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Last week as I was going through my news RSS feeds, I came across an article on Fortune. The article described GILD and every thing it had to offer to IT professionals. Pro-Tem Solutions specializes in accounting, finance & IT, so I decided to check it out for myself.

Basics

Your profile is created once you sign up, but you still need to fill in the rest of the blanks. One quick way to do that–if you have a LinkedIn account–is by clicking on the LinkedIn icon under “Import Your CV.” By doing so, a pop-up window appears and asks you if you will allow gild access to your LinkedIn account.

Personality

In addition to your average looking profile, Gild has a personality test that you can take. It shouldn’t take more than ten minutes. After I completed the test I was directed to a page that stated I would receive an E-mail notification once my results were ready… But I didn’t. I was able to view the results on my Gild home page (under Activity Feed).

Skills

Gild’s skills feature allows you to add and edit skills applicable to your field.

  • Click on the specific skills you want to edit
  • Determine how much experience you have based on years & hours                                               
    • The numbers are displayed in a graph
  • Skills are classified under:
    • Business
    • Tech

References

Similar to LinkedIn, Gild allows job seekers to request references from people they know. The request may be made to people who aren’t necessarily on Gild (yet) by sending them an e-mail. You may ask that the person reply to your request based on a set list of skills or as a colleague.

Extras

As you are completing your profile, you earn achievements. Gild combines professional social networking (LinkedIn), social games (FourSquare), and competition to help job seekers. Aside from those features, you can complete certification tests on https://www.gild.com/certifications 

Gild has plenty to offer its users, but we would like to know how many of you are already on Gild or will try it. Let us know by leaving a comment or tweeting us!

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Yesterday the words “unwritten résumé”  were brought up in a conversation, and I realized that many people don’t think beyond their professional résumé. Many of us have posted our résumé on LinkedIn and on job boards then we either got a call back or didn’t. The times you didn’t get a call back, you question why they didn’t bother to interview you or get the job. You’re unwritten résumé may be the reason behind that.

  • Here’s an example… Abc company has a job opening that is perfect for you.
    • You submit your résumé, you get a call, and you get the interview.
  • Here’s where things may go wrong… 
    • You didn’t go to the interview because you don’t want your current employer to find out.
  • Here’s what you could have done
    • You could have gone on your lunch break.
    • Depending on your work dress code, you may want to have some extra clothes in your car to change into for the interview.
    • Be straight forward with the interviewer. You don’t want to waste their time, and risk getting a bad reputation.

Don’t close the door on the opportunity of a life time!

Pro-Tem Solutions works with some of the most seasoned recruiters, that browse through many résumés daily, and they have interview many people throughout their career. Recruiters and line managers have certain impressions that may affect your placement. As a result, when jobs become available they will typically have someone in mind. Recruiters have recommendations from people they trust, they or someone they know have/has been in contact with you in the past.

Before ending this post… think about the things people can say about you professionally–good and bad–and how you can improve or change how they feel about you.

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You can see just from reading the word that it combines the words web and seminar. A webinar–like a seminar–gives you information on a certain topic, but the only difference its online.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get quality information. In many cases, there are webinars available free of charge. As a result, many companies are using webinar training sessions to cut costs. They are effective training mechanisms and provide value content.

How does it work?

  • You can do a search online based on the topic, and you’ll get thousands of results.
  • Pick one that you like.

  • Sign up

There’s typically a page where you input your information, and it’s used to remind you that the webinar when the webinar will take place. Don’t worry if you miss the webinar–for those that are live–because you can view it at a later time at your own pace. That’s one of the benefits of a webinar. You can’t walk out of a seminar and expect to get all the information you missed, but with webinars you can.

Why should you sign up?

  • Valuable content
  • Learn new things
  • Refresh your memory

People that have taken part in a webinar can tell you that they learned things old and new. Times are changing, and in order to survive you have to adapt to new technologies. Find ways to stand out in the job market!

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Networking sites have drastically changed how people communicate. There’s Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and there are mobile applications as well as blogs that give everyone with access to the internet a voice. In 160 characters or less–depending on the site–you and I can tell our followers, friends, family, and clients where we’re going to lunch. Using FourSquare, you can earn badges for the places you have been to in the past day, week or month. Everyone knows what you are doing if you are updating your status hourly and/or daily. To put it into perspective… an article on VentureBeat.com states that Twitter has grown to 125 million users, and Facebook has 25 billion interactions a day from 500 million active users! 

It’s new, scary, fun, but it can be very beneficial when used properly. You can find just about anything online or on your mobile phone. Forget the classifieds in the PennySaver there’s an app for that. I’m not a mobile app expert, but I know that Mashable can help.

Businesses–no matter how big they are–have been jumping right in the social media band-wagon because its free to join. What sounds better than free? Do they know what they are doing? Maybe. Some companies create a Facebook page, LinkedIn group, and Twitter account, but they might not know what they are supposed to do. Online presence, and getting more visitors to your company website is not as easy as it sounds. There needs to be some sort of strategy before you jump in.

Here at Pro-Tem Solutions we are working on building our online presence via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and our blog. How? We are finding ways to communicate with clients and candidates in a way that wasn’t available five or ten years ago. We still make phone calls and send E-mails, but social media sites allow our company to provide much more.

For the past months we have been able to update our readers, follower, and candidates. Our blogs give candidates career insights such as the importance of a LinkedIn account, and resumes. We’re always looking for ways to connect to our readers, so blogging is our venue to communicate these insider tips beyond the 140 character limit on Twitter. LinkedIn discussion groups are helpful as well as we listen and give advice. Followers of @Protemsolutions get up to the minute job postings and they link interested candidates back to our site. Facebook fans–now Likes–can find interesting links to articles and our blog. All of which is important to any business. Why? Because it links people to your company’s website.

So, will you be left behind? Hopefully you won’t. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook; but, for more value content subscribe to our blog. After all, we have learned from the recession that it can’t be “business as usual” we have to reinvent ourselves in order to prosper.

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As businessmen and women we understand that it’s a competitive business environment. Approaching people and introducing yourself–it may be at a networking event–is the first step; but,  how do you stand out from the crowd? You stand out if you offer something the other guy doesn’t like playing golf.

To those that are unfamiliar with the game, I would strongly suggest taking a few lessons. I have taken a course on the golf basics, and before that the closest I had been to a golf club was playing golf on my Nintendo Wii. After taking that course, I learned the proper way to hold a golf club, the rules of the game and I’ve been able to play with people double my age.

No matter how young or how old, do not be intimidated. The importance of playing golf is getting to know the person/client. Of course you’re there on business, but don’t focus on that. So, what should you talk about? Almost anything. While your playing you can get to know them on a personal level by talking about plans for the weekend, traveling, and family. I still feel new to playing business golf, but Brad Wingers our Sr. Account Manager here at Pro-Tem Solutions, told me about the unwritten rule on the appropriate time to bring up business. He says, “vendors typically wait until the 13th hole” to talk business. That is to say that if you, as the seller, bring up business before the 9th hole it defeats the purpose of getting to know them. However, if they bring it up first it is okay.

Business golf is supposed to be a way to network that feels more natural and enjoyable. Although it is fun to talk, remember to avoid talking when they’re getting ready to swing. There are other rules and things you should avoid doing will learn by taking a golf class or clinic. Women should especially try this. There aren’t that many female golfers and there’s probably fewer business golfers. As a result, those that do play golf stand out. This will only lead to better networking opportunities. Who knows you might even get a promotion because your boss will get to know you better!

Oh and before I forget… Here’s another tip when playing business golf: Play the course not your friends.

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