Going to a Job Fair? Here Are Some Tips

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GoingtoanInsuranceJobFairHereAreSomeTipsThere is lots of competition at a job fair. Be should to put on your best performance to increase your odds.

There is more competition in the job market than there was a few years ago, so it pays to get out there. Attending a job fair beats sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring. If nothing else, it’s a place to schmooze and find out what’s happening. Your approach to the fair may make a huge difference in whether you achieve satisfactory results.

Joe received his layoff notice on a Friday. After a week at home, he knew he had to get out and make some contacts. He found and landed his last job at a job fair, and soon discovered on the Internet there was a tech fair in his area the following week.

Armed with several copies of his resume, Joe set out with an air of confidence. His confidence got a blow when he arrived at the site and saw the long line of people waiting to get in. This

Does an Interview Scare You?

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DoesanInterviewScareYouDo not let the interview send you into shock. Follow these tips to help calm your fears.

Your heart is beating faster than usual, your hands feel clammy, your mouth is so dry it feels like you have cotton inside — and you’re supposed to feel confident. Are you going to an interview or a torture session? The answer is –”it’s all in your perspective.”

Ideally you would sit poised thumbing through a magazine, feeling relaxed as you wait your turn to have a conversation with the interviewer for the company. Think about it — what do you have to lose here? What’s the worst thing that can happen? What if you don’t get this job — is the world going to stop turning? I realize of course, that bills must be paid, but you are taking the wrong approach if you are going to come across as desperate — “Please, please, hire me.” Interviewers smell fear.

A change in thinking

The first, and most important step is to change the way that you view

How to Use Facebook to Land a Job

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2193213362_b5d556491eIt isn’t just the volume of users that makes Facebook an attractive source of hiring and research – it’s also the fact that 70 percent of Facebook users engage daily, versus only 13 percent of LinkedIn users, according to a 2015 Pew Research study. While many job seekers consider LinkedIn to be the professional network and place to be, it isn’t the only social network recruiters will look at. According to Jobvite’s 2014 Social Recruiting Survey, 66 percent of recruiters reported using Facebook to recrtuit.

Conduct an audit. Head over to Google or your favorite search engine and search for your name. Take note of what appears on the first page of search results. Chances are, you will see a listing that says “[Your name] Profiles | Facebook.” Click on this link, and you will see the Facebook profiles of people with your name.

Next, look at your status updates. Do your posts have a globe next to the date? If so, your update is public, which means anyone and everyone can see your update and comments others have

10 Ways Social Media Can Help You Land a Job

Improve your chances of being the selected job candidate by using social media.

Companies are checking you out online, so why not use social media to enhance your qualifications? A 2015 CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals revealed that 52 percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates. In fact, about one-third of those employers have found content that made them more likely to hire a candidate. Here’s how to build a positive, professional online presence to help you stand out.

Show your personality.

Almost 40 percent of those surveyed said that a candidate’s personality on social media seemed like a good fit with company culture. How often have you thought: “If only I could get in front of someone and prove I am a good fit?” With social media, you can inject your style in status updates and even your LinkedIn summary. Sure, your skills and experience qualify you for jobs, but your personality is one more way to seal the deal.

Be who you say you are.​

When employers see how your background information supports your qualifications for the job, you look like the real deal. Forty-two percent of employers

How to Deal With a Co-Worker Who Won’t Stop Talking

Here’s one of the questions I hear over and over from people: “How can I get my long-winded co-worker to stop talking to me?” Our workplaces are apparently rife with co-workers who prattle on about their relationship troubles, diet challenges, wedding plans, the movie they saw last weekend, work complaints – anything and everything – without realizing that other people are trying to work.

Co-workers who won’t stop talking aren’t just annoying; they can also impact your productivity when you can’t get them to leave you in peace. And they can strain relationships by making you feel like there’s no way to tell them you need them to be quiet without you being the one who comes across as rude.

The good news is that you can politely assert boundaries with chatty co-workers, as long as you’re willing to be reasonably direct. Here’s how:

1. Explain you’re busy. If it sounds obvious, that’s because it is – but surprisingly few people try just speaking up and letting a talkative co-worker know that now is a bad time. If you haven’t done this already, it’s the first thing to try. Say: “I’m on deadline, so I

How to leverage your smartphone for the job search

Have you noticed how just about everything in our world has gone mobile? You can deposit your checks without going to the bank, chat face-to-face with loved ones far away, and read books and magazines on-the-go without harming a single tree. Even the most brick-and-mortar businesses have developed mobile websites (and perhaps an app or two) to compete in today’s market.

As job seekers, it’s important to embrace the mobile job search or get lost among the competition. Here are five tips to make the most of your smartphone for the job search.

Search and vet job listings

If you’re using a website to search for job listings, download its accompanying app so you can access and vet job postings on-the-go. For instance, TheLadders’ app, “Ladders by TheLadders,” allows job seekers to identify job matches on-the-go, discover new job opportunities and retrieve information on your competition. Instead of searching by keyword, this app delivers tailored matches based on your profile, experience and career goals. The listings refresh every time you open the app, ensuring you’re looking at the newest job posts.

Beat the 72-hour window

A recent study by TheLadders found that the

3 Things to Consider if You Want to Be a Financial Advisor

Employment of personal financial advisors is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median salary for financial advisors was $81,060 in 2014, and as the population ages, demand for financial planning services should increase. For college students and new graduates considering a career in wealth management, here are some pointers to ponder:

First, take your finance education in college seriously. A critical part of advising clients on how to manage their money is actually understanding finance and being comfortable with numbers. When surveying successful professionals in the field, paying attention in school came up as a great way to excel in the field (or a missed opportunity for late bloomers in the industry). You don’t need a degree in accounting or finance, but a strong grasp on business, knowing how wealth is accumulated and understanding various investment tools definitely makes a positive impact on career development and building client trust.

Second, it is ideal if you want to help people. William Wang, a client service specialist with a leading investment services firm, realized in college

Seven Tips to Leverage Long-Term Employment on Your Resume

We get a lot of questions on the Resume Tips Forum from job seekers asking how to handle job-hopping and long periods of unemployment on their resumes. But occasionally, someone asks the flip side: how to handle long-term employment with one company. With so much disruption in the labor force and many workers eager to jump at better jobs, employees who stay with one company for a significant amount of time may wonder, “Am I a dinosaur?”

The answer, of course, is no. The key is to present your long-term work history as a positive attribute, proof you’re in for the long haul. Recruiting a new employee is an expensive endeavor — companies are always looking for ways to promote long-term tenure — so demonstrate you are a worthwhile investment. If you would like to use your solid work history as a selling point, here are seven ways to enhance your resume:

1. Keep Learning

Some employers might view your long-term employment as an indication that your skills have stagnated. Prove them wrong by constantly refreshing your skills through formal education and self-study. Participate in professional-development courses sponsored by your employer or paid for out-of-pocket. Create a Professional Development section

Why You Should Never Walk Into a Job Interview Empty-Handed

First impressions matter. A job interview is indeed your first opportunity to impress upon a prospective employer just how amazing you are. And yet many people make one really simple, easy-to-fix mistake that sets the tone for the entire thing: They walk in empty-handed.

I know what you’re thinking: What the heck should I take with me? They already have my résumé and cover letter. They didn’t request anything additional! What else do they need?

Well, before we get to that, let’s talk about why you want to bring anything at all. And, to be clear, a purse or a briefcase storing your everyday things – keys, cellphone and so on – doesn’t count, and neither does an application or background check agreement form the employer requested.

Why Bother?

When you walk in with a set of actual interview materials, you immediately look professional and prepared. You show your interviewer that you really thought about the meeting and put some effort into gathering your support documentation – things that will help him or her make a decision on your candidacy. The interviewer will immediately see you as proactive. If this is how you prepare

5 Dream Jobs You Probably Didn’t Know Exist

Having a dream job means different things to different people.

It could be the job you’ve been working towards throughout your career—something you’ll hopefully reach in the future. It could be a fantasy of a life that’s completely different from your current job, doing something extraordinary. Or it could be turning something you love to do into a job and making a living out of it.

If you’re searching for inspiration for that fantasy life with an extraordinarily cool job, here are some passions we never thought of turning into a job:

Tiny House Builder

Not to be confused with house builders who are small in stature, tiny house builders design and construct small homes that are often less than 1,000 square feet. Designers behind businesses like Tumbleweed Tiny House Company help people get back to simpler, environmentally conscious living and lower mortgages by either building ready-made and deliverable homes for customers or teaching workshops all over the country on how to build tiny homes.

Units can cost less than $20,000. Jay Shafer, who started building tiny houses in the late ’90s and is often cited as the father of the tiny house

Don’t Worry About the “One-Page Resume Rule”

Contrary to what your college professor said, the one-page resume rule is a myth.

Contrary to what your college professor said, the one-page resume rule is a myth. Unfortunately, many listen to this outdated advice and devise ways to cram a complete professional history into one sheet. So much so that most job seekers expand the margins of the documents, use a small font size, and skimp on accomplishments rather than risk exceeding one page.

With today’s standards in resume writing, it is impossible to gain a full picture of a professional candidate in one 8-1/2″x11″ sheet of paper. Let’s break down the introduction of a resume and how it has changed over the years.

Objectives Have Been Replaced with Profile Statements: In the past, resumes started with only one sentence: “Seeking a challenging position where there is an opportunity for growth.” Now, resume introductions are more comprehensive, usually up to five sentences. As such, the profile statement takes up more room on the resume.

Keyword Section: Due to the advent of the Internet and resume data banks, all resumes need a list of core competencies that demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and abilities