Posts Tagged ‘social media’

Video Friday – Watch this Video then Pass it On

February 11th, 2011

I speak on Social Recruiting and Job Search Tech once or twice a month.

Yesterday, I spoke at a local members in transition group.  I told the group that even though there were a great deal of advantages to using social media and social networking to source candidates, the triangle still lagged behind other areas of the US.  One of the participants asked me how this was possible – after all, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill has been singled out as one of the best connected metro areas in the country.

True, our tech is great, but that technology and comfort with social media hasn’t made extensive inroads in recruiting and HR.  There are a variety of reasons for this – from corporate policy, to adoption of what is still seen as relatively new technology, to training, to fear of the unknown.

This video was referred to me as part of the regular #hfchat on Twitter.  I suggest it is worth watching, not only for the information that it offers, but for the possibility it will change the way you think about your job search.

Watch it, and if you think it was worth your time, pass it on to someone else you think may benefit from it:

As it is the closing day of Social Media week – how has social media changed your job search?


Why Aren’t I Working?

December 12th, 2010

It’s December, so it’s the time of year that people look back over the past year and judge what they have achieved or not achieved.

I suppose we’re getting ready to line up our New Year’s Resolutions.

I’ve accomplished a lot over the past year. With others, I started a non-profit to heighten awareness for retired racing greyhound adoption.

I started my own blog and website for unemployment and job searching here in the triangle.

I picked up a gig writing the Job Tech Review column for Cubicle to Classroom, an online magazine.

I “intern” (read unpaid) as the community facilitator for Hire Friday.

I attended numerous networking functions – met people, made friends, expanded my LinkedIn connections.

I’ve taken advantage of the free training available to job seekers through the local community colleges, as well as seminars and workshops to keep my certifications current.

I ended up an SME in social media for job search, to the point I’m giving talks and workshops on it.

I’ve volunteered – a lot.

What I haven’t done is found a job.

It’s at this point that I recognize the plight and frustration of the unemployed, myself included.

We’ve done everything we are told to do to find a job – networked, volunteered, gotten education, kept current.  We’ve filled out numerous applications online, met for gallons of coffee with folks, attended workshops, spent time and effort and nothing seems to work.

If I’m doing everything we’re being told to do, why aren’t I working?

Well, I’m here to say there’s no magic bullet.

Before this devolves into what could easily become a pity party and whine-fest — really, I’m not playing the victim here — I’d like to suggest that this time of year is as good as any to take stock of what you are doing.

If what you are it isn’t working, change it up.  Set aside time for yourself – figure out a way to rejuvenate yourself.  Treat yourself to something you’ve done without for a while.  Add some different exercise into your daily routine — actually change your exercise routine.  Drive a different route to the grocery store. Trade out the groups and meetings you attend for new ones.   Use the library instead of the home office to construct your project plan for being employed.   Get out there and hustle.

I recently discovered Gary Vaynerchuk, of Wine Library TV.  I must admit I came a bit late to the table on this one.  Gary Vaynerchuk has been out there talking about work and entrepreneurial endeavors for a while now.  But much of what he is talking about is applicable to a job search.  Pardon the rough language, but this is someone who is truly passionate about what he does – in every incarnation.  In the age of motivational speakers who don’t motivate me at all, he is a rarity.  Enjoy – but you might want to close the door before tuning up the sound.

On the bright side, three women who I’ve met through my job search networking have all landed jobs in the past few weeks.  I take this as a good sign.

What are you going to do to change what isn’t working for you?


5 You May Have Missed – I’ll Take Potpourri for $300, Alex

November 24th, 2010

Jeopardy calls it Potpourri, a mixed assortment of items that don’t easily fall into one category or another.  This week I found a few articles of interest, that don’t really have much to do with one another, but provided some grist for the thought mill, or at the very least some amusement for the short work week.

The first two articles come from a place I normally am not too enthused about – CareerBuilder.  I am usually put off by the amount of roadblocks that CareerBuilder puts up between you and the job listing or application.  But I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of hurdles to pass to get to their blog.

‘Overqualified’ Workers Struggle to Find Work, Employers Fear They’ll Flee via CareerBuilder‘s The Work Buzz

Normally, I’d run screaming in the opposite direction when faced with an article such as What Your Pet Says About Your Career.  I generally would categorize such writing in the same bucket at your astrology forecast.  But there’s something about a basket full of cute kittens that will draw you in every time.  And really, who wouldn’t want to know what snakes say about their owners potential earnings?

What Your Pet Says About Your Career via CareerBuilder‘s The Work Buzz

In August of this year, Wired magazine announced the Web is Dead, this next blog entry offers a similar thought on IT careers – is it time to start thinking about a new career path?:

Big IT is Broken via

If you’ve started to use Twitter as a job search tool, you may want to brush up on your Twitter etiquette.  Here’s some insight into why folks may choose to unfollow you, as well as some general hints on how to behave:

Five Reasons We’re Going to Unfollow You on Twitter via Social Meteor

And finally, if you are using your iPhone, Android, Blackberry, whatever to send and receive email, text messages and tweets, beware the auto correct:

Damn You, Autocorrect – this website actually underscores the need to review before hitting send.  Many of the auto-corrections turn simple text into messages not appropriate for an office environment.


Shameless Plug – Find a Job in 140 Characters or Less

October 10th, 2010

After more than a year out of work Amy M. of St. Louis, MO is back 2 work thanks 2 #Twitter.  Alison S. of Green Bay, WI is back 2 work 2. (138 characters)

Find out their stories & how #Twitter can help #jobseekers thru #jobhuntchat & #hirefriday, as well as other #Twitter job search tools. (135 characters)

Join @joannawolfe @ ProNet Raleigh’s monthly meeting @UOPX in #Raleigh 10/12 9-11am to learn more about #Twitter RSVP (138 characters)

Find out how 2 set up a #Twitter account, get 2 know useful #Twitter Tools, & ways #jobseekers are using Twitter 2 find their next job. (135 characters)

If U can decipher the sentences above, U may B able 2 land UR next job in 140 characters or less! (if not, we’ll help you figure it out) (136 characters)

And for those of you who don’t tweet…

I’ll be talking about the how Twitter can be a powerful tool for your job search at the next ProNet Raleigh.  You don’t have to have a smart phone to use Twitter.  All you need is a computer and a few minutes a day.

What: ProNet Raleigh

When: Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Where: University of Phoenix offices

5511 Capital Center Drive
Raleigh, NC, 27606-3380
Phone: 919.854.2121

Take Jones Franklin Road exit from the Beltline (440), just north/west of 1-40 interchange.

Who: ProNet Raleigh is sponsored by EDSI ( who helps mid-level professionals attain jobs, training, and more.



Brave New [job search] World – 3 ways to make sense of buzzwords, abbreviations and just plain weird stuff

June 8th, 2010

I have embraced Job Search technology – one hurdle that many seem to abhor.

I adore the instant gratification of filling out the online job forms and uploading my resume without having to move from the kitchen table.

I find Linked In to be a technological godsend. I love to find a reason to log into my Facebook account and Tweet like a twit(terer), in the name of the great Job Search.

Granted, I’ve been involved with technology most of my career, so it isn’t a stretch for me. But if new words and terms like social media, blogging, and tweeting make you break out in a cold sweat, well, fear not. You may feel like you are on information overload with all the ways to use technology in your Job Search, but just remember we can use these forces for good as well as evil.

Despite the fact that the Internet offers nearly unlimited space for information pertaining to a job, you will still find a myriad of buzzwords, abbreviations, acronyms, and previously unheard of job titles in postings today. It’s not as if buzzwords haven’t been around for as long as you have been alive; they predate the Internet, so when you hear the latest ones take a chill pill and relax.

If you are trying to make sense of it all, there are some great resources to help you unravel the mystery of acronyms, slang, buzzwords and new age job titles. As long as you know how to get on line, you can use a few tricks to dig a bit deeper and gain the wisdom of a 19 year old.

First, the 800 pound gorilla, Google . It seems today that Google has their hands in everything, but let us not forget their humble beginnings. Google made its name as a search engine (and remember who they toppled to get there? Alta Vista – oh, where are they now?).

You no longer search for something, you “Google it”.

Plug any phrase into Google and you will be provided to 17,231,859 matches. Btw, you get extra credit if you flip past the first page when viewing results in pursuit of your answer.

So Google has given you 2317,231,859 matches; wasn’t that nice of them? Thanks for nothing. How about we try something a bit more focused?

When constructing a search on Google, it is helpful to give Google hints as to what phrases you want to see. So instead of searching on: Industry Evangelist Raleigh – which yields about 451,000 results. Try this: “Industry Evangelist” “Raleigh” – which yields about 619 results. By using quotation marks to group words together your search yields results that are a bit more manageable to sort through.

Trying to decipher what Java is? Oh, woe is you if you still think it refers to coffee. Browse through Wikipedia . Wikipedia is a project providing information like an encyclopedia might in the “old days”. The downside here is that it allows contributions from anyone. While Wikipedia may have good information, erroneous information has been known to appear in its pages, so you may need to take details found there with a grain of salt.

Don’t know what SEO, CRO, DMA, PSP, PHP or DBHT stand for? Look it up in the dictionary – the Urban Dictionary. Like Wikipedia , Urban Dictionary also allows contributions from the public for entries. But overall, it is probably one of the better places to unveil the mystery behind acronyms and abbreviations.

Even with these tools, you will have to use some of your gray matter. AMA is not only the American Medical Association, it can be American Marketer’s Association, American Motorcyclist Association, American Management Association, Academy of Model Aeronautics and several other groups.

Today’s assignment? Share with us some of those weird job titles and alphabet soup you’ve found in job postings, and let us know what it stands for. Or share with us some of the letters that have you befuddled.