Leveraging your network is extremely important in your job search. Collaboration is no different. It's essential in making your job search happen - and with positive results. The job market is extremely competitive. Because of this, it is easy for companies and hiring manager's to overlook qualified candidates because they are inundated with hundreds or thousands of candidates for one solitary position. Our friends and network can help make us stand out in a crowded market, placing our name squarely and frequently in front of the eyes of the decision maker multiple times and in multiple ways. My friend, Bryon Abramawitz (The HR Technologist) feels the same way about the job search, which is why we've teamed up to bring you the 10 Most Creative Job Search Secrets (Guaranteed). Bryon lists his "Top 5 Job Search Tips" on his blog, and mine are below.
Major job boards like CareerBuilder and Monster are one of the most popular ways for companies to develop a candidate pool when looking to fill an open position. With high unemployment and candidate competition increasing, how does a candidate stand out from the virtual pack when posting a resume on a major job board? Here are six tricks to increase your odds on job boards:
Does your personal brand outshine your company's brand? It’s happening, and more common than anyone wants to admit. As the concept and importance of personal branding, social media, and an online presence becomes more common place, companies are becoming more interested in the brands of their employees. Their concerns are legitimate. Here’s why... Risk: Legal risk and perceived risk for the company, and its own brand. These are just two things that concern bosses, executives, and your company’s legal team. Ignorance: Companies are scared and ignorant to how an employee’s personal brand can help elevate or benefit the company’s brand. Fear: Similar to ignorance, companies are scared. Maybe they or a company they know has been burned before. Unfortunately, companies react by creating policies, protocol, and procedures based on past experiences and perceived risk. Control: This is your companies biggest fear. They are fearful of social media and the freedom it gives you to speak your mind while being electronically and publicly stored forever. Social media gives everyone a platform to clear the air. While companies and the court look to find a common ground in the world of social media, personal branding, and the concept of microcelebrity, here are some things you can do to ensure your own personal brand doesn’t outshine your employer’s brand.