Here are some nuggets of gold for you. A tremendous from Victor Lipman on the 3 intangibles that hiring managers look for – just good stuff:
The most useful insight I gained as a hiring manager was that you almost never hire the only person who can do the job, but the one you feel will be the best choice among numerous qualified candidates. Over the decades with a large corporation I hired quite a few people, and those who worked for me did too. What did we look for? What were the difference makers that helped us make these important decisions?
You know I just posted an article that talked about gatekeepers and need to really get past them – IF – you want results. Well Caroline Ceniza-Levine really puts some meat to this topic:
You Already Know The Right People To Land Your Dream Job: How To Get In Front Of The Decision-Makers
It’s a common frustration of job seekers everywhere: you know you are the right person for the job if only you could get the attention of the person actually hiring. Submitting a resume to the company website falls into a black hole. Appeals to HR go unanswered. Somehow you need to bypass these gatekeepers and get to the decision-makers. It pays to know the “right” people.
Wow, check out what Jacquelyn Smith is saying – 37% of employers look at social networks, ie Facebook. That picture of doing a beer bong – not looking so good now. In today’s open, high tech environment; it’s even more imperative you stay on top of what’s on the internet – attached to your name:
What’s one way for hiring managers to learn who you are outside the confines of the résumé, cover letter and interview? Scanning your social media profiles. It turns out 37% of employers screen potential job candidates on social networks, according to a new CareerBuilder survey. That means about two in five companies browse your social media profiles to evaluate your character and personality — and some even base their hiring decision on what they find.
You will, or should have noticed that all the articles came from Forbes. I did that on purpose. 3 great articles that can only help you – and it did not come from CareerBuilder or AOL or Monster or some other job site. It came from Forbes.
If you’re actively in the job hunt, you owe it to yourself to scour sites like Forbes, Fins, Fortune, and the Wall St. Journal Online to dig up all those good nuggets of Gold.
Plus contributors at these sites tend to have a different, more hiring manager perspective on things. And that’s what you need.
Until next time…
PS – for more thoughts and advice on maximizing efforts in using social media, check out Kevin Donlin’s article – LinkedIn Job Search Secrets and Phil Baker’s Your Facebook Resume. Of course, Kevin is of the Guerrilla Resume fame.