Michael Yublosky of Buffalo Grove is hoping to open your eyes to social media and how it can help you find a job.
In fact, the principal behind GEM Consulting aims to help you for free at programs he's doing called "Using LinkedIn, Google and Twitter for a job Search" at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 11, at the Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. More programs are set for July 18, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8.
"I want to open their eyes to a whole lot of jobs that can be found via the web even before they're general public knowledge," Yublosky said.
Being on such professional sites opens your network of contacts and, therefore, your access to information, he said.
His program, which offers hands-on experience, provides tools needed to create and to promote a website that can display a resume or a portfolio, he said.
He recently did a similar program in Libertyville, teaches at the Career Resource Center in Lake Forest and will be presenting at the Buffalo Grove Park District this fall, he said.
"Because of the speed of social media, jobs are broadcast over these sites and many people aren't aware of it, if they're not part of social media," Yublosky said.
And he's not the only one providing programs for free with the hope of helping you in your job search or to promote your business.
Richard Kong, information services manager, and librarian Shannon Scanlan, of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library said its Business Center is offering the Job Seeker Program Series, co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights, along with a new presentation called "Business Bytes."
This center provides monthly programs focusing on technology that can be useful to local business owners and employees. Recent topics include Google Places, Facebook, Twitter and video marketing on YouTube, said Kong.
You can find more on their business blog at www.ahml.info/research/business/bizz-buzz.
The Job Seekers program offers websites, online tools, social networking sites, and other resources. You can see more at www.ahml.info/research/jobs.
The Business Center also has a new look, including a large monitor displaying financial news and five computers that allow people to conduct research using premium online resources and work on resumes and cover letters, Kong said.
"We're revamping the way we organize and plan our computer/technology classes for the public. This will include a "Working Life" track which will include classes on Microsoft Office, LinkedIn and creating a professional blog or portfolio online," Kong said.
Surfing: Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility launched a new smartphone in China that features the Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest Google operating system. The device also has a dual-core processor with each core running at 1 gigahertz, plus a 4-inch, high-definition screen. The smartphone's name? Moto MT870 ... catchy.
The phone is similar to the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone with AT&T here that also has the dual-core processor and the HD display, said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president of Motorola mobility's Portfolio and Device, Product Management.
Moto has other smartphones on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform, including the Motorola Photon 4G with Sprint, the Motorola XT883 and Motorola XT882 both in China, said Mutricy.
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