20 Ways to Restart Your Job Search in 2013

By: Chad Brooks

  The past year was filled with stories offering suggestions for job hunters looking to increase their chances of landing work. Here are the top 20 pieces of advice that job seekers can use to jumpstart their job search in 2013.

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Donald Kluemper, management professor at Northern Illinois University
With social media as popular as ever, it is critical that job seekers be extremely careful about what they post on Facebook, Twitter or any other online outlet that an employer might see.
“One perspective that job seekers need to realize is that there is little hope of coming back from ill-advised posts or comments made in poor taste on their profile,” Kluemper said.

Alexandra Levit, business and workplace consultant and Career Advisory Board member
With the job market especially tough on college students, younger job seekers should be taking advantage of the career resources offered on most every campus.
“Students are missing an opportunity to benefit from the full range of services career centers provide while they are still in school. College and university career centers offer tools and coaching to empower students to succeed in their job search. They are more than just job placement centers,” Levit said. “In today’s competitive employment landscape, the interview coaching, job search guidance and even simple ‘résumé review’ that campus career centers provide can make the difference in getting their first job.”
Robert Dickie III, president of Crown Financial Ministries, a nonprofit financial organization.
While finances may be a significant motivating factor in taking a job, money shouldn’t be the main reason to choose one.
“This error is so established in our culture that it’ll take a strong commitment to a larger vision to choose a job based on talents, rather than on money alone,” Dickie said. “And if that high-paying job disappears, your résumé advertises you with skills in a profession you may hate.”
Roxanne Hewertson, principal of the Highland Consulting Group
It is important for those after a new job to not ask the wrong questions during an interview. Asking if a company has on-site child care, for instance, advertises the candidate’s family status, which can come back to bite the interviewee.
“Since they can’t legally ask about your family, you could leave them with the impression that your children’s child care is not just a consideration but a problem,” Hewertson said. “Once you have the job offer, you can ― and should ― feel free to ask about child care options, but not before.”
Jonathan Nafarrete, director of social outreach at BLITZ Agency in Los Angeles
Although Facebook may be the most popular social network, developing a presence on other networks is just as important for those in search of a new job.
“Employers love to see individuals with a professional online résumé presence,” Nafarrete said. “Profiles at sites such as LinkedIn and About.me show a level of professionalism and seriousness about your career.”
Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs, a job service site for finding flexible employment
While job seekers are eager to share details about themselves to potential employers, there is a fine line between sharing good information and revealing too much.
“I once had a candidate apply for a job, and listed on his résumé under ‘Awards & Honors’ was ‘Pig Wrestling Champion – multiple wins in the large pig division,'” Fell said. “This information, while it did most definitely differentiate the candidate, wasn’t in the least related to the job at hand, and was more of a distraction than a positive addition to his application.”
Amanda Augustine, job search expert for TheLadders
While a job interview itself is important, what a candidate does once it’s over can be equally critical.
“Many job seekers believe that the interview is over once they step out of the office, but that’s simply not the case,” Augustine said. “I can attest firsthand that failure to follow up can be the deciding factor in rejecting a candidate who is otherwise a great fit.”

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5 Great Alternatives To Job Boards


3. Twitter

Oh yes, you can find a job on Twitter. Use hash tags to find open jobs, find and follow recruiters, hiring managers, companies you want to work for, and career professionals. You never know when it might give you a great lead.

4. In-Person Networking Events

Toastmasters, local association meetings, professional group meetings. Get connected with other people face-to-face. Hand out copies of your resume, networking cards, and have your elevator speech ready when it’s your 30 seconds to shine. You never know who might help you out.

5. Targeting Employers

Send your resume and cover letter on professional paper stock (Resume paper, people! Get some!) in an envelope … with the name and address of the person to whom you are sending it—and be sure that it’s hand-written. Using fancy labels and printing directly onto the envelope (while this does look nice) it nevertheless looks like junk mail and it will probably get tossed rather than opened.
However, who doesn’t want to open a hand-addressed envelope to see what’s inside? Curiosity will get them every time. Target companies within a certain radius of your house (however far you’re willing to commute), and send them copies of your resume and cover letter. They may have a great opening you’re perfect for—but they haven’t advertised it, and you would never know it’s available.
Many other ways exist to find a job these days, and these are just a few ideas to get you off the job boards every second of the day and hopefully spare you some frustration. The important thing is to remember to diversify your search and not spend all day in one place – whether it’s job boards or somewhere else.

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5 Reasons to Continue Job Hunting over the Holidays


Job seekers who put their searches on hold during December may miss out on valuable opportunities unique to this month. Get rid of the outdated notion that nothing worthy happens in the hiring world between Thanksgiving and New Year and take advantage of the following:

1.  New openings
The end of the year is a prime time for retirements and internal promotions, which create vacancies that need to be filled. Likewise, some companies begin a new budget cycle in January – providing managers with money to hire staff. Smart businesses want to settle their staffing needs now so that they can proceed full steam ahead when the calendar turns.

2.  Less competition
The applicant pool often shrinks during the month of December as job searchers become engrossed in holiday plans or assume hirers will be out of the office. Fewer résumés coming in means yours has a better chance of being noticed.

3.  No-pressure networking
Tired of always feeling like you’re “bugging” people in your network? Christine Bolzan, founder of Graduate Career Coaching, notes that an easy and highly effective way to reach individuals and stay on their minds without asking for anything is to send holiday greetings.
“Reaching out to your contacts only when there is a current opening at a target company is too late. You’ve missed the boat, and in this tight job market, timing is everything. During the holiday season, there are so very many ways to make contacts and touch base with individuals who will subsequently have you in mind when hiring resumes in January. A nice card sent via U.S. Postal Service (NOT e-mail) with a handwritten, personalized message inside is the perfect ‘ping’ to those in your network,” Bolzan says.

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13 tips to find a job in 2013

New year, new start. When it comes to your job search, there’s a lot you can do to ensure 2013 is the year you find the job that is out there waiting for you.

1) Learn from 2012 mistakes – If 2012 didn’t go so great, take a moment to think about what went wrong. Did you have a lot of interviews but no offers? Bush up on your interview skills. Did you not hear back on many of the applications you sent in? Take another look (or two…or three) to see why your applications weren’t successful.

2) Become a master spell-checker – The number one mistake job seekers make is having spelling typos in applications! While this may seem small, hiring managers have told us that this can get your application rejected because it makes you look a little sloppy. Not sure exactly how to make sure your application is error free? Check out this video with three tips to make sure your app is in top shape.

3) Get your family and friends involved – Try making your job search a team effort. Tell your family and friends that you are searching for a job. A strong support system is important – they will cheer you on in victory and help pick you up when you are down. Your support team can also keep an eye out for any opportunities they come across.

4) Volunteer – Volunteering is ideal for the job seeker who is looking to gain experience and/or looking to help fill in employment gaps on their resume. Not only will you be helping society, you also will be helping yourself in the process. Trust us, it works!

5) Map out how you want your year to go – Goals can be very powerful. Mapping out your priorities is a way to make sure you do what you need to in order to get that job you’ve been searching for. Simple goals, like applying to five jobs online and five jobs in person per week, will not only help get you to your ultimate goal, but it will also give you a sense of accomplishment and a purpose for the week.

6) Follow up on all applications – You may be tired of us saying this, but following up is so important to your job search! Hiring managers tell us that this is a great way to stand out and get noticed. We hear from hired members all the time who tell us they got hired because they followed up. If you do it right, it can take you far. Don’t worry if you’re not sure what to do, we have a video where we break it all down for you.

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Randstad Provides 7 Tips for a Successful Job Search in 2013

As the economy continues to slowly improve, the job market is showing positive signs for job-seekers. While the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent in November, many still find themselves unemployed and searching for new jobs, or passively looking for better opportunities. Randstad, the second largest HR services and staffing company in the world, has compiled a few tips to help boost individuals’ job search success.

Don’t discount holiday networking
The holiday season presents numerous networking opportunities. Personal and business-related parties and charitable events are opportunities to socialize with existing contacts and make new connections in a relaxed atmosphere. Whether or not individual events are conducive to speaking about career goals and aspirations, they can open the doors to follow-up conversations. Similarly, the holidays are a good time to reconnect.  Reach out to a mentor or former colleague and make plans to catch-up for an informal lunch or coffee after the New Year.

Be open to temporary or contract positions
According to the Randstad Workforce 360 Study, 67 percent of companies are currently using contingent workers in some capacity and most say that contingent workers comprise a steady or increasing percentage of their overall employee populations. The same study found that temporary and contract employees also have higher job satisfaction (86%) compared to permanent workers (73%). The most important thing you need to do is get your foot in the door. Once you are in, make yourself indispensable so they do not want to lose you.

Be strategic about your job search
When building a job search strategy, research the fastest-growing careers in your target industry. If the target industry is technology, it is helpful to know that IT spending is expected to exceed $2 trillion in 2013, according to research firm IDC. Mobile devices represent 57 percent of that growth, and accordingly, career opportunities in software development for mobile apps and enterprise application integration are expected to increase.

It’s still all about who you know
There are currently 12.1 million people who are unemployed and only 3.6 million vacant positions in the United States, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many applicants rely on job board websites where hundreds of people may apply to each post. If you have specific companies in mind, dig deep into your own personal network. You’d be surprised to see the number of companies you are actually linked-in to through your second and third degree connections.

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Top 100 Twitter Accounts Job Seekers MUST Follow: 2013

Let’s face it… there are many self-proclaimed career gurus, ninjas and experts on Twitter. So, how do you know where to turn for the really good advice?

To help answer that question, we’re proud to present our third annual version of our “Top 100 Twitter Accounts Job Seekers MUST Follow”…

Like you, we value quality over quantity and engagement over self-promotion. So, as with our previous lists, every person or organization on this list has shown us true character – and a willingness to help beyond just selling product. We’re also very proud – and humbled – to say that many professional and personal relationships on this list have moved way past 140 and have become terrific friendships and partnerships.

@animal You may not always like how his advice is delivered, but he is rarely wrong.

@BrazenCareerist The best career community online… period.

@CareerRocketeer A career advice powerhouse as well as a great Linkedin group.

@careersherpa A perrenial favorite… always sharing, always giving (and really smart!)

@Glassdoor Great blog – and great career info throughout their site and Twitter stream.

@HireEffect A job search coach with a serious passion for networking – and delivering.

@RecruitingBlogs This is where we learn how the other side of the interview table thinks.

@CornOnTheJob Rich’s #jobhuntchat is the best career chat on Twitter (and he’s a great guy).

@lindseypollak Simply the best… blogger, expert, speaker, author and Gen Y supporter.

@resumeservice A master resume expert, Rosa is also a great blogger and teacher.

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