Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What Advice Would You Give to a Friend Who's Looking for Work?

What advice would you give -- or what advice have you been giving -- to a friend who's currently in the job market? One thing that not everyone knows to do?

Post a comment here, if you would...

Sunday's Globe column offered a collection of advice that I gathered last week from recruiters, CEOs, and HR execs.

There was also this video conversation with HubSpot CEO Brian Halligan, who talked about using social media for building your own personal brand:

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Anonymous Tom Summit said...


It's all about affinity. Try to search within networks of your work history, or extracurricular organizations such as the Eagle Scouts. This will set you apart from the competing candidates.

Another way to stand out Re: Linkedin, Participate in the Q&A forums. Having a best answer in your domain of expertise demonstrates that your peer group has voted you an "expert" in your field.

BTW I didn't see my quote in your globe article. ;-)

February 25, 2009 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Ralph Protsik said...

Buddy up. Find someone (if you don't already know someone)whose skills and job requirements are similar but not identical to yours, and who is looking at many of the same jobs that you should be looking at. Agree that if you see something that isn't quite right for you (market segment,commute, relocation, compensation, etc.) you will let him/her know, and vice versa. The more open one or both of you are to relocation, the more valuable this strategy will be. Piggy-back your way into stardom.

February 27, 2009 7:12 AM  

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