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As a job seeker, it goes without saying that you should update your resume and cover letter. However, it’s not as obvious that you should update your social media accounts. It’s a crucial part of a modern job search, and it’s important not to leave it out. We have some great links this week with a variety of topics, and some specifically that focus on the importance of social media. 

Connecting More Americans with Jobs

Google just released a fairly significant update to their search engine, and job seekers everywhere are rejoicing. You can search for jobs natively on Google, instead of having to click through to job boards such as Monster, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn. Now, Google will display the jobs you are searching for without even leaving the page. If you’re looking for a more thorough explanation on how it works, check out the link!

The Transferable Skills Employers Value the Most

No matter what career or profession you are in, there are certain skills that are valuable whatever the role. These skills are both learned and intrisic, and they are incredibly helpful to have. Transferable skills allow you to quickly ease into a new position, or even a career change. Having these skills as a foundation to the rest of your repertoire allows you to easily adapt to a new environment. That’s an ability that a lot of employers love. If you’re wondering what those skills are, check out this CareerBuilder article.

60 Hiring Statistics You Need to Know for 2017

Are you a numbers driven person? If so, you may want to check this link out. Whether you’re a job seeker, employee, or especially if you work in Human Resources, there’s something here for you. It may be a statistics to inform your job search, or a percentage to influence your hiring mentality. For example, did you know that between all applicants for a job, only 2% of them will be called in for an interview on average? For more interesting facts, stats, and numbers check out the link!

The Shocking Truth: Being An Overachiever Will Hurt Your Career

You may not want to hear it, but it’s true. Overworking yourself, and striving to be the absolute best in some cases may be detrimental to your career. It’s certainly important to do the best you can, but not if it affects your ability to judge other important factors. It’s a discovery that Forbes writer Erin Urban made herself, and she’s encouraging you to have the same realization.  The article from Forbes is a great read, starting out with her epiphany, and then moving onto how being an overachiever can be a negative force. If you think you may overachieving, give the link a click!

What Employers Look For In Your Social Media

“Studies have shown that more than 60% of employers turn to social media when considering job applicants.” That’s definitely a significant enough statistic to get any job seeker curious about policing their own social media. This handy infographic from Stevenson University looks at the big 3 (social networks) and examines how you need to change your behavior on the platforms for a job search. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are all social media sites that hiring managers use to vet their candidate. Social media is an area that many job seekers forget to attend to in their job search.  Don’t let it fall to the wayside and keep you from landing a job!

The Most Important Trait to Look for When Hiring a New Employee

Bringing someone new on board? You should definitely consider this trait! You may think it’s likable, or experienced, or independent, but none of those are correct. This blog is highlighting the importance of the ‘learning agility’ of new hires. All things change, including companies, careers, and responsibilities. Having someone who is adaptable to change and new experiences is invaluable. Inevitably, an employees responsibilities will change over time. Having someone who won’t stagger behind in this case is a great long term decision. Check out the article for advice on how to determine if a potential hire has this trait.

How LinkedIn and Instagram Can Make or Break Your Job Search

In a previous link, we talked about how having a profile on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter could hurt your job search. What’s interesting is that NOT having an account could also negatively affect your job search. There is a fine line between having no account at all, and having one that is completely unprofessional. This balance between the two is what job seekers should strive for. If you’re looking for more insight into how social media affects your job search, this is another great read.

This Is the Email Smart People Send When They’re Rejected for a Job

Rejection in a job search can be incredibly frustrating. Especially so when you’ve gone through a round or two of interviews, getting your hopes up. However, it’s important to always act in professional manner. You never know the circumstances under which you could run into your hiring manager or interviewer sometime down the road. If you’re wondering how to save face and remain professional after being turned down, this blog from The Muse has some great advice. Check it out!