8 Quick Takes on Using Social Media to Score a Job

By Caroline Liu

We all know that using social media correctly during your job search can mean the difference between missing out on a new opportunity, losing an offer, or getting recruited. And because of that, you have to stay on top of your game so you know what will get your ahead (and what won’t).

That’s why we compiled these eight articles to make sure you can be in the know.

  1. First, brush up on the basics that help you job search. The only way you can stand out among applicants is to know what people are already doing. (Forbes)

4. And remember, creativity can come at a cost. Trying something too risky could cost you your current job. (The Financial Diet)

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‘Culture Fit’ May Be the Key to Your Next Job


After submitting an online application, completing a video interview and meeting with a hiring manager, the last thing standing between many applicants and a job at G Adventures Inc. is a roughly two-foot-deep ball pit similar to what you might find at a Chuck E. Cheese’s.

Candidates remove their shoes and join three of the Toronto-based tour company’s employees, who spin a wheel with questions such as, “What’s a signature dance move and will you demonstrate it?”

Sitting in a pool of plastic balls seemingly has little to do with selling package tours, but company founder Bruce Poon Tip says it reveals a lot about who will be successful at the 2,000-employee company.

Culture is “like a tribal thing for us,” he says. Lately, many companies seem to agree.

Employers are finding new ways to assess job candidates’ cultural suitability as they seek hires who fit in from day one. While few go as far as G Adventures, companies such asSalesforce.com Inc. have experimented with tapping “cultural ambassadors” to evaluate finalists for jobs in other departments. Zappos.com Inc. gives company veterans veto power over hires who might not fit in with its staff—even if those hires have the right skills for the job.

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10 Tips on Effectively Looking for a Job While Employed

by Natalia Autenrieth

Looking for a new opportunity while getting a paycheck may seem like the best of both worlds, but it adds a few extra challenges that you’ll need to account for.

Recruiters and companies often prefer to work with still-employed candidates, since they are more likely to have up-to-date skills. However, looking for a new job while employed can spell logistical nightmare for you. Unless your boss has warned you of upcoming layoffs and has authorized you to use company time for a job search, you will have to channel your inner Jason Bourne and make your next steps stealthy.

How do you remain employed and look for a new job at the same time? Here are some tips.

1. Update your LinkedIn profile.

A recruiter or a potential employer will check your LinkedIn profile when your resume shows up. Don’t wait until the last minute – update your profile now!

Here are a few things to consider before you jump into editing. First off, consider turning off notifications, so that your profile updates are not broadcast across your network. Second, don’t tag your profile with “looking for a new job” – your employer may be watching. Lastly, keep your listed skills updated and consistent with what you do at your current job. A dramatic change in your online profile, particularly if it does not reflect the position you currently hold, can serve as a tip-off.

6. Don’t sabotage yourself.

All too often, a job search that is meant to be undercover is revealed through self-sabotage. Don’t be that person who checks out from daily responsibilities, or picks fights with a “could not care less” attitude. Stay focused on your work, and keep conflict at bay as much as you can.

On the same note, don’t use the company network or phone to look for a new job. Always assume that your employer is looking. Getting fired over inappropriate use of company resources won’t help your search.

See all 10 and the complete TopResume.com article

18 Easy Conversation Starters For Networking Events

I think one of the hardest things about networking events is just getting a conversation going with someone – without being awkward about it.

Approaching someone new can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.

So, what are some natural and easy ways to break the ice? Here are some tips and tricks:

Go Fishing At The Food Table

While waiting in line for the food, start chatting up the person next to you. This is a great opportunity to get a conversation started because you already have something in common: the food. Everyone is thinking the same thing, What am I going to try? What looks good?

So, instead of just standing there in silence, start a conversation. Here are a few conversation starters for this situation:

  • “Oh man, everything looks so good… I’m not sure what to get! What are you thinking?”
  • “Yummy, they have ___! Have you ever tried it?”
  • “Hmm, I’m not quite sure what that dish is… do you know?”

Who knows, you might leave the buffet with a better plate of food AND a new contact! That’s a win-win in my book.

Find A Loner

If you see someone standing alone in the corner, clutching his or her drink, and looking miserable, don’t be afraid to walk up and introduce yourself.  Typically, these people need a little help getting the conversation going.

Here are some ice breakers:

  • “Man, these networking events can be so crazy. Mind if I join you over here where it’s a little quieter?”
  • “Wow, there are a ton of people here! The food must be good, huh?”

If someone is standing alone, he or she is probably feeling uncomfortable or unconfident. If you initiate the conversation, it could make them feel more relaxed and willing to connect.

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9 Essential Tips for Older Job Seekers Looking for Their Next Awesome Opportunity

By Stacey Gawronski

While there’s plenty of universal job advice out there, there’s also a good amount of advice geared toward entry-level candidates, people looking to make a career change after five or 10 years in a specific industry, individuals intent on not job-hopping but career-building, entrepreneurs, and the going-back-to-school group.

Sometimes, it can seem as though few are offering legit tips to a group of people with decades of experience. I’m talking about the over-50 crowd. Where’s the specific advice for this group?

I reached out to several of our career coaches for tailored advice for this particular group of professionals, and here’s what they had to say.

1. Think About Where You’re Valued

Try looking at sectors in which age isn’t viewed as a potential liability, but, rather, as an asset. Think about roles, industries, or particular companies at which senior practitioners would likely be highly valued. Could you be a fit for one of these?

Examples of this may be jobs in which the clients are older adults (e.g., caregiver, retirement services, healthcare, and so on), or young people who need the guidance or support of someone with experience and wisdom (e.g., nonprofits that serve underprivileged youth and schools). Brainstorm what roles might leverage your career capital and, at the same time, don’t underestimate the value of your maturity.

Jenny Foss

5. Draw Attention to Your Accomplishments

Unfortunately, ageism exists, but, fortunately, a resume is not meant to list chronologically everything you’ve ever done in your career. Employers are most interested in the results you’ve delivered, especially in the last 10 to 15 years. The goal when crafting your resume should be to create a compelling, results-driven narrative that shares what you’ve accomplished and what you’re capable of today. If you’re concerned about age discrimination, it’s OK to leave the date off of your education, since it’s not relevant to what you bring to the table.

Melody Godfred

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6 Things You Should Never Say In A Job Interview

Elana Lyn Gross

“I’m not so excited about this role…but I have to pay my rent.” “So how much vacation time would I get?” “Honestly? I’m quitting because I hate my boss.” It’s crucial to know what not to say at a job interview because one cringeworthy remark can cost you the job. These statements are instant job interview dealbreakers.

4) I’m Leaving My Job Because The Company Is Toxic:

“Never speak disparagingly about a boss, colleague or company. If you are leaving a stressful or toxic work environment and are asked why you are seeking a new job, there are many things you can say without being negative. For example, you’re seeking a new opportunity because you’d like to be more challenged professionally, learn new skills or work for a larger organization. Companies want to hire positive people, not people who will bring negativity into the workplace.” — Alyssa Gelbard, president and founder of Resume Strategists

6) I Don’t Have Any Questions:

“‘Nope, I don’t have any questions.’ I don’t care if you have talked to thirty people at the company by this interview. If you’re hungry, you should want to know every single detail about the company. To me, not asking a question means that you are not interested enough to have done your research prior to meeting me, and you did not think critically about the interview process as a whole.”  — Liz Wessel, CEO and cofounder of WayUp

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