Monday, July 27, 2009

Interview With Job Fair Presenters "Rock The Job"

Rock The Job Live at Orlando Job Fair at DeVry UniversityTomorrow we will be hosting our 3rd Orlando Job Fair of the year and at these events we have been trying to provide resources for job seekers that are looking to gain an edge on their job hunt and this event is no different. DeVry University Career Services will be offering 1-on-1 resume workshops at 10:30 and 12:30 and we have 2 great presentations scheduled to help you get a grip on the Internet and how it can help you not only find new positions, but assist in marketing yourself to companies.

One of these sessions will be run by an Orlando startup, Rock The Job. Last week I had the chance to talk to Robert Dempsey about their initiative and what Orlando job seekers can expect from their presentation at 11:30am at DeVry University. Here is what went down:

Orlando JobSpot: So, who are the guys in Rock The Job and why did you come up with this concept?

Robert: The guys behind Rock the Job are Nick Pettit, Robert Dempsey, and Jim Hoskins. Rock the Job came out of a need we saw to help soon-to-be college graduates use social media to get a job. A lot of people don’t know the power of social media and personal branding, or how to do it. We’re here to help those folks.

If you had to tell someone looking for a job 3 sites to start using today, what would they be and why?

Twitter: a lot of employers are finding people on Twitter, and you can find out a lot about a company here as well, for instance, how they interact, or don’t, with their customers. You can also reach a wide audience and let them know you are looking for a job, and get leads.

Facebook: a site with a user base larger than most countries cannot be skipped. Facebook is a great place for personal branding – show people who you are and what you’re into – and also to do research on companies. It’s also a great place to build a network, and find your community using groups and pages.

Niche community sites: you cannot be all things to all people, so jump into a site or sites that are in your niche, whether it be web development, marketing, finance, or anything else.

A lot of the job seekers that read the Employment Guide are very scared of identity theft and putting themselves online, what would you say to ensure to someone that personal branding and getting online is actually a good, safe thing?

Personal branding and being online is a requirement. Many of us out there in the workforce have the same name, and he with the most content wins on Google. Employers are searching Google for your name, phone number, email, and more. You want them to find you and not some scammer. The best way to do this is to have as many things out there about you as possible, including a blog and Twitter page.

What can the people at the job fair expect from your presentation?

Attendees can expect to get solid strategies for using social media to help find a job.

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Thanks for taking the time to chat with us Rob and we look forward to having you at the Orlando Job Fair tomorrow. If you liked what you heard and want to learn more about social media and how it can impact your job search, come on out to DeVry University across from Millenia Mall. The event starts at 10am, with over 20 companies looking to hire people just like you.

Pre-register for the event here.

-Greg Rollett

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