I read that effective networking is the key to landing a career job. Unfortunately, I’ve come to realize that I honestly have absolutely no idea how to network for a job. I thought it simply involved calling on family and friends to ask them if they had any personal knowledge of anyone hiring. Or if they knew of an employment opportunity at their jobs they could refer me too. I’ve exhausted everyone I know with these questions but it’s not working, I’m still unemployed. It’s gotten to the point where people stopped answering and returning my calls. I read social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are also excellent networking platforms but my Facebook friends and twitter followers are the same people that fall under the friends and family network I mentioned above. What is it about the Networking strategy everyone claims to the best job searching tool that I’m missing? Is it a cold calling thing where I contact people out of the blue and ask them for a job? How can I get this thing working for me?
I started a new job last week that I'm still not sure if it's a good fit for me yet. I've been receiving facebook friend request from some people in the department but I'm hesitant to accept in case I decide to quit this month. I think it's too soon to buddy up with anybody and I'm feeling pressured to respond.
Hello, Everyone I have over 15 years in retail and was recently terminated from my job. When I attend career workshops, I'm being told that recruiters and h.r. managers are more likely to look at your resume if you have a LinkedIn or Facebook profile. I chose to have neither. Is this hurting my chances to obtain employment??
I have a personal policy that I do not friend anyone in Facebook with whom I currently work no matter if we are on the same level or not and no matter how good "work friends" we are. For me, it's easier to keep your work and personal lives separate. I do however have a business page they can "like ".
In my current office setting, I realize that my supervisor and co-worker have been working together a long time and they probably "friended" each other long before one became supervisor but when I have to listen to things like "I could tell how drunk you were from the pictures on Facebook " I just feel like it's unprofessional on too many levels to list.
I'm curious, have any companies out there initiated any policies that address this? What are your thoughts?
I received a email from Jobcase today that read - "Are employers looking at your Facebook profile, David?"
The email suggested cleaning up your social media while seeking employment. I agree and have done so myself. A personal friend that often hires new staff, told me that checking social media is one of the first things they do when looking into an applicants background.
You never know when a Facebook friend might post something that you don't particularly like, agree with or might even be off colored. I have often seen at time seen posts which show up on my page that I promptly remove. I'm sure you have as well. You don't want a hiring manager to see those.
Better than attempting to "clean up" your social media; I believe it necessary to go a bit further. Regarding Facebook; I have deactivated my account while seeking employment. In this age of "political correctness" it's impossible not to offend someone, especially someone who doesn't know you personally.
Deactivating does not close your Facebook account, rather suspends it for roughly a week. This mean of course that you will need to deactivate is regularly, but it's worth doing so for many reasons. Since some day when you are employed, you wont have someone virtually peeking in your widow to see what you are saying or doing; you wont want to start all over again. I sure don't. (posts, timeline info, photos)
Prior to deactivation, I placed a post in the Facebook noting that I would be dropping off social media for a bit and explained why. Gave it a couple of days for friends and family to read the post and then followed through with deactivating.
To Deactivate your Facebook (iPhone) a) While in Facebook and in news feeds, select "More" (at bottom right, has three horizontal lines above the word) b) Scroll down to the bottom and select "Account Settings" under Settings. c) select "Security" d) At the bottom and to the right of "Account", select "Deactivate" e) Enter your Facebook password and continue f) Under "Please let us know why you are deactivating" chose "This is temporary, I'll be back" g) at the pop up window, select "close" h) The pop up will disappear. Scroll to the bottom and select "Deactivate" i) a "Session Expired" window will appear. Select "OK" j) Close Facebook app
That's my suggestion - Cheers (and I'm not from England :-)
Don’t let your Facebook profile stop you from getting a job! Employers are checking you out EVERYWHERE, social media included, so make sure to put your best Facebook forward.
Do a check in and make sure your account is #jobready by answering these questions!
1- Do you possess and/or showcase the qualifications you claim in your resume on your Facebook account? Start by filling out your “About” section! This is the chance to fill out the skills you possess in a summary much like the one in your resume.
2- Have you updated your work history and education? Keep things fresh and active!
3- Are you a good fit with the company’s corporate culture (you can find this info on the company’s page under their mission statement)? Your likes, shares, and posts all tell a story about your beliefs and values so think carefully before clicking away.
4- Do you have anything incriminating that would give them a reason not to hire you? Do you speak negatively about your boss and colleagues or make fun of past clients on your profile?
Looking for more tips? Check out the things to avoid on your social media accounts [here] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/4769ae73-8418-5d22-a281-69b328c174a6)
Did you know that? Here are tips to make sure you put your best foot forward: https://transparency.kununu.com/how-to-clean-up-your-social-media-presence-before-your-job-search/
Recently there have been several posts from Jobcasers dealing with job loss or the fear of being fired after taking a boss or co-worker into their confidence. In this era of social media it seems everyone is more and more open about their finances, relationships, political views, etc. But that is NOT wise --- and it is NOT healthy.
Guard your privacy. As you work alongside people it's natural to become friends with some. And that's great. Be cordial, be a friend, but always keep the relationship professional. Limit what you share and you'll be happier and better for it. So will your career.
Remember that -- first and foremost -- you are there to DO YOUR JOB.