[/url" class="aligncenter"/> Whether Twitter is useful or not has been hotly debated. One thing Twitter is very good at is shooting out snippets of information to a lot of people very quickly. In today's job market, speed is of the essence and announcing new openings on Twitter is a fast growing phenomenon among employers and recruiters. As a clever job seeker, you can now get new openings sent to you even before most recruiters get them simply by following the right tweeters. Here is the list of major employers that tweet their new job openings, it's sorted by industries and the companies are hyper linked to their Twitter career page. This list is a live document meaning more employers will be added as and when they start tweeting their job openings. I have carefully left out a few employers which are very local and/or small and thus not relevant for most readers. Do let me know if you want any additions to the list, as I am sure more and more companies will be catching on to using Twitter for recruiting staff. Advertising / PR 5W PR CP+B Fullhouse Interactive Razorfish Roundarch Consulting Accenture ADP APCO Atos Origin Belcan Dallas Deloitte Ernst & Young Excella Hewitt Associates IBM KPMG McKinsey Sodexo TMA Wipro Consumer Products Adidas Gibson Hershey Mattel Newell Rubbermaid Pepsi Sony Education American College Cengage Harvard Raytheon College UCSF Virginia Tech Engineering ABB BAE Systems Boeing CH2M HILL Raytheon Financial Services Allstate Assurant Citigroup Farmers GEICO Key Bank Pinnacol Umpqua Bank Region Financials Royal Bank of Scotland Scottstrade Yellow Brick Healthcare Alegent Allina Amerigroup CareOne CHW Nursing Christiana Care Greenville Hospital System HCA Kaiser Permanente Kissito Post Acute Mayo Clinic Sri Ramachandra Medical Center St Joseph's Hospital Temple Health University of Pittsburgh Medical Center VWR Information CACI Forrester Kaplan Test Prep Monster SAVO Thomson Reuters Yellowbook IT Allscripts ACULIS AOL AT&T BlackBerry CBS Interactive Citrix Systems comScore Disney Interactive Media EMC Expedia Follett Software Garmin Google Intel ITA Software Lenovo Lexis Nexis Microsoft MTV Networks Games nGenera Perficient Rogers Siemens IT T-Mobile Tybrin QVC Unisys Verizon Yahoo! Media Bertelsmann Cablevision DisneyABC Fox Entertainment HBO MTV Networks MySpace Jobs NBC Universal New York Times Pearson Warner Brothers Pharmaceutical AstraZeneca DaVita ECOLAB GSK Merck Public Sector Department of State Department of Veterans Affairs Securities & Exchange Commission Retail & Hospitality 7-Eleven Bimbo Bakeries Burger King Hallmark Hyatt H&M Kroger McCormick and Schmick’s Publix Starbucks Taco Bell Tesco Services CapitaSymonds JM Waller L-3 Global Security Transportation & Logistics FedEx J.B. Hunt UPS If you want to follow all of the companies in one go, click here. And be sure to follow The Undercover Recruiter on Twitter here. Do you know of more great employers tweeting jobs? Let me know!
[/url" class="aligncenter"/> The world’s number one fear is not spiders, global warming, nuclear war, space invaders or even death. It may surprise you to read that it is in fact public speaking. Surveys keep confirming that presentation skills are vital to success in the workplace. If you can become that person that gladly steps up to talk, you will earn more, get promoted quicker and your personal brand will be boosted to new and greater heights. Toastmasters International How does one go about to conquer this fear? I am sure there are lots of ways but one that is working for over 250,000 member is Toastmasters International. You may have heard the name before, in a nutshell it’s a public speaking club that was founded in California back in the 1920s and there are now 12,500 clubs around the world, each comprising of about 30 members. This may sound rather dull and like a support group where a bunch introverts hold hands and try to overcome their fears of public speaking. Au contraire, the members at Toastmasters are anything but shy. I believe most folks that join Toastmasters already have a showman streak in them and their club provides the perfect outlet for this. 7 reasons you should consider Toastmasters: 1. Learn to present and speak before an audience Presentation skills are crucial in the business world and if you are aspiring to climb the corporate ladder you have to be confident speaker. The speaking and presenting part is what most people expect to learn from Toastmasters so let’s move on. 2. Learn to write and structure a speech What are you actually going to speak about? Whatever you like, but you have to put it together yourself. The content of your speeches has to be researched, structured, written, re-written, proofread to have the maximum impact. These activities take time and effort but you pick up a knack for it over time. 3. Learn to listen and evaluate others Some people are born good speakers. They do not tend to be born good listeners as well. If you work in sales, you will know that your ability to listen and understand your client is perhaps the most important aspect to your success. Toastmasters requires you to evaluate other speakers and giving constructive feedback before the group. After you have done your evaluation, prepare to be evaluated yourself, there is no hiding here! 4. Learn leadership skills Once you are a regular member you will be asked to get involved in organizing and running meetings and other events. These activities take more effort than you would expect but make for excellent training. The sweat equity you put in will be returned to you as invaluable leadership skills that transfer over nicely to the corporate world. 5. Get to know your local community You club will be made up of people like you, ambitious, curious and keen to improve their lives and careers. You will expand your professional network exponentially by simply showing up to meetings and talking to fellow members. Toastmasters is not an old boys club intended to further each others’ careers but it is one very useful side to it. 6. Gives you a perfect failure platform At Toastmasters, you can fail as much as you like. Mess up a speech, show up late, forget to print the program, whatever it is you have not done any damage to your career. And perhaps more importantly, it won’t cost you anything to fail. You can basically regard Toastmasters as a sheltered environment where you can expose others to you shortcomings without fear of repercussions. Over time you will learn from any mistakes you make and you will be stronger as a result, trust me I have done quite a few myself (and keep doing them to a lesser extent). 7. Cost effective Got you attention now? You are looking at a fee of about $100 for 6 months which is not bad considering a corporate speaking course could cost that per hour. The lion’s share of your membership dues will go towards the room hire, the rest to the global HQ which provides you with course manuals and other handy things. Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization and your meeting is run by functionaries who are basically unpaid volunteers (and before long, you will become one as well). My experience I found Toastmasters through a Google search, looked up a club near to me (The Grosvenor Square Speakers in London) and went down to check it out. Guests are always welcome and there is no obligation to join up. After a few meetings I made my mind up to join. When I announced it at the club, this elderly Irish fellow came over to where I was sat, firmly shook my hand and said “son, this is the best decision you have ever made”. That to me was a very powerful endorsement that has stuck in my mind ever since. Once I started speaking and getting in to the swing of things, I somehow ended on the club committee and I have realized that the many facets to Toastmastering have been very conducive to my business and career. I never did see that Irishman again, perhaps he was a guest, perhaps he was the resident ghost of Toastmasters – whatever the case I am very happy I joined. Call to action Joining finder. Is public speaking something you fear? Did you think Toastmasters was related to sliced bread? Please feel free to leave a comment!
Some swear by them, some say they are a waste of time. Love them or loathe them, job boards is the natural first port of call for most job seekers. They are great for putting your finger on the job market pulse and to get an idea of what is out there. Too many job boards The trouble with job boards is that you never know which one to use as new ones keep popping up on a daily basis. The barriers to entry in this industry are very low, as anyone with some technical knowledge can set up a free open-source powered job board and start posting positions tomorrow. This is part of the problem for the job seeker, as you will have to trawl through numerous sites every day and sometimes you have to sign up and upload a resume to apply as well. Remember when the Internet was new and you were on AltaVista, WebCrawler, Yahoo and whatever new search engine that came out. Then one day you discovered Google and you never looked back... Enter the job search engines The good news is that there are meta search job boards that aggregate job postings from other sites. Just like your typical search engines, these sites will compile jobs matching the skill and location that you enter. The results that come up will be pulled from all directions and will be with you in an instant. Traditional job boards such as Monster will charge their customers to post ads, the aggregators can’t do this as they are only linking to the original ad. Instead, they rely on advertising so you will have to put up with some Google Adsense next to your search results. Benefits of job board aggregators The main reason for you to use an aggregator is that you will search through all jobs in one go. You will not find as many results from your search anywhere else. The comprehensive search will pull up results from job boards, newspaper’s job sections, company career pages, recruiter sites and more. The other reason to use a job search engine is that you save lots of time. Instead of hopping through 10 job boards per day, just use your favourite aggregator and rest assured that you have all bases covered. The time you save can be put to good use for the other aspects of your job search. Warning: lots of results and duplicates For obvious reasons, the aggregated sites will render long lists of results from your search terms. You will want to be as specific as possible when searching to narrow down the findings. Enter not only your skill but sub-skill, not only your town but actual zip code to begin with to keep results more specific. The job search engines will also deliver a great deal of duplicate job postings. If a role is posted on three different sites (company, job board and recruiter), you are likely to get all three results from your search. Be aware of this and do not apply for the same job three times as it will not do you any favors. Here are the best aggregated job boards in order of size: 1. Indeed Started out back in 2004 and was the trailblazer for all job search engines and is still the largest. Indeed keeps expanding globally and is now available in 19 different country specific versions. 2. SimplyHired Close runner up to Indeed and definitely the great contender. It looks and feels just like Indeed but SimplyHired has more add-on applications that connects you to social media for easy sharing and research on the jobs you find. Available in 17 countries worldwide. 3. CareerJet Again a very similar application to Indeed, CareerJet claims to scan over 58,000 websites daily, and it’s available in over 50 countries and in 20 languages. 4. Jobsafari European aggregator service that is available in 10 countries and 8 languages, covers some countries that the other engines are not present in. 5. JobRobot The biggest German language aggregator which is very useful for central European job opportunities. Final Note Try these job search engines and work out which one works best for you. Hopefully you will save both time and effort by using these aggregator services. As always, remember to work all other fronts as well: networking, social media and recruiters in order to get your next job. What is your favourite job board and why?
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[/url" class="aligncenter"/> Before a big interview, most people will spend time to prepare answers for likely interview questions. This is useful and can get you prepared for the basics. The trouble is that the interviewer is not looking for answers that are already on your resume, they want to hear something that adds to it. You have to realize that a successful interview isn’t a cross examination, it’s a conversation. If you want to break out of the question/answer ping pong match, you should aim to sprinkle in some interesting information about yourself in the shape of stories. The case for telling stories If you have ever sat through a competency based interview, you know how important stories are to convey your message. I say that stories work really well in any interview (and any sales meeting) as they are memorable. Facts can easily be forgotten and mixed up but people tend to remember stories and who told them. The human brain is hard wired to remember stories, not just the words but the visuals that went through the listeners head as well. Marketers make very clever use of stories to sell products and services and so should you. If you think about it, your whole life you have been told stories in one form or another. Whether it was bed time stories or fairy tales adapted by Disney, whether it’s a French art house film or a detective novel – there is a story there that you still remember. By using stories you will appeal to the human mind, you will create a strong connection with the listener, you will demonstrate your communication skills and finally you will be remembered. How to tell stories A story needs to have a clear beginning, middle and end. The punch line will be your result. You don’t want your anecdotes to be too long, aim to be able to deliver the story within 60 seconds if required. There is no need to put more details in there, if it’s an interesting story you can be sure the interviewer will ask you about it and there is your chance to elaborate. In order to tell a really memorable story, you will have to make it original. People want to hear about your out-of-the-box way of doing things, your imaginative and clever methods to reach goals. The interviewer has heard a few stories in their day so make sure yours are special and they will go down a treat. Another really important aspect is to remember to listen carefully to the interviewer's questions. Make sure you understand exactly what they are asking and what type of story that would apply. The kiss of death to your interview would be you going in all guns blazing, churning out story after story when all they asked was whether you wanted coffee or tea. Remember that an interview is very much a sales meeting, you are selling yourself and you have to put the focus on the employer and their needs as opposed to your ego. There are 7 stories you can start working on today, all tailored to the needs of the employer: 1. The story about yourself This is the obvious one and perhaps you will have this one prepared already. This should contain the basics as where you are from, where you went to school/university and your most recent positions. You should include where you are heading and most importantly what value you can add to your next employer. This is the one story that tends to get a bit long, as everyone loves to talk about themselves. 2. How you can make money or save money You will be hired for your ability to make or save money for the employer. Demonstrate how you did this in the past with an anecdote of how you became the top sales rep or how you found an ingenious way to slash the phone budget by a third. 3. Team player Being able to work in a team is essential in any company nowadays. Prepare a story for how you helped the team to achieve a great goal or how you organized a trip to Italy and increased the team spirit so that nobody has left that team since. 4. Hard working Every boss wants a hard worker on their team. Assuming this is you, prepare a story of how you went the extra mile for your company and/or client. This can be you working evening or weekends and really making a sacrifice for the good of the common goal. 5. In it for the long run With generation Y changing jobs like flipping tv channels, the employer will want to know that you intend to stay in this role for the foreseeable future. Tell a story of how others left your team but you made the decision to stick by your manager and see the project through, obviously ending with why now is the natural time for you to move on. 6. Your great challenge The time you faced an enormous challenge and it took you some time to get through the trials and tribulations. In the end your ingenuity helped you overcoming it and you are now stronger than ever, with new skills that nicely transfer to the job you happen to be interviewing for. 7. Dealing with conflict/setback/stress You will be asked about how you have resolved a conflict, how you dealt with a massive blow, how you coped under pressure. Prepare short stories around these topics which are all designed to demonstrate how you can deal with the negatives and turn them in to something positive. Final note In all of these stories, you want to throw in what actions you took, what skills you used and what results you achieved. Make sure these three elements are very clear so that the interviewer can take nice little notes on your prowess. Don’t wait until next time an interview comes up, start working away on your stories today. In order to put on a bard-like performance in your next job interview, you will have to practice your new skill at every given opportunity. I am convinced your anecdotes will come in handy in other everyday situations as well. For more interview preparation tips, check out the Ultimate Guide to Job Interview Answers. Have you used stories in an interview and how did it go? Share your experiences in the comments.
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