Gather Essentials for Job Searching via Social Media
After you have your computer and Internet situation figured out, you need to gather a few other essential pieces of the job-searching-with-social-media puzzle: an e-mail address, word-processing and spreadsheet software, phone number and answering machine, and a planner or task organizer.
A professional-sounding e-mail address: Your e-mail address is the key to the world of social media because you can’t sign up for sites such as LinkedIn or Facebook without one. And having an e-mail address with a professional ring to it tends to look better when filling out online applications.
Word-processing and spreadsheet software: You may, at some point, need to produce a résumé. For example, if you’re submitting an online application, you’ll be asked to attach a résumé, and you need a word-processing program to pull that résumé together. Spreadsheet software is good for budgeting, tracking milestones, and recording your target companies.
A phone number and answering machine: Don’t miss out on any opportunities by not having an answering service of some kind. You may not always be available to answer the phone.
A planner or task organizer: Keep yourself organized and in control with some kind of web-based calendar and task management tool, which will help guide your job-hunting sessions each day.
Most job-search books say you need to buy MS Word, a paper planner, a phone, spreadsheet software, and an answering machine, but honestly, all you need is a free Google account. By simply creating a Google e-mail (or Gmail) account, you get the following free apps:
E-mail with Gmail
Word processor and spreadsheet software with Google Docs
A phone number and answering machine with Google Voice
A planner with Google Calendar
A task organizer with Google Tasks
A rolodex with Google Contacts
Photo editing software with Picnik
Translation software with Google Translate
A library of free books with Google Books