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Thursday AM March 11th, 2010

Technology can help in job searches, but there are correct and incorrect ways to use it, according to the career consultants “The Five O’Clock Club.” Ed Mayberry reports.

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suit on a laptopJob searchers can e-mail, text and “friend” potential employers, but there are some common-sense rules of techno-etiquette.  How you use technology speaks volumes about your skills, your style, your ability to connect and your manners, according to Rob Hellerman with The Five O’Clock Club.  He says the first step should be getting the word out.

“Come up with a huge network—150 people, 200 people—let every one of them know what you’re doing, clearly.  What is your target?  This is the first thing that you should do.  Doesn’t, forget about technology.  Forget about Twitter, forget about Facebook and all that.  This is the basics, right?  Let everybody know what you’re looking to do, where you’re looking to do it, and tell them, you know, any contacts would be appreciated.  Build relationships, get additional referrals.  That’s the basics.”  

Hellerman says it’s a matter of using common sense.  Use the technologies available—social network sites, Linked In, e-mail—but in the correct way and at the correct time.  But it all starts with a well-written resume.

“Yeah, you need a traditional resume.  People are looking for that.  That doesn’t mean you can’t include it as an attachment in an e-mail.  Absolutely feel free to do that.  You have to use your judgment in terms of when to contact by e-mail and when to contact by letter.  Some people are starting to put their resumes up on the Web in certain Web sites.  Those are great, actually.  That’s when you have something visual you want to display.  That kind of thing.”

Hellerman says in an age where e-mailing and texting seem to be preferred ways of communication, it may come as a surprise that snail mail is actually the best way to get recognized by hiring managers. 

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