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Haven’t had any luck finding job postings that fit your criteria? Increase your efforts in the social aspect of social media. 

You may need to engage more on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. It can be tempting to observe from a distance, but you will get so much more out of it if you join in.
Participate in a discussion or start a conversation. By doing this, you let others know things about yourself that may not be on your profile. 

You will gain more meaningful contacts through interacting actively.

Building a strong social media network can take time, so be patient and keep at it. Sometimes career search progress comes down to the Small Steps

It may be best to start by picking one site, such as LinkedIn, and focus your efforts there. If you have a personal Facebook account that you’re already comfortable using, you can practice by viewing friends and companies you have liked from a networking perspective. 

Lost that Loving Feeling?

There may come a time in your job search when you realize you've been chasing after a job that no longer interests you.
Instead of going through the motions, take a step back and think about what you really want. 

In my Focus blog, I recommended that you begin your job search by answering these two questions:
What are your personal strengths?
Where are jobs that match those strengths?
Your answers will help you to achieve clarity and find a more compatible job search target. Check out my Clarity blog for more tips.

You have already made the decision to find a new job; you deserve to find a job you love.

Love at First Sight

Once you've decided to include social media sources in your job search, make sure your professional online presence represents who you are and what you have to offer. 

Think of your LinkedIn profile as a combination of your resume and first interview altogether for anyone to see.

There’s a great blog on that points out similarities between your resume and a first date

The author, Tim Windhof, breaks it down into the looks and the talk. By this analysis a sloppy and rambling resume would be like a sloppy and rambling date. Who would want a follow up with that? I believe the same could be said of online profiles.

Here are some tips 
to get your LinkedIn profile love-at-first-sight worthy:

  •  Be sure to list relevant and up to date job experience.

  • Write in third person and use bullet points in your summary for organization and easy reading. 

  • If you are self-conscious about gaps in employment, don’t forget that life experience and volunteer work should also be included.

  • Highlight qualifications and certifications you have that are specific to the job you are after.

  • Double check for spelling and grammar errors. Err on the side of caution and only use abbreviations and acronyms that are well-known and commonly used in your field.

  • Have a professional profile picture.

  • Don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm for your chosen field.

When choosing what information to share, step back and look at the big picture. A career coach can be a great asset if you need help with this. Remember, you can always start small and add more information later.
Your online profile may be the first point of contact between you and your dream job. You owe it to yourself to take the time to make a good first impression. 

Don’t Let Social Media Shyness Make You a Wallflower

Looking for a job you love can be just like looking for someone to love. In both situations you want to feel respected, appreciated, and fulfilled. 

You may get lucky and find the right opportunities the old fashioned way- through mutual acquaintances, chance, or by participating in activities that interest you. 

You can increase your odds of success by cultivating an attractive online presence that lets others know who you are and what you want.
As a career coach and life coach specializing in transitions, I always recommend that my clients search for job keywords and descriptions to find compatible career opportunities. 

It can be just as important to actively participate on sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. 

Social media has become a vital tool for building professional networks and you shouldn't let your shyness deter you from making valuable connections.
Common reasons people avoid social media are that they:
  • don’t know where to start 
  • feel self-conscious about how their profiles and online content will be viewed by others. 

I recently read a great article on the Harvard Business Review blog discussing just this. Dorie Clark’s article, "Shy of the Social Media Spotlight? Get Over it” addresses these concerns. She understands that people new to social media may worry that their initial online presence will be scrutinized and critiqued,
But the truth is, a far more likely scenario is that for the first few weeks or months you’re active online, you probably won’t get any comments, much less negative ones.
A necessary step in developing a powerful reputation is spending time “toiling in the wilderness” and perfecting your craft and ideas while few people are paying attention....creating “public” content doesn’t mean it will immediately be dissected and critiqued by the entire world. 
If you want to find the career of your dreams, don't be shy. You've got to get out there and let recruiters and employers see what you have to offer.