As I most always say at all my job search presentations and hands on classes, I hope to open your eyes to some of the tools available via social media to enhance your job search efforts. It is up to you to grab hold of the applicable ones and make use of them. Early in my sales career I studied motivation gurus for years. I read books, listened to audio tapes and watched videos. (Sorry, no DVD’s or MP3’s then!) I learned a long time ago that motivation comes from within. I can do nothing but attempt to educate you.In that regard here are five blog articles I came across last week that might be helpful in supplying additional ideas to enhance your job search efforts:
Randy Wooden talks about ‘Spot opportunities‘ in your job search on the Winston-Salem Journal site.
He talks about using your noogin’ to uncover leads or opportunities that are not directly related to immediate job openings but could open the door to something down the road. Look for companies moving to the area, new construction, get to know commercial real estate people, using LinkedIn, etc., are some of the ideas he discusses.
On You Tern Alpha, Mark Babbitt talks about: “A Twitter Job Search… for Not-so-Dummies”
“Twitter has become a highly effective information and communication resource for people of all walks of life. Job seekers are finding Twitter to be a particularly powerful tool to learn more about internship and job searching, promoting their career goals, and finding a great internship.” This article offers a step by step guide in using Twitter for job search. One of the steps is participating in job chats.
Miriam Salpeter asked on Keepie Careers: “What is your unique value proposition?”
Figure out what that special characteristic about you that your target market will find most desirable, focusing on the target’s needs, branding yourself, and more. Sounds like on e of my presentations! Doesn’t it?
Phil Rosenberg asks: “Resume vs Profile: Which should job seekers send?” On Recareered.
He discusses your LinkedIn profile and further asks “Do you realize each one has a different and separate purpose?” He later answers his own question: “There are times when sending a link to your profile is more effective, and others when sending your resume will work better.” He details the purpose of each and gives his list as to when to use one or the other.
“Build an online brand that gets employers‘ attention” is discussed by Scott Rostohar on the University of Phoenix site.
It’s possible for an employer to get to know you because of the impact of social media. “But even if you don’t participate in these networks, your lack of participation could have an impact on whether you end up with the new gig.” All an employer has to do in this day and age is merely type in your name on a Google search to find out who you are and your brand.