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3 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK JOB SEARCH

Posted by JobNewsRADIO
Aug 30 2010

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3 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK JOB SEARCH

A Proven Social Network Job Search Plan

Job search related social networking is an important tool for many job seekers. The value and effectiveness of social networks in the job hunt lies in its ability to reach people-who-know-other-people who are hiring. It is a ‘person-to-person’ communications method, whose results – if logically organized in advance of the doing – in short time can supercharge a job seeker’s ability to identify serious employment opportunities. The same holds true for most social networks, whether LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YAHOO! or Google groups, or other smaller niche defined groups or forums.

Problem is … not everyone is willing to do the ‘… if logically organized in advance of the doing’ part.

Without clear personal employment goals, all you seek is just another job, or just another business contact; that’s okay, as long as you know that ‘just another job’ is what you’ll get in the end.

If you want a career position, it is your responsibility to organize; it’s really only a few simple tasks, like create a list of your practical job goals, include preferred industries, job titles, locations, salary range, and other job consideration specifics. The list is for you, not the members you’ll reach out to. Then research a second list, too, of web addresses for specific social networks, forums, billboards and other groups, where you can find and reach out to individuals who may introduce you to a great job.

Use common sense. It’s easy to get lost chasing multiple ‘great job’ leads from your new social group members, from people who may mean well, or may be opportunistic. In the end, too often, some leads – as illustrated by statistics below – have little result, or … more likely, simply do not closely match your ‘goals’ list, so waste time. Don’t fall into that trap. Consider the practical nature of the three social networking tips below to help improve your job search results.

IMPROVE YOUR JOB SEARCH RESULTS ...

THREE KEY STRATEGIES

1 - Know Who You Want – which social members to approach, where to find them on social networks, what to ask of them, and what’s in it for them.

2 - Know What You Want – be specific about the job(s) or industry(ies) you seek; create keywords relating to those.

(Do not send members your lists of career, job title, or vocation keywords, or resume type documents, only if requested by a group member replying to your inquiry.)

3 - Moderation – make every member contact positive. Be polite, be brief. Don’t be a nuisance to others.

A smart way to start is to begin with people you already know. Consider people with whom you are already acquainted, whether they are directly tied to the job or industry you pursue, or not. People know other people. The hallmark action of social networks is to build a ‘network’ of friends, or member referrals, with whom you ‘connect’ to or ‘subscribe’ to. Sometimes the person who seems least likely to help is the very individual who knows someone who knows someone who can help get you hired. They may not even realize they know someone, until you ask them.

When you ask them, you’ll likely do it online. Be brief. Get to the point quickly, and be polite and inviting and thankful, not too direct or demanding or expectant of their obligation to help you. Remember, start with mutual acquaintances. Ask who they know, list and contact those folks, introduce yourself, and name the person who referred you. Personalize each contact. Be brief. Offer to help connect and refer them to people in your own network of members. Inquire about any sort of connections they may need. And above all … be brief! And thank them for their time.

After you run out of known acquaintances and their referrals, if required, research and reach out to group members at the various social networks you have joined, who have similar jobs or duties or industry, or geographic similarities, school, service background, or human interest commonalities, or whatever, as you.

Consider pre-writing communications. Craft messages to cover topics you need to discuss. Save copies. Keep each message simple, easy to understand. Always use polite, mannerly message formatting, “Dear Sir,” or “Dear Madam” or “Ms.” A “Thank you,” or other friendly regard upon parting. Proofread messages for misspellings and mistakes before use. This may seem too overdone for quick web chats or ‘off the cuff’ group forums, but don’t be fooled. U.S. Department of Labor statistics (2009) verified that better than seventy-percent of job applicants are rejected due to poor use of language and misspellings and awkward grammar on hiring inquiries, emails, faxes, resumes, and other written documents. Go ahead, now that you know that, send another chatty, modern, acronymic text message or email, or chat exchange as a part of serious employment outreach, and your chances of joining that ‘seventy-percent’ mentioned above increase exponentially.

As a caution, also know that sometimes overzealous outreach to social group members, or posting of too many unrelated forum messages, can sometimes result in account suspension by group moderators. Group operators vary, but it’s usually good advice to follow their rules.

WORKPLACE REFERENCES

Another ancillary usefulness of business, vocation, and industry related social networks is how they help you organize and mange your professional references. By ‘joining’ or ‘connecting’ to mutual social websites where those individuals have professional profiles. You can supply interested employers with an easy way for them to contact your references, and thereby verify statements about your skills, training and work history.

Workplace people who know and can vouch for you (where those individuals give permission to participate as a professional reference contact on your behalf to possible employers and interested parties) can help a job applicant communicate to job prospects specific workplace skills and strengths; and help address, and set minds to ease about, any uncomfortable or embarrassing workplace issues. Those references can address topics and help bridge hiring issues that arise sometimes, like a recent or unexpected resigning from a job or other job resignation issue, or a bad job reference that may have surfaced elsewhere – understanding that in some industries, even the hint of a bad work reference, whether true or not, can have devastating effects upon a job search. Too often, for too many good job applicants, the result of not organizing job references in advance, to support your skills and workplace proficiency, and to address other potential hiring issues, is that the companies you want - won’t hire you; and companies you might have settled for - don’t hire you.

Consider the ideas presented above if your goal is to improve job search results by generating one-on-one job hunt contacts within a social network environment. Organize your job search goals, and your inquiry messages, remain patient and polite. Follow these common sense techniques and you will increase your odds of getting hired soon.

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US EMPLOYMENT INDEX GROWS 21%

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Aug 12 2010

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July Monster Employment Index Grows 21% Year-Over-Year,

Sixth Consecutive Month of Positive Annual Growth

July 2010 Index Highlights:

•Year-over-year growth rate holds steady from June, suggesting no significant change in underlying demand for labor nationwide

•Index drops 3 points (2 percent) in July from June as online job availability eases with a decrease in summer hiring activity

•Education and public administration see large growth in online job demand following relatively tempered springtime hiring

•Manufacturing and transportation and warehousing industries rise in July, adding to longer-term trends that reflect continued growth in overall production and commerce

•Amongst occupations, demand increase in some professional categories, including architecture and engineering; and life, physical, and social sciences

•All metro markets tracked by the Index exhibit positive annual growth

NEW YORK, August 5, 2010 - The U.S. Monster Employment Index annual growth rate remained at 21 percent (24-point increase) with the degree of July’s seasonal slowdown matching the historical July average seen in the Index, suggesting some stability in underlying job market drivers. The Index declined by three points (two percent) on a monthly basis reflecting a seasonal easing in online recruitment activity seen at this stage of the year as companies reduce hiring activity after meeting their summer requirements.

The Monster Employment Index is a monthly gauge of U.S. online job demand based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of corporate career Web sites and job boards, including Monster.com®.

During July, online job availability rose in 8 of the Index’s 20 industry sectors and in 8 of the 23 occupational categories monitored. Index results for the past 13 months are as follows:

Ju1. 10 Jun. 10 May 10 Apr. 10 Mar. 10 Feb. 10 Jan. 10 Dec. 09 Nov. 09 Oct. 09 Sept. 09 Aug. 09 Jul. 09

138 141 134 133 125 124 114 115 119 120 119 121 114

“The Monster Employment Index monthly contraction in July was in line with seasonal expectations considering the summer months tend to be a slower period for recruitment activity,” said Jesse Harriott, senior vice president and chief knowledge officer at Monster Worldwide. “Year-over-year growth remained unchanged between June and July. The fact that hiring is more robust than a year ago points to a general improvement in the nation’s hiring conditions as the economy continues its slow but steady recovery.”

Online Demand for the Education Services Industry Registers Largest Increase in July; Retail Trade and Finance Edge Down; Mining and Transportation/ Warehousing See Strongest Year-over-Year Growth

Online recruitment activity rose in eight of the 20 industries monitored by the Index between June and July, while 18 are showing positive growth trends on an annual basis.

Among the industries, education and public administration registered large monthly increases in online job availability in July. Both sectors, however, exhibited notably restrained hiring activity during the traditionally stronger springtime recruitment period. Moreover, July’s increase in demand was mainly for part-time and contract jobs, possibly providing sector employers more flexibility amid the challenging budgetary climate. Mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction also rose in July, extending its growth trend since January, and annual growth for this category was at a robust 53 percent in July, leading all sectors. Manufacturing; and transportation and warehousing each gained 2 percent with both sectors recording fairly robust growth trends since January, coinciding with a consistent rise in manufacturing sector payrolls over the latest 6-month period.

In contrast, real estate remained the weakest trending sector in the Index, reflecting the challenging housing market conditions – with online demand falling 5 percent in July, and remaining flat year-over-year.

On an annual basis, mining; and transportation and warehousing led all industries followed by utilities and professional, scientific, and technical services.

Healthcare Support Occupations Register Largest Gains in June; Food Preparation and Serving; Management Rise; Farming Edges Down; Legal and Business/ Financial Operations Register Largest Annual Growth Rates

Overall online demand for workers rose in eight and remained flat in 3 of the 23 occupational categories in July.

Among occupations, production; and transportation and material moving registered the strongest monthly increases in online job availability in July. Online demand for healthcare support occupations also continued to edge higher, suggesting that employers may have initiated an early start to their recruiting season, which typically gets underway later in the summer.

Meanwhile, the protective service category registered the steepest decline in online recruitment activity among occupations in July. Business and financial operations; and military- specific also showed substantially fewer online opportunities.

Online Job Availability Declines in All U.S. Census Bureau Regions in July; New York Records Highest Annual Growth amongst States

During July, demand contracted in all U.S. Census Bureau regions with Middle Atlantic registering the most moderate reduction in demand. However this region continues to lead all regions from an annual growth perspective. South Atlantic was the only region to record a slowdown in annual growth rate from 17 percent to 15 percent in July.

Among the 50 states and the District, only 2 registered increased online job opportunities in July, while 6 remained flat. New York was the top state by measure of annual growth in the Index. With the exception of Alaska, annual growth was positive for every state in the Index.

All 28 Major U.S. Metro Markets Monitored By The Index Register Positive Annual Growth

During July, online recruitment activity fell in 26 of the 28 major metropolitan markets, monitored by the Index. Philadelphia was the only market to exhibit growth in online job demand with a majority of the occupational categories registering expanded opportunities. Over the year, demand trends have developed notably for production, transportation, management, and office and administrative support; however, a majority of the occupational groups continue to remain below baseline levels in the Index.

In contrast, Washington, DC registered its steepest monthly fall in the Index with online recruitment levels contracting more notably than recorded typically for this time of year, especially for technical occupations like IT, architecture and engineering, and the sciences. Nonetheless, the demand for workers appears stronger than it was a year ago for the market as a whole. The major metropolitan markets of Florida also showed an unseasonal moderation in online recruitment activity. Occupationally, recruitment trends were generally similar across Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, with largest monthly declines centered around business and financial operations, the healthcare occupations, and construction.

To obtain a full copy of the Monster Employment Index report for June 2010, and to access current individual data charts for each of the 28 metro markets tracked, please visit http://about-monster.com/employment-index. Data for the month of August 2010 will be released on September 2, 2010.

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