Posted by: annelibby | December 5, 2012

Job Searching – Finding the Right Fit, Part 2

by Anne Libby, Anne Libby Management Consulting LLC

When you’re looking for a job, the goal is more than just finding a job.  The goal is to find the right job, in a company that’s compatible with you and your work style.  In Part 1, we covered ways to identify organizations with cultures that are a good fit for you.

Once you’ve identified companies you like, here’s how to take closer look.

Ask Questions

Turn the process upside down, and interview companies to see if you want to work for them.  Informally, talk with people in your network who are company employees or alumni.  And do ask questions in job interviews!

1. Know yourself.  If a company’s workday starts at 7am, and you’re not a morning person – it’s probably not a good fit.  If the office demeanor is very formal, and you’re a big practical joker – keep looking.

2. Know what you want.  Do you thrive in a deadline-driven environment?  How do you feel about travel?  Do you want to socialize with your co-workers frequently?

3. Develop open-ended questions.  These are questions that can’t be answered with a simple yes or no.  Craft questions in advance, based on what you’re looking for.

  • “Where is the last person who held this job?” can tell you if a company’s growing, if they promote from within, or if people are leaving to work at competitors.
  • “What’s the last training course you took?” will offer insight about the value a company places on training and development.
  • “What’s it like to work here?” will speak volumes.

Then, listen.  Open-ended questions are most effective when you’re prepared to quietly let the other person talk.

Ask the same questions of several people, and compare the answers.  Do they match?  If not, why not?  Maybe one person was displeased with the role because it wasn’t the right fit for their interests and needs.  Maybe another didn’t get promoted.

By speaking with multiple people – informally and during interviews — you’ll develop a picture of what the culture is like, and why certain people have had different experiences.

How Are You Treated?   

The recruiting process is a window into a company’s culture.  Once you’ve started to talk with a company more formally, you should see people on their best behavior.  So watch, listen and learn.  Are people responsive?  Polite?  Pleasant to be around?  Do they start and end meetings or calls on time?

If you’re comfortable with how you’re treated, great!  If not, consider whether things will truly improve once you’ve started the job.

Listen to your gut!  Compare what you’re seeing with what you learned from others in your research process.  Be prepared and willing to say “No,” when an opportunity doesn’t feel like a fit.

When you find a corporate culture that’s a good fit for you, your career journey will feel a lot smoother.

It might feel like it takes a lot of time, effort and heart to find this fit.  It does.  It’s an investment in your future:  make it.   You’re worth it!

Posted by: annelibby | November 26, 2012

Job Searching – Finding the Right Fit, Part 1

by Anne Libby, Anne Libby Management Consulting LLC

When you joined the military, you didn’t know the culture.  You couldn’t speak the language, filled with acronyms and foreign expressions.  You didn’t know what you should or shouldn’t say.  You didn’t know what would be required for promotion.  So you immersed yourself and learned.

Now you’re looking for a new career.  It’s better to learn about a company’s culture before you join.  Finding a culture that’s right for you will sure beat bouncing from job to job until you find it!

Ideally, all companies would have strong screening processes to find people who fit their cultures.   And new hires would be given training, mentoring and guidance on how to excel.   Some companies do this – some don’t.

So, you have to take the initiative to determine if you’ll be the right fit.  Here’s how to start.

Focus on Culture

Cultural fit is an elusive quality.  This fit affects how well you’ll be able to operate inside an organization.  If you like autonomy, but the job you’re applying for is very rigid, you may not be satisfied.  If you like a rigid structure, and the job requires you to think outside the box, you may not enjoy it.

Culture is a survival mechanism.  Companies need the right people for the job.   You need the right role in order to be challenged, stimulated, and motivated.  If you take a job simply for the salary, you may not stay long.  Compensation is a factor, but it’s equally important (if not more so) to enjoy your work and your co-workers.

Work habits differ between companies and industries.  Work habits are part of the culture’s tone and tempo.  Do employees work from 8am to 5pm?  Do people take work home, or work on weekends?  What’s the dress code?

Search for Clues

Companies leave cultural clues on websites, advertisements, and social media.  Some firms have programs for veterans: if so, connect with those vets and set up an informational interview.

Look for Q&A sites for information about what it’s like to work at a particular company; you’ll find insight from employees, alumni and customers.   Sites like Glass Door offer information for a broad range of companies; sites like Quora focus on tech firms.  You could even Google, “What’s it like to work at [Company ABC]?”

You won’t find the whole truth on the internet!  You need to talk with multiple people — face to face, and on the phone – to get different perspectives.

If you haven’t created a LinkedIn profile and built your network, this is a great reason to start.  Start with people who you know from the military.  Add friends, classmates, professors, and even family members.  If you belong to a church or other community organization, reach out to people who know you there.  You never know how someone you know may be connected to an employee or alumni of a company you’re interested in.

Use Every Resource!

Job search can feel like a solitary endeavor.   Community helps.

If you’re a student, understand your school’s resources:  commonly career coaching, job fairs, alumni databases and job listings.  Some schools also provide these services to alumni.   This is a great way to identify insiders at firms you’re targeting, and companies that like to hire alumni.

Your local public library’s reference librarians have access to information you won’t find online.  Paid databases and industry journals offer a different level of insight on a company or an industry:  they’re often available at the library.

While you’re at the library, pick up Richard Nelson Bolles’ classic, What Color Is Your ParachuteRead it to find additional ways to identify jobs and companies where you’ll fit.

Your research will also identify some great companies that aren’t a fit for you.  This is actually good news!  Interviewing at the wrong company is a poor use of your time:  move on, and keep looking.

In Part 2, we’ll cover what you can learn by talking with people inside a company.

In Part 1, you learned the basics about informational interviews.  Now, you’ll learn about what to prepare beforehand, and what to ask during the interview.  Be yourself and stay relaxed during the interview. If you’re intimidated, it may make for an awkward conversation.  Best way to feel comfortable – have multiple interviews with different people.

What to Prepare

  1. Work History.  Help the interviewer understand which roles at the company would be a good fit for you. Be prepared to briefly summarize your military experience. Logically explain how your experience can translate to roles that you’re interested in.
  2. Company Interest.  Explain why you’re interested in that particular company (e.g., culture, reputation, growth opportunities, etc).  Highlight a few key aspects that you learned from the company website. What has the company done recently? Show that you did your homework and know the firm. Here are a few sites to help with research:
  1. Know Your Goals.  Have a purpose for the interview – what do you want to achieve and why? Will the company help you achieve your goals? Be prepared to explain your goals and indicate which positions within the firm are most closely aligned with your goals, skills, and interests.

Questions

 The following are examples of questions that you can ask the interviewer. You don’t need to ask all of them, and you may ask questions that aren’t on the list. The interview is an informal discussion, not an interrogation. Ensure that the conversation is relaxed and not forced. Guide the conversation to ensure you cover the points you’re interested in. Take notes! You won’t remember everything from the discussion. If you can’t cover everything in 30 minutes, ask to follow up and setup the next meeting during the conversation.

  1. How closely does your educational background align with your role?
  2. What is a typical career progression?
  3. What’s a typical day like in your role? How much time do you spend working with others? How much time do you spend working alone?
  4. What are some of the best aspects of your job? What are some aspects about the job that you dislike?
  5. What types of challenges do you face?
  6. Are there lateral mobility opportunities? How difficult is it to transition into other roles within the firm?
  7. Are there other careers that are related to your job?
  8. What is your boss’ role like? Can you remain in a technician’s role, or do you have to promote to a supervisory role?
  9. How long does it typically take to promote from your role to the next higher one?
  10. Are there specific courses I should take to prepare me for this role? Do I need a particular bachelor’s or master’s degree?
  11. Are there any other prerequisites (eg. certifications) for jobs in this field?
  12. Do you recommend any trade journals, magazines, or websites?
  13. Could I start in a role similar to yours, or would I need to start in an entry-level role?
  14. What is the demand for people in this field?
  15. Can you provide me with additional contacts, so I can learn different perspectives about this type of role?
  16. What is the salary range for this position and opportunities for salary adjustments?
  17. What is the timeline for promotion?
  18. What benefits does this firm provide (eg. vacation, 401k, tuition assistance)?

Follow-up

You should seek multiple perspectives for the same role. One person could really enjoy or dislike their job. The more people you speak with, the greater the likelihood that you’ll form an accurate picture of the company and role.

After each informational interview, send a thank-you note or an email. Highlight a few of the details that you really found helpful. Keep this contact in a database or connect with them on LinkedIn. You should follow-up with them periodically, especially if you decide you want to work in a similar role.

Please send any questions and comments to switchstarter@gmail.com

© 2012 SwitchStarter, LLC

Posted by: dtkunplugged | August 14, 2012

Re-think the Way You Network

by Dani Ticktin Koplik, dtkResources: Professional Development for the 21st C. dtk@dtkResources.com; 201.724.2145

Networking is all the rage. Why? Networking is perceived as a very powerful means of building business or finding a job. So, grab your business cards, make sure your elevator pitch is on auto, psych yourself up and run- don’t walk- to as many events as there are days in the week. Make sure you shake as many hands as possible, keep scanning the crowd and don’t linger if the prospect isn’t biting, move on. It’s a numbers game, after all. The more people you meet and the more business cards you collect, the better your prospects. Right?

Not so fast. Does this scenario sound familiar? Absolutely. Is this networking at its best? Not a chance.

Actually, not even close. This scenario goes a long way toward explaining why so many of us get hives at the mere suggestion of attending networking events. Networking is indeed a very powerful tool, but its purpose and practice are often grossly misunderstood. Let’s try this again.

Give more than you receive.

First, relax. Networking, less a process than a mindset, can be easy, productive and almost always rewarding. The first thing to recognize is that it’s not about selling at all. In fact, networking is relational more than tactical, and the best networkers know that it’s about giving rather than getting. Seems counterintuitive but seriously, if everyone’s selling, who’s buying? And more important, who’s even listening? So forget about the selling and focus on connecting, on gathering and distributing information, on actively listening, on finding solutions, on becoming a resource for potential customers, colleagues, partners and employers. The more you listen, the more you learn. The more you generously focus on how you can help or connect others — expecting nothing in return — the more rewarding the experience.

Be Genuine

All this interest must be genuine and sincere, since we know that folks can spot imposters in a flash. That said, adopting new networking behaviors may feel unnatural or even contrived at first but stay with it. Eventually, with practice, they’ll become second nature. Most of us tend to feel uncomfortable in networking settings anyway so the sooner this becomes your default setting, the sooner you can put others at ease and start building critical rapport and trust.

Master the Perfected, Not Over-Rehearsed Elevator Pitch

A word here about the proverbial elevator pitch, touted by many as the most essential aspect to effective networking. While it’s absolutely critical to have a firm handle on who you are, what product or service you provide and how it benefits an employer, a canned, over-rehearsed elevator pitch comes off as canned, sales-y and…not genuine. We tend to shut down when we feel we’re being sold which, of course, defeats the purpose. So, know your stuff but also listen more than talk — people are only too happy to disclose their challenges and points of pain. Basically, they’re relieved someone’s listening.

Follow Up

Once you’ve connected, demonstrated genuine interest and taken contact information, you MUST follow up and follow up memorably. There is no greater networking sin than neglecting to follow up. You have a very brief window of 12-24 hours after meeting or connecting with someone when you have a chance to make a real impression. Use it. And continue to follow up periodically (especially when you don’t need anything), offering something value-added in the form of a relevant article, a virtual introduction to someone of interest or acknowledgment of an accomplishment or appearance.

For the initial follow-up, the conventional wisdom is that a handwritten note is best. That said, we are in a digital age* so it’s often fine to send an email but this depends on the prospect’s corporate culture: email the Google recruiter and pen a note to the JPMorgan executive.

Remember, productive networking relationships require intention, attention and care. If you tend to them regularly, the yield will be tremendous.

Your best friend wants to set you up on a date, and you know the basics about the person…  But, before you commit to meeting in person, you want the inside scoop from people who know her.  The same is true for the job search…

You’re searching for your ideal career, roles, and companies.  You’ve found job descriptions that interest you.  Before you apply for the position, though, you want to learn more about it from people who work in that role.

How can you get a better understanding of the role?  Request informational interviews!

What is an Informational Interview?

This is your chance to learn if a company and a particular role are the right fit, in a no-pressure environment, since the intent of the interview isn’t to get hired.

Benefits of an Informational Interview

  • Get comfortable answering questions about your background and asking questions about a company/role.
  • Get specific questions answered.
  • Learn the best aspects of the role as well as the challenges you’ll face.
  • Learn about the company – expectations of employees, corporate culture, promotion requirements, and more.
  • Develop your plan.  Your goals may shift based on new information about your career development opportunities.

Who Should You Interview With? 

Don’t be shy!  The people in your network will help you as much as possible.  Send an email or call people in the groups below, or chat in person.  Ask them if they can put you in contact with someone at the company or industry that you’re interested in.

  1. Someone in your Network.  Do you know veterans in a role that you’re interested in?  Search through your LinkedIn contacts for vets who are current or prior employees at companies that you’re interested in. If they no longer work at the company, ask if they can connect you with a current employee (ideally another veteran).  In addition, search through your LinkedIn contacts’ connections.  If you want to connect with someone, your contact can introduce you.
  2. LinkedIn Groups.  Join veteran groups on LinkedIn and look at where members have worked.  When you find someone with a background that you’re interested in, send them a message and ask if they could set aside time for a brief discussion about the company/role.  You can also post general questions in these groups. For example, “Do any members have experience with internet security?”
  3. Groups in Your Community.  What groups do you belong to? Consider your networks through your church or religious organization, and your community groups/clubs.  For example, are you on a softball or basketball team in your community?
  4. Directly Approach Companies.  If no one in your network has experience at the companies that you’re interested in, see if the company has a veterans group.  You can request to be connected with a point of contact for the group.  Once you have a connection, ask if they can connect you with a veteran employee in a role similar to the one you’re interested in.

Stay tuned… in Part 2, we’ll describe what to prepare for the interview and what questions to ask.

Please send any questions and comments to switchstarter@gmail.com

© 2012 SwitchStarter, LLC

Posted by: Lisa | August 9, 2012

Career Prep Techniques Worthy of a Gold Medal

In the spirit of the Olympic Games, we are taking top tips from athletes off the field and into the job search.  Give yourself a competitive edge by trying out these gold medal-worthy techniques:

Visualization: Visualization techniques are not only used by elite athletes, but also are increasingly being used in a career context. Billionaires Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx) and Oprah Winfrey have professed that visualizing their success was a key factor to helping them achieve it.

 Think big! Think of your ultimate goal even if it doesn’t seem achievable now. Visualize yourself achieving that goal and the road required to get there. If you experience anxiety during interviews, try visualizing your interview to help you gain more confidence.  Practice makes perfect, so don’t expect results from just visualizing once. Click here for more information on visualization techniques.

 Routine: Olympic athletes have their game day routine – what they eat for breakfast, how they warm up, and how they mentally prepare for the competition. The same applies for getting ready for a career fair or interview.  Find a game day routine that works for you and stick to it. Whether it’s a good night’s sleep and Dunkin Donuts coffee, or morning run with a healthy breakfast, sticking to a routine may help eliminate surprises and help you feel more confident for the big day.

Think Powerful Thoughts: Harvard Business School recently posted findings that suggest you can improve your golf game by thinking. Really? Apparently, people who viewed themselves as powerful made 44% more golf putts than their peers, according to a German university study. Similarly, people who saw powerful words (such as “influence”) before playing a dart game scored 29% higher than peers who saw less powerful words. What does this mean? Being in the right state of mind and thinking positive, powerful thoughts could help your performance. Place your goal or motivational phrases someplace where you would see them every day, such as your bathroom mirror.  Remember – mind over matter.

 

Please send any questions and comments to switchstarter@gmail.com

© 2012 SwitchStarter, LLC

Have you struggled to break into the financial services job market? The finance industry is actively seeking military talent due to their maturity, professionalism, and problem-solving abilities. Veterans on Wall Street can help you switch careers.

Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS) matches vets with career and business opportunities in the financial services industry through its partnership with  Bank of America, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs and its annual career fair. You can attend the career fair to find jobs, or simply to network and learn about the industry.

Last year, more than 1,500 veterans and military spouses attended, and 154 were directly hired. The 2012 fair was held on June 21st as part of the Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative with approximately 500 vets in attendance and recruiters from financial services firms.

Not all finance jobs are front office positions (sales, trading, and mergers & acquisitions).  Banks are hiring back office functions as well, such as operations and IT. Back office positions do not necessarily require a college degree.

Vet Perspectives on the Fair

The conference included a day of seminars about the financial services industry. In the morning, there were panel discussions in which veterans at different stages in their careers shared their experiences and provided helpful advice about transitioning from the military into the financial industry.

Charles, a former Navy pilot, attended this year’s conference. He explained, “It’s a great way to learn about different finance firms and more effectively compare them. Several firms handed out pamphlets with info about their upcoming veteran events. That’s really helpful, since these exclusive events are not always well advertised.”

Patricia, a former Naval Flight Officer, saw three benefits in attending the conference. “I got to see what opportunities are out there. I learned more about the finance industry. And, I met other vets going through the transition process as well as vets who had already transitioned into the financial industry. In fact, several of the vets I connected with were key to helping me build my network in the industry and ultimately get hired into an investment banking position.”

What if you missed the fair or didn’t get placed?

Don’t worry! VOWS gave us some great tips to help you find a job in finance:

  • Get Smart!  Firms don’t expect you to have a finance degree or previous work experience in the industry, but they do expect you to be able to talk the talk.
    • Don’t feel intimidated – Before I took finance and accounting courses I thought discount rate only applied to shopping. (Look it up at investopedia.com and bookmark the site).
    • Subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the Economist, and Dealbook to learn current events and lingo. Look up unfamiliar terms at Investopedia.
    • Reach out to your contacts on LinkedIn.
    • Contact VOWS with questions about the conference or finance industry.
  • Demonstrate Commitment.  Firms want candidates who are excited about working in the industry, know what the job involves, and are committed to a career in finance.  If your story doesn’t convey this commitment, you may be overlooked even if you’re a strong candidate.
  • Seek a Mentor.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice.  Conduct mock interviews with friends and family, attend career fairs to gain more experience and confidence, and attend networking events to build your network and perfect your elevator pitch.

Bottom Line:  If you’re dreaming about a job in finance, make it a reality. Transitioning to a new career is never easy. Follow these tips, roll up your sleeves, and hit the street. Your dream job could be around the corner!

Please send any questions and comments to switchstarter@gmail.com

© 2012 SwitchStarter, LLC

Posted by: Dan | July 29, 2012

Job Searching with Twitter! (Part 2)

In Part 1, you learned how to get started on Twitter. You setup your account, added connections, and started searching for jobs. Now that you got the hang of it, you have a license to Tweet!

The following 5 tips will help you with Twitter etiquette (“Twetiquette”):

1.  Don’t Tweet Excessively.

  • You’re tempted to tweet as much as possible, and re-post (“re-tweet”) what others post as much as possible.  Don’t do it.
  • Keep the tweets and re-tweets to a minimum, and make them quality posts. Tweets aren’t a constant stream of consciousness. Stick with tweeting or re-tweeting 5-10 times per day while you get the hang of it.

2.  Time of Day to Tweet.

  • You’ll quickly learn that the more people you follow, the more new tweets you’ll see.
  • If you tweet randomly, it could be lost in the sea of tweets.
  • Figure out what time of day is most effective for your audience.

3.  #Go #Easy #onHashtags. 

  • What are hashtags for?  They make it easier to find your tweet through a search.
  • You don’t need to include hashtags (“#”) in every tweet.
  • And you shouldn’t include more than 1 or 2 in a single tweet.

4.  Need a Longer Runway? 

  • You get 140 characters to make a statement. That may not be enough space to send a message and a link to a website.
  • Use a URL shortener. Click here for one from Google.

5.  Put the search on autopilot.

  • Use TweetBeep to get hourly updates via email of anything you want to keep track of.  It’s like a Google Alert for Twitter.
  • Use TweetDeckto do three main things:
    • Arrange your feeds into customizable columns.
    • Filter feeds to only display topics that you’re interested in.
    • Schedule tweets to post at a particular time. This is especially helpful if you’re overseas or on vacation, and want to send consistent posts at times when your audience will see them.

Please send any questions and comments to switchstarter@gmail.com

© 2012 SwitchStarter, LLC

Posted by: Lisa | July 24, 2012

Job Search Time Management Tips

Finding a job is a job in and of itself!  Facing even greater challenges, active duty service members must balance their day-to-day military obligations while searching for a new career.  Here are a few tips to help you get organized and make the most out of your time:

Make a Schedule: Juggling work, family and the job search is no easy task.  In fact, this balancing act may make you favor action (job search activities) over planning, but taking time to write out a schedule may actually help save you time in the end.  Additionally, there are clear benefits to developing a job search plan, such as helping you to prioritize your activities, stay focused, and maintain momentum.   I find the following steps useful when developing my schedule:

  1. Set monthly goals/milestones; then break down those into weekly goals
  2. Check your work schedule and other commitments (events, family, friends, etc)
  3. Identify weekly actions to meet the goals, being sure to plan around your existing obligations
  4. Spread this week’s list of actions throughout the week. If you keep a calendar, schedule the time!
  5. Each night (or every other night) review the tasks for the next day and make adjustments if necessary
  6. Always prioritize

Be Flexible: This may seem contradictory to creating a schedule, but it’s important to embrace the fact that things come up.  You may have to cancel an informational interview because you have to stay home with your sick child.  Maybe you have to work late one night, which keeps you from finalizing your resume.  In the military, we are used to working within a structured environment while maintaining our flexibility (semper gumby).  Planning for your job search is no different!  As your commitments change, revisit your schedule to weave in job search activities when possible.

Be Realistic:  Be realistic about the time things take – it’s easy to convince yourself an activity will take less time than it actually does. In fact, you may get easily discouraged if you overload your plate.  Maintain a pulse on how quickly you can complete job search activities and refine your schedule to better incorporate realistic expectations.  As your job search progresses, you will get a better sense of how to allocate the time. Better yet – allocate max times for activities. For example, 30 minutes max to research companies, 1 hour max to refine my resume, etc.  This will help you manage expectations (personal and family) in a more positive way.

Carve Out Time: We all have different demands on our time and life battle rhythms.  Find a way to carve time, even 15 minutes, out of your day.  Perhaps you can start your morning a half hour earlier or go to bed a half hour later.  Instead of watching your favorite 1 hr TV show live, watch the DVR recording without the commercials.   Take a lunch break to research jobs instead of eating with colleagues.  15 minutes may not seem like a lot but 15 min X 30 days = a lot of progress.

Multi-Task: Some research indicates that multi-tasking actually makes you less efficient. For example, you are not as productive when working on your resume while watching TV.  In some instances, multi-tasking is appropriate and may help you knock out some job search activities.  For example, print out articles and read at the gym (in between weight sets, stationary bike or elliptical). Brainstorm your elevator pitch or think through potential career paths during a run.  You could also bring job search materials to read on the bus/metro or while waiting for a medical appointment.

© 2012 SwitchStarter, LLC

 

Posted by: Dan | July 23, 2012

Job Searching with Twitter! (Part 1)

Twitter isn’t just a place to tell the world what’s on your mind in 140 characters or less.  It can also be a tool to help you find a job!

Follow these steps to improve your job searching with Twitter!

1.  Set Up Your Twitter Profile.

- Use your real name for a username. This makes it easier for employers to find you.

- Your bio can only be 160 characters. Include your City, the type of job you’re looking for, and key words that describe your strengths.

- Include a professional-looking photograph. It can be the same photo from your LinkedIn account.

2.  Follow Others.

- You can search for other people and groups and follow them.  Once you click “Follow”, their posts (“tweets”) will display on your home page.

- When you find a person or group that you find helpful, go to their profile and see who they’re following. Follow people or groups in this list if they have something in common with you. For example, follow people that are veterans or help veterans.

- A few suggestions for people/groups to follow:

  • @Switchstarter  (Our posts about transition guidance/resources)
  • @HireOurHeroes  (Posts about upcoming job fairs and transition guidance)
  • @hireDS  (Posts about upcoming job fairs and transition guidance)
  • @missioncontinue (information about fellowship opportunities)
  • @H2Hjobfairs  (posts about construction careers)

3.  Follow Companies.

- Employers use Twitter too.  Search for companies that you’re interested in and follow them. You’ll can read current developments and learn about job openings.

- A few suggestions for companies to follow:

4.  Use Lists to Group the People You Follow.

- Create lists in Twitter to combine people and groups with a common theme.

- Next to the “Following” button (once you’re already following a person/group), click the icon that looks like a head and shoulders.

- Click “Add or remove from lists…”, and you’ll be able to create a list and add them to it.

5.  Twitter Job Search for Vets. 

- Tweet My Jobs is an essential job search tool for two reasons:

  • Resume upload.  Sign up, upload your resume and it’ll be sent to employers that want to hire veterans.

- You can link to your Facebook account and get notified if your contacts work at companies you’re interested in.

- Enter your job preferences (role, industry, company, location).  The less you enter, the more results you’ll get.

- Enter the frequency of job alerts (instantly, daily, or weekly).

- Select the job channels you want to follow on Twitter from the list provided.

- Upload your resume, or build a new one using their template.

- Once the resume is complete, you can “Tweet your resume” or “Post to Facebook”.

  • Job Search.  Search by job type and/or location.

- The search results include Twitter channels to follow.

- Click “follow” for ones that you’re interested in, and you’ll receive updates from the group on your Twitter home page.

- TwitJobSearch is similar to Tweet My Jobs, except it doesn’t have a veteran-specific section, doesn’t let you upload a resume, and doesn’t let you search for jobs in a specific city in the U.S.

Check back soon for Part 2!

Please send any questions and comments to switchstarter@gmail.com.

© 2012 SwitchStarter, LLC

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