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Make an Income Abroad Course

  • Start Here
  • Course Roadmap
  • Financial Goal Checklist
  • Basics of Finding Overseas Work
  • Where to Look: Contract & Private Jobs
  • Where to Look: Federal
  • The Job Search Organizer
  • US Government and Federal Agency List
  • Security Company List
  • What is Remote Work?
  • Where to Look: Remote
  • The Perfect Cover Letter
  • What You Need In Your Resume
  • 7 Social Media Mistakes That Can Harm Your Career
  • What to Do When You Are Laid Off
  • 3 Basic Job Search Strategies You May Be Overlooking
  • Top Strategies for Job Seekers
  • 23 Ways To Find A Job
  • Strategies for Job Hunting Over the Weekend
  • LinkedIn Mastery
  • Top 10 Steps to Career Success
  • Reaching Out to the Recruiter
  • Reaching Out to the Recruiter (pt.2)
  • Ace Your Job Interview: Tactics for Practicing
  • The Follow-Up: After the Application

Welcome to the Watchdog Jobs: Make an Income Abroad Course.

In this course, you are going to learn how to search for and find work abroad from legitimate, well-paying companies, without burning yourself out in a job search. Secondly, we will discuss remote work opportunities where you can work for a company from your computer…or start your own business. 

The different modules included in this course include:

Module 1: Getting Started
Module 2: Finding Your Next Job Abroad
Module 3: Building An Income Through Remote Work
Module 4: The Perfect Resume
Module 5: Rinse and Repeat
The next section in this module is the Course Roadmap. 

Go through this roadmap in relation to where you are on your personal path. This will help you determine where exactly you want to go… in regards to making an income abroad.

When you are finished with the whole course, you can also place all of the downloads neatly together for easy reference.

Course Roadmap

Please go through this checklist to have an idea of what your goals are financially. This checklist will help you decide which path to take to accomplish said goals.

WJ Goal Checklist

So you’re interested in working abroad?

Let’s look at the basics.

To start off, you first must be ready to travel abroad.

1) Research the Country – First things first, make sure you are ok with living in the country you are applying to work in.

  • Learn About Your Destination (outside link)
  • The World Factbook (outside link) – history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

2) Obtain a Passport and Visa (if necessary) for Country – Get all of your documentation started and ready for applications (including your driver’s license!)

*Note: Many contracting companies will sponsor the work visa to work in any given country. Go through the application process before the visa process to make sure it is necessary.*

3) Get Your Profile Ready – See Module 4

  • Have Your Resume Ready
  • Have Your Cover Letter Ready
  • Online Presence Ready – Social Media and LinkedIn

4) Apply to the positions interested in 

Check out the visa requirements for each country here. 

Through this lesson, you will be linked to several paths if you are looking to work in the public sector abroad:

“ClearanceJobs serves individuals with active federal security clearances and provides a secure forum for employers to recruit cleared employees. It is the largest career site focused exclusively on candidates with active or current U.S. government security clearances.”

GO TO CLEARANCE JOBS OVERSEAS JOB SEARCH

“The Muse is the only online career resource that offers a behind-the-scenes look at job opportunities with hundreds of companies, original career advice from prominent experts, and access to the best coaches to get personalized and private career help. We believe that you can and should love your job—and be successful at it—and we want to help you make that happen.”

GO TO MUSE OVERSEAS JOB SEARCH

“As the hub of the .JOBS Network of sites, My.jobs acts as a starting point to match those looking for a new job with those who want to hire them. By utilizing keywords and locations for the URL naming structure, the network strives to create a page that is relevant to all job seekers, regardless of location, occupation or specialty.”

GO TO MY.JOBS OVERSEAS JOB SEARCH

Use LinkedIn to pinpoint a specific job title in a specific country of your choice. Through their job search online form, you can narrow down your job search to the right criteria showing private|contracting positions worldwide.

GO TO LINKEDIN OVERSEAS JOB SEARCH

With SimplyHired, you have to look within the job description to see if the position is located abroad. All the companies, for the most part, are listed in the United States, but many are hiring abroad. Below is the link to help get you started.

GO TO SIMPLY HIRED OVERSEAS JOB SEARCH

SOCNet is mostly for people looking to get into the defense/security side of contracting. In the International Jobs part of their forum, you can see recruiters posting job details and asking for resumes.

GO TO SOCNET OVERSEAS JOB SEARCH

Here are a few Facebook Groups to follow and talk to other contractors:

Through this lesson, I will link you to several paths if you are looking to work in the public sector abroad:

  • USAJobs
  • Peace Corps
  • Military Exchanges
  • Overseas Teaching Jobs with the Department of Defense Dependent School System (DODDSS).

USAJobs is the United States Government’s official hiring website. It is the behemoth of jobs when it comes to working federally. You can filter the jobs by agency, salary, location, and so on.

The Peace Corps is a U.S. governmental program that places people around the world. It is open only to U.S. citizens. Volunteers get a stipend and money at the end of their contract.

“Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has served the Nation’s armed forces during combat operations, humanitarian missions and military exercises around the world … Our associates have voluntarily deployed to serve troops during major wars, natural disasters, deep into jungles, high on mountaintops, and at tips of the spears in eastern Europe and South Korea.”
“Morale, Welfare and Recreation, abbreviated MWR, is a network of support and leisure services designed for use by U.S. soldiers (active, Reserve, and Guard), their families, current and retired DoD civilian employees, military retirees, veterans with 100 percent service-connected disability and other eligible participants.”
 
“Established in 1998, Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Program was created as a result of the merger of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), Family Services and Voluntary Education Programs. MCCS delivers goods and services at over 2,250 facilities and has a staff of more than 12,000…”
 
“The Mission of the Coast Guard Exchange is to provide quality merchandise and services of necessity and convenience to our Coast Guard men and women as well as authorized patrons at competitive prices. The Coast Guard Exchange (CGX) is one of many support organizations within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).”
 
“Navy Exchange is a retail store chain owned and operated by the United States Navy under the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). The Navy Exchange offers goods and services to active military, retirees, and certain civilians on Navy installations in the United States, overseas Navy bases…”
 
“Elementary and secondary schools have been operating on U.S. military bases overseas since 1946 for children of military and civilian personnel. The DODDS provides educational opportunities comparable to those offered in the better school systems in the United States. This segment of U.S. public education consists of 194 elementary, middle, and secondary schools. The schools are located in 14 districts located in 12 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico with enrollment of 86,000 students and 8,700 educators.”

Ok, you now know where to go to find the jobs you are looking for. Time to start applying.

Use the PDF below to help you along the application process and keep track. The goal is to apply to a few jobs a day once your resume, cover letter, and public profile are ready (social media and LinkedIn).

WJ Job Search Organizer

  • Architect of the Capitol
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • Congressional Budget Office
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
  • Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of State
  • Department of the Air Force
  • Department of the Army
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of the Navy
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Farm Credit Administration
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Federal Election Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Housing Finance Agency
  • Federal Labor Relations Authority
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • General Services Administration
  • Government Accountability Office
  • Intelligence Community
  • International Boundary and Water Commission
  • Merit Systems Protection Board
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • National Credit Union Administration
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Office of Special Counsel
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Defense Agencies, and Department of Defense Field Activities
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Peace Corps
  • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
  • Railroad Retirement Board
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Selective Service System
  • Small Business Administration
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Social Security Administration
  • Surface Transportation Board
  • U.S. Agency for Global Media
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. International Trade Commission

Security Companies:

  • Constellis
  • Mission Essential
  • Raytheon
  • DynCorp International
  • Pinkerton
  • Janus Global Operations LLC
  • Science Applications Internal Corporation (SAIC)
  • G4S
  • Control Risks
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • Aegis
  • GK Sierra
  • KBR
  • Erinys International
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Gardaworld
  • CACI International
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • The Boeing Company
  • Vectrus
  • Advanfort
  • Chenega
  • Fluor
  • BAE Systems
  • Leidos
  • Patriot Group International
  • Sosi
  • Vinnell Arabi
  • Michael Baker International
  • Aecom

Remote working is on the rise.

What is remote work you ask? Well, it’s basically work you do outside of the traditional office/building environment. Other terms that are associated with remote work include telecommuting positions, work-from-home jobs, etc.

Remote work gives companies the ability to have whatever work they need to be done…done at home, on the beach, at the cafe, wherever…through its employees. The benefits of this are having the employees manage their own time while completing tasks, not taking up office space (saving money and resources), and so on.

We will explore two paths when it comes to remote work in this module:

  1. Working for a Company Remotely
  2. Working for Yourself Remotely

Continue in this module to see where to look for remote work and a few crash courses on how to make an income on your own from your computer.

Now let’s look at several places to find remote work. These sites are the top sites in helping you find remote work for companies hiring.

Let’s look at different options:

“Remotive helps 25000+ remote workers by sending tips, listing hundreds of remote job offers and gathering remote workers inside our private community.”

 
Jobspresso is the easiest way to find high-quality remote jobs in tech, marketing, customer support and more. 100% of our jobs are hand-picked, manually reviewed and expertly curated. Put your job search on autopilot: Join 8,000+ remote workers.”
 
“Glassdoor is a website where current and former employees anonymously review companies. Glassdoor also allows users to anonymously submit and view salaries as well as search and apply for jobs on its platform.”
 
“Looking for a remote job as a developer, customer service rep, recruiter, designer or sales professional? Browse openings in those categories and more below. We hand curate this list to showcase the best remote job opportunities in the most recruited job categories. Find a remote job here to launch your work anywhere career. “
 
“We Work Remotely is the largest community on the web (with 130,000+ monthly users) to find and list jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a particular geographic area.”
 
“Search for telecommuting, remote, online, and work-from-home jobs, ranging from part-time to full-time. Free for job seekers. No registration required.”
 
“The biggest remote job board on the web with over 25,000 remote work positions for digital nomads, remote workers and people who work from home.”
 
“ A large portion of the remote jobs posted on regular job boards are intended only for US citizens or people living within US time zones. Europe Remotely is manually curated and contains only jobs from companies that are happy to work with developers living in Europe.”
 
“Outsourcely connects startups and businesses with talented remote workers from around the world. 300000+ Remote Workers. 25000+ Startups. 180+ Countries.”
 
Indeed is an American worldwide employment-related search engine for job listings launched in November 2004 and is co-headquartered in Austin, Texas and Stamford, Connecticut with additional offices around the world.”

PAID SITES

“Find the best remote-jobs, part-time jobs, freelance jobs, and other flexible jobs in over 50 career categories, all hand-screened for legitimacy–and with no ads!”

GO TO FLEXJOBS JOB SEARCH

Edit where necessary!

The Story Template from Money Magazine:

  1. Personalize
  2. Tell a Story
  3. Use Bullet Points to Show Impact
  4. Highlight Culture Fit
  5. End with an Ask
Now, use these points from the Story Template and integrate it with the Perfect Cover Letter template download.
 

Finding a good job is no easy task and for those of us who have been searching for the next big thing for our career, we know it takes preparation, commitment, patience, and most importantly, a great resume. Hiring personnel read hundreds of resumes each day and the resume is declared the ‘face’ of our career profile; we can get a job interview or be rejected solely based on our resume. Therefore, it is paramount to write the perfect resume whether we aspire to work in the US or abroad; and while the resume weighs equally in any part of the world, there are some elements we must consider when writing a global resume such as the cultural environment, the specific job we desire, and the country and its work environment.

Even though the global resume should still be no more than two pages long, here are other tips to consider:

  1. Be specific: It is more likely when desiring to work overseas to know exactly what job we want or easily are able to align our skills, knowledge, and abilities for a specific job; therefore, our resume should be tailored for that specific job in addition to containing a career focus. While it is impossible to create a resume for the dozens of jobs we may find appealing in the international job market, it is important to tailor the resume to the job and country we are seeking employment, highlighting our specific skills for that position, traits, languages we speak, as well as the cultural skills we may possess. To make it easier on yourself, create a master resume listing all your skills, talents, abilities, experience, cross-cultural skills, education, and anything/everything you believe will be useful or will apply to a future job opportunity so that you can later copy/paste the information into the job specific resume.
  2. Picture or no picture?:  While in the US and the UK it is frowned upon to add a professional picture to a resume, in most European and Asian countries, adding a picture is welcomed and even encouraged because some like to glance at the applicant for a first impression. As Rodriguez (2017) suggests, in some countries it is illegal due to privacy laws to ask for a photo and in other countries, like Germany, although illegal to request a photo, recruiters still love to see one on a resume. Research the resume standards for the country of your choice and then conform to those standards for increased effectiveness.
  3. Listing all education or just highlighting some?: Another topic of importance when writing an international resume is whether or not to list all education, degrees, certificates or any honors received. The rule of thumb for international resumes is to do list all education as well as the honors received and the GPA since much weight is placed on these two categories. If applies, under the Education section also include qualifications, starting with the highest.
  4. Listing personal information and extra-curriculum activities/hobbies: Personal information like gender, nationality, age, international work permits held (if applicable), whether or not you are available to travel or have dependents, and country of citizenship (if different than nationality) are of importance to many international recruiters, giving them an idea of your cultural awareness, if you are familiar with working abroad, and if you would be a perfect fit for the job (e.g. if the position requires traveling, they will like to know if you are single, have children or able to travel). Many overseas recruiters would also like to know what interests you have such as volunteering or personal hobbies to understand how you will be spending your time off and if you will be immersing in local culture and community.
  5. Visual appeal: Today’s resume is very different than a resume written two decades ago; the modern resume is clear, crisp, captures the reader from the beginning, showcases with cleverness the candidate’s experiences and accomplishments, and is stylish in format. Font also matters and the most acceptable resume fonts are Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman, Verdana, Cambria, and a few others as indicated in the blog post, What is the Best Font for a Resume?
  6. Type of Resume Format: Another element of importance is the format of the resume. A Chronological resume, which is the most common, lists work history in reverse chronological order, with the most recent job at the top. This is a great format to use when showcasing career accomplishments and positions held. Another type of resume is the Functional resume which is mostly used by those who have less work experience but have the necessary skills, strengths, and achievements that fit the job description. Another type of resume that may fit students, new job seekers, entry level or those wanting a career change is the Hybrid resume that skillfully combines elements of the Chronological and the Functional resumes, such as experience, transferrable skills, and education for optimal impact.
  7. Other Considerations: Equally important when writing an international resume, especially if you are new to the work force or new to working abroad, is to include all the skills (especially cross-cultural), talents, and abilities that paint you as the perfect candidate. Include strong verbs and include a cover letter that can underline your talents, achievements, education and the reason why you are perfect for the job. If needed, work with a career coach to help you make the most impact and find the job of your dreams!

When on the hunt for jobs that will further your career or just provide supplemental income, a good resume that jumps off the page will be your biggest asset in securing an interview. Though you probably already knew this, trimming up and perfecting your resume doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think.

Another important factor in building the perfect resume is branding yourself appropriately. Essentially, you’ll want your name and contact info to be the same across all platforms, (business cards, websites, etc.) to maximize your name recognition.

In terms of listing previous employers, it’s important to note your personal achievements at each job you’ve worked. Brag! A resume needs to be able to show prospective employers that you aren’t afraid to be successful and go the extra mile for your team.

Add a personal aspect if possible. Do any volunteer work? Charity? List it. Expressing that you use your free time to positively affect the environment around you is a great way make your resume stick out in today’s cutthroat workforce. Plus, it’ll help distinguish you from the competition – and the competition is always stiff today.

While searching for a job abroad is not an easy task and it can be plenty stressful while exciting, finding the perfect job is possible with a great Resume in addition to conducting research and being fully prepared to take the leap.

Use these tools to help you build the resume that will secure you the chance at the career of a lifetime.

References & Resources

Rodriguez, Kate (2017) https://us.experteer.com/magazine/should-you-put-a-photo-on-your-cv/

The International Resume Guide https://www.visualcv.com/what-to-include-in-a-cv/

What is the Best Font for a Resume? https://skillroads.com/blog/best-resume-font

185 Powerful Verbs that Will Make Your Resume Awesomehttps://www.themuse.com/advice/185-powerful-verbs-that-will-make-your-resume-awesome

Here are a few highlights of what needs to be done to your resume and why. This is all from a recruiter/hiring manager’s perspective…highlighting the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ regarding resume essentials.

Many courts have upheld the right of employers to see everything in your social media accounts. Employers even study the social media accounts of prospective new employees before they’re hired! You can even be forced to log in and provide full access! 

Avoid making social media mistakes that could result in the loss of your employment.  

Use social media platforms wisely by avoiding these mistakes:
 

  • Posting about controversial topics. Public comments regarding emotionally charged topics is always risky. You might not like the idea of same-sex marriage or have strong opinions about religion, but you never know whom you might offend with your stance. Proceed at your own risk.
     
  • Discussing work, interview opportunities, or job offers. Does it seem smart to post to the world that you just had a great job interview with another company? You might be excited about the opportunity down the street, but it would be prudent not to announce your enthusiasm in a public forum. 
    • Until you’ve accepted an offer and submitted your resignation, be discrete.
  • Failing to understand the concept of “zombie” content. While it may seem that you have the option of quickly deleting any inappropriate content, that’s rarely the case. Once it’s out on the web, it’s there forever. It can keep coming back to haunt your future like a zombie rising from the dead. 
    • That inappropriate picture or post may show up at the most inappropriate time. Perhaps right before an important job interview or offer.
    • Avoid ever posting anything you wouldn’t want your boss or mother to see.
  • Posting content while you claim to be sick or injured. There have been several instances of employees calling into work sick, only to post photos of themselves at ballgames, the beach, or a party. 
    • All it takes is for your work nemesis to see it. You can be sure your boss will be informed quickly.
  • Combining personal and business contacts unskillfully. It’s likely your personal contacts will be bored with your posts regarding work. It’s also likely that many of the posts your personal contacts would find interesting aren’t appropriate for a work audience. 
    • Your old college buddies might be impressed that you can still stand on your head and drink from a keg. But your boss might wonder if you’re the right person to negotiate a contract with a European supplier.
  • Adding content at the improper time. We all slow down a little at 3:00 PM, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good time to post to your social media accounts. Your boss and coworkers think you should be working. At best, your boss will decide you need a little more work to do. At worst, your boss will suggest that you find another job with another company. 
    • Posting too much can be nearly as bad as posting at the wrong time. What message are you sending if you post continuously on your time off? That’s not the type of person that’s given greater levels of responsibility in a professional capacity.
  • Profanity, poor grammar, and nudity. While the use of colorful language can help to get your point across, reconsider. Poor grammar can also send the wrong message. Modesty is usually the best policy when it comes to clothing. 

The various social media platforms provide an effective way to communicate with others. Use these tools to your advantage! Unfortunately, social media also can also cause a lot of harm to your career. Be careful of the image you present to the world. Take control of your social media presence. 

Getting laid off can be one of the most devastating events in a person’s life. But it doesn’t have to be. The massive layoffs of 2008 have taught us that there are a number of tried-and-tested ways to bounce back after a layoff. In some cases, you might even end up better off than you were before. Think of the old saying, “When one door closes, another one opens.” Getting back into the job market after a layoff can lead to more and better opportunities than you could ever imagine.

In this guide, we are going to be talking about dealing with being laid off in terms of both the emotional and the practical aspects. Taking these practical steps should hopefully secure you the job of your dreams.

Let’s get started with one of the most difficult aspects of being laid off – dealing with the shock of becoming unemployed.

Dealing with the Shock of Getting Laid Off

Dealing with the shock of getting laid off is one of the most stressful things a person will ever have to overcome. It triggers all sorts of emotional issues, as well as practical ones related to what to do next. Dealing with the emotional side is the only way to get over the paralysis that often comes with such bad news. There’s A LOT to do once you are laid off, so you need to be at your best.

The first thought for most people is, “Why me?” They often feel that they might have done something to deserve being laid off. This might potentially be true if they haven’t been working their best. However, in most cases, a layoff is a purely financial decision on the part of the company, and not something to be taken personally. It often means either the most expensive personnel, and/or people considered to be surplus personnel, are laid off.

If you are only one of a small number of people getting laid off, this can be extremely distressing. If you are part of a large number of people who are laid off, such as occurred in 2008 and 2009, you might take some comfort from the fact that you were one of many. However, you might also be worried that there will be many people just like you looking for the same jobs.

This being the case, it is important to be clear about what to expect once you are laid off, and to know your rights. It also means rolling up your sleeves and getting the jump on everyone else by starting to look for a new job despite feeling devastated.

The Impact on Loved Ones of Being Laid Off

This positive can-do attitude is particularly important if you have a spouse/partner and children who are depending on your income. It can be devastating when your paycheck suddenly vanishes overnight. It can be even worse if you get laid off at certain times of the year, such as just before the end-of-year holidays.

But you can survive even this is you are honest and proactive. You should already have a household budget in place, but if you don’t, this should be your first step. Note down the essentials each month, such as rent/mortgage, food, utilities, internet, car or transportation expenses, and so on. Everything else should be considered a luxury until such time as you are earning a steady paycheck once more.

Discussing your new pared-down budget with loved ones old enough to understand what’s at stake can go a long way towards taking the financial pressure off you. It is a question of priorities and surviving the tough times by being smart.

Let’s look next at the practical aspects of the actual layoff itself, and what your immediate steps will be in the aftermath of this event.

Know Your Rights and Get What You Can

It’s hard to think straight when you have just been laid off, but what you do in the immediate aftermath of the layoff can make all the difference between success and failure when it comes to coping with this challenge.

The most important thing is to discover what you are entitled to. The first is severance pay. If companies can afford to, they will offer a severance package to help make up financially to a certain extent for the loss of your job. Severance is not obligatory, however.

https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/wages/severancepay

In the US, the Employee Benefits Security Administration can also help with issues such as this.

There is extra protection for workers over age 40 in reference to severance pay.

It is important to be clear about the terms of the severance package as well – not just in terms of how much money you can expect, but also whether there is anything else involved in it, such as a non-compete clause (and if so, the length of it) or a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). A non-compete might be a tough obstacle to you getting another job in the same niche or industry.

If you are being laid off through no fault of your own, you should be entitled to references from your line manager and any other person in the company who has direct experience of the work you have been putting in and can comment on it in a meaningful way.

If you are being laid off for cause, see if there is someone you have been working with who would be willing to give you a testimonial. You could even ask clients who know you well as long as there is no NDA or non-compete.

Unemployment Benefits

Your next port of call will be the unemployment website and office to determine your level of entitlement and go through the paperwork and interview process, in order to make sure you get the right amount of money and lay the groundwork for returning to employment efficiently.

The sooner you file for unemployment, the sooner you can start getting checks coming in. Often there can be a delay of several weeks, so you should not waste any time in starting the process.

If it is a question of pride regarding unemployment, remember that whenever you are employed, you are paying into an unemployment fund. It is not charity. It is your money, and there as a safety net in case you need it.

You might also wish to consult a labor lawyer just in case you want someone to look over all your termination papers and your severance package. They can often be very helpful with adding useful clauses to the “boilerplate” layoff documents many companies use. In this way, you can feel more certain you are not being harmed in any way and your rights are protected.

Labor lawyers usually charge reasonable consultation fees to look over your paperwork. They can also help you determine if you have a legal case (such as discrimination), or if you think you were laid off for a particular reason no one is admitting to (such as age, gender, race, and so on).

Be clear about how much severance and unemployment you will get, and the payout dates. Evaluate your budget in light of this information and whatever savings you have in the bank. Financial experts recommend that people try to set up an emergency fund that covers at least one to three months of their average household expenses.

However, if you have not been able to put by that amount of money, it will be a case of making the most of what you do have coming in until you find a new job, and getting ready for your big search.

Your next step is to evaluate where you are at the moment in your career, and to polish up your resume and other paperwork needed to help you apply for a new job. Let’s look at your next steps with respect to your career.

Is Your Current Career Right for You?

It is only natural to feel eager to get right back to work, but this might actually be the perfect time to do some soul searching as to whether or not you are happy in your career. If you have been laid off for cause, might there be a reason, such as lack of skills or motivation, that held you back from doing your best?

If you not happy with your current career, now might be the best time to consider making a change. Do you still feel highly motivated when you wake up every morning? Or have you had a nagging sense lately that something is missing from your life, or that you could be doing something more or differently?

A career change is not going to be as easy as finding a new job in the same niche or industry, but you will never know unless you try. Research will be key to making a successful transition into any new job. One form of research is to look deeper within, to explore your motivations and what you feel is your mission in life.

It is also important to look for what is termed “transferable skills” – those which can help you succeed in your new career of choice. For example, if you’ve been working as a teacher, chances are that you are a people person who enjoys working with others and would be a good mentor and leader. You will probably be well-organized and be a self-starter, willing to learn. These are skills that can lend themselves to a wide variety of careers, not just teaching.

Preparation Is Key to Finding Another Job

If you’re like most people, your resume is gathering dust on your hard drive and hasn’t been touched for quite a while. Now is the time to put your best foot forward, so you can really impress hiring managers in your new job search.

Brainstorming

Start by brainstorming everything you have been doing in your most recent position. Think in terms of action verbs such as:

  • Create
  • Supervise
  • Manage

This will show that you are an active worker who has been responsible for projects, people and so on.

Specific Accomplishments

Include specific accomplishments in the form of a brief example of what you did, what happened and what the positive outcome was. Examples include:

  • Launched X product, which increased revenue by $Y
  • Streamlined processing of Product A, which decreased costs by $B
  • Grew Facebook followers from 10,000 to 25,000 in one year

…and so on.

Note down anything you got praise or recognition for, such as employee of the month, or an email from a supervisor or client thanking you for the great work.

Next, condense the information into a series of eye-catching bullet points, which will make it easier for hiring managers to read.

Go through the same process for your previous posts. If you are trying to change careers, create a second copy of your resume and rewrite it with a view to emphasizing the transferable skills that will be of most use in the new industry you wish to work in.

Long-Form to Shorter Resumes

It is okay to have more than one resume. Your long-form resume can be edited down to cater to each job you are applying for. It will take longer to fill out each application, but think quality and good fit rather than quantity or applications cranked out.

In most cases, you will be applying online anyway, in which case you will be copying and pasting the data into the specified sections. Note that there will usually be character limits and sometimes entry limits.

Length of Resume

Some professionals say your resume should only be a page long, but this is pretty unrealistic – especially if you have been in the workforce for more than 15 years. If this is the case, you don’t need to list every job you ever had, only the most relevant ones. Try to keep it to two pages, with generous margins and a readable font such as Times New Roman 12.

References and Testimonials

The more, the better. You don’t have to use them all, but it helps to have a variety. Make a list and check it to make sure you have all the correct contact information, such as cell phone and email.

Note that in some cases, they might ask for professional references and character references too.

Keywording

Be sure to use the keywords in your resume that an employer would be most likely to use when searching for someone with your skills and abilities.

Error and Typo-Free Work

Make sure you spell check your resume. Also, print it out on paper and proofread it. If you are nervous about your spelling and grammar, or want an independent assessment of the quality of your resume, consider spending the money on a resume service.

Corporate Research

It’s easy to get excited and apply for everything that looks like a good fit, but slow down and look up each company on Glassdoor.com and CareerBliss.com before you start to fill out the application. It is important for you to be a good fit for a job, but it also has to be a good fit for you. A company where everyone is miserable and never gets promoted will never be ideal.

Note that this research can also come in handy if you make it to the interview stage. You can use it to ask intelligent questions about the job you are applying for.

Once you have your resume/s ready, you should be feeling more confident about your job search. But before you start digging into all of the job search sites, it is important to tap into your network. Let’s look at this topic next.

The Importance of Contacts / Networking

When you get laid off, it is only natural to feel a bit dejected and perhaps even embarrassed that you have lost your job. However, not telling people what has happened can be one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Experts estimate that around 70% of jobs in the US never get listed publicly. They are part of what is called the hidden job market.

The hidden job market is basically jobs that are filled through contacts and networking. It isn’t always a case of what you know, but also who you know. Therefore, if people find out that you are available, and you have a good reputation in your industry, you might not even have to look for a job. Offers will start coming to you.

Tap into the Contacts You Have

This may sound like a dream come true. And it can be, provided you are ready to network like a pro. Think of all the contacts that you have associated with your industry or the new industry you would like to start working in. Think about friends, family, neighbors and so on who might know people who could use your services. Print up business cards with your contact information on the front, and brief bullet points on the back, and hand them out as appropriate.

Don’t be shy. Chances are that even if the person does not need your services, they might keep the information at the back of their mind and refer you to others. Also, remember that people do business with people they like. This being the case, if you are friendly, personable, and well-spoken, chances are you will stick in their mind. Then if a person needs, for example, a web designer, they might instantly think of you.

If you don’t think you are a “people person,” practice. Go out of your way to talk to people. Remember, their favorite subject will usually be themselves. Listen and learn what people’s needs and concerns are. Then think about the kinds of solutions you can offer if they mention your niche or industry.

Network in Person

Networking in person can be a bit embarrassing if you are shy. However, it is always a good idea to practice an elevator speech to get the ball rolling, and answer the basic questions of who you are and what you do.

Write a 15- to 30-second description of the essentials, then practice it until it comes naturally to you. Think of people in your niche or industry and their main problems. What problems do you solve? Include those in your elevator speech and you are bound to pique people’s interest.

Another place to network is your local Chamber of Commerce. It offers free courses, talks and so forth that can help business owners succeed. If you can come up with a great idea for a presentation, offer yourself as a guest speaker and use the opportunity on the platform to show what you know. You will be able to network with all sorts of people at the event, and it is a great chance to hand out business cards and connect with people who can really use your services.

Your Social Media Presence

At least 70% of recruiters and human resource managers admit that they shortlist candidates for jobs based on what they find out about each candidate through social media. This being the case, it is important to have a great LinkedIn profile. You also need to make sure that your social media presence is not going to embarrass you. If your full name is on it anywhere, it might be time to edit it.

For example, check your Facebook account, Twitter feed and so forth to make sure that there is nothing there that would raise any red flags with a human resources manager or a recruiter. Partying tales, embarrassing photos and so on need to be deleted or hidden. Think of your profiles as a way to showcase your professionalism. You can create a new one, of course, to try to cover over your old accounts, but if you do this, you will need to publish a large amount of useful content to show what you know.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the main social network for professional people to connect with one another. It is also the most trusted of all networks. Why? Because people can’t hide behind a cloak of anonymity. The whole point of the site is to connect with others through your work history and educational history, which will be “verified” in a number of ways, including by people you know connecting with you.

A full, detailed LinkedIn profile can be just as good, if not better, than your resume, but honesty is the best policy. The two need to be consistent with one another. Your profile will also allow you to link to publications, PowerPoint presentations, and more. It will take several hours to create a great profile and it requires regular activity and upkeep of the profile, but it is a great way to position yourself as a thought leader in your niche or industry.

LinkedIn Groups

Your profile is the gateway to LinkedIn groups about various topics. Join the ones that make the most sense for your niche, industry and interests.

Connecting with Thought Leaders

Follow thought leaders’ accounts, and interact with the content. It will make you more visible in your niche or industry and earn you more followers in return.

Your SlideShare Account

SlideShare.net is the number one presentation sharing site on the internet. It is now owned by LinkedIn. This being the case, you can boost your profile by uploading useful PowerPoint or other types of decks and linking to them. They are short, attractive ways to help you show what you know, and why you are worth paying attention to and working with.

Recruiters

LinkedIn is used heavily by recruiters looking for top people to slot into positions they have been hired to help fill. They get a percentage or finder’s fee for every person they slot into a vacancy. They often know about jobs that are never listed.

Companies hire recruiters because they trust that they know the right people and the demands they require from their staff. Recruiters save them the screening process and only connect them with people they think will be a good fit. Being on LinkedIn gives you ample opportunity to be contacted by a range of recruiters. Keywords will help drive your visibility. The paid level of LinkedIn can offer you even more opportunities.

You can also work with recruiters in person. Look for ones who specialize in a particular niche or industry – for example publishing, website design, and so forth.

As you can see, there’s a lot to do once you become unemployed. In fact, there can be so much, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Let’s look next at the importance of having a daily routine when you are unemployed, so you can get back to work more quickly.

The Importance of Having a Daily Routine When You Are Unemployed

Most of us are so used to the 9-to-5 and bosses telling us what to do that being unemployed can be a real shock to the system. While it might be nice to enjoy a bit of freedom for a day or so, being too relaxed can have negative consequences and prevent you from getting back into a great job quickly.

It’s tempting to hang out in your PJs all day, watch TV, or tackle all the chores around the house that you didn’t have time for when you were working full time. However, studies have shown that psychologically, it is very important to maintain a daily routine similar to a regular working day even when you are unemployed, for a number of reasons.

A regular routine will keep you motivated and help maintain momentum.

It is amazing how fast the time can go with little getting accomplished, if you are not strict with yourself. Maintaining a schedule with a checklist of things to do related to your job hunt can help keep you on track.

It is also important because the larger the gap in your resume, the more questions your resume will raise in the eyes of hiring managers.

A Checklist of Action Steps

Here are a few of the essentials you need to do every day.

  • Set a waking time.
  • Shower and dress in clothes decent enough for anyone to see you in as you network around the neighborhood, including the coffee shop and supermarket. Carry business cards with you at all times in your wallet or purse. Print out more as needed.
  • Have breakfast – it’s brain food.
  • Get to your desk at a reasonable time.
  • Set a timer for chores such as email and social media so they don’t take up your time. Use Google Timer or an app on your phone.
  • Create a professional-looking email address for your job hunt, and check it first each day. A separate email will help ensure you don’t miss any important communications amid a sea of junk in your regular email box.
  • Add your resume to top sites such as Monster.com. This can take time.
  • Apply for jobs:
    • Read through the description to see if you would be a good fit.
    • Research the company to see if it would be a good fit for you.
    • If yes, fill out the application. Edit your resume as needed to emphasize the skills they are looking for in the job description.
    • Check dates, and make sure the right information goes into the right fields.
    • Check for typos.
  • Write your cover letter. Use it to explain why you are interested in the job, and why you would be a good fit. An easy trick is to copy and paste the exact requirements and match your skills to them.
  • Keep a file folder on your desktop of all this work, job descriptions and so on, so you can refer to it again if you get to the interview stage.
  • Be prepared for phone calls. Some are just a fact-finding mission, while others are a preliminary interview that will help a hiring manager or recruiter determine whether or not they want to invite you in to speak with you further.
  • Keep a paper calendar to note down calls and interviews.
  • Schedule regular meal and exercise breaks on your calendar.
  • Check your LinkedIn page for recent communications. Follow up as needed.
  • Update your website if you own one.
  • Create a portfolio site of samples of work in your chosen field.
  • Check your social media accounts. If there is embarrassing content, delete or hide. If there is too much you would not want prospective employers to see, create new accounts and add interesting content.
  • Consider opening accounts at popular freelancing sites like Upwork and Fiverr. You can gain experience as well as cash.
  • Watch out for distractions. Keep your work area clutter-free and media free except for your phone.
  • Set up a home office. Create a place for everything and keep everything in its place. This will save you a great deal of time.
  • Keep your computer organized. Give meaningful names to your files so you can find, for example, various versions of your resume easily and details on each job/location if you get invited for an interview.
  • Be sure to have an up-to-date contact information sheet. This should include all the contact information for your referees. Make sure you have permission to use them as a referee. Include name, address, telephone number (business phone and cell phone), and so forth. 
  • Organize your interview wardrobe. Be sure to clean and press suits, shirts and so on. Polish the shoes and briefcase. If you are a woman and have not had your hair and nails done recently, now is the time to do it. Men, get a haircut.
  • Prepare intelligent questions for any interview you are invited to.
  • Write a thank you letter to send after the interview. Thank them for their time and recap one or two things you felt went particularly well in order to remind them of who you are as a candidate and why you stand out.
  • Set weekly goals and schedules. They might include updating your site, adding more contacts on LinkedIn, and so on.
  • Keep to-do lists. This will help you get it all done and not miss anything important.
  • Give yourself a check-up from the neck up. It can be hard to stay positive, especially when you are working so hard filling out applications and not getting interviews. Or, you get interviews, but no firm offers. Watch out for signs of dejection, including:
  • Procrastinating
  • Avoiding your workspace
  • Doing too much “busy work”
  • Not taking care of yourself with clean clothes, good meals and so on

Remember, looking for a new job could be a sprint, or a marathon. Plan for the marathon and you will not burn out.

Getting laid off can be one of the most difficult times of your life. However, it doesn’t have to be. It can prove to be a blessing in disguise, even if this is not immediately obvious at the time. For example, if you’ve been struggling to get out of bed each morning and find the motivation to get through your day, this is your chance to turn things around.

If you are organized and stay positive and are proactive about your career, you can lay a solid foundation for success. If you use this time to look within to determine what is most important in terms of your passion and skills, getting laid off could actually open more doors than you could ever have hoped for.

Be organized, honest and positive, and your new career path should be a golden opportunity.

3 Basic Job Search Strategies You May Be Overlooking 

When you’re looking for a job these days, installing the newest recruitment app or learning the most popular programming language may be the first thing that comes to mind. While these tactics are valuable, it also pays to remember simple steps that can be overshadowed by the latest trends. 

Increase your chances of landing your dream job. Apply these 3 basic strategies to your employment hunt. 

Enhance Your Communications: 

The internet has made it easier to apply for jobs and gather relevant information. However, you still need to communicate effectively both online and off. 

  • Be professional. Understand the degree of formality expected in your industry. When in doubt, address others by their last names and avoid using slang.
     
  • Proofread and edit. Be meticulous about your cover letters, resumes, and other materials. Read documents forwards and backwards to catch typos. Ask a friend to look over your work so you can benefit from a fresh pair of eyes.
     
  • Respect the rules. Follow any instructions a potential employer provides. You may have a winning phone personality but save it for later if they request no calls.
     
  • Prepare small talk. Interviewers often test your social skills as well as your technical abilities. Have some interesting stories and observations handy.
     
  • Rehearse your answers. Spend time practicing how you’ll introduce yourself and respond to common interview questions. Train with a friend or work in front of a mirror.
     
  • Connect offline. Seize any opportunity for face-to-face communications. A conversation over coffee is more memorable than an email. Attend networking events and schedule information interviews. 

Use Proper Etiquette: 

Remember your manners even when you’re juggling multiple applications. Impress employers by showing them that you’re considerate and polite. 

  • Do research. Respecting other’s time is an essential part of business etiquette. Ensure you’re a viable candidate before you submit an application.
     
  • Show up. Would you believe that employers are being ghosted just like singles whose dates drop out of sight? If you need to cancel an interview or withdraw from consideration, let the company know. It’s the kind thing to do, and you may need to approach them again someday.
     
  • Send thank you notes. Let others know that you appreciate their time and efforts. Send an email expressing your gratitude and summarizing your qualifications after each interview. Buy small gifts or pick up the tab at lunch when someone does a favor like making a personal introduction.
     
  • Offer help. Give to others while you’re waiting for your next position. It will cheer you up and strengthen your network. Pass along job leads to an unemployed friend or suggest a reliable vendor to a company you’re interviewing with.   

Maintain a Positive Attitude:  

It’s natural to experience some depression and anxiety during your search if rejections and financial pressures pile up. However, your success depends on looking confident and happy.  

  • Have fun. You’ll be more productive if you schedule adequate downtime for resting and playing. Take your dog for a long walk. Sign up for free Tai Chi classes in your local park or curl up on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn and a funny movie.
     
  • Seek support. Let your family and friends know how they can assist you. You may need a ride to the airport or a sympathetic listener.
     
  • Stay engaged. If you’re unemployed or underemployed, find other ways to fill your time with meaningful activities. Volunteer in your community or at your professional association. Learn a foreign language or musical instrument. 

Maximize your opportunities by combining the latest technology with more traditional job hunt strategies. Strong communication skills, common courtesy, and a cheerful attitude will help you to attract more job offers. 

Looking for a job can be challenging. There might not be a lot of positions available in your field or perhaps employers are looking for candidates with more experience. Finding your dream job requires a lot of patience and dedication in this competitive job market.  

It is important to stay motivated during your job search and to look for ways to strengthen your strategies.  

Try these methods to increase your chances of finding your dream job:  

  • Turn your job search into a daily routine. Organizing your time can be difficult when you’re unemployed, but it’s easier to stay motivated if you turn your job search into a full-time activity. 
    • Set some time aside each day to work on your applications and to research potential employers. Get into the habit of checking new job postings daily. 
  • Develop your online presence. A study showed that 90% of employers look up candidates on Google. The results that come up when people Google your name reveal a lot about who you are and what you’ve accomplished. 
    • Use Google’s Right To Be Forgotten to have embarrassing results removed.
    • Create a website or a blog to showcase your expertise. 
  • Learn to carefully select the jobs you apply to. Applying to as many jobs as possible can be tempting, especially when job search engines make it possible for you to upload a resume and send it to an employer in a couple of clicks. This process, however, actually wastes your time. 
    • Take the time to select the positions you’re qualified for.
    • Ask yourself if you would be a good fit for the job. 
  • Tailor your resume to the position you’re interested in. Customize your resume, cover letter, and other documents for each company you apply toThis means you’ll have to spend more time on each application, but this approach improves your chances of getting a job. 
  • Know what you’re worth and what your strengths are. It will be easier to convince a recruiter to hire you if you can list your main strengths. The strengths you list on your application may vary, depending on the position you’re going after. Your strengths can include your education and experience, as well as the skills you’ve acquired outside of work. 
  • Find a way to stand out. Recruiters can receive hundreds of applications when they post a job opening. You can stand out by: 
    • Developing a strong online presence
    • Putting together an application that addresses the specific skills recruiters are looking for
    • Calling the recruiter to check on your application a few days after sending it 
  • Keep your skills up to date and use your free time to acquire new ones. This is very important if you’re applying for jobs in a rapidly changing field. You can learn new skills by using free online resources or by taking classes. Something as simple as being familiar with the latest industry-specific software could make a huge difference when applying for a job. 

You’ll eventually find your dream job if you approach your job search as a full-time occupation. Avoid letting rejection letters discourage you! Keep working on strengthening your application material and find some skills you could acquire to become a sought-after expert in your field.

Job Search Engines

  1. Check free sites like Indeed or Monster.
  2. Consider purchasing a membership on a job matching service.

Networking

  1. Through colleagues and former employers
  2. Through your friends or relatives
  3. “Meet & Greet” events sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce or other business associations.

Market yourself

  1. Create your own website.
  2. Use social media.
  3. Invest in an ad campaign.

Classifieds

  1. Check the job section of your local Craigslist.
  2. Look at ads posted through local news sites.

Direct contact

  1. Email your resume to the Human Relations department.
  2. Call a recruiter directly.
  3. Walk in a local business to give them your resume.

Other resources

  1. Newspapers
  2. Job fairs
  3. Your school’s career center
  4. Staffing agencies

Target companies

  1. Visit their official site to find job postings.
  2. Contact them directly.

Social Media

  1. Use Facebook to join groups dedicated to jobs in your field or befriend recruiters.
  2. Create a profile on LinkedIn, connect with people you know, and look for companies posting about openings.

Volunteer

  1. Meet other professionals who also volunteer for charities.
  2. Volunteer at a company you’d like to work for and transition to a paid position.

There’s some truth to the adage that the more time you spend looking for work, the shorter your job search will be. With that in mind, you might want to avoid taking 2 days off each week while you’re waiting for business to resume on Monday morning.   

Fortunately, there are worthwhile things you can do on the weekend that will help you land your next position sooner. Start with these suitable for Saturdays and Sundays.   

Networking on Weekends: 

Networking is one of the most effective ways of looking for work. While online communications are helpful, face-to-face interactions have more impact. Weekends provide opportunities to spend time with contacts who may be too busy to see you during the week. 

  • Volunteer in your community. Donate your time and talent to worthy causes. Gain valuable experience, and mingle with other volunteers, staff, and supporters.
     
  • Get a side job. Would you like to earn income while you make new friends? Look into ridesharing, party planning, and similar gigs.
     
  • Work out. Gym memberships, exercise classes, and team sports help you bond with other fitness fans. Taking care of your physical and mental health will also help you manage stress if you’re unemployed or dissatisfied with your current job.
     
  • Throw a party. Extend your hospitality. Help organize a block party or host your own barbecue. Job leads are just one benefit of getting to know your neighbors.
     
  • Practice small talk. Others may be eager to talk shop, or they might want to take a break from the office. Pay attention to whether it’s appropriate to hand out business cards or stick to more neutral subjects. 

  

Skill Building on Weekends: 

Lifelong learning is essential to your career. Find out what qualifications employers in your field are looking for. Then, use your free time to add those credentials to your resume. 

  • Study online. Browse online for courses and certifications that will increase your capabilities. Arrange a dedicated study space so you can minimize interruptions. If possible, contact the instructors to clarify expectations and find out how to ask for extra help if you need it.
     
  • Visit your library. Explore the career resources available at your local library. Many branches offer computer classes and business seminars. Ask a librarian to recommend books and other materials that match your interests.
     
  • Teach others. You can learn a great deal by being an instructor. Offer an organic gardening class at a nearby community center. Tutor students who are learning to code. 

Stand out from the competition by resisting the urge to sleep in or binge-watch TV over the weekend. Use the last days of the week to expand your network, strengthen your skills, and maintain your emotional health. Perseverance and consistency will make your job search more successful. 

The LinkedIn Blueprint

There are over 400 million Linkedin users and many of them are probably competing for some of the jobs you are. According to a study done by the Society of Human Resource Management, 90% of recruiters rely on Linkedin to find and vet job candidates and according to Smith (2018), as of March 2018, there are over 20,000 US companies that use Linkedin to recruit and over 11 million jobs listed on Linkedin. If you believed Linkedin is just another Social Media platform, think again, especially if you want to find and land your dream job.

While you may be a Social Media guru posting fun and interesting comments several times a day maintaining a fresh thumbprint on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts, Linkedin takes a different approach and its power should not be underestimated.

To optimize your Linkedin profile and get it to work for you, the following steps are a must:

  1. Add a Business Photo: While on your Pinterest, Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram accounts you may have profile pictures of you holding a puppy, are in a Halloween custom, or making a funny face, stay away from such pictures for your Linkedin profile. If you want to be taken seriously and be seen as the professional you are, the Linkedin picture should depict you in a career suit/clothes, preferably just a nice headshot. These can be taken at home or at the office (no need to spend money unless you want) against a simple/plain background.
  2. Add an “Elevator Pitch” in the Description/Summary Section:  After adding your current title/occupation (headline), it is paramount to also add an eye-grabbing summary that determines a recruiter or any reader to read more about you. An elevator pitch is a clear and short summary (takes 20-40 seconds) usually used in marketing to tell others what a product or service is about. It can be easily adapted to write your story in the Linkedin Summary section and for creative and effective ways to write it, visit https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-tips-how-create-30-second-elevator-pitch-works-lisa-rangel-/ or https://vimeo.com/194274140.
  3. Don’t Copy/Paste Your Resume: Many times, especially when completing a lot of applications, we chose the easy way: copy and paste. This is a mistake for a Linkedin profile because you will lose readers halfway through and your profile will appear boring. The profile should only contain your experiences and positions held but highlight the past 5 years (instead of adding every single job you held in the past 20 years), underlining most responsible positions as well as add a shortlist of your accomplishments like: “Grew business from $20 million to $30 million in a year; or Received Salesperson of the Year Award for increasing company’s sales from $18 million to $40 million in 18 months,” etc. Specific accomplishments communicate prospective recruiters what you are capable of and that you are a valuable candidate they should not overlook but instead spark further interest.
  4. Use a professional tone throughout the profile: Do no use terms like sales or your next Rockstar or Ninja because that is not professional language; it only communicates you are not serious but instead you are being funny. Do use strong action verbs that highlight what you have done/accomplished like motivated (a team), organized (a department), inspired, achieved, strengthened, streamlined, launched, etc. For more action verbs, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/100-action-verbs-your-resume-hernandez-executive-resume-writer/ or https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/powerful-action-words-use-building-good-resume-ron-garcia/
  5. List Your Skills and Education: This may be a no brainer but plenty of Linkedin profiles do not have education/certificates or skills listed. Recruiters want to know if you have formal education for the jobs they may be posting and listing the schools you attended may also open doors to alumni connections and networking events.
  6. Network, Network, Network: If you heard the saying “location, location, location” which is important to real estate, networking and making connections is extremely important in the Linkedin space. Try to reach at least 500 connections (meaningful ones) and be strategic when reaching out to potential contacts like peers, clients, former clients, or executives. Join some Linkedin groups that may interest you to follow trends, current discussions in a particular field, and also to open yourself to the opportunity of meeting others. All your contacts may at some point recommend you for a skill and also serve as a bridge to that next best thing you are dreaming of.

While there are dozens of Social Media platforms, Linkedin is the only platform that offers a large database of job opportunities and an impressive list of companies that are using it for recruiting. If you want to land that next job, maximize and optimize your Linkedin profile and if you have not created one already, make sure you do so now!

Resources:

Smith, Craig (March, 2018) 22 Interesting Linkedin Job Statistics https://expandedramblings.com/index.php/linkedin-job-statistics/

Check out this Blueprint from Marketing Think.

Top 10 Steps to Career Success 

Have you ever wondered why some people get promoted, receive raises, and are more respected at work? It’s not a secret. Successful people do a few things differently than others and do them consistently. You can enjoy the same level of success by adopting the same behaviors. You must find ways to stand out and project professionalism.  

If the people that matter believe you can contribute more, you’ll be provided with plenty of opportunities! 

Reach a new level of success at work: 

  • Be on time. Be on time for everything, not just the beginning of the work day. Be on time for meetings. Avoid leaving work early. Complete your work on time. When you’re late, you’re viewed as unreliable, untrustworthy, and unprofessional.
     
  • Dress like your boss. Most employees dress at the same level as their peers. Take it up a notch and dress like your boss. You’ll be viewed as more serious and professional. 
    • Your daily attire can have a significant impact on your ability to secure promotions.
  • Build the skills you need for the next level. What do you need to know to be successful at the next level? Prepare yourself for a promotion by acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge.
     
  • Solve challenges. In a work environment, people are as valuable as the problems they solve. Be someone that finds and creates solutions. The best problem solver is a valuable employee. 
    • Figure out a current challenge for your company and seek a solution.

 

  • Ask for feedback. By asking for feedback you accomplish several things. You can gauge the opinion of your boss and other relevant people. You can enhance your performance at work. Finally, you show that you care about your performance and your career. 
     
  • Know the people that matter. Who is most respected at your workplace? Who has the big boss’s ear? Who make things happen? Get to know these people. They can do a lot to help your career. 
    • The right mentor or advocate can do more for you than you might be able to do for yourself. Get every important ally you can.
  • Look for opportunities to go above and beyond. It’s pretty easy to show up and do just enough to keep from getting fired. That’s what everyone else is doing. Rise above that mentality. How can you stand out? Volunteer for unique opportunities. 
    • Better yet, offer a few suggestions of your own.
  • Act professionally. Be on time. Avoid gossiping. Avoid cursing. Be reliable. Do good work. Answer emails in a timely fashion
  • Update your resume monthly. Record your accomplishments on your resume while they’re still fresh in your mind. Keep your resume posted online at sites like LinkedIn where headhunters can find it. You never know what opportunities might come your way.
  • Participate in meetings. Avoid using the time as an opportunity to daydream and relax. Find a way to be noticed without being annoying. Provide useful comments and ask questions. 

Enhance your image at work by doing the small things that matter the most. You can stand out in a positive way by adopting a few, simple behaviors. Consider the impression you’re currently making at work and begin to enhance it. Soon, the right people will take notice. 

As more companies become global and the international market more accessible, an increased number of job seekers, especially recent college graduates and some Millennials, look at jobs abroad to enhance their skills, add international experience to their resume, and broaden their employment diversity.

After making the decision to work abroad and exploring a few international job boards, you want to be more focused in your job search and ensure your success in finding a job you desire and in the country you are targeting.

So how can you accomplish all this? Reach out to a recruiter to help you with this task by following one of the steps below:

  1. Contact a local (your home country) recruiter who specializes in international/global job markets: While you see a job in another country you believe is a perfect fit for you, it is very possible the company hiring is a US based company (many jobs overseas are in fact for US-based corporations). Therefore, you may want to contact a home-based global recruiter who specializes in the field you are trying to enter/work and who may already have helped others with similar goals or may be working with recruiters in the country and the company you are targeting. This option may be a good one if you are completely new to the global job market or are not sure where to start your search because a local recruiter will be your personal champion and understands your fears, concerns, and dreams while speaking your native language.
  2. Contact the recruiter of the company hiring: Whether you are responding to a job posted and you want to speak to the hiring person or you only found the company you want to work for, a good option is for you to contact the recruiter of the company/organization that interests you. For a job posted, even though you still have to go through the hiring process like everyone else, on many occasions, adding a personal touch and emailing (usually, unless you want to call that person) is very helpful. Contacting that person gives you the chance to introduce yourself to the hiring authority, sharing with them your passion, desire to work for the company and why, as well as letting them know you are interested in any upcoming positions (when jobs are not posted) or that you are very interested in the job posting. You may have to do some digging and finding who the recruiter is, but this option is well-worth exploring it and when speaking or emailing the recruiter think of it as a pre-interview and thus give it your best and shine-through!
  3. Contact a local (target country) recruiter: Working with a local recruiter in your target city is another great option because that recruiter can help focus the search on what you exactly want, in addition to having the upper hand on the local companies, hiring process, cultural awareness, work visa, etc. There are many agencies that work on behalf of foreign companies and specialize in finding global employees; these recruiters can find your dream job already having local connections and/or already working for a company that is looking for someone like you. When you work with a foreign recruiter though, make sure you do your homework, ask specific questions, and thoroughly read the contract (if you need to sign one) because many times it comes with a price and you want to make sure you are paying the right company, the right amount and there are no surprises.

While working abroad is fun and the process of finding an overseas job can be stressful and scary, you may want to consider a recruiter to help you find that dream job you are envisioning!

The Message

“…we recruiters like to be approached, but only when it’s relevant. So the best advice I can give to candidates is to increase your relevancy by doing more research. If you want to get your LinkedIn/Facebook/Quora/Carrier Pigeon message read and actioned by a recruiter, do these things:

  1. DO list the specific opportunities you’re interested in if there are jobs posted on that company’s website. OR specify the exact type of role you’re after. Even better to include links.
  2. DO reach out to the right type of recruiter for the type of role you want. This is not a good time to shotgun approach it. If you’re in infrastructure, figure out who might be working on recruiting those types of people. A little Googling should dig it up.
  3. DO try to reference something that connects you to the recruiter, be it a person, a place, or a thing. But don’t make this up. If you’re reaching out cold, that’s fine. Be authentic.
  4. DO give the recruiter a specific action/how you need help, and do it in the first few sentences. Something like, “Can you please pass along my resume to the person responsible for hiring XXX?” or “I recently applied for XXX and I’m trying to get a status update on my application. Would you mind checking for me?”
  5. Keep it short.
  6. Keep it brief.
  7. Keep it brief and short.”

Source: Fortune

As more companies become global and the international market more accessible, an increased number of job seekers, especially recent college graduates and some Millennials, look at jobs abroad to enhance their skills, add international experience to their resume, and broaden their employment diversity.

After making the decision to work abroad and exploring a few international job boards, you want to be more focused on your job search and ensure your success in finding a job you desire and in the country you are targeting.

So how can you accomplish all this? Reach out to a recruiter to help you with this task by following one of the steps below:

  1. Contact a local (your home country) recruiter who specializes in international/global job markets: While you see a job in another country you believe is a perfect fit for you, it is very possible the company hiring is a US-based company (many jobs overseas are in fact for US-based corporations). Therefore, you may want to contact a home-based global recruiter who specializes in the field you are trying to enter/work and who may already have helped others with similar goals or maybe working with recruiters in the country and the company you are targeting. This option may be a good one if you are completely new to the global job market or are not sure where to start your search because a local recruiter will be your personal champion and understands your fears, concerns, dreams while speaking your native language.
  2. Contact the recruiter of the company hiring: Whether you are responding to a job posted and you want to speak to the hiring person or you only found the company you want to work for, a good option is for you to contact the recruiter of the company/organization that interests you. For a job posted, even though you still have to go through the hiring process like everyone else, on many occasions, adding a personal touch and emailing (usually, unless you want to call that person) is very helpful. Contacting that person gives you the chance to introduce yourself to the hiring authority, sharing with them your passion, desire to work for the company and why, as well as letting them know you are interested in any upcoming positions (when jobs are not posted) or that you are very interested in the job posted. You may have to do some digging and finding who the recruiter is, but this option is well-worth exploring it and when speaking or emailing the recruiter think of it as a pre-interview and thus give it your best and shine-through!
  3. Contact a local (target country) recruiter: Working with a local recruiter in your target city is another great option because that recruiter can help focus the search on what you exactly want, in addition to having the upper hand on the local companies, hiring process, cultural awareness, work visa, etc. There are many agencies that work on behalf of foreign companies and specialize in finding global employees; these recruiters can find your dream job already having local connections and/or already working for a company that is looking for someone like you. When you work with a foreign recruiter though, make sure you do your homework, ask specific questions, and thoroughly read the contract (if you need to sign one) because many times it comes with a price and you want to make sure you are paying the right company, the right amount and there are no surprises.

While working abroad is fun and the process of finding an overseas job can be stressful and scary, you may want to consider a recruiter to help you find that dream job you are envisioning!

Looking for a job doesn’t appeal to many people, but it’s a common part of adulthood. At some point, you’re either going to be let go from a job or dislike a job enough that you’ll do anything to make a career change.

A job interview is always required for anything substantial. Most of us can benefit by working on our interview skills. It’s not something many of us do well without considerable practice.

Master the interview process and get the job with these techniques:

1. Know your story. One of the first interview questions you’re guaranteed to face is something along the lines of, “Tell me a little about yourself.” They want to know your basic story. There’s no excuse not to be prepared for this question. Think of a way to present yourself in an interesting and positive light.

2. Research the interview format. There are a variety of interview formats. You might face one on one questioning from your prospective boss, or you might have three separate interviews with your boss, his boss, and someone from human resources. Some interviews take place in front of 10 or more people.

3. Brush up on your body language. The way you sit and move counts for a lot in a job interview. There are plenty of free resources available online. Spend some time on this important skill.

4. Get a list of likely interview questions. Consider the position you’re interviewing for and consider the questions you’re likely to be asked.

  • Take a look at your resume. What questions would you have if you were interviewing someone with your past? Are there holes in your resume?
  • Find lists of interview questions online or in the bookstore.
  • Compile a list of questions that you consider to be possibilities.

5. Work on your answers. Go through the list and imagine how you would answer each one. Anticipate logical follow-up questions and have suitable answers prepared for them.

6. Get a friend to help. Get a friend to help you by giving you a practice interview. If you dig enough, you’re likely to find that you have a friend, or friend of a friend, with experience conducting job interviews. Use several people and get as much experience as possible.

7. Make the interview realistic. Avoid just sitting on the couch in a t-shirt during these mock interviews. Wear the clothes you would actually wear. Attempt to recreate a similar environment and mood. Make the experience as realistic as possible.

8. Consider video recording the interview. Watch your performance. Watch once with the sound off. How do you look? How is your body language? What message are you sending? Now, just listen. Close your eyes and avoid watching. How do you sound? Finally, watch and listen simultaneously.

  • What do you need to work on? What did you do well?
  • Figure out what improvements you’d like to make and go through the mock interview process again.

9. Visualize success. Imagine yourself in the interview presenting yourself perfectly. See yourself answering the questions calmly and charismatically. It’s challenging to be successful if you can’t see it in your mind first.

You’ve already impressed your potential employer with your resume. Now it’s time to stand out when you meet them in person.

A job interview isn’t something we deal with often, so it’s not something you’ll do well without practice. You can’t gain enough experience during actual interviews to become an expert. Fortunately, it can be easy for you to outperform the competition if you’re willing to put in the work.

After you applied for a job you are really interested in or submitted a resume for consideration, don’t just wait for a miracle; instead, take some steps to influence your chances of getting hired by contacting the hiring manager, especially if you have not heard from anyone in over a week:

  1. Follow-up by email: Most Human Resources employees or hiring managers are busy and thus like to correspond via email not only because it is an easy way of communicating but also because it creates a paper trail and can save information for later. Companies/organizations may receive dozens and sometimes hundreds of resumes and applications for a job posting and therefore a resume, no matter how eye-catching, can be lost in the shuffle. Hence the need for you to follow-up with the hiring person to remind them about your application/resume, reiterate the reason why you want to work at their company or in that position, and your passion/knowledge for that field and job. For some great samples, please visit https://www.thebalancecareers.com/follow-up-letter-and-email-samples-2062543 and also see the sample below.
  2. Pick up the phone: Another way you can follow-up is by calling the hiring manager, especially if a smaller size company because there will be more likely to find someone more accessible (hiring managers for smaller companies are usually more personable and approachable as well as less stressed so will be more apt in speaking to you over the phone or returning your phone call). Whether you are leaving a message or speaking to someone, make sure you are polite, brief, clear, and concise. Just simply introduce yourself and after sharing the job you are interested in, talk briefly about your interest for the job and why, your specific accomplishments that relate to that job, thank the person for taking the time to speak to you/returning your phone call, and ask if there are any questions about your background, experience, and resume. Prior to hanging up, politely ask if ok to follow-up later on and ask about the next step in the hiring process.
  3. Reach out via Linkedin: Another way to follow-up on an application/resume submitted is by reaching out via Linkedin either to the hiring manager or perhaps someone else you know and who works for that company. Many times your contacts can help you obtain an interview, give you inside information, connect you with the hiring manager and also act as an informal reference, thus paving the way for you.

However you chose to follow up, ensure you remain courteous, respectful of the other person’s time, and more importantly, act interested but not desperate.

The Message

Hi [Hiring Manager’s Name],

I hope you are having a great week. I know how busy you probably are, but I recently applied for the position of (title) OR sent/submitted my resume for consideration to the position of (Position title) and wanted to check in on your decision timeline. I am excited about the opportunity to join your company/company name and be an asset/contribute to your team by List Skills Specific for the position OR using my knowledge and experience in (list knowledge and experience specific to the position).

Please let me know if you would like any further information or I can answer any questions as to how I can be a valuable team-player prior to moving on to the next stage in the hiring process.

I look forward to hearing from you,

[Your Name]

 

Additional Resources

A Recruiter Shares The Best Way To Follow Up On A Job Applicationhttps://www.fastcompany.com/40499157/a-recruiter-shares-the-best-way-to-follow-up-on-a-job-application

10 Templates for Follow Up Emails After An Interview, Job Application, and More https://www.hubspot.com/sales/follow-up-email-after-interview

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