Category Archives: Web 2.0

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5 Strategies for Discovering and Cleaning Up Digital Dirt Hurting Your Job Search

oops keyGuest Author: A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter.

Social networking mistakes can really come back to haunt you when you’re job searching. Don’t think that just because you’re on Twitter and Facebook complaining about a boss—or posting less-than-professional status updates—that it means a current and/or future employer won’t see or read what you’ve put there.

You need to be aware that information that is put out on the Internet, in general, can potentially be seen by anyone. Don’t get caught thinking that just because it’s social media that it’s casual. Be protective of your social profiles, especially if you’re the type of person who shares personal information on Twitter or Facebook—and even more so if you complain about your boss, make negative or derogatory statements, or post anything that you wouldn’t want brought up during a job interview.

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Sweet Careers on Google+

We’ve been waiting since June for Google to open up G+ to brands. With Google announcing Google+ for brand pages the other day, we were anxious to get started! Are you a G+ user? Remember to add us to your circles: In coming weeks, we’ll be exploring how college students, and job seekers in general, can get the most of […]

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Handling Requests for References, Part 2

Be Grateful - Follow up!

How Many References
This will really depend on the opportunity for which you are applying, but 3 or 4 references is pretty common.

What About Letters of Recommendation
Most employers prefer to speak with your references, but graduate programs and similar academic opportunities are more likely to ask you for letters of recommendation. These days, most letters are “open” meaning that you are able to read the letter, too. However, be aware that some programs, and some faculty, only want “closed” letters – these are letters that are so confidential, you’re not allowed to read them! The thinking is that your reference writer may be more candid about you if they know you won’t be allowed to read the letter. Whatever the case, when you request your letters, make things easy for your reference writers. Checklists, addressed and stamped envelopes, and deadlines can all be helpful. In the case of electronic letters of recommendation, provide your references with detailed instructions for how to log into the necessary site.

When to Ask
You may want to touch base with your references right at the start of your job search to ask them in advance if they would be comfortable acting as a reference. Then, once you’ve been asked to provide references (usually after the interview), contact the reference again and let them know for which specific position it is you’re currently applying.

For letters of recommendation, you should give your reference writers at least TWO MONTHS notice. Keep in mind that many graduate programs, for example, have deadlines closing at the same time, so many faculty can get bogged down with requests to write letters. Your faculty will appreciate you giving them plenty of notice. (more…)

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Handling Requests for References, Part 1

Nearly every job, internship, graduate program, fellowship and volunteer opportunity will ask you to provide references. Before you start handing out names, here are a few reference basics. Get Permission It may seem obvious, but one of the most common mistakes made by reference seekers is forgetting to ask permission before releasing contact information. Before you submit your list of […]

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