Continuing with my mission to introduce job hunters to bloggers they may not know about — but should — I’m focusing today on Tim Tyrell-Smith (@TimsStrategy on Twitter).
If you want to catch up with the other posts in this series, here are the first two:
A little background about Tim . . .
Four years ago, he was unemployed for the first time in his career. To keep himself positive and confident, he reached out to other job seekers and began finding ways to build community. He created a set of tools to help job seekers with networking, and then began blogging to provide more in depth information and free downloads.
In a relatively short amount of time, Tim has become a leading voice in the job search and personal marketing space. He’s aligned himself with many of us in the careers industry and, time and again, comes through with support, expertise, innovation and opportunities.
I stumbled across his first blogsite, Spin Strategy, 3 years ago, and have been hooked on Tim’s writing ever since. If you visit his reincarnated blogsite, TimsStrategy, be prepared to spend some time noodling around there. You’ll have a hard time leaving.
Just as I did with Hannah and Jacob, I asked Tim to share his best job search advice. Here’s his answer, in three parts:
1. Know what you are looking for in the next job. So many are “open to anything” that they forget to share details to engage their network. We meet so many people in transition, help me remember you by giving me tangible data.
2. Be positive and upbeat. Not always easy when things aren’t going well, but these are essential characteristics and a big part of the first impression with hiring managers, recruiters and new connections.
3. Network with a purpose. Without a purpose you are just socializing. All that time away from home or online needs to deliver results (new connections, job leads, intros to target companies). Not just business cards.
In his business, Tim is a personal marketing coach, life coach, and keynote speaker. He’s written two books that I highly recommend, HeadStrong and 30 Ideas: The Ideas of Successful Job Search.
An avid blogger, Tim writes about a wide array of job search essentials – personal branding, personal marketing, career development, social media, social networking. He blogs extensively about keeping a positive attitude.
Any job seeker would benefit from joining his very active LinkedIn Group, Tim’s Strategy – Ideas for Job Search, Career and Life.