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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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Could Twitter help your job search?

If you are looking for a job, it is essential to promote your online presence, efficiently and to the right people. Creating professional profiles such as Linkedin, Huzz or Xing profiles is the first step. Building your community and sharing content with this community is the second step.

The difficulty with building your network is that you may not feel comfortable with asking people to connect with you. Being connected on Linkedin is a two-way relationship: you send a connection request to someone and that someone must accept it for you to be connected.

This is the most exciting attribute of Twitter: there is no obligation of a two-way relationship. Mutuality is not required. On Twitter, you are free to follow people you don’t know, as well as strangers are free to follow you, as long as your profile is set up that way.

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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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