Surfing the various job posting services does not amount to a complete job search campaign. To be a successful job seeker, you must also consider proactive job search techniques such as networking. You can enhance your traditional networking strategy by expanding the process online.
You can do this by actively participating in social networks and blogs that allow you to exchange information with people from many different areas, companies, cities, even countries. The boundaries of time and geography are eliminated so you can contact people from virtually anywhere (from your local area to around the world) at any time.
Blogs are a great vehicle for expressing opinions and ideas. Many professionals and industry experts use blogs to interact and share information. A blog is a web log, an online journal that the author uses to periodically post a commentary on a topic or a description of events.
Blogs also encourage online discussions as people can post comments on the blogs they read. Blogs, while they are enjoyable to read or even write as a matter of interest, can assist you in your job search. Read blogs to discover information that can lead you to potential job leads or information that can help you access the hidden job market.
Post comments on a blog to connect to the author or others who have also commented on the blog. You could find yourself exchanging comments and ideas with people working in companies and industries of interest to you and learning more about how to find a job in your field.
You could also consider writing your own blog. If done well a blog could make you stand out in the eyes of employers by showcasing your skills, knowledge, experience, professional attitude and your ability to write.
Using Social Networks
Social networks are online sites that allow you to stay connected to other people and make new connections. You can complete an online profile and invite other people, commonly referred to as “friends” or “contacts” to join your network. Once someone joins your network you can easily see what they are up to, view their recent activities, learn about their interests, post a message or email them. You can view your friends’ contacts and potentially connect to them as well. Specific groups also exist on social networking sites that revolve around common interests, work, locations or schools among others. Basically, the opportunity to connect with other, meet new people and maintain these connections is limitless.