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How Rachel Levy Found a Job

imagesA recent article in the Wall Street Journal tells the story of Rachel Levy and her job search. Rachel was laid off from a Boston non-profit and thought she should have a fairly easy time finding a new marketing job. Her job search took a year, longer than anticipated. She found her new job by a rather circuitous route. One of her followers on twitter located her resume on-line and forwarded it to her brother-in-law, who was an investor in a company that needed someone with her skills and experience.

 From the WSJ:

In addition to networking, she used her free time to learn about social media including Twitter, where she currently has more than 5,000 followers. She also worked did social-media consulting work.

 Ms. Levy says that potential employers were impressed by the blog; at times, she listed her latest blog posts in her email signature and linked to them on her own Web site.

Mastering social media while writing an engaging blog is a great use of time while on the job hunt. Good job Rachel.

To learn more about what Rachel did during her job search, check out her guest blog on the WSJ.

July 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Don’t Fall for a Hiring Scam

online-scams[1]There are a lot of people looking for jobs, and there are a lot of people looking to scam the job seekers.  Two things are working for the job scammers.  First,  the number of people looking for jobs online is unprecedented.  Never before have this many people been unemployed at the same time there so many web-based job search resources.  Second, many of the people looking for jobs have not been unemployed during the era of the job board and are not savvy about the dos and don’ts of the online job search.

When I was job hunting, I found Craigslist to the be the most useless and scammer filled place to try and find a job.  The legitimate job posters are so bombarded with resumes yours has little chance of being seen and at the same time the scammers are quite sophisticated. 

The goals of job scammers are diverse.  Some may simply be hiding a come-on for some product or service, others may try to get your personal information for marketing or even criminal activities.  Many disguise “work at home” scams as legitimate employment opportunities.

Here are a few lessons I learned, mostly thanks to my experience with Craigslist.

I always suspect ads that make you follow a link to a website.  There are plenty of legitimate ads that want you to apply at a website, but you should proceed with caution.

Be careful when submittting personal information.  I wouldn’t divulge my birthdate or my social security number to anyone online.

Don’t pay for anything.  There are scams asking applicants to pay for credit checks in order to be considered for a position.  Don’t fall for it.

Grammatical errors, poor spelling and the like generally point to scammers, many of which are scamming outside the country.

If the offer seems too good to be true, it is.

Happy job hunting and stay safe out there.

July 15, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , | Leave a comment

Social Media Can Make or Break a Job Search

images-6Online social networking can be a key component to finding that next job. In fact, nowadays, online experts say using some sites, like Facebook, is almost mandatory. KING 5’s Deborah Feldman reports.

July 14, 2009 Posted by | Job Search, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Social Media for the Job Searcher

images-3The unemployment rate has hit 9.5 percent and this recession has gone on longer than any recession since the 1930s.  Nearly half a million jobs were lost in June alone.  This has made the job search even more challenging.  Successful job searchers will need to use every tool at their disposal to rise above potentially hundreds of others who are vying for the same job.

Episode 13 of Job Search Radio on the Small Plate Radio Network has some great tips about using Search Engine Optimization in your LinkedIn profile and in your resume.  Employers and recruiters are using keyword searches to find the right candidates.

As I’ve blogged before, twitter is the ultimate job search tool.  You can search for jobs on twitter using a twitter interface like TweetDeck.  You can also send out your own tweets about your job search.  

Social media has made great job search tools available to the masses.  Put those tools to good use.

July 7, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Career Ministries

images-3Joe Jones of Career Ministries is the guest on Episode 12 of Job Search Radio on the Small Plate Radio Network.

Joe talks about the four stages of stress that a person goes through when they lose their job.  The first phase is a combination of shock, denial and isolation.  Stage 2 is anger and guilt.  The third stage is frustration which can lead to depression.  The fourth stage is acceptance, hope and the desire to move on.  Joe talks about the need to move through these stages so that you are in stage 4 when you begin interviewing for a new job.  If not, these stages of stress may show through during the interview.

A good use of time while going through these stages of stress is to think about where you are in your career and think about where you want to go.

Many churches around the country are now offering Job Search Workshops and weekly Job Search Support Groups.  Career Ministries helps churches set up Quick Start Workshops which may last 7 hours and weekly support groups which may go 2 hours.  Churches interested in setting up this service for their members should contact Career Ministries.

July 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment