Using social media to find work:
LinkedIn is obviously the most popular form of social networking when looking for a job. When using this tool here are a few things to remember:
- Make sure your profile picture is current and professional. Remove any facial piercings, make sure your hair is a neutral color and done up nicely and make sure that you are wearing work appropriate clothing; no tank tops, strapless tops, etc.
- Complete you profile. Your LinkedIn profile is not complete without all areas being filled out including at least two recommendations. Obviously, the best recommendations would be from former employers, but you can also get them from peers and former professors.
- Make sure your experience is relevant to the position you are looking to get. Additionally, keep jobs that are in food service or retail off unless they are positions where you had a managerial role.
- Participate in Groups on LinkedIn. Find groups from your college for alumni, job boards, industry specific groups and become a part of the conversation. This will allow you to know who you should be networking with, when new opportunities are available, when there are changes in the industry and further building relationships.
- Connect with people who work at companies you want to work for, not just their HR Managers. Connect with the people who have the jobs you want, ask them what they did to get their opportunity, see where they worked before they had their current job to learn what steps they took to get there and join groups that they are a part of.
- The more active you are on LinkedIn, the more opportunities LinkedIn will provide to you. They will send out a weekly email with jobs you may be interested in and there are always new job opening on the right side of LinkedIn that fit your profile.
Twitter is also a great option for developing relationships with companies you want to work with and it is a great way to know about posting. Following hashtags like #job or #hiring is a great way to find opportunities. There are also a great many Twitter accounts that are dedicated to posting and sharing job opportunities.
Other social networks for job searching are Plaxo and Fast Pitch.
Part of background checks are now including social media activity. Obviously every move you make on the internet is not private, so be mindful not only about what you say, but what is put on the web about you. Remove Tagged photos of yourself where you could be seen as unprofessional or inappropriate, no postings or pictures about drinking, drugs or smoking and over all make sure your account is PG.
Thanks to Desiree Ford for this writing content.
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