Networking for Job Opportunities on Blogs
Networking for job opportunities has evolved along with the Web and one of the forums people are using to advertise their skills and availability are online blogs. Blogs (Web logs), chronicle the daily lives of authors and include personal as well as professional details. “It’s an informal way for job seekers to get the word out that they are looking for opportunities in a specific industry,” says Web researcher Ron Fruth. Because hiring managers are using blogs from the other side of the desk to draw in candidates and discover potential hires, it can be worth the time and effort to use blogs for career advancement. Here are some guidelines to follow if you are considering blogging as a way to kickstart your job search.
A Useful Tool
Blogs can be useful research tools if you are considering making a career move. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or a tech whiz, “Day in the Life” blogs offer insight into specific careers and give a window into what it takes to succeed. For instance, A Day in the Life of an Information Security Investigator chronicles the author’s varied background and logs case files involving investigating computer crime. If you follow an author, you can learn along the way and eventually network with them.
Although blogs give authors a chance to muse freely, it’s better to resist the urge to reveal too much about your current or past employment history. “Disparaging former bosses or trashing companies you worked for in the past can cast you in a bad light,” says Fruth. If you wax negatively about co-workers and workloads, hiring managers may wonder why you would rather complain than make a career move. Being candid and straightforward does not mean coming off like a malcontent.
Keep It Brief
Once you get in the writing flow it can be hard to resist the urge to exhaustively detail your perfect job. Think of it as a log – brief with pertinent details. Decision makers are pressed for time and you can save the details for a face to face meeting with a hiring manager. While you only get out of blogging what you put into it, don’t let it become a time drain on your quest for a new position. Use it sparingly, like the secret weapon it is.