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Finding Jobs Via Social Media

// September 8th, 2014 // No Comments » // Life, Tools

There is no single way to find jobs online, that being said, Forbes has this great guide:

http://www.forbes.com/2010/08/18/online-job-search-resume-database-forbes-woman-leadership-social-media.html

BUT, let me get into some more details:

Getting Personal

Your online presence should be about you, but don’t make yourself ridiculous. If you are using social media to land a job you need to maintain at least a semi-professional image. Sure you can share Bobby Shmurda vines, but you shouldn’t be using an email address on your C.V. like 2sexy876@hotmail.com. However please feel free to show your excellent use of grammar, experience and passions. Be reasonable.

No Spamming!

This was also mentioned in the Forbes article, however let me reiterate, don’t spam. Just because certain executives or companies are social, doesn’t mean you can just send them a C.V. point blank. You should aim to be social first and be prepared to submit one if the opportunity comes up. The beauty about social media is that companies regularly post job opportunities online, having regular and genuine social interactions may give you extra credits over your peers.

Industry and Alumni Groups

You are new to the online job hunting scene, you could be a student, graduate or an experienced professional, but if a tree falls in the woods and nobody hears it? well? yeah. Thankfully, your industry probably has a group online, especially on LinkedIn, the popular professional social networking site. Facebook also has several pages and groups for industry professionals to discuss related matters. When you contribute to the groups it will raise your profile and possibly add to your credence. Once again, employers may be looking for your online profile after reviewing your C.V. this will help. Also industry groups usually post open jobs and projects related to the industry, opportunity awaits. The same applies to Alumni groups, your high school or university has an online presence for alumni members to improve their school and past students. Utilise these groups, it is invaluable.

Creating a Professional Presence

Create a LinkedIn account. Just do it. Doesn’t matter if you have left school, your profession, or your industry. This is where people expect to find your de-facto professional profile. Don’t use blurry glamour shot photos, DO use photos your grandmother would be proud to put on her wall. Many companies now allow you to submit job applications via LinkedIn, so make sure you update it alongside your C.V.

Remember those industry and alumni groups? Find them on LinkedIn. Also remember what I said about not spamming? If you don’t know another member, and have no reason to interact, don’t randomly add them. If you don’t know them but need to interact, send them a message explaining why.

Finally add links to your LinkedIn profile on your other social media pages, to boost page rank and also lead potential employers to your professional page.

Search

I’m not about to tell you how to search online, but most people forget about searching on Twitter. Here’s the link, use common hashtags like #Jobs and specify a location for the tweets:

https://twitter.com/search-advanced

You’re welcome.

Pitch Yourself

Read more from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2014/02/18/the-new-way-to-pitch-yourself-to-land-jobs/

When the opportunity arises, you have to be able to sell yourself.

In the end….

The important thing is to equip yourself to have a higher probability of finding a job you will love. If 100 people apply for a job only the outstanding ones will be noticed. What are you doing to stand out from the crowd?

 

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Vote for me!

// September 1st, 2014 // No Comments » // Technology

No I’m not getting into politics. I entered the GIST I-Tech competition earlier this year and they have selected me as a semifinalist. I NEED you to vote for me so I can make it to the finals in Marrakesh, Morocco. Why should you vote? Check the video, but in more words:

Poiesis is a Technology Research & Development (R&D) firm practicing lean start up methodology to create solutions for companies and government entities. Poiesis is a Greek verb meaning ‘to make’, our aim is to create value for our customers by combining innovative methods with practical technology to overcome their internal limitations and inefficiencies.

To prevent voting abuse you have to register or use your facebook logon, annoying, but necessary. You can vote once per day.

There are also two other Jamaican semi-finalists:

Jermaine Henry

Sheldon Duncombe

Thanks for supporting!

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Marketing Jamaica With Social Media

// May 26th, 2014 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

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Industrial Revolt!

// May 26th, 2014 // No Comments » // Technology

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Unlike my parents generation, my generation does not know of a better Jamaica. I have become acclimatised to crime and “The Babylon” structure. What baffles me is how we got to this point. I know how re: bad decisions etc. I mean how is it that our own people have allowed this to happen. Anyway, I am not here to criticise the past, I am here to speak about the future.

One of the many problems we have are garrison communities. Despite what politicians say about them, they seem to be maintained and grow from decade to decade. For many reasons they will always exist, unfortunately one of them seems to be for political influence. Let’s skip that for a second and consider Jamaica on a mission. As a progressive nation should we not be looking towards providing better housing for our citizens? Yes there have been projects to provide better housing in the past. Unfortunately corruption and politics have marred projects like this, turning “Back o’ wall” into Tivoli Gardens etc.

To spur economic development this year we funded the Jamaica Emergency Employment Program (JEEP). The initial budget for JEEP is 4 Billion Jamaican dollars. Technically this is a great project, however I don’t consider it a sustainable one. Why is it not sustainable? Because when someone is hired to build a sidewalk and clean a drain, what happens when they are finished?

What we do need is housing, low income affordable housing. What we also need is education. Jamaica also needs jobs. Why don’t we roll it all into one? Create an industrial village. Maybe this is all a grand idea, but that’s where it starts right? I think we should create housing projects around our major cities. Train unskilled labourers in different trades to build the houses. Create support structures such as schools, hospitals, grocery stores, gas stations. Why? Because our cities are becoming over crowded, real estate prices are rising as a result and it is widening the poverty gap. I am talking about a new city the size of Portmore on land not suited for agriculture.

The aim is to provide proper housing for people living in garrison communities. Include small farm areas per community, as well as community centres for training etc. In Kingston I can think of Standpipe, Grantspen.

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Vote for Jamaica

// May 6th, 2014 // No Comments » // Life, Technology

Typically a country ousts it’s leadership (diplomatically or not) when they are no longer pleased with their performance.

I’m not going to get into a spiel and expound on the current position in Jamaica. I’m here about this:

 

So Kim Dotcom raised the bar with his Internet Party in New Zealand and plans to revolutionise the political landscape. I agree with this approach and earlier asked on Twitter who would like to crowd-fund a similar ad here in Jamaica. The response was overwhelming. Look out for an ad soon.

However I need some more help. I bought a domain Vote4Jamaica.com last year to host a crowdsourced website with info, data and stats on current and future political leaders so Jamaicans can have an unbiased view of their leadership. The aim is to create awareness and be informative to aid voting decisions. Ideally in the footer of the ad I want to promote the domain for a future launch date.

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Thanks!

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