I'm pleased to be a member of Career Collective, a community of bloggers that provides perspective on job search related topics on a monthly basis. Up this month, trends that will affect your career this year! Here's my take:

2010 was a power year for social media users:

By the numbers:

Also observed:

  • Employers went online to find you. A whopping 86% of respondents to Jobvite’s Social Media Recruitment survey said they would be using social media for recruiting in 2010; 46% of those responding said they’d also increase spending to do it. (Want more information on how industry insiders use it? Read why tech-evangelist Robert Scoble calls Twitter crack for technical recruiters.)
  • Employers are having a love-hate relationship with social media. While it has become a great force in finding candidates, it’s also enough to make a senior level compliance officer and corporate attorneys suffer panic attacks: In October, a former recruiter won a court case after she was sued by her former employer for taking a proprietary database. Her contention? She could learn just as much from information available in social media (and LinkedIn in particular) as she could from the database…The courts agreed.


Manage Your Online Presence

Whether you are a job seeker—or a working professional—monitoring and building a strong online presence that showcases your strengths and expertise is an essential ingredient for managing your own career.

Protect Yourself: Follow Best Practices in Using Social Media

While a proactive strategy for building a professional presence is required, I also think it’s important to protect yourself from the potential wrath of an angry past, present or potential employer. I anticipate further employer scrutiny of social media use by employees. Every lawyer I’ve spoken with recently says they speak to clients or potential clients at least once a week about an issue related to social media misuse, abuse, or discomfort. I expect to see more policy development, more education, and more employer issued guidelines around how employees should use social media and what they can—and can’t take with them when they leave. Want to stay out of trouble? Check out Kodak’s Social Media Tips Guide, paying special attention to their employee-developed policies for using social media.

Social Media Accounts and Work: Keep ‘Em Separated

If you haven’t done so already, use a personal e-mail—not a work account—for all of your social networking. You don’t want to leave a job and lose access to your LinkedIn account as well, do you? Keeping your access and login information separate is a best practice, just as only working on your resume with your own computer—and in off hours—is. Why invite problems?

Share Carefully

Did you read of status updates that led to firing in 2010? Avoid a similar fate.

Remember the elusive “Circle of Trust” in Meet the Parents? You need your own Circle of Trust for your job search—a handful of trusted advisors, mentors, friends and colleagues who you can count on to “have your back” and share leads and information.  I can hear the ringing of my mother’s voice as I type, “There’s no need to share everything with everyone." Especially if 84% of Americans are searching for a job in 11.

Go Forth

And with that, I’m pleased to announce the opportunity to put all these strategies in action in ‘11!

I’m working with StartWire, a new platform that allows professionals to accelerate job search through social collaboration with a trusted, private network of friends, colleagues and experts. If you’re a job seeker and want to check out StartWire, sign up for an invitation to take a test drive here. We’d love to have you take a look around.

To Your Success in 2011,


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