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Relocating

Mar
2014
13

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The Job Hunt: Relocation

This offering in our series about the New York job hunt will deal with the concept of relocating for the job you really want. In the previous article in this series we covered the process of self-evaluation and planning your search. We discussed your skills and your dream job, why you want to make the change and is the timing right?

We asked if you would be willing or able to relocate for that dream job. Not everyone will need to do so but for those who will have to at least consider it; here is a relocation assessment guide.

Questions to ask Yourself

Let’s begin with the things that are within your control and that you need to ask yourself before deciding that you will move. Here are some of, but certainly not all of, the things you will want to consider.

Are you single, married or partnered? Do you have to think about somebody besides yourself when making this decision? If you do there are even more questions to consider than if you were concerned only with yourself.

If you are young and single, no significant other, you might think it is easy to relocate. From the point of view of relationships you are free to move but there are still a lot of questions you need  to consider.

Things Everyone Should Consider

These are issues that everyone should consider before deciding to relocate:

  • What is the cost of living where you are considering moving to?
  • What is the quality of life? The weather? Activities that you enjoy?
  • What is the financial situation of the company you would relocate for? You might have researched this for your search in general, as we will see in another article, but you certainly don’t want to relocate for the job and have the job go away shortly after your move.
  • What is the real estate market like? Do you want to rent or buy? Do you want a condo or a house?
  • Will the company pay for your relocation expenses or even part of them? Is there a temporary housing allowance?
  • Will you have to commute? Will your commute be longer than it is now?

 

Additional Things to Consider if You Have a Family

  • What are the schools like? How old are your children and what impact will this move have on them?
  • If your spouse is working what is the market like for their profession? Will the company help with finding your spouse a job?
  • Are you taking your children away from their grandparents and cousins as well as their friends?
  • How will or will the move affect your families health benefits?
  • Check with HR at the new job to see if there is anything you need to know about the community. Do you have to have parking permits? Do you have to have your car inspected here? What about your dog? Are there any special regulations for him? Leash laws, additional vaccinations?
  • Would you pack and move yourself or would you use a moving company. How much does paying for a moving company cost? Will they pack or do you pack for yourself?

Conclusion

All of these things and perhaps more need to be considered before you say yes to that relocation. It might be the best thing you ever did for yourself, but you need to do your homework to be sure.

Using Recruiters

Mar
2014
11

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The Job Hunt Series: Recruiter or Not

Welcome back. This is the 4th article in this series on the job hunt. This article focuses on whether or not to use a professional New York recruiter in your job search. In this article we will deal with the questions we outlined in the first article including:

Should you use a professional to help you through the process? What disciplines benefit most from working with a recruiter and for whom is it a waste of time?

To begin with let’s be clear about who we are talking about when we discuss the “professional” recruiter. There are two distinct groups of professionals whose job it is to “place” candidates in new jobs. These two groups are: the New York Personnel Agency and the New York Corporate Recruiter. What is the difference between them?

The Personnel Agency

The Personnel Agency role in the employment world is to work for the candidates not the companies. This means that you pay their fee and they find you a job from among their clients. They have relationships with many companies and they know about the job openings of those companies.

But the Personnel Agent will not go out and find someone to fill the company’s jobs because the company is not their client. You are. They will go out and find you a job. Once they do and you accept the job, you have to pay them their fee.

Today’s personnel agency usually handles the lower end of the employment spectrum. They place a lot of production workers, data clerks, and administrative assistants and perhaps lower level secretaries.

Corporate Recruiters

The second group, and the one we are concerned with, is Corporate Recruiters. Corporate Recruiters are sometimes called Executive Recruiters, due to the level at which they usually recruit.

The recruiter will go out and find someone to fill the company’s job because the company IS their client. You are NOT their client. Keep that in mind as you work with them. You are not their client. They take an order from the company and then go out to find the candidates that fit that job.

Once they do that then the company pays their fee which is substantially higher than at the Personnel Agency. Once again, their emphasis is on finding the best person for the job, not on finding you a job.

Recruiter or Not

From this information you would think that you should go to a Personnel Agency and not a Corporate Recruiter. This depends on your job and we area assuming that we are dealing with degreed professionals and not data entry, administrative assistants or some lower level secretaries. So we are dealing here with the professional Corporate Recruiter. Should you work with them or not? There are advantages and disadvantage of both situations but my overall experience says you should – with a caveat.

That caveat is to remember that the Corporate Recruiter works for the company as his client and not you. He is looking for the best fit for his client’s job, but because of that you should work with him. He will do a lot for you will working for his client.

Advantages of Working with a Corporate Recruiter

The really good recruiter will: (not all recruiters are really good)

  • They will help you refine your resume or they will refine it for you.
  • If they get you an interview (phone or face to face) they will coach you through practice interviews before the real one.
  • They will “debrief” both the company and the candidate after the interview. This means they will give you very specific and accurate feedback on your interview. You can’t get this information anywhere else. If you went in on your own you would have no idea afterwards whether you did well or not. The Corporate Recruiter is the only place you will get this kind of information.
  • They will tell you if an offer is coming and what that offer is. They will negotiate for the best offer possible because their fee is directly tied to your compensation.
  • They will assist you in relocation if necessary.

The Corporate Recruiter will do all this with you even though you are not paying their fee IF you match what their client is looking for. So in the end the answer to the question is an overwhelming yes. If you have the chance to work with a Corporate Recruiter you should.

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The Job Hunt – The Series: The Planning and Evaluation Stage

This is the second article in our series on the job hunt. In the first article we developed an overview of the process including some of the many steps that are involved. Remember the job hunt in New York City is a “full time job and this series is intended to help you to understand how to spend that time. It is intended to help you to understand where your best return on investment might be.”

In this article we will cover the planning and evaluation stage. Here we hope to give you some tools to use in deciding what kind of job you want and is the timing right for changing jobs. We hope to help you look at the deeper questions such as why you want to change jobs and what wrong with the one you have.

“What Color is your Parachute?”

This whole process of evaluation and planning when it comes to a serious job change was brought to the forefront over 40 years ago with the first publication or “What Color is your Parachute?” in 1970. When Richard Nelson Bolles wrote this job-seeker manual it was ground breaking and has since became the bible for job hunters. It is as relevant now as it was over 40 years ago.

So how do you evaluate and plan your search? The answer is mostly by asking yourself a lot of hard questions and searching deep for your answers. Still it would be helpful to have a guide to what those questions might be. You could read and work through “What Color is Your Parachute?”, or you could follow some of the assessments we offer here.

  • Make a list of your skills – try to include all kinds of skills those you use in your current job, any you used in previous jobs, and those you use off the job in hobbies or for fun. Include everything no matter how irrelevant it might seem.

 

  • Now rank your skills according to the ones you like to use the most. Try really hard NOT to rank them according to what you do on your job, but rather what you enjoy doing.

 

  • Make a separate list of the skills you enjoy doing and rank those skills. Continue the process until you have the top 3 skills that you enjoy using the most. Now do these3 skills fit any jobs, any profession or any field you can think of? If they do great. If not keep repeating the exercise until you have 3 skills that you enjoy doing and that fit one or more professions.

 

  • Now set that exercise aside and take some time with paper and pencil to design your dream job. What would it look like? Where would it be? What skills would you be using and what would your level of responsibility be? Who would you report to and who would report to you if any? Remember this is a day dream, be as specific as possible.

 

  • Taking both the skills information and perfect job information put together an image of a real job that matches your skills, your interests, your dreams and your goals. Once you find the type of jobs that match these items, you will have found the jobs best suited for you.

Where Can You Live

Now that you have found the types of jobs that will provide you with the best match and the best chance for long term success and security, you will need to research where those jobs are and whether or not you can or are willing to move in order to attain that job.

In the next article in this series The Job Hunt , we will look in depth at the process and the questions that surround the relocation possibility.

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The Job Hunt Series: Step by Step to Success

As a follow-up to our Resume Series, over the next week or so we will discuss the job hunting process from beginning to end, from the thought process of changing jobs or needing a job to the handshake when the job is offered. Each day we will take a specific piece of this process and look at it in detail. Today’s article will be the overview for this series.

You might want to refer back to this article as we progress through each step in order to keep the overall picture in mind. What are the steps of a job hunt? What should you do first? Do you have to do things chronologically or can you multi-task this process?

We will focus primarily on the job hunt using the internet as opposed to mailing resumes and networking etc. Whether you are a 25 year professional in your field or a new MBA grad looking to score your dream career job in New York City, this series will help you to recognize and understand in detail, each step along the way.

Steps of the Job Hunting Process

  1. What kind of job do I want and Planning the Process
  2. Building your online Persona
  3. Development of the Resume

Paper Resume

ElectronicResume

  1. I have my resume.  What do I do now?  What other tools are needed?
  2. How to Conduct a Winning Interview
  3. What to do When the Search Bogs Down?
  4. How to Follow-up an Interview
  5. Relocating for a NewJob: Not everyone will do this but there are things to know if you do.
  6. How to negotiate an Offer
  7. 10.  Never Give up

SUCCESS! If you follow these steps you will have a much better chance of succeeding than if you just mail or email a bunch of random resumes. As we flesh out each of these steps you will see the detail and amount of work that goes into finding a full time job.

The Right Attitude – The Right Result

The job hunt can be an emotional roller coaster if you let it. You can chase every lead until you drop from fatigue and depression.  You can get up every day and say this is it I am going to do it today. Then you decide to wash your car, run errands, catch a soap and now the day is gone. Neither of these attitudes will get you a job.

Remember that getting a job –the job hunt itself –is a full time job. As an experienced professional manager, I have been through the process once or twice myself. The times I worked at the job hunt for 7 hours a day or 35-40 hours a week, were the times I was most successful.

It is best if you have a home office or at least a space with a phone, computer and printer. To keep focused and a positive attitude, get up every day, dress professionally or at least get out of your pajamas. Now get your coffee and breakfast and go to your “office”. Review where you are in this plan and then get hustling on the next step.

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(By Staff Writing – ResumeNewYork.com)

Now that you have the best resume in the world and you have studied the companies you are interested in working for and practiced your interview skills, where are you going to apply?

First of all, if you have a specific company in mind you will have to go where they are. For instance, if you want to design cars for Ford, you will have to live around Detroit. However if you are an accountant or a human resources professional, you can go anywhere, but there are cities you will want to avoid.

Even as we come out of the recession there are cities and states that remain mired in high unemployment and struggling local economies. Those are probably areas you would want to avoid. There are also areas where an engineer would do great – like in Detroit – but a HR specialist would probably struggle to find a job.

So where shouldn’t you look in general? What cities have the worst high unemployment? Let’s take a look. The data we will look at is from the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. There are some differences depending upon what data you look at. Our first set of numbers comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from July of 2013.

If you are looking at cities over 1 million populations then the Detroit Metropolitan Area is the worst place to look for a job with a 10.3 unemployment rate juxtaposed with a 7.6 national rate. This data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics December 2013. In that same report, if you look at cities under 1 million in populations here are the ten worst cities to look for employment.

All of the top ten cities with the highest unemployment rates are smaller metropolitan areas. At the top of the list is Yuma, Arizona with 93,000 population and an unemployment rate of 31.8% as of December, 2013. Here are the remaining top ten cities and their unemployment rates. These are not cities where you would want to start your search for new employment.

1. Yuma,  Arizona                                                                         31.8%

This is not only the highest unemployment rate in the country; it is also a true outlier as it is so much higher than the rest of the country.

2. En Centro, California                                                  23.6%

3. Yuba City, California                                                   14.2%

4. Merced, California                                                        14.1%

5. Rocky Mount, North Carolina                                                13.3%

6. Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, New Jersey                13.1%

7. Visalia-Porterville, California                                     12.8%

8. Hanford-Corcoran, California                                                12,8%

9. Modesto, California                                                      12.7%

10. Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey                     12..6%

It is interesting to note that of the top ten worst unemployment rate cities, 7 are in the state of California. If we were to continue with the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics we would see that numbers 12 and 13 are Fresno and Stockton, California respectively. It would then appear that many of the smaller communities in California are struggling.

At the same time the rate for the entire state of California is 7.9% which is not far at all from the national average. The lesson to be learned there is not to attempt to judge the state by a handful of cities or towns.

So avoid the cities above when doing your job search. If you would like more information regarding the nation’s unemployment rates visit The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Job Search Process

Jan
2014
31

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(By ResumeNewYork.com – Staff Writer)

It can break even the strongest of people. All those hours of researching jobs, finding the keywords that employers are looking for, writing your resume, re-writing your resume, then filling out application after application, writing cover letters and waiting for interviews.

The job search process could be described as cruel and unusual punishment. Especially in today’s economy it could be that only the strong survive. When the search goes on for six months, then twelve, then eighteen the stress and anxiety level rises while at the same time depression and a sense of hopelessness can sink in. It is particularly bad if you have a family to support or people depending upon what you earn in order to have a good quality of life.

So how does one survive this grueling job search process? Having been on both sides of the interview desk, there are some tips for making it through the process and remain sane.

Tips for Survival         

  • Play the game: I know it seems cruel to call it a game with all the work and stress you have gone through, but it is a game. It is a numbers game and it can only be won with patience and perseverance.  Most of us start to blame ourselves when we having been looking for a long time without success. This is what leads to the depression we often feel. Remember if you don’t have a job yet it is not your “fault” – you just need to learn to play the game better.

 

  • Cultivate Empathy: Having been on both sides of the desk I can tell you that recruiters and hiring managers are buried in resumes. Cultivate empathy for the recruiter rather than a frustration at how long it is taking them to contact you. Once you can put yourself in their place and understand their restrictions in completing the job search quickly, you will be much less frustrated. The hiring manager wants to fill their job just as much as you want to find a job.

 

  • Don’t take too many turns at follow-up. One of the things that makes it so hard to survive the job process is the unknown – the not knowing. This leads to the temptation to contact the recruiter over and over before an interview and after. The need for information is great and it leads not only to frustration on your part, but it could lead to losing out on the job on the recruiters end. Contact the recruiter or hiring manager no more than twice. If you still get no answers move on to the next opportunity. Don’t drive yourself crazy with non-responsive companies.

 

  • Don’t burn any bridges. This pertains directly to the previous tip. Even as you move on don’t burn any bridges with that company. They may just come back to you with a job offer several months from now.

 

  • Be positive and optimistic. Don’t be your own worst enemy. Stay positive and believe that the right job for you will come along. Be optimistic. Nothing is harder for humans than uncertainty and that is what you are dealing with throughout the entire job hunt. Your emotions run from excitement and hope at the beginning to frustration and despair after several months. Get comfortable with the unknown. You can only control how you respond. You don’t even control how you feel, just how you respond to how you feel. Stay positive in your responses. Keep moving on and keep working on the job search process.

 

Since the job hunt is a numbers game, you want to present the highest quality resumes and cover letters so that you get noticed. You also want to put out a lot of them; however you also want to personalize each and every one. In this way you are playing the numbers but you are also setting yourself apart so that your resume will get noticed and you will get the interview.

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You never did get that college degree. Try as you might, life always seemed to get in the way and it was never the top priority. Now however you are facing a dilemma of needing a really good job with good pay and benefits. Do you have to go to school now? What if that is still impossible? Are there any really good jobs in New York City that you can get without a degree?

The truth is there are many good jobs ihat you can get without a college degree. In fact this area of the job market is actually growing. “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), eight of the 10 fastest-growing occupations through 2014 don’t require a bachelor’s degree.”

The Best Jobs without a Degree

The following information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and you can find different articles with slightly different rankings depending upon the source and the year(s) the source is looking at. This information is the judgment of the BLS through 2014.

If we consider a “good” job to be a salary in the $50,000 range with benefits, then these are the top 15 jobs you can get without a college degree. Now you may need on the job training or even a two year degree, but you do not have to put out the $50,000-$100,000 it now costs to acquire a four year degree.

15. Real Estate Broker: Approximately $58,700 and most are independent contractors working for themselves. Of course real estate agents must go through extensive training – most taking formal classes – and then take a state sponsored licensing exam.

14. First line supervisors/Fire fighters Manager/Prevention Manager: Approximately $58,900 and you can come up through the ranks for these jobs. Since the entry level job does not require a degree, you can be promoted into these positions without a degree. However more and more people in these jobs do have degrees.

13. Nuclear Technician: $59,200 – there is a lot of on the job training for this position.

12. First Line Non-retail supervisors/Managers: $59,300 and again this is a position where promotions from entry level typically fill the job and no external training is needed.

11. Computer Specialist: $59,480 – You would think this type of job in today’s business community would require a degree regardless of the success of Bill Gates. However this is an entry level position with a certificate that you can get a trade school and on the job training.

10. Operator, Nuclear Power Reactor: $64,000 – Again you have a high paying on the job training position as well as some classes at a trade school.

9. First line supervisor/manager police: $64,430 – The job of a patrolman is the entry level into the police force. Some incoming cadets might have a degree and some might not have. Since this is usually an internal promotion from the levels of police already on the force, it can and often is a person without a college degree.

8. Gaming manager: $64,880 – this is a fairly new profession in our society and one that is growing rapidly along with the gaming industry. Most table workers and supervisors began at the casinos without college degrees and are promoted from within to the manager position.

7. Computer Technical Support Specialist: $67, 689 – once again this type of job usually requires a certificate of training but not a four year degree. At some companies it might require a two year degree.

6. Storage and Distribution Manager: $69, 898 – almost all personnel in storage management do not have degrees and distribution managers might or might not be degreed. They might have a certificate in materials management.

5. Transportation Manager: $72,662 – again this person usually comes up through the ranks and might have a certificate.

4. Industrial Production Manager: $73,000 – These are more traditionally called plant managers and are usually non-degreed persons who came up through the ranks and then move from company to company with lateral moves.

3. Operations Manager: $77,839 – is a position very similar to the production manager except instead of manager the plant floor and packing or manufacturing, the Operations Manager usually oversees all the business of the plant. These people come up through the ranks as well.

2. Funeral Directors: $79,517 – independent owners of their own funeral homes. Go through extensive on the job training as they learn all aspects of the business.

1. Air Traffic Controllers: $102,000 – it is a surprise to many that the job of air traffic controller is an on the job training position and that it pays so well in being non-degreed. However, it is the importance and stress levels of the job that earns its salary.

So you can see that there are many good paying jobs that do not require a degree. Some of them require certificates from trade schools or years of on the job training.

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We’ve talked many times about the difficulty of finding not just a good job, but any job in New York City. The key to having success in your job hunt is to have an effective plan. Yes you have to have a good resume that stands out and a good cover letter that says why you should be hired. It takes more than that these days.

Steps to an Effective Job Hunt

1. Have a plan and a goal. Well the point of this article is to have a plan and what should actually be in that plan that would lend itself to an effective job search. Then you need to set a goal. A goal will motivate you when times get rough and in this economy they will get rough.

Your goal could be to find a job in a certain town or location or to find a certain type of job regardless of the field of work. For instance your goal is to be a manager and it could be in any of the different fields you have worked in.

2. Here is where your resume and cover letter come in. Make sure they are in good shape as you know by now that hiring managers and recruiters can review hundreds of resumes each day.

3. Have a personal website and make sure you have a professional presence on the web. On your own website only have serious information – nothing like what people put on Facebook. Make a personal profile that includes your resume material but also includes any potentially relevant hobbies, volunteer work or leadership positions outside of work. Be sure not to have anything on there that could be considered negative by an employer.

4. Do NOT have an anything unprofessional on Facebook or any other site that can be used to screen you out. Use site such as Linked in to back up your profile page and get as many legitimate positive sites as you can.

5. Make your job search your job. Many of you have heard this before but few actually do it. When I say this I mean put in 37-40 hours per week looking for a job. Document your time and what you do with it. You can spend an hour or two searching job banks online and that would be legitimate. However if you spend 40 hours a week online, then you are missing out on other components of a search such as networking.

6. Network – the Chamber of Commerce After Hours is a good place to start. Make sure you talk to as many job creators and hiring managers as you can. Have business cards ready to give them.

7. Job Search Business Cards: this may sound like a strange idea but it will set you apart from all the others who are networking. Make up a business card with contact info on the front and career info on the back. Make sure your phone number and email are on there. On the back list your last couple employers, jobs and then list your skills. Give these to the folks you network with.

If you do these things and keep focuses your job search should be productive and successful.

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(By ResumeNewYork.com – Staff Writer)

We have discussed a lot of different ways to go about the hunt for a new job in New York. We have spent a considerable amount of time on the resume and cover letter as well as the process of the job hunt. One major factor that we have not spent very much time on is the impact both positive and negative of social media on the job search.

There are several social media sites that we will look at in respect to its impact on your search. These sites will include Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, Blogs and Job Boards. There are plenty of articles on how to write a resume, how to interview, where to get job applications, and how to follow up. We will focus here on just the social sites and their impact on the process.

Facebook: is the most dangerous social media site to your career and we all know why. Anything just a little crazy that you post here can be found by the companies you want to work for and your career can be ruined. Also be careful of any pictures you post here. Remember what you post online lives forever whether you delete it or not.

On the other side of the coin you can find the FB pages of the companies you are interested in and private message them or leave comments on the page. Just be careful and that is the word of the day – every day – when it comes to Facebook.

Linked – In: is the best site for posting your resume, daily comments about things in your industry using keywords and linking with the right people in the companies you most want to work for.

Twitter:  How do you use Twitter in your job search? It certainly helps if your career field is IT as 24% of all IT jobs are listed on Twitter. So how do IT employers find you and you them?

First of all you should start by following the companies you would like to work for or any and all IT companies you come across. Next make sure you use every available space on your profile and give a short and concise review of your career. Use the keywords and jargon of the industry so that you can be found. Now make sure you link it to that profile page I am always telling you that you need.

Next you can tweet about articles in the field and specifically if there are companies you want to interview with. Send PMs to managers or HR people in those companies. Follow them and ask them to follow you.

Now remember if you use Twitter this way, then you cannot use it as a social conversation with your friends about guys or gals, sports or anything else that might get a little off color. Remember you have to be as professional as possible.

Job Boards: It is easy to understand what you need to do with job boards and we have discussed this in depth in other articles. Just look for keywords for the jobs you are interested in and make sure those words are in your resume. Then apply for the jobs you want. The same is true with sites that offer you Applications from all types of companies.

Blogs: Find the ones for your industry or the field you want to work in and either respond to the posted blogs subtlety letting your credentials be known, or write a blog if the site allows you to.

You can see that there are many ways to use the social media in your job hunt. Make sure you start with your own profile page and link it to all of the others.

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(By ResumeNewYork.com – Staff Writer)

Social Media and Your Job Search                              

This is partly because things had not changed in the job search process and in the resume itself for so very long. One of the major factors in speeding up change in the job search process is technology in general and social media in particular.

How has social media changed the job search and how can you use it effectively in your job search? For one thing, a lot of professional career counselors are calling social media ‘the new resume’. So how can a social media site replace your resume? It does not seem reasonable that a web site can replace your detailed resume. After all is your career history on the web? Are your interests and hobbies on the web? Is your educational background on a social media site? You bet it is.

You can bet that the answer to each of these questions is yes. All the information that is normally in a resume is also found online and believe it or not, you probably put it there. If you have a Linked-In account then you have a profile and resume listed. Any time you create an online profile, you are sharing aspects of yourself that your would share on a resume.

From the Company Side

Recent research shows that instead of slugging through a pile of hundreds of resume, hiring managers these days turn to social media instead. Do this exercise: Google yourself and then look at every social media site that comes up for you – FaceBook, Linked in. Twitter, and Pintrist might be a few. Each of these sites has a profile for you. Go look at each profile and try to see it as a hiring manager might.

Hiring managers trust social media more than they trust your resume! In their eyes the social media profile will be more accurate and more honest than a resume. It is your job to make sure this information is up to date and accurate as hiring managers are coming to believe that the information in social media profile is more accurate than a resume about your expertise and experience. She can get a better picture of who you really are.

At this point in time social media does not replace the resume but rather complements it, However, in the future it will probably be only social media that the hiring manager looks at when searching for candidates for his job. So make sure all your online profiles are up to date, that all your privacy settings are such that they would allow hiring managers access and make sure your expertise and talents are outlined clearly. You should check these once a month whether job hunting or not.

From the Candidate Side

On the flip side of this the research is showing that people who use social media to find a job are having great success as they get jobs quicker that those who don’t use it and the jobs they get are better ones. First of all they let others know that they are looking and available for a new position. Also tell all your friends what kind of job you are looking for.

We all think of Linked-In as business and career oriented and often forget about FaceBook .  Don’t do it. Don’t forget FaceBook. Your friends might know of a job opening quickly than your links on Linked-in. Now you have an advantage you did not always have. You can search for information about the hiring manager on Linked In. Use this information in your cover letter to her.

Conclusion

The lesson here is that the future of the job search from both the company and candidate side lies with the web and social media. This means you need to keep your profiles up to date especially on Linked-In, FaceBook and Twitter. Today you still need a resume in addition to your profile, but in the future the resume just might be a thing of the past.

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AUGUST 2013:

General / Professional Job Fair in Uniondale, NY
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Long Island Marriott
101 James Doolittle Blvd
Uniondale, NY 11553
10AM to 2PM
(Vendor setup begins at 9AM)

Coast to Coast Career Fairs – New York Job Fair
Monday, August 5, 2013
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Radisson Martinique
49 West 32nd St
New York, NY 10001

Diversity / Professional Job Fair in New York, NY
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Holiday Inn Midtown
440 W 57 Street
New York, NY 10019
10AM to 2PM
(Vendor setup begins at 9AM)

United Career Fairs – Sales & Management Career Fair New York City Area
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 – 6pm Sharp
Radisson Martinique on Broadway
49 West 32nd Street
New York, NY 10001

United Career Fairs – Sales & Management Career Fair Long Island Area
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 – 6pm Sharp
Holiday Inn Plainview
215 Sunnyside Blvd.
Plainview, NY 11803

SEPTEMBER 2013:

Premium Job Fairs – New York City Job Fair
September 10, 2013 – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hotel Pennsylvania
401 Seventh Avenue (At 33rd St.) – New York, NY 10001

Choice Career Fair – New York Career Fair
Wednesday September 18, 2013
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Holiday Inn
440 West 57th St
New York City, NY 10019

Advance Healthcare Job Fair
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
FREE Job Fair
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
FREE Classes
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue White Plains NY 10606

NOVEMBER 2013:

Coast to Coast – New York Job Fair
Monday, November 4, 2013
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Radisson Martinique
49 West 32nd St
New York, NY 10001

Choice Career Fair – New York Career Fair
Thursday November 14, 2013
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Holiday Inn
440 West 57th St
New York City, NY 10019

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Upcoming February 2013 Job Fairs in New York City.

Coast to Coast Long Island Job Fair
Long Island Job Fair
Monday, February 11, 2013
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Melville Marriott Long Island
1350 Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747

United Career Fairs Sales & Management Career Fair
New York City Area
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 – 6pm Sharp
Radisson Martinique on Broadway
49 West 32nd Street
New York, NY 10001

Coast to Coast NYC Job Fair
Monday, February 25, 2013
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Radisson Martinique
49 West 32nd St
New York, NY 10001

Diversity Job Fairs – Professional Job Fair in New York, NY
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Holiday Inn Midtown
440 W 57 Street
New York, NY 10019
10AM to 2PM
(Vendor setup begins at 9AM)

Your Resume & Brand

Dec
2012
28

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New York Job Fairs
DECEMBER 2012:

Career MD Job Fair
Monday, December 03, 2012
5:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center
801 University Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210

Choice Career Fairs
Wednesday
December 5, 2012
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Holiday Inn
440 West 57th St
New York City, NY 10019

Diversity / Professional Job Fair in New York, NY
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Affinia Manhattan Hotel
371 Seventh Ave
New York, NY 10001
10AM to 2PM

Choice Career Fairs Long Island Career Fair
Thursday
December 6, 2012
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Melville Marriott
1350 Walt Whitman Rd
Melville, NY 11747

National Career Fairs
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Holiday Inn Midtown 57 Street
440 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

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Resume Keyword Tips

Nov
2012
14

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Linkedin Job Search

Nov
2012
05

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Resume Optimizing

Nov
2012
01

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HMS Host at John F. Kennedy International Airport Job Fair
Thursday, November 1st
Friday, November 2nd
9:00am – 1:00pm
Council for Airport Opportunities
90-04 161st Street
Jamaica, NY 11432
2nd Floor
ID is required for entry

Coast to Coast – New York Job Fair
Monday, November 5, 2012
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Radisson Martinique Hotel
49 West 32nd St
New York, NY 10001

JobEXPO – General / Professional Job Fair in Melville, NY
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Hilton Long Island / Huntington
598 Broad Hollow Road
Melville, NY 11747
10AM to 2PM

Coast to Coast – Long Island Job Fair
Monday, November 12, 2012
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Courtyard by Marriott Long Island MacArthur Airport
5000 Express Drive South
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

National CareerFairs – Long Island Career Fair
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Melville Marriott – Long Island
1350 Old Walt Whitman Rd
Melville, NY 11747

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