CAREEREALISM http://www.careerealism.com Career Advice & Job Search Magazine Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:35:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 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 7 Bad Habits To Drop If You Want To Be Successful http://www.careerealism.com/successful-bad-habits-drop/ http://www.careerealism.com/successful-bad-habits-drop/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:15:50 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=41111 Want to be successful? Here are seven bad habits you must drop immediately if you want to be successful in your job, your business, and your life.

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Life is but a series of habits. It is up to the individual to determine how those habits will add value or detract from their life experiences.

Related: 5 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Here are seven bad habits you must drop immediately if you want to be successful in your job, your business, and your life.

1. Waiting for the ‘right’ time

Rarely is there a ‘right’ time for anything in life, yet so many people go through life claiming that they will work towards a goal when the time is right. Successful people don’t do this, because they know that opportunity doesn’t happen on their schedule, therefore you must seize the day.

2. Placing limitations on your success

What is it that’s stopping you from moving further up the food chain? As a result of social conditioning, many people begin placing limitations on their success as they reach certain stages of their career. Successful people don’t do this. They invite challenges and limitations and they break down barriers.

3. Comparing your success to others

A healthy dose of competition is a good thing. It helps you to work a little harder. However, you shouldn’t hold others to a higher standard than yourself and you shouldn’t judge your achievements or failures based on the outcome of others.

4. Waiting for the approval of others

Many people wait for the approval of others before they take action. It could be waiting for approval from your boss before you pull the trigger on a new campaign. Or it could be waiting on approval from your parent’s before deciding what degree to major in. Every circumstance deserves a different set of actions. However, generally speaking, you should never wait on approval from others to validate a decision. Successful people don’t do this. They take something they believe in and they go all in, rather they have the approval of others or not.

5. Being overly faithful

Faith is beautiful. It’s based on the foundation of believing in an outcome that hasn’t yet come to fruition. Being faithful is healthy. However, being overly faithful is detrimental, because what comes along with this mindset is the mistaken belief that someone else is going to make your dreams and desires come true without you working to earn it. Good things rarely happen without hard work, so if you want something miraculous, you must be willing to do what it takes to earn it.

6. Fearing failure

The fear of failure is subconscious. Often times it isn’t a rational thought at the forefront of your thinking. Instead, it is a thought process that takes place deep in the recesses of your brain that immobilize you from being able to push forward. Successful people don’t fear failure. They embrace it, because they know that the only way to rise above mediocrity is to face fear and conquer it.

7. Dwelling on the past

The past is nothing more than a series of experiences in which you have no further control over. That being said, to dwell on the past is a sure fire way to ensure you never reach your potential in the future. Your past does not dictate future outcomes, so stop dwelling on the past and instead dream about the future.

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Michael Price is the author of “What Next The Millennial’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Real World” endorsed by Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s Shark Tank. Book now available at whatnextquest.com. Watch the trailer below:

 

 

 


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How To Conquer The 3 Stages Of Your Dream Job Journey http://www.careerealism.com/dream-job-journey-stages/ http://www.careerealism.com/dream-job-journey-stages/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:34:19 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=41197 There are three distinct stages of your dream job journey, and knowing them will help you learn how you can get to the next level. Here they are...

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I used to think that there was one magical, mystical “dream job” waiting out there for me somewhere… All I had to do was find it.

Related: 3 Tips For Finding A Purpose-Driven Job

Yet, as I look back over my journey, I see that’s not the case.

Not even close.

I’ve even talked to people in their 40’s and 50’s who are still looking for their “dream job.”

Like there’s a paradise waiting for us somewhere out there…

Off in the distance. We catch a glimpse of it now and then…

But a glimpse is all we ever get. We’re forever chasing the dream.

In a moment, I’ll tell you how to win this little game, but first…

Let’s Talk About The Journey

What I’ve come to learn is that this idea of one ultimate “dream job” is a representation of the typical cliche:

“It’s the journey, not the destination.”

We’ll aim for a goal, achieve it, and then be miserable again within a month.

We’re always looking for the next thing… the ultimate destination… when really, it’s about appreciating what we’ve worked so hard to have right now, and following our heart.

The 3 Stages of Your Dream Job Journey

In my experience, I’ve found there to be three distinct stages of your dream job journey – and knowing them will help you recognize where you are right now, and how you can get to the next level.

Stage 1: The Calling

This stage is the very beginning of your journey. Through frustration with your current career, or perhaps a moment of inspiration, you have a vision of what your life could be…

And you make a choice to pursue it, no matter the cost.

You feel called to become the best version of yourself, and find and get your dream job.

Stage 2: Landing Your Dream Job

Your journey to find and get your dream job comes to an end, as you finally achieve the goal you set out for.

For a time, things are good. But then, you come to a shocking realization…

You can do more!

This job, this “dream job” is great, but you still have the desire to grow and become more.

Upon making this realization, you come to my favorite stage, which is…

Stage 3: Iterate And Improve

You’ve reached your goal, and as a result you now have the confidence to believe that anything is possible.

Anything you set your mind to, you can achieve… so the question becomes, what’s next?

You get rid of the notion of one final and ultimate “dream job”, and instead focus your attention on following your heart, and doing whatever you makes you happiest and serves the world the most.

Those are what I believe to be the three stages of your dream job journey, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this as well. Where are you in your journey?

For more free info on how to find and get your next dream job, you can check out the free video I put together alongside my mentor here.

It contains three practical job tips you can apply today to get noticed by some of the most inspiring companies in the world.

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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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3 Steps To Help You Master The Art Of Delegation http://www.careerealism.com/master-delegation/ http://www.careerealism.com/master-delegation/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:30:34 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=25206 Great leaders know how to delegate. Do you? Not knowing how to delegate could be holding you back. Learn how to master the art of delegation!

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One of the great opportunities of leadership is the delegation of tasks to others, which not only frees up your time to be more strategic but also develops those employees to whom you’ve delegated.

Related: 6 Career Management Hacks That Will Get You Ahead

Although it is a great opportunity for leaders, it is also a great challenge. Delegating means letting go of a fair amount of, if not all of, the control associated with the way tasks are completed. I find this to be a struggle for many leaders, myself included.

As the owner of my business, I find that letting go of tasks and delegating to others can be quite a challenge at times. What if they don’t do it right? What if they don’t get it done on time? What if they upset the clients?

These “what if’s” can go on forever! I’ve tortured myself through many of them and I’ve seen many of my clients do the same. What I’ve learned, both personally and through working with others in this area, are some key steps to take to ease concerns about delegating to others.

First, you want to have a high degree of confidence in the people you delegate to; therefore, be diligent in your selection of those you hire to work for you. Often times leaders are in a hurry to get a position filled so do not take enough time to be sure they are making the best selection. Without confidence that you have the best people on your team, delegating can be difficult. Yet, when you know you’ve got the right people in place, it is much easier to delegate with assurance.

Second, you will probably need a fair amount of updates and status checks on how your team is doing with the tasks. (Usually I need more updates and status checks early in the relationship.) Once you get to know the individuals and their work ethic, and your relationship develops, the amount of check-ins decreases because the expectations are well understood, and your confidence in their ability to meet your expectations increases.

Lastly, you want to change any “what if” comments from negative to positive. So, instead of thinking, “What if they don’t do it right?” try, “What if they do it better than I ever could?” Or, “What if this works out better than I thought?” That mindset shift will help you expect the best as opposed to expecting things to go wrong.

Does this mean things never go wrong? Of course not but it certainly sets up an environment that is more expectant of success than if you continue to think of all the possible ways things could go wrong.

Although this is not always easy for leaders, letting go of control and delegating is necessary and highly beneficial for all. It not only enables you, the leader, to focus on more strategic items but it motivates your workforce to take on more responsibility and fosters more employee development.

This month’s development tip: Have you mastered the art of delegation? If so, congratulations! We’d love to hear some of your success tactics so please visit our Facebook wall and share!

If not, follow the suggested steps in this month’s article; with each step you should begin to get more comfortable with letting go.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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How To Be Persuasive In The Workplace http://www.careerealism.com/how-persuasive-workplace/ http://www.careerealism.com/how-persuasive-workplace/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:00:16 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=18365 Here are three basic steps to be persuasive in the workplace. I had a few questions from professionals who wanted assistance in the art of persuasion.

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Whether you’re looking to convince your boss you need some additional training or you’re hoping to show an interviewer you’re the best candidate for a job, persuasion is an essential tool for professional success.

Related: The Secret To Being Memorable And Persuasive

Below, I’ve outlined the three basic steps you should follow to be persuasive in the workplace.

Know Your Position (And Believe In It)

First and foremost, what are you fighting for? You have to be clear about what you want to accomplish and why. Set out the specifics. How much money do you want for that training course? How much time do you need off to attend? Be clear about your goal. If you don’t know where you’re aiming, it’s easy to get off course.

Beyond that, it should matter to you. If you don’t care, don’t bother. Whatever you want to persuade another person to do (or think or feel), you simply MUST believe it’s the right thing. The more confidence you can demonstrate, the more convincing you’ll be.

You want a raise? You want your co-worker to take over a project for you? Step number one is to believe it’s deserved. Or, at the very least, to believe it’s rational. Are you asking this person to do something you wouldn’t do if the roles were reversed? If so, re-evaluate your position.

Have Evidence To Support Your Position

Facts are hard to deny, especially when they can be proven with evidence. Whatever your position, be prepared to back it up with concrete proof. If you’re going to a performance review, for instance, take samples of your work, complimentary letters from clients, and anything else that demonstrates your excellence.

If you’re asking for a raise, take documentation that shows why you deserve more reward for your work. You may also want to take research that shows the appropriate salary range for a person in your field with your experience. The more you can point to tangible evidence (from reputable sources) to support your request, the more reasonable it will appear and the more likely you’ll get agreement.

Predict And Prepare For Objections

I have one mantra for professional success: Be proactive. Don’t react to what’s going on around you. Instead, predict and prepare. Be actively engaged in the discussion. Don’t wait for objections to come up. Anticipate them and know how you will respond. Be ready to have your request declined, and be prepared to rebut the verdict.

What could make this person refuse your request? What concerns will he or she have? How can you diminish those concerns and help this person see the wisdom of your point-of-view?

It isn’t always easy to get agreement, especially from superiors in the workplace. They need to be convinced. Appeal to their logic and remember to tune into WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?). Tell the person how this decision will impact him and, on a bigger scale, how it will impact the company.

Follow these steps and you’ll be much closer to achieving your long-term career goals.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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10-Minute Transformation: Give Your Resume A Power Punch! http://www.careerealism.com/resume-power-punch-transformation/ http://www.careerealism.com/resume-power-punch-transformation/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:51:05 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=36347 Writing resumes can be hard - but it doesn't have to be! With this 10-minute transformation, you can give your resume a power punch!

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Writing your resume is hard! As if being unemployed wasn’t enough of a morale-buster, you’re now pressured to put the best version of yourself on paper. An experienced writer balks at this task! But I’ll let you in on a secret: you already have more than you think you do.

Related: Top 7 Resume Trends For 2015

Here are some quick ways to take whatever you’ve got (blank screen, job description, old resume, first draft) and transform in with a 10-minute power punch!

The hiring manager has already given you a blatant ‘edge’ over your competition, but so few applicants take advantage of it! The posting you read online contains a secret giveaway of what the employer considers an ideal candidate. Your ten-minute task is to make yourself fit that bill.

With this 10-minute transformation, you can give your resume a power punch!

Grab Your Cheat Sheet

Find your ideal job opening and match your resume to its description. If they use the phrase “database administrator,” you also use that phrase… two or three times. Don’t confine your previous work experience to the titles your former employer handed out. Describe yourself in terms of the actual work you performed. Not only will computers scan your resume for phrase matches, but people will also notice the words they are looking for.

Delete The Obvious

Next, start lining through that list of duties you included. Your single page of real estate is far too valuable. Your interviewer has a strong grasp of what your position requires. She is more interested in what you accomplished in that role. How did you stand out from other database administrators, for example? Did you help your company do things faster, do your work more efficiently, did you champion a project that got the attention of the higher-ups?

Insert Personality

Here’s a good one—were you the one that organized a team lunch or led a departmental contest that boosted the morale of your co-workers or inspired teamwork? Always include such intangible achievements that highlight your personality. Employers aren’t just looking to get the job done. They’d always prefer to simultaneously build their brand, creativity, and culture. You’ll pop off the page!

Active Voice

Next, do a quick scan to make sure you used the active voice and some power words. You weren’t “the manager of” a project; you “managed” it. Always think in terms of the person reading your resume and turn everything possible into an achievement. Example: Increased sales, expanded reach, systematized buying, streamlined processes, gained awareness, built a team, forged relationships, cultivated culture, earned designation, inspired creativity with a contest, convinced board to adopt new policy.

When you use an active voice and power words you present yourself as an action-taker who gets things done, even goes above and beyond! You also show that you respect your reviewer’s time by making your sentences short, to the point, and relevant.

Quantify Everything

Do you have a general idea of performance before and after you completed a project? Were sales stagnant when you started, and climbing when you left? Can you calculate an estimate for the percentage increase? Did you automate a task that cut your administrative work in half? Perhaps you increased productivity by 50%. Maybe you grew sales territory from 13 counties to include 20. Or acquired a $1.5 million-dollar contract. Use figures as much as possible.

Now, you have a resume that presents you in a way that pops off the page! Ten minutes of tweaking can not only earn you a call, but a nice new salary to boot! Always go after what you want… you just might get it.

If you’re still struggling and would like to submit your resume to me for a free review, contact me here. I may use portions of it (anonymously, of course) in a future article to demonstrate a “before and after” illustration.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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Tips for Job Seekers 40+ http://www.careerealism.com/tips-for-job-seekers-over-40/ http://www.careerealism.com/tips-for-job-seekers-over-40/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:25:11 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=41211 Welcome back to another episode of  Career Lab. In this episode, J.T. gives advice and insight for job seekers over 40 so they have a leg up on the competition. Topic suggestions, comments, feedback, please send them to support@careerealism.com We’d love to hear from you. Thank you for watching and tune in Wednesdays at 2pm... Continue reading

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Welcome back to another episode of  Career Lab.

In this episode, J.T. gives advice and insight for job seekers over 40 so they have a leg up on the competition.

Topic suggestions, comments, feedback, please send them to support@careerealism.com

We’d love to hear from you.

Thank you for watching and tune in Wednesdays at 2pm for more great Career Lab episodes.

 

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The Unfortunate Reality Of Raises That You Don’t Know About http://www.careerealism.com/reality-raises-unfortunate/ http://www.careerealism.com/reality-raises-unfortunate/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:00:06 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=41109 You bust your butt trying to get that raise, but it never comes. Why? The unfortunate reality of raises is that the only way to get a raise is to...

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The average raise an employee can expect to earn is between 1 – 10% with an average annual increase of 2.5 – 3%.

Related: 3 Ways To Get Noticed, Get A Promotion, And Get A RAISE!

This is pretty lousy, and doesn’t take into account an employee’s experience, years of service, or market factors such as the average compensation for an employee based on salaries from other companies in the area.

Many people bust their butt hoping to earn a raise or a promotion from their existing job only to be told that “there isn’t money available in the budget, but that HR has has kept the request on file.”

This is code language for, “We value your work, but we’re not willing to put our money where our mouth is because we foolishly think you’re replaceable, and we’re going to end on a positive note in hopes that you don’t quit and force us to have to hire someone else and pay them more.”

The unfortunate reality of raises is that, in most cases, the only way to get a raise is to find a new job.

Employers that are looking to hire are motivated to exceed the existing salary of a prospect when they are deficient in a certain sector of their business. In a fit of desperation, they are likely to pay more to secure talent, especially if it means their competitor will be one man down.

One of the big problems that people make when switching companies is accepting compensation that’s equal to or lesser than what they previously earned.

You should never take a new job and accept the same or less compensation than what you previously earned. This is especially true if you’ve worked at your previous company for 3-5 years and are in a career field that’s in high demand. Just based on the amount of years you worked alone; inflation, demand and other market factors would have guaranteed you deserve an increase in pay.

One way you can avoid the guessing game of what you should request at your next job is to do a salary analysis at salary.com, payscale.com and/or glassdoor.com.

All of these services offer a free salary analysis and it can make the world of difference in determining your true earning potential.

These service are also great, because they take into account your years of experience, title, roles and responsibilities and they also take into account the average reported salaries of others in your field and in your area.

Performing a salary analysis can become a powerful weapon when negotiating your salary for a raise at your existing job or a new job because it validates your requested salary based on several factors.

The shocking thing that most employees don’t know is that employers conduct these same analysis before even putting up a position for hire.

Thanks to the Internet, the employee is now empowered with the same information as the employer.

Power to the people!

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About the author

Michael Price is the author of “What Next The Millennial’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Real World” endorsed by Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s Shark Tank. Book now available at whatnextquest.com. Watch the trailer below:

 

 

 


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10 Tips For Giving Your LinkedIn Profile A Facelift http://www.careerealism.com/linkedin-profile-facelift-tips/ http://www.careerealism.com/linkedin-profile-facelift-tips/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:54:42 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=41191 LinkedIn profile looking old and stale these days? Here are ten tips for giving your LinkedIn profile a much-needed facelift (no Botox required!).

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Maintaining your online presence is more important than ever. If you want to be taken seriously by employers, clients, and other professional contacts, you NEED to give your LinkedIn profile a facelift.

Related: Can Your LinkedIn Profile Replace The Traditional Resume?

LinkedIn profile looking old and stale these days? Here are ten tips for giving your LinkedIn profile a much-needed facelift (no Botox required!):

1. Update your photo.

I know it’s tempting to use that *awesome* photo of you from that wild college party, but if you’re serious about your personal brand, don’t.

In many cases, your LinkedIn photo is your first impression. It’s the first thing people see when they search for you online. You want that first impression to be a good one, right?

Here are some quick tips for taking/choosing an appropriate LinkedIn photo:

  • Use a current photo of yourself
  • Don’t have other people/objects in your photo.
  • Make sure your photo is well-lit and not blurry.
  • Don’t use Instagram filters (c’mon guys!).
  • NO DUCK FACES. JUST NO.
  • Smile and make sure you’re looking at the camera.
  • Don’t use a black and white photo.

(Watch this video for some LinkedIn photo FAILS!)

A word on selfies: Ideally, you would want to get your photo professionally done by a photographer. That said, it’s not always realistic. Instead of taking a selfie on your phone (please don’t – it’s too tempting to do a duck face), take a selfie from your computer. Go into a well-lit room with a nice backdrop and take a snapshot on your computer camera. It’s better than nothing!

Whatever you do, though, make sure you HAVE a LinkedIn photo. That stupid, faceless avatar won’t do you any favors.

2. Write a accurate, easy-to-read Headline.

Along with your photo, your Headline is one of the first things people see when looking you up on LinkedIn. You want to pack in as much relevant information about your skills and qualifications as possible.

Your headline should incorporate your key skill sets, traits, and industry (including niche skill sets). I like to include my company name, too.

Also, to keep it clear-cut and easy to read, separate your keywords with the | key.

Why are keywords so important? Having them increases your chances for showing up in a search (it’s SEO gobble-dee-goock).

Here’s an example:

Me Media Inc. | Content Marketing | Social Media Management | Blogging

If you don’t have a job and aren’t sure what to write in your Headline, think about your key skill sets, traits, and industry. With that information, it will be easy to craft a great Headline.

Warning: DO NOT say, “Looking for opportunities” if you don’t have a job. This is a huge turn off. Your Headline is a HIGHLY valuable piece of LinkedIn real estate, and by saying something like this, you’re not using that prime location to its advantage.

3. Craft a cohesive Summary that highlights your best stuff.

In this section, you should highlight all of your best skills, qualifications, and accomplishments. I also like to include a personal branding statement that gives you a personality.

Here’s an example:

Proud UNH Wildcat who’s passionate about helping students and 20-somethings kick start their careers – the fun way! See what I’m up to on Twitter @AriellaCoombs

Manage a team of 7 employees. Manage monthly writing accounts for 20+ paid contributors. 3+ years online content management and strategy. 3+ years social media strategy.

SPECIALTIES:

  • Writing, blogging
  • Content strategy
  • Editorial management
  • Social media strategy

Tip: Add in links or upload projects that showcase your skills/accomplishments to your Summary section to give it a visual aspect.

4. Spice up your work experience by peppering in numbers.

Quantify, quantify, quantify! You want to quantify your experience whenever you can. People like to see numbers. They like to see results, not just tasks.

Here’s an example:

  • Managed team of 7 employees at CAREEREALISM Media
  • Managed monthly writing accounts for 20+ paid contributors
  • Selected, created, edited, optimized, scheduled, and published 30+ articles per week
  • Created, implemented, and managed 2+ major content initiatives annually, notable initiatives including the Happy Grad Project, which featured 35+ top career experts and acquired 4,500 new email subscribers within 30 days.

See how that conveys results? Try it with your own work experience!

5. Upload major projects or achievements.

LinkedIn has a great feature that allows you to upload/add links to your notable accomplishments or projects. Take advantage of this feature! It adds a nice visual aspect that not only showcases your best work, but also breaks up your profile to it’s easier to absorb.

6. Update your Top Skills section.

Is your Top Skills section outdated? Add in any new, relevant skills you want to showcase. (Notice that I said relevant: You don’t want to dilute your profile with skills that don’t add value to your brand. Only add what’s necessary.)

7. Add your volunteer work.

Are you a regular volunteer? Showcase it on your LinkedIn profile. In most cases, it counts as unrelated work experience.

8. Add any professional/relevant organizations you’re involved in.

Are you a member of Toastmasters? Do you belong to a professional group? Add it to your Organizations section! Employers like to see that you’re involved, and dedicated to your career development beyond the office.

9. Don’t forget about the Honors & Awards section!

Have you received any professional honors or awards? Showcase them! These are especially helpful if they relate to your major projects.

For example, if you received an award at your job for a great project, make sure you showcase both the project and the award on your LinkedIn profile. It helps back up your skills and expertise in that area.

10. Give Endorsements & Recommendations.

Having Endorsements and Recommendations to showcase on your LinkedIn profile are important. They show that others are willing to back you up on your professional claims.

That said, if you want to get, you must give. Try to give out Endorsements and a Recommendation each week to connections who you can vouch for. People will often return the favor.

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How To Choose The Best Resume Font http://www.careerealism.com/resume-fonts/ http://www.careerealism.com/resume-fonts/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:45:41 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=17204 There are hundreds of fonts out there, but not all are appropriate for use in a resume. Find out how to choose the best resume fonts.

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What are the best resume fonts? If you’re not sure, you’re not alone.

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Of course, there are hundreds of fonts out there from which to choose, but not all are appropriate for use in a resume. Let’s take a look at the ones that are considered to be the best—and which ones are good to avoid.

Serif And Sans Serif Fonts Are Most Recommended

There are two font families that recruiters and HR managers seem to like the most: Serif and Sans Serif. The Serif font family means the fonts have tails; and Sans Serif means they are missing the tails on the ends of letters.

Popular font types in the Serif family include Georgia and Times New Roman—while popular Sans Serif fonts include Verdana and Arial. It’s a good idea to note, however, some managers have disdain for Times New Roman and Arial because they tend to be used so often.

Find Fonts That Work On All Types Of Computers

There are some cool fonts out there you may be tempted to use because they look both professional and appealing. But if you want to ensure your resume translates well on PCs (Windows) and Macs, it’s better to pick fonts available on both.

For instance, you may love Palatino Linotype as a Serif font on your PC. But since it doesn’t have an immediate translation on a Mac, aside from the similar Palatino, it could look different from your original copy when pulled up on anything other than a PC. It’s good to keep this in mind as you choose your fonts.

Sidestep ‘Fun’ Fonts

Also, when choosing fonts, it’s a good idea to sidestep cursive fonts like Comic Sans or other fun fonts that you might enjoy but lack professionalism. The only exception to the “fun” font might be if you’re submitting your resume for a unique job—such as one in the entertainment industry. But even then, it’s good to know for sure the employer will be agreeable to this before creating your resume.

While you’re thinking about font types, it’s also wise to remember the average font size for a resume is 10 to 14 points (10-12 for regular text and 12-14 for subheadings). By thinking as much about your fonts as the content in your resume, you’re sure to create a document a hiring manager is eager to read.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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5 Ways To Make Networking Work For YOU! http://www.careerealism.com/ways-networking-work-you/ http://www.careerealism.com/ways-networking-work-you/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:10:36 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=14922 Everyone has been telling you to network in your job search. But, what exactly does that mean? Here are 5 ways to make networking work for you.

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Everyone has been telling you to start networking in your job search, right? What exactly does that mean, though? How does talking to people about the fact you don’t have a job get you a job?

Related: 18 Easy Conversation Starters For Networking Events

Here are five ways to make networking work for you:

1. Mix It Up

Don’t, I repeat, don’t go to the same places with the same people over and over again. It is very easy to seek a pattern or habit when you are in a new and potentially uncomfortable place. Few people like going into a room of strangers and walking up to someone and telling him you are out of work. It sucks enough to know it – you don’t like having to say it. But… get over the fear! Expand your list of contacts. Grow your circle. Increase your influence.

  • Network in groups of people who are looking for work.
  • Network with people who are active in your industry.
  • Network with people who already know you.
  • Network with professionals who have companies in the same city you want to work.

2. Know Your Message

You are the President, CEO, and Sales Manager for You, Inc. What are you selling? Who are you selling it to?

Let me fill you in on a little secret… the answers are not you are selling your resume (or a verbal version of it) to anyone who’s buying. I promise you the overly general, include everything you’ve ever done, just in case someone might want you to do the job you did 17 years ago approach doesn’t work in a networking context.

Be specific. You should be able to tell anyone who asks, without hesitation, what your strengths are, a few job titles that would be a good fit, and what value you bring to an organization. Also, you should be able to tell anyone who asks 5 – 10 organizations and/or people you would like to meet or get to know better.

3. Do What You Say You’ll Do

Everyone knows actions speak louder than words; when you are networking for a job, this is more important than ever. You are sending micro-messages to your network with each and every commitment you make and keep (or don’t). Tell them how great you are!

  • If you offer to make a connection for someone, do it. And do it in a timely manner.
  • Planning to meet someone for a quick cup of coffee before your job club? Be on time!
  • Has someone offered to introduce to you to their boss/friend/colleague as soon as you send your resume over? Take the time to tweak the resume for the job and get it over FAST!

Do you have a strategy for helping your network remember what you are looking for? This is your job while you are searching. Don’t assume they will remember exactly which friend is looking for a network administrator job and who is looking for an IT support position. Use tools like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail to remind your network of your search.

4. Stay Top Of Mind

NOTE: There is a really fine line here you must learn to walk. Don’t be “that guy” and send 14 messages a week to your full list of contacts. It’s important to be aggressive, but not so much people stop reading your messages or taking your calls because they are tired of your constant requests for help. Find a comfortable pace at which you will run the race.

5. Be Real

Networking is work, don’t get me wrong. However, most networking meetings – whether one to one or in a group – are designed for people to connect. So put enough of yourself out there so others can connect to you. Smile. Laugh. Enjoy the opportunity to make some new contacts and potential friends. In sales, there is a saying people do business with those they know, like and trust. Be someone who others will seek to know and like. The trust will follow when you are authentic in your relationships.

ANOTHER NOTE: As with #4, there is a line here. Use discretion when meeting new people and do not tell everyone everything about your personal and private life. Being real and authentic does not equate with telling your deepest darkest secrets. Networking is about finding a point of connection.

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