Posts Tagged ‘job search’

Why Not to Say, “I’m Always Open to a New Job”

When I go out to recruit candidates directly who are not posting their resume, I often hear them answer me, “I’m always open to talking about a new job.”


So you are just endowed with hours upon hours to talk about random jobs in the universe that don’t meet any plan or purpose for your career?  So I guess when you come to work for my company, that you’ll always be looking for a new job, as well.

I'm Just a Squirrel, Trying to Get a Nut

I want to hear

What I want to hear from a candidate is, “Here is what I really want to do and be when I grow up. If an opportunity came along that helps me progress down that lane, then I’d love to know about it. Otherwise, I respect and enjoy the work I’m currently doing for my current employer.” Or something like that.

Quit Being a Slut

Imagine if you went up to a girl/guy in a bar and asked, “Are you available to have a drink with me?” and their answer was, “I’m always open to a free drink.” Get it? Sleazy. Gross. Not purposeful.

Have Direction

I want people with direction and purpose.  Know where you’re going, or any road will get you there.  Stop being the squirrel tying to get a nut.

Remember, “Money follows passion -not the other way around.”  Dan Siteman Garland, Host of “The Rise to the Top.”


Office Etiquette: LinkedIn “Forwarding” Protocol

December 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Use good etiquette on social media -especially on professional forums.

About once per week I have a colleague asking for an introduction to somebody in my LinkedIn network.

Emailing me outside of LinkedIn for such request puts all of the work on my lap and kind of misses the whole point of LinkedIn:)(Don’t worry if you’re reading this….people seem to have a hard time with this concept.  It may just be because you have low frequency of LinkedIn use.)

If you want to be introduced to somebody, here are proper steps to request an introduction via LinkedIn.

1.  Go to the profile of the person to whom you want to be introduced.

2.  Near the top right, select “Get Introduced Through a Connection”
3.  Select the name of the person that would be appropriate to forward along your request.  Remember, the person through which you are connected may not be a direct connection of the person you’re trying to get to.  They may be a step away.

4.  Write the request:

You will be asked for information such as your contact information and the reason for reaching out.  Chose the closest accurate reason, as nobody appreciates deception.

You then write a note to the person to whom you are getting introduced.

You then write in the box to the person who will be forwarding the request.  The final recipient of this trail will be able to see all of your notes, so write something appropriate.

5.   Send!

6.  Sit back and enjoy the networking magic.

Hope this helped.


P.S.  If you’re waiting until you NEED your network to start building it, turn that habit around.  Just adding a new contact per day will build a healthy network.  Start with all of the people you’ve worked with in the past.

LinkedIn Job Searching Tips- Part 2

August 13, 2010 1 comment

LinkedIn Job Search Tips Part 2

I recently published a blog entry LinkedIn Job Searching Tips if you’re on a career search.  Here is the second set of recommendations.  Get to work.  It’s your network.

  • Join some Groups and get in on discussions!   Many of the Groups now have job boards, as well.  These are free to the employer, so you will see different jobs than what you see on the paid jobs listing. 


  • Ask a question, answer questions. The LinkedIn Answers feature is an opportunity to give and receive value with your network on a more frequent basis than introductions.  Social media is about helping people get business done and can lead to some great relationships. 


  • Update your status.  Talk about things for which you want to be known.  If you are looking for a position as a cost accountant, maybe send out a link to an article that would interest CFOs. 



  • Make your Profile on LinkedIN publicly searchable via Google and other engines:  A well crafted LinkedIn profile can by all means make a great business card. By default, your profile is hidden and won’t appear in Google searches unless you change its settings. That means that only LinkedIn members can view your details and not the entire world.  Recruiters use Google, so you should definitely edit this.
  • Add substance to your Summary. This is your personal elevator pitch. Update your profile regularly!  This sends a message to your contacts and keeps you and your company in front of them. 
    • First login to LinkedIn
    • Then open the My Profile tab
    • Now hit Edit My Public Profile (on the right)
    • Check all items you’d like to make public.  I recommend sharing anything professional. 
    • Hit Save Change. Your Linked profile is now public.
  • Add website links, activities, interests and awards. Nobody will brag about you except YOU.  Do it.   You should list your company web site (check with your marketing department to see what key words to use for the hyperlink, your blog, if you have one, and maybe a URL of a favorite blog of yours- your company would be very happy for you to link to them).


  • Rinse and Repeat.  Every time you do “something” on LinkedIn, it creates a status update that all of your connections will see.  This is a great way to keep your name in front of them without calling and saying, “Don’t forget that I’m looking for a career move!”  Adding some connections each day is better than adding 500 in one day.  It will spread out the activity and keep you in front of your contacts.


Remember, the best time to build your network is when you are working and you have live fresh reasons to connect with prospects, vendors, colleagues, etc.   But, if you haven’t done a good job of that and now need to network for a position, don’t delay.  Make building your network something you do regularly.  It’s that vital.

If you’ve followed these instructions and some of the navigation has changed, please make a comment and I’ll correct!  They are changing this stuff pretty regularly!

LinkedIn Job Searching Tips

August 3, 2010 1 comment

Tips for the Job Seeker

Yes, you gotta do it.  I can’t tell you how many candidates I’ve passed up because they were either non-existent on LinkedIn, or they were sloppy.  LinkedIn has become the de facto personal billboard.  If you’re not there, I assume you were either in prison or living in a time warp.

Here are my tips best utilizing LinkedIn to search for that next career move.

  • Fill out your profile– People search profiles for keywords, so make sure the words you hope people are seeking when they think of you exist inside your profile. Use engaging language, less formal than a resume, more like a billboard for you, because that’s what LinkedIn is!
  • Add a picture- Get over it.  This is standard.  We are so distributed that this helps people put a face on the relationship.  Make sure it’s a picture of your FACE…not a picture of your family or you in front of a Mayan ruin.  People build trust when they can see your eyes.
  • Add specialties. People search on these. Use the conventional words and phrases used to describe what you do.
  • Add all your positions. On a resume, maybe you only need to go back ten years or so if you’ve held several positions. Here, though, keep in mind that everywhere you worked is an opportunity to reconnect with those old friends and colleagues.
  • Add depth to your positions. Title, company and dates isn’t enough, any more than it would be on your resume. Describe what you did – what did you accomplish there?   What problems did you solve and for whom?
  • Add your voice. The biggest difference between a LinkedIn profile and a resume is that your LinkedIn profile is intended to help you build and maintain interpersonal relationships. It’s not a dating profile, but it should still be in your personal voice, not the abstract third person. Be yourself.
  • Connect with old colleagues. The #1 way to build your LinkedIn network with real, trusted relationships is by uploading your contacts, finding and connecting the ones that are already in LinkedIn and sending invites to the ones who aren’t who you have strong relationships with. Doing it initially isn’t enough, because new people join all the time (over 400,000 a month at last count). You have to make at least a monthly practice of doing this so you pick up the new ones who have recently joined.
  • Write and Get recommendations. This is a powerful way for you to be of service to your network. Write some and don’t be afraid to ask for some.  Make sure you’re sincere and don’t oversell somebody you are not passionate about.  This one can get ya!

Authentic references from people you have actually worked with speak volumes about you. Don’t be afraid to ask, but only ask those who can give good specific ones and who can actually WRITE something meaningful.  Asking for something specific, like, “Bob, I’m hoping you can write a reference about how I managed a group of dotted-line reports” gives more colorful stores and examples.

Don’t be shy to ask.  Be specific.  Thank them afterwards.

Here’s LinkedIn Job Searching Tips Part 2.