New Prize Contest: jobularity!!

jobularityI’ve recently had the pleasure of getting involved with another Bay Area startup, jobularity, and am incredibly excited to share it with all of you!

I’ll keep it short and sweet: in my opinion, the point of jobularity is to be like LinkedIn, but even better. jobularity allows jobseekers to be more than a list of position titles and tasks. It gives you the opportunity to tell potential employers about your goals, your passions… give them a little feel of who you are!

Oh, and the user interface looks pretty cool too ;D

So, what does all that look like? Glad you asked! Here are a few screenshots =]

jobularity screenshot jobularity screenshot 2

jobularity screenshot 3 jobularity screenshot 4And now, the prize! A free job-search coaching session with me on how to apply for jobs, write/edit a resume & cover letter, tips on how to find jobs to apply for, apply for them, ace phone screens, interviews… whatever will help you be successful!

So  it may not be an iPad… but I do get paid $20-40/hr for this =] Or…. if you’re just that sure you’ve got it all going on (or love your job and don’t plan on going anywhere), I’ll take you out do dinner =3

How to enter the contest:

  1. Create a profile on jobularity
  2. Post the link to it here =]
  3. Extra entry into the prize drawing if you find a job you want to apply for & APPLY FOR IT!*

*Save a print-screen (of the screen that pops up after you finish applying) as proof you applied in case you’re the lucky winner.)

 Got a better idea for the prize? I’m open to suggestions O=]

Are Social Media the Reason You Can’t Get a Job?

Title kind of gets the point across pretty clearly, doesn’t it?

See what I mean about inappropriate photos?

Here are some of the things you may be doing unwittingly that DON’T make you look like a good candidate:

  1. Inappropriate profile pictures. It’s the oldest one in the book, but still super widespread. Pictures of you flipping someone off as your Google+ / Gmail logo? Probably doesn’t make you look very professional…. just saying. (Oh, and same goes for pictures of you looking drugged in lingerie on Facebook.)
  2. Vulgar comments. Do you want the first impression your potential future employer has of you to be a public tweet claiming women “are ho’s and good for one thing only.” ? Pretty self-explanatory, right?
  3. Iffy Humor. I once found a LinkedIn profile with this position listed: Hot Anal Sex at Over the Counter from 1969-1969. Yes, it did make me crack up since it was so out of place, but it definitely made me reconsider reaching out to that candidate!
  4. Links on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is meant to be a professional platform, so I don’t recommend including links to personal websites or social media profiles that aren’t professional. ie, don’t include your Twitter profile where your personal URL leads to a website of you nude modeling (well, unless you’re only applying to modeling gigs!)
  5. Privacy. Yes, you are entitled to is, so use it. Recruiters and hiring managers don’t need to have access to your Facebook profile (which we do if your privacy settings are set to public, ie for anyone and everyone to see), so if you even suspect there may be something in there that doesn’t look professional, you might just want to set it to “friends only.” No, this does not make you look suspicious — people are entitled to privacy. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have somehing to hide.

I know all of this sounds pretty common sensical, but it’s actually quite common and you may be sending out some of those negative signals without meaning to. Couldn’t hurt to double check just to make sure, right?

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Sophie’s Job Search Toolbox

Time to become a young professional headed for the future — cheesy photo and everything!!

I’ve written several articles geared toward helping recent grads (and anyone else, really) get a job and plan on writing several more so I thought I would gather all of them neatly in one place O=]

How to Make a Recruiter Like Your Resume

Writing a Kick-Ass Cover Letter

LinkedIn Can Help You Get a Job!

How to Apply to Jobs

Why HR Is Rejecting Your Resume

Are Social Media the Reason You Can’t Get a Job?

Will Playing Hard-To-Get Help You Land Your Dream Job?

How to Ace a Phone Screen (Or Interview!)

How to Structure a Resume

Freebie from before I got into recruiting — How to Get a Job 7 Tips

And many more to come…

How to Apply to Jobs (Very First Steps)

Don’t know what you’re doing??

Applying for jobs doesn’t have to be scary!

No worries =]

So you’ve updated your resume with all your recent positions, you’ve done some research and now know how to write a stellar cover letter… So where are you going to find jobs to apply for?

Well, that depends on the kind of job you’re looking for! Craigslist is great for entry-level type tech positions, administrative jobs like receptionist… and really a large variety of other jobs! Dice is also great for all kinds of tech jobs, and LinkedIn has a wide variety of both entry-level and more advanced positions.

I recommend you do a little looking around to see where you find the most positions you find appealing.

Now what? First, you make sure you’re not wasting your time by making sure you have the required skills asked for in the ad. If you don’t have at least 75% of them, you’re most likely wasting your time (and the HR representative’s!)

Now that you know what the hiring manager wants, make sure you make it as clear as possible to them that you have those qualifications by tweeking your resume to show off key words. Not sure how to do that? Read this article. 

Then write a targeted cover letter (yes, write a different one for each position!) detailing your most persuasive experience to entice your reader to take the time to interview you. Look here for tips on how to write a great cover letter.

Now what? Wait a week or so and follow up if you don’t hear back (unless the ad specifies otherwise.)

Be courteous to whoever you’re dealing with. * Honestly, we do what we’re told. If you don’t have the skills our hiring manager wants to see then we will be wasting both your time and theirs by scheduling you for an interview even though they will not want to speak with you, so please don’t be upset with us. In a lot of cases we are simply the message-bearer.

As always, feel free to post questions and comments =]

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LinkedIn Can Help You Get a Job!

Yes, it’s true…. but only if you take a few steps to help yourself first.

First, why / how can LinkedIn help you get a job? Well, I’ve got a great way: everyday I reach out to people I find on LinkedIn for positions. Yup, these people are just hanging out at home, at work, living their lives and then they get an email about a job opportunity. And yes, it’s actually for a job many people reply back they’re interested to!

If that wasn’t very convincing, here’s another good reason to put a little work and TLC into your LinkedIn profile (or create one!), many recruiters, HR, hiring managers check out candidates’ LinkedIn profile (and Facebook, Twitter… you name it.) before deciding whether to interview them.

So what can you do to make yourself look good on LI?

  • List all of your recent positions with details regarding what you did, anything you were responsible for, and specific metrics (if applicable / possible) — this will help them determine whether you have the background they’re looking for (it’s like your virtual resume.)
  • Write a persuasive intro: describe your best attributes, what you can bring to an employer, and your goals. This is your opportunity to set yourself apart, show a little personality, it’s like a mini cover letter.
  • Use key words related to your industry in your profile (anywhere!) so that your profile comes up in searches for people with that background.
  • Complete your profile — LI has this handy box at the top right corner of your profile that gives you your profile completeness % and offers way to improve it. Do take the steps to complete it — it shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes and could pay off when HR looks at it. Having a complete LI profiles says that you’re 1.) professional, 2.) serious about finding a job. The only thing that reflects poorly on you is creating one and leaving it bare as a skeleton.
  • Post a picture — preferably a recent one that actually looks like you! (Yes, I was guilty of posting one that somehow didn’t really look like me all that much for a while. I got all dressed up in my business clothes so I really wanted to use it…. but it just wasn’t that useful!) People like to know who they’re dealing with, and a picture goes such a long way towards that!

So what does that look like?

You can check out my profile. Do keep in mind that mine is a little different though — it is not geared towards getting a job (I love my job!!) but towards all the candidates that look at it everyday when applying for my positions.

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LinkedIn Food Truck Friday

LinkedIn has this cool perk for its employees: every Friday, it pays for food trucks to come to the LinkedIn campus in San Jose and their employees can have as much yummy food as they want for free!

Lucky me, one of my coworkers is friends with someone at LinkedIn so, you guessed it, I snuck my way into LinkedIn’s food truck Friday O=]

First, I started with potato skins from Pacific Coast Highway =3

Then got a tandoori chicken sandwich from Tandoori Chicken USA.

The boys considered getting some tacos at Angelica’s Taqueria but decided on ice cream instead =3Probably should have taken a picture of this — LinkedIn keeps freezers stocked with ice cream for its employees to snack on =D