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What are some online job search best practices, tips, ideas & resources?

This question was asked by an attendee during the Proformative webinar "Build Your Personal Brand and a Competitive Advantage with Social Media " held on July 2, 2012.  A video of the webinar can be viewed here: https://www.proformative.com/resources/build-your-personal-brand-competitive-advantage-social-media-webinar-video

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Cindy Kraft
Title: CFO Coach
Company: Executive Essentials
(CFO Coach, Executive Essentials) |

-- Don't fall into the "posted position" trap. It's the most ineffective way to find your next job.

-- Build out your digital footprint to begin attracting the right opportunities your way.

-- Linkedin is a necessity for every serious professional today.

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Mark Richards
Title: VP of Finance & Operations
Company: RBA Consulting
(VP of Finance & Operations, RBA Consulting) |

Agree with Cindy - posted jobs are one leg of the stool.

I put on-line work into three broad areas

1) Postings - look at the sites that post roles you might be interested in and get notifications. One of my favorites is Linkup.com that pulls jobs from corporate websites - so these are live opportunities.

2) Making networking connections - using LinkedIn, professional associations, etc. to lead to 1-on-1 networking with people to facilitate job search. You need to find them and then meet with them. LinkedIn is king, but take a look at job-hunt.org - lots of local resources (networking groups, etc.) that you can tap into - for a broad number of cities.

3) Build an on-line presence - content is king, whether it's posts to group discussion, uploading examples of work, etc. - building awareness of who you are by sharing good content. Content provides is also exactly what potential networking connections and employers will search for when looking at your background and validating what they read/heard.

Harry Urschel offers up some nice advice on: http://www.thewisejobsearch.com/
- he is a recruiter who also works heavily with groups serving in-transition candidates.

Hope this helps.

Mark

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