This is the time where you are going to need to use all tools that are available to you to find your next job. The sequester has now been put into effect but it will take time for this spending cuts ripple down on to government programs. There is enough time for you to polish that resume, and reconnect with your old colleagues to help you find your next big job. There are two major ways that you can get your next job: The first one is networking online and the second is to meet people in the real world. Since, the online environment brings people together at a much faster pace, we want to concentrate on discussing how we can use the social networking tools that are available online to help you land your next job which would not be impacted by the sequester. This may be the time where you start to reach out to the private industry which may not have any business dealings that could go awry based on the sequester.
The top tool right now is to use LinkedIn. LinkedIn has been touted as the best website to use to network with co-workers online. The importance of LinkedIn is extremely important to building your online presence with recruiters. You can also participate in group conversations that are pertinent to your industry and job function to get people to notice who you are and what you can offer.
Another website that you can use is Quora. Quora is a question website for smart people. Major CEOs, executives, and directors use Quora to discuss topics in their industry. This is a great website to get potential hiring managers to see first-hand how you apply your knowledge to answer critical industry questions.
Another website which is currently in beta is the Business Exchange. This is a website by Bloomberg which allows you to contribute articles, and relevant information to your industry. You will be able to network with others in your industry to build up your online presence and perhaps meet people that can help you get your next job. You need to use all the tools that are available to help you land your next job despite the sequester. Do your research, make smart decisions, and take care of yourself.