How to create a powerful LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn Profile

How long has it been since you’ve taken a look at your LinkedIn profile? There are more than 364 million people in over 200 countries currently using LinkedIn. If your profile is outdated, poorly written or just plain blah, it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. I’ve helped countless executives from around the world establish a productive and memorable presence on LinkedIn Read More

Specialist versus Generalist Resumes

RESUME ADVICE

Recruiters seem to favor professionals with specialist versus generalist skill sets these days. I can understand that thinking because it's a no-brainer. When a recruiter pitches a candidate who matches the employer's brief down to industry, years experience, professional network, and even product type, then on paper at least, it's a match made in heaven.  The quicker the Read More

Job Search Tips for the Weekend

It's Friday!

It's Friday! Great for some, but for those seeking work, the job search goes on. Sometimes it just seems like an endless cycle—trawling through the job advertisements, tweaking the resume or getting me to do it for you, writing the cover letter, clicking the on the Submit button. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. So let's use this weekend to do something different. Here are some Read More

3 Essential Skills Graduates Need

3 ESSENTIAL SKILLS GRADUATES

My "Inbox Question of the Day" today comes from an individual asking the question, "Tell me the essential skills graduates need". If you're talking about professional skills—then of course skills can be as wide and broad as the occupations for which a graduate can apply. However, I've narrowed it down to three big-picture attributes, and those skills are just not Read More

Linkedin inMail Best Practice to Bypass HR

LinkedIn_BEST PRACTICE

An email asking about LinkedIn inMail best practice arrived in my inbox this week. The job seeker was exploring the merits of contacting the managing director of a large company directly via LinkedIn's inMail. In doing so, he hoped to elevate his chances of bypassing HR by striking up a relationship with the previously unknown MD. Now, everyone these days (including me) Read More

So what is the dress code for interviews?

so what is the dress code for interviews

Saw this status update on Facebook today. *Fred (name changed) seemed miffed that he was overdressed for interview. "Walked into an interview today, clean shaven and wearing a jacket and tie" he said. "Both men on the panel had beards and were wearing open-necked shirts. I obviously didn't get the memo about the dress code" he lamented, clearly feeling disadvantaged Read More

Changing Careers : Are you being realistic?

Changing Careers

Changing careers can be fun, scary, and often impossible without the right education or know-how. Wanting to pursue a new career and convincing yourself that you can do the job due to a tenuous link to it, may seem like a 'no brainer' to you, but to the people who are making the choices, no amount of presenting the information in a compelling way can make up for what is Read More

LinkedIn Summaries for Job seekers

Linkedin profile page example

When writing LinkedIn Summaries for job seekers, I subscribe to the people-focused approach—never write anything you wouldn't say to another person face-to-face! LinkedIn is all about personal connections. As I view your smiling face on my screen, I don't want to read: "John is a personable manager, with an engaging personality and a track record of delivering Read More

Using Twitter for Job Search (without the angst)

Twitter logo

When  jobseekers hear the word 'networking', they envisage a time-consuming, extravaganza of events that will see them endlessly schmoozing an array of strangers; debasing themselves by asking for help, embarrassing the people they speak with by setting the expectation for quick results, and finding themselves becoming the type of fake 'salesman' they never wanted to Read More

Getting ahead in business: 7 life lessons for young people

Very happy businessman

Recently, I was asked to think about the top seven life lessons that young people getting established in their career should know about getting ahead in business. . I came up with eight... here's what I said: . 1. Never be afraid to talk to people. If there is one thing that holds people back in their careers, it is when they take a passive approach—either to their Read More