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This presentation shows you how to find a job online using social media & recruitment website. The resources are mostly catered to Lebanon and the Middle East.

This presentation shows you how to find a job online using social media & recruitment website. The resources are mostly catered to Lebanon and the Middle East.

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  • 1. Finding a jobonline in 10 simplestepsby Mohammad HIjazi
  • 2. AboutChief Collaborator, Online CollaborativeSocial Media Consultant: Leo Burnett,Accelerate Online, Cornerstone etc.@mhijazi | mindsoupblog.com
  • 3. Where to begin?
  • 4. Finding a job = Finding a dateYou need to:• Be charming• Be well prepared• Be confident• Know what you are looking for• Take risks`
  • 5. Why use social media? Pros Cons• Wide Reach • Personal and• Ease of creating professional lines a personal brand are blurred• Ability to talk • Current directly to employers may potential find out about employers your job hunt
  • 6. Things to keep in mind• You have to monitor what you say on your social networks.• You have to be careful who you’re friends with.• You have to be private in a somewhat public space.
  • 7. Step 1: Email Address• Make sure you have a professional email address: • yourname@gmail.com • Lastname.firstname@ymail.com • Firstinitial.lastname@yahoo.com• NOT: • pinkprincess@hotmail.com • sexybeast69@aol.com • puppy_loveXOXO@msn.com
  • 8. Step 1: Email AddressAOL = "Hi. Im from 1996. What is this internet you speakof?“HOTMAIL = “Hi, I’m 16. Would you like to chat with meon Windows Live Messenger?”Use: Gmail or Yahoo, perceived more professional.Even better: Use university email if it stays active afteryou graduateBest: Buy your own domain ($10/year).info@yourname.com
  • 9. Step 2: Google Yourself• This is the first thing that recruiters do.• Do you find things online you don’t want to see? • If yes remove them or ask the person who put them to remove them.• Do you not show up at all on Google? • Not a good sign • Create content so that you show up• Find what other people are saying about you
  • 10. Step 3: Define your goals• What type of job do I want? • Full time • Part time • Research • Freelance • Work from home
  • 11. Step 3: Define your goals• Where do I want my job to be? • In Lebanon • Beirut • Tripoli • Saida • Bekaa.. • Gulf • Europe • Africa • USA…
  • 12. Step 3: Define your goals• What level job am I qualified for? • Starting job • Managerial • Consultancy • Mid-career • Top management • Internship
  • 13. Step 3: Define your goals• What career type do I want to join? • Accounting • Marketing • HR • Finance • IT • Management • Etc…
  • 14. Step 3: Define your goals• What company size do I want to join? • Startup • International company • Family Businesses • Small business • Start my own business
  • 15. Step 4: Have your CV Ready• Check for errors• Customize the CV to suit your goals• Make it stand out! Use colors, photos, be creative.• Export into PDF format for online usage • Sending it as doc format is not professional • In Microsoft Word: File > Save as > Save as type > PDF
  • 16. Step 5: Optimize yourpersonal Social Networks • Facebook • Add your university, school, major, courses and graduation date • Add your previous and current employment including internships • Add your volunteer work and important projects • Make this information PUBLIC • Always have a presentable profile photo & cover • Make any unprofessional content private.
  • 17. Step 5: Optimize your personal Social Networks • Twitter • Don’t use vulgar language in your tweets. • Add a professional bio. • If you don’t want recruiters to match your resume to your twitter account, spell your name differently on twitter or make it private. • Interact with companies and professionals on twitter.How to Effectively Use Twitter as a Job Search Resourcehttp://mashable.com/2013/02/09/twitter-job-search/
  • 18. Step 5: Optimize yourpersonal Social Networks • Blog • Create a blog • Write posts that are relevant to your career • Share your opinions about topics in your industry • Applicants with active blogs get a $200 more on average on their job offers • Start a blog easily on: • Blogger.com • Wordpress.com
  • 19. Step 6: Set-up a LinkedInProfile
  • 20. Why use LinkedIn?• Manage your professional profile and brand• Network and meet professionals• Share your expertise and knowledge• Learn from others• Uncover opportunities
  • 21. Use professional timely photos• BAD EXAMPLES
  • 22. Use professional timely photos• BAD EXAMPLES
  • 23. Use professional timely photos• GOOD EXAMPLES
  • 24. Use professional timely photos• TIMELY 23 years ago 6 years ago 1 month ago
  • 25. Proper Capitalization
  • 26. Fill out your profile information
  • 27. Fill out your profile information
  • 28. Sections you can edit• Name - First, last, and maiden names.• Headline - Will default to your current job title. You can change it to express your personal brand or how you want to be known (e.g. Outstanding Client Service Professional).• Summary - Information about your mission, accomplishments, and goals.• Experience - Professional positions and experience, including jobs, volunteer posts, military, board of directors, nonprofit, or pro sports.• Education - School and educational information.• Recommendations - You can request professional recommendations and display them on your profile. Crucial Important Optional
  • 29. Sections you can edit• Applications - You can add applications to your profile to display your work, get professional insights, or collaborate with others.• Certifications - Certifications, licensures, or clearances youve attained.• Courses - Adding your body of coursework can help your education to stand out.• Honors & Awards - Show off your hard-earned awards.• Languages - Languages you understand or speak.• Organizations - List the organizations or associations youve been a part of along with your role.• Patents - Any patents youve applied for or received. Crucial Important Optional
  • 30. Sections you can edit• Personal Information - Info such as phone number, location, and birthday.• Publications - Publications that have featured your work.• Projects - Showcase the projects youve worked on, along with team members.• Skills & Expertise - A relevant list of skills on your profile will help others to understand your strengths and improve your ability to be found when opportunities present themselves.• Test Scores - List your scores on tests to highlight high achievement. Crucial Important Optional
  • 31. Sections you can edit
  • 32. Sections you can editVanity URL
  • 33. Email Signature
  • 34. Step 7: Write a goodsummary / cover letterTips & clichés
  • 35. Tip #1: Never leave the Summary section blank!A blank Summary means that the first thing an employersees is your Experience section. Your profile will then belike a resume without a Summary statement at the top, orlike a term paper without an introduction. How willrecruiters and hiring managers know where to focus orwhat to concentrate on in your LinkedIn profile if you donot point them in the right direction?
  • 36. Tip #2: Start SmartBefore you write your LinkedIn summary, you need to be clear on why you areusing LinkedIn.• Are you seeking a job in a new field?• Are you happily employed but simply looking to build up your personal brand?• Are you looking to strengthen your professional network?• Are you looking to land new customers for your business?Chances are you probably have several goals. However, most LinkedIn usershaven’t given much thought to who they are trying to impress or why they areusing the site, which is why most LinkedIn summaries are not very clear orcompelling. As the late, great Stephen Covey would say, “begin with the end inmind.”
  • 37. Tip #3: Use all 2,000 characters.If you do not take advantage of this opportunity towrite 2,000 characters about yourself, you are missingout on essential keyword optimization. Although theMOST important spots for keywords are yourHeadline, Specialties and Job Titles, your Summarysection counts too. Load it up with keywords that thenext recruiter or hiring manager will be searching for!
  • 38. Tip #4: Tell stories. Share your accomplishments.Everyone likes a good story. If you can grab some attentionwith something about yourself that we wouldn’t know fromyour resume bullets, you’re heading in the right direction. Iwould recommend including at least one, and also includingup to three bullets with your top accomplishments. Canyou “wow” a recruiter or hiring manager with one of yourexperiences or achievements? Why hope that they’ll makeit far enough in your Experience section to read about whatyou’ve done? The Summary is your first chance. Grab it.
  • 39. Tip #5: Break it up (with Headers, Sub-Headers and Graphics)!Don’t expect anyone to read a big block of text with nographic interest. Make it visually easy to read. Also,think of some good headlines and taglines that youcan use within your Summary.
  • 40. Tip #6: Highlight the problems you solve.No matter why you are using LinkedIn, your summaryshould expand on your headline by telling the readerwhich problems you solve. In other words, discusswho you help and how you help them.
  • 41. Tip #7: Provide evidence for your credibility.Assume that people reading your profile will beskeptical. Anyone can claim that they are a “visionary”or that they have “superior communication skills.”Highlight 3-5 of your most relevant, impressiveachievements as “evidence” for your value.
  • 42. Tip #8: Be accessible.Include your contact information. At the minimum,EVERYONE using LinkedIn should include their emailaddress in their summary. For those who disagree, whyare you using the site if you’re not open to connecting withnew people? The minimal risk of being spammed faroutweighs the potential reward in being accessible toanyone who wants to connect with you. This is especiallytrue if you are looking for a new job or working in any sortof sales capacity.
  • 43. Google please hire me.http://googlepleasehire.me/
  • 44. Avoid these clichés!
  • 45. Step 8: Find and apply fora jobWhere to find jobs online?
  • 46. On LinkedIn: Find Jobs
  • 47. On LinkedIn: Search
  • 48. On LinkedIn: Follow Companies
  • 49. On LinkedIn: Join Groups
  • 50. On LinkedIn: Check ads
  • 51. On LinkedIn: Reply toRecruitment Messages
  • 52. On Facebook: My Lebanese Jobs
  • 53. On Facebook: Graphic Design Jobsin Lebanon
  • 54. On Facebook: Graphic Design Jobsin Lebanon
  • 55. On Facebook: Maryam Ghandour I’m on Facebook too!
  • 56. On Facebook: LIU - CareerDevelopment & Job Opportunities
  • 57. On Facebook: Business Lobby
  • 58. On Facebook: Jobs Loop
  • 59. On Facebook: Zeder Group
  • 60. On Facebook: AIESIC Lebanon
  • 61. On Facebook: Jobs / Recruitment inLebanon & The Gulf
  • 62. On Twitter: Follow #Jobs #LebanonHashtags
  • 63. Websites: Jobalist.com
  • 64. Websites: Bayt.com
  • 65. Websites: HireLebanese.com
  • 66. Websites: Waseet.net/en/lb/jobs
  • 67. Websites: Jobs.com.lb
  • 68. Websites: Careerslb.com
  • 69. Websites: Follow companies inyour industry• Google Jobs: http://www.google.com/about/jobs/• Facebook Careers: https://www.facebook.com/careers/• P&G Jobs: http://www.pg.com/en_US/careers/index.shtml• Microsoft Careers: https://careers.microsoft.com• Azadea Careers: http://www.azadeacareers.com• Ernst & Young: www.ey.com/Careers• GE Lebanon: www.ge.com/lb/careers/index.html
  • 70. Websites: Graduateland.com –European Careers
  • 71. Websites: Freelancer.com –Work from home
  • 72. Websites: CareerBuilder.com
  • 73. Websites: XpatJobs.com
  • 74. Websites: BlastMyCV.com
  • 75. Websites (Top 5 Internationally) Monster.com Career Builder Craigslist Indeed Yahoo HotJobs
  • 76. Step 9: Conducting anOnline Interview
  • 77. Dressprofessionally.Even if you are sitting down, wearnice pants and shoes (you neverknow when you will have to standup).
  • 78. Clear yourworkspaceand any clutter that is behind you soit doesnt show up on the screen.
  • 79. Make sure youare in a quietroomwhere you will not be disturbed bypeople, pets, etc.
  • 80. Have a piece ofpaper andpen readyso you are not scrambling to findthem later.
  • 81. Have a copy ofyour resume insightin case you have to refer to dates.
  • 82. PracticePractice using your web camequipment before the interview soyou are sure everything is in workingorder.Write a script if necessary.
  • 83. LookPresentable• Smile and focus• Choose your colors wisely• Hair and Makeup• Suit up!• Don’t sit in your bed• Don’t sit in the toilet (even if the strongest wireless reception is there)
  • 84. Step 10: Follow upAfter the interview, send the interviewer an email thatincludes: • A thank you note for taking time to conduct the interview • Your contact information • Any references you mentioned in the interview • If you decide that you do not like the offer or don’t want the job, recommend someone else. • Stay in contact later on, the recruiter might be a valuable asset for you in the future.
  • 85. Questions?Tweet me: @mhijaziFacebook: /moudz89Blog: mindsoupblog.comEmail: mhijazi@onlinecollaborative.org
  • 86. References:• 5 Essential Tips for a KILLER LinkedIn Summary, Brenda Bernstein, CareerCast• 6 Secrets For A More Powerful LinkedIn Summary, Pete Leibman, Oct 7,2012• 10 Phrases You Should Ban From Your Resume, Claire Bradley• 50 Fantastic Tips to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Credible, Visible, Engaging and Sell Yourself!, Sorav Jain, Jun 14, 2012• Boosting your career with Linkedin, Abbas Alidina, Nov 22, 2012• LinkedIn 101: How to Leverage LinkedIn For Your Job Search, Garret Ira, Nov 18, 2012• LinkedIn: How to use a basic account, Jane Wong, May 28, 2011• Online Job Interviews, Alison Doyle, About.com