Network your way into your next job!

If you are someone who is looking for a job, you are probably spending a lot of your time applying to positions on-line.  This can begin to feel rote and even tedious. Leverage time spent in front of the computer by not only applying for positions on-line, but also by using social networking sites such as www.facebook.com, www.twitter.com, and www.linkedin.com to update your community on what is happening in your job search. Instead of primarily using these sites for personal use, begin to use them to tell your community you are looking for a job and to utilize their help in your search for a new position. You could post a comment such as “Just had a great interview” or “Trying to get into X Company.” By using your network, you are increasing your visibility and broadening your group of contacts which can lead to opportunities you may have not otherwise been aware of.

In addition to using on-line networking tools, you can attend FREE networking events that could lead to potential interviews. One of these types of events is called Pink Slip Mixers. By attending a mixer you are no longer just your resume, you can get valuable face time with both recruiters and potential employers. Maximize your time by bringing copies of your resume, and business cards, which can easily be attained through websites such as www.vistaprint.com

Check the Pink Slip Mixers website for upcoming events throughout the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas:

http://pinkslipmixers.com/

Use Linkedin and other websites to help you research a company and/or employer prior to an interview

In today’s technology driven market it is easier than ever to be prepared for an interview, and key to thorough preparation is research.  Prior to your interview, research your potential new employer to assist you in formulating 5 answers to the common interview question, “Why would you like to work at this company (in this position)?”  Many job seekers reply with simple answers such as, “Your building is close to my home, so I’d have a better commute,” or “This company seems stable and I really need that right now.”  Those answers, while truthful, are not going to impress your interviewer.  Remember, in most cases right now, it is you and many other applicants all applying for the same position.  Why not go a step further by researching not only the company, but also your interviewer?  

Expand your research after you read the company’s website by looking your interviewer up on a site like www.linkedin.com prior to your interview.  Many organizations are encouraging their executives and human resources professionals to post their profiles on professional sites like Linkedin, and more people are registering every day.  Imagine the advantage you will have over your competitors if you take the time to discover specific information about the person you’ll be meeting with, things like how long they’ve been with the company and any common interests you may have!  Use the information you gather from your research to formulate your 5 answers to the question of why you would want to work at that company, and don’t forget to cite specific examples of what you read on the company’s website (don’t forget to read their press releases which are generally on a separate page of the website). 

Going the extra mile means you will stand out from your competition and will be remembered after your interview!