[Last updated 4/5/21]
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Job search seems to be one of those taboo subjects everyone thinks about, but never really wants to admit that their thinking about it.
For years, academics have denied the realities of life after graduation and this hurts people. It hurt me, having received absolutely no career guidance after college, I found myself on a very winding career path.
But this path leads me to explore the realities of today’s job search and to offer people a fresh, and facts-driven approach.
Letting go of the old “spray-and-pray” models of job board trolling, I teach people how to leverage social media sites to network their way to their dream job. That’s what you will find in this blog.
Who Is Joshua Waldman
You can read my story here on my Who is Joshua Waldman page and why I’m writing this blog. (And why you should listen to me, ie. the research I’ve done, etc.)
Where Should I Start
You go through a workshop or seminar where they plow through endless lists of websites and resources. Or you find yourself stuck on a blank browser window trying to recall that website you heard about, or locate that article you read.
Feeling overwhelmed is a big problem for whatever endeavor you partake in.
If you’re a job seeker, this feeling can multiply all the other negative feelings of frustration you might already have.
If you’re a career professional, you’re wondering how on earth you’re expected to keep up!
1. Sign up to My Newsletter
I update my blog weekly. Not only that, I send subscribers exclusive offers for great career services that I come across. Sign up for my mailing list, I’ll let you know about it!
2. Bring me to Campus
A great way to bring this material to your organization is to hire a professional speaker. You can learn more about my speaking and training programs here.
3. Let Me Help You Build Your Curriculum
I can also develop a curriculum just for your organization to put more accountability and standards on how social media job search topics are delivered.
4. Read These Articles
In the meantime I can at least try to list out as many websites, articles, and resources as I can, which I feel to be the most important for job seekers and the people who support them.
Why is social media so important to finding a job these days?
- My own personal collection of Pinterest infographics of research on the current state of recruiting
- Jobvite’s 2014 Infographic on the social media realities of job search
- 45% of employers use social media to screen candidates, and that was back in 2009!
Personal Branding Help
- You will be Googled, Are You Afraid?
- What Ben Carson Can Teach You About Building a Personal Brand
- Did the Dalai Lama say, “There is no I in your personal brand“?
- 2 Tricks to handling negative perceptions about yourself.
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LinkedIn Job Search Tools and Information
- An updated top 10 list of my best LinkedIn advice articles
- LinkedIn’s most overused Buzzwords from 2013
- A LinkedIn Profile Grading tool
Mobile Job Search
- A list of the best mobile job search apps in 2014
- A list of the most innovative, social media enabled job boards
- List of job board alternatives for accelerating your job search
- How to guarantee you’re the first person responding to Craigslist job postings
Facebook in the Job Search
- An infographic on How People Use Facebook to Find Work
- My Forbes article on some practical techniques for using Facebook to find work
- Learn how Facebook’s Graph Search doubles your networking power
Twitter in the Job Search
- Read about the First Twitter Job Seeker, Hal Thomas
- Ever wonder How to Find Recruiters on Twitter?
- It’s only six steps to Turning Twitter into a Realtime Job Board
Personal Landing Pages and Online Reputation
- Pick from one of 9 options for your own personal landing page
- Find out what your Google Grade is with this free tool
- 2,000 people on LinkedIn share the same name as someone on the FBIs most wanted list!
Information for Career Professionals
- The Untold Ethics of Teaching (or not teaching) social media job search to College Students
- How my College Career Center saved my life
- Confessions of a Gen-X College Career Advisor (must read)
- 8 ways to increase career center foot traffic with Pinterest
Information for Students
- check out these 45 inspiring career blogs for college students
- 10 Ways to deal with social media after spring break!
- Read this brutally honest letter to graduating students about real life
Information for Veterans
- Avoid these 5 job veteran fair mistakes
- 9 Reasons why Veterans are not hired
Information for acquiring government jobs
General job hunting advice and resources
- jibber jobber
- dummies.com (I love their deflecting salary questions suggestions.)
- Alison Doyle web site
- shrm.org – to see what the employers are talking about
Been playing around with the 160-character Twitter bio mentioned in your superb book. Here goes:
Online copy editor. I follow ‘Elements of Style’ religiously and am faithful to ‘Vigorous writing is concise.’ Ditto that to killing ‘student body.’ Hallelujah.
160 characters on the button, though I could probably lose “I.”
Really looking forward to the suggestions re government jobs and contracting!