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Enjoy Retirement e-Zine, Volume 3 - Issue 16 -- What is Social Media
April 05, 2011
Enjoy Retirement e-Zine
Volume 3 - Issue 16: 04-05-11Table of Contents:
1. Editor's Comments:
Welcome to the latest issue of Enjoy Retirement e-Zine. Our mission is to provide a fun, enjoyable experience to help you achieve your ideal retirement. This e-Zine is set to be a complement to our website Enjoy-Retirement-Jobs.com.
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3. What is Social Media?
It is many things, so the answer to that question depends on how you want to use social media. In my view, social media can be used in three ways:
Social Media for Personal and Family Use
Most of us are talking about Facebook, Twitter or some other site that allows you to interact with your friends and family. I will be talking about Facebook, since that is the most popular for connecting with friends. Whichever ones that you decide to participate in, I suggest that you take a few precautions to ensure your security.
1. Privacy setting should always be set to the most secure level, even in you are just talking about your family picnic. Recently gawker(dot)com posted a suggestion to improve your security on Facebook. Click on this Gawker.com article and follow its suggestions for securing the best security setting. This is a MUST DO.
2. Fill in your profile, but not to the fullest extent. For instance, I suggest that you do not include the year of your birth in the profile. You may even want not to show the day, only the month. Someone could use the month, day and year to gain access to another website by answering birthdate questions. So be selective and not give too much information.
3. Do connect with your friends and family. If there are those that you do not feel that you want to share some thoughts with them, then just pass them by.
4. Be respectful and considerate in your posts. Sure, put funny things up and great pictures, but everyone will enjoy it more when we are all civil.
5. Many other tips can help you in your enjoyment of Facebook. What other social media best practices do you want to learn about? Just go to this short social media request form to tell me about what you want more information. No email address required.
Social Media for Boomer Job Seekers
Just as Facebook is the most popular for personal connections, LinkedIn is most popular for networking for job hunters. Let's touch on just some of the many ways you can use LinkedIn to search for a job.
1. Get found when people Google your name. Since your LinkedIn profile is open to be searched by Google, your name can be found when people search for you by name. This is an easy and inexpensive way to get your name on the web to be found.
2. Fill in the appropriate amount of detail on your profile in LinkedIn. Since you are taking these steps to make professional contacts, you should keep your profile information professional. It is good to provide as much detail on your prior places of employment, organizations and your current work as you can, since keywords can attract viewers in searches. Be truthful and accurate.
3. Connect with people that you know. You can use your contact list or view the connections of people that you do contact with and request to connect. It is best to do this only if you know them.
4. Keep people reminded of you through normal communication means. You can add a link to your profile on you email signature. Or you can post your profile on other social media, such as Facebook.
5. Update regularly. Be careful not to overload the viewers with too many updates, but any major projects that you have worked on or changing jobs are good posts.
6. Many other tips can help you in your successful use of LinkedIn in your job search. What other social media best practices do you want to learn about? Just go to this short social media request form to tell me about what you want more information. No email address required.
Social Media to Grow Your Business
Whether you are a boomer entrepreneur or part of a business that wants to grow, social media provides a great tool to engage your customers and clients. You might as well do it, because your competition is using social media already.
LinkedIn is a great tool for communicating with your customers, especially B2B and Facebook is building its structure to be more business friendly too. Here are a few things you should do on LinkedIn:
1. Check references by examining the profiles of your candidates and evaluate the recommendations.
2. Get recommendations. You can ask for them from your customers, clients, colleagues or someone with whom you volunteered. A good way to get recommendations is to give them.
3. Connect with industry leaders, even high profile people. You can request an introduction through mutual connection.
4. Solve problems for people. Provide answers to questions that are posed by Groups and become a thought leader in your area of expertise. Helping others and you will help yourself.
5. Develop a professional summary and fill out your profile. Keep it updated and accurate without being a resume rehash.
6. Participate and stand out. Be active in groups and your postings through the various applications that are available on LinkedIn. Show an interest in others.
7. Many other tips can help you in your successful use of LinkedIn and Facebook for growing your business. What other social media best practices do you want to learn about? Just go to this short social media request form to tell me about what you want more information. No email address required.
4. Retirement Planning Study
MetLife produces a study that helped identify the types of people involved in planning for retirement. The study is "Best-Case Strategies for a Flexible Retirement: The MetLife Study of Thinking About Retirement in Uncertain Times.
This consisted of respondents age 50 - 70 who were both pre- and post-retiree. The study found 10 types of people regarding finances:
Interestingly, the one thing that the respondents would do differently was "start saving earlier" at 29%. It is a good article that can be found here.
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