5 Social Media Mistakes Made by Executive Job Searchers

social media mistakesHiring managers and recruiters are using social media more than ever to find and pre-screen candidates, and they’re not just using LinkedIn. As a result it’s important to avoid some of these major social media mistakes while doing your executive job search. (more…)

Executive Resume Advice & Writing, Job Interviews and Services for Executive Job Seekers

executive-interviews-job-seekersIn the Information Age, everyone has already become or is on their way towards becoming an expert in something – IT infrastructure, psychological motivation in the workplace, reputation management, corporate branding.

You name it, and inevitably there will be several leading experts. We think this is a good thing because it fosters both diversification and specialization in the workplace. (more…)

Be Bold with Interview: How to Act Like You Have the Job to Land the Job

Act Like You Have the Job to Land the JobBeing interview ready, means more than showing up with your resume materials in-hands. It’s about showing the hiring manager how prepared you are for their role, and how easily you will be able to step into their open position. At the end of the day, the hiring manager wants to know how easy or difficult it will be to transition you onto their team.

When you interview, you need to be bold and act like you have the job to land the job you are after. And to do that, you need to make an impact during your in-person interviews. Creating a 30, 60, and 90 day plan of action using the steps below shows not only initiative, but that you are ready to be a candidate of action. (more…)

How to Definitively Demonstrate Leadership Skills in an Executive Job Interview

executive job interview When looking for an executive level position, you have to specifically show the employer with concrete examples that you can lead others—you can’t just say you have led teams and assume the executive recruiter will understand how.  Unfortunately, this seems to be an area where many executive job seekers tend to fumble.  Do you feel this describes you? As an accomplished, powerful executive, you have to outline to the potential employer that you are just as good in person as you are on paper. This often times requires you to explicitly state why you’re such a good leader which can feel somewhat uncomfortable. Below you’ll find some tips for overcoming any blocks you may have about showing your leadership qualities. (more…)

6 Executive Job Search Apps for the Tech Savvy Exec

executive job search appsWhile there’s nothing quite like meeting people in person, the frank truth is that everything is becoming digital these days and the executive job search is no exception.

You can increase the likelihood of success by having certain resources at your fingertips, including those of a digital nature. Fortunately there are several executive job search apps that will make your job hunting a whole lot easier. The following are 6 of the best: (more…)

4 Must-Have Executive Job Search Tools Job Seekers Should Always Have at Their Disposal

must-have executive job search tools that job seekers should always have at their disposalImagine being on the job hunt and always knowing what to say and when. Imagine what it would be like to show up to networking events and know exactly what you need to do.

Often times executive positions will slip through a candidate’s fingers because they weren’t prepared to answer a question on the spot or they forgot who they met at a networking event. With these tools you’ll be able to avoid these faux pas and better your chances of landing an executive position. (more…)

5 Steps to Get a Job Assignment in China (ExPat)

get a job assignment in ChinaBeing able to get a job assignment in China or different areas around the world and produce profitable results, significantly increases your stock as a global executive. International companies are always looking for ways to have their top leadership spread their knowledge, deliver best practices, and adapt new practices throughout their multicultural organizations.

Global leadership assignments are not for the faint of heart – you will be living in a new country, be involved with a different culture, and interacting with new colleagues. However, if you can see past the obstacles, there can be a huge payoff for your executive career trajectory.

As indicated in this Bloomberg article, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein indicates China is one market that is extremely popular and can provide you with an enriching experience. Being a growing market, you have the unique experience to not only work in a global assignment, but you also have the opportunity to develop long-lasting strategy and connections for your company.

But rotational assignments in China don’t just happen – you have to position yourself correctly to be chosen for these types of assignments. Here are five ways to set yourself up for success.

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Why do Recruiters Post Fake Ads?

Do Recuiters Post Fake Ads? “Why do recruiters post fake ads?” I receive this question from executive job seekers on a pretty regular basis through direct emails, on job search coaching calls and through the LinkedIn Premium Job Seeker Group that I moderate. Job seekers are perplexed by corporate and third-party recruiters will post “fake ads” – ads that do not seem to be for real, open jobs. Well, I can assure you the ads are not fake—ads cost money. Ad money is not being spent to play with the hearts and minds of executive and professional job seekers. Given that third-party recruiters often have to pay for ads before receiving a fee, they are most often being posted with purpose and not to waste your time. However, I know that it definitely does not reduce your frustration. So I was hoping to shed light on what may be happening. (FYI: I was a 3rd party recruiter for 13 years). (more…)

What You Need to Know About How Recruiters Get Paid (And How It May Affect Your Job Hunt)

How Recruiters Get Paid and How It May Effect Your Job SearchThere is some confusion out there as to how recruiters get paid for their contracted job placement services. Furthermore, there seems to be even more confusion about how a recruiter’s contract with an employer may affect job seekers.

External Recruiters are contracted by companies to find them the best candidate for an open position. The contract between an employer and the recruiter is usually done in one of three ways: on a retained basis, a contingency basis or a contained basis. Below you’ll find a breakdown of these methods and what they mean for you as a job seeker.

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What You Need to Know About Working with External Recruiters

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As you advanced your career you may have gotten new job opportunities by dealing with a company’s Human Resources department directly. Now that you’ve reached an executive level, you’re starting to realize that the process may be a bit different. Simply put, you may be running into more agencies and headhunters than ever before.

When it comes to higher level positions, companies often times outsource the task to external recruiters. These recruiters get paid by the employer to find the best candidate for the job. The information that follows will help you to understand how external recruiters operate, how to avoid misunderstandings during the hiring process and may even lead to your next great job opportunity.

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7 Tactics to Keep Your Job Search Confidential

How to Keep Your Job Search ConfidentialLooking for a new job is scary enough. Being worried that your current boss or colleagues can see you gearing up for a job search can easily stop your efforts before you get started.

Here are several ways to ensure you keep your job search confidential until you are ready to announce to your current employer that you’ve landed a new role. (more…)

2014 Resume and Job Search Trends from Recruiters’ Perspectives

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I’ve always believed that if job seekers could only understand how recruiters work, they could model their job search after these methods and be found more easily, thus shortening their job hunt.

With that in mind, I’ve been reading a lot lately about the top recruiting trends projected for 2014, and I realized this could be a great opportunity to show you what’s going on in the recruiting industry. With this knowledge, you can reverse-engineer some strategies aimed at meeting recruiters where they are and boosting your job search repertoire.

So, here are eight of the big trends recruiters will be following in 2014, and how you can model your job search accordingly:

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7 Habits of Highly Successful Job Landers

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What sets winning job landers apart from those job seekers still struggling to land a job? It isn’t sheer luck or any secret formula. It’s a simple matter of following some proven steps for job search success. The more you do, the better your chances of finding that perfect position. But make no mistake, it can be challenging to follow these simple steps.

If your job hunt is missing one or more of the following strategies, it’s time to up your game.

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Top 25 Job Search Tips for 2014 – Quoted

114 about.com alison doyleLisa Rangel of Chameleon Resumes was quoted in the About.com article, Top 25 Job Search Tips for 2014 written by Alison Doyle, in December 2013. We were thrilled to be included as a source for one of the tips in this article!  Thanks to Alison Doyle, who sets out to give job seekers great tips to get the year started right with information from leading experts. I am honored to be included. (more…)

Overcoming the Fear of Hitting ‘Send’ in Your Job Search

Can't Send EmailsHave you had to send a job search email to reach out to people you don’t know? Make a request of your professional network to advance your job search? Ask your friends for career advice?  All of these job search activities can be overwhelming and can paralyze a new-to-the-job-search-game job seeker. It can be difficult overcoming the fear of  hitting ‘send’ in your job search.

Why is sending an email so hard? The act of clicking the mouse to send the electronic message into cyberspace can bring a myriad of opportunities to us. The potential we can capitalize on is infinite by simply reaching out to another from pressing that proverbial ‘send’ button–yet why don’t we do it more often as we should to advance our job search? (more…)

6 Little Known Reasons Why You Can Get Hired in November and December

Get Hired In November DecemberWhen I was a search firm recruiter, I found getting hired during the holiday months of November and December was very feasible and were often close to my top billing months for the year. Yet all I hear from job seekers and corporate recruiters this time of year, “The holidays are slow for hiring.”  Well, don’t believe it!  If you are still energized, then keep your job search going through the holidays. Here are 6 Little Known Reasons Why You Can Get Hired in November and December and how your efforts can pay off: (more…)

LinkedIn Recruiter: 12 Insider Secrets You Need to Know For Your Job Search

LinkedIn RecruiterJob seekers have been hearing for years now that they need to be on LinkedIn to find a job and have professional validation. Well, if Jobvite’s recent statistic stating that 94% of recruiters see LinkedIn as the most popular place to vet candidates for their open positions is not reason enough for you to be on LinkedIn properly and professionally, let me give you one more: LinkedIn Recruiter.

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47 Ways Intelligent Executives Might Be Sabotaging Their Job Search

Execujtive Job Search SabotageJob search mistakes happen to smart, intelligent executives all the time. They are not even aware of it. But evidence of how these errors sabotage their search exists by the lack of executive interviews and offers he/she has received. 47 ways intelligent executives might be sabotaging their job search have been outlined in this article.

Is this you? Are you an executive that is not seeing results you want from your job search? Struggling with finding the best tactics to generate interviews and offers? Never had this experience before and you are not sure why you are experiencing lackluster results? Peruse this checklist and if more than 10 of these reasons resonate with you, then you will need to seriously consider using the expertise of an experienced job search consultant. (more…)

Job Searching? 19 Creative Ways To Build Your Target Company List

As your job search consultant, I aim to provide you 19 creative ways to build your target company list, so you can find your own job leads. This way, you are taught how to fish and you are not be dependent on third party recruiters and job boards. Here, I expand on the target company list building examples I provided in my previous LinkedIn article (“How to Build A List of Target Companies” – Spring 2012), and outline additional, proven steps that you can use immediately. These tactics have been used to build target company lists for current job search practice clients and when I built a recruitment practice in my earlier career. Check out this list: (more…)

5 Job Search Revelations Learned From Back-To-School Season

back to school job searchKids headed back to school? How can back-to-school season inspire your job search? I found the parenting advice I give to my kids to prepare for going back to school is very applicable to the professional job seeker successfully tackling their job search. Employ these 5 job search revelations learned from kids going back to school to improve your job search results! (more…)

Need A Fresh Start? – 4 Tips To Reinvigorate Your Job Search

Fresh Start on Your Job SearchStruggling with your job search? Feel like you need a fresh job search start to get things going again and generate results? Here are 4 tips that blend the old school approach of reaching out to people using today’s technology and resources to help you generate contact lists to approach. Commit to using these new tactics and see your job search come alive! (more…)

5 Simple Ways to Find 9 Hours of Job Search Time Per Week

Find Time For Your Job Search

Would you like to find 9 hours of job search time per week? Want more time to job search?Do you find yourself asking these questions:

“How am I supposed to look for a job, when I am employed?”

“Finding a job is a full-time job…and I already have a job. How am I supposed to do this?”

Sound familiar? I hear these questions from job seekers quite often. It is a perplexing dilemma in today’s world of over scheduling, multitasking and uber-achievement. These strategies and tools have been time-tested by me and my clients to generate at least 9 hours per week in time that can be used towards a job search, when these tactics are employed consistently and diligently.

Are you up for the challenge? Here goes: (more…)

Build Your Target Company List Methodically with the CAVAC Model

In the Spring of 2012, I wrote an article for LinkedIn titled, “How to Build A List of Target Companies.” I was inspired to revisit the article and expand on the item on adding companies to your Target Company List in the most methodical, logical fashion. Introducing the CAVAC ™ Model.

Most job seekers struggle with how to building their target company list and resort to job boards and depend on recruiters. Take back control of your job search by using these target list building methods to find your own opportunity and expanding your Target Company List, where you can apply directly to key contacts within the company.  I have used these tactics personally to build target company lists for my current clients in my job search practice and when I built a recruitment practice in my earlier career. It is my intention to share them with you and teach you how to fish: (more…)

Took The Wrong Job?– How Do You Know & What Do You Do Now?

Took the Wrong JobDid you take the wrong job recently? Not sure how to know if you took the wrong job? I recently had a prospect start a new position a few months ago and feels now that he took the wrong job. It is such a bummer, since he said he was so excited to start. Yet over the past few months it is revealing itself that is it just not the right job for him and it is a bad fit between him and the company. In this market, I know some people would say, “Be grateful and stick it out.” But I do not necessarily believe that is the only course of action. How do you know you may have taken the wrong job and what could you do about it? (more…)

Job Searching During The Summer – Don’t Buy High and Sell Low

job searching during the summerWhen I recruited, I found my busiest months were often during the summer and holiday periods—when most job seekers felt hiring activities slowed down during these times. In turn, job seekers curtailed job searching during the summer. On the contrary!  Keep your job searching in high gear during the summer. Now if you need a break, take that vacation you need to recharge your body and, ultimately your job search. But if you are in job search mode already, don’t take your foot off the gas simply because the summer rolled around. I say kick it into gear for the following three reasons: (more…)

Talk to Strangers to Improve Your Job Search

talking to strangersAre you getting enough new and strange in your professional and personal life?  Talk to strangers!  Do something new that others, or even you, may view as strange compared to your normal behavior. Time to shake it up!

If your life is stagnant or if your job search is stalled, you might be suffering from a lack of ‘new’ in your life.  And I think most people view new as strange.  Clearly use your judgment and put safety first! But by inviting strange people and new activities into your life, it can help you see things from a different, invigorated perspective. I have been inspired for this post from two sources: (more…)

How to Work Effectively With An Executive Recruiter

Working with an executive recruiter

Effective executive recruiter relationships can play an instrumental part in career advances for the rising professional and the established executive. Whether you’ve worked with executive recruiters before or this is your first time, there is a lot to know about how to build effective working relationships with recruiters. To have an effective relationship with an executive recruiter, it is important to understand the business’s business model and role you play as a potential candidate represented by an executive recruiter. Job seekers that fail to recognize ‘how it works’ with an executive recruiter often find themselves frustrated and unrepresented. Keep in mind these eight points when working with an executive recruiter:
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Finding the Right Contacts for Your Job Search Using LinkedIn

how to use LinkedIn find a job Have your list of job search target companies and now need to find the right contacts to approach to get results from your job search? LinkedIn hired me to write three articles for their job seekers audience to offer guidance on how to build a target company list for a job search and then… (more…)

How to Build a List of Target Companies for Your Job Search

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Unsure how to build a target list of companies for your job search to land interviews where you want to work? LinkedIn hired me to write this article for their job seekers audience to offer guidance on how to build a target company list for a job search and then… (more…)

Executive Job Search Checklist – What You Need Beyond Your Executive Resume

Executive Job Search ChecklistDeveloping Your Executive Job Search Checklist

Whether on your own, through an executive job search club or by hiring a professional executive resume writer and job search consultant, today’s executive job seeker must be prepared to capitalize on the wealth of opportunities before them in today’s competitive employment marketplace. There is opportunity, but you must be prepared to edge out your competition by presenting yourself in the best way possible. There are no second chances.

To ensure you develop the tools needed for your job search, below is a list, by no means exhaustive, that has been compiled to get you started to assemble the tools and resources you will need to conduct a successful job search. (more…)

Are You Tracking the Most Important Activity of Your Job Search?

Job Search Activity Tracking

 

With all the job search activities a job seeker has to do in this employment marketplace to conduct a successful job search, it can easily become overwhelming.

Submitting resumes to job postings, going to networking events, reaching out to your contacts and introducing yourself to new people at target companies—and we have not even included social media interactions, interview preparation and many other actions. It’s enough to make your head spin, if you let it.

Through my years of recruiting and job search consulting, I have boiled all of the activity down to one real job search activity metric that needs to be tracked. Tracking this metric each week provide a litmus test for you to determine if all of your social media interactions, in-person venues, online research time and phone activity is purposefully focused or just plain busy work. You ask, “What is this one metric, Lisa?” (more…)

Do You Have Job Search Burnout?

 

This blog post initially ran as a Guest Blog Post by @LisaRangel on Tim’s Strategy. 

Job Search Burnout

Job Search Burnout

Despite it being a new year, many job seekers have been looking for a job already…in some cases, conducting that job search for a while and are burned out.

While some job seekers have new inspiration to start a search, I know some of you may be tired and burned out on your search and need a renewed source of perspective. Well, you have come to the right place.

When you are burnt out on your job search, you may need a mental break. Rest to rejuvenate is crucial, but what I think can be equally as effective is to give a good, hard look at the job search activities that you have been doing. Are you setting yourself up for disappointment and job search burnout? Ask yourself these questions: (more…)

How Will the Election Results Affect Your Job Search?

 

Clearly after this election, there were some happy and not-so-happy people stemming from these election results. If your candidate won, you may be thinking, “Things will pick up now…I can feel it in my bones that I will find the job I want soon.” If your candidate was not elected, you have a tendency to ponder, “We are now on the wrong track. I am afraid I will never find the job I want.”  Here is the good news and the bad news…both of these people are right….and very wrong.

After speaking with job seekers, recruiters, business leaders and human resources managers this past week, the bottom line is this: if you think you will or will not find a job, you are right. A variation of the infamous Henry Ford quote, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you‘re right.” Finding a job is more about the actions you take each and every day and less about who is residing in the White House. While those who are happy about who is in office may benefit in the short term because of a positive attitude, the reality is these people will only find a job if they take proactive action to network and contact people to advance their job search. Any success they see will because of actions they take, not because their guy won. So then the good news for those whose guy didn’t win is positive job search results have nothing to do with who is in office, as well.

Regardless of your political persuasion, here are some tactics you can use TODAY to help jump start your job search and generate the results you seek: (more…)

6 Ways to Ensure The Cover Letter You Write Is Read

Writing a great cover letter that is specific to each job search application is a must in today’s career marketplace. Using a one-size-fits-all, general cover letter for all your applications and communications is not an effective means to uniquely presenting yourself in a job search. The following six cover letter tips will help you write a concise, impactful cover letter that will improve your chances of getting noticed and receiving that call for the coveted interview: (more…)

Ignore Social Media at Your Own Job Search Risk – 2012 Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey

 

Job seek­ers can no longer ignore their online pres­ence, according to the 2012 Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey. Job seekers who are not present online, do so at their own peril. Those who are not on LinkedIn are vir­tu­ally invis­i­ble to employ­ers. Hiring managers and third party recruiters are enamored with the easy access to talent afford to them by social net­works. Social net­work­ing is simply pre­ferred by recruiters and employ­ers as a tool to acquire talent. If you don’t believe these state­ments just look at results of the newly released 2012 Job­vite Social Recruit­ing Sur­vey

  • 92% of com­pa­nies will recruit in social net­works this year. (Up from 89% in 2011)
  • 43% of recruiters who use social recruit­ing saw an increase in can­di­date qual­ity this year.
  • 73% of com­pa­nies have suc­cess­fully hired a can­di­date through social media.

In addi­tion, LinkedIn has become nearly uni­ver­sal with 93% of com­pa­nies using the site for recruiting and… (more…)

How To Follow Up After A Networking Event

Have you ever connected with a new contact at a networking event, had an interesting chat, shared contact information, and had the best of intentions to follow up with each other, but never did? Has this happened to you? Whether you are looking for a new job or growing your business or both, effective networking follow-up is a skill that can help you achieve your goals.

  • According to the latest study from CareerXRoads, more than 27% of external hires in America are from referrals. In fact, it’s the top external source of hires today.
  • According to the New York Times, 65% of new business comes from referrals. A Nielsen Study cited clients are four times more likely to buy when being referred from someone they know and trust.

So we know why we network, but what do you do to follow up after a networking event? After all, it’s what you do after the event that matters, as that is where the real work begins!   Here are some suggestions of what to do: (more…)

Using your Job Skills to Forge a New Career

“Follow Your Bliss” – Joseph Campbell

Changing careers can be a daunting task, but only if you are unsure how to capitalize on the skill set that you already have. Using LinkedIn’s Skills & Expertise Search function can help you identify new career path to pursue that enable you to leverage your current skill set, while allowing you to maximize your earning potential while doing something you love to do. This combination can help you be happier in your next job.

 

UTILIZE LINKEDIN’S SKILLS & EXPERTISE SEARCH FUNCTION EFFECTIVELY
For example, if you have exceptional Contract Negotiation skills and want to apply these skills to a different industry, here is how you can unearth targeted industries to utilize your skills in a new manner. Go to the LinkedIn Skills & Expertise Search page located here: http://ow.ly/bfCWg Type in “Contract Negotiations” into the search field, which will bring you to a landing page with a wealth of information to start your research on locating new areas to apply your Contract Negotiation skill set.
The information on this landing page will list Connections within your three degrees that have Contract Negotiation expertise, Related Companies that hire and have hired individuals with Contract Negotiation experience, Jobs that require Contract Negotiation skills, Groups that value Contract Negotiations abilities, and Related Skills that can help foster other career path ideas. Here is how you can use these five areas to identify your new career path. (more…)

My Articles On LinkedIn: Finding Target Company Lists & Contacts

 

LinkedIn hired me to write three articles for their job seekers audience to offer guidance on how to turn your passion into a career, then how to build a target company list for a job search and, lastly, locating the right contact at those companies to approach to start building your career.  Here are the links to my articles published  on LinkedIn.com: (more…)

What Should the Subject Line Say for Job Search Emails?

Savvy job seekers are sending email correspondence directly to new and existing contacts to follow up on job postings, to ask for job lead referrals and to inquire about exploratory job interviews. Normally, job seekers know what they want to say and get to the point in the body of the email on the email’s purpose. But then they get to the subject line…..”What do I write in the subject line?” is the question I am often asked.  After all, it is the email’s first impression—it is critical to get it right! Well, here are a few ways to successfully tackle this head scratcher of a dilemma. NOTE: no tactic will work each and every time, but using your judgment to choose which tactic can work best to capture the reader’s attention can improve the odds that your email is read. (more…)

The 4 Job Search Tools You Need (But Did Not Know About) On Indeed.com

One of the best online sites for jobseekers is indeed.com. Indeed is the #1 job site worldwide, with over 60 million unique visitors and 1 billion job searches across more than 50 countries each month. I recommend it to my clients and use it in my job search coaching process. Indeed lists jobs from a huge assortment of job boards and company listings, so rather than visit all the popular job boards and employers’ websites one by one, you can “one stop shop” at Indeed. It can save precious time that you can use to contact people directly—a key activity of a successful job search. You can set up Job Alerts from Indeed with pre-determined, filtered job searches of jobs you want to be emailed to you. And best of all, it’s all free. But many jobseekers don’t take advantage of all the capabilities that Indeed has to offer. Here are a few that can help you take your job search to the next level:

1. Indeed Resume – Indeed has over 60 million visitors each month. Millions of job seekers have created a Indeed Resume. Creating an Indeed Resume is an extremely easy way to help you get noticed, as simple as uploading your existing resume to your profile. “Because Indeed Resume is open to all companies and free to search, your resume can be found by many more employers than would be possible with a traditional job board’s resume database,” says Sophie Beaurpere, Director of Communications for the company. And another bonus, she adds, is that “you can also use your resume to apply to jobs directly through Indeed.” (more…)

Why You Should Consider Freelance Gigs, Temporary Jobs & Contract Work?

Consulting, Temporary, Freelance, or Contract Work—these terms can mean different things to different people. While each word can conjure an impression of a different level of employee with various employment arrangements (Contract/Consulting work can imply higher skill level and longer term assignments; Temporary work can mean seasonal, short-term, lower skill level jobs; and Freelance work brings about the image of a free spirit creative soul floating from one inventive endeavor to another), these terms meant the same thing to me when I was a recruiter:  the work was interim and the employee was not a direct hire employee of the firm.  For the sake of this article, these four terms will be used interchangeably, but I acknowledge each can be defined differently by various organizations and people.

So why should job seekers consider this type of work?  The main reason is because employers of all types are employing this way of hiring talent as part of their year-round staffing strategy.  The chances are the job function you perform is now being classified as a consulting or temporary job within that organization.  If you don’t consider positions in this classification, you may miss out on a number of great opportunities.

Why would an employer make a previously direct hire position now a contract job? Here are some of the benefits experienced by an employer when they hire a contract employee. By knowing these reasons, you can devise a strategy as to how and why a company should hire your skills set as a contractor increasing your chances of being hired: (more…)

Is Your Resume Ready for Mobile Recruiting?

Can your resume ready be viewed on a smart phone? Your resume and job search has to now contend with smart phones, iPads, iPhones, Android phones, Blackberries and every other type of old and new tech device in between. The job search and the recruitment model is going mobile like the rest of business and every other industry—if they are smart and want to stay ahead of the competition. So how can job seekers be ready for these technological adjustments and what should they expect? (more…)

6 Ways to Jump Start & Step Up Your Job Search

New Year. New Job. New Opportunities. “But I have been looking for a job, Lisa, so searching for a job is not new for me. I need to recharge my efforts to get results…where do I start?” If this is you, I empathize. For some, this is a new year that brings new perspective. For others, it is just another day in a life that has been focused on looking for a new position. If you need to pump some new mojo and energy into your search to get results that you want and land that next job faster, here are the six things you can do today…or even this week: (more…)

Five Ways to Use Job Boards Effectively that You Need to Start Doing NOW

Written by Lisa Rangel, Executive Resume Writer

Job boards don’t suck…however, how most job seekers use job boards to find a job does suck, to be blunt. I think job boards are a treasure trove of information that is consistently undiscovered and underutilized. Job boards receive a bad rap from most job seekers, since most job seekers are using them improperly. Most do not use job boards effectively. To be clear, there are five kinds of job listings, each listed with a few examples, and five ways are using job boards more effectively: (more…)

6 Ways to Stand out in a Tough Job Market – U.S.News & World Report Interview

Read this U.S. News & World Report article where I am interviewed by Careers Expert Miriam Salpeter in her On Careers Column on 10/23/2011.

When you’re looking for a job, it’s easy to fall into the trap of applying and waiting to hear from an employer to see if you won a chance to interview. What’s the problem with this “apply only” strategy (also known as “spray and pray”)? It puts too much power into other people’s hands. Job seekers who seize control of their searches have a much better chance of landing opportunities than those who spend all of their time looking for open opportunities and applying. Lisa Rangel is managing director of Chameleon Resumes, contributor to Michelle A. Riklan and David Riklan’s, 101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career, and author of the ebook, The Do-It-Yourself Branded Resume Kit.

As a search firm recruitment leader for over 13 years who partnered with Fortune 500 and boutique firms to source top talent, she sat on the proverbial “other side of the desk,” hiring people to fill clients’ positions. She advises job seekers to take steps to ensure it’s easy to find them for the jobs they want. “Posting an ad to recruit for an open position is one of the last tactics a recruiter wants to use,” Rangel says. Once a position is available online, many recruiters receive a plethora of ill-qualified applicants. [See The 50 Best Careers for 2011.]

Rangel advises candidates to distinguish themselves from the rest of the applicant pool using these techniques: (more…)

Three Career, Job Search & Resume Strategies from Experts at Career Directors International

Laura Decarlo and Lisa Rangel Chameleon ResumesI attended the Career Directors International Summit led by Laura DeCarlo (@careerhero) this past week held in the colorful Savannah, Georgia. What a week it was! The general theme validated for me was that having a self-made or professionally done resume is not the sole magic elixir to landing your next job. It is a component, not the only step needed to be taken.

So what else is needed, you ask?  Job seekers today need to approach their search with the hiring manager’s mind set in hand. It is no mistake that this year’s conference featured Martin Yates, the author of the highly successful Knock ‘Em Dead career books and former recruiter, and Shally Steckerl, the sourcing and recruiting industry rockstar. These two gentleman punctuated job seekers need to think creatively when approaching and being discovered by hiring decision makers.  Here are a few ways how:  (more…)

6 Questions to Ask Yourself to Effectively Audit Your Job Search


 

 

 

JOB SEARCH AUDIT QUIZ

The job search is not yielding what you have hoped up to this point. You feel stale, uninspired and ineffective. Or maybe you are happy with your initial results, but now the activity has weaned a bit and you want to step up your game? Below is a short list of questions to quickly assess the quality of the quantity of your job search activities to help you determine (1) Am I doing the right activities? and (2) Am I doing enough of the right activities? Take this job search audit quiz now and be honest with yourself…it will help you identify the activities that will get your results and ensure you drop the activities that are dragging you down: Here we go:

  1. How many hours are you spending on job boards?
  2. How much time are you spending tweaking your resumes and cover letters?
  3. How much time are you spending researching companies to apply to?
  4. How many companies do you add/modify/delete from your target list each month?
  5. How many hiring managers, line managers or knowledge resources are you speaking to each week?
  6. How many outbound emails are you sending to targeted decision makers or knowledge sources each week?

What does it mean?

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41 Mistakes that Job Seekers Make which Kill Their Career Prospects and Sabotage Their Job Search

Struggling with your job search? Not seeing results that you want, but not sure why? Review this list and if you 10 or more of these reasons resonate with you, then we need to chat about what you can fix to get results (you can sign up for a call on the right):


(1) Go into a new field without major research
(2) Send the same thank you note to all interviewers
(3) Think they have to have 100% clarity as to what they want before they start to look
(4) Only submit to job postings and never reach out to people at companies directly
(5) Assume the tactics that worked for their job search three years ago will work for them now (more…)

When is the Perfect Time to Look for a Job? How to Time the Market…


“Should I look for a job during or after the holidays?” “Should I wait until I things pick up? It seems like no one is hiring…”

I fielded questions like these over the last two weeks. Timing the employment market is like timing the stock market. You may get lucky – the type of luck it takes to win the lottery – and find something amazing if you start because you think the timing is right. More often than not, finding a job is related to the tortoise and the hare story—slow and steady (and mindful) wins the race. (more…)

Three Things You Can Do TODAY To Move Your Passive Job Search Forward

Written by Lisa Rangel, Executive Resume Writer

Feeling like you want to see what opportunity is out there in the marketplace? Not sure what to do to get it going or if you even want to look for a job? Well, start your own research tour. Learn about what you think you may want to do next. You do not need to start with your resume, if you do not know where you want to go yet. To help you get that direction, here are three things you can do today to begin assembling information to help you: (more…)

11 Reasons Why Recruiters Don’t Call You Back & 5 Things You Can Do About It


Frustrated by search firm recruiters not calling you back when you have submitted your resume to them? Feel you’re perfect for the job they posted, you know you can do it, but baffled by the fact they have not returned your call? Well, I have some answers for you and outline a few things you can do about it. Read on if you are open to honest, tough talk, you are serious about optimizing your job search time and you are prepared to do something about it. Here goes: (more…)

Effective Job Search Strategy-Go to the Beach in the Fall & Avoid the Herd


A good friend of mine posted on Facebook over the weekend, she had perfect hooded sweatshirt weather at the beach. Truly one of my favorite times during the year.

Picturing this tranquil beach sparsely populated by hooded beachgoers due to the chill in the air, somehow led me to think of email inboxes. It made me think of the fact that successful job seekers go where the herd does not go. (Really. It did. I know I need to get out more…but that is another post on a much different type of blog.)

Think about it: (more…)

12 Places Corporate Recruiters Look For Their Next Hire–Are You There?


I did an informal survey of approximately 20 corporate recruiters asking which sources they use to find qualified candidates. Although an unscientific poll, the results were still reflective of the shift occurring in the job search landscape. For each source on this list, ask yourself: (more…)

13 Ways To Ensure You Are Ready For Job Hunting Season


It’s hiring season! Are you ready? In addition to the summer being over and kids going back to school, it is the time of year where employers hire talent to create and/or implement strategic plans that will ensure next year exceeds expectations. Good companies are gearing up, hiring the right people and allocating resources to capitalize on the opportunities presented in the current market. Yes, there are opportunities. Are you ready to be snapped up? Here are steps to ensure you are positioned to make your next move: (more…)