In the last couple of years, the job hunt has gone social…online. If you think about it, it was always social.
“It’s who you know,” is a phrase that’s been used for years…decades even. Giving your resume to a friend to pass on to their boss is nothing new. Utilizing social media for the job hunt, however, is pretty new.
The most important part of the job hunt is staying organized, and to do that, you need goals. You can lose track of which companies you sent your resume, and on which date to follow-up.
Goals are for your benefit — and social goals will take your organization and job hunt to the next level. Even writing something as simple as, “Revamping the resume today, wish me luck!” as your status update means you’re sharing a goal — and you’ve made that goal social by bringing your network into it.
They keep you accountable. When your goals are no longer written down on a piece of paper on your desk (or just in your head), you feel more accountable to actually complete them. When a friend asks, “So, how’s that resume coming along?” you probably don’t want to say that you haven’t even opened the file.
They make it easier to give feedback. When friends know that you’re on the job hunt, they may want to bombard you with suggestions. Instead of having to say, “Oh, I already did that,” you could use social goals to keep them updated. That way, when they want to check in with you and give feedback, they have a point of reference.
They make it easier to help, period. Whether it’s to give feedback, check on your progress or help you get re-organized, social goals will help improve your career shift. The ‘goals’ part will help you stay organized (especially if you’re sending your resume to multiple companies a day) and the ‘social’ part will give you the support that you need without having to ask for it.
Think about your interaction with your network of family and friends, as well as your social network. How social has your job search gotten? How has it helped you improve managing your job hunt?
Morgan Norman is the Founder and CEO of WorkSimple, a Social Goal management program, and is passionate about building the first performance management designed for all employees. Connect with him and WorkSimple on Facebook and Twitter.
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