Tips To Get Yourself A Job Using The Internet
Looking for a job doesn’t mean you’re looking in your same town or city these days – you could be looking in another country or in a completely different industry to your previous career. This is the beauty of the time we’re living in, and the internet gives us the ability to take charge of our own job search process, and to get ourselves a job on our own steam and effort – and the choice of which job and where we want to work is ours! The Jobzdojo Method is all about proactive job search, and teaching people how to collaborate with companies to build thriving work relationships and a working economy. Here are a few tips you can implement into your daily routine to get yourself a job.
Prepare yourself and get your ducks in a row
Do an analysis on yourself to find out what your goals are, how you’re going to accomplish them, and what stands in the way of you accomplishing them. Jobzdojo suggests doing their S•W•O•T analysis lesson to assist you to prepare yourself for your job search journey, and to fortify your confidence making you ready to start getting you’re tools together, and to prepare yourself from a perception point of view. This lesson has a twist as it teaches you to leverage off of the results you got from your S•W•O•T and teaches you how to apply each section to your job search tools such as your CV, online profiles, networking and interview conversations. It really is the foundation to your job search strategy as a whole, and continues through to assist you with your career path once you’ve secured yourself a job.
Get your brand identity formed
Decide on a web friendly font – try for one that has a regular, semi-bold, italic and bold selection; colours that you feel reflect you, the role you want to play, and the way you want people to see you; have a professional profile pic taken – one that is acceptable in a corporate environment and another that is more relaxed and friendly but still socially acceptable. Selfies are not ideal as an option here as they are extremely difficult to get right so that they give off the right impression. Define a writing style and a way of formatting your information so that there is a form of continuity throughout your profiles. Remember, first impressions are no longer only in person, and most often are online these days.
Get connected online
LinkedIn is the obvious profile to have set up and ready for your job search process. However, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ (and even Instagram) are among others that you can include your career information on. These profiles should have a continuous look and feel throughout them, with an accurate but relevant work history focussing on projects you have worked on demonstrating not only what you’ve accomplished, but what your strengths are and what you have to offer.
Not a social profile, but still worth mentioning is the about.me page. Your about.me page let’s you show your visitors who you are, your social profiles, what you do and how you do it. It pretty much functions as your online business card. What I like is that is allows you to create an email signature for yourself which puts all your info at just a click away.
Start networking online
Start networking with your peers in your industry. LinkedIn groups are an excellent place to start, as are lists in Twitter. Search the directories to find groups or lists you are interested in, can benefit from, and can add value to in your industry. Introduce yourself in three lines and start following conversations and adding useful information to discussions. By doing this you are building your social capital and positioning yourself as a source of information and as someone who knows what they are talking about.
Networking online is about building relationships, and just like in the flesh, these take time and effort so remember to keep at it every day. There’s an article about an easy way to do this that you can read here. Try posting interesting articles you read at least 3 times a week, help people out whenever you can with factual information or by introducing them to each other online. Follow companies you’re genuinely interested in and stay engaged with what they are sharing online, like their posts, comment and join their online conversations too. Just like people, you can form relationships with companies and position yourself as a potential hire when the time is right.
Actively search online for job
I’m not talking about job boards here. Keeping in the vein of building relationships, search LinkedIn and Twitter or Facebook for example for mentions of jobs you’re interested in. Then you can start up a conversation to gather more info about the job and the company, add value to the job topic or company conversationally or share this info with other peers in the market that you know who may be interested in the position or company.
The internet is about sharing information, building relationships that can benefit others and ideally paying it forward. It’s about collaboration. Sharing success is never going to take away from your success. People who present themselves dishonestly or are out there just to see what they can get from people are going to be found out eventually. So decide what type of person you want to be and present an honest picture of yourself. Be responsible and post with integrity. Everything you say or do on the internet is out there forever, making it that much easier for people to find any irregularities. Embrace this as part of the sharing the truth and ensure to do regular housekeeping on your profiles (Here’s a blog post you may like to read on social media housekeeping, and it comes with a checklist!) to protect yourself when you’re out there – become ‘net smart’, as in street smart on the internet! Incorporate these tips to get yourself a job using the internet into your life and get yourself that job you want.