5 Social Media Mistakes That Will Kill Your Job Search

social mediaIn the last five years, social media has significantly altered the job seeking and recruitment landscape.

Executive job hunters now have a much better chance of connecting with industry leaders and participating in online activities that can ultimately enhance their careers.

 

Yet while social media sites are considered to be beneficial to job seekers, there are instances when social media can lead to rejected resumes and lost opportunities, which can ultimately affect your chances of employment. Here is best advice for avoiding these social media blunders:

1. Avoid Inappropriate Content

When employers check your social media profiles, they are looking for clues about your personality that will help them decide whether or not you are the ideal candidate for their company. While your profile on LinkedIn should be useful, platforms like Twitter and Facebook can be harmful if inappropriate content (photographs, posts, comments) exists on your profile. While these are only meant to be shared between friends, they can harm your chances of employment significantly if viewed by a prospective employer or recruiter.

To avoid this social media blunder, you should either avoid sharing inappropriate messages or pictures via your profile or set your profile to ‘private’ rather than ‘public,’ so that prospective employers can’t gain access to it. In addition, you may wish to set up a second profile for yourself that is purely professional.

2. Complete Your Profiles

Keeping your personal profiles updated regularly is essential in contributing to your overall professional brand. When it comes to more professional social media sites, such as LinkedIn, failing to update or complete your social media profile can also create a negative impression with employers and recruiters.

It shows that you don’t complete tasks when you start them and that you don’t consider the social media platform to be worthy of your time and effort. This can be detrimental in your job search, especially when so many employers use social media to verify information and connect with job seekers.

3. Write Engaging Content

Consistent and well-written content on social media sites is also expected these days. No matter how comprehensive your content is, grammatical errors or discrepancies in information will leave employers assuming that you are sloppy in your work and that you don’t pay attention to detail.

Both resume writing and profile writing should be given your utmost time and dedication, especially if you are searching for work. If your resume writing skills are not up to scratch, consider utilising a professional resume writing service who can write your profile for you.

4. Sharing Thoughts & Opinions

Participating in social media groups and discussions is a fantastic way to make new connections and improve your professional standing. Yet if your opinions are too strong, one-sided or even biased, you may find yourself alienating potential employers. While it’s great to be passionate about many things, my best advice to those sharing their viewpoints on social media sites is to remain professional at all times. Unethical, ignorant or slanderous comments can ruin your chances of employment on the spot.

5. Badmouthing Employers

Badmouthing their past or present employers is one of the biggest mistakes many job seekers and even current employees make on the social media scene. Negative comments about your company in general or any of your colleagues or bosses should be avoided at all times. This tells a prospective employer that you lack integrity and professionalism and that you don’t respect others around you. Although venting can be useful, make sure that any complaints you have about your past employment are shared in confidence with someone you trust – and not online.

Are you an executive looking for work? Resumes Australia is a full career service firm offering unique resume writing, social media profile writing and career coaching solutions. Learn more today at: http://www.resumes-australia.com.au/.

Regards
kylie hammond

Taking Advantage of Recruitment Trends for Job Seekers

TrendsTrends in the recruitment and HR industries not only affect search consultants and employers, but job seekers too.

If you are looking for executive employment, there are a range of trends shaping the job world this year that can provide you with new ideas and approaches for succeeding in your job search.

 

Growth Industries

If you are keen for an industry change with plenty of transferable skills to support you, consider focusing your efforts on finding employment in high growth industries. According to Randstad, industries such as education, healthcare, technology and mining/resources are all on the right track for the year ahead and are set to benefit from strong gains in future. On the other side of the coin, construction, tourism, hospitality and manufacturing may face serious struggles.

High Turnovers

Randstad also reported that many companies suffered last year due to high turnovers and the subsequent loss of staff knowledge. As a result, many organisations are now working on their perks and benefits, but are also looking for employees with valuable industry knowledge. Highlighting the industry wisdom you can bring to the table for an employer can give you a strong, competitive advantage. If you are confident about your talents, you can also leverage these to negotiate higher salaries or more perks before you accept an offer.

Leadership Opportunities

Executive and leadership change is also going to be a big trend over the coming year, which means lots of great career opportunities for young job seekers and corporate ladder climbers. If you are an up-and-coming executive job seeker, now may be the ideal time to jump up into a leadership or senior role. If you’re not quite at that level yet, you could consider taking on a middle-management position or applying for a promotion.

Social Media

One could argue that social media is now a ‘norm’ rather than a ‘trend,’ but either way, it will also affect executive job seekers significantly over the coming years, especially with more and more recruiters, employers and head hunters using social media to fill vacancies.

Profiles and activity on sites like LinkedIn and Twitter can be highly beneficial. Job seekers and executives looking for employment this year should utilise social media to maximise their success and make new connections that could potentially lead to lucrative employment.
In addition, job seekers will need to ensure their profiles on social media sites are working to their advantage, as well as ensuring their professional resumes are up to scratch.

Temp & Contracting Work

Skills and talent shortages are also affecting many industries this year, with employers and consultants finding it more and more difficult to attract people to their organisations on a permanent basis. As such, companies may look to temporary and contract solutions in order to find the right, technical talent. For job seekers, this means opening your options and considering temp or contract roles could also be valuable.

Resumes Australia is a complete career management service offering job searching advice, career counselling, resume writing, interview coaching and personal branding solutions to executive Australian job seekers. Learn more about what we do at http://www.resumes-australia.com.au.

Regards,

kylie hammond

4 Tips That Will Transform Your Resume in 2013

resumeToday’s high-powered resumes are changing and evolving at a rapid pace. In order to stand out from the crowd, your resume needs to represent your leadership and tactical strengths in a way that is quickly readable, creatively presented and modern.

While there are still many traditional characteristics that work well in resumes, the explosion of new technology is rapidly re-shaping industry demands.

Forcing even the most experienced professionals to re-think the way they present themselves. To get the edge on your job search, here’s how I recommend sprucing up your resume for the year ahead:

1. Highlight Your Social Presence

Savvy job seekers are starting to communicate their unique selling points through social media. Social sites like LinkedIn and Twitter not only provide a way for potential employers to research your qualifications and experience, but also provide you with the opportunity to sell your achievements and reinforce the successes outlined on your resume.

Including links to your LinkedIn or Twitter profiles in your resume can help you come across as a candidate who is keeping up with technology and social media trends. This is even more crucial if your field of expertise exists within the digital industry. To use a social media profile to your advantage, however, you must keep it professional, up-to-date and relevant to your field of expertise.

2.Create Context For Your Skills and Successes

Resume writing is often a challenge in itself and it is important that your resume is not overly functional; a functional resume focuses heavily on skills, rather than emphasising the benefits that your skills can bring (functional resumes only are ideal for graduates, executives changing careers or those who have been out of the workforce for a long time).

When your resume outlines problems you’ve solved and challenges you’ve overcome, your career story and individual value instantly becomes more engaging. For example, you could mention a problem you have faced in the workplace, and what specific skills you utilised to fix the problem and how this brought value to the business.

These types of stories demonstrate how you approach problems and show decisive leadership skills that benefit the company as a whole, rather than simply listing skills and allowing the reader to surmise their own conclusions.

3. Rethink the ‘Objective’

Traditional resume writing techniques have always included an ‘objective’ line that states what your needs are as a job seeker. Objective lines are generally passé and out-dated in today’s recruitment world. Instead, use a headline that highlights the skills and abilities that you can offer to a company based on what you know they are looking for.

4. Flaunt What You’ve Got

If you are the type of executive who participates regularly in the online community, linking to examples of your work can be highly beneficial and can demonstrate to employers exactly the type of results and value you can lend to an organisation.

Personal branding videos, websites, blogs or official publications, for example, can be strong illustrations of the kind of work you do and can create high impact in conjunction with your resume. If you do choose to link to something online, you will need to ensure that it is entirely your work and that it is an exemplary representation of the talents you have to offer.

These tips will all put you on the cutting edge of hiring trends this year and will ensure that you market yourself in a powerful and engaging way. To learn more about Resumes Australia and our resume writing services, visit http://www.resumes-australia.com.au.

Regards,
kylie hammond

Job Searching Tips for 2013

Job searchingHappy New Year! As 2013 commences, it is no secret that the Australian job market continues to be extremely competitive, regardless of whether you are a CEO or a university graduate.

If you are job searching in 2013, here’s my best advice for getting ahead of your competitors, and increasing your opportunities:

 

Get Social

There’s no avoiding professional and social media when it comes to job searching. Professional and social media and networking are changing the way both employers and recruiters search for suitable candidates and this “trend” will continue well into 2013.

Even if you apply for jobs elsewhere, more and more recruiters and employers are using professional platforms like LinkedIn to learn more about you and your experience. Ensure that you utilise your networks, and make connections to increase your prospective job opportunities. At the very least, make sure that you are an active LinkedIn member.

Invest In Your Professional Resume

Your professional resume is one of the most crucial documents to advance your career, and will ultimately determine whether you are suitable for an employer’s position. Your resume should be expertly written and customised for a particular role and its requirements. If you’re unsure how to make your resume engaging and relevant for your next application, a professional resume writer can help. Remember, you only have one chance to make a strong, first impression on the employer – don’t waste it by having a poor resume!

Invest In Your Online Profiles

Like your resume, your online profiles – whether on LinkedIn, Twitter or elsewhere – need to create a powerful impression whenever they are viewed. Proactively driving your potential employment success means investing time and/or money into your online profiles to ensure that they accurately and convincingly portray your skills and experience.

Know Your Keywords

When you search for positions online, you use keywords. Your keywords will usually include your job title. However, expanding your keyword list when job searching also means that you can maximise your searches to find additional opportunities.

If you are only using one word to conduct your searches (e.g. project manager), consider what other job titles or keywords could bring up more advertisements in your job results.

Spend Time Searching (and Researching)

As you may already know, job searching is not a quick and easy task. It requires serious dedication, so make an effort to set aside the appropriate amount of time to conduct job searches and/or research roles and employers. If you are short on time, consider working with a recruitment agency or headhunter, or signing up for relevant job emails, which can all help in maximising your time.

Be Patient & Confident

Finding that perfect position isn’t easy, and it can take time to find and secure your ideal role. Remaining patient and confident in your job hunt will ensure that you maintain a fresh and positive outlook in all your applications. If you feel that you are continually missing out on opportunities or struggling to succeed in interviews, you may want to seek help from a professional to analyse exactly what areas need improvement.

Do you need help with your job hunt? Resumes Australia is a complete resume writing and career coaching service available to all professionals throughout Australia and abroad. Let us help you turn your job searching around!

Best wishes,
kylie hammond

Christmas is Coming! Have You Got Your Survival Guide?

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Christmas is right around the corner and I’m sure that many of you are looking forward to a relaxing and well-deserved break. The holidays are also a fantastic time to take a step back from your professional life and gain some perspective on your current employment situation – perhaps you plan to update your resume, work on your interview skills or refresh your job search strategies.

With over 20 years experience in the recruitment, head hunting and resume writing industries, I always feel that it is important to give my clients as much information as I can. As a special token of appreciation during the Christmas season, I would like to invite all my current and prospective clients to download (for free) my new and revised edition of the

Executive Candidate’s Survival Guide

This e-Book is an extremely in depth insight into managing your career, searching for jobs, applying for jobs and winning jobs – and what you need to do to achieve success in all of these recurring phases of your career.

Let’s take a quick look at what’s inside the Executive Candidate’s Survival Guide:

  • Chapter 1 – Laying the Foundation for Career Success

Learn how to set professional goals and evaluate your career options

  • Chapter 2 – Developing Your Career Plan 


We cover personal branding, portfolio development and career management

  •  Chapter 3 – Positioning Your Skills & Capabilities


What are your key selling points? Learn how to market yourself effectively

  • Chapter 4 – Resume Development for Specific Opportunities

Learn how to write a resume that will showcase your talents the right way 

  • Chapter 5 – Applying for Roles & Researching Companies


Learn how and where to find the right opportunities & build rapport with employers

  • Chapter 6 – Developing a Professional Career Network 


This chapter dives into effective networking and job lead development

  • Chapter 7 – Leveraging the Power of Business & Social Media 


We teach you how to use LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to your advantage

  • Chapter 8 – Working With Executive Search Consultants

Find out how to locate and build rapport with executive search consultants

  • Chapter 9 – Interviews, Interviews, Interviews

Learn how to prepare for an interview and master those interview questions

  • Chapter 10 – Salary Negotiation, Contracts & Reference Checks 


You’ve got the job! Here’s what you need to know about choosing between multiple offers, negotiating your salary and more

  • Chapter 11 – Got the Job, Now the Next Steps 


This chapter will show you how to resign in style and kick start your new role successfully  

  • Chapter 12 – Tales from the Trenches 


The inside scoop on what has and hasn’t worked for past candidates

The Executive Candidate’s Survival Guide is an invaluable tool for any executive job seeker who wants to kick start a new job or career, gain answers about resume writing and learn how to stand out from competing candidates and ultimately achieve professional fulfillment.

You’ll also find useful tools, tips and questions that will help you recognise your strengths and weaknesses and identify which of your talents you can leverage to help you secure new job positions.

I wish you all the very best for Christmas and New Year and look forward to speaking with all of you in 2013.

Best wishes,
kylie hammond

Take Your Resume Further with Professional and Social Media

social mediaOver the past year, we’ve heard lots of success stories about people finding employment by utilising professional and social media.

We’ve also heard plenty of negative accounts from job applicants in relation to social media too, about employers and recruiters “spying” on potential candidates via social media channels and demanding private information, like Facebook passwords.

While the paper resume isn’t dead (after all, who is going to hire you simply based on your Twitter tweets?), professional and social media does influence the way we interact – and the way in which recruiters, headhunters and employers develop a further understanding of who you are. Here are my thoughts on the latest professional and social media tools and how they can complement your professional resume, and ultimately increase your chances of employment success.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is, by far, still the most powerful and popular professional networking tool, especially when it comes to finding employment. A well-written and keyword centric LinkedIn profile is highly recommended for every executive. Your profile should also be an accurate reflection of your professional resume, portraying relevant experience and skill sets to attract employers.

Once you have set yourself up on LinkedIn, it is also imperative that you network and promote your talents as much as possible. This includes sharing valuable content, joining groups and discussions, and connecting to people who can influence your career.

Twitter

With over 140 million users worldwide, Twitter is also becoming a hotspot for job seekers. However, the challenge with Twitter is in selling your skills via your 160-character bio and your 140-character tweets (that is, you only have a limited amount of characters for each!). The secret to getting noticed on Twitter is to follow influential people and also tweet relevant, industry-specific information or views that will help you stand out and gain attention.

Of course, you can also utilise Twitter for specific job searches – consider investigating ‘Twit Job Search’ or ‘Twellow’ or searching relevant hashtags (e.g. #jobsearch #Sydney). It can also be helpful to put your professional resume online, and direct future employers and recruiters to your resume to increase your chances of success.

Facebook

Facebook is predominantly viewed as a personal, social networking tool to connect with friends and family. However, some professionals do see Facebook as a valuable job searching resource.

Facebook can be used in a similar way to LinkedIn or Twitter: you can follow businesses, network with others, and connect and market yourself with useful posts. Unlike Twitter, you can write as much as you like. If you choose to incorporate Facebook into your job search strategies, you will need to create a profile for yourself that is as professional as possible. If you already have a Facebook account, consider creating a professional profile that is separate from your personal one. Once again, your Facebook profile should be on a par with your professional resume.

Facebook also launched its Marketplace several years ago, which contains a ‘jobs’ section. In my experience, these listings are ideal for mid-level or start-up candidates but very few jobs are posted there will relate to executive or senior roles.

Google+

Since its launch in 2011, Google+ has followed in the footsteps of LinkedIn and Twitter, with connections known as ‘Circles,’ with the primary benefit being that you can divide and categorise your connections into private and professional circles. One of the major advantages of Google+ is that you can also build your personal brand in order to promote your professional image online. This gives executives more flexibility than some of the other social media marketing sites. You can also conduct video-chats with your connections via ‘Hangouts,’ which can be useful in maintaining professional relationships.

Resumes Australia is a leading career coaching and resume writing service for executives.

We can write your executive resume, create your LinkedIn Profile and help you brand your professional image online. Simply get in touch with us today!

Regards,

kylie hammond

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