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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
- Be sure to list relevant and up to date job
- 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
- 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
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.
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
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:
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
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.