Using Social Media for Job Search

Using Social Media for Job Search

Using social media – we all know by now that networking is one of the most important parts of job search. But not all of us are confident about using social media. This is a pity because social media sites will play an increasing role in networking, career advancement, and professional success in the future. If you are a reluctant user of social networking, I hope these tips will help.

Remember that most, if not everything, you do on-line stays there forever. And most can probably be found fairly easily by a potential employer.  So make sure everything you do and write on-line is compatible with the image you want potential employers to see.

Using Social Media – Sites to Consider

LinkedIn

Join LinkedIn if you have not already done so.  Have a look at the profiles of leaders in your professional field and the approach they have taken.  Fill out your profile with an eye to recording your achievements and making yourself an attractive job prospect. Find friends and former colleagues to connect with and join groups that represent you professional interest. You can join up to 50 groups and you can connect with other group members. Take part in group discussions to show your expertise. Update your status with useful links and information for others – become a resource. Do not head up your profile with “looking for work.” But use keywords related to the kind of work you are looking for in your profile. This will attract recruiters.

Facebook

More and more people every day seem to be using Facebook for professional networking. Although personally I have some reservations about its suitability.  Do not mix social and professional networking on Facebook. Use the security features on Facebook with great care. And choose your Friends wisely. Remember your Friends can usually see information about your other Friends in your Profile. Be careful about amount and type of information that you share.  Make sure you post only what you want business contacts or prospective employers to see. And post content relevant to your job search or career. Again, you can demonstrate your expertise.  Facebook can showcase you in the round for a potential employer. That, properly managed, is positive.

Twitter

Twitter is what is known as a microblogging service. You can, and people do, write messages to change the world in 140 characters. Twitter is open-ended and people. And companies use it in a variety of ways, including recruitment. But in 140 characters or less, it’s tough to apply for a job! However, you can tell colleagues and employers that you are looking. Find contacts and recruiters on Twitter. The begin to follow them to see new opportunities.  Follow companies and organizations that you would like to work for. And then find out what they are up to.  Post useful links and information as well as interactingwith others. Twitter is all about conversations, not broadcasting! You can find me on Twitter as @WWisewolf

Using social media can help you to create your professional brand and build your on-line presence strategically  to help with your job searching and career.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

The Dalai Lama’s thoughts on Dr King’s Dream!

The Dalai Lama’s thoughts on Dr King’s Dream!

The Dalai Lama’s thoughts – His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks from his The Dalai Lama's thoughtsresidence in Dharamsala, India. He talks about his hope and dream in honour of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. This was recorded as part of NBC News’ DreamDay coverage on August 28th, 2013.

How do you plan to reflect the thoughts in your life at home and at work?

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

 

An Introduction to Performance Management

An Introduction to Performance Management

An Introduction to Performance Management

An Introduction to Performance Management is provided in the video below! This is an introduction to a series of videos which appear on YouTube. And it is a good introduction to the subject.

You can find the rest of the videos at this link http://www.youtube.com/user/AgCareers?feature=watch.

You will find lots of post about management on this on this blog.

Thanks to http://www.agcareers.com/
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

 

Having a job search routine

Having a job search routine

Job Search – the value of a routine

Having a job search routine is important. Most jobs require at least some degree of routine in your working day. That is a time to arrive, take a lunch break and finish. The good thing about working from home is that the routine is down to you. This is particularly important if you are searching for work.

While for many of us that can be liberating; for others it is very uncomfortable indeed. So here are some thoughts on how establish a routine.

Decide on a reasonable time each day to get up! Then Monday to Friday set the alarm just as you would if you were going out to work. Set a time to start work and stick to it!

Allocate a certain period each day for work (including job search or prospecting for new clients) but please do not spend all day on it!

You do need to spend some time each day doing something that has nothing to do with work/job search. It can be reading, playing sport, going out to meet friends, reading or something else. But it really is time best not spent in front of a computer screen or slumped in front of the TV.

Have a regular lunch break and again don’t eat in front of the computer screen. Don’t fall for what I find the biggest temptation at home – unhealthy snacking! Eat something healthy for lunch and then go for a walk. You need some exercise and now you are not making the journey to work – you need to make sure you get out of the house each day and into the fresh air.

Make a point of getting out and meeting people at least once or twice a week. These meetings won’t be to ask for work, but to keep up with people and find out what is going on around you.

Having a job search routine is important. But don’t set yourself a routine that is too rigid. Make sure you have the odd day off – just as you would if you were “going out” to work.

Over on our sister site WiseWolf’s Your Happiness Factor today we have a very simple walk at home exercise that might be useful for those of you who need a simple and inexpensive way to keep fit.

http://www.yourhappinessfactor.net/2013/08/healthy-lifestyle-simple-exercises-to.html

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

 

Career Advancement: Advance Your Career Using Lifelong Learning, Part 2

Career Advancement with Lifelong Learning, Part 2

Career Advancement – today we have the second post in this series from Tamara M. Williams. Tamara publishes articles in topics such as Software and Marketing on EzineArticles which can be found  here

Career Advancement – in  Part 1 of my article, I explained that Lifelong Learning is required in order to advance your career. I identified learning through Company Training and Industry Training. It is always best to ask your employer first about these options and ensure that the training is related to your current work. Of course, Industry Training can be pursued independently if you wish to attain training related to a future career. Some employees do not offer training or may offer only on the job training so you have to get qualifications on your own. In this article, I plan to discuss College or University degrees and studying from Free Online Courses.

Community College or University Degrees

You can pursue numerous academic degrees at various community colleges or universities. Ask your employer if they offer educational loans to ease your financial burden. If they don’t offer assistance, you should apply for loans or scholarships directly from your target community college or university. When you have completed your degree, you should find out if you can negotiate increased wages and benefits at work. You could also decide to gain a degree unrelated to your current work and use it as a stepping stone into a new career.

Free Online Courses

If you are not able to access finances to pay for your tuition then you can still learn by taking free online courses. Some colleges and universities offer open courses which are free to the public. Some examples are Harvard Open Courses for Free, MIT OpenCourseWare, OpenLearn – Open University. Courses are offered in a variety of subjects such as Business and Management, Computer Science, Food and Nutrition and Social Sciences.

You will not receive a degree or certification from most free courses but the knowledge and skills gained are still worthwhile. This is also a great way to try various courses so that you can decide what you are really interested in. That way, you can decide what you really like before actually spending your money and time on getting a degree.

Remember, you should always examine your career by determining your current level of expertise. Then seek further knowledge, skills and experiences so that you can switch jobs or climb the corporate ladder. You can do this by attending company and industry training sessions, pursuing academic degrees or participating in free online courses. This will ensure that you move ahead in your current career or start the journey on a new career. You need to put your own career first because no one else will do it for you.

About the Author:

Tamara M. Williams encourages you to contact your nearest Career Center or a Life & Career Coach for more assistance. Tamara publishes articles in topics such as Software and Marketing on EzineArticles which can be found  here.

 

Career Development:Twist and Shout

Career Development: Twist and Shout

Career Development: Twist and Shout – today we have another great guest post from Daryl Tomlinson who brings us advice based his long term experience of working with a job board.

Career Development:Twist and ShoutEmbarking on a new career can be a gamble, just as life can be a risk every time we close the front door behind us, we step into a world full of hidden danger, full of hazard, yet also full of untapped potential. You have decided to stride a different path, yet consciously and sub-consciously doubts and realism may hold you back. You weigh up the pros and cons and sometimes the cons will win and you step back into the shadow of security.

Like in blackjack, you have the option to twist or stick. Twist and you could have the dream career, but possibly fail. Stick and you have that security yet forever look through the window of opportunity and wonder what if.

Career Development:Twist and Shout

What will you do?

The key is taking the gamble out of the equation, not think about it as a risk, believe in your abilities, and trust your instincts. Of course I am not saying if you work as an accountant, for instance, and dream of being a brain surgeon that you immediately quit your job and apply for the very first brain surgeon job you see.

You know deep down your skills, you know your abilities and you know your potential. What you don’t know, you learn, what skills you don’t have, you learn, what abilities you don’t have you learn and then you can take that potential and look to a future where YOU are in control of YOUR career.

When you believe in the abilities you have, when you learn the skills, then going for that dream career is less a gamble but more an opportunity to be relished. Failure doesn’t equate risk when you have the tools behind you to succeed because no longer do you rely on chance, you rely on you.

So when the thought of Monday morning chills you to the bone, why not take that step towards that dream job?

It’s simple, will you stick and stay silent or twist and shout?

Daryl Tomlinson

You can find Daryl’s earlier post CV Writing; How to make a recruiter take a second look! at this link! 

Refresh Your Job Search

Refresh Your Job Search

Is it time to refresh your job search? Have you been searching for a new job for a while now? Then right now is a great time to re-energise your quest. Here are some tips to help you refresh your job search.

Revamp Your CV/Résumé

An important step in every job search is to equip yourself with a CV that really highlights you, your skills and your abilities. How good is your CV? Take time now to check it and remember this CV is just a baseline that you will tailor for each new role. Here is some guidance on preparing a CV to be proud of; Writing that winning CV!

Find New Ways to Network

Social media in particular gives all kinds of new ways to find people to network with. Are you making the most of sites like LinkedIn?  Are you approaching social networking in a professional way? Remember that anything you say on the internet becomes part of your brand and that social networks are about conversations rather than broadcasting. But you can use social networking sites to build new relationships that can help your job search.

Update your image

What would really give your confidence a boost? How about a new hairstyle or should you considering a new style of dress?  You could make a change to represent the new you and your new approach!

Update your attitude

Work hard on your commitment to positive thinking and your self-belief.  If you catch yourself thinking negatively, stop in your tracks, catch that thought and flip it over in mind. Think of yourself as not so much looking for a job as looking for an opportunity to add value. You know that given the right opportunity that is exactly what you will do. Think every day about the benefits that you will bring to your new employer.

Find yourself a coach

A Career Coach will work with you on all the practical aspects of applying for jobs, changing career or going for promotion. A coach will help you to look at your achievements and results so far and how you can build on them to achieve what you want in the future. A good coach will help you build your confidence and maximise your chances of landing the right role.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

 

Getting Ready for Job Search – Decisions to Make!

Getting Ready for Job Search – Decisions to Make!

Getting Ready for Job Search – so you have decided to look for a new job. Now you have some decisions to make; deciding on the right kind of role is a big decision. There is a lot to consider.

Is this going to be a career or are you looking for work just so that you can pay the bills and keep yourself, and perhaps your family, afloat? There is nothing wrong with that and taking a stop-gap role while looking for right career opportunity can be a good idea, particularly if you are unhappy in your present role.

Perhaps, you want to build on your existing skills and experience and look for opportunities in the same sector. Or perhaps are you looking to start again with a new challenge in a new environment.

We all tend to work best at things we like – what do you enjoy doing? Think about your interests and the things that you have enjoyed doing in the past both at work and at home. What kind of environment suits you best? Now, be really honest and think about what you don’t like at work; are there environments you have disliked?

It’s important to decide how you want to work to make sure your search is as right for you as possible. Consider, for example, whether it is going to be a permanent, employed post or would you take on an interim role “temping” through an agency or as an independent contractor? Could you take an internship or volunteer – that would give you experience, but is likely to be unpaid? Then think about travelling and commuting. How far away from home are you prepared to work?

Think about the kind of organization you want to work in. There are all kinds around – large or small, public or private? Then what about the sector, such as, Finance, Education or Health?  Each will have its own culture and opportunities.

How much money are you looking for? You need to know how much money you actually need. Work out a budget and be clear about the style of life you want to lead.  How much money is it going to take to support it?

When you have the answers to these questions, you are ready to begin your job search proper – you can find help at this link Job-Search:Where are you looking?
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

 

Time for a new approach!

Time for a new approach!

Time for a new approach! Autumn is a great time to take stock and think about your career.

Some questions to consider!

  • If you are in work, is your present job still the right one for you?
  • Is time to think about that promotion and are you ready for it?
  • Do you need a sideways move in the same company to gain more experience?
  • Should you be thinking more radically and moving on to a new company, a new sector, a new town or even a new country?

Now may just be the right time to take that risk you have been avoiding.

If you are currently looking for work – is it time to refresh your job search? If so I hope the articles elsewhere on this blog will help.

Whether in work or out, if you do decide to make a change, don’t let lack of confidence stand in your way. And if you need support from a coach, please get in touch. Sometimes working with a coach can give you just the support you need to move on to a better place.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

Consistent Brand Value

Consistent Brand Value

Collaboration is the Key to Providing Consistent Brand Value

This is a post by Libby Gill, author of Capture the Mindshare and the Market Share Will Follow. It is from the Leadership Now website

Consistent Brand Value! As much as people love to over-complicate the topic of branding, simply put, a brand is a promise of value. The most successful brands – the ones I call Mindshare Brands – are those that deliver or over-deliver on that value promise consistently over the long haul. Think Coca-Cola. How about Mercedes. Think Apple. Any brand you think about that you count on to deliver what you want every single time – or pretty darn close to that. Even the big guys slip occasionally, though mistakes well handled can actually be terrific branding opportunities.

So how you do you continually commit and re-commit to going the extra mile for your customers? How do you stay focused in the face of crazy busy workloads and constant change? The key to providing consistent value, despite the obstacles you will inevitably encounter, is to build a culture of collaboration where everyone’s goal is to delight the customers and ensure their swift return.

In today’s highly competitive business climate, it’s nearly impossible for anyone to succeed by going it alone. So it’s well worth the time and effort it takes to create a collaborative atmosphere based on trust, respect, and openness. Here are some strategies you can employ to jumpstart the process:

  1. Establish high standards for communication. Set the tone for the highest levels of communication, which include candor and kindness….

You can read the rest of this post at this link http://www.leadershipnow.com/leadingblog/2013/08/collaboration_is_the_key_to_pr.html

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link