Job hunting in 2012 has to involve the internet – as a candidate you need to look good online, you can’t just have a nicely polished CV. 77% of employers admit to looking for candidates in search engines.
Networking for Work is a new project by grass roots training experts Talk About Local to help unemployed people take control of their online presence and promote themselves to employers. Networking for Work will offer training and advice in basic steps to appearing professional online and using simple services such as Facebook and LinkedIn to market yourself. Networking for Work will also show people how to protect themselves from inappropriate online searches by employers for non-professional information. We also hope to create a peer-to-peer network of trainees to provide ongoing mutual support and help.
This is a public service project funded by a charity, the excellent Nominet Trust. So we plan to give away the final training materials created by Networking for Work under a permissive creative commons licence for anyone to use. And have an open collaborative approach to developing new materials and resources and signposting existing ones.
This website is our tentative first step in bringing together materials and resources to help people manage and use their online profile in their search for work. We welcome all suggestions and we’ll use the best to help us develop the materials and approach.
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Check out the Resources page for free training, step-by-step guides and tips.
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