So, we’ve graduated into the worst economy since the Great Depression, but lucky for us we have this handy thing called the Internet. This is a working list, so please add comments on other resources, or articles that you know about.
Tip #1: Leveraging Social Networks, and cleaning up your personal pages. According to the New York Times, more and more companies are using sites like Linkedin and Twitter to find and screen employees. This means if you aren’t using these pages, or if you are using them poorly, then it could leave you out of the eyes of future employers. Remember the stuff you post online can be seen by most people. Adjust your privacy settings and follow the general rule of thumb that, “if you wouldn’t want your parents to see it, then it’s probably not good to post openly online.”
Useful Social Networking Sites for Job Hunting
Linkedin– If you don’t know about Linkedin, I would highly recommend setting up an account. There’s a job search and it acts as a sort of “online resume”. Some companies exclusively put job postings on this site. Join networks to increase your visibility and make sure your page looks similar to your resume- avoid spelling mistakes, and keep it updated. Also, recommend friends and colleagues, who you would recommend outside the internet. Usually, they’ll return the favor.
Twitter– I’m sure everyone has heard of Twitter, and many people when first seeing this are very put off by it. It seems mundane, but if it is used correctly, Twitter can be a great resource. This article gives a basic overview on how to leverage twitter to find jobs or get tips. Keep your Tweets PC. That NyTimes article said that 7% of employers are tracking future employees on twitter, and I think this number is only going to grow. Also, there are twitter accounts dedicated to job postings.
There are also social networking sites that are designed for specific professions, experience, and companies. Be sure to research and see if there are any that would be good for you.
Tip #2: Use the Internet to find tips and articles to hone up your resume and get other general tips.
Google Blog Search is a wonderful resource. Just type in some keywords like “how to build a resume” or “how to network” and there’s a myriad of good (and sometimes not so good) articles.
Some good articles I’ve found:
Resume Templates for Microsoft Word (download the higher rated ones and use them as a basic starting point for your resume)
Tip #3: Use job search websites. There are many of these and it’s sometimes hard to sort through everything. I personally like Simply Hired, but there are many more including, Craiglist, Monster.com, and Linkedin. Here’s a list of the top 10 job search engines. Narrow down searches with advanced searches to make your life easier. Another tip is to look in job specific forums. For example, if you work in the arts, there are many art related internet forums. Search these for job postings and tips. They are great resources.
Tip #4– Don’t forget old school approaches. Print some decent looking business cards and use them. Use your networks. Join alumni associations and use college career services. Ask friends for advice or if they’ve heard of any job openings. These will get your foot in the door. Many people talk about informal interviews as well. This is asking advice from professionals on how they got their job and any advice they would give to someone looking to start a career in that field. Don’t forget to help out friends or acquaintances whenever you get the opportunity. This will open doors in the future.
Be proactive and good luck!
Know of any other resources or tips? Please comment below! Also, check out our post on Complaints from the Unemployed.