Both privately and publicly, social media websites are all the rage. Humans are naturally social beings and social media websites allow us to connect on a whole new level. Naturally, this has made many people wonder how they can best integrate social networking practices during their job hunt and they should be wondering this. In a 2013 survey, Jobvite.com asked over 800 employers if they were using or planning to use social media for their recruiting and 94% of the employers said they were.
Here are some useful tips for you to use on your job hunt:
1. Start by letting people know that you’re looking for a job. This could be down through a Facebook status, Twitter update or LinkedIn post. If you have the character space, describe the type of position you are looking for. Then, kindly ask those who might know of a related position to connect with you.
2. Don’t be afraid to network! Is there a company you would like to work at but are not sure how to get your foot in the door? Check out your friends on Facebook and see if any of them work for that employer. Do the same for LinkedIn. If you see someone who does, send him or her a message letting him or her know you’re interested in employment at the company and ask for any advice they might be able to give you.
3. Before reaching out though, check your privacy settings! Make sure your Facebook profile especially is private. Employers don’t want to search your name on social media and come across photos of your late night romps.
4. Hyperlink your resume. This goes especially for those in creative or marketing fields! Make sure to include your website, LinkedIn profile and Twitter handle on your resume. It will give the employer additional ways to contact you!
5. Get Google on your side by optimizing your LinkedIn profile. Don’t like what you see when you Google yourself? Then fix it! Optimize your LinkedIn profile with keyboards an employer might search on Google to find you. Then, become active on the site!
6. Join industry chats on Twitter! Search for Twitter chats that revolve around your industry and get involved. You never know what kinds of useful connections you’ll be able to make until you start reaching out.
There are many ways to use social media to your advantage during your job hunt and these are just a few to get you started. Happy hunting!