5 Tips on How to Use Social Media for Job Searching

job search social mediaAs humans, we like to connect with each other and we have just discovered a wonderful venue emerging for us to use. Social media can provide you information and connections that are vital to your job search. You can research companies and industries, but you can also contact alumni who work at a company to learn even more. Here are five simple tips on how to use social media to expand and strengthen your current job search.

1. Let people know you’re looking. Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin are excellent platforms to let your friends and followers know what you are looking for work. Let them know what kind of job you are looking for and even if they do not know of anywhere hiring right at the moment, they’ll have you at the forefront of their mind when they hear of a job opening.

2. Find information about hiring managers. Prior to submitting your resume, it is recommended you look up the hiring manager/company you are applying for on places such as Twitter and Linkedin. Knowing more about the person who’s hiring can help you tailor your cover letter to their needs and desires.

3. Create the connections you need in order to get the job you are looking for. Networking is all about who you know. Figure out who you need to know to land a certain job—likely the hiring manager—and make that connection.Twitter in particular offers opportunity to connect with professionals who might not otherwise give you the time of day

4. Participate in industry chats on Twitter. Look for chats that revolve around your industry and/or the industry you want to work in. Joining online conversations helps you keep up-to-date on the industry, meet helpful contacts, and showcase your expertise in your field.

5. Make sure your Facebook Profile is Private. Much of your Facebook profile is public by default, and you probably don’t want a potential employer browsing your personal updates. Under Account, then Privacy Settings, choose “Friends Only.” That way, an employer who Googles you won’t be able to see the details of your profile, your photos, or your personal status updates.

Do’s and Don’ts of Posting Your Resume Online

resume onlineThe process of submitting your resume to apply for a job opening is as easy as clicking the mouse on your computer. However, flooding cyberspace with your resume may not always be the safest move. It can place your confidential information at risk and expose you to scam artists and identity thieves. Here are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to posting your resume online.

1. Don’t share personal information. The sort of private information you would routinely post on a paper resume can put you at risk when posting a resume online. Certainly, never include your social security number, your driver’s license number, your age, your address or financial information.

2. Be vague about personal details. List simply your city or region for an address. If you don’t want your current employer to know you’re looking for a job, don’t list the employer by name. Simply offer a generic explanation, such as an “international software company.”

3. Do set up a job search email address. Establish an email address that you use solely for job hunting. This way, you won’t expose your personal email to the spam you might receive after posting your resume, and you’ll be able to track emails related to your job search more easily.

4. Do limit reference information. If someone is nice enough to provide a reference for you, don’t repay the favor by placing his or her personal information at risk. Limit contact information for your references as well.

5. Don’t overlook the fine print. Review the privacy policy of job sites, and understand what will happen with your personal information. Find out how long a site or board will hang onto your resume.

Yes, posting a resume and clicking might be simple enough, but you owe it to yourself to invest more effort in protecting your information. However, keeping your personal information secure may save you valuable time and resources, allowing you opportunity to search for that dream job you’ve been looking for.

Interview Prep: The Second Interview

BLOG.10You’re feeling great after your first interview for a job with a prospective employer and you’re told to expect a call back from human resources about setting up a second interview. When that call comes your initial feelings are excitement and triumph! Those initial feelings often times can move into anxiety and worry. A second interview is your opportunity to shine and land the opportunity you’ve been searching and preparing for. Here are 5 tips on how to prepare for your second interview.

1. Sell Yourself- A first interview involves more generalized questions, the second interview will likely be more intense, especially for technical positions. Oftentimes, a hiring manager may use a consultant or senior staff to assist in the technical part of the interview, someone who is adept at getting to the core of a candidate’s skills. This is when you need to be bold and sell yourself! Come prepared with lots of stories of your own past job accomplishments, and don’t hesitate to elaborate!

2. Be prepared for tricky questions- Be prepared for off-the-wall or tricky questions seemingly coming from left field, which may only be asked to see how well you handle the question. Things like a “think-outside-the-box” type of test may be given beforehand or an interviewer may ask questions which may not seem relevant to you. Stay Calm. Answer promptly and calmly. Trick questions can make or break you, so be prepared for the unexpected and be able to think on your feet!

3. Ask lots of questions- Be prepared with lots of questions to ask as you will likely have more opportunity during the second interview to ask questions and you will be expected to make more inquiries than you did during the first interview. If you don’t receive an offer on spot, ask about the next step in the process. How soon will a decision be made, and how will they let you know?

4. Have a Plan- The purpose of the second interview is to show your best, to sell your achievements and knowledge and to elaborate on the projects that you worked on in the past. When you interview, you have to jump in and go for it. You need to give the employer enough confidence in your abilities and skills to move forward with an offer.

5. Say Thank You- Make sure you follow up after your second interview with all of the people with whom you interviewed by sending them a quick thank-you email or letter. Express your continued interest in the company in general and the job in particular.

Remember, regardless of whether you’ll be offered a job or not, a second interview means you’re that much closer to an offer and that much closer to securing your dream job! Prepping for that second interview can make all the difference!