For many, the video job interview is an intimidating proposition — and for good reason. You're familiar with chatting with friends or a significant other online, and bringing your professional game to the office, but when you're ask to blend the two, it can be disorienting. Many people opt to dress as if they're going to the office (at least from the waist up), and others wear makeup as if they're on camera to be sure their souped-up appearance translates through to the viewer. The prepping applies to your space, too — turn off any devices that might beep (and warn family members or roommates who might wander in). Finally, make eye contact the best way you can on a video call by looking right into the camera. Check out the below infographic made by SparkHire to get more tips for your vid
Sudy Bharadwaj is a co-founder and the CEO of Jackalope Jobs, a web-based platform that combines search, social networking, and the overall user’s experience to provide relevant job openings. Learn how Sudy and Jackalope Jobs obsess over job seekers by connecting with them on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Call it self-marketing, personal branding, professional development, or any other buzzword you'd like. In any case, both finding a job and climbing the career ladder are all about investing in the business of you. As a professional, you are a brand unto yourself. The target market for the unique value you provide are employers who are constantly bombarded with messages from your competitors (read: other industry professionals) and also always on the lookout for innovation. Develop a
Chelsea P. Gladden is the Director of Marketing & PR for FlexJobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that also offer work flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or alternative schedules. To learn more about Chelsea, visit FlexJobs.com or tweet her @FlexJobsChelsea. With the upcoming election, we are hearing more and more about the need to increase jobs. If you are among the 12.1 million Americans who are out of work, continuous networking is key. Because forking out dollar after dollar to attend conferences and events weekly isn’t feasible for someone who needs to be earning money, the obvious option is social networking. LinkedIn is a great option for connecting with friends, former colleagues and their connections wh
The Muse has been giving career advice to aspiring professionals since 2011 — and now they're broadening their services by offering online classes through Muse University. With class titles like Kick Start Your Job Search, Management 101, Land That Promotion and Hack Your Work Life, Muse University aims to give you the tools to make the most out of your current job, or help you find one quickly. The classes are completely free, and when you sign up you'll receive short, easily-digestible lessons in your email. Management 101 is one month long, but the others are only one or two weeks. Each email comes with some career tips, as well as some homework that will help you put the lessons into action. In an interview with Mashable, Kathryn Minshew, founder and CEO of The Muse, told us about t
Sara Sutton Fell is the Founder & CEO of FlexJobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that also offer work flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or alternative schedules. Sure, computer programming jobs are often associated with the ability to work from home, but a neurosurgeon? Surprisingly, there recently was an open position for a home-based doctor who would telecommute and travel to various locations to perform brain surgery. In fact, medical jobs dominate flexible job listings, and a neurosurgeon is only one of the many surprising employment opportunities across the board in 50+ career fields that are hiring for virtual positions. Companies such as AT&T, Sun Microsystems, Cisco and even the IRS are just a few of t...
It’s the crux of modern-day job seekers: They're often told that to stand out from other candidates, they need to contact members of an organization directly. But what if employee contact information is hidden? Sometimes it’s like a black hole — you could end up searching for what seems like forever to no avail. At times like these, you have to think of yourself as a detective of sorts. You have to be creative. You have to think outside the box. You have to be stealthy. Finding the contact information of a hiring manager or employer is like a game, and you need to use the right methods to come out on top. So, what are some best-kept secrets to gaining this information so you can streamline the communication and application process? Check out these suggestions. 1. Stalk Them OK, so literal
Chelsea P. Gladden is the Director of Marketing & PR for FlexJobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that also offer work flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or alternative schedules. It’s no secret that jobs that allow you to work from home are on the rise, but as their popularity grows, so do inventive ways to dupe job seekers. Get-rich-quick offers and promises of lots of money for very little work should immediately put your guard up. If you haven’t already, familiarize yourself with what a standard job posting looks like. Legitimate jobs are looking for specific skill sets and job requirements, and do not over-promise. Too many “$$$$” or “!!!!!” should forewarn you it’s not likely a trustworthy opportunity. As you
Amit De is the CEO and co-founder of Careerleaf, a platform that helps job seekers showcase their skills and talents, search for jobs, and track and organize communications all from one place. Connect with Amit and CareerLeaf on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Can Facebook help or hurt your job search? Most employers are looking you up online — and most job seekers are aware of this. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 37% of employers are looking up candidates' Facebook profiles, and while they may not intend to look at your profiles for reasons not to hire you, they could find them. Most look to see if the candidate is a good fit for the company, whether or not they conduct themselves professionally, and how well rounded they truly are. However, 12% say they look up candidates' Faceb
Sudy Bharadwaj is a co-founder and the CEO of Jackalope Jobs, a web-based platform that combines search, social networking, and the overall user’s experience to provide relevant job openings. Learn how Sudy and Jackalope Jobs obsess over job seekers by connecting with them on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Most would agree that having a job is better than not having a job in today’s economy. But therein lies the problem — you do the job because you have to, not because you want to. Job seekers not only face a selective job market with high unemployment, but with high underemployment. Underemployment, despite its advantages over unemployment, is an issue not to be overlooked. It includes people working part-time who would like full-time employment, and people working at lower-level jobs t
So you’re a military veteran who just returned from years of active duty. Though you had a fulfilling experience, you’re ready to get back into the job market and work for an organization that can help you achieve other career goals. Well, after months of searching, you still can’t find a job, which puts you in a group with other unemployed veterans — 7.3% of unemployed veterans to be exact. What do you do? While it’s always frustrating to be unemployed, veterans may have a harder time in the job search process due to their time away, medical issues, or even discrimination. However, using technology in your job search can dramatically improve your chances, especially if you’re particularly savvy about it. Check out some suggestions for the modern-day job searching veteran. Beef Up Your Onl
Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter. When times get tough, job seekers get creative to stand out from the pack. This certainly isn’t a bad idea, especially when you consider the size of the pack. There are 12.8 million people currently unemployed, and that isn’t even counting passive candidates willing to jump on a new opportunity. Just how do you stand out from such a crowded backdrop to get the job of your dreams? You might need to take a big gamble for a big reward. With the market out there so tough for job seekers, more and more candidates are turning to non-traditional methods to get noticed. This might mean m
Sudy Bharadwaj is a co-founder and the CEO of Jackalope Jobs, a web-based platform that combines search, social networking, and the overall user’s experience to provide relevant job openings. Learn how Sudy and Jackalope Jobs obsess over job seekers by connecting with them on, LinkedIn and Twitter. A recent study by Right Management revealed that more than 46,000 individuals selected networking as the most effective way to find a new job — the fifth year in a row networking has topped the list. The study data proves once again that, in the highly competitive job search, it’s who you know and who knows you that leads to successful employment. Job seekers understand the importance of networking. They read up on job search experts’ tips for networking events, order hundreds of business ca
Image: Flickr, Several secondsAlex Douzet, CEO and co-founder of TheLadders.com, remembers the days of "old-school recruiting," when recruiters had to reach out to prospective candidates by stealthily tracking down their work extensions or personal home phone numbers. Those days are long gone, and — as Douzet recognized nearly two years ago — there's a platform shift on the rise when it comes to developing an efficient and reliable method of matching candidates with careers. "If you look at most categories — games, social media, photos, maps -– about 70-90% of usage comes from mobile devices," says Douzet. He places the distribution of career search activity on mobile at about 35% today, with around 65% still relying on desktop; but he anticipates that a rapid shift will occur in the com
Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter. The typical recruiting process is inefficient. This is the best explanation for why so many recruiters are turning to platforms like Facebook to Pinterest and beyond to source candidates. In 2011 the average cost per hire was $5,054, and the traditional recruiting process takes an average of 45 days to fill a position. This is a lot of time and money disappearing. Is it any wonder why more recruiters are looking at the popularity and usefulness of online video? According to comScore’s 2012 US Digital Future In Focus report, 105.1 million Americans are watching online videos every da
Just as it's revolutionized everything from grocery shopping to travel, social and digital media have had an enormous effect on the job hunt. With technology moving forward every day, the job discovery and application process is constantly evolving and in flux. To embrace the future, however, we must look to the past. The infographic below, compiled by Spark Hire, examines the evolution of applying for a job, chronicling innovations as seemingly mundane as the invention of the post office (remember snail mail?) to the development of a little thing called the Internet. How have you applied for the jobs you've held? Let us know in the comments below. Infographic courtesy of Spark Hire Social Media Job Listings Every week we post a list of social media and web job opportunities. While ...
Image: Flickr, United States Mission GenevaThis question originally appeared on Quora. I am 24 years old and just started learning coding. I want to be a programmer. Am I too late in the game? Answer by Erin Parker, founder of Spitfire Athlete. It's never too late. So much can happen in a year, it can amaze you. I majored in economics. When I was about 23 years old, I randomly decided to go to a Railsbridge Meetup, where you learn how to make a basic Ruby on Rails app in a day. I made a basic Rails app and very much enjoyed it. A seed was planted that day. Months later, I had an idea for a website I've always wanted to build. Although my idea was vague, I imagined [this website] would inspire women to be kick*ss go-getters. I thought it would either be a career website, or one in the healt...
Joshua Waldman is the author of the Jobjuice Social Media Job Search App, which is now available for download for iPad and iPhone in the App Store. Connect with Joshua and Jobjuice on Twitter and Facebook. It's no secret that employers are incorporating social media into their recruiting plans to find top talent. For job seekers looking to stay current, you know the opportunities exist. But, knowing how to properly reach out may be the barrier between you and your dream job. Job candidates commonly struggle when it comes to effectively leveraging social media platforms to connect with employers. Out of fear of being a nuisance and making an awful first impression, many refrain from getting themselves a step ahead in the job search. Deciding what is appropriate in the eyes of recruiters and
With the holiday season in full swing, your shopping list has probably grown impressive in size. While the economy might be tough and the job market even harder to navigate, people across the country are still flocking to stores to make holiday gift purchases. Last year alone, holiday spending grew 14% to inject $42 billion into the economy. So what does this have to do with hiring? Just like finding the perfect holiday gift, finding the right employee for your company can be tough. Walk into any mall and there are thousands of potential gifts for your friends and family, but finding the right one takes work. Before you head out with your shopping list in tow, here are some lessons you can take from the holiday gift grind and apply to your hiring efforts. This way, you always get the per...
Brie Weiler Reynolds is the content and social media manager at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible job listings, and a former career advisor. At FlexJobs, Brie offers job seekers career and work-life balance advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media, including Pinterest. If ever there were a go-to place for, well, everything, Craigslist might just be it. Founded in 1995 as an email list of events happening in the San Francisco area, Craigslist has grown to be one of the most well-known websites for free classified listings and community forums. From housing to garage sales to personal ads to, of course, jobs, craigslist has it all — including scams. Because Craiglist was never set up as a job search website, its job listings have both pros and cons. On
Brie Weiler Reynolds is the content and social media manager at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible job listings, and a former career advisor. At FlexJobs, Brie offers job seekers career and work-life balance advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media, including Pinterest. Now that Pinterest is a full-blown cultural phenomenon, people have started considering it for uses other than inspiration for recipes, home decor and the latest fashions. And with a shaky economy and millions of people either out of work, underemployed or looking to change jobs, Pinterest is now being used as a job search tool. At the beginning of 2012, Mashable asked, Can Pinterest Help Your Job Search?, and we’re answering “Yes!” with five ways to use Pinterest in your job search an
Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video-powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter. Any job seeker could tell you the job market right now is tough. This makes it even more important to go into your interview — whether it’s in person or even through online video — prepared for anything. "Be Prepared" might be the motto of the Boy Scouts, but it should also become your job search motto. Good research can be the difference between wowing in the interview and falling flat. With social media tools and the interconnected web, much of this research can now be crowdsourced through social channels. Considering 91% of online adults are using social media and approximately 75
Chelsea P. Gladden is the Director of Marketing & PR for FlexJobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that also offer work flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or alternative schedules. To learn more about Chelsea, visit FlexJobs.com or tweet her @FlexJobsChelsea Though Nordstrom does not decorate for the December holidays until after Thanksgiving, the most expensive time of year is almost here, and it arrives during a time of economic uncertainty for many. Fortunately, there are simple ways of bringing in more cash this winter, whether as a side gig in addition to a full time job, or to hold you over as you continue your search for work. The following are five jobs with flexible schedules and part-time commitments to he
Image: Flickr, Ignotus the MageWe work for many reasons -– passion for our profession, making a difference in our community and having the means to sustain ourselves. Yes, that’s right: We work for money. Which is why the discussion about pay during a job search is a sensitive but critical subject. We want the job, but ultimately we want the right salary. Talking about money isn’t something that comes naturally — in fact, it's one of those topics we're often told not to bring up in most conversations. Knowing when to broach the topic and how to push back during a negotiation are important skills that take practice and preparation. Here are some expert strategies to help you get the salary you’re looking for and that you deserve. 1. Don’t talk money too early The question we all want answe
Brie Weiler Reynolds is the content and social media manager at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible job listings, and a former career advisor. At FlexJobs, Brie offers job seekers career and work-life balance advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media. In a time when job seekers can send literally hundreds of applications without hearing back from employers, the invitation to a job interview can feel like winning the lottery. The odds are long, the chosen ones few. Once you’ve been invited to come face to face with your potential employer, you don’t want to mess things up by committing a common, easy-to-avoid job interview mistake. Here are five common job interview mistakes, and how to avoid them. 1. Forgetting the Interviewer's Name When you go to a jo
Chelsea P. Gladden is the Director of Marketing and PR for Flexjobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that also offer work flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or alternative schedules . To learn more about Chelsea, visit Flexjobs.com or tweet her @FlexJobsChelsea. There it is: a stack of 150 resumes, received in the first hour of posting a job, piled up in the hiring manager’s email inbox. How will you stand out? These four tips for creating an effective, well-organized resume, should help you stay at the top of the pile and in the top of the hiring manager's mind. 1. Stick To a Standardized Font For most positions, HR reps just wants a resume they can read and that captures the skill sets they are looking for. Fonts
Mashable's mission is to inform the connected generation; but we can help you put that knowledge to work, too. Since 2005, Mashable has been committed to bringing the top digital, social and tech news and resources to our readers. Over time, we've built a readership of 20 million people who are well versed in digital trends, social media and all the hottest technologies. So when the world's best companies are looking to fill open positions, they post them on the Mashable Job Board. New jobs are added every day, and many positions are "exclusive" (denoted with an asterisk) — employers know that if they're going to find the right person for the job, they're going to find them reading Mashable. Below, we've rounded up five recently posted jobs; check the Mashable Job Board daily for more op
Jayne Mattson is Senior Vice President at Keystone Associates, a leading career management and transition services consulting firm in Boston. Mattson specializes in helping mid-to-senior level individuals in new career exploration, networking strategies and career decisions based on corporate culture fit. A new job typically does not magically fall from the sky into one’s lap. Finding a new job usually involves a great deal of research, networking, perseverance and creative thinking. But, the real secret to landing that next job is to be organized and methodical in your job (re)search. Developing a structured job search plan will keep you focused and motivated, helping you achieve your targeted goal of finding a new job while you are either employed or unemployed. Below are structured p
Sudy Bharadwaj is a co-founder and the CEO of Jackalope Jobs, a job seeker focused platform making the job search social, fast and easy. Learn how Sudy and Jackalope Jobs obsess over job seekers by connecting with them on Twitter. For recruiters, social media is becoming less about connecting with friends and colleagues and more about job candidate research. A recent survey by Jobvite reported that 92% of recruiters use social media to find talent, an increase of 3% from last year. Even Facebook is now rumored to throw its hat into the social networking and job search ring, joining social media job search giant LinkedIn. Many traditional methods of looking for jobs and job candidates, like faxing resumes to recruiters, are deceased. In the same sense, social networking is replacing many...
Chances are you already know how difficult it is to find any job in this economy, let alone your dream job. Last month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 12.7 million unemployed Americans, and there aren't any quick fixes in sight. With millions of others looking for the same jobs, you don't have time to scroll through hundreds of listings every day — you need to be able to optimize your search. Luckily there's a new website that has found a way to utilize your online social circles to lead you to gainful employment: Jackalope Jobs. Jackalope Jobs focuses on job seekers like you, helping you gain an edge on the competition by sorting through your social networks and pinpointing valuable connections. The way the site works is simple: You log in with LinkedIn, Facebook or Plax
Image: FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesFinding a career that you’re passionate about isn't always a picnic. A 2013 Gallup poll suggests that 70% of workers either dislike their jobs or are completely disengaged with what they do. As managing director of Heard City, a growing company in New York, I’m constantly meeting with people young and old who are struggling with the daily frustration and boredom of their current workplaces. Figuring out what you truly want to do with your life is a challenge for many people; below are eight tips to help you find a fulfilling career path. 1. Write down who you are What do you like to do after work hours or on the weekends? Write down all of your personality traits or interests — you might surprise yourself with what you find. Whether it’s a baby step
Mashable's mission is to inform the connected generation; but we can help you put that knowledge to work, too. Since 2005, Mashable has been committed to bringing the top digital, social and tech news and resources to our readers. Over time, we've built a readership of 20 million people who are well versed in digital trends, social media and all the hottest technologies. So when the world's best companies are looking to fill open positions, they post them on the Mashable Job Board. New jobs are added every day, and many positions are "exclusive" (denoted with an asterisk) — employers know that if they're going to find the right person for the job, they're going to find them reading Mashable. Below, we've rounded up five recently posted jobs; check the Mashable Job Board daily for more open
Sajjad Masud is the Co-Founder and CEO of Simplicant, a cloud-based social recruiting platform transforming talent acquisition and making enterprise-level recruiting technology accessible to companies of all sizes. Connect with Sajjad and the Simplicant team on Twitter and Facebook. Best-in-class companies realize that making ongoing investments in grooming their workforce is important. However, starting off with a great team arguably has the highest impact. Finding the right talent can be tricky, especially if your company is a startup that doesn’t have a substantial hiring budget. But making an upfront investment of both time and resources can make a big difference to your startup’s bottom line and growth potential. Adding top talent early on will bring a combination of new energy, ab
Once you've learned to design, whether it's in school or on your own efforts, the world is a wide open space of opportunities. There are websites hungry for more beautiful navigation, storefronts that could use better signage and more. But how do you get your hands on these projects, and turn your ideas into reality? Job title, location, salary potential and type of firm are all things to consider when making employment moves as a designer. You might want to start at an agency, but what size? This handy infographic produced by Invision reveals some tips, and also names a few startups with a designer co-founder (and doesn't this make a difference in the product?!), reinforcing the importance of great design. What choices have you made as a designer, and where do you hope your career will ...
Sudy Bharadwaj is a co-founder and the CEO of Jackalope Jobs, a web-based platform that combines search, social networking, and the overall user’s experience to provide relevant job openings. Learn how Sudy and Jackalope Jobs obsess over job seekers by connecting with them on LinkedIn and Twitter. Sometimes it seems that a job search is a race against the clock: How soon can you get hired? Everyone’s search is different, but no matter what your situation is, there are certain techniques that are guaranteed to push you in the right direction. Follow these tips to kickstart your job search and be signing an offer letter in 30 days or less. 1. Get Organized Organization is key to staying on track (and on time!) in your job search. Keep track of places you’re interested in applying and what
Image: Flickr, SCA Svenska Cellulosa AktiebolagetFinding the right job can be frustrating –- you know that you have what it takes to do well at a brand new gig, but your dream company may take some convincing. Repeatedly firing off your resume into the digital abyss isn't going to help employers get wind of your skills. If you're looking to add some extra juice to your job search, you might want to consider taking a new approach — like launching your very own personal public relations campaign. Believe it or not, effective PR isn't about flashy stunts or press releases littered with extravagant claims; it's simply about communicating your value to the right people. Mary Perfect might have a resume that rivals yours, but the below tips can help give you the extra edge. Here's how you can
Think of the word “blog” and what comes to mind? Mommy bloggers? People posting funny cat videos? Well, no more. Today’s savvy job seekers are putting their skills to the test and blogging their way to success and job opportunities. Here’s why a blog can get you your next job. 1. It’s your resume, only better: Everyone has a resume. But a blog allows you to highlight the skills on your resume, times ten. For example, if you’re a writer, you can flex your writing muscles and post examples of your creative writing. Even if you’re a tax accountant, you can write your thought-provoking opinions on some of the new tax laws or add a testimonial from a happy client. Just be sure what you write is accurate and well-supported. 2. It gives you a positive digital footprint: Whenever you apply for a j
With a nationwide unemployment rate of 8.1%, many Americans are having a hard time finding work. Despite this, 3.8 million jobs in the U.S. remain unfilled. It's a contradiction that one infographic sets out to unravel. Compiled by SmartRecruiters, a social recruiting platform, it explores the question, "why is it so hard to hire?" For businesses, the infographic reveals a broken hiring process rife with lags in turnaround and efficiency times, as well as wasted company resources. For job seekers, it shows missed opportunities and lengthy wait times for application processing. The infographic also offers up solutions linked to social and mobile hiring. For instance, nearly half of respondents said they would be more likely to apply for a job if they could simply send a link to their social...
Sajjad Masud is co-founder & CEO of Simplicant, a cloud-based social recruiting platform transforming talent acquisition. Connect with Sajjad and the Simplicant team on Twitter and Facebook. What do app developers, social media managers, cloud computing administrators, virtualization engineers and Chief Listening Officers all have in common? These positions didn’t exist 10 years ago. Thanks in part to continuous technological innovation, there is a new set of roles that did not exist until recently, and existing jobs now have new requirements and skill sets. These dynamic digital positions are now some of the most popular and highly sought-after jobs in the market, but they can be difficult to recruit for. New jobs and skills require new ways of recruiting for these positions. Ho
Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter. “Plans disappear, dreams take over,” Brad Pitt says gravely in his recent Chanel No. 5 commercial. Whoever dreamed up Pitt's commercial must be shocked at all the fuss it's been creating. The 30-second spot currently has more than 4 million views on YouTube and was spoofed everywhere from Saturday Night Live to the Conan O'Brien. The spot, which features Pitt standing motionless in black and white making a borderline-incoherent speech, is a viral sensation. Unfortunately for Pitt, it’s gone viral because the spot is perceived as both strange and awkward. While bloggers and news outl
Image: Flickr, Alan CleaverThis question originally appeared on Quora.I'm looking to eventually make my way into management, and looking for general strategies. Is it more important to network, find mentors, stay at a company long-term, build technical skills, do something spectacular or be a career-hopping nomad?Answer by Corrie Hausman, human resources specialist and historian. A few important questions to ask yourself now: Why do you want to move into management? Do you want a higher salary? A better benefits package? Different duties? More responsibility or autonomy? A better title? More prestige? Knowing the answer to these sorts of questions will help you know where to focus your efforts. Now, to answer your question directly: In my opinion, none of what you list is necessarily the "...