Using Social Media for the Search

After finishing an intensive six-week course on using social media in December, one of the goals that I have set for 2010 is to actively use it as a job-search tool. This year is supposed to be the year for social media, the year that Twitter finally takes off, so it is very important for me to fully utilize various tools to my advantage.

One of the most important things that I have been doing is Googling my name on a daily basis to make sure that I am not somehow associated to anything inappropriate. I have also created a Google (GOOG) profile so that I can easily be found by potential employers.

I have been adjusting my LinkedIn profile to makes sure it is optimal and effective. I had initially created a very detailed profile, but decided to pare it down and put an emphasis on my core competencies and transferable skills. I want to make sure that my profile triggers more conversations with potential hiring managers, leading to interviews. Of course, a detailed resume is attached to my profile so that I can easily make it available to hiring managers if they request to see it.

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