Seven great Twitter hiring tips for your job search


Twitter Hiring Tips

First things first—don’t expect to get a job offer only through Twitter; that is not the point of social media. These Twitter hiring tips will get your foot in the door, to the next critical step in the job search—the interview.

Twitter is perfect for helping you build a reputation with people who look for high-quality professionals in their fields—people just like you.

Here are seven great Twitter hiring tips that can help you find jobs, and gain exposure with the people who can help you get started in your next great job:

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Social Media CAN cost you a job, new survey shows


More Employers Finding Reasons Not to Hire Candidates on Social Media, Finds CareerBuilder Survey

Career builderCHICAGO, June 27, 2013 (CareerBuilder.com)–While your social media profile can be a great asset in your job search, a new CareerBuilder study shows it can also end up costing you the job.

More than two in five (43 percent) hiring managers who currently research candidates via social media said they have found information that has caused them not to hire a candidate, up 9 percentage points from last year.

The nationwide survey, which was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder from February 11 to March 6, 2013, and included more than 2,100 hiring managers and human resource professionals, found that nearly two in five companies (39 percent) use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 37 percent last year.

Is social media helping or hurting job candidates?

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Five Rules for the Perfectly Worded Resume


It’s easy to use the wrong words on a resume, but the real challenge is creating a perfectly worded resume.

Five rules that will help you create a strong, accurate and powerful resume—something that can really get you the job!

Five rules for the perfectly worded resume

When writing resumes, it’s easy to talk about the words you want to avoid—empty, meaningless terms that have nothing to do with you getting you the job.

A bigger problem for job seekers is creating the perfectly worded resume.

It is true the wrong words can destroy your chances of getting the job, but the right words will surely improve your chances.

Creating a perfectly worded resume is not easy. There is no handy “list” of just the right words. A perfectly worded resume will vary depending on the job you are looking for.

However, there are five rules to get you started on the perfectly worded resume:

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Job Tips for Generation Y Can’t They Find a Job


 What to do about Generation Y… can’t they find a job?

Generation Y Can't They Get a Job?

In a recent survey of 500 hiring managers, a majority believe that college graduates are not prepared to enter the job market. In addition, 58 percent are not planning to hire recent graduates for entry-level positions.

With student loan debt reaching $1 trillion, this gap between Generation Y (born in the 80s and 90s) and employers can become a serious problem. Most new entrants in the job market have a bachelor’s degree, making them overqualified for many entry-level jobs.

Generation Y and social media

In addition, social media is essential parts of Generation Y. Nearly 60 percent of them are reluctant to work for companies that ban social media, as well as having a heightened sense of entitlement. These attitudes make job seekers finding the right “fit” in an organization challenging.

Making the situation more difficult for Generation Y is the fact that many Baby Boomers are delaying retirement, staying in the job market longer and taking more of the higher-paying positions.

This infographic from Adecco offers several successful job search tips for Generation Y candidates. Apart from dressing well and refraining from sharing too much on social media, job seekers should not focus exclusively on themselves.

Infographic after the jump…

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10 Meaningless Words That Will Kill Your Resume


A resume that looks and sounds like a million others will never become a winner.

Make your resume stand out by ditching ten meaningless and empty words and phrases.

Resume Today, you have only one guarantee one when applying for a job—your resume will never be alone.  Expect it to sit in a stack of dozens, hundreds or even thousands.

It is no secret that to get ahead, you have to stand out.

Your resume represents valuable real estate, like ad space for you and your unique brand. Each word must have maximum impact to reach your goal—getting the job.

With that said, there are certain words and phrases overused by job seekers. In fact, they use them so much they have become dull, trivial and utterly inadequate.

A strong resume should avoid these 10 meaningless words and phrases. This way the hiring manager’s eyes won’t glaze over when seeing the same garbage over and over and over…

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Social Media Recruitment


Social media recruitment does not have to be difficult, after you learn the things you ought to know.

Start with three key players in social media recruitment: LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Social Media RecruitmentWith billions of users, the “big hitters” of social media recruitment, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, have become a natural draw both recruiters and candidates.

Job seekers can get the latest information on new opportunities, while (ideally) employers get to choose from the best talent.

Although there are many advantages in social media recruitment, like timeliness and reach, there are also significant disadvantages. Understanding the drawbacks in social media recruitment can help you customize your hiring strategy for your needs, and make the most from each platform.

The downsides of social media recruitment—and how to overcome them:

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Background Checks, LIARs and Guns on the Job


As the debate over gun control rages, some observers believe letting employees carry guns to work is the answer.

Any employer considering guns at work should have a good background check policy in place first.

Background checks and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

In the aftermath of several high-profile workplace shootings, some observers think the answer is arming employees, or allowing workers to bring guns to the job.

Not every employer will accept an armory at the office is the answer. However, before any business even considers allowing guns in the workplace, first they had better have a policy of full and extensive background checks on all employees in place.

Human resources need LIARs

In human resources, the best approach is LIARs—“Look Into All References.”

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