As the Director of Interactive at Capstrat in Raleigh I’m always on the lookout for talented developers, but right now I have an immediate need for an awesome front-end developer. My friend Les James runs a popular Meetup for front-end developers – so I thought I would look through his members for leads… makes sense right?
What I noticed is that people don’t really think about being found on Meetup.com. Meetup offers a lot of ways for you to promote yourself in your Meetup.com profile including linking out to your LinkedIn profile. Some people even go so far as to say that they are looking for a . job, but don’t make it easy to find out who they are!
I would like to submit exhibit #1. Leigh was a person I thought looked interesting and clicked through to her profile page. Once there I only saw a first name. No links out to their Twitter feed, Facebook or LinkedIn. No last name so I couldn’t search LinkedIn manually. I hit the back button and moved on to the next person. The catch to Leigh’s profile page is that it says, “…just relocated from nyc, need some help with job search…”.
This may sound like an social-SEO rant, or maybe even a personal branding rant but you need to think about the way you are presenting yourself online.
Meetup allows you to add a bio blurb about yourself, links back to your website with additional text to give it context, links out to your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr and Tumblr.
If you take the time to sign up for something, you need to take the extra few minutes to fill out the profile section.
Go make yourself findable!