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Finding a Job During the Holidays

Finding a Job During the Holidays
The holidays are often thought of as one of the greatest obstacles to a job search; however, if you manage your time right it could be one of the most productive. Among all the business events, holiday parties, and baked goods this time of year there are plenty opportunities to push your job search to the next level.   1. Plan Ahead Despite the temptation to slow down the job search process this time of year, companies must still continue their staffing plans. Just as companies will continue to hire, you must continue to search during this time. Applying or sending your resume to companies during this time could pay off immediately or when things pick up again after the season is over. In the Multifamily Industry, no matter how slow or fast business is around the holidays, hiring must go on—and if you stop applying for jobs you could miss valuable opportunities.   2. Network at Holiday Parties Frequent as many holiday parties as you have time for with the aim of professional networking. With business card in hand, holiday parties for work or friends are an excellent opportunity to make new connections.   3. Send Small Gifts as a Follow-up A small token of thanks goes a long way to those who have helped you in your job hunt. The spirit of giving that goes hand in hand with the holidays is an excellent opportunity to show your appreciation to people who have helped you and to remind them t......
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Using Social Media to Find a Job

Using Social Media to Find a Job
Social media outlets today are used by a majority of apartment properties, and as such can be a powerful tool when searching for a job in the apartment industry.   These 5 tips will help you make the most of your online presence in order to land the job you’ve got your eye on: 1. Be Deliberate about What You Put Online Checking candidates’ online profiles is becoming a routine part of the hiring process, and consequentially you must be purposeful about what you upload. Unprofessional material on your profile can hurt your reputation with potential employers, while industry-related posts or information will make you positively stand out. 2. Use Social Media to Hunt for Jobs Many companies or properties within the apartment industry will post job openings online, so keep an eye out for these on social media outlets. Doing a quick search on Facebook or Twitter could also bring up jobs that you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. On Twitter, try searching by hashtags such as #tweetmyjobs, which has been used in over a million tweets that list job openings. 3. Add to Online Conversations Meaningfully Once you have online profiles, join in industry conversations and interactions in a way that is significant, and employers may take notice. Another way to contribute meaningfully online is to create your own website or blog and then link to it on your social media. Creating your own materials to showcase your talents online can set you apart as a leader in the indus......
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Secrets to a Successful Phone Interview

Secrets to a Successful Phone Interview
Phone interviews are growing in popularity as a means to screen potential candidates. For job seekers, this means that you must be prepared at any time to ace a phone interview. First impressions are crucial in this process, from the tone of your voice to the words you choose when answering the phone.   Here are 5 key practices to ensuring a successful phone interview: 1. Know the specifics of your interview Is your interviewer calling you or are you meant to call them? Clarifying the details of a phone interview will save you from missed opportunities or appearing unprofessional. Also, if your interview is scheduled in advance, make sure you double-check the agreed upon time and account for any difference in time zones.  2. Have Your Questions Ready While your interviewer will be the one primarily asking questions, often you will be given the opportunity to do so as well. A phone interview is a good chance to voice any questions you may have in order for both parties to determine if the job is a good match. But before you ask your questions make sure you’ve done your research—know all there is to about the company and position you’re applying for ahead of time.  3. Prepare Your Space A phone interview may seem less stressful than an in-person one; however, there are many ways it can go wrong. Fortunately, a little preparation can go a long way with a phone interview. For example, make sure you have a quiet, closed-d......
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The 5 Worst Things to Include in Your Cover Letter

The 5 Worst Things to Include in Your Cover Letter
Cover letters are often created as an afterthought to a resume, thrown together painstakingly at an employer’s request. The bad first impression that a poorly written cover letter leaves can be difficult to recover from—even impossible. While there are many things you should not include in a cover letter, here are the top five most common mistakes:   1.  Inaccurate Information about the Company Demonstrating knowledge of the company you are applying with can be a good practice in a cover letter; however, if any information you include is incorrect it will be glaring in the eyes of the reader. Double check—and triple check—that any mention of your potential employer or position is completely accurate.   2.  Irrelevant Experience Personal anecdotes, unrelated work experience, or vaguely abstract goals should all be nixed from your cover letter. Whoever is reading your application likely already has limited time, and having them read information about you that they aren’t interested in will only hurt your case. 3.  Salary Your cover letter should not be a place to start negotiating your salary. In fact, any mention of salary should be left out of your letter. Because you do not know how much your employer is going to offer, letting them know your requirements will not have any benefit. 4.  Pictures Candidates have varying reasons for including a headshot with their applications—perhaps it will make me appear more personable? Or convey to employers who I am? In reality, unless an employer explicitly asks for a photo, including one can come across as u......
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