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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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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.