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Apr 3
2014
The Biggest Job Search Problem With LinkedIn

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LinkedIn might be great for job seekers, but it has one big flaw.

Why LinkedIn is great for your job search

No employer likes to think their employees are actively looking for a job outside the company, and that’s regardless of whether you’re doing it on company time or not. Pretty much every employee understands and knows this.

It used to be that if you posted your resume online as part of your job search and your employer found out about it, you could be:

* invited to an uncomfortable, trust-straining meeting to explain the discovery
* quietly put on an internal HR list of people to be replaced asap (possibly before you find a job elsewhere!)
* or even, fired outright

LinkedIn essentially put an end to this.

Nowadays, most employers expect or even require you to be on LinkedIn.

That’s right- where in the past employers frowned upon you having your resume online, those same employers now want you to have your resume online.

However, though you can now have your cake, it doesn’t mean you get to eat it too.

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Oct 1
2013
Playing With Fire With Your Personal Brand

Michel Neray canoeing

Sometimes, you have to turn your back on the fire to build it up.

This is a guest post by Michel Neray. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines.

I just came back from my annual canoe trip.

Now, this wasn’t the peaceful paddle on a glassy quiet lake that you might imagine.

It was a rugged, wild, whitewater trip that started at Bridge Rapids some 80 kilometers north of the Ottawa River in Canada, where you can only get to by logging roads or floatplane, and the only way back, (other than floatplane or logging road), is by canoe.

For a week we didn’t see another soul, nor were we able to get Internet access, cell calls, Facebook status updates or Tweets.

I had to focus on simple things, like getting through Class III rapids during the day, and getting the fire going before nightfall.

The fire was my greatest teacher on this trip. Do you know how to build a fire?

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Sep 23
2013
Stop Making Other People Rich! Grow Your Own Brand

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Build your employer’s brand or build your own?

the rank nazi cartoonThis is a guest post by Zac Johnson. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines.

One of the biggest problems I often see in the world of online marketing is that too many people are focusing on building the customer base and brand name of other companies.

This can easily be seen in the affiliate marketing space where you are paid a commission every time a new lead or action takes place.

While affiliate marketing is a legitimate way to make money online, if you are really good at it you should be using those same efforts and talents to be growing your own brand.

In this article I’m going to share with you a few of the reasons why I moved away from just being “another affiliate marketer” to focusing on my own brand and how I’ve grown ZacJohnson.com into what it is today.

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Aug 27
2013
In Your 20s? Focus More on Time Than Moneymaking

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Choose the right career while you’re young enough to change your mind.

This is a guest post by Alina Jingan. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines.

In the last couple of years I’ve met lots of young people who believed that they first need to have money as the main resource to invest in their development or ideas.

At first glance someone will agree that that’s correct, and maybe it is to a certain extent.

But the thing that concerns me is that people spend little time to think about the cost of spending all your time on making money. Young people earn money, as everyone else, with their time. There is a constant exchange between time and money, even when you are young, because it impacts on everything.

The way we choose and do our job impacts on the way we spend our time, and the way we spend our time is the way we live our lives.

Youth is the time to learn through testing and making decisions, mainly without previous experience, but the key element is that all these experiments take time: your time.

So, here are some of my thoughts of why you should choose having more time instead of having more money in your 20s.

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Aug 26
2013
Why You Shouldn’t Be Looking For A Job

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Jobs are dead. Long live the contract-driven economy.

This is a guest post by Rebecca Rachmany. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines.

Let’s start with why you’re looking for a job in the first place. That’s obvious, you say. It’s because you need to make a living.

I’m with you on that one, but let’s just look a tad deeper. What you really want is financial security. Let’s face it. A job is good today, but you want long-term financial security, not just a job today.
A job will never give you financial security

A few years ago, someone interviewing me for a job asked me why I move companies so often. I said, the average time on a job is a year and a half, so I’m not far off that average. See, this startup failed, and that one moved the department offshore, and I got a better offer here. Nothing strange.

The only strange thing, I realized, was that every time I had a job, I thought I had a job.

What I actually had was a contract.

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