Ep. 017: The Social Media Job Search (Joshua Waldman)

According to one estimate, 80% of employers Google candidates before inviting someone in for a job interview. What will people see when they Google you? Photos from your college spring break trip to Mexico or an up-to-date LinkedIn page? What impression will you create online? That you’re the life of the party or an accomplished professional? Using social media in your job hunt isn’t only about playing defense. Facebook and other personal accounts can make a big positive difference in your career. This week on “Find Your Dream Job” Mac talks with Joshua Waldman, CEO and founder of Career Enlightenment, about how to use social media in your job search. Joshua is the author of Job Searching With Social Media For Dummies, and he’s also written for Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable and the International Business Times. Joshua’s career blog, CareerEnlightenment.com, won the About.com Reader’s Choice Award for Best Career Blog 2013. When he’s not writing, Joshua presents keynotes, trainings and breakout sessions around the world. In this 28-minute episode you will learn: Why your online profiles matter Tactics to leverage LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter in your job search and career How to improve your online profiles and use them effectively Common mistakes professionals make with social media How to appropriately send “cold call” requests on LinkedIn A free tool to clean-up your social media accounts This week’s guest: Joshua Waldman (@joshuawaldman | LinkedIn)CEO a Founder Career EnlightenmentPortland, Ore. Listener question of the week: I'm thinking about asking to connect with someone on LinkedIn. The problem is -- I've never actually met them. Is this ok to do? Do you have a question you’d like us to answer on a future episode? Please send your questions to Cecilia Bianco, Mac’s List Community Manager at cecilia@macslist.org. Resources referenced on this week’s show: Scrubber.social Viral cat video (Psycho Cat Beats Up On Vet) from former colleague, Jennie Day-Burget CareerEnlightenment.com Job Searching With Social Media For Dummies Free InMail Templates LinkedIn Profile Grading App “Nasty LinkedIn Rejection Goes Viral” Land Your Dream Job in Portland (and Beyond) - 2016 Edition If you have a job-hunting or career development resource resource you’d like to share, please contact Ben Forstag, Mac’s List Managing Director at ben@macslist.org. -- Thank you for listening to Find Your Dream Job. If you like this show, please help us by rating and reviewing our podcast on iTunes. We appreciate your support! Opening and closing music for Find Your Dream Job provided by Freddy Trujillo, www.freddytrujillo.com.

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