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The job hunt is a rollercoaster. You get a few job leads, have a few interviews, get your hopes up while impatiently waiting and then possibly face rejection (once again) and that sends you down into the ‘woe is me’ pit of despair. It’s tough out there.

After a few leads that didn’t turn into the job offers I was hoping for, I’ve been feeling a little down. I’ve been trying my best to focus on the positive and have been surprised by how much Twitter has helped.

When I joined Twitter I didn’t expect much. I definitely didn’t expect to ‘meet’ other unemployed people who would basically become my safety net, preventing any excessive wallowing. Yet, it never fails… if I post an update about having a bad day or feeling frustrated, I’m guaranteed a few encouraging messages from some of my favorite people. They may not know it, but this encouragement seriously helps. For me, it means even more than positive thoughts from my friends and family. These people are like me. They are riding the rollercoaster along with me and understand in a way that none of my IRL (in real life)¬†friends can.

So to those of you on Twitter – you know who you are – who continue to lift me up, send me funny links, give me advice and generally just care… THANK YOU ūüôā

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I opened up TweetDeck about an hour ago and unexpectedly became very angry.

I’m not easily angered and¬†I’m definitely not one to express any anger here on my blog. I’ve read too many horror stories about the consequences of blogs that¬†are a bit too candid. But, let’s just be blunt… I’m incredibly annoyed.

The back story…
There is a girl, maybe you’ve heard about her already, who decided to sue her college because she hadn’t¬†received a job offer. Basically, she felt that her school did not do enough to help her find employment.
My Twitter feed was a-buzz with negative feedback. People generally thought that this move would hurt her professionally, making her appear whiney and unable to accept responsibility. I remember one tweet even saying Who will hire her now?

Well… someone did. The Ski Channel did.

Now, I have to hand it to them, the company is definitely getting publicity from this (I’m blogging about it, I’m contributing, I know) but I don’t live by the motto that all publicity is good publicity. This has tacky stunt written all over it, starting with the fact that the job is in California and the potential employee is in NYC (and when I click on your press release and there is a picture of a half naked woman on the right hand sidebar linking to “Super Babes of Snow” I’m less than impressed). Nonetheless, the company is of less importance to me.

What bothers me so much and has me grinding my teeth as I type out this post, is that out of the millions of hard-working, responsible, dignified unemployed people out there, this girl gets a job offer. It even looks like they are creating a position for her! She exploited herself and her school and blamed someone else for her lack of success. The Ski Channel calls it ‘fiesty’ I call it ‘ridiculous’

Ranting aside, I do in fact take this with a grain of salt. In the press release the company founder and CEO even says;

If she is this fiesty, we’ll try her out.¬† But if she is playing the victim card and pushing her problems onto everyone else – then her job wouldn’t likely last long.

Not exactly the bode of confidence I would like my future employer to have for me.

I'd like to apply for a refund on my college education

We all think we’ll step out of the classroom and into a corner office at our dream company, then reality hits. I don’t¬†blame my college for my current lack of unemployment. Sometimes I blame the economy (don’t we all these days?) but that is more for the lower numbers of¬†opportunities than it is my ability to actually get a job.

Your college not preparing you is not an excuse. The crappy economy is not an excuse. These things are challenges. They have to be faced head on, dealt with and conquered. They are lessons to be learned. I am facing my challenges, not pointing my finger, and I know that¬†my outcome will be positive. These challenges will make me a better employee and a better person, I have confidence in that and I’ll take ‘better’ over ‘fiesty’ any day.

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Follow Friday is a great part of Twitter. Users post a message and @ the people that they think others should follow. Sometimes people list why these folks are great and sometimes you have to check it out for yourself. Fridays almost always lead to a few (or many) new followers.

I won’t lie, I am not ashamed… I get giddy when I receive an email stating that I have a new follower on Twitter. I’m not vying for thousands of followers and have no desire to whore myself out Ashton Kutcher style but new followers are exciting. Sometimes.

Then there are the times when I click on the new followers page and wonder how the heck they found me and why in the world they would want to follow me. My Twitter page and tweets scream marketing, communication, public relations and job seeker 97% of the time. Sometimes I mention a random daily tidbit or quote or thoughts on a t.v. show, but mostly it’s professional. For me, Twitter is one of my many job searching tools. Sure, I follow Pizza Hut (no one loves pizza more than me!) and a couple of celebrities (not aplusk) but mainly I follow PR/marketing/comm pros¬†and recruiters.

Of course the worst new followers are the spammers. The people (or bots) who want to make me a million dollars in an hour. Often times, these profiles are deleted before I even get a chance to check them out, leading me to the always disappointing “Who goes there” owl.

I have a nearly equal amount of followers vs. those that I follow. However, I don’t always follow back (and obviously neither do some of those that I follow). I block those that look like spammers (or the sex toy store). If I see your profile and you have an interesting bio (or even better, a customized background with more information) and some relevant tweets, I’m sure to follow back.

If you meet my somewhat picky criteria, feel free to check me out on Twitter @Danielle2507, I’d love to follow you back!

Have a fabulous weekend ūüôā

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I started to feel like my blog was focusing too much on the job hunt and not enough on communication and marketing. Then I realized, job hunting is communication and marketing. You are marketing yourself to potential employers. You look at who your audience is and figure out the best way to communicate with them and appeal to them.

This leads me to interesting marketing strategies in job hunting.

Resume Cake from Flickr

Resume Cake from Flickr

Thanks to a few tweets, I ran across this article on CareerBuilder about unconventional tactics that job seekers are using. This isn’t the first time that I’ve heard of weird and interesting approaches to job hunting. I’ve read about graphic designers putting their resumes on t-shirts and job seekers buying space on billboards. Yet I wonder, how practical are these oddball approaches?

 

A couple of my favorites from the above mentioned article:

Candidate sent a shoe with a resume to “get my foot in the door.”
Candidate sent a resume wrapped as a present and said his skills were a “gift to the company.”
Candidate sent a cake designed as a business card with the candidate’s picture.

What do you think about these tactics? Do HR managers take them seriously? Does it depend on what field you are in? Are these candidates praised and remembered for their creativity or frowned upon for not taking the job search seriously?

With massive amounts of candidates available for each job, the rules of¬†the job search¬†are definitely changing. A simple, generic¬†cover letter and resume don’t cut it anymore. There are the Web 2.0 options like a VisualCVor other online portfolio,¬†creating a Twitter account or joining LinkedIn. Then there are the guerrilla marketing style tactics. Some are mentioned in the CareerBuilder article: staging a sit-in to get a meeting with the¬†director or handing out resumes at a stoplight.

Are these unconventional tactics necessary in today’s market or are these job seekers just getting laughed at? I would love to hear from any employers or HR pros! Should I put my resume in a shoe box and wrap it up?

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I love social media. Chances are, since you are here, you probably love social media too. However, there is certainly a downside to social media and social networking that cannot be ignored.

Yesterday, there was a story on television about Twitter (so what else is new right?). Someone tweeted that Patrick Swayze had died. If you know anything about Swayze’s recent health struggles with cancer, you realize this story was believeable and sad, but it was untrue! Reportedly the story began on a radio station, was picked up by a German television station, was tweeted and spread like wildfire. This makes Twitter sound like a dysfunctional game of Telephone.

roethlisbergerAlong the same lines, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback (my sports boyfriend ūüėČ Go Steelers!) Ben Roethlisberger, had to clear up the rumor that he is fighting skin cancer. Someone posted a status update on Facebook¬†under Roethlisberger’s name stating that he had been diagnosed with skin cancer. Although there are accounts under his name on Facebook, Twitter and Myspace, none actually belong to the quarterback.

“There’s no truth to it. I don’t have any of that stuff,” the Steelers quarterback proclaimed Wednesday.

(Read the rest of the article here even though they spelled his last name wrong until the middle of the article. )

 

What do these stories mean to social media and social networking? Do they hurt the credibility of bloggers or companies on Twitter? Is Twitter anything more than a high tech version¬†of Telephone? Should we believe anythingthat we read? Undoubtedly, we have to remember that many blogs, Facebook accounts and Tweets belong to regular people. They aren’t journalists who are required to research (then again, the article I posted spelled a name wrong!). For some reason people will pose as celebrities and tell lies, or people will report it wrong (did you know the AP Wire posted a story last night with the wrong winner of American Idol?!). To err is human and mistakes are to be expected.

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Awhile back, I was inspired by a Tweet from @katiebailey

¬†The more you learn, the more you realize what you don’t know.

Unemployment gives you a lot of time to research, read and learn. This can be a great thing. You have the ability to stay on top of your field and learn new things. This can also add to the overwhelmed feeling that already comes with job hunting.

As I connect with more people on Twitter and LinkedIn, discover more blogs and create more connections, I begin noticing how much I don’t know. One Twitter link leads to an informative blog, that blog leads to another blog and an hour later my eyes hurt and I’m getting a headache from information overload. My computer time always snowballs from 30 minutes to 3 hours.

If I’m not learning a new tip or trick for job hunting, I’m learning of a new social media tool that I need to become involved in. The amount of information available to learn seems never-ending. To me, this is both a blessing and a curse.

I love that social media, marketing, PR and communications are constantly evolving. I love knowing that learning doesn’t stop after your walk across a stage and receive a degree. I hate that overwhelmed, inadequate feeling I get sometimes after reading one too many blogs/tweets/articles/etc.

Nonetheless, I will continue to realize how much I don’t know. I will continue to be a sponge, soaking up all the information that I can find, making all the connections that I can and hopefully finding that perfect job.

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