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Joshua Waldman is an authority on leveraging social media to find employment. He is the author of Job Searching With Social Media For Dummies, and his writing has appeared in Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable and the International Business Times. Joshua’s career blog, CareerEnlightenment.com, won the About.com Reader’s Choice Award for Best Career Blog 2013. When he’s not writing, Joshua presents keynotes, trainings and breakout sessions around the world for students, career advisors, consortiums and professional organizations. For more information, visit careerenlightenment.com
Helping people re-gain control of their social media use, Joshua Waldman MBA, is fond of saying, “Be someone who makes life happen for you”. His writing has appeared in Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable and the International Business Times. Joshua’s career blog, CareerEnlightenment.com, won the 2013 About.com Reader’s Choice Award for Best Career Blog. When he’s not writing, Joshua presents keynotes, trainings and breakout sessions around the world for students, career advisors, consortiums and professional organizations.
Joshua’s interest in social media career advancement developed as a result of combining his life-long passion for technology and his extensive training in job search strategy as an MBA. When he got laid-off twice in six month, and bounced right back into good jobs, he quickly realized that his philosophy and strategies were powerful enough to help not just his own career, but the careers of others. This experience, combined with five years experience as a social media strategist, career consultant and blogger gives him a unique perspective on these online job search techniques. It is Joshua’s hope that by sharing his knowledge, others will re-gain a sense of control over their careers, find clarity on how to use social media more effectively in the long term, and rekindle their passion for why they got into their industry in the first place.
Joshua gained his degree at Brown University in 2000. Since then, he has earned an MBA at Boston University’s International Management Program. He is a member of the National Speakers Association.
Joshua lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, their teenage daughter and their little Pomeranian named Boy-Boy. When not working, Joshua likes to experiment with vegetarian cooking, CrossFit and going for walks in the Northwest bad-lands.
For anyone looking for a first job, exploring a career change, or just setting up for future success, social media sites are proven platforms for facilitating connections, demonstrating passions and interests, and ultimately landing the job. Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies enables you to harness the power of the Internet to research and identify job opportunities, and then create a strategy for securing a position.
Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies features in-depth coverage of topics such as: creating effective online profiles and resumes to sell your strengths; maintaining your online reputation (and ensuring that employers who Google you like what they find) and understanding electronic etiquette; using the power of personal branding and building your brand online; avoiding common pitfalls, such as jumping into filling out a social media profile without a strategy; getting to know Twitter, the only real-time job board with literally thousands of jobs posted daily; using social media sites to uncover opportunities in the “hidden job market” ahead of the competition; and much more.
If you’re a recent graduate, changing careers, or have been away from the job-search scene for a while, turn to the trusted guidance and expert insight of Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies.
An “online presence” sounds a lot more fancy and exclusive than it actually is. Are you on Facebook? Have a blog? Then you’ve already started an online presence of your own! Today, more and more employers are using Google to evaluate job candidates. You are no longer evaluated purely on your resume and a few references. Your Google results are your references and your resume is now a profile.
In Dummies, you’ll find a more elaborate personal branding process, but what it comes down to is: figuring out who you want to be and doing that. Just like Hershey’s chocolate bars, figure out that qualities that you want others to think about when you come to mind.
Your LinkedIn profile can be searched by recruiters. In fact, 80% of recruiters say they scour LinkedIn to fill job openings. LinkedIn also give you a chance to research new companies to target, identify who the hiring manager is and email them. A résumé can’t do that, can it?
Today, it seems like everyone and their mom is on Twitter and Facebook. When everyone is in one place, the networking potential is astronomical. That’s where you’ll find job opportunities. The more active you are on social media, the more people you’ll connect with. You might not realize this now, but you could be a friend of a friend of a friend of Bill Gates.
A video resume allows you to introduce yourself to an employer on a whole new level. On video, employers will think of you as a person with skills instead of skills on a paper. While many companies prefer receiving resumes on paper, others see real value in candidates who think outside the box.
Just like dating, you just have to put yourself out there! Just don’t overdo it. You wouldn’t go up to a pretty girl (or handsome man) and propose, would you? With hiring managers, make a connection through a network contact or unite over common ground. Start a conversation about something important to the both of you to get the ball rolling.
Definitely! Job board are (and should be) the last place you should look for job leads. Keeping a healthy network when you’re employed will ensure that you will have a group of folks looking out for jobs for you. The more people you know, the higher chance you’ll get the right job lead faster.
It most definitely can! As I elaborate on in Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies, putting yourself out there will give hiring managers more information to work with when considering you for the position. Just like social media, the right kind of information on your blog can definitely get the right information.
Every month or so, make a point to double-check your settings. Major social networking platforms have a knack for changing crucial elements without telling their users. Many news outlets will cover major changes, so keep an eye out for those updates on your favorite news site.
Rather than asking, “Will I get Googled?”, ask yourself, “When someone Googles me, what are they going to see?” It might seem as though your Google results are untouchable, but they’re actually really easy to manipulate. Pay attention to your own content that made it to the first page of Google results. Most of this will be from your social media profiles and is easily edited.
If you find content about you from other people, get to the bottom of it. Always be leery about others posting photos of you online. Become familiar with your privacy settings and “untagging” features.