Job Seekers: A Right Way to Ask For Help

There are loads of wrong ways people have asked for help in their job search.

From “Can you send my resume to all the recruiters you know?” to the outright “Get me a job!” demand, when you’re desperately looking, you don’t want to wind up further from your goal because you’re not respecting the other person’s time (or interest).

So while I’m not saying the approach below is one-size-fits-all, it is one that impressed me enough to make me want to help.

I received this message on LinkedIn*:

Hi Everyone,

Thought I would send a brief message via LinkedIn to my favorite Twitter network. I just wanted to let you know that the company I have worked with decided to move to another state quite suddenly. To make a long story short, my state’s team was laid off and so I am on the look for a new opportunity, preferably in the same area. I am also open to working remotely, even if it’s part time. If it’s the right company I would also consider relocating. I just wanted to ask if you could keep a look out for any opportunities/positions that involve social media, marketing, entry level sales and/or brand management. I know that’s a ton of stuff but just thought I would get the ball rolling since I didn’t expect to be out of work.

Please don’t feel pressured at all.  I just wanted to connect and start exploring my options. You are all a great part of my day and I always appreciate the daily motivation!

If you want to email me or need anything like a resume just let me know. Thanks and see you on Twitter.

What’s so great about this message:

  • The job seeker sent this message to a group of us, but it was very easy to see it was a SMALL group, which still kept it personal.
  • All of us in this group are persons she’s interacted with before and on a consistent basis, not just suddenly after a long absence.
  • As a recipient in this group message, I appreciated that I knew everyone else (this isn’t a requirement, but a very nice-to-have).
  • The job seeker never once asks us to get her a job. Instead, she tells us what she’s looking for and where, and leaves the choice entirely up to us.
  • The message itself is engaging and friendly, and talks to us like we’re all people. You’d be surprised at how many such messages don’t.

Your takeaway:

Whether you send your job search message to a small group or one person at a time, keeping it light, keeping it relevant, and establishing some kind of common ground beforehand can positively influence someone toward helping you.

How do you recommend job seekers get the word out?

*Used with permission from the job seeker and scrubbed of identifying details.

Pic found here.

Top 100 Twitter Accounts Job Seekers MUST Follow for 2012

I am so honored to have made this list–honored, touched and humbled. YouTern’s list of 100 Twitter accounts job seekers must follow is full of exceptional people, some of whom have helped me in my own career.

Read the post not only to find and follow a treasure trove of incredibly helpful, resourceful people, but for the kind words the YouTern clan has attached to each (did I mention I was humbled?).

“You may not find many of those we’ve come to respect on a “Most Influential” list (although we know some are). That’s because – like you – we value quality over quantity. No self-promoters. No salespeople. Every person or organization on this list has shown us real character – and I’m proud to say that many have moved way past 140 characters and into wonderful business relationships – and friendships.”

What are you waiting for? Go get that list!

Happy Twitter bird from here.

The Job Seeker’s Bill of Rights

If you’ve ever sent resumes and applications with no response–

If you’ve ever waited weeks for a recruiter to call you back–

If you’re sick of being discriminated against because you’re unemployed–

Then the Candidate Bill of Rights is for you.

The Savvy Intern has so many good posts and topics it almost makes me nostalgic for college. I could have used the real-world information back then. Fortunately it helps no matter where and when you are in your career!

Pop on over to Is it Time for a Candidate Bill of Rights? and tell us what you’ll stand for–and what you won’t. Let’s make this a better career culture for job seekers!