6 Ways to Extend Your Online Network for Executive Job Search

by Julia Salem

Is social media a waste of time or a valuable networking tool that can help you stand out to potential employers and executive recruiters? The answer is actually both depending on how you use it. If used properly, social networking gives you a chance to demonstrate your thought leadership and set yourself apart from your competition. As an executive and leader, it is critical to demonstrate your expertise online and manage your online brand with the following tips.

1. Focus on the 3 major social media channels: Many executives are overwhelmed by social media and all of the options available, from niche industry networks to location-specific networks, and of course, the major social networks that most of our friends and coworkers are using. For your executive job search, it makes sense to use the networks that most headhunters and potential employers are using, which include LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. This may also include Google+ for certain industries, such as the Technology industry. To decide which 3 social networks to use, you should find out which sites are currently being used by your coworkers and thought leaders in your industry.

5. Merge your analog and digital networks: Actively attending various types of in-person networking events is still extremely important for executives – including executives who are actively using social networks.  After a networking event, utilize social media sites to reach out to each person you’ve met to connect and follow up. This will make it easier to stay connected to acquaintances you’ve met in-person and effectively expand your online network.

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17 Ways to Strengthen Your Personal Brand Through Networking

The Young Entrepreneur Council

1. Connect Right After Meeting

You would be surprised how many different types of people you meet each day. So many of them you meet only once. I find that it’s important to connect with them on social media right after you meet them so you give yourself the opportunity to stay in touch and build the relationship.   – Raymond KishkInterstate Air Conditioning & Heating

2. Try Meetup.com

Find a local entrepreneur, startup, tech or whatever kind of group on Meetup.com and go meet some like-minded individuals in your area. Nothing beats face-to-face interaction.   – Andrew NammingaAndesign

8. Reconnect and Ask

I make it a habit to reach out to at least one person each day with whom I’ve not spoken in some time. Best, I ask how I can help and be a resource to them in some way or ask them to set up a meeting or call to catch up. When people trust you and you give first without expectation of something in return, it’s natural and warranted to ask your contact to connect you with someone in their network.   – Darrah BrusteinNetwork Under 40 / Finance Whiz Kids

11. Download Rapportive

Rapportive is a free Chrome extension that links to your email and also connects with LinkedIn. This way, you can build strategic relationships with prospects and new people right from your inbox and, in turn, build your network faster and more efficiently.    – Jayna CookeEVENTup

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10 Reasons Why I Ignored Your Resume

This article is part of DBA, a new series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management.

A lot of people want jobs in marketing, which is great news for those of us currently hiring. However, after a decade of screening, interviewing and onboarding marketers, there are still some mistakes that I constantly see. Here are examples of some mistakes you should avoid.

1. You use a Hotmail or AOL email address

Marketers should see into the future, not live in the past, so unless you’re applying for a job as a historian for 1999, I would suggest updating your email address, perhaps to a Gmail address. Bonus points if you use an email address associated with your own custom domain because it shows you know something about using the web and technology.

7. You speak exclusively in business babble

Tell me what you’re doing and what you have done in a clear, concise manner — limit the business babble. No one wants to read about how you “leverage responsibilities to meaningfully impact the organization’s directional strategy.” Tell me what you marketed, sold or championed within your company and how it moved the needle — no gobbledygook required.

10. You forget to use Ctrl + F

Everyone knows spelling errors are unacceptable, but it’s amazing to me how many cover letters we get addressed to the wrong people or referencing another local company instead of HubSpot. Finding the time to create 100 different cover letters is nearly impossible, but you should have tailored cover letters and resumes for the types of positions you are applying for and invest the time and energy to ensure the company name, hiring manager and position are correctly spelled and positioned throughout your application materials.

Job hunting is hard, so don’t make it harder that it has to be. Do yourself a favor and don’t give a company a reason not to hire you before you even get to the interview. Marketing has changed, adapt your job search strategy accordingly!

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7 Job Interview Tips For Introverts

Your resume is flawless, your cover letter is a work of art, and you’re the perfect fit for the position you’re applying for. But if you’re an introvert, there’s one terrifying hurdle standing between you and gainful employment: the job interview. You’re not necessarily shy or socially anxious just because you’re an introvert (some introverts are, some aren’t), but it costs you a lot of energy to meet new people, make small talk, and speak off the cuff. Interviews are full of all of these things, as well as many others that make introverts uncomfortable, and the high-stakes nature of the situation — a job is on the line! — makes it all twice as stressful.

When you feel that kind of stress, you might start to feel like you’re never going to get a job that reflects your skills and talents, or maybe even that you don’t deserve a good job. But don’t worry — just because interviews are a challenge doesn’t mean you’ll never get hired. The seven tips below can help you nail your next job interview, no matter how introverted you are. And the better you do at interviews, the more confident you’ll feel, and the easier they’ll become.

3. Highlight Your Strengths As An Introvert

This doesn’t mean you have to blurt out that you find meetings overstimulating or that you get grouchy when people interrupt your work. You don’t even have to use the word “introvert.” Just point out all those fabulous qualities that make introverts such an asset in the workplace, like excellent written communication skills, independence, and creativity. As Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, told Scientific American, “introverts are comfortable spending time alone, and solitude is a crucial (and underrated) ingredient for creativity.” Discussing your strengths is always more effective when you connect it to specific examples of your experience or accomplishments, so mention that project your previous boss trusted you to handle all on your own or how productive you were on a two-person team.

4. Apply For Jobs Well Suited To Introverts

Bills don’t pay themselves, and sometimes you have to take whatever job you can. But whenever possible, steer your job search toward positions that involve more quiet alone time than interpersonal interaction: data entry over answering phones, social-media managing over publicity, maybe even a job that lets you work from home a few days a week. You’ll be able to make a stronger case during your interview that your skills make you perfect for the job, and your interviewer will be better able to see how great a fit you’d be. Plus when you do get hired, you won’t be stuck in a job that makes you feel like you’re feeding your brain into a paper shredder.

7. Schedule Alone Time Before Or After The Interview

The defining feature of introversion is that you find social interactions — even pleasant ones — draining and need some time to yourself to recharge. So a job interview is going to be stressful, no matter how well it goes. Counteract it with one of those activities introverts tend to love: read a book, do a crossword puzzle, or just sit alone in a cafe and sip a soy chai latte. If you do it before the interview, you’ll go in feeling fresh and clear-headed. If you do it afterward, you’ll get to unwind and recover some energy. If you’re unemployed, look on the bright side: you might even have time to do both!

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Avoid Job Search Derailment in 5 Steps

When you unexpectedly have to begin a job search, it can be easy to go blindly into the process. However, taking the time to get prepared will help you avoid job search derailment. From making sure you make a solid plan on your job search approach to cleaning up and prepping your cover letter, resume, portfolio, and social media channels, monitoring the activities mentioned below will help keep you moving in the right direction.

1. Don’t procrastinate.

When you are searching for a job, you shouldn’t ever procrastinate. Rather than taking a few days to acclimate, use those emotions to gain momentum and dig into finding new opportunities. Then, once you find jobs to apply for, don’t put them on a list to apply to later—do it when you find them. The sooner you apply for a position, the more likely you will have your information seen by hiring managers and recruiters.

2. Prepare for the search.

You wouldn’t go to work unprepared, so you shouldn’t conduct a job search unprepared. Make sure you have created a 30-60-90 day plan, you’ve decided on the type of flex you are looking for, your personal brand is solidified, and you have gathered a job search team. Other areas of consideration: have an office where you can conduct video interviews, get an interview wardrobe prepped, test your technology, and sign up for job search services that will be of use to you during your search.

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10 Interviewing Tips That Lead to Best Job Offers

The best candidates make use of these mental hints to earn job offers;

1.Positive energy 
Often recruiters are attracted to those who showcase positive energy, are optimistic and buoyant with respect to their career path. One of the tactics to interviewing is resonating keen about the role and by assuring the recruiter that you’re fascinated about the job and able to contribute to their team endeavor.

3. Remember it’s what you can do for the employer
The best trick to sell is to interact with respect as in what the other person need. Think about what advantages and talent you bring to the desk. Go-through the job description and foresee the concerns and requirements of that potential recruiter.

9. Ask the right questions in the right manner
When you pose questions, don’t encounter as cynical or snooping, instead ask questions since you need information. More often, people don’t appreciate concealed agendas and recruiters are not very different.

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