Chances are, the next person to hire or promote you is “Facebooking", pinning, posting, or tweeting. 58% of adult Americans use Facebook. More than 20% use LinkedIn or Pinterest. 19% use Twitter.
Social networking is popular because it's fun. It's an entertaining way to share with friends.
But what about Career networking? That is no less fun, and today replaces the 20th-century concept of job security. The difference between social and career networking boils down to this: Strategy.
Now you can Fast-Track Your Career Journey With Social Media. Set aside two hours for the video lectures. While you watch, complete the included worksheet forms. Plan Your Path to Success. Put Social Media to Work for You.
Effective social networking takes just a couple of hours per week. Learn how. Complete the lessons, pencil today's responses into the worksheets, then put it all into action with the included optional projects.
A career journey should not be a lonely path. A robust career network sends opportunity again and again to your door.
Welcome to this introductory lecture, where we launch into the first topic: how this course relates to your career interests.
You are asked to consider the next destination on your career path.
I introduce myself and briefly show examples of how career networking and social media helped my career journey. We go over what you will learn, and preview the included worksheet tools and self-quizzes.
Meet your instructor!
"How-tos" you will do during and after completing this course
V.I.P.'s - Very Important Practical Stuff
As you answer the eight questions of this video self-quiz, consider how social media works for you today, and what more it could do in the future.
If you would like to have a printed copy, download the attached .PDF form. You can fill-in your responses while you watch this lecture.
There are no wrong answers! Just give thought to what you want to achieve. When you do that, you take the first step towards success with career networking.
This section of the Strategic Social Networking Course teaches how to plan your path to success.
A Career Path Planning Worksheet is attached to this section overview. Download and print it out. Fill out all three forms on it during the other lectures in this section.
Your worksheet choices and notes can be a resource to review and update as your career network grows.
Highlights of this section:
What difference can social networking make to your career?
This lecture looks at that difference and explains why you should market your unique combination of skills, experience, and personality through social media.
We visit six social media services and consider the rewards they offer individually and together:
In this lecture you choose tools to boost your career development.
You will accomplish this with three forms from the Career Path Planning Worksheet. The first two forms assess your immediate career needs:
The third form focuses on what tools would best support your goals:
This lecture explains how a career network extends outward, like spokes from a hub. Your blog will be that hub,
We view another form from the Career Path Planning Worksheet.
We return to six social media services during this lecture. This time, we examine which may be best for reaching your social network.
The Career Path Planning Worksheet is completed as you decide:
PROJECT: For each of the six social media services featured in this course, evaluate one similar competing service.
The freebie is the Social Media Strategies Worksheet, available from the Download tab. As you watch the remaining lectures of this section, pencil your strategic choices into the worksheet's three forms:
What should a career network do for you?
Easily document your vision for a career network, using the Social Media Strategies Worksheet. Choose from several options under each of these categories:
Take the first simple steps needed to launch and sustain a career network.
This lesson completes the Social Media Strategies Worksheet. Use the two remaining forms to plan:
Every career network needs a blog at its hub. The eight steps of this project will produce a WordPress blog to move career journey farther and faster.
WordPress offers free detailed help pages at https://learn.wordpress.com/get-started/#create. For your own copy of the quick-start information, download and print this lecture and the attached BlogOverview.
To recap, we look across the course to the places where these goals were covered:
Explore career networking in-depth using the attached resource files:
Complete this optional project to create a wide, solid foundation for your career network!
To get started, download the attached Career Network Construction checklist. Refer to it as you watch the 4-minute video introduction.
Recommended time for completing is 10 weeks. At no cost and with less than 2 hours per week, set up a career network across six powerful social media services.
This10-question, multiple-choice quiz covers representative topics from the entire course.
This brief video shows five ways that Facebook can help you build a career network.
This brief video shows five ways that Google+ can help you build a career network.
George taught in public schools and the U.S. Army. He earned a Master's Degree in Education, then scripted and programmed interactive training for Computer Sciences Corporation. More recently, he led instruction and developed training materials for Disney University during his 17 years at Walt Disney World Co.
Today, George blogs and produces video lessons. He views the internet as a sea of information. He casts out for career development tips and tools, hoping to land the best of them. Those become fresh video lessons.
George's lessons and webinars include worksheet downloads. Learners are advised to use pencil and to have an eraser handy. The sea is always changing!