Originally posted on socialmedianerdzz
When people think of social media in the workplace, it is normally a no-no. If anything, being on Facebook and Twitter at work is associated with losing your job. But what if I told you that you can actually use social media to find a job? Here are the best ways to use social media when looking for a job:
There are a ton of things to do on Facebook that can help you find a job. To start, ‘like’ the pages of companies you would want to work for. When you engage on those pages, you will stand out to the company. Another fun way to get your future employer’s attention is through Facebook ads. Facebook’s targeting features are so advanced that you can actually hyper-target your employee. With enough information, you can target an ad for only one person to see. Use it to get an interview with the HR representative of the company or to thank an interviewer for their time!
Employers are turning to LinkedIn to find employees more than any other social network. Since LinkedIn is used to connect with professionals, you want to make sure the people you are connecting with are people you actually know. If you want to connect with the CEO or HR representative of the company you want to work for, chances are you are connected by at least the third degree. Utilize the “get introduced through a connection” button and watch your network grow.
Believe it or not, but Twitter is the number 2 search engine in the world. You can use search.twitter.com to find all sorts of job postings. There are tons of people posting jobs on Twitter, all you have to do is search for them! You can also join chats such as #jobhuntchat and talk to others who are looking for employment or possible future employers. Don’t forget to tweet at the CEOs of companies you would want to work for. If you can be engaging and charming in 140 characters, why wouldn’t they want to hire you?!
Video is a cool way to stand out of the crowd. Create a video resume to make all those things you have on paper, come to life. Make sure you be yourself and let your personality shine through. Resumes are great but videos can really show who you are. Make sure that in your video you are dressed professionally. Also, don’t make it too long! One and a half minutes should be plenty. For helpful hints, search “Video Resume” on YouTube and see what others have come up with.
This is just the beginning. Hopefully these helpful hints will open your eyes to a world of opportunities! Stop looking on Craig’s List and start looking on Facebook!
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