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People may not think or relate to creating an opportunity through a blog comment.  If you are in the New Media sector you know this is part of your arsenal in creating a growing brand.  But what does this have to do with your job search and how can it help?

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Through Kevin Donlin’s Blog, on his website, The simple job search.  I wound up meeting him in Detroit, getting interviewed for a podcast about how I got   my New Media internship with LLS and then he referred  me  to a reporter at the Christian Science Monitor.  Though she did not use my interview  in her newspaper.  It was a chance I would not have had, had I not commented in the first place.

Through his website, he noted another person named A. Harrison Barnes. He is a great writer and has really useful stuff.  But his blogs are way too long and if it were up to me, and I had a chance to really talk to him about it,  I would really shorten them.  They average about 1000 or more words and by the end you probably have to take a break or two.  They are just way too long.  But I digress.  I connected to him on Facebook because I had been the only one commenting.

This led to a possible job opportunity.  He liked my blog and things but things just weren’t going to work out between us.  As much as I liked the opportunity it just wasn’t a great fit.

The moral of the story is in a down economy there are different ways to find a job.  Plus, you need to know your worth, don’t sound desperate and to not take the first opportunity which comes around.  You could wind up working in a place which you hate and you could be miserable.  When you stick to your passion and you find a way to combine it to make an income.  Then you probably won’t ever want to leave work.

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On Saturday I presented this to about 150 people at St. Anastasia in Troy for a Re – Employment seminar put on by Matthew Karrandja.  His goal was to give financial planning,  social media training, and some resume advice to the community.  He is planning on having a faith based network.

He also has a website which he is hoping to promote.  I am going to be a part of his content team.  We are looking to keep the good talent in MI and not move.   Everyone has heard of the brain drain and a lot of professionals are moving out of MI.

We need good news and this is going to be a platform to help people in transition.  I met Matt through a Linked In connection, then we went to lunch for a meeting and I thought I couldn’t help him since Trialon is automotive employment and here I am a social networking person.  Turns out this was actually a great fit! He has been a great asset and full of great advice.

I am a student of Kevin Donlin and I met David Perry his partner through Linked In.  This is where I have practiced the lessons in which I am sharing and if you need ideas I suggest you follow them on Twitter, add them on Facebook and Linked IN.  They are really smart people.  What is on this presentation is only a touch of what they teach.  I combine it with the power of  your online presence.

Let’s get everyone working together and make a difference in MI!

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On April 21, 2009 I took Kevin Donlin’s method and put it into action with this presentation.  His method is always to start working before it is needed to show your expertise and to solve a problem before they know they have one. I met Kevin later that day at the MSU Alumni sponsored event “How to find a job in tough times.”

I was supposed to be at a NHLTweetup but I did not want to go because Kevin’s method has helped me.   Early in my social media endeavors I commented on a blog post after I downloaded and dissected one of his white papers called “The Simple Job Search Manifesto”  from the http://www.thesimplejobsearch.com and I have been convinced ever since.  This was a connection which brought me to my first podcast, then featured in a newspaper column in MN, and then that day I was interviewed about Social Media in the Christian Science Monitor which is located in Boston, MA.  I am happy to have met and to know him and even when I don’t think he is paying attention on Facebook he is thinking about me.

I used this when I was kind of confused to what kind of meeting I would be having with Hunch Free.  We had an informational interview already over the phone a few days ago and I was really interested in how to sell a Social Media strategy to a Community College. This is just to enhance a campaign which is already being used and is just my ideas in action.  I am not sure if they can be used in the campaign.

Our meeting was triggered by a change in status on his Linked IN profile because I was looking for ideas on how to create my own.  Am I going to do this or pursue other ideas I really do not know.  In the meantime, I am actively networking and meeting people.

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So I brought with me this plan to showcase my skills.  Jimmy Gwizdala was impressed and wasn’t really sure what to think.  I had emailed this presentation first because I was not sure if he was going to be bringing his laptop or not and then I also put it on a disc.  So he had a traveling copy if he connects with someone he can pass this on.

I wasn’t offered a job but I was offered an opportunity to freelance.  I am NOT going to take it and I need to find a niche so I can charge something.  I am still passionately looking for a FULL TIME position but I want to keep learning in the process and this is a great way to do so!

Great Opportunities happen when you create them!

You can decide your own destiny you just need to have the desire to do what you want! I am kind of scared but I know this is a great opportunity to gain some experience.  Looks like I am NOT going to take that opportunity I still need a plan for my business if I am going to start one.

Have you freelanced? Started your own biz? What are your suggestions?

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