Social Media is Your Job Search's Best Friend - Page 2
LinkedIn has some fantastic search options for finding both connections and possible jobs. Start following the companies you would like to work for to get a better sense of their corporate culture. Take advantage of their postings; by keeping up with their latest news and events, you position yourself as an expert of the job you want to get. Check out their company profiles to see who the decision makers are, and see if your network can get you either connected or introduced.
Facebook should be a mix of professional and social interactions. Be thorough in filling out hobbies and interests, it adds personality to your online profile. Make sure that your profile picture also shows you in a good light, and that your social media channels have an overall polished appearance.
Companies want to hire people who are engaged and passionate; dive right into the online community of your career field and show off your knowledge and skill-sets. Starting a blog or maintaining a twitter account about relevant material is a perfect way to show your interest and writing skills. The more information you put out, the more information you’ll receive back.
Online connections are a great place to start, but don’t ignore offline interactions in the process. Make connections and introductions, then bring the conversation offline with requests for interviews or quick meetings over coffee to discuss their careers. Social networking should not replace the tried and true methods of job searching, but should instead be used as a way to be a step above the competition.
Whether you’re new to the social media scene, or a tech savvy netizen, using what you have to your advantage on social media is the best way to land your dream job.