job seekers who think that job boards are useless.  I tell them that  for years I have had an automated job search running; whether I had a job or not. Why? Because:

- You never know when you might need a job OR help someone else find a job.

- You can learn a lot about a company from what they are posting and how they describe open positions.

- You might learn the name of a hiring manager or HR person who could help you with that company.

- If you see the same skills required for job postings; it could tell you that you need to update your skills.

So if you don’t have one, start an automated job search. I like Indeed.com as it aggregates jobs from other job boards.  By the way, if you post your resume on job boards you open yourself up to all kinds of spammers. They troll job boards looking for contacts to sell ‘stuff’ to. Just be careful out there.

For more tips on job hunting, check out “10 Smart Things Job Seekers Do.”

Photo credit: The Santa Clara City Library Blog  May 27, 2010 (thank you!)

Low Hanging Fruit — It Might Be Rotten

There are a growing number of career development communities. Check out this article that highlights 5 different sites. Four of them I am familiar with: Linked In, Beyond.com, Monster Career Advice Forum and Glassdoor. Beyond and Monster can be particularly helpful if you are looking to switch careers.

I really like glassdoor because you can get the inside scoop on a company. The site consists of reviews by employees who rate their job, the organization, their salary and the CEO. Of course you need to take each review with a grain of salt. I scanned through the company reviews of those listed in Rochester and I have to say that I agree with the overall ratings of the CEO’s where some are as low as 17% and others as high as 86%.

But the one that made me write this post is Branchout.com. Here’ s how the article describes it,  “BranchOut is a new career networking site that integrates with Facebook, so it’s very easy to set up. You can also import your LinkedIn profile, which eliminates the need to double-enter information….it’s an option for people trying to utilize Facebook in both a personal as well as professional way — just make sure your Facebook profile is well-maintained.”

Here’s my concern. First of all, I can’t look at the site unless I give them access to my Facebook information. Remember, every time you give another site permission to access your Facebook data; the site gains access to all your information and cam potentially expose things that are posted to your wall. The next issue I have is;  make sure your ‘”Facebook profile is well-maintained.”  The article then links to an article from summer 2010. This is very outdated information for keeping your Facebook information private.  If they really cared, they’d at least make sure to give us up to date information on such an important issue.  I can only say, beware. A little research reveals a problematic situation.  Do what you think is best, but please be careful.

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Three Little Words

There was a blog called “In 3 words” that would pose a question and then ask people to submit their three word response.  A typical question was:  “What’s the last thing that made you want to tear your hair out? ” –  which elicited responses like, ‘my older daughter’ and ‘bosses bad day’.

One of my favorite bloggers, Chris Brogan, took the concept and suggested that people use the idea to come up with 3 words that will be their guiding pillars for the year. Yes, I know it’s March, but it’s never too late to get a new lease on personal and professional growth.  For 2011 — his 3 words are:  package, reinvest, flow. Not inspiring to me personally but I’ll bet they are helping Chris focus. Here are some of the submissions this post elicited:

  • Smile, Fight, Create
  • JUICY SO WHAT? WORTHY
  • Get OUT There!
  • Challenge, Empower, Collaborate
  • Passion, Confidence, Balance
  • Pleasure, People, Publish, Practice (Louise can’t seem to follow rules!)
  • Integrity, Wisdom, Patience

My 3 words are: This One Day. My goal for 2011 is to conscious of the day, every day as I live it. That includes paying attention to my surroundings and the people I come in contact with as well as accomplishing my daily work. Looking forward to hearing about your 3 words.

 

Are You A Scary Job Seeker?

There are 3 types of job seekers that scare recruiters (oh yeah, and clients/customers too).  Maybe you are one of these and don’t realize it.  Maybe you are:

The Tasmanian Devil (The Stalker): over zealous applier to jobs and obsessive ‘check on the position that I applied for’ person

The Lion (The Ego): thinks that the level of their previous position means that the rules don’t apply to them and yes, they think they’re  better than everyone else

- The “Poor Me” Possum (The Victim): blames everyone and everything else

Each of these types are carrying forward thoughts and ideas about themselves that are not helping them adjust to the reality of the new job market.

Finding a job is not easy, but sometimes we add to the problem by acting in ways that do not help others see the best in us.  Note these additional types:

- The Ostrich: often due to poor choices or avoidance behaviors; this person keeps doing the same things they’ve always done but does not understand why they’re not making more progress

- The Hog: talks endlessly about themselves and what they’ve done. If people are telling you to listen; you’re a hog

- The Cat: spends lots of time chatting, resting and thinking but doesn’t really want to work and acts really busy but never accomplishes anything of value (except what gratifies them). They borrow money and make excuses for not being able to ‘close’ the deal.

If you’re a person who’s been out of work for while,  try talking to a mentor.  Ask someone you trust to level with you, try to accept what they are telling you with grace.  Or maybe you need to just listen to what the people currently in your life are telling you. Do you know some other types? Please share. Remember don’t try harder, try different!

Let’s Play Jeopardy! Answer: A Dental Hygiene Tool?

Ok, today we’re playing jeopardy. I’m giving you the question: What is Quora?

– A tool for improving dental hygiene?

– A movie about the attack on Pearl Harbor in WWII?

– An element of new math?

– A supplement guaranteed to help you lose 50 pounds in 3 weeks?

Give up? If I told you it was another social media tool and that it’s pretty cool, you  would never have started reading. But I tricked you… (are you still reading?)

Quora is a “continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it.” Hmmm, sounds like Wikipedia. Here are some ‘questions” that I’ve opted to follow:

If you have a curious mind, you may enjoy Quora. Oh by the way, here’s advice on using Quora for your job search. Now go start laughing, learning and collaborating!

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