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First hand experience

I can’t say about what other people would do, but here’s some first hand experience from few months ago.

My contract at the Career Services was terminated last October after 15 years of service as the result of general co-operation negotiations in the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

Openness: theory and practice

I had been pondering a good deal about privacy issues when entering the social media sphere – both on personal and professional level.

I had also got familiar with the idea of openness as a part of work processes, as a way to achieve enriching encounters with colleagues and beyond.

I had fallen in love with concepts like serendipity, iterative processes and agile development.

The only way I could think of handling the pink slip, was to tell openly about the situation and hope it leads to new openings.

Walk the talk – online and in real life

Pretty soon after I got the news that I won’t be needed at the workplace anymore, I started to inform all relevant parties both online and in real life. Below is quite a long list – I wonder if I’ve still forgotten something.

On duty

  • social media
    • Facebook
    • Google+
    • Twitter
    • xTune
    • Yammer: Metropolia, Finnish Universities and a project network
  • other
    • colleagues on phone and face to face
    • automatic replies to email: personal & team 
    • emails to network connections: Finnish Career Services Network, steering group of the nationwide Jobstep.net 
    • removing eg my name and contact info from the company website – sort of negative informing

Off duty

Results

I got a heart warming amount of kindness, support and job tips after I came out with my situation.

Can’t say it’s all due to my openness, but in less than two months I was back at work.

Funnily enough, I got a 10 months fixed term contract from my former employer as a Programme Coordinator for the Faculty of Welfare and Human Functioning.

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Related:

Metropolia: Career Services
Metropolia: Faculty of Welfare & Human Functioning

xTune
Yammer

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Car roof frost. Espoo, Finland 12.10.2011

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A kind business partner sent me an email with season’s greetings and a question: “By the way, do you have any literature reference about how to network using Twitter and Facebook – like creating followers, etc.”

Below is what I thought to answer, since there’s so much information available online already (I’m sure there are books, too, but the most recent changes in social media you can’t find in them).

First thoughts about utilizing Twitter and Facebook that came to my mind (in no ranked order):
  1. Create quality content.
  2. Follow those, who you wish to follow you (“first give, then expect reward”).
  3. Participate in relevant discussions sharing your insights and expertise.
  4. Talk the language of your target group, without sounding phony or condescending.
  5. If you have money to spend, try out Facebook’s targeted ads.
  6. You’re probably not only after quantity (big but passive audience), but after quality (engaged quality following) – act accordingly.
  7. Community management requires time and thought – done well, even more so.

Now that I think of it, I’ve been thinking the question from the point of view of a brand or business. Most ideas apply to personal networking, though – just leave out point 5 and replace “community” with “relationships” in point 7.

Any thoughts?

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Related:

WikiHow: How to Use Twitter, How to Network on Facebook

Social Media Examiner: Top 20 Social Media Marketing Articles From 2012

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2012-4-26 Math slip

Dressed up. Saint Petersburg, Russia 26.4.2012
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The post by Lane Langmade about her experiences in USA regarding openness in web made me think about the recent encounter at work that I had here in Finland, Northern Europe.

I work for the Career Services in our school and when I met a former IT student of ours in the hall I had a chat with him. I asked him about his career plans and if he was in LinkedIn. He said that due to privacy considerations and identity thefts he doesn’t want to put anything about himself out in the internet under his own name, that he always uses nicks and aliases. He said his CV should be enough when applying for a job.

There’s a definite gap between career services and recruiting professionals talking about personal branding and recruitment 3.0 (not utilizing CVs but the stuff that you’ve made publicly in the net) and eg IT professionals living off the grid due to privacy and data security issues – even when they’re ready to look for job on the global job market.

The text was published originally 17.6.2012 in Google+ as a comment to Lane Langmade’s post.

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Related:

Google+: Lane Langmade (edited post 18.6.2012)

Google+: Tiina Niskanen (post 17.6.2012 re-sharing Lane Langmade’s post)

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