Money Monday: Landing the Job

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This morning I read an excellent article from on tips to revamp your job search in the coming new year. According to Mashable, "experts foresee the job market being more competitive than ever in 2014. With 10.9 million Americans unemployed, it is important to take a fresh look at your job search strategy."

So let's take a look and see what the best tips for the 2014 job search are! And trust me, I don't exclude myself from this advice because my term as Spokester for Young & Free Maine is fast approaching the end date. Starting in the spring a new Spokester search will take place and by July we'll have a new Spokester! 

The question is: how can you set yourself apart from the competition and position yourself for finding the best next step in your career? Here are seven tips brought to you by to help you refresh and refocus your job search in 2014:

1. Don't be a copycat candidate

What works for one candidate might not be the best practice or technique for you. Mashable suggests to "take into consideration your personal experiences, preferences and career goals and use them to position yourself as a unique candidate."

2. Learn to look at job titles differently

According to Mashable, "roles in compliance, human resource, or administration, for example, are often perceived as being boring, career-limiting or otherwise undesirable." But it's important to be open-minded when it comes to a job title. In today's job market many seemingly undesirable jobs will lead to long term and influential careers. 

3. First impressions are everywhere

With 92% of employers using social media in the hiring process, the content of your social profile forms an employer’s first impression before you even sit down with for an interview. So clean up your social media profiles, don't rely on privacy settings, and ask yourself the question, "What would my grandmother think of this?"

4. Be prepared to land the job

Don't be caught looking unprepared or unprofessional. Treat every interview as a formal interview. Mashable suggests that one "should go into every interview prepared to land the job, not just learn more about the organization."

5. Be strategic with social media

Social media is a vast resource for job seekers. However it can become overwhelming and a time-suck if you’re not careful.

Know where recruiters and hiring managers in your indusrty are using social media. MAshable gives an example, if you’re looking for a job in finance, LinkedIn might be a more valuable social media site to keep updated as opposed to, say, Twitter. If you are looking to land a job at a media company, on the other hand, Twitter is a great resource. 

6. Network with your peers

You should aim to network with your peers, in addition to your more senior team members. Find ways to be the person that comes to mind when recruiters ask them who they’d recommend for the job. Your peers can also offer off-the-cuff, honest appraisals about your performance and work reputation when referring you for a job. These connections have the power either to open or close doors and your relationships with them will have a direct impact on which way the opportunity swings.

7. Be realistic

Although it's tempting to apply for a more challenging role, it's important to be honest with yourself and the employer about what you can realistically offer. Shooting for the stars is not wrong, but if you need to revamp your job seeking goals, it might be time to become more realistic. 

Read the original article, 7 Tips to Revamp Your Job Search for 2014 for more details. 


Happy job searching,

Lauren R.