Sometimes, when seeking work (either freelance or full-time), I find myself reading many articles that clearly define an issue...and some that make them more complex.
On the "clearly defining" the issue, Kyle Lagunas (HR Analyst for Software Advice) e-mailed me and asked me write about an article he wrote on job seeking advice for Generation Y. It's a good article, outlining many practical tips for job seeking that anyone of any age can use...and quite honestly, it's worth bookmarking/forwarding via social media/driving people to read it. Short, concise, and full of good insight. It's the kind of article I wish were around when I was younger (and in terms of age....let's just say that, like Jack Benny, I've been 39 for quite awhile)...
Ironically, this came in the midst of a slight debate amongst the social media set. A young lady had blogger her belief that no social media manager should be older than 25. (She did not suggest, in all fairness, that those over 25 enter Carousel from Logan's Run). However, she was very politely reminded that sometimes younger is not better, and that experience can sometimes trump familiarity.
As I read this blog-based exchange, I was politely reminded that in my own search, I have lucked out with some clients. Many have cited that although they may have hired younger workers who were familiar with social media....these workers lacked the maturity and insight to think strategically. It's easy to believe there's a bias towards younger workers (just look at the responses to this note about reinventing one's career), but good job seeking behaviors are always smart, especially in fields like professional networking.
Job seeking is a challenge for anyone of any age, which is why I really appreciated what Kyle wrote in his post. Smart job stalking requires reminders of the basics....and that's good advice for anyone of any age.
Just a few items in closing:
- If you're looking to help a non-profit spread the word and mobilize others around their cause, the Chicago Net Tuesday group is holding an open session on August 14th. Location and RSVP information can be found at our Meetup site.
- I'm also fortunate enough to have restarted the Chicago Geek Breakfast after a brief hiatus. We're small, but we're growing, and we're a really low-key event where we get together and talk...well, geek stuff. Please feel free to join us on the third Thursday of the month and RSVP at our Eventbrite site.
- Also, I'm putting on a free session about professional networking for introverts, and I encourage you to RSVP via CommuniTeach.
- As always, you are more than welcome to connect with me via Linked In - the only thing I ask is that you please mention Job Stalker in your connection request.
- Finally, if you wish to send me a note and/or read some of my other online writing, please visit http://www.gordondymowski.com
As always, thanks for reading!