Thoughts About Social Media and Job Hunting
By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
There are people who are struggling to find a job because there is a lot of competition for very few jobs.
Gone are the days of just sending in your resume and hoping to land a job. Fortunately for you, millions of people are continuing to do that, giving you more of an opportunity to stand out. If you have a job and are looking to get a new one, try to spend at least an hour per day trying to find something. If you are unemployed, then spend more time using social media resources to do that. Initially, you may need to spend more time getting set up, but once you are, all you have to do is to maintain your efforts and you will find success.
It doesn’t matter whether you are 20, 50, or 60, you still need to work. That is the reality of the situation and something that you have to deal with. Some people are currently working and are looking for a better position.
In the past, the buzz word for job seekers was networking. If you network with people, you will make contacts and find a job. However, that is easier said than done. Fortunately for you, social networking has changed the face of networking. Now, you can easily find people to network with and can use social media to get in touch with those beyond the people you know from your past. It is also easier to find people that you lost contact with than ever before.
You can build websites and blogs to show people your personality and abilities and to bring attention to yourself. You can blog on LinkedIn. Job search and is going on on Facebook, too. After all four years, the fastest-growing demographic on Facebook have been people between the ages of 35 and 50.
Social networking is here to stay and it will only grow with time. By spending an hour per day, you too can use social networking to your advantage. It is not that difficult to master. The best networks to use and the best practices to use for each of them all require that you persist with your efforts to see positive results. If you are still struggling with technical aspects of social networking, you can always go to YouTube or Google for answers just like you do with everything else in your life. They will show you how to overcome these.
Remember to keep at it. Your next job AND the one after that are waiting for you and social networking is the bridge that will help you get there.
REMINDER FOR CONSULTANTS:
Keep in touch with them during the duration of the project and build a relationship with them. Try to complete the project ahead of time and, if you can, give them a few suggestions on how they can improve a few things in their business. The system during the handoff and beyond. This initiative will be appreciated. As you come to the close of your project, ask them if they would be willing to recommend you to people who might be able to use your services. Ask them to write a recommendation on LinkedIn. Add them to your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles. See how I keep coming back to the notion of doing a great job and staying in contact through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere.
Keeping in touch with clients, former and current colleagues and others is important for three reasons:
- If a full-time position does come up, they consider hiring you.
- They may give you more project work to do.
Their contacts within the industry may be looking for consultants or hiring in the future and, by keeping them in your network, you can be top of mind for them and they may recommend you.
ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.
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