Career Advice Blog2020-04-21T13:07:41+00:00

At Distinctive Career Services, our mission is to empower you with the tools, resources, and confidence you need to pursue your dream career and build a career you will love! On this blog, get tips and advice to help you to advance in your current career path, make a desired career change, or promote your personal brand and image. Articles cover topics such as career planning, resume writing, LinkedIn profile writing, job searching, interviewing, networking, and more.

Do’s and Don’ts for Using Facebook When Job Searching

Facebook has always been a great place to connect with friends and loved ones. Now, thanks to its job board feature, using Facebook when job searching is a reality and it could get you your next job. Considering most

How To Protect Your Privacy and Security When Job Searching Online

It's said that technology is designed to simplify our daily lives.  Cell phones, tablets, eReaders, and Bluetooth devices are among the many communication tools we use to help make life easier. For some of us that works; others are

February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Career Management, Job Search Advice, Online Job Searching|

How To Prepare For A Virtual Job Interview

Virtual job interviews. We originally published this article in 2012. Virtual interviewing was a novelty back then. Today, it is a common practice, and this was true even before the COVID-19 pandemic. It was far past time for us

February 14th, 2021|Categories: Job Search Advice, Job Search Interviewing, Online Job Searching|

5 Expert Tips for Professional Networking on LinkedIn

Professional networking online has its unique set of challenges. Generally, it's relatively harder to build personal connections when you don’t have the advantage of face to face meetings. However, LinkedIn offers some golden opportunities to help you create a

10 Online Networking Tips to Help Your Virtual Self Get the Job You Want

There’s a saying that goes, “It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you and what you can do.” And in today’s world, online networking through social media channels provides an invaluable way for you to gain that type

Tips to Build Your Social Media Presence So Recruiters Find You Easily

Is a robust social media presence helpful when job searching? The answer is an indisputable YES. Recruiters.  Whether in-house HR recruiters or third-party recruiting firms, many employers use them, rely on them, depend on them to source the best

February 3rd, 2021|Categories: Career Management, Online Job Searching, Personal Marketing|

How-to Turn Your LinkedIn Profile Into a Multimedia Career Portfolio

Once upon a time, conducting a job search was relatively straightforward: You'd ask friends and acquaintances if they knew of any openings, peruse the classified ads section of the local newspaper, and send resumes along with a good cover letter.

15 Easy Action Steps To Improve Your LinkedIn Profile Today

LinkedIn is the top social networking website for jobseekers. LinkedIn launched in May of 2003, 9 months before Facebook, making it the oldest social network still in use today. Known as the "professional networking site" LinkedIn claims somewhere near

February 1st, 2021|Categories: Online Job Searching|

How Recruiters Use Social Media In Making Recruiting & Hiring Decisions

Gone are the days when social media was a "new-fangled" concept. With close to 3.6 billion people on social media today, it should come as no surprise that 70% of employers use social media when screening potential employees. But,

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