Welcome to the Job Search 2.0 World: Four Tips to Find a Job or Consulting ‘Gig’
There are many ways to conduct your job search or to look for freelance/consulting work. You have the more traditional job search methods – recruiters, job boards, company job sites — and you have the 2.0 world. Whether you are looking for a full-time spot or more consulting work, the methods of search are very similar. To use the vast 2.0 network, here are some tips:
1. Twitter. Twitter will get the word out to everyone. On Twitter, you never really know who is in your network and who can help and who can’t. The majority of people on Twitter really want to help so ask them. Laid off, let them know. Looking for freelance work, maybe they have some. Twitter is a little bit like outer space but it’s well worth trying. Of all the social media I use, Twitter provides the greatest number of candidates.
2. Blogging. If you want people to see your work, blog. A blog is content marketing. Offer something of interest on a consistent basis and you will gain followers who will keep you in mind.
3. Linkedin/Facebook, etc. Most social networks let you know who is following you. You can adjust your content to them. Let your followers know what you are doing professionally and let them help you pass the word.
4. Position yourself. It’s nice to post family pictures but that will not help you find a job or new business.
You want your site to help you do that. So…
Tell people what you want to do and how passionate you are about it. Give your followers an idea of how you ‘fit’ into the job world.
Take advantage of any offers to meet or talk, be engaged and learn about others. It’s not all about you.
Make connections. Pass things on to others.
Remember, the online world can be an anonymous one. Use it to your advantage. Speak up and be heard. Ask and you shall receive.