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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (October 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118678567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118678565
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Speed up your job search with Facebook®, Twitter®, and LinkedIn®
  • Create, establish, and promote a winning personal brand
  • Leverage the power of social media to enhance your career

Harness social media to land your dream job

For anyone looking for a first job, exploring a career change, or just setting up for future success, social media sites are proven platforms for facilitating connections, demonstrating passions and interests, and ultimately landing the job. Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies enables you to harness the power of the Internet to research and identify job opportunities, and then create a strategy for securing a position.

  • Get social — find out how social media has changed the job search spectrum and get a refresher on online networking basics
  • Personal Branding 101 — discover the importance of personal branding and how to best promote and communicate your message online
  • Out with the old school resume — find out why creating a complete profile on LinkedIn is so important and get easy-to-follow guidance on adapting your resume for an online audience
  • Put social networking to work — grasp how to use Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites in new ways to make connections you never dreamed possible

Open the book and find:

  • The importance of having an online presence
  • What your personal brand is and why it's essential
  • How to review your online reputation (and how you can repair it)
  • Guidance on crafting web resumes with LinkedIn, video, and more
  • Using Twitter, Facebook, and other sites to land a position
  • Mistakes people make when using social media sites

About the Author

Joshua Waldman, MBA, is an authority on leveraging social media to find employment. His writing has appeared in Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable, and the International Business Times. Joshua's career blog,, won the Readers' Choice Award for Best Career Blog 2013. Joshua presents keynotes, trainings, and breakout sessions around the world for students, career advisors, and professional organizations.

More About the Author

Joshua Waldman is an authority on leveraging social media to find employment. He is the author of Job Searching With Social Media For Dummies, and his writing has appeared in Forbes, Mashable and the International Business Times.

Joshua's career blog,, helps thousands of readers each month to get ahead using his job advice. Joshua is a speaker and trainer who specializes in helping job seekers gain control of their careers in today's competitive economic and technology climates. He presents keynotes, trainings and breakout sessions around the country for students, career advisors, consortiums and professional organizations.

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I have found it so helpful in my job search.
Get this book, read it, and put the wisdom into action because its never too soon to find that next great job."
John Paul Engel
If you are looking for a job, you need to use social media.
Philip R. Gerbyshak

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lichter VINE VOICE on January 8, 2014
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Of all the "for Dummies" guides I've read -- and I guess I'm enough of a dummy to have read several -- Joshua Waldman's "Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies" is one of the best. Waldman tackles his subject matter in a well-organized and understandable fashion, demonstrates a good understanding of what job-seekers need, and shows that he's been doing a very good job of keeping up with the latest aids the web has to offer.

Waldman's job search philosophy is relatively simple. Figure out who you are and how you want to present yourself to employers. Package yourself in a clear (and honest) fashion, and then get out your message using LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, a video resume, and/or your own blog. Enlist the help of friends. Don't neglect in-person networking or direct contact with employers, including voice or face-to-face informational interviews. Waldman gives extensive tips on each step.

Despite my 5-star review, I have major reservations about the book. There is very little in any of the self-help job search literature that is based on more than anecdotal evidence about what techniques are effective in locating and landing jobs. Real, scientific research is severely lacking. We know that real-life social networks are very important sources of both information and influence in the job search/hiring process.To the extent that you are able to build and maintain your social networks through social media, social media resources should be helpful. But that doesn't tell you whether LinkedIn is more effective than Facebook or Twitter, and it certainly doesn't tell you whether you're better off spending your 10 hours of free time this week blogging, working on your LinkedIn profile, cold-calling employers, or a combination of the three.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Long on November 11, 2013
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This is a wonderful MODERN job searching book that coaches you along the "new" job search as technology and social media has changed the way we find work. It's great for anyone that is looking to change jobs or that is out of work and searching for a job, but as a recruiter I'm excited about the tips and updates that I can use in my search for candidates!

Here are a handful of things that stand out to me as very helpful and SUPER GOOD REASONS to own this book if you are a job seeker:

Strategy chapters--"help" or "self-help" books often give you a ton of assessments (which I HATE) or they tell you general ways to change or improve but they don't give you a road map to put those changes into action. Here, we have several strategy chapters to get you rolling along that are purposeful, not fluffy. The whole book is set up to be a reference guide so you can always flip to a section and create an immediate action plan. I especially like a small section in the very first chapter that helps you assess you "current reality" before you start your job search. It asks you 5 questions that help you decide where you are and what resources you already have that you can utilize before you jump online or dive into social media.

There's a chapter on how to create professional blog posts and how to maintain an active blog without taking too much time. This can be monumental in creating and maintaining your online brand/presence but it can be daunting when it seems time consuming.

There are two different sections on how to build an online resume, which is different from a paper resume, and it recommends sites/tools to do so.
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This book is the BEST job searching book that I have ever read because it covers not only job searching but how to send resumes, cover letters and seek job information online. This book is more than just a great job searching book, moreover, it is like having a personal job coach right along side of you, guiding you though your job search from preparing stage to the landing the job stage!

From the very helpful tablet of contents to the index, this book is hard to put down because it is chock full of USEFUL and USE AT ONCE type of information. This book is great to use when searching for a job, moreover, it is a tool when social media info and internet info that will serve as a reference book for now and into the future...

For anyone who has an email account, and social media accounts and has access to a home computer, library or school computer, this book is a tool to take with you on the go!
Below, I will show you the chapters that gave me the best information and I suggest that you read FIRST:

1) Chapter 1 - The Lowdown on Social Media for Job Hunters - This is the foundation of this book as it explains: Getting Ready for Your Job Search on Page 11, Putting Your Resume Online on Page 13.

2) Chapter 2 - Setting Yourself Up for a Successful Job Search - On pages 24-26, it shows you how to setup your home office which includes acquiring a computer and Internet connection--it suggests how to purchase a used computer for less. Then it states how to get on WiFi...Page 26 covers Gathering the other essentials you need (as email address, Word-processing and spreadsheet software, phone number and planner or task organizer. (This info is so well covered).
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