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Category Archives: Generation Y

Clean up the mess!

The two last blog posts focused on the classic steps and tools for your job/internship search. Let’s now get back to serious stuff and be ready to rock your social applications!

Before sending out your applications (résumé, cover letter, etc.) think about what the recruiter will do when (s)he receives it. Unless (s)he has an awfully low Internet connection_ in which case receiving your email must have been the miracle of the day, I bet (s)he will search you online.

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Get your weapons ready!

Following up on the “Job/Internship search”, the article of this week focuses on the essential tools you need to prepare before starting the application process.

Now that you know where you want to work and what you want to do, you need to get your application tools ready! My first advice when preparing your personal toolbox is structure. It may not sound sexy, but structure really is my motto. And if this is not the first article you read from this blog, you already know that bullet points are my friends and explicit sentences are the best.

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Prepare your application’s toolkit: step 1, 2 and 3

2012 is over and, for some of you, so is your final semester of classes. And what are your plans for 2013? Finding a long-term internship? Finding your first job? Or maybe you’re already employed but looking for a new position. The most important thing during your job search is preparation.

This article is the first of the series and focus on the “pre-work”. Know what you can do, what you want to do and where you want to do it before starting your job search. See it like an test question: you must understand the question clearly before offering a relevant answer!

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5 good reasons to refresh your headline!

First let me tell you a quick story.

Two days ago, I sent an internship offer to some of my connections on Linkedin and Viadeo, as I often do. And as I always do, I opened one tab with the message box and another one with my connections’ list, allowing me to select connections directly from there according to their ‘title’ (or headline).

My target for this kind of messages is clear: bachelor students, graduating students and even young graduates. My selection is therefore simple: any connection with the headline ‘student’, ‘young grad’, ‘seeking internship’ from my list is included.

I sent out the internship offer to an average of sixty people on both networks. Read more!

 

Tweetsumé: 5 steps to tweet your résumé

Any job seeker knows that a paper résumé is not enough anymore. Internet is the prime source of job offers as well as candidate profiles: this is a unique place where recruiters and candidates can meet, without geographical boundaries or time frames. If you are looking for a job, the web is the place to be.

The past posts focused on Linkedin and how to compile the most attractive online profiles. The advices are more appropriate for Linkedin but can obviously match any similar networks such as Xing, Huzz or Plaxo. The first objective: publish your professional profile and build your network. But the final objective is the one to keep in mind: find a job!

It is essential to promote your online profile, therefore your résumé, efficiently and to the right people. The most straightforward way is to send direct messages to your connections. Let people within your community know that you are looking for a job. But what if nobody within your community can help you? You need to get the word out: outside of your initial network, even more so if you are unemployed or if you do not fear your current employer to know.

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Nurture your network!

Your Linkedin profile is more than a web page; it is your face, your mouth and your brain on the Internet, especially when you are looking for a job!

If you read the past articles, you now understand:
why you should not be afraid of social media,
how to create a complete Linkedin profile,
why displaying full contact information is essential,
– and finaly, how to build your professional community.

My last article talked about building your community. It is important to add past and new connections, but it is even more important to stay in touch with them. This is once they accept your connection request that the real job starts. And the real job is nurturing and optimizing this new growing network!

Are you ready to optimize your network?
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Build your community!

Social media are more than ever great tools for personal branding and job searching. If you read the previous articles on this blog, you are now fully aware of the advantages of professional networks such as Linkedin. If you followed the different steps detailed in the articles, then your profile is quite complete and you are now, hopefully, confident that your Linkedin profile will sell you correctly. Now what?

Well, now is time to make smart use of it and to connect with people: your peers, ex-colleagues, college classmates and… recruiters! Your profile can be complete and relevant, you won’t go very far without any connections. Recruiters might be seduced by your profile, what will they think about the fact that you have no or only very little connections? Below are some personal tips and advices about connecting and networking on social media. I hope you’ll find them useful! Read the article!

 

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Best ways to protect your privacy and secure your personal branding!

While writing my next article on Linkedin functionalities and the best ways to use them to promote yourself, I thought of another article I posted a few month ago. So, as my next article will come out on Wednesday, I decided to re-post this previous article on Social Media, and its multiple dangers: the security over personal data, the risk that a potential recruiter would find personal information… and the best ways to secure your personal brand!

As a Gen Y, I obviously have a specific vision and opinion on Social Media; in my mind, there is nothing dangerous as long as you know where you’re going!

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He saw me. He liked me… He called me!

Hello everyone!

I hope your week started well. Ready for the second part of my story? Here it comes!

As I wrote last week, I was contacted by a recruiter after he saw my profile on Linkedin and Viadeo (French platform). Why did he call me and how was he able to do so? First, he had access to enough information that convinced him that my profile was matching his criteria. Then, he had access to my contact information. If he had not been able to call me right away, with my page open right in front of him, I am pretty sure he would just have closed the page without even trying to send me an email.  This is why being public and reachable is essential.

For those of you who created and completed their profiles on professional online networks, here are today’s steps: being public and reachable!

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Get a job with social media!

There are several ways to search for jobs. You can send résumés and cover letters to targeted companies, respond to job offers you found in newspapers or on job search websites, network all around, and… promote your online profiles.  Believe it or not, getting a job thanks to social media is possible! How do I know it? Well, I got my first job that way!

Quick recap: I graduated in December 2011 and started looking for jobs right away. I did everything the books said: target the position I wanted to get, target the industry I wanted to work in, target the companies I was interested in and then get in touch with them with a specific message. I sent a lot of applications that way but … nothing.

The problem? Companies receive tons of applications every day! They see thousands of résumés and read (when they read them) hundreds of cover letters. And most of the time, your résumé will just cross their desk from the printer to the trash with nearly no stop in between.

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