How to use social media to find a job, from Harrison Career Guide

If you’re not utilizing social media with your job hunt, it’s time to start. According to a recent survey, 43% of employers are using social media to research job candidates. Although it may seem a bit daunting, the influx of recruiters, hiring managers, career coaches and human resources professionals on social networking sites is actually a positive thing! Knowing this gives you the upper edge and the ability to put this knowledge to work, to help you find a job.

Twitter

Not only is Twitter the perfect place to showcase your broad array of interests through your own Tweets, it’s a great source for searching potential job opportunities. Job boards, recruiters, and career counselors are constantly sharing information on how to prepare for your upcoming career and potential job openings.

Tip: search hashtags for some great info #jobhunt #jobsearch #careeradvice 

LinkedIn

Though this one may seem like a given, not everyone out there has caught on to how beneficial LinkedIn is while looking for a new position. The professional networking site was created specifically to help people connect with potential employers, industry-leaders, co-workers, and general networking connections. Used by job seekers and recruiters alike, it’s definitely one social media option you should be utilizing.

Tip: check out these quick tips on how to enhance your LinkedIn profile 

Facebook

News flash: you’re not the only one scanning other’s profiles. Your future employers quickly caught onto this opportunity and could be checking out your latest vacation photos right now. Again, you don’t need to worry about it, simply be aware of it.

As with all of your social media sites, keep the portions that could be misunderstood private and showcase the parts that create an image of what the people looking would want to see.

In addition, you can do some snooping of your own for the companies you’re interested in. Check out their Facebook feeds to get a more personal feel of the company. If you’re feeling daring, why not start some commentary on one of their posts?

Tip: check out the “view as public” option on your profile, to make sure nothing undesirable would show up to anyone looking 

Blogs

Though not quite a form of social media, blogs provide a wealth of information on everything from how to write a resume to how to prepare for an interview.

Tip: blog authors are often more than willing to respond to your questions, so don’t be shy to comment below…or even send them a line on Twitter!

Dr. Dan Harrison is the founder of Harrison Career Guide

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