Archive for January, 2009

Using RSS Feeds

Posted by | January 21, 2009 | How to ...

By now, every internet savvy job-seeker has heard about Blogs. These are typically websites that take the  form of  an online journal. But what you may not know about blogs and job boards is that there’s a great way to stay current with your favorites: you can subscribe to them!

Most boards & blogs have what’s called an RSS feed (Really Simple Syndication) which makes it easy to stay current. In fact, these feeds have become so popular, that even large organizations like the NY Times has their own feeds.

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Guest Blog By Jason D. Tremblay

It’s no secret that the job market is brutal right now; at the start of 2009, the economy is the worst that it’s been in decades, and there don’t seem to be enough jobs to go around. Given the state of things, standing out from the sea of job applicants is more important than ever. Here are a few things to consider when you’re searching for a new job, especially if you’re a recent graduate or are changing fields.

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Think you have it tough? you should watch this and think again. The first time I saw this I was amazed, this man is successful and has overcome insurmountable odds, to achieve success in life. Every single person should see this. Thank you Nick, you have inspired several people in Tampa.

I thank Scobelizer for tweeting about this video.  Nick’s simple words ring so true.

Get back up. Bigger and better things are waiting for you.

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twitter-1Social Media is drawing masses of attention. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and 800 other social web 2.0/3.0 applications are all competing for market share. You might be asking yourself  “how can I make use of these tools?” “How can they help me find a job?” That is a great question. One that deserves a great answer. Alison Boyle over at jobsearch.about.com addresses how to use twitter in your job search efforts. I wanted to expand on that post somewhat.

Twitter is a fast and simple way to digest a lot of information. Not only can you keep in touch with your contacts, it can help you get career advice, and quite possibly help in your job search.  Statistics show that job search networking is much more effective when you make ‘loose’ connections – touching base with people beyond your immediate circle . Whose networks and contacts are considerably different from your own. With over 4 million users, Twitter offers a fantastic opportunity to create  flexible extended networks.

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One of the most prevalent questions among job seekers is “How do I write a cover letter?”  Most wonder what content to include, what format to follow and how long a cover letter should be. Here I will address these often asked questions to help job seekers perfect their cover letters.

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