Time has proven that the best way to find a new job is by networking. The recent popularity of social media sites has not changed the idea of job networking, but it’s changed how it’s done. Whether you have any social media accounts or not, don't miss out on this latest trend to enhance your job search.
So how do you use social media to find a new job? It's a lot easier than you may think. If you’ve tried career coaching or a resume service to help with your job search but received no positive results, it may be time to try social networking.
Here are ways to boost your job search with social networking:
The popular professional place in the social media world is definitely LinkedIn. This is a site to be on if you want assistance finding a new job. It allows you to connect with people you know, seek out companies you want to employ you, and allow potential employers to find you. Employers and recruiters also post jobs on LinkedIn.
If you already have a LinkedIn account, log on to the site regularly to look for jobs and to make connections. Once you find people you know that are connected to companies you’re interested in working for, ask for an introduction or information on how to apply to the organization.
If you haven't heard of Facebook, you've been living under a rock for the last few years. This large social media site was initially intended for personal use but has developed into a platform for corporations to promote their business and a good way to find a new job.
Creating a Facebook account is easy. When you’ve completed your profile, don't give TMI (too much information) when you’re looking for job. Facebook allows you to send out messages; therefore, you can let your friends and connections know you’re looking for a new job in one message.
If it wasn't for social media, it would take quite a while to let hundreds of people know you’re seeking new employment. Regularly post updates on your job search and let your connections know about recent interviews you’ve been on and that you’re still searching.
Twitter allows you to connect with people with similar interests that you don't know in real life. These condensed messages, called tweets, can be sent out at any time and be effective in finding a new job. Who knew we could say so much in so few words?
Start following people who are connected to companies you would like to work for and regularly tweet about the status of your job search. Another way to find employment with Twitter is to follow employers that tweet job openings.