As the world goes mobile, LinkedIn wants to corner the market on mobile job search and career management. Their strategy ensures that no matter where you are, “opportunity is always within reach.” As a result they’ve doubled down on apps, aggressively launching several new apps and reimagining the existing ones over the last several months. I wrote for AOL Jobs about how your job search just went mobile.
One of the best ways to keep your job hunt fresh and get the best new information is signing up for newsletters from the career experts. I wrote earlier this year about six of my favorites. Let’s add five more. These represent some of the sharpest, freshest career advice out there. Check it out here at AOL Jobs.
Long-term unemployment is devastating, slowly crushing the job seeker on many levels. The physical, psychological and financial tolls are steep and dramatic. While the number of US long-term jobless has dropped from nearly 4.5 million a year ago to just over 3 million today, the impact on those not working is still frightening
I wrote about how to stay positive and keep your job search on track here at AOL Jobs.
You know what would be awesome? If I could sit on my couch eating bear claws and watching cartoons while the perfect job just knocked on my front door, that’s what. Seriously, how great would that be? Cartoons, doughnuts, couch. Alas, the world is never going to beat down the door with job offers. So I must ignore the seductive lure of the snacks and warm beckoning glow of the television and go find opportunity. Therefore, I must network.
I wrote just how critical your professional network is to career success right here at AOL Jobs.
Chances are you will get fired at some point in your career. Call it laid off, terminated, restructured or downsized. Whatever you want to call it, it means you no longer have a job and must face the painful emotional and financial challenges. The impact can be devastating if you allow it, but there are ways to mitigate the difficulty. I wrote about getting fired and getting back to work at AOL Jobs.
I’ve written in great detail before about the power of LinkedIn and how to optimize your profile for maximum impact, but let’s narrow the focus even more. Perhaps the two most important elements of a superb LinkedIn profile are the headline and summary.
Your headline should say exactly what makes you great and why someone should hire you now. You need to be searchable, impactful and unique. Then comes your summary. If the headline sells your story, the summary tells your story. You’ve gotten them in the door, now you can really give recruiters and hiring managers reasons to hire you. Take the time to get it right and make sure you hit all the right notes.I wrote about perfecting your LinkedIn headline and summary for maximum impact at AOL Jobs.
Recruiters are a necessary and sometimes challenging part of the employment ecosystem. They seek out talented people for companies, but also serve as gatekeepers, controlling the influx of candidates. Their prime objective is to discover the best and weed out the rest. So how can you make yourself a highly attractive candidate that search firms can’t resist and create the best possible relationships with a broad group of recruiters? I wrote about how to show recruiters you are the best person for the job over at AOL Jobs.
How to build a powerful online brand that will get you noticed, grow your network, drive conversations and lead to opportunities. I wrote about social media and job search at AOL Jobs.
One of the most powerful tools in your job search arsenal is your social media presence. Sure, you’re probably on LinkedIn as well as Facebook, but what about Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and more? While not every social platform may be right for you, it is important to understand the basics of how each one works and how they can impact your job search, positively and negatively. I wrote about how social media can make or break your job search (and even your career) over at AOL Jobs.
“One of my personal goals is to bring more women into tech. The technology skills I have learned have not only allowed me to build amazing things, but are really creative and fun! I wanted to create a way for tech skills to be accessible, easy, and fun to learn. People have so many misconceptions about what working in tech is like. I am here to bust all those silly myths.” Adda Birnir, CEO/Co-Founder, Skillcrush
Find out how Adda Birnir transformed her career by learning to code in something I wrote for AOL Jobs.