My recent brush with semi-unemployment taught me an interesting lesson about social networks (which I admittedly belong to far more than any one per should). Each one has a unique place and when leveraged in a meaningful can drive results.
Before I left my office at CBS News for the last time (this was late in October) I updated my Facebook status and put out a tweet. Both were intentionally misleading, as people who knew my situation at work knew what was up–and those who didn’t had questions–but I really did not want to deal with it.
By the time I made my way to Penn Station (admittedly I stopped at a couple of bars) I had job interviews lined up one via a friend (who to this day I have never met in person) through Twitter and one through a good friend (who I actually know) via Facebook.
As the days rolled on, I came to realize that I could make connections to people or reconnect to people across the expanse of my social networks.
- On LinkedIn I found some folks whose contact information I did not save to my file as I left my CBS office.
- On Twitter I was getting @ messages and DM’s with links to posted jobs.
- On Facebook came support and a few laughs.
- On WordPress I found some tips for better presenting my skills and background.
I have always been a believer in karma when it comes to things professional–I help people (including employees) jobs. Former employees always have a reference from me. Part of me wants to believe the great support I got was Karma coming back to me–because I will keep on doing what I do.
Beyond the notion of karma though is the reality that we can all be connected–and be there to support one another. Knowing where to go and how to tap into that resource is part of the emerging field.
My quick takeaways–as I am not sure I have all of the answers on this–and the reality is the place I landed was born more from hard work than working the systems is something like this:
- Don’t try to solve all of your problems in an hour or a day. It’s a process, treat finding a job as a job and make it part of your day-to-day.
- Accept help when it’s offered, and don’t be afraid to ask. None of us have all the answer-but together we are a pretty good knowledge base.
- Make sure all of your networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) are presentable to anyone who does a Google search.
- Be an active contributor to the communities you want to work in.
- Be proactive. This blog was born out of uncertainty about my job at CBS more than 2 years ago. I wanted to have a place to send people to see my expertise. Become and expert and have a place to share that expertise.
Let me know if you have any additions to my list–I am happy to add them on–and I always give credit.