If I am actively involved in a job search, what else can I do to find a job?
There are several things you can do to maximize your search efforts. They include:
1. Use Linkedin.com to build a network. Linkedin is a professional networking site. It allows you to connect to those you know, and to get introduced to others through those you are connected to. Building a LinkedIn network is easy, and it is a lot of fun. If you’re new to LinkedIn, then you must read this incredible article from Fortune magazine at http://money.cnn.com/2010/03/24/technology/linkedin_social_networking.fortune/index.htm.
One of the most important aspects of LinkedIn is its value as a warm networking source. Take the time to start connecting with those you know and then intruduce yourself to those you don’t through the Introduction feature. There are also HR groups on LinkedIn that you can belong to, and there are positions circulated through that network as well.
2. Network through the HR associations. There are regular meetings, some involving the topic of job search, that are available across the province. Many chapters have a special group called ENG (employment networking group). There are other associations too that have in person and virtual networking events—ISCEBS, CSTD, etc. Look for these opportunities to meet others.
3. Check ALL the job sites that have HR positions. Here are some that you may not know exist.
a. Hire Authority on the http://www.hrpa.ca/ website.
b. http://www.linkedin.com/ (search on HR positions within 50kms of your postal code).
LinkedIn Groups that post jobs:
LinkedIn HR: #1 Jobs Group
HRNG (Human Resources Networking Group)
Compensation and Benefits Professionals
4. Start Tweeting. An unbelievable number of jobs, ideas for jobs, and general networking happen on Twitter every day. Twitter is much more challenging to learn to use effectively, but you can’t learn if you don’t try it. You can start by following Bonni at @BonniToronto. Follow the hashtags #hr, #hrhappyhour, #hrevolution, and #jobhuntchat. More specifically, tweet your resume. This is a great blog that describes HOW to do it. http://www.examiner.com/job-search-in-san-diego/how-to-create-a-twitter-resume-140-characters-or-less.
5. Invest in advice. Have your resume done professionally. For a listing of qualified resume writers and career counselors in your area, go to http://www.careerprocanada.ca/.
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