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February 05, 2013

Long Distance Networking

​Networking in an area in which you don't reside seems tough.  Even if you have family and friends there, they can only do so much.  The good news is that remote job search has become easier now that you can do a lot of the work online.

Careerealism suggests starting by being clear on what skill sets you possess, then researching all the companies in the town that would need someone with those skills.  From there, see if your friends and family can identify people they know who work at these firms.

Your goal should be to set up a short phone call - not to ask for a job, but to ask the best way to prepare yourself to be seen as a fit for the company.  Next, schedule some visits and try to set up in-person informational interviews when you're there.  That way when you see a job posting that fits your skills, you'll have someone you can ask for advice to get yourself considered, and they may even be willing to recommend you for the position.

Are you looking for a job in North Carolina or South Carolina?  AAA Carolinas is hiring!  You can see all of our open positions on our career site.

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Published: 2/5/2013  3:54 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

January 04, 2013

LinkedIn Premium Job Seeker Account

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With nearly 200 million members, LinkedIn is proving to be a professional networking powerhouse.  LinkedIn is a good, free tool for job seeking, but if you're gung-ho about finding a job in 2013, you might consider investing in one of the site's premium subscriptions.  LinkedIn offers several different tiers of premium accounts for job seekers and businesses alike, but the Job Seeker account provides everything you'd need during a job hunt ($24.95 per month.)  Mashable breaks down all of the pros of the Job Seeker account.

With a LinkedIn Job Seeker account, you can see a complete list of everyone who views your LinkedIn profile, and you can send "InMail" to five people outside your network each month, which is a great way to reach out to recruiters.  Another great perk of the LinkedIn Job Seeker account is that you'll end up being featured higher in the search part of the site, upping the odds that your profile will be seen.  

Now, if you're going to pony up the money for a premium account, you ought to make sure you're making the most of the experience.  Be sure to update your resume, avoiding irrelevant details and trite buzzwords.  Recruiters are strapped for time and see dozens of recumes each day, so get to the point and put your best foot forward.

Published: 1/4/2013  2:11 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

December 20, 2012

A to Z Guide to Your Dream Job in 2013

​With only two weeks left to the end of the year, now is a great time to start mapping out your career path for 2013.  Below is a helpful A to Z guide on landing your dream job in the coming year from YouTern.

A - Take Action

Don't just dream of landing your dream job; take action towards it and do it now.

B - Be Social

For 2013, set yourself a target to become a regular user of LinkedIn and Twitter at the very least, and get a blog going too - it will help improve your job prospects in the long run.

C - Update Your Resume Regularly

And while you're at it, make sure any cover letters you send out are intact too.  With an average of 73 applicants going for every job advertised, you can't afford to neglect this vital process in landing your dream job.

D - Dress for Success

A bit of a cliche, I know, but first impressions really do count so make sure you're presentable wherever you go.

E - Educate Yourself

Expanding your knowledge base is another way to stand out in the job market so do a university or master degree if you need to, or enroll in a short, part-time or even long-distance course in a field related to your industry of choice.

F - Stay Focused

Concentrate on your mission and don't allow distractions to take you off path if you're serious about 2013 being your year to land your dream job.

G - Set Goals

If you haven't set goals before, now is the time to start.  Don't just think about what you want, write your vision down and make it plain; put it somewhere where you can see it everyday.

H - Ask for Help

Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it - this could be as simple as sharing your goals with friends and family and making yourself accountable to them.

I - Develop Your Interests and Activities

Not only is this a great way to widen your network, it also gives you exciting stuff to talk about on your CV and at the interview, which may help you clinch the job.

J - Join Relevant Groups (on and offline)

These groups should relate to your industry of choice so you can keep up to date with developments and key contacts.  LinkedIn is especially good for this purpose.

K - Keep Going

Even when it gets tough and you're feeling discouraged from getting more rejection letters than you are job interviews; if you remain persistent and committed, things will eventually turn around for you.

L - Don't Stop Learning

Make 2013 your year of learning and commit to being a lifelong learner thereon.  This doesn't have to be formal education as before, but rather personal development through reading books, attending seminars, etc.

M - Manage Your Career

Nobody owes you anything in life so accept full and personal responsibility for creating the type of work like you want and get going to make it happen.

N - Utilize the Power of Networking

Who you know really does count so make 2013 the year of getting to know people in and out of your industry; start building connections now and it will pay off later in life.

O - Learn to Recognize and Embrace Opportunities

Sometimes the only way to know how good a swimmer you are is to go ahead and dive right in the pool (*disclaimer - don't take this literally; if you can't swim, get out of that water!)

P - Maintain a Positive Attitude at All Times

Be grateful for the things you have and opportunities that come your way; gratitude is a great way to keep your positivity tank filled up because no matter how bad it is, it really could have been a lot worse.

Q - Ask Questions

Find people you admire or people working in the organizations you want to enter.  Most people like being asked for advice (it gives us a chance to show off how much we know) so go ahead and ask questions - it will broaden your industry knowledge along the way.

R - Build Meaningful Relationships

Don't just network for the sake of filling up your address book or for what you'll get out of it.  Aim to build quality and meaningful relationships with people where there is mutual benefit.

S - Develop Your Public Speaking Skills

This is probably one of the most important things you can do for your career and for a better quality of life in general, and it applies even if you're a self-proclaimed introvert.

T - Think Outside the Box

Find ways to do things differently (like sending hand-written cover letters in the mail rather than typing and emailing it like everyone else.)

U - "Upskill" Yourself Regularly

Keep on developing your existing skills and look for ways to add new skills to your repertoire; the more skilled you are, the more attractive you become to a potential employer and therefore the more likely you are to get hired.

V - Volunteer Your Time

As a way to keep busy, build your skills and do good all at the same time.  It also gives you a good reason to get out of the house from time to time to escape the repetitiveness of constant job hunting.

W - Get Some Work Experience Under Your Belt

Any experience (preferably within your industry) is better than no experience at all.

X - Lose the Excuses

Overlooking the cheat with the letter X, excuses can be a barrier to your job-seeking success in 2013 unless you determine to put a stop to them once and for all.  Don't make excuses for why you're not where you want to be; instead invest that energy into finding out how you can get to your destination and then take the necessary steps to achieve it.

Y - You Only Live Once

No, I'm not advocating the reckless YOLO mindset but the truth is that you really do only live once so make sure the career you design for yourself is really what you want to be doing with your life.

Z - Be Willing to Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

From time to time, experience new things and get new results - this is probably the fastest way to enormous personal growth and awakening gifts and talents you didn't even know you had.

Published: 12/20/2012  2:45 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

December 07, 2012

Interview Cheat Sheet

10015034_s - paid for.jpgDo you have an interview coming up?  Use this interview cheat sheet from Careerealism for the best tips, tricks, and advice on nailing your interview.

Interview Preparation

When you're preparing for your interview, you need to make sure you cover all of your bases.  Here are some tips on what you say to a potential employer.

  1. Be prepared with questions for the employer - Even if the interview was packed with information, always have questions prepared to ask the employer that have not been touched on or that you can benefit from by having more information.  Asking questions expresses to an employer that you are serious and sincerely interested in the company and position.
  2. Show them you did your homework - If you're able to share the company's background information and showcase knowledge of its future goals for the position in question, you'll undoubtedly catch the interviewer off-guard, in a great way!

Interview Questions

Being prepared to answer any question that comes out of the interviewer's mouth is a big advantage in interviews.  Here are some questions to go over before your next interview:

  1. "How do you handle stress?" - Interviewers are generally looking for an answer that indicates you can handle multiple priorities and projects at the same time.  An answer stating that stress is a natural part of life and you feel equipped to handle the challenges of the job and balance them with the rest of your life may be just the answer that earns you the job.
  2. "Tell me about yourself." - What the hiring manager is really asking: "How do your education, work history, and professional aspirations relate to the open job?"  Select key work and education information that shows the hiring manager why you are a perfect fit for the job and for the company.
  3. "Tell me about a time when you did___." - Just because you've never done something doesn't mean you can't do it.  And it surely doesn't mean you can't excel at it.  The best way to handle the question is to say something along these lines; "While I have not had any direct experience in XYZ, I am a fast learner, and I am confident that I could (do, manage, direct, handle, etc.) XYZ successfully and exceed your expectations."

Post-Interview Protocol

Even after the interview is over, you need to go the extra mile to impress the employer.  Here are some post-interview tips:

  1. Follow up with a thank-you note - Send notes to all the individuals with which you had a conversation.  Do not send one note to just the hiring manager.  You will miss out on all the other contacts that you made.  Make the notes unique to each individual based on the conversation you had with them.

Published: 12/7/2012  11:39 AM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

November 30, 2012

'Tis the Season to Find a Job Using LinkedIn

​Contrary to popular belief, things don't always slow down during the holidays.  Companies are hiring in December and you don't want to miss out on an opportunity.  Here are give tips for job hunting during the holiday season, with help from LinkedIn:

  1. Get back in touch.  The holidays are the perfect time to reach out and get back in touch with people you haven't spoken to in a while, such as former colleagues, former classmates, long-lost friends and members of professional associations you used to belong to.  The key with this type of outreach is to make every communication personal.  Rather than sending a blast "Happy Holidays" message or a generic e-card, write a customized note to each person to show that your desire to connect is genuine.
  2. Mix business with pleasure.  In addition to reconnecting with older contacts, you'll likely spend time over the holidays with people you see on a regular basis - friends, family, and current business connections.  To add a touch of professional networking to holiday fun, check out people's profiles on LinkedIn before heading to a holiday party.  See what people are working on, which contacts you might have in common and where you might be able to offer them career support.  It's okay to talk about your job search at holiday events and be specific about what kind of position you're looking for.
  3. Stand out from the crowd.  Remember that myth that no one gets hired in December?  Use it to your advantage!  If many job seekers still pull back December, you have a better chance of standing out to employers if you do submit an application.  Any recruiter with active job openings is highly likely to check his or her inbox over the holidays, so make sure your application is there.  The process may not move forward until the New Year, but you'll show the employer that you're ready to hit the ground running.
  4. Be a resource.  Next, keep in mind that people are reflective at the end of the year.  They are often looking for "best of" lists, wrap-up reports, and predictions for the coming 12 months.  These are all great ideas for content to share in your LinkedIn status updates.  If you serve as a resource for year-end news about your industry or a topic you're passionate about, people will remember your expertise in the coming year when they hear about opportunities.
  5. Update your profile.  December is also a great time to make sure that your LinkedIn profile and resume include all of your accomplishments and updates from the past 12 months.  Did you take on a large volunteer project that demonstrates your organization skills?  Did you start a professional blog you can link to your profile?  Did you complete some freelance projects that you can share in the Projects section of your profile?  You never know what may catch the eye of someone in your network who knows of a job opening

Stay up-to-date with all of the AAA Carolinas job openings over the holidays with our career site any by following our company page on LinkedIn.

Published: 11/30/2012  2:10 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

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