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Use Social Media To Land Your Next Job – 5 Tips To Try

Social Media Sign Take advantage of your online presence to be found, to stand out and to land your next job. How? It’s easy!
Let’s get started:
1) Fill out ALL your profile bios
Most people have their LinkedIn profile filled out, but don’t spend a lot of time making sure that their other sites are complete. Do you have your employment information listed on Facebook?  What about Twitter and Instagram? Fill out every bio with a descriptive tagline that describes who you are, where you work and how you add value.

2) Google yourself
It’s really important to know what shows up in a simple search when you type in your name. Employers are looking, so make sure what they find is appropriate. If what appears is not flattering, there are steps you can take to change the order of the results. For instance, one workaround is to start self publishing on LinkedIn. Writing a blog post on that site will not only add to your credibility in your field, it will rank higher in search results (and replace things you don’t want to appear in the top of the list).
3) Take advantage of alerts
Really interested in a company? Set up an alert on them. An alert notifies you whenever that company is mentioned in the news or online. Sure, you can do research yourself, but this is an automatic way to keep up-to-date. Interviewers love to hear that you know what their business does. You can use this knowledge and refer to it, as appropriate, in an interview or a cover letter. There are numerous sites you can use to set up alerts. We like Talkwalker Alerts, Google Alerts and Mention.
4) Give Groups A Chance
We love LinkedIn groups because:
a) You can message another contact without being their direct connection
b) They’re an easy way to connect with other people in your industry and at multiple companies
5) Maximize your media
LinkedIn:  Consistently like, comment and share content on a biweekly basis (at least), as well as post relevant, helpful industry updates. And don’t forget to follow company pages. Hint: Turn your notifications broadcast to off if you’re currently employed when you decide to start your search. There’s a delicate balance between actively looking and nurturing your career, so start slow and work your way up to being more active.
Facebook: If you’re currently employed, tread with caution here, although you can still use the site to network. If you’re unemployed, you have nothing to lose by stating that you’re looking for work. You just never know who your friends might know. For example, you could write this as a status post:
“Anyone out there know of any openings in the Nashville area in IT?”
Spend some time “liking” career pages of companies you’re interested in (including ours of course). Many companies now have two sites – the main corporate site and the careers page.  The admin of the careers page could be a good resource. They may not be in human resources, but they can answer questions and direct you to the right person if you need additional help/clarification about the company, jobs or the status of your application.
Instagram: This is a great place to see what a company culture is like. We’ve received questions about internships on our page, as well as other inquiries. Look for companies where you can see yourself fitting in. Do they show group outings and events? Know what you’re looking for and target those organizations that appear to have a similar culture.
Twitter: This is another good channel for reaching out. Follow companies and people at target companies. Like, re-tweet and share industry news. Join a Twitter chat (there are industry and career related ones). Create and use lists (a feature where you can group people in a category you designate). Here’s our “Great Career Advice” Twitter list.
Bonus Tip:
A few other tools to try:
Canva: use to make professional looking images that showcase your work or to make an Infographic resume. This is a great tool for non-designers.
BuzzSumo: this is a tool used by marketers to analyze what content works best for a topic or competitor. It can also be used to find key influencers in your industry.

Try one or more of these tips to increase your odds of landing your next position. Best of luck to you!

Looking for more career advice?
Check out this post: How to find a company to love.

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Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
Visit us at Oldcastle Careers.

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Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

Follow us!  TwitterInstagramLinkedInYouTube, and Facebook for jobs and career advice. And, don’t forget to join our NEW Talent Community to receive a monthly e-mail newsletter with expert advice on the job search process.

 

 

 

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The Summer Job Search – 7 Reasons Why You Should!

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It’s that season again – warmer weather, beach outings, picnics and vacations. But what if you’re in the market for a new job? Should you take a break and resume your search in the fall?

“I just want to relax and enjoy my Summer!” 

Good news – you can do both!
Don’t let the summer job search season slip away.
Here’s why:
1) There’s less competition
The fact is – applications and job postings do dip during the Summer months. Even though there are fewer openings, there are also fewer people going for them. The numbers are on your side! 

2) Key decision makers are easier to reach
Yes, people do take vacations, so availability is not as high as other seasons. However, since things tend to slow in Summer, your opportunity to be make contact and be seen actually increases. While everyone else takes a break from reaching out to hiring managers and recruiters, you’ll be top of mind.

3) Jobs are always waiting to be filled
People are always going to relocate, quit and come and go in companies. So, even if it isn’t a company’s main hiring season, there is always opportunity to get your name out there. And, when they’re ready, you’ll be at the top of the pile.

4) Networking is easier and more enjoyable
I know, I know – no one likes to network. But, hear me out. Would you rather go to a networking event all bundled up in the dead of winter inside or seek out networking events, association meetings and more when a) they might be held outside b) you don’t even need a coat c) people are in good moods due to the better weather

5) Fall Is The Perfect New Job “Fresh Start” Goal Date
Aim to finish your search so you can start a new job just as the kids go back to school. Instead of new pens and a notebook, you’ll be driving to a new office location. Fall has long been considered a time of renewal on the calendar.

6) Now Is The Time To Nix the New Year Mentality  
Waiting til January is the ultimate in procrastination. Don’t do it! It’s like saying, “Oh, I’ll start my diet after this picnic, after this party, after this holiday.” Special occasions and holidays will never end. There’s always an excuse and temptation around every corner. Fall into this risky trap and you’ll never start your job search.

7) There’s Still Time To Savor Summer
We aren’t monsters who don’t want you to have any fun. Go ahead and go on vacation, take a day trip or go to the beach.  It’s all about balancing play and work. A dedicated, committed job search is work, but you also deserve to relax and rejuvenate. Make time for both.

Thank you for reading!

Looking for more career advice?
Check out this post: Resume Tips From A Recruiter

Want to learn more about working for Oldcastle?
Visit us at Oldcastle Careers.

taglineOldcastle

Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

Follow us!  TwitterInstagramLinkedInYouTube, and Facebook for jobs and career advice. And, don’t forget to join our NEW Talent Community to receive a monthly e-mail newsletter with expert advice on the job search process.

 

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