10 Ways To Leverage LinkedIn For A Career Change

LinkedInHere are 10 ways for career changers to leverage LinkedIn® in the job search:

1. Include Target Keywords

Just because you don’t have the industry experience yet, doesn’t mean you don’t have the right profile or transferrable skills. If you’re ever going to be found or considered for your next move you’ll have to brand appropriately which means including the best target keywords in your profile. The Summary section is a great place to subtly slip in keywords that will help you be found by those searching people in your target industry. Add a paragraph of career interests that is keyword rich by simply writing: “Career Interests: Keyword 1, keyword 2, keyword phrase, keyword 3,” etc. Ultimately, you want to start molding yourself into your new target-self whether this means adapting your profile story to communicate a new you or gradually weaving in target industry lingo.

2. Volunteer in Target Industry and Add as Recent Experience

Your recent experience is of paramount importance because the reader or hiring manager wants to feel you are up on current trends and practices. If your current job is non-industry

First Job Advice For Every College Grad

College Grad1. Try an Internship

Internships are a great way to network inside a company and lay the foundation for future opportunities especially if your goal is to eventually be hired with your internship company. The downside is that of working for free, but the upside is that of an immediate entry point or foot in the door AND exposure to the hiring decision makers. If you’re struggling in the job search, and months are passing without any luck, you may want to try this route.

2. Work Your Butt Off

First impressions are everything so you’ll want to start by proving yourself as qualified and competent. Don’t slack off or be caught surfing the web. Do your job to the best of your abilities so that you’re exceeding expectations and keeping your manager happy. Raise your hand to take on more work at every opportunity as long as your quality of work is strong. This will send the message that you are serious about what you do. It will also help you start developing a wide range of skills and valuable experiences to speak to on

How to Look for a Job

Look for a JobThe Functional Curriculum:

1. The Functional Resume or Curriculum is the one that is much less frequently used than the Chronological one. The reason for this is that, although you normally would get a better job, you have a lot more to do to put this curriculum into operation.

2. To begin with you should write the story of your own life, but only the positive aspects of it. Then you should relate the talents that you used to make these life events so positive. After this you have to rank the five most important talents (1,2,3,4,5) that you used.

3. On the other end of the scale you have to determine the direction you want your life to take job wise based on your past experiences and education. Then you have to relate those 5 talents mentioned above to your job search by writing the importance order under your goal, and giving two examples of each on how you used these talents in the past, but related to experiences that would help you in your job search. This then is your curriculum. Goal

How to Successfully Work With Recruiters

Successfully Work With RecruitersRelationships are at the center of everything in the world of career and I briefly touched on the tip of the iceberg last week, but I wanted to do a follow up because it will be a game-changer when it comes to your career. Working with recruiters should be at the heart of your relationships in the career space.

Yeah, I’ll admit it. I’m a little partial to recruiters (because I used to be one) but whatever your experience, you will want to ensure you have the recruiter network on your side to ensure you are on their radars.

Connecting with recruiters is a critical part of job search success throughout your career and here’s why. Recruiters oftentimes know about job openings before they hit the job boards. It’s their job to find the best person for the job and so they have to constantly be in the know. And part of being in the know is being extremely well connected.

Now I’m all about working smart, not hard and having a robust recruiter network in your back pocket is one of the ways

How to Survive a Long Job Search

How to Survive a Long Job SearchTODAY’S JOB MARKET CAN BE AS SLOW AS MOLASSES. If you’ve gotten the boot and find yourself in the job market, be prepared for a longer rather than shorter job search. Competition is for the fewer jobs out there is fierce. Not only are there less jobs but the hiring process also is taking longer.

How to survive a long job finding campaign

You’ll survive by overcoming these seven common barriers faced by job candidates:

  • CHANGE. You resist change. Why? Because of the feeling you lack control over your situation. You’ll take back control by taking the initiative to explore options available to you. Then make plans to take action.

When you’re unable to make your mind about which option to choose, explore several of them for awhile. Then narrow down your choices after you’ve determined where your best opportunities are.

    • A CHANGING JOB MARKET. So the last time you interviewed was over 20 years ago? The way you’re hired has changed a lot since then. The application process is more complicated and, as mentioned above, takes longer and

Reasons Why Internship Makes A Great Start For Your Career

Internship Makes A Great Start For Your CareerThe job market today is very competitive and only if you have something more unique to present than the rest of the candidates can get you that dream job. The fact is that almost all hiring companies look for experience and yet not many of them give fresh graduates a chance to gain that necessary experience. A professional internship can therefore be a stepping stone for you to start marching towards a successful career. Volunteer placements can also do you good because you get to gain some valuable experience when working in communities, charities and NGOs. Besides the experience, there are so many other benefits of starting as an intern.

1. It expands your professional network. You might be an intern but you will be working with the field’s professionals and they can help you with references; they are actually potential future employers if they are impressed with what you offer. The internship also exposes you to events that are relevant to your career and from them you can network to your advantage in the current moment or later in the future.

How to Get a Promotion

How to Get a PromotionAs you build your career, there may be many opportunities for promotion. Some people seem to be able to glide up the ladder, while others may find it more difficult to advance. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, there are definite things you can do to help yourself get promoted. Here are a few to try:


Does your supervisor know what you do? If you are in an independent working situation, be certain to let him or her know the work that you are doing. Offer ideas to make the business run better and support the implementation of these programs if they choose to run with them. Be a team player. Make your boss look good and they will move you into their slot when your work helps them to excel as well.

Make Yourself Indispensable in the Right Way

Another important part of getting a promotion is to become the best at things… but only the right things. Think managerial and not maintenance. If you become the only one who can fix the copier or file things correctly,

A Few Job Search Websites That Everybody Should Use

Indeed.comThere are a staggering number of online job portals available today. There are so many that a job seeker can be overwhelmed just trying to figure out which one to use. There are large search engines and small search engines. They are niche job boards that cater to specific industries, and there are even some bad job boards that will do little to help you find a position. While some of the major well-known sites are good, many job hunters are afraid to visit the less well-known sites. Many of these sites can be just as good, or even better than the giant mega job portals. Here is a short list of 5 online job sites that everybody should use:

  1. Indeed.com: This website is a meta-search engine that actually collects and compiles data from other websites. Indeed.com collects job listings from job boards, newspapers and human resource pages of company websites. It puts all this information in one place and filters out multiple listings of the same job. When you find a job you want to apply for, Indeed.com simply sends you to the original posting of the position.

Aiming for Work Life Synergy

Work-Life Synergy‘Men for the sake of getting a living, forget to live.’ Margaret Fuller

In all likelihood you’ve been there… and you may have seen generations of your family and friends go through the same! You’re working endlessly, but find that you have so little to show for it! Hard work alone doesn’t always pay, and that’s a fact. I’ve had times where the days of stress accumulated into weeks, which then turned into months, and when it started to affect my health, I told myself that I wouldn’t put myself through that again. As the story goes though, my work-horse nature took over, and before I knew it I began working frantically yet again, scrambling to ridiculous self-imposed deadlines, with weeks passing by in a blur. Thankfully, a bit of good sense kicked in, and although I had to make a concerted effort to do so, I forced myself to stop, take a step back, assess the situation and devise ways of working smarter and not harder. And that’s not just something that ‘people’ say. You can actually

Bring Your Passion to the Workplace

Bring Your Passion to the WorkplaceMy father was a country boy from Mississippi. In his early twenties, when my grandfather became ill, being the eldest, he was held responsible for running the family farm which helped feed his nine brothers and sisters. I’m sure this expanded his perspective about what was possible.

He wanted more. “More” in the fifties was going west. He ended up in Los Angeles where he was able to land an assembly-line worker job at General Motors. Through that job, dad was able to accomplish much-he married, was able to sustain four children while my mom was a stay-at-home mother, and acquired income property and a nice nest egg.

After thirty years, he was able to retire with a handsome pension that took care of both himself and mom. He was a loyal worker and GM was loyal to him. Those were the good old days.

Why Live Your Purpose?

Our economy has shifted. Good pensions are passĂ©, lay-offs and demotion punctuate the economic landscape and many companies have tanked. Displaced workers are asking themselves, “How do I redefine myself and get

How to Start to Be a Professional

Start to Be a ProfessionalBecoming a professional is an extremely daunting task. Knowing where to start your professional career can be equally as daunting. To decide where you want to go with your career is the first step. The best way to decide where you want to go you must find what you are passionate about.

Finding something that drives you is as simple as looking into your hobbies and finding out what you look forward to at the end of the day. If you look forward to your weekend fishing on the weekends, then go and look for jobs selling boats, or in a manufacturing facility that sells boats to retail distributors. Find what you enjoy to talk about. If you enjoy talking about the subject, it will show at your job as well as to your customer. People enjoy being around someone who loves their job and is passionate about a subject. This will help fuel your business. Also being happy at work is key to having professional career because your passion will drive you to more career accomplishments.

5 Ways Your Online Lifestyle Can Ruin a Career Opportunity

gossip in officeMany people want to keep their “work lives” and their “personal lives” separate. However, with social media it has become more and more difficult to keep the two worlds from colliding. Today’s employers will look through social profiles in order to help them decide who would be a good candidate for a job position. The amount of information you publish on social media sites makes it easy for potential employers to have access to your personal life, which could turn out to be bad for you if they happen to spot some things that will turn them off, and ruin your opportunity to get the job.

1. Vulgarity and Obscenity: People generally speak on the internet the way they speak in real life. Or at least that’s the way employers think. If you use vulgar language in your profiles, then employers will assume you lead a lifestyle where you speak publicly the same way, and they will not want to hire someone who they cannot trust to communicate in a professional manner.

2. Negativity: Employers want to hire

Advantages & Disadvantages of Working With a Startup

Working With a Startup“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Apple

These are many inspirational quotes by entrepreneurs who have made it big in the world of business. Many of the multinational corporations which you see now have been started in a garage with little funding, but by young entrepreneurs. Gone are the days, when a large business magnate was more than fifty years old. In recent times, younger-than-30 years CEOs are common and the surprising fact is that they have made a splash in the big whirlpool of business and redefined old traditions and norms.

However, if you are a job aspirant, fresher or experienced, the choice for working in a start-up should never by hurriedly made.

Ten Career Change Myths

Career Change MythsMyth #1: You can’t make a living doing something you really enjoy

This is a well-known, age-old career myth… the belief that you can’t have a career that allows you a comfortable living doing something that you enjoy and are good at. This is an outdated concept, which stems from the times of our forefathers. Yes, of course you need to earn to provide for yourself, and for your family, but fear and a reluctance to step outside your comfort zone can prevent you from reaching your potential and earning a living doing what you’re passionate about. You don’t have to sacrifice on happiness to make a living, you just have to be willing to think creatively about what you’re good at, how you can earn from it, and be prepared to put in the work. If you enjoy what you do, believe me… it won’t feel like work!

If you find yourself buying into this myth, think about what you’ll regret more… following your passion or giving in to your fears! Now by no means am I suggesting that you give up on a job

How to Avoid the Most Common Mistakes When Negotiating a Job Offer

Negotiating a Job OfferWhen you’re looking for a job, one of the most stressful aspects of the process is handling the salary conversation. We’ve always been taught it’s impolite to talk about money, and yet, there you are, meant to be haggling away and assigning value to yourself that should match a secret number your potential employer has in mind, too. It can seem like a minefield to navigate, but there are some common steps to this process that will help you move forward, especially in the construction and engineering industries, where numbers can depend on conversations that job seekers often have a hard time with.

Giving too much information: A potential employer will likely ask you what your current salary is, or what your requirements are. If they ask this early on, be aware: you don’t have to answer this directly. If you’re hoping to make a vastly higher number than your current salary; you will give some leverage for the employer to offer you less early on. You’ll lose any kind of ground you can gain later in the interview process through negotiating–once you will have proven

Occupational Therapy, Career and Salary Variation Factors

Career and SalaryOccupational Therapy is evidence – based health program and a fulfilling career path. As a Therapist, you can help and provide treatment for all age group people with physical, cognitive, and mobility impairments. You can assist infants, kids, toddlers, and adults spend productive, meaningful, safe, and quality life in the environment they live. With your support, these people can independently perform functions necessary for their activities of daily livings (ADL), manage homes, and participate in their communities.


The bright career outlook, attractive salaries, and easy employment opportunities combine to make Occupation Therapy the fastest growing career. There is a greater demand for these health professionals in a variety of settings because they help individuals with disabilities and impairments recover and develop the skills needed for performing everyday activities.

According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS), May 2015, their jobs will grow 27 percent from 2014 to 2024, and 30,400 more practitioners will be required in all settings. In the same period, employment of therapy assistants will grow 40 percent. The workplaces for both practitioners include

5 Things That Must Be on Your Resume

ResumeThe first step to getting a job interview is having a stellar resume. Here are 5 things that must be on your resume if you want to get to the first step in landing a new job.

Contact Information

This is the most basic thing, but so many people do not get this right. You need to have your cell phone, email address and LinkedIn address. You also must include your town. This is important because employers want to see where you are located in relation to the job. You can leave your street address off if you do not feel comfortable having this information out on the web.

Dates of Employment

Hiring managers hate job hoppers and will look for gaps in your resume, so alleviate this concern by putting dates of employment in chronological order. If you have gaps in your employment, put what you were doing with a short bullet point.


Always put your education on your resume. If you have a 4-year college degree put Bachelor’s degree. Do not just put the name of the college you attended. If

About to Lose Your Job? 5 Ways to Take Control

Lose Your Job1. Don’t bury your head in the sand

As difficult as it may be to force yourself to get an overview of your financial situation, especially if you are neck-deep in debt, you really do need to knuckle down and start reviewing. Look at details like the interest rates that you’re paying and whether you can get a better deal, whether there are 0% balance transfer options you can move to, or whether you can refinance or consolidate debts. If you think your job may be ending, before it does is the best time to do this!

2. Start trimming down

Go through your bank statements, make a list of all your spending, and then look at what you can cut down on. Decide what it is that you can do without, and then cut it out. If you feel like you can’t, then look at what you can swap… try DVDs/movies online instead of going to the cinema, look at cheaper places to get your take-away coffees and try to cut down on how often you

How to Avoid Being Ignorant During a Job Interview

Being Ignorant During a Job InterviewAMONG THE COMMON MISTAKES MADE BY JOB CANDIDATES is not doing their homework before interviewing. That’s what really tees hiring managers off.

Your ignorances about the job you’re applying for, the company you’re applying to, and about your own skills shows potential bosses that you’re an unprepared candidate who is wasting their time. When you don’t know these things, you’re considered an ignoramus. You can avoid having that harmful label slapped on you by gathering information in three areas before interviewing:

Know what the company is about
The first step in selling anything is gathering information about your product and the customer to whom you intend to sell it to. When it comes to a job finding campaign, you are the product to be marketed and sold. Your prospective job prospects are your customers.

In today’s age of the Internet, there are no excuses for your not knowing about a company. Most corporate Websites contain oodles of information you can use at the interview.

For example, many sites have several pages of information you can open. Click on COMPANY to get

Career Changes Are Messy Here’s The Secret

Career ChangesWouldn’t it be great if life was just ” straight forward” i.e. you make a decision and go-for-it and it happens. It often looks like it works that way for other people. You read about the people who have made it in the public eye. They have moved up to CEO, drive an expensive car, launched a “unicorn”, published a best seller and it looks like they sailed smoothly to the top… until you get up close. Then you see the struggles, anguish, the pain, and the trials that they went through–the companies they started that failed, the divorces, the health crises, the walls they smacked in to. Life is messy!

When you are going through a career change or transition, or trying to start a new company, all kinds of obstacles seem to throw themselves at you. You want to change careers, and that may mean more training, more expense, and restarting close to the bottom of the pay-scale. Would your family support you if you did this? You are pursued to take a great job several states away which would mean uprooting your family from friends,