While many of us use social networks to keep in touch with friends and to update them on our status, not everyone utilizes this tool to its full advantage.
A recent slideshow on US News-Money Careers, explored 10 ways in which to boost your job search with social media.
Some of their suggestions include:
Don’t Keep Your Job Search a Secret
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If you’re unemployed or about to be laid off, let your friends and colleagues know on LinkedIn, Facebook and even Twitter. Tell them exactly what kind of position you’re looking for. They may know of an opening that hasn’t been advertised.
Facebook Can Be An Important Resource
If you have hundreds of friends, enlist their help in finding your next job. The larger your network, the more people, companies, hiring managers and recruiters you’ll come into contact with.
Only Your Friends Should See Your Facebook Profile
Don’t make the mistake of neglecting your privacy settings. Although you want your Facebook friends to know the ‘personal’ you, it’s best to keep your relationship with hiring managers and recruiters strictly professional. They will Google you if they’re interested enough to offer an interview.
Research the Company and Hiring Manager
Do this before you apply so you know what type of an employee they’re looking for. LinkedIn and Twitter are ideal for this type of search. Using what you learn, you can tailor your resume and cover letter so that you appear to be the perfect candidate.
Link Your Social Media Accounts on Your Resume
This would include LinkedIn and Twitter (if you’ve posted responsibly on it). Again, keep your Facebook pages private unless they’re strictly related to your professional pursuits. By linking the other accounts, you will appear to be tech savvy. Always a good thing.
Make New Connections You’ll Need in Your Job Search
Don’t simply rely on who you already know, find out who you should be aligned with and reach out to that individual via LinkedIn and Twitter.
Make Certain Your Google Presence is All It Should Be
Google yourself to determine what’s out there on you. If it’s not all that great, use your LinkedIn profile to soften the damage. Make certain your profile is filled out completely, then be active on LinkedIn. This activity will push its data to the top of a Google search.
Interact with Your Industry Colleagues on Twitter
This is a great way to know what’s happening in your field and to create contacts with those who can help you.
Ask Questions about Job Search
All three avenues – LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter – are great avenues for learning what works and what doesn’t.
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