Implications for Job Seekers• Fewer jobs with more competition for those jobs• Changing nature of jobs—more “contingent” andPT workers, more rigorous and rapidly changing jobrequirements.• Greater difficulty getting noticed• Need to navigate confusing online systems andmultiple social networks
Basic Questions• What is my geographicradius?• Who, within that radius,hires people like me?• Which of theseorganizations would I wantto work for?• Who do I know who isconnected to thosecompanies?• Who do I need to knowwho is connected to thosecompanies?• How can I connect to theright people and to currentAND future openings?
Job Search Plan• Focus efforts on my target companies andgetting to the people within those targetcompanies that can help me get noticed.• Demonstrate to my target companies andpeople that I’m the best fit for theirorganizational needs, culture and values.• Expand “weak ties” for job leads• Nurture “strong ties” for more help
Step-by-Step Job Search Plan• Identify target companies• Research target companies• Network into target companies andleverage/build relationships with key people• Look for both posted and unadvertisedopportunities• Demonstrate value to target companies• Keep it all organized!
Two Main Goals• Expand current network• Nurture and build relationships in existingnetwork
LinkedIn Is Your Best Friend• Focused on professional, not personal• Shows how your network is connected intocompanies• Helps you identify people you want/need toconnect to within companies• Contact management that helps you buildprofessional relationships
Start Connecting• Connect through email contacts• Regularly review “People You May Know” onLinkedIn Home Page.• Review contacts of new connections—whomight you connect with?• When you meet people in person, follow-upwith a LinkedIn connection• Say “yes” more than “no.”
Building Your Network• Join and participate in Groups—great way to get topeople for connections!• Be a good “neighbor”--update your status, sharearticles, make referrals, give advice.• Ask for introductions from your 1stlevel contacts toget to 2ndand 3rdlevel connections.• For 3rdlevel connections, join groups they belong toand interact via the group
Interact!• Update status with professionalinfo/announcements• Review newsfeed and comment/respond toactivity.• Share links to online resources that are usefulto your network/profession.• Provide unsolicited recommendations forcolleagues and others
Networking to a Specific Company• Search for Company• On Company Page “How You’re Connected”• Click “See All”• 1stlevel connections are direct• 2ndlevel—view “Shared Connections” then askfor an introduction from your 1stlevelconnection to your target contact
Other Ideas• View the profile of your target connection forspecific information to include in a “request toconnect”• Look for Groups they belong to that you canjoin.• When selecting potential networking contacts,focus on relevant job title and/or number ofconnections.
• Status updates– Work you want– Companies you want to connectwith• Fan Company Pages/Interact
Communicating Your Online Brand• LinkedIn• Facebook• Online Portfolio (Wiki)
LinkedIn Profile• Complete the entire profile!• Upload a professional photo• Have a great headline and summary• Highlight accomplishments, notresponsibilities• Set Profile to “Public”• Link to other online tools (Twitter, Slideshare,etc.)
Requesting a Recommendation• Select carefully• Send personalized request• Provide some guidance on what they shouldhighlight for your job search• Try GIVING one first!
1. Clean up “digital dirt”2. Project positive image
Facebook Posting• Remove all photos that are not “professional”• Untag yourself in photos that areunprofessional.• Review timeline and delete posts/commentsthat reflect poorly in job search• Review Fan Pages you’ve “liked” and “unlike”inappropriate pages• Review apps/games
Facebook Privacy• You have to choose privacy• If you need to go on “Lock Down”– Settings at “Friends” or “Only Me” (through“custom” in settings page) for posting– Limit audiences for past posts– Disable public search– Disable searches by email address
Positive Strategies• Use status updates toconnect, let peopleknow about job search,comment onprofessional issues.• Revise profile toemphasizeprofessional/educationalaccomplishments• Share links/resources• Choose friends wisely• Join and get active ingroups and on FanPages that areconnected to yourprofession and/or tocompanies that interestyou
Some Tools• Gmail• Google Drive• Google Calendar
Why Gmail?• “Preferred” account by employers• Gateway to other Google products• Labels for organizing• Filters to automatically route emails• Excellent search• Integrated with Video, Chat, Calendar andTasks
Gmail TasksShift + T automaticallyadds open email to task list
Google Drive• Upload or create Word, PPT, Excel documents,including forms.• Store online—accessible anytime, anywhere• Private or shared with others• Online editing, commenting
Other Features• Share calendars with others• Invite people to add item to their calendars• Have reminders sent to cell phone• Set to automatically email daily agenda eachmorning• Embed calendars in other websites• Can enable attachments to events