Dos & Don'ts Of The Digital Job Search

Hopping into the job hunt? Maybe you're just getting out of school, maybe you're looking to switch vocations, or maybe you're trying to get back into the swing of things after a pause in your career. Whatever the case, it's important to know that the job search landscape has seasoned quite a bit since the years of newspaper clippings and cold calling. Related: 5 Tips For A Safe Online Job Search Of course, people still interview over the phone and the classified ads still have their place. But these days, the bulk of job openings are created, stored and promoted on the sprawling arabesque we know as the World Wide Web. Consider this stat: As of 2012, 92% of companies reported plans to recruit via Social Media.


Dos & Don'ts Of Digital Job Search

The game has changed drastically, and it's up to job hunters to respond accordingly. Not every company recruits with the same philosophies, so it's important to be flexible. Nevertheless, here're the catchall dos and don'ts of digital job search: DO customize every job application to the best of your abilities. Granted, it's a pain to edit and re-edit your resume before every submission, but rest assured it's well worth the time investment. It's painfully evident when you send in a boilerplate resume – you're not fooling HR. With eyes everywhere and digital records of all your applications, you have to make yourself dynamic. DON'T be loosey-goosey with your social media accounts. How many social networking career blunders can you count from 2013 alone? If your Facebook and Twitter accounts aren't set to private already, be sure to do it now. There's no sense in disqualifying yourself from a job because your own irresponsibility. Be smart about what you post, be private with your posts and keep your finger on the pulse of social media safety safety as more information is written on the topic – here is a good place to start. DO use your social media accounts to your advantage. Social networking can affect your career negatively or positively. Take the time to follow industry leaders, communicate with like-minded people and show off a little of what you know. When a recruiter takes a look at your web presence, he or she may be impressed with the way you compose yourself and your breadth of knowledge. DON'T talk too much. They say word travels fast, but with the advent of the Internet, it's traveling faster than ever before. If you're already employed and looking for a job elsewhere, be careful who you confide in. Share your aspirations only with people you really trust, and be extremely conscientious of how you present yourself in your current position, even if it's the worst job you've ever had. You never know who knows who – or in this case, who tweets who. Once you've built yourself a solid web persona, don't be scared to go out there and get to work. Send around a personalized resume and start interacting with recruiters in every medium possible. Before you know it, you'll be off the market and all set to start the job of your dreams.

Related Posts

Online Job Search: Avoid Spam And Search Safely Use This Job Search Plan To Slash Your Time By 50% 6 Ways To Find Your Digital Dirt Before Your Employer   Photo Credit: Shutterstock

In our new YouTube series, "Well This Happened" it's your turn to be the career coach! What would you do if you asked a coworker when the baby was due and she responded with, "I'm not pregnant." Watch the video and cast your vote b posting a comment on Youtube. We'll select one person from the correct answers at random to win free membership to the Work It Daily program. Good luck!

SHOW MORE Show less

If you've ever wondered what a Work It Daily (WID) membership could do for you, a letter we got this week provides a powerful example...

SHOW MORE Show less

There are 3 things hiring managers are trying to initially assess about you in the job interview. This video walks you through what they are looking for and offers insights into the right information to give them. Be sure to check out our free resources mentioned in the video too. They are:

SHOW MORE Show less

Last week during my Office Hours on Youtube, a client asked about how to deal with a workplace bully. After spending many years in corporate HR, I flipped to the other side and became a career therapist. So, I've seen both sides of this situation in the workplace. In this video, I discuss why people struggle to deal with bullies and what you can do to change the situation instantly.

This week, I did something that truly scared me. I sent an email to over 120,000 Work It Daily newsletter subscribers and asked them to answer the question, "What do we do?"

SHOW MORE Show less

A market correction is going to happen. When it does, layoffs will follow. I've been in the HR and recruiting industry for over two decades and have seen three recessions of varying sizes. In the video above, I explain how to tell when a recession is coming and what that means to you and your career. While many people will skip watching this. Or, will watch it and do nothing. I hope YOU are the smart, savvy professional who sees how important it is to prepare for unexpected, unwelcomed career circumstances.

SHOW MORE Show less

In this video, you'll learn how to tell if your career is plateauing due to the Executive Blues. You'll also learn what you can do to fix the problem and get your "executive energy" back so you can keep your career on track and set goals to reach new heights of success!

Want to watch the full video tutorial by J.T.?

CLICK HERE to get access!