Social Media Job Hunting

Written by Nick Curtin

You are on the hunt for a job. You have reached out to recruiters, searched through the job boards, and scoured website’s career sections, but have you tried social media job hunting? Each passing day social media platform’s influence not only grows within our personal lives, but the business sector as well. The professional world looks toward social media to increase brand recognition, drive inbound traffic, improve customer insight, increase conversion rates, and most importantly humanizing their company. As such, more and more companies are leveraging their established positions in the social world to post their job openings. So ask yourself, have tried job hunting with any of the platforms below?

LinkedInLinkedin

Numero uno on the list for job hunting through social media – it is a professional networking site after all. LinkedIn doubles as a stage to promote your business acumen and a search engine for job advertisements. Be certain that on your profile that you have listed all of your experience, skills, education, and philanthropic activity. Food for Thought: Search other professional’s profile for a position you want to be in the immediate or near future and then look at their career path. Does it mirror yours? Maybe you have to alter your path.

 

Twitter

Twitter

Tweets, retweets, hashtags, hashtags, and hashtags…over the past few years twitter has been refining and improving their search, such that it has now become a very reliable and easy to use tool. Your job search can start by typing in desirable keywords into the search engine or exploring companies twitter pages. Hint: Many companies favorite their important tweets so their followers can track and advertise their openings without having to constantly repost it. Also, it cannot hurt to tweet out that you are in fact search for the job. Additionally, write a concise and informative description for your profile listing desirable job keywords.

 

 

FacebookFacebook

Facebook is often viewed in a much more personal light; however, having said that, companies have several sections on their ‘Pages,’ many of which include a career section or under their notes they list open positions. Also, while you are on the prospective company page write a complementary post on their wall that includes your desire to one day join their team. Very similar to the other platforms, you can always crowdsource opinions by posting on your wall about your job search.

 

Pinterest

Pinterest

It is the Pinner’s of Pinterest for the pin, I mean win, well fourth place really, but nevertheless has become another avenue for exploring job openings. Companies are creating Career Section Boards where fellow pinners cannot only find out about job openings, but share with their pools as well. There are also aggregate boards that attempt to capture all the job openings and sort them accordingly.

 

 

Instagram

Instagram

Unconventional, yet creative, users can utilize the Instagram search engine for pictures pertaining to open job orders. You may also try taking a picture of your resume/creative picture and post it @companies you would like to work for in the future.

 

 

 

Snapchatsnapchat

Really, really unconventional. Some major corporations have snap chat accounts. Send them your 10 second elevator pitch about why you should work for them and post to the general public so we can all enjoy your brave approach.

 

 

Go forth! Invade all social media platforms with your job hunting strategy – after all you now have the knowhow – turn it into positive action!

 

Good luck on your social media job hunting!

 

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The Job Hunting 2015 Revision

Written by Nick Curtin

Job hunting 2015 style is a little different than it was 10 years ago. You may have posted your resume online and as the weeks go by your left wondering, “Why don’t I have awesome job offers sitting in my inbox already?” Posting your resume online is no longer enough to get the job you want, only to get the job that pays the bills. In order to avoid merely shouting into the void and to have the job market universe recognize your existence you have to build your brand. Yes, that is right, you are now a brand and you should be marketing yourself accordingly.

 

Platform Consistency

Your presence online occupies more than just the website that has your resume. Think about Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and LinkedIn. While you are job searching you want to use the same profile picture for all of these accounts. Also, it is important that all of the ‘About Me’ and information you are sharing in aligned with all your other platforms. Brand consistency builds brand credibility and allows you to share yourself on another level with an employer.

Professionalism

If a company reaches out to you and you are not interested, let them know. Do not just leave them out in the wind and while you are emailing your appreciation, but lack of interest, invite to connect with them on LinkedIn. Make your professional world a smaller one. In life it is good to have options and the more bridges in your network the better the options.

Resume

Make sure your resume looks great. Do not pay an exuberant amount of money to have someone do it for you, there are plenty of workshops and tools online that can help you create your resume. Another tactic can be to Google “Award Winning Resumes” and copy formats that resonate with you. Your resume will never get you hired, a company hires a person not a paper; however, a resume introduces the features of your brand, it gets your foot in the door, so make it a strong foot.

Keywording

When a recruiter or hiring manager finds your resume or LinkedIn, they got there by keywording. Typing words in the search engine that they feel are important for their potential candidate to have on the profile/resume – these words range from soft skills, specific software, standards, industries, etc. The point being, whatever field of expertise, research the keywords that are often used within it and incorporate that into your resume and social media platforms (platform consistency). The brands with the right words often find the ears and eyes to take them in.

Launching a Website

What better way to aggregate all the information about yourself than a website dedicated to your brand. There are many sites that can help you build them for free. Having a website increases your “searchablilty” via the major search engines, thereby increasing your chances of being found by a prospecting company.

 

Digging

Job boards are becoming increasingly expensive, so many companies have taken to their own websites adding career sections and placing job openings there. You know your brand, therefore you should know what companies can best utilize your brand. So you are going to have to start digging for future company. Google “best companies to work for,” or “strongest performing companies.” You may also utilize sites like Glass Door that act as a Yelp for reviewing a company (although take ratings with a grain of salt, as they are entirely subjective). Also, reach out to your LinkedIn network or look at successful people’s career paths on LinkedIn and implement that into your plans.

Embrace YOU!

Whether that means your hobbies, passions, philanthropic pursuits – make sure that is evident on all of your platforms (I would not advise placing those items on your resume, but that’s just my opinion). You are more than just a worker bee and most companies do not want to just hire a worker bee. They want a real person, so show them what you are all about! A brand with personality is much easier to identify and connect with as a manager/recruiter.

 

The job hunting industry has gone through several revolutions into evolutions over the past 15 years. Hopefully, following these key aspects into building your personal brand will help get you that job! Be sure to check out our openings, along with our Facebook and Twitter.

 Disclaimer: The views expressed on this website/blog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer.

Does your Life Story need a Re-Write?

Written by Nick Curtin

Human beings are wired to look at their lives in a narrative format. As a species we even create the structure of a story within our lives by episodic memory recall – looking at events in our past, present, and future with a beginning, middle, and an end. Stories not only provide structure, they add meaning and purpose in our life. Your life, your story, has been working up until this point and whatever you have produced is a direct result of the kind of person you have become, as a result of the choices and consciousness within your story. So you have to ask yourself, are you happy with what your life story has produced?

Many of us live in quiet desperation. We deny our dreams and aspirations out of fear – fear of the unknown, fear of change, and fear of failure. To break out of that fear, you have to break of out yourself. People do not pursue their dreams because on a subconscious level they do not believe they can achieve them, or that they do not deserve them. Paulo Coelo wrote, “…at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” The only thing controlling your fate is you, no one can take care of your personal details better than you. However, no matter how big your dream, no matter how big your goal – your journey of realizing your dream begins with realizing yourself as seen in the following passage.

There once was a young man that tried to change the world. This proved too difficult, so he tried to change his nation. When he could not change his nation, he focused on changing his town. Since he could not change the town and now older, he tried to change his family. Now a senior, he realizes the only thing he can change is himself. He recognized that if long ago he had changed himself, he would have impacted his family and impacted his town. Their impact could have changed the nation and he could, indeed, have changed the world.

Leo Tolstoy wrote on this very topic that, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Start encouraging and developing yourself: read books, take classes, find a mentor, and begin to invest in yourself. This is the tuition, you have to pay for what you do not know in order to accomplish your goals. Making the decision to pursue your dreams is only the beginning. When you make that decision, you are actually jumping into a swiftly meandering stream of consciousness that will transport you to places never before imagined because as you change within, your perspective changes, and so the world with it.

So, how will the next chapter of your life read?

 

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Success Story: Time Well Spent

Time. The only commodity that really matters – we are each allotted an amount with no way of increasing it; however, time well spent should not be confused with time lost or time wasted. It is imperative that when we use our time that it is spent achieving something worthwhile. No one is responsible for the use of our time other than us and our goals should reflect that. Specifically, in relation to your career goals – working 40 hours a week, every week, for forty years equates to 83,200 hours or 9.5 years – how do you plan on spending that time? Archna Gautam was pondering the very same thoughts when she approached Apollo.

Prior to working with Apollo, what were you looking for in a career?

Prior to working with Apollo, I was looking for opportunities to grow into more significant positions with greater responsibility and ultimately to increase value to the organization. Also, the chance to work with interesting, highly motivated and responsible people. It’s worth trading your time in life to achieve something worthwhile.

How did you find out about Apollo?

I was referred to Apollo by my close friend and colleague. I am so glad that I listened to my friend to trust the experienced team at Apollo.

How did your experience with Apollo compare to what you expected or experienced with other staffing firms?

My overall experience with Apollo is outstanding and very fulfilling. They are professional and supportive mentors that would strategically guide in best direction. I would be very happy and honored to refer to my friends.

What excites you most about your current job?

I am really happy at my current position in my new company. After a long time I am able to find a place where greatest minds meet the most humble people.

Is there anyone specifically at Apollo that you would like to thank?

I would really like to say thank you Julien and Linda at Apollo for making a smooth journey of finding the perfect job that fits my skill sets and personality.

What else would you like us to know?

I would also like to mention the plenty of time that Julien at Apollo took to listen to me and consistently updated me on a job interview progress. He reaches out to me if any issues arise, and follows up promptly when I have questions. Again, I want to thank Apollo for all the help, guidance and support.

Archna Gautam took control over her career to ensure that it would be time well spent and we are so grateful to be a part of that journey with her. Archna is just one of the many lives we have touched over this past year and helped contribute a verse to their success story. Are you looking to take charge of your success story? If so, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

 

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How to Negotiate Salary

Written by Nick Curtin
How to negotiate salary is a process that everyone should learn and know how to do properly because we will be negotiating for it our entire professional lives. We will go through the 5 key aspects of negotiation: knowing your value, knowing the market, research, impression, and dealing with offers/counter offers.

Know Your Value

Everyone wants to be a millionaire, but to go into a negotiation with that mentality is irresponsible and unrealistic. Before you enter into any discussion about salary, know how much your services are worth to that client/company. Knowing your value will provide a foundation where you are able to ask for more and keep you from settling for a lesser offer.

Know the Market 

Part of knowing your value to a company, is understanding what the market is willing to pay for those specific talents. Search the  job boards and salary sites, reach out to people in  your network to gauge their opinion, and read financial news to acquire how strong is the overall market.

Research the Company

The internet is filled with information, so leverage it.  Research the company/client through Glassdoor – a site that provides reviews on a business from past/present employees on company culture, salary, and overall direction. Expound from there, utilize a search engine to scourer all the media articles – what have they been up to, have they won awards, have they treated their employees/customers properly, what are their future exploits, etc. Sift through the employees via LinkedIn – go over their career paths, responsibilities, and time duration.

Impression 

When you are in that room. I am not talking about this room, I am talking about THAT room. The door is shut with your potential supervisor positioned across from you, staring into your eyes and firing a litany of “Forbes Best Interview Questions” in your direction. Yet, even with their questions and their beady eyes starting into yours – you are as chill as a cucumber. You have a grammatically-correct and beautifully designed resume, you are in your best attire, you played your pump-up jam on your drive (cue Katy Perry), you already read “Forbes Best Interview Questions,” and most importantly you read Apollo’s “How to Negotiate Salary.” Two more tips for a great impression: 1. Always hold that firm hand shake. 2. When looking at your interviewer – always look them in the eyes and when you do so,  switch the focus of your sight from one eye to another. This shows that your more attentive and interested in what the other party is saying. (It’s science, Google it)

The Offer and the Counter 

Always ask them and make them give you the offer. i.e. “What are you willing to offer me for my future services to your company?” If they attempt to side-step and ask you what you are looking for, then clearly there is room to operate within the salary. To pivot it back to them you could say,”I appreciate your interest in my opinion on your salary structure, but it’s now about what I want, it’s about what your company can offer a man/woman of my talent.”  So comes the offer and now the ever pleasant-counter offer. If it is below your value then the counter is the obvious next step; however, if they have met or exceeded your estimated value you may feel awkward or uneasy about countering. Always counter. The worst that happens is the amount offered is all the company budgeted and you decide to take it. The best that happens is you make more money and you show your interviewer that you know your worth and you are willing to back it up.

For more information about resumes and interview tips check out our articles below: 

Is your Resume Destroying Your Job Search? 

Interview Tips: The Do’s and Dont’s

 

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The Unwritten Rules: Entry Level Positions and Your Professional Self

Written by Lilly Segura

So you are fresh out of college and you have just landed your entry level position. Congrats! A whole new world lies right before you, as well as a whole new set of unwritten rules. Below I have provided 5 rules to aid your first expedition into the professional world.  Some of the rules may prompt you to crown me Captain Obvious, others may even seem silly, but nonetheless these are key factors that people have been prone to forget.  

1. Learn to assess your environment

Sometimes being a rookie can stink – the maverick associates may crack a joke or the previous newbie may give you the stink eye. Do not take these things to heart. Getting to know everyone can take time and its important to be patient as you adjust to the new work environment. Part of learning your new surroundings is assessing what is appropriate and what is not appropriate. So be sure to keep this in mind as adapting to your new company is just as important as your initial tasks and training!

2. Some words are better left unsaid

On Monday morning you may want to share your weekend and retell the events that transpired while you were standing in line at the Funky Soul Club and that is okay! A personable approach and building camaraderie within the work setting are always great. However, there are moments when these tales can be a wee bit inappropriate. Sometimes, people have the propensity to say or share a little more than they should in the work place. It is also important to keep in mind that in cases where your sentences starts with, “I don’t want to be a jerk but,” or, “I don’t mean to sound blankety blank but…” you may not want to finish that sentence. Remember that no matter where you are – be it at a business conference in Miami, on a lunch meeting with a client, or chatting with a coworker in the bathroom – you are an extension of your employer and should do your best to represent your company’s name to the best of your abilities with courtesy and poise.

3. Follow proper protocol

Familiarize yourself with the employer’s policies and procedures. One of the easiest ways to make a newbie mistake is being ignorant of these rules! To contractors – when you are working with a staffing company, it is not only important to know your place of work’s rules, but the staffing company’s policies as well. When in doubt about a particular situation, it is always helpful to keep both your supervisor and your staffing company in the loop; as the immediate supervisor or manager may not be familiar with contractor protocols. The safest bet for everyone is to learn all rules about operating as a professional within the new company.

4. Hygiene & dress code

I know what you are thinking – you do not need me to tell you to shower or that certain shirts (low, low cut) are inappropriate, but oh yes, I do! I have heard a few stories in my day that would (hopefully!) be shocking to professionals of every industry. Keeping your body clean and dressing appropriately are self-evident truths that we all can and should agree upon. This is so basic and imperative, it is akin to forgetting to bring your resume on a first interview, but worse since odors can be much more offensive. Big no no!

5. Have fun!

Get involved! Whether that is a company’s Fantasy Football League, walk-a-thon, or volunteering – just do it! It may sound a little dorky, but you never know what you might miss by standing on the sideline.  Your job does not have to be all work. Get in there and have fun!

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The Unwritten Rules: The Thank you Letter

How and Why to Write a Thank You Letter

By Lilly Segura

Congratulations! If you are writing a thank you letter, or are thinking about writing one you have recently gone on an interview. Thank you letters are a great way to follow up post-interview and show the Hiring Manager that you are still interested in the position after meeting. If you stick to these five general rules your thank you letter will surely make you stand out among the competition:

Appreciation towards the Hiring Manager

Be sure to thank the hiring manager for their time. This is the main purpose of a thank you letter and a thoughtful gesture on your part. Be sure to both open and close the letter with a thank you.

Maintain Professional Vernacular

Your language should always be professional. When writing your letter be sure to leave out any slang or relaxed language. I recently received a thank you letter that read, “Thank you for taking the time out of your crazy busy schedule…”         

Although the language is not inappropriate the word crazy is used as a slang term. Try to avoid words like ‘cool’, ‘awesome’, or (my personal favorite) ‘tight’. In this case the words: highly, very, or extremely would have worked beautifully.

Exhibit your Passion for the Job

Show your enthusiasm for the position. Be sure to reiterate—because I am sure you have already mentioned at your face to face interview—that you are excited about the possibility of working at the company. Write something along the lines of, “I saw many great things when looking around and I think I would be a great asset to the group!”

Punctual Delivery

Do not wait too long to send the letter. Generally you should send the thank you letter between 1-2 days post interview when you are still fresh in the Hiring Manager’s mind. Hopefully you dressed professionally too!

Grammar

Finally, please, please, please be sure to check your grammar and spelling. Do not rely on autocorrect. You can even have a fresh pair of eyes look for your mistakes by asking a friend or colleague to proof read it.

 

Now go make a great impression and get that job! Happy writing!

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Health Tips – 2. Consumable Substitution within the Office

By Nick Curtin

Apollo’s first health tip article focused on physiological awareness – putting your body in the correct positions to avoid possible associated health risks with poor work posture. This week we are focusing on substituting consumables with healthier options.

We all like to snack. There are usually a few co-workers that have a few delectable morsels on their desk; however, if you are snacking throughout the day you risk adding a few hundred calories to your daily diet. As the days compound so do those calories into unwanted pounds. Having said that, I am still a pro-snacker. All I am saying is snack wiser. Substitute the hard candy and chocolate for fruits, nuts, veggies with light dip, and a personal favorite/nearly guilt free – Air popped organic popcorn. Although, if you are not able to control yourself with those substitutions, then perhaps its best to take the snacks out of the office – “out of site, out of mind.”

Many people drink soda throughout the day whether for the taste, caffeine, or both. However most sodas contain at least 12 grams of sugar and even artificial sweeteners in diet soda can be haphazard to your health. Therefore, try to instead to drink a good amount of water – eight to 10 glasses every day — can help keep you hydrated and be more alert. Many foods are also good sources of water; fruits like oranges, grapefruit, grapes, watermelon, and apples can help keep you healthy and hydrated. Other options to maintain alertness during the lolls of the day are stretching, green tea, ginseng, vitamin B pills, or even black tea/coffee.

So if you are going to snack, feeling a little tired, or are just thirsty keep the substituted consumables I have mentioned in this article in mind. We hope you have enjoyed the easy health tips from Apollo, where you are not just a number, but a person. If you need to get in contact with us, click here!

 

 

 

Become Your Own Super Hero

Become Your Own Super Hero

Written By Nick Curtin

Too often we are waiting to be rescued. Whether that’s being rescued from a negative person, a situation, a job, or a way of life. This presetting can stem from a sense of entitlement, a fear of change, an apathetic mindset, or any other misconstrued reasons built into our brains. This mindset creates a world of consistency where the occupants never rock the boat, no matter how far off course. Where the singular benefit is being able to anticipate all the negative and positive things as they drift along in a world of consistency. Nevertheless, that is a dangerous world because you are not satisfying your inner desires. This “waiting for help” will not only take a toll your physical health, but your mental health as well.

We all have a responsibility to manifest our personal greatness. You have to be your own super hero. The only person that is responsible for your health, happiness, and success is you. I am not equating a successful life to being rich. For some people that may be the case, but I prefer to think of it as a level of satisfaction acquired through purposeful living. What is required for purposeful living as your own super hero? It implores you to maintain an open mind, embrace the unknown – being lost is not as scary as it seems, cutting away the negative cancer in your life, implementing short and long-range goals, a positive attitude, and either searching or living out your passions.

Every super hero holds one commonality; they have a super powers.  Human beings are incredible creatures of nature, but are there super powers within each and every one of us? I am telling you right now it is not about your level of intelligence or the talent you possess, all humans have the capability of utilizing the super power of perseverance.  It is a mindset that you are going to go for what is yours in this world. To become your own super hero you have to make a declaration of what you stand for, you know what you want and you are going to go all out to have it, take leaps of faith, and to make the daily commitment to develop yourself in an image you deem necessary.

Being your own super hero is not going to be easy. You will be going against the tide and life may try and push back with adversity – there will be challenges, critics, and even low periods in your life. These are the most important moments of your life; do not run from them, embrace them. This is where the personal growth takes place and the hard work begins. Anybody can be a super hero when they feel good, when they have their health, happy relationships, anybody can be a super hero in a positive state. The real challenge of growth mentally, emotionally, and physically is when we rise up to adversity. As a moment can be defined as either an exact point in time or signifying importance, then I say declare these chapters in your life as your momentous moment. Wherein you beat back the challenges with your superpowers of perseverance and determination, as both are omnipotent in the face of adversity.

More importantly, when you begin to commit to positive daily action as your own super hero, you become a beacon for others and allow for the transference of empowerment. Helping others by helping yourself. A funny notion…yes, but look at the classic character traits of a leader – vision, commitment, and integrity. The authentic personality generated by self-confidence of being your own super hero displays integrity, the decisive and goal-oriented thought pattern exemplifies vision, and the super power of perseverance embodies commitment. People are naturally drawn to individuals that exhibit these qualities and are willing to support you and your goals along the way.

Now swell with this knowledge gained, emit energy and passion in all directions, be like the Sun gazing from the center of the universe, reach out to the stars, where our true self exists, your cosmic purpose discovered and destiny remolded in your hands. So harness your will, in spite of all opposing forces, know that you are in control and nothing will let get you down.

Proper Job Searching: Be Proactive

Are you putting yourself in the best position to acquire your dream job?

By Nick Curtin

The development of these massive job boards may have made the process of finding a job easier, but it also can lead to an apathetic and lazy approach to securing employment. I have spoken with a multitude of people that post their resume online and wait for a company to reach out to them or only look on that job board. This is a mistake. Below I will go into how to be pro-active and inventive in searching for your next step in your success story:

 

Reach Out to a Staffing Firm: Shameless promotion, I know, but seriously think abut it. Staffing firms, like Apollo, are immersed in the job market. Read more about the benefits here.

Company Website – Career Section: There may be hundreds of thousands of jobs within a job board, but there are plenty more outside of them. As companies become more integrated on the web, fully leveraging their website and looking to cut cost, they will be less inclined to pay to have their positions posted elsewhere.

LinkedIn & Networking: Leverage your current network – go to friends and business contacts in the industry of interest and inquire about companies in this field, who may be hiring, or even who they can show your resume to. Piggybacking off networking, you should have a completed LinkedIn profile preferably with recommendations. Utilize the introduction tool LinkedIn offers to meet influencers in your field of choice – make them aware of your aspirations and ask for advice. The worst that happens is you do not get a response, the best that happens they like your background enough to follow up with an interview, and most likely you will just end up with some parting advice and well wishes.

Brand Your Image: Every social media platform that someone occupies helps paint a picture of who they really are as a person. It is your responsibility that all the platform are sending out a consistent message – the contents of which are up to you, but just make sure that the viewer will have no misconceptions to you, to your brand. To enhance your brand, I would recommend creating a personal webpage/landing page. There are several sites that offer this and the tools to develop it are very intuitive. It is on these personal pages that you are able to direct your audience to the platforms you are active on and provide your audience with a foundation of your branded image.

Research: Visit Business Journal, Glass Door, Forbes, etc. Research the best companies to work for, fastest growing companies, most innovative companies, companies with the best cafeteria, whatever you fancy. Just begin to populate a list of companies that have substance and are recognized for the areas you value most. Competition for the positions within these companies may be tougher, but at least you will begin to build on the type of you company you want to work for and look for emulating companies.

 

These are just a few more ways to be pro-active in your job search. Thank you for stopping by, and if you have not had a chance to speak with a recruiter, give us a shout. We would love for a chance to talk about contributing to your future success story. Until next week!