Did you know that according to many surveys, the hidden job market accounts for an average of 90% of new hires. This indicates that networking is an essential tool for any job seeker.
We held the last Experience Counts computer workshop for the mature worker group at McBride Career Group yesterday. It was a really fun session with lots of interaction and discussion. The primary topic was Free Online Resources, in particular networking, training, website builders and the cloud. My next few posts will focus on these topics, providing links and other useful information. Let's start with networking.
For the mature worker, social media as a form of networking might seem like a strange concept. However, social media can provide you with connections you might not have made otherwise. The primary tool for professional networking is LinkedIn and that is what I am going to focus on here. Facebook and Twitter are also useful tools but do tend to cross over into our personal lives. I prefer to keep some separation between my personal and professional lives. LinkedIn provides that for me. If you're not sure whether using LinkedIn is for you, read these articles on the Third Quarter website;
The are many resources online to help you learn more on this topic. Here's a link to a free GCFLearnFree course to get you started on your networking path.
What are your favourite networking tools and resources? We would love to hear from you.
If you are 50+ job seeker interested in participating in the Experience Counts program, click here to learn more.
I have been known to be somewhat opinionated on the topic of web browsers. When it comes to functionality, that is really dependent on individual browsing habits and needs. What really gets me going is security and the accessibility of the security settings the browser offers. This is a benchmark I often use. In particular, I am looking at this from the perspective of the less informed user. Those that are not too tech savvy either don't know they have choices or struggle to find where that information lies. Each browser has it's own settings and everything is so layered and minimal, the clues can be hard to find.
This is an introduction to a series of posts offering insight into how browsers work and how to change the settings to be more secure.
If you are looking for tutorials on specific browsers, go to my favourite learning site, GCFLearnfree.org. Go to the Internet Basics page for tutorials on the three most popular PC based web browsers, Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.
For Mac users, visit the Apple Mac Apps Support for information on how to use Safari on your Mac computer or iOS device.
If you know of other great free learning resources, please leave a comment and share with us!
I am happy to announce that I will be facilitating the Quickbooks course being offered by the Foothills Continuing Education Council at the Okotoks Public Library. Topics include setting up a company file, invoicing, accounts payable, managing accounts receivables, GST, account reconciliations, budgeting and financial reporting. No prior experience with QuickBooks® is necessary. However, basic computer skills and a basic knowledge of double entry bookkeeping is essential.
For more information and to register, visit the Foothills Continuing Education website.
The Computer Cafe is scheduled to start again on February 10th 2015. This is a drop-in session provided by Literacy for Life in partnership with the High River Library. Bring your laptop or tablet, PC or MAC and your questions.
Location: High River Library
Dates: Tuesday, February 10th to May 26th
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Contact: Literacy for Life - 403-652-5090