In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 11, 2006 / 15 Tamuz, 5766

Using Online Networking to Land a Job

By Marty Nemko

Printer Friendly Version
Email this article

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Finding a job is a numbers game: getting your info in front of as many people who could conceivably help you get a job as possible. That's why sites such as monster, careerbuilder, and linkedin are helpful. Millions of people search them to find the right employers and employees.

Unfortunately, job seekers who post on those sites unavoidably start out with one strike against them. Employers tend to think, "If he's so good, why does he have to post his resume?"

Social networking sites such as myspace.com, facebook.com, friendster.com, and match.com offer the job seeker an advantage: they're not explicitly for job seekers. Even many highly successful careerists want to enhance their social life, and online social sites are today's popular way to do it.

So, if in the course of social networking, an employer finds a person whose profile mentions their career capabilities and that they might be open to a good new job, that employer may be more positively predisposed to that person than if found on a job site. Finding a potential employee that way also makes the employer feel like he's discovered a treasure rather than having been sold a bill of goods, which is how many employers feel about job applicants' resumes and cover letters.

Here are ways to make the most of social networking sites. I'll use myspace.com as an example because it's wildly popular, but the principles also apply to other social networking sites.

1. In the "About Me" section of your profile, first present your social and avocational self. Then, toss in something like, "I'm also passionate about my work as a marketing researcher in the video game industry." That's all the bait you need to dangle. If someone in a position to hire a marketing researcher comes across your profile, attracted to your picture or personal aspects of your profile, then reads about your career passion, and happens to need someone like you, you may well have instantly become the inside candidate.

Don't write more than a sentence or two about your professional life. Longer than that gives your ploy away.

In the "I'd like to meetů" section, first describe the sort of friend and/or romantic partner you'd like. Then, in just a sentence say something like, "I am also open to finding an employer who'd love a crackerjack marketing researcher."

2. In the avocational questions (for example, your favorite heroes), answer truthfully but you needn't necessarily mention that your hero is your girlfriend who just overcame her addiction to heroin.

3. Include a photo both of your professional-looking and after-work self. Be careful in choosing the latter. Dancing half nude with a brewski in each hand may not create the right impression.

4..Use the site's search function to start online conversations with as many potential employers as possible. Only after a couple of social-only exchanges, and ideally, after they ask about your worklife, should you drop that hint that you might be open to a cool new job.

5. Build up a "friends" list by inviting your friends to join myspace and by using the site's search functions. Post "bulletins," especially those that might impress potential employers — for example, somewhere you're speaking, or that you'd be happy to email people copies of something you just wrote.

6. Get involved in the groups and forums likely to be frequented by your target employer.

This article talked about how to use social networking sites to get a job, but don't be so focused on that that you don't use them to have fun. They really are.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

400+ of Dr. Nemko's published writings are on www.martynemko.com. Comment by clicking here.


© 2006, Dr. Marty Nemko