Since the job marketer continues to get tougher, jobseekers need to evolve. Unless you really focus your energies in the right direction, you can never expect to achieve success with your career. You need to be smarter than ever, smart enough to beat out the competition. You need to use a well-planned job search strategy so that you can grab a job opportunity before anyone else does. If you think you’re not smart enough, this article is just for you.
Given below are a couple of very valuable tips that you can follow to become a smarter jobseeker than anyone else.
#1. Build Your Brand
The very first thing that you need to focus on is start building your professional brand right away. The world has now become a global village, where it only takes a couple of minutes to connect with employers, hiring managers and recruiting agencies. While spending time online (on popular social networking platforms), you need to project a unique professional image. Unless you build your own unique brand, you won’t be able to stand out.
See more at Why Should You Care About Personal Branding?
#2. Don’t Waste Time
If you are unemployed, every single minute is valuable. In desperation to get a new job quickly, you can easily waste your time on things which are not important or won’t bring your any result. If you continue to apply to every job that you come across, you’re wasting your time. If you’re networking blindly, you’re wasting time. Likewise, there are multiple job search time wasters that you need to avoid.
Further reading at The Secret to Focusing Your Job Search.
#3. Get Active on LinkedIn
You’re never a smart jobseeker, if employers can’t find you on LinkedIn. Even after you’ve submitted your resume to an employer, they might just go and check out your profile on LinkedIn. Don’t just create your account on this professional network, but be more active to connect with influential people, industry experts and potential employers.
See more at 10 LinkedIn Tips to Get You the Job.
#4. Have a Flawless Resume
Yes, your job resume should be completely free of errors. Don’t hesitate to have someone from outside critique your resume. Usually, people become blind to their own mistakes. If you want to create an eye-catching resume, you should always get it reviewed from multiple people who you trust. If you can’t do it on your own, it’s also advisable to work with a resume writing service.
Check out the 4 Vital Resume Tips from the Career Pros.
#5. Be a Good Researcher
Research is not just an extremely essential aspect of business, it plays a vital role even when it comes to searching for jobs. Whether it’s about exploring different career possibilities or knowing the details of potential employers, you need to do a good amount of research to achieve success.
See more at How To Prepare for Your Interview.
#6. Use Relationships
Using relationships in the right way can instantly boost your job search. If you want to evolve as a jobseeker, you should always remember to expand your relationships or network of contacts. When someone else introduces you to a recruiting company, you’re already one step ahead of the competition.
More at 7 Ways To Network Your Way to Your New Job.
So, are you ready to be a smart jobseeker? Use the above mentioned tips and see where it takes you. In fact, you’ll be surprised by the results you’ll get. Happy job searching!
James Tomerson writes regularly on career, education and latest job trends. To read more from him, you can visit Jobdiagnosis.com, which also offers jobseekers a free career test to choose a career which is in tune with their career, aptitude and skills.
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In June 2008, a company named Forrester Consulting conducted a commissioned study on behalf of Cisco named “Closing the IT Network Skills”.
The study highlighted that managers looking to hire employees should take a three phase approach.
Firstly, they should focus on roles, rather than titles. Job titles can be varied between organisations, such as Analyst, Administrator, Technician and so on. Roles are generally universal and don’t tend to vary as much despite the size, location or industry that the company belongs to.
Secondly, assess the skills gap. By taking a good look at what is required within the business and how these roles have/are changing, a more specific, targeted approach can be taken to close the skills gap between roles in the ever-changing network environment.
Lastly, to ensure that the relevant and required skills are maintained, organizations should provide training and certification. Having a Cisco certification sometimes highlights on paper that you have passed an examination in the skills being sought after.
Cisco examinations are constantly changing and pose real-world scenario troubleshooting tasks that prove a candidates hands-on focused skills in addition to their theoretical knowledge. You have probably heard the phrase about paper certification proves little but with Cisco requiring a number of practical hands-on exercises as opposed to multiple-choice questions, candidates really must know what they are doing which in turn provides the employer with the reassurance that those skills are valid. Add to this that the certification also expires at regular intervals, recertification validates a candidates skills for existing and emerging technologies.
The survey showed:
A dedicated Wireless networking role has been implemented by 36% of the global companies surveyed. This figure was expected to increase to 66% over the following 5 year period.
At the time of the survey, only 46% of those companies had a dedicated Security role within their business. That number was expected to increase to 80% within the following 5 years.
In addition, only 40% of those companies had a dedicated Voice specialist, whereas 69% of those IT managers expected to see this number over the same period.
Cisco introduced the certification programs Cisco CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, and CCNA Wireless that will meet these challenges. These are role-based, technology specific certifications that provide current and future networking professionals with a learning path for career advancement.
The CCNA Wireless certification validates the candidate's skills in the configuration, implementation, and support of wireless LANs, specifically those networks using Cisco equipment. Students are prepared for them to configure, monitor and troubleshoot basic tasks of a Cisco WLAN in small to medium-sized business (SMB) and enterprise networks. Once candidates complete the certification, employers will be able to validate that their staff have the skills needed for basic wireless networking on a Cisco WLAN in SMB and enterprise networks.
The CCNA Security certification meets the needs of IT professionals who are responsible for network security. It confirms an individual's skills for job roles such as network security specialists, security administrators, and network security support engineers. This certification validates skills including installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices, and develops competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security structure.
The CCNA Voice certification validates skills in VoIP technologies such as IP PBX, IP telephony, handset, call control, and voicemail solutions. Candidates also get exposure to the Cisco Unified Communications architecture and design covering mobility, presence, and TelePresence applications.
Cisco ran a contest on LinkedIn between 9-14 May 2011 for contestants to provide feedback on “How Cisco Certifications Help My Career”. The results were posted on the Cisco website at the Cisco Learning Network. Head over to here and see the results for yourself.
Scott Stephenson is a Principle Technologist at QA- leading providers of Cisco Certification and training courses ,where he is responsible for authoring courses and instructing on the Windows OS, Networking Infrastructure, Active Directory, Exchange, Security, Virtualization and Cisco technologies. After serving in H.M forces for 15 years specialising in telecommunications and Electronic Warfare; Scott became certified in Cisco, CompTIA, and CI r and began working as a Microsoft Vendor Contractor and MD of his own business before joining QA in 2005.
A quick update from our friend Bill 'the brand' Boorman on his upcoming flagship recruitment unconference #truLondon on 22-23 of February. If you are based anywhere near to London and you do recruitment, HR or simillar, this is a great event to network and share information with industry leaders.
There are no less than 40 track leaders lined up, coming from around the globe including South Africa, America and right across Europe. Participants are already booked from 12 countries. There’s plenty of new conversations, livestream, new for 2012 is a live lab that is going to feature a surprise hack to be announced on the day, the #TruGrads, a minimum of 6 case study’s and much more.
The deal with an unconference is that you won't have to sit through any dull presentations, in fact PowerPoint is banned completely from the premises. There are no pitches, nobody is flogging their wares (unless you ask them to of course). If you have never attended one of these events you're in for a treat.
Bill has also teamed up again with Rob Van Elburg and #RIDE for “The Recruitment Industry Dance Event,” on the 22nd (it's unclear whether there are any dance track leaders).
Need more info? Don't email Bill. Don't call him. Don't fax him. Tweet him at Top Social Media Tips here on the blog.
Whenever I do LinkedIn trainings or talk to people about LinkedIn, I get a few recurring questions. One of these is by business developers who want to connect with new potential customers, partners and investors. Although I believe LinkedIn is a tool for actually connecting with people you know already, it can certainly be very useful for finding new contacts. This is especially true when you are doing business in a new industry or geography.
My advice is normally to connect via someone you both know, someone you are both connected with on LinkedIn. The quickest way to do this is to pick up the phone and as this common connection to make an introduction in person, on the phone, via email or LinkedIn.
But what do you do when there is no common connection and you have no idea how to introduce yourself to someone on LinkedIn? You probably have to find some common ground, such as having worked at the same place, gone to the same university or having an interest in collecting stamps from the South Pacific.
1. "It was nice meeting you at the ____ event. In ejoyed talking to you about ____. Let's be sure to stay in touch."
2. "I am a fellow member of the ____ LinkedIn group and I saw your comments about ____. Id love to stay in touch so we can talk more about it."
3. "It's been a long time since we talked, hope you are doing well. How are the kids? I see you are now working at ____ company, how is that going? Let's be sure to stay in touch."
4. "I was looking at your profile and I see you are a fellow alumni of ____ university. I also noticed we have some similar interests. Maybe we can chat sometime over drinks."
5. "I was looking at your profile and I am very impressed with your accomplishments. Please accept my request to connect, I'd love to talk to you about how you accomplished ____."
6. "I was checking out your blog and I really liked your post about ____. Please accept my request to stay connected".
It's fairly clear that the best way to do this is by either mentioning something in common or buttering someone up a bit. The more personal you can be, the greater chances you have of being accepted. Can you think of any other ideas to contact new people on LinkedIn? Please share them!
Further reading at 21 Ways To Build Your Personal Brand Yourself on LinkedIn.