|Extreme Job Search Strategies|
The World of Social Media
Another option for seeking out opportunities is through online social networks. On these free sites, you can post a profile (some that closely resemble a resume) and connect with people that you know, both professionally and personally. Most of these sites display a “six degrees of separation” logic, where you can look at your connection’s contacts and get introduced to professionals in your area of interest.
For many, online social networking is a relatively new job search method and many are hesitant to get out of their comfort zone, especially when it comes to utilizing new technology. Never fear, we promise that once given a short overview of all of the sites and how to get started, you will be on your way. Also, keep in mind that many employers are looking to hire people who are willing to try new things and who are up-to-date on the latest trends.
A WORD OF WARNING: those of you who have posted personal information online might be under surveillance. Job candidates who maintain profiles on social networking sites may want to reconsider its content.
Employers are now increasingly using social networks to assess job applicants, verify work experience, or even find ideal candidates based on online profiles. An online social networking site provides an unbiased, unmotivated and easily accessible source of checking out a potential employee without compromising his or her privacy. While your online profile increases your visibility, it might also jeopardize your chance of getting the job.
Recruiters are indulging in a practice commonly referred to as “informal reference checking”. Generally, recruiters and potential employers call references after a face-to-face interview. The names of the references provided by job seekers are most likely to provide a positive recommendation. Because online contact lists are typically accessible to all, hiring managers can quickly identify relevant contacts and confidentially message these people through the networking site. Is it wrong to inquire about someone without his/her knowledge? It seems to be fair game, so remember that anything you put on your site is potentially public information, and be mindful of the privacy settings on the site.
Networks to join
Many companies are now using social media as a recruiting tool! By not taking advantage of these online platforms, you may be missing out on job offers as well as valuable connections! Social media is a great way to engage and connect with both your personal and professional network!
LinkedIn : www.linkedin.com
For those of you who are nervous to try social networking online, this is a perfect first step. Linked In was designed solely for professional networking. Not only can you create a profile that closely resembles your resume, but you can search for specific people you know and join groups in your area of interest. Example: PHR professionals, St. Louis Young Professionals, etc. Depending on the headquarters/location of the group, there are often face-to-face networking opportunities scheduled and there are constant updates from people in these groups.
Once you have figured out Linked In, you are ready to try some other ways to make online connections. Even though Facebook was initially created for college students to interact with other college students (an “.edu” email address used to be required to sign up), this site has changed dramatically over the years. Now people of all ages have profiles and are able to connect with friends and business colleagues. Just like Linked In, Facebook has user groups that you may belong to and find out more about your areas of interest.
Twitter is slightly different than Facebook, but extremely popular for online networking. Twitter utilizes online profiles, but is more focused on constant, short updates, called “tweets”. Once a Twitter user makes a connection, you begin following this connection’s tweets. For instance, a colleague might compose a tweet that reads: “Working on an important presentation”, or a recruiter might post something that says: “looking for candidates with SAP experience”. At the same time, as a Twitter user, you should keep people updated on your status. Examples of helpful job search tweets: “re-posted my resume”, “looking for a job”, “went on a fantastic interview”. The whole point of “tweeting” like this is to make new connections, to be following those who make hiring decisions AND at the same time, be followed by those who are making hiring decisions.
Launched late June 2011, Google+ has already surpassed 25 million visitors! This is a rate of adoption that far exceeds the growth curve of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or MySpace! You may already be on Facebook and LinkedIn, so why join Google+ and how is it different? The answer is simple: CIRCLES! Circles lets you segregate your “friends” and contacts in a logical manner. Google+ enables you to put people or brands into whatever categories you choose. You can communicate with one person, one circle, a few circles, or everyone! So many options! Circles give users control over who sees their content, and users can create as many circles as they would like! The networking site connects to Google Docs so you can link out to whatever document you want, including a resume, a whitepaper, exclusive listings, etc. It is also easy to connect and to separate professional and personal contacts. Just keep you professional contacts in a different circle than your friends and family.Important Rules to Follow:
With the increasing popularity of social networking online comes an increase in cyber scams. When putting your resume “out there” in the online world, you become vulnerable to con artists and scams, as well as computer viruses.
Many have reported being contacted by a person claiming to be a recruiter who claims to have a job opportunity. After some talk about the job, the recruiter then asks for a credit card or bank account number to assist in exchange for job coaching or to guarantee employment.
Another common scam that has evolved out of the social networks is phishing where a con artist poses as a legitimate business, gains access to your passwords, then steals personal or financial information. Phishing has increased over 178% since 2004, so you need to be aware of who is requesting this information and if they really are who they claim to be.
We have also read about “friend requests” or messages from a friend, that when opened, delete important information from your hard drive, similar to a computer virus. This is an expensive and time consuming problem to fix!Tips to Avoid Scams
Answer these 6 questions with either a “yes” or “no” response. Then check below to see your score.
Give yourself a point for every “no” you answered, because all of the situations were unsafe.
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