Relax. Have fun. Nothing to buy! Leave your comfort zone at the door Ask me anything (almost) I opened my Twitter account in 2007. That’s credibility, baby! When I started in the recruiting business, we still used snail mail, fax machines were cool and the Cosby Show was the top TV show!
Things have changed.
Time to reinvent.
Your #1 job is to get yourself referred!
Social media model for jobseekers Professional Blog
Let’s talk about fear Rejection Doing it wrong Failure Looking “stupid” “Getting caught” Appearing desperate Success Stalkers and evildoers
Living a digital life Online activity supports offline events You determine the degree of openness Opt-in means you always have options Trepidation, confusion, overload is the norm! Direct correlation between contribution and reward It’s as if we have flying cars! Think of the difference in mobility and speed! You are early adopters! You can’t break the interwebs!
Tools of the trade. LinkedIn Twitter Other social and professional networks Facebook Email Corporate Websites Blogs and other places of interest on the internet Google Reader Calendar Spreadsheet or tracking list
75,000,000 LinkedIn Users
LinkedIn checklist Complete your profile Link with contcts Look for jobs Join groups Research companies & individuals Manage privacy settings
Complete your profile Include your picture Be as complete as possible Definitely your email address! Ask for recommendations from colleagues who know your work Update your status or link with Twitter Include your profile URL on your resume, in your email sig and on your blog
Make connections Start with people you know: Me, Christina, this class Colleagues and former colleagues Neighbors and relatives FOF (be targeted) Everyone you meet in the interview process Scan your email for new contacts Vendors, salespeople, bloggers, everyone Write a personal introduction Add 5-10 contacts a week (or more!)
Look for jobs Build relationships Build relationships Build relationships Build relationships Build relationships Build relationships Build relationships
Build relationships Your success depends on it You will have to talk to strangers Relationships are 2-way Have you shared anything lately? Content does not have to be original This is a messy, unquantifiable process Start online, connect offline, then connect again online
Share awesome, helpful content Share articles and blog posts that your colleagues will find helpful or interesting Share awesome photos and videos Whitepapers, blog posts, slide shows Promotions and awards “How to” articles Use a tool such as Google Reader to curate articles
Join groups Find groups in your industry and your profession Corporate and school alumni groups Local and national PARTICIPATE Start your own group Manage group updates Connect with group members
Research Find and “follow” your target companies Make key connections, starting with your inner circle Review job postings, ask a first level contact to refer you, if appropriate Research connections. Who are they? Where did they work before? Who do you have in common?
Manage privacy settings Visibility is good You have the right to build a professional network Remember, you’re networking, not “job hunting” Review profiles first. Do not accept connections if you do not feel comfortable There is a .00001% chance something bad will happen. There is a 99% chance something good will happen.
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