Scout­ing the job mar­ket? Th­ese tips from Sh­eryl Sand­berg’s book will give you a head start on the com­pe­ti­tion.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CAREER - By Mindy Levy

KNOW WHO YOU ARE Job seek­ers should have an 'el­e­va­tor pitch', a 30-sec­ond run­down of your most rel­e­vant skills. Mine is “I’m Mindy Levy. I work in hu­man re­sources at a strat­egy-and-tech­nol­o­gy­con­sult­ing company. I also moon­light as an ex­ec­u­tive coach, help­ing peo­ple get ‘un­stuck’ so they can pur­sue their am­bi­tions.” The idea is to in­tro­duce your­self quickly and con­vey the kind of job you’re look­ing for if the op­por­tu­nity arises at a party, a sport­ing event— even in an ac­tual el­e­va­tor. CLEAR YOUR CACHE Did you know that 75 per­cent of re­cruiters

Ex­cerpted from Lean In: For Grad­u­ates, by Sh­eryl Sand­berg say their hir­ing process in­cludes re­search­ing can­di­dates on­line? So check your so­cial me­dia pho­tos and posts and hide or delete any ques­tion­able ones— even if your hair looks re­ally good. Cre­ate a proper LinkedIn pro­file, ask­ing for­mer em­ploy­ers and pro­fes­sors to pro­vide tes­ti­mo­ni­als, and join school and in­dus­try groups on the site. GO BEYOND GOOGLE Find jobs that aren’t listed on­line by iden­ti­fy­ing peo­ple in your ex­tended net­work—friends and col­leagues of your fam­ily, teach­ers, and friends—who have jobs that you’re in­ter­ested in. Make a list of peo­ple you want to con­nect with, and see if you have any­one in common. Don’t be afraid of get­ting their at­ten­tion on Twit­ter or LinkedIn.

Good at pos­ing for pics; bad at talk­ing to each other

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