Under30Careers » Job Search http://under30careers.com Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:57:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 Under30Careers no Under30Careers » Job Search http://under30careers.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://under30careers.com/category/job-search/ Resume: Unique Do’s and Definite Don’ts http://under30careers.com/resume-unique-dos-and-definite-donts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=resume-unique-dos-and-definite-donts http://under30careers.com/resume-unique-dos-and-definite-donts/#comments Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:00:01 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=2349 ResumeIf you are in search of your new dream job, you face one of three things: Either you just finished a degree and are ready to get your life started; you are unemployed and in desperate need of work; or you are unhappy in your current position and are looking for a change. Regardless of the situation, I have some tips to get you underway.

Before you are able to get in the door for an interview you will want to make sure your resume is the best it can be. Many are confident about their resume; however, most make resume mistakes, which means you should review yours just in case.  Often you will find that with the right resume you could have the job long before you see an interviewer. The actual meeting could end up being solely a formality.

Avoid Clichés

It is really easy for you to talk about yourself in a way that makes you sound like the best candidate ever. The problem with that is employers aren’t interested in your biased opinion. They are more interested in the facts. This includes your work history, education and any honors you have received in work and school. Don’t add in a section just to talk about your dependability and work ethic–it’s a definite turnoff.

Document your Target Position

For example, if you are a registered nurse you can put that title at the top of the page or you can opt for something that will work even better.  Instead if you are looking for a career specifically in Emergency Medicine you should opt for “Emergency Nurse.” By doing this you will receive more phone calls and interviews. I know that it seems counter-intuitive to narrow down your preferred job, but what it is actually doing is helping you to stand apart from the crowd.

Include Quotes

No, I don’t want you to put “patience is a virtue” on your resume. What I mean by including quotes is those that come from your peers, colleagues, or educators. Ask professionals to define you through a simple elegant quote. For example: “Jennifer exceeds all expectations. She is meticulous and is an exceptional leader.” Include this in the middle of the first page.

Select Keywords Carefully

Showing up on searches is one of the best ways to make the phone ring. You can improve your chances by inserting the appropriate keywords in your resume. One easy way to find the appropriate keywords is to search job boards and agencies. Let’s stick with the nurse example: look through nursing jobs on a temp agency listing and see what words you see frequently. Include these in your resume and you will definitely stick out.

Stick to the Facts

I know it’s tempting to up sell yourself and talk about all of the wonderful things in your life. The truth is, employers don’t care. Leave the personal stuff out. Document your actual relevant work experience, whether it be on the job or educational training.

Along with these tips there are a few things to avoid…

Never Ever Use Cutesy Fonts

It doesn’t matter if you are going for a creative position. Anything but simple font makes your resume difficult to scan through quickly. It will be placed in the “no pile” immediately.

Jokes Aren’t Funny on A Resume

You may very well be a walking comedian. It doesn’t matter. At this point you need a job and your employer probably isn’t looking for the class clown.

Don’t Link to your Blog or Website

Generally employers aren’t interested in what you do on your free time. There is a chance if you are looking for a creative job an employer will ask for this. If that situation arises you can always add it in. Don’t just send your resume to 15 employers promoting your “side business.”

Now it’s time to get to your resume. Whether you are starting from scratch or just need to revamp, following these guidelines should increase your callback conversion. Good luck!

Anna is a freelance writer who is often writing about finance and career. Anna’s normal writing topics are usually covering personal finance or in depth career advice like how to find the best nursing jobs in what is such a broad career field. Anna is also the editor of paidtwice.com, a personal finance blog.

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Getting Hired With Social Media: 5 Sites To Be On Now http://under30careers.com/getting-hired-with-social-media-5-sites-to-be-on-now/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=getting-hired-with-social-media-5-sites-to-be-on-now http://under30careers.com/getting-hired-with-social-media-5-sites-to-be-on-now/#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2013 13:00:15 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=2310 Social media conceptIf you’re not using social media to help you land your next job, you’re not getting on the radar of recruiters and hiring managers. It’s becoming the new job search secret — 37 percent of employers currently use social media to research job candidates, and an additional 11 percent plan to start doing this in the future. Now, more than ever, recruiters are relying on social media sites to help round out the candidate search in addition to perusing resumes and cover letters.

Here are five sites you need to be on now and real-life experience on how they can help or deter your next career move:

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the bread and butter for hiring managers and recruiters. Since it focuses on your professional history, it’s a live resume that many people see. Fill out your profile completely and get quality connections. If you have more than 50 connections, your profile moves up in the LinkedIn algorithm to be on the radar of like-minded people, companies, and most importantly, those companies that are hiring.

Get recommended. Don’t be afraid to request a recommendation from a former boss. Have those who have worked with you, or even your friends who know how hard you work, endorse you for your skills and expertise. This section is incredibly visible on your profile and shows recruiters that those endorsing you stand behind your work.

  • Remember, don’t use family photos, photos of kids, pets etc. Use the most professional picture you have. And use social media indirectly. When sending out emails to prospective employers, hotlink your LinkedIn page in your email signature.

Facebook

While many people still view Facebook as a social interaction tool to use with friends, do not discount its use by recruiters. So set it up right. First, set your privacy settings as needed. Even if your settings are set to the max, never bad-mouth a previous employer or boss. While it’s understandable if you’re enraged of unfair treatment, updating your status with negative words regarding your boss won’t fix the problem, and potentially could be the catalyst of a larger problem – you may not get hired because of your poor choices on social media.

Secondly, assume anything you write can somehow be tracked. CNet writes about a 24-year-old educator, Ashley Payne, who lost her job because she posted a photo of herself holding a beer and a glass of wine. With privacy parameters getting more ambiguous, it’s best to be overly cautious.

Facebook also utilizes a Skype-like video tool that can potentially connect you with recruiters, much like using a live chat service would work. Think of how many points you could score with a tech-savvy recruiter when you say “I have time later at 6pm for a Facebook video chat. Can you do the interview then?” That would show your familiarity not only with Facebook, but also with being interviewed on video.

  • Remember, many users are friends with co-workers on Facebook. I had a colleague say to me, “Looks like Josh had a fun weekend based on his Facebook pics.” That same weekend my company had a mandatory work event where he called in sick. He wasn’t fired at that moment, but that was one of the many strikes against him that led to his termination.

Twitter

Twitter continues to adapt and grow. You can use Twitter to track topics and trends, follow companies you want to work for, and see discussions around certain job topics. If you want to use Twitter more personally with your friends, create an additional account — one for personal tweets and one for professional — so those you’re connected with professionally won’t see your tweets about nights out with your friends.

  • Remember, never follow a potential boss/colleague unless you are comfortable with them reading your previous tweets. Before my interview with the VP of Marketing at a Fortune 500 company, I followed her on Twitter and looked at her previous Tweets. I was able to garner many talking points that would connect us on a personal and professional level. I also looked at whom she followed. One of her questions to me was “Who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter?” I responded with a person I knew she followed and gave good reasons, favorite tweets, funny stories, etc. I could tell she was impressed that we shared a discerning taste in professional figures in social media. After our conversation she said, “I think you would fit in very well here”.

About.me

About.me is a beautiful splash page that quickly gives recruiters a snap shot of who you are and how you’re connected socially. Upload a professional picture, create an attention-grabbing headline, write a memorable paragraph on your professional background, and share what social networks you’re on.

  • Remember, assume that recruiters will look at every social network you list at your About.me page. If you have a social blog that’s more BuzzFeed than Mashable, don’t list it. Albeit it can be subjective to the sector you work like journalism, marketing, or PR where this may be appropriate.

Watch this clip for some insights into why everything about you doesn’t always have to be public:

Blogging

Blogs are helpful to recruiters because it gives them an opportunity see different facets: your writing style, your creativity and what subjects interest you. It fills out your world for them. Being a blogger can also prove you have your finger on the pulse of a fast-changing social medium where your blog’s success is based on intriguing content, quantity of posts and loyal readers.

People are still blogging, using platforms like WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr and others. If you are passionate about a subject, try blogging. If it’s not relevant to your ultimate job search, then you might want to diminish it in your social sharing with a recruiter.

  • Remember, if you’re not dedicated to updating a blog with new content, don’t do it. There is nothing worse than looking at a candidate’s blog that hasn’t featured fresh content in months.

Social Media – Make It or Break It

When I was hiring interns at a glossy lifestyle magazine, I took two minutes to read their resume to make sure they hit the major qualifications and I spent 10 minutes to peruse their Twitter and Facebook accounts to see what kind of person they were, and if they would fit into the company’s culture. While a young person’s discerning character and ambition cannot be taught at a first office job, their job performance can. I would much rather hire someone with little experience but with good judgment and discretion, than someone with two years experience who doesn’t know where to draw the line with social media posts.

Brianne Bauer has garnered publicity for lifestyle brands, Paramount Pictures, and personalities such as Mariel Hemingway and Cheryl Tiegs. With a background in magazine publishing and corporate PR, she is now a freelance publicist and writer based in Minneapolis. Connect with Bri on Twitter or Linkedin.

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Action Oriented Cover Letter: Get through the door. http://under30careers.com/action-oriented-cover-letter-get-through-the-door/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=action-oriented-cover-letter-get-through-the-door http://under30careers.com/action-oriented-cover-letter-get-through-the-door/#comments Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:00:09 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=2211 Cover LetterGetting an internship is a simple 3 step process:

  1. Find the internship on job boards.
  2. Apply with your cover letter and resume.
  3. Crack the Interview.

Yup it’s that simple. The problem is that alongside your application, there are several others. So what do you do?

Communication begins with your email application; with a cover letter and resume. Then it is followed up with a face to face interview and if you are fortunate, it ends up happily with number negotiations.

Cover letter is often mistaken to be secondary to resume. You spend more time crafting your resume than your cover letter. In fact, you should be spending equivalent or more time on your cover letter than your resume. Cover letter is your pitch to get through that glass door.

Understand that, intent of a cover letter is to instigate the action of setting up a face to face interview. Cover letters that instigates action are known as “Action-Oriented” cover letters.

You want to be remarkable in your cover letter to instigate action. Below are some tips to create an “Action-Oriented” cover letter:

SAY NO TO COVER LETTER TEMPLATES

In order to be different, you have to sound different too. Achieving remark-ability can be done under the cover of humor or entertainment or passion or anything else that showcases your individuality. Whatever you do, ensure you sound genuine.

SAY NO TO STANDARD SUBJECT LINE

Can you come up with a creative subject line, which is clear and makes the reviewer open up your email? That is known as “Action-Oriented” subject line. The goal of the subject line should be to make the reviewer open your mail and look inside. If you intrigue them rightly, you have more of their attention while reviewing the rest of your application.

SAY NO TO LONG LIST OF SKILLS

List of skills are boring. Instead talk about what you can do for them. Show them, how you could make them money or save them money. Tell them, how could you help branding them differently or take them to the next level. Intrigue them by stating what you can do for them, rather than stating what you got.

By doing that you are saving a step for the reviewer. They do not have to map your skills to the requirements. Instead they now know what’s in it for them.

GIVE THEM A TRAILER

Movie trailer is the best examples of instigating action to make you watch a movie. Share your trailer. Create your youtube video and share it with them. Elevator pitch platforms like Mind Your Pitch, enables you to create your pitch and upload your video to do just that. It gives you a dedicated page for your pitch. Your page is google friendly too and you never know who will find you here.

BE SINGULAR

Apply for one position and one position only, through one cover letter. It is important you do not say you can do back office as well as marketing. That will show lack of passion.

WRITE DIFFERENT, SOUND DIFFERENT

Do not simply read the text in your cover letter when you pitch yourself in the video or during your face to face interview. Words have different impact “when written” than “when spoken”. You must use different set of words and sentences, when you engage in written communication as compared to engaging in verbal communication. Certainly maintain the same gist, but chose your words carefully.

So Unleash your creativity and good luck with your job hunt. Feel free to reach out to me at jparekh[at]idyllic-software[dot]com if you need help building your cover letter.

Jinesh Parekh is the founder of a Ruby on Rails Development shop, Idyllic Software. Idyllic Software provides web development services to companies to help them build their businesses. You can follow Jinesh @idyllicsoftware.

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How I Clawed My Way To My First Internship And Job http://under30careers.com/how-i-clawed-my-way-to-my-first-internship-and-job/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-i-clawed-my-way-to-my-first-internship-and-job http://under30careers.com/how-i-clawed-my-way-to-my-first-internship-and-job/#comments Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:00:56 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=2290 Claw My Way to the TopI was a Computer Science major graduating in 2005 from San Jose State University, which is located right in the middle of Silicon Valley. Computer Science is a hot major now, but after the crash of 2000, Computer Science was a very depressing major with half of the students looking for jobs in “business” rather than technology because the prospects of landing a software engineering job were very slim. Plus all the employers wanted developers who already had at least a few years of experience.

So when I looked for internships in the Fall of my last year of college, I really didn’t know what to expect. I went to a few mostly unpromising internship interviews in anything remotely close to my field of education, but I had no luck. The closest I was getting was weird places or struggling companies that were looking for free labor.

Normally, I would not want to work at places like that, but since experience was proving that this was the best option at the moment, I gave one company a shot.  It was a technology company called Ipro (long ago out of business) which was in the advertising space. They were hiring many interns to do manual search for potential leads that their sales team would then call. They paid a “stipend” which I will explain a bit later in the article.  The place felt strange and none of the interns talked to one another. I took the “internship” just to see what would come of it. By my second week half of the intern staff had quit and the company hired new interns. That was a weekly occurrence because as soon as people were realizing that they were just getting taken advantage of, they quit.

There was so much intern turnover that even the manager of interns was an intern who had stuck it out. No one wanted to manually search the web for leads without learning anything, nor being mentored, nor being paid well.  I didn’t want to do that either. So I didn’t. Instead, since the managers at the company were just happy that I had not quit, I stopped looking for leads, and started writing a software program that would crawl the web and look for potential leads. It was a common web crawler.  It took me some time to build this software because, again, I was getting absolutely no mentoring, and at that time, sites like StackOverflow.com were not around.

It took me a few months of part-time work, but I finished the crawler that could do the job of many interns, effectively replacing the need of the intern farm.  As I was working on it, I wasn’t sure why I was building this crawler other than it was actually an interesting project for me. It was a project that I owned inside the company and it had potential to make a big difference for the company. So mostly, throughout the process, I found something to do that satisfied my own curiosity.  By the time the crawler was ready, it was early Spring and my university studies were almost over.  Plus, since by sheer miracle, I had not already quit as all the interns had done before me, some of the few regular employees there were, were becoming more friendly with me.

Then I started to hear rumblings within the company that they were planning a software project and needed to hire a developer.  They wanted to hire someone with experience, but since I was around, and had proven myself as someone that could be depended upon, and was twice cheaper to hire than an experienced developer, they offered me the job. I was thrilled. Out of my graduating Computer Science class, I was one of the very few people who had a job in my field right after graduating. I stayed at that job about 6 months before gaining enough experience to go to a more stable company that was actually doing well.  And that was the beginning of my career.  And if you are wondering how much that internship originally paid, through some complex calculation that I do not understand to this day, it averaged to $3 per hour. But through sticking with it and being proactive in what projects I took on, I got my start.

Alex Genadinik is a mobile developer and the founder of Problemio business apps which is the company behind a number of mobile apps for planning and starting a business. The goal of the apps is to help guide first-time entrepreneurs from the idea stage to having an operational business. Alex also blogs at http://www.glowingstart.com on various topics having to do with starting a business and creating products. Alex holds a B.S in Computer Science from San Jose State University. Please say hello on Twitter @genadinik

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5 Things to Keep Your Eye Out For In Your Next Job http://under30careers.com/5-things-to-keep-your-eye-out-for-in-your-next-job/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-things-to-keep-your-eye-out-for-in-your-next-job http://under30careers.com/5-things-to-keep-your-eye-out-for-in-your-next-job/#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:00:20 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=2085 Job SearchWhen it comes time to find a career in today’s economic climate, it is all too easy for employees to leap at the first offer they receive. As common as this situation may be, countless millions have spent weeks, months, or even years in their current job and have yet to pick up on the signs that it is not the right fit for their own life. Here are five signs to look out for to ensure that any job is the right fit.

1. How Do Management and Employees Interact?

Very few individuals will have as big of an impact on one’s life as their supervisor. While quitting a job may be an option, it is much better to get a good grasp of management before ever taking a job. The quickest way to accomplish this is to take a close look at how the interact with current employees as well as how well they treat interviewees. An interview is a great foreshadow on how working together will be, is there chemistry? Did you understand each other and find it easy to communicate? These are aspects that will not change for the most part and should be taken into account.

2. What Motivation is There To Do The Job Well?

The most successful and enjoyable workplaces tend to strike a balance between self-motivation and incentives. Management can spur on motivation with incentives, but employees should also be proud of the work they do. From service awards to a congratulatory email, those that find pride in their job always tend to be the happiest.

3. A Closer Look at Coworkers

This is one of the most difficult topics for employees to tackle as no one wants to let others decide their professional future. Unfortunately, this happens more often than many care to admit and the staff could keep an employee lingering in an unwanted job for years. The opposite can always be true, and those that clash with their coworkers may never give their perfect job a chance.

4. Long-Term Goals

One of the first questions that employees should ask themselves and management is the long-term goals and opportunities of any position. Whether it is an early retirement, stock options, or available positions in management, it is essential to pick life goals and make sure they coincide with the possibilities within the company.

5. Is it a Job or Career?

Much like long-term goals, it is important to understand if a job is a career choice, or something to do for a paycheck. While all jobs have their ups and downs, those that are truly passionate about their career will have a much happier life and look forward to their personal and professional life. Working for a paycheck is a reality of life too, but knowing the difference between the two and what you are currently looking for will help you know when you hold out and keep looking or just jump in the pay the bills.

If you are in the market for a career move, remember to take your time and make sure the feel is right. A lot can be told from a simple interview, feel it out and make sure there is room for you too grow. You want to end up in a position that will push you and better you.

Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics, and has received many service awards for it. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

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Three Job Skills That Most Employers Look For In Job Applicants http://under30careers.com/three-job-skills-that-most-employers-look-for-in-job-applicants/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=three-job-skills-that-most-employers-look-for-in-job-applicants http://under30careers.com/three-job-skills-that-most-employers-look-for-in-job-applicants/#comments Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:00:08 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=2114 Employee SkillsAs a job seeker, you need to know that employers look for a set of skills that stretch beyond your qualifications and experience. The highly competitive job market makes it necessary for you to enhance your employability and stay at the winning edge of the job seeking process to be able to land on your dream job. Though education, knowledge and technical skills needed for a given job role are important, they will only take you till the interview hall. While there are hundred others who have applied for a particular role, you can impress your employers only with a set of soft skills that can give them a testimony to your performance and suitability to the job. The set of soft skills we are talking about are also called transferable skills that can be applied over all the job sectors in general. These are necessary to discharge any of your job roles effectively and will be highly useful to you while shifting between jobs or applying for better jobs. This article focuses on three most important job skills needed for job seekers namely communication skills, creativity skills and organizational skills.

Communication skills

Communication skills refers to your ability to communicate correctly, effectively and precisely to a variety of audience in written, spoken and visual modes through a wide range of media. Communication skills also overlap interpersonal skills that include verbal and non-verbal communication (body language and mannerisms) and the art of listening, persuading, influencing and exhibiting sensitivity and diplomacy. These are essential for negotiation, conflict management, team building and consensus building – the set of skills that are common to most job roles. Communication is a comprehensive topic and stretches across communication, interpersonal skills, computer or technical literacy skills and teamwork skills. Some of the ways in which your employer can judge you with respect to these skills include the language and presentation skills you use during the interview process, the way you tackle the questions asked by the interview board and the resume and the material you submit during the interview. Communicational skills can not only help you with your work but also can protect your rights given in the state and federal labor law posters, since smooth communications between you and your employers can get your rights well respected and protected if you think your employer is acting against the law.

Creative skills

Creative skills can be thought of as comprising critical and creative thinking. This set of skills generally includes the ability to gather information from various sources including oral, written, artistic and scientific content; the power of expression, reflection, observation, experience and reasoning. Creative skills also mean the ability to analyse and solve problems of different natures across disciplinary, professionals, social and personal realms. Creative thinking includes thinking out of the box to apply a situation across various possibilities and devising strategies and solutions to move forward successfully. The other dimensions of creativity skills are innovation, originality, risk taking and evolving good ideas and practices. Creativity skills also imply the ability to apply the knowledge and skills across newer platforms and newer possibilities.

Organizational skills

Organizational skills are crucially important to accomplish any job related assignment. One of the most important dimensions of organizational skills is leadership qualities including the ability to influence, motivate, mentor, guide and enable the members of the organization contribute their lot for the success of the organization. Organizational skills also mean the ability to acquire and apply other set of skills like communication, critical thinking and problems solving in a working atmosphere or while arranging for an event or program. People with good organizational skills should be able to identify problems and solutions, working with challenging environments, empower the members under them, and facilitating teamwork.

In addition to acquiring the qualification and skills required for their field, people seeking for jobs must also develop the above said set of soft skills in order to climb up the ladder of professional success.

Sophie likes writing on labor law compliance for both employees and emloyers and offers some career tips for those who are pursuing a bright future. Follow her on https://twitter.com/MandatoryPoster for more information.

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Why You Aren’t Getting a Promotion at Work and How To Fix It http://under30careers.com/why-you-arent-getting-a-promotion-at-work-and-how-to-fix-it/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-you-arent-getting-a-promotion-at-work-and-how-to-fix-it http://under30careers.com/why-you-arent-getting-a-promotion-at-work-and-how-to-fix-it/#comments Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:00:52 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=1975 PromotionSo you’ve been slaving your whole years at your company without even a single sign of promotion? What can you do?

“One of the prime factors you need to consider in getting a promotion is to be a winning employee who is highly valued at the company,” says Alison Doyle, an employment expert and a job search who has many years experience in career development, human resources, and job searching “Your reputation, your work ethic and integrity and your skills and experience, are the things that will help you climb up the corporate ladder.”

Here are some of the things you need to do on how to get promotion at office.

You only do your job responsibilities

There is nothing wrong with doing your job responsibilities. After all, this is what you are paid to do, right? But when you confine yourselves to doing just that – and you are not open to do other things – then you might be headed for a rocky career path. Your attitude is similar to: “I am not being paid for this additional work so why should I do it?”

You know the right time

You keep looking at your watch. You know what the right lunch or snack break is. The truth is, there really is nothing wrong if you keep looking at your watch but if that is all you have to do and you are just too conscious of when you decide to leave for work then there really must be something wrong. Here’s a tip; How to get a promotion at office also needs additional work which sometimes mean you are expected to go way beyond your working hours.

You are considered a follower

When you don’t know how to initiate things, when you don’t know how to strategize, you are probably a follower and not a leader. Your boss needs you to lead especially when it comes to devising plan and strategizing actions so when he doesn’t see that in you, then there is no chance of you getting that elusive promotion.

You are not participative in staff meetings

You don’t take down notes. You come in late. You look at your company boss with a poker face. You don’t do anything but to sulk. These kinds of attitude can get you into trouble – and that promotion can whizz past your nose.

You have no heart in volunteering

One way how to get promotion at the office is to volunteer for additional work. Paid or not, you need to be active and alive when it comes to these types of work. Not because you need to or you have to but your boss is looking for people who are reliable, responsible and would say “yes” to any type of job.

You need to be mature enough

Your website, your blogs and your social networking accounts are willed with immature photos and words. Instead of looking at the positive side of things, you sometimes rant on the net. You complain about a lot of things – the weather, your family, even your pets – and worse, you complain about the work that you do. Your boss could probably see right through that and this is not an appealing way to get everything in motion – and that promotion too.

You have poor credit rating

Let’s face it – before your hiring, companies take a look at your credit score and see if you are in debt because this speaks a lot about who you are. It talks about your responsibilities and whether you are a man of integrity or not. Some companies even base their hiring process whether you have a good credit standing or not. Here’s a tip: you need to do a credit score check and do something with it if you know you are failing in that area.

You don’t work excellently

Some people are just working for the money while others are just working for the sake of working. In this world where everything is competition, you need to shine. You need to work diligently and excellently. You need to put your best foot forward so that your employers will notice the hard work you have been putting in. You need to consider your work as a career and not a job.

You dress for yourself

There are some companies which require you to represent them and therefore, you need to dress properly and correctly. You need to dress like a professional since you are working for that company.

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What are the reasons why you still haven’t receive a promotion until now? There may be many factors involved. Among these include the fact that you don’t work excellently. You keep looking at the time and you have no heart in volunteering for other services. You are only considered a follower and you have a poor credit standing. So heed these advice and you ar eon your way to a promotion. 

Joy Mali is an active blogger who shares interesting financial management tips over the web that encourages people to adapt a habit of checking credit report regularly and managing their finances well.

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4 Ways Recent Grads Can Stand Out To Employers Online http://under30careers.com/4-ways-recent-grads-can-stand-out-to-employers-online/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=4-ways-recent-grads-can-stand-out-to-employers-online http://under30careers.com/4-ways-recent-grads-can-stand-out-to-employers-online/#comments Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:00:16 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=2019 Personal Bransing For Recent GraduatesMy little brother is graduating from college this month. And like any recent grad, he’s concerned about finding a job. Having myself graduated in May 2009, directly after the economic collapse, I can definitely relate to the struggles recent grads go through when trying to find a job. While the job market is much brighter for a college graduate now than it was for me, it’s still a struggle to stand out from the rest of the competition.

I began to think about things I wish I knew when graduating and I realized that my advice was exactly the same advice I give to businesses that are concerned about building an online presence. It hit me that the same things businesses and companies do to stand out from their competitors are the same things college grads (or any job seeker) should do to help them look better to potential employers.

With the majority of employers now using Google, Facebook and LinkedIn to get a sneak-peak at job candidates, it’s more important than ever to leverage your online sites in your favor. Not only should you double check all your privacy settings and have a professional appearance, but you should also make it easier for employers to find you. But not just you, exactly what you want them to know about you.

So how can you do that? Here are four ways:

 1.      Think of yourself as a “Brand”

When you’re looking for a job, you’re advertising yourself as a potential employee. So why not start thinking of yourself as a “brand”? Take a look at what successful brands you know are already doing online and copy it.

One of the first things you’ll notice is that they have a consistency across all their sites. To copy that, make all your profile pictures the same (and professional!) and write a similar bio on each of your social sites. Also, make sure your name is written the same way on each (whether its John Doe, John F. Doe or John Forest Doe, just pick one!)

2.      Optimize your profiles for search

While many people associate this with websites and Google, it’s possible to do this with your social media sites as well. With LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook utilizing their search features, it’s even more crucial to optimize your profile so it comes up in searches by employers.

To do this, decide what position or industry you want to get into. Then, try to implement it as much as possible in the text of your social media site – depending of course on how much the site allows you to write. So whether you put “Budding #chemicalengineer” in your Twitter bio or write “chemical engineer” at least once in each section of your LinkedIn profile (as well as the titles), you’ll be upping your chances of coming up first in searches for your dream position.

3.      Take advantage of skills you already have

Do you like writing? Or maybe talking about sports? Maybe you really enjoy photography? Finding a hobby you enjoy and utilizing it online is a fun way to stand out from the crowd.

For example, say you really want to get into fashion and love taking pictures. You could start a Tumblr where you share pictures of your daily outfits or of fashion you see on the street that inspires you. This will not only help you stand out online, but will also let you gain experience, stay on top of emerging trends in your field and add loads of value to your resume!

4.      Get the word out to your friends and family

Once you do get your blog or podcast rolling, don’t forget to tell people about it! Take advantage of your newly branded social media sites and start pushing you and your content out there! Get your friends and family on board and have them share your stuff to help spread the word. The more people become aware of your stuff, the quicker you can grow a fan base and gain the attention of employers!

Warning: Your new online “hobby” may become so successful and so fun, that you might not even need to find a job! You might have just created your own full-time position and become your own CEO! (I know this from experience.)

Nicole Gates (@npgates_24) is a freelance social media manager and consultant for startups and SMBs. When Nicole’s offline, she’s exploring her new city of London, working on her Masters degree and rooting for the Buffalo Bills.

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How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Page to Help You Get the Job You Want http://under30careers.com/how-to-optimize-your-linkedin-page-to-help-you-get-the-job-you-want/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-optimize-your-linkedin-page-to-help-you-get-the-job-you-want http://under30careers.com/how-to-optimize-your-linkedin-page-to-help-you-get-the-job-you-want/#comments Fri, 31 May 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=1694 linkedin_logo_11LinkedIn is an often overlooked network. Most professionals set up a profile on the site at one point or another, but few actually keep their page updated or go the extra mile to optimize it to make it the marketing showpiece that it can be. As a result, they lose out on the potential that the site offers to help them find the job of their dreams or to work their way up in their fields.

Here are a few tips for how you can optimize your LinkedIn profile so you can make the most of its potential to help you get the job that you want:

Fill It All Out

LinkedIn allows you the opportunity to provide a great deal of information about yourself, including your work history, your education, additional training and skills, and more. Take advantage of every opportunity on the page and fill in all the information that it allows. Consider it like an extended resume (which it is) and fill in as much information as you can.

Use Keywords

There are many opportunities to use keywords on your LinkedIn profile, most notably in your headline. Optimize your LinkedIn profile with the right keywords for your niche, just like you would a blog or website. Use your keywords in the headline for your page, then use them throughout your job descriptions and in the information you provide about your training and additional skills. Your profile will then appear higher when employers will search for those keywords.

Add a Website

Almost every type of professional can benefit from having a personal website that showcases professional work and accomplishments. Make sure you include a link to your website on your LinkedIn profile so that employers can get even more information about you, including work samples. If you don’t have a website, consider creating one.

Get Recommendations

LinkedIn has a nice feature that allows other users to write and publish recommendations on your page. There’s no need to provide your references — you can just ask them to write up their thoughts about you and your work and to share it with the world. Try to get at least two to three recommendations for each job you have listed on your profile.

Join Groups

Groups are an often overlooked feature on LinkedIn, yet they are a powerful  way to network with other professionals and get the inside track on jobs. Sign up for a number of groups in your niche, and become an active participant. Share your insights and start building relationships with other members. You never know which of them will be the key to your next job.

LinkedIn is a great resource for your career development, but you have to learn to use it properly to benefit from it. Use these simple tips to optimize your profile so you can connect with more employers and get the opportunities you need to get the job you want.

Bridget Sandorford is a freelance food and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching the sou chef job description. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.

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Ugly Truth About Why People Hate Their Jobs http://under30careers.com/ugly-truth-about-why-people-hate-their-jobs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ugly-truth-about-why-people-hate-their-jobs http://under30careers.com/ugly-truth-about-why-people-hate-their-jobs/#comments Wed, 29 May 2013 13:00:51 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=1895 Why People Hate Their JobsWhat would you think  to yourself if you overheard someone in your office tower saying this:

“Oh man, I only have two days of work until the weekend; I wish I had two more – there’s just too much stuff I love doing that I need to get done. I might just work through the weekend so I can create more amazing things and enjoy myself more.”

You’d probably call the cops thinking the person was crazy, right?

But why? Is it really such an unusual proposition to love your job? Why is it that hating work is the norm for most people today – as is celebration of weekend debauchery as a means of somehow temporarily distancing self from the drag of Monday-Friday?

What would it take for Monday-Friday to become the time you LOVE? And the weekend to become the time you give yourself time to think, recharge, and begin to miss your work enough for you to again dive into it with full gusto on Monday?

I think the answer to those question lays here somewhere: when we enter workforce we tell ourselves that we want to become successful and make a difference, but the ugly truth of it what we really seek is a lot more superficial.

It’s things like validation, power over others, prestige (“I’m better than you”) and money (the latter being simply an avenue to more, you guessed it – the first three).

We buy into the idea that, even though we don’t intrinsically have a connection with what we do at work, a six-figure salary and fancy title like “VP of Marketing” together with all the lunches, dinners and people kissing out butts, will make us happy.

That’s when problems multiply. We discover that the work we do is empty; it doesn’t nurture our souls. And whatever validation, power and prestige we do get as reward do feel nice, but are nonetheless hollow – and our experiences of them are fleeting.

We begin to think of our job as something we must “get out of the way”, “finish in just a few hours” before we can “go home” and get on with our “real” life.

This leads to a lifetime of those trite office conversations about how much Mondays suck, why Wednesdays are such a drag and how amazing the weekend was (typically because of the abundance of alcohol consumed).

Then come the rationalisations. Work is work, you tell yourself – it’s not meant to be enjoyed. And if you’re in the higher income bracket you might tell yourself that even though it sucks, at least you get paid well. You’ll leave in 5 years when you’ve made enough money.

I want to suggest to you that you don’t have to follow that path. It’s a path that drones follow – and you’re not one of them. There is a better way – if you avoid making one fatal mistake at the very beginning.

The mistake lays in following rules of a system which you were born into, yet which doesn’t care about making you happy.

It’s a system which overlooks the main two predictors of job satisfaction:

- your choice of job

- your reasons for choosing it

To put it another way, if you don’t like maths and you don’t have a passion for creating peaceful order in things, then you probably won’t enjoy accounting.

And let’s say you are that accountant and you’re offered a more senior position – to a CFO of a small company. Should you take the role?

Well, maybe – but be aware that you’ll then do a lot less things you enjoy. And you have to honestly ask yourself – do you enjoy people as much as you enjoy numbers? Do thoughts of leadership and fighting for a cause make you jump out of bed in the morning?

If your answer is a “No” and don’t see yourself growing in that direction, then perhaps declining the offer is a wiser choice. My point is – don’t use seniority and pay rises as the main factors to decide your career choices against, as tempting as they may be.

If you chase those goals you might still get them, but you’ll just end up one of the many seemingly successful people who are, nonetheless, miserable. And even though you might be able to project success, is that what it really is?

I suggest you look within yourself first to become aware of what makes you feel most alive, which problems in the world you’d love to see disappear the most and which kinds of people you like to surround yourself with.

Unfortunately we’re not born into the kind of system which facilitates that kind of enquiry. Yet. But things are changing.

I invite you to be the first of a new breed of people – ones who view work as an organic extension of themselves, for whom work is an expression of their purpose in life and who will leave behind a real difference and a legacy, all while making a great income and enjoying every step of the way.

If you hear another conversation in the office about Monday-itis, Wednesday mid-week hump and how Fridays just never end, be the first one to extinguish it. It’s not serving anyone.

Irene Kotov is a careers blogger based in Sydney, Australia. She offers resume writing services to senior executives and you can connect with her on Google+.

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