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What Does your Online Profile Reveal About You?

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No matter your opinion or view on this topic, it doesn’t change the facts—whatever is published online specifically about you DOES have a significant impact on your career.

That said, here’s a list of essentials to guide you and your career to success through solely through your online profiles.

Let’s start with an exercise and a few basics—repeat after me,

1. There is no such thing as a personal or private online profile.

If you accept this and take it to heart, you have taken the first step to enhancing your online resume. All of this is based on the fact that employers, hiring managers, recruiters,and potentially your next boss will conduct a thorough Google and social search of your name and/or previous employers just to see what they find. In today’s virtual social world, a little common sense begs the question,

“What better way is there to uncover an individual’s true colors—not just the one they portray in an interview– than an online search?”

As a marketing guru and talent acquisition professional at heart, it never ceases to amaze me at how MOST people I encounter on a daily basis are clueless as to the effect of the information that is published by or about them online.

As previously mentioned, your personal profile(s) are fair game because they are in the public domain—even in most cases where you think they are ‘private.’ Remember that anyone whom you’ve ‘friended’ or ‘connected’ with online has access to your information and can simply copy and paste it and/or publish anywhere they so choose. So just assume that any photo from a party last weekend, or an intimate chat you had recently about a relationship gone bad may not be an intimate as you originally thought.

I’ve seen countless situations where someone had a job-offer rescinded or they were declined an offer simply because of what was discovered about them online.

2. Your profile photo on almost every major social site is public and will rank highly in search results if someone searches using your name.

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I’m blown away at so many of the pics I see just on Linkedin and Facebook alone. It is ALWAYS better to have a professional headshot in a public domain than a group photo from a recent party on your Cancun vacation. It’s hardly worth mentioning that a pic of your adorable pet, Frank the exotic bird, isn’t going to present you in the best light unless you are applying for an open zookeeper position.

3. On job board profiles and professional networks, be sure your work history (resume) is tailored to the job you want—not just the job you have.

For example, if you are a twenty-something with an engineering degree, currently working in a Textile plant, but seeking a career in Aerospace, you don’t need your night shift position at Taco Bell while you were in school listed on your profile. Instead, emphasize the key points in your current role that will catch the eye of your intended target—that being your next Employer.

Employers and Recruiters DON’T CARE about how well rounded of an individual and professional you are. Did I mention that they don’t care? “Jack-of-all-trades” is synonymous with ‘Unemployed.’ This is a VERY prevalent myth among job seekers. So the take-away here is to tailor your resume/profile according to the desired result.

4. How you present yourself (or how others present you) online essentially reflects your Brand.

What are you selling today? What are you selling to others about you? Everyone is selling something 24/7 online. Think of it like this, if you desire to one day be a CEO, do your portray yourself as suitable for such a role? Or are you more aligned as ‘life of the party’ or ‘stay-at-home mother extraordinaire,’ or ‘fitness-lingerie model,’ or do you make everyone suspect that you are in the running for the Guinness Book of World Records for the most tattoos on a single human body?

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with any of these designations if that’s who you desire to be, but don’t be surprised when the big promotion or the next big thing doesn’t come calling.

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Critical Career Advice for Auto Manufacturing Professionals

blank list of resolutions on blackboardReady or not—it’s here–the time of year to determine what we would like to achieve in the new year. Regardless of where you happen to fall on the satisfaction meter for the current stage of your career, you should follow this simple yet proven plan to ensure your career is on solid footing for long term success—or in some cases where circumstance require drastic changes sooner than later.

The New Year’s outlook for Auto Manufacturers and Suppliers is very bright. We continually see that plants are operating at full capacity–additional shifts being added at record levels. (Hint for Management Teams: If you aren’t running at capacity, you have a problem because your competition IS.) The big question is where do you fit in? The best opportunities won’t just show up at your doorstep. You must develop a plan and implement it now.

1. Evaluate Your Current Position – you may be very happy in your current role. If so, great—just be sure you have a plan. We’ve seen over and over again where the most comfy among us soon find themselves unemployed—could’ve been a corporate restructuring, plant closing, personality conflicts with the new boss, or something changed and you decided you want OUT. For many reasons, folks at EVERY level find themselves in the unenviable position of a job search—usually when they least expect it. (Trust us on this one.) We’ve also seen—especially in North America—that your next big opportunity or promotion is with another company. While this isn’t as prevalent in Europe and Asia typically, this occurs at least 50 percent of the time in the North American Auto Industry. If you sense a change is on horizon within the next 12 months—don’t procrastinate!. Begin with Step 2 ASAP.

2. Define Your Goals - Begin with the end in mind. Actually, this is a great strategy for just about any action plan. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re almost certain never to make it. Of course, everyone wants to be paid more. But what else? Does your current role afford you the comfortable lifestyle (short commute, more time at home with the family, etc) that you desire? Does your current company have the type of leadership needed to take it to the next level? Do you have the resources and training around you to maximize your potential? These are just a few examples to get you started. If you are an automotive pro in the job market, you owe it to yourself to set goals for you and your family.

3. Map out a Game Plan – if you’re an Engineer, Quality Manager, Process Improvement Director, this should be an easy one for you. But the fact is most qualified individuals capable of developing an action plan seldom do so for their career path. This starts with determining the best course to accomplish the goals you laid out in Step 2. Here are a couple of pointers..

a. Update your Resume and post it online – not only on Autojoblink.com, but begin with your online network. The folks that know you best are usually the most likely to help you through a referral. Niche sites like AJL and social sites like Linkedin will help you get the exposure you need. If you are a well qualified top performer, we guarantee you a hiring professional is looking for you in this market.

b. Find a TOP recruiter—not just any recruiter. Do your homework here. The best usually have a strong demonstrated track record that is easily recognized in their online profiles—not just by their title or accomplishments alone—but also by their connections of top industry professionals and associations. **You have forgotten more about your trade that most recruiters will ever know. However, most recruiters know more about the hiring process in their pinky finger than you will ever know. Plus, they are connected. They know who is hiring—which companies are most attractive (and which ones aren’t) and can point you in the right direction.

c. Scour the Web – particularly social media. You will find countless opportunities but more importantly get a better feel for what is going on in your industry and in the job market.

d. Keep your resume updated—even after you accept a new job. (Refer to step 1 about always having a plan in place.)

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4. Implement the Plan – Thinking about it won’t get it done, frankly. You’ve put a good plan on paper—now make it happen.

5. Evaluate your Plan—as with most plans, it will need some tweaking. Ask for feedback from your trusted industry pros—but especially your recruiter. If it’s not working, don’t keep doing the same things. Maybe your resume needs additional key words for example. If your resume doesn’t have the content the Employer is seeking, then there’s a good chance they will never find you. This is a good example.

As with most New’s Year Resolutions, the best career advice is to Stick To It!  A day, or a month or two just won’t do it. With the hectic pace of the Auto Industry, time gets away from us all. So after the confetti settles, consistency is the key. Use this guide to take the necessary steps to position your career for long term success.

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About the Author(s)

As with most valuable content online (that’s worth reading,) the best is usually a joint effort.  This article is no exception.  The Auto Job Link staff–beginning with the Founders–are always hard at work to provide content rich resources for it’s valued readers.   With over 30 years of combined experience with Automotive OEM and Tier Supplier Manufacturing, Recruitment, HR, Advertising, and Executive Management,the AJL team thrives on providing a network and resources for great people to connect with excellent Automotive Talent.  You can follow the AJL team on Twitter here, add them to your Google+ circles here, Like Us on Facebook here, or Follow Us on Linkedin here.

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The Four Most Costly Errors Job Seekers Make

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Our team tends to write about whatever is on our mind most of the time. This week—like most—certain trends among Job Seekers, Recruiters, and/or Employers become prevalent. 

We’ve noticed recently a significant uptick in ‘wandering job seekers.’ Now you’re thinking, “What’s a ‘wandering job seeker?” It’s simple really—basically, job seekers ‘wander’ from place to place online or among their friends and family—without any real strategy or plan of action. A key indicator is if you find yourself currently unemployed—and you are just now beginning to think about your action plan. Don’t feel bad—you’re not alone! However, it is time you kicked it into high gear because the clock is ticking and there are countless others in the same boat—many of which are also pursuing the same open position.

In order to build the best plan, it’s important to understand clearly what NOT to do. Here’s what we see all too frequently. If you can avoid these costly errors and use these job search tips to your advantage, this will catapult you to the front of the line.

1. No Plan – this is the opposite of having a plan. Most people are so focused on their career or their current role that they fail to look ahead. Maybe you didn’t see the lay-off coming. Maybe you didn’t anticipate unforeseen circumstances in your family that prompted a somewhat sudden change in your career. Whatever the situation, at the moment, you have nothing. If you fall into this category right now, keep reading. Also, you will definitely want to peruse our blog for useful tips and advice.

If you are reading this and feel fortunate because you don’t find yourself in this situation, then exhale—but get to work! Ask yourself, ‘What would I do if things changed suddenly?’ Now is the time to map out a strategy and this starts with the next critical error we often see.

2. No Network – this is the opposite of having a solid network. Having business professionals, recruiters, colleagues, and hiring managers around you that can provide you solid advice and make referrals on your behalf. Did we mention a great recruiter? If you are one of the best in your respective field, it doesn’t benefit you if you aren’t connected. So get connected!

3. No Tailored Resume – posting your resume on niche job boards is absolutely a must. However, EVERY employer has it’s unique set of hot buttons that frankly may or may not be written in the job description. When you make initial contact with a Recruiter or Hiring Manager, listen carefully for these items. Take notes! When they say, ‘Jim, I have a copy of your resume that I found online, is this the most current?’ Your answer should almost always be ‘NO…but I will be happy to send an updated resume over to you right away.’ This gives you the opportunity to tailor your resume according to the Employer’s hot buttons. Essentially, you want to emphasize the BEST fit between your skills and experience and their needs and desires. Do away with things like ‘self-starter’ or some long Objective Statement at the top and replace it with bulleted career highlights that speak directly to the employers’ needs.

Be sure to read  Get Noticed! Resume Tips…

4. No Preparation – this is the opposite of being prepared. If it’s a phone interview, an in-person, a tailored resume, or simply ‘looking the part,’ preparation is the key. You may know everything there is to know about Electrical Engineering, but relatively speaking, you know little about interviewing because you don’t get to practice very often. This is where a recruiter or career coach is worth their weight in gold. If you are highly skilled, or even a senior executive, guess what—so are the other four individuals interviewing for the same position. How will you set yourself apart? It begins and ends with preparation and implementation.

Avoid these pitfalls and you will be on the fast track to the next step in your career.

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About the Author(s)

As with most valuable content online (that’s worth reading,) the best is usually a joint effort.  This article is no exception.  The Auto Job Link staff–beginning with the Founders–are always hard at work to provide content rich resources for it’s valued readers.   With over 30 years of combined experience with Automotive OEM and Tier Supplier Manufacturing, Recruitment, HR, Advertising, and Executive Management,the AJL team thrives on providing a network and resources for great people to connect with excellent Automotive Talent.  You can follow the AJL team on Twitter here, add them to your Google+ circles here, Like Us on Facebook here, or Follow Us on Linkedin here.

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Get Noticed! Key Resume Tips to being Discovered by Top Employers

getnoticed1I had an opportunity to visit one of the world’s loveliest natural parks a couple of weeks ago.  In taking a walk up to view the famous gorge and waterfalls, I couldn’t help but notice the spectacular beauty of the sheer bluffs. Massive grey rocks sheared by man to provide a walkway, sheared by nature with each Spring’s snow melt, it was a stunning combination of purely massive rock and powerful water below. In the midst of all that impressive grey I glimpsed a few flashes of stark white. A closer look really surprised me and made me smile. The little white things were actually beautiful ivory colored flowers- growing right out of the side of a seemingly impermeable sheer mountain face!

That was such a reminder for all of us that have been in tough spots- the “stuck between a rock and a hard place” moments ~ when those moments in life come at us, it’s such a sweet reminder to see the hardy pluck and grit of a little sign from nature reminding us that we, too, can bloom in adversity.

Whether you’re unemployed and in a job search, or stuck in a tough job situation, facing hardships at home or whatever your struggle is today- BE ENCOURAGED. Look around and catch the glimmers and glimpses of encouragement and hang in there!

Here are 3 Essential Resume Tips to ensure you Get Noticed when you submit your resume online and get results!

When the time comes and you decide to explore the job market you may be like a lot of people and find yourself quickly overwhelmed with the volume of information on the web.

Use my 3 step guide to make the process SIMPLE, EASY, AND EFFECTIVE!

Step One: Create

1. Create or Update your resume. There are countless templates available for free on the internet. Google “Free Resume Templates” or visit this page.

2. Have your resume proofed by several friends. Fresh eyes catch mistakes and you want to avoid a poor first impression with a prospective employer due to spelling and grammatical errors.

➢ Does your resume have a logical flow?

➢ Does it answer the questions of what you have been doing and what you’re skilled to do?

➢ Is it long enough to cover the important parts and short enough to keep their interest?

Now that your resume is visually appealing with a professional template and content rich with good information about your career experience, you are now ready to share it with the world.

Step Two: Upload

1. Determine based on your skill set and career experience which job boards to register with.  While some of the ‘big box’ boards are still effective somewhat, niche JB’s are your best bet to connect with your next employer.

AutoJobLink.com, Roilandgasjobs.com, and BubbleJobs are some great examples depending on your industry expertise.  You will find that most reputable Niche job boards have the vast majority of industry employers actively searching and connecting with the top industry talent on their site. So this is a win-win for the job seeker and the employer.

Tailor your resume- a generic, bland (aka “boring”) resume will get you nowhere. Engage your brain- think of what position you want to be recruited for and design your resume accordingly. Think of it like the difference in a cheap polyester suit that hangs funny on you versus a tailored suit that accentuates your best features!

2. Complete your online job board resume and profile thoroughly. Accurate, thorough information helps a recruiter or employer to quickly assess whether a phone call or email would be worthwhile.  Remember, this is the first step and could be a deal killer if your resume doesn’t adequately reflect your skill set and background while positioning you ahead of the rest.

3. Include your realistic salary range- a 10,000-15,000 range is acceptable.

4. If at all possible, do not blind your online resume. It is extremely cumbersome to connect with candidates that do not list their cell phone, email, etc.

Step Three: Keep it Current!

1. Refresh Weekly- Most people aren’t aware that there are two simple ways that resume results are listed on a Recruiter’s search screen.

➢ They are listed by relevance- how much similarity the resume has to the key words the Recruiter entered into their search screen OR by Date Modified.

➢ Date Modified is pretty self-explanatory- clearly it behooves a Job Seeker to update and refresh their information frequently. Who wants to be buried under 100 of your competitor resumes? Absolutely not!

2. Respond Quickly- most recruiters and employers work from a short list of similarly qualified candidates- so it’s really important to answer the phone or email promptly.  Three days later and the window of opportunity may be closed, the market is just that competitive!

About the Author(s)

As with most valuable content online (that’s worth reading,) the best is usually a joint effort.  This article is no exception.  The Auto Job Link staff–beginning with the Founders–are always hard at work to provide content rich resources for it’s valued readers.   With over 30 years of combined experience with Automotive OEM and Tier Supplier Manufacturing, Recruitment, HR, Advertising, and Executive Management,the AJL team thrives on providing a network and resources for great people to connect with excellent Automotive Talent.  You can follow the AJL team on Twitter here, add them to your Google+ circles here, Like Us on Facebook here, or Follow Us on Linkedin here.