How Companies Are Using Twitter as a Recruitment Tool

By 2016, most of us understand the value of social media in the job search.

Although LinkedIn is still the front runner for professional networking, Twitter is quickly proving itself a leading tool for hiring talent. Fortune 500 companies and those following their lead are increasingly using Twitter as a recruitment tool. Because Twitter has seen an increase in the number of people using the platform for job search and recruiting, a number of Fortune 500 companies such as AT&T and Disney have created separate accounts specifically for recruitment purposes (@attJOBS@TWDCjobs for example).

A 2015 study by recruiting software buyer resource Software Advice looked at 50 of these handles to see how Fortune 500 companies are using Twitter for recruiting. They then paired their findings with a survey of current job seekers, in order to find out the most effective ways to engage talent on social media.

In addition, 45% of job seekers report that they use Twitter, compared to 40% who use LinkedIn, according to 2014 research from Job Vite. The same research also points to an increased interest in Twitter for recruitment even two years ago, with 73% of companies reporting a focus on increasing social network recruitment.

There is a large market of job seekers that companies can tap into, with 45% of workers reporting that they will switch jobs if the right position comes along, according to a 2015 study by Job Vite. That doesn’t even include those already looking for their next opportunity.

Progressive Insurance, for example, has found success reaching job seekers through Twitter chats. “We got some people who started following us, following the hashtag and engaging in the conversation, and one of them actually has just recently applied for a position,” Mary Foley, IT hiring manager at the company, told Job Vite.

As noted above, a rising number of companies have made the decision to create standalone Twitter handles for recruitment purposes, in response to the growing number of Twitter users logging in to check out job openings. In some cases, companies also recruit through their primary accounts. By June 2015, 174 of the 500 companies on Fortune’s list (35%) had an active company-level Twitter account dedicated to recruiting.

One of Twitters most useful features for expanding reach and engagement is the hashtag, and it would appear that Fortune 500 are engaged here as well, with 78% of sample tweets from the Software Advice study including a hashtag, 46% of which were brand specific (e.g. #GEjobs).

Although only 34% of job seekers say they use Twitter to search for job-related hashtags, it is still good practice for companies to include them and job seekers to use them. Using generic hashtags (e.g. #marketingjobs) means that a company’s content will be discovered by users searching for that term or phrase, and as a job seeker you won’t miss anything.

Twitter is an ideal platform for job search and professional networking, and results from the Software Advice survey found that 58% of respondents have used Twitter for job-seeking purposes in the last six months. As a job seeker, if you are not using Twitter, you are potentially missing a lot of opportunities.

Not only is Twitter useful for seeking job opportunities from companies and recruitment agencies sharing their current vacancies with their networks, but it also allows individuals to check out a company of interest ahead of applying for a job with them. You should use Twitter a part of your job search; 76% said that they look at company profiles, while 55 % follow companies they want to work for.

Rebounding from Job Search Rejection

“One of the most consistent traits among high sales achievers is their ability to bounce back from rejection and be relentless in their pursuit of the sale. Knock me down eight times, and I’ll get up nine.”

~ Entrepreneur Magazine, 2006

The attitude embodied in the quote above is well applied to the job seeker as well. But how can you not take rejection to heart? Rejection during the job search can be very discouraging. The job seemed perfect, the people were nice, the interviews went well. But they hired someone else. For most job seekers, rejection happens far too often and it can frequently be difficult to understand why.

Here are some ways to deal with it.

  1. Don’t let any job rejection destroy your confidence.
  2. Don’t take it personally.
  3. Leave the door open.
  4. Never say NO. Do not anticipate rejection.
  5. Analyze every failure but never wallow in it.
  6. Remember your past achievements.

Keep in mind that sometimes “no” isn’t the end. The Internet abounds with stories of people who have succeeded spectacularly at employers which originally rejected them.

Think about it this way — a better job is waiting for you.

Now, do these 2 things:

  1. Send a thank you note.

For NOT hiring you? Yes, if you may still want to work for them some day. Thank them for the opportunity to learn more about them and the organization. Ask them to keep you in mind for the next time they have an opening and to stay in touch.

  1. Ask for feedback.

Do they see anything you do to improve and become a more viable candidate? If they respond, you could learn a lot from the process. One thing to remember regarding feedback  — you never know what really goes into a final hiring decision and while feedback may be useful, it can often also be less than truthful as  companies are very careful not to ever give feedback that could be used against them.

Meanwhile, look back over the process yourself, and see what you might learn from it. What do you think you could improve?

The bottom line is that there are probably things you could have done better, since no one is perfect and we all improve with practice.  But try to think of every rejection as bringing you one step closer to that better job that is waiting for you, just around the corner.

How to Find Someone’s Work Email Address Using Only Their Name

If you’ve ever tried to figure out what someone’s work email address might be, knowing only their name,  you know how frustrating it can be. “First initial plus last name” is a safe bet, but it’s not always right. Developer Oleg Campbell has automated the process of finding someone’s corporate email with a new Chrome extension built on top of Gmail. It’s called Name2Email. Here’s how it works.
After you install the Name2Email extension, you open Gmail and enter the person’s first name, last name, and work domain email – starting with @ – into the “compose” box. Name2Email will then automatically generate the most common corporate email patterns for you. Next, you hover your mouse over the generated addresses and when you see a popup with the person’s name appear, that’s supposed to be the right address!
Thanks to Business Insider for this tip.

Personalize Your LinkedIn URL to Better Market Yourself

You can customize your public profile URL on LinkedIn. This makes it easier to put on your resume and more memorable when networking.

To change your public profile URL:

  1. Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
  2. Click View profile.
  3. On your profile page, click Edit your public profile in the right rail.
  4. Under the section Edit public profile URL in the right rail, click the Edit icon next to your public profile URL.
    • It’ll be an address that looks like www.linkedin.com/in/yourname.
  5. Type the last part of your new custom URL in the text box.
  6. Click Save.

Notes:

  • Your custom URL can have 5-30 letters or numbers. Don’t use spaces, symbols, or special characters.

Success In Your Job Search: Identifying Target Companies

Job seekers who approach their search with a list of 30-50 target companies are more successful, finds executive resource firm MDL Partners (www.mdlpartners.com).

“We have found that clients with a target company list appear more focused, open doors more quickly and easily, and receive more introductions as they build their networks,” explains Tom McNeil, President of MDL Partners.

There are three primary reasons for this increased probability of success.

  • Your target list can serve as a door opener. If you approach your network saying, “I have an interesting list of target companies, and would like to get your observations,” you have a much greater chance of entering a meeting.
  • Assisted recall. If you say to a networking connection you’re interested in venture capital firms, you may get a contact or two.  If you show them a list of 30 venture firms, the probability is that you will receive 3-5 times as many introductions.
  • People tend to organize their contact database by industry and company. If you say to a potential networking contact that you are interested in any small company with growth problems, you will typically get a blank stare.  If you can name a couple of industry sectors, and companies within those sectors, you are much more likely to get an introduction.

So how do you build a list of target companies?

MDL Partners specializes in working with job seekers to not only build their lists, but refine their career focus. MDL Partners works with clients to stand out from the crowd, achieve their career goals and to broaden and deepen their network. There are plenty of times in your career that you will use MDL Partner’s services – and once you are a client, you are a client throughout your entire career. MDL Partners works with clients on their immediate needs today, with an eye towards the future.

About Your MDL Partners: In the career consulting industry MDL Partners is unique because of our extensive network. At MDL Partners we work with mid and senior level executives, entrepreneurs and professionals who are looking for a better environment, a new job, a career change or career advancement. When you become a client of MDL Partners you immediately gain access to a worldwide network of senior level executives and professionals. This extensive network is a true differentiator between MDL Partners and other career services options. And our career services are yours to use in the future as your needs and the market change. MDL Partners has offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia.

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Personal Brand

One of the most difficult times that you face in your career is changing jobs and the subsequent search that ensues.

You know many of the steps you need to take to get started. But according to MDL Partners (www.MDLPartners.com), if you’re not focusing your attention on branding and networking, you’re going to miss out on many opportunities.

“You need to grow and strengthen your personal brand so it can be leveraged to help you in your job search,” explains Tom McNeil, President of Executive resource company MDL Partners.

Here are the top 5 ways to do so:

  1. Carefully Craft Your LinkedIn Profile: LinkedIn is your most powerful online networking tool. It has over 350 million members and your profile is your opportunity to impress them. Put some thought and effort into perfecting your profile and it will pay off. Showcase your strengths and accomplishments. Use relevant keywords. When looking at your LinkedIn Profile, first imagine yourself standing in front of someone you are about to meet for the first time. Through your profile, you extend your hand and keep a smile on your face. Because the website is social, you should be personable in the way you relate your unique story.
  1. Be the Subject Matter Expert: Whatever your specialty, embrace it and don’t be afraid to label yourself as an expert.
  1. Contribute: Whether it’s on LinkedIn by posting directly to your connections, in a Group you belong to, via Twitter, to an industry association or newsletter, or even an alumni publication – get your name out there. Contribute relevant, interesting and thought-provoking content.
  1. Engage: Stay abreast of what’s going on in your industry. Follow the experts. Comment on their Tweets. Engage with them.
  1. Never Overlook the Value of Face-to-Face Interactions: As great as online networking is, nothing replaces in-person networking for making the next step in your career. Always be as impressive in person as you are online!

MDL Partners works with clients to stand out from the crowd, achieve their career goals and to broaden and deepen their network. There are plenty of times in your career that you will use MDL Partner’s services – and once you are a client, you are a client throughout your entire career. MDL Partners works with clients on their immediate needs today, with an eye towards the future.

About Your MDL Partners: In the career consulting industry MDL Partners is unique because of our extensive network. At MDL Partners we work with mid and senior level executives, entrepreneurs and professionals who are looking for a better environment, a new job, a career change or career advancement. When you become a client of MDL Partners you immediately gain access to a worldwide network of senior level executives and professionals. This extensive network is a true differentiator between MDL Partners and other career services options. And our career services are yours to use in the future as your needs and the market change. MDL Partners has offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia.

Adding Symbols to Your LinkedIn Profile

Currently you cannot bold, italicize or format text on your LinkedIn profile. But in order to add some visual appeal you can put symbols or bullets into your profile. Adding symbols is one way to enhance your LinkedIn profile and make it stand out from other profiles.

To add symbols to your LinkedIn profile, all you need to do is copy and paste them.

  1. Highlight the symbol you want to use. Here are some examples:

Stars: ★ ✪ ✯ ✰
Arrows: ☛ ☚ ☜ ☝ ☞ ☟ ⇨ ► ◄ ► »
Traditional bullets: ■ ♦ ◆ ●
Ticks: ✔ ✘ ☐ ☑ ☒
Email: ✉ ✍ ✎ ✏ ✑ ⌨
Phone: ✆ ☎ ☏
Lines: ☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲
▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄
▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
▓▒░▓▒░▓▒░▓▒░▓▒░▓▒░

  1. Once the symbol is highlighted, copy it to your clipboard. You can copy it by clicking Ctrl-C or right mouse clicking on the highlighted symbol and choosing COPY from the right mouse menu. If you use a Mac, you should click Apple+C.
  2. Within LinkedIn, click Profile > Edit Profile. Place your cursor where you want the bullet placed.
  3. Paste the bullet by clicking Ctrl-V or right mouse clicking and choosing PASTE from the right mouse menu. If you use a Mac, you should click Apple+V.

While it’s great to add this kind of visual appeal to your LinkedIn profile, use the symbols sparingly! Too many different types of symbols will make your profile look busy and unprofessional. Just choose one or two that suit you best. Remember that less is more.

Your LinkedIn Headline – DOs and DON’Ts and More

1. DOs
• Say WHAT you are.
• Say WHO you help.
• Say HOW you make a prospective employer’s life/work better.
• Give PROOF that you are credible.
• Highlight your past achievements and future value.
• Use your headline proactively.
• Promote your brand statement, core marketing message, most enticing expertise.
• Showcase your specialty, value proposition, or your “so what?”
• Speak directly to the audience you want to entice.
• Be specific.
• Focus on and include important key words.
• Be creative but appropriate to your goal.

2. DON’Ts
• Use the LinkedIn default header (current title and company name).
• Have a headline that is confusing.
• Have a headline that is boring or doesn’t add value to your profile.
• Make obscure references.
• Make quirky statements.

3. Headline FORMULAS
Expert status headline formula: {Keyword/subject matter expert area} who {does what} for {client, company, audience, project}. {Proof point}.
Examples:
o Personal Chef specializing in gluten-free diets. Winner Seattle Personal Chef of the Year 2012.
o Social Media Expert driving successful campaigns on a shoestring budget. 800%+ ROI in the past 12 months.
o Bestselling Author and Professional Speaker energizing audiences to overcome limiting beliefs. 90%+ sat ratings.

Claim your niche headline formula: {Keyword(s)} | {your specific benefit or focus area}
Examples:
o Six Sigma Master Black Belt | Dedicated to process excellence in auto manufacturing
o Tax Accountant CPA | Specialist in family-owned businesses with revenues of $1-$5 million
o Childhood Autism Psychiatrist | Specializing in diagnosing, treating and supporting families with autistic children

Direct to customer headline formula: {Attention-grabbing question} + {Who you are} + {who you help}. {Proof point}. OR {Attention-grabbing question} + {Free resource}.
Examples:
o Need capital? Banker for early-stage technology growth companies. Clients include XYZ and ABC.
o Need talent? Exec Recruiter helping mid-size manufacturing companies find top talent. Clients include LMN and OPQ companies.
o Need to recharge your career? Join my FREE webinar on 5 things you MUST do before you search: {short bitly.com link}

4. Some Successful Headline EXAMPLES:
• Executive Recruiter/Speaker/Author/who helps you create a better career | Featured on Fox/CBS/CNN
• Fundraising consultant who helps major non-profits raise more money | Clients include the Red Cross and YMCA
• Personal Trainer who helps high school athletes get stronger and faster | Certified by the American Council on Exercise
• PMP-certified project manager | Known for successfully leading multi-million dollar projects in developing countries
• Customer-focused pro who can program every robot in your manufacturing facility | Specializing in ABB, FANUC, and Kawasaki robots.
• Reliable pet-sitter who will find out and report back to you exactly what your dog is up to when you’re not home
• Copywriter who knows how to craft web content that goes viral. Oh, and you’ll never beat me at Scrabble
• Tireless, caring Registered Nurse who helps pediatric cancer patients and their families feel at ease throughout treatment and recovery
• Manufacturing & Supply Chain Executive | Asia
• Procurement & Contract Specialist | Treasury Manager
• Account Executive | OEM Sales | Field Sales | Territory Manager
• Director Communications | Branding | Online Marketing | Social Media
• High-Powered Financial and Analytical Trainer | Propelling International Business Teams to the Top
• Program, Process and Project Manager | Creating and Implementing Innovative Technological Solutions
• Managed Care Professional | Building relationships with attention and integrity

5. Another TIP
In edit mode on your profile, LinkedIn has two options: “Show examples” and “See what others in your industry are using.” Find a few you like (it will take some time, but keep looking) then craft your own, original Professional Headline. Change it often, trying out different headlines and seeing what works.

With thanks and credit to Forbes, LinkedIn contributor Pete Leibman, MarketingProfs, Brazen Careerist.

In The Job Market? What’s In Your Learning Plan?

Think about where you would like your career to take you and the skill profile of people in those positions.

In order to move forward and advance in your career, you must control your own learning program and take immediate action. Start now and plan on future continuous career learning.

“There is an increasing importance of talent development in the corporate environment,” notes Tom McNeil, President of Executive resource company MDL Partners. “A recent survey of CEOs indicated that talent development was typically a top three priority for their company. At the same time, companies are having difficulty meeting specific professional staffing needs and have significantly cut training budgets, pushed community colleges to step up their technical training programs, and asked the government to increase STEM and programming training programs in the public schools.”

While you’re waiting for corporate training departments to get re-funded, higher education to reform itself and federal and state governments to develop education programs that send out qualified engineers and programmers, it makes eminent sense to take personal charge and look at your own personal training plan.

MDL Partners recommends adopting the following strategy:

  • Ask yourself, how many “firsts” did I experience this week? Are you actively learning something new, how much time have you devoted in the last weeks and months to skill development?
  • Think about where you would like your career to take you and the skill profile of people in positions you aspire to.
  • Keep an eye on the shorter-term market. Think carefully about what you need to learn to stay marketable in the markets relevant to your career.
  • Set up a short, intermediate and longer-term learning strategy.
  • Focus on challenging, skill-building assignments, especially those that are a bit uncomfortable and risky.
  • Develop a training plan which might include classroom training, online education (Corsera, EdX, Khan Academy or thousands of others), joining professional associations or forming a learning group.

MDL Partners works with clients to stand out from the crowd, achieve their career goals and to broaden and deepen their network. There are plenty of times in your career that you will use MDL Partner’s services – and once you are a client, you are a client throughout your entire career. MDL Partners works with clients on their immediate needs today, with an eye towards the future.

 

The Employment Picture Improves

Recovery in employment has long been recognized as trailing real economic recovery following a recession. The 2007-2008 recession is no exception, and employment recovery has been significantly slower this time around. “This is probably due to companies being more conservative in their cash management and hiring processes, the greater supply of workers, the ease of recruiting at the junior level through job boards and a shift in the economy toward lower-paid service industries,” notes John Decker, Executive Vice President of MDL Partners (www.mdlpartners.com).

Despite all these headwinds, we are seeing tangible signs of an employment recovery.  The unemployment rate is now at 5.8%, near historical averages, and is projected to decline to 5.3% +/- in 2015.  As importantly, real wages are up 0.4% this year, ahead of inflation for the first time since 2008.

There is, however, a cloud to this silver lining. U6, the combined measure of unemployment, involuntary part-time workers who can’t find full-time work and discouraged workers is at 12%, a historically high number.

A survey of public company CEOs published by the Wall Street Journal indicates their top priority for 2015 is finding a trained and experienced workforce, a workforce for the 21st century.  So far, corporate training budgets have not reflected this urgency. Instead, companies are pushing partnerships with educational institutions and the government, particularly around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

While we are waiting for government, education (both notoriously slow to change) and the private sector to work together, job seekers should take charge of their own development and employability, advises Decker. One strategy is to build bridges into growing sectors and expand your network in those areas.

At the same time, no matter how young or old you are or what skills you have developed, the workforce is changing and you will need to spend at least some time on personal professional development.  “Identify one or two marketable skills, set a plan, and start learning,” concludes Decker.

MDL Partners works with clients to not only stand out from the crowd, but to achieve their career goals and to broaden and deepen their network. There are plenty of times in your career that you will use MDL Partner’s services – and once you are a client, you are a client throughout your entire career. MDL Partners works with clients on their immediate needs today, with an eye towards the future.

What Did You Like Least About Your Last Job? And Other No-Win Interview Questions

You’re going to get asked them. But how do you turn an interview around when you’re asked a question that has a no-win answer?

Tom McNeil, President of executive resource company MDL Partners, recommends that you avoid the trap and do not answer in the negative. Turn the question around by focusing on the positive, and limit your answers to discussing tasks, rather than the company you are coming from or the people there.

What did you like least about your last job?

“Remember that one of the purposes of this question is to find out if you’re going to be satisfied in the job for which you’re interviewing. Don’t talk yourself out of a job,” McNeil explains. “Don’t project the attitude that your dissatisfaction might transfer to this new company and group of people.”

If you note that you didn’t have enough challenges at your last job, the interviewer will wonder if this new position will provide you with enough challenges too. If you mention lack of stability, your interviewer will be wary because he knows that in any company there is no way to predict the future. If you mention that your boss was overbearing your interviewer will wonder if you are difficult to supervise.

So how do you answer this and other no-win interview questions properly? By being prepared.

“If you think about these questions before they are asked, you will have time to construct a well-crafted reply” notes McNeil.

Some other no-win questions to be prepare for:

  • What makes you better suited for this job than any other candidate?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • Tell me about the worst boss you ever had.
  • What is your dream job?
  • Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Each of these questions presents its own unique opportunity to put the interviewer off. Put some time into thinking though your own answers to these questions, and practice those answers before you even get to the interview. Make sure that your answers positively project the most important traits that an interviewer is looking for in a new hire: enthusiasm, likeability, credibility, transferability and insightfulness.

Top 7 Tips to Ace a Phone Screening Interview

The phone screening interview can make or break your next opportunity. Will you move on to an in-person interview or get struck from the list?

The most effective way to ace the initial phone screening interview?

“Be prepared,” notes Tom McNeil, President of executive resource company MDL Partners (www.mdlpartners.com). “Have an index card by the phone and keep important points handy so you’re ready when they call.”

The phone screening interview can range from a 5 minute conversation to half an hour and will most likely be with someone in human resources whose role it is to decide which candidates to bring in for a more serious discussion. This person will probably be trying to get general information about multiple candidates and make initial judgments about their personality, temperament, communications style, salary expectations and more. The idea if for the phone interviewer to confirm that you are who you claim to be on your resume, to gauge your immediate response to an open-ended type of examination, and to make sure there are not any red flags.

Here are MDL Partners’ top 7 tips to ace a phone screening interview:

  1. Remember that when you get that call after applying for a job, the promptness of your answer is usually as important as its substance.
  2. Be prepared to explain every job transition.
  3. Be prepared to explain everything on your résumé; you never know which bullet point on your résumé might have piqued the curiosity of the interviewer.
  4. Project self-confidence and communicate effectively. Don’t rush, keep an even tone, be as articulate as possible and show your personality.
  5. Understand your red flags and prepare to lower them. It might be an employment gap or frequent job-hopping, or simple age, but you should understand that you can do a great deal to mitigate these issues when you address them head on and non-defensively.
  6. Practice answering common questions. Tell me a little bit about yourself. What is your biggest strength/weakness? What are your salary expectations? Where do you expect to be in five years? Have answers prepared for these and practice, practice, practice.
  7. Control your environment. Make sure you are in a quiet room and stay distraction-free.

“These tips will serve you will when you move onto the in-person interview as well,” adds McNeil. “Your preparation will help you stand out from the crowd.”

MDL Partners works with clients to not only stand out from the crowd, but to achieve their career goals and to broaden and deepen their network. There are plenty of times in your career that you will use MDL Partner’s services – and once you are a client, you are a client throughout your entire career. MDL Partners works with clients on their immediate needs today, with an eye towards the future.

5 Key Traits All Job Seekers Need to Win the Interview

They probably aren’t written in the job description or the posting that you apply for. But these traits may be the most important ones a job seeker can possess.

It’s easy to list the usual traits that prospective employers are looking for: reliability, consistency, a sense of initiative, the ability to exceed expectations, flexibility, the ability to prioritize, team player, problem solver, self-awareness, proactivity, communication skills, multi-tasking, integrity, etc.

These traits are extremely important. But they are not going to “win” the interview for you.

You need to think beyond the usual and focus on making yourself stand out from the rest of the reliable, proactive, self-aware, multi-tasking crowd.

“Networking will be the way you find your next opportunity,” notes John Decker, Executive Vice President of MDL Partners (www.mdlpartners.com). “You need a clear focus and must be enthusiastic about that focus. Enthusiasm sells!”

Likeability is also a key factor. It’s all about the chemistry between you and the person you are networking with and/or the potential employer. They have to be able to see you as someone they can work with on a daily basis, or someone they would recommend to friends and colleagues.

Establish credibility early on. “Your job is to be an expert on yourself and your resume. Always be able to substantiate your claims with specific examples,” explains Decker.

Transferability is extremely important. Take past achievements and translate those experiences into future applications to show that you can solve problems for the prospective employer.

Insightfulness is crucial. Listen: what are they really saying? What do they need that you are an expert in?

The 5 key traits that all job seekers need to win the interview? Enthusiasm, likeability, credibility, transferability and insightfulness.

These are the traits you will need to successfully Network as well. MDL Partners works with you to help you stand out from the crowd, and with clients to achieve their career goals and to broaden and deepen their network. There are plenty of times in your career that you will use MDL Partner’s services – and once you are a client, you are a client throughout your entire career. MDL Partners works with clients on their immediate needs today, with an eye towards the future.

In the career consulting industry MDL Partners is unique because we utilize our extensive network of over 5,000 clients as a primary resource. At MDL Partners we work with mid and senior level executives, entrepreneurs and professionals who are looking for a better environment, a new job, a career change or career advancement. When you become a client of MDL Partners you immediately gain access to a worldwide network of senior level executives and professionals. This extensive network is a true differentiator between MDL Partners and other career services options. And our career services are yours to use in the future as your needs and the market change. MDL Partners has offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia.

The Biggest Mistake You’re Making During Your Job Search

One of the biggest decisions that you face in your career is changing jobs and the subsequent search that ensues.

At this point you know many of the steps you need to take to get started. You may talk to recruiters and study the job boards. But according to MDL Partners (www.MDLPartners.com), if you’re ignoring the hidden job market you’re making the biggest mistake possible.

“When we talk about the hidden job market we specifically mean jobs that candidates get that aren’t being advertised directly on any website or job board,” notes Tom McNeil, President of MDL Partners.

According to a LinkedIn Pulse article, 70%-80% of offers are made to people that haven’t applied to a direct advertising campaign. “We estimate that 90% of jobs are found through Networking,” adds McNeil.

According to CareerXRoads, employee referral is the number one source of new hires. The report also stated that candidates hired through job postings are trending downward.

So what can you do? Not engaging in active Networking could be holding your job search back and is as harmful as searching without a plan.

  1. Stay engaged.
  2. Create a compelling online presence.
  3. Stay active in professional organizations and associations.
  4. Establish and cultivate an extensive Network.
  5. Remember that Networking works both ways; provide assistance to others in your network as often as you can.

“In the career consulting industry MDL Partners is unique because we utilize our extensive network of over 5,000 clients as a primary resource,” explains McNeil. “MDL Partners works with clients on their immediate needs today, with an eye towards the future.”

MDL Partners works with clients to help you stand out from the crowd and to achieve your career goals, as well as to broaden and deepen your network. There are plenty of times in your career that you will use MDL Partner’s services – and once you are a client, you are a client throughout your entire career.

Top 9 Tips for Rebuilding Confidence After a Career Crisis

Sooner or later, virtually every executive gets thrown off the career horse. Very rarely are you completely to blame for this career crisis. There are usually external factors. “It may be an unwanted separation from a company, a career sidetrack, corporate bankruptcy, failure to deliver a major deliverable or other major career crisis,” explains John Decker, Executive Vice President at MDL Partners (www.mdlpartners.com).

What you do after the career crisis is what is really important. What you do to take stock and rebuild confidence will determine your future career trajectory.

Here are MDL Partners’ top tips to help rebuild confidence after a career crisis.

  • Look at the big picture. Realize that virtually everyone has a setback (or two or three or four) and that most people recover and move forward with their careers.
  • Analyze what happened. Look at the experience from a “lessons learned” perspective and tuck these lessons away for future reference as you move forward.
  • Get back out there. Nothing rebuilds confidence as quickly as getting back on the horse. Refocus on your work if you have it available, start projects with a high probability of success and if necessary, charge forward in your search for a new position. Focus on taking action and moving forward.
  • Look at your career history. It is probably one of multiple accomplishments and successes. Spend some time building a list of accomplishments then read them regularly for motivation.
  • Focus on your strengths. Determine from your list of accomplishments and your experience the underlying strengths you bring to the table. If necessary, solicit and listen to feedback on your strengths from people who know you.
  • Network. As you are doing the above, work to refresh and expand your network, particularly people whom you think will provide moral support and networking connections.
  • Learn something new. Identify skills or knowledge that you would like to develop, set a plan and get to work. If this new skill is marketable, so much the better.
  • Behave confidently. Watch your body language, maintain your appearance through exercise and dress for success, and record your voice to make sure it expresses energy and enthusiasm.
  • Banish negative thinking. Listen for, identify, and isolate negative thinking.

If you do all of the above, and do it diligently, you could be back on the horse and charging forward in record time. If none of this helps and you are still bedeviled by a lack of confidence, it may be wise to seek professional career help.

MDL Partners works with you to help you stand out from the crowd and to achieve your career goals, as well as to broaden and deepen your network.  There are plenty of times in your career that you will use MDL Partner’s services – and once you are a client, you are a client throughout your entire career. MDL Partners works with clients on their immediate needs today, with an eye towards the future.