Success Stories: Landing a Job through Social Media

I’m always telling people they need to get on the various social networks to look for a job and let people know they are looking for a job. It’s true that most jobs are filled through networking, whether it’s networking in person or online.

Here are two success stories about two people from New Jersey that landed their current job through the use of social media.

Allyson Pryor

Assistant Account Executive, Springboard Public Relations

Allyson graduated Seton Hall in 2009 as a Journalism/Public Relations major. She had dreams of working for a company handling social media. A company reached out to her via Twitter because they liked what she was doing on Twitter. Allyson used to tweet about being unemployed amongst other things. Through a Direct Message (DM) the company told her they were hiring. She applied for the position and some of her contacts on Twitter and LinkedIn were references for this position. She was then brought on full time at Springboard Public Relations as an Assistant Account Executive.

Follow her on Twitter @locallylove!

Judy Moriarty

Vice President Broker Record, Atlantic & Pacific Real Estate

Judy was using social media for a while as a way for people to get to know her on a more personal level.

Judy was working in real estate sales and building her network online through Facebook, Twitter and a little LinkedIn. While attending a social media conference, she realized the importance of LinkedIn and decided to redo her LinkedIn profile and gear it more towards business management rather than real estate sales. Judy had experience in business management but that was not the focus of her LinkedIn profile. She decided to revamp her LinkedIn profile because she wanted her profile to tell people exactly what her background was. Shortly after she updated her profile someone contacted her through LinkedIn regarding an upper level management position within the company. Judy happily accepted the position (although she wasn’t looking at the time) and was in charge of opening a branch office for the company in New Jersey.

When chatting with Judy we talked about the importance of keywords in a LinkedIn profile. Recruiters/hiring managers are out there looking for candidates and are searching LinkedIn profiles by using various keywords. Judy agreed whole heartedly and said she even tested it out and selected a few keywords that she used in her profile to see how many people would appear in a search and only 3 did. Make sure you are using keywords in your profile to get noticed. Judy went on to say that her hiring manager always uses LinkedIn to find upper level management job candidates.

Judy has hired two sales agents through Twitter. One of the agents she hired through Twitter she found by listening to a conversation her employee was having to someone else regarding the industry and reached out to them for a position.

Follow her on Twitter @realestatechick! She’s hiring! Drop her a line!

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5 Highest Paying Jobs in the Public Sector

By: The Resume Chick

Ever thought of working in the public sector? If you are in need of higher income, you might want to consider applying for a job in this area. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of jobs in this sector that pay higher salaries compared to that given by private companies; especially if you pursue the following fields:

  1. Engineers, Architects. State and federal governments usually have a lot of infrastructure projects and expect them to be finished on time, within budget and in the best quality.  The average starting salary for engineers is around $45,000; 5 to 10 years of experience gets them up to $60,000 – $80,000; it can get up to over $110,000 with more than 10 years of experience. Architects on the other hand have a median salary of approximately $77,000; average salary may vary from $42,000 to $120,000 per year.

 

  1. Lawyers.  Excellent lawyers in the public sector enter into various agreements, contracts, and prepare memorandums on behalf of the government. In most cities, entry level salary at public defender’s office is under $40,000; at the Department of Justice, it starts under $50,000. Generally, the salary range for most lawyers working in various government agencies is from $57,063 to $106,165.

 

  1. Computer and Information Systems Manager. The rate of data flowing in and out of the public sector is exceedingly high; they need people who are good at data processing, systems analysis, and information systems to handle all information and data gathered.  Every office in all branches and departments of the government require intricate but efficient computer programs or databases for storage and retrieval at a particular time. Many of these data are also sensitive and need to be handled by highly competent people to ensure their security. The federal government pays Information Systems Managers $63,170 to $100,639; state and local jurisdictions varies from $57,728 to $92,524.

 

  1. Medical Examiners. They have very significant roles; their expertise is often used as hard evidence in winning so many criminal cases. Medical examiners in federal government can earn between $28,500 and $87,429; while those working in local governments can expect a salary of $33,064 to $65,854. Chief medical examiners can command as high as $200,000.

 

  1. Financial Analysts/Comptrollers. Financial records in the public sector must be updated and organized for easy retrieval just like any organization.  Aside form their usual roles, financial analysts/comptrollers examine or explore financial strategies that would make the institution or department more efficient and cost-effective. A financial analyst in the public sector has a salary range of $44,120 – $63,100; Senior Financial Analysts earn between $63,125 and $86,969. Comptrollers earn $74,872 – $97,333, but may go as high as $174,000 with greater years of experience.

 

Before seeking high paying jobs in the public sector, you have to consider the amount of pressure and expectation that these jobs may demand from you when you start working for the government.  If this is a challenge you are willing to accept, then you know the rewards for all your hard work will be equally satisfying and sustaining.  Good luck with your search!

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About the Author:

Over the past 10 years, Karen has assisted thousands of job seekers by providing them with a resume that brought them the confidence and professionalism they needed to get an interview. After writing for several years, Karen recognized the need for something different. Utilizing a creative edge, she helps make job hunting easier with her company, TheResumeChick.com, as an affordable way to get top notch, custom resumes in a jiffy. Her clients have raved about their new competitive edge, more interviews and better job offers and salary increases thanks to her handiwork. Karen welcomes any inquiries for interviews and career assistance opportunities where she can lend her voice on the how-to’s on writing a resume that works and getting the interview.

You can get more tips from her blog or simply follow her amusing factoids, discussions and articles on her Twitter. Don’t be fooled by impostor Chicks! And for goodness sake, when a groovy resume is what you want… Resume Chick-It!

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Typo Errors can Make a Difference in Getting (or Losing) a Job

By: The Resume Chick

Your resumes should always appear neat and presentable. Too much information and errors can cause the prospective employer to lose interest early on. Typographical errors are apt to give the hiring manager the impression that you do not pay much attention to detail and that you just let simple mistakes slip away. Here are some typo errors that are liable to make or break your chances of getting the coveted job.

  1. Dates are important. You must always be accurate in entering the details of the length of your job experience. The dates you indicate in your resumes are very important details that the hiring manager looks into. If you have been employed from 2002 – 2005 and you keyed in 2020 instead of 2002, that’s blatant carelessness. It instantly tells the employer that you didn’t even bother to proofread your resume. There’s no question about it, your resume is headed to the trash bin.
  2. Double check the numbers. If you already have enough experience in the working world, you’ll probably do the numbers game. Well, just be sure to write down the right numbers. If you’re bragging about raising the sales up by 10%, make sure you don’t write 100%. It’s not that 100% is unattainable, but it’s a rare occasion. The employer has every reason to do some double-checking. Be careful how you play the number games; it can be dangerous and can cost you a lost interview.
  3. Be sure it’s your name. It sounds funny and bordering on foolish but really, some resumes have misspelled names. It is bad enough when you forget to place your name on the resume, even worse if you copied the resume and without editing the name. You can definitely say goodbye to the job you are after.
  4. Misspelled words are a bummer. The most common typo errors that can really turn off a prospective employer are misspelled words, so go the extra mile to avoid them. Spellcheckers are readily available, use them. But don’t stop there. Have someone check every word to ensure that each one is spelled correctly. Don’t blow your chances just because you typed “and excellent typist” instead of just “an excellent typist”. See the world of difference one letter can do?
  5. Punctuation marks say it all. You might think this doesn’t matter, but it does. Punctuation marks are very crucial when it comes to getting your message across to the reader. You don’t need to put an exclamation point in a sentence that doesn’t warrant strong emotion. You might sound a bit too excitable – if not unstable. Be sure the sentence ends in a period and not with a comma or the employer may think you’re unsure what you’re talking about.

It is crucial to pay attention to the smallest detail, especially if you’re on a job search. Always remember that a little extra effort to review your resume won’t hurt at all. It can mean getting (or losing) the job you want most.

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About the Author:

Over the past 10 years, Karen has assisted thousands of job seekers by providing them with a resume that brought them the confidence and professionalism they needed to get an interview. After writing for several years, Karen recognized the need for something different. Utilizing a creative edge, she helps make job hunting easier with her company, TheResumeChick.com, as an affordable way to get top notch, custom resumes in a jiffy. Her clients have raved about their new competitive edge, more interviews and better job offers and salary increases thanks to her handiwork. Karen welcomes any inquiries for interviews and career assistance opportunities where she can lend her voice on the how-to’s on writing a resume that works and getting the interview.

You can get more tips from her blog or simply follow her amusing factoids, discussions and articles on her Twitter. Don’t be fooled by impostor Chicks! And for goodness sake, when a groovy resume is what you want… Resume Chick-It!

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NJ Unemployed Makes Front Page of Asbury Park Press

NJ Unemployed and Katie DeVito featured on front page of Asbury Park Press today in response to President Obama’s NJ visit July 28th. Read more here http://bit.ly/9eY7dh.

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The Latest Tools HR Uses to Find You

By: The Resume Chick

With the latest developments in networking, job seekers should make a habit if staying abreast with the latest trends in human resources.  Nowadays, HR people do not just rely on print media or ads to find the best employees. They are updated on the latest techniques and tools in looking for the best employees.

  1. Web-Based Recruitment Systems. One strategy the HR Department employ is to maintain recruiting sites for their companies. They usually post information about their company on these sites. More importantly, it is where you can find posting of job vacancies and openings. Some of these sites require you to re-enter data already found on your resume; some even have built in tests/surveys you need to answer before completing the online application.  They can be a pain to fill out but some do have options for you to complete them at a later time if you are pressed.  So if you are searching for a job, make sure your resume is stored on these sites.  This may be your ticket to the world of the employed.
  2. LinkedIn. This online business network keeps you in the loop, especially if you specialize in certain industry sectors.  HR regularly checks this website for potential recruits.  This is the best place to be “seen” if you’re looking for a job or when a company needs to hire some good people.  Better get yourself “linked in” and upload that rocking resume for all potential employers to see.  Aside from your resume, it’s also a good tool for posting updates about your achievements or any awards received.
  3. Facebook. Facebook has come a long way from just tracking down old friends and relatives?  You can start joining discussions on areas of interests related to your field of expertise or profession.  You can even add companies who maintain Facebook accounts as friends. This is a good way to keep you updated on recent job postings. Also, if you keep your profile current with all necessary information that companies need to know about you, there’s a good chance that one or two might get interested.
  4. YouTube.  If your field of expertise is on multimedia, let the HR find your account on YouTube – and put on a show just for the!   You can even explore the idea of uploading an attractive video application/resume.  If it worked for Internet sensations Greyson Chance, Charice Pempengco and Arnel Pineda (lead singer of Journey), then it can work for you, too.  Just keep it tasteful and concise for your audience.
  5. Online job postings/job boards.  HR still posts job openings online through 3rd party boards.  It remains on of the most popular tools for HR to find you. Keep your account active (whether you are searching for an opportunity or not) and make sure your resume is updated and up to snuff.

Whatever strategy the HR Department uses in hiring employees, be prepared so that when you get a call, you’re good to go at any given time.  Make your online presence felt, say the right words and make an overall good impression. Make these tools work in your favor.

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About the Author:

Over the past 10 years, Karen has assisted thousands of job seekers by providing them with a resume that brought them the confidence and professionalism they needed to get an interview. After writing for several years, Karen recognized the need for something different. Utilizing a creative edge, she helps make job hunting easier with her company, TheResumeChick.com, as an affordable way to get top notch, custom resumes in a jiffy. Her clients have raved about their new competitive edge, more interviews and better job offers and salary increases thanks to her handiwork. Karen welcomes any inquiries for interviews and career assistance opportunities where she can lend her voice on the how-to’s on writing a resume that works and getting the interview.

You can get more tips from her blog or simply follow her amusing factoids, discussions and articles on her Twitter. Don’t be fooled by impostor Chicks! And for goodness sake, when a groovy resume is what you want… Resume Chick-It!

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Using Social Media to Help You Win the Gold

September 16, 2010 – “Using Social Media to Help You Win the Gold” with Abby Kohut
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where:   Special Olympics of New Jersey
                 3 Princess Road
                 Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
                 http://www.sonj.org 
RSVP Here: http://abbyusingsocialmedia.eventbrite.com

Absolutely Abby will deliver a presentation entitled “Using Social Media to Help You Win the Gold”. Using LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to the fullest can help you accelerate past your competition and stand out in the crowd. Just signing up for an account is not enough. Once you learn to use the tools to your advantage, you can reach a new level of recognition and prominence that will cause new opportunities to start flying your way.  This interactive presentation will show you how to put these tools to use within a short window of time. The ideal audience includes the social media novice and those who are using the tools at a basic level but want to use them more effectively.

Absolutely Abby

 

Abby Kohut, who is known on the web as Absolutely Abby, is the President of Staffing Symphony, LLC.  In the past 15 years, Abby held positions such as Senior Director of Recruiting for Kaplan, Interim Director of Recruiting for Continuum Health Partners, and Manager of Global Recruiting for Alpharma. Abby’s articles on AbsolutelyAbby.com and her bi-weekly Career Wake Up Calls inspire job seekers to stay motivated as they continue their search for their ideal job. Abby has presented to over 100 groups and was recently interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning Connecticut, 103.5 WKTU, WOR 710AM, and the Joe Franklin show on Bloomberg Radio. Her books “Absolutely Abby’s 101 Job Search Secrets” and “Absolutely Abby’s Top 12 Interview Questions Exposed” teach candidates secrets about the job search process that other recruiters won’t tell you. Best of all, Abby is on a mission to help one million job seekers in 2010.

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Meet Job Seeker Rodney Huisman

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Calling all Unemployed New Jerseyans!

NJ Unemployed is currently seeking video submissions. Each week we would like to spotlight one unemployed New Jerseyan. If you are interested in submitting a video, please email your 1-2 minute video to njunemployed@yahoo.com. Please send as a video, not as a YouTube link, etc. Make sure you mention the type of work you are looking for, list your accomplishments, etc. Feel free to embed your contact information onto your video, or state your contact information in your video bio. We want to make sure that potential employers have a way to contact you. So go grab your camera and get started! Look forward to seeing you!

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Join us on 7/20 for Building a Compelling Resume Workshop

Join us and learn how to build a compelling resume!

When:    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where:   New Horizons

                IBIS Plaza, Suite 903

                3525 Quakerbridge Road

                Hamilton, NJ 08619

RSVP Here: http://buildingacompellingresume.eventbrite.com/

Building a Compelling Resume in Word 2007

Overview

In this course, students will learn how to build a professional looking resume using the features available in Word 2007. Students will also learn some best-practices for creating a compelling resume.

Lesson : Creating a Basic Resume

Explore the User Interface

Open and View a Document

Customize the Word Environment

Enter Text

Save a Document

Preview and Print a Document

Lesson : Editing a Document

Navigate and Select Text in a Document

Insert, Delete, or Rearrange Text

Undo Changes

Search and Replace Text

Lesson : Formatting Text

Change Font Appearance

Highlight Text

Lesson : Formatting Paragraphs

Control Paragraph Layout

Add Borders and Shading

Lesson : Controlling Page Appearance

Control Page Layout

Add Headers and Footers

Lesson: Proofing a Document

Check Spelling, Grammar and Word Count

Enhance Textual Meaning Using the Thesaurus

Discussion: Creating a compelling Resume

Targeting your resume to specific job roles

“Headline” yourself

Effective ways of positioning your experience

What is the hiring manager looking for in your resume?

Lesson : Controlling Page Appearance

Control Page Layout

Add Headers and Footers

Lesson: Proofing a Document

Check Spelling, Grammar and Word Count

Enhance Textual Meaning Using the Thesaurus

Discussion: Creating a compelling Resume

Targeting your resume to specific job roles

“Headline” yourself

Effective ways of positioning your experience

What is the h

 

RSVP Here: http://buildingacompellingresume.eventbrite.com/

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Why Your Resume is in the Bottom of the Pile

By: The Resume Chick

Don’t beat yourself up or submit to disappointment if you lack experiences or skills. Lighten up. It’s not about quantity, it’s all about quality. As long as you can meet the basic requirements of the job, then you have as much of a fighting chance as the other applicants do.  Take note that hiring managers don’t just pay attention to years of experience and long list of skills.  They also pay very close attention to what is unwritten on your resume.

You need to remember that most companies now use machines to scan through resumes, which are unprejudiced.  If there are errors on it, there is no way for your resume to explain why they are there and how they should be corrected.

Mimic the job ad

As much as possible use the exact words that are mentioned in the job ad itself.  Using these keywords will improve your chances of beating those other resumes in the race, since the machine will identify you as a right match for the post.

Use a customized resume for every application

A generic resume may work but targeted ones work even better in getting your resume to top of the pile. Create a resume tailored for every company need. Get rid of the clutter. Dump irrelevant information and focus on skills and experiences you can offer that would reflect your worth and the position you’re applying for. Will mentioning that you got 3rd place in the Hog Races at the County Fair really get you that job? Nope- well, errr… not unless you are applying for the job of Pig Farmer Extraordinaire!

Use a consistent format

Spacing, indentation and bullets should be consistent throughout your whole resume. Using irregular fonts and inconsistent formatting make your resume hard to read and downright annoying. Make sure that your resume is crisp, clear and easy on the eyes. Layout is super important folks- don’t skimp and don’t make it 6pt font! Wowza! That is simply painful.

Edit and proofread

Grammatical and typographical errors are major turn-offs. You may laugh at yourself when you notice them but the person reviewing your resume surely won’t be amused. These errors may seem small but they can greatly impact the employer’s impression of you. Resume writers are very much aware of this that’s why they’re very careful about this detail on every resume they create for their clients. Past and present tenses are a big problem as well. Keep a look out.

Include a cover letter

Double your advantage over the other applicants: include a cover letter along with your resume.  Use it to show your desire for the position. Be aggressive. Ask for an interview as a parting sentence on this letter. Tell them they would be crazy not to meet with you. Whatever it takes to get their attention- now is your time to stand out!

Don’t let these details slip past you and leave your resume sitting at the bottom of the pile, or worse yet…the REJECT pile.  Pay attention to all the details and soon enough you will be noticed and snag that long awaited interview!

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About the Author:

Over the past 10 years, Karen has assisted thousands of job seekers by providing them with a resume that brought them the confidence and professionalism they needed to get an interview. After writing for several years, Karen recognized the need for something different. Utilizing a creative edge, she helps make job hunting easier with her company, TheResumeChick.com, as an affordable way to get top notch, custom resumes in a jiffy. Her clients have raved about their new competitive edge, more interviews and better job offers and salary increases thanks to her handiwork. Karen welcomes any inquiries for interviews and career assistance opportunities where she can lend her voice on the how-to’s on writing a resume that works and getting the interview.

You can get more tips from her blog or simply follow her amusing factoids, discussions and articles on her Twitter. Don’t be fooled by impostor Chicks! And for goodness sake, when a groovy resume is what you want… Resume Chick-It!

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