How to use social media to get a job
Jobseekers looking for a job, these days, are noticing that the traditional job board route does not seem to be working so well. Recruiters and employers, pressed to make savings in a tough economy are eschewing the traditional job board approach and are now posting jobs on Craigslist, LinkedIn and social media network sites.

 

It is the same pressure on time and the need to find shortcuts which is also leading the wave in the death of the traditional resume. These days, by the time a job candidate meets their recruiter for the first time, they have already been Googled, Facebooked and G-Plussed and information about them has already been gathered.

While social media’s disruptive influence is changing how recruiters and employers announce job opportunities, it is also changing the game in how job seekers now look for work.

Use the Right Social Networks

When it comes to looking for a job you need to prioritise in terms of social networks. LinkedIn allows users to build an online profile which includes resumes, skills, a recommendation and references. It also provides applications. Facebook has a "Professional Profile" section which allows you to upload your resume or import your LinkedIn profile and recommendations. Jobseekers on Facebook can also set up an advertising page to sell their skills, though if you do go down that path you might want to explore other options first such as managing your own online profile through a service like Apojigo.

Facebook still draws many of the world’s largest companies as well as thousands of smaller ones, all of which, these days have business pages there which contain information about offices, recruitment and contact details. Provided your online profile is up to scratch there is nothing to lose by contacting someone, through there, directly and asking if there is work available.

Twitter is the online equivalent of television with added interactivity thrown in for good measure. Following a company you want to apply to for a job, there, makes sense as it allows you to start researching them, get a feel for what they do and, should the opportunity arise, direct message them to see if they have any vacancies open and who would be the best contact for that.

Google Plus is the newest kid on the block and as such works a little differently to the rest. By all means, use it to directly approach a company and see if they have any work but its real value lies in being able to approach influences in the sphere of social media and business who have many industry contacts. A direct question to any of them is usually followed by a reply with suggestions which may indeed point you to your next post of employment.

Use the Right Apps

No longer do you have to sit behind a computer scouring job boards, the job search has now become mobile. Apps, such as CareerBuilder.com and Craigster on the iPhone can streamline your job search by helping to track job listings and they create or enhance networking opportunities even when you are on the go.

Apps are labour-saving devices. Craigster, for example, allows users to search for opportunities in individual cities across the U.S., while also giving them access to the thousands of classified advertisements and listings available on Craigslist.

LinkUp the job search engine has an Android phone app that allows you to use it on your phone or Android tablet to look for work.

Read the Right Blogs

Monster, Jibber Jobber and Personal Branding Blog are all blog sites which cover the looking for a job scene in an enthusiastic, organised manner which helps keep you up to date with trends, tips and how-to tricks. Make it a point to visit them often and keep yourself up to date with what is going on.

Have Your Own Blog

Use Blogger or Wordpress, both free tools, to create an online presence or, if you have some cash invest in a personal website based on a CMS like Joomla, which allows you to control the content completely and which can help you create a single, powerful, online presence that will back up your job application.

In today’s world, looking for a job, is very much a case of proving you have what it takes. As companies go online to look for prospective employees, it is in the online space, that you will have to meet and convince those looking to hire someone, that the someone they are looking for is you.
 
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