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Social Media Alert
SHRM's March 2016 edition of HR Magazine confirms the thought: Social media can impact the hire/no-hire decision. 84% of 410 SHRM members currently use social media in their hiring process. 39% of those responding gave job seekers a chance to explain "troubling information - and increase of 13%, compared to 2011." The good news: social media is a great tool for job seekers to be seen. The bad news: what goes to the Internet stays on the Internet. Be smart - utilize social media to market your brand in a positive, constructive manner.
Career Advice
According to a poll of employees at top organizations as listed in Universum's 2014 Top 100 U.S. Employers, their best career advice included the following:

  • Be yourself and when interviewing share your stories with confidence.

  • Prioritize developing effective communication, leadership and problem solving skills.

  • Be bold “ when you want something, go for it.

  • Make sure you love what you do. Follow your passions.

  • Step out of your comfort zone and be open to taking on new challenges.

  • Grow a strong network and surround yourself with positive, supportive people.

  • Put yourself in situations that nurture your creativity.

Improve Interview Listening Skills
Even before the age of digital distractions, people could only remember about 10% of what was said in a face-to-face conversation according to a 1987 study that remains a key gauge of conversational recall. Most people can think more than twice as fast as the average person talks, allowing the mind to easily wander. Sue Shellenbarger writes in the WSJ Work & Family section that it's possible to improve your listening skills and prescribes these steps to help you be more effective during a job interview.


  • Clear your mind of distractions.
  • Prepare a list of questions or topics you want to cover.
  • Plan in advance to limit your time giving answers – be concise, but thorough.
  • Drop assumptions that you already know what the interviewer will ask or say.
  • Leave cell phones or other mobile devices in your car.

During the Interview
  • Take notes to stay focused while listening.
  • Paraphrase what you think the interviewer said and ask if you are on point.
  • Ask clarifying questions to sharpen the focus of the conversation.
  • Notice the interviewer’s body language and facial expressions as potential sources of meaning.
  • Use pauses to reflect or draw out more information.

Resist the Feeling Not to Persist
The duration of unemployment for job seekers 55 and over is 50.4 weeks, compared with 34.2 weeks for those under 55, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. With numbers like these, it's imperative that job seekers have a comprehensive plan that they execute consistently. Above all, it's critical to maintain a positive attitude as it likely means hearing "no" frequently before getting to the ultimate "YES."
Your Real Job
In revealing his secrets for climbing to the top, Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, cites a CEO who offered him valuable career advice. He said that job seeking is not something to do when necessary, rather it should be a continuing process. Your job is not your job; your job is to find a better job.

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