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On 03, Apr 2009
Cleared Job Board to hold “Using Social Networks as Job Searching Tools” workshop to aid security-cleared job seekers in their career search
ClearedJobs.Net, a cleared job board providing services and products to the security cleared community, will debut a new workshop at its upcoming security cleared job fair on April 9, 2009 in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Entitled “Using Social Networks as Job Searching Tools,” this 30-minute workshop will highlight how job security-cleared job seekers can use popular social networks and microblogging platforms to find their next career opportunity.
“Many times job seekers will ask about social media and its role in the security cleared community,” says Kathleen Smith, Chief Marketing Officer for ClearedJobs.Net. “Much has changed over the last two years with the rapid growth of social media tools and this has impacted industries including recruiting and the intelligence community. Social media now encompasses two thirds of the total Internet time globally according to Nielsen. We believe security cleared job seekers need to get a better sense of how these tools can aid them in their job search process.”
“Just little over a year ago, recruiters would use social networks such as LinkedIn and Facebook to do cursory research on potential candidates,” adds Smith. “Today’s recruiters use these tools to post information about jobs through status updates on LinkedIn or individual fan pages on Facebook.”
What does this all mean for the security cleared candidate who has been diligently avoiding any social media for fear of invalidating their clearance? “Adapt,” says Smith. “Each security cleared professional has situational awareness about their security operation and the guidelines that are used when communicating their professional life with friends, family and co-workers. These same tools can be applied to social networking. Many will say that this will create problems for them, but if the security cleared professional is not familiar with the research and collaboration that is inherent in social networking they will not be prepared for Gov 2.0.”
The Using Social Networks as Job Searching Tools workshop, being led by local social media strategist and speaker Mayra Ruiz-McPherson, will be held twice:
- first session: from noon-12:30pm
- second session: 2:15-2:45 p.m.
The date and location for the Using Social Networks as Job Searching Tools workshop is:
- Thursday, April 9, 2009 in Tysons Corner, Virginia (@ The Westin Hotel)
“We first met Mayra at an on-site, custom training session covering social media fundamentals for our staff,” says Smith. “Her down-to-earth delivery of an often over-hyped subject was refreshing and easy to follow. We are very excited to have her present our new Using Social Networks as Job Searching Tools workshop to our security cleared job seekers and are confident attendees will get a lot of information mileage from the presentation.”
Employers attending the upcoming April 9 ClearedJobs.Net job fair include:
- Advanced Concepts
- BAE Systems – NS
- DSA, Inc
- Everest Technology Solutions
- General Dynamics – IT
- Harris Corporation
- Kearney & Company
- KPMG LLP
- L-3 Communications – GSES
- Northrop Grumman – MS
- Parsons. Corp.
ClearedJobs.Net located in Falls Church, Virginia provides services and products to the security cleared community. Founded in 2001, the company supports security cleared professionals in their career searches by producing Cleared Job Fairs, posting on-line security cleared jobs and industry information to assist security cleared job seekers in their career transitions. For more information about ClearedJobs.Net, please visit www.ClearedJobs.Net.
About Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Mayra Ruiz-McPherson is a digital marketing strategist, publicity assistant and social media enthusiast with more than 14 years of working in the marketing trenches of business. As a marketing consultant and frequent presenter of social media marketing topics, Ms. Ruiz-McPherson works with multiple clients to solve their marketing and publicity challenges.
In between professional engagements, Mayra guest blogs and contributes content regularly to a number of publications both in and outside the Washington DC metro area. Mayra is also the editor of The Better Social Business Blog, "Pet Tech" columnist for the Virginia Maryland Dog Magazine, contributes an “e-Trends” column to the Loudoun Business Journal and is founder of the Loudoun Fairfax Local Bloggers Meetup group which mentors and helps local bloggers network, learn and exchange ideas.