With the growth in social media, it was only a matter of time until job seekers turned to these sites to find their next careers. If you think that all of your profiles should be private and just for your friends, here is an interesting fact: 1 in 6 job seekers found their last job through an online social network. That includes Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
I am going to give you some tips on how to use the big three sites, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, to use Social Media to find your next job.
44% of job search activity happens on Facebook. Facebook is used for networking, which is a great way to get a job. Your friends or their friend (or friends of their friends) may work somewhere that is hiring. Post something on your wall about looking for job, and if you have a good network, chances are you will get comments letting you know who may be hiring.
Also, Facebook creators have developed an app called Work For Us. This app allows companies to post their current job openings on their Facebook fan pages. This is good news for job seekers using Facebook because all you have to do is upload a resume.
Follow the right people, because you never know who might read your tweets. With that being said, tweet relevant information about the industry you are trying to get into. Keep up-to-date on industry trends and technology, and add your insights on these topics to attract attention.
Also, follow industry-related hashtags, recruiters in your field and job posting accounts where you live or want to live, i.e. @charlottejob and @jobslosangeles. Keeping up with these will allow you to see job postings.
First, make sure you have a complete profile. This includes having a professional picture, education, skills, past experience and a brief summary of who you are. Try to get a recommendation (or several) for some of your past experiences. This is like a reference and will help when you apply for a job.
Join LinkedIn user groups in your relevant field. By joining these, you will get access to the contacts in the groups, which will grow your network and give you the ability to contact them for potential jobs.
Companies also post their job openings on their company pages, which makes it easy to find and apply.
To Sum Up
Remember, social media sites are not just for hanging out and communicating with your friends. They are also essential tools for networking during your job search. By following these easy tips, you will be able to find jobs by using social media.
These stats were borrowed from What Social Network Has Most Job Search Activity? Inforgrafic.