Job search in a nutshell.

chickenleech-job-hunt-cartoonThis is a guest post by Bless Vaidian. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines.

Last year I won 1st place in JobMob’s 5th Annual Guest Blogging contest with an article about 10 Good Things To Do While Between Jobs.

This year’s article is the must-do version for job seekers to maximize on the use of their time, energy, and resources.

If followed it will help a new grad, those recently laid-off, a mom looking to go back to work, or even those looking to connect with opportunity find their next job.

Don’t worry about the destination. Focus on the journey and these 3 things you need to do now in your job search to get the results you want.

1. Behold the Power of Social Media

Your social media profiles and online presence matter in a job search.

It always needs to be professional, it needs to promote your ‘brand’, and it needs to attract the right kind of attention.

When recruiters get resumes, most are weeding out candidates by ‘googling’ their name and checking online to see the full picture.

Most hiring professionals will go onto Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to learn more about you.

The image you created for yourself by your posts, tweets, and likes are being scrutinized, so be careful what you share. Great online profiles and stronger brands get interviews!

You may have the qualifications, but if you don’t have a great online image you can lose out on opportunity.

2. Learn Something New

How we define the situations we are placed in determines our action, and how we are going to work towards the outcome we desire. Action is a positive force. Hopefully you have a friend, counselor, or family member that helps you stay optimistic in your job search.

While waiting for a job, use the time you have to get yourself and your resume more marketable. For example- read job descriptions. If you do not have the skills needed for the job you want, you could use this time to acquire them.

Read books related to your field, master that computer program you always wanted to, or get the certification you need to make your resume stand out.

3. Get Out of The House

You have this extra time while waiting for a job to ‘pay it forward’ and help others. You also need to keep yourself charged with interaction out of necessity.

Volunteer your time in a hospital, at campaign headquarters for the candidate of your choice, or for your favorite non-profit agency.

Become involved with the local chapter of a professional organization (i.e. Accounting Society, American Marketing Association, etc).

Even keeping up with the routine of going to the gym or attending various events/classes offered by the town is good for you personally, and its good for your job search.

Being active and networking in person can cut months off your job search. Jobs are not just found by surfing the net, it’s often found by meeting the right person-at the right time.

Regardless of where you are in your job search today; be in motion, be hopeful, and be motivated to succeed.

In any difficult transition we are in, the worst thing we can do for ourselves is ‘nothing’.

Oliver Wendell Holmes said, ‘’the greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand today, but it’s in what direction we are moving.”

About the Author

bless vaidianBless was the grand prize winner of the 5th Annual JobMob Guest Blogging Contest. She currently works as a Career Counselor at Pace University, and thanks to the prizes she won from last year's contest, now has her own coaching firm Career Transitions Guide. Check her out on Twitter @BlessCareers and on the Career Transitions Guide Facebook page.

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This Post Has 9 Comments

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  2. Minnie Moore

    I love the last advice about getting out of the house. After working online for almost two years now, I have lost some connections in the real employment world. Now, I’d be sure to re-establish them by going out and connecting again. Your post is really helpful.

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  5. Jacob Share

    David- thanks for sharing. I absolutely agree with the premise of your article- looks can be very deceiving, and in these early days of social media recruiting, so many recruiter newbies are going to make that mistake.

    It would be interesting to see if there are any major studies bearing out whether or not social media has significantly helped recruiters reach their goals, or is it just distracting them to hiring different wrong candidates.

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