LinkedIn: The Missing Piece in Your Career Search

I was struggling to think of a topic for my newsletter article when the following situation popped up in both my personal and professional networks in the past month. I figured, ‘Hey, if I’m running into this during my day-to-day activities I bet a lot of other people are as well’. I’ve been asked the following question in one form or another by over a dozen people in the past month:

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Opportunity Is Calling

The following nuggets of information are meant for active job seekers. You know who you are active job seekers; you have applied online or submitted a resume via email or perhaps left me a phone message about a position I have posted on Craig’s list. What I am saying here, is that it should not be a total surprise that a recruiter may be responding to your job searching overtures.

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Kiss, Bow, Or Shake Hands?

Before taking the leap into the staffing and recruiting industry, I held a career in international travel. As I hopped from place to place, I often referenced a book gifted to me by a former boss entitled Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands. I found this book to be invaluable as I assessed the country’s culture and tried my best to “fit in.” I found myself reflecting on a battery of questions as I assessed the culture. What is the hierarchy of the culture? What are the unspoken rules of the culture? Overall, are the locals happy? What makes the locals happy? Could I see myself living here?

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Bridge the Gaps

With the unemployment rate dropping, hiring managers are looking closer than ever at candidates’ resumes. Consistent and stable work history speaks volumes to a candidate’s dedication and work ethic. To the contrary, gaps in employment tell employers that there might be something wrong with your work performance or work ethic. As a candidate, you may not notice the gaps in employment but hiring managers will. Life does happen and these are the best ways to handle work gaps both on your resume and in an interview.

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Phone Interview Hang-Ups

Phone interviews are not exactly my forte; however, I’m not sure if it’s just a natural preference or if it’s because of the countless phone interviews I’ve conducted that have completely given me a less than desirable first impression of the candidate. The background noises, phone connection imperfections, interruptions, and inappropriate phone manners all make it difficult to establish a well-rounded evaluation of the candidate.

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Win Your Dream Job with a Resume that Brags

“I won! I won! Yesssss! I am awesome! Oh, yeah!” My 5 year-old son can barely contain his excitement. As he continues to jump around, arms raised high, moving the victory parade from our dining room to the living room, my oldest son Kobe, looks distraught. It instantly sunk in. He lost an all-important battle in the Parker Brothers classic board game of “Sorry”. A couple more seconds of celebration continue before he finally chimes in, “Eli, stop it. Nobody likes a bragger.”

I grew up with the same values instilled by my mother at a young age. The concepts of humility and being modest were nothing new. However, while family board games may not be the place to brag, the job market is and it’s not a game.

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