A recent report put out by Healthcare IT News shows that the one in three healthcare job seekers surveyed used social media to find employment, up from previous years.
And, if it’s good enough for doctors and nurses, it has to be good enough for the general population! So, how do you effectively use social media to find a job?
First, keep your social media profiles clean. Make sure pictures which may have the slight chance of being incriminating are kept private or viewable to specific groups of people (you can organize this by creating lists).
Secondly, consider making some of your personal comments available to the general public. Potential employers want to see what kind of personality you have! Just make sure that the content you make public wouldn’t make a potential employer cringe.
Use your Twitter account to join conversations that are relevant to your industry. You can find these by using #hashtags as well as keyword when searching for individuals to connect with.
Fourthly, don’t spam! You don’t need to re-tweet or re-post every single thing you find interesting. Share valuable, relevant content- preferably your own. By creating and sharing your own content, you brand yourself as an expert in your field.
Fifthly, consider using an online presence monitoring service like Reppler. After connecting your various social network accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Picasa, and Flickr are the available networks), Reppler will scan each of your networks and give you a “Reppler Image Score”. It also gives you insight on how to improve your score. In addition, it alerts you to any questionable content that you may have posted or that someone within your network posted.
Sixthly, make sure that what you choose to post is written well. Potential employers are looking for individuals who are able to express themselves well in the written word as well as verbally. If you’re not a writer, don’t panic! They aren’t looking for Pulitzer Prize winning material- just someone who can spell, use proper grammar and can make themselves easily understood to their audience.
Social media recruiting is advantageous in a variety of ways for employers and job seekers. If you aren’t in the market for a job right now, make sure you take a proactive approach to preserving your online reputation anyway so that should you begin a job search in the future, you’ll be ahead of the game!
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If the one thing you dread when looking for a job is the all-important interview, you aren’t alone. After all, everything’s at stake… or is it?
If you’ve been called in for an interview, obviously you have something that has piqued the interest of your potential employer. So, use that very fact as a way to bolster your confidence when you enter the interview.
And then, when you go in, remember the single most important thing that makes a job work between an employee and employer: Chemistry.
Obviously, you need skills that relate to the position, but I’d be willing to wager that an interviewer would hire a person with mediocre skills and outrageous chemistry than one with mad skillz and absolutely zero chemistry.
So, how do you fake chemistry? Easy answer, you really can’t. If you walk into an interview and cold chills go up your spine, give it a few minutes and try to make it work. If it doesn’t, concede defeat and thank the interviewer for their time. Yes, seriously. You’d hate it there anyway.
Don’t get nervous, thinking the employer has the upper hand. It’s simply not true. Chemistry is a two-way street. Not only is the potential employer trying to sum you up, but you should be envisioning how YOU would fit into the position and fit in with the current team.
Think of the interview as equivalent to a blind date. Always be on your best behavior, try to make the best impression you can without acting fake and watch for cues- you know those little cues that set something off in the pit of your stomach and sound alarms in your head that says, “something’s just not right here”? Yeah, you know the ones. Listen to them!
And during the interview, act as natural as possible. Don’t loosen your tie and kick off your shoes, but show that you have personality, even a bit of spunk. If you don’t show who you are, the potential employer will never know if the two of you can tango for the long-haul and if you have that perfect mix of chemistry that will take you to infinity…and beyond.
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With the state of the American economy, job searching is at an all-time high. And, you need every advantage you can get when searching for that elusive perfect job. Here’s five simple tips to help you in your job search.
1. Even though you may not be a recent graduate, many college campus career centers allow the public to use their resources. Many companies post jobs only at college career centers- skip this resource and you may miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime!
2. When you’re seeking a job, make sure you know what your long-term and short-term goals are and make sure that you seek employment with a company who can help you meet those goals or at least give you the opportunity to do so.
3. Make sure you use a service like ResumeImproved to tailor your resume for each job that you apply for. Adding this personal touch could set apart from all of the other generic resumes in the recruiter’s pile.
4. Leverage social media to your advantage. There’s a unique service called TwitJobSearch which functions as a job search engine for Twitter. Polish up your Twitter account and get tweeting about pertinent things within your target career field. Then use Twitter to connect with like-minded individuals. Build your reputation as an expert within your industry! In addition, JobsMiner is another fantastic job search engine tool which mines information from all social networks.
5. This last tip can’t be stressed enough: network. Network. NETWORK. With the stiff competition for jobs, it really is all about who you know nowadays. And, with the ability to be always connected, you don’t even have to “know” a person in real life. Getting to know a connection virtually, without seeming like a stalker, is one of the most efficient ways of getting your name out to your industry.
Regardless of how tough the economy is, the odds are in your favor that you will find a job through a bit of persistence and determination. Stay positive and stay focused on the prize!
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