So here I am finding myself making one of the worst mistakes you can make in the social media world (at least in my opinion). I’ve gotten so caught up in life that it’s been forever since I have posted here. Annoying, right? My apologies. Anyway, even though this is a social media / PR blog I thought (being that I am finally starting a new job on Monday) I would share a few of the things I have learned on my 3 month job hunt. Enjoy and feel free to add anything else!
I’ve learned a lot over the past few months. Being unemployed and constantly on the job hunt, I found myself spending countless hours watching Twitter feeds, reading people’s blogs and catching up on people’s lives via Facebook. (Word of advice: When people say they can learn a lot about you via the Internet, they’re not kidding haha).
I was on the job hunt for about 3 months … I used all sorts of job boards, visited tons of company web sites, made a bunch of phone calls, used some of my connections, and crossed my fingers. In some cases, I connected to people via LinkedIn and then tweeted them telling them I had done so… which proved to be very successful. Professionals love to know that you REALLY want to speak to them. The interest that you show, interests the professionals who you want to work for!
Does doing all of this mean you’re going to get the job? NOPE. But, if you reach out properly you make connections… and in today’s world connections are everything.
I searched for 3 months and made countless connections. These connections ultimately led to the job that I will be starting on Monday.
If you leave this page and take nothing else away from this post, take this piece of advice: ALWAYS FOLLOW UP. If you submitted a resume and cover letter, made a phone call, and got an interview … don’t stop there! With the amount of people searching and applying for jobs, you need to make yourself memorable or you’ll be “lost in the fog”. Feel like you’re being annoying? It’s okay … think of it as being persistant. I wouldn’t recommend calling everyday or e-mailing every hour …. but calling or e-mailing 2 or 3 days after the initial interview, and then following up a week later shows dedication and responsibility. Make it happen.
Next piece of advice: If it doesn’t work out, it’s not the end of the world. Don’t get down on yourself and lose confidence.
If my boyfriend or may parents saw this, they’d be patting themselves on the back… because I learned this the hard way and this is the advice they gave me. Don’t take it personally if you meet up with a company for 2 or 3 interviews and they just don’t have the decency to call you back. Remember, it’s their loss. Clearly they saw something in you… they saw you more than once. When things get hard remember that they thought you were awesome… EMBRACE THE AWESOME and just keep looking. That’s right, I said it… EMBRACE THE AWESOME. Keep the confidence level high and move on to the next plan.
And another thing… If you’re good at something, and you know you’re good, don’t be afraid to show it. Here’s where it gets tough. You want to exude confidence to your (hopefully) future employer…. but you DO NOT want to come off as a know it all! Remember, they want to learn as much from you as they want you to learn from them. If you come across like you already know everything you may annoy the interviewer… and then ruin your chances of returning in the future. If they ask you a question, obviously don’t play dumb … answer to the best of your ability and wait until they ask you the next one. Sit up straight, don’t be afraid to smile and laugh, and try not to come across as desperate! Interviews are just as much about your knowledge as they are about your personality! They want to know if your personality type will fit in with the overall dynamic of their company. Don’t be afraid to be you.
Social Media Do’s and Dont’s of Unemployment:
- DO let the world know you’re looking for work … make connections and hope for the best!
- DON’T trash talk a company who hasn’t gotten back to you after an interview … no company wants a trash talker!
- DO follow the companies pages to see their most recent news – you can use that in an interview!
- DON’T be afraid to reach out to the President or CEO of a company on LinkedIn and then follow up via e-mail or on another social media platform – it shows confidence, and they want confident people working for them!
- DO be careful what you’re posting about yourself … companies will check up on you.
- DON’T give up … strike up a conversation with the company / RT their info … show them you’re interested. If they can’t take you on now because they’re not hiring, it doesn’t mean they won’t expand in the future!
Well … hopefully that helps people that are going through the job search in this crazy economy. I wish you all tons and tons of luck, and my heart goes out to all of you! Hang in there, because before you know it you’ll ge the job you deserve! Remember: EMBRACE THE AWESOME! 🙂