Past IssuesNovember 22, 2010
Stay Current While Job Searching
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Stay Current While Job Searching
By Heather Huhmanm, Come Recommended
There's loads of career advice out there. And for job seekers, I'm sure it can be overwhelming at times. During Friday's #HFChat, the topic was staying current. How can you stay current in your job search? The participants of #HFChat had some great ways, some included below:
Get transcripts or copies of conferences.
It's likely you can't afford to attend industry conferences if you're out of a job. But there are other ways to benefit from the knowledge shared at these large events. See if they post videos or transcripts after the conference that you can look at. Or, contact the speakers directly. You could also...
Volunteer to work events.
Just because you can't afford to attend doesn't mean you can't. Conferences, events, and lectures always need volunteers to check people in, usher and set up. Get in contact with the coordinator of the event and volunteer your time. It's a great way to meet people without the pressure of actually attending the event.
Create a LinkedIn profile and join groups.
It's very important for everyone to have a LinkedIn profile whether currently working or unemployed. LinkedIn is a great place to network, so always keep your profile up to date. Join different types of LinkedIn groups so you look like a professional with solid interest. By joining groups you can network within your areas of interest and learn a lot about different fields in the process.
Use job search engines and aggregators.
Use a job search engine and job aggregators to search all the top job sites, company sites, and online newspapers. There are a variety of job search engine sites that will search all the job sites to capture new job postings. This is a shortcut that will save lots of time, because you're searching on one job search site instead of many different sites.
Interview industry experts.
Instead of approaching industry experts asking for help finding a job, ask if you can do an informational interview with them. In the process, you'll get to ask some key questions about topics you'd like to know and in the process can benefit from the answers you'll receive. This will allow you to begin creating a professional relationship with the expert.
Get a mentor.
Okay, so this probably isn't a little-known fact. But how many people actually reach out and ask someone to be his or her mentor? It can be a huge advantage to a job seeker to have an "in" -- someone with a professional network that can help you and skills you can learn from.
Read career books and industry magazines.
Blogs are great, but many pieces of advice on them are short and sweet. Blog posts may also leave you wondering, "How do I apply that to myself and my search?" Since books and magazines are more in-depth, you can learn a lot more from their concepts and ideas. Tweeting and blogging about career books and trade magazines that you're currently reading can easily help form new relationships with others doing the same.
Heather R. Huhman, founder & president of Come Recommended, is passionate about helping students and recent college graduates pursue their dream careers. Now, as an experienced hiring manager and someone who has been in nearly every employment-related situation imaginable, she is serving as that much-needed guide for others. To learn more about Heather, visit her at www.HeatherHuhman.com