Social media is such a novel aspect of the job search landscape that it tends to attract a disproportionate share of job seeker attention. The benefits of Facebook and LinkedIn are dazzling, if untested, and everywhere candidates look, they find volumes of advice on how to “optimize their profiles” or use Twitter to land their next professional gig.
But if you’re in the process of searching for a new position, stop every now and then and place yourself in a hiring manager’s shoes. If you’re looking for a new marketing analyst or CNC programmer, which candidate will impress you more: The one with a profile you happened to stumble upon while browsing through Pinterest? Or the one who sat beside you in the airport waiting lounge, who was on her way to a family reunion, struck up a conversation with you, and blew you away with her ideas about product positioning strategy?
It’s one thing to hide behind a screen and click your way through the day, posting this profile and updating that one. This proves that you’re “tech-savvy,” or at least that you know how to sign up for a profile and enter your name into a box. But how do you face the challenges of the real world? Keep these moves in mind:
Finally, follow up. After an interesting conversation, don’t just walk away. Reconnect with the person before they leave the room and exchange contact information. Then really use that contact information. Reach out to the person at least once, even just to say you enjoyed the conversation. It’s impossible to predict the long term outcome of any five-minute encounter…but the only way to find out is to roll the dice, live in the moment, and bring the best side of yourself to every connection you make.
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