The Career Thought Leaders Consortium recently released its annual whitepaper on the “new, now and next” in careers. It is a great compilation of ideas, theories, and opinions from top career professionals. Among the highlights useful to those making a career transition are advice on LinkedIn, Twitter and group interviews.
LinkedIn is meant to complement your resume. LinkedIn needs to be more than a digital recitation of your job experience. By creating an account on LinkedIn, you not only have the opportunity to share your resume and career background, but you can also share your personality and your practical experience. Be active, and consider adding projects, videos, or other images to your profile to help bring your experience and capabilities to light. Join groups and comment on articles and discussions to show that you are an active and interesting member of your industry.
That said, your activity should be strategic. Make sure you are keeping up with contacts who can help you in your career transition. Engage those people. Send them messages of congratulations when warranted. Read and comment on articles to which they post links. Doing so will show that you are a supportive member of the community, as well as current on your industry’s trends. .
Twitter is a great tool for following target companies and potentially finding job openings. “Fit” not only defines how well you match a job description, but also how well your values and interests match the company’s culture. By paying attention to what a company posts, you will get a better idea of their culture and focus. And because jobs can be posted for free on the site, many companies make sure to let their followers know about any open job opportunities.
Because so many companies take advantage of Twitter for establishing a presence, it’s not a bad idea to make the micro-blogging site a part of your search. If you do, make sure you follow appropriate hashtags (which flag search terms and help you cut through the rest of the noise on the platform). Not only should you follow the obvious tags, like #job, #joblisting, and #jobopening, but you should also make it a priority to follow companies for which and industries in which you’d like to work.
Group interviews are common. Group interviews are growing more common, so if you haven’t yet been invited to attend one, now is a great time to familiarize yourself with how they work. Group interviews are not only time savers — several decision makers can meet a candidate or group of candidates at one time — but they are also a great way to see how a potential employee acts under pressure and communicates with different types of people.
Here are a couple of tips for surviving a group interview: make sure you answer the person who asked the question. With a panel of interviewers in front of you, it may be tempting to make eye contact with each member as you answer, but you should instead keep your attention on the interviewer who asked the question you are answering. Also, if you find yourself in an interview with multiple candidates, listen to what others say and then offer constructive feedback or expand upon their ideas. Doing so will show that you are a team player who can communicate about and explore an idea with others.