Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday Tips: Updates on Linkedin

This Tuesday I have a real live example, my own, of something very important to remember when making edits on Linkedin. I always coach my clients to turn off their broadcast settings when they are making changes and tweeking their Linkedin Profile. Last week, I was coaching a client and showing her how to add logos for each of her companies of employment. I was so intent on the "how to" that I forgot to turn off my broadcast settings - activity controls. (For instructions see end of this blog.)

This past week, many people, some close contacts and some more distant connections, have been reaching out through Linkedin and emails to congratulate me on my new position. Of course, there is no new position but because I added a company logo, it sent out a change notice that indicates I have changed jobs. There are times when you want your connections to receive notification about you - a link you are sharing, your blog update, a company you are following, and, yes, when you do land a new position. However, for me, this was not one of those instances.

So, advice to self and readers, remember to always turn off your activity settings before you start your Profile edits. Then, turn it back on so that any blog, links, or good news updates are shared through your activity feed with your connections. This is when you do want to get "noticed".

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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade."~ Dale Carnegie

Marianne   408-295-6656  

Instructions for turning on/off your activity settings on Linkedin.
  1. Go to upper right hand corner and find drop down menu from your photo.
  2. Click on privacy and settings.
  3. The page that appears will have a heading Privacy Controls and directly under it "turn on/off your activity broadcasts". Click on this.
  4. You will go to a screen that looks like screen shot below* and have the option to turn off your activity settings by removing the check in the box in front of "Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies." 
  5. Remember to click on save.
  6. You may turn the settings back on by checking the same box when you have completed your Profile edits.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday Tips: Q & A

Here are a three commonly asked questions from my clients and the related recommended resources:
  1. Is there a good site with resume samples? A. I have sample resumes, cover letters, and templates that are shared with my clients. For additional examples, Susan Ireland has an excellent resource site: http://susanireland.com/. One thing to remember - steer clear of any functional resume samples and templates. Functional resumes are "red flags" to recruiters and hiring managers who wonder right away why you aren't using the standard chronological format.
  2. What sites should I use for job search? A. There are many sites out there. I start with two. Indeed.com is a spider site that will bring jobs to you from all the web sites - jobs that fit the criteria that you enter including title, key words, location/distance, etc. You should also post your resume on this site. Then, I tell people to use craigslist. When I was a recruiter that was the first site we all used. Why? Because you knew right away if a good candidate had posted her or his resume as only a small percentage of people post their resume on craigslist. That gives you a competitive advantage. It's easy to do. Use the anonymous email presented to you by the site when you are posting. Take off all your contact information from your resume. Look at October 1st blog for more ideas on how to approach a craigslist resume post. 
  3. How do I research salary ranges? A. First of all, it is important to understand the theory behind compensation and the setting of salary ranges and market trends. I use part of my time with any client to educate about compensation theory so that each person knows how to determine industry and company targets for their profession. To find general salary information for professions, the following sites are recommended: 
      • www.glassdoor.com
      • www.salary.com
      • http://www.onetonline.org/find/ - This is an interesting government site with trends and more. Salary information is general not geographically driven.
      •  www.salaryexpert.com
When researching salaries, always consider the geographic source. You must build in differentials for your specific location. The Cost of Living Wizard on salary.com will give you salary and cost of living comparisons of two geographic areas.

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I will send you off with a quote:
  • “I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'.”~ Maya Angelou
Have a great week! 
Marianne   408-295-6656

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday Tips: Follow Up & Follow Through

A silly cartoon caught my attention last week.  Here it is below ~

Now, admittedly, it's pretty darn corny. But somehow the colors and the command to do something right now caught my eye. It made me think about how often we may procrastinate on getting back to someone, instead of doing it right now. 

In this season of extra networking with holiday events coming up, year end parties, and just general meet up times, we have the opportunity to greet and often later re-connect with people. Sometimes they give us resources, meet us for coffee, or make beneficial introductions for us. This is a reminder to myself, to all of us, to follow up and let  people know what comes of those resources, ideas, connections, etc. People like to be thanked and kept informed. It's common courtesy. It's a way to stay connected.

So, remember to let others know how a resource given to us, or an introduction made, helped us out. And, it's never too late in my opinion. If someone comes to mind as you read this, get on your email or phone and connect. Say thank you and let him or her know how you were helped out. Do it "right now"!
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Have a great week and watch for more career success stories coming up soon.

Marianne   408-295-6656

Friday, November 8, 2013

Celebrate Success: Landing the Right New Job

Over the last couple of weeks, I have heard from four clients who have landed new positions. It's a great time to step back and celebrate with them and acknowledge all of their hard work. Three of my clients were not working and diligently focused on finding the best next step.  Two of the three had a background in the sales profession. One had left her sales position several months before and was targeting a new direction in the financial area, leveraging her love of numbers and customer skills, not an easy transition but one that she was committed to.  I supported her exciting goal. After many months she landed her "dream" job. And, it was through her resume posted on craigslist. She had a special approach to get noticed by prospective employers and not spammers.  It worked!

The second sales professional had moved to the Bay Area and was up against candidates who brought their books of business in local territory accounts. This talented individual knew she would come up to speed quickly and add value. She just needed her new employer to recognize this and invite her into this new territory. We worked on positioning her "differentiators" on her resume. She ended up taking a non-sales role where she will have the opportunity to prove her business development skills to this employer's sales team. It was a step back to get in and get noticed. I have no doubt she will "wow" them quickly.

The third client had worked at two leading edge companies in system IT roles. This client worked with me to revise his resume so that it marketed unique project management and solution generating skills. It took time but he has just landed a position at another leading edge company. He continues to have what I call a "resume" advantage.

The fourth client was working very successfully in sales but had targeted a move half way across the country. His commitment to our interview coaching and much more preparation behind the scenes  brought out his unique, competitive edge.  And, it paid off!  He will be starting in a new role at the new year.

There is a lot of hiring activity going on. So, stay connected, ask for help, surround yourself with a good support system, and keep your eye on the target.  You may also land your next role for the New Year!

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Have a great weekend!  And, watch for next week's Tuesday Tips.
Marianne   408-295-6656