Date: Thursday May 4, 2017 at 8:41am
Being social when leaving the forces, is an important part of your job search strategy and therefore should be integrated into your processes.
We use social media in our personal lives on a day to day basis. Checking and updating Facebook, following on Twitter.
The world is changing at a speed so fast that for most it’s hard to keep up. Social media technologies take on many different forms other than Facebook and Twitter, they include magazines, Internet forums, weblogs, social blogs, social networks, podcasts, photographs or pictures and thousands of these are dedicated to your future careers.
These technologies have accelerated the rate at which relationships develop, information is shared. This in turn can influence and change, not just individuals seeking employment or business employment strategies, the world has seen the power of social media and its effect on society, which has toppled political states.
What you need to do is harness this power!
It can be hard at times, to filter through everything and to assess the accuracy and relevance of the information that is shared and make best use of it. There is an increasing trend by companies using social media monitoring tools that allows them to search, track, and analyse conversation on the web about their brand or about topics of interest to their company.
You need to turn this around and set-up your own free Social media monitoring tools, that will allow you to find insights into different sectors and companies. This will allow you to search, track, and analyse jobs and sector trends, then react to these and interact / engage with the right people.
However, the reality is that the value of social media is directly connected to how seriously you use it, so you need to understand the platforms you are using to see the best returns. Those that succeed are not the ones that accept or embrace change by using social media for their job search strategy, but those who are proactive and reassess their strategies.
Leaving the forces is hard enough, it is true service personnel are skilled in team work, cross cultural communication, and they are creative and understand accountability. These skills are prerequisites when entering the civilian workplace, by incorporating a social media strategy into your career search you will be better prepared for a civilian working life when you take up your first job.