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When Can You Trust LinkedIn Recommendations?

July 13th, 2016

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LinkedIn has grown in its usage and popularity steadily over the last decade.  While many social platforms focus on images and brevity, LinkedIn stands out as a substantial and fruitful medium for both job seekers and those looking to hire outstanding talent.

As you peruse LinkedIn for promising candidates, it’s important to evaluate their recommendations. This is one important way that professional connections can verify their skills through co-workers or past and present supervisors. Consider the following factors when evaluating a candidate’s recommendations.

Evaluate the Connection

First and foremost, check to see if the connection is a past or current colleague. A recommendation from a boss or colleague in a superior position is more impressive than colleagues from a similar level in the company or organization.

Here’s an example of a recommendation made by a client of a connection:

“Michelle is one of those rare finds that brings all her talents and expertise to the table each and every time Group 2 retains her services. Her strong work ethic, ability to dive in and ramp up quickly and knowledge of overall industry protocols is quite impressive. If you’re seeking a young and qualified (beyond her years) marketing partner, I highly recommend having her join your team.”

Fluff or Factual?

Next, you want to read the recommendation and consider whether there are hard facts or examples of their work. Most quality recommendations will include either examples or statistics to support the connection, not just wordy fluff.

Take a look at this “fluffy” example:

“Susan is such an excellent worker! She brings her best to every project and produces great results!”

While this recommendation makes Susan sound like a positive person, it doesn’t tell us much about anything. This shouldn’t count against Susan, but hopefully she has other, more in-depth recommendations to help you understand a bit more about her strengths in the office.

Too Much of a Good Thing

In the case of recommendations, you’d rather trust a few substantial entries, rather than too many. The “quality over quantity” rule definitely applies here. In addition, too many recommendations are a red flag for insincere entries.

This rule also ties back to the first point. If a person has multiple recommendations for one position, it is most promising for the recommendations to come from colleagues or clients at different levels of the company.

If you’re looking to hire more talent for your company, you should definitely scour LinkedIn. Recommendations can be a trusted source of valuable information if you look for the right signs!

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Stay Connected to Your Job Networks Without Being a Pest

February 15th, 2016

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Networking is a crucial component to getting a job. Hands down, who you know is going to make a difference in if you get the job, or not. Sometimes, even the most determined HR executive is going to choose someone they know over someone with a stellar resume. However, there is a fine line to cross. Asking friends and family, or other connections, for a job on a regular basis gets annoying. How can you stay in the back of their mind without pushing yourself on them?

Use the Right Networking Tools the Right Way

When networking, stay connected using the right tools and methods. You can do so without overwhelming your network. Here are a few key ways to keep the connection without burning the bridge.

  • Take a few minutes out of your day to use social media. Using websites like Facebook and Twitter keep your name and information in from of those you want it to be in front of. However, you are not pushing yourself on that recruiter. He or she keeps your name in mind but your message does not have to be an asking-for-a-job message.
  • Be social without just throwing your name around. Sometimes you will need to put yourself out there. You will want to schedule a meeting with a top recruiter or HR manager to discuss options and let them know you are looking for a position. What you do not want to do is to push the envelope too often.  Going out to lunch once every few months is enough.
  • Talk to those who like you. There is no benefit to talking, working with or trying to network with people who do not like you for some reason. They are unlikely to hand over your name in a discussion with an employer. Rather, spend your time building networks with those who do like you.
  • Become a resource for the other person. In other words, you will want to ensure you are offering them something. You may become their go-to person for industry news, for example. They learn something or better themselves by talking to you. You become valuable and they keep you in mind because of it.
  • Do ensure you are not overdoing it by watching the way the person reacts to you. If you notice, he or she stops responding to you or is not willing to meet your eye-to-eye, take the cue.

Networking is a critical component to building a successful career. Those who are looking for a job may easily overdo it, though. This happens when people get into positions where they simply need a job. However, pull it back and use networking effectively. It will make a significant difference in how successful you are with finding a job as well. Get your name out there and keep it in the back of the mind of the right person and you will land the right job if it is out there.

For more support with your job search, be sure to check out the resources at Concorde Personnel today! We welcome your comments below.

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What Facebook May Be Saying About You As A Jobseeker

November 13th, 2011

Maybe you did not expect those pictures from Cancun to end up on your profile page. You did not mean to say those negative comments about your ex-boss on your wall. The fact is they are there to be seen and maybe by people you would not want to.

Facebook has been a driving force in the social media phenomenon. People can communicate, share photos and catch up like never before.  What people need to realize is that once something is written on their page, it is there to seen by anyone. There could be negative implications concerning anything you say, if looking for a job.

Privacy Settings

Facebook does have the ability to set privacy settings for viewing. Consider what you want to display and who you want to see it while seeking employment. Social media has become prevalent and is now a part of all aspects of society. Everything from entertainment to business is covered by the internet. In many instances there may be too much information. A person’s online presence can say a lot about them.

Be Proactive

If looking for a job it is important to be proactive when posting things online. Be present and aware of what you are saying. Think as if you are a hiring authority looking over Facebook interactions. Notice what other people post and consider if you would want to hire them. Notice what may be appropriate or not and model your postings based on this observation. Try to use Facebook in a positive manner that reflects well on you.

Job Search Focused

The ability to use social media is a good thing in today’s technological world. It is an opportunity to network with others. Letting people know that you are looking for work can be an effective way to use Facebook. Connections can be easily utilized in a job search effort. Everyone seems to know a place that is hiring or even someone who does the hiring! Taking advantage of it through Facebook can reap rewards.

Other Online Resources

Facebook is only one piece of the social media puzzle. People have effectively developed personal websites through Google to showcase their skills and accomplishments with an online resume. Other social media sites like Twitter can be used for job search reasons. LinkedIn is one of the largest business oriented social media sites that employers consult for new hires. Using a comprehensive plan of different sites can help with job seeking efforts.

Many people have access to your profile and posts on social media networks, so consider using them with care as you conduct your job search. However, if used correctly social media can help with job search efforts. Pages devoted to job hunting and changing careers can be set up. Networking can be utilized. If used correctly, social media alone can be a great resource in getting your next job.

 

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Use Personal Branding to Land Your Dream Job

July 15th, 2011

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As a job seeker, you already know that it’s getting harder than ever to land an interview, let alone a great job. It seems like the candidate pool gets deeper, while the jobs get fewer and far between. How can you rise above the raging sea of candidates who are competing for the same jobs as you? Along with a killer resume, your best bet is to use branding to create a positive image of yourself that will grab the attention of hiring managers!

The most successful advertising companies and online marketers have been using branding ever since the first corporate logo was invented. Consider how brands used by big companies easily sway consumer behavior, and you can apply the same principles to your job search. The trick is knowing how to do this the right way.

Here are some easy ways to brand yourself as a top candidate and land your dream job sooner! 

Clean Up Your Social Media Profiles

One of the biggest mistakes many job seekers make is using their social media profiles like Facebook, twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn purely for socializing and games. What you may not realize is that hiring managers frequently research job candidates via these public networks. So, if you have a personal Facebook page that includes embarrassing pictures from college parties, get in there and delete them. Then create branded social media pages that include your contact information, keywords about the type of work you are looking for, and a professional headshot picture of you dressed in a nice office suit. Do this consistently across all channels for a clean, branded image.

Create a Job Seeker Blog or Website

Another easy way to brand yourself as a job seeker is to put your resume and information online with a professional looking blog or website. Many job seekers are paying big bucks for a company to do this for them, but this is simply not necessary if you have basic technology skills. WordPress is a nice starter blog, with professional themes you can use to create a branded image. Include your photo headshot, your resume and accomplishments, and links to anything you have published online that relate to your job search. For security sake, leave your personal information off the blog or website, such as home address, social security number and birthdate. Use this blog to talk about your job search efforts and your career interests.

Use a Branded Email Address

Something that many job seekers don’t realize is that cutesy or racy email addresses don’t give a very favorable impression with hiring managers. Stay away from email addresses like sexyman@ or littlegirl@ for example, which only make you look immature to recruiters. Instead, select a branded email address, which speaks about you as a job candidate and your career aspirations. This may seem like a minor thing, but it actually can bolster you up when sending out resumes to the companies you want to work for. Take it from someone who is on the other side of the hiring desk – email addresses do matter!

To land your dream job, very often you’ll have to think outside the box and come up with creative ways to get in front of the right people. Use branding as a tool for doing just that and you will attract recruiters from the best industries.

 

For more support and resources for job seekers, please visit The Concorde Group website and stop by our job candidates’ page http://www.concordepersonnel.com/candidates

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