Social Media can be one of the best ways to fill resume gaps.
No, I’m not talking about living on Facebook and playing FarmVille and Mafia Wars all day – that’s not going to impress hiring managers much, unless you’re looking for a job as a game tester.
Hiring managers are biased against those in career transition. Why? Because hiring managers assume that out-of-work job seekers aren’t keeping their skills sharp.
But you can use social media very effectively to close resume gaps and demonstrate that you’re keeping your skills sharp.
Here are 8 ways to use social media to close resume gaps:
- Start a Linkedin Group: Starting a Linkedin group is easy but it’s incredibly effective in closing gaps. It’s a great way to summarize your job search in terms that show employers you’ve kept your skills sharp. When you run a Linked group, you perform market research studies, network with industry leaders, share industry information, survey opinions.
- Find internship opportunities: For those just starting careers and changing careers, internships can be a great place to pick up functional or industry experience. ¬¬¬Use social media to uncover internship opportunities.
- Start a blog:
- Tweet: Tweeting can help you establish or change your subject matter expertise. If you’re not a writer, tweet the best articles you find in your field. You can fill your gap by listing transition time as industry research, networking with industry experts and building a community of industry leaders.
- Create and share content in your field or industry: Creating content can include blogging and Tweeting, but content includes so much more. Creating content can include producing videos, YouTube content, photos, graphics, webinars or podcasts. Creating content allows you to bridge your gap by stating you published leading research and/or educational content for your industry.
- Publish articles in your field or industry: You don’t need to blog to publish articles. You can publish articles in both large and small news sites, industry sites, newspapers, periodicals and other peoples’ blogs.
- Comment on blogs: Don’t want to write entire articles? Why not comment on articles others have written? You can still gain industry visibility and network with industry experts. While you’ll find it more difficult to claim industry research, you can Tweet your comments to build a community of industry leaders.
- Improve your visibility with Questions and Answers: Answering questions on Linkedin Answers, Yahoo Answers or Quora can help you promote, establish or change your subject matter expertise. When you are a regular contributor to any of these sites, you can fill gaps with Industry Expert (Site name). So if you’ve been answering questions about online marketing you can list “Online Marketing Expert, Linkedin Answers” as a gap filler.
There’s no better way to showcase your area of subject matter expertise, or even to change your expertise, than to blog. If you aren’t comfortable writing, you can republish industry articles. You’ll fills resume gaps and at the same time building social media expertise.
So what will you do now?
Tell hiring managers that you were looking for a job during your transition?
… Or tell them that you started a blog, formed a Linkedin industry group, republished best of class articles and shared your expertise by answering industry questions?-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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