With the explosion of social media on the scene in recent years, the methods of communication with others in the world we live in have completely changed. One of these methods is using social media as a tool for career success and advancement. Social media greatly enhances our ability to network with others, which is very important in any job search. Here are some ways to utilize social media to find a job:
- LinkedIn – This is the most popular site for posting your career profile. You can also view other individuals' profiles and connect and network with them. On LinkedIn, you can search for a company you may be interested in working for and connect with employees of that company. You can also email people on LinkedIn for recommendations in your job search. LinkedIn also now gives you the option of linking your blog or Twitter account with your LinkedIn profile.
- Twitter – While Twitter is best known for the rants and streams of celebritys' thoughts, it can also be a good social media tool to find a job. This is primarily due to it giving you the ability to network with people of similar interests. Connect with others for career advice, read bios of individuals of similar interests, and post your own bio for prospective employers to see. Twitter also has a new feature called Twellow, which is good for searching individuals' bios and URL links.
- Facebook – While Facebook is best used for connecting and interacting with friends, it can also be an effective networking tool for finding a job. Facebook has a feature in which you can list your interests with links to the respective interest area, which is good for connecting with people in a similar career field. Also, you can post "status updates" and let friends and family know about your job search. Many times they will leave comments and make suggestions or give you some needed moral support.
Perhaps you are interested in obtaining a college education or furthering your training to make yourself more marketable for a job. Check out some online classes for information on educational opportunities to help you achieve your career goals.
“The Guardian” (2012)