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Fall 2014 Issue

5 Tips for A Safe Online Job Search 7 Online Resources that Will Help Prepare You For Your Next Job Interview How To Match Your Skills to the Job With Your Resume How To Interview Your Hiring Manager

The Ultimate Guide to Using Twitter Hashtags at Events How to Write A Strong Civilian Resume

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Table of Contents Job Search

5 Tips For A Safe Online Job Search



How to Match Your Skills to the Job With Your Resume How to Write A Strong Civilian Resume

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7 Online Resources That Will Help Prepare You For Your Next Job Interview How To Interview Your Hiring Manager

Social Media

The Ultimate Guide to Using Twitter Hashtags at Events

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Tips For A Safe Online Job Search By Teena Rose

Think you’re safe conducting a safe job search online? Think again. Conducting a job search using the Internet has definitely transformed how job seekers contact hiring companies. The availability of copying and pasting a text version resume into a form at a company’s website (or uploading a Word file) has laid the foundation for an easier and more convenient job search process. No longer does a job seeker need to spend hours with the traditional method of printing and mailing his resume to countless recipients. With the Internet’s convenience, a breeding ground for scam artists continues to grow each year as well. Identity thefts increased to an overwhelming 10 million cases in 2008 and another 11 million more for 2009. Many of these cases are the result of phishing — so not surprisingly, the employment industry is under attack as well. The FTC reports approximately 12% of total fraud involves employment fraud. Phishing is an attempt to extract personal information through what appears to be authentic e-mails. If you are job searching, an e-mail from a seemingly interested recruiter, for example, may not raise a red flag with you. You may think the contact person and company listed are legitimate. Yet, looks can be deceiving. Knowing what to look for and how to spot fraud (or potential for abuse) can be the best deterrent to ensuring you have a safe experience, while conducting your job search. Be Leery Of Submission Invitations Scammers and spammers follow much the same patterns. Mass e-mails are sent to an enormous list of recipients. Not everyone on the “hit list” is searching for a new job; however, only a small number of people need to be convinced or tricked into believing the e-mail is authentic in order for the scam to be deemed successful. Receiving an e-mail from a recruiter who states, “We saw your resume on the Internet, and we find your skill set to be perfect for one of our clients. Please complete our online application through the below link.” Should this happen to you, ponder a series of questions: Did you send your resume to this recruiter? If not, how did the company learn about you (legitimate e-mails should tell you)? Just mentioning, “Saw your resume on the Internet,” is vague. 4| The LINK

Upon further examination, do the company and the company rep appear reputable? Visit the company’s website (caution: type the web address into your browser, avoid clicking the link in the e-mail). If you’re still unable to determine the validity of the request, call the company. Verify everything; sender’s name, e-mail address, and so on. Still avoid clicking the link in the e-mail… it’s just a good habit to start! Always proceed with suspicion when you receive any cold-contact e-mail from someone. Avoid Responding To Requests For Personal Information Let’s say you receive an e-mail from what appears to be a well-known job bank. The e-mail states your account needs your contact and payment information to be updated in order for service renewal. You click on the link and you’re taken to a page that looks, feels, and “smells” right. You then proceed by submitting the requested information. The link appeared safe, but you were taken to a site designed to defraud you. Make Sure The Webpage Is Encrypted When using a paid resume submission service, or any other service for that matter, ensure the private information you provide is encrypted upon hitting submit. Encryption, in short, ensures the private information you submit online is kept safe. When at your browser, you can recognize an encrypted form when the root URL starts with “https:” instead of “http:” or you see the padlock present in the bottom right corner of your screen. Purchasing from companies having added security measures in place can ensure your private information avoids the hands of ill-willed people. Learn more about encryption by reading Jeff Tyson’s article titled, “How Encryption Works,” at Read And Understand The Privacy Policy Of Sites You Patron The Better Business Bureau possesses a strict policy for members who do business online. A privacy statement for example must be displayed on member’s website, no exceptions. High business practices are a necessity for maintaining the trust of online buyers; and the BBB understands the critical importance of trust among consumers. A privacy statement outlines what type of customer information is collected and how it’s used. Information transferred or sold could be basic, like name and e-mail address, or far more in-depth like name, address, social security number, and phone number. No matter how basic or detailed the information, the company must have the logistics spelled out in their privacy policy, so you can make the decision whether to patron the site in the first place. Tell… Because So Few Others Do Reports show a staggering 80% of online fraud goes unreported. If the proper authorities aren’t aware of the magnitude of fraud that actually exists on the Internet, then getting the much-needed funds to battle the problem will take more time. The Internet Fraud Complaint Center has an online complaint feature for individuals to report phishing attacks. The IFCC report process requires basic information, including information on the perpetrator and type of fraud. For phishing schemes, forward the fraudulent e-mail to the legitimate company in addition to filing a formal complaint with IFCC. Phishing is smearing the good names of countless companies, and notifying the company about the scam can also help the fight. Bringing affected companies on board early will provide a multi-prong approach to this epidemic. The lesson job seekers should learn is to avoid giving your information out freely. Whether you’re at the end of a phishing attack or the job application requires more information than you’re willing to provide, proceed with caution. Much like you’ll analyze job opportunities; intensely examine each person who receives your personal information. With safe online practices, you’ll get the best return from your job search efforts — instead of spending hours filing a police report and calling credit bureaus and credit card companies. Source:

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How to Match Your Skills To The Job With Your Resume By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Have you ever wanted to apply for a job you realized did not completely match your skill set? It’s happened to all of us at some point in our careers, especially when attempting to switch fields. The good news is, winning a position when not fully qualified is completely possible. By using your resume as a tool, you can show just how great a candidate you are. Read The Job Posting Carefully The first step in ensuring you add skills to your resume that align with those required by a specific position is to read the job posting carefully. Doing so not only shows you exactly what’s required of the job but it also helps you to examine your own skills that match. For instance, if a company mentions in its job posting that it is looking for an administrative assistant with strong organizational skills and experience setting up meetings for company executives, you know you need a certain take-charge attitude to ensure the office is organized. Now, you can include your own organizational skills—and even show proof that you’ve interacted with top executives in the past. Think From The Hiring Manager’s Perspective Thinking from the perspective of a hiring manager is not always easy to do, but it is possible—and necessary if you want to add the right information to your resume. To start, read the job posting—and even take a few moments to learn more about the company itself through its website or other sources. Then, think about what you would hope to see on someone’s resume if they set it on your desk. Would you expect to receive resumes from people who only have experience as models or background dancers? No, you would want to see how their experience relates to the position they’re applying for. Using this perspective while writing can help you to create a resume you feel will get you hired. Show You Can Learn New Skills It’s important to showcase your ability to learn new skills by highlighting previous training, along with a willingness to take on new projects. One way to do this is by listing any training courses you’ve taken, certifications you’ve received, programs you’re proficient in, and any other details that prove your ability to hit the ground running. Some people who have acquired their dream jobs did not have all of the experience needed to claim the position—but they did submit a resume that helped them score an interview where they could then prove that they were right for the job. Don’t let a lack of skills stop you either. Take the steps necessary to make your skills a perfect match for the job you deserve. Source:

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how to write a strong civilian resume According to various government and military reports, more than a million veterans will return home to our nation’s shores over the next five years—and they will be looking for meaningful employment. They’ll also need to write a strong civilian resume when they make the transition. With fewer jobs and greater competition, if you’re a veteran, it’s critical to make your military experience shine in a way that civilian employers understand. “Focus on where you want your career to go by examining your knowledge, skills and abilities and using your personal interests as a frame of reference,” advises Brian Orczeck, a U.S. Air Force veteran and veterans employment representative with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Websites like and Mil2FedJobs can help you evaluate your experience and talents and find a good job fit in the private or government sector. Your training probably didn’t teach you how to draft the perfect civilian resume. However, the military offers resources to help you do just that. “I think almost every military installation has a [U.S. Department of Defense] Transition Assistance Program (TAP) or Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC),” says Wendy Enelow, executive career consultant and author of Expert Resumes for Military-To-Civilian Transitions. “Those are available at no charge, and you certainly should investigate and take advantage of them.” Though you may think your military experience speaks for itself, if a prospective employer is unfamiliar with military jargon, it doesn’t translate. “Many employers will not understand ‘COB,’ let alone ‘NAVPACINSCOM,’” says Orczeck. “Leave the acronyms behind.”


Also, translate those military words into corporate words. For example, what the military calls “procurement” is often referred to as “purchasing” in the business world.


While your military duties might not align perfectly with the responsibilities of the civilian job you’re seeking, your skills do. Critical thinking, problem solving, team work, scheduling—these are skills that should be highlighted for human resources to clearly see your background. Wikipedia can be an excellent source of information on a wide variety of employers from public to private. Since There no one-size-fits-all resume. be Youa have to tweak content is compiled and edited by volunteers, theisinformation validity civilian can sometimes bit suspect, butyour in resume for each job announcement, changing the language a little bit to general, Wikipedia can be a helpful source. emphasize the skills employers want. You might also check citations in the footnotes to find sources that are typically reliable, leading to additional information. Source:

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Online Resources That Will Help Prepare Your For Your Next Job Interview By Susan Joyce

You’ve identified your target employers, applied for your dream jobs and now you’re getting ready to knock their socks off in the interviews. Your performance in those interviews not only shows what a smart and thorough employee you would be; it also demonstrates your interest in each specific company. Use these online resources to prepare for your interviews and blow away your competition:


For companies that have publicly traded stock, is a free repository of thousands of annual reports (both the boring Form 10K version in HTML and the prettier PDF version which is distributed to stockholders and potential investors). Search by company name to find the annual report for your target employer.

These reports are gold mines of information, but keep in mind they’re from the company’s perspective. In addition to any essential financial information, you’ll typically find a letter to investors from the CEO, descriptions of products and services, major announcements, sometimes descriptions of the organizational structure (divisions or If your target employer is not a publicly traded company (in other words, it’s private), finding good information like detailed financial reports and lists of corporate officers can be challenging. And many large employers like Bechtel, Chrysler, Publix Super Markets and PricewaterhouseCoopers are private. While Hoovers offers minimal information—like headquarters location, subsidiaries and competitors—for free, it also sells more detailed company and industry reports for $69-$300.


2 Wikipedia can be an excellent source of information on a wide variety of employers from public to private. Since content is compiled and edited by volunteers, the information validity can sometimes be a bit suspect, but in general, Wikipedia can be a helpful source. You might also check citations in the footnotes to find sources that are typically reliable, leading to additional information.

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Surprisingly, Yelp can be a good source of information for many employers, not just restaurants, and particularly for smaller employers. Yelp is a customer review site that allows businesses being reviewed to present their own information if they choose. You won’t find many financial details, but you might discover insightful information in the customer reviews that you won’t find elsewhere (like problems you might very carefully mention in an interview that you could help the company solve).

Consulting Firms Major research and consulting firms like McKinsey, Deloitte, Forrester, Gartner, BC and Accenture sometimes make reports available on their websites with executive summaries that could offer free snippets of insight. If you have deep pockets and great ambitions, purchasing an industry or sector report that covers several potential employers could be worth the price and save you the hassle of doing the research yourself. For example, if you’re looking for work in the pharmaceutical industry, McKinsey offers a free 10-page report on the future of pharmaceutical R&D, which includes insight on the top players in that arena.



Both Glassdoor and the next site on our list, CareerBliss, depend on current and former employees accurately reporting their experiences and salaries with the promise of anonymity. So it’s best to take it all with a grain of salt and be cautious, particularly when it comes to the salary data. Still, these sites can provide useful insight into the process and culture of a given employer. Since salaries in most companies are based on a mix of experience, education and/or certifications, location and other factors, the salary data you view may not really be a match for you. Some “salary” data will also include commissions, bonuses, profit sharing and other forms of compensation that are not specifically mentioned. So don’t be surprised if the salary you’re offered differs substantially from what these sites report. CareerBliss offers information via both company reviews and average salary information by company. It’s similar to Glassdoor, but without the requirement to register before you access the information.


The Bottom Line As you research on these sites, write down any questions that occur to you. Then, before the interview, choose the best questions to ask during the interviews, those that demonstrate you’ve done your research and will also draw out responses important to your decision. Your research online will not only demonstrate your genuine interest to interviewers; it will also help you decide whether you really want to work for that employer. Source:

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When: October 10, 2013 Where: Setzer Center Ballroom Time: 10 am - 12 pm

How To Interview Your Hiring Manager By Rajat Taneja

When it comes to being interviewed, many candidates naturally are nervous, thinking over what questions theyʼll be asked and making sure they are selling themselves in the interview. And similarly, the people doing the interviewing often forget that they not only need to be sold on the candidate but they also need to sell the role theyʼre hiring for. Iʼve found more often than not, candidates neglect to “interview the company” they are meeting with and find out whether the organization is a good fit for them. The fact is, our greatest and most valuable asset is our human capital. The way we invest that capital is up to us, and it is a responsibility we should not take lightly. Why invest your greatest asset in a company that wonʼt give you the best return? This is not about compensation at all; it is about the ability to do oneʼs best work and grow as a professional. A bad decision on investing oneʼs skills can lead to the biggest loss, which is unrecoverable – lost time! My grandfather used to remind me always that “time and tide” wait for no one. The opportunity to do great work that is lost because of a bad decision is too big to not take seriously. In the end, you have to manage your career objectively. When you go on an interview, you need to interview your hiring manager and assess the company you are about to bet on, just as seriously as theyʼre interviewing you. Then very thoughtfully make the best investment of your talents. Taking a new job always presents a risk – you are coming out of your comfort zone where you presumably have a certain level of security and influence. But a new role often presents opportunities to stretch yourself, make new connections and expand your knowledge. And most importantly, contribute to your industry at a greater level. When you face these decisions you have to have a clear vision on how you want to invest your stock. To find out how the potential employer will invest in you, ask questions that get at the heart of what youʼre looking for in your next role. Determine if the hiring manager has a clear and specific vision for the role. Is there consistency around the true north of the organization amongst all the people you are talking to? Is the company or team structured in a way that you can learn and grow? Are they asking insightful questions, or regurgitating generic interview questions that donʼt really let them know what youʼre about? You have to dig deeper about the role and structure to find out if this job will make your stock rise over time. And donʼt forget - the interview starts the moment you arrive in the parking lot. Look around – are the people engaged? Excited? Are you seeing employees passionately discuss topics, or are they closed off? Pay attention to the little cues you see while youʼre there to get a sense if this would be a place that will raise your stock. And always research the company in great depth before you make your final decision. Read analyst reports, browse their job site, look at age of open jobs, find those in your extended network who may have insight into the company culture. Just as you wouldnʼt invest your money in a stock without researching it in great depth, donʼt invest your human capital in a company without a lot of due diligence. Learning the skill of interviewing a hiring manager will in the end net you the best opportunities in your career.

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To Using Twitter Hashtags at Events by Marian Schembari There are so many reason to use social media in your career. From keeping up with industry news to landing your dream job, platforms like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn can do too many positive things to count. Something we donʼt see enough of, however, (and I think this is slowly becoming more and more common) is people taking social to an actual social level and meeting tweeps in real life. My favorite way to do this? Using Twitter hashtags at events to break the ice and put myself out there. Attending industry events may be the traditional way to network, but Twitter takes this to the next level. Whether itʼs a monthly drinks event, talk, course or conference, most organizers will create a designated Twitter hashtag (if youʼre totally out of the loop on what a hashtag is, Google it). If the organizers are on the ball, theyʼll announce the hashtag multiple times; after all, it can only help promote their event and connect their community. If theyʼre not on top of it, you can figure out the hashtag attendees are using by searching the event name on Twitter. For example, I recently went to an MSN mini-conference in Auckland, and the organizers hadnʼt created a hashtag. But when I searched for MSN in New Zealand, a couple attendees had banded together and made up their own!

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The three big reasons you want to use hashtags at events: 1. Pick up on points attendees find useful People tend to tweet interesting quotes by speakers, statistics or basic event information. I canʼt tell you how useful this has been in the past to go refer to later and use as “notes” – regardless of whether I attended the event. These are especially helpful if youʼre reporting back to a boss or writing an event recap on your blog. 2. Meet people When you follow along with the event hashtag, itʼs easy to figure out who else is at the event. And with the beauty of Twitter avatars, you can usually recognize these people when you run into them later on. I like to use a tweet to start conversations with people I probably wonʼt have met otherwise. Iʼll say something like, “I loved that tweet you sent out about there not being any vegetarian options! What gives?” Then youʼve started a conversation without awkwardly standing in the corner pretending to check your cell phone because you have no one to talk to. 3. Put yourself out there When youʼre regularly tweeting at an event, youʼre seen as being involved without being that annoying conference-goer who throws business cards at anyone and everyone. And if your Twitter avatar is clear, youʼll be recognizable. That means itʼs likely people will come up to you and say something like, “Oh, hey, youʼre @MarianSchembari, arenʼt you?” Boom. Youʼve made a new friend. Win-win. Even if youʼre not a huge tweeter before the event, no worries. Here are a few sure-fire topics you can post on the big day: Points from the event youʼve found interesting. Example: Great stat from speaker @BobSmith “66% of statistics are made up.” #awesomeevent2011 Questions to the speaker. He or she probably wonʼt respond during the event, but A. you never know and B. this is a great way to start a dialogue outside the event, which can be even more powerful. Example: @BobSmith What do you mean 66% of statistics? Didnʼt you mean 99%? Addressing other attendees. Suggest grabbing a drink at Bar X after the last talk or simply ask peopleʼs thoughts on the last speaker. Example: Iʼm heading to Awesome Bar after this, anyone want to join? Weʼre going to talk shop while throwing back tequila shots. Donʼt over-think this, though. Just share points you find interesting and connect with a few people you might not have met otherwise. Finally, if youʼre at a loss for the kind of event to go to, consider doing a search on Twitter for tweetups in your area, ask your co-workers or clients, and pay attention to industry bloggers and sites like Eventbrite. You also might consider joining something like Social Media Club, a network of people who meet up in cities around the world to discuss new technologies and how they effect business. Itʼs not just for digital folks, so regardless of whether youʼre super familiar with social media, itʼs a great way to learn new things and meet some pretty cool people. Plus, they always have a hashtag. Source: Image :

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