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Posted April 07, 2016 by

3 social media tips for job search success

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Social media can benefit college students and recent graduates searching for internships and entry-level jobs. In order to get the most out of their search using social sites, students and grads must first understand how to use them. We have some help for job seekers in this area.

Kristen Zierau, Director of Executive Recruiting at JMJ Phillip Executive Search, offers the following tips to help college students and recent grads obtain job search success with social media.

1. “When I speak with college career services departments, I give the advice that job applicants really need to clean up their profiles online. There are programs called scrappers that will pull college students and recent graduates’ posts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and post them on their own sites. The bad thing about this is while candidates may clean up their profiles now, another site could be hanging onto their information for years. If job seekers show photos themselves doing wild or crazy things (or maybe sometimes illegal things), it’s likely someone will find this social media post. The same concept applies to political views. Students and grads can find the devoted Bernie or Trump supporter on LinkedIn pretty easily as they are often spamming LinkedIn with their viewpoints and political “expertise.” They will also find out many of those supporters haven’t landed jobs since graduating in the summer of 2015, so be careful and keep viewpoints private unless job seekers can do it under a seemingly untraceable alias.

2. When searching for jobs on social media, college students and graduates cannot treat it like a casual message to a friend. Don’t use shorthand writing. Make sure the grammar is correct and everything sounds professional. Let’s face it; college grads need to sound like they actually graduated from college!

3. Pinging hiring managers directly on LinkedIn is a good start; do this six to 12+ months before graduation. Follow them on Twitter and other social media sources, and engage with them once in a while but not too often; it can be considered annoying. If possible, send a link back to the hiring managers showing agreement with their post; that will help keep a job seeker’s name on their minds. For example, if college students and recent graduates see a post about management from them, maybe send the hiring manager a relevant link to a Harvard Business Review article on management showing they are paying attention.”

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Kristen Zierau, Director of Executive Recruiting at JMJ Phillip Executive Search

A graduate of Michigan State University’s Business School, Ms. Kristen Zierau began her successful career with Target. As one of the fastest rising employees within the Target organization, she became an Executive Team Leader, making a name for herself in the hiring, training, and development of young talent in the retail sector. Prior to joining JMJ Phillip, Ms. Zierau also completed her MBA at Walsh College with honors. Ms. Zierau made a transition to the management consulting and executive search sector, which she is currently on the executive fast-track program at JMJ Phillip. Soon she will be leading Clarke-Caniff, a brand focusing on recruiting and executive search for the retail and hospitality sectors.

Posted July 10, 2015 by

Skills you need for a Career in Ecommerce Store

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A successful career in ecommerce stores involves being able to effectively incorporate merchandising and digital marketing. The ecommerce industry has witnessed impressive growth over the years with numerous job opportunities available.

If you possess ecommerce skills, you can consider a fulfilling career in ecommerce. There is a high demand for dedicated and talented individuals in the retail sector. A number of essential ecommerce skills are worth having for anyone who is interested in joining the industry. (more…)

Posted March 27, 2015 by

Some Education But No Experience: Entry Level Jobs

Laura O. Tolentino

Laura O. Tolentino

Most of us work retail at some point in our lives. It’s a job you might not want to work at forever, but there are ways to leverage some great perks working on the retail floor. It is also possible to advance into the corporate realm in some retail situations, making this a real career path. Whether you are treating it as the former or the latter, there are ways to make the most of your retail job. Here are a few strategies. (more…)

Posted December 26, 2014 by

How to Shape a Career as a Reseller in Digital Signage Retail

A digital OPEN 24 HOURS sign with orange glow for use as a store sign or design element

A digital OPEN 24 HOURS sign with orange glow for use as a store sign or design element. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Are you yet to decide which career will be perfect for you? Some are opting for the booming field of web development while some are interested in graphic design. If you wish to take up a different profession; how about prepping up for a career as a digital signage reseller in retail? There is a huge demand of digital signage in retail business as it has several superb benefits. As a reseller you will be selling the products or services of a company to another organization and this is indeed, a big way of obtaining a high profit for your business. If you decide to become a digital signage reseller specializing in retail business, good revenue will never stop pouring in for your business. If you are new to the concept of digital signage reseller in retail business, the following discussion will help you get a grip on this subject. (more…)

Posted December 23, 2014 by

Searching for Seasonal Employment? 5 Tips to Help You Find a Job

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With the holiday season moving right along, some people may be out in the job market trying to find seasonal employment.  This is a smart time to focus on your job search since this is usually a busy time of year for shopping.  As consumers demand more goods and services, employers will need more workers to meet the needs of customers.  This leads to more hiring, which can benefit seasonal employees in a couple of different ways.  First, it gives them a chance to earn some extra money for the holidays and second, it allows them to gain new skills and work experience for their resumes.  If workers do a great job, then maybe they will be asked to stay with a company long-term.  Check out five tips that can help you find a seasonal job. (more…)

Posted July 17, 2014 by

Over 25% of CIOs Say Their Company Has No Mobile Strategy

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With seemingly everyone using mobile devices these days, it might be hard to believe that some businesses don’t have a mobile strategy.  That is the case, though, for more than 25% of companies, according to CIOs based on one survey.  Learn more in the following post. (more…)

Posted May 05, 2014 by

Have Recent Graduate Jobs, but Want to Better Your Career? 5 Ways to Help Yourself

Young professionals with recent graduate jobs who want to better their careers can find five ways to do so in the following post.

A report from McKinsey On Society found that in 2012, more than 120,000 young people took jobs they didn’t want. ThinkProgress did the math and, sadly, found that number equates to one young professional every five minutes. The upside, though: in just five minutes you can also give your career a lift by doing some very

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Posted February 20, 2014 by

Hiring or Searching for Recent College Graduate Jobs? What You Should Know About the Modern Workplace

Whether you’re an employer hiring for or a job seeker searching for recent college graduate jobs, it is important to understand what’s is going on in today’s workplace.  The following post includes an infographic that can help employers and job seekers in the working world.

In part due to recent technology advances, and partly a result of the influence of the growing number of Millennials in the workforce, today’s workplace is nothing like professional environments of the past. This infographic from Recruiter.com shows how the face of the workplace is evolving. How will this affect your career? How will your job

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Posted July 09, 2013 by

Teen Summer Employment Strongest in 7 Years

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John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

Teen hiring got off to its strongest start in seven years in 2013, but heavy employment gains in May appear to have caused employers to pull back slightly in June.  However, with 994,000 16- to -19-year-olds finding seasonal positions so far this summer, it is still possible that teen hiring could outpace 2012, according to John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

A Challenger analysis of just-released government employment data found that employers added 215,000 teenagers to their payrolls in May.  That is the largest number of teens hired in May since 2006, when employment among 16- to 19-year-olds expanded by 230,000 in the first month of the summer hiring season.  (more…)

Posted July 09, 2013 by

20 Most Popular Jobs Searched With Mobile Devices

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Young businessman in office searching for a job with mobile device. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Which positions are job seekers looking for while on the go?  Find out in the following post, which list the 20 most popular jobs searched on mobile devices. (more…)