Wednesday, March 4, 2015

3 Tips for Building Up Your Resume

There is a lot of competition out there for jobs and job seekers need to find ways to stand out from the crowded field.

One important way to stand out is with a compelling resume highlighting skills, abilities, and experience that might be unique to you and particularly suited to the positions you are applying for.

Here are 3 tips to developing that "stand out" resume:

1. Learn a language. Many companies today are looking for employees that speak additional languages as they compete in a global marketplace. Take a class at a local community college, find a tutor, or learn a language through your library. Many community libraries offer free language-learning resources.

2. Start a blog. If you don't already blog you might consider starting one. You can set up one easily and inexpensively with wordpress, blogger, or tumblr. Pick a subject of particular interest to you or blog about one of your hobbies. Employers are interested in hiring people with good communication skills and blogging is one way for you to demonstrate these skills.

3. Teach a class. Another way to demonstrate your communication and leadership skills is to teach a class. You do not need to be affiliated with a school or have a specific degree to teach a class or a seminar. You simply need to be knowledgeable about a subject of interest to others. Many libraries, city recreation departments, churches, and continuing education programs at community colleges welcome community members to propose and lead a class.

These are just three ways to build up your resume. What other ideas do you have?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: 6 Ingredients to a Great Life

Each week we present our Daily Leap Career Video of the Week. The video we share presents news or advice related to career development, searching for a job, the economy and employment, and other career-related topics.

In the video below life coach Marshall Goldsmith presents six factors that contribute to having a great life, starting with maintaining good health. Check out the video for the other 5 ingredients.

Friday, February 27, 2015

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: Reasons to Turn Down a Job Offer

This is our weekly roundup of some of the best career-related articles, interviews, blogs, etc., we've read during the week. We share them so you have some great resources to prepare you for the coming week. Enjoy!

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  • 6 Reasons to Turn Down a Job Offer"If many team members are recent hires, be sure there is good business reason for the hiring spree, such as a new product or client or a round of funding. Otherwise, too much employee churn hints at a toxic boss or culture."

  • What Prevents a Happier Life and Career?"This one fear keeps people stuck for years, and sometimes for a lifetime. This “what if it doesn’t work out?” worry is crippling."

  • How to be a Good Coach"Choose encouragement over criticism; but when you must criticize, give feedback as soon after the event as possible. Be honest but compassionate, then move on."

  • Don't Look for a Job, Look for a Life!"You have to plant in your mind the idea that you will no longer tolerate less than happiness. You will need to challenge the negative self-talk that keeps you stuck in your current situation."

  • 6 Essential Elements to a Good Life"You won't be happy if you don't produce. The game of life is not rest. Yes, we must rest, but only long enough to gather strength to get back to productivity."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search

When looking for a job you need to consider a strategy that includes your social media network. Of course, spending time on social media can actually distract you from the task at hand so stay focused and consider the following tips for using social media in your job search.

1. On LinkedIn: Ask your LinkedIn connections for introductions to others working in jobs or places of interest to you. Be sure that you take a genuine interest when approaching these new connections rather than simply seeking them out to ask for work.

If you're not following companies of interest or your alumni association add that to your to-do list.

2. On Twitter: You can use twitter like any job search site and search on key words and job titles to find openings. As mentioned above, be sure to follow companies you're interested in because twitter is often the first place they'll post a new job opening.

3. On Facebook: Develop a plan to check in with some of your closest friends, colleagues, and mentors on a weekly basis. This doesn't have to be a large group. It only takes one person to know of the right job opening for you. When checking in with these friends feel free to provide a general update on your job situation and describe what it is you're looking for.

The best strategy for using social media in your job search is to cultivate genuine and lasting relationships with people in your network, offering up your skills and knowledge for the benefit of others rather than simply using social media as a way to get and take.

You might also check out 7 ways to use social media to land a job.

How do you use social media to benefit your career?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: How You Sound When Asking for a Raise

Each week we present our Daily Leap Career Video of the Week. The video we share presents news or advice related to career development, searching for a job, the economy and employment, and other career-related topics.

In the video below Fast Company presents a humorous take on what it really sounds like when we ask for a raise. After watching you might consider adjusting your strategy!

Friday, February 20, 2015

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: Productivity and Insane Success

This is our weekly roundup of some of the best career-related articles, interviews, blogs, etc., we've read during the week. We share them so you have some great resources to prepare you for the coming week. Enjoy!

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  • How to Get More Done in the Morning"Hold off on opening your email until you’ve successfully completed your top three work-related tasks for the day, since email can affect your mood and derail you before you’ve accomplished anything."

  • 4 Secrets of Insanely Successful People"The leader has a clear idea of what he or she wants to do—professionally and personally—and the strength to persist in the face of setbacks, even failures."

  • 9 Ways to Deal with Difficult People at Work"The best way to deal with difficult people in a meeting is to engage them and not attempt to silence them or be dismissive."

  • Be Open to New Ideas"Remain open to ideas from anywhere.... When a leader demonstrates he is open to new ideas, he makes it known that he values others."

  • Stop Hating Your Job and Love Your Life"Your job is a place to learn from others, and also to teach them. What you learn and teach are more than merely job skills. You learn from others the value of shared humanity. And you teach them the gift of your unique perspective."

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

3 Signs it's Time to Look for a New Job

For most of us there comes a time in our working lives when we arrive at that fork in the road in our careers and we consider making a change. It can be difficult to make a change or even to know if a change is warranted.

So how can we tell if it is time to move on from our current place of employment and seek something new?

Below are 3 signs that it's time to look for a new job or career.

1. You need a challenge. At this point you no longer find the work you are doing interesting or challenging and there does not seem to be opportunities in your current job.

2. You need to develop your skills. To grow in any field takes constant growth and opportunities to gain new knowledge and new skills. If your current employer does not offer training or pay for you to seek out training on your own it might be time to move on.

3. You need a kick to get up in the morning. Ok, we're not talking here about a little Sunday
Is it time to search for a new job?
evening apprehension about starting a new week the next morning. No, we're talking about when, on a daily basis, you find yourself struggling to get up in the morning to get to work or you're feeling down just thinking about seeing your co-workers, customers, or boss.

If any or all three of these are true in your current job situation it might just be the right time to explore some other options.

For more, check out this post at Forbes on determining if you need a new job.