Six Tips To Help You Change Careers

2) Test out your career idea before making the leap

Career changes can be time-consuming and expensive if you need to retrain, so you have to know you are committed before making the move. “Test out your idea on a small scale first,” recommends Sarah Byrne, career coach at Careershifters. “For example, take a short course before enrolling in a time-intensive course; work shadow or volunteer to see if the reality matches the idea in your head.”

Corinne Mills, managing director of Personal Career Management, agrees that you should test out a new career before committing. “Ask to get involved with a project group at work. Or try to find a mentor in your chosen industry. There are lots of opportunities where you can learn more while continuing to develop your experience,” she says

5) Match your CV to the role you are applying for

On your CV, you need to stand out as the best person who can fill the vacant position, rather than someone who can do their current job, says Lis McGuire, founder of Giraffe CVs. “When you are making a career change, every line of your CV needs to work as hard as possible, showing how you meet the target role requirements and have the necessary skills to do the job. Don’t be afraid to rip your CV up and start again from scratch for each role you apply for to achieve the best results,” she says.

Katherine Burik, founder of The Interview Doctor, agrees: “Hiring managers don’t want to [have to] work hard to determine whether someone is qualified or not. So if your job search materials aren’t exact they will discard your application in favour of people who more obviously meet the criteria.”

Likewise Victoria McLean, founder of CityCV.co.uk, adds that you should match your CV as closely as possible to the hiring manager’s job description. “Your CV should be elegant, impactful and persuasive, with a laser focus on skills and achievements relevant to your target role.”

See all 6 tips and the complete “The Guardian” article

Life Beyond LinkedIn – 5 Tips For Using Twitter For Your Job Search

Kym Matthews

I can already hear you asking the question. Twitter?  Who uses Twitter to job search?  Admittedly, I used to think the same thing.  I historically reserved my Twitter use to tweeting to TV shows (only to be disappointed when my witty repartee never made the screen). But, I was wrong. Twitter is much more and so here’s five tips that will help you to get the most out of your Twitter job hunt:

1) Jazz up your profile

Your Twitter profile is your personal brand, so make it engaging. Create a Twitter bio and add a profile image that conveys your personality and career goals. Use hashtags appropriate to your desired profession. Remember, your Twitter profile isn’t usually purely professional. Twitter is a great way to showcase your personality and talk to others about your interests.

2) Network  and communicate

Firstly, create a list of target companies to home in on relevant content. You can set your list to public or private, and add as many users to it as you like.  To build lists, search a name or username, select the gear icon next to their info and select ”Add or Remove From List”. Clicking on a list gives you a timeline of tweets from just those individuals and companies.

From here, follow the industries and companies you’re interested in, and take part in communities you care about. You may also want to follow recruiters, potential managers and colleagues, publications, job forums and industry leaders.  This way, you can initiate discussions with people who inspire you and find job opportunities at specific companies.

4) Use search tools

You can use Twitter’s built-in search bar for job openings: Type in a location, “hiring” and seniority level (such as “manager or “director”), and you’ll likely see tweets about open positions in your field.

Alternatively, job search engines such as Twitjobseek  allow you to search for jobs posted on Twitter using keywords – for example, software engineer in Sydney, NSW. From here, you can click on a link to find a job’s application page. Take a look at the Twitter users who are most frequently posting these listings; they might be worth following.

See all 5 tips and the complete Telstra Exchange article

 

7 Signs Your Candidate is Just Not That Into Your Role

Phoebe Spinks

( As a candidate you can flip these signs to show how interested you are )

It’s a sad but familiar story.

You find the perfect person for the job. They’re qualified, experienced and within budget. Boxes ticked. As time goes by you let your client fall more in love with them, only to have them pull out at the eleventh hour.

Why? Because the ‘perfect person’ never cared as much as you did. You were blinded by their profile on paper and missed the red flags.

Apart from having lost time and a placement, you’re now back to square one with a client offside. And to make matter’s worse, hindsight shows you how it all could have been avoided…

So what are the signs you’re being strung along?

1. Poor communication:

Not answering calls, ignoring emails, going MIA for days. As well as being incredibly frustrating, this kind of behaviour is totally avoidable in today’s technological age. Excuses, excuses… call them out.

4. Lack of questions:

We all like a Yes Man. Jim Carrey showed us that saying “yes” more leads us to happiness. But be wary of a candidate that says it too quickly without probing for details. How can they be passionate about something they know so little about?

See all 7 and the complete UnderCoverRecruiter article 

 

Ten Unmistakable Signs Your Employees Are Job-Hunting

Liz Ryan

Some workplace questions are difficult to answer, but this one is not: Why do employees quit their jobs?

They do it because they are undervalued. They leave their jobs because they are kept in the dark and unappreciated. The biggest problem most managers have is that they neglect their employees.

They say to themselves, “No one has complained to me about anything, so everything must be fine in my department” when it isn’t. Their employees have tried to say, “I have a concern — there’s something we need to talk about” but their issues were brushed aside.

Strong managers are constantly asking their teammates, “How are you doing? How are you holding up?” Weak managers don’t ask, because they don’t want to hear the answer. If they tuned in and listened to their employees, they’d be responsible for taking a step. They might have to advocate for a team member. That’s what they don’t want to do.

Here are 10 unmistakable signs some or all of your employees are looking for a job that doesn’t put them in daily contact with you. Now is your chance to step up and ask your employees what you can do to make your workplace a human place where people can thrive and grow.

Don’t wait for these signs to show themselves — do it now!

2. Your employees start coming to work looking sharp. They can always hide their suit jacket or stylish pumps in their cars, but they can’t hide a new haircut or a manicure!

3. Your employees start sharing LinkedIn tips with one another. When you approach them, they change the subject.

5. You start to get vacation requests from your employees, but they only ask for a day or a half-day off work.

See all 10 and the complete Forbes article

How To Use Facebook and Twitter To Find Work

Vanessa McGrady

Chryselle D’Silva Dias, a freelance writer for publications such as Time, The Atlantic, BBC, Marie Claire India and the Guardian, to name a few, admits to being an early technology adopter, and that includes social media. What’s she’s found, by following the right people and publications, is that Twitter and Facebook are full of job opportunities. “In recent months, the bulk of my new work has come from Facebook groups for writers. From Twitter, I have found a few calls for pitches and story ideas, which is always useful.”

Though Dias, 42, has a very specific kind of work she does from her home base of Goa, India, her method for getting gigs can apply to nearly anyone, anywhere, in any industry.

Using the right tools

Dias uses Tweetdeck to manage her Twitter account. Other platforms for organizing the influx of information include Hootsuite and Social Oomph. “Many people find Twitter overwhelming because it appears as one constant stream of news and comments and responses from other people. An app like Tweetdeck helps you break your feed into smaller, manageable chunks.” You can set up a list or that shows you only tweets from specific people, or that mention a word or phrase. Dias, for example, has her feed organized so she can readily see tweets for editors, feminist writers and jobs. She also tracks search terms such as “is hiring writers” and “call for pitches.” So if you’re in the hotel industry for example, you might look for tweets that mention “hospitality” and “hiring” and follow hotel chains that interest you.

Understanding the etiquette

Dias likens Twitter to being at a party, where you know some people, but not everyone. “You should be friendly, polite and not push (only) your work constantly. Be curious about other people, their work and what they’re discussing. Jump in if you have something to say and not because you want them to notice you.” She says that over time, followers will come to understand your voice and the kinds of things you post.

And, like in any other medium—snail mail or real life—follow the instructions. If you’re asked to reply via a link to a website, do exactly that—don’t just reply with a Facebook message linking to your resume, and don’t worry too much if you feel ignored. “Don’t take things personally – the people behind the account probably have a lot to handle (they’re likely to be inundated, it is a call for work) and they might not respond to you or respond in a way that you’re not happy about.”

Finally, Dias offers these tips for a more successful job search:  See the tips and the complete Forbes article

The Top Resume Mistakes That Could Cost You The Job

Sophie Deering

You could have all the skills experience to make you the best candidate for a role, but if you’ve made sloppy mistakes on your resume, or not taken the time to write it in a way that will get you noticed, it could cost you the job.

Recruiters generally make up their mind about a candidate within 60 seconds of glancing at their resume, so it could be something as small as a spelling error that gets your application discarded.

So what makes a stand out resume and what are the most common mistakes that job seekers make? Ayers have the answers.

CV and Resume Statistics:

  • Recruiters spend an average of 3.14 minutes reading a candidate’s resume and they have generally made up their mind within the first minute.
  • 1 in 5 recruiters will actually reject a candidate before they’ve even finished reading their resume.
  • 5% of applicants are dishonest when describing their previous roles or the time they spent in a job.
  • 10% of job seekers have applied for 50 or more jobs without hearing back.

What are the top reasons that recruiters reject a resume?

  • 59% of recruiters will reject a candidate because of poor grammar or a spelling error. Though these mistakes seem small, they indicate that the candidate is sloppy and hasn’t taken the time to proofread their resume.
  • Over 50% of recruiters will reject a candidate if their resume is full of cliches. You need to differentiate yourself from the crowd, cliches are boring.
  • Over 40% are also put off by too much design, such as snazzy borders, inappropriate fonts, clipart images…..or even an emoji!

See also:

What are the top 10 resume cliches that recruiters hate?

What makes a great resume?

AND the complete UndercoverRecruiter article