Many of us use social media to keep up with friends and share photos, but not necessarily to pursue new job opportunities.
If you’re looking to beat the swarms of people who are using the same job websites you are, it could be beneficial to connect directly with employers on social media to land your next career move.
If used properly, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook can prove to be powerful tools in the job hunt.
It pays to have a presence on the largest professional networking site in the world. Hiring managers and recruiters use LinkedIn daily to find their latest prospective employees.
To take advantage of this site, ensure your profile is searchable, impressive and professional. The content should show your skills and what impact you have had in previous roles.
Once you have created your perfect professional profile, now is the time to increase your contacts. Connect with colleagues, recruiters and hiring managers within your chosen industry to maximise the amount of opportunities that will be presented to you.
Even though Twitter isn’t considered a professional networking site, you are still able to find job opportunities and connect with professionals. It’s probably best to set up a ‘professional’ account, so you can keep your personal posts and interests separate.
You can follow industry influencers, companies that you would like to work for and job websites. Your feed will now be a valuable job seeking resource full of advice and resources.
Facebook generally isn’t the social network where you will get a job, but it can be where you lose one. You should make sure your profile is either suitable for potential employers to search for, or that your profile settings enable the blocking of non-friends seeing the content on your wall.