A great number of Boomers are not comfortable putting themselves out there. They are far different from the narcissistic Gen Y who seek opportunities to share information about themselves readily.
Maybe the Boomers can learn something from the younger generation.
Ryan Healy of Brazen Careerist addresses two key points:
1) People have the power (hard to believe but true)
2) People make the best matches
You have to read the full article to see why. It makes sense to me!
Frequently I hear Boomers or Gen X job seekers or transitioners tell me that they don’t want to put their information out there. FEAR. What they don’t understand yet is that they have to play. LinkedIn is the bare minimum. Recruiters of all kinds from all industries are using this tool to find candidates. Healy explains there are too many factors to consider when hiring. Plus:
“But the truth is that the future of online recruiting is not simply in
search engines. It’s in human connections and conversations.”
Brazen Careerist has taken the concept of “self promotion” one step further by offering a forum/tool to attract match making. Social Resumes. Here are some of the components that can be incorporated:
You might be thinking it sounds a bit like VisualCV. Yes, but with more “real time” features. It is also within the Brazen domain and I think that draws some employers. It’s interactive, VisualCV is not.
I am not necessarily suggesting that you all pop your information on Social Resumes. I am however, suggesting that you begin to consider the fact that you have power to promote and control you message. You also should remember that having the greatest resume in the world won’t necessarily get you the job. Getting the job is about relationships…
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.