Tuesday, June 9, 2009

7 tips to help you use social media in your job search

So, my next project is underway – the job search. With lots of new candidates that hit the street when school finished, I know that the economy is picking up, but how can we leverage social media to help us in our search? We’re all in this together, so if I can help you in anyway, please give me a shout, and I’ll see if I can help.

1. Tweetdeck – Once I grabbed hold of this dashboard for my twitter experience, valuable info I searched for and wanted to receive poured in. Connections were made, direct messages and replies could be seen immediately (whereas, I was seeing them days later)! I even have a daily search now for project management jobs in NJ…which leads me to…

2. FREE LinkedIn white paper by Rita Ashley on heightening your social media experience with this powerful tool. It’s an easy to read step by step guide, with screen shots, what’s to lose? Click here

3. Search engines – Pretty standard sites that everyone should be using, click here for a pretty comprehensive list.

4. People to follow on twitter - @jobangels (and read the story…), @jobshouts – also do a search for relevant hashtags

5. Ask people to connect on your other accounts – I shoot a tweet out every so often to ask people if they’d like to link in – but don’t forget include IN with the link http://www.linkedin.com/in/YOURNAME, or you’ll send a broken link out to the world once you shorten the url. I’ve had that genius moment….

6. Work on continuously improving your pitch (or if you’re on twitter, is it a “twitch?”). I guess it’s like progressive elaboration in Project Management, without changing the scope!

7. Building your network - you never know how people are connected, and all it takes it one. And make it easy, with a hyperlink…Since I’m signing off for now, back to the job search, here is mine – over and out for now…
Vickie Smith-Siculiano, PMP
Experience in marketing, communications & business development
My Blog: http://www.vickiesoup.blogspot.com/
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/vickiesmith

P.S. - I would love to hear any tips *you* have. Drop me a line or post a comment here...

1 comment:

  1. Vicki:

    Thank you for the great resources! It is always wonderful to help others who are looking for a new job so this will be very useful to pass along. I am so excited about the LinkedIn white paper. I can't wait to read it. Keep up the great work!

    Brendan L. Ward