While hard at work simultaneously hunting for jobs and fighting off an impending quarter-life crisis, most of the time I’ve been spending online has been dedicated to… you guessed it, job searching! At the suggestion of my former boss (and current NYC, PR, music, life, etc. guru) I created an account on Jobster.com. It’s a cool site with good networking potential, but on first look I was left a little boggled by how to best take advantage of it.
Though I’ve known about LinkedIn for a a little over a year now, my previous history of addiction to social networking sites kept my desire for yet anohter account at bay. That is, until I stumbled across this post by Amber Naslund that rekindled my curiosity.
Though the post is technically about LinkedIn, her general tips and tricks got me thinking immediately how I could apply them to my new Jobster account. The two sites are very similar, the main difference being their design. The two seem to me the MySpace and Facebook of the professional social networking sphere.
The post was very helpful in spurring some creativity to create a killer profile (or maybe profiles, now that I’ve unleashed a new wave of social networking accounts to keep me occupied). The most resounding point I took away from her words of wisdom: your profile is all about determining what sets you apart and finding the best way to show that to employers. These sites give you all the tools to showcase your writing skills and to link to your blogs, social sites, etc.
My favorite Naslund tip?:
- “When you pen your profile – especially the summary – think in terms of what you accomplished and what your goals are, not the tasks you’re responsible for on a day to day basis. Those are interchangeable for other people with your type of job. Instead, focus on what makes *you* and *your abilities* different than the next person with your same title. Write as though you’re the one looking to recruit you. What would you want to read? A job description, or a colorful picture of what you’ve done and aim to do?”
How about you Blogosphere? Do you use Jobster/LinkedIn? Which is better? Do you have any tips or tricks or success stories to share?