What to do while unemployed

Job Change
Job Change

With the rise of unemployment, there are going to be many people with a lot of time on their hands:

The unemployed are stressed out about unpaid bills, dashed retirement plans and the loss of workplace camaraderie. But many say life minus work also has its bittersweet upsides, including more time with family and friends, learning new skills, focusing on their health and pursuing hobbies.

There is a wide range of opinions, of course, about just how sweet, or bitter, the experience has been.

The process of becoming unemployed and then re-employed can be a stressful one. It can one feel isolated, scared and/or hopeless. The above article outlines how some are handling it, and here are a few additional suggestions of what you can do to help you get back and employed. Doing the little things can really help get you back and employed. Continue reading What to do while unemployed

Differentiate or You’re Dead

Differentiation is key in job search
Differentiation is key in job search

Differentiate or You’re Dead

For recruiters and employers to choose you, they must see you as being different from your competition. If faced with a group of resumes who all claim to provide the answers to the job post, recruiters and employers will usually just pick someone at random. You don’t want that; you want them to pick you nine times out of 10. So you need to give them a reason to choose you, or at least remember you.

That’s why the instinct to copy others’ online branding is such a bad one; people who do that look like just another face in the crowd, instead of an innovator. Your Online Personal Branding will not succeed unless you find a way to differentiate yourself from the field. Continue reading Differentiate or You’re Dead

A Personal Image is Not a Personal Brand

Online Personal Image Is Not A Brand
Personal Image Is Not A Personal Brand

A Personal Image is Not an Online Personal Brand

Everyone has a personal image. It’s the collection of qualities people identify with you: your sense of humor, your clothing, your favorite food, your physical characteristics, and so on. Together, these qualities help people form a mental picture of you.

An Online Personal Brand is different because it’s how other people perceive you. On the outside, former President Bill Clinton looks like a noble, attractive and credible statesman. But because of his past actions, many people perceive Clinton very differently—as a morally bankrupt womanizer.

Never confuse the two. A great personal image doesn’t presuppose a powerful Personal Brand. Continue reading A Personal Image is Not a Personal Brand

Why Get Personal? How Your Online Personal Brand Can Help Your Job Search

Get Personal In Your Online Job Search
Get Personal In Your Online Job Search

Why Get Personal?

You may not be comfortable with the idea of adding a personal dimension to your professional identity. After all, aren’t the two supposed to be kept separate? Maybe in the corporate world, but as a job seeker, you’ve got to sell yourself as someone recruiters and employers want and/or need.

Getting personal has real benefits: Continue reading Why Get Personal? How Your Online Personal Brand Can Help Your Job Search