Top 5 Tidbits for Job-Seeking Success

I’ve compiled the best advice from last night’s #HRRoundtable at the Newhouse School into a brief post for all of my fellow job-seekers!  Enjoy.

  1. Show your PERSONALITY in your cover letter.  As Brooke Popko of W2O Group said, companies don’t just want an employee with the right skills. It’s about showing how you are the right fit for the culture of the organization.
  2. 70-80% of positions are not posted online! Leveraging your personal and social networks will help you find these hidden opportunities, said Beth Guerra of APCO Worldwide.
  3. “Everyone you know should know that you’re job searching.”  You never know who could be the right person to connect you to that next opportunity.  No need to be shy about who you are and what you are looking for, said Guerra.
  4. “Treat LinkedIn as your headquarters.”  This advice from Brian Batchelder, VP of Recruiting for Fleishman-Hillard is perhaps the key to job-seeking in today’s world.  Be sure that your resume directs readers to your LinkedIn, which then can direct them to your online presence through Twitter profiles, blogs, etc.   Make the recruiter’s job easy.
  5. When looking for work, make social media tools work for you!  Batchelder recommends using a service like Hootsuite (my personal favorite) or TweetDeck to create a stream with updates from your target companies.  This will help you stay on top of their news, whether it be an industry award, media coverage or even a job posting.

Do you have any tips to add to the list?

For more, check out my Storify of the event: HR Roundtable