After studying ...
I studied Social Sciences and Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen. During my main studies, I started working as a student trainee in HR at a Cologne office Company.
Although I was taken over by the company for a limited period, the employment relationship ended in December 2008 and was not extended due to the great crisis.
Difficult career advancement
Getting a job in the HR department was difficult at the time. Due to the economic crisis, jobs in this area were few and far between, and I was also in competition with business people, lawyers or psychologists. So I started to reorient myself without knowing which direction to go.
Despite my work experience, I had the feeling to start working with 0 and was suddenly faced with self-doubt and fears. As an alternative I decided to do a further education and got a consultation appointment with a further education provider in Mülheim. That was in 1. January 2009.
Get out of the motivation hole
The conversation was a win for me, because beyond the training proposal, the consultant built me up and gave me new impulses: "Go out, visit events that interest you and go to job fairs. Take advantage of new media like Xing. As a social scientist, it's even more important to build networks! "
These tips were not really new for me but the conversation pulled me out of my motivation hole. From the training was nothing, but I heeded the tips of the nice advisor and got started. I took at Xing the role of the jobseeker (which was not so easy for me), got me a professional literature that helped me optimize my profile and started using Xing with all its functions.
What to do to find a job?
Among other things, I applied to the Uni Duisburg-Essen-Alumni-Group and was informed about the Career Day for humanities and social scientists, for which I registered directly. There I met a colleague of Scholz and Friends, who previously lectured on career opportunities in the advertising industry.
I asked him openly whether his company is looking for personnel. He told me that they do not have open vacancies, but in perspective they need people who are familiar with the topic of recruiting staff on the Web 2.0.
My new hobby: Employer Branding
When he added that the need for human resources in this area would rise across industries, he put the "employer branding worm" in my ear. That same evening, I asked him a contact request, which he promptly accepted.
Two days later I received from him via Xing an invitation to an event organized by Scholz and Friends on the subject of employer branding, which of course I also visited. Personnel from the larger companies in Düsseldorf and the surrounding area and I in between were invited. I got to know many interesting people that evening, with whom I networked via Xing.
The network is growing
I signed up for groups on the topics of Employer Branding, Recruiting on the Web 2.0, and so on. I learned what RSS feeds and alerts are, watched Youtube videos from staff conferences, and started to read the blogs of staffs and recruiters such as Gero Hesse, Lutz Altmann, Manuel Koelman, etc., and then connect them with Xing ,
At that time (early to mid-2010), I worked freelance as a lecturer and helped unemployed people, among other things, to exploit the opportunities of the Internet in finding work. The various HR and employer branding blogs and my Xing experiences were of course a great help to me.
First loose chat ...
In July 2010 I received a contact request from a Mr. Lars Hahn about Xing. He would have read my introductory email in the Xing Group Ruhrstadt network and remembered me. I would have been to him for a consultation for further education and he would find it exciting to network with me.
Of course, I immediately agreed, because the conversation with him had remained in positive memory. When he posted a few weeks later about Xing that he was represented with the LVQ as a continuing education provider at the job fair Essen, I went. My former lecturer job ended and I was still looking for a permanent position, so I could combine my job search with a casual chat about training.
... then find the job
I visited Mr. Hahn at the LVQ stand and we talked about further training opportunities. In addition, he would find it exciting, what I had last professionally and with whom I would be so all about Xing networked.
Actually, this would exactly match the job profile that the LVQ had defined for a position in the marketing. I should just let him send me my application papers and you could meet for a coffee in a loose threesome with the managing director of the LVQ. After a one-month trial, I was then taken over in a fixed position.
So much to my job search via Xing. I know other examples of people who have gotten their job through Xing.
In my view, Twitter would not work for many of the people I have been working for so far. More in another report.
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