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Could blogging score you a job?

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If you find yourself seeking new employment, consider taking proactive, positive approaches. All hinge on online methods, which 40% of new job seekers use in their searches (2008 Spherion Emerging Workforce Study).

1. Create a “call to action” Outlook signature, linking your résumé, blog and web site. Example: “A flexible, detail-oriented administrative professional, 15 years’ experience making executives’ jobs easier. Contact Jane@abc.com.”

2. Write timely, positive posts on a blog. Focus on topics that can move your career forward.

3. Update your LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter profiles
and participate in those social networks.

4. Create an e-mail introduction
to make it easy for your contacts to forward your credentials to others in their network. Describe who you are and highlight what makes you unique.

5. Establish yourself as an “expert”
by joining in blog discussions.

Craft e-mail that shouts 'Read me!'

Three-quarters of today's execs use e-mail as their primary form of communication, says Robert Half International. So, make sure your messages stand out amid the e-mail avalanche by crafting them as if the boss has only 10 seconds to read them.

Here’s what we mean:

Get to the point right away. The quicker you do, the more likely you’ll receive a prompt reply.

Craft a specifics-laden subject line. Use key words from your message. Example: “For review: Advertising budget figures.”

Include an action step. Otherwise, the boss may assume that the message is simply an FYI. Example: “What I need to move forward: approval for the initial purchase by tomorrow, 12/16.”

Keep it simple. While a bulleted list of questions is sometimes OK, it’s easier for most people to respond to a single request or question. Bottom line: If you want a speedy reply, steer clear of a laundry list.

Use “urgent” judiciously. Otherwise, those red flags quickly lose their oomph. Opt instead to cue your boss within the subject line, when a message is time-sensitive. Example: “Final proof: Needs approval by 3 p.m. today”

Send once, receive once. Eliminate the need to ping-pong messages back and forth. Example:

You: “Could we meet in the next few days?”

Boss: “Sure, what works for you?”

You: “How about Thursday? You free for lunch?”

Boss: “No, I’m booked. How about Wednesday?”

Instead, try to cover the bases in one message. Example:

“Could we meet in the next few days? I’m free Wed. and Thurs. afternoons, or Fri. morning. Let me know what time works for you, and I’ll be there.”

Boss: “How about Friday at 10 a.m.?”

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