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Job Search Tip #6: Let Bad Experience Roll Off Your Shoulders

It’s a cruel world out there and getting your dream job (or any job for that matter) requires cunning, strategy, and sometimes ruthlessness. You’re competing with others for your livelihood. That’s why it’s hard to take bad things that happen to you in the job search lightly. A rude HR person (plentiful, despite the fact that they are supposed to be “people” people), a candidate who talks about you behind your back, or a reference who screws you over are all things that can derail your employment plans. One thing you could do is retaliate, talk back or complain about what has happened. I highly recommend the complaining but only with close friends and professional confidants you can trust. Calling the HR person’s boss isn’t going to get you the job they may have unfairly denied you or change their personal bias. Bad mouthing another candidate will make you look petty no matter how subtle your insult is. Pissing off any reference can close a number of doors to you.

Tread lightly with all professionals relationships, vent when you need it and then just try to let things go. If you have been seriously wronged it is important to speak up, but you have to weigh first if it’s worth possibly losing future opportunities with that company. Unfortunately most of the time you just need to pick yourself up and forge ahead.

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Job Search Tip #5: Relax a little.

Finding a job is actually a full-time job in and of itself. So every once and awhile you need to cut yourself some slack, stop hitting refresh on the job board web page and step outside. See from friends. Call your mom. Your whole life can’t be work, and it won’t be even if you get the job (well, hopefully it won’t be). Plus the desperation and frustration will come through in an interview. I’m not saying don’t take every opportunity seriously but cut yourself some slack. You’re not the first person to be without a job for awhile and chances are this won’t be the last time you’re between opportunities (by choice or not). You have other things going on in your life that are important too!

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Job Search Tip #4: Always Send A Thank You Card. Always.

People will say thank you cards are unnecessary after an interview and some recruiters even say that thank you cards sway them one way or the other. But I would argue that even if you don’t get the job HR people will always remember those who send them a thank you card and maintain contact with them. Thank them for their time, remind them about something you chatted about, and show that you appreciate their consideration. Write it immediately after the interview and either drop in a mailbox or give to the receptionist to hand in for you. Nothing too flowery or long, and make sure you sign your last name as well.

 

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Beauty & Fashion, Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Online, Writing

Online Editorial Greatest Hits For Elevatemagazine.com

As the Online Editor for Elevatemagazine.com, I had to manage a team of freelancer writers, write, edit and post all content on the website, plan an editorial schedule and create bi-monthly newsletters. I also managed all social media accounts, reported on website traffic stats and helped with client proposals and e-blast materials. Below is a sampling of anti-aging, beauty, enhancement, health and wellness stories written exclusively for the website.

Angelina Jolie Undergoes Double Mastectomy

Celebrity News - Elevate

6 Easy Ways To Be Eco-Friendly

Study: More Brides Want Plastic Surgery Pre-Ceremony

Top Golden Globe Beauty Trends

Celebrity Beauty - Elevate

4 Canadian Winter-busting Beauty Buys

2 Must-Have Anti-Aging Ingredients

Get Emmanuelle Chriqui’s Beauty Secrets

Celebrity Interview - Elevate

The Biggest Fall Fashion Trends

Top Makeup Trends for Fall 2012

Jillian Harris’ Jet-set Essentials

Jillian Harris Travel Interview

How To Live Mindfully

Keep Calm By Shopping Smart This Season

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Job Search Tip #3: Be Prepared At All Times For A New Opportunity

I’m a bit of a believer in karma. I think sometimes when you are truly ready for something good to happen, it will. That being said you need to be ready to receive it!

So if you’re on the job hunt make sure you have an interview outfit that’s well-fitted, pressed and ready to be worn at the drop of a hat. Get thank you cards and stamps, and printer ink for resumes. Make sure your voicemail is appropriate and that your roommate knows job prospects may be calling (so they don’t answer with “S’up homeslice?”). Double-check that your list of references is up-to-date. Make sure your LinkedIn profile, portfolio and resume are all current as well. A little feng shui may not hurt either.

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Tip #2: ALWAYS Keep It Professional Online

Unless your goal is to become an online personality or stand-up comic, keep everything on your social media accounts professional or private. Treat your online presence the same way you would act on a first date: be incredibly polite and present yourself in the best light.

Use Facebook for yourself and your friends, but make sure your privacy settings are set up properly, especially if you’re not going to be careful with what you post. Make sure your website, Linkedin profile and Twitter stream are completely professional and devoid of strong religious or political opinions. A little mystery is good at first. You never know who is looking.

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Job Search Tip #1: Create A Blog To Help Your Career

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a thousand times: I can’t think of too many industries where having a blog can’t help you land a job. Create a professional website that works not only as an online portfolio for your work, but like a second resume for anyone who wants to learn more about you. Show your expertise and add in a few (read: appropriate) personal details to help recruiters to see if you’re a great fit for their company. Also, being a part of Gen-Y means that companies expect that you’re born tech savvy, so having a blog shows your initiative to learn.

It’s not hard and you don’t need a graphic design degree. Sign up for WordPress.org. It has professional looking templates with a lot more customization options than Blogger, and is still really easy to use. Show your passion and make sure to include the URL somewhere on your resume. If you’re not sure where to start, see what else is out there in your genre, and comment on other people’s posts and industry news.

Happy blogging!

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