How to Find a Job Using Social Media
Networking can be a great way to find a job so why should social networking not be an integral part of your job search process? Our lives are permanently switched on to social media and there are many ways that you can use it to your upmost advantage.
If you are not already connected to LinkedIn, this should be your first task. LinkedIn is very much an online social networking service such as Facebook, but for the working masses. Once you have set up your account and profile you can connect with your current colleagues and people you have worked with in the past. It’s a great way to share your resume online and to find out about upcoming jobs and for employers to find out information about you, your skills, education and current experience.
If you have a specific company that you would like to work for, search for the company on LinkedIn and try to find people you know who are connected with that company. You could then ask your own contact/s to introduce you to their contact/s.
Make sure your profile is as complete as it can be before you start advertising yourself online as being on the job market. You can also ask previous employers or colleagues to recommend you and act as referees for your work ethic and the skillsets that you have – As the more you have on your profile the more attractive you will look to potential employers.
Don’t be afraid to say if you have been made redundant as it’s no longer a taboo subject. The best thing you can do after being made redundant is to work on perfecting your CV and get right back out there to find another job. With the right preparation, determination and attitude it shouldn’t take you too long to find a job role or position that’s right for you.
Twitter isn’t just for celebrities or recreational use. It can be a very valuable business tool too. It’s a good idea to separate the two however, for example if you are an ardent recreational user set up a professional Twitter account that you can use solely for business. Connect to those on your recreational account that are also business colleagues and who could be useful – networking is always easier when you already know people who work within the industry that you would like to go into.
Once your Twitter account is set up and populated you can start searching for more people to connect with. Connect with those in areas you are most interested in working in. Look for company Twitter accounts that are used to advertise jobs and when somebody follows you, follow them back. You never know where a job lead may exist.
We’d love to know if you or somebody you know has found a job through Twitter so drop us a line on our Twitter account @NRLRecruitment to share your story.
If you are looking for a job, a quick status update on Facebook might do you some favours. For example you could say something along the lines of “If anybody hears of a job vacancy in web design, bear me in mind. I have an up-to-date CV that I can send to you and I am also available to come for an interview, if required.” Always keep upbeat about your situation and never go down the route of posting depressing updates about how you can’t find a job or how nobody will give you an interview.
Keep It Professional
No matter how you use social media to find a job always remember to keep it professional. Use appropriate language, don’t pester people to get back to you and keep your profile updated on LinkedIn so that it always looks appealing to any prospective employers.