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One of the wonderful things about the internet is that it can help you find almost anything; gifts, books, games, DVDs, and yes – even a job! In fact, if you know how to use social media in your......

One of the wonderful things about the internet is that it can help you find almost anything; gifts, books, games, DVDs, and yes – even a job! In fact, if you know how to use social media in your job search then you have a significant advantage over others who do not.

Let’s talk a little about how to effectively use social media when looking for employment.

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  • 1. Using Social Media for Job Search One of the wonderful things about the internet is that it can help you find almost anything; gifts, books, games, DVDs, and yes – even a job! In fact, if you know how to use social media in your job search then you have a significant advantage over others who do not. Let’s talk a little about how to effectively use social media when looking for employment. Which Social Media Sites Should I Use? This is the first question you should ask yourself. It might be the case that you are already a member of specific sites but hadn’t thought of using them in
  • 2. this capacity, or it could be that you’ve never even heard of them and don’t know where to begin! In either case, here is a run down of some of the more effective social media sites you should be using in your job search: LinkedIn: This should be your first port of call when looking for a job. Like Facebook, LinkedIn allows its users to create a profile page about themselves and to add others who they know to their list of contacts. What’s the difference then? LinkedIn is specifically designed for working professionals. This means that networking is always about your career and job prospects, allowing people who have worked with you to endorse your specific skill-sets, letting employers see what you’re capable of through those endorsements. Make as many connections as you can with people you have dealings with and watch those endorsements fly in. Facebook: You might be thinking that Facebook is only there to let you keep in touch with old buddies or waste some time with an online game, but Facebook is an extremely powerful networking tool which can help you get a new job. Businesses and recruitment agencies all haveFacebook pages which you can like from your profile and engage with. Often these pages post links to jobs, training opportunities, or to websites which list job openings, making this a really efficient hub for finding out about employment opportunities quickly. Don’t forget that personal contacts and friends might be able to help you find work too! Twitter: Twitter is a great way to network within your industry of choice. Once you’ve set up an account, your first step should be to identify and start following the twitter accounts of companies within your field of interest and recruitment agencies. Each time these accounts send out a tweet, you’ll be notified immediately via email or your phone. This way you can find out quickly about job opportunities even before they have been advertised in a magazine or newspaper.
  • 3. Alternatively, you could do a keyword search at TwitJobSearch where you can browse for twitter accounts relating directly to job postings of your choice. Blogs: Another great source for finding job leads is through industry related blog pages. These can be found via a web search, with the most successful sites being run by industry insiders who will post links to job openings, as well as helpful hints and tips on how to develop your C.V. and improve your interview technique. Another approach to blog sites is to set up your own where you can write some posts about your industry, and use the account user-name to comment on more successful blogs. This might just encourage well recognised bloggers to promote your blog, making it – and you – known to employers within that industry looking for talented, knowledgeable individuals to add to their team. Just a Few More Tips About Social Media and Job Hunting Before you race off onto the social media scene to find that perfect career move, please do keep the following in mind: 1. If you have any previous accounts, scroll through your history and delete anything undesirable. This means anything offensive or inappropriate. Potential employers increasingly check interviewees’ social media pages for anything which could make their company look bad in the future by association. Don’t give them a reason not to hire you, get rid of any content that might cause offence, even if it was just said in jest. This includes deleting friends’ comments or posts which appear on your page too! 2. Keep your posts positive! Cultivate a sense of positivity about your situation and employers will be impressed by this outlook. Avoid disparaging or argumentative comments towards others, especially former work colleagues which could be looked upon as combative.
  • 4. 3. Change your privacy settings so that if a company does wish to look at your social networking accounts (your local laws will determine whether they can make this request of you or not) that only you can give them access. This means no one from the general public can view your posts without your express permission. 4. Engage, engage, engage! Do everything you can to engage with those within your industry. It’s called social networking for a reason! Post to industry colleagues’ pages, interact with company accounts in a positive way and you just might land a job opportunity out of it. Social networking is a fantastic way to find your dream job and, if used correctly, can make the search so much more productive. Happy hunting! Visit: http://www.socialappshq.com/blog/2013/09/09/using-social-media-in-your- job-search/ http://www.socialappshq.com/