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)

See all 8 quick takes and the complete TheMuse article

 

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

By RACHEL FEINTZEIG

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.

Read the full WSJ.com article

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