Tuesday, 11 August 2009

How I got the Job

Have these blogs been a bit lengthy for you? We’ve had some feedback to suggest they were, so this time we’ll try and be punchier, which will leave us more time for getting people placed...and predicting football scores http://predictthescore.net/

That last line may look slightly “off topic” but it’s part of a serious point. Whilst seeking inspiration for a softer blog theme we typed “how I got the job” into google and came up with this link that we posted on our twitter feed at the weekend.

It’s American and very marketing focused but don’t be put off if that’s not your country or industry, Ann Handley’s advice is great. There are 4 key courses of action to help you find a job you’ll love:

· Google yourself to check your online profile
· Reach out online
· Make meaningful personal contact
· Forget networking > Start providing value

The first point is simple. Increase the professionalism of your online profile. Edit any inappropriate content from social networking sites and generally increase your marketable presence.

Second, reach out for advice online and keep all communication channels open.

Third, make personal contact with industry players and strategically manage any posts you’re making…

…and fourth. Now we don’t really want you to forget networking but you do need to remember it’s a two way street and that’s what leads to “providing value”. Answer people’s questions, share useful tweets or posts and support people’s projects. Helpful, collaborative people are more likely to be helped.

On that note, thank you so much to our first few followers for signing up. The website still says one but we know you’re out there! We don’t want to overload you with links but Predict the Score is great fun and here are a couple of well followed twitter feeds that our contacts are running to show what can be achieved: http://tinyurl.com/ksv9jz posts marketing product manager roles and http://tinyurl.com/mofux2 is just generally fun and informative.

What could you do?

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