Best Social Networking for Your Career – part 1Posted: January 17, 2011 | |
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, 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:
- 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,
- 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.
- Establish a strategy for yourself with social media
- 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.