Make Your Dreams Larger Than Your Memories

Rick NelsonSinger Rick Nelson scored a Top 40 hit with “Garden Party,” a song telling the story of his experience at a 1971 Madison Square Garden concert when he was booed by the crowd because he was playing new songs instead of just his old hits.   The song concludes with the line…” if memories were all I sang — I’d rather drive a truck.”

Memories are a part of our lives and careers; they provide prospective for our past successes and a roadmap to prevent future failure.   However, as Garden Party reveals when our memories become too dominate, they can undermine our dreams.

Make Your Dreams Larger Than Your Memories

Dreams Road SignWhen our dreams are larger that our memories, our lives and careers are in proper balance.  We are moving forward and taking full advantage of the opportunities before us.  We embrace the fact that whatever stage our lives are in, we have better days ahead.

 

1. Defining – Develop a personal mission statement

missionstatementI have found that a personal mission statement is extremely helpful in bringing clarity and purpose to my life and my dreams.   To get started on your mission statement, Peter Clemens, the founder of The Change Blog, suggests taking out a blank sheet of paper and answering 3 basic questions:

 

•Who do I want to be?

•What do I want to do?

•What do I value?

Clements says that you should just write what immediately comes to mind.  Your statement may take some time and require a few rewrites before you are comfortable with your response.  However, developing a personal mission statement serves as a great bridge connecting your dreams to your chosen pathway, giving them a healthier chance to be larger and to become real.

Click here to read Peter Clemens’s blog on personal mission statements.  Click here to read my personal mission statement and the passions of my life, which anchors my dreams, making them larger and real.  

2. Planning – Set Goals

GoalsGoals are the accelerator that makes our dreams larger and come true.  Mark Murphy is the CEO and founder of Leadership IQ, a provider of leadership training to the world’s most successful organizations and their leaders.  In studying nearly 5,000 workers from virtually every field, Murphy and his team found that nearly all of us can achieve extraordinary things. The secret is setting goals that test the very limits of our abilities and inspires our passions.

Simply put, the takeaway from the Leadership IQ study is for us is to aim high.  Think about it… if we are doing the impossible in our dreams, then we should set goals that are worthy of our dreams.  Let’s make our goals as large as our dreams.

3. Sharing – Tell Your Dreams to the World!

kids-sharing-ice-creamDreams are a big part of the Bible…almost everyone is having them!  In Genesis 41:14-24, the Pharaoh had a dream, but he doesn’t understand what the dream means.  The Pharaoh asks his wise men for an interpretation, but they could not tell him the meaning of his dream.  Finally, in desperation, a prisoner with a reputation for understanding dreams is summoned to interpret the dream. The prisoner, Joseph, tells the Pharaoh that his dream means that Egypt is about to have seven years of abundant harvest followed by seven years of extreme drought.  Further, Joseph tells Pharaoh that to avoid the hardship to come, he would need to appoint a wise person to manage the situation. Impressed by the interpretation of his dream, Pharaoh appoints Joseph to help him rule over Egypt.

While they may not be as complex as the Pharaoh’s dreams, our dreams, to become larger, need to be shared with “wise people” who can help us make them come true.

The Bottom Line: Life is Short Dream Large!  

Dream LargeLife is short. Way too short to just sit back and wait for something to happen to you, so dream large. Don’t settle for mediocrity. Big things can and do happen to people if you can just find the courage to pursue them. The good thing about dreaming large is that it allows you to fall short and still gain a lot. Confucius once said “If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it’s OK. But you’ve got to shoot for something…. But, remember, a lot of people don’t even shoot.”  So, make your dreams larger than your memories, because as Rick Nelson says in “Garden Party” “You can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself”.

 

 

 

How to become a LinkedIn Ninja

Teenage TurtlesYou’ve seen them in movies and television series such as Dragon Ball and my personal favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  But what exactly are ninjas?   A
true ninja is not just someone who wears black, drops down from the ceiling and slices everything into pieces.  A ninja represents someone who has mastered the art of doing something.  Taking that liberal definition anyone with an interest, drive and conviction can become a ninja –  mastering something.

Why Become A LinkedIn Ninja? 

This is the first in a number posts I will be doing over the next several months on how to become a LinkedIn Ninja.  So why become a LinkedIn Ninja – Why is gaining mastery of LinkedIn so important?   Let me suggest 3 reasons:

jeffweiner1. LinkedIn is now the business profile of record

That is how LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner describes his site and he has the numbers to back up his claim. With over 200 million profiles worldwide LinkedIn active membership rose 50% from a year earlier. What is truly remarkable page views (people looking at profiles) climbed more than 60%, with much of the growth coming from views on mobile devices like cell phones or tablets.   All of this activity has made LinkedIn the destination site for job seekers, sales professionals and thought leaders.  Plus the company has become the darlings of Wall Street posting an 81% growth in revenue in last year’s fourth quarter with and even faster earnings growth expansion expected in 2013.

2. LinkedIn is critical for an effective networking strategy

LinkedIn puts your networking on hype drive. The importance of LinkedIn is best viewed through the eyes of the effective business to business networking tools of years gone by such as the Rolodexes and the notorious little black address books.  Using those tools your network is only comprised of the people listed on the paper that powered the tool.  LinkedIn allows you to multiply your connections simply by connecting to the connections of your connections or joining groups or by reaching out directly to people you don’t know but would like to get to know.  Things that was simply impossible with those old school technologies.

3. LinkedIn is the best social media tool for generating sales leads

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image482983According to the sales marketing site Hubspot, LinkedIn is 277% more effective in sales leads generations than   Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

Your 5 Step LinkedIn Ninja Starter Plan

Mastering anything starts with the basics so today we will start our Ninja training with five basic things you need to do get the most out of LinkedIn.

❶ Understand your purpose for being on LinkedIn

The thinking manOne of the biggest mistakes that can be made on LinkedIn or any social networking site is nothaving a purpose for doing it.  When developing a LinkedIn strategy with clients at the The Marben Bland Group we ask a single multiple choice questions to help to determine a client’s purpose for being on LinkedIn.  Based on our
years of working with clients these are the top 4 purposes for      being on LinkedIn.

Once you know why you are on LinkedIn you can pursue a strategy that will allow youWhy Are You On LinkedIn to achieve your objectives

❷ Establish a strategy for handling networking, contacts and endorsing /recommendations

LinkedIn is a site for establishing contacts along with building networks.  So it is important that you have a LinkedIn Networking Strategy. The strategy will determine how fast you build your network, the size of your network as well as the quality of the network. Ultimately it will answer the following question for you – How useful or valuable is your LinkedIn network?   In his blog the Undercover Recruiter Jorgen Sundberg details the 3 most popular LinkedIn Networking Strategies

LION

Successful diverse business team laughing togetherStands for LinkedIn Open Networkers, or just open networkers. These users are totally open and will accept any invitation. The idea here is to connect to as many people as possible in order to reach out to more people. A larger network is particularly useful when prospecting for leads and doing research on people and companies

Professional Networker

FellowshipThis is what I believe LinkedIn was intended for, professionals connecting up to further each other’s’ careers. This would be the most typical LinkedIn user. A
salesperson would connect to his or her clients, the client would connect to their suppliers etc. You don’t actually have to have met the other person but  you will have dealt with them and deem there is a value being connected for
both your careers. Professional networkers will normally have anything from 200 to one thousand connections.

Exclusive Networker

CompmiseThis category of people will only ever connect to people they know well, trust and respect. This type of networker is likely to be very selective and can be drawn upon for passing on introductions and recommendations. You could say that the exclusive networker is actually not increasing their connections, merely storing them digitally on LinkedIn. There can be several reasons for wanting to be an exclusive networker, keeping your connections and activities confidential are certainly a major one. Exclusive networkers will rarely have more than 200 connections; remember that these are tight relationships formed over the years.

I have written extensively about networking please see the following posts for more of my take on the subject.

5 Ways to Power-Up Your Networking in 2013

How Strong Are Your LinkedIn Contacts?

3 Smart Job Search Tips for the Class of 2012

❸ Complete your LinkedIn profile to 100%

Linkedin-icon-300x247Before you start “tinkering” with your LinkedIn profile (or hiring a professional to enhance your profile), please take a minute to do the following:

 

 

  • From the drop-down menu next to your name on the right side of the Home page, choose Settings.
  • On the bottom left of the Settings page is a column titled Privacy Controls. Immediately under that heading is a hyperlink that reads “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts.”
  • Click on the activity broadcasts link and a dialog box will open giving you an option to choose who will see your activity updates. This will allow you make changes without the world know what you are doing.
  • If the box is checked to “Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies,” uncheck it.   Again this is to keep the changes secrete until you are finished will all the changes.
  • Add a good quality professional picture
  • Use the headline to deliver a basic sales pitch about yourself

❹ Endorsement Mondays │ Recommendation Weekly

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image14048091Every Monday, take 10 minutes out of your morning to pay-it-forward by endorsing 10 people in your LinkedIn network. Imagine how you would feel if in your inbox on a Monday (a.k.a the day of the week when even the most cheerful people struggle to get going), you found endorsements of your skill sets from your peers.

 

Recommendations are essential to you. Seek them proactively and seek them passively. Proactive recommendation seeking involves reaching out and asking someone to recommend you. Passive recommendation seeking involves recommending someone, at which point LinkedIn asks them to recommend you back. The latter is actually a bit more effective.

Ninja❺ The Five Things LinkedIn Ninjas Should Do Every Day

1. Check your updates – particularly for your contacts’ profile changes and new connections.

2. Check your groups’ digests – look for new members and for opportunities to engage constructively.

3. Reach out with connection requests to anyone you’ve met in the last 24 hours.

4. Look at who’s visited your profile – visit them back and request a connection from anyone who looks interesting.

5. Check your saved searches when the reports come in for new opportunities.

The Bottom Line: Becoming a LinkedIn Ninja’s takes Work

Becoming a LinkedIn Ninja and gaining mastery over the tool takes work.  However, with the growth of LinkedIn as the online business tool of choice I can promise you all the work will have a big payoff.  I am honored to be your online coach helping you to achieving Ninja status.  So stay tune to this blog for more posts on how to become a LinkedIn Ninja.

 

 

40 Days of A.I.R Time With Jesus

Today is Ash Wednesday marking the beginning of Lent.  These 40 days before Easter are to remind us of the suffering, temptation and triumph of Jesus.  Like many Christians I observe the days of Lent in reflection, prayer and fasting.

My friend and fellow Career Coach Marc Miller has written an insightful book entitled Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers.  As boomers repurpose their careers Marc recommends getting “A.I.R.” time with experts to gather:

A – Advice

I – Information

R – Recommendations

As we seek penance, reflection, and fasting in preparation for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, we should seek “A.I.R.” time with Jesus.  Christ wants us to be in a growing vibrant and loving relationship with Him.   Jesus spoke to all the people, saying, “I am the Light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will not walk in darkness.” John 8:12

This is how my 40 Days of A.I.R. Time With Jesus for this season of Lent will look.

A – Admiration:  Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.  For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth. Psalm 47: 1-2

During these 40 days of “A.I.R.” time with Jesus we should spend time in praise and joy of God and His power, His goodness, and His mercy to us.

I – Involvement: Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.  A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.    2nd Timothy 2:23-25

During these 40 days of “A.I.R.” time with Jesus we should reflect on our involvement with the world and the nature of our service to the Lord.  We would be wise to use these 40 days to reflect and follow the advice of James: Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.  Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. James 1:19-21

R – Resiliency: “The people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits… When they fall, they shall be aided with a little help Daniel 11:32

If you desire to walk righteously before the Lord, rest assured you will be tested. In fact, the deeper your walk with Christ the more intense your testing will be.   During these 40 days of “A.I.R.” time with Jesus we can learn to lean on Jesus for resiliency in our times of testing. We can lean Jesus because as we find in Hebrews 2:18 He has been tested:  Jesus was tempted as we are and suffered as we do, He understands us and He is able to help us when we are tempted.

40 Days of A.I.R. Time With Jesus is an opportunity to take our relationship to with Jesus to the next level.  My prayer for you is that this season of Lent will be will fill with Admiration, Involvement and Resiliency or simply put AIR.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 1 Thessalonians 5:28

Marben Bland writes about the passions of his life Faith, Family, Leadership, Financial Security, Accountability, Baseball and Fun    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get God in Charge of Your Job Search

SONY DSCI am a person of faith; I believe with all my heart that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and that His saving grace gives our lives purpose.  I know that following Christ and His
teachings has made me a better person causing me to be more loving to my family, my friends and even to my enemies. Following Christ did not make me perfect, nor will following Him end all my troubles however; following Christ equips me to face life’s challenges with hope, courage and  peace.

God & Work

In this land of great  and plenty too many of God’s abled body children are without work.  I believe that work in its many forms has been created, ordained and sustained by God for us.

unemployment lineGod created work:  God gave the very first job to Adam when He told Him to name everything in the Garden of Eden: Genesis 2:19

God ordained work: When Adam was banished from the Garden of Eden, God commanded “By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat” Genesis: 3:19

God sustained work:  Look around the Bible and almost everyone had work:

………Bezalel was a designer – Exodus 35:31-35

………..Matthew was a tax collector – Matthew 10:1-3

……………..Jesus was a carpenter – Mark 6:1-3

Find more jobs in the Bible.

Work is more than just making coin

CoinGod gave us work to be more than just a paycheck; He gave us work to allow us to showcase His glory through the brilliance of our minds when we create concepts, inventions and medicines; He gave us work to showcase our skill in building houses, cars and fine clothes; He gave us work to showcase our faithfulness by simply showing up to work every day year after year and doing the very best we can.

….So it is only right that when we are out of work the thing that God created, ordained and sustained that we should Get God in Charge of Our Job Search.

How to Get God in Charge of Our Job Search? 

Over the years in working with job search clients I have found 4 things that enable them to get and keep God in charge of their job search

Prayer❶ Prayer

Always be full of joy.  Never stop praying. Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Prayer is how we communicate with God. While God is all powerful and He knows our needs even before we ask for them God is also relational and He wants us to talk to Him so that we can fully embrace our relationship.

As Jesus said to his disciples in Mark 11:24, “I tell you, you can pray for anything….” And while I would dare not mandate what my job search clients should pray for however; when asked these are some things I suggest:

–        EnduranceDear brothers and sisters when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  James 1:2-4

Searching for a job can be a long difficult slog.  It will test your metal like nothing else, your finances, self-esteem, and purposefulness will all come under attack.  The ability to endure is one of the qualities I try to cultivate most in job seekers.

The best example of endurance I know of comes in the form of a concept called The Stockdale Paradox: Admiral James Stockdale was held as a prisoner of war for eight years during the Vietnam War and was tortured in excess of twenty times by his captors. He was able to withstand all of this without losing his mind by employing two seemingly contradictory views that has come to be known as the Stockdale Paradox: “Faith that he would prevail in the end no matter the difficulty and facing that he must confront the worst aspects of his current reality”.

I pray for my job search candidates to have the endurance to prevail in the difficult current reality of the job search.  I pray for them to hang on to God for strength; ordained clergy and formal Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said it best: “It is amazing how much Jesus can be all you need when Jesus is all you got.”

–        Wisdom –  If you need wisdom, ask our generous God and He will give it to you James 1:5

Endurance will give you the brute force to survive the job search.  Wisdom will give you the smarts to be successful in the job search.  For many the job search requires a skill set that is not a natural part of the DNA of most people.  The successful job seeker must become a seller and promoter of a product that most people are reluctant to embrace themselves.  Additionally the job search is an opportunity for self-reflection and reinvention.  This kind of transformative work takes courage, brains and above all wisdom.  The Greeks described Wisdom as the judicious application of knowledge. God wants us to be wise; the entire book of Proverbs is designed to teach us wisdom.  “These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom”.  Proverbs 1:1-2.   My prayer is for you to have wisdom in your job search and beyond.

–        Forgiveness But you are a forgiving God!  You are kind and full of mercy. You are patient and full of love. Nehemiah 9:17

Slights both personal and professional are a staple of the job search process.  First you are let go by your previous employer, then you go through the humiliating apologies to family and friends as to why you are not working, next, the protracted job search the unreturned phone calls, the recruiter hijinks of loving you one day and not knowing your name the next, and finally the days, weeks, months and even years of unproductive, uncompensated, unemployment.  These slights can make a person bitter, resentful and angry.

Forgiveness is the bleach that can wipe away those slights, for if we don’t forgive these wounds they won’t heal and we can’t move on. And for the job seeker if you don’t forgive it will make the task of finding a job that much more difficult.   The entire structure of our faith in God is based on opportunity and the promise of forgiveness.  Jesus is the model for our forgiveness my prayer for the job searcher is to follow His model.

scripture❷ Reading Scripture

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.  It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  2 Timothy 3:16

Reading scripture daily gives us the foundation for a more imitate and complete relationship with God.  In this post I talked about the importance of praying and the specific items of endurance, wisdom, and forgiveness however as we all know those things don’t happen naturally in the world that we live in.  The stories, commandments, and the word of God contained in scripture gives us the context to reinforce our conversations with God.  It provides a road map showing that our 21 century struggles are not all that new and that victory over them is possible if we follow God’s way.

A practical reason why I advise my clients who want to get God in charge of their job search to read scripture is time.  Work is a big time suck in our lives and so is the work of finding a job.  However we are often not in total control of our time when we are working however, when we are looking for a job we are in more control.  So I advise scheduling a simple 5 minute scripture reading using a source like Our Daily Bread or to follow the scripture teachings in a book like The Christian’s Career Journey: Finding the Job God Designed for You by my good friend Susan Britton Whitcomb.   

Developing daily prayer and scripture reading habits while unemployed will lead to having daily prayer and scripture reading habits when you are again employed. Once the value of these habits are established the excuse of not having enough time to read and to pray will never be used again.

The Bible is the single most important book ever written. It is an eyewitness account of historical events of such magnitude that they have literally shaped the world in which we live.  It is also an action book giving us the blueprints for living a life of grace and peace in the middle the challenges and uncertainty of the job search.

Fellowship❸ Fellowship

Two people are better than one. When two people work together, they get more work done. If one person falls, the other person can reach out to help. But those who are alone when they fall have no one to help them. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10. 

Finding a job can be a lonely enterprise; support systems and associates from work are gone, family and friends are busy with their own lives and careers…depression can easily set in.   Fellowshipping by getting involved with job search support groups can help with the isolation while providing networking and job searching advice.  Go to Job Hunt.org to find a job search support group near you.

Couple Working in Homeless Shelter ❹ Give of Yourself

Gifts can open many doors and help you meet important people. Proverbs 18:16

Being unemployed is not an opportunity for doing nothing.  Our faith demands that we give our talents back to the communityFrom everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded. Luke 12:48 

When we are unemployed it may seem like we don’t have much to give back… but oh we do.  Giving back through volunteer work, a missionary trip or just informally helping out is a way to keep our skills sharp and to develop new skills.  It can also lead to a new job to find out our how from the amazing story of Leslie Ross, in my post The Value of Giving Back

The Bottom Line: The Divine Diversion of Unemployment

portrait of a group of people standing togetherThe Lord says, “My thoughts are not like yours. Your ways are not like mine. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 

Unemployment is a diversion in the path of our lives… and even as people of faith we have to wonder why God would allow such a destructive disruption.  However scripture is filled with divine diversions where God has used the trouble encountered to make more of our lives than we would have if we had stuck to our original plans.

Think of Joseph. God diverted him to Egypt to prepare him to rescue God’s chosen people from starvation. Or of Moses, who was diverted from the luxurious lifestyle of Pharaoh’s house to meet God in the wilderness in preparation to lead God’s people toward the Promised Land. Or of Joseph and Mary to whom the angel announced the most significant diversion of all.

Getting God in Charge of Our Job Search transforms the despair of unemployment into a divine diversion where we become closer to God and the true meaning of what He has for our lives.  That is why my prayer for all who are unemployed is to Get God In Charge of Your Job Search.

Marben Bland is a LinkedIn Certified Recruiter, an In demand Job Coach and an Award winning Speaker/Writer.  Visit his website www.marbenbland.com for more posts or contact him at marben@marbenbland.com

 

 


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Beyonce’, The Super Bowl & Your Job Search

sb-beyonce-1-600-1359946064Welcome to Monday, February 4, 2012:

A day where fans of the Baltimore Ravens celebrate a second world championship.

A day where the conversation is dominated by the events of last night from the commercials, to the halftime show, to the game itself.

A day that will see the heaviest single day use of career websites for the entire year!

Attribute it to job seekers just getting around to it, or motivation spurred in recent years by ads from job boards like Monster.com.   The Monday after the Super Bowl has become the equivalent of “black Friday” for the cyber job search world, I call today… Super Job Searching Day!

Job Searching On the Web

Staff in Woodlands office, Bedford, February 2010.As my job search clients will tell you, I am not a big fan of posting for a job on a company career sites or on the big national job boards.  From personal experience as a corporate recruiter and job applicant, I know the black hole that applications from these sites go into, never to be seen again. The Smart Job Search™ methodology developed by The Marben Bland Group (MBG) features a strong networking, social media and thought leadership campaign as the centerpiece of a successful effort to find a job.

Nevertheless, job searchers are still posting to corporate career sites.  Frankly, while many of these sites are still not very good, there are some that do it right.  And, with the effort put in by these companies, you might stand a better chance of not sinking into the black hole.

5 Fantastic Career Sites

Nick Leigh-Morgan is the managing director and founder of iKrut, a free applicant tracking system.  His team reviewed more than 500 corporate career sites.  Here is a top 5 list of the most fantastic company career sites as judged by his team with a little help from me.

Apple

Apple LogoWe dare you to watch their corporate careers video without then wanting
to work for them.

 

 

General Mills

General_Mills_logoWe love the “Fit Finder” tool

 

 

 

❸  Regeneron

Regeneron

Regeneron is science-based biopharmaceutical company based in Tarrytown, New York.  We particularly like the LinkedIn networking tool which allows a jobseeker to see who they know within the company.

Pepsi:

Pepsi Lego

We love the detailed video profiles of their employees.

 

 

Hymans Robertson

21760-hymans-robertsonHymans Robertson is a UK based insurance and pension firm.  The site fuses ease of use, information, and attractiveness as well as any we have seen.  The Hymans Robertson website is proof that you do not have to be a global brand to be an attractive one.

 

Top Five 5 Lights Out Career Site Features 

lights-outI don’t know if it was the residual effects of Beyonce’s half-time show or a disgruntled 49’ers fan, all of us will remember where we were when the lights when out at the Super Bowl.   Nick Leigh-Morgan and his team put together a top 5 list of fantastic features that any good career site should have.  I recommend you use these features or lack of as an evaluation tool to measure how serious the company uses its career page to recruit candidates.  — Career pages using these features won’t turn the lights out on your search.

1.  A careers link that is clearly visible on the front page of the corporate site.

2.  The design for the careers site is a little different from the main site. This makes it look like they have made a real effort to impress job seekers.

3.  A FAQs section packed with relevant information.

4.  Video testimonials from staff.   Nothing is more powerful that seeing your potential colleagues raving about why it’s a great place to work.

5.  Now, this one is a bit nerdy.  However, we love seeing when each job is a separate page and the job title is in the URL. This makes it easy for Google and other search engines to index it generating more direct hires. We found jobs from several companies through a simple Google search.

The Bottom Line: “You can tell a lot about a company by the way it recruits you.” 

DCIf posting on company job sites is part of your job search strategy, continue to do so.  However I urge you to please add networking and social media thought leadership to what you are doing.   Explore the sites listed in this post.  The company logos have been hyperlinked to the sites.  When job surfing on the web, look for sites that the company has put some effort into branding and ease of use — a quality site is a sign that the company will also have the recruiting muscle to actually see and evaluate your resume.

Happy Super Job Surfing Day!!! — Drop me line marben@marbenbland.con to let me know how you are doing.