In a Connected World, a Successful Job Search is a Social Job Search

social job searchThe key to a successful job search? Being open to new ideas and meeting new people. After all, a successful job search is a social job search!

And these aren’t just trends. In the world of work and in our personal lives, we are more connected than ever before.

But, you can’t run a social job search in a vacuum. You need to evolve and embrace new ideas.

Here are five ways to think about your job search differently… socially.


Learn what you don’t know from those who hold a position or work for a company you are interested in. Learn about new job search techniques and strategies, learn new technology and in-demand skills! Be a life-long learner! As you learn new things, you will feel more confident. You’ll also be able to add value to future conversations.


Stop being stingy with your intellectual property. SHARE. Sharing is caring. You don’t have to give away everything you know, but be helpful, share resources or be a resource. Your knowledge is valuable, but only if you are willing to share it. You’ll face two problems. First, who needs your expertise and second, how will you get it out there? Let’s address the second issue. Here are a couple of ways for you to start building awareness of your expertise.

  • Write about what you know | This could be starting your own blog, writing an eBook, commenting on blogs, or even writing a book review on Amazon. You could even try writing about what you know on LinkedIn.
  • Speak about what you know | Give a presentation to a professional association or group.  Make your slides public on Slideshare.

And if you do decide to write or present, update your LinkedIn profile and include a status update! Showing samples of your work proves you have the skills and expertise you claim. For a social job search, platforms like LinkedIn become your online portfolio.

Business isn’t Competitive… It is Collective!

Think about Open Source software, Wikipedia, and online forums. These solutions are open and collective.  People freely provide their expertise and knowledge to HELP OTHERS. Why do people give away information for free? It helps build awareness of their expertise, helps people, it could lead to future business. People do business with people they know, like and trust! The same is true for hiring employees.

Space and Time (Zones) No Longer Limits

Joining forces with the global community is possible, even easy, with social networking and social media. Join forces with like-minded individuals scattered across the world. Not only does this help with your job search, these global forums also allow you to solve work-related problems in a flash! Find your tribe! You can do this through:

The Sum Is Greater than Its Parts

Work together with other job seekers. Learn and share with each other. You’ve experienced the power of collaboration in work! Teamwork can be inspiring and motivating!

Tap into local resources and meet IRL (in real life) to grow and foster your network and job search efforts. What I know and have seen first hand is that those job seekers who engage in a group to hold themselves accountable are always far more successful (meaning they find a job faster) than those who go it alone.

Nothing takes the place of face-to-face interactions, like job clubs. However, you can supplement in-person experiences by joining LinkedIn discussion groups and Twitter chats designed to help job seekers.

So my hope is that you will want to build a collective job search strategy. Remember, a successful job search is a social job search! Step into new territory and learn from others.

Share your expertise. And work collaboratively!


For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Career Sherpa.


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Hannah Morgan hiring prosAbout the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa. And follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!



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