Archive for January, 2013


Your online profile & reputation can be managed by people like us (The Connections Companies arm “Get Better connected)”, and it will be  influenced by the things you do and say, but it can never be designed or decided upon by you. Reputation is earned. Good & Bad

Do you have Personal Reputation Awareness?

1drunk eyes. You Are Your Network

Who holds images and stories about you in your network. You may have locked down your security but has your spouse, siblings, friends, or your children?

Imagine this!…The family BBQ got out of hand and those Drunk snaps were posted socially.

If you want to manage privacy, reputation, and your security, you have to think about those around you — especially those who are not as capable with technology or social media as you or who don’t understand the implications of “putting you out there” on your reputation

2. Get your Profile Managed by a professional if you can’t or won’t do it yourself!

Who are your network and what do they know about you

Who are your network and what do they know about you

Although it’s a good idea to ask your network friends, family and colleagues to take down their content about you, it is more sensible for you to be the source of information about yourself appearing on Google and other major search engines. Accepting your reputation can be damaged easily by others and living it with it while you Force  that embarrassing party photo down in the search rank  over time.

We will become less shocked and more ambivalent over time to  goings on socially and what gets posted online.

Managing your reputation isn’t straight forward, however you can have more control than you once thought. In the process it  is incredibly important that we educate our friends, colleagues and families to understand the implications of sharing private images and thoughts without adequate security or privacy.

For more information on Professional Profile management contact maria@getbetterconnected.co.uk

How to beat the job hunting blues

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Job hunting can be a daunting task when you are in a position you are anxious to get out of. If you are currently unemployed, your job hunting may be driven by desperation and the need to pay your bills. Regardless of your situation, job hunting can be frustrating and takes a good deal of patience. In today’s job market, it could take you anywhere from a couple of months to a year to land THE RIGHT position. It will take committing a good deal of time each day to actively searching for new jobs and applying with a good resume and cover letter to increase your chances of shortening the time in which it takes you to get a job offer. Here are a few facts and tips that can help you beat the job-hunting blues:

IT’S AN UPHILL BATTLE

Realize that the unemployment rate is at an all-time low so it may take a good length of time to find a job due to the saturated state of the job market. The most recently released figures show the unemployment rate to be at around a low 4%. Don’t get discouraged and keep at it. Eventually you will land a job.

BE PRO-ACTIVE

Actively searching for a new job will help you feel as if you are accomplishing something. If you aren’t working, devote 4-6 hours a day to the job hunt. If you are, try to spend at least 1-2 hours per day job hunting. It is not advisable to job hunt from your current job-or you could end up out of a job sooner than planned.

USE YOUR CONNECTIONS – Get Better Connected ( are you social yet )

Put the word out to friends, family and other connections that you are in the market for a new job. This is one of the best ways to land a new position and the referral of a friend bodes well too. Many jobs are filled in this way before the company even has a chance to advertise the opening.

UPDATE YOUR CV  AND COVER LETTER

Your CV and cover letter are absolutely essential to scoring interviews. They make the first impression for you. Check and double check for typos and customize your documents each time you apply to a position. If you can afford it, consider having a professional write you a great resume and cover letter. A CV and cover letter you are proud of will set your mind at ease that you are doing everything you can to make yourself desirable to companies.

Make sure you have good key words to get you found. Look at the jobs you are applying for and check you have similar wording in your CV and the Computer will match you to it!

FOLLOW-UP

Follow-up a few days to a week after you submit an application, resume and cover letter. Take care to follow the company’s instructions. Keep a list of companies and job references so you look organised and efficient  If their employment ad said “no phone calls please”, follow their directions and follow-up via email instead. Not being able to follow directions off the bat is not a good first impression!

So get Focused, Organised and chase the jobs you want or they may not chase you!

Staying motivated and keeping your momentum up during a job search can be challenging, even for scrappy professionals. Here are some practical tips to give yourself a leg up when you feel your energy for your job search is waning.

Adopt some practical steps, which can shorten your job search. Reference your performance appraisals and evaluations to remind you of your accomplishments. Also, consider meeting with former colleagues to help jog your memory. This value-added information can help round out and optimize your résumé and other self-marketing activities and materials.

Partner with another job seeker and/or form a job-seeker group to provide organization and support for your search, and build in accountability.

Increase your skills and marketability by taking courses or attaining certifications in your field. You can also access and read up on information related to your industry, upcoming trends and relevant news to keep abreast of important information. Leverage the Internet as a bottomless resource while monitoring to make sure you don’t spend all of your time online.

Follow up with companies after interviews as a regular practice.

Keep your agency in the loop. Client will ask for feedback on how well you handled the process and if you are really ready to move before making you an offer

via How To Re-Energize Your Job Search – Forbes.com.

It’s all about technology and thinking like a database user!

Click this link to read this great article and get found!

BBC News – Beating the recruitment machines.

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More on optimising your CV

Expert top tips: upload your CV.

Optimise your CV and be found in 2013

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An optimised Curriculum Vitae is an essential tool in job hunting and getting noticed can depend on how well you have selected keywords, phrases and managed your content to be found.

Your CV is your chance to show an employer your experience is just what he needs in his business but first he must find you. Then he can establish you are the right person for the job.

Do…

  • Construct your CV and optimise. Look at the job advert or specification and think about what key words have been used,  the job involves, and what the employer needs. now make sure you use the words in your CV they may put into a CV database , talent bank or Mail inbox to find you. 
  • Check any recent press to see if they have been open about future plans and what you can bring to them to support their strategy
  • Tailor your CV to the job. Your CV should be your Career History (2 Pages if you have been working for over 10 years) with  supporting Header page showing personal information, interests and education. Make sure your content has strong Key words in it that match the brief. Make sure you link to previous employer web links or articles about your employer and you during that time. Make sure any accolades achieved are clearly visible on your CV
  • e.g. keywords – acquisition, disciplinary procedures, standards, growth, wastage, improvement, accolades, project management, training, budgets, general management, head chef, sous chef, hotel manager, director, etc 
  • Make your CV clear, neat and tidy. Get somebody to check your spelling and grammar. No-one wants to read a CV that is squashed together and includes too much information. Your CV should be easy to read with space between each section. Use left-justified text as it’s easiest to read, using black text on good quality white or cream paper.
  • View your experience in a positive light. Try to look objectively at your experiences (even the bad ones) and identify what you learned or what skills you developed in the process. This is the picture you should present to the employer.
  • Make sure you have achievements clearly listed, e.g. GP % groth, Wastage % saved, Sales Figures, profit Growtyh, Brigade size, no covers, type of business conducted in how many rooms to what capacity?
  • Sales Growth and how
  • Profitability improvement and how
  • New openings
  • Refurbishments
  • Staff retention and development
  • Marketing plans and implementation and results
  • Fares, shows, festivals, event management
  • Wastage and energy saving
  • cost efficiencies and how
  • Place the important information up-front. Put experience and education achievements in reverse chronological order.
  • Include experience and interests that might be of use to the employer: IT skills, voluntary work, foreign language competency, driving skills, leisure interests that demonstrate team skills and organization/leadership skills.
  • Put your name and email address on every page – in case the pages of your CV get separated.
  • Use positive language. when describing your work achievements use power words such as ‘launched’, ‘managed’, ‘co-ordinated’, ‘motivated’, ‘supervised’, and ‘achieved’.
  • Quote concrete outcomes to support your claims. For example, ‘This reduced the development time from 7 to 3 days’ or ‘This revolutionized the company’s internal structure, and led to a reduction in overheads from £23,000 to £17,000 per year’.
  • Make use of the internet for sample CVs and CV templates – to help maximize the impact of your CV and to get inspiration for layout and tone.

Don’t…

  • Include information which may be viewed negatively – failed exams, divorces, failed business ventures, reasons for leaving a job, points on your driving license. Don’t lie, but just don’t include this kind of information. Don’t give the interviewer any reason to discard you at this stage.
  • Include anything that might discriminate against you – such as date of birth, marital status, race, gender or disability.
  • Include salary information and expectations. Leave this for negotiations after your interview, when the employers are convinced how much they want to employ you.
  • Make your CV more than two pages long. You can free up space by leaving out or editing information that is less important. For example, you do not need to include referees – just state they are available on request. Don’t include all of the jobs you have had since school, just the relevant ones. Add details about your most recent qualifications, which are more relevant, but summarize the rest.
  • Dilute your important messages. Don’t bother with a list of schools you attended with grades and addresses, don’t include a long list of hobbies, or a long work history. Concentrate on demonstrating that the skills they need, what you have achieved by applying the skills you have and what benefits your clients have gained from your work.
  • Use jargon, acronyms, technical terms – unless essential.
  • Lie – employers have ways of checking what you put is true, and may sack you if they take you on and find out you’ve lied to them.
  • Include a photo unless requested.

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