What You Already Know That Can Help You Get A Job
Posted by Reed Pankratz
The rapid development of social media and technology has forever changed the way we will interact not only online, but in person. Developing a social strategy to find jobs and network is a great idea, one that I strongly encourage and am currently participating in. Job searching and networking through these mediums is something relatively new, something that wasn’t around when we were born, so the rules are different. Or are they?
Here are seven different ways you can differentiate yourself just by using the simple lessons you learned growing up.
Mind You P’s and Q’s
Simply put, mind your manners. You never know who is watching. Be respectful and courteous when interacting with others online. A tasteless tweet or post isn’t going to impress those you are networking with.
Honesty is the best policy. Be honest about your past experiences and skills. Don’t try to paint a picture of someone else other than yourself. Eventually, true colors will shine through. There is nothing that will turn away a potential employer faster than fabricated personal or professional information.
I Before E
I know there are many different abbreviation and excuses not to use proper grammar online, but when you are communicating with a potential employer you should be mindful to spell words correctly and write in full sentences. “Thx 4 tha interview #RockedIt” isn’t going to leave a great impression.
People who are strictly self-promoters don’t last long in the workplace or the online space. Make sure you share more than just your own work. Share and give credit to members of your community that are doing great things. It might be something as simple as a tweet or a pin, but a showing interest in people other than yourself is a great way to show you are a team player. My inspiration today came from two separate posts, one from Social Media Today and one from Inc.com.
Don’t Be A Stranger
Network and be a connector when you are starting your job search. Relying on the relationship you’ve already made is a great way to get your job search started, but don’t stop there. Get out and introduce yourself to new people, it will pay off in the end.
Say Thank You, Then Send a Thank You
Just because you tweeted at a company that you were happy to interview with them doesn’t mean you’ve covered all your bases. Be sure to follow up with a thank you card to those you interviewed with. There is a reason your parents still make you send thank you cards to your grandparents after Christmas, other than the fact your grandma doesn’t know what e-mail is. Getting a thank you card is more memorable than an e-mail and makes the recipient feel good.
To quote McGruber, “The game has changed, but the players are the same!”
All the things your parents taught you growing up can still be applied to our new, technology filled, socially driven society. Use those lessons you learned as the fundamentals for your online actions. I know it is crazy, but common etiquette could be just what you need to differentiate yourself in the job search.
What other early life lessons can you apply to the modern day job search?
- Reed Pankratz
This is post sixteen of Posts For Employment. Each day in April I will be writing a blog post to showcase my writing skills, ability to communicate effectively, meet deadlines, handle multiple projects at once and think creatively. I look forward to connecting more with you as an audience, having fun and finding a job. Friends, followers and employers can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Reed PankratzManager of Account @ Room 214. Kansan turned Boulderite. Avid K-State Fan. Golfer. Aspiring Skier. Cook. Blogger. Drinker of Good Beer. If you can't find Reed online, you can probably find him attending one of Boulder's finest events like Boulder Open Coffee Club, Caffeinated Mornings, and Ignite Boulder.
Posted on April 17, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged advertising, etiquette, job search, jobs, life lessons, marketing, personal brand, public relations, social media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.