Starting with Social Job Search

Where to start

Welcome to the first post on Social Job Search.  This blog is aimed at helping Job Seekers to navigate their way through using social media to help in you’re job search, as well as offering good old-fashioned job seeking advice. You can sign up to receive the daily post direct to you’re in box.

Where do you start?

Before you begin your campaign, and you should treat your job search as a campaign with a clear plan, you need to answer these 5 questions:

1: What do you want to do next?

2: What salary can you afford to take and live on?

3: Beyond getting a job, what are you really looking for in your next move?

4: What companies do you want to work for and in what locations?

5: Who are you already connected to in your network that could help you?

All sounds simple, but untill you can answer all of these questions, you’re not ready to start. Tomorrow I’m taking a closer look at Linked In. Let me know in the comments any specific posts you would like to see.

Be social in your search!

Bill


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About @BillBoorman
“I have always worked in and around recruiting as a Recruiter, Trainer, Operations Director, Consultant and Coach. I have spent more than 27 years in this industry which sadly qualifies me as a veteran. (substitute old!) During this time I have worked in most markets and have been responsible for the full H.R. and Training function for a recruitment business that grew from 6 to 147 branches. I have implemented I.T systems, designed performance management and appraisal systems among most other things. Over the last 5 years I have been working as a consultant and trainer to growing recruiting firms across Europe. The last 18 months saw my introduction to social media and social recruiting. I started with 50 connections on Linked In (mostly friends) and grew from there. signing up for a twitter account in March 2009 changed everything, as I was given access to a fantastic network worldwide. In Feb 2009 I was honoured and surprised to be ranked in the HR Examiner/trakkr index as the 6′th most influential on-line recruiter in the world. Despite this accolade, I still consider myself to be very much a social media amateur (there are lots more in my network that are much wiser and cleverer. I’m now best known as @BillBoorman on twitter, and have been described a twitterholic that never sleeps, omnipresent and even a whirling dervish! (Thanks @fishdogs.) In September 2009 I attended an event in Toronto (Recruitfest 09) that had a major impact on me. This was my first stint as a track leader at an unconference. I was so taken by this open format that I brought it back to the UK and with Geoff Webb, (Radical Recruit), launched #trulondon and other #tru events. We are in the process of taking these events on a global tour stretching from london to china over the next 2 years. I love the buzz these events create, and enjoy them as much on-line as off it.

5 Responses to Starting with Social Job Search

  1. Andrew Grogg Jr., MBA says:

    I am looking forward to seeing other social medias to use. I am a professional who earned my MBA this past January. I have been in banking for the last five years but would like to enter into the HR field. I managed a variety of people over the years within my career and have learned many HR functions. Once in a persons’ life they feel they are meant to do a certain thing, and not to sound to cheesey, I feel I have earned and natural talents that could excel in this arena.

    Andy Grogg
    513-477-8002

    • @BillBoorman says:

      Andy,
      Thanks for being the first to comment. If your serious about moving in to HR, make sure your resume and ALL your on-line profiles reflect this. If you want to build contacts in the HR community use http://www.blastfollow.com to follow everyone who uses an HR related hashtag on twitter. Good ones to start with would be #SHRM, #HRFl10 and #HRHappyHour. Once you are connected, find ways to engage then ask for help. You will find some great HR Pros here.
      Good luck,
      Bill

  2. Great points – they really help to define what it is you want to get out of your job search.

    Thanks!

    • @BillBoorman says:

      Thanks Anna, love the name, Edible HR. As a recruiter, it was always suprising that the majority of people I spoke to didn’t really know what they were looking for. The job search should be 80% preparation and 20% presentation.
      Bill

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