To help the job-seeker choose the best social media resources available, Brad suggests maintaining a presence on LinkedIn.
- To tackle the job search in today’s job market, it’s all about LinkedIn. Your LinkedIn profile should contain detailed information about your background, education and skill set. When your profile is containing the proper information, it will closely resemble that of your resume and will be easily found by hiring managers.
- Once your profile is complete, it’s time to build your connections and join groups. Begin connecting to other Seahawks in your area. A simple note stating “I’m networking with other Seahawks in the area to help with my job search” will typically illicit a favorable response and build your online network. Joining alumni groups such as “University of North Carolina Wilmington Alumni Association” or “UNCW – Cameron School of Business” will also instantly connect you to thousands of people.
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- During alumni events, as you would at any other networking event, introduce yourself to strangers. While it’s easy to walk up to someone who is alone, you can also look for the loudest group or the group that is laughing and introduce yourself. Afterward, connect with these same people on LinkedIn and schedule a follow up lunch or coffee meeting.
He encourages all graduates to remember their roots. "As a Seahawk, you have instant credibility and a common denominator with other Seahawks. Tapping into that Seahawk network can you help you land that next job."
Brad, who is also the President of the Triangle Area Alumni Chapter, is looking forward to catching up with fellow Seahawks at the Durham Bulls Picnic on August 8.