A Trend That is Growing
In the last few years, more retired people have been returning to the workforce. Some are finding part-time work, while others are trying to return to the same field they left after retirement. Wow, things have changed rapidly! Social media has become an essential factor in the hiring process.
What Is Social Media?
Social media is a term used to describe websites that bring people across a range of subjects. The most well-known social media websites include Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter along with Google+. But there are hundreds more. For the sake of this discussion, we’ll concentrate on the most popular users of social networks.
Are Really Rules? Really Rules?
No. Social media websites don’t have “formal” guidelines that job applicants must adhere to. But, etiquette is crucial, and adhering to specific rules will make your time on social media much more productive. Some fundamental rules to be aware of when using social media include:
Don’t be enticed by the hype.
As with your real-world network, it’s the quality that surpasses quantity.
Take note of this Golden Rule: do unto other people…
Forum members sign up to these forums in order to make connections with other people, So don’t be shy.
Don’t only focus on what you will gain from it.
What’s the point?
OK. That’s why we’ve listed several of the “rules” in the use of social media websites. One of them was not to be focused on the benefits you’ll gain from it. Really? What’s the point? Well, it’s simple. You’re trying to connect with your viewers in areas that are of interest to everyone.
I’ll give an example of this through LinkedIn. If you worked as a manager of software engineers after retirement and would like to step back to the same position, What can you do to begin? On LinkedIn, you can join LinkedIn groups, and there are thousands. It is important to find groups that are relevant to your interests in the field of software development. When you join, you’ll have the chance to network with a variety of people who are interested or involved in the field of software development. LinkedIn lets you contact the person directly if you’re in this identical LinkedIn Group. It also allows you to post posts that are seen by all members of the Group. If you adhere to the rules, you’ll be aware of not posting something such as “Back playing, looking for an opportunity to be a leader in software development.” No! It’s best to start by “listening” to the things the other people within your Group are saying and then trying to speak to them directly. Once you’ve identified something, you will be able to identify the possibility.
Resume Tips for Re-Entering the Workforce
If you’re trying to get back to their previous glory, read our first post in the series on resume tips specifically for re-entering the workforce.
Stephen is ITtechExec, who is the “Go to” personal branding strategist for manufacturing, engineering, IT and telecommunications, call centers, medical devices, and other technical specialty professionals. Through transforming technical and leadership accomplishments into a consistent, clear message that is meaningful to recruiters and business executives, Stephen generates at least 5x ROI for resumes of job-seekers and covers letters, LinkedIn profiles, bios, and other platforms. ITtechExec ITtechExec provides a unique method of managing the lifecycle of a job search to assist technical candidates with the development of a brand strategy, documenting and interviewing preparation and job search strategy creation, and online brand management.