Posts Tagged ‘LinkedIN’

We are a week into the new year and one of your resolutions  is most likely to find a new job in 2011. Where do you start?


The internet has made it easier to find new job openings and research companies. Popular job search engines like Monster, CareerBuilder, Indeed, Dice, LinkedIn, and Craigslist provide job seekers a variety of job opportunities. Today you can keep track of your account using your mobile phone using their free apps.

 Social Media


You may be reluctant to sign up for a Twitter account, and you don’t need an account to search for jobs. On the Twitter.com home page you can enter words into the search box.

The search results you get back are a result of tweets with hashtags, which are words preceded by the number sign (#jobs).  You can make it specific to “Accounting jobs” and the search results are updated live.

I recommend reading How To: Use Twitter Hashtags to Boost Your Job Search on Mashable for more basics on using Twitter.


It’s important to update your LinkedIn profile. Update your picture, jobs/titles, summary, etc. Add people to your network. Networking helps you where Monster and other websites can’t. That is to say, you make connections with people that work somewhere, recommend you or provide information about their jobs.


Some websites may ask you to upload your resume in pdf format to avoid viruses. On Word 2007, you choose the option “Save As” a PDF instead of .doc or .docx.

Before you send it, make sure you look at our post Getting the Job: Resume & Interview Tips


Good luck!


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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.


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.


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).


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


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.


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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Pro-Tem Solutions recently posted links to positive news on our Facebook page and LinkedIn group. There are reports that say such amount of people are unemployed, and then reports saying that there are jobs out there. Below is a chart from the Department of Labor that shows how fast we’ve recovered compared to other down times. It sends people mixed signals about the actual state of the economy.

Every day we work hard to find jobs in Accounting, Finance, and IT as well as placing the right candidate with the right client. So what should you do this labor day whether you have a job or you’re unemployed?

On Facebook, you can change your settings so that specific people (maybe your boss or co-workers) don’t see those unruly status updates.

You can make it specific to the people you don’t want looking at your profile via the “Customize settings” option. Also, when you post pictures up of your wonderful Labor Day weekend you can make the albums visible to specific people and not visible to others. Your online posts may be affecting how potential employers view you.

  • Look for job postings on our website www.Pro-TemSolutions.com You’ll see that we have plenty of jobs waiting for the right person to apply.
  • Stay positive!

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The state of the U.S. economy is always on the news, but recently there have been articles pointing to a double-dip recession. I haven’t heard of anything good related to double-dipping; so, what’s in the future for job seekers?

Pro-Tem Solutions has been posting new jobs consistently during the past couple of weeks. Take a look at our website www.pro-temsolutions.com and you will see that there are plenty of jobs out there. We’re not the only ones who disagree with the media’s negative economy reports.

The June 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

Within professional and business services, employment continued to increase in temporary help services (+21,000). Employment in temporary help has risen by 379,000 since a recent low in September 2009. Elsewhere in professional and business services, management and technical consulting (+11,000) and business support services (+7,000) also added jobs over the month.

It is also important to note that during the Third Quarter there’s in an increase in hirings. Most companies want to meet their goals by the end of the year. This is good news for job seekers.

As a job seeker what are you doing to increase you chances of being hired?

Based on the response from professionals like yourself, we know you’re searching on places like Indeed, Monster, and CareerBuilder. Pro-Tem Solutions also uses those websites as well as Twitter and LinkedIn group to feed our jobs. It’s important for job seekers to use these resources to get to know–potential employers–companies. Follow them on Twitter, join their LinkedIn group, or find them on Facebook, more often than not they will have these pages set up and they want you to see them.  It’s one of the easiest ways to research a company before you get an interview or decide to work for them.

No matter what the economy is like, don’t forget to set up a professional e-mail. E-mails like sexykitten don’t fly and are turn offs to a recruiter reviewing your resume. Social media is your friend, but if you’re Facebook page has pictures of you downing a glass of beer… It’s definitely part of the reason you’re not getting hired. Be conscious of your online presence, it may be the difference between getting the job and unemployment.

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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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LinkedIn 101: Are you getting the most out of your job search? There can be a few reasons why you may or may not.

Facebook is used by a wide range demographic. Although most people believe it’s just for college students—it was originally created for college students—most of the users today are 40-44 years old. These users are using Facebook to reconnect and look at other user’s pictures. After all, you would rather look at your friend’s pictures and make comments as opposed through looking through a physical photo album with boring pictures of them on vacation. However, users forget that the content they upload is visible to potential employers that alone can affect whether or not you get the job.

As a result, LinkedIn is a powerful tool that is available for free but allows you to upload content that is suitable. Setting up your account is easy. The most important aspect if you’re looking for a job is being able to upload your resume.  Unlike your default profile picture on Facebook, your LinkedIn picture should be professional, and close up. The profile content should focus on your accomplishments, specialties, and experience. Also, don’t forget to include any certificates, webinars, conferences that you find relevant in the education section.  Use keywords to emphasize your qualities.

Many companies are using LinkedIn to screen candidates, as well as connecting with them for networking purposes. A degree of separation is reduced based on the number of connections you have.  Pro-Tem Solutions’ Michelle Baker, Director, Business Development, went to conference recently and she talked to LinkedIn expert Neil Lebowits. He recommends having an open network with a short-term goal of 500 connections. That leads me to another bit of information… As opposed to Facebook and other social networking sites, accept anyone who requests you!

 How you will benefit:

  • Pro-Tem Solutions, Inc. has a group on LinkedIn that provides career insights, resume tips, great articles, and connections to other professionals in our group.
  • More employers will look at your profile
  • Larger professional networking abilities
  • Recommendations!!

P.S. Personalize you profile URL!

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The millennials–also referred to as “Generation Next”–have entered the work force, and there are many preconceptions about us. What is certain is that we were born after 1980, and we have a clear understanding of technology.

Bill Gates dream was to have a “PC in every desk and every home,” and there was always a PC in my home–same goes for other people my age. Having a PC at home-made it easier to do research, homework, projects, and at the same time surf the web. As a result, [millennials] we were able to easily pick up on things such as Microsoft Office. Being around the web virtually every day made social networking seem natural.

Mark Zuckerberg, a Millennial, created the most popular social networking site today. At first Facebook the only users were college students, but now the average user is about 47 years old. Other generations are catching on to social networking sites, and for good reason. Employers now use social networking to look at potential candidate profiles through LinkedIn, and in some cases they can even see the embarrassing pictures you have on Facebook.

My advice for people who are not classified under “Generation Next” is to learn from the way we use technology to our advantage, and not to be scared of social networking. Social networking is fun, and you may even find your next job if you use [Twitter, Facebook, and/or LinkedIn] one of those sites.

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press wrote about millennials in a more in-depth look.

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