Social Media is Your Job Search’s Best Friend

After being fired by CBS, Charlie Sheen didn’t get even, he got online. In what seemed like no time at all, he had over 3 million followers on Twitter, had set up a nationwide tour, and was being re-considered for his old job as lead comedian on “Two and a Half Men”.

By employing a few strategic moves on social media, Charlie Sheen transformed his job-less position into an online phenomenon that is landing him more than just media attention. While the average social media user doesn’t have Charlie Sheen’s notoriety, his case is an example of how social media can be used in the job hunt.

While using social media does not guarantee a job offer, ignoring its implications in the job search will absolutely limit your potential. The current trend in human resource departments is to use social media as a recruiting tool; by not taking advantage of online platforms, you may be missing out on job offers as well as connections. UPS, for example, places a lot of emphasis on social media in their hiring strategy, and this year employed 955 new staff through social media channels.

Think of social media accounts as platforms to not only show off your talents but also connect and engage with your network. Staying in contact with friends, previous bosses and co-workers over social media can make all the difference in your job search. By engaging with your network online, you open doors to new introductions, recommendations and connections.

Start with your network during your job search. See if anyone in your network either works for or has connections to your ideal company. Don’t focus on getting an immediate job offer; instead cultivate relationships and job advice from people who could give you that crucial introduction later on.

Presenting yourself in a positive light across all forms of social media is essential; keep in mind that companies are Googling candidates before they even respond back to your email. Here are some tips on how to leverage your social media to position yourself in the best light.

Job Search 4.0 – 11 New Websites for Your Job Search

By Heather Huhman

If you’re entering the job market for the first time or haven’t searched for a new job in the last three years, you’re in for a shock over how the process works—and how it has changed in a relatively short period of time.
Job search 1.0 = help wanted ads in newspapers
Job search 2.0 = online job boards
Job search 3.0 = social talent communities

What’s next?
“Job search 4.0 will be less about finding talent and finding jobs and more about applying skills to the problems existing in any marketplace,” says Joel Capperella, vice president for Yoh, a Philadelphia-based technology staffing firm.
[See 10 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Job Search.]

To get up to speed, here are some new job search tools you should consider using:

1. ClearFit’s Career Finder: Figuring Out What Job Best Suits You
Career Finder by ClearFit, which is free for job seekers, differs from other personality and motivation surveys for a number of reasons. They use a “normative” survey, which compares people to people (for example, an average range of top performer attribute scores to an applicant’s attribute scores). In other words, you can validly and defensibly compare people with jobs to help predict performance.

2. MyWebCareer: Understanding How Employers Perceive Your Online Presence
MyWebCareer provides a free online service that evaluates your social and business networking profiles, your overall network, and your search engine footprint to generate a personalized Career Score. Your Career Score provides insight into how colleagues and employers perceive and evaluate your professional competencies and achievements. Your Career Score is refreshed each month, and you are notified of any changes and actions you should take.
[See The Most Effective Ways to Look for a Job.]

3. Vizibility: Creating an Accurate Google Search About You
More than 85 percent of executive recruiters report Googling candidates as part of the search process today, and almost half of executive recruiters have eliminated candidates based on what appears (or does not appear) about them online. Vizibility allows you to manage what people find about you in Google. You can create your own perfect search and choose a personalized URL to share with others. Additionally, personalized QR codes are now available for Vizibility SearchMe™ links, which can be added to résumés, presentations, business cards, and any other printed or online materials.

4. JobSTART101: Learning How to Find a Job
JobSTART101: Smart Tips and Real-World Training is a free online course for college students and recent graduates—but it’s a great tool for all job seekers—that introduces the professional skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. JobSTART101 addresses the gap between employers’ needs and workers’ skills by helping job seekers understand the real-life challenges and expectations of the workplace.

5. Gist: Bringing All Your Connections into One Location
Gist, a free web and mobile application, brings your contacts into one place to give you a full view of your network. Automatically get a dossier of the latest news, blog posts, and tweets for anyone in your professional network delivered where you want it, when you want it. Gist is available on the web, Gmail (Chrome and Firefox), Outlook, iPhone, Android, and inside

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Six Job Search Myths that Can Hurt Your Search

  • Myth #1: The Internet will do the trick

Hitting the send button, clicking your résumé into cyberspace, is not job search. It’s playing the lottery: the odds against success are huge. Instead use the Internet to do the research that will help you excel on interviews.

  • Myth #2: I’m doomed in this market/I’m damaged goods

Yes, the job market is tougher than usual, but hiring still goes on—despite all the negative headlines. If you give in to the gloom, of course you won’t find a job, especially if you’ve been unemployed for a while. But ‘unemployed’ does NOT mean damaged. Master the articulation of your skills and accomplishments and get out there!

  • Myth #3: It’s not a good time to job search

And get out there NOW. The holidays are a great time to job search—because most people think they’re not. Business doesn’t come to a halt; interviewing and hiring go on.

  • Myth #4: I can do this myself

Local Job Search Tips – How To Find Employment Through A Local Job Search

Bill in Employment News

A local job search could be a fantastic way to find a job in your own local area. However, with unemployment rates on the rise, local job searches for many can prove very frustrating, difficult and overwhelming.

Local job searches can present various benefits to a person. You can save loads of money that you will otherwise spend to pay the rent or food when staying away from home. Plus, you’ll get loads of time to spend with your family.
However, many people are forced to work in a faraway place or even abroad because of their inability to find careers in their local job search.

If you wish to be successful in landing a job in your local area, it will be wise to follow these local job search tips that we provide.

• Use Your Network:
The advantage of searching for jobs in your own area is the fact that you know people from around your local area. Since you will be searching for jobs in your area and possibly the hometown you grew up in, it will be easier to build a network. Make sure to use your network to find a job. Contact old friends and former classmates, as well as the professionals that you know and also your professors. A good recommendation from a friend is better than any well written cover letter. Make sure to ask them for any job opening. You may also ask them to pass along your resume for you.

• Make Use of Online Local Job Search Websites:
The internet surely makes our lives a lot easier and faster. Take advantage of the online local job search listings and create and account. Choose only a very reputable job searching website. Edit your profile and your email notification to receive job announcements from your own local area only. Make sure to also be specific on the Category (example HEALTH), and job position you are looking for (example MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST). Online job search websites are easy and convenient way of sending applications make use of it.

Read the full Employment Digest Article for more Tips and Advice

7 Federal Job Search Myths Dispelled

By Daphne Houston

Are you wondering how to land a federal job? Have you been discouraged by naysayers? Are you wondering if the federal government is really hiring thousands of people? Well that one I’ll answer now. YES! So if you are not incorporating federal jobs in your job search strategy it’s likely you have been misinformed about the process and about the reality of the federal job market. Here are 7 more myths I’d like to dispel to help you conquer your federal job search.

1. Myth: All government jobs are in Washington, DC.
Fact: Only 15% of federal jobs are actually in DC. That means 85% of the federal jobs are outside of DC throughout the US and the rest of the world.

2. Myth: Federal government salaries are low.
Fact: Actually, government salaries have risen faster and higher than private sector salaries. In most cases you will find they are very competitive. In fact, it’s been reported from 2000 to 2008, the pay for federal civilian employees skyrocketed 57%, while the pay for workers in the private sector grew by only 31%. And the White House recently proposed a 1.4% pay increase for federal employees.

3. Myth: To get into the federal government you have to be connected; all the jobs are wired.
Fact: If that was the case, then the government wouldn’t currently have over 60,000 job openings worldwide. Don’t you think the people that know the current government workforce would have networked their way in if that was the case? Networking always helps. But my federal resume writing team has helped hundreds of clients land federal jobs that were not networked.

How to Find a Friend to Help You Land a Job

By Ted Hekman

If you’ve been reading about careers and jobs over the past several years, you will no doubt have read that the best jobs never find their way to the newspaper want ads, or even online job boards. That’s because they are filled by people who are referred by friends and colleagues.

Put yourself in the place of the person looking for a job candidate. If you place an ad in the paper or online, you may get hundreds of replies, just a few of which might be a fit for the job. But to find those few, you have to wade through all the others and that can take up a lot of your time. And even when you do find a resume that looks promising, that person is still a stranger to you and you have no idea what kind of person or worker he or she might be.

On the other hand, what if a candidate is recommended to you by a trusted friend or colleague? Right away you are more inclined towards that person because of who recommended them. And you don’t have to do all that tedious reading of hundreds of unsuitable resumes.

So where does that leave you, the job seeker? Well, you want to be the candidate being recommended!

But here’s the catch. What if you don’t know anyone in the industry or company you’ve targeted? Does that mean you have to go back to the want ads? Not necessarily.

This is a classic opportunity to use your network. Now even if you are quite young and only recently started on your career, you do still have a network. Think about it. Your network contains all those people you have gone through college with, any high school friends you’ve kept in touch with, your immediate and extended family, your friends and more.

But the great thing about networking effectively is it can also give you access to the people in other people’s networks! So maybe you don’t know anybody in the pharmaceutical industry who can refer you for a job there, but maybe someone in your network does.