Archive for August, 2009

What do you fear?

Sunday, August 30th, 2009
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Whether you were born in Latin America or in the US to Hispanic parents/grandparents, you probably share many traits with other Latinos. Yes, we all have our own nuances and we are not all the same by any stretch of the imagination, but coming from the same region provides a common denominator.

If you take in consideration that, in general, the system doesn’t work as well in Latin America as it does in developed nations like the US, you already have the makings of two traits: a strong need to develop relationships (because unless you know somebody, nothing will get done and you will get nowhere!) and a great flexibility. We are the masters of trouble shooting, we are resourceful beyond belief, we are incredibly creative and we are awesome at coming up with solutions to the most complex problems. All of which makes us very adept to change, something that comes in handy in job market situations like the one we are experiencing now.

In the context of the global economic collapse, Latin America is not doing that badly. Why? Because it has seen many crises that were much worse than this one. Because they’ve been in the forefront of making do with less, in figuring out how to get out of an impossible predicament. Talk about “reduce, re-use, recycle,” people in that region grew up inheriting the clothes of their siblings, cousins and friends; they wash their paper plates and plastic ware and they’ve had smaller cars that run on alternative fuels for a very, very long time.

And even though this trait is extremely powerful in our current situation, you must remember that it is just one of the many advantageous traits that you bring to the table.

So my question is this: Why if we have so many unique characteristics are we not assuming more leadership positions in this country? What are we afraid of?

Using social networks to find job opportunities

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

A short video with great tips to leverage social networks to develop relationships that may lead to job opportunities.

Online jobs: a myth?

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

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You think nobody gets jobs on the Internet, right? Wrrrrrrrrrong! Lots of people do! There are, however, three main reasons why that happens:

1. They are people who have a skill set and education that is unusual and for which there’s little supply and a big demand. For example, I have a friend who posted her resume and within 48 hours got two calls from recruiters that led to two in-person interviews and a job offer.

2. They have very well written resumes that are tailored to the positions to which they are applying. That means: if they list an objective, it is appropriate for the job they are applying for, they have included plenty of the keywords relevant to the job they seek and the resume has NO mistakes. (None, not a misplaced capital or a typo or formatting issues or grammatical errors like saying “leaves in NY” when you mean “lives in New York.”

3. They are actively engaged in the online search and not just posting resumes on every job board out there. That means: they choose certain job boards and stick to them so they can monitor the new positions that become available and they can participate in social networks on those sites; they use the job boards as a way to find out about companies that are recruiting and contact those companies directly for other opportunities; they join professional groups online and develop relationships that lead to sharing information about job openings.

These people understand that job boards are designed for the benefit of the recruiters (who pay for the service) rather than for the candidates (who access the site for free) so they develop strategies to become visible to these recruiters. For example, they answer questions on professional networks like Linkedin so they are seen as experts.

Follow these strategies and you too will cut the time it takes you to land a job online!