Simple tips from a web content writer about how you can easily use your most basic skill to attract jobs online.
This is a guest post by Marina Shemesh. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines.
What not to do online
We have all heard the cautionary tales of being careful about what you post on the Internet. Recruitment officers like nothing better than Googling potential employees to dig up some dirt about why they should NOT hire you.
If you are looking for work, it is better not to boast that you are one serious party animal on Facebook. Blog posts and comments should be fine-combed for the smallest grammar and spelling mistakes and you really shouldn’t Twitter a daily tip on how to grow awesome cannabis.
Just one inappropriate photo of you with a can of beer in your hand and you can kiss that dream job goodbye darling! No wonder the most of us only have a boring, half-baked profile on LinkedIn.
What to do online
Start thinking of creating an online presence in the same way you would about handing out business cards. Or sending out the millionth resume. Or networking with strangers.
Just think of it- an online presence can help you get a job while you are sleeping!
And this is how to get the whole thing going:
Create a great LinkedIn profile
Add as much information as you can about all the wonderful jobs you ever had and what an asset you were to your company (don’t brag, be humble but thorough). Make sure that you have a nice friendly looking photo and that you are dressed appropriately. Business man should wear a suit, diver should wear a wet suit and a clown a clown suit – you get the picture.
Start a blog
It makes sense that you should blog about your profession, or the profession that you hope to be hired in. Let those recruitment people see that you are not a total amateur. Writers for example have blogs about grammar rules, gardeners blog about gardening and teachers often write about teaching. But if you want to blog about something else, why not? It only shows that you are an interesting and intelligent person.
It would be ideal to comment (intelligently) to the blog posts of people who are in the profession that you are looking to find a job in. Also, hanging around the blogs and websites of these professionals can give you insider information about job openings.
Write web content
Writing guest blog posts and online articles is another great way to build your online presence. Bloggers are always looking for fresh content and you will not have to look very far to find a blog that you can write for. Sites such as Helium.com, AssociatedContent, ConstantContent, eHow, and Hubpages all allow you to post articles. You will be able to enlarge that cyber footstep, build a writing portfolio and even make a few dollars.
We have already reached a point where not having an online presence will be a disadvantage. If that recruitment officer Googles your name, you better make sure that she finds something to read.
Make sure that it is good enough to get you a job.
About the Author
Marina Shemesh is a web content writer. You can read more about her online presence at Helium.com.
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