Should I be using indeed.com?

Yes! If you are looking for a job, http://www.indeed.com is an excellent tool for passively hunting for a job. There is a feature that allows you to post your resume on indeed.com, however, be cautious because as of right now, anyone can find your resume on indeed.com. You don’t want your potential employer to see you on there if you are still working. If you are unemployed, though it could be beneficial to post your resume there.

How does indeed work? Indeed is powered by Google and searches every website listed anywhere on the web (though I find it does NOT search Craigslist.org) just like a search engine would. Therefor, if you type in “legal secretary” and “Los Angeles,” all of the open positions posted on ANY website become visible to you*.
The other great thing about indeed is that you can set yourself up with job search lists, which will cause indeed to email you a list of EVERY open job that meets your search criteria each morning. I recommend doing several versions of your job title. For example, if you were a legal secretary you might want to search “legal secretary,” “legal assistant,” “legal administrative professional” etc… so that you do not miss the perfect opportunity.
*Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com may no longer get picked up by indeed because they feel threatened that indeed may be there new competition with the resume search tool they now offer. I have yet to officially verify this information.

Maximize your time, Minimize your effort

How many of you spend hours looking through different websites every day for various positions? Maybe you start your morning with www.careerbuilder.com and then you might go to www.hotjobs.com, and perhaps on to another website after that. With new job hunting websites popping up every day, it becomes harder and harder to discern which ones to use. One of my favorite tips for job seekers is to set yourself up with www.indeed.com job alerts. Indeed is powered by Google and thus, is able to search EVERY site on the web for the position you are looking for. If you are not already on Indeed, I highly recommend setting yourself up with several job alerts. These alerts will be emailed to you every morning and will list EVERY position that meets your search criteria listed anywhere on the web. You want to make sure to set up several different alerts to match your profession as different recruiters and hiring managers will use different titles. For example, if you are an attorney, you might want to do one alert for “attorney”, one for  “lawyer”, one for “Associate” and so on.

Good luck and happy job hunting!

Why use Twitter in your job search?

What is Twitter, and why should I use it for my job search?

Twitter is a FREE social networking and micro-blogging service that allows people to communicate through 140 characters or less, otherwise known as their tweets. Twitter gives people a chance to network and communicate with millions of people world-wide. Some people use their tweets to share simple every day things such as where they are or what they are doing at that moment, however, job seekers are beginning to realize the value of utilizing Twitter in their job search. Below are the top 5 reasons you should be using Twitter to enhance your job search efforts:

1) Get up to the minute updates on hot jobs! A job seeker can now be alerted through Twitter the moment a hot new job is posted by getting on websites like www.tweetmyjobs.com, www.jobshouts.com, and/or by following recruiters at various agencies and companies.  

2) Each tweet is treated as its own individual web page by Google. This means that what you say on Twitter will automatically help raise your Google ranking (especially if you use your first and last name as your Twitter User name), so make what you say meaningful!

3) Be seen as an expert in your field. Are you transitioning into a new career or do you have less experience than your competition? If so, it has never been easier to establish yourself as an expert by tweeting about relevant topics in your field.

4) Get connected. 80% of jobs are found by word of mouth, and of the 80% of people who find jobs by word of mouth, a majority of those people find their jobs through acquaintances, not close friends!

5) Use your tweets to let others know about your job search. It is great to connect with a lot of people and to be seen as an expert in your field, but you also need to let your followers know what you are looking for. Communicate with your followers by asking them for introductions to particular companies, and offer your connections or knowledge as a resource in return!

You Never Know…

Last night I was at a Pink Slip Mixer in Westwood. Towards the end of the night, one of my clients came up to me and we began to catch up. When I asked him how his job search was coming, he replied “Great!” He explained that he had a 3rd round interview coming up, and that he had 5 new leads from www.tweetmyjobs.com. I told him that sounded wonderful.

He went on to say, that was not all. “Wow!” I exclaimed, “There is more?” He then shared with me that he had just met a fantastic lead at the bar who had given him 3 phone numbers of potential leads that might be interested in hiring him! The person he met was not even someone that was part of our group. Rather, my client was at the bar and began chatting with the man next to him. During this conversation, my client quickly learned that this man was recently divorced and had just moved to the area from New York (where my client is from). My client immediately started to chat with him and offer him resources on great places to meet people in Los Angeles. The fact that my client started to offer resources first is critical. By offering to help someone else, they will be more inclined to help you in return. 

After a short conversation, my client mentioned he was in the digital media field, and sure enough, the man he was talking to wound up being a SVP for a huge cable channel. The man immediate wrote down three phone numbers for my client to call the next day, and even recommended that my client use his name.

It is for this very reason that you should always treat every person as a potential lead. You never know where your next job lead can come from. It could even be from the guy next to you at the bar.

The quickest way not to land a job, is to not apply!


The quickest way not to land a job, is to not apply! While this may seem pretty straightforward,
many job seekers underestimate how
much time they should spend on their job search a day.
It is important to apply to a minimum of 5-10 positions per day, and to spend at
least 40
hours a week working on your job search (this is if you are unemployed).
 


You do not want to burn yourself out, however, you can hardly expect to land your dream job if you are not
investing the necessary time and effort. In addition to spending 40 hours a week on your search, and
sending out 5-10 resumes a day, you should also keep a running Excel spreadsheet of:

Where your resume was sent,
to Whom it was sent,
When it was sent,
and for What position it was sent for.

By doing these three things, you will increase the amount of interviews you receive, and
thus increase the likelihood of landing your perfect job.