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February 24, 2014

Search Tips To Help You Land Your Dream Job

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Job Seeker Weekly recommends setting up a "free" Job Alert Account at ZipRecruiter. Their job search engine produces far more targeted results than ALL of the other alerts out there. They have real jobs! No junk or spam job postings. ZipRecruiter is the leading provider of job alerts for job seekers. To get the newest jobs from across the web sent to your inbox daily, sign up for free job alerts today!

How to land your dream job...

By Sam Zipursky, FreshGigs

Wondering about the makes or breaks of hiring? You are not alone. CareerBuilder recently conducted research, surveying 5,518 job seekers and 2,775 hiring managers, to assess what candidates can expect from employers and vice versa. The results are interesting.

"Expectations and behaviors have evolved with new technologies, greater access to information and workplace environments that have become more flexible.These lessons are designed to help job seekers and employers to connect with one another more effectively," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder.

As an applicant, be prepared to interview with the head honchos. You never know who you will be meeting with when you sit in the hot seat. So, practice for every interview like you're speaking to the big wigs. According to CareerBuilder, 38% of employers say that they require people to interview with a CEO, CFO, COO, etc.

Make sure you are clean of "digital dirt." 62% of employers will search you on the Internet for additional information. Almost half will Google you, and over a quarter will find you on Facebook. Potential employers may also review your comments on Twitter, Yelp, etc. So, take our word for it and keep your online identity clean, and do it before you even start applying for jobs. Employers often search as a way to weed out applicants before an interview.

Here are some tips:

  • Google yourself and see what comes up. Also check Bing and Yahoo to determine your online reputation.
  • Revisit your photos, comments and links on the various social sites that you use. If there is even a question about something's appropriateness, remove it.
  • Change your security settings on Facebook, and specify who can see your page on the Privacy Settings page.
  • Create positive content: comment, blog and post appropriate information that mimics the impression you want to make.
  • Remember your manners: say thank you. The survey found that over half of employers said it's important to follow up an interview with a thank you. A quarter of them felt that it was very important. A good thank you can reemphasize your skills and enthusiasm for the position. In some cases, especially when you are one of hundreds of applicants, it might be what it takes to remind an employer of who you are.

    A good thank you note includes, among many things:

    - Something specific discussed in the interview
    - Your interest and enthusiasm in the position
    - Your appreciation for their time

    Job seekers really know how to do it right. Eighty-five percent will look for a company and/or open positions using Google and other search engines; 69% will look for information on job boards; 83% will look on company career sites; and 75% use traditional networking to gather more information about a company.

    Your job search isn't complete unless you use online tools to your advantage. The important thing is to know how to use all those channels correctly. For example, job seekers should be using job board aggregators. Just like your typical search engines, these sites will compile jobs matching the skill and location that you enter. The results that come up will be pulled from all directions and will be with you in an instant.

    The main reason for you to use an aggregator is that you will search through all jobs in one go. You will not find as many results from your search anywhere else. The comprehensive search will pull up results from job boards, newspaper's job sections, company career pages, recruiter sites and more.

    The other reason to use a job search engine is that you save lots of time. Instead of hopping through 10 job boards per day, just use your favorite aggregator and rest assured that you have all bases covered. The time you save can be put to good use for the other aspects of your job search.

    Next, look for postings, but also learn how to spot language in social messaging, blogs and sites that lay out what is important to the company and the position. Then, tailor your interview message to reflect that. In other words, do your research from as many sources as possible, and use it to put your best foot forward!

    FreshGigs.ca was started in 2010 by two cousins, Michael and Sam. Their goal was to connect the best marketing and creative talent in Canada with exciting career and project opportunities. Today, FreshGigs.ca is trusted by over 300 employers from across the country and hundreds of professionals are joining thousands more each month to apply for jobs on the site. FreshGigs specializes in Marketing, Communications and Creative jobs. Their online blog features interviews, ideas and insights from the industry.
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