Your 2018 Job Hunt Checklist and Professional Improvement


Your 2018 Job Hunt Checklist


Job hunting has changed dramatically in the past five years. Resumes have gone virtual. Networking happens on Facebook, and companies text job openings to prospective employees' cellphones.


If you're unemployed and looking, or working but want to know what else is out there, give yourself an edge by using the latest job-hunting strategies and tools. Here's a checklist of things to do before starting a job search in the New Year:


1. Revamp your Resume.

Research jobs that are in demand, then play up experience you have that dovetails with those trends. Use job-specific keywords to push your resume to the top of recruiters' search results. Stick to career highlights, but be prepared to provide details in an interview. It might not sound important, but pay attention to your resume's design. Don't cram in too much -- the easier your resume is on the eyes, the more likely a recruiter will read it.    [Related: 12 Steps to a Smart Resume]


2.  Join online networks, starting with LinkedIn.


Social networks are some of the first places recruiters go when they have jobs to fill, and if you're not there, they won't know about you. If you only have time or energy for one, start with LinkedIn. Fill in your entire profile, but avoid over-used business phrases such as the ones on this list of top 10 buzzwords that LinkedIn released this week. Add a recent photo. Ask previous employers or companies you've worked with as a contractor for recommendations. List programming or other work-related skills in your profile so your name pops up in when companies use the new LinkedIn Skills search tool to find potential employees.


3. Create a business card.


Besides your name, a card should include a professional-sounding email address and phone number. Change the outgoing voicemail message on your home phone to something appropriate for business, or list your cell number instead. If you have a website related to your profession, put the URL on your card; otherwise, include a link to your LinkedIn profile. When you're going to a job fair or interview, take more cards than you think you'll need so you don't run out -- or hand out virtual cards (see No. 7 below).


4. Find a job chat on Twitter.


Use these virtual conversations to find companies that are hiring or network with recruiters and fellow job seekers. Twitter chats happen in real time, with members using a hashtag associated with a particular discussion to ask a question and follow what others are saying. Job chats include #jobhuntchat (Mondays at 10 p.m. Eastern), #careerchat (Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Eastern) and #HireFriday or #HFChat (Fridays at noon Eastern).


5.  Research companies before approaching them.


Job boards have made submitting a resume so easy, employers are inundated. If you're applying for jobs online, do your homework on a company first to make sure it's a good match. Then, include a cover letter that reflects your knowledge of the business and why you'd make a good addition to the team.


6.  Find an in.


Even in the age of social networking, the old adage that it's who you know still holds true. Once you've identified a potential employer, review your contacts online and off for friends or acquaintances who work there or have in the past. Ask them for advice or an introduction. Join a LinkedIn Group for your industry or profession, and reach out to group members who might be able to introduce you to a hiring manager.


How to Find a Job in a Bad Economy


It’s no secret that America is suffering from a difficult economy in which millions of people are either unemployed or underemployed, meaning they are overqualified for the job they have and not meeting their earning potential.

If you are one of these people and looking for a new or better job, you are most likely searching for jobs online, either on company websites, job boards, or website job finder services. One job finder service said that 57.2 million people look for jobs online on a regular basis.

If you are one of them, you can increase your odds of being hired by following a few guidelines.

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6 Tips for Writing a Professional Bio


Wondering how to write a bio? Our bio templates make it easy to write a professional bio in the right style and format. Get a fill-in-the-blank bio template specifically written for your type of job.


Here are our top six tips for writing your bio.


1. Keep it short
I’ve heard a short bio referred to by a variety of terms: biography, about me, work bio, personal profile, business bio, life story, bio resume and my autobiography, to name just a few. While there’s no right or wrong term, it may help you to remember the difference between bio and biography.


Bio = short. Biography = long.


Don’t write a biography when a bio will suffice. Normally it's best to limit your bio to three or four sentences. If it's too long people won't read it. When writing a personal profile or "about me" for your website, you can make it a little longer if you wish.

2. Briefly highlight your main achievements
The purpose of writing a bio is to demonstrate your professional credibility. Unlike a resume (which should include your complete career history), a work bio only needs to cover the "high points" of your career. Here's another way to think about it: your professional bio is a little advertisement for you or your business. Wouldn’t you agree that the best advertisements are memorable because they highlight key features with very few words?

3. Let your personality show
Since your professional bio is an advertisement for you, make it reflect the real you. If you're a down-to-earth person, use unpretentious language. If you have a particular passion, let the reader know. If you love to joke around, include some humor when you write a work bio (but be careful, humor can be tricky). Should you include personal information such as hobbies, family status and pets? This is optional. Some people say that personal information is not relevant in a work  bio because it has nothing to do with the job. That may be true, but I find that most readers like getting a sense of who you are outside of your professional role.

4. Tailor your bio to the reader
Wondering how to write a bio that gets you a certain result, such as a scholarship, appointment, business deal or job? Write a bio about you but for the reader. Ideally, your professional bio will address these four reader questions:

1) who you are...
2) your expertise and how it addresses...
3) their problem or goal, and how they can...
4) contact you

5. Make it easy to read
When you write a bio, break the information into short paragraphs (no more than three sentences in each paragraph). Studies show that when people are faced with a large block of text (especially on a computer screen), they just skim over it quickly. By making your paragraphs nice and short, you'll increase the likelihood that people will actually read your bio.

6. Write a bio in third person
What this means is to write a bio as though someone else is talking about you. Instead of writing "I am" and "I graduated", you write "Jane Smith is" and "She graduated". Use your full name (first and last) the first time. After that, it's up to you whether to refer to yourself by your full name, just your first name, or just your last name.


Is writing a short bio starting to sound confusing? If so, refer to our many bio templates for guidance. Our writing services are specifically directed at how to write a bio in the correct style and format.


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7.  Go mobile.


Smartphones have become job hunters' go-to virtual assistants. Use your phone to scan mobile versions of popular job boards or get automated text messages when new jobs open up at companies you want to work for. Download job-hunting apps, including Bump, which lets you exchange business cards or contact information by "bumping" phones together, Job Interview Prep flash cards to quiz yourself on possible interview questions, and Google Maps Mobile to avoid traffic jams that could make you late for an interview.


8.  Start a blog.


Create a blog on some aspect of the field you work in to show a potential employer you're up to speed on industry trends and comfortable using newer technologies. Keeping a blog also can be helpful when making a midlife transition, as career changers in an annual blogging challenge that I host have discovered. You can easily set up a free, professional-looking blog through websites such as WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr.


9.  Consider nonprofits.


Forty-two percent of 3,000 nonprofits surveyed by earlier this year expected to hire more staff in 2011. Midlife professionals can apply what they learned in their first careers to encore jobs at nonprofits, according to careers experts. Here are 10 Top Sites for Nonprofit Jobs.


10.  Track job-hunting expenses.


The IRS makes it challenging for job hunters to write off expenses, but it pays to try, so you can keep money in your pocket and out of Uncle Sam's. You're eligible if you're looking for a job in your current industry, file the longer 1040 form, use Schedule A to itemize deductions and have job-hunting and other miscellaneous expenses on Schedule A that amount to more than 2 percent of your adjusted gross income. You can't write off buying a new suit for an interview, but you can deduct for mileage if you drive there.


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Anxiety, Depression and the Job Search

Career Advice

From Marc Cenedella
Marc Cenedella

Don't let the "dog days of summer" fool you… HR folks, hiring managers, and recruiters are trying to hire professionals like you to fill their open positions. Make the most of your competition taking it easy!

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Anxiety, Depression and the Job Search

Job seekers navigating unemployment and an extended job search can find themselves in a bit of a Catch-22. Worn down by frustration and stress, many find themselves spiraling into depression, which will ultimately manifest itself in job-search performance — sleepless nights, lack of motivation, diminished interview skills and a bad attitude — and can make it even hard to gain employment. Staying mentally healthy on the job search is vital if you are to operate at your peak.

Based on the advice of psychologists and mental health experts, the stories below identify precisely what layoff survivors are likely to experience and solutions to combat the stress and anxiety that can lead to depression.


Read these four stories to help you stay healthy during your job search:

Your Layoff, Your Brain: How to Get Out of Your Own Way

In small doses, anxiety is necessary fuel to drive achievement. But in a prolonged job search, the effects of stress can work against you. Here are some practical insights to gain control of your body’s fight-or-flight mechanisms.

Stop Job Loss from Stealing Your Confidence and Your Identity

For seasoned professionals, the loss of a job can shake their sense of self. Here are some psychological insights for keeping things in perspective.

Staying Healthy Through Troubled Times

Being let go from a job is difficult under any circumstances, but in today's economy, it can be even more stressful. Mental-health experts and people who have been through the job hunt themselves offer the following advice for maintaining your emotional and physical health during what can be a prolonged job search.

Job Search Anxiety: Warning Signs

The loss of a job hits both your pocketbook and your very identity. Negative feelings are only natural, but look out for these red flags indicating that outside support should be sought.

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Work Life Balance

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What can you do when you have to find a job fast? It's not easy, but there are steps you can take to expedite your job search. Spending some time to get your job search in order, keeping it organized, focused, and on the fast track will help you find a job faster than if you don't have a plan in place.


Online Job Search
Online job search resources, including job search sites, job search engines, networking sites, resume posting, and ways to make sure you are using all the online job search resources available.


Job Listings
Job listings, job banks, job sites, employment opportunities listed by location and career field, and other resources to help find a job.

Want to find a job, but don't know where to start? Confused? Overwhelmed? Too much information? Here are some tips on how to get going.


Job Search Engines
Use a job search engine to search all the top job sites, company sites, and online newspapers. There are a variety of job search engine sites that will search all the job sites to capture new job postings.


Help Wanted Ads
Are you using the help wanted classified ads when you look for jobs? If not, you should be. Local and regional employers don't always post on the major jobs sites like Monster. Instead, they will advertise in their local newsletter to avoid being overwhelmed with applicants and, in many cases, because they are not interested in paying relocation costs.


Job Banks
Search online job banks by by keyword, location, career field includes job search engines where you can search many databases in one step.


Jobs by Career Field
A comprehensive list of job listings sorted by career field including arts, communications, business, education, not-for-profit, legal, science and technology and more.


Jobs by Location
Staying or home or relocating? Here's jobs where you want to be.


Job Fairs
Live and virtual Career Fairs.


Networking can sound intimidating and a little bit scary, but, it doesn't have to be and it really does work.


Using Headhunters, Search Firms and Employment Agencies
Who's who in the world of employment recruiting, when to use a headhunter, and how to select a recruiter who will work effectively for you.