• 6 LinkedIn Mistakes to Avoid

    Job recruiting via social networks has never been hotter, and that means jobseekers must pay close attention to their presence on sites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Are you making one of these LinkedIn mistakes?

  • Networking as an Act of Service

    How am I such a willing networker? I see the process differently than most people. Rather than entering an event trying to figure out how to get the most I can out of the people in the room, I take the opposite approach. I try to see how much I can give. I consider attending networking events my volunteer or “community service” time each month. Why? Here are my five reasons:

  • Three Percent of College Grads Bring Parents to Job Interviews

    All parents want their kids to succeed, but some are really willing to go the extra, slightly creepy mile to make that happen. For example, the recent Adecco Graduation Survey reveals the three percent of recent college grads had mom or dad come with them to job interviews. One percent of grads said their parents then wrote their thank you notes for them afterwards.

  • The 12 Craziest Resumes We've Ever Seen (Actually Work)

    One resume looks like a Facebook profile, complete with a picture and likes and dislikes. Another is a mock-up of a horror movie poster, featuring a blurb in "scary" font proclaiming the applicants various terrifyingly creative attributes. A third CV, sent to Google, resembles a Google search results page.

    All are -- how should we put this -- slightly bananas looking. Oh, and also, they totally got their creators an interview. No mean feat in an era of double-digit unemployment and hundreds of applicants for every job opening. Business Insider originally assembled this list of quirky resumes.

  • Bennett Olson Beats Postgrad Job Crunch With a Promotional Billboard

    To get a company's attention, jobseekers must sometimes resort to unconventional means. Take 22-year-old Bennett Olson, for example, who paid for an 8-second time slot on a downtown Minneapolis electronic billboard emblazoned with his website, his face and the words "Hire Me!" The ad rotated among several others for 24 hours.

  • How Employee Referrals Facilitate Job Recruiting [infographic]

    Many candidates land jobs by applying on career sites or job boards, but this Jobvite infographic outlines how employee referrals facilitate job recruiting; increasingly, they're helping companies fill open positions. While employee referrals made up just 7 percent of applications in Jobvite's research, that candidate pool resulted in a whopping 40 percent of hires.

  • 3 Ways Jobseekers Can Gauge Company Culture

    In a recent column for Harvard Business Review, columnist Bill Barnett argues that jobseekers should suss out company culture before they accept a position with a company. Doing so ensures that the job you take enriches your career and catalyzes your professional development; in addition, it lessens the chances that you burn out or quit out of disappointment or disillusionment.

    Barnett cites three questions all jobseekers should consider when researching an organization and going through the interview process:

  • BrandYourself Reveals Who Searches for Your Name

    Have you ever wondered what companies are searching for your name? BrandYourself, an online reputation management tool, launched a new feature yesterday that can tell you just that.

  • Are Employers Reluctant to Hire Veterans?

    Despite their skills and can-do attitudes, former military personnel are still a tough sell with employers, some experts say. And the younger vets are, the more likely they are to be unemployed.

  • Can Your Klout Score Hurt Your Job Prospects?

    Klout, a startup that assigns its users scores based on their social media influence, is increasingly gaining favor with recruiters as a tool to narrow down applicants. Unfortunately, this shift means that many well-qualified candidates are being passed over because they haven't paid attention to building a following on Twitter or Facebook.

  • Path.to Personalizes Job Search Results According to Compatibility

    Path.to is the latest startup that's promising to reinvent the job search through personalization. (For more, see ApplyApp.ly, Tidepool and Company Muse.) Users first link their Path.to profile to social media and professional communities like Twitter, Facebook, Github, Behance and Dribbble; Path.to then analyzes your activity on these accounts to recommend jobs that mesh best with your expertise and interests.

  • ApplyApp.ly Job-Search Tool Pairs Your Personality Type With Available Positions

    ApplyApp.ly is a new job-search tool that aims to display only positions that are best suited for your qualifications and personality type. The tool uses Myers-Briggs Type Indicator results and a semantic analysis of your LinkedIn profile to help filter out results that are unsuitable for your work style and experience. This, the team behind ApplyApp.ly claims, will yield far more useful results than traditional keyword-based searches.

  • 5 Things Employers Look at While Screening Your Facebook Profile

    Like it or not, many employers screen your Facebook profile during the interview process. A recent CareerBuilder survey of 2,300 hiring managers found that 37 percent check up on candidates' social media profiles and use that information to help inform their final decisions. While this figure is down from previous years -- in 2010, it was 50 percent -- there's never been a better time than now for jobseekers to conduct a profile audit. Here are five points to consider while doing so.

  • Detroit Companies to Laid-Off Yahoo Employees: Come Work for Us

    Yahoo recently laid off 2,000 employees. Will some of those workers soon be living and working in Detroit?

  • Woman Interviews 10 Times for the Same Job

    Think your employer was a pain during the interview process? How would you feel if you had to interview ten times ... and then didn't get the job?

  • The Stats on Social Media Recruiting [infographic]

    Companies are increasingly embracing social media recruiting, and this infographic from OnlineDegrees.com shows how jobseekers can leverage this phenomenon to land their next gig. Employers are projected to recruit for some 80 percent of job openings via social media in 2012, and a whopping 98 percent of recruiters report that they turn to LinkedIn to find and contact top candidates.

  • Maryland Bans Employer Access to Jobseekers' Private Facebook Profiles

    Maryland legislators have approved a bill that prohibits employers from accessing jobseekers' private Facebook profiles. The controversial practice, which has raised serious privacy concerns in the social media community, entailed human resources employees either asking job applicants for their Facebook and Twitter passwords outright or asking them to log into their accounts as a company representative "shoulder-surfed" the portions of the candidate's profile that were hidden from the public.

  • Company Muse Gives Jobseekers an Insider View of Office Culture

    We all know how the perception of office culture as a job applicant can differ from the reality once hired, and Company Muse is a new job-searching tool from the Daily Muse that hopes to give jobseekers a more accurate perspective of what it's like to work at a chosen company before they initiate the application process. In-depth profiles share photos of employees' workspaces, video interviews with current employees, tidbits and anecdotes on office life, recent company tweets and, of course, open job positions.

  • Rejected Jobseekers Stymie Company Sales

    Businesses have more reason than ever to pay closer attention to their recruiting process: new research reveals that some rejected jobseekers are so disillusioned with their experience as an applicant that they no longer do business with that firm. The Talent Board's 2011 Candidate Experience Survey (download it here) polled some 12,000 participants and discovered that over half had negative job-application experiences. What's more, 8 percent harbored so much resentment and anger that they stopped being customers of that company altogether.

  • 5 Tips for Job-Hunting When You're Employed

    The career search isn't just for the unemployed, and in a recent column, Paradigm Staffing founding partner Lindsay Olson offered five tips for job-hunting when you're employed. While you'll probably want to do the majority of your research from the privacy of your home or another out-of-office location, these strategies will hopefully help you land your next position.