October 1, 2010

Social Media Job Hunting

Filed under: Employment,Job Search — webtechbc @ 7:32 am

More Tips on using Social Media to Job Hunt

Social media and job hunting are new to each-other. Using social media to find a job is slowly becoming mainstream. If you have not explored job hunting options through Twitter,Facebook, LinkedIn, I have some tips for you to use.

Update your profile
Let people in your network know you are looking for work. Updating your profile is the first step. Be professional and to the point. “Web Designer looking for work in Vancouver”. Insert your own field in place of web designer. You could include how many years of experience you have as well. Updating your profile applies to all social networks, Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed, etc.

Tweak your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn.com is a valuable resource. When someone searches for your name on google one of the first things to appear is a LinkedIn profile. Be specific. Re-create your resume. If you don’t have a website a LinkedIn profile is your online resume. Have business cards printed and include your profile on them. You might say you can’t afford it, but there’s lots of services that do it inexpensively. Like http://moo.com which even prints mini business cards.

Seek out Connections in LinkedIn
Ideally people you have worked with. Volunteer organizations count as well. The ideal connection is someone who is willing to give you a recommendation. Connections with a wide network are also good for getting your name out there.

Join LinkedIn Groups & Answers
By joining groups on LinkedIn you can make it be known that your looking for work. Groups are also a place to find job postings. Rather then going through the main job board a lot of companies will post jobs in the groups. Share your knowledge. Answer questions people have, if you have the answer. LinkedIn answers is als a good place to share your knowledge.

Update your status on Facebook
Facebook is another social media site you can use for job hunting. Before you do though consider changing some of your privacy settings. Consider the content you post on facebook. Do you want potential employers to see it? If yes you can leave it as is. If no, change your privacy settings. Only allow friends to see most of your content. You can make it be known you are looking for work on facebook, and word of mouth is a great way to job hunt.

Using twitter for job hunting
Tweet your LinkedIn profile or website. Find local hashtags or industry hashtags to use. You could even combined them. E.G. #vancouver #webdesign #socialmedia #yvr etc, etc.

Don’t over tweet that you are looking for work. You could mention it a couple of times a day, but be creative in how you tweet it. No one wants to be spammed, and most will remember the first time you tweet it.

Don’t connect your twitter to linkedin. Update linked in on its own. Do connect your blog, if you have one to LinkedIn. Post about your experience, type of work you are looking for, and share your knowledge.

Go to tweetups and take a business card! Tweetups are a fantastic networking resource. It not only gets the word out that you are looking. If you make contacts and they know someone that is looking they will mention you. Having a business card with a website / resume profile is important though.

These are a few of the techniques I used the last time I looked for work.

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September 26, 2010

Creative Job Hunting

Filed under: Employment,Social Media — webtechbc @ 9:21 am

In a tough economy you need to use creative job hunting methods

Job hunting in tough economies is not easy. I’ve looked for work in all types of economies and have some advice to offer on the subject. Being creative is the best way to find work in a high unemployment rate economy.

Be Creative in the way you look for work. While Canada’s economy is improving it is still a tough market. The last time I was looking for work I wanted to be a Web Designer with Social Media involvement. This post outlines some of the techniques I used to achieve my current job.

Keeping busy Is one of the keys to successful job hunting. Not only looking every day but keeping your mind busy and doing work related to the type of job you want. Consider consulting when you are looking for work. Its a way to both network and gain more experience in your industry. It also helps you build your portfolio while you are looking for work.

Some people will argue that consulting is a full time job and should not be done casually. I have to disagree. Consulting while looking for work not only helps you build skills, it helps you network with people and potentially land a full time job.

Use Social Media. There are many way’s you can use Social Media in the job hunt. Like attending industry networking events. Don’t be shy, get out there and take a business card with you. A business card is your resume at social media events. Make sure you have a web site & a resume link on it that people can go to.

Join Groups on Social Media sites. Seek out groups in your industry. LinkedIn Groups is a great resource. Before you even post that you are looking for work do some research. Join appropriate groups for your industry. Answer questions poised by group members. Write a blog post on a subject and share your knowledge in the group. Once you’ve established that you are knowledgeable in an area, start selling the fact that you are looking for work. Site examples of your work while doing this.

Job boards are useful but: Don’t rely on them as a sole search method. The problem with job boards is simple. Everyone uses them. An employer will get 100+ resumes a day from a job board posting depending on the job. Unless you have an in your resume is just a needle in a hay stack.

Instead of posting to jobs directly from job boards do some research. Find the company on LinkedIn. Check to see if you have connections with them in place. If you don’t seek them out in a group. Find out where they are posting and make yourself and your knowledge known. Connect with them on Social Media sites like twitter & facebook. Learn what they are doing as an organization and use that information when you do finally get an interview. Most companies ask the question “What do you know about us.” by doing your research you will be prepared for this question in advance. If you have been interacting with them through social media, they may already be aware of who you are and it will improve your chances.

Keep up to date. Read new books in your field. Knowing whats happening and keeping your skills current is important. Especially in a long unemployed stint.

Wage subsidy programs. Check to see if you qualify for a wage subsidy program. Future Works is a great program in BC. Having a wage subsidy backing you up can be an in when you have a lot of competition. When and how you suggest it to employers is up to you. But saving something like this for the second interview can give you an advantage over other interview candidates. All employers like to save money, especially in a tight economy.

Today’s job searcher needs to find new ways of finding employment. You don’t need to take my advice on this subject. But you should keep an open mind on how to use mediums like Social Media to leverage your job search. It does work!

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December 9, 2009

Web Design Job Boards for Vancouver

Filed under: Canada,Employment,Job Search,Vancouver,Web Design,Web Design Jobs — webtechbc @ 2:55 pm

As someone who’s looking for work in the web design field I’ve compiled a list of sites that are good for finding work. I thought I would share them. If your struggling to find work in a tough economy you should read my new blog post. Creative Job Hunting Techniques.

I’m no longer looking for work. But I wanted to add some things to this post. Don’t just rely on Job Boards to find work Use them as a stepping stone. Market Yourself. Networking is key in today’s job market. Twitter can be a great tool for meeting people in your industry. Aside from the following job boards use tools like Meetup.com. In a tough economy you must get creative. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.

These are in no particular order.

Craigslist is a fantastic place to start and check daily. The below categories all frequently have web design postings in them. As a warning you should be wary of some posters. From time to time you will find posters that offer wages far below industry standard. Dont let yourself be taken advantage of if you use craigslist or Kijiji.ca another vancouver classifieds board.

Techvibes job board. Techvibes doesnt get as much traffic as some sites in terms of job postings. But its a good place to check on a weekly basis.

BCTechnology job board or TNET is a great place to check daily. They have a variety of web design and technical support related positions posted daily. The jobs on TNET tend to pay industry standards rates as well which is great.

Newmediabc.com is a non profit association for the industry in bc. They dont get a large amount of postings but its worth having a look now and then.

Vancouver arts alliance job board is a website not targeted to the technology industry but will occasionally have web design related job postings.

Canada mployer. mployer is a good reasource for technology and design related jobs in Canada and around the world. They have a fair amount of postings. One complaint is they dont allow you to list results by date.

JeffGaulin.com Job board is Canadian based. Not as many web design jobs but they do have a lot of postings for content editing, Technical writing and Journilsm / New Media.

Service Canada Job Bank in the Engineers, Architects, IT, Natural Science category. I dont know why they insist on grouping all science together. Makes it harder to search, but they do get web design job postings from time to time. You can also do an advanced search for technical jobs rather then the above mentioned broader category.

Canada.com / Working.com or The Vancouver Sun / Province. Its not the first place I choose to go. Mainly because every one starts there. Im also not a fan of the way they have advanced search set up. Its difficult to both browse for and find jobs in the Canada.com database that are title specific. But they do have a large number of postings in the field. I’ll post links to some appropriate categories below.

Aside from the above job link resources I’ve found that Twitter along with a program like Tweetdeck To be extremely useful job search tools. Tweet deck allows you to save previous searches in your dashboard. You can search for #hashtags or do a general search for something like Web Design Jobs Vancouver. It gives you a list of tweets and job postings from various job boards. If you are always on twitter it can save a lot of searching time.

I hope this list proves useful. Any suggestions or links appreciated to add are appreciated.

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