Job Search Networking

Job Search Networking; another reason to network on-line and use social media

Advice from Wendy Smith; Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – order on Amazon

Here is a tip from my book; The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book; How to Win Jobs and Influence Recruiters.

Job search networking today – back in the day, you painstakingly typed out one CV and posted that to all potential employers. The next generation attached that same one CV to an email and sent it out to all. Then we learned to turn one electronic CV into several to meet the needs of a particular job and a particular employer.

Now, things have moved on again. Your CV has become an active, living, part of your job search. It is very much tied into how you present yourself on-line and your personal “brand.”

These days most employers research on-line for candidates when they make significant appointments. Employers also go on-line to find out more about candidates. They may put your name into a search engine like Google and see what comes up. And they will expect to find you! This may come as a shock to older employees where having a low public profile has usually been regarded as an asset.

In fact, the chance that they will find nothing about you on-line is becoming more and more remote. And having nothing about you on-line is a clear disadvantage in job search. It sends a message that you wouldn’t feel comfortable with modern office tools.

So rather than leave it to chance, you need to know what is on-line about you. Then, if necessary, take steps to influence it for the good.

Job search networking is a great idea anyway.

There are huge advantages in using social media in your job search anyway. Using sites like Twitter, Facebook and, particularly, LinkedIn is a great way to network, to find new opportunities and to raise your on-line profile.

Make sure you have a well filled out LinkedIn profile. There is lots of advice on the LinkedIn site for how to do this. Fill it out completely using keywords – the words people will use to find someone who does your type of work. Putting in those keywords won’t just help people find you on LinkedIn, they could also help you rank higher up in Google when someone does a general search for your name.

You need to check what else is on-line about you already. Put your own name into Google and see what comes up. If there is something unhelpful, where you can, do your best to put things right! For example, if there is an unflattering picture of you on Facebook, ask the person who put it there to remove it. There is a lesson here for the future in terms of what you put on-line yourself or allow others to post. These days, I try to avoid anyone taking pictures of me with their phone at parties and events.

Enjoy social media but use it with care. Remember even with the right privacy settings applied you are still pretty much out in the open. You’d be surprised how casually friends may be about sharing your views and comments. Be yourself but show the wise you to potential employers

Other resources for the job seeker

As a job seeker, there are lots of useful techniques to learn or to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in my handy little pocket book.

job search networking
A concise and practical little workbook. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

A concise and practical little work book. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

Find this and my other books on my Amazon page at this link; http://ow.ly/BRSAL

Remember working with a career coach can really help job search. Get in touch at the Facing a mid-career dilemmaemail address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, 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. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book your free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy Smith now at this Link 

Assessment centres – how to do well

Assessment centres – how to do well

Advice from Wendy Smith; Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – order on Amazon

Assessment centres are daunting for most candidates. There are lots of different views on their value. But I think they can provide a very good opportunity to show a potential employer just what you have to offer. I’ve set up a run assessment centres. Also I’ve been through a number as a candidate. Here are some tips based on the advice I give my coaching clients.

Here are my top tips for handling assessment centres

  1. Be Yourself! Work on the basis the assessors know what they are doing. They will be able to see through an act. Keep your wits about you and show your best but try to relax enough to let the real you shine through. You may want to use a simple relaxed breathing technique during the odd break.
  2. Know the criteria. Usually, the assessors will be assessing you against a predefined list of qualities and competencies for the job. For most public sector jobs, you’ll probably know what these are before the event. In the private sector, openness can vary. But you should try to find out the criteria before the assessment centre. If you applied through a recruitment agency they should be able to help. At the very least, the job description will usually give you an indication of the qualities they are looking for.
  3. Manage your time carefully. Many candidates at assessment centres fail to do themselves justice because they run out of time in the exercises. Where you have to read a brief and then do an exercise afterwards, start by skim reading to get an idea of the issues. Then go back and study important points more carefully. Keep an eye on your watch and allocate your time carefully.
  4. Don’t put other candidates down. Remember at an assessment centre you are unlikely to be measured directly against each other. You are being measured against the criteria for the role. Scoring points off others in group exercises doesn’t make you look good. It makes you look like a non-team player and that is not likely to make the assessors warm to you. Your best strategy is usually to support, not to compete.
  5. Practice if you can. It really helps if you can run through possible exercises with someone you trust as preparation for the centre. You will find organizations that offer paid-for practice online.
  6. Listen carefully to all instructions. Know what you are doing and show you are doing it. Listen carefully to all instructions and show you are listening through your body language.
  7. Interact with the assessors. If there is an opportunity to interact with the assessors, say at lunch time, then make the most of it. But don’t be a nuisance and certainly don’t hog the limelight. You want to make an impression memorable for the right reasons.

Your job search – other resources to help you

Stuck in your job search? Have you have been out of the job market for a while? There are new techniques to learn and some you need to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing them at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in Wendy’s handy little pocket book.

assessment centres
A concise and practical little workbook. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

You can find more help for your job search in the “The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book: How to Win Jobs and Influence Recruiters.” Find this and my other books on my Amazon page at this link; http://ow.ly/BRSAL .

Remember working with a career coach can really help your job search. Get in touch at the Facing a mid-career dilemmaemail address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype. Meanwhile I wish you every success in your job search.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, 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 book a free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy at this Link