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Most of us would agree that over the last two years there has been an extraordinary push to network. The advent of LinkedIn and the groups within that platform have certainly provided an amazing boost to many people’s expansive networks. For some, they’ve already reached the level of being overwhelmed with “networking overload.” Yet for others, they haven’t even begun to network; they’ve heard of “networking” but haven’t ever looked at LinkedIn, let alone joined any groups.

Now it’s true that some people have employers who don’t really support the idea of their employees running off during the day (or at night) to network. They don’t see the “value” in it. Your employer may ask you, “Why would you need to network? Are you looking for a new job?” That’s a tricky question to answer, when speaking with your boss. If that is the kind of comment you are getting from your boss he or she needs a present-day education on business trends.

But I digress to the one question you need to focus on answering right now, “When is the Worst Time to Start Networking?” I give credit to David Gladstein, Founder, Coaching College Grads, for asking & answering this question at the North Shore Entrepreneurial Network (NSEN) meeting in July. The Worst Time to Start Networking is…after you LOSE your job!

I have met many people in transition since the economy weakened. I have to be honest that I cringe when I hear that they have never heard of LinkedIn. They have never been to a networking meeting. They don’t have solid business contacts with whom they regularly stay in touch. If this sounds like you or someone you know. . .

GET UP AND START DOING THESE THINGS!!! BETTER PEOPLE THAN YOU HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES UNEMPLOYED AFTER 30 PLUS YEARS AT “THE COMPANY THAT WOULD NEVER FIRE THEM”.

So Here is a list to get you started. . .

  • Get on LinkedIn [If you are already on it, make sure your profile is complete and up-to-date]
  • Find networking groups to join and start joining in the conversation. Start with groups that you can relate back to your experience.
  • Start connecting with your professional contacts, friends, family, former classmates and in general, people who are also connected and know someone who can help get you a job when you need it.

The bottom line is that you are responsible for being prepared. When employers “let people go,” they may provide some support in the form of career counseling, etc. But the reality is that if you are just starting to build your network after you are “let go” you will have a much tougher time than the person who already has the established network. Furthermore, when potential employers start looking at resumes and move right to the question, “how do I find you on LinkedIn?” you may be out of the running for the job if you don’t even have a profile set up yet

In my opinion resumes will soon be a thing of the past, but that’s a topic for another blog.

What other advice do you have for those that are new to the whole networking scene?

Erik Hultman (a.k.a. E) is the Founder and President of ÜberBlueDM, Inc., specializing in Social Media Solutions and Social Media Staffing Solutions for individuals, businesses and brands to build their social media success. He also founded the North Shore Entrepreneurial Network (NSEN)  in the Chicago Area that recently celebrated it’s three year anniversary.

With so many people unemployed, so many people underemployed, so many people unhappy at their current job and so much advice on how to get hired…what are you doing about it?

I used to use the word “So” a lot. The word “so” is often used in conjunction with wanting to know more, hoping to dig deeper and also in the sense of “who cares”. In this blog I am using “so” to dig deeper and learn more from you about how you or people you know are using social media to find a job. If you are the one looking for a job you know all too well that it can be tough out there to even get a rejection letter much less an interview. So your answers here, will help others out there. In turn feel free to post what you are looking for and we will do our best to share your information.

If you are just starting to use social media you may not be aware that many corporations are using it to find the very best candidates. A friend of mine, Allison Kruse, @WAGSRECRUITER is a Talent Sourcer at Walgreens. Twitter is one of the ways she is getting the word out to find potential job candidates. Walgreens and many corporations are turning to Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and other avenues to find talented people.

Even before social media, you had to do everything possible to set yourself apart from the competition. You are very much a brand just like the company to which you may be applying. In this economy, the use of social media tools can certainly work in your favor to get you in the door. It can often get you “in the know” about who the key contact or hiring manager might be. “Walls” are sometimes put up if a company uses a service like Monster or CareerBuilder, allowing the hiring managers and departments to remain anonymous. But knowing how to use the tools available in social media can often break down those barriers.

A few quick tips. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date, without spelling or grammatical errors and make sure it is complete. If you don’t know what this tip means check out www.LinkedIn.com . Sign up for an account. And know that it is one of the first places a potential employer looks. LinkedIn is also a great place to look for jobs. I have many friends that have been successful at finding jobs via LinkedIn. Remember if you are using social media in any capacity, future employers could possibly be scrutinizing over your behavior. Your pictures, posts and overall demeanor on these sites could mean the difference between getting hired or fired even before you get the job. Use the security and privacy features available and if you are serious about finding a job remove any controversial pictures first…among other things.

SO…back to the original question. . .Are you using social media to find a new job? What have you found to be the best ways to search and get noticed? What companies have you found are best at using social media when it comes to finding the most qualified people? Did you recently find a job using social media? Share your successes with us here!

Have a suggestion or suggestion for future blogs? Email me at EHultman@UberBlueDM.com

Erik Hultman (a.k.a. E) is the Founder and President of ÜberBlueDM, Inc., specializing in Social Media Solutions and Social Media Staffing Solutions for businesses to build their social media success.

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