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Monday
Apr182011

Job Searching in Washington, DC Part 2

Resources for Developing Professional Relationships

  • The Washington Network Group (WNG) is an active membership organization for professionals in business, technology, finance, and foreign and government affairs. The group helps members through special networking events, educational forums and roundtables--nationally and internationally--on a wide range of topics including entrepreneurship. WNG is an excellent career counseling and networking resource. Membership is $90 a year.
  • Meetup.com makes it easy for anyone in a Washington job search to find local groups that are already meeting face-to-face. For example, if you do a search on Meetup.com with the terms “networking for Job seekers” by city (Washington, District of Columbia), you’ll get an up-to-date listing of thirteen different networking groups.

    Some of these meetings are organized by executive search groups, some are support groups for career job hunters. A search under the term “veterans” turned up sixteen different groups. You can even take the initiative to start your own Meetup.com group and demonstrate your initiative and leadership ability.



In many ways, a Washington job search is like any other. The same sequence of activities applies: self assessment; job market research; developing your strategy; marketing yourself, you abilities and experience; networking; putting together an effective resume and cover letter; learning how to nail the interview and negotiate your compensation package.

At the same time, remember that you are working within one of the biggest professional networks in the world. Keep focused, stay out there, remain positive, and make the case for the value you bring.



Wednesday
Apr132011

Job Searching in Washington, DC

The rules of networking and social engagement for a Washington job search have changed with social media. Even Uncle Sam is not immune. Leveraging social media and social networking is now part and parcel of the job search process. While social media is not a complete replacement for going out to meet-'n-greet through job fairs and other networking activities, it often does produce results that are unexpected, even serendipitous.

Here are some social media and conventional networking opportunities. Start with LinkedIn, where you'll find several government-related networking groups.

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Thursday
Apr072011

A User's Guide to Indeed.com

Indeed.com is a leader among job search websites. Job seekers of all kinds--including those transitioning from the military--will quickly discover how the site can help them to conduct research, source opportunities and zero in on promising leads in their industry of choice.

Experts always recommend that job seekers do a comprehensive search through a a number of job search engines. Indeed.com, as one of the top online resources, offers job seekers both quality and variety.

The website combines job listings from over 1,500 major job boards, corporate sites, industry sites and newspapers. It is not uncommon to find listings from Monster, Career Builder, Craig’s List, Dice among the listings, saving you many hours of tedious plodding, site by site.

Our Guide to Indeed.com

Our User's Guide is organized into the following categories:

  • Tips:  how best to use the site's many features and assets
  • Traps:  advice on how to avoid wasting time running down blind alleys
  • An overview of the site's strengths and weaknesses
  • Advice about how best to structure your job search, and
  • Suggestions to help you make your resume stand out from the competition.

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Tuesday
Mar222011

When it Comes to Job Searches, Often, Less is More

A mega job finder may just simply be too overwhelming. If you are already in management and earning $100K+, you’re not in the same pool as a fresh graduate. So there's no need to waste time sifting through all the thousands of jobs listed on the monster.com or careerbuilder. You'll want a more focused and targeted search.

TheLadders.com charges $30 a month to provide pre-screened and hand-picked jobs. It winnows through more than 90,000 jobs to find the 5,000 that meet their cut.

Execu|Search is a recruitment firm which screens every submitted resume and keeps some opportunities in their back pocket for select, high-potential candidates.

Tuesday
Mar152011

When is a Jobs Site NOT a Jobs Site?

Answer: when it's an aggregator.

Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com don't offer their own content. Instead they pull listings from all the major job search websites, company websites and newspapers, and display them in a page of search results.

This can be very helpful. In seconds you can get a good idea of your options and what's available.

Just don't expect a site like this to offer any kind of personalized service. It's not what they do.

Is Bigger Better?

Monster.com is arguably the best global platform for job seekers and comes loaded with advice for the job hunter, including:

  • how to put together or pay for a resume that rocks the world
  • job descriptions
  • interviewing tips, and
  • salary information.

You can search jobs using as many as eight different criteria including location, salary, education level, job category, years of experience, and job duration.

Whether you are just starting out or are making a mid-career transition, a massive site like Monster.com is a good place to start.

CareerBuilder.com, which has been around since 1995, is the granddaddy of job search websites. It's powerful job search engine allows you to use up to seven criteria to gain access to its massive database of available jobs. You can post your resume, sign up for alerts to jobs that match your keywords, and get a heads up about upcoming career fairs.

RealMatch.com has been described by Business Week as “scary competition to Monster.” Its distinguishing feature is the way it lets you conduct your job search using a range of personal preferences.



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