On the first Monday of each month, over on the wonderful world of Twitter, @CareerBuilder holds a job chat from 7-8 p.m. Central. Basically search for the hashtag #cbjobchat on Twitter (or just click here) to see a discussion between us, career experts and job seekers. We chat about different topics affecting job seekers and workers.
On June 6, we discussed overall job search strategies. What are you doing right? What can be improved? What haven’t you thought about?
Here’s an overview of some of the great answers we received from everybody:
Job seekers, what is your job search routine like? Is it a daily or weekly process? Or is it random/passive?
Career experts, what approach do you think job seekers should take? Do they need a plan to stick to or can it be casual?
- I’m at an internship now so the job seeking is when I have time after work or when I find something that interests me. – @AnnaJWagner
- It’s a daily process. The early bird gets the worm when it comes to job postings. – @JerryRizzo
- Create a daily job search plan and quantify your results in terms of # of contacts, job apps, events, etc. – @dawnrasmussen
- When applying, good to be early bird. @startwire study found 50% percent new hires applied within 1st week of job posting. – @Keppie_Careers
- Try not to stress out during your job search. Recruiters can tell when you’re frustrated during an interview. Remain confident! – @KaraSingh
- Creating multi-pronged job search strategy most effective – cover all bases including social media, networking, etc. – @Give2GetJobs
Job seekers, is your online search focused on job titles, skills, education? Or even specific companies?
Experts. What are the most and least effective online search methods? How should job seekers be searching?
- I think job seekers should focus on industry + passion, what drives them, skills can always be learned – @Give2GetJobs
- Least effective online search method: applying for jobs w/out targeted documents, not following up, ignoring networking. – @Keppie_Careers
- When it comes to the job search remember that job opportunities are everywhere! You never know when you might meet right person. – @Give2GetJobs
- Least effective: Post and pray. Always follow-up on a job application. Most effective: Network, network, network. – @tombolt
- Leverage the power of LinkedIn to follow, learn, and network with folks from specific organizations you are interested in. – @RecruitingDaily
- Keep records of your network and applications…don’t fumble around if I call you and you can’t remember that you applied to me – @tombolt
Job seekers, have you had success networking? Where/how did you do it? (We get asked this a lot!)
Career experts: We know networking is important, but what networking opportunities do job seekers overlook?
- Networking is a constant process even when you are in your next job, never stop networking – @Misteism
- I think job seekers most often overlook their local chamber of commerce – @Misteism
- Networking is all about building relationships. And when job searching you can use as many people on your side as possible. – @Give2GetJobs
- May sound self serving, but nothing wrong w/. networking w/. recruiters in your field either- bound to find 1 that has an ‘in’ – @RecruitingDaily
- Always think about how to move from online to in-person networking! Ask for a phone or in-person meeting. – @Keppie_Careers
Job seekers, have you established a professional online presence to help your search? What have you done? If no, why not?
Experts, how should job seekers establish an online presence? Is it OK to have no presence in today’s job market/2.0 world?
- At least start a blog and have active social network accounts. otherwise you name will be buried. – @cathy_chao
- In fact the more activity in commenting and following will increase the exposure of your online profile – @CleanJourney
- It’s a good idea to set up a Google Profile and linik UR fav blog sites and when someone Googles you it comes up 1st. – @CleanJourney
Job seekers, do you change your job search strategy/routine if you’re not seeing results? If yes, how do you shake things up?
Career experts, if job searches aren’t going successfully, how should they be adjusted? How do you know when it’s time?
- Keeping things fresh is a good idea on all levels….keeps you ‘genuine’ – @RecruitingDaily
- If not getting interviews – focus on improving resume + CL. If getting interviews – focus on improving interview skills. – @Give2GetJobs
- If you’re not getting interviews, it’s time to make some changes. Avoid blaming external factors (economy, ageism). – @Keppie_Careers
We’re thankful to everyone who joined in the fun and for anyone who just sat back and watched. Hopefully you found it as informative as we did!
You should definitely swing by next time because:
- What else are you doing on a Monday night?
- The people who participate are informative and intelligent.
- It could boost your chances of finding a job.
- You can do it all while eating ice cream and wearing your pajamas!
As always, please let us know what topics you think we should discuss in the coming months. And i you missed our previous chats, you can find their recaps here: