Social Media

LinkedIn has grown to be about much more than just an online version of your résumé. Having a profile there is a great career first step, but as with many other things, a little planning can help make the most of your time. Even if you have not worked very many jobs you can list transferrable skills, volunteer work, and specialized projects. Besides connecting there with people you have met or worked with in person, there are loads of networking groups and trade associations that can help you learn about your industry and meet new people. You can even follow companies you are interested in working for and research what is new prior to an interview.

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Twitter is a real-time feed of billions of public messages going back and forth between users. Keeping up can be overwhelming, but there are sources you can find that are delivering just what you need to know just when you need to know it. Plus, it is a great networking and research tool, particularly around current events or industry trends. Find the people you want to follow or become a trusted source yourself, but do it all with the kind of care you use to treat your own face, because everything you do is public.

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Google+ has been instrumental enough to become a verb. The network they gave birth to called G+ aspires to similar ubiquity. With robust tools for media sharing and portfolio, network organization and video "Hangouts" it is no wonder it has quickly become the network of choice for many in technology and media. You can research companies here, have remote video interviews and find other trusted sources of meaningful information, but as with any other social network, intention and planning are the best strategies for success.

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Facebook is one of the most recognizable social media platforms with over a billion users worldwide. Even though most people use Facebook for talking about interests and sharing photos with friends and family, that doesn't mean it has nothing to do with career, but doing it right is about more than privacy settings and keeping it clean. The more people who know your strengths and skills the better. There are also apps you can run to help you find jobs, host a portfolio, network, and more; just be intentional and have a plan.

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Personal Digital Strategy Packet