What to Do at a Job Fair

Career Fair SuccessWith unemployment trending downwards, the labor market for employers is becoming increasingly competitive. Companies are finding new and more aggressive ways to target job candidates. One of these methods is the job fair. At a job fair, there are typically multiple employers present and available to meet with job seekers. Here at A Better Resume Service, we’ve recently compiled the most up-to-date list of Chicago area job fairs you can find anywhere.

Job fairs are an excellent way to get a lead on new jobs. Different from just sending off resumes to job postings you find online, a job fair allows you to meet in person with a representative from a potential employer. You can almost think of it as a mini interview and you should prepare yourself in the same way.

10 Tips for Job Fair Success

1. Dress professionally. Wear the same attire you would to a job interview in your targeted field. Remember, you are making your first impression in person, so put your best foot forward

2. Bring your resume. Take multiple copies of your resume with you to hand out to potential employers. Print on heavy resume paper and keep them with with you in a folder or portfolio so they don’t get creased or torn.

3. Prepare your pitch. Since there will be a lot of other job seekers at the fair, prepare a short pitch about yourself to share with potential employers. In your pitch, briefly describe your employment history, what positions you have held, what type of position you are looking for, your skills, and what value you can add to their organization.

4. Target your search. Don’t waste your time and the time of others by talking with employers you don’t want to work for. You probably won’t have time to talk with everyone, so narrow down your list and schedule your time there strategically. Often times, a list of employers will be posted in advance. Look at the companies who will be present and research what kinds of positions they already have open on their website. You don’t want to waste your time talking to someone who doesn’t even have a job that fits your qualifications.

5. Be polite. Remember, first impressions are key and you are going to be in a room full of potential employers are watching you. Act the same as you would in the workplace. Leave the dirty jokes and swear words at home. Spit out your gum. Take your baseball cap off. Respect your time and the time of others.

6.) Take notes. Bring a notepad with you to record any important information you might come across, such as available openings, further informational sessions, interview dates and times, names and contact info, projected hiring dates, and any other information that might affect your job search.

7.) Respect promotional materials. Employers often bring promotional materials or give aways to job fairs. Common things include pens, notepads, pins, stickers, USB drives, etc. Don’t use this as an opportunity to to increase your stress ball collection.

8.) Be confident. Don’t be shy. Ask questions and express your interest in joining their organization. The more people you can meet and talk with, the more likely you will be asked to come in for a real interview. If you just wonder around without speaking to anyone, you’re wasting your time.

9.) Find out the next steps. Remember, there are a lot of other potential applicants waiting behind you, so don’t monopolize the recruiter’s time.  Ask what the next steps in the hiring process are.

10.) Follow up. If you don’t follow up, you will have wasted your time at the job fair. Take notes on what the next steps are in the hiring process. Collect business cards so you have the name and contact info of the right people. For the employers you are interested in, send a simple thank you email reiterating your interest. Try to bring something up you talked about so you jog their memory and they can put a face to your name.

Interested in a finding out job fairs are coming up? We’ve compiled a full list of job fairs in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs that is updated weekly.

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DO AS MUCH RESEARCH AS POSSIBLE on the organization and job position. Never go in for an interview without having a sense of what the position entails and how the company operates. Some people send out so many resumes that they may not even remember exactly what it was they applied for by the time they get the call back to set up an interview. If you are applying to a lot of positions, it helps to keep track of this information in a document so you always have a reference to consult. Start by finding the original job posting, and review the description of the position. Not enough information? – Try searching for similar job position postings with other companies – you may even discover new job leads as well.

Your prospective employer wants to believe that you targeted your job search specifically for them – that you want to work for their company in that specific position. Being educated on what the position typically entails will help prove this to them. A good resource for learning what a general position’s responsibilities is the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/). Of course, this only gives you a general guide to that position – every employer has different expectations of their own. And if you want to look up average salaries for that position, head to https://www.glassdoor.com/.

Remember, you don’t need to know everything about the position on day one. No one is born knowing how to work at a specific job; it will take training, practice, and a lot of experience. Businesses look for people who are trainable – they want to find someone who is a good fit for the organization and is capable of learning new things. So don’t be afraid to cast a wide net and look for things you may not necessarily have thought you’d be capable of doing. Job skills are often transferable between different positions and lines of work. No one grows their career by sticking with the same thing their entire life!

Once you’ve gotten a sense of what the position entails, research the company itself. Look under the “About Us” page to get a little understanding of the company’s history. Look for any press releases to get an idea of what the company has been doing recently. Search for the company on news aggregator websites like http://news.google.com/ and read any related articles. You might not be able to figure out everything about the company, but a basic understanding of its organizational structure and recent projects should give you some good questions to ask in your interview. Your prospective employer will appreciate that you show interest in working for their specific organization and have at least a basic understanding of it – you will definitely have a leg up already over your competition.

Research the competition too. Applying for McDonalds? It will help to know what next, new thing Burger King is doing with their Whopper. Ask yourself what does company “A” do differently than company “B”? What specific talents and capacities can you contribute to help them grow and advance their mission? You’ll have the opportunity to talk about this when you finally get to the interview. Get a general lay of the land of the industry too. Is it thriving or is it declining? You’ll find that there is a wide variety of different kinds of corporate cultures, based not just on individual companies, but also in specific industries. There’s a lot of difference between working in the tech sector versus working, say, in the coal mining industry, even if the job position titles seem practically identical. Do you expect your workplace to have ping-pong tables, a nap room, and an in-office bar? – Or do you expect a more traditional, disciplined working environment? Knowing these things in advance will help you better tailor your interview and market yourself effectively as the best fit for the organization. Remember that managing expectations is key to succeeding in just about any kind of relationship – your employer needs to know what they can expect out of you, and you need to know what you can expect out of your employer.

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Interviewing Right Gets the Right Job

If you are like most people, the prospect of an important job interview makes you a little nervous. Interviews are one of the most important factors a hiring manager takes into account when deciding who to hire for a position. It is important that you put your best foot forward and make a great first impression. Being prepared for the job interview in advance will not only help calm your nerves, but it will also show to the interviewer that you are a responsible candidate. Below are a list of common interview questions and suggestions about how to answer them. Before your next job interview, practice how you will respond to these common questions.

Can you tell me a little about yourself?
Resist going into a full diary of your entire life and career experience. Think of this as your “elevator pitch” or a 60 second TV commercial to market yourself. Try to grab their interest, but keep it relatively brief. If the interviewer wants to hear more, then he or she will ask themselves. There will be more time to elaborate in the rest of the interview. Give a basic outline of your most recent work experience, say a few things regarding your unique skills and qualifications, and then indicate your interest in the position.

Why should we hire you?
This is a chance to display your confidence. You can give a few examples of some of your generic skills, but make sure to try to tailor them to the specific position. Give some real-world, work-related examples where you’ve been able to prove yourself a valuable asset.

What kind of value can you add to our organization?
Think of yourself as a salesperson marketing yourself. How is their organization going to get the most bang for their buck? Provide examples.

What kind of duties did you perform and accomplishments you achieve at prior positions?
This is an opportunity to elaborate what you already have on your resume. Try to think of some specific, job-related accomplishments. Were you part of any teams that developed successful, new strategies to grow business? – Or implemented any new policies/procedures to improve productivity and efficiency? Try to be specific as you can, giving numbers and statistics if possible. Employers want to see that you are capable of meeting and exceeding expectations, can take initiative by spearheading new projects for organization-wide benefit, and can hold yourself accountable for the tasks you set out to achieve.

What are your greatest strengths?
This can be a time to gloat a little bit, but you don’t need to sound like a superhero. If you’re really good, for example, at de-escalating difficult customer service encounters, then mention that and give a real-world example. If you have excellent time management skills, then mention that and give an example, like maybe you use Google Calendar to schedule each and every day of your life with a detailed list of tasks and timetables to make sure you stay on top of things. Always provide examples.

What are your greatest weaknesses?
You can be honest, but be selective in what you say. Don’t say that you have a lot of trouble waking up in the morning and getting to work on time. Use this as an opportunity to outline how you plan on improving on any shortcomings, because let’s face it, we all have them. Don’t say that you are biggest weakness is that you are a perfectionist, it will seem disingenuous. Be honest, but don’t make yourself look bad. Remember, for every weakness you mention, try to put a positive spin on it by describing how you are planning to improve. For example, you can mention that you are prone to procrastination, but find that you work best under pressure, but nonetheless have been taking concrete steps to better manage your time and set deadlines and goals for yourself throughout a project’s duration to help keep yourself on track.

Why do you want to work for us specifically?
This is where you can draw upon the research you did about the company. Was there anything that stuck out? Any particular reasons why you think it would be a good fit for you? Try to stay work and career focused as much as you can. For example, if you’re applying to Google, don’t mention how much you want to take advantage of the rock climbing wall or free massages. Instead, mention how you want to work in the kind of collaborative, creative environment with like-minded colleagues that Google offers because you think it will really spark your own innovative thinking.

Where do you see yourself in five years? – What are your career goals?
Don’t tell the hiring manager that you want their job in five years – that will just come off as arrogant. Use this as an opportunity to discuss how you plan on growing and developing your career, and how this position at this company can best help you reach those goals. Your prospective employer is most likely looking for someone who plans on sticking around for a while. Tell them that you plan on using this potential job position to help develop new skills and take on new responsibilities. Try to think reasonably about where this position might take you up the career ladder. So if you are interviewing to be a proofreader, then it might make sense to see yourself as a junior copywriter in five years. Or if you are interviewing to be an entry-level sales associate, then maybe in five years you might see yourself as an assistant sales manager. Try to sound optimistic, motivated, and ambitious; but don’t be unrealistic.

Why did you leave your last job?
Be honest, but you can also be selective in what you say. Sometimes what you don’t say is just as important as what you do say. Don’t badmouth your past employers, even if they were miserable places to work at. If you were let go for performance related reasons, this is okay to mention – just make sure to include on how you plan on improving your shortcomings. Employers will appreciate someone who owns up to their mistakes and is willing to take the appropriate steps to rectify them.

Describe a time you made a big mistake and what you did to rectify it?
Everyone makes occasional mistakes in their careers, but what employers are looking for are people who can own up to their mistakes and do their best to rectify them. They want honest and accountable people. If you made a mistake and then ignored it until it ballooned out of control, then you will not appear to be a very reliable candidate. However, if you made a mistake and immediately took the necessary actions to best rectify the situation and minimize any risks, then you will look like an honest and reliable candidate.

How did you hear about this position?
This is a good time to mention anyone that may have recommended you for the position. You also may want to mention that you’ve always heard good things about the company and that you are interested in working specifically for them. Always try to indicate your interest. Don’t tell them that you’ve just been sending out hundreds of resumes randomly until someone took the bait. Frame your answer so it seems like you are making a targeted job search.

Describe a difficult situation and what you did you did to overcome it?
Avoid trying to look like some kind of self-centered superhero who came to the rescue. The interviewer is looking for someone who handles well under pressure and takes initiative in solving problems, but who also isn’t afraid to ask others for guidance and assistance when necessary. Remember the S.H.A.R.E. method when responding to this question:
1.) Situation; share a specific situation.
2.) Hindrances; explain what made it difficult.
3.) Action; describe the actions you took to correct the situation.
4.) Results; list the results you accomplished.
5.) Evaluate; explain what you learned from the situation.

Why do you have a gap in your employment?
• Employers value honesty, so don’t lie and make up a position that you didn’t actually have. It’s okay to give a reasonable explanation to explain any gaps in employment. Maybe you wanted to take a short break from the workforce to focus on self-improvement while you figured out what you wanted to do next, maybe you had to take time off to care for a sick relative. Try to be clear and succinct; you don’t need to give any more details than you need to give.

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The words transition and change are often scary, but they don’t have to be when referring to your career. Whether the move be for an increased salary, higher engagement/buy-in or a natural progression into an improved title, this should be a positive move in your life.

As a Career Coach and Resume Writer, I have the privilege of working with all levels of candidates, from students through C-level executives. In my years of experience I have found one constant: change will always be stressful.

Now that we understand what may lie ahead, it is our responsibility to manage the stress and utilize it’s change in the body to bring about positive results. The frustration that may build while searching for a job can serve as motivation instead of a deterrent. The time it takes to cater a resume can be used to identify skills that you may not have previously discovered or realized. The hours scouring the internet and locating 100′s of positions should not be seen as a dragon that you must slay, but rather as an opportunity to leverage your KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities) to support the mission and vision of a company in need.

START SIMPLE: Like anything, the most difficult portion of the process is getting started. What should I do first? What kind of jobs am I
qualified for? What if I leave this job and realize I made a mistake?

Take some time to evaluate your current job; what do you like and dislike? This will help to determine the best fit moving forward. The next step is catering a resume that immediately informs employers regarding what type of position you are interested in and what skills you have that apply. If you are unsure of what skills you possess that set you apart, I suggest taking a personality or cognitive ability test (such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)). These tests can help evaluate career possibilities as well.

Myers-Briggs Inventory

Begin your search process by sending out a resume directly to employers. If you are searching on a career site, find the name of the employer (if possible) and visit their site directly. Learn about the company and the position to assess what is different from your current situation (will you be happy here for an elongated period of time?). Begin by sending out two to three resumes each day for the first few weeks and evaluate your response rate (as well as the quality of employers who may be responding). If you are dissatisfied after three to four weeks, take a look back at your resume to identify areas of improvement (companies often utilize optical character recognition (OCR) to pull resumes which may be helping or hindering your chances depending on your knowledge of applicable keywords).

Once the interview stage begins to consistently fill up your schedule is when the fun begins. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn about various organizations and what they have to offer, you can compare and learn about what is going to be the best fit for you (culture, pace, people, type of work). The interview can be seen as a first date; both parties should appreciate what the other has to offer, otherwise it may not be a great fit. If you are someone that is flustered in those situations, I recommend taking an interview training course (such as the one at the Discovery Center on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago) to help rehearse; after all, Practice Makes Permanent.

The offer stage is exciting as it is the home stretch, but you want to make sure that it is worth leaving a current position (if that is your situation). There are circumstances where taking a job, no matter the pay or opportunity for advancement, is the appropriate thing to do, however ideally you can remain proactive so as not to get caught in a tricky situation.

The job search process can be stressful, but it can also be viewed as an exciting new chapter in your life. You have the ability to alter your mindset and get excited about the job hunt as your life-changing career opportunity may be one resume submittal away.

Mike Robbins, MA is the author of this article. To contact a writer at A Better Resume Service, call toll free 1-800-730-3244.

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We asked Chris Sanford, job search specialist in Oak Brook, Illinois about Linkedin profiles. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a new graduate you need a professional LinkedIn profile to showcase your skills, abilities and professional history. Users of Facebook for their personal lives should have a Linkedin profile for their work life.

Get an updated LinkedIn profile.

The ever-evolving social media world can be tough to keep up with, particularly when it comes to job hunting, networking and work relationships. There are numerous online platforms with countless tools and applications designed to connect individuals
with job opportunities. In this digital age, recruiter and employers seek out any and all information that they can find about a potential candidate via internet searches and social media sites. You need to be in control of what they are going to find because LinkedIn profiles typically rank high in Google searches. This is exactly why a professionally developed LinkedIn profile is a critical part of not only your job search but also your online reputation management.

A professional LinkedIn profile developer has the ability to utilize your personal and professional data to make your profile more visible to potential employers. They know how to manipulate the program to take your profile from average to All Star. When this happens you will attract more recruiters and HR professionals to your profile. However if your profile is messy, incomplete, has grammatical errors or is just non existent what will that say to them? Make no mistake we have entered the time when recruiters can and will ask you for access to your profile. When it was built by a professional you can feel comfortable and proud with sharing this information.

What you may not realize is that LinkedIn also doubles up as an intelligent jobs board. Professional recruiters and companies pay to access LinkedIn Recruiter, a back-end service which allows those who use it to search precisely for the candidates they require.

Once a professional has developed your profile then you can begin to utilize the site an all of its options including strategic job searches and networking abilities. LinkedIn is a great way to organize and manage professional relationships. Contacts you make during the job hunt and throughout your career can be potential gold mines for information regarding open positions.

Contact your writer at A Better Resume Service, Inc. for assistance with your Linkedin profile. Call toll free 1-800-730-3244.

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Great Resume Writing ServiceYou can be the perfect interviewer, you can sell anyone on your value, but you will not have the chance unless the resume you have gets you in the door. In today’s competitive market and with changes in electronic distribution and processing, you can help forward your career by enlisting the assistance of a professional resume writer. To follow are some suggestions for making the right choice.

1). Take the time to talk to potential writers. Ask them questions and listen to the answers to ensure they can assist you. Schedule a free consultation to meet them.

2). Never pay any money in advance until you have talked to a live person.

3). If you can not visit a service, make sure you have a physical address that you can verify. Make sure they are located within driving distance. If something goes wrong or you need to meet in person, you do not want to get on a plane.

4). Visit a writer in-person. Make sure they are in a stable business, they seem competent and you have a chance to see examples of their work.

5). Make sure your writer is the one who will do the work rather than a salesperson who takes orders and contracts work out to home-based businesses.

6). What are the writer’s credentials. How long have they been in business?

7). Ask about the writing process. What information is necessary? How is it going to be presented. Will you have a chance to review the work before it is finalized?

8). What are the update policies? How long will the resume be kept on file. What are future costs.

9). Does the business seem successful? Is it in a good location?

10). Can you make a deposit toward the work and pay once it is finalized?

These tips will help you select a resume service which will do what they say, give you what you need and launch you into your new career.

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How to Keep Your Job.Although it may be a temptation, laying low may be the worst strategy for keeping your job.  Here are four suggestions that if implemented, can solidify your position in your company.

1) Be Aware of Organizational Needs
It is usually the person on the front line who knows of organizational weaknesses.  The bottom line in a company is the bottom line.  If a company is successful and grows, then employees are much more secure in their positions.  The difference between what a company brings in and what it spends can be translated into security.  Ask these questions.  Where can we save money?  What can be done better?  What can we do to complete tasks faster and more accurately?  What can be done to ensure customer satisfaction?  What can I do to make the workplace better?

2) Take Initiative
It’s easy to criticize but taking action will make worklife more interesting and easier.  Can you participate in activities or committees?  Engage your co-workers and managers.  The worst ideas are brilliant ones that no one acts on.  Take action where you can write a memo or attempt to influence those around you in conversation. Encourage others to help your organization.

3) Diversify
Inside and outside of work, the more you know, the more interesting a person you are.  Keep up with changes in computers and social networking or anything else that might apply to your company. Volunteer to help out in other areas.  The more people you know in your organization, the wider your support base if you need assistance, and also the more valuable you are to the company.

4) Document
Keep a record of your activities.  If at all possible, attempt to quantify results.  A record will help keep you on track, document your progress and allow you on short notice to demonstrate your value.  Write down anything you did beyond your regular job responsibilities.  Keep a log in your desk and try to add something to it daily.  This will
also help you if you need to create a resume.

5). Communicate
Ask for a meeting with a supervisor or manager.  Prepare carefully what you would like to say.  Explain that you have taken the initiative to assist the company and ask if there are projects which might increase your contributions.  Every manager has a list of things that they would like done, but haven’t gotten around to. Few people are laid off during the middle of an important project.

The suggestions above will lead to a more interesting and exciting work day.  They will help your company and improve its chances of survival and solidify your position in the workplace.

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1). Protecting Your Online Reputation – Your First Priority

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2). Improve Your Personal and Professional Life

Myers-Briggs – Better Self-Understanding. Click here.

3). A Linkedin Profile – Why You Should Have One

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This is an article written by a colleague of mine, Mike Mara which I like to bring out in time for the holidays.

The end of the year isn’t only a great season feast with family or shop for gifts for your loved ones; it’s also a good time to find yourself a new job. Instead of putting off the job search until after the New Year, why not get a leg up on the competition?

Get a Head Start on the Hiring Season

Looking for a job during the holidays can be a hard choice

With all of the excitement that goes on around the holiday season, some people may feel that the best approach would be to put their job hunt on the back burner until January. During the last two months of the year, December especially, the number of people applying for jobs is at its lowest point.

Holiday celebrations will ease competition in the job market, keeping hobby job seekers and those less determined busy,î says William Potter, Director of www.betterjobsearch.com, a national employment site.
Your opportunities increase as your competitive field decreases.

While the lack of competition certainly plays a significant role in one’s ability to find a job in December, employers themselves can be an important factor as well. Some experts indicate that employers are well aware of people’s disinterest in searching for employment during the holidays. So if an employer runs a job ad during December, they have a good reason for doing so.

“If a company needs someone to replace a secretary retiring next April, it isn’t going to search in December, when people are more likely to sing carols than read job ads,” says Potter. “The openings in December are all emergency openings, whereas during the rest of the year, it’s hard to judge advertisers’ seriousness by merely reading an ad.”

Just like people, companies spend their budgets in advance

An employer’s budget can also play an important role in the company posting an ad for a position near the end of the year. Some companies whose fiscal year begins January 1st may have worked additional positions into their budgets for the upcoming year, positions they would like to have filled by the end of the current year if possible. So, while applying in December may seem like jumping too far ahead, for the employer it may be just in time.

Job seekers have to keep in mind that it’s not just the holiday season for them but for employers as well. Since many companies begin to wind down nearing the end of the fourth quarter, those looking for employment can use this to their advantage by getting the ball rolling on their search in November.
Start early and you will end up at your destination earlier.

“If you put off your search until after the New Year, the averages suggest that it could easily be anywhere between April and June before you’ve found employment. So, instead of putting ‘finding a job’ on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, why not jump-start your search right after Thanksgiving?

“I like to advise my clients that being first in line is always better than being in the back of the herd,” says Rick Hansen of A Better Resume Service. “Sometimes a December job search can bring the nicest holiday present of all; a new job.”

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“A good reputation is more valuable than money” Publilus Syrus

In a survey of 2,500 individuals funded by Microsoft, 86% of HR Managers stated that they made hiring decisions based on positive information found on the Internet. In the age of social networking, it is more important now than ever to monitor and manage information which can be found about you. Public records, postings, publicity and even obscure references like meeting attendance and organizational activities can be found by people who are interested in you.

Your reputation is made up of who you are, what you have done and what people think of you. Conversely, by taking an active role in your reputation, you can channel and sculpt your reputation to confirm what you want people to see. There are four reasons why you should take an active role in your personal reputation management.

You Have No Reputation

As odd as it seems, many people just can’t be found. In a CBS “60 Minutes” segment entitled, “Trapped in Unemployment” it was said of hiring managers “when they are considering you for a job they are going to the Internet to see what comes up. If you have nothing show up, you are not relevant” In the age of information, not to be found is not to exist.

The manner in which you exist is also relevant. A social media tool called Klout measures social media visibility on a scale of 1-100. In an “Wired” article, Sam Fiorella a consultant for Fortune 500 companies interviewed for a position as Vice President for a Toronto marketing agency. When asked his Klout score which he didn’t know, the interviewer pulled it up on the computer and found he was ranked 34. Later he found out that his Klout score was the deciding factor in not getting the job. Sam Fiorella subsequently boosted his score to 72 and became the co-author of “Influence Marketing: How To Create, Manage, and Measure Brand Influencers in Social Media.”

You Need to Claim Credit Where Credit is Due

Our work life consists of meetings, projects, transitions and accomplishments. As a team member, if credit is given, it is often given to the team leader and more often company leaders. That does not diminish your accomplishment, it simply doesn’t give you credit for it. Often credit can be assumed in your resume or LinkedIn profile. Using social media tools not only gives you a voice, but also documents your participation in business activities and justifies your value to future employers.

Mitigate Negative Visibility

Unfortunately, some of the highest visibilities we find on the Internet are for negative events. It is common for traffic infractions, court appearances and other activities to reported to the public. For instance an executive had a dispute with his neighbor about an overhanging limb which ended up in the local newspaper. When his name is searched, that is the first thing one sees. A computer programmer was driving home late one night after sitting at a computer for 12 hours. He stopped at a gas station for a bottle of water. The clerk upon seeing his red eyes called the police who pull him over on suspicion of drunk driving. Although the charges were dismissed, the Internet still shows his name associated with a DUI. A specialist in reputation management can help with these types of situations.

Clarify Mistaken Identity

Unfortunately, we all can’t be named Harry Potter. People who have the same names or names similar to others that have negative Internet visibility have to defend their reputations. The clearer your identity is, the less likely it will be mistaken for another person’s.

When Should You Begin?

Now! The first step to managing your reputation is identifying what it is currently. Run an Internet search for your name, your company, projects you have worked on and accomplishments. If you are not happy with the results, it is time to get working. A Better Resume Service has teamed up with a new cost, effective Reputation Management solution company. Harness your reputation with a system covered by two US patents. Call us at 1-800-730-1888 or visit one of our offices for a free consultation.

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