Category Archives: LinkedIn

Social Media Marketing is Like 7-Layer Bean Dip

“Social Media Marketing is Like 7-Layer Bean Dip; Each Site You Use, a Layer.  Leave a Layer Out and It’s Not Everything it Could Be.” –  Terry Hall

The Future of Job Applications

Speaking of job applications, I’m impressed by many infographic resumes I’ve seen lately… I will share some of my favorite Infographics here very soon!

With the advent of social networks, video job applications, infographic resumes… you know what, this is getting tiring just talking about it. A lot has changed – what’s the future going to hold for job applications?

Check out this article I recently found on Recruiter.com to find out!

The Future of Job Applications

Happy Networking,

Terry

Seeking Moderators for Job Spot Seattle Group on Linkedin

Ready for real-world Social Media Community Moderating Experience?

Job Spot Seattle is one of many projects I personally manage.

As founder and group owner, I’d like to add team-oriented moderators to my group to generate diverse and fresh ideas for Job Spot group members.

If you’re interested in helping moderate Job Spot Seattle’s group content, please contact me at the e-mail below or via Linkedin.

Thank you,

Terry
Group Manager & Founder

http://twitter.com/TerryJobs
recruiter.tah.seattle@gmail.com

If You Can Get a Date, You Can Get an Interview…

If you can get a date, you can get an interview.  If you can get an interview, you can get a job!

Have you ever had a date progress to a long-term relationship or marriage?

Think back; how did you meet that person –  how did it progress to dating?

Likely, its attributed to being available and receptive.

The same is true for getting an interview or job.  Opportunities don’t present themselves unless you make yourself available and receptive to them.

When coaching clients, I often compare interviewing to dating and jobs to committed relationships and marriage.   Dating can result in committed relationships and/or marriage.  Interviews can result in jobs.

The dating best practices found in the previous link are nearly identical to these job search and interview best practices:

1.   Stay positive, regardless of the outcome. Every interaction is an opportunity.  If the interview doesn’t result in a job, that’s ok.  The more you interview, the better you become at interviewing.   Its a learning experience.

2.   Look your best. Wear what makes you most confident and makes you look your best.  Do your hair, shave, trim your nails and tone down jewelry and fragrances.

3.   Relax and have fun.   Enjoy yourself.  Don’t force an outcome. Having a sense of entitlement or expecting something to result from the interview creates tension and can lead to hurt feelings.   Consider each interview a networking opportunity.

4.  Compliment. Within reason.  Don’t try to hard.  You could end up looking desperate or insincere.

5.   Be interesting and engaging. Stay knowledgeable about relevant news and events of interest to your industry or target company. Build rapport and find out what the other person enjoys doing.

6.   Be honest and forthcoming. With a caveat:  Don’t give too much away. Answer what’s asked of you, then stop.  As in dating,  its not time to share your life story or detail why you’re leaving your job.  Don’t scare them away.

7.  Plan Ahead and be timely. Who’s the interviewer?  What’s their background?  Research the company and their role in the company.  Make sure you have the right address and print the driving directions, job description and your resume the night before.  Your internet could go down the day of the interview!  Give yourself travel and parking time.  Don’t be late.

8.  Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people. Give and get support by networking with other job-seekers, encourage each other, share leads, share tips, share challenges, exchange ideas and learning opportunities!

Whether searching for dates or jobs, you’ve probably registered on dating websites and job sites.   Though helpful in your efforts, alone, they won’t get you noticed in a sea of available fish.  It takes more than just a website to make things happen.

When you make meeting new people a priority, you improve your odds immensely.    (click the link for tips on meeting new people)

How do you “Get a Date, Get an interview… Get a job?”  Get out there and make yourself available and receptive to new opportunities.

As Always, Happy Networking!

Terry

Oh, Social Media! LinkedIn Network, Now “Followers”

Copy Cats (my cat)


Did I miss the memo? I must have, because my Linkedin “network”  has changed to “followers”.  I noticed today, while scrolling my groups “members” tab.

Maybe I just didn’t see it before, but I’m sure I would have.  It would have been nice to get a “heads-up” before changes were made.

At least Facebook hasn’t jumped on the “follower” bandwagon… I checked today; my “friends” are still “friends”… that’s a relief!

Don’t get me wrong, followers are fabulous! I’m a follower of many on Twitter; celebrities, social media moguls, stores, brands, sports teams, companies, and average people with random or entertaining tweets.

But Let’s Be Real: @ChrisPirillo @Ellen_Degeneres, @ChrisBrogan, @AplusK or @LadyGaga don’t consider me part of their “trusted, professional network” just because I’m one of thousands (and thousands) of followers.

That being said, my followers aren’t all a part of my “trusted, professional network”, but who cares… I’m not on Twitter to “build a professional network” … I’m on Twitter to “tweet”!

My LinkedIn Network is relationships developed over many years; a trusted network, built from in-person, and/or mutually professional interactions.  In my opinion, the term “followers” dilutes the value of a professional network, something LinkedIn built its brand on.

About.com ‘s Definition of Followers: “Followers are the people who have agreed to receive your Tweets through Twitter. If you add someone else to the list of people you read, you “follow” them. Popularity on Twitter is often measured by the number of followers a person has.”

Is LinkedIn about Popularity? I think not. I don’t wantpopularity” on LinkedIn; I want to be a valuable and respected networking resource for my connections.

Like Twitter, Linkedin has its place; I use both for different reasons.  It’s pointless (and confusing) that Linkedin adopted a term that makes Twitter uniquely appealing to its users.

That’s just me, anyone else care to chime in?

Happy Networking!

Terry

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My LinkedIn Profile

What are your all-time favorite inspiring, motivating or funny quotes?

I recently posted this as a discussion topic for members of my Linkedin Group – Job Spot Seattle.

If you’d like to read member responses or respond yourself, you can join the group by following this link:  Join

What are your all-time favorite inspiring, motivating or funny quotes?

Inspiring, motivational, or funny quotes can bring value to others, especially those faced by challenges they think no one can relate to.

Each day, we have the opportunity to positively impact those around us! Just by sharing a kind word or encouraging quote, you could make all the difference in someone else’s life.

I’m moved by professional speakers as they seamlessly incorporate memorable quotes into presentations.

Though not gifted at random-quote recitation, I can easily recall quotes with personal or professional value.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“You can focus on what you’ve lost or you can fight for what’s left”
– Memorable line from the 2009 movie, Terminator Salvation

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful”
– Mae West

I look forward to hearing your favorite quotes!

Terry

Networking for Jobs; What Really Works? “Face Time”…

How Do You Network & Promote Your Skills to Potential Employers? 

My Toastmasters Club

I’m presenting a career workshop/networking training to an estimated 700 women veterans on 9/12/09 at the Department of Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Summit.

Click here for event details: Women Veterans Summit

 Among other topics, I’ll share best practices for:

1.   Self Marketing & Self Promotion

2.   Online/Virtual Networking via: LinkedIn, Facebook, Plaxo, Twitter, User Groups, Blogs etc.

3.   In-Person Networking; social events. job fairs and professional association functions. “Face Time”

What works for me?  Getting “Face Time” with Employers & Hiring Managers!

This required stepping outside my comfort zone…

Joining, attending, and participating in Toastmasters meetings, professional groups, and association meetings are some of my networking best practices.

I joined Toastmasters 2 years ago and have been an active member ever since.  I’ve held VP of Membership and Public Relations club officer roles for WaMuOne Toastmasters.   Active involvement provided me “face-time” with people I’d otherwise not met.  

Most Toastmasters Clubs are open to the public and guest attendance is free.  You can attend clubs as a guest before joining.   Toastmasters attracts multiple professionals from various industries. 

In addition to in-person networking, I share jobs, resources, and news with Job Spot Seattle, Job Spot West Coast & WoVEN members on my social networking groups. 

As with anything, networking is what you make it.  What are your networking and/or self-marketing/promotion best practices? 

As always, I look forward to your unique & valuable input on any and/or all areas!

Happy Networking!

– Terry

http://www.job-spot-seattle.com/