Technology is evolving — nobody can argue that — but, with it, our management of both our personal and professional lives is evolving, too. Foremost, we’re adapting to a new means of communication; the Internet. It’s still young, very young, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of what already it has to offer, especially where your career is concerned.
1. Blog about your passion
The idea is to do a job that you love, so blog about your passions (not hobbies, but profitable passions). While you likely won’t score a living by just writing, it is still massively beneficial to getting hired in the field you covet. First, you get attention and get to showcase your knowledge of your expertise field, which you can later include in job applications. Hell, maybe you may even get hired by a reader of yours. Second, you will gain knowledge on the given subject by stimulating conversation with your readers. Third, you’ll understand yourself and your thought process better in writing down your knowledge.
2. Search job boards
Now to a solid job finding solution: Job boards. They’re all over the Internet, but among the most famous is Craigslist. Monster.com is a bit more mainstream, and offers a more international community, whereas Craigslist offers a more localized community. Specialized job boards, ProBlogger Job Board for a writer, for example, give you a more exclusive and focused range of options.
All in all, boards have revolutionized how people are hired and allow quick, electronic, and painless job searching.
3. Create new connections
Use social media, Twitter especially, to connect with pioneers and leaders in your interested industry. Read what they have to say, their ideas and methods, and put them to practice. And do not hesitate reaching out to them, either. You can also go looking into their @mentions to see who else is talking with them and connect with those people, who are usually a bit less intimidating, as well.
4. Have a LinkedIn profile? Use it
What’s better than connecting with pioneers and leaders on a social network? Connecting with them, and fellow workers, on a social network that was designed specifically for linking workers together. LinkedIn is the ideal choice for forming contacts and a solid list of references, finding new job opportunities, and expanding your knowledge base.
It only takes a few moments to register an account, management is easy, and the benefits are many.
5. Online business card
You walk into a coffee shop and get in line. You start a casual conversation with the stranger in front of you and, who knew, he happens to be a potential customer. You hand him your business card, shake his hand firmly, and walk away smiling and sipping your coffee. That’s the purpose of a business card in real life, and Internet business cards aren’t much different.
In appearance, they’re just dead-simple websites with a brief biography, list of services, perhaps a portfolio, and contact details. In usage: Send the link to that page to whoever you encounter over the Internet that may be interested, and sign with it at the bottom of emails.