Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Biggest Career Management Tool Military Professionals Don’t Use

Orion Navy NCO and SNCO Recruiter Sultan Camp recently published a blog post for Every Veteran Hired that explains why veterans who aren't utilizing Twitter in their job search are selling themselves short. Check out a sampling below and visit Every Veteran Hired for the full article.

Most military professionals don’t even think about using Twitter as a tool in their job search. How can someone possibly share any meaningful thought in 140 characters or less? (By the way, that last sentence was already 81 characters.)
Many believe Twitter is too self-absorbed and just another fad. In doing so, they rob themselves of invaluable opportunities. I may have to drag you into it kicking and screaming, as I originally was. But I think that as you learn what it can do, you’ll grow to appreciate Twitter as I do.
Do you Tweet? There, I asked it. Now before you start rolling your eyes and sighing, let me ask you a question. If you’ve read my previous posts on Career Attraction, have I given you bad advice so far? If the answer is yes, then read no further. However, if you gained insight on taking your career to another level, read on.

Twitter: It’s No Joke

What started off as a joke and side project of Odeo in 2006 has evolved into one of the most influential social networking sites in 2014. “Disruptive technology” is a term coined by Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen to describe new technology that unexpectedly displaces old technology. Twitter has flattened hierarchical communication on a global level, and its instant messaging capability makes Twitter the most powerful, yet most misunderstood, tool — not just for the military professional, but for most professionals. In 2014, most folks have grown to (albeit reluctantly) the see the value of LinkedIn. However, they see Twitter in a totally different light.
Hopefully, by the end of this article, you’ll understand why I tell every transitioning service member that they need to be on Twitter. More importantly, you’ll understand how to use it more effectively, not only for managing your career and job search, but also in your day-to-day professional lives (and even as a veteran who may be considering owning a small business).
By now, you should be acutely aware that managing your online reputation is becoming increasingly important. This is because hiring managers and recruiters alike look to mitigate their risk among their pool of potential candidates. No one wants to be laughed at because they were “the one” who hired the new bad apple at the company. An active Twitter account helps you as a professional. It establishes an additional online footprint by increasing your ranking in Google’s search results, making you more findable as a professional and potential job candidate.
Want to read more about why you should be on Twitter? Click here for the full article from Every Veteran Hired!

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