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Debra Wheatman, President of Careers Done Write, provides expert insight to the job search process that puts your career in gear with tips for interviewing, networking, job search strategies and how to create a winning résumé and cover letter.

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6:01AM

Social Media Fatigue

It is human nature to lose interest or become annoyed with things with repeated exposure.  Do you ever count the number of social media updates, prompts, and reminders that you receive?  What about the time that you spend?  Too much social media can result in social media fatigue.  Social media fatigue is a condition in which you are bored with incoming messages, tired of the tedium of continuous updates, and feeling like screaming if you see another “say happy birthday” notice for someone you really don’t know. Before you toss your phone through the window, follow these tips for overcoming social media fatigue.

1.) Control the Flow of Info

Change your settings, so you get one summary message daily or weekly, depending upon your preference.  Control the information that is fed to you. You can discontinue the broadcast messages each time one of your connections updates their profile page.  You also have the power to discontinue receiving prompts to endorse people.  Take the time to go through the settings on your LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts.  Decide the type of information you want to see and how frequently you want to receive it.

2.) Scrutinize Your Connections

If you have a connection that tends to over-share, it may be time to cut them from your list.  Also, remove annoying marketers from your list.  You know the ones.  You accept their invitation and within 24 hours you are receiving spam messages from them about whatever product or service they are marketing. Also, take advantage of settings options to discontinue posts or messages from designated connections.  If the over-sharing connection is a valued contact, consider keeping them around but decreasing the flow of info fed to you.

3.) Choose Your Time to Interact

Use your down time to check into your social media world.  Use the five-minute bits of time sprinkled through the day while you are waiting for a meeting or phone call to update your followers and connections, as well as post replies to others.  If you are not taking away from what could be productive time, you may feel less drained by social media activities.  Also, when you allocate time that is just before a scheduled meeting or event, you are less likely to be drawn into an hour of surfing.  Who is not guilty of spending an hour or more on Facebook when our initial intention was just to post a quick update?

4.) Get off the Grid

Yes, it is healthy to get off the grid every once in a while.  A time when you are not tied to the phone, and following feeds from multiple social media could be the break you need to fight social media fatigue.  

 

The Bottom Line

As a big champion of social media, I encourage you to leverage social media to support your career goals.  Beyond job searching, it is a smart way to network and stay on top of industry news.  However, you can get too much of a good thing and begin to feel fatigued.   Follow the above tips to optimize your social media involvement and avoid the fatigue.  If you would like help creating a social media strategy for your job search, contact me.

6:00AM

Branding Challenge: 4 Ways to Boost Your Brand after a Career Break

Extended career breaks are more common than you may think.  However, if you are the one seeking to return to work after a long break, you may feel like you are the first to face this challenge.  The most common concern for candidates planning to re-enter the workforce is that their brand is damaged, and this will limit their opportunities.  Be encouraged.  You can boost your brand after a career break.

Blogging

In the midst of a busy job search, you may think you don’t have time for blogging.  However, blogging is one of the best ways to bolster your brand.  Identify your areas of expertise.   It is best to write about subjects related to your target job. You can author your own blog or you can ask a popular blogger if you can contribute as a guest blogger.  Research current news in your field and share your analysis in blog entries.  List your blog URL in your contact information section at the top of your resume.

Internships & Career Re-entry Programs

College students take advantage of intern programs to gain practical experience, build new skills, and meet valuable contacts in their chosen field.  Did you know that professionals at all career stages can apply for intern programs?   Additionally, there are many companies that offer re-entry programs specifically targeting professionals returning to work after a long break.  These short-term programs are a great way to showcase your talents and strengthen your brand.

Community Leadership

You may have taken a break from paid, full-time, professional positions.  However, chances are you were not on a break from all types of meaningful experience.  Consider your experience with non-profit organizations, schools, civic organizations, and youth organizations.  Did you perform tasks and assume leadership roles related to your target career?  Showcase this experience on your resume, citing the scope of your responsibilities and accomplishments just as would for paid positions. Featuring these recent accomplishments will make your brand shine.

Certifications & Coursework

If you have been out of the workforce for a while, you may need to update your specialized skills and knowledge.  Seek courses offered by industry associations and local colleges to update your skills.

You will also find many courses online.  When you complete your courses, add this information to your resume and LinkedIn profile.  Current industry knowledge and strong technical skills will fortify your brand as a relevant and valuable professional.

The Bottom Line

In a recent  Bullhorn Reach survey, recruiters were asked to name the “single biggest obstacle” for a job searcher.   Of the recruiters surveyed, 28% shared that having gaps in one’s work history is the biggest obstacle.  The good news is you can leap over this obstacle by adding some additional relevant and strategic work to reach your career goal.

2:37PM

Are More Creative Resumes the Future - SAMPLE

Hello out there in career-land! Here at Careers Done Write, we are always trying to stay at the leading edge of career search. We have been experimenting with more creating resume designs - here is the lastest - we would love to hear your thoughts.