Fall Back to School Triple Play Special Offer

It’s a special Back to School Triple Play offer for our CyberLife Tutors readers. Get all three career boosters for one low price.

  • Autographed copy of “Social Networking Throughout Your Career” paperback by April M. Williams $9.99 value. Learn how to make the most of social media tools for your professional life and take charge of your career.
  • Networking for Results” 51 minute DVD with April M. Williams recorded live at the North Suburban Career and Networking Center Northbrook $9.99 value. See how to use networking to get the results you what when looking for a new job.
  • Bonus 1 hour webinar “Leverage LinkedIn: Don’t be Linked Out” hosted by Loyola University and presented by April M. Williams $19.99 value. LinkedIn is a recruiters first tool for finding job candidates. Whether you are currently looking for employment or not, it is important to have a LinkedIn profile. In this webinar session, April M. Williams of CyberLife Tutors demonstrates the benefits of using Linkedin for professional networking. Topics covered include basic account types, creating your profile, getting connected, and joining groups. We will cover researching companies and applying for jobs using LinkedIn tools. At checkout you will be directed to the site to view. Learn how to really use LinkedIn as a job seekers tool and land your dream job.

Special back to school pricing all three for just $17.99! Limited time only. Click below to buy now.


Social Networking Throughout Your Career book cover

“Social Networking Throughout Your Career” book cover

Networking For Results DVD

“Networking For Results” DVD 51 minutes recorded live

Creative Way to Use Twitter to Get Hired

Twitter feed

Twitter feed

Looking for a creative ways to use Twitter to get hired? Ed Morita posted a link to this Alltop video on using Twitter to land a job. Using five different Twitter accounts, they targeted specific people in their industry involved in hiring decisions.

This creative use of Twitter worked. They successfully landed jobs in their field by gaining the attention of those in a position to hire them.

The online profiles and 140 character tweets reenforced their message.

What other creative ways have you discovered for using Twitter to enhance your career? Click on Comments and tell us your ideas.

 

 

 

Get Noticed By Hiring Managers LinkedIn Webinar

Webinar: LinkedIn for Your Effective Job Search led by April M. Williams, President CyberLife Tutors.
Learn how LinkedIn has helped 80 million professionals around the world further connections, create opportunities and build careers. This webinar is specifically for who are new to using LinkedIn and are interested in how LinkedIn can serve their job search. Get an overview of key features along with important effectiveness and etiquette/protocol tips.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn

This fast-paced webinar highlights:

– Tailoring your profile to be noticed in your job search

– Building online networking connections

– Initiating introduction requests

– Effectively using groups

– Leveraging Q&A

– And more!

Sessions will last about 60 minutes with time for participant questions. Please note: your log on information will be sent via email 24 hours before the class and will include log on information and dial-in number (long distance charges may apply).

Limited seats for this session. Reserve your seat today!

February 8, 2:00 – 3:00 Central

COSTS: $32 Click the Buy Now button below to reserve your seat. Pay securely with PayPal. Your log on information will be sent in email 24 hours before the session.

>>>> REGISTRATION CLOSED <<<<<

REQUIREMENTS:

Basic computer knowledge and a computer (Mac, Linux or Windows) with high-speed internet access and telephone. You do not have to install or download software. All you need is a browser, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

Reserve your seat now! Call April for more info 414.502.7745

Webinar Use the Power of LinkedIn for Job Search

Webinar: LinkedIn for Your Effective Job Search led by April M. Williams, President CyberLife Tutors.
Learn how LinkedIn has helped 80 million professionals around the world further connections, create opportunities and build careers. This webinar is specifically for who are new to using LinkedIn and are interested in how LinkedIn can serve their job search. Get an overview of key features along with important effectiveness and etiquette/protocol tips.

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LinkedIn

This fast-paced webinar highlights:

– Tailoring your profile to be noticed in your job search

– Building online networking connections

– Initiating introduction requests

– Effectively using groups

– Leveraging Q&A

– And more!

Sessions will last about 60 minutes with time for participant questions. Please note: your log on information will be sent via email 24 hours before the class and will include log on information and dial-in number (long distance charges may apply).

Limited seats for this session. Reserve your seat today!

January 12, 2:00 – 3:00 Central

COSTS: $32 Click the Buy Now button below to reserve your seat. Pay securely with PayPal. Your log on information will be sent in email 24 hours before the session.

>>>> REGISTRATION CLOSED <<<<<

REQUIREMENTS:

Basic computer knowledge and a computer (Mac, Linux or Windows) with high-speed internet access and telephone. You do not have to install or download software. All you need is a browser, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

Reserve your seat now! Call April for more info 414.502.7745

A Very Important Project: Career Transition

Project Management Institute (PMI) Chicagoland Chapter September 2008
A Very Important Project, Career Transition
Janet Smietana, PMP interviews April M. Williams, career and job search advice.
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Social Networking for Career Coaches Helping Job Seekers

The Career Transition Center of Chicago is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization providing professional assistance to individuals in employment transition. CTC represents an alignment of academic institutions, faith communities, and businesses concerned with supporting people in their search for meaningful employment and sustainable success.

Over the past several years I worked with the Career Transition Center of Chicago providing coaching to job seekers. Laura Sterkel, Program Director, asked me to recommend resources for their coaches related to Social Networking. I am speaking to the group about social networking for a job search this week. Anita Jenke is the Executive Director.

Networking: If You Are Not Doing It, What Are You Doing to Secure Your Future?

Expert networker Heidi Thorne and I initially met through Twitter, then schedule an in person meeting and over the past few months have become networking buddies. Heidi introduced me to Scott Kolbe and iConnect. Thanks Heidi for sharing your networking words of wisdom with our readers.

Guest post by Heidi Thorne, Thorne Communications:

My friend Scott Kolbe was lamenting about difficulties he is having in encouraging some people to visit the iConnect LinkedIn online/offline networking group he leads. One in particular is currently out of a job. So Scott encouraged him to attend to make some new connections which might lead to interviews or referrals. The guy was extremely hesitant and wanted to know who was going to be there and wanted assurances of certain connections or results. Huh? He is unemployed and has nothing to do at the moment… except maybe scour the online job sites.

This scenario brings up the burning question: If you’re not networking, what are you doing to secure your future?

If our unemployed friend had been an active networker all along, he may not have even been in this situation. At least he’d have to sort through opportunities as opposed to sorting through the shows on daytime TV. Many who are finding themselves being laid off of their jobs, usually after many years of service, are not easily finding new opportunities because they’ve been out of the circuit for so long. Only when the layoff happens do they turn on their networking selves. It can take months or years to build, or rebuild, the trust and inroads through networking. So I hope their unemployment checks will see them through.

Another type of job seeker is those who have relied solely on job search sites, classified ads, and job postings. Once they land a job, they land and don’t take off again until the next storm hits. Their situation is the most precarious of all because they have limited their network to the confines of their current employment or just family and friends.

One reason that so many wait until the inevitable happens to begin networking is that it’s a lot of work! Whether you build your social network online or offline, or some combination thereof, it takes time and effort. People do business and hire those they like and trust. If you’re only connecting when you need something, you will show yourself as someone who just uses people and someone who is needy. I wouldn’t hire someone like that. Would you? Certainly something to think about.

ABOUT HEIDI THORNE
Heidi Thorne is a promotional products marketing expert and social media advisor who helps her clients “Keep Your Brand in the Hand of Your Customers.” With over 23 combined years in the hospitality, convention, advertising, and public relations fields, she can advise and guide on marketing for events and tradeshows. Visit her blog.

Social Networks Are The Newest Recruiting Tool

I just read an article in Forbes that said social networks are the newest recruiting tool.

Here are a couple of LinkedIn statistics from the article:
* used by 80% of companies recruiting through the social Web.
* 90% of companies that recruit through social networks have successfully found candidates on LinkedIn.

I talk with recruiters and hiring managers every week who tell me the same thing. They research candidates online and what they find impacts their decision to follow up. They do not hire those who have negative comments or pictures on their profile.

Just as interesting, they do not hire people without a social networking presence either. They assume the candidate who is not online is “behind the times”, “out of touch”, “just not current”. Who wants to hire someone like this?

I am so passionate about the topic, so I had to write this book, Social Networking Throughout Your Career: What’s All the Buzz About? I go way beyond the basics in the book. My goal was to answer some of the deeper, more specific questions I’m asked.

What would you say to someone who asked you “Why should I join LinkedIn?”

LinkedIn Webinar for Columbia Alumni

Webinar: LinkedIn for Job Search
July 28 Noon – 1:15 pm Central
led by April M. Williams, Speaker, Author, Coach

Workshop Fee for Columbia College Alumni: $15 (Discounted from $32)

Learn how LinkedIn has helped 70 million professionals around the world further connection, create opportunities and build careers. This webinar is specifically for who are new to using LinkedIn and/or interested in how LinkedIn can serve their job search. Get an overview of key features along with important effectiveness and etiquette/protocol tips.

This fast-paced webinar highlights:
– Tailoring your profile to be noticed in your job search
– Building online networking connections
– Initiating introduction requests
– Effectively using groups
– Leveraging Q&A
– And more!

Sessions will last about 75 minutes with time for participant questions. Please note: your registration confirmation will include logon information and dial-in number (long distance charges may apply).

REQUIREMENTS:
Basic computer knowledge and a computer with high-speed internet access and telephone.

Contact Information
Primary Contact
Cynthia Vargas
312-369-8640

Date: July 28, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Location: online

More information

Resume Embellishing

Illinois politics is always interesting. This month, we learned one of our candidates has embellished his resume. In one instance, he took personal credit for an award his team earned. In a second instance, he over stated his role.

Politicians are elected by the voters and accountable to us – the citizens of the jurisdiction. It is our responsibility to pay attention and let them know how we feel.
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Creative Commons License photo credit: CharlotWest
In business, it is not uncommon for an employee to be fired when they lie on their resume. This behavior is not tolerated in the work place. Those who misstate their experience or qualifications are not considered trustworthy. “At will” employees can be fired on the spot.

Why do we, as voters and citizens allow our politicians to behave this way? If this behavior is not acceptable to you, let those who represent you in government know how you feel. Take action and vote for your beliefs.

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