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SOCIAL MEDIA FOR JOB HUNTING - Basic Tips

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR JOB HUNTING - Basic Tips

Before you think about using social media to look for that dream job, always Google yourself to see if anything inappropriate comes up...always check the photos that could ultimately blow any chance of getting employed.


LinkedIn

When you start setting your profile up, be sure to use a decent photo that does not mislead people about yourself. You should treat these photos as a representation of you; look professional as this is what your future employer will see. Ask yourself whether it is suitable to be seen at work as you do in your photo. Use your profile as an online CV; ensure that you have added all relevant information so it sells you effectively, and regularly update your profile. With over 90 million members worldwide this business-orientated social attraction is one of the strongest sites to use for job hunting.

Following your dream companies will enable you to get an insight as to what they are doing, as well as their recent projects and interests via your time feed. You can find out if employees are leaving, if any of your contacts know anyone who works in these companies, or if they have any current job vacancies.

Remember to use LinkedIn to grow your connections and use them to find out what you need to start a successful career.

 

Twitter

Although using Twitter for job hunting may not be the first thing that comes to your mind, it can indeed be useful at times. Here are some useful tips to use Twitter effectively when you are looking for a job.

When setting up your Twitter account be sure to use a relevant username (@YOURNAME); this is what people will see at first, before they even consider viewing your profile. Since your username is the only thing visible in a retweet (RT), make it something memorable and appropriate.

Another important aspect is your account name. This is just simply your real name, or if you have a business Twitter account then it is your business name. Next is your profile picture; the key is to have a picture that is noticeably you. Make sure it looks professional and has a good resolution. This will be your selling point, as surveys have shown that the profile picture accounts for a high percentage as to whether a particular employer contacts you.

With your biography, keep it short but make sure you use key words so recruiters can identify what you want and the specific key areas/jobs you are interested in. Since most recruiters use a location-based search, be sure that your location is clearly stated as you do not want to miss any opportunities.

With Twitter having such a wide spectrum of different account categories, this social media platform enables you to connect with companies, people and activities you do not even know. You can build a bond with these connections even though you may not know them in real life.

 

Facebook

Facebook may not be the ideal tool to use when you are looking for a job as you are limited to only using your status and wall. However, it can sometimes be effective as it has over a billion active users. You can hope that the power of Facebook spreads the word, and perhaps connects you with someone relevant (i.e. employer, recruiter, etc.).

Saying that though, you do need to make sure your Facebook is relatively decent because those holidays away with your friends or downing shots are not really what employers want to see. Using the privacy settings available can help you avoid such embarrassing situations.  

On the other hand, liking companies and joining Facebook groups are great ways to network and find out more about desired jobs and links that could potentially get you a step closer to your dream job.


If you do decide to use any of these social media platforms for your means of job hunting, be sure to update your profile regularly on all sites, and perhaps try writing some useful articles or blogs as a way of showing your enthusiasm and knowledge about your desired field.