5 Top Career and Job Search Tips: 2014 Edition
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5 Top Career and Job Search Tips: 2014 Edition

Recommended blue grunge stampHappy New Year!

With 2014 in full swing, we’re challenging everyone to make 2014 the year they find their dream job. Whether it’s your current job, or perhaps a new endeavor, we’re challenging you to take a hard look at your career, think about what makes you happy, and take a step into the unknown.

There are a lot of career and job search tips on the Internet. We’ve gathered our top five most popular posts of 2013 for your review. Although it’s human nature to dislike change, the new year is the perfect time to get started. We hope these posts will help you along the way! 

1. The Link Between Weather and Productivity

Did you know that weather conditions can directly affect job satisfaction and employee productivity? According to CareerBuilder.com, one in ten workers say they are less productive during gloomy weather. Rain is cited as the worst type of weather for lack of employee motivation. On the plus side, 32% of workers say they have a happier disposition at work when it’s sunny outside which makes sense.  If you find yourself getting moody at work, consider the weather and research your relief options.

2. What to Wear to Work: The Rules

How much thought do you put in to your office wardrobe? Regardless of how long you have been at your current job, or if you’re looking for a new one, you should always feel like at least a nine from nine to five. Research also shows that we are more alert at work when we dress up and feel good. Read this blog post for eight easy tips on how to dress at work. In a nutshell, you should always be professional and modest and a little tailoring goes a lot of way. You don’t need to spend a lot of money either.

3. Capture Your Audience With An Effective LinkedIn Summary

Do you know your LinkedIn Summary is the most viewed portion of your LinkedIn profile? An engaging and well written LinkedIn summary will set you apart from the competition when it comes to line profiles. First impressions count, especially when it comes to hiring managers and recruiters.

4. 3 Reasons Why Writing a Targeted Cover Letter is Essential

In today’s competitive job market, a targeted cover letter is essential. Generic is not the way to get your dream job in 2014. A top-notch cover letter gives you the ability to sell yourself through your personality and it also introduces you to your recruiter; something your resume can’t do.

5. What Do Recruiters Look for in a Cover Letter?

As we mentioned in #4, a cover letter is essential to landing your dream job in 2014 but what should it include? First, a cover letter is a one-page advertisement to describe you and your skills along with a heavy dose of personality. Remember, the cover letter can describe what the resume cannot. It should indicate that you are familiar with your desired role and how you would be a great fit too. Essentially, recruiters are looking for a match between the job description and the components listed in your cover letter.

 

 

About Samantha Collier

Samantha Collier is a well-respected social media specialist in the Canadian legal realm. An experienced practitioner of online social networking, Samantha also has experience working in-house in business development for a national IP firm, but has worked in marketing and client acquisition for over 13 years.

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