Top Two Social Media Sites For Job Prospecting:
There are many social media sites that any welder can use to prospect for a career in welding. But in this article I am going to focus on the top two social media sites: LinkedIn and Facebook.
There are several other very popular social media sites like Twitter and Youtube, but they are not the best places to prospect for a career in welding. You want to go where the leaders and business owners are active in social media in the industry, and that is LinkedIn and Facebook.
There are ways to use other social media sites like Youtube and Twitter, but that is for another article, or you can review this resource for clever and proven welding job prospecting techniques that nobody knows about.
POST YOUR RESUME AT LINKEDIN:
LinkedIn is rapidly becoming the favorite website for promoting your services or business on line. It is a social networking site catering to people in professional occupations. The advantage of using LinkedIn is that you’ll be able to place your resume online, giving you more visibility for businesses seeking the type of services you’re offering. The number of users for the rapidly growing site is triple that of its nearest competitor, Viadeo.
When you use LinkedIn, present the same type of well-balanced, informative resume you would offer to a prospective employer. Include a professional photo, and a well-presented profile. Keep your information pertinent so that others who read will have a clear understanding of who you are and what you have to offer.
Look into the welding group listings and join all the groups that are relevant to your career. This would include the groups that have given you your apprenticeship, former employers and others who have helped you to learn your skills.
Check for groups that might contain former co-workers. They might know of job openings or have suggestions as to where you might find employment.
- Start conversations within the groups you have picked. Be friendly and informative. Allow them to know any techniques or special skills you’ve learned. Respond to comments. When people within the groups become interested in what you have to say, they will be more willing to help you and make suggestions that could lead you to the companies you’d like to work with. You can also answer questions about your profession in the question and answer section.
- Keep a routine check on the entire job board. The job listings change as people move into new positions, quit their jobs or change companies. Respond promptly to any job listing you feel you might be interested in and that match your skill level.
- Establish as many contacts as you are able, but be discerning. If a group has nothing to do with your career, don’t waste your time just idly chatting on the board. The time you are wasting in irrelevant conversation could be the time you are using to land a good job.
FACEBOOK YOUR NEEDS:
Nearly everyone has a Facebook page, which is the beauty of considering it as a means of promoting your skills and establishing business contacts. Facebook allows one page in your own name, although you can create several Facebook pages using different aliases. If you wish to use Facebook for your job hunt, it’s best to use the name you’ll be placing on your application.
If you already have a Facebook page, review your profile. Your preference may be to separate your profile, creating a page strictly for promoting your career choice, and another for keeping in contact with family and friends, or you can mix the two. This is entirely your choice. An energetic page is usually one where you mix both your personal and professional world as it increases your contact list for getting the word out there.
Choose a good professional photo for your profile, but not one that looks too formal. Do not use a photo that shows a group photo as those who don’t know you may become confused as to which person is you. Crop the photo closely, showing only head and shoulders so the photo will still clearly show in thumbnails.
You may edit your profile at any time by first clicking into the info tab. If you edit much of your profile, such as the photo, your relationship, bio info, a notice will automatically go out to your friends in the newsfeed unless you had previously adjusted your high security settings. Click the blue “save changes” button each time you make changes.
Keep your bio updated, making sure it has the contact information you desire as well as the message you wish to convey about welding and your interest in the profession. Ideally, your tone should be conversational.
Click the edit pencil underneath your profile to fill out a mini-bio for promoting yourself. Facebook will allow you 245 characters and can include links to your main resume and other websites you’ve set up for your self-promotion.
‘Liking’ and Job Prospecting:
Click “like” on businesses that interest you. By doing so, Facebook will automatically connect you to the related Facebook/community page for those interests. This is a good way to stay in contact with the businesses you’d like to work for, and they might take an interest in you through a well-planned Facebook page.
Facebook allows up to 5,000 friends in your social network. Actively seek friends that could possibly help you advance your career. Look for prospective employers or those with similar job skills, or people who might influence your chances of landing a job.
Be careful not to seek too many friends in any one session, as Facebook sees this as potential spam. Up to twenty friend requests per session is considered safe activity.
To find friends, go to Facebook friend finder, invite friends through e-mail, and join groups that are relevant to your job search. When inviting people you don’t know, always send a brief but friendly personal message.
Remember, employers will want to look at your Facebook page to determine how you interact with people, how you approach solutions to problems, and how focused on business you really are. Social media is a great way to “market yourself.”
Once you’ve developed a clear objective on your networking pages, choose designs that will reflect your abilities and goals. Create a personal blog, such as blogger, WordPress, Posterous, or Tumblr. You’ll receive free templates, have control over your site, your posts and comments.
Use a platform, such as HootSuite or Objective/Marketeer and create a matrix between your blog, your business objectives and your Facebook page. Make sure your content is good and keep it up to date.
Your potential employer can read the blog and see that you’re not just a worker…you’re welding management material in training. With time, not only will these tools work for you, but you might receive a better job offer than you ever thought possible!
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