Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Social Media
March 2015
by Daniella Bernasconi

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, blogs and more, have become a popular tool to link with new and old connections. However, more often today, recruiters are screening potential employees through this means throughout the hiring process because of the high level of competition. This doesn’t mean you cannot be on social media, it just means you have to be more conscious about the content you wish to share through these platforms and what level of privacy you are choosing for them.

For example, you can decide to keep Facebook for personal means and LinkedIn to build a professional background. Nonetheless, you have to realize that no matter how private the settings are inappropriate content may still be visible to potential employers. LinkedIn has grown to be an excellent resource for networking and being able to show recruiters the experience that you have. In addition, LinkedIn allows you to join groups of other like-minded individuals. By connecting with others, you may find people in your desired field and they can even help you land a job! Social Media can be a positive influence in your career, you just have to make sure you are sharing the right content on the right platform. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Searching For A Job
January 2015
By Daniella Bernasconi

Searching for a job can often feel like an aggravating task; however, there are many sites that have outstanding resources to help you score a job. The trick is to start early, make a plan, and work on your interview skills.

Before you start, do as much research as you possibly can. Look for as many online resources to search for jobs and do not restrict your search to your hometown, an out of state job can give you the experience and learning components you might just be looking for.  You may find helpful resources in the Take Stock In Children main website. An additional resource is Career Fairs. Most universities hold annual Career Fairs at their respective schools. They are a great way to get ahead and connect with employers. You get first hand exposure to many networking and job opportunities and if you are well-prepared, Career Fairs can be a successful part of your job search.

Problem, Action, Result (PAR) statements in your resume can help employers recognize your achievements. To land an interview, make sure you are maximizing the impact of the skills you have acquired as experience.  It is also important that you develop and continuously update your LinkedIn with a professional photo, and start volunteering for a cause you are passionate about. Companies today are beginning to realize the importance of giving back through community service and volunteering and are looking for employees who are well-rounded and committed to service.

Interviewing can often be nerve-racking but good preparation will help you control the nervousness and present yourself with confidence. Make sure you do prior research on the company but do not limit your search to company-controlled information. Find out the companies mission statement, long-term goals, and skills and characteristics they value most in their employees. This will help you build confidence prior to your interview date.

Searching for a job doesn't need to be a difficult, dreadful task. All it takes is for one person to do the right research and have the right preparation. Just remember, you can never be too prepared for an interview so never stop doing research and learning about the job opportunities that are waiting for you!