When Does a Hiring Manager Look at Your Social Media Profile?

We hear so much these days about having a good social media presence, and no truer than if you are in the hunt for a job. We know that LinkedInd is one that not only recruiters but HR and hiring managers check but what about your other social media presences, such as Facebook. My personal belief is that a negative profile can harm your chances of getting your foot in the door. But do you ever wonder if and when they do check you out?

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I sat on a panel of career experts last night for an HR association. Included on the panel were a few hiring managers and I found their answers enlightening. Since I don’t work inside an organization, my perspective and expertise is from an external view so it was interesting to hear from the internal side. A few hiring managers said that they don’t have time to check one’s Facebook; another said that they would but only when the candidate had made the first round and before being called for a second interview; while another expert said that Facebook doesn’t matter much and can show the ‘fun’ side of a candidate.

So for some hiring managers, their focus is still on your resume and what is contained in it; however, they all said that they do check candidate’s LinkedIn profile to see if they match. An example was given that a candidate’s resume listed one job title but it was not shown on the LI profile, which immediately took them out of the running. But there are companies out there who do focus on how you are represented by your social media presence as it can indicate character, acumen and what you stand for.

. So I highly recommend taking the time to look at all your profiles and clean them up (if necessary). LinkedIn is one that needs updated frequently as it shows you are engaged in your career vs just working. Ensuring that your ‘brand’ is consistent will be a key point to keep you in the running and getting hired (or promoted).

Attracting the “Right Job”

success signI’m sure you’ve heard of the Law of Attraction (LOA); it is based on the principles of quantum physics that what you put out there comes back to you. So if you think a positive thought, you can attract positive into your life; conversely, if you think negatively you will pull negative events. Have you ever woke up in the morning already hating the day and things went downhill from there – you stubbed your toe getting out of bed, had a flat tire, or the dog ate you shoe? Well, that is LOA in action.

You may not realize it, but our brains are programmed to think more negatively – that is our protective mechanism that keeps those memories so we are more aware of potential danger or harm. These negative memories also can keep us down in fear and procrastination. Using the law of attraction, you can keep your positive intentions in your awareness which will keep you moving toward them.

So how does this relate to your job transition? It is possible to attract the ‘right’ job you desire; it takes clarity, visual acuity, and focused intention:

  • clarity – you must be crystal clear on the desired job position you want to attain, meaning that you have to state the position and the duties you will be performing. If you state “I want to be a manager,” this is very vague; but if you state, “I will be a manager with responsibilities for leading sales representatives, overseeing a budget, and conducting training sessions with my team” it is much more compelling to find that exact position.
  • visual acuity – when we can visually see the very things we want, our brains will go for them. Our brains really don’t know that we aren’t doing something until our rational brain says it isn’t so; using LOA principles, if you see it you can believe it and then you will act on it so when you can have a visual picture of what you want, you can do it. Professional athletes use this principle; the football player who sees himself running down the field and catching the ball will have success. You can, too. Going back to the early example, if you visualize yourself in the management role and performing your duties easily, it won’t be long before you will ‘see’ opportunities in your way.
  • focused intention – now that you are clear and can see clearly the job position you desire, you must now keep your focus on it or else it will go out of your awareness. You can write your desires daily (10 times), create a vision board, take a picture of you as you would see yourself in that role, or just allow yourself to daydream and visualize. Another great way is to do this right before you go to bed as it will imbed into your subconscious.

One other important aspect of LOA is to be open to receive – you must allow positive and goodness into your thoughts and hold onto them. I mentioned that our brains tend to hold onto more negative thoughts which will reject any positive thoughts. Openness means that you accept what is. The right job is out there for you if you open up to your desires and keep focused on them.

If you would like help with your career or in making a transition, contact us today at http://www.cyscoaching.com

Going After the Job You Want

Standing out in the job-search landscape is still challenging, even though job opening are making a return. Sometimes, you need to take control and do what it takes in order to get noticed – you must not take ‘no’ for an answer. In the news last week, there was a story of a young woman who wanted to work at Disney but never heard from them so she ‘snuck’ into the department she wanted to work at and made her case – so they hired her!

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I spoke recently with a former client who moved to a different county to take a job but it was not a ‘good fit’ so she left the company; however, she decided to pursue an opportunity of her former occupation with a company in her town and went back consistently for three weeks to ask for the opportunity. She said that the first week they ‘blew her off’, the second they expressed some interest, and by the third week they recognized that she was persistent and wanted to hire her.

The lessons from these stories is that if you are not getting results in your job search, take action into your own hands and ‘show up!’ I’m not suggesting becoming a stalker but making and keeping contact with a potential employer will keep you in their mind and shows them that you are committed to them and that potential job, all qualities organizations want and need right now. Still with so many resumes and applications to go through, and being very selective, hiring departments continue to be overwhelmed which slows the onboarding process – frustrating for you, frustrating for them.

The more strategic you are, the more focused and persistent you become in taking your career into your own hands. So target a company, be confident in your skills and how you will benefit the company, and take a cue from the two ‘go-getters’ above in getting your next job.

If you’d like help with your career or in taking your performance to the next level, I’d love to help you succeed. Contact us today – http://www.cyscoaching.com.

Taking Responsibility for Your Own Job Happiness

One problem I almost always hear from a new client is “I hate my job!” As we work to uncover the source of their level of unhappiness, it always amazes me how many place the blame onto their boss, a coworker, or the organization. They never seem to take a piece of the ‘blame’ to themselves. I won’t deny that those external influences dictate how the work gets done, which can include processes, schedules, rewards, etc. All of which may cause some type of conflict against them and can lead to frustration and unhappiness.

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But, each employee – you – have a responsibility for the work you do and how you do it; your attitude predicts your job success. Often, I have seen individuals who are their lowest point when they come in – they are frustrated, angry, stressed, have physical symptoms (chest pain, stomach upset, headaches, backaches) – because of their perceptions of what someone has,  or hasn’t, done to them. My advice? Take back the control, change your attitude, and take responsibility for your own actions – what you can control vs what you can’t (or think you can’t).

  • First, make the decision to do so; I once read a wonderful story of a woman who lost a lot of weight and she said a wonderful quote inspired her: “When you’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, you will do something about it.” Enough said!
  • Go back to your job description and highlight all of the skills and tasks that you do, that excite you, and that you are good at. Focusing on these will help you to fall back in love with the work you do which should provide more motivation to continue.
  • Any other tasks that deplete you, but are necessary, you must determine how you can make them more interesting so the work gets done. Perhaps you need more training or education to increase your skill-level. You might need to have a conversation with your supervisor to see how you could reengage with those tasks.
  • Work to become more positive, which starts the moment you wake up. Say 3-5 things you are grateful for, plan how you will spend your time during the day, determine to ‘eat that frog’ of the hardest or most important task first, eat a good breakfast, breathe. Doing these every morning will turn you into a happier employee and human being.

If you are unhappy in your work, then I encourage you to use these steps to turn things around. If you truly think you can’t then that’s the time to look at finding another job that won’t deplete you; however, not knowing the source of the problem can lead you into the same – or worse- situation. I fully believe taking responsibility for the work you do and your attitude can lead to satisfaction and a higher level of performance. I encourage you to give this a try (these tips work as well if you love your job).

If you’d like help with your career or in taking your performance to the next level, I’d love to help you succeed. Contact us today – http://www.cyscoaching.com.

Time for Change in 2015

It has been a couple of months since I’ve been here – the end of the year did not turn out exactly as I’d hoped; I had to put my beloved dog, Bailey, down when she got sick very suddenly, my Mom was hospitalized for a week when she suddenly got sick and I came down with the flu. Not exactly events that can be planned for.

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Bouncing back from unplanned events can take some time but is worth the emotional effort in order to heal and gain focus and clarity on what the future will bring – exactly what you want it to. The New Year is a perfect time to have hope, to be optimistic, and to redefine any area of your life that you desire. If you haven’t yet taken the time to set your desires and plan out your year, here are three steps to help you:

  • First, do a quick review for how 2014 went to see what went well and what didn’t; decide what you will continue to do (the positives) and what you will delete (the negatives). Determine if there are any goals you wish to continue, as well as any new ones, and write these down.
  • Next, take each goal and break it down into all the steps you believe it will take to achieve them; list out the resources you will need, i.e. finances, people/support, time, etc. Having an end-time is crucial in order to provide motivation to begin and keep going. Mindset would be included here – what will you do to push through any fears that might hold you back.
  • Finally, Begin. Take one step today that will move you forward and closer to achieving one goal on your list. Focus on just that one area until it’s done. Then, you can move on to the next and the next. This serves the purpose of keeping your focus on one thing and for better managing your time – both of which are essential to high performance.

2015 can be all you want it to be provided you take massive action starting today. These steps will help – to your success!

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Why Knowing Your “Why” for Making a Job Transition is Important

whySo I spoke with another person today who is interested in making a job change; this individual wants to move into management and another industry but they have no experience. While I wouldn’t suggest that this is impossible, my questions to this person, whom I’ll call ‘Phil,’ revolved his reasoning.  Phil’s story included fifteen years of work history but mainly as an employee and not as a manager and with several years in three different industries.  He related that he wanted to move into management as he was “tired of making a lower wage.”

This raised a red flag – when we only do a job for the money it probably will not give you the satisfaction you believe it will give you.  Management is hard, as is evidenced by so many articles, books, and programs out there on how to be a more effective leadership, and not everyone has the capability to be one. A good leader needs to be skilled in communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, visioning, and sometimes taking the ‘hard stand.’ Phil was not sure if he had those skills (seriously, Phil!)

One of the first steps I focus on with clients is their “Why” or the reason(s) they are wanting to make a job change. This is one of the most fundamental questions you need to ask  if you are also wanting to make a change.  Without a full understanding it can lead you to taking a job that you might not be fully prepared for and can leave you feeling stressed and unhappy.  Here are a few steps to help you uncover your “Why”:

1. Make a list of all the areas that you believe are not being met in your current job – look at areas to include: money, benefits, bonuses, training opportunities, career pathing, challenging tasks, the type of environment you work in, etc. You have to know what is lacking in your current job and assess any opportunities to get them as you could be missing out on ways to get your needs met in your current job.

2. Be very specific about what it is that you want in a job, which kind of goes along the lines of what you don’t want but this list is much more specific:  how much more money do you want to make, i.e. $10,000 more or a specific salary; what type of career pathing do you want/need, i.e. tuition reimbursement to continue your education, coaching, or a plan to move up the ladder. Being very specific will be much more motivating so you will go after them – ask and the universe will help make it happen.

3. Create a visual picture of what that ideal position looks like – this will solidify and justify making a change. Now, you can do the research needed to find it as well as to identify salary and companies that hire for that job. You can now target your search which will streamline your search, your time and your frustration level

If you are thinking about making a job transition, or are currently in one, please go back and take the time to really self-assess your reasonings as well as your specific desires so your change will an easy one.

If you’re needing help in making a successful job transition, contact us at cyscoaching.com to get started!

 

 

 

 

 

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