Once upon a time, a very long time ago in Internet years, I wrote a webinar and publication on finding your next job with social media. I stumbled over it recently while cleaning up one of my archives. While lots of the individual pieces are badly out of date, the work as a whole is still relevant.

A peek at the job market

When we look at the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one data point really jumps out at me:

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Total underemployment (not seasonally adjusted) actually rose in the last month. Overall, underemployment continues to be a problem for the US, hovering around the 10% mark.

Underemployment is defined as everyone unemployed, plus people who are in the labor market but can’t find work for a very long time (discouraged workers), plus full time workers who have taken part time jobs, and thus may not be financially or career-wise where they want to be.

The reason for this series

Underemployment sucks. Being unemployed sucks too, but being underemployed – doing something else other than what you’re good at – is just as bad. I’ve been there in my own career, and because our careers define so much of our personal identities, underemployment undermines your self-worth. When we do less than we’re capable of, we begin to perceive ourselves as less.

My hope is that this series will help you tune up your digital presence, your personal brand, and your career prospects. When we’re done, you should be able to impress any hiring manager or client with an authentic, powerful version of yourself.

What we’ll cover:

  • Distilling your career story
  • Packaging your career story
  • Reputation management
  • Findability
  • Heuristics of job search
  • Social media platforms
  • Digital marketing platforms
  • Prospecting
  • Pitching

While this series will not run every day, I will be writing it frequently. Stay tuned!


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