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!