How is your Job Search plan shaping up? As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time networking with experts in the career and recruitment fields. Over time I’ve found some good resources to help you wind your way through today’s career management tactical minefield. I hope you´ll find several of these helpful as you plan your approach this year:
Tim´s Strategy is a blog published by career strategist Tim Tyrell–Smith. Here you’ll find an extraordinary number of resources including resume and cover letter formats, specific advice on using LinkedIn and Twitter in your job search, interview techniques in a tough economy and a lot more. You may even be interested in checking out Tyrell–Smith’s book, 30 Ideas – Practical and easy–to–use tips for the modern job search. I highly recommend it.
Social Networking for Job Search
Confused about how to best use key social networking tools liked LinkedIn and Twitter to your advantage? Neal Schaffer is a social networking consultant who focuses specifically on maximizing these media to your advantage. You´ve probably seen some of his posts in this newsletter and on the CPGjobs Blog. Neal´s site, Windmills Networking is definitely worth checking out. Download a free excerpt from Shaffer´s book, Maximizing LinkedIn, and be sure to read his post, The Ultimate Guide for your Twitter Job Search. Also, check out The Big Book of Social Media: Case Studies, Stories, Perspectives, featuring a case study by Neal on the growth of the CPGjobs´ LinkedIn group, CPGPeople.
Ryan Rancatore has a simple approach to personal branding: “Be You, Share You.” On his blog, Personal Branding 101 Ryan offers PB wisdom from around the blogosphere as well as serving up his own advice on establishing your unique identity in a socially networked world. Check out Rancatore´s 15 Personal Branding Tasks You Can Do Everyday.
The Social Web for Senior Managers
Ryan Harms is a social media executive who writes, blogs and speaks about social networking strategy for executives on his blog, The Social Executive. One of my favorites of Harms’ posts is How to Make Unemployment the Most Productive Time in Your Career, an excellent piece that provides solid advice on productive use of time spent while in transition. Also check out 10 Steps to Turning Your Professional Network Into a Thriving Tribe, an interesting piece that offers practical suggestions for activating a powerhouse network outside “the organization.”
Career Management For the Modern Girl
Ms. Career Girl is a smart, fun career site for working women started by finance executive Nicole Grimaldi. The site features a kind of compendium of exceptional blog posts around the subject of women and career by a variety of talented blogsters, including Veronica Ludwig and Lindsey Pollack. Check out 3 Misconceptions About Personal Branding for the Everyday Professional by Nicole Martin and the terrific Superwoman´s Networking Handbook: Elevate Your Elevator Speech by Liz Dialto. This is definitely one for your favorite newsreader.