With social media on the rise and the majority of professionals being building profiles on such sites as Facebook and LinkedIn, one starts to wonder how much these profiles make a difference in a professional setting. I have been approached by many candidates concerning their LinkedIn profiles and one of the reoccurring topics is that of recommendations.
After being in the recruiting industry and having met many people through my career, I can sincerely attest that it is a small world, people talk and word travels fast. When that word is about you, you want it to be a positive one. You want people to respond to your name positively and hopefully send business and referrals your way. Having a poor reputation will surely ruin your chances of success.
I’m sure we’ve all been in one of those interviews where you’re having great conversation with the hiring manager. Things are going well, you have built some strong rapport, you are no longer talking about the role but instead are talking about how the Red Sox are looking going into the second half. You have him/her eating out of your hands and nothing is going to get in your way of closing this down and getting an offer. Then s/he says, “Now we are going to do a little role playing. I want you to take this pen and sell it to me.”
Recently, I have been assisting my youngest brother on launching his career search now that he is a college graduate and I have found the experience to be very interesting and eye opening. College courses can educate you on the business world and give you the tools to have a successful career, but one thing that those classes do not teach you is how to find a job.
We have all been in an interview and things are going reasonably well. You can’t get the best read on what the interviewer is thinking but you know that s/he does not completely hate you. Just when you’re feeling confident, they throw out that question that you have heard a thousand times before and you never know how to answer it the right way.
It is forever the goal of every type of professional to grow and advance your career. In this economy, those desires are still present but the challenges of doing so are great. Professionals are now considering drastic ways to advance their careers such as relocation. However, before you pack your bags and uproot your existing life, consider the risks and the real implications of moving.
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