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Job Hunting? Facebook, Twitter and YOU

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You know Social Media and Your Career is an essential topic when Forbes  features an article with How-to tips for the job seeker.

Job Hunting? Facebook, Twitter and YOU: Six Social Media Tips.

Career-Op: Opting out of social media is no longer an option


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This article originally appeared in the Career Opportunities Column and Podcast by Douglas E. Welch

Career Opportunities: Opting out of social media is no longer an option

Many years ago, I could almost forgive people for not being as heavily into email as I was. Email was somewhat new. It was a bit technical to use. Sure, people who opted out using email made my life a little more difficult. They made it harder to coordinate group activities like parties, snacks for the Little League team, etc . You always had to make sure you called certain people on the phone to make sure they were in the loop and such. Still, you knew that not everyone “got” email. These days are long gone, though. Today, someone who doesn’t use email is akin to someone who doesn’t know how to dial a telephone. Email is now a basic life-skill — a basic tool in organizing our lives and coordinating and communicating with others.

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Does this sounds familiar? It should. Social media — like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and more — is now no longer something you can ignore. Opting out of social media is no longer an option unless you wish to ignore one of the most important career and life-enhancing tools available today. Sure, you can get by without social media, but ignore it and you are making a decision to stop progressing in your career. If you do not engage in social media, you will see your work peers and your family progressing far beyond you as they use these tools in enhance their lives. You won’t just be standing in place. You won’t be maintaining the status quo. You will be falling behind at an ever growing rate.

Read the entire article, or listen to the audio podcast, on the Career Opportunities web site.

The Brand called “You”

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I work with people who desperately need to reinvent in some way, and it starts with the mindset. Learning to think “outside the box” is key to discovering and maximizing your particular “Brand”. Even if you plan to stay in the same field, it is imperative that you rethink your career strategy, in order to get, and stay ahead of your competition.

Whatever your career path–full-time work, entrepreneur, contractor–uncovering, then marketing WHO YOU ARE and WHAT YOU DO is essential. Many business owners understand this, but the traditional job seeker, independent contractor, and some entrepreneurs are still behind the curve.

Social Media is key to establishing and spotlighting the Brand called You; which ultimately maximizes your career.

For the Social Media and Your Career Panel, we’ll unpack how to:

ESTABLISH–Who you are (or who you want to be).

EXPRESS–The essence of your brand. What is your best work? What’s the process to discovering this? What do you want the end result to look like?

CREATE–Opportunities within Social Media to showcase your Brand. And in turn, this Brand will create those career opportunities!

I look forward to meeting you on Wednesday, September 21 in Northridge, for Social Media and Your Career.

Jennifer Oliver O’Connell, As The Girl Turns

Social Media Week Presents: “Social Media and Your Career”!

Building the career you deserve means becoming both director and promoter of it–No one cares as much about your career as you do. This means taking the lead in ‘Telling people what you do and how you do it!” Social media provides the tools needed to develop the jobs and projects that make one’s career unique and fulfilling.

A panel of career leaders and social media experts will give practical information about how to use social media to build the career you desire. We’ll talk not only about the “why” of social media, but also about “how” it can, and should, be used, so that you are in control of all aspects of your career.

Event Registration begins September 6, so mark your calendars!