Some things I've found helpful during this job search process
Hi ladies, I wanted to share a few things I found really helpful in my job search process, and although I'm still looking, implementing these simple things made me feel like I was moving forward and seeing results.
With LinkedIn, I found that following companies, authors, change leaders etc, and commenting on posts has opened some unexpected doors for me. I made a few thoughtful comments on posts I resonated with, posted and reposted insightful content and people started sending me connection requests. This led to inbox chats and almost instantly, my circle expanded. There are so many career pages on LinkedIn and I recommend following Liz Ryan, who has over a million followers and she posts tons of job Q&A and tips daily, many of which could be useful to you all.
In addition to LinkedIn, I like Sumry, as a way to showcase experience. It helped me create a career timeline. It costs $30/year, and not a replacement for LinkedIn, just an addition. I've found it an excellent resource to help me focus on my accomplishments using the prompts it gives, and it seems to allow unlimited work samples to accompany each highlight/accomplishment. So for those looking to create a portfolio and don't know how (or have time) to build a website, this may be a great way to share a detailed timeline of your accomplishments. It offers the chance to share reference notes, almost like testimonials, so someone reading it can see the great work you did and how it impacted others.
We all know the catch 22, you need experience to get a job and how can you get experience in the first place? Volunteering may be a great way to beat the catch 22 and you get to practice your skills while making a difference in the lives of others. They have projects ready to be done, so you don't need to try and come up with things to do to and you choose what to focus on. I would check out volunteermatch.com, they have tons of virtual volunteer opportunities and it seems like there is something for everyone! In the search, you can also choose only virtual opportunities. You never know who you will meet, what skill you could learn, or what you will help create.
I'm here to connect if anyone wants to, I know sometimes it can be tough in this job market, but I know we can all get our dream opportunity, it's just a matter of time.
Feel free to connect on LinkedIn and I'd love to hear some of your job search tips that have been effective for you.
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