Looking For A New Job? – Chelsea’s Advice On How To Find One
I recently put my 2 weeks in at my current job (not GBF) because I received an offer from another place of business. How I got the offer for the job is what completely surprised me! I never put my app in there they actually found me on LinkedIn.com. The things social media can do is completely amazing! I had been hunting for a job for a couple months and putting in many many applications if you have ever been a looking for a job you understand the stress I was under! Putting in countless apps and no calls back, having interviews tank for whatever reason.
I have been in retail and radio for all of my working career I really don’t know how to do anything else. I was trying to find something that I would enjoy – something different that would make me want to get up in the morning and go to work, and of course the pay being very good. The job I’m leaving is insurance. It wasn’t my cup of tea. I do have my college degree, which is another story I will not get into right now.
I wanted a career that would make me happy, I reached out to old professors, colleagues, and my friends to help guide me into a job that I would love. One of my old professors from the University of Evansville told me to vamp up my Linkedin profile. I was thinking really? Linkedin??? You want me to find a job on a social networking site???? Yea right!
Well, I had a profile set up, actually T-Rav from our station invited me YEARS ago to join. I did and couldn’t figure it out so I never really logged on to it. I took my professors advice and vamped up my profile. Two days later, I get an email from a senior recruiter saying he would like to have a phone conversation with me about my experience and just wanted to “chat.” You know when you get these emails you automatically think this is a scam. Well, I do anyway. I went with my gut and sent him my phone number and set up a time to talk to him. He was extremely nice and I’m not even sure how I got connected with him on linkedin at all. He seemed to like me and set up another interview with someone in the store here in Evansville. After 3 interviews and a month later I was offered a job.
I never thought a social media site could help me find a job. Usually you have to know someone to get anywhere anymore.There are many articles about Linked In and how you can make your profile stand out. They also have something called endorsements, you can have your friends endorse you for the things you are good at. For instance, I can be endorsed by people I am connected with that know I am in Radio Broadcasting. The more information about your experience and previous job titles the better off your profile will be. Make sure you don’t put anything too personal on your profile always beware of scammers and not so friendly people! Email is the best way to connect.
Moral of this story is if you are looking for a job, check out linkedin.com. You may be surprise what and who can find you!