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.
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 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 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 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.”