Steps to Prepare for Your Job Search – Part 2

Job searching is stressful, that is a fact, but if you spend a little time getting your professional profile in order before you send out a single resume, your job search can be easier. That is the premise of this 5-part video series (see part 1 , part 3, part 4 and part 5), exploring five things you need to do before you start your job search in earnest.

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Video Transcript: Steps to Prepare for Your Job Search – Part 2″

Brian Clapp,, Director of Content: Job searching is stressful, that’s a fact. But there are some things you can do before you’ve sent your resume anywhere which can help you make things a little smoother, a little less stressful. That is the premise of this 5-part series, This is part 2 (Part 1 is right here)

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Your digital profile is a big part of your job search

You need to spend time getting your social media profiles and your email in order before you send a resume out anywhere. Let’s start with email.

Have a professional sounding email account for your communication with employers. I have seen resumes with email correspondence as or and sadly I’ve seen even worse than that. I look at those resumes and think…sorry but you are a moron, and you don’t deserve to get a job…unless it’s at McDonalds.

You need to focus on making your correspondence as professional as possible and not force an employer to look at you and think you are a moron.

Next, you need to go through all of your social media profiles. I would stress that you start with Linkedin – get that profile looking perfect! Sell yourself, your LinkedIn profile is your advertisement. Your Twitter account, your Facebook account, your Google Plus – those should be “not offensive”. I think hiring managers realize that Facebook can be a personal expression but if they check you out and every picture is of you doing a keg stand, it can’t help but put some doubts in their mind.

Keep it classy. Or at least try to keep things together and not make yourself look like a complete jerk. Clean up your professional profiles, clean up your social media accounts, make Linkedin look strong and have a good email address….please.

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for &

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.


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