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Personal Branding on Green Puzzle.

Is your Online Profile Attractive to your Desired Employer?

Personal Branding on Green Puzzle.Depending on the industry you work in, you’ve heard varying levels of insight and advice from colleagues, experts, industry articles, and water cooler conversations to know that in today’s employment market, you must have a solid professional profile on LinkedIn in addition to other niche social networks. But what’s missed in the discussion is the fact that what you include and/or omit in your profile could result in doing more harm to your career than good. Another important point that top job seekers (active or passive) miss is that most of the employers or recruiters that are searching for someone with your skills and background are experts at what they do—and typically overloaded with their own to-do list. Therefore, they typically will spend no more than 7-13 seconds reviewing what you have shared if you don’t give them what they are looking for within that timespan. Here’s a quick checklist to ensure that you have positioned yourself so that your next Employer can find you.

1. Keywords – the number one most important aspect of your profile. Although it’s a simple concept, it’s often overlooked by job seekers and without the proper keywords, essentially deems your profile undetectable. If your current employer has given you a unique position title that frankly no one else understands except them—BE SURE you simplify it and/or re-word it in your profile. For example, if your title is a senior level position labeled ‘Enhanced Standards Leader,’ then it’s probably best to add ‘Quality Manager’ or ‘Director of Quality’ to your profile. The main takeaway is to make it as easy as possible for someone who is looking for you to find you.

2. Industry Labels – most employers desired to hire talent from their industry in most scenarios. That said, if you have 12 years of experience in Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Manufacturing, or Medical Equipment, be sure you include the industry term ‘Aerospace.’ Many job seekers will include two or three paragraphs about their roles and responsibilities, but they fail to simply include this important item. If your thought process is “I’m willing to consider more than one industry for my next role” just be sure that you are willing to be left out of consideration for a role in which you specialize. SPECIALIZATION IS KING today’s job market.

3. Bulleted Duties and Qualifications – This is similar to the keyword aspect of your resume. Most employers are looking for the ‘needle in the haystack’ and in most cases a specific skill set that is unique to their specific role or requirements. If you are a certified user of a specific software, robotics programming, or industry certification, include it.

4. Add-Ons – just say no. It’s very tempting to include a YouTube video from your last company party or a profile photo that includes your family and family pet, but you can save yourself some heartache and heed this advice, don’t do it. Less IS more in this case. If it’s ever a question in your mind to bring a glimpse of your personal life into your professional resume, the answer is almost always ‘never.’ While the moral aspect of this advice is debatable, the results aren’t. Again, put this one on your list and check it twice.

The fact is your Online Profile is always effective. It either attracts great employers or repels them. Checking off the items on this list will ensure that you have taken the necessary steps to be discovered by your intended audience—in this case, your next great employer.

 

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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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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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Job Interview Tips: What Hiring Managers Are Seeking

InterviewPrep1There’s been a lot written on the how-to’s of interviewing.  But we’ve found that job seekers simply do not spend enough time on interview preparation.  Some of the most talented professionals in the industry feel they can ‘wing-it’ because of their expert knowledge in their respective field.  But the fact is, those who are usually the best at what they do only participate in job interviews once every few years.  Simply put, if you are unprepared, they will know it–and so will you after it’s over.

Therefore, please review these job interview tips and be prepared to address these characteristics with the Hiring Manager you will interview with- think of examples from your professional demeanor and work.

Non-verbal/ people skills  – Hiring authorities evaluate more than resumes, they often gauge how well you interact with other office staff, your body language, etc. DO not fidget or wiggle, tap or shake your knees, play with your hair, objects (pen) etc….). Be sure to sit still, lean forward, give him good eye contact and smile sincerely as you engage in answering the interview questions. Be sure to bring a pen and paper with you so that you’ll be prepared to take good notes, if necessary.

Quick thinker on feet –  Sharp Interviewers may throw out an occasional random question to test you. It is okay to say “hmmm…I don’t know…let me think about that for a moment” as long as you do it sincerely and with a smile, and then answer reasonably.

Be Consistent- Don’t change your story half way into the interview, that will negatively impact your credibility- say what you need to say concisely and then stop talking. Most interviewers simply ask questions from YOUR resume. You wrote it, so be prepared to answer logical questions and to explain your career progression.

Problem solver- How have you solved problems when cookie-cutter standard solutions did not apply?

Analytical ability- Think of an example that will demonstrate your analytical nature without coming across as a know it all.

Teamwork VS. Individually: assignment: be prepared to give examples of both. Hiring Managers do not want cheap talk and bragging, they desire looking for strong examples to support your statements on BOTH your individual and team contributions!

Attitude and Potential: Most hiring managers like eagerness, drive and a positive willing-to-learn attitude- they seek candidates that can not only contribute immediately, but also have aptitude to grow as time progresses. Emphasize that you are trainable, have room for improvement, are motivated and eager to learn and it’s a plus if you are “mobile” at least in North America

Get foot in the door – emphasize that you are looking for a good opportunity to build upon YOUR CURRENT SKILLS while gaining new ones for the future. Don’t fixate on the short term, really think about the long term and the “fit”.

Honesty is the best policy – just be authentic, be YOU.

When given an office or plant tour please REMEMBER:

It is absolutely possible for you to talk yourself out of being considered for a job –talking too much and/or exaggerating your facts and figures can really be a showstopper for Hiring Managers.

Keep up the pace when you are being given an office tour or plant tour. If the Hiring Manager is walking briskly, don’t lag behind.

Engage and appear interested! Ask questions and speak up. Be prepared for the Hiring Manager to stop abruptly and ask you how you might fix an issue in the facility~ or what issues you see (just in passing by) that you would address, and how you would go about improving the issue.

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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.