I mentioned the other day that I recently went through an interview cycle on the way to a new gig with an awesome company. During this process, it is easy to see (what you should already know) how smart phones and social media are increasingly intertwined with the interview/job search process in big and small ways.
Here’s one small way: documenting what you wear to an interview.
Tryin' hard to look like Gary Cooper
Ok. Guys have it easier on this front. 2 suits, a sports jacket, a few shirts and a few more ties and you’re ready for 3-4 rounds of interviews at a number of companies.
But for every gift there is a down-side. Most dudes are not normally fashion conscious. Unless our favorite sports teams have given us the Garanimals head-start (e.g. Patriots Nautical Blue suit with a white shirt and red tie), we may be challenged. It is such a blind-spot for some guys that I have a recruiter buddy who escorts charges to the first meet to ensure they are dressed like an adult.
Snap, Snap! Grin, Grin!
Enter the iPad camera. Snap a quick self-pic on the way out the door and then tag the photo when you get home (e.g. Job x, Interview 2).
You’ve got a pictorial catalog of how much variety you are mixing into your wardrobe that you can store right next to your “customized for that job resume” you did (because you did – right?). This “scrapbook” can be especially valuable given the extended sales cycles of most jobs in this market (interviewing with more people over and extended period of time).
Any interesting ways you are using your iPad or social media in your job search you care to share?