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    Tech-Job Search Advice That Doesn’t Go Out of Style

    Tech-Job Search Advice That Doesn’t Go Out of Style

    In many ways, the job search has changed. People no longer check the want ads in the Sunday paper or have an objective on their resume. These days, people post their work history on LinkedIn or a personal website and upload their qualifications to multiple employers in a snap.

     

    But in some ways, searching for a job is the same as it ever was. We recently spoke with the career coaching team at StartWorkNow and asked them for the job search advice that doesn’t go out of style. Here’s what they said.

     

    Tech-Job Search Advice That Never Go Out of Style-

    1. Cover Letters Are Still a Thing

    With few exceptions, you should include a cover letter with your application. But don’t use the same cover letter every time! Take the time to customize your cover letter (and resume) to explain why you’re applying to that specific role at that specific company. Recruiters can tell when all you’re changing is the name of the position and company.

     

    What’s more, as Denise Ingledue-Lopez points out, cover letters are an opportunity to explain why the hiring manager should hire you over other candidates. “Cover letters complement your resume and are an opportunity for you to showcase your personality and why you’re applying for this role at this company.”

     

    She continues, “It also highlights your communication skills and gives you the chance to address anything you think might stand in your way of getting the job, like a gap in your resume or changing careers.”

     

    1. Prioritize Your Tasks

    There’s so much to do during a job search: update your resume, track and log where you’ve applied and who you need to follow up with, and growing your network.

    It can be overwhelming.

    To help you stay organized, you need a plan. Specifically, a job search action plan. Outlining your goals at 30, 60, and 90 days can help you break down those goals into smaller, more manageable steps. These smaller tasks can help you prioritize what you have to, what you’ve done, and keep track of your wins!

     

    1. Time Management Skills

    Speaking of prioritizing your tasks, another piece of job search advice that never goes out of style is time management.

     

    “Having a game plan and setting priorities keeps your job search focused,” says Tracy Capozzoli. And this game plan will keep you from falling down a social media procrastination rabbit hole and help you identify when you’re spending too much time on job search activities that aren’t working.

     

    1. Network

    While technology has made searching for jobs easier and more accessible, it’s also made it more competitive. When you’ve got hundreds or even thousands of people applying for one job, you need to find a way to set your application apart from the rest of the pack.

     

    Some people may resort to tricks or stunts, but often, a better choice is using your network. Your contact may know someone who has an opening that’s perfect for you or can connect you with someone who has some advice about your job search.

     

    The same technology that’s made your job search efficient can also be used in networking. From LinkedIn to virtual job fairs and other events, networking is a valuable tool that can take your job search to the next level.

     

    1. Multigenerational Communication

    It doesn’t matter if you work 100% remote, 100% in-person, or somewhere in between. You may have as many as five generations in your workplace! And even if that doesn’t describe where you work, professional courtesy and respect never go out of style!

     

    “Written communication always has and always will be important in the workplace,” says Heather Starr. “When you’re working with someone from another generation, it’s important to keep things professional and courteous. Make sure your communications are crisp and clear, and consider avoiding abbreviations and emojis that work in a casual context but not a professional one.”

     

    1. Send a Thank-You Note

    Saying “thank you” never goes out of style, even when you’re job searching.

     

    “The concept of sending thank-you notes after an interview has not changed,” notes Ingledue-Lopez. “Not only is it courteous, it helps keep your name in the recruiter’s mind. It could also be the deciding factor on who gets the job and who doesn’t.”

     

    1. Keep It Simple

    There are tons of beautiful resume templates that you can choose from. And the best choice is…none of them! Use a simple resume format to ensure the ATS can read it correctly.

     

    Skip the columns and graphics. These often confuse the ATS and make it less likely your resume will get a high rank. Stick with plain fonts that are easy for an ATS and human to read. Not sure what resume format is best for you? Here’s a guide to help you figure it out!

     

    1. Manage Your Personal Brand

    You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and in the age of social media and viral moments, that’s never been more true—especially when it comes to your job search.

     

    Your first impression starts seconds after your application is submitted. Hiring managers often research candidates on social media to vet them, and if your personal brand has any red flags, you may not get the job.

     

    Take some time before your job search to do a little tidying up. Delete posts that may paint you in a negative light, and consider untagging yourself from photos. Or, set your current profiles to private!

     

    Not Quite the Same

    Not only is this job search advice always in style, it’s perfect for every generation of job seekers. You’ll use these timeless bits of wisdom from the day you search for your first job until you retire!

    The survey found that 12% more millennials have discussed salary with coworkers than Generation X. Specifically, only 35% of Gen Xers have talked about salary, while almost 53% of millennials did.

     

    Millennials were also more willing to negotiate their salary or ask for a raise. While approximately one-quarter of Gen Xers (24%) said they felt more empowered and tried to negotiate salary, 43% of millennials felt the same way.

     

    It looks like this is one place where things are changing!

     

    The More Things Change…

    If there’s one way to sum up job searching in the 21st century, it could be “some things change, and some things stay the same.” And when it comes to these 10 bits of expert advice, some aspects of your job search are as classic, retro, and timeless as ever!

    How to Avoid Work-from-Home Job Scams

    How to Avoid Work-from-Home Job Scams When it comes to finding a remote job, many people are concerned about being scammed. And for good reason, from re-shipping scams to asking job seekers to pay for a federal job, scammers are getting craftier. It’s for this reason that avoiding remote job scams can seem like a tall task.

    How to Avoid Work-from-Home Job Scams

    When it comes to finding a remote job, many people are concerned about being scammed. And for good reason, from re-shipping scams to asking job seekers to pay for a federal job, scammers are getting craftier. It’s for this reason that avoiding remote job scams can seem like a tall task.

     

    One of the reasons StartWorkNow was created was to provide a safe, trusted way for people to find legitimate remote and flexible jobs, without having to worry about the junk and scams.

     

    If you use StartWorkNow for your job search, you can be assured that all the opportunities on our site have been screened by a real person and are completely scam-free.

     

    Our recent annual survey found that more than 80% of job seekers report being on guard or very concerned about scams on other job boards. According to the same survey, almost 20% of job seekers have been a victim of a job scam (up from 13% in 2016), with 22% of job seekers knowing somebody who has been victim of a job scam.

    Listings can be rife with scams and savvy scammers know how much people want to make money from home. They impersonate recruiters, potential bosses, and hiring managers in order to scam job seekers out of personal financial information—and in the worst-case scenario, their life savings.

     

    That said, 15% of survey respondents have avoided being scammed because they knew the warning signs. Knowing the warning signs of online job scams is important, but remember that StartWorkNows’ in-house team of experts carefully vets through openings so you don’t have to.

    Trust Your Gut If a Job Feels Scammy

    As with most situations in life, one of the single best ways to avoid a job scam is to listen to your instincts.

     

    That can be hard if you’ve been out of work for a while and a plum position seems to fall smack dab into your lap. But think about the job and how you were approached in an objective light.

     

    The ability to work from home would be a dream come true for many people and because of the value people place on this way of working, scammers are able to take advantage of folks who want to find this type of job.

     

    If something just feels off, or you feel uncomfortable for any reason (e.g., the job recruiter is pushy or demanding, or you don’t have a clear understanding of the job responsibilities), don’t think twice about walking away from it.

     

    More than likely, your instincts are right. And remember, there are plenty of real online jobs out there to choose from. This won’t be your one and only opportunity to work remotely, so don’t feel intimidated or pressured into doing something you don’t feel comfortable with.

    Know the Signs of an Online Job Scam

    While job scammers have adapted their tactics over time, there are still some hard-and-fast warnings that a job is a scam. Here are some basic signs of a work-from-home job scam:

     

    • You’re asked for personal financial information—such as your social security number, your bank account, your home address and phone number, your date of birth, etc.—early on in the job interview process.
    • The job pays a lot of money for little work. After all, if it sounds too good to be true, it almost always is.
    • The company boasts several rags-to-riches stories that showcase high-flying lifestyles.
    • The job posting mentions quick money, drastic income changes overnight, etc.
    • The job posting has glaring grammatical or spelling errors.
    • The product is supposedly endorsed by countless celebrities or public figures.
    • The job requires several up-front expenses from candidates.
    • Compensation is based on how many people you recruit.
    • A recruiter offers you the job immediately without verifying your work experience or doesn’t ask for references.

    In one of the latest remote work scams, the FTC reports that the operators of a work-from-home scheme used “misleading spam emails to lure consumers into buying work-from-home services.” These emails used fake news stories and fake celebrity endorsements to convince consumers to purchase. In total, the settlements with the operators of this scheme imposed an $11.3 million judgment.

     

    “Unfortunately, online job scams remain a troubling component of the work-from-home job market, even as the number of legitimate remote job opportunities continues to grow. It’s encouraging to see this settlement, but job seekers should not let their guard down—many, many more scams still exist,” said Reynolds.

    Consider the Keywords

    In general, be careful of certain keywords in posts. The following options (and variations) can be indicative of a work-from-home job scam:

     

    • Free work from home jobs
    • Quick money
    • Unlimited earning potential
    • Multi-level marketing
    • Envelope stuffing
    • Investment opportunities and seminars
    • Part-time jobs with full-time pay

     

     

     Research the Companies

    Let’s say a “recruiter” contacts you and wants you to apply for a job. They say that based on your skills and work experience, you’d be perfect for an open position.

     

    That doesn’t mean the job is legitimate (or the recruiter is who they claim to be). You should always do your due diligence on both the recruiter and the job. Conduct research to see if you can find out any info on the recruiter/hiring manager to determine if they are indeed a real person.

     

    The Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission can be great resources to find and report online job scams. For instance, you can use the Better Business Bureau’s scam tracker to review (and report!) job scams. You should be able to find a trail verifying the person and company and, if not, you may want to reconsider moving forward with the job process.

     

    Connect with the Company Directly

    A hiring manager might reach out to you with a potential job. They might offer all the details about the job but not the biggest one of all—the company hiring for the job. Although they might say they can’t disclose the company or they’ll lose the potential commission associated with placing you in the position, you should know for certain the name of the company you’re interviewing for.

     

    If the hiring manager won’t tell you, it could be a sign that you’re in the middle of a scam. So contact the company that you might be working for to verify that a) the job recruiter is working for them, and b) the job you’re applying for exists.

     

     Question the Communication

    The job interview process has evolved quite a bit over the years to keep up with changes in technology.

     

    Almost everything is done online, from job applications to interviews, which are happening more frequently via video conferencing, particularly for remote positions.

     

    That being said, there are still a few red flags when it comes to using technology for hire, and those are email or instant messaging. Any hiring manager or boss worth their salt is not going to conduct a job interview via instant message or email. Most often, you might be initially contacted by email, but after that, you should still have a phone or video interview—or both.

     

    Dodging Work-from-Home Job Scams

    It’s unlikely that job scammers will ever go away, but there are ways to protect yourself and avoid job scams. Using a reputable job search service like StartWorkNow can help you find a real online job faster, easier, and, most importantly, safer.

     

    We pre-screen every job and company before posting them to our site. Our trained research team weeds out both the obvious scams and the more sophisticated ones, along with commission-only jobs, low-quality positions, “business opportunities,” and other junk so our members are guaranteed a quality job search experience.

     

    Wherever else you might be searching, use caution and always consider the signs of a work-from-home job scam and stay safe and find legitimate, real online jobs!

    How to Build Your Freelance Career

    How to Build Your Freelance Career If being your own boss sounds appealing, a freelance career might be the right move for you. Before diving in, though, it’s essential to understand that when you’re building a freelance career, you’re building a business!

    How to Build Your Freelance Career

    If being your own boss sounds appealing, a freelance career might be the right move for you. Before diving in, though, it’s essential to understand that when you’re building a freelance career, you’re building a business!

     

    It takes planning, determination, and a lot of grit. But if you stick with it, freelancing can be a rewarding career that puts you in the driver’s seat.

     

    How to Build Your Freelance Career

    1. Start With Research

    Before you quit your job and update your LinkedIn profile, conduct some research to see if you have a viable idea and to learn more about the nitty-gritty of being a freelancer.

     

    Do some market research to see if you have a viable service that people are willing to pay for. Talk to freelancers who do what you want to do to determine if there are enough people out there to pay for your services.

     

    Then, talk to freelancers inside and outside of your area to better understand what it takes to be a full-time freelancer. How do they keep track of income and expenses, so they’re ready to go come tax time? And how do they calculate and pay their taxes? How do they find and keep clients? Consider also talking to an accountant or lawyer to ensure you don’t make any costly or legal mistakes.

     

    1. Take It for a Test-Drive

    Before plunging headfirst into full-time freelancing, consider starting part-time. If nothing else, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to replace your full-time income right off the bat. Keeping a steady job while you launch your freelance career can help you maintain a stable income and save up while building a client base.

     

    The other advantage to starting part-time is that you may discover you don’t like full-time freelancing! Being the boss and setting your hours sounds glamorous. But filing quarterly taxes and figuring out depreciation? Not so much, and you may decide that the freelancer life is not for you after all.

     

    1. Get a Freelance Mentor

    As you test the freelance waters, consider getting a freelance mentor. This is is a successful freelancer who can help guide you on your journey. They know what it takes to make freelance life work and can provide you with guidance and advice when you get stuck along the way. And a freelance mentor can give you the encouragement and pep talk you might need when you’re ready to throw in the towel.

     

    1. Get Organized

    If you’ve never been particularly organized, now is the perfect time to change that. Whatever system or systems you use to manage things, find what works and stick with it. Spreadsheets, binders, file folders, whatever it is, make sure you have a way to keep track of everything from invoices to upcoming networking events to leads you need to follow up with.

     

    This helps you stay on top of what’s outstanding and what you need to follow up on, as well as help you track your progress and be ready come tax time.

     

    1. Create Your Personal Brand

    While you’re building your client base, you’ll need to provide proof that you’ve got the skills to get the job done. Even after you have a steady client stream, you’ll likely still need examples of your abilities. One of the best ways to do this is by building your personal brand and creating a portfolio of your accomplishments.

     

    Depending on your field, you may need to set up a personal website. This is a great place to include links or samples of your work and have former clients share testimonials about you.

     

    But a personal website may not be the best choice for everyone. In that case, consider using LinkedIn as your base of operations. You can also feature client recommendations and endorsements while adding links to outside media to give examples of your abilities. And because LinkedIn is a social networking platform, you can also write posts that help demonstrate that you’re an expert in your field.

     

    1. Network

    No matter what you do or the field you do it in, freelancer life includes a lot of networking. To make your transition to freelancing a little easier, start building a network of contacts before you make the leap.

     

    Make a list of all the people who might have work for you or know someone who needs your services. Set a goal of meeting with at least one or two people each week for coffee or other informal meetings. Even if you don’t discuss business, you’ll keep yourself top-of-mind when projects come up, and these meetings may result in introductions that can help you find work.

     

    1. Prepare Your Finances

    A big part of freelancing is setting your rate. You don’t want to go so high that you price yourself out of the market, but you also don’t want to undersell yourself.

     

    Talk to other freelancers in your field and ask what their rates are and how they came to that decision. Was it based on experience? The market? Likewise, talk to people who’ve hired freelancers and ask what they felt a fair pay rate was. From there, you can start setting a rate that takes your experience into account while also letting you earn a profit.

     

    In addition to setting your rate, though, you need to protect yourself. Set up some boilerplate contracts so you’re ready to go when you start landing clients. Make sure the contract outlines the specifics, like when milestone payments are due and what happens if the client doesn’t pay (or you are unable to deliver).

     

    1.  Be Patient

    Patience is perhaps the most important virtue a freelancer can possess, especially in the first year. If you can, it’s a good idea to build up your emergency savings in the year or two leading up to the launch of your business. This way, you’ll have some cash to fall back on in your first couple of months or even years, in case things aren’t as profitable as you’d hoped.

     

    1. Set Goals to Measure Progress

    Without goals, you can’t gauge how your freelance business is growing. Having one great month or year is fantastic, but the goal of any good business should be to grow year after year.

     

    While setting a profit goal is one way to measure growth, it’s not the only way. Consider other metrics to measure how you’re doing in addition to revenue, like how many clients you want to add or how many new projects you want to take on every month or even year.

     

    Tracking other metrics in addition to profit can help motivate you and give you insight into what parts of your business are working and what might need to change.

     

    Take the Plunge

    To learn more about freelancer life, check out our Guide to Freelancing. And when you’re ready to start your freelance career, StartWorkNow has your back! Our database of job openings also includes an extensive selection of freelance jobs!

     

    Take the tour and learn how StartWorkNow can level up your freelance career!

    10 Body Language Mistakes to Ditch For Your Interview

    10 Body Language Mistakes to Ditch For Your Interview Want to speak volumes to a hiring manager without saying a word? Be self-aware and avoid making common body language mistakes that can send the wrong message. Your body language is constantly communicating something during an interview, and it may not be positive.

    10 Body Language Mistakes to Ditch For Your Interview

    Want to speak volumes to a hiring manager without saying a word? Be self-aware and avoid making common body language mistakes that can send the wrong message. Your body language is constantly communicating something during an interview, and it may not be positive.

     

    “There are so many ways body language can either make you sink or soar during an interview,” said Kathryn M. Partan, principal at Partan Communications LLC. “The main idea here is to release your energy instead of keeping it trapped inside. When released, you’ll look and feel confident. When trapped, anxiety and nerves abound!”

     

    Your body language is one piece of your overall interview performance, and sometimes it can have an outsized impact. As humans, we’re naturally conditioned to pay attention to visuals. Making the most of your body language during your job interview can help you leave a great impression with a potential employer.

     

    Below we’re going over 10 body language mistakes you should ditch if you want to put your best foot forward during the job interview.

     

    10 Body Language Mistakes to Avoid During Interviews-

    1. Slumping

    Don’t give the impression that you’d like to curl up into a ball and be anywhere else! Instead, sit as if there’s a string tied from the top of your head to the ceiling. Similarly, watch your posture when standing. Push your shoulders back, keep your chin up, and stand with your feet slightly apart.

     

    1. Wandering Eyes

    Do your eyes dart around the room while listening and speaking? Are you guilty of looking at the ceiling or floor rather than people? Such actions make you appear apprehensive and distracted.

     

    “Make direct eye contact with your interviewer, both while listening and speaking,” Partan said. “You develop immediate rapport, and the interviewer will see you as a confident and competent candidate. Practice this by sharing a story with a friend without breaking eye contact.”

     

    1. Fiddling With Objects

    An interviewer who witnesses you playing with your jewelry, picking at your fingernails, or twirling your hair may assume you’re bored or impatient. Luckily, this is a body language mistake with an easy remedy. Simply eliminate the source, whether that means leaving your bracelets at home or pulling back your hair. Another trick is to press the fingertips of your hands together to form a church steeple. You’ll display confidence while keeping your nervous digits under control.

     

    1. Clenching

    Hang tight to a chair’s armrest or glue your hands to the desk’s edge, and you’ll run the risk of looking like a roller coaster rider having second thoughts. Such white-knuckle grips also can lead your pent-up energy to come out in other undesirable forms, such as toe-tapping or chair swiveling.

     

    A better choice is to use your hands to gesture while speaking to make answers more engaging. As Partan notes, “This makes you look open and interested and allows you to use your energy in a positive way.” Just make sure you don’t overdo it.

     

    1. Looking Unhappy

    A simple but often overlooked body language mistake is not looking happy to be there. Instantly up your approachability and trustworthiness by smiling. People are naturally drawn to a happy face, and the feel-good chemicals smiling releases into the body will help you stay calm and upbeat.

     

    “Smiling tells an employer so many things about you, but when we’re nervous, we naturally stop smiling. Practice answering interview questions while reminding yourself to smile. If you don’t smile sometimes during a job interview, it may wrongfully tell them you’re not a positive person, or you’re just not excited about the role or the company,” said Reynolds.

     

    1. Defensive or Aggressive Body Posture

    Crossing your arms across your chest. Leaning forward a bit too assertively. Invading the interviewer’s personal space. What do these gestures have in common? They all risk coming off as being too, shall we say, “in your face.”

     

    Probably the last thing you want in an interview is to indicate that you’re one to constantly question or challenge everything at every turn. So, rest your hands in your lap, on the arms of the chair, or anywhere that conveys a sense of calmness and an even-tempered disposition.

     

    1. Wild Hand or Arm Movements

    You may be super excited about the prospective job, but wild gestures with your hands or arms can seem, well, a bit wacky. Even though you’re enthusiastic, this can still be a body language mistake. But used sparingly and with precision, hand gestures can be a powerful way to make a point, or engage your interviewer in a moment of shared humor, frustration, or camaraderie related specifically to the discussion.

     

    “The last thing you want to do is distract an employer away from your answers, but using big gestures or talking a lot with your hands will do just that. Some movements and gestures are great and can add to your overall interview performance. But try not to go overboard, or the employer may stop listening to your words because they’re too distracted by your movements,” said Reynolds.

     

    1. Shrugging

    Shrugging isn’t a good look for any job seeker since it means that you might be indifferent or unhappy with what your interviewer is saying. But shrugging just one shoulder can also indicate that you’re lying, so be careful not to shrug—at all.

     

    1. Stiffness

    Of course, you’re nervous…it’s a job interview! Many people get a little stiff when nerves are getting the best of them. And of all the possible body language mistakes, this one is the least offensive. Being stiff automatically equates with nervousness, which hiring managers expect.

     

    But being too stiff can make you appear uncomfortable or unfriendly, so try to loosen up a little before your interview. Smiling as you’re talking is a great way to feel more relaxed!

     

    1. Sitting Directly in Front of Your Interviewer

    If you’re doing a phone or video interview, you don’t have to worry about where to sit. But when you enter an office for an in-person interview—and there are three chairs to choose from—you might not always know where to sit. A rule of thumb is to sit in the chair at a 45-degree angle from your interviewer’s chair. Being on an angle is more collegial and less combative, which can help make you both feel more comfortable.

     

    Speak Without Saying a Word

    Body language mistakes can hurt your chances of getting a job. So, study up on these tips to ace your next interview with positive body language that shows you’re the right candidate for the position!

     

    And if you want some expert feedback on your body language during an interview, consider scheduling a mock interview with a StartWorkNow career coach. You’ll get detailed, personalized feedback that will help you ace your job interviews! Schedule your appointment today!

    How to Use Facebook to Network and Land Your Next Job Opportunity

    How to Use Facebook to Network and Land Your Next Job Opportunity Are you strategizing your job search? Do you think, “I need to devote some time to Facebook this week”? Probably not. Facebook isn’t generally the first or even second platform that comes to mind when thinking about finding a job. And why would it? It’s not like job postings regularly bubble through your newsfeed between that cute cat video and that TMI post about an acquaintance’s recent battle with the flu.

    How to Use Facebook to Network and Land Your Next Job Opportunity

    Are you strategizing your job search? Do you think, “I need to devote some time to Facebook this week”? Probably not. Facebook isn’t generally the first or even second platform that comes to mind when thinking about finding a job. And why would it? It’s not like job postings regularly bubble through your newsfeed between that cute cat video and that TMI post about an acquaintance’s recent battle with the flu.

     

    But when it comes to an effective and organized job search, you should invest some time in social media platforms for multiple reasons. First, you absolutely need to ensure your profiles enhance your job search, rather than derail it. And second, you can interact with companies online in ways that weren’t accessible to job seekers even a few years ago. While the main focus of social media isn’t career-focused, that might actually be what gives you an advantage over other applicants.

     

    How to Leverage Facebook Effectively

    Many studies show that most recruiters research applicants through social media. Your Facebook presence is one way to support your personal brand and grab a recruiter’s attention.

     

    1. Ensure Your Profile Has Professional Polish

    Make an excellent first impression when you use Facebook for a job search. Adjust your Facebook profile and view it using the “View As” tool, so you know what appears from the viewer’s perspective. This step will alert you to any potential issues that could deem you an undesirable candidate.

     

    Remove any content that a potential employer could misconstrue. You want to ensure your private photos and your religious and political views are set to “private.” Use the “Lists” function to keep your personal life confidential.

     

    Consider your Facebook profile photo and update it to a more professional one. Use the same headshot throughout your online branding, such as your LinkedIn profile, personal website, Slack communities, etc. Ensure you’re paying extra attention to the photo background and your attire in the photo. Mirror the professional image of the company or field you’re interested in.

     

    For best results, update your “Work and Education,” “Professional Skills,” and other profile sections so they support your resume. Do your research, and find the most relevant keywords for you. And if you are looking for a job in a specific locale, make sure you’ve added your city and state as well.

     

    Take the time to develop a brand statement that briefly describes what you do and how you do it, sprinkling in a few interesting and unique details to make it pop. This will help recruiters get a broad perspective of who you are and what you do.

     

    2.Do More Than “Like” a Company’s Page

    Research various professional organizations, groups, and companies that align with your job search interests and follow those pages. Associating yourself with these organizations online will build your network, boost your job search potential, and impress future employers with your commitment. Try to get a feel for their culture to ensure an excellent job fit and take a deep dive into their online presence.

     

    You can see the most recently posted jobs on your target company’s profile under the “More” menu drop-down. Also, many companies will regularly publish posts with job openings. You can connect with them by adding meaningful comments on their general posts and engaging with company team members.

     

    Go a step further if they’re your dream company and explore relevant details about them for use in prospective interviews.

     

    1. Update Your Status

    In the pre-Facebook days, lighting up your network meant announcing to everyone you know that you were on the hunt for a job. That might mean you spent time on the phone, texted, or had a friendly chat in the grocery store. While those methods still work just fine, it’s much easier—and perhaps more effective—to broadcast the specifics of your hunt via status updates on Facebook.

     

    Don’t go overboard, of course, but the more you provide information or even humorous updates about your job search, the more likely you will come to the top of a contact’s mind when something at their workplace opens up. Ensure that you’ve clearly defined what you’re looking for so that if your information does get passed along to a recruiter, they’ll see you’re a perfect match for their opening.

     

    4.Network Through Facebook Groups

    From alumni groups to professional interest groups, take advantage of every remotely relevant network to your hunt. In alumni groups, reach out directly to any alumni who work at companies that interest you and nurture that relationship. In professional groups, exchange insider tips, share your advice, and monitor the feeds for jobs posted by community members.

     

    Remember to think beyond your immediate industry to complementary industries too.

     

    1. Use Targeted Keyword Searches

    Job seekers aren’t the only ones enjoying the ease that social media has brought to job searchers. Employers post jobs on almost every social media platform, including Facebook, to ensure they’re getting their openings in front of as many eyes as possible.

     

    Utilize keywords in the Facebook search feature to find relevant openings. For example, if you’re looking for a hybrid role as a project manager in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, you might search for “Ft. Lauderdale project manager jobs” and then narrow it down based on the responses.

     

    An important note here is that social media job postings can be rife with scams. Do your due diligence and research to ensure that the company and posting are legitimate and you’re not participating in any risky internet behavior that might compromise your personal information.

     

    Getting a Job Search Boost From Your Profile

    The great thing about Facebook is that it can get you one step closer to in-person relationship-building that most often brings people jobs. And it can do this on a grander scale than you could ever get using only face-to-face routes or relying solely on LinkedIn.

     

    One of the best ways to ensure you have a safe and scam-free job search is with StartWorkNow. We have a team of real people who hand-vet each posting to ensure our members are only seeing legitimate and verified job opportunities. Take the tour to discover all of the ways that a StartWorkNow membership can support your remote job search.

     

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