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Go Offline

Posted on October 11, 2013. Filed under: Career, Internship, Jobs, Life | Tags: , , , |

Using social media as a means to conduct an internship search or explore career options is a requirement.  It has become crucial for those looking for career opportunities to understand how to appropriately use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn as job searching tools.  However, any successful job search must also include offline activity.  In fact, it’s the offline interactions that can take your search from exploration to employment.

How do you take your online search offline?

• Pick up the phone.
• Pick it up again after no one calls you back.
• Deal with people who may not want to talk to you.
• Ask for recommendations and introductions.
• Go to a lot of coffee meetings and informational interviews.
• Make a list of companies you’d like to work for then use online tools to see who is connected to those companies. Once you connect with them, take the relationship offline.
• Stop judging your progress by the number of online job applications you sent into a random company where you know no one. Instead, monitor your progress based on how many meetings you set up.
• Set up meetings with all of your favorite professors. Chat, listen and get career advice. Maybe they will introduce you to some great people too.
• Go to a lot of events whether they are networking events, Greek life events, campus speakers, or parties.
• Ask everyone you meet a lot of questions about themselves and what they do. People love talking about themselves. The more you talk about them, the more they like you and want to help you.
• You’ll also learn a lot of things about a lot of industries by talking to people. Regardless of if their industries are similar to yours, having these discussions will broaden your perspective and conversations when you start interviewing.
• Don’t say “I need a job” when you are engaging in these offline activities. Rather, ask them about their job.
• Email authors, bloggers, and speakers and introduce yourself.
• Talk to people at the bar, at sporting events, and at the gym.
• Tap into your alumni network. Receiving an email from a current student often makes an alumnus’ day
• Disarm people you meet by asking, “What would you do if you were in my shoes?”

What we’re really talking about here is networking the old fashioned way. Validate and personalize your online brand with offline interactions. Understanding how to use social networking as a part of your career exploration is necessary, but supplementing your online activity with offline connections makes you memorable and sets you apart from the rest of the online pack.


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