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Could You Be Swiping Right on New Career Connections?

A Paris-based and New York startup called Shapr has gone on to raise close to 3 million to create a professional networking website for your industry. However, unlike LinkedIn, which is one of the largest networking giants, Shapr is user-friendly on mobile. As a user, you get a chance to go through a list of the contacts that you know and would love to endorse. You can then easily share these contacts with other people in your network to forge connections. 

 

What’s the Story of Shapr?

The brand was founded in the middle of 2014 by Huraux Ludovic, who’s also known for creating Attractive World, which is a French dating site. He has also worked with private entities and startups such as Prezi and Songza.

He says that the idea of the networking app grew from his need to help fellow entrepreneurs connect with more people. He adds that getting connected nowadays is very random and frustrating. Here, you’ll find most networking websites connect you with people who you hardly know or others who haven’t met for many years. Eventually, this hinders proper online and real-time endorsements.

 

How Does It Work?

Nowadays, the Shapr app allows you to choose from up to 50 people who you trust. You can then go on and share your network with them, and they can easily get access to all your connections. Keep in mind that the people who you connect with should only be from your ‘inner circle.’

It attempts to mimic offline introductions by offering five presentations or endorsements each day. As a user, you can view the five matches, and accept or reject them by only swiping right or left using the app. The swiping interface is akin to the user experience of Tinder. If you both accept the match, then you’re connected and able to engage in fruitful conversations!

It also comes with another feature known as the “Shapeline” which provides a more collaborative and public feed. Here, if you are a user, you can share opportunities, advice and further build on your relationships.

The industry operates in an environment where several professional networking applications have tried and since failed. Such companies include Holler, Mingle, and Intro which sadly tried to find new methods of making the networking process quicker on mobile. Similar to Shapr, they focused mainly on shared interests and proximity as a reliable starting point.

So where was the challenge? We found that the problem of using these mobile applications is that they lack certain connections. For instance, you cannot reach out to investors or people having public profile or status. These people normally have many other connections from other connections, and they may not be willing to increase their inbound flow. Eventually, you end up networking with many people, sailing in a similar boat.

But this should not discourage you as not all investors behave in such a way. There are some who value the need to keep increasing their contacts by meeting new people. You just have to keep trying and never give up on your goal!

How Does Shapr Make Professional Networking As Simple As Swiping Right?

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If today you were to ask an average person if they enjoy networking, you’ll probably get a straight “No” or even an eye roll. They find it uncomfortable, painful and a process that lacks genuine connections.

But we now have a reason to smile with this Tinder-like application used for professional and advanced networking. Let us see how it manages to survive in an area where others have collapsed.

 

What Makes It Unique From Other Networking Events Such As LinkedIn?

Some people may invest their time through happy hour events in networking as they try to make the proper value in time and money for their connections. However, the truth is most people dislike all types of networking events.

Here, you’ll find that even the most perfectly organized events in networking may feel a bit forced to an individual who’s used to creating his connections online. This is with good reason – it’s hard to know if the connections you want to make are worth your time.

One of the marketing managers at Citi added that “it’s like walking into a cold room without knowing who is there and why they choose to be there.” Besides, you also have no guarantee that you’ll connect with any person in the company or in an industry that you’re pursuing.

LinkedIn has bridged this gap in several ways for us. Keep in mind that we are the same generation that spends most of its adult years looking for ‘juicy’ details about someone through social media websites such as Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Just like we use our social media platforms, we like context and the chance to give our networking time priority. With LinkedIn, for instance, we can know the history, background, networks, and skills of an individual before even we start talking to them. Unluckily, such comes with its own set of disadvantages. For example, we found that most of us do not like the ‘Who has viewed your profile” feature.

Well as human beings, we are curious creatures of nature, and we love to stalk. Unfortunate for us, we can no longer enjoy these ‘privilege’ with LinkedIn and even in Shapr. You may view many profiles without realizing that the website is notifying them. You’ll only realize this if someone views your profile and you get a notification.

However, Shapr is unique from LinkedIn and other networking websites because of its ability to create brand new connections in an approachable or friendly manner. With LinkedIn, you can only connect with those people you’ve directly talked to or met. If you try connecting with any other person, they may feel awkward or may think you want to sell them a product.

 

The Beauty of Using Shapr

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Shapr is an application that uses a new approach when it comes to professional networking. By applying smart and straightforward algorithm, it provides 10 to 15 profiles of nearby professionals who carry similar interests. We’ve mentioned that it has a similar relationship to Tinder where users get to swipe from left to right to show if they are willing to connect with the other person. If two individuals swipe right, they can now start charting and even decide to meet in person maybe over a cup of coffee!

Although networking can be kind of tiresome and also requires a good amount of energy and time to create successful relationships, Shapr makes the entire process easier. It introduces you to like-minded investors who are close by and would love to grow their online networks. The main app’s goal is to create a networking system that’s inspiring and seamless enough to become a lifestyle!

It’s interested in opening up new business opportunities for all its subscribers. Having mentioned this, they also have flagging features and moderators to make sure that all those pursuing unprofessional connections like selling or dating are reported directly!

Huraux further reiterated that “At Shapr, they aim to create a mindful method of networking.” It ensures that all your business cards reach a wide-range of people. Through creating beneficial conversations, Shapr gives you the first step in creating long-term relationships.

 

5 Signs You Would Benefit From Job Search Assistance

Whether you are currently employed and exploring your options or unemployed and looking for a new career, searching for a job can be a long and exhausting journey. In addition, the process can feel futile and frustrating if you are not getting employer feedback, are turned down during the interview process, or are unsure of where and how to concentrate your efforts.

There comes a time during a job search where you may not want or be able to go through the process alone. Time is valuable, so we need to ensure it is put to good use. Not only that, but in certain circumstances, weeks or months without a job can be financially detrimental.

If any of these signs apply to you, perhaps it is time to pursue outside help in order to turn around your job search fortunes.

 

  1. You are struggling to hear back from employers

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You take the time to apply to countless positions, make calls, and network, however, you still are no closer to landing a new position.

A likely correlation to this problem may be that your résumé is not technically compatible or does not showcase your background properly. Many companies send candidate résumés through an applicant tracking system (also known as ATS) before a human being ever reads it. If your résumé is not compatible, it could be automatically moved to a virtual trash bin. Alternatively, if your résumé makes it past the ATS check, but your employment history and associated skills are not appropriately presented, the hiring manager may deem you as unfit after taking a quick glance.

Getting outside help from a professional résumé writer helps ensure your résumé makes it through ATS, catches the eye of a hiring manager, and leads to more interviews. With that said, it is important to do your homework and choose a certified writer with experience crafting résumés for individuals with backgrounds and career goals similar to your own. Be sure to ask questions with regard to what type of résumés they specialize in, how much time they spend on a typical résumé, and what their process is.

  1. Your LinkedIn presence is lacking

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Social media is the new age of business with LinkedIn as one of the most predominantly used professional sites. With over 500 million users registered with the site (https://blog.linkedin.com/2017/april/24/the-power-of-linkedins-500-million-community), utilizing LinkedIn to network and find a new career is becoming more and more of a necessity.

Let’s pause here though. There is a large difference between simply being present on LinkedIn and being active on the site. According to MarketWatch, approximately 93% of recruiters use LinkedIn to search for candidates (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-recruiters-screen-you-on-linkedin-2014-05-02). This means that the vast majority of the time, when an application is submitted the recruiter will pop over to your LinkedIn profile to take a look. If your profile is half complete, has inaccurate information, is a carbon copy of your résumé, or shows no recent activity the recruiter may be inclined to move on to the next candidate.

A professional and reputable LinkedIn profile writer has the ability to showcase your skills, accomplishments, and career desires in such a way that enhances your job search. Written well, your profile can serve as the hook for a recruiter to reach out or be the final piece of your application puzzle which prompts a hiring manager to schedule an interview.   A reputable LinkedIn profile writer also serves the important role of providing advice and guidance on how to use the site in an effective manner. Look for writers that provide ongoing assistance or LinkedIn use and maintenance guides!

  1. Your information is inconsistent

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Applying for a position is typically not a one-step process. Instead, it usually includes submitting the application itself, your résumé, and a cover letter. Not only does the employer have access to this information, but they also can see any content on your LinkedIn profile. If the information across these components contradicts itself or is inconsistent, this may leave an employer confused, or worse, wary of your background.

Information such as dates, names of employers, job titles, job descriptions, and even degrees or certifications are all common pieces of information that tend to lack consistency across employment documents or profiles.

Maintaining consistency is may often be easier said than done but, when achieved, many find that not only are the details lined up, your personal brand becomes stronger due to the unified message being sent. Many professionals offer résumé, LinkedIn, and cover letter packages along with coaching on how to accurately transfer this information to applications. Consider asking for more information on such services if hiring a professional is in your future.

  1. You do not focus on your own brand

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When people think of a brand they tend to think of a product or a company. What many seem to forget is that YOU are your own brand. Throughout the application and interview process, you are required to sell yourself either on paper, on the phone, or in person.

In order to adequately sell yourself, having a clearly defined brand is essential. In order to sell a product a sales person must know what the product can do, what it has achieved for others who have used it, and how it works. You must be able to do the same. Do you know what skills you bring to the table? Do you know in what fields you would be a best fit? What have you achieved with previous employers?

If you are unsure of how to brand yourself and translate that into your résumé, LinkedIn profile, or during interviews, a career services professional can assist in defining your brand. Look for a professional with a background in personal branding for job seekers, training related to the field, and the ability to provide coaching on how to translate training into results.

 

  1. You do not get to the next round of interviews

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Getting an interview after countless applications is exciting, which is why when you do not get to the next round of the interview process it can be heartbreaking.

Oftentimes, job seekers take this denial personally when in most cases it comes down to how you presented your skills in relation to the postion or how you presented yourself as a professional. Take the chance to ask your interviewer why you were not chosen and how you can improve in interviews.

If time after time you find yourself not making the final cut, consider engaging in mock interviews or pursuing written exercises that will hone your skills in line with your personal brand.

 

* About the Author:

Brittney Beck, CCELW is Senior Associate Résumé and LinkedIn Profile Writer and Recruitment Strategist for Vocamotive, Inc. She has an education in strategic communications, as well as considerable experience in writing, career development, and personal branding. Brittney is highly talented in assisting her clients achieve their professional goals and the materials she creates quickly result in interview opportunities. Her dedication to her craft and expert business writing abilities result in top-tier products.

Follow Brittney on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/beckbrittney/

Contact Brittney via email at: bbeck@vocamotive.com   

Obtain professional Résumé and LinkedIn profile writing assistance by contacting Brittney directly, visiting Vocamotive’s website or by calling (630) 789-2519 to schedule a free consultation.

Follow Vocamotive on LinkedIn and Facebook and read Vocamotive’s Blog to hear about our latest career and resume development tips and offers!

 

* Research and Editorial Assistance Provided by Adam Zajac, NCRW and Luke Myers.

How to Land More Interviews (and Shorten Your Job Search)

 

As the U.S. job market nears full employment, many job seekers are scratching their heads wondering why their own efforts are not generating numerous interviews and desired employment offers. After all, with the official jobless rate at a 9-year low, now should be one of the best times to begin a job search.  

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The Rehabilitation Counselor’s Role in Empowering Jobseekers

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According to 2015 data collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every five adults in the United States (approximately 53 million) has a disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act defines disability as a physical or mental impairment that significantly limits individuals’ ability to perform one or more major life activities, individuals having a history or record of such an impairment, or individuals being perceived as having an impairment. Disability can impact individuals’ ability to function independently through activities of daily living, finding and maintaining employment, and feeling included and supported in their communities.

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Rehabilitation counselors work with individuals with disabilities by assisting them with achieving their optimal independence, integration, and participation in the community and world of work to reach personal goals, career aspirations, and perceived quality of life. They encourage personal, social, and economic independence while acknowledging the unique experiences of individuals of various social and cultural backgrounds (Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, 2009*). They abide by the Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation Counselors while making decisions and delivering services to their clients. Rehabilitation counselors create specific and time-oriented rehabilitation plans that map out their clients’ goals and what the process will entail for them to achieve those goals. Rehabilitation counselors provide services in a variety of settings, including veteran hospitals, mental health facilities, schools, state and federal offices, correctional facilities, public rehabilitation agencies and Workers Compensation agencies.

Vocamotive is a vocational rehabilitation and career services firm that works with a wide variety of clients, including unemployed or underemployed jobseekers, worker’s compensation clients, military veterans, and transitional students. Rehabilitation counselors at Vocamotive collaborate with a team of career placement professionals, job developers, résumé and branding specialists and computer instructors to help clients develop job seeking and computer skills in order to find new employment. By working with professionals of various areas of expertise, rehabilitation counselors can address each of their client’s goals and help them enter or return to the workforce. At Vocamotive, we empower our clients to develop a new set of skills to take on new employment experiences.

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Rebecca Hanna is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) for Vocamotive, Inc. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Bradley University and Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at Northern Illinois University. Her areas of career interests include vocational rehabilitation, transition and disability services, and career counseling and placement.

Message or follow Rebecca on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccanhanna0704

Contact Rebecca via email at: rhanna@vocamotive.com

Learn more about Vocamotive at: www.vocamotive.com

Call Vocamotive at: (630) 789-2519

 

*Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. (2009). Code of professional ethics for rehabilitation counselors. Schaumburg, IL: Author.