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5 You May Have Missed – 2010 Year in Review – Web & Social Media

December 15th, 2010

Wrapping up 2010 everyone is putting out their lists of top 10 this and that.  This past week has revealed what the dominating forces in the Web and Social Media offer regarding the past year.  What does all this have to do with your Job Search?  Well, the Web and Social Media reflect what is going on in our world and we have to pay attention to it.  You don’t have to be an expert, but you need to be conversant in these technologies so you are able to speak intelligently where these technology intersect with the company or organization you have targeted in your search.

Google – What We Searched discusses what Google offers in their look back.


LinkedIn offers what are the Top 10 (and Overused) Buzzwords on LinkedIn Profiles.


YouTube dedicated a channel to look back on the past year in video – Rewind.


Mashable offered up what they saw as the Most Powerful Tweets of 2010.


Facebook Reveals Top Global Status Trends in 2010 via

When these types of lists come out, I’m always curious as to where happenings of the month of December end up.  They can’t put December 2010 in 2011, so officially, I guess nothing happens in December.  And while we’re on this topic, since there are 12 months in a year, why don’t we look back at the top 12 for the year?

Regardless, what are some of your top 10 or 12 for the past year?


Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish

October 29th, 2010

Do you see your unemployment as an opportunity?

For most of us who are unemployed, one of the most difficult parts of our journey is what got us here.

We are unemployed, laid off, displaced, in transition (and who thought that one up anyway?) — we are unwanted.

It may have come in a phone call, an email, an interoffice memo, or a face to face meeting.  We were informed that we were no longer needed to perform the job that paid our bills, help put our kids through college, funded our family vacations, covered our medical expenses, made possible our planned retirement, and in many ways fulfilled our lives, nourished our minds, satisfied our souls.

So much of our identity is wrapped up in what now is our past job title or set of responsibilities — and in many ways I think that this is even more so for men who head families and may be the primary breadwinner.

Now that when we find ourselves out of a job we may not feel that we have an identity any longer.  We seem to float around in some odd state of limbo.

We spend a lot of time worrying — and rightly so — about finding the next job and returning to work.  Unfortunately, we don’t take the opportunity to celebrate the fact that not having a job is an opportunity to explore avenues previously closed off due to the obligations of a job.

Did you know that Steve Jobs was fired from Apple? In this video, Steve Jobs speaks about several things, but in particular, how his being fired from Apple offered him an opportunity to reinvent, change and grow.

I attended the CED‘s Start Something celebration last night at the American Tobacco Campus and toured the new American Underground.  The whole purpose of what is being done at American Underground is to create an environment that nurtures new ideas and innovation.

Jobs’ advice to the graduating class at Stanford doesn’t have to be only for the young eager students graduating from college. Each of us on our journey to the next point in our career can take his advice and move forward.

Perhaps your unemployment will allow you to be like Steve Jobs.

Perhaps we all should Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.

What is this time in your life going to allow you to create, innovate, explore? What have you done foolish lately?


Go Hear Arik Abel Speak At CJS

September 19th, 2010

I have been trying to find the time to devote to writing a thorough post about the benefits of using Twitter as a job search tool.  But the best laid plans… My schedule really hasn’t allowed me to write everything that is buzzing around in my head — so I’m still trying to wordsmith for that blog entry.

However, Arik Abel will be at the Colonial Baptist JobSeekers group in Cary, on Monday, September 20, 2010 — sorry for the short notice, I just found out about this myself — speaking on topic of using Facebook and Twitter in your Job Search.

In the Chapel from 9:45-11:00 a.m., guest speaker, Arik Abel, will share how two popular social networks – Twitter and Facebook – can enhance your search.

Twitter, Facebook and the Job Search?

While most professionals in transition see the value and return of maintaining a LinkedIn presence for networking, many don’t realize that there are benefits and practical applications for using Twitter and Facebook for the job search. Arik Abel, a fellow jobseeker, marketing professional and emerging media enthusiast, will present an introductory look at how you can leverage these social networks to build relationships and open doors that will enhance your job search. Professionals from any industry should join this presentation to enjoy a high-level overview, best practices, and examples of successful tactics that you can act on today.

Arik Abel

I want to encourage folks to come out and hear Arik speak.  I’m sure he’s going to have a lot of good information.


Strange things are afoot at the Circle K… er, blog

August 17th, 2010

Well, perhaps not that strange…  I’m actively trying to make the website more useful, so there are a few changes here and there…

You may have noticed the changes in layout – the links for Job Boards and Aggregators is now an entire page found via the tabs up there at the top of the page.  I’ve expanded out the boards that I had previously listed based on a presentation I recently gave at Hope Community Church’s Job Seeker’s group.

I’ve started a page with resources for Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed folks.  It seems there are a lot of people who are thinking about going this route – whether it is starting their own business, contracting while searching for that right opportunity, or doing consulting as a bridge until the right job comes along.  Regardless, the resources listed may help you if you are trying to pull together a marketing plan, weigh your options on whether to be an S-Corp or an LLC, or understand what forms need to be filed with the IRS.  There is a lot of information and free resources out there, so this list will be expanding regularly.

You may have heard from a little birdie that has started to tweet on Twitter.  The truth is people have been asking me to mention their events, job openings, classes they are teaching, job groups out there and there just was too much to blog about — and most of it wasn’t new or exclusive to me.  So the easiest way for me to get the word out and for you to find it Twitter.  So sign up, sign on, and follow @jwjobblog – all the tweets the triangle has to offer in one place.

If you have any suggestions as to resources, job boards, or events I may have missed, things you’d like to see tweeted, or professional organizations you’d like to see listed, please email me at jw at jwjobblog dot com.  Or leave a comment below.

So on to what is new with you?  Anything strange going on with your job search?  What other roads are you traveling to expand your options for employment?  Leave us a comment.


Should You Use Facebook for Your Job Search?

August 4th, 2010

I recently responded to a thread on the Interns Over 40 Linked In group and thought it was a topic worth raising over here on the blog.

The discussion topic was: should [older] job seekers use Facebook for their job search?

My response was, as others in the thread concurred, it is important to keep your skills current and be aware of trends.  In particular, there is no hiding the fact that Facebook is a powerful force in both Marketing and in Social Media.

But just because something is big and trendy, it doesn’t mean that it is the right solution to your problem.

As with any time you are trying to solve a puzzle, you need to look at all aspects of an issue before you can understand it and find the right course of action.

Back to Facebook.   I don’t take Facebook to be a serious tool for individuals job hunting.  BUT, I take it very seriously as a marketing tool for business – see The Body Shop and St. Ives Facebook pages, they both do an excellent job with corporate branding.

HOWEVER, I recently worked with a professional photographer friend whose Facebook account — which told of her vacations and recent home improvements — was being used to also court new wedding clients.  My advice to her?  She’s opened the floodgates, create a second profile on Facebook for friends and family, and lock it down as securely as possible.  For the Facebook account she has already, and is friended to many clients, get professional and leverage it for her business.

I may be corrected, but I don’t see folks using Facebook to recruit talent for their companies and organizations.  Should you be familiar with Facebook as a Social Media technology? Yes.  Should you look to it for potential job postings? Probably not.

What Facebook CAN do for you, is give you insight into a company and it’s employees — particularly in the non-profit world.  So go ahead and “like” a company page, “friend” staff of a particular company, but BE WARNED — once you friend a person or company they can see all the activity YOU do on Facebook – that means photos you post of your children and grandchildren, links you post to YouTube cute cat videos, and all those time wasting games like Farmville, CafeWorld and Zooland (or whatever they are).

If you would prefer to not have your activity seen, then don’t “like” and “friend” anything or anyone.  NOTE: in many cases you can look at public Facebook pages without having to friend an individual or company.

ALSO, go the extra mile and lock down your security setting, including indexing of the content (to limit what search engines display of your Facebook activity) of your account utilizing the new Facebook Security features.

If you would like to know what is already out there about you, go to various search engines and search on (in quotes) “your name” and “Facebook”.  You may be surprised what lives out there.

Do you have a Facebook story to share?  Tell us about it in the comments.