“Knowing how to network effectively through social media is crucial to your career“, (as quoted in AARP magazine in the Networking News Section entitled “Find Good Jobs Online.” The article talked about a brand new job-finding-site powered by LinkedIn called Work Reimagined.
The article gave some great tips on job-search basics on the site and on social media including:
1. Prepare to connect quickly by developing a brief work bio. Become adept at telling new contacts in under a minute who you are, what you do best, what sets you apart and what you are looking for. It goes on to say to focus on your skills not on past jobs. Be sure to post that bio on your social media pages.
2. Control your online content. Think of it as your online resume’: include details about your skills, qualifications and abilities using the keywords you would in fact search for when looking for a job. Update your profile and status regularly.
3. Help your job find you. Follow companies that interest you. Look for and connect with people in your field/industry. Join in on group discussions. When you see a job post, find out if you have a connection to the individual or the company.
One thing I like about Work Reimagined is that they have made a commitment to recruit across all age groups. Good news for Boomers and Seniors!