Monday, February 25, 2013

Top 10 Job Hunting Tricks

More job hunt techniques that can lead to success

By Julie Kramer for melissacooley.com



     

1. Create a website and/or online portfolio for yourself.

More things will come up on you when your name is Googled by potential employers, plus it will be a good place to direct people on Twitter or LinkedIn to learn more information about you. (Of course, Google yourself every now and then to make sure that nothing you would not want them to see is out there.)

And it is OK if you do not know how to design a website. There are tons of easy-to-use websites out there that do the hard work for you. For example:

wordpress.com
extendr.com
shownd.com
carbonmade.com
vfolio.com
wix.com

You just have to enter in your information!

2. Put yourself out there.

The more places you have online presence, the more likely the right people might find you. Create profiles and post your resume on the main job sites, like Monster, HotJobs, CareerBuilder. But be careful of the scams!

Also, get involved with other job and networking sites like VisualCV or others that relate to your industry or geographic region. One great site I found is BigShoesNetwork, which posts tons of great marketing and graphic design-related jobs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

Your area’s newspaper, broadcast news, and industry organization websites usually offer local job postings, too! With marketing being a focus in my case, I look to my local chapter of the Business Marketing Association to see the positions they have listed.

3. Make a brand for yourself.

One way to do this would be to design a personal logo. If you are not very artistically inclined, a simple logo idea would be to download a neat font from a free font site like www.dafont.com and use the new font to type your name or initials. Play around with colors, too!

Also, take a professional photo of yourself to post online, and carry the two throughout your online profiles, your Twitter account, LinkedIn, and even your business cards. Yes, business cards! Design your own business card with your new logo on it. Again, if you need help, try one of the many free business card template sites out there, such as www.businesscardland.com.

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