USING SOOCIAL MEDIA TO FIND A JOB: Luring luck out of hiding


Many people know that along with being a fitness instructor, an archaeologist, and a writer, I spend a great deal of time finding jobs for people with disabilities. Mostly, I use conventional methods. I respond to advertisements, make cold calls and visits, make presentations at networking sessions, and speak with friends in positions similar to the ones my clients, who have disabilities, seek. I use job banks, and I have had very good luck with Craigslist (as long as I can keep the pornographic elements at bay).

Over the past few months (after I bought a new computer) I have been trying my hand at social networking. I have been using LinkedIn. Twitter, and Facebook, but I don’t know exactly why. Have you or anyone you know ever been hired as a direct result of using Social Media. Do you have any strategies or tricks?

Ina  recent article, Rachel Levy (http://jobsearch.about.com/od/networking/a/socialmedia.htm) tells us that LinkedIn is useful because it allows you to connect with people you know from different schools, colleges and universities, and also from different jobs, social and volunteer associations. Linkedin is good for job postings, company research, and linking your blogs so potential employers can see what you’re writing about – so be careful what you write about.

Twitter, buy contrast, allows you to connect with people you don’t know. Levi writes that job information can through directed tweets such as @socialmediajobs, and I heard from one of my clients called job shoots on Twitter that could be of help. Unfortunately, all I get for my clients are network marketing opportunities. I don’t want to set up a client with a PhD in adult education with job selling Inukshooks door to door during the Olympics.

Levi does give some info on hou to keep your social media network fresh and focused on your job search. Update people on upcoming interviews, ask them to wish you luck.

Speaking of luck, luck is illusive. I’m usually our of it. As far as job search goes, perhaps social media can help you lure luck out of hiding.

Mike Broderick is an Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he finds employment for people with physical disabilities. Part of this work means affiliation with the Vancouver Board of Trade where he is a member of the Ambassador Club, the Burnaby Board of Trade where he is a member of the Labour Task Force, the Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce where he is an active member of the 10X10 initiative, and the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. He also does some work as a field Archaeologist. He is also a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to alive magazine, and the proprietor of The Résumé Doctor in Port Coquitlam. You can reach him at home at  michael_broderick@telus.net or at michaelb@neilsquire.ca. When he is not doing all this he lives in Port Coquitlam with his partner Cecelia

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One Response to “USING SOOCIAL MEDIA TO FIND A JOB: Luring luck out of hiding”

  1. culturemate Says:

    In my case, social media has helped me re-connect with old friends, alumni, and former colleagues. Tools such as Linkedin, Facebook, TWitter, and blogs have also helped me stay connected and even establish new connections, regardless of geography. I recently helped a former colleague connect with a former classmate for the purpose of gathering information to use in a planned career transition. At worst, social media is a way to exchange information. I have read blog posts and news articles and self-serving software promotions that illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of using social media for job-hunting, but I suppose it’s like anything else, it will evolve or devolve in accordance with how we feel about it and what we choose to do with it.

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