In the whirlwind of social media and googling; skype meetings and online applications, it’s easy to get lost in translation. But the fact remains, professional networking and job hunting is crossing over to the digital realm, and you are going to need to get up to speed. Here are 5 steps to catching up to the craze.
1) Get Online – The days of face-to-face meetings are coming to a close. Emails have replaced snail mail; Video interviews have replaced costly travel arrangement. Employers no longer accept a paper copy of your resume because everything is done online. If you are finding yourself lost in this new digital age, the first step is easy: Get Online. Create a profile on LinkedIn. Become aware of what is going on in the online realm.
2) Redo your resume – Resumes have fashion trends just like clothing. You should keep your resume updated at least on an annual basis, but if you are like most, you haven’t touched it since you last looked for a job. The internet is a great way to learn what the trends are for resume writing in your industry. Google resume formats, and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you can always send it off to a resume writing service.
3) Create a virtual network – It’s all in who you know. Having a professional network online can prove beneficial not only in job-hunting, but also in seeking professional advice, branding your company, and recruiting top talent. Start by connecting with previous employers and colleagues and branch out from there.
4) Update your online image – Google yourself. Chances are that if you have online profiles and have not been super careful in your security settings, you have an image online that you don’t even know about. Take the time to look into it, adjust your settings and create a professional online reputation.
5) Get savvy – Do what it takes to get current and get savvy in the new technologies available to you. Take training classes, watch youtube videos, ask your peers for advice. Learn how to network with industry professionals virtually and worldwide. Study the online application process and know how to beat it. Create a professional image online and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Being able to talk the talk and walk the walk will take time, but you won’t regret it.