19 October 2013

#SourceConLive Google Hangouts On Air Launched Today… Stay Tuned For More


#SourceConLive Google Hangouts On Air Launched Today…
Reblog from www.sourcecon.com
Today we held our first Google+ Hangout On Air. We didn’t advertise the event broadly because we wanted to run through the process once to make sure we didn’t have any major technical issues. Our first Hangout included Julia Stone, Kameron SwintonAaron LintzJoshua JonesArron DanielsRandy Bailey, and Laurie DesAutels (our #SourceConLive Co-Host). Despite a few minor technical issues (mostly user error on my part), our first show was a success.
Why did we choose to use Google+?
  • Hangouts are highly interactive.
  • Hangouts are streamed live on Youtube. Viewers can watch shared Hangouts in their Twitter feed, on Google+, on Youtube, or anywhere else we choose to embed the video.
  • new QA feature allows viewers ask the Hangout participants questions.
  • At the end of each show, videos automatically save to Youtube.
Watch our first attempt and hear more about how Kameron Swinton solved the Grand Master Challenge.
What did I learn as a host? 
1) The audience sees what I am looking at. When I click on a person, the audience sees exactly what I see. For that reason, when people are talking on this week’s video, it’s often showing a different person on the screen. I will make sure not to make this mistake moving forward.
2) Since I work virtual, it was a nice diversion to hang out with a group of my peers during the middle of the day.
Moving forward
Our next show will be on Thursday, October 24, at 12pm CDT. Laurie DesAutels and I will be joined by several industry thought leaders who are atLinkedIn Talent Connect in Las Vegas this week. Join us to ask them any questions you have about the event. #SourceConLive will stream on my Google+ profile and on the SourceCon page so be sure to circle both.

29 July 2013

Are You Making Strong Impressions During An Interview..And Landing The Job!

How Do You Ace The Interview?

Relatively few people actually blow the interview.  The problem is that they fail to impress the interviewer with their capabilities and, thus, are easily forgotten as candidates.  This often occurs because individuals tend to talk in generalities in the interview rather than articulating specific accomplishments and achievements.  Describing your past experiences by using stories or anecdotes is one of the most effective means of impressing a recruiter.  

Using stories to describe your accomplishments helps you stand out and be remembered.  The reason this is true has to do with one of the basic premises of adult education.  Adults tend to remember examples better than they remember facts.  Thus, if you list off a string of strengths such as resourcefulness, articulate, and pleasant to be around, no one will remember what you said fifteen minutes after you leave the interview.  Moreover, by simply articulating a laundry list of strengths, you are not backing up your claim.  Maybe these really are strengths, but who knows?  By describing situations in which you demonstrated those strengths, you will both convince the interviewer that these are indeed strengths of yours and you will have a higher probability of being remembered after the interview is over.  

Telling stories about your background is a skill.  Some people are naturally good at it while others are not.  However, it is a skill that most people can master with a little practice.  The trick is to establish a format for your anecdotes.  This will enable you to avoid being too brief or overly long-winded.  The acronym STAR is often helpful in providing this framework. 

25 July 2013

Keep It Simple

Why do we over complicate Everything during a career transition?

A Few Tips on How to Keep it Simple and Land the Job!

Be prepared:
Much of the approaches to being prepared are common sense things that you should already know like: arrive early but not too early. Have a copy of your resume on hand. Wear the proper attire and dress professionally. It can also be easy to forget something so here’s a list of common things you should be thinking about when getting ready for that big day.
Do Your Research:
Do your research. You don’t want to go to a job interview and tell the person conducting the interview that you’re really excited to work for them because they have such a great company, and then not know what it is that the company does. You’d think it would be obvious but most people don’t do any research on a company beforehand. It’s always a good idea to check their web site and look into the press they’ve gotten in recent years. Formulate some bullet point responses and info on what it is they do.
Ask The Right Questions:
Asking questions is also about listening. Let the interviewer speak first and don’t interrupt them. If you feel that you have a relevant question, ask one. Don’t speak for the sake of conversation or to show that you’re engaged. If you’re asking a question then take a brief pause and think about what you’re going to say. Give a response or questions with a concise and thoughtful delivery. You want to seem eager but don’t say the first thing that comes out of your mouth. The process isn’t a race.You might even want to put together some common questions that people are asked in an interview and prepare thoughtful responses before hand.

Try Not to:

 Get Rattled:
In order to appear a viable candidate you, under no circumstances, should seem unprepared or nervous. Everyone gets nervous during an interview. It’s a stressful situation for anyone. Even if you’re a nervous wreck, know that it’s OK. You just can’t let them see it. First impressions are always lasting and you don’t want them to see you as a gamble.

Talk Money:
A job isn’t charity work. The person interviewing you knows that you want a job so you can make money. Don’t bring up salary until they’ve offered you the job. This is a big mistake that people often fall victim to. At that point, then you can start discussing salary and benefit options. If money is the first thing you bring up, it’s likely to set a bad tone. Remember, you’re there to talk about the job, not about the salary. That discussion will come later. Just be patient.
Talk About Other Job Offers:
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t talk about your past jobs, just not jobs that are potentially forthcoming. This is a common mistake. People think that if they talk about other job offers then a company is likely to see you as a hot commodity. This is not the case. There are plenty of candidates and this is just simply bad form.
Put your best foot forward and follow some of these tips to nail your next job interview. Some of these things seem like common sense but too often people make these simple mistakes, which often translate into a bad interview that was avoidable. So be careful so your mistakes don’t end up costing you the job you really want.

How can you implement some simple techniques in your life today?

19 July 2013

Linked In– Is it about Large Networks, Relationships or Both?

I joined LinkedIn back in 2005 not knowing that it would be such a global networking tool.

I heard about LinkedIn through a Yahoo group and decided to join. Many of the Yahoo group members had 500+ LinkedIn connections and I wanted to get to 500 as quickly as possible. I joined all the open networker groups on Yahoo and accepted every invitation sent to me. I reached 500 connections within a few months. I sat proud in my office chair looking at my enormous network and then thought, “now what?”

I was a full-desk recruiter in the Biotech industry and I only had 40 connections within the industry I recruited in! I realized early on that building a large network is important but building a strategic network and developing relationships was the key.

My first “aha” moment was shortly after I returned from a large conference last Spring. I started working as a Talent Sourcer for 7-Eleven, Inc. I changed my title on LinkedIn and received four messages congratulating me. Those messages were from my former boss, a recruiter I networked with and only met once, someone I met at SourceCon, and a connection I had never engaged with.

That really hit home because it was such a personal touch. It was such a small but nice gesture and made me smile. I sat in my office chair and thought how I barely glance at my homepage and status updates. I hardly ever take time to send a quick message when I saw a title change or job promotion from someone in my network.

What really made me evaluate my approach to building valuable relationships on LinkedIn was when I received a message from Margo Rose (AKA @HrMargo). Her message was that she enjoyed meeting me briefly at SourceCon, but wanted to set up a time to talk by phone for 10-15 minutes and get to know each other and how we could professionally help each other out.

11 July 2013

Don't Feel Guilty For Stalking.....

Have you ever felt guilty thinking... “I want to look up the woman I’m interviewing with on LinkedIn, but I’m nervous she will think it’s creepy and I am stalking her.”
“Stop right there!”: LinkedIn is not Facebook. There is a difference between social and professional networks.
The professional networking tool was specifically designed to connect people with one another, so you should not feel “creepy” contacting someone via the site. On the other hand, Mark Zuckerberg and Co. know it’s “stalker-ish” to scroll through your ex-boyfriends tagged pictures — that’s why they don’t have the same notifications LinkedIn does. No one would utilize Facebook nearly as much if the person we “creeped” knew we were, in fact, creeping.
Similarly, if it was considered weird to check out people’s pages on LinkedIn, then its “People Also Viewed” feature would not be enabled, because then no one actually would use the site! In fact, potential employers often are impressed when they see you took the time to research and connect with them — and the story of how every job, project or the reason I opened my own company in 2009 is proof of that.
So the next time you’re not sure if it’s considered creepy to look someone up on LinkedIn, take the risk and put yourself out there. Show that you’re interested in the company and the people who work there. Most important, don’t be shy about utilizing this amazing tool to ask the right questions and truly get to know your potential boss.
More often than not, it will be a risk you won’t regret taking.

13 February 2013

10 Simple Do's and Dont's During Any Job Interview

Following are some "do’s and don’t's" that apply in any Job Interview:


Don’t tell jokes. Never tell jokes, especially risque, ethnic, or tasteless jokes.

Don’t discuss personal problems. Keep the interview focused by discussing job-related topics.

Don’t waste time with excessive small talk.

Don’t stay too long. It is easy to detect when the interview is no longer producing useful information. When this happens, take the initiative and courteously begin your exit.

Do be positive. It’s your responsibility to convince the interviewer that you are the person for the position by relating your accomplishments and achievements in a strong, positive manner. Confidence always contributes to interview success.

Do turn negatives into positives. If your job history shows frequent job changes, for example, indicate that you realize the value of a stable position, which is why you are interested in the position. You can neutralize negatives by bringing them up yourself, with logical and positive statements.

Do respect the role of personnel departments. Although the personnel department does not make the offer, it is responsible for screening candidates and can be an obstacle.

Do follow-up with a thank you note. Enhance your impact by sending a follow-up letter thanking the interviewer for his time. Use the letter to summarize any key points of the interview that highlight the suitability of your skills and experience. Express your enthusiasm about the position, the company and the reasons for your interest. Limit the letter to a page and be sure it is error-free. Snail mail thank you cards are always a bonus.

10 February 2013

10 Simple Tools For Job Seekers

1. Recruiters are selective. When asked how many job seekers expressing an interest are seen or spoken to the results were evenly spread, but a small majority (17.5%) say they only consider up to 1 in 10.
· How this helps: If you’re not 100% right for the role, you could still be considered. It depends on the agency, but some specialize in square pegs and round holes. 28% think that completely irrelevant skills would be a negative, but others say they handle this “frequently - it's all about knowing what the client will like.”

2. Don’t expect an immediate meeting. 97% use email or phone calls for the first stage because “initial telephone and skills assessment saves time for all parties concerned”.
· How this helps: Rather than viewing it as a blocking tactic or bad sign, understand that recruiters know that “time is precious” and they “only meet a candidate if I'm confident I can place them”. They see a phone call as a way to find out “how I can help them or if not where to direct them”.

3. No-one is perfect. After the initial contact, the wheat is sorted from the chafe. Half put through just 0-20% of candidates and no-one puts through everyone they screen.
· How this helps: Don’t despair if you get a few knock-backs. 40% say they reject due to lack of experience while 30% feel skills are missing so have a clear understanding of these requirements, and how you fit in, before you start.

4. Worry about the important things at interview. No-one would reject someone for interview based on looks and 43.5% said looks are irrelevant at interview, but hygiene is vital (49%) and both body language (45%) and dress sense (43%) are important.
· How this helps: Present yourself according to the job in question. “The importance of appearance will depend on the role”. Consider you’ll be an integral part of the employer’s brand and prep yourself accordingly.

5. Give the right impression. People might think that getting ‘friendly’ with the interviewer, saying they could do their job or being deadly serious at all times might help, but the majority of recruiters think this makes candidates just look either daft or rather silly.
· How this helps: Don’t commit the deadly sins of ensuring fresh breath by chewing gum or lying about your CV either. While the first certainly doesn’t seem that awful (especially considering the hygiene comments) these are definitely deal breakers for roughly 50% of recruiters. 

6. Do your homework. Researching the company, role and industry are vital. Other areas recruiters feel are important are the department (36%) and the competition (43%) because “it shows they researched over/beyond the accepted norm.”
· How this helps: Earn extra brownie points by researching the interviewer – 36.5% think this is a useful trick while 20% feel it is vital. Just don’t take it too far. As one recruiter said: “candidates can sometimes over prepare, especially on the interviewer. This can be bordering on stalking!”

7. Beware those ‘outside interests’. Recruiters feel that all but travel and charitable work are irrelevant to someone’s chances. These are useful talking points because “anything that shows teamwork/individuality and compassion can be good.”
· How this helps: The consensus seems to be to “banish anything that you can’t talk about in detail and be able to explain relevance to the role.” Some “have had various clients turn candidates down on the basis that they are not happy that they like trains or kite flying or opera.”

8. If you get it wrong, don’t despair. When asked about a jobseeker getting the time, date or location of the interview wrong, researching the wrong business or being held up about half felt these could damage a jobseeker’s chances, but nearly 1 in 10 thought this would rarely be the case.
· How this helps: Make sure you keep them up to date by calling and explaining the delay. Only 3 people thought that this would still affect success, while nearly half felt this would help ensure your chance of getting the job was unaffected. 

9. You’re given feedback for a reason. Over 90% of recruiters always provide feedback after an interview, most commonly via telephone but also over email.
· How this helps: Learn from it to improve your chances with the next job you apply for – that’s why recruiters take the time to do this for you. Only 5% felt their feedback was always taken on board however.

10. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Even if someone gets all of the above right, they should not rely on a single job opportunity. Over 60% of recruiters think that 3-5 applications is the magic number, while 18% think that people should apply for 8 or more.
· How this helps: Recruiters expect you to spread your bets so work with them on this. Many will even put you forward for a number of positions themselves as this increases their chances of success too.

09 February 2013

10 Body Language Tips For Interviewing

Your body language could help you land your dream job.  From eye contact to posture to the way you fix your hair, avoid these 10 physical slip-ups in your next job interview.

Content by ResumeBear

Watch Your Posture

Leaning back is lazy or arrogant, leaning forward is aggressive and slouching is just lazy. Instead, experts say to aim for a neutral position, sitting tall as if a string were connecting your head to the ceiling.

Breaking Eye Contact

“Hold eye contact one extra eyelash,” says charisma coach Cynthia Burnham. She says we tend to feel uncomfortable holding eye contact once a personal connection has been created. Don’t stare, but try to hold your interviewers gaze for one extra second before breaking away. “Do this especially when shaking hands,” she says.

Avoid Chopping and Pointing Gestures

Cynthia Burnham, a California-based charisma coach, says chopping or pointing motions can”cut up” the space between you and your interviewer in an aggressive way.

Never Cross Your Arms

“Arms crossed over your chest signal defensiveness and resistance,” says Karen Friedman, communications expert. “When they’re open at your sides you appear more approachable.”

Beware of Excessive Nodding

“Sometimes we undermine how powerful or in focus we are by nodding like a bobble-head doll,” says Burnham, a habit that’s particularly common in women. “Nod once or twice with a smile of agreement. But find your still center and stay there.”

Stop Fidgeting

The nervous energy will distract the interviewer. You want [him or her] focused on what you have to say, not the coins jingling in your pocket or the hangnail on your finger.

Control Your Hand Placement and Movement

It’s important to appear approachable and open, so don’t try to control gestures or fidgeting by keeping your hands still. This is especially important when you begin to speak, says Friedman. “Keeping your hands in your pockets or behind your back inhibits movement and makes you appear stiff.”

Manger Your Facial Expressions

“If your tone isn’t matching your facial expression you could find yourself in hot water,” says communications coach Matt Eventoff. “If someone asks what you’re most passionate about and your face is in deadpan while you answer, it’s not going to translate well.”

Shifty Eyes

Friedman says distracted or upward eye movements can suggest someone is lying or not sure of themselves. “It’s important to look someone directly int he eye to convey confidence and certainty.”

Avoid Constant Staring

It’s important to be confident and look the interviewer in the eye.  But then break away. Locking eyes with someone for an extended period of time can be interpreted as aggressive, not to mention creepy.

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07 February 2013

How to contact a recruiter without being connected on LinkedIn

Reblog from GetJobTips

OpenLink symbol
Have you seen a colorful circle symbol after a person’s name on LinkedIn and wondered what it meant? Many recruiters with a premium LinkedIn account feature such a logo on their profile because they want top candidates to contact them if they are interested in their open positions.

What does it mean and how can it benefit you?
The OpenLink circle symbol announces that you can send the recruiter (or anyone else with the symbol) a free InMail message even if you aren’t connected to them. (Otherwise, with the free, basic LinkedIn account, you have to buy the ability to send an InMail message to a non-connection, or upgrade to a Job Seeker or Job Seeker Plus account to send such messages -- see the paid options in this graphic)

Normally to reach non-connections through InMail requires you to purchase messages or upgrade.

To send a free OpenLink Message
  • Locate a person with the OpenLink symbol.
  • Click the Send InMail link on the OpenLink member's profile (or from search results).
  • Complete the OpenLink message template and then send.
Reach out to OpenLink recruiters for free to convey why you are a top candidate.

Considerations / Limitations
  • You must have Introductions available to send an OpenLink message. However, sending an OpenLink message will not reduce the number of Introductions you have. People with a free account can send up to 5 Get Introduced messages per month. Check your Settings to see how many you have available (Your Settings can be found by clicking the triangle next to your name in the upper right corner of your home page).
  • If you have a Basic (free) account, you can purchase up to 10 InMail credits (if you are trying to reach a non-connection who does not display the OpenLink symbol). If you don’t get a reply to a particular message in 7 days, you can send another InMail — to another user — at no charge. After you’ve reached the maximum of 10, you will need to upgrade your account to send additional InMail to non-connections.
  • If you have a premium account and want more credits than the number you've been allotted, you can continually purchase up to 10 more at a time.
  • You don't need to use a paid InMail message to send messages to your 1st degree connections. To contact them, simply click Send [Name] a Message in the upper right corner of his/her profile.

Options to avoid paying or upgrading to send InMails
  • Invite people to connect and include in your message the reasons for your invitation. While sending invitations is free, you may need to know his or her email address (Learn how to find email addresses)
  • Seek out and invite people with “Open Networker,” “LION” (LinkedIn Open Networker) or big numbers after their name, such as “13,000+.” Such wording indicates that the person is willing to accept all invitations. Many recruiters are open networkers. Even though people state that they are willing to accept invitations, customize your invitation message to let them know why you want to connect. (Learn how to invite strangers to connect ) (Finding recruiters)
  • Send a “Get Introduced” message to the person through your network instead of an InMail message. People with a free account can send up to five Get Introduced messages per month. (Learn how)
  • Join LinkedIn groups where your target people are likely members. I’ll talk next time about how to find groups with the people you want to reach.
Reach out to OpenLink recruiters or purchase/upgrade to send InMail messages to non-connections! Doing so can help you …Get a Job!