How can you actively job search and network, even when you are already over-scheduled and employed in a full-time job? As one of Quintessential Careers Career Masterminds, I contributed responses to this and other questions they asked as part of their anniversary celebration.
Here is my answer:
Looking for a job is a full-time job itself. When you already have a full-time job, it’s even more important to leverage social-networking tools. When used well, social networks allow you to demonstrate your skills, connect with new contacts, and interact with influencers in your field. You can accomplish many of your goals working from home in your pajamas at all hours of the day and night. (There’s no need to take an afternoon off of work to engage via Twitter or to answer questions on LinkedIn.) Learning how to be efficient and understanding how to navigate the various networks will help you land a job faster.
In my book, Social Networking for Career Success, I provide a lot of tips and resources to help job-seekers use their online time well. If you have an engaging and magnetic online presence, it’s possible to attract opportunities to you — even when you are busy at your current job.
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