Social media is just the job!

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Interesting research (Jobvite) shows how people are using social media to reach out and find work, and many would argue that it’s something about which we all have to become familiar when looking for work or wanting to develop our career.

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Social media is just the job!

  1. 1. Want2get on? is a unique career coaching service that offers 1:1 support for those who wantto draw upon their Christian faith and apply it in a practical way to their job situation. faithwww.want2geton.co.uk Tel: 07503 177126 charles@want2geton.co.ukSocial Media is just the job!I am a child of the 80’s and I remember friendships at school were divided between theroughnecks who liked the chaos of Saturday morning’s Tiswas and the softer, middlemiddle-classkids who preferred the Multi-Coloured Swap Shop. This was the pre-Commodore Amiga era, Coloured Commodorewhen our computer studies lessons involved dialling up a line to the local exchange to connectour asthmatic, cabinet-sized computer to a server in a neighbouring town. sizedIn those days I failed to see the benefits (frankly there weren’t many!) of computers.Nowadays, however, I can identify just a handful of daily tasks, including cleaning my teeth, ,that don’t rely on logging-on.With a staggering 42 million people using Facebook in the UK (68% of pop population), 10 millionmicro-blogging on Twitter and ov 4 million engaging on LinkedIn, like it or loathe it, it’s blogging over ,difficult to dispute the power and reach of social media. Interesting research (Jobvite) showshow people are using social media t reach out and find work, and man would argue that it’s to ch manysomething about which we all have to become familiar when looking for work or wanting todevelop our career.Some hard facts: • 69% of those in work are seeking or open to a new job • 61% of job-seekers say finding work has been more difficult in the last year seekers • 1 in 6 job-seekers found their last job through an online social network seekers through • 88% of job-seekers have at least one social networking profile seekers(US data, but related closely to the UK)© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013
  2. 2. Top tips for using social media in your job searchWhen establishing your social media presence, don’t think you have to be active 24/7, butchose a few, e.g. facebook, and maintain a regular activity. It’s good to see yourself as aneditor of your own portfolio of magazines that show different facets of your personality, and assuch they don’t necessarily have to be linked up.1) Facebook52% of job-seekers use FB to find work - 70% of males use FB in their job search, as opposedto 30% of women.Don’t be ashamed of having to look for work. Why not start off by using FB to let your friendsand family know that youre seeking a job, find out local knowledge and obtain personalintroductions through them. Put your key words in your interests section: details of the sort ofwork you’ve done and what you’re looking for now.2) LinkedIn38% use LinkedIn to find work - 60% of males use LinkedIn for job search as opposed to 40%of women.For those just starting off on their careers, getting established on LinkedIn can be tough. Themajor challenge is to build your work/industry contacts and, if you have little experience and noconnections, progress can appear slow. However, in the same way that wine can develop intoa fine vintage, it is worth persevering with LinkedIn as it does allow you to develop a full anddynamic CV that can include recommendations, a personal business page and forums towhich you can network and contribute (and impress).3) Twitter34% use Twitter in to find work - 67% of males use Twitter in for job search as opposed to33% of womenUsing Twitter’s advanced search, locate a number of companies for which you’d like to work.It’s a good idea to ‘follow’ their HR staff rather than the company’s Twitter account as they’remore likely to respond. This may help you stay one step ahead in the job market.You could put your job pitch in your Twitter bio including a link to an online CV or LinkedInprofile. Tweet about your work and experiences in your chosen industry – it may attractinterest.Finally, don’t forget to use a professional-looking avatar – appearances do count!Want2get on? is a unique career coaching service that offers 1:1 support for those who wantto draw upon their Christian faith and apply it in a practical way to their job situation.www.want2geton.co.uk Tel: 07503 177126 charles@want2geton.co.uk© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013

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