The Chicago Sun-Times’ offers its readers a series of articles and resources on how to get a job in the new year. What I like most about this articles, all written by business reporter Sandra Guy, was that they touch several facets of the job search. There is some very good practical advice about identifying leads, maintaining a good web presence, and using social media. Guy has also written an article on the importance of networking the old-fashioned way, which I still think is the best way to find a new job and build connections needed to have a successful career. Finally, the series includes a list of top private and public sector employers in the state of Illinois. My caution on this list would be that state and local governments have been cutting more than hiring over the past few years. Nothing on the horizon says that trend will change. With that small caution said, I strongly recommend this “gift” from the Sun-Times to anyone looking for a job in Chicago or its suburbs.
January 3, 2012
October 7, 2011
In The Job-Hunter’s Survival Guide, Richard Nelson Bolles talks about everyone having a “New Resume,” which is the record we leave online. A person’s online reputation can make or break a job search as Andrew Sullivan demonstrates in the Daily Beast. I don’t believe that 50% of employers check all applicants, but I would put serious money on their checking people before scheduling interviews. It’s important to keep your “New Resume” clean.
How can you protect your reputation? Keep personal social media private. Ask friends to take down any information or photos that an employer might find objectionable. Whenever you post something online, think about how a stranger might look at it and judge you. Think twice about that person if he or she is a potential employer.
October 13, 2010
May 8, 2010
The Work Buzz, Careerbuilder’s excellent blog, advises job seekers to think carefully about how they present themselves online. Nearly 80% of employers uses search engines to evaluate potential employees. Over 60% check social networking sites. This article offers advice about how to protect and manage your online reputation. It is worth your time.