How To Find a Job on Skype (Part 3)

I thought I was done with the Skype posts, but then I had another idea.  I asked myself, self, “People post their Skype IDs on Linkedin don’t they?”

I thought about it and said, “Yes, um… self. They do.”

So I figure I would end this series, at least for now, by showing you how to search Linkedin profile for Skype IDs. Check out my examples below.

“skype:*”* project.manager

Okay, feeling done with Linkedin. I wonder if this applies to other social networks and websites? Yeah, it should. Let’s give it a shot. manager

“i’m on skype” | | skype.ID  intitle:profile ~CEO

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Hmm… This gives me an idea for something else entirely. What? Hmm… time will tell. For now, happy hunting!


How To Find a Job on Skype (Part 2)

In part 1, I showed you how to search the Skype app for people to network with. In part 2, we are going a different route.

Many people post their Skype contact information on their blogs and websites and as such, you can track them via Google. Here are a few examples of what I mean. |

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“*” CTO

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“*” director.of | president.of | chief

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“add me to skype”  “technical recruiter”

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skype intitle:about recruiter | recruitment

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Let me know if you find this helpful!


How To Find a Job On Skype (Part 1)

Do you know what Skype is? Most likely you do but, just in case you don’t, this is what Skype has to say about itself.

Skype is software that enables the world’s conversation. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video calls and voice calls , send instant messages and share files with other Skype users. Everyday, people everywhere use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles.

Not impressed? Well, howzabout these stats?

With so many people on Skype, its a great place to network (and not just chat with pals). All you have to know is how to find people to network with and there are a couple of ways to do that.

  1. Search for people to connect with via the Skype application.
  2. Search for people to connect with via Google.

Let me show you both ways, step by step.

To find people via the Skype app, click on “Contacts” at the top of the application, then click on “Add a Contact…”

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A smaller window pops up. In the window are several fields (Email, Phone Number, Full Name and Skype Name)  In the full name, type in the word, umm… “Recruiter.”  At this writing, 200 matches were found.

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To the right of the number of matches found is a “View” button. I click that to look at the 200 people on Skype who have identified themselves as Recruiters.

How to find a job on Skype

At this point, I would simply click on each one, introduce myself and see if they have an opportunity that would interest me (or someone in my network).  Of course, why stick with talking to Recruiters only? Check out what else I found when I looked for other terms in the “Full Name” slot.

  • 200 matches found for Human Resources
  • 200 matches found for CEO, CFO and CTO
  • 200 matches found for Google, Cisco and Facebook

Now I am using the latest version of Skype which (unfortunately) does not have as robust a search as its previous version. Ugh! Oh well, its free, so how can I complain. Oh! I wish I could say that each contact I found with the term “Cisco” in it meant that they were all Cisco employees. If so, that would be great if I wanted to network with someone at that company, but truth is I don’t know. I do believe its worth a shot however. So, let me know how it goes?

In part 2, I will show you a different way to find people connected to Skype which may be better. Okay, its a lot better, but more time-consuming.  You’ll see what I mean when I post it.



How To Find Out If Your Company Is About To Lay You Off

Kudos to my pal Karen Mattonen for not only being cited by Inc. Magazine, but also for letting me know about an AWESOME resource that I know will be of interest to employed workers everywhere. What is it? Its called WARN. WARN is an acronym for Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification.

Here is some legalese around that:

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN Act) is a United States labor law which protects employees, their families, and communities by requiring most employers with 100 or more employees to provide sixty- (60) calendar-day advance notification of plant closings and mass layoffs of employees. It became law in August 1988 and took effect in 1989. In 2001, there were about 2,000 mass layoffs and plant closures which were subject to WARN advance notice requirements and which affected about 660,000 employees.

Employees entitled to notice under the WARN Act include managers and supervisors, hourly wage, and salaried workers. The WARN Act requires that notice also be given to employees’ representatives (i.e. a labor union), the local chief elected official (i.e. the mayor), and the state dislocated worker unit.

The advance notice gives workers and their families transition time to adjust to the prospective loss of employment, to seek and obtain other employment, and, if necessary, to enter skill training or re-training programs that will allow these workers to successfully compete in the job market.

There are a few exceptions to the rule from what I have found:

  • Closes a facility or operating unit because of a strike or a worker lock-out, and the closing is not intended to evade the purposes of the WARN Act.
  • If a plant closing or a mass layoff results in fewer than 50 workers losing their jobs at a single employment site;
  • If 50 to 499 workers lose their jobs and that number is less than 33 percent of the employer’s total, active workforce at a single employment site;
  • If a layoff is for 6 months or less; or
  • If work hours are not reduced 50 percent in each month of any 6-month period.

I am not a labor lawyer, so if you think your employer is violating (or has violated) this act, talk to an employment lawyer. Karen can probably refer some to you. (She knows plenty of folks like that.) Long story short, if a large company is going to make some mass layoffs, they have to report it to Uncle Sam. As such, you can look it up. Here are a few examples of reports you can download ( for free ) courtesy of your tax dollars.

To find WARN notices for your state, contact the Department of Labor for your state.

Click here for full details on WARN from U.S. Department of Labor.

How To Network On Twitter (Part 3)

I was thinking about what I was going to write for part 3 of this series when I remembered a Tweet I got from @johnsodd1. Earlier this year, he tweeted me something that caused me to have a double-take. He tweeted me a few keywords about his background and added a link to a webpage where I can get general information about him. Nice. As I reflect on the tweet he sent me, I began to appreciate his strategy. Let me break it down (as I see it).

  1. Darren Johnson created a Twitter profile for the sole purpose of approaching Recruiters on Twitter.
  2. At the time, he protected the tweets on his blog so nobody will see how many Recruiters he has been contacting. (Its open as of now.)
  3. His bio page is pretty simple. He has it set up on a page, but I would recommend that he instead add it to ResumeBear. Why? He could get stats on when his resume was viewed and by whom. (Gotta love that!)
  4. If I wanted to request a resume, I click a link that sends me a graphic of his email address. This is smart as well because it protects him from getting a spam list. Still, it would be better if he had it on ResumeBear. Who doesn’t want to know who’s been looking at their resume?
  5. When I retweeted Darren’s Twitter resume (way back when), I added the hashtag #twitterresume because I did not have an opportunity to discuss with him, but I hoped that either: a) Some Recruiter sees it and approaches him and/or b) a jobseeker sees the tweet and becomes inspired to do the same.
  6. I imagine that Darren did some research and found my name on a list of Recruiters that are on Twitter. Perhaps this one? –>

All in all, it was a good strategy! Kudos to you Mr. Johnson.