Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies
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Showing genuine passion can reassure a hiring manager that you are who you say you are during your job search and that you’ll be as enthusiastic in six months as you are now. This means that you need to know what your passions are and find a way to constructively channel them. Having a firm knowledge of your passions helps you infuse your personal brand with authenticity and energy.

To discover your passions, ask yourself the following simple questions:

  • What can I talk about for hours without getting bored?

  • What really wakes me up in the morning?

  • What do I do that makes me lose track of time?

Write down the answers to these questions in a notebook and then refer back to them when you write your value statement.

Although you may discover that you really love to cook and can do it for hours without thinking of the time, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should be a chef. It can simply mean that you love to be creative and work at a project that pleases others. Really think about what’s behind the activity that you enjoy and use the core principle to help define your passions.

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Joshua Waldman, MBA, is an authority on leveraging social media to find employment. His writing has appeared in Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable, and the International Business Times. Joshua's career blog,, won the Readers' Choice Award for Best Career Blog 2013. Joshua presents keynotes, trainings, and breakout sessions around the world for students, career advisors, and professional organizations.

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