Best Social Networking for Your Career – part 1

At last week’s HAPPEN meeting in Burlington, the guest speakers ran a workshop on online social networking. It impacts your job search in many significant ways.

Martin Buckland of and Barbara Mackie, experts in career use of social media, ran a pragmatic and eye-opening seminar, peppered with audience participation:

  • Martin Buckland, Executive Career Management Services Professional at Elite Resumes
  • Barbara Mackie, professional Social Media expert, Blogger, and Editor at Elite Resumes 

The half-day session included live access to the sites that Barbara and Martin highlighted:

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Blogging Sites such as WordPress (which hosts Martin’s blog)

At one point, Martin asked the group to hold their palms together and pray for an internet connection – and we got one!  

Best practices and plenty of tips were the outcome of the session. The audience was a mixed one in terms of experience in online social networking sites, but this was accommodated well by the workshop facilitators.  Tips for everybody.

The overall message: for Pete’s sake,

  1. BE SURE TO establish an online presence for yourself and you will get not just noticed but noticed by the people who you can associate with for mutual value.
  2. Establish a strategy for yourself with social media 
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For LinkedIn

  • KEY TIP: Status updates every day. Rotate among many relevant and apt statuses that you have in a word document that cover your activities and your job search intent in various words
  • TIP: Compose status updates that are a bit seductive or even compelling, such as “Likes a challenge to motivate teams” or “Seeks a new xyz opportunity accomplishing abc”
  • TIP: Customize your LinkedIn URL
  • TIP: Visit the LinkedIn Learning Center – click on all tabs to learn
  • BEST PRACTICE for easy of finding you: Put your LinkedIn profile on your resume and on you email signature line
  • BEST PRACTICE for ease of matching up:  Put Your Whole Resume on your profile as text
  • BEST PRACTICE for Recruiter Invites: Always YES invites to connect with them, sending a nice message such as “Thank You for looking at me” and tell them a little about yourself and how you can be of value such as “Actively engaged in job search looking for opportunity in mechanical engineering in xyz area & I also have an MBA”

Martin and Barb had much more to say as they are both a wealth of gems of information.

I highly recommend that you visit elite resumes and catch up with the changes for yourself.

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HAPPEN – A Unique Career Management Hub

The first facility I want you to know about is the hub for my career management and transition: HAPPEN.

HAPPEN has been successful since 1991 and is Canada’s largest executive network, helping thousands of people and companies grow and meet their match.

Through weekly meetings in Mississauga, Burlington, and Vancouver, HAPPEN provides for a modest membership fee and a more modest meeting fee:

  • a live social network,
  • meetings with great speakers (specializing from legal to resume to motivational) 
  • workshops (live! real facilitators in the room)
  • celebration of progress and pain,
  • as well as amazing access to people and tools and unique functions to help.

Whether you are in transition or just wishing you were, HAPPEN is worth a  close look.



Welcome to 21st Century Career Management

Welcome to 21st Century Career Management.

We will be exploring the full suite of career management functions, and I will share with your part of my journey.

This blog will highlight some of the great figures in career management: authors, speakers, counsellors, consultants … and their methods and tools.

You will get a bird’s eye view of some snippets of advice I have gleaned from speakers, books, videos and web tools.