Social Media Job Networking

Social Media Job Networking

 

Social media job networking is an important way to find a new job.  Look for ways to create a social media presence.  Use your social media presence to make contacts with others in your field, industry and community.  This will make it easy to find a new job through your social media contacts.

Of course, for social media networking to work, you need to create a professional presence on social media.  Use social media to highlight your skills, capabilities, achievements, and training.  This makes it easy for someone to see how you can help their company.

Social Media Job Networking Articles 

Here are some ways to use social media in job networking.

As you find ways to engage in social media job networking, you will find that you are linked to those who do the hiring.  This will give you a competitive edge.  It will make it easier to switch jobs.  You will already be a friend with others in industry.  It can increase your opportunities in the job market.

Take the time to determine which strategies will work best for you.  Use social media to your professional advantage.  Build your own network as you find ways to link up for success!

Develop skills for success

Develop skills for success

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Take the time to develop skills for success.  As you expand your skill set and capabilities to be successful on the job, you will find that your preparation opens the doors to new job opportunities.  Create an ongoing professional development plan so that you are always finding ways to use develop and use new skills.

Some common skills that you will need to be successful include:

  • Good communication capabilities,
  • Critical thinking and problem solving,
  • The ability to analyze information,
  • The ability to get the job done,
  • The ability to set priorities and manage time,
  • Technical capabilities to use computers, software, and company specific programs,
  • The ability to continue to learn new things on the job,
  • Dependability,
  • Adaptability,
  • The ability to work with others on a team, committee, or project, and
  • Commitment to success.

Articles on Skills for Success

Take a look at some of these articles that can help you find success on the job.

As you adopt and implement skills for success you will find that you quickly rise to be successful in what you do. It is often the small things that make a difference over time.  A few minutes a day can pay big dividends in helping you find success on the job.  Commit to  do what it takes to find the job success that you desire.  Committee to ongoing skill development and success will come your way.

How to find a mentor

How to find a Mentor

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It is important to know how to find a mentor.  A good mentor can make all the difference in giving you a “boost” with your career and helping you move it to the next level.  A good mentor can coach and help you develop the skills that you need to succeed on the job.  Once you have moved to a higher level of work yourself, you may be able to mentor others and make a real difference in their career.

The first step in finding a good mentor is to identify your career goal and look for who is doing what you want to do.  Make contact with the person you hope will be your mentor and ask them for advice, coaching, or counsel.  Ask the person specifically if they will mentor you.  Many successful people want to “pay back” the help they received by helping those who are still learning the rules of success.

Once you have found the mentor, then you need to do what it takes to be easy to mentor.  Listen to what the mentor has to say and follow his/her suggestions.  Ask for and assume more responsibility.  Help other succeed and continue to build a support network with others in the organization.  There are typically good leaders in any organization for you to observe, learn from, and follow in your efforts for success.

Finally, be sure you thank your mentor for any assistance given.  Let him/her know how much you appreciate the time, effort, wisdom, and advice that has been shared with you to help you succeed.

How to Find a Mentor

For more information on how to find a mentor, follow these links.

Communicate for Success

Communicate for Success

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Communicate for success.  This can make all of the difference in your workplace growth. Good workplace communication improves your job skills.  It can mean the difference between a job well done or one that isn’t done well. Be the one  who knows how to successfully speak.  Learn to listen. Talk to others to solve problems.   These strong communication skills will then lead you up the corporate ladder so that you achieve career success.

Take the time to develop strong communication skills.  As you do so, you will differentiate yourself.  You will become the “go to” person.  You will be the one who can listen to others. It will help you solve problems.  You can get things done more quickly. Strong communication can prepare you to move into a leadership role. All it takes is a little practice.

Communication skills for the workplace

There are a variety of communication skills you will need.  Here are a few to consider.

  • Connect with others
  • Look people in the eye
  • Ask questions
  • Learn the art of listening
  • Ask if you have really understood correctly
  • Focus on the facts
  • Speak in a respectful manner
  • Write clearly
  • Respond promptly to others
  • Focus on problem solving
  • Learn to resolve conflict
  • Keep your words clear and concise
  • Encourage two-way communication
  • Effectively share your ideas
  • Focus on the positive

Web links to more information on effective workplace communication

Here are some articles on ways to enhance your communication.

Communicate for success.  Use your new communication skills.  This will help you engages in good dialogue.  You’ll be able to figure out how to solve problems.  It will be easier to listen and understand.  Make sure that your communication is two way so that people feel comfortable speaking to you and learning what you have to say.

Create a good reputation

Create a good reputation

 

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There are many ways to create a good reputation.  Your actions will speak for themselves so let others know what you can do and how you can do it. Here are a few basic guidelines to consider so you can manage your reputation.

  • Keep your word.

If you say that you will do something, then you need to do it.  When you do this you become known as a person who gets things done, does what they say they will do, and is reliable and dependable.  These are the things you want to be known for.

  • Help others.

Take the time to help others.  This helps you develop a strong rapport and bond with your coworkers, lets them know you care about their work as well as your own, and sends the message that you are a team player willing to pitch in to help out.

  • Set high standards.

Set high standards for yourself and others in the workplace. Become known as the person who does things right, who goes above and beyond what is required, and who performs high quality work. Your work will speak for itself when you do it with high standards.

  • Do more than is expected.

Go beyond the minimum requirements for the job.  If you are always on the low end, just passing the minimum, then you will be known as someone who scraps by.  On the other hand, if you are always doing more than is required you will become known as the person who is thorough, reliable, and willing to do what it takes to ensure that things are done well.

  • Mentor Others.

Be a role model to others.  Help others achieve their career goals through your example, informal coaching, and assistance to help others follow you on your path up the career ladder.  As you  provide a role model for others, many will come to see you as a leader in your field, organization, and community.

  • Be community minded.

Look for ways to volunteer, help your community, and help those in need. This shows a commitment to the community as a whole and not just your own self interests.

As you can see, there are many ways to create a good reputation. Do what it takes to create a top reputation and your reputation will proceed you in the workplace.

Tune up your career: Join a Professional Organization

Tune up your career:

Join a Professional Organization

Join a professional organization.  How can a professional organization  help your career?  When you join an organization, it is a great way to meet people in order to stay up to date with changes.  Use the organization to network with others.  This can expand your professional contacts.   Join because you can meet people who have similar skills and interests.  There are many reasons that it is useful to join a professional organization.  Don’t wait – Just do it!

Professional Organization Resources

Join a Professional Organization 

Seriously think about joining a professional organization in order to expand your professional exposure.  Ask which organizations are available in your professional to join and get involved with.  Consider organizations which are nearby so you have easy access.  See which would help you network in order to meet more people.   Find the organization that matches your career interests and goals so that the organization is a good fit. Some people join several  organizations and find it very worthwhile.  For example, you may want to join a local group, state-wide organization, and national organization related to your profession.  You may want to join a general business group and a group specific to your business. Each group will provide different information, contacts, and opportunities.

You can join a professional organization as a way to become linked with many people.  As you become an “insider”, then you gain access to good people, information, and knowledge.  This can be used to enhance your career opportunities, growth, and capabilities.  You can let a  professional organization work for you when you become a member.

When you tune up your career: join a professional organization you automatically have a large group of peers.  This can help you with tough decisions, problems, and  strategies.  This can provide you with good input to improve your business. So what are you waiting for?  Do it today – join a professional organization!

 

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Career Networking for Success

Career Networking for Success

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Career networking for success is a good way to engage in professional development.  Here are some links to information on how to use career networking to benefit your career.

Career Networking Web Links

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Take the time to make links with others in your field.  This can be as simple as talking to your co-workers. You may want to join a professional organization so you can meet new people.  Consider volunteering within your profession to meet others.  Sign up for a professional development class in order to learn something new.  Attend local career functions that relate to your field.  Partner with others in your field to get acquainted  with others with your same interests.

Regularly, be on the look  for ways to expand your peer network as you come to know others in your field.  This can give your career a real boost.  When you go to interview, you may find that you know the person doing the interviewing.  It may give you the inside scoop on a company.  You may be the first to find out what is happening in industry.  Be the one in the know as you take the time to network with others.

Make it a point to network with someone outside of your organization and within your organization each day and each week.  As you take the time to engage in career networking, it can help you  find the job you want!