Social media has become a popular tool for finding jobs and potential candidates. Recruiters and job seekers are becoming more active and engaged online.
Don’t be desperate
“I’m desperate for a job. Can you help?”
“I’m looking for a job, do you have one?”
“Please help me find a job.”
P.S. This blog is not a recruitment site, the posts are for job activists who are inspired to take charge of their lives.
How to ask for help?
Everyone is responsible for helping themselves. Learn to Give.
You’re struggling? Crying with frustration? Feeling broken inside? Getting angry with the world? This is your time to bring it.
You must offer something if you want something!
Below are ideas about how to connect with inspiring people via social media.
- Across all platforms, a basic rule if you want something and have nothing to offer in return, is that you ask for advice publicly.
- Don’t inbox someone unless they invite you to do so. They receive many requests for help and it costs them to assist you.
Here’s How to Use your Twitter Account
- Start posting positive messages, at least 1 per day
- Use it to research work opportunities you are interested in
- Tweet interesting articles and bits of interesting information
- Follow people you are interested in for professional reasons and:
- Retweet anything interesting or valuable
- Comment on what they tweet – you can question, you don’t have to agree with everything they say, opinions are appreciated!
- Once you feel that you’ve made an impression, ask them if you can volunteer for anything they are doing, don’t inbox the request. They will love the fact that other people can see that someone is interested in what they do. Does that sound weird? 🙂 Try it and let me know!
- Grow your follower network, show your maturity to them and give them reasons to follow you.
How to use Linkedin
This is a professional network, if you’re unemployed and have never been employed, follow these tips! 🙂
- Don’t take a selfie for your profile pic! Ask someone to take a picture of you. Take it outside, make sure the sun is behind your photographer so that the light is bright on you. Just don’t squint and pull a funny face, keep it natural and smart.
- Don’t say ‘Unemployed’ when you fill in your profile. Write the job positions you are looking for because those are the ones you want to be employed in. If someone is on Linkedin looking for administration assistants, they won’t find you if all you say is ‘unemployed.’
- When you have to say where you work, say ‘available immediately’ (that pretty much means you are unemployed)
- Finding people to link to is difficult at first because new accounts often look like scammers (tsotsis). Find your employed friends and teachers so you’re not expecting strangers to trust you first. People who know you will be willing to connect with you immediately. People who don’t know you will wait until more people have linked with you before they do.
- Ask the people who know you to write references and endorse you for skills. Do not list skills that you have not proven you have. Please don’t ever lie about your abilities.
- Once you have around 50 followers made up of people you know, look for professionals you want to connect with. You will want to find people who work for companies close to you. Learn how to do searches on Linkedin. Spend at least 2 hours playing around with the searches until you know how to find what you’re looking for. (This will eventually save you time and money!)
- Post information that shows how mature and serious you are about your progress and finding opportunity. Use the same Twitter advice for communicating with this valuable audience. Impress them!
How to use Facebook
I’ve found that Facebook is great for the music, entertainment and arts industries. It’s a social, fun platform where people expect to be able to engage in a friendly, relaxed manner.
- Join groups that are relevant to where you want to work. If you want to be an events coordinator – find events and volunteer to assist.
- If you are a musician, find opportunities to busk and perform. Look for parties, functions and markets (food markets, farmers markets) etc.
- Post status updates that are honest and about how hard you’re working at finding opportunity. You can speak about your struggle but speak like a fighter, someone who is a champion. Don’t be a whiner! There’s millions with a worse life than you, thousands who won’t make it and will suffer as a result. You’re going to champion.
- People want human beings on twitter – not marketing platforms. Be smart, caring, funny and motivational.
- Find and Like pages on Facebook that are relevant to your dreams. If you can write on their walls, only leave positive messages. Thank them for the information and their efforts. Share any ideas you may have for them to improve their site. Yup – people who set things up often love feedback (most of the time anyhow, it’s true some people are very arrogant and protective.)
Across all platforms, including blogs, Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin – people want to share and connect meaningfully. You need to Like and Share the information that those people you follow publish if you want to attract their attention. For example, if you look at the comments on many posts on this blog, the section is flooded by desperate people asking someone to solve their problems. Few comments thank authors for advice or share it with their friends.
Ultimately we write in the hope that our writing inspires, gives direction and helps you to face the day bravely.
Make an effort today to change the way you communicate who you are and how you manage your life. The load you’re carrying is probably feeling heavy, but you can make it if you are willing to keep pushing until you are a Champion. it’s not easy for anyone, but you can get there!