If you are in the market for a new job or career, I’m sure you already know that it is fiercely competitive out there. There are well over 15 million people out of work, millions more working part time or in positions that pay far less than they had previously earned. On top of that, nearly 1 million college graduates enter the job market annually, never mind those who have chosen work over college. Right now, there are about 5 applicants for every job available. when we look at professional positions, the number of applicants for a particular position can run into the hundreds. What are your chances?
I’ll be giving weekly tips that will help you gain employment sooner than later. This week’s tip is:
Be sure to tactfully manage your social networking sites. As a career coach, I see good people lose opportunities every day due to the fact that businesses today Google youto gather as much background information as they can. Photos, comments and connections you make can give the wrong impression of you to a potential employer.
There are the obvious postings that can do you in; vacation, party and family fun photos for instance. They should be reviewed to make sure there are not photos that show too much, or would throw up red flags. Also, anything available that you write can be reviewed. Using inappropriate jargon or rudeness, along with more traditional reviews of grammar and spelling could speak to credibility. So if you are serious about getting to that next level of employment, be aware of the background search realities: It is not just about drugs, arrests and past experience anymore.
If you truly want to be considered for that next step in the hiring process, be sure to “clean up” your online social life to be viewed as a seriously viable candidate.
If you want to learn how you can best succeed in today’s competitive market, call me at 888.616.COACH (2622)!
Every time you have to make a decision, what is your process? Most people think about what they did in the past and then formulate a response. Think about the repercussions of this lack of foresight. Yes, it is important to learn from the past. That doesn’t mean our decisions should be totally influence by our past experience. One mental process the most successful people use when decision-making is, “What can I do that will create the result I am am looking for.” It may have nothing to do with past results, rather it is about what they want to accomplish.
So, next time you are going through that moment in the decision making process when you search your brain cells for what you did before, even if it was successful, shut it down and explore your creativity and see if there are alternatives that inspire you to think in Forward Motion.
Need help with this practice? Contact me today at 888.616.COACH (2622)!