Posts Tagged ‘internet’

Using social networks to find job opportunities

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

A short video with great tips to leverage social networks to develop relationships that may lead to job opportunities.

Online jobs: a myth?

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

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You think nobody gets jobs on the Internet, right? Wrrrrrrrrrong! Lots of people do! There are, however, three main reasons why that happens:

1. They are people who have a skill set and education that is unusual and for which there’s little supply and a big demand. For example, I have a friend who posted her resume and within 48 hours got two calls from recruiters that led to two in-person interviews and a job offer.

2. They have very well written resumes that are tailored to the positions to which they are applying. That means: if they list an objective, it is appropriate for the job they are applying for, they have included plenty of the keywords relevant to the job they seek and the resume has NO mistakes. (None, not a misplaced capital or a typo or formatting issues or grammatical errors like saying “leaves in NY” when you mean “lives in New York.”

3. They are actively engaged in the online search and not just posting resumes on every job board out there. That means: they choose certain job boards and stick to them so they can monitor the new positions that become available and they can participate in social networks on those sites; they use the job boards as a way to find out about companies that are recruiting and contact those companies directly for other opportunities; they join professional groups online and develop relationships that lead to sharing information about job openings.

These people understand that job boards are designed for the benefit of the recruiters (who pay for the service) rather than for the candidates (who access the site for free) so they develop strategies to become visible to these recruiters. For example, they answer questions on professional networks like Linkedin so they are seen as experts.

Follow these strategies and you too will cut the time it takes you to land a job online!

New media and you

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

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    I just came back from a great New Media conference organized by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

      It was a fabulous event where journalists got together to learn more about blogging, podcasting and developing slideshows in order to expand their career opportunities.

        The truth is that regardless of what you do, you need to constantly update your skills because no job will remain the same with this rapid technological revolution. Having your own blog or website may be a great way to broadcast your talents to the world. Several of the presenters at today’s conference commented that they received many job inquiries and offers through their website, which is, no doubt, one of the main reasons you should consider building your own. The secret is to keep your blog or your site updated with your latest undertakings so that it’s always fresh.

          Other good way of using new media to gain wider exposure to your talents is by creating videos that are connected to your expertise and uploading them to You Tube. Just be mindful of the type of information you share so that it reflects who you are and what you do.

            Sooner or later, all of us will have to be well versed in the new technology and the sooner we all embrace it, the wider the range of opportunities we will have.

            Edit yourself!

            Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

            Today I was a guest at 93.1 FM AMOR, a wonderful New York radio station that helped us get lots of participants in a recent HACER workshop for teenagers and their parents. We were discussing the topics of my book “The Latino Advantage in the Workplace” and we opened the lines to get listeners’ questions.We took a few calls but not as many as we would’ve liked because when people spoke to the call screener, they took so long to explain their question that they weren’t put through. You see, if you can’t say it to the screener, you won’t be able to say it on the air!This is a common occurrence in radio. Claudia Morales, the co-host and co-producer of the show (and in the picture with me), shared with me some of her experiences as a call screener. When callers are asked “what is your question,” they don’t get to the point, they give too much context and take up all the available time assigned for the Q & A period. So, instead of taking ten calls, you end up taking three or four.The problem is that this doesn’t just happens on the radio. Latinos tend to beat around the bush instead of getting straight to the point. Sometimes this trait is an asset, like when you are at a party and you are telling a story that has everyone engaged. But if you want to be heard in the media or in a business environment, you’re better off learning how to edit yourself. How to get to the point quickly and succinctly. Otherwise you may loose your audience or loose your chance to speak!

              Here are some tips to edit yourself: 
            • First think of the idea/concept you’re trying to convey
            • Practice saying it aloud and time yourself
            • Now try to cut that time in half!
            • Practice conveying your idea to a friend in ten seconds
            • Ask your friend for feedback. Did they understand your idea/concept? claudia-morales-en-amor.jpg

            Watch your Image on the Internet

            Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

            A couple of weeks ago, while doing a keynote presentation at the National Hispanic Business Association in Chicago, I had a chance to listen to William Arruda, co-author of Career Distinction: Stand Out by Building your Brand. He talked about something I believe is crucial for everyone looking to move forward in their careers: you need to increase your relevance on the Internet but you need to be careful about how you do that.There are many examples of people whose reputations got ruined after their bosses found out inappropriate material on My Space or Facebook.

            One of the latest cases, an intern who told his boss he had a family emergency and wouldn’t be able to come to work for a couple of days. The boss visited the intern’s My Space page and found a picture of the young man in his Halloween costume, a picture he had just posted the day before when he was supposed to be taking care of his family. The boss circulated the picture and the email exchange between him and his intern (he pasted the picture on his reply) and it is now circulating all over the Internet. How easy it is to have one’s reputation damaged by carelessness!So, when trying to increase your presence on the net (doing things like having your own website with your own name if possible, creating pages on My Space, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social and professional networks) be careful with the information you post. Keep your pages private so that they are not visible by the general public and people have to get your permission to see your photos, videos or written materials.  In this informational age, everything you do or say can end up on the Internet. It doesn’t just happen to Britney Spears. So here are some things to watch for: 

            1. Don’t talk badly about anyone or share gossip via email. Emails can be forwarded and posted and you never know where they will end up.

            2. Avoid public spectacles because cell phones with cameras are ubiquitous and you never know who will shot a picture of you and make you regret having accepted that extra drink.

            3. When posting pictures, videos and text on your website or any other website, be mindful of who may be reading it. Would you want your boss to find out that information?