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Monday
Jan212013

Job Searching and Social Media: Facebook Profile Self-Evaluation

We recently came across a great graphic, put together by Socially Stacked, about how to perform a Facebook profile evaluation. The graphic and accompanying post are primarily written for entrepreneurs. However, what is good for entrepreneurs is often just as good for job searchers and career changers.

Today, more and more employers are utilizing Facebook to learn about candidates and to post new jobs, that to ignore your Facebook profile is to ignore a significant portion of your online job search activities.

Wednesday
Nov092011

Simply Hired Supports Job Search for Veterans on NRD.gov

SimplyHired.com®, the world’s largest job search engine, on Monday announced that it will support the job search function of the National Resource Directory’s employment site, NRD.gov, by giving veterans access to more than 500,000 job listings from employers who have human resources policies in place that are favorable to former military personnel. SimplyHired.com will populate the Veterans Job Bank with jobs currently available from its Veteran-Friendly Companies job search filter (www.simplyhired.com/veteran). This tool allows veteran job seekers to view job listings from DirectEmployers Association member companies who take affirmative action to employ veterans in conformance with federal laws and regulations.

In August, President Obama issued a challenge to the private sector to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans or their spouses by the end of 2013. As part of the Joining Forces Initiative, the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden will lead this effort, urging employers to commit to the Veterans Job Bank initiative by pledging to hire or train veterans. SimplyHired.com will populate NRD.gov with the jobs available in its database that have been labeled as veteran-committed; and, as more employers undertake to become part of the Veterans Job Bank, Google will index these new job listings to help increase the available jobs for veterans on NRD.gov.

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2010, the unemployment rate for veterans between 18 and 24 years old was 20.9 percent,” said Gautam Godhwani, co-founder and CEO, SimplyHired.com. “In response to this problem, SimplyHired.com has been committed to helping veterans find a job that they love while taking advantage of their unique skill sets through our Veteran-Friendly Companies job search filter. We are thrilled to join forces with NRD.gov and Google to take this responsibility one step further by helping veterans to access veteran-committed jobs in an intuitive and efficient manner.”

Veterans have an unemployment rate higher than the general population because many U.S. companies, and sometimes veterans themselves, do not know how to translate military experience into civilian job skills. In providing military veterans with access to employers who are committed to hiring veterans, SimplyHired.com is making the transition from service to employment as seamless as possible by bridging the gap between civilian employers and military experience.

Continued Mr. Godhwani: “A commitment by employers concerning veteran hiring is a key component of the Veterans Job Bank initiative. But, by offering an improved and more effective job search experience, SimplyHired.com is accelerating the initiative and helping veterans gain access to these jobs so they can find employment faster.”

The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs. For more information about the Veterans Job Bank initiative, please visit NRD.gov.

About SimplyHired.com
With over eight million job listings, Simply Hired (www.SimplyHired.com) is the world’s largest job search engine -- 25 times the size of the biggest job board. Servicing 15 million monthly users across 24 countries, SimplyHired.com powers jobs on more than 25,000 network partner sites, including LinkedIn, CNNMoney, Washington Post and Bloomberg Businessweek. Reaching passive as well as active candidates, the SimplyHired.com network delivers millions of targeted job applicants and boasts one of the lowest cost-per-hire rates in the industry. The company is based in Mountain View, California and is funded by Foundation Capital and IDG Ventures.



Monday
Nov072011

Military to Civilian Transition: Virtual Commuting

Not long ago, when people talked about virtual commuting they were referring to a tactic used by downsizing companies to trim expenses. They reasoned that if we could find a way for employees to work at home and still be productive, then they could eliminate the overhead costs associated with having them onsite.

Today, virtual commuting is altogether different. Physical location is less important in a digitally connected world. When creating this website, for example, members of our team moved about from the Boston area, NYC, Richmond Virginia, Washington DC, and Toronto Canada...and those are just the places we know about! Many companies today, especially Gen-Y companies operating in the digital sphere, are happy to let their employees work from home, understanding the importance these "millenials" attach to personal freedom and autonomy.

Not all work lends itself to these kinds of arrangements, but you might be surprised what is possible today given the resources technology has placed in our hands.

Here's a very short list of careers that can easily be done virtually:

  • Academic or business research
  • Business or financial analyst
  • Coaching
  • Computer programming (all types)
  • Consulting
  • Customer service and support (e.g. "help desk" technician)
  • Internet marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social media marketing (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Teaching
  • Web design
  • Web content producer (video, audio, etc.)
  • Writing and other forms of content creation

And the list will only get longer.

Thursday
Mar242011

Military to Civilian Transition: Virtual Commuting

Not long ago, when people talked about virtual commuting they were referring to a tactic used by downsizing companies to trim expenses. They reasoned that if we could find a way for employees to work at home and still be productive, then they could eliminate the overhead costs associated with having them onsite.

Today, virtual commuting is altogether different. Physical location is less important in a digitally connected world. When creating this website, for example, members of our team moved about from the Boston area, NYC, Richmond Virginia, Washington DC, and Toronto Canada...and those are just the places we know about! Many companies today, especially Gen-Y companies operating in the digital sphere, are happy to let their employees work from home, understanding the importance these "millenials" attach to personal freedom and autonomy.

Not all work lends itself to these kinds of arrangements, but you might be surprised what is possible today given the resources technology has placed in our hands.

Here's a very short list of careers that can easily be done virtually:

  • Academic or business research
  • Business or financial analyst
  • Coaching
  • Computer programming (all types)
  • Consulting
  • Customer service and support (e.g. "help desk" technician)
  • Internet marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social media marketing (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Teaching
  • Web design
  • Web content producer (video, audio, etc.)
  • Writing and other forms of content creation

And the list will only get longer.

Thursday
Mar172011

Military to Civilian Transition: Work Online

New Options in Digital Space

Anyone who's been paying attention recently will have noticed a new trend in employment: online jobs. It's an exciting development that holds the promise of multiplying your work and career options. At the same time, it's important, if you're interested in moving in this direction, to do so with your eyes open.

A Field Guide to Online Jobs

There are basically three types of work that can be done online. There's freelancing, virtual commuting, and home-based businesses. All three have evolved dramatically over recent years using resources made available on web to reinvent themselves. Let's take a look at each one.

Freelancing

If you have a marketable skill and are between jobs, or even if you're working but have extra time, consider freelancing. Thanks to the web, it really doesn't matter where you live as long as you have a reliable Internet connection. And no matter what your skill, somebody somewhere needs yous help. Here are three very popular services.

  • Elance.com.  The popular online freelance site, elance.com, list well over 500 skills, from Admin Assistant to Zoho Creator, whatever that is!
  • Textbroker,  a popular site for freelance writing services, has thousands of authors under contract with specializations in every field imaginable.
  • Guru.com.  This site specializes in matching clients with experts in a range of fields organized into three categories: Technology, Creative Arts, and Business. Guru.com also makes it easy for clients to find talent by location, both nationally and internationally. This makes it easy for clients in your area to find you, which can be a big help if your particular specialization requires a certain amount of face time.
  • Craigslist.com  In addition to these sites which are dedicated to promoting the services of freelance talent, generic sites such as Craigslist allows individual to post classifieds in the Services section advertising their expertise. The site is also organized by state, region and city, which again is helpful for making connections in your local area.

Finding online jobs with services like these is easy. There is a step-by-step process which guides you setting up your profile and enhancing your personal brand. In addition, there are support resources that provide additional help and answers to frequently asked questions. Elance.com, for example, maintains an "Elance University" with online videos and tutorials.



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