I read an article recently entitled 10 Social Media Time Management Tips for Small Business (you can click on the link if you want to read the full article). I posted this article on some of my social media networking sites and it produced some very interesting discussions.
I had social media experts who thought that number 7, turning off notifications, was a bit odd and others who suggested that social media success = targeted audience + relevant content +genuine helpfulness; but I guess that what is important is that everyone has a social media strategy that works for them.
So what has this got to do with finding a job? Well quite a lot actually because if you read the article, many of the points apply to you if you are looking for a new job.
Here are 5 tips to finding a job taken from the article:
- When job hunting you need to start with a clear goal and a plan of how you are going to achieve that goal.
- Nobody is perfect so once you have analysed your strengths, take time to be aware of your weaknesses so that you talk about them confidently in an interview and be able to turn them into a positive where possible.
- Be aware of how you spend your time, if you spend all day at your computer carrying out online job searches you are far less likely to be successful in your job search than if you are getting out and talking to people.
- I think being consistent and being yourself are two important and related points. Once you have created your personal brand, you need to live it 24/7 because you never know when you might bump into someone who could get you your next job –chatting to another mum in the school playground once opened doors to me getting a fantastic job!
- Review the results of your efforts. Perhaps you are spending most of your time creating a great CV and applying for jobs but despite getting interviews, you haven’t had a job offer. If this is the case, you need to spend more time on interview preparation. Perhaps you are celebrating sending out your 200th application but still don’t have a job. I just heard about someone who has done this and while it is great that they can remain so positive, I know that they are not effectively targeting their job search and therefore not making efficient use of their time!
Job hunting has a lot of analogies with running a small business; instead of marketing a product or service, you are marketing yourself. So why not create your own “MePlc” – there is a lot of good advice on the internet about how to run a successful small business so keep your eyes and ears open for tips that might help you get your next job!
If you are struggling with your job search strategy, contact me today for a free 20 minute strategy session to help get you back on track!