I recently asked some friends and colleagues what a new co-worker could do to really annoy them. While there was a wide range of potentially annoying behaviors, the following five consistently left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth: Bail on your co-workers Call in sick to work, and then post pictures of yourself on Instagram (or your site of choice) […]
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So, here you are, a young specialist who has just graduated from college, or you’re someone who has just been downsized – in other words, you’re a job seeker. In today’s tough economic times, being unemployed can be very stressful, which can sometimes make the job market pretty intense and complicated. With a so many different tips and tricks being shared, it is easy to get it all wrong and spoil your job search instead of making it successful. So, before you dive into the list of job openings for marketing positions or whatever else you are interested in, make sure you follow the tips right.
Tip: Tell employer about your skills.
How to misuse it: Not elaborating on your skills. This applies for both your résumé and job interview. Remember that you have to prove the things you can do, but that doesn’t mean sharing irrelevant or underdeveloped skills. Prepare a variety of examples of how you use your skills in relevant settings. For example, if you are good at programming, talk about the programs you’ve created that are still used by your previous employer.
Tip: Focus on skills and experience needed for the vacancy.
How to misuse it: Talking up your skills until you annoy the employer. For example, when an interviewer asks if you have any questions, and you use this time to talk about yourself again. Always remember the golden mean, (i.e. a happy medium), and don’t overdo it when you want to demonstrate that you are the right fit for the vacancy.
We had the opportunity to ask David Bradford, “The Bottlecap Kid”, for networking advice for college students and young professionals. His advice is practical and realistic; check it out. SC: What are practical ways for college freshmen to begin networking? David: Be curious. Ask lots of questions. Find areas of commonality. When that happens, trust forms and magic can happen. […]
Whether you’re just about to start your first professional job or you’ve been working for a few years, the need to keep your skills fresh and relevant is always present. US workers will hold an average of 11 jobs over the course of their lifetime; your first professional job is not likely going to be your last. Here are 5 tips for staying employable, even when you’re already employed:
1. Continue networking – Even though you have a job and are not actively searching for employment, continue to network and build your base of professional connections.
- Consider joining professional associations either through your employer’s memberships or on your own.
- Leverage the power of social media to stay connected with like-minded professionals all over the world.
- Use a variety of strategies to network, even when your work schedule is full.
2. Read broadly in your field – Stay current by reading articles from your professional associations’ publications and various trade journals.
- Follow, and engage, your industry’s thought leaders on Twitter and LinkedIn, and read up on the trends and movements impacting your field.
- Subscribe to relevant blogs and other curators of industry news.