Social media network sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are widely used for sharing information. But did you know that you can integrate the use of social media networking into your job seeking? Though the thought may have never crossed your mind, many job seekers are utilizing this social media tool as an extra added agent to help find employment.
Here are some of my tips on how to use social media sites more effectively in your job search.
Market Yourself and Expand Your Network
The root of social media is interacting with one another online SOCIALLY. So break away from that lonesome shell and become more interactive. Start a discussion on a topic that may interest your audience; answer questions and of course ask questions too; Share information.
Setup An Account
One of the first steps towards utilizing a social media site like LinkedIn is to have an account established of course. A larger number of employers – unlike before are fishing for specific keywords in applications on LinkedIn and these keywords aren’t found on job boards. So make sure your phrases and keywords of skills those that are used in your industry of expertise.
Group – Join or Create
LinkedIn has a load of difference groups you can join and/or participate in based upon your career interest. When participating in these group(s) always leave intelligent comments/feedback and/or when starting a conversation (always make sure to check your spelling and grammar).
References – you need them and others do too! Gather as many references as you possibly can and write as many references as you possibly can too. When writing, the clearer and detailed you are about your skills and accomplishments the better off you are. Before publishing a written reference you should proofread it and always get a second opinion if any revisions need to be made to your work before publicly publish it (vice-versa).
Follow Your Career
What companies do you “like” in your industry? LinkedIn allows you the option to stay connected with the companies in your industry of your choice. Show your interest; find out the latest news and events going on with companies you “like.”