CAREEREALISM http://www.careerealism.com Career Advice & Job Search Magazine Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:23:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 This is weekly program whether career expert J.T. O'Donnell reviews skills and techniques needed to succeed in your career. She also answers question live from our views. Tune in Tuesdays at 1pm ET on www.careerealism.com to join our weekly Career Q&A! CAREEREALISM clean CAREEREALISM info@careerealism.com info@careerealism.com (CAREEREALISM) Career Q&A with J.T. O'Donnell CAREEREALISM http://www.careerealism.com/home/jtodonnell/careerealism.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/CTV_Podcast_Image-01.png http://www.careerealism.com From Employee To Freelancer: How To Make The Leap http://www.careerealism.com/employee-to-freelancer-career-lab/ http://www.careerealism.com/employee-to-freelancer-career-lab/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:37:14 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=41004 Welcome to our new show Career Lab that airs on Wednesday at 2pm EST. In this Professional Independence Project inspired episode, J.T. talks about how you can start making the transition from working for a company to working with a company. Employee to freelancer is a big jump but J.T. will show you how you can make... Continue reading

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Welcome to our new show Career Lab that airs on Wednesday at 2pm EST.

In this Professional Independence Project inspired episode, J.T. talks about how you can start making the transition from working for a company to working with a company. Employee to freelancer is a big jump but J.T. will show you how you can make that leap.

The Professional Independence Project is a month long initiative that CAREEREALISM is hosting for the month of October.

Learn more and sign up HERE.

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6 Of The Scariest Resumes I’ve Ever Seen http://www.careerealism.com/scariest-resumes-ever-seen/ http://www.careerealism.com/scariest-resumes-ever-seen/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:12:52 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=40970 There are some BIG mistakes you can make when writing your resume. In the spirit of Halloween, let’s look at some of the scariest resumes I've ever seen...

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When you embark on the job search, updating your resume is the natural first move. Resume writing is where you devote significant energy, in order to increase the likelihood that the recruiter will stand up and take notice. But it doesn’t bode well if the recruiter flags your resume for all the wrong reasons. In the spirit of Halloween, let’s highlight some of the scariest types of resumes out there:

1. The template.

No, no, 1,000 times NO. I beg of you: please do not use a Microsoft Word resume template. I cannot express to you deeply enough how unimpressive that appears to the reader. Worse yet are candidates who insert terms like, “innovative,” and “creative,” into what is literally a resume-in-a-box.

Instead, here’s a wild idea: start from a blank piece of paper. You have the knowledge, experience, and English language skills to express yourself. If you feel a little stuck, look at resume samples for inspiration (not duplication). Balance style elements you’ve seen with what is uniquely yours, to deliver a presentation that genuinely reflects who you are.

2. The circus.

On the other end of the spectrum from the aforementioned template, lies the circus. This is the resume where, in an effort to be different, you’ve utilized four font types, three styles of bullets, and several colors from the rainbow. Circus-like visuals that assault the recruiter’s vision will never dress up a weak professional history.

Instead, select one font and then apply all caps, small caps, and italics. Choose one bullet style. Identify a two-color scheme, understanding that less is more. This approach will guide the recruiter to focus on the expertise and accomplishments you bring to the table.

3. The oldie.

Circa 1982, this is the resume that indicates, “responsible for,” usually within the initial two lines, and then many times throughout. Here’s why this is unnecessary: you worked a job, therefore, you were responsible for it. Further, this is not an action term that indicates how you applied your particular brand of expertise. This is a stop-the-recruiter-in-his-tracks-and-hit-the-delete-button term.

Instead, skip “responsible for,” and just write what you were responsible for. Begin to write like you would speak in a normal conversation with another person. By doing so, you’ll make tremendous strides in getting your thoughts down on paper.

4. The dissertation.

Worse than the oldie, this resume dates back to 1974, because you insist you must have every single thing in there. News flash: you don’t. Period. Bear in mind recruiters today are reading resumes on their phones. If they see a file size of 14 megabytes, I promise they are passing you over.

Instead, present your most recent 10 years in detail, and the 10 years prior in somewhat less detail. Release your need to account for every single day of your professional life dating back to your academic years. Doing so keeps your resume crisp, clean, and centered on the most relevant information the recruiter needs.

5. The storybook.

Traditionally more entertaining than effective, the author of the storybook resume seeks to explain, and undoubtedly says too much every single time. This resume presents language regarding what you hope to gain from your next job, why you’re seeking employment at this time, and the reasons for leaving every job, such as, “Pursued a new position.” Such statements eat up prime resume white space while not shedding too much light.

Instead, leave the explanations off. I don’t even recommend saving them for the interview. Moving away from stories goes a long way towards emphasizing impact and results – those are the elements the recruiter needs to see.

6. The snoozer.

This is the resume that regurgitates your job description (word-for-word, in the cases of the most serious offenders). The painstaking detail used to describe the most mundane job functions doesn’t win anybody over.

Instead, use your resume to showcase not just the job (which anyone could have done), but your performance in the job (which only you did). With this strategy, you focus on the unique impact you’ve delivered for your past employers, and the distinctive value you bring to the table today.

Behind every bad resume is (usually) a good-hearted candidate. Avoiding these scary resume traps means you’re on a faster path to achieving job search success!

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Jewel Bracy Demaio

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Jewel Bracy DeMaio finds out who you are, what you do, and the value you bring, and articulates that in a way that invites the employers and recruiters to call you. Ms. DeMaio is a triple-certified, nationally-recognized executive resume writer and job search coach. Learn more at www.APerfectResume.com or call 855-JOB-FOUND.

 


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The Lazy Networker’s Guide To Moving Up http://www.careerealism.com/lazy-networkers-guide-moving-up/ http://www.careerealism.com/lazy-networkers-guide-moving-up/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:00:08 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=40968 Want success? Learn from Tim Ferriss, angel investor and author of the Four-Hour Workweek. Here's the lazy networker's guide to moving up.

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In 2007, Tim Ferriss, angel investor and author of the Four-Hour Workweek, challenged students in a “High-Tech Entrepreneurship” class to contact high-profile celebrities and CEO’s…

Related: My #1 Secret For Building Your Network

… And get answers for questions they’ve always wanted to ask. The winner, who contacted the most hard-to-reach person with the most intriguing question, received a round-trip plane ticket anywhere in the world.

Interesting idea, isn’t it?

Imagine making contact with an “impossible-to-reach” person and asking them a burning question. Maybe making a connection, and building a relationship over time.

Perhaps getting an intro to a place you’ve always wanted to work… or even working for the person you contacted!

I’ll tell you how they did it in a minute, as well as how Tim Ferriss himself does it, but first…

Is Tim Ferriss Crazy?

Why did he offer a round-trip ticket – an amazing (and expensive) prize – to the winner of his little contest?

“I believe that success can be measured in the number of uncomfortable conversations you’re willing to have. I felt that if I could help students overcome the fear of rejection with cold-calling and cold e-mail, it would serve them forever.

Tim Ferriss

Okay Tim, makes sense. Overcome your fear, and do something that will move you forward in the process.

The Lazy Networker’s Guide To Moving Up

The “Tim Ferriss Technique,” which he uses himself and his students applied in this contest is coming up…

First, here are five tips I would apply today if I were participating in the contest. Here’s the lazy networker’s guide to moving up:

1. Warm Them Up

Follow them on social media, and start commenting on and liking their stuff. Find a way to make an impression.

If you’re a writer, you could also write a blog post mentioning them, and then send a simple tweet letting them know.

2. Keep It Concise

First of all, be realistic. This person is incredibly busy, and they’re not going to respond to a long email telling your life story.

So, keep any contact you have with them short, and to the point. Honor their time, and you might just get some of it.

3. Remember WIIFM

WIIFM = What’s In It For Me?

Make your communication all about them right from the start. Think about how you can add value to their lives with something interesting or helpful, and go from there.

4. Keep It Light

Bring a sense of humor into every contact with you have them, and you’ll not only be more interesting, you’ll be more likeable. And with that, you’ll have a better chance of building a relationship.

5. Find Common Ground

This could be a passion for anything from a sports team to a food group. Whatever it is, find something that you have in common, and share that. It’ll warm up the conversation from the start.

The “Tim Ferriss Technique”

“I participate in this contest every day,” said Ferriss. “I do what I always do: find a personal e-mail if possible, often through their little-known personal blogs, send a two- to three-paragraph e-mail which explains that you are familiar with their work, and ask one simple-to-answer but thought-provoking question in that e-mail related to their work or life philosophies. The goal is to start a dialogue so they take the time to answer future e-mails – not to ask for help. That can only come after at least three or four genuine e-mail exchanges.”

And that’s how it’s done. So think about who you’d like to reach out to and what you’d like to ask them, and then build up some courage and try it out.

If you’d like more interesting and effective job-seeking techniques, check out this free video I put together alongside my mentor containing three powerful and tangible things you can start doing today to get your dream job.

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Ryan Niessen

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Ryan Niessen is a keynote speaker and co-creator of The Gateway Method: a simple, proven way to gain inside access to the world’s best employers and get your dream job. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Facebook.

 

 

 


 

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18 Tips For Becoming Professionally Independent http://www.careerealism.com/becoming-professionally-independent-tips/ http://www.careerealism.com/becoming-professionally-independent-tips/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:31:07 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=40992 In case you missed some of the great advice we shared this month, here are 18 fantastic tips from our contributors on becoming professionally independent!

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November is upon us, which means the Professional Independence Project is coming to an end. In case you missed some of the great advice we shared this month, here are 18 fantastic tips from our contributors on becoming professionally independent!

1. Tell people what you want.

“We forget that people can’t hire us if they don’t know we’re available. There is absolutely nothing wrong with letting your network – personal and professional – know what kind of business you’d like. You’d do this if you were looking for a job, right? So, why wouldn’t you do it for your own business?” (Shonali Burke)

POST: 5 Lessons From A Successful ‘Business-Of-One

2. Develop a solid plan.

“The key to success is to set achievable goals, develop a plan to reach your goals, surround yourself with people who will help you, and – most importantly – be the CEO of You, Inc.” (Susan Butler)

POST: 4 Steps To Success As The CEO Of You

3. Don’t focus on becoming the ‘next big thing.’

“Don’t waste your time trying to figure out how to become the next Bill Gates, try first to become the best you can, and that will ultimately lead to long term success.” (Mohamed Amine Belarbi)

POST: Sell Me Yourself: The Secret To A Successful Personal Brand

4. Know how to communicate your value.

“Know what you can bring that someone else can’t, be able to communicate the value of that knowledge/service, and find people who are willing to pay to have that type of problem solved.” (Ben Eubanks)

POST: 3 Secrets To Marketing Your Value To Anyone

5. Share your accomplishments.

“If your supervisor isn’t sharing your accomplishments with higher level administration, make sure you do the sharing yourself. Keep everyone informed of what you are accomplishing.” (Elizabeth Dexter-Wilson)

POST: 3 Tips For Branding Yourself As A Business-Of-One

6. Have advisors.

“Select a handful or more of industry influencers, mentors, trusted advisors, and former managers to serve as a sounding board for major career decisions. This team of professionals can provide advice, of course, but they can also help you see facets of your personality, experience, and career brand that you may take for granted or overlook.” (Cheryl Simpson)

POST: Fire Your CEO: Reorganize The Business Of BrandYOU™

7. Maintain a good reputation.

“Businesses and people care more than ever about reputation. And the quickest way to impress a new potential business is to have the facts there and searchable any time they choose.” (Lori Osterberg)

POST: 5 Questions To Ask As A ‘Business-Of-One’

8. Understand WHY you’re a ‘business-of-one.’

“Essentially, the reason you should think of yourself as a business-of-one is because you are one! The economy and job market are no longer the same and in order to evolve with the new world of work you have to adapt at becoming the CEO of your life.” (Carrie Smith)

POST: 3 Reasons Why You Should Think Like A ‘Business-Of-One’

9. Stop choosing to be a victim.

“When you declare your professional independence and take charge of your life and career, you are choosing to stop being a victim. You stop whining and complaining. You begin taking personal responsibility for yourself, your life and your career. And let me tell you, this feels great.” (Bud Bilanich)

POST: My Declaration Of Professional Independence

10. Have a vision.

“Running a business, even one where the “work” is done on the kitchen table, in a garage, or a spare bedroom, requires creating a business vision, strategy, and mission.” (David Zahn)

POST: What You Need To Know Before Freelancing

11. Think like a salesperson.

“Think like a salesperson – Gigging means constantly selling yourself. This might sound stressful but the good news is that you’re selling bite-sized bits of your time. It’s a low pressure sell, a low stakes game where both sides benefit from the transaction.” (Hugh Taylor)

POST: The Memo On The ‘Gig Economy’

12. Limit your target market.

“You can’t support a wide array of customers and be able to provide a good level of support. By limiting your target market, it will be easier to be seen as a leader in that area and also allow you to have answers to questions and problems more readily available – which will in turn create a more positive.” (Cody McLain)

POST: 3 Tips For Finding Your Niche – And Owning It!

13. Know how to talk to your clients/customers.

“People skills are part science, part art, with a little sprinkling of intuition on top! Developing a sense for what motivates your clients will be a major driving force of your success as a freelancer.” (Termeh Mazhari)

POST: 5 Traits You Need To Be A Successful Freelancer

14. Evaluate your performance regularly.

“The best leaders at the top are constantly evaluating their performance and looking for ways to improve. As CEO-You, slow down and evaluate your performance every 90 days and after each major project you complete.” (Aaron Rehberg)

POST: CEO-You: 5 Secrets To Navigating A Successful Career

15. Stop relying on others.

“No one looks out for your interests like you can. If you’re in a habit of relying on people like your boss, family members or a mentor for direction, keep in mind that no matter how much they care about you, they can’t see what’s inside your heart.” (Joellyn ‘Joey’ Sargent)

POST: Me, Incorporated: We’re All CEOs At The Company-Of-One

17. Network, network, network!

“The five networking musts are: join, get involved, contribute, participate, be visible. If you are going to be successful today, you must network consistently and robustly (sturdy, vigorous, solid).” (Deborah Shane)

POST: 11 Assets Every Business-Of-One Needs To Survive

18. Build valuable relationships.

“Establish a true RELATIONSHIP with people and don’t be a business card collector extraordinaire. There’s power in the quality, not in the quantity of people you know.” (Jeff Sheehan)

POST: 7 Things You Should Do Before Becoming A Freelancer

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4 Ways To Give Your Brand A Little Swagger http://www.careerealism.com/give-brand-swagger/ http://www.careerealism.com/give-brand-swagger/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:07:28 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=38209 Does your brand have SWAGGER? If not, your personal brand is going to suffer big time. Here are four ways your can add some swagger to your brand.

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My students recently turned in their final job search documents, video interviews, and digital portfolios. Unfortunately, none of the documents stood out, grabbed my attention, or compelled me to read and learn more about each person. None had a ‘Wow!’ factor, or that something extra that makes a person special and unique. I couldn’t quite put my finger on the problem until I overheard my 14-year-old neighbor tell her dad how awesome she felt while riding her new bike. Her description was, “It gives me swagger!”

Related: How To Avoid A Huge Personal Branding Mistake

If you are not familiar with the word “swagger,” it is most commonly referred to as a person’s attitude or level of confidence (even arrogance). It’s the way a person holds him/herself both inside and out. I consider swagger to be the spark, spirit, and energy that radiates from a person. And it’s necessary for your personal brand.

So, once again, a teenager has enlightened me. And, as my young neighbor radiates swagger while riding her bike, my students must find their swagger as well. If they don’t, their brand is going to suffer big time – an unacceptable ending to MY semester.

4 Ways To Give Your Brand A Little Swagger

So, how do you find your swagger and incorporate it into your brand? Here are some of my ideas:

1. Get Excited About Your Industry!

I’m amazed at the lack of enthusiasm in students’ voices when I ask why they chose a specific industry. And many times, they struggle to answer the question all together. Knowing your industry and beginning to think about how you fit in is huge! Once you can identify your fit and how you can contribute, sparks will ignite and your spirit and energy will boost.

2. Give A Hoot!

Maybe you do, maybe you don’t; most of the time it’s really difficult for me to tell. I continue to see passive students who wait for things to happen to them. Or, wait for someone else to make a move for them. In today’s job market, you cannot do this! You have to care about your industry, your fit, your potential, and your contributions! If you don’t step out of your comfort zone, take risks and try things that may be a little scary, you will never find out what you care about, what’s important to you, and where you see yourself making a different. You will lack empowerment, which is made up of confidence, spirit, and, well, swagger.

3. Own Your Ideas And Opinions!

Again, I reinforce the importance of knowing your industry. Knowledge is empowerment. Contributing educated opinions to blogs, tweets, and LinkedIn groups will help demonstrate your spirit and confidence. Sharing your ideas on how to improve your industry and make other people’s jobs easier will help you form professional connections and collaborations. Once professionals start reading spirited and confident opinions from you, they will pick up on your swagger and your brand will shine.

4. Become A Regular!

Knowing your industry means knowing your target audience. And, knowing your target audience helps you locate the best blogs, tweets and LinkedIn groups to follow. Choose your top 2-3 “targets” and spend the majority of your on-line time on their blogs, tweets, and groups. Be a regular who adds his/her educated opinions and shares his/her ideas for making the industry better than it is now. Again, this will boost your brand’s swagger and get your target audience’s attention.

So, on that bicycle ride to finding your swagger, keep these ideas in mind. Your brand will thank you for it. Do you have ideas to spark swagger? How have you identified others’ swagger? Share your thoughts and ideas here.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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Elizabeth Dexter-Wilson

About the author

Elizabeth Dexter-Wilson is the Coordinator of Career & Professional Development at Spring Hill College where she helps students transition from student to professional. She is also in the process of starting her own consulting business where she works with businesses and individuals on professional etiquette, branding, and image consulting. Are you a new graduate who needs help with these strategies? Check out her CareerHMO Coaching page.


 

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How To Make Internships Translate To Employers http://www.careerealism.com/how-internships-translate-employers/ http://www.careerealism.com/how-internships-translate-employers/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:30:59 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=23667 Make your internships meaningful. Find out how you can translate your internship experience into valuable experience to potential employers.

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If you ask any successful business person about how they got their career start, you’ll more than likely see a wistful look in their eye as they recall an internship that made a significant impact on their lives.

Related: How To Turn Your Internship Into Full-Time Employment

That’s all well and good, but what is the real trick to making sure your internship doesn’t turn into the “making coffee and running copies” dreaded drudgery?

The truth is that what your internships turns into rests on you. But there is a real secret to making these internships truly meaningful. You can make out of it as much or as little as you would like.

Go-getters go into internship experiences with high expectations; more importantly, they have a plan. It’s just not enough to suddenly be granted the privilege to walk through the vaunted doors of the company… you need to help define and shape your experience so that you walk out of there benefiting from it just as much as your internship sponsor.

So, what does it take to have a successful plan? How do you communicate it to your supervisor?

How To Make Internships Translate To Employers

Here are six tips to help create a satisfying internship experience that creates easily digestible connecting activities that are highly relevant to prospective employers:

1. Set Up A Planning Meeting With Your Boss

On your first day, it is important to sit down with your supervisor to facilitate a brainstorming session to learn about their pain points and set up some structure to what exactly it is that you’ll be working on for them.

2. Suggest Specific Projects That You Will “Own”

Having some kind of start-to-finish project ownership will give you something to wrap your arms around and also provide a concrete example of your abilities. Future employers appreciate seeing some kind of specifics in your resume, so the more you can take on and successfully complete, the more you’ll have to talk about to potential new companies.

3. Determine What Your Project Outcomes Should Be

In order to know whether the project that you work on is successful or not, you should work together with your supervisor to determine what the outcomes should look like so you have measurable targets.

4. Learn New Skills

Proactively plan through your internship experience to include opportunities where you can learn new skills to add to your career portfolio. Ask your supervisor about rotating into different roles in the office, find out if you can attend meetings, or even job shadow. The more you learn, the more diverse your skill sets become to make you a better candidate.

5. Build Networking Contacts

Tap into your supervisor and co-workers to start building your professional network. Leverage your time at the company and ask to be connected to key industry people or thought leaders – they can turn into powerful advocates if you treat them right.

6. Schedule An Internship Exit Interview With Metrics Measurements

Your last day should end with a giant slab of cake and ice cream; you should have a specific sit-down meeting with your boss to go over what you learned, what you accomplished, and how they felt you performed in the internship.

By taking these steps, you can have a much more fulfilling experience which will translate into meaty connections that will build your employability and credibility with future potential employers.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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6 Ways To Show Your Value Without Being A Jerk http://www.careerealism.com/show-your-value-without-being-jerk/ http://www.careerealism.com/show-your-value-without-being-jerk/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:11:54 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=40954 In order to achieve success, you need to show your value. So, how can you do that without the rest of the team feeling like you are a jerk (or worse)?

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Team dynamics can often be difficult to negotiate. At work, generally speaking, you are on a team and you contribute. The problem is that you also want to elevate your career and stand out to your boss. So, how can you do that without the rest of the team feeling like you are a jerk (or worse)?

Related: 6 Career Management Hacks That Will Get You Ahead

I’ve had the gift of working in amazing environments on rock star teams. I have also had the (ahem) opposite experience. I’ve managed teams, been part of teams, as well as been an individual contributor, and through these years, I’ve found there are a few surefire ways to show you’re an asset without being a show off. So, here goes.

1. Do what you say

My favorite direct reports were good for their word. They were trustworthy. You could truly count on them to deliver, and not just for me. I would see these team members and teammates always doing what they said they would. People notice. It might not seem like it, but when you do what you say always, you will get the important assignments. Being the one that does the important stuff is viewed as valuable, and you’re valuable without being a jerk – you’re the good guy that people can count on to get stuff done.

2. Solve problems

The people who come to me with solutions stand out. Problem solvers who are actively working on solutions to organizational challenges stand out for obvious reasons. They care about the problems of the company and are taking the time to solve them. There is a BIG difference between people who solve problems and people who try not to create them. The problem solvers stand out. And when they include others in the solution, all the better, because they are showing me that they are leaders who can activate others to join the cause of solving the big problems we’re facing.

3. Share in victory

Further, managers know that a team builds a victory and solves a problem together. Good managers also can see who’s doing the lion’s share of the work and really contributing to the victory. If it’s you, be sure you are gracious in sharing that victory with the team, that stands out to good managers and to the team.

4. Focus on the mission

Be monomaniacal about achieving the goals of the company and the team. When you see the team headed down a rabbit hole, gently guide them back to land. Be the one who is focused on achieving the goals and you will stand out. You might be considered a jerk for being the one who asks for focus by the ones who are unfocused, but they will forgive you when you achieve the goals, solve the problems, and share the victory (see above).

5. Be a trusted resource

I frequently advocate being a student of your industry. This is applicable to standing out without being perceived as a jerk when you are sharing information with your teammates about the industry and the business. When you are the go-to for information and insights, you are going to stand out. However, if you do this in a smarty-pants spirit, you are on a slippery slope to Jerktown, population: 1.

Being a trusted resource means you are sharing information in the spirit of continuous learning and development. Share that you saw something interesting in the media about the company, competitor, or industry. And when you share this information, offer an insight and an initiation to hear what the recipient of this information thinks.

6. No brag, just fact

If you do awesome work, it’s ok to privately share what your proud of with your manager. Key word, privately. Schedule time to share your excitement you’re your manager. You should try to have monthly check-points with your manager so that you can gather feedback and continue to advance your career. Keep in mind when you are privately sharing your work with your manager, do it from a place of excitement and pride, not from a place of ego and bragger-y. Excitement is contagious. Your manager may also be able to help you take the work even further.

Who stands out on your team without being a jerk? What do they do? Share with me in the comments – I love reading your ideas!

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With passion and an innate curiosity, Tracey strives to push the envelope to create great experiences for talent. Tracey has been developing digital, mobile and social solutions for nearly 20 years in the talent acquisition space. Currently CredHive’s CEO, she is dedicated to changing the way hiring is done to create a more level playing field for talent. Visit CredHive to learn more.

 


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Can Your LinkedIn Profile Replace The Traditional Resume? http://www.careerealism.com/linkedin-profile-replace-traditional-resume/ http://www.careerealism.com/linkedin-profile-replace-traditional-resume/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:00:03 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=40952 LinkedIn is a powerful job search tool. If you’re wondering if your LinkedIn profile can take the place of the traditional resume, the answer is...

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If you’re wondering if your LinkedIn profile can take the place of your resume, the answer is “not exactly.”

Related: 3 LinkedIn Strategies For Escaping Your Crummy Job

Keep in mind that your LinkedIn profile is a tool to helping employers and recruiters find you on the Internet. It’s also an informal way of introducing yourself so that contacts have a better idea of who you are and what you’re capable of doing without having to go into much finer details.

Certainly, this is not to say your LinkedIn profile is any less important in the job search process. There are plenty of benefits to having a LinkedIn profile in the job search process. Consider that:

  • Recruiters use it to source talent
  • It can help with networking
  • You can apply for a job posting on LinkedIn
  • You can show more than the resume in terms of connections, recommendations, groups, and contributions to discussions

Used correctly, the LinkedIn Profile is a teaser that gets a recruiter to want to contact you for more information. Remember, too, that a resume is a private document whereas your LinkedIn Profile is public meaning you can have things on the resume that you would not publish publicly.

The resume also offers more formality to applying for a job and HR needs it to support EEO compliance audits. Other reasons include:

  • Many employers use an Applicant Tracking System and an electronic copy of your resume is needed for that.
  • Not everyone utilizes LinkedIn or even to its full extent, so there are limitations to information available that only the resume may be able to offer.
  • You can better customize your resume to each employer’s need.

So, use your LinkedIn Profile to build a network, brand, and online presence and get employers to ask for more information in the form of a resume.

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Don Goodman’s firm was rated as the #1 Resume Writing Service in 2013 & 2014. Don is a triple-certified, nationally recognized Expert Resume Writer, Career Management Coach and Job Search Strategist who has helped thousands of people secure their next job. Check out his Resume Writing Service. Get a Free Resume Evaluation or call him at 800.909.0109  for more information.

 


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3 Career Secrets EVERY Student Needs To Know http://www.careerealism.com/career-secrets-student/ http://www.careerealism.com/career-secrets-student/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:51:12 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=40949 Hey students! Want a great job? Don't wait 'til you graduate! Here are career secrets EVERY college student needs to know before leaving school.

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This post is part of the Professional Independence Project series.

“Get realistic,” everyone told her. “You’ll be competing with hundreds of thousands of other smart, hard-working and driven new graduates.”

Nicolette Weinbaum was freshman in college when she discovered the importance of becoming professionally independent. With all of the tough competition happening today, she knew that she’d have to do something immediately if she wanted to land a career she loved.

“Having a good job right out of school could put me on a promising professional path,” she said. “Financial stability and independence was always a huge factor in the back of every student’s mind too; especially when I consider how much my parents have sacrificed to pay my quarter-million dollar tuition.”

But how? What could she do to stand out among the millions of other students our there?

Instead of using the weak, yet overused excuse, “I’m only a freshman. I’ve got plenty of time to get experience,” she went on a mission to find a meaningful internship that would kick start her career. And, instead of falling back to traditional, outdated job search techniques, she got creative and used the technology she had available to her.

After determining exactly what she wanted and who she wanted to reach out to, she started a targeted LinkedIn ad campaign, utilizing social media marketing to find relevant, valuable opportunities for HER.

Her ad for an internship was simple, but EXTEMELY effective. She received tons of emails applauding her creativity, as well as several job interviews and offers. (You can check out her full story here.)

Get it, girl! That’s what Professional Independence is all about: taking initiative, finding creative solutions, and ignoring negativity in order to get out there and take control of your career.

“Professional success won’t fall into your lap,” she said. “It takes determination, vision, and persistence.”

Knowing that many recent grads are having difficulties in the job market, Weinbaum was generous enough to share her secrets to professional success. So, what has she learned? Here are her top career secrets that EVERY college student needs to know before leaving school.

1. Be prepared to show how your personal brand is different.

“It’s important to understand what it is you can contribute professionally that no one else can,” Weinbaum said. “Identify one of your skills, and elaborate it; make it something you are an expert at.”

But what do you do if your boss doesn’t provide you with the opportunity to do that? Take things into your own hands.

“Show your employer that you are not afraid to take initiative, you use your time effectively, and that you go above and beyond,” she said.

For example, you could create a project proposal and present it to your boss.

BONUS TIP: Document all that you’re doing so you have something to show for it. It will be easier for you to reference later on.

2. Always be networking—always.

Love it or hate it, networking is an essential part of finding a career you love. And no, networking isn’t limited to big, networking events with fancy appetizers (mmm crabcakes!). You can network with people on social media, virtual networking events, informational interviews, and more. Weinbaum’s top tip for networking effectively? Have an elevator pitch.

“Always have a business card on you and a 30-second elevator pitch about your personal brand ready,” she said.

An elevator pitch is basically your professional introduction. Not sure what your elevator pitch should say? If you’re a student, you can include your university, your major, and your current professional aspirations.

BONUS TIP: Always have a business card handy. You don’t need to have a job to have a business card. You can simply list your name, contact information, and your branding statement on this card. Keep them with you at all times. “You never know what good fortune may be waiting for you in the most unexpected places,” said Weinbaum.

3. Exude a positive attitude at all times—and smile.

“A good outlook can go a long way in any business,” Weinbaum. “Professionals always admire positivity and optimism. With the right attitude (and outfit of course), you can accomplish anything.”

You don’t have to wait until you’re unhappy with your career to start becoming professionally independent. Start taking control of your career as early as possible! You’ll be glad you did.

Today, Weinbaum is a junior at Villanova University with a concentration in Finance and Real Estate, and she’s leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of her classmates on her journey to professional success.

To learn more about Nicolette Weinbaum and her success story, check out her website.

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Power Up Your Personal Brand To Land Your Dream Job http://www.careerealism.com/personal-brand-land-dream-job/ http://www.careerealism.com/personal-brand-land-dream-job/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:05:18 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=32540 What do Sir Richard Branson and Lady Gaga have in common? The power of an instantly recognizable personal brand. Here are some branding tips.

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What do Sir Richard Branson and Lady Gaga have in common? The power of an instantly recognizable personal brand. And whether you are aware of it or not, you already have a personal brand. Your personal brand is both what you are known for and the experience people have of you. You might be known for your integrity. People might experience and talk about your outstanding customer service, all of this forms your personal brand.

Related: What’s A Personal Brand And Why Do You Need One?

Your challenge is knowing what your brand is and bringing ‘brand you’ alive in your next job interview. The good news is, unlike Sir Richard Branson and Lady Gaga, you do not need a marketing juggernaut to do this. The simplest, yet most powerful way to articulate your personal brand is through storytelling. Storytelling is a powerful way to communicate your personal brand because stories paint a picture, capture the imagination, and tap into appropriate emotion. Stories help your audience connect with you and your message and can influence action, in this instance landing your dream job.

The stories you share that show you are a team player, have initiative, will both help you stand out from the competition and nail that next interview.

What is an example of a great personal brand story? Even after his passing, Steve Jobs continues to inspire and engage us through the stories around his personal brand. In Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography about Steve Jobs, there is a story that Jobs used to explain his perfectionist streak:

As a young boy, Jobs had helped his father build a fence around their backyard, and he was told they had to use just as much care on the back of the fence as on the front.

“Nobody will ever know,” young Steve said. His father replied, “But you will know.” A true craftsman uses a good piece of wood even for the back of a cabinet against the wall, his father explained, and they should do the same for the back of the fence. It was the mark of an artist to have such a passion for perfection.

Isaacson explains that Jobs applied this lesson to each and every computer machine, much to the frustration of Apple engineers who were asked to make the chips line up neatly inside a tightly sealed box. “Nobody is going to see the PC board,” one of them protested. Jobs reacted as his father had: “I want it to be as beautiful as possible, even if it’s inside the box. A great carpenter isn’t going to use lousy wood for the back of a cabinet, even though nobody’s going to see it.”

Brand Steve Jobs stands for perfectionism in all our minds.

So, where do you start when finding stories that capture your brand? These tips will help you get started.

The first is being purposeful with your personal brand stories. Share the stories that meet the criteria the job requires. There is no point sharing a story on how you bent the rules to deliver great outcome if the job requires a stickler for rules. Pan through all your experiences both work and non-work related to find the stories that meet your purpose.

The second is use stories to support your hard data. If you have a figure like ‘I improved delivery times by 15%’, then support this with a story that shows how it impacted an individual customer. Always use both hard data and stories. The two together create a compelling case for employing you over your competitors.

And third all your stories must be authentically true. This is a “VIP,” a very important point.  In your personal life and in traditional storytelling it might be OK to make up or embellish stories but in business we cannot stress enough that your stories must be authentic.  It is simply not worth the backlash on your reputation or credibility in making up or spinning stories.

Finding and sharing purposeful authentic stories, in your next interview that articulate your personal brand, will help you instantly connect with the interviewer and be memorable for all the right reasons. Power up your personal brand using storytelling in your next job interview and you could land the job of your dreams.

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