How to Use Social Mediain Your Job SearchBill O’ConnorTechnical RecruiternAblementboconnor@nablement.com312-420-0576
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How the Job Search TerrainHas Changed 1995 – CareerBuilder founded, now 2nd largestjob-posting website in the United States (behindIndeed.com) 1997 – One million websites, the birth ofblogging 2003 – LinkedIn founded, now has 200 millionusers worldwide (2012) 2005 – Eight billion websites on Earth 2009 - Facebook ranked as the most-used socialnetwork worldwide with more than 200 millionmembers 2012 – World’s top ten social networks areFacebook, Blogger, Twitter, Wordpress, LinkedIn,Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, MySpace andWikia.
What is Social Media? Generated media to strengthen andpromote consumers and vendors Media for interaction betweenpeople, including employers andcandidates. The sharing of information on the Internetwith a group of people Created Web pages with information, nomatter how simple or complex
What’s the Case for Social Mediain My Job Search? Gives you a “face” and showsyour personality Applying to job board isnecessary, but it’s a bitimpersonal When a recruiter looks for you ina traditional sense, you are justone more candidate It is imperative that you need tostand above a typical resume
Where do I Start with a SocialMedia based job search? Changing your job search thinkingand framework – the rules arechanging! Not only is it “what” you know, but“who” you know…even if you don’tknow them! The biggest and most basic –Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook Moving your job search to yoursmartphone & tablet.
Let’s Talk Networking… Networking – Far and away the #1 way tofind a job like at today’s events Meaning of the word “Friend” has morphedinto a whole different meaning. Valuing your brand on social networks isvery important As time passes, as you interact on socialmedia networks, your name and brandbecomes valuable…but it takes work Networking is a game with a great payoff ifyou do it the right way.
Is there a downside to a social-media framework to your jobsearch? Temptation to lose your focuson the matter at hand Intros., connections and SMfriendships lose more valuebecause of repetition of thetask Easy to miss gold-minecontacts once your contactstreams are working at anoptimal level
What type of social media contributorsare out there?ConnectorGuruSeller
Which kind of person would you like tobe in the Social Media Universe? Connector – Adds as manycontacts, friends & followers aspossible and uses these contacts tomarket themselves Guru – The expert on certain topicsat hand, and proving this throughgreat posts, tweets and outreach ongroups Seller – A small amount of peoplethat have mastered the social mediainterface, or it’s a bot, but if you arebeing pitched to, move away andfocus…or start selling yourself!
Finding Leverage with Social MediaStart with LinkedIn!Add everyone that you have hada positive work experience within the last 15 years that you findon LinkedInRecommendations are vital tomaking your LinkedIn brandstrong and productive, as longthey aren’t obvious trades –REACH OUT TOCOLLEAGUES!
Tweet-rific Networking on Twitter• Follow others, and they’ll followyou back. Your interest = theirinterest• Import your address book intoTwitter• Can you write interesting thingsin 140 characters?• Gain valuable ground with linkshorteners – bit.ly• # (Did Bill forget something?)#boc333• Link to LinkedIn on Twitter –have two birds tweet for you!
Using your smartphone to look forwork rather than play Angry Birds CareerBuilder has an excellent mobile app! Instant sign in, so you don’t have to re-enter yourinformation each time you search. Option to only see jobs that you can apply to usingyour phone. “Mobile” designation next to postings, making iteasier to identify mobile-apply enabled jobs. Ability to use a résumé already saved in theCareerBuilder database. “Apply without a résumé” option for those who aren’ta CareerBuilder user or don’t have an applicablerésumé, leading you instead to a brief form withquestions about your background and experience.You don’t throwme at walls thatmuch anymore!
Using Apps to Optimize YourSearch Business Card Reader &CardMunch takes a pic of yourbusiness cards and inserts them inyour address book Compliment your networking withyour phone – ask contacts aboutLinkedIn availability, talk on Twitterand Facebook about industry trends Its not the Alpha and Omega of yourjob-searching tools, but your phonecan be a great personal assistant inyour job search, just like in everyfacet of your life.
Final Thoughts Social Networking is another ground toexcavate regarding your job search The tactics of your very different fromyour old job search, but the creed is thesame – it is who you know first in your jobsearch, then you can talk about what youknow! Networking objectives are the same Be efficient in your job search thru yourphone.
Questions?Technical RecruiternAblementboconnor@nablement.com312-420-0576Information and Social Media SpecialistAbilityLinksboconnor@abilitylinks.org