Social media is not a passing fad. It’s become one of the most popular ways for people to communicate. That streamlined effect has touched the job market, so job seekers can learn to harness it to find their next opportunity. Connections online today are as important as in-person communication. If you are looking for a job, here are some tips to help you use social media to land your next job.
Update Your Professional Profile
Regardless of the platform, your profile is the first thing employers see when they find you on social media. On LinkedIn, for instance, it’s necessary to have a complete profile that includes a professional photo and a strong headline. On Facebook, you can create a page for your professional persona. On Twitter, focus on a short bio and keep it professional.
Update Your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn has a feature that can help job seekers, especially those who may be looking confidentially. In the past, employed job seekers were afraid to include their interest in a new position on LinkedIn if they didn’t want their current employer to see it. That changed with Open Candidate. If you go to your own page, click on career interests. There you can select the options that best fit your search. While you’re there, be sure to update your profile, make sure it’s complete, add a professional photo, and change your headline.
Try Facebook Jobs
If you enter Facebook.com/jobs into your browser you’ll find the platforms dedicated jobs page. It automatically pulls top local jobs from the site for you to see. You can also search for jobs to find other opportunities. There are filters on the left side of the page that you can set to further narrow down your options.
If you’re publicly looking for a job, it helps to let people know. Post about it on your social networks and ask for connections in the community. Follow groups on LinkedIn and participate. The more people that see your name, the better your chance of finding a new job. It’s all about connection and being in the right place at the right time.
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