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Posted February 09, 2016 by

3 online networking tips

As a college student, you might be an expert at using social networking apps like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Whisper for connecting with friends and communicating about day-to-day life, but do you admittedly need guidance when it comes to networking online for professional reasons? It’s one thing to post pictures of your weekend adventures with your best friends—it’s another to reach out to your social network for assistance when conducting your first full-time job or internship search.

This brief video featuring Career and Disability Services Coordinator, Rebecca Warren, of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, highlights three simple tips for making the most of social media when networking online for professional purposes.


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1)      Clean up your social media pages, profiles, and online presence before becoming active in your job search.

Networking online via social media for professional purposes is a different animal than using social media for personal reasons.  Make sure everything you post (or have visible and set to “public”) is appropriate; would you feel comfortable with the content being seen by an employer or by someone listed as a job reference? If not, delete it. Delete statuses and posts including curse words and long rants, Tweets with awful grammar, and photos portraying you in a negative or scandalous light. The rule of thumb is to always yourself positively and professionally, particularly when conducting a job search. Don’t begin the online networking process until you’ve taken this first step.

2)      Let your existing network know you are preparing to begin a job search.

Let your contacts—friends, family, and other contacts you are already connected to online– know about your career field (which is probably related to your college major), where your interests lie, where you have completed internships, etc.  Be careful when reaching out; when networking online, you never want to demand assistance or seem pushy, arrogant, or nonchalant. When asking for assistance in your job search, attempt to come across as gracious and patient. Remember, your social media contacts are under no obligation to assist you—expressing gratitude for any act of support or assistance is always a good idea!

Your social network will grow based on the people your existing connections know.

Rebecca Warren, Career and Disability Services Coordinator, UACCB

Rebecca Warren, Career and Disability Services Coordinator, UACCB

“If your existing network online doesn’t know you’re conducting a job search, they can’t help you,” says Rebecca Warren.

If you build the support of your initial contacts, you already have many people cheering you on before you even begin.

3)      Connect online via social media with professional groups in your field.

Many professional organizations host pages or groups on social media platforms, including LinkedIn and Facebook, and some even host weekly online Twitter discussions. Connecting with professional organizations and getting involved in discussions requires effort on your part, but this work pays off. You never know when a member of a group might know about an unlisted job opening or an upcoming job opening within his organization. If you are regularly participating in online discussions and making intelligent contributions to discussions, the member may reach out to you about the job opening.

Networking online is similar to networking face-to-face; it’s an ongoing process, and it’s about relationships. Whether you’re using social media apps or participating in professional groups and discussion boards, simply treat people professionally and with common courtesies, and you’ll find your online network growing exponentially.

To begin practicing these three great tips for using social media to your advantage in your job search, visit College Recruiter on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter.

 

Posted May 19, 2015 by

How to Have a Sterling Online Reputation?

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Reputation management concept – golden color text on dark blue digital background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

There is no doubt whatsoever about the fact that the internet is a great influence of our times. In fact, it might be the greatest influencer that mankind has ever been exposed to and that’s why it makes such a potent and effective marketing tool. Everything that goes online ends up affecting our opinions, emotions some way or the other. That’s why online reputation has become such a big deal these days. (more…)

Posted April 09, 2015 by

Digital Tactics To Help Land Your First Post-Grad Job

Man use pc tablet. Job search background.

Man using pc tablet. Job search background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

After graduation, we start to worry about more serious issues. We are no longer bothered whether we will give correct answers on our exams, and whether we will be satisfied with our mid-term grades. We need to focus and give our life new purpose. In other words, we need to land our first job. Easier said than done, to say the least. We become a part of a vicious loop known as the “Job-Experience paradox”.

You need to land a job in order to gain experience, and of course, you need experience in order to get a job. Luckily, there is a way to create a nice professional image of yourself, to help you overcome this obstacle. It is known as digital tactics, and here are the ways to implement them, to help you land your first job. (more…)

Posted February 20, 2015 by

How The Use Of Social Media Can Reshape The Education Sector?

Social media concept: text Social Media on green chalkboard on grunge wall background, 3d render

Social media concept: text Social Media on green chalkboard on grunge wall background, 3d render. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

In the last few years, internet has drastically revolutionized the education sector. In addition to this, social media has added more interest by changing communication medium and creating more impact on education. Networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are two chief and largely used mediums to explore and market education. Today, students, professors and education experts can connect with each other through social media medium and create awareness. The rising interest and availability among young students is an undeniable fact. (more…)

Posted December 30, 2014 by

When Pockets are Empty: Getting Quick Money

Melissa Burns

Melissa Burns

Students always need money – this is a fundamental truth. And if you happen to be one of these poor unfortunate souls, the lack of money must seem especially painful to you. First, it’s high time to buy presents, second, holiday parties are not going to pay for themselves. What can a poor student do to get a reasonable amount of money for such a short period without lowering himself (or herself) down to the position of a shop assistant or a waiter – considering the fact that all such part-time positions are most likely taken before holidays? (more…)

Posted September 24, 2014 by

College Grads, Searching for Your Dream Entry Level Jobs in the 21st Century? What to Keep in Mind

If they have not started doing so already, many college graduates will be searching for entry level jobs after graduation.  While the thought of entering the job market is exciting, it can also be scary for graduates if they are not properly prepared.  After all, today’s job search is conducted much differently than when their parents when looking for employment.  So as 21st century job seekers, what are some things grads need to focus on?  Let’s take a closer look. (more…)

Posted July 07, 2014 by

Recent College Graduates, Using Social Media to Search for Jobs? How to Get the Most Out of Social Networking

When it comes to finding jobs, today’s recent college graduates tend to use social media for their job searches.  Learn how they can get the most out of certain social networks in the following post.

Despite all the “find a job on social media” hype, networking isn’t a one-and-done task. Those who are serious about managing their careers understand how crucial it is to have a pool of people to interact and share ideas with. And, successful careerists and job seekers know how to best leverage each network in the best

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Posted July 02, 2014 by

Smart Tips to Get Smart Jobs

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Job concept with a hook. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

As a fresh graduate, you frequently find yourself in a vicious circle. You have no experience and this is frequently why you do not pick a job. And since the economic crisis, really the job market is facing rigid competition, as there is a shortage of jobs throughout the world.

For organisations, personalities and qualities of graduates take precedence over technical skills. Points of attention for the candidates are: presentation in job interviews, explaining their motives and writing a good resume.

However, with high rate of unemployment, employers have to choose selected candidates among more than a few applicants. So, how do you get that first smart job? Behold the following steps: (more…)

Posted March 13, 2014 by

Trying to Find Recent Graduate Jobs on LinkedIn? 6 Tips for Your Job Search

If you are a LinkedIn user searching for recent graduate jobs, try these six tips for your job search found in the following post.

Searching for an internship or a job in today’s economy isn’t as easy as pouring hot water into your ramen noodles and calling it dinner. If you want to successfully enter the workforce, you must stay proactive and persistent when searching for jobs. Luckily, for you, there are plenty of free resources available that can make the

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Posted February 04, 2014 by

Use Keywords in Social Media Profiles When Searching for Entry Level Jobs

How much do you focus on keywords when searching online for entry level jobs?  If you have not been doing so in your social media profiles, the following post shares three ways to make them more effective for your job search.

Your social profiles – especially LinkedIn – is like a permanent billboard placed on the Internet’s highway; it is visible, day and night, to employers shopping around for great job candidates. What many job seekers overlook, however, is the need to include the best possible keywords for their career and next job…

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