How to use Social Media to get your next job

Social networking for a job opportunity involves looking for people at your level with whom to network. But almost more importantly, it also means to connect with anyone in your industry and/or geography can be a useful contact regardless of title or experience.

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The key is to network with people who fall into two basic categories;

  • those who might hire you, and
  • those who probably won’t hire you but who have common experience and/or interests.

 

The formula for a winning job search using social media involves engaging in conversation as quickly and as often as you can with the people who can hire you. Social media outlets including Facebook and LinkedIn have made finding and opening dialogue with these people much easier. The most valuable networking contacts for your job search are the people who:

 

  1. Hold job titles one, two, and three levels above your own
  2. Hold job titles similar to your own
  3. Hold job titles that interact with yours
  4. Work in staffing as corporate recruiters and headhunters

These are the people who are most likely to know of job openings, and are the most likely to have the authority to hire you. This is common sense — the challenge, of course, is how to find them.

 

Who wants to connect with you?

 

You might be asking yourself, “Who wants to connect with someone like me? What value do I offer a connection?”

 

The answer is that professionals have always known that strong networks are crucial to any smart job search or career move. They may be looking to you one day for a job opportunity!

 

Social networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook have vastly improved the ease and speed of building professional networks.  Building professional connections that might otherwise have been very difficult if not impossible is now something every one can achieve.

 

Strive for a goal you aim to reach via social networking. Whether that goal is to land a new job, or establish a relationship with a seasoned professional allowing for picking his or her brain, don’t get discouraged if you reach a dead-end. The beauty is that there are numerous other outlets to explore if one proves fruitless.

 

LinkedIn & Facebook Groups

 

If you’re a seasoned LinkedIn networker, you are probably aware that relevant professional networks are not only desirable — for reasons that extend far beyond job search —but also are surprisingly easy to foster. One of LinkedIn’s strengths is its thousands of special interest groups that encourage you to communicate and connect with other professionals who share a common interest. On LinkedIn, you can join up to 50 different groups.

 

Networkers on Facebook also have the invaluable asset of specialized group pages. Businesses and professional organizations host Facebook Like pages that allow the like-minded to congregate and share ideas and news. Twitter also can be used similarly for connecting with professionals of similar drive and interest.

 

You get on board with social networking by becoming a member of groups relevant to your profession, but don’t just sign up and troll for contacts. Become too brazen with connection requests and you’ll get blocked before you even get started.

 

One of the best ways to utilize LinkedIn is to participate in the many discussion forums within the groups you join — the people you want noticing you. Make time to follow these discussions. Participation in discussion forums gives you a way to advertise who you are and what you do without appearing to do so. With LI groups, anyone can start a discussion and join in.

 

Other ways to boost your social media presence include:

 

  1. Make comments and “like” the posts of people who you want to network with, then ask them to connect.
  2. Start discussions of your own. The easiest way is to post a link to a professionally relevant article, blog or video. Then connect with the people who comment — that they clicked on your link demonstrates a common interest.
  3. Search the group’s membership list for high-value job titles, and request a connection based on a shared profession and group. You can’t connect to just anyone on LinkedIn. You need to share a group or a contact in common with your target if you wish to connect with her.
  4. You can also make high-value networking contacts by searching the LinkedIn database and keying in a job title and location. For example, a staffing sales representative living in Lafayette might use these search terms: “Sales Staffing Lafayette”

 

The profiles that show up in your search — and there will be thousands —will include people holding this and similar titles, plus headhunters and recruiters who work in either this same location and/or area of professional expertise. Your next step is to check relevant profiles to see if you have mutual connections that can justify a connection request. Sometimes these profiles will contain an e-mail address. This makes contact even easier.

 

Shared membership in a group counts as an existing connection, and LinkedIn will tell you about group memberships you have in common. If you don’t have a group in common, you can simply join one of the groups in which your target “sales representative” belongs. Remember to check the person’s “contact info,” listed under “education” at the top of the profile.

 

Cross-Reference Companies and Job Postings

 

When your research identifies companies of interest or you come across relevant job postings, you can also perform a LinkedIn database search. For example, you find a job for a welder at Bollinger New Orleans at the Port of New Orleans and do a search using “Welder Bollinger New Orleans.” You will likely find people with the exact title or one similar who worked at Bollinger in New Orleans – or, at least have connections to someone who does.

 

These results will often give you direct contacts to potential hiring managers, or at least, the people who know the potential hiring managers. Every relevant connection will get you closer to getting into a conversation with someone who has a job opening and the authority to hire you.

10 Skills you need to get a job NOW

You recently graduated. You’ve prepared your resume and sent it to various hiring managers. Your resume is great and the cover letter clearly states Shutterstock - Businesswhy you are the best candidate for the job. You get an interview call. You get there well-dressed and on-time. You make eye contact with your interviewer, communicate effectively, and answer most questions with confidence. You get hired. Why? Probably because you’ve displayed the skills the employer desired.

 

However, these skills do not come easy for many graduates, skills which they failed to learn in their probably very expensive education.

 

What skills are sought by the employers?

 

In a recent GMAT survey nearly 600 employers were asked about the skills they look for when hiring new business graduates. The following statement by a technical recruiter  sums up the response, “Communications, teamwork, and interpersonal skills are critical—everything we do involves working with other people.”

 

The following prioritized set of skills and abilities are the most desirable:

 

  1. Working in a team

 

  1. Making decisions and solve problems (tie)

 

  1. Communicating verbally inside and outside an organization

 

  1. Planning, organizing and prioritizing work

 

  1. Retrieving and processing information

 

  1. Analyzing quantitative data

 

  1. Job specific technical knowledge

 

  1. Proficient with computer software programs

 

  1. Creating and/or editing written reports

 

  1. Persuading and influencing others

 

What makes it difficult for the employers to recruit talent?

 

According to a 2015 Talent Search global survey by recruiting firm ManpowerGroup, including 41,700 employers in 42 countries, one in three employers said that there just aren’t enough applicants. But other major reasons are related to the available applicant’s skills and abilities.

 

  • For example, 34% of them said that the candidates lack the required technical competencies (industry-specific professional qualifications and industry-specific skilled trades’ certifications).
  • In addition, 22% hiring managers cited that lack of experience is behind talent shortages and
  • 17% report soft skills deficits (particularly lack of professionalism, enthusiasm, motivation and a learning mindset).

 

Possible solutions?

 

The single most critical factor in bridging the technical and soft skills gap is improving the quality of “hands-on” education. The students need more real life experiences, project based learning, internships, co-op programs. They will then get to confront, discuss, and solve real world issues/problems.

Business leaders must communicate what skills are desirable, offer tools and resources, and collaborate with educators/institutions to showcase and demonstrate the ‘teamwork and communication’ they expect of their potential new hires.

5 Steps That Will Help You Change Careers

Changing careers takes focus and commitment. To be successful, you’ll need to develop short-term, intermediate and long-term goals, and decide on the steps you’ll need to accomplish them. Once you do that, it will be a lot easier to take the plunge into a new line of work.
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  1. Start by researching the marketplace to identify expanding industries. Search the Labor Department’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, job boards and the business press to see what’s areas are most in demand.

 

  1. Next, take assessment tests to discover your hidden talents and jobs that fit them. Leading tests include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory and Campbell Interest & Skill Survey. Also, ask individuals you know personally and professionally for their insight into occupations that might be a strong fit for your background and skills.

 

  1. Once you’ve decided on a new path, do some online research and networking to determine the skills you’ll need to qualify for jobs that interest you. If you lack key credentials, consider signing up for volunteer work enrolling in classes to bridge the gap.

 

  1. Next, revamp your résumé to highlight skills and experiences that are most relevant to your desired new line of work. A professional career coach may be able to help.

 

  1. When applying for jobs, craft cover letters that will help employers understand why you’re looking to change careers and how you can add value. Similarly, prepare for interviews by crafting 30-second introduction that sums up what you can do for employers.

8 easy ways to ACE an interview

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Got an interview coming up? Let us boil it down to several subtle ways  you can shine during the interview:woman job interview

 

  1. Be punctual. If you’re running late, call the recruiter to let him or her know. That is better than just nonchalantly showing up late, looking like you disrespect that person’s time (and ultimately yours, too).

 

There’s no reason why you should not be punctual, though. Leave plenty of time, and try to arrive at least 10 minutes early. The worst that can happen is you get stuck in traffic and end up arriving on time or a bit early.

 

  1. Be courteous. Now that you’ve arrived in the lobby with time to spare, let’s say you’re sitting there for fifteen…twenty…even thirty minutes. Don’t look miffed. The worst thing you can do is look annoyed. Yes, your time is a commodity, and so is theirs. How many times have you had important meetings on your calendar, only to get pulled in several directions?

 

Remind yourself that their tardiness is no reflection on lack of interest of you as a candidate. They’re doing their best, so the best thing you can do is shrug it off when they’re late to greet you and start the interview process. It’s technically no big deal.

 

  1. Be nice to everyone you meet. This goes without saying. From the very first conversation you have with a recruiter, to the courtesies with the receptionist, to the friendly banter in an elevator – all eyes are on you.

 

Yes, if you’re rude to the receptionist or anyone else for that matter, it will get back to the recruiter. And when two candidates with nearly identical résumés need to be evaluated, you can bet any rudeness in the lobby or elevator will make its way to the boardroom.

 

  1. Make small talk. This is particularly important if your interview involves a meal. School yourself on current events and popular movies and books to keep the conversation going. Be sure to steer clear from controversy, too.

 

Sometimes we’re so immersed in technology and the job search process that we forget to be ourselves. This is your chance to shine! Talk about a hobby or favorite vacation spot. Give them every reason to like you.

 

Most candidates overlook this part of interview prep, and it’s one of the most important pieces to ace!

 

  1. Ask questions. A common pet peeve of interviewers is when candidates don’t ask any questions. Really? You don’t have one single question about the role, the company, the future of the role or anything else? There’s no excuse. It’s OK to repeat questions or ask them in a slightly different way to different interviewers. Plus, as conversations develop within the interviews themselves, you may be curious about certain aspects of the role or company.

 

This is your opportunity to interview employers the same way they’re evaluating you. Go ahead and ask questions! Does a new project mean there will be additional travel in the role? Why is the job open? How long has he or she worked there? If you’re at a loss, ask about the interviewer’s career. You can’t go wrong.

 

  1. Send a thank-you note or email. This is a must! Again, when there are countless qualified candidates vying for the same role, every detail counts. It’s not unlike losing weight – sure the overall goal may be a smaller number on the scale, but replacing potato chips with crunchy celery will do a body good. The same applies here in that every move matters. Your thank-you note can be succinct, but it also must be error-free!

 

  1. Don’t pester. When the interview comes to a close, pay close attention to the timing, and remind yourself it’s not on your clock. (If that was the case, you would have been hired a few months ago!) Most offers and salaries need to get a few levels of approval, so take a deep breath. Ask about next steps, where they are in wrapping up interviews and when you can expect to hear back. Yes, you should be diligent in following up, but please don’t be that guy or gal who emails every single morning for a status update.

 

  1. Be a tactful negotiator. Sometimes offers get reneged due to how the candidate behaved during the negotiation process. Hold your ground, but remain professional at all times. Hiring managers often wonder if the candidate operates this way right now, how will he or she operate in front of clients?

 

So go out there, and with these few tips up your sleeve, you’ll be HIRED in no time!

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