If you’re a job seeker, you probably already know that you need insider access to the position you’re after. But how do you get this elusive access? Well, by stalking. Don’t worry—it’s totally legal, and it’s not as creepy as it sounds.
Take a long hard look at yourself before you begin using Pinterest as a job search tool. Here are some questions to ask before you jump in:
Do leaders in your industry use Pinterest or other social technologies to promote themselves? Would your industry ever accept a blog, video resume/cv, or portfolio as part of an application? Is your industry picture driven or visual? If you answered “yes” to the above questions, then maybe you want to consider Pinterest for your job search. Here are a few industries that are a given for possibly considering it: Public Relations Social Media/Blogging Graphic Design Journalism Fashion Tourism/Travel Culinary Performing Arts
If you are a job seeker, it means that now, more than ever, it is time to focus on your own skills and abilities. Decide what you are truly good at, and focus on building this set of skills in a deeper and more meaningful way. Read everything you can. Take courses to build fundamental skills. Remember that experience drives mastery: get more experience doing different types of projects in your own job today. This makes you more valuable to your own employer as well as to the external job market.
"A brand sums up a complex worldview into a very simple set of messages or icons. So think for a minute. Just who exactly are you? What do you do? Who are your "consumers"? And why does it matter? In case the answers don't immediately flood to mind, here are a few strategies to help you figure it out.
You are responsible for doing research on companies you apply to to strengthen your cover letter ("Viewing your website further excited me about this position because..."), for targeting your resume, and for preparing for your interview. Read more to find out how.
As the context for the modern job seeker changes, the seeker must also change. More importantly perhaps, those that assist our communities with such a transition must make the most dramatic changes. This short video examines this concept with real people and real programs.
Today everyone is using social media in their job search. People make connections and share their work on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter — and with the recent explosion of Pinterest, there's a new player in the game.
This conceptually solid piece explores change and what it means to be a modern job seeker. Here is a preview:
"“The old paradigm of climb up a stable career ladder is dead and gone. No career is a sure thing anymore."
"Whatever you may be thinking when you apply for a job today, you can be sure the employer is asking this: Can this person add value every hour, every day — more than a worker in India, a robot or a computer? Can he or she help my company adapt by not only doing the job today but also reinventing the job for tomorrow? And can he or she adapt with all the change, so my company can adapt and export more into the fastest-growing global markets? In today’s hyperconnected world, more and more companies cannot and will not hire people who don’t fulfill those criteria."
This post explores the minutia of your online branding and memes. I believe that this is a powerful point that I rarely consider. Memes create heuristics which are difficult to change. A powerful branded meme will last, but so will a negative one. I wounder in this social-digital age who gets to create your meme if you do not.