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Resume and LinkedIn Profile; Do they Match?

Strong Job Search Success Team

Susan P. Joyce- Online job search expert, Job-Hunt.org writer

Posted: 11/16/2014 11:27 pm EST Updated: 11/17/2014 8:59 am EST

One of the interesting things I've discovered in my discussions with recruiters and employers is that employers often compare the job seeker's resume and cover letter with that job seeker's LinkedIn Profile. If they don't support each other, your chance at a job is greatly diminished.

REJECTED Why Employers Don't Send Rejection Letters Anymore

One of the most frustrating things in life is putting time and effort into applying for a job, acing the interview and then never hearing back from the company.

Being rejected is one of the biggest annoyances experienced by job seekers. But it's not just being turned down that infuriates people. It's having an interview and then not being turned down, or so much as contacted by the company ever again.

Real Help for Post-50 Job Seekers

If you're a job seeker who's bid your 50th birthday goodbye, you know the challenges to reemployment only too well. The experts say you can figure on a far longer search time than your younger counterparts and, most likely, you can also expect a drop in pay. Making the process even more difficult, you'll need to overcome a variety of unkind stereotypes employers may hold against you by virtue of your age alone.

Qualifications vs. Duties

Why knowing the difference matters

Some job seekers have problems selling their skills. They list their basic duties, which most job seekers have in common. You can stand out in a job search by positioning those skills so they set you apart.

Think of how a salesperson sells a car. He doesn't tout the fact that the car has four wheels, windows and functioning lights, because you'd expect that from every car. Instead, he sells the unique points of the car -- design, safety, mileage -- all of which make the car appealing to a potential buyer.

Perfectionism and Procrastination

Are perfectionism and procrastination opposite sides of the same coin?

Perfectionism is a mental obsession with achieving the ideal as a minimum requirement. For some people, it is a conscious form of procrastination that prevents them from getting started on goals and projects. For others, it’s an unconscious form that prevents them from completing projects, accomplishing their goals, and adding value to the world. In either case, it’s a debilitating condition.

Networking is an Art and Science Combined

Networking has two purposes: (1) to get you your next job, and if that’s not right now, (2) to prepare for when you need to. Networking is the most effective way to secure a job nowadays. Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads—human resources consultant to the largest companies in America—says that if you network your way into a company to the point that someone internal there delivers your résumé to the hiring manager, that delivery increases your chances 10-fold. And that means a thousand percent!

Network: Take your Job Search Offline

By DENNIS NISHI

When Jessica Rodrigues moved to New York after four years of doing AIDS health work in Mozambique, she mostly relied on the Internet to look for work.

She emailed her résumé in response to online job postings and waited. When that tack didn't net many offers, she sought help from New York career coach Melissa Llarena, who told her to get more face to face with her search.

That included expanding her professional network and coming up with creative ways to get in front of the right people.

Myths to Job Searching

Do you believe any of these myths about job searching?

By Alison Green

November 30, 201

1. Myth: You need connections in order to get a job.

Fact: Connections are helpful, but plenty of people get jobs by spotting an ad, sending in a resume, and interviewing. Sometimes it might not feel that way, because there are so many job-seekers competing for a limited number of jobs, which means most people are getting fewer interviews (and even fewer job offers). But plenty of jobs still go to people without connections at the company.

Matching Accomplishments to Job Descriptions

Some job seekers have problems selling their skills. They list their basic duties, which most job seekers have in common. You can stand out in a job search by positioning those skills so they set you apart.

Think of how a salesperson sells a car. He doesn't tout the fact that the car has four wheels, windows and functioning lights, because you'd expect that from every car. Instead, he sells the unique points of the car -- design, safety, mileage -- all of which make the car appealing to a potential buyer.

Lessons from Real Life Cover Letter Mistakes

Written by Careerbliss

A cover letter can be the first step of a new career journey. Or it can be a dead end that dooms your attempts to get a job. It all has to do with how you write it.

We collected some real-life examples of dead-end cover letters to serve as examples of what not to do the next time you're making first contact with a prospective employer.

1. Self-Serving: "I'm interested in seeing what your firm can do to help me find new clients. ..."

Learn How to Flatter the Interviewer

I’ve been noticing a trend with many of my clients with whom I help to improve their interviewing skills; they think the interview is about themselves! They believe that they are doing all the talking and answering all the questions so why wouldn’t the interview be about themselves? My response to each person has remained consistent, “You must learn to flatter the interviewer.” At the end of the day, people will hire people that they like and trust. Here are some tricks to do just that.

Learn To Flatter The Interviewer

Just Got Hired

100 Days to the Perfect Start

By Jeff Haden

March 21, 2013

You’re starting a new job. You’re good at what you do... or at least you were good at what you did at your old job. But now you’re unproven.

Now you need to get off to a great start... and you don’t have a lot of time to make that happen. If you’re a senior executive you probably have three months to stake out your position and take a few major – and visible – steps.

If you’re lower on the corporate ladder you might have even less time.

Job Search Roadmap

Virtually every job requires you to meet specific goals, expectations, mandates, and other targets. But since job search is foreign to most of us, planning is essential. Every hour of your daily/weekly search period should be planned and accounted for. Although you’re only accountable to yourself, be a tough boss!

Here is a set of 3 ground rules you should adopt and stick to.

Full-Time or Part-Time Search?

Rule 1

Job Search - A Reality Check

Searching for a job for the first time in years can be a daunting and frustrating task. There are hundreds if not thousands of articles written describing the “secrets” to a successful job search. Unfortunately, most who find themselves in the midst of a transition quickly discover the obvious; there are no secrets and there are no shortcuts. The simple fact is that you succeed in your job search the same way you’ve succeeded in your career…by busting your butt.

Is Fear a Part of Your Professional Life?

During my work with job seekers or those contemplating a job/career change, I evaluate the amount of fear that drives—or paralyzes—my clients. To some extent, all of them exhibit fear originated by some threat—or so they perceive. For a person out of a job, that feeling is not only a perception but also, unfortunately, a reality. The normal human body has a built-in mechanism to protect itself from such an emotion by either confronting it or running away from it. It’s also known as the fight-or-flight response.